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 a bit to find it). Now, how about some more useful information.
Things to Do This Week in NYC (12/14-12/20)
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.
(12/14-12/20) ” 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, many with plenty of warmth to get you through cooler nights. Read on for more reopenings and other things to do in NYC this week!”
THE ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE RETURNS!
The 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been installed, an 11-ton Norway spruce from Oneonta, New York. The big lighting ceremony and concert took place on Wednesday, with the tree now lit from 6am to midnight daily. You can view in groups of up to four with a free virtual ticket. Entrances for viewing will be limited to 49th and 50th Sts. at Fifth and Sixth Aves.; masks and social distancing must be respected. Viewing times will be limited to 5 minutes per group. Learn more here. The tree remains lit until noon on January 10th.
For the second year in a row, New York City gets its own city of lights. LuminoCitysprawls across several acres of Randall’s Island with an immersive art experience that brings original storytelling through five themed parks.You can explore evocatively named spots The Mysterious Forest, The Dangerous Dunes, The Forgotten Ruins, The Hidden Land of Hria, and The Mystical Moon Land. In addition, there are food trucks, special theme nights, and a curated holiday market. The installation is open now and runs through January 5th.
HOLIDAY EXPRESS RETURNS
The annual holiday tradition Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection is back to celebrate the golden age of toys and transportation. Now through February 21st at the New-York Historical Society, you can explore trains and stations that date from the turn of the 19th century to the WWII era, showcasing evolutions in design. New for this year are several items not seen for years, including the rare, elaborately detailed Märklin Grand Station (1904–08). Precautions are taking place for the pandemic, including the closure of the crawl-space viewing bubble this year.
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. Last Saturday marked the official return, with limited capacity and skate times to ensure social distancing safety. (The experience is mostly outdoors, which will help as well.) 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, transformed into a glittering symbol of the holiday.
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.
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“Although we are still mostly in the virtual realm, several in-person experiences dot our December roundup. Most all of us can’t say goodbye to 2020 quickly enough, but we have some good opportunities for looking back, and looking forward. We’re especially eager for presentations on Jung and tarot, John Coltrane, and a Filipinx holiday cooking demo.”
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) =============================================================
“The brand-new Edge definitely has some of the (if not the) most incredible views in all of New York City.
At 1,131 feet high, and as the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, it makes sense! And now you can catch those views while also getting in the holiday spirit with their gorgeous new light displays.
The Skyline Steps, where you can sit and marvel at the sights, have been decked out with almost 50,000 holiday lights and garland!” (secretnyc.co)
“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)
“Watch these classic musical theater performances from the comfort of your couch”