December NYC events + Only the Best NYC weekend corona culture (12/20)

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8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This WeekendThrillist

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.

“After the city’s first real snow of the year, everything looks so fresh and full of possibility. With a vaccine for New Yorkers on the horizon—and next week’s winter solstice assuring us that spring is, indeed, right around the corner—there are all kinds of ways to celebrate the long-awaited end of 2020 in NYC.

Grab a grandma pie from a new pizza joint, sip a Slovenian wine at a brand new restaurant, or head to a one-weekend-only holiday night market for Christmas shopping and some seasonal snacks in the Bronx—we’ve rounded up eight actually cool things to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC this weekend.”

Grab a grandma pie from a new pizza joint

Greenwich Village
Dan Kluger’s new pizza place, Washington Squares, is all about the square pies. Inspired by the grandma-style pan pizza at Kluger’s Greenwich Village restaurant, Loring Place, the rotating selection of six pies are available exclusively for takeout and delivery. Go classic with the O.G. made with tomato, ricotta, and mozz; or the Meat Lovers covered with soppressata, sausage, and spicy honey; and then curl up at home with your cat and cup of tea and get your granny on. 
Cost: Pies start at $25 

Discover your new Brooklyn hangout

Prospect Heights
Opened by 25-year industry veteran Randi Lee (formerly of Del Posto, The Smile), Leland Eating and Drinking House’s menu is full of tons of small plates, savory toast with anchovies and pickled onions, and in-house baked crackers and breads. That is to say: It feels like a Brooklyn restaurant from the Before Times. Stop by the new neighborhood haunt (you can order takeout or pickup from the window and eat at one of their outdoor tables) and support your friendly neighborhood picklers and sourdough obsessives. 
Cost: Food starts at $5

Taste your way through a Slovenian menu

Upper West Side
Pekarna, which opened this week in the UWS, highlights the tough-to-find-in-NYC food of Slovenia. The restaurant is gigantic—at full capacity, the can seat over 300—but until indoor dining reopens, you can have a seat at a table in their backyard to try their truffle matzo ball soup and chicken schnitzel burger. Sip a glass of Slovenian wine, order the Slovenian “baked apple roll” for dessert, and be transported (for a night, at least) to central Europe. 
Cost: Entrees start at $20

Celebrate Hanukkah with a virtual concert

Friday, December 18, 8pm
Yo La Tengo’s eight nights of seasonal shows have long been the hottest Hanukkah ticket in town—and now that the concert is going virtual for 2020, you don’t need to worry about scoring a seat! They’ll be performing a live concert from the downtown venue, The Greene Space, along with an opening act and a comedian (a longstanding YLT tradition!). Proceeds from ticket sales go to the National Independent Venue Association Emergency Relief Fund, which is working to keep our beloved music venues afloat. 
Cost: Tickets are $20


Keep up your holiday ‘Nutcracker’ tradition

The ballet season might be canceled, but you can still catch New York City Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Filmed during their 2019 season—back when we could go inside!—it features Tschaikovsky’s familiar score, the sparkly tutus and tights of your memory, and all of the holiday spirit you can beam into your house through your laptop. When you rent the ballet, you have 48 hours to watch it—that leaves you plenty of time to pause while you snack on peppermints and plums.  
Cost: $25

See the Empire State Building lit up for the holidays

Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20, 8pm
The Empire State Building’s holiday light show is turning on this Saturday and continuing every night through Christmas. You can catch a good view of it from all over the city, but it’s even cozier (and COVID-safe!) to watch the show from home. They’ll be posting the video on their YouTube channel right after the first show, or, if you’re watching live, you can tune into iHeartRadio’s Z100 and LiteFM to get the full sound and light experience. 
Cost: Free

Snack and shop at a holiday night market

Saturday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20, 12 – 7pm
Back for the season for one weekend only, the Bronx Holiday Night Market is giving you the chance to sip, snack, and shop local businesses. Eat your way through Fordham Plaza—vendors include Bronx Burger Co., Empanada Papa, Yakitori Tatsu, and Treat Yourself Jerk—and then finish up your shopping list with eco-friendly Afro-Latin jewelry from Ariance Jewelry, one-of-a-kind finds from Theobucket Vintage, and handmade vegan soaps from Crystal + Irie.
Cost: Free to enter

Take a hike to celebrate the days ahead

Sunday, December 20, 4pm
Van Cortlandt Park
The winter solstice—the longest night of the year—is Monday, December 21, and that means our days are about to start getting brighter. To celebrate making it through the darkest days of the winter of 2020, join a “Sunset Before Solstice” hike with the city’s Urban Park Rangers, where you can breathe in some fresh air in one of the city’s most beautiful parks located in the Bronx. Bundle up, bring some friends, and keep moving towards the sunnier days ahead. 
Cost: Free

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Things To Do in New York in

What is there to do in December in New York?

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!


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”


The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

“Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more

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.”

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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.


Go Ahead, Binge Old Movies and Jam Out to ’90s HitsNYT

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.


Stay home for a bit longer. Mask up, stay smart and stay safe.

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