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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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. Mon Jul 28 - Wed Dec 31
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"Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin”

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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. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Dec 7
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Socrates Sculpture Park Spring Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

It’s harder to justify indoor art-peeping once the weather is nice, and you don’t have to. Head to the en plein air sculpture haven—one of the city’s few locales designated specifically for outdoor works. Then, get up close with large-scale creations, the handiwork of three international

  1. Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd, at Broadway
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Aug 3
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"In a World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Stop scrolling through your friends’ beach pics on Instagram and direct your attention to a photographic ode to sand and sea that’s a little more incisive. As one of the first art photographers to use C-print paper and chromogenic processing, Aaron Rose was fascinated by the summer skin tones

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Aug 3
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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 Jul 28 - 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 Jul 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Big City Fishing

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  • 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. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Sep 28
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Coney Island Circus Sideshow

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

One of the last of its kind, this ten-act extravaganza of human oddities aims to satisfy nostalgic and progressive temperaments alike. Now in its 29th season, the iconic spectacle adds a footnote to the controversial freak-show conversation by celebrating the talents of those “born different.”

  1. Sideshows by the Seashore 1208 Surf Ave, at 12th St, 11224
  2. Mon Jul 28 - Sun Sep 28
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SummerScreen

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This alfresco film fest is back, showing a grab bag of ’90s nostalgia picks (so Williamsburg, right?), including Zoolander (Wed16), cult classic Heathers (Wed 30) and audience pick on Aug 13. Each evening also features live music beginning at 6pm and food trucks such as Coolhaus and Pizza Moto;

  1. McCarren Park Bayard St to Nassau Ave, between Leonard and North 12 Sts
  2. Mon Jul 28
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Pat Kiernan's Trivia Food Fight

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Whether you love food or happen to know an array of trivial facts, this night hosted by Canadian-born game-show host and side-part owner Pat Kiernan is sure to make you and your team hungry for a grub-themed prize. Come prepared with a brain full of some of the greatest food scenes, famous cuisines

  1. The Bell House 149 7th St, between Second and Third Aves, 11215
  2. Tue Jul 29
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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