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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include Honk NYC!, Halloween fun and more

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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If you're looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of fun options. Head to Honk Fest NYC for some live street band performances, a magical pre-Hallows' evening at Housing Works and celebrate Day of the Dead at The Garret Coctelería. For more ideas, scroll down to see this week's best things to do in NYC.

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Best things to do in NYC this week

  • Art
  • Hell's Kitchen

Between October 15 and October 24, the fourth annual Chinatown Arts Week will feature a night market of arts and food featuring a bilingual performance from vocalist and saxophonist Stephanie Chou, a large-scale crochet mural to be installed in Columbus Park by the Chinatown Yarn Circle, a live art installation featuring vignettes of Chinese dance, traditional papercut art, and classical Chinese instrumental music, two exhibitions of works from the Asian American Arts Centre collection, a sword and long fan dance from Red Silk Dancers followed by a flowing dance workshop, and a dance party featuring vinyls from the Asian diaspora to celebrate a new mural on a neighborhood newsstand. Check out the full schedule here.

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  • Restaurants
  • Little Italy

Commune with the dead at Coctelería de los Muertos, a pop-up launching that has launched at The Garret Coctelería. The Nolita bar and restaurant is celebrating Día de los Muertos all month long with decorations that include custom-built altars honoring artistic icons we’ve lost over the years, alongside traditional skulls, crosses, votive candles, and candlesticks. There will also be more than 5,000 feet of marigolds, often known as “flowers of the dead” (flor de muerto), that'll be placed on the altars, the tables and even the ceiling. White bulb string lights will be decoratively strung from the ceiling both in the indoor and outdoor seating areas and brightly colored, woven blankets and textiles will be offered tableside to keep diners warm in the outdoor dining structure. Intricately cut tissue paper banners (papel picado) will float above the tables and there will be themed drinks to boot. Order up the Weeping in Queens (White rum, pumpkin puree, orange bell pepper, cane, pumpkin spice rum, peach preserves), the Certified Sad Boy (Reposado tequila, tamarind, pineapple two ways, honey bitters, hibiscus drizzle for a “blood” effect), or the Abrete Sesamo (Mezcal, cachaca, tomatillo, poblano, cucumber, lime, coconut, chamoy smoked salt, sesame).

 

  • Dance
  • Midtown West

New York City Center is holding its 18th Fall for Dance Festival with five unique programs—each featuring three different groups of artists and companies presented this year without intermissions—for the price of a movie ticket. There will be four NYCC commissions presented by tap dance superstar Ayodele Casel, modern dance legend Lar Lubovitch for New York City Ballet principal dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon, and The Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstruction of a series of dances based on trios originally created for Tony Award-winning actor and dancer Gwen Verdon and feature New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin. The fourth, a co-commission with Vail Dance Festival, will be created by sought-after choreographer Justin Peck for New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck and American Ballet Theatre principal Herman Cornejo.

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  • Theater
  • Upper East Side

The French Institute Alliance Française’s 14th annual fall festival brings an intriguing offering of theater, dance, talks and art to the institution's home base and to sites across New York. The festival will celebrate Africa’s cultural renaissance with works by interdisciplinary artists coming out of the continent and diaspora. 

Celebrate NYC's coastal waters and estuary wildlife with three days of in-person and virtual programming including a lineup of in-person activities, virtual panels, wildlife tours and performances centered on local wildlife, harbor habitat and river health. Participants will be able to see local fish populations up close, check out turtle hatchlings, learn about the diverse range of creatures found in NYC’s waterways, a visit to the Wetlab at Pier 40, a live panel on research in the Hudson River Estuary, explore the Pier 26 Tide Deck in the Park with River Project staff and a celebration of oysters at the park. 

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  • Movies
  • Science fiction

First things first. Yes, the sandworms are awesome. Gigantic voracious tubes with thousands of scimitar teeth that curve inward to form a kind of giant eyeball, they’re a bit like what would happen if the Channel Tunnel had a baby with a Sarlacc. These subterranean nightmares that lurk beneath the surface of the vast desert planet of Arakkis are just one element of this big, thinky blockbuster to seriously exceed expectations. An epic sci-fi full of premonitions, Dune director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) must have had a few of his own when he set about bringing Frank Herbert’s thematically dense book series to the screen: mostly involving sobbing into his on-set coffee at the sheer enormity of cramming it all into a film. But the Canadian filmmaker has nailed it where, in different ways David Lynch, Alejandro Jodorowksy and Ridley Scott all floundered. Dune premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. It’s in US theaters Oct 22.

  • Music
  • Hell's Kitchen

Honk NYC!, the annual street festival of street bands, is back in New York City's boroughs with a week-long series of accessible and affordable celebratory outdoor performances, sidewalk parades, and small indoor concerts. Hear from the hottest eclectic street bands such as Brass Queens, Extra Syrup Horns, The L Train Brass Band, Batala New York, festival founders Hungry March Band and more. In Harlem, musicians Melvin Gibbs, Arto Lindsay, and Greg Tate will present "the Ancestors here Us/the ancestors Hear us" and artist Pat Oleszko's "Be/Where the Writing Waters!" will play along the waterfront in Lower Manhattan.

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  • Movies
  • Movies

New York's biggest LGBTQ+ film festival, Newfest, will return this autumn, with a new hybrid model of in-person and virtual screenings. 2021 marks the 33rd annual rendition of the event. The 2021 hybrid edition of Newfest will include a robust lineup of films, premieres and panels, including in-person screenings at The SVA Theatre and The LGBT Community Center. For the first time ever, Newfest will also add Brooklyn screening locations, at Nitehawk Prospect Park and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Those who prefer to watch the latest in queer cinema from the couch can also subscribe to Newfest's limited-time, on-demand platform, which was launched in 2020 to continue the festival safely. This year's Newfest runs from October 15–26, with a robust schedule of documentaries, feature films, shorts and more. 

  • Things to do
  • City Life

The perfect fall photo opp is awaiting you at The Seaport! Located on the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17, this year's pumpkin arch is made up of real orange pumpkins, fall leaves and twisted vines for a picture-perfect snapshot of you in front of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge behind you. The arch itself is one of the only places in Manhattan that you can take photos surrounded by gourds—if you travel to the outer boroughs, you can find them at the Queens County Farm's Floral Escape, the New York Botanical Garden's Scarecrows & Pumpkins and at other fall-themed events. It'll be up through the month at Pier 17 and is free to take your photo under while you're visiting the Hester Street Fair or the Bill Cunningham exhibit.

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  • Things to do
  • Hell's Kitchen

A week of culinary fun with this gourmet food festival by the Consul General of France in New York Jérémie Robert and this year’s Good France ambassador and 2-Michelin stars Chef Christophe Hay. Catch a screening of "The Goddesses of Food" by Vérane Frediani about pioneering women from all across the globe working in haute gastronomy, restaurants and the food and wine industry (online through October 22) and an accompanying talk on October 19, enjoy a wine tasting with Pascaline Lepeltier, Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) sommelier and Best Sommelier of France 2018, on Saturday at the Consulate ($75 per person) and attend a Renaissance-era dinner party with five courses by chefs Sébastien Baud, Aurélien Dufour, Hervé Malivert, Pascal Petiteau and Alexandre Seince to celebrate the Centre-Val de Loire gastronomy in a baroque style on Friday, October 22, ($250 per person). Check the schedule online to plan your week!

 

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Comedians will tell their personal paranomal tales at the annual live taping of "Comedians with Ghost Stories" at Caveat on Thursday, starting at 9:30pm. You'll hear from Myq Kaplan, Nonye Brown-West and podcasters Tracy McClendon and Pete Stegemeyer. There will also be morbid trivia and games from hosts Larry Mancini and Emily Winter In-person tickets are $15 in advance and livestream tickets are $5. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

If there's one good reason to leave your cats at home alone for few hours, it's this: Grand Army has introduced a new fall cocktail menu, and it's 100% cat themed! The Boerum Hill neighborhood bar and restaurant (336 State Street) is known for its top notch drinks and themed menus. Previous motifs include Nicolas Cage (this past summer's menu), My Little Pony, gemstones, Gilmore Girls, Sade songs, monster trucks, space cowgirls and state parks of Oklahoma. For this fall, 13 new feline-inspired drinks will be available...

Comedian and pop-culture expert Jonathan van Halem will take you on a year-by-year journey through the 2010s, going over the biggest movies and TV shows, their cultural trends and memorable moments, starting with 2010. "Did Katy Perry deserve to get banned from Sesame Street? Could Mark Wahlberg actually have stopped 9/11? After JWoww has sex with a guy, does she really rip his head off?" The doors at Caveat open at 9pm and the show begins at 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of. 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Honey, you shrunk yourself? It's possible, thanks to a new interactive pop-up at Chelsea Market. Through February 14, 2022, New Yorkers can visit Dopl to take a 3D full body scan and receive a true-to-life 3D miniature of themselves. It's a micro doppelgänger! Dopl, a technology company that specializes in 3D technology, printing and development, just opened a store in Soho. Their unique works aims to capture the essence of how people feel in the moments they want to remember the most. The miniatures, which have been dubbed ‘Dopls’ start with the full 360-degree image captured on-site, which is then crafted in the Dopl production studio located in Brooklyn. 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Cuffing season is back! And now that we're out of quarantine (for the most part) and out on the town, we know that partnering up with someone cuddly this winter may look, like everything else, a little different. That is, you're probably going to still want to go out, a lot, and not face another winter of being shut-in. These cocktails are here for that.  Icelandic vodka brand, Reyka, is bringing its own take on cuffing season to local date spots, with a Cuffing Cocktail that's actually two drinks handcuffed together. Try co-sipping that! The drink will be available starting Sunday, October 18 so get your date ready for the cold season. It will be a menu special at the Andy Warhol-themed speakeasy Factory 380, martini destination Sidney’s Five and East Village staple hang Boulton & Watt

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

One of Texas' best exports to New York City is getting a new Manhattan location this monday. Alamo Drafthouse, the cinema known for serving restaurant-quality food and drinks during its screenings, is opening its second New York location in Manhattan. Adding to its downtown Brooklyn location, Alamo Drafthouse's second NYC locations will be at 28 Liberty St. with fourteen auditoriums that seat up to 578 guests in total. The theater chain is known for its luxury reclining seats with built-in tables and cupholders. It's like being in an elite private screening room, but anyone can buy a ticket. Movie buffs at Alamo's Lower Manhattan location will be treated to 4K digital projection and 7.1 Dolby surround sound. The opening screenings include current blockbusters like No Time to Die, and Marvel's Eternals as well as classics like 1933's original King Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Chinese
  • Midtown East

As of October 11, this upscale Northern Chinese restaurant offers Flaming Peking Duck three nights a week (Monday through Wednesday), which is a dining experience like no other.

Air-dried for 36-hours and infused with the finest Sichuan green chillies, star anise, ground black pepper and Hutong’s homemade chilli paste, the duck’s skin is perfectly crisp and seasoned. It's roasted for 40 minutes before being set on fire with Chinese rose wine and rum, emitting a heavenly scent that wafts through the dining room as the flames rise from the pan right at your table. The chef delicately carves the duck tableside through fire to release mouthwatering, aromatic flavours with every bite. The duck is then served with traditional handmade steamed pancakes, and is uniquely paired with shredded papaya, sweet cantaloupe, alongside traditional cucumber and spring onions. With two sauces available, guests can opt between the traditional duck sauce or the new honey mustard sauce which pairs beautifully with the duck’s fragrant spices. The new Flaming Peking duck is now available every evening, priced at $108 for a whole flaming duck.

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  • Movies
  • Documentary

It’s a tough gig to tackle the myth of the Velvet Underground. That myth says that classically trained son of a Welsh miner John Cale met troubled Dylan wannabe Lou Reed in New York and formed the most influential/unsuccessful band of all time, under the dubious auspices of Andy Warhol. Todd Haynes manages to do much more than tease that story out, though. His documentary is a lyrical and visual paean to the idea of what makes great art. Supposedly, this is the first proper film ever about the VU, and thank God. Unlike, say, the Beatles Anthology, there are no contemporary TV interviews, press conferences, airport arrivals. Basically, no one gave a shit about the Velvet Underground. There are no boring music historians here. Instead, Haynes marshals some choice talking heads – surviving members Cale and drummer Moe Tucker, and dancer Mary Woronov – and gorgeous, gorgeous footage, largely from the ever-spooling cameras of Warhol’s Factory. He makes a virtue of the band’s predicament as the catspaw of the artist to investigate their position as outsiders who found themselves insiders trying to break out. If you already love the Velvet Underground, this is two hours of visual and aural bliss. If you don’t, same. The Velvet Underground is in select cinemas and launches on Apple TV+ Oct 15.

  • Movies
  • Action and adventure

Men hacking at each other with swords in front of a baying crowd and a capricious ruler in a Ridley Scott period movie. Sounds familiar, right? And sure enough there are moments in The Last Duel that do call Gladiator to mind – especially in the crunching battle scenes that decorate the first half of the film in interesting shades of blood and gristle. But this bleak, wintry retelling of a real historical episode in fourteenth-century Normandy is nothing like as satisfying as that Ancient Rome epic. At the heart of its storm of vain, egotistical and abusive men is Jodie Comer’s smart, courageous noblewoman, Lady Marguerite de Carrouges, whose rape at the hands of scheming Jacques LeGris (Adam Driver) leads her husband, lunkish warrior Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), to challenge him to France’s last officially sanctioned duel. The big challenge for The Last Duel is to depict a world in which women are marginalised and disempowered without doing the same thing to its female characters. Maybe it should have ceded more of its cold stone floor to Marguerite. In US cinemas Oct 15.

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  • Movies
  • Drama

Anyone versed in the emotionally intelligent, endlessly intuitive but entirely ungory work of French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve might be surprised to learn that her first English-language drama features a scene straight out of a slasher movie. A stalker pursues a young woman through a derelict space until the tables are turned and the assailant finds himself stabbed in the guts. As well as an intriguing glimpse of what a Hansen-Løve Halloween movie might look like, it’s one of many playful moments in a relationship drama that uses the former island home of great Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman as a meta backdrop from a deep dive into the vagaries of the human heart and a woman’s quest for creative emancipation. There’s no cruelty in Bergman Island but like that slasher flick, it’s still a film with a sharp point. In US theaters Oct 15.

  • Art
  • Washington Heights

Get a rare glimpse of one of the major art forms of the Hispanic World from 1500 to 1800—polychrome sculpture. The Hispanic Museum & Library is hosting the first exhibit in New York to feature this kind of art in two decades. Over 20 sculptures, including major works by women artists such as Luisa Roldán and Andrea de Mena, show how the stylistic conventions of Spain were adapted in the New World. Among the works on view, visitors will see a monumental relief of the Resurrection attributed to Gil de Siloe, 16th-century reliquary busts by Juan de Juni and "St. Acisclus" by Pedro de Mena. A section of gilded figures will showcase sculptures from Latin America characterized by an impressive range of scale and emotion, including a 16th-century relief of Santiago Matamoros (St. James the moorslayer) from Mexico and the "Virgin of Quito" or "St. Michael" as well as Caspicara’s "Four Fates of Man." Expect to see works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla; sculpture by Pedro de Mena and Luisa Roldán; Latin American paintings and sculpture by Vázquez, Luis Juárez, López de Arteaga, Rodríguez Juárez, Caspicara, Campeche, and Arrieta.

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

The arrival of fall in NYC ushers in autumnal fun with apple picking, Oktoberfest and Halloween events, and Serra by Birreria’s seasonal refresh is right up there with the best of them. Starting today, Friday October 1, Eataly Flatiron’s rooftop will shed its spring greenhouse theme and emerge with a burst of fresh fall foliage. The new look, designed by the returning Milky Way Studio, is intended to evoke the changing flora of the Italian countryside right around this time of year. Take the elevator up to the 14th floor, and you’ll step into a kaleidoscope of verdant green and sunset hues of vibrant orange, amber and crimson, all winding up the walls and crisscrossing in a canopy overhead. Serra’s menu has been re-written, too, to focus on the flavors of fall. Eataly chefs source produce from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket in search of the harvest’s best, and over the next few months the restaurant will spotlight individual local farms, too. North Dutchess County’s Migliorelli Farm is first, and its honeycrisp apples will feature in the insalata di radicchio e mele. The menu also includes arancini, fried calamari, sharable snacks like the chef’s selection of meat and cheese, and ravioli, campanelle and tagliatelle plates. 

  • Art
  • Art

An exciting new addition to the Times Square neighborhood is an 18-foot tall fountain covered in over 400,000 acrylic nails. The public artwork comes from visual artist Pamela Council, who uses they/them pronouns and employs a slightly camp approach to exploring black joy and femininity in their off-kilter, site-specific pieces. In a visual sense A Fountain for Survivors will be a jubilant affair, but, according to Council, the piece rises out of an intention to create a space for people to reflect on their own “survival”—whether that’s from life or Covid-19 or any of the other innumerable challenges a person can face in a single day. The fountain will be a full-throttled sensory experience, mixing together heat, smell, touch and scent. And Council even calls on viewers to toss a "wishing wafer" into the fountain. The work was commissioned by Times Square Arts, which collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with New York’s most recognizable neighborhood. 

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  • Movies
  • Action and adventure

Deviating from a formula as well-ironed as one of its hero’s tuxes, No Time to Die bids goodbye to Daniel Craig with so many surprises, it’s tough to know where to start. There are big, unprecedented storytelling decisions; Bond relates to not one, but several women as equals; and at one point, he makes pancakes for a small child. The nicest surprise of them all, though, is just how good it is. Much-delayed, not least by a switch of directors when Danny Boyle left and Cary Fukunaga stepped in, it finally arrives as a reminder of the big-screen power of a blockbuster franchise firing on all cylinders. It’s the funniest Bond in forever, too, with a zingy script (quite possibly due to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s contributions) delivered by Craig and co with aplomb. By whatever metrics you measure a Bond movie – tight plotting, gnarly villains, emotional sincerity – Craig’s final outing is a rip-roaring success. #CraigNotBond feels like a very long time ago now, in every sense.  In US theaters Oct 8.

  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Midtown West

Who doesn’t enjoy a royal wedding? The zingy Broadway musical Six celebrates, in boisterous fashion, the union of English dynastic history and modern pop music. On a mock concert stage, backed by an all-female band, the six wives of the 16th-century monarch Henry VIII air their grievances in song, and most of them have plenty to complain about: two were beheaded, two were divorced, one died soon after childbirth. In this self-described “histo-remix,” members of the long-suffering sextet spin their pain into bops; the queens sing their heads off and the audience loses its mind. That may be for the best, because Six is not a show that bears too much thinking about. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss wrote it when they were still students at Cambridge University, and it has the feel of a very entertaining senior showcase. Its 80 minutes are stuffed with clever turns of rhyme and catchy pastiche melodies that let mega-voiced singers toss off impressive “riffs to ruffle your ruffs.” The show's own riffs on history are educational, too, like a cheeky new British edition of Schoolhouse Rock. If all these hors d’oeuvres don’t quite add up to a meal, they are undeniably tasty.

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  • Movies
  • Bushwick

Brooklyn's Runaway Roof is hosting a month of Halloween movie screenings. Doors open at 6:30 and films begin at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. Below is the schedule:

Sunday, October 3: Bride of Chucky
Wednesday, October 6: Edward Scissorhands
Wednesday, October 13: Beetlejuice
Wednesday, October 20: The Nightmare Before Christmas (pre-show at 7:30pm, film at 8pm)
Wednesday, October 27: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Art
  • Union Square

Giant bronze busts of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Congressman John Lewis now sit in Union Square in hopes of furthering the push for social change. The 12-foot-tall sculptures by Chris Carnabuci and Confront Art, which are made from precision-cut Okoume plywood and finished with bronze, are part of an exhibit called "SEEINJUSTICE" and titled "Floyd," "Breonna Taylor" and "John Lewis." They're displayed in the square under NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and highlights the need for social change while honoring the lives and ongoing social justice messages through art, tying together three iconic people. Placing them in Union Square is on purpose—the park has a history as a democratic space to gather in the name of equality and justice. They'll be up through October 30.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Greenwich Village

Newly opened in the West Village this past June, Yuco has 65 seats and an aim “to be the single most innovative Yucateco restaurant in the world.” Already, it's doing a bit to reorient fine dining in NYC. You can go to Yuco and spend $225 per person on its tasting menu before drinks, tax and tip. Nine courses are like a carousel of some of the best of what Yuco has to offer across its price tiers. A $95 prix-fixe lets you choose one item from first, main and mid-course sections. In a move that separates Yuco from NYC’s more antiquated institutions of higher eating, everything is available à la carte. Chef-partner Christian Ortiz’s excellent braised oxtail en mole, for example, appears on either the prix-fixe menu or on its own for $51. Even divorced from the pageantry of Yuco’s grandest tasting and the truncated spectacle of its second, the execution is remarkable. This is a ne plus ultra oxtail, rich and satiny and offset by a deep mole unlike what any other NYC restaurant has on its menu

  • Things to do
  • Long Island

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is back with surreal creations this year, like a giant pumpkin sea monster and NYC streetscape made of hundreds of pumpkins each.

The massive blaze has two locations—Hudson Valley returns to its location at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson for the 17th year and Blaze: Long Island returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage for the second year.

This year, the blaze is bigger and better than ever with thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns lit up in elaborate displays throughout historic landscapes. The Blaze: Hudson Valley will include a New York City streetscape and an immersive river walk-through experience. Blaze: Long Island will show off an 80-foot circus train, a new sea monster and more creatures from under the ocean.

There will be plenty of nights to see each Blaze — Hudson Valley will run for a record 59 nights from September 17 through November 21, and Long Island will run for 36 nights from September 22 through November 7.  

Luckily, the Blazes are outdoors and touch-free, however, capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing. Visitors who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are not required for vaccinated visitors while on the grounds but will be required when entering buildings at restrooms or shops.

Tickets go fast (flex tickets, which allow you to go any night have already sold out), so get yours today!

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Choosing from three categories of short stories, visitors to the Center For Fiction in Brooklyn can "push" a touchless button and the machine will dispense a scroll with a randomly chosen story for free. The stories that come out are curated by The Center for Fiction staff, drawing from its publishing company/creator Short Édition’s global database of literature and work created by The Center’s community of affiliated authors, emerging writer fellows, award winners and nominees, teachers, and students. One of the three buttons will always be dedicated to children’s stories, while the others will change themes throughout the year so that readers always get a fresh and diverse collection of stories, from classic folktales to contemporary voices. According to Short Édition, the idea is to offer a "tactile moment with a story on an eco-friendly scroll in 1min, 3min, or 5min reading times."

  • Things to do
  • Flatiron

Head to a mysterious gymnasium in the West Village on Monday night for a thrilling murder mystery involving jocks, geeks, nerds, goths and high school cliques. On graduation day in 1992, beloved Principal Facultez is discovered dead just before families are due to arrive, his neck slit with a blood-soaked protractor. Everyone has a motive, be it unscrupulous students, two-faced teachers or a naughty nun with a saucy habit.  With every suspect locked in the gymnasium, aspersions are cast and secrets revealed as participants work to solve the murder and defend themselves to the bitter end. Will guests find the right killer and receive their diplomas on time or will peaking in high school be the least of their worries? Each show only has 13 participants, who get a background sheet with everything they need to know ahead of time and how to dress for the part they are playing. Two actors guide the story so that every person has a personalized experience. There are only 13 tickets allocated per show. 7pm show tickets are $75 and 9pm show tickets are $85.

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  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Hell's Kitchen

Red alert! Red alert! If you’re the kind of person who frets that jukebox musicals are taking over Broadway, prepare to tilt at the windmill that is the gorgeous, gaudy, spectacularly overstuffed Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Directed with opulent showmanship by Alex Timbers, this adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie may be costume jewelry, but its shine is dazzling. The place is the legendary Paris nightclub of the title, and the year is ostensibly 1899. Yet the songs—like Catherine Zuber’s eye-popping costumes—span some 150 years of styles. Moulin Rouge! begins with a generous slathering of “Lady Marmalade,” belted to the skies by four women in sexy black lingerie, long velvet gloves and feathered headdresses. Soon they yield the stage to the beautiful courtesan Satine (a sublimely troubled Karen Olivo), who makes her grand entrance descending from the ceiling on a swing, singing “Diamonds Are Forever.” She is the Moulin Rouge’s principal songbird, and Derek McLane’s sumptuous gold-and-red set looms around her like a gilded cage.

  • Things to do
  • Financial District

Once you step into this Wall Street Mansion, you'll enter a supernatural soiree full of magic, hauntings and mystery that'll set you on a chilling journey with themed-drinks in hand. House of Spirits is a two-hour immersive experience that allows you to roam around the mansion and discover macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games and giant Ouija boards. There's a storyline to follow, too, about Molly and Francisco Vega, a young couple who lost their baby during childbirth. "Francisco focuses his grief into art and begins a series of disturbing paintings, while Molly’s grief drives her to a much darker place. Loosely based on the life and artwork of famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya, House of Spirits weaves a disquieting and interactive storyline certain to leave guests delightfully chilled." Be sure to prepare for the experience—guests are highly encouraged to dress in time period fashion, costume or elegant dress.

 

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  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Midtown West

One’s sorely tempted to praise the delightful new musical Waitress using lots of bakery metaphors. After all, its hero is a pastry genius with relationship woes named Jenna (Jessie Mueller). She’s a perky Southern gal who can confect a mouthwatering Mermaid Marshmallow Pie but can’t measure the right ingredients for happiness. So, unable to resist, here I go: Fresh and delicious, Waitress has an excellent ratio of sweet to tart; supporting characters who provide crustiness (Dakin Matthews’s grumbly store owner) and flakiness (Christopher Fitzgerald’s loony admirer of another waitress); and cooked-to-perfection staging by Diane Paulus. The whole dish is—please forgive me—love at first bite.

  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

New York City's first and only immersive exhibit about cannabis—and the only experience to encourage coming to it high—opens this week with eight rooms to take you on a journey across various states of being. The Stone Age, which is a woman and minority-owned business by Sasha Perelman and Elizabeth Santana, whisks you up a tunnel-like escalator into the exhibition which delves into the many benefits of cannabis, from increased creativity and arousal to euphoria, pain management and mindfulness by using eye-grabbing art installations across 9,000 square feet of its Chelsea building. Santana and Perelman wanted to create an experience that was "relatable no matter your relationship with cannabis." 

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  • Comedy
  • Midtown West

Comedy Nite Live is a new weekly stand-up comedy showthat features new comedians every week on Thursdays at 9pm at RPM Underground. Past comedians have included Usama Siddique, Zach Zimmerman, Jocelyn Chia, Derek Gaines, Robby Slowik and Kareem Green among others. What's cool is that the $5 ticket price includes an hour of free private-room karaoke after the show.

  • Restaurants
  • Harlem

The school cafeteria has nothing on this tapas restaurant. 

Oliva, a new Spanish restaurant by chef Franklin Becker, is adjacent to Manhattanville Market, which is within Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center, but the offerings are far from university fare. 

The lively, fun West Harlem spot serves premium products sourced directly from Spain, showcasing shareable dishes with modern interpretations to whisk you across the Atlantic in just a few small bites. 

Oliva’s menu, developed with Chef de Cuisine Chris Strelnick, highlights cured meats, Embutidos, along with a variety of queso, a frio y ambiente section and finishes with a selection of calida y caliente. For non-hispanohablantes, that’s cold and hot dishes.

Standout dishes from the Fall 2021 opening menu include a mackerel and blood orange crudo, Serrano ham croquetas, crab fideos and a Soccarat, or seafood rice, for two. For dessert, a crema Catalana presents a creamy Barcelonian twist on more familiar creme brulee. 

The beverage menu, designed by mixologist Eamon Rockey, offers beverages from regions around Spain, local New York beers, ciders and spirits, plus cocktails designed to emulate the easygoing European lifestyle. There is, of course, sangria, as well as Spanish-style gin and tonics, with fresh and dried botanicals, and plenty of fortified wines, like sherry and vermouth.  

Live music nights help fill the floor-to-ceiling glass space with joy and celebration, and the restaurant serves as a nice pitstop for a drink and cheese plate before dinner or a full-on gathering hall for group celebrations. 

Oliva offers both indoor and outdoor dining and is open Tuesday through Thursday, 5pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm-11pm and Sundays from 5pm-10pm. Reservations are accepted through Resy or by phone, 917-522-0391.

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  • Things to do
  • The Bronx

The best of fall is on display at the New York Botanical Garden. Hundreds of gourd-geous pumpkins and scarecrows now decorate the Bronx landscape for autumn now through October 31.

Head to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building and on the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Plaza, where you'll see pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and more than 100 whimsical scarecrows on the twisting trails of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

From 10am to 6pm, you can see these beautiful decorations but NYBG will also have autumnal events for kids and adults alike, including Puppets on Parade on weekends, where larger-than-life pumpkins and skeletons designed by puppeteer Lucrecia Novoa of Mascara Viva greet visitors as well as pumpkin-carving demonstrations by Adam Bierton, the 2015 winner of the Food Network series Halloween Wars.

NYBG’s beloved tradition of kiku—magnificent displays of chrysanthemums in astonishing forms, styles, and sizes—will be integrated with KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature and on view in select galleries of the Enid A. Conservatory from Saturday, October 2 through Sunday, October 31, 2021 as well.

You may also want to do some walking in the fall forest on the weekends in and around the Thain Family Forest. Here, visitors can "revel in the unique autumnal beauty and resilience of the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, the largest expanse of New York City's original wooded landscape."

  • Theater
  • Drama
  • Midtown West

The defense never rests in Aaron Sorkin’s cagey adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. That the play exists at all is an act of boldness: Turning Harper Lee’s 1960 novel into a play in 2018 is no easy task. The hero of the story, as every schoolchild knows, is Atticus Finch (Jeff Daniels), a lawyer in rural Alabama in the early 1930s, who bravely defends a disabled black man, Tom Robinson (Gbenga Akinnagbe), against a false accusation of rape. Slow to anger and reluctant to judge—“You never really understand a person,” he says, “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”—Atticus is a paragon of that most fabled of American values: decency.

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  • Comedy
  • Lower East Side

Sesh Comedy is the only BYOB comedy club in NYC and features comics from Comedy Central, HBO, Colbert, Netflix, Amazon, and others. It's "Comedy Cellar if the Comedy Cellar was $10 and when you arrived they handed you a free drink!" That's right, you get a free alcoholic drink with your ticket (if you're 21 or older). BYOB is also encouraged.

  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Midtown West

Anaïs Mitchell’s fizzy, moody, thrilling new Broadway musical 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 in the chilling anthem that ends the first act. “And the wall keeps out the enemy.”) Meanwhile, Hades’s miserable, tippling trophy queen, Persephone (the fabulous Amber Gray, a human jolt of absinthe), yearns for the greener pastures of her youth.

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  • Art
  • Art

Giant origami-inspired sculptures now decorate Broadway, bringing a child-like whimsy to the Garment District. The installation, entitled "Hacer: Transformations," features seven massive paper-like animals: two dark turquoise coyotes, two medium turquoise rabbits, a magenta elephant, a yellow dog and a green bear cub. It's located on the public plazas of Broadway Boulevard in the Garment District between 36th and 39th Streets and will be there through November 23.

 

  • Shopping
  • Shopping & Style

Vintage shopping has long been a Brooklyn past time, but two major brands are teaming up to push the joy of buying (gently) used closed even further. Madewell and thredUP, an fashion resale site, have launched a "Circular Store" in Williamsburg, selling exclusively secondhand clothes. Located at 89 N. 6th Street, which is typically Madewell's Men's store, this Circular Store be the first-ever shop of its kind, thoroughly stocked with preloved Madewell styles via thredUP. Prices range from $10-40, and categories include denim, dresses, jackets and more. ThredUP continues the circular concept by offering clean out kits at the store, to help shoppers keep their previously worn clothes in use, out of landfills, and sold to earn fashionistas a little cash, to well, spend at the circular store. 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

New Yorkers will be able to party with the Mad Hatter in an immersive cocktail experience coming to the Upper West Side. Partiers will climb down the rabbit hole to join in the topsy-turvy cocktail adventure called "The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience" that'll hit NYC on September 23. The Mad Hatter will oversee revelers as they create their own "enchanted" teapot cocktails and host a game of flamingo croquet while revelers paint the roses red and cautiously consumer "Eat Me" cakes. They'll also be put to the test in solving wacky riddles just like Alice to avoid the Queen of Hearts who will inevitably order guards: "Off with her head!" This 90-minute alternate reality experience in Wonderland, which is currently in Denver, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, costs $47 per person and includes two bespoke cocktails and "Eat Me" cake.

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  • Things to do
  • Hell's Kitchen

Photoville is back in its 10th year and the second to bring photography to every borough of
New York City.

The free, outdoor, pet-friendly photography exhibition is heading to NYC Parks — Brooklyn Bridge Park, Astoria Park, Barretto Point Park, Chelsea Park, Jackie Robinson Park, East River Promenade, St. Nicholas Park, Travers Park, Van Cortlandt Park, the South Beach Promenade — as well as Brookfield Place, the Alice Austen House (Staten Island), the Lower East Side at the Abrons Arts Center and Times Square. 

You won't want to miss this year's Photoville because it is packed with 75 exhibits outside and free online programming for photo lovers between September 18 and December 1, including panel discussions, interactive workshops, one-on-one safety clinics,  professional development opportunities with Diversify Photo and Leica Camera, Photo Wings and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

New this year is "Community Day: Photo Festival Opening" on September 18, where there will be a visual storytelling event with a family activity area by Stoop Stories, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Aperture; the Penumbra TinType Sessions; pop-up music and dance
performances by the Haiti Cultural Exchange; exhibition tours by featured artists; photo
puzzles on the lawn; a professional development educator lab; photo workshops with Leica
Camera and Adobe; a Smorgasburg pop-up; and an evening screening of 10 Under 10
enlisting the New York Times, National Geographic, Pulitzer Center, and more. Musicians from Carnegie Hall will serenade the audience with lullabies.

Highlights of this year's exhibitions include:

"1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows," by Ai Weiwei
"TAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987," by Joseph Rodriguez
"Secrets of the Whales" by Brian Skerry for National Geographic
"Bronx Life," by David Gonzalez
"Last Chapter of War in Afghanistan," by Paula Bronstein
"Rebel Vision: Black Women Photojournalists"
"Diaspora on the Frontline," by Rosem Morton

Find a full list of hours and events on Photoville's website.

  • Art
  • Greenpoint

Enter a trippy world at "Cascade," an interactive dreamworld of hypnotic projections, mind-bending paintings, and transformative patterns. In her most ambitious project to date, Los Angeles-based artist Jen Stark harnesses the intricate systems of the natural world to bring tranquility to chaos. This interactive art exhibition built into Brooklyn's venerated William Vale Hotel features 6,000 feet of interactive projections and 3-D mapped environments. Walking through Cascade, visitors will be surrounded by tantalizing visual effects and enveloping sounds. Kaleidoscopic environments showcase the artist's signature drips and cascading designs, immersing the viewer in Stark's ecosphere of kinetic and undulating patterns.

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  • Art
  • Art

The New York Public Library has dug through its expansive and centuries-spanning archive to stage an impressive free exhibition filled with cultural artifacts. Launching this week, The Polonsky Exhibition of New York Public Library’s Treasures spans 4,000 years of history and includes a wide range of history-making pieces, including the only surviving letter from Christoper Columbus announcing his “discovery” of the Americas to King Ferdinand’s court and the first Gutenberg Bible brought over to the Americas. It opens on September 24.

  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

Nationally-recognized comedy show, UpDating, is finally returning to the stage after a long year away. Deal with your dating hang-ups front and center at this live romantic experiment. Two New Yorkers will be paired on-stage for a blind date, and you get to join in on the magic (or the meltdown). The show comes from NY-Based Comedian Brandon Berman and Dating Blogger Harrison Forman. For more details you can check out UpDating's Instagram @updatingshow.

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  • Museums
  • Fashion and costume
  • Prospect Park

The Brooklyn Museum is giving The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute a run for its money this year with its high fashion exhibit featuring the House of Dior. "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" thoroughly explores the high fashion history of The House of Dior, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when the brand's namesake Christian Dior founded the label.

  • Art
  • Astoria

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum are showcasing a collaborative exhibition with Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis of the Greece- and New York-based studio Objects of Common Interest. Works by Petaloti and Trampoukis, who take an intuitive approach to object and space making inspired by “moments of unfamiliar simplicity,” are interspersed within The Noguchi Museum’s garden and first-floor permanent installation.

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  • Art
  • Art

Andy Warhol's photography is getting its own exhibit at Fotografiska this fall that will showcase more than 120 images, 20 of which have never been shown to the public before. "Andy Warhol: Photo Factory," opening September 10, will pay homage to Warhol’s New York City studio and give viewers an inside look at his life and work. They'll come to understand how he experimented with photography and how it served as a springboard for his iconic silkscreen paintings, commissioned portraits, and commercial work.

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  • City Life

New York's sartorial street photography hasn't been the same since Bill Cunningham passed away in 2016, leaving a blue workman-jacket-sized hole in the fashion scene. This fall, a new exhibit will honor the late photographer, with an exhibit highlighting his career and most popular work. Experience the Times of Bill Cunningham will bring the photographer’s six-decade-long career to life, exploring his work capturing everyday New Yorkers and celebrities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Anna Wintour, all on the streets of Manhattan. The exhibit is inspired by The Times of Bill Cunningham, the documentary by filmmaker Mark Bozek, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, and currently streaming on several platforms.  This exhibit is far more than a photography retrospective. Immersive experiences include a staircase where visitors’ outfits will be digitally transformed into one-of-a-kind fashion statements worthy of a Cunningham photo. An ever-changing gallery will highlight the links between fashion trends captured by Cunningham and today’s current street styles. The bi-level, 18,000-square-foot exhibit will also feature large-scale reproductions of Cunningham’s most iconic photos, video and audio interviews, and important artifacts like Cunningham’s bicycle and his trademark blue jacket.

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Enjoy "We Fixed It!" a comedy variety show produced by Peter Grosz, Vivek Netrakanti and Shenuque Tissera with a showcase of voices from diverse backgrounds (Gus Constantellis, Negin Farsad, Girls With Brown Hair, Vanessa Jackson and Nolawee Mengist) in true variety show format: performing standup, sketch, improv, and experimental comedy at Littlefield (635 Sackett Street in Brooklyn). Tickets are $12 for the show on September 15 at 8pm.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping & Style

The Museum at FIT's "Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion," explores "how the rose has influenced the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize" with over 130 rose-centric garments, accessories and more. The first major exhibit in the space since the museum closed in March 2020, "Ravishing" will run through November 28. Luxurious, hand-woven and embroidered 18th-century silks, 1960s-era stilettos, 1980s Halston gowns, contemporary gender-neutral catwalk trends and more are featured in the galleries. Photographs will also illustrate and amplify the various uses of roses in multiple forms, to inspire fashion throughout the centuries. Items were selected from the MFIT's world-class collection and also include a large group of hats, many of which are displayed publicly for the first time. The garments and accessories are curated and interpreted in the context of themes such as love, beauty, sex, sin, gendered identities, rites of passage, transgression, degradation, and death.

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  • Art
  • Art

Fans of British street artist Banksy, rejoice! "Banksy Expo: Genius or Vandal?," a new immersive exhibit featuring a ton of the artist's work, is open! It features over 80 "genuine and certified works belonging to private collections" alongside a "virtual reality experience through the artist's career, created especially for this event." The entire shindig lasts between 60 to 80 minutes and is appropriate for guests of all ages. Let's be honest: they had us at "Banksy."

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Starting this week, you can throw axes while you drink craft beer and munch on some of Industry City's finest food. Stumpy's Hatchet House, NYC's newest axe-throwing venue, is opening at Industry City on September 2. Set across 12,000 rustic square feet, the new venue will have 14 (socially-distanced) throwing pits with two targets each. Throwers get their own coach to teach them how to throw safely and lead games among teams. If axe-throwing isn't your speed or you've finished up your set and want to keep playing, Stumpys also has foosball, cornhole, shuffleboard and giant Jenga surrounded by TV screens playing major sporting events.

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Great Jones Distilling Co. opened to the public on August 21, as Manhattan's first and only legal whiskey distillery in over 100 years. Over six years in the making, the 28,000 square foot venue will feature a fully functioning distillery, a tasting room and several drinking and dining venues, including an underground speakeasy and full restaurant to open this fall. The menus are heralded by Executive Chef Adam Raksin, who formerly worked at Per SeVisitors can book several different experiences, including a tour detailing the whiskey making process ($35), a culinary cocktail pairing experience ($145) and a hands-on mixology class ($110). The craft whiskey made at Great Jones starts with grains sourced exclusively from New York state. Exclusive bourbon and rye is available only at the distillery. 

  • Museums
  • Central Park

The Jewish Museum's new exhibit explores the subject of art looting during World War II, focusing on the Nazi's theft of artwork and the journey these some 1 million works (And 2.5 million books) took as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval against tremendous odds. By tracing the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites, their myriad stories will be brought forward, often in dialogue with archival documents and photographs that connect them to history.

Afterlives will include works by major artists that were looted from Jewish collections during the war as well as treasured pieces of Judaica. Rare examples of Jewish ceremonial objects from destroyed synagogues; works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro, among others; and rarely seen archival photographs and documents will all be on view. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Real New Yorkers are on the constant search for cool places to drink coffee — and a new Chelsea Market spot delivers. Day Drinks, a coffee and tea bar that dubs itself "a bar without alcohol" has officially opened in the food hall. Born from a conversation between the founders of artisan coffee roaster Pulley Collective and specialty coffee shop Ninth Street Espresso, which has been inside Chelsea Market for years, Day Drinks aims to redefine the coffee bar experience. Here, guests can order from extensive, locally sourced coffee and tea lists, as well as pick from kegged beverages including on-tap espressos, nitro coffees, sparkling teas, and botanicals. Everything is roasted, brewed, and carbonated on site, meaning that expert bartenders can then work directly with taps and ingredients, and tailor drinks specifically to each customer’s exact tastes, just like at a cocktail bar. By making everything on-site, Day Drinks also has an almost neutral carbon footprint.

  • Art
  • Art

Workers and tourists near Rockefeller Center have a new, very large, friend in their midst. Right outside 30 Rock, an 18-foot-tall bronze sculpture by renowned street artist KAWS stands alone. The sculpture, titled "SHARE," is actually two pieces in one — "COMPANION" and "BFF" — and is meant to convey emotions many of us have been feeling these days, according to Rockefeller Center officials. To us, the expression on "COMPANION" evokes the fear, sadness and isolation we've felt this past year and a half. But we see the smaller piece, "BFF," clutched his hand, reminding us of the comfort we seek.

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Roosevelt Island, the storied former home to NYC's smallpox hospital and insane asylum, has its first-ever rooftop bar and lounge open to the public. Panorama Room is now open atop the newly opened Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel on the southern end of the island and the views are really unparalleled — perhaps even the best of any rooftop lounge. Located on the 18th floor of the hotel, the "jewel box" space by Med Abrous and Marc Rose, who are food and beverage partners of the hotel and co-founders of the hospitality group Call Mom, opens up to incredible views of the boroughs, the bridges and the East River, which shine like stars at night. Designed by James Beard Award-winning design firm Parts and Labor Design, Panorama Room is visually dramatic. Its palatial vibes are set by luxurious velvet vintage-inspired tubular lounge sofas, chrome and marble touches, mosaic tile columns and its giant, tubular acrylic chandeliers that hover above the massively long bar. It's not only luxe but it's somehow simultaneously futuristic and retro. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Next stop for your cross-continental taste buds: Indian-Mexican fare by restaurateur PriaVanda Chouhan. Eight years ago, Chouhan launched the popular Indian street food concept Desi Galli in Kips Bay, and now, at her second location in Alphabet City, she is adding a full sit-down tasting menu experience with Desi Garden. Originally, Desi Galli's fast-casual concept was envisioned in order to satisfy the New York Desi community's desire for Indian soul food. During the pandemic, however, Chouhan recognized that many of her regular customers were craving more experiences that extended beyond her typical fast-casual menu. This year, she decided to pivot into a full-service restaurant to reach her clientele, and Desi Garden was born.

 

  • Art
  • Public art
  • Brooklyn Heights

A new, reflective and immersive artwork has been installed in DUMBO at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Park section. "Rehearsal" by Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser is made up of five large-scale geometric sculptures clad with hand-painted glazed tiles, panels featuring photographs of New York City in the 1980s and '90s and Roman and Greek antiquities, and mirror-polished stainless steel. They range in height from 7 to 13 feet and are encased in more than 1,000 warm and cool-toned clay tiles that were hand-painted by the artist in her Berlin studio.

The installation is meant to give passersby a moment of reflection and see themselves in the reflective artwork as "actors in their own urban narrative" as it is located at the iconic terminus of Washington Street, where the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building. 

"Wieser is acutely aware that the sculptures will become part of the landscape of the city for a time and wanted to create a powerful synergy with the bustling surroundings of DUMBO. Building a dialogue between the public and the sculptures is an integral part of Rehearsal," says Public Art Fund Associate Curator Katerina Stathopoulou. "Parkgoers will activate the works by touching, resting, and seeing themselves and the city reflected as they weave their way through the constellation of sculptures."

The sculptures were made with the public in mind — to provide an opportunity for escape, respite, and connection as we re-emerge into our shared world. It'll be on through April 17, 2022 at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Park section.

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  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes From Stage and Screen is set to open August 5 and run through October 31. The unique attraction, displaying over 100 designs, will feature a 20,000-square-foot immersive set within the heart of Times Square at 234 West 42nd Street. The show aims to not only provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes stage and screen experience but also play a major role in New York’s ongoing revitalization. Showstoppers! will “pull back the curtain on the hundreds of costuming experts who create, supply and care for them, and infuse much-needed vitality back into the Theatre District,” organizers behind the exhibition wrote in a press release. All proceeds will raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which first launched last year with a goal of raising over $20,000 for out-of-work members. Visitors can expect to see costumes from some of the best Broadway shows from recent years. The confirmed displays include outfits from A Soldier’s Play, Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Golden Child, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge!, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera, Six and Wicked.

  • Things to do
  • Flatiron

The Museum of Sex always has something exciting going on behind closed doors. "Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival" is back and better than ever with its 4-D immersive “Tunnel of Love” ride, the Love & Lust Deity Derby game, an erotic fortune-telling machine (modeled as RuPaul), a kissing booth, the Glory Stall game, an immersive "Stardust Lane - the Erogenous Kaleidoscope," an erotic mechanical bull and a lit-up climbing structure, "The Climbx," and more. Then when it's time to take the edge off, visitors can slide down a spiral slide into the Museum’s psychedelic carnival bar, Lollipop Lounge, for cocktails. 

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  • Eating

One White Street spans three stories at the storied address 1 White Street, which was the theoretical site of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Nutopian Embassy in 1973. Each floor has its own separate dining room with its own open kitchen. The space is neutrally hued, lined in pale wood and has pops of blue throughout. The first floor is designated for walk-ins and seats 23. The second and third floors are reservations-only. The opening menu includes chilled foie gras with peaches, plums and hazelnut, grilled monkfish, glazed gnocchi and a 60-day-aged strip loin. Ingredients are sourced from Rigor Hill Farm in the Hudson Valley, and wine selections from small, sustainability-oriented makers reflect those locally-grown goods. The downstairs menu is à la carte and a $148 six-course tasting menu will be available upstairs.

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  • Things to do

Two piano men battle it out to prove who is truly the master of all 88 keys. Every Tuesday night at 7pm, play Name That Tune for a chance at $50 in cash and other prizes. There's a new theme each week. Tickets are at bit.ly/SRRshows

On Wednesday nights at 7pm, try your hand at Piano Bingo, an interactive, all-request event. Every song checks a box and every game has a winner! There's $100 in prizes every week. Get your game card at bit.ly/SRRshows. 

Shows broadcast on facebook.com/SRRPianos and youtube.com/asongulove.

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Taste your way around the world at a new wine bar that offers dozens of international wines, all by the glass. Temperance Wine Bar (40 Carmine Street), which officially opened yesterday, is a new neighborhood drinking spot with a fun energy and eclectic design featuring local artists. Most importantly, there's plenty to drink. At Temperance, Ojeda-Pons has curated an extensive menu of over 100 rotating international wines by the glass, as well as a selection of eight wines on tap. The wines range from affordable to higher-end, featuring classic European producers like Foradori and Clotilde Davenne, wines from New York like Millbrook Estate in the Hudson River Valley and Osmote in the Finger Lakes, wines from across the US like Monte Rio Cellars in California and Day Wines in the Willamette Valley, as well as wines from less traditional wine regions including countries like Morocco, Lebanon and Cyprus, and more. Other wine categories featured include smaller producers, lesser-known grape varieties, natural wines, orange wines, year-round rosés, sherry, sparkling wines from Champagne, and beyond.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

After Time Out first confirmed with Lucali owner Mark Iacono last month that his new slice shop was in the works, Baby Luc’s opened on Saturday with zero promotional fanfare but all the excitement we’ve come to expect for an operation by the famed pizzaiolo. In June, Iacono told us he was “nervous” about the new spot, even though Baby Luc’s has been in the theoretical works for quite some time, being that Lucali was originally intended as a slice shop. Lucali demonstrably worked out just fine in its eventual, whole pie form, as lines still accrue night after night. And it’s already the same deal at Baby Luc’s.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Putting Green, an 18-hole course on a 15,000-square-foot tiered deck on the North Williamsburg riverfront has finally opened at the former Con Edison site that now belongs to developer Two Trees. The course aims to serve two purposes—one, to provide a fun time to New Yorkers, and two, to teach them about climate change, green and blue infrastructure, animal habitats, energy, and emissions. Each hole offers up a different scene—hole 1 is "Down the drain," showing how litter and debris get washed down storm drains and into waterways. Hole 2, "Whale Fall Feast," shows what happens when a whale dies and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Hole 15, is "The Big Oyster" by you guessed it, the Billion Oyster Project. Other holes feature polar bears, a windmill, a cow, and a depiction of sea-level rise. 

  • Art
  • Art

A quirky new immersive art installation at Manhattan West, a mixed-use property, adds a citrusy, subtropical vibe that positively contrasts to the gray towers popping up around the area. Think Florida, but in Midtown. According to Fast Company, the project, titled Citrovia, is part of developer Brookfield Properties making creative use of ongoing construction occurring on the $5 billion development that is Manhattan West (which, once entirely completed in 2023, will feature a 62-story residential tower, office space, and a hotel). So, in a community-minded effort to beautify construction efforts, giant lemon slices and poppy artificial lemon trees now sit underneath a construction shed. The lush landscape, like something plucked straight out of a Gabriel García Márquez novel, makes for the perfect social media post. Each lemon on the 16-and-a-half foot lemon trees was painted by hand.  

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  • Art
  • Art

Start your engines for MoMA’s newest exhibition, AutomaniaAt first glance, cars might seem like mundane, carbon-emitting fixtures of contemporary life across much of the world. They’re woven into the fabric of American life — many towns and cities are nearly impossible to traverse without a vehicle. But as much as we take cars for granted, these marvels of machinery and human ingenuity emerged through some complicated socio-political and economic conditions. Featuring vintage cars from the earliest years of automobiles, Automania unpacks the complex relationship, and dependence, between us and cars. The two-part exhibition consists of galleries on view from July 4 through January 2, 2022, and a total of nine vintage cars dotting the museum’s first floor and Sculpture Garden until October 10. The exhibition pulls its name from a 1964 Oscar-nominated cartoon by the British animation team Halas and Batchelor (most famous for their adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm). 

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  • Drinking

The venue formerly known as Fat Cat has reemerged with a new name, new games, and custom ice cream. Cellar Dog (75 Christopher St.) is reviving the Fat Cat tradition of late-night basement gaming, with an updated concept for 2021. Cellar Dog will remain a live music and game hall, making the most of the 9,000-square-foot underground space. Games include pool tables, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, checkers and chess, as well as antique and novelty arcade games including Pac Man and many more. Live jazz and additional entertainment will also be booked throughout the week.

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  • 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. 

  • Things to do
  • 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!

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  • Restaurants
  • 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.

 

  • Comedy
  • Williamsburg

Looking for some hilarious free fun this summer? Every Tuesday night at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, the “The Biggest Little Venue in NYC”, comedy fans can gather for a free show at 7pm! The lineups change weekly and can be found on the show’s Instagram and Facebook pages. For the safety of both the performers and the audience, proof of full vaccination is required for attendance. A full-service bar will be available with drinks and snacks for purchase throughout the show. 

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  • Movies
  • Upper West Side

See a new giant screen film at the American Museum of Natural History that follows the journey of an endangered Australian sea lion pup named Otto as she learns to navigate her beautiful but harsh coastal environment with the help of her mother and others in her colony. Marine park ranger Dirk Holman conducts population surveys as part of his effort to protect Australia’s sea lion population, then heads to California to learn from veterinarians and volunteers at the Marina Mammal Center in Sausolito, which rescue, rehabilitate, and release hundreds of sea lions each year. Back home in Australia, Dirk finds Otto’s colony on a new island, a place he hopes to support as a sanctuary for the sea lion colony.

The film will be viewable from July 1 through January 2, 2022, daily in the Museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater, in 2D at 10:15am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 2pm, 3:15pm, and 4:30pm.

  • Art
  • Art

New York City is seeing its fair share of immersive exhibits with massive digital projections, from the dueling van Gogh shows to "Geometric Properties" at ARTECHOUSE. But the real O.G. is back. 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. 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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  • Music
  • East Harlem

Take an exuberant look back at the music of the 1980s in New York City at a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. The show examines this transformative era through the lens of emerging pivotal music genres and the influence they played on New York’s broader cultural landscape. It highlights diverse musical artists from Run DMC to the Talking Heads and from Madonna to John Zorn through a series of key moments and more than 350 objects, including video footage, photography, artifacts, and ephemera like An MTV Music Awards Moon Person award statue, vinyl records from Madonna, Funky 4+1, Liquid Liquid, and Konk, a T-shirt and other ephemera from Keith Haring and DJ Larry Levan’s "Party of Life" event, music videos and rare concert footage including Grand Master Flash, Fort Apache Band, Lounge Lizards, Cyndi Lauper, and others. 

"The early 1980s were a time of significant transition in New York, with the city facing crime, urban decay, and homelessness. And yet, despite those challenges, it was also a particularly fertile time for music and other creativity in New York City," says Whitney Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director and President, Museum of the City of New York. "The musical innovations of this time period are a great example of the resilience of the city and the importance of art and creativity as forces of transformation."

  • Comedy
  • Gowanus

Looking for a treat? Head to Ample Hills' Gowanus Scoop Shop rooftop for a comedy show hosted by Savannah DesOrmeaux (X Change Rate) and Jenny Gorelick (NY Comedy Festival) featuring a heavily female, queer, and non-binary line-up every Monday. The $10 ticket includes two scoops of delicious ice cream!

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
  • Williamsburg

Whether you're visiting town and looking for laughs or a jaded New Yorker who needs a break, you can count on Jeffrey Emerson and Jill Weiner to deliver excellent comedy at this free weekly Williamsburg stand-up night. Join a wide range of diverse, accomplished comedians many of whom you've seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Comedy Central and Late Night with Stephen Colbert for a night of comedic revelry!

  • Things to do
  • City Life

One of AMNH’s most recognizable spaces, the glittering Halls of Gems and Minerals, is set to finally reopen to the public after a major transformation on June 12. We got a first look at the new space earlier today, which the pandemic had postponed by over a year. It will make you feel both completely captivated and kind of like you’re in the set-up for a heist film. When it opens its doors later this month, the Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will display 5,000 gems and minerals from 95 countries over 11,000 square feet. Highlights of the collection include the 563-carat Star of India sapphire, the 563-carat Patricia Emerald and the nine-pound “Subway Garnet” that was discovered under 35th St. in Manhattan way back in 1885. 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Get ready, New York, your acceptance letter to Hogwarts is here—the most magical place in New York City, the Harry Potter Store New York, is about to open on June 3. Wizards and witches will be able to shop from the world's largest collection of Harry Potter merch across 21,000 square feet at 935 Broadway in the Flatiron District at this highly-anticipated store. We've been waiting for a year to walk through these magical doors and on Friday, we were finally able to check it out. And Harry Potter fans? You're going to flip. Every detail of Harry Potter Store New York has been intricately designed, from the decor sitting on the shelves above all the incredible merch (yes, there are full house robes) to the design of the store itself, which has a room full of gorgeous HP stationary by MinaLima, massive models of Fawkes the Phoenix and a moving griffin as well as a spiral staircase that descends into a space made to look like the Ministry of Magic. 

  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
  • Williamsburg

Catch a free comedy show at Gerti's covered back patio. Comedians Natasha Vaynblat (Comedy Central), CJ Hunt (The Daily Show), and James Hamilton (the Moth) host this weekly standup show full of NYC's best comedians, including Kenice Mobley (Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Dylan Adler (Hulu), Ashley Brooke Roberts (NPR's Ask Me Another) and Sam Evans (Just for Laughs). Gertie will be releasing a brand new menu of bar snacks and drinks for the event.

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  • Restaurants
  • Nolita

Treat yourself to dinner and some dance theater at Socarrat Paella Bar’s Nolita location that'll be holding weekly Flamenco Nights every Tuesday. While you're feasting on traditional Spanish dishes like croquetas, sizzling gambas al ajillo, the classic tortilla espanola, and any of the restaurant’s signature paellas, you can be transported to Spain with live flamenco performances by dancers and guitarists. There are three sets of 30-minute performances at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30pm every Tuesday. Reservations can be made on Opentable or by calling the restaurant at 212-219-0101.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

New York City's newest park is finally here! Across two acres, lies an entirely new ecosystem of gorgeous plantings and prime space for live music and performances. It's amazing to think that this entire oasis, with its beautiful and thoughtful greenery, is now a place we can call ours. It opens each morning at 6am and doesn't close until 1am each night. To keep social distancing possible, the park is requiring that people reserve free, timed tickets on its website first.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Looking for some new spots in the city to explore as the five boroughs continue to reopen? Here’s an underground spot you’ll want to add to your list. Coby Club is a new, subterranean lounge opening on Seventh Ave that’s inspired by 1960s San Francisco nightlife. The lush space pays homage to San Francisco Chinatown nightlife in the 1960s and one woman in particular who was at the heart of it: Miss Coby Yee, the glamorous dancer and owner of the iconic club Forbidden City. The space certainly does have a sense of mystique to it with black velvet banquettes and red, silk-shaded lighting. In one especially timely touch, the walls are adorned with gold embossed phoenix-like dragons, meant—in part—to represent the city’s nightlife dramatically rising from the ashes this year with a new sense of strength and optimism. Who doesn’t love a little metaphorical wall art? When the space opens on April 22, you can swing by for craft cocktails and small plates. Live musical performances and other forms of live entertainment are planned for the near future once current restrictions relax. The owner behind the new lounge, Bob Pontarelli, has launched other well-known past restaurant and nightlife ventures, including Crowbar, Barracuda, Leshko’s, Elmo and Industry Bar. 

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Like something out of a 1950s horror film, six giant red tentacles are reaching into the sky above the Coney Island boardwalk. Luckily for us, it's part of a massive poster advertising the New York Aquarium's new "Spineless" exhibit about the world of invertebrates including octopuses, squid, sea anemones, jellyfish, and other sea animals that lack backbones. The huge poster stretches across a portion of the aquarium's education building and features a massive octopus with eight tentacles with the upper half of six of them continuing into the air as inflatable arms. 

 

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  • Art
  • Contemporary art
  • 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.

 

  • Art
  • Art

Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions,” is the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis’ work to come to NYC. Previously, his work has been featured in Manchester by the Sea and through collaborations with musical artists like ODESZA, Meshuggah and Birds of Paradise. He uses fractals to create alternate science fiction-like realities using visual art and motion graphics, and they are a real trip, to say the least. The digital art destination on Manhattan’s west side (it’s literally located in Chelsea Market’s former boiler room) is opening the new show on March 1, and it will be on view through September 6. If you want to stop by and check out the endless geometric iterations and fractional dimensions for yourself—you frickin' fractal freak you—tickets cost $24 for adults and $17 for children. (Pro tip: New York and New Jersey residents receive a $5 discount on tickets on weekdays.)

 

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  • Art
  • Art

On March 15, The Frick Madison opened at 945 Madison Avenue—the former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Met Breuer—while Henry Clay Frick's mansion undergoes a massive renovation. This new stint will last two years, and while the Brutalist building by Marcel Breuer is a huge departure from the Gilded Age mansion, the space is offering a much different and rare look at the collection, according to museum officials. Unlike at the Frick Mansion, the Breuer building is a clean slate—stark in contrast, which actually helps to attract the viewer's attention to individual works. Eyes aren't busy looking at ornate furniture here. It's all about seeing the smaller details in the artwork that you might have overlooked at the mansion. According to Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director Ian Wardropper, "It's a different Frick than you’ve ever known."

 

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Fall in NYC is everything you could hope for in a season. First, the city gets delightfully spooky for Halloween. With thrilling Halloween events and Halloween festivals happening in every borough, it’s easy to get in the spirit of things! Aside from pumpkins and funky costumes though, you can keep the autumn excitement going by leaf peeping around the city, warming up with whiskey, parades, virtual parties and so much more. Autumn in NYC is tough to match!

  • Things to do

'Tis the season to get spooky! But beyond the best Halloween events, but there are also plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2020. Use our events calendar to plan the quintessential month for leaf peeping and spotting fall foliage, pumpkin picking and more things to do in fall.

Kick off fall with some epic cultural events, you don't want to miss happening like Open House New York, Oktoberfest and new haunted pop-up drive throughs.

 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2020

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  • Things to do

2020 has been scary enough, but we're throwing the spookiness into high gear for Halloween this month. Typically, October is filled with costumed parties, jump scares at haunted houses, corn mazes and parades, but this year will be a little different. For one, the Village Halloween Parade is canceled, and it's likely most of the city's regularly scheduled scary haunts will be as well given the current pandemic. That being said, there are still quite a few things still taking place, and with Halloween (finally) taking place on a Saturday, it'll be easier to celebrate. Don't bother breaking out your sewing kit, New York's greatest Halloween stores have plenty of options to make you look really spooky. Make sure to check out our NYC events in October too for even more activities to finish off the month in killer spirits. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC

  • Things to do

Want to know what’s happening in New York today, this weekend or in the coming months? Use our NYC events calendar 2020 as your guide to find the best things to do in the fall, winter and spring. Major events to look forward to this time of year include The Village Halloween Parade, Oktoberfest and the best places to see fall foliage in the city. Ready to unleash your inner culture vulture? Peep our top picks for the best art shows and concerts this year. All you need to do is buy the tickets!

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