Experience The UWS and NYC Virtually

  Last modified on April 18th, 2020

With all of the places we know and love shutting down for the foreseeable future, we’ve put together a list of ways to experience the UWS and NYC virtually during this challenging time.

 On the Upper West Side: 

Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

The ReelAbilites Film Festival that was slated for March 31- April 6, will now be presented as an online film festival.

Films will be available online for 24 hours beginning at the scheduled start time Filmmakers will answer questions after the film’s first screening concludes. Films will still be fully accessible, presented with open captions and audio description.

Check out the website for more info: reelabilities.org/newyork


Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is working to take upcoming and past performances online in order to share “unique content, including rarely seen video from decades of Live From Lincoln Center, more recent performances from across campus, and live streams from wherever performances are still happening – empty halls, living rooms, and more.”

Check out Lincoln Center’s Facebook page for live-streamed events – or sign up for email alerts on their website.

The American Museum of Natural History

The museum plans to be closed at least through April 3rd.  AMNH has put together professional learning for educators, seminars on science, learn-at-home resources, museum quizzes, and grade –specific guides and activities based on the latest exhibitions. The exhibitions you can enjoy include the T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, The Nature of Color, Butterfly Conservatory, and The Space Show Worlds Beyond Earth.

You can enjoy all of the above, plus many more options here.


Keep your children thriving during the time they are home. CMOM is offering a wide range of online activities for you to enjoy with step-by-step instructions.

Some of the options are learning to emboss with foil, making family trading cards, and different drawing games.

The website currently offers many free resources for at home education programs, which you can find here.

More: Children’s Author Dan Gutman is Live-Streaming Every Schoolday


 Around NYC: 

The Museum of the City of New York

While the Museum is now closed, you can still stay engaged and enjoy online exhibitions, such as the Worth and Mainbocher: Demystifying the Haute Couture.

“In 1860, Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) founded a Parisian atelier that defined the luxurious standards of the haute couture and set high fashions stylistic course for the balance of the 19th century. In this exhibition, explore a selection of garments owned and worn by fashionable New York women—discover their social histories, details of their construction, and shed light on the genius of their creators.”

For more information please visit the website.

The Met

The Met has a free series,  “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” which you can watch for free.  The streams will begin at 7:30 pm EST and be available on the homepage for 20 hours each.

The Met will have nightly streaming for operas. This is free, and you can access it on their website.

Museum of Modern Art

For the occasion of the 130th anniversary of “Starry Night” by Van Gogh, Google Arts and Culture teamed up with MoMa to bring you a video series of seeing through the artist’s eyes. “Follow the blue and yellow undulating brush strokes of “Starry Night” with Maggie Rogers, who finds inspiration in the ‘psychedelic’ scene as well as exposed pieces of canvas that Van Gogh chose not to paint. These gaps in the oil are easy to miss with the naked eye, but can be seen in surprising detail with Art Camera.”

Click here for more information.


Miss hearing your favorite Broadway tunes? You can steam full shows on Amazon and iTunes. BroadwayHD also has a service you can try for a one-month free trial. Fore more information you please visit the website.

While it’s not the same as experiencing the UWS and NYC in person, these are great options for you to learn, stay busy, and enjoy while staying safe.

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