December NYC events + Top 11 NYC corona culture (12/21)

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. 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 11 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. All the Best 2020 Holiday Windows in New York City

“Here’s how retailers are reimagining the seasonal tradition for an unusual year.

Many holiday traditions will be (rightfully, necessarily) put on hold in 2020, but one forges on in midtown Manhattan. 

Despite a difficult year in retail, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and other fashion companies with flagship stores and brick-and-mortar presences in New York City are unveiling their annual holiday window displays. These debuts may be less flashy (and less crowded) than in past years, but, in many cases, they aim to convey feelings of optimism and reflect the wishes many have for the upcoming year.”

2.10 perfect gifts from NYC museumsTONY

“New York City’s museums are full of incredible art, collections and artifacts, but they’re also full of beautiful, unique and thoughtful gifts. 

With the holiday season in full swing, finding the perfect gift for friends and families is of the utmost importance, especially in a year that’s been so hard for everyone. Museums have also had it rough after being forced to shutter for months on end. We can support them now by finding our gifts at The Met Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York and more.”

“Many seasonal mainstays have been reimagined for online viewing this year. Here are some of our favorites, from “A Christmas Carol” to Handel’s “Messiah.”

4. The best holiday markets open in NYC this year TONY

“At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the merriest of moods

Shopping for holiday gifts for your clan can be stressful, so you might as well enjoy yourself while hiking up that credit card balance. And you will, as long as you nab presents from vendors at the best holiday markets in NYC. While fancy Christmas window displays may entice you, these winter bazaars offer many perks such as free-admission ice-skating, mouthwatering treats for purchase, supporting local small businesses this year and more in addition to one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones.”

“This week, stream Handel’s “Messiah,” listen to a conversation with Haim or check out virtual artwork from Judy Chicago.”


6. This Google doc shows all NYC restaurants and bars with heatersTONY

“We’re started a running list of more than 100 places to stay warm while eating and drinking outdoors across the five boroughs.”

“Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself are some of the exhibitions that remain open to the public.”

8. These are the best New York City holiday markets for kids and families in 2020amNY

“Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Look no further because NYC offers only the best of the best when it comes to fashion, home goods, art, food and more. This year may look different than the rest; however, some of the city’s most iconic holiday markets are still open for business and have adjusted procedures to enforce social distancing so that families can shop safely and enjoy the holiday cheer outside of the house. You can purchase everything from home-made to name-brand at these holiday markets in NYC!”

9. The best Christmas shows in NYC this holiday seasonTONY

“Our guide to holiday stage fun in 2020, with plenty of streaming Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers to yuletide you over.

Christmas shows are on everyone’s mind as New Yorkers prepare for the holidays. Theaters are still closed this year, and how can you have Christmas in New York without a generous array of Nutcrackers and A Christmas Carols? With that in mind, we’ve scoured the internet to find dozens of the best holiday-themed theater and dance shows that you can stream this year to help you stay in high spirits, from shows aimed at kids to a few that are definitely not. Check out our chronological list of holiday shows and find the ones that are right for you.”

10. Igloo-Shaped Polygons for Outdoor DiningWSJ

“The plastic domes used by restaurants to keep patrons safe take advantage of a shape discovered by ancient mathematicians.

As restaurants fight to stay in business while keeping people safe in a pandemic, outdoor dining “igloos” are popping up to protect diners from the weather and each other. One popular design is based on the mathematical structure of an icosahedron, a three-dimensional shape built from equilateral triangles. This is one of the family of highly symmetrical, three-dimensional shapes called the Platonic solids, which were first studied over 2,000 years ago”

11. The best live theater to stream online this week

“The pandemic crisis has had a devastating effect on the performing arts. Broadway has shut down until at least June, and the ban on large gatherings in New York currently extends to all other performance spaces as well. So the show must go online—and streaming video makes that possible. Here are some of the best theater, opera, dance and cabaret events from across the country (and around the world) that you can watch today without leaving home, many of which will help you support artists and worthy charities. Scroll past the day-by-day listings to find events that have already premiered but can still be seen for a limited time. We update this page on a weekly basis.” (TONY)

bonus#1: The fastest places to get a COVID-19 test in NYC TONY

“CityMD sites will now close 90 minutes earlier every day—here’s where else you can go for a quick, reliable test.”

bonus#2: A Walk Through Harlem, New York’s Most Storied Neighborhood – The New York Times

“Our critic chats with the architect David Adjaye about Hotel Theresa, Marcus Garvey Park, the home of Langston Hughes, the Y.M.C.A. and other landmarks.”

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.


Stay home a bit longer – Mask up and stay safe

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