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The best winter getaways from NYC

The best winter getaways from NYC

It's time to get away from NYC. The city is quiet, the powder out there is fresh and the need is great. While there are plenty of things to do in winter in NYC, the city can also feel awfully gloomy when the sun disappears at 4pm each day. To ward off the winter blues, you could get yourself into one of the best bars with fireplaces or...you could flee. Whether you’re the adventurous type looking for some of the area’s best ski trips near NYC or a more low-key vacationer wanting to kick back and relax, we’ve got you covered with the best winter getaways from NYC.  RECOMMENDED: Find more weekend getawaysRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnb barns near NYCRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnb cabins near NYCRECOMMENDED: The best beach house Airbnbs near NYCRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in NYCRECOMMENDED: The coziest Airbnbs near NYC

The best classes in NYC

The best classes in NYC

You’re a smart cookie so you probably know that education doesn’t have to stop at graduation: New Yorkers can constantly add to their skills in the wide range of fascinating classes in NYC. Gym rats can get their adrenaline fix from the hottest new fitness classes, while creative types might want to visit the best arts and crafts stores to learn how to create their very own craft masterpieces. For the adventurous student (that's you!), we've uncovered the best out-of-the-box classes in NYC, ranging from dance classes for adults to a hands-on neon sign workshop. Whether you've always wanted to try aerial acrobatics or you're an aspiring sommelier, we have the course for you. All you need to do? Check out our hand-picked list of the best classes NYC has to offer, pick your perfect class, and get that grey matter going. Every day's a school day! Happy learning, friends. Recommended: the best couples cooking classes in NYCRecommended: the best acting classes in NYCRecommended: the best pottery classes in NYCRecommended: the best NYC writing classesRecommended: the best drawing classes in NYCRecommended: the best makeup classes in NYCRecommended: the best coding classes in NYC

The best NYC tours and walks

The best NYC tours and walks

With so many must-see attractions in NYC, a visit to the city can be overwhelming. The best NYC tours — whether by land, sea or air — can help you make the most of your visit. Even locals will enjoy these tours and maybe learn something new (or discover a few secret NYC destinations) by taking an off-the-beaten-path tour. Choose your own adventure: walking tours, boat tours, bike tours and helicopter tours are all great ways to see the city, and the expert guides will leave you with a satisfying taste of the city. Looking for something more specific? There are food tours, movie tours, art tours, architecture tours and more. Whatever part of NYC you want to explore, there’s a tour for you, and you’ll have fun while learning everything you need to know about the Big Apple. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. Recommended: the best lesser-known attractions in NYC Recommended: the best non-touristy things to do in NYCRecommended: the best parks in NYCRecommended: the best food tours in NYC

The best walking tours in NYC

The best walking tours in NYC

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of trying to see as much of New York as possible in a short time, the solution might be one of Gotham's best walking tours. NYC is one of the easiest cities to navigate on foot, and there's certainly no shortage of interesting sights around every corner, from awesome street art and graffiti to the most haunted places in NYC to beautiful NYC buildings to the most awe-inspiring New York attractions. New York natives and first-time tourists alike will discover parts of the city they’ve never seen before on the best walking tours in NYC. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to New York City tours

The best attractions in Brooklyn

The best attractions in Brooklyn

While Manhattan draws the most tourists with its all-around incredible slate of restaurants, bars, museums, and bucket-list things to do, Brooklyn isn’t far behind. For locals and repeat visitors, the best Brooklyn attractions are well worth a spot alongside NYC’s essential destinations. Williamsburg, of course, is an attraction in itself, but you’ll find cool things to do in neighborhoods like Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Bed-Stuy, DUMBO, and more. These Brooklyn attractions range from walks through parks, visits to iconic architectural gems, fabulous museums, unique shopping, and other only-in-NY activities. So be sure to branch out from Manhattan and hit up Brooklyn for more unique New York experiences. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best New York attractions

The best boat tours in NYC

The best boat tours in NYC

In all of planet Earth, there is no other skyline quite like that of New York City. No matter how they’re viewed, the Big Apple’s skyscrapers and landmarks are iconic. But there’s one way of touring NYC that beats out the rest, hands down – by boat.   Whether from the upper deck of a yacht or hunkered down on a speedboat, views from the harbor show NYC at its absolute finest. From the Statue of Liberty to the One World Trade Center, you can take in all the biggest sights without dealing with packed subway cars and endless traffic jams. Below are some of the Big Apple’s biggest and best boat tours. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. 

The 20 best attractions in Manhattan

The 20 best attractions 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 in point of fact 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 This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best things to do on Long Island, New York

The best things to do on Long Island, New York

Whether you refer to it as “out east” or “The Island,” there’s no shortage of things to do on Long Island, New York. Yes, you have your ritzy beaches and shops in the Hamptons and wild parties on Fire Island. But the 118-mile-long island is also home to top-notch wineries, fascinating museums, stellar dining and some of the best beaches near NYC. Better yet, it’s almost all accessible via public transportation on the LIE or LIRR. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the Hamptons

Every Christmas party worth going to in NYC

Every Christmas party worth going to in NYC

Looking for the best Christmas party? New York is home to some amazing ragers this holiday season. Combining the aesthetics of some of the city’s greatest Christmas window displays with the music you’d find at the best Christmas concerts in NYC, these extravaganzas are bound to get you in the holiday spirit as you shimmy and shake the night away in your offensive funny Christmas sweaters. Don't forget to check out other stellar NYC events in December too!  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York RECOMMENDED: The best Christmas hotels in New York

Where to shop on Black Friday in NYC

Where to shop on Black Friday in NYC

Before you finish your last bite of Thanksgiving Turkey, Black Friday—NYC’s biggest shopping day of the year—will already be in full swing. Sure, some stores will remain closed out of respect for the holiday. But others are offering deals days in advance to offset the shipping delay madness. If you’re a traditionalist and plan to shop in person the day after Thanksgiving, this list of stores will certainly have the deals and steals you’re jonesing for. Like last year, it’s safe to assume most stores will have COVID-19 safety protocols in place. For those willing to brave the crowds and the early hours for a shopping bonanza, look to these stores and start planning your route. (Might we suggest hitting the ones near the best coffee shops in NYC first?) If you don’t shop until you drop, check out some of the best things to do in NYC on Black Friday at major New York attractions. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Thanksgiving in NYC

The best indoor activities in NYC

The best indoor activities in NYC

NYC is an amazing place to spend time outside. You can’t go wrong strolling the streets to admire the architecture, chilling out in a beautiful park, dining outside, taking in some public art, sipping a cocktail at a rooftop bar or enjoying a street fair. But alas, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Rain, snow and humidity can spoil outdoor plans. Fortunately there are plenty of indoor activities in NYC that make it worth leaving your apartment when the conditions outside are less than ideal. From world-class museums and slick bowling alleys to cozy bookstores, indoor climbing gyms and top-notch shopping, you can plan a day out without worrying about downpours, snowstorms or whatever inconvenient weather may arise. Get out there and enjoy these indoor activities in NYC.

The best NYC ghost tours

The best NYC ghost tours

Halloween enthusiasts start prepping for the holiday even before the first leaves start to turn. There’s so much to plan, from picking a pumpkin to finding the perfect costume and decorations. To really get in the mood for Halloween, these NYC ghost tours should be on the checklist too. The city is full of legit spooky spots and haunted places, from cemeteries and haunted mansions to a crumbling hospital and tragedy-prone island. These ghost tours will take you through all the nooks and crannies where real-life horrors and paranormal sightings happened right in our own backyard. Be warned, however: you may never look the same way at certain neighborhoods ever again. After uncovering local frights on an NYC ghost tour, you can opt for a more interactive screamfest at a haunted house, or just stay safely indoors with some popcorn and one of the best horror movies.

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Beetle House

Beetle House

Fans of the Tim Burton canon might end up with a “This is Halloween” sandworm in their ear after a visit to this love letter to the pop-goth maestro himself. Enter through a black and white-striped doorway that nods to the bar’s iconic namesake and into a barroom replete with an eerie purple glow, portraits of Jack Skellington and the occasional cosplaying superfans.  The bar also has an outdoor space this season, so you can sip a Tequila-based The Beetle’s Juice, rummy Coco Skellington and Mystery Blood Bag “filled with the blood of our victims, perfect for the vampires and creatures of the night,” amid Beetle House’s titillating decor or out on its spooky East Village street.  Beetle House is located at 308 East 6th Street and is open on Wednesday from 5pm-11pm, Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-midnight and Sunday from 5pm-11pm. 

Aquavit

Aquavit

2 out of 5 stars

This respected restaurant has reopened after an overhaul of its interior design and a refreshed menu. Chef Emma Bengtsson has cooked up more options on the new tasting menus, and the expanded bar area serves dishes such as crab fritters and a fried cod sandwich.

BangOn! NYC presents Time + Space

BangOn! NYC presents Time + Space

Alongside contemporary house DJs Claptone and Shiba San, this massive trip into immersive psychedelia will feature, well, a lot. We’re talking aerialists, a mirrored room, a pirate ship, a comfy nook for snuggling (really), body painting, a silent disco, an LED dome, lots of memorable costumes and more.

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

Otto Enoteca Pizzeria

Inspired by Bolognese enoteca with design details that reference Italian train station, OTTO is a West Village mainstay. Just a few steps from NYU central and Washington Square Park, OTTO is an Italian-focused respite located on 8th street (OTTO means eight in Italian) with a menu led by Executive Chef Gaetano Arnone that offers both dinner and lunch.  OTTO is split between the white marble-covered enoteca (offering wine, cheese and saulumi) and the more formal dining area focusing on pastas and pizzas. The fun continues with gelato and live music. 

Ophelia

Ophelia

The history of Ophelia runs deep. When The Panhellenic Tower opened in 1928, it was the only hotel at the time to be managed by women. It continued it's feminist legacy as a social club for women entering the workforce (sort of like a prototype for The Wing). Today it pays homage to its early feminist days welcoming all types of guests into a decadent barroom fashioned with soaring cathedral windows, jewel-tone blue walls, and glass showcases filled with vintage oddities. At first, it may feel awkward strolling through a quiet apartment building’s bright lobby at 9pm, bypassing the doormen and hustling into a packed elevator with three cranky, middle-aged European tourists. But once you reach the 26th floor of Beekman Tower,  Ophelia’s sultry old-world appeal instantly clicks. The bar—once named Top of the Tower—even served oh-so-casual customers like Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa.  

Pig and Khao

Pig and Khao

3 out of 5 stars

The Southeast Asian honky-tonk is fast becoming a food-world clichĂ©. Pig and Khao might have seemed audacious once, but it comes across as mostly derivative today. Run by former Top Chef contender Leah Cohen, the joint has a familiar setup, with plenty of canned beer, hot chilies and hip-hop. The pig-centric menu features dishes like classic “sizzling sisig,” a chopped-pig’s-head-and-fried-egg breakfast, featuring fatty bits fragrant with kafir lime, ginger and chilies, beautifully caramelized, as they should be, in a cast-iron pan. Other highlights include pork jowl with brussels sprouts, Thai curry chicken wings, and sweet-spicy curried lamb ribs. An enclosed backyard is open year-round so you and your crew can sprawl out and dig in family-style. 

Hilton New York JFK Airport

Hilton New York JFK Airport

For layovers and overnights before very early flights, the Hilton New York JFK Airport offers a comfortable crashpad, with 356 rooms and suites, a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle and an indoor heated pool. The rooms are unadorned—white linens, taupe walls, wood headboards—and overall the property heavily caters to the business traveler with ample desk space, free printing, meeting rooms and a business center. For an upgraded experience, book one of the Executive Level rooms to gain access to the Executive Lounge, which serves complimentary breakfasts, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Neighborhood: Anyone who has caught a flight out of JFK probably doesn’t have a high opinion of the neighborhood, but there’s actually more to it than the airport. Visitors can get a dose of natural beauty at serene Baisley Pond Park just a few blocks away, or journey further south to kick back on the sand at Rockaway Beach. Nearby: Anil’s Roti Shop: For Trinidadian curry and flaky, split-pea-stuffed bread Forest Park: For beautiful hiking trails, softball fields and an 18-hole golf course Rockaway Brewing Company: For local suds within walking distance of the beach Time Out tip: The hotel isn’t far from what is arguably Queens’ biggest attraction: Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Built for the 1939 World’s Fair, the massive green space boasts the Unisphere, an 140-foot steel globe, Citi Field and Queens Museum. There’s more than enough to occupy an entire afternoon—if not a full day.

Crowne Plaza JFK Airport

Crowne Plaza JFK Airport

Like the Hilton at JFK, the 330-room Crowne Plaza has meeting spaces, a business center and a complimentary 24-hour shuttle. But it has a few additions, small and large, that make for a more interesting stay, from the in-room safes that are big enough to hold laptops to the “zen room” in the fitness center for yoga and meditation. The rooms are designed with red accents and modern art that are a departure from the monotonous, inoffensive decor you usually get an airport hotel. If, god forbid, you lose some luggage, the hotel concierge will gladly set you up with replacement toiletries for free. Neighborhood: The airport’s immediate surroundings are uninspiring, but make your way north into Jamaica to find a more lively nabe. It’s home to a thriving Caribbean and Southeast Asian community and one of the few affordable areas left in the city. Nearby: Sybil’s West Indian Bakery: For authentic Guyanese fare like beef patties and stewed okraRockaway Beach: For a relaxing day walking the boardwalk and laying on the beach Bellittle Bicycles: For the chance to visit the oldest bike shop in the country (really!) Time Out tip: Head northwest from JFK to hit Forest Park, 500-acre expanse of knobbly hills, meadows and hiking trails. You could spend a peaceful afternoon admiring the greenery or rent some clubs to play a round of golf at the par 67 course.

New Year’s Eve at Output

New Year’s Eve at Output

We tip our hats to U.K. DJ heavyweight John Digweed, who mans the decks for an insane eight hours straight, whipping the masses at Williamsburg’s Output into a frenzy with the thumping house and techno he’s been perfecting for two decades overseas. In the venue’s smaller Panther Room, meanwhile, you can catch an onslaught of six spinners (including underground dance-music collective Push the Night).   

El Original

El Original

New York was flooded with queso during the great Tex-Mex surge of 2015, thanks in part to this cavernous Hell's Kitchen eatery from blogger and Homesick Texan author Lisa Fain, along with co-owners native Texan Michael Ginsberg and Michael Barett (the Tippler). Fain cut ties with the restaurant in late 2015, and the owners have since brought in a new executive chef Miguel Franco to serve up his take on the Southern comfort fare. Across a 7,500-square-foot stretch of barn-wood wainscoting, twinkling strung lights and pedal-steel guitar licks, the kitchen dispatches Tex-Mex classics like slow-stewed beef frito pie, a giant chimichanga (fried burrito) and a new short-rib burger topped with spicy chile, refried beans, queso and a fried egg.   

Lucey’s Lounge

Lucey’s Lounge

This shabbily charming Gowanus spot mixes fresh, seasonally inspired cocktails that get lift from herbs and botanicals such as lavender, mint and grated nutmeg.  

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8 ways to celebrate the return of Game of Thrones in NYC this weekend

8 ways to celebrate the return of Game of Thrones in NYC this weekend

It may be spring in NYC, but Game of Thrones fans have winter and (spoiler) ice dragons on their minds! In honor of the final season of the popular HBO TV series—which premieres on Sunday, April 14—there have been an influx of GoT-themed events and Iron Throne sightings in NYC.  If you can't wait for all the madness and murder to begin, brace yourselves by checking out these events and specials this weekend.  Experience a Game of Thrones tour at The Rubin Museum Discover how HBO's breakout hit series resembles actual life in this tour of the Rubin's new exhibit, Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism. The tour is free with admission to the museum and examines politics, religion and art—but, sadly, not dragons. Bust a move at Rave of Thrones Hodor's a DJ? Turns out actor Kristian Nairn has been serving up big room house bangers to enthusiastic dance floors for over 20 years. If you're a rabid GoT fan with a high tolerance for finger hearts, his gig on Saturday 13 at Schimanski for you. Play some Game of Thrones (TV) Trivia Contrary to Cersei Lannister’s opinion, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to trivia about HBO’s addictive series. The obsessive folks from Trivia AD are throwing down the gauntlet with five brutal rounds of Westerosi trivia on Monday 15, so ready a team of up to four fans, and make sure you’ve read up on dragon etymology, Valyrian steel swords and Wildling tribes if you want to walk out with your dignity (and all of your limbs). St

This MetroCard hack gives you a free subway ride

This MetroCard hack gives you a free subway ride

A new "hack" has surfaced on social media that can allegedly turn a two-trip MetroCard into an unlimited pass. Explained by way of a quasi-catchy hip-hop track, a musician called The Blue Hundreds has broken down exactly how the trick works. First, get yourself an empty two-trip MetroCard and swipe it at the turnstile. Next, bend the bottom right corner of the card towards the magnetic strip and swipe the card two consecutive times. Unbend the card, swipe two more times, and on the second swipe, the machine will let you pass.  A post shared by @thebluehundreds on Apr 24, 2017 at 5:32am PDT The hack dates back to the two-trip card's debut in the '90s, according to the New York Daily News. The MTA is aware of the glitch in the system but has never issued a fix, despite the trick being publicized for nearly two decades. It's also very, very difficult to track down a two-trip card—you can't buy one at a subway kiosk. The special cards are only distributed through hospitals and various social service agencies. While the bendy hack isn't anything new, the track is, and we're all for transit-inspired tunes (so long as they're not performed by Linkin Park).  It's important to note that this practice is illegal and could get a commuter into trouble with the law if they're busted pulling it off. So if you see someone bending their MetroCard and gumming up a turnstile, just swipe them on through.  "Despite the illegal video tutorial, it is still very difficult to manipulate the

Where to celebrate Galentine’s Day in NYC

Where to celebrate Galentine’s Day in NYC

It's Valentine's Day week in NYC, do you know where or how you'll be celebrating with your boo? (Okay, we'll give you a moment to roll your eyes.) RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Valentine's Day in NYC We get it, celebrating Valentine's Day in the city can be a real drag. (Consult our rant from last week.) But this week, particularly February 14, doesn't have to be another painful reminder of how single you are. In fact, there is likely more love in your life than you realize.  According to Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, the day before Valentine's Day (Feb 13) is a national holiday called Galentine's Day, during which women celebrate and revel in the awesomeness of their best gal pals. Because we live in the greatest city on Earth, there are bunch of events happening tomorrow and on February 14 where you can celebrate love in all its forms amongst friends. So grab your girls (fellas can come too), and check out the best Galentine's Day events going down this week.  Tavi Gevinson: Rookie on Love at Strand Ever-evolving editor, curator, fashion icon and actor Gevinson launches the latest edition of her online magazine Rookie, featuring over 45 pieces by Hilton Als, Gabourey Sidibe, Rainbow Rowell and other contributors. It’s Not Personal presents Luv Notes: A Cathartic Workshop at New Women Space It's Not Personal, an anthology capturing the trials and tribulations of dating, relationships and sex, invites you to celebrate Cupid's holiday by writing some humorous and ther

The five best free things to do in NYC this week

The five best free things to do in NYC this week

When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to have a good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to free things to do in NYC POP! A Bingo PartyThis delicious night of catty geek revelry hosted by comedian Bobby Hankinson provides clips, trivia and drunken debates on sacred topics from the media vault. This edition’s honoree: Britney Spears. Parklife, 636 Degraw St, Brooklyn (parklifebk.com). Wed 31 7–9:30pm. “One Year of Resistance” More than 80 artists share their responses to the issues, culture and policies of the current presidential administration at this provocative group show, which follows up last year's "UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN" exhibition. The Untitled Space, 45 Lispenard St (212-780-0960, untitled-space.com). Wed 31 at 10am. First Fridays: Afro-Latino Edition Celebrating Arturo Schomburg Kick off Black History Month during the Schomburg Center’s monthly get-down featuring signature drinks and Latin rhythms from DJ IRS and a hip-shaking performance by Afro-Venezuelan drum group Tambor y Caña. Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to bust some serious moves. 515 Malcolm X Blvd (212-491-2200, nypl.org/locations/schomburg). Fri 2 at 6pm. Target First SaturdaysMake art inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat and get

The five best free things to do in NYC this week

The five best free things to do in NYC this week

When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to have a good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to free things to do in NYC Uh-Oh: Stories From People Who Pooped their Pants Friends and Lovers; Wed 24; 8pm Mining perhaps the richest arena of situational comedy, host Chris Calogero and his buddies share hilarious stories of nature's calling. Enjoy tales of horror from Mary Mack, Carmen Lagala, Drew Anderson, Emily Winter, Kenice Mobley and Larry Mancini. Giveaway winners have the chance to get their own Squatty Potty. Who said that comedy can't change your life? Samantha: Comedy at the Pleasure Chest; Fri 26; 8pm Liz Magee holds court at adult toy shop The Pleasure Chest in this dope monthly show. Bring a drink and get your life to sets by Melissa Aquiles, Courtney Maginnis, Joe Castle Baker, Aminah Imani and Catherine Cohen. Prepare to walk out with discounted goodies. Arkham Bizarre; Fri 26; 10pm Ring in a truly dark Black Friday at this divine dungeon rave going down every month at Bizarre. Resident DJ Cyclonus and guest DJ James David spin a lurid mix of ’80s synth, postpunk, death-rock and goth music. While you dance to Siouxsie and the Banshees, Adam and the Ants and Depeche Mode, you can catch glimpses o

We ran the Google Art & Culture matchmaker against famous New Yorkers’ faces

We ran the Google Art & Culture matchmaker against famous New Yorkers’ faces

By now you’ve likely come across Google’s new Art & Culture app, a program that, among other things, matches selfies to famous paintings. It’s a cheap trick from the technology giant to collect a whole slew of biometric data from its users (you can’t even use the selfie feature in Texas or Illinois), but we’ll be damned if it isn’t delightful to uncover your art history doppelgĂ€nger. Running your own visage through Google’s face reader can get old pretty quick, though, and we couldn’t help but wonder what would turn up if we had the app analyze some of New York’s most famous faces. What followed was an amusing comparison between 10 of New York City’s most influential residents and portraits hanging in galleries across the globe. From Sarah Jessica Parker to Anna Wintour to Lady Liberty, our little experiment suggests that no New Yorker’s look is as original as one might think. Governor Andrew Cuomo Mayor Bill de Blasio Sarah Jessica Parker Leslie Jones Anna Wintour Steve Buscemi Tina Fey Fran Lebowitz Tiffany Pollard The Statue of Liberty Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.

Five rooftop Halloween parties to check out this weekend

Five rooftop Halloween parties to check out this weekend

Halloween weekend in New York is upon us, and boy oh boy, are we excited to see the city get weird as hell at events across town. This month’s unseasonably warm weather means that ghoulish revelers of the night will not be stuck indoors while they celebrate, and rooftop bars throughout the city are planning accordingly. If you're looking to leave the crowds at street level behind and celebrate Halloween atop the NYC skyline, then these rooftop parties are perfect for you. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC Monster Bash, Salvation Taco; Saturday, October 28, 9pm; $65This Murray Hill spot is an ideal place to soak in some great views and wolf down some Mexican fare any time of the year, but on Saturday it is turning into a full-fledged All Hallow’s Eve wonderland. Tickets include an open bar from 9pm to midnight and complimentary tacos from 9–10pm. Don't hold back on your costume, either—it's giving out prizes for best individual and group costumes.  A Nightmare at 230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar; Saturday, October 28, 8pm; $20–$25Don't even bother showing up to this party in regular human garb—costumes are strictly required. Get ready for two dance floors worth of funkiness, a stellar view of the city and a glorious reminder of why you love New York. Cops + Robbers Costume Party, Hotel Chantelle; Saturday, October 28, 9pm; $20–$1,200Can't think of a good costume this year? Booking a ticket to this shindig means you should whip out your best imitation of New York's fi

How not to be a dick with an umbrella in NYC

How not to be a dick with an umbrella in NYC

There's nothing quite like a rain shower to turn New Yorkers into inconsiderate assholes. Whenever the huddled masses across town are reminded of the phenomenon that is the water cycle, all hell breaks loose and nearly every unspoken social contract that binds the city together is thrown out the window. The most pernicious? Awful umbrella etiquette.  New Yorkers wield their umbrellas with the carelessness of a six-year-old child whose fingers are caked with melted gummy bears. The oft-repeated warning of "you could poke an eye out" feels more relevant than ever when trying to navigate a rainy street in Gotham.  We're acutely aware of the haphazard manner with which New Yorkers carry umbrellas—it upsets us so much that we've been compelled to put together a brief guide for umbrella etiquette in the city on a rainy day. Should we have to do this? Probably not, but we're hoping that this can be one small step toward reminding people that a little bit of rain does not give you the license to act like a complete dick.  1. Beware the subway stairs We've tackled the problem of umbrellas on subway stairs before, but it's worth reinforcing. If you're walking up the stairs, take the extra five seconds to clear the top step (and any human heads nearby) before unfurling your water shield. A few drops are not going to kill you, but a metal tip to the face could do some damage. If you're heading down to the subway, carefully close your umbrella before descending. It's really not complicate

Seven Halloween costumes that are perfect for New Yorkers this year

Seven Halloween costumes that are perfect for New Yorkers this year

A post shared by Logan Hasson (@loganhasson) on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:50am PST Halloween is upon us, New York. The city is gearing up to get even stranger than usual as folks across town don their funkiest duds in an effort to celebrate the weird, witchy holiday. You'll almost certainly see plenty of people dressed as cats and skeletons at parties across town, but we're here to help you take your costume to the next level. With that in mind, here are seven costume ideas that are perfect for New Yorkers this year.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC 1. Chris Christie on the beach: A budget stalemate left New Jersey's beaches closed over Fourth of July weekend this past summer, but that didn't stop New Jersey Governor Chris Christie from soaking up some rays with his family along the coast. Commemorating this selfish move through costume doesn't require much more than a pair of shorts, a T-shirt, a hat, a lawn chair and a general contempt for the well-being of your constituents.  2. Aaron Judge: This costume might be a little inside baseball for most of the country (get it?), but it's perfect for New Yorkers. Fresh off a devastating collapse in the ALCS, this costume could not be more timely. Recycle your old graduation robe, slap on your favorite Yankees cap and prepare to get drunk enough to forget the fact that the Bronx Bombers blew their World Series run. 3. The old Kosciuszko Bridge: This piece of New York City infrastructure might be gone but its spirit certainly

The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days

The five best free things to do in NYC over the next seven days

When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to have a good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday. RECOMMENDED: Free things to do in NYC guide Ailey Spirit Week To launch the new wing of its studio, iconic dance institution Alvin Ailey opens its doors for special free editions of its classes. Get a killer workout and learn new skills and styles like hip-hop (Wed 18 6–7pm), Whine Up: Afrobeat/Caribbean (Fri 20, 7:30–8:30pm) New York–style mambo (Sat 21 4:30–6:30pm) and contemporary dance (Sun 22 2:30–4:30pm), all led by master instructors. The Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W 55th St (212-405-9000, alvinailey.com). Wed 18–Sun 22 at various times. “Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme” View ensembles—parkas, neoprene and Mylar dresses, and more—inspired by the demands of life in the Arctic, desert, underwater and in outer space at this cutting-edge fashion exhibition. The Museum at FIT, 227 W 27th St (fitnyc.edu). Thu 19 at noon.   Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade The Village Halloween Parade is fun and all, but does it have a plethora of puppies in adorable outfits? For that, you’ll have to head to the East Village for this annual dog parade. The getups are remarkably elaborate and conceptual—no surprise given the thousands

The Open House New York 2017 lineup is here, and it’s amazing

The Open House New York 2017 lineup is here, and it’s amazing

Open House New York returns for its 15th year the weekend of October 14–15, giving New Yorkers access to more than 200 spaces across the city that are normally off-limits to the public. The festival celebrates the city's amazing architecture and allows attendees to interact with some of the most storied places across town. This year's lineup returns with many of the staples that have made the festival so cool over the past decade-and-a-half, including the Woodlawn Cememtery, the Wyckoff House Museum and Masonic Hall.  RECOMMENDED: A complete guide to Open House New York 2017 There are also a slate of new additions for 2017, each of which should be pretty exciting for local design nerds. Open House is offering a behind-the-scenes tour of the city's newest brewery, Five Boroughs Brewing Company in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The century-old Church of the Intercession, a Gothic revival gem in Washington Heights, will open its doors for architecture–lovers during the fest. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society of Rosebank, one of Staten Island's coolest spots, will get its moment in the limelight over the weekend. The new Lisson Gallery, which is situated directly beneath the High Line, will also open its doors for an exclusive look. You can find the full Open House lineup and schedule at the festival's website or in Wednesday's issue of Time Out New York (find out where to pick up the magazine here). The majority of the sites showcased during the weekend will be free and will not require

Four fall AF events to welcome the cool weather this weekend

Four fall AF events to welcome the cool weather this weekend

Good news, autumn lovers: It's actually going to feel like fall this weekend. (Finally!) The timing is perfect, too, since there are four totally fall "AF" events happening across the city. Whether you're interested in drinking some suds at a killer Oktoberfest celebration, attending a fall food festival or picking a pumpkin on a farm, here's where Halloween worshippers and cider addicts should go this weekend.  Saturday 30 Munich on the East River Zum Schneider Oktoberfest Tent; 5pm; $28­–$100Bavarian bier haus Zum Schneider brings Oktoberfest to the East River, where a German-speaking staff—outfitted in lederhosen—serves liter steins of Oktoberfest suds while a slew of snack stands hawk cotton candy, gingerbread and brezel. There will be live music provided by Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa's as well as special guests throughout the event. DJ Volka Racho will keep the haus rocking between sets.  Boo at the Zoo Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society; 10am; $37 The Bronx Zoo goes all out for Halloween every weekend in October. After a hayride in the haunted forest, catch acoustic performances, beer and food-truck bites at Bootoberfest (noon–4pm), take part in a costume parade (noon–2pm), and face spectral birds of horror lore, including ravens, vultures and owls (11am–3pm). Sunday 1 Fall “AF” Fest LIC Landing; 1pm, 4:30pm; $30 Join Time Out New York as we bid farewell to sunblock and flip flops and embrace the best things fall has to offer! We'll be at LIC Landing on Sunday, O

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