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. 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 March 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 NYC on YouTube.
There are some very fine NYC YouTube videos, it’s tough to pick just a few. Here are some of my faves:
Best Food Carts in New York City
Treasures of New York: The New-York Historical Society
We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here April 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Now, how about some other useful winter NYC information. 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 checking out the Met Musem’s new Goya exhibit or taking a meditative sound walk at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Then, catch a free performance of Romeo + Juliet in a storefront.” Here are just a few:
g. St. Paddy’s Day at The Greens
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The Greens on Pier 17 is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a festive and traditional meal including Shepherd’s Pie and an Irish Whiskey Buck by its cocktail partner and World’s Best Bar, Dante, all set to Irish music. Cabin reservations open Monday, March 1 at 10 a.m. for parties of up to 10 guests. All reservations are for 90-minute increments and can be booked from 11am–11pm. The rooftop venue has 28 individual 12’ by 10’ winterized dining cabins that have jaw-dropping, floor-to-ceiling views of NYC from its prime location on the East River waterfront.
h. “The Land of the Blacks”
Art Westfield World Trade Center, Financial District Until Mar 25 2021
“The Land of the Blacks” digital exhibition displayed on the expansive screens at the Oculus will present graphics, maps, and photography illustrating the 28 different land grants earned by Black people in New Netherland between 1643 and 1663, making it the first Black community in New York City. This experience marks the largest public acknowledgment of The Land of The Blacks in New York City history. The installation is presented by Black Gotham Experience and Westfield World Trade Center. Black Gotham Experience, established in 2010 by artist and historian Kamau Ware, creates media at the intersection of scholarship and aesthetics that illustrates the impact of the African Diaspora missing from collective consciousness as well as the public square. It’ll be on through March 25.
i. The Rewind: A celebration of Women’s History Month
Take a look back at past virtual SummerStage performances for Women’s History Month. Vanessa Reed, President and CEO of New Music USA who initiated the international Keychange campaign in response to the gender gap in music, will introduce the program, which features artists like Beninese-American superstar Angélique Kidjo, indie group Soccer Mommy, Brazilian pop artist Duda Beat, Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel, queen of disco Gloria Gaynor, award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz singer Daymé Arocena, experimental R&B violinist Sudan Archives, Mexican alternative-pop singer Carla Morrison, and Camille A Brown & Dancers company member, Chloe O. Davis. It’s set for Thursday, March 4, at 7pm. Catch it on SummerStageAnywhere.org, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitch.
j. NYC Ballet’s spring season
News Theater & Performance
Ahead of its planned return to in-person performances in September, the NYC Ballet has released its digital spring season, which includes newly recorded performances at the Koch Theater. It all starts with “Theme and Variations,” (March 1-2, 4) and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” (March 8-9, 11).
On Monday, March 1, a new episode of City Ballet The Podcast will feature NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton on Theme and Variations’ Tschaikovsky score.
On Tuesday, March 2, at 8pm, NYCB will present an “Inside NYCB” episode focusing on the first solo performed by the male principal dancer in Theme and Variations, with rehearsal footage and interviews with Principal Dancers Joseph Gordon, Andrew Veyette, and Repertory Director Kathleen Tracey.
On Thursday, March 4, at 8pm, NYCB will release a previously recorded performance of Theme and Variations, with Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette in the leading roles.
Other offerings during the digital season include:
Mondays: New episodes of the City Ballet The Podcast, featuring discussions with past and present company artists (free)
Mondays at 6:30pm: Ballet Essentials, live interactive movement workshops on Zoom for teen and adult dancers ($8-$15 suggested)
Wednesdays at 6:30pm: Signature Steps, ballet classes on Zoom for intermediate- and advanced-level dancers with at least five years of training ($30)
Thursdays at 6pm: Access Workshops, which offers warm-ups and choreography designed for teens and adults with disabilities (free)
Saturdays at 11am: Ballet Breaks, a series of half-hour workshops for children ages 3 to 8 ($5-$10 suggested)
Saturdays at noon: Access Workshops for Children, a program aimed at children with disabilities, ages 4 to 12 (free)
k. A seven-foot-tall portrait of RBG inside Chelsea Market
New Yorkers can get their art fix at Chelsea Market, where a new exhibit honors some of “the most pivotal individuals in our nation’s history and pop culture.” The works are on display throughout the market’s main concourse and, best part of all, the exhibition is completely free to all visitors. Brooklyn artist Voodo’ Fe has curated the show, which includes “his very familiar and notable pop culture character renditions, all brought to life through the various textures of mixed media that he employs to tell his story,” according to the show’s official press release. In an effort to celebrate both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the artist presents mixed media renditions of the likes of the late Kobe Bryant, the Notorious B.I.G. and Frida Kahlo. Specifically, expect to stumble on a Harriet Tubman piece mostly made of bottle caps and paint, alongside a pretty giant painting of the one-and-only late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Speaking of size: most of the pieces stand 7 feet tall, so you really can’t miss them upon entering the market.
l. Love Letters For Harlem
Art Claire Oliver Gallery, Harlem Until Apr 3 2021
“Love Letters for Harlem” is an exhibition of photographs by Harlem residents John Pinderhughes, Ruben Natal SanMiguel, Jeffrey Henson Scales and Shawn Walker that celebrate the lives and culture of Harlem. “As longtime residents of Harlem, we are inspired by the rich cultural lineage of our neighborhood,” states gallerist Claire Oliver. “In the midst of this challenging year when we have all been so isolated, we wanted to showcase the resiliency and celebrate the individuals, geography and culture of Harlem through the intimacy of photography while also supporting a vital organization that provides urgently needed aid to our community in this time of need.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit Harlem Community Relief Fund, an initiative of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), who in concert with Harlem Week, ReThink Food NY, NY State Assemblywoman Inez Dickens, CCNY, NAACP are working together to combat food insecurity in Harlem.
Many more things to do this week in NYC right HERE at Time Out New York