Best things to do today in New York City

Find the best events, activities and things to do today in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Fri Oct 31
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Blackout Haunted House

  • Price band: 3/4
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Times subject to change; visit theblackoutexperience.com for details. Don't even think about bringing a partner to this scary Halloween attraction—you're meant to go through it solo, with a protective mask and a flashlight. Faint-hearted folk, be warned: the descent into darkness promises

  1. Element 225 E Houston St, at Essex St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 1
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Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit

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  • Free

You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. Well, for a very limited time, you can see her exhibition, "24-Karat Gold," a group of images she took between 1975 through 1987. (It's titled the same as her

  1. Morrison Hotel Gallery 116 Prince St, between Greene and Wooster Sts, second floor
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Fri Oct 31
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Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel

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New York’s most high-tech haunted house is not only truly terrifying, it also has an educational element. Every year, students in City Tech’s Theatreworks program produce the attraction from the ground up, with skeleton pirates, talking paintings and a grisly bathroom. Participants trigger the

  1. New York City College of Technology, Voorhees Building 186 Jay St, between High and Nassau Sts
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 1
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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  • Free

Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius.

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Jan 4
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Blood Manor

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Garish zombies, monsters and other ghoulish creatures await in this 5,000-square-foot labyrinth of horrors, deemed too scary for children under 14 to enter without supervision. Pass through themed rooms such as the Vestibule of the Undead and the Banquet of Torture. It’s popular, so are likely to

  1. Blood Manor 163 Varick St, at Charlton St
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 9
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

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Even if the sidewalks are overrun with tourists, you’ll have ample room to skate at the city’s most iconic rink; only 150 people are allowed on the ice at once (so that also means you should prepare for a bit of a wait). RECOMMENDED: More rinks for ice skating in NYC

  1. The Rink at Rockefeller Center 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Wed Dec 31
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Spa Week

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Locations throughout the city; visit spaweek.com. Treat yourself to a facial, massage or other service for just $50 at more than 100 different venues around the city. Specials include a 50-minute Thai massage incorporating a warm herbal compress (60mins normally $120) at Bunya Citi Spa, a luxe

  1. Location TBA
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Oct 26
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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Walter Kerr Theatre (see Broadway). Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Directed by Darko Tresnjak. With Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lauren Worsham, Lisa O’Hare. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. A

  1. 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $99–$147
  3. Fri Oct 24 - Wed Dec 31
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Jacuzzi

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Jacuzzi. Ars Nova (Off Broadway). By Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen. Directed by Oliver Butler. With Bos, Thureen, Chris Lowell, Peter Friedman. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Jacuzzi: In brief Family tensions rise to the surface when a pair of slackers crash the hot tub at a Colorado

  1. 511 W 54th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. $35
  3. Fri Oct 24 - Sat Nov 8
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