NY*Confidential Presents: The Corona + Chill Edition

In a city of individualism, it’s hard to take a collective action and agree upon it. Just look at the tension between Cuomo and De Blasio. Cuomo closes it; De Blas waits until the last minute to affirm the Governor’s decision, even though Cuomo is, for all intents and purposes, the FINAL say in New York. New Yorkers just received yesterday official affirmation that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is off, even though Cuomo had a “yes” from on Monday. De Blas, well, he just doesn’t want to ruin a good time. Can you blame him?

But De Blas, how about this sentiment, as espoused by the Daily News: Corona and chill, man. The NYC Half, the NCAA tournament, the NBA games, the conventions, the exhibits, the Broadway, it’ll happen next year. These are annual events, not once-in-lifetime or even once-every-four-year happenings. Take a break. Enjoy some extra time at the Y in Brooklyn. Prepare for your 2024 run. We have you covered at NY*Confidential about the things opened and closed. As things stand, however, all events and gatherings with more than 500 people are done. This means Broadway (but not off-), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the MET (and all sister museums), all sporting events and most concerts will be postponed or banned. If you don’t see it here, check the www.nyconfidant.com, or the event website.

Here, in the meantime, are a few things still happening so we all don’t die of boredom.

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Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Includes the art, architecture, and secrets hiding in plain sight.


Brooklyn Museum Presents Ian Schrager, Studio 54: Reflect on Studio 54’s cultural influence with the cofounder of the iconic venue, Ian Schrager. 1000 Eastern Parkway, 12 March, 7pm, HAPPENING

The Strand Presents Ben Katchor, The Dairy Restaurant, with Fran Lebowitz: Katchor illuminates the unique historical confluence of events and ideas that led to the proliferation of the dairy restaurant. 828 Broadway, 12 March 7pm, HAPPENING

Community Bookstore Presents Javad Djavahery, My Part of Her:In exiled Iranian author Javad Djavahery's English debut, a youthful betrayal during a summer on the Caspian sea has far-reaching consequences for a group of friends. 143 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 12 March, 7pm, HAPPENING

Books Are Magic Presents Hilary Leichter, Temporary: Eighteen boyfriends, 23 jobs, and one ghost who occasionally pops in to give advice: Temporary casts a hilarious and tender eye toward the struggle for happiness under late capitalism. 225 Smith St., Brooklyn, 13 March, HAPPENING

Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., 14 March, HAPPENING

Tour & Artifact Showcase @ The KGB Espionage Museum: Umbrellas that shoot poison, hidden cameras inside a pack of cigarettes, Cold War cipher machines… a museum dedicated to the KGB is in… the Village! 245 West 14th St., 14 March, HAPPENING

Inside the House of Collection, NYC's Cabinet of Curiosities: An exclusive look inside the House of Collection, a sprawling curated collection of lost-and-found, passed down, left behind, and gifted items. 315 Berry St., Brooklyn, 15 March, HAPPENING

Community Bookstore Presents Jacob Dorman The Princess and The Prophet: The Secret History of Magic, Race, and Moorish Muslims in America: Historian Jacob Dorman delves into new archives and to explain why thousands of Americans were enthralled by the Islamic Orient. 143 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 17 March, HAPPENING

Bowery Boys Presents New York Trivia Night: Hosted byGreg Young, of the famed Bowery Boys history podcast, guests will compete for prizes while learning more about America’s hometown. HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe, 17 March, HAPPENING

After-Hours Pastel Painting Workshop @ AKC Museum of the Dog: Led by award-winning artist Karen Miura and her dog, Lucy, the session includes a step-by-step demonstration on pastel painting dogs. 101 Park Ave., 17 March, HAPPENING

Irish Whiskey Tasting, From Irish Honey to Irish Cream: While St. Patrick's Day might have already passed, a couple of drams from a family-owned whiskey distillery in Ireland will give you reason to celebrate. Church of Sweden, 5 East 48th St., 18 March, DEFINITELY HAPPENING

The Art of Wax Model Making @ Madame Tussauds: Go behind the curtains and uncover the secrets behind wax models, from a company that has been specializing in the craft for over 200 years. 234 West 42nd St. 18 March, HAPPENING

The NYPL Presents a Tribute to Toni Morrison: Few books have inspired, moved, and changed readers more than Toni Morrison’s Beloved. To honor its creator an all-star lineup of writers, actors, and thinkers will return to Morrison’s indelible manuscript. New York Public Library, 18 March, HAPPENING

Moth Story Slam, Co-Habitation: 10 stories, 3 teams of judges, 1 winner. Theme: Co-Habitation. HousingWorks Bookstore Cafe, 19 March, themoth.org/events. HAPPENING — THIS MAY BE YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO EVER GET A MOTH TICKET

Inside Blatt Billiards, World's Finest Handcrafted Billiard Table Maker: What do Tommy Hilfiger, Denzel Washington and Taylor Swift all have in common?: custom-made handcrafted billiard tables from the world's industry leader.350 South Main St., Wood-Ridge, NJ, 21 March, HAPPENING

An entirely new standard in set design was created along with the new play Whisper House at 59E59 Theatres.


Whisper House: Young Christopher lives with his aunt Lily and Yasuhiro, the Japanese man who works for her, in an eerie lighthouse on the coast of Maine during World War II. Soon, he begins to hear strange music through the walls. 59 East 59 Theatre, thru 19 April. HAPPENING

Gnit: Peter Gnit, a modern-day version of Ibsen’s heroic character Peer Gynt, is a carefree young man on a reckless search for Experience and the True Self. Armed with tales from his mother of his early greatness and his absent father, he heads out into the world. Polonsky Shakespeare Center, thru 29 March. CHECK WEBSITE

Sanctuary City: Two teenagers, one recently naturalized and the other undocumented hatch a plan: they will marry to stay in the country and pursue a life. New York Theatre Workshop, thru 12 April. CHECK WEBSITE

Cambodian Rock Band: Darkly funny play that tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in 30 years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia's most infamous war criminals. Pershing Square Signature Center, thru 15 March. CHECK WEBSITE

All the Natalie Portmans: Keyonna and her older brother Samuel live on the brink of eviction while dreaming of a better tomorrow. Too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, Keyonna escapes into a world of rom coms, red carpets and her muse, Natalie Portman. MCC Theater, thru 15 March, CHECK WEBSITE

Coal Country: In 2010, the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia killed 29 men, and tore a hole in the lives of countless others. Jessica Blank,  Erik Jensen and Steve Earle use first-person accounts by survivors and family members to dig deep into the lives and loss. The Public, thru 29 March, CHECK WEBSITE

The Perplexed: Two families, whose lives have been tumultuously intertwined for decades, gather in the massive library of a Fifth Avenue apartment to celebrate the nuptials of their children. Can everyone put aside long-smoldering grudges and get through the ceremony? MTC, thru 29 March, CHECK WEBSITE

Endlings: On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly haenyeos—sea women—spend their dying days diving into the ocean to harvest seafood. On the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright spends her days wrestling with writing “authentic” stories about her identity. A satirical new play. New York Theatre Workshop, thru 29 March, CHECK WEBSITE

Beyond Babel: Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Beyond Babelis about the division of families, friends, and a community of people when a wall is built between them. The show features a contemporary soundtrack and twelve elite dancers. Gym at Judson Theater, thru 29 March, CHECK WEBSITE

72 Miles to Go: Seventy-two miles. That's the space between a recently deported mother in Nogales, Mexico and her husband and children in Tucson. Laura Pels, thru 3 May, from $79. CHECK WEBSITE

While the MET has closed all of its campuses, the Whitney remains open with Vida Americana, this year’s premiere show about Mexican Muralists.


Studio 54: Night Magic: Traces the radiant history, social politics, and trailblazing aesthetics of the most iconic nightclub of all time. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, thru 5 July, OPEN

Peter Saul, Crime and Punishment: Saul, now 85, crafted his own unique blend of Surrealism, history painting and vernacular illustration, with the shock of current events. New Museum, thru 31 May, OPEN

Madame d’Ora: Born Dora Kallmus (1881–1963), Madame d’Ora was the most acclaimed portraitist of fin de siècle Vienna, and went on to create one of the most stylish Art Deco studios in Paris in the 1920s. The Neue Galley, thru 8 June, OPEN

José Parlá: It’s Yours:The first solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist and his personal connection to the Bronx, which shaped Parlá views while painting cities around the world. Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, thru 16 Aug., OPEN

New York Botanical Garden Presents The Orchid Show, Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope: Leatham’s bold and colorful vision unfolds through captivating installations and designs, transforming each gallery into thousands of orchids that provide bursts of forms and colors. Bronx, thru 19 April, OPEN

Fotografiska Presents Julie Blackmon, Fever Dreams: Familiar and ordinary scenes of Blackmon’s daily routine in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, reflect a delicate balance between the darkness and charm of contemporary American life. 281 Park Ave South, thru 3 May, OPEN

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution: One of the most influential concert promoters of all time, Bill Graham worked with the biggest names in rock music and launched the careers of countless music luminaries at his famed Fillmore East. The New York Historical Society, thru 23 Aug., OPEN

Nicholas Moufarrage, Recognize My Sign: During a career that lasted just over a decade, Moufarrage created an original and idiosyncratic body of embroidered paintings that borrowed from a broad and vast sourcebook. Queens Museum, thru 16 March, OPEN

In Profile, A Look at Silhouettes: The art of silhouettes emerged as a popular form of portraiture in 19th-century America when there were few trained portrait painters. New York Historical Society, thru 5 April, OPEN

The Shape of Shape: An Artist’s Choice exhibition, explores works in MoMA’s collection in which shape does prevail over considerations. MoMA, thru 12 April, OPEN

JR, Chronicles: The first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist, who works at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art. Brooklyn Museum, thru 3 May, OPEN

Dorothea Lange, Words & Pictures: The first major MoMA exhibition of Lange’s in 50 years, brings iconic works from the collection together with less seen photographs. MoMA, thru 9 May, OPEN

Life Cut Short: Hamilton’s Hair and the Art of Mourning Jewelry: As a token of love or memorial to the dearly departed, jewelry made from human hair has entranced people for generations. New York Historical Society, thru 10 May, OPEN

Vida Americana: With approximately 200 works by 60 Mexican and American artists, demonstrates the impact Mexican artists had on their counterparts in the United States during this period. The Whitney, thru 17 May, OPEN

American Perspectives, Highlights from the American Folk Art Museum: Everyone has a story to tell. Such moments are captured by American folk and self-taught artists in powerful visual narratives that offer firsthand testimony. American Folk Art Museum, thru 31 May, OPEN

Collecting New York's Stories, Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious: Features highlights drawn from artists, including Bruce Davidson and Harvey Wang. alongside gifts of garments, posters, decorative arts objects, and many other artifacts from everyday life of the city. Museum of the City of New York, Ongoing, OPEN

Streetscapes & Subways, Photographs By Pierre P. And Granville W. Pullis: A rare view of the last days of “old New York” through the lenses of two of the earliest photographers of subway construction. New York City Transit Museum, Brooklyn, Ongoing, OPEN

Rainbow Shoe Repair: An Unexpected Theater of Flyness: Showcases some of the portraits of Josef Borukhov, who operated the shoe repair shop — and took affordable passport photos of the neighborhood locals. Abrons Art Center, Ongoing, OPEN

No word on corona virus spooking Morrissey. Stay Tuned.


Songkick, Ticketfly or Bowery Presents

Dave Matthews: 12 March, Beacon Theatre

Nathaniel Rateliff: 12-13 March, Town Hall

Josh Ritter: 14-15 March, Murmrr Theatre, Brooklyn

Styx: 15 March, Beacon Theatre

Lupe Fiasco (performing Food & Liquor): 20, 22 March, Brooklyn Steel

Morrissey: 20 March, Hammerstein Ballroom; 21 March, Apollo Theater

Billie Eilish: 15, March, MSG; 20 March, Barclay’s Center

Blood Orange: 20 March, Radio City Music Hall

The Revivalists: 21 March, Radio City Music Hall

Love Rocks, benefitting God’s Love We Deliver (Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, Leon Bridges, Joss Stone): 23 March, Beacon Theatre

Davido: 27 March, Terminal 5

Pearl Jam: 30 March, Madison Square Garden

Thom Yorke: 30 March, Radio City Music Hall; 31 March, Hammerstein Ballroom

Alicia Keys: 31 March, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Forget about your own woes and see some cute pups this week in the Dog Doc at Quad Cinema. Remember, movies are only serving 1/2 capacity, so buy tickets early!


Never Rarely Sometimes Always: Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship and compassion. Angelika, West Village.

The Dog Doc: A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY offer hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners). Quad Cinema, West Village.

Inside the Rain: College film student Benjamin Glass has it all: ADHD, OCD, borderline personality. And he's also bipolar. But Glass is more than his diagnoses and he's determined to prove his genius, until a misunderstanding threatens to expel him from college. Village East Cinema, East Village.

The Burnt Orange Heresy: New lovers/art collectors travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector who reveals he is the patron of a recluse J.D. Salinger of the art world. He has a simple request: steal a masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost. Angelika, West Village.

First Cow: A taciturn loner has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee); soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon a wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. Angelika, West Village.

Sorry We Missed You: Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity appears with a shiny new van and the chance as a self-employed delivery driver. Film Forum, SoHo.

The Wild Goose Lake: Fleeing from the law, gangster Zenong Zhou crosses paths with a woman who holds a significant secret. Zhou must then confront the limits of what he is willing to sacrifice both for this stranger and for his family. Film Forum, SoHo.

Swallow: On the surface, Hunter appears to have it all. Newly pregnant, she has an immaculate home and husband. However, as the pressure mounts, Hunter develops a dangerous habit: pica, a condition that has her compulsively swallowing. IFC Center, West Village.

The Booksellers: Antiquarian booksellers’ personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. Inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. Quad Cinema, West Village.

Bacurau: The small village in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their village has literally vanished from most maps. Soon, a band of armed mercenaries led by Udo Kier arrive. IFC Center, West Village.