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thru 6/12: ‘before we begin, again’ 2021 thesis exhibition: school of visual arts presents an exhibition of selected thesis projects by mfa computer arts 2021 graduates. online, free. >>

thru 6/12: 6 x 9 art show: new york artists equity association’s spring fundraiser exhibition and sale features 60+ artist works, each measuring 6 x 9 inches and priced at $250. opening reception friday, june 4 6-9pm. equity gallery (les), free. >>

thru 6/12: art of brooklyn film festival: the annual film fest dedicated to the independent film, media and art of brooklyn returns with a program of features and shorts blocks, live-streamed filmmaker talkbacks, skill-building webinars, panel discussions, in-person events and more. $12. >>

thru 6/13: nocturning; or wayward are such dreams – a new play for zoom by joey santia: what do you do when you’re trapped in a dream that knows you better than you know it? revisit the strange dreams you had this year during joey santia’s play about four people who have to figure out how to survive in a world more dangerous than they imagined. the 6/6 and 6/10 performances are ‘sketch nights,’ during which audiences are invited to come with art supplies and sketch (or paint/write/sew) along with the show. online, free ($10 suggested donation will benefit the new sanctuary coalition). >>

thru 6/13: brooklyn pride week: go all-out at the 25th brooklyn pride week, which includes virtual activities, a 5k walk/run, an outdoor princess bride family movie night, a mini street festival, and an inaugural ‘pride on atlantic avenue’ event. >>

thru 6/13: 21st annual new york indian film festival: america’s oldest and largest indian film festival returns online with a program of feature, documentary, and short films made from, of, and about india. $4.99. >>

thru 6/13: brooklyn film festival: coming in with a whopping 140 features, shorts, animated films, and experimental films from 35 countries, the 24th brooklyn film festival opens with a hybrid online and in-person program of screenings, filmmaker introductions, q+as, interviews, and more. $10/film, $24/pass. >>

thru 6/13 (fri-sun 12-6pm): outside/outsider – artists confronting mental illness: in honor of mental health awareness month, local project art space and lic-a present a fine art exhibition and film festival featuring artists confronting mental illness. opening reception 5/21 5-9pm. local project art space (lic), free. >>

thru 6/14: taste of times square week: 25 participating times square-area restaurants are dishing out special three-course prix fixe menus for $35 during this year’s edition of the midtown food fest. indoor, outdoor, take-out, and delivery options available. >>

thru 6/20: pop-up magazine: sidewalk issue: turn the page with pop-up magazine‘s immersive experience, a collection of stories — in film, sound, writing, art, and more — placed around fort greene and meant to be experienced at your own pace. free. >>

thru 6/20: city harvest’s annual feed our kids food drive: starting this mother’s day, donate kid-friendly, non-perishable food to help feed nyc children and families over the summer, when access to free school meals will be limited. various locations and online. >>

thru 6/20 (weekends 1-6pm): brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s spring exhibitions: bwac’s annual art show takes over two floors of a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. bwac gallery (red hook), admission not listed as of press time, but it’s usually free with a suggested donation of $5-10. >>

thru 6/20 (11am-8pm): urbanspace spring up market at bryant park: 50 local food and retail vendors pop-up in bryant park for the spring season. >>

thru 6/24: ailey all access: alvin ailey american dance theater presents a spring series of free online programs, premiering on select nights at 7pm through june and available for a two-week period. in addition to performances, ailey virtual workshops and classes will invite people of all ages to join in the dance. free. >>

thru 6/25: we’re still here… outdoor portraiture exhibition: come face to face(s) with 130+ portraits created by and depicting local brooklyn residents at arts gowanus’s public outdoor exhibition honoring the strength and diversity of the brooklyn community, and its resilience during the pandemic. saturday’s opening day festivities include an artists’ bazaar and live music from brooklyn conservatory of music. j.j. byrne playground (park slope), free. >>

thru 6/26: a culture in flames: puerto rican art of resistance in the xxi century: a new art exhibition curated by quintín rivera-toro at the clemente showcases performance art, video, photography, sculptures, murals, and more by 10 artists whose works explore puerto rican identity and issues relating to puerto rico’s colonial and patriarchal political history. the clemente soto vélez cultural + educational center (les), free. >>

thru 6/26 (closed sundays): center for book arts spring exhibitions: three new exhibitions kick off the center’s spring season: oscar salguero’s interspecies futures draws on bio-art and speculative design to imagine a less human-centered world; betsy stirratt’s veiled taxonomies also examines humanity’s complex relationship with nature, but with a focus on how plants, animals, and humans are represented in museums and collections; maureen catbagan’s photography installation, lights, tunnels, passages + shadows, looks beyond galleries and exhibition halls to find the artistry in everyday spaces inside museums. center for book arts (flatiron), free. >>

thru 6/27 (weekends): shop the village: the west village’s bleecker street will be closed to traffic between 7th avenue and bank street for four weekends of in-store events, live music, pop-up food vendors and restaurant deals, fitness sessions, kids activities, and more. >>

thru 6/27 (sundays at 4pm): egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas festival: experience the diverse cultural landscape of the lower east side, chinatown, and loisaida during a month-long virtual edition of the museum at eldridge street’s annual street festival, featuring deep dives into the music, dance, art, and food of each of the neighborhood’s communities. online, free. >>

thru 6/27 (sundays 1pm-6pm): the new colossus festival presents free outdoor shows at 18th ward: jam out to independent music from around the world during this live, outdoor concert series hosted by 18th ward brewery (east williamsburg). this week’s show features shadow monster and pynkie. free admission. >>

thru 6/27 (fri-sun 11am-3pm): asia society triennial part 2: we do not dream alone: the second installment of asia society’s inaugural triennial features more than 30 contemporary asian and asian diasporic artworks across the mediums of painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance, along with online artist talks and forums. asia society museum (ues), free (timed ticket reservation required). >>

thru 6/28: we remember: a community covid memorial: green-wood cemetery and naming the lost memorials unveil an installation of nameplates with personalized drawings and photos honoring the victims of covid-19. the 200-foot long installation will remain open to contributions. green-wood cemetery, free. >>

thru 6/30 (4-6pm daily): east village early bird discounts: come out early to eat and drink in the east village, and enjoy deals like 1/2 off burgers, 25% off your meal, happy hour prices, and more from 11 participating local businesses. bonus: every time you make a purchase, you’ll be entered in a raffle to win gift certificates for free meals and drinks. >>

thru 6/30: pride light installation at lincoln center: in honor of pride month, the lincoln center campus is being illuminated with a rainbow design. >>

thru 6/30: sixth annual new york opera fest: this year’s virtual opera extravaganza spotlights the scope and variety of new york city’s opera scene, featuring 20+ nyc-based companies whose performances run the gamut from traditional concerts to interactive virtual reality experiences and more. presented by the new york opera alliance with support from opera america. online, free+. >>

thru 7/1: typographics design festival: peer into the futura at the seventh annual typographics conference, which includes talks by 30 speakers from around the world, workshops, demos, interviews, games, and more. presented by the cooper union. online, free. >>

thru 7/4: a literal public soapbox and stage is coming to astor place: artist rashid johnson’s ‘red stage,’ a 30-feet-wide and 13-feet-tall stage that’s open to anyone to use, will host performances, rehearsals, meetings, and more. >>

thru 7/8: art on the ave: awakening: the manhattan-based arts initiative art on the ave will ‘awaken’ the west village with a new public art exhibition, filling vacant storefronts with works by local artists. free. >>

thru 7/9: new york paradise lost: bushwick era disco: coinciding with the release of meryl meisler’s monograph of the same title, clampart hosts an exhibition of the artists photographs of nyc from the 1970s to 1990s. related events include an opening reception and book signing june 5, a photo walk with the artist june 19, and more. clampart (chelsea), free admission. >>

extended thru 7/11 (closed mondays): sound installation at brooklyn botanic garden: contemplate the earth’s changing climate at the site of an 18,000-year-old hilly ridge that formed during the last ice age as you listen to ben rubin and brian house’s site-specific sound installation, terminal moraine, a meditation on tree growth, glacial ice recession, and the threshold between the earth’s distant past and not-so-distant future. included with garden admission ($18 general, $12 seniors/students, free community tickets available). >>

thru 7/11: modern look: photography and the american magazine: the jewish museum’s latest exhibition traces the evolution of the modern magazine from the 1930s-60s, focusing on the influence of avant-garde photographers and designers fleeing fascism in europe, and the work of the younger artists they inspired. with over 150 works including photographs, layouts, and cover designs, the exhibition highlights the work of richard avedon, lillian bassman, robert frank, margaret bourke-white, gordon parks, and more. the jewish museum (ues), $18 general, $12 seniors, $8 students, free on saturdays). >>

extended thru 7/12: sanford biggers’ giant ‘oracle’ sculpture at rockefeller center: harlem-based multidisciplinary artist sanford biggers turns the rockefeller center campus into a canvas with public art activations including a towering bronze ‘oracle,’ a flag installation, a 125-foot mural, and more. free. >>

thru 7/18: lorraine o’grady: both/and: trailblazing performance, conceptual, and feminist artist lorraine o’grady gets her first-ever retrospective, featuring a dozen major works and a new installation. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

thru 7/31: harlem fine arts show: meander through a 3d world of wall displays and sculptures at the annual harlem fine arts show, the largest traveling african diasporic art show in the us, featuring 60 artists and galleries from around the world. online, free. >>

thru july: 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 july (monthly): virtual vogue knitting live: get in the loop during a stitch-perfect weekend of classes, panel discussions, vendors, and more fiber-filled fun. online, various prices. >>

thru 8/1: free tickets for the shed’s ‘open call’ series: reserve free tickets for ‘open call,’ an exhibition and performance series taking place at the shed (hudson yards). tickets are currently available for 6/11-27, and will be released on an ongoing basis. >>

thru 8/1 (fridays thru sundays 11am-5pm): nada house on governors island: the new art dealers alliance (nada) presents its third annual art exhibition on governors island, showcasing works by over 100 artists displayed in five turn-of-the-century colonial revival houses on colonels row. free admission (ferry tickets to the island are free-$3). >>

thru 8/7: alexander calder: modern from the start: from early wire and wood figures to mobiles in motion, this new exhibition at the museum of modern art examines the work of american modern artist alexander calder through the lens of his longtime collaboration with the new york institution. museum of modern art (midtown), $25 general, $18 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/15: two new exhibitions open at poster house: julius klinger: posters for a modern age chronicles the life and work of austrian graphic artist julius klinger, whose innovative poster designs transformed commercial visual culture; freak power is a visual history of writer hunter s. thompson’s plan to become sheriff of aspen, colorado, a campaign that evolved into a fraught battle between hippies and conservatives. poster house (flatiron), $12 general, $8 students/seniors. >>

thru 8/29 (select saturdays + sundays ): tour the mount morris fire watchtower: get a rare glimpse inside the historic mount morris fire watchtower, climb to the top for panoramic views of manhattan, ring the bell, and learn the history of the recently-restored structure from nyc parks urban park rangers. marcus garvey park (harlem), free. >>

thru the season (weekends 10am-5pm): greenpoint terminal market opens: 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, 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 (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 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 labor day: ny pops up: starting today, you might spot some of nyc’s biggest stars taking the ‘stage’ in transit stations, museums, parks, subway platforms, fire escapes, street corners, and other surprise outdoor locales during ny pops up, a festival of 300+ live pop-up performances throughout all five boroughs. artists and performers slated to appear include matthew broderick, renée fleming, savion glover, hugh jackman, sarah jessica parker, mandy patinkin, phoebe robinson, chris rock, amy schumer, patti smith, and many more. >>

thru 9/5 (sun + weds 5:30pm): fix your own bike workshop: get back in gear with the help of experienced mechanics and provided tools. time’s up! brooklyn space in williamsburg. free (donations encouraged). >>

thru 9/5: kaws: what party: in the first major new york city museum retrospective of his 25-year career, take a deep dive into the offbeat, cartoonish mind of brooklyn-based artist brian donnelly, a.k.a. kaws, whose works run the gamut from graffiti drawings to towering sculptural installations to his whimsical ‘companion’ characters. more than 100 objects are on display in the exhibition, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, furniture, and more. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), $25 general, $16 students/seniors (admission includes entry to kaws and all of the museum’s exhibitions and galleries). >>

thru 9/6: coney’s luna park and deno’s wonder wheel park are now open daily thru labor day. ride prices vary.

thru 9/6: 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 9/6 (closed tues-weds): niki de saint phalle: structures for life: get lost in the fantastical world of late feminist sculptor, filmmaker, painter, jewelry designer, and activist niki de saint phalle, the subject of a massive retrospective at moma ps1 (lic). filled with over 200 pieces, the show features the artist’s early work, her world-renowned ‘nanas’ (giant sculptures of women), the utopian architectural structures of her later years, and her works addressing social and political issues such as women’s rights and destigmatizing hiv/aids. free admission for nyc residents (suggested admission: $10 general, $5 students/seniors). >>

thru 9/9: the green at lincoln center: time out new york shares a first look at the outdoor performing arts park opening at lincoln center on monday. free tickets for events are available via the todaytix lottery (entries open up two weeks before shows, and close seven days before). >>

thru 9/12: 14 miles of nyc’s free beaches are open for swimming. plan on hitting the rockaways? gothamist shares their updated guide to rockaway’s food here.

thru 9/12: designated barbecuing areas: the parks department shows you all the places you’re allowed to set up your ‘cue. >>

thru 9/12: carousel openings: horse around at historic jane’s carousel in dumbo (thurs-sun thru 5/16; mon, weds-sun 5/17-9/12) and the prospect park carousel (thurs-sun thru ?), now open for the season with covid-19 protocols in place. $2-2.50.

thru 9/12 (closed mondays + tuesdays): born in flames: feminist futures: in a new exhibition inspired by artist and activist lizzie borden’s 1983 film born in flames, the bronx museum of the arts highlights 14 female-identifying and non-binary artists from the past whose works reflect the current struggle for social justice and envision a more just, equal future. free. >>

thru 9/13: : riverside park art exhibition spans more than 80 blocks: in celebration of riverside park conservancy’s 35th anniversary, a summer-long art exhibition, ‘re:growth,’ features installations by more than 20 artists spread out from 64th to 151st streets. free. >>

thru 9/15: creatures of light: from fireflies to deep sea squid, step into the extraordinary world of bioluminescent organisms at the american museum of natural history’s new immersive exhibition. american museum of natural history (uws), $28 general, $22.50 students/seniors, free with idnyc membership. >>

thru 9/19: baseball at coney: batter up! for a cheaper alternative to the big leagues, get tickets to see the brooklyn cyclones play on their home turf at mcu park. the beachfront stadium will open at limited capacity at the start of the season, with proof of full vaccination or a negative covid-19 test required for entry. $18-22. >>

thru 9/20: bryant park picnic performances: the midtown summer series is back with 25 live, free music, dance, and theater events, beginning this week with a four-night run of the new york philharmonic. free tickets for future events will be available to reserve approximately 10 days ahead of each show. >>

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. >>

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 9/30: 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 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 10/11: 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 10/17 (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 10/31: 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 (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 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 11/13 (saturdays 12-6pm): 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), rsvp required. >>

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 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 12/31: 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 1/2/2021: 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 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 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 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. >>


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. >>

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. >>

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. >>

nyc libraries reopening for in-person browsing and services: the brooklyn, queens, and new york public library systems have just opened 39 branches for in-person browsing and computer use, with covid precautions including temperature checks, time limits, and more. >>

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. >>

free tickets for the shed’s ‘open call’ series: starting today, you can reserve free tickets for ‘open call,’ an exhibition and performance series taking place 6/3-8/1 at the shed (hudson yards). tickets are currently available for 6/3-13, and will be released on an ongoing basis. >>

a guide to all of broadway and off-broadway’s return dates (so far): theatermania’s put together a timeline of scheduled opening dates. >>

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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