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

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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. Fri Jul 25 - 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. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Dec 7
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Socrates Sculpture Park Spring Show

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  • 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. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Aug 3
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"In a World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose"

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  • 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. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Aug 3
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"Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them"

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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. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Sep 7
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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. Fri Jul 25 - 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. Fri Jul 25 - Wed Dec 31
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"Carrying Coca: 1,500 Years of Andean Chuspas"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

You may recognize the chuspa from your local flea market, but the handwoven Andean shoulder bag amounts to much more than a Latin American–inspired fashion trend. Designed more than 1,500 years ago, before the arrival of the Spanish, chuspas are still used to carry coca leaves, a plant that has

  1. Bard Graduate Center Gallery 18 W 86th St, between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Aug 3
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"13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair"

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As one of the artists commissioned to make work for the 1964 World’s Fair, Andy Warhol, always the provocateur, plastered a sizable portion of the New York State Pavilion’s facade with enlarged mugshots of the city’s most wanted criminals from two years prior. The checkerboard of front and

  1. Queens Museum Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, , enter at 111th St and 49th Ave
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Sep 7
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"Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum"

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  • Free

The maker movement may seem like just another trendy consequence of our start-up–saturated world, but the whole DIY thing is actually an inherent part of American cultural tradition. Instead of whiling away an afternoon browsing Etsy, head to the city’s craft capital to survey 100 works by

  1. American Folk Art Museum 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, at 66th St
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Aug 17
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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