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The best things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend include the holiday lights and markets and more

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you're the group planner searching for more things to do in NYC today, or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list for this weekend. See the beautiful holiday lights at the Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and New York Botanical Garden and more. There's much to do—all you have to do is scroll down to plan your weekend!

And don't forget to bring your proof of vaccination with you. Most indoor settings require it.

RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in NYC

Things to do in NYC this weekend

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Just in case the myriad of private heated domes and cabins that are constantly popping up around town for the winter aren't enough, here is a new option for you: the glasshouses overlooking the East River at Watermark Winter Wonderland at Pier 15 in downtown Manhattan are now up and running. Once you get to the destination—which is a huge, 7,500-square-foot waterfront venue—you'll walk through a beautiful illuminated tunnel before entering one of the many cozy private glasshouses, which you can reserve right here. In addition to the phenomenal views of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Williamsburg bridges, guests will delight in trying out the delicious cheese fondue, perhaps, or order the build-your-own-s'mores dish. We do also suggest warming up with the spiked hot chocolate or some cider. Last but not least, you'll notice a jumbo screen on premise, where holiday movies will be screening all season long. 

 

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Dubbed Frostbite Follies Holiday Tour, this series by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus heads to Brownsville and Astoria this weekend but is set to tour around town in the upcoming weeks as well. Performed parade-style on top of flatbed trucks, the free shows aim to cater to local areas lacking arts programming or hit hard by the pandemic. In addition to the calliope wagon blasting out authentic circus music, onlookers will get to see acrobats in action, jugglers and wire walkers doing their thing, aerial acts and, of course, a whole lot of clowns.

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  • Bars
  • Little Italy

Feliz Coctelería—the colorful, immersive holiday pop-up by The Garret Bars that debuted last year—is officially back for the season. Taking up residence inside of The Garret Coctelería at 349 Broome Street, the Latin-inspired pop-up boasts eclectic ornaments, twinkling lights, colorful textiles and, of course, a festive menu of limited-edition holiday cocktails that are served in seasonal glassware that you'll want to take home. Sip on a Rose & Lenny (babka-infused Slivovitz, cream of coconut, clove, cardamom, turmeric and lime) from a Santa mug while gazing at the large palm trees adorned with Christmas lights all throughout the space. Or, perhaps, take in the traditional snowflake paper chains and Christmas trees lining the walls while drinking a Lump of Coal (blackberry, mint, mango butter, black sesame, tequila, lime, egg white and Chilean red wine) from a snowflake cup.

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  • Markets and fairs

The Renegade Craft Fair, which is free and open-to-the-public, takes place from 11am-5pm on Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, at the Brooklyn Expo Center located at 72 Noble Street in Brooklyn with more than 200 artisans are hawking the freshest trends, ranging from jewelry and pottery to artwork and home décor. There will also be craft activities, DJ sets and more. When the shopping fatigue sets in, hit the on-site food trucks for some grub. For more details, check out the craft fair's website.

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  • Dance
  • Contemporary and experimental
  • Fort Greene

Annie-B Parson's avant-garde dance-theater company, founded in 1991, performs a new evening-length work inspired by Guy de Cointet's Five Sisters (with a nod to other texts including Chekhov's Three Sisters). The show, which looks at selfish consumerism, is set in Los Angeles in 1980; the all-female cast performs to experimental electronic music by Holly Herndon.

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  • Markets and fairs
  • Chelsea

Get your fill of witchy gifts, morbid curiosities, medical history ephemera, insect jewelry, taxidermy and more at this fabulously grisly marketplace curated by collector and osteologist Ruan Matthew Cohn and his wife and executive producer Regina Marie Cohn. Shop from vendors like (EYEBA) Oddball Oddity, Miss Havisham Curiosities, Brooklyn Taxidermy, Morbid Curiosities, Phoenix Botanicals, Acid Queen Jewelry, Papermoon Gallery, White Witch, Rebels & Outlaws, Deadskull Curio, 3 Ring Traveling Apothecary, This Shit Blinks, Love Lorn Lingerie, Last Rites Vintage, Crooked Teeth Keys, Feather And Foxglove, Krampus Store, Ellipsis Rare Books, Weird Rites & Godless Revels and many more.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

A new, more 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." 

  • Art
  • Art

Lovers of art: the Flatiron is home to a new, only-in-NYC piece that is sure to delight you. "Interwoven" is a new interactive installation by design firm Atelier Cho Thompson now on display in the Flatiron North Public Plaza on Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street. The piece, which seeks to celebrate the joys involved in being able to physically interact again, is the winner of the annual Flatiron Plaza Holiday Design Competition and will stay put through January 2, 2022. The experience is made up of backlit papers that are hung on a grid and invite those walking by to share their response to the prompt: "I dream of a world where together we can..." According to an official press release regarding the installation, the specific prompt was selected by Youth Fellows from the People's Bus NYC, a community-led, intergenerational initiative that focuses on engaging people in the city's civic life "through beauty and joy."

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  • Things to do

The fourth annual holiday market at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is officially happening this weekend (December 4 and 5, between NOON and 5pm) in Building 77 at 141 Flushing Avenue. This year's happening is focusing on three different themes: shopping, eating and making—so do expect the over 25 local vendors that will take up temporary residence here to be selling the sorts of products that fall into those categories. Some of the Brooklyn-based companies expected at the fair include The Brooklyn Roasting Company, Kings County Distillery, Melanie Martinho, Carrie Bilbo Jewelry, Refoundry and MoNoCo Design. On Sunday only, patrons will be treated to a slew of family-friendly activities as well, including a pop-up ice skating rink, a book giveaway, a festive card making program and gingerbread cookie decorating events, among other experiences.  The market itself is completely free to attend and open to the public but the organizers do encourage everyone to RSVP right here.

 

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  • Queens

Jamaica, Queens' annual three-day celebration is back with food vendors, an artisan holiday winter village, Christmas displays, a million-light parade, the largest Christmas tree lighting in Queens (on Friday night) as well as Santa and toy giveaways (on Saturday), live musical and dance performances and much more. The million-light Parade on Rockaway will take place on Sunday, starting on 130th street and Rockaway Blvd.

 

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11. French Holiday Market

Sip and nibble on French-inspired drinks and snacks as you shop from local French artisans at Coucou French Classes' and French Wink's holiday market at 253 Centre Street on December 3 (6-9pm). Vendors will include Bio Milk probiotic French skincare, France Dubin bilingual books, French DNA beauty products from La Canopee and Nividiskin, French Wink brand marinieres, berets, candles, Merci Bisous adorable goods for children, Monet candles, Nutu beauty products, Parfum de Paris,  Pompon de Brest fine chocolates, Sophie M candies, biscuits, sweet treats and more. This market is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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  • Events & Festivals

After the year(s) we've just had, you probably have a whole lot of wishes you'd like the universe to know about. Why not let them out in a very New York way? The New Year's Eve Wishing Wall is back in Times Square, urging New Yorkers to write their wishes for the upcoming year on pieces of confetti that will then be blasted through the sky at midnight on New Year's Eve as the ball drops. You'll find the wall at the Broadway plazas between 42nd and 47th Street every day this month through December 29 from 11am to 8pm (except for Christmas Day). For precaution, hand sanitizer and masks will be available on premise. 

 

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Celebrate with a night of yuletide tunes by Jewish composers, performed with a twist, sung by mezzo-soprano Donna Breitzer, Cantor Joshua Breitzer, baritone Joshua Jeremiah, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb, tenor Alex Mansoori, and soprano Lauren Worsham. Steven Blier will join as pianist and host together with clarinetist Alan R. Kay with songs like Frank Loesser’s "Baby It’s Cold Outside" to Jay Livingston and Ray Evans’ "Silver Bells." Single tickets are $40 at http://nyfos.org/21-22season.

Miracle Saturday combines philanthropy for children-in-need with in-store programming at NYC's premiere flagship boutiques and businesses on Madison Avenue, which will donate 20% of the day's sales to benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric initiatives. There will be holiday street activities for the whole family of shoppers to enjoy and in-store experiences on Madison Avenue, between 57th and 86th Streets between 10am and 5pm.

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BIPOC Holiday Marketplace at Essex Market
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15. BIPOC Holiday Marketplace at Essex Market

Shop from artists and makers from the BIPOC community at this two-day holiday marketplace at Essex Market on December 4-5 (11am-5pm). Aside from shopping, you can sit in a conversation with social media strategist Camp Coconut known for their work Refinery 29, Instagram, Kith, and more on how to level up your small business on social media. Swing by for a drink and great music, take photos in the photo booth, meet some amazing people, enter a raffle and more at the Market's first-ever BIPOC Holiday Marketplace thanks to Serendipitous Project, Sweet Reason and The Pushcart Presents.

Don't miss multimedia show "Renewal" that'll combine contemporary music, comic illustration, and performance art with headlining artist, Kinga Augustyn, who will perform a unique program of unaccompanied solo violin music by Astor Piazzolla, Icli Zitella, and Grażyna Bacewicz. Iktus Percussion along with the Purchase Contemporary Ensemble (PCE) will perform works by Elizabeth Hoffman and Angélica Negrón. Resonant Refractions (RR) will perform works by James Diaz, Mohammed Fairouz, Linus Ip, & Moon Young Ha. Performance artist Yunray will present "Farewell to Myself" which consists of a long see-through container with soil in it with chanting and prayer. Hazel Newlevant will be showing original art from their graphic novella Sugar Town. Brooklyn DJ FLO-PILOT will bookend the show. Advanced tickets are $15 for students and $25 in general (includes 1 complimentary drink).

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TALEA Hosts Holiday Bazaar
Photograph: Sydney Butler Photography

17. TALEA Hosts Holiday Bazaar

On Sunday, December 5th Talea Beer Co. will be hosting a Holiday Market Bazaar with mulled wine served in TALEA camper mugs, local vendors including Word Bookstore, Sphagnum Swamp Plants, Finn Vintage, StuyDyed tie dye, Kathryn Fiona Lindsay ceramics, Holiday Wreaths by New Growth Gardens, Red and Kat Vintage, and M Plus Project Handmade Crafts. 

Brooklyn’s premier Dolly Parton cover band will be covering the country queen's hidden gems from 1970, when she released five albums, and of course classics like "I Will Always Love You" and "9 to 5!" The fun happens Friday, December 3, at the Cutting Room club and lounge. Tickets are $20-25.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

There is no shortage of beautiful ice rinks in New York—but there's obviously always room for more, which is why we welcome the new rink at Manhattan West with open arms (and skates on our feet). The beautiful ice skating destination is the centerpiece of the 2.5-acre public plaza at the new mixed-use development on the west side of town, Manhattan West, where dining destinations like Ci Siamo, Zou Zou's, Jajaja, Café Grumpy and Umami Burger have already taken up residence. The space is also home to Midnight Theatre, a contemporary variety theater that combines experiences related to Broadway, the comedy world and even magic.

 

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The colorful lanterns created by the LAB at Rockewell Group are officially back at Brookfield Place for the season.

Open daily now through January 2, 2022 between 10am and 8pm, visitors will be able to send a motion-activated wish into the glowing lanterns up above. There's something simply magical about sending our wishes into a light-filled display of beauty. 

The destination will also be hosting a special new interactive experience titled Maestro this year. From 10am through 8pm on December 4-7, 11-12 and 16-19, visitors will actually get to conduct their own symphony. Holiday music will play in the background while patrons use gesture-controlled instruments to create unique light shows.

Finally, now through January 2, 2022, visitors will be treated to a special light show at the top of every hour set to a variety of songs, including "Winter Wonderland" by Michael Bublé, "Carol of the Bells" by The Bird and The Bee, "Silver Bells" by Tony Bennett and "Let It Snow" by the Pentatonix.

Basically, expect to be amazed by a beautiful show of light and music at just about any time you visit this holiday season.

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  • Attractions
  • The Bronx

The Bronx Zoo’s sparkling seasonal celebration featuring animated lights and LED displays of animals from around the world is back this year. Expect the zoo to have close to 260 animal lanterns across geographically representative "lantern safaris" from various corners of the world. Wind your way around the zoo's five trails—Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Oceans—to see glowing animals from each continent. On the Africa trail, you'll see giraffes, cheetahs, zebras, lions, lemurs, gorillas, okapi, African gray parrots, and chimpanzees. On the Latin America trail, you can say "hello" to macaws, jaguars, crocodiles, and flamingos, plus all-new guanacos, puma, elephant seals, anaconda, river turtles, and spider monkeys. On the Ocean trail, you'll go "under the sea" of lights and see penguins, sea turtles, dolphins, corals, sea lions, spotted rays, and nurse sharks. Not only that, but there will be a new Forest of Color with 21 all-new larger-than-life lanterns representing toads, frogs, snails, sunbirds, turtles, moths, butterflies, and more. Across the whole experience, there are 79 new lanterns representing 30 new animal species. There is also holiday-themed music throughout the experience, live ice carvings, costumed characters, stilt walkers, a holiday train, a wildlife theater, souvenirs and seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores that you can roast and assemble yourself!

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  • City Life

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is bringing a gorgeous, new after-dark illuminated spectacular to its grounds in November. Between November 19 and January 9, visitors to BBG will be able to walk through the Cathedral of Light tunnel, a Fire Garden on Lily Pool Terrace, a Field of Light and an animated light installation covering Cherry Esplanade (and visible from the Robert W. Wilson Overlook). Colorful light displays highlighting the garden’s trees, landscapes, and architecture with more than 18 distinct works of light art and a series of light-based artworks by local artists will be installed in the Plant Family Collection. "Lightscape" is coming to BBG in partnership with Sony Music. It was launched at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London in 2014 and has sold out year after year across the U.K. and in Chicago. This is currently the only East Coast Lightscape (lucky, us!). Lightscape tickets, which are $34 and $18 for children under 12, must be purchased in advance and time slots may sell out. 

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  • Shopping
  • Union Square

One of NYC's best holiday markets is returning in November after a year away. The Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market, the alfresco, European-style winter market with more than 150 local and national vendors is back. This year, expect to see New York Ukrainian favorite Veselka, Breezy Hill Orchard Cider and Piccolo Cafe as well as handcrafted art and wares include first-time vendor eMCee Apparel who will showcase her own twist on Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired art with apparel that pays tribute to hip-hop icons as well as returning vendor Dash of Pep, a boutique creating unique apparel, accessories, and stationery promoting mental health, self-expression, and empowerment. Nick Heller (@NewYorkNico) will have his own booth that'll showcase Gizmo Vintage, Challah Dolly, Prince Peacock, Em and Ahr, and Dan’s Parents House for one week each.

24. Japanese Artisans & Makers Market

Go to Industry City (Building 5) to shop at IPPIN PROJECT's pop-up shop with made-in-Japan products from popular Japanese artists' vessels, tableware, design miscellaneous goods, as well as original furniture and Japanese wreaths. Stop in December 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19 between 11am and 6pm. Open by appointment on weekdays (347-515-0230).

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Musical improv supergroup Baby Wants Candy is back in NYC after a sold-out open-run at UCB NY with a special Holiday Themed Improvised Musical Show on November 6. The audience will suggest themes and topics and Baby Wants Candy will put on an entire musical. "Witness the plot of The 40 Year Old Virgin Mary - pulled out of thin air. Behold the beauty of theater as I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus comes to life in front of your eyes. Marvel at the (ahem) highbrow holiday spontaneous genius conjured from the ether at shows like The Skidmark Christmas Special, The Hand that Rocks the Dreidel, and of course I Heart Maccabees–or whatever title the audience suggests." Tickets are $20.

  • Movies
  • Animation

Despite crossing half the globe, Amin Nawabi, the Afghan refugee at the heart of this deeply compassionate, mournful and strikingly original animation, sees virtually none of it. His world encompasses shipping containers, the dank hulls of rickety boats, grim Estonian prison cells, barely-less-grim Moscow apartments, and snatched glimpses of passing cities through truck windows. Always on the move, always scared, always wondering what comes next, Amin’s reality is a bruising succession of unbearable choices – mostly made by other people. It’s one of the many paradoxes in this gut-punch adult animation – a worthy heir to Waltz with Bashir and Cartoon Saloon’s The Breadwinner – where the prices of freedom is frequently temporary imprisonment. Flee animates interviews between the real Amin (a pseudonym) and a Danish friend in his new home, Copenhagen. These sessions are part therapy, part gay coming-of-age memoir (a second, parallel journey Amin has made), part haunting testimonial to a life left behind. They’re recreated via hand-drawn animation, which lends a naturalistic tenor to his memories of growing up in middle-class Kabul, then fleeing when the Mujahideen take over: first to Russia, then the Baltic...

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

The future is here: You can now order and pick-up your skinny vanilla latte without having to take out your wallet at the very first cashierless Starbucks, located in New York. A partnership between two retail giants, the new destination is located inside an Amazon Go store on 59th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Customers get to place their orders on the Starbucks app, head to the new shop, check on the status of their drink on a digital screen, grab it from a barista and just walk out without reaching for cash or a credit card thanks to Amazon Go's "Just Walk Out" technology. In addition to the full coffee menu, expect a curated assortment of food and beverages in the Amazon market portion of the space—think snacks, pre-made salads, sandwiches, pastries and more.

  • Things to do
  • City Life

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, open now through March 6, is poised to once again be one of the most exciting attractions this season. In fact, in addition to the over 170 holiday shops, kiosks and eateries that make up the destination, the village will play host to two exciting activities for New Yorkers to revel in. First up: a series of cozy igloos that are heated and overlook the park's iconic skating rink. Inside the clear and intimate structures, each one decorated with holiday cheer in mind, patrons can order delicious food and drinks to enjoy among friends or family (each igloo can accommodate up to eight guests). If it's something a bit more active that you're looking to do, consider visiting the on-site Curling Café, which will offer the first-ever iceless curling experience. Expect dedicated curling lanes where two teams of up to four people each can play some "street" (also known as iceless) curling for an hour-and-a-half. According to an official press release, the lanes are accompanied by "a private, heated dome where teams can warm up and share seasonal drinks and bites between games."

 

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  • Movies
  • Drama

What a gloriously maddening and silly Renaissance romp this is. Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch veteran of classy camp (Elle, Basic Instinct), takes us back to a convent in seventeenth-century Italy and throws everything at the church wall, from sexed-up nuns and crazed snakes to a rampant plague, comets in the sky, religious icons-turned-sex toys, gynaecological torture tools and folk being burned at the stake. The details are wild, but the presentation as a cleanly designed, glossy French language prestige story is stately in a fairly uninteresting way. Benedetta (Virginie Efira) is the nun at its heart – a character based on fragments of a true story – whose claim to have a direct line to Jesus throws the convent and church hierarchy into a spin, not least because her claims to affect miracles run parallel with her having a passionate affair with a young female novice, Bartolomea (Daphné Patakia)...

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

The Moxy Times Square hotel’s rooftop is open year-round for drinks, food and NYC skyline views, but its 10,000-square-foot space might look a little different depending on when you visit. Magic Hour, on the hotel’s 18th floor, gets a timely refresh each season with new, Instagrammable installations. Starting Friday, November 19, Magic Hour’s Pink Rose Garden The reimagined space is lined with pink logs, and its cozy carousel section is adorned in frosted pink blooms and 25,000 faux-crystals, with seats fashioned after ski-lifts. In addition to that obvious photo-op, a flower arch crowned with pink antler chandeliers is primed for posing, and a pink gondola is nestled in matching pine trees on the rooftop’s east side. Ice skates and ersatz diamond-encrusted skis further accessorize the space. Magic Hour’s wintery cocktails include the tequila-based Double Pink Diamond and the especially apt Après Ski, with vodka, white chocolate liqueur, soy milk and mini marshmallows. Seasonal sweets like glitter-dusted ‘Pink Bling’ donut rings and cotton candy-topped s’mores stacks are also on the menu. 

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

The Ready Rooftop, which opened at the Moxy East Village earlier this year, has become Palm Holiday for the season, festooned with leafy foliage, string light-adorned palm trees, pineapple decor, shades of red and green and even frozen cocktails for the occasion. A glass retractable roof ensures temperate climes and skyline views, while beachy lounge chairs, vintage suitcases and a poolside-style photo-op complete the theme. Flocks of pink flamingos deck Christmas trees top to bottom and mini-birds garnish drinks. Timely tipples include the rum-based "Spice Spice Baby" and a frozen hot chocolate with vodka, chocolate liqueur, RumChata and whipped cream. Should you choose brews, can koozies will keep your hands warm and add some holiday cheer, with topical, reimagined phrases like “it’s the most wonderful time for a beer” and “jolly AF.” Nachos and tacos are also available. 

  • Movies
  • Science fiction

A movie that knows exactly what its audience wants and dishes it out in big ectoplasmic dollops, Ghostbusters: Afterlife manages to be full of surprises and completely unsurprising all at once. A feast of callbacks bolted onto a serviceable, if familiar, plot, it’s delivered by co-writer-director Jason Reitman – son of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II shot-caller Ivan – with enough heart to elevate it above your average franchise reboot. No doubt to the dismay of the trolls who harassed Leslie Jones and co in the wake of Paul Feig’s gender-swapping 2016 Ghostbusters, Afterlife also beats to the pulse of a female protagonist. The impressive Mckenna Grace is nebbish tween science buff Phoebe, a New Yorker dragged to a dusty, eerie corner of Oklahoma with her brother Trevor (Finn Wolfhard, amping up the obvious Stranger Things vibes) by her struggling single mum (Carrie Coon)...

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  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Midtown West

You’ll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the dazzling Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology have been introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance. Whatever faults one may find with this awesomely lavish annual pageant (it's basically a celebration of the virtues of shopping), this show has legs. And what legs! In the signature kick line that finds its way into most of the big dance numbers, the Rockettes’ 36 flawless pairs of gams rise and fall like the batting of an eyelash, their perfect unison a testament to the disciplined human form. This is precision dancing on a massive scale—a Busby Berkeley number come to glorious life—and it takes your breath away.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Things to do
  • Astoria

You can see the Grinch come to life at the Museum of the Moving Image this holiday season.

"A Wonderful, Awful Idea" features 40 sketches, animation cels and backgrounds from the extensive private collection of animation enthusiasts Bill Heeter and Kristi Correa and show what it was like adapting Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Instead of the black, white and red palatte used in the original book from 1957, animation director Chuck Jones used vivid colors in the film as well as "unparalleled character animation and comic timing, creating an utterly believable, villainous—but ultimately redeemed—Grinch that became the standard for all subsequent adaptations," MoMI says.

The made-for-television short about a grouchy curmudgeon who tries to ruin Christmas first aired by CBS in 1966. It's become an enduring holiday classic that you can celebrate at this exhibit.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

Fifth Avenue's Pulitzer Fountain has transformed into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. On Wednesday, the Fifth Avenue Association unveiled its "The Fifth Season" installation featuring 32 hand-crafted animal sculptures by Harlequin Designs in Brooklyn, 5,000 feet of lighting, a skating rink and 24 handmade icebergs surrounding the Pulitzer Fountain, all accompanied by music from composer Paul Brill. The installation builds on last year’s "Make It Bright" series of glowing oversized toys, including a teddy bear, dreidel and red truck adorning Fifth Avenue from 47th to 60th Streets.

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  • Soho

The Museum of Ice Cream is turning pink for the holidays during "Pinkmas." 

From November 18 to January 9, its 13 multi-sensory installations will burst with snowflakes, candy canes, pink trees, interactive moments, from crafting ornaments and decorating the MOIC trees, to tasting sweet treats that celebrate the season’s festive spirit. You can also hunt for the candy cane sprinkle hidden in MOIC NYC’s world-famous Sprinkle Pool for a special surprise and sing along to carols. Guests are encouraged to bring in new toys for Toys For Tots in exchange for a scoop of ice cream and encouraged to come dressed in their pinkest Pinkmas attire. 

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  • Theater
  • Circuses & magic
  • Upper West Side

After declaring bankruptcy in 2016 to widespread lamentations, the family-friendly circus came bouncing back to life at Lincoln Center a year later, and now returns for its 43nd season with an all-new show. Ringmaster and acrobat Alan Silva (America's Got Talent) presides over a spectacle that includes aerialist Nik Wallenda and his famous circus kin as well as comic daredevil Johnny Rockett, dachshund wrangler Diana Vedyashkina and an international cast of astonishing speciality artists. Philip Wm. McKinley, who presided over the post–Julie Taymor version of Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, serves as director and choreographer. (Schedules vary from week to week so be sure to check the curtain time.)

  • Movies
  • Drama

You could be forgiven for being cynical about King Richard. The extraordinary Venus and Serena Williams, two of the greatest players in women’s tennis history, here become supporting characters in a drama about their dad, Richard. Oh look, Hollywood has found a man’s story to tell. It’s to the credit of director Reinaldo Marcus Green and star Will Smith that this film makes the case for its counter-intuitive focal point. Smith’s Richard Williams is a husband, security guard and father to five over-achieving daughters with his second wife Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis). Their youngest two, Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton), have been groomed for tennis greatness according to a plan Williams drew up before they were born. His hopes seems grandiose at best, deluded at worst, as he tours tennis clubs in search of coaches, sponsors or just discarded tennis balls. But Williams keeps on, pushing his children in a way that might be hard to forgive if he didn’t push himself harder...

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  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • The Bronx

The beloved New York holiday train tradition at the New York Botanical Garden is back for its 30th year!

The garden will become a mini-train depot with its collection of 25 G-scale model trains that'll chug along a nearly half-mile track (which is also overhead) by 175 miniature NYC landmarks like the Empire State Building, Radio City Music Hall, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center—all made of natural materials such as leaves, cinnamon sticks, twigs, bark and berries. 

Tickets are on sale now for the show, which begins November 20.

  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Midtown West

Holly-Anne Devlin's evening of naughty-and-nice entertainment mixes plentiful liquor with performers from the worlds of burlesque, cirque and musical theater. Jada Temple serves as the mistress of ceremonies, Madam Lulu, joined by a rotating cast that includes Omar Edwards, Dirty Martini, LouLou D’vil, Opera Gaga, Joey Taranto, Sarah Meahl, Kristin Yancy, Alec Varcas, Megan Campbell, Lauren Mary Moore, Miss Miranda, Tansy Burlesque, Audrey Love, Bassam Kubba and Mendel Roman, Melike Konur, Làszlò Major, Mike Pugliese, Allison Schieler, Syrena, Karma Stylez, Peekaboo Pointe and contortionist Aryn. As a bonus, it's a surprisingly good deal if you like to drink: The ticket price includes an appetizer and five custom cocktails.  

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  • Art
  • The Bronx

Opening on November 10, the Bronx Museum of the Art's AIM Biennial "Bronx Calling" will showcase works that highlight the practice of everyday life in uncertain times. The 68 participating artists created works in response to multiple crises of health, grief, the environment and identity, including Yan Chen’s 8-foot-tall "High Palate" sculpture highlights the basic need of shelter by having viewers experience the intimate space of a pallet (the roof of a mouth) on an architectural scale and "All the Way to Hell" by artist Eliza Evan gives away mineral rights to a small property in Oklahoma to 1,000 people to impede the interest of oil and gas frackers. Jesse Kreuzer's work looks at current issues in American politics with a monumental 8-panel and 30-foot-long painting of a chaotic moment during a protest and Maggie Hazen’s work looks at the lost identities and voices of imprisoned girls at the Columbia Secure Center for Girls, a maximum security facility in New York’s Hudson Valley.

  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Although the city's omakase scene is getting pretty crowded, a new project by Maki Kosaka, the sister restaurant of Michelin-starred Kosaka, might strike your fancy given the unconventionality of its offerings. Tucked behind Maki Kosaka's main temaki counter, a new eight-seat omakase bar helmed by chef Sho Boo is officially open to the public at 55 West 19th Street. For $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity, diners will be treated to a regional form of omakase that might not necessarily look like the traditional nigiri-style sushi that New Yorkers are accustomed to. From a chef-selected amuse-bouche (that is: a bite-sized hors d'oeuvre) to some pressed cube sushi and pieces of temari ("handball" sushi), fans of the Japanese cuisine will likely revel in the novelty of the destination's menu. 

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  • Music
  • Music

There is something about the talent of musicians in uptown Manhattan that simply cannot be authentically replicated in other New York neighborhoods—and the folks at the Cloak Room, a relatively new jazz speakeasy in Hamilton Heights, know that. Taking over the space previously occupied by Hogshead Tavern, which permanently closed during the pandemic, the Cloak Room opened this past September. Using the lockdown as an opportunity to re-invent, Hogshead Tavern co-owners Tara Wholley and Ady De Luna decided to move away from the structure of the bar that had become a neighborhood favorite and instead honor the musical legacy of Harlem by opening a spot dedicated to jazz.

  • Art
  • Chelsea

The recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland inspired interdisciplinary artist and musician Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) to create two new sound installations and sculptural works that infuse the senses, including ambient sounds, mechanically generated frequencies, samples from nature,  his own voice as well as earthy, atmospheric fragrances that help to transport viewers. On the ground floor, visitors enter a darkened room that has a central plinth surrounded by about two hundred speakers that'll play a choral hymn in four parts added to soundscapes of gritty rocks and searing lava. It'll be layered over with smoky, tar-like aromas of fossilized amber to further transport his audience into the belly of a volcano...

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  • Art
  • Art

Although most of Hilma af Klint's work is held by the artist's official foundation and isn't currently on view anywhere, New Yorkers will get to browse through a rare set of her watercolors through December 18 at the David Zwirner gallery on 69th Street. Dubbed "Tree of Knowledge," the exhibit focuses on the artist's 1913-1915 series of works, which were recently discovered by the art world. If the success of the Guggenheim's 2018 exhibition "Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future" is of any indication, we expect many people to flock to the Upper East Side gallery in the next few months. Fair warning: appointments are required to see the work in person, so make sure to schedule a visit right here.

  • Art
  • Art

Inside Chelsea Market's old boiler room, there's an art show opening today that explores New York City’s past and potential future with trippy digital art that unfolds all around you. "Machine Hallucination: NYC" by Refik Anadol was originally on view at ARTECHOUSE two years ago when the venue first opened, but for the first time, NFTs will be available to visitors who want to purchase pieces of Anadol's art. "Machine Hallucination: NYC" is NYC's latest immersive experience that uses artificial intelligence and the latest technology to map a massive dataset (more than 100 million publicly available photographs of New York’s iconic architecture and urban landscapes without people) and shows AI re-imaginings of NYC set to "awe-inspiring" sound design by Berlin-based composer Kerim Karaoglu who used New York’s sound archives with machine intelligence. 

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  • Theater
  • Interactive
  • Bushwick

No show in town offers as intimate an experience as this interactive experience in Bushwick that has been created to be performed for just five audience members at a time. A surreal look at the nature of ritual and ceremony, Bottom of the Ocean is the third production from Andrew Hoepfner’s company Houseworld Immersive, and draws on techniques that Hoepfner explored previously in Houseworld and Whisperlodge. It is staged at Gymnopedie, a multiroom space that has been created by restoring 5,500 square feet of the 19th-century basement at Bushwick United Methodist Church. 

  • Restaurants
  • East Harlem

Restaurant reservations may be NYC’s most competitive sport. (Take our baseball teams, please.) I have half-a-dozen Resy notifications set at any given time and only two have come through in the past several months. As a result, snagging a hot table always feels like a win. Contento opened on 111th Street in June and swiftly garnered extensive press—and tons of buzz—surrounding its important, and often woefully overlooked, mission of providing “accessibility to all.” About half of Contento’s bar is positioned at a height to accommodate wheelchair users, its tables are slightly raised to do the same and adaptive utensils are available on request. Sommelier Yannick Benjamin (previously of Le Cirque and Jean-Georges) and business partner George Gallego considered these details as wheelchair users themselves. Chef Oscar Lorenzzi (the Waverly Inn, Marseille) authored the Peruvian-influenced menu that includes some early highlights...

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

If you're still reluctant to dine indoors this winter, you might want to consider heading to Nowadays in Bushwick, where the signature large backyard has just been winterized. And, yes, their usual yurts and heated tables are back for the season as well. Diner by Izakaya, the food operator at the destination, has just unveiled its latest menu, which sounds like it will really hit the spot in the colder months. Inspired by "famiresu" restaurants in Japan (that would be family-friendly eateries), the new menu is anchored by two main ramen offerings (tonkotsu, made with pork, and tantan, made with soy, sesame and miso broth with tempe). Other food standouts include an izakaya tempeh sandwich with shredded cabbage, vegan mayo and vegan miso; a wagyu burger with lettuce, tomato, pickles and Japanese BBQ sauce; and a fried chicken zangi sandwich. Drinks wise, warm beverages take center stage. From hot toddies to spiked hot cocoa, the libations take the cold into account but "regular" cocktails, beer and wine are also available. 

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

We'll be honest: we're not always the biggest fans of 230 Fifth. Don't get us wrong: the views from up there are beautiful and the drinks are delicious, but the rooftop gets pretty crowded during the year. Yet, once winter rolls around, we can't help but feel the pull of the midtown destination, when the staff sets up the famous heated igloos that we could spend all season in. The glowing cocoons, which opened to the public yesterday, will stay in place through April 15 and, as usual, will be able to accommodate up to ten guests at once. Yes, you'll still find warm red snuggies for use inside each one. Although reservations are suggested—especially if heading there with a group of six or more—the igloos are also accessible by walk-ins pending availability. You can plan your visit right here.

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

If you're eager to embrace the raging '20s we were promised (and not the pandemic '20s we were given), an enormous new nightclub has your back. Nebula will bring a multi-level 11,000-square-foot club to 135 W. 41st Street on Friday, November 5. With a capacity for 700 guests, Nebula will be the largest club to open in Manhattan in years. A 5,500-square-foot dance floor offers plenty of space to show off your moves, plus a mezzanine level and lower level with three private club rooms dedicated to private groups (complete with their own dedicated bathrooms) lets you customize your going out experience. Think: Over-the-top karaoke nights, a seated dinner for twenty or a small dance party with your closest friends.

 

  • Things to do
  • 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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  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is back with holiday festivities and shopping and food at its holiday shops. Its 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink that's free to use (if you bring your own skates) is always the highlight, but its Winter Village in all its holiday spirit is a close second. This year more than 170 kiosks will be there to peruse—all at one of the best NYC parks.

 

  • Art
  • Midtown West

The Shed's galleries are being transformed daily with multi-sensory installations that immerse the viewer to inspire reconnection to nature.

Presented by The Shed and Superblue, "Fragile Future" by Amsterdam-based artists DRIFT takes its audiences on a journey through multiple installations that encourage exploring the universal search for origin, destination, and connection, as well as the power to be found in relinquishing control when embracing change.

Set to a soundtrack by ANOHNI, the journey begins with the shimmering lights of  "Coded Coincidence" that follow the flight pattern that elm seeds take each spring so that viewers can see the "necessity and beauty of coincidence and its essential role in our natural processes and evolution." As they fall to the ground and fade, "Ego," a large block made of hair-thin illuminated threads is suspended and morphs in mid-air. Another installation, "Fragile Future," brings nature and technology together to evoke a utopian vision of the future of our planet, "wherein two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive."

As the final installation, "Drifters" uses a series of projected films to represent a portal to another world with a group of concrete blocks that float through environments in NYC and other locations and pass through lush nature and dystopian urban settings in search for their origin and destination. On select dates, "Drifters" will become a surreal immersive performance that spans The Shed’s four-story-high, 17,000-square-foot McCourt space.

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  • Drinking

Overthrow Hospitality—the group behind New York favorites Amor y Amargo, Ladybird and Death and Co., among others—has just debuted an attention-grabbing champagne and absinthe bar in the East Village that is inspired by... hell. Café de L’Enfer, which literally translates to "hell cafe" from the French, opened earlier this month and the decor is just as striking as the cocktails, developed by mixologist Sother Teague. The destination, which calls out to the famous Victorian-era Cabaret de l'Enfer in Paris, is filled with touches of the underworld. Expect skulls, deep red booths and ogre-like statues to adorn the dark space, located directly above Amor y Amargo.

  • Comedy
  • Comedy

A modest storage room at Bushwick's Tiny Cupboard has been transformed into a psychedelic comedy room dedicated to booking female, BIPOC and queer comics. "The Mushroom," which seats only about 22 people making it the tiniest comedy room in NYC, just had its grand opening on Friday within The Tiny Cupboard—an already small DIY comedy space on Cooper Street. The Tiny Cupboard was the perfect place to open The Mushroom not only because it offers that much-needed intimate experience but because it is giving comedians from the BIPOC and queer communities a space to perform where they are not in the minority. On Saturday, The Mushroom will host the first edition of "The Tribe," a lineup of all Black comics with Ann Walker, for instance.

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

One of Texas' best exports to New York City is getting a new Manhattan location this monday. Alamo Drafthouse, the cinema known for serving restaurant-quality food and drinks during its screenings, has opened its second New York location in Manhattan. Adding to its downtown Brooklyn location, Alamo Drafthouse's second NYC location is at 28 Liberty St. with fourteen 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

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There's a brand-new dumpling destination downtown, and it's over a year in the making. Dumpling Lab, founded by Hunan Slurp's Chef Xiaomei Ma and partners Chao Wang and Lu Dong, brings even more contemporary Chinese food to the East Village with its new seafood-focused menu, inspired by the Chinese city of Tsingtao. Mackerel Dumplings made with Spanish mackerel, pork, chive and dried shellfish are a menu standout. To embrace the diversity of Tsingtao's culinary culture, Ma also added dumpling flavors like organic chicken dumplings with wood ear and corn, plus zucchini and cucumber dumplings with eggs and vermicelli.

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  • Eating
Ci Siamo, the highly anticipated new Italian restaurant by chef Hillary Sterling and Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, opens today!  Meaning "we’ve arrived” in Italian, Ci Siamo bridges the traditional with the contemporary, with a menu centered around live-fire cooking and inspired by Sterling's travels. Dinner at Ci Siamo begins with freshly baked breads like a cast iron focaccia served with tomato conserva and a grilled sourdough with artichoke salmoriglio and mint. If you don't fill up on bread (nice work!), continue with starters like a seafood salad with castelvetrano olives and aleppo pepper or a pizza bianca with anchovy, salsa verde and aioli. Like much of the menu, this pizza has a specific origin: A dish Sterling enjoyed in a small trattoria on a past trip to Piedmont.
  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

Dopl, a technology company that specializes in 3-D technology, printing, and development, is popping up at Chelsea Market to make 3D miniature figures of visitors who come in and take a full-body scan. Coming in a range of sizes from four to 14 inches, Dopls can be made for everyone including pets. Located in Chelsea Market’s main thoroughfare, it'll be open from 10am – 8pm Monday through Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sundays. Walk-ins are welcome or reservations can be made.

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  • Art
  • Washington Heights

Get a rare glimpse of one of the major art forms of the Hispanic World from 1500 to 1800—polychrome sculpture. The Hispanic Museum & Library is hosting the first exhibit in New York to feature this kind of art in two decades. Over 20 sculptures, including major works by women artists such as Luisa Roldán and Andrea de Mena, show how the stylistic conventions of Spain were adapted in the New World. Among the works on view, visitors will see a monumental relief of the Resurrection attributed to Gil de Siloe, 16th-century reliquary busts by Juan de Juni and "St. Acisclus" by Pedro de Mena. A section of gilded figures will showcase sculptures from Latin America characterized by an impressive range of scale and emotion, including a 16th-century relief of Santiago Matamoros (St. James the moorslayer) from Mexico and the "Virgin of Quito" or "St. Michael" as well as Caspicara’s "Four Fates of Man." Expect to see works by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla; sculpture by Pedro de Mena and Luisa Roldán; Latin American paintings and sculpture by Vázquez, Luis Juárez, López de Arteaga, Rodríguez Juárez, Caspicara, Campeche, and Arrieta.

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Greenwood

Learn about the lives of Green-Wood Cemetery’s permanent residents on this trek, which rotates among three routes (so check the schedule ahead of time if you’re set on seeing a specific tombstone). All tours include a look at the cemetery’s historic chapel and Battle Hill, where George Washington led the Continental Army in the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

NYC & Company's newest program may make indulging in the city's culture a little more tempting, with "It's Time for Culture" offering deals at museums, cultural institutions, performing arts venues and Off Broadway shows. Deals include two-for-one admission, 25% off tickets and more at over 40 venues throughout October. "It's Time for Culture" participants include Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Whitney Museum of American Art, Jewish Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, National Lighthouse Museum, New York Botanical Garden, Alice Austen House Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, China Institute and Gallery, Lehman Center for Performing Arts, plays including those at Repertorio Español and En Garde Arts, and Perfect Crime—the longest-running Off-Broadway production—and more.  

  • Theater
  • Musicals
  • Midtown West

Who doesn’t enjoy a royal wedding? The zingy Broadway musical Six celebrates, in boisterous fashion, the union of English dynastic history and modern pop music. On a mock concert stage, backed by an all-female band, the six wives of the 16th-century monarch Henry VIII air their grievances in song, and most of them have plenty to complain about: two were beheaded, two were divorced, one died soon after childbirth. In this self-described “histo-remix,” members of the long-suffering sextet spin their pain into bops; the queens sing their heads off and the audience loses its mind.  That may be for the best, because Six is not a show that bears too much thinking about. Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss wrote it when they were still students at Cambridge University, and it has the feel of a very entertaining senior showcase. Its 80 minutes are stuffed with clever turns of rhyme and catchy pastiche melodies that let mega-voiced singers toss off impressive “riffs to ruffle your ruffs.” The show's own riffs on history are educational, too, like a cheeky new British edition of Schoolhouse Rock. If all these hors d’oeuvres don’t quite add up to a meal, they are undeniably tasty...

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  • Eating
Anassa Taverna's new location in Battery Park, at 104 North End Ave., serves upscale, Modern Greek cuisine that eases the pain of currently not being in Greece, but will likely make you want to book a trip stat. Diners at the new restaurant can select their catch of the day from an icy fish display, showcasing seafood flown in from the Mediterranean. Each diner's pick, which is priced by the pound, is then grilled and served whole with lemon and olive oil.  If you prefer to skip the grill, a full raw bar offers a selection of clams, oysters and other crustaceans, which are all available as a seafood tower. Starring on the menu is Anassa's lobster spaghetti, served in a whole lobster. Fan favorites, like Greek salad with feta from a small farm South of Athens and Cretan olive oil, charbroiled octopus and a tower of thinly sliced zucchini and eggplant chips served with tzatziki are also served. 
  • Things to do
  • Chelsea

The Rubin Museum is offering a unique exhibit that delves into the power of difficult emotions and how to turn them into positive ones—something many of us would benefit from these days. On the third floor of the museum, the Mandala Lab uses fun and interactive tools to explore jealousy/envy, attachment, pride, anger and ignorance and shows visitors how to turn them into wisdom of accomplishment, discernment, equanimity, mirror-like wisdom and all-accommodating wisdom, respectively. How this is done is through four quadrants across the floor, based on the Sarvavid Vairochana Mandala, a Tibetan Buddhist mandala that is used as a visualization tool to help achieve enlightenment. Each quadrant represents an emotion and has a playful activity to navigate it, including a "gong orchestra," a "breathing alcove" and a "scent library."

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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. The installation is part of Garment District Art on the Plazas, a year-round public art program made possible through Arterventions, part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program. 

  • Things to do
  • East Williamsburg

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

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  • 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.

 

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  • 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. Opening September 10, the major exhibit — co-curated by Dior scholar Florence Müller of the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum — 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. The multi-gallery exhibit brings many of Dior's sources of inspiration to life, including flowers, nature, classical and contemporary art, featuring artwork from the Brooklyn Museum's collections. Objects on display will be primarily from the extensive Dior archives and some 200 haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, and accessories.

  • Art
  • Midtown East

The AKC Museum of the Dog is opening a new exhibit to honor the work of search and rescue dogs during the rescue and recovery efforts on and after 9/11. Highlights include several sculptures from AKC’s DOGNY project that raised over $3.5 million for search and rescue organizations whose dogs directly worked at Ground Zero, winners from the “Salute to Search and Rescue Dogs” art contest hosted by the museum as well as feature portraits by artist Ron Burns, creator of the coffee table book, The Dogs of Ron Burns: A Tribute to the Dogs of 9/11.

"Search and rescue dogs are some of the unsung heroes of 9/11," said Alan Fausel, Executive Director of the AKC Museum of the Dog. "The work they did during the rescue of and recovery efforts is truly extraordinary. All dogs have a job and on this solemn anniversary, we honor those whose job it was to save us."

A free virtual tour of the exhibit will also be available on the Museum’s website shortly
after the exhibit’s opening.

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  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife

New York's favorite warehouse party spot is returning this weekend! Bushwick's House of Yes officially reopened on Friday, August 27 after over sixteen months of closure. Guests can catch a dance break in House of Yes' newly redecorated patio garden and front room. Party instructions encourage guests to dress up, as is the norm at this quirky venue. "Looks are mandatory for entry. This is your moment. High style, art vibes, Express your best, brightest and boldest looks," reads the invite. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

When Crown Shy opened at the base of the beautiful 70 Pine Street in 2019, it was eerily clear that it was that year’s best new restaurant. Saga, from Crown Shy’s chef James Kent and restaurant partner Jeff Katz, will open on the 63rd floor of that same obscured-in-plain-sight Art Deco building. It is its own restaurant, but comparisons are inevitable. While even an accomplished drinker can get out of dinner at Crown Shy for about $125 on the high end, the minimum spend at Saga will be $245 for an eight-to-ten course tasting that includes one welcome cocktail. The intro drink itself is an obvious narrative device, but let’s go back half a page in any case. To enter Saga, you will pass through 70 Pine’s lobby to the elevators, where you will be escorted dozens of floors up by a host who will speak a bit to the building’s history. The air pressure will change before the doors open to Saga’s lovely bar, which mirrors Crown Shy’s, writ small. As subtle as it is, the lighting might be the first thing to catch your eye. Soft beams enhance the space’s Deco finishes and recall happy times downstairs, or cue new ones to come. Both restaurants share the lighting designer David Weiner, who has created a pattern so unmistakably Crown Shy, or, now Saga, it should be patented. But this is not a drinking bar. You’ll collect your welcome cocktail before you’re shown to one of Saga’s many terraces that make you realize, if you’ve managed not to so far in life, why some people chase money so hard. There are many good views in New York City, but this one feels particularly rich, imbued with the spirit of the building’s top three floors’ almost unbelievable original intended use as an early 20th-century financier’s private home. 

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  • 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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  • Drinking

Roosevelt Island has its first-ever rooftop bar and lounge open to the public. Panorama Room just opened 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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  • 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. 

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  • Eating
Somewhere in Nolita, a new rooftop bar from Rivers and Hills Hospitality Group, the team behind popular Lower East Side Thai restaurant (and Time Out Market New York vendorWayla and Japanese-Italian restaurant Kimika, just opened atop The Nolitan Hotel (30 Kenmare St.). Bright, refreshing craft cocktails were designed to emulate the unparalleled open view of Lower Manhattan, and a menu of playful snacks and summery New England seafood-inspired dishes will keep summer going after Labor Day. Plants and green banquets are designed to create a chill, relaxing atmosphere, which is currently table service only. Highlights off the cocktail menu include the Heat Map (tequila, mezcal, watermelon, basil and calabrian chili); Pineapple Over the Sea, which is a tropical take on a Manhattan with Scotch, plum whiskey, plantation pineapple, giffard pineapple, cardamaro and choya umeshu; and Oolong Time Comin, a negroni stirred with pisco, carpano bitter, yellow chartreuse, Pimms, dolin chambery blanc, fino sherry and oolong tea.
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  • Theater
  • Theater & Performance

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes From Stage and Screen is set to open August 5 and run through October 31. 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. The large-scale offering will feature the original costumes from a number of Broadway hits, past and present, including Moulin Rouge!, The Lion King, Wicked, and Chicago. A few costumes from smash television shows and films will be in the mix, too, including pieces from Saturday Night Live and the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die 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.

  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

Ms. Kim's, a new K-town karaoke lounge from Korean beauty entrepreneur Anna Kim, combines sophisticated style with sing-alongs. Envisioned during the pandemic, when we all just needed to belt out our frustrations, and spend some much-needed time outside of our homes with friends, Ms. Kim's offers both communal space and soundproof private karaoke rooms, so guests can customize their experience as it suits their needs. In the main lounge and bar, mixologist-approved cocktails take the place of the ubiquitous karaoke bar beer pitcher. Ingredients in the signature drinks, which start at $16, include butterfly pea flower, herbal infused syrups and top shelf spirits. Fine wine is sold by the glass or bottle, and beer is available on tap or by the bottle. For soju, the 46-proof Hwayo - 23° is available by the 375 mL bottle. Fridays will also bring live music to the bar, for those who prefer to sway to the sounds of jazz, rather than sing. To eat, Ms. Kim's offers a short menu of Japanese and Korean finger foods, like vegetable or shrimp tempura with four types of salt, three types of fried dumplings, and chicken karaage with garlic ginger soy sauce.  

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  • Things to do
  • City Life

An NYC icon, Lamb Chop, is returning to her roots in NYC during the International Puppet Fringe Festival this month. The native New Yorker and former star of Lamb Chop’s Play Along will return to iconic Manhattan landmarks as she makes her way to the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition "Puppets of New York," opening August 13 in partnership with the International Puppet Fringe Festival. More than 100 iconic puppets—including Punch and Judy, Oscar the Grouch, Lamb Chop and Lion King—will be on display to celebrate the history of puppetry in NYC. The exhibition is also part of Puppet Week NYC, featuring the International Puppet Fringe Festival, the world’s largest puppet event.

  • Things to do
  • 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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Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos
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Every Saturday night at 8pm, two piano men battle it out to prove who is truly the master of all 88 keys, with a playlist decided entirely by the audience. Whether you’re in the mood for Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera or current chart toppers, these pianists are up for the challenge. But they expect you to do your part by singing along, but from home. Find tickets and request songs here: bit.ly/SRRshows 

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. 

And starting July 31, it'll have an all-request rock n' roll party at the Cellar (July 31), the Cutting Room (Aug. 7 & 21) and Burgerology (Aug. 28).

  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Flatiron

Get a whole new perspective on this neighborhood in a 90-minute journey that covers landmarks such as the MetLife Clock Tower, Appellate Courthouse and, of course, the Flatiron Building. Bring comfortable shoes and maybe an umbrella. Starts at 11am, rain or shine.

 

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  • Restaurants
  • Drinking

The venue formerly known as Fat Cat has reemerged with a new name, new games, and custom ice cream. Cellar Dog (75 Christopher St.) is reviving the Fat Cat tradition of late-night basement gaming, with an updated concept for 2021. Opened by Backal Hospitality Group (BHG), 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.

 

  • Things to do
  • Midtown West

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

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  • Art
  • Art

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. Created by multimedia entertainment company Moment Factory in partnership with hospitality brand Cipriani, SuperReal first opened in the summer of 2019. It aims to transport visitors through dreamlike scenes in its gorgeous hall. 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.

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs
  • Upper West Side

After a 15-month-long shutdown, this Upper West Side year-round bazaar is officially coming back on June 6. Although usually operating both indoors and outdoors, the market will, for now, only take over an open-air space on Sundays between 10am and 5:30pm. Grand Bazaar is one of NYC’s oldest and largest marketplaces, where you can buy vintage, antiques and more goodies from more than 100 local merchants, with photographers, jewelers and furniture designers selling their best. In addition, the weekly mainstay hosts a series of special events around the holidays, which we hope to be able to enjoy this year as well. 

 

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  • Art
  • Painting
  • Harlem

This adults-only painting party experience in West Harlem and the Lower East Side is opening its outdoor spaces again! Pick up a paint brush with cocktail in hand (like the Picasso Punch or the Sistine Apple) and create your own masterpiece. If you're hungry, no worries, Paint 'N Pour also has small plates (shrimp po’boy sliders, orange bbq henny wings, cauliflower bites, bacon egg and cheese slidersfrench toast and chicken 'n waffle sliders). Tickets are $50 and include all art supplies and a 2-hour open bar. 

 

  • Things to do
  • Lower East Side
Sour Mouse offers games like ping pong, pool and foosball, live music, comedy and art shows for the New Yorker looking for a fun night out. Check its Instagram for its weekly events, from ping pong speed dating to mixers with live music, and regular art openings. Starting this Thursday, Indie 184's work "Electromagnetic" will be showcased.

 

More things to do in NYC this weekend

  • Things to do

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

  • Things to do

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

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

 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2020

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  • Things to do

Get ready ghouls and girls for an epic Halloween in NYC! The city is bursting with terrifying haunted houses, Halloween parties and more pumpkin-packed events. Whether you enjoy getting seriously spooked while watching the scariest horror films of all time or prefer to celebrate Halloween by leaf peeping while visiting some of the greatest fall getaways from NYC, we’ve got you covered.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in fall

The 50 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists
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AUGUST 2020: New York City has gone through the proverbial fire and is now starting to come out the other side with our favorite museums, big attractions, and restaurants reopening after months of closure. While things are still a bit precarious, we're hoping these openings signal the light at the end of this long tunnel. We're eager to get back to the cultural institutions, shops, restaurants and iconic places that make New York City the best city in the world.

Check back as we will be updating this list more often than we did prior to lockdown to reflect New York City as it reopens.

Every day, our staffers are eating, drinking, partying, gigging and generally appreciating their way throughout this fair town of ours. Which makes pinning down the most essential New York activities kinda…tough. We need to include the classics, naturally—art museums in NYC, stellar New York attractions, killer bars and restaurants in NYC—but also spotlight the more recent or little-known gems that we truly love. Consider the below your NYC Bible. 

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You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world, or take a look at our list of the 50 best things to do in the world right now.

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