September NYC Events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (09/28)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being.
Stay Safe.

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 Top 11 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1.New York’s Star Attractions Are Reopening. Here’s What You Need to Know.WSJ
“With limited capacity and other Covid-19 restrictions now in place at the city’s most beloved landmarks, locals and visitors are finding an unexpected upside to the ‘new normal’—plenty of elbow room.”

2. The 9 best streets for outdoor dining in NYC this summer  (TONY).
“These streets are closed off to traffic on weekends through August for al fresco dining.”

3. New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See – The New York Times
“What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.”

4. 15 Sheltered Spots for Dining Outdoors in NYC When It Rains. – Eater NewYork

5. MoMA Has Reopened And It’s Gloriously Uncrowded And Free (For Now!) – Gothamist

6. The Met Is Reopening: Grab Your Timed Ticket and Give Your Bike to the Valet – The New York Times
With fewer people and more protocols, the country’s largest museum is ready to welcome visitors again.

7. A Walk Through Harlem, New York’s Most Storied Neighborhood – The New York Times
Our critic chats with the architect David Adjaye about Hotel Theresa, Marcus Garvey Park, the home of Langston Hughes, the Y.M.C.A. and other landmarks.

8.MetroCard Swipes No Longer Needed to Get on Subway in ManhattanWSJ
Riders can now use new-fare payment system to tap-and-pay with credit card or smartphone

9. Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour  (NYT).
Our critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

10. All the performances, events, and classes in NYC you can stream online (6sqft).

11. 15 TV Shows That Make You Want to Visit New York City  (

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here October 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.


Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American and NYC history then Lower Manhattan.

By 1775 colonial New York had become a “flourishing city” of perhaps 25,000 souls and some 4,000–5,000 buildings, nearly all of them jammed into the half square mile triangle forming the southern tip of the island.

There was an increasing need for a future street plan for an expanding city. The Manhattan street grid plan of 1811 — both figuratively and literally — defines the city. Let’s take a closer look (G4).

** The Manhattan Street Grid Plan: Misconceptions and Corrections — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Myth #7: Static Manhattan, Part I — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Myth #8: Static Manhattan, Part II — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Myth #9: A System of Block and Lot Divisions — The Gotham Center for New York City History

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. It’s the source for these articles.
You should check it out.



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