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.
Earlier today we covered Weekend Corona Culture (scroll down a bit to find it). Now, how about some more useful information.
“Searching for listings and reviews for the best New York museum exhibitions and shows? We have you covered. 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 Week in NYC (11/16-11/22)
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.
(11/16-11/22) There’s more to do in NYC now than there’s been since the mid-March lockdown, including the reopening of many of the city’s cultural destinations. This detailed map of 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. Read on for more reopenings and other things to do in NYC this week!
THE RINK AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER RETURNS!
Photo: Patina Restaurant Group.
The world’s most famous patch of ice is welcoming skaters to Rockefeller Center for the 2020-2021 season. This Saturday marks the official return, with limited capacity and skate times to ensure social distancing safety. (The experience is mostly outdoors, which will help as well.) After Saturday’s 2pm start, daily hours at the rink will be 9am-midnight. While you’re in the area, check out the tree, an 11-ton Norway spruce from Oneonta, beginning its transformation to a glittering symbol of the holiday.
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
THE RINK AT BROOKFIELD PLACE NOW OPEN
You can once again skate along the Hudson at The Rink at Brookfield Place. Get some fresh air and enjoy skyline views of both NYC and NJ. This is just one of a series of seasonal attractions at the downtown venue. Next Monday Palm & Marble at BFPL will welcome diners under the palms of the Winter Garden, complimentary gift wrap stations start up November 20th, the Luminaries art installation starts November 27th, and there will be an interactive family-friendly “Reindeer Roundup” experience.
MANHATTAN’S ONLY PRODUCTION BREWERY OPENS
Photo: Torch & Crown Brewing Company.
SoHo is newly home to the city’s first legit brewery in who knows how many decades. Torch & Crown Brewing Company’s long-awaited brewery and restaurant has opened up in a massive, tri-level space outfitted with state-of-the-art brewing equipment, subterranean fermenters, and a gleaming full-service kitchen. The menu is kicking off with 10 brews, New York wines and ciders, an all-New York spirits cocktail menu, and a very shareable mix of large and small plate savories.
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
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) ===========================================================
“Listening to classical music by candlelight in a beautiful setting sounds like the peaceful haven we all need right now.”
“Calm your mind and experience classical music in a new light with these sensational candlelit dinners in some of New York City’s most magical locations, from stunning restaurants to glamorous lounges. Returning this fall and winter, the experience known simply as “Candlelight” invites everyone to relive the greatest works of classical music, from Vivaldi to Mozart to Bach, plus a little jazz thrown in for good fun, in an intimate atmosphere.” (secretnyc.co)
“Watch these classic musical theater performances from the comfort of your couch”