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Time In: The best things to do at home

Stuck in your apartment? Bring the New York fun indoors with our guide on the best things to do at home

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Just because you’re spending more time indoors doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the best culture, food and drink that New York has to offer. (In between all of those WFH conference calls, that is.) We're collecting all of our guides to experiencing the best of the city without leaving your apartment here, so you can make the most of the next few weeks. You'll find everything from comprehensive roundups of the best films on streaming to innovative ways that New York institutions are making their offerings available to those staying home. Not to mention, we've got plenty of inspo for you to read to start planning your days for when you do get back out there. Read on for great tips for Time In, as recommended by Time Out Editors.   

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Food and drink delivery

World’s best bar Dante launches delivery and takeout
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World’s best bar Dante launches delivery and takeout

Like many other New Yorkers, we’re also social distancing these days in our apartments. Everyone is cooking more than ever before, and we’re supporting restaurants by ordering delivery and even purchasing gifts cards and merch.  The state government has also made it easier for all of us, at least temporarily, to drink well at home (and thus supporting restaurants and bars that depend on liquor sales to boost their bottom line). Lucky for us, Dante, the beloved Greenwich Village institution and best bar in the world, is now offering its award-winning cocktails for delivery and takeout. It's available 10am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and 10am-midnight Thursday-Saturday by phone and online. Photography: Steve Freihon Bottle service at home anyone? For $85, you can get pre-batched martinis: the Olivette (Grey Goose vodka, Bombay Sapphire gin, Noilly Prat, St. Germain and olive bitters), Martinez (Otto’s Athens vermouth, Old Duff Genever, maraschino, Boker’s Bitters) and Rose Petal (Hendrick’s gin, Reyka vodka, martini ambrato, lychee, Peychaud’s, rosewater). Each bottle serves 10—though if you’re quarantining and avoiding crowds, it’ll just mean you willl have to sip a few. Dante's extensive negroni cocktail program is included in the limited-time menu. You can also order a sbagliato (basically a lower ABV negroni sans gin), Americano, gin and tonic, Bloody Mary and even a simple vodka soda, among others. Photography: Steve Freihon On Tuesday, however, the State Liquor Authority cl

This New York bakery is offering take-home cookie dough
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This New York bakery is offering take-home cookie dough

Since we published our ranking of the 10 best cookies in New York right now, so much has changed. But what hasn’t changed is how delicious Maman’s nutty chocolate chip cookies taste. We recently raved about these treats, which currently sits at the #4 slot: “stuffed with macadamias, almonds, walnuts, French chocolate and sea salt, this cookie has the ideal ratio of crunchy to craggly, oozing bites." But in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, many bakeries are temporarily shuttering to help flatten the curve. Others are experimenting with ways to operate their businesses safely while keeping it afloat by offering delivery and to-go only options for the first-time. Maman is one of those bakeries that has chosen the latter path.  For those of us who use baking as a salve for anxiety, Maman's offering allows us to enjoy their beloved cookies while also supporting a local business instead of buying regular ‘ole Nestle Toll House or Pillsbury slice and bakes. There's also no need to stress over making the dough from scratch, but you can still feel like you’re “baking"—you just simply pop them in the oven for 11 minutes at 350 degrees. Maman's cookie dough to-go kits cost $30 with enough dough for 12 cookies, offered in flavors like oatmeal, triple chocolate and nutty chocolate chip. They've closed all of their stores except locations in Greenpoint, Soho and Nomad, where you can pick-up your dough from 8am-3pm Monday through Sunday or get them delivered either via phone of Grubhub

NYC’s best breweries are now delivering beers to your door
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NYC’s best breweries are now delivering beers to your door

Amid government mandates and social distancing, bars and restaurants have had to decide whether to temporarily shutter or shift their business model toward delivery and to-go options while putting their health at risk (let alone the financial stakes). But there may be a silver lining for the city's beer nerds, who might’ve panic-shopped with fears that the only options left to ride out this coronavirus pandemic meant they'd be drinking Budweiser and other mass-market brands (for what it’s worth, we really do love Coronas and have them stocked up in our fridge, never mind the misinformed widespread panic that there is somehow any connection to the virus). Now, some of the city’s best craft breweries have come to the rescue by adding delivery options for beers in packs or, in some cases, loosies (aka individually sold cans).  If you love the craft beer movement and its breweries as much as us, and want to continue supporting (and imbibing) throughout the current crisis, you’ll be excited to learn that some of the city’s most celebrated breweries, such as Grimm Taproom, Other Half Brewing, Threes Brewery, Evil Twin Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Co. have adapted to offer to-go, pick-up and, in some cases, beer via Caviar and Grubhub, among other delivery services.  Our very own Time Out Director of Digital Content for North America (and self-proclaimed “beer nerd,”) is excited about the development: “Special releases and fancy brews should now be more accessible, because you no lo

Rao's is doing take-out for the first time ever
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Rao's is doing take-out for the first time ever

In light of everything that’s happening with the coronavirus pandemic, many restaurants have had to develop systems in which their businesses, some for the first time, could now offer delivery and to-go options so that no one is congregating in their space. One of the more shocking developments of these new citywide rules is witnessing restaurants such as Rao’s, built on the premise of exclusivity, suddenly have to join the public eye. You’ve got to know someone to get a table at the East Harlem red sauce joint that first opened in 1896—in fact, we’ve never eaten there ourselves—literally, every table has been booked for the 100 plus years that they’ve been in business. Tables are rumored to be “owned” by regulars, an absolute status symbol that no one gives up; seats are reportedly passed down the family lineage, like an heirloom necklace.   However, just last week, an employee by the name of Marc Mel posted on his personal Instagram account, noting that Rao’s, for the first time ever, would be launching takeout service, vaguely stated that delivery could also be an option if you DM him. Even in a crisis, it seems the keep-it-in-the-family approach is in full force. The full restaurant menu—including their standout meatballs—are said to be available for pick-up.  View this post on Instagram During this crisis of COVID-19 nyc restaurants have been regulated to delivery and take out. Please shoot me a message if you’re interested in pick up orders. Some deliv

Best films to stream right now

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The 17 best Chicago movies

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The 35 best movies on Netflix right now
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The 35 best movies on Netflix right now

We all know the feeling: desperately scanning through endless menus of Netflix choices, eyes glazing over, knowing that our impulsive thumbs are going to doom us to some terrible midseason episode of a worthless show we hated the first time. Actually, the best movies on Netflix are staggeringly good right now: You can see films by Steven Spielberg, Oscar-winners like Roma, classic comedies by the Coen brothers, action movies, sci-fi masterpieces, radical documentaries, and foreign films. With so much on offer, we’ve narrowed things down a bit to give you our top tips, because that's just how we roll. Want more amazing movie recommendations? We got you covered. 

The 100 best animated movies ever made
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The 100 best animated movies ever made

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The 100 best movies of all time

The 100 best movies of all time

Our list includes some of the most recognized action, feminist and foreign films.

Live events to stream

Join the party at DJ D-Nice's virtual "Club Quarantine"
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Join the party at DJ D-Nice's virtual "Club Quarantine"

View this post on Instagram I never would’ve imagined that the best party I would create and DJ would be from the comfort of my own home. Homeschool is a thing! Yesterday was absolutely insane. The amount of artists and friends that virtually partied with me far exceeded my expectations. I’m feeling nothing but gratitude. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Thanks to all of you that supported. This has been a great way to keep our spirits high. Blessings! Sending some love to my family. Shout out to all of my industry execs! Much love to all of the artists! JLo, Drake, Naomi Campbell, De La Soul, Black Thought, Diddy, Bun B., Keri Hilson, Will Packer, Gabrielle Union, H.E.R., America Ferrara, Donnie Wahlberg, Uncle Luke, Russell Simmons, Dapper Dan, Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Common, Lance Gross, Queen Latifah, DJ Clark Kent, Rich Medina, DJ Tony Touch, Stretch Armstrong, Traci Ellis Ross, Ne-Yo, Usher, DJ Premier, Swizz Beatz, NO I.D., Yvette Noel Schure, Erykah Badu, Fat Joe, Jay Electronica, PNB Rock, Nile Rogers, Fonzworth Bentley, Marisa Tomei, Michelle Williams, Victor Cruz, Karruenche Tran, Ciara, Daymond John, Angie Martinez, Groove Theory’s Bryce, Tank, Cam’ron, Ludacris, Fabolous, Dorian Missick, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tasha Smith, Jadakiss, Kwamé, Chris Spencer, Royale Watkins, Estelle, Bresha Webb, Jermaine Dupri, Vanessa Williams, DJ Aktive, Lee Daniels, Affion Crockett, MC Lyte, Ro James, D-Dot Angelette, Kenny Burns, Tika Sumpter, Marlon Wayans, Lauren

The best live theater you can watch from home
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The best live theater you can watch from home

The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on the performing arts. Broadway is shut down until at least April 12; the ban on public gatherings in New York now extends to all other performance spaces as well. But many performers are trying to ensure that their shows do go on, if only online. If there's a silver lining to the current social distancing requirements, it's that we live in an age when streaming video makes it possible to access worlds well beyond our homes. Here is a list of some of the theater, dance and cabaret performances you can see today without leaving your home—many of which will help you support artists during a difficult time. We'll be updating this list every day. Stay in and enjoy the shows. (All show times are in Eastern Standard Time.) TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020 1pm–3pm: Performance for OneLooking for a more intimate theater experience? Writer-director Edward Einhorn adapts his intensely personal, one-on-one playlet (presented in two parts), into a virtual experience via Skype. The show touches on questions of memory and the passage of time. To book it, you’ll need to email Einhorn and schedule a slot; if you can’t get one today, the show returns this Friday and presumably beyond. Check the website for details.  2pm: Stars in the House: Jeremy JordanShowtune savant and SiriusXM host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, are the animating forces behind this ambitious new series to benefit the Actors Fund. Twice a day, at 2pm and 8pm,

Nowadays is streaming virtual DJ sets every night
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Nowadays is streaming virtual DJ sets every night

Instead of rolling up to a thriving party at Nowadays to dance off your stress as you usually do, the popular dance club is going virtual during these uncertain and unsettling times. On their website, they've created a sub-category for streaming (nowadays.nyc/stream) and will be going live each night from 8pm to midnight (until they can re-open). You can tune in for all sorts of foot-tapping disco beats and even tutorials to keep your mind busy and morale up. Take a deep breath while in bed for peak relaxation during their Planetarium deep-listening sessions, or on other nights, the resident DJ may be pumping out disco-floor-fillers for your own bedroom dance party. All you'll need is your computer. Sure, your bedroom might not have hypnotic blue strobes or a fog machine, but you'll still be listening to house music in tandem with a glorious mass of humanity, dancing freely (in your pajamas), connecting with folks through chat rooms and, most importantly, respecting the advisories to practice social-distancing in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus.  Nowadays explained further details in a statement, “We’ve thought and talked a lot today about how we can stay connected with you while we’re closed, how we can rally support for our staff and how we can ensure that we’ll be able to open our doors again once it’s safe. Starting today we’ll begin live streaming technical how-to’s, DJ sets and other community programming that you can connect with while we’re closed. Francois f

Marie's Crisis is staying open as a virtual piano bar
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Marie's Crisis is staying open as a virtual piano bar

The show tunes are going on at Marie's Crisis. And everyone at home can sing along. The coronavirus crisis has forced the beloved West Village piano bar to close its doors for now. But in a typical display of communal spirit, the Marie's Crisis staff is soldiering on. Every night on the Facebook page Maries Group, the talented pianists who would normally be playing at the bar will be live-streaming their sets to audiences at home. All you need to do to be part of the nightly festivities is apply to join the group; it is normally closed, but is currently accepting all applicants.  Marie's has been a New York institution for as long as anyone can remember. It doesn't look like much: a small, crowded basement on Grove Street, with colored lights strung from the ceiling and portraits of Broadway's greatest divas on the walls. But the place has bona fide history. (Revolutionary War pamphleteer Thomas Paine once lived in the building!) One of the city's rare remaining refuges for group singing of show tunes around a piano, it is a second home to some of New York's most fervent musical-theater devotees. It's a parallel-universe Cheers, where everybody knows not only your name but also the complete score to Little Shop of Horrors. In the virtual version of Marie's, the pianists' shifts are earlier than they would be under normal circumstances. The first shifts run from roughly 4pm to 7pm daily; the second shifts go from about 7pm to 9:30pm. The pianists play for hours at a time, tak

Brainy ways to pass the time

How to digitally borrow books from the library
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How to digitally borrow books from the library

With more time on your hands at home these days, you can finally catch up on all those books you've been meaning to read. Social distancing, though, may make it impossible to head to your local bookstore, but you can still borrow books from the library simply by being a New York City resident. Despite closing its physical locations, the New York Public Library has more than 300,000 titles you can read digitally. To gain access, NYPL's free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android. There is a limit of three books that you can borrow because there has been a surge in the app's usage now that we're all at home, according to the library. You can also search the library's collection of 800,000 digitized items, including historic prints, photographs, maps, and manuscripts and check out Mango Languages and Career Cruising with your library card. And if you don't have a library card, now's the time to sign up. You can do that on the SimplyE app, too! The Brooklyn Public Library also has titles you can borrow on its website if you have a card, and the Queens Library system, which is purchasing substantially more eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming films for this occasion, uses a number of e-reader apps. You can get a Queens Library eCard here. Happy reading!

Transcribe rare documents for the Library of Congress
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Transcribe rare documents for the Library of Congress

It's easy to while away the hours inside your apartment watching feel-good shows or trying to make headway on some spring cleaning, but if you're looking to do contribute something, the Library of Congress will have you. The federal cultural institution is asking for help in transcribing thousands of significant written and typed documents, from Rosa Parks' writings to personal writings of the leaders of the Women's Suffrage Movement and more. The "By the People!" program lets you choose what papers to transcribe and you don't need any experience to do it. If transcribing Rosa Parks's writings, you'll find that she was loving, compassionate, and nonjudgmental in the relationships that mattered most to her, according to the Library of Congress. You can also explore the papers of leading suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Anna E. Dickinson, read through letters to President Abraham Lincoln or transcribe historical legal documents written in Spanish. You don't need to sign up to try it, you just type on the page next to the document. When you're ready to submit, tag it with keywords and then sign up to edit your text. So if you're up to both learn and help further society's understanding on a historical event or leader, now's your chance to contribute.

Sign up for these 450 Ivy League courses

Sign up for these 450 Ivy League courses

We're under quarantine. Why not use the time we usually spend socializing to learn something new?  And, if that's the case, we might as well learn from the very best. The 8 Ivy League schools that pepper the country—Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University—are offering 450 free online courses that are just the right amount of challenging to take our minds off the current state of affairs.  You can browse through all the offerings right here on Class Central, a search engine and review site for free online courses. Among standouts, we recommend Yale's "Introduction to Classical Music," Princeton's class on Buddhism and modern psychology and Harvard's interesting "Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science."  But if you just can't help thinking of the outdoors while being secluded, opt instead to tour 31 national parks (virtually, of course) across America via Google Earth. That's a form of learning also, right?  

Free online classes and reading materials
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Free online classes and reading materials

Kids aren’t the only ones who can do their learning from home. Adults can take a cue from the kiddos and keep sane in this period social distancing by expanding their minds through study. Luckily, a lot of organizations have free and open resources for our use, from coding classes to language learning, and lessons from history to science (note: many can be found through classcentral.com). Sure, you can pay for a Master Class, but with an unstable economy, free classes are worth checking out first. The following resources don’t require any sort of payment–they’re free! So get to learning! Ivy League courses Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University—are offering 450 free online courses through Class Central, a search engine and review site for free online courses. Among standouts, we recommend Yale's "Introduction to Classical Music," Princeton's class on Buddhism and modern psychology and Harvard's interesting "Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science."  JSTOR These online resources, usually used by the academic community, has offered free access to a number of publications (mostly early journal content published prior to 1924 in the U.S. and prior to 1876 elsewhere), but because of the pandemic, its publishers have made 26 newly released public health journals (covering epidemiology, health policy and administration, occupational

Virtual tours

Visit your favorite NYC museums with these virtual tours
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Visit your favorite NYC museums with these virtual tours

Coronavirus has NYC practically on lock down with closures of Broadway theaters, bars, restaurants and museums. While you can still get take out and even cocktails to go (hooray!), no one has quite figured out how to eat or drink digitally at your favorite restaurants. That’s not a problem for several of NYC’s major museums, however, that are all offering virtual tours through their collections and exhibitions—all for free and all from the comfort of your couch. Available in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, the tours feature images from various collections and, in some cases, walkabouts through parts of the museum via street view. So if you’re getting tired of Netflix, and want to try something more culturally enriching, here are some of the online experiences you should definitely check out. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Some 200,770 objects covering 5,000 years of art history await you at The Met online, which lets you browse the entire collection, and visit online exhibits like, “The Art of Music through Time,” which includes audio of the curators weighing in on the historical instruments on display. There are also street view tours of various galleries at the Met and the Met Breuer. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night, Paul Cézanne's Still Life with Apples and Henri Rousseau's The Sleeping Gypsy are just some of the 129 modern masterpieces from the Museum of Modern Art that you'll find on Google Arts & Culture, along with online exhibit

Take a virtual tour of the city with the Landmarks Conservancy
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Take a virtual tour of the city with the Landmarks Conservancy

If you've been waiting for tourists to clear out before visiting some of New York City's major landmarks, but you're now finding that you couldn't go even if you wanted to, don't worry. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has a catalogue of video tours that you can play from your couch. The Tourist in Your Own Town series can help you discover NYC's gems, including its parks, sacred sites, colonial landmarks, historic houses, museums and skyscrapers. Conservancy President Peg Breen is your tour guide to places like Governors Island, the New York Botanical Garden, St. Paul's Chapel, Wave Hill, the Alice Austen House, the Fraunces Tavern Museum and many more. Breen not only shows you around each spot but touches on the history and significance of each place so you can get a deeper understanding of your city. Discover more on nylandmarks.org or head over to its YouTube page to choose your tour.

New York galleries are creating online viewing rooms
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New York galleries are creating online viewing rooms

Art venues across the country have shut down because of the coronavirus and that includes all of New York City's museums. But the thing about works of art is that while you can never duplicate the experience of standing in front of one, they travel well online. Which is why museums both here and elsewhere are providing virtual tours of their collections. The same is true of some contemporary art spaces.  NYC galleries are now creating online viewing rooms that either explore current shows in greater depth, or offer specially curated presentations that are web-only. Artists and critics are also starting to self-organize, mounting online showcases that are unaffiliated with any specific gallery. Want to know more? Here are some examples of this trend you can check out now. David Zwirner Gallery Zwirner is one of the biggest players in the art world, so it's no surprise that they have the resource to go all-in online, with a viewing room that is the virtual equivalent of museum-quality. Posted are videos and images with wall label style annotations. Check out its current offering, "James Welling, Pathological Color," which features the artist’s psychedelic photos inspired by the ’60s counterculture.  Pace Gallery This mega-space is right behind Zwirner in offering museum-quality experiences online, including a presentation of watercolors by veteran color field painter and lyrical abstractionist, Sam Gilliam Gagosian Gallery Gagosian Gallery has 18 (!) locations around the world,

You can now take a virtual tour of NYC's best street art
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You can now take a virtual tour of NYC's best street art

Though shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, many of New York's museums and galleries are allowing viewers to commune with art through virtual tours and web-only viewing rooms. But what if street art is more your thing? As it happens, you're covered there, too, thanks to Google Arts & Culture, which offers an online experience called 9 Amazing Street Art Murals in New York, featuring work by the genre's heaviest hitters. The tour utilizes Google street view to take you to see NYC's most vivid murals with a full 360-degree line of sight. Prolific Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, for instance, is represented by three murals: A double portrait of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Crown Heights; another in Bushwick pairing Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing boxing gloves; and a rendering of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, which climbs up the side of a condo tower in Jersey City. Photograph: Ali Garber A street art tour wouldn't be complete without Banksy, and his Hammer Boy on the Upper West Side (a spray-painted silhouette of a kid wielding a sledgehammer against an actual FDNY standpipe) is here, as is Keith Haring's famous Crack Is Wack mural at Harlem River Drive and 128th Street. Other notable street art destinations include the Big Pun Memorial Mural by Tats Cru in the Bronx, the Bowery Graffiti Wall on Houston Street, Freeman's Alley on the Lower East Side and the Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem. So if you're jonesing for street art murals, look no further.

Personal improvement

Learn how to up your home bar game
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Learn how to up your home bar game

Say goodbye to your sad Quarantini. The home bar has taken center stage as New York City’s best bars are off limits these days—except for establishments selling alcohol to-go. But what do you put in the shaker when you have some vodka, a sad lemon and half empty bottles of liqueur guests brought to a dinner party last year? Bartenders in New York and across the country have turned to social media—check Instagram, Twitter and Facebook—for sharing recipes, providing tips on making better cocktails and even taking requests in live time so we can all drink better while social distancing. As you’re “qaurantending” from your apartment, here are some thirst-quenching resources, whether you set up that virtual happy hour or simply want to pour yourself one. Lynnette Marrero and Ryan Chetiyawardana, MasterClass Lynnette Marrero of Llama-San in the West Village joins Ryan Chetiyawardana, winner of the World Best Bartender award in 2018, lead a recently-launched series called Mixology for MasterClass. They share tips and techniques that the best bartenders across the world use every day to keep us hydrated. Derek Brown, owner of the Columbia Room in Washington D.C. Twitter may be the last place you want to troll these days, but for cocktail advice, respected bartender Derek Brown has been sharing recipes and fielding questions. So ahead and tweet before you tipple. Liquor Lab Photography: Courtesy of Liquor Lab Buy your ingredients ahead of time before streaming this hour

The best online fitness classes
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The best online fitness classes

All gyms in the Tri-State area will be closed indefinitely as of 8pm tonight, as part of a joint regional plan to reduce the spread of coronavirus. That means gym rats, yoga enthusiasts and other fitness fans, like YMCA diehard Mayor Bill de Blasio, will have to move their workouts elsewhere if they want to keep in shape. (Side note: ClassPass is offering the option to pause this month for free, and they will keep all your credits until June. They'll also waive cancelation fees through the end of March.) Luckily, a number of gyms and instructors are offering their workouts via livestream. Most of them are offering limited free trials with a subscription that you can cancel later if you're not feeling it. Keep an eye out on your fitness instructors' and gyms' social media pages because many are announcing live workouts and deals through the next few weeks. Here are a few offerings you can jump on now: OBE Fitness (cardio, strength & flexibility): Use the code ‘SWEATSANDCITY’ for your first month of guided at-home workouts free and get a live sculpt workout on March 17 at 10:30am. P.volve (low-impact strengthening): An extended 30 day free trial of streamed classes with no credit card needed using the code "OnePvolve". Physique57(Barre): Seven-day free trial of recorded classes. Melissa Wood Health: Seven-day free trial and free live-streamed classes on Instagram. Tone It Up (low-impact): One free month for new users. Daily Burn (cardio kickboxing, HIIT, Barre, yoga, more): A

Order a new cookbook from these indie stores
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Order a new cookbook from these indie stores

We're all spending more time at home right now, which means we're cooking more to complement any delivery orders we've placed to patronize struggling restaurants. But for those of us looking to spruce up our repertoire of recipes or even those learning how to cook for the first time, there are countless cookbooks to turn to for inspiration. Book festivals have been canceled and public libraries across NYC have closed. But small independent bookstores are coming up with creative remedies to get voracious readers the content they’re craving. Indie bookstores, already on the precipice of collapse in the race against Amazon, are particularly hurting these days. If you’re looking to stock up on cookbooks or other restaurant-related reads, here’s where we suggest you order delivery from (or try contactless pick-up). Many of the bookstores are still figuring out what works in these unprecedented times. If you don't see something listed on their site, we recommend calling the individual book shops, as many are scrambling to list their inventory online.  Archestratus: You can order in advance for curbside pick-up as well as for national delivery. You can also tap on the window, and they will take orders that way as well. There's also prepared food to go—such as meatballs and focaccia—straight from their in-house Sicilian café. More books will be added soon to their website.   The Lit Bar: You can order in advance for curbside pick-up as well as for national delivery. You can also tap

These NYC bookstores are still shipping books
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These NYC bookstores are still shipping books

Forced at-home time doesn't have to be a monotonous succession of seemingly identically boring days. On the contrary, why not take our coronavirus-mandated quarantine as a chance to finally clean our apartments, learn to cook, listen to some podcasts or finally get through our endless book list?  If it's the latter that you're looking to tackle this week, you might want to consider ordering some reading material from these New York City bookstores. Not only will you support local businesses—which really need our help these days—but you won't have to step outdoors to get your hands on Michelle Obama's Becoming. All of these NYC stores will ship books to your doorstep. If you're not sure about what you should even be reading, consult an expert New York Public Library librarian before placing your order. Although all library branches are currently closed, the staff holds virtual "Friday Office Hours" once a week from 10-11am on Twitter (@nyplrecommends), offering the public personalized book recommendations.  Happy reading! Book Club: This literary paradise charges $2.50 for a single book shipment but if you order over $50 worth of reading material, the delivery will be free.  Books Are Magic: The Cobble Hill independent bookstore processes online orders daily from 10am-7pm, shipping nationally. Greenlight Bookstore: The supplier warehouse of this popular bookstore will ship orders for free if over $100. The Lit. Bar: National delivery is available. McNally Jackson: Free economy

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How to help New York restaurants and bars
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How to help New York restaurants and bars

New York restaurants and bars have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic. Many have turned to delivery and takeout after the government mandated a shutdown. The concept of “business as usual” is out the window as these establishments figure out how to survive (selling alcohol to-go is now allowed). Chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs and the industry’s countless employees have shared their thoughts below with Time Out New York on how we can all help, from purchasing gifts cards to supporting a bailout for the food and beverage industry.  Photography: Jose Portillo “We need government stimulus. If you work in restaurants or care at all about the hard working individuals in the industry, please call your representatives and your senators and demand that we are part of the federal stimulus plan." Tom Colicchio, founder of Crafted Hospitality and Top Chef judge “If you’re able, make sure to tip well. The employees need every dollar they can get and they’re out working through this thing to make sure food is available for the public and to support their families.” Noam Grossman, chef and founder of Upside Pizza and Norm’s Pizza Photography: Lizzie Munro “A great fundraiser to donate to is the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund! It aims to help both individuals in the industry and small businesses, so it has broad reach." Caroline Schiff, pastry chef at Gage & Tollner (pictured above, which has delayed its highly-anticipated opening in l

Foster a pet while working from home
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Foster a pet while working from home

If you’re anything like me, you may have considered fostering a pet in the past only to ask yourself some tough questions, like: “How will I take care of it while I’m at the office during the day?” and “Will it be too hard to plan my nights out around getting home to take care of a pet?” Well… needless to say, those hypothetical problems have now most likely been solved for you! So if you’re spending a lot more time than usual at home these days, why not consider fostering a dog or cat in need? Best Friends in New York is currently doing a big push around finding temporary foster parents in NYC, especially since fewer people will now be coming in to adopt pets. Specifically, they’re looking for people who can come by to pick up animals directly from vet partners around the boroughs.  You can choose the type of animal you’d like to foster—from large and small dogs to kittens, nursing mothers and adult cats. If you’re interested in fostering a pet, the first step is to complete an online volunteer profile at volunteers.bestfriends.org. You can find out more about the process here, including some guidelines on expedited on-boarding for emergency fosters in this time of need. Check out this list for some more places to inquire about fostering a pet in the city. Just think: A week from now, an adorable cat or dog could be providing you some much-needed company (while also absolutely interrupting all of your working-from-home video calls.)

How you can help elderly people in NYC right away
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How you can help elderly people in NYC right away

By now, you’ve probably witnessed (first-hand or via social media) supermarkets emptied of goods—including toilet paper dairy items and meat—due to folks stockpiling and panic-buying out of fear over coronavirus. While most of us can head back out to shop once the stores become restocked, it's a much higher health risk for the hardest hit demographics of the coronavirus, including the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. If you want to know what you can do help, from donating funds to physically volunteering, we’ve rounded up a tidy list of amazing organizations that are rallying to ensure food, aid, and medical supplies are delivered to those who are in need while alone during this outbreak. Heights and Hills: This Brooklyn-based organization works with over a thousand seniors who receive care at home and may be unusually isolated and in need of support or medical attention during the coronavirus pandemic. You can easily help by volunteering to check in with them over the phone. They are providing "virtual training and a call script to each volunteer, so no need to worry that you won’t know what to say! Volunteers will ask basic questions about how seniors are feeling, whether they have enough food and medication, and what other kinds of support might be helpful. You’ll record the information from the call in an easy-to-use form so that Heights and Hills can follow up with individuals," they explain here. For now they're starting with phone outreach but soon m

Restaurant gift cards and merch you can buy
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Restaurant gift cards and merch you can buy

Our favorite New York restaurants and bars often feel like an extension of our cramped apartments. But the spread of COVID-19 is quickly changing all that as Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all restaurants and bars to close—except for offering delivery and take-out—starting 8 p.m. March 16.  This still poses a significant challenge, as the profit margins have never been high for business owners feeding our city. The mandate puts pressure on restaurants and bars already struggling to keep their doors open. On top of that, many employees in the hospitality industry will be left with a paycheck (especially those who depend on tips). As critics crisscrossing the five boroughs looking for the best bites to share with our readers, we know it is our duty to help bring you the best of the best even when dining out is facing challenges. Even if you are self-isolating in the coming weeks, there are many ways to still support your favorite food businesses. Buying gift cards and restaurant merch is a great way to support your go-to spots in the meantime, so these businesses can continue to pay their bills and staff. When the public health crisis is under control, we’ll be ready to patronize our favorite establishments (perhaps with a shirt or tote in hand). In the meantime, should you choose delivery, we put together a list of our favorite spots that do that, too. As always, if you have recommendations of spots we missed, please send them to food.ny@timeout.com  Adda (email hello@addanyc.co

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