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Things to Do This Halloween Week in NYC (10/26-11/1)

(10/26-11/1) There's more to do in NYC now than there's been since the mid-March lockdown, including many of the city's cultural destinations. This detailed map of open restaurants shows over 10,000 venues now serving; included in that number are more than 5,000 places where you can eat outside. More than 340 streets have been closed to traffic and opened to expanded outdoor dining plans. Although much of Halloween has gone virtual this year, there are more than a few opportunities to get out IRL—read about them here! On Halloween itself, visitors who come to the Intrepid Museum on costume get in free of charge. Learn more here!

PUMPKIN POINT 2020

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Pumpkin Point in Nolan Park in 2018. Photo by Trey Pentecost.

Governors Island’s annual pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Point, features thousands of pumpkins and fall-themed decorations arranged across the island’s historic Nolan Park. Visitors are encouraged to take a pumpkin home with them, free of charge. Pumpkin Point 2020 will be a socially distanced event with plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the patch. The patch is open daily during the island’s public hours through the last day of the 2020 public season, Sunday, November 1, 10am-6pm daily.

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DINE UNDER THE LIGHTS OF TIMES SQUARE!

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Tony’s DiNapoli, which recently reopened, is offering the once-in-a-lifetime experience of eating under the lights of Times Square. Right under where the ball drops, Tony’s DiNapoli is popping up an outdoor cafe, complete with old-school checkered tablecloths and family-style Italian cuisine. As part of the Times Square Alliance Restaurant Week, which brings $35 prix fixe specials through Sunday, November 1st, Tony’s is offering a complete salad, pasta, apps, parm, and dessert meal for just $35—and they'll deliver it to you with drinks to the outdoor tables on Broadway. There will be live entertainment every day throughout the week, including opera singers, Broadway actors, Venetian acrobatics, and a special appearance by the Jersey Boys. Tony’s DiNapoli is a family-run restaurant business with a four-generation history in New York City. tonysnyc.com

TWO COSTUMED NIGHTS AT LE PRIVÉ

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Find “French dining, redefined” at bistro Le Privé in Hell's Kitchen. Friday, October 30th features a Masquerade Ball, with complimentary tastings of signature house cocktail the Desobeissant for those who place reservations and order entrees. The freakish flappers and ghoulish Gatsbys will be out in force. They'll return on Halloween proper for a 1920's Yelloween Featuring Veuve Clicquot. Chandeliers will cast dim light across a Victorian-inspired dining room hosting a black tie 1920's speakeasy masquerade lubricated by Veuve Clicquot.

HALLOWEEN ON BROADWAY

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Ellen’s Stardust Diner will show off its famous singing waitstaff, The Stardusters, in costume and putting on special performances of Halloween hit songs on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st. The first set, which will begin at 6pm on both nights, will be family-friendly, and the second set, beginning at 8:30pm on both nights, will be catered to the 16 and over crowd. Reservations can be made here (there's a waitlist as well). For folks laying low this weekend, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is also opening up their annual costume contest to patrons everywhere.  Photos of costumes can be submitted at ellensstardustdiner.com/halloween with winners chosen live during the “Halloween on Broadway” celebrations. Prizes will include gift certificates to Ellen’s Stardust Diner.

FREE CANDY APPLES

Estuary: families are invited to swing by the patio at ONE15 Brooklyn Marina from 4 to 8pm on Halloween. Kids can join pastry chef Christophe Toury to dip a free candy apple in chocolate, caramel, or sugar. Plus, adults in costume get a 10% discount on festive cocktails to sip on while strolling through nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

A LIVE MAGICIAN/MENTALIST SHOW

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The Musket Room is a Michelin-starred downtown NYC restaurant serving globally inspired cuisine. It's now offering indoor seating and outdoor dining in its back garden oasis under heated umbrellas. (A new state-of-the-art HVAC system with Merv 8 filters ensures maximum safety indoors.) This weekend, The Musket Room is bringing back acclaimed magician and mentalist Mark Clearview for his signature theatrics in the restaurant's back garden oasis. Festive attire is encouraged. Clearview will dazzle with cardistry and real-life mind-reading; divining creepy details from guests' pasts, and predicting moments in their immediate futures...every detail crafted for a jaw-dropping reveal at night’s end. Multiple seatings are available on Halloween, and again on Sunday, November 1st. To complement Clearview's impossible feats, The Musket Room's "spirit whisperer" Melissa Brooke will craft bespoke cocktails tailored for each guest based on their energy, personality, and spirit, to pair with three dinner courses. You can get tickets HERE.

THROW AN AXE FOR HALLOWEEN

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Live Axe is Manhattan’s first and only elevated axe throwing destination. Situated in a gloriously appointed industrial-chic space in the heart of SoHo, Live Axe offers a fresh, elevated take on the popular axe-throwing pastime. (Creative cocktails and a full food menu up the ante.) This weekend they'll be hosting a three-day Halloween party, Friday through Sunday from noon to 11pm. The space is decked out in Halloween spirit and there are seasonal cocktails to match. Click here for a reservation.

TRICK OR TREAT IN AN ART SPACE

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Color Factory, a roomy interactive art space, walks visitors through 16 rooms devoted to the wonder of color. For Halloween, they've installed trick or treat stations, so bring the kids for a safe and socially distanced experience.

STROLL THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATH

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Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the Great Pumpkin Path of The New York Botanical Garden. (The event is especially eye-catching this week as the giant pumpkins have arrived—some of the largest in the world.) You'll find them on the Conservatory Lawn, but there's acre after acre to explore, with vibrant fall foliage and whimsical scarecrows. The Great Pumpkin Path stays up through Sunday, November 1st.

SPOOKY SPIRITS

j. bespoke halloween cocktail

Flatiron speakeasy fave J.Bespoke is getting in the spooky spirit with a spooky spirt. The "Satan’s Suit" brings together vodka and gin, plus Cocchi Americano, Luxardo Maraschino, activated charcoal, and orange bitters. You can sip on it indoors or out. In addition, the cocktail lounge will be playing Halloween classics all weekend, including Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

A NEW IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION

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Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience ARTECHOUSE, a new immersive art space. The latest exhibition there, "Celestial," is an immersive digital experienced inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year 2020. The installation draws on "Classic Blue"’s inspirational qualities to take visitors beyond the skies. Sound, light, and color come together for a very Instagrammable experience. "During these unprecedented times as a society we have found ourselves in a new state of existence. Before 2020 even began, Pantone selected Classic Blue as the color of the year because they saw it as the hue to sustain us during a time of change,” says Sandro Keserelidze, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ARTECHOUSE . “2020 ended up bringing changes no one expected, making the hue of Classic Blue, and the qualities it represents, more relevant now than ever before. We couldn’t think of a more timeless and timely theme to end the year and launch a new chapter of experiences.” artechouse.com/nyc

HARLEM RESTAURANT WEEK

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The 11th Harlem Restaurant Week is here, running from Monday, October 19th through Sunday, October 31st. You can take advantage of four specials, a $25 prix fixe lunch, $35 prix fixe dinner, under $10 Harlem eats, and under $25 retail offers. In this COVID era, expect outdoor dining and takeout/delivery experiences. There are plenty of options in this vibrant neighborhood, check out the site for International, Fine Dining, Date Night, and Drinks categories.

NOW OPEN!

dumplings pearl river

Beloved New York City-based Asian emporium and ‘Friendship Store’ Pearl River Mart launches Pearl River Mart Foods on Friday, October 30th. This new location marks their fourth location in New York City and their second in the famed Chelsea Market and also their very first food-focused outlet. It will be a love letter to Asian American cuisine, with curated specialty items from city favorites Nom Wah, 886, Mala Project, Fong On, Po Wing Hong, Philippine Bread House, 46 Mott, and Kopitiam, among many others. In addition, Mao’s BaoKimbap Lab, and Tea and Milk will offer their selections of baos, kimbap, and boba teas.

VINTAGE POP UP MARKET

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Vintage retail collective A Current Affair is setting up shop at Brooklyn's Industry City this weekend. You can experience an outdoor tented, socially distant pop-up marketplace featuring vintage retailers and private dealers showcasing the best vintage clothing, accessories, and jewelry on the planet. No ticket is required (the event is free), 11am-5pm. In addition, Taza Mkt, known for its Indian home cooking, will be in Courtyard 1/2 during the A Current Affair event with a unique pop-up menu.

GET YOUR COSTUME, NEW YORK!

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New York Costumes / Halloween Adventure is the city's biggest year-round costume destination and they are more than ready for Halloween 2020. Head over to the East Village to find NYC’s largest costume and accessories superstore. The selection of costumes, wigs, masks, makeup, decor, and novelties is extensive. Hours are extended for the season; Monday through Thursday 11am until 8pm, until 9am Friday and Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 7pm.

THE 30TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN PARADE

Every year, Manhattan Community Board 2 and NYU host the Annual Children's Halloween Parade, one of the city's largest free children's events on Halloween Day. This year, due to COVID-19, the event will take place virtually as a video that will premiere on this page on Saturday, October 31st at 1pm. The virtual parade will feature music, live performances, a Halloween costume contest, and a free downloadable activity book.

For more to do with kids this weekend, visit our sister site New York Metro Parents!

INSTAGRAMMABLE MOMENTS
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Photo by Jane Kratochvil. 

Your Instagrammable Moment this week: the Pumpkin Arch has returned to the Heineken Riverdeck at Pier 17 in the Seaport District downtown. It's up now, through Thanksgiving. Make it a day trip and grab a bite to eat at Malibu FarmThe Fulton, or Cobble & Co! All restaurants are offering indoor and outdoor dining, with a selection of seasonal dishes.

ONGOING: THE QUEENS NIGHT MARKET AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER

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Not in Queens and not at night, but the Queens Night Market is now holding down a prime slot on the south plaza of Rockefeller Center. From Monday through Saturday, 11am-5pm throughout the fall, head to this open-air scene to treat yourself to a big bite of New York City's global culture. Vendors include Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken (above) as well as Joey Bats Café for Portuguese egg tarts, Mamika’s Homemade Balinese cuisine, Ecuadorian empanadas from La Braza, and many more.

LIVE COMEDY

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On Sunday afternoon catch the latest iteration of an ongoing socially distanced comedy show at Artel Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Bring a mask and good vibes for brunch, drinks, DJ Ace, and an Outside Jokes show that starts at 2pm. The lineup includes Napoloeon Emill (Just For Laugh's New Faces), Lawrence DeLoach (Sup? Podcast), and David Finklestein, along with host TJ (special coming out 11/3 called TJ: January 3rd), who will also conduct on-stage chats with the comedians.

NEW! SOUR MOUSE 

sour mouse lower east side

New Yorkers craving a little game time after many months of isolation will love Sour Mouse, newly opened on the Lower East Side. You'll find pool, Ping Pong, art shows, and live music. It's brand new, on the corner of Delancey and Essex.

 

 

SKY HIGH YOGA 

edge yoga nyc

Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, is back open for 360-degree views with jaw-dropping glimpses of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Hudson River, and much more. Starting this Friday, September 18th, you can also enjoy a socially distant fitness experience. Edge has partnered with Equinox Hudson Yards to offer an all-new ‘sky high’ yoga experience that merges fitness with an inspiring atmosphere. Join the launch at a morning yoga class on Edge’s 100th floor outdoor sky deck. Please let me know if you would like any additional information! Tickets will be released on a week-by-week basis and are $50 (ticket price includes Edge’s reduced general admission adult ticket price of $36). Class equipment, including yoga mats, will be provided by Equinox Hudson Yards. edgenyc.com

NEW HAWAIIAN BRUNCH

noreetuh hawaiian brunch

Modern Hawaiian restaurant noreetuh is bringing back brunch. Starting this weekend, head to the East Village for elevated takes on island favorites like mochiko chicken loco moco, beef bowls, or a Hawaiian breakfast plate with Spam, eggs, kimchi, macaroni salad, and King’s Hawaiian rolls. You can pair with wine, Kona Longboard Lager, or Brooklyn's own Sunday Beer Light & Tight Lager. Brunch is available for indoor or outdoor dining. noreetuh.com

A TASTE OF BROADWAY AT MADAME TUSSAUDS 

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Where can you find a creepy haunted mansion, ghoulish ghosts, soaring superheroes, a towering mystical monster, and a live Broadway performance all under one roof? Madame Tussauds New York is the perfect family-friendly Halloween destination. Guests of all ages are encouraged to come in costume now through October 31 and embark on an A-list fantasy adventure featuring world-famous pop culture experiences. On Saturday, October 31, Madame Tussauds New York will also feature its fourth and final live Octobre Broadway performance, featuring Kara Lindsay from Newsies at 2pm on the balcony of its A-List room.

HALLOWEEN FUN AND FREEBIES - OCTOBER 30 & 31

FREE Admission:  kids (14 and under) in costume will receive free admission with purchase of a full price ticket.

Costume contest:  Madame Tussauds employees will be on the hunt for the BEST costumes and prizes will be awarded throughout the attraction from noon to 3 p.m.

Trick-or-treating:   Stop by our most frightful areas of the attraction to and fill your bags with swag from noon to 3 p.m.

FREE Madame Tussauds tote bag and guidebook for kids

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

The Ghostbusters Experience brings the film as guests explore the eerie underground tracks of the NYC subway to the basement of a haunted mansion before arriving at Ghostbusters Headquarters where spooky surprises wait around every corner.

JOIN THE MARVEL SUPERHEROES

Meet, greet and fly with some of the most popular superheroes such as The Hulk, The Hulkbuster, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Iron Man and of course Spider-man inside the Marvel Experience. VIPS will be challenged to save the day with Captain America, Smash with The Hulk, use your Spidey Senses with Spider-Man and so much more.

FACE OFF WITH KING KONG

Awaken Kong! Feel the roar of the LARGEST ANIMATRONIC in New York City and unearth the secrets of Skull Island. In partnership with Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers Pictures, Madame Tussauds New York brings the experience to life with an eighteen-foot, multi-sensory animatronic head of the gigantic ape that is sure to wow and terrify in the larger than life Kong: Skull Island experience.

MUSEUM OF THE DOG REOPENS

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The Museum of the Dog was founded by the American Kennel Club in 1982. After a stint in St. Louis, the museum is back in NYC and better than ever, with new exhibits and interactive displays and a deep catalogue of dog-related art. New to the museum is the exhibition "Presidential Dogs," which opened Tuesday, September 8th, and continues through January 3, 2021. The exhibit will look back at the breeds that have lived at the White House and their influence on the American public. Specific presidential dogs will be highlighted, from George Washington’s Foxhounds all the way to Bo and Sunny the Portuguese Water Dogs. 101 Park Ave., 212-696-8360, museumofthedog.org

BEAT THE BOMB IMMERSIVE VIDEO GAME EXPERIENCE

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Beat The Bomb, an immersive video game experience based in Dumbo, Brooklyn is opening up with new experiences and safety measures. The ultimate social distancing activity, Beat The Bomb is perfect for families, small groups, learning pods and quaranteams who are looking for a new kind of challenge—kind of like an escape room. The hour-long experience features a series of four games broken out into different rooms, allowing for a unique flow that separates groups for better distancing. The goal: earn time on the bomb clock by beating levels. Then disarm the paint bomb before time runs out… or GET BLASTED! (PPE has always been a part of the experience, but it's really coming in handy now.) beatthebomb.com

BEERS IN BROOKLYN

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New York City beer favorite Sixpoint is back. Their "Small Batch" program is making a triumphant return with more hours in their brewery courtyard, more ways to get beer fast, and at-home delivery throughout the state. Enjoy a socially distant brew in the beer garden starting this weekend and continuing on Saturdays and Sundays at 40 Van Dyke St. in Red Hook. Hours are noon to 7pm on Saturdays and noon to 5pm on Sundays. Masks will be required when standing and they ask that people only drink while seated at a table. Complimentary snacks are provided for all patrons. sixpoint.com

 

WINE + OYSTERS + LIVE TUNES

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Industry City is making the most of summer with the killer combo of oysters, live jazz, and crisp wine every Saturday. Oyster impresario Mother Shuckers (Brooklyn's only oyster cart) is setting up shop at Sahadi’s outdoor seating in Courtyard 3/4 and shucking on demand. It's on from 4-8pm. industrycity.com/event/live-jazz-music/

VIRTUAL TOURS OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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Ahead of an in-person reopening, UN Visitors Services is presenting virtual tours and briefings, hosted by the UN's legendary multilingual tour guides. Online visitors can learn about the organization's roles and can get insider angles on famous spaces like the General Assembly Hall and Security Council. Tours are available for groups or "UN Kids." visit.un.org

OUTDOOR ART AT THE UN

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A new outdoor exhibit, #TheWorldWeWant, is now available to view outside United Nations Headquarters. The exhibit is a special collection of photos curated from more than 50,000 images from over 130 countries, as a way to hear directly from the peoples of the world about their priorities for the future. The photos featured are from #TheWorldWeWant, a global photo contest hosted and organized by the mobile app Agora in support of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This outdoor exhibit, found along First Avenue between 46th St and 47th St, is free and open to all and will be on display through the end of the year. un.org/en/exhibits/page/un75

YANKEE STADIUM VIRTUAL TOURS

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Yankees Stadium holds many stories inside its walls. Experience the historic team’s history from your own grandstands with Yankee Stadium Tours' new virtual visits. The Yankees are holding tours twice a week, every Tuesday at noon and every Thursday at 2pm, for about half an hour each. You can reserve a spot here, and prepare to learn more about New York. The tour features iconic sites like Monument Park, essentially the Yankees’ Hall of Fame, honoring the franchise's greatest  players, managers, and coaches. You can also get a peek at the New York Yankees Museum, which features historic jerseys, baseballs, and more detailing the Yankees history. Book now, as tours are quickly reaching capacity.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CITY?

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City Guide brings you “Everything to Do NYC,” a community of people helping each other get everything we can from the city. Looking for a restaurant? Ask ETD. Want to share a great find? Let us know about it. It’s your go-to group for how to get everything you can from everything in New York. facebook.com/groups/everythingtodonyc

NEWLY REOPENED!

An interior view of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.


Founded in 1982, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum takes visitors on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. After several months on pause, the museum is back as of Friday, September 25th. Among the treasures here you'll find the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle, which paved the way for America’s successful space shuttle program. Also on display are 27 authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12 Blackbird, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. For the safety of both staff and visitors, many new safety procedures have been put in place—you can read about them herePier 86, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., 212-245-0072, intrepidmuseum.org

two headed cow ripleys

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square invites guests of all ages to experience the unbelievable mysteries of our world. Home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, this one-of-a-kind attraction is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the unusual, the unexpected, and the unbelievable. Hours have just been updated to 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (the last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing). For a safe experience, new initiatives include enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedules; hand sanitizer stations throughout the attraction; limited capacity; face coverings required for all guests and staff; new signage; and temperature checks for staff. In addition, interactive exhibits will remain closed until it's safe for them to open. ripleysnewyork.com

omakase pandemic tatsu

Even omakase is back. This chef-driven sushi tradition is returning with an outdoor dining version, available at Omakase Room by Tatsu in the West Village. Four tables outside the 14 Christopher St. location let Chef Tatsu provide a full omakase dining experience. From Tuesday through Saturday, Chef Tatsu and his team offer two seatings, at 6 and 8pm. There are eight seats available at each seating. The edomae-style omakase meal ($130) consists of 14 pieces of freshly prepared sushi plus dessert. Chef Tatsu will work at his counter inside the restaurant, bringing pieces of sushi to the guests seated outside with assistance from his server team. Sake is available by the glass and bottle, in addition to beer, wine, and special Japanese teas and soft drinks. (Food and beverage menu here.) The outdoor space evokes a Japanese rock garden. Reservations for parties of two can be made via Resy. Accommodations for solo diners or parties of 3+ may be arranged by calling the restaurant directly at 212-367-2067. Delivery options are available as well. omakaseroom.nyc

Top of the Rock, a stunning perch atop Rockefeller Center, offers wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the rivers, and all of Central Park (its size can only truly be appreciated when seen from above). The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city and the 70th Floor is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. Top of the Rock reopened to the pubic on Thursday, August 6th. Social distancing is easier here: Top of the Rock has more open-air viewing space than any other observation deck in New York City. New hours for the Observation Deck are daily 1-9pm; guests will enter from West 50th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves., and proceed with timed tickets to the glass stairs upon entry. Visitors without a pre-purchased ticket will be directed to the box office.  Capacity will be limited, masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the attraction. Note that kids 12 and under will get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket through Labor Day. topoftherocknyc.com

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—turns 76 this year and is only getting better. After being on pause for several months, takeout and outdoor dining have returned. Expect classic favorites of home-style Sicilian cuisine like rigatoni Sorrentino, linguine with clam sauce, veal rollatine Marsala, and chicken Contadina. Hours will be 4-9pm Wednesday-Sundays; customers can make reservations by calling 212-247-3491 or emailing patsysnyc@gmail.compatsys.com

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Image: Nestor Rivera Jr/Flickr

Governors Island, a short ferry ride from Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan, is New York’s summer playground. A former strategic battle site in the Revolutionary War, the island now hosts visitors during the warm months for outdoor activities. After several weeks of coronavirus shut down, the island is back open for visitors, and will continue to be  through November 1, 2020. Hours will be 10am-6pm on the weekdays, extended to 7pm on the weekends. Manhattan ferries run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. There will be Brooklyn access as well, leaving from Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, although they'll be available on the weekends only. (A third way of travel will be a dedicated weekend shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11 that will run roughly every 30 minutes, ferry.nyc.) Social distancing should be observed on all ferries and the island, with face coverings required for travel. govisland.org

the high line

Andreas Komodromos/Flickr

The west side's beloved elevated park, The High Line, will reopen on Thursday, July 16th. To accommodate our new normal, capacity at the park will be greatly reduced. Free timed-entry tickets are opened every two weeks on Mondays. A limited number of walk-up passes will also be available at the entrance, but advance planning is recommended. Traffic will only flow in one direction, starting at Gansevoort Street. All visitors must enter at the southern end of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, and move northwards. In this first reopening phase, the High Line will be open only to 23rd Street. Citywide safety protocols will also apply here, including the requirement of wearing a mask or face covering and maintaining 6-foot social distancing. thehighline.org

 

 

hersey's s'mores station

Hershey's Chocolate World is the place to go in NYC when your sweet tooth starts kicking in. Located in the heart of Times Square, the newly reopened store features chocolate experiences for everyone to enjoy. At Hershey's Kitchens Bakery indulge in a chocolate-filled brownie or peanut butter blossom cookie. Relax with a refreshing Hershey's chocolate spritzer or warm up with a Hershey's melted hot chocolate. If you can't make it to the Hershey chocolate factory tour in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey's Chocolate World in Times Square is the next best stop. Hours are now 11am-7pm. hersheys.com

Benjamin Prime Wagyu

Benjamin Prime combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics, while also showcasing signature standouts from highly regarded sister property Benjamin Steakhouse. After perfecting both steakhouse and seafood concepts in their arsenal, Benjamin Restaurant Group is highlighting the grill at Prime, serving up USDA prime dry aged steaks and succulent seafood in unique ways. As of Wednesday, July 8th they are open again for outdoor dining! Hours are 11:30am-10pm on the weeknights and 4-10pm on Saturdays. Don't miss the return of the Power Lunch Menu, weekdays from 11:30am-4pm; Just $39 covers an appetizer like crab cake or lobster bisque, followed by entrees like a USDA Prime junior New York sirloin, and desserts like a classic New York cheesecake. 
benjaminsteakhouse.com/prime

American Cut

After rave reviews for his namesake Tribeca restaurant, Chef Marc Forgione has made a name in the world of steakhouses as well. At American Cut, old New York elegance is matched with the chef’s 21st century sensibilities. New this week, American Cut's Midtown East location is once again available for delivery and pick-up. Many signature dishes can be found, in addition to bottled cocktails (3 for $21) and bottles of wines at up to half off retail prices. The tantalizing menu items include the house tomahawk Creekstone Farms dry-aged steak (above), an OG Caesar salad, striped bass, the house burger, and a chili lobster starter. bbot.menu/americancutdeliveryorpickup

havana central

Havana Central’s all-day menu boasts the best in Cuban cooking. Dig into classic dishes like Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, jerk-seasoned chicken wings, "ropa vieja" beef stew, mango salmon, and vegetarian paella. You can once again enjoy it in person, as outdoor dining comes to Times Square, daily noon to 9pm (tables available on a first-come, first-served basis). You can also dive into this great cuisine with pick up and contactless delivery. Cuban family meals, grocery boxes (fruit, chicken, and vegetables, order by 5pm Wednesday for pickup after 1pm on Friday), and Caribbean cocktails to go are all also available—12oz and 32oz mojitos are highlights (tropical flavors optional). Note that Havana Central has expanded its delivery zone: covering 16th to 79th Sts., both east side and west. havanacentral.alohaorderonline.com

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

Although the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain temporarily closed, Statue Cruises is once again out and about in New York Harbor. Sixty-minute tours, complete with history and stunning views, can now be booked. Lady Liberty and the museum are closed, but the Park Service has now granted entry to Liberty Island and Statue Cruises is the only way to access it. Tours run four times daily out of the Battery Park departure point in Lower Manhattan at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. These tours will continue until Liberty Island and Ellis Island reopen (Statue Cruises is the exclusive provider of ferry service for the National Park Service to the two landmarks). Tickets are $26/adult, $19/seniors, $14/child and free for children three years and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance (strongly encouraged) from the Statue Cruises website or at Gangway 5 in Battery Park. statuecruises.com

Red Panda

Photo: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Friday, July 24th welcomed the return of New York's zoos—the Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the most famous of all, the Bronx Zoo. (Famous for a good reason—there are 8,000 animals there, spread across a habitat that includes 265 acres of hardwood forest). Guest health and safety are the top priority, with social distancing, limited capacity, one-way paths through the park, and touchless interactions. Open exhibits at the Bronx Zoo include the African Plains, African Wild Dogs, American Bison, Baboon Reserve, Big Bears, Birds of Prey, Children's Zoo, Himalayan Highlands, Sea Lion Pool, Tiger Mountain, and the Wild Asia Monorail. Visit the Bronx Zoo's Know Before You Go section to learn more. You'll need to get your ticket in advance (no tickets will be sold at the gates). A touchless entry will let you in, but you must have a face covering, and follow spacing markers to ensure social distancing. bronxzoo.com

 

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VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM

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Missing escape room adventures? NYC fave The Escape Game has some great play-at-home editions including Unlocked: The Heist—Vol. 1: Chasing Hahn, which includes all the pieces of the original mission kit, ready for play in quarantine. They've also just launched a new series, The Escape Game Remote Adventures. These are escape games you play with your friends, family, and co-workers on Zoom from anywhere in the world. Players progress through the room using an online clue bank, a live Game Guide, and a 360-degree view of the room. theescapegame.com/remote-adventures

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VOTE!!!

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For the first time in the history of Madison Square Garden, the legendary venue is being used as a polling site for early voting. In addition to being open for early voting through Sunday, November 1, the arena will serve as an Election Day voting site on Tuesday, November 3rd. vote.nyc/page/news


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