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Covid-19 has required some changes. First of all, some very important information:
“There are multiple websites, disappearing slots and even attempts to game the system. Here’s our guide to what you have to do to get a dose in your arm.”
For February 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!
“If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of fun options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Start by finding the moving art diorama “The House Our Families Built,” then take in an outdoor movie at Syndicated or head to the Winter Village at Westlight for some ice skating and fondue.”
A. The House Our Families Built
Art lovers will be delighted to know that a new moving art installation has landed on the New York scene less than a week ago. The House Our Families Built is an installation by Brooklyn-based artist Caledonia Curry (you probably know her as Swoon) that debuted last weekend at Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of a larger PBS initiative called “American Portrait.” The installation is a visually striking one: built on a 14-foot box truck, the diorama-style outdoor sculpture features pantings, cutouts and some live performances that dissect “the legacy of ancestral histories—whether through traditions, trauma or repeated narratives—and the ways in which they inform how we understand and talk about ourselves.” Swoon enlisted the help of her longtime collaborator Jeff Stark to come up with the work, which features stories found within the PBS American Portrait archives. Specifically, passerby can expect 15-minute live performances that “transition through emotions from humor to fear, tenderness to confrontation, encouraging people to ask where they’ve come from and what they can leave behind,” according to the installation’s official website. Folks walking by the installation while a live performance isn’t in session will instead be treated to an audio of the happening. The roving exhibit will take up residence at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this weekend (February 6-7), followed by a stint in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on February 13 and 14, eventually landing on the North Plaza of Union Square at 17th Street in Manhattan on February 21.
B. Syndicated Sidewalk Cinema
Things to do Syndicated, East Williamsburg Until Feb 28 2021
Do you miss going to the movies? Syndicated Brooklyn, the theater/kitchen/bar mashup, is showing films outside on a 14-foot-wide white screen on its brick facade to customers ordering drinks and food (from its crowd-pleasing wings and seasoned popcorn to the new Pink Flamingo made with Mezcal, fresh watermelon juice, ginger syrup and lemon). Don’t worry, seats are covered and heated, so showings are only canceled in extreme weather.
Syndicated has some “house rules:” There are no tickets—seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must social distance, too.
Syndicated’s managing partner Tim Chung said he and his staff decided to move screenings outside because it “became clear that we were not going to be able to have people in our space, both our bar and our theater for some time.”
“Since indoor dining and moviegoing feels so uncertain right now, why not try to maximize the outdoor space that we are currently allowed to use? A lot of our customers have been expressing how much they’ve missed coming to the movies here and so we wanted to try and give them the next best thing,” he added.
Most films will play twice: 5:30 and 8pm. You’ll want to follow along on Instagram to keep up with what’s going on.
The calendar is as follows:
Feb. 8: Brokeback Mountain
Feb. 9: Only Lovers Left Alive
Feb. 10: Moonstruck
Feb. 11: Moonlight
Feb. 12: Wild at Heart
Feb. 13: True Romance (5:30pm) | Phantom Thread (8pm)
Feb. 14: If Beale Street Could Talk (5:30pm) | Portrait of a Lady on Fire (8pm)
Feb. 15: Strangers on a Train
Feb. 16: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
Feb. 17: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca
Feb. 18: Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious
Feb. 19: Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest
Feb. 20: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo
Feb. 21: Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder
Feb. 22: Bamboozled
Feb. 23: Get Out
Feb. 24: Girls Trip
Feb. 25: Selma
Feb. 26: MLK
Feb. 27: FBI
Feb. 28: Dolemite
C. Harlem Fine Arts Show
Things to do Online, Until Feb 28 2021
The 12th annual Harlem Fine Arts Show, which usually happens at the Historic Riverside Church, is going virtual this year. Expect a digital fine arts exhibition and sale celebrating African-American art in all its forms. As the largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the U.S., the show spans four days, starting with an opening night ceremony on Thursday, a fashion show on Friday and a literary pavilion on Saturday. The show wraps up on Sunday.
“From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long”
3. Order up! Bring home great food from more than 570 eateries taking part in NYC Restaurant Week – amNY
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the city’s restaurant industry, and next week’s New York City Restaurant Week To Go provides everyone with an affordable opportunity to support small businesses in their greatest time of need while safely enjoying some fine dining.”
“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.”
“A $1.6 billion transformation of a post office has given the city a lofty, light-filled steel, glass and marble cathedral, our critic writes.
The $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall opened at dawn on New Year’s morning — on budget, too, even a couple of months early. Instagram swooned. Tweeters channeled Stefon from “Saturday Night Live.”
In the midst of everything else, we needed this. New York needs this.”
“The best new comfort food we ate in 2020.
Now is the time for pure, unalloyed comfort food, however you define it, which happens to be the theme of our roundup of the best things we ate this year.”
“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.”
“Our critic Adam Platt finds some comforts in a heartbreaking year.”
“When thinking of chess, what normally comes to mind is a pair of players dressed in khakis, glasses, and sweater vests. But if you’ve recently seen Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, chess might seem a lot more . . . glamorous? Almost to the point where you may have wanted to dig out your old chess board from the attic (good luck buying a set — thanks to the show, they’re sold out nearly everywhere). Based off of Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, The Queens Gambit takes place during the sixties and follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she strives to become the world’s greatest chess player.”
From Public Art in Brooklyn to Valentine’s Day With the Wide Awakes
Plus, check out a talk with video and film artist Isaac Julien and hear artist Ann Shelton and critic Claire Voon in conversation.
“Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area.“
“From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan.”
We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here February 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info (well, maybe. it depends).
“Much of the best streaming theater, dance and music of the lockdown period remains viewable anytime.”
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