Best things to do today in New York City

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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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 time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Mar 1
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Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market

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  • Free

Brooklyn purveyors set up shop across the river at Artists & Fleas’ seasonal pop-up bazaar, situated inside Chelsea Market. Expect to find trendy and noncommercial holiday-themed gifts vetted by husband-and-wife team Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer, who ensure that every item is locally made and well

  1. Artists & Fleas - Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts, 10011
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Wed Dec 24
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Out to See Festival

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The festival returns to the South Street Seaport district for the second year to showcase local crafters and artists, live music and delicious food.

  1. South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St, at Front St
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 4/4
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You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after more than eight decades—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Holiday Under the Stars

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  • Free

Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you

  1. Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, at Broadway
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
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The River

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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The River. Circle in the Square (see Broadway). By Jez Butterworth. Directed by Ian Rickson. With Hugh Jackman, Cush Jumbo, Laura Donnelly. Running time: 1hr 25mins. No intermission. The River: In brief Hugh Jackman may not be singing and dancing, but we still can't wait to see his new gig on

  1. 1633 Broadway,, entrance on 50th St
  2. $35–$175
  3. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Feb 8
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Brooklyn Flea

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg . Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London

  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sun Nov 23
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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  • Free

Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, but also127 holiday shops, including 27 new kiosks and 26 eateries. New offerings such as eco-friendly clothing and accessories from Angelrox ($10–$250) and organic hair-and skin-care products from Surya Brasil

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Sun Jan 4
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Smorgasburg

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  • Free

The venerable epicurean extravaganza returns the weekend of April 6, spending Saturdays in Williamsburg's East River State Park (enter at North 7th Street) and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park through November. The 2014 lineup features beloved vendors such as seafood-shack maestro Handsome

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Sun Nov 23
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GingerBread Lane

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Chef Jon Lovitch spent a year creating the miniature homes in this edible display, using an estimated 500 pounds of gingerbread dough and more than 1,000 pounds of icing. Last year, the village won (and currently holds) the Guinness World Record as the largest gingerbread exhibit on earth. Feast

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sun Nov 23 - Thu Dec 11
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