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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Rossilynne Skena Culgan

Things to Do Editor

As Things to Do Editor at Time Out New York, it's Rossilynne's job to find the best, most fun, most interesting events around the city. Consider her your guide to making the most of New York. She's fueled by constant curiosity, loves a quirky story and never grew out of always asking "why?"

Rossilynne's been covering arts and culture for more than a decade at publications including Saveur Magazine, Atlas Obscura, Thrillist, Business Insider, Hyperallergic, Google Arts & Culture, The Hechinger Report, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Magazine, the Tribune-Review, Carnegie Magazine, About.com and The Incline. She's the author of a Pittsburgh guidebook and is now working on a New York City guidebook. In addition, Rossilynne teaches aspiring journalists at Pace University.

When she's not writing, she's reading something for the feminist book club she co-founded, running an Instagram account for a sassy cat, photographing ghost signs and meandering through Central Park. One more fun fact: Rossilynne is a certified water taste tester (seriously).

Send event ideas her way: rossilynne.culgan@timeout.com.

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NYC's best summer music festivals of 2024

NYC's best summer music festivals of 2024

There's more than one kind of New York City music festival. The first events that come to mind might be the big-tent fests like Governors Ball, but just as important are staple series like City Parks SummerStage and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, which keep crowds coming out to our beloved green spaces all season long. Overwhelmed by all the choices? Check out our hand-picked this guide to the very best summer music festivals hitting town this year. We'll keep updating this as summer approaches, so stay tuned. RECOMMENDED: The 100 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists

The best things to do in NYC this weekend

The best things to do in NYC this weekend

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: Juneteenth celebrations, the Drag Me Out trolley tour, Bronx Vegan Bazaar, a Tony awards watch party, a Father's Day jazz show, the Tribeca Festival, and free events around town. All you have to do is scroll down to plan your weekend! RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in NYCRECOMMENDED: The best New York attractions Stay in the Loop: Sign up for our free weekly newsletter to get the latest in New York City news, culture and dining. 

The best Juneteenth events in NYC for 2024

The best Juneteenth events in NYC for 2024

It's time to celebrate Juneteenth 2024! Juneteenth has been celebrated by Black Americans since the late 1800s, but in 2020, the holiday garnered renewed attention as Black Lives Matter demonstrators called (and still call) for meaningful policy changes following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. NYC and New York recently made Juneteenth an official holiday, and it's now a federal holiday also.  What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is the celebration and commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers brought news to Galveston, Texas that the war was over and enslaved people were free (this was two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.) The celebration was coined "Juneteenth" and became a time for praying and for gathering with family. It became massively celebrated in Texas decades later, with many of the formerly enslaved and their descendants making an annual pilgrimage back to Galveston on this date, according to Juneteenth.com. When is Juneteenth? June 19 is on a Wednesday this year. Some celebrations take place on the actual holiday, while others take place the weekend before. How will Juneteenth be celebrated this year? The day has been celebrated more in Southern states with rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and baseball, with a focus on education and self-improvement. New York City has so many ways to celebrate this year. Scroll down to make your plans for Juneteenth.

The best 4th of July events in NYC for 2024

The best 4th of July events in NYC for 2024

It’s America’s big day and we're here for it. Head to one of Gotham’s best beaches, grab your sunscreen and your sunnies and prepare for some fun in the sun. After gorging on red-white-and-blue treats and drinks, head out for the night to watch the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks or sail around NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of the 4th of July in NYC

NYC's best Pride events for 2024, from the marches to concerts

NYC's best Pride events for 2024, from the marches to concerts

June is Pride Month, which means New York’s LGBTQ+ is ready to party, celebrate and stand up for equal rights in all the city’s rainbow-wrapped glory for the NYC Pride March and more. The Pride celebrations continue all month long. If you’re looking for LGBTQ+ things to do, we have your back—we’ve assembled the best performances, comedy shows, parties, gay bars and events that'll have you dancing, singing, learning and feeling heard. And while there’s no official census or index, it’s believed that New York City has the largest LGBTQ+ population in America—and that’s something to celebrate all year long! RECOMMENDED: A guide to Pride NYC

The 17 best lower delivery services in NYC: including flower subscriptions

The 17 best lower delivery services in NYC: including flower subscriptions

In a sleepless city, there's always an occasion to celebrate and buy gifts for. Don't we know it? Birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, house warmings, new babies, Mother's Day, promotions - you name it - and heck, they deserve it too. But, hold on a second. Don't rush to your nearest grocery store for a bouquet of wilting roses just yet, we have your back. Luckily, we live in NYC in the 21st century where you can get flowers delivered straight to your door for the very next day – or in some cases, that exact same day. And who doesn't love being gifted a bunch of flowers? And it’s not just bouquets you can get sent to your loved one. You can get potted plants (perfect for plant fanatics), good quality chocolates, candles, and even more brought straight to their door. We’ve saved your bacon by rounding up all of the very best flower delivery services in NYC, ready for you to choose your fave. And if you're not afraid of a little long term commitment, many of the shops included in our round up offer a subscription model so you can keep them coming... RECOMMENDED: 🍫 Check out the best chocolate deliveries in the USA How do we know it's the best of the best? Our lists are expertly curated by our local experts far and wide to offer you the lowdown on the best delivery services in NYC. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best outdoor art in NYC this summer

The best outdoor art in NYC this summer

New York City is full of free outdoor art that you don't even have to go to a museum to see. Sculptures, murals and photographs can be found in its parks, sidewalks and on its buildings! Locations such as the High Line, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn, Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens and other NYC locales all have a wide variety of pieces awaiting you, from massive sculptures to eye-popping murals and graffiti. Best of all, it costs you nothing to pay a visit. Below, find the best outdoor art in NYC to stroll by on a spring day. RECOMMENDED: The best art shows and exhibits in NYC

The best attractions and things to do in Manhattan

The best attractions and things to do in Manhattan

If you’re planning on making a visit to New York City, it would be ridiculous not to start with Manhattan and its attractions. Though it's neither the biggest borough (that’s Queens!) nor the most densely-populated (that’s Brooklyn!), it is the center of the city: historically, geographically, and culturally. Dominated by some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, here you’ll find globally famous attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. You’ve got some of the best restaurants in New York. And all the biggest and best Broadway shows are here because Broadway is literally in Manhattan. Whether you’re just visiting the Big Apple for the weekend or you’re a lifelong New Yorker looking for something new to do, these attractions in Manhattan are essential additions to your bucket list. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best New York attractions RECOMMENDED: The best non-touristy things to do in NYC This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best things to do in NYC this summer

The best things to do in NYC this summer

This summer in NYC promises to be an unforgettable one. The city has a boundless energy once the heat cranks up, so it's time to start checking off our sensational list of things to do in summer in NYC. Some of the most popular New York attractions provide an endless list of things to do outside from rooftop movies and free dance parties to can’t-miss music festivals and more. Here’s how to make the absolute most of these steamy summer nights. Tip: You may want to request off for a few staycation days too so you can spend some time relaxing at a few rooftop pools during the week when they’re less crowded. RECOMMENDED: NYC events calendar for 2023

The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week

If you’re looking for the best things to do in NYC this week, or even for today, there are tons of fun options, including the Uptown Night Market, Stonewall Chorale's Pride concert, Photoville, Deniro Con, the Queerly Festival, the kickoff of the Juneteenth NY Celebration, and awesome free events in NYC! For more ideas, scroll down to see this week's best things to do in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full list of the best things to do in New York Stay in the Loop: Sign up for our free weekly newsletter to get the latest in New York City news, culture and dining. 

The 100 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists

The 100 best things to do in NYC for locals and tourists

June 2024: Looking for the best things to do as summer begins in NYC? Our iconic museums, big attractions, and favorite restaurants have the coolest exhibits, shows and menus right now. This month, welcome the warmer weather with outdoor festivals, must-see museum exhibits and buzzy Broadway shows. From its art museums (The Met and Frick Madison) to its attractions (The Bronx Zoo and sunrises from the Empire State Building), New York City is the best city in the world. Its dining and drinking scenes are still unbeatable and boast killer bars, restaurants and offering creative new inventions. Every day, we’re discovering something new and wonderful about our city, whether it’s one of the best parks, some incredible views, must-see art, or hidden gem stores. Time Out editors comb through our exhaustive things to do lists, restaurant reviews and theater reporting to highlight and select the best of the best for this ultimate guide each month. So, consider below your NYC Bible. 

NYC events in July 2023

NYC events in July 2023

Some of the best things to do in summer are NYC events in July. Even after all the 4th of July events simmer down, there are still many awesome things to do for the duration of the month. After Independence Day, enjoy fantastic outdoor fun, hit up one of the city’s many rooftops and make sure to pencil in getting a tan at the best beaches in NYC while the weather is still hot, hot, hot.  RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar

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Museum Mile Festival

Museum Mile Festival

The 46th annual Museum Mile Festival is back this year with a slew of art-making activities, exhibitions and musical performances for all ages. It's NYC's biggest block party, running along Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street and 110th Street on Tuesday, June 18 from 6-9pm. New Yorkers can visit several of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, all of which are free and open to the public throughout the evening.  Here's the list of participating museums and highlighted activities: The Metropolitan Museum of Art with a chamber music performance from Sugar Hill Salon inspired by The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism exhibit  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's offering water painting and a sustainability program Neue Galerie New York with exhbitions "Paula Modersohn-Becker: Ich bin Ich / I am Me" and "Austrian Masterworks from the Neue Galerie" Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will feature hands-on design activities The Jewish Museum will present a musical performance by Matt Darieu World Klezmer Kapelye Museum of the City of New York with exhibitions including "This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture" and "Changing the Face of Democracy: Shirley Chisholm at 100" El Museo del Barrio invites attendees to its outdoor art-making activities inspired by its current exhibits The Africa Center presents a short film and exhibition that reimagines African identity and historical memory Expect additional programming from the following partners:

Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga

Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga

Times Square will be both busier than ever and calmer than ever on Thursday, June 20—the summer solstice—for the annual "Solstice in Times Square: Mind over Madness Yoga" event. Thousands of yoga practitioners will congregate from sunrise to sunset to take part in free yoga sessions throughout the day. This year, the event runs from 7:30am to 8:30pm at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between 43rd and 48th Streets. Over the past 22 years, this event has grown to welcome thousands of yogis taking multiple classes throughout the day and filling one of the busiest intersections in the world with peace and calm. Seven classes are available throughout the day; make a reservation for the in-person classes here. If you can't make it in person, you can livestream the classes via YouTube and on the Times Square Facebook page.

Live at the Archway

Live at the Archway

Head to Dumbo for live music and interactive art at this weekly summer series on Thursday evenings starting at 6pm. Live at the Archway features a headlining concert, plus an art exhibit on the Art Wall, where anyone can contribute to a collaborative piece—all totally free. While it's free to attend, you can buy drinks and food from pop-up vendors. If the weather is iffy, don't worry: the event takes place under the cover of the Manhattan Bridge and goes on rain or shine. Here's the full schedule: — June 20: Fogo Azul and La Banda Chuska with Peruvian cumbia with visual artist Sam Ticknor— June 27: Country music artist Paisley Fields with visual artist Billie Elise— July 11: A concert presented in collaboration with Brasil Summerfest with visual artist Noah Lyon— July 18: Contemporary salsa band Sonóra Nuyorkina with artists 20x200 in collaboration with Joan LeMay— July 25: Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Jerron Paxton and Dennis Lichtman with artist Emily Nam— August 1: Gentleman Brawlers with artist Annick Martin— August 8: Alternative singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham with artist Joshua Reynolds — August 15: A concert presented in collaboration with Queerchella with visual artist Melanie Hope Greenberg

Queerly Festival

Queerly Festival

Frigid New York hosts this annual showcase of subversive LGBTQ+ comedy, storytelling, short film and theater, running June 13-July 3 as part of Pride Month. Queerly aims to provide a space for queer artists who’ve rarely or never seen their identities portrayed on stage to be able to represent themselves and tell their stories their way. This year, in light of the barrage of anti-trans legislation across the country, the festival is prioritizing work by or featuring trans artists. Here's the full schedule.

FIAF's Bastille Day Celebration

FIAF's Bastille Day Celebration

We hope that you are prepared to loudly sing La Marseillaise while raising a glass of champagne—Bastille Day is coming soon! On Sunday, July 14, The French Institute: Alliance Française is hosting its is annual fête, and this year's celebration will be bigger than ever. Expect cultural programming, a champagne party, two film screenings, more than 50 French and local vendor booths, and free activities for all ages. Last year's celebration welcomed more than 25,000 people, so expect a packed party once again this year! Activities run from 12-5pm on Madison Avenue, from 59th to 63rd Street on the Upper East Side. See the full line-up right here.

Free to be Festival

Free to be Festival

Grab an ice-cold beer for this Pride kickoff celebration at Torch & Crown Brewing Company's Union Square location. The brewery's Free to Be festival on Sunday, June 9 includes performances by Chelsea Piers and Hanukah Lewinsky. DJ Scott Foster will be keeping the party going all day with various art vendors around the premises.

Bastille Day 2024: A French Music Festival in Central Park

Bastille Day 2024: A French Music Festival in Central Park

Several famous French and French-speaking artists are coming together for a music festival in Central Park in honor of Bastille Day. Hear from IAM, Magic System, The Avener, Laurie Darmon, and Femi the Scorpion on Sunday, June 14 from 5-10pm during this free celebration at Rumsey Playfield. Expect a mix of rap, pop, and electro vibes during the evening's events. No registration's needed; just show up!  The event's hosted by the Consulate General of France in New York, in association with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and the Committee of French Speaking Societies.  

Brooklyn Pride Celebration

Brooklyn Pride Celebration

The borough’s more-manageable LGBT celebration—several weeks before the big to-do in Manhattan—includes a movie night, performances, a 5K run, and a parade. The parade, known as the city's only twilight parade, runs along 5th Avenue in Park Slope between Lincoln Place and 9th Street on Saturday, June 8. Expect floats and thousands of marchers. 

The New York City Downtown Boathouse

The New York City Downtown Boathouse

The granddaddy of NYC’s free-kayaking scene, Downtown Boathouse offers gratis walk-up outings on Pier 26 in Lower Manhattan. Once you’ve signed a waiver and donned a life jacket, you can take your kayak out in designated areas for 20 minutes at a time—or longer if others aren’t waiting. Of all the city's kayaking options, the schedule is by far the best at Pier 26: Free kayaking is offered on weekends and holidays from 10am-4:30pm, no reservation needed. Fun fact: It's the world's largest free kayaking program.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse

Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse

Now is the time to take a kayak out in the majestic shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Free kayaking is offered on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. There's a free kids-and-family paddle on Sunday, which allows kids aged 7 and older to paddle solo (as long as a guardian is present) with help from additional on-water safety boaters.  Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse's program takes place in a protected embayment between Piers 1 and 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park with stunning views of the NYC skyline. They'll provide the boats, paddles, and life vests; you do the paddling. Though kayaking is free, you've got to register in advance. Some walk-ups may be accommodated if there's space, but making a reservation here is key.

Classic Harbor Line Pride Sail

Classic Harbor Line Pride Sail

Set sail for a good cause on a cruise with Classic Harbor Line this month. The New York Harbor Pride sails (benefitting the Hetrick-Martin Institute) offer a two-hour cruise on a classic Schooner where you'll get to see all the sights from a cool vantage point. This year, they're offering events on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Cruises begin from Chelsea Pier 62, then tour around the New York Harbor. A 400-square-foot Pride flag will flag above the ship as it sails past One World Trade Center, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Tickets for the Saturday cruise cost $125/adult, while tickets for the Sunday cruise cost $150/adult because you'll get a front-row seat to the Pride fireworks. On either day, you'll get a drink (beer, wine, champagne, or soda) with your ticket. You're welcome to bring a picnic onboard. The events benefit the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization serving LGBTQIA+ youth; 100% of net ticket sales will be donated to HMI. For this fifth year of the collaborative benefit, Classic Harbor Line has a goal to raise $15,000 total funds for HMI.

Manhattan West Woof Fest: Paws for Pride

Manhattan West Woof Fest: Paws for Pride

Celebrate Pride with your pup! Strut your stuff on the Pride catwalk contest, get a reading from a pup psychic, practice pet reiki, sit for a portrait, and stay for some treats. Manhattan West Woof Fest is held on Saturday, June 8 from 12-3pm at Manhattan West Plaza, and it's free to attend! Be sure to grab a rainbow bandana upon arrival to get in the Pride spirit. Registration is appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

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Harlem's first major outdoor sculpture exhibition is now on view

Harlem's first major outdoor sculpture exhibition is now on view

Twenty-six sculptures have popped up across the neighborhood of Harlem, combining to create the community's first large-scale outdoor sculpture exhibition.  The sculptures range from the abstract XOXO made of red steel tubes to the staggering "The Unbroken Project" in which an image of a ballet dancer is printed on bullet casings. The newly unveiled public artworks are on view and free to visit through October 30.  RECOMMENDED: The best outdoor art in NYC this summer Several local parks and venues now house the art installations, which were "curated to foster joy and beauty within our local community," organizers say. To create the exhibition, local art leaders asked artists of color from Harlem and neighboring areas to submit proposals, then made selections from there. The newly selected temporary pieces join with long-time permanent works to create the wide-ranging sculpture garden that organizers say is the neighborhood's first large-scale sculpture exhibition. "Harlem has had many great sculptors who have lived here. From Charles Alston, Augusta Savage, Richmond Barthé to most recently Valerie Maynard who died in 2022. Harlem Sculpture Gardens helps to expand that tradition with new artists engaged in fresh thoughts and perspective," Savona Bailey-McClain, executive director of the West Harlem Art Fund said in a press release. Photograph: Courtesy of West Harlem Art Fund | Artwork by Miguel Otero Fuentes Harlem Sculpture Gardens is led by the West Harlem Art Fund and

Take a free stroll through this enchanting secret lavender field in NYC

Take a free stroll through this enchanting secret lavender field in NYC

New York's summertime smells tend to get a bad rap: hot garbage, sweat, vape smoke and other olfactory offenses. But there's one place in the city where you can go this summer to breathe in the delightful herbal aroma of lavender.  Catch a ferry to Governors Island where you'll find the NYC Lavender Field in all its purple glory. The field is free to visit and definitely worth adding to your summer in NYC bucket list. June, in particular, is the perfect time to drop by as the plants burst into a wave of color. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in NYC this summer Unsurprisingly given the city's landscape, the NYC Lavender Field is the only lavender field in the city. When you visit, you'll get a chance to stroll along gravel paths through dozens of lavender bushes. More than 500 plants erupt in an ombre wave of color—royal purple, pastel gray, brilliant grape and bluish silver. Every single one is gorgeous.  Photograph: By Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out The garden is home to four different varieties of the plant, all grown without chem­i­cals or pes­ti­cides. They're main­tained by volunteers from Earth Mat­ter, a composting organization, which has run the field since 2017. If you want to take some lavender home with you, there are a few dates to bookmark. On Sundays from June 16 through July 7, come by the garden from 10:30am to 1pm to make a donation, learn to harvest, and take a bunch of lavender. "A healing space for the community, pollinators and the earth. The 

Who wore it better: the stars at the Met Gala or the dogs at the Pet Gala?

Who wore it better: the stars at the Met Gala or the dogs at the Pet Gala?

This year's Met Gala theme—Garden of Time—was a bit nebulous for the stars who walked the red carpet. Some nailed it (we're looking at you, Tyla and Lewis Hamilton), while others wore whatever gown or tux they wanted to, without much regard for the context. If the humans couldn't get it right, how could dogs, whose concept of time revolves around time for treats, time for a walk, and time for a nap? The precious pups at this year's Pet Gala mimicked the memorable looks from stars like Zendaya, Cardi B, Bad Bunny, Sarah Jessica Parker and more. And they were so cute, we don't mind if their looks didn't fit the theme. RECOMMENDED: These trippy sculptures of people in Manhattan will make you do a double take Pet Couturier Anthony Rubio hosted The Pet Gala at the AKC Museum of the Dog in Midtown East on Monday, showcasing 16 re-created Met Gala looks. In just two weeks, the stylist superstar turned red carpet gowns and suits into pet-friendly looks. With his experience hosting pup fashion shows during New York Fashion Week, Rubio was up for the challenging task. "I love to challenge myself," Rubio says. "The designers for The Met Gala have months to create their looks for celebrities to shine on the red carpet. I have two weeks to recreate them and for dogs. When I design for my Fashion Week runway shows, it's all my aesthetic. For The Pet Gala, I have to figure out how to translate garments worn by humans onto our four-legged stars. Humans can suffer for their fashion, but dogs

60+ concerts are coming to The Rooftop at Pier 17; here's what to see

60+ concerts are coming to The Rooftop at Pier 17; here's what to see

The Rooftop at Pier 17 has long been one of our favorite concert venues in New York City. The panoramic views, the chill vibe, and the stellar acoustics make it a truly special spot to see a show. And with this year's stacked lineup of 60+ concerts this summer, it's definitely worth heading there for a night of live music. The sixth Summer Concert Series on The Rooftop at Pier 17 features more than 60 artists in genres from rap (Isaiah Rashad) to rock (Social Distortion) to electronic (Electric Callboy) and more. Plus, there are several bands on the roster that will make Millennials swoon with nostalgia (like Taking Back Sunday, Something Corporate, Two Door Cinema Club, and Mayday Parade). Read on for the full lineup and get tickets here.    RECOMMENDED: Governors Ball 2024 just announced its lineup Photograph: By Ryan Muir Here's the full Pier 17 lineup for summer 2024 May 4 - Social Distortion and Bad Religion May 8 - Bad Religion and Social Distortion May 11 - Freddie Gibbs & Madlib with El Michels Affair May 13 - Electric Callboy with Bury Tomorrow and If Not For Me May 31 - NEEDTOBREATHE with special guest Judah & The Lion June 1 - Isaiah Rashad June 14 - Greensky Bluegrass June 15 - Reggae Fest Blaze June 16 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Neal Francis June 21 - Something Corporate June 22 - Billy Currington with Larry Fleet and Redferrin July 6 - Everyday People with DJ Moma & Friends July 9 - Cavetown & Mother Mother July 10 - Mother Mother & Cavetown July

7 hacks to make the most of NYC's Moynihan Train Hall

7 hacks to make the most of NYC's Moynihan Train Hall

Everybody has an opinion about how early to arrive at the airport, and we won't wade into that debate. But we will staunchly insist that it's worth getting to the train station a little early when you're traveling out of Moynihan Train Hall because this beautiful station is packed with local spots worth visiting.  Here are seven hacks for how to make the most of your time while you wait for your Amtrak or LIRR train to arrive.  RECOMMENDED: Moynihan Train Hall in New York City: The ultimate guide to this major transit hub Photograph: By Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out 1. Don’t worry about eating beforehand If you were rushing to pack and ran out of time to eat lunch (guilty), don't worry. There are more than a dozen actually good options for eating at Moynihan Food Hall. To name a few, there's Maman, Pastrami Queen, Alidoro, Naya, Jacob’s Pickles, E.A.K. Ramen, The Irish Exit, Yono Sushi by BondSt, and Vesuvio Bakery. If you're running really late, the line at H&H Bagels is usually not too long, and you can grab a bagel for the train.  Photograph: By Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out 2. Pick up a gift while you’re there Let's say you're traveling to your friend's bachelorette party in Philadelphia, your college roommate's wedding in Chicago, or your cousin's graduation in Washington, D.C. and you forgot to get a gift. Don't sweat it.  There are several shops where you can put together a very cute and very New York gift that nobody will know was purchased at the l

Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC: Everything you need to know

Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC: Everything you need to know

Giant puppets, reggaeton bands, salsa dancers, and floats will take over Fifth Avenue in Manhattan this Sunday for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. More than a million people typically participate in and attend the parade, making it the largest demonstration of cultural pride in the nation. An iconic institution for over half a century, the parade seeks to raise awareness of Puerto Rican culture and history and highlight the community’s contributions to the world. Here’s everything you need to know about this incredible event. When is the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York? The parade is on Sunday, June 9, and kicks off at 11am.  What is the parade route? The parade route marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street in Manhattan. What's the theme this year? This year’s theme is “Boricua de Corazón” (“Puerto Rican in my heart”).  Photograph: By Ryan Rahman / Shutterstock Who is the grand marshal? Acclaimed salsa singer Tito Nieves will serve as the 2024 Grand Marshal. Born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, Nieves spent his formative years in the musical scene of New York City. He trained as a musician as a young child, demonstrating tremendous talent and vocal power by the time he was a young teen. He started performing professionally at 15 years old. Today, he has an accomplished career that spans over four decades, with multiple Billboard and Grammy-nominated hit songs, including "Fabricando Fantasías." What's the history o

This must-see exhibit showcases work by one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century

This must-see exhibit showcases work by one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century

When Vivian Maier died in 2009 at the age of 83, a short obituary in the Chicago Tribune identified her as a "photographer extraordinaire" but left it at that. Her photographs had never reached the mainstream; in fact, much of her work remained undeveloped.  By chance, artist John Maloof stumbled up on a box of her negatives at an auction house and eventually realized there was something special about them. He shared the images with photographers and gallerists, and eventually Vivian Maier's work started getting the attention it deserved. At last, Maier is now considered one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, and you can see her evidence of that in "Unseen Work," an incredible new show at Fotografiska in the Flatiron District through September 29.  RECOMMENDED: Fotografiska is officially moving from its Flatiron address The Fotografiska show is the first major retrospective of Maier’s work in the U.S., and it’s packed with 230 photographs and video clips that explore the late artist’s extraordinary talent. The images range from the early 1950s to the late 1990s, documenting post-war America and the facade of the American dream. Photograph: By Rossilynne Skena Culgan for Time Out New York Maier was born in the Bronx in 1926 to a French mother and an Austrian father, then spent her early years between New York and France where she started trying photography in the late 1940s. In 1951, she returned to New York City to work as a governess, then continued that ca

Are we really ready for The Portal's 'pure window' into different cultures?

Are we really ready for The Portal's 'pure window' into different cultures?

"Let Me Tell You" is a series of columns from our expert editors about NYC living, including the best things to do, where to eat and drink, and what to see at the theater. They publish each Tuesday so you’re hearing from us each week. Last time, Things to Do Editor Rossilynne Skena Culgan highlighted ways to find some peace at free meditative experiences in NYC. In 2024, we're more connected than ever. Thanks to FaceTime, WhatsApp, Twitch, Facebook Live and Zoom, we can communicate with people around the world anytime at the click of a button. That's why I was a little skeptical when I heard about The Portal, a new livestream art project connecting New York's Flatiron District and Dublin's city center. How would this be any different than watching a live video of an influencer streaming their walk around Ireland, I wondered? Would busy New Yorkers actually pause to wave at strangers from across the globe? Would I really feel a sense of connection or would the experience feel voyeuristic?  It was harder than I expected to find the answers to those questions. I tried to visit The Portal twice last week, but each time, it was closed. That's because the installation had to shut down after some naughty behavior. Apparently people in Dublin were seen flashing swastikas, mooning the camera and showing images of the Twin Towers in flames, according to the New York Post. And our side of the pond wasn't without blame either, with one woman flashing the camera and another person seeming

This pop-up will serve ice cream scoops inspired by Governors Island this month

This pop-up will serve ice cream scoops inspired by Governors Island this month

What does summer in New York City taste like? Artist Elisabeth Smolarz will put the flavors of Governors Island into ice cream, set to debut on the island later this month. The ice cream-centered event is called Party as Participation, and it’ll be hosted on Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 3pm. The party is free and open to all. RECOMMENDED: Gitano Island is back with tropical vibes and truffle sopes Back in 2012, Smolarz had an artist residency on Governors Island. For the ice cream pop-up, she'll draw on the flavors, friendships, and artist communities she developed during that time. She'll also celebrate the distinctive features of the island itself, such as the weeping willow tree, the lavender fields, and the beloved Governors Island sheep: Flour, Sam, Evening, Chad, and Philip Aries. The tasting event will offer a culinary journey blending elements of childhood nostalgia, art, and nature. Expect four ice cream flavors at the event. Heads up for anybody with allergies, that the ice cream will contain dairy products. Smolarz was born in Poland and emigrated to Germany as a teen before moving to America. Her photos, videos, and social interactions aim to explore how consciousness, perception, identity, and value are formed by one's cultural milieu. The event, hosted at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's The Arts Center at Governors Island, marks the conclusion of the 2024 River To River Festival. Think of it as a party and sendoff, as well as a personal and a collective

West Side Fest is back with free museums, free shows, and more free fun in July

West Side Fest is back with free museums, free shows, and more free fun in July

After a successful debut last year, West Side Fest—a festival celebrating the best of the West Side—is back and bigger than ever with free access to museums, performances, and other all-ages fun. The festival runs from July 12 to 14 along the western side of Manhattan, expanding from one day to three days this year.  Activities include free admission to Dia Chelsea, a block party at Poster House, art-making at The Whitney, a family day at The Rubin, performances at Little Island, and much more. While many organizations are offering free admission to programs and events, advance registration may be required so check here before you go. RECOMMENDED: NYC's best summer music festivals of 2024 The event's hosted by The West Side Cultural Network—a group of museums, parks, performing arts centers, and cultural institutions all situated within the same half-mile portion of historic New York. It's intended to celebrate long-established cultural institutions as well as newer cultural powerhouses.  Here are a few West Side Fest highlights  Open Studio for Teens from at the Whitney Museum of American Art Free admission at the Whitney with artmaking activities and more during Free Friday Nights Free admission at Dia Chelsea Free admission at Poster House in celebration of the museum’s fifth anniversary Watercolor painting workshop with Georgie Flores inspired by the horticulture of Little Island Summer Sway at The Shed, a summer kickoff celebration Sound bath with custom synths and mini

Afro-surrealism and Afrofuturism are explored in this new immersive exhibit

Afro-surrealism and Afrofuturism are explored in this new immersive exhibit

Digital art and poetry combine for a dive into Afrocentricity and Afrofuturism at this new immersive exhibit in Chelsea. "Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies" at ARTECHOUSE runs all summer. The digital art exhibition promises a "vibrant reflection upon the past, present, and future of the Black experience." It's told through the perspective of London-based Afro-surrealist digital artist Vince Fraser alongside evocative poetry by ursula rucker. RECOMMENDED: Incredible immersive experiences to do in NYC right now Both artists worked to honor the legacy, struggles, and complexities of the Black experience in their work. Even the exhibition's title, "Aṣẹ" stems from a powerful mantra, affirmation, and philosophical belief held by the Yoruba people of West Africa, meaning "so will it be." (By the way, that's pronounced as AH-shay.) Photograph: Courtesy of ARTECHOUSE Artist Vince Fraser, a London-based digital illustrator with two decades of experience, is known for pushing boundaries in film and motion. His work combines with that of Philadelphia-based poet Ursula Rucker, who has worked with The Roots and Louie Vega. The centerpiece of the exhibition, called Vision of the Black Experience, takes visitors on a four-part journey through universal themes of resilience, cultural celebration, and the possibility of the future. Visuals showcase Fraser’s designs and Rucker’s poetry to focus reflect on “the current zeitgeist, the mystical realms of African culture that have profoundly influenced the

Watch classic movies at Rooftop Cinema Club this summer; here’s the full schedule

Watch classic movies at Rooftop Cinema Club this summer; here’s the full schedule

Take your movie-going experience to the next level this summer at Rooftop Cinema Club. The experience offers a chance to watch a movie on a Midtown rooftop with vegan popcorn, classic theater candy, and craft cocktails. Kicking off on May 1, this season's rooftop movie schedule includes classics like When Harry Met Sally, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Mean Girls, Clueless, and so much more. Also expect special programming for Star Wars day, AAPI Heritage Month, Black Music Month, and Pride Month. Plus, it’s adding a Saturday Cereal Club and Mimosas & Muffins Sundays. Keep scrolling for the full lineup, and get tickets here. RECOMMENDED: 60+ concerts are coming to The Rooftop at Pier 17; here's what to see Photograph: Courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club Movies to see at Rooftop Cinema Club this summer May  To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, the schedule features films that celebrate the many facets of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. To name a few, Parasite, Past Lives, and Everything Everywhere All at Once are on the lineup.  Given the popularity of May for weddings, the theater's also showing some iconic wedding movies, like Wedding Crashers, The Proposal, and Runaway Bride.  June  June's lineup honors Black Music Month and Pride Month. Black Music Month offerings include Brown Sugar, Love Jones, and Poetic Justice. For Pride, see But I'm a Cheerleader, The Color Purple, Showgirls, and more. As part of Pride Month, $1 from every