December NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (12/30)

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.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.”

3. The Underground Gourmet’s Year-End Digestgrubstreet

“The best new comfort food we ate in 2020.”

4. Editors’ Picks: 17 Events for Your Holiday Art Calendar This Weekartnet.com

“From a Christmas LED Flower Display to an Origami Extravaganza – Plus, see the holiday displays at Bergdorf Goodman’s and the New York Botanical Garden’s annual holiday train show.”

5. 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 New Year’s Eve options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Start by catching an exhibit at one of NYC’s best museums or watching a movie at The Standard. On New Year’s Eve, rent a cabin at The Greens or toast to the new year with Parklife. Start the new year with a walk through incredible light displays at LuminoCity or The New York Botanical Garden.”

6.Penn Station’s spacious new passenger hall is set to open this weekTONY

“The shiny, new Moynihan Train Hall will be more spacious than Grand Central’s main concourse.

After three years of construction at Penn Station, the century-old Farley Post Office building has officially transformed into a new passenger hall for travelers—right across Eighth Avenue from the existing Penn Station structure.”

7.- 10 Cool NYC Art and Museum Exhibitions to Check Out Nowthrillist

“Grab your mask and wander the halls of the city’s unparalleled cultural institutions.

When NYC museums were forced to close their doors in March due to COVID-19, art-loving New Yorkers had to endure an already difficult period without all of the creativity and inspiration that comes from wandering the halls of our city’s unparalleled cultural institutions. Thankfully, though, museums in NYC were able to reopen in the late summer, and have remained so since then.”

8. The Best Meals I Ate in 2020grubstreet

“Our critic finds some comforts in a heartbreaking 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 January 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info (well, maybe. it depends).  

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

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