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Things to Do in NYC—This Week and Memorial Day Weekend (5/20-5/27)

Fleet Week, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, Spring Fling—so much to do in NYC for Memorial Day Weekend!

Looking for what to do in NYC today, or this week, or this weekend (5/13-5/19)? There's tons of things to do in New York, like festivals, pop ups, photo ops, and more. We've got the full roundup of New York activities here.

THINGS TO DO IN NYC THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND

FREE! LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

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Over 200 acts are set for Theater for the New City's 29th Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, which runs from Friday, May 24th through Sunday, May 26th. The artistic output of this fabled neighborhood will be showcased through performing arts organizations, independent artists, poets, puppeteers, and filmmakers. The festival takes place in and around Theater for the New City in the East Village. This year, the festival is mounted with the theme "Democracy: Use it or Lose it."  The subject will be addressed in some of the playlets and acts written for the festival. The performers' roster includes such luminaries as David Amram, Austin Pendleton, and Penny Arcade.  City council member Carlina Rivera will speak. Performing ensembles include Bond Street Theater, Chinese Theatre Works, Cobu, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, The Drilling Company, Ego Actus, Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater, Kinding Sindaw, Le Squeezebox Cabaret, New Yiddish Rep, Textile Theater Company and Wise Guise.

Dance performances will be by Alessandra Belloni, Ashley Liang Dance Company, Carol Tandava, Charly Wenzel, Infinity Dance Theater, Nobuya Nagahama, Rastro Dance Company (Julieta Valero), Rasvan Stoian Dance, Rod Rodgers Dance Company and Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.  Aerial dance will be performed by Constellation Moving Co.

Indoor performances will take stage from 6pm to midnight each day, utilizing two of TNC's four theaters. From 10am to 6pm Saturday, vendors and food sellers, including booths from nearby restaurants, will set up in the closed-off block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues. On Saturday from 1-5pm, an outdoor stage adjoining the theater will offer music and multi-discipline performances curated by Richard West. On Saturday afternoon inside in the Johnson Theater there will be performances by and for children, curated by T. Scott Lilly and Danielle Hauser, emceed by John Grimaldi. On Saturday from 1-11pm in the Cabaret Theater, over 15 films curated by Eva Dorrepaal will be screened, accompanied by talkbacks with a number of the filmmakers. On Sunday from 4-7pm in TNC's Community Theater there will be a "poetry jam with prose on the side," curated by Lissa Moira.

FLEET WEEK 2024

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It’s been nearly four decades since the first official Fleet Week took place in NYC, welcoming in a procession of military ships and their crews. The 2024 version kicks off with the Parade of Ships, cruising into town along the Hudson River on Wednesday, May 22nd.

During the week, ship tours take place on Manhattan and Staten Island. Throughout Times Square and beyond, you can expect to see uniformed members of the sea services (Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen) as more than 2,000 of them will be out exploring all the things to do in the city.

For specific activities, check out this schedule, which includes a Navy Dive Tank in Times Square, several memorial parades, and live music in Times Square and Bryant Park.

The center of the action is the Intrepid Museum, at Pier 86 on the Hudson in midtown. There’s a full slate of activities there from Friday through Monday. The first of the summer’s movie screenings on the flight deck takes place on Friday evening. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets are all encouraged to accompany the Top Gun: Maverick on a huge inflatable screen. Saturday and Sunday will feature demos from officers, giveaways, crafts and hands-on activities for families, and live performances at 11am and 3pm by the United States Coast Guard Jazz Combo.

Monday, for Memorial Day, the Intrepid Museum will host a wreath-laying, the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, the playing of “Taps,” and a flyover by Navy fighter jets. The ceremony begins at 10am and is followed by family-friendly activities around Pier 86.

SPRING FLING

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For the third year in a row, Spring Fling returns to Bella Abzug Park in Hell's Kitchen/Hudson Yards. Look for culture, food, music, and an artists' market on Saturday, May 25th. (The fest repeats June 8th and 9th.)

NEW IMMERSIVE
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Rockefeller Center immersive HERO has launched a new nature-inspired experience. BLOOM: The Secret Wonders of New York’s Forgotten Eden takes inspiration from America's first botanical garden, The Elgin Garden, which was located right where Rock Center is today. Go on a seed's journey from root to bloom through spaces like the Mushroom Forest and The Conservatory (the latter stocks libations). There’s also photo ops, interactive digital content, soundscapes, and scentscapes.

POP UP MARKET

The Hester Street Fair is hosting two days of food, drink, and shopping as the neighborhood celebrates a Seaport Summer Kickoff. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday; live music will play across the district through Memorial Day.

RIB FEST

Kick off summer with the Rib King NYC festival on Saturday, a full day of barbecued ribs, grilled cheeses, hot sauces, a DJ, Hard Cider Alley, and beer, cocktails, and rosé.

ROSÉ FEST

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Watermark Beach is back for the season, bringing new cabanas, Cooler Packages, and epic views of Brooklyn and the East River. This Memorial Day they’re hosting a Rosé All Day Fest, with a rotating lineup of DJs and a special sunset session.

LOISAIDA FESTIVAL

Avenue C on Sunday will be the site of the 37th Annual Loisaida Festival, celebrating Latinx culture and the neighborhood's historic legacy. Live music and theatre will be joined by artisanal vendors offering food, art, and crafts.

WORLD'S FANFARE

Catch free performances as part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1964/65 World's Fair. An international flag parade will be followed by popup dance performances. There's also a demonstration of the Japanese martial art Aikido, first introduced to the U.S. at the fair.

MUSEUM OF THE WEEK

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Image: Dress, Jun Takahashi (Japanese, born 1969) for Undercover (Japanese, founded 1990), spring/summer 2024; Courtesy Undercover. Photography © Nick Knight, 2024.

The Costume Institute's spring exhibition, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, is now open at the Met. Some 220 garments and accessories span four centuries, connected by natural motifs. The exhibition explores the survival of historic garments, with video, light projection, and augmented reality adding to an immersive experience.

NEW IMMERSIVE

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NYC’s newest attraction is Tribeca’s IMAGINARI. This immersive exhibition space brings together art, science, and entertainment. Awe-inspiring installations include towering 6-foot insects, a sprawling milkweed garden, and a magnificent cherry tree enveloped by blossoms and monarch butterflies. Even the sound adds to the immersion, with a bespoke soundtrack composed of Hz frequencies.

WHALE WATCHING

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As New York waterways get healthy, bottlenose dolphins, seals, sea turtles, and even whales are paying visits to the city. You can check out all of the maritime action on Seastreak, which encounters charismatic humpback whales on 90% of its nature trips. Whale Watching tours leave directly from Manhattan on Saturdays for a quick ride to the whale watching grounds. 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). The vessels were designed with both stability and speed in mind, so you can expect a smooth ride. You can also hop aboard for local getaways to destinations like Sandy Hook Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport, and Providence.

THE LOBSTER BOAT IS BACK

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Another sign of the season: the North River Lobster Company is once again plying the North River (better known as the Hudson). Classics like Maine and Connecticut lobster rolls are back, along with fresh raw bar picks and signature cocktails.

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

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Madame Tussauds New York pulls back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes tour, launched this week. For the first time ever you can access the attraction's studio and see the work that goes into making and maintaining the world's most famous wax figures. You'll see the intricate painting and sculpting process (every single hair has to be set in by hand), plus a look at clothes and accessories—many straight from celebrity closets!

GOING MOBILE

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Alexander Calder, Clouds over Mountains, 1962. © 2024 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is beloved for his innovative mobiles, which brought movement and playfulness into sculpture. A new gallery show is open at GRAY New York, exploring the artist's mastery of scale. A highlight, pictured here, is the large-scale sculpture Clouds over Mountains, 1962.

DINNER AND A SHOW

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Italian favorite Bond 45 is now also the home of legendary comedy club Stand Up NY. Take advantage of a new “Dinner and Show” package, with a three-course prix fixe highlighted by house signatures like Nonna’s Shortrib Meatballs, Famous Chicken Parmigiana, and chocolate blackout cake. After the meal, head downstairs for premium seating for live comedy.

BANKSY MUSEUM

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Image courtesy the Banksy Museum.

He may be anonymous, but he's one of the world's most famous artists. The world's largest collection of Banksy’s life-sized murals and artwork is now open in NYC. An immersive experience, the Banksy Museum also features some of the artist's studio work, animated visual elements, and videos.

APOLLO: WHEN WE WENT TO THE MOON

Explore the history of human space flight in the Intrepid Museum’s new exhibition, Apollo: When We Went to the Moon. Interactive media, photos, and rarely seen artifacts from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center archives bring the Space Race to life.  

JUST ANOTHER DAY

In Just Another Day, a comedy writer and a sophisticated poet in their 70s meet daily on a park bench to exchange wits and barbs, and wax nostalgic about old movies, all the while trying to figure out how they know—and love—each other. At least for that day. This new Off-Broadway offering stars Dan Lauria (Lombardi,”The Wonder Years,” A Christmas Story) and Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed, Morning’s at Seven), who have over a century of live theatrical experience between them. 

SATIN DOLLZ

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Photo by: Joshua Kessler.

Vintage pin-up-inspired performers The Satin Dollz are once again hosting enchanted evenings at the USA Brooklyn Delicatessen in Times Square. Drawing on the timeless classics of the ‘40s and ‘50s, the Satin Dollz give a high-energy performance as they weave their way through the aisles while you dig into first-rate comfort food. Expect plenty of sizzle and sass. Show nights are weekly, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, no cover charge.

GAME ON

There's a new recreation spot open in the Seaport. Lawn Club's indoor and outdoor games include Bocce, Cornhole, Croquet, Shuffleboard, Beersbee, Kan Jam, and its own exclusive Putting Pool. Dedicated "Lawncierges" facilitate the fun and there are also two bars for food and drink and big-screen TVs.

THE BEAM

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Image courtesy of Rockefeller Center.

Top of the Rock has a new thrill, and a new way to memorialize a visit here. Re-create an iconic 1932 photo as you're strapped onto a modern version of The Beam and lifted 12 feet above the observation deck. (The Beam rotates for even better views.)

AṢẸ: AFRO FREQUENCIES

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Credit: ARTECHOUSE.

Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive space ARTECHOUSE, NYC's original home for digital art. You’ve never seen art like this before, as room-sized digital projections merge with sound design to create a cinematic experience.  Starting Friday it's home to new exhibition Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, featuring the work of London-based Afro-Surrealist digital artist Vince Fraser. The visuals are accompanied by rhythmic drums and a stirring performance from Philadelphia-based poet and musician ursula rucker. 

HANDMADE GLOBAL BAZAAR

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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 week you’ll also find the Handmade Global Bazaar. Shop like a local as you embark on a global adventure through fashion, silk rugs, decorative pillows, leather bags, tribal masks, intricate silver jewelry, colorful Tibetan charms, African mud-cloths and baskets, and much more. Come hungry! There’s a great selection of authentic artisanal bites as well. 10am-5pm, both indoors and out. 

CULTURAL THINGS TO DO IN NYC

 

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Walton Ford (b. 1960), Study for “Ars Gratia Artis,” 2017. Watercolor, gouache, and ink over graphite. The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, gift of the artist; 2019.196. © 2024 Walton Ford. Photography by Janny Chiu.

American artist Walton Ford (b. 1960) established his reputation in the 1990s with monumental watercolor paintings of wild animals. Now open at the Morgan Library, Walton Ford: Birds and Beasts of the Studio celebrates the artist's recent gift of 63 studies and sketches, being shown publicly for the first time. The exhibition also features work that ranges from Rembrandt to Eugène Delacroix to John James Audubon, selected by Ford himself from the Morgan’s collection.

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Photo by Linda Sheridan.

How do elephants “hear” with their feet, use the 16 muscles in their trunks, or reshape the forests and savannas they live in? The Secret World of Elephantsa new interactive exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, explores the astounding minds, bodies, and interactions of the Earth's largest land mammals.

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Beatrix Potter (1866–1943), Mrs. Rabbit pouring out the tea for Peter while her children look on, 1902-1907. Linder Bequest. Museum no. BP.468. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London/courtesy of Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd.

The Morgan Library & Museum is a showcase for both its rare books and its exquisite Italian Renaissance-style palazzo setting. On view now, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature tells the life story of Beatrix Potter, one of the 20th century’s best-loved authors. The exhibition brings together artwork, books, manuscripts, and artifacts. Through June 9th.

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In a city where dogs seem to be prancing down every street corner, and napping by every outdoor table, it’s no surprise that there’s an entire museum dedicated to them. The permanent collection at the AKC Museum of the Dog includes a treasure trove of dog-related art and artifacts, from watercolors and prints to bronzes and ceramics (including some of the world’s finest porcelain makers, from Royal Doulton to Meissen).

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Kite, still from Pahá kiŋ lená wakháŋ (These hills are sacred), 2017. Video, sound, color; 8:32 min. © Kite Studio.

This spring includes the launch of a New York cultural tradition. The Whitney Biennial is back with 71 innovators on display. Themed Even Better Than the Real Thing, contemporary artists and collectives share their stories across film, performance, painting, sculpture, digital art, and more. When you need a break, check out the newly revamped Studio Bar, with views from open-air terraces.

Sculptura Telephone from the Design Line Series circa 1974. Designed by Donald M. Genaro (American, born 1932), Office of Henry Dreyfuss Associates. Manufactured by Western Electric Manufacturing Company (New York, New York, USA) (housing) and Bell System Division, AT&T (Parsippany, New Jersey, USA) (works). Thermoplastic, electronic components. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Gift of Donald M. Genaro, 2018‑40‑1. Photo by Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution.

Objects don't look quite the same after a visit to Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Starting Saturday, new exhibition Acquired! Shaping the National Design Collection provides an insider look at the ways the museum gets new work, reflecting current issues and design’s evolving roles. More than 150 works are on display.

Explore four centuries of Zen Buddhist art at Japan Society’s new exhibition, None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection. An extraordinary selection of ink paintings and calligraphic works reflect the artform's mix of the playful and the profound.

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Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Plum Estate, Kameido (Kameido Umeyashiki), no. 30 from 100 Famous Views of Edo, 11th month of 1857. Woodblock print, 14 3/16 × 9 1/4 in. (36 × 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.30. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum.)

For the first time in more than two decades, 100 Famous Views of Edo—one of the Brooklyn Museum’s greatest treasures—returns to public display. The museum’s complete set is among the world’s finest, full of the vibrant colors of Japanese artist Hiroshige (1797–1858). Through August 4th.

De La Prelette Wriley (active in New York, 1842–1850), No. 7 1/2 Bowery, New York City, ca. 1837–1839. Oil on wood panel. New-York Historical Society (detail).

The latest exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is Lost New York, exploring departed landmarks, vistas, pastimes, environments, monuments, communities, and modes of transportation that once defined the city.

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The Museum of Food and Drink is back open, in a new home at Empire Stores in DUMBO. The latest exhibition, Flavor: The World to Your Brain, was designed by food scientists and culinary anthropologists.

Get out in the fresh air on Saturdays and Sundays for weekly walking tours of Sinister Secrets of the Seaport, hosted by the Seaport Museum. Learn the scandals lurking in the cobblestone streets across two centuries. There's also an “Ear for Crime” interactive game and a drink at the bar.

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Ralph Coburn, Aux Bermudes, 1951–52. Oil on six painted panels, painted wood, 28 3/4 x 55 1/4 in. Private collection, New York. Courtesy David Hall Gallery, LLC.

There's a new location and an upgraded identity for an NYU gallery, with the launch of the Grey Art Museum. Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946–1962 features 130 paintings, sculptures, photos, films, textiles, and works on paper by nearly 70 artists, providing a fresh perspective on a vibrant era.

Shushank Shrestha; Male Guardian Lion Dog (one of a pair from Two Guardian Lion Dogs); 2023; ceramic, in glaze lustre; 52 × 27 × 44 in.; photo courtesy of Shuhank Shrestha, Massachusetts, USA.

The Rubin Museum of Art will be closing the doors to its building in October. But there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy a visit, including the final in-person show. Reimagine: Himalayan Art Now is a museum-wide group show of 32 contemporary artists whose work is presented in dialogue with objects from the Rubin’s permanent collection.

More on NYC museums can be found here.

IMMERSIVE THINGS TO DO IN NYC

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New York City is famous for its gala culture. For the first time ever, you can immerse yourself in the scene right in Times Square. The Madame Tussauds flagship holds 19 celebrity figures, including new and never-before-seen wax figures of Ariana Grande and P. Diddy, at the Glow Gala.

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(If your tastes are darker, don’t miss Madame Tussauds’s Warner Bros. Icons of Horror, displaying chillingly lifelike wax figures within four fully immersive scenes. Celebrate legends, including Pennywise and Regan from The Exorcist. If you dare.)

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: LIVE PERFORMANCES

LIVE JAZZ

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Photo by Lawrence Sumulong.

For world-class musical experiences, head to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s intimate Dizzy’s Club. You’ll find a warm ambiance, a tasty seasonal menu, and panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. There are shows nightly, in addition to Late Night Sessions Thursdays through Saturdays, starting at 11pm. Coming up is Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer Patrick Barley, weaving in contemporary sounds on Monday, May 6th, and acclaimed saxophonist Julian Lee and his quartet celebrating an album release night on Tuesday, May 7th. This Friday through Sunday also brings hard-swinging sets from the Cyrus Chestnut Trio. Next Tuesday, special guest vocalist Fabiana Masili joins a five-piece band for Brazilian Jazz Icon: A Claudio Roditi Tribute. Drawing on elements of bossa nova, Brazilian jazz, and forro, Nanny Assis brings his percussion and vocal talent to a special Wednesday performance with living legend Ron Carter on bass. From Thursday, May 30th through Sunday, June 2nd, the stage belongs to Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band, which bonds Virgin Islands traditions with New Orleans and African influences. Expect a slew of fresh and dynamic interpretations. 

THE ORIGINAL NYC TALENT SHOW

For coming up on 15 years, The Original NYC Talent Show has stood out as a rare stage experience showing off the eccentric, unparalleled talent native to New York City. A relaunch sees it taking up residence at the Parkside Lounge on Monday nights. The weekly show features artists, musicians, dancers, comedians, and guests who defy classification.

CITY WINERY

Indulge your senses at City Winery's Hudson River Park flagship, with intimate concerts, locally made wine, great food, and unforgettable events all under one roof. Live music or comedy can be found on two stages most every night.

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Strawberry Fields is the closest you can get to seeing the Beatles play live. Cast members from Beatlemania lead a tour through Beatles eras while guests enjoy an unlimited breakfast buffet, coffee, tea, and juice (children under 4 get in for free, brunch available for purchase).

EVEN MORE THINGS TO DO IN NYC

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Photo by Sarah Brown on Unsplash.

After a long Covid pause, the crown of Lady Liberty is once again open to visitors. This icon requires a 162-step climb (there is no elevator) but will reward you with an entirely unique perspective on the city. Along a double-helix spiral staircase you'll see the intricate structure that keeps the statue standing, capped by 25 windows overlooking New York Harbor.

BARCA CANTINA IS BACK

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Everyone's favorite floating Mexican restaurant is back for the season. La Barca Cantina offers tacos, tequilas, and views, with Saturday and Sunday cruises for April, schedule expanding with Cinco de Mayo weekend.

BUCKET LIST

Ever since its 1931 completion, the Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. For a limited time, you can be among the first in the city to see the new day dawning from 86 stories up. The Starbucks Reserve Sunrise Experience, available on Saturday mornings, provides early bird access to the observatory deck. Tickets include Starbucks Reserve Empire State Building Microblend Coffee, artisanal pastries, and views of a lifetime. Perfect for bucket lists!

A PRE-THEATRE SPECIAL

A classic New York experience awaits at the Brooklyn Diner, which takes inspiration from “the old neighborhood.” Diner favorites like Reubens, burgers, chicken soup, and pot pies are joined by lighter fare like tacos, teriyaki salmon, and entree salads. Pre-theatre, the Times Square location is serving a juicy hanger steak, crisp salad, and bottomless fries special—all for just $33. Available daily 5-7pm.

NEW FROM DAVID BURKE

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You’ve probably seen chef David Burke on television, where he’s done two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and held a guest spot on Every Day with Rachael Ray. He’s just launched his latest New York City spot, Park Ave Kitchen by David Burke in Midtown East. It’s a two-for-one restaurant with a formal dine-in brasserie on one side and a more casual to-stay area with a take-out option on the other. Dishes reflect the technique and boundlessly creative approach Burke is famous for: think pretzel crabcake rafts, bison short ribs with coffee BBQ essence, Angry Alaskan King Crab Legs, and the Clothesline Bacon here.

Midtown’s happy hour landscape just got happier with the launch of Park Ave Kitchen’s version. Presented daily from 4 to 7pm, options range from Humpty Dumpty Deviled Eggs to steak frites with unlimited frites, with $9 wines, $12 cocktails and $15 martini flights. The casual cafe side offers a nightly three-course dinner special for $33.99, dine in or take out. (There's also a great $65 pre-theater prix fixe from 4 to 7pm nightly, including Chef Burke signatures like lobster dumplings and bison short ribs.)

A NEW INDO CHINESE MENU!

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Woman-owned Utsav Indian Cuisine has been serving NYC fresh and flavorful Indian cuisine for more than twenty years. A recently introduced Indo Chinese menu brings new flavors to Times Square/the Theater District for the first time. You'll find fried rice, noodles, appetizers like chili prawn dry and chicken lollipops, and entrees like fish with hot garlic sauce and lamb with chili soya sauce. (Chefs are trained in the Calcutta style of Chinese food, where the cuisine has its home in India.) Don't miss the new Bengali selection!

HAVANA IN TIMES SQUARE HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL

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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 3-7pm. 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.

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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.

GO CITY

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Be a tourist in your own town or help your house guests make the most of adventuring in NYC. Pass experts Go City offers two options, the All-Inclusive Pass for seeing as much as possible, and the Explorer Pass if you’ve only got a few attractions on your radar. Among the possibilities: NYC museums, boat rides, observatories, bike rentals, walking tours, jazz in Harlem, and much more.

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 City 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. 

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COMEDY FOR A CAUSE

We all deserve a laugh these days. Gotham Comedy Club brings in the hottest comics nightly. Legends like Jerry Seinfeld and David Chappelle have dropped in on this classic setting in Chelsea. There are touring pros and ensemble nights like The Gotham All-Stars. On Thursday, May 30th, don’t miss A Night of Laughter Hosted by Craig Carton. Carton, a New York sports talk legend, heads up a benefit night for the Take Me Out to the Ballgame Foundation, which has been helping families in need since 2007.

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