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The best things to do in NYC this week
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The best things to do in NYC this week

Many performances, museums and venues have been closed and canceled so we've come up with a list of fun things to do while you're self-quarantining.  Being stuck inside doesn't mean that you have to miss out. With social-distancing in place, many of New York's artists, comedians, museums, businesses and venues are taking to the internet to provide entertainment, services and fun. Check out a master class with Octavia Spenser and Melissa McCarthy, SummerStage online with MAX and Kelli O'Hara in concert. RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in New York

Exclusive: A drive-in festival is coming to the parking lot of Yankee Stadium this summer
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Exclusive: A drive-in festival is coming to the parking lot of Yankee Stadium this summer

It’s nearly summertime. And while the city may not be gearing up for long days on the Coney Island boardwalk, alfresco dining, movies in the park or music festivals—this season will still be full of entertainment. (Albeit in a very different form.) Thanks to the revival of the drive-in trend, once seen as a relic of the 1950s, New Yorkers can still gather together while social distancing in their cars. Uptown Drive-In, a new festival-like event coming to the parking lot of Yankee Stadium this season, is a summer party we can all get behind. The carnival-like experience, set to happen every weekend starting in July, will be a combination of a drive-in movie theater and a live-music concert featuring local NYC artists. It will also feature carside dinner service from beloved New York street vendors. Attendees for the Uptown Drive-In will also find live interactive games, raffles and giveaways. To view the entertainment from your car, the stage will be lifted, and the MC, performers and hosts will stream from a PA system to visitor's car radios, confirms MASC Hospitality Group's Marco Shalma, in an exclusive interview with Time Out New York. MASC Hospitality, the same New York-based company responsible for the Bronx Night Market and the Bronx Beer Festival, is working with Bronx community businesses to curate the experience. “Since we were planning on having the Bronx Night Market, the Bronx Beer Festival and Uptown Epicure Festival running this summer, which was supposed to sta

Day trips from New York – here’s what you can and can't do
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Day trips from New York – here’s what you can and can't do

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, the desire to escape your tiny apartment and take a day trip is massively tempting—but there's a lot to know before you start packing your day bag. With PAUSE still in effect, New Yorkers are urged to stay at home, so going out in the first place is not encouraged. But if you are going to leave anyway (you shouldn't), there are a few outdoor places and activities you can do while social distancing. RECOMMENDED: Are NYC beaches open? Here's what you can and can't do on New York beaches Planning to head out? Here's the lowdown on what to expect. Will I be able to drive? Right now, all New York State roads, bridges and tunnels are open, so yes, but essential travel is the only kind government officials want to see. Can I rent a car? Yes, most car rental companies are still operating and have changed how they clean and disinfect their fleets.  What about a train? Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road are operating modified services. To go to Long Island, trains are running on half-hourly or hourly service on most branches, with strategically added trains during peak travel times and Metro-North is operating on an hourly schedule on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines, on weekdays and weekends. That being said, the MTA is advising people to stay home and not take the train. As for New Jersey Transit, only essential workers are asked to ride and has decreased service to deal with capacity issues. Amtrak is still selling tickets, however,

New Yorkers share remarkable images of the city as it slowly prepares to reopen
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New Yorkers share remarkable images of the city as it slowly prepares to reopen

For the last few weeks, we've asked you to share some of the most arresting images that you've captured in New York during these unprecedented times. From startling signage to barren streets to ubiquitous face masks, you've shared some really striking snapshots of a city on pause. Each photo has been a powerful entry point into New Yorkers' personal experiences during this oddly communal time of isolation. See some of our favorites from the last week below, and share your view of the locked down city with us using the hashtag #YourLockdownLife for the remainder of the time New York remains shutdown. View this post on Instagram New Yorkers x covid times (2/3) #wearyourmask . . . . . . . #streetphotography #somewheremagazine #thosenewyorkstreets #nycprimeshot #nycprime_ladies #what_i_saw_in_nyc #loves_nyc #pulp_tribu #newyork #life_is_street #lensculturestreets #streetphotography #myspc #nybynewyorkers #hikaricreative #1415mobilephotographers #streetfinder #streets_storytelling #friendsinperson #nyclives #bcncollective #womenstreetphotographers #myspcstory #thestreephers #nycphotography #thesmartview #covid_19 #streetphotography #life_is_street #everybodystreet #bestNYphoto #nybynewyorkers #yourlockdownlife A post shared by Clara Kasser (@clarakasser) on May 18, 2020 at 7:08pm PDT View this post on Instagram And you? What are you missing the most? For me, that would be the ability to plan anything short or middle term basically with accuracy. 05.15

This animal sanctuary is doing live storytimes with turkeys and goats
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This animal sanctuary is doing live storytimes with turkeys and goats

The barnyard's gone virtual. Goats, sheep, pigs, turkeys, cows, llama and other rescued farm animals at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, New York are getting their fifteen minutes of fame as the stars of live, weekly storytimes and "Goodnight in Sanctuary" sessions. Each week, the sanctuary goes live for 30 minutes with one of its staff, who reads an "animal positive" children's book to its furry or feathered residents, like The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and Three Billy Goats Gruff. The reading is entertaining for children but also weirdly calming for adults.  Here's Fawn, a cow with prosthetics, being read to. "It's adorable to see a turkey getting sleepy while being read to," Lizz DeFeo, the spokeswoman for Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, told us. "We want you to feel good, to have a smile on your face, get to know our residents and interact with other human beings." The sanctuary also hangs out with its rescues, of which there are nearly 400, in the evening during its live "Goodnight in Sanctuary" sessions. This week, they counted sheep and wished Beatrice the turkey a happy birthday. She's 10—which is extremely old for a turkey!  With everything shut down, the sanctuary has been severely affected. Without volunteers, weekend tours and visitors to its Gray Barn inn, it's taken a financial hit—losing about $13,000 in revenue in April and an expected $15,000 this month, DeFeo said. The sanctuary has been taking in farmed animals from situations of neglect and cruelty since 2

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Theater review by Adam Feldman  Here’s my advice: Go to hell. And by hell, of course, I mean Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s fizzy, moody, thrilling new Broadway musical. Ostensibly, at least, the show is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy goes to the land of the dead in hopes of retrieving girl, boy loses girl again. “It’s an old song,” sings our narrator, the messenger god Hermes (André De Shields, a master of arch razzle-dazzle). “And we’re gonna sing it again.” But it’s the newness of Mitchell’s musical account—and Rachel Chavkin’s gracefully dynamic staging—that bring this old story to quivering life. In a New Orleans–style bar, hardened waif Eurydice (Eva Noblezada) falls for Orpheus (Reeve Carney), a busboy with an otherworldly high-tenor voice who is working, like Roger in Rent, toward writing one perfect song. But dreams don’t pay the bills, so the desperate Eurydice—taunted by the Fates in three-part jazz harmony—opts to sell her soul to the underworld overlord Hades (Patrick Page, intoning jaded come-ons in his unique sub-sepulchral growl, like a malevolent Leonard Cohen). Soon she is forced, by contract, into the ranks of the leather-clad grunts of Hades’s filthy factory city; if not actually dead, she is “dead to the world anyway.” This Hades is a drawling capitalist patriarch who keeps his minions loyal by giving them the minimum they need to survive. (“The enemy is poverty,” he sings to them i

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