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Your guide to the best events and festivals in NYC

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Openings this January

Featuring The Dork Knight, New York City Ballet and more!

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Things to do in New York today

All you could ever need today and more! 

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Things to do this winter

Shake off the cold with the festivals, concerts and culture you can’t miss this season

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The best pictures of NYC

Browse photo galleries of New York's best events, attractions, restaurants and bodega cats.

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Upcoming events in NYC

Museums

Funland:Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground

This installation by London-based artistic duo Bompas & Parr proves sex and carnivals aren't as different as you might have thought. 

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"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

This exhibit is the ultimate tribute to artistic minds that make New York the creative hub we know it to be.   

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Theater

Gazillion Bubble Show

Self-described “bubble scientist” Fan Yang's blissfully disarming act (now performed by his son, Deni) consists mainly of generating a dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations, filling them with smoke or linking them into long chains. Lasers and flashing colored lights add to the trippy visuals.—David Cote

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Annual Nighttime Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York

There are few better places to truly gain an appreciation of our war for independence than lower Manhattan. In the wee hours, you'll retrace the steps of prominent Revolutionary War figures, greeting dawn's early light at Trinity Church. 

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Williamsburg bar throws a ‘Cry and Wine’ dance party

Is old man winter brining you down?

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59 wonderful things opening in New York City this February

Featuring the Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, NYC Restaurant Week 2015, Sleater-Kinney and more!

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In this week’s issue of Time Out New York, we celebrate the single life

If you were perfectly content to be without a snuggle buddy during this almost-blizzard, you’re in luck: Our annual singles issue is here. 

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Three-Michelin-starred Spanish chef Eneko Atxa is coming to New York

The new year already brought news of Chicago's biggest chef coming to cook in New York

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Best stuff to do this weekend

Get the most out of your weekend with our list of 150 fun activities.

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Free things to do in NYC

Think nothing’s free in NYC? Think again. We’ve got hundreds of free things to do to keep your calendar booked.

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Cheap things to do in NYC

In case you haven’t heard, New York is expensive. Crazy, right? But great deals are popping up all the time.

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101 things to do in New York

Discover what every local needs to tick off their NYC checklist in our roundup of the coolest and most quintessential New York things to do.

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2015 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

Grab a hot drink, then take a look at the shivering crazy folk who started the year with a splash in Coney Island Most of us prefer to get through our New Year’s Eve hangovers by binging on new movies on Netflix, but some people take a slightly different approach to New Year’s Day: hurling themselves face-first into the frigid waters at Coney Island. It’s a tradition that the Polar Bear Club has been keeping up since 1903 and each year just keeps getting bigger (check out these vintage photos for proof). This year saw a multitude of brave souls charge into the freezing ocean, but if you’re not ready to face the outside world just yet, you can sit back on your nice warm couch and just enjoy the slide show below. You might also like Vintage photos of the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge View the best photos of this icy plunge that's a New Year’s Day tradition Every New Year's Day, brave souls gather on the shore of Coney Island Beach for the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day Swim, a tradition that's been going strong since 1903. Participants shake off their New Year’s Eve hangovers by plunging into the freezing waves. Spectators are in store for just as much fun, since many New Yorkers participating in the frosty dip arrive dressed in costume. The silliness is all for a good cause as the event raises funds for Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit that supports children with life-threatening illnesses. Click through our slide show to see participants through the decades.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations 2015

As always, the city rang in the New Year in style—here are our favorite photos of New Yorkers welcoming 2015 New Year’s Eve is always a big deal in New York (as these classic photos show), and last night was no exception. Now that the confetti has settled and you’re gearing up for a New Year’s Day of mainlining coffee and bingeing on new movies on Netflix, let’s take a look at all the crazy stuff we got up to at midnight. Happy New Year, everyone! A photo posted by AG (@ag1945) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:33pm PST   A photo posted by Anthony Quintano (@anthonyquintano) on Jan 1, 2015 at 4:58am PST   A photo posted by Elizabeth (@lizzy_ness) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:47pm PST   A photo posted by Dan Reynolds (@reynolds534) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:47am PST   A photo posted by maximusupinnyc (@maximusupinnyc) on Dec 12, 2014 at 11:43pm PST   A photo posted by bagladyhk (@bagladyhk) on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:47am PST   A photo posted by @nimonimob1 on Jan 1, 2015 at 6:36am PST   A photo posted by nay (@naaynayy) on Jan 1, 2015 at 8:32am PST   A photo posted by A.CarolineNYC (@a.carolinenyc) on Jan 1, 2015 at 7:55am PST   A photo posted by makirath (@makirath) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:38am PST   A photo posted by Jess (@_jessi_e) on Jan 1, 2015 at 2:14am PST   A photo posted by Wenky (@wenkyeung) on Jan 1, 2015 at 5:53am PST   A photo posted by @enjoyingthelifearound on Jan 1, 2015 at 12:45am PST   A photo posted by Angel

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Music

The final night at Glasslands

The legendary Williamsburg music venue rocked out for the last time on New Year’s Eve We probably don't need to remind you—but we will anyway, just for closure's sake—that 2014 was a rough year for Brooklyn concert-venue closings. Last January's 285 Kent shuttering kicked off a steady stream of show-spot sign-offs (we still miss you, Death by Audio), several of which were related to the Vice Media takeover of a Williamsburg waterfront complex. The last of these spots to close was Glasslands, which hosted its final show on New Year's Eve with a mystery-lineup blowout that was revealed to be Sky Ferreira, DIIV, Smith Westerns and Beverly. So by the time you read this, Williamsburg will be one venue poorer. And while Glasslands may have lacked the scruffy DIY charm of its former neighbors, we'll still remember it as a crucial local spot, a haven for everything from melodic indie rock to cutting-edge electronica, hip-hop and R&B, and a show space where you could always count on feeling both cool and welcome. Here, we salute Glasslands one last time with photos from the final night. The locations will change, but we're confident that the party won't stop in 2015. You might also like The year in concert venue closings (and openings) By all accounts this was a rough year for the NYC music scene. A number of the city's best venues shut their doors in 2014, and some of our favorite DIY spots fared especially poorly. Williamsburg haven 285 Kent closed in early January, followed b

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Gorgeous photos of New York in winter

Take a deep breath of that crisp, cool air and enjoy the sparkling beauty of the city in snow Most popular events this week Oh sure, the polar vortex can be a little, uh, bracing. But is there any city quite so dramatic, romantic and inspiring as New York in the snow? We're going to go ahead and say no—NYC wins the crown. And when you peep at these beautiful photos, we think you'll agree with us. You want more? Relive last season's wintery glory with New Yorkers' Instagram snowstorm highlights, or find your holiday glow at the city's prettiest holiday windows. Popular features in Things to Do The New York bucket list Here are the ten New York experiences you simply can’t miss. Cheap date ideas for fun-seeking New Yorkers Don’t fret, penny-pincher—each of these fun cheap date ideas will cost you $30 or less. Don’t be a tourist: Find in-the-know things to do in New York Tired of swamped tourist traps, huh? Check out these alternative things to do in New York. You might also like Holiday markets in New York City Shop the best seasonal markets and craft fairs in NYC to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores? Fortunately, New York has a wealth of holiday markets and craft fairs that you can browse if the big department stores with their holiday windows aren't your bag. These seasonal marts are great for checking things off of your holiday gift guide list—and for kindling a little holiday s

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