ongoing events

weekends 8am-5pm: chelsea flea: 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. >>

weekends 10am-6pm: greenpoint terminal market moves indoors: the open-air market that opened in august has moved indoors for the season, with enough space for 100 distanced vendors. covid-19 safety measures will be enforced. brooklyn expo center (greenpoint), free admission. >>

saturdays 10am-5pm (thru fall): brooklyn flea in dumbo: shop for vintage clothing, furniture, collectibles, antiques, jewelry, art, handicrafts, and more at the brooklyn flea. free admission.>>

thru 12/3: architecture and design film festival: take a road trip through tokyo with architect ryūe nishizawa, watch a danish architecture firm design and build the world’s cleanest waste-to-energy plant, learn about the first black member of the american institute of architects and his legacy as ‘architect to the stars,’ and more when you tune in to the 12th annual architecture and design film festival. the 16 films in this year’s virtual program highlight architects and designers from around the world, and tackle issues such as racial injustice, urbanization, and utopian societies. online, free-$10. >>

thru 12/4: art of the real film festival: keep it ‘reel’ when you tune in to film at lincoln center’s seventh annual showcase of nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking, which includes 25+ films by established and emerging filmmakers from around the world. online, $10. >>

thru 12/5: say their names: a new visual installation by garlia cornelia jones and lucy mckinnon honors the black lives lost to police brutality and white violence since 2013 with a projection of more than 2000 names and accompanying statements on the facade of the public theater (noho). free. >>

thru 12/5 (tues-sat): futura2020 exhibition: explore the latest works by graffiti pioneer futura 2000 (leonard mcgurr) at his first solo gallery show in nyc in over 30 years. eric firestone gallery (noho), free (reservations required). >>

thru 12/9 (7pm): kgb bar homecoming festival: 30 bestselling authors, including billy collins, jennifer egan, jonathan safran foer, colum mccann, and joyce carol oates, band together to help keep east village landmark kgb bar alive as they read from their work during this literary festival fundraiser. online, $18 general, $12 students. >>

thru 12/10: national novel writing month workshops: whether you’re a nanowrimo newbie or a veteran novelist, strengthen your story with classes on crafting character, narrative prose, plot and structure, dialogue, and memoir from new york writers workshop. presented by the new york public library. online, free. >>

thru 12/11 (tues-fri): isolation to revolution / rebirth to dissent: the first exhibition since pen + brush’s shutdown, this collection of new works embodies seven artists’ ‘thoughtful reverberation of this moment in time,’ exploring themes of change, hope, and memory as the artists look critically and vulnerably at the world around them. pen + brush (flatiron), free. >>

thru 12/12 (closed sundays): fall exhibitions at the center for book arts: americans looking in curated by emilie ahern and sherri littlefield, morcos key makes/reads by jon key and wael morcos, and construction site by viviane rombaldi seppey will be installed in the center’s galleries and will be viewable online and in-person. opening reception 10/8 at 6:30pm. center for book arts (flatiron), free (rsvp). >>

thru 12/12: picture library: school of visual arts presents an exhibition of the bfa photography and video class of 2020’s senior books alongside the texts and artist books that inspired their work. online, free. >>

thru 12/13 (weds thru sun 12-6pm): bound up together: on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment: in this group exhibition, 26 artists reflect on the ongoing struggle for intersectional human rights, and the ways in which women’s experiences and histories are inherently entangled in structures that deny intersectionality. smack mellon (dumbo), free. >>

thru 12/13: african diaspora international film festival: the 28th annual adiff highlights black and indigenous stories from around the world with a lineup of 70 films from 31 countries. online, pay-what-you-can. >>

thru 12/15 (tuesdays): the cooper union intra-disciplinary seminar public lectures: during a series of 12 lectures presented by the cooper union, a lineup of artists, theorists, scientists, activists, and writers delve into some of today’s most pressing questions relating to systemic change, body politics, and the centrality of the physical environment in the major struggles of our time. online, free. >>

thru 12/16 (tues-sat): the nightmare it is / the nightmare it was: jane lombard gallery (tribeca) presents a two-part exhibition of drawings by romanian artist dan perjovschi, whose darkly humorous works respond to the political, social, and economic divisions sown by the 2020 presidential campaign and the covid-19 pandemic. free admission. >>

thru 12/17: only you will recognize the signal: blast off into this new serial space opera from kristin marting, kamala sankaram, and rob handel, about a group of interplanetary travelers stuck in space, unable to erase the past or move into the future. the series will release weekly 10-minute episodes, culminating in a final 70-minute viewing experience. presented by here arts center. online, $5+ donation. >>

thru 12/18 (thursdays): totally true things: a socially conscious storytelling show: jude treder-wolff hosts this new live-streaming series in which performers share true stories that focus on mental health, medical challenges, and social issues, then chat with an expert on the topic. tonight: storyteller michele carlo performs fish out of agua, about race, belonging, and growing up nuyorican in a bronx irish/italian neighborhood. online, $12. >>

thru 12/19 (weekends 1-6pm): ethel’s club holiday bazaar: shop from an assortment of small and local brands of color this holiday season at ethel’s club, a black-owned social and wellness club in east williamsburg. >>

thru 12/20 (thurs-sun 10am-6pm): bluestockings bookstore soft reopening: shop for radical lit at the volunteer-run, collectively-owned bookstore and activist center, reopening for the holidays in a new space at 116 suffolk street (les). >>

thru 12/24 (4-7pm): holiday under the stars at the shops at columbus circle: wish upon a dozen 14-foot stars when you visit this annual night sky-inspired exhibition set in front of the 150-foot-high panoramic windows of the great room at the shops at columbus circle (uws). free. >>

thru 12/31: ellen reid soundwalk: go on a self-guided, gps-enabled walk through central park featuring a newly-composed soundscape by pulitzer prize-winning composer ellen reid, and performed by musicians of the new york philharmonic and the young people’s chorus of new york city. app download required, free. >>

thru 12/31: shine bright at hudson yards: experience hudson yards in a whole new light: stroll beneath the glow of over a million lights as you take in holiday-themed set pieces and pay a virtual visit to the north pole at the ‘santa station.’ >>

thru december: drawing 2020: how has the practice of drawing evolved in response to the physical, political, and technological changes of the last 20 years? gladstone gallery’s drawing 2020 exhibition features 120 artists, exploring the idea of drawing as a window into how artists live and make work at this moment in history. online and at gladstone gallery (chelsea), free. >>

thru 1/1/2021: macy’s holiday windows: this year’s windows at the herald square flagship honor nyc’s frontline workers. >>

thru 1/2/21: guy choiceman decides to save america! the chooseical: ‘you do the chooses’ during this interactive comedy/streaming/gaming event with 25+ possible endings, created by playwright matt cox (off-broadway’s puffs). at various points throughout the show, the audience is prompted to use the power of c.h.o.o.s.e.s. to help the hero, guy choiceman, make some major decisions: will he battle the villainous colonel control or just go back to bed? will he do battle with cybernetic thralls or let his phone go to voicemail? it’s up to you. online, $5. >>

thru 1/3/2021: titan phone booth exhibition: 12 artists converted midtown phone kiosks into art installations for an outdoor exhibition from kurimanzutto gallery. sixth ave between 51st + 56th sts. >>

thru 1/3/2021: presidential dogs exhibit: from george washington’s foxhounds to the obamas’ portuguese water dogs, get to know the paw-liticians who have graced the white house throughout history. american kennel club museum of the dog (midtown east), $15 general, $10 seniors/students. >>

thru 1/3/2021: celestial: immerse yourself in the otherworldly sights, sounds, and sensations of celestial, a new immersive art installation inspired by pantone’s 2020 color of the year, classic blue. artechouse (chelsea market), $24 general, $20 students/seniors (bonus: save $5 when booking online. no promo code needed.). >>

thru 1/3/2021: luminaries installation: make your wishes come to light when you visit brookfield place’s annual interactive light installation. inspired by the spirit of sharing, giving, and community, the installation features a canopy of brightly-colored cube lanterns, which spring to life every hour with light shows set to popular holiday tunes. visitors can also illuminate the lanterns by submitting a wish at a touchless ‘wishing station,’ and brookfield will donate $1 to relief opportunities for all restaurants (roar) for every wish made during the holiday season. brookfield place (fidi), free. >>

thru 1/9/2021: nybg glow: glow up at the new york botanical garden (bronx), where you can explore a glittering world of led lights and festive installations, along with ice sculpting demonstrations, music, and pop-up performances by the hip hop nutcracker. $30 ($24 here). >>

thru 1/10/2021: the bronx zoo holiday lights: encounter luminous leopards, glowing gorillas, and shimmering sea turtles when you embark on five animal lantern safaris showcasing wildlife regions around the world, then stick around for ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, wildlife theater, and more. $34.95 general, $31.95 seniors. >>

thru 1/10/2021: luminocity festival: wander through fantastically-themed parks filled with larger-than-life light sculptures at this annual attraction. food + drink available for purchase onsite. randall’s island park, $38 general, $32 students/seniors. >>

thru 1/15/2021: remembering milton glaser: the cooper union honors late graphic designer and alumnus milton glaser with a new exhibition, set in the colonnade windows of cooper union’s foundation building (east village) and featuring 25 of his most famous works, including the now-ubiquitous ‘i ♥ new york’ logo. free. >>

thru 1/16/2021: 2020 visions: school of visual arts presents a juried exhibition of multidisciplinary works by alumni from the class of 2020. online, free. >>

thru 1/17/2021 (weds-sun): 100 drawings from now: 100 artists from around the world respond to the isolation and upheaval of 2020 in this exhibition of new drawings at the drawing center (soho). free (timed reservation required). >>

thru 1/17/2021: the rink at rockefeller center opens: the world-famous outdoor ice skating rink opens for a limited season this year, with timed-entry tickets required. $25-35 admission, plus $15 skate rental (or byo). >>

thru 1/24/2021: we fight to build a free world: jonathan horowitz’s new exhibition, featuring works by 70+ artists including horowitz, kara walker, and andy warhol, looks at how artists have historically responded to social injustice, drawing connections between oppression, bigotry, and xenophobia in america’s past and present. the jewish museum (ues), free thru 12/31 (timed tickets required). >>

thru 2/6/2021: degree zero: drawing at midcentury: the museum of modern art’s newest exhibition, degree zero: drawing at midcentury, brings together 80 works on paper created between 1948 and 1961 by louise bourgeois, yayoi kusama, henri matisse, jackson pollock, alfredo volpi, and many others. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 seniors, $14 students. >>

thru 2/7/2021: the costume institute at the met’s new exhibition: reflecting on the last 150 years of fashion, the costume institute’s latest exhibition, about time: fashion and duration, explores the cyclical nature of clothing with designs by gabrielle chanel, tom ford, helmut lang, vivienne westwood, yohji yamamoto, and many others. all of the garments are black, except for a dress at the conclusion of the show. 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. >>

thru 2/15/2021: virtual gramercy art show: check out new paintings, photography, and more from 50+ artists at the inaugural virtual gramercy art show, sponsored by gramercy neighborhood associates, and vote for your favorite. awards in multiple categories will be announced 11/23. >>

thru 3/7/2021: winter village at bryant park opens: following new york state covid-19 safety guidelines, the annual outdoor holiday holiday shopping and ice skating destination will feature fewer shops and more spacious walkways, with timed rink reservations required. the shops are currently scheduled to be open thru 1/3, the rink thru 3/7. free admission, $21-36 for skate rentals (or byo). >>

sat thru 3/14/2021: ‘monuments now’ – part ii: ‘call and response’: ‘monuments now,’ an exhibition examining the role of monuments in american society and championing underrepresented histories and marginalized peoples, continues at socrates sculpture park (lic) with the unveiling of 10 new monuments projects by the park’s 2020 artist fellows. free. >>

thru 4/4/2021: ice skating at the rink at brookfield place: take in waterfront views while you navigate the ice at the financial district’s outdoor rink. $15 admission, $5 skate rental (or byo). >>

thru 4/11/2021: the shed reopening exhibition: artist and activist howardena pindell presents rope/fire/water, a multimedia solo exhibition about the brutality of racism and the healing power of art. the exhibition includes voiceover of personal anecdotes and historical data about lynching and racist attacks, accompanied with archival photos of lynchings and the 1963 children’s crusade in birmingham, alabama, along with a pair of large-scale abstract paintings. the shed (hudson yards), free with ticket reservation thru 10/31 (reg. $10). >>

thru 4/18/2021: new public art installation: reverberation: san francisco-based artist davina semo’s large-scale work features five giant brass bells, each drilled with a variety of holes to produce different tones and pitches, which visitors are invited to ring as they pass by. brooklyn bridge park’s pier 1, free. >>

thru july 2021: giant bronze gorilla sculpture comes to hudson yards: monkey around with ‘king nyani,’ a massive new sculpture created by public artists gillie and marc schattner to raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species. bella abzug park (hudson yards), free. >>

thru 11/1/2021: ‘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. >>

ongoing/misc.

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. >>

shelf help from nypl: not sure what to read next? while in-person browsing is currently limited, the new york public library’s new, free ‘shelf help’ service will recommend and reserve five books for you for pickup based on your interests. >>

#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. >>

views from the pandemic exhibition: the museum of the moving image presents ‘every movie cough’ and ‘mask-o-vision,’ two playful yet provocative web experiences that explore our anxieties about contagion by recontextualizing scenes from film and television. online, free. >>

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

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.’ >>

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