We believe New York City is one of the greatest places in the world. So naturally, not being able to travel to our favourite city,  had us wondering what to do! Despite closures and cancellations, we have discovered a bunch of our favourite spots, which we can now virtually travel to in New York City. Read to know more. By Amitha Ameen

1. Broadway Baby

 

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You can’t go to New York, virtual or not, and not watch a broadway show. 24-Hour Plays, exactly what the name suggests is ensuring we experience culture from our couch. The company that has gained fame for presenting a series of shows that are written, cast, directed and performed by the NYC theatre community in one day (24 hours), are now doing a mini version of this, on their Instagram account.

2. Just For Laughs

 

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NYC was definitely the birthplace of stand-up comedy. So if you are missing your daily dose of laughter, don’t worry. Caveat NYC, The Magnet Theater and Stand Up NY are just some of the many places that are live-streaming their shows for our pleasure.

3. Movie Time

 

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For film buffs, The Paley Center is streaming previously unreleased discussions of popular TV shows like This Is Us, The Office and Parks and Recreation for free on YouTube. Love independent films? The 10th annual Queens Film Festival will screen 220 independent films from 32 nations on discovered.tv from March 19 to 29.

4. Soaking Up Some Culture

 

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Take advantage of immersive 360-degree videos of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most beloved locations, including The Met Cloisters, The Met Breuer and the Fifth Avenue museum’s Temple of Dendur and arms and armour galleries. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) operates a lively and informative YouTube channel with all sorts of videos about art and artists, including a piece on its Dorothea Lange photography show and interviews with famous directors in the channel’s film section.

5. Concerts & Performances

 

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Discover new music by streaming avant-garde dance performances from the New York Live Arts archive for free; three shows will be featured each week. The Jazz at Lincoln Center blog and Youtube channel are two great resources for adding some music to your time at home. For a dance party at home, Nowadays has launched Virtual Nowadays, a nightly stream of DJ sets and music discussions beginning at 08:00 pm.

6. City Tours

 

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Missing your daily strolls at Central Park? Take a virtual stroll here or in any park of your choice in the five boroughs. Enjoy an audio tour to the top of the Empire State Building or peruse lesser-known landmarks and historic sites with video tours from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

So, are you ready to virtually travel to New York City?

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