June Events + Corona Culture (c) (06/27)

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 for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Corona Culture (c).

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The Hidden Feats that Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers./ NYT
The ingenuity of engineers helped build landmarks like Black Rock and the new supertalls. Take a virtual tour with the New York Times architecture critic.

When Manhattan was Mannahatta: a stroll through the centuries./ NYT
From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of lower Manhattan.

Pondering the end of the world? An apocalyptic entertainment guide, if you can’t help it. / LAT
For those seeking content about the end of the world during the coronavirus crisis, we’ve curated a guide to apocalyptic entertainment for your viewing, reading or listening pleasure.

New York Comedian Finds Humor in Andrew Cuomo’s Dad Riffs./ WSJ
Maria DeCotis has caught fire on Twitter with her short videos miming along with audiotape from the governor’s daily coronavirus briefings.

Here she is: Maria DeCotis on Twitter

Aerial View of New York City Amidst Coronavirus Quarantine. / Viewing NYC
Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view

Queens Diner Serves Up Hamburgers, Fries and a Makeshift Drive-In Movie. / WSJ
Tickets for film nights at Bel Aire Diner in Astoria sell out quickly, prompt car rentals

Cannes 2020 is canceled: here are 28 of the festival’s best films you can stream right now./LAT
Films that have played the festival since 2006, now available for viewing at home.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

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

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WFUV Live Online (June 25-July 01)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/25 – Hug Your Farmer: Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Martin Sexton, Kelli O’Hara, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and more

6/25 – Depeche Mode streams their full concert from the “SPIRITS in the Forest” documentary from their 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

6/26 – Angelique Kidjo – Summerstage Anywhere Series

6/27 – Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” livestream concert

6/27 – Virtual Roots Picnic with The Roots, H.E.R., SZA, Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild and more. Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought and Michelle Obama

6/28 – Justice Comes Alive with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Tank & The Bangas, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville, Lettuce, Galactic, Stanley Jordan, Antibalas and 50+ artists

6/28 – Andrew Bird Live from the Old Style Guitar Shop in LA for Performance Now!

6/29 – Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) full discography livestream series: Saint Cloud

 

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events and Best NYC Restaurants (06/26)

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s Best NYCity Restaurants.

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Best NYCity Restaurants

With restaurants partially opened or only open for takeout, this info is more useful for that glorious time when we have beaten the virus and life has returned to some form of normal.

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan. Seems like there is at least one restaurant on every block. The New York City health department inspected over 10,000 eating establishments in Manhattan alone last year. And the selection of restaurants includes cuisines from all over the world.

Finding a good place to eat is a bit harder. We could start with New York City’s 72 Michelin-Starred Restaurants, but they are more suitable for those on expense accounts or celebrating a special event. No worries. There are many guides to good eating available, if you know where to look.

Here are a few of my favorite guides to the best restaurants in various neighborhoods:

Best Places to Eat in Times Square  (tripsavvy.com)

Best Restaurants in 55 NYC Neighborhoods  (zagat.com)

Where To Eat Uptown in NYC  (fodors.com)

The Definitive Midtown Dining Guide  (thrilist.com)

Where to Eat and Drink Near the High Line (thrilist.com)

The Grub Street Guide to Affordable Sushi in New York  (grubstreet,com)

The Absolute Best Restaurants in the Meatpacking District (grubstreet,com)

11 Tastes of Chinatown  (nycgo.com)

Restaurant Row Guide (nycgo.com)

The 15 Best Places with a Happy Hour in the Upper West Side  (foursquare)

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

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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Broadway theaters closed on March 12 as New York City enacted rules to promote social distancing and slow the spread of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show. The NYC theater community has responded with initiatives and online shows to help support its members and entertain audiences via the internet while we’re staying away from crowds.

We’ve put together a sampling of streaming performances you can watch from your laptop or phone:

Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYCKinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Penrod

Broadway HD 
Starting in 2015, this online service began offering HD versions of classic and recent Broadway plays and musicals. You can try it out for free (with a one-week trial) or buy a subscription (from $9 a month) to watch some of your favorite shows. You can see stars like Katherine Hepburn in 1973’s televised version of The Glass Menagerie as well as musical hits like Kinky BootsAn American in Paris and Cats.

Stars in the House 
Broadway actor, director and writer (and radio host) Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, host two shows a day from their house on YouTube. The hourlong shows, which air live at 2pm and 8pm (the usual Broadway start times), raise money for the Actors Fund, helping to provide emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Living Room Concerts 
Broadwayworld.com has started posting daily concert videos from an array of performers, mainly those whose shows were running before the recent closure of Broadway. They’re posting a new video every day—stars featured include Carolee Carmello (Hello, Dolly!), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and teenager Andrew Barth Feldman, the former lead in Dear Evan Hansen.

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
This West Village bar, known for sing-alongs to Broadway show tunes, has taken the experience online. They’re streaming two main sets of songs each evening, usually starting at 4pm, with different pianists tickling the ivories. To watch, join their Facebook group and tune in to “Sing out, Louise” (in the comfort of your own living room). You can also tip the piano players via Venmo or PayPal, with details during each performance.

Download recent shows, like the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, on Amazon  
Many recent shows are available to rent or buy on Amazon and other online streamers, usually in the range of $3–12. Highlights include Rent, taped just before it ended its Broadway run; 2013’s Carousel, via Live from Lincoln Center; 2010 Tony Award winner Memphis; and the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, starring Bernadette Peters.

Virtual Hal Prince Exhibit at Lincoln Center 
In December 2019, the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts opened an exhibit on the late Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway producer behind megahits like The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. While the library is closed, you can take a virtual walk-through and 30-minute guided tour of the gallery with Doug Reside, the show’s curator.

Broadway Dreams Live Lessons 
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is hosting free daily lessons, led by some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent, for aspiring actors, singers and dancers. Their lineup has included actors from FrozenHead Over Heels and Chicago. To watch, get the Zoom link from their Facebook page. Sessions begin at 1pm; each day’s links are posted five minutes before class begins, though the schedule is listed earlier than that.

Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays 
Every year, the 24 Hour Plays event presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed in one day with the involvement of talent from the NYC theater community. Now they’re doing a mini version, with online monologues, on their Instagram account. They’re performed by actors like Denis O’Hare and penned by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire.

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs
Broadway Records just released the digital version of Losing My Mind, a compilation of Sondheim songs with a dance beat. Conceived by Broadway performer Joshua Hinck and arranger Scott Wasserman, the 12-song album is an expanded version of a popular concert they put on in 2018. The album features singers like Alison Luff (Waitress) and Chip Zien (from the original Into the Woods). You can preview a track, “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Passion; hear the collection on Spotify; or order a copy from the Broadway Records site.

Broadway Backwards 2020 Encore 
Broadway Cares, which produces number of annual AIDS fundraisers, has put together a special encore series of recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, at which performers belt out famous show tunes with gender-swapped roles. They’re also asking viewers to support an emergency fundraiser for actors affected by the Covid-19 crisis—you can make a donation at broadwaycares.org.

Watch Broadway classics like Cabaret for free on YouTube 
These days you may be wondering, “What good is sitting alone in your room?” You can get a very direct answer on YouTube by watching the 1993 version of Cabaret, featuring Alan Cumming in his breakout role. Other star turns worth checking out for free are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in American Playhouse‘s 1986 broadcast of Sunday in the Park with George;  Carol Burnett in 1964’s Once Upon A Mattress; Nell Carter in a 1982 broadcast of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lauren Bacall in 1973’s Applause; Gregory and Maurice Hines in 1980’s Eubie!; and Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954’s Anything Goes.

Jason Alexander sings on Twitter 
While most people know Jason Alexander as George from Seinfeld, he got his big break on Broadway in a Stephen Sondheim musical (Merrily We Roll Along). He recently went on Twitter to sing a song from the show that got him interested in theater, Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. The beautiful ballad, “With You,” has a message of love and support we can all use today.

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WFUV Live Online (June 25-July 01)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/25 – Hug Your Farmer: Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Martin Sexton, Kelli O’Hara, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and more

6/25 – Depeche Mode streams their full concert from the “SPIRITS in the Forest” documentary from their 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

6/26 – Angelique Kidjo – Summerstage Anywhere Series

6/27 – Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” livestream concert

6/27 – Virtual Roots Picnic with The Roots, H.E.R., SZA, Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild and more. Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought and Michelle Obama

6/28 – Justice Comes Alive with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Tank & The Bangas, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville, Lettuce, Galactic, Stanley Jordan, Antibalas and 50+ artists

6/28 – Andrew Bird Live from the Old Style Guitar Shop in LA for Performance Now!

6/29 – Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) full discography livestream series: Saint Cloud

 

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + Corona Culture (b) (06/25)

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 for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Corona Culture (b).

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Classic skyscrapers define New York. Take a virtual tour./ NYT
The Times architecture critic strolls Park Avenue with the architect Annabelle Selldorf.

Why Driving in New York City Now Feels “Post Apocalyptic.” / NYT
For now it’s open road, miles and miles of it.

See an Empty NYC from a Bird’s-Eye View in This Aerial Capture During Lockdown./ Viewing NYC  Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view.

Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour. / NYT
The Times architecture critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

New York Philharmonic Takes Show to Rooftops, Stairwells./ WSJ
After the orchestra canceled performances, many musicians found new ways—and reasons—to play.

Cannes 2020 is canceled: here are 28 of the festival’s best films you can stream right now./LAT
Films that have played the festival since 2006, and which are now available for viewing at home.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

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

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WFUV Live Online (June 25-July 01)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/25 – Hug Your Farmer: Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Martin Sexton, Kelli O’Hara, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and more

6/25 – Depeche Mode streams their full concert from the “SPIRITS in the Forest” documentary from their 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

6/26 – Angelique Kidjo – Summerstage Anywhere Series

6/27 – Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” livestream concert

6/27 – Virtual Roots Picnic with The Roots, H.E.R., SZA, Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild and more. Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought and Michelle Obama

6/28 – Justice Comes Alive with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Tank & The Bangas, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville, Lettuce, Galactic, Stanley Jordan, Antibalas and 50+ artists

6/28 – Andrew Bird Live from the Old Style Guitar Shop in LA for Performance Now!

6/29 – Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) full discography livestream series: Saint Cloud

 

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events and NYCity Instagram Photos (a) – (06/24).

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.

GD: Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here. Today it’s NYCity Instagram Photos (a).

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NYCity Top10 Instagram Photos (a)

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

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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Here is some great information on famous museums offering virtual tours.

These 16 Famous Museums Are Offering Virtual Tours

You can see the masterpieces housed at famous museums with these online exhibits

These kid-friendly museums in NYC and across the globe are offering virtual tours and exhibits, so you can experience culture from your couch.

For many of us, visiting a museum is a luxury we take for granted. While this city offers some of the world’s most masterful works, we rarely take the time out of our busy schedules to see them. That’s why it’s fortunate (and perhaps ironic) that now, while we’re staying home with time to spare, is the time we can lose ourselves in exhibits. The following kid-friendly museums have put their exhibits online for easy virtual viewing. And you don’t just have to stay local—check out some of the world’s greatest institutions. Who said quarantining had to lack culture?

Virtual Tours of New York’s Kid-Friendly Museums

American Museum of Natural History

If you’re nostalgic for that big blue whale, check out these 2,160 items from the American Museum of Natural History’s collection—from dinosaur skeletons to insects. The museum is also offering previously recorded tours on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts

The kids are the stars in Children’s Museum of the Arts’ collection of more than 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. There’s also a rotating series of contemporary artwork by emerging and established artists, including Leon Bibel’s monochromatic seemingly simply prints, and With Liberty and Justice for Some, a group of diverse portraits of U.S. immigrants.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

Now is a perfect time to “wander” through the Cloister’s magnificent monasteries (located in the Bronx but now online), where art and architecture of medieval Europe is on virtual display.

The Frick Collection

The elegant Frick displays 201 works of art on its site, from Rembrandt to Gainsborough, including the Italian paintings and bronzes, Dutch 17th-century works of art, and Chinese porcelains.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

While the Intrepid is usually a hands-on experience, kids can still check out the Concorde G-BOAD and the Submarine Growler, as well as learn about technologically groundbreaking aircrafts and American innovation and bravery.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met’s collection is like a best-of from the last 5,000 years of world art, from Coco Chanel’s designs to A New Look at Vermeer. Think of it as that history class you never took, that’s now available from your couch.

New York Botanical Garden

While NYBG’s gates are temporarily closed, it’s bringing the power of plants to you with a virtual walk through the Spring Landscape. Plus, the garden has a variety of ways to connect with plants and plant-lovers while you’re stuck inside.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy

The conservancy is offering a video series called Tourist In Your Own Town, which includes virtual tours of historic landmarks, including President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace and the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Take a virtual stroll down the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda, past tremendous self-portraits by Catherine Opie and Rashid Johnson’s New Black Yoga exhibit. You can also wander through the galleries of the Tannhauser Collection of Impressionism and Early Modern Art.

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney’s online collection includes 60 of its most famous paintings from the 20th century, including Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, and Joseph Stella.

Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which holds more than 210,000 objects that range from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary 3-D printed objects, is offering several online exhibits. including Botanical Expressions, which shows how gardens influenced designers including Christopher Dresser, Emile Gallé, William Morris, and Louis Comfort Tiffany; and African American Design, which features objects created by prominent African American designers that date back to 1950.

Virtual Tours of Kid-Friendly Museums Across the Globe

The Louvre

How about a trip to Paris? Grab a baguette (or whatever sustenance your kids haven’t yet eaten) and explore the Louvre‘s Egyptian antiquities and the recently restored Galerie d’Apollon, which houses the famous “Apollo Slaying the Serpent Python,” by Delacroix (1851).

The Boston Children’s Museum

The kids will enjoy this trip through the second-oldest children’s museum in the United States, where they can become dinosaur experts and learn about Japanese culture at the Japanese House, a real two-story townhouse from Kyoto.

British Museum, London

Tour the Great Court or discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies, among hundreds of other artifacts at this famous historical institution.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American-art museum is offering two online exhibits: American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras; and works by Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Check out the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and more than 750 personal letters. You can also find out about Van Gogh’s love life and which books he read.

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WFUV Live Online (June 25-July 01)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/25 – Hug Your Farmer: Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Martin Sexton, Kelli O’Hara, Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and more

6/25 – Depeche Mode streams their full concert from the “SPIRITS in the Forest” documentary from their 2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

6/26 – Angelique Kidjo – Summerstage Anywhere Series

6/27 – Rufus Wainwright, “Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session” livestream concert

6/27 – Virtual Roots Picnic with The Roots, H.E.R., SZA, Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild and more. Hosted by Questlove, Black Thought and Michelle Obama

6/28 – Justice Comes Alive with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Tank & The Bangas, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville, Lettuce, Galactic, Stanley Jordan, Antibalas and 50+ artists

6/28 – Andrew Bird Live from the Old Style Guitar Shop in LA for Performance Now!

6/29 – Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) full discography livestream series: Saint Cloud

 

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + Corona Culture (a) (06/23)

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 for the time being. Stay Safe.

============================================================

For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Corona Culture (a).

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These Stunning George Steinmetz Aerial Images Show Empty NYC Under Coronavirus Lockdown | Viewing NYC / shown on “CBS This Morning.”
a 6 minute video of a virtual ghost town.

‘Surreal’: What It’s Like to Ride a Motorcycle Through New York Right Now (NYT)  The video of the scooter riding down an empty 7th Ave. is especially interesting.

Rockefeller Center’s Art Deco Marvel: A Virtual Tour (NYT)
an informative discussion between NYT architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and historian Daniel Okrent. Don’t miss the great photos of Rocky Center.

New York Comedian Finds Humor in Andrew Cuomo’s Dad Riffs./ WSJ
Maria DeCotis has caught fire on Twitter with her short videos miming along with audiotape from the governor’s daily coronavirus briefings.

Here she is: Maria DeCotis on Twitter

Now Virtual and in Video, Museum Websites Shake Off the Dust. (NYT)
Critic’s guide to the best online presentations from the world’s leading art palaces and picture galleries.

Cannes 2020 is canceled: here are 28 of the festival’s best films you can stream right now./LAT
Films that have played the festival since 2006, now available for viewing at home.

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History (NYT)
A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. The NYT  critic chats with fourth generation Brooklynite and historian Thomas J. Campanella.
Wonderful photos all over the borough, especially Brooklyn Heights.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

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

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WFUV Live Online (June 18-June 24)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/18 – Levon Helm’s 80th birthday: Phil & Grahame Lesh, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, Dawes, Wood Brothers, The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Son Little, the Midnight Ramble Band ($)
6/19 – Michael Franti Stay At Home Concert World Tour ($) Work Hard And Be Nice Release Party
6/19 – SummerStage Anywhere honors Juneteenth with a digital day of dance
6/20 – Small Business Live: Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, T-Pain and more
6/20 – Preservation Hall: “Round Midnight Preserves” with Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Beck, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Jim James & more, New Orleans music
6/20 – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River “Virtual Revival” – Judy Collins, David Amram, Tom Chapin, John McCutcheon, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, The Chapin Sisters and more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + The Nifty Nine (06/22)

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.

GD: Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” info and video especially suited to these difficult times. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s The Nifty Nine NYC News sources.

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All the NYCity News You Need to Start Your Day

The New York Times – Regional New York News

AM / Metro New York

Wall Street Journal Greater New York (Region News)

The New York Times – Art and Design

Grub Street – NY Magazine’s Food and Restaurant Blog

Gothamist: News, Food, Arts and Events

The New York Times – New York Today / Daily Briefings

Metro / New York Post

amNY Online

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

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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nycgo.com is the place to go for comprehensive NYCity info. Try this:

There are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for hundreds of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you are right now. First, the short version:

Museum galleries

Broadway and other theater

Performing arts

Nightlife

Film

Now a detailed list:

Despite widespread closures and cancellations related to Covid-19 in New York City, there are still plenty of ways to explore the five boroughs while socially distancing. We’ve rounded up online resources from museums, galleries, comedy clubs, theaters and other venues so that you can experience the best of New York City virtually. Read on for dozens of ways to connect with your favorite NYC attractions—or discover new ones—from home or wherever you’re socially distancing right now.

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Kinky Boots, Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYC,Kinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Murphy

Broadway

24-Hour Plays presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed by the NYC theater community in one day. Now they’re doing a mini version of this, presented on their Instagram account.

Broadway Cares has put together a special encore series of two dozen or so recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, where genders are swapped on famous show tunes.

The Broadway Dreams foundation is hosting free daily Broadway Dreams Live Lessons for aspiring student actors, singers and dancers with some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent.

Broadway HD offers high-definition versions of classic and more recent Broadway plays and musicals. (Note: this is a paid service.)

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs on Broadway Records. (Purchase is required for this too.)

Take a virtual walk-through of the Harold Prince exhibit at Lincoln Center.

BroadwayWorld.com, which covers the NYC theater community, has started posting daily Living Room Concerts from performers in shows that are temporarily closed.

West Village bar Marie’s Crisis has taken its sing-along experience online with two sets of songs each night evening at 4pm. (You’ll need to join the Facebook group to access.)

Stars in the House is a daily live YouTube channel raising money for the Actors Fund emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Watch Broadaway classics like Cabaret, Once Upon A Mattress and Anything Goes (featuring Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954) for free on YouTube.

Comedy

Caveat is livestreaming shows.

Littlefield’s weekly stand-up showcase, Butterboy, plans on streaming its show independently on Mondays at 7pm, with $5 tickets available on EventBrite.

The Magnet Theater is streaming some shows.

Stand Up NY is also streaming shows.

Spyscape, NYC, Virtual NYC,Spyscape. Photo: Molly Flores

Family-Friendly Activities

While The Amazing Max is on hiatus from Off-Broadway performances, the Amazing Max himself will offer online magic lessons for kids. (Note: this is a paid service.)

Get your fill of “-ology” (read: science) at the American Museum of Natural History. The institution is also making digital tours of its collection available.

Learn about cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Brooklyn Game Lab has made live game-related programming available to all during NYC’s store closures.

The Children’s Museum of Art has some how-to art projects online.

Historic Richmond Town brings its living history demonstrations online as well as its collection of vintage photographs and other educational resources.

Find out what it’s like inside the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Lincoln Center at Home provides a daily learning activity on Facebook Live through its pop-up classroom; there are regular kid-friendly concerts as well.

Take a history lesson at the Museum of the City of New York.

The New York Hall of Science will help you get an idea about infectious diseases with its Transmissions: Gone Viral interactive comic.

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library have all kinds of materials available online.

The New York Transit Museum has its Bringing Back the City exhibition online, showcasing how what happens to mass transit in times of crisis.

New Victory Theater is bringing an arts class right into your home.

On Spyscape’s website, learn what kind of spy you would be, do all kinds of puzzles and register to tour the James Bond exhibition, which they plan to make available online.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain symbols of hope. Take quizzes to test your knowledge of the sites.

Film

Though BAM’s live cinema is on hold, you can still rent movies to screen at home (tickets are $12 for a 3-day rental) from the institution’s robust film program.

Tune in to Film at Lincoln Center’s Film Comment podcast.

The Paley Center is streaming previously unreleased discussions of popular TV shows like This Is Us, The Office and Parks and Recreation for free on YouTube.

The 10th annual Queens Film Festival will screen 220 independent films from 32 nations on discovered.tv from March 19 to 29.

Watch a selection of short films from Tribeca Film Festival alumni.

Galleries

View Aperture’s special online exhibits on women photographers, and purchase prints and books from their online shop.

Visit the online viewing rooms of David Zwirner, with works by the likes of Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas and Chris Ofili.

See Gagosian’s installation views of works by Donald Judd, Richard Prince and Roe Ethridge.

Find an online viewing room, available through March 31, for Hollis Taggart’s latest exhibit: the works of abstract expressionist William Scharf. (Note: email sign-up required.)

Lévy Gory offers online viewing rooms of works from Art Basel Hong Kong. (Note: email sign-up required.)

Dorothea Lange. Tractored Out. Childress County, Texas. 1938. Gelatin Silver Print. The Museum of Modern Art. Purchase

Museums and Cultural Institutions

View much of the Alice Austen House collection online, including photographs and texts describing Austen’s life and work.

 The American Folk Art Museum makes its collection of books, paintings, textiles and other works available on its website.

While the Brooklyn Historical Society is closed, you can still visit its collection digitally, with online exhibits on the history of Brooklyn’s waterfront and the borough’s anti-slavery movement.

The Brooklyn Museum will be sharing Art for the Socially Distanced, spotlighting a piece from the collection on their tumblr each day.

The Coney Island History Project includes a compilation of nearly 100 oral histories and a digital archive of photos, which reveal the seaside park’s rich history.

Get a glimpse of El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection or explore a variety of content on the museum’s YouTube channel.

Virtual tours, an art history library and video lectures make it easy to connect online with the Frick Collection.

Check out a 360-degree view of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum or read art books from its digital archive.

The Jewish Museum offers mobile tours of their collection, featuring the voices of Kehinde Wiley, Isaac Mizrahi and others.

Take advantage of immersive 360-degree videos of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most beloved locations, including The Met Cloisters, The Met Breuer and the Fifth Avenue museum’s Temple of Dendur and arms and armor galleries.

Browse exhibits and listen to audio guides on the Morgan Library website, including I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Engage with the Museum of the City of New York through their online collection, and check out a lecture about their Germ City exhibit on their YouTube channel.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) operates a lively and informative YouTube channel with all sorts of videos about art and artists, including a piece on its Dorothea Lange photography show and interviews with famous directors in the channel’s film section.

Look at photos of the Neue Galerie’s exhibit on Viennese photographer Madame d’Ora and see views of the installation with a video from the exhibit’s curator.

At the New York Botanical Garden online, visitors can explore recent installations, browse horticulture lecture videos and stay up to date with its latest news.

Browse multiple New-York Historical Society exhibitions online.

Take some time to meditate with a two-hour session in the Rubin Museum’s virtual Shrine Room.

The Society of Illustrators features exhibits and more on its website.

Explore the Staten Island Museum’s Women of the Nation Arise! exhibit, which includes archival issues of TheSuffragist and TheWomen Voter magazines.

Check out video highlights on the Whitney Museum of American Art Watch and Listen page, which includes content from their critically acclaimed Vida Americana exhibit.

Met Opera, Virtual NYC, NYC, Performances,Courtesy, Met Opera

Performances

The 92Y is livestreaming some of its offerings for free; others, like an online film lecture series by Columbia University’s Annette Innsdorf (starting March 29), require registration and payment.

The show must go on for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; watch their at-home performance of “I Been Buked” from Revelations, and visit their YouTube channel for much more.

For the next eight weeks, the Chamber Music Society will release concerts from its 50-year archive every day at 12:30pm.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center blog and Youtube channel are two great resources for adding some music to your time at home.

Joe’s Pub at the Public hosts Live from the Archives, streaming past performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

The Metropolitan Opera has been an innovator for years with its live high-definition broadcasts. Now they’re streaming one opera a day, starting at 7pm.

Stream avant-garde dance performances from the New York Live Arts archive for free; three shows will be featured each week.

 Though the New York Philharmonic canceled the rest of its season, you can still enjoy its music through the NY Phil Plays On platform.

Nowadays has launched Virtual Nowadays, a nightly stream of DJ sets and music discussions beginning at 8pm.

Brooklyn Bridge, Skyline, NYC, Virtual NYC, Photo: Julienne Schaer

Tours

Take a virtual stroll through Central Park—or many other parks in the five boroughs.

The Empire State Building has its audio tour available (in nine languages), with corresponding visuals.

Peruse both lesser known landmarks and beloved historic sites with video tours from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

Turnstile Tours will be hosting daily virtual versions of their citywide tours, including up-close looks at the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Prospect Park. (Note: some sessions charge a small fee.)

Viewing NYC has articles, photo galleries and videos that give a virtual first-person look at NYC attractions. Here’s one of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge

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WFUV Live Online (June 18-June 24)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/18 – Levon Helm’s 80th birthday: Phil & Grahame Lesh, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, Dawes, Wood Brothers, The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Son Little, the Midnight Ramble Band ($)
6/19 – Michael Franti Stay At Home Concert World Tour ($) Work Hard And Be Nice Release Party
6/19 – SummerStage Anywhere honors Juneteenth with a digital day of dance
6/20 – Small Business Live: Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, T-Pain and more
6/20 – Preservation Hall: “Round Midnight Preserves” with Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Beck, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Jim James & more, New Orleans music
6/20 – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River “Virtual Revival” – Judy Collins, David Amram, Tom Chapin, John McCutcheon, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, The Chapin Sisters and more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + Corona Culture (c) (06/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.”
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Corona Culture (c).

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When Manhattan was Mannahatta: a stroll through the centuries./ NYT
From lush forest to metropolis, the evolution of lower Manhattan.

Pondering the end of the world? An apocalyptic entertainment guide, if you can’t help it. / LAT
For those seeking content about the end of the world during the coronavirus crisis, we’ve curated a guide to apocalyptic entertainment for your viewing, reading or listening pleasure.

The Hidden Feats that Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers./ NYT
The ingenuity of engineers helped build landmarks like Black Rock and the new supertalls. Take a virtual tour with the New York Times architecture critic.

New York Comedian Finds Humor in Andrew Cuomo’s Dad Riffs./ WSJ
Maria DeCotis has caught fire on Twitter with her short videos miming along with audiotape from the governor’s daily coronavirus briefings.

Here she is: Maria DeCotis on Twitter

Aerial View of New York City Amidst Coronavirus Quarantine. / Viewing NYC
Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view

Queens Diner Serves Up Hamburgers, Fries and a Makeshift Drive-In Movie. / WSJ
Tickets for film nights at Bel Aire Diner in Astoria sell out quickly, prompt car rentals

Cannes 2020 is canceled: here are 28 of the festival’s best films you can stream right now./LAT
Films that have played the festival since 2006, now available for viewing at home.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

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WFUV Live Online (June 18-June 24)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/18 – Levon Helm’s 80th birthday: Phil & Grahame Lesh, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, Dawes, Wood Brothers, The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Son Little, the Midnight Ramble Band ($)
6/19 – Michael Franti Stay At Home Concert World Tour ($) Work Hard And Be Nice Release Party
6/19 – SummerStage Anywhere honors Juneteenth with a digital day of dance
6/20 – Small Business Live: Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, T-Pain and more
6/20 – Preservation Hall: “Round Midnight Preserves” with Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Beck, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Jim James & more, New Orleans music
6/20 – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River “Virtual Revival” – Judy Collins, David Amram, Tom Chapin, John McCutcheon, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, The Chapin Sisters and more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (06/20)

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 for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture,” info and video especially suited to these difficult times. We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Top Online Travel Forums.

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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 it won’t be much 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 and Twitter world may be helpful too.

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

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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GD: In the age of Covid-19 this info from City Guide is one of the best sources of info on What’s Happening, even if it’s only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue. Stay Safe.

Things to Do This Father’s Day Weekend in NYC (6/19-6/21)

(6/19-6/21) New Yorkers and tourists alike are impacted by COVID-19, but we are resilient. Read on for the latest info about entertainment resources, restaurants still serving amazing meals, closures, and more. (We’ve also got some great ideas for this Father’s Day weekend.)

FATHER’S DAY SPECIALS TO GO

father's day special

You can find American cuisine with French influences at NYC favorite The Ribbon on the Upper West Side. Expect delights for all palates, including spit-roasted meats, seafood, and Blue Ribbon classics like its legendary chicken. With dining rooms closed, the Bromberg brothers’ 25+ years of renowned hospitality is being focused on pickup and  delivery. This Sunday, June 21st, The Ribbon will be saluting dads everywhere with a special Father’s Day package for $49 per person. Look for brisket, two ribs, a corn on the cob, two bacon and cheddar sausages with spicy German mustard, coleslaw, a slice of monkey bread, and four 12 oz. beers. What more would Dad ask for? theribbonnyc.com/fathers-day

MAKE MUSIC DAY/MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK

vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris

Harlem-based vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris is just one of dozens of performers joining Make Music New York.

Despite obstacles created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Make Music New York’s annual festival will return for its 14th consecutive year in a modified virtual form Sunday, June 21st (the summer solstice). The innovative celebration will feature an extensive, engaging lineup of virtual online concerts, group performances, and music lessons that can be viewed remotely from all around the world. MMNY, which has always strived to celebrate musicians from every background, will also include a variety of live-from-home performances given by New Yorkers across all five boroughs, all while maintaining social distance protocol.  See the full program here. —Jamie Fischer

flash flower

Photo Credit: Iri Greco, BrakeThrough Media

The LEAF Festival of Flowers and Lewis Miller Design came together for a ‘love letter’ to the City of New York through a series of Miller’s Flower Flash installations. The ‘I Heart NY’ Flower Flash is across from Gansevoort Plaza in the Meatpacking, installed on Tuesday, June 16th.

VIRTUAL SOLSTICE IN TIMES SQUARE

solstice times square

Celebrate the summer solstice virtually with a yoga class streamed online throughout the day, led by Solstice in Times Square Co-Founder Douglass Stewart. Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are all welcome. The class will stream Saturday, June 20th on the Times Square Alliance website at TSQ.org/Solstice, on YouTube, and on Facebook at 8am, 12 noon, and 4pm EDT.

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Health + Hospitals and AFM Local 802 have launched Music for the Soul of NYC’s Health + Hospitals Heroes, a new series in support of the 43,000 staff at NYC’s 11 public hospitals and their patients. Music for the Soul is designed to inspire our heroic medical community, connect isolated patients to the outside world, and provide paid work for musicians, who may be struggling financially. The series will feature a variety of professional NYC musicians performing songs requested by health workers and patients at NYC public hospitals, as well as some of the musicians’ personal favorites. The musicians, who’ll be playing from home, will also be performing songs that local hospitals have used to celebrate patients successfully coming off ventilators. Upcoming performers include Tony Bennett, Rosanne Cash, Questlove, and AJR. Running through July 3, Music for the Soul will be livestreamed on NYC Health + Hospital’s Facebook page every day from noon-1pm.

The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.

NYC Health information page for COVID-19.

NYC restaurant world information.

Stream hundreds of Broadway shows (by subscription).

15 Broadway shows you can watch from home.

Broadway performances live—from stars’ living rooms.

The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.

Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.

One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction’s Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city’s most iconic sites are available now.

51 New York TV shows and movies.

5 eras of New York to enjoy in books and movies.

2,500 museums and galleries you can visit virtually.

The New York Botanical Garden in bloom from home.

Exploring Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.

Livestreamed fitness classes.

Fun at-home activities for kids.

6 podcast series to help you understand New York.

Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.

SUMMERSTAGE 2020

Normal summers see Central Park hosting a series of free concerts for the annual SummerStage program. But this is not a normal summer. Fortunately, you can still get your live music fix with the new digital series, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere. Upcoming shows include a Juneteenth Day of Dance on June 19th and global star Angélique Kidjo on June 26th.

VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR FRIDAY NIGHT & ROSÉ FOR DELIVERY

Rosé Mansion hosts Friday evening virtual happy hours every week! Download Rosé Mansion’s Zoom Backgrounds so you can join from your favorite mansion room. Invite friends! Kicks off 5:30pm.

If you’re in New York City or Westchester, you can get some rosé IRL to enjoy from home. You can get 6-packs and 12-packs of wine, along with some of Rosé Mansion’s infamous swag (heart-shaped shades, anyone?), delivered right to your doorstep. Order the packs of wine you want online. You can choose from sweet rosé, dry rosé, sparkling wines, or a magical mystery box—all among the most popular at Rosé Mansion. You can find the delivery schedule and all the details on the Rosé Mansion website. 100% of the money from this sale goes towards supporting team members and reopening Rosé Mansion. Most of the wines are produced by small businesses, so you’ll be supporting them too.

STREAMING LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD

Vijay Ijer

Vijay Iyer, photo by Jimmy Katz.

The Village Vanguard jazz club has kicked off a new series of streaming shows. This weekend features the innovative jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and his trio. Viewers can purchase $7 tickets to access the livestream here. Shows are Saturday at 7pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

The Brooklyn Museum remotely.

Guggenheim Museum from home.

The Morgan’s exhibitions.

Virtually visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

The Merchant’s House Museum from home.

rubin shrine room virtual tour

You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you’re searching out some respite.)

VIRTUAL TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS

Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice.

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WFUV Live Online (June 18-June 24)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/18 – Levon Helm’s 80th birthday: Phil & Grahame Lesh, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, Dawes, Wood Brothers, The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Son Little, the Midnight Ramble Band ($)
6/19 – Michael Franti Stay At Home Concert World Tour ($) Work Hard And Be Nice Release Party
6/19 – SummerStage Anywhere honors Juneteenth with a digital day of dance
6/20 – Small Business Live: Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, T-Pain and more
6/20 – Preservation Hall: “Round Midnight Preserves” with Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Beck, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Jim James & more, New Orleans music
6/20 – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River “Virtual Revival” – Judy Collins, David Amram, Tom Chapin, John McCutcheon, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, The Chapin Sisters and more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + Corona Culture (b) (06/19)

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 for the time being. Stay Safe.

===========================================================

For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.

Today it’s Corona Culture (b).

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See an Empty NYC from a Bird’s-Eye View in This Aerial Capture During Lockdown./ Viewing NYC  Shot with a drone for a real birds-eye view.

Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour. / NYT
The Times architecture critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

Why Driving in New York City Now Feels “Post Apocalyptic.” / NYT
For now it’s open road, miles and miles of it.

New York Philharmonic Takes Show to Rooftops, Stairwells./ WSJ
After the orchestra canceled performances, many musicians found new ways—and reasons—to play.

Classic skyscrapers define New York. Take a virtual tour./ NYT
The Times architecture critic strolls Park Avenue with the architect Annabelle Selldorf.

Cannes 2020 is canceled: here are 28 of the festival’s best films you can stream right now./LAT
Films that have played the festival since 2006, and which are now available for viewing at home.

And just in case you missed it.

Cherry Trees Blossom on Schedule in Closed Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

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

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WFUV Live Online (June 18-June 24)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/18 – Levon Helm’s 80th birthday: Phil & Grahame Lesh, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, Dawes, Wood Brothers, The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Son Little, the Midnight Ramble Band ($)
6/19 – Michael Franti Stay At Home Concert World Tour ($) Work Hard And Be Nice Release Party
6/19 – SummerStage Anywhere honors Juneteenth with a digital day of dance
6/20 – Small Business Live: Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, T-Pain and more
6/20 – Preservation Hall: “Round Midnight Preserves” with Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Beck, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Jim James & more, New Orleans music
6/20 – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River “Virtual Revival” – Judy Collins, David Amram, Tom Chapin, John McCutcheon, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, The Chapin Sisters and more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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June Events + NYCity on YouTube (06/18)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.”
We made it as easy as 1-2-3.

Covid-19 has required some changes for the time being. Stay Safe.

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For the month of June we are going to try a different format – on some days we will go visual and offer a selection of the very best NYCity Instagram photos or YouTube videos. Some days you will find “the Nifty Nine”, all the NYC news you need to start your day, or the Top Online Travel Forums with NYC info. On other days we will offer “Corona Culture” – info and video especially suited to these difficult times.

We hope you will come back often to see what’s cooking here.
Today it’s NYC on YouTube.

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There are some very fine NYC YouTube videos, it’s tough to pick just a few.
Here are some of my faves:

Treasures of New York: American Museum of Natural History

Central Park – Everything You Need to Know

Best Food Carts in New York City

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

Now how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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Broadway theaters closed on March 12 as New York City enacted rules to promote social distancing and slow the spread of Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a show. The NYC theater community has responded with initiatives and online shows to help support its members and entertain audiences via the internet while we’re staying away from crowds.

We’ve put together a sampling of streaming performances you can watch from your laptop or phone:

Broadway, NYC, Virtual NYCKinky Boots. Photo: Matthew Penrod

Broadway HD 
Starting in 2015, this online service began offering HD versions of classic and recent Broadway plays and musicals. You can try it out for free (with a one-week trial) or buy a subscription (from $9 a month) to watch some of your favorite shows. You can see stars like Katherine Hepburn in 1973’s televised version of The Glass Menagerie as well as musical hits like Kinky BootsAn American in Paris and Cats.

Stars in the House 
Broadway actor, director and writer (and radio host) Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, host two shows a day from their house on YouTube. The hourlong shows, which air live at 2pm and 8pm (the usual Broadway start times), raise money for the Actors Fund, helping to provide emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Living Room Concerts 
Broadwayworld.com has started posting daily concert videos from an array of performers, mainly those whose shows were running before the recent closure of Broadway. They’re posting a new video every day—stars featured include Carolee Carmello (Hello, Dolly!), Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill) and teenager Andrew Barth Feldman, the former lead in Dear Evan Hansen.

Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar
This West Village bar, known for sing-alongs to Broadway show tunes, has taken the experience online. They’re streaming two main sets of songs each evening, usually starting at 4pm, with different pianists tickling the ivories. To watch, join their Facebook group and tune in to “Sing out, Louise” (in the comfort of your own living room). You can also tip the piano players via Venmo or PayPal, with details during each performance.

Download recent shows, like the SpongeBob SquarePants musical, on Amazon  
Many recent shows are available to rent or buy on Amazon and other online streamers, usually in the range of $3–12. Highlights include Rent, taped just before it ended its Broadway run; 2013’s Carousel, via Live from Lincoln Center; 2010 Tony Award winner Memphis; and the original Broadway production of Into the Woods, starring Bernadette Peters.

Virtual Hal Prince Exhibit at Lincoln Center 
In December 2019, the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts opened an exhibit on the late Harold Prince, the legendary Broadway producer behind megahits like The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd. While the library is closed, you can take a virtual walk-through and 30-minute guided tour of the gallery with Doug Reside, the show’s curator.

Broadway Dreams Live Lessons 
The Broadway Dreams Foundation is hosting free daily lessons, led by some accomplished Broadway-caliber talent, for aspiring actors, singers and dancers. Their lineup has included actors from FrozenHead Over Heels and Chicago. To watch, get the Zoom link from their Facebook page. Sessions begin at 1pm; each day’s links are posted five minutes before class begins, though the schedule is listed earlier than that.

Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays 
Every year, the 24 Hour Plays event presents a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed in one day with the involvement of talent from the NYC theater community. Now they’re doing a mini version, with online monologues, on their Instagram account. They’re performed by actors like Denis O’Hare and penned by playwrights like David Lindsay-Abaire.

Groove to disco versions of Stephen Sondheim songs
Broadway Records just released the digital version of Losing My Mind, a compilation of Sondheim songs with a dance beat. Conceived by Broadway performer Joshua Hinck and arranger Scott Wasserman, the 12-song album is an expanded version of a popular concert they put on in 2018. The album features singers like Alison Luff (Waitress) and Chip Zien (from the original Into the Woods). You can preview a track, “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Passion; hear the collection on Spotify; or order a copy from the Broadway Records site.

Broadway Backwards 2020 Encore 
Broadway Cares, which produces number of annual AIDS fundraisers, has put together a special encore series of recent star-studded performances from Broadway Backwards, at which performers belt out famous show tunes with gender-swapped roles. They’re also asking viewers to support an emergency fundraiser for actors affected by the Covid-19 crisis—you can make a donation at broadwaycares.org.

Watch Broadway classics like Cabaret for free on YouTube 
These days you may be wondering, “What good is sitting alone in your room?” You can get a very direct answer on YouTube by watching the 1993 version of Cabaret, featuring Alan Cumming in his breakout role. Other star turns worth checking out for free are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin in American Playhouse‘s 1986 broadcast of Sunday in the Park with George;  Carol Burnett in 1964’s Once Upon A Mattress; Nell Carter in a 1982 broadcast of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Lauren Bacall in 1973’s Applause; Gregory and Maurice Hines in 1980’s Eubie!; and Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954’s Anything Goes.

Jason Alexander sings on Twitter 
While most people know Jason Alexander as George from Seinfeld, he got his big break on Broadway in a Stephen Sondheim musical (Merrily We Roll Along). He recently went on Twitter to sing a song from the show that got him interested in theater, Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin. The beautiful ballad, “With You,” has a message of love and support we can all use today.

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WFUV Live Online (June 18-June 24)

Live Online

Scheduled Shows

6/18 – Levon Helm’s 80th birthday: Phil & Grahame Lesh, Mavis Staples, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, Dawes, Wood Brothers, The Lone Bellow, The War and Treaty, Son Little, the Midnight Ramble Band ($)
6/19 – Michael Franti Stay At Home Concert World Tour ($) Work Hard And Be Nice Release Party
6/19 – SummerStage Anywhere honors Juneteenth with a digital day of dance
6/20 – Small Business Live: Leon Bridges, Brittany Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brandi Carlile, Allen Stone, T-Pain and more
6/20 – Preservation Hall: “Round Midnight Preserves” with Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Beck, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff, Irma Thomas, Jon Batiste, Jim James & more, New Orleans music
6/20 – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River “Virtual Revival” – Judy Collins, David Amram, Tom Chapin, John McCutcheon, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, The Chapin Sisters and more

Get a running list of Live and Archived online concerts at wfuv.org

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Billboard also has some good info:

All the Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus 

Looking for a Refund? How to Get Your Money Back for Concert & Festival Tickets

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STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – STAY SAFE.

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