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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include a night of painting, a sunset cruise and some political comedy.

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By Charlie Connell |
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We could have made this edition of the best things to do in NYC this week at least 50 items long, but we were able to restrain ourselves. In addition to the 20 items below there are a couple of things we really don't think you should miss. Late summer/early fall is the perfect time for a sunset cruise on the Hudson. The political world may be on fire, but that doesn't mean we can't have a good laugh about it as Lovett or Leave It records a live show at Radio City. Show that you've got what it takes to be the next Van Gogh at a paint and sip at Dumbo's Time Out Market New York.

 

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Best things to do in NYC this week

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Manhattan Skyline Watercolor Painting
Photo: Ali Garber
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Paint and Sip at Time Out Market

icon-location-pin Time Out Market New York, DUMBO
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Learn basic watercolor techniques and complete a series of watercolor paintings from the beautiful rooftop at Time Out Market New York. We'll focus on the Manhattan skyline view, along with the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Techniques will be demonstrated, followed by ample time for students to experiment on their own. Create your own masterpiece without the restrictions of "copying" the teacher.

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Animation Block Party 2019

icon-location-pin Multiple venues
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No longer seen as simply "kids stuff", the world of animation has become one of the most intriguing and vibrant forms of media. The 16th Annual Animation Block Party will feature all types of animation. This includes a showing of the classic Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back), a program of shorts made by female animators, a program showing off local talent, the anticipated Chinese feature White Snake and a whole lot more. The festival kicks off with a reception at DSK on Friday night. 

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Harvest in the Square
Restaurants, Street vendors

Harvest in the Square

icon-location-pin Union Square, Union Square
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Union Square chefs and sommeliers have been gathering at this annual park event for 24 years. This year's celebration promises signature dishes made with fresh produce from the Union Square greenmarket, whipped up by renowned local restaurants. You better come hungry, as you'll be able to grab unlimited tastings from 40+ vendors including Bocce, Almond, Breads Bakery, Nur, Caffe Panna, Nutella Cafe and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Part of what makes this event so great is that proceeds from it go to the Union Square Partnership, in other words, the people that keep Union Square looking beautiful and put on the community events that we love.

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New American Festival
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New American Festival

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New York City is the most culturally diverse city in the world, when people say that America is a melting pot they are talking about our fair city. The New American Festival was put together to celebrate the diversity and vibrancy that immigrants bring to our culture. Over the span of two days an extensive lineup of panels, performances and art exhibitions will showcase the importance of immigrants to our society. The lineup includes keynote speaker Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef), Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj), Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster Harlem), Min Jin Lee (Pachinko) and many others. You can find the entire lineup here.

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50 free events, Mobile Mondays, The Bowery Electric
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Shaker Sessions with the Mobile Mondays! Crew

icon-location-pin Broken Shaker, Kips Bay
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Head to this special Friday night rooftop edition of the long-running Mobile Mondays! party to bust a move to funk, soul, rock, punk, new wave, pop, salsa, calypso, reggae, rhythm & blues, disco and anything else that's danceable. The party goes down monthly during the summer and features all-vinyl sets from Operator Emz, DJ Misbehaviour, Joey Carvello, DJ Woof and others. RSVP beforehand for free entry.

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Sunset Sail Happy Hour Event Series
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Things to do, Quirky events

Sunset Sail Happy Hour Event Series

icon-location-pin Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 15, Financial District
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Description Come sail away with Time Out and Hornblower Cruises & Events! Grab your crew and join us for an amazing summer evening of cruisin’ and boozin’ under the stars. Party cruises don’t get much better than this, so book your tickets now before they sell out! Then, get ready to sail in style.Wednesday, September 186:30pm - 9pm  WHAT TO EXPECTEnjoy a two hour scenic cruise on the Hudson River, delicious light bites, frozen snacks from My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, games and giveaways! Plus, dance to DJ beats on all three decks, and snatch up drinks at the cash bar which will be stocked with beer, wine, and spirits. Boarding: 6:30pm to 7pm Sailing: 7pm to 8:45pm Disembark: 8:45pm to 9pm Meeting Location: Hornblower Sensation at Pier 15   WHERE / MEETING LOCATIONHornblower Sensation Yacht Pier 15, 78 South Street, New York, NY 10038   WHAT YOU GET Rooftop yacht views of the Hudson River Light bites and snacks Scrumptious sweets from My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream DJ-spun beats Games, giveaways, and more!   TICKET OPTIONSEarly Bird: $29* General Admission: $35   ADDITIONAL INFORMATION On purchase, I accept Time Out’s events terms of use, including opt-in to emails from Time Out and Hornblower Cruises. Must be 21 or over to attend with valid ID. All sales are final and nonrefundable. You will not be able to change your event date after purchasing. Dress code is casual. We recommend bringing along a li

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Photograph: Hollis Johnson
Art, Contemporary art

Whitney Biennial 2019

icon-location-pin Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
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It wouldn’t be a Whitney Biennial without some sort of controversy, and this year, a furor erupted even before the show opened. The problem? One Warren Kanders, vice chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. He’s also the CEO of a concern called Safariland, whose subsidiaries include manufacturers of tear-gas canisters and bullets that have been used by ICE on the Mexican border and by the Israeli military in Gaza. These unsavory dealings have sparked protests led by the organization Decolonize This Place, which is demanding that Kanders be removed from the Whitney’s leadership—calls that, so far, have gone unheeded and that are blunted, in any case, by the Biennial’s inclusion of a documentary video exposing Safariland by the group Forensic Architecture. Kanders has yet to utter a peep about the film (perhaps because it doesn’t dig into his role at the museum), which is in keeping with the kind of intellectual jiu-jitsu typically employed by corporate capitalism to defang cultural dissent: not by censoring it, but by giving it a platform. The rest of the Biennial follows suit. The roster is heavily freighted toward artists of color, so issues of race and gender take center stage. You wouldn’t know it, though, given how bland the exhibit is. You might even call it, to borrow a phrase, “low energy.” Speaking of which, Trump’s presence is barely registered here. True, a few pieces address the elephant in the room: Alexandra Bell’s enlarged and redacted pages from the New Yor

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Hellenic Dancing at the Staten Island Greek Festival
Photo courtesy: Staten Island Greek Festival
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Staten Island Greek Festival

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Do not, we repeat, do not go to the Staten Island Greek Festival on a full stomach. The annual celebration of Hellenic culture has some of the best food of any of the summer's festivals. Cast aside boring corn dogs and elephant ears, here you'll get to gorge upon dolmades, moussaka, gyros, baklava, loukoumades and more. Plus traditional music on stage every night, Hellenic dance performances, a gambling tent, carnival games, rides for the kids and did we mention the food? Opa! 

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Chris M. Morris
Things to do, Walks and tours

Twilight Tuesdays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park
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The city's foliage is in full bloom and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is taking full advantage with extended hours every Tuesday through the end of September. Drop in for a sunset cocktail with bae or a solo stroll amongst the garden's multitude of horticultural treasures.

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Brooklyn Museum
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Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

icon-location-pin Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Park
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The Brooklyn Museum will be doing a retrospective of the French fashion designer that will cover all of his avant-garde looks from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Over 170 different pieces—ranging from sketches to fashion pieces to “couture” furniture—tell the tale of Cardin’s illustrious career.

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Comedy, Physical

Super Crazy Fun Time Variety Game Show Hour!

icon-location-pin The PIT, Flatiron
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Artie Brennan and Anthony Giordano throw puppets, characters, dances, games and endless whacky surprises at the audience in this hyper-stimulating, totally thrilling comedy variety show. It's an opportunity to leave the crazy real world of jobs and politics for, well, a crazier place to be honest. But it's a heck of a lot more fun. Plus, you can win prizes! And everybody loves prizes. 

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Things to do, Walks and tours

High Line and Chelsea Walking Tour

icon-location-pin Chelsea Market | New York, NY, Chelsea
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The High Line, an elevated freight rail line converted into a park, has become a classic New York City attraction. Couple it with Chelsea, the neighborhood it goes through, and you’ve got the making of an action-packed afternoon. This informative two-hour guided tour will give you the lowdown on the nabe.

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John Fugelsang
Photograph: Courtesy Xanthe Elbrick
Theater, Comedy

Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again

icon-location-pin Theatre at St. Clement's, Hell's Kitchen
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Stand-up comic, Twitter eminence and SiriusXM radio host John Fugelsang anchors this platform for left-leaning political comedy, with a different lineup of guests at each performance. Among the many artists scheduled to appear are Elayne Boosler, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garafolo, Judy Gold, Marina Franklin, Hari Kondabolu and Dean Obeidallah.

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Trivia Night at The Market
Photograph: Courtesy Time Out Market New York
Things to do, Trivia

Trivia Wednesday's at Time Out Market New York

icon-location-pin Time Out Market New York, DUMBO
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NYC Trivia League is New York City’s most popular trivia night, with over 75 locations! It’s always free to play, and free to register for our 10-week season league format, where teams can play not only against those at their home bar, but against other registered teams across the city! Every season culminates in The King’s Cup, our invite-only trivia championship, with thousands in prizes on the line. Teams of six and fewer compete for two hours for a shot at [great prizes]! You’ll answer 50 questions over the course of five rounds, all with different themes, complete with a picture round and a music round.

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Brooklyn Book Festival
Things to do, Literary events

Brooklyn Book Festival

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This annual literary celebration brings together spectacular writers from across the globe for a full week of talks, shopping and even yoga to satisfy the borough’s brainiacs. Bookend events will be taking place all week, including an editors roundtable and a reading of Walt Whitman while traipsing around in the dark. The full schedule of these events can be found here. All those events lead up to the main draws: Saturday's Children's Day and Sunday's Festival day. This year boasts appearances by authors Jonathan Safran Foer, Ebony Flowers, Joyce Carol Oates, Tina Chang, Ilya Kaminsky, Nick Bruel and many more.   

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Nervous Laughter
Courtesy: Nervous Laughter
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Nervous Laughter

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

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Courtesy: Butterboy Comedy
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Butterboy Comedy

icon-location-pin Littlefield, Gowanus
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Butterboy Comedy has become one of the hottest regular comedy shows in NYC. Comedians Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins get together to host a killer lineup of stand-up talent every Monday night at Littlefield NYC. Alongside all of the laughs, is a soundtrack curated by Donwill. Check out Butterboy, the funniest thing to ever happen in Gowanus.   

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Rosé Mansion, press 2019
Things to do, Quirky events

Rosé Mansion

icon-location-pin Rosé Mansion, Midtown West
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Sample the sweet aromas of wine from across the world while wandering through a labyrinth of fun-filled rooms that'll make all your rosé dreams come true. During this interactive experience, guests will discover a whole new side of the pink drink, learning about the culture, history and science behind this enchanting tipple. As you move through each of the 14 rooms you'll enter vibrant, eccentric and immersive new worlds, including Cleopatra's Palace, a vintage airline lounge, Champagne disco ball pit and a treehouse. RoséLand is the location of the final adventure – natch – a total wine-doused playground, with 120 types of rosé and light bites from Taco Dumbo.

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Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague
Photograph: Courtesy Bridget Badore
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HOT & FUN: Comedy and Karaoke

icon-location-pin Baby Grand, Greenpoint
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Crushworthy comedians Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague host this mash-up party of stand-up and singing. Get down to high-energy sets from the city’s best acts, then hit the stage for an always-lit karaoke after-party. Your Pointer Sisters lyrics better be on point—this isn’t amateur hour!

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