March NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (03/17)

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 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 Top 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1.The 37 best museums in NYC – TONY

“Our essential list of museums in NYC includes exhibitions at the Whitney, the American Museum of Natural History and more

March 2021: With the status of the city’s main cultural institutions constantly changing, including the best museums in NYC, we’ll be updating this feature monthly to give you the most up-to-date info we can on what’s open for in person viewing, what cool and interesting things can be viewed online and what you absolutely can’t miss right now at each institution. This month, new highlights include an exhibition of the works of David Hockney at the Morgan Library, a collection of fascinating, recent photography at the International Center of Photography Museum and a look back at Bob Hope and WWII at the New-York Historical Society.

New York City’s cultural amenities are many, but none quite match the number, scale and variety of its museums. There is literally an institution for every interest, whether it’s in art, history, science or quirkier subjects.”

“No barriers. No texts. No heavy gold fabric. At the museum’s two-year sublet of the Breuer building on Madison Avenue, it’s just you and the masters.”

3. Go-To NYC Spots for Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining in 2020ny.eater.com

“From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long”

4. The best places to go ice-skating in NYCTONY

“It’s time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’d rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.”

“The state says they can resume operations Friday. Some cinemas are saying not so fast; others are eager to welcome audiences. Here’s the latest.”

 

6. The best bakeries in NYC – TONY

“At the best bakeries in NYC you’ll find world-class patisseries, pie shops, bread makers and tiered cake spots

In times like these, we all need comfort food more than ever. If you’re looking to indulge in some cookies or cakes try some delicious bites from some of the best bakeries in NYC. In addition to to-go offerings, most are also now offering same-day delivery and pick-up packages for those that want the sweet treats sent straight to the couch.

Sugar fiends never had it so good—with so many pedigreed dough-punchers setting up shop in our fair city, New Yorkers don’t only have access to the best bakeries NYC has to offer, but they have access to some of the best bakeries in the world. Whether you’re looking for French bakery spots or all-American donut shops, the best pies for the holidays or one of the city’s best chocolate chip cookies, check out every best bakery NYC sweets lovers should know about. “

7. The Underground Gourmet’s Year-End Digestgrubstreet

“The best new comfort food we ate in 2020.

Now is the time for pure, unalloyed comfort food, however you define it, which happens to be the theme of our roundup of the best things we ate this year.”

 

8. The Best Meals I Ate in 2020grubstreet

“Our critic Adam Platt finds some comforts in a heartbreaking year.”

9. How Fans of The Queen’s Gambit Can Explore Chess in NYCuntappedcities.com

“When thinking of chess, what normally comes to mind is a pair of players dressed in khakis, glasses, and sweater vests. But if you’ve recently seen Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, chess might seem a lot more . . . glamorous? Almost to the point where you may have wanted to dig out your old chess board from the attic (good luck buying a set — thanks to the show, they’re sold out nearly everywhere). Based off of Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, The Queens Gambit takes place during the sixties and follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she strives to become the world’s greatest chess player.”

10. Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week – Artnet.com

From Asia Week New York to Legacy Russell in Dialogue With Hans Ulrich Obrist

Plus openings at Lyles & King and Ed. Varie.

“Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area.

10B. New York City Ballet Dancers to Step Back Onstage

“New works by the choreographers Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck will be filmed at the David H. Koch Theater for the coming digital season.”

“New York City Ballet’s dancers will return to the David H. Koch Theater before audiences do. The company’s coming digital season, set to begin on Feb. 22, will include performances, rehearsals and conversations filmed at the Lincoln Center theater, including new ballets by the choreographers Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck.”

Bonus#1. : When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: a Stroll Through the Centuries  – NYT  

“From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan.”

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here February 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info (well, maybe. it depends).  

Bonus#2: The best theater you can stream online anytimeTONY

“Much of the best streaming theater, dance and music of the lockdown period remains viewable anytime.”

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here March 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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

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March NYC events + Top online travel forums (03/16)

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 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 6 Top Online Travel Forums.

Traditional travel guides and blogs, whether online or in paper format, give you a lot of content but still have their limitations. Chances are you’ll have specific questions and concerns that they didn’t cover.

Online travel forums (the original social media) are one of the best ways to find information you can’t find elsewhere, and to find answers to specific questions. These online communities of travelers are ready and willing to offer their insights and first-hand knowledge.

Which are the best travel forums – the forums with many informed and active members who will answer your questions promptly and accurately? with moderators who will ensure that discussions stay relevant and civil?

Here are my six favorites:

> Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree An old timer (since 1996) – you can search by destination or interest, search for a travel buddy or just have a chat. 7.1M results for “everything ever.” Search here for New York City

> Trip Advisor’s Travel Board Their motto: ”Get the truth.Then go” Search by destination or interest. The New York City Travel Forum has 189K topics and the sidebar “Top questions about New York City” is very helpful. Search here for New York City

> Frommer’s Community Forums Not as active as some other forums, but archived topics can be helpful. Search by destinations, trip ideas, tips&tools. Search here for New York City

> Fodor’s Travel Talk Forums This is a big one with 2.1M posts for the USA and 3.9M posts for Europe and can be difficult to find what you are looking for. In order to use all the features of the forum, you will need to register. Search here for New York City

> Flyer Talk Forums Been around a long time. Heavy, of course, on air travel and airports. But the destinations section has a New York City forum with many posts. Unfortunately, browsing through the threads is time consuming, and the search engine is not very helpful. Search here for New York City

> Rick Steve’s Travel Forum This is a Euro-centric Forum, so much won’t be of help for NYCity. But Rick Steves and his travelers have so much good information on the site, including travel technology, I just had to list it. Be sure to use it when you travel to Europe. Search here for technology tips

Of course, your FaceBook friends, Instagram and Twitter world may be helpful too.

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here March 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

These special interest NYC links should be helpful, too.

The best things to do in NYC this week TONY

“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:

m. Black Seed Pizza
News Eating

Having secured their place among the top bagel shops in NYC, Black Seed Bagels is now venturing into making another iconic food—pizza. Black Seed Pizza, a culinary collab with chef Bobby Hellen (formerly of GG’s), launched on February 11 at Black Seed’s East Village location (176 First Avenue) with five different Sicilian-style pan pizzas: cheese, tomato, and white, alongside signature pies including a Green Pie and Bob’s Pie. Pizzas are available in two sizes: square (12” x 12”, which feeds two to three people) for $21-28 and round (9” diameter, which feeds one person) for $12-15 . The organic Hudson Valley dough, which is also offered in a gluten-free option, made with 100-year-old sourdough starter is fermented for 36 hours before it’s baked. The sauce comes from organic Bianco DiNapoli San Marzano-style tomatoes from California. All of it is baked in a wood-fired oven.

n. Spotlight on Orchids at NYBG
Things to do New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx Until Apr 4 2021

The New York Botanical Garden is forgoing its Orchid Show this year but is doing a limited Spotlight on Orchids across select galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, including intimate displays of orchids in brilliant white and striking colors set against the foliage of aroids, ferns, and bromeliads—planted as they might be found in nature and blending gracefully with their surroundings, NYBG says. You’ll get to discover unusual orchids and artful floral creations by Botanical Garden horticulturists that combine expressive orchids with rocks, tree trunks, vines, and other found materials.

NYBG’s Orchid Show will return in 2022. Until then, you can purchase a Garden Pass + Conservatory ticket, which includes access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and outdoor gardens and collections.

o. The House Our Families Built
News Art

Art lovers will be delighted to know that a new moving art installation has landed on the New York scene less than a week ago. The House Our Families Built is an installation by Brooklyn-based artist Caledonia Curry (you probably know her as Swoon) that debuted last weekend at Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of a larger PBS initiative called “American Portrait.” The installation is a visually striking one: built on a 14-foot box truck, the diorama-style outdoor sculpture features pantings, cutouts and some live performances that dissect “the legacy of ancestral histories—whether through traditions, trauma or repeated narratives—and the ways in which they inform how we understand and talk about ourselves.” Swoon enlisted the help of her longtime collaborator Jeff Stark to come up with the work, which features stories found within the PBS American Portrait archives. Specifically, passerby can expect 15-minute live performances that “transition through emotions from humor to fear, tenderness to confrontation, encouraging people to ask where they’ve come from and what they can leave behind,” according to the installation’s official website. Folks walking by the installation while a live performance isn’t in session will instead be treated to an audio of the happening. The roving exhibit will take up residence at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this weekend (February 6-7), followed by a stint in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on February 13 and 14, eventually landing on the North Plaza of Union Square at 17th Street in Manhattan on February 21.

p. The Metropolitan Opera streams
News Theater & Performance

The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors though at least September 2021, but the great New York opera house continues to lift the spirits of opera lovers around the world with free nightly streams of complete productions from its archives. Most of the offerings were originally recorded with multiple cameras in high definition to be shown in movie theaters as part of the company’s popular Live in HD series.

Each opera goes live on the Met’s website at 7:30pm EST (12:30am GMT) and remains there until 6:30pm EST the next evening. The operas can also be viewed with the Met Opera on Demand app on various devices. Click through for a full schedule for upcoming weeks of the Met’s streaming series. In addition to these free nightly operas, the Met now also offers pay-per-view virtual concerts on select Saturdays at 1pm EST. The schedule for January and February currently includes performances by Piotr Beczała and Sondra Radvanovsky, Anna Netrebko and Sonya Yoncheva. The concerts cost $20 and remain viewable for two weeks after their live premieres.

q. Augmented reality versions of Met masterpieces
News Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) just launched a new interactive virtual art exhibit in partnership with Verizon featuring augmented reality versions of some of the most iconic masterpieces to ever be displayed at the museum. In total, The Met Unframed features a dozen one-of-a-kind digitally rendered galleries and almost 50 works of art from across the museum’s collection. “At a time when access to one of the world’s greatest art collections is limited, [this experience] brings a creatively reimagined Met experience to people wherever they are,” reads the destination’s official press release. “Visitors” will first be treated to an intricately detailed rendering of the Met’s famous Great Hall and will then be able to proceed to admiring works that include Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm, Margareta Haverman’s Vase of Flowers, Vincent Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Cypresses and Rembrandt van Rijn’s Self Portrait, among others.

r. Winter Village at Westlight
News Eating

The William Vale’s new Winter Village at Westlight is a seasonal pop-up is located on the hotel’s 23rd floor outdoor rooftop and features private heated chalets surrounding their rooftop ice skating rink, Vale Rink. It’s perfect for a cozy night out. Each chalet is available to book for 90 minutes with a $45 fee for small chalets (parties of 2) and a $75 fee for large chalets (parties of 3–6). Inside, you can enjoy items from Westlight’s a la carte menu as well as an Alpine-style fondue with fingerling potatoes, sourdough bread, gherkins, apples and endives for $30. (Something else to enjoy? Those stunning views of the Manhattan skyline twinkling in the distance.) Seasonal cocktails from Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo Hospitality are also served at the rinkside hideaways, including the Frostbite (Glenlivet, Lillet Blanc, Banana, Walnut, Honey) and the Snowbird (Mount Gay Black Barrel, Aperol, Lime, Coconut.) To round out the hygge ambiance, the sky-high chalets come stocked with soft pillows, flameless candles and—in a truly inspired touch—a spritz of Santal 26 by Le Labo. Now that’s an off-menu item we can get behind.

s. Queens Museum exhibitions
Museums Art and design Queens

Head to the Queens Museum to check out newly extended exhibitions and permanent showcases like the Panorama, World’s Fair Collection, and The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass as well as the following exhibits:

Bruce Davidson: Outsider on the Inside (through February 28, 2021): See more than a hundred photographs by legendary Magnum Photos member and Henri Cartier-Bresson mentee, Bruce Davidson. Ranging from study prints to rare vintage items, the exhibited works showcase Davidson’s singular ability to chronicle unmediated instances of candor and emotion activated by New York urban space.

Ulrike Müller and Amy Zion: The Conference of the Animals (through January 31, 2021): The Conference of the Animals consists of a mural by artist Ulrike Müller and an exhibition of children’s drawings by independent curator Amy Zion. This project takes its title from German writer Erich Kästner’s children’s book “The Animal’s Conference” (1949) written in the aftermath of World War II. The story is a political satire about a group of animals who, frustrated by the inefficacy of human international conferences, convene to save the planet.

After the Plaster Foundation, or, ‘Where can we live? (through February 28, 2021): 12 artists and artist groups with roots in New York City ask critical questions about home, property, and the Earth, and who has access to these things under capitalism.

Ridgewood Reservoir for the 21st Century (through July 30, 2021): In 1858, The Ridgewood Reservoir was built on the Brooklyn-Queens border to hold the freshwater supply for the once independent City of Brooklyn. Ridgewood Reservoir for the 21st Century traces the 160-year transformation of the site from the construction of its three water basins to its invaluable role today as a 50-acre open space in Highland Park, a green oasis allowing for close encounters with nature.

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

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The Macy’s Flower Show is back and better than ever this year – TONY

In Pictures: See the Highlights of the Frick Collection’s Suave Takeover of the Old Whitney Museum Building | Artnet News

Explore the All-New Moynihan Train Hall with Penn Station Expert, Justin Rivers – Untapped New York

Top NYC Restaurant Meals of 2020 – Eater NY

13 Of The Most Beautiful Subway Stations In New York City – Secretnyc

These Three Tech Companies Are Locked in a Bitter Battle to Capture Your Wallet With the World’s Best Immersive Van Gogh Experience – news.artnet.com

28 Amazing Art Exhibits Coming To New York City Between 2020 & 2021 – Secretnyc

Outdoor dining should be a permanent exercise in NYC – TONY

NYC Isn’t Dead: 10 Reasons Why There’s Still So Much to Love About NYC – Thrillist

10 Extraordinary Places You Won’t Believe Are In New York City – Secretnyc

9 New Public Art Installations in NYC March 2021 – Untapped New York

Where to Find Things From All 50 States in NYC – TONY

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

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March NYC events + Top 11 NYC corona culture (03/15)

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 Top 11 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

 

“This week, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, listen to Shakespeare or make some art.”

2. Your guide to the NYC’s newest museum, the Frick Madison – TONY

The new temporary space offers a completely different experience.

“The Frick Collection is starting a new chapter after 85 gorgeous years at its 1 East 70th Street mansion.

Starting March 15, The Frick Madison will be open at 945 Madison Avenue—the former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met Breuer—while Henry Clay Frick’s mansion undergoes a massive renovation. This new stint will last two years, and while the Brutalist building by Marcel Breuer is a huge departure from the Gilded Age mansion, the space is offering a much different and rare look at the collection, according to museum officials.”

3. Livestream Talks, Seminars & Readings March 15-19ThoughtGallery

“As the only site dedicated to the intellectual life of NYC, Thought Gallery provides a unique resource for getting a handle on brainy New York. We take a curated approach, with a calendar that’s tight and timely, and articles that bring the city’s great programming and institutions to life.”

 

“This redesigned exhibit is going to rock!

The American Museum of Natural History just announced that The Allison and Roberto Mignone Hall of Gems and Minerals will finally be reopening on February 17, 2021. The hall has been part of the museum since the ’70s, and closed in 2017 to be redesigned as one of the New York icon’s 150th anniversary projects. It was originally supposed to open this fall, but because of the pandemic, it got moved to winter of 2021.”

5. Some Smaller New York Performance Spaces Allowed to Open at Limited Capacity – vulture.com

“Live performances will start to return to New York soon, in very limited ways. Governor Cuomo announced today that starting on April 2, live-performance venues will be able to reopen at 33 percent capacity, with limits of up to 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, according to the New York Times. That would go up to 150 people indoors or 500 outdoors if the venues can test all attendees for COVID. This news comes after Cuomo announced that New York City movie theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity starting on March 5.” (vulture.com)

6. A Luminous Multisensory Van Gogh Art Exhibition Is Coming To NYC – secretnyc.co

“Step into artistic masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh at this stunning Van Gogh Immersive Experience that’s coming to New York City in June.

Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive Van Gogh exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both.”

“Goya, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez and more are in skylit splendor in the European galleries. And the museum is acknowledging the shaping force on art of colonialism, slavery, the disenfranchisement of women.”

8. -38 Standout Dining Destinations in New York City, Winter 2020EaterNY

“From quirky Chinese hot pot in Flushing to splurge-worthy sushi, here’s where to eat in NYC right now”

9. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free productions every nightTONY

The Met continues to share a different lineup of complete operas from its archives every week

“The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors though at least September 2021, but the great New York opera house continues to lift the spirits of opera lovers around the world with free nightly streams of complete productions from its archives. Most of the offerings were originally recorded with multiple cameras in high definition to be shown in movie theaters as part of the company’s popular Live in HD series.

Each opera goes live on the Met’s website at 7:30pm EST (12:30am GMT) and remains there until 6:30pm EST the next evening. The operas can also be viewed with the Met Opera on Demand app on various devices.”

Nightly Opera Streams, March 15-21

Viewers’ Choice Week

“The results are in! We asked viewers worldwide to help curate the next week of Nightly Opera Streams, and now we’re presenting your top selections—counting down to the No. 1 choice, the 2020 Live in HD transmission of Handel’s Agrippina. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the screenings. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.”

“On January 1, the gigantic new Moynihan Train Hall officially opened to the public.

Governor Cuomo announced the grand opening earlier in the week, and New Yorkers have been making their way to see the stunning completed $1.6 billion project ever since.

The brand new train hall is 255,000 square feet, in the former over-100-year-old James A. Farley Building, once the main United States Postal Service building. The new hall has been named after U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and will increase Penn Station’s current concourse by a whopping 50 percent. There is also a newly completed East End Gateway at 33rd St. and 7th Ave. that opened on New Year’s Eve.”

11. NYC Restaurant Headline Predictions for 2021 EaterNY

What’s in store for restaurants next year?

“Welcome to Year in Eater 2020, Eater’s annual ritual of eulogizing the past 12 months. In 2020’s final days, Eater NY will be posting questions about New York City’s restaurant scene in the past year, with answers from food writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and even a few local legislators who helped to support the industry through this enormously difficult year. Now, we ask: What are your headline predictions for 2021?”

bonus#1:  Carnegie Hall and the Jewels of Midtown: Stroll the History – NYT

“Our critic chats about the beloved stretch from the music hall to Lincoln Center around Central Park with the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.”

bonus#2: A Walk Through Harlem, New York’s Most Storied Neighborhood – The New York Times

“Our critic chats with the architect David Adjaye about Hotel Theresa, Marcus Garvey Park, the home of Langston Hughes, the Y.M.C.A. and other landmarks.”

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.

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

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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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March NYC events + Top NYC weekend corona culture (03/13, continued)

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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Earlier today we covered NYC Weekend Corona Culture (scroll down to find it). Now, how about some more useful information. (NEW STUFF)

The best things to do in NYC this weekend

“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. 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. ” (TONY)

Here are just a few events happening this weekend for you to consider:

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. “Goya’s Graphic Imagination”
Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park Until May 2 2021

A new exhibition at The Met Museum explores how renowned Spanish artist Francisco Goya used prints and drawings to respond to the turbulent social and political changes occurring in the world around him through more than 100 works across three galleries. The work spans six decades and shows the turmoil of the Enlightenment, the Inquisition, and Spain’s years of constitutional government. You’ll see Goya’s early etchings, print series such as the Caprichos and The Disasters of War to his late lithographs, The Bulls of Bordeaux, and include albums of drawings that reveal the artist’s nightmares, dreams, and visions.

j. Spotlight on Orchids at NYBG
Things to do New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx Until Apr 4 2021

The New York Botanical Garden is forgoing its Orchid Show this year but is doing a limited Spotlight on Orchids across select galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, including intimate displays of orchids in brilliant white and striking colors set against the foliage of aroids, ferns, and bromeliads—planted as they might be found in nature and blending gracefully with their surroundings, NYBG says. You’ll get to discover unusual orchids and artful floral creations by Botanical Garden horticulturists that combine expressive orchids with rocks, tree trunks, vines, and other found materials.

NYBG’s Orchid Show will return in 2022. Until then, you can purchase a Garden Pass + Conservatory ticket, which includes access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and outdoor gardens and collections.

k. Winter Sound Works at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Things to do Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Until May 9 2021

Get your zen on at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which has launched a new series of winter nature walks and sound works in the Garden—site-specific original compositions and audio walks for visitors to experience at their own pace. As part of the Art in the Garden series, BBG is showcasing three works from January through May: Gelsey Bell and Joseph White’s “Meander,” Ben Rubin and Brian House’s “Terminal Moraine,” and a reprisal of Michael Gordon’s “loved.”

l. 30 Years of House Party

The Apollo is celebrating 30 Years of House Party in a virtual evening featuring performances, conversations and highlights from the musical and comedy cult classics House Party (1990) and House Party 2 (1991) on Saturday, February 27 at 7pm. R&B/hip-hop group Full Force, Lisa Lisa, and DJ Wiz will perform and some of the film’s key players including Kid ‘N Play, A.J. Johnson; Darryl “Chill” Mitchell; writer and director Reginald Hudlin; producer Warrington Hudlin, and other special guests will make appearances and have a conversation about the films. This ultimate 90s throwback is a celebration of a pivotal moment in Black cinema and hip-hop history, the Apollo says. Tickets for the event are $15.

m. “KAWS: WHAT PARTY”
Museums Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park Until Sep 5 2021

Brooklyn Museum’s biggest exhibit this spring is opening on Friday. You may have seen KAWS’ giant cartoon-y characters with X’s for eyes around the city, but this is the first time Brooklyn-based artist (Brian Donnelly) has had a major New York survey of his work, which includes rarely seen graffiti drawings, paintings, smaller collectibles, furniture, and his popular “Companion” figures.

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

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Go-To NYC Spots for Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining in 2020 – ny.eater.com

“From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long.”

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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: March 12 – March 18

PLUS ONGOING EVENTS

“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Towards Enlightenment, Supremacy Project, Three Sides of Balanchine and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment

Rubin Museum of Art

Manhattan / Fri, Mar 12, 2021 – Mon, Jan 03, 2022

The Rubin Museum of Art invites visitors to unplug and discover the possibility to free their minds with “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment,” opening March 12. Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this traveling exhibition guides visitors on a journey toward enlightenment, showcasing the power of Tibetan Buddhist art to focus and refine awareness, and highlighting the inextricable relationship between artistic endeavor and spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. The exhibition has been re-imagined …

Supremacy Project

Supremacy Project

St. Ann’s Warehouse

Brooklyn / Tue, Jan 26, 2021 – Sun, Apr 25, 2021

St. Ann’s Warehouse presents Julian Alexander & Khadijat Oseni’s “Supremacy Project,” a public art project addressing the systemic oppression and violence BIPOC communities are fighting to end through art. On view through April 25, the installation draws on the powers of photography, design, poetry and branding to evoke the ubiquitous nature of injustice in American society. It comprises two exhibitions: Michael T. Boyd’s “Lost Ones. Culture Found.,” which reexamines the legacy of widely known victims of police brutality …

MTC Virtual Stage 2021

MTC Virtual Stage 2021

Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan / Mon, Feb 01, 2021 – Fri, Apr 30, 2021

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce MTC’s next round of virtual theater offerings which will celebrate old and new work alike. While physical stages remain dark across America, Manhattan Theatre Club invites audiences to gather virtually as a community and find connection, inspiration, and entertainment through a series of virtual theatrical experiences from the comfort of their homes. Up-to-date information about all “MTC Virtual Stage” initiatives can always be found at www.manhattantheatreclub.com/virtual. Additional dates and artists …

Three Sides of Balanchine

Three Sides of Balanchine

New York City Ballet

Manhattan / Tue, Feb 23, 2021 – Thu, Mar 18, 2021

New York City Ballet is creating several new works and special programs for digital release this winter and spring. The first series, “Three Sides of Balanchine,” is a three-week series exploring the narrative, classical, and neoclassical aspects of George Balanchine’s choreography as represented by “Prodigal Son,” “Theme and Variations,” and “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,” a group of works spanning more than 40 years of creation. All performance streams and Inside NYCB presentations will be available free …

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America

New Museum

Manhattan / Wed, Feb 17, 2021 – Sun, Jun 06, 2021

The New Museum presents “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” an exhibition originally conceived by Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) for the New Museum, and presented with curatorial support from advisors Naomi Beckwith, Massimiliano Gioni, Glenn Ligon, and Mark Nash. “Grief and Grievance” is an intergenerational exhibition, bringing together thirty-seven artists working in a variety of mediums who have addressed the concept of mourning, commemoration, and loss as a direct response to the national emergency …

92Y WINTER/SPRING VIRTUAL SEASON OF 13 CONCERTS

92nd Street Y

Manhattan / Mon, Feb 01, 2021 – Wed, May 26, 2021

92Y is pleased to announce a formidable lineup for its winter/spring season of streaming concerts, February 1 – May 26. From Ax to Vieaux, this season’s performers embody the excellence in performance and presentation that audiences have come to expect from 92Y’s online recitals. All thirteen programs are world premiere webcasts; eight will stream live in real time from 92Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, with the other five newly recorded. All concerts take place at 7:30 pm Eastern …

Vera List & The Posters Of Lincoln Center

Poster House

Manhattan / Thu, Jan 14, 2021 – Sun, May 09, 2021

Poster House’s second mini-exhibition focuses on the contribution made by Vera List to the creation of a poster program advertising the new Lincoln Center complex in 1962. Inspired by artist-designed posters she had seen in Paris, she earmarked $200,000 as seed money for what would become the List Art Poster Program (later known as the Vera List Art Project), featuring some of the most notable names in contemporary art, from Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein, Ben Shahn to Robert Indiana. Each poster advertises a new building …

David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979

The Drawing Center

Manhattan / Fri, Feb 05, 2021 – Sun, May 23, 2021

The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, “David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979” brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. The exhibition features a significant number of Hammons’s large-scale body prints, including “Pray for America” (1974), as well as two sculptural objects, “Black Boy’s Window” (1968) and “The …

So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II

New-York Historical Society

Manhattan / Fri, Feb 05, 2021 – Sun, Sep 05, 2021

The New-York Historical Society celebrates the golden age of comedy with “So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II,” on view February 5–September 5, 2021. Organized by The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, the special exhibition highlights the legendary performer and his unique role during World War II entertaining troops overseas. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the founding of the United Service Organizations …

But Still, It Turns: Recent Photography from the World

International Center of Photography

Manhattan / Thu, Feb 04, 2021 – Sun, May 09, 2021

The International Center of Photography (ICP) proudly announces its winter/spring 2021 exhibition: “But Still, It Turns: Recent Photography from the World,” guest curated by photographer Paul Graham. The exhibition—on view February 4 through May 9, 2021—comes on the heels of ICP’s reopening of its galleries on October 1 following a six-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and arrives just as ICP celebrates its first anniversary at its new home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In “But …

BAC’s Digital Spring 2021

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Manhattan / Mon, Feb 01, 2021 – Mon, Jun 21, 2021

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) announces the Digital Spring 2021 season of free online presentations, featuring premieres of new works commissioned by BAC. Through the BAC Artist Commissions initiative, which was established September 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BAC has continued supporting the development of new work by providing resources for artists to realize their creative visions specifically for online presentation. The resulting projects from seven mostly New York-based artists innovating in dance, music, and multimedia will be released …

Magazines and the American Experience

Grolier Club

Manhattan / Wed, Jan 20, 2021 – Sat, Apr 24, 2021

This exhibition is a study of how magazines have both driven and reflected the American experience. Unlike regional newspapers, that report local current events, or non-fiction books, which focus on major historical moments and personalities, national magazines have the unique ability to connect trans-local communities of like-minded individuals. In the colonial era, magazines were the harbingers of American thought and identity; the first successful magazine from the 18th century proudly proclaimed itself as “The American …

Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Sing-Along Broadcast

South Street Seaport Museum

Manhattan / Ongoing

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event, “Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music,” continues virtually on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2pm ET. From our living rooms and kitchens join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the …

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“No barriers. No texts. No heavy gold fabric. At the museum’s two-year sublet of the Breuer building on Madison Avenue, it’s just you and the masters.”

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One Of NYC’s Great Vietnamese Restaurants Just Opened On The UWS – gothamist

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The best places to go ice-skating in NYC

Lace up your skates and head to our favorite spots for the best indoor and outdoor ice-skating NYC has to offer

It’s time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’d rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.” (TONY)

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March NYC events + Top NYC weekend corona culture (03/13)

 

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 Top NYC Weekend Corona Culture (Sat). NEW STUFF!

5 Things to Do This Weekend NYC (Mar.13-14) – NYT

Dance / New Adventures With Some Old Classics

Theater / Ways to Mark a Lost Year

Pop & Rock / Helping Fellow Musicians in Need

kids / From Poses to Pi

Classical Music / Resonant Bodies, Revisited

“Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually”  (NYT)

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amNY Weekender: 7 things to do in New York City (Mar.12-14) – amNY

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3 NYC Art Gallery Shows to See Right NowThe New York Times

“Shinichi Sawada’s ceramic creatures; Sophie Larrimore and Jerry the Marble Faun’s two-person show; and Guadalupe Maravilla’s devotional paintings.”

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One Of The City’s Great Jewish Delis Comes To The Upper West Side – gothamist

“In 1956, when this kosher Jewish delicatessen first opened on Queens Boulevard, it was called Pastrami King, and for nearly 40 years the place fed the courthouse crowd out there in Kew Gardens. In 1998, facing a steep decline in business, the King decamped to the Upper East Side, and, in honor the new owners’ family matriarch, was renamed Pastrami Queen.

Now Pastrami Queen has crossed the park, opening their second location on West 72nd Street in the space that Fine and Schapiro held since 1927, before that venerable institution closed for good when the pandemic hit in March.”

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Here are a few ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in NYC next week – amNY

“St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. While last year’s cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day parade shook many New Yorkers to their cores, many still were able to find ways to enjoy the day safely.

Like last year, even though the holiday will look different again this year, there are still ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. So put on your finest green outfit and check out these activities you can enjoy in New York City.”

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“The state says they can resume operations Friday. Some cinemas are saying not so fast; others are eager to welcome audiences. Here’s the latest.”

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10 Classical Concerts to Stream in March – NYT

“Mitsuko Uchida, the Louisiana Philharmonic and a performance organized by Teju Cole are among the highlights.”

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21 Amazing Things New Yorkers Are Putting On Their 2021 Bucket Lists –secretnyc.co

It’s time to (finally) say goodbye to 2020, and HELLO to 2021.

Though of a course a new year won’t fix everything, it definitely feels like the right time to have a fresh start.

One thing that gets us super excited is making a list of all the activities we want to take part in the new year — and luckily, we’re in the best place to do that: NYC! We also asked our Instagram followers what was on their 2021 bucket lists, and got even more ideas from that.

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March NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (03/12)

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 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 Top 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. 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. 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. “

Here are just a few ideas:

a. “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.

b. “Last Supper”
Art Until Mar 20 2021

On display at LatchKey Gallery through March 20, “Last Supper” is a group exhibition curated by Tamecca Seril that completely re-imagines Leonardo da Vinci’s historical work. Full disclosure: the gallery is actually a nomadic one, with two locations in New York, one at 323 Canal Street and the other in Industry City. The show will be on view at both destinations, albeit by appointment only at the Manhattan one. In total, twelve Black female artists contributed works now on display across a variety of mediums, including Shervone Neckles, Dana Robinson, Turiya Magadlela, Josie Love Roebuck and Ariel Dannielle. The show’s title is a clear call out to the biblical event referenced in the original “The Last Supper,” but this updated “version” of it “aims to fill the dearth of Black female voices at the contemporary, metaphoric table.” How is it doing that? By virtually building a new “table” that brings Black female voices to the forefront of conversations.

c. Meet New York Aquarium’s adorable new harbor seal pup
News City Life

The New York Aquarium has a furry new resident who’s gotten a fresh lease on life here in NYC. Sidney, a female harbor seal pup who was rescued as a newborn near Abalone Point in Laguna Beach, California, arrived at the aquarium in November and has been living her best life at the zoo’s Sea Cliffs exhibit. Sidney was only hours old (and likely born prematurely) when she was discovered alone on a rocky beach in February 2020. When she arrived here in November, aquarium staffers worked closely with her every day to help acclimate her to the new digs and smoothly transition into the harbor seals colony there. Meet her at the aquarium this weekend!

d. WakuWaku’s Japanese dining setup
News Eating

Industry City is bringing Japanese flair to its courtyard with a massive traditional-style house right in the middle of one of its courtyards. WakuWaku, an Izakaya restaurant from Industry City’s Japan Village, teamed up with the Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center and part of the Japan External Trade Organization to bring a taste of the eastern culture to Brooklyn. The outdoor dining setup is designed after traditional wooden Japanese houses and meant to “bring warmth and comfort during cold weather, and a cool breeze throughout the structure during warm weather,” reps say. WakuWaku, which is a restaurant from Industry City’s massive market Japan Village, is partnering with JFOODO to offer Japanese Wagyu Ribeye on its menu. A lightly seared six-ounce cut is offered and cooked in front of patrons on a tabletop charcoal grill and served with matcha salt, yuzu soy sauce, and house-made steak sauce. It’ll also offer two varieties of canned cocktails from Suntory Toki and Maker’s Mark: Hana, which is made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Hakutsuru Umeshu, and Green Chartreuse; and Kansha, made with Suntory Toki Whisky, housemade persimmon syrup, and black walnut bitters. You can stop by WakuWaku on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon to 7 and Friday and Saturday from noon to 8.

e. A trippy new show at ARTECHOUSE
News Art

“Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions,” is the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis’ work to come to NYC. Previously, his work has been featured in Manchester by the Sea and through collaborations with musical artists like ODESZA, Meshuggah and Birds of Paradise. He uses fractals to create alternate science fiction-like realities using visual art and motion graphics, and they are a real trip, to say the least. The digital art destination on Manhattan’s west side (it’s literally located in Chelsea Market’s former boiler room) is opening the new show on March 1, and it will be on view through September 6. If you want to stop by and check out the endless geometric iterations and fractional dimensions for yourself—you frickin’ fractal freak you—tickets cost $24 for adults and $17 for children. (Pro tip: New York and New Jersey residents receive a $5 discount on tickets on weekdays.)

f. “Behind the Glass”
Theater Chashama, Midtown West Until Mar 13 2021

The Love Show is taking over a storefront at 320 West 23rd Street during the month of March to present a pop-up show, its own pared down rendition of Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet.” The stage is inside the storefront and can be seen through the glass and is made with items from Materials for the Arts and a dollar store in Bushwick. The show has done runs at the Norwood Club, part of the Theater for the New City’s Lower Eastside Festival of the Arts and at Brooklyn’s House of Yes. Performances are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 6:30pm, now through March 14.

g. Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
Music Online, Until Apr 4 2021

If you want to get in on the trend (And why not? It may be a while until your next adventure on the high seas) the South Street Museum has made it easy for you with a monthly sea-music event called “Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music.” The event is the original NYC shanty singalong, and it features members of The New York Packet singing songs round-robin from living rooms, kitchens and other spaces across the city.

Each online singalong also includes a virtual trip to the South Street Seaport Museum where you can check out links from the song selections to items in the museum’s collection. Best of all, since you can do it from the comfort of your couch, you don’t even need to find your land legs! The next one is on Sunday!

There are many more interesting things to do right HERE at Time Out New York

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2. NYC indoor dining capacity increasing to 50%, Cuomo says – Newsday

New York City’s cap on indoor dining will expand beginning March 19 to 50% of an eatery’s ordinary capacity, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday, in a further loosening of last year’s restrictions meant to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The current maximum capacity for indoor dining in the city is 35%. Cuomo’s announcement was timed with that of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, whose state also will increase capacity from 35% to 50%.”

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“Sanford Biggers, Félix Fénéon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s history of itself”

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4. The 25 best cheap eats in NYCTONY

“Eat for $10 or less at the best restaurants with cheap eats in NYC

UPDATE, October 29 2020: Dining out in New York City has never been so different than this year and it’s not only because restaurants had to shut down their dining rooms for more than six months. The current crisis has put a renewed focus on more affordable food options, whether you’re scarfing down tacos from a food truck or ordering dumplings from a mom-and-pop business in Chinatown. At Time Out New York, we’ve done the homework for you in discovering dishes, old and new, that are all $10 or under. 

The hefty prices at many New York restaurants can at times make the dining scene feel like it’s only for the elite. But some of the best restaurants in NYC still serve affordable bites for $10 or less. Dining on a budget in New York doesn’t have to feel like a constraint with our picks for jerk chicken, Sicilian-style pizza, creative veggie burgers, underground buffets, Cuban bakeries and more.”

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5. Your Concise New York Art Guide for March 2021 – hyperallergic.com

“Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month.”

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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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7. Everywhere You Should Be Eating Vegan and Vegetarian Food in NYC thrillist

17 go-to spots for meatless eats.

“New York City is on the cutting edge of all things culinary, so it’s no surprise that plant-based eateries have been a fixture in the city for decades. In fact, restaurants like Candle Cafe, Dojo, Angelica Kitchen (RIP) and many more transformed meatless diets into a lifestyle to aspire to as early as the 1970s. While vegetarian and vegan eateries have continued to proliferate since then, one exciting newish trend is the introduction of plant-based options within the fast-casual space (e.g., Taim, by CHLOE, et al.) offering affordable and quickly prepared items that make it that much easier for New Yorkers to go meat-free.”

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8. What’s Open in NYC | The Official Guide to New York City – nycgo.com

“Businesses across all five boroughs are working toward a common goal: to welcome back guests, employees and the community at large while ensuring everyone’s health and safety. Use this hub as a starting point for what’s open right now or opening soon, and make sure to follow up directly with any venue to confirm hours and protocols before you visit.”

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9. Three ‘astonishing’ works of art are inside the new Moynihan Train Hall – TONY

The Public Art Fund says they’ll ‘stop us in our tracks’ “In true New York style, the new Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station, which opens Friday, has been decked out with incredible art.

Penn Station’s $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall features a spacious, light-filled atrium with a 92-foot-high glass skylight and soaring ceilings honoring the design of the original Penn Station, but as with any new transit hub, whether it’s a new subway station, airport terminal or a passenger hall like this one, New York calls on its amazing artists to decorate the walls, halls and floors and inspire travelers passing by.”

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10. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free productions every nightTONY

The Met continues to share a different lineup of complete operas from its archives every week

“The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors though at least September 2021, but the great New York opera house continues to lift the spirits of opera lovers around the world with free nightly streams of complete productions from its archives. Most of the offerings were originally recorded with multiple cameras in high definition to be shown in movie theaters as part of the company’s popular Live in HD series.

Each opera goes live on the Met’s website at 7:30pm EST (12:30am GMT) and remains there until 6:30pm EST the next evening. The operas can also be viewed with the Met Opera on Demand app on various devices.”

Nightly Opera Streams, March 8-14

Verismo Passions

Hot-blooded passions and fiery face-offs abound in this week’s lineup of Italian operatic dramas. Explore the articles and resources below to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the screenings. A full schedule for the week is available at the bottom of this page.

 
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“For the cosmetics mogul and philanthropist Leonard Lauder, the city, with its museums, public transit and parks, is an explorer’s delight.”

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“Get to a nearby park and get in shape (safely).”

Bonus#2: When the Bronx was a Forest: Stroll Through the Centuries – NYT

“Yankee Stadium was the site of a salt marsh. Concourse Plaza was a valley. Our critic walks with Eric Sanderson, a conservation ecologist.”

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March NYC events + NYC on YouTube (03/11)

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 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: American Museum of Natural History

Central Park – Everything You Need to Know

How to photograph New York City from a Helicopter

The best of New York City in a few days trip

Treasures of New York: The New-York Historical Society

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Harry Nilsson – I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City

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Now, how about some other useful winter NYC information. NEW STUFF!

Best Things to do in NYC This Week  – TONY

1. The best things to do in NYC this week TONY

“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
News City Life

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
News Art

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

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NYC’s Best New Restaurants & New Dishes In 2020 – Gothamist

The Frick’s Plans for the Breuer Building Promise to Spotlight Its Masterpieces ‘in a Completely Different Light’ | Artnet News

The Best NYC Restaurants for Eating a Meal Outdoors This Winter – Eater NY

11 things we can actually look forward to in NYC in 2021 – TONY

Moynihan Train Hall Becomes a Destination For New Yorkers – The New York Times

Can You Get Coronavirus Inside a Restaurant? – The Atlantic

Edward Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks’ Gets 21st Century Makeover – WSJ

“The Nature of Color” at the Reopened American Museum of Natural History | The New Yorker

Art Industry News: That Immersive ‘Van Gogh Experience’ Your Mom Is Talking About Already Is Selling Out Across 13 US Cities + Other Stories – news.artnet.com

Eater Critic Robert Sietsema’s Favorite NYC Sandwiches of 2020 – Eater NY

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March NYC events + Top 10 NYC corona culture (03/10)

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 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 Top 10 NYC Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. The best things to do in NYC this week TONY

“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:

a. Nowhere Fest
Things to do Online, Mar 11 2021-Mar 13 2021

To mark the anniversary of the WHO’s declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nowhere, a new social and events platform that uses face-to-face interaction 3D spaces is launching a three-day festival of performances, panels, and more. Hear from Robert Siegel and Scott Simon of NPR who will talk about the future of journalism, House of Yes about the future of nightlife and Time Out New York editors Will Gleason and Shaye Weaver about social distancing in cultural spheres, and sit in for performances by Shasta Geaux Pop, Chris Gethard, and DJ MSG. Ticket proceeds will benefit Helping Hearts NYC.

b. “Goya’s Graphic Imagination”
Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park Until May 2 2021

A new exhibition at The Met Museum explores how renowned Spanish artist Francisco Goya used prints and drawings to respond to the turbulent social and political changes occurring in the world around him through more than 100 works across three galleries. The work spans six decades and shows the turmoil of the Enlightenment, the Inquisition, and Spain’s years of constitutional government. You’ll see Goya’s early etchings, print series such as the Caprichos and The Disasters of War to his late lithographs, The Bulls of Bordeaux, and include albums of drawings that reveal the artist’s nightmares, dreams, and visions.

c. “Geometric Properties” at ARTECHOUSE
News Art

“Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions,” is the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis’ work to come to NYC. Previously, his work has been featured in Manchester by the Sea and through collaborations with musical artists like ODESZA, Meshuggah and Birds of Paradise. He uses fractals to create alternate science fiction-like realities using visual art and motion graphics, and they are a real trip, to say the least. The digital art destination on Manhattan’s west side (it’s literally located in Chelsea Market’s former boiler room) is opening the new show on March 1, and it will be on view through September 6. If you want to stop by and check out the endless geometric iterations and fractional dimensions for yourself—you frickin’ fractal freak you—tickets cost $24 for adults and $17 for children. (Pro tip: New York and New Jersey residents receive a $5 discount on tickets on weekdays.)

d. City Skate Concert Series
Dance Ballroom and Latin Bryant Park, Midtown West Until Mar 25 2021

Gather at Bryant Park’s ice rink for a City Skate Pop Up Concert by Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY) every Tuesday and Thursday through March. Performers include Aaron Singletary and Val Levine, with choreography by Douglas Webster and Jody Sperling. The events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:
March 2: “Putting on the Ritz” skated by ITNY performing apprentice Ella Bauer, choreographed by Tanya Douglass; “Take Five” performed by ITNY ensemble skater Armen Agaian, choreographed by Eliot Halveson.
March 4:
“O Mio Babinno Caro” performed by ITNY ensemble skater Sally Jean Watkins, choreographed by Douglas Webster; “Fragile” performed by ITNY ensemble member Aaron Singletary and choreographed by Douglas Webster.
March 9: “Nothing Else Matters” skated by ITNY performing apprentices and National Jr. Silver Ice Dancers, Oona and Gage Brown, choreographed by Joel Dear; “Arctic Memory” performed by ITNY member Valerie Levine and choreographed by dancer, Jody Sperling

There will also be performances on March 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25 that will include “I Will Fall for You” performed and choreographed by ITNY ensemble member, Sarah France, and “Hip Hip Chin Chin” skated by ITNY performing apprentice Milly Wasserman and choreographed by Stephen Belanger.

e. Social Alchemix (Live!)
Theater Experimental Online, Until Apr 30 2021

NYC-based cocktail guru Wil Petre, best known for his off-Broadway work, invites you to join Social Alchemix (Live!), a game night meets storytelling meetup. The project was developed over the past two years in tandem with Social Alchemix, an actual game employing a deck of alchemical tarot-like cards, containing questions that enable players to skip the small talk and get into the good stuff. The guests of this show are asked to turn off their cell phones for the duration of the event; some can participate in the gameplay, others can just watch and listen. Petre asks “Is it possible to have a meaningful conversation with a perfect stranger in our socially distanced and lonely world?”

f. Winter Sound Works at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Things to do Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Until May 9 2021

Get your zen on at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which has launched a new series of winter nature walks and sound works in the Garden—site-specific original compositions and audio walks for visitors to experience at their own pace.

As part of the Art in the Garden series, BBG is showcasing three works from January through May: Gelsey Bell and Joseph White’s “Meander,” Ben Rubin and Brian House’s “Terminal Moraine,” and a reprisal of Michael Gordon’s “loved.”

“Each work takes its inspiration from the garden and the temporal sensations one experiences among its natural features, both ancient and fleeting,” according to BBG.

On right now, Gelsey Bell and Joseph White’s “Meander” is a sound walk that guides listeners on a meditative stroll into the natural landscape. It encourages listeners to watch, listen, and reset their clocks to pastoral temporality, inviting them to sink into the complex patterns and fine details of the natural environment.

From February 26 to April 25, Ben Rubin and Brian House’s “Terminal Moraine” will be presented in the Elizabeth Scholtz Woodland Garden. The installation uses algorithmic sound to represent tree growth and glacial ice recession.

Then, from March 13 to May 9, “loved” will be on in the Cherry Esplanade. Composer Michael Gordon created the installation for BBG to honor those we’ve lost in the pandemic. Performed by percussionist David Cossin, the meditative composition for seven vibraphones plays hourly on Cherry Esplanade and runs 5 minutes, 28 seconds. It was originally presented in August and is being reprised to mark the one-year anniversary of New York City’s pandemic shutdown.

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

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“No barriers. No texts. No heavy gold fabric. At the museum’s two-year sublet of the Breuer building on Madison Avenue, it’s just you and the masters.”

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3. Go-To NYC Spots for Takeout, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining in 2020ny.eater.com

“From Golden Diner’s honey butter pancakes to Parlay’s chicken curry, here are the restaurant orders that were kept in regular rotation all year long”

4.The best places to go ice-skating in NYCTONY

“It’s time to lace up your skates—the best ice skating rinks in NYC are waiting for you. As one of the most beloved cities to spend the holidays in, NYC has plenty of indoor and outdoor rinks where you can glide and practice your toe jumps. To help narrow down your options, we’ve ranked the top places to go, from the iconic Rink at Rockefeller Center or lower-key rinks at NYC parks like Central Park. You can even make a full-day out of it when you shop at one of the city’s best holiday markets, followed by sipping hot chocolate and skating on The Rink at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. If you’d rather stay warm while on the ice, there are many all-weather indoor rinks, including spots that offer roller skating.”

“The state says they can resume operations Friday. Some cinemas are saying not so fast; others are eager to welcome audiences. Here’s the latest.”

 

6. The best bakeries in NYC – TONY

“At the best bakeries in NYC you’ll find world-class patisseries, pie shops, bread makers and tiered cake spots

In times like these, we all need comfort food more than ever. If you’re looking to indulge in some cookies or cakes try some delicious bites from some of the best bakeries in NYC. In addition to to-go offerings, most are also now offering same-day delivery and pick-up packages for those that want the sweet treats sent straight to the couch.

Sugar fiends never had it so good—with so many pedigreed dough-punchers setting up shop in our fair city, New Yorkers don’t only have access to the best bakeries NYC has to offer, but they have access to some of the best bakeries in the world. Whether you’re looking for French bakery spots or all-American donut shops, the best pies for the holidays or one of the city’s best chocolate chip cookies, check out every best bakery NYC sweets lovers should know about. “

7. The Underground Gourmet’s Year-End Digestgrubstreet

“The best new comfort food we ate in 2020.

Now is the time for pure, unalloyed comfort food, however you define it, which happens to be the theme of our roundup of the best things we ate this year.”

 

8. The Best Meals I Ate in 2020grubstreet

“Our critic Adam Platt finds some comforts in a heartbreaking year.”

9. How Fans of The Queen’s Gambit Can Explore Chess in NYCuntappedcities.com

“When thinking of chess, what normally comes to mind is a pair of players dressed in khakis, glasses, and sweater vests. But if you’ve recently seen Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, chess might seem a lot more . . . glamorous? Almost to the point where you may have wanted to dig out your old chess board from the attic (good luck buying a set — thanks to the show, they’re sold out nearly everywhere). Based off of Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, The Queens Gambit takes place during the sixties and follows chess prodigy Beth Harmon as she strives to become the world’s greatest chess player.”

10a. Editors’ Picks: 13 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week – Artnet.com

From International Women’s Day Celebrations to a Look at Artemisia Gentileschi’s Influences

Plus, check out the latest edition of our Artnet Talks and see works by Brazilian artist Amelia Toledo.

“Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area.

10B. New York City Ballet Dancers to Step Back Onstage

“New works by the choreographers Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck will be filmed at the David H. Koch Theater for the coming digital season.”

“New York City Ballet’s dancers will return to the David H. Koch Theater before audiences do. The company’s coming digital season, set to begin on Feb. 22, will include performances, rehearsals and conversations filmed at the Lincoln Center theater, including new ballets by the choreographers Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck.”

Bonus#1. : When Manhattan Was Mannahatta: a Stroll Through the Centuries  – NYT  

“From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of Lower Manhattan.”

We hope you enjoy this change of pace, then please return here February 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info (well, maybe. it depends).  

Bonus#2: The best theater you can stream online anytimeTONY

“Much of the best streaming theater, dance and music of the lockdown period remains viewable anytime.”

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March NYC events + Nifty Nine NYC news sources (03/09)

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 February 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 Week – TONY

“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.” 

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

 

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Select Broadway Venues to Welcome Back Audiences for Special Events Beginning in April | Playbill

15 Soul-Warming Soups to Ride Out the Rest of Winter in NYC – ny.eater.com

New York to Allow Limited Live Performances to Resume in April – The New York Times

Best Outdoor Restaurants and Bars in NYC: Places to Eat for Winter – Thrillist

Good news sports fans: New York arenas can open to fans beginning Feb. 23 | amNewYork

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

See the Art by Kehinde Wiley, Stan Douglas, and Other Art Stars That Might Actually Make You Want to Go to New York’s Penn Station – news.artnet.com

20 Restaurants for Cozy Outdoor Dining in Manhattan – ny.eater.com

The Setups for Outdoor Winter Dining Are Lavish. But Are They Safe? – The New York Times

Eight ways Pixar’s ‘Soul’ gets NYC right – TONY

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

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