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thru 7/29 (tuesdays thru sundays at 8:30pm): seize the king: the classical theater of harlem presents will power’s adaptation of shakespeare’s richard iii at the richard rogers amphitheater in marcus garvey park (east harlem). free. >>

thru 7/30 (installation thru 7/23, live performances 7/24-30): you are here: ‘speaking’ sculptures offer a glimpse into the lives of everyday new yorkers at you are here, a public sculpture, sound, and live performance installation conceived by choreographer and gallim artistic director andrea miller, featuring sculptures by tony-winning scenic designer mimi lien and audio by sound artist justin hicks. hearst plaza at lincoln center (uws), free (note: tickets to the live performances are being offered via a todaytix lottery).

thru 7/30: jazzmobile summerfest: new york city’s longest-running live jazz concert series brings a diverse roster of jazz greats and newcomers to stages throughout the five boroughs. various locations, free. >>

thru 7/30 (fridays 5-7pm): live at the archway: catch harmony-driven folk trio the maybelles live under the manhattan bridge at tonight’s installment of live at the archway, a happy hour concert series curated by jan bell of the brooklyn americana music festival. dumbo archway, free admission. >>

thru 7/31: light leaks: space is the place for ‘light leaks,’ an immersive art experience where you’ll enter a room filled with disco balls and millions of shifting points of light. city point (downtown brooklyn), $10. >>

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 7/31: live outdoor music at culture lab: take in some live music at culture club lic at the plaxall gallery. beer and food will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

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 (sat 11am, sun 3pm): rogue ensemble theater’s much ado about nothing shakespeare’s beloved rom-com is reimagined as a post-covid hamptons beach party in rogue ensemble theater’s live, outdoor production. the lawn in front of the peter j. sharp volunteer house in riverside park, free ($15 suggested donation). >>

thru 8/1 (thursdays-sundays at 6pm): shakespeare’s twelfth night: greenhouse ensemble presents outdoor performances of shakespeare’s gender-bending rom-com at summit rock in central park (thursdays + fridays) and westside community garden (saturdays + sundays), free. >>

thru 8/1: first look film fest 20/21: the museum of the moving image’s tenth annual first look festival showcases innovative new cinema from around the world, plus live performances, artist talks, filmmaker q+as, industry workshops, and more. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors ($20 for opening and closing nights). >>

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 8/1: free tickets for the shed’s ‘open call’ series: you can reserve free tickets for ‘open call,’ an exhibition and performance series taking place 6/3-8/1 at the shed (hudson yards). >>

thru 8/3: queens theatre’s summer outdoor stage: local theater companies, dance companies, and music ensembles take the stage during this outdoor performance series from queens theatre. flushing meadows – corona park and corona plaza, free (rsvp required for some events). >>

thru 8/5: bogart: 19 hard boiled classics in 35mm and restored dcps: film forum’s first series since its april reopening salutes classic cinema tough guy and romantic hero humphrey bogart with a three-week, 19-film festival that includes casablanca, sabrina, the big sleep, the maltese falcon, to have and have not, and more. film forum (south village), $15. >>

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. >>

sponsored: thru 8/8: performances begin for lynn nottage’s newest theatrical installations: over a year after closing our doors, signature theatre is excited to present this immersive experience conceived and created by 2x pulitzer prize-winning playwright lynn nottage and director miranda haymon. in-person, physically distanced audiences will move through a series of installations entirely curated by creatives of color at the beloved pershing square signature center (480 w 42nd street). $25, $35, and choose what you pay for select dates and times. >>

thru 8/8 (tuesdays-sundays at 7pm): shakespeare’s king lear with a ‘happy ending’: ny classical theatre performs an outdoor production of nahum tate’s 1681 adaptation of king lear. central park (6/24-7/11), brooklyn commons at metrotech (7/13-18), carl schurz park (7/20-25), and the battery (7/27-8/8. no performance 7/29). free admission. >>

thru 8/9 (mondays at 6pm): outdoor sassy hip hop dance class: put on your sassiest sassypants and move to the music with women’s empowerment dance studio sassclass at broadway boulevard (herald square). free. >>

thru 8/11 (wednesday at 6pm): music on the green: musicians from carnegie hall’s ensemble connect perform a series of outdoor concerts at madison square park inspired by maya lin’s immersive installation, ghost forest. madison square park (flatiron), free. >>

thru 8/13 (mon-fri 11am-5pm): empire state building: 90th anniversary celebration of the world’s most famous building: keith de lellis gallery (midtown) presents the empire state building: a celebration in photographs, an exhibition of 39 photos dating back to 1930 that depict the history of new york city’s storied art deco skyscraper. free admission. >>

sponsored: thru 8/14: ice factory festival: new ohio theatre’s obie award-winning summer festival of new work returns for its 28th year with eight different shows by nyc’s most exciting independent theatre companies. new ohio theatre (west village), $17 with promo code ‘skint17’ >>

thru 8/14: chain theatre one-act play festival: catch a 90-minute ‘mix-tape’ of live, short plays at each performance of the chain theatre’s one-act festival. in-person at the chain theatre (midtown) and online, $15 adv and online, $18 door. >>

thru 8/15 (weekends 1-6pm): brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s summer exhibitions: bwac’s seasonal art show takes over two floors of a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. this year’s exhibitions include juried shows ‘the art of coney island’ and ‘art over time,’ plus members show ‘plurality.’ bwac gallery (red hook), admission not listed, but it’s usually free with a suggested donation of $5-10. >>

thru 8/15: in the heights: from university to silver screen: from its inception at wesleyan university through the off-broadway and broadway productions and the new major motion picture, an exhibition of 50+ images traces the development of lin-manuel miranda and quiara alegría hudes’s award-winning musical, in the heights. hispanic society museum and library (washington heights), free. >>

thru 8/15: a thousand ways: forge connections with a complete strangers–first over the phone (‘part one: a phone call’), then face-to-face (‘part two: the encounter’), then in a crowd (‘part three: the assembly’)–when you participate in experimental theater company 600 highwaymen’s interactive show where the audience becomes the cast. by phone and in person at the public theater (east village), $15. >>

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 8/18: happy-go-lucky exhibit: step inside a kaleidoscope at this instagrammable pop-up installation, which offers eight themed rooms with psychedelic 360-degree visuals and surround-sound audio. 32 mercer street (soho), $31-35. >>

thru 8/22: summer restaurant week: more than 500 participating establishments are offering prix-fixe dinners for $39 and lunches for $21 during this year’s summer restaurant week, with indoor/outdoor and takeout/delivery options available. >>

thru 8/25 (wednesdays at 6pm): drink and draw at the dumbo archway: get creative during a series of outdoor workshops led by creatively wild art studio. $20 materials fee (drinks available for purchase at dumbo station). >>

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 8/30 (fridays 3:30-6pm, sundays 10am-12pm, mondays 3:30-6pm): free roller skating hours at brooklyn bridge park: ready to roll? soak up waterfront views of downtown nyc as you skate around brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2. free admission (normally $6-10), $7 for skate rental (or byo). >>

thru august (thursdays 5-8pm): summer evenings in the garden at merchant’s house museum: enjoy a glass of wine in the garden after you get a glimpse of 19th-century life in new york when you visit the merchant’s house museum (east village) during extended thursday night hours. $15. >>

thru summer (weekends 12-4pm). grab a gourmet ice cream sandwich from michelin-starred restaurant musket room: the nolita eatery is serving up $8 frozen treats in three unique flavors: a hazelnut macaron with blackberry ice cream, a chocolate chip cookie with miso ice cream, and a vegan coconut caramel cookie with coconut ice cream. >>

thru summer (saturdays 2-6pm): wild culture at wild project: wild project (east village) presents a series of outdoor performances and events showcasing downtown artists across music, spoken word, poetry, dance, theater, and more. the series kicks off today with broken box mime theater, morgan morse, samantha saya, youth in a roman field, and an open session of musicians. $10. >>

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): 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 (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 the season (fri-sun): the coney island circus sideshow and the coney island museum return for the summer: coney island circus sideshow (fridays thru sundays 1-7pm, $12), the museum (saturdays + sundays 12-6pm, $3-5). >>

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 labor day weekend: cooper hewitt and neue galerie reopen with discounted/free admission: head to the upper east side to visit the cooper hewitt smithsonian design museum, offering free admission through 10/31, and the neue galerie, offering reduced admission through labor day weekend: $12 general (reg. $25), $6 students/seniors (reg. $16), and free first fridays 4-7pm.

thru 9/3 (fridays at 9:45pm): friday fireworks at coney island: the weekly tradition returns to the coney island boardwalk every friday night through the season. free. >>

thru 9/4 (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 9/4: late nights at governor’s island: take in a picturesque harbor sunset and go for a stroll under the stars on governor’s island, now open until 10pm every friday and saturday thru labor day weekend. free admission (ferry tickets to the island are free-$3. note: ferry service during extended hours is only available from the battery maritime building at 10 south street in manhattan). >>

thru 9/4 (saturdays 12-9-pm): the six foot platform: brooklyn-based experimental artists of all mediums bring the borough’s most-photographed street to life with performances and installations on a 6×6 platform all summer long, including domenica garcia’s interactive work hangout-iemos, opera on tap’s public art installation and performance venue operacades, camila aldet’s tap dance performance tapping the soul, and more. the intersection of washington + water streets (dumbo), free. >>

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 9/11 (monthly): 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 9/12: free outdoor pools are open throughout nyc: take a dip in one of the city’s 53 free outdoor pools. >>

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 mid-september: rooftop films: one of the world’s largest and longest-running outdoor indie film showcases, the rooftop films summer series returns with more than 40 screenings of new independent feature films, short film programs, and episodic events, along with live music, immersive performances, and filmmaker q+as at various locations in nyc. free-$16. >>

thru 9/18: shakespeare in the park: the public theater’s iconic outdoor shakespeare season returns to central park’s delacorte theater with merry wives: a celebration of black joy and vitality, jocelyn bioh’s adaptation of the merry wives of windsor, directed by saheem ali. to snag free tickets to performances, enter the general lottery via the goldstar app, and standby tickets via text message. >>

thru 9/18 (wednesdays-saturdays 11am-5pm): lonely hearts: international print center new york’s biannual new prints exhibition: 36 artists from around the world debut new prints and print-based works reflecting on the distance, contemplation, and stillness of our collective experience during the last year. international print center new york (chelsea) and online, free. >>

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 with a four-night run of the new york philharmonic. >>

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 (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 9/30 (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: 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 10/1 (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 10/3: 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 10/9 (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 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 10/30 (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: 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 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 11/13 (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 november: banksy exhibition: snag a ticket to ‘banksy: genius or vandal?,’ a touring exhibition dedicated to the enigmatic british street artist. opening this august, the unauthorized exhibition will feature over 80 banksy works, as well as a virtual reality voyage through the artist’s career. location will be revealed on the day of the event. ticket prices start at $29.50. >>

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 1/2/2022: 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 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. >>

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. >>

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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. >>

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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