(5/15-5/21) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? The city continues to bounce back, with many venues dropping their mask and vaccine requirements. Expect a revitalized city this week and this weekend, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC this week.
THIS WEEKEND ONLY
DANCE PARADE & FESTIVAL
Photographer: Peter Cai. Group: Xdance from Hartford, CT, registered to dance in 2022.
More than 10,000 dancers, DJs, and musicians come together for the 16th Annual Dance Parade & Festival. The world’s largest display of cultural diversity—more than 100 styles of dance are represented—takes place on Saturday, May 21st. The afternoon includes a dance procession, grandstand performances at Fourth Avenue and 8th Street, and a Dancefest with aerial performances and free lessons in Tompkins Square Park.
Downtown collective House of Slay celebrates the AAPI community with fashion, food, cocktails, culture, art, and entertainment on Saturday. From 11am-midnight check out the Diageo Day Night Mrkt, with Diageo spirits featured in signature cocktails.
Other pop up markets this weekend include:
- Artists, merchants, creators, designers, and visionaries join up for a flea-market-inspired scene at Harlem Bazaar; the new season starts Friday and includes 30+ food vendors serving more than 20 global cuisines
- Enjoy shopping, eating and drinking, music, and an interactive design section as the Brooklyn Navy Yard hosts a Spring Market on Saturday and Sunday
- Drinks and live music accompany upcycling fashion specialists Undone by Kate, which hosts Undone by Kate x Short Stories on Sunday on the Bowery
Photo courtesy Fornino.
Brooklyn pizza fave Fornino has a great special in synch with National Pizza Party Day, which falls on Friday. At all Fornino locations, Greenpoint (849 Manhattan Ave.), Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, and DUMBO at Time Out Market New York (55 Water St., beginning at 7pm nightly) find chef and owner Michael Ayoub's delicious wood-fired Margherita pizza at a special price. It's just $7 through Friday, May 20th
In Manhattan, Zazzy's Pizza is also offering an ongoing cheese or pepperoni slice and a beer combo for $5 at their West Village, Lower East Side, and Upper East Side locations (it's $7 for the combo if you want a vegan slice). Just mention you want the Instagram special and mangia!
National Pizza Party Day will be celebrated in a big way at Ainslie in Williamsburg (76 Ainslie St.) and Carroll Place in Greenwich Village (157 Bleecker St). Both hotspots will serve up complimentary (yes, complimentary!) wood-fired pizzas at the bar, in a wide array of varieties ranging from Margherita to boscaiola topped with pancetta, mushrooms, and truffle oil. From Friday, May 20th until the end of June enjoy delicious ‘za on the house from Monday-Friday at Ainslie and Tuesday-Friday at Carroll Place. The offer is good 5-6pm and again for the late night folks at 11:30pm-12:30am.
BROOKLYN BLOCK PARTY
Dumbo is bringing back its annual Dumbo Drop, with flying elephants highlighting a day of free music, family activities, interactive art, and al fresco dining with specially priced menus. (The elephants come down by parachute in two drops, along with the chance to win some epic prizes.)
GRAND BAZAAR NYC
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 Home Decor & Accessories Bazaar. Look for locals selling one-of-a-kind pillows and rugs, mirrors and frames, art, and sculpted candles. Come hungry! There are great artisanal food options as well. It’s all for a good cause, as 100% of profits go to local public schools. 10am-5pm.
A U.S. DEBUT
Don't miss the first American appearance by Manny Cruz. Already a 4x Latin Grammy Award nominated singer, composer, and star of Bachata, Merengue, and Pop-balada music, Cruz plays Saturday night at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Guest performance by NYC's own Urbanda
ONLY THIS MONTH IN NYC
Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
Through May 29th, take advantage of 20at20, the bi-annual celebration of Off-Broadway that gets you a $20 seat 20 minutes before curtain. Participating shows include ¡Americano!, Romeo & Bernadette, STOMP, and The Play That Goes Wrong (above).
AN 86TH FLOOR COCKTAIL LOUNGE
Courtesy Empire State Building.
PDT (Please Don’t Tell), the famed hidden East Village cocktail bar, has a new stealth location: the Empire State Building. Nightly through May 30th, you can sip at the observatory, backed by views of the full city. Iconic cocktails will be served, along with hot dogs from PDT's alter ego Crif Dogs.
IMMERSIVE THINGS TO DO IN NYC
NEW IMMERSIVE ART
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
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
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 through July 31st.
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THINGS TO DO IN NYC: ART EXHIBITIONS
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: KING PLEASURE
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
Nina’s x Liquid Lab in SoHo celebrates National Gin and Tonic Day with the launch of their Bombay Happy Hour, available through July. The happy hour menu will feature three gin-based drinks, one of them being Nina’s take on the classic cocktail using Bombay Sapphire. (Pictured above is the Basquiat Bramble, with gin, muddled blackberries, rosemary, and lemon.)
A PRIME HAPPY HOUR
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.
1/2 Price Appetizers
A HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL
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.
AN UPTOWN HAPPY HOUR
Presenting a fresh alternative to the mundane, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar is an intimate, full-service restaurant on the Upper West Side. Sugar Bar was established in 1996 by the late Nickolas Ashford, one half of the songwriting and performing sensation Ashford & Simpson. Co-owned with Ashford's wife Valerie Simpson, the Sugar Bar offers an elegant ambiance inside a historic brownstone. Happy Hour specials are available Tuesday through Saturday 3 to 7pm at the bar, with a menu that includes $5-$7 specials on beer, wine, and cocktails. There are also deals on chicken wings, sliders, nachos, quesadillas, and fries. Look for live music most every night as well! This week features DJ & The Yams on Friday, Irina Res & The Jazz Mix on Saturday, and the Leah Harris Release Party on Sunday.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN NYC
A WATERFRONT MARKET RETURNS
Image: Ryan Nicholas Photography.
Creatives, local shops, and food vendors come together as the Greenpoint Terminal Market returns to the waterfront. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am–6pm, rain or shine.
MUSEUM EVENT OF THE WEEK
Image: The Met's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Photo by Filip Wolak.
As of tonight, the Met's Cantor Roof Garden is open once again. Wine, cocktails, and light fare accompany stunning Central Park and skyline views. (Later in the summer rotating DJs will be added.)
FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND WELLNESS HAPPENINGS IN HELL'S KITCHEN
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). On select Saturdays in May and June look for Street Lab’s PLAY and STREET MARKER programs on Hudson Boulevard East as part of the city’s Open Streets program. PLAY is a pop-up, portable, customizable obstacle course with street games and physical activities, and STREET MARKER is an installation featuring chalk and custom chalk tools to draw, mark streets, and create expansive murals. Kids of all ages are welcome! All events are free and open to the public.
NOW OPEN! NEW BAR WONDERLAND
Image courtesy of Wonderland.
New nightclub Wonderland has officially opened its doors on West 20th Street in Chelsea. A grand opening party hosted by Rick Ross with sword swallower Le Reine The Thrill and ax juggler Sam Urdang kicked things off, bringing on this high-energy big-room NYC nightclub experience. Look for live stage acts, celebrity guest hosts, bottle service, and a mezzanine for dining.
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. Among current exhibitions, Pysanka: Guardian of life includes more than 400 pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), motifs ranging from animal symbols to floral designs.
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.)
FROM VEGAS TO NYC
Kumi, which has been a mainstay at the Mandalay in Las Vegas for nearly a decade, now has a sister location in the heart of midtown, serving Japanese cuisine with a Korean American twist. Inside Le Meridien New York you'll find the city’s hottest new sushi concept, with rising star Executive Chef Anastacia Song (a New York native) helming the kitchen. Signature menu items include an A5 Wagyu striploin, green tea-smoked chicken, miso-glazed black cod, gochujang-glazed salmon, and galbi braised short rib. Specialty rolls include a Wagyu and the NYC Roll, made with smoked salmon, Philly cream cheese, and caper sauce, encrusted in everything bagel seasoning. Kumi is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, 5-10pm.
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: POP UP EXHIBITIONS
THE FANS STRIKE BACK
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 June, 2022.
THE VISIONARY UNIVERSE OF STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS
The Visionary Universe of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is an immersive pop up exhibition at The Paley Center for Media. The exhibition celebrates the latest incarnation of the Star Trek franchise, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds from Paramount+, and other series in the Star Trek universe. Throughout the exhibit's run (it ends May 29th), look for screenings, costumes and artifacts, weekend kids and family programs, and the chance to take photos in the captain’s chair.
THE SOUL OF JAZZ: AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE
Image courtesy Disney.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, founded in 1996, is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the jazz history of the famous neighborhood that houses it. Now on display through August 31st is the national touring exhibition The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure. Learn the colorful, surprising story of a sound, fittingly in Harlem, home home to Joe Gardner—musician, mentor, and star of Disney and Pixar’s Soul. Don't miss Duke Ellington's own white grand piano!
MAKING THE NATION'S TABLE
African American contributions to U.S. culinary culture go back more than 400 years. Learn more about black foodways at the new installation African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, now open at The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall uptown. Through June 19th.
NYC DOWNTOWN SIGHTSEEING CRUISE
Take a scenic cruise with a fresh perspective on NYC aboard city fave City Cruises. Convenient downtown pick-up gives you ready access to awe-inspiring up close views of the Statue of Liberty and a sight-filled loop from downtown to midtown and back. The scenic ride provides a 90-minute comprehensive tour of NYC must-sees, including Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Seaport District, Battery Park, skyscrapers, shipping, the new Hudson Yards, and much more! Enjoy live onboard narration (in English) or follow along in one of nine languages using the Hornblower AudioTour Guide app: English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean. Book your sightseeing cruise in NYC today!
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 May 24th) and DJ TM.8’s Temptation Saturday 80’s Dance Party on May 14th and 21st. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy-winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, which sets the gold standard for authentic New York-style salsa. Catch the Spanish Harlem Orchestra “Imágenes Latinas” Album Release Concert on Friday, May 20th. Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd, bring the 5th Mediterranean Jazz Festival, while Thursday, May 26th will give you the choice of flamenco-jazz from New Bojaira as an early show and a high-octane performance by the New York Gypsy All-Stars for the 9pm show.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary season, Drom is introducing a weekly residency from Grammy-nominated Cuban bandleader Pedrito Martinez. Martinez will bring his signature, high-energy Afro-Cuban sound every Thursday. For his weekly residency Pedrito will perform alongside Sebastian Natal on bass and vocals, Issac Delgado Jr on keyboard and vocals, Jose “Xito” Lovell on trombone and vocals and Manuel Marquez on percussion and vocals.
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.
LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO THE IRIDIUM
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. Roots rock legend Steve Forbert & The New Renditions plays May 19th. On Monday, May 23rd look out for An Intimate Evening With Ed Palermo, featuring a big band putting their unique jazz accents on the music of Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and more. On Saturday, May 28th, catch blues prodigy and singer-songwriter Quinn Sullivan.
LIVE MUSIC AND FINE WINE AT CITY WINERY
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. Looking ahead highlights include Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett finishing up a residency with his Large Band on Thursday and Friday, May 19th-20th. The 10th Annual New York Asian Burlesque Festival on Saturday, May 22nd; a Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration With the Complete Unknowns on Tuesday, May 24th; and New York legend Sandra Bernhard, a pioneer of the one-woman show, also on May 24th.
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.
COMEDY COMING UP
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.
This weekend, look for actor/standup up comic Nick Colletti on Friday for two sets, and Joe Machi (Last Comic Standing) on Saturday for two sets.
Don't miss kindergarten teacher/comedian Joe “Mr. D” Dombrowski, known for his viral spelling bee prank, on May 19th-21st; actor, comedian, and digital personality Renny, who boasts an army of more than 3 million social followers, will be in town on Thursday, May 26th.
ACTIVATIONS AT THE HUGH
Dramatic new Midtown East food hall The Hugh is filling out its schedule with more than just great food. There's free live music in the days ahead.
FREE CONCERTS IN QUEENS
Image: Culture Lab LIC.
Culture Lab LIC has kicked off its free outdoor concert series. Art, comedy, and drama join the live music in the weeks ahead.
CHASING ANDY WARHOL
Photo by Jenny Anderson.
Join the cast of a walking play as it unfolds on the streets, behind windows, and inside secret locations. Immersive theatre, dance, film, art, and puppetry come together for a peek into the life of an iconic, enigmatic artist.
TWO GREAT BLUE MAN GROUP SPECIALS!
No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by three blue-hued alien dudes. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy. For a limited time you can see the Blue Man Group with special discounts. There's a New York Family 4-Pack and Way Back Wednesday that lets you see the show at 1991 prices. Take advantage!
ROMEO & BERNADETTE: A MUSICAL TALE OF VERONA AND BROOKLYN
Anna Kostakis, Viet Vo, and Nikita Burshteyn. Photo by Russ Rowland.
Romeo—yes, that Romeo—awakens and finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale. Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn is in previews ahead of an official opening May 16th. Limited run thru June 26th.
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
Stunningly timely and moving, Paula Vogel’s powerhouse of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play centers on a woman coming to terms with the charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present, and future life. How I Learned to Drive arrives on Broadway with Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse—the show’s original stars when it debuted Off-Broadway in 1997. Closing June 12th.
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
DOGS OF WAR & PEACE
The AKC Museum of the Dog celebrates the role of dogs in society through its collection in Midtown. This Wednesday, March 16th the museum will open a new exhibition, Dogs of War & Peace. The show puts together 10 life-sized, carved-wood allegorical memorials by sculptor James Mellick on display from his “Wounded Warrior Dogs” and “Over the Rainbow Bridge” collections. Celebrating the bond beyond the battlefield, the installation highlights military dogs from WWII to Afghanistan. Sensitive looks at wounded and rehabilitated dogs helps draw attention to the heroism of dogs in the military. While you're there, don't miss the museum’s permanent collection, which includes sculptures, paintings, collars, vests, and photographs, plus engaging digital experiences.
A NEARLY FLAWLESS DIAMOND
Photo: Okavango Diamond Company.
Be among the first members of the public to see “Okavango Blue,” a rare and nearly flawless 20-carat blue diamond. The centerpiece of a new display of diamonds from Botswana, it's now on view in the revamped Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History. You can learn more about the region and the science behind diamonds. Or you can just go be dazzled.
Photograph (Self-Portrait with Hand), c. 1925-1929 © Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) was best known as a painter and a Bauhaus leader. He was also a photography pioneer, as seen in the exhibition Light Play. A tightly edited show gathers work ranging from early experiments with photomontage to photograms (images made without a camera), personal travel shots, films, and late-career color photos. The curators worked closely with the artist’s estate to design staging that aligns with Moholy-Nagy’s experimental approach to lighting and form. There’s plenty more to check out inside this New York newcomer that offers a mix of world-class photography, eclectic programming, elevated dining, and surprising new points of view. You’ll find the space as compelling as the work, inside Fotografiska, a New York newcomer offering a mix of world-class photography, eclectic programming, elevated dining, and surprising new perspectives. Far from a stuffy institution, the attitude at Fotografiska is “Have fun, stay late, get deep, spill your drink.” Moholy-Nagy on display through June 5th.
TREASURES OF THE NYPL
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.
POMPEII IN NYC
Normally you'd have to travel to Italy to see the frescoes now on view at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. The free show Pompeii in Color: The Life of Roman Painting illuminates a vibrant lost world. On view through May 29th, 2022.
For more on NYC museums and exhibitions, check out our Museum Exhibits in NYC to See Right Now.
WHAT TO DO IN NYC
HISTORIC FLATIRON WALKING TOURS
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
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.
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 this pandemic year, 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.
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CURTAIN'S UP AT ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER
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.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner is also turning sweets into action. The popular Times Square spot is now offering a Ukraine-themed milkshake to customers. The effort is to raise money and awareness for the Ukrainian children who are suffering as the Russian invasion intensifies. The issue has touched the iconic eatery personally. Iuliia, a Starduster, is Ukrainian, with many of her family members still living there. More information on the shake of the month is here.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
Statue City Cruises is once again 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
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