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2-for-1 broadway week tickets are now on sale for 21 shows occurring 9/1-14: aladdin, cabaret, once, wicked, you can’t take it with you, more. >>

thru 8/30 (every thurs-sat @ 7pm): boomerang theater company brings shakespeare's love's labour's lost to bryant park’s upper terrace steps. free. >>

thru 8/31: the annual dark festival at the tank theater features stories, plays, magic, and more that utilize only self-sufficient and alternative energy sources. $15. >>

thru 8/31: the museum of the moving image's 'see it big' screening series continues for the summer season with hollywood melodrama, featuring 13 films by directors such as hitchcock, minelli, sirk, wyler, and more. free with $12 museum admission. >>

thru august: jonathan chánduví: 'the 11th hour' in the penthouse of the azure condo building (e. 91st st) >>

thru august (weekends 10am-5pm): flea market betty, a new outdoor flea market, opens at 87 + 90 havemeyer st., williamsburg. >>

thru 9/1: barneys warehouse sale. >>

thru 9/1 (thurs-sun + holidays 12-6pm): summer hours for the prospect park carousel. $2/ride, $9/book of five tickets. >>

thru 9/1 (weekends 11:30am-9:30pm): the destination red hook ferry returns with free rides between ikea, fairway and downtown manhattan's pier 11. >>

thru 9/1 (1-8pm): the coney island circus sideshow is now open daily for the season. $10. >>

thru 9/1: cool off as nyc's 50+ free outdoor pools open for the season! be sure to bring your own padlock for the lockers and check the rules before you go. >>

thru 9/1: public beaches are open for the season! sunbathe, swim and surf along nyc’s 14 miles of free beaches. swimming permitted when lifeguards are on duty 10am-6pm daily. gothamist offers some tips on where to go. >>

thru 9/3: my mañana comes, an off-broadway show about busboys struggling to survive on limited income, opens at the peter jay sharp theater. tickets to performances are only $1-5 thru 8/30, $15 8/31-9/3 (with a $7 'rest7' promo code for restaurant workers 8/31), then go up to $35 9/4-20. >>

thru 9/7 (every thurs-sun @ 8pm): gorilla rep's presentation of william shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream starts in the southwest corner of washington square park, then the action moves to other locations within the park. free. >>

sunday thru 9/7: theater for the new city’s fifth annual dream up festival showcases 24 premiere performances from drama to musicals + dance. $12-20. >>

thru 9/7 : get tickets to the opponent ('it smolders- a great new play that dances, parries and lands some killer punches!' - chicago tribune) at 59e59 theaters thru 9/7 for $15 with promo code 'skint' (reg. $25). >>

thru 9/7: coney island's luna park is now open seven days a week through summer. >>

thru 9/7: the morgan library + museum hosts 'gatsby to garp: modern masterpieces from the carter burden collection', an exhibition of 'the greatest collection of modern american literature in private hands' that includes 100 first editions, manuscripts, letters, and more. $18 (free on fridays 7-9pm). >>

thru 9/7 ’13 most wanted men: andy warhol and the 1964 world’s fair' @ the queens museum (thru 9/7) >>

thru 9/7: the museum of arts and design celebrates the fifth anniversary of its move to 2 columbus circle with re: collection, and exhibition of 70 works of sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, and textiles. $16 (pay-what-you-wish 6-9pm thursdays and fridays). >>

thru 9/9 (tuesdays 6:30pm): shape up with free pilates from the fitness guru at brooklyn bridge park's empire fulton ferry. a limited number of mats will be available for use, or byo. >>

thru 9/14: get $15 tickets for new play, it's only kickball, stupid, at hartley house. >>

thru 9/16: the new york public library for the performing arts celebrates the o'neill theater center's 50th birthday with the exhibition, 'launchpad of the american theater: the o'neill since 1964', which includes drawings, interviews, videos, photographs, original scripts, and sound. free. >>

thru 9/18 (tuesdays 10am + thursdays 6pm): bryant park free yoga returns for the season with mats provided. get twelve stamps on your loyalty card and receive a $50 gift certificate to athleta and two weeks free at yogaworks. rsvp. >>

thru 9/24 (wednesdays 6:30pm): salute the sun during free outdoor hatha yoga class at riverside park south's plaza at 66th st. all levels welcome. bring your own mat. >>

thru 9/24 (every mon + wed @ 6:30am, 7:30am: midtown dwellers and workers can get a free workout in at bryant park's pilates and boot camp classes. >>

thru 9/25 (every tues + thurs 7:30am): free outdoor tai chi classes return to bryant park’s fountain terrace. >>

thru 9/28 (tuesdays 6:30pm, saturdays 10am): take a free hour-long guided walking tour of the high line and learn about the park’s history, design, and landscape so you can make smart observations when you bring your dates there. limited capacity, so arrive early. tour meets at on the high line at the gansevoort street entrance. >>

thru 9/28: governors island is open for the summer! the beloved manhattan oasis is now open seven days a week, and with 30 new accessible acres. activities and amenities include hammocks, mini golf, free kayaking (sat 12-4pm), bike rentals (free weekdays until 12pm, reg. $15+), roller skate rentals, castle williams tours, exhibits, food vendors, more. getting there: take the $2 round-trip ferry from manhattan's battery maritime building (all week, free weekends until 11:30am) or brooklyn bridge park's pier 6 (weekends and holiday mondays only, free until 11:30am). >>

thru 9/28 11am-7pm (closed tuesdays): brooklyn bridge park's jane's carousel kicks off summer hours. $2/ride, $20/12. >>

thru september (11am-7pm, 11am-6pm october): pétanque, the putting green, chess and more games at bryant park return for the season. free. >>

thru 10/18: the school of visual arts honors graphic designer tom geismar with the 26th annual masters series award and an exhibition of his iconic work at its chelsea gallery. reception 9/9, artist talk 10/7. free admission. >>

thru 10/12: the museum of arts and design’s biennial, nyc makers, showcases the work of 100 local artisans, artists, and designers. $16 (pay-what-you-wish 6-9pm thursdays-fridays) >>

thru mid-october: the high line food vendors open for the season: delaney barbecue's smokeline, melt bakery, peoples pops, l'arte del gelato, la newyorkina, the taco truck, brooklyn soda works, and blue bottle coffee. terrior at the porch, a full-service café with wine + beer, will open in may. >>

thru 10/18: get tickets to drunk shakespeare at quinn’s bar and grill in the theater district for $14.50-17 (plus ticket fees, reg. $29). >>

thru 10/26 (weekends 11am-6pm): the outdoor hester street fair returns to the l.e.s. for it's fifth season with 70+ indie designers and artisanal food purveyors. hester + essex sts. free admission. >>

thru 10/31 (mon-fri 9am-7pm): two exhibitions open at dumbo's made in ny media center: ’the truth box’ (thru 10/31) is an interactive video confessional booth where you’re invited to tell the truth about a lie. created by behavioral economist dan ariely and filmmaker yael melamede, recorded confessions may be used in an upcoming documentary (dis)honesty – the truth about lies'stop telling women to smile’ (thru 9/5) is an art series by painter and illustrator tatyana fazlalizadeh that addresses gender-based street harassment. 30 john st., dumbo, free admission. >>

thru 10/28 (tuesdays 7:30-10pm): weather permitting): stargaze on the highline with the amateur astronomers association. look for the telescopes set up between w. 13th + w. 14th sts. free. >>

thru october (weekends 9am-9pm): the outdoor red hook food vendors open for the season. red hook ballfields, bay + clinton sts. >>

thru 11/1 (saturdays 11am-5pm): the harlem eats food truck and street food market, formerly known as the harlem food truck rally, returns. fredrick douglas blvd., bet. 117th + 118th sts. pay-as-you-go. >>

thru 11/2: the metropolitan museum of art's rooftop garden gets a makeover with 'hedges' made of two-way mirrors created by american artist dan graham and swiss architect günther vogt. $25 recommended admission. >>

thru 11/15 (tues-sat): the museum at fit's exhibition, ‘exposed: a history of lingerie’ traces the development of intimate apparel from the 18th century through the present. free. >>

thru 11/29 (saturdays 2:45pm doors, 3pm show): bargemusic neighborhood family concerts: enjoy an hour-long chamber music concert on a floating barge at the foot of the brooklyn bridge, followed by q+a with the musicians. free. >>

thru 11/30 (sundays 10am-12pm): volunteer for the brooklyn bridge park green team and help mulch, plant, and remove invasive plants. no gardening experience needed. pier 1 entrance, free. >>

thru 3/1: moma’s henri de toulouse-lautrec exhibition includes over 100 examples of the late 19th-century french artist’s posters, prints, illustrated books, and more. $25 general admission, $14 students, $18 seniors (free fridays 4-8pm). >>

daily (9-10:15am): moma’s abby aldrich rockefeller sculpture garden is open to the public free of charge year-round >>

weekly @ 10am: enjoy the new york philharmonic for a fraction of the price of regular performances during their open rehearsals at avery fisher hall, $18 >>

mondays 7-10pm: the royal palms shuffleboard club brings back mahjong night. $10 includes a pre-game lesson. >>

first mondays @ 7pm: spelling correctly with autocorrect is hard enough -- try it with alcohol! reminisce about grammar school at the monthly williamsburg spelling bee at pete's candy store. free. >>

tuesdays 7-10pm: period attire not required at the weekly english country dances (a.k.a. jane austen-era dances). beginners lesson 7-7:30pm. church of the village (201 w. 13th st near seventh ave), $15. >>

tuesdays + thursdays: williamsburg's full circle bar offers free skee ball and free hot dogs >>

wednesdays (6-8pm): the 'booze + yarn' knitting group returns for spring sessions at lady jay's. b.y.o. supplies. free admission. >>

wednesdays (7-10pm): expect camp and cabanas at the royal palms shuffleboard club’s wednesday night bingo, hosted by 'mr. showbiz' murray hill and linda simpson. free admission, $2 bingo cards can win you cash and prizes. >>

first wednesdays: enjoy free homecooked food and free music + dance performances at bailout theater at judson church >>

4th wednesdays 6-8pm: bring something to show + tell at madame x, free >>

first thursdays @ 7pm: you'll need to know more than the difference between nelson and kearney to win at classic simpsons trivia (90s episodes only!). williamsburg's berry park. $10/team, $5/solo. >>

every 3rd thurs @ 7:30pm: brave adults share their diaries, poems, letters and more from their humiliating teenage years at the monthly 'cringe' reading series. freddy's, free. >>

select fridays: brooklyn creative offers $5 art + photography evening classes >>

fridays + saturdays: following the closing of canal room, the saved by the 90s with the bayside tigers and back to the 80s with jessie's girl weekly parties move to lpr. $12-17 adv, $15-20 door. >>

saturdays 2pm: coordination not required at jugglefit's learn to juggle class. all equipment provided. $15. 18 w. 18th st, 5th floor. >>

saturdays: le bingo!: win wacky prizes or a cash jackpot each month in lpr’s gallery. hosted by drag queen linda simpson. free admission, $2 per bingo card. >>

saturdays 2:30-5:30pm: the kings county distillery offers $8 tours that include tastings of moonshine, bourbon, and chocolate whiskey >>

weekends: the brooklyn flea returns to the outdoors for the season: fort greene flea (sat 10am-5pm), williamsburg smorgasburg (sat 11am-6pm), brooklyn bridge park's pier 5 smorgasburg (sun 11am-6pm), park slope's p.s. 321 (sat-sun 10am-5pm). free admission. >>

weekends (10am-6pm): the lic flea + food market debuts in a 24,000 sq ft. lot at the corner of 46th ave and 5th st with 100 vendors selling food, antiques, collectibles, art + crafts, furniture, more. >>

ongoing: save some cash on bike repairs by learning how to do them yourself at one of time's up's free weekly workshops in manhattan and brooklyn. donations welcome. >>

ongoing: the samuel j. and ethel lefrak center at lakeside is now open: prospect park gets two new skating rinks – a 15,000 sq. ft. covered rink and an open-air 16,000+ sq. ft. elliptical rink. $6-8 admission, $5 skate rental. locker and bag check rates apply. >>

now open: the royal palms shuffleboard club is now open! escape the snow with 10 shuffleboard courts, a full bar with specialty cocktails, and a different food truck nightly. regular hours: mon-wed 6pm-midnight, thu-fri 6pm-2am, sat 2pm-2am, sun 2pm-midnight. free admission, $40/hour for a court. 514 union street (bet. 3rd ave + nevins). >>

free art gallery exhibitions:

thru 8/30 : con artist gallery presents 'starrcade', an art show about professional wrestling. 119 ludlow st., free. >>
thru 8/31: justin alan volpe: 'dream cast: a 1/6 scale custom space opera' @ myplasticheart (les) >>
thru 8/31: group show: 'timebomb: three decades of style writing' @ urban folk art gallery >>
thru 8/31: laura anderson barbata: 'collaboration beyond borders' @ bric (downtown brooklyn) >>
thru 9/7: group show: the new york tibetan art studio’s ‘new voices’ @ the active space (bushwick) >>
thru 9/11: chelsea international fine art competition exhibition @ agora gallery (chelsea) >>
thru 9/14: group show: 'food for thought' @ 440 gallery (park slope) >>
thru 9/16: peter coffin: 'living' @ red bull studios (chelsea) >>

food + drink:

get your grill on at official designated barbecuing locations in all 5 boroughs. >>

$1 fish tacos + $1 beer: greenpointers rounds up a monster list of happy hour specials in greenpoint >>

brokelyn shares eight brunch spots with unlimited drink specials. >>

the 10 best coffee shops in nyc, as picked by gothamist >>

serious eats highlights some places to buy tea in nyc >>

dnainfo shares where to get the best hot chocolate in the city >>

serious eats reminds us about 12 classic pizza joints we should know >>

the 14 best burgers in nyc, according to gothamist. >>

here are the 10 best hot dogs in nyc, says gothamist. >>

gothamist picks the 10 best burritos in nyc >>

serious eats picks 30 great vegetarian sandwiches in nyc >>

gothamist revisits their picks for the 10 best bagel shops in nyc >>

midtown lunch readers pick their favorite places for bagels, coffee, burgers, sandwiches, chinese, falafel, dessert, more >>

edible names 10 must-try seasonal ice cream flavors across the city. >>

serious eats shares its picks for the best ice cream, gelato and soft serve in nyc. >>

gothamist’s picks for the 10 best ice cream shops in nyc. >>

cool down with grubstreet's list of the best places to find shaved ice >>

serious eats names the best spice shops in nyc >>

serious eats provides a guide to buying italian ingredients on arthur avenue in the bronx >>

gothamist gives its picks for the 14 best happy hours in nyc >>

seven places where you can drink on the waterfront this summer >>

dnainfo names 10 unpretentious rooftop bars in the city >>

gothamist picks the best bars with outdoor oases >>

brooklyn magazine picks the best places to daytime drink in the borough >>

the best rooftop bars, as picked by time out, gothamist, untapped cities, and brooklyn based

where to drink outdoors, according to seriouseats. >>

the 10 best fireplace bars in nyc, as picked by gothamist >>

gothamist picks 10 cozy subterranean bars to wait out winter >>

brooklyn magazine picks the 10 best outdoor dining and drinking spots in brooklyn >>


thru summer (various times): free kayaking. >>

the parks department recommends some off-the-radar park gems for the staycationing new yorker. >>

the five best places to hike in new york city, according to dnainfo. >>

mountain biking in nyc? yup! >>

learn how to keep your bike in safe working order at time's up’s free bicycle repair classes. all levels welcome. manhattan and brooklyn locations. >>

six bike rides in nyc from gothamist and five scenic long island rides from off metro

people are always asking us, 'the skint, where can i play cricket?' here you go. >>

the best snow tubing spots less than two hours from new york city >>

where to go sledding in nyc. >>

offmetro picks 10 day trips from nyc under $20 >>

offmetro shares 101 car-free day and weekend getaways near nyc >>


get tickets to see the yankees for $16-115 (reg. $32-200) and the mets for $6-19 (reg. $11-50). plus ticket fees, various dates. >>

how to get free tickets to late night with jimmy fallon and late night with seth meyers

what to do on a rainy day in nyc? recommended subway stops in or near major attractions. >>

racked picks 12 of nyc's best consignment and resale stores >>

racked names 12 of the cheapest yoga studios in new york city >>

racked shares 25 cheap spots for working out on a budget >>

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