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

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Feast of San Gennaro

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won't feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors;

  1. Little Italy Mulberry St, between Broome and Canal Sts
  2. Thu Sep 11 - Sun Sep 21
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"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

  • Price band: 2/4
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Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Oct 12
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A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

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 Sep 19 - Wed Dec 31
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This Is Our Youth

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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This Is Our Youth. Cort Theatre (see Broadway). By Kenneth Lonergan. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro. With Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Tavi Gevinson. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission. This Is Our Youth: In brief Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 breakout play about a couple of late adolescents mixed

  1. 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. $35–$135
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Jan 4
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New York Oyster Week

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Slurp oysters at sake pairings ($36); the New York Harbor Regatta party on Governors Island ($125); and a dinner featuring East and West Coast bivalves ($145). Throughout the 18-day festival, chefs across the city at marquee fish houses and oyster bars like Oceana, the Sea Grill and Prime 333 will

  1. Union Square Wine & Spirits 140 Fourth Ave, at 13th St
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Thu Sep 25
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Queer New York International Arts Festival

  • Price band: 1/4
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Zvonimir Dobrović curates and produces this third annual showcase of visual and performance art from around the world. The pieces include dance, installation, music and other media, all of which are designed to challenge and expand notions of what is "queer" in art.

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Sep 28
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Space Shuttle Enterprise

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In 1977, NASA conducted a series of tests on a new type of craft: the Space Shuttle. Now that prototype resides on the deck of the Intrepid in a specially designed pavilion. Visitors can walk close to and under the 180-foot-long, six-story Shuttle, the wingspan of which is more than 70 feet.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Wed Dec 31
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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  • Free

Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Nov 15
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Sat Oct 11
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Smoke

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Smoke. Flea Theater (see Off-Off Broadway). By Kim Davies. Directed by Tom Costello. With Madeleine Bundy and Stephen Stout. Running time: 1hr 15mins. No intermission. Smoke: In brief A privileged college student and a cynical artist push the boundaries of BDSM in a new play by Kim Davies, directed

  1. 41 White St, between Broadway and Church St
  2. $15–$35, after Oct 9 $35
  3. Fri Sep 19 - Sun Nov 9
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