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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week includes an anniversary special at Mamoun's, the return of the Daybreaker party and more

By 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 (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Grab a falafel at Mamoun's for 75 cents, snag tickets to Broadway shows (that's right!) or get on the sunrise Daybreaker guest list. Don't miss a new pop-up by Eataly and Color Factory or the reopening of The Greens at Pier 17. 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

Falafel sandwich Mamoun's Falafel
Falafel sandwich Mamoun's Falafel
Photograph: Courtesy Mamoun's Falafel

1. Buy one get one falafel at 75 cents from Mamoun’s

Restaurants Central Asian Greenwich Village

Celebrating its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, Mamoun's Falafel is offering buy-one-get-one at its original 75-cent price at all its 11 locations and for the first 50 customers at its original Macdougal Street location. Serving quality Middle Eastern food since 1971, the place charges an extra 50 cents for to-go orders (which seems like a premium on top of a $2 order), so it’s an even better. The falafel is served in a pita with lettuce, tomato and tahini, and you’d be well advised to add hummus or baba ganoush. Sweet pastries such as baklava and knafe—shredded phyllo dough with pistachios—leave you satisfied and ready for bed.

Oracle
Oracle
Photograph: Daniel Greer

2. See the startling new statue at 30 Rock

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A new work by conceptual artist Sanford Biggers that is sure to turn lots of heads was just installed at the entrance to the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center. A mere picture of the massive monument is shocking to us—now imagine seeing it live. Oracle—a 25-foot-tall cast bronze sculpture that weighs 15,280 pounds—is a continuation of Biggers' "Chimera" series. According to an official press release, the latter "consists of hybrid sculptures that merge mythology and history, [...] each one a mashup of masks and figurative sculptures from different countries and cultures, including Greco-Roman and African sculptures." The enormous figure depicts a man boasting the sort of expression that really resonates with us after over a year spent in lockdown: pensive, deep in meditative thought, probably wondering what else Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo are going to throw at us next. Wearing what seems to be a toga and holding onto a torch, we have to admit that Oracle speaks to us. The statue is truly a mood.

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Broadway
Broadway
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3. Get tickets for these Broadway shows

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Broadway will officially welcome spectators back inside of theaters starting September 14. Although that's still a few months away, productions are already back at work and have announced official return dates—which means that tickets to some of the performances are actually already available for purchase. Below, we highlight the seven productions that are already on sale but we've got some news about a few others: the much-anticipated revival of The Music Man—this one starring Broadway darlings Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster—is gearing up for performances starting December 20 but has yet to announce an official ticket sale date. The Minutes, a play by Trace Letts, has already made public its opening date (March 15, 2022) but there is no word yet on when tickets to the show will be made available.

Dumbo Open Studios
Dumbo Open Studios
Photograph: Courtesy Art in Dumbo

4. Visit DUMBO Open Studios

Art Online,

DUMBO Open Studios is back with its virtual format, which will allow you to participate from the comfort and safety of your home. This year, DUMBO Open Studios will feature more than 100 artists and art organizations from DUMBO and Vinegar Hill welcoming the public to view art and studios online. Artists will show off their work from the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program, Triangle Arts, the New York Studio School, and Smack Mellon. There will also be exhibitions by staple DUMBO galleries, including A.I.R. Gallery, Janet Borden, Inc., Klompching Gallery, and Platform Project Space, along with new to the neighborhood gallery, Higher Pictures Generation. There will be unique virtual events from intimate conversations between artists to workshops on social media to engage with visitors in real-time. You can virtually tour artists’ studios and spaces across the neighborhood throughout the weekend on Art in DUMBO’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. RSVP here to be reminded before the event.

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Melvin Edwards Better Days
Melvin Edwards Better Days
Photograph: Nicholas Knight / Courtesy Melvin Edwards and the Public Art Funds

5. Study "MELVIN EDWARDS: Brighter Days"

Art City Hall Park, Downtown

Brighter Days is a series of six sculptures by Melvin Edwards created from 1970 to 1996 and one in 2020—each one incorporates some form of chain. Sitting in City Hall Park, historical associations are made to slavery and violence. City Park Hall was once the site of the African Burial Ground, a colonial-era cemetery for enslaved and freed individuals of African descent. More recently it became a geographic center of Black Lives Matter protests with the occupation of City Hall. Brighter Days affirms Edwards' optimistic view of our shared future.

 

Hoff’s Horrorfest
Hoff’s Horrorfest
Photograph: Courtesy Hoff’s Horrorfest

6. Hoff’s Horrorfest

Comedy Online,

The organizers of this comedy show/horror movie screening want you to laugh until you scream. Hoff Matthews (Comedy Central) and co-producers Andrei Alupului (Come Ova, UCB), Marybess Pritchett (An Inconvenient Talk Show), and George Gordon (Your Good Friend) will screen public domain horror films and pepper them with comedy bits and segments each month. This week, watch "Werewolf of Washington," a 1973 horror satire in which a White House press secretary turned werewolf takes a bite out of D.C. You can catch it on the Hoff's Horrorfest YouTube page.

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good deliver
good deliver
Photograph: Courtesy Christopher Cruz Photography

7. Good Delivery Comedy

Comedy Stand-up Gertie, 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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8. Join Daybreaker

Things to do The William Vale, Greenpoint
Daybreaker is back for its popular morning party for the first time in over a year. The party will be held on The Rooftop of The William Vale at sunrise with an hour of yoga and a mini Joy Practice, followed by a two-hour dance party with DJs, performance artists and yummy breakfast snacks and drinks. Masks will be required for the event, plus full vaccination or proof of negative COVID test is required for entry. Join the waitlist now!
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Harmon Leon
Harmon Leon
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Sheakoski

9. TALE: NYC's Finest Storytelling

Comedy Storytelling Red Room, East Village

Show up for first-class yarn spinning at gonzo political comedian Harmon Leon's storytelling night, which regularly features folks from SNL, NPR, Comedy Central and VICE. This time, he welcomes Michele Carlo (A Fish Out of Aqua), Sean O’Brien (Moth Champ), Zilla Vodnas (ZillaVision) and Momoh Pujeh (UG Comedy) to the Red Room stage. Space is limited to only 15 audience members. 

 

Ghost Forest Maya Lin
Ghost Forest Maya Lin
Photograph: Maya Lin Studio / Courtesy the artist and Madison Square Park Conservancy

10. Walk in a spectral ghost forest at Madison Square Park

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A grove of 49 white cedar trees will be planted in Madison Square Garden this month, and they may give you the willies. Ghost Forest, the installation of spooky trees, is opening May 10 with the hopes of raising awareness about the ill effects of climate change, specifically the dying off of vast tracts of forests, like the New Jersey Pine Barrens where the trees are from. The Pine Barrens in New Jersey is a vulnerable area that has suffered "severe deprivation," according to the Madison Square Park Conservancy. These trees (Atlantic white cedars) were once plentiful on the East Coast but now there are fewer than 50,000 acres of them because of historic forestry practices and threats posed by climate change (like sea-level rise and saltwater infiltration).

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Ready Roofop
Ready Roofop
Photograph: Courtesy The Moxy East Village

11. Get a drink at The Ready Rooftop

Restaurants East Village

The Ready rooftop is ready for a good time this summer. (The portable coolers full of canned beers and wines at each table are probably the clearest giveaway.) Taking up the top floor of the Moxy East Village, this new elevated downtown destination has a backyard party vibe with abundant greenery, twinkling hanging lights, eclectic outdoor furniture and plenty of sunlight. It kind of feels like you’re hanging out in a friend’s (very clean) backyard except you don’t have to worry about getting yelled at by angry neighbors. A large, retractable glass roof offers varying experiences based on the weather—transitioning the space from a party-in-a-greenhouse situation to an open-air hang in a matter of seconds. (The bar, made of plastic milk crates, looks particularly striking against the lower Manhattan skyline with the roof fully retracted.) The aforementioned tableside coolers feature six cans from local breweries including Bronx Brewery and City Light Lager—you can order all beer ($60), all wine ($65) or mix-and-match ($65). Like any good rooftop worth its margarita salt, there are also frozen cocktails on offer including frose ($14) and watermelon sugar ($14).

LEGO Vidiyo
LEGO Vidiyo
Photograph: Courtesy LEGO

12. LEGO BeatBit Studio Tour

Kids Domino Park, Williamsburg

The LEGO Group is bringing its BeatBit Studio to Brooklyn where you and your family can create a music video at a LEGO® VIDIYO demo station. Everyone will get a free exclusive BeatBit bundle that they can use to make an epic music video in the comfort of their own home. Guests can also join a virtual line on event day, registering via their personal device to wait remotely for their turn at v2.waitwhile.com 

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Lincoln Center The Green
Lincoln Center The Green
Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out

13. Head over to the giant outdoor performing arts park at Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center is going to be buzzing with activity this summer as one of the hottest spots for live entertainment. Starting May 10, The Green opens at Lincoln Center's Josie Robertson Plaza, transforming the iconic space into a grassy knoll and an outdoor performance park with multiple stages, a jukebox-type space, a public library kiosk, a snack bar and a rehearsal area for musicians. The Green is the shining jewel of Lincoln Center's Restart Stages program, which brings back performing arts to the area as well as community services such as blood drives, food distributions and a primary election polling place.

 

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1315894277
Photograph: Courtesy Eugene Gologursky

14. Strill the Macy's Flower Show

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As the city’s tulips and cherry blossoms fade, New Yorkers are on the hunt for a new way to get their floral fix in the city. Enter: The 46th Annual Macy’s Flower ShowThe show’s theme this year is Give. Love. Bloom. and it’s meant to serve as an uplifting beacon of hope after a tough year with birds, butterflies and colorful installations creating a cheerful scene. The show is taking over the store, its windows and even the nearby Herald Square Park. You can expect to find the floral displays in a number of unexpected locations and configurations in this year’s show which will be on display through May 16. Millions of live flowers, plants and trees from all over the world will be on display at the store, and they’ll be found on countertops, in display windows and in bridges, columns and topiaries.

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Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library
Photograph: Gregg Richards

15. Return to the public library

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We're already super-excited about the reopening of NYC libraries today, but now we've got even further reason to rejoice as the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza has just debuted an entirely new look.  In total, book worms can expect to walk through four new public spaces designed by architect Toshiko Mori. These include the Major Owens Welcome Center, a New and Noteworthy Section, a Civic Commons Center and a Business and Career Center. The Major Owens Welcome Center in particular is drawing much attention. The space is in fact dedicated to the late Major Owens, dubbed the "Librarian of Congress" given his decade-long work at the Brooklyn Public Library prior to his sting as a congressman. Visitors will get to browse through photos from his life and more while on location. As frequent library-goers may remember, an IDNYC office and a security booth were located right at the entrance of the "old" library. Those services will still be available, alongside ones provided by the passport office that was also found at the location, albeit at the Civic Commons section of the destination, which now boasts its own entrance at Flatbush Avenue.

 

At-Home Heroes: An Homage to Parenting Through a Pandemic in NYC
At-Home Heroes: An Homage to Parenting Through a Pandemic in NYC
Photograph: Andy Lin

16. Check out a photo series honoring parents on the Manhattan Bridge

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Everyone agrees that parents have had it particularly hard throughout these past 14 months, trying to manage everyday life during a pandemic while working from home and raising kids. It's time we honor them. The Dumbo Improvement District and Photoville thought it wise to celebrate New York parents with a new photo exhibit that will be projected on the Manhattan Bridge beginning this Mother's Day (May 9) all through Father's Day on June 20. Dubbed "At-Home Heroes: An Homage to Parenting Through a Pandemic in NYC," the community-sourced series consists of over 150 images submitted by New Yorkers from 40 different neighborhoods across all boroughs.

 

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Dream Machine II randall's island
Dream Machine II randall's island
Photograph: Courtesy NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program, Randall’s Island Park Alliance, and Taglialatella Gallery NY

17. Visit two massive sculptures on Randall's Island

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On the other side of the footbridge that connects Manhattan to Randall's Island are two new incredible sculptures by artist Rubem RobierbThe first is a 10-foot fiberglass and stainless steel sculpture called Peace Makers that has been lauded for its representation and call for unity. Two doves—one black and one white—seem to circle each other and while they are separate, they are part of one artwork, which was inspired by the recent protests against racial injustice. The other piece by Robierb, Dream Machine II, which is a pair of 13-foot, brilliant blue butterfly wings, is a tribute to the human spirit and symbolizes strength and resilience in the face of immense challenges, according to NYC Parks' Art in the Park.

 

 Queens Drive-In
 Queens Drive-In
Photograph: Courtesy Queens Drive-In

18. Free movie nights at the Queens Drive-In

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The series of six free screenings kicks off this week with a special showing of Star Wars on Star Wars Day 2021 (aka May the Fourth). In addition to Star Wars, the upcoming slate of films includes a wide range of offerings—from dramas to kid-friendly animated films. Social distancing is required for the screenings and capacity is limited to 200 vehicles. Pre-registration for each free screening will open up two weeks prior to the showing at queensdrivein.com

Check out the full list of upcoming free films below.

Tuesday, May 4: “Star Wars” (1977)
Wednesday, May 19: “Inside Out” (2015)
Wednesday, May 26: “Moonlight” (2016)
Wednesday, June 16: “Coming to America” (1988)*
Thursday, June 24: “Monsoon Wedding” (2001)*
Date TBA: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)

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Eataly
Eataly
Photograph: Courtesy Eataly NYC Downtown

19. Eataly x Color Factory downtown pop-up

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If you’re looking for a vibrant new dining destination, a new pop-up tucked into the back of Eataly NYC Downtown is worth having on your radar. La Pizza & La Pasta A Colori began welcoming guests on April 21. Located in the culinary hub’s main restaurant space, the multisensory experience puts the focus on color in a similar way that Eataly’s other recently newly transformed venue, Serra by Birreria, puts an emphasis on seasonalityThe color theme is immediately apparent upon walking into space, located on the third floor of 101 Liberty St., and encountering “Somewhere Out There,” a striking installation by the artist Eric Rieger. The piece features hundreds of multi-colored pieces of yarn hanging from the ceiling that combine to create an almost celestial effect. Not surprisingly, the work was inspired by sunrises—specifically those found in Torino, where Eataly was founded, and in New York City. Along that theme, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space overlook the WTC memorial and Brookfield Place, offering stunning views of actual sunsets. The food and drink menu, created exclusively for the new space, is full of fun twists on the color theme as well, often highlighting vibrantly hued ingredients. “Giallo in Sfumatura” presents a selection of Italian cheeses playfully arranged across a painter’s palette in various shades of yellow. “Il Riso Nero” features a jet-black plate of rich squid ink risotto.”La Pizza Verde” is a traditional Neapolitan pizza in an unexpected green color thanks to seasonal produce like spring peas.  A standout dish is the La Carbonara Arancione Per Due, a take on the famous Roman pasta dish that’s given a rich golden hue thanks to yolks from Happy Egg Co. heirloom eggs. (Heads up: The menu says it’s for two, but it probably serves a solid three people.) In a fun bit of ceremony, it’s prepared fresh on a cart tableside so you can watch the warm color develop.

Inner Dialogue
Inner Dialogue
Photograph: Courtesy of Cavalier Galleries

20. Three massive sculptures of real people by Grand Central Station

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Now through the end of December, everyday New Yorkers walking by Grand Central Station will be treated to three massive sculptures depicting... everyday New Yorkers.  Part of New York City's Department of Transportation's Temporary Art Program—through which artists of all calibers can work on public art pieces that take up residence all around town for up to 11 months—the installation is the brainchild of artist Jim Rennert. At over 6 feet tall each, the life-size works can be found at Pershing Square Plaza West, on Park Avenue between East 41st and East 42nd Streets—and that's not a random location. "Rennert’s works represent the meeting point between the business world and the everyday lives of ordinary people, similar to the way that Pershing Square represents the joining of the business and community aspects of landmark Grand Central Terminal’s neighborhood," reads an official press release about the installation.

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Glass Ceiling
Glass Ceiling
Photograph: Courtesy of Glass Ceiling

21. The Glass Ceiling rooftop bar

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A new rooftop is now part of the New York City skyline: the Glass Ceiling is a novel space in Nomad that overlooks the Empire State Building, where guests can order cocktails and light bites or even host events. But as exciting as any sort of opening is these days, the concept behind the destination is what we'd like to focus on. As the name of the venue suggests, the rooftop seeks to "support emerging businesses as a launching pad for collaboration and networking," reads an official press release about the project. What that means is that, although welcoming any sort of guest, Glass Ceiling will be hosting monthly launch party giveaways focusing on women-owned and -founded businesses, plus happy hour sessions featuring "a Shark Tank-style panel of experts interested in supporting women and minority-owned businesses whose owners can pitch their products and services on site." Even the menu will highlight women-led brands. Expect warm colors, palm trees and earthy wood tones to define the space, which truly feels like an oasis of calm and peace in the middle of the city and will likely become one of your favorite rooftop bars in Manhattan.

Gitano Garden of Love
Gitano Garden of Love
Photograph: Courtesy Gitano

22. Gitano's Garden of Love

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A lush, tropical oasis awaits you in Soho at Gitano's Garden of Love. It's bringing back its massive Mezcal bar with views of the Freedom Tower and the downtown NYC skyline and gorgeous greenery that will make you feel transported to Tulum, Mexico. Now in its fourth summer, the bar and restaurant will again span the same 24,000-square-foot city block with 30-foot palm trees, tropical plants, twin pergola dining decks, an open fire kitchen and a reflecting/meditation pond. Guests will get to enjoy the space with a stream of gypsy-disco music, entertainment and art. Executive Chef Antonio Maldonaldo's menu this year includes Mezcal-focused cocktails and modern Mexican dishes cooked in a wood-burning oven and open-fire grill, including the tuna tostada, truffle tlayuda, grilled chicken pastor, watermelon salad and more.

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The Greens at Pier 17
The Greens at Pier 17
Photograph: Relevent on behalf of The Howard Hughes Corporation

23. The Greens at Pier 17

News City Life

Remember those mini backyards on the waterfront at Pier 17 that delighted New Yorkers last summer? Well, they're back!  The Greens, as the destination is dubbed, is made up of 32 mini lawns that are 10x10 square feet in size and seat up to eight people each. Each pod it outfitted with a sun umbrella, multiple lounge chairs and a love seat. Scanning a QR code on your phone will catapult you to a delicious-looking, touch-less menu of summer treats, including an everything-crusted Bavarian soft pretzel, a shaved onion smashed burger, lamb kebabs, and PopBar popsicles, among others. Yes, there will also obviously be cocktails on offer. You can check out the full food and drink menu right here. Just like last year, there will also be a giant, 32-foot-wide LED screen. Guests can also expect live music and DJ sets. The best part? The views, of course. You'll revel in the lower Manhattan skyline while safe and socially distanced from the other New Yorkers around you. It doesn't get better than this.

Kaufmann Concert Hall 92nd Street Y
Kaufmann Concert Hall 92nd Street Y
Photograph: Courtesy 92nd Street Y

24. "Almost Home" at 92nd Street Y

Music 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side

92nd Street Y is back with a slate of live performances you can attend in person! It's kicking things off with a spring mini-season called "Almost Home" that will be a "tasting menu" of some of its world-class programming, including classical concerts and literary readings to theater for young audiences. "Almost Home" will include classical music performances by American operatic soprano Alyson Cambridge (May 3), three concerts from 92Y’s Marshall Weinberg Spring 2021 Classical Music Season including one with flautist Brandon Patrick George with pianist Bryan Wagorn (May 5); clarinetist Anthony McGill with soprano Susanna Phillips (May 11); and pianist Stewart Goodyear (May 26). André Holland (Moonlight, Selma) will also give a dramatic reading of Saidiya Hartman’s "The End of White Supremacy: An American Romance" (April 29) and 92Y’s new Theater for Young Audiences will offer a new, original dance musical geared to children ages 4-11, entitled "Adventure to Neverland" (multiple dates).

 

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Born in Flames: Feminist Futures FIRELEI BAEZ On rest and resistance Because we love you
Born in Flames: Feminist Futures FIRELEI BAEZ On rest and resistance Because we love you
Photograph: Courtesy Firelei Báez and the Bronx Museum | "Born in Flames: Feminist Futures"

25. “Born in Flames: Feminist Futures”

Art Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Bronx

"Born in Flames: Feminist Future" is a group exhibition of 14 female-identifying and non-binary artists that looks at current struggles for equality and justice. On view April 28 – September 12, artists like Caitlin Cherry, Chitra Ganesh, Clarissa Tossin, Huma Bhaba, Firelei Báez, Lizzie Borden, María Berrío, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, Rose B. Simpson, Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin), Saya Woolfalk, Shoshanna Weinberger, Tourmaline, and Wangechi Mutu explore their place "within a futurist lineage, but also exposes the ongoing impulse to imagine new realities on their own terms." The exhibition takes its name from Lizzie Borden's 1983 documentary-style feminist fiction film, Born In Flames, which explores racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. 

26. UpDating

Things to do Sour Mouse, Lower East Side

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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Salinas
Salinas
Photograph: Courtesy Salinas

27. Salinas' reopening

Restaurants Spanish Chelsea

Executive Chef Luis Bollo's flashy venue, a buzzy limestone grotto with a water wall and a candlelit garden beneath a retractable roof, is back with his authentic Spanish dishes inspired by the Mediterranean coast and the Balearic Islands. Try the tomatitos with farmer’s market tomatoes and pan tumaca with hojiblanca olive oil, to herb-dusted hanger steaks and Arroz Vasco with salted cod risotto.

Eataly NYC Flatiron
Eataly NYC Flatiron
Photograph: Courtesy Eataly NYC Flatiron

28. The greenhouse-themed roof of Eataly NYC Flatiron

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One of the best rooftop restaurants in the city is reopening for the season with a completely new concept—just in time for spring. Serra by Birreria, located on the rooftop of Eataly NYC Flatiron, is welcoming guests with another seasonal makeover beginning today, April 15. Unlike past iterations of venue—like “Stellata” and “D’Autunno”—this is less of a season-specific outing. Rather, the design of the new space itself is set to change with the seasons, providing a shifting landscape from spring to summer to fall. Designed by Milk Way Studios, the greenhouse-themed space showcases an evolving natural landscape. A ceiling of greenery and flowers drapes over diners as they enjoy a menu that’s meant to mirror the Italian way of “eating with the seasons.” Tied to that theme, the restaurant’s menu is set to change from spring to fall, featuring new specialities every month with fresh ingredients source directly from the Greenmarket. You can expect to find skewers of local produce on the menu along with seasonal pasta dishes like Wild Nettle Cavatelli con Agnello e Piselli, featuring house-made wild nettle pasta with a lamb and spring pea sauce, and Bistecca alla Fiorentina per la Tavola, an Autumn’s Harvest Farm porterhouse with a variety of seasonal contorni. The new floral-infused cocktail menu will also place a strong focus on botanicals with drinks incorporating plants and flowers in fun and innovative ways. One especially noteworthy offering is the “Genziana Per Tre” where guests will be able to sample three bitters made from gentian from different parts of Italy—going beyond the classic Campari from Lombardia that many of us know and love. Serra by Birreria is located on the 14th floor of Eataly NYC Flatiron at 200 Fifth Ave. It is open from 11:30am–9pm from Sunday through Thursday and 11:30pm–9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Nathan's Famous
Nathan's Famous
Photograph: Shutterstock

29. Get a 5-cent hot dog at Coney Island

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You're likely too young to remember anything ever costing a mere 5 cents in New York. Alas, back in 1916, when Nathan's Famous first opened in Coney Island, patrons were able to devour the eatery's signature wieners for a mere nickel each—and the iconic destination is now throwing it back big time. For an indefinite time, folks can grab unlimited 5-cent hot dogs with the purchase of any regularly-priced food item on Thursdays starting 5pm through closing. Needless to say, New Yorkers are rejoicing at the news, timed to the eatery's and Coney Island's reopening as a whole. The menu item itself, which usually costs $4.75, will soon undergo a revamping of sorts. Just about anything on the menu—with the exception of the destination's 99-cent apple pies—actually counts as a regularly-priced food item and, given that there is no limit to how many franks we can walk away with, do expect plenty of patrons to try and devour more than a handful during each visit. Can you blame them?

Empire State Building, NYC, One World Trade Center, Madison Square, The Intrepid Air & Space Museum, The Vessel, Hudson Yards, #LightItBlue, Andrew Cuomo
Empire State Building, NYC, One World Trade Center, Madison Square, The Intrepid Air & Space Museum, The Vessel, Hudson Yards, #LightItBlue, Andrew Cuomo
Photograph: Shutterstock

30. Hudson Yards' Farmers Market

Shopping The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Midtown West
Hudson Yards is getting its own Farmers Market, which is opening for the first time on Thursday, April 22 — for Earth Day. It'll be open every Tuesday and Thursday through the fall from 10am to 6pm with vendors and farmers like Agri Exotic Trading, ESO Artisanal PastaJon’s Gourmet MushroomsStarbright Floral DesignAlecia BakeryRed House RoastersNew York Prime BeefThe Hampton GrocerMontauk Catch Club and Springbrook Hollow Farm Distiller. 
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Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts met rooftop commission
Alex Da Corte, As Long as the Sun Lasts met rooftop commission
Photograph: Hyla Skopitz / Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

31. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden Commission

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This year's Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden Commission features a very familiar friend—Big Bird. That's right, the beloved Sesame Street character with feathers and a beak features prominently in the artwork by Alex Da Corte. Dubbed As Long as the Sun Lasts, the commission stands 26 feet tall and seems to balance Big Bird, who is sitting on the moon holding a ladder, on one side and a modern mobile on the other. The sculpture is kinetic, meaning it moves with the wind. The artwork is simply sublime because it spotlights the wholesome innocence of our favorite feathered friend in a fun, creative way—on top of the most iconic and revered art museum in New York City. Big Bird is covered in about 7,000 individually placed laser-cut aluminum feathers and perched on a crescent moon with a ladder in hand. According to The Met, it could suggest passage back to Earth or to other galaxies, but he's alone, gazing at the city skyline, which almost feels lonely or melancholic. This feeling is amplified with Da Corte's choice to make Big Bird in blue, rather than in his classic yellow. As Long as the Sun Lasts opens Friday, April 16, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and will be on view through October 31.

Coby Club
Coby Club
Photograph: Courtesy Coby Club

32. Coby Club

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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. 

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new york aquarium spineless exhibit tentacles
new york aquarium spineless exhibit tentacles
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

33. "Spineless" at the New York Aquarium

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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. 

 

Rachael Tarravechia - The Red Studio (After Matisse)
Rachael Tarravechia - The Red Studio (After Matisse)
Photograph: Courtesy Tchotchke Gallery

34. "New York Isn't F*cking Dead"

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On view digitally through June 1 right here, "New York Isn't F*cking Dead" features paintings by Brooklyn-based artists Rachael Tarravechia and Anthony Eslick, who drew inspiration from the city's creatives and the town's own past. This isn't the first local cultural pursuit to argue against the often-cited idea that our city has ceased to be what it once was. Back in February, female-owned and Brooklyn-based creative house The Locker Room plastered billboards all over Los Angeles and Miami (where plenty of New Yorkers fled to) interpreting the phrase "New York is dead" by including the addendum "don't come back."

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The Cauldron Free Britney drag bingo
The Cauldron Free Britney drag bingo
Photograph: Courtesy The Cauldron NYC

35. #FreeBritney Drag Bingo Nights

Things to do The Cauldron NYC Magical Pub and Experience, Financial District

Continue the #FreeBritney movement with a night of Britney-themed drag Bingo at The Cauldron every Thursday! The Cauldron's reigning drag queen, Holly Box-Springs, will host the nights, which will feature Britney's biggest tunes, themed prizes including #FreeBritney masks, complimentary 'Toxic' welcome shots made with Mezcal and Strawberry Liquor (Non-Toxic options available); and specialty dishes including, Oops, I Hummus Again (w/ Classic, Beet or Carrot); I’m Not A Girl, Nachos A Woman (Plantain chips w/ choice of beef or lamb); and I’m a Slave, for Smoked Street Corn (w/ Chilli Butter or Sumac). Ten percent of drink sales will go to the TranslatinX Network. For reservations, call 917-635-1960 or e-mail leah.s@thecauldron.io. Entry is free but guests are strongly encouraged to book due to limited capacity.

Sandbar Rooftop
Sandbar Rooftop
Photograph: Courtesy Sandbar Rooftop

36. The Hamptons-inspired Sandbar Rooftop

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The now-open Sandbar Rooftop, located on the 23rd floor of the Hilton on 26th St, is chock-full of Hamptons beach décor including lifeguard chairs, hanging lounges and swings made from reclaimed wine barrels. (Since it’s Hamptons-inspired, we’re gonna go out on a limb and say they once held rosé.) In addition to 360-degree views of Manhattan and the nearby Empire State Building, the elevated destination offers handcrafted cocktails and pinsa-style pizzas. It’s currently open from Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 3pm through 11pm by reservation-only—so if you want to check it out for yourself (and who wouldn’t in this lovely weather) then be sure to make a reservation. Though you may not have heard of the rooftop (one of the first newer ones we’ve seen so far this season), it’s not exactly brand-new. It first opened last fall before closing for the winter. With the city opening up, and the pace of vaccinations in the city picking up, however, hopefully there will be more beach (and beach-inspired) trips in your future this summer.

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yayoi kusama hymn of life
yayoi kusama hymn of life
Photograph: Courtesy the City of Beverly Hills

37. “KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature”

Art Contemporary art New York Botanical Garden, 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.

 

Sweet Pickle Books
Sweet Pickle Books
Photograph: Leigh Altshuler/Sweet Pickle Books

38. Sweet Pickle Books

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If you like to delve into your Hemingway with a side of dill pickles, you're in luck: Sweet Pickle Books on Orchard Street aims to provide you with just that kind of experience. Founded by 29-year-old Leigh Altshuler this past November, smack-dab in the middle of the pandemic (the day Joe Biden won the Presidency, actually), the Lower East Side shop sells used books and jars of pickles as an homage to the neighborhood's history. The tomes range in genre and scope—browsers get to page through cooking books, works of fiction, reads for kids and more—while there are two types of pickles on offer: dill and farmhouse. Both versions are sold in two-pound jars. Altshuler used to pickle them herself in her own Lower East Side apartment, at her boyfriend's house or even in the store's basement, but she has most recently tasked the farm that she sources the produce from to do the pickling as well. 

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Linjie Deng
Linjie Deng
Photograph: Courtesy of Linjie Deng

39. "Asian Art SPA"

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Linjie Deng has been hard at work on a new exhibition, titled "Asian Art SPA," on view through May 24, that features Deng's three "yellow" works alongside others from his Yin-Yang series and his Teeth Falling Out one. According to the exhibit's official press release, the former collection is made up of "a selection of contemporary calligraphy works consisting of a set of mutually opposing and coexisting words: freedom and hope, you and me, me and we, proud and humble." The latter series, on the other hand, spotlights works the likes of The Tooth, Water, Sunshine, Soil and Leaves, where the artist paints each basic element of life individually, "aiming to magnify the small and potentially invisible visual characteristics of each." The proceeds from the three pieces inspired by his violent attack—8 Deadly ShotsI am White, Black and Asian; and I don't like the way he looked at me either—will benefit Think! Chinatown, a non-profit whose mission is to foster inter-generational community though neighborhood engagement, storytelling and the arts.

St. Ann's Warehouse
St. Ann's Warehouse
Photograph: Pavel Antonov

40. "The Broken Ear Setlist: Songs from Ohio"

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Live, in-person performances are finally returning to the Brooklyn waterfront at St. Ann's Warehouse. On April 15 and 16, the venue and Piece by Piece Productions are hosting concerts by folk-rockers The Bengsons called "The Broken Ear Setlist: Songs from Ohio" that'll play to a hybrid of in-person and virtual audience members. Artists like Barrie Lobo McLain, Vuyo Sotashe and Allan K. Washington will be joining The Bengsons for both shows, which the artists hope will create the feeling of a "congregation." Abigail Bengson said the new work plays on the idea that "loss is the mechanism by which God comes close." Tickets for the in-person concerts are sold out but you can watch virtual for $10 or pay-what-you-wish. The virtual show is designed by Jeff Snugg and will be a high-quality experience. They're available now at stannswarehouse.org.

 

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coney island
coney island
Photograph: Shutterstock

41. Go to Coney Island

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When the attractions reopen on Friday, it will be the first time that Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park have been open since 2019. Both are planning to welcome guests back at limited capacity, with advanced reservations available on the parks’ websites. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the park’s traditional opening ceremonies. There will still be a “Blessing of the Rides” ceremony, a decades-long tradition, on the boardwalk Friday morning. (It’s invite-only, though.) Immediately following the opening ceremony, 100 front-line workers will get free rides on the Wonder Wheel. Also taking place on opening day this Friday will be the annual Egg Cream Christening at the Coney Island Cyclone. If you’re heading down for opening day on Friday, you’ll be able to check out six new rides for children at Luna Park: Circus Candy, Fire Patrol, Rainbowheel, AeroMax, Grand Prix and Mini Mouse. Later this summer, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amuseument Park will also be debuting a new ride: the “Phoenix,” a family-friendly, steel-suspended rollercoaster. While you’re down there, be sure to also stop by the New York Aquarium which has some exciting new offerings this summer, as well. The newly-opened “Spineless!” exhibition features interesting examples of invertebrates including an incredible giant Pacific octopus, moon jellies, cuttlefish, and the world’s largest living arthropods—the Japanese spider crab.

Central Park
Central Park
Photograph: Shutterstock

42. Find the best blooms in Central Park

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The Central Park Conservancy body just created a map to help locals find the best blooms across all the 843 acres that make up the park. In total, there are nine areas worth exploring.

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Steve Wasterval mini painting
Steve Wasterval mini painting
Photograph: Courtesy Steve Wasterval

43. Search for mini paintings in Greenpoint

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If you're ever in Greenpoint, you're going to want keep your eyes peeled for mini paintings depicting recognizable neighborhood scenes hidden all over the area. What you'll actually be looking for is the work of local artist Steve Wasterval, who has been painting the 2"x1.5" artworks and hiding them in his own neighborhood for close to three years now. The one-of-a-kind, huntable works are smaller versions of Wasterval's bigger cityscapes, his bread and butter, and they're collages of a slew of photos that he takes while walking around town. Each mini takes the 40-year-old artist about an hour to paint. After creating a small cityscape, Wasterval usually hides it in the vicinity of the area that he depicted in the first place. He then kicks off the hunt on Instagram by posting a photo of the treasure near its hiding spot and by blasting off a message to the nearly one thousand people on his mailing list. The email usually includes three clues meant to guide the hunters. 

Hurricane Maria Memorial
Hurricane Maria Memorial
Photograph: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

44. The Hurricane Maria Memorial

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On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, causing incredible damage that the island is still dealing with today.  On the first anniversary of the catastrophe, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set up the Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission to "solicit designs for a memorial honoring the victims and to stand as an international symbol of the resilience of the Puerto Rican community." After reviewing 120 submissions, the state selected Puerto Rico-based architect Segundo Cardona and artist Antonio Martorell to design and build the memorial, which is now standing tall in Battery Park City. Located at the Chambers Street Overlook, near Chambers Street and North End Avenue, the piece is a colorful, ascending glass spiral that is evocative of both a hurricane and a shell, the latter a "symbol of protection for living organisms against a hostile environment such as extreme weather." The rotating star emblematic of the Puerto Rican flag tops the spiral while the glass panels that make up the structure are painted by Martorell himself and include the poem "Farewell from Welfare Island," written by renowned Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. Visitors are invited to sit inside the memorial, where benches are built, and take a look at the inscribed dedication from the people of New York.

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Talea Beer Co.
Talea Beer Co.
Photograph: Sydney Butler Photography

45. Talea Beer Co.

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New York City's first-ever woman-owned and run brewery and taproom, Talea Beer Co. in Williamsburg, is already breaking expectations. With its fruit-forward brews, Talea specializes in beer for people who do not normally drink ale—and, unlike any other taproom, it's also opened to the community as a workspace during the day. Open as of mid-March, the 9,000-square-foot spot at 87 Richardson St. has been opening at 8am with fresh coffee or cold brew, kombucha and ample room to spread out for remote workers and others just looking for a place to chill. There are two kinds of charcuterie boards available for the peckish, too. Aside from that, its main purpose as a taproom comes alive in the evenings, when it serves up suds from some of its 30 taps, including the Sun Up Hazy IPA, Leaps and Bounds Hazy Double IPA, Raspberry Lime Crush Gose and Mixed Berry Tart Deco Sour IPA, among others. In the next couple of weeks, Talea will begin scheduling in-person brewery tours, where visitors will be given a drink when they arrive and have a dedicated server walk them through a tasting. Information for that will be posted at taleabeer.com. But for those looking for an open and airy spot to gather with friends over some brews, Talea presents its gorgeous, light and inviting taproom designed by Carpenter and Mason, the same company that designed several Van Leeuwen ice cream shops. There's also a backyard designed with a mural by DJ Schmidt and seating on the sidewalk that's dog-friendly.

NBK Little Gallery
NBK Little Gallery
Photograph: Instagram/kturner008

46. Take and leave art at this tiny public gallery in Greenpoint

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Possibly inspired by the array of community fridges that have taken over our town in the past year, a new, slightly different but certainly adjacent exchange of products has popped up in Brooklyn recently. NBK Little Gallery is a free tiny public art gallery on Metropolitan Avenue between Roebling and Driggs in Greenpoint that is completely open to the public and actually works as an art exchange. Although maintained by volunteers from North Brooklyn Mutual Aid, the gallery is basically curated by the public at large as folks of all ages are encouraged to leave their work, pick up whatever is on view that strikes their fancy and even rearrange the offerings inside the space... which was an abandoned former ATM box until now.

 

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A Novel Kitchen
A Novel Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy A Novel Kitchen

47. A Novel Kitchen

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A new local business on Atlantic Avenue is a great spot to find a meaty novel. Not to mention, a plate of actual meat. A Novel Kitchen—as the name implies—is a rather rare combination of a restaurant and a bookstore (they also sell records!) Coincidentally, the story behind the new Brooklyn Heights eatery is like something straight out of a book. The restaurant’s menu boasts plenty of fun literary twists on comfort food classics like the “Goldie Lox SANDWHICH” with Nova Lox, cream cheese, eggs and hollandaise sauce and the “Novel Chicken Club” on ciabatta with parmesan truffle fries.

breathing pavilion Ekene Ijeoma
breathing pavilion Ekene Ijeoma
Photograph: Kris Graves / Courtesy Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

48. "Breathing Pavilion"

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The first thing people tell you to do when you're stressed is to take a deep breath. Now, a futuristic new art installation in Downtown Brooklyn—at The Plaza at 300 Ashland—is reminding viewers to do just that through 20, nine-foot-tall columns that glow and change their brightness to lead them through a calming breathing technique. The installation is called "Breathing Pavilion" and its by artist Ekene Ijeoma. Visitors must step in the middle of the circle to participate in the experience. Ijeoma created the installation during the pandemic and while the U.S. struggled with systemic racial injustice this past year. You can view the installation now through May 11, 2020 and take in some live performances there on Tuesday evenings.

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Sant Ambroeus
Sant Ambroeus
Photograph: Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus

49. Sant Ambroeus' new gelateria in SoHo

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International travel is still a bit limited, but sweets-loving New Yorkers can at least pretend to be in Italy while indulging in some delectable gelato at San Ambroeus' newest gelateria in SoHo. Aptly dubbed Gelateria ("gelato parlor" in Italian), the 700-square-foot space at 267 Lafayette Street officially opens today. Expect both indoor and outdoor seating plus local delivery service... because we all need our gelato fix while working endless hours from home, of course. Folks get to choose from over 16 different flavors of both gelato and sorbetto—from classics the likes of vanilla, strawberry and pistachio to the out-of-this-world panettone, croccantino, stracciatella and passion fruit. Two vegan flavors also make the menu alongside a variety of homemade toppings like shaved milk chocolate, salted caramel hazelnuts, orange sponge, lemon confit and more.

Goodnight House
Goodnight House
Photograph: Joe Kramm / Courtesy Fort Makers

50. "Goodnight Home"

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Goodnight Moon, that dreamy book that's been lulling children to sleep since 1947, has come to life in a new Manhattan exhibition. "Goodnight House" at Fort Makers, a design studio and artist collective on Orchard Street, contains reimaginings of the objects found in the book's bedroom setting. Standing in this exhibit is like stepping into the book itself. The pieces have been created with a child's perspective in mind. "Goodnight House" will be at Fort Makers (38 Orchard St.) now through May 27, from noon to 6pm on Saturdays. Appointments to see it can be made for Thursday through Sundays.

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 Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
 Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
Photograph: © AMNH/D. Finnin

51. The Hayden Planetarium Space Theater

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After a full year, New Yorkers can scratch their itch for space-related adventures once more as the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater at the American Museum of Natural History is officially open at limited capacity. The museum itself has actually been open since September but the planetarium falls within the city's movie theater-related guidelines, which changed this month. As for what you'll actually get to see this month, the destination is planning on re-screening Worlds Beyond Earth, the Lupita Nyong'o narrated space show that premiered back in January of 2020, just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the museum to shut its doors. According to the official press release, the film "features immersive visualizations, groundbreaking space missions and breathtaking scenes depicting the evolution of our solar system, all rendered in 8K on the most advanced planetarium projection system in the world."

Midst Bloom
Midst Bloom
Photograph: Instagram/spakx

52. "Walk Through the Midst Bloom,"

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Every few months, a new, curious, extremely visual immersive exhibit sets up shop around town and, in just a matter of weeks, seemingly every single New Yorker's Instagram profile includes at least one shot from the experience. Next in line: "Walk Through the Midst Bloom," a new walk-through pop-up at event venue Absurd Conclave in Bushwick. Put together by event planning company Euphoria, the experience seeks to help attendees "feel and get a glimpse of a field of new vision full of hope, optimism and positivity," reads the happening's official description. ""[Our] goal is [for] you to leave this exhibit with a fresh outlook towards a brighter tomorrow." To put it simply, the organizers want you to forget all about the troubles that have defined the past 12 months and just spend some time relaxing, recharging and seeing things from a different perspective.

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Central Perk
Central Perk
Photograph: Marc Berry

53. The immersive Friends experience

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Oh. my. God. The Friends Experience that took NYC by storm in 2019 is back! You know, the one with all the iconic props and recreated scenes from Friends? It opened on March 17 with a whopping 18 rooms, including the orange couch in front of the fountain, Monica’s kitchen, the hilarious 'Pivot!' scene, and the Las Vegas wedding chapel where Ross & Rachel tied the knot. There is even an actual functioning Central Perk that serves coffee, pastries, and desserts, which will be open to the public daily starting at 7am so you can bring your friends and relive your favorite Central Perk scenes. New props and costumes have been added this time around, including Chandler's bunny suit and Rachel's famous cow jacket, as well as Monica and Rachel's living room and Ugly Naked Guy.

Blindness
Blindness
Photograph: Helen Maybanks

54. "Blindness"

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Could Blindness, a new Off Broadway performance set to take over the Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square starting April 2, be the future of the New York arts scene for the time being? Perhaps. The Walter Meierjohann-directed spectacle, which mounted a run in London this past August, is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning José Saramago. Before you start picturing yourself attending a traditional theater production, we should warn you that, although playing indoors, the show does not feature any live actors. According to the show's official website, the socially-distanced sound and light experience will feature "state of the art design [that] unveils the gripping story of a world changed forever, reminding us that from the darkness, we will all emerge stronger." Given its topic and themes (including psychological trauma and assault), the 70-minute show is recommended for those who are 15 and older. 

 

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Rubin Museum
Rubin Museum
Photograph: Courtesy David de Armas

55. “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment"

Art The Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea

The Rubin Museum of Art's newest exhibit invites you to unplug and free your mind through Tibetan Buddhist art, including 35 traditional objects, including 14 from the Rubin Museum’s collection, with two contemporary works by Nepal-born, Tibetan American artist Tsherin Sherpa. "Awaken" features works from the 7th and 21st centuries including stone, wood, and metal sculptures, traditional Tibetan hanging scroll paintings, illuminated manuscript pages and vibrant contemporary pieces. Through these, the exhibition introduces the central teachings of Tibetan Buddhism as visitors "progress through 10 milestones on the journey from the chaos of ordinary life to the awakened states of awareness." 

Arrivals + Departures
Arrivals + Departures
Photograph: (c) Sam Polcer

56. "Arrivals+Departures" outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall

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Right outside the main entrance of Brooklyn Borough Hall, passersby may notice traditional-looking train station arrivals and departure boards. No, the destination doesn't suddenly belong to the city's public transportation system. The boards are actually a public art installation by UK-based social practice artists YARA+DAVINA, set up by the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). On display through April 11 across the street from 209 Joralemon Street, the large-scale installation is completely free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Folks are encouraged to submit names to be displayed on the boards right here. Full disclosure: although plenty of the featured personalities were born in 2020, a lot of older people are being honored as well. 

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WakuWaku Industry City
WakuWaku Industry City
Photograph: Courtesy WakuWaku

57. WakuWaku's Japanese-style outdoor dining area

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Industry City is bringing Japanese flair to its courtyard with a massive traditional-style house right in the middle of one of its courtyards. WakuWaku, an Izakaya restaurant from Industry City’s Japan Village, teamed up with the Japan Food Product Overseas Promotion Center and part of the Japan External Trade Organization to bring a taste of the eastern culture to Brooklyn. The outdoor dining setup is designed after traditional wooden Japanese houses and meant to "bring warmth and comfort during cold weather, and a cool breeze throughout the structure during warm weather," reps say. WakuWaku, which is a restaurant from Industry City's massive market Japan Village, is partnering with the Japanese Food Overseas Program to offer Japanese Wagyu Ribeye on its menu. A lightly seared six-ounce cut is offered and cooked in front of patrons on a tabletop charcoal grill and served with matcha salt, yuzu soy sauce, and house-made steak sauce. It'll also offer two varieties of canned cocktails from Suntory Toki and Maker’s Mark: Hana, which is made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Hakutsuru Umeshu, and Green Chartreuse; and Kansha, made with Suntory Toki Whisky, housemade persimmon syrup, and black walnut bitters. You can stop by WakuWaku on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon to 7 and Friday and Saturday from noon to 8.

artechouse
artechouse
Photograph: Courtesy Photo Julius Horsthuis and ARTECHOUSE

58. “Geometric Properties" at ARTECHOUSE

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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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Frick Madison
Frick Madison
Photograph: Courtesy Joe Coscia/The Frick Collection

59. The Frick Madison

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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."

 

The prodigal son george Balanchine nyc ballet
The prodigal son george Balanchine nyc ballet
Photograph: Courtesy Paul Kolnik ©The George Balanchine Trust

60. NYC Ballet's spring season

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Ahead of its planned return to in-person performances in September, the NYC Ballet has released its digital spring season, which includes newly recorded performances at the Koch Theater. It all starts with "Theme and Variations," (March 1-2, 4) and "Stravinsky Violin Concerto," (March 8-9, 11).

On Monday, March 1, a new episode of City Ballet The Podcast will feature NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton on Theme and Variations’ Tschaikovsky score.  

On Tuesday, March 2, at 8pm, NYCB will present an “Inside NYCB” episode focusing on the first solo performed by the male principal dancer in Theme and Variations, with rehearsal footage and interviews with Principal Dancers Joseph Gordon, Andrew Veyette, and Repertory Director Kathleen Tracey.   

On Thursday, March 4, at 8pm, NYCB will release a previously recorded performance of Theme and Variations, with Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette in the leading roles. 

Other offerings during the digital season include:

  • Mondays: New episodes of the City Ballet The Podcast, featuring discussions with past and present company artists (free)
  • Mondays at 6:30pm: Ballet Essentials, live interactive movement workshops on Zoom for teen and adult dancers ($8-$15 suggested)
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm: Signature Steps, ballet classes on Zoom for intermediate- and advanced-level dancers with at least five years of training ($30)
  • Thursdays at 6pm: Access Workshops, which offers warm-ups and choreography designed for teens and adults with disabilities (free)
  • Saturdays at 11am: Ballet Breaks, a series of half-hour workshops for children ages 3 to 8 ($5-$10 suggested)
  • Saturdays at noon: Access Workshops for Children, a program aimed at children with disabilities, ages 4 to 12 (free) 

 

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Bob Hope
Bob Hope
Photograph: Courtesy of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation

61. So Ready for Laughter: Bob Hope and World War II

Museums New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY, Upper West Side

The New-York Historical Society has a new exhibit that coincides with the 80th anniversary of the United Service Organizations (USO) that shows off artifacts (a World War II-era aircraft fragment, mess kit, and other relics engraved to Hope), films, and rare photographs to illustrate how Bob Hope helped lift spirits with his USO and radio shows during a dark time in American history.

There's also a companion exhibition, "The Gift of Laughter," that delves into Hope’s varied career after World War II as a USO entertainer, television star, and Academy Award host demonstrating the many hats worn by comedians. His legacy will be brought to life with many items, including costumes from the Emmy Award-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as objects related to other comedians—real and imagined—influenced by Hope.

yoga at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
yoga at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Photograph: Courtesy Cathedral of St. John the Divine

62. Yoga at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Sports and fitness Online,

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is doing virtual yoga classes and mindfulness meditation that it'll stream from inside the building's monumental architecture. Mia Michelson-Bartlett will lead the classes that aim to align, ground, and recalibrate using movement and breath to quiet the mind and connect with something beyond ourselves. All skills welcome. No equipment is necessary.

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 Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America
 Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America
Photograph: Dario Lasagni

63. "Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America"

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"Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America," a new exhibition that has taken over almost the entirety of the New Museum and is set to stay put until June 6, explores the history of racist violence all throughout the United States. Back in 2018, curator Okwui Enwezor began working on the project, hoping to mount it by last year's Presidential election. Unfortunately, the curator's passing in 2019 and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift in plans that delayed the show's opening to last week. In total, the work of 37 Black artists currently fills the museum's lobby, its three main viewing floors, the building's exterior and the South Gallery found in the building next door. Expect to browse through the amazing works of artists the likes of Kara Walker, who is the brain behind an entire wall filled with sketches and drawings; LaToya Ruby Frazier, who contributes over a dozen photographs from her "The Notion of Family" series; and Jean-Michael Basquiat, whose "Procession" can be glanced at as soon as the elevator doors open on the third floor. The show is a powerful one, with images ranging in style, theme and scope, but one that is necessary to delve into today more than ever. Given COVID-19-related guidelines, visitors have to purchase timed tickets ahead of their trip. Feel free to do so right here.

Akhnaten
Akhnaten
Photograph: Karen Almond/Philip Glass’s Akhnaten

64. The Metropolitan Opera streams

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The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors though at least September 2021, but the great New York opera house continues to lift the spirits of opera lovers around the world with free nightly streams of complete productions from its archives. Most of the offerings were originally recorded with multiple cameras in high definition to be shown in movie theaters as part of the company's popular Live in HD series.

Each opera goes live on the Met's website at 7:30pm EST (12:30am GMT) and remains there until 6:30pm EST the next evening. The operas can also be viewed with the Met Opera on Demand app on various devices. Click through for a full schedule for upcoming weeks of the Met's streaming series. In addition to these free nightly operas, the Met now also offers pay-per-view virtual concerts on select Saturdays at 1pm EST. The schedule for January and February currently includes performances by Piotr Beczała and Sondra Radvanovsky, Anna Netrebko and Sonya Yoncheva. The concerts cost $20 and remain viewable for two weeks after their live premieres. 

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elsewhere sound space
Photographs: Courtesy Elsewhere | Paperboy Prince, Peter Smith, Princess Nokia and Starchild & The New Romantic

65. Elsewhere Sound Space

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Elsewhere is bringing back live performances via Twitch so everyone can tune into its new monthly series, "Elsewhere Sound Space." Hosted by trans comedian and actor Peter Smith, the episodic series will feature new musical guests and live performances from New York City’s underground music and arts scene each month, starting with Princess Nokia on January 28, Starchild & The New Romantic on February 23, Paperboy Prince on March 23, and others on April 27, May 25 and June 24. The premise of the whole series is out of this world—it's a continuing story that follows the sci-fi misadventures of a music deity marooned in space and their curious cultural dispatches back to Earth. Peter Smith will be broadcasting live from the "Astral Spa & Sound Bath" while on a "chilled-out mission to bring the joy and community of live music to Earthlings, who are in their most quarantined and isolated state." Twitch audience members can expect comedic skits, psychedelic musical performances, candid artist interviews and holistic wellness treatments.

Light Up Chinatown
Light Up Chinatown
Photograph: @nyclovesnyc

66. Light Up Chinatown lanterns

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As we enter another dark pandemic winter, a small group of Chinatown residents decided what their neighborhood needed was a little bit of light. Right now, hundreds of paper lanterns are glowing above Mott Street—between Canal and Bayard streets—casting a warm and inviting glow. Installed by the Light Up Chinatown Project, the new fixtures are intended to light up the street in these dark times, and also inspire New Yorkers and tourists to stop by and visit hurting restaurants and shops. The effect is magical—the lanterns mimic a celebratory atmosphere despite the difficult times and have already gained a lot of attention and Instagram posts.

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Don't Tell Mama sign
Don't Tell Mama sign
Photograph: Courtesy Don't Tell Mama

67. Live music at these NYC piano bars

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Several beloved local cabaret venues have found a way to stay within the city's health guidelines while providing New Yorkers with the in-person music they crave—with live musicians playing for audiences that are safely seated outdoors. Ticketed concerts remain prohibited, but these performances are technically incidental music: They provide background ambiance at restaurants and bars. And for as long as the weather will permit it—or even beyond that, knowing New Yorkers—it can be a special experience.

 

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The best things to do in the fall in NYC

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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!

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NYC events in October 2020

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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The best Halloween events for 2020 in NYC

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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

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NYC events calendar for 2020

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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