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How to experience NYC during the pandemic

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During this pandemic, we are definitely looking for as many silver linings as possible. Many of them can be found in the plethora of museums, parks, cultural institutions and entertainment venues that are offering FREE online tours and live-streams.


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Google Arts & Culture’s “9 Amazing Street Art Murals in New York.”


Some of our favorite cultural organizations are livestreaming upcoming events (without audiences) for FREE as well as making previous performances available for the first time!

For a limited time, Alvin Ailey is sharing full length videos of the Company performing on stage!


92nd Street Y is live streaming future talks and don’t forget you can also watch past talks and more!

The little venue that could, one of our favorites for quirky content, Caveat, is live-streaming shows!

Metropolitan Opera is offering nightly livestreams!

Living Room Concerts from featuring performers in shows that are temporarily closed

Joined the Facebook Group of famous West Village bar Marie’s Crisis for nightly access to an online version of their piano sing alongs 

Stars in the House is a daily live YouTube channel raising money for the Actors Fund emergency relief for those unemployed in the theater community.

Cabaret, Once Upon A Mattress and Anything Goes (featuring Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra in 1954) for free on YouTube.

Learn what kind of spy you would be on the Spyscape website. Solve puzzles and register to tour the upcoming James Bond exhibition, which will be available online.

BroadwayHD is not free but they offer high quality streams of entire current and recent Broadway productions for $99 a year.

For many many more options, visit

Institutions that are offering free online “tours” or special programming and access:

Go green! Experience NYC’s parks online:

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with several of NYC’s best museums to offer are offering online “tours” that you can enjoy from home: