Let Them Entertain You
Although the New York City area is shutdown, there are still plenty of ways to entertain yourself and your family in the safety of your own home. Here are some suggestions.
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From East Midtown
French Institute Alliance Francaise, 22 East 60th Street
- FIAF is streaming films, documentaries, music, culinary lessons, and much more. Click here for their upcoming events.
- It's also a great time to learn French. Learn about FIAF's immersive French language courses by clicking here.
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st Street
- The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden has upcoming virtual programming. Click here for more information.
Society of Illustrators,
- The Society of Illustrators is organizing ways for you to enjoy the Museum and its programming online, including exhibits, panels, podcasts, and children's activities. Click here for their offerings.
Around the Region
9/11 Memorial & Museum
- The 9/11 Memorial & Museum offers you the opportunity to share in their commitment to commemorate the victims of the 9/11 and 1993 attacks, honor the courage of the first responders, and educate people from around the world through a host of online resources.
92nd Street Y
- The 92nd Street Y offers many programs online, from author talks and lectures to concerts to craft classes for kids. Through its online archives, revisit some of 92Y’s previous programs, including book and food talks, dance performances, concerts, and more.
American Museum of Natural History
- The Museum is continuing to provide online programs and online access, with resources at amnh.org/explore, including research collections databases, professional learning for educators, and learn-at-home resources for families and students.
- Community-driven education center the Brainery has moved many of its classes online, with topics ranging from “how to run a great online meeting” to “fermented nut cheeses.”
Brooklyn Public Library
- In addition to its e-book catalog, the library is offering cardholders virtual storytime, language and software courses, test prep for all ages, and more.
Childrens Museum of Manhattan
- While the Museum is closed, CMOM educators are working to fill your child’s day with engaging interactive activity. CMOM can still be a part of your day through videos, sing-a-longs, games and so much more for you to do together with your family at home! Click here for more.
City Center Encores! Archives Project
- The Encores! Archives Project will make sure you still get your musical theater fix even if the NY City Center is closed. Each week’s selections will center around a different theme; a composer or writing team, a particular era, or a performer. With over 80 Broadway shows and over a dozen from Off-Broadway there’s a wealth of riches to choose from and star performances to revisit.
Coney Island History Project
- Browse the Coney Island History Project's website, which in addition to an Oral History Archive includes Ask Mr. Coney Island, selections from their Collection, and Coney News and Hall of Fame.
Feinstein's 54 Below
- Feinstein's is reaching into their archives and streaming a select few past performances as one-time only events on YouTube. In addition, some of their upcoming performers have agreed to give you an exclusive sneak peek of their rescheduled shows.
- Ken Loach’s SORRY WE MISSED YOU, the Chinese noir THE WILD GOOSE LAKE, and acclaimed Romanian thriller THE WHISTLERS are now available to stream at home for a multi-day rental fee. CORPUS CHRISTI, an Oscar nominee for Best International Film, and their recent repertory hit, the restoration of Luchino Visconti's L’INNOCENTE, starring Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, and Jennifer O’Neill, are now available as well.
The Frick Collection
- The Frick offers virtual tours of its facility online.
- HBO is making 500 hours of programming available for free on HBO NOW & HBO GO. It includes famous series like The Sopranos, Veep, and The Wire, as well as a good deal of kids’ movies.
- "Lincoln Center at Home" brings you pop-up classrooms, concerts, and live-stream performances.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a series of six videos that use spherical 360-degree technology to allow viewers to see the museum in a totally new way: empty.
- Free Nightly Opera Streams will continue from April 6 through April 12 with a week of performances that show off opera at its most thrilling, thought-provoking, and uplifting.
The Museum of Modern Art
- Each week, MoMA will be sharing part of its collection online with the public.
- The New Museum and Rhizome have partnered with the Chronus Art Center to commission new works for the web.
New York Botanical Garden
- NYBG At Home brings you virtual tours of the current blooming plants, online gardening classes, plant-focused recipes, and more.
New-York Historical Society
- Watch art and history come alive every day at New-York Historical. Learn about the past and engage with your community through their digital audio and video resources.
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
- Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through their “Tourist in Your Own Town” Video Series.
New York Philharmonic
- Free digital content is available to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide. Many more hours of digital content, including performance footage both past and new, will be released.
New York Public Library
- Cardholders have access to more than 300,000 e-books and e-audiobooks, databases, 800,000 items in its digital collections, and other online tools.
New York Theatre Workshop
- NYTW is offering masterclasses, informal discussions, and recorded and live perormances through their website.
NPR's List of Free Streamed Concerts
- Click here for a schedule of free daily concerts compired by NPR. From classical to jazz to country to pop, they've got you covered.
Paley Center for Media
- Each week, Paley’s YouTube channel will offer new, full conversations with the stars of your favorite TV shows, from the Paley stage. Click here for more.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- Experience the Guggenheim from home and discover artists, exhibitions, and collections.
Tribeca Film Festival Curated Shorts
- While you’re social distancing, they’re streaming select works (including online premieres!) from alumni filmmakers of the Tribeca Film Festival.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
- "Whitney From Home" allows you to visit their online collection, revisit some of your favorite Whitney exhibitions, and relax with an array of video and audio content that will bring you closer to the stories behind the art and artists that the Whitney holds so dear.