These are difficult times, and we’re doing our best to keep Manhattan informed – which is why we’ve been putting out our daily COVID-19 newsletter (sign up here!).
As we all self-isolate, New Yorkers are leaning more than ever on books, movies, music and other great works of art – but just as we find support in the arts, times like these remind us how essential it is that we support our artists. This post is a roundup of newsletter items centering on how many of New York’s great cultural institutions are coping with and working through this crisis. From Lincoln Center to American Idol, learn more about how we can still support and enjoy Manhattan’s artistry from the comfort of our own homes.
- On May 30, 2002, the last steel column was removed from Ground Zero, marking the end of recovery operations at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks. Tomorrow (5/30) at 11 am, join the National September 11 Memorial and Museum on YouTube or at www.911memorial.org/May30 a special online ceremony marking this anniversary.
- This Sunday (5/31) at 6 pm, join Lincoln Center for “Memorial for Us All,” a musical webcast featuring the names of those lost to COVID-19. This Sunday’s broadcast, the fifth in the program, will feature opera star Ailyn Pérez. For the sixth broadcast next Sunday (6/07), please submit names by this Monday (6/1) at 6 pm.
- Tomorrow (5/30) from noon – 6 pm, the New York African Chorus Ensemble presents the first part of a special Quarantine Edition of the NYC Multicultural Festival, which will stream multicultural performances and virtual arts classes. (The second part of the festival will stream on Facebook Live next Saturday (6/6) from 11 am – 7 pm.)
- On Saturday (5/30) at 1 pm, join the National Action Network for a socially-distanced March for Justice protesting the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Marchers will meet at the site of Eric Garner’s death: 202 Bay Street (at Victory Boulevard), Staten Island, NY 10301.
- On Sunday (5/31) at 6 pm, join The Shed for “Poems and images of protest,” an edition of their Up Close series featuring teaching artists from The Shed’s “DIS OBEY” program for young writers and activists. Watch on Instagram Live.
- On Monday (6/1) from 4 – 8 pm, watch “Day of Musical Action,” a live musical webcast in support of the Music Lives Forever Kaufman Relief Fund. The 6 – 8 pm portion of the event will feature husband-and-wife Frozen songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, among others. Watch on Facebook Live and YouTube.
- The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents “Ailey All Access,” with new videos shared every Thursday. Robert Battle’s “The Hunt” will be available until next Thursday (6/4).
- Tonight (5/28) marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot and its tradition of learning into the early hours. Check out Stay The Night: Tikkun Leil Shavuot with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Tikkun: Into the Night, organized by the 14 St. Y and Downtown Jewish Life for spiritual, social justice, arts, and culinary programming. (BYOC – Bring Your Own Cheesecake!)
- Tonight (5/28) from 6 – 8 pm, the City’s Commission on Human Rights is hosting an NYC African Diaspora Virtual Town Hall with representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and other City departments. Register here. French translation will be available.
- Tomorrow (5/29) from 2 – 2:45 pm, join the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Jackie Robinson Museum for “Inside the Vault: The Man Behind the Mythology: Jackie Robinson as Ballplayer, Activist, and Political Asset,” which will present documents on the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson. RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (5/29) at 5 pm, join the Harlem School of the Arts in collaboration with Pratt Institute for “Preparing a Portfolio;” participants will learn what art school admissions counselors look for in portfolio reviews, meet two working artists, and learn how to set up a home studio practice! RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (5/29) at 5 pm, New York Live Arts is streaming “Live at 5,” hosted by Artistic Director Bill T. Jones and featuring writer, curator and community organizer Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Watch it on Instagram Live.
- Friday (5/29) from 6 – 6:30 pm, join the Studio Museum in Harlem for “Serving Lewks: Teen Leadership Council Music Video Fashion Show,” a virtual event as part of the yearly Teens Take the Met program. Register here.
- Manhattan mourns the loss of Larry Kramer, LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activist, author and playwright. In the summer of 1981, a meeting of about 80 people in his apartment led to the formation of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first service organization for H.I.V.-positive people. His urgent, righteous, angry work sparked a movement. I remember that he lived at 2 Fifth Avenue with other famed New Yorkers– Edie Windsor, Bella Abzug, and Ed Koch. May he rest in power.
- The Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence has announced the Safe in the City grant program, which will provide grants ranging from $500 – $1000 to NYC residents and nonprofit groups to fund community-centered actions and activities to make neighborhoods safer from gun violence. The program’s first deadline is June 30; learn more and apply here.
- Tomorrow (5/28) at 2 pm, the New Museum is hosting “Deep Future: Building Lateral Institutions,” a conversation with Dutch visual artist Jonas Staal and Laura Raicovich, Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, discussing artists’ role in creating new models for radical democracy. Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/28) from 10:30 – 11:15 am, join Summer on the Hudson Moosiki Kids for “Musical Storytime Online,” a story and sing-along show for kids aged 5 and under. Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/28) from 6 – 8 pm, the City’s Commission on Human Rights is hosting an NYC African Diaspora Virtual Town Hall with representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and other City departments. Register here. French translation will be available.
- Tomorrow (5/28) from 6 – 7:30 pm, the New York Urban League is hosting their fourth virtual town hall: “Risky Business: Support and Resources and Small Businesses in Wake of COVID-19,” an open forum for business owners to hear strategies to weather this crisis, and for individuals to support them. Register here.
- On Memorial Day, I went to the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park and listened to a few words from friends about the fallen. It was a moving experience, even though the handful of us there were all socially distanced and wearing masks.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 9:30 am, the movement arts group Parcon Resilience is hosting Breath Again!, a free virtual movement class for people of color and allies in recovery from COVID-19 followed by a race-conscious community chat, hosted by physical therapist Andrew Suseno. Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 1 pm, join NYC & Company for a “Talks session on the State of the Industry,” which will touch on the early work of their Coalition for NYC Hospitality and Tourism Recovery, and provide an update on the latest news and forecasts for the hospitality industry. RSVP and submit questions here.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 3 pm, join New American Leaders for “COVID19 Stories from New York: Asian Americans Fighting for Equity,” a panel discussion featuring Moumita Ahmed, Dr. Ashwin Vasan, and Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 6 pm, join Bryant Park for a virtual edition of their summer yoga classes; tomorrow’s will be guided on Instagram Live by Lauren Taus. The park is offering guided classes on their Instagram every Tuesday from 10 – 11 am, and every Wednesday from 6 – 7 pm.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 6:30 pm, The West 13th Street Alliance is hosting “Imagine Landscapes,” a virtual community art class that will teach the basics of designing and then drawing or painting a landscape. To RSVP, email Wayne Kawadler at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent a private link.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 6:30 pm, Goddard Riverside Community Center will host a pair of online events– one for children and one for adults. How to Raise a Reader will be a lively conversation with Maria Russo on how to encourage children to love books. The companion event for kids, Story Exploring, will look at what makes a story a story– and help kids create their own! Sign up for both events here.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 7 pm, join Hunter@Home for “From Schoolteacher to ‘The Queen of Cake,’” featuring Sylvia Weinstock in conversation with CNN correspondent Cristina Alesci. RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (5/27) at 7 pm, Inwood Art Works presents the first episode of “Lost Inwood: Video Vault,” a series of short films analyzing a historic panoramic photo of Northern Manhattan in detail. Watch on their Twitter feed, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
- The ULURP timetable continues to be suspended, through to this Friday (5/29).
- Last Friday my office hosted our third Uptown Arts Call with arts organizations in Northern Manhattan; in case you weren’t able to join us, our full conversation is available on YouTube.
Governor Cuomo has named a new Interfaith Advisory Council to advise on safely bringing back faith services. A list of members (and of all the appointed reopening task forces) is available on my website.
The Governor also announced that as of today (5/21) religious services will be allowed to resume statewide provided they include no more than ten people, strict social distancing measures are enforced, and all participants wear masks. We’re seeking clarification about ten people per room, or per building.
- Tomorrow, Friday (5/22) at 6 pm, I’ll be hosting my monthly Uptown Arts call in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. Our topic will be “Innovation in the Arts: Reshaping Our Creative Futures Together.” Register here.
- My Memorial Day plans are simple: I will attend an under-10-person, properly socially-distanced gathering at the Soliders and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park (at 89th St.) at 12 noon (not 10 am as mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter).
- Tonight (5/21) at 6 pm, NY Attorney General Letitia James will host a bilingual Tele-Town Hall to address issues facing the Chinese/Asian American community during the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside Asian American elected officials from all levels of New York City government. To call in English, call (877) 466-0026, with access code: 6379835. To call in Mandarin, call (866) 394-2346, with access code: 2660226992.
- This weekend, join the Theater for the New City for the (online!) 25th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts for “Renaissance: Arts Alive 25,” starting tomorrow, Friday (5/22) at 6 pm through to Sunday (5/24) at 11:59 pm. Don’t let the pandemic stop the Lower East Side’s artistic traditions. Watch online.
- On Saturday (5/23) at noon, join the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) for “SouSou! Saturdays,” a monthly online series for kids aged 4 -11. Join Chef Baba Neil Clarke to learn about Pinkster Fest, a 380-year spring festival rooted in NYC and the Hudson River Valley. Stream on CCCADI’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
- On Saturday (5/23) from 8 – 8:30 pm, join the New York Chinese Cultural Center for “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration 2020: Culture Connects Us!” The event will feature live performances of Chinese dance and music, as well as a Q&A with the performers. Register here.
- On Tuesday (5/26) from 4 – 5:30 pm, SCAN-Harbor, Union Settlement and the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center will air a youth town hall on COVID-19, the 2020 Census, and youth resources. Watch live on MNN (Fios Ch. 33, RCN Ch. 82 & Spectrum Ch. 1993).
- Voting is open for the five video finalists in the State Dept. of Health’s “Wear a Mask” PSA Contest,” which asked New Yorkers to create short videos communicating the importance of wearing a mask to stop the spread of coronavirus. Vote here.
Memorial Day is this Monday, the day set aside to honor those Americans who have died in battle (I’ll be observing a socially distanced holiday at the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial in Riverside Park at 89th Street at 10 am on Monday).
But a beautiful opinion piece in the Washington Post last Friday, “Almost 90,000 dead and no hint of national mourning. Are these deaths not ‘ours’?” highlights the need for mourning the deaths of those who have died from COVID-19 in just these past few months– over 90,000, exceeding the number of deaths of U.S. Armed Forces in Vietnam and Korea in almost 20 years of war– even as the pandemic continues.
“Naming the Lost,” is a 24-hour vigil on Facebook and Twitter, (sponsored, it seems, by an ad-hoc international group of volunteers) that began at 2 pm today, naming the names of those lost– as many as possible in 24 hours– to COVID-19. View the webcast here, until 2 pm tomorrow, and add names here. Follow @namingthelost on Twitter and Facebook.
As they put it, every #COVID19 death has a name. Every person that died deserves to be named.
- On Friday (5/22) at 6 pm, I’ll be hosting my monthly Uptown Arts call in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. The theme of this call will be “Innovation in the Arts: Reshaping Our Creative Futures Together.” Register here.
- On Friday (5/22) at 6 pm, I’ll be hosting my monthly Uptown Arts call in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. The theme of this call will be “Innovation in the Arts: Reshaping Our Creative Futures Together.” Register here.
- NYC Parks has launched a “Thank You” campaign for park workers in the city, the country, and around the world. To participate, wear green tomorrow (Thursday 5/21) and post a picture on social media with the hashtag #GoingGreenForParkies. While they are not commonly thought of as frontline workers, their work has been essential to making sure that park-goers have greenspaces to visit while we all do our part to stop the spread of this pandemic. The Empire State Building, Washington Square Park Arch, and other locations will be lit in green to celebrate park workers tomorrow night.
- Tomorrow, Thursday (5/21) at 2 pm, Live with Carnegie Hall presents “A Tribute to Lynn Harrell,” a free online concert dedicated to the late classical cellist.
- Tomorrow (5/21) from 3 – 4:30 pm, join the NYC Commission on Human Rights for a town hall in Korean on “Incidents and Hate Crime Reporting.” Register online, or dial in at (646) 992-2010, with Meeting ID: 710-625-149.
- Tomorrow (5/21) at 5:30 pm, join the gender-based violence survivors’ organization Womankind for a virtual event in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, with discussions on resiliency and managing anti-Asian bias during the pandemic, and a performance from Broadway actor and singer Devin Ilaw. Register here, tickets are free but limited.
- Tomorrow (5/21) at 6 pm, New York Attorney General Letitia James will host a bilingual Tele-Town Hall to address issues facing the Chinese/Asian American community during the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside Asian American elected officials from all levels of New York City government. To call in English, call (877) 466-0026, with access code: 6379835. To call in Mandarin, call (866) 394-2346, with access code: 2660226992.
- Tomorrow (5/21) at 6:30 pm, join the Riders Alliance for a “Rescuing Subway and Bus Riders Virtual Town Hall,” featuring State Senator Leroy Comrie, Executive Director of the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development Barika Williams, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat. Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/21) from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, join the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance for an edition of their weekly #StayHomeOpenStudios series. This week’s webcast will feature Uniqua Simmons, a self-taught visual and jewelry artist. Watch on Facebook Live.
- Applications are open until Sunday, May 31 for The Shed’s annual Open Call: the grants will support early-career artists and collectives of all stripes to make new work, and will grant them a featured space in The Shed next year. From performers to plastics, writers to DJ’s, all types of artists and groups are welcome, provided they have not yet received major institutional support. Learn more.
- Tonight (4/19) at 5:30 pm, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts presents “The Row House Reborn,” a lecture by architectural historian Andrew Dolkart on the history and expansion of the city’s iconic row houses. Register here.
- Tonight (5/19) at 8 pm, the NYC Multicultural Festival is hosting an online live watch party for a performance by George Brandon’s Unity Sextet. Stream it on the NYC Multicultural Festival Facebook page.
- Tomorrow (5/20) at 7 pm, the Whitney Museum is hosting a discussion in their Whitney Wednesdays series, which will feature the Museum’s chief curator Scott Rothkopf speaking with the conceptual artist Glenn Ligon. Stream the conversation live on the Whitney’s Instagram.
- Tomorrow (5/20) at 7 pm, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem presents their CRIB Collective Concert, a great mid-week break featuring modern greats Christian McBride, Catherine Russell, Jon Batiste, Melvis Santa, Bill Saxton, Endea Owens, Sean Mason, David Durrah, and Joel Ross. Watch it live on YouTube or the Museum’s Facebook page.
The Artist Relief grant program, which distributes $5000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 and provides resources and guidance to grantees, still has applications open for their second cycle, which closes on Thursday (5/21) at 11:59 pm.
Tomorrow is the deadline for submissions to the Arts Writers Grants Program, which supports both emerging and established writers whose work discusses contemporary visual art with grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 awarded in three categories: articles, books, and short-form writing.
- Congratulations to Manhattan’s own Just Sam, who won American Idol last night! She’s come a long way from Douglass Houses and singing in the subway, and we couldn’t be prouder. Sadly, quarantine has kept Sam in Los Angeles, but we can’t wait to celebrate her victory once she can come back to Manhattan.
- On Friday (5/22) at 6 pm, I’ll be hosting my monthly Uptown Arts call in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. The theme of this call will be “Innovation in the Arts: Reshaping Our Creative Futures Together.” Register here.
- Tonight (5/18) at 6:15, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is hosting “Dames at Home,” a virtual celebration of Caffe Cino, “the birthplace of gay theater,” and the 1966 production of “Dames at Sea.” Register here.
- Tomorrow (4/19) at 5:30 pm, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts presents “The Row House Reborn,” a lecture by architectural historian Andrew Dolkart on the history and expansion of the city’s iconic row houses. Register here.
- Submissions are now open for the Inwood Arts Works NYC Quarantine Film Festival, which will encourage New Yorkers to express their creativity, celebrate the city, and have fun while staying in quarantine. Learn more and submit here.
- The Word Up Bookstore, the iconic Upper Manhattan nonprofit bookstore, has established a GoFundMe to help maintain their space, salaries, and other obligations until they can safely reopen after the pandemic. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
- The ULURP timetable continues to be suspended, through to this Friday (5/22). However, the City Council and many Community Boards are taking up projects that underwent prior phases of review before the suspension.
TheCity.nyc is preparing a public memorial project for those lost to COVID-19. If someone you know who lived in New York City passed from the virus– be it a friend, relative, coworker, or neighbor– please share information about them on this online form. Under 5% of the New Yorkers who have passed from the virus have been remembered in an obituary or death notice– this project is trying to change that.
And as far as public memorials go, don’t forget Lincoln Center’s “Memorial for Us All.” They accept and post names publicly as part of their webcast. This Sunday (5/17) at 6 pm is its third broadcast, featuring Tony nominee Norm Lewis. For the fourth broadcast next Sunday (5/24)– featuring Kelli O’Hara– please submit names by Monday (5/18) at 6 pm.
- An American Idol update: “Just Sam” is in the Top 7 heading into this Sunday’s (5/17) finale! We can all do our part to help her win it all; watch the show Sunday at 8 pm on ABC– and while it’s airing, vote for Sam online here, on the American Idol app, or by texting the onscreen contestant code to 21523. You can vote 10 times on each platform!
- Tonight (5/15) from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, in support of the Food Bank for New York City, present “Playing for Hope,” the world premiere of an orchestral arrangement by Earl McIntyre. RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (5/16) beginning at 10 am, watch Indoors for Autism online, an all-day virtual Zoom event sponsored by IncludeNYC. Check the schedule here and notice that they’re bringing Broadway home with a 4 pm concert featuring Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson and actress Veronica Jackson (parents of a son on the autism spectrum). Other family-friendly activities throughout the day include baking, yoga, magic, and a dance party. When you register here, you can join for all or just a few activities from 10 am – 7:25 pm.
- Tomorrow (5/16) from 1 – 3 pm, the 14th annual Dance Parade and Festival is going online! To join, all you need is an internet-connected device and a Zoom account. Register here, or just watch the show live on Facebook, Instagram, Twitch or YouTube.
- On Sunday (5/17) at noon, join the Buglisi Dance Theatre for the premiere of the “Table of Silence Project,” a virtual worldwide meditation exercise, call for action, and ritual for peace and connectedness.
- Next Thursday (5/21), I am hosting the online public session of the monthly meeting of the Manhattan Borough Board, a formal body composed of all Council Members and Community Board chairs in the borough. Register to attend at this link and you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to be in the online audience. We’ll be discussing the necessary measures for any potential reopening of Manhattan.
- The Museum of the City of New York is starting their “NYC Champions and Change Makers” campaign, a crowdsourcing effort to identify individuals and organizations who are leading the way through this crisis. Nominate a community leader here.
- Tonight (5/14) at 7 pm, the Theater for the New City presents a live reading of Alberto Ferreras’s “Hamlet in Harlem.” Stream live on the Theater’s YouTube and their website.
- Tonight (5/14) at 7 pm, Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC and Los Herederos are hosting a virtual dance party to raise funds for immigrant families affected by COVID-19. Learn more and register here.
- Tomorrow (5/15) at 4 pm, join the Manhattan Neighborhood Network for the first edition of The Writer’s Room, a screenwriting basics class from Reggie Lochard. Register here. Their schedule of summer classes has now been released and registration is open.
- Tomorrow (5/15) at 4 pm, the Museum of Chinese in America presents a webinar on “Researching the History of Your NYC Home” with the New York Public Library’s librarian for United States History, Local History, and Genealogy, Philip Sutton. Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/15) at 5:45 pm, four of Manhattan’s performing arts schools are working together to present “Turning the Lights Back On,” a celebration of student performances created during the pandemic, “dedicated to the healthcare workers who illuminate our City.” Stream the performance here.
- Tomorrow (5/15) from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, in support of the Food Bank for New York City, present “Playing for Hope,” the world premiere of an orchestral arrangement by Earl McIntyre. RSVP here.
- New York Road Runners have released “NYRR Striders at Home,” a site filled with general physical education content for adults meant to change attitudes towards exercise and encouraging fitness activities from home. Learn more.
Tomorrow (5/14) at 2 pm, join the Marlene Meyerson JCC for a conversation from their Justice in Action series discussing the effects of the pandemic on education led by former Borough President and my good friend Ruth Messinger, featuring Council Member Brad Lander, Brotherhood/Sister Sol co-founder Khary Lazarre-White, and EduColor co-founder Jose Luis Vilson. RSVP here.
Tomorrow (5/14) at 7 pm, Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC and Los Herederos are hosting a virtual dance party to raise funds for immigrant families affected by COVID-19. Learn more and register here.
- Yesterday’s (5/12) contact tracing panel with Columbia University and Congressman Nadler was a great success; thanks to all who joined us. If you missed it, the video of our full conversation is available here.
- May is Lower East Side History Month; FABnyc has launched peoplesles.org, a central platform for celebrating the area’s history and submitting research and anecdotal information relating to public health and community resilience.
- Tonight (5/12) at 6 pm, join the New York Public Library for the first night of a free star-studded reading of Neil Gaiman’s novel Coraline, featuring LaVar Burton, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, and the author himself. The readings will take place every night this week, ending next Tuesday (5/18). Register here.
- Tonight (5/12) from 7 – 8 pm, the American Ballet Theater (ABT) hosts “Together Tonight”, ABT’s first-ever online celebration in honor of the 80th anniversary of America’s national ballet company. Stream it live on YouTube.
- Tonight (5/12) at 7 pm, The Town Hall presents “The Town Hall to The Met” from their Century of Story and Song series. This conversation and interactive Q&A on black classical musicians will be led by Archivist, Melay Araya, with guest and author, Anthony Philpott.
- Tomorrow (5/13) at 4 pm, Open House New York (OHNY) is hosting another conversation in their series, Conversations on the City, this time with guest Sarah Henry, chief curator of the Museum of the City of New York, interviewed by OHNY’s Director Gregory Wessner. Register here.
- This Saturday (5/16) beginning at 10 am, watch Indoors for Autism online, an all-day virtual Zoom event sponsored by IncludeNYC. Check the schedule here and notice that they’re bringing Broadway home with a 4 pm concert featuring Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson and actress Veronica Jackson (parents of a son on the autism spectrum). Other family-friendly activities throughout the day include baking, yoga, magic, and a dance party. When you register here, you can join for all or just a few activities from 10 am – 7:25 pm.
- The Supreme Court is currently hearing oral arguments virtually, and allowing people to listen live– a new experience for them, and us. Perhaps that’s why their website doesn’t have a “listen live” link. But C-Span.org has a live feed (and broadcasts it on cable when Congress is not in session) as well as a link to a Scotusblog.org liveblog. (Today, the Court heard arguments in President Trump’s effort to block subpoenas for his financial records.) Tomorrow (5/13) starting at 10 am, the cases to be heard center on whether members of the Electoral College can be fined or otherwise penalized for voting for any candidate other than that chosen by their state.
- The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has released online resources for schools, including lesson plans and their “Dear Hero” campaign to thank those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
- Last night (5/11) the National Action Network hosted another conversation in their Youth Huddle series, which featured my Northern Manhattan Office Director, Athena Moore, as one of the guests. Watch their conversation here.
- The New York Times reports that the Broadway League has officially cancelled performances through Labor Day, and it is unsure when they might reopen.
- Tomorrow (5/12) at 6:30 pm, I’ll be moderating another virtual town hall meeting in partnership with Columbia University. “Contact Tracing and Technology: Balancing Public Health and Privacy,” with Congressmember Jerrold Nadler, will focus on the next phase of the COVID-19 recovery and the role of technology and data, privacy considerations, and contact tracing. Visit here to learn more and submit questions in advance.
- Tonight (5/11) at 7 pm, join 34th Street Partnership partner Talia Castro-Pozo for a free beginner virtual salsa class, live on Facebook and Instagram. Tonight’s class will cover “Cha Cha Basics and Shines.”
- Tomorrow (5/12) at 4 pm, All Arts, a subsidiary of public TV station WLIW, will be hosting “Arts in Recovery,” a virtual conversation discussing the needed steps for New York’s arts sector to recover from the pandemic. Watch the conversation live on their Facebook page or website.
- Tomorrow, (5/12) at 7 pm, The Town Hall presents “The Town Hall to The Met” from their Century of Story and Song series. This conversation and interactive Q&A on black classical musicians will be led by Archivist, Melay Araya, with guest and author, Anthony Philpott.
- The ULURP timetable continues to be suspended, through to this Friday (5/15). However, the City Council and many Community Boards are taking up projects that underwent prior phases of review before the suspension.
- In case you missed it, last Thursday (5/8) Spike Lee released “NEW YORK NEW YORK,” a 3-minute tribute to New York, its people, and the first responders working to keep us all safe. Watch here.
- An American Idol update: “Just Sam,” also known as Samantha Diaz, Manhattan’s pride and a resident of a Douglass Houses, officially made the Top 7 last night leading up to this coming Sunday’s (5/17) finale! We’ll be cheering her on!
- The Interfaith Center of New York and Lincoln Center have joined to present “Memorial for Us All,” an online memorial concert to honor New Yorkers who have died in the pandemic. The first concert last Sunday featured Wynton Marsalis and included 100 names of the dead. This Sunday’s (5/10) concert artist is Yo Yo Ma; and May 17’s is Brian Stokes Mitchell. The brief concerts are available on Lincoln Center’s YouTube channel or Facebook page, or on the interfaithcenter.org website and social media channels. Community members are invited to submit the names of a neighbor, friend, or loved one to honor during the May 17 concert by completing this form by 6 pm this Monday (5/10).
- Tomorrow, Saturday (5/9) from 11 – 12:30 pm, join the City’s Department of Records and Information Services for a “Mother’s Day Eve Digital Storytelling Workshop,” which will guide participants in paying tribute to their mothers by writing them into the WomensActivism.NYC story archive. RSVP for the Mother’s Day Eve event here.
- Tomorrow (5/9) from 11 – 11:30 am, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s 22nd Annual Blessing of the Bicycles is going online, and will pay tribute to bicycle messengers and delivery people for their outsize role in helping New Yorkers through this crisis. To be included in the online blessing, email email@example.com with a message and a picture of you or your loved ones with your bikes.
- The Office of the City Clerk has released Project Cupid, a tool for getting your marriage license online in a few simple steps.
- The NoHo Business Improvement District has released a guide on “How to Have a Socially-Distant Mother’s Day,” featuring tips on how to celebrate the holiday from afar while supporting local small businesses.
- The application deadline for Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program, designed to grant independent scholars from Northern Manhattan free access to University services and resources to assist in their projects and skill development, has been extended to May 15, 2020. Visit here to learn more about the program and apply.
- The Interfaith Center of New York and Lincoln Center have joined to present “Memorial for Us All” an online memorial concert to honor New Yorkers who have died in the pandemic. The first concert last Sunday featured Wynton Marsalis and included 100 names of the dead. This Sunday’s (5/10) concert artist is Yo Yo Ma; and May 17’s is Brian Stokes Mitchell.Community members are invited to submit the names of a neighbor, friend, or loved one to honor during the May 17 concert by 6 pm this Monday (5/10) by completing this form.The brief concerts are available on Lincoln Center’s YouTube channel or Facebook page, or on the interfaithcenter.org website and social media channels.
- Tonight (5/7) from 7 – 8 pm, join State Senator Liz Krueger and Lisa Furst, LMSW, for a virtual town hall on “Our Mental Health: The Impact of COVID-19 On Our Emotional Wellbeing.” Stream the event live on Senator Krueger’s Facebook page.
- Last week I participated in a virtual panel hosted by Columbia’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) titled “Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage.” If you were unable to join us, the full video is now up on the INCITE website.
Randall’s Island remains open, but for those of us who can’t visit, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance is offering a range of online programming, including a virtual park experience, educational resources, and free live yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 pm.
- Tonight (5/6) at 7 pm, the New York State Council of Churches is hosting a town hall titled: “Provide Ongoing and Universal Income Assistance Paired With True Financial Relief.” Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/7) from 7 – 8 pm, join State Senator Liz Krueger and Lisa Furst, LMSW, for a virtual town hall on “Our Mental Health: The Impact of COVID-19 On Our Emotional Wellbeing.” Stream the event live on Senator Krueger’s Facebook page.
- Yesterday (5/5) I co-sponsored a “Save Our Compost” Town Hall with Think Zero, ALIGN NY and other advocacy groups, where we discussed efforts to preserve free and public composting in New York City. If you couldn’t join us, the video of our full conversation is available on ALIGN NY’s Facebook page.
- My old friend Ronnie Eldridge hosted me on her CUNY TV show Eldridge & Co. recently; we covered the state of education, my work to get Community Boards connected online, and the possible aftermath of Gov. Cuomo’s evictions moratorium. Watch the interview on YouTube.
- The Frick Collection is now “open” for online visits for schools, colleges, and universities. Sessions are tailored to lesson plans, and led by Frick educators who will guide discussions of selected works of art from the Frick’s collection. Teachers: to learn more and make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and time, the grade level of your students, and the subject of your course.
- Today (5/5) is the first day of a pandemic hackathon hosted by the Taiwanese and U.S. governments, running until next Tuesday (5/12). The hackathon looks to boost innovative solutions against COVID-19-related challenges, including tracing techniques, rapid tests, crisis communication, protection of high-risk groups, and telehealth. Learn more here.
- Tonight (5/5) at 7 pm, the New York State Council of Churches is hosting a town hall forum titled “Protecting Democracy and Ensure Corporate and State Accountability”. Register here.
- Tonight (5/5) at 7 pm, The Town Hall presents “Setting The Stage: Black Classical Debuts at Town Hall” from their Century of Story and Song series. This conversation and interactive Q&A features Anthony Philpott, author of the forthcoming book, A Hall for All: Black Classical Musicians at the Town Hall.
- Tonight (5/5) at 8 pm, the New York African Chorus Ensemble presents a watch party for a performance by Albert Alabedra and Naomi Perez Flamenco Fusion. Tune in on Facebook.
- Tomorrow (5/6) at 2 pm, Open House New York is hosting another conversation in their series, Conversations on the City, this time with guest Brian Bannon, chief librarian at the New York Public Library, interviewed by OHNY’s Greg Wessner. Register here.
- In honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of The Netherlands in World War II, the singers of The Netherlands’ Haarlem Choir School were arranging a “Thank You Tour” to offer appreciation to the United States for our country’s role in freeing theirs. While the pandemic made their tour impossible, the choir has remotely recorded a performance of Shenandoah, now available on YouTube.
- Monumental Women has released an online version of their art and suffrage history project “Put Her on a Pedestal,” which helps prepare and share commemorations of the diverse figures of the suffragist movement. Aimed primarily at middle schoolers, it is a perfect and engaging online project for parents and kids. Learn more here.
- The ULURP timetable continues to be suspended. However, the City Council and many Community Boards are taking up projects that have been in the pipeline. Last week the Council moved to have the disposition of 266 W. 96th St. (a city-owned property being transferred to private ownership to facilitate a 23-story building with 171 market rate and affordable units) heard; that Council hearing will take place this Thursday, May 7th at 1 pm. All City Council Meetings can be viewed on live on the City Council website at https://council.nyc.gov/livestream/. Those who wish to testify must pre-register in advance on the website at https://council.nyc.gov/testify/.
In general, please pay attention to the agendas posted on the websites of the Council and Community Boards if there are projects you’re interested in or concerned about.
- Tonight (5/4) at 7 pm, the New York State Council of Churches is hosting a town hall forum on “Addressing the Public Health Crises of Incarceration and Homelessness.” Register here.
- Tomorrow (5/5) is the first day of a pandemic hackathon hosted by the Taiwanese and U.S. governments, running until May 12. The hackathon looks to boost the development of innovative solutions against COVID-19-related challenges, including tracing techniques and technology, development of rapid tests, crisis communication, protection of high-risk groups, and telehealth to overcome coronavirus-related challenges. Learn more here.
- Tomorrow (5/5) at 3 pm, Hunter@Home presents “The Dolphin in the Mirror: Reflections on Dolphin Intelligence & Communication,” a talk and Q&A with Diana Reiss, Director of Hunter’s Animal Behavior and Conservation Program. Professor Reiss will discuss how she approaches learning about dolphin communication through “partnering”. Register here.
- Tomorrow, (5/5) at 7 pm, The Town Hall presents “Setting The Stage: Black Classical Debuts at Town Hall” from their Century of Story and Song series. This conversation and interactive Q&A features Anthony Philpott, author of the forthcoming book, A Hall for All: Black Classical Musicians at the Town Hall.
- The Documentary Freelancer Relief Fund is adding a third and final round of applications opening June 10, bringing their total relief funding to $325,000. (Their second round, which appears to be over-subscribed, opens May 6). Previous applications will roll into the next round, so that filmmakers don’t have to apply multiple times. So once you’ve sent in your application, it will continue to be considered throughout. For those who have not yet applied for the relief fund but would still like to do so, further information can be found here.
- Tonight (5/1) at 8 pm, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City will kick off a 24-hour global livestream event, “The Call to Unite”, that will celebrate front-line healthcare workers and our common humanity with over 200 world leaders, artists, and musicians, including Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Julia Roberts, and President George W. Bush. Stream on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, unite.us, and the @thecalltounite Instagram page.
- On Sunday (5/3) at 3 pm, join the American Lyric Theater for a free libretto reading of the children’s opera THE SELFISH GIANT, based on the classic Oscar Wilde story, featuring a conversation with authors Clarice Assad and Lila Palmer. Stream the event live on Facebook.
- On Sunday (5/3) at 7:30 pm, the Guggenheim Museum will air the next work in their Works & Process Virtual Commissions series, with a short performance art piece by Michael R. Jackson, followed up on Monday (5/4) at 7:30 pm by a piece featuring Nora Brown and Caleb Teicher. Follow the performances and watch prior commissions on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram (@worksandprocess).
- Thanks to all who joined our “Bridging the Digital Divide” town hall panel last night. Thousands of people viewed some portion of it, but if you couldn’t make it, watch the recorded conversation here.
- Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder was on CBS2 last night, discussing his work collecting oral history from those “on the suffering edge of this pandemic,” and the importance of having our historical record include the experiences of essential workers on the front line. Watch the segment here.
- Tonight (4/30) at 7 pm, tune in to any SiriusXM station and sing along to the classic Bill Withers song “Lean on Me”; this nationwide sing-along is part of the “Worldwide Day of Gratitude” for COVID-19 first responders, sponsored by SiriusXM, the Grammy Museum, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and TeachRock.org, who have also provided a lesson plan on the song’s added meaning during this pandemic.
- Tomorrow (5/1) at 2 pm, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will present another online edition of their Inside the Vault series, featuring a print by Phillip Dawe and a 1770 engraving by Paul Revere depicting the Boston Massacre. RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (5/1) at 2 pm, join Village Preservation for a “tour” of Far West Village as written by urban activist Jane Jacobs, a #JanesWalkNYC event. Register here. Village Preservation has also expanded the digital offerings from their children’s education program History and Historic Preservation. Learn more.
Today is Denim Day! Every April, I help plan and attend the “Denim Day” rally in support of survivors of sexual violence. This year, of course, it will be held virtually; but we cannot let this pandemic make us any less mindful of the danger many of our friends and neighbors could be in.
I’m proud to support this initiative along with the Mayor’s Office to End Gender-Based Violence and 40 organizations. We’ll join together online as a community of survivors, advocates, and allies in order to work toward a future free of sexual violence and sexual assault. Show your solidarity with the movement by wearing denim tomorrow, April 29th. Stand with us at denimday.nyc.
- New York Road Runners has adjusted their Rising New York Road Runners youth fitness program for families sheltering in place: “Active at Home” features free games and activities curated for smaller spaces, including workouts led by Olympic Bronze Medalist Jenny Simpson. Learn more here.
- Tomorrow (4/29) at noon, join Civic Hall for “#OpenCongress: How Congress Can Work Remotely During Emergencies,” a conversation with Daniel Schuman of DemandProgress and Marci Harris of PopVox, hosted by Civic Hall’s Micah L. Sifry. RSVP required.
- Tomorrow (4/29) at 4 pm, Open House New York is hosting “On Density,” a conversation with renowned architect, founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism, and author Vishaan Chakrabarti, as part of their ongoing series Conversations on the City. Register here.
- Tomorrow (4/29) from 5 – 6 pm, El Museo del Barrio will be hosting a free virtual tour of their most recent exhibit “Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)” with El Museo’s Curator Susanna Temkin. Register here, and instructions to log on will be sent an hour before the event.
- Sign up for the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance’s biweekly newsletter, which will provide updates in English and Spanish on arts activities in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem. Sign up here.
- On Wednesday (4/29) at 2 pm, I will join a panel on “Reflections on the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage” presented by the American Assembly and the Academy of Political Science, with fellow panelists Liz Abzug, Coline Jenkins, Julie Suk, and moderator Kathryn B. Yatrakis. Register here.
- Today (4/27) is the first day of Jane’s Walk NYC (From Home), an online adaptation of the Municipal Art Society’s yearly festival of volunteer-led “walking conversations” inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. For today’s kick-off, in partnership with Subway Therapy and Art Plus People, they are asking New Yorkers to share their favorite spots in NYC, either through @subwaytherapy Instagram stories, sharing on social media with #JanesWalkNYC, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
- Tomorrow (4/28) at 5 pm, Hunter@Home returns with “The Beatles’ Legacy: How Abbey Road Blazed the Trail for Progressive Rock,” a talk and virtual live Q&A by distinguished music professor and rock historian Mark Spicer.
- The Salvadori Center has developed a series of free project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lessons for students from grades K-12.
This Sunday’s (4/26) American Idol will broadcast the 20 performers singing from their homes, and in response to votes from the audience, ten contestants will be eliminated. Manhattan’s own “Just Sam,” Samantha Diaz, a Douglass Houses resident has made the final 20– but now we can all do our part to make sure she sticks around into the top 10!
Watch the show Sunday at 8 pm on ABC – while it’s airing, vote for Sam online here, on the American Idol app, or by texting the onscreen contestant code to 21523. You can vote 10 times on each platform!
- Thanks to all who joined our second Uptown Arts Call, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. If you couldn’t make it, watch the recorded conversation here.
- Today (4/24), the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra started their #VCORPHEUSFESTIVAL, a two-day online festival hosted on The Violin Channel’s Facebook page. The festival will feature Orpheus musicians in living room concerts, fun videos from their homes, informative Q&As, and full broadcasts of Orpheus concerts.
- Tonight (4/24) at 7 pm, watch Whitney Screens, an online screening of Clarissa Tossin’s video art piece Ch’u Mayaa from the Whitney Museum. They’re also hosting an Artmaking from Home event tomorrow (4/25) at 3 pm, with a class on “The Power of Pattern”: drawing from the works of Rosie Lee Tompkins and Miriam Schapiro.
- Tomorrow (4/25) from 1 – 4 pm, the Metropolitan Opera streams an “At Home Gala” on their website with virtual performances by over 40 artists. The program will then be available to stream on metopera.org until Sunday at 6:30 pm.
- Tomorrow (4/25) at 8:00 pm, the Metropolitan Playhouse presents a virtual reading of Bronson Howard’s 1878 comedy OLD LOVE LETTERS. Watch here.
- Tomorrow (4/25) at 9 pm, The Flea Theater is launching SERIALS: ONLINE!, a virtual version of their long-running weekly episodic show. View all-new plays, streamed live on their Instagram and Youtube pages.
- On Sunday (4/26) at 4 pm, the Africa Center is hosting a discussion with Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba on her portrayal of Shirley Chisholm in the new FX show Mrs. America. Watch online or stream on Instagram @TheAfricaCenter.
- On Sunday (4/26) at 4 pm, join Jazz Power Initiative for Latin JazzPowerON, an online live-streaming concert event featuring StringBeans with bandleader Annette Aguilar; bandleader Steven Oquendo with his Latin Jazz All Stars; and Rumbamena Dance Company dancer/choreographer, Ximena Salgado.
- On Monday (4/27) at 2 pm, celebrate National Tell A Story Day with a digital storytelling workshop from WomensActivism.nyc, a project of the NYC Dept. of Records.
- NYC & Company has compiled Virtual NYC, an ongoing and comprehensive list of virtual cultural offerings by local organizations, sorted by interest (i.e. Family Friendly, Performing Arts, Attractions, etc.). They also have a form to submit upcoming events and experiences and add to their expanding list.
- Tonight (4/23) from 6 – 7 pm Gabrielle Revlock teaches her weekly class at dance studio Movement Research (available for free on Zoom): “Contact Improvisation: The Basics.”
- Tomorrow (4/24) at 8 am, Bike New York is hosting a “Virtual Friday Morning Happy Hour: Conversation on the impacts of COVID-19 for you and cycling.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- Tomorrow (4/24) from 7 – 8 pm, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is hosting a virtual opening reception for a piece by Sandra Fernandez titled Movement, Migration and Home; the piece is a beautiful work that depicts Manhattan as a literal cultural patchwork, with colorful segments stitched together by the paths people from all over the world take to reach our city. Access the reception on Zoom here, with Meeting ID: 731-2357-4447.
- The dance company for older adults Dances for a Variable Population have shifted to remote programming, with free access videos and Zoom-based classes (14 classes a week, 7 days a week), as well as remote telephone conference programs.
Tomorrow (4/23) I’m sponsoring a second Uptown Arts Teleconference at 6:30 pm, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. We will broaden the initial discussion (needs, strategies, and resources) to include a discussion on funding, philanthropy, and technical assistance opportunities. Panelists will include Voza Rivers (Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce), Joyous Pierce (Harlem Arts Alliance) and Niria Leyva-Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance). The Harlem Arts Alliance asks that you complete their Uptown Arts & Culture Resource Assessment Survey, which can be found here.
Register here to be sent a link to log into the Zoom meeting.
- Tonight (4/22) at 7 pm, HERE Art Center will host HERE@HOME, the next in a series of Wednesday evening screenings of a full-length HERE production. Tonight’s feature will be Laura Peterson’s WOODEN, live on HERE’s Facebook page.
- Tomorrow (4/23) at 12 pm, The Africa Center is hosting a live conversation with Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and William Kamkwamba on their new Netflix film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Register here to watch and submit questions, or stream on Facebook Live.
- Tomorrow (4/23) at 1 pm, join Women Creating Change (WCC) for a virtual iteration of their Table Talk series. WCC member (Grace) Angela Henry will interview the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on Gender Equity, Jacqueline M. Ebanks, on the long-term implications of COVID-19. RSVP here.
- Tomorrow (4/23) at 3 pm, Hunter College’s Hunter@Home series presents “Inside Vincent’s Creative Process: Van Gogh and Popular Culture,” a lecture from prize-winning art historian Michael Lobel on the influences popular prints of the time had on Van Gogh’s iconic work.
- Tomorrow (4/23) at 6 pm, the New York Urban League (NYUL) is hosting their second COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall, with a focus on “Health Care and Mental Health in the Black Community”. The town hall promises “an open forum for guests to receive up to date information on the COVID-19 crisis and ask questions about ways to ensure mental and spiritual health during challenging times,” and features opening remarks from Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul. The panel, moderated by NYUL President & CEO Arva Rice, includes The Root’s Danielle Belton, Harlem Hospital’s Ebone McIntosh Carrington, The Hope Center Harlem’s Rev. Kyndra Frazier, and the NYU McSilver Institute’s Dr. Michael Lindsay. Register here.
- And on Thursday (4/23) I’m sponsoring a second Uptown Arts Teleconference at 6:30 pm, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. We will broaden the initial discussion (needs, strategies, and resources) to include a discussion on funding, philanthropy, and technical assistance opportunities. Panelists will include Voza Rivers (Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce), Joyous Pierce (Harlem Arts Alliance) and Niria Leyva-Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance). The Harlem Arts Alliance asks that you complete their Uptown Arts & Culture Resource Assessment Survey, which can be found here. Visit this link to register to obtain a login for the Thursday (4/23), 6:30 pm Zoom meeting.
- Tonight (4/21) at 7:00 pm, The Town Hall presents “Return Home: Nina Simone’s Debut” from their new Century of Story and Song series. This conversation and interactive Q&A with archivist Melay Araya and director Jeff L. Lieberman celebrates Nina Simone’s 1959 debut and live recording at Town Hall.
- Tonight (4/21) at 7:30 pm, Columbia University will launch their Columbia at Home series with “The Story Behind Self Made,” a conversation with A’Lelia Bundles, biographer and great-great-granddaughter of C.J. Walker, the focus of Netflix’s new miniseries Self Made. Register here.
- Tonight (4/21) at 7:30 pm, Hunter College’s Hunter@Home series is back with a reading by Téa Obreht from her prize-winning novel Inland, listed by President Obama as one of his favorite books of 2019.
- Tonight (4/21) at 8:00 pm, New York City Ballet (NYCB) launches their digital spring season, to coincide with the dates of the season they had already planned for the stage. Every Tuesday and Friday at 8:00 pm for the next six weeks, they will release new performances, each available free of charge for 72 hours. Stream them on YouTube, Facebook, or the NYCB site.
- Tomorrow (4/22), the American Museum of Natural History’s yearly EarthFest Celebration will begin at 10:00 am with a whole day of interactive online activities, featuring everything from workshops on plant biodiversity for kids, to trivia happy hour in the evening, to live satellite visualizations of spots around the world.
- Tomorrow (4/22) at 7:00 pm, HERE Art Center will host HERE@HOME, the next in a series of Wednesday evening screenings of a full-length HERE production. Tomorrow’s presentation will be Laura Peterson’s WOODEN, live on HERE’s Facebook page.
- The Tenement Museum has expanded their online offerings, featuring a new digital exhibit on the importance of the Census to preserving immigrant stories, a #ZoomIntothePast series of Zoom backgrounds for download, and several virtual live events.
- DCTV, the media arts center located in Chinatown, has put all its public programs online. You can take filmmaking classes, get tech advice in their Online Filmmaking Workshops and Office Hours– and they’re also streaming new documentary films via their Virtual Cinema. Their Youth Media students are creating personal video diaries of their lives under quarantine. If you know a NYC student 14-21 years of age who might be interested in participating, please check out DCTV’s Youth Media programs. Visit dctvny.org to learn more and take part!
Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, begins tonight (4/20) at 7:30 pm:
The Annual Upper West Side Reading of the Names will start at 8:00 pm on Facebook Live.
The Downtown Jewish Life community will gather at 7:00 pm on Facebook Live.
Selfhelp Community Services, UJA-Federation of New York, and Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School are streaming a Yom HaShoah presentation based on Witness Theater, live at 7:00 pm.
New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance took place yesterday (4/19); video is available here.
I highly recommend “We Share the Same Sky,” a podcast by educator Rachael Cerrotti, produced for the USC Shoah Foundation. My office is hosting Rachael in New York this fall (rescheduled from March) for a Holocaust education program including visits with high school students, a professional training session for teachers, and a community program.
- And on Thursday (4/23) I’m sponsoring a second Uptown Arts Teleconference at 6:30 pm, in partnership with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. We will broaden the initial discussion (needs, strategies, and resources) to include a discussion on funding, philanthropy, and technical assistance opportunities. Panelists will include Voza Rivers (Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce), Joyous Pierce (Harlem Arts Alliance) and Niria Leyva-Gutierrez, Ph.D. (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance). The Harlem Arts Alliance asks that you complete their Uptown Arts & Culture Resource Assessment Survey at https://www.harlemaa.org. Visit this link to register to obtain a log-in for the Thursday (4/23), 6:30 pm Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqdOygrjsqHNICKjwSTn5ljAMPd7a1TK6K
- Tomorrow (4/21) at 3 pm, as part of “Tune-in Tuesday” a dial-in musical concert and conversation will be held with NYC Public Artist-in-Residence Laura Nova. “Finally Friday” at 12 noon (a dial-in offering of conversation, interactive activities, and company). Click here to join either Zoom meeting online or call (929) 205-6099, using meeting ID 893 452 0253#.
- Tomorrow (4/21) starting at 9:30 am, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is having a Virtual Public Hearing. See the agenda here, view applicant presentations here, apply to speak here, and stream the meeting on their YouTube channel.
- Tomorrow (4/21) at 5:00 pm, the Vineyard Theatre launches The VT Show, with Fear the Walking Dead actor and playwright Colman Domingo, who will be sharing the experience of creating his award-winning solo show, A Boy And His Soul. Watch live on YouTube and Facebook.
- Tomorrow, (4/21) at 7:00 pm, The Town Hall presents “Return Home: Nina Simone’s Debut” from their new Century of Story and Song series. This conversation and interactive Q&A with archivist Melay Araya and director Jeff L. Lieberman celebrates Nina Simone’s 1959 debut and live recording at Town Hall.
- Tomorrow (4/21) at 7:30 pm, Columbia University will launch their Columbia at Home series with “The Story Behind Self Made”, a conversation with A’Lelia Bundles, biographer and great-great-granddaughter of C.J. Walker, the focus of Netflix’s new miniseries Self Made. Register here.
- Tomorrow (4/21) at 7:30 pm, Hunter College’s Hunter@Home series is back with a reading by Téa Obreht from her prize-winning novel Inland, listed by President Obama as one of his favorite books of 2019.
- The Mayor announced today that the Celebrate Israel, Puerto Rican Day, and LGBTQ Pride parades are officially cancelled. This is of course sad news, but I know Manhattanites and New Yorkers will come together to celebrate when the time is right.
- “TIME for Kids” and “TIME Edge” platforms are now available for free for the rest of the 2020 school year, ensuring age-appropriate, trusted content is easily accessible for Grades K – 8. They’ve also launched Draw with Drew (And Rosie!) to provide art education to kids at home.
- Tomorrow (4/18) at 4:00 pm, the environmental education organization Cafeteria Culture is offering a free virtual screening of the documentary Microplastic Madness, the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. Register here to join the screening, which will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors.
- On Sunday (4/19) at 2:00 pm, join the Museum of Jewish Heritage (MJH) for a Virtual Presentation: New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance, a commemoration for Yom HaShoah / Holocaust Remembrance. Watch on Facebook, YouTube, or the MJH website.
- The West Harlem Art Fund is launching “COVID Diaries POC,” an audio series documenting the impact of the coronavirus with a racial justice equity lens through interview and memoir. Students from Exalt Youth will generate interview questions for family members, neighbors and others to respond to using their phones. Those interviews will be archived and woven into an outdoor botanical installation and soundscape performance piece designed by artists Nadia DeLane and Austin Arrington on Governor’s Island. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to be interviewed.
- Happy 55th to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). In honor of that anniversary, LPC has created a new interactive story map to honor their vital work with highlights from decades of helping to make our city’s history tangible for every generation.
- Also tomorrow (4/17) at 2:00 pm, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will present another edition of their “Inside the Vault” series, where they’ll be showing rare historical documents, including letters by George Washington and Robert E. Lee.
- Tonight (4/15) at 7:00 pm, join the Theater for the New City for a virtual live reading of a new play, Frank J. Avella’s ORVILLE STATION, the first from their new TNC “On the Air” series.
- Tonight (4/15) at 7:30 pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center is taking their annual Spring Gala performance online with the Worldwide Concert for Our Culture, a 2-hour musical celebration of jazz styles from all around the world! Stream it on jazz.org, Facebook, or YouTube.
- Tonight (4/15) at 8:00 pm, the NAACP and BET launch “Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series” with an hour-long teleconference focused on the health, economic, and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American community. Register here.
- Join the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) for their free YouTube Live open classes, airing Wednesday – Friday every week from 6:30 – 7:15 pm. Tonight (4/15), DTH Instructor Rita Castro de Silva-Bearden hosts a “Ballet for Everyone” class.
- Tomorrow (4/16) the Hotel School of Cornell’s SC Johnson College of Business is hosting two webinars from their Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis series: “What’s Next for NYC Restaurants” at 10:00 am, and “The Travel Industry’s Road to Recovery” at 2:00 pm.
- Tomorrow (4/16) at 7:00 pm, The New Pride Agenda is hosting a Zoom webinar titled “Queer, Trans, and Young: COVID-19’s Impact on LGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults”, with opening remarks by Council Speaker Johnson and moderated by Councilmember Ritchie Torres. Panelists represent the Ackerman Institute for the Family, the Ali Forney Center, GLSEN and The Trevor Project. Register here.
- Tomorrow (4/16) at 8:00 pm, the Apollo Theater Digital Stage presents a conversation between the Apollo’s Master Artist-in-Residence Ta-Nehisi Coates and former Demos president and author Heather McGee on “their work, this moment in our society, and how we might start to think about the world we’ll make on the other side of it.” RSVP here.
- The Studio Museum in Harlem has released a series of Do it Yourself guided art projects for those looking to express their creativity and try out a new hobby from home.
- Tonight (4/14) at 8:00 pm, the New York African Chorus will perform on the first night of the NYC Multicultural Festival Watch Party Series, live on Facebook.
- Also tomorrow (4/14) at 3 pm, Carnegie Hall is launching a new online series, “Live with Carnegie Hall” — not “from”— featuring original material as well as selections from their archives. The first program will feature a live performance and conversation with Tituss Burgess; on Thursday (4/16) at 2 pm the guest will be Yannick Nézet-Séguin with a special episode focused on Beethoven. Episodes will stream on Carnegie Hall’s Facebook and Instagram channels and will be archived for on-demand viewing later on carnegiehall.org/live.
- Tomorrow, April 14, 2020, at 4:00 pm, the artists’ advisory nonprofit Creative Capital is offering creatives an online workshop titled “Coping with COVID: Time Management for Artists During Challenging Times”.
- And tomorrow (4/14) at 8:00 pm, the New York African Chorus will perform on the first night of the NYC Multicultural Festival Watch Party Series, live on Facebook.
- The Actors’ Fund has released a round-up of resources available to artists, bartenders, and freelance creatives and shared similar lists made by the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective.
- Today, April 10, 2020, at 5:30 pm, Ballet Hispánico will be streaming live from their Facebook page as part of their B́Unidos campaign and the #LincolnCenteratHome initiative. Enjoy an evening of dance from the comfort of your own home and watch Club Havana by Pedro Ruiz and CARMEN.maquia by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano with friends and family in real time together.
On the culture front…
- the National Museum of the American Indian is featuring several online offerings, including a “Native Knowledge 360” lesson on what we can learn from Inka water systems (also available in Spanish) and a piece on the Native food sovereignty movement.
- Join the great Michael Kimmelman for another fantastic virtual walking tour in today’s New York Times— this time along the East River waterfront.
- The American Ballet Theatre is sharing virtual events as part of their ABT: Alone But Together series, with online ballet classes from ABT dancers on their Instagram, conversations on their prepared works, and more.
- Arts For Art is releasing their new series “Screening Vision,” digging deep into their 25 years of avant-garde performance and sharing it on their YouTube channel.
- New-York Historical Society this week features Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, a deep dive on unsung STEM pioneer and Brooklyn Bridge engineer Emily Warren Roebling, and a conversation with Aspen Institute president and biographer to Jobs and Da Vinci, Walter Isaacson.
- The New York Public Library and WNYC are partnering to host a virtual book club, and they’re starting with James McBride’s new book, Deacon King Kong. For more, visit wnyc.org/getlit or nypl.org/virtualbookclub.
Lincoln Center at Home has new offerings this week:
#ConcertforKids, reimagining the Pierre Boulez “rug concerts” for a new generation, premiered a new performance today: Zeshan B, an artist infusing blues styles with South Asian culture.
Friday at 5:30 pm, Ballet Hispánico promises to “whisk us away to contemporary dance’s hottest spot” showcasing the best of Latin dance.
Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom goes live on Facebook at @LincolnCenterNYC at 2:00 pm with a new topic each weekday.
This year’s Passover dinners are being done virtually; here is a roundup of the ones I’ve heard of:
The Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan will be hosting three Seders:
–For families with school-age children on Wednesday, 4/8 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
–The Annual Queer Seder on Thursday 4/9 from 7 – 9 pm
— An Israeli-style seder WHAT DAY from 8:30 10 pm
“Sayder Live”, Lab/Shul’s (Virtual) 2nd Seder is taking place on Thursday 4/9 from 7 – 9 pm.
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah on 4/8 at 6:30 pm; more details here.
Temple Emanuel is livestreaming their free Congregational Seder, at 5 pm on Thursday 4/9 on both their website linked above and on their Facebook page.
Jewish Women’s International is hosting a virtual seder on Thursday, 4/9 from 8 – 11 pm.
The 92Y hosts a free digital Community Seder on Thursday 4/9 starting at 7:30 pm.
The Actors Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, is streaming their Community Seder on April 9 at 6 pm via Zoom. See their website for more details.
- Last Friday, I and members of my office joined the Arts and Culture Committee of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to discuss managing the impact of COVID-19. For those of you unable to join us, the recorded video session is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rnDJf_CihxM
- Don’t forget tomorrow, Friday, April 3 at 3 pm, my office will join with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to convene a special Zoom conference for locally-based arts and culture organizations, independent artists, galleries, and venues to discuss managing the impact of COVID-19. Here is more detail on the call and call-in directions.
- Virtual Seders are the thing this year (next year in person!).-The Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan will be hosting three free virtual seders: a program for families with school-age children on April 8 from 4:30-5:30 pm ; and on April 9, the 2nd Annual Queer Seder (7-9pm) along with an Israeli-style seder (8:30-10 pm). For more details and resources visit the link above.
–“Sayder Live”, Lab/Shul’s (Virtual) 2nd Seder is taking place on April 9 from 7-9 pm.
-Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is hosting a free (Zoom) Seder on April 8 starting at 6:30 pm; more details here.
-Temple Emanuel is livestreaming their free Congregational Seder, starting at 5 pm on April 9 on their website linked above and on their Facebook page.
–Jewish Women’s International is hosting a virtual seder on April 9 from 8 – 11 pm.
-The 92Y is hosting a free digital Community Seder on April 9, starting at 7:30 pm.
-The Actors Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, is streaming their Community Seder on April 9 at 6pm via Zoom. See their website for more details.
-Romemu is hosting two nights of free virtual seders, learn more here.
-And City Winery’s Downtown Seder will go live two days before Passover, on Monday, April 6 at 6 pm.Jazz at Lincoln Center is offering all-new programming at its JAZZ.ORG portal.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has created a social media campaign called #CongressSaveCulture to help all nonprofit cultural institutions get more aid from the federal government. For example, Congress could change the tax code so that whole donations could be tax deductible, which could improve cash flow by billions of dollars for institutions nationwide.
- This Friday, April 3, 2020, at 3 pm, my office will join with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to convene a special teleconference for locally-based arts and culture organizations, independent artists, galleries, and venues to discuss managing the impact of Covid-19. The Friday teleconference will be held via ZOOM on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 3 pm. Here is more detail on the call and call-in directions. (corrected link). If you’d like to help promote our call on your social networks, please use this shortlink: bit.ly/HarlemArtsFriday
- Tomorrow at 12:15 pm, Rob Snyder, our official Manhattan Historian (and professor at Rutgers), is convening a Zoom meeting for a wide-ranging conversation about how historians can study, document and analyze the pandemic. “Our discussion will be grounded in New York City, but of course we will explore how the city fits into our state, region, nation and world,” Snyder tells me. The Zoom meeting will be at
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/281509628 and the meeting ID is: 281 509 628 (use that for the participant ID as well). Or you can dial in for audio only at (646) 876 9923 using those same IDs.
- (Rob also sent me this link to a NY Academy of Medicine piece on the “Germ City” exhibit that was at the Museum of the City of NY: nyamcenterforhistory.org/2018/09/14/germ-city-microbes-and-the-metropolis-opens/)
- This Friday, April 3, 2020, at 3 pm, my office will join with the Arts and Culture Committee of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to convene a special teleconference for locally-based arts and culture organizations, independent artists, galleries, and venues to discuss managing the impact of Covid-19. The Friday teleconference will be held via ZOOM on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 3pm. Here is more detail on the call and call-in directions. (Please call in a little early!)
- The Landmarks Preservation Commission is canceling its April 7, 2020 public hearing as they explore options for virtual hearings. They continue to accept and review applications via e-filing; learn how here (PDF).
- “Just” Sam (she’s the resident of NYCHA’s Amsterdam Houses with an amazing voice that I’ve been keeping you aware of) has made it to the top 20 of American Idol! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfavP8QgGNY
- The Museum of the City of New York is working to expand their digital offerings and announced that their Saturday Academy, an American History elective and SAT prep program with priority seating for students from East Harlem, is moving fully online for the Spring 2020 semester. Our existing online materials, including extensive resources for teachers, continue to be available to educators across New York City as they work to adapt to the new virtual learning environment.
- The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has launched “CMOM At Home” a series of fun, educational and engaging activities for kids and families to do together at home, with a diferent focus each day: Magical Monday, Move & Groove Tuesday, Our World Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, Feel Good Friday, Storytime Saturday, and Surprise Sunday.
- Due to increased demand, the Paul Taylor Dance school has increased their virtual class offerings on their Instagram account, including advanced / professional classes at 10 am on Instagram LIVE at @paultaylordance and, for Levels 1-4 and Advanced Taylor Teen, at 4:30 pm on Instagram at @thetaylorschool.
- In 2002, a timeworn leather trunk discarded on a sidewalk in Lower Manhattan was found filled with the cherished keepsakes of a 19th century woman, Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander. For the first time Sylvia’s trunk and its treasured contents will be exhibited at the Merchant House Museum in an online exhibit.
- The New York Foundation for the Arts has compiled a list of organizations offering emergency grants to artists impacted by COVID-19.
- Like every other museum, the American Museum of Natural History has closed its doors, but has ramped up their online virtual offerings. Visit amnh.org/explore to learn of AMNH’s learn-at-home resources on their own website and these resources on social media:
- Facebook: The Museum is featuring an Exhibit of the Day as well as previously recorded tours with tour guides on Facebook Live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 pm
- Instagram: The Museum is featuring an Exhibit of the Day daily and hosting the video series Shelf Life, about stories from the Museum’s scientific collections, on IG TV.
- Twitter : The Museum is featuring an Exhibit of the Day and an #AMNHDailyLesson highlighting an educator resource
- YouTube: the Museum is planning YouTube Premieres to stream previously produced videos featuring live chats with scientists.
- As of this morning, LincolnCenter.org has transformed into a new gateway to the performing arts: Lincoln Center at Home. The components are:
- Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom: a daily dose of creativity designed and led by some of world’s best artists and educators. Each daily digital live class will utilize simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms. (Tune in weekdays at 10AM / watch anytime at Facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC)
- #ConcertsForKids: a new performance series reimagining the Pierre Boulez “rug concerts” for a new generation. Events will be listed at LincolnCenter.org/AtHome.
- From the archives of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations, comes a trove of video, including rarely seen footage from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.
- Also on the arts front… Dance for Variable Population (a multi-generational dance company and nonprofit promoting movement with a special focus on older adults, is releasing a series of videos set in public parks, “Parks for All”, and here is their latest: https://vimeo.com/400635077 This episode is called “Hands”; teaching artists Rebecca Rebecca Hite and Theo Gilbert demonstrate ways strengthen and articulate fingers and arms.
- While the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is temporarily closed, it is hosting several online resources. Visit 911Memorial.org/Explore.
- American Jewish Committee (AJC) has started a campaign to share and honor acts of kindness and decency on the part of individuals, groups, organizations, companies, and countries around the world and even inspire more of them. The initiative is called #BeAMensch based off of the Yiddish word meaning “a person of integrity and honor”—or, put simply, a good person. Learn more at AJC.org/BeAMensch.
- Tonight at 8 pm on WLIW (PBS) is a wonderful documentary on public housing in America– produced by Ken Burns– using East Lake Meadows in the Atlanta area as the basis for its narrative. I was delighted to host 50 NYCHA leaders at a screening at CUNY in February, and everyone heartily recommends it!
- This week is all-Wagner week on the nightly Met Opera streams, including the full Ring cycle. Access the streams at http://metopera.org or through the Met Opera on Demand apps .
- The NYPL has expanded its online offerings to those with library cards (which can also be obtained online). Parents of pre-K to 3rd graders who miss story time at their local branch will be interested in Bookflix, which offers read-alouds to learn about science, music, history, and more (and is also available in Spanish) Adults might be interested in online access to Ancestry.com, JSTOR’s academic research database, and the New York Times archives. Learn more from their latest online newsletter.
- Some religious facilities are holding virtual services this weekend; contact your house of worship for information. Passover is coming up, but it is imperative that families NOT plan to gather for a seder, given the guidelines in place now (and the likely rise in infected people by then).
- Musicians and performers are especially at risk with the cancellation/postponement of public performances. I have musicians on our staff, and one of them researched these links for anyone who falls into that category and needs help– or if you want to donate. The National Endowment for the Arts has posted this page for both artists and organizations. Here are more specific links: https://equalsound.org/project/corona-relief-fund/ http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/apply/ https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/musicares-coronavirus-relief-fund
- If you have kids trapped at home, you might be interested in the online “History at Home” online classes that the N.Y. Historical Society is offering.
- You can apply for an NYPL library card online and check out e-books to read on your device. Now’s the time to dive in to “War and Peace”!!
- The Indie Theater Fund is offering unrestricted rapid relief grants to independent theater companies and individual artists in need due to the financial strain of COVID-19. They will be offering grants of up to $500 on an ongoing basis until funds run out. They are prioritizing companies and artists with budgets less than $250,000 and will be reviewing applications on a first come first serve basis. Visit the Indie Theater Fund info page here.