March NYC events + Top NYC weekend corona culture (03/14)

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:

How to Get the Coronavirus Vaccine in New York CityNYT

“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.”

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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 Weekend Corona Culture (Sun). NEW STUFF!

8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This Weekend Thrillist

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’ll give you the bad news first: Daylight Saving Time begins this (early) Sunday morning, which means we lose a precious hour of sleep. The good news? That signals that spring is almost here, friends! To celebrate, grab some pie for Pi day, hit up some fried chicken pop-ups, check out a new female-owned brewery in Greenpoint, or visit fantastic exhibits from two of America’s most iconoclastic artists.”

We’ll give you the bad news first: Daylight Saving Time begins this (early) Sunday morning, which means we lose a precious hour of sleep. The good news? That signals that spring is almost here, friends! To celebrate, grab some pie for Pi day, hit up some fried chicken pop-ups, check out a new female-owned brewery in Greenpoint, or visit fantastic exhibits from two of America’s most iconoclastic artists.

As always, please remember to follow all safety guidelines wherever you go, wear your mask, and keep your distance a cool six feet from others. And for more actually fun things to do this weekend, check out our Weekend Guide podcast streaming below.

Down some suds at a new, female-owned brewery

Weekend-long
Greenpoint
Just in time for International Women’s Month, New York’s first woman-owned-and-founded brewery is opening up in Brooklyn. Created by Tara Hankinson and Navy veteran, LeAnn Darland, Talea Beer is known for its hazy IPAs and fruited sours, and beers that are as appealing to wine drinkers as they are to die-hard brew lovers. Their new brewery space will open up as early at 8 am, allowing visitors to enjoy the bright taproom with a cold brew and pastries from Bien Cuit. In the evenings, aside from their brews on tap, they will also be serving beer cocktails and wine, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates to pair with the suds.
Cost: 4-packs from $20

Check out the newest location of a beloved Italian spot

Weekend-long
Battery Park City
Nothing heralds spring like a sidewalk meal at the various locations of Milanese-inspired perennial favorite, Sant Ambroeus. And, just in time for warmer weather, there’s a brand-new location at Brookfield Place. Instead of people watching al fresco, the double-level space offers stunning views of One World Trade Center. And of course, Italian favorites are on offer from chef Iacopo Falai, including spaghetti carbonara, veal Milanese, and their signature chocolate mousse cake, along with a standalone espresso and cappuccino bar.
Cost: Entrees from $21

Order in a feast that celebrates the magic of tahini

Saturday, March 13
Park Slope
Tanabel is a Brooklyn-based food and events company that employs refugee women from around the world. During the pandemic, they have pivoted to serving incredible to-go feasts that highlight some of the Middle East’s best dishes. This weekend, the company is partnering with tahini and halva maker Seed + Mill to showcase the wonders of sesame seed. Dishes include a wild greens pie with sumac and walnuts, tahini-crusted spiced cauliflower, and, of course, some of Seed + Mill’s melt-in-your-mouth chocolate halva. Orders must be placed by Friday at noon.
Cost: $120 for the full feast, serves 2-3

Sample two fried chicken pop-ups 

Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14
West Village, Bushwick
New York may not be known for our southern specialties, but two fried chicken endeavors aim to change that. This Saturday, sample chef David Santos’ (formerly Louro, Per Se) Nashville-style hot chicken meal, which comes with 10 pieces of dark meat, potato salad, mac and cheese, banana pudding and more. Then, after a good night’s sleep, head to Bushwick to pick up Roberta’s Sunday Sasso chicken: four pieces of fried chicken, plus biscuits, cacio e pepe mac and cheese, and key lime pie with a Frito crust, among other goodies.
Cost: Santos Hot Chicken is $55 for two, Roberta’s is $65 for two

Venture downtown to see this artist’s mesmerizing collages

Weekend-long
SoHo
David Hammons is an American artist known for everything from video work to his found-object sculptures. But some of his early works on paper have not received their due credit until now. In The Drawing Center’s new exhibition, David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979, the space highlights his monoprints and collages where he used bodies not only as drawing tools, but as printing plates. The works, as the catalog elucidates, show “his celebration of the sacredness of objects touched or made by the Black body; his biting critique of racial oppression; and his deep commitment to social justice.”
Cost: Free

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with a virtual private chef dinner

Saturday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Virtual
While this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is going virtual (learn more here along with other ways to celebrate), explore some of the most traditional and tasty dishes of the Emerald Isle in advance this weekend through a virtual dining experience. Multicourse’s Luck of the Irish dinner, hosted by chef Kathleen O’Brien Price, will be a four-course feast featuring everything from Irish soda bread and roasted lamb shank to a whiskey caramel-apple trifle for dessert. There is also an optional beer pairing available, curated by Big Alice Brewing Company out of Long Island City. Note: orders must be placed by midnight on Friday, March 12.
Cost: $80 per person

Commemorate Pi Day with, duh, pie

Sunday, March 14
Tribeca, Lower East Side
You never need an excuse to eat pie, but we’ll give you one anyway: Pi Day! Get it? March 14th is 3.14 which is the first three numbers of … never mind. Die-hard Pi Day fans can grab mini pies emblazoned with the symbol at Petee’s Pie Company, where they’re selling a set of four, which includes their chocolate chess and brown butter-honey-pecan. Meanwhile, Bubby’s will be celebrating by offering their famed pies by the slice, as well as a DIY kit to make your own apple or sour cherry confection at home. 
Cost: Petee’s Pi Day little pie set is $25, Bubby’s DIY pie kit is $50

Immerse yourself in a new exhibit from one of America’s most beloved artists

Sunday, March 14
Midtown West
Alexander Calder is that rare artist who delights everyone from three years old to 103. Be one of the first to see the sculptor’s landmark show at MoMA when it opens this Sunday. Known for his hanging pieces that move almost with a mind of their own, this retrospective will feature some of his earliest wood and wire figures along with the oversized and famed sculptures of his later years.
Cost: $25 per ticket

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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.”

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9 New Public Art Installations in NYC March 2021

“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)

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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)

 
3/11 Nathaniel Rateliff livestream,
 
3/11 Tedeschi Trucks Band, “The Fireside Sessions”
 
3/11 The Weather Station livestream
 
3/12 Music on a Mission via MusiCares with H.E.R., HAIM, John Legend
 
3/12 Japanese Breakfast livestream
 
3/12 St. Paul & The Broken Bones, performance of Sea of Noise
 
3/13 BergenPAC Gala “Our Home, Your Home” with John Fogarty, Darlene Love
 
3/14 Jorma Kaukonen, “Jorma’s March Medicine Music to Heal the Soul” guitar master class

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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10 cool things to Instagram this week in NYC – guest of a guest

“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.”

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New digital art show that takes you ‘inside’ Van Gogh’s paintings will open in NYC – 6sqft

“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.”

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“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?”

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Interactive light circles public art exhibit debuts at Domino Park – brooklyn paper

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The best Chinatown restaurants in NYC

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)

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“Long Overdue”: Visitors Marvel At New Moynihan Train Hall In First WalkthroughGothamist

“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.”

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

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