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.

Photograph: Installation view of Alex Da Corte
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Rink

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Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink is free and open late. Don’t get too excited—the admission may be gratis, but you’ll have to shell out $19 to rent skates (or BYO). Still, it’s a veritable winter wonderland: After your time on the ice, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sunday March 1 2015 Free
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New York City Ballet Winter 2015

Critics' pick

With the New Year comes new opportunities to delight in masterworks like George Balanchine's timeless Serenade and La Valse and his two-act comedic story ballet Harlequinade. The season also includes Jerome Robbins's The Goldberg Variations and The Cage, a premiere by resident choreographer Justin Peck set to Aaron Copeland's Rodeo, last season's Pictures at an Exhibition by Alexei Ratmansky and the return of ballet master-in-chief Peter Martins's Romeo + Juliet.

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David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) Sunday March 1 2015
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First Sundays at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Critics' pick

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is packed with fun, eco-friendly events for you and your friends to enjoy, with the peace of mind that you're doing something nice for Mother Earth. This Sunday, learn traditional hula and Tahitian ori with Polynesian cultural ambassador Kaina Quenga from 3:30 to 4:30pm, become one with nature on a Tropical Plant Stroll in Steinhardt Conservatory at 11am or 2pm and browse sustainable Swedish items at Gudrun Sjödén Pop-up Shop throughout the day.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Until Sunday December 6 2015
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CineKink NYC

See the steamier side of New York at the 12th annual CineKink festival, celebrating sexuality and kink in television and film. The gala kicks off at Taj Lounge with raffles and prizes, followed by naughty movie screenings throughout the week, including a special film tribute to Club 90, the first porn-star support group. Be sure to attend the last day held at Bowery Bliss, which includes a DIY porn workshop, a free toast to the filmmakers and a late-night sexy rave. Go to cinekink.com for more information.

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Anthology Film Archives Sunday March 1 2015
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Classic Album Sundays: Depeche Mode's Violator

Critics' pick

Colleen "Cosmo" Murphy's long-running international affair, Classic Album Sundays, finds a new home at perfectly matched Williamsburg hub Baby's All Right. The concept is simple: It's a good old-fashioned listening party, with each installment focusing on a selection from rock and pop's discography of canonical LPs. On March 1 the chosen album is Depeche Mode's Violator, now marking its 25th anniversary and presented by local musical encyclopedia and DJ Ron Like Hell and guests.

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Baby's All Right Sunday March 1 2015

Comments

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.