Pining for the cultural gems of NYC? You can indulge in some of the finest theater, concerts, and opera in Manhattan, courtesy of online streaming and videos. Stay put in your luxury ARO apartment and visit the Met, Lincoln Center, and Broadway from your sofa in Hell’s Kitchen.
There’s a different show at the Metropolitan Opera each night—on its website, at least. Catering to opera-starved culture-lovers, the Met is streaming no-fee shows from its “Live in HD” series—each one available for 23 hours. Draw the curtains of your rental, pour a glass of wine (why not match it to the opera’s country of origin), and settle down for some world-class music. Recent screenings have included the Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess, Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, recorded at the Met in 2008, Richard Strauss’s Elektra, and the controversial John Adams opera, Nixon in China, which recalls the late President’s surprise visit to meet Chairman Mao in 1972.
If you got up and started dancing at a concert at the Lincoln Center, you might well be asked to leave. But with their free online offerings, you can stream, sway, and spin to your heart’s content—in your Midtown West rental. There are performances from the recent Mostly Mozart series, musicals from Rodgers and Hammerstein, plus vintage masterpieces from the Center’s back catalogue. Get hands-on with on-demand classes that invite you to learn everything from paper sculpture to West African dance. Got little ones to keep entertained? Delve into the Concerts for Kids section, where you can whet their musical appetite with videos from the likes of 123 Andrés—a fun family show that gets you and the little ones singing (and dancing) in Spanish.
NYC isn’t the same without its Broadway shows, but you can bring the excitement of the stage into your apartment with Broadway HD. Catch up on classic musicals like Billy Elliot, 42nd Street, and Cats—and don’t be afraid to sing along. This subscription service (make use of the seven-day free trial first) also offers a slew of Shakespeare, mesmerizing ballets, such as the Royal Opera House’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, kid-friendly faves like Hetty Feather and The Wind in the Willows, and some of the greatest modern plays penned, including Death of a Salesman and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, starring Tim Roth and Gary Oldman.
The team at ARO is currently offering virtual tours; contact us for more information.