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NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Our picks for what to see and do in the city.

MEET BETTY AND VERONICA

(Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street):
(Credit: WCS)

(Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street): Central Park Zoo recently added a new exhibit with two adult female grizzly bears, Betty and Veronica. Meet them now and learn about how humans can better coexist with grizzlies in the wild. Info: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily; $12 adults, $7 children 3-12; 212-439-6500; centralparkzoo.com. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

SOTHEBY'S PANEL

Sotheby's holds a panel discussion on "the role
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Sotheby's holds a panel discussion on "the role played by food in the history of Western Art." The panel discussion will span everything from 17th century painting to 21st century performance art. Panelists include art historians Deborah Krohn and Silvia Malaguzzi as well as contemporary artist Jennifer Rubell. (FREE, Sotheby's New York, 1334 York Ave., Jan. 25, 11 a.m. panel discussion followed by viewing of Master Paintings).

LINCOLN EXHIBIT

(The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.):
(Credit: The Gilder Lehrman Collection / Alexander Gardner)

(The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.): Lincoln Speaks: Words that Transformed a Nation - President Abraham Lincoln was a champion for human equality, and this new exhibit, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of his assassination and the end of the Civil War, tells his life story through 80 important items, including the Gettysburg Address, his Second Inaugural Address, and the last letter he ever wrote to his wife. Info: Jan. 23 from 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Jan. 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through June 7; $18 (free tonight from 7-9 p.m.), 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

NEW MUSICAL

(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel Miranda
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.): "Hamilton." Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as Alexander Hamilton in the much-anticipated new musical created by Miranda, creator and star of the Tony-winning hip-hop show about Washington Heights, "In the Heights." Info: In previews for a Feb. 17 opening; $95; 212-967-7555; publictheater.org. -- LINDA WINER

GIRL NEXT DOOR

(St. Ann's Warehouse, 29 Jay St., DUMBO): "Let
(Credit: Manuel Harlan)

(St. Ann's Warehouse, 29 Jay St., DUMBO): "Let the Right One In." Broadway star director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett, who made their first big New York impression with the war spectacle, "Black Watch," with the National Theatre of Scotland, return to the company with this play about the teen vampire girl-next-door. Info: In previews before Sunday's opening; $40-$55; 718-254-8779; stannswarehouse.org. -- LINDA WINER

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SUGARCUBE

(South Street Seaport, Fulton, between Front and South
(Credit: 100m Records)

(South Street Seaport, Fulton, between Front and South streets): If you haven't visited this inflatable arts-focused pop-up venue, now's the time -- weekend programming includes Paint the Music, a family-friendly event where you can build an instrument or take DJ lessons, and Music Market, a Sunday afternoon party and record marketplace. Info: Paint the Music is Jan. 17 from 12-5 p.m., Music Market is Jan. 18 from 12-5 p.m.; events through Feb. 1; Free, 917-297-4628, sugarcube.nyc -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"FREEDOM JOURNEY 1965"

(New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central
(Credit: Stephen Somerstein)

(New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central Park West): Timed to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the New-York Historical Society is unveiling a new exhibit that chronicles the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 50 years ago. Stephen Somerstein, who accompanied marchers on their five-day, 54-mile journey, shot the 55 images that make up the exhibit. Info: Opening Jan. 16, through April 19; $19, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD"

(Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St.): Halley
(Credit: Ahron R. Foster)

(Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W. 16th St.): Halley Feiffer, the accomplished actor and playwright and, not incidentally, daughter of author-cartoonist Jules Feiffer, has written an explosive father-daughter drama set around a table while waiting for her reviews to come out. Reed Birney and Betty Gilpin star. Info: Through Feb. 15; $45, 866-811-4111, atlantictheater.org -- LINDA WINER

GANSEVOORT FOOD MARKET

(52 Gansevoort St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in the
(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)

(52 Gansevoort St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District is the latest foodie destination. In a sun- and plant-filled indoor space more than 20 vendors serve up assorted fare. On the savory side, visitors can sample Mediterranean pies at MTerranean and seafood from Ed's Lobster Bar. Sweet treats are available from Dana's Bakery and the French Crepe Sucre, while artisanal soda (from Brooklyn Soda Works) and coffee (from Champion Coffee) are also on tap. Info: from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 212-242-1701, gansmarket.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY"

(Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.): Peter
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.): Peter Dinklage (of the medieval "Game of Thrones") and Taylor Schilling (the very contemporary "Orange is the New Black") meet in 19th-century Russia in this revival of Turgenev's drama. Info: Jan. 9-Feb. 22; $76-$81, 212-352-3101, classicstage.org -- LINDA WINER

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ORSON WELLES 100

(Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.): There's more
(Credit: RKO/Photofest)

(Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.): There's more to Orson Welles than "Citizen Kane" and Paul Masson wines. Film Forum celebrates the big guy's centennial with a major retrospective of films he directed or starred in, including "Kane," "Jane Eyre" (1943), "The Lady From Shanghai" (1948) and "Touch of Evil" (1958). The weekend of Jan. 10 they're screening "The Magnificent Ambersons," his sophomore effort with Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead (pictured), which was notoriously reshot and re-edited by the studio. Info: Through Feb. 3; $13, 727-8110, filmforum.org -- TOM BEER

GANSEVOORT FOOD MARKET

(52 Gansevoort St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in the
(Credit: Aaron Zebrook)

(52 Gansevoort St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District is the latest foodie destination. In a sun- and plant-filled indoor space more than 20 vendors serve up assorted fare. On the savory side, visitors can sample Mediterranean pies at MTerranean, Colombian arepas from Palenque, and seafood from Ed's Lobster Bar. Sweet treats are available from Dana's Bakery and the French Crepe Sucre, while artisanal soda (from Brooklyn Soda Works) and coffee (from Champion Coffee) are also on tap. Info: from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 212-242-1701, gansmarket.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"NATURE'S FURY"

(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West
(Credit: G.E. Ulrich)

(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street): Earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters, such as this Hawaiian volcano eruption, are the focus of an interactive exhibit. Info: Through Aug. 9; $22, 212-769-5100, amnh.org -- ANN MACHALINSKI

'INTO THE WOODS'

(Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.): Although
(Credit: Jim Cox)

(Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.): Although Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp will soon be opening at a theater near you in the all-star movie adaptation, the Roundabout Theatre Company trusts people will still want to see a live version of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine fractured fairy-tale musical. The celebrated production is by the Fiasco Theater, with a small cast and just a single piano. Info: Dec. 18-March 22, $99, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org -- LINDA WINER

'ACCOMPLICE'

(Location TBA): Part walking tour, part whodunit, "Accomplice:
(Credit: Noel Woodford)

(Location TBA): Part walking tour, part whodunit, "Accomplice: The Village" is an original two-hour interactive theater experience that tasks participants with helping a kidnapped girl. Info: Saturdays between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. and Sundays between 1:30 and 3 p.m.; $65 per person (includes two drinks; ages 12+), 212-242-1524, accomplicetheshow.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

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'ROBOT SWARM'

(National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.):
(Credit: Filip Wolak)

(National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.): Visitors wearing color-coded SensorPacks can interact with two dozen small, colorful robots, which will move around under a glass floor, in a new permanent exhibition at the kid-friendly Museum of Mathematics. Info: Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; $15, 212-542-0566, momath.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

EL GRECO IN NEW YORK

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): If
(Credit: Metropolitan Museum)

(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): If you haven't seen this exhibit, which commemorates the 16th century Greek-born Spanish painter on this 400th anniversary of his death, now's the time. More than a dozen of his paintings, including "A View of Toledo," pictured, are displayed at The Met, along with six works on loan from The Hispanic Society of America; three additional works are being shown at The Frick Collection, creating a multisite retrospective of sorts. Info: Through Feb. 1; $25 recommended fee, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"CONSTELLATIONS"

(Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.):
(Credit: Pari Dukovic)

(Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.): Jake Gyllenhaal, above, and Ruth Wilson (Showtime's "The Affair") make their Broadway debuts in the American premiere of Nick Payne's romantic drama about what's described as the difference between "choice and destiny." Info: Dec. 16-March 15; $79-$145, 212-239-6200, manhattantheatreclub.com -- LINDA WINER

"EVERY BRILLIANT THING"

(Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.): In Duncan
(Credit: Matthew Murphy)

(Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St.): In Duncan Macmillan's one-man play, a young man (portrayed by Jonny Donahue, pictured) tries to cheer up his suicidal mother by writing down all the best things in the world. Hint: this includes ice cream and Christopher Walken's voice. Info: Dec. 6-March 29; $55, 212-866-4444, barrowstreettheatre.com -- LINDA WINER

COOPER HEWITT

(Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St.): After
(Credit: Matt Flynn)

(Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St.): After undergoing a major renovation, the Carnegie Mansion, which houses this historic and contemporary design museum, is reopening with new exhibits, including "Maira Kalman Selects" and "Beautiful Users: Designing for People." Info: Opening Dec. 12; $18, 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"THE ELEPHANT MAN"

(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Can one
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Can one of the most beautiful men in Hollywood transform into one of the world's ugliest in "The Elephant Man?" Bradley Cooper says he's been yearning to play John Merrick since he first saw the 1980 movie with John Hurt. Now Cooper stars in the new Broadway production of this drama about a severely disfigured man working as a Victorian side-show freak. Info: Through Feb. 15, $79-$169, 212-239-6200, elephantmanbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

"THE ELEPHANT MAN"

(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Can one
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Can one of the most beautiful men in Hollywood transform into one of the world's ugliest in "The Elephant Man?" Bradley Cooper says he's been yearning to play John Merrick since he first saw the 1980 movie with John Hurt. Now Cooper stars in the new Broadway production of this drama about a severely disfigured man working as a Victorian side-show freak. Info: Through Feb. 15, $79-$169, 212-239-6200, elephantmanbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

"HONEYMOON IN VEGAS"

(Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.): The 1992
(Credit: Matt Hoyle)

(Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.): The 1992 hit movie with Nicolas Cage has been adapted into a musical, with a book by Andrew Bergman, who wrote and directed the film, and music by Jason Robert Brown ("The Bridges of Madison County"). Pictured, from left, stars Rob McClure, Brynn O'Malley and Tony Danza. Info: Nov. 18-May 31; $75-$152, 877-250-2929, honeymoonbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR

(Banker Street, Brooklyn): Get your holiday shopping done

(Banker Street, Brooklyn): Get your holiday shopping done early at this indoor Williamsburg marketplace, where 70 merchants sell their wares while food vendors offer up assorted grub. Craft beer and wine, live performances, black-light mini-golf and table tennis add to the festive atmosphere. Info: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-1 a.m., free, food and drink passes $25; bkbazaar.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

BROOKLYN FLEA

(1000 Dean St., Brooklyn): The new (and enormous)
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(1000 Dean St., Brooklyn): The new (and enormous) Crown Heights beer hall and food court, Berg'n, will host this popular flea market, which sells antique and vintage furniture and clothing, plus artisanal food products, when it moves indoors. Also on tap is a weekend brunch featuring assorted fare from Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger and other vendors. Info: Saturdays and Sundays through March 29 at 1000 Dean St., Brooklyn; Free admission, 718-857-2337, brooklynflea.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"CUBISM: THE LEONARD A. LAUDER COLLECTION"

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.):
(Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art)

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): The most influential art movement of the early 20th century is the focus of this show, featuring 81 works by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Fernand Leger and Pablo Picasso, including Gris' "Still Life with Checked Tablecloth," pictured. Info: Through Feb. 16; $25 recommended admission, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

ICE SKATING IN BRYANT PARK

(Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets): It's

(Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd streets): It's been an unseasonably warm fall, but ice skating rinks across the city are open for business. The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a sentimental favorite (especially after the iconic tree is lit Dec. 3). Trump Rink at Central Park is great for first-timers, and Brooklyn's LeFrak Center at Lakeside boasts two connected rinks (one covered). But the best spot may be The Rink at Bryant Park's Winter Village. Why? Because it's free, centrally located, and the winter market, featuring more than 125 small boutiques, is perfect for apris-skate shopping. Info: Daily from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. through March 1; free, 212-661-6640, wintervillage.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"SIDE SHOW"

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): This revised version of the 1997 musical has many changes, but it is still about real-life conjoined twins (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, above) in the 1930s. The new production is directed by Bill Condon, who did what many believed to be impossible: make a Hollywood movie out of "Chicago." Info: In previews beginning Oct. 28; $49-$145, 212-239-6200, sideshowbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

"DEATH BECOMES HER: A CENTURY OF MOURNING ATTIRE"

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.):
(Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Karen L. Willis)

(The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.): The second exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, which opened in May, is devoted to about 30 mourning ensembles of the 19th and early 20th centuries, such as this black silk crape and dress from the 1870s. Info: Oct. 21, 2014-Feb. 1, 2015, $25 recommended fee, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

LE BINGO

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson,
(Credit: Feral Cat Photography)

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson, who's been called "the thinking woman's drag queen," is your host for a fun-filled night of bingo, burlesque, laughs, food and drink. If your number comes up, you could win exciting prizes, from discount-store delights to a bucket of cash. Info: Saturdays at 7; free admission, $2 for each bingo card; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd
(Credit: Museum of Modern Art)

(The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St.): About 100 of Matisse's colorful and abstract cut paper works, which vary greatly in terms of shape and size, make up what is arguably the most anticipated exhibition of the fall season. Info: Opens Oct. 12 and runs through Feb. 8, $25 (timed tickets are required), 212-708-9400, moma.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

MARIO BATALI TOUR

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through
(Credit: Mario Batali)

(Various locations): Eat and drink your way through Greenwich Village as famed chef/restaurateur Mario Batali would in this three-hour culinary tour, which makes stops at two Batali-owned restaurants, Otto and Lupa, plus historic neighborhood sights and local food shops specializing in pasta and olive oil. Info: Weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; $64, 888-683-8671, walksofnewyork.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION"

(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Union Square Theatre, 100 E. 17th St.): Australian author/performer John R. Waters (pictured at right, with Stewart D'Arrietta) reimagines John Lennon through songs and monologues. Info: In previews for an Oct. 15 opening, $39.50-$71.40, 877-250-2929, lennononstage.com -- LINDA WINER

"BILLY AND RAY"

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Vineyard Theatre, 108 E. 15th St.): Vincent Kartheiser (ambitious Pete Campbell on "Mad Men") and Larry Pine (at left in photo with Kartheiser) play Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler in Mike Bencivenga's comedy about the making of the film noir "Double Indemnity." Veteran Hollywood luminary Garry Marshall directs. Info: In previews for Oct. 20 opening, $79, 212-352-3101, vineyardtheatre.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME"

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely
(Credit: Joan Marcus)

(Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.): This unlikely adaptation of Mark Haddon's fascinating novel, narrated by a boy with autism, won seven Olivier Awards in London. (Pictured are Alex Sharp and Ian Barford.) Now we get to decide for ourselves. Info: In previews before the Oct. 5 opening; $27-$129, 212-239-6200, curiousbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

HIGH LINE AT THE RAIL YARDS

The High Line, the public park on a
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The High Line, the public park on a formerly abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan's far West Side, opened its first section in the Meatpacking District in 2009. As of late September, it now extends the full length - 1.45 miles - from Gansevoort to West 34th Street, with the newest area, called High Line at the Rail Yards, snaking north from 30th Street. This stretch has largely untouched appearance, with areas where self-seeded wildflowers and native grasses have been left intact. Parts of the former rail line remain, and there's also a new silicon-coated section where kids can safely explore. Info: Daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. (the interim walkway section closes at 6 p.m.); Free, 212-206-9922, thehighline.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"TAIL! SPIN!"

(Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.): Rachel Dratch
(Credit: Carol Rosegg)

(Lynn Redgrave Theater, 45 Bleecker St.): Rachel Dratch (pictured, with Sean Dugan), best known from "Saturday Night Live," explores the raunchy secret lives of scandalized politicians in Mario Correa's satire based exclusively on their own words in interviews, e-mails, texts and tweets. Info: In previews for an Oct. 1 opening; $25-$75, 866-811-4111, tailspinshow.com - - LINDA WINER

"DISGRACED"

(Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.): Playwright Ayad
(Credit: Andrew Eccles)

(Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.): Playwright Ayad Akhtar earned a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for this dazzling play about a hotshot Muslim-American lawyer and a dinner party that rips open his ambivalence about his life and career. Gretchen Mol ("Boardwalk Empire") and Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother") are in the five-person ensemble. Info: Previews begin Sept. 27 for an Oct. 23 opening; $37.50-$138, 212-239-6200, disgraceonbroadway.com -- LINDA WINER

"SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE"

(New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St.):
(Credit: Jan Versweyveld)

(New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St.): Belgian avant-garde director Ivo van Hove - sometimes dazzling, sometimes just outrageous - takes on Ingmar Bergman's 1974 film, an intense close-up of a married couple (Tina Benko and Arliss Howard, pictured). Info: In previews before the Sept. 22 opening; $55; 212-279-4200; nytw.org -- LINDA WINER

"THE COUNTRY HOUSE"

"THE COUNTRY HOUSE" (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th
(Credit: Michael Lamont)

"THE COUNTRY HOUSE" (Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.): Blythe Danner plays the matriarch in Donald Margulies' new Chekhovian comedy-drama about a family of artists in a weekend in the Berkshires. (Danner is pictured with Sarah Steele and Eric Lange.) Info: In previews before an Oct. 2 opening; $67-$125; 212-239-6200; manhattantheatreclub.org -- LINDA WINER

"THIS IS OUR YOUTH"

(Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.): The Broadway
(Credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

(Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.): The Broadway season begins in earnest with Kieran Culkin, Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson in the Steppenwolf Theatre revival of Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 coming-of-age comedy/drama about three New York roommates in 1990. Info: In previews for a Sept. 11 opening.

THE GORBALS

(98 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg): ?Top Chef? Season
(Credit: Driely S.)

(98 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg): “Top Chef” Season 2 winner, Ilan Hall, who hails from Long Island, is not afraid of serving eclectic cuisine. Need proof? Look no further than the menu at his hip, new Brooklyn outpost of the Los Angeles original, which includes bacon-wrapped matzo balls, a whole roasted pig’s head and a dish called the “Jewish lunchbox.” Info: Open daily from 5:30 p.m.-midnight; the bar and roof have separate, extended hours; 718-387-0195, thegorbalsbk.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

AMPLE HILLS CREAMERY

(305 Nevins St., Brooklyn): This new Gowanus spot,
(Credit: Evan Barbour)

(305 Nevins St., Brooklyn): This new Gowanus spot, a spinoff of the original Prospect Heights location, offers a rotating roster of 24 ice cream and sorbet flavors like Sharktato (potato chip infused ice cream with mix-ins like pretzels and baby M&Ms), Mexican hot chocolate and the much-loved Salted Cracked Caramel. Info: Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday-Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.; $4.35 for a scoop, 347-725-4061, amplehills.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

RUSS and DAUGHTERS CAFE

(127 Orchard St.): Give dad what he really
(Credit: Kelli Anderson/Jen Snow)

(127 Orchard St.): Give dad what he really wants for Father's Day - all the chopped liver, smoked fish and caviar that he can eat from the famed Lower East Side joint's just-opened cafe. INFO: Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner daily (except Tuesdays). No reservations. 212-475-4881, russanddaughterscafe.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

CITY ISLAND SEASIDE TROLLEY (leaves from Pelham Bay
(Credit: Timothy Fadek)

CITY ISLAND SEASIDE TROLLEY (leaves from Pelham Bay Station, the Bronx): Explore the Bronx's City Island, a destination that offers an active marina, a vibrant arts scene, plenty of fresh seafood and the beautiful Bartow-Pell Mansion, a National Landmark where live music is offered to coincide with the trolley trips. Many area art galleries will also stay open late on trolley ride nights, and a trolley card, presented to all riders, will outline any happenings that evening. Info: First Friday of every month (April-December), departs hourly 5:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m., free, 718-885-9100, cityislandchamber.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

"ESCAPE THE ROOM" (25 W. 31st St., 11th
(Credit: Rita Orlov)

"ESCAPE THE ROOM" (25 W. 31st St., 11th floor): You're locked in a room with minimal clues and only 60 minutes to get out. Can you do it? Thousands have tried since this interactive game opened in February, but only 20 percent have succeeded. Gather together a group of six to 10 friends - or join a team of strangers - to see if you have what it takes to solve the puzzle. Info: Various times daily, $28 (tickets must be purchased in advance), 347-954-9160, escapetheroomnyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI