Online entertainment, memorials, public hearings and events, culture & learning

Sunday, July 12, 2020


5/4/2020 New Virtual Course offered by the Henry George School of Social Science: Understanding Our Political Economy
The purpose of this course is to study fundamental economic principles and to apply them in solving today’s economic problems: poverty, wealth inequality, unemployment, the boom – bust cycle, high taxes, inflation, etc. The textbook used is Henry George’s masterwork, Progress and Poverty. Though this book first appeared in 1879, it is fully applicable to today’s conditions since the principles with which it deals are both timeless and universal. The instructor, Edward J. Dodson is retired financial sector executive and a long time faculty member of the Henry George School of Social Science. Students can watch the lectures and complete all the quizzes and assignments online at their own pace.

Hunter College is offering “Hunter at Home”, a series of interactive lectures, readings, and discussion with Hunter faculty who will share their research and take your questions.

FREE COVID-19 Contact Tracing online course (required for all who want to be hired as contact tracers), developed in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Cultural and educational organizations

Monday-Thursday at 8:30pm , Our Murray Hill neighbor, Cyrus von Hochstetter, pianist and Piano on Park impressario, presents End of the Day Streaming Music, Guaranteed germ free! Posted 4/19/2020.

Lincoln Center's Memorial for Us All, presented weekly on Sundays. They accept and post names publicly as part of their webcast. Submit names online of people who have passed away from coronavirus. 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.

5/31/2020 Scandinavia House's Music on Park Avenue Online - recorded video: Per Tengstrand Interview & Performance, premiered May 17, 2020.

5/8/2020 Saga Sites: Landscapes of the Icelandic Sagas. Virtual Gallery Tour. On view at Scandinavia House in the Fall/Winter of 2012/13, Saga-Sites: Landscapes of the Icelandic Sagas tracked the great, medieval narratives of Iceland—known collectively as the Íslendingasögur, or the Sagas of Icelanders—through the 19th-century watercolors of British artist W.G. Collingwood and the personal, documentary photographs of renowned Icelandic artist Einar Falur Ingólfsson. The first of its kind in the United States, the exhibition explored the dialogue between the two artists through more than 60 original watercolors and contemporary photographs, all drawn from the artists’ respective journeys: Collingwood’s in 1897 and Ingólfsson’s 110 years later, using Collingwood’s travels as a “guide.”

5/8/2020 Virtual Ballet & Opera from the Royal Swedish Opera

4/21/2020 at 8pm, New York City Ballet (NYCB) launches their digital spring season. Every Tuesday and Friday at 8pm 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

4/21/2020 The Bronx Zoo

Collecting #CovidStoriesNYC: Open Call via Social Media for Images Documenting a Socially-Distanced NYC. For nearly a century, the Museum of the City of New York has been documenting New York City’s stories. The Museum wants to share your stories as experienced through the lens of this COVID-19 crisis. MCNY invites everyone to share photos, taken from an appropriate social distance, documenting personal experiences during this challenging time. Post those images on Instagram using the hashtag #CovidStoriesNYC, and tag @MuseumOfCityNY. Museum staff will review the images on a rolling basis, selecting images that reflect on the impact of this event on life in this dense, creative, and resilient city to repost on our social media feed and other digital channels.

Carnegie Hall is launching a new online series, “Live with Carnegie Hall” featuring original material as well as selections from their archives. Episodes will stream on Carnegie Hall’s Facebook and Instagram channels and will be archived for on-demand viewing later on

4/1/2020 Top Virtual Things To Do While Social Distancing In NYC – Live Streaming Performances, Art Exhibitions and More

Public hearings and Town Halls

Tuesdays  7:30pm
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera's Tuesday COVID-19 conversations
On Facebook Live: Submit questions in advance, email

Recorded Videos

NY12 COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall - April 19,2020. Rep. Carolyn Maloney with Dr. Michael Niederman, pulmonologist at Weill Cornell, and Nicole Salk, a senior staff attorney at Legal Services NYC who is an expert on filing for benefits

State Senator Liz Krueger's virtual Town Halls on COVID health topics can be viewed online from her Facebook page or at:
Part 1 Understanding the Impact of the Virus on Community Health:
Part 2 Taking Care of Your and Your Family’s Health.:

Nonprofit New York's Nonprofit Town Hall, hosted with the New York Council of Nonprofits and National Council of Nonprofits, featuring U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. 

Iceland's Response to the Coronavirus with Dr. Gudrun Aspelund, Head Physician at Centre for Health Security and Communicable Disease Control at the Directorate of Health in Iceland, regarding the nation’s response to the coronavirus. With American Scandinavia Foundation President Edward Gallagher as moderator, Dr. Aspelund discussed measures that Iceland has taken to prevent the spread of virus, as well as research and findings that impact the broader international response, and responded to questions sent in by audience members in advance.

Recorded videos for business

Coronavirus and Your Small Business- Q&A with SCORE Mentors - April 9, 2020

National Resources and Policy Updates for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 April 16, 2020

Marketing Advice to Combat an Economic Downturn - April 28, 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 NY Public Library Virtual Book Club will meet on April 30. This month's book is Deacon King Kong.
The book club will meet for a live-streamed discussion of the novel led by WNYC journalist Alison Stewart. Library members can download the book for free using the library's e-reading app SimplyE You can sign up for a library card and link the card to this app after downloading it. Library members can sign up to the NYPL Connect system to receive updates on the library's digital services offered while branches are closed. Source: NY Public Library Launches Virtual Book Club With WNYC, April 3, 2020,, by Brendan Krisel.

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.

Google Arts & Culture collections

5/24/2020 New York University Arabic Collections Online

Talks & panel discussions

The CUNY Graduate Center: videos of past talks

Historic preservation and guides

5/23/2020 The Merchant's House Museum is offering an expanded roster of “at home” programs, including exhibitions, tours, talks, videos and programs, all online at a social distance. Access them all online at

4/10/2020 Join the great Michael Kimmelman for another virtual walking tour, this time along the East River waterfront Courtesy of the New York Times.

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:

New York Preservation Archive Project Oral histories:
Preservation History Database

12 historic sites you can virtually tour

Music & performing arts

Beginning July 16, every Thursday at 5pm
Baryshnikov Art Center (BAC) free video series
Weekly broadcasts from BAC’s rich archive of live performances. The new six-week lineup spans nearly all of their 15-year history. PlayBAC presentations feature dance works by Stefanie Batten Bland, Trisha Brown, and Doug Elkins; a concert by Quodlibet Ensemble; and a poetry reading by Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and more. Beginning July 16, every Thursday at 5pm, a new video will be available to watch at until the following Tuesday at 5pm. PlayBAC videos include introductions by Founder and Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov and the featured artists. Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street,,

4/10/2020 The New York Philharmonic plays on

4/10/2020 Nuyorican Poets Cafe is hosting virtual open mic challenges for poets to share their work. Find out about how you can join at

5/6/2020 The Social Distancing Festival See the New York, USA video for some familiar faces in the NYC dance scene.

4/10/2020 UK National Theatre, free full-length musicals and plays every Thursday. Each performance will be available for one week:

4/10/2020 Musicals and plays you can watch online for free. The list is updated daily:

William Bolcom - Graceful Ghost Rag (1970), performed by Cyrus von Hochstetter (2012) Cyrus von Hochstetter presents musical performance with his Piano on Park series in Murray Hill.

Paul Taylor dance classes live on instagram 10am Monday & Friday - professional/advanced level classes. 4:30pm Monday-Thursday - youth level classes. Check the schedule online for details. 

Lincoln Center’s new portal, A Gateway to the Performing Arts:

3/16/2020 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 plays 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.

3/29/2020 Joe's Pub announces a weekly series of live-streamed performances: Joe's Pub Live! Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, join them on YouTube Live for free, live-streamed and archived performances from their iconic cabaret stage.

Stars In the House presented by The Actors Fund. Concerts by Broadway musical stars. Stars In The House will air twice daily at 2pm and 8pm, and can be viewed online at as well as and

Scientists have turned the structure of the coronavirus into music
April 3, 2020,, by Vineeth Venugopal


7/12/2020 Virtual NYC Curator Collections:

4/12/2020 Collecting #CovidStoriesNYC
Open Call via Social Media for Images Documenting a Socially-Distanced NYC. For nearly a century, the Museum of the City of New York has been documenting New York City’s stories. The Museum wants to share your stories as experienced through the lens of this COVID-19 crisis. MCNY invites everyone to share photos, taken from an appropriate social distance, documenting personal experiences during this challenging time. Post those images on Instagram using the hashtag #CovidStoriesNYC, and tag @MuseumOfCityNY. Museum staff will review the images on a rolling basis, selecting images that reflect on the impact of this event on life in this dense, creative, and resilient city to repost on our social media feed and other digital channels.

Recreate art masterpieces using materials you have at home

The AKC Museum of the Dog is temporarily closed for in-person visits, 101 Park Avenue, 212-696-8360. But it has virtual tours and you can download activity worksheets for children (coloring pages, word searches etc.)

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,

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

Children's Museum of Manhattan

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

Live feed of the New England Aquarium

Louvre Museum, Paris virtual tour

Vatican virtual tour

Van Gogh Museum

Metropolitan Museum, New York

Online networking events

Mayshad Women digital networking events at (bottom of page).

Nature walks

Nature Walks with the National Park Service


Yoga to the People

Physical Therapy

SPEAR Physical Therapy workouts on YouTube
143 East 34th Street, 646-841-1400,


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


We're all supposed to cover our noses and mouths when outside. (Matilda's Law says for seniors we should do this even when inside, when there are people coming in from outside). Two articles from the New York Times on how to make a face mask!

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


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