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thru 9/24 (8-11pm): 500-foot tall ‘vertical migration’ projection on the united nations: a ginormous video installation calling attention to the ocean’s role in the global climate will be projected onto the facade of the united nations building this week. free. >>

thru 9/25: project liberty experience: envision a world where you own and control your own data at this new immersive installation by media artist refik anadol. presented as part of the shed’s ‘unfinished live’ programming, the exhibit is connected with project liberty, an initiative dedicated to changing how the internet works and who benefits from the digital economy. the shed (hudson yards), free (rsvp). >>

thru 9/25 at 7:30pm: syndicated sidewalk cinema: syndicated bar and restaurant (bushwick) continues its outdoor screening series with four days of tolkien–peter jackson’s lord of the rings trilogy (wed-fri) and ralph bakshi’s animated the hobbit (sat). free admission (food/drink purchase required). >>

thru 9/25 at 8pm (weekly): stand up à la mode: add something cool to your night out when the stand up à la mode comedy show takes the stage at local ice cream shops. thurs: tipsy scoop williamsburg (free admission, ice cream will be available for purchase); fri + sat: ample hills creamery gowanus ($10 admission includes a free small ice cream). >>

thru 9/25: ?!:new works festival: pronounced ‘interrobang,’ the ‘spiritual successor’ of the brick theater’s exponential festival showcases experimental performing artists and companies over the course of 15 evenings, where no two lineups are alike. the brick theater (williamsburg), $20. >>

thru 9/25 (saturdays 10am): taproom yoga: spirit meets spiritual at female-founded taproom and brewery talea beer co. (williamsburg), where you can take a relaxing vinyasa yoga class in the sun-filled taproom. $15 admission includes $5 off your first post-yoga drink. >>

thru 9/25: cézanne drawing: the museum of modern art brings together over 250 rarely-seen works in pencil and watercolor by paul cézanne, along with some of the french post-impressionist’s key paintings. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. >>

sponsored: thru 9/26: litfilm: bpl’s free film festival about writers: litfilm, brooklyn public library’s popular film festival about writers, now in its fourth year, returns with an exciting lineup of documentaries and films. get an inside look at the private lives, artistic process and political struggles of luminaries such as hannah arendt, truman capote, carlos marighella, jill and n. scott momaday, flannery o’connor, amy tan, tennessee williams, august wilson, and more. all screenings are free. rsvp required. >>

thru 9/26: affordable art fair: the fall edition of the affordable art fair, showcasing original contemporary artworks starting at $100, will bring more than 70 local, national, and international exhibitors to the metropolitan pavilion (chelsea). $30. >>

thru 9/26: brooklyn scifi film festival: stream 160 short and feature-length animated, live action, comedy, and student-developed sci-fi films from 18 countries during this year’s brooklyn scifi film festival. an in-person screening and awards ceremony at the wythe hotel (williamsburg) closes out the festivities. online, free (tickets to the wythe hotel event are $25). >>

thru 9/26: the village trip: celebrate the cultural heritage of greenwich village during this nine-day festival filled with live performances, literary tours, theater crawls, poetry readings, storytelling, seminars, and more. programming highlights include concerts by multi-instrumentalist david amram and seven-time grammy nominated latin jazz musician bobby sanabria, a music history walking tour, and a talk by the production designer of the marvelous mrs. maisel. various locations, free-$35. >>

thru 9/26: after school special film and animation festival: the school of visual arts’s annual film and animation festival features 10 screenings and q+as by accomplished film, television, animation, and visual effects alumni. sva theatre (chelsea), free. >>

thru 9/26: sun + sea: a serene day by the sea is turned upside-down at the brooklyn academy of music’s fishman space, which will be filled with 25 tons of sand and the sounds of 13 vocalists for sun + sea, a lithuanian opera about the climate crisis. the theatrical installation boasts an all-female creative team, which took home the coveted golden lion at the 2019 venice art biennale. $25. >>

thru 9/26: 95th annual italian feast of san gennaro: paint the town red, white, and green at this yearly celebration filled with colorful parades, live music, and, of course, italian food. programming highlights include the grand procession and cannoli, zeppole, pizza, and meatball eating contests. little italy, free admission. >>

thru 9/26: 11th annual socdoc thesis showcase: the school of visual arts presents 10 work-in-progress thesis films by the mfa social documentary film class, along with filmmaker q+a panels. sva theatre in chelsea (9/16-17) + online (9/16-26), free. >>

thru 9/26: showstoppers! spectacular costumes from stage + screen: peruse 100+ glamorous garments from broadway and hollywood hits at a new 20,000 square foot pop-up exhibition, which features the fashions of the cher show, hamilton, harry potter and the cursed child, respect, wicked, the marvelous mrs. maisel, and more. all proceeds will benefit the costume industry coalition recovery fund. 234 west 42nd street, $29 general, $24 students/seniors. >>

thru 9/26 (sundays at 4pm): poetry reading at elizabeth street garden: poets muse on a specific theme of the week at this outdoor reading series, co-presented by mcnally jackson bookstore. all are welcome to submit poetry for a chance to read. elizabeth street garden (nolita), free admission >>

thru 9/26 (weekends 11am-5pm): estamos bien – la trienal 20/21: el museo del barrio’s first-ever national large-scale survey of latinx contemporary art showcases the work of 40+ artists from across the u.s. and puerto rico, representing a diversity of generations, genders, ethnic and racial backgrounds, and artistic disciplines. the exhibition addresses issues of structural racism, migration, displacement, climate change, and the effects of the global pandemic on latinx and other bipoc populations. el museo del barrio (east harlem), pay-what-you-wish (suggested: $9 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru 9/27: sixth annual game devs of color expo: get to know bipoc developers from around the world and their latest projects during this annual expo and conference, filled with talks, panels, networking sessions, playable demos, and more. online, $20+ (need-based tickets available upon request). >>

thru 9/30: cowparade: holy cow(s)! 75 artists and designers have decorated life-sized fiberglass cows, with auction sale proceeds benefiting god’s love we deliver. check them out at eight ‘pasture’ locations across the boroughs before they’re gone. >>

thru 9/30 (thursdays at 6pm): jazz in times square: curated by jazz at lincoln center, this summer concert series brings the intimate ambiance of a jazz club to the neon and noise of times square. broadway plaza between 43rd and 44th streets, free. >>

thru 9/30 (closed sun-mon): caught up in a lockdown art affair: tw fine art presents a group exhibition of works created by 15 artists over the course of the pandemic. opening event 8/24 6:30-10pm. tw fine arts (boerum hill), free. >>

thru 9/30: guadalupe maravilla’s planeta abuelx solo exhibition: artist guadalupe maravilla unveils a new series of sculptures based on ancestral, indigenous, and ritual practices of holistic healing, accompanied by functional sound elements. over the course of the exhibition, maravilla will activate each project on view with a series of public programs, including community workshops and therapeutic sound baths. socrates sculpture park (lic), free (suggested donation benefits the astoria mutual aid network). >>

thru september: stretch out on lincoln center’s new public lawn, the green: lincoln center goes (synthetic) green with tony award-winning set designer mimi lien’s new installation, where visitors can relax, read a free book from the library corner, grab a bite from nuchas empanadas, and more. >>

thru september: seaglass carousel reopens: live out your aquaman fantasies while riding one of the 30 nine-foot-tall fish-shaped rides at the battery. $5. >>

extended thru september: not another second: lgbt+ seniors share their stories – art exhibition: a new interactive portrait campaign highlights the untold stories of 12 lgbt+ seniors–including a stonewall survivor, a black panther, and a former politician, among others–and the years they lost not being able to live as their authentic selves. explore large-scale portraits by photographer karsten thormaehlen, video stories, and a short documentary about their experiences as part of the lgbt+ community. the watermark at brooklyn heights, free. >>

thru the season (weekends 10am-5pm): greenpoint terminal market reopens: take in waterfront views of the manhattan skyline as you shop from 100+ vendors selling everything from art and antiques to international food at the revamped greenpoint terminal market. 2 noble street (greenpoint), free admission. >>

thru the season (saturdays 11am-6pm): smorgasburg returns: nyc’s famed food fest is coming back to the williamsburg waterfront with 35+ vendors and a focus on lgbtq+ and bipoc business owners and employees. free admission. (starting in july, you can also order from smorg vendors via seamless.) >>

thru the season (saturdays 11am-6pm, expanding to include sundays later in the season): the hester flea opens in the les: under new management by the folks at the brooklyn flea and smorgasburg, the reopened market location will operate at reduced capacity and feature 3-4 food vendors and 15 shopping vendors selling a curated mix of clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and more. free admission. >>

thru the season: nathan’s famous hot dogs 5-cent special: hot dog! on thursdays, you can get a frank for only a nickel when you purchase any regularly-priced food item at nathan’s coney island flagship location. >>

thru the season: brooklyn bridge park’s outdoor roller rink: pull on some skates and let the good times roll at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2 roller rink. $6-10 admission, $7 skate rental or byo. >>

thru the season: roller skating at lakeside prospect park: roll back in time at prospect park’s outdoor roller skating rink, now open for the season daily. lola star’s dreamland party also returns every friday night at 7pm. lefrak center at lakeside prospect park, various prices. >>

thru the season (fri thru sun): roll-a-rama at the twa hotel: it’s wheels up at the retro-themed hotel’s new outdoor roller rink, located on the tarmac around the hotel’s 1958 lockheed constellation ‘connie’ airplane. the twa hotel at jfk airport, $20 admission includes skate rental (or byo). >>

thru the season: lincoln center’s restart stages: lincoln center ‘restarts’ live performances with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces with safety protocols in place for artists, audiences, and staff. free tickets are being offered via lottery that opens two weeks before each performance. >>

thru the season: climate change-themed mini-golf course opens in williamsburg: take a swing at climate change when you visit putting green, an 18-hole mini-golf course designed by local artists and community members. all proceeds will benefit nyc environmental nonprofits. river street + north 1st street (williamsburg). $5-10 general, $2-5 seniors and children. >>

thru 10/1 (fridays at 6pm): broadway buskers concert series: broadway actors and composers take to the times square pedestrian plazas to perform their own original music, continuing tonight with burgundy williams and f. michael haynie. broadway plaza between 43rd and 44th streets, free. >>

thru 10/2: winter film awards 10th annual international film festival: celebrate diversity in film at the winter film awards international film festival, showcasing the work of underrepresented artists from 28 different countries. this year’s program features screenings of 91 films in a broad range of genres, including shorts and features, documentaries, animated films, music videos, and web series, with a filmmaker q+a after each screening block, as well as free panel discussions and opening/closing night parties. cinema village (some panels and parties will be held at other locations), $12.50-$16.50 general, $5 students. >>

thru 10/3: lungs harvest arts festival: ten days of art installations, music, theater, poetry, puppetry, workshops, and more fill community gardens throughout the lower east side and the east village during the 10th annual lungs (loisaida united neighborhood gardens) festival. free. >>

sponsored: thru 10/3: get 2-for-1 tickets to letters of suresh at second stage theater: ​raviv joseph’s companion piece to animals out of paper, letters of suresh, directed by may adrales, is the latest work from the pulitzer prize-short listed playwright hailed as ‘wonderfully daring, imaginative, and compassionate’ (the new york times). get 2-for-1 tickets with code ‘los2for1’ >>

thru 10/3 (fri-sun): paths of rhythm: graffiti and street art purveyor outlaw arts nyc celebrates its 10-year anniversary with ‘paths of rhythm,’ a group show featuring works by 45 artists. 205 allen st (les), free admission. >>

thru 10/3: broadway bound theatre festival: from lighthearted comedies to relationship dramas to period pieces, catch a curated selection of 15 new plays and musicals by emerging and veteran theatermakers. theatre row, $25 ($10-14.25 plus ticket fees here). >>

thru 10/3: four new exhibitions open at the new museum: art and technology collide in the new museum’s latest exhibitions: this end the sun, a collection of works by maryam hosseini, rindon johnson, and jordan strafer, lynn hershman leeson: twisted, a retrospective of the artist and filmmaker’s multimedia work, ed atkins: get life/love’s work, a cg animation recorded during the pandemic using motion- and facial-capture technologies, and wong ping: your silent neighbor, a selection of the hong kong-based artist’s recent experimental animated films. $18 general. $15 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 7-9pm. >>

thru 10/3: the new woman behind the camera: the metropolitan museum of art new exhibition charts the work of 120+ trailblazing women from over 20 countries who forged careers as photographers and transformed the medium from the 1920s-50s. the exhibition includes works by margaret bourke-white, lola álvarez bravo, louise dahl-wolf, dorothea lange, helen levitt, lee miller, tsuneko sasamoto, homai vyarawalla, and many others. pay-what-you-wish admission for new york state residents and ny, nj, and ct students ($25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students otherwise). >>

thru 10/10: 59th new york film festival: catch the latest films by pedro almodóvar, wes anderson, sean baker, jane campion, joel coen, ryusuke hamaguchi, céline sciamma, denis villeneuve, and more, as well as a series of free talks during film at lincoln center’s annual new york film festival. in-person and online, various prices. >>

thru 10/10 (thurs thru sun 8am-6pm): the last stand: creative time presents an experimental opera and sound installation by kamala sankaram. created for and about trees, telling the story of their lifespan from acorn to their ‘last stand,’ the work expands over five parts and ten hours while inviting audiences to reestablish our relationship to and responsibility for our surrounding species. prospect park’s music pagoda, free. >>

thru 10/10 (fridays-sundays): lightship ambrose open for visitors: all aboard! the south street seaport museum is opening the 1908 lightship ambrose for free guided tours. visitors can explore the ship’s living and working spaces and the special features that allowed the ambrose to guard the largest shipping channel in and out of the ports of new york and new jersey. >>

thru 10/10 (fridays-sundays): tall ship wavertree open for visitors: all aboard! the south street seaport museum is opening the permanently-moored 1885 tall ship wavertree for self-guided tours. visitors can explore the ship’s outdoor areas and learn how people lived and worked on the 19th century cargo sailing vessel. pier 16, free (rsvp for a timed-entry ticket). >>

thru 10/10 (closed mondays thru wednesdays): dog show #1: the dinner party // stephen morrison: every dog has its day at artist stephen morrison’s first solo exhibition, which features 16 life-sized humanoid dog sculptures making mischief at an elegant yet hedonistic feast. the invisible dog art center (boerum hill), free. >>

thru 10/11: safe/haven: gay life in 1950s cherry grove: take in photographs and ephemera from the 1950s gay and lesbian community that found a sanctuary in cherry grove, a secluded beach town on fire island frequented by figures such as truman capote, w.h. auden, carson mccullers, and patricia highsmith. outdoors in the rear courtyard of new-york historical society museum + library (uws), free. >>

thru 10/13: village voices: get to know greenwich village’s artists, activists, scientists, musicians, dancers, writers, healers, and other trailblazers when you visit interactive shadow boxes throughout the neighborhood, which feature images, biographical info, and audio selections that you can access by scanning a qr code. the ‘village voices’ you’ll hear include those of patti smith, charlie parker, w.h. auden, joan mitchell, james baldwin, larry kramer, e.e. cummings, and more. >>

thru 10/17 (weekends 1-6pm ): brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s fall exhibitions opening: bwac’s seasonal art show takes over a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront: the members’ exhibition, ‘hello, brooklyn,’ the juried exhibition, ‘threads that bind,’ judged by the american folk art museum’s stacy c. hollander, and the juried exhibition, ‘recycle,’ judged by materials for the art’s john cloud kaiser. bwac gallery (red hook), free (donations welcome). >>

thru 10/17 (wednesdays thru sundays): 007 x spyscape: the james bond immersive exhibition: channel your inner 007 at this new interactive exhibit, where you can see bond’s actual aston martin db5, explore high-tech gadgets in q’s lab, go behind the scenes of skyfall’s film production, and more. spyscape nyc (midtown), $23. >>

thru 10/17 (select saturdays + sundays): new york marble cemetery: filled with ‘residents’ dating back to the 1800s, the east village cemetery once again opens up to visitors thru mid-october. enter at 2nd avenue between e. 3rd + e.3rd streets. free. >>

thru 10/24: the obama portraits tour: get up close and personal with kehinde wiley and amy sherald’s famed portraits of barack and michelle obama, making an eight-week stop at the brooklyn museum as part of a five-city national tour. a free, outdoor opening celebration with music, art-making, and poetry will take place saturday, 8/28 4-8pm. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/23 (tuesdays thru saturdays, 1-6pm): the nature of the beast: meditations on life, death, and the art of collecting: see age-old squirrels, frogs, and countless pets that have been frozen in time at this new exhibition, which features the expansive collection of antique taxidermy collector j.d. powe and examines the human drive to possess and preserve other members of the animal kingdom. in-person at apex art (tribeca) and online, free. >>

sat thru 10/24: cascade: an interactive art experience: step into the mind-bending, kaleidoscopic dreamworld of multimedia artist jen stark at this new exhibition, which features 6,000 square feet of interactive projections, 3d mapped environments, sculptures and paintings, and soundscapes. the william vale hotel (williamsburg), free-$17.50 with ticket fees here (reg. $25-35). >>

thru 10/28 (thursdays at 6:30pm): sunset salsa: step out at a waterfront salsa dance lesson and party led by performer and instructor talia castro-pozo. all experience levels welcome. pier 45 (greenwich village), free (rsvp required). >>

thru 10/29 (tues thru sat 11am-6pm): jeffrey henson scales: in a time of panthers; the lost negatives: new york times photojournalist jeffrey henson scales makes his solo exhibition debut with a collection of 20 photographs he captured as a teenager in 1960s oakland, california, where he was immersed in the black panther movement. claire oliver gallery (harlem), free admission. >>

thru 10/29: share by kaws at rockefeller plaza: coinciding with his exhibition at the brooklyn museum (running thru 9/5), artist brian donnelly, a.k.a. kaws, has unveiled a new 18-foot sculpture in rockefeller center that features his iconic ‘companion’ character holding a pink ‘bff.’ >>

thru 10/30: the amazing maize maze: it’ll take a lot of corn-centration to navigate nyc’s only corn maze, a three-acre adventure filled with clues and puzzles that culminates in an a-moo-sing vista of andy warhol’s pop art cow. if you’re feeling extra corn-fident, bring along a flashlight and see if you can find your way out of the maze during after dark sessions on 10/2, 10/23 or 10/28. queens county farm (floral park), $12-15. >>

thru 10/30: experience the times of bill cunningham: a new immersive exhibition brings the larger-than-life world of photographer bill cunningham into focus. unfolding over 18,000 square feet at live rocket studios (seaport), the career-spanning exhibition features interactive experiences including a staircase that digitally changes your outfit to give you a cunningham-worthy look, a gallery connecting the fashion trends captured by cunningham and today’s latest styles, large-scale reproductions of the artist’s most iconic photos, videos, and audio interviews, and more. $30. >>

thru 10/30 (saturdays 4pm-midnight): queens night market returns: from salvadoran pupusas to haitian diri ak djon djon to tibetan momos, taste traditional street foods from around the world for $6 or less at the annual queens night market, returning to flushing meadows corona park for the season. >>

thru 10/31: geometric properties: an immersive audio-visual journey through fractal dimensions: immerse yourself in the kaleidoscopic world of geometric properties, a cinematic art installation exploring the intersections between mathematics, architecture, and nature. artechouse (chelsea market), $24 general, $20 students/seniors (bonus: ny and ny residents save $5). >>

thru 10/31 (weekends 11am-5pm): escaping time: art from u.s. prisons: peruse 200+ artworks created within prison walls at this new exhibition, which strives to deepen audiences’ understanding of the criminal justice system and promote rehabilitative programs that help incarcerated individuals reenter society. building 410a at governors island, free admission (ferry tickets to the island are free-$3). >>

thru 10/31: pixar-themed mini-golf: tee off at pixar putt, an un-fore-gettable 18-hole mini-golf course filled with beloved pixar settings and characters from toy story, the incredibles, monsters, inc., finding nemo, and more. pier a (battery park city), $35-40. >>

thru 10/31: governors island is open for the season: make a reservation to visit the 172-acre getaway, just a short hop from lower manhattan and brooklyn. the ferry to the urban oasis, open to the public thru the end of october this season, offers service from manhattan’s battery maritime building, brooklyn bridge park, and red hook. ferry tickets are free-$3, while admission to the island is free. >>

thru 10/31: the arts center at governors island reopens to the public: the first year-round, permanent home for the arts on governors island will host a series of new exhibitions this season, including two large-scale, site-specific solo installations by artists meg webster and onyedika chuke, muna malik’s interactive sculpture blessing of the boats, and more. free admission (ferry tickets to the island are free-$3). >>

thru 10/31 (saturdays 5/29-10/30 in lic, sundays 6/27-10/31 in sunset park): open house at brooklyn grange: get your hands dirty, enjoy the view, and swing by the rooftop farm’s market to check out the harvest of the week. free admission. >>

thru 10/31: kusama: cosmic nature at the new york botanical garden: snag a ticket to this highly-anticipated exhibition by japanese artist yayoi kusama, a sprawling display of works and installations spread throughout the 250-acre new york botanical garden, including the artist’s vibrant sculptures and famed infinity mirror rooms. initially postponed due to covid-19, the exhibition will now run thru 10/31. gothamist has a sneak peek here. $15-35 general, $7-32 students/seniors. >>

thru 10/31: new art commission for the met’s roof garden: artist alex da corte’s alexander calder-inspired work, as long as the sun lasts, is a 26-foot-tall moving sculpture featuring a blue-feathered big bird sitting on a floating crescent moon while gazing out at central park. iris and b. gerald cantor roof garden at the metropolitan museum of art (ues), free with regular museum admission (pay-what-you wish for ny residents and ny, nj, and ct students). >>

thru 10/31 (fri-sun): ‘piazza di belmont’: several restaurants in the bronx’s little italy set up for al fresco dining along arthur avenue, which will be closed to traffic as part of the city’s ‘open restaurants’ program. >>

thru 11/1: plywood protection project transforms boarded storefront plywood into sculptures across nyc: responding to last year’s boarded up storefronts in nyc, worthless studio’s plywood protection project invited artists to create new public art from the discarded wood. five of the resulting works have been installed in outdoor locations across the five boroughs, free for all to view. >>

thru 11/9 (closed mondays): new self-guided exhibit and audio tour at brooklyn botanical garden: ohkehteau (plants of the earth): a shinnecock oral history: explore native plants around brooklyn botanic garden as you listen to shinnecock indian nation tribal member chenae bullock share stories passed down to her and describe traditional uses for plants, including medicines that have been used for millennia. included with garden admission ($18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available). >>

thru 11/10 (10am-4:30pm): after the end: a ritual about loss: put your loss into words at a candy chang and james a. reeves’s site-specific installation in green-wood cemetery’s historic chapel. visitors are invited to write down their experience of loss in any form—the loss of loved ones, relationships, health, and worlds we once knew—on a scroll and place it on an ever-growing illuminated altar. green-wood cemetery, free. >>

thru 11/13 (saturdays 12-6pm 4-10pm as of 9/4): bronx night market is open for the season: the borough’s outdoor pop-up returns with local food and drink vendors serving up cuisines from around the world at affordable prices. fordham plaza (bronx), free admission. >>

thru 11/14: maya lin’s ghost forest in madison square park: witness the devastation of climate change up close at artist maya lin’s new installation, ghost forest, a spooky assemblage of 49 dead atlantic white cedar trees from the new jersey pine barrens. an accompanying soundscape highlights the sounds of some of the native species of animals once common to manhattan. madison square park (flatiron), free. >>

thru 11/21: the great jack o’lantern blaze and home of the ‘legend’: go on autumn-pilot with a pair of fall festivities outside the city. blaze hudson valley: visit a gourd-geous display of 7,000 illuminated, hand-carved jack o’ lanterns outfitted with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack. home of the ‘legend’: take a tour that’ll scare your head off at the estate of washington irving, the author of the legend of sleepy hollow. various prices. >>

thru 11/23: massive origami sculptures have taken over the garment district: larger-than-life origami-esque sculptures of coyotes, rabbits, a dog, an elephant, and a bear cub decorate broadway as part of the new whimsical, larger-than-life public art installation hacer: transformations. broadway between 36th + 39th streets. >>

thru 11/28: art on the ave: ‘resiliency’: the manhattan-based arts initiative art on the ave will honor the strength and adaptability of lower manhattan with a new public art exhibition, filling the fulton center and seven other locations along broadway with works by 27 local artists. free. >>

thru 11/28 (closed mondays + tuesdays): ravishing: the rose in fashion: spanning the 18th century to the present, a new exhibition at the museum at fit (chelsea) features 130 garments and accessories, as well as 75 original photographic portraits, that explore how the rose has influenced the way we look, dress, feel, and fantasize. free admission. >>

thru november: banksy exhibition: ‘banksy: genius or vandal?,’ a touring exhibition dedicated to the enigmatic british street artist, is now open. the unauthorized exhibition features over 100 banksy works from private collections, as well as a virtual reality voyage through the artist’s career. 526 6th ave (greenwich village / chelsea). $29.50+. >>

thru 12/1: photoville festival: the 10th annual photoville festival showcases photographers from around the world with more than 70 outdoor exhibitions at 25 locations spread throughout the five boroughs, as well as a series of online talks and workshops. the festival kicks off with a community day at brooklyn bridge park, featuring exhibition tours, a family activity area, workshops, games, music and dance performances, food and drink vendors, and more. free admission. >>

thru 12/4 (select saturdays): saturdays on the house at the guggenheim museum: in addition to its pay-what-you-wish admission every saturday 4-6pm, the guggenheim museum is now offering free admission all-day long on select saturdays thru the end of the year, courtesy of the folks at the macallan scotch whiskey. tickets, which are regularly $16-25 general/$12-18 students, must be reserved in advance, and are released a few days in advance. >>

thru 12/9 (second thursdays at 7pm): jazzonia: poetry and jazz collide during the jazzonia series, in which spoken word performers are accompanied by live bands playing selections from jazz legends. the national jazz museum in harlem, $10 suggested admission. >>

thru 12/20 (monthly): drag bingo at brooklyn brewery: drag star linda simpson hosts a night of bingo at brooklyn brewery’s tasting room (williamsburg). $10 admission includes a beer and a bingo card. >>

thru 12/31: jim rennert: in new york: cavalier gallery (midtown) presents an exhibition featuring 10 large-scale works of sculptor jim rennert in midtown public spaces, as well as mid-sized works in the gallery. opening reception tuesday 5-7pm at pershing square. free. >>

thru 12/31: the roaring twenties and the swinging sixties: how did turbulent cultural changes during the ’20s and ’60s provoke major shifts in fashion? explore the parallels in women’s attire across the two decades at a virtual exhibition featuring 26 pieces and illustrations from the museum at fit’s collection. online, free. >>

thru 1/2/2022: 9/11 remembered: search and rescue dogs: a new exhibition at the american kennel club museum of the dog (midtown east) examines the history of search and rescue dogs, and highlights the rescue and recovery efforts of september 11th, 2001. $15 general, $10 seniors/students. >>

thru 1/2/2022: automania: the automobile–a symbol of freedom, industry, style, danger, and ecological disaster. the museum of modern art puts the pedal to the metal with a new exhibition of posters, films, models, photos, sculptures, paintings, and, of course, automobiles themselves that explores conflicting sentiments about cars and car culture in the 20th century. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. >>

thru 1/3/2022 (closed mon-weds): awaken exhibition: your path to nirvana begins at awaken: a tibetan buddhist journey toward enlightenment, an exhibition of 37 artworks from the 7th to 21st century, including sculptures, hanging scroll paintings, illuminated manuscript pages, and ritual items. the rubin museum of art (chelsea), $19 general, $14 students/seniors, free fridays 6-10pm. >>

thru 1/9/2022 (closed tues-weds): afterlives: recovering the lost stories of looted art: a new exhibition at the jewish museum traces the complex journeys of nazi-looted paintings, drawings, and jewish ceremonial objects taken before and during world war ii, including works by pierre bonnard, marc chagall, paul cézanne, paul klee, henri matisse, pablo picasso, camille pissarro, and more. the jewish museum (ues), $18 general, $12 seniors, $8 students, free on saturdays). >>

thru 1/31/2022: andy warhol: photo factory: get a never-before-seen glimpse of the man behind the campbell’s soup cans at stockholm-based photography museum fotografiska (flatiron), which is presenting over 120 images spanning warhol’s career, including many rare and never-before-seen photographs. all six categories of warhol’s film-based work are represented, including polaroids of celebrities, unique gelatin silver prints, polaroid collages, 16mm film screen tests, and stitched photographs. $26 general, $16 students/seniors. >>

thru 2/20/2022: christian dior: designer of dreams: indulge your high fashion fantasies at this exhibition exploring the more than 70-year history of the house of dior. the exhibition transforms the museum’s beaux-arts court with over 200 haute couture garments, as well as photos, sketches, archival videos, accessories, vintage perfume elements, and works from the museum’s permanent collection. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $25 general, $16 seniors/students (admission includes entry to christian dior: designer of dreams and all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 3/12/2022 (second saturday of the month at 11:30am): gowanus canal shoreline art walk: take in the street art as you rove the quirky shoreline and streets around the gowanus canal on this tour led by local artist, gowanus dredger, and tour guide rich garr. $16-19. >>

thru 3/20/2022: the slipstream: reflection, resilience, and resistance in the art of our time: brooklyn museum senior curator eugene tsai and curatorial assistant joseph shaikewitz respond to the tumultuous year 2020 with an exhibition of 60 artworks from the museum’s collection that speak to feelings of fear, grief, and isolation, as well as joy and love, with a focus on artists of color. nick cave’s truth be told, a new commission for the museum’s façade, will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 3/27/2022: three new exhibitions open at poster house: the push pin legacy (thru 2/6/2022), you won’t bleed me: how blaxploitation posters defined cool + delivered profits (thru 2/6/2022), and what’s the score? the posters of leroy neiman (thru 3/27/2022). poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru 4/2/2022: puppets of new york: puppets take manhattan! with more than 100 puppets spanning new york city history, the museum of the city of new york’s new exhibition offers a glimpse at how puppetry has impacted the city, and how new york, in turn, has influenced the art form at large. the stars of the exhibition come from theater, television, and street performance, including lamb chop, sesame street, avenue q, the lion king, the lunar new year and thanksgiving day parades, and more. museum of the city of new york (harlem), suggested admission: $20 general, $14 students/seniors. >>

thru 4/17/2022: claudia wieser’s rehearsal at brooklyn bridge park: visit berlin-based artist claudia wieser’s first-ever public art installation, a cluster of five large-scale geometric sculptures clad in hand-painted tiles, mirrors, and photos of greco-roman antiquities. plymouth street entrance at brooklyn bridge park, free. >>

thru april 2022: ‘reclining liberty’: harlem-based artist zaq landsberg gives lady liberty a break with his new 24-foot sculpture of a weary-looking statue of liberty in repose. morningside park at 120th street + morningside ave, free. >>

thru 5/16/2022: carousel openings: horse around at historic jane’s carousel in dumbo and the prospect park carousel. $2-2.50.

thru may 2022: rubem robierb: dream machine ii + peace makers: taglialatella galleries ny unveils two sculpture installations at randall’s island by rubem robierb. responding to the increased call for social justice and activism around the world, the brazilian-american artist created a 13-foot sculpture of wings and two 10-foot black and white doves. randall’s island, free. >>

thru spring 2022: broadway blooms: jon isherwood on broadway: everything’s coming up roses on broadway, where jon isherwood’s series of eight marble floral sculptures is finally ‘blossoming’ after being delayed by the pandemic. broadway from 64th to 157th streets. >>

thru august 2022: high line art: untitled (drone) by sam durant: the high line unveils its latest plinth commission, a fiberglass rendering of a military-style predator drone. sitting atop a 25-foot pole and with a 48-foot wingspan, the sculpture is the same size as the real thing, a pointed reminder of the drone warfare that the u.s. carries out in distant countries. the high line at 30th street and 10th ave, free. >>

thru 9/5/2022: in america: a lexicon of fashion: the costume institute’s two-part exhibition patches together a history of modern american fashion from the 1940s to the present, with 100 men’s and women’s ensembles organized by defining emotional qualities, from nostalgia to consciousness. the range of designers on display includes household names–isaac mizrahi, calvin klein, donna karan, and others–along with up-and-comers like vaquera and olivia cheng. the metropolitan museum of art (ues), admission to the exhibition is included with regular museum admission ($25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students; pay-what-you-wish for nys residents and ny, nj, and ct students). timed-entry tickets are required, and include same-day entry to both met locations. >>


rent relief: if you’ve fallen behind on rent payments since the pandemic began, and your gross household income is at or below 80 percent of the area median income, you may qualify for the state’s new emergency rental assistance program. >>

your money: a hub for help during the coronavirus: the new york times‘s latest on unemployment insurance, rent relief, food assistance, mental health resources, and more. >>

free online job skills training platform for new yorkers: unemployed and underemployed new yorkers can now access 4,000 free online courses and certificate programs, with a focus on tech, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. >>

whispering libraries weekdays (7:30am, 11am, 1pm, 6pm, 8pm): if these walls could talk… catch curated playlists of music, poetry, oral history, and spoken literature featuring edwidge danticat, ethel quartet, joy harjo, fran lebowitz, john lewis, and more, streamed through hidden speakers outside 10 brooklyn public library branches. free. >>

over 20 outdoor ‘reading rooms’ are popping up in brooklyn: sit back and relax with a book or laptop at one of brooklyn public library’s new outdoor reading rooms, offering comfy seating and wifi connectivity in 20+ locations. >>

nypl for the performing arts is lending out tech kits for your inner performing artists: take your self-tape setup to the next level with an ipad pro, mic, ring light, midi keyboard, and more, all available to borrow for free with your new york public library card. >>

chelsea flea (weekends 8am-5pm): search for hidden gems as you browse antiques, vintage goods, architectural salvage, collectibles, and a handful of food vendors at the chelsea flea market, reopening by the founders of the brooklyn flea and smorgasburg for the first time since december 2019. 29 west 25th street (bet 5th + 6th aves), free admission. >>

brooklyn flea in williamsburg and dumbo (weekends 10am-5pm): now in its 14th year, the brooklyn flea has returned to williamsburg (saturdays) and dumbo (sundays). operating at 50% capacity, the outdoor markets feature 30-40 vendors each. >>

13 nyc beer gardens to visit: from german-inspired biergartens to outdoor spaces surrounded by street art, check out thrillist’s round-up of the city’s best beer gardens. >>

20 fave spots for outdoor drinks in brooklyn: brooklyn based shares their picks for where to grab outdoor drinks throughout the borough. >>

26 outdoor dining options for warmer weather in nyc: from zen gardens and boats to sunny streetside tables, thrillist highlights some of nyc’s best outdoor spots to grab a meal. >>

nyc’s new rooftop restaurants + bars: feel on top of the world when you wine and dine at these sky-high spots. >>

the boatstaurants are returning: time out ny has the inside scoop on when nyc’s floating bars and restaurants are reopening for the season. >>

michelin’s best (semi-)affordable restaurants of nyc: the annual michelin bib gourmand awards highlights 131 of the best places you can get an app, entrée, and a glass of wine or dessert for under $40. eater made a handy map of them here. >>

10 hidden streets in nyc to visit right now: from tucked-away roads to historic alleyways, uncover some of the best unbeaten paths the city has to offer. >>

greenpoint’s nature walk and under the k bridge park are finished and open to the public.

13 places to go hiking in nyc: take a hike! from the bronx river greenway to the salt marshes of marine park preserve, traverse the best nature trails across the five boroughs. >>

new map unearths new york’s oldest and rarest trees: from the 350-year-old ‘alley pond giant’ in queens to prospect park’s gnarled camperdown elm, uncover some of the city’s most unusual and historic greenery with allison c. meier’s great trees of new york map ($10.50). >>

new public art at moynihan train hall: a look at the three site-specific installations in the new midtown station. >>

new york city unveils statue of ruth bader ginsburg: see the late supreme court justice and feminist icon immortalized in bronze at brooklyn’s city point. >>

completed ruth bader ginsburg mural in the east village: you can view street artist elle’s tribute to rbg at 1st avenue + 11th street. >>

immersive rockefeller center audio walk: embark on an interactive audio adventure through rockefeller center’s 22-acre campus, roving its storied buildings, underground passageways, and outdoor spaces as you hear historical anecdotes, fun facts, and navigation tips about the landmark cultural institution. free (app download required). >>

the visitation, a sound walk: embark on a mystical journey through jackie robinson park on a site-specific sound walk inspired by the real-life appearance of a one-antlered deer in harlem in 2016. created by stephanie fleischmann, christina campanella, and mallory catlett , the sound walk explores the collective memory of the deer’s visit to the park and touches on the park’s fraught history–from lenape terrain to colonized farmland to the urban oasis it is today. presented by here arts center. jackie robinson park (harlem), pay-what-you-wish. >>

#stillhere: irl – cairns: embark on a solitary poetic journey through green-wood cemetery as you tune in to cairns, a soundwalk by singer, songwriter, and scholar gelsey bell, who encourages the listener to meditate on the land we inhabit, experience a tree-like relationship to time, and uncover the stories of a few historic trailblazers. presented by here arts center. free-$7. >>

riverside park south phase five is now open to the public: stretching from west 65th to 68th streets, the new section of riverside park includes paths, lawns, volleyball courts, a playground, and a dog run. >>

tribeca’s pier 26 opens to the public: hudson river park’s first new pier since 2010 gives new yorkers a new green space complete with waterfront views, places to lounge, and an elevated ‘tide deck.’ >>

160 fascinating secrets of new york city: from fake townhouses to underground bowling alleys to buildings so big they have their own zip code, untapped new york reveals some of the city’s most intriguing hidden gems. >>

seven sculpture parks to discover in the nyc area: looking to take in some outdoor art for a day or a weekend? untapped cities highlights seven outdoor sculpture parks within a two-hour radius of the city. >>

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