September NYC Events + Top 9 NYC Corona Culture (09/18) (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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered Top 9 NYC Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan stories on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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 (September 17 – September 23)

9/17 – SummerStage Jubilee with Sting, Norah Jones, Trey Anastasio, Rufus Wainwright, Leslie Odom Jr., Rosanne Cash, Emily King, Jimmy Fallon, Billie Jean King and Paul Shaffer

9/18 – Jeff Tweedy Band Live at the Drive Inn, IL

9/18 – Old Crow Medicine Show, Live at the Ryman

9/18 – High Holidays 2020 live from Brooklyn Bowl, musically and spiritually driven services

9/18-19 – Sheryl Crow, Songs From the Big Green Barn, electric show Friday, acoustic show Saturday

9/19 – Deer Tick performing Born On Flag Day, Facebook Livestream “Please Freakin’ Vote”

9/19 – David Bromberg Celebrates his 75th Birthday, presented by WXPN

9/18 – Bill Frisell Trio live from the Blue Note

9/19 – Perfume Genius live from Palace Theater LA

9/19 – The Radiators on Tipitina’s.TV

9/23 – Whitney, Live from Space on NoonChorus

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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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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New York Family is a site that is real surprise. Sure, it has lots of good stuff for kids, but also lots of good stuff for adults. You should regularly check out what they are up to.
Especially their summer bucket list.

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020

nyc summer bucket list

Our summer plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this summer loads of fun! Summertime is the best time to enjoy the warm weather, relax, and make amazing memories. New York City has attractions lined up for this season that is perfect for every family, whether it’s taking a hike with the family or enjoying a drive-in movie. Finish off the summer on a high note with our Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List!

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September NYC Events + Top 9 NYC Corona Culture (09/18)

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 September 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 9 Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

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

2. A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met – The New York Times

3. MoMA Opens Again With Free Admission Through September 27 – Secretnyc

4. Indoor Dining Scheduled to Return to NYC on September 30

5. A T. Rex Skeleton Arrives in Rockefeller Center Ahead of Auction – The New York Times

6. Jackson Heights, Queens: Walk Where the World Finds a Home – The New York Times

7. Can’t Wait For The Museums? Many NYC Galleries Are Now Reopening To The Public  – gothamist

8. The Hottest Commodity in Pandemic New York? Fresh Air – The New York Times

9. 13 New York City Virtual Tours: Explore the Big Apple  – scholasticatravel.com

9b. Brooklyn, before it was a global brand: Walk it’s history  – NYT

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

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in those essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (m):

The Saw-Kill and the Making of Dutch Manhattan — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Notes on the Manhattan Purchase — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Dealing with Refugees in 17th c. Manhattan — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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September NYC Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (09/17) (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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered Top Online Travel Forums and Lower Manhattan stories on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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 some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

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.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

A portal to the map collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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.) The Rubin has also, for the first time, launched a digital assemblage of more than 300 items from the museum’s collection.

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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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: September 11 – 17 | NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the 2020 Table of Silence 9/11, Hearts in Isolation, Betye Saar: Call and Response 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.

2020 Table of Silence Project 9/11

2020 Table of Silence Project 9/11

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Manhattan / Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 7:55 am

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, present a reimagining of the “Table of Silence Project 9/11,” an annual free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre.Reimagined for our current moment, Ms. Buglisi’s collaborators on the 2020 edition include Composer/Music Director Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Buglisi Dance Theatre Co-Founder/Principal Dancer Terese …

Betye Saar: Call and Response

Betye Saar: Call and Response

Morgan Library & Museum

Manhattan / Sat, Sep 12, 2020 – Sun, Jan 31, 2021

The Morgan Library & Museum proudly announces a solo exhibition of work by the Los Angeles–based artist Betye Saar (b. 1926). Best known for incisive collages and assemblages that confront and reclaim racist images, Saar emerged in the 1960s as part of a wave of artists, many of them African American, who embraced the medium of assemblage. She went on to become one of the most significant artists working in this medium today. Opening at …

Can You Save Superman?

Can You Save Superman?

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Manhattan / Wed, Jun 10, 2020 – Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Even with massive blood shortages during a global pandemic – the FDA continues discriminatory policies* for donating blood and plasma based on sexual orientation. The challenges facing humanity during COVID-19 are fraught with life-or-death decisions. As gay men, if you could save lives, would you donate your blood and antibody-rich plasma and be an everyday hero? Or would you protest the mechanisms of the law that prevent gay and bisexual men from donating blood, and …

Hearts in Isolation

Hearts in Isolation

Studio Museum in Harlem

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Tue, Jun 01, 2021

“Hearts in Isolation” presents work by fifteen artists in the 2020 cohort of “Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community.” During the eight-month program, participants from New York City–area high schools explore the history and techniques of photography. “Hearts in Isolation” is The Studio Museum in Harlem’s first online exhibition. “Hearts in Isolation” is about yearning and reaching toward a new moment. The camera becomes a tool for journaling in real time; it …

Virtual Fall Music Classes

Virtual Fall Music Classes

Bloomingdale School of Music

Manhattan / Mon, Sep 14, 2020 – Sat, Dec 12, 2020

Bloomingdale School of Music will offer virtual music classes for the fall semester beginning September 14, 2020. Bloomingdale classes aim to educate students and instill discipline, fun and a passion for self-expression through music through high-quality instruction throughout the year. This fall in particular, Bloomingdale will offer options for early childhood learners, K-12 students, and adults, in addition to opportunities for intergenerational learning and classes where no prior musical experience is necessary. The School also offers …

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New York Family is a site that is real surprise. Sure, it has lots of good stuff for kids, but also lots of good stuff for adults. You should regularly check out what they are up to.

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020

nyc summer bucket list

Our summer plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this summer loads of fun! Summertime is the best time to enjoy the warm weather, relax, and make amazing memories. New York City has attractions lined up for this season that is perfect for every family, whether it’s taking a hike with the family or enjoying a drive-in movie. Finish off the summer on a high note with our Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List!

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September NYC Events + 6 Top Online Travel Forums (09/17)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
============================================================

For September 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 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.

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

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in their essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (l):

Hovels or Holes? Notes on the First Dutch Houses on Manhattan — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Notes on the Deforestation of Manhattan — The Gotham Center for New York City History

From Pond to Park: The History of the Collect Pond Site — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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

Actually Cool Things to Do in NYC Right Now – Thrillist

New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See – The New York Times

Edge Sky Deck Reopening: How to Get Tickets to the NYC Sky Deck Again – Thrillist

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September NYC Events + Top 10 NYC Corona Culture (09/16) (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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan stories on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

New York Family is a site that is real surprise. Sure, it has lots of good stuff for kids, but also lots of good stuff for adults. You should regularly check out what they are up to.

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020

nyc summer bucket list

Our summer plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this summer loads of fun! Summertime is the best time to enjoy the warm weather, relax, and make amazing memories. New York City has attractions lined up for this season that is perfect for every family, whether it’s taking a hike with the family or enjoying a drive-in movie. Finish off the summer on a high note with our Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List!

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List 2020

manhattan

Manhattan

Enjoy a stroll through the heart of the New York Harbor by visiting Governors Island! This 172-acre island gives families the opportunity to indulge in their favorite activities, whether it’s kite flying, playing games, or simply taking in the artwork and scenery the island has to offer. You’re also able to enjoy a relaxing trip to the island through their ferry service. The island has also taken extra precautions when it comes to sanitizing and social distancing in order to combat COVID-19.


Photo from Timeout.com

The High Line is the best place to wander and explore. Take a walk to the Tiffany & Co. foundation overlook where the southern end of the High Line was severed in the ’80s. A family favorite is the Diller-Von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature where the designer included subtle water features where children and parents can dip their toes in to cool off. There are many magical spots throughout the High Line that are both fun and educational.

Take a ride on some of New York City’s Classic Style Charter Boats while sailing through the Classic Harbor Line. Families can enjoy a relaxing, inspiring, and breathtaking excursion that overlooks the city that never sleeps. Classic Harbor Line’s boat tours allow you to buy tickets to cruise out to see the Statue of Liberty. If you would like to take a trip that is more private, you have the chance to have a private charter on one of their largest boats. Enjoy the best service while also taking advantage of the amazing views.

Bird watching at Central Park is a great activity to be a part of if you have a love for animals and nature. Over 200 bird species visit the park every year and many of them go to different areas of the park, which will require people to do a little bit of exploring. Check out Central Park’s Woodlands, such as The Ramble, and you will be able to catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals. This is the best activity for early risers since it will keep you on the bird’s daily routine.

From amazing boutiques to tasty restaurants, the Seaport District has a little something for everyone. If you would like to get a little retail therapy done, there are many shops to choose from. After you shop, you can choose to sit and relax at any of the many restaurants. Enjoy the energetic atmosphere and make memories.

The hot weather might stand in your way of participating in outdoor activities, but it also gives you an excuse to head to the pool! Pools such as Hamilton Fish Park, Jackie Robinson Park, Wegner Pool, and Marcus Garvey Park are all opening at the beginning of August. Pack your sunscreen and a towel and enjoy the water!

Look over the amazing city of New York by going to the top of the Empire State Building! Soak in the breathtaking views from the buildings’ two observation decks offered. Head to the 86th floor where you can step onto New York’s most famous open-air observatory, where you can take advantage of 360-degree views. Venture on up to the 102nd floor where you can look out over 80 miles on a clear day!

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Sit back and relax as you watch some of your favorite movies at the Skyline Drive-In. This outdoor cinema is situated so families can take in the beautiful backdrop. With a variety of different movies showing throughout the summer months, families can go online and buy tickets for the movie they would like to see. They can then either drive, bike, or walk to the drive-in to enjoy the show. You are also able to bring your own snack so you will have something to munch on like you would in a regular theatre!

The Newton Creek Nature Walk is a destination like no other and is definitely a hot spot in Brooklyn. With so many special features, this walk will bring you to many artistic sites and beautiful landscapes. Kids of all ages are also able to join in on a scavenger hunt. Discover hidden treasures as you explore important cultural, historical, and scientific aspects of Newton Creek. This area was an important factor in the growth of New York City, and visitors can learn about how wastewater is treated to ensure clean harbor water.

Domino Park has been welcoming visitors to explore for over 160 years. Built on the site of the old Domino Sugar Refinery, this park is a tribute to the diversity of generations of Domino workers, their families, and their neighborhood. With fun playgrounds, elevated walkways, and fountains, the park is a pretty place to visit with family and friends. You can also bring your furry friends and bring them to the dog run.

Starting August 7th, The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens will finally be opened to the public! Get to take in all of the scenic views as well as get up close and smell some of the many flowers that are scattered around the garden.

Smorgasburg in Williamsburg is one of the best places to visit on an empty stomach! Due to COVID-19, the huge outdoor food court is starting a promotion called Smorg To Go where you are able to order online and pick up some of your favorite foods from different vendors. The food court is opened seven days a week and with this new to go promotion, the lineup for vendors change every week so customers can experience something new each time they come!

Queens

Queens

Grab your bikes and go for a ride to pass some time while also getting some exercise! Queens has so many parks that are perfect for biking. Forest Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and Little Bay Park are fan favorites for their scenic and peaceful atmosphere. These biking destinations are perfect for families who might not be biking experts but want to try something new!

Animal lovers need to stop by the Queens Zoo in order to get the ultimate fury friend experience! If you and your kids don’t mind getting their hands dirty, take some time to play around at the conservation stations as well! There is something new and exciting to see around the park which makes a visit here an unforgettable experience.


Photo from nycgovparks.org

Visiting your local sprinkler parks and water playgrounds is the perfect activity to have your kids cool down and it also very cost-efficient! Splish and splash through some of the best “spray grounds” in the neighborhood. Beach 30th Street Playground, Paul Raimonda Playground, and Travers Park are only a few of the many places to visit that will make your kids day even more fun!

Bronx

Bronx

Come visit all of your favorite exotic animals at the Bronx Zoo! The zoo opens to the public on July 24 and all visitors must reserve a date in advance. With over 265 acres, every visitor will have a chance to connect with all different animals! You are welcome to explore exhibits and participate in the wild encounters where your family can get up close and personal with animals such as penguins, cheetahs, and sloths!

If you are looking for a destination where you can relax and experience nature, then Wave Hill is the place to visit! Visit the gardens pergola where you are able to look over the Hudson River. During the summer months, Wave Hill displays colorful paintings that surround the pergola that will add some more color to your day. While you’re visiting, walk through the flower garden or Herbert & Hyonja Abrons Woodland for more exploration. Wave Hill also has exhibits that support emerging and mid-career artists.

For Every Borough

Catch up on some reading this summer by joining some of the best Summer Reading Programs! Summer reading allows for kids to stay engaged over the summer, while also expanding their imagination through different stories they read about. Barnes and Noble, Bklyn Public Library, and Quest for Adventure are all great programs to get your kids excited about reading! Your kids can spend hours entertained with a good book while also educating themselves. These programs are also perfect for expanding their horizons and trying books from different genres and authors!

Looking for a new way to travel this summer that is fun and relaxing? Take a ferry ride to a number of destinations throughout New York City. All of the ferries start from Manhattan and customers can choose where they want to go! Take a trip to Governors Island or take one that will bring you to South Brooklyn or Astoria! Once you’re on the ferry you are able to sit back and take a look at all the views of the city, as well as enjoy great service and refreshments.

If you would like to stay home and create, then making summer smoothies are both fun and delicious! Smoothies are healthy drinks that will fill you up and also keep you feeling refreshed. Whether you like blueberries or bananas with peanut butter, there are many different recipes that you can find to make your taste buds happy!


Photo from amny.com

We all scream for ice cream during the summer months, so why not spend the day searching for a new ice cream place that your family can frequently visit in the future! Every shop adds its own twist to their signature ice cream while also having all of the classic flavors that everyone grew up loving.

One outdoor activity that many people enjoy is taking hikes with their family. Luckily, there are many hiking trails throughout the four boroughs that are perfect for any family. In Manhattan, take a hike through the scenic and historic sites of Inwood Hill Park. Hike at Brooklyn’s Paerdegat Basin where you will be able to admire breathtaking waterfronts. These locations and many others across New York City are perfect for a family outing.

Not comfortable going out to a restaurant yet? Set up your outdoor dining space by having a picnic! Grab some of your favorite snacks, a blanket, and a nice spot in one of the many parks around New York City and enjoy a wonderful meal with your family. Astoria Park, Cloves Lakes Park, and Madison Square Park are some hot spots for the perfect picnic!

Get some of the best fresh ingredients and produce from any of the Greenmarket Farmers Market locations in New York City! Greenmarket was founded in the hopes to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown produce. Farmers at the market are from all different states in the Northeast, which provides customers with a large array of fresh foods to try! The market is also putting on virtual workshops throughout the summer where families can learn how to grow their own produce from home!

If you have gotten a little tired of walking or biking, then learning how to rollerblade or skateboard will give your kids a new challenge to try while also getting some exercise. Safety always comes first so get the proper gear (such as elbow pads, knee pads, and a helmet). Once you have everything you need, head over to one of your local parks and take the rollerblades or skateboards for a spin! It might take a little time to master, but practice makes perfect.

For all of the art lovers out there, New York City is the best place to walk around and see incredible street art and sculptures. Enjoy public art from NYC artists who all range in style. Make sure to stop by Brooklyn’s DUMBO Walls or the World Trade Center’s street art to see some of the most colorful and creative pieces of work that these artists have worked hours to create. These destinations are also perfect for a little family photo opt!

Playgrounds around NYC are now open, so take advantage of the openings and bring your kids to have some good old fashion fun! There are all kinds of playgrounds around the city that are designed to make playtime for kids more memorable! Whether you visit the Ancient Playground in Central Park or the Pier 6 Playground, each playground sparks a little imagination into every kid!

Keep your kids learning this summer by trying out some science projects at home! Take some household items you have lying around and turn them into a science lesson that will teach your kids something new. Grow your own crystals in your kitchen, create your own cloud experiment, or try out the orange buoyancy experiment. These do-it-yourself activities are perfect for summer days when you want to stay at home but still do something fun!

Tie-Dye is all the rage this summer, so why not spend time and learn how to do Shibori Tie-Dye with your family! This fun and colorful style is very easy to make and comes out looking beautiful! Learn different folding techniques and try different objects to dye while trying out this traditional Japanese method of indigo dyeing.

What did I tell you, this is good stuff.

You need to check this site out – New York Family

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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 (September 10 – September 16)

9/10 – Margo Price live from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville: full-band, audience-free; guests Lucinda Williams, Adia Victoria and Nicki Bluhm $

9/11 – Carrie Newcomer @ City Winery: new songs, long time favorites and requests $

9/12 – The Capitol Theatre 8th Anniversary: legendary archival sets and exclusive live performances

9/12 – Shawn Colvin: Live From These Four Walls – Favorite Movie Songs

9/13 – Richard Thompson Live From London: Bloody Noses EP + Classic Hits $

9/13 – The Kennedys weekly: A tribute to the Byrds

9/14 – Jackie Greene & Friends – Grateful Dead Appreciation Night ft. Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Leslie Mendelson, Mihali Savoulidis, filmed at Brooklyn Bowl 2017

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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September NYC Events + Top 10 NYC Corona Culture (09/16)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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For September 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 Corona Culture. NEW STUFF!

1. Here’s what you need to know about museums reopening in New York City – amNewYork

2. A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met – The New York Times
What you need to know before you head back to the museums, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.

3. Here are things that you can do in Central Park amid the COVID-19 pandemic – amNewYork

4. NYC Culture: Museum Reopening Dates and More IRL Activities | ThoughtGallery.org

5. The Metropolitan Opera streams a different free production every night this week – TONY
The Met’s newest lineup includes operas by Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Donizetti and Dvořák.

6. NYC Opens 21 More Locations For Outdoor Dining, Including Parts Of Chinatown – Gothamist

7. 21 Road Food Destinations for New Yorkers Grubstreet

8. Biking in New York City  – nycgo.com

9. 150 NYC restaurants with outdoor dining 6sqft
NYC restaurant reopening guide: Here’s what’s open for takeout in your neighborhood now

10. 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 October 1, and every day for our daily, hot off the presses event guide with “Only the Best” NYCity event info.

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in their essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (k):

Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763-1789 — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Hamilton’s Constitution and the Acquisition of Legacy — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Notes on the Planned Town of Fort Amsterdam — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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September NYC Events + NYC on YouTube (09/15) (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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered NYC on YouTube and Lower Manhattan history on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some other useful information during these trying times.

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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NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: September 11 – 17 | NYC-ARTS

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include the 2020 Table of Silence 9/11, Hearts in Isolation, Betye Saar: Call and Response 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.

2020 Table of Silence Project 9/11

2020 Table of Silence Project 9/11

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Manhattan / Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 7:55 am

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, present a reimagining of the “Table of Silence Project 9/11,” an annual free public performance ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre.Reimagined for our current moment, Ms. Buglisi’s collaborators on the 2020 edition include Composer/Music Director Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken-word poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Buglisi Dance Theatre Co-Founder/Principal Dancer Terese …

Betye Saar: Call and Response

Betye Saar: Call and Response

Morgan Library & Museum

Manhattan / Sat, Sep 12, 2020 – Sun, Jan 31, 2021

The Morgan Library & Museum proudly announces a solo exhibition of work by the Los Angeles–based artist Betye Saar (b. 1926). Best known for incisive collages and assemblages that confront and reclaim racist images, Saar emerged in the 1960s as part of a wave of artists, many of them African American, who embraced the medium of assemblage. She went on to become one of the most significant artists working in this medium today. Opening at …

Can You Save Superman?

Can You Save Superman?

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Manhattan / Wed, Jun 10, 2020 – Tue, Dec 01, 2020

Even with massive blood shortages during a global pandemic – the FDA continues discriminatory policies* for donating blood and plasma based on sexual orientation. The challenges facing humanity during COVID-19 are fraught with life-or-death decisions. As gay men, if you could save lives, would you donate your blood and antibody-rich plasma and be an everyday hero? Or would you protest the mechanisms of the law that prevent gay and bisexual men from donating blood, and …

Hearts in Isolation

Hearts in Isolation

Studio Museum in Harlem

Manhattan / Sat, Aug 01, 2020 – Tue, Jun 01, 2021

“Hearts in Isolation” presents work by fifteen artists in the 2020 cohort of “Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community.” During the eight-month program, participants from New York City–area high schools explore the history and techniques of photography. “Hearts in Isolation” is The Studio Museum in Harlem’s first online exhibition. “Hearts in Isolation” is about yearning and reaching toward a new moment. The camera becomes a tool for journaling in real time; it …

Virtual Fall Music Classes

Virtual Fall Music Classes

Bloomingdale School of Music

Manhattan / Mon, Sep 14, 2020 – Sat, Dec 12, 2020

Bloomingdale School of Music will offer virtual music classes for the fall semester beginning September 14, 2020. Bloomingdale classes aim to educate students and instill discipline, fun and a passion for self-expression through music through high-quality instruction throughout the year. This fall in particular, Bloomingdale will offer options for early childhood learners, K-12 students, and adults, in addition to opportunities for intergenerational learning and classes where no prior musical experience is necessary. The School also offers …

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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 some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.

NYC RESOURCES

cosi fan tutti met opera

The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.

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.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Explore the world of design with Cooper Hewitt.

Experience the Intrepid Museum anywhere.

New-York Historical Society from home.

A portal to the map collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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.) The Rubin has also, for the first time, launched a digital assemblage of more than 300 items from the museum’s collection.

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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September NYC Events + NYC on YouTube (09/15)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.

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For September 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:

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

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

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in those essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (j):

The Gateway to the Nation: The New York Custom House — The Gotham Center for New York City History

The Remarkable Life of Teuntje Straetmans, a Woman in New Amsterdam — The Gotham Center for New York City History

The Upper Barracks: Military Geography in the Heart of New York — The Gotham Center for New York City History

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

Actually Cool Things to Do in NYC Right Now – Thrillist

New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See – The New York Times

Edge Sky Deck Reopening: How to Get Tickets to the NYC Sky Deck Again – Thrillist

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September NYC Events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (09/14) (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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
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Earlier today we covered the Top 11 Corona Culture and Lower Manhattan history on the “Gotham” blog. Now, how about some more useful information during these trying times.

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 some are only available in your home, and not in your favorite venue.

Places to Go in NYC: Virtual Tours of Observation Decks

For a real sense of the city’s epic scale, you need to get up into the sky, into one of New York’s unparalleled observatories. The sometime chaos of New York sidewalks gives way to a clarity on the upper stories. The grids of streets, the flow of traffic, and architectural masterpieces from across the eras all come into clear focus. If you’re planning a visit to NYC, check out these virtual tours of our famous observation decks so you’ll be ready to choose the best one for you.

Virtual Tour: Empire State Building


EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. Ever since its 1931 completion, the Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions of visitors who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. Newly updated features include a museum, the Observatory Experience. The result of a $165 million investment, this second floor stopover will substitute for what was once time spent waiting on line. Take a virtual tour of the space above, and check out the many features the attraction offers20 W. 34th St., 212-736-3100, esbnyc.com

Virtual Tour: One World Observatory

ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY. There’s only one tallest. Only one strongest. And only one destination selected as the Best New Attraction in the World. These attributes belong to One World Trade Center, and its pinnacle, the One World Observatory, rising over 100 stories in the sky. Check out this virtual overview of what you’ll find there285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com

Virtual Tour: Top of the Rock

TOP OF THE ROCK. At this stunning perch atop Rockefeller Center, you’ll find wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the rivers, and all of Central Park (its size can only truly be appreciated when seen from above). The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city, with visibility that reaches some 30 miles on a clear day. The 70th Floor is the proverbial cherry on top, allowing visitors to experience a 360° panorama of Manhattan in all its glory. This is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. It provides a vantage point unlike any other in the city…or the world. 30 Rockefeller Ctr., 212-698-2000, topoftherocknyc.com

Virtual Tour: Edge

The Edge

EDGE, the Western Hemisphere’s highest outdoor observation deck, opened in March 2020, just before the city went on pause. The city is looking forward to the return of this incredible, triangular deck extending from the skyscraper at 30 Hudson Yards. You can stand 100 floors above the ground and see miles and miles in every direction. The deck offers 360-degree views with jaw-dropping glimpses of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and much more. You can tour the various features at Edge hereLevel 4 inside The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, 332-204-8500, edgenyc.com


There’s no bad time to take an eagle eye to the lives of millions of New Yorkers, but if you can time it, we’d steer you to dusk, when you can enjoy both sunset and the thrill of watching the city’s lights flickering to life.

Want more free advice on what to do and see in New York? Join our Facebook group Everything to Do NYC, a place for people to ask questions and get tips on how to make the most of the city

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New York Family is a site that is real surprise. Sure, it has lots of good stuff for kids, but also lots of good stuff for adults. You should regularly check out what they are up to.

The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020

nyc summer bucket list

Our summer plans might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still make this summer loads of fun! Summertime is the best time to enjoy the warm weather, relax, and make amazing memories. New York City has attractions lined up for this season that is perfect for every family, whether it’s taking a hike with the family or enjoying a drive-in movie. Finish off the summer on a high note with our Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List!

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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 (September 10 – September 16)

9/10 – Margo Price live from Brooklyn Bowl Nashville: full-band, audience-free; guests Lucinda Williams, Adia Victoria and Nicki Bluhm $

9/11 – Carrie Newcomer @ City Winery: new songs, long time favorites and requests $

9/12 – The Capitol Theatre 8th Anniversary: legendary archival sets and exclusive live performances

9/12 – Shawn Colvin: Live From These Four Walls – Favorite Movie Songs

9/13 – Richard Thompson Live From London: Bloody Noses EP + Classic Hits $

9/13 – The Kennedys weekly: A tribute to the Byrds

9/14 – Jackie Greene & Friends – Grateful Dead Appreciation Night ft. Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Leslie Mendelson, Mihali Savoulidis, filmed at Brooklyn Bowl 2017

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams

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September NYC Events + Top 11 NYC Corona Culture (09/14)

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 for the time being.
Stay Safe.
============================================================

For September 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!

1. New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See – The New York Times

2. MoMA Has Reopened And It’s Gloriously Uncrowded And Free (For Now!) – Gothamist

3. The Met Is Reopening: Grab Your Timed Ticket and Give Your Bike to the Valet – The New York Times
With fewer people and more protocols, the country’s largest museum is ready to welcome visitors again.

4. The Ultimate NYC Summer Bucket List for 2020 – New York Family 

5. 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.

6. What’s next after Phase 4? What you need to know about NYC’s reopening (TONY). There’s no Phase 5, but there’s still a lot of reopening to do.

7. The 9 best streets for outdoor dining in NYC this summer  (TONY).
These streets are closed off to traffic on weekends through August for al fresco dining.

8. Brooklyn Bridge, Star of the City: Here’s a Tour  (NYT).
Our critic explores the bridge and the neighborhoods on either side with the architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi.

9. All the performances, events, and classes in NYC you can stream online (6sqft).

10. 15 TV Shows That Make You Want to Visit New York City  (nycgo.com).

11. The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors  (NY Magazine).

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

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Lower Manhattan – Did you know?

New York City is a city of neighborhoods and no neighborhood has more spectacular sights, nor more important links to American history then Lower Manhattan.

The Gotham Center for New York City History, a research and public education institution, publishes “Gotham” a blog that is endlessly fascinating for scholars (and non-scholars alike) of New York City history. I am most interested in those essays that cover Lower Manhattan. Here are three more that I find especially compelling (i):

The Carleton Commission and Evidence of Arson in the Great New York Fire of 1776 — The Gotham Center for New York City History

The Lawyer and the Fox: A Tale of Tricks and Treachery in New Amsterdam — The Gotham Center for New York City History

Notes on Manhattan Bricks

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

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