NY*Confidential What's On: The Zoom Edition

Why clean your room before joining an online meeting when you can look like you're working from the Rose Main Reading Room at the click of a button?

Video conferencing is the new meeting room, if you haven't heard. It's also the new water cooler conversation, friend hangout, date night, birthday party, workout class… Now that video calls are all the rage, why not switch it up a bit? Pretend you're strolling along 5th Avenue to visit Patience and Fortitude or have a book club among the shelves at your favorite branch with these backgrounds for your next video call.

“Normal” daily life is still on hold. The challenge now is to stay connected, engaged and busy beyond a screen. Several institutions are calling upon the community to do that:

  1. Fotografiska: Every week, the gallery will share a new theme on Instagram to inspire photo, video and GIF submissions to be featured across its social, website, and future installations. Post a photo or video with context in your caption, tag @fotografiska.ny and use #Fotophoto. Follow Fotografiska on Instagram to see what happens!

  2. Voices of Lefferts initiative, ‘A Community History of the COVID 19 Crisis’: Voices of Lefferts is capturing stories about the historic moment into which we have suddenly been thrust. The org is currently wants to connect with anyone in Prospect Lefferts Gardens who is housebound, self-quarantined, ill, unemployed, or otherwise affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviewees will participate in 20-60 minute oral history interviews, over phone or computer.

  3. Armchair Archivism: Missing life in the stacks or sifting through old papers in search of pieces of the past? Fear not: slews of institutions are in the market for volunteers who can generate knowledge by clicking through digitized resources.

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Ponder bigger houses while stuck inside your own with the The Lost & Forgotten Gilded Age Mansions of Fifth Avenue Webinar.


NY Adventure Club Virtual Group Trivia Night: A virtual group trivia night that will pit teams against one another to answer questions from diverse topics and themes. 9 April, 8pm, $10.

'The Lost & Forgotten Gilded Age Mansions of Fifth Avenue' Webinar: Beginning with the first residence erected in 1834, Fifth Avenue became the home of Manhattan’s wealthiest citizens, but as the decades progressed, office buildings took over. 14 April, 6pm, $10.

Greenlight Bookstore Presents Emily Gould, Perfect Tunes: Gould’s new novel is a story of music and motherhood, ambition and compromise, exploring whether dreams deferred can ever be reclaimed. 14 April, 7:30pm, via Zoom.

‘The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire That Changed America' Webinar: Uncover the full story behind the March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire — a tragic garment sweatshop fire near Manhattan's Washington Square Park that  sparked the need for stronger labor unions. 14 April, 3pm, $10.

Greenlight Bookstore Presents Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting: Smith’s third novel follows four characters across four centuries in Rome. Through it all Satan travels with them, narrating their struggles with biting commentary. 15 April, 7:30pm, via Zoom.

Virtual Animal Meet & Greet with the Staten Island Zoo: Known as the biggest “little” zoo in America, the Staten Island Zoo contains more than 1,100 animals from six of the world’s seven continents. 15 April, 3pm, $10.

'Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System' Webinar: Explore the history of the New York City subway system — opened in 1904 with a single line serving 28 stations. 15 April, 8pm, $10.

Greenlight Bookstore Presents Ann Lewinson, Still Life with Meredith: Lewinson's debut is funny and erudite, while contemplating the thin line that separates sanity from madness in a world where it is difficult to tell the difference. 16 April, 7:30pm, via Zoom.

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

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

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.

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

NYPL and WNYC's Virtual Book Club: Presented as part of “Get Lit,” the club 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, Free.

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, including helmets and scientific instruments. 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’ for reasons as varied as an artist’s identity or community.

Remember the days when the streets of the West End were full? Until then, check out National Theater Live and some of the Brits off Broadway.


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.

The People’s Salon, an offshoot of Abdul Hadi’s Arab Man series that documents barbering culture in Lebanon and Palestine. Now online at Fotografiska’s New Visions.


Fotografskia New Visions: developed in collaboration between Fotografiska New York and VICE Media Group and featured the work of 14 emerging artists from around the globe.

MoMA : Brings together content produced by the Museum and links to great content for a thematic exploration of art. Includes Beyond the Uniform, security officers sharing their love, knowledge, and personal connections to art; Dan Perjovschi’s The Time of the Virus, information and perspective n a moment of global uncertainty; and How to See Film: An Anthology, in which curators introduce favorite film subjects, from Westerns and silents to Kung Fu and Frankenstein.

Human to Human: A Facebook Live Donation Event, a 12-hour online music festival starts at noon on Saturday. Performers include Jewel, X Ambassadors, Grouplove, Butch Walker and Andrew McMahon.


Snow Patrol: 9 April, 3pm, EDT  http://www.instagram.com/snowpatrol

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: 11 April, 12pm, EDT  https://www.facebook.com/events/2497774487102149

SummerStage Anywhere: Catch throwback performances from some of the most distinct and talked-about performances. From electronica artist TOKiMONSTA (2018) and the Zombies (2013), to Bronx MC KRS-one (2009), Ballet X(2017), funk-rock band Chicano Batman (2017) and Afrobeat star Femi Kuti with rapper Common (2013).

Pitchfork: With music fans responsibly self-isolating and social distancing and venues on lockdown, artists are finding creative ways to navigate the coronavirus; a daily slate of concert streams, digital gatherings and other endeavors to support everyone’s wellness.

Set in the Parisian suburb of Montfermeil in 2018, France wins the World Cup and tensions between police and residents escalate. Now streaming.


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 Prime

It Started as a Joke: Feature documentary that chronicles the decade-long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival – including a final farewell show. The film celebrates Eugene’s unique brand of humor and his role in the alternative comedy movement. Website

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:

  • 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. 

  • 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.

With nets on all courts down, work on your game with a wall and your favorite hat and Roger Federer.

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?

Soul-Replenishing Bike Rides: Even with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s PAUSE measures in place, it is still important to get some good solo exercise. Get outdoors and journey to these open-air destinations — six feet from your nearest neighbor.

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