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Things to Do This Week in NYC (2/22-2/28)

(2/22-2/28) Looking for what to do in NYC during corona? There's more to do in the city now than there's been in months, including the reopening of many of the city's cultural destinations. This detailed map of restaurants shows 11,000 venues now serving; included in that number are more than 5,000 places where you can eat outside (many with plenty of warmth to get you through cold nights). Governor Cuomo has greenlighted New York City restaurants to reopen for indoor dining, expanded as of this Friday to a 35% capacity. Read on for more in-person reopenings and other things to do in NYC this week!


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Fantasy-inspired FiDi pub The Cauldron NYC celebrates the Britney Spears legacy with #FreeBritney Drag Bingo Nights. Launching Thursday (and continuing weekly through March 25th), the house's reigning drag queen Holly Box-Springs will oversee tunes, prizes, and free "Toxic" mezcal and strawberry liqueur shots to welcome new arrivals. Socially distanced tables are available both indoors and outdoors in heated. ventilated snow globes with individual speakers.


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kaws what party

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. The show launches this Friday, February 26th.


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Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the greenlight for New York City restaurants to increase occupancy to 35% starting Friday. Brooklyn's legendary Peter Luger Steak House is bringing in some star power to help with social distancing. Starting Thursday and running through Monday, March 1st, with an assist from Madame Tussauds New York, diners can toast with Jon Hamm at the bar, enjoy a moment of elegance with Audrey Hepburn, or share a laugh with Jimmy Fallon. Al Roker is also standing by to direct diners to the second floor.


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The Ice Theatre of New York celebrates dance on ice. Thursday you can catch a live performance of this unique art form. The show takes place at 4pm at Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park. As part of the City Skate Pop Up Concerts, additional shows will be held in Bryant Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March.


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Head downtown to Brookfield Place to get into the spirit of the Year of the Ox. In partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, Brookfield is hosting FPL Studio: Lunar New Year shows through Sunday, March 14th. Shows are Fridays at 5pm (featuring dance) and Sundays at 1pm (featuring music); you can register on the Monday before each performance at 10am. Plexiglass barriers or face coverings will separate performers from the audience.


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The Queens Museum hosts a final weekend of Bruce Davidson: Outsider on the Inside, which brings together more than 100 images by a legendary Magnum Photos pioneer. Ranging from study prints to rare vintage items, the work shows off a rare visual empathy. The photo essays include Brooklyn Gang (1959), East 100th Street (1970), Subway (1980), and Central Park (1995).


winter in the tropics pop up

Photo: The Garret Bars.

Nolita has your next breezy getaway waiting in the form of a ¡Winter in the Tropics! pop up. Inviting you to a destination "south of stress," the pop up offers Latin-Caribbean-inspired frozen cocktails, beachy tunes, tacos, nachos, and other fresh Mexican fare. There are 52 heated outdoor seats, including the Hacienda Sunroom, on top of five heated Mezcal Cabanas for groups of 4 to 8. Tropical decor sets the scene, with cocktails to match.


good ramen to eat tachigui

Good Ramen To Eat brings the Upper West Side a night market experience with just the nourishment a cold evening is calling for. This "tachigui-style" pop up is fully heated, with socially distant high top tables. (Delivery and take out are available as well.) In addition to fresh-made noodles and soup you can dip into cocktails like the Tokyo Drift with lemongrass mizu shochu, Midori, triple sec, and lime.


Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec

If you're craving live performance with a dose of city sophistication, look to Greenwich Village and Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec. This immersive show, hosted at The Duplex, serves as a theatrical walking tour, where you join a limited capacity audience interacting with a cityscape transformed into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. The shows continue through March 31st. (A drink upgrade is just $10.)


This slow stretch of winter is usually enlivened by the deals of NYC Restaurant Week, but of course in coronavirus times things look different. Newly extended through February 28th, NYC Restaurant Week To Go brings the action into your own dining room. Takeout or delivery lunch and dinner deals will run $20.21 and come with a prix-fixe entrée and at least one side. Purchase with a registered Mastercard and you’ll get $10 back. You'll find hundreds of city favorites joining in, including superstars like Jose Andrés, Tren’ness Woods-Black, Daniel Boulud, Andrew Carmellini, Lisa Fernandes, Keith McNally, Danny Meyer, Marcus Samuelsson, Ed Schoenfeld, Stephen Starr, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Melba Wilson. (Many are serving beer, wine, and cocktails as well.)

wagamama wings

Through February 28th, you can order Asian fusion fave wagamama's new Korean chicken wings plus their classic steak bulgogi dish for a Restaurant Week special of $20.21. Both team favorites, the meal starts with crispy chicken wings tossed in a sweet & spicy sauce; follow with marinated sirloin steak and miso-fried baby eggplant, served on a bed of sizzling soba noodles, dressed in a sesame and bulgogi sauce. Available from wagamama's NoMad, Murray Hill, and Midtown restaurants.


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Gage & Tollner dates back to 1879, with a landmarked interior that's a Brooklyn legend. While the pandemic will hold back the relaunch of the restaurant a little while longer, new take out and delivery programs have just begun. Two new home meal kits offer enough to serve a full family, with gourmet takes on a Braised Heritage Pork or Dry-Aged Ribeye Dinner. The Sunken Harbor Club, the tropical cocktail bar upstairs, is also offering globally inspired cocktails to go, with Asian comfort foods to match. (Pictured: The Long Nine with rum, sherry, amaro, lime, coconut cream, and a dash of crème de cacao.)


fhitting room class

NYC-based boutique fitness studio Fhitting Room is hosting a 60-minute benefit HIIT and strength bodyweight Zoom workout class to honor Black History Month this Saturday. Get your body online at 11am for a one-hour class led by 10 of Fhitting Room’s top trainers, all of whom self-identify as BIPOC. Each trainer leads a portion of the session (i.e. warmup, ab session, conditioning, cool down). When people sign up, they will have the option to donate any amount and 100% of the proceeds will go to Pa’Lante Harlem, an organization dedicated to ending tenant exploitation and enabling low-income community residents to remain in safe, affordable homes. Fhitting Room’s Black History Month BeneFHIT Class can be registered for here.


build nyc chelsea market

Chelsea Market is launching new activations for the weeks ahead. Thursday night from 5-7pm, head inside to enjoy the Lumiere Trio and selections that range from Bach, Bartok, and Broadway to the Beatles. On Chelsea Market’s 16th Street heated outdoor dining area, Saturday from 11am-2pm will see the first of a series of Build NYC interactive stations, with playful challenges for New Yorkers of all ages. The Chelsea Symphony will perform outside a week from Sunday, and Tuesday afternoon Homework Hubs launch at the end of March. 


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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. Image: Seated Giant.


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One of the most important artists of modern times, David Hockney is showing new work in NYC. The Richard Gray Gallery on the Upper East Side is the host, with both virtual and in-person viewing options. (For the latter, you can make an appointment to visit Monday through Friday, 11am-4pm, from Monday, February 22nd through Friday, March 19th.) Hockney in Normandy shows new prints and iPad paintings created by Hockney at his studio in France. Image: In Front of House Looking West, 2019.


You can dine on authentic, refined Italian cuisine at Soho's Sola Pasta Bar. For a romantic night out (or intimate gathering), they've just launched new Soho Cottages. Safe, private dining awaits, as the cottages are equipped with heat, firefly lamps, and over-the-top floral displays created by the studio Floratorium. Probably the closest you'll come to a Capri escape until you get that vaccination...


aerialists city point brooklyn

Photo by Giles Clement.

The city's top circus performers have been on the sidelines but a new Brooklyn residency of aerialists and acrobats is bringing them back. Free weekly showcases will take the form of a pop-up series of surprise showcases. Pop-up showcases will livestream on IG Live @citypointbklyn; or maybe you'll time it out right and be able to watch in person. The public will also be able to view the artists practicing and get a behind-the-scenes look at their training. City Point in Downtown Brooklyn does the hosting at its event space BKLYN Studios, running through February 28th. For many of the performers, this will be their first time showing off their super-human flexibility for nearly a year. COVID regulations will be strictly enforced: viewers watch from a bank of public windows. Attendance numbers and traffic flow will be monitored; masks are mandatory.


igloos bryant park

Photo: Angelito Jusay.

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, which has the city's only free-admission skating rink, stays open in midtown through March 28th. In addition to the rink, you'll find options like The Lodge Deck, with heated outdoor seating and a full-service cocktail bar; the Curling Café, where you compete at iceless curling (visitors can rent curling lanes and accompanying tent packages for either 1-4 or 5-8 guests on Wednesdays-Fridays 3:30-9pm, with extended weekend time slots Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-9:00pm); and the Igloos, where can reserve your very own heated Cozy Igloo with family and friends while enjoying hot chocolate, salted caramel hot apple cider, mulled wine, or charcuterie boards. The Shops have been extended as well, with a European-inspired open-air market connecting you with artisans from around the world.


maman king

There's nothing like greenery to break up winter (and that's to say nothing of South of France vibes) as they're sharing at the newest location of Maman, Maman King. The ninth location of the café, restaurant, and event space has dropped a garden oasis in Hudson Square. Home of the Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie (one of Oprah’s Favorite Things), Maman King also serves farm-fresh salads, quiches, sandwiches, soups, pastries, and desserts. Happy hour cocktails are available in the bar area, including location-exclusive temptations like takes on hot spiced apple cider, Irish coffee, and spiked hot chocolate.


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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.


vale rink brooklyn

For the second consecutive season, you can skate 23 stories high with skyline views all the way. The William Vale in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has brought back its Vale Rink, with limited capacities to ensure safe social distancing. Hours are 2-10pm Wednesday through Friday and noon-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Pricing is $20 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under, and includes skate rental, lockers, and 50 minutes on the ice. Er, Glice. The rink is sustainable and makes use of Glice, a synthetic that requires no power or water to make (and doesn't feel cold or wet should you tumble onto it).


brooklyn botanic meander winter

Photo by Michael Stewart.

To broaden your visual horizons, plan a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, still compelling even in its winter dormancy. To add an audio layer to your experience, check out Meander. This site-specific sound walk guides listeners on a meditative stroll through the natural landscape. Created by Joseph White and HERE Arts Residency Program artist Gelsey Bell (the composers who brought you Cairns—included on the New York Times “Best Theater of 2020” list), Meander encourages immersion in the details of nature. The walk starts at the Visitor Center and ends at the Water Garden, but you're welcome to try out the program at home or elsewhere.


mrs maisel tour of nyc

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.


watermark bar winter wonderland

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Find waterfront views without freezing your tail off at Watermark in the Seaport District. Make a reservation for a fully weather-controlled private dining experience and you can relax in glasshouse comfort. Stay seasonal with the cheese fondue and s'mores options, and check out the classic movies showing on the new jumbo projector. Brunches, dinners, and craft cocktails are all on the agenda.


chelsea flea

Holiday shopping may be in the rear-view mirror, but you can still find great browsing (and deals) at Chelsea Flea all winter long. Antique and vintage wares are available for a dose of history to accompany your style. The flea is open 8am-4pm on West 25th.


Shop local this weekend when Artists & Fleas returns to 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.


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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 Thursdays 6–8pm and Saturdays 2–4pm and are free with museum admission.

Karen Ouzounian, cellist of Grammy-nominated Aizuri Quartet and Silk Road Ensemble  
Sat, Feb 27, 2–4 pm

Matthew Lipman, international viola soloist, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sat, Mar 6, 2–4 pm

Kristin Lee, international violin soloist, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Sat, Mar 13, 2–4 pm

Rupert Boyd, guitar soloist and artistic director of Music at MAD
Sat, Mar 20, 2–4 pm


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The Flatiron's favorite seasonal scene launched its winter iteration on Monday. SERRA by Birreria, on the heated rooftop of Eataly NYC Flatiron, transports you to a woodland-themed zone of coziness. Menu highlights include a Norwich Meadow Sweet Dumpling Squash with fontina Val D’Aosta DOP and local mushrooms and polenta with a housemade wild boar ragù. Woodsy vibes can be found in the drink menu too, as in the tableside-smoked cocktail above.


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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 just launched 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. While you're at Poster House, two additional shows are up, "The Swiss Grid" and "The Sleeping Giant: Posters & The Chinese Economy."


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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.


jerni holiday express

The annual holiday tradition Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection is back to celebrate the golden age of toys and transportation. Now through April 11th at the New-York Historical Society, you can explore trains and stations that date from the turn of the 19th century to the WWII era, showcasing evolutions in design. New for this year are several items not seen for years, including the rare, elaborately detailed Märklin Grand Station (1904–08). Precautions are taking place for the pandemic, including the closure of the crawl-space viewing bubble this year.


You can once again skate along the Hudson at The Rink at Brookfield Place. Get some fresh air and enjoy skyline views of both NYC and NJ. This is just one of a series of seasonal attractions at the downtown venue.

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Long Island City makes its case as a destination all its own, adding to its park expanses and stunning views the new food hall JACX&CO. Located on the plaza level of The JACX, a creative office campus, it opened Wednesday. For now you can enjoy it for indoor dining (at 25% capacity), pick-up, and delivery, with a full service bar and outdoor dining coming next. Opening eateries include Beebe’s, Crif Dogs, FIELDTRIP, Ghaya, Lotus + Cleaver, Taim, Al Volo, Kissaki, and Méxology (pictured above).


oiji mise honey butter chips

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.


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The Greens return to The Rooftop at Pier 17 to put the social back in social distancing. Starting today, you can book your own cozy cabin, with thorough cleaning and built-in air purifiers. A brand-new seasonal menu provides the bites, with favorites like cheese fondue, buttermilk fried chicken, and chipotle beef stew. The signature cocktail program is orchestrated by the newly crowned "World’s Best Bar," Dante, which has been serving New Yorkers for over a century. Floor-to-ceiling views, heat, classic winter cabin décor, and a virtual fireplace are all included.


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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. 


green-wood walks

Another travel-without-leaving-town outing to consider is to Brooklyn's Green-Wood cemetery. Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, this 478-acre oasis was at one time the #2 tourist attraction in all of America. Winter Wanders walking tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays, providing the back stories of famous residents, striking sculpture and design, and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from Battle Hill. The winter tours go on through February 28th.


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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.


At 1,776 feet, One World Trade is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere; with over 44,000 tons of steel and a unique concrete core, it’s the strongest building in the world. After a COVID-19 hiatus, the top of One World is once again welcoming guests to explore the One World Observatory. With new safety protocols in place, you'll enjoy stunning views of Manhattan, the boroughs, the rivers, and all the way out to Jersey with plenty of acreage to yourself. While you're there, take advantage of hand-crafted cocktails, small batch wines, local brews, and a brand-new Illycaffè & Gelateria. 

For more to do with kids, visit our sister site New York Metro Parents!


torch and crown brewery

Photo: Torch & Crown Brewing Company.

SoHo is newly home to the city's first legit brewery in who knows how many decades. Torch & Crown Brewing Company’s long-awaited brewery and restaurant has opened up in a massive, tri-level space outfitted with state-of-the-art brewing equipment, subterranean fermenters, and a gleaming full-service kitchen. The menu is kicking off with 10 brews, New York wines and ciders, an all-New York spirits cocktail menu, and a very shareable mix of large and small plate savories.


cyberbot beat the bomb

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.)


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911 museum new app guided tour

Head down to the Financial District for a winter walk enriched by history. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum has just launched a new app that uses map-based technology to guide you around the pools, Survivor Tree, and 9/11 Memorial Glade. The 9/11 Memorial Audio Guide centers on a 40-minute tour narrated by Anthoula Katsimatides, a New Yorker whose brother, John, was killed on 9/11. Images are included to help bring the stories and history of the design to life; the app is available from the App Store.


united nations virtual tour

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."


un art theworldwewant

A new outdoor exhibit, #TheWorldWeWant, is now available to view outside United Nations Headquarters. The exhibit is a special collection of photos curated from more than 50,000 images from over 130 countries, as a way to hear directly from the peoples of the world about their priorities for the future. The photos featured are from #TheWorldWeWant, a global photo contest hosted and organized by the mobile app Agora in support of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This outdoor exhibit, found along First Avenue between 46th St and 47th St, is free and open to all and will be on display through the end of the year.


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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.


Photo by Curran Hatleberg

Photo by Curran Hatleberg.

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is reopened and as of today has a new exhibition to show off. But Still, It Turns: Recent Photography from the World, guest curated by photographer Paul Graham, brings together 9 contemporary photographers working in a lyrical documentary mode, drawing on life as it is "in all its ambiguity and wonder."


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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square invites guests of all ages to experience the unbelievable mysteries of our world. Home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, this one-of-a-kind attraction is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the unusual, the unexpected, and the unbelievable. Hours have just been updated to 7 days a week, 11am-6pm (the last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing). For a safe experience, new initiatives include enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedules; hand sanitizer stations throughout the attraction; limited capacity; face coverings required for all guests and staff; new signage; and temperature checks for staff. In addition, interactive exhibits will remain closed until it's safe for them to open.

Top of the Rock, a stunning perch atop Rockefeller Center, offers wholly unobstructed views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the rivers, and all of Central Park (its size can only truly be appreciated when seen from above). The Grand Viewing Deck on the 69th floor offers unparalleled views of the city and the 70th Floor is an open-air perch with completely unobstructed views—no glass or anything. Top of the Rock reopened to the pubic on Thursday, August 6th. Social distancing is easier here: Top of the Rock has more open-air viewing space than any other observation deck in New York City. New hours for the Observation Deck are daily 1-9pm; guests will enter from West 50th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves., and proceed with timed tickets to the glass stairs upon entry. Visitors without a pre-purchased ticket will be directed to the box office. Capacity will be limited, masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the attraction.


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 being on pause for several months, takeout and outdoor dining have returned. Expect classic favorites of home-style Sicilian cuisine like rigatoni Sorrentino, linguine with clam sauce, veal rollatine Marsala, and chicken Contadina. Hours will be 4-9pm Wednesday-Sundays; customers can make reservations by calling 212-247-3491 or emailing [email protected]

the high line

Andreas Komodromos/Flickr

The west side's beloved elevated park, The High Line, is open albeit with capacity at the park greatly reduced. Free timed-entry tickets are opened every two weeks on Mondays. A limited number of walk-up passes will also be available at the entrance, but advance planning is recommended. Traffic will only flow in one direction, starting at Gansevoort Street. All visitors must enter at the southern end of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, and move northwards. In this first reopening phase, the High Line will be open only to 23rd Street. Citywide safety protocols will also apply here, including the requirement of wearing a mask or face covering and maintaining 6-foot social distancing.

hersey's s'mores station

Hershey's Chocolate World is the place to go in NYC when your sweet tooth starts kicking in. Located in the heart of Times Square, the newly reopened store features chocolate experiences for everyone to enjoy. At Hershey's Kitchens Bakery indulge in a chocolate-filled brownie or peanut butter blossom cookie. Relax with a refreshing Hershey's chocolate spritzer or warm up with a Hershey's melted hot chocolate. If you can't make it to the Hershey chocolate factory tour in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey's Chocolate World in Times Square is the next best stop. Hours are now 11am-7pm.

Benjamin Prime Wagyu

Benjamin Prime combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics, while also showcasing signature standouts from highly regarded sister property Benjamin Steakhouse. After perfecting both steakhouse and seafood concepts in their arsenal, Benjamin Restaurant Group is highlighting the grill at Prime, serving up USDA prime dry aged steaks and succulent seafood in unique ways. As of Wednesday, July 8th they are open again for outdoor dining! Hours are 11:30am-10pm on the weeknights and 4-10pm on Saturdays. Don't miss the return of the Power Lunch Menu, weekdays from 11:30am-4pm; Just $39 covers an appetizer like crab cake or lobster bisque, followed by entrees like a USDA Prime junior New York sirloin, and desserts like a classic New York cheesecake.

havana central

Havana Central’s all-day menu boasts the best in Cuban cooking. Dig into classic dishes like Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, jerk-seasoned chicken wings, "ropa vieja" beef stew, mango salmon, and vegetarian paella. You can once again enjoy it in person, as outdoor dining comes to Times Square (tables available on a first-come, first-served basis). You can also dive into this great cuisine with pick up and contactless delivery. Cuban family meals, grocery boxes (fruit, chicken, and vegetables, order by 5pm Wednesday for pickup after 1pm on Friday), and Caribbean cocktails to go are all also available—12oz and 32oz mojitos are highlights (tropical flavors optional). Note that Havana Central has expanded its delivery zone: covering 16th to 79th Sts., both east side and west.

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.


For the first time ever, Hornblower Group, One World Observatory, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum have launched the Official Downtown Experience combo ticket package. Make a day of it downtown and get one reserve admission ticket for Statue Cruises, the only ferry serving the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; a flex admission to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum; and a flex ticket to One World Observatory. The $74.99 price reflects a 20% savings. Available now.


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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.


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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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.

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Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive art space ARTECHOUSE. The 2021 exhibition season kicks off on Monday, 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 now open with limited capacity and protocols in place to ensure the safety and health of visitors.

Showcase Cinemas, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, announced today that it will re-open three New York City theaters on Friday, March 5th, under the company’s “Be Showcase Safe” health and safety program. The theaters are Linden Boulevard Multiplex Cinemas (2784 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn), College Point Multiplex Cinemas (2855 Ulmer Street, Whitestone), and Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas (15902 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica). “Winter Hours” will be in effect, with openings 4-8pm Thursdays, 1-10pm Fridays/Saturdays, and Sundays 1-8pm. Showcase Cinemas will also be offering private screenings and concession value packages for family and friends. Starting at only $99, customers can book their own auditorium for up to 20 guests and choose from a catalogue of our Bring Backs films to screen. Starting at just $199, customers can book their own auditorium for new films such as “Tom & Jerry,” “Nomadland,” and “Chaos Walking.” 


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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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