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.
Earlier today we covered Weekend Corona Culture (scroll down). Now, how about some more useful information.
New York City has tons of things going for it, from incredible buildings to breathtaking parks. But surely, the top of the list includes NYC’s vast array of museums, covering every field of culture and knowledge: There are quirky museums and interactive museums, free museums and world-beating art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum. Between them, they offer so many exhibitions, of every variety and taste, that it’s hard to keep track of them. But if you’ve starting to suffer a sudden attack of FOMA, fear not! We’ve got you covered with our select list of the best museum exhibitions in NYC.” (TONY)
Things to Do This Halloween Weekend in NYC (10/30-11/1)
In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.
(10/30-11/1) There’s more to do in NYC now than there’s been since the mid-March lockdown, including many of the city’s cultural destinations. This detailed map of open restaurants shows over 10,000 venues now serving; included in that number are more than 5,000 places where you can eat outside. More than 340 streets have been closed to traffic and opened to expanded outdoor dining plans. Although much of Halloween has gone virtual this year, there are more than a few opportunities to get out IRL—read about them here! On Halloween itself, visitors who come to the Intrepid Museum on costume get in free of charge. Learn more here!
DINE UNDER THE LIGHTS OF TIMES SQUARE!
Tony’s DiNapoli, which recently reopened, is offering the once-in-a-lifetime experience of eating under the lights of Times Square. Right under where the ball drops, Tony’s DiNapoli is popping up an outdoor cafe, complete with old-school checkered tablecloths and family-style Italian cuisine. As part of the Times Square Alliance Restaurant Week, which brings $35 prix fixe specials through Sunday, November 1st, Tony’s is offering a complete salad, pasta, apps, parm, and dessert meal for just $35—and they’ll deliver it to you with drinks to the outdoor tables on Broadway. There will be live entertainment every day throughout the week, including opera singers, Broadway actors, Venetian acrobatics, and a special appearance by the Jersey Boys. Tony’s DiNapoli is a family-run restaurant business with a four-generation history in New York City. tonysnyc.com
A LIVE MAGICIAN/MENTALIST SHOW
The Musket Room is a Michelin-starred downtown NYC restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine. It’s now offering indoor seating and outdoor dining in its back garden oasis under heated umbrellas. (A new state-of-the-art HVAC system with Merv 8 filters ensures maximum safety indoors.) This weekend, The Musket Room is bringing back acclaimed magician and mentalist Mark Clearview for his signature theatrics in the restaurant’s back garden oasis. Festive attire is encouraged. Clearview will dazzle with cardistry and real-life mind-reading; divining creepy details from guests’ pasts, and predicting moments in their immediate futures…every detail crafted for a jaw-dropping reveal at night’s end. Multiple seatings are available on Halloween, and again on Sunday, November 1st. To complement Clearview’s impossible feats, The Musket Room’s “spirit whisperer” Melissa Brooke will craft bespoke cocktails tailored for each guest based on their energy, personality, and spirit, to pair with three dinner courses. You can get tickets HERE.
A NEW IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION
Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience ARTECHOUSE, a new immersive art space. The latest exhibition there, “Celestial,” is an immersive digital experienced inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2020. The installation draws on “Classic Blue”’s inspirational qualities to take visitors beyond the skies. Sound, light, and color come together for a very Instagrammable experience. Open hours effective November 2nd are Monday-Thursday 1-9pm and Friday-Sunday 10am-10pm. “During these unprecedented times as a society we have found ourselves in a new state of existence. Before 2020 even began, Pantone selected Classic Blue as the color of the year because they saw it as the hue to sustain us during a time of change,” says Sandro Keserelidze, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ARTECHOUSE . “2020 ended up bringing changes no one expected, making the hue of Classic Blue, and the qualities it represents, more relevant now than ever before. We couldn’t think of a more timeless and timely theme to end the year and launch a new chapter of experiences.” artechouse.com/nyc
Founded in 1982, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes visitors on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. After several months on pause, the museum is back as of Friday, September 25th. Among the treasures here you’ll find the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, which paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. Also on display are 27 authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. For the safety of both staff and visitors, many new safety procedures have been put in place—you can read about them here. Pier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., 212-245-0072, intrepidmuseum.org
The west side’s beloved elevated park, The High Line, will reopen on Thursday, July 16th. To accommodate our new normal, capacity at the park will be greatly reduced. Free timed-entry tickets are opened every two weeks on Mondays. A limited number of walk-up passes will also be available at the entrance, but advance planning is recommended. Traffic will only flow in one direction, starting at Gansevoort Street. All visitors must enter at the southern end of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, and move northwards. In this first reopening phase, the High Line will be open only to 23rd Street. Citywide safety protocols will also apply here, including the requirement of wearing a mask or face covering and maintaining 6-foot social distancing. thehighline.org
UPDATE, October 29 2020: Dining out in New York City has never been so different than this year and it’s not only because restaurants had to shut down their dining rooms for more than six months. The current crisis has put a renewed focus on more affordable food options, whether you’re scarfing down tacos from a food truck or ordering dumplings from a mom-and-pop business in Chinatown. At Time Out New York, we’ve done the homework for you in discovering dishes, old and new, that are all $10 or under.
“The hefty prices at many New York restaurants can at times make the dining scene feel like it’s only for the elite. But some of the best restaurants in NYC still serve affordable bites for $10 or less. Dining on a budget in New York doesn’t have to feel like a constraint with our picks for jerk chicken, Sicilian-style pizza, creative veggie burgers, underground buffets, Cuban bakeries and more.” (TONY)
Weekend culture watch list: 16 culture picks: Kamasi Washington’s Michelle Obama score, Kristina Wong onstage Los Angeles Times
“Kamasi Washington and Kristina Wong lead our weekly list of online concerts, streaming theater productions, virtual art exhibitions and other culture for your viewing consideration this weekend.”
Remember, you don’t have to be in LA to enjoy these wonderful virtual events.
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.