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. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jun 1
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Belasco Theatre (see Broadway). Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Michael Mayer. With Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In brief The omnitalented Neil Patrick

  1. 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. $47–$142
  3. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jul 20
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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. Thu Apr 24 - Sat May 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. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jul 27
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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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Violet

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Violet. American Airlines Theatre (see Broadway). Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and lyrics by Brian Crawley. Directed by Leigh Silverman. With Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Colin Donnell. Running time: 1hr 45mins. No intermission. Violet: In brief It took 17 years, but Jeanine Tesori's beloved

  1. 227 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. $67–$152
  3. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Aug 10
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Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  • 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
  • Critics choice

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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“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. Thu Apr 24 - Thu Jul 10
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Act One

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Act One. Vivian Beaumont Theater (see Broadway). Written and directed by James Lapine. Based on the book by Moss Hart. With Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana, Andrea Martin. Running time: 2hrs 45mins. One intermission. Act One: In brief Moss Hart's 1959 showbiz memoir has inspired generations of

  1. 150 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. $77–$137
  3. Thu Apr 24 - Sun Jun 15
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