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NYC events in July 2021

Starting making your Independence Day plans and check out the other amazing NYC events in July

By Shaye Weaver
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Some of the best things to do in summer are NYC events in July. Even after all the 4th of July events simmer down, there are still many awesome things to do for the duration of the month. After Independence Day, enjoy fantastic outdoor fun, hit up one of the city’s many rooftops and make sure to pencil in getting a tan at the best beaches in NYC while the weather is still hot, hot, hot. 

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Best NYC events in July 2021

Circle Line: 4th of July Evening Cruise with Optional VIP Upgrade
Circle Line: 4th of July Evening Cruise with Optional VIP Upgrade
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4th of July in NYC guide

Things to do

From the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show to booking reservations at NYC's rooftop bars and barbecuing out at NYC parks, we've got you covered on how to spend the perfect summer holiday with friends and family.

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Ghost Forest Maya Lin
Ghost Forest Maya Lin
Photograph: Maya Lin Studio / Courtesy the artist and Madison Square Park Conservancy

Music on the Green

Music Madison Square Park, Flatiron

Madison Square Park Conservancy is hosting a series of free concerts this month by Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect from within its public art installation, "Ghost Forest" by Maya Lin. Each performance is designed to complement the installation and its themes with nature-inspired works by Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Caroline Shaw, and more. Head over to the park each Wednesday at 6pm beginning July 7 for the following:

July 7: A string quartet together with horn will conjure the range of emotions surrounding climate change and our fragile relationship with the environment with a rich program of works by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók, Aaron Copland, Caroline Shaw, and others.
July 14: An ensemble with horn, flute, violin, viola, and cello, performing a program evocative of the natural world and our relationships with it, including Olivier Messiaen’s “Interstellar Call,” Reena Esmail’s Rivers, and additional works by Aaron Copland, Kaija Saariaho, and others.
July 21: Cello, violin and viola performing excerpts from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, India Gailey’s Mountainweeps, John Luther Adams’ Three High Places, and other works that span from bucolic to devastating, provoking reflections on the state of the earth.
July 28: An ensemble with percussion, violin, and cello creates an evocative soundscape with works by an eclectic group of composers including Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Ellington, and Ensemble Connect alumnus Andrea Casarrubios.
August 4: This unique program explores the ambient sounds and tranquil tones of mallet percussion, featuring vibraphone and marimba. There’s music by Ellington and the late Chick Corea, plus one of Satie’s Gnossiennes, and John Psathas’s Fragment—a gentle work with a simple melody.
August 11: The ensemble performs Dutch composer Hans Abrahamsen’s wind quintet Walden, inspired by Thoreau’s iconic journal of life in the woods and his desire to rediscover humanity’s lost unity with nature. There are also selections from Hannah Lash’s Leander and Hero—a work detailing the life of two migratory birds and the effects of changing weather patterns—plus works by Beach, Piazzolla, Still, and others that take listeners on a meditative journey and encourage them to contemplate their relationship with the environment. 

Second Annual Creative Time Sandcastle Competition
Second Annual Creative Time Sandcastle Competition
Photograph: Alvina Lai

Coastal Fun along Rockaway Beach

Things to do Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Rockaways

NYC Parks is hosting a number of free, fun events at Rockaway Beach this summer, including outdoor movies, festivals, fitness classes and a sandcastle contest. Below are some of the free events you can attend:

Double Features Fridays (7-10pm) at Beach 94th St. Plaza 

Shorebird Festival (Saturday, July 3, 10am-2pm) at the Boardwalk at Beach 80th St.: Learn more about Piping Plovers, other local shorebirds, and dune ecology from Parks’ Wildlife Unit. Arts & Crafts and games will be available for all ages.

Jamaica Bay Festival: City of Water Day 2 (Saturday, July 10, 9am-3pm) at Bayswater Park Bay 32nd St. & Beach Channel Dr.: Learn about Jamaica Bay and what it takes to preserve this important habitat. Activities will include stand-up paddleboarding, arts & crafts, and games for kids.

Sandcastle Contest (Sunday, July 11, noon-2pm) at Beach 117th St.: Bring buckets and tools to join in on the 24th Annual Sandcastle Contest. No experience necessary.

Check out nycparks.org for more events.

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Roller skates
Roller skates
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Pier 2 Roller Rink

Things to do Brooklyn Heights

Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2 to skate with a beautiful view of the city. While the roller rink is used by a hockey league twice a week, it is open for public skates most days in the summertime for just $6. It's free on Mondays and Fridays between 3:30 and 6pm. Skate rentals are just $7. If you're looking for some themed fun, the rink is hosting a 1980s throwback skate, a boy band night, and a Pride skate this year. 

Salt exhibit
Salt exhibit
Photograph: Courtesy NYC SALT

Young NYC Artists Showcase

Art West 30th Street Heliport, Midtown West

Hudson River Park is currently displaying a new public art exhibition, displaying works by graduates from NYC SALT, an arts nonprofit photography program that gives students the opportunity to develop both their artistic and career skills in the field. The exhibition focuses on the diverse and dynamic communities throughout the city that the SALT alumni call home, and features 22 works displayed on 7-by-9 foot panels along the park.

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Artists & Fleas
Artists & Fleas
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Artists & Fleas at Industry City

Shopping Markets and fairs Industry City, Greenwood

Artists & Fleas is back with a community of creators, makers and vintage collectors with its weekly market of rotating merchants at Industry City. Open Saturday’s and Sunday’s from now through the end of the season, Artists & Fleas will curate a highly unique variety of local vendors – many of which are women and LGBTQ -owned. Guests can grab a refreshment from one of many tenants at Industry City and browse wares from Four Rabbit, Aliens of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Charm among many others. "We are thrilled to present a summer pop-up market series at Industry City - a campus that is designed to showcase and support independent brands, business and local entrepreneurs,” says Artists & Fleas Co-Founder, Amy Abrams. “The campus is an endless wonderland designed to delight your senses and spark your creative spirit in a time when NYC is celebrating being together again. In this spirit, we cannot wait for you to discover the Artists & Fleas line up of designers, creators and vintage collectors." The Artists & Fleas market will be open from noon-6pm Saturday and Sunday and will be in courtyard 1/2 at 233 37th Street in Brooklyn.

Light Leaks
Light Leaks
Photograph: Kyle McDonald

'Light Leaks'

Art City Point, Downtown Brooklyn

Light Leaks is an immersive art installation where visitors can escape into a seemingly infinite space created by patterns from millions of lights and a gigantic cluster of glistening disco balls. Thousand Deep and artists Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan analyzed a few dozen photos of the space and predicted where each of the millions of pixels of projected light would shine after reflecting off the disco balls. They combined this data with a 3D model of the room to program immersive patterns with the reflections. "The result is a mesmerizing flood of lights that destabilize and reorganize a viewer’s perception of the space," they say. The installation will also include disco-ball-inspired art by Kiichiro Adachi, Julia Walck, and Nick Oudsema. "To us, the disco ball represents values of celebration and expression. Through this event, we want to reinvigorate these values, and tell a story of emergence as cultural experiences come back to New York City," says Carson Lee, co-founder & CEO of Thousand Deep. The "transformative" installation can be experienced July 2 – 31 in Downtown Brooklyn.

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Arcadia Earth
Arcadia Earth
Photograph: David Mitchell

Arcadia Earth

Things to do 718 Broadway, Midtown West

Immersive art exhibit Arcadia Earth has reopened after being closed due to the pandemic, and it looks better than ever! The exhibit aims to inspire visitors artistically and ethically, as it uses 15 rooms to spotlight the environmental challenges that our planet is facing (such as overfishing, food waste, and climate change). This exhibit will not only leave visitors in awe, but it will help support Oceanic Global, an organization devoted to raising awareness around our aquatic ecosystems. In addition, a tree will also be planted for every ticket sold, making it a perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends!

SuperReal
SuperReal
Photograph: SuperReal, courtesy Moment Factory

SuperReal

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SuperReal has reopened at Cipriani 25 Broadway, inside the historic Cunard Building, bringing its cutting-edge projection mapping tech and multimedia art to its walls and ceiling—and it happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Cunard Building, which opened in 1921. Created by multimedia entertainment company Moment Factory in partnership with hospitality brand Cipriani, SuperReal first opened in the summer of 2019. It aims to transport visitors through dreamlike scenes in its gorgeous hall. Across 45 minutes, the show places viewers in five unique and abstract sequences that are both stunning and interactive. One minute you could be daydreaming in a fairylike flower garden and the next you're caught in an epic thunderstorm or thrown into the middle of a tropical disco. During the show, people are encouraged to relax on bean bags or play with balloons that also react with the 360-degree show. The floor is a gigantic mirror that only enhances the special effects. It's the ultimate place for selfies and fun Instagram fodder.

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Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park
Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Theater

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved New York democratic tradition: Shakespeare in the Park, presented for free at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outdoors, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration.

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Bryant Park
Bryant Park
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Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Things to do

Broadway may still be dark for the summer, but just a few avenues down 42nd Street, live performances are returning in a big way to Bryant Park. With support from Bank of America, the park’s Picnic Performances will be bringing 25 live, in-person events to the park, many featuring performers from the city’s top arts institutions including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Joe’s Pub, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, Elisa Monte Dance, National Sawdust, Harlem Stage with Jazzmobile and Historic Harlem Parks, Greenwich House Music School, New York Chinese Cultural Center, Music from the Sole, and more. All of the outdoor concerts will be free and open to the public. The park will observe all current safety protocols for the event and also provide enough room for social distancing (audience registration will be required in advance.)

The pool at Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park is now open
The pool at Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park is now open
Max Touhey

A rainbow pool on Roosevelt Island

News City Life

Back for its seventh year, the outdoor pool at Roosevelt island is ready to welcome those eager for a cool down. Framed by the Midtown Manhattan skyline, the ‘Pop-Up Pool Party’ art installation lives at Manhattan Park, an 8.5-acre, 880-residence luxury waterfront rental community. Manhattan Park partnered with Corcoran New Development and designers K&Co and Pliskin Architecture to create the whimsical, publicly accessible project. Brooklyn-based artist Melissa Dadourian created this year’s mural. Dadourian typically works in textile media, painting and sculpture. Over four-and-a-half days and using 36 gallons of paint, Dadourian created a geometric pattern to transform the pool deck into an encapsulating wonderland of color. 

 

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Inside CAMP's store at Columbus Circle
Inside CAMP's store at Columbus Circle
CAMP

CAMP's new family-friendly store at Columbus Circle

News Kids

Families with bored kids eager to get creative and messy have a new outlet for expression in Manhattan. CAMP, the experiential retailer known for its kid-friendly shops, has opened its newest NYC location at The Shops at Columbus CircleCAMP's newest story will be themed Art Camp, focusing on the visual arts with experience and merchandise. Art CAMP will be a two-floor interactive experience for families with kids of all ages. Interactive art experiences throughout the space, are designed to allow kids to explore from room to room and discover colorful, creative, expressive activities, while parents shop (or just enjoy a paint-heavy experience away from their own walls). The Splatter Room will allow kids to create their own Jackson Pollock-inspired masterpieces (and CAMP is only blocks from MoMA, should parents want to turn this into a somewhat educational experience).  A Slime Lab will teach new slime skills and help kids create take-home slimes in special varieties like Glow in the Dark amd Rainbow. And, because this is camp, tie dye will also be available.   Just like every other CAMP location, Art Camp includes a canteen and a theatre for performances and workshops for kids ages 2-12 and their parents. 

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Flea

Smorgasburg

Restaurants

It’s finally outdoor eating and drinking season in New York City, and rooftop restaurants and bars citywide are throwing open their doors for the occasion. So, too, is Smorgasburg, with a brand new spot in Jersey City that opened on May 29, and the World Trade Center location that opened on Friday, May 21. Smorgasburg is also returned to Williamsburg’s Marsha P. Johnson State Park on June 26, and Prospect Park on June 13. Here’s a little more about what Smorgasburg 2021 has on deck. 

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METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART sonic cloisters
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART sonic cloisters
Photograph: Stephanie Berger | Lost Souls of Saturn

Sonic Cloisters

Music Online,

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is doing something quite unconventional at the Met Cloisters this summer. Starting on June 3, it'll release recordings of its first electronic music series at the medieval art center. That's right, techno has come to the Cloisters. "Sonic Cloisters" is a virtual series of commissioned electronic music concerts filmed in the galleries and courtyards of The Met Cloisters by four venerated producers from the world of techno music: Seth Troxler and Phil Moffa, appearing as Lost Souls of Saturn; Jlin; and Dubfire. MetLiveArts is doing this in collaboration with Shawn Schwartz, founder of the famed Brooklyn electronic music venues Halcyon and Output. A new performance will digitally premiere every month through August and will be available on The Met’s website and online channels, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch, where they will remain free and available to stream indefinitely. Catch JLin on Thursday, July 8, at 9pm in The Romanesque Hall.

New York, New York Susanne Bartsch
New York, New York Susanne Bartsch
Photograph: Courtesy Susanne Bartsch

“New York, New York!” by Susanne Bartsch

Nightlife Sony Hall, Midtown West

A risqué cabaret vaudeville extraordinaire by nightlife maven Susanne Bartsch is set for Friday nights in June at Sony Hall. The full, sit-down show that's a cross between a night at the opera collides and a burlesque circus, has table service and bites and includes performances from nightlife icons like Joey Arias, Amanda Lepore, Opera Gaga, Dirty Martini, Lola Von Rox, Neon Calypso, Laszlo Major, Leonid the Magnificent, Julie Atlas Muz, Fou York and more. Music will be provided by DJs Amber Valentine and Tommie Sunshine. After each show, there's an after party DJ that turns the room around at 10pm.

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Kentucky fried mutton cheese, anyone?
Kentucky fried mutton cheese, anyone?
The French Cheese Board

"Contextomy," a cheese-centric art exhibit

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If you're in the mindset that cheese belongs with everything, the French Cheese Board's latest art exhibit is for you. Opening July 14 at 41 Spring St. in Soho, Contextomy will showcase artistic portraits of international foods prepared with French cheeses, instead of their typical ingredients. A cheesy concept, indeed. Contextomy literally means taking something out of context and is a playful attempt to help viewers envision a new twist on classic dishes. And crave French cheese, of course. The exhibit also celebrates New York's endlessly diverse dining options. The exhibit will be free to view from 11am–8pm daily, and yes, you can buy French cheese on-site. 

Queens Night Market
Queens Night Market
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

The Queens Night Market

News Eating

Lovers of ethnic foods, rejoice: New York's renowned Queens Night Market is officially back on June 19, running every Saturday through October 30. As usual, vendors of all sorts will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park, serving everything from Indian tandoori kebabs to Bengali fuska, Hong Kongese soy sauce noodles and Puerto Rican papas rellenos. There will still be a $5-$6 price cap on food orders, to make sure you get to eat all that's available without breaking your wallet, plus beer and wine on offer for purchase. In terms of music, you can expect live gigs to capture your attention as well. 

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Meat skewers
Meat skewers
Richard Acevedo

The Bronx Night Market

News Eating

The food destination is now official open for the season, set to feature around 20 food vendors each Saturday from NOON to 7pm through November. Although the culinary festival ended up being the only open-air market to operate in New York in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, the organizers had to deal with a slew of new restrictions, a shortened season and the uncertainty that has plagued the entire world throughout this past year. And yet, things are looking up: the 2021 calendar is set to become the market's longest to date and will include community-oriented programs seeking to support local businesses, in addition to the gastronomical offerings that the event is known for. Among the rotating lineup of vendors are San Antonio's Wood Fired Pizza, Downeast Lobstah, La Braza, Osicala NYC, Sechebel Catering Co. and Sweet and Salty Empanads. Dessert-wise, visitors can indulge in Island Love Cake's aged-rum cakes, Dre's Water Ice and Ice Cream Southern-style treats and baked goods from Sweet Obsessions, among others.

The Bungalow
The Bungalow
Image: Courtesy Tomorrow AB/www.tmrw.se

The Bungalow

News City Life

Brookfield Place has unveiled “The Bungalow,” a new outdoor space with food, entertainment and more located in its Upper Plaza. (The same location that hosts one of the city’s best, under-the-radar ice skating rinks in the winter.) The new, beachy oasis is inspired by vacation retreats found in Montauk without, you know, having to suffer through the prolonged L.I.R.R. trip to get there. The palm-strewn pop-up will offer food and drink options, arts programming and plenty of waterfront drinks. Upon entering, you’ll be able to grab a specialty cocktail from the Tartinery Shack and bites from Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, Olive’s, Umami Burger and more. In addition to on-site bocce courts and waterfront views, guests will be able to enjoy regular live music and DJs to really emphasize that out-of-town feel.  Weekly programming is set to kick-off at the new staycation-friendly destination on July 4 with Independence Day: Camp Bungalow, a special day of entertainment being produced in partnership with Camp: A Family Experience. The event will feature elevated takes on classic camping activities along with other fun offerings. More information, including details on upcoming events like happy hours, flower arranging and drink and draws, can be found here.

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Seaport Cinema Pier 17 The Greens
Seaport Cinema Pier 17 The Greens
Photograph: Courtesy Howard Hughes Corp. & Endorphin Ventures

Seaport Cinema

News City Life

The Greens at Pier 17 is once again transforming into one of the best places to see a movie this summer. The Seaport Cinema is back with screenings every Monday night. Not only do viewers get incredible sweeping views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, but they'll get a free bucket of Bubbly seltzers and popcorn with their reservation, which begins at 8pm for an 8:30pm showing.

July 28 - Moonlight
July 19 - Toy Story
July 26 - Miracle

Reservations are released on Monday at 10am for the following week on Tock, which you can make for $20—a portion of which will be donated to a local charity.  Reservations for The Parent Trap are sold out, but you can join the waitlist

iPic Theater Seaport District
iPic Theater Seaport District
Photograph: Jaime Guillen

"Celebrating the Wins," an outdoor art exhibit

Art South Street Seaport, Pier 17, Financial District

An outdoor gallery featuring photographs from 24 artists, an original illustration by artist Patrick O’Keefe and a manifesto penned by poet/writer Joekenneth is coming to the Seaport District for three months thanks to Street Dreams Magazine and The Howard Hughes Corporation. Officially opening on Friday at 6pm with a night of free live portraiture and photo printing services, it'll also have a Steve’s Flea Market day where local designers and creators will have their creations available for sale, an NFT Day with educational resources about buying and selling NFTs, a Street Dreams Radio Day including immersive audio-visual experience, and a closing night with a group photo walk of the Seaport and surrounding areas. The gallery will showcase work at 1 Fulton Street and adjacent buildings at the Seaport but also at an indoor space at 27 Fulton St. with additional art installations, prints, and a shop experience where visitors will get a chance to immerse themselves in the theme of the show and five in-person events that asks people to participate in the story-telling and creation of content around the project.

 

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Gallow Green
Gallow Green
Photograph: Courtesy The McKittrick Hotel

Gallow Green at McKittrick Hotel

News Drinking

The romantic and verdant rooftop atop the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green, has finally reopened to the public and it's just as beautiful as ever. Gallow Green, which is in full bloom right now, is open for dinner and drinks on Wednesday through Sunday evenings for those looking for a more intimate and romantic rooftop bar scene.  When you're sitting under the lofty vines, hand-crafted cocktails are just an order away, including the Sleep No More (pea flower-infused vodka, elderflower, and rosé cider) and Gallow Green (bourbon, blue curaçao, citrus, and ginger), which are named after the hotel and its residents. For the summer, there is also frozé on tap, wine by the glass and bottle, local seasonal draft beers, and bottled ciders.

 

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park
Photograph: Courtesy Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Coney Island’s newest roller coaster

News City Life

Coney Island’s newest roller coaster has just opened. The new family-friendly ride “The Phoenix” is a suspended steel thrill ride that’s inspired by Coney Island’s constantly innovative history as “the people’s playground.” The Vourderis family behind Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park has been working on the new ride for the last three years. The Phoenix rises 68-feet-high with custom loops, dips and turns that will give riders the feeling that they’re soaring around the nearby Deno’s Wonder Wheel at 34 mph. Riders on the coaster will have spectacular views of the beach and boardwalk along with their sky-high thrills. Get a first look at the ride, set to open later this week, below and then head down to 1025 Boardwalk at Denos D. Vourderis Place on Coney Island to check it out for yourself starting this weekend.

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yayoi kusama hymn of life
yayoi kusama hymn of life
Photograph: Courtesy the City of Beverly Hills

“KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature”

Art Contemporary art New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx

Celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's expansive 2021 exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden is finally set to open this April with outdoor installations across the garden's 250-acre landscape. 

Four of the projects will be making their NYC debut, the most exciting of which will surely be Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, which will be housed in a cube-shaped structure located out in the open. Featuring mirrored sides, the exterior of the piece will reflect the changing skies while the interior will glow with a seemingly endless array of colored lights. To avoid long lines, timed tickets will be issued to get in.

Elsewhere, there will be an interactive greenhouse installation, in which visitors will be invited apply stickers picturing coral-colored blossoms throughout the interior—thus taking part in one of Kusama’s signature "obliteration" pieces.

Also on view will be two new outdoor monumental sculptures, the self-explanatory Dancing Pumpkin and a 13-foot high biomorphic form featuring a polka-dotted face called I Want to Fly to the Universe

The NYBG itself will chime in with special flower bed plantings patterned on Kusama’s paintings and an allée of trees wrapped in polka-dotted fabric.

Timed tickets will go on sale to the general public on March 16.

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Immersive Van Gogh exhibit
Immersive Van Gogh exhibit
Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out

The Immersive Van Gogh exhibit

News Art

The highly-anticipated "Immersive Van Gogh" has wowed audiences in Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco and sold more than 1.5 million tickets. If you're like me and you've gazed at van Gogh's The Starry Night, Sunflowers or Irises and wished that you could just see more through the tortured artist's eyes, this is your chance. The exhibition spans more than 500,000 cubic feet of animated projections—that's the "largest and most elaborate" of all the "Immersive Van Gogh" shows as well as the biggest showing of van Gogh's art in the world. The actual show is one hour long, which means visitors can spend even more time with van Gogh and his work. Not only that, out in the lobby, there will be more ways to connect with the artist, including an interactive sculpture called Letters from Vincent, where you can write a letter to van Gogh and get an original letter (written to his brother) sent to your phone. There will also be a 12-by-12-foot self-portrait of van Gogh to welcome visitors to the exhibition and an abstract version of The Starry Night on the ceiling made of 7,500 brushes dipped in paint, interactive booths to let you "hear" color and "see" sound (like how van Gogh might've with his chromesthesia), a "secret" experience having to do with "the green lady," and a "pocket gallery" that'll let you interact with masterworks on your phone via augmented reality. You'll be able to push paint around and take it home and virtually hang it on your wall.

Photograph: Van Gogh The Immersive Experience
Photograph: Van Gogh The Immersive Experience
Photograph: Van Gogh The Immersive Experience

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

News Art

2021 is shaping up to be the Summer of Van Gogh (but in a fun way) with not just one, but two separate immersive Van Gogh experiences coming to the city. Tickets are on sale for Van Gogh: The Immersive ExperienceThe experience fills a 20,000-square-foot space with mesmerizing lights, captivating music and, of course, detailed projections of the works of one of the world’s most famous artists that completely surround you as if a witch has trapped you in a painting. In addition to those eye-catching floor-to-ceiling projections, the experience also includes separate galleries providing more information on Van Gogh’s life, his technique and his influence—making this not just an insta-ready outing but an educational one as well. (It goes without saying that it would be a perfect thing to bring your kids to!) An on-site, ten-minute-long virtual reality experience takes you on a journey of “a day in the life of the artist.”

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Winter activities
Photograph: Thomas Donley

Winter activities and things to do in New York

Things to do

Resist the urge to hibernate for the next three months—we’ll help you fill your calendar with an array of winter activities the season’s best cultural activities, museum exhibits, food festivals, concerts, Christmas shows and more.

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Red Door Spa
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The best spas in NYC

Health and beauty Spas

It’s no secret that New Yorkers are stressed, but when it comes to unwinding, we’re pretty competitive about that too—that’s where the best spas in NYC come in. The city boasts some of the most luxurious spas in the country, but affordable spa treatments also abound. So get inspired with birthday party ideas in NYC or date night ideas in NYC and book yourself a treatment at one of our favorite New York City spas.

RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to Spa Week in NYC

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26 gorgeous photos of New York in winter

Things to do

Is there any city quite so dramatic, romantic and inspiring as New York in the snow? We're going to go ahead and say no—NYC wins the crown. And when you peep at these beautiful photos, we think you'll agree with us.

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Secret library Hemmelig Rom
Photograph: Courtesy Jason Koxvold

The most secluded getaways from New York City this winter

Travel

With a long winter before us, escaping New York City on a secluded getaway is at the top of our list. We're craving a respite from the busy lives we lead in NYC and are seeking to snowshoe in the Adirondacks, walk solo in Rhode Island, roast marshmallows at an isolated campsite in the Catskills, and more. These spots make for ideal trips during times of global crisis and not. As fun-filled as camping sites, cycling and hiking trails are, there is something about going a bit farther away that makes for more memorable times—especially given the current travel restrictions in placeSo, without further ado, in no particular order, here are the best secluded getaways to take from New York to escape the crowds. 

NOTE: Although our list has been vetted, re-opening guidelines in the New York area are constantly changing. Reach out to specific venues and destinations before planning a trip. 

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