Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
For September we are going to try a different format – “Top 10 Corona Culture” – updated info and video especially suited to these difficult times OR NYC related visual info (Instagram and YouTube) OR all the NYC news you need to start your day.
We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sun). NEW STUFF!
Bodega-inspired ice cream, a concert in Green-Wood Cemetery, support voter turnout through a Jamaican cookout, and more.
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“With nearly 90% of NYC bars and restaurants finding themselves unable to pay their rent in full last month, New York’s hospitality industry needs us more than ever. And let’s be honest: We need it, too! Without our neighborhood watering holes, go-to delivery spots, and romantic date night destinations, we’d just be eating pb & j sandwiches and drinking alone in our apartments every single night, so let’s continue to have their backs in whatever ways we can.
This weekend, you can support the city’s bars and restaurants by snacking on pumpkin spice shaved ice at a kakigōri pop-up, heading to a Jamaican cookout where you can help increase voter turnout, and attending an “Unblock Party” up and down your favorite spots on Carmine Street — we’ve rounded up everything to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC.
Sushi spot MakiMaki’s Central Park location is partnering with Bonsai Kakigori, the Japanese dessert brand, for a fall-flavored pop-up of kakigōri, otherwise known as Japanese shaved ice. Grab a seat outside and order up a destined-to-be-Instagrammed Matcha Mountain — made with puffed rice, whipped cream, and matcha from Hon Yama, an 800-year-old tea farm in Japan — or the Cinnamon Pumpkin Latte, which puts the PSL in its place with cinnamon pumpkin whipped cream, coffee sauce, and pumpkin brittle.
Friday, September 25, 8pm
The 58th annual New York Film Festival is going online this year, making it super easy to catch all the flicks. This Friday, tune in to watch the festival’s shorts program, featuring five short films that are 3 to 40 minutes from international filmmakers followed by a Q+A. With entries from Spain, Tunisia, Germany, France, and Belgium, the shorts program gives you a global cinematic experience with plenty of time to spare for aimlessly scrolling through Netflix again right after.
The Oddfellows x Bodega Boys Ice Cream Truck Tour is heading to Queens for these last few days of warm weather. On Friday, they’ll be posted up outside Bayside’s Krave It, and on Saturday, you can find them at Ridgewood’s Evil Twin Brewery. Get a few scoops of their special flavors — including Baconeggncheese, Sweet Tea & Lemonade, and Host of Cupcakes (which tastes suspiciously like your favorite cream-filled, frosting-swirled snack cake…) — before the tour ends for the season.
Cost: Scoops start at $5.50
To mark this week’s autumn equinox (which marks the official start of fall!), the restaurants and cafes of Carmine Street are hosting an “Unblock Party.” With specials from Jack’s Wife Freda, 232 Bleecker, Cocu, Prodigy Coffee, and more, you can nosh your way up and down the street while celebrating the end of summer. Make a reservation through each individual restaurant, or simply head to Carmine Street and peruse the menus to see how you’d like to toast to the changing seasons.
Saturday, September 26, 12:30-4pm
Not only can guests of The Jamaican Cook Out, a community event at The Goods Mart, enjoy food cooked by essential worker Derron Williams, but they can also write letters to their fellow Americans encouraging them to vote, thanks to a partnership with Vote Forward. Stop by for a plate of jerk chicken, jerk pork, oxtail, or mac & cheese, while doing your part to increase voter turnout this year.
Saturday, September 26, 12-3pm
Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a quartet from The Harlem Chamber Players, who will be performing A Lament for Troubled Times from the cemetery’s beautiful and haunting Hill of Graves. Playing music from George Walker and Florence Price — the first African-American woman to gain notoriety as a composer — the quartet will perform at noon, 1pm, and 2pm. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee a seat, so head there early to hold your place in the (socially distant) line with your masks on.
Cost: Free; RSVP recommended
Pop’s Eat-Rite, a brand-new plant-based burger joint from the folks behind The Wayland and Goodnight Sonny, is slinging Impossible Meat burgers smashed thin and served with gooey vegan American cheese or sweet BBQ sauce. If you’ve gotten into a bit of a fast food habit while in quarantine (and who among us hasn’t?), it might be the perfect time to reset by swapping the meat for veg. And don’t worry about being too healthy… they’ve still got fries and milkshakes.
Cost: Burgers start at $10
Sunday, September 27, 11am
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Start from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 for a guided tour of the waterfront’s history and the park’s sustainable design. Led by a docent from the NYC Parks Department, you’ll learn all about the ins and outs of the still-under-construction park while soaking up some much-needed Vitamin D. The walk lasts about an hour, so be sure to wear comfy shoes — you’ll want them while waiting in line for a slice of pizza at Juliana’s, too.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that restaurants can open for indoor service at 25 percent capacity, starting on Sept. 30.
New Yorkers didn’t have a chance to give a final farewell to some of their favorite restaurants and bars.
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (September 24 – September 30)
9/24 – Thurston Moore full band show from London
9/24 – Courtney Marie Andrews from Nashville
9/24-26 – Bonnaroo Virtual ROO-ALITY with past sets from Alabama Shakes, Jack White, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, My Morning Jacket, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, The xx, Dave Matthews, and more
9/24 – Sondre Lerche, live under the midnight sun in Norway
9/26 – Farm Aid 2020 On The Road with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Black Pumas, Chris Stapleton, Jack Johnson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and many others
9/26 – The Best of Pitchfork Music Festival with Wilco, Angel Olsen, Beach House, Big Thief, Kamasi Washington, LCD Soundsystem, Mitski, and surprise guests
9/27 – The Lone Bellow from City Winery Nashville
9/27 – Richard Thompson Live From London: Fairport Convention Era music
9/27 – High Holidays 2020 live from Brooklyn Bowl, musically and spiritually driven services
9/27 – Sound Effects: SF Bay Area Musicians Relief benefit with Wilco, Los Lobos, Bill Frisell and others
9/30 – Patti Smith discusses her memoir Year of the Monkey and performs
Wait, September? It seemed like time was standing still. As we gear up for fall there are legions of good talks and cultural experiences waiting, mostly still virtual, although a couple of in-person opportunities are sprinkled in. We’re looking forward to talks on Spinoza, Audre Lorde, and the medicine of “Game of Thrones.” (ThoughtGallery)
ThoughtGallery is my primo site for “Smart Stuff” – the types of events you will find fascinating if you are just a little curious. Check them out every day – ThoughtGallery
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.