NY*Confidential What's On: The Covid Hobby Edition

Tired of knitting, making masks or woodworking? Take up social distance map-collecting, or look over the other array of hobbies below.

Good evening, NYConfidants,

We’re all stuck in our apartments getting caught up in digital worlds, why not venture even farther afield, to lands that don’t really exist at all? From the Land of Oz to the map of matrimony, Atlas Obscura recently asked map collectors and curators to suggest some diverting maps that chart imaginary terrain. Also Atlas Obscura Tabs, is a Chrome extension that shows a new Atlas Obscura place with each click.

This week the Museum of the City of New York has asked New Yorkers to share their stories as experienced through the lens of this COVID-19 crisis by posting images on Instagram using the hashtag #CovidStoriesNYC and tag @museumofcityny. Looking for community, creativity during social distancing? Join NY Writers Coalition for free virtual creative writing workshops. No writing experience is necessary. Inspired by the WPA arts initiatives of the 1930s, the Coffee House Writers Project (CHWP) will commission original, short, digital-only works from those in the literary community whose ability to support themselves has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Finally, Housing Works, with support from Callen Lorde Community Health Center, is operating an emergency isolation shelter for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. The site features 24/7 social services and medical care in addition to food, laundry, and other personal needs. Donations directly support this lifesaving program.

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Greenlight Bookstore Presents Ann Lewinson, Still Life with Meredith: Lewinson’s debut is at once funny, shocking and erudite, while contemplating the thin line that separates sanity from madness in a world that has a hard time telling the difference. 16 April, 7:30pm.

Virtual Road Trip Down Route 66: From classic roadside diners to desert ghost towns, it's time to explore the bygone era of one of America's most famous highways, through the lens of one award-winning photographer. 16 April, 6pm, $10.

Greenlight Bookstore Presents Jon Mooallem, This is Chance!: The Shaking of an All-American City: New York Times Magazine writer Jon Mooallem, tells a cinematic story of a community shattered by disaster — and of the unlikely woman who helped pull it together. 17 April, 7:30pm.

Keep Calm & Knit On: A beginner’s knitting adventure that will provides the skills and confidence necessary to learn the basics of the craft, while uncovering its powerful mental and physical health benefits along the way. 19 April, 2pm, $10.

‘Lillian Wald & The History of NYC’s Social Reform Movement’ Webinar: Trace the steps and impact of Lillian Wald, one of the most influential and respected social reformers of the 20th century. 20 April, 8pm, $10.

The Secrets of Brooklyn Heights’ Webinar: From its beginnings in the early 1800s as a retreat for wealthy New Yorkers to the modern neighborhood, explore the rich tapestry and lesser-known tales of Brooklyn Heights. 21 April, 5:30pm, $10.

Greenlight Bookstore Presents Jennifer Finney Boylan, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs: Boylan’s latest memoir explores her growing understanding of friendship, relationships, and gender identity across seven stages of life, reflected in the dogs there each step of the way. 21 April, 7:30pm.

History of Jazz in NYC’ Webinar & 78rpm Listening Party (The Blues): The second of a seven-part series on the full history of jazz in New York City. Chapter 2: The Blues takes listeners through the craze that gave jazz wider appeal. 21 April, 8:30pm, $10.

The Brooklyn Library Presents Helen Phillips, The Beautiful Bureaucrat: Kakfaesque, comic, and moving, Phillips’s novel captures modern urban existentialism like few can. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed story collection And Yet They Were Happy. 21 April, 7pm.

Art & Comic Book Art’ Webinar by Comic Book Art Historian Arlen Schumer: Uncover how some of the most talented and creative art of our generation exist in comic books and examine it within the fine art world. 22 April, 8pm, $10.

Community Bookstore Presents Francesca Wade, Square Haunting: An engrossing group portrait of five women writers, including Virginia Woolf, who moved to London’s Mecklenburgh Square in search of new freedom in their lives and work. 23 April, 7pm.

The Ultimate Virtual Wine Crash Course: While some people spend their lives trying to understand everything there is to know about wine, one NYC-based sommelier has a crash course on the basics to empower confident wine drinkers. 23 April, 8:30pm, $10.

Greenlight Presents Alex Halberstadt, Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning: Halberstadt embarks on a quest to name and acknowledge a legacy of family trauma, and to end a century-old cycle of estrangement. Along the way, he traces the indistinct boundary between history and biography. 23 April, 7:30pm.

Brooklyn Public Library Presents Michael Cunningham, A Wild Swan: Pulitzer Prize winning author Cunningham transforms the people and talismans of lands far, far away into stories of sublime revelation. Hosted by Rob Spillman. 23 April, 7pm.

Greenlight Presents Mark O’Connell, Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back: A humorous, and surprisingly hopeful meditation on our present moment. With insight, and wit, O’Connell leaves you to wonder: What if the end of the world isn't the end of the world? 24 April, 7:30pm.

Finding Her Way: American Women Artists Working Before 1945’ Webinar: Despite evident talent and success, most American women artists before 1945 worked in general obscurity — in New York City. 24 April, 1pm, $10.

Virtual Exploration of Scotland's Whisky Regions: Highlands. Lowland. Speyside. Islay. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a dram and uncover the secrets of Scotland and its six whisky-making regions. 24 April, 3:30pm, $10.

Virtual Whiskey Making & Tasting: A virtual whiskey making and tasting workshop with Kings County Distillery, New York City’s oldest whiskey distillery, located inside the gates of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 26 April, 3pm, $10.

The History of Invention Show with The Museum of Interesting Things: The smallest record player in the world. An original Ford Model T car horn. The Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph. See the history of inventions with The Museum of Interesting Things. 28 April, 3pm, $10.

The History of Fashion Exhibitions, From Bland to Blockbuster’ Webinar: When the world-renowned Costume Institute was officially added to The Met in 1946, it didn't attract many visitors. That changed when former Vogue Editor Diana Vreeland, took over in 1972. 28 April, 8pm, $10.

NYPL and WNYC's Virtual Book Club: Presented as part of “Get Lit,” from WNYC’s weekday arts and culture show All of It, this partnership debuts with a group reading experience of James McBride’s new book, Deacon King Kong, a hilarious and deeply human tale set in 1969 Brooklyn. 30 April, 7pm

Atlas Obscura Show and Tell:A series in which co-founder Dylan Thuras makes virtual visits to unusual places, not normally seen without a camera. First up, Steve Erenberg, the Radio Guy, always on the hunt for strange objects that are either worn on—or illustrate — the head. Weekly.

Brooklyn Museum Presents…: Tune in every Sunday for new tours on the Brooklyn social media channels. Starting with Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection, groundbreaking work by women artists in practices once considered ‘out of place’.

Goodnight with Dolly: The beloved country singer and international icon will put on her perfectly tailored jammies and read a book from her Imagination Library, a literacy program started by the singer in 1995 for children of Tennessee. Thursdays, 7pm, 10 weeks.

The Greene Space Presents Ever-Greens: Tune in for a curated offering of deep conversations, performances that provoke, and other rarely seen clips from the archives, including John Turturro, Cyndi Lauper, Anna Deveare Smith, Misty Copeland and Death, Sex & Money with Kevin Bacon. Tuesdays, 4pm.

Explore How New York City Works: Turnstile Tours is now offering online tours that showcase how New York City works, from Manhattan’s street vendorsbeautiful public parksBrooklyn’s techies, makers, and manufacturers, or the city’s rich industrial history. Every day, 11am, Free to $5.

Ready to see some clowns other than the ones in government? Visit the Cirque du Soleil online hub for some otherworldly entertainment.


Cirque De Soleil Online: Escape and join the circus on TV. Virtually watch free Cirque du Soleil shows from the company’s online hub.

Alvin Ailey Online: Ailey dancers may not be in the same place at this moment in time, but they are still finding ways to dance. From creating unique renditions of Revelations to Rennie Harris’ Lazarus, they haven’t slowed down.

Napoli by the Royal Danish Ballet: Tells: the story of Teresina and Gennaro, who together manage to defeat even the worst obstacles and temptations, so that they can finally have a wedding in the streets of Naples. 

Martha Graham Dance Company: On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, America’s oldest modern-dance troupe has been presenting “Martha Matinées”. Alongside recorded performances, many generations of Graham dancers chime in, via live chat, with illuminating facts, insights, and anecdotes. 

Cunningham: Originally shot in 3-D, this movie shows, often up close, the rigor, power, and raw excitement of Cunningham’s dances in a variety of settings: the courtyard of a palace, the top of a skyscraper, a forest clearing.


Original Theater Online Presents The Habit of Art: a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten, exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache. By Alan Bennett.

National Theatre Live: For the next two months, theatre lovers from around the world can sit down to watch National Theatre Live productions streamed via YouTube into their front room or bed or garden or bath tub or anywhere with bandwidth. 7pm, Thursday nights.

Broadway HD: Streams Shakespeare to Tony Award-winning blockbusters. Click link. Free for a week.

Play-Per-View: A livestream play reading series that raises money for the Actors Fund, the Dramatists Guild, Broadway Cares and other organizations. Each livestream is one-night-only, one time from a solo piece to a musical.

Audible Theater: Producing, recording it and distributing live theatre on its platform as high-concept, storytelling-oriented audio drama.


The Metropolitan Opera: Streams a free series of encore Live in HD presentations on its website — a different show from the past 14 years will be streamed nightly. 7:30 p.m.

MoMA’s Virtual Views has a number of exhibits to keep us all enlightened under quarantine, as does Art at a Time Like This? an online exhibition for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis.


Art at a Time Like This: An online exhibition of artists considered thought leaders, as well as artists who struggle with futuristic pessimism, political outrage and psychic melt-downs post every day for the foreseeable future. Online

Gerhard Richter, Painting After All: Spans Richter’s six-decade-long preoccupation with the twin modes of painterly naturalism and abstraction, in relation to photographic and other representational iconographies. Online.

MoMa Presents The Good, Bad and the Ugly Film Trailers: Last fall MoMA cracked open its vaults and projected reels of 35mm trailers from MoMA’s collection. Good, bad, and ugly, we showed ’em all! See them here.

Art in the 21st Century: The only series on television in the U.S. to focus on contemporary visual art, watch as artists transform inspiration into art, and hear how they struggle with physical and visual challenges. Full episodes.

MoMA Presents Virtual Views:  Virtual Views continues with the online exploration of Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde — From Signac to Matisse and Beyond. 16 April, 7pm

Mamma Andersson: Andersson’s exhibition at Zwirner’s New York gallery, The Lost Paradise, was cut short due to the escalating spread of COVID-19. But the story of Mamma Andersson continues online.

Jutta Koether, 4 The Team: Mining the discourses of appropriation that shaped Cologne culture in the ’80s, Koether oeuvre ranges from early-modern perspective painting through Symbolism, Post-Impressionism, and Surrealism with a recurring repertoire of motifs. Online at Levy Gorvy.

You might think that most musicians prefer a big stage, when some just want to be at NPR’s Tiny Desk. See some of today’s best musicians office-sized.


Jersey4Jersey Concert: Bruce Springsteen, SZA, Bon Jovi, Halsey, and more artists will perform a benefit concert for the state of New Jersey to support its Pandemic Relief Fund. 22 April, local TV + Apple Music + E Street Radio by SiriusXM.

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts: From NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. Watch videos from Passion Pit, The xx, Wilco, Adele, Phoenix, Tinariwen and many more.

Pearl Jam, One World: Together at Home: 18 April, 8pm

Snow Patrol, Facebook Live Acoustic with Gary: 16, 23, 30 April, 3pm,

SummerStage Anywhere: Catch throwback performances from some of the most distinct and talked-about performances. From Bronx MC KRS-one (2009) to funk-rock band Chicano Batman (2017) to Afrobeat star Femi Kuti with rapper Common (2013).

Pitchfork: With music fans responsibly self-isolating, a daily slate of concert streams, digital gatherings and other endeavors to support everyone’s wellness.

Chris Gethard Presents: A weekly live hour of unfiltered comedy. 11pm, Wednesdays.

Symphony Space, Hump Day Laugh + A Half: Popular comedy debate series, Uptown Showdown, invites two teams of comics to tackle topics of great importance from superior pets to the pros and cons of pessimism? New episodes every Weds.


The Other Latif: Latif Nasser always believed his name was uniquely his own. Until he makes a shocking discovery that he shares his name with another man: Detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. 

Dead Eyes: Actor/comedian Connor Ratliff (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) embarks upon a quest to solve a very stupid mystery that has haunted him for two decades: why Tom Hanks fired him from a small role in the 2001 HBO mini-series, Band Of Brothers.

See works by the IFC’s ushers, floor staff, box office cashiers, managers and projectionists. Now online.


Wish We Were Here: Shorts by IFC Center Staff: IFC Center is showcasing short documentary, comedy, drama, animated and experimental work by the creators who work as its ushers, floor staff, box office cashiers, managers and projectionists. Free.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema: Highlights from the 25th edition unfortunately cut short due to the unexpected theater closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited tickets Festival Scope.

  • Burning Ghost: An entrancing tale of aching romanticism on the precipice of life and death.

  • Joan of Arc: Ten-year-old Lise Leplat Prudhomme commands the center of Bruno Dumont’s inventive reimagining of the story of Joan of Arc, an uncanny, absurdist mood piece.

  • Perfect Nanny: Young parents Myriam and Paul think they’ve found the perfect nanny in Louise. But as Myriam reimmerses herself in her job, Louise entrenches herself deeper and deeper into their family life.

  • Spellbound: Book critic Coline is assigned a profile of a reclusive, brooding painter who claims to have seen his mother’s spirit just before her death.

Films at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema: Watch some of the best films of the year from home and support Film at Lincoln Center. Select new releases:

  • 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.

  • Bacurau: A vibrant backcountry Brazilian town finds its sun-dappled day-to-day disturbed when its inhabitants become the targets of a group of armed mercenaries. 

  • Santiago, Italia: Nanni Moretti tells a story many viewers may not know: the efforts of the Italian Embassy to save and relocate citizens targeted by the fascist Pinochet regime.

  • The Whistlers: A playful, swift, and elegant neo-noir crime drama where not everything is what it seems.

  • Vitalina Varela: Vitalina Varela plays a Cape Verdean woman who has traveled to Lisbon to reunite with her husband after two decades of separation, only to arrive mere days after his funeral.

Les Misérables: Set in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil in 2018, France wins the World Cup and tensions between police and residents escalate into outright warfare.

The Innocence Files: “We’re the court of last resort,” Peter Neufeld, a co-founder of the Innocence Project, which works to exonerate wrongfully convicted Americans, explains at the start of this nine-part documentary. 15 April, Netflix.

The Dog Doc: A founding father of integrative veterinary medicine, Dr. Marty Goldstein and his colleagues in South Salem, NY have created a mecca for holistic care, offering hope to scores of previously hopeless animals (and their owners). Amazon.


  • Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013): New York's quintessential temple of fashion, luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman was founded in 1899, a 120-year tribute to. Amazon.

  • Studio 54: The Documentary (2018): Return to the decadent New York of the 1970s, when Mick and Bianca Jagger, Halston and Andy Warhol hung out at Studio 54 — not in the velvet rope line. Amazon.

  • Bill Cunningham New York (2010): Riding around on his trusty bicycle, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham captured the latest in fashion as it was worn by New Yorkers in the street.Amazon

  • The Central Park Five (2012): An examination of a 1989 case in which five teenagers were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman after sensationalized coverage by media. Amazon.

  • It Started as a Joke: Feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show.

More than 30,000 baseball cards collected by Jefferson R. Burdick represent the most comprehensive illustration of the game. Online at the Met.


The Battered Bastards of Baseball: A 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a defunct minor league baseball team in Portland, Oregon. They played five seasons in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League, from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing Russell, the father of Kurt, who makes an appearance. Netflix.

Baseball at the Met: The more than 30,000 baseball cards collected by Jefferson R. Burdick represent the most comprehensive collection outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The cards also illustrate the history of the game—from the dead-ball era to the golden age and modern era of the sport. 

Tennis Practice without Nets: As tennis clubs across the world are closed, USTA leagues and tournaments are cancelled, and millions are forced to put their lives on hold and stay at home, you might be asking... What about my tennis game?