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The Coronavirus has impacted the globe in a way we haven't seen for years. Here we provide all the updates we know, how you can explore NYC safely from home, what's open and closed, how you can help and much more. Plus, MAJOR NYC bargains you can steal right now with NO risk.

Top Virtual NYC Things to Do

Open, Closed, Explore NYC FREE, Help NYC

The Coronavirus has impacted the globe in a way we haven’t seen for years. Here we provide all the updates we know, how you can explore NYC safely from home, what’s open and closed, how you can help and be helped and much more. Plus, MAJOR NYC bargains you can steal right now with NO risk.

Top Virtual NYC Things to Do

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NYC Open and Closed

  • New York State on PAUSE is the current executive order by Governor Cuomo
  • All NYC Schools are closed until at least April 20th
  • All NYC restaurants and bars are closed, however, take-out and delivery are still allowed.
  • All NYC Theaters, concert venues, and nightclubs are closed
  • As of March 19, there were 3,615 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NYC (there were 300 on March 15)

March New York City Concerts Shows

Closed Museums/Attractions/Events

  • The Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Opera, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, most of Lincoln Center, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • New York Public Library – March 14 – ???
  • Edge, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Madame Tussads – basically all tourism is closed.
  • Broadway is dark until at least April 12th
  • All NBA games (Knicks and Nets) and NHL (Rangers and Islanders) are suspended
  • MLB Season Openers (Yankees, Mets) have been postponed until furthur notice
  • Click here to see ALL Ticketmaster event and ticket changes, cancellations and updates.
  • Jerry Seinfeld show postponed – “hold onto your tickets – a rescheduled date will be announced shortly"
  • Billy Joel – March 19 and April 10 shows have been rescheduled for September 26 and October 11, respectively
  • NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade – postponed. Will try to "celebrate our 259th parade at a later date"
  • The New York Auto Show has been moved from April to August 28-Sept 6, 2020
  • The NYC Half Marathon, Sunday, March 15th, has been cancelled

Watch Broadway Shows Online

Relive the Great White Way at home!

RENT: Broadway Production (Full Live Performance, 2008)

One of my all time favorites, and of course, originally starring two of my high school friends and native New Yorkers, Idina Menzel and Adam Pascal. In New York City’s gritty East Village, a group of bohemians struggle to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.

In The Heights – Lin-Manuel Miranda’s First Broadway Musical

Some of you may not have heard of Lin-Manuel Miranda until Hamilton, but anyone who saw In The Heights from 2008-2011 certainly did! In The Heights was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards and won four, including the 2008 Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography awards.

Described as the new “Rent” with Brazilian beats, In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in Manhattan’s Washington Heights – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.

Read More: In The Heights Broadway Musical

If/Then (Broadway Preview 2014)

Once again, starring the fabulous Idina Menzel (some of may know her as Elsa), LaChanze and Anthony Rapp. If/Then follows the story of Elizabeth, age 35, as she moves back home to NYC from Los Angeles after her recent divorce. While meeting friends in Madison Square Park, the story splits in to two different lines based on a moment in time, where Elizabeth either ignores or takes a phone call.

It’s not the highest quality recording, but the show was fantastic (and yes, I’m biased)!

Read More: If/Then Broadway Musical

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway

Available to stream on Netflix. Bruce Springsteen made his Broadway debut in Fall 2017 with “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo show at the very intimate, 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre. The Boss’s show was so popular, tickets were averaging $800 per person and the show was extended three times.

Broadway Carpool Karaoke

OK, so it’s not an actual show, but one of James Cordens’ best ever (after Sir Paul and Adele). With James Corden hosting the Tony Awards, he calls on Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski to get him through New York traffic while they sing tunes from Hamilton, Les Misérables and other Broadway classics.

Explore NYC from Home

92nd Street Y Virtual Programming

The 92nd Street Y is a classic NYC institution and we often say it’s one of the best places in NYC to spot celebrities. They are offering a ton of virutal programming, interviews, streamed concerts and more right now.

Check Out a TimesTalk

One of the BEST ways to experience celebrities and A-Listers like only a New Yorker can. Times Talks are a diverse series of interviews, in a fairly intimate setting, with world-famous authors, actors, politicians and celebrities (I mean SUPER A-LIST), each facilitated by a New York Times reporter (Master of Ceremonies).

Nightly Met Opera Streams

Each day, a different encore presentation from the Met Opera’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met Website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

The Rockettes Teach You How to Dance on Instagram

 

More to Do from Home

Watch Penguins Wander the Aquarium

Need a smile? Watch penguins Wellington, Edward and Annie take a field trip around their home, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago

More Fun Things to Do Online

These are not necessarily NYC based, but fun and educational

NYC How You Can Help or Be Helped

Open Attractions

Please confirm with all attractions before purchasing any tickets as open/closed status may change by the hour.

  • None we can find at this time (March 19, 2020)

Plan Your 2020 Travel NOW

We fully expect the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting to take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, as it is almost always the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. Which means, now is the time to lock in AMAZING RATES for hotels with FULLY refundable reservations. We scoured Booking for you and found these deals:

  • Pod 39 Hotel 4 nights from $600 (December 1-5). Targeting the “Hip and Thrifty” market, the Pod 39 Hotel offers extremely compact, cleverly designed guestrooms with iPod docking stations and small LCD TVs. Rooms have shared or private baths and in-room displays indicate availability of the shared baths. The shared bathrooms feature rainfall showerheads, water jets built into the sides and streaming music. Private bathrooms also have rainfall showerheads (no jets), along with sleek stainless-steel sinks. The Pod also offers suites with standard TVs, private bathrooms and living areas with sofa beds.
  • The Franklin Hotel 4 nights from $998 (December 1-5). Right off Museum Mile on the Upper East Side, The Franklin is one of those hidden gems in NYC that delivers consistent quality and great rates. Indulge in their free wine and cheese reception every evening and free, 24-hour espresso and cappuccino service.
  • Hyatt Place Times Square 4 nights from 1,160 (December 1-5). A BRAND NEW Hyatt hotel in Times Square? What more could you ask for? Be in the heart of ALL the action during the holidays for a steal.

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Open, Closed, Explore NYC FREE, Help NYC

The Coronavirus has impacted the globe in a way we haven't seen for years. Here we provide all the updates we know, how you can explore NYC safely from home, what's open and closed, how you can help and much more. Plus, MAJOR NYC bargains you can steal right now with NO risk.

Top Virtual NYC Things to Do

Open, Closed, Explore NYC FREE, Help NYC

The Coronavirus has impacted the globe in a way we haven't seen for years. Here we provide all the updates we know, how you can explore NYC safely from home, what's open and closed, how you can help and much more. Plus, MAJOR NYC bargains you can steal right now with NO risk.

Top Virtual NYC Things to Do

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