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.
For October 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!
8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This Weekend – Thrillist
“With some New Yorkers still wary about the prospect of indoor dining, now is the perfect time to invest in a cozy fall jacket for all of the restaurants offering fall-friendly outdoor dining options. While we adapt to sipping cocktails out of chilled coupes with winter gloves on, there’s still plenty of socially distant fun to be had before the real cold sets in.
This weekend, you can try new tacos from the chef behind one of LA’s most beloved spots, head to Rockefeller Center for the return of The Queens Night Market, or watch scary movies under the stars—we’ve rounded up everything to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC. “
Try tacos from an LA institution
Amigo by Nai, lower Manhattan’s newest taco spot, is from the chefs behind NYC’s Nai Tapas and LA fave Carnitas El Momo. The menu’s six tacos—including oxtail, shrimp, and shawarma roasted cauliflower—are served on corn tortillas from nearby French bakery Le Fournil. For a taste of Los Angeles as the weather here gets cooler, be sure to get the famous carnitas available in bone-in pork butt, pork stomach, pork skin, or a mixto (aka all the meats).
Cost: Tacos start at $6
Raise a stein to Oktoberfest
The annual Oktoberfest celebration at the waterfront Watermark bar is still on…with a few minor changes. You can still down German beers and snack on bratwurst with sauerkraut, of course, as long as you stay seated and six feet apart. If you’re worried about missing the traditional raucousness of Oktoberfest, order a mini keg of Bitburger or Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier for your table to keep the beer flowing.
Cost: Free to RSVP; 5-liter mini kegs are $100
Watch a scary movie under the stars
Friday, October 16, 7:30pm
Now that spooky season is in full swing, you can catch a scary movie right on the sidewalk on a dark October night. Bushwick’s Syndicated is projecting Halloween flicks against their building all month long, and on Friday they’ve picked the kinda-sexy-and-kinda-scary The Love Witch. Tables fill up about an hour before showtime, so you and your date will have plenty of time to eat a burger and drink a few beers before the movie starts.
Cost: Snacks start at $5; beers start at $4
Get a taste of Queens at Rockefeller Center
Friday, October 16 – Saturday, October 17
The Queens Night Market Outpost is popping up on the south plaza of Rockefeller Center with a few of its beloved vendors (fyi they’re open for lunch from 11am – 5pm, so the Outpost is really more of a “day” market). Make your way through the open-air stalls to try Portugese pastéis de nata from Joey Bats, Balinese treats from Mamika’s Homemade, Ecuadorian empanadas from La Braza, Jamaican jerk chicken from Treat Yourself Jerk, and other snacks from Queens’ global food scene.
Get the low down on contemporary Korean art
The Korea Society is hosting a virtual event to drop some knowledge on contemporary Korean art from the ‘50s and on. Hosted by editors of the recently released Phaidon book, Korean Art from 1953: Collision, Innovation, Interaction, viewers can tune in to learn more about world renowned artists such as Nam June Paik (often referred to as the “Father of Video Art), in addition to the rich history of Korean art over the past seven decades.
Learn to bake your own buttery croissants
Saturday, October 17, 6pm
Sick of spending all your spare change on your morning pastries? Learn to make your own buttery, flaky croissants at Atelier Sucre. During this socially-distant cooking class, you can live your Great British Bake Off fantasy as you make a classic croissant and a pain au chocolat. If you haven’t been working on your baking in lockdown, don’t worry—novice bakers are welcome, and the instructors will guide you through every step.
Host a dance party in your own home
Saturday, October 17, 9:30pm
If you’ve spent eight long months missing Saturday nights spent at sweaty, all-night, body-to-body raves, just know that you’re not alone. Secret Loft is recreating the vibe online with a 2-hour DJ set, a live light show, and aerial performances streamed on Instagram and Twitch. This Saturday night, the theme is mythical beasts, so put on your best unicorn or mermaid outfit and start a sweaty dance party for one (or two…) in your bedroom.
Binge-watch 150 movies at the Chelsea Film Festival
The Chelsea Film Festival is going online, offering more ways to bide your time while social distancing at home. A pass to the fest gets you access to 15 documentaries, 12 feature films, and more than 100 short films and VR experiences. Make yourself a couple of cocktails, pop some popcorn, and spend 72 hours making your way through the films. You won’t get to dress up all fancy for the opening ceremony or closing gala, but at least you won’t have to change out of your comfy clothes!
Cost: Passes start at $10
The best art shows and exhibits in NYC – (TONY)
“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more
With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.”
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 (October 15 – October 21)
10/16 – “A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective” livestream series with Q&A on Friday nights
10/16 – Great Performances: GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends honoring John Prine (Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile), Chicago, Roberta Flack (Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr.), Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, Public Enemy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Yola)
10/16-18 – Save Our Stages festival with Brittany Howard, Foo Fighters, Leon Bridges and more from venues across the country
10/17 – Joan Osborne and Stephen Kellogg, live from Ridgefield Playhouse
10/18 – James Maddock full band show live from Rockwood Music Hall
10/18 – Voice Your Vote livestream concert, curated by Valerie June with Brittany Howard, Black Pumas, Rhiannon Giddens, Jon Batiste and more from NY’s City Winery
10/20 – Fair Play 2020: A Concert for Justice with Robben Ford, Chris Difford (of Squeeze), Lady A, Amy Fairchild, Richard Barone, David Poe and more, to benefit the Bronx Immigration Partnership
10/21 – Son Little, live from Le Poisson Rouge
The best musicals now on BroadwayHD – TONY
Watch these classic musical theater performances from the comfort of your couch.
“With Broadway dark until at least 2021, fans of musical theater are hungry for shows they can watch from home. That’s where BroadwayHD comes in. A streaming service aimed at theater lovers, BroadwayHD offers some 300 whole, high-quality, professionally filmed live theater performances from Broadway, London’s West End and beyond. (Some have been acquired from existing catalogs, while others have been created especially for the channel.) Subscriptions cost just $8.99 a month—and for new subscribers, the first week is free.”
The October Calendar: NYC Events for Each Day This Month – ThoughtGallery
By Ethan Wolff
“October is here, somehow, and even if we’re still living virtually there are plenty of great live presentations headed our way. We’re looking forward to hearing from Deepak Chopra, Nancy Pelosi, Jelani Cobb, Andrew Cuomo, Matthew McConaughey, and many more.”
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.