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The 101 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists
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The 101 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists

Experience the absolute best things to do in NYC with this epic guide.

The best things to do in the winter in NYC
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The best things to do in the winter in NYC

The city that never sleeps certainly doesn’t hibernate during the colder months.

The 10 cutest things in NYC right now
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The 10 cutest things in NYC right now

"OMG. That's so cute!" 

The best places to go ice-skating in NYC
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The best places to go ice-skating in NYC

When the temperature drops, that means it’s time to go ice-skating

The best museum exhibitions in NYC right now
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The best museum exhibitions in NYC right now

NYC’s vast array of museums cover every field of culture and knowledge.

The best things to do in New York

The best cheap things to do in NYC
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The best cheap things to do in NYC

These amazing cheap things to do in NYC will make you say, “Hell yeah!”

The best museums in NYC
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The best museums in NYC

Including exhibitions at the Whitney, the American Museum of Natural History and more

The best free things to do in NYC
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The best free things to do in NYC

Check out these events and explore the city’s top attractions for the price of nada

The best New York attractions
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The best New York attractions

We've compiled our favorite sights in and around Gotham

Events and festivals

Nervous Laughter
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Nervous Laughter

When done properly, stand-up comedy can be about so much more than just making people laugh. It can also be used as a cudgel against tyranny and injustice, the jokes we laugh at can make us look within and confront the thorny issues that rarely come up in polite conversation.  When creating the concept for their bi-weekly comedy show Nervous Laughter, Sarah Harvard and Gene Meyer wanted to tap into this approach. Each show has a different theme (past themes include Green Card and Culture Class) and features an outstanding lineup of stand-ups exploring the topic. Ideally you'll laugh a lot, cringe a little and walk out of the room thinking.  

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Stand-up at Time Out Market
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Stand-up at Time Out Market

A beacon of light in the darkness of dead winter is getting into a solid comedy show on the cheap. Get ready for a night of belly laughs at Time Out Market's stand-up show, featuring a snappy lineup of local comedians, including Ophira Eisenburg (The Moth, host of Ask Me Another), Shalewa Sharp (2 Dope Queens, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The New Negroes), Dave Landua (Last Comic Standing, the co-host of The Anthony Cumia Show), Caitlin Peluffo (Late Show with Stephen Colbert, New York's Funniest) and Tyler Fischer (America's Got Talent, Younger). Make your way up to the market's fifth floor stage to catch the hilarity, which is much appreciated on a Thursday night. Doors open at 8:30pm.

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Time Out 'Table for Two': The Manhattan Neighborhood Box

Time Out 'Table for Two': The Manhattan Neighborhood Box

Save 50% off food at eight need-to-know restaurants across Manhattan

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Get tickets to the TONY award winner for Best Musical

Get tickets to the TONY award winner for Best Musical

Theater review by Adam Feldman  Here’s my advice: Go to hell. And by hell, of course, I mean Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s fizzy, moody, thrilling new Broadway musical. Ostensibly, at least, the show is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy goes to the land of the dead in hopes of retrieving girl, boy loses girl again. “It’s an old song,” sings our narrator, the messenger god Hermes (André De Shields, a master of arch razzle-dazzle). “And we’re gonna sing it again.” But it’s the newness of Mitchell’s musical account—and Rachel Chavkin’s gracefully dynamic staging—that bring this old story to quivering life. In a New Orleans–style bar, hardened waif Eurydice (Eva Noblezada) falls for Orpheus (Reeve Carney), a busboy with an otherworldly high-tenor voice who is working, like Roger in Rent, toward writing one perfect song. But dreams don’t pay the bills, so the desperate Eurydice—taunted by the Fates in three-part jazz harmony—opts to sell her soul to the underworld overlord Hades (Patrick Page, intoning jaded come-ons in his unique sub-sepulchral growl, like a malevolent Leonard Cohen). Soon she is forced, by contract, into the ranks of the leather-clad grunts of Hades’s filthy factory city; if not actually dead, she is “dead to the world anyway.” This Hades is a drawling capitalist patriarch who keeps his minions loyal by giving them the minimum they need to survive. (“The enemy is poverty,” he sings to them i

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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

If theater is your religion and the Broadway musical your sect, you've been woefully faith-challenged of late. 

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The world of Harry Potter has arrived on Broadway

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Time Out Market New York launches $12 lunch deal with Bessou, Alta Calidad and more
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Time Out Market New York launches $12 lunch deal with Bessou, Alta Calidad and more

Dumbo isn’t the easiest place to find affordable lunch options, what with all the tourist traps taking advantage of the crowds. With that in mind, we’ve launched our own lunch specials at Time Out Market New York. It's one of the best deals in the neighborhood for both those that are new to the area and those who’ve loved it for a long time. From Monday through Friday, 11am until 3pm, participating vendors will offer a signature dish with a complimentary soft drink (and some with other bonuses), for $12. Here’s what we’re offering: Bessou What’s the deal? Japanese chickpea curry rice bowl with a side of chicken karaage.  Mr. Taka Ramen What’s the deal?  Spicy Tantan Men (soupless ramen) with wavy, flat noodles, ground pork, scallions, leeks sesame and spicy oil. The dish also comes with a house salad or soba noodles as a side.   Photograph: Courtesy Time Out Market New York Alta Calidad Taqueria What’s the deal? A quesadilla-roti (corn or flour) with chips and salsa. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alta Calidad Taqueria (@actqloves) on Dec 3, 2019 at 2:13pm PST   Pat LaFrieda  What’s the deal? Signature slider and fries.  Clinton St. Baking Company What’s the deal? A “B.E.L.T”: Double smoked bacon, free range eggs, lettuce, tomato and mayo, on sourdough toast.     Avocaderia  What’s the deal? Rotating salads and toasts that will change daily. Mondays will bring a seasonal salad, Tuesdays it

Puppetsburg at Time Out Market New York
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Puppetsburg at Time Out Market New York

Start your Sunday mornings at Time Out Market New York! Not only will you have a chance to indulge in delicious brunch dishes (hello Clinton St. Baking Co.) but you can keep little ones preoccupied while you munch. Join the Puppetsburg crew on our fifth floor stage as the marionette entertainment kickstarts the day on a high note. With a new theme each week—such as "Farm to Table with Old McDonald," "The BEYONCE Show" and "Clementine Goes to Burning Man!"—we have a feeling you'll be as equally entertained as the kiddos. Bonus? Your youngsters will receive complimentary juice! Ages 6 and under.

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Unicorn Dream Catchers Workshop
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Unicorn Dream Catchers Workshop

Gather up your little ones for this quick workshop that'll teach you how to craft your own colorful unicorn dream catcher. Using embroidery hoops, ribbon, yarn, felt and glitter unicorn horns, you and your kids will create a whimsical piece of art you can hang at home to inspire good dreams. Plus, it's quality time to spend with each other by creating together! Who wouldn't want that? The workshop is for kids three-and-up and parent participation is required. Materials are included in the price. 

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New York attractions

The High Line
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The High Line

There are few places more pleasant than the High Line on a sunny afternoon

Coney Island and Luna Park
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Coney Island and Luna Park

From the turn of the century to the Second World War, Coney Island was NYC’s playground

Times Square
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Times Square

As city districts go, Times Square is a global legend, and rightfully so

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

Trying to imagine NYC’s skyline without the Empire State Building is pretty tough.

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New York museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The American Museum of Natural History
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The American Museum of Natural History

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Whitney
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The Whitney

 

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Manhattan
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Manhattan

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

Queens
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Queens

Bronx
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Bronx

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The 29 best things to do in Austin
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The 29 best things to do in Austin

From hiking and swimming to picnicking and drinking, the best things to do in Austin are outside.  

The 50 best things to do in Boston
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The 50 best things to do in Boston

Enjoy top-notch eats and engaging cultural offerings at world-class museums.

The 59 best things to do in Chicago
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The 59 best things to do in Chicago

Experience the best of the city with our guide to the top things to do in Chicago.

The 20 best things to do in Dallas
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The 20 best things to do in Dallas

Consider this your ultimate guide to the best things to do in Dallas, from horseriding to bar crawling.

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