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Things to Do This Week and Weekend in NYC (9/19-9/25)

Pop ups, shows, markets, and more things to do in NYC today, this week, and this weekend.

(9/19-9/25) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? There's tons going on for summer in the city, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC this week.

MORNINGSIDE LIGHTS

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS LIGHTS

The Upper West Side will be aglow for the 11th Morningside Lights festival. Handmade lanterns following the theme of The Reimagined Monument will light up the night on Saturday.

BROADWAY FLEA

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Broadway holds its yard sale on Sunday, with mementos and collectibles all along Shubert Alley. It's for a good cause—the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

FREE COMMUNITY DAY

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The National Arts Club has been a part of New York since 1898. If you've never visited, Saturday is a great opportunity during the club's second annual free Community Day. You can explore the landmark building, catch live music and family arts activities, and check out an exhibition dedicated art from Australia’s Western Desert.

BALES & ALES

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Liven up your social media streams with a trip to the New York Botanical Garden and its ongoing autumn celebration. For photo ops, the Conservatory Plaza and adjacent lawn are tricked out with hundreds of pumpkins and gourds of all sizes. Come on Saturday and you can also enjoy Bales & Ales, with live music, bites, lawn games, demos, and local breweries.

A NEW YORK LEGEND

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Take in NYC history at a 77-year-old-dining mecca. Legendary Patsy's Italian Restaurant will host a private lunch on Saturday, September 24th, with a three course meal, a glass of wine, and coffee & tea included in the price. Proprietor Sal Scognamillo will share his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars, and other famous guests (the restaurant was Frank Sinatra's favorite). George Pettignano will sing classic tunes from the '40s to '70s, including Sinatra, The Beatles, and Elvis.

VEGANDALE

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Live your best plant-based life as Vegandale New York returns for its fifth annual gathering on Randall's Island. Art, DJs, prizes, drinks (cocktails and hard kombucha included) will complement dozens and dozens of vegan vendors from around the world.

CENTRAL PARK'S DISCOASIS

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Roller disco hotspot The DiscOasis brings DJs, day and night skating sessions, and performances to a glittering roller rink fantasia at Wollman Rink. Take advantage of the final weekend of the season!  Weekend nights are discounted.

OPENING OF THE WEEK

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Image: Brett Beyer Photography.

NYC's newest venue is a Gatsby-inspired Art Deco hall hosting music, magic, theatre, and performance art. The Midnight Theatre also has a restaurant and an aperitivo bar, plus state-of-the-art digital capabilities and multisensory experiences.

A MAGICAL INNER CIRCLE

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Once you enter the intimate space at The Gym at Judson you'll be part of the show. The unique setting of Asi Wind's Inner Circle (presented by David Blaine) intensifies the performance. Don't just witness the magic, become part of it yourself.

SAN GENNARO IS BACK!

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© Stu99 | Dreamstime.com - Little Italy Photo

More than a million people every year make their way to the historic streets of Little Italy to experience the Feast of San Gennaro, NYC’s largest and longest-running Italian festival. Now celebrating its 96th anniversary, religious processions, parades, live music, and authentic Italian eats highlight the festivities. San Gennaro legends like deep-fried Oreos, sausage ‘n’ peppers, and zeppole (a beloved Italian pastry) are all available, along with new favorites from the neighborhood’s latest generation of cafes and restaurants. Figli di San Gennaro (Children of San Gennaro), a community organization, now runs the Feast, keeping alive the original spirit of September 19, 1926, when new immigrants from Naples celebrated their city’s patron saint, Saint Januarius, and the day in 305 A.D. when he was martyred. The Feast of San Gennaro runs daily 11:30am-11pm, extended to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. There is free music (most nights 7-9:30pm) and free music and/or food talks (every afternoon 2-5pm) on the Festival Stage at the corner of Grand and Mott Streets. The festival takes place on and around Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets in Little Italy. The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world. 

A NIGHT OF FASHION

Join The Avenue at American Dream for their inaugural fashion show event, Curated Style. Eight beloved stars of Project Runway will share exclusive looks and new trends from their latest collections. Taking place Friday, September 23rd, the evening includes fashion presentations from Project Runway alumni Korto, Joshua Christensen, Christopher Straub, Mondo, Marquise, Kelly Dempsey, Viktor Luna, and Garo. Makeup provided by Tom Ford Beauty from Saks Fifth Avenue New Jersey. Special dance performance by So You Think You Can Dance winner, Bailey Munoz. Tickets available here.

NOW OPEN!

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Image: Mark Zhelezoglo for Hall des Lumières.

Art meets tech at the inaugural Hall des Lumières exhibition, Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion, which opened to the public last week. The Austrian symbolist painter’s most iconic works come to life using cutting-edge mapping technology. You’ll enter an immersive world of gold and color as an original soundtrack plays. Set in in the former Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, Hall des Lumières brings the Beaux-Arts landmark back to life with art that complements the ornate interior.

BOGO BROADWAY

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T. Oliver Reid. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

NYC Broadway Week is back, bringing discounts to 22 shows. There are two tiers of tickets, two-for-one and an optional upgrade for premium seats. Most of Broadway is represented, so you can be the first to see shows like 1776 or Cost of Living, target a Tony winner like A Strange Loop or MJ The Musical, or check out the new cast of a smash hit like Hadestown, above. Discounts run through September 25th.

A NEW MUSEUM DOWNTOWN

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Jackie Robinson will be forever immortal for breaking baseball's color line, and for an all-star career that included bringing a world championship to Brooklyn in 1955. Now open, the Jackie Robinson Museum (JRM) tells the story of his life and legacy through pictures, artifacts, and and multilayered storytelling.

NEW ART

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David LaChapelle - ‘Behold' (2015 Hawaii). ©David LaChapelle, courtesy of Fotografiska New York.

Fotografiska New York is a museum experience for the modern world. The institution hosts its first full-building takeover with David LaChapelle: make Believe. Vibrant images fill all six floors of the museum, with 150 works full of wit, celebrity, and technical innovation. Included are the last-ever portraits of Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson, household-name album covers, and allegorical works in dialogue with the AIDS epidemic. The show weaves together recurring themes of religion, the environment and the play between artifice and nature, gender identity, societal ideals of beauty, and LaChapelle’s legendary explorations of pop culture fame. The artist collaborated on the show’s layout, which takes the form of a journey, interacting with the church-like details of Fotografiska’s stunning 1894 neo-Gothic architecture.

OKTOBERFEST

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Oktoberfest is a September phenomenon and Watermark has launched their version. Running through Halloween, hit Pier 15 in the Seaport for pretzels, brats, authentic brews in mini kegs, games, and skyline views.

NOW OPEN!

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Image courtesy Nicole Franzen.

Culinary legend Jean-Georges Vongerichten has launched his massive new food space in The Seaport. The Tin Building brings grocery markets, 6 full service new restaurants, 6 quick service counters, and 4 bars into a stylish, sprawling space. August will feature summer preview hours, Thursdays through Sundays noon-5pm.

NEW BRUNCH!

black sugar cinnamon roll

 

Credit: KYU.

Miami hotspot KYU has been knocking it out of the park in NoHo since its New York arrival earlier this year. The Asian-inspired, wood-fired restaurant is launching brunch this Saturday. Expect cocktails and classic bites with Asian twists, like short rib and sweet potato hash, waffles with chai-spiced cream, and the black sugar cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting pictured above.

AN INSTAGRAM SMASH IN NOHO

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Top ice cream creator Dylan Lemay is throwing and catching artisan ice cream balls at his newly opened store, CATCH’N Ice Cream in NoHo. Stop in to catch your next favorite flavor of ice cream. Open daily from noon to late—don't miss the Behind the Counter experience, where you can make your own ice cream ball, coat it in chocolate, and roll it in your favorite toppings!

IMMERSIVE COCKTAIL ADVENTURE

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Step into the enchanted (and cursed) world of Beauty & The Beast at this new immersive experience at roomy Slovenian spot Pekarna New York. Dressing up is encouraged for this elegant Victorian cocktail party that brings in escape room elements. Expect a theatrical outing that comes with themed cocktails and riddle and challenge solving. 

NEW FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

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Congratulations to the Empire State Building, just named the #1 attraction in the U.S. (#3 worldwide) on Tripadvisor. On Saturday mornings through the end of October, visitors can take advantage of the limited-edition Sunrise Experience, which comes with the thrill of being the first in the city to catch the new day dawning from the perspective of the 86th Floor Observatory.

SUNDAY SHOP

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Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive. This Sunday you’ll also find the NYC Art & Craft Market. Meet and shop from over 100 local artists and craft makers. You’ll find original paintings, photos, drawings, prints, sculptures, and crafts, on top of the market’s weekly selection of designers and vintage sellers. Come hungry! There are great artisanal food options as well. 10am-5pm. 

While you're there, you can take advantage of Open Streets on Columbus Avenue (from 68th Street to 77th Street), every Sunday 11am-7pm through October 30th. You can enjoy outdoor dining and shopping, relax at tables and chairs along the avenue, play games, and enjoy free entertainment and programming for all ages.

 

A NEW BRUNCH LAUNCH

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Authentic Italian fine dining in a comfortable space is what you'll find at Upper West Side favorite Joanne Trattoria. They've just launched a new early brunch, running Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-1pm. Look for temptations like banana Nutella crepes, omelets and other eggs, ricotta Belgian waffles, pancakes, and sides of bacon and sausage. "Mangia bene vive bene."

Also at Joanne Trattoria, don't miss live music with your meal, including jazz guitar from virtuoso Abe Ovadia every Sunday from 4:30-7pm. 

Tuesday night is date night at Joanne Trattoria! Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Gaga Wine with every two entrees ordered. 

MIDTOWN GETAWAY

seastreak whale watching nyc

As NYC waterways get healthier, bottlenose dolphins, seals, sea turtles, and even whales are paying visits. You can check out all of the maritime action on Seasteak, which has encountered charismatic humpback whales on 85% of its nature trips. Whale Watching tours leave directly from Manhattan on Saturdays and Sundays—weekday tours also leave from Manhattan via a ferry ride to Highlands, NJ. This is a comfortable ride with climate controlled cabins, an open-air top deck, 360° panoramic windows, and a full-service cash bar (the city views are every bit as spectacular as the wildlife).

IMMERSIVE THINGS TO DO IN NYC 

NEW IMMERSIVE ART

artechouse life of a neuron

Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive art space ARTECHOUSE. You’ve never seen art like this before, as room-sized digital projections merge with sound design to create a cinematic experience. Open now is Life of a Neuron, which draws on decades of neuroscience research to create a cellular-level journey through the human brain. Come explore the intersections of art and science and discover new layers of a universal human experience—the story of ourselves. The main installation is joined by additional immersive artworks. You can also grab a drink at the newly opened XR Bar.

THE MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM

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The Museum of Ice Cream is the only place in the world where you can learn about everyone's favorite frozen treat by feasting on a floating dessert table, sliding down a 3-story slide to collect your ice cream, or taking a dip in a pool filled with millions of sprinkles. Be transported to a world where all your wildest ice cream dreams come true and rediscover the kid in you—don't miss the awesome photo ops in the hall of ice cream scoops.

CANDYTOPIA IS BACK

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If you’ve ever wanted a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, you’ll get a taste at Candytopia (without the imminent peril). Dive into a ball pit of marshmallows, view portraits made of candy, and take killer pics with candy-inspired scenes. The attraction is now open for a limited run, which continues into the fall.

BROOKLYN'S NEW IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

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ArtsDistrict Brooklyn (AD/BK) is a new Brooklyn destination for mixed-media installations. More than 70 projection screens and cutting-edge sound design combine on the massive new immersive experience Limitless AI. There are also the intensive audio/theatre experiences Flight and Séance.

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: ART EXHIBITIONS

JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: KING PLEASURE

jean-michel basquiat

Photo by Lee Jaffe.

Everyone's favorite Brooklyn artist gets a major exhibition, led by his family and launched in Chelsea. Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure features a priceless collection of over 200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawings, ephemera, and artifacts. The show is sourced from the Basquiat family collection and also features recreations of his NYC artist studio on Great Jones St. and the Michael Todd VIP Room of NYC’s Palladium nightclub, where Basquiat created two paintings.

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

CUCINA 8½

Cucina 8½ happy hour

Cucina 8½ offers an elevated experience of rustic Italian cuisine in midtown's iconic Solow Building. The grand space features a winding staircase that opens to a spacious dining room and a vast bar area. On weeknights, the bar and lounge area offers an excellent happy hour, 4-7pm.  Draft beer and sommelier-selected wines by the glass are $7; for $12, take a pick of some classic cocktails including the 8½ Fellini Bellini, a Negroni, and a "Sex and the City" Cosmopolitan (Season 4, Episode 2 was filmed right here). They also make a mean Martini, available in mini form for happy hour at 8½ dollars. All drinks are accompanied by complimentary hors d'oeuvres.

A PRIME HAPPY HOUR

cocktail prime catch nyc

Prime Catch NYC serves top-rate seafood and steaks right in the heart of the Theater District. This is a great stop pre or post-Broadway or while out in Times Square, with both  indoor and outdoor seating options. They specialize in Prime USDA dry-aged Pat LaFrieda meat with house specialty Porterhouse and tomahawk cuts. Don't miss great deals at Happy Hour, which runs all day, seven days a week at the bar.

Happy Hour
1/2 Price Appetizers
$1 Oysters
$12 Martinis
$10 Cocktails
$8 Wines
$6 Beers

A HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL

havana central empanada

Havana Central has introduced 1/2 price empanadas during Happy Hour at the bar! Diners must purchase a drink, 3 empanadas max per drink purchase.  Available in the bar only, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm. Choose from a variety of homemade savory pockets including beef, chicken, cheese, shrimp, and ropa vieja! Havana Central also features Happy Hour drink specials including $7 classic mojitos, classic margaritas, and red sangria, in addition to other specials.

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN NYC 

AN OTHERWORLDLY NIGHTCLUB

nebula

Nebula is the city's biggest nightclub opening in years, presenting a world-class space in the heart of Times Square. Nebula brings in top-line DJs spanning the spectrum of electronic music. Visionary design transports guests into otherworldly immersive environments—the unbelievable movable ceiling with its tilting video panels transforms the club each time the doors open.

TROPICAL SPECIALS

sunrise mojito

A Restaurant Row fave, Jasmine’s Caribbean Cuisine provides an escape from the city with savory dishes and fruit-filled cocktails. Stop in for a tropical twist on a classic drink: the Caribbean Sunrise Mojito, with rum, mint, lime, cane sugar, passionfruit, and grenadine. Don't miss daily Happy Hours (4-7pm), DJs on Saturday nights, and live steel pan drums on Saturday nights. 

FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND WELLNESS HAPPENINGS IN HELL'S KITCHEN

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The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) is a neighborhood business improvement district, keeping the west side of Manhattan clean and beautified. They’re also the force behind happenings at Hudson Yards’s Bella Abzug Park. Every Tuesday at 10:30am, HYHK will be hosting a Kids’ Concert in the playground. Children of all ages are invited to sing, dance, and play instruments. Mike Messer Music leads 45 minutes of learning and playing favorite songs—from popular children's hits to family favorites (through September 27th). On Thursdays at 10:30am join Bubble Master Gabe for an interactive show featuring giant bubbles (through September 29th). All events are free and open to the public. Adults can find programming, too: look for free Saturday morning yoga sessions.

#STANDWITHUKRAINE

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Ukrainian Museum Facebook.

In the East Village, long a home of Ukrainian immigrants (and their food and culture), you'll find the largest museum in the U.S. committed to the rich heritage of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Museum's state-of-the-art home holds a folk art collection (one of the most important collections outside of Ukraine), a fine arts collection (including works by the well-known primitif artist Nikifor), and an extensive archive.

MIDTOWN ADVENTURES

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Be the hero of your very own adventure at The Escape Game in Midtown East. You and your team will find clues and solve puzzles on your way to completing a mission. Have fun, use your brain, and work together as you follow clues to escape the room in 60 minutes. At The Escape Game’s convenient location near Grand Central you can choose from five different rooms: The Heist, Prison Break, Gold Rush, Playground, and Special Ops: Mysterious Market. Begin with a quick video to brief you on your mission and cover some basic guidelines, and then after that it’s up to you (a Game Guide is available at all times throughout the adventure). 

EAT PIZZA DOWNTOWN

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Master Pizzaiolo Domenico “Mimmo” Tolomeo and Master Chef James Whelen track down the freshest of ingredients for homemade pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and more at two downtown locations of Zazzy’s Pizza. Signatures include the vodka pie, white pie, and vegan cheese pizza. Other plant-based picks include mozz sticks, hearts of palm "calamari" and meatless meatballs. Locations are West Village (73 Greenwich Ave.),  the Lower East Side (173 Orchard St.), and the Upper East Side (1477 Second Ave.).

COMEDY COMING UP

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A comedy legend not to be missed is Carolines on Broadway. This Times Square institution has been presenting the best in live comedy entertainment since 1982, with nightly shows that run from established greats to up and comers. 

ANALOG CITY

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Photo: Brad Farwell.

Yes, somehow New York City functioned without smartphones and desktops. A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York transports visitors to pre-digital New York through Analog City: New York B.C. (Before Computers). Check out the lost innovations and industries that once fueled NYC. Through December 31st, 2022.

New York is a food town and the newest exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York looks at the networks and nodes behind our meals. Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate shares artist and designer responses to food challenges and possibilities for more equitable food futures.

 

ROLLER RINK

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Rendering: ImageFiction for Flipper’s and Tishman Speyer.

From ice to wheels: Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace is offering roller skating at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. It’s the first time warm weather skating has been here since 1940. A legendary ‘70s-‘80s rink run by Ian “Flipper” Ross in West Hollywood has been revived in Midtown Manhattan by his daughter Liberty Ross. The new rink is joined by a major area renovation, with tables, chairs, and green spaces now available in the plaza. Grab-and-go options include JJ Johnson’s Fieldtrip and David Chang’s Fuku.

(If you're out JFK way, the TWA Hotel's Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink is open for the season as well.)

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: POP UP EXHIBITIONS

THE FANS STRIKE BACK

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Photo credit: EMS Entertainment.

New exhibition The Fans Strike Back: The Largest Star Wars Fan Exhibition reflects four decades of devoted fandom. Get immersed in the saga as never before with the largest private collection of official Star Wars items, including life-size figures, models, one-of-a-kind sculptures, figurines, photos, posters, and costumes. There are more than 600 collectable items in all. The show runs through September 25th, 2022.

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: LIVE PERFORMANCES

LIVE BEATS & MORE DOWNTOWN

Downtown has one destination for eclectic, compelling music. The programming at the East Village’s Drom runs from jazz, rock, electronic, soul, and funk to international music. The weeks ahead bring high-energy ensemble work from The Silver Arrow Band and DJ TM.8’s Temptation Saturday 80’s Dance Party.

Pedrito Martinez

To celebrate its 15th anniversary season, Drom is introducing a monthly residency from Grammy-nominated Cuban bandleader Pedrito Martinez. Martinez will bring his signature, high-energy Afro-Cuban sound in the coming weeks.

JoAnna Ross Dan Goodman photo Paul Park

JoAnna Ross and Dan Goodman, photo by Paul Park.

Drom is also your local choice for comedy and pole dancing. Schtick A Pole In It has for the past 9 years been NYC's best (and only) comedy and pole dancing show. Comics tell jokes and pole dancers pole dance. Laugh lines alternate with death-defying tricks. If you don't see shows like this, why are you even paying NYC rents? The show has just expanded to four dates a month as part of an open-ended run. Tickets and more information are here.

BIG NAME PERFORMANCES AT THE IRIDIUM

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Ed Palermo Big Band.

For more than 25 years, musical landmark The Iridium has been hosting intimate experiences of the world’s best rock, jazz, blues, and beyond.

LIVE MUSIC AND FINE WINE AT CITY WINERY

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Adam Pass/City Winery.

City Winery New York City at Hudson River Park brings together great bites, wine to match, and views to remember. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in City Winery’s restaurant and wine bar, where the food is meant to be paired with a great glass of wine. They’re open daily, with two stages hosting a stellar array of music and comedy.

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Enjoy a reading from the book of John (and Paul, George, and Ringo) by Strawberry Fields on Sunday mornings. This Beatles tribute brunch is a treat for the whole family, join in the fun at City Winery at noon.

BLUE MAN GROUP!

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No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by the three blue-hued alien dudes of Blue Man Group. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy.

Looking for all the latest notes and updates on Broadway and Off Broadway? Check out our comprehensive These Are the Broadway and Off Broadway Shows in NYC 2022: Everything You Need to Know.

EXHIBITIONS IN NYC

TREASURES OF THE NYPL

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A lock of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair, Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, Malcolm X’s briefcase, the real-life Winnie-the-Pooh: the NYPL holds a lot more than books. For the first time ever you can explore a selection of the 56 million items in the collection with the opening of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures. You'll find manuscripts, art, letters, still and moving images, and recordings that bring the voices of the past to life. The show is free and features timed entry tickets.

For more on NYC museums and exhibitions, check out our Museum Exhibits in NYC to See Right Now.

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A FLYING THEATRE

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Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

There's a new attraction in town. RiseNY is the first of its kind, combining a soaring ride over the city with museum exhibits that celebrate iconic New York. Take in galleries dedicated to Finance, Skyline, TV/Radio, Fashion, Music, Broadway, and Film, before going on a ride that will have your feet dangling over NYC landmarks.

THE RETURN OF A LEGEND

Patsy's

New York restaurants come and go, but Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is forever. The famed eatery—which only has one location, right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan—has been around for nearly 80 years and is only getting better. Chef Sal Scognamillo, owner and operator, is the third generation of Scognamillos to sit at the helm. The family recipes have remained largely unchanged. Dishes like stuffed artichokes, eggplant parmigiana, and spaghetti and meatballs are as rich and flavorful as ever. Ingredients like meats and cheeses are sourced from other family businesses who have worked with Patsy’s throughout the years so every bite remains true to tradition. Patsy’s maintains a strong community of repeat customers (including many celebrities) who know they’ll get exceptional cuisine that remains note-perfect year after year. Hours have expanded to Tuesday through Sunday, 1-9pm. Reservations are available at 212-247-3491 during operating hours or by email at patsysnyc@gmail.comCOVID safety protocols include an air purification system, social distancing, and partitions between tables.

HOLLYWOOD GLAM & NYC CLASSICS IN TIMES SQUAREromanian steak bacall's

Bacall’s brings 1940s New York and Hollywood glamour to Times Square.  This beautiful soaring brasserie was inspired by Hollywood star Lauren Bacall, who used to work on 44th Street, handing out CUE magazines and visiting her agent on the block. The restaurant is dedicated to the arts and brings in the Backstage Players to entertain guests Wednesdays through Sundays. The menu features NYC specialties like pastrami egg rolls, potato latkes, classic cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, a kids' menu, and NY cheesecake or 16-layer crepe cake for dessert. A special curated craft cocktail list and frozen bottles of vodka encased in ice blocks make for a memorable high-spirited evening. The restaurant holds down a roomy space at 220 W. 44th St. and is open Wednesdays to Sundays 4-11pm. Bottomless brunches—with a live salsa band that will teach you how to salsa—can be found on Sundays from 11am-3pm. For reservations call 212-944-2474.

This Week's Behind The Experience Video

The tallest building in the hemisphere. The largest screen. A ride that goes straight up at 23 miles per hour. Behind The Experience learns the secrets of One World Observatory, as well as tips like the best time for a visit. The video joins our recent visits to New York icons the Museum of the City of New YorkMadame Tussauds, SPYSCAPE, and Benjamin Steakhouse. CHECK THEM OUT—it’s fun!

DISCOUNT BROADWAY TICKETS

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TDF, the not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, operates two TKTS Discount Booths. You can get same-day discount tickets to matinee and evening performances, as well as next-day matinee performances of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Discounts are good for up to 50% off. TKTS Times Square is located "under the red steps" at the corner of Broadway and 47th St. The second, indoor location as in Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium, which is located on 62nd Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.  For more information and to download the TKTS app, go to tdf.org/tkts.

HISTORIC FLATIRON WALKING TOURS

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Photo by Victoria Pickering/Flickr.

A stingy piece of pie ...the greatest inanimate troublemaker in New York," was the New York Tribune's assessment of the Flatiron. New Yorkers views on it have shifted, of course. The Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership will tell you all about it. After a COVID layoff, their Sunday walking tours are back in-person. The free explorations include notable landmarks like the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and, of course, the Flatiron Building itself.

CENTRAL PARK TOURS ARE BACK

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Photo: Central Park Conservancy.

The Central Park Conservancy has at last resumed in-person tours. Enjoy a gorgeous part of the city with an expert leading the way. Tour options include Seneca Village, covering the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre–Civil War New York; Hidden Highlights of the North End, with stunning views of Manhattan; Heart of the Park; Statues and Monuments; Conservatory Garden Experience; and Discovery Walk for Families: North Woods. Space is limited to ensure proper social distancing.

CLIMB ABOARD HISTORY

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Photo by Richard Bowditch.

Get into history at the South Street Seaport Museum, where the 1885 tall ship Wavertree is again open to the public. Wavertree was built in Southampton, England and was one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron (she was given a full restoration after an ignominious end, discovered serving as a sand barge in Argentina in 1967). The ship has been part of South Street since 1968 and serves as the flagship of the museum's fleet. Visit with a free timed ticket on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11am-5pm.

AN INTERACTIVE MUSEUM TOUR FOR THEATER FANS

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Fable & Lark: Storied Adventures, which specializes in interactive museum tours inspired by great stories, is releasing its first post-pandemic tour, Staged: The Museum Tour for People who Love Theater. Staged looks at the development of theater through the lens of artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, from early Greek statues of actors to depictions of stories that inspired Broadway musicals. Interspersed with activities and questions about theater, the tour takes participants across the museum and across cultures to see the ways artists have worked the theme of theater into their creations for thousands of years. Participants should bring their T (theater) game, and maybe even be prepared to do a little acting, because, after all, all the world’s a stage. Sundays at 11am.

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME 

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Merchants House Parlor by Denis Vlasov. Photo courtesy Merchant's House Museum.

Built in 1832, the East Village's Merchant’s House was home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost a century. Miraculously, the house still retains the family's original furnishings and personal possessions. Stop by for a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City from 1835 to 1865. During COVID times, the Merchant's House Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays only, noon to 5pm. Admission is $15 and advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

FRICK MADISON

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Room 24: Four grand panels of Fragonard’s series The Progress of Love are shown together at Frick Madison in a gallery illuminated by one of Marcel Breuer’s trapezoidal windows. This view shows two of the 1771–72 paintings, with two later overdoors visible in the next gallery. Photo: Joe Coscia.

Like so many in the pandemic era, The Frick Collection got the itch to renovate. While its historic home is getting spruced up, the art has taken up residence in the modern confines of the former Met Breuer. A two-year run here has begun, with a chronological and geographic survey representing the likes of Bellini, Gainsborough, Goya, Rembrandt, Titian, Velázquez, and Vermeer.

THE SECRET SIDE OF ELLIS ISLAND

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the unrestored Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital Complex. This gateway to America for millions of people is accessible again via Statue Cruises—the only ride to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. (If you opt for the Hard Hat Tour Ticket and its 90-minute guided tour of the hidden part of Ellis Island you'll get round-trip ferry service and audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Islands.) The art exhibition "Unframed—Ellis Island," by renowned French artist JR, is on display throughout the hospital complex. Tours run on Saturdays and Sundays. 

LUNA PARK IS BACK!

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Celebrate the return of warmer days. The legendary rides of Luna Park have reopened to the public, including the Coney Island Cyclone, which is celebrating 95 years.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CITY?

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CURTAIN'S UP AT ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER

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The show goes on at Ellen's Stardust Diner. Food, drink, and live performances from the famous singing waitstaff have returned. The 1950s-themed restaurant has been around since 1987 and brings back its retro vibes (founder Ellen Hart Sturm is a native New Yorker who was crowned Miss Subways in 1959.) Catch intimate performances by staff on their way to joining a long line of Broadway actors who have made Ellen's their launching pad. If you're looking for a great souvenir of an NYC trip, check out The Stardust Shop, with merch like mugs, hats, and the t-shirt above.

STATUE OF LIBERTY

A small group of Statue Cruises surrounding the Statue of Liberty.

Statue City Cruises is out and about in New York Harbor. Tickets can be purchased in advance (strongly encouraged) from the Statue City Cruises website or at Gangway 5 in Battery Park. statuecruises.com

TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS

Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice.

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About the Author

Ethan Wolff is the author of numerous guidebooks to New York, having covered the city for more than two decades. He has written for New York Magazine, BlackBook, and Details, among others. In addition to his work as the editor of City Guide, Ethan covers NYC’s talk and lecture scene for the website Thought Gallery. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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