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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include Restaurant Week and new outdoor performances!

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. Enjoy Restaurant Week, attend a Daybreaker party or head to Prospect Park's outdoor movie screening. 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

Olympics 2016
Olympics 2016
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1. Watch the Olympics at these NYC bars

Things to do

The Tokyo Olympics are officially underway, and like we do each time, New Yorkers will flock to their favorite sports bars to catch the games. It's safe to say sports bars across the boroughs will be screening the games but some bars and restaurants are hosting special viewing parties between Friday, July 23, and Sunday, August 8 that you'll want to take part in.

Prospect Park Movie under the stars
Prospect Park Movie under the stars
Photograph: Jordan Rathkopf

2. Summer Movies Under the Stars

Movies Prospect Park Long Meadow, Prospect Park

It's time to head back to Prospect Park for the annual series, A Summer Movie Under the Stars. Hosted by Brooklyn Magazine, Prospect Park Alliance and the office of the Brooklyn Borough President, the series kicks off Thursday, July 29, and runs for four consecutive Thursdays through August 19, at the north end of the Prospect Park Long Meadow. Films begin shortly after sundown. Here's the full lineup:

July 29: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
August 5: The Goonies
August 12: Jumanji: The Next Level
August 19: Black Panther

Each movie screening is free and open to the public and RSVPs are not required for entry.

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Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - Spring Fling 2021 - Zone 1
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - Spring Fling 2021 - Zone 1
Anna and Jordan Rathkopf

3. Midsummer Nights: Stoop Concerts

Music Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Park Slope

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is hosting "Midsummer Nights: Stoop Concerts," a series of free outdoor concerts for the public on Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm. Below is the lineup:

July 29: Klezmer Music with Zoe Aqua, Dan Blacksberg and Ira Temple
August 5: The Kirk Driscoll Trio
August 12: Special Series Finale Performers To Be Announced

Next Slide Please
Next Slide Please
Photograph: Reed Kavner

4. Next Slide Please

Hosted by Reed Kavner, Next Slide Please invites comedians to prepare and deliver PowerPoints about whatever they want, from a data-driven ranking of the best Manhattan street corners for first date make-outs to pitches for start-up investment opportunities that are *probably* not scams. This edition will feature presentations from Zach Zimmerman (The New Yorker), Shalewa Sharpe (The Tonight Show), Jonathan van Halem ("Tooning Out The News"), Shannon Odell ("Drunk Science") and Kyle Turner (GQ, NYT). The show is on Tuesday night at 10pm and tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, which is Caveat (21 Clinton St.). Proof of vaccination is required.

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5. La Sirena Mexican Folk Art Shop Pop-up

La Sirena will be setting up shop at Chelsea Market for a pop-up marketplace featuring museum-quality Mexican Folk art. La Sirena “The Mermaid,” is known for its unique, traditional merchandise and whimsical, collectible folk art from many regions of Mexico. Featured items for purchase include Talavera pottery; Magical Alebrijes (hand-carved and painted wooden animals) from Oaxaca, Mexico; traditional embroidered clothing from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla and Tlaxcala; hand-woven baskets; unique t-shirts; and many more. Additionally, La Sirena plans on hosting cultural events with folkloric dance, traditional music, art demonstrations, and food made by families in the community. Programming to be announced later in the summer. La Sirena will be open in Chelsea Market from Thursdays to Sundays noon-7pm.

 

@oldjewishmen
@oldjewishmen
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6. Old Jewish Men pop-up

Old Jewish Men (@OJM) is popping up on the Lower East Side to showcase their famous Ralph Lifshitz T-shirt, a collaboration with cartoonist Dick Carroll and other new merchandise. In addition to selling clothes, the event will also be a meet-and-greet with the fellas of OJM. The party (Tuesday at 6:30pm) is sponsored by The Pickle Guys, Baz Bagel, Two Robbers hard seltzer and will feature live jazz! Show up to Global International Menswear (62 Orchard St.). Featured guests include New York Nico, Mel Ottenberg, Liana Satenstein, Susan Alexandra, Jake Cohen, Bernie Kaminski, Jason Diamond, Fantasy Explosion, and possibly Wayne Diamond.

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Inside Temperance Wine Bar
Inside Temperance Wine Bar
Liz Clayman

7. Temperance Wine Bar

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

Jazz in Times Square
Jazz in Times Square
Photograph: Courtesy Times Square Alliance

8. Jazz in Times Square

Music Times Square, Midtown West

Get your feet tapping at Times Square on Thursday nights with Jazz at Lincoln Center. It'll bring NYC's hottest young jazz bands to the plaza weekly through the end of September (weather permitting). Can't make it in person? You can catch the show on Youtube as well.

July 15: Vanisha Gould Trio
July 22: Ashley Pezzotti
July 29: Corcoran Holt Trio
August 5: Luther S. Allison Trio
August 12: Willerm Delisfort Duo
August 19: Sarah Hanahan Trio
August 26: Zaccai Curtis Trio

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LUCALI basil pizza
LUCALI basil pizza
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

9. Baby Luc’s

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

Adda
Adda
Photograph: Adda/Noah Fecks

10. New York City Restaurant Week

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New York City Restaurant Week, which is now live for dining, has been a twice annual tradition since 1992. When it first got cooking, the culinary holiday was celebrated with $19.92 lunch specials at restaurants like Tribeca Grill. Surprisingly, those midday meals only rose to $26 by 2020. What's even wilder? This year’s prices have actually fallen. Sort of.  Summer 2021’s NYC Restaurant Week, which runs from July 19 through August 22, has three pricing tiers: $21, $39 and $125 for lunch or dinner. RW organizers advise restaurants to offer at least an entree and a side for the first two tiers, and the $125 ticket must include three or more courses plus a little something extra like wine. 

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Movies With A View
Movies With A View
Photograph: Courtesy Etienne Frossard

11. Outdoor movie screenings

Movies

Looking for the best spots in NYC for an outdoor movie? We've got you. Spreading out your blanket to take in outdoor movies has always been a beloved summer pastime in NYC but this year, more of us are spending time in the great outdoors than ever before. Luckily, NYC has options for everyone, from public parks like Bryant Park to restaurants with patios such as The Standard's plaza.

Broadway Buskers
Broadway Buskers
Photograph: Courtesy Times Square Alliance

12. Broadway Buskers

Music Cabaret and standards Times Square, Midtown West

This annual summer concert series brings Broadway actors and composers to the Times Square pedestrian plazas to perform their own original music. The tradition continues this year with performers from shows like Anastasia, Company, Oklahoma, Next to Normal, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, and many more. If you can't make it in person, you can watch it live on Youtube:

July 30: Austen Bohmer/Plain Austen, Ryan Scott Oliver
August 6: Sky-Pony (Kyle Jarrow and Lauren Worsham), Starbird & the Phoenix (Courtney Bassett and Andrew Swackhamer)
August 13: Dru Serkes, Christian Thompson, Jaime Cepero
August 20: Masi Asare, Joel Waggoner
August 27: Damon Duanno, Rona Siddiqui
September 3: Jen Sánchez, baby chemist
September 10: Jasmine Forsberg, Matt Doyle & Will Van Dyke
September 17: Ethan Slater, J. Robert Spencer
September 24: Christy Altomare, Jerusha Cavazos
October 1: Zack Zadek, Alice Lee, Nora Schell

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

13. Lincoln Center Theater's new cabaret series

News Events & Festivals

The illustrious Lincoln Center recently erected an ambitious outdoors performing center, complete with multiple stages and rehearsal spaces, called Restart Stages. This week, the turn-lemons-into-lemonade project will host a special cabaret/concert performance by the Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, who will debut his show Out With The Old, In With The NewMitchell will hit the stage starting this Wednesday, July 21 through Friday, July 23 at the Restart Stage in Damrosch Park. The performance will see a pastiche of original songs, classic Broadway numbers and songs pulled from the American songbook sung by Mitchell. Can’t make it this week? Don’t worry! Mitchell will return with Out with the Old, In with the New one more time from August 12 through August 14. 

AHS
AHS
Photograph: Courtesy Delia Barth

14. An "American Horror Story"-themed bakery

News City Life

To celebrate the release of American Horror Stories on FX on Hulu today and American Horror Story: Double Feature, which premieres on FX on August 25, a one-of-a-kind “Night Bites Bakery” opened last week. The pop-up bakery is treating guests to sweet treats inspired by the series in addition to cool designs and characters based on past installments of American Horror Story. The bakery is set to drop a new cookie design each day and provide other great moments for fans like off-menu sweepstakes and sneak peeks at what’s to come in the upcoming season.

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Putting Green Mini Golf
Putting Green Mini Golf
Photograph: Courtesy Two Trees Management

15. Putting Green

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

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PigPen Theatre Co. at the Amph on Little Island
PigPen Theatre Co. at the Amph on Little Island
Photograph: Courtesy Little Island

17. A free open-air storytelling festival

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There are eight million stories in the naked city, as the old movie said, and this week a select few of them will be aired on the gentle oasis of greenery known as Little Island, which opened in May. From Wednesday through Sunday (July 21–July 25), NYC’s latest must-see destination will play host to its first-ever Storytelling Festival, devoting spaces throughout the park to a mostly free smorgasbord of spoken word, music, poetry and audiovisual art. Nearly all of the events in the festival are free to anyone attending Little Island at the time; admission to the park costs nothing and is open to anyone in the morning, then moves to a system of timed-entry reservations at noon

Citrovia
Citrovia
Alan Schindler

18. A magical lemon art installation

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

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Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Photograph: Courtesy Marty Sohl

19. The final week of free Metropolitan Opera performances

News Theater & Performance

The Met, which plans to return to live performances this September, is bringing this tremendously popular series to a close. The lineup for the Met's final week of free streams, from July 19 through July 25, was selected through a Viewers’ Choice poll, and it includes full works by Mozart, Bizet and Donizetti. Each opera goes live on the Met's website at 7:30pm EDT (12:30am BST) and remains viewable until 6:30pm EDT the next day. The works are also available through the Met Opera on Demand app on various devices. Full details about Week 71 of the Met's streaming program are here.

cliffs
cliffs
Photograph: Courtesy The Cliffs at Harlem/Joshua Pestka

20. The Cliffs at Harlem

News City Life

A new fitness center in Manhattan is taking rock climbing to new heights.  The Cliffs at Harlem had its grand opening celebration this weekend at 256 W 125th St, just across from the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and is now open for those wishing to pay a visit to upper upper Manhattan. The 15,000-square-foot space is now Manhattan’s largest rock climbing facility and features hundreds of climbs (refreshed weekly and state-of-the-art climbing training equipment. Among its offerings are campus boards, a tension board, and LED MoonBoard for customized training programs, cardio and strength training programs, yoga classes and a gear shop for indoor and outdoor climbing needs.

 

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Allure Store
Allure Store
Photograph: courtesy Allure Store

21. Allure Store

Shopping Cosmetics Little Italy

The Allure Store is a "beauty playground" that integrates the beauty industry's outlet, Allure into a 360-degree experience with 151 brands and 283 products offerings in Q3 including ILIA Beauty, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Biossance, Dermalogica, Dr. BRANDT, Dyson, Everist, Juice Beauty, Kjaer Weis, KORA Organics, La Roche-Posay, Lord Jones and more. The Allure Store is designed to provide an editorial-led selection of the world’s best beauty products. Through a truly immersive, content-driven format the store implements a range of tech features for an efficient shopping experience; such as QR codes and smart mirrors. The store encourages shoppers to become creators by using product samples to create looks instantly, which the mirrors capture and can be posted.

Photograph: The Skyscraper Museum

22. The Skyscraper Museum

Museums Art and design Battery Park City

There’s no shortage of tall, impressive skyscrapers in Gotham: the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building, Rockefeller Center and One World Observatory are just a few of the massive structures recognizable the world over. At this Battery Park museum exhibit, explore the design, technology, real investments and construction techniques that make these towering beauties possible in our vertical metropolis.

It's now offering free admission through January 2022.

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Ready Roofop
Ready Roofop
Photograph: Courtesy The Moxy East Village

23. #SweatAtMoxy

Sports and fitness The Ready Rooftop, East Village

New York’s Moxy East Village and Moxy Times Square are launching a brand-new #SweatAtMoxy exclusive series of rooftop fitness classes with Physique57 to offer world-class workouts at The Ready at Moxy East Village and Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square. Physique57 Power Sculpt classes will feature high-intensity, low-impact sequences that combine strength training, cardio, and stretching for all levels. This #SweatAtMoxy series will run every Wednesday morning at The Ready East Village and every Friday morning at Magic Hour Times Square at 8am and again at 9:30am throughout July. RSVP to roxy@physique57.com

Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park
Photograph: Courtesy Tammy Shell

24. Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Theater

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved NYC democratic tradition and one of the best free things to do in NYC: Shakespeare in the Park, presented at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outside in New York, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration. Shakespeare in the Park’s popularity means that tickets aren’t easy to come by—but if you persevere, you can get seats. Here’s our guide to navigating the system in 2021.

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moma
moma
Installation view of Automania, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Denis Doorly

25. MoMA's new "Automania" exhibition

News Art

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

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

26. Music on the Green

Music Madison Square Park, Flatiron

Madison Square Park Conservancy is hosting a series of free concerts this month by Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect from within its public art installation, "Ghost Forest" by Maya Lin. Each performance is designed to complement the installation and its themes with nature-inspired works by Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, Caroline Shaw, and more. Head over to the park each Wednesday at 6pm beginning July 7 for the following:

July 7: A string quartet together with horn will conjure the range of emotions surrounding climate change and our fragile relationship with the environment with a rich program of works by Samuel Barber, Béla Bartók, Aaron Copland, Caroline Shaw, and others.
July 14: An ensemble with horn, flute, violin, viola, and cello, performing a program evocative of the natural world and our relationships with it, including Olivier Messiaen’s “Interstellar Call,” Reena Esmail’s Rivers, and additional works by Aaron Copland, Kaija Saariaho, and others.
July 21: Cello, violin and viola performing excerpts from Bach’s Goldberg Variations, India Gailey’s Mountainweeps, John Luther Adams’ Three High Places, and other works that span from bucolic to devastating, provoking reflections on the state of the earth.
July 28: An ensemble with percussion, violin, and cello creates an evocative soundscape with works by an eclectic group of composers including Ravel, Fauré, Debussy, Ellington, and Ensemble Connect alumnus Andrea Casarrubios.
August 4: This unique program explores the ambient sounds and tranquil tones of mallet percussion, featuring vibraphone and marimba. There’s music by Ellington and the late Chick Corea, plus one of Satie’s Gnossiennes, and John Psathas’s Fragment—a gentle work with a simple melody.
August 11: The ensemble performs Dutch composer Hans Abrahamsen’s wind quintet Walden, inspired by Thoreau’s iconic journal of life in the woods and his desire to rediscover humanity’s lost unity with nature. There are also selections from Hannah Lash’s Leander and Hero—a work detailing the life of two migratory birds and the effects of changing weather patterns—plus works by Beach, Piazzolla, Still, and others that take listeners on a meditative journey and encourage them to contemplate their relationship with the environment. 

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Cellar Dog
Cellar Dog
Cellar Dog

27. Cellar Dog (formerly Fat Cat)

News Drinking

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

Roller skates
Roller skates
Photograph: Shutterstock

28. Pier 2 Roller Rink

Things to do Brooklyn Heights

Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2 to skate with a beautiful view of the city. While the roller rink is used by a hockey league twice a week, it is open for public skates most days in the summertime for just $6. It's free on Mondays and Fridays between 3:30 and 6pm. Skate rentals are just $7. If you're looking for some themed fun, the rink is hosting a 1980s throwback skate, a boy band night, and a Pride skate this year. 

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The Bungalow
The Bungalow
Image: Courtesy Tomorrow AB/www.tmrw.se

29. The Bungalow

News City Life

One of Lower Manhattan’s prime waterfront spaces is taking on a brand-new, warm-weather identity just in time for summer. Brookfield Place has unveiled “The Bungalow,” a new outdoor space with food, entertainment and more located in its Upper Plaza. (The same location that hosts one of the city’s best, under-the-radar ice skating rinks in the winter.) The new, beachy oasis is inspired by vacation retreats found in Montauk without, you know, having to suffer through the prolonged L.I.R.R. trip to get there. The palm-strewn pop-up will offer food and drink options, arts programming and plenty of waterfront drinks. Upon entering, you’ll be able to grab a specialty cocktail from the Tartinery Shack and bites from Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, Olive’s, Umami Burger and more. In addition to on-site bocce courts and waterfront views, guests will be able to enjoy regular live music and DJs to really emphasize that out-of-town feel. Weekly programming is set to kick-off at the new staycation-friendly destination, which can be found here.

The pool at Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park is now open
The pool at Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park is now open
Max Touhey

30. "Pop-Up Pool Party"

News City Life

Back for its seventh year, the outdoor pool at Roosevelt island is also ready to welcome those eager for a cool down. Framed by the Midtown Manhattan skyline, the ‘Pop-Up Pool Party’ art installation lives at Manhattan Park, an 8.5-acre, 880-residence luxury waterfront rental community. Manhattan Park partnered with Corcoran New Development and designers K&Co and Pliskin Architecture to create the whimsical, publicly accessible project. Brooklyn-based artist Melissa Dadourian created this year’s mural. Dadourian typically works in textile media, painting and sculpture. Over four-and-a-half days and using 36 gallons of paint, Dadourian created a geometric pattern to transform the pool deck into an encapsulating wonderland of color.

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Arcadia Earth
Arcadia Earth
Photograph: David Mitchell

31. Arcadia Earth

Things to do 718 Broadway, Midtown West

Immersive art exhibit Arcadia Earth has reopened after being closed due to the pandemic, and it looks better than ever! The exhibit aims to inspire visitors artistically and ethically, as it uses 15 rooms to spotlight the environmental challenges that our planet is facing (such as overfishing, food waste, and climate change). This exhibit will not only leave visitors in awe, but it will help support Oceanic Global, an organization devoted to raising awareness around our aquatic ecosystems. In addition, a tree will also be planted for every ticket sold, making it a perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends!

Gallow Green
Gallow Green
Photograph: Courtesy The McKittrick Hotel

32. Gallow Green

News Drinking

The romantic and verdant rooftop atop the McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green, has finally reopened to the public and it's just as beautiful as ever. Gallow Green, which is in full bloom right now, is open for dinner and drinks on Wednesday through Sunday evenings for those looking for a more intimate and romantic rooftop bar scene. When you're sitting under the lofty vines, hand-crafted cocktails are just an order away, including the Sleep No More (pea flower-infused vodka, elderflower, and rosé cider) and Gallow Green (bourbon, blue curaçao, citrus, and ginger), which are named after the hotel and its residents. For the summer, there is also frozé on tap, wine by the glass and bottle, local seasonal draft beers, and bottled ciders.

 

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Doyers Street Mural
Doyers Street Mural
Photograph: Courtesy Chinatown BID/Partnership

33. An incredible mural covering an entire Chinatown street

News Art

The storied and popular Chinatown block, Doyers Street, has once again been transformed by a vibrant mural spanning its 4,851 square feet. The 200-foot stretch, between Pell Street and Bowery, was once known as "the Bloody Angle" from the amount of gang violence centered there in the early 20th century. Now, it's covered by "Rice Terraces" by Chilean-born street artist Dasic FernándezThe mural, which appeared to be 3D at points, draws inspiration from rice cultivation terraces—one of the most common landscapes seen throughout China.

SESH Comedy
SESH Comedy
Photograph: SESH Comedy

34. SESH Comedy BYOB Summer Pop-Up

Comedy Sesh Comedy, Lower East Side

Throughout the summer, Lower East Side hidden gem Sesh Comedy is hosting a BYOB summer pop-up. Each ticket comes with an alcoholic drink of choice, while BYOB is still encouraged. Each night hosts two shows that run for 75 minutes each, and features comedians from Comedy Central, HBO, Colbert, Netflix, Amazon, and more. Lineups change weekly, so be sure to check out @seshcomedy on Instagram for weekly show details!

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Salt exhibit
Salt exhibit
Photograph: Courtesy NYC SALT

35. Young NYC Artists Showcase

Art West 30th Street Heliport, Midtown West

Hudson River Park is currently displaying a new public art exhibition, displaying works by graduates from NYC SALT, an arts nonprofit photography program that gives students the opportunity to develop both their artistic and career skills in the field. The exhibition focuses on the diverse and dynamic communities throughout the city that the SALT alumni call home, and features 22 works displayed on 7-by-9 foot panels along the park.

Buckaroos Comedy Show
Buckaroos Comedy Show
Photograph: Scott Johnson (@moreguinness)

36. Weekly Buckaroos Comedy Show

Comedy Pete's Candy Store, Williamsburg

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

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Jeff Bell at PDT
Jeff Bell at PDT
Photograph: Courtesy Roman Jehanno

37. PDT Tropicale

News Drinking

Please Don’t Tell, or, PDT, has been famed for its seclusion for the majority of its fourteen years in operation.  You know the routine: descend a few stairs to Crif Dogs on St Marks Place, slide into the phone booth, inquire about your party size and then prepare to wait for excellent cocktails—if you manage to get in at all. It’s a whole thing. And the irony of the conceit (that a place can be known for being unknown) grows thicker with PDT Tropicale, which opened last weekend outside the original.  Fresh air and natural light certainly diverge from your standard speakeasy-theme. And if cosplaying secrets is a requirement for the genre, PDT Tropicale’s momentary obscurity actually allows it to out-speakeasy other so-called speakeasies. It doesn’t even exist most of the time, popping up at 5pm from Friday through Sunday and disappearing at midnight after each service like Cinderella. 

Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker
Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker
Photograph: Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker

38. 'Sea Lions: Life By A Whisker'

Movies American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

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

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

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SuperReal
SuperReal
Photograph: SuperReal, courtesy Moment Factory

39. SuperReal

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New York City is seeing its fair share of immersive exhibits with massive digital projections, from the dueling van Gogh shows to "Geometric Properties" at ARTECHOUSE. But the real O.G. is back. SuperReal has reopened at Cipriani 25 Broadway, inside the historic Cunard Building, bringing its cutting-edge projection mapping tech and multimedia art to its walls and ceiling—and it happens to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Cunard Building, which opened in 1921. Across 45 minutes, the show places viewers in five unique and abstract sequences that are both stunning and interactive. One minute you could be daydreaming in a fairylike flower garden and the next you're caught in an epic thunderstorm or thrown into the middle of a tropical disco. During the show, people are encouraged to relax on bean bags or play with balloons that also react with the 360-degree show. The floor is a gigantic mirror that only enhances the special effects. It's the ultimate place for selfies and fun Instagram fodder.

Museum of the city of new york new york new music
Museum of the city of new york new york new music
Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

40. "New York, New Music: 1980-1986"

Music Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem

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

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

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Brooklyn Resists BPL Center for Brooklyn History
Brooklyn Resists BPL Center for Brooklyn History
Photograph: Courtesy BPL Center for Brooklyn History

41. Brooklyn Resists

Things to do Brooklyn Public Library Center for Brooklyn History, Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Resists is the first major Brooklyn Public Library's Center for Brooklyn History project since its creation last year and made in response to the outcry for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless Black Americans murdered by police and anti-Black violence. This exhibition will be projected on the exterior of the building and will tell the stories of Black resistance in Brooklyn from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to today using historic texts and images and photos from the 2020 protests. There will also be an open call for images to be placed on the online version of the installation, where the Brooklyn community to add their personal, lived experiences, histories, and stories to CBH’s collections of photography, oral histories, and ephemera documenting the movement in Brooklyn.

Jocelyn Tsaih industry city
Jocelyn Tsaih industry city
Photograph: Jocelyn Tsaih/Courtesy Industry City

42. "Home is Inside You"

Art Industry City, Greenwood

Industry City's Collision Project is unveiling a collection of art installations featuring AAPI artists that asks "What does home mean to you?" It features solo installations by Jia Sung and Jocelyn Tsaih, along with existing installations by Amrita Marino, and several other artists. Each artist in the series has selected a nonprofit organization to support via signage placed near their respective works of art, including Heart of Dinner, a NY-based non-profit organization focused on delivering meals to Asian elderly, selected by Jia Sung; Cut Fruit Collective, a West Coast-based non-profit that supports Chinese businesses in the Bay Area, selected by Jocelyn Tsai; and Sakhi NYC, a NY-based non-profit focused on fighting domestic violence against South Asian women, selected by Amrita Marino.

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Corky Lee exhibit
Corky Lee exhibit
Photograph: Courtesy Stan Honda

43. "Corky Lee on My Mind: A Photographic Tribute"

Art Pearl River Mart, Soho

Head to the Pearl River Mart Gallery in the shop's new flagship location in SoHo for its first exhibition, "Corky Lee on My Mind: A Photographic Tribute," which is is dedicated to legendary photographer Corky Lee, who passed away this January due to Covid-19. The self-dubbed “undisputed unofficial Asian American Photographer Laureate” was an iconic documenter of the Asian American community, and one of Pearl River's first artists-in-residence. In gratitude and friendship, 21 friends, collaborators, mentees, and admirers have contributed works in celebration of Corky's life mission of "photographic justice." The exhibition is curated by artist and frequent collaborator Chee Wang Ng, photographer and longtime partner Karen Zhou, and Pearl River Mart's Joanne Kwong.

cherry on top comedy
cherry on top comedy
Photograph: Jenny Gorelick

44. Cherry On Top Comedy

Comedy Ample Hills Creamery, Gowanus

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

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Van Gogh
Van Gogh
Photograph: Van Gogh The Immersive Experience

45. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

News City Life

The traveling exhibition, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, has tickets available for dates starting tomorrow at Skylight on Vesey at 300 Vesey St. (It’s just around the corner from the Brookfield Place ferry terminal.) The immersive aspect of the show starts as soon as you enter the space as you climb multiple stairways covered with 3-D sunflowers and Van Gogh portraits. The first part of a visit (the entire experience takes about an hour) takes you through dark galleries that feel similar to your standard traveling exhibition. A few especially striking elements of this portion of the experience include three-dimensional models of famous interiors featured in his paintings (such as his bedroom in Arles) and a captivating projection overlaying multiple examples of his paintings of vases. From there, you walk into the centerpiece of the exhibition: a 20,000-square-foot light and sound spectacle featuring creative projections inspired by Van Gogh’s life and paintings. In an especially kid-friendly area, coloring pages and crayons let visitors create their own works of art and then scan them to be displayed on a massive, illuminated wall. For an extra fee of $5, guests can also take part in a ten-minute virtual reality journey through “A day in the life of the Artist.” The VR adventure takes out on a calming walk with the artist as you encounter some of the real-life sources of inspiration behind his famous works.

Naming the Lost Memorials
Naming the Lost Memorials
Photograph: Erik McGregor

46. "We Remember" A Community COVID Memorial

Naming the Lost Memorials, a small team of volunteer artists, activists, and folklorists, has been creating memorial sites in New York City to name and remember victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and on June 8, they will unveil "We Remember: A Community Covid Memorial" near Green-Wood’s Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. During this special ceremony, We Remember will be dedicated and activated by artists, religious leaders, and performers. You can participate through song, movement, invocation, prayer, and a simple candle ritual to call out the names of the dead. The memorial, which seeks to honor the nearly 600,000 people in the U.S. who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic, will remain active and on display through June 28. Sections of the memorial are available for adding names, too.

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Nora Brown & the Holy Trinity Church
Nora Brown & the Holy Trinity Church
Photograph: Nora Brown / Courtesy St. Ann's

47. St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church's Summer Concert Series

Music St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn Heights

The Forum @ St. Ann’s & the Holy Trinity Church return with their Summer Concert Series to benefit St. Ann’s Pop-up Pantry on its first anniversary. Each 45-minute concert will be held on Thursdays through September 2 in the sanctuary of the church. The series kicks off on Thursday, June 10 with Nora Brown on banjo playing traditional music of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. At each concert, guests will be invited to donate perishable food items or make a financial donation to the pantry so that it can maintain its support to the community.

Seaport Cinema Pier 17 The Greens
Seaport Cinema Pier 17 The Greens
Photograph: Courtesy Howard Hughes Corp. & Endorphin Ventures

48. Seaport Cinema

News City Life

The Greens at Pier 17 is once again transforming into one of the best places to see a movie this summer. Starting on Memorial Day, the Seaport Cinema is back with screenings every Monday night. Not only do viewers get incredible sweeping views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, but they'll get a free bucket of Bubbly seltzers and popcorn with their reservation, which begins at 8pm for an 8:30pm showing.

June 14 - Dirty Dancing
July 28 - Moonlight
July 19 - Toy Story
July 26 - Miracle
August 2 - Remember the Titans
August 9 - School of Rock
August 16 - Dazed and Confused
August 23 - Moana

Reservations are released on Monday at 10am for the following week on Tock, which you can make for $20—a portion of which will be donated to a local charity.  

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Immersive Van Gogh
Immersive Van Gogh
Photograph: Courtesy Immersive Van Gogh

49. The Immersive Van Gogh exhibition

News Art

The highly-anticipated "Immersive Van Gogh" exhibit that digitally places visitors inside Vincent van Gogh's paintings opens on June 10 at Pier 36 on the East River. It'll be an experience New Yorkers will want to see when it does open. Animations of van Gogh's work—The Potato Eaters, Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and more—will be projected on the walls and floor of the exhibit, covering 500,000 cubic feet, bringing van Gogh's work to life. It'll all be set to a score by Luca Longobardi that was created just for this exhibit. The 35-minute show opened first in Paris and traveled to Toronto and Chicago.

Bryant Park
Bryant Park
Photograph: Shutterstock

50. Bryant Park Picnic Performances

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Broadway may still be dark for the summer, but just a few avenues down 42nd Street, live performances are returning in a big way to Bryant Park. With support from Bank of America, the park’s Picnic Performances will be bringing 25 live, in-person events to the park, many featuring performers from the city’s top arts institutions. (The events will also be available to live stream.) The 2021 season is set to kick off on June 9 with a four-night run of back-to-back shows by musicians from the New York Philharmonic and will close on September 20 with an event that will serve as a 100th-anniversary celebration for The Town Hall. All of the outdoor concerts will be free and open to the public. The park will observe all current safety protocols for the event and also provide enough room for social distancing (audience registration will be required in advance.)

Here's the official schedule:

June and July:
The New York Philharmonic: Four Nights in Bryant Park (6/9 to 6/12)
New York City Opera: Pride in the Park (6/18) and Carmen (7/2)
New York Chinese Cultural Center (6/25)
Joe’s Pub: Mykal Kilgore (6/26)
Carnegie Hall Citywide: Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely (7/9);
Spanish Harlem Orchestra (7/16); The Knights (7/23); Adrienne Warren & Friends (7/30)
Greenwich House Music School: Riley Mulherkar and Ella Bric (7/31)

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51. LAf DAnce SAloon

Comedy Stand-up basik, Williamsburg

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

Kayaking on the East River
Kayaking on the East River
Photograph: Shutterstock

52. Free kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

News City Life

Now through the end of August, folks can grab a kayak on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and a take a spin on the water from Pier 2. Given COVID-19-adjacent restrictions, you'll have to register for a session in advance. You can do that right here. Additional information to keep in mind: novices and experts alike are welcome on the water and will all be looked after by safety boaters wearing red vests. The on-site staff also suggests you wear water-friendly attire as you are most definitely going to get a bit wet. You're going to have to keep a face covering on at all times, use the hand sanitizers available throughout the area and abide by the 20-minute session limit (it's going to get crowded, after all!). Everyone else can paddle around the East River during the following times:

- Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5-7pm
- Saturdays: 10am-3pm

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amnh
amnh
Photograph: D. Finnin/© American Museum of Natural History

53. The new Halls of Gems and Minerals at AMNH

News City Life

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

Harry Potter flagship store NYC
Harry Potter flagship store NYC
Photograph: Courtesy Harry Potter New York

54. The world's largest Harry Potter Store

News City Life

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

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Eldridge Street Synagogue
Eldridge Street Synagogue
Photograph: Kate Milford

56. The Museum at Eldridge Street reopening

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Chinatown

With an impressive facade that combines Moorish, Gothic and Romanesque elements, the first grand synagogue on the Lower East Side is now surrounded by dumpling shops and Chinese herb stores, but rewind about a century and you’d find delis and mikvot (ritual bathhouses). For its first 50 years, the 1887 synagogue had a congregation of thousands and doubled as a mutual-aid society for new arrivals in need of financial assistance, health care and employment. But as Jews left the area and the congregation dwindled, the building fell into disrepair. A recently completed 20-year, $18.5 million face-lift has restored the splendor of the soaring main sanctuary, which features hand-stenciled walls and gorgeous stained-glass: an original rose window and a new design by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Downstairs, touch-screen displays highlight the synagogue’s architecture, aspects of worship and local history. For the first time ever, visitors will use a digital self-guide to tour the museum. The tool will allow visitors to explore the space safely and access a wealth of stories and information using their phones. The digital tool will mimic the Museum’s signature docent-led tour experience while in-person tours are temporarily suspended. The app is free and accessible using a wifi connection on site. Tour content is available in English, Chinese and Spanish.

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good deliver
good deliver
Photograph: Courtesy Christopher Cruz Photography

57. 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.

Socarrat Nolita Flamenco
Socarrat Nolita Flamenco
Photograph: Courtesy Socarrat Nolita

58. Flamenco at Socarrat Paella Bar Nolita

Restaurants Socarrat Nolita, Nolita

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

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Maracuja
Maracuja
Photograph: Courtesy of Maracuja

59. A new secret backyard garden in Williamsburg

News Drinking

We've got a new secret backyard garden for you to visit this weekend, courtesy of Williamsburg eatery and bar Maracuja. Here's how to find it: Head to the Brooklyn destination and walk through the bar. You're going to want pass the pool table and walk through a door marked "private." There, you'll find yourself smack-dab in the middle of a private oasis complete with heaters, seating for 20 and a whole lot of charm. The private garden has actually been closed to the public for many years, until Maracuja's new owners Erik Plambeck and Kelly Winrich decided to reopen it. We couldn't be happier about their decision.

Reclining Liberty
Reclining Liberty
Photograph: Connie Lee / Zaq Landsberg's "Reclining Liberty, 2021"

60. "Reclining Liberty"

News Art

After standing tall for 135 years, the Statue of Liberty is due for a rest—at least, according to artist Zaq Landsberg. Landsberg just erected his own 25-foot-long Statue of Liberty in Morningside Park that lies in the grass—her hand supports her crowned head with a face that looks both peaceful and pained. Honestly, we get it. Lady Liberty is striking a pose we all can identify with right now. The statue, which you can pose with and even sit on, will be sitting on a sloping hill near 120th Street and Morningside Avenue through April 2022.

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Little Island
Little Island
Photograph: Michael Grimm

61. Little Island

News City Life

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

La Barca Cantina
La Barca Cantina
Photograph: Courtesy La Barca Cantina

62. NYC's only floating Mexican restaurant

News Eating

Refreshing agave-based spirits and tasty tacos are now being served onboard a three-story boat in the Hudson River. La Barca Cantina, the only Mexican restaurant on a boat in NYC, has reopened to the public with a summer street food-inspired menu that'll get the party started for you and your friends. Based at Pier 81, next to its sister-restaurant North River Lobster Company, La Barca spans three levels with an expansive outdoor top deck with a bar and table seating, a bi-level interior space with two bars, table seating and booth-like tables—perfect for large groups. Even better, it takes short cruises multiple times per day, five days a week, offering up sweeping views of the NYC skyline. (It's a must to reserve a table for cocktails at sunset.)

 

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Brooklyn Dumpling Shop
Brooklyn Dumpling Shop
Photograph: Courtesy Daniel Kwak

63. A contactless dumpling shop opening

News Eating

After months of anticipation, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop will finally open this week. Located in the former Foot Gear Plus space on First Avenue and St. Marks Place, the automat (that’s basically a $5 word for a futuristic vending machine shop), asserts that “dumplings are the new sandwich.” This is a “zero human interaction” operation, according to press materials. Fancy food lockers are all that stand between you and the shop’s 32 dumpling varieties like bacon cheeseburger, pastrami, lamb gyro, Philly cheesesteak, and that other famed sandwich fave, the peanut butter and jelly. In case it wasn’t obvious, Brooklyn Dumpling shop is “reimagining the sandwich into deli-style dumplings.” The gleaming storefront certainly has a not-too-distant future design. Everything shines like the inside of an Apple store, from the gleaming yellow floor to the overhead lights reflecting off the temperature-controlled food lockers. Floor-to-ceiling windows let the sun shine into the 24-hour operation ‘till sunset. Outdoor seating is available. 
Brooklyn Dumpling opens for contactless ordering on May 19.

Classic Harbor Line sunset jazz cruise
Classic Harbor Line sunset jazz cruise
Photograph: Shaye Weaver/Time Out

64. A sunset jazz cruise around Manhattan

News City Life

Classic Harbor Line's Evening Jazz Cruise Aboard Manhattan, a 1.5-hour cruise at sunset set to live jazz, passes beautiful views of the city and the Statue of Liberty. As you sip your drinks, the Boat Band (which included Dustin Kaufman on drums and Christian Nourijanian on keys) plays jazz standards live. Tickets are $104 per person for two to three guests or $86 per person for four or more guests — on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings in May. (Sunday won't be offered in June, however). Departure times depend on the sunset time, but are generally either at 6:30pm or 7pm, with an occasional 6pm: May 20, 22, 25, 27 (7pm departure); May 29, 30 and June and July Saturdays (7:15pm departure); June and July Wednesdays (6pm departure). Starting Saturday, June 5, Classic Harbor Line’s Live Jazz City Lights or Sunset Sail in NY Harbor begin. For this trip, the live jazz sail leaves at 6:45pm for a two-hour jaunt down to the tip of Manhattan on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is $96 per person, also inclusive of one beverage. The 1.5-hour City Lights Jazz Sail is on Saturdays at 9:15pm and is $78 per person, and includes one beverage as well. You can reserve your trip at classicharborline.com or call the Classic Harbor Line NYC phone number (212) 627-1825.

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Fever-Tree Porch Bryant Park
Fever-Tree Porch Bryant Park
Photograph: Courtesy Fever-Tree Porch

65. Bryant Park’s Fever-Tree Porch

Bars Bryant Park, Midtown West

Fever-Tree just reopened its Porch at Bryant Park. Head over to take in views of the park from the porch with a Spritz-style and highball cocktail in hand. New this summer is the brand's new Sparkling Lime & Yuzu that marries Tahitian limes from Mexico and handpicked yuzus from Japan (it's only 30 calories per bottle!) Of course, fan favorites are back like the Porch Paloma with Fever-Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit, the Daytime Old Fashioned and the Night N’ Day. The bar snacks include Sandwiches, Salads, Sliders and classic New York City fare, like house-cured Hot Pastrami and a Jumbo New York Pretzel. It's open daily from noon to 8 or 9pm.

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

66. "MELVIN EDWARDS: Brighter Days"

Art City Hall Park, Civic Center

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.

 

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Ready Roofop
Ready Roofop
Photograph: Courtesy The Moxy East Village

67. 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).

Eataly
Eataly
Photograph: Courtesy Eataly NYC Downtown

68. Eataly x Color Factory downtown pop-up

News City Life

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.

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

69. Gitano's Garden of Love

News Drinking

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.

Nathan's Famous
Nathan's Famous
Photograph: Shutterstock

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

News Eating

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?

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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

71. 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

72. 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

73. "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. 

 

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

74. “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.

 

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coney island
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75. 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.

Rubin Museum
Rubin Museum
Photograph: Courtesy David de Armas

76. “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." 

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artechouse
artechouse
Photograph: Courtesy Photo Julius Horsthuis and ARTECHOUSE

77. “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.)

 

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

78. 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."

 

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