This Week in NYC (2/10-2/17)January 14, 2016 - by CG News Desk
(2/10-2/17) Each week, City Guide's Things to Do in NYC brings you the best in special NYC events, the newest exhibits, sightseeing activities, fun for kids, concerts, nightlife, and more. Be extra kind to your main squeeze, as this Sunday it's Valentine's Day. You can stay out late: Monday (2/15) is Presidents' Day and a federal holiday.
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK: THE BIG EVENT
(2/13-2/14) Get ready for Valentine's Day Weekend! Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day dinner or champagne brunch cruise aboard the elegant Bateaux New York. Lots more ideas and links below!
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK: EXHIBITION OF THE WEEK
(new) The Vikings have arrived in Times Square! The term "viking" conjures some basic images, usually that of a fair-haired, statuesque male (think Marvel Comics' Thor, named after the Norse God of Thunder), either in combat or on a ship. It is a noun, a general term defining people from the regions we now know as Sweden, Scandinavia, or Norway, but between 750-1100 AD (well before the regions were named) it was also a verb, meaning “to travel.” Viking treasures have now traveled to New York, where they can be explored in the new Vikings The Exhibition, now open at Discovery Times Square. *Get a FREE poster for tickets purchased for visiting dates 2/5-2/21.
(new) From the vibrant hues of his Marilyn Monroe prints to his Campbell’s Soup cans, Andy Warhol’s iconic, larger-than-life works often reflect our culture more than the artist himself. A more understated view of the famed Pop Artist, however, is currently on display at the Morgan Library & Museum with Warhol by the Book, a retrospective of Andy Warhol’s career as a book artist that provides a more personal look at this cultural superstar.
(new) Laura Poitras: Astro Noise is the first solo museum exhibition by artist, filmmaker, and journalist Laura Poitras, now at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Also at the Whitney is Flatlands, which brings together five painters who experiment with notions of space.
(permanent) New York’s latest resident is a 122-foot-long dinosaur so new it has yet to be formally named. Going by “Titanosaur” for now, it has taken up residence at the American Museum of Natural History, in a cast of 84 fossil bones uncovered in Patagonia in 2014. The find included a colossal 8-ft. thigh bone, whose shape and size indicated a new species—and one of the biggest dinosaurs ever found. The titanosaur is so large, in fact, that it doesn’t fit in the gallery: a 39-ft.-long neck in a new permanent exhibit extends out towards the elevator banks.
(ongoing) New York has had a fascination with the treasures of King Tut since archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed them nearly a century ago. Visitors to Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue can walk in Carter’s footsteps in the remarkable recreation The Discovery of King Tut. Click here for a discount coupon.
(ongoing) Star Wars: The Force Awakens is in theaters now! The Force is strong in New York: visit Star Wars and the Power of the Costume: The Exhibition, now at Discovery Times Square. The interactive exhibit features 70+ costumes, including seven from the new film! Here's a $5 off coupon!
(ongoing) Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 is up at the Brooklyn Museum.
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK: COMEDY
(2/12-2/14) Laugh your way into your significant other's heart. Valentine's Day Comedy Show at Stand Up NY, w/Greer Barnes, Laurie Kilmartin, & Dante Nero, Nick Griffin, Mark Dormand, Mike Yard and others! Shows 8pm & 10pm. Click here for a 2 for 1 admission coupon to Stand Up NY!
(2/11-2/14) Adam Ray headlines at Gotham Comedy Club.
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK: KIDS
(2/15-2/20) Next week, many children are off from school. Check out the chock-full schedule of fun and educational activities aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for Kids Week, this year exploring the theme of “extreme environments.” Kids can enjoy hands-on workshops, live shows, and demonstrations that look to the poles to deserts to the moon and beyond. A zoologist, geologist, spacewalk flight controller, and robotics engineer are among the special guests. All Kids Week activities are free with museum admission.
(2/13-2/15) For both kids and adult fans, explore the My Little Pony Fan Convention (you may know it as Ponycon) at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall. Ponycon is an all-ages and inclusive fan convention with programming for Bronies (young adult male fans) as well as activities specifically for children and families. Attendees will enjoy panel discussions, live music by singing voice actors, activities, workshops, performances, and entertainment.
(now-3/27) A special production of the beloved children's classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at 47th Street Theatre.
(now-2/21) Hot off a world tour, Untapped at the New Victory Theater mixes street styles, percussion, and a healthy dose of Aussie humor. These high-octane hoofers bring intricate syncopation to a playlist of funk, hip hop, jazz, and rock.
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK: SIGHTSEEING
Explore NYC from an incredible vantage point at Top of the Rock! Then, check out the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink and partake in new rink activities, including Après Skate, Starlight Skate, and more! On 2/14, enjoy a special performance with Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio, part of the Starlight Music Series.
(2/13) The Central Park Ice Festival will feature ice carvings, a silent disco, and more!
The One World Observatory is open. Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, in state-of-the-art "Sky Pod Elevators" that feature a floor-to-ceiling LED screen showing the ever-evolving New York skyline. Once reaching the 100th floor, visitors can take in panoramic, uninterrupted views on the main platform.
Explore NYC's Financial District with Wall Street Walks.
Check out the hottest spots to eat and drink in the Flatiron District and Williamsburg with Like a Local Tours.
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK: NIGHTLIFE & MUSIC
(2/13) Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.
(2/13) Valentine's Tango at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
(2/13) Blue Oyster Cult Celebrating 40th Anniversary of "Don't Fear the Reaper" at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.
(2/13) Jazz Brunch with Martina DaSilva at Bathtub Gin.
(2/14) Celebrate Love with proposals, vow renewals, and a modern art kissing booth in Times Square.
(2/14) R& B crooner Maxwell returns with a show at Barclays Center, with Nas.
(2/14) An Evening of Love with Stephanie Mills and Will Downing at the Beacon Theatre.
(2/12) New NYC hotspot Howl at the Moon has a great Valentine’s Day alternative. Their annual Love SUX party will give you the chance to dance the night away. Bring in a torn up or mutilated photo of your ex- for goodies and the best closure you could ask for. With drinks, games, and live music, your committed friends are going to be wishing they went out with you!
SNEAK PEEK, NEXT WEEK
(2/16) Triple bill-Def Leppard, Styx & Tesla at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
(2/19) Hall of Fame duo Hall & Oates at Madison Square Garden.
If you're looking for more things to do in New York in February, we've got you covered.