October NYC Events + Top 10 NYC Corona Culture (10/21)

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.
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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 Top 10 Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. The best theater you can stream online anytimeTONY

“Much of the best streaming theater, dance and music of the lockdown period remains viewable anytime.”

2. How to Enjoy Outdoor Dining Right NowGrubstreet

“And how to dress for it in February.”

3. The New York Film Festival Goes Virtual | The New Yorker

“Highlights include the New York première of Chloé Zhao’s drama “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, and the world premières of the first three installments of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe.”

4. – 10 big differences between fall in NYC this year vs. last year – TONY

“This will be a fall unlike any other. There’s nothing like fall in New York City—the crisp air hitting your lungs, the golden leaves waving in the cool breezes, the cocktails and coffee drinks that warm us up—it’s a time that most of us look forward to every year. This year, well, is going to be a lot different. We’re facing a new reality as most of us aren’t yet back in our offices and going out requires a whole new set of rules.”

5. Here’s what you need to know about museums reopening in New York City – amNewYork

“Since the start of the pandemic, we had all turned to virtual museum activities and videos to see our favorite exhibits and galleries. Now that Cuomo has given the green light for museums and other cultural institutions to reopen, they are gearing up to welcome us back in. Like most establishments that have reopened in the past months, everything has a new “normal,” and the same goes for these museums. Before you make your way to see your favorite gallery, take a look at these museum guidelines so that you can be fully informed and prepared when arriving. Be sure to also check the museum’s website for additional information on their policies and for any changes before visiting.”

6. A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met – The New York Times

“What you need to know before you head back to the museums, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.”

7. Here are things that you can do in Central Park amid the COVID-19 pandemic – amNewYork

“While the Park remains open to the public, to mitigate the spread of the virus and in alignment with recommendations from public health officials, in-Park tours and public programming are on pause, and all visitor centers are closed until further notice.”

8. Best Exhibits in NYC Open Right Now: New Exhibitions, Pop Ups & More – Thrillist

“Governor Cuomo announced that indoor cultural activities like museums (and also bowling alleys, yes!) are allowed to reopen starting today. That’s good news for art-loving New Yorkers who have been cooped up for months with limited entertainment options.

While many museums will slowly reopen over the upcoming weeks, when they do, expect attendance limited to 25% capacity, staggered and timed entry with ticketing booked in advance, and necessary safety protocols including the requirement of facial coverings and social distancing. So grab your mask and hand sanitizer, and check out these eight cool exhibitions to celebrate the museum phase of Phase 4’s reopening.”

9. New York City to Resume Indoor Dining at Restaurants – WSJ

“Indoor service can resume Sept. 30 with capacity capped at 25%, following six-month ban aimed at curbing coronavirus.”

10. Biking in New York City  – nycgo.com

“With more than 1,000 miles of bike routes and lanes, NYC makes for a bike-friendly destination. Two-wheeled transit is an increasingly popular and accessible way to navigate the City while taking in some extraordinary vistas. Check out this video for a beginner’s guide to getting around town by bike. For more details, our biking article has the basics on how to rent some wheels and ride safely, along with some suggested starter routes.”

bonus: When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: a Stroll Through the Centuries  – NYT  

“From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan.”

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

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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.

New York played an important role in the story of American independence and was a growing urban center of about 20,000 crowded onto the southern tip of Manhattan Island when the rebellious Colonies declared their independence from England in 1776.

The Battle of Brooklyn (August 1776), was the first major battle after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and was the largest battle of the entire war. The city was occupied by the British in the wake of a series of American defeats and retreats in the summer and fall of 1776 and the port city became the central base for British operations during the conflict. NYC was also the last place in America that the British left, not until over two years after their ‘final’ defeat.

Of course, some of the best insight to New York’s Revolutionary War past can be found in books. Here are three I think are quite informative (q).

‘1776’: Revolutionary Road – The New York Times

Three 18th-Century Revolutions and Why They Matter in 2017 – The New York Times

Over 100 Great Books on the American Revolution – Revolutionary War Journal

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.

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