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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week include Oktoberfest, the NY Burlesque and Brooklyn Book festivals

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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. Celebrate Oktoberfest, go to the New York Burlesque Festival or the Brooklyn Book Festival this week! For more ideas, scroll down to see this week's best things to do in NYC.

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

For the first time in its 45-year history, NYC’s premier bagel destination is poised to open a location in Brooklyn. Ess-a-Bagel, which originally opened its doors in Manhattan in 1976, is bringing its hand-rolled, boiled and baked goods to Time Out Market New York on Tuesday, September 28. The local favorite’s time-tested preparations prove that New York’s iconic bagels require more than just that famous “something in the water” to achieve greatness. Expect plump, pillowy, shining varieties—including everything, multigrain, pumpernickel and cinnamon raisin—for $1.70 a piece, $10 for a half-dozen or $20 for a dozen. Scallion, veggie, strawberry and original cream cheese are also available by-the-bagel and in quarter- and half-pound quantities to go. 

 

Best things to do in NYC this week

  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

Over the last year and a half, one of NYC’s most popular at-home cultural activities was the free Met Opera livestream. Now, opera fans and others can take advantage of another livestream being produced by the cultural institution. This time, however, rather than watching a production from your apartment, you can watch it from the middle of Times Square, surrounded by others. A 15-year tradition continues this Monday when the Met Opera will once again partner with the Times Square Alliance to premiere its season-opening opera live from the crossroads of the world. To catch the performance of 2021’s season opener, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, you can head to Duffy Square and the Broadway Plazas between 43rd and 44th Streets and between 46th and 47th Streets. Attendance to watch the live simulcast of the opera is completely free and no tickets are required. Over 2,000 ushered seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so just get there early if you want to snag a chair! The “house” opens at 5pm with the pre-show at 5:30pm and curtain up at 6pm. In addition to kicking off the start of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2021-2022 season after a lengthy absence of 18 months, the night’s performance marks the first-ever time that the company has performed an opera by a Black composer. Fire Shut Up in My Bones is based on the memoir by New York Times columnist Charles Blow with a score by the composer Terence Blanchard.

 

  • Things to do
  • Upper West Side

Presented by American Airlines and Mastercard, Taste of the Upper West Side will be back October 1 & 2 with over 70 chefs participating. Several restaurants will make their Taste of the Upper West Side debut including Dagon, Boka, Pekarna, Covacha, Sushi 85, Manhattanville Market’s Butterfunk Biscuit Co., The Baylander, Felice Columbus, Tasca and Kissaki.

Festivities will kick off with Grillin’ in the City on Friday from 7pm to 10pm with over 20 popular Upper West Side restaurants grilling up their favorite menu items as well as "Whiskies of the World," where you can taste various whiskies from brands like Balcones, Copper Dog, Uncle Nearest and Westward participating. There will also be a Biergarten in honor of Oktoberfest featuring a variety of fall sips and beer-inspired cocktails curated by neighborhood favorites Tiki Chick and Nobody Told Me.

"Best of the West," presented by Park Village Apartments, will take place on Saturday, October 2, from 7:30 to 9:30pm. NBC 4 New York reporter Lauren Scala will host a showcase of new Upper West Side dining destinations and Taste of the Upper West Side favorites like Crave Fishbar, Salumeria Rosi and more.

The event benefits The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District.

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  • Things to do
  • The Bronx

The best of fall is on display at the New York Botanical Garden. Hundreds of gourd-geous pumpkins and scarecrows now decorate the Bronx landscape for autumn now through October 31.

Head to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building and on the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Plaza, where you'll see pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and more than 100 whimsical scarecrows on the twisting trails of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

From 10am to 6pm, you can see these beautiful decorations but NYBG will also have autumnal events for kids and adults alike, including Puppets on Parade on weekends, where larger-than-life pumpkins and skeletons designed by puppeteer Lucrecia Novoa of Mascara Viva greet visitors as well as pumpkin-carving demonstrations by Adam Bierton, the 2015 winner of the Food Network series Halloween Wars.

NYBG’s beloved tradition of kiku—magnificent displays of chrysanthemums in astonishing forms, styles, and sizes—will be integrated with KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature and on view in select galleries of the Enid A. Conservatory from Saturday, October 2 through Sunday, October 31, 2021 as well.

You may also want to do some walking in the fall forest on the weekends in and around the Thain Family Forest. Here, visitors can "revel in the unique autumnal beauty and resilience of the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, the largest expanse of New York City's original wooded landscape."

  • Things to do
  • Literary events
  • Downtown Brooklyn

This annual literary celebration brings together 140-plus spectacular writers from across the globe for a full week of talks, shopping and even yoga to satisfy the borough’s brainiacs. Bookend events will be taking place all week, including a celebration of childhood reading at its Children’s Day (October 2) with authors David Levithan, Mahogany Browne, Sophie Blackall, Sayantani DasGupta, Brian Floca, Gayle Forman, R.J. Palacio in Brooklyn Commons in MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn. Don't miss the Literary Marketplace (Sunday, October 3), or its virtual Festival in the evenings until 11pm.

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  • Dance
  • Burlesque
  • Gowanus

This world-renowned festival, now in its 19th year, features burlesque artists from around the globe pulling out the stops (and tassels) to showcase the finest the art form has to offer. The Teaser Party at The Bell House (Sept. 30), The Premiere Party at Brooklyn Bowl (Oct. 1), The Saturday Spectacular at Sony Hall (Oct. 2) and The Golden Pastie Awards at Le Poisson Rouge (Oct. 3).

 

  • Movies
  • Forest Hills

As one of the fastest-growing independent film festivals in New York, Festival of Cinema is making a name for itself in its fifth year. Between September 24 and October 3, the event aims to get filmmakers and their works as much exposure as possible, from all independent genres—drama, comedy, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, experimental, LGBTQ and animation. It's back at the Regal UA Midway cinema in Queens with panels and workshops that strongly appeal to filmmakers.

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The Moth movie screening at Sherman Creek Park
Photograph: Laura Partain

7. The Moth movie screening at Sherman Creek Park

The Moth Community Program is partnering with American Documentary Inc. and the New York Restoration Project to host a free film screening at Sherman Creek Park—a former illegal dumping site, which now encompasses five beautifully reclaimed acres along the Harlem River. The screening will take place on Tuesday, September 28, from 6:30 to 9:30pm and feature The Neutral Ground, a movie directed by filmmaker, comedian and Moth storyteller CJ hunt, which documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America. 

 

The event will also feature personal stories from CJ Hunt and one of The Moth Community Program members.

LGBTQ Homecoming Dance & Queer Festival
Photograph: courtesy Queer Social

8. LGBTQ Homecoming Dance & Queer Festival

Queer Social is hosting this charity event for the Ali Forney Center that'll include a pop-up market, a new clothing donation station, performances by Gotham Cheer and Drag Queen Phoebe Jeebies and other surprise guests as well as three DJ sets from Johnny Dynell, Sammy Jo and Cilla BK. Doors open at Slate NY at 6pm, with a happy hour drink special 6-8pm. Tickets are $40 in advanced or $50 at the door. All guests will enjoy drink specials for the night, delicious small plate dinner items for purchase. "No Homecoming would be complete without the photo wall, so dress to impress, bring your friends, that special someone or come alone. Either way, it will be a fun night to remember and maybe the homecoming you never go to have."

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Browser Battle is the trivia game where Googling the answers actually required. Bring your phone and compete to answer questions that will lead you to fascinating stories, surprising facts, and weird places in the depths of The Internet. This is for people who like to get sucked into a late-night Wikipedia rabbit hole or who thoroughly Googles their Hinge matches. Reed Kavner will host the show at Caveat (21 Clinton St.) on Wednesday, September 29, starting at 9:30pm. Tickets are $12.

  • Comedy
  • 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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Superfine boasts accessible pricing and representation of LBGTQ+ artistsartists of color, and other traditionally underrepresented groups. This year, see work by more than 180 artists across three fairs—"Superfine (wo)man," the largest women-only commercial art fair showcasing 80 top female artists, "Superfine MAGICK," a platform for LBTQ+ artists, and "Superfine Myth," representing emerging surrealist talent. Center 415 (415 5th Ave.); September 30-October 3, Friday-Sunday, 11am-9pm; $36.

  • Things to do

Contrary to its moniker, Oktoberfest, the annual autumnal celebration anchored in Munich, Germany, with satellite festivities all over the globe, kicks off in the last days of summer. 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, backyard blowouts and brewery bashes—all with plenty of German (and local!) beer to start your fall eating and drinking plans out right.

Chelsea Market is throwing its very own Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 30-Oct. 3 with authentic German beer, Weisswurst with Bavarian mustard, giant pretzels, and additional German offerings exclusive to the Oktoberfest celebration. Chelsea Market will have live music from The Swedish Meatballs throughout the weekend.

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  • Art
  • Art

Giant origami-inspired sculptures now decorate Broadway, bringing a child-like whimsy to the Garment District. The installation, entitled "Hacer: Transformations," features seven massive paper-like animals: two dark turquoise coyotes, two medium turquoise rabbits, a magenta elephant, a yellow dog and a green bear cub. It's located on the public plazas of Broadway Boulevard in the Garment District between 36th and 39th Streets and will be there through November 23.

 

National Silent Movie Day
Photograph: Peter Aaron

14. National Silent Movie Day

To celebrate National Silent Movie Day, Film Forum is hosting three screenings with live piano accompaniment of Manhandled (1924) on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30pm; Speedy (1928) and the "making-of" documentary Footsteps of Speedy on Sunday, October 3 at 12:15 pm. Pianist Steve Sterner will play along. Tickets to each viewing is $15.

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  • Shopping
  • Shopping & Style

Vintage shopping has long been a Brooklyn past time, but two major brands are teaming up to push the joy of buying (gently) used closed even further. Madewell and thredUP, an fashion resale site, have launched a "Circular Store" in Williamsburg, selling exclusively secondhand clothes. Located at 89 N. 6th Street, which is typically Madewell's Men's store, this Circular Store be the first-ever shop of its kind, thoroughly stocked with preloved Madewell styles via thredUP. Prices range from $10-40, and categories include denim, dresses, jackets and more. ThredUP continues the circular concept by offering clean out kits at the store, to help shoppers keep their previously worn clothes in use, out of landfills, and sold to earn fashionistas a little cash, to well, spend at the circular store. 

A free bourbon pop up
Photograph: Anthony Tahlier

16. A free bourbon pop up

Japanese-born star bartender Julia Momose is partnering with Legent Bourbon to unveil a totally new way to experience handcrafted bourbon cocktails. She'll infuse her heritage to serve up beautifully crafted cocktails, made specifically with each guest's flavor preferences/palate in mind. For one night only in NYC, those interested can use the link here to submit for a chance to be randomly selected to attend.

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Andrea Simons, recognized for Praying for Godot is coming to Mika Bushwick on September 29 at 8 pm. Praying for Godot is a two-nun show featuring Andrea Simons and Nicole Adsit, who play rogue lesbian nuns conducting their own subverted version of the Catholic Mass. Their characters, Sister Incarnata (Simons) and Sister Coco (Adsit) conduct their version of the mass centering its message more on queerness, sexuality, and wine. The show features songs, chants, and even a live confession. Tickets are $5.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

New Yorkers will be able to party with the Mad Hatter in an immersive cocktail experience coming to the Upper West Side. Partiers will climb down the rabbit hole to join in the topsy-turvy cocktail adventure called "The Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience" that'll hit NYC on September 23. The Mad Hatter will oversee revelers as they create their own "enchanted" teapot cocktails and host a game of flamingo croquet while revelers paint the roses red and cautiously consumer "Eat Me" cakes. They'll also be put to the test in solving wacky riddles just like Alice to avoid the Queen of Hearts who will inevitably order guards: "Off with her head!" This 90-minute alternate reality experience in Wonderland, which is currently in Denver, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, costs $47 per person and includes two bespoke cocktails and "Eat Me" cake.

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  • Movies
  • Greenwich Village

See some awesome film screenings, listen into cool discussion panels,and join in on career-building workshops and super-fun parties at venues throughout NYC during this week-long festival. There will be 91 film screenings from 28 countries — shorts and features, drama, romance, comedy, horror, animation, thriller, documentary, music videos and web series. The Winter Film Awards is dedicated to showcasing the amazing diversity of voices in indie film and its 2021 lineup is half made by women and 53% by or about people of color.

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  • Things to do
  • Hell's Kitchen

Photoville is back in its 10th year and the second to bring photography to every borough of
New York City.

The free, outdoor, pet-friendly photography exhibition is heading to NYC Parks — Brooklyn Bridge Park, Astoria Park, Barretto Point Park, Chelsea Park, Jackie Robinson Park, East River Promenade, St. Nicholas Park, Travers Park, Van Cortlandt Park, the South Beach Promenade — as well as Brookfield Place, the Alice Austen House (Staten Island), the Lower East Side at the Abrons Arts Center and Times Square. 

You won't want to miss this year's Photoville because it is packed with 75 exhibits outside and free online programming for photo lovers between September 18 and December 1, including panel discussions, interactive workshops, one-on-one safety clinics,  professional development opportunities with Diversify Photo and Leica Camera, Photo Wings and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

New this year is "Community Day: Photo Festival Opening" on September 18, where there will be a visual storytelling event with a family activity area by Stoop Stories, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Aperture; the Penumbra TinType Sessions; pop-up music and dance
performances by the Haiti Cultural Exchange; exhibition tours by featured artists; photo
puzzles on the lawn; a professional development educator lab; photo workshops with Leica
Camera and Adobe; a Smorgasburg pop-up; and an evening screening of 10 Under 10
enlisting the New York Times, National Geographic, Pulitzer Center, and more. Musicians from Carnegie Hall will serenade the audience with lullabies.

Highlights of this year's exhibitions include:

"1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows," by Ai Weiwei
"TAXI: Journey Through My Windows 1977-1987," by Joseph Rodriguez
"Secrets of the Whales" by Brian Skerry for National Geographic
"Bronx Life," by David Gonzalez
"Last Chapter of War in Afghanistan," by Paula Bronstein
"Rebel Vision: Black Women Photojournalists"
"Diaspora on the Frontline," by Rosem Morton

Find a full list of hours and events on Photoville's website.

  • Art
  • Greenpoint

Enter a trippy world at "Cascade," an interactive dreamworld of hypnotic projections, mind-bending paintings, and transformative patterns. In her most ambitious project to date, Los Angeles-based artist Jen Stark harnesses the intricate systems of the natural world to bring tranquility to chaos. This interactive art exhibition built into Brooklyn's venerated William Vale Hotel features 6,000 feet of interactive projections and 3-D mapped environments. Walking through Cascade, visitors will be surrounded by tantalizing visual effects and enveloping sounds. Kaleidoscopic environments showcase the artist's signature drips and cascading designs, immersing the viewer in Stark's ecosphere of kinetic and undulating patterns.

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  • Art

Staged within the heart of arts-haven Bushwick, Undercurrent is a brand-new 60,000-square-foot exhibition that bills itself as an “immersive audiovisual experience.” What does that mean? Well, visitors can expect to find interactive, multidisciplinary installations from some of the shiniest names in music, including Bon Iver, Grimes, Jorja Smith, Miguel, The 1975, Actress, and Aluna. 

Each celebrity-made piece in the three-floor exhibition touches on the climate crisis in some way through original and reactive audio. One standout piece sees R&B/pop singer Miguel create an installation that stimulates being underwater with a soundscape that reacts as you explore bleached coral reefs and witness the degradation of the ocean. Another piece sees Bon Iver reveal a three panel music video that poignantly showcases the ecological beauties and distresses on our planet. 

Visitors can also enjoy sustainably sourced farm-to-cocktail beverages, browse a curated collection of sustainable wares, and connect with various climate action causes and organizations. 

The exhibition will run at The Jefferson building, located at 455 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, from September 9 through October 3. The hours are Monday: Closed, Tuesday-Thursday: 5pm-11pm, and Friday-Sunday: 11am-11p. Tickets for timed-entry start at $45 per person (Children under 5 are free with a ticketed adult) and can be purchased at Undercurrent.world.

  • Art
  • Art

The New York Public Library has dug through its expansive and centuries-spanning archive to stage an impressive free exhibition filled with cultural artifacts. Launching this week, 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. It opens on September 24.

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  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

Nationally-recognized comedy show, UpDating, is finally returning to the stage after a long year away. Deal with your dating hang-ups front and center at this live romantic experiment. Two New Yorkers will be paired on-stage for a blind date, and you get to join in on the magic (or the meltdown). The show comes from NY-Based Comedian Brandon Berman and Dating Blogger Harrison Forman. For more details you can check out UpDating's Instagram @updatingshow.

  • Museums
  • Fashion and costume
  • Prospect Park

The Brooklyn Museum is giving The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute a run for its money this year with its high fashion exhibit featuring the House of Dior. "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" thoroughly explores the high fashion history of The House of Dior, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when the brand's namesake Christian Dior founded the label.

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  • Art
  • Astoria

The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum are showcasing a collaborative exhibition with Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis of the Greece- and New York-based studio Objects of Common Interest. Works by Petaloti and Trampoukis, who take an intuitive approach to object and space making inspired by “moments of unfamiliar simplicity,” are interspersed within The Noguchi Museum’s garden and first-floor permanent installation.

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  • Art
  • Art

Andy Warhol's photography is getting its own exhibit at Fotografiska this fall that will showcase more than 120 images, 20 of which have never been shown to the public before. "Andy Warhol: Photo Factory," opening September 10, will pay homage to Warhol’s New York City studio and give viewers an inside look at his life and work. They'll come to understand how he experimented with photography and how it served as a springboard for his iconic silkscreen paintings, commissioned portraits, and commercial work.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

New York's sartorial street photography hasn't been the same since Bill Cunningham passed away in 2016, leaving a blue workman-jacket-sized hole in the fashion scene. This fall, a new exhibit will honor the late photographer, with an exhibit highlighting his career and most popular work. Experience the Times of Bill Cunningham will bring the photographer’s six-decade-long career to life, exploring his work capturing everyday New Yorkers and celebrities like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Anna Wintour, all on the streets of Manhattan. The exhibit is inspired by The Times of Bill Cunningham, the documentary by filmmaker Mark Bozek, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, and currently streaming on several platforms.  This exhibit is far more than a photography retrospective. Immersive experiences include a staircase where visitors’ outfits will be digitally transformed into one-of-a-kind fashion statements worthy of a Cunningham photo. An ever-changing gallery will highlight the links between fashion trends captured by Cunningham and today’s current street styles. The bi-level, 18,000-square-foot exhibit will also feature large-scale reproductions of Cunningham’s most iconic photos, video and audio interviews, and important artifacts like Cunningham’s bicycle and his trademark blue jacket.

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Enjoy "We Fixed It!" a comedy variety show produced by Peter Grosz, Vivek Netrakanti and Shenuque Tissera with a showcase of voices from diverse backgrounds (Gus Constantellis, Negin Farsad, Girls With Brown Hair, Vanessa Jackson and Nolawee Mengist) in true variety show format: performing standup, sketch, improv, and experimental comedy at Littlefield (635 Sackett Street in Brooklyn). Tickets are $12 for the show on September 15 at 8pm.

  • Shopping
  • Shopping & Style

The Museum at FIT's "Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion," explores "how the rose has influenced the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize" with over 130 rose-centric garments, accessories and more. The first major exhibit in the space since the museum closed in March 2020, "Ravishing" will run through November 28. Luxurious, hand-woven and embroidered 18th-century silks, 1960s-era stilettos, 1980s Halston gowns, contemporary gender-neutral catwalk trends and more are featured in the galleries. Photographs will also illustrate and amplify the various uses of roses in multiple forms, to inspire fashion throughout the centuries. Items were selected from the MFIT's world-class collection and also include a large group of hats, many of which are displayed publicly for the first time. The garments and accessories are curated and interpreted in the context of themes such as love, beauty, sex, sin, gendered identities, rites of passage, transgression, degradation, and death.

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  • Comedy
  • Musical
  • Chelsea

If you think about it, history is a bit like a word in a Rick Ross rhyme: It tends to repeat itself. That’s not the only thing history and rap have in common at this hilarious show, inspired by that other hip-hop musical. Hip-hop improv group North Coast invites audience members to suggest a favorite historical figure—be it Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bea Arthur or beyond—then its members perform a fully improvised and factually accurate musical based on that person’s life.

  • Art
  • Art

Fans of British street artist Banksy, rejoice! "Banksy Expo: Genius or Vandal?," a new immersive exhibit featuring a ton of the artist's work, is open! It features over 80 "genuine and certified works belonging to private collections" alongside a "virtual reality experience through the artist's career, created especially for this event." The entire shindig lasts between 60 to 80 minutes and is appropriate for guests of all ages. Let's be honest: they had us at "Banksy."

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

A new Flushing bakery has introduced New York's latest hybrid dessert trend: The Croffle. The waffle-shaped croissant hails from South Korea, where it was a pre-pandemic fad in Seoul, and is now available at the new bakery, Croffle House, in Queens. Croffle House's creations include a croffles with strawberries or cubed mango with whipped cream, Nutella banana croffles, croffles with maple syrup and a basil pesto croffle served with crushed pepper.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

A new food truck designed for dogs is spreading joy and dog-safe beer throughout New York. Woofbowl, a Brooklyn-based business, launched this summer to cater to New York's dogs in a fun new way, serving dog-safe fast food that's both adorable and nutritious. The brightly colored truck parks outside parks and dog-friendly areas, serving GMO-free, all-natural, cooked from scratch meals and treats. On Woofbowl's summer menu is a burger made from grass-fed beef and topped with organic veggies, chicken nuggets with plant-based micronutrients, a goat milk ice cream doughnut, CBD-infused oat cookie "munchies" and sides like sweet potato fries and banana chips. WoofBrew Lite, a non-alcoholic nutritious drink for dogs, made with chicken and beef broth (for joint health!) is also on tap to chase it all down. Allergens and nutrition info are provided for the entire menu, so dogs with special diets can come prepared. 

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Starting this week, you can throw axes while you drink craft beer and munch on some of Industry City's finest food. Stumpy's Hatchet House, NYC's newest axe-throwing venue, is opening at Industry City on September 2. Set across 12,000 rustic square feet, the new venue will have 14 (socially-distanced) throwing pits with two targets each. Throwers get their own coach to teach them how to throw safely and lead games among teams. If axe-throwing isn't your speed or you've finished up your set and want to keep playing, Stumpys also has foosball, cornhole, shuffleboard and giant Jenga surrounded by TV screens playing major sporting events.

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Great Jones Distilling Co. opened to the public on August 21, as Manhattan's first and only legal whiskey distillery in over 100 years. Over six years in the making, the 28,000 square foot venue will feature a fully functioning distillery, a tasting room and several drinking and dining venues, including an underground speakeasy and full restaurant to open this fall. The menus are heralded by Executive Chef Adam Raksin, who formerly worked at Per SeVisitors can book several different experiences, including a tour detailing the whiskey making process ($35), a culinary cocktail pairing experience ($145) and a hands-on mixology class ($110). The craft whiskey made at Great Jones starts with grains sourced exclusively from New York state. Exclusive bourbon and rye is available only at the distillery. 

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  • Art
  • Art

The New York Public Library has dug through its expansive and centuries-spanning archive to stage an impressive free exhibition filled with cultural artifacts. Launching this week, 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. Some standouts from the 250+ items in the free exhibition include: Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence; the stuffed animals that belonged to the real-life Christopher Robin and inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories; Virginia Woolf’s walking stick, as well as a letter from her husband Leonard Woolf to her longtime lover Vita Sackville-West documenting its discovery following her suicide; the set model for the Off-Broadway production of In The Heights; the 1811 Commissioners’ Map and Survey of Manhattan Island—a preliminary grid plan for the city’s future growth; and a copy of the formal invitation to Edith Wharton’s wedding. The exhibition is free, but timed tickets are required and can be reserved in advance at nypl.org/treasures. The exhibition is expected to be a dynamic experience—new items will be removed and added in over time.

  • Art
  • Art

Have you herd? The CowParade is back! New York City is playing host to 78 painted fiberglass cows—now through September 30—each of which is uniquely and vibrantly designed by artists such as Cey Adams, Lady Pink and The Love Child, and big names and groups like Neil Patrick Harris, Zac Posen, FIT, Macy's and Moulin Rouge! The Musical! They can be found in eight "pastures" across the boroughs—Industry City (Brooklyn), Hudson Yards (Manhattan), the New York Hall of Science (Queens), Bronx Community College (Bronx), National Lighthouse Museum (Staten Island), Rockaways Beach (The Rockaways), and Macy’s at 34th Street and Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street. 

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  • Museums
  • Central Park

The Jewish Museum's new exhibit explores the subject of art looting during World War II, focusing on the Nazi's theft of artwork and the journey these some 1 million works (And 2.5 million books) took as they traveled through distribution centers, sites of recovery, and networks of collectors, before, during, and after the war. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and Judaica that survived this traumatic period of violence and upheaval against tremendous odds. By tracing the fascinating timelines of individual objects as they passed through hands and sites, their myriad stories will be brought forward, often in dialogue with archival documents and photographs that connect them to history.

Afterlives will include works by major artists that were looted from Jewish collections during the war as well as treasured pieces of Judaica. Rare examples of Jewish ceremonial objects from destroyed synagogues; works by such renowned artists as Pierre Bonnard, Marc Chagall, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Paul Klee, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Camille Pissarro, among others; and rarely seen archival photographs and documents will all be on view. 

  • Art
  • Astoria

Socrates Sculpture Park's newest exhibition is a solo show featuring Guadalupe Maravilla’s "Planeta Abuelx," rooted in ancestral and Indigenous practices of holistic healing. It expands upon the idea of Mother Earth by paying homage to our elders as not only a vulnerable group lost to COVID-19 but as keepers of curative ancestral knowledge passed down through generations.

"Retablo Billboard" first greets visitors to the park as a devotional painting made with Daniel Vilchis, a fourth-generation Mexican artist whom the artist met when retracing his migration. The painting depicts the casting process used to create the "Disease Thrower" sculptures (below), along with some of the symbolic materials that are part of the installation, including twisting gourds and ears of corn in the ancestral/medicinal garden.

"Tripa Chuca" is hard to miss—a tall sculpture paired with two separate lines on the earth that create an ephemeral ground drawing plays on a game from Maravilla's childhood called "rotting guts" where players simultaneously draw lines that never touch. The lines, which represent two individual life journeys, are located inside a circle of medicinal plants.

"Disease Throwers (#13, #14) Installation," surround "Tripa Chuca" and reflect experiences of illness and migration. The towering, totemic, twisting forms recall coral formations and are constructed primarily from recycled aluminum-cast water-expanding gel beads and stainless steel tubing. The sculptures feature two large gongs activated during sound baths and various symbolic elements, including cast fruits, vegetables, decorative dishes, and other aluminum parts relating to the artist’s personal healing journey. These two shrine-like, instrumental structures create the central element of the exhibition’s altar-space.

The previously mentioned medicinal garden is part of this installation and includes roses, tobacco and various healing plants and the Three Sisters (corn, squash, beans) that are interspaced with twisting aluminum wires installed to protect the plant beds and as a reference to sacred medicinal plants as well as the artist’s own braided hair, which was cut off as part of a ritual at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As part of the exhibition, Maravilla has been offering a series of healing sound baths via portable octagonal steel holders that secure additional gongs played by the artist and sound healers. An aluminum fire pit at the center of the installation is also utilized during sound bath activations. The next one is on August 22 and again on September 4 at 6pm. 

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Real New Yorkers are on the constant search for cool places to drink coffee — and a new Chelsea Market spot delivers. Day Drinks, a coffee and tea bar that dubs itself "a bar without alcohol" has officially opened in the food hall. Born from a conversation between the founders of artisan coffee roaster Pulley Collective and specialty coffee shop Ninth Street Espresso, which has been inside Chelsea Market for years, Day Drinks aims to redefine the coffee bar experience. Here, guests can order from extensive, locally sourced coffee and tea lists, as well as pick from kegged beverages including on-tap espressos, nitro coffees, sparkling teas, and botanicals. Everything is roasted, brewed, and carbonated on site, meaning that expert bartenders can then work directly with taps and ingredients, and tailor drinks specifically to each customer’s exact tastes, just like at a cocktail bar. By making everything on-site, Day Drinks also has an almost neutral carbon footprint.

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Workers and tourists near Rockefeller Center have a new, very large, friend in their midst. Right outside 30 Rock, an 18-foot-tall bronze sculpture by renowned street artist KAWS stands alone. The sculpture, titled "SHARE," is actually two pieces in one — "COMPANION" and "BFF" — and is meant to convey emotions many of us have been feeling these days, according to Rockefeller Center officials. To us, the expression on "COMPANION" evokes the fear, sadness and isolation we've felt this past year and a half. But we see the smaller piece, "BFF," clutched his hand, reminding us of the comfort we seek.

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Roosevelt Island, the storied former home to NYC's smallpox hospital and insane asylum, has its first-ever rooftop bar and lounge open to the public. Panorama Room is now open atop the newly opened Graduate Roosevelt Island hotel on the southern end of the island and 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. Designed by James Beard Award-winning design firm Parts and Labor Design, Panorama Room is visually dramatic. Its palatial vibes are set by luxurious velvet vintage-inspired tubular lounge sofas, chrome and marble touches, mosaic tile columns and its giant, tubular acrylic chandeliers that hover above the massively long bar. It's not only luxe but it's somehow simultaneously futuristic and retro. 

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Next stop for your cross-continental taste buds: Indian-Mexican fare by restaurateur PriaVanda Chouhan. Eight years ago, Chouhan launched the popular Indian street food concept Desi Galli in Kips Bay, and now, at her second location in Alphabet City, she is adding a full sit-down tasting menu experience with Desi Garden. Originally, Desi Galli's fast-casual concept was envisioned in order to satisfy the New York Desi community's desire for Indian soul food. During the pandemic, however, Chouhan recognized that many of her regular customers were craving more experiences that extended beyond her typical fast-casual menu. This year, she decided to pivot into a full-service restaurant to reach her clientele, and Desi Garden was born.

 

  • Art
  • Public art
  • Brooklyn Heights

A new, reflective and immersive artwork has been installed in DUMBO at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Park section. "Rehearsal" by Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser is made up of five large-scale geometric sculptures clad with hand-painted glazed tiles, panels featuring photographs of New York City in the 1980s and '90s and Roman and Greek antiquities, and mirror-polished stainless steel. They range in height from 7 to 13 feet and are encased in more than 1,000 warm and cool-toned clay tiles that were hand-painted by the artist in her Berlin studio.

The installation is meant to give passersby a moment of reflection and see themselves in the reflective artwork as "actors in their own urban narrative" as it is located at the iconic terminus of Washington Street, where the Manhattan Bridge frames the Empire State Building. 

"Wieser is acutely aware that the sculptures will become part of the landscape of the city for a time and wanted to create a powerful synergy with the bustling surroundings of DUMBO. Building a dialogue between the public and the sculptures is an integral part of Rehearsal," says Public Art Fund Associate Curator Katerina Stathopoulou. "Parkgoers will activate the works by touching, resting, and seeing themselves and the city reflected as they weave their way through the constellation of sculptures."

The sculptures were made with the public in mind — to provide an opportunity for escape, respite, and connection as we re-emerge into our shared world. It'll be on through April 17, 2022 at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Park section.

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Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes From Stage and Screen is set to open August 5 and run through September 26. The unique attraction, displaying over 100 designs, will feature a 20,000-square-foot immersive set within the heart of Times Square at 234 West 42nd Street. The show aims to not only provide visitors with a behind-the-scenes stage and screen experience but also play a major role in New York’s ongoing revitalization. Showstoppers! will “pull back the curtain on the hundreds of costuming experts who create, supply and care for them, and infuse much-needed vitality back into the Theatre District,” organizers behind the exhibition wrote in a press release. All proceeds will raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund, which first launched last year with a goal of raising over $20,000 for out-of-work members. Visitors can expect to see costumes from some of the best Broadway shows from recent years. The confirmed displays include outfits from A Soldier’s Play, Aladdin, Chicago, Come From Away, The Cher Show, Dear Evan Hansen, Frozen, Golden Child, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Lion King, Moulin Rouge!, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Phantom of the Opera, Six and Wicked.

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  • Flatiron

The Museum of Sex always has something exciting going on behind closed doors. "Super Funland: Journey into the Erotic Carnival" is back and better than ever with its 4-D immersive “Tunnel of Love” ride, the Love & Lust Deity Derby game, an erotic fortune-telling machine (modeled as RuPaul), a kissing booth, the Glory Stall game, an immersive "Stardust Lane - the Erogenous Kaleidoscope," an erotic mechanical bull and a lit-up climbing structure, "The Climbx," and more. Then when it's time to take the edge off, visitors can slide down a spiral slide into the Museum’s psychedelic carnival bar, Lollipop Lounge, for cocktails. 

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One White Street spans three stories at the storied address 1 White Street, which was the theoretical site of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Nutopian Embassy in 1973. Each floor has its own separate dining room with its own open kitchen. The space is neutrally hued, lined in pale wood and has pops of blue throughout. The first floor is designated for walk-ins and seats 23. The second and third floors are reservations-only. The opening menu includes chilled foie gras with peaches, plums and hazelnut, grilled monkfish, glazed gnocchi and a 60-day-aged strip loin. Ingredients are sourced from Rigor Hill Farm in the Hudson Valley, and wine selections from small, sustainability-oriented makers reflect those locally-grown goods. The downstairs menu is à la carte and a $148 six-course tasting menu will be available upstairs.

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Two piano men battle it out to prove who is truly the master of all 88 keys. Every Tuesday night at 7pm, play Name That Tune for a chance at $50 in cash and other prizes. There's a new theme each week. Tickets are at bit.ly/SRRshows

On Wednesday nights at 7pm, try your hand at Piano Bingo, an interactive, all-request event. Every song checks a box and every game has a winner! There's $100 in prizes every week. Get your game card at bit.ly/SRRshows. 

Shows broadcast on facebook.com/SRRPianos and youtube.com/asongulove.

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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.

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  • 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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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.

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  • Cabaret and standards
  • 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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  • City Life

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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  • Art

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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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.

 

  • 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.

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  • Battery Park City
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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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  • 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). 

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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.

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  • 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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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.

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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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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!

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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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  • Comedy
  • 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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  • 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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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.

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  • 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 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.

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  • 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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  • 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 every Monday. The $10 ticket includes two scoops of delicious ice cream!

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  • 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.

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  • Stand-up
  • 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!

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  • 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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  • 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. 

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  • 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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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
  • Williamsburg

Catch a free comedy show at Gerti's covered back patio. Comedians Natasha Vaynblat (Comedy Central), CJ Hunt (The Daily Show), and James Hamilton (the Moth) host this weekly standup show full of NYC's best comedians, including Kenice Mobley (Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Dylan Adler (Hulu), Ashley Brooke Roberts (NPR's Ask Me Another) and Sam Evans (Just for Laughs). Gertie will be releasing a brand new menu of bar snacks and drinks for the event.

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  • Restaurants
  • 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.

  • Restaurants
  • 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.

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  • Things to do
  • 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.

  • Art
  • 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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  • 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).

  • Things to do
  • City Life

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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  • Things to do
  • City Life

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. 

 

  • Art
  • Contemporary art
  • 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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  • 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." 

  • Art
  • Art

Geometric Properties: An Immersive Audio-Visual Journey Through Fractal Dimensions,” is the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis’ work to come to NYC. Previously, his work has been featured in Manchester by the Sea and through collaborations with musical artists like ODESZA, Meshuggah and Birds of Paradise. He uses fractals to create alternate science fiction-like realities using visual art and motion graphics, and they are a real trip, to say the least. The digital art destination on Manhattan’s west side (it’s literally located in Chelsea Market’s former boiler room) is opening the new show on March 1, and it will be on view through September 6. If you want to stop by and check out the endless geometric iterations and fractional dimensions for yourself—you frickin' fractal freak you—tickets cost $24 for adults and $17 for children. (Pro tip: New York and New Jersey residents receive a $5 discount on tickets on weekdays.)

 

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  • Art
  • Art

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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Fall in NYC is everything you could hope for in a season. First, the city gets delightfully spooky for Halloween. With thrilling Halloween events and Halloween festivals happening in every borough, it’s easy to get in the spirit of things! Aside from pumpkins and funky costumes though, you can keep the autumn excitement going by leaf peeping around the city, warming up with whiskey, parades, virtual parties and so much more. Autumn in NYC is tough to match!

  • Things to do

'Tis the season to get spooky! But beyond the best Halloween events, but there are also plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2020. Use our events calendar to plan the quintessential month for leaf peeping and spotting fall foliage, pumpkin picking and more things to do in fall.

Kick off fall with some epic cultural events, you don't want to miss happening like Open House New York, Oktoberfest and new haunted pop-up drive throughs.

 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2020

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  • Things to do

2020 has been scary enough, but we're throwing the spookiness into high gear for Halloween this month. Typically, October is filled with costumed parties, jump scares at haunted houses, corn mazes and parades, but this year will be a little different. For one, the Village Halloween Parade is canceled, and it's likely most of the city's regularly scheduled scary haunts will be as well given the current pandemic. That being said, there are still quite a few things still taking place, and with Halloween (finally) taking place on a Saturday, it'll be easier to celebrate. Don't bother breaking out your sewing kit, New York's greatest Halloween stores have plenty of options to make you look really spooky. Make sure to check out our NYC events in October too for even more activities to finish off the month in killer spirits. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC

  • Things to do

Want to know what’s happening in New York today, this weekend or in the coming months? Use our NYC events calendar 2020 as your guide to find the best things to do in the fall, winter and spring. Major events to look forward to this time of year include The Village Halloween Parade, Oktoberfest and the best places to see fall foliage in the city. Ready to unleash your inner culture vulture? Peep our top picks for the best art shows and concerts this year. All you need to do is buy the tickets!

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