Things to Do in NYC—This Week and Weekend (6/17-6/23)

Juneteenth, pop up markets, free performances

Looking for what to do in NYC today, or this week, or this Weekend (6/17-6/23)? 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.



Take in a Nordic tradition as the Swedish Midsummer Festival returns to Rockefeller Park on Friday evening. Music, games, a parade, Swedish bites, a dance around the Midsummer Pole, and DJ entertainment are all on offer.


Photo: Norman Blake.

The longest day of the year is here and Coney Island is ready to go full-throttle for summer. Saturday, the carnival spirit comes out for the nation’s largest art procession. The 42nd annual Mermaid Parade features floats, vintage cars, and much-to-see under-the-sea costumes. A beach ceremony and the opening of the ocean for the summer swimming season follow, with the Mermaid Parade Ball at the Coney Island Amphitheater capping things off. Also this weekend on Coney Island: Friday night launches a new season of free fireworks shows, continuing weekly through Labor Day; Circus Amok performs on Sunday.


Photo: Julienne Schaer.

The Live at the Archway series returns tonight for eight Thursdays of music, food and drink, and art. Peruvian cumbia from La Banda Chuska kicks things off this Thursday, with salsa, country, and Brasil Summerfest among the sounds in the weeks to come.


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Photo by Mari Uchida.

Now through August 10th, the Lincoln Center campus is transformed into a place to gather, relax, participate in performances, eat, create art, and even play outdoor games. Summer for the City has launched, bringing over 200 free or choose-what-you-pay events, including new virtual reality experience The Dream Machine.


Cole Quest and the City Pickers will perform a bluegrass set as part of the Cowgirl Seahorse Stage, starting at 4pm on Governors Island for Make Music New York. 

Friday is the summer solstice and music of all kinds will ring out across the city. The Make Music New York festival celebrates the city’s musicians by matching them with host venues to bring gathering spaces to vibrant life. Keep an ear out for free shows at shops, restaurants, bars, parks, and unexpected spaces all across the city.

(For another celebration of the longest day of the year, head to St. John the Divine ahead of dawn on Saturday, as Paul Winter's 29th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration plays while light slowly seeps into the cathedral.)


Frank Walter, Untitled (Black bird in tree), n.d. Oil on biocomposite material, 7 5/8 inches (19.4 cm). Courtesy of the Frank Walter Estate.

Opening Friday, The Drawing Center hosts the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Antiguan artist Frank Walter (1926–2009). Frank Walter: To Capture a Soul highlights works on paper and features his many notebooks as well as musical, genealogical, and poetic compositions. Also on display is Josh Smith: Life Drawing, a contemporary homage to Walter.


Immerse yourself in New York creativity at the FAD Market Summer Pop-Up at The Invisible Dog Art Center. There will be more than 50 vendors Saturday and Sunday showing off jewelry, clothes, body care, tableware, home furnishings, and artisanal packaged food.


Shopping meets wellness at El Barrio's Sana Sana Summer Market at Artspace PS109 on Saturday. Local makers will offer handmade goods, food and drink, holistic services, and culturally inspired items. There will also be interactive art, demos, and meditations.


While the Mets are away, it's carnival time at Citi Field. You'll find all kinds of rides, from classics to newfangled, plus games and classic carnival eats. The Queens Carnival runs Thursday through Sunday.


Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. All across New York City you’ll find celebrations. On Wednesday (Juneteenth itself), Carnegie Hall is the site of All American Freedom Day 2024: The Year of Justice, Peace, and Love. Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of Manhattan’s Riverside Church, leads an evening of performances celebrating Black culture.

Photo credit: Kay Hickman.

Also on the 19th, the Fourth Annual Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth Concert brings together cast members from 18 Broadway shows for a free outdoor concert in Times Square centered around Black artistry and unity. The show is hosted by Michael James Scott, currently lighting up Broadway as Genie in

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Performers at the African Burial Ground National Monument. Photo: NPS.

Construction on an office building in 1991 revealed a massive burial site for free and enslaved African Americans in Lower Manhattan. Now consecrated ground again, Juneteenth will be celebrated here on Wednesday with music, dance, an afro-futurist collaborative performance piece, a Juneteenth Game Show, and a tour of the African Burial Ground National Monument.


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Image: Filip Wolak

Another way of marking Juneteenth is at current Met exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic ModernismThrough 160 paintings, sculptures, photos, films, and ephemera, explore the new Black cities that took shape from the 1920s to the '40s in Harlem and beyond.

The Met is also getting ready for Tuesday's 46th Annual Museum Mile Festival. Look for live music, art-making, and access to eight uptown institutions (plus a few additional neighborhood destinations) from 6-9pm.


The Tribeca Festival is partnering with immersive destination Mercer Labs Museum of Art & Technology. Tribeca Immersive @ Mercer Labs runs through Monday, June 17th, bringing art and tech together through sound, floor-to-ceiling LEDs, and infinity spaces.


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Mercury Bar in Hell's Kitchen has been family owned for more than 25 years. Seventeen large-screen TVs will bring you all the NHL action (as well as baseball, soccer, and much more). Comfort food, cocktails, a great beer selection, and even a vegetarian/vegan menu!   


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After nearly half a century, Lower East Side landmark Sammy’s called it quits during the pandemic. Now with a new space nearby, it's back and schmaltzing it up once again. June marks the grand reopening after a weekends-only warm up in May.


Chicago, IL, May 16, 1957 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY. 

Fotografiska New York is a museum experience for the modern world, with a vibrant atmosphere unlike any other NYC institution. The newest exhibition here, Vivian Maier, celebrates an obscure New Yorker who photographed the city’s streets while working as a nanny. The uncovering of Maier’s work in a storage locker revealed a rich legacy, on display here through 200 color and black and white images and Super 8 films and soundtracks, produced between the early ‘50s and the mid-’80s. “The discovery of Vivian Maier’s archive and her extraordinary work is one of those rare stories that captures the public’s imagination,” says Sophie Right, Executive Director of Fotografiska New York. “We are thrilled to be premiering this beautiful exhibition in her hometown of New York—it’s a testament to her distinct perspective and talent, and an honor for the museum.”


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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. 



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.


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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.


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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.


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Madame Tussauds New York pulls back the curtain for a behind-the-scenes tour, newly launched. 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!


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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. Through June 21st.


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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.


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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.


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.  


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. 


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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.


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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 NYC Artisans & Makers Bazaar. Explore a rich array of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition products, ranging from fashion and art to furniture, skincare, jewelry, pottery, stationery, leather bags, and more. Come hungry! There are great artisanal bites as well. 10am-5pm, both indoors and out.



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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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Historic vessels are among the highlights of the South Street Seaport Museum. The ships are accessible to the public, with the 2024 sailing season newly underway. The 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker is New York-built and the last of its kind, giving passengers the chance to travel back in time. Or explore the city by water aboard the 1885 schooner Pioneer for daytime, sunset, and programmatic sails (they'll even let you pitch in and raise a sail).

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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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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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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.

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Pictured: New York/Fly TWA Jets, c. 1960, David Klein (detail).

Current exhibitions at Poster House include the vibrant Wonder City of the World: New York City Travel Posters.

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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.



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. Through July 20th.

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.


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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.)



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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. This Thursday through Sunday also brings drummer and composer Joe Farnsworth’s intergenerational Time to Swing Quintet. Expect a high-octane program of blistering solos, dynamic ballads, and joyful spontaneity. On Monday, Grammy Award-winning band leader and composer Steven Feifke brings his big band to Dizzy’s. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey takes the stage on Wednesday, with a tribute to legendary jazz drummer Max Roach.


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.


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).


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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.

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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.


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.


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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.)


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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.  Currently 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. 


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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.


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 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.


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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.)


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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!


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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.

Havana Central may be a mojito house but they also pour a mean Caipirinha and will be celebrating Int'l Cachaca Day on Wednesday, June 12th with ½ Price Lebon Caipirinhas all day long!


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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.


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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.


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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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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, June 27th, don’t miss a comedy special taping with the Bronx’s own Gina Brillon (you’ll recognize her from sets on late-night shows, network sitcoms, and her Gracie Award-winning special Gina Brillon: The Floor Is Lava).

About the Author

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

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