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Things to Do This Week in NYC (11/22-11/28)

(11/22-11/28) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and this weekend? The city continues to bounce back. Vaccinations are required for much of indoor life here (meaning you can feel safer if you head in to a restaurant, museum, or gym), but there's also tons to do out of doors. Read on for more in-person reopenings, festivals, pop ups, and other things to do in NYC this week.

This Week's Behind The Experience Video

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!

WHAT TO DO IN NYC

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MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE

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Anthony Quintano/Flickr

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is an enduring New York City tradition, with more than 50 million viewers across the country and millions more lining the streets of the city. This 95th version of the parade will see a return to in-person excitement after last year’s Covid-curtailed celebration. Look for generations of families—locals and visitors alike—cheering for floats, live entertainment, and, of course, iconic hot air balloons, including newcomer Ada Twist, Scientist and fresh takes on the Pokémon characters Pikachu and Eevee. All in all you can expect 10 marching bands, 15 giant character balloons, 28 floats, and more than 800 clowns. Broadway will be represented by the casts of SIX, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and Wicked. The Rockettes will be there, too, plus celebs like Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Miss America Camille Schrier, and Muppets from Sesame Street. Sharp eyes will even get a glimpse of Santa himself, making his season debut. The parade runs down Central Park West from 77th St. to Columbus Circle, along Central Park South to Sixth Ave., and concludes along 34th St. at Macy’s Herald Square. Line up early, and skip trying to find space on Sixth Ave. between West 34th and West 38th Sts. and West 34th Street itself, as the national TV broadcast limits viewing there. The parade runs 9am-noon. Pro tip: on Wednesday on the Upper West Side you can see the balloons being inflated; the public is welcome but you must show proof of vaccination (kids under 12 can be accompanied by a vaccinated adult). macys.com

THANKSGIVING ON THE WATER

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For an unforgettable Thanksgiving experience, join City Cruises for East River and Hudson experiences. Stunning views await from the glass-enclosed deck of the European-inspired Bateaux. You’ll get a plated meal in a festive atmosphere, decked out with holiday decor. Or opt for the Spirit of New York, which offers a buffet dinner on Thursday afternoon. Departures from Chelsea Piers.

THANKSGIVING AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD

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Image courtesy of One World Observatory.

One Dine, the restaurant at One World Observatory, will be offering festive culinary offerings for Thanksgiving—set against unparalleled views. In addition to its seasonally inspired fall menu, diners  on Thursday, November 25th through Saturday, November 27th can opt for an autumn arugula salad, pumpkin cheesecake, and a turkey sandwich trimmed out with cranberry chutney and classic stuffing, served on country bread. To complement the dishes, new cocktails like a carrot whiskey sour and a “5th Avenue” with cinnamon whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, vanilla, and Disaronno will be offered. For Thanksgiving, One Dine is open 1-9pm (final seating 6pm); Friday and Saturday hours are 1-10pm, final seating at 8:30pm.

A CLASSIC FAMILY FEAST 

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Bacall's Family Steakhouse brings '40s glamour and big portion Jewish/Romanian fare to Times Square. Newly opened, the menu is inspired by the restaurant’s muse, starlet Lauren Bacall, and her Jewish-Romanian upbringing in New York City. This holiday, celebrate with a classic family feast at Bacall's with all your Thanksgiving favorites including succulent spit-roasted turkey, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and gravy. (Save room to indulge with pumpkin bread pudding and pecan pie.)

Bacall's signature dinner menu is also available. You'll find favorite starters like kreplach, chopped chicken liver, latkes, and matzoh balls. Family platters include house-smoked brisket, seared salmon, a Lower East Side veal chop, duck confit, and stuffed trout. You can get a pre-theatre selection of lighter fare or go all out with “The Show Stopper” (Betty’s Roumanian Steak Platter, stuffed cabbage, and roasted vegetables) or the dry-aged tomahawk for four pictured above. The hallmark of the bar program will be a premier Vodcã Bar. The Vodcã Blast offering will include bottles of top-shelf vodka served tableside encased in an ice block with a choice of mixers or shot glasses. Dani Luv, famed troubadour of the former Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse on the Lower East Side for over 20 years, will now be performing at Bacall’s. Look for laughs and sing-a-longs nightly starting at 7pm. The restaurant holds down a roomy space at 220 W. 44th St. and is open Wednesdays to Saturdays 4-11pm and Sundays 4-8:30pm. Brunch service takes place Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm. For reservations call 212-944-2474.

Sundays feature a live karaoke band, the infamous Rockstar Karaoke Collective. Well-established musicians join lead Kelly Cooper with guitar, bass, and drums. Guests get to join in with the live band backing (an iPad is on stage to help you with the lyrics). Expect a wide spectrum of songs from '70s classics up to current hits.

THANKSGIVING AT THE RIBBON

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The Ribbon on the Upper West Side presents a quintessential New York dining experience, with craft cocktails, an extensive wine list, and mastery of American classics (with some French influence as well). This year you can get a Thanksgiving package to go here, or dine in with The Ribbon's Thanksgiving Day feast. Start up with stuffed butternut squash, a wedge salad, or fall soup with truffle oil. Mains include rotisserie turkey with all the trimmings, pan-seared salmon, and a NY Strip Steak with bone marrow butter and truffle-parmesan fries. Your dessert dilemma? Pumpkin bread pudding or pecan pie.​

THANKSGIVING PREP AT GRAND CENTRAL

Grand Central Terminal

Photo: Jens Fricke/Flickr

Grand Central Terminal’s annual Thanksgiving Market takes place on Wednesday. Six select bakeries and confectioners offer signature sweets, desserts, and baked goods to serve for your gathering. The Thanksgiving Market will be in Grand Central’s soaring Vanderbilt Hall and run from 9am–5pm. Participating stores include Bien Cuit, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Li-Lac Chocolates, Magnolia Bakery, Zaro’s Family Bakery, and Neuhaus. There will also be three performances from artists of the “Music Under New York” program:

  • 10am-noonErik Jacobson: classical cello
  • 12:30-2:30pm—Luellen Abdoo: classical violin
  • 3-5pm—Orlando Sanchez Soto: jazz saxophone

THANKSGIVING AT THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM

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What was founded 90 years ago as a place for the Russian cultural and intellectual elite to meet and play has become a New York cultural institution of its own. Today, the Russian Tea Room draws on its rich heritage, theatrical design, classic food—and, of course, its legendary reputation as a gilded playground for the international elite—to draw a new generation. For Thanksgiving 2021 you can find a prix fixe with appetizers like traditional Tea Room red borscht, duck blinchik, squash soup, and salad; followed up with roasted turkey breast, boeuf à la Stroganoff, chicken Kiev, pastry-wrapped salmon, or roasted pork. Pumpkin tart, chocolate mousse cake, apple tartet, and traditional cheesecake feature as desserts.

A TASTE OF THE TROPICS IN TIMES SQUARE

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Get a taste of Cuba in Times Square as Havana Central celebrates Thanksgiving just blocks from the parade route. In addition to the regular menu of classic Cuban tastes, get an island slant on the holiday with Havana Central's $59 prix fixe. Chorizo stuffing and cranberry-orange salsita provide the sides for your choice of herb-roasted turkey breast, roast pork, or braised beef. Veggie sides and pumpkin bread pudding for dessert are included. There's even your choice of welcome drink, cranberry sangria or a classic mojito.

THANKSGIVING AT CASA DEL TORO

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Hell's Kitchen fave Casa del Toro serves up authentic Mexican food and drink. For a different slant on Thanksgiving, they'll be serving up their a la carte favorites in addition to holiday specials which add a layer of French accent to American classics. A prix fixe menu highlights entrees like honey-baked ham, turkey with giblet gravy, duck, and slow-roasted pork. Every two prix fixe orders get a free bottle of wine. 

FRENCH-INFLUENCED THANKSGIVING

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This Thanksgiving, French bistro Le Privé is serving a three-course prix fixe menu highlighted by classic American Thanksgiving dishes (with some contemporary takes on French favorites as well). The full menu is here and the prix fixe is $69. Among your options: escargot, French onion soup, slow-roasted pork with apples and onion jus, turkey with giblet gravy, mac 'n' cheese, Brussels sprouts and bacon, and mashed potatoes. For dessert you'll have a sweet finish with creme au chocolat or beignets.

A CLASSIC NEW YORK THANKSGIVING

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Peter Luger alumni Benjamin Prelvukaj and Chef Arturo McLeod have combined over 30 years of experience to create Benjamin Steakhouse, conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal in the century-old Chemist Club Building. Along with its usual refined Old World service and charm, Benjamin Steakhouse will be offering a Thanksgiving prix fixe. The main entree is traditional Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing, roasted yams, potatoes au gratin, and cranberry relish. For appetizer, you can choose between pumpkin soup, an autumn salad, crab cake, or shrimp cocktail; dessert is pumpkin pie with vanilla ice cream. $74.95 per person (not including alcohol, tax, or tip).

A STEAKHOUSE THANKSGIVING

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The 2019 Concierge Choice Awards  winner for Best Restaurant Experience is Benjamin Steakhouse’s spinoff Benjamin Steakhouse Prime. This midtown hot spot combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics, picking up signature standouts from seafood legend The Sea Fire Grill, another sister property (below). This Thanksgiving look for a $75 three-course prix fixe that starts with appetizers like pumpkin soup, burrata, crab cake or autumn salad; followed by a traditional Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixin's, and pumpkin pie a la mode for dessert.

THE SEA FIRE GRILL'S THANKSGIVING

The Sea Fire Grill NYC Thanksgiving

The Sea Fire Grill does for seafood what Benjamin Steakhouse does for beef (hardly a surprise, given the same pros are behind both). For $75 per person, this year's three-course Thanksgiving Day menu includes choice of appetizer (bibb salad, roasted kabocha squash soup, oyster Rockefeller, or beet salad), followed by organic heritage turkey with sourdough stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and pearl onions, and finished with tea or coffee and a choice of pumpkin or pecan pie.

FRAUNCES TAVERN CELEBRATIONS

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George Washington not only slept here, he also socialized at this ancient downtown tavern. Fraunces Tavern was the site of many of his presidential banquets, as well as his farewell address to his officers on December 4th, 1783. You can celebrate Thanksgiving here on Thursday with a three-course meal structured around with roasted turkey and all the trimmings. Pair it with a hot apple cider (made with applejack brandy, citrus juice blend, ginger, cinnamon, clove, turmeric, maple syrup, and nutmeg).

Speaking of that farewell to officers, this weekend marks the anniversary of Evacuation Day, when the British finally left New York City after the Revolutionary War. The Fraunces Tavern Museum hosts an Evacuation Day Open House from Thursday through Sunday, noon to 7pm. Take advantage of $1 museum admission (or complimentary admission with Thanksgiving Dinner at Fraunces Tavern). Visit the museum to learn more about this important piece of New York City history and check out their new Evacuation Day brochure, which tracks the route of Washington's post-Brit triumphant parade.

A THANKSGIVING CONCERT

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Universally beloved trombone master Wycliffe Gordon—a former star of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet—continues a Jazz at Lincoln Center holiday tradition. He kicks off the holiday season with this special performance on Thanksgiving, which includes a festive three-course prix fixe feast. With a career spanning decades, Wycliffe Gordon is the definition of a good time; as Wynton Marsalis says, “Just his presence is a creative experience.” (Gordon is also performing sets here from Tuesday through Sunday.)

BLACK FRIDAY

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Starting Black Friday through Cyber Monday, get a special deal from all new observatory SUMMIT One Vanderbilt (above). New flexible entry tickets will let you check out the wonder of Air at Night, with an immersive after-dark light and sound show that see waves of color turn SUMMIT into a beacon of energy. A free signature drink is included, be one of the first to get access here. For more amazing views, get out on the water with Circle Line cruises. Starting Black Friday, use discount code CYBER50 to get half off any sightseeing cruise, up to 4 tickets. The offer is available only through Monday, November 29 at midnight, and excludes the Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise and New Year's Eve Cruise.

SANTALAND RETURNS

Black Friday marks the start of the holiday season, which seems like the right time for Santa to show his face in NYC. St. Nick is back at Macy's Herald Square—you can book a time with him at Macy’s Santaland with visits beginning on Friday.

FELIZ NAVIDAD

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José Monserrate Feliciano García, better known simply as José Feliciano, is a Puerto Rican musician, singer, and composer, best known for many international hits, including his rendition of the Doors' "Light My Fire" and the best-selling Christmas single "Feliz Navidad." He will be back at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday with a beautiful concert for the whole family!

COMEDY THIS WEEKEND

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Carolines on Broadway, New York City’s premier comedy venue, celebrates Thanksgiving weekend with headliner D.L. Hughley, one of "The Original Kings of Comedy" and host of the nationally syndicated radio program The D.L. Hughley Show, on Wednesday, November 24th, with additional shows Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th.

HOLIDAY TRAINS ARE BACK

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Image courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden.

For the 30th year, The New York Botanical Garden lays out the tracks for its Holiday Train Show. Explore a miniature wonderland of  175 New York landmarks—including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center—all made with natural ingredients like acorns, pine cones, and seeds. The scene is cozy inside the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (which is itself represented with a model of its own). At night, the garden lights up for GLOW, a mile-and-a-half long light show that launches Wednesday evening.

TREES X 2

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Left: D. Finnin/© AMNH; right: courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Natural History Museum's Origami Holiday Tree is back for another season. Gems of the Museum is this year's theme, with 50 custom gold-shaded ornaments marking the "golden anniversary" 50th Origami Tree. Inspirations include the new sharks exhibit, the new Halls of Gems and Minerals, and classics like the Blue Whale. Across town, the Met's Medieval Sculpture Hall is once again a seasonal destination. Christmas music plays to accompany a 20-foot blue spruce and 18th-century Neapolitan nativity scene. The installation is set in front of an ornate 18th-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid.

THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS IS BACK

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A beloved NYC institution returns with an all-new production featuring daredevil Nik Wallenda, his fearless family of highwire walkers, and an international company of circus artists. See how the impossible becomes possible, nightly. Tickets from $25.

UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKET

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Photo: Javan Ng.

The Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market has officially reopened. Don't let the supply chain get you down: you'll find more than 160 vendors here, fully stocked with art,  handcrafted accessories, and global cuisines. The market runs daily through Christmas Eve.

A BROOKLYN LIGHTSCAPE

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Starting Friday, you can explore the Brooklyn Botanic Garden like never before. When night falls, Lightscape sets the landscape ablaze with a trail animated by over one million dazzling lights. Explore the Winter Cathedral tunnel, Fire Garden, Sea of Light, and site-specific light works by local artists, all accompanied by a curated soundtrack. Get that Insta feed glowing!

NEW BLOCK OF TICKETS RELEASED FOR BROADWAY SMASH SIX

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Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over. The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic's Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway season got supercharged!” With the release of the new block, tickets are now on sale through September 5th, 2022. The hit musical opened to rave reviews October 3rd and is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

CURTAIN'S UP AT ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER

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The show will go 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.

WINTER OASIS

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Old-school Upper East Side market and butcher shop Schaller & Weber has carved out a winter oasis in its former smoke houses. Inspired by Austrian wine bars, Hütte is chic, intimate, and serving up favorites like beef goulash, Tyrolean cheese dumplings, fondue, and plenty of expert charcuterie.

WINTER POP UP

city winery rockefeller center

City Winery New York just announced the reopening of their Winter Pop-Up at Rockefeller Center. The Wine Garden features heated Winter Igloo Domes that seat up to eight. Guests can stay warm with mulled wine. spiked cider. or a hot chocolate, while savoring cold-weather treats. There are also stunning views of the tree, which is now in place and just waiting for the light switch to be thrown December 1st.

RETURN OF THE GREENS

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Image: @fredmarcusstudio on behalf of @howardhughesco.

The winter iteration of The Greens on The Rooftop at Pier 17 is back at the Seaport. A life-sized mountain range sculpture and sweeping waterfront and skyline views provide the backdrop for private dining cabins. The spaces are outfitted with modern winter décor, banquette seating, heating, a virtual fireplace, and an air purifier. Switching it up from previous seasons, The Greens' menu this winter celebrates global cuisines, touching on Southern, Japanese, Latin, Vegan, and more. Think buttermilk fried chicken, soy-braised short rib, crispy fish tacos, and caramelized butternut squash.

A SHERLOCK CAROL

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Photo by Matthew Murphy.

When a grown-up Tiny Tim asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the peculiar death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his tools of deduction to get to the bottom of the crime. But it is a dark and treacherous Christmas Eve, and once again the holiday is haunted by the spirits of the past, present, and future. A Sherlock Carol stars Broadway favorites Drew McVety (Billy Elliot, Spamalot) as Sherlock Holmes and Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures) as Ebenezer Scrooge. You can get rush tickets for $30, available at New World Stages’ Box Office on the day of the desired performance. NewWorldStages.com/tickets has box office hours, limit 2 tickets per person, subject to availability (seats may be partial view).  

ICE THEATRE OF NEW YORK

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Photo: Hideki Aono.

This troupe's mission is to advance dance on ice as a performance art. See skating in a whole new way as the ITNY continues fall pop up performances. Neighborhood rink shows take place in the coming weeks, as will lunchtime pop up concerts at The Rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.

THE RETURN OF WOLLMAN RINK

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It is coming into skating season in NYC. Last Sunday marked the grand reopening of Wollman Rink NYC, which has a new operator for its ridiculously prime location in Central Park.

A NEARLY FLAWLESS DIAMOND

Okavango Diamond Company

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.

MODERN WORLDS

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt.

Uptown's exquisite Neue Galerie has opened all its rooms for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Newly on view is Modern Worlds: Austrian and German Art, 1890–1940, which shows off several favorite pieces from the museum's permanent collection. Look for major fine art works joined by standouts from the realm of design.

A LENS ON WARHOL

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Debbie Harry, 1980 unique Polaroid print. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Licensed by Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Art and celebrity come together at Andy Warhol: Photo Factory, an unprecedented survey of the legendary artist’s work behind the camera. The show pays homage to Warhol’s iconic New York City studio and doubles as an intimate visual diary of his life. All six categories of Warhol’s film-based work are represented, including Polaroid portraits of stars; lesser-seen gelatin silver prints; Polaroid collages created for publications like Vogue Paris and Mondo Uomo; 16mm “Screen Tests” from the mid-1960s; photo booth strips taken in Times Square in the 1960s; and Warhol’s most recent stitched photographs series, the final body of his work exhibited before his death in 1987. 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.

TEA TIME IN BRYANT PARK

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Legendary patisserie Angelina Paris has touched down in midtown in an elegant spot serving delicate confections and delicious hot chocolate. This is a great spot for a gourmet break, from coffee and viennoiseries in the morning, to afternoon tea and sweet treats, to brasserie classics and pastries at dinnertime. Specialties include Mont-Blanc, Trocadero, éclair chocolat, and millefeuille tarte au citron. Varied menus for on-site, or take away any time of day.

SWAN LAKE ROCK OPERA

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Classical and modern music come together in this decadent take on the Tchaikovsky ballet. Money, love, and titles form the motifs of a search by Crown Prince Siegfried (aka Ziggy) for the ideal bride. Swan Lake Rock Opera is now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre every Thursday through December.

CHALET POP UP

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Back by popular demand, Gerber Group’s Mr. Purple’s Veuve Clicquot Winter Chalet pop-up is back on the Lower East Side. Starting this week, guests can reserve a space at a funky après-ski lodge in the sky, complete with fur-lined seating and a custom Veuve Clicquot champagne bar. The limited-time seasonal menu includes bites like short rib empanadas and savory and sweet fondues. 

SHOW GLOBES IN TIMES SQUARE

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Walter Wlodarczyk for Times Square Alliance.

You can find a great photo op in the Theatre District as the Times Square Alliance welcomes back its holiday Show Globes. These life-size glass bubbles portray scenes inspired by Broadway smashes Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, Dear Evan Hansen, The Lion King, and Wicked. You can check out the installation throughout the holiday season. Stick around the neighborhood and you’ll find holiday deals at shops, restaurants, and attractions.

A NEW IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE

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Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive art space ARTECHOUSE. Right now you can catch a reprise of the space's first installation, Machine Hallucination by Refik Anadol. Anadol is a Turkish artist with a keen interest in using machines for innovative “data sculptures” and installations. Anadol has created Machine Hallucination with New York architecture in mind. The waves of imagery that envelop visitors are a machine-generated assemblage of 3 million different images of local architecture. The array of images is determined by artificial intelligence and meant to mimic the boundless, multidimensional world of machines. Together, as they roll across the space, these images create an entirely new architectural environment and not a little wonder. You’ve never seen art like this before, as room-sized digital projections merge with sound design to create an almost cinematic experience. ARTECHOUSE is located in the 6,000-square-foot boiler room beneath Chelsea Market and is the first tenant in this unique space. The exposed brick walls and terracotta ceilings have been preserved to recall the 100-year-old history of the place while it houses this forward-thinking concept.

GRAND BAZAAR NYC—GRAND HOLIDAY BAZAAR

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Grand Bazaar NYC is the oldest, largest, and most diverse curated weekly shopping market in NYC. Open every Sunday, you'll find all kinds of creative makers and passionate dealers, vending one-of-a-kind, rare, and unique goods. This Sunday you’ll also find the opening day of the market’s annual Grand Holiday Bazaar. Find unique gifts indoors and out from 150+ hand-picked independent local artisans and dealers. Come hungry! There are great artisanal food options as well. 10am-5pm. (A visit to Grand Bazaar is for a good cause, too: 100% of profits are donated to four Upper West Side public schools.)

BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS

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Broadway is back and The Shops at Columbus Circle will let you sample it for free. “Broadway Under The Stars” brings free Thursday evening entertainment to the Great Room. Cast members from Chicago and Waitress kicked things off, followed by The Phantom of the Opera this week and then every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) through December 16th. (Hudson Yards gets into the act as well, with Monday night Broadway performances.)

NOW OPEN!

courtesy summit one vanderbilt.

Image courtesy SUMMIT One Vanderbilt.

RE-IMAGINE THRILL: Be one of the first to experience Levitation and Ascent, the most daring attractions in New York City, at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt. This all-new experience is now open in Midtown East right next to Grand Central. Explore all three floors, walk the glass ledges suspended over 1,100 feet above Madison Avenue, and take the panoramic elevator journey to the building’s highest point. Get ready to see New York from an entirely new perspective! Sales have begun, visit www.summitov.com.

LANTERN FESTIVAL

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Find seven acres of lights as The NYC Winter Lantern Festival launches for a new season. Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on Staten Island will play host to 27 LED installations. Holiday vendors will be part of the draw as well. The show runs Fridays through Sundays, 5-10pm.

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

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An NYC holiday tradition is back. The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes has been enchanting crowds since 1933 and it returns for 2021 with more Rockettes numbers than ever before. The dancers (there are two casts of 42 performers each) have been rehearsing 6 hours a day, 6 days a week for the 6 weeks leading up to opening day. Go see all that hard work pay off.

JAGGED LITTLE PILL

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Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Inspired by Alanis Morisette’s Grammy-winning album, Broadway's Jagged Little Pill follows a seemingly perfect family who must choose between maintaining the status quo and facing a litany of harsh truths. Now playing at the Broadhurst Theatre. jaggedlittlepill.com

WINTER VILLAGE RETURNS

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Photo: Colin Miller.

The 20th season of the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is underway. In addition to the only free-admission skating rink in NYC, you can get a jump on the supply chain with the Holiday Shops by Urbanspace and relax with food and drink. For the latter, The Lodge by Prime Video provides an outdoor après skate escape where you can cozy up with bites, festive cocktails, and prime ice skater watching. There are 170 merchants in the market, open daily.

A HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL

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Havana Central has introduced 1/2 price empanadas during Happy Hour at the bar! Diners must purchase a drink, 3 empanadas max per drink purchase.  Available in the bar only, Monday-Friday from 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.

TAMMANY HALL

In these politically charged times, steal away to another era's intrigues with Tammany Hall,  a ew immersive theatre experience. Audience members at SoHo Playhouse will have the chance to cast a vote and explore 15 rooms in an original Jazz Age landmark. You'll rub shoulders with Jimmy Walker and Fiorella Laguardia, Legs Diamond and Betty Compton, and a host of gangsters and molls. "An intimate experience of the corruption, scandal, and romance that brought New York’s most notorious political machine crashing down."

SURREALISM BEYOND BORDERS

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Koga Harue's Umi (The Sea) (1929). The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

The art of Surrealism sparked in Paris around 1924, putting dreams and the unconscious ahead of the mundane. From those French beginnings, the movement has always had a Western European association, but its scope is actually global. Get the real story at the new Met exhibition Surrealism Beyond Borders. Networks that "span Eastern Europe to the Caribbean, Asia to North Africa, and Australia to Latin America" will be considered, in an assemblage of dramatic imagery.

NAMI NORI

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The sushi hand rolls known as temaki are the specialties at Nami Nori, which has just opened a new location in Williamsburg. Signature rolls are served alongside sashimi and crispy rice dishes. The space boasts two temaki counters, floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to outdoor seating overlooking McCarren Park, and a sake bar that also stocks local beers and natural wine.

THE MANDALA LAB

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Rendering: © Peterson Rich Office / The Rubin Museum of Art.

The Rubin Museum of Art has launched a new interactive space. The Mandala Lab is oriented around five immersive experiences, drawing on film, scent, sound, and a sculpture that invites collective breathing. The space is designed to provide new perspectives on coping with life's challenges.

THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS

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Curiouser and curiouser: head to the Upper West Sid for a new interactive experience. Pekarna New York, a roomy Slovenian spot, will do the hosting. Alice: An Immersive Cocktail Experience takes you down the rabbit hole for riddles and cocktails under the watchful eyes of the Mad Hatter, March Hare, and White Rabbit. You can create two Wonderland cocktails, paint the roses red, and devour "Eat Me" cake. The event takes place Wednesdays to Sundays through November 30th with family-friendly sessions mixed in.

TREASURES OF THE NYPL

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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.

DISCOUNT BROADWAY TICKETS

TKTS

TDF, the not-for-profit service organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, has re-opened its TKTS Discount Ticket Booth "under the red steps" in Times Square. Head to the corner of Broadway and 47th St. starting at 3pm for same-day discount tickets to matinee and evening performances. You can also get next-day tickets to matinee performances (up to half off) for both Broadway and Off Broadway productions. “We’re excited to once again serve New Yorkers and visitors on a budget who have missed the experience of live performance,” says Victoria Bailey, TDF’s Executive Director. “Our re-opening will mirror Broadway’s—a few shows at first with more to follow as the fall progresses. We will reopen with new safety protocols for customers and staff alike.” For more information and to download the TKTS app, go to tdf.org/tkts.

SLEEPY HOLLOW THE MUSICAL 2021

SLEEPY HOLLOW THE MUSICAL 2021

Things happen in the hollow at night. Things we don’t speak about and things you don’t want to know. 200 years ago, Ichabod Crane lost his way in the hollow and was never seen again. Did the headless horseman get to him? Don’t look to the kindly folk of Sleepy Hollow for answers—they don’t take to strangers. Nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award for best original music, this musical adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" features a live percussion and cello ensemble under-scoring spell-binding choreography that draws you into the hollow and takes you for a breathless ride. Find it at The Players Theatre in the Village, on a limited run from September 24th through November 7th. hollowthemusical.com

A NEW PARTICIPATORY ART INSTALLATION

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Established in 1838, The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. It's also a tourism destination on its own, serving as an outdoor museum, an arboretum, and a repository of history. This fall, Green-Wood will present After the End, a participatory art installation that provides visitors with an opportunity to publicly share about their personal losses. Created by artists Candy Chang and James A. Reeves, the installation will be located inside Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel. Influenced in equal parts by religious ceremonies and science fiction, Chang and Reeves have created a public ritual to contemplate loss in all forms: the loss of loved ones, relationships, health, and worlds we once knew—as well as the practices that have helped us endure. Visitors are invited to anonymously share their experience on a scroll and place it upon an illuminated altar. Each response becomes a devotional candle, and together they form an evolving field of light. Select responses will be projected throughout the chapel, and visitors can sit in the apse to contemplate the experiences of others as well as their own. Open 10am-4:30pm daily; entry is free and donations are welcome (the exhibition is now extended through December 6th).

LIVE TOURS ARE BACK!

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Image: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) fights to shape the city's built environment and to keep NYC livable. After a long COVID-era hiatus, in-person outings have returned. Capacities are still limited so events are selling out.

BURYING THE HATCHET

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America’s first indoor hatchet throwing bar opens a New York City spot Thursday night. Brooklyn’s Industry City will be serving up axe throwing, bar games, and food and drink at Stumpy’s Hatchet House. There are more than a dozen socially distanced throwing pits and AXE-pert Throw Coaches are on hand to instruct and ensure safety. Table 87 pizzas, craft beers, Sahadi’s, Hometown BBQ, TV sports, foosball, cornhole, shuffleboard, and giant Jenga round out the distractions.

CRAFT FRONT & CENTER

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Photo by Jenna Bascom.

Craft was once at the margins of the art world. Today, it's front and center, recognized for both its expressive potential and cultural significance. Assembled from the eclectic richness of the Museum of Arts and Design’s permanent collection, Craft Front & Center brings together more than 70 iconic and lesser-known works. Challenging traditional thinking of craft as separate from fine art, the exhibition reveals the field's deep engagement in art’s major movements, such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Postmodernism, while also launching its own revolutions, particularly the elevation of women and people of color as significant artists. The show will be up into 2022, among other attractions at the museum.

DINNER AND A SHOW!

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Enjoy dinner and a show at Chelsea Table + Stage, New York's newest hotspot for intimate dining and music. Experience some of the best touring performers in the world featured alongside emerging artists. Ever-changing culinary and entertainment lineups mean you'll never have the same night twice. Chelsea Table + Stage is located at the Hilton Fashion District Hotel and brings in the the best of international music, jazz, indie artists, and singer-songwriters.

NEW RAMEN DOWNTOWN

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At Marufuku Ramen locations in California, fans line the streets for specialty bowls. New Yorkers will get their chance to find out why (and hopefully without major waits, as the space is big) at a new East Village location, open now. Signature bowls like the Hakata-style Tonkotsu Ramen and Chicken Paitan are joined by veggie ramen, mini-sized rice bowls, and Izakaya-style appetizers. There's space to eat both indoors and out.

SHOWSTOPPERS

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Get excited for Broadway's coming return with Showstoppers NYC, now open in Times Square. You'll find a massive space filled with demos, interactive installations, and, of course, jaw-dropping costumes. The space is configured as a maze featuring more than 100 garments. You'll get to luxuriate in up-close detail and craftsmanship that's usually only glimpsed from a distance. Costume makers and experts will also be on-site to explain and demonstrate. Proceeds will raise money for the Costume Industry Coalition Recovery Fund. Save 10% with code NEWVIC! The installation will be up through December 5th.

PHILOMENA OPENS...

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Photo: Kevin Lapsley.

East Williamsburg has a new artisanal cocktail lounge. Philomena boasts some excellent bloodlines among ownership (namely The Late Late, Hotel Chantelle and Den Hospitality), with a beverage director late of the Tao Group. Casual yet elevated surrounds provide the backdrop for shareable bites, beer and wine, and creative cocktails like the Felix (mezcal, expressed orange, and a cucumber-lime-tajin ice cube).

...AS DOES BAR BLONDEAU

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Photo by Liz Clayman.

Unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline await at Bar Blondeau, high up on the 6th floor of Williamsburg's Wythe Hotel. You'll find a seafood-forward menu with French, Spanish. and Portuguese influences. To complement, there's an international selection of natural wines from up-and-coming wine regions and signature cocktails, frozen drinks, and zero-proof beverages.

NEW NOMAD SPOT FOR KARAOKE

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New karaoke bar and lounge MS. KIM’S provides an upscale, reinterpreted take on the karaoke bar, as helmed by beauty entrepreneur Ms. Anna Kim. In a building that was once an 1800s gambling den you'll now find Empire State Building views and stylish touches. A full-service bar and lounge is joined by state-of-the-art private karaoke rooms. Korean/Japanese-inspired dishes accompany signature drinks. Look for live jazz on Fridays.

A NEW ROOFTOP STANDOUT

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The revamped roof at 66 park atop The Kitano Hotel New York is now open for light bites and signature drinks, with both indoor and outdoor options. The east terrace offers views of the Empire State Building and the west terrace offers views of the Chrysler Building and other New York City wonders. Sophisticated classic cocktails will keep you coming back. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5pm-midnight. Call 212-885-7066 for information. 

LIVE MUSIC, FOOD, BEER! 

Head to Queens for culture. Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery is hosting free outdoor live music on Thursday through Sunday evenings. Located right on the water in Long Island City, you'll also find rotating gallery shows right inside the expansive gallery space. Come for the free music and art and while you're at it stop by the food truck and treat yourself to a burger and a beer. (The view of Manhattan as the sun sets completes the scene.) 

HISTORIC FLATIRON WALKING TOURS

 

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Photo by Victoria Pickering/Flickr.

A stingy piece of pie ...the greatest inanimate troublemaker in New York," was the New York Tribune's assessment of the Flatiron. New Yorkers views on it have shifted, of course. The Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership will tell you all about it. After a COVID layoff, their Sunday walking tours are back in-person. The free explorations include notable landmarks like the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse, and, of course, the Flatiron Building itself.

NOT TOO LATE FOR VAN GOGH

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Tickets are still available for blockbuster art experience Immersive Van Gogh on the Lower East Side. Created by world-renowned master of digital art Massimiliano Siccardi, the installation draws on 60,000+ frames of video and 500,000+ cubic feet of projections. Take advantage of this rare change to "step inside" and experience the  works of Van Gogh. Famed pieces sshared here include Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889).

A NEW VILLAGE HANG

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The Fat Cat is now the Cellar Dog. A longtime Village legend has been spruced up and readied for a new era. Live music will be part of the scene and if that's not entertainment enough look for games. Lots of games. The roomy space will boast pool tables, ping-pong, shuffleboard, foosball, checkers, chess, and novelties like Pac-Man. It's open Wednesdays to Sundays, 2pm-4am, with hours to expand in the fall. 

SIDESHOWS ARE BACK!

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Photo credit: Norman Blake.

Sideshows by the Seashore is the last permanently housed, not-for-profit venue in the country where you can still experience the thrill of a traditional ten-in-one circus sideshow. They're here, they're real, and they're alive—freaks, wonders and human curiosities! After a year's hiatus, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow has returned, Fridays through Sundays, just off the Boardwalk on Coney Island.

BUTTERBEER IS HERE

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The flagship Harry Potter New York is now open in the Flatiron District and yes, they're serving Butterbeer. This fan-favorite soft drink, loved by Hogwarts students and teachers alike, is available to New Yorkers. Choose from draft Butterbeer, Butterbeer ice cream, or bottled Butterbeer. They're being served in the Butterbeer Bar, which will liven up your Insta feed with a cascade of glowing Butterbeer bottles "floating" over the bar and Butterbeer moving magically across the ceiling through copper pipes. Fans will also find a brand-new bottled Butterbeer label, exclusive to Harry Potter New York and only available in-store.

THE RETURN OF A LEGEND

Patsy's

New York restaurants come and go, but Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is forever. The famed eatery—which only has one location, right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan—turns 77 this year and is only getting better. After a pandemic hiatus, the restaurant is back and better than ever. Chef Sal Scognamillo, owner and operator of Patsy’s Italian restaurant, is the third generation of Scognamillos to sit at the helm. The Scognamillo recipes at Patsy’s have remained largely unchanged. Dishes like the stuffed artichoke appetizer, eggplant parmigiana, and spaghetti and meatballs are as rich and flavorful as ever. Ingredients like meats and cheeses are sourced from other family businesses who have worked with Patsy’s throughout the years so every bite remains true to tradition. Patsy’s maintains a strong community of repeat customers (including many celebrities) who know they’ll get exceptional cuisine that remains note-perfect year after year. Hours have just expanded to Tuesday through Sunday, 1-9pm. Reservations are available at 212-247-3491 during operating hours or by email at [email protected]COVID safety protocols including an air purification system, social distancing, and partitions between tables will be in effect.

CENTRAL PARK TOURS ARE BACK

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Photo: Central Park Conservancy.

The Central Park Conservancy has at last resumed in-person tours. Enjoy a gorgeous part of the city with an expert leading the way. Tour options include Seneca Village, covering the largest community of free African-American property owners in pre–Civil War New York; Hidden Highlights of the North End, with stunning views of Manhattan; Heart of the Park; Statues and Monuments; Conservatory Garden Experience; and Discovery Walk for Families: North Woods. Space is limited to ensure proper social distancing.

CLIMB ABOARD HISTORY

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Photo by Richard Bowditch.

Get into history at the South Street Seaport Museum, where the 1885 tall ship Wavertree is again open to the public. Wavertree was built in Southampton, England and was one of the last large sailing ships built of wrought iron (she was given a full restoration after an ignominious end, discovered serving as a sand barge in Argentina in 1967). The ship has been part of South Street since 1968 and serves as the flagship of the museum's fleet. Visit with a free timed ticket on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11am-5pm.

LIVE SHOWS RETURN TO Q.E.D.

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This Queens local favorite is back, with comedy returned to the docket. While the city eases back into normalcy events are only taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but sets are running steadily. (Space is limited, so advance ticket purchase is recommended). Among your options: improv Thursday night, Transplants Comedy on Friday night, and Nerd Is the New Black on Saturday.

BANDITS IN THE VILLAGE

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Photo: Front of House.

Touchstones of classic comfort are a good fit for the moment. Last week, the team behind Borrachito and The Garret Bars dropped a cozy new space on the Village. Bandits is inspired by old-school diners and dives, with vintage New York accents. On the bar snack side you'll find wings, baked clams, a smash burger, and "have it your way" tots. Cocktails include the Purple Rain above, with lavender, butterfly pea flower, tequila, and soda. Both indoor and an elaborate outdoor setup are available.

HARLEM JAZZ

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Legendary trombonist Craig Harris brings his progressive jazz chops to Harlem's Greater Calvary Baptist Church for a weekly residency. This Friday night he'll play one set and the  series continues every Friday with different guest artists sitting in.

THE TENEMENT MUSEUM REOPENS

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The Lower East Side's Tenement Museum tells the stories of the 7,000 immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard Street. After over a year of virtual programming, the museum is back for in-person explorations of New York history and the immigrant experience. Limited-capacity tours will be offered on site Fridays and Saturdays. There are also neighborhood walking tours delving into the overlooked spots and secrets of the Lower East Side, also for now on Fridays and Saturdays.

CÉZANNE ON PAPER

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Paul Cézanne, Foliage (Étude de feuillage) (1900–04), watercolor and pencil on wove paper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lillie P. Bliss Collection. Photo © MoMA, NY.

The MoMA has a new show that shows a different side of one of the 19th century's most beloved artists. Best known as a painter, Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) actually produced some of his most original works without canvas. Cézanne Drawing brings together more than 250 rarely shown creations in pencil and watercolor, along with key paintings that contextualize the development of a very modern vision.

AERIALIST ENTERTAINMENT

Casa Del Toro in Hell's Kitchen is known for imaginative Mexican cooking in a vibrant setting. Every weekend going forward they'll be adding to the atmosphere with live aerialist performances. NYC-based dancer Eliana Wenick will be giving three shows Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7:45pm. Regional signatures, Oaxacan-inspired tacos, and sophisticated craft cocktails complete the experience.

LIVE MUSIC

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Adam Pass/City Winery.

It's taken a year longer than expected, but City Winery's expansive Pier 57 location in Hudson River Park is at last open for live music. Limited to 25% capacity, intimate shows feature upcoming guests like Rufus Wainwright, Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Raul Malo, Joan Osborne, and Keb' Mo'. Full safety precautions will be in effect.

ROOFTOP SHOWS

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Bushwick's take on a dearly departed Wisconsin supper club, The Turk’s Inn is gradually reopening. First steps include a series of outdoor concerts on the Kismet Garden rooftop. The Sultan Room Under The Stars open-air shows kick off next Wednesday with local rockers Native Sun. Additional entertainment can be found indoors and along the new street café.

OUTDOOR WORKOUTS ARE BACK!

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Start working on that pandemic body now. For a limited time, guests can experience a signature 45-minute Fhitting Room workout combining HIIT, cardio, and strength training on the stunning Showfields rooftop in NoHo. Workouts are taught by FHITpros and Fhitting Room is bringing the kettlebells (please bring your own mat and water). Also bring Bluetooth headphones and you can move along to a silent disco playlist. All safety protocols will be followed and class sizes will be strictly limited. Available Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Reserve your spot here.

INTREPID IS BACK!

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is welcoming visitors to this National Historic Landmark, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War. In addition to Enterprise—the world’s first space shuttle—you can explore the entire historic aircraft collection on the flight deck and in the hangar deck. The museum also took advantage of some down time to open up new spaces and experiences, including the bomb elevator and the ship’s pilot escalator.

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.

A KILLER BRUNCH

Uptown favorite Ribbon 72 is back with indoor dining, on top of delivery and pickup options. There's a ton to choose from, including brunches on Saturday and Sunday ($49.99) that include entree options like quinoa bowls, chicken 'n' waffles, eggs Benedict, challah French toast, or chilaquiles rojo

FRICK MADISON

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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.

GAME OF 1000 BOXES

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Part game show, part audio-visual thrill ride, Game of 1000 Boxes is the city's brand-new social gaming experience. Gather up your best team of four and head to Midtown West to test wits, instincts, and button-finger agility. 360-degree digital projections make for a highly participatory show and no two are the same. At the end of the show, the winning team gets a mystery box and—more importantly—bragging rights.

MRS. MAISEL'S MARVELOUS TOUR OF NEW YORK CITY

On Location Tours, the city's premiere TV and movie location tour company, has added 1950s New York City to its stable. And you can enjoy it from a prime seat inside a 1957 Studebaker—the very one used in all three seasons of the show. Mrs. Maisel's Marvelous Tour of NYC is ongoing on Thursdays and Saturdays (it's not cheap, but you'll have a highly personal experience—tours are limited to 2 or 3 guests). An energetic guide shows off locations used in the series and shares secrets about how the crew disguised modern-day NYC to pass for 60 years ago.

ARTISTS & FLEAS 

Shop local this weekend at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg. This flagship Brooklyn scene connects makers and browsers, bringing in more than 45 sellers every weekend. Get a first look at the latest trends in fashion, vintage, art, and design.

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 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. 

YANKEE STADIUM VIRTUAL TOURS

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

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE CITY?

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STATUE OF LIBERTY

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

Statue City Cruises is once again out and about in New York Harbor. In fact, they're adding 60% more service for Memorial Day Weekend and restoring capacity up to 100% over the next couple weeks as ridership trends up. The Liberty State Park departure point in Jersey City, NJ reopens this weekend. 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

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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