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The best things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend include a Wes Anderson pop-up, Tin Pan Alley Day and fall river cruises

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 fall weekend. Celebrate Chinese culture at Chinatown Arts Week, head to the Wes Anderson cafe pop-up, enjoy live music at Tin Pan Alley Day and go to one of several block parties planned for this weekend! There's much more 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.

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Things to do in NYC this weekend

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  • City Life

We are in the thick of spooky season which can only mean one thing: the city’s brownstones, houses and apartment buildings have gotten into the holiday “spirit” with copious amounts of skeletons, cobwebs and all manner of frightful things. Take some time this weekend to go out and see them for yourself, or if you can't, we’ve done the wicked work for you ourselves, rounding up some of our favorite Halloween decorations we’ve seen so far across the five boroughs. Spotted a local spot you’d like us to put on blast? Tag us on Instagram at @TimeOutNewYork. Then, once you’re in the Halloween spirit, check our roundups of the best Halloween events in NYC and the best Halloween festivals in NYC

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To celebrate director Wes Anderson's new film The French Dispatch in NYC, the Village's Casa Magazines will offer limited edition copies of the French Dispatch magazine. Today a newsboy Is handing out free copies of the magazine.

Then, over at Whalebone on Bleecker, Warby Parker will be popping up and transforming that space into the Le Sans Blague Cafe this weekend. Warby Parker will offer limited edition French Dispatch totes at its Greene Street shop as well as the magazines. Flying Coffee will be on hand to serve up an exclusive single-origin French roast. Meanwhile, visitors should enjoy the Wes Anderson-esque decoration! See what our film editor Phil De Semlyen thinks of the new film, which opens Friday in theaters.

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Attend a birthday re-do on Saturday from 1:23 to 2:30pm at Prospect Park's Great Lawn. Let's face it, our birthdays all sucked in 2020. Professional ritual designer (Ritualist) and friendship expert (The Joy List) have teamed up to throw a giant birthday ritual for everyone in New York City. For free! Plan on celebrating, singing and maybe do a big group primal scream. 

Enter at Grand Army Plaza and look for the gold balloons.

Cook Out The Vote
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4. Cook Out The Vote

It's almost Election Day in NYC so there will be a Cook Out The Vote at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria on October 23rd for the first day of early voting. Enjoy some delicious food, live music, and a celebration of democracy! Free food will be provided by Phayul, Queens Bakehouse, and Djerdan Burek Astoria. Niall Connolly will perform from 11am-1pm with two free 45 min sets.

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Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk
Photograph: courtesy of Leigh Ruple and PAGE (NYC) Petzel Gallery

5. Madison Avenue Fall Gallery Walk

Fourty-four Madison Avenue galleries are opening their doors on Saturday to allow the public in to see their fall exhibitions and listen in on curator talks and take tours. 

You'll be able to see "PICASSO: Seven Decades" at Acquavella Galleries; a first solo exhibition with Dorothea Rockburne at David Nolan Gallery; a gallery director discussion on Christo’s American works at Galerie Gmurzynska; Hauser & Wirth will debut "Ema Rosenstein: Once Upon a Time" along with a director-led walkthrough; a talk and viewing of an international exhibition unfolding at Lévy Gorvy of new works by Mickalene Thomas; "Aged Innocence," a photo journey across China between 2013-2017 at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery with a talk by the artist, Hai Zhang. Skarstedt will inaugurate its newly reopened gallery with "David Salle: Tree of Life;" and many more exceptional exhibitions and talks to experience.

Don't miss the community event at Frick Madison (3-5pm), where you can sketch outdoors in front of the museum. Socially distanced drawing easels and art materials will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis (weather permitting). No art background is needed!

Show up to Madison Avenue and adjacent side streets between East 57th and East 86th Streets. Galleries open at 11am and close by 6pm.

Ditmas Park Day Fall Festival
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6. Ditmas Park Day Fall Festival

Head out to Ditmas Park with the kids on Saturday from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun, including a Shredzilla, a community sidewalk cleanup, a daffodil bulb giveaway, a pumpkin giveaway, the Bindlestiff Circus, story hour, face paiting, live music and more kids' activities. It's all free and open to the public.

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  • Markets and fairs

FAD Market returns this weekend to The Invisible Dog Art Center with New York City’s up-and-coming brands, designers, and small businesses — offering a curated selection of handcrafted jewelry, apparel, stationery, skincare, tableware, home goods, and artisanal food.

Highlights include Hyer Goods, upcycled, luxury leather goods with a minimal environmental impact; beautiful hand-thrown ceramics, all made in New York, by artist Geesun Lee of Mud to Life; adorable cat-themed prints, artfully made stickers and quirky apparel by The Lucky Neko; picture-perfect desserts made by hand, with some of the most interesting flavors we’ve ever tried by Cozi Treats; and fun gel nail strips by Dear Me Collection.

Every season, FAD—which stands for Fashion, Art and Design—takes over a different Brooklyn venue with a horde of independent vendors and creators. Admission is free and dogs are welcome!

 

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  • 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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Brooklyn Fall Block Party
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9. Brooklyn Fall Block Party

Enjoy fall with a Brooklyn block party held in honor of three New-York bred businesses: the tech-enabled self-storage startup Stuf, the family-owned moving business Cool Hand Movers and the trendy dog food truck Woofbowl! Head over to Stuf's Brooklyn location (15 Vanderbilt Avenue) from 11am to 1pm. In addition to dog treats, human treats and good vibes, Stuf will be providing tours of its location and passersby will also have a chance to win $1,000 in prizes.

Romy & Michele's Saturday Afternoon Tea Dance
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  • East Village

DJ Bright Light Bright Light’s joyous tribute to the still-untouchable heroines of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion delivers a consistent stream of Mariah Carey, Scissor Sisters, Bette Midler and TLC to a merry band of adorable acolytes. Share your favorites on the DJ booth via Post-it and revel in the fact that you look totally cutting edge.

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Head out to Regal Cinema Downtown Brooklyn this weekend to take part in the Bushwick Film Festival, where there will be a mix of feature and short film blocks with fun, provocative, and socially conscious themes. Some highlights include a free public screening supported by City Artist Corps of Rehab Cabin, a comedy directed by Kate Beacom & Louis Legge about two best friends who kidnap a washed-up celebrity in the hopes of rejuvenating her career; Let's Talk about Sex Work, a short film block features Vincent Martell's Finesse and other films that highlight sex workers and discuss laws surrounding sex work; the "Art as Resistance" showcase that includes Art21: John Akomfrah', that explore the inspiring ways in which change-makers have overcome societal and personal traumas through art; Family Lies featuring Richard Kind and Jessica Hecht, and Defining Stages that features Hiam Abbass and Lynn Cohenwill.

The evening finishes off with Campy Comedies with dark, witty, awkward, and maybe a little sexy, stories that explore both the haunted and charming parts of everyday life.

Tickets available for $15.

 

Nordstrom’s NYC Block Party Bash
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12. Nordstrom’s NYC Block Party Bash

A walkable and shoppable street fair by Nordstrom (225 West 57th Street) is happening on Saturday from 10am to 5pm, featuring brands with games and activations including Adidas, Basecoat, BOSS, Charlotte
Tilbury, Dior Beauty, Dr. Dennis Gross, Faherty, GANNI, HydraFacial, Kiehl’s Since 1851, Levi’s Kids, Malin + Goetz, Nike, Nuna, and more.

There will also be Vogue-ing lessons and demonstrations by The Hetrick-Martin Institute, a diaper drive with Good+Foundation, storytime with the New York Public Library, and pet adoption and fostering with the NYC ACC and the Brooklyn Kitty Committee and Greenpoint Cats. On site will be free smll bites from Nordstrom's Wolf, Bistro Verde, Jeannie’s, and Milk Bar (while supplies last).

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  • LGBTQ+
  • East Williamsburg

The BK Queer Flea and Rice Studio are hosting weekends of live performances by eclectic queer artists, playlists curated by beloved community DJs and amazing vendors including Bianca’s Design Shop, Maria Maria NYC, Candles by Them, Colton Ackerwood, Queer Candle Co, Unicorn Dynasty, Oolbo.co, Steve Snipes, among many others. There will also be an exhibition by the Doable Guys (@doableguys), a homoerotic arts collective that promotes the male form and queer love. It'll conclude on October 30 with a showcase of live performers inside the studio space. Each pop-up market will open its doors at 2 PM and will culminate by 8 PM. Organizers say they "promise you a marketplace like no other, showcasing the best what New York independent queer art has to offer."

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  • Hell's Kitchen

Honk NYC!, the annual street festival of street bands, is back in New York City's boroughs with a week-long series of accessible and affordable celebratory outdoor performances, sidewalk parades, and small indoor concerts. Hear from the hottest eclectic street bands such as Brass Queens, Extra Syrup Horns, The L Train Brass Band, Batala New York, festival founders Hungry March Band and more. In Harlem, musicians Melvin Gibbs, Arto Lindsay, and Greg Tate will present "the Ancestors here Us/the ancestors Hear us" and artist Pat Oleszko's "Be/Where the Writing Waters!" will play along the waterfront in Lower Manhattan.

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Mochidoki's Upper East Side opening
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15. Mochidoki's Upper East Side opening

Mochidoki's new brick-and-mortar shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side officially opens, Friday October 22, at 1035 Third Avenue, with a new NYC-inspired flavor, "Everything Bagel" (featuring cream cheese ice cream enrobed in everything-bagel-seasoning-studded mochi dough) as well as new holiday flavors, Hojicha (featuring roasted matcha ice cream) and Seoul Cookie (featuring cinnamon ice cream and studded with gingersnap cookies) among other delightful flavors. Stop by noon to 8pm.

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  • Upper East Side

The French Institute Alliance Française’s 14th annual fall festival brings an intriguing offering of theater, dance, talks and art to the institution's home base and to sites across New York. The festival will celebrate Africa’s cultural renaissance with works by interdisciplinary artists coming out of the continent and diaspora. 

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Portillo’s famous Beef Bus
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17. Portillo’s famous Beef Bus

New York-style beats all, but if you have a weird hankering for some Chicago-style street food, Portillo's Beef Bus will be here between now and October 27. Portillo’s known for its iconic Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and mouthwatering chocolate cake. Turn out to these locations this week to get your free food:

Sunday, Oct. 24
(11-2pm): Upper East Side (84th Street & 5th Avenue)
(5-7pm): Upper West Side (72nd Street & Central Park West)

Monday, Oct. 25
(11am-2pm): World Trade Center
(5-7pm): Astoria Park, Queens

Tuesday, Oct. 26
(11am-2pm): Columbus Circle (57th Street & 8th Avenue)
(5-7pm): Madison Square Park

Wednesday, Oct. 27
(7am-11am): Rockefeller Plaza
(5-7pm) DUMBO, Brooklyn (1 Old Fulton Street)

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The Upper East Side is getting a little sweeter this week with the addition of Chip City's newest outpost. On Friday, October 22, Chip City will open at 1543 2nd Ave.⁠ (between 80th and 81st Street) at 11am. The first 100 customers will also be treated to a free cookie with purchase. This brand new Chip City bakery will also exclusively offer the brand's beloved black and white cookies for opening day. 

 

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Downtown eateries are teaming up for a good cause. On Sunday, October 24, six of New York's most talked about new restaurants will team up to raise money for God's Love We Deliver, with a block party offering some of their best dishes.  Lower East Side Italian restaurant Forsythia will host the event featuring food and drink stands from Dame, Caffe Panna, Evil Katsu, Dante and SMASHED. Forsythia’s Stanton St. neighbors, Bonnie Vie bar and Bungee Space coffee shop, will also join in on the festivities. Celebrating Forsythia's first full year as a restaurant (and their ability to crank out some of the city's best pasta during a pandemic), The Block Party will kick off at noon at 9 Stanton Street. Participating restaurants will offer limited time specials plus classic menu staples, letting you try some of New York City's top places to eat this fall, all in one place, no reservations required.

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  • Dance

New York City Center is holding its 18th Fall for Dance Festival with five unique programs—each featuring three different groups of artists and companies presented this year without intermissions—for the price of a movie ticket. There will be four NYCC commissions presented by tap dance superstar Ayodele Casel, modern dance legend Lar Lubovitch for New York City Ballet principal dancers Adrian Danchig-Waring and Joseph Gordon, and The Verdon Fosse Legacy reconstruction of a series of dances based on trios originally created for Tony Award-winning actor and dancer Gwen Verdon and feature New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin. The fourth, a co-commission with Vail Dance Festival, will be created by sought-after choreographer Justin Peck for New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck and American Ballet Theatre principal Herman Cornejo.

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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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  • Movies
  • Movies

New York's biggest LGBTQ+ film festival, Newfest, is back with a new hybrid model of in-person and virtual screenings. 2021 marks the 33rd annual rendition of the event. The 2021 hybrid edition of Newfest will include a robust lineup of films, premieres and panels, including in-person screenings at The SVA Theatre and The LGBT Community Center. For the first time ever, Newfest will also add Brooklyn screening locations, at Nitehawk Prospect Park and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Those who prefer to watch the latest in queer cinema from the couch can also subscribe to Newfest's limited-time, on-demand platform, which was launched in 2020 to continue the festival safely.  

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Plant-based everything is becoming the dominant food across the city, and why shouldn't New York's staple dish get the vegan treatment? Already, plenty of excellent plant-based slices and pies can be found across the boroughs, but one will rise above the rest this month, because it's free! Miyoko's Creamery, the plant-based cheese company founded by chef and plant-based pioneer Miyoko Schinner has created a new vegan mozzarella specifically designed for pizzas. It's liquified, meaning the cashew milk based-mozz melts just like the original cheese. To debut and celebrate this groundbreaking cheese, Miyoko's will be popping up throughout the city in a pizza truck to showcase the new product on fresh, free vegan pizzas. Guests can pick from two options by the slice for free: a vegan margherita with basil and tomato sauce and a vegan Hungry Planet sausage pizza. The Miyoko's truck is fully equipped with a pizza oven, so a chef team will be making the pizzas on the spot. 

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  • Movies
  • Science fiction

First things first. Yes, the sandworms are awesome. Gigantic voracious tubes with thousands of scimitar teeth that curve inward to form a kind of giant eyeball, they’re a bit like what would happen if the Channel Tunnel had a baby with a Sarlacc. These subterranean nightmares that lurk beneath the surface of the vast desert planet of Arakkis are just one element of this big, thinky blockbuster to seriously exceed expectations. An epic sci-fi full of premonitions, Dune director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) must have had a few of his own when he set about bringing Frank Herbert’s thematically dense book series to the screen: mostly involving sobbing into his on-set coffee at the sheer enormity of cramming it all into a film. (Read more of our review here)

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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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  • Theater
  • Circuses & magic
  • Chelsea

Todd Robbins (Play Dead) is a sideshow master who combines technical expertise with humor, historical knowledge and good old-fashioned showmanship. In his soirees at the McKittrick's Club Car venue, he welcomes a live jazz pianist to set the atmosphere and guest magicians (such as Alex Boyce, Jason Suran, Mark Calabrese, Matthew Holtzclaw, Prakash Puru and Rachel Wax) to perform feats of close-up magic in an intimate setting.

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  • Chinese
  • Midtown East

As of October 11, Hutong offers Flaming Peking Duck three nights a week (Monday through Wednesday), which is a dining experience like no other. Air-dried for 36-hours and infused with the finest Sichuan green chillies, star anise, ground black pepper and Hutong’s homemade chilli paste, the duck’s skin is perfectly crisp and seasoned. It's roasted for 40 minutes before being set on fire with Chinese rose wine and rum, emitting a heavenly scent that wafts through the dining room as the flames rise from the pan right at your table. The chef delicately carves the duck tableside through fire to release mouthwatering, aromatic flavours with every bite. The duck is then served with traditional handmade steamed pancakes, and is uniquely paired with shredded papaya, sweet cantaloupe, alongside traditional cucumber and spring onions. With two sauces available, guests can opt between the traditional duck sauce or the new honey mustard sauce which pairs beautifully with the duck’s fragrant spices.

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  • City Life

The perfect fall photo opp is awaiting you at The Seaport! Located on the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17, this year's pumpkin arch is made up of real orange pumpkins, fall leaves and twisted vines for a picture-perfect snapshot of you in front of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge behind you. The arch itself is one of the only places in Manhattan that you can take photos surrounded by gourds—if you travel to the outer boroughs, you can find them at the Queens County Farm's Floral Escape, the New York Botanical Garden's Scarecrows & Pumpkins and at other fall-themed events. It'll be up through the month at Pier 17 and is free to take your photo under while you're visiting the Hester Street Fair or the Bill Cunningham exhibit.

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  • Hell's Kitchen

Between October 15 and October 24, the fourth annual Chinatown Arts Week will feature a night market of arts and food featuring a bilingual performance from vocalist and saxophonist Stephanie Chou, a large-scale crochet mural to be installed in Columbus Park by the Chinatown Yarn Circle, a live art installation featuring vignettes of Chinese dance, traditional papercut art, and classical Chinese instrumental music, two exhibitions of works from the Asian American Arts Centre collection, a sword and long fan dance from Red Silk Dancers followed by a flowing dance workshop, and a dance party featuring vinyls from the Asian diaspora to celebrate a new mural on a neighborhood newsstand. Check out the full schedule here.

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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.
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  • 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.

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  • Little Italy

The Nolita bar and restaurant is celebrating Día de los Muertos all month long with decorations by set designer, Michael Harbeck, and Interior Designer, Lauren Amoruso, that include custom-built altars honoring artistic icons we’ve lost over the years, alongside traditional skulls, crosses, votive candles, and candlesticks. There will also be more than 5,000 feet of marigolds, often known as “flowers of the dead” (flor de muerto), that'll be placed on the altars, the tables and even the ceiling. Order up the Weeping in Queens (White rum, pumpkin puree, orange bell pepper, cane, pumpkin spice rum, peach preserves), the Certified Sad Boy (Reposado tequila, tamarind, pineapple two ways, honey bitters, hibiscus drizzle for a “blood” effect), or the Abrete Sesamo (Mezcal, cachaca, tomatillo, poblano, cucumber, lime, coconut, chamoy smoked salt, sesame).

 

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  • 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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  • 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.  

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  • 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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  • Financial District

Once you step into this Wall Street Mansion, you'll enter a supernatural soiree full of magic, hauntings and mystery that'll set you on a chilling journey with themed-drinks in hand. House of Spirits is a two-hour immersive experience that allows you to roam around the mansion and discover macabre magic, sinister séances, tarot readings, strange roaming specters, live music, hidden secret games and giant Ouija boards. There's a storyline to follow, too, about Molly and Francisco Vega, a young couple who lost their baby during childbirth. "Francisco focuses his grief into art and begins a series of disturbing paintings, while Molly’s grief drives her to a much darker place. Loosely based on the life and artwork of famous Spanish painter Francisco Goya, House of Spirits weaves a disquieting and interactive storyline certain to leave guests delightfully chilled." Be sure to prepare for the experience—guests are highly encouraged to dress in time period fashion, costume or elegant dress.

 

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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. 
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Eataly Flatiron’s rooftop has shed its spring greenhouse theme and emerge with a burst of fresh fall foliage. The new look, designed by the returning Milky Way Studio, is intended to evoke the changing flora of the Italian countryside right around this time of year. Take the elevator up to the 14th floor, and you’ll step into a kaleidoscope of verdant green and sunset hues of vibrant orange, amber and crimson, all winding up the walls and crisscrossing in a canopy overhead. Serra’s menu has been re-written, too, to focus on the flavors of fall. Eataly chefs source produce from the nearby Union Square Greenmarket in search of the harvest’s best, and over the next few months the restaurant will spotlight individual local farms, too. North Dutchess County’s Migliorelli Farm is first, and its honeycrisp apples will feature in the insalata di radicchio e mele. The menu also includes arancini, fried calamari, sharable snacks like the chef’s selection of meat and cheese, and ravioli, campanelle and tagliatelle plates. 

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  • Things to do
  • Long Island

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

The massive blaze has two locations—Hudson Valley returns to its location at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson for the 17th year and Blaze: Long Island returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage for the second year.

This year, the blaze is bigger and better than ever with thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns lit up in elaborate displays throughout historic landscapes. The Blaze: Hudson Valley will include a New York City streetscape and an immersive river walk-through experience. Blaze: Long Island will show off an 80-foot circus train, a new sea monster and more creatures from under the ocean.

There will be plenty of nights to see each Blaze — Hudson Valley will run for a record 59 nights from September 17 through November 21, and Long Island will run for 36 nights from September 22 through November 7.  

Luckily, the Blazes are outdoors and touch-free, however, capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing. Visitors who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are not required for vaccinated visitors while on the grounds but will be required when entering buildings at restrooms or shops.

Tickets go fast (flex tickets, which allow you to go any night have already sold out), so get yours today!

  • Art
  • Union Square

Giant bronze busts of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Congressman John Lewis now sit in Union Square in hopes of furthering the push for social change. The 12-foot-tall sculptures by Chris Carnabuci and Confront Art, which are made from precision-cut Okoume plywood and finished with bronze, are part of an exhibit called "SEEINJUSTICE" and titled "Floyd," "Breonna Taylor" and "John Lewis." They're displayed in the square under NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program and highlights the need for social change while honoring the lives and ongoing social justice messages through art, tying together three iconic people. Placing them in Union Square is on purpose—the park has a history as a democratic space to gather in the name of equality and justice. On Friday night (Oct. 1) there's a vigil at the installation.

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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.

 

  • 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. 

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  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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

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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  • Art

Fans of British street artist Banksy, rejoice! "Banksy Expo: Genius or Vandal?," an immersive exhibit featuring a ton of the artist's work, is here. 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 it will be appropriate for guests of all ages. Let's be honest: they had us at "Banksy."

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  • Art

A new art installation featuring creations from Grimes, Bon Iver, Miguel and other big-name entertainers is open in Brooklyn. Undercurrent, which is pitched as an “immersive audiovisual” experience, will feature a 60,000 square foot space showcasing celebrity-made art pieces that poignantly explore the ever-increasing climate crisis. Viewers can expect to find imaginative pieces, including Grimes’ AI-created meditations and a multimedia installation from Bon Iver, which will feature a new version of his 2019 song “Naeem” remixed by Chris Hontos. Other artists involved also include Aluna, Actress, Jayda G, Mount Kimbie, and Nosaj Thing.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • City Life

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. Apparently, axe-throwing pairs nicely with drinking alcohol as we have learned with Kick Axe Throwing and Hatchets & Hops and the slew of other axe-throwing bars, so Stumpy's will, of course, have a bar—a 700-square-foot bar—serving up craft beer and wine. The cool thing about Stumpy's is that it'll serve food from Industry City tenants, including personal pizzas from Table 87, and for larger group reservations it has partnered with Sahadi’s and Hometown Barbeque & Seasoned by Shalini.

 

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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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  • 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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  • Eating

Chef Jonathan Benno’s Michelin-starred Benno restaurant, which has been temporarily closed since March of 2020, is scheduled to reopen with a French fine dining menu this September, but another eponymous Benno operation is pacing to beat it to the finish line. It is intended as a casual companion to the reimagined Benno. Opening menu items include a fruits de mer plateaux with oysters, jumbo shrimp, Maine lobster remoulade and tuna tartare ($100), escargots ($18) rotisserie chicken ($32) and steak au poivre ($52). A happy hour from 5pm to 7pm each night includes deviled eggs with ossetra caviar ($12), salmon rillettes ($9) and white anchovies ($9.) And cocktails like the Death by Ramos (gin, absinthe, citrus, cream, egg white and Champagne), will be available alongside wine in 250ml and 500ml increments, as well as by the standard glass and bottle.

  • 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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  • 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. 

  • 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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  • Art

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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  • Art
  • Art

It’s fairly common to encounter a pop-up exhibition or art installation in the city, but it’s not very common for an entire gallery district to pop up. That’s just what’s happening now through September 30 in the South Street Seaport with “The Magic HOUR,” a series of specially curated exhibitions throughout the area produced by artist Kamau Ware of Kamau Studios and presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation. The immersive, multi-sensory exhibitions explore the impact of COVID-19 in NYC and beyond through the works of 30 artists located in various locations.

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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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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).

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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 Tuesday 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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  • 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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  • 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. The best part? All proceeds go toward organizations combating climate change.

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  • Art
  • 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).  In a press release, the MoMa pitches the ambitious show as examining “the car as a modern industrial product, transportation innovator, and style icon, as well as the generator of fatalities, traffic-choked environments, and ecological disaster in the oil age.” And, at the end of the day, the younger ones are sure to be impressed by all the cool cars.

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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. 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.

 

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  • Things to do
  • Brooklyn Heights

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

  • 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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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

Lovers of ethnic foods, rejoice: New York's renowned Queens Night Market is officially coming back on June 19, running every Saturday through October 30. As usual, vendors of all sorts will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park, serving everything from Indian tandoori kebabs to Bengali fuska, Hong Kongese soy sauce noodles and Puerto Rican papas rellenos. There will still be a $5-$6 price cap on food orders, to make sure you get to eat all that's available without breaking your wallet, plus beer and wine on offer for purchase. In terms of music, you can expect live gigs to capture your attention as well. 

 

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

 

  • Restaurants

It’s finally outdoor eating and drinking season in New York City, and rooftop restaurants and bars citywide are throwing open their doors for the occasion. So, too, is Smorgasburg, with a brand new spot in Jersey City set to launch on May 29, and the World Trade Center location returning on Friday, May 21.  Smorgasburg is best known for its locations on the Williamsburg waterfront and in Prospect Park, and we expect details on those venues soon. For now, Here’s a little more about what Smorgasburg 2021 has on deck...

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  • Restaurants
  • Eating

This beloved destination is now official open for the season, set to feature around 20 food vendors each Saturday from NOON to 7pm through November. Among the rotating lineup of vendors are San Antonio's Wood Fired Pizza, Downeast Lobstah, La Braza, Osicala NYC, Sechebel Catering Co. and Sweet and Salty Empanads. Dessert-wise, visitors can indulge in Island Love Cake's aged-rum cakes, Dre's Water Ice and Ice Cream Southern-style treats and baked goods from Sweet Obsessions, among others. As is now the standard across the world, COVID-19 safety measures are in place. Attendees are required to social distance and wear masks throughout the open space, of course. You'll also need a ticket to get in (which you can get right here) but, worry not, it's all completely free.

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  • Comedy
  • Stand-up
  • Astoria

Head over to Q.E.D. Astoria for stand-up each Friday night with the Transplants Comedy Show. As the name suggests, the comedians on stage are not originally from New York City, so they'll be telling jokes and stories about NYC and their hometowns. Hear from comics like Leclerc Andre (from D.C.), Mike Feeney (Long Island), Reggie Conquest (West Philly), Lindsay Theisen (South Carolina), Katie Boyle (Ireland), Pedro Gonzalez (Colombia) and Usama Siddiquee (Canada).

  • 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. 

 

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  • Art
  • Contemporary art
  • The Bronx

Celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's expansive 2021 exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden is finally opening this weekend 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.

  • 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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  • 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!

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

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

 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2020

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  • 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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