Online entertainment, culture & learning

Friday, March 27, 2020

Library resources

The New York Public Library serves the public with digital resources while their branches are closed.
  • 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:
  • You can apply for an NYPL library card online and check out e-books to read on your device.
  • 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:

The National Emergency Library, 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

Historic preservation and guides

Treat yourself to this Architectural Digest feature on the design and inspiration for Grand

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation videos on youtube.  

The New York Landmarks Conservancy. Take a virtual tour of the city. 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:

12 historic sites you can virtually tour


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 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
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, 212–779–3587,

Virtual Museum tours

American Museum of Natural History learn-at-home resources:

Explore the Museum of the City of New York from Home: Collections  Stories   Exhibitions


The New Yorker Magazine has made its coronavirus news coverage and analysis free for all readers. 


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:


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 Be sure to practice social distancing when you are outdoors, and wear workgloves when gardening. See Parks Department recommendations for tree bed plantings:, care, watering, weeding


Join The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association

Be involved in the preservation, beautification and improvement of this very special neighborhood, and receive discounts at some of the finest Murray Hill restaurants and merchants.

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