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The three best things to do in New York today

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Get cultured at The New Yorker Festival
In the 16th edition of its signature festival, The New Yorker brings more than125 authors, actors, musicians, academics and cultural icons for special conversations, interviews and performances with the esteemed publication’s editors and writers. Today's highlights include an interview followed by a live performance from pop band Haim (Gramercy Theater; Oct 2 at 7pm; $45) and comedian Jim Gaffigan talking hot topics and hot pockets (MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St; Oct 2 at 7pm; $45). Tickets have already sold out to events with the likes of Billy Joel, Toni Morrison and Patti Smith, but don’t lose all hope: A certain number of tickets will be released one hour before each show.
Various locations, through Oct 4, $40–$120

Dance it off at First Fridays! at the Bronx Museum of the Arts
BXMA’s monthly affair teams up with Ana "Rokafella" Garcia to celebrate the anniversary of her breakdancing documentary All the Ladies Say. Enjoy performances by activists, rappers and other artists, along with live painting and a sensational B-girl breakdance showdown by some of the best acts currently spinning.
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 6pm, free 

Get a new tome at the Designers and Books Fair
Books on fashion, architecture, graphic, interior and urban design get the spotlight at this visually illuminating festival. Grab rare coffee table books from more than 70 publishers and hear talks from artists, designers and authors, including Milton Glaser, Irma Bloom and Philip Pearlman. Industry pros will speak about their favorite art and share advice for making a living with visual talents.
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St, 6pm, free 

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