December NYC Events + Top 10 NYC Corona Culture (12/16)

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.

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.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Top 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1.Here’s where you can see the best NYC holiday windows this yearamNY

“2020 may have brought many changes this year, but the traditional unveiling of NYC holiday windows will still be here.”

2.The best places to go ice-skating in NYCTONY

“It’s time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’d rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.”

“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.”

4. Editors’ Picks: 14 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week,

“From a Conference With Bay Area Museum Directors to a Very Contemporary Look at Henry VIII. Plus shows at Gagosian, James Fuentes, Massey Klein Gallery, Postmasters, and more.”

5. Best Christmas things to do in NYCTONY

“Make the most of the holidays with our list of Christmas things to do in NYC, including tree-lightings, gigs and more

It’s almost the merriest time of year and there are so many Christmas things to do in NYC to put on your list of festivities. From uptown to downtown, the city boasts holiday offerings like the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, light festivals, and the best holiday markets NYC has to offer. Whether you channel your inner grinch or cheery elf during NYC’s most wonderful season, we’ve got you covered with activities.”

6. 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.”

7. The best NYC-themed gifts for everyone on your list 6sqft.com

It’s always fun to show a little hometown pride, but this year, New York really deserves it. Whether you want to give your out-of-town family member a memento of your city or get something personal for a local friend, these NYC-themed gifts are sure to please. From cute subway merch to puzzles of your favorite landmarks to all the best books, this guide has a little something for everyone.

8. The best things to do in NYC this week – TONY

“If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of fun holiday options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Start by catching a flick at The Standard’s enchanted forest or seeing newly re-opened European art galleries at the Met Museum. Finish up with a visit to LuminoCity on Randall’s Island and shopping locally for the whole family at the holiday markets open this year. “

9. The absolute best pizza in NYC TONY

“The best pizza in NYC as tasted by our pizza experts—from dollar slices to slice with mile high toppings.

New Yorkers are fortunate to live in a city where the pizza is so good that even the dollar slices are excellent. But with so many options, it’s difficult to know which pie shop is worth the trek. We put together our most comprehensive guide to slices across the five boroughs. Whether you’re looking for a classic margherita pie, our favorite joint with an old-school New York atmosphere or the spot to grab a slice at an outdoor restaurant in the warmer months, we’ve got you covered. Now more than ever, pizza in New York is experimental and accommodating to all kinds of dietary restrictions (such as gluten free pizza, thank you, Screamer’s!) while many of the old-fashioned spots have kept the same charm as ever.”

 

10. Bryant Park’s Winter Village Officially Openssecretnyc.com

“The wonderland will feature tins of holiday shops, a pop-up rinkside food hall, and a 17,000-foot free ice skating rink as the centerpiece. (You’ll only have to pay to rent skates if you don’t already have, which cost $18-$33, depending on the day). Because of COVID-19, there are many new safety measures in place, including a completely-outdoors Winter Village experience.”

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 December 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.  

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Stay home for a bit longer – Mask up and stay safe

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