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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Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe

  • Price band: 2/4
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The newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jun 1
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"Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!"

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  • Free

On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four arriving stateside, the Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Grammy Museum showcase memorabilia, recordings, videos and photos of the mop-topped musicians—and the Beatlemania that followed them.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sat May 10
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The High Line

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions There’s something uniquely New York about this aerie. Built on an abandoned railway track, the space is ingenious in its use of reclaimed industrial detritus, a necessity in footage-starved Manhattan. But what we like best is how the pathway takes you

  1. Washington St at Gansevoort St, to Tenth Ave at 30th St
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"The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary"

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Treat your eyes to some much-needed color therapy at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual orchid explosion. This year’s Floridian theme combines thousands of tropical blooms with modernist architecture; the display was inspired by an award-winning garden that landscape architect Raymond

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Mon Apr 21
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“Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive”

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  • Free

For its debut exhibit, City Lore revisits the street-art-painted subway cars of NYC in the ’70s and early ’80s. Images of more than 850 tattooed trains line the wall of the gallery, creating an immersive environment that echoes the rail yards where artists would practice their craft.

  1. City Lore Gallery 56 E 1st St, between First and Second Aves, 10003
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Thu Jul 10
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Of Mice and Men

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Of Mice and Men. Longacre Theatre (see Broadway). By John Steinbeck. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro. With James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission. Of Mice and Men: In brief Director Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) revives John Steinbeck's 1937 dramatization

  1. 220 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $42–$135
  3. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jul 27
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Bullets Over Broadway

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Bullets Over Broadway. St. James Theatre (see Broadway). By Woody Allen. Music and lyrics by various artists. Additional lyrics by Glen Kelly. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. With Brooks Ashmanskas, Zach Braff, Nick Cordero, Marin Mazzie, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe,

  1. 246 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $52–$147
  3. Fri Apr 18 - Wed Dec 31
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions Some city parks—Central and Prospect, most obviously—were built to replicate rustic fields and preserve serene woodland. Brooklyn Bridge Park, however, was not—and that’s precisely why it has become so popular in the almost three years since it

  1. Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
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The NoMad

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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In the golden age of robber baron New York—we’re talking turn of the last century—there were hotel restaurants like the NoMad all across the city, their grand dining rooms buzzing with beau monde patrons morning till night. The recent return of the all-day hotel clubhouse began with hip

  1. 1170 Broadway, at 28th St
  2. Average main course: $32. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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C. Wonder

  • Price band: 2/4
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Having successfully helped ex-wife Tory Burch introduce preppy-boho caftans to the masses, Chris Burch is ready for round two—this time he's launched his own colorful collection of women's apparel, accessories and home decor. And with all items ranging from $10 to $200, Burch's goods are perfect

  1. 72 Spring St, between Crosby and Lafayette Sts
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