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For December 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.
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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (Sun). NEW STUFF!
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“Well, it looks like this weekend might be indoor dining’s last hurrah for a while! Although a step backwards in the shutdown leaves many of NYC’s beloved restaurants in an even more precarious position, you can still support your favorite local businesses by ordering delivery, eating outdoors, and taking your cocktails to-go.
Before Cuomo makes his final call, this weekend is full of ways to warm up this long winter. Throw back some Thai bar snacks while you watch a sci-fi Thai monster movie, order in latkes to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, or start a new Christmas tradition with an outdoor performance of The Nutcracker—we’ve rounded up nine actually cool things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC this weekend. And as always, please wear a mask and social distance responsibly.
Hanukkah starts this week, and you don’t need to be Jewish to celebrate! We’ve rounded up the city’s best golden, crispy latkes so you can enjoy the holiday’s star dish without starting a grease fire in your apartment (want to order a different plate of latkes for eight straight nights? We’re not here to judge!). For dessert, skip the Manischewitz macaroons and snack on jelly-filled sufganiyot from Bread’s Bakery or a bag full of nutty, chocolatey rugelach from Lee Lee’s Rugelach.
Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12
This weekend, Mao Mao is serving up Thai street food with a side of sci-fi Thai monster movies. The recently opened spot will be projecting the 1974 film Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman onto the wall, fulfilling all of your tokusatsu dreams. While you watch, sip a drink special (one Leo beer and a flask of ya dong—Thai moonshine—for $17) and snack on fried chilis, Thai Lay’s potato chips served with lime mayo, and shrimp chips.
Cost: Snacks start at $4
Bixi, a brand-new cocktail bar and pan-Asian restaurant from the team at Harlem fave Lido, is now open for dinner. The small space—10 fit inside at 25% capacity, plus a dozen more outdoors—has big flavors, including Japanese yam tempura with pickled ginger syrup, wings with lemongrass and ponzu, five-spice baby back ribs served with plum and orange BBQ sauce, and a cocktail menu peppered with lychee, yuzu, and Thai chili.
Cost: Food starts at $9
Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12
Bathtub Whiskey, a pop-up from the folks behind Bathtub Gin, is here to fulfill all of your speakeasy fantasies. While drinking illicitly indoors doesn’t seem too far-fetched these days, they’re upping the experience with classic cocktails—which can be taken to go if you’d rather recreate the speakeasy vibe at home—and a super-sized bacon and whiskey flight with salted maple bacon with Crown Royal, pomegranate molasses bacon with Aberfeldy 12, and house-marinated bacon with Glyph Spice.
Cost: Cocktails start at $16; bacon and whiskey flights are $7
Marie’s Crisis, the piano bar that kept us singing Broadway tunes through the height of the pandemic over Facebook Live, is reopening its red door IRL. They’ll be open 1 to 10 pm on weekends, but be prepared for a line—they’re only letting in 15 people at a time. While this might be the last weekend for indoor dining for a while (and singing seems… suspect), you can toast to the beloved bar with a cocktail and then continue your show tune karaoke session on your headphones while heading home.
Cost: Depends how much you tip the piano player
Saturday, December 12
Lower East Side
Wareong, a pop-up collaboration started by minority-owned small businesses, is hosting their third dinner at the Market Line food hall right off the Williamsburg bridge in the LES with a one-day celebration of Portuguese cooking. With a menu featuring salted, dried cod bacalhau; arroz de marisco with lobsters, mussels, clams, and shrimp; fried rabbit; and pastries with Malabor gourd jam for dessert, it’s like hopping a flight to Lisbon without all the hand sanitizer and security lines.
Cost: Tickets for indoor dining are $125; delivery is $140
Saturday, December 12
A lot of Christmas traditions are on pause this year, but you can still celebrate with a socially-distant performance of The Nutcracker. The Spotlight Repertory Theater in Staten Island is putting on a “radio play” of the classic Christmas story at the Alice Austen House, set to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite. It’s all outdoors, so make sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket or two so you don’t freeze your sugar plums.
Cost: Tickets are $25
Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13, 3-7pm
With so many of the city’s holiday markets on pause this year, Parklife is filling the void with a socially distant shopping experience where you can snack on tacos and queso and sip hot cocktails while you browse the wares from local businesses. There’ll be gifts for everyone on your list —the vendors are selling ceramics, homemade masks, hot sauce, jewelry, candles, and more. Masks are required at all times, so come prepared (and maybe buy a few more while you’re there!).
Cost: Free to browse
Long Island City
Flux Factory, a community art space in Queens, is exhibiting Transforming America in Real Time!, featuring photographs from events organized by activist and Queens native Lashawn “Suga Ray” Marston. With images from a Social Unrest for Change Demonstration, when activists stopped traffic for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in honor of George Floyd, and a Freedom Tour bus trip to Washington, DC, the exhibit is part of Flux Factory’s Rhizome Project, which provides a platform to celebrate Black narratives.
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NYC in December is amazing as preparations for the Holiday season begins. With countless things to do, concerts to attend, and events happening throughout the city, one thing is for sure – your trip won’t be boring!
“2020 may have brought many changes this year, but the traditional unveiling of NYC holiday windows will still be here”
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.” (TONY)
“An exploration of Josephine Baker, an avant-garde trumpeter and the composer John Adams are among the highlights.
With many opera houses and concert halls still closed by the pandemic for months to come, the musical action has moved online. That’s been the case since March, of course — but as winter arrives and outdoor presentations grow more difficult, artists and institutions are creating digital presentations with more care and intention.
There is a flood of offerings out there. Here are 10 highlights from what’s coming in December.”
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 (December 10 – December 16)
1. Kathleen Edwards, “Hard on Everyone” (Dualtone)
2. Black Pumas, “I’m Ready” (ATO)
3. Kurt Vile, “How Lucky” (Matador)
4. Sunflower Bean, “Moment in the Sun” (mom + pop)
5. Bruce Springsteen, “Letter to You” (Columbia)
6. Lake Street Dive, “Making Do” (Nonesuch)
7. Romy, “Lifetime” (Young Turks)
8. Gorillaz feat. Beck, “The Valley of the Pagans” (Warner)
9. Fleet Foxes, “Can I Believe You” (ANTI)
10. Fiona Apple, “Under the Table” (Epic)
Decades old movies, songs and video games have ssurged in popularity over the pandemic. Psychologists say conjuring nostalgia during stressful times is a healthy coping mechanism.