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Hello, New York!

Time Out editors have been seeking out the best of the city since 1968. We know that New York is nothing without its restaurants, bars, theaters, music venues, nightclubs, cinemas, art galleries—and all the other local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh and think.

We’re determined to help. That's why we launched our Love Local Awards in 2021 to support local food, drink, culture and entertainment in New York. The awards let New Yorkers decide the city's favorite restaurant, bar, club, theater, gallery, coffee shop, bakery and independent store. (We had over 60,000 votes!) You can see the winners here.

You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram to hear more about our campaign. We’re continuing to support local independent venues and the people that bring them to life. Keep scrolling to see Time Out’s Love Local campaign in action and consider supporting a New York business today.

Shaye Weaver
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Giant puppets, reggaeton bands, salsa dancers, and floats will take over Fifth Avenue in Manhattan this Sunday for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. More than a million people typically participate in and attend the parade, making it the largest demonstration of cultural pride in the nation. An iconic institution for over half a century, the parade seeks to raise awareness of Puerto Rican culture and history and highlight the community’s contributions to the world. Here’s everything you need to know about this incredible event. When is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York? The parade is on Sunday, June 9, and kicks off at 11am.  What is the parade route? The parade route marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street in Manhattan. What's the theme this year? This year’s theme is “Boricua de Corazón” (“Puerto Rican in my heart”).  Photograph: By Ryan Rahman / Shutterstock Who is the grand marshal? Acclaimed salsa singer Tito Nieves will serve as the 2024 Grand Marshal. Born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, Nieves spent his formative years in the musical scene of New York City. He trained as a musician as a young child, demonstrating tremendous talent and vocal power by the time he was a young teen. He started performing professionally at 15 years old. Today, he has an accomplished career that spans over four decades, with multiple Billboard and Grammy-nominated hit songs, including "Fabricando Fantasías." What's the history o
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After a successful debut last year, West Side Fest—a festival celebrating the best of the West Side—is back and bigger than ever with free access to museums, performances, and other all-ages fun. The festival runs from July 12 to 14 along the western side of Manhattan, expanding from one day to three days this year.  Activities include free admission to Dia Chelsea, a block party at Poster House, art-making at The Whitney, a family day at The Rubin, performances at Little Island, and much more. While many organizations are offering free admission to programs and events, advance registration may be required so check here before you go. RECOMMENDED: NYC's best summer music festivals of 2024 The event's hosted by The West Side Cultural Network—a group of museums, parks, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions all situated within the same half-mile portion of historic New York. It's intended to celebrate long-established cultural institutions as well as newer cultural powerhouses.  Here are a few West Side Fest highlights  Open Studio for Teens from at the Whitney Museum of American Art Free admission at the Whitney with artmaking activities and more during Free Friday Nights Free admission at Dia Chelsea Free admission at Poster House in celebration of the museum’s fifth anniversary Watercolor painting workshop with Georgie Flores inspired by the horticulture of Little Island Summer Sway at The Shed, a summer kickoff celebration Sound bath with custom synths and mini
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Two of our absolute favorite things—fresh-from-the-oven pizza and Summer Fridays—are coming together over at Dante on MacDougal Street, as the Italian café-turned-cocktail bar welcomes one of the city's buzziest slice joints to sling 'za every Friday afternoon this season.  RECOMMENDED: The 29 best pizza places in NYC offer both simple slices and elaborate whole pies Fini Pizza—the Brooklyn-bred pizza spot that has locations in Williamsburg (305 Bedford Avenue), at Barclay’s Center and in Amagansett (237 Main Street) out on Long Island—will be collaborating with the folks behind the Greenwich Village bar-restaurant for a pizza aperitivo of sorts. Kicking off on Friday, June 7, the Summer Fridays series will feature $9 slices from the pizzeria from noon to 6pm (or while supplies last) every week this summer. On the menu, you'll find tasty options like a classic cheese, peppy pepperoni, a square Sicilian (sprinkled with parmigiano and garlic breadcrumbs) and a white slice (fontina, parmigiano, mozzarella and brightening lemon). And you can pair Fini's excellent New York pizza with some Italian aperitivo cocktails from Dante, like a refreshing on-tap spritz or Negroni Bianca (Brooklyn Gin, Quinquina, Alessio Bianco, Carpano dry, lemon bitters and verjus).  But if you’re not located in NYC, don’t fret: Dante will return the favor over Fourth of July weekend by popping up at Fini Pizza’s Amagansett location in the Hamptons and bringing their aperitivo sips with them.  Both brands
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Everybody has an opinion about how early to arrive at the airport, and we won't wade into that debate. But we will staunchly insist that it's worth getting to the train station a little early when you're traveling out of Moynihan Train Hall because this beautiful station is packed with local spots worth visiting.  Here are seven hacks for how to make the most of your time while you wait for your Amtrak or LIRR train to arrive.  RECOMMENDED: Moynihan Train Hall in New York City: The ultimate guide to this major transit hub Photograph: By Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out 1. Don’t worry about eating beforehand If you were rushing to pack and ran out of time to eat lunch (guilty), don't worry. There are more than a dozen actually good options for eating at Moynihan Food Hall. To name a few, there's Maman, Pastrami Queen, Alidoro, Naya, Jacob’s Pickles, E.A.K. Ramen, The Irish Exit, Yono Sushi by BondSt, and Vesuvio Bakery. If you're running really late, the line at H&H Bagels is usually not too long, and you can grab a bagel for the train.  Photograph: By Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out 2. Pick up a gift while you’re there Let's say you're traveling to your friend's bachelorette party in Philadelphia, your college roommate's wedding in Chicago, or your cousin's graduation in Washington, D.C. and you forgot to get a gift. Don't sweat it.  There are several shops where you can put together a very cute and very New York gift that nobody will know was purchased at the l
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Clover Club has always been loftier than a self-proclaimed "neighborhood bar"—the standard-bearing cocktail parlor from mixology matriarch Julie Reiner (Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge) is a regular of the World's Best 50 Bars list, currently sitting pretty at a solid number 46 in all of North America. And now the iconic Carroll Gardens bar is expanding with a sibling drinkery next door. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best bars in NYC right now for classic cocktails, craft beer and expert wine selections Per Grubstreet, The Saloon at Clover Club will open at 208 Smith Street near Baltic in June, bringing with it a more "casual cocktail experience" than its older sister, as well as private invents and drink-making classes. The expansion plans kind of fell into Reiner's lap, she told the outlet, saying that the Saloon was born when her landlord called offering her to rent the old comic book store next door to the original bar.  The Saloon is the latest bar offering from Reiner, her wife Susan Fedroff and fellow business partners Christine Williams and Tom Macy; the portfolio currently includes the Latin-inspired Leyenda (with Ivy Mix) and the Milady's remake over in Soho. In the works for The Saloon will be classic cocktails like the Tuxedo (a martini cousin that traditionally features gin, dry Vermouth, absinthe, orange bitters and maraschino) and a Champagne Cobbler, which is reminiscent of a Mimosa but usually splashed with pineapple juice. While there will be real-deal saloon doors in the
Sure, there's nothing stopping you from frequenting the best outdoor bars in NYC year-round, but spring and summer are prime time for open-air imbibing. Those sunny days are longer, the temperatures are warmer and fun-loving frozen drinks reenter the mix all around town. With scenic appearances by floating boat bars, cloud-skimming rooftops and bloom-filled secret gardens, these are our favorite places to sip beer, wine, cocktails and all manner of boozy consumables outside in NYC this season.  RECOMMENDED: The 50 best bars in NYC right now
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The only places that offer even better views than New York City’s best waterfront restaurants are our water-top restaurants: yes, we're talking about those scenic boat bars and floating eateries that give off that breezy yachting lifestyle—but without the high price and pesky barnacles that stow away on an actual watercraft. Mostly only open seasonally, they’re peak spring and summer destinations with the warm-weather menus to match, all with a side of real-deal seafaring. So ahoy! New York's best boat bars will rise the tide for all your going-out plans this season.  RECOMMENDED: The 27 best outdoor bars in NYC
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After more than 70 years in the East Village, Veselka is bringing its soul-warming Ukrainian cooking to Williamsburg this June with a 5,000-square-foot new outpost at 646 Lorimer Street. And to celebrate its highly anticipated first foray into Brooklyn, the beloved diner is partnering with an equally iconic New York City institution for a new pierogi flavor: Katz’s Delicatessen.  RECOMMENDED: The 21 best diners in NYC right now, for sandwiches, burgers and more The first-time partnership between the two time-honored Lower East Side restaurants is centered on the “Pastrogi,” a pierogi made with Katz’s legendary, hand-sliced pastrami as the filling of Veselka’s signature Ukrainian dumpling. “The flavorful fusion was developed after weeks of testing and trials by both storied restaurants,” per a press release. Limited daily quantities of the “Pastrogi” will be available for one month only at Veselka’s brand-new Brooklyn location, currently slated to open on June 5. A limited number will also be available on Veselka’s website for shipping nationwide. The collab will also see a “New York Classics Package featuring Veselka“ ($160), which includes one dozen of Veselka’s classic potato pierogi along with Katz’s hand-carved pastrami and all the classic fixings. The pierogi-and-pastrami package will be available for the next three weeks via Katz’s nationwide shipping program and includes free shipping. “We are thrilled to partner with Veselka to give the gift of NYC’s classic pastrami
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A New York summer is often a hot one, and prime outdoor dining season is sizzling, too. Throughout NYC, rooftop bars, restaurants with amazing views and lovely waterfront destinations are shining in their annual turn in the sun. And the best outdoor setups at these all-day cafes, Michelin-starred stunners, cozy dives, neighborhood favorites and city newcomers all have picturesque settings to get your attention, and great food and drinks to keep you coming back from now through next fall.      RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC
Choosing a favorite restaurant in New York City is a joyful task with myriad possibilities depending on the occasion, mood and even the time of year. Your favorite dive, fine dining destination and 'any night' type of place might all occupy top spots on your personal best list in spite of their disparate qualities.  Our list of NYC’s 50 best restaurants is the same, spanning each of those categories and more to comprise a catalogue of all the places we wish we were at right now. They don’t have to be the newest or the most recently reviewed, just places that we want to return to again and again, and that we think that you will, too.  RECOMMENDED: NYC's best new restaurants of 2023 Note: Many of the city’s best chefs, restaurants and concepts have been welcomed into the Time Out Market. Because that is the highest honor we can award, establishments related to the market have not been ranked here, but you can see them below.  Stay in the Loop: Sign up for our free weekly newsletter to get the latest in New York City news, culture and dining. 

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Brownstone Brooklyn's newest attraction is a win-win for kids and parents.  While you're sipping a hot chocolate (perhaps with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream), your kiddos can whip around Court Street Tavern's debut ice skating rink. The newly opened Carroll Gardens restaurant has taken outdoor accommodations and upped the ante; while most eateries have opted for heated tents, this South Brooklyn spot has created its own destination for winter fun.  Meet the Court Street Ice Rink. Photograph: Time Out / Danielle Valente Photograph: Time Out / Danielle Valente Photograph: Courtesy Emily Bartlett Perfect for ages 13 and under, the super-cute "glice" rink from Matt Shendell of Paige Concepts is open daily from 12:15–7:15pm for $25 per child (including skate rentals). Parents can make reservations on Resy for 45-minute sessions and walk-ins are welcome. For an additional $10, moms and dads can rent a skate aid seal—an adorable buddy looking to help your little skaters keep their balance. Note that lockers are not available, so be prepared to hang onto those winter boots.  Plus, there's more good news. TVs are stationed right above the rink, so you can have your eyes on the game, your lil' winter Olympian and that tasty Hot Toddy. We told you this would be a win-win for everyone! Court Street Tavern is located at 449 Court St in Carroll Gardens.  Most popular on Time Out - Awesome things NYC families can’t miss in 2021- New kids’ movies coming out in 2021 that you can’t miss
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Are your little ones missing their favorite reading circle? Don’t worry, Mom and Dad: We have the perfect solution! Time Out is partnering with the New York Public Library to present digital storytimes for pint-sized bookworms. Beginning August 10, families can tune in Monday through Thursday at 10am—right here—for a remote read-aloud. Curious about the lineup? The Time Out New York Kids newsletter will reveal forthcoming story time schedules on Fridays, so sign up today! Monday, January 4 Susan Burkhardt from Van Cortlandt Library in The Bronx The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock by Jim Aylesworth and I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon Tuesday, January 5 Dana Keddy from Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library in Staten Island I Went Walking by Sue Williams and Boo! by Ben Newman Wednesday, January 6 Ruth Guerrier-Pierre from Kips Bay Library in Manhattan Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson Thursday, January 7 Nanette Rivera from Mulberry Street Library in Manhattan Perfect Square by Michael Hall Friday, January 8 Katie Loucks from Mosholu Library in The Bronx Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush and Rock-a-bye Baby by Jane Cabrera
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Update: The completely redesigned Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will now open in spring 2021 as opposed to February 2021. An exact date has not been revealed. We'll be sure to update you as soon as we know more.  Looks like we're going to have to be patient.  The Museum of Natural History's completely redesigned Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will now open in 2021 as opposed to this fall. But judging from the details, we have a feeling it'll be well worth the wait. On Feb 17, 2021, the family attraction will welcome visitors to the 11,000 square-foot space that house roughly 5,000 pieces from 95 countries. Guests can catch a glimpse of a 3,000-pound block of iridescent green and blue labradorite, the Singing Stone from the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the new "Beautiful Creatures" exhibit, which will celebrate historic and contemporary jewelry inspired by animals. Patrons will be able to find it in halls’ first temporary exhibition space. Plus, as an added bonus for the little learners in your crew, the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will be the perfect spot for children with an interest in earth science, as it promises to be an invaluable resource for schools and camps.  Courtesy AMNH “Generations of New Yorkers have loved the Museum’s mineral and gem halls, storing up memories of family visits and marveling at the glamorous displays of utterly spectacular minerals and gems,” Ellen V. Futter, Pre
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A library card goes a long way in New York City.  Today, the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library announced that Culture Pass will resume for 25 attractions—with limited capacity—on Nov 1. This program provides New Yorkers with library cards free access to their favorite family attractions.  The 25 institutions participating:  Alice Austen House Museum American Museum of Natural History Asia Society Museum Brooklyn Museum The Drawing Center Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Fraunces Tavern Museum International Studio & Curatorial Program The Jewish Museum King Manor Museum Kingsland Homestead The Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) MoMA PS1 Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum of Arts and Design Museum of the City of New York National Lighthouse Museum New Museum New York Botanical Garden The Noble Maritime Collection The Noguchi Museum Poster House The Rubin Museum of Art SculptureCenter How to snag a freebie:  Beginning Nov 1, in-person passes can be reserved up to one month in advance on culturepass.nyc. (Learn more about Culture Pass rules.)  More good news:  Additionally, Culture Pass is rebroadcasting virtual arts and cultural programs for all ages from NYC's favorite institutions through Nov 21.  Besides mapping out your Culture Pass plans, be sure to check out the best new and upcoming exhibits at our go-to kids' museums, sit in for virtual storytimes from the New York Public Library every Monday through Friday and see what el
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November 3 is quickly approaching, and the New York Public Library is in a political state of mind.  In honor of the upcoming election, the NYC institution has released a 2020 Election Reading List for three age groups: children, teens and adults. The selections focus on voter issues such as climate change, foreign policy and healthcare, among many others.  If your little bookworms are curious about this historical moment in our nation's history, have a look at some of the inspiring kids' books below that have landed on the ballots!   2020 Election Reading List for Kids Around America to Win the Vote by Mara Rockliff  Dreamers by Yuyi Morales Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Out of the Ice: How Climate Change Is Revealing the Past by Claire Eamer Ruth Objects: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Doreen Rappaport Courtesy: NYPL 2020 Election Reading List for Teens Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook & Ryan Estrada Displacement by Kiku Hughes Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Life & Work by Victoria Ortiz Election Manipulation: Is America's Voting System Secure? by John Allen It's Getting Hot in Here by Bridget Heos Courtesy: NYPL For the full list for each age group, visit nypl.org/election2020. While you're at it, be sure to check out Time Out's daily virtual storytimes with the NYPL and get homework assistance with the NYPL's free virtual tutoring—a game-changer for parents.   Most popular on Time Out - NYC schools closed: a running list of building shutdowns
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Milk & Cream is at it again!  After the success of the limited-edition Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle treats (ice cream pizza!), the Instagrammable dessert spot is continuing the fun with a second installment of the Nickelodeon flavor takeover (#NICKFLAVORTAKEOVER). This time, the focus is on Blue's Clues.   Show one of your favorite TV shows for kids some love by stopping in for a snack. Now through Oct 25, the shop will offer Blue's Snack Time Treat, an ice cream sammie with cookie dough, chocolate chips and dark chocolate-covered pretzels and Josh's Ultimate Ube Surprise, a purple yam ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate wafers and dusted off with chocolate crunchies.    Courtesy: Milk & Cream Cereal Bar   Of course, the ice cream hotspot will be decked out in all-things Blue's Clues, so make sure there is room in your camera roll. (We did tell you this was an Instagrammable dessert spot, after all.) Plus, temporary tattoos will be given out with your Blue's Clues purchase.    Courtesy: Milk & Cream Cereal Bar   If all of these dreamy desserts have given you a hankering for the Nickelodeon of yesteryear, check out where you can stream the coolest old-school cartoons (Doug, Hey Arnold, Ren and Stimpy, etc.).  Most popular on Time Out - NYC DOE reaches a new decision about the return to school- The NYC School Calendar for 2020-2021- A drive-thru fair food festival headed to New York this fall- The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is opening a second location this year- The
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Sleeping is overrated when there is a good book to finish.    Now that the New York Public Library has released its list of "125 Books We Love for Teens," a good night's rest will likely be few and far between. This brand-new collection of YA goodness joins the ranks of the Library's 125 favorite books for adults and children, both of which are in celebration of the attraction's milestone anniversary.  Now readers 12-18 (and the young at heart, of course) can enjoy tales of identity, self-discovery and love. (It's not all about unrequited crushes and the cool clique in homeroom, though there's plenty of that.) Curious what books made the list? Have a look at some of our favorite selections:  Go Ask Alice Anonymous The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier The Giver by Lois Lowry The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes You can take a gander at the full list on the NYPL website and download your favorite selections (aka everything) on the SimplyE app.  Have younger readers in your crew? Check out daily storytimes from Time Out New York Kids and the New York Public Library, where you can sit in on a digital read-aloud of your favorite kids' books.  Most popular on Time Out - NYC DOE reaches a new decision about the return to school- The NYC School
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Museums in New York City were given the green light to reopen at limited capacity on Aug 23. Although family attractions such as The Museum of Natural History and The Met started welcoming back visitors, most of our favorite children's museums only remain active online. However, the Children's Museum of the Arts just announced its plans in a Sept 18 newsletter.  "After evaluating options to reopen safely, we have made the difficult decision to stay closed for the remainder of the year," the note read. "Though our doors remain shut, we are more dedicated than ever to pursuing our mission of providing transformational and accessible arts opportunities through online content and programs." There are still plenty of ways to enjoy the best of the attraction: Art pods, parent workshops and virtual kids' classes are some of the offerings that'll keep the creative juices flowing this fall. No matter your little artist's interest, CMANY has the perfect fit, from its graphic novel club to animation and character design, among other cool after-school programs. Check them out! You can stay up-to-date on kids' museum reopening plans at Time Out New York Kids.  Most popular on Time Out - NYC DOE reaches a new decision about the return to school- The NYC School Calendar for 2020-2021- A drive-thru fair food festival headed to New York this fall- The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is opening a second location this year- The best apple picking NY kids and families love Get us in your inbox! Sign
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Summer vacation is practically in the rearview mirror, so now is the time for kids to soak up that last bit of freedom.  Plus, there are a few end-of-season perks to enjoy. Some of NYC's best family attractions are offering free and discounted admission for students before the first day of school on Sept 21. Count us in! “Arts and culture are a critical part of New York City’s social fabric, and we thank these organizations for providing our kids with safe, educational activities before schools open next week,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his Sept 14 press briefing.  Making day trip plans? Here are the participating institutions, according to the city's website:  American Museum of Natural History: The museum welcomes NYC schoolchildren and their caregivers back, with a hall to visit for every grade and every age. Tickets are pay what you wish for NYC residents. Reserve on their website: https://ticketing.amnh.org/#tickets. Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met is welcoming students and caregivers back to both their main building on Fifth Avenue, and to The Cloisters. For NYC residents, admission is pay what you wish. Closed to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Reserve a timed ticket on their website: https://engage.metmuseum.org/reservation. Morgan Library and Museum: The Morgan Library & Museum is providing free tickets to school-aged kids aged 18 and younger and their caregivers on September 16, 17 and 18. Advance reservation required. Families can email tickets@th
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Update: You can snag 50 percent off a child's ticket (with the purchase of one adult ticket) when children where their costumes to Boo at the Zoo. Use "COSTUME" at checkout to claim the offer.  In a spooky state of mind? You're not alone.  Tickets have just gone on sale for the Bronx Zoo's annual Boo at the Zoo festival, and this year's celebration is chillingly wicked—in a good way!  Thursday through Sunday from Oct 1 to Nov 1 is your chance to revel in the Halloween fun, from magic shows and pumpkin carving demonstrations to mind reading and trips through the spooky extinct animal graveyard. Each day, animal-themed costumed stilt walkers and Halloween animal puppets will put on a "MASKerade" while the Wildlife Theater will pull out all the stops with performances in Astor Court.    Photograph: Courtesy Julie Larsen Maher   Like other family attractions, the Bronx Zoo had to make some adjustments to this year's festivities, but that certainly doesn't mean Halloween is canceled—far from it. All guests 3 and up are required to wear a mask and social distance when on the grounds. Additionally, advanced tickets are required before attending and reentry is not permitted. A full list of health and safety guidelines is available on the zoo's website.  You can snag tickets online ($39.95 adults, $29.95 children ages 3–12) and map out your other fall activities. We suggest apple picking, checking out Six Flags' new HALLOWFEST and, of course, marveling at the pumpkin artistry on dis
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