Banish the Quarantine Blues

March 25, 2020
Banish the Quarantine Blues

We get it, the walls are closing in and there are just so many hours you can spend watching Netflix, cleaning your apartment or trying new bread recipes. Below are a list of ways our team and the internet at large has compiled to beat the quarantine blues (we'll updating frequently, so be sure to check back often!)

Literature

Download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free

The New York Public Library has an app that allows anyone with a New York City Library card access to their colleciton of over 300,00 e-books. Download the library's SimplyE app for ios or Andriod.

Free Audiobooks from Audible

Audible is providing access to over a hundred titles in ther library for free, no credit cards, logins or apps necessary. From fairytales to young adult novels to the classics. Simply visit stories.audible.com to get started.

Art Gallery and Museum Tours

Practice good self-quarantine by staying home and taking virtual tours through some of the world's most famous musuems and art galleries.

The Louvre

Ah, Paris, mon amour! Visit one the Egyptian Antiquities, the remains of the Louvre's Moat, The Gallery d'Appallon and more on a virtual tour of one of the world's largest museums.

The British Museum, London

The British Museum is currently continuing to add to its 'digital library' of artworks and artifacts while the institution reamins clased. Check out their website here.

The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is decorated with frescos by some of the most renowned Renaissance painters including Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Signorelli and Cosimo Rosselli. The centerpeice being the chapel's ceiling which was painted by Michaelangelo between the years of 1508 and 1512. Take the tour on their website.

Guggenhein Museum

Take a tour of both the architecture and the galleries of New York's Guggenheim Musuem thanks to a partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

J. Paul Getty Museum

The J.Paul Getty musuem and the Getty Villain the Los Angeles area contain some of the largest personal collections of fine art and historical artifacts. View the collections from both musuems on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or sign up to their blog "The Iris".

Faces of Frida

Thanks to Google Arts & Culture you can now enjoy an exhibition entirely dedicated to the works of the non-conformist mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo, featuring over 800 paintings, photographs and objects ready to view at the click of a button.

The Met

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon for us New Yorkers than a stroll through the Met? How about walking through it in your pj's? While New York's iconic museum remains closed to the public at this time, they are currently offering a handful of online exhibits and is encouraging people to follow their social media channels using the hashtag #MetAnywhere.

Theater

Miss live theater? So do we, but just becasue we're stuck on the sofa, doens't mean we can't enjoy some Broadway shows, or even take in an Opera or two. One thing we don't miss? Cramped seats.

Broadway Shows

The lights along the "Great White Way" may be temporarily dimmed, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy some of New York's most iconic performances. Check out this list of 15 Broadway Shows and Musicals available on YouTube, Google Play, VUDU and more.

The Metropolitan Opera

Expand your musical performance repertoire from your sofa with operas by Wagner, Verdi or Bizet. The Met, like many live performance venues, has canceled the remainder of its Spring performance season due to coronavirus, however they have begun streaming for free, encore presentations of their Live in HD series.

Concert and Music Festivals

With the cancellation of Bonnaroo, SXSW, Eurovision and now the Governor's Ball, it's a hard time for live music fans, however many musicians have decided to give back to their housebound fans with living room concerts, and one-on-one jam sessions from the comfort and safety of their own homes and studios.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is offering free streaming performances on their YouTube and Facebook pages. Check out their website for more information.

Virtual Concerts

NPR has a comprehenisive list of upcoming virtual concerts and music performances updated regularly, check out the list here.

Wigmore Hall

The 118 year old concert hall discreetly nestled in Central London, is renowned for its intimacy, crystalline acoustic and beautiful interior. Their video library includes livestreams from their learning educaiton progrmaming, live performances and more.

Education

One surefire way to banish the blues, take a class online! Master a new language, brush up on your history, or finally figure out how to read and analyze Finngean's Wake. 

Free Ivy League Classes

Free? Yes, you read that right. Ivy league Universities from around the country have provided over 400 free online MOOCs (Massive Open Online Classes) to the public. From Mathematics to Art & Design courses to Social Sciences, Health & Medicine and more, visit the website today and start learning.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Shcolastic's learn at home program is and ideal supplement to the online classes students, parents an teachers across the country have quickly had to adjust to. Check out their range of lessons for pre-k through 9th grade.

Health and Fitness

Put down the chips and step away from teh sofa. Yes, we've all been binge-eating our feelings lately, and you know what that's ok? Take some time, process the changes in the world and when you're ready to get off the sofa, and get (back) into shape, check out the health and fitness links below..

Peleton

Peloton is offering new users a 90-day trial on its app

Gold's Gym

Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May, where more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes get you ready to work up a sweat.

Down Dog

The popular yoga studio is now offering some of it's classes online for free. Chekc out their website for more informaiton and to sign-up.

 

Sports

With spring training indefinitely delayed, NBA season coming to a screeching halt and the cancellation of all other major sports events, some leagues are offering thier once paid streaming services for free.

NHL

The National Hockey League has all games played during the suspended 2019-2020 regular season availbale to stream.

NBA League Pass

During the NBA Hiatus, you can check out a free preview of NBA League Pass. The complimentary offering will provide access to full length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content.

NFL Game Pass

Replay NFL Games and NFL Original Shows from the 2019-2020 season for free until May 31st, 2020 at NFL Game Pass.

Baseball, A Film By Ken Burns

Brush up on your baseball history with this documentary by filmmaker, Ken Burns.