This Week in NYC (4/25-5/2)

(4/25-5/2) City Guide's Things to Do in NYC brings you the best in special NYC events, exhibits, sightseeing activities, fun for kids, concerts, and nightlife. This weekend, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates the beauty of blooming cherry blossoms with its annual Sakura Matsuri Festival! Also, the Bacon and Beer Classic returns to Citi Field, the Tribeca Film Festival continues, and it's your last week to see the wonderful Tattooed NY Exhibit at New-York Historical Society! 


Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival BBG

(4/29-4/30) The Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents more than 60 events that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Catch taiko drumming, a cosplay fashion show, tea ceremonies, kabuki dance, samurai sword fighting, vintage kimonos, kids’ workshops, and maybe a few flowering trees while you’re at it.


(4/29-4/30) The Bacon and Beer Classic returns with live music, interactive games, cooking demonstrations, and beer schools at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.

(now-4/30) 2017 Tribeca Film FestivalEstablished by Robert De Niro in 2002, the Tribeca Film spotlights local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers.


 Tattooed New York

Tattoo Art by Rose Hardy on Zoe Brown, 2016. Courtesy Nicole Reed Photography.

(Now-4/30) Final days! Tattooed New York at the New-York Historical Society. This exhibition showcases more than 250 items, including mezzotints of the heavily inked Mohawk Indians who shocked London society during a visit in 1710; one of the earliest surviving pictographs of a Seneca warrior's tattoos (1706); an example of the Thomas Edison electric pen whose invention ushered in the modern era of tattooing; colorful banners advertising carnival sideshows of tattooed performers; and flash designs by pioneers of modern tattooing working on the Bowery.


(Now-7/23) Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern provides a new look at an iconic American artist at the very institution that hosted her first solo museum exhibition in 1927—the Brooklyn Museum. Presenting O’Keeffe’s remarkable wardrobe in dialogue with iconic paintings and photographs, this singular exhibition focuses in on the modernist persona O’Keeffe crafted for herself. With photographs by luminaries like Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz, the show reflects O’Keeffe’s radical rethinking of female identity, and the artist’s commitment to elements of modernism—minimalism, seriality, simplification—not only in her art, but also in her distinctive style of dress.

(4/29) American Museum of Natural History Presents: Sackler Brain Brunch. Wake up your mind with our first ever Brain Brunch! Eat, drink, and learn about the enigmatic and important function of sleep. How does sleep deprivation impact brain function? How might loss of sleep affect the way you create memories? Experts in the field discuss their work on the science of sleep, and the role rest plays in learning, memory, and behavior. 11am-2pm. $95. 

(new) CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden features nearly two dozen breathtaking works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in more than ten years in New York. 

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Image courtesy of BIG Team / Rebuild by Design competition

(Ongoing) The Museum of the City of New York presents NY at Its Core. Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know

(New) Chocolate aficionado Jacques Torres opens up his brand-new Choco Story New York, the city's first chocolate museum, in SoHo. Admission includes nine premium chocolate tastings of white, milk and dark varieties; original Mayan hot chocolate freshly ground by hand; and handmade chocolate truffles. There's a kids corner, too. $10-$15. 350 Hudson St. 

(now-1/7/18) Mummies at the American Museum of Natural History offers an up-close look at one of the largest collections of mummies housed in North America. From ancient Egypt to pre-Columbian Peru, the exhibition explores the intersection between societies, their environment, and the preparations they made for the dead. Through high-resolution CT scans and forensically reconstructed sculptures, visitors to Mummies will get insight into people from centuries ago and learn how contemporary scientists have gleaned stunning details about ages, practices, and even causes of death. 

(Now-7/30) Muslims in NY at the Museum of the City of New York features 34 images by four photographers who have documented Muslim New Yorkers from the mid-20th to the early 21st century. Works by Alexander Alland date to ca. 1940, a time when New York’s diverse Muslim community included Arabs, Turks, Afghans, East Indians, Albanians, Malayans, African Americans, and others. Photographs by Ed Grazda come from his 1990s project “New York Masjid: The Mosques of New York City,” and cover both immigrant populations and native New York Muslims, including converts, the long-standing African-American community, and a growing Latino Muslim community. Mel Rosenthal’s photographs of Arab New York Muslims from the early 2000s were commissioned for the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York (2002). Robert Gerhardt’s images, a promised gift to the museum’s collections, document Muslim New Yorkers in the early 2010s. 

(Now-9/6) The newest show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumVisionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, provides a chance to explore in-depth some of the key artists of this essential New York institution. Framed by the interests of six leading patrons, Visionaries brings together canvases from masters like Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, and sculptures by Joseph Cornell and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is being shown in the U.S. for the first time in nearly 50 years. More than a dozen works on paper by Picasso and Van Gogh, rarely on view to the public, can be seen in the Thannhauser Gallery, and paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Manet are displayed on the museum’s legendary ramps.

(Now-5/21) Visitors to The Morgan Library & Museum get a rare insight into the life of one of literature’s most enigmatic poets, Emily Dickinson. The museum’s exhibition I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, opened on January 20, is the most ambition exhibition on the iconic poet to date. The show will display nearly 100 rarely seen items related to Dickinson’s life and work, including manuscripts and letters, along with such visual materials as photographs and hand-cut silhouettes that illuminate the environment that informed Dickinson’s writing. Also featured will be close examinations of drafts of 24 of Dickinson’s poems.

Francois Boucher Nationalmuseum of Sweden

(Now-5/14) Considered one of the city’s greatest treasures, the Morgan Library & Museum showcases manuscripts, art, history, and architecture. An extraordinary group of more than 75 masterpieces is currently being shown in Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin. Among the artists represented are Italian masters, Tessin’s French contemporaries, and Northern European luminaries like Albrecht Dürer, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt van Rijn. The show is on display until May while Sweden’s largest and most distinguished art institution undergoes a major refurbishment.

(Ongoing) The legendary aircraft carrier that’s now the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Learn more about its experiences in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam, at the exhibit On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War, featuring many artifacts displayed for the very first time.

Click here for our Intrepid Coupon to save $3 now (max 4 persons) off general admission!


(4/27) Blue Lives Matter Comedy Tour at Gotham Comedy Club. Armed only with sharp humor, current and former police officers, who are also professional comedians, take off their badges and deliver laughs in a 90 minute assault on your funny bone. 8pm.

(4/26) Justin Silver Presents Funy for Fido! W/Janeane Garofalo, Judy Gold, Mo Amer, Jared Fried, and More! at The Stand Restaurant and Comedy Club

(4/26) Come to Papa with Tom Papa at The Village Underground. 8pm. 

(4/27-4/29) Michael Che at Carolines on Broadway.

(4/28-4/29) Finesse Mitchell at Gotham Comedy Club


Blue Man Group

Ongoing Blue Man Group at Astor Place Theatre. Best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows, Blue Man Group combines music, comedy, and multimedia theatrics to produce a unique form of entertainment. The hour and forty five minute show is fun for the whole family. The show recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.


(4/30) Wild Kratts -Live! at the Beacon Theatre. Wake up your mind with our first ever Brain Brunch! Eat, drink, and learn about the enigmatic and important function of sleep. How does sleep deprivation impact brain function? How might loss of sleep affect the way you create memories? Experts in the field discuss their work on the science of sleep, and the role rest plays in learning, memory, and behavior.  2pm, 6pm. 

(now-5/6) The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Lucille Lortell Theatre. 

(Ongoing) Explore the beautiful interactive exhibit Connected Worlds at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. 

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Gulliver's Gate

Photo: Ethan Wolff

Now open! In previews: at a time when the planet seems ever more divided, it’s amazing to be reminded that we all share one world. Gulliver's Gate is one of the most ambitious attractions to ever land in New York, a $40 million extravaganza that allows visitors to travel the Earth without leaving Times Square. Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia, and Europe are all here in incredibly detailed miniature, reflecting craftspeople’s work from around the globe. (You’ll understand New York in a new way when you see the city from a bird’s eye perspective, complete with moving cars and trains). Through the wonder of 3D printing, this is also an interactive experience—visitors can have themselves (and their families) immortalized in 1:87 scale.


No trip to New York City is complete without visiting the home of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees. Game tickets may be scarce, but it’s easy to get the full experience with Yankee Stadium Tours, which offers exclusive access to the stadium. The tours also bring fans close to historic baseball artifacts like Babe Ruth’s bat, Lou Gehrig’s jersey, and rings and trophies. The Yankee Stadium Pregame Tour is a great option for fans who want early access to the stadium with a valid game ticket—fans can enjoy a guided tour through the New York Yankees Museum Presented by Bank of America, private access to legendary Monument Park before it opens to the public, and exclusive access to batting practice in Section 105.

(Ongoing) Day or night, the Manhattan skyline is a sight to behold. Circle Line Sightseeing sails year-round and has cruises of varying interests and lengths, including a 3-hour Best of NYC Cruise, a 2-hour Landmark Cruise, and a Harbor Lights Cruise for a romantic spring evening. Last year, Circle Line added its popular Landmarks & Brooklyn Cruise. Onboard, guests can purchase food and beverages from a variety of BK vendors, including Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewery, Brooklyn Cupcake, Blue Marble ice cream, Brooklyn Cured, and Junior’s Cheesecake.

(Ongoing) Sweets for the sweet! Grab your honey or friend for a cozy ride aboard A Slice of Brooklyn's Chocolate Tour. TripAdvisor's top-rated NYC tour company A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours has launched a tour that visits artisanal chocolate sites Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO, The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, Raaka in Red Hook, and Li-Lac Chocolates in Industry City, Sunset Park. Offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Here you can read more about NYC for Chocolate Lovers.

(Ongoing) Read here for more about the Best NYC Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours! 

(Ongoing) King Kong has made his way back to New York, the city he once terrorized (at least in the movies!), but this time, it's in wax form. The famed Madame Tussauds New York in Times Square welcomes a wax replica of King Kong’s head to its collection, providing visitors not only with a perfect photo op with the notorious gorilla, but an entire KONG: Skull Island experience.

(New) Every year, at 11:59pm on December 31st, people from all over the world are focused on the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. Millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the old year and celebrate the beginning of the new. Now you can get up close and personal with the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball at Ripley’s Believe It or Not—Times Square! Press the button yourself and ring in the New Year every day of the year. A home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, Ripley’s is for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the unexpected and the unbelievable.

(Ongoing) Grab a date or friend and enjoy the most incredible views of NYC at Top of the Rock.

(Ongoing) Take a one-hour tour of one of the world's most important buildings, the United Nations, now celebrating 71 years. (Tours offered weekdays only.)

Check out  When Harry Met Seinfeld with On Location Tours. They've also got tours for Sex in the City and Sopranos fans, Central Park, NYC TV & Movie, and much more!  

Explore NYC's Financial District with Wall Street Walks.


The Revolution

(4/28) Prince's original group, The Revolution, performs at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill


(4/25) Get them quick! Extra tickets just released for Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Highline Ballroom

(4/25-4/30) Duke Ellington Orchestra performs at The Blue Note Jazz Club, celebrating Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthdays.

(4/25-4/28) Jane Monheit-Ella 100 An Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Birthday Celebration at Birdland Jazz Club.

(4/27) DJ Questlove Presents Bowl Train at Brooklyn Bowl.

(4/26) 54 Sings Ed Sheeran at Feinstein's/54 Below. 

(4/26,4/29, 5/3) Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera.

(4/27) Vivaldi: Red Priest at The Met.

(4/28) Cider and Ale Tasting at Mount Vernon Hotel & Museum. 

(4/28) That Big 80s Party at Brooklyn Bowl.

(4/28-4/29) The 2017 Nerdlesque Festival at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall. The Nerdlesque Festival is the first ever festival dedicated to nerd- and pop culture-related burlesque. 

(4/28) Godzilla Legend-Music of Akira Ifukube at Japan Society. Calling all monster movie enthusiasts for an evening filled with your favorite marches, melodies, vibes and reverbs from the Japanese cult classic Godzilla! Performed by Japan's forever-young techno-pop band Hikashu and special guest musicians including the spunky sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan. 7:30pm. 


(4/29) The first CHIHULY Night takes place at New York Botanical Garden.  After sunset, experience CHIHULY's installations illuminated, plus enjoy a rotating lineup of peforming artists and musicians, food, cocktails, and shopping. $35, child (2-12) $15. 6:30pm-10:30pm.

(4/29) Highline Ballroom celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a special performance by Laurie Anderson.

(Sundays-Tuesdays, 5pm-10pm) China Grill Pop-Up at Asia de Cuba. Expect to see many familiar faces from the China Grill staff, many of whom have been with the restaurant for its nearly 30-year run. On offer will be a full à la carte menu, plus a special Classics Prix-Fixe, priced at $52 per person, that includes revivals of a few lost favorites.

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(Ongoing) Every Sunday at noon and 2pm don’t miss Broadway “Boozy” Brunch, with a cabaret show and the option for bottomless bellinis, Bloody Marys, and mimosas. Don't Tell Mama.

Click here for more information on on NYC's Best Jazz Clubs


Circle Line Cinco de Mayo Cruise

(5/5) Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special Circle Line Boat Party. Choose open bar beer & wine, or open bar beer, wine, and spirits. Includes comp appetizers. Sails 7pm. $69, $89. 


(5/3) Homo Comicus at Gotham Comedy Club, with Kate Clinton, Joel Kim Booster, Jess Salomon, and Poppi Kramer MC.  

(5/3-5/7) Art New York and CONTEXT New York return to Pier 94 to kick off New York Art Week. The sister fairs bring more than 120 contemporary and modern galleries from 50 countries, representing more than 1,200 artists. At Art New York, look for the finest work of the modern, post-war, and pop eras, including masters like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Willem de Kooning.

(5/5-5/7) Frieze Art Fair. Head over to Randall’s Island Park this spring to experience the contemporary art world in an alfresco environment. Interact with public installations, sit in on “Frieze Talks,” enjoy the Frieze Art Fair’s Reading Room, and of course, lay your eyes on some of the most talked about artwork in the city.

(5/5) Catch a special family performance, Cinco de Mayo: Calpulli Mexican Performance, as a Mexican dance company presents a celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American cultural heritage. Museum of the City of New York

(5/6) Dog Whisperer and star of Cesar 911 on Nat GEO Wild Cesar Millan appears at Kupferberg Center by Queens College.

(5/6) The legendary Barbra Streisand at Barclays Center.


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