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Things to Do in NYC This Week and Weekend (1/30-2/5)

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

(1/30-2/5) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? There's tons going on in the city, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC.

PINK PIER POP UP

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The city's newest romantic pop up is now open at the Seaport. Pink Pier at Watermark brings together Instagrammable moments and panoramic views of the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. Through the end of March you'll find heated glasshouses and a floral hallway among multiple photo ops. Brunch and dinner temptations include heart-shaped macarons, chocolate fondue, cotton candy Prosecco, and "Cupid’s Quiche."

MANHATTAN VINTAGE

manhattan vintage show

Photo: Manhattan Vintage Show.

Friday and Saturday sees the return of the largest and longest-running vintage show in the city. The Manhattan Vintage Show brings 90+ dealers showcasing clothing, jewelry, accessories, and textiles. Explore fashion from the 19th century through the 21st; coat check, on-site tailor, and food and drink are all available on-site.

FIRST FRIDAY

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Poster House offers free admission, extended hours, and activities this Friday. Starting in the afternoon, look for workshops, tours, and a "creative outlet" performance.

FIRST SATURDAY

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Photo: Sarah Marriage/Flickr.

The Brooklyn Museum marks 25 years of First Saturdays with a night inspired by Black History Month. The free night includes music, dance, a pop-up market, and a signature cocktail created by local bar Ode to Babel.

COCTELERÍA DE AMOR

cocteleria de amor

Love in all its forms is celebrated at the Garret Coctelería's new Valentine's pop up. Open into March, Coctelería de Amor is adorned with flowers and vintage love letters. Themed fare includes cocktails like the Terciopelo Azul, with mezcal, sherry, almond, cherry, pineapple, and lime, served in a peacock for two.

BRYANT PARK LUNAR NEW YEAR

lion dance bryant park lunar new year

Sunday morning the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park will be welcoming the Year of the Rabbit. Look for crafts, a ribbon-dancing class, traditional music, lion dances, and photo ops. (And stick around for ice skating and bumper cars.)

CHINATOWN LUNAR NEW YEAR

lion dance

Photo: vhines200/flickr.

This Saturday, join the New York Chinese Cultural Center and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for two shows of Chinese dance and music. (Thursday night you can catch a Lunar New Year Salon Concert by the New Asia Chamber Music Society.)

THEASTER GATES WEEKEND ACTIVATIONS

theaster gates the black monks

Photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

Catch the closing weekend of Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces at the New Museum, featuring activations with the artist himself. Gates will be joined by his collaborators The Black Monks, whose music is is rooted in Black music of the South with links to Eastern monastic ascetic traditions. Through their gospel soul chant reverberation, Gates and The Black Monks will activate a Fourth Floor installation intermittently throughout the day from Friday through Sunday.

HIP HOP: CONSCIOUS, UNCONSCIOUS

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Lisa Leone—Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill, East Harlem, New York City, 1993 while shooting Vocab video.

Fotografiska New York is a museum experience for the modern world. A new exhibition here looks at a New York City original creation. Hip Hop: Conscious, Unconscious takes in a massive outpouring of creativity, starting in the Bronx in 1973, and drawing on African, Latino, and Caribbean American contributions. Laid out by chronology and geography, focus areas include the early years, East Coast, West Coast, the South, and the newer wave of artists who have emerged since the mid-aughts. Among interwoven themes, the exhibition highlights the role of women in hip-hop, the “four elements of hip-hop” (rapping, DJing, breakdancing, and graffiti), and several debated “fifth elements” including fashion and beatboxing. Ephemera complements the photography to create a vibrant portrait of a New York City-born culture that went on to sweep the world.

LIVE JAZZ

Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Quintet

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 11:15pm. This week’s shows reflect the range of the programming, including Bewitched, Bothered and Rodgers and Hart launching a new season of American Songbook shows on Sunday, February 5th; St. Louis organist and multi-instrumentalist Shedrick Mitchell on Monday, February 6th; and multi-Grammy-nominee Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage Quintet (above) from Thursday, February 9th through Sunday the 12th. Dizzy’s space was expressly designed for superior live jazz experiences—you’ll hear the difference at every show.

ENTER THE MAGENTAVERSE

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ARTECHOUSE Studio.

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. On view now is MAGENTAVERSE, highlighted by a 22-minute audiovisual exploration of Viva Magenta, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2023. (Pantone selected the color for its evocations of fearlessness, exuberance, and optimism.) The experience draws inspiration from nature, NASA, and the James Webb Space Telescope’s views of outer space. Bespoke audio and projection technologies create a metaverse-like immersion—without having to strap on a headset.

BOGO NYC

empire state building helicopter

Photo by Triston Dunn on Unsplash.

The NYC Winter Outing is on, with BOGO offers for attractions and Broadway, on top of Restaurant Week deals and discounts on hotels. Some 700 businesses participate, including the Empire State Building Observatory. The specials run through Sunday, February 12th. 

SKY SKATE

sky skate edge

Rinks don't come any higher than this. Glide above the city at Sky Skate, Edge's top floor all-weather indoor sky deck. Rentals come free with your skate session ticket (30 minutes), which also includes admission to the amazing views of the observatory. The rink has daily sessions, with DJs on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm, through Tuesday, March 14th. 

MIDTOWN LUNAR NEW YEAR

ribbon dance hudson yards

Hudson Yards is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with limited-edition capsule collections at select stores, and free gifts if you spend $188 or more. (There are red envelope prizes for HY+ members, too.) Also happening: traditional lion dances and ribbon twirling performances from The New York Chinese Cultural Center on Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Through Monday, February 6th.

ECO CRUISES

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Winter is seal time in New York Harbor. Saturdays through March 25th, Seastreak is running eco cruises right in our own back yard. Cruise past multiple seal sighting locations (last season the ships had a 100% seal success rate) and do some birding as well, with loons and double-crested cormorants among the shorebird possibilities. Trips leave from Highlands, NJ, but New Yorkers can depart via ferries at Wall Street and East 35th Street. 

BUMPER CARS ON ICE

bryant park bumper cars

Image: Angelito Jusay for Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.

Get ready for some demolition derby action, urban style. The Bumper Cars on Ice at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park have returned. Slide, spin, and get out your aggressions through Saturday, March 4th. Hours are 2-8pm Mondays through Thursdays and noon-6pm Fridays through Sundays. 

DINING IN THE DARK

dining in the dark leuca

Reorient your senses with blindfolded meals at The William Vale's Leuca. On select Sundays now through February 5th, three-course mystery dinner menus will be served, inspired by the flavors of Southern Italy. If the presentation is a little off, no one will be the wiser. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

LIVE IN THE LOUNGE

Great Jones Distilling Co. is Manhattan's first whiskey distillery in a century. Their NoHo location celebrates whiskey past and present along with the culture of Prohibition-era New York. Every Saturday top local musicians perform in the Art Deco cocktail lounge. There are two shows, starting at 7pm and 9pm. Light bites, cocktails, wine, and beer are all available. If you opt for a meal at the distillery's New American restaurant The Grid you can get a 20% discount as well. 

NYC WINTER MARKET POP-UP

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Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive. This Sunday you’ll also find the Cozy Home Accessories Pop-up. A curated selection of independent vendors will lay out handmade and vintage pieces to add character and coziness to your home. Explore decorative pillows and rugs, hand-sculpted candles, original art and picture frames, antique and vintage prints and posters, handcrafted pottery, lamps, and more. Come hungry! There are great artisanal bites as well. The market takes place both indoors and out,10am-5pm. It’s all for a good cause, as the bazaar’s profits go to supporting local schools. 

WINTER WONDERLAND

loreley beer garden

Photo credit: Loreley Beer Garden.

The holidays may be in the rear view mirror but you can still embrace the season. Loreley Beer Garden has launched this year's Snowy Winter Wonderland pop up. There are two heated outdoor areas, including one of the largest gardens in the city. Hot drinks touch on Irish coffees, toddies, mulled wine, and bourbon hot chocolates. Look for daily happy hour specials.

POLAR LOUNGE

polar lounge 1 hotel brooklyn bridge

Put your next date night on ice. Harriet’s Rooftop at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is bringing back its Polar Lounge starting tonight. Crystal clear ice seats and sculptures look out onto skyline views. After facing down the elements, warm up at  Harriet’s Lodge, a retro chalet paradise inside the hotel's lounge.

WINTER SPA

winter spa william vale+Detox from holiday excess at the Winter Spa at The William Vale in Brooklyn. Red cedar al fresco saunas will let you sweat your stresses away. There are also hot tubs and a range of luxury spa experiences. Open to hotel guests and locals alike, with walk-in access available.

WINTER IGLOOS

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Don't fight the season—embrace it. City Vineyard’s Winter Igloos have returned, keeping up to 8 guests cozy. Reservations are now open for the igloos at City Winery’s Wine Garden in Rockefeller Plaza, with mulled wine, spiked cider, signature wines, hot chocolate, and snacks, all accompanied by iconic plaza views. City Vineyard at Pier 26 in Hudson River Park has igloos as well, enhanced by river views.

NOW OPEN! THE MUSEUM OF BROADWAY

phantom of the opera

Photo: Monique Carboni.

The city’s newest destination is The Museum of Broadway in Times Square. This interactive, experiential museum journeys from the birth of Broadway to the present day, including a sneak peek behind the curtain into the making of a Broadway show. Costumes, props, rare photos, and videos are all on display.

FREE SKATING

seaport skate

The Ice Rink is back in the Seaport for winter festivities and complimentary skating (rentals are extra) along the East River. Don't miss the skyline views and a new overhead light installation, "Aurora," inspired by the Northern Lights.

GOVERNORS ISLAND WINTER VILLAGE

governors island winter

This year's Winter Village has launched, highlighted by a 7,500-square-foot skat­ing rink. Open Thursdays through Sundays (plus Department of Education holidays), there are more than a dozen lawn games, sled and bike rentals, twin­kling lights, and sea­son­al food and drink.

RETURN OF THE CROWN

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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.

BLUE MAN GROUP FOR TWO

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No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by the three blue-hued alien dudes of Blue Man Group. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy. Get two tickets for $99 on select performances through the end of March.

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 2023: Everything You Need to Know.

AN INSTAGRAM SMASH IN NOHO

catchn ice cream noho

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

UPTOWN SPECIALS

joanne trattoria

Authentic Italian fine dining in a comfortable space is what you'll find at Upper West Side favorite Joanne Trattoria. They've just launched a new early brunch, running Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-1pm. Look for temptations like banana Nutella crepes, omelets and other eggs, ricotta Belgian waffles, pancakes, and sides of bacon and sausage. "Mangia bene vive bene." Also at Joanne Trattoria, don't miss live music with your meal, including jazz guitar from virtuoso Abe Ovadia every Sunday from 4:30-7pm.  If you're dining on the early side you can get a great deal, as Sundays through Thursdays before 6pm Joanne Trattoria offers a $19.99 prix-fixe. It comes with a side salad, an entree, and a glass of house wine or a soda. Tuesday night is date night at Joanne Trattoria—enjoy a complimentary bottle of Gaga Wine with every two entrees ordered. In addition to Abe Ovadia, live music coming up at Joanne Trattoria includes:

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Every Sunday 6:30 - 8:30pm
Every Thursday 6:30 - 8:30pm

IMMERSIVE THINGS TO DO IN NYC

CANDYTOPIA IS BACK

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

MONET MOMENTS

monet garden

Go on a 360-degree journey through the world of Claude Monet (1840-1926). The just-opened Monet's Garden uses multi-sensory technology to open up the Father of Impressionism’s art and life, culminating in a waterlily immersion. 

TITANIC. THE EXHIBITION

titanic. the exhibition. nyc.

Immerse yourself in one of the greatest stories of the 20th century just a few blocks from the Titanic's intended destination at Pier 59 in Chelsea. Titanic. The Exhibition brings visitors back to 1912 through the stories of passengers, illuminated by photographs, letters, and keepsakes. You'll also get to walk through a recreation of the ship's interior, from a humble third-class cabin to a first-class suite.

ICONS OF HORROR

icons of horror madame tussauds

The season for shivers isn't over yet. The newest immersion at Madame Tussauds is Warner Bros. Icons of Horror. Celebrate legends, including Pennywise and Regan from The Exorcist. If you dare.

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS

CUCINA 8½

Cucina 8½ happy hour

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

A PRIME HAPPY HOUR

cocktail prime catch nyc

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

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

A HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL

havana central empanada

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

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN NYC 

#STANDWITHUKRAINE

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Ukrainian Museum Facebook.

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

MIDTOWN ADVENTURES

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

THINGS TO DO IN NYC: LIVE PERFORMANCES

LIVE BEATS & MORE DOWNTOWN

silver arrow band

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. Sample the world from within an authentic New York space this week as Indian Jazztronica and soundtrack songs highlight the Rini & Shakthi performance on Thursday, February 2nd; heart the ‘80s with DJ TM.8’s 80s Dance Party on Saturday, February 4th; and enjoy the high-energy pop sounds of the Silver Arrow Band (pictured here) on Tuesday, February 7th. 

JoAnna Ross Dan Goodman photo Paul Park

JoAnna Ross and Dan Goodman, photo by Paul Park.

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

LIVE MUSIC AND FINE WINE AT CITY WINERY

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Adam Pass/City Winery.

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

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Strawberry Fields12pm in The Loft; Ultimate Beatles brunch concert (buffet brunch included in ticket price; free admission to children under 12)

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/new-york-strawberry-fields-lp-2022

Strawberry Fields is the closest you can get to seeing the Beatles perform live! Close your eyes, you won't believe your ears! These four acclaimed musicians deliver a unique theatrical experience. They take audiences of  all ages on a chronological journey through the Beatles timeless catalog. The use of costumes, vintage instrumentation and amplification delivers a truly authentic audio and visual experience.

UPCOMING SHOWS AT CITY WINERY

Lee DeWyze | 2.1 ($25 advance / $27 day of show)
7:30pm City Vineyard with Frank Viele & Cut the Kids In Half

https://citywinery.com/cityvineyard/Online/article/CVNYC-Lee-DeWyze-2-1-23-730pm

With an earnest ability to create a delicate balance of harmony, melody, deep emotion  and subtlety, Lee DeWyze’s depth as a songwriter call to mind some of his earliest  influences like Simon and Garfunkel, Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens), and Johnny Cash. 

Barnett, Gardner & Ruffolo | 2.2 ($20 advance / $22 day of show)
7:30pm City Vineyard

https://citywinery.com/cityvineyard/Online/article/CVNYC-Janie-Barnett-2-2-23-730pm  

Three Songwriters Walk into a Bar….

Ft. Janie Barnett, Abbie Gardner, and Eugene Ruffolo. A song swap full of joy. These three outstanding singer-songwriters are on a mission to bring you their collective serious, hilarious, and suspect wisdom through song, story and banter. There may or may not be a tribute to Groundhog Day, but there will be powerful songs and super fine Gibson 6 string and Dobro work. 

Michael Che | 2.2 ($28 advance / $30 day of show)
10pm in The Loft

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/Article/NYLFT-Michael-Che-2-2-23-10PM 

Named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Funniest People, Michael Che debuted his own original HBO Max sketch comedy series, THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE, in 2021, which Michael stars in, wrote and executive produced. The show was picked up for a second season, which launched on May 26, 2022. Che has received two WGA Award nominations for his writing on both THAT DAMN MICHAEL CHE and SNL. 

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders | 2.3 ($28 - $42)
8pm in Main Venue feat. (in alphabetical order) Nora Brown, Sloane Crosley, David Cross, Toby Leaman (Dr. Dog), Kim Richey, Langhorne Slim, Amber Tamblyn and more!

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/Article/NYC-Cabinet-of-Wonders-2-3-23-8pm 

A one of a kind variety show with celebrated musicians, writers and comedians. You’ll laugh, think and sing along. Sometimes all at once. A little bit vaudeville, a little bit literary and a lot of rock ‘n’ roll— you can never predict what’s inside the Cabinet of Wonders.Lineup subject to change.

Raanan Hershberg | 2.3 ($25 advance / $30 day of show)
7:30pm in The Loft; presented by Unhinged Entertainment

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYLFT-Raanan-Hershberg-2-3-23-730PM 

Raanan Hershberg is a loud Jew originally from Louisville, KY. He's performed stand up on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late, Late Show with James Corden, and Comedy Central. His latest special 'Jokes from the Underground' was just featured in the New York Times 'Best Comedy of 2022'. He was a finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity, The Boston Comedy Festival, and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. He has two specials on YouTube both with over a 100K views.

Voices on the Hudson musical salute to Donna Summer, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan with Emilie Surtees | 2.3 ($25)
7:30pm City Vineyard

https://citywinery.com/cityvineyard/Online/article/CVNYC-Music-Of-Donna-Summer-2-3-23-730pm 

Emilie Surtees not only replicates hit songs, power note for power note, but communicates the soul of each singer who originally recorded them — something that requires not only incredible vocals but also a profound appreciation of music. This Friday night series pays homage to legendary voices from Ella, Etta & Aretha to contemporaries Sade, Janet and more.

Belly Up Drag Brunch | 2.4 ($15 - $25)
12pm City Vineyard

https://citywinery.com/cityvineyard/Online/article/City-Vineyard-Drag-Brunch-2-4 

This one of a kind drag brunch experience brings you the best drag, delicious food, bottomless drinks and magical party atmosphere. Hosted by the camp queen herself, Svetlana Stoli, the show is full of comedy, creativity and audience engagement! Every week we will bring you the best of the best of the drag world - dancing queens, comedy queens, stunt queens as our special guests! The preshow and after show party vibe will be provided by Glam Award winning DJ Boyish Charm, whose performance will be also a part of this drag brunch experience!

TopHouse | 2.4 ($18 advance / $22 day of show)
7:30pm City Vineyard

https://citywinery.com/cityvineyard/Online/article/CVNYC-Tophouse-2-4-23-730pm   

TopHouse was created in 2015 by two Montana music majors, guitarist/songwriter Jesse Davis and violinist William Cook before adding Joseph Larson (lead singer and guitar/banjo player,) and Andy LaFave (piano) in 2017 and 2022 respectively. After being vaulted to local fame in their birthplace of Missoula, with the Missoulian naming TopHouse one of the top 5 best new bands (two years in a row we might add), the band moved to Nashville, TN in October of 2019. TopHouse quickly set to work attaining a local residency as well as getting music played on Nashville’s premier new-music radio station Lightning 100.

The Ultimate Disney Tribute Band: The Little Mermen | 2.4 ($22 - $32)
7:30pm in The Loft 

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYLFT-Little-Mermen-2-4-23-730pm 

The Little Mermen are the ultimate Disney tribute concert for Disney fanatics of all ages. The band’s repertoire covers nearly a century of musical canon, including favorites from The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Frozen and Encanto. The group performs in full costume with band members dressing up as characters from the films.

Matthew Whitaker | 2.5 ($30 - $48)
8pm in Main Venue

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYC-Matthew-Whitaker-2-5-23-8pm 

At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond—in its 80+ year history.  He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists.

An Evening with The Weeklings | 2.5 ($20 - $35)
8pm in The Loft

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/Article/NYLFT-Weeklings-2-5-23-8pm

THE WEEKLINGS (JEM recording artists) - America’s most unique celebration of the music and muse of THE BEATLES, features former members of Styx, Dave Mason, the original Beatlemania on Broadway, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg’s Jukebox and BeatleFest house band Liverpool. The band performs and records explosive renditions of The Beatles album and Top 40 classics, uniquely arranged nuggets such as "Paperback Writer", "Baby You're a Rich Man” and “I Am the Walrus”, 60’s classic remakes like The Easybeats 1966 garage rock hit “Friday On My Mind” featuring Peter Noone of Herman Hermits fame on lead vocals plus brilliant Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, like “Little Elvis”, "In the Moment" and "3" the title track from their latest album chosen the #1 Coolest Song in the World 2020 on Sirius/XM's Little Steven's Underground Garage.

Seth Meyers | 2.6&9 ($40 - $75)
8pm in Main Venue

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYC-Seth-Meyers-2-6-23-8pm 

The Saturday Night Live star and former SNL Weekend Update anchor brings his standup set to the City Winery stage with two chances to see a king of New York comedy live.

Aztec Two-Step | 2.6 ($25 - $36)
7:30pm in The Loft

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYLFT-Aztec-Two-Step-2-6-22-730pm 

The story of Rex Fowler and his band Aztec Two-Step is intertwined with the history of folk/rock music in America. Originating from a chance meeting at an “open mic night” in Boston in 1971, then taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rex and his former music partner Neal Shulman went on to record four albums on Elektra & RCA Records, helping to usher the music of the 60’s into the 1970s and beyond.

Denny Laine - Acoustic Songs & Stories | 2.7 ($25 - $40)
8pm in Main Venue

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYC-Denny-Laine-2-7-23-8pm 

Denny Laine is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as  former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder with Paul McCartney  of Wings. Laine was one of three constants in Wings, along with Paul and Linda McCartney. Denny  was also the lead singer on the Moody Blues’ "Go Now", which was a worldwide multi-million  seller. 

Long Time No See presents Mark Normand, Sydney Castillo, Anthony DeVito, and T.J. Miller | 2.7 ($25)
7:30pm in The Loft

https://citywinery.com/newyork/Online/article/NYLFT-Long-Time-No-See-2-7-23-730pm 
An evening full of drinks, eats and laughs with today's hottest comedians from Netflix, SNL, Comedy Central and more.

Music of Buena Vista Social Club | 2.7 ($25)
7:30pm City Vineyard

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City Vineyard in New York City celebrates the dynamic and danceable music of the Buena Vista Social Club with this tribute to the Golden Age of Cuba. A red-hot trio of musicians, led by guitarist-vocalist Francois Wiss, will be playing. He’ll be joined by Damian Quinones on guitar and vocals, and Danny Valdez on percussion and vocals. Wiss studied music at the Conservatoire in Paris, and was mentored by notable guitar masters Pierre Culaz, Marc Benguigui, Belaid Ait Abdallah, Terry Fleming and Mathias Berchadsky. The set list will include such Buena Vista Social Club favorites as “Chan Chan,” “El Payande,” “Se Seco el Arroyito'' and many others.

An Evening with Cug and special guests Michael Rappapor & Joe DeRosa | 2.8 ($25 - $40)
8pm in Main Venue

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Danny Mondello, better known as Meals by Cug or Cugine has amassed a digital following of over 2.2 million dedicated fans across platforms. The New York Post writes, “Mondello’s hyperbolic alter ego, which is distinctly outer borough, has charmed a large swath of the internet.” Mondello rose to fame through his comedic food reviews, hitting the best restaurants in New York City and giving his honest and often hilarious point of view. Previously a line-cook in the hopes of becoming a chef, food has always been a passion for Danny and he’s since expanded from reviewing food in his content to being on the other side of the stove. Behind his comedic alter-ego is a down-to-earth personality that resonates with his audience around the globe.

Pete Francis (of Dispatch) | 2.8 ($20 - $22)
7:30pm in The Loft

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Pete Francis is a songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. In 1995, he founded the band Dispatch, who became the first ever independent band to sell out Madison Square Garden. They went on to tour through other major venues across the country, including Red Rocks, TD Garden, and The Greek Theaters in both San Francisco and LA. Over the course of their career, they have also brought their live show to audiences in Europe and Australia. Pete has released eight solo records and has toured with such diverse acts as Ziggy Marley, Blues Traveler, and G Love and Special Sauce. One of his favorite gigs was on stage in Sun Valley, Idaho shredding guitar riffs with Steve Miller on “Fly Like An Eagle.”

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

ULTIMATE PERSPECTIVES ON NYC

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Take a quick trip across the Hudson for some of the ultimate perspectives on NYC. Soar 300 feet above the Garden State for unique views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline aboard Dream Wheel New Jersey. The Dream Wheel holds 27 completely enclosed, climate-controlled Gondolas. Rides are 25 minutes long and the technology is state of the art—the wheel doesn’t even stop to board, it turns continuously. (The American Dream mall also boasts world-class shopping, dining, and a gigantic indoor theme park.)

AN INTERACTIVE MUSEUM TOUR FOR THEATER FANS

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

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME 

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

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

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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CURTAIN'S UP AT ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER

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

STATUE OF LIBERTY

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

COMING ATTRACTIONS

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“LOVE ON THE BRAIN” SINGLES MIXER

On Monday, February 13th find yourself a date for Valentine's Day at RT60 Rooftop Bar & Lounge. DJ Boulevard will provide a soundtrack for bites, entertainment, prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with other eligible NYC singles. (There's even a resident poet writing custom love poems.) The evening's hostess is professional Cupid and dating expert Amanda Ortiz, from Tawkify. Tawkify is a modern matchmaking experience; Amanda will be on hand to help guide you to connections. Located on the 34th floor of RT60, with plenty of conversation-starter views. 

TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS

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

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COMING ATTRACTIONS: STAND-UP + AFTERPARTY

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The Pregame is a monthly stand-up show that ends with a themed afterparty—Friday, February 10th will be an "Adult Bar-Mitzvah." Come for the show and stick around for the party where comics and audience members are encouraged to rock their favorite throwback Bar-Mitzvah outfit. The DJ will be playing Bar-Mitzvah classics such as the Cha-Cha Slide and hits of the early 2000's, and you can expect an epic game of Coke and Pepsi at some point in the night. This month, the lineup of comics includes Sabrina Wu (The Tonight Show), Joey Hamburger (Funny or Die), Annick Adelle (Paste Magazine), Brent Birnbaum (Tubi), Spencer Wright (Greenwich Village Comedy Club), Ryan Thomas (SF Sketchfest), and Matt Vita (Vermont Comedy Festival). The setting is Local 92 in the East Village; note that the evening is 21+. 

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About the Author

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

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