Online entertainment, culture & learning
Friday, March 27, 2020
- They will be providing online tutoring from 2-11pm via chat for school children.
- They are expanding the number of research databases that will be accessible from home.
- Visit their website for information: nypl.org/about/coronavirus
- You can apply for an NYPL library card online and check out e-books to read on your device. nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral/simplye
- All branches will be closed until further notice
- All in-person public programs suspended through the end of May.
- Due dates on checked out physical items will be extended until after they reopen.
- New York Public Library digital resources: nypl.org/about/remote-resources
The National Emergency Library archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary, a digital collection of 1.4 million books maintained by The Internet Archive. Until June 30th, or the end of the national emergency in the United States (“whichever is later”), anyone, anywhere in the world, can check books out of this library—for free...if you can afford to buy books, please buy books! Bookstores still need your business.
Talks & panel discussions
The CUNY Graduate Center: videos of past talks youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRZyktsPhrezbl_cEHP_Ht8y6DKjvXO5t&mc_cid=0661f8e82e&mc_eid=433f22f347
Historic preservation and guides
Treat yourself to this Architectural Digest feature on the design and inspiration for Grand Central: youtube.com/watch?v=_b4XQUE_u8o&utm_source=Grand+Central+Terminal+Newsletter&utm_campaign=356daaf4b0
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation videos on youtube. youtube.com/user/GVSHP
The New York Landmarks Conservancy. Take a virtual tour of the city. nylandmarks.org/explore-ny There are 61 sites including Alexander Hamilton’s home in Upper Manhattan, the Woolworth Building in Lower Manhattan, the site of the Battle of Brooklyn and more.
The Historic Distric Council's Preservation School is a series of classes that illustrate and teach the basic skills needed for community preservation efforts. Ideal for civic organizations, community board members, grassroots preservationists and anyone interested in how to preserve neighborhood character, the classes will provide you with general knowledge and vocabulary about historic preservation practice in New York City. Funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the City Council of New York. You can watch the HDC Preservation School classes on the HDC website: https://hdc.org/events/preservation-school
Nightly Met Opera Streams beginning March 16 at 7:30pm. Free Metropolitan Opera streams of encore presentations from the award-winning Live in HD series of cinema transmissions. The streams will be running for the duration of the company’s closure due to covid-19. Each performance will remain available on metopera.org for 20 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.
3/27/2020 Cyrus von Hochstetter, Histoire du Tango: 2. Café 1930 by Astor Piazzolla. Today in NYC looking out of my window, the sky was blue and the weather warm. Under normal circumstances we would have called it a beautiful day. I could even hear birds sing...I realized how music often expresses sadness and beauty at the same time.
View slideshow of Scandinavia House's current exhibit:
Nordic Impressions—Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden: scandinaviahouse.org/app/uploads/2019/03/NordicImpressions_Slideshow.mp4?mc_cid=4c9fbdc9d1&mc_eid=b394ff0e2d
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, 212–779–3587, scandinaviahouse.org.
American Museum of Natural History learn-at-home resources: amnh.org/explore
The New Yorker Magazine has made its coronavirus news coverage and analysis free for all readers. https://www.newyorker.com/tag/coronavirus
Nordic woven loom. Do crafting at home, with this fun activity from Scandinavia House's Heimbold Family Children's Playing & Learning Center suitable for all ages! Learn how to use dowels or chopsticks, colorful fabrics, and other materials like shoelaces to build your own Nordic woven loom. Watch video: youtube.com/watch?v=SPs6PH-dD4U&feature=youtu.be&mc_cid=4c9fbdc9d1&mc_eid=b394ff0e2d
Order seeds or plants online and plant an indoor garden. Or, if you have outdoor space, plant outdoors. You can also adopt a tree bed outside your building (speak with the building owner or manager first) or adopt part of the Park Avenue Mall (contact email@example.com). Be sure to practice social distancing when you are outdoors, and wear workgloves when gardening. See Parks Department recommendations for tree bed plantings:
nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/planting, care nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/tree-pit-care, watering nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/water, weeding nycgovparks.org/trees/tree-care/weeds.