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. Mon Oct 20 - Fri Oct 31
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Blackout Haunted House

  • Price band: 3/4
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Times subject to change; visit blackouthh.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 "simulated sexual

  1. Vortex Theater 164 Eleventh Ave, between 22nd and 23rd Sts, 10011
  2. Mon Oct 20 - 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. Mon Oct 20 - Fri Oct 31
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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. Mon Oct 20 - 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. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Nov 8
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"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs"

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It was rather late in life that Henri Matisse (1869–1954) began to create one of his most extraordinary bodies of work. Starting in the 1940s, he cut out shapes from colored paper, arranging them into compositions that sometimes seemed to push into pure abstraction. Even when they didn't, the

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sun Feb 8
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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. Mon Oct 20 - Wed Dec 31
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Whiplash

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  • Free

Leo Allen presents top local comics in the newest incarnation of the UCBT’s popular late-night Monday slot.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Mon Dec 29
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Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour

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There are few better ways to feel like a celebrity, or at the very least, someone who's really loaded, than surveying the typically off-limits reaches of a venue that's recently undergone a $1 billion renovation. Get to know the upper reaches of the Garden by treading the 662-ton, 430-capacity sky

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza , between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Wed Dec 31
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Wed Dec 31
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