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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include a free night at MoMA, the Manhattan Vintage Show, Sex Ed, a PowerPoint comedy show and a Lunar New Year concert.

Written by
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Contributors
Anna Rahmanan
&
Shaye Weaver
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If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week, or even for today, there are tons of fun options, including a free night at MoMA, the Manhattan Vintage Show, Sex Ed, a PowerPoint comedy show, a Lunar New Year concert and awesome free events in NYC! For more ideas, scroll down to see this week's best things to do in NYC.

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Time Out Market New York
  • Things to do
  • DUMBO

Kosha Dillz presents “Soulvey,” a Black and Jewish collaborative event commemorating the beginning of Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and International Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a beautiful blend of black and Jewish musicians and comics from NYC.

With support from Value Culture and Spill the Honey, the event is free and open to everyone on the Time Out Market New York.

On the schedule are performances from DJ J-Ronin, Emily Keating, C King (of MTV's Wild n' Out), Flex Mathews, LAIVY, Holocaust Survivor Sami Steigmann, Jayprob x Rocky Snyda (FTRxLgnd), Petey Deabreu (Comedy Central), and other special guests.

There will also be a screening of a clip from the film Shared Legacies the African American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance and free doughnuts from DOUGH at Time Out Market. The market will also do gift card giveaways at the event to use at your fave market restaurant.

  • Art
  • DUMBO

Join Time Out Market New York as it celebrates the unveiling of its new mural located on the 5th floor by Brooklyn artist Zeph Farmby!

The energy of NYC has been captured in the mural, which is done in black and white, portraying Farmby himself and his Great Dane Pharoah taking a walk in front of the Brooklyn Bridge, specifically along Washington Street—one of the most photographed streets in the city. The city’s beautiful architecture, including the Empire State Building peeking through the bridge’s arch, is the main focus.

See it for yourself at the unveiling party, where MORESOUPPLEASE will provide jams.

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  • DUMBO

Enjoy a relaxing and fun night out at Friday Ryeday at Time Out Market, where you can catch classic movies that’ll inspire nostalgia, play board games with friends and drink specialty cocktails and tastings courtesy of Sagamore Rye.

It happens each Friday from 6 to 10pm.

Best things to do in NYC this week

  • Art

Hang out with fellow artsy types at the Whitney's Art Party, a fundraising event, which is back on Tuesday, January 31 after a two-year hiatus. This astrology-themed fête includes dancing, cocktails, and DJ sets by Questlove and The Muses. 

While you're there, don't miss the chance to explore the artwork in an intimate setting. Be sure to check out "Edward Hopper’s New York" and "no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria." 

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Whitney's Independent Study Program and efforts to champion the voices of emerging artists. 

  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • Upper West Side

The New York Philharmonic is known for its exceptional New Year’s Concert and, for the Year of the Rabbit, the renowned symphony kicks the Lunar New Year into high gear as well on Tuesday, January 31.

The evening's schedule includes Violinist Ning Feng in an arrangement of Bernstein’s "West Side Story Suite;" erhu virtuoso Yiwen Lu in Qigang Chen’s "La Joie de la souffrance;" and vocalists Gong Linna and Hasibagen spotlighted in Tan Dun’s "Heart Sutra." Long Yu returns to conduct the concert, which also features Li Huanzhi’s "Spring Festival Overture."

There's also a gala with a pre-concert cocktail reception cocktail reception, prime concert seating, and an elegant dinner with the artists on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade.

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  • Performances

Leave any preconceived notions at the door before you come to this show because school is in session, and this Sex Ed class is like nothing you've ever seen before. The show promises "a long overdue re-education on the birds and the bees, featuring warring sperm, flying vulvas, dancing penises—a veritable sexual menagerie!"

The event's hosted by Visceral Abstractions and will explore the complicated journey from conception to sexual "maturity" during a three-act, large-scale puppetry extravaganza. Snickering is tolerated and encouraged. Part aerial acrobatics, part puppetry, part tolerable musical dance numbers, Sex Ed means to titillate and re-educate at the same time. Come prepared with questions.

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  • Markets and fairs

This two-day expo (February 3-4) is every retro sifter’s dream, featuring more than 90 of the city's best vintage dealers. Scour the racks for your ideal retro look. There's vintage clothing, jewelry accessories and textiles in every style, from every era and at every price point. Personal stylists are even available to help you find an outfit that's just right.

Expect to shop from vendors like Regeneration, N.Y.S.O.M., Funkanova, The Falls, Zingara and lots more. The event will feature music, refreshments, libations, photo moments, and lots of fitting rooms for guests to enjoy, plus on-site tailors. And you might even spot some of the fashion elite. Past attendees have included Patricia Field, Alexander Wang, Maria Bell and Lynn Yaeger.

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  • Art

Find inspiration at no cost at the Museum of Modern Art on select Fridays. UNIQLO NYC Nights offer free admission to New York City residents and extended hours on the first Friday of every month. Explore in the galleries, get creative with drop-in drawing sessions, enjoy music and see a film in the theaters. Just be sure to reserve a ticket in advance online.

Extra special for the Friday, February 3 event: The opening of Calligraphic Abstraction, a new gallery exploring the expressive possibilities of calligraphy in abstract art. 

  • Theater
  • Puppet shows
  • East Village

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre's Vít Horejš directs and stars in his own new adaptation of Václav Havel's absurdist 1975 satire about life in a totalitarian surveillance state. Part of Havel's Vanek Trilogy, the story is inspired by the dissident playwright and future Czech president's own experience being consigned to work in brewery. The marionettes are designed by Milos Kasal, Jakub "Kuba" Krejcico and the show's co-conceiver, Theresa Linnihan, who also performs it opposite Horejš.

The show runs from February 2-19 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club's Ellen Stewart Theatre.

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  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • East Village

A 1920s private eye, his girlfriend and his junior partner get swept up in the insular artistic turf war between the Dadaists and the Surrealists in this musical comedy by Lissa Moira and Richard West. Moira also directs a cast of 10 in this mix of noir and intense color. 

The show runs from February 2-19 at Theater for the New City.

  • Art

Past NYC Parks employees explore their Black heritage in artworks that span media in this show at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery.

See works from Tuwanda Harmon, Preston R. Coston. Jr., Buddy Esquire (from the collection of Curtis Sherrod), Claudette Ramos, and Patrick Forman—curated by NYC Parks’ Ebony Society, an employee-based affinity group. 

The exhibition also includes selections from a collection of vintage hip-hop flyers and vintage invitations produced by the Ebony Society.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 2 from 6 to 8pm. Participating artists will be present and light refreshments will be served. RSVP here.

The free exhibition will be open through March 9, 2023.

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  • Art

Get a taste of DUMBO's art scene on the first Thursday of the month when participating galleries will stay open late for First Thursday. You'll get a chance to peruse the diverse selection of artwork the neighborhood's famous arts district and can even take an Insider’s Tour led by a DUMBO arts professional.

First Thursdays will be held this year from 6-8pm on February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, and June 1, 2023.

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Kick off the month of love with an evening designed for couples aimed at helping you and your partner kindle more appreciation for one another. How exactly? The experience promises to fuse words, your body's somatic intelligence and more to create a deeper connection and an experience of gratitude. 

Allie Hoffman created the event series as a way to fuse connection and community; this will be the first event for couples. In addition bonding with your partner (priceless), you'll also get unlimited wine and light bites. It'll be held in Brooklyn on Wednesday, February 1. 

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  • Art
  • Contemporary art

What is art anyway? And what's behind hierarchies within the art world?

A self-declared laboratory for experimentation, Just Above Midtown (JAM) was an art gallery running from 1974 until 1986 where Black art flourished—and it encouraged artists and visitors to ask those very questions. "Just Above Midtown: Changing Spaces" at MoMA commemorate the history of the gallery as a hub for conceptual art, abstraction, performance, and video.

The museum will host the JAM Performance Festival in conjuction with the exhibit, featuring new works by artists who performed at the downtown Manhattan gallery during the 1980s. This weekend (February 3 and 4), see Alva Rogers perform "Topsy-Turvy."

Just Above Midtown runs at MoMA through February 18, 2023.

  • Comedy

Think PowerPoint's a bore? Think again. 

This all-PowerPoint comedy show called Next Slide Please invites comedians to prepare and present PowerPoints about whatever they want. That could mean a data-driven ranking of the best Manhattan street corners for first date make-outs, pitches for start-up investment opportunities that are *probably* not scams, or a passionate defense of the 2003 Jessica Alba vehicle "Honey" (21% on Rotten Tomatoes).

The show is hosted by Reed Kavner at Caveat on the Lower East Side. Performers for the Wednesday, February 1 show include: Matt Koff (The Daily Show); Jane Wickline (TikTok's Stapleview); Michael Hartney (School of Rock the Musical); Peru Flores (Unpopular Opinions); Ally Spier (Punderdome); and Ismael Loutfi (Comedy Central).

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up

German-American actress and comedian Lucie Pohl invites comics born near and far to perform their best immigration-inspired stand-up, storytelling and sketch comedy. The Friday, February 3 show will feature Dave Merheje (Hulu); Sabrina Wu (Fallon); Ayanna Dookie (BET); Pat Burtscher (Comedy Central); and special musical guest Lex the Lexicon Artist (YouTube). Performers represent Lebanon, China, Trinidad, Canada, Austria, Taiwan, Romania, Germany and moreThis month's show is raising money for New Women New Yorkers.

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Part solo show, part drag show, and part stadium world tour, Mx. Piggy Makes an OnlyFans is truly one of a kind. The artist formerly known as Ms. Piggy is back in the spotlight (Bushwick) after five years of radio silence with a lot to say — chiefly about their ex, a new lover, and their mediocre attempt at an OnlyFans. 

The show, running February 2-4, was written and will be performed by Tank with music by Ray Johnson and direction by Cricket Brown. The performance features Anastasia Beliakova, Stephanie Orta-Vázquez, Art Kopischke and Shellique 'Charlie Wo' Vallée.

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  • Movies

Looking back, it's hard to imagine that some of the films we now consider canonical didn't get much love during their era. Now, with a nod to the film awards season, Museum of the Moving Image is giving them their due with "Snubbed: Great Movies, No Nominations." The screening series, which runs through March 12, features 24 American films that received no Academy Award nominations despite acclaim or long-lasting cultural impact.

Some of these were regarded as appalling snubs at the time, and in some cases, the lack of recognition has lingered. But many of these films are considered classics or have aged pretty well. Other snubs exposed moments of inequity, prejudice, and injustice. Films include Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Leo McCarey’s Make Way for Tomorrow, Hal Ashby’s Harold and Maude, Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye, David Lynch’s Inland Empire, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn and more.

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See traditional lion dances and ribbon twirling in this event series hosted at The Shops at Hudson Yards in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Performances will be held every Saturday through February 6. A trail of decor, including lanterns and wreaths, will greet you inside the mall. 

If you spend $188 or more on the same day, anywhere inside The Shops & Restaurants, you'll score a complimentary gift of bamboo chopsticks in a silk sleeve at the Concierge Desk on Level 1.

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  • Dance
  • Ballet
  • Upper West Side

Having put The Nutcracker to bed for another year, NYCB returns to Lincoln Center for five more weeks. Principal among the offerings are the world premiere of Justin Peck's Copland Dance Episodes—the first original full-evening work created for the company in nearly 20 years. Visit the City Ballet website for a full schedule of events.

  • Restaurants

New York City Restaurant Week comes but twice a year, and reservations for the winter edition are open now. Tables are available for brunch, lunch and dinner at more than 500 restaurants citywide through February 12. This year’s price points are $30, $45 and $60 for two and three-course lunch and dinner menus on the days of each venue’s choosing. 

With so many sensational new restaurants, romantic spots and NYC classics, and so little time to taste them all, it can be hard to narrow the field. We've got your guide to the best places to visit during NYC Restaurant Week this winter.

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  • Art
  • Art

The Met's kicking off 2023 with an exhibit of life-size photomurals by Richard Avedon. Celebrating the centennial of the artist's birth in 1923, the show presents a selection of the photographer's innovative group portraits. The exhibit focuses on Avedon's creativity between 1969 and 1971 when he experimented with sense of scale to create monumental photomurals. Some of his work even chronicled the era's most well-known figures, including Andy Warhol.

The show runs through November 1, 2023. 

  • Things to do
  • City Life

One of our very favorite things to do in the winter in NYC is officially back up and running: bumper cars on ice at Bryant Park!

The experience is now open and runs through March 4. Tickets ($20 to $25) are available right here. A few details: rides will last about 10 minutes and occur on a first-come, first-served basis within your one-hour booking window.

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  • Art
  • Art

A new kinetic installation is lighting up the Broadway plazas in the Garment District between 39th and 40th Streets through February 24, 2023.

Dubbed "Living Lantern," the piece is fueled by the wind and viewers get to see its outer membranes open and close, allowing light to filter from its core and change the lantern's colors, in real time.

The dynamic piece is striking in size as well: it stands nearly 14 feet tall and stretches 20 feet wide.

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  • Art

The color of the year for 2023: Pantone's Viva Magenta, a hue evoking bravery, optimistic celebration and self-expression without restraint. 

Now you can immersive yourself in the energy of that purply-pinkish-red tone at ARTECHOUSE's newest technology-driven experiential art experience called MAGENTAVERSE. The multi-sensory exhibit is open in Chelsea through May 29.

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  • Art
  • Art

Statues of nine men from history and religion perch atop the courthouse near Madison Square Park. Now, for the first time, the representation of a woman has joined their noble rooftop plinths. 

"Havah…to breathe, air, life," an exhibition by artist Shahzia Sikander focusing on themes of justice, has brought stunning golden sculptures to Madison Square Park and the nearby courthouse at 27 Madison Avenue (officially called the Courthouse of the Appellate Division, First Department of the Supreme Court of the State of New York). The statues will be on view through June 4, 2023. 

  • Comedy

Ah, young love. That heart-pounding, sweaty palms kind of love. Brooklyn-based comedian Winnie Stack will share a story of a a tweenage crush—and even get you to reflect on your own childhood loves.

The comedy show "@JennaFischer" tells the story of Winnie Stack's journey as a gay tween and the discovery of her unrequited love for "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer. Through journal entries from 2007, original characters and audience interaction, this one-hour play will invite viewers to reminisce upon their own childhood questions, pains and first loves.

See the show at The Brooklyn Comedy Collective on Tuesday, January 31.

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  • Art
  • Art

Nearly a century ago, Virginia Woolf began pushing the boundaries of literature and eviscerating the patriarchy. Her words still resonate today. 

A landmark new exhibit at New York Public Library, "Virginia Woolf: A Modern Mind" explores the famed author's life and creative process. It's on view for free now through March 5, 2023 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the library's main branch by Bryant Park).

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours

Did you know that in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. led a protest and gave a speech in Central Park? This project helped re-ignite a long tradition of activism in the Park dating back to the 1800s and continuing today.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, expert guides from the Central Park Conservancy are leading 90-minute tours exploring the park's history of activism. You'll get to follow in the footsteps of activists and learn how Central Park became a democratic space where people feel empowered to use their voice and take a stand.

Tours run on the following dates: Friday, January 27; Thursday, February 16; and Sunday, February 19.

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  • Sports and fitness
  • Yoga & Pilates

It's January and the perfect time for a lifestyle upgrade. If your New Year's resolution was to wake up earlier or to embrace a more active lifestyle, Chelsea Piers Fitness has you covered.

Head to the Maker's Room at Chelsea Market for a free 7am all-levels vinyasa flow class every Thursday morning. Just be sure to bring your own yoga mat and towel and register in advance. It'll be a good way to embrace the vinyasa flow all throughout your day.

  • Theater
  • Drama
  • Hell's Kitchen

Brooklyn's very own January theater and dance fest returns at locations throughout the borough, including the Brick, Brick Aux, Target Margin Theater, Jack, Life World and We Are Here. Among the shows to look out for are Tristan Allen's Tin Iso and the Dawn, Dmitri Barcomi's A Jury of Our Queers, Ella Davidson's The Ben Shapiro Project, Tank's Mx. Piggy Makes an OnlyFans, Devon Wade Granmo's (untitled human composting play), Travis Amiel and Cosimo Pori's Das Sofortvergnügen (The Instant Pleasure), Addie Ulrey's Circus Trick
and Joey Merlo's On Set with Theda Bara.

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  • Music
  • Classical and opera
  • Upper West Side

The New York Philharmonic is known for its exceptional New Year’s Concert and, for the Year of the Rabbit, the renowned symphony kicks the Lunar New Year into high gear as well on Tuesday, January 23.

The evening's schedule includes Violinist Ning Feng in an arrangement of Bernstein’s "West Side Story Suite;" erhu virtuoso Yiwen Lu in Qigang Chen’s "La Joie de la souffrance;" and vocalists Gong Linna and Hasibagen spotlighted in Tan Dun’s "Heart Sutra." Long Yu returns to conduct the concert, which also features Li Huanzhi’s "Spring Festival Overture."

There's also a gala with a pre-concert cocktail reception cocktail reception, prime concert seating, and an elegant dinner with the artists on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Seeing the New York City skyline from up high is a priceless experience, but doing so while skating alongside friends is even more special.

Now you can do just that at Hudson Yards' Sky Skate, the highest skating rink in the city. The synthetic rink is found found in the indoor portion of the sky deck at Edge, the tallest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. Tickets, starting at $48/adult, are available through March 14. 

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  • Dance
  • Ballet

MoMA's digging into its archives for the 19th iteration of its annual festival honoring newly saved and restored movies from archives, studios, distributors, foundations, and independent filmmakers from across the world (film buffs unite!).

This year's festival runs through February 2. The horror comedy The Cat and the Canary (1927) by Paul Leni and the comedic drama The Marriage Circle (1924), both from the MoMA archive, will start and end this year's program, respectively. So grab your popcorn, and visit MoMA’s archive.

  • Bars
  • Brooklyn Heights

Lean into winter by heading up to this super cool spot in Dumbo called the Polar Lounge.

Harriet’s Rooftop on the 10th floor of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge has transformed into a winter oasis with a glacial landscape of carved ice sofas, stools and tables by Okamoto Studio and a menu of cocktails served in ice glasses. It's only made cooler by incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. 

The Polar Lounge is open through February 26. Book here.

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  • Art
  • Art

“Pulse Portal,” an art installation by sculpture artist Davis McCarty that was shown at Burning Man in 2016, is now on display at Brookfield Place’s Waterfront Plaza—and it’s a creative piece of work that you definitely want to see in person.

The eye-catching, 20-foot-tall archway is made from materials developed by NASA that transform in color based on the angle of the viewer. 

The focus on shades and hues is not a purely aesthetic one. According to McCarty himself, in fact, “the vibrant colors represent the diversity of humankind and celebrate the individual spark living inside each of us.”

See it through March 10, 2023. 

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars

Whether you abstain from alcohol year-round, or simply cannot stop talking about Dry January at the beginning of every year, nonalcoholic cocktails—sometimes sectioned on menus as “zero-ABV,” “spirit-free,” “mock-” or “soft cocktails”—have almost reached ubiquity in NYC. 

Many otherwise buzzy new openings will offer some dedicated boozeless option, and a few of our most beloved, established drinking destinations continue to craft their un-tipsy sips, too. These are the best places in town to grab a drink, dry or otherwise.

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  • Theater
  • Comedy
  • West Village

"Solo" begins with a declaration: "I turned 30 and it occurred to me that I don't have any friends." If that sounds familiar, you've got to see Gabe Mollica's show "Solo: A Show About Friendship."

In a 60-minute performance, Mollica attempts to explain why, analyzing the "30-year old bros” in his life, high-school relationships, his first drunken attempt at stand-up, summers at a camp for children with chronic illnesses and many more stories of young love, friendship, heartbreak and Taco Bell.

The show's at SoHo Playhouse, which has become a reliable destination for stand-up comedians doing theatrical solo shows. The run for this show continues through February 25.

  • Art

See the miniature magic of cinema come alive at this new MOMA exhibit, "Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio." The exhibition digs into the craft and process behind the celebrated filmmaker's first stop-motion animation film. And, wow, what a staggering process it is. 

In meticulous detail, the exhibition highlights the handcrafted nature of stop-motion filmmaking, which demands careful movement of each piece, step by tiny step. You'll see a time-lapse video of an animator at work, set pieces, puppets, marionettes, drawings, archival photos and props from the film.

The show is on view through April 15, 2023. Also check out the film series connected with the exhibition. 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

After a run in London, "Titanic. The Exhibition" has officially opened on this side of the Atlantic at 526 6th Avenue by 14th Street near Union Square.

In about 80 to 90 minutes, ticket holders come face-to-face with a selection of personal artifacts that have never before been on display in the United States, offering an intense view into the lives of the legendary ship's passengers and crew, 15,000 of whom tragically passed away on April 15, 1912 when the liner hit an iceberg on a voyage from Southampton in the United Kingdom to New York City.

Tickets are on sale now through the end of February 2023.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Spas are thrilling new neighborhood additions no matter what, but an urban bathhouse and wellness club focusing on treatments originating from all over the world is likely to bring a whole new level of excitement to any city area.

That's exactly what World Spa, the new 50,000-square-foot space opening at 1571 McDonald Avenue in Brooklyn is promising to achieve. As its name implies, the destination is bringing a slew of authentic spa experiences from all around the world smack-dab in the middle of Brooklyn. 

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  • Art

A snowman greets visitors at Color Factory's Winter Colorland experience, leading the way to an indoor sledding hill, a confetti forest and more seasonal surprises.

Color Factory, the vibrant interactive art museum in Soho, already knows how to spark joy for visitors. Now they're taking the joyful fun to the next level with this special, limited-time holiday installation open through the end of January.

Think of it like a wintry adventure ... only indoors without the snow, frigid temperatures and dry skin. Ride a ski lift through a confetti snow storm, traipse through a plaid confetti forest and relax on a cozy sky lift chair. Color Factory's signature ball pit will turn wintry with a chance to go sledding indoors.

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Among the plenty of heated huts, chalets and greenhouses that pop up across town as the weather turns frigid, City Winery's igloos are some of our favorites—and they're officially back for the season.

Folks can now schedule their visits at both City Winery's Wine Garden in Rockefeller Plaza and at City Winery at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Each igloo can be reserved for up to eight guests at once.

To reserve your very own igloo at Rockefeller Plaza, where you'll also be able to gaze at the iconic Christmas Tree, follow this link. If you're partial to the Pier 26 location, click here

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  • City Life

Get nostalgic and ride in a bumper car at The Standard Hotel by the High Line.

The entire redesigned is an ode to 1980s punk culture (think safety pins, “Barbiecore” uniforms and mohawks everywhere), complete with a delicious food and drink menu featuring both comforting classics and more modern offerings.

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  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

From amazing costumes to Broadway history to fun photo opps, this long-awaited new museum is a must-see for theater buffs.  

You can expect the new museum to highlight over 500 individual productions from the 1700s all the way to the present. 

Among the standout offerings will also be a special exhibit dubbed "The Making of a Broadway Show," which honors the on- and off-stage community that helps bring plays and musicals to life multiple times a week. 

  • Art
  • Meatpacking District

Five years after a devastating hurriance in Puerto Rico, this new exhibit at The Whitney Musuem of American Art explores the implications. It's called "no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria," roughly translated as “a post-hurricane world doesn’t exist,” from a poem by Puerto Rican poet Raquel Salas Rivera, featured in the exhibition as an artwork.

The show is the first major U.S. museum survey of Puerto Rican art in nearly fifty years. See the show through April 23, 2023.

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  • Things to do
  • Events & Festivals

Just last year, the Trust for Governors Island launched a unique winter village that quickly became a local holiday season must-visit. Unsurprisingly, the setup is back for a second year in a row running through February 2023 with expanded public hours and, of course, the return of the 7,500-square-foot skating rink for visitors of all ages, plus winter-adjacent activities, food and drink options, on-site games and fire pits. 

  • Art

When you appreciate the greenspaces around NYC, do you ever stop to think about the people who make those spaces so enjoyable? Artist Fanny Allié hopes you do, and her new sculpture exhibition called Shadows brings those park workers to the forefront.

The mixed-media artist created 10 colorful sculptures inspired by the workers who maintain Bella Abzug Park (542 W 36th St.). To create the sculptures, Allié spent time with each person and asked them to pose in a manner that reflected themselves. She captured their poses on film, drew their outlines and translated them into steel silhouettes. Each worker chose their sculpture’s color.

Head to the park to see the sculptures sometime before September 2023.

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  • Things to do

The name really says it all: Make bonsai in a bar! These teeny tiny trees are the definition of "happy little trees." 

The pros from Bonsai Bar will teach you the fundamental skills and techniques behind the art of bonsai while you sip your drink and have some fun with your friends. The teachers will also help you as you pot, prune and design your very own bonsai tree. 

There are plenty of Bonsai Bar events on the calendar, as the event often pops up at SingleCut Queens Taproom and Brooklyn Brewery.

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  • Art

Warning: You’re bound to feel hungry after exploring this new exhibit at New-York Historical Society Museum & Library all about Jewish deli culture. Pastrami sandwiches, knishes, bagels, pickles and babka all get their due in “I'll Have What She's Having: The Jewish Deli," a show that's both delightfully fun and deeply meaningful.

The exhibition examines the important role of the Jewish deli through the immigrant experience, during World War II, as a refuge for Holocaust survivors, in pop culture and today. It's on view through April 2, 2023 at the historical society on the Upper West Side.

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  • Art

The title of this exhibit says it all: The Ronald S. Lauder Collection: Selections of Greek and Roman Antiquities, Medieval Art, Arms and Armor, Italian Gold-Ground and Old Master Paintings, Austrian and German Art and Design. Marvel at 500 works—many of which will be on view to the public for the first time—across two floors of Neue Galerie New York.

The pieces are from the collection of Neue Galerie’s co-founder and president, Ronald S. Lauder, each showing his penchant for the art of superb beauty, quality, and rarity. The exhibition provides a glimpse into one of the finest private collections in the world.

The show is on view through February 13, 2023.

  • Sports and fitness
  • Sports & Fitness

After two years of outdoor play, Carreau Club, the nation’s first pétanque bar has expanded with an indoor location with more space to get your game on while sipping a drink.

The indoor venue at Brooklyn's Industry City opened just in time for chillier fall temperatures. For the uninitiated, pétanque (pronounced puh-TONK) is a bocce-ball style French boules sport gaining popularity in the U.S., starting here in NYC.

Carreau Club operates primarily as a walk-in pétanque club and reservations are not required. But you can book a court in advance for a single party or multiple courts for larger groups. Reservations cost $50/court/hour.

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  • Art
  • Art

The energy in INTER_, Manhattan’s newest art experience, feels more like a meditation retreat than a typical gallery—and that’s by design. 

The experiential, multi-sensory museum which opens in Soho on November 2, invites visitors into a heightened state of contemplative awareness through a sound bath, light installations and aspects of meditation all combined with interactive digital art. 

Here's a sneak peek inside the museum — and if you want to check it out yourselfTime Out readers get a discount on tickets with code TIMEOUT15.

  • Shopping
  • Sample sales

New York City is a shopping mecca, and not just because some of the world’s most prominent brands operate brick-and-mortar shops here. 

In an effort to help you on your quest to a fuller closet without having to spend all your savings on it, we hereby compile a constantly updated list of the best sample sales in NYC this week. You'll always be in-the-know when it comes to discounted clothing and furniture.

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  • Theater
  • Circuses & magic

AirOtic Soiree is bringing the heat to Hell's Kitchen with a 21+ cabaret-style performane showcasing incredible aerial acrobatics in a titillating, sensual style. The show takes audiences through an intense story of love, passion, sexuality and eroticism through an immersive circus and cabaret experience including extravagant costumes, seductive choreography and circus artistry. 

During the show, dine on dinner and decadent dessert towers curated by celebrity chef Saul Montiel. Before and after the performance, cocktails will be available for purchase.

See it at HK Hall, a historic venue with striking decor in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, with performances from November 4 through 2023. 

  • Sports and fitness
  • Sports & Fitness

The iconic Wollman Rink in Central Park open for the season.

Since it opened in the 1950s, the rink at the southern end of Central Park has delighted locals and visitors alike who cherish skating under the stars with the backdrop of the city's skyline. To get in on the fun, general admission tickets range from $15 to $35 for adults, depending on date of entry; children and senior tickets cost $10 all season. You can rent skates for $10. Tickets are on sale now. 

Special for this week: Veterans and active military members get free admission on Veterans Day (Friday, November 11).

Here's what to expect at the rink this year.

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  • Museums
  • Fashion and costume

Admire nearly 130 outfits ranging from haute couture pieces to stage costumes, alongside custom accessories, sketches, videos, images by leading fashion photographers, and spectacular installations that mirror the approach of fashion visionary Thierry Mugler.

Brooklyn Museum's Thierry Mugler: Couturissime explores the fascinating, edgy universe of the French designer. Mugler established himself as one of the most daring and innovative designers of the late twentieth century through bold silhouettes and unorthodox techniques and materials, including glass, Plexiglas, vinyl, latex, and chrome.

The exhibition isn't just a visual treat—it also brings in the sense of smell. An expanded section dedicated to fragrance centers on Mugler’s trailblazing scent Angel.

 
 

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  • Art
  • Art

The New York Public Library dug through its expansive and centuries-spanning archive to stage an impressive free exhibition filled with cultural artifacts. "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.

New treasures were just added to the exhibit this fall, including a signed, first edition copy of "Passing" by Nella Larsen, a selection of manuscript pages from "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot, and a miniature early 19th-century Qur’an, produced in Turkey.

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  • City Life

Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan since 9/11,” the Skyscraper Museum’s newest exhibition, analyzes and visualizes how the neighborhood's population has more than doubled since 2001.

The exhibit features stunningly detailed scale models of the city's tall wonders and digs into the history of the area. 

See “Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan since 9/11” at The Skyscraper Museum (39 Battery Place, Battery Park City) before the show ends in January 2023. Admission is free, with timed tickets required

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  • Art
  • Meatpacking District

The Whitney Museum of American Art is offering a glimpse into the NYC that renowned painter Edward Hopper portrayed in his works, such as “Automat” (1927), “Early Sunday Morning” (1930), “Room in New York” (1932), “New York Movie” (1939), “Morning Sun” (1952) and others.

“Edward Hopper’s New York,” which is on view through March 5, 2023, will showcase more than 200 paintings watercolors, prints, and drawings from the Whitney’s collection as well as loans from public and private collections, and archival materials including printed ephemera, correspondence, photographs, and notebooks. These works serve as a record of a changing city.

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  • Drinking

The immersive experience trend continues strong with Wonderland Dreams, a newly announced interactive wine bar loosely inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The cultural offering is scheduled to debut in midtown Manhattan at 529 Fifth Avenue by 44th Street running through late April 2023.

The venue, which boasts 20 different rooms filled with eye-catching sights, sounds pretty remarkable. The 26,000-square-foot space has been hand-painted, there's a living art gallery that quite literally puts visitors inside a picture frame, a secret rose garden and giant playing cards.

Tickets for Wonderland Dreams are available for purchase now right here.

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  • Art
  • Art

A hefty, both in form and in function, new piece of art is new on view on on Governors Island.

"Moving Chains," by Charles Gaines, is a giant, 110-foot-tall kinetic sculpture featuring sturdy chains that rotate overhead. The monument "addresses the reality of systemic racism in the United States of America through embodied and visual experience and provides critical historical context on our extraordinary political division today."

The new project is the island's largest public art commission to date and you can see it through June 2023. It's presented in partnership with Times Square Arts.

  • Art
  • Art

Pop quiz: Who’s the world’s first author?

Nope, it's not Homer. It's not a man at all. 

A new exhibit at The Morgan pays tribute to that trailblazing author, a woman named Enheduanna, a high priestess and poet, the world’s first author known by name, who wielded considerable religious and political power. The exhibition, called “She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 B.C.” is on view at the museum in Manhattan’s Murray Hill.

Ancient sculptures, reliefs and cuneiform tablets bring to life women’s experiences in religious, social, economic, and political spheres—and much of it rings familiar today. 

Here's our full report on the exhibit, open through February 19, 2023.

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  • Things to do

In an artistic representation of heroism and heart, the late photographer Jill Freedman lived among the firefighters in the Bronx and Harlem for more than a year in the 1970s as she chronicled their work. Now, her images are on display at The New York City Fire Museum.

The exhibition features a number of images contained in Freedman’s book, Firehouse, which was released in 1977 and garnered rave reviews highlighting their honesty and grit that captured the danger, tragedy, heroism and camaraderie of being a firefighter in New York City. The images in the exhibition include close-ups of the firefighters, action shots at the scene of a fire and more.

See "Firehouse: The Photography of Jill Freedman" through April 2, 2023. 

Special this week: "A Night at the FDNY Museum" on Thursday, November 3, a celebration of the new special exhibition and the museum's 35th anniversary at its current location. Get tickets to enjoy a private viewing of the exhibition, light fare, open beer and wine bar, raffle prizes, silent auction, and more.

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Head back in time at the Fraunces Tavern Museum to explore how George Washington became a pop culture icon over the years. Our first president's persona has been showcased in comics, pop culture, and other appearances alongside figures like Superman and Captain America. Dig into those depictions through the new exhibition "Cloaked Crusader: George Washington in Comics and Pop Culture."

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

Have some fun this week and go check out Gamehaus, a giant new arcade and beer hall just opened in Long Island City. This 5,000-square-foot multifunctional space features a dozen large-screen TVs, classic video games and loads of beers.

Classice arcade games include Atari Pong, Ms. Pacman, Jurassic Park, Pop-a-Shot and Skee Ball.

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  • Weird & Wonderful

Part visual splendor, part olfactory wonder and part ooey-gooey sensory fun, Sloomoo Institute’s slime museum has reopened after a renovation. This captivating playground welcomes all ages to its home in SoHo—or “SooHoo,” in Sloomoo parlance (see what we did there?).

The original Sloomoo experience began as a pop-up in 2019 intended for a six-month run, but it was so popular that it stayed open for two years. After a brief closure, the immersive experience is now reopening with a brand new look. 

While Sloomoo is a highly Instagrammable experience, the founders hope you’ll spend some time away from your phone and immersed in the moment during your 90-minute visit to truly have the slime of your life.

Here are five things not to miss on your visit.

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  • Art
  • Battery Park City

A new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, "Survivors: Faces of Life after the Holocaust," features 75 close-up portraits of Holocaust survivors photographed by award-winning photographer Martin Schoeller. 

The images showcase Schoeller's signature style, with the subjects gazing intensely at the viewer, revealing the struggles, pains and resilience that have defined them throughout the years. 

Each photo is paired with a biography and the exhibition will also feature behind-the-scenes video footage documenting the actual shots, which were taken at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

The exhibit is on display in the museum's rotunda on the third floor, which was just recently named after Holocaust survivor Rita Lowenstein, through June 18, 2023.

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  • City Life

Swingers NoMad, a "crazy mini-golf course" and entertainment complex straight from London, offers three nine-hole golf courses across 23,000 square feet under 20-foot-high ceilings.

"Crazy golf" is a British spin on mini-golf, but it's for a 21-and-over audience since craft cocktails are served by caddies on the course. Take your pick from six cocktail bars with signature classic cocktails, as well as 12 cocktails created specifically for Swingers NoMad. Plus, you can rent private rooms, check out an opulent clubhouse and enjoy four gourmet street food vendors—Sauce Pizzeria, Miznon, Fonda and Mah Ze Dahr Bakery.

For the holiday season, Swingers is offering a fun twist on the festivities: Spin a Naughty-or-Nice Prize Wheel to decide whether you're ordering the "Naughty" Sex on the Green shot or the "Nice" Festive Dessert. In addition to the game, there's also seasonal decor and even more holiday drinks.

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Ambush Comedy
Photograph: John Cafaro

69. Ambush Comedy

Join Josh Johnson (Comedy Central's The Daily Show), Lucas Connolly (Comedy Central), and Brittany Cardwell (Drule, New York Comedy Fest) for stacked lineups of top comics from NYC and beyond every Wednesday at 7:30pm. 

Plus you can enjoy free beer from 7:30 to 8pm and there's a pizza raffle if you RSVP. What's not to love? Show up to Two Boots Williamsburg for the show.

  • Art
  • Sculpture

Marvel at the sculptures by artist Hew Locke placed on the exterior of The Met. The gold-hued sculptures are part of the museum's third facade commission series. Three sculpture sit tucked into niches at the museum's facade into the likeness of trophies, two partial and two whole, that reference works of art in The Met collection. "At once visually stunning and critically incisive, Locke’s practice relies on the strategy of appropriation and an aesthetic of excess and theatricality to deconstruct iconographies of power and to explore global histories of conquest, migration, and exchange," The Met says.

Locke was born Scotland and raised in Guyana, a multiracial, multicultural nation in South America that was formed in the crucible of indigeneity, European colonialism, the African slave trade, and Indian indentureship. 

The Facade Commission: Hew Locke, Gilt is now on view outside of the musuem through May 22, 2023. 

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  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Upper East Side

Stand next to a new 18-foot-tall patinated bronze sculpture called Ancestor at the southeast entrance to Central Park. The colossal artwork depicts a universal mother figure linking our cultural and personal pasts and futures. Adorned with the heads of her 23 children that extend from her body, she embodies multiculturalism, pluralism, and interconnectedness. They manifest a sense of belonging and celebrate the mother as a keeper of wisdom and the eternal source of creation and refuge.

Ancestor is by New Delhi and London-based artist Bharti Kher, and the exhibition is presented by the Public Art Fund. See Ancestor for free at Doris C. Freedman Plaza through August 27, 2023. 

  • Art
  • East Harlem

"Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate" at the Museum of the City of New York explores the relationship between New Yorkers and food, using the venue's back terrace as an exhibition space for the first time. 

“Behind every tempting package of processed food at the corner bodega; every carton of fresh berries from a street cart; and every enticing restaurant meal lies an intricate, massive and changing network of relationships,” reads an official press release about the indoor/outdoor show, which is slated to officially open on September 16 and run through the fall of 2023.

Visitors will get to browse through over 20 works by contemporary artists and designers that were tasked with using their respective crafts to come up with solutions to key global and local food-related challenges.

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Artshack Cafe offers everything on its menu on ceramic pieces made in-house. What’s more, according to an official statement by the cafe, patrons are asked to “help reduce waste by bringing their own cups.” Looking for a coffee to-go? Expect it served in a ceramic to-go cup. The cafe is part of Artshack Brooklyn, a community-based ceramics studio that offers both free and subsidized programming for adults and children alike. In addition to not using single-use products, standout features of the Bed-Stuy cafe at 1129 Bedford Avenue by Monroe Street include an anti-racism library and a number of chairs shaped like bunnies that will make anyone’s selected orders from chef Silvia Barban’s menu taste that much better.

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  • City Life

Brooklyn vinyl lovers are in luck because the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library has just opened a Vinyl Lending Library to its cardholders, giving them access to 400 albums spanning genres (hip-hop, pop, classical, country, show tunes and more) that they can listen to on-site as well as borrow for up to three weeks. You just need your library card. Listening stations can be found on the first floor. 

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  • Art
  • Art

ArtsDistrict Brooklyn, also referred to as AD/BK, is a new immersive arts venue in Greenpoint at 25 Franklin Street. To celebrate the opening of the venue, sure to become part and parcel of New York's larger devotion to all things experiential, AD/BK is hosting the U.S. premiere of Limitless AI, a 70-minute show that first debuted at the Atelier des Lumières museum in Paris. 

Two other shows will be mounted on premise simultaneously: Flight and Séance. Both created by London-based company Darkfield, the two immersive, audio experiences will be presented in complete darkness inside customized 40-foot shipping containers. How cool?

  • Art
  • Central Park

Get a closer look at more than 60 kimonos at the Met Museum that will show how these traditional Japanese garments transformed over their history. Across the gallery, these gorgeous kimonos will be paired along with Western garments, Japanese paintings, prints, and decorative art objects in thematic and chronological order, from the costumes worn for Japan’s traditional forms of theater, Noh and Kyōgen, to the western-influence of the second half of the 20th century.

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Subterranean Date Night at The Django
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77. Subterranean Date Night at The Django

Descend into The Django (l2 6th Avenue, The Roxy Hotel, Cellar Level) and you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world. The subterranean jazz club, with its vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls, was modeled after the boîtes of Paris. The venue consists of two cocktail bars, an open dining space, and a stage for live performances with a state-of-the-art sound system. The Django offers a full dinner menu and handcrafted cocktails, all partnered with a brilliant entertainment lineup. Check out the schedule here.

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  • City Life

Superstorm Sandy devastated New York City, destroying homes and businesses, but it also flooded the New York Aquarium so badly that parts of it have been closed to the public for the past decade. Now, after completely rebuilding these galleries with help from FEMA, New York State and New York City, NY Aquarium is open in full—you can see all of it—"Spineless," the PlayQuarium, "Ocean Wonders: Sharks!" Glover’s Reef, the Conservation Hall, the Sea Cliffs, the Aquatheater, the Seaside Café and more.

 

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  • City Life

The Museum of the Moving Image's "Living with The Walking Dead" features original costumes and props, concept art, storyboards, scripts and prosthetic makeup material that highlight the show’s origins, production and impact. 

It also has multiple screening series and public events over a six-month span for those interested in the show and learning more about behind the scenes. All in all, there are 500 objects including more than 300 props and production materials to see. 

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  • Eating

The newly opened Vinyl Steakhouse is named for its dual conceits: music and meat. Musical memorabilia factors into the decor. Vintage-style show posters line the walls, prints depict Run-DMC, Debbie Harry and the Beastie Boys and shelves are filled with album sleeves. And, beyond those show tunes, expect to hear full sides from among the 2,000-plus records collected by sommelier-owner Kevin Flannery, who operates the restaurant with his somm wife Sofia. Steak, of course, factors significantly into the opening menu, including an 8- or 10-ounce filet mignon, ribeye, New York strip and dry aged porterhouse for two. Classic steakhouse sides like mac and cheese (this one truffled), creamed spinach (turned carbonara with pancetta, parm and egg yolk) and a potato pavé piled with bacon, chives, gouda and jalapeño are also available. 

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  • Sex and dating
  • Sex & Dating

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Date Nights" give visitors an opportunity to become acquainted with artwork with informal drop-in gallery chats, listen in on gorgeous live music and sip on yummy cocktails.

"Date Nights" are held every Friday and Saturday night in the American Wing Café from 5pm to 9pm. Make it a night out with The Met's buy-one-get-one drink special and snack on light bites in the American Wing Café. More details can be found at metmuseum.org/datenight

There's literally no excuse not to go—the date nights come with museum admission, which is always pay-what-you-wish for New York State residents and NY, NJ, and CT students with valid ID. And this time, advance tickets are not required. 

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Baylander Steel Beach is many things: an aircraft carrier turned restaurant, a floating dining and drinking destination, the smallest aircraft carrier in the world (it's 133 feet long) and an absolute must-visit before the temps fall.

After first launching in July of 2020, the former US Navy helicopter landing trainer is back for 2022 at its usual location: the West Harlem Piers in Upper Manhattan at 125th Street. Boasting a 4,000-square-foot outdoor deck, the bar-slash-eatery was peppered with picnic tables on both the upper and lower decks in previous years.

In addition to delicious seafood and the sort of fare that delights bar goers and settles a drinking stomach (lobster rolls, tater tots, fish and chips), patrons can look forward to a slew of nautical themed cocktails, including the Mermaid Potion (Empress gin, Rockey's botanical liqueur, Fever Tree elderflower tonic and lemon), the Pirates' Punch (Captain Morgan spiced rum, mandarin and pomegranate liqueurs, pineapple and fresh citrus juices) and the on-the-nose Boat Fashioned (Bulleit bourbon, blood orange vermouth, burlesque bitters).

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  • 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 on select Fridays. Pizza and ice cream will be available for purchase at the show.

  • Comedy
  • Financial District

Ladies take over Route 66 Smokehouse and Comedy Club on Wednesdays. Hosted by Alia Janine, the show features a heavy female line-up featuring some of today's top and up and coming comedians. Past and upcoming comedians include Janeane Garofalo, Usama Siddiquee, Chanel Omari, Dan Soder, Francesca Fiorentini, and Chanel Ali. Food and drink specials are offered all night and there's a party afterward. Each ticket comes with one drink.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

The luxurious Italian wellness spa QC NY has opened to the public, bringing the elegance and rejuvenation of a European spa to Governors Island, but with New York City flavor. It's immediately clear when you enter the spa that it was made to feel like home. From its cozy reception area decorated with custom-made furniture from Italy to its welcoming relaxation spaces with plush leather chairs and massive pillows you can sprawl out on, it feels like you're staying at a retreat with New York Harbor views. Since it's on the edge of the island, a short walk from Soissons Landing, looking out the windows offers gorgeous blue water views and glimpses of the city skyline. Because of its layout, the spa feels secluded from the rest of the island. Click through to read more about the new spa.

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Immersive art exhibit Arcadia Earth 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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  • City Life

A new audio tour by the Brooklyn Public Library seeks to explore the lives of the characters and authors that call the borough home in fiction and in real life. From Patti Smith to Biggie Smalls, Howard Zinn to Tanwi Nandini Islam, the guide covers a total of 16 writers over eight miles of Brooklyn. You can also expect to stop at important public libraries the likes of Washington Irving and Clinton Hill, which, according to an official press release, "played an important role in the lives of the featured author[s]." Expect the entire tour, which can virtually start off from anywhere in Brooklyn, to take at least two hours to complete, depending on how many stops you wish to make along the way.

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Taste your way around the world at a this wine bar that offers dozens of international wines, all by the glass. Temperance Wine Bar (40 Carmine Street) is a 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.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

At the Harry Potter Store New York, Wizards and witches can shop from the world's largest collection of Harry Potter merch across 21,000 square feet at 935 Broadway in the Flatiron District. 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. 

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  • Things to do

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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