December NYC Events (12/06/21)

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 has required some changes.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”

Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

Monday, December 6, 2021 Mon, Dec 6
1:00 pm

free Film | Murder on the Orient Express (2017): A Crime Mystery With Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz And Johnny Depp
When a murder occurs on the train on which he’s travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is r … more Mon, Dec 6
6:00 pm

free; registration required Festival | Tree Lighting in the Park
Kick off the holiday season during this annual tree lighting.– Host Ty Jones– Ho … more Mon, Dec 6
7:30 pm

free, registration required Classical Music | Works By Beethoven With Pianist Hailed By The New York Times
Jennifer Koh, violin; Thomas Sauer, piano.ProgramBeethoven (1170- … more

More Free Events for Mon, Dec 6, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Tue, Dec 7
10:30 am

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Christmas in Milan (online, livestream)
During the festive holiday season Milan glitters even more brightly than usual. Join Patrizia to get … more Tue, Dec 7
5:00 pm

free; registration required Discussion | Towards Comprehensive Planning: Preserving Historic and Cultural Resources (online)
This event will look to examples in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City to discuss how comp … more Tue, Dec 7
6:30 pm

free; registration required Author Reading | The New York Subway Map Debate: The Untold Story of a Legendary Moment in Design History (online)
This is a roundtable conversation about the new book from Gary Hustwit which documents a pivotal eve … more Tue, Dec 7
7:00 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | Star Trek Actor George Takei Discusses His Book They Called Us Enemy (online)
A conversation with Susan H. Kamei and actor George Takei about their books, When Can We Go Back … more Tue, Dec 7
10:00 pm

free; registration required Workshop | Softening into Ease and Rest: A Peaceful Meditation (online)
Tony Pham will guide a meditation with a restorative intention. This is am offering to soften into e … more

More Free Events for Tue, Dec 7, 2021
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Wed, Dec 8
11:00 am

free Fair | Holiday Fair: Art, Jewelry, Home Goods and Delicious Eats
Loseyourself in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans … more Wed, Dec 8
1:00 pm

free Classical Music | Orchestra Performs Works By Strauss, Prokofiev, Webern (Online)
Lab Orchestra; Anna Handler, Conductor; Euan Shields, Conductor; Jherrard Hardeman, Conductor; Shira … more Wed, Dec 8
6:00 pm

free; no reservation required Festival | Christmas Tree Lighting
Enjoy the Rob Susman Brass Quartet as children and grown-ups alike sing holiday songs. The sparkling … more Wed, Dec 8
6:00 pm

free; registration required Author Reading | The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel (online)
As German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down as head of state, a new biography details the unlikely … more Wed, Dec 8
7:00 pm

free; no reservation required Jazz | Swing in the Holidays Concert (online)
Supporting the next generation of jazz stars is one of the most exciting and important aspects of Ja … more Wed, Dec 8
7:30 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (online)
Historian Timothy Snyder and illustrator Nora Krug discuss the newly released graphic edition of … more

More Free Events for Wed, Dec 8, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021 Thu, Dec 9
12:30 pm

free; registration required Discussion | The Idea and Ideology of Empire in the Middle Ages (online)
A panel discussion to accompany the exhibition Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Hol … more Thu, Dec 9
4:00 pm

Pay-what-you-wish, advanced reservation required Museums | European Fine Art: Vermeer, Rembrandt and More
This museum of fine art was open to the public in 1935. Its permanent collection features masterpiec … more Thu, Dec 9
6:30 pm

free; RSVP required Symposium | Looting, Loss, and Recovery: A Virtual Symposium (online)
A virtual symposium exploring a range of topics related to the exhibition Afterlives: Recovering … more

More Free Events for Thu, Dec 9, 2021
Friday, December 10, 2021 Fri, Dec 10
10:00 am

free; registration required Book Discussion | Invisible Enlighteners: The Jewish Merchants of Modena, from the Renaissance to the Emancipation (online)
Federica Francesconi of SUNY Albany discusses her new book with Francesca Bregoli of CUNY. … more Fri, Dec 10
2:00 pm

free Film | Godzilla vs. Kong (2021): Kong Clashes With Godzilla
The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture … more Fri, Dec 10
5:00 pm

free; no reservation required Performance | Frostbite Follies: Holiday Extravaganza Featuring World-Class Circus Acts
The rolling holiday show you won’t want to miss. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s all-new holiday ext … more Fri, Dec 10
5:00 pm

free; no reservation required Classical Music | The Met’s Balcony Bar from Home Featuring ETHEL and Friends in Concert (online)
Fix yourself a drink and experience The Met’s Balcony Bar from home with ETHEL, one of the most accl … more Fri, Dec 10
8:00 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | Legendary Photographer Annie Leibovitz Discusses Her Book Wonderland (online)
Leibovitz, one of the most influential photographers of our time, marks the publication of her book. … more Fri, Dec 10
8:00 pm

free; registration required Lecture | Frank Sinatra: Music History (online)
It’s Frank Sinatra’s birthday, born December 12, 1915, so let’s celebrate the musical legacy of Ol’ … more

More Free Events for Fri, Dec 10, 2021
Saturday, December 11, 2021 Sat, Dec 11
2:00 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Festive Philadelphia Holiday Markets (online)
Philadelphia is definitely a city that takes its holiday spirit very seriously. See the city turn in … more Sat, Dec 11
2:30 pm

free; tips encouraged; registration required City Walk | Historic Greenwich Village Tour: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons of the ’60s
Enjoy a relaxed, informative walking tour of New York City’s Historic Greenwich Village! … more Sat, Dec 11
4:00 pm

free; no reservation required Performance | Ice Theatre of New York Winter Skating Celebration — Plus Tree Lighting
A performance of dancing on ice by the ITNY Ensemble and with the participation of The Skyliners and … more Sat, Dec 11
8:00 pm

free, registration required Dance Performance | Lang Dance Fall Production Night Two
Lang Dance invites you to their Fall 2021 production. Featuring works created by guest choreographer … more

More Free Events for Sat, Dec 11, 2021
Sunday, December 12, 2021 Sun, Dec 12
10:00 am

free Fair | Holiday Market: Gifts, Art, Jewelry, Antiques and More
Shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more. A … more Sun, Dec 12
1:00 pm

free; donation requested; RSVP required Tour | Gangs of New York: Five Points, Little Italy, Chinatown, and Old NY Crime
This walking tour will take you through the streets of Lower Manhattan, weaving together the complex … more Sun, Dec 12
2:00 pm

free; no reservation required Concert | Holiday Impromptune: A Mix of Blues, Jazz, Latin, and Bluegrass
Enjoy the magic of the season and experience free holiday music performances by guitarist Jason Gree … more Sun, Dec 12
2:00 pm

free; registration required Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Debussy and Others (online)
Program:Claude Debussy La MerEinojuhani Rautavaara Cantus Arcticus … more Sun, Dec 12
2:30 pm

$5; reservation required Dance Performance | Tap Jam: An Afternoon of Tap Improvisation
The American Tap Dance Foundation kicks off a new season with this dynamic and rhythmic event. Tappe … more Sun, Dec 12
5:00 pm

free Classical Music | Bach Vespers: Magnificat
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, is a musical setting of the biblical canticle … more

More Free Events for Sun, Dec 12, 2021

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So many great things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.

How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:

Best Places to Go Ice-Skating in NYC Including Indoor Rinks – TONY

10 Broadway Musicals to See in NYC This Holiday Season – yahoo

Casa Magazines Is New York City’s Best Kept Secret. The Secret Is Out. – The New York Times

Soar Over NYC On An Aerial Adventure Coming To Midtown This December – Secret NYC

New York City’s holiday windows are back for 2021: What to see – lohud.com

The Best Wine Bars In NYC – New York – The Infatuation

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Best new restaurants in NYC

If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Try Simone Tong’s New Menu

Silver Apricot / 20 Cornelia St.

Last summer, as restaurateurs hastily built makeshift patios, Silver Apricot partners Emmeline Zhao and Simone Tong created a space that truly translated the dining experience to the street without sacrificing a bit of elegance or refinement. (Being situated on one of the West Village’s quieter blocks didn’t hurt.) Purse hooks on the plastic dividers, lavender planted along the perimeter, and quality glass and plateware made for a setting worthy of Tong’s inventive Chinese American dishes like chile-crab rangoon dip and burnished scallion puffs. Now they are renovating the dining room in preparation for indoor service and plan to reopen June 17 with a new seasonal menu.—A.K.

Binge on Bánh MÌ

Bánh Vietnamese Shop House / 942 Amsterdam Ave.

Veteran chefs John Nguyen and Nhu Ton began peddling their Vietnamese sandwiches and crispy pork-belly salad rolls from an empty pop-up space on the upper reaches of Amsterdam Avenue last summer, and the operation was such a hit that by January they’d put down permanent roots in the neighborhood. There are five varieties of toasty bánh mìs to choose from (when in doubt, order the charcoal-grilled pork), numerous sturdy classics from Ton’s native central Vietnam (try the Frisbee-size rice-noodle delicacy called bánh dap), and a deeply flavorful beef pho. —A.P.

See How Cervo’s Spruced Itself Up

Cervo’s / 43 Canal St.

Last summer, the outdoor-dining setup at downtown Portuguese-Spanish restaurant Cervo’s was a destination almost in spite of itself. Simple wooden folding tables and chairs sprawled across an unadorned and fluorescent-lit expanse of Canal Street. Counter-service orders were called out brusquely over a loudspeaker mounted on the building’s exterior. Serviceware was disposable. You found and bussed your own table. But the Dimes Square denizens flocked nonetheless, pushing together tables laden with dark-pink Spritzes, fried-fish sandwiches, and glistening head-on prawns. It was casual, cool, and as COVID-safe as one could hope for. Now, after a winter hiatus operating as a shop, the scene returns to Cervo’s, but this time the restaurant has full-service outdoor dining on a newly built yellow-tiled patio with proper glassware, plateware, and a menu of old favorites like piri-piri chicken, mussels escabeche, and crispy shrimp heads.—A.K.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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