March NYC events + Nifty Nine NYC news sources (03/18)

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.”

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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/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 The Nifty Nine NYC News Sources.

All the NYCity News You Need to Start Your Day

The New York Times – New York Today / Daily Briefings

AM / Metro New York

The New York Times – Regional New York News Google Local News – New York

Wall Street Journal Greater New York (Region News)

Grub Street – NY Magazine’s Food and Restaurant Blog

Gothamist: News, Food, Arts and Events

The New York Times – Art and Design

amNY Online

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 more useful NYC info:

Best Things to do in NYC This Weekend – TONY

“Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you’re the group planner searching for more things to do in NYC today, or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list for this weekend. Catch a drive-in movie at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, check out the Spotlight on Orchids show at New York Botanical Garden, see a trippy new show at ARTECHOUSE or hop on a light-up installation at Domino Park. Whatever you do, don’t forget a mask and to socially distance.”

a. That Night at Gatsby’s
Theater Online, Mar 19 2021-Mar 27 2021

Become a part of “The Great Gatsby” in a live performance by Seize the Show, where the audience has a say in how the story goes. “Flirt with Tom and Daisy Buchanan, gossip with George and Myrtle Wilson, raise a glass with Jordan Baker and seek out the mysterious Gatsby himself. But be careful – each interaction you have will change the course of the evening, as everyone has secrets to hide, and before the night is over, divine decadence will turn into high-stakes drama.” Live actors interact with the audience, who help choose the outcome through voting for choices, solving puzzles and winning mini-games via Gamiotics technology. No two parties go the same way, so prepare for an unforgettable night. It’s theater meets gameplay.

b. Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom
Things to do Classes and workshops Online, Mar 20 2021-Mar 21 2021

Connect with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for two days of workshops focused on sustainable and mindful city gardening. This celebration of nature offers workshops and talks that will highlight the meaning, healing, and connection that plants provide us. Including, “Power to Heal: Gardens and Gardeners in the Era of Covid and Climate Change” with Karen Washington; “She Hid Seeds in Her Hair: The Power of Ancestral African Foods” with Christopher Bolden-Newsome; “Plant Journeys through the African Diaspora” with Kimberly Curtis; and “Seed Starting: Preserving Our Cultures” with Owen Taylor.

c. Syd Can Cook: Anniversary Show

This live cooking/panel show with Sydnee Washington features a bunch of special guests and comedians who’ll shoot the shit and make you laugh while Sydnee cooks up several entrées up at once. Sydnee’s best friend, comedian Marie Faustin, will fill in as Sydnee’s sous-chef this week to serve up the entire Syd Can Cook experience. Visiting comedians will be: Rachel Sennott, Laci Mosely, Dulce Sloan, Dee Nasty, Devon Walker, Naomi McPherson and Delina Medhin. The show will be live on Streamyard on Saturday, March 20th at 7PM. Tickets are $5.

d. “Silent Trailers” a movie-themed game show

Pete Holmes (HBO’s Crashing), Michael Ian Black (The State, Stella), and more will appear as panelists of this popular movie-themed game show on Saturday, March 20 at 8pm. Keith Malley will be pit against Holmes and Black, who will attempt to decipher his co-host Chemda’s descriptions of movie trailers, but Chemda has no celebrity knowledge and Keith has seen every movie ever made. Previous contestants on the show have included comedians Andy Kindler, Aparna Nancherla, Dan Soder, Christian Finnegan, and Kevin Allison. Tickets are on sale now for $10 or you can get 50% off by entering “SILENTHALF” at checkout.

e. The immersive Friends Experience
News City Life

Oh. my. God. The Friends Experience that took NYC by storm in 2019 is coming back! You know, the one with all the iconic props and recreated scenes from Friends? It opens on March 17 with a whopping 18 rooms, including the orange couch in front of the fountain, Monica’s kitchen, the hilarious ‘Pivot!’ scene, and the Las Vegas wedding chapel where Ross & Rachel tied the knot. There will even be an actual functioning Central Perk that serves coffee, pastries, and desserts, which will be open to the public daily starting at 7am so you can bring your friends and relive your favorite Central Perk scenes. New props and costumes have been added this time around, including Chandler’s bunny suit and Rachel’s famous cow jacket, as well as Monica and Rachel’s living room and Ugly Naked Guy. And for those concerned about health and safety at this time, the experience boasts that it is “Monica clean.” That means limited capacity, temperature checks, masks requirements, regular cleaning and sterilization across the building and hand sanitizing stations. Megafans will be able to purchase Friends-themed masks, clothing, totes, and other trinkets at the store. The whole experience will take up two floors in the Flatiron District at 130 East 23rd Street.

f. “Reflect” at Domino Park
News Art

Created by new media artist Jen Lewin, the interactive piece is called Reflect. Taking its cues from patterns found in nature, the work takes the form of three concentric rings each consisting of interactive platforms that respond to visitor’s steps. (AKA The light changes when you walk on it!) The constantly changing work spans 2,400-square-feet across the Brooklyn waterfront, providing a technicolor, waterfront light show. Domino Park is the first spot in the US to host the piece which was created as part of the larger, 15,000-square-foot work Cosmos. During the day, the sculpture mirrors the sky and surrounding environment and at night it lights up in the brightly colored dots you can check out in the video above. (It kind of looks like you’re inside a video game.) The colorful new artwork allows people to interact with the sculpture while also maintaining a safe social distance of six feet. It’s free and open to the public every day from 8am until 10pm.

Many more things to do this week in NYC right HERE at Time Out New York

PLUS

Things To Do At Home – The New York Times

19 Standout Vegan Dishes to Try in NYC Right Now – ny.eater.com

Best Free Museum Days and Discount Hours in NYC – TONY

Noodle Classics From All Over China Now Available In Midtown – Gothamist

21 Amazing Things New Yorkers Are Putting On Their 2021 Bucket Lists – Secretnyc

Museums Are Still Open in New York. Here’s What’s on View (for Now). – The New York Times

NYC Outdoor Dining: Bracing for Winter – grubstreet.com

Moynihan Train Hall Brings Art to Penn Station – The New York Times

NYC Restaurant Reopening Guide – NYC Business – ww1.nyc.gov

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP, STAY SMART AND STAY SAFE.

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