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Things to Do This Week in NYC (5/10-5/16)

(5/10-5/16) Looking for what to do in NYC? Governor Cuomo has greenlighted New York City restaurants to reopen for indoor dining, expanded this weekend to 75% capacity indoors. That's just the beginning of a major reopening; most capacity restrictions for retail, food, gyms, offices, barber shops and more will lift as of Wednesday, May 19th. Subway service returns to 24/7 as of Monday, May 17th. Read on for more in-person reopenings and other things to do in NYC this week.

This Week's Behind The Experience Video

What kind of spy would you be? Would you have the nerve? Find out right here in NYC. Behind The Experience takes you behind the scenes of SPYSCAPE, an immersive espionage experience in midtown. We share some secrets, like the story of the double agent assigned to find himself and why New York is where it all began, and tell you about a perfect idea for a first date. The video joins our recent visits to New York icons the Museum of the City of New YorkMadame Tussauds, and Benjamin Steakhouse. CHECK THEM OUT—it’s fun!.

WHAT TO DO IN NYC DURING COVID

Despite the coronavirus, there's still plenty to do—safely—in the city. Stay in the loop with:

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  • Activities geared to parents and families on our sister site nymetroparents.com

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. 

FREE MUSIC IN THE PARKS

 

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Welcome spring and a reopening city with the American Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles are putting on a series of live shows that feature classical, jazz, Afro-Cuban batá drumming, and 20th-century works for strings, percussion, horns, and woodwinds. The shows take place at Bryant Park and Herald Square Plaza. The next one up is ASO Salutes NYC/USA (Jazz Ensemble) at Bryant Park Fountain Terrace on May 10th and 11th. A limited number of first-come, first-served chairs will be waiting for you. The series runs through May 19th.

FREE ICE CREAM

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Photo credit: Nathaniel Johnston Photography.

Tipsy Scoop brings together two worlds of awesomeness: artisanal, hand-crafted ice cream and perfectly mixed cocktails. This week starting Thursday, they'll be giving scoops away for free. Teaming up with Atlantis Paradise Island, you can get a taste of The Bahamas with a Guava Lime Cocktail Ice Cream. This limited-edition flavor features a coconut ice cream base infused with rum and guava. Every day from Thursday, May 6th through Thursday, May 13th, from noon to 8pm, stop into the Tipsy Scoop on East 26th Street in Manhattan or Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a free sample. You'll also be entered to win a three-night trip to Atlantis Paradise Island, just a three-hour flight from NYC. The limited-edition ice cream is also available for national shipping from Thursday through May 27th on the website.

THE "PIAZZA DI BELMONT" IS BACK

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The popular al fresco dining experience “Piazza di Belmont” has returned to the Bronx. A famous stretch of Arthur Avenue closes to cars from 6-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1-9pm on Sundays. Bronx Little Italy favorites will serve up authentic Italian favorites, with a restaurant list that includes Zero Otto Nove, Mario’s Restaurant, Enzo’s of Arthur Avenue, Estrellita Poblana III, Ann & Tony’s, and Pasquale’s Rigoletto Restaurant. Mangia!

46TH ANNUAL MACY'S FLOWER SHOW

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Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy's. The best place to encounter a reblossoming city is Macy’s Herald Square. Running through May 16th, catch the annual riot of color that is the Macy’s Flower Show. This year is themed Give. Love. Bloom., a tribute to the city's resilience. Expect socially distant displays across landscaped gardens that extend to outside the store.

GET READY FOR "THE READY"

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The Tao Group has launched its latest, a year-round rooftop affair atop the Moxy East Village. The Ready takes inspiration from the casual backyard gardens of the neighborhood. A beer pong setup doubles as a communal table. Cans and coolers highlight the drink offerings, drawing on local favorites like Bronx Brewery and City Light Lager. A taco stand with made-to-order tacos is joined by a selection of classic bar snacks.

A NEW CANTINA FOR THE BK

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Photo: Jared Zuckerman.

There are plenty of tlayuderia in L.A., but none in Brooklyn. That's changed now with the opening of Tiny’s Cantina in Prospect Heights. Mexican pizza here takes its cues from Puebla, like this bright chorizo version that tops a handmade corn tortilla with chorizo, black beans, radishes, pickled onions, crema, and quesillo. On the drinks side, look for a selection of craft mezcal and tequila that's 75 bottles strong.

ART AND LIVE MUSIC

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Live outdoor events return to Culture Lab, with its Long Island City parking lot opened to music from 4-8pm on Saturday and Sunday. A local food truck will have bites and there will be beer from Rockaway Brewery. Entry is free. While you're there, check out the art at the Artists in Residency Exhibition 2021.

LIVE THEATRE: RESOUNDING @ RADIAL PARK

hallets point radial parkRadial Park at Halletts Point in Queens is showing off the next wave of live entertainment. "Resounding" technology will place you in a live, fully immersive 3-D soundscape. On Friday sand Saturdays for the next four weekends, catch four different shows. Seating is available for walk up or drive in (livestream tickets are available as well).

CABARET AT THE GREEN ROOM 42

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"Broadway's Off-Night Hotspot" The Green Room 42 has brought live performance back to the Theater District. Food and drink are available at the outdoor terrace and indoor dining space while shows go on nightly. The likes of Eden Espinosa (Wicked, Rent, Falsettos) can be found in weekly residence.

ART IN THE GARDEN PERFORMANCES

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is adding to an already colorful experience with pop up music and dance on spring weekends. The shows are free with garden admission.

KUSAMA: COSMIC NATURE

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One of the most popular artists in the world is now on view in the Bronx. Japanese pioneer Yayoi Kusama shares her lifelong fascination with nature at the New York Botanical Garden. Monumental floral sculptures and immersive works inspired by plants and flowers are waiting. (Plus there are worse times of year to find yourself in a botanical garden.)

COMEDY & KARAOKE

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Catch some laughs and sing, too. Every Thursday night Comedy Nite Live is doing stand-up at midtown's RPM Underground. You've seen the performers on Late Night TV, Comedy Central, Netflix, Amazon, and more comedy clubs than you can shake a laugh track at. Your ticket comes with the chance to show off your pipes in a private karaoke room after the show. City Guide readers can get in at a discount—use the promo CITYGUIDE and take $5 off.

AN UNDERGROUND CABARET

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Pictured: Ben Franklin. Photo by Giles Clement.

Downtown Brooklyn's DeKalb Stage has launched the Underground Cabaret, A Circus & Burlesque Speakeasy Spectacular. Live aerialists, burlesque, and variety performers can all be found, enhanced by a three-course dinner from Mediterranean restaurant Miznon. It's on Thursday and Saturday evenings, now through the end of May.

DINNER CONCERTS AT DROM

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This week, gypsy-themed downtown music venue DROM is back open for indoor shows. Taking all COVID precautions, the club's lineup of global performers is starting to fill out. Look for ticket options that include dinner and drinks.

JUEVES SOCIAL

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El Museo del Barrio is getting you ready for the weekend. In collaboration with The Bronx Brewery and The Salsa Project, find a Jueves Social salsa night en el patio of the brewery. DJ Jayboogie will be spinning the classics through the night. Per COVID, attendance will be limited, but you can always tune in on El Museo's Instagram and check out the party remotely. 

THE BRONX NIGHT MARKET IS BACK

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Fordham Plaza hosts the popular Bronx Night Market series, which features artisan vendors, family activities, and free admission. There's great food, too, with 20+ spots to buy everything from lobster rolls to yakitori to tostones—with cocktails to accompany. Celebrate culture and cuisine every Saturday from now through November. Hours are noon to 7pm.

FREE JAZZ

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William Parker, photo by Jimmy Katz.

A new season of the Walk With The Wind jazz concert series is starting up. There's a new location, Summit Rock in Central Park's Seneca Village, and a new inspiration: the legacy of late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. Socially distant audiences will gather for the likes of the William Parker Trio (William Parker pictured above).

LIVE PERFORMANCE RETURNS...

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Photo by Robert Altman.

The Guggenheim's performing arts series Works & Process is bringing back live shows and you can't ask for a more epic setting—right inside the spiral of the Guggenheim's rotunda. Choose from 12 one-night-only Works & Process commissions developed in bubble residencies.

...INCLUDING LIVE THEATRE

The Daryl Roth Theatre has returned to live performance. The first production up is the socially distanced experience Blindness, based on the novel by Nobel Laureate José Saramago. Immersive sound design, lighting, and atmosphere bring viewers into the surreal story, which tells of a world changed in the blink of an eye by a global pandemic. The show runs through September 5th.

AERIALIST ENTERTAINMENT

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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.

SEEYAMAÑANA

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Photo: @slightfeasts.

Enjoy a relaxed, Baja California-inspired scene in NoMad. The team behind cocktail lair Patent Pending is dropping a plant-centric menu inspired by the Mexican coast. Think stuffed poblano tacos, posole, and cocktails that pay homage to the botanicals of Baja. Seeyamañana is starting off at limited capacity so reservations for now are prix fixe only.

SPRING UP IN BRYANT PARK

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Photo by Krisztina Papp on Unsplash.

Bryant Park gains an immersive dining and shopping experience as Spring Up brings in art, antiques, jewelry, and artisanal bites from 40 local small businesses. From 11am-8pm daily, you can check out New York favorites that range from Hell's Kitchen Hot Sauce to The Truffleist to Bun Ramen to Ample Hills ice cream.

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.

FREE CHEESECAKE FROM JUNIOR'S

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Photo: Junior’s Restaurant.

Brooklyn's legendary Junior’s Restaurant is offering mini cupcake-size versions of its iconic cheesecake free for anyone who shows their COVID-19 vaccination record card. Through Memorial Day, just stop by the diner's landmark location in Downtown Brooklyn and get your jab rewarded (one per visitor). Best known for its homemade cheesecake, Junior’s also offers a full diner-style menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, steaks, and seafood.

THE RETURN OF LIVE COMEDY

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I guess we're all overdue for a few laughs? Midtown West comedy favorite Broadway Comedy Club is back with live entertainment and shows are selling out already. (Capacity is limited, as they work to keep events safe.) Red Room and Main Room events are already filling out the calendar, mixing in headliners and up and comers.

INTREPID IS BACK!

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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is again welcoming visitors. This National Historic Landmark, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War, will be following full COVID safety requirements as it reopens. 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.

NEW ART AT THE WHITNEY

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Julie Mehretu, Stadia II, 2004. Ink and acrylic on canvas. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; gift of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicolas Rohatyn and A.W. Mellon Acquisition Endowment Fund 2004.50. Photograph courtesy the Carnegie Museum. © Julie Mehretu.

A vibrant new show of paintings and works on paper is now open at the Whitney Museum of American Art. This mid-career survey of artist Julie Mehretu is her most comprehensive overview to date, covering explorations of abstraction, architecture, landscape, and figuration.

NEW AUTHENTIC MEXICAN

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Kuxe is the word for corn in the indigenous language Totonac, spoken by a native group that can be found in Puebla, Mexico. Celebrating that local cuisine, this Village newcomer from chef Julian Medina and restaurateur Louis Skibar serves “cocina de pueblo”—hometown cooking—with Mexican spirits to match. Traditional and modern techniques come together in an array of standout tacos.

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH

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Uptown favorite Ribbon 72 is back with indoor dining, on top of delivery and pickup options. There's a ton to choose from, including 90-minute bottomless 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

A CHICKEN SANDWICH TO DIE FOR

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At the newly opened SoHo ghost kitchen Butterfunk Biscuit, Top Chef's Chris Scott is serving sandwiches using a biscuit recipe that has been in his family for at least four generations. A standout on the menu is the Crispy Fried Chicken Biscuit ($12) above, made with Chef Scott’s famous lemonade buttermilk chicken. It's topped with whipped pimento cheese, hot honey, and bread 'n' butter pickles, making for some ultimate comfort food to go.

FRICK MADISON LAUNCHES

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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.

DIA CHELSEA IS BACK

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Lucy Raven, Ready Mix, 2021. Installation view, Dia Chelsea, New York. © Lucy Raven. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio, New York.

Following a two-year renovation, Dia Chelsea rejoins the city's culture options on Friday. (Among the improvements, admission is now free for all; to maintain social distances, you'll need to reserve in advance.) The first exhibition up is by Lucy Raven. One gallery holds a kinetic light sculpture and a second features a film shot over two years at a concrete plant in Bellevue, Idaho.

A NEW TAPROOM

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Photo by Sydney Butler.

Craft beer for someone besides beer bros is the concept behind TALEA. Two female brewers came together to produce these fruit-forward, low-bitterness beers. Their new taproom is now open in Williamsburg. (It's the opposite of the dank, dark space you might find the beer bros congregating in.) There's coffee and tea in the morning, followed by beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks. Look for beer flights, beer cocktails, guided tastings, and light bites like cheese and charcuterie plates. Seating is both indoor and out and draft and canned beer are available to go. (BTW, the pronunciation is "tuh-lay-uh.")

CALDER AT THE MOMA

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Installation view of Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, March 14, 2021–August 7, 2021 © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt.

Alexander Calder was one of the most beloved sculptors of the 20th century. His ever-changing works reward reflection and a new exhibition at the MoMA provides the space and setting for it. Early wire and wood figures, works on paper, jewelry, mobiles in motion, and monumental abstract sculptures are all on display, showing off the artist's range. Rarely seen works are also installed, including the large-scale Man-Eater with Pennants, on view in the Sculpture Garden for the first time in more than half a century.

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. The 2021 exhibition season kicked off on March 1st with Geometric Properties. Patterns get a cinematic touch as math artist Julius Horsthuis presents a new reality. Commissioned for ARTECHOUSE NYC, Geometric Properties is the first solo exhibition of Horsthuis's work in New York City. His previous work has been featured in the Academy Award winning Manchester by the Sea (2016) and VFX-breakthrough film Koning van Katoren (2012). The installation is open to all ages and will be on view until September 6th. ARTECHOUSE NYC is open with limited capacity and protocols in place to ensure the safety and health of visitors.

THE QUEENS DRIVE-IN

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After a sold-out run in the fall, the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will once again be hosting movies on the very big screen. Tickets remain for coming attractions like The Shining, The Road Warrior, Dune, The Big Lebowski, and double features like Escape from New York + RoboCop and North by Northwest + From Russia with Love. Concessions from Queens Night Market vendors are happening as well. Gas up for some vintage entertainment!

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.

PRIVATE POOL

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Your own private pool room is a perfect solution to pandemic constraints. In addition to three locations in Brooklyn, the pool lounge company Sharks has dropped a new space in Rockefeller Center. "The Rock Room" is on the concourse level, just down from the Top of the Rock ticketing center. The room is completely private, accommodating up to four guests at a time (more if you arrange things ahead of time). They'll hook you up with cues, chalk, balls, and a Bose Bluetooth speaker. The space is also outfitted with an 8-foot pool table, a lounge area, a flat screen, a mini fridge for BYOB stocking, and a sanitization station. One hour is $50; you can also opt for private lessons.

VISIONARY ART

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Niki de Saint Phalle. Last Night I Had a Dream. 1968–88. Painted polyester. Overall dimensions variable. Photo: Laurent Condominas. 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation.

MoMA PS1 presents Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, the first New York museum show of the work of visionary feminist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (American and French, 1930-2002). Sculpture, prints, drawings, jewelry, film, and archival materials will also be on display in a play, exuberant show that also connects to Saint Phalle's engagement with social and political issues.

ESTAMOS BIEN–LA TRIENAL 20/21

Joey Terrill, Black Jack 8, 2008

Joey Terrill, Black Jack 8, 2008, mixed media on canvas. Courtesy the artist.

El Museo del Barrio, the first museum in the country dedicated to Latino art and culture, launches a brand-new exhibition on Saturday. Estamos Bien–La Trienal 20/21 is the museum's first national survey of Latinx art. The selections highlight 42 artists and collectives from across the US and Puerto Rico.

KAWS: WHAT PARTY

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KAWS (American, born 1974). WHAT PARTY, 2020. Bronze, paint. © KAWS. (Photo: Michael Biondo.)

Brooklyn-based artist KAWS receives his first ever career survey, looking at his overlaps of fine art, street art, commerce, and pop culture. KAWS: WHAT PARTY highlights a range of output, including drawings, paintings, bronzes, furniture, and monumental wooden sculptures of the beloved COMPANION character. Work never before publicly displayed is also on view, and throughout the exhibition visitors can directly engage with KAWS’s work through Acute Art, an augmented reality app.

AWAKEN AT THE RUBIN

AWAKEN AT THE RUBIN

Vajrabhairava; Sino-Tibetan; 15th century or later; polychromed wood; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund; 93.13a–oo.

The tail end of this endless pandemic winter is an excellent time to unplug and enter Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment. This new show at the Rubin Museum of Art brings together 37 works of art spanning the 7th to the 21st centuries. Sculptures, scroll paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and ritual items encourage the recognition of the idea that everything is interconnected.

ROOFTOP TACOS!

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NYC’s hottest Mexican rooftop, Cantina Rooftop, is back open in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. The year-round rooftop restaurant under the helm of Chef Saul Montiel has a new brunch menu with temptations that run both sweet (tres leches French toast) and savory (steamed mussels with chorizo). Bringing a crew? There's a Giant Ass Taco for that, available by special order to share with six of your closest friends. Dinner is served Tuesdays to Fridays 4-11pm and weekend brunch is 11am-3:30pm.

ROOFTOP COMEDY

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Bushwick's The Tiny Cupboard is reprising its live comedy shows. Safety is job one here, so expect limited admission, loads of social distancing, and no food or drink. (All Night Skate down the block is recommended for your pre-gaming.) "Dress like you're going skiing" is the advice and note that these shows do sell out.

JAPAN SOCIETY REOPENS
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For the first time since COVID, the elegant galleries of Japan Society have reopened to the public. The first exhibition up is a celebration of the resilient spirit of Japanese craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan will be on display through July 11th; admission is free for the balance of March. 

GOYA AT THE MET

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Image: Seated Giant.

Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828) was one of the most remarkable figures of his time. You can learn more at the newly opened Met show Goya’s Graphic Imagination, which explores the artist's skills as a draftsman and printmaker. The 100 works on display further show off the way Goya thought about politics, superstition, and intellectual oppression.

JAPANESE ART AT THE MET

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Zao Gongen, Heian period (794–1185). The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975.

Over the past decade, the Met has transformed its Japanese art collection through a series of gifts and acquisitions. The new exhibition Japan: A History of Style tells that story across centuries of creation. Explore 10 galleries, each highlighting a distinct genre, school, or style. Don't miss the woodblock prints from the Lee E. Dirks Collection and the contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists.

LIVE BEATS

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If you're looking for a getaway without running up the mileage, head out to Brooklyn's Industry City for a range of possibilities. On top of drinks, bites, shopping, and ice skating, you can also groove to live music. Look for live Latin music from Cuarteto Guataca (above) at Sahadi’s outdoor seating in Courtyard 3/4, in addition to sets of live bossa nova and jazz.

MRS. MAISEL'S MARVELOUS TOUR OF NEW YORK CITY

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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.

LIVE MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENTS

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Enhance your experience of the galleries at the Museum of Arts and Design with live music activating the spaces on select Thursdays and Saturdays. Meant to be enjoyed informally as visitors explore the art on view, performances from an international roster of celebrated instrumentalists take place in accordance with the museum’s safe social-distancing practices. Curated by Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd of Boyd Meets Girl, the roster includes international soloists, Grammy winners, and members of the New York Philharmonic, the Met Opera, and the Hamilton orchestra. Performances take place Saturdays 2–4pm and Thursdays 5-7pm and are free with museum admission.

MODERN ART IN POSTER FORM

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If you're craving New York culture you can check out a double layer of it at Poster House. The only poster museum in the U.S., this Chelsea newcomer has a mini-exhibition focused on philanthropist Vera List and the creation of a poster program advertising the new Lincoln Center complex in 1962. Contemporary art stars from Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein, Ben Shahn, and Robert Indiana joined in. New exhibitions include Austrian designer Julius Klinger (1876–1942), one of the leading graphic artists of the modern age. Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age spans three decades, with more than 80 Klinger’s posters, illustrations, and advertisements, plus additional context from the work of contemporaries like Gustav Klimt. Also opening Thursday is Freak Power, a visual telling of Hunter S. Thompson's plan to become Sheriff and transform Aspen, Colorado.

BODY PRINTS

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Image: David Hammons, Pray for America, 1974. Screenprint and pigment on paper.

The Drawing Center in SoHo launches two new exhibitions on Friday. In addition to Ebecho Muslimova: Scenes in the Sublevel, the center will be mounting the first museum show dedicated to artist David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper. David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 brings together monoprints and collages where the artist used the body to create a new visual language. Through May 23rd.

KOREAN CHIPS AND ICE CREAM—AT HOME

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East Village standout Oiji is establishing a new category of NYC dining: "Refined Authentic Korean." For the first time, you can enjoy the experience at home, including the restaurant's most famous dish—honey butter chips and vanilla ice cream. Now available as a meal kit through Mise, the combo is chef and owner Brian Kim’s elevated take on a Korean snack food favorite (it’s constantly sold out in stores in Korea). Oiji is also offering several other special dishes as meal kits through Mise like their ssam platter, lobster noodle, and mushroom salad. This is a great way to enjoy a fine dining meal safely, with a fun home date night or family activity as part of the deal.

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. 

ASIA SOCIETY'S FIRST TRIENNIAL

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Sun Xun. "July Coming Soon" (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery).

The inaugural Asia Society Triennial, a first-of-its-kind installation, is now open. In addition to the art on display at the Upper East Side's Asia Society and Museum, other venues and multi-media performances are included in the mix. You'll find work by more than 40 artists representing 20 countries sharing work that reflects Asian nations and the Asian diasporas. We Do Not Dream Alone is slated to run in two parts through June 27, 2021. Entry to the Triennial is by timed tickets.

BEAT THE BOMB IMMERSIVE VIDEO GAME EXPERIENCE

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Beat The Bomb, an immersive video game experience based in Dumbo, Brooklyn is opening up with new experiences and safety measures. The ultimate social distancing activity, Beat The Bomb is perfect for families, small groups, learning pods and quaranteams who are looking for a new kind of challenge—kind of like an escape room. The hour-long experience features a series of four games broken out into different rooms, allowing for a unique flow that separates groups for better distancing. The goal: earn time on the bomb clock by beating levels. Then disarm the paint bomb before time runs out…or GET BLASTED! (PPE has always been a part of the experience, but it's really coming in handy now.) beatthebomb.com

VIRTUAL TOURS OF THE UNITED NATIONS

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Ahead of an in-person reopening, UN Visitors Services is presenting virtual tours and briefings, hosted by the UN's legendary multilingual tour guides. Online visitors can learn about the organization's roles and can get insider angles on famous spaces like the General Assembly Hall and Security Council. Tours are available for groups or "UN Kids." visit.un.org

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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City Guide brings you “Everything to Do NYC,” a community of people helping each other get everything we can from the city. Looking for a restaurant? Ask ETD. Want to share a great find? Let us know about it. It’s your go-to group for how to get everything you can from everything in New York. facebook.com/groups/everythingtodonyc

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

Statue Cruises is once again out and about in New York Harbor. Tickets may be purchased in advance (strongly encouraged) from the Statue Cruises website or at Gangway 5 in Battery Park. Statue Cruises is encouraging social distancing to the greatest extent possible, reducing the capacity on board vessels by 50%, requiring all employees and guests to wear face masks at all times, ensuring thorough deep cleaning of vessels throughout each day, requiring daily temperature checks of all Statue Cruises personnel, utilizing contactless payment systems, providing sanitizer stations on both vessels and the islands, and much more. With the season of giving here, Statue Cruises is giving back to first responders and the frontlines. Statue Cruises has launched First Responder Fridays where firefighters, police officers, EMTs, doctors, nurses, and hospital workers will be able to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Fridays through February for free. statuecruises.com

IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT THE ZOOS

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COVID couldn't stop New York's zoos—the Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and the most famous of all, the Bronx Zoo. (Famous for a good reason—there are 8,000 animals there, spread across a habitat that includes 265 acres of hardwood forest). Guest health and safety are the top priority, with social distancing, limited capacity, one-way paths through the park, and touchless interactions. Open exhibits at the Bronx Zoo include the African Plains, African Wild Dogs, American Bison, Baboon Reserve, Big Bears, Birds of Prey, Children's Zoo, Himalayan Highlands, Sea Lion Pool, Tiger Mountain, and the Wild Asia Monorail. Visit the Bronx Zoo's Know Before You Go section to learn more. You'll need to get your ticket in advance (no tickets will be sold at the gates). A touchless entry will let you in, but you must have a face covering, and follow spacing markers to ensure social distancing. bronxzoo.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.

VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM

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Missing escape room adventures? NYC fave The Escape Game has some great play-at-home editions including Unlocked: The Heist—Vol. 1: Chasing Hahn, which includes all the pieces of the original mission kit, ready for play in quarantine. They've also just launched a new series, The Escape Game Remote Adventures. These are escape games you play with your friends, family, and co-workers on Zoom from anywhere in the world. Players progress through the room using an online clue bank, a live Game Guide, and a 360-degree view of the room. theescapegame.com/remote-adventures

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About the Author

Ethan Wolff is the author of numerous guidebooks to New York, having covered the city for the past 15 years. 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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