Things to do in New York this week: Critics' picks

Find this week's best events, activities and things to do in NYC, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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Big City Fishing

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For this aptly named program, the Hudson River Park Trust runs beginner lessons in multiple locations throughout the summer. Learn the rod-and-reel basics, and get familiar with the types of fish that swim the local waters, with an emphasis on river ecology and education. Equipment for the first 25

  1. Hudson River Park at Pier 25 West St, at North Moore St
  2. Tue Aug 19 - Sun Sep 28
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Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Here’s a US Open–related event perfect for folks whose interest in tennis extends about as far as Serena Williams’s Olympics Crip Walk: the 17th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, complete with face painting, hair braiding and an all-star pop concert inside the Tennis Center’s 20,000-seat

  1. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Kennedy Cir, at New York Ave
  2. Sat Aug 23
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Brooklyn Flea

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Brooklyn Flea is back outside on Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg . Pick up a couple hand-hammered stack rings by Jessica De Carlo, at a special Flea-only price ($20 each, 2 for $35), or take a walk in Nina Z's eco-conscious clogs and sandals ($95-180). Visit Sharon London

  1. East River State Park 90 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Nov 23
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Space Shuttle Enterprise

  • Critics choice

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. Sat Aug 23 - Wed Dec 31
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"Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin”

  • Critics choice

With all due respect to Les Paul, few names loom larger in American luthier lore than Christian Frederick Martin. The German immigrant crossed the Atlantic in the 1830s and began fashioning six-strings in the Spanish style (figure-eights with super pretty rosewood inlays), but with sturdier and

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Dec 7
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"Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them"

  • Critics choice

The thriving garden culture of the early 20th century was a boon for women wanting to enter the workforce: Excluded from universities, green-thumbed gals leveraged their horticultural chops into careers as pro designers of residential gardens, college campuses and city parks. This exhibit salutes

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Sep 7
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Madison Square Garden All-Access Tour

  • Critics choice

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. Sat Aug 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Gazillion Bubble Show

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. New World Stages 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sat Aug 23 - 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. Sat Aug 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Afropunk Fest

  • Critics choice

This annual Fort Greene fest—a celebration of black music in all its many forms—presents its finest lineup yet, encompassing forward-thinking R&B (Lianne La Havas, Meshell Ndegeocello), cutting-edge hip-hop (Shabazz Palaces, the Internet), riff-happy metal (Body Count, Unlocking the Truth),

  1. Commodore Barry Park Navy St, between Flushing and Park Aves
  2. Sat Aug 23 - Sun Aug 24
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Bobby
Bobby

FREE: MGMT 'The Optimizer' event at Brooklyn's The Knitting Factory, tonight - 9/11! New album will be played in its entirety along with a visual optimizer produced by MGMT. Free pizza and drink specials!

Sophia Ojha Ensslin
Sophia Ojha Ensslin

For your events calendar, please consider the LIVE MUSIC event of THE WILHELM BROTHERS @ THE PATH CAFE, NYC on Monday August 26th, 2013 at 8pm FREE ADMISSION The Wilhelm Brothers – Indie Folk Rock which is insightful and infectious. The professional and full-time Asheville NC-based group combines the singer/songwriter talents of Chris Wilhelm with the sonic beauty and skill of cellist Cristof Ensslin. Their sound emphasizes love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences. The music is infectious and insightful. CONTACT: Sophia Ojha Ensslin 828-398-4701 Thank you

Maria Garcia
Maria Garcia

Hello, I am the marketing coordinator at John Jay College and I'm interested in submitting an event to be added onto your events calendar. Is it possible I can get the contact information of the calendar manager? Thank you so much for your time. Maria Garcia 212-621-3753