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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.
We’re inching ever closer to spring! How do we know? Well, for starters, all the recent snow melted and there are outdoor concerts and drive-in movies happening this weekend. And, to kick off Women’s History Month, we’ve also rounded up some of NYC’s best parks and outdoor spaces named after historical women. After all this outdoor activity works up an appetite, we’ve also got you covered with new pizza and decadent banana pudding.
Since opening three years ago, BÀO Tea House has been a favorite of hungry NYU students looking for a filling (and Insta-friendly) snack. What sets their sweet and savory buns apart from others, however, is their continual push for unique flavors and combinations. Their newest collaboration is no different: for the month of March, the shop partnered with Southeast Asian-inspired dessert spot Moon Man to create a decadent, pandan kaya jam-filled bao. Wash it all down with an equally colorful, rose-grapefruit tea.
Cost: $5.50 for two
Long Island City
New pizzerias are always a cause for celebration, but during the pandemic? We’re breaking out the noisemakers. This weekend, make time to grab a pie at the brand-new Geena’s Cucina, a casual spot specializing in al forno-style pizza. Their inventive toppings range from the rib-sticking “Get Shorty” combo of ricotta, red onion, and short rib; to the cheese lovers’ favorite of “White Rabbit,” piled high with ricotta, mozzarella, pecorino, and romano. If you’re short on time, grab a calzone to go: there are half-a-dozen flavors to pick from.
Cost: Pies from $11
Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7
Chef Jenna Sprafkin has cooked all over the world, but the pandemic currently has her stationed in Brooklyn. That’s good news for us, because she recently launched Appartamento Pasta, a weekend carryout business featuring her unique, handmade recipes. On the menu currently are a green-hued agnolotti stuffed with decadent red-wine braised beef, potatoes, parsley and pecorino; and—perfect for brunch—a cappelletti with Acme Seafood’s smoked salmon, creamy potato, and fresh dill.
Cost: $35 per order
We might be a few weeks away from the actual start of spring, but, with the weather thawing out, many of our favorite outdoor events are returning. This weekend, the celebrated Queens Drive-In, a project of the Museum of the Moving Image, Rooftop Films, and the New York Hall of Science, will flicker to life once again. On tap for the inaugural weekend? Coming 2 America, Judas and the Black Messiah, and the classic, Muppets Take Manhattan. And don’t worry, there will be snacks: vendors from the Queens Night Market are there serving up Asian-style buns, cookies, and popcorn.
Cost: $35 per car (up to five passengers)
Celebrate this weekend’s sunny forecast and the start of Women’s History Month by exploring some of NYC’s many parks and outdoor spaces named after historical women. There’s Cleopatra Playground in the Bronx (who is the earliest woman honored with a park or playground in the city); Central Park’s beautiful Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir; the Alice Austen Park in Staten Island (named after a prominent photographer in the 19th and early 20th centuries); the Shirley Chisholm Circle in Brooklyn’s Brower Park that pays homage to the educator and social rights activist; and the Marie Curie Park in Queens named after the French-Polish physicist who discovered the nature of radioactivity.
Art lovers are in for a treat at Chelsea Market this weekend: interactive audio-visual exhibition ARTECHOUSE just unveiled their newest show, Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions by Dutch artist Julius Horsthius. Moreover, in the market’s main concourse is an exhibition by Brooklyn mixed media artist Voodo’ Fe, featuring his renderings of notables like The Notorious BIG and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Finally, this Sunday from 1 – 2 pm, head outside the market for an outdoor performance from The Chelsea Symphony—the neighborhood group is planning to play the first Sunday of every month starting in March. And check out this recent story of ours for even more cool NYC art exhibits.
Cost: The concert and Voodo’ Fe’s exhibit are free, ARTECHOUSE is $24 per ticket.
Sunday, March 7, 12:30 pm – 1pm
The pandemic forced many in the food industry to get creative with how and where they serve their dishes. One of the most tasty success stories is Shortbread Society, which hosts weekly pop-ups of their addictive Scottish cookies throughout the NYC area. Now, they’ve expanded into puddings stuffed with mouthwatering mix-ins that’ll (almost) make you forget about their namesake shortbread. This Sunday, place an order via DM on their Instagram to reserve a pint of their salted caramel, shortbread, and banana pudding, which is as decadent—and necessary—as it sounds.
Cost: $25 per container, order by Saturday at 2 pm
Sunday, March 7, 2 pm – 4 pm
Did you have “sea shanties go viral” on your quarantine bingo card? Us either, but we’re glad they’re here. Learn all about the history of these sea songs with the South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly “Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music” singalong, hosted by singers of the New York Packet, the official singing group of the museum. Just listen in, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, register ahead to lead the group in one of your favorite shanty bangers.
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“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.”
“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.”==============================================================================
“In like a lion and out like a lamb, the month of March begins with loads of new public art on display and some closing out before months end. There are installations to interact with, bring kids to, marvel over after dark, or make a pit stop at on your way out of town. 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)============================================================================
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 (March 04 – March 10)
3/4 Arlo Parks livestream
3/4 Tedeschi Trucks Band, “The Fireside Sessions”
3/5-6 The Hold Steady, “The Weekender” livestream from NY’s Brooklyn Bowl
3/5 Julien Baker from Analog at Hudson Hotel
3/6 Chris Difford of Squeeze, a benefit for Tarrytown Music Hall
3/6 Los Lobos, performance and Q&A from Los Angeles
3/6 Black Country, New Road livestream from London’s Southbank Centre
3/6 The Besnard Lakes livestream
3/9 Shakey Graves record release show
“Need an excuse to leave your house (and perhaps even put on an #OOTD-worthy outfit) this week? The city’s got you covered. Grab your mask and get your phone camera ready for the most recent batch of art installations, exhibitions, and Instagrammable eateries just waiting for a place on your feed. Trust, your followers will thank you.”
“An interactive digital art exhibition that has taken the world by storm will open in New York City this summer. Immersive Van Gogh explores the post-Impressionist works of Vincent Van Gogh through massive, moving projections. Created by film producer Massimiliano Siccardi and producer Corey Ross, and with mood-setting music by composer Luca Longobardi, the experience will open at a yet-to-be-announced location in the city on June 10.”
“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?”