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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.
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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (Sun). NEW STUFF!
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.
“It’s funny how February is the shortest month of all, yet somehow, this year has already felt like 76 days. Nevertheless, we’ve survived (yet another) round of snowstorms, local movie theaters are set to reopen on March 5th, and… it’s the weekend! To close out the last days of the month, we’ve got enormous, overstuffed burritos; a new bakery with a mission; and at-home DJ sets to practice your moves before real clubs (fingers-crossed) eventually open up again.
As always, remember to stay six feet apart when you’re out and about, wash those hands, and don’t leave home without your mask. And be sure to check out our Weekend Guide podcast streaming below.”
Uber-restaurateur Stephen Starr is stepping into virtual restaurant territory for the first time and, unsurprisingly, doing it legit. Jackass Burritos, with its cheeky above-mentioned tagline, is no gimmick, however: they’re a messy, saucy, and delicious good time. Choose from five burrito options like the Frito pie (Frito corn chips, beef, jalapeno queso) and the baja shrimp (crispy shrimp, dried onions, cabbage), or order any of them as a signature “Jackass Bowl” with a choice of cilantro lime rice, brown rice, farro, lettuce. Pickup is available at El Vez or order delivery from all major platforms.
Cost: Burritos from $11
Better-for-you convenience store, The Goods Mart, tapped human-rights activist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement Opal Tometi as their February Guest Curator for Good. Tometi, who is also a self-professed snack fiend, created a box with 10 of her favorite sweet and savory nibbles, all from BIPOC- and/or female-founded companies. For every purchase, $10 goes towards Diaspora Rising, Tometi’s venture that supports the 21st century Pan Africanist movement.
Cost: $60 per box
It may still be some time before we can jet across the Atlantic for a bowl of pasta, so in the meantime, let Italy come to you. Alta Calidad’s Staycation Series highlights a different country each month and for February, the comforting flavors of chickpeas, saffron, and chocolate are all on tap. The three-course menu will feature a hearty escarole soup; saffron cavatelli served with lamb ragu; and, in a sweet finish, ricotta cannoli flavored with chocolate, candied lemon, and fennel seed. Delivery or takeout is available to order through the restaurant’s website.
Cost: $55 per person
Sweet Generation was a charming bakery in the East Village that also trained formerly incarcerated high school students to work in the food industry. After closing that location in early January, owner Amy Chasan is now reinventing the concept in Bushwick. The new location’s grand opening this week boasts a much larger retail area and café, as well as two floors of kitchens, one of which will serve as space for community baking classes. Aside from their ever-popular breads, cookies, and cakes, the new bakery will also serve house-made sandwiches and grain bowls, and even vegan soft serve.
Cost: Pastries from $3.25
One of the most joyous celebrations of the Jewish year is Purim, which falls on February 26 this year. Hamantaschen, those triangular pastries often stuffed with poppy seeds, are probably the most traditional accompaniment to the holiday. And at Breads Bakery, the classic dessert is made new again: flavors include apple, halva, and chocolate, plus an incredible savory version stuffed with pizza toppings. Don’t miss the limited-time flavor available this week only: mango, chili, and matcha.
Cost: 1 for $3, 6 for $16 and dozen for $25
Friday, February 26
The Standard, High Line was always a buzz of activity pre-COVID. Now, they’ve simply moved some of their beloved programming online; allowing you to pretend you’re sipping cocktails at Le Bain while you’re actually… in your living room. This Friday, tune in via their website or Mixcloud account for a two-hour-long DJ set of R&B, Afrobeats, Detroit techno, and more from Brooklyn’s own radio studio Half Moon.
It’s hard to improve upon perfection, but somehow, Big Stick Willy’s has done it. The cheese-centric shop specializes in everyone’s favorite bar food, but you’ll find way more than the basic fried stick here. There are six savory varieties—including the aforementioned Cheez It-coated cheddar stick—as well as sweet versions made with cream cheese or brie. And, since more is more when it comes to fried snacks, there are also 10 different sauces to accompany the sticks, ranging from a classic spicy marinara to an indulgent blend of rosemary, honey, sea salt, and butter.
Cost: Sticks from $2.50
Saturday, February 27, 7 pm
House Party and House Party 2 were among the first films to document the Black teenage experience for a wider audience. Tune in for a conversation with Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater about the films’ continued significance in an event created by Apollo Film and Screen/Play. Special guests will include actors from the films Kid ‘N Play, writer and director Reginald Hudlin, plus performances by Full Force, and Lisa Lisa.
Cost: $15 per ticket
In NYC, you may think we’ve got every pizza style imaginable already. Luckily for us, that’s not the case: new pizzeria Coco Pazzeria is now selling buzzetti, mini, open-faced calzones that look as adorable on IG as they do in real life. The bite-size wonders come in four flavors, ranging from a zippy Gorgonzola and Italian ham, to a cheesy black truffle and broccoli rabe. Don’t miss their regular pizza either: the restaurant is owned by the legendary Pino Luongo, who does wonders with all Italian food.
Cost: $10 per buzzetti; pizza from $18
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“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.”
“We might be in the midst of a huge snowstorm, but February is always a great month for new public art. Once you can dig yourself out, check out everything from the annual Times Square Heart unveiling to more timely works that are a commentary on COVID-19 and social justice, plus art exhibitions in surprising locations. Outdoor art installations are even more critical in the pandemic, with some shuttered businesses taking advantage of their exterior facades to communicate artistically with the public. Here are the new public art installations to see this month in New York City!” (untappedcities.com)
Dumplings, tacos, ramen—the best Chinatown restaurants in New York City serve all that and much more
“February 2021: Now more than ever, it’s essential to support the best Chinatown restaurants in NYC, which have faced a unique set of challenges over the last year. Still, the neighborhood has risen to the occasion in brilliant and creative ways. From the illuminated lanterns now strung across Mott Street to creative outdoor dining set-ups, if you haven’t been to Chinatown lately, it’s worth taking some time to explore its many treasures—including its absolutely fantastic restaurants. These are our favorites that are currently open.
New York’s best Chinatown restaurants are more than dim sum and Peking duck—although, the downtown neighborhood is rife with fantastic options for both. No, the food possibilities expand well beyond some of the city’s best Chinese restaurants to include creative Mexican restaurants and Cali-coolcafes. Whether you’re looking for traditional soup dumplings or French-Malaysian fare, these Chinatown restaurants have something for you.” (TONY)
“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”
“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.”
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.
WFUV Live Online (February 25 – March 03)
2/25 Julia Holter from the Lodge Room
2/25 Tedeschi Trucks Band, “The Fireside Sessions”
2/25 Trampled by Turtles, “Trampled by Thursdays”
2/26 Little Dragon livestream
2/26 Vetiver, Meg Baird and Suzanne Vallie
2/27 Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses
2/27 The Mavericks from Nashville
2/27 Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold stream
2/28 Nickel Creek’s “Nickel Stream: A Livecreek Experience”
3/3 Liz Phair, “Hey Lou Hey Liz” livestream with Brad Wood
“For some visitors, the stop was merely intended to gaze at the enormous hall complete with an enormous skylight roof and Art Deco clock. Many were spotted craning their necks to take in the open skylight, pivoting their hips taking scenic, panoramic photos. Others searched for fresco portraits created by Kehinde Wiley, which are prominently displayed at the 33rd Street entrance, or the spacious and modern Amtrak lounge on the upper floor.”
Stay home for a bit longer. Mask up, stay smart and stay safe.