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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include Brooklyn Book Festival, Taste of the Upper West Side, a ballet with music by Solange Knowles, a burlesque festival, and a rooftop screening of "Dirty Dancing."

Written by
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Contributors
Anna Rahmanan
&
Shaye Weaver
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If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week, or even for today, there are tons of fun options, including Brooklyn Book Festival, Taste of the Upper West Side, a ballet with music by Solange Knowles, a burlesque festival, a rooftop screening of "Dirty Dancing," and awesome free events in NYC!

For more ideas, scroll down to see this week's best things to do in NYC.

RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in New York

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  • Time Out Market
  • DUMBO

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Time Out Market on Saturday, October 8 by tasting some of the freshest beers from local breweries. Sample beers from Brooklyn Brewery, Evil Twin Brewing, Five Points Brewing Co., Kings County Brewers Collective, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co., Sixpoint Brewery, Strong Rope Brewery, Threes Brewing, and Wild East Brewing Co. 

Take your pick from three sessions: 12-2:30pm, 3-5:30pm, or 6-8:30pm. Stein hoisting contests will be held during the first two, with a $100 TOM card and decorative steins for the winners. 

Enjoy themed decoations, surprise raffle giveaways, and music by Vada 1-5pm and Dwai 5-9pm.

  • Things to do
  • DUMBO

Take your Monday night football ritual to Time Out Market New York, where Monday’s NFL games will be projected on the big screen and happy hour lasts all night!

Head up to the market’s fifth floor to enjoy the game and happy hour prices all night from 4pm to close, including $35 Brooklyn and Coney Island IPA Pitchers and a specialty cocktail, the Gridiron Rum Punch ($12). Of course, game night wouldn’t be complete without good finger food—Pat Lafrieda will be selling its masterful burgers, sliders and tots while Fornino will have its unmatched Margherita pizza, arancini and meatballs for purchase.

It’s such a perfect space to catch the game that you’ll be tempted to do your own touchdown dance.

  • Time Out Market
  • DUMBO

Things are getting hyper local at Time Out Market New York every Tuesday! Beginning February 22, 2022, visitors to the Market will be able to receive 20 percent off drinks all day long if they’re a resident, first responder or worker in Dumbo. (Just a heads up: the deal is not valid during Happy Hour.) That’s right—we’re showing the community a little extra love every single Tuesday. Just be sure to bring some proof of identification to take advantage of the neighborhood-focused deal.

Best things to do in NYC this week

  • Things to do
  • Literary events

This annual literary celebration brings together 150-plus spectacular writers from across the globe for a full week of talks and shopping to satisfy the borough’s brainiacs. Bookend events will be taking place all week, including a celebration of childhood reading at its Children’s Day (Saturday, October 1). Don't miss the Literary Marketplace (Sunday, October 2) and the Virtual Festival offerings. 

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Sample the delicacies of UWS at Taste of the Upper West Side, a culinary celebration featuring more than 60 chefs. 

Tickets starting at $110 include food, wine, spirits, and entertainment. Plus, don't miss the ultimate confectioners’ corner sure to delight your sweet tooth. 

The event kicks off on Friday, September 30 with a farewell to summer theme, then wraps up on Saturday, October 1 with a fall-themed autumn ball.

The event benefits The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District.

  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

See "New Reisen" at the New York City Ballet, a show featuring music composed by Solange Knowles. 

The score, which will be choreographed by Gianna Reisen, will premiere at the Fall Fashion Gala on September 28 at Lincoln Center and will also be performed this October and next May. A Grammy-Award-winning singer, songwriter, and visual artist, Knowles wrote the piece for a chamber ensemble. It’ll be performed by some of the composer’s frequent musical collaborators, along with members of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Expect the costumes to shine alongside the music.

Tickets for the show start at $38 and are on sale now

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  • Comedy
  • Improv
  • Lower East Side

In this game show, contestants transform memes, audience stories, family recipes, and more into interpretive dance pieces to be judged by a panel of comedians. The answer is yes, it's every bit as ridiculous—and hilarious—as it sounds. 

In this week's show they'll be tackling "National Days," including some wacky ones like National Ceiling Fan Day. Propose your own special day or come play along with comedian judges Ben Katzner and Blair Dawson as they try and decipher what special day the dancers are using as inspiration.

  • Art
  • Art

Local arts will take center stage at The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, a free two-day celebration of music, performing arts, and visual arts in a public plaza this weekend.

Brooklyn Downtown Partnership organized the annual event in collaboration with Two Trees Management Co. and gave us the scoop on what to expect for this festival on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 at The Plaza at 300 Ashland. Events 

Events include dance classes, musical performances, DJs, and an interactive photo booth. Here's our full report.

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  • Dance
  • Burlesque
  • Gowanus

In the 20th edition of Thirsty Girl and Angie Pontani's world-renowned festival, burlesque artists from around the world pull out the stops (and tassels) to showcase the finest the art form has to offer on four successive nights. The World Famous *BOB* and Wilfredo host the Teaser Party at the Bell House (Sept 29), and Albert Cadabra and Shelly Watson oversee the Premiere Party at Brooklyn Bowl (Sept 30). Murray Hill serves as master of ceremonies at the fancy Saturday Spectacular at Sony Hall (Oct 1); Scotty the Blue Bunny and Miss Astrid emcee the Golden Pastie Awards and Supper Club Stage Show at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct 2). Visit the festival website for a full list of performers. 

  • Art
  • Photography

Inspired by a quote from the renowned photographer Robert Capa’s, who said “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,” this show presents more than 150 works. The images are by 12 contemporary women photographers assoicated with Magnum Photos, the pioneering photography collective co-founded by Capa. 

The works feature experiences of young Islamic women in Turkey, the evolution of a young club performer in Paris, and the story of women who sought refuge from domestic violence in the, UK.

The exhibition coincides with the 75th anniversary of Magnum Photos’ founding; see it at the International Center of Photography from September 30 through January 9, 2023.

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  • Things to do
  • Weird & Wonderful

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

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

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

Here are five things not to miss on your visit.

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  • Weird & Wonderful

Add this one to your fall bucket list: Get into the fall spirit by seeing if you can navigate this three-acre corn maze at a farm in Queens. 

Called The Amazing Maize Maze, this plant puzzle at the Queens County Farm Museum lives up to the hype. This year, the maze pays homage to Georgia O’Keeffe’s iconic “Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory” painting, and it was developed in collaboration with Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. 

The maze is open on Fridays (noon-4:30pm), Saturdays (11am-4:30pm), and Sundays (11am-4:30pm) from September 16 through October 29. It’s also open Monday, October 10 (11am- 4:30pm). Pricing is $12 for adults and $8 for kids — get your tickets here.

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  • Things to do
  • Midtown West

One of the most exciting culinary events of the season is returning near New York from September 16 through October 30: Dining in the Dark, a 90-minute experience that asks visitors to forget all about the traditional way of eating.

During the pitch-black event, participants will be blindfolded while eating their dinner, which heightens the diner's sense making for a more pleasurable experience.

Make sure to pre-book your session, which includes the choice of two available main dishes (meat or vegetarian) and the chance to order some drinks before entering the secluded area.

The menu is secret but you can let organizers know about your dietary requirements and allergies right after you purchase your tickets right here.

  • Art
  • Battery Park City

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

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

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

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

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  • Theater
  • Drama
  • Noho

The monumental Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change) headlines a new production of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 classic about hard times and big dreams in a Chicago South Side household; Robert O'Hara (Bootycandy) steers an ensemble that also includes Francois Battiste, Paige Gilbert, Mandi Masden, John Clay III, Mister Fitzgerald, Calvin Dutton, Perri Gaffney and Jesse Pennington.

  • Museums
  • Hell's Kitchen

On select Friday nights from April to September, the Intrepid Museum opens its doors for free (tickets are usually $33), allowing visitors can explore the Museum and enjoy free after-hours programming.

This week's event on Friday, September 30 is the last one of the season, and it features a talk with with legendary Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, plus lots of fun astronomy activities. 

Check the program schedule at intrepidmuseum.org.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

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

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

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

  • Art
  • Gramercy

Actor and comedian Steve Martin (of Only Murders in the Building fame as of late) and his wife Anne Stringfield are sharing gorgeous artworks from their private collection at The National Arts Club now through October!

The six large-scale works are by Indigenous Australian artists—Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Timo Hogan, Carlene West, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri and Doreen Reid Nakamarra—depicting the remote regions of Central and Western Australia. Thousands of years of tradition, disconnected and uninfluenced from the outside world, serve as the inspiration behind these works, which stand as stories and narratives infused with an intense connection to the local landscape, according to the National Arts Club.

The exhibition is free and open to the public daily from 10am-5pm in the former Samuel Tilden Mansion at 15 Gramercy Park South.

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  • Things to do
  • Central Park

Visit Central Park's must-see spots with an expert guide from the park conservancy. See the Manhattan skyline from Sheep Meadow, walk under the gorgeous American elms that line the Mall, capture a picture at the movie-perfect Bethesda Terrace, and gaze on other memorable landmarks like Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill and the Lake.

Plus, learn the history of how Central Park's designers and architects transformed rocky and swampy land into the work of art in the center of Manhattan. 

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

The massive blaze has two locations—Hudson Valley returns to its location at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson for the 18th year and Blaze: Long Island returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage for the third year.

This year, the blaze is bigger and better than ever with thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns lit up in elaborate displays throughout historic landscapes. The Blaze: Hudson Valley will include an animated “Jack” smith working in his shop and a hive of glowing bees. Blaze: Long Island will show off new special effects and pumpkins that look like local icons in the Long Island Hall of Fame.

Blaze: Hudson Valley will run for 54 nights from September 16 through November 20. Blaze: Long Island will run for 28 nights from September 30 through November 6.

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  • Movies
  • Movies

The Rooftop Cinema Club is one of our favorite things to do in the city come fall. Delightful drinks, delicious food, beautiful views, the sort of breeze you can only experience on a rooftop in Manhattan and a range of classic and new movies? Sign us up.

The schedule for this year's Rooftop Cinema Club in midtown—at 60 West 37th Street, on the third floor of the Embassy Suits by Hilton New York Manhattan Times Square—is officially out and it's looking stacked with showtimes through Halloween.

Here's what's coming up:

September 29 at 6pm: Dirty Dancing

October 1 at 1pm: Monsters, Inc.

October 8 at 7:30pm: The Shining

October 12 at 8L30pm: Rosemary's Baby

October 16 at 5:30pm: Candyman

October 22 at 8pm: Suspiria

October 31 at 4:15pm: Halloweentown

  • Art
  • Art

Forty life-size jaguar sculptures are on the prowl at the city’s most famous landmarks as part of an open-air art exhibition. 

It’s called the Jaguar Parade NYC 2022, and you can see the beautifully painted sculptures around New York City through October 5. Each jaguar has its own pose and its own design scheme painted by artists from around the world. The sculptures will be on display at landmarks including Tavern on the Green, United Nations Headquarters, World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, Central Park Zoo, The High Line, JFK Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.

The event aims to raise awareness and funds for the urgent need to help jaguars and their habitats.

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  • Shopping
  • Astoria

The Queens Craft Brigade is back in time for its five-year anniversary market in Astoria, Queens. The independent, queer-owned market brings together talented makers exclusively from around the borough and has created monthly curated events featuring artwork, jewelry, fashion, crafts, and more at Katch Astoria. This time, vendors include Camille at the Wheel, Paige’s Candle Co, Cissy’s Art Cafe, Lilasuds, Caryn Cast, Kate Durkin, Paulina Pizza, and more.

Here are the upcoming event dates:

— Saturday, September 24

— Sunday, October 30

— Saturday, November 26

— Saturday, December 10

  • Art

Stroll through Greenwich Village, the East village, and NoHo to check out “Village Voices 2022,” a public outdoor exhibition of 22 shadowboxes and two multifaceted, interactive installations.

“Village Voices 2022” celebrates people, places, and moments from the neighborhoods’ artistic, social, political, and cultural movements through photographs, artifacts, and soundscape recordings. Shadowboxes include tributes to Jean-Michel Basquiat, E.E. Cummings, Martha Graham, Billie Holiday, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Charlie Parker, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Maurice Sendak, Patti Smith, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory.

In addition, the exhibit includes two social justice installations. In the first, a 20-foot-high window display at 70 Fifth Avenue at The New School building honors the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and so many others. The address was the home to the NAACP from 1914 until the mid-1920s. The second, A Monument to Choice at Gansevoort Plaza bears the inscription "I Stand for Choice." It is intended as an experiential and social media opportunity where people can show their support in standing for choice in all its meanings and iterations.

See the outdoor exhibition through October 30.  

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  • Theater
  • Drama
  • Midtown West

Corey Hawkins (In the Heights) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen) star as rivalry-riven siblings and card sharps, pointedly named Lincoln and Booth, in the first Broadway revival of Suzan-Lori Parks's Pulitzer Prize–winning 2001 two-hander. Kenny Leon (A Soldier’s Play) directs the play, which is widely considered one of the high-water marks of 21st-century America drama.

  • Art
  • Art

Immersive art experiences in New York are getting the royal treatment with the upcoming opening of Hall des Lumières, the city's latest permanent center for custom-designed immersive events at the historic Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank by City Hall.

The new space is now open with an inaugural immersive exhibit about iconic Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. 

Tickets to "Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion" are already on sale right here. Given the magnitude of the new cultural center, you'd be remiss not to snag passes to the show right away but, just in case you need some other reasons to check out the space, we've got a few to share

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  • Art
  • Art

New Yorkers, meet Amal: a 12-foot-tall puppet of a 10-year-old refugee Syrian girl inspired by a character in the Off-Broadway play The Jungle. Amal is scheduled to come to New York City (her very first trip to the United States) and visit all five boroughs from September 14 through October 2. Her journey will culminate with a visit to the State of Liberty in early October. Here are all the places to see Amal during her visit.

The life-like puppet has become an international symbol of human rights, specifically highlighting the plight of refugees.

  • Art
  • Print rooms

Explore the fine art of illustrations, art books, zines, and prints, at Sounds about Riso, a risograph festival, featuring the work of local and international artists. The festival includes an artwork showcase with affordable artwork, plus workshops on select weekends if you want to learn more. 

Find the exhibit at UsagiNY (163 Plymouth Street in Dumbo) and workshops at Lucky Risograph (20 Jay Street Unit 217, Dumbo). The exhibit is free to attend, and workshops are free or offered on a sliding price scale. Events run through Sunday, October 2.

Event organizers hope the event will introduce and uplift emerging creators and aspiring zinemakers to the joy of independent publishing.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals

Oktoberfest events are officially underway. Lucky for you, New York City hosts some of the best boozy, musical sausage fests in the world. This year’s events include weeks-long waterside parties and brewery bashes—all with plenty of German (and local!) beer to celebrate the season. 

Here's our full list of Oktoberfest events you won't want to miss.  

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

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

  • Art
  • Sculpture

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

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

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

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  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Upper East Side

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

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

  • Art
  • East Harlem

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

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

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

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  • Art
  • Art

At this new gallery show in Tribeca, the art on the walls was once on the curb relegated to the garbage heap. 

Artist Reed Chojnacki plucked wooden art shipping crates from the rubbish around New York City’s galleries and transformed the trash into glowing neon treasures. These pieces form the artist’s “Neon Crates” series and will be on display with his “Paintings of Monoprints” collection in a show called “ARC” at the Patrick Parrish Gallery (50 Lispenard Street). The show runs through Friday, October 21. 

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  • Art
  • Art

A new photography exhibit at the New York City Fire Museum puts family members of 9/11 first responders in front of the camera as a way to illustrate the continuing impact of the attacks.

The exhibition, called “One Day in September,” features a series of profound, editorial-style portraits of first responders’ family members, created by renowned photographer Richard Wiesel. Each photograph is paired with a short interview with the subject. The exhibit also includes images showing personal artifacts, such as fire helmets and badges, provided by first responders’ family members.

See it at the New York City Fire Museum (278 Spring Street, Hudson Square) through Sunday, October 2. Get your ticket here.

  • Art
  • Lenox Hill

Celebrate the life and work of British artist Aubrey Beardsley at this free exhibit on his 150th birthday. The show explores the meteoric rise of Beardsley (1872–1898), a monumental figure in book and magazine illustration, graphic arts and poster design, as well as the history of gender and sexuality.

During Beardsley’s brief career from 1892 to 1898, cut short by his death from tuberculosis, he was a brilliant innovator in the British Art Nouveau and Decadent movements, creating daring black-and-white images for periodicals and books. He was equally famous as the consummate “bad boy,” using his images to satirize Victorian norms of conduct and push gender and sexual boundaries. The exhibition highlights the rebellious and insouciant quality of his art and writing, celebrating the eternally young Beardsley.

See "Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young" at The Grolier Club, America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles through November 12. 

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  • Art
  • Art

This new Chelsea gallery show will make you rethink your relationship with your cellphone.

Called “A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens,” it’s a free exhibition running through September 30 at Skylight Modern (537 West 27th Street) that explores how we interact with our smart devices. The two-story show features photography and poetry by John Mack presented alongside a month-long forum with high-profile speakers. 

A Species Between Worlds is open from Tuesday-Friday (noon-8pm), Saturday (10am-8pm), and Sunday (noon-5pm) at Skylight Modern (537 West 27th Street).

It’s free to attend, but special events require reserving tickets online. Here’s a full list of the programming this month.

  • Art
  • Midtown East

Celebrate the art of Marilyn Monroe—and the artwork depicting her—at The Blonde Bombshell exhibition. The two-floor exhibition showcases a more than three dozen Marilyn Monroe-inspired works from pop artists including Andy Warhol, Patrick Rubenstein, Mr. Brainwash and DeVon. One of the key pieces in the collection is a work by Mr. Brainwash, created by using more than 45 old records. 

The Blonde Bombshell exhibition at Charles Saffati’s Carlton Fine Arts Ltd.'s Madison Avenue location is presented in honor of the upcoming release of the film Blonde, the story of Marilyn Monroe.

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  • Museums
  • Fashion and costume
  • Chelsea

This new exhibit at The Museum at FIT would make Carrie Bradshaw's dreams come true. "SHOES: Anatomy, Identity, Magic" features 300 of the 5,000 pairs of shoes in the permanent collection at MFIT, the only museum in NYC dedicated solely to the art of fashion. 

The exhibition explores how shoe design is related to human anatomy and physiology, the importance of shoes as markers of identity ("Shoe are you?"), and the widespread belief in the “magical” power of shoes. Other highlights include a vignette devoted to shoe shopping, a history of high heels (17th century to the present), a section on sneakers, and a lexicon of designer shoes. You'll see everything from luxurious red velvet Tom Ford heels to the classic Doc Marten boot.

The museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Bask in the nostalgia at Camp TWA. The iconic TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, which recently added bumper cars and a roller skating rink, is now summer fun to the next level with Camp TWA. Camp TWA promises some good old-fashioned fun with classic games. 

You can play checkers, chess, Connect 4, cornhole, croquet, Jenga, ping pong, tic-tac-toe and Yardzee all on the hotel tarmac near a 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane-turned-cocktail lounge. 

When you’re ready for a snack, the camp cabin has got you covered with nostalgia-inducing fare like Goldfish, pretzels, and animal crackers. Wash it all down with lemonade, wine, beer, or a spiked seltzer. 

This all-ages experience is offered on Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8pm, weather permitting, until November so get there soon to soak up the end-of-summer fun. 

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  • Things to do
  • Coney Island

Did you know that Coney Island was once home to a popular space-themed attraction with a giant rocket dubbed Astroland Park?

This year actually marks the 60th anniversary of Astroland Park’s 1962 opening (the attraction closed due to financial reasons back in 2008) and, to mark the occasion, the Coney Island History Project is debuting a new exhibit by Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park exploring the park’s and object’s history.

The free exhibit consists of informational panels that the non-profit organization has installed all throughout Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park in an effort to educate visitors on the subject.

 

The exhibit is on view now through October 30 during park hours.

  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

Nationally-recognized comedy show UpDating deals with 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.

Upcoming shows are on: Saturday, October 8; Thursday, October 13; Friday, October 21; and Monday, October 31.

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

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

  • Things to do
  • City Life

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

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  • Art

A new exhibit at the Jewish Museum presents a pivotal three-year period in the history of art and culture in New York City 1962-1964, when the world was rapidly changing. Across two floors, the immersive exhibition presents more than 180 works of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, and film, alongside fashion, design, dance, poetry, and ephemera.

During the timeframe explored in this exhibition, events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962), the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963) and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1963) all took place, changing the social and political landscape of New York City and the nation. “A generation of New York-based painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, and poets rose to prominence, incorporating material directly from their urban surroundings and producing works that were as rich and complex as the city itself.”

“New York: 1962-1964” is the last project conceived and curated by Germano Celant, the renowned art historian, critic, and curator who passed away in 2020. 

It's on view until January 8, 2023.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

NYC Glamping is offering stays in converted shipping containers that have been placed at 1 Oak Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, otherwise known as Skyline Drive-In. The drive-in is known for its incredible views of the skyline and now it’s open to guests who book a stay. Each container is comprised of a comfortable, cozy room with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and a bathroom with a shower, and has sweeping, unobstructed views of the city and the river. Each stay comes with free admission to the Skyline Drive-In movies and is within walking distance to Transmitter Park and several local restaurants and Greenpoint attractions. Normally this kind of waterfront access and prime location comes at a hefty price.

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  • Art
  • Art

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

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

  • Art
  • Central Park

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

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  • City Life

Now through October 31, Governors Island's historic Soissons Landing and its bars and restaurants will be open late every night of the week. Previously, the last ferry off the island typically left before the sun set. The area will be open until 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays so that visitors can enjoy delicious food and drink from Island Oyster, Taco Vista and Gitano Island, and stay later at QC NY Spa.

Subterranean Date Night at The Django
Photograph: courtesy of The Django

50. Subterranean Date Night at The Django

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

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You can bike and booze on this cruise—it’s cycleboats! NYC Cycleboats is back in New York Harbor this summer with the only boat you can drink and cycle on in the city’s waters. You and your crew can sign up (individually starting at $39 or $649 for the whole boat) for a 90-minute, boozed-up jaunt across the water. It’s completely BYOB so you can enjoy the beer, wine or hard seltzer of your choice (there’s ice, water coolers and cup holders on board) and take a seat on your respective pedal stations. You move your legs like you would on a bike and with your collective power, you help move the boat.

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  • City Life

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

 

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  • City Life

Governors Island continues to be the hottest destination in New York this season, with a new beach club dubbed Gitano Island officially staking its claim in the area. The effort follows the Tulum-inspired tropical jungle restaurant, Gitano Garden of Love, which operated four successful seasons smack-dab in the middle of SoHo in Manhattan. The new venue on Governors Island has opened and taken over 27,000-square-feet of space on the island, right next to the ferry terminal overlooking the Manhattan skyline. 

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  • City Life

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

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

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It seems like we're living through the summer of the mini-golf. Beautiful Williamsburg hotel The William Vale just launched a new bespoke, nine-hole mini-golf course dubbed VALE(mini)GOLF. For $15 per round ($10 for kids 12 and younger), guests will get to play on the new course on Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon through 9pm and Fridays and Sundays from 11am through 9pm. Bonus points: $1 of each player's admission fee will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC). The organization has actually partnered with the hotel to launch the new endeavor.

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  • City Life

Let this summer forever be (unofficially) remembered as the season of the roller rink. Following the arrival of a groovy roller skating rink at Rockefeller Center, Central Park launched a similar, new immersive, musical and theatrical experience at its own Wollman Rink. The ongoing happening is officially dubbed The DiscOasis and it will stay put through October 1. 

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  • Upper West Side

Insects are misunderstood but a new macro photography exhibition at AMNH hopes to change that. Photographer Levon Biss has photographed 40 endangered species (selected from specimens in the Museum’s world-class research collection), which will be shown as large-format photographs as large as 4.5 by 8 feet in the Akeley Gallery and the adjacent East Galleria.

Some of the extinct and endangered specimens are more than 100 years old but are almost brought back to life through the photos that show their extreme detail and intricate features, including the well-known monarch butterfly and the nine-spotted ladybug to the remote Lord Howe Island stick insect of Australia (thought to be extinct for most of the 20th century until a tiny population was discovered and bred in captivity starting in 2003.) Each photograph in Extinct and Endangered took about three weeks to create from up to 10,000 individual images shot using special lenses.

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  • Financial District

Most New Yorkers know that Fraunces Tavern is the site of General George Washington’s famous farewell to his officers at the end of the American Revolution, but most don't realize it was also home to the nation’s first executive governmental building that housed three offices of the Confederation Congress.

To recreate what that was like, Fraunces Tavern has a new exhibit that recreates the Department of Foreign Affairs' office based on a cashbook that detailed the purchases for the department. The exhibit features about 60 objects, most of which are authentic to the period and many of which have never before been on public display, including tables, chairs, desks, maps, newspapers and other items.

Visitors will learn about the diplomatic, military and financial challenges that all three departments faced after the Revolutionary War and how those challenges affected the formation of the U.S. Constitution. 

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  • Art

If you've been in Brooklyn, you've seen that iconic "stained glass" water tower next to the BQE and another inside Brooklyn Bridge Park—you can't miss them: the sculptures' vibrant panes both reflect and color the city around them, especially at night when they light from within. Two more of these incredible pieces, which are by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, are now at the Seaport to honor the 10-year anniversary of the artist's famous Brooklyn landmark "Watertower" that is visible from Pier 17.

You can see the two sculptures at The Seaport through September.

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"Life in the Abstract" is a new exhibition of large-scale sculptures by artist Wyatt Kahn that has landed inside City Hall Park. Passersby will notice seven vibrant rust-red Cor-Ten steel artworks that combine elements of geometric abstraction with playful "ready-made" objects from everyday life. Translation: one the monuments depicts a pair of glasses just hanging out on an imaginary shape while another one is a massive comb resting on another undefined piece.

"Parade" is the largest of the seven sculptures included in the installation and it weighs almost 3,300 pounds while measuring over 15 feet wide. The other pieces are named "Untitled," "Umbrella," "Painting the Painter," "Morning," "Sideways Curl" and "The Friends."

See it on display through February 26, 2023. 

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  • City Life

Swingers NoMad, a "crazy mini-golf course" and entertainment complex straight from London, just opened and has three nine-hole golf courses across 23,000 square feet under 20-foot-high ceilings. "Crazy golf" is a British spin on mini-golf, but it's for a 21-and-over audience since craft cocktails are served by caddies on the course, and at Swingers NoMad, there will be six cocktail bars with signature classic cocktails from London and D.C., as well as 12 cocktails created specifically for Swingers NoMad, private rooms you can rent, an opulent clubhouse and four gourmet street food vendors—Sauce Pizzeria, Miznon, Fonda and Mah Ze Dahr Bakery.

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  • Art
  • Lenox Hill

Art from some of the top African-American artists in the comic book industry is now on view at the Society of Illustrators until October 29.

The exhibit is co-curated by journalist and writer Karama Horne ("Marvel’s Protectors of Wakanda: A History and Training Manual of the Dora Milaje") and artist/writer Shawn Martinbrough ("How to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling," "Thief of Thieves," and "Red Hood"), whose work will be featured along with over sixteen other talented artists.

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  • City Life

Putting Green, an 18-hole course on a 15,000-square-foot tiered deck on the North Williamsburg riverfront has reopened 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. 

Local brewery, Other Half, will be setting a bar and serving beer while Mom & Icepops will be selling popsicles!

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

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  • Events & Festivals

The Seaport's summer concert series under the stars will feature more than 60 shows including from artists like Simple Plan, Sum 41, The Offspring, Pusha T, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Blondie, DEVO, Deftones, The Head and the Heart, Flogging Molly, Bikini Kill, Mayday Parade, Jason Mraz, Rise Against, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand, Jason Isbell and more. Here's what's coming up next:

  • October 22: AWOLNATION — Falling Forward Tour
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  • Sex and dating
  • Sex & Dating

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

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

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

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  • Art

Prepare to take a walk inside your brain when visiting "Life of a Neuron," ARTECHOUSE's latest immersive exhibition inside Chelsea Market on view through November 13. 

The show, mounted in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience, took three years to create—and for good reason. Neuroscientists and artists came together to reconstruct a human neuron from the prefrontal cortex, which anchors the exhibit and will help visitors follow the development of an "average" brain from pre-birth to death. That's no small feat.

Diluting a vast amount of complicated information into digestible bits understandable by the average non-scientist, the exhibit will showcase artistic renditions of a brain at the cellular level.

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

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

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

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  • Art

If you have ever wanted to get inside an artist's head and understand where they were coming from, "Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure" will be the closest thing you'll experience to that. This major exhibition, opening through Monday, October 31, at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea, has an advantage that many other shows do not have—it was organized and curated by Basquiat's family (with famed architect David Adjaye and design firm Pentagram), who have done a painstaking job of showing both the famous artist's intimate side and his genius.

The exhibit, which features more than 200 rarely seen works, isn't merely Basquiat's work hung on walls, it immerses viewers in creatively designed spaces to give a sense of place and context. It's broken up into distinct and vibrant categories—"1960," "KINGS COUNTY," "WORLD FAMOUS," "IDEAL" "ART GALLERY,"  "PALLADIUM," and "PLACE JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT"—that viewers can float through. Basquiat's work is front and center of it all, but certain highlights make his work come alive as if it had just been painted. Visitors can take another step to fully immerse themselves by scanning a Spotify code to access a playlist of music the artist listened to.

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  • City Life

A groovy roller skating rink has taken over at Rockefeller Center with live DJs, concerts and performances as well as lessons. Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace, an iconic West Hollywood roller rink that became a "mecca of uninhibited fun," will operate a new roller rink through October, according to Rock Center's owner, Tishman Speyer.

The rink, which will be designed by Bureau Betak, will be smaller than the traditional ice rink at Rockefeller Center. Instead of keeping that size, it'll have space for the public to watch the skaters at rinkside from tables and chairs and from the Esplanades and Plaza on the upper level.

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  • The Bronx

An immersive experience with massive, ultra-realistic dinosaurs that takes place on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo is back!

Dinosaur Safari asks visitors to the zoo to traverse a path filled with 52 life-sized dinos and pterosaurs through a wooded area, where they will see the largest flying animal to ever live (the Quetzalcoatlus) and, of course, the Tyrannosaurus rex and the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. When it first opened in 2019, it was a ride that used shuttles to introduce people to the dinos. Now, it's a 1/4 mile-long walk-through experience with 52 dinos rather than 40.

To make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park! The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo. All ages. 

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  • Comedy
  • Gowanus

Looking for a treat? Head to Ample Hills' Gowanus Scoop Shop rooftop for a comedy show hosted by Savannah DesOrmeaux (X Change Rate) and Jenny Gorelick (NY Comedy Festival) featuring a heavily female, queer, and non-binary line-up on select Fridays. Pizza and ice cream will be available for purchase at the show.

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  • Financial District

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

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  • Improv
  • Lower East Side

As musical comedians, Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman have played just about every room in NYC, and at their beloved monthly show, they play your heartstrings. Watch as the manically inventive duo interviews a couple in the audience live about how they met, then spins their love story into an epic, totally-improvised musical extravaganza. 

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  • City Life

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

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  • Theater
  • Circuses & magic
  • Midtown West

Once a week, after closing time, 10 people convene at the city’s oldest magic shop, Tannen’s, for a cozy evening of prestidigitation by the young and engaging Noah Levine. The shelves are crammed with quirky devices; there's a file cabinet behind the counter, a mock elephant in the corner and bins of individual trick instructions in plastic covers, like comic books or sheet music. The charm of Levine's show is in how well it fits the environment of this magic-geek chamber of secrets. As he maneuvers cards, eggs, cups and balls with aplomb, he talks shop, larding his patter with tributes to routines like the Stencel Aces and the Vernon Boat Trick—heirlooms of his trade that he gently polishes and displays for our amazement.

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  • East Harlem

Head to the Museum of the City of New York to see 100 photographs selected from the more than 1,000 images recently gifted to the Museum by the Joy of Giving Something (JGS), a non-profit organization dedicated to the photographic arts. Images range from documentary-style to quirky and from architectural to atmospheric.

“Celebrating the City” features works by more than 30 creators new to the MCNY collection, including multiple images from Helen Levitt’s dynamic and celebrated street photography; Sylvia Plachy’s playful and eccentric examination of the people, animals, and moments of NYC; and Michael Spano’s slice-of-life city shots spanning the 1990s and 2000s. Other key figures in 20th-century photography are incorporated into the show, including Ilse Bing, Bruce Davidson, Mitch Epstein, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, William Kline, Saul Leiter, Alfred Stieglitz, Rosalind Solomon, and Paul Strand, to name a few—all capturing indelible, sometimes implausible, intimate, and often incredible moments of the city.

You'll even see a llama in Times Square, fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge, polar bears playing in a pool at the zoo as well as subways, skylines, shadows, and stolen moments.

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

Kinky’s Dessert Bar, at 181 Orchard Street, is decked out in very explicit decor—a ton of sexually provocative posters and magazine covers adorn the walls and an upstairs seating area—the two-floor destination will function as both a bar serving drinks and desserts and, eventually, an event space. In addition to racy waffles, patrons will revel in a menu filled with all sorts of cookies and cupcakes. Yes, the treats are just as delicious as they are visually entertaining. (We tried them!) Standouts include the oatmeal raisin cookie Lick Me, the So Anxious vanilla cupcake made with creamy vanilla buttercream, the I Like it Rough (a red velvet cupcake topped with cream cheese frosting) and the Beg for More Banana—a waffle filled with homemade banana pudding and glazed with a banana cream. In a funny gimmick, customers can choose their waffle to be a dicky or a va-jayjay.

  • Comedy

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

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  • Upper West Side

The New-York Historical Society is bringing Frederick Douglass’ vision of freedom, citizenship and equal rights to life in a new ongoing special installation. A range of artifacts and documents illustrate Douglass’ vision, including illustrations from the popular press of the time and scrapbooks of articles by or about Douglass compiled by his sons that also documented his work to usher in a more just country.

Visitors will also see speech excerpt from his contemporary, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, who raises the question of gender in step with Douglass’ ideas about racial equality. Political cartoons and a copy of an editorial that Douglass wrote about Chinese immigrants’ right to belong in the U.S. in the Chinese American newspaper are also on view.

  • Bars
  • Harlem

Every Monday evening, you can enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails and live jazz channeling the spirit and energy of the Harlem Renaissance at Sugar Monk. You'll have your pick of Prohibition and Pre-Prohibition cocktails (Sidecar, Clover Club, Bijou, French 75, The Boothby, The Bee's Knees, Hanky Panky and others) to sip on while Max Bessesen and his trio play on from 8 to 10pm. There's no cover, just make a reservation on Resy.

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  • Lower East Side

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

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  • Hell's Kitchen

On Location Tours is once again offering its popular On Location Tours Sex and the City Hotspots Tour as both a public and private sightseeing experience. This bus tour highlights several famous NYC buildings and locations featured in the series Sex and the City, all from the comfort of a heated bus this winter.

On the tour, you'll see Greenwich Village, the Meatpacking District, and SoHo and its one-of-a-kind boutiques, department stores and designer shops with tour guides who are local New York City actresses excited to share facts along with fun trivia questions about the buildings and locations.

Each tour guest will also receive a free Magnolia Bakery cupcake (and those over 21 can sip discounted cosmos at the famous NYC bar ONieal’s). 

Public tours run several times a week, including Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm. Private tours are offered daily, and a limo buyout option is available.

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A high-end destination has opened at the South Street Seaport, combining a love for singalongs with delicious tabletop grills. Upstairs at Ssäm Bar is Momofuku's latest restaurant, this one located at Pier 17 (89 South Street, to be precise), on the second floor of Momofuku Ssäm Bar. While overlooking the East River, you'll get to sing your heart out to your favorite karaoke songs in one of two private rooms (each one accommodates up to 10 people) where you'll also get to order from the entire Asian-influenced menu. 

And because there is no karaoke without cocktails, here's a bit about that: from the Psycho Beach Party (mezcal, cynar, passionfruit, pineapple and blood orange) to the Toki Hot Toddy (Suntory Toki whisky, genmaicha tea and lemon) and the Suit & Chair (chai-infused rum, rockey's liqueur, ginger, salted plum and a chinotto float), you probably never have had such high-end drinks while screaming your lungs out to Prince's "Purple Rain."

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  • City Life

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

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

Alamo Drafthouse, the cinema known for serving restaurant-quality food and drinks during its screenings, now has a second New York location in Manhattan. Adding to its downtown Brooklyn location, Alamo Drafthouse's second NYC location is at 28 Liberty St. with 14 auditoriums that seat up to 578 guests in total. The theater chain is known for its luxury reclining seats with built-in tables and cupholders. It's like being in an elite private screening room, but anyone can buy a ticket. 

Movie buffs at Alamo's Lower Manhattan location will be treated to 4K digital projection and 7.1 Dolby surround sound. The opening screenings include current blockbusters like No Time to Die, and Marvel's Eternals as well as classics like 1933's original King Kong

  • Comedy

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

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  • Art
  • Art

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

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  • Drinking

Roosevelt Island, the storied former home to NYC's smallpox hospital and insane asylum, has a rooftop bar and lounge open to the public. At Panorama Room atop the newly opened Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel on the southern end of the island, the views are really unparalleled — perhaps even the best of any rooftop lounge.

Located on the 18th floor of the hotel, the "jewel box" space by Med Abrous and Marc Rose, who are food and beverage partners of the hotel and co-founders of the hospitality group Call Mom, opens up to incredible views of the boroughs, the bridges and the East River, which shine like stars at night. 

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  • Noho

Immersive art exhibit Arcadia Earth aims to inspire visitors artistically and ethically, as it uses 15 rooms to spotlight the environmental challenges that our planet is facing (such as overfishing, food waste, and climate change).

This exhibit will not only leave visitors in awe, but it will help support Oceanic Global, an organization devoted to raising awareness around our aquatic ecosystems. In addition, a tree will also be planted for every ticket sold, making it a perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends!

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Taste your way around the world at a this wine bar that offers dozens of international wines, all by the glass. Temperance Wine Bar (40 Carmine Street) is a neighborhood drinking spot with a fun energy and eclectic design featuring local artists. Most importantly, there's plenty to drink.

At Temperance, Ojeda-Pons has curated an extensive menu of over 100 rotating international wines by the glass, as well as a selection of eight wines on tap. The wines range from affordable to higher-end.

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  • City Life

At the Harry Potter Store New York, Wizards and witches can shop from the world's largest collection of Harry Potter merch across 21,000 square feet at 935 Broadway in the Flatiron District. Every detail of Harry Potter Store New York has been intricately designed, from the decor sitting on the shelves above all the incredible merch (yes, there are full house robes) to the design of the store itself, which has a room full of gorgeous HP stationary by MinaLima, massive models of Fawkes the Phoenix and a moving griffin as well as a spiral staircase that descends into a space made to look like the Ministry of Magic. 

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Here’s an underground spot you’ll want to add to your list. Coby Club, a subterranean lounge on Seventh Ave, is 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.

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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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'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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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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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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