Tolly Wright is a freelance writer at Time Out New York. As a child she won a Mutton Bustin' contest in a rodeo and as an adult she joined a renaissance festival. Now she lives in Harlem with a cat named Philip. Follow her on Twitter @Tollyw.
The best free cultural experiences in NYC
Considering New York is the biggest city in America—and the greatest city in the world—it’s not a surprise that we’re home to some of the most amazing cultural experiences in NYC. But while everyone knows about fabulous Broadway shows and the fantastic music scene in Williamsburg, not everyone realizes just how many of these experiences are actually free things to do. Yes, you really can get into the city’s top venues—along with the best lesser known NYC attractions—without paying a cent. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to free things to do in NYCRECOMMENDED: The best food 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 couple vacations in the US to find romance and adventure
Unlike honeymoon destinations—where solitude, sexiness and staying in are the name of the game—these cities and towns offer plenty of activities, gorgeous scenery and amazing dining options for a fun-filled vacation geared towards exploring someplace new. From the vineyards of Napa to the slopes of Aspen, the beaches of Hawai'i to the deserts of Arizona, there’s a perfect couples vacation for all interests. If beautiful architecture and majestic oaks get you feeling warm and fuzzy, Savannah is for you. Does a great party with a side of incredible food and history give you the feels? Head to New Orleans. RECOMMENDED: Most romantic getaways in the U.S.A. You can book a stay at one of the most romantic hotels in America or go bigger and plan a whole trip where memories will be made and love connections will be strengthened. These excellent ideas for couples vacations in America mix travel and romance in dreamy destinations that are the perfect backdrop for love. Whatever you and your special someone are into, these couples vacation destinations are sure to entertain, intrigue and hopefully bring you closer. For an extra dose of romance, accompany your invitation with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a lovely box of chocolates. RECOMMENDED: 8 best floating Airbnbs in the U.S.
New York State’s 20 coolest out-of-town spots
From bucolic cultural hubs and wine trails to sleepy towns and go-to restaurants, a whole other world lies outside New York City's borders. These are just a few of the many weekend getaways you can enjoy if you're into, you know, fresh air, quiet spaces, fewer people and those sorts of things. Whether you're planning an extended vacation or just a quick day trip from NYC, these cool spots will have you almost forgetting about the bustling city. Just as a precaution, though, if you hear banjos, run. RECOMMENDED: The best upstate New York resorts
Best Christmas tree delivery in NYC
Your holiday savior will be a place with Christmas tree delivery. NYC’s top services do the heavy lifting for you when you want a conifer the size of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. So while you sip those amazing winter cocktails, let these folks bring that evergreen into your walk-up—some of these places will even pick out the tree for you if you don’t trust your own judgment. Then it’s just up to you to host a tree-trimming party with those trinkets you got from NYC’s ornament shops. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York
See insane photos of the six worst blizzards in NYC
Snowstorms and blizzards are part of winter here in New York City, whether we like it or not. When it starts falling, there's nothing to do but enjoy a mug of the best hot chocolate or get cozy in a bar with a fireplace. And once the worst has passed, it's time to enjoy the snow day—those park hills won't sled themselves. Sometimes we get more than we bargained for. Over the course of history, we've gotten sometimes up to 2 feet of the white stuff. Check out the worst blizzards in NYC, ranked by how much snow was measured in Manhattan: 1. February 12, 2006 The North American Blizzard of 2006 hit East Coast cities from Baltimore to Boston with enough winter weather to cancel school for days, but few places got more than the Big Apple. A full 26.9 inches dumped on NYC, the highest snowfall ever counted by government records. Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/ skidder 2. January 23-24, 2016 Winter Storm Jonas, Snowzilla, whatever other hashtags you decided to use—the January 2016 blizzard was enough of a monster to force 11 governors and the Washington, D.C., mayor to call a state of emergency leading up to the storm. Travel was banned in New York and New Jersey for two days, and 26.8 inches fell in the city, just a tenth of an inch short of the record. Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/ mytummytalkstome Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/ deshaunicus 3. December 26, 1947 A white Christmas might be a dream, but this Boxing Day storm was a nightmare. The Great Blizzard of 1947
The 37 best art museums in America
Calling all art enthusiasts! You don’t have to fly to elsewhere to admire some of the world’s best, most awe-inspiring works. The US is already chock-full of incredible art museums, offering visitors from all over the chance to gawk at astonishing masterpieces—including paintings, sculptures and more—ranging from contemporary works to ones that date back thousands of years. Moreover, while New York’s beloved Metropolitan Museum of Art and D.C.’s National Gallery of Art are both world-famous, must-visit cultural institutions, you’ll also find a slew of under-the-radar museums making waves across the country. Consider The Broad in Los Angeles, which is among the most Instagrammed museums worldwide with its glittering Yayoi Kusama exhibition. You also have the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, which is renowned for its collection of experimental works through touring exhibitions, film screenings and performing arts. Works from iconic artists like Monet, Matisse and Picasso can be found at these noteworthy museums, some of which are completely free to enter. So, to inspire your art-filled travels, check out our top picks of the best art museums in America. Prepare to be amazed.
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
The 11 best indoor water parks in America
Okay, sometimes it is important to admit defeat against the elements. Winter is here, and things are getting cold. Dreams of summer are difficult to avoid, so why fight them? The best indoor water parks in America promise eternal summer, slippery fun, and all manner of entertainment. The beaches of Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean don’t have to feel so far away. Indoor water parks are abundant in the US if you know where to look. Sure, you’ll find the big names, but there are many excellent independent waterparks that more than hold their own. Winter can drag at times, and those beautiful national parks and bike trails are pretty much off-limits, but salvation is at hand. Head to the best indoor water parks in America and banish those winter blues.
101 things to do in New York with kids
NYC is not just for grownups! There are so many things to do in New York with kids that are fun for the whole family. Locals know that kids in NYC have access to a dizzying array of playgrounds and visitors will find that the city has tons of kid-friendly attractions and museums. Kids can play to their heart's content while getting fresh air with a range of outdoor activities, or keep it indoors when the weather isn’t cooperating. Kids can have a grand old time at real-deal NYC pizza joints and fun, kid-friendly restaurants. Baseball games, ice cream shops, kid-friendly Broadway shows, Coney Island, story time… the list is endless. While you probably won’t exhaust this list any time soon, there are tons of options for kids in the greater NY region too, like family-friendly hiking trails and biking trails, and kid-approved day trips and weekend getaways. With all the things to do with kids in NYC across the five boroughs, they’ll be worn out and so will you — and you definitely deserve a stop at one of NYC’s kid-friendly bars.
The 14 best ghost tours in the USA
Whether you’re a big believer in the supernatural, love scary movies, or are just seeking a fun night out with friends, the best ghost tours in the US offer a frightfully good time. Around the country, expert paranormal guides are dying to show you their town or city’s most haunted places and share spine-tingling tales of murder, mayhem, and mysterious occurrences. From a family-friendly stroll through Colonial Williamsburg's buried secrets to an utterly terrifying descent into Salem’s horrific history, there are spirited tours suitable for every taste. Don’t feel like walking? Hop on a trolley to see Key West’s darker side or take a classic Chicago bus tour to visit Windy City’s most chilling places. No matter what experience you chose, you’ll visit sites that will make you shiver (and maybe even encounter a ghost or two) on these great American ghost tours. RECOMMENDED: The most beautiful cemeteries in the US
The best things to do in the Hamptons
FYI: There are more things to do in the Hamptons than just getting a tan. Yes, that argument can be said for any of the beaches near NYC, but you wouldn’t just go to the Hamptons for a quick trip. Make no mistake, people do. But, in our opinion, the Hamptons is truly meant to be a destination at which you can kill time trying great restaurants, drinking frozen cocktails at outdoor bars, visitng wineries and lounging on beautiful sandy shores. Take a break from Gotham’s rooftop bars for these awesome things to do in the Hamptons. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do on Long IslandRECOMMENDED: The best Hampton Airbnbs
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American Museum of Natural History
Beyond the iconic, show-stopping displays–the grizzly bear in the Hall of North American Mammals, the 94-feet long blue whale, the prehistoric Barosaurus skeleton rearing up as if to scare the adjacent Allosaurus skeleton–is an expertly curated, 150-year-old museum that fills visitors of all ages with a curiosity about the universe. Whether you’re interested in the world below our feet, or the cultures of faraway lands or the stars light-years beyond our reach, your visit is bound to teach you a few things you never knew. With four floors filled to the brim with artifacts, you could spend a whole day just looking at the taxidermied animals that hail from from North America, Asia, Africa, rain forests and the ocean. Or, conversely, spend a day like an anthropologist, studying just the human species, with halls dedicated to different cultures of American Indians (Eastern Woodland, Plains, North West Pacific), Asian peoples, African Peoples, Pacific Peoples, and, before these rich cultures existed, the evolutionary origins of humans and our near (now extinct) cousins, like neanderthals. Someone with an inner-geologist, or just a love of sparkly rocks, will feel like a kid in the hall of gems and the hall of minerals. And nearly everyone is filled with child-like awe in the presence of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Wooly Mammoth and the Apatosaurus in the fourth floor’s world-renowned fossil collection. For locals, admission is pay-what-you-wish, which gets you access to permanent exhib
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
UPDATE: From April 1–8, 2020, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will light the USS Intrepid in red and white to honor work from healthcare professionals the arrival of the USNS Comfort. “Lighting Intrepid is a symbolic way to say thank you to those near and far who are putting their own health at risk for the greater good,” the museum's president, Susan Marenoff-Zausner, said in a statement. “We are also grateful for the USNS Comfort and to those serving on board, who are coming to aid New York City and provide relief during this crisis.” Although the museum is currently closed, you can check out its virtual offerings online. For little ones, the highlight of the aircraft carrier turned science museum is the Exploreum, an indoor activity zone divided into areas with nautical, aviation, cosmos and life themes. In traversing the zone, kids get to board small boats, learn why huge metal ships don't sink, wander around the living quarters of the Intrepid's former crew and try on astronaut gloves.
Purim at the Jewish Museum
Start your family’s celebration of Purim a bit early this March with a rollicking fun concert at the Jewish Museum. Grammy-nominated childrens’ music band The Pop Ups bring silly puppets, live-drawings, and other colorful props to the stage as they perform a live acoustic set. Kids should come ready to laugh and dance while dressed in Purim costumes. After the show be sure to check out the museum’s Studio Art Session where little once can illustrate accordion books. Ages 3 and up.
Japanese Folk Dancing
At this family workshop from the Japan Society, children learn about how the movements of nature and animals can be found throughout the history of traditional Japanese dance. The Hanagasa Kai group from the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York will be there to help teach this beloved art and inspire participants of all abilities to create with them. Ages 6–10.
Four Go Wild in Wellies at the New Victory
After a winter of being cooped up in New York, celebrate the great outdoors with this kids’ dance show. This imaginative show features a cast of both disabled and non-disabled dancers from the inclusive dance company Indepen-dance 4 and reminds the audience about the wonders of nature by using foliage and fun, playful choreography. Ages 3–5.
How to Raise a Reader Talk
If you find the battle over screen time to be an ongoing frustration, this talk might be perfect for you. During this intimate conversation, Maria Russo and Pamela Paul, the co-authors of How to Raise a Reader who are also both mothers, give insights on how to instill a love of books in children and answer questions about various young-reader dilemmas. Ticket price includes a copy of the book. Note that this will take place in Bravo's Book Nook at The Players Theatre.
Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center
Let the world believe the Empire State Building has the best view of New York City–it keeps the crowds slightly more manageable at 30 Rockefeller Center’s spectacular open air observation deck. The bird’s eye view of Gotham from 70 stories up allows visitors to not only see other landmark skyscrapers around midtown–including the aforementioned Empire State building–but also to see the full sprawl of Central Park. Not quite as expensive as that other observation deck (Adults $38, seniors $36, children 6-12 $32), and for those who don't want to wait in line, there's a VIP ticket ($75) that gives guests the chance to skip lines and get priority elevator access. If you’re willing to splurge don’t forget to dress up and stop by the Rainbow Room–the historic lounge on the 65th floor–for exceptional cocktails, fine dining, live music and spectacular sightlines that rival the deck’s, albeit a few stories lower.
W South Beach
When booking a trip to Miami, bring your pet along and stay at this beachside P.A.Q. (Pets Are Welcome) hotel. Nearly anything you might need to keep your dog or cat comfortable and safe (leashes, litter boxes, waste scoopers, Bow-ow and Meow-ow kits) is accessible with just a call to the front desk. The W South Beach is ready to provide you with contacts for any pet sitting and pet walking services you might need while you hit the nearby Bass Museum of Art or relax by the ocean—the sand is just a short walk out the front door. Rooms start at $440 a night with an additional $25 pet fee per night and $100 cleaning deposit.
The Barnes Foundation
Though the decision to move the Barnes Foundation’s world-renowned collection from its original home in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, to its current location on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2012 was controversial, the merits of its art holdings are undoubtedly staggering. The founder, Albert C. Barnes, a wealthy chemist who invented the medicine Argyrol, amassed one of the leading collections of works by impressionist and modernist masters, including Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Henri Rousseau. The Barnes also has the distinction of housing the largest single collection of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne—including the latter’s ultra-famous works The Card Players and The Large Bathers. With so many noteworthy artists, it’s no wonder that the museum’s 4,000 works are worth an estimated $25 billion.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
UPDATE: Make sure to check for changes in its reopening plan here. It would take multiple visits to fully appreciate this sprawling–as in 13-acres of Central Park sprawling–collection of over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world. As one of the biggest museums in the world, the gorgeous late 19th century neo-classical institution displays some of the finest examples of art spanning from mummified royalty of ancient times to avant garde fashion couture from last year’s runway. Visitors young and old are mesmerized by the Temple of Dendur, an Egyptian temple from 10 B.C. that was transposed from its Nile-side location to the bright, sun drenched Sackler Wing overlooking a reflective pool. Other highlights include the impressive array of European and Asian armor, Grecian sculptures, medieval art and contemporary photography. After hours of exploring relax by a fountain in the indoor sculpture garden or ponder what it all means in the Astor Chinese Garden Court, nestled off the Asian Art galleries. Advanced online tickets will allow museum-goers to skip the lines, but, word of warning you’ll have to pay the full suggested donation ($25, seniors $17, students $12). Budget-conscious art fans should come early on weekdays, pay what they wish and come often–the special exhibits change every few months and vary from big-name retrospective block busters to displays of little-known gems. RECOMMENDED: 101 best things do in NYC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
While the Guggenheim’s collection of modern art works is certainly impressive, it is impossible to separate the museum’s contents from its form with architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s brilliant and controversial design. Opened in 1959 on Fifth Ave across from Central Park, just months after Wright’s death, the concrete inverted ziggernaut (a Babylonian step pyramid), stomped on the expectations and tradition of clean square galleries exemplified and cherished by the neighboring Upper East Side museums, like the nearby Metropolitan Museum. Instead Wright combined his use of geometric shapes and nature, to create a gallery space that presented art along a flowing, winding spiral, much like a nautilus shell, with little in the way of walls to separate artists, ideas or time periods. Best experienced as Wright intended by taking the elevator to the top of the museum and following the gentle slope down, the art is revealed at different angles along the descent and across the open circular rotunda in a way that even the most well known Monet landscape might seem like a revelation. This unusual, bold way of approaching art, both as it is displayed and viewed, has inspired spectacular exhibits by highly-conceptual contemporary artists such as a series of films by Matthew Barney and hundred of Maurizio Cattelan's sculptures hanging from the ceiling. Considering the steep price of admission ($25, students and seniors $18, children under 12 free), make sure to take a break from the captivat
American Museum of Natural History
Home to the largest and arguably most fabulous collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, AMNH’s fourth-floor dino halls have been blowing kids' minds for decades. Roughly 80 percent of the bones on display were actually dug out of the ground; the rest are casts. The thrills begin when you cross the threshold of the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, where you’re confronted with a towering barosaurus rearing up on its hind legs to protect its young from an attacking allosaurus—an impressive welcome to the world’s largest museum of its kind. During the museum’s mid-1990s renovation, several specimens were remodeled to incorporate new discoveries. The Tyrannosaurus rex, for instance, was once believed to have walked upright, Godzilla-style; it now stalks prey with its head lowered and tail raised parallel to the ground. These days, one of the museum's most mind-bending attractions is the Titanosaur, now officially given the name Patagotitan mayorum. The beast is about 122 feet long and stretches through two separate rooms—that's how huge it is! The herbivore would have weighed in at around 70 tons. Don't miss out on other great opportunities to see artifacts, models and casts from centuries past, including The Hall of Human Origins (you'll see our super old cousins, the Neanderthals) and the Hall of Ocean Life, which boasts the museum's iconic 100-foot-long model of a blue whale. You'll also want to explore the Rose Center for Earth & Space if you're into space-themed fun: Hayden Pl
Here’s how to fight for the environment right here in NYC
Though global warming is more of a federal issue, there are still plenty of ways to advocate for new energy sources and to keep the earth we have happy with cleaner water and less waste. “Local, city and state changes are going to be important,” explains Nicole Crescimanno, coleader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s NYC chapter. “You can’t rely on other people,” she says. “You have to take ownership of the cause you believe in.” And the people have spoken: Instead of the usual trickle of one or two new chapter members per week to the lobby, Crescimanno has seen about 100 people join over the past month. If you care about this planet’s future, get your hands literally dirty, or flag down your local representative and tell ’em your fears. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to activism in NYC Big Reuse While it can seem like a daunting task to try to save the planet, Big Reuse (formerly Build it Green! NYC) helps New Yorkers make a difference on a local—but vital—level. Bring your food scraps for composting to the Big Reuse’s 14 drop-off locations in Brooklyn and Queens to reduce waste in the landfills and enrich the soil. Or participate in a regular volunteering day. Citizens’ Climate Lobby The CCL wants to create a carbon-free infrastructure by giving alternate-energy sources a better chance at overtaking the market. Join an active and engaged community during the group’s monthly meet-ups to discuss upcoming legislation, write letters to representatives and, once a year, take a trip to Washi
Check out these NYC homes decked out in spooky Halloween decorations
'Tis the season for a good scare, and NYC is ready to deliver. We're just one day away from Oct 31, and homes across NYC are certainly prepared to welcome trick-or-treaters. From eerie spiders and smiling skeletons to clowns more frightening than Pennywise and zombies that have seen better days, spooky Halloween decorations have taken over the five boroughs. Though some might induce a few screams, we're willing to brave the creepiness in order to score some candy. Have a look at some of our favorite Halloween decorations from 2018! View this post on Instagram 🎃Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going to fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. - Eddie Cantor A post shared by New York City by Numyi Lee (@colorofnewyork) on Oct 29, 2018 at 9:17pm PDT View this post on Instagram The whole family is here to soak up the last of that sun! 🌞 . . . . . #Manhattan #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #timeoutnewyork #halloween #westvillage #halloweendecorations #clown #skeleton #stoop #stoppgame #townhouse #decorations #fall #autumn #scary #spooky A post shared by Michael Tatasciore (@enterthedreamers) on Oct 30, 2018 at 7:34am PDT View this post on Instagram One of my favorite Brooklyn Halloween houses #windsorterrace #halloween #brooklynhalloween #windsorterracehalloween A post shared by Doozies Vintage (@doozies_vintage) on Oct 31, 2017 at 8:56am PDT
Governors Island's most creative, hands-on playground is opening with a new name
Slides, swings and seesaws are great fun, but for big kids who would rather roll up their sleeves and build their playground themselves, look no further than The Yard. Previously known as Play:ground, The Yard is a 50,000 square foot adventure playground on Governors Island that is well stocked with donated materials children can use to create their own playscapes. It gets its new name as a homage to the first "junk playground" in the United States that opened in Minneapolis in 1949, which was also called the "Yard." It opens for the 2018 season on May 5 at noon. Rebecca Faulkner, Executive Director of play:ground NYC, told Time Out New York, "As far as opening day goes, we can't wait to see what the kids will build this year!" Now in its third year, the playground has quickly become a local favorite. Children over 6 years old enter the kids-only space while caregiver remain outside to allow for maximum freeplay. There they use loose parts like cardboard, rope, wood planks, tires, discarded plastics, fabrics and more to construct pirate ships, vehicles, shelters, hats and whatever else they can imagine. Trained playworkers are inside the space to help facilitate collaboration and friendly play, and instruct the young visitors on how to safely use the available (real, not plastic!) tools, including hammers, nails, saws, tape, glue, paint, chalk and mud. Younger siblings and families with children ages 5 and younger can explore the family adventure play area where parents and k
Holy Cow! McDonald's Happy Meals will no longer offer cheeseburgers
Millions of people who have children, or were kids themselves, in the past few decades fully understand the draw of a McDonald's Happy Meal. This delicious—and definitely not good for you—option has been a staple among families looking for cheap and quick treat to fill empty bellies. However, the menu as you have come to know it over the years is in for a change. In an effort to offer more healthy options to families, McDonald's will no longer be listing cheeseburgers on its Happy Meal menus, reports Bloomberg. With this change, all listed Happy Meals, starting in June will come in at less than 600 calories. Kids will still get a choice between a box of chicken nuggets or the classic hamburger, and all meals come with fries, a side of apples or yogurt and a drink (milk, chocolate milk or apple juice). The fast food chain is also reportedly cutting the amount of sugar in the chocolate milk and will begin offering bottled water as a drink option. But don't worry—if your child absolutely must have a cheeseburger, the less healthy kids' entree will still be available upon request. According to First We Feast, as of 2014, there's 767 McDonald's locations in New York State alone. However, it behooves us to point out that there are at least 50 family restaurants in New York City we'd recommend if you're not craving McDonalds. There's even kid-friendly restaurants with play areas for a special treat, or maybe try a great family dinner recipe to consider! Sign up to receive great
22 things every New Yorker has Googled at least once
While New Yorkers may pride themselves on knowing more about this city than anyone else, Gotham still presents plenty of riddles. Luckily, Google has the answers. Whether you're looking to fix your latest pest problem or figuring out a new commute route, you're not the only one asking your device to solve your problems. Here are some things we've all searched for at least once: 1. How to get rent-stabilized apartment NYC fast 2. Can I bring wine to a New York City park? 3. How many people in New York 4. How many rats in New York 5. Closest Trader Joe's 6. Non-crowded rooftop bars NYC 7. What do bed bugs look like? 8. What are signs of a bed bug infestation? 9. How do you get rid of bed bugs? 10. Is the L train F’d? 11. New York tenant rights 12. Can my landlord evict me? 13. Can I sue my landlord? 14. Do I qualify for a housing lottery? 15. What’s the weather like today in Los Angeles? 16. Cost of living NYC vs. LA 17. Is it safe to drink New York’s tap water? 18. Best non-touristy restaurant near Times Square 19. Is commuting by UberPool cheaper than NYC subway? 20. How much should you tip for Seamless? 21. Restaurants open near me after midnight? 22. Reasons why you should never leave New York
Play hundreds of vintage video games in this special exhibit
Video game lovers young and old will enjoy the Museum of the Moving Image's special exhibit of mini games, "Multibowl." This interactive installation combines 30-second snippets (about one level) of over 300 two-player video games that were released between 1976 and 2000. The players are "dropped" into the round, with little introduction beyond the game's name, publisher and goal (like knock out the other player, win a race, collect the most points, or get a basketball into a net). They only have the allotted 30 seconds to complete the game before the "Multibowl" fires off another completely different challenge. The game includes some classic favorites of yesteryear like NBA Jam, Dr. Mario, Tetris, Balloon Fight, and Space Invaders. While young visitors will likely be unfamiliar with nearly all of the offerings, since they were published long before they were born, those older and more experienced gaming aficionados will likely discover some titles they've missed. "Multibowl" creators Bennett Foddy and AP Thomson set out to collect an incredibly eclectic experience, and avoided adding any copy-cats that were obvious rip-offs of already established games. The result is an experience that encapsulates the vast array of arcade history and culture. In an interview with Eurogamer, Foddy explained his intentions for developing Multibowl. "What if you didn't have to go through the process of starting a game and going through the tutorial level and all of that sort of boring stuff t
How to score Harry Potter Broadway tickets one day before everyone else
Psst! Are you and your little wizards and witches super excited to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway? Well, you don't have to have any special magic for an opportunity to score your tickets early. On February 7th, Ticketmaster verified fans will have access to seats one day before all those other muggles. Perhaps one of the most anticipated plays in Broadway history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child boasts an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany that picks up 19 years after the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The West End smash hit won a record-breaking nine Olivier awards (the British version of the Tonys) and is opening for previews at the Lyric Theater on March 16. Several members of the critically acclaimed London original cast are on board for the Broadway production. Tickets go on general sale on February 8th, but fans who get verified by Ticketmaster can get an access code to buy seats a day early. The verification process is a way to weed out ticket scalpers and bots, though be forewarned, when the play released a first batch of tickets to these fans back in October, there were still plenty of wait times and seats sold out fast. The full play is in two parts, which can be seen over consecutive nights or in one sitting. Ticket prices for part one and two start at $40 ($20 for each part) and go up to $400 ($200 for each part). For more information on how to become a Ticketmaster verified fan check
5 reasons NYC families should be excited for a Red Hook subway line
During Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech on Wednesday, the politician proposed a brand new subway line connecting Lower Manhattan and Red Hook. If the plans go through that will make taking advantage of the buzzworthy river-side Brooklyn neighborhood so much easier. While the nabe is currently accessible by ferry (which is awesome in the warm, sunny weather) and by bus (great for people already nearby), families can look forward to much easier travel and faster commuter times with a designated subway stop. Here's five fantastic, noteworthy Red Hook spots we'd be much more likely to visit if there was a subway. Ikea For some families, traveling via the screaming yellow water taxi from Pier 11 to the Red Hook Ikea is not only a rite of passage but also on their person 101 things to do with kids in New York before they grow up list. But what about when it's snowing outside and you desperately need affordable, colorful kitchen utensils or a new rug? While you take care of furnishing the apartment your potty trained little one can enjoy free supervised play at the store's Småland. It's a win-win. Brooklyn Crab Up your weekend brunch game, or bring your kids to an early happy hour (we won't judge), at this massive three-story Maryland-style crab shack. Not only does it has delicious seafood, but it also boasts some family fun everyone can enjoy with its lawn games, including a small putt-putt course, corn hole and shuffleboard. Dessert galore Reward your kids for good b
Sip frothy, decadent cocoa at this city-wide hot chocolate soirée
If the rest of January is anything like the start of this month, we're in for some bone-chilling, freezing weather. Luckily warmth (and deliciousness) is on its way with the third annual Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival. The fest runs from January 20 through February 4, and with over two dozen bakery locations participating in Manhattan and Brooklyn, you'll never be too far from your family's favorite winter-time treat. Spearheaded by Valrhona, the luxurious French chocolate company, several leading bakeries and chocolatiers take part in the festivities each year by offering original flavors and recipes exclusively available for the occasion. Some of the city's best hot chocolate spots are on the list of participating pastry shops, which includes Ladurée, Fika, La Maison du Chocolat, Baked, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, Epicerie Boulud, Daily Provisions and Brooklyn Roasting Company. 50 cents from each hot chocolate are donated to support C-CAP's (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) job training program, a program that provides low-income students with professional training and internships in the culinary field. Satisfy your sweet tooth with even more delicious treats from our favorite cookie delivery services, candy stores and hot chocolate spots. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
Diaper changing stations may finally be coming to NYC men's rooms
The city's dads, grandpas and other male caregivers can rejoice! New York's City Council passed a bill on Monday that requires many major businesses to provide changing tables in both men's and women's bathrooms, reports Patch. The bill requires new and renovated buildings that are open to the public, like movie theaters, department stores and restaurants, to have at least one bathroom accessible to women and men with a diaper-changing station on each floor. If Mayor Bill de Blasio signs the piece of legislation into law, that would mean the men would no longer have to get creative when trying to change their babies and toddlers in public. According to Patch, Councilman Rafael Espinal, who represents Bushwick, introduced the bill after he witnessed another man attempting to change a diaper over a bathroom sink. Espinal was inspired by a similar policy President Obama passed in 2016, the Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation Act, which applied to all publicly accessible federal buildings. Looking for things to do with your freshly-changed tot? Check out the 101 things to do with kids in NYC or hit up one of the best playgrounds. Or stay (mostly) indoors with 50 winter activities. Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.
What are our chances for getting a white Christmas?
There's nothing quite as magical as waking up on December 25 to see a city blanketed in snow. It's the perfect excuse to (post opening presents, of course) head out into the the world for a trip down one of the best sledding hills in New York. But what are our chances for getting a white Christmas in 2017? Unfortunately, it's not looking good. According to an interactive map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, via Patch, that utilizes historic data of past instances of one inch or more of accumulation in different areas on the holiday, New York City has about a 10 percent chance. Long Island and most of New Jersey have a similar likelihood, but things start to look snowier as you head upstate. Just up the Metro North Hudson Line in Poughkeepsie, there's a 35 percent chance, while Albany, the state capital, is at 49 percent. If you're really chasing the flurries, however, your best bet is a visit to Lake Placid. Not surprisingly, the home of the 1980 Winter Olympics has an 87 percent chance of snow. NYC's 10 percent chance looks particularly unlikely given the current forecast. Weather.com is predicting rain showers on Dec 24 and 25. On Christmas Eve, the low is forecasted to be 35 degrees Fahrenheit, too warm for snow. The temperature on Christmas day could be chilly enough with a low of 31 degrees, but the high is 42 degrees. But, hey! Who knows. We're not going to stop you from going to bed wearing your pajamas inside out with a spoon under your pillow,
Gulliver's Gate's tiny scavenger hunt lets you spot Elsa, the Grinch and more
If you haven't checked out Times Square's newest family-fun attraction, Gulliver's Gate—or just want to go again—make sure to visit sometime in December for a super cute holiday-themed scavenger hunt. As the country's largest display of miniatures, Gulliver's Gate boasts thousands of tiny models, including scaled down versions of iconic buildings from around the world, quaint itsy-bitsy villages, chugging toy trains and the Lilliputian people that call this magical world home. Among the mind-boggling displays are hidden holiday-related scenes that will be sure to delight grown-ups and kids alike. Buy tickets now with a special discount! Photograph: Courtesy Gulliver's Gate While you adventure through the halls of the 50,000-square-foot project, keep your eyes peeled for the Grinch in Whoville, a sunbathing Santa, Elsa from Frozen, a couple kissing under the mistletoe and mini Maccabees under a giant (to them) menorah. There's even a particularly silly scene based on the Christmas novelty song, "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer." Photograph: Courtesy Gulliver's Gate The "iSpy" style game is free with admission and runs through December 30. Guests are given a checklist of characters and scenes to look out for, and it's up to them to look closely at the tiny displays to find each item. If you successfully complete the list, then you can enter for a chance to win a 3D model version of yourself, created using a 3D printer (a $130 value). Photograph: Courtesy Gulliver