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Things to do in New York today

The day's best things to do in New York—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Shantavia Beale II, 2012. Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.9 cm). Collection of Ana and Lenny Gravier, courtesy Sean Kelly, New York. © Kehinde Wiley. (Photo: Jason Wyche)
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Tulip Festival

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Every year during spring, the West Side Community Garden overflows with tulips, and this year there are nearly 12,000. You can also see spring flowers and blossoming cherry trees. If you have questions about what you see, have a chat with the volunteers on the grounds. Saturdays during the show, Tom Thies, the chief horticulturist, gives an educational tour and garden lesson.

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West Side Community Garden Sat Apr 25 - Sun Apr 26 Free
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Brooklyn Zine Fest

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The fourth annual Brooklyn Zine Fest returns to grant wings to more than 150 talented but lesser-known writers, artists and publishers. Last year’s festival drew a crowd of more than 2,700 to browse the exhibitors' self-published magazines and attend panel discussions. This year's highlights include a student section on the second day that showcases budding zine stars and various topics like politics, photography, poetry and pop culture. On opening day from 1 to 3pm, a panel discussion helps aspiring zine makers find ideas and collaborators. Did you know that Roger Ebert fell in love with words because of his obsession with zines? So think of this festival as a way to start your creative journey!

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Brooklyn Historical Society Sat Apr 25 - Sun Apr 26 Free
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LIC Flea & Food

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Vintage lovers will enjoy this open-air bazaar, which organizers hope will become Queens’ answer to the Brooklyn Flea. Take a train or ferry (a free bus shuttles visitors to and from the East River Ferry Terminal) to the market, and browse Harold and Maude vintage duds ($5–$250), Deepcuts kitschy totes ($20) and cartoonish prints ($14) from local artist Kudu-lah.

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LIC Flea Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015 Free
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They Might Be Giants

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The quirk-rock masters come off 2013's expectedly weird but charming Nanobots to play a special series of NYC dates: one MHOW gig per month for five months, starting in January. Tonight's show is devoted to the band's new record, Glean.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday May 31 2015
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NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Feel the burn at the third edition of this heat-seeking fest, featuring more than 45 hot-sauce vendors (World Famous, St. Lucifer, Hellfire) from around the country. The weekend happenings include the Bloody Mary Mix-Down Championship, where bartenders compete to see who has the best hangover-drink recipe, and spicy-food–eating contests (featuring pizza, chicken wings and tacos). Champs of sauce will be announced at the Screaming Mi Mi Awards, in categories like Louisiana Style, Chipotle and Best Hot Sauce Label Artwork.

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Brooklyn Expo Center Sat Apr 25 - Sun Apr 26
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8 comments
WE F
WE F

Is there a Takashi Murakami exhibit going on or something? Why is it the feature image?

Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

Kerry A
Kerry A

I have a complaint: I'm an avid reader of the "Undateable" section in Time Out, where Time Out sets up two strangers on a date. Well, last week's article featured a boy who wrote extremely cruel things about his date. I understand you want people to be honest, but I can hardly support someone ripping their date to shreds publicly.

Melodie D
Melodie D

Calle 13 is doing a signing today at 6pm at El Barrio Music Center in Harlem!

Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.