NYC weekend picks: Our best bets
Our picks for what to see and do in the city.
NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST(Credit: International Federation of Comp)
(Nathan's Famous, 1310 Surf Ave., Brooklyn): How many hot dogs and buns could you eat in 10 minutes? Joey Chestnut set the current record of 69 at Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest in 2013. He'll be back this year vying for his ninth consecutive win in the men's competition, which follows the women's heat. Arrive early for this Fourth of July event to catch performances by a brass band and a bagpipe drum duo as well as a K-Pop choreography showcase before the main event. Info: Saturday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free, 516-338-8500, nathansfamous.com/contest.
MACY'S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS(Credit: Getty Images/ Kena Betancur)
(Over the East River): The sky above the East River becomes the outdoor theater for Macy's 39th annual Independence Day fireworks show. With 50,000 pyrotechnic effects fired from barges along midtown and below the Brooklyn Bridge, the show will be visible from Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, anywhere with an unobstructed view of the water. See website for official access points. Info: Saturday, July 4, starting at about 9:20 p.m.; free, 212-494-4495, macys.com/fireworks.
INDIEFEST(Credit: People's Improv Theater)
(Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E. 24th St., Manhattan): If you're keen to spend your Independence Day laughing, the Peoples Improv Theater's Indie-pendence Day improv festival might be just the place to do it. You can celebrate "America's liberation from those rascally Brits" with performances by local improv teams throughout the day as well as a potluck barbecue. Info: Saturday, July 4, noon to past midnight; $5, 212-563-7488, thepit-nyc.com.
EL GALEON(Credit: Fundacioacute; Nao Victoria)
(Pier 15 South Street Seaport's Waterfront Esplanade, Manhattan): Step aboard this 170-foot replica of a 16th-century wooden ship, part of Spain's West Indies fleet, and imagine yourself retracing the travels of explorer Ponce de Leon. With three masts, seven sails and six decks, El Galeon is a sight to behold. Info: Saturday, July 4-July 12; free, 888-467-6256, hornblowernyc.com.
"THE QUALMS"(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St., Manhattan): Bruce Norris, who turned his uncompromising eye on race and real estate in his 2011 Pulitzer-winning Clybourne Park, looks at partner-swapping in the suburbs. Were just guessing here, but we bet someone has qualms. Info: Friday, June 12-Sunday, July 12; $75, 212-279-4200, playwrightshorizons.org.
"HAPPY DAYS"(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Flea Theater, 41 White St., Manhattan): Real-life spouses Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams, play Samuel Beckett's long-married apocalyptic spouses, facing each day with the odd cheerfulness of hopeless despair. Info: Friday, July 3-July 18; $50-$70, 212-352-3101, theflea.org.
"PRELUDES"(Credit: Kyle Froman)
(Claire Tow Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, 150 W. 65th St., Manhattan): Author/composer Dave Malloy and director Rachel Chavkin, who created the magical "Natasha, Pierre ... the Great Comet of 1812," crawl into the hallucinating mind of Sergei Rachmaninoff. With Gabriel Ebert and Eisa Davis, pictured. Info: Friday, June 19-Sunday, July 19; $30, 212-239-6200, lct.org.
"3-D SUMMER"(Credit: Batjac Productions, Inc.)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): A sampling of old movies you probably never knew were in 3-D, notably the John Wayne Western "Hondo," pictured, and the Cole Porter musical "Kiss Me Kate," both from 1953. There is also a program of shorts that includes the earliest surviving stereoscopic film, a 1922 short titled "Thru the Trees: Washington, D.C." Info: Saturday, June 13-Saturday, July 4; $12 or free with museum admission, 212-708-9400, moma.org.
"THE TEMPEST"(Credit: Tammy Shell)
(Delacorte Theater, Central Park, entrance on 81st St. and Central Park West, Manhattan): The Public Theaters beloved Shakespeare in the Park mounts the Bard of Avons masterwork about a magical island and even more magical forgiveness. Sam Waterston (pictured, with Francesca Carpanini) stars as the exiled Prospero in the production directed by Michael Greif (Rent). Info: May 27-July 5; Free with reservations; publictheater.org for information on tickets.
SIGNIFICANT OTHER(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., Manhattan): Joshua Elias Harmon ("Bad Jews") explores the travails of single gay life in the city. With Barbara Barrie and Gideon Glick. Info: Friday, July 3-Sunday, Aug. 16; $79, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org.
MET ROOF GARDEN(Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ Hyla Skopitz)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): Next time you're at the Metropolitan Museum, you'll find this site-specific installation on the Met Roof Garden by French artist Pierre Huyghe. Composed of elements like water and fossils, the work will evolve and change throughout the summer. Inside the museum, you can also see Huyghes 19-minute film, Untitled (Human Mask), which looks at a creatures resilience after a natural and man-made disaster. Info: Through Nov. 1; $12-25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.
THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD(Credit: 20th Century Fox / Museum of the)
(Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens). Beginning July 4 weekend will be a series on one of the great American directors. The 20-film program covers Ford's strongest themes and genres, from the 1939 political drama "Young Mr. Lincoln" to the 1940 Depression-era saga "The Grapes of Wrath" with Henry Fonda, to the 1956 Western masterpiece "The Searchers." Info: Friday, July 3-Sunday, Aug. 2; $12, or free with museum admission; 718-777-6888, movingimage.us.
"YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW"(Credit: Ryan Muir)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): This is not the unauthorized exhibition Yoko Ono announced in 1971 and winkingly titled Museum of Modern (F)art. Instead, its the first ever MoMA exhibit devoted entirely to Yoko Ono, exploring her works from 1960 to 1971. Visitors will see works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, films and archival material, as well as some of Onos collaborations with John Lennon. Ono, pictured, attended a preview of the show. Info: May 17-Sept. 7; $25, 212-708-9400, moma.org.
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY(Credit: Craig Ruttle)
(One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St., Manhattan): At One World Observatory, its ground level to the 102nd floor in less than 60 seconds in a SkyPod elevator, which surrounds visitors with a time-lapse of centuries of the New York City skyline. The new observatory opens to the public Friday, May 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Its three floors include an immersive video presentation, 360-degree views from 1,250 feet, a Sky Portal with high-definition footage of the city streets below, three different dining options, and more. Info: Daily 9 a.m. to midnight, Friday, May 29 through Sept. 7 (when winter hours begin); $26-$90, 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com.
"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE"(Credit: Premier Exhibitions)
(Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue, 417 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): SNL turns 40 this year, and to celebrate 40 years of Saturday Nights, Premier Exhibitions is putting on a show about this iconic show. The exhibit will include reconstructed sets (such as Waynes World, pictured), as well as costumes, original scripts and video, arranged in a way that takes visitors through the weeklong creative process of putting on an episode. Info: Opened May 30; $26-29, snltheexhibit.com.
"FOLK CITY: NEW YORK AND THE FOLK MUSIC REVIVAL"(Credit: David Gahr)
(Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): Trace a visual and auditory path through the folk music revival, from its 1930s and 1940s roots, through its 1950s expansion and 1960s boom, and finally its legacy. This new exhibition presents listening stations, historical video footage, archival photographs, concert posters and instruments. Info: June 17-Nov. 29; $14, free 19 and younger, 212-534-1672, mcny.org.
"WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE"(Credit: GNDHDDTK)
(IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan): The latest animated film from Japan's Studio Ghibli tells the story of a foster child who discovers an ethereal presence in a decrepit mansion. It's a Gothic ghost story, with shades of Emily Bront and Henry James, that may unsettle very young children. Both the Japanese-language version with English subtitles as well as an English-language version with voices by Hailee Steinfeld and Geena Davis are screening. Info: Opens May 22; $14, 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com.
"SHOWS FOR DAYS"(Credit: Ethan Hill)
(Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center, Manhattan): Patti LuPone, pictured, and Michael Urie co-star in Douglas Carter Beane's memory play about a community theater's impact on a 14-year-old boy. Info: Saturday, June 6-Aug. 23; $75-$85, 212-239-6200, lct.org.
PEOPLING OF AMERICAN CENTER(Credit: Craig Ruttle)
(Ellis Island): Ellis Island has long been a hub to learn about the history of immigration to the United States. The new Peopling of America Center expands the site's scope by delving into the story of immigration before Ellis Island opened as a processing center in 1892 and after it closed in 1954. The new World Migration Globe illustrates migration patterns throughout history and the American Flag of Faces, an interactive video display, is comprised of photos submitted by the public. Info: Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; ferries depart from Battery Park; free, 212-561-4588, nwsdy.li/peoplingamerica.
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S 75TH(Credit: Gene Schiavone)
(Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan): American Ballet Theatre's spring season opens amid the company's 75th anniversary celebrations. An all-new production of "The Sleeping Beauty," pictured, comes to the Met Opera stage at the end of the month, and three ballerinas bid farewell as they retire from the company. There's also the chance to see ABT classics such as "Les Sylphides," "Fancy Free" and "Rodeo," among others. Info: May 11-July 4; $20-200, 212-362-6000, abt.org.
"DOCTOR FAUSTUS"(Credit: Jimi Celeste/PatrickMcMullan.com)
(Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., Manhattan): Chris Noth, pictured, makes an arrangement with the devil in this adaptation of Christopher Marlowes 1592 still-sensational Mephistophelean drama. Info: Tuesday, June 2-July 12; $66-$126, 212-352-3101, classicstage.org.
SUMMER GARDEN & BAR(Credit: Philip Greenberg)
(Rockefeller Center, 20 W. 50th St., Manhattan): Rockefeller Center has put away the sparkling Christmas tree and transformed its iconic ice skating rink into its seasonal Summer Garden ... Bar. In addition to the standard breakfasts, brunches and dinners, the restaurant hosts a pop-up brewery series, a Sunday jazz brunch series and one-off events such as the "Nose-to-Tail" Pig ... Whiskey Dinner on June 16. Info: Dinner daily, lunch on weekdays, brunch on weekends; 212-332-7620, summergardenandbar.com.
"GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR"(Credit: Deutsche Kinemathek)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): The film process known as Technicolor, whose results could be bold, brilliant and sometimes surreal, is the subject of a two-month series drawn partly from the George Eastman House archives in Rochester. The lineup includes obvious classics (The Wizard of Oz, pictured, screening Friday, June 5) but also lesser-seen silents (1922s The Toll of the Sea, with live piano accompaniment) and even test reels from John Barrymore and Mary Pickford. Info: Friday, June 5-August 5; $12 or free with museum admission, 212-708-9400, moma.org.
"AN ACT OF GOD"(Credit: Andrew Eccles)
(Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., Manhattan): Jim Parsons, pictured, returns to Broadway, transitioning from a TV hit about the "Big Bang Theory" to playing the Almighty in a comedy allegedly written by the "creator of, well, everything," but ghost-written by David Javerbaum, a former writer and executive producer for "The Daily Show" and directed by Joe Mantello ("Wicked"). Info: Through Aug. 2; $55-$149, 212-239-6200, anactofgod.com. -- LINDA WINER
CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS(Credit: Platon)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): Explore the influence of China on Western high-fashion designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel. The museum's Costume Institute collaborates with its Department of Asian Art to show fashion pieces (such as this evening dress by Valentino S.p.A.), along with Chinese costumes , paintings, porcelains and other art, as well as scenes from films by Chinese directors. Info: May 7-August 16; $12-$25 (free for members and children), 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. -- STAV ZIV
"SULTANS OF DECCAN INDIA"(Credit: The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Le)
(Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan): A newly opened exhibition, "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," focuses on the Muslim kingdoms of central India during the 16th and 17th centuries. Paintings are shown along with metalworks, painted and printed textiles, diamonds, and royal objects made of metal, wood and precious jewels. The related Sunday at the Met event (on April 26) includes a lecture and dance performance. Info: Through July 26; $12-$25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. -- STAV ZIV
"HAND TO GOD"(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.): Robert Askins? irreverent little Off-Broadway comedy dares Broadway to embrace the story of a Christian Puppet Ministry and a young man (Steven Boyer, right) whose hand puppet is the devil. Info: Through July 26; $37.50-$137, 212-239-6200, handtogodbroadway.com. ? LINDA WINER
"LAURIE SIMMONS: HOW WE SEE"(Credit: Salon 94/ Laurie Simmons)
(The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. at 92nd Street): This new exhibition draws on the "Doll Girls" subculture of women who alter their looks to appear more like Barbie or anime characters. Simmons (Lena Dunham's mom) photographs models with large, sparkling eyes painted on their closed lids. Info: Opens March 13, through Aug. 9; $15, 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI
BASQUIAT: THE UNKNOWN NOTEBOOKS(Credit: Tseng Kwong Chi)
(Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn): This new exhibition is built around notebook pages of the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, shown alongside thirty related paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works. The Brooklyn native had a short but prolific career before dying at the age of 27 in 1988. Basquiat's notebooks are filled with his sketches and handwritten texts including narrative poems, observations of New York City, and more. Info: Open through August 23; Free-$16, 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org. ? STAV ZIV
"SINATRA: AN AMERICAN ICON"(Credit: Capitol Photo Archives/ Ken Veeder)
(The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza): Learn about the man behind hit tunes like ?Fly Me to the Moon? and ?New York, New York? at this just-opened exhibit, showcasing never-before-seen family photos and memorabilia, plus audio and video recordings of his biggest hits. Info: Through Sept. 4; free, 917-275-6975, nypl.org/sinatra. ? ANNE MACHALINSKI
"SOMETHING ROTTEN"(Credit: Jordan Matter)
(St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.): Christian Borle and Brian D'Arcy James, pictured, co-star in this new comedy about Renaissance brothers who create the world's first musical while trying to compete with that show-off William Shakespeare. Casey Nicholaw ("The Book of Mormon," "Aladdin") directs. Info: Through Sept. 6; $37-$142, 212-239-6200, rottenbroadway.com. -- LINDA WINER
"FINDING NEVERLAND"(Credit: Carol Rosegg)
(Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.): This musical adaptation of the 2004 movie features Matthew Morrison of ?Glee? as J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp in the film) as he discovers the inspiration for ?Peter Pan.? Kelsey Grammer is Captain Hook in the production, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (?Pippin?). Info: Through Sept. 10; $72-$147, 877-250-2929, findingneverlandthemusical.com. ? LINDA WINER
"FUN HOME"(Credit: Joan Marcus)
(Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway): This smart new musical won just about every award it was qualified to win Off-Broadway at the Public Theater last year. Now the show, based on Alison Bechdel's coming-of-age graphic novel, comes of age on Broadway. The music is by Jeanine Tesori ("Violet"), with book/lyrics by Lisa Kron ("Well"). The cast, pictured, features Judy Kuhn and Michael Cerveris. Info: Through Sept. 13; $75-$150; 212-239-6200; funhomebroadway.com
"HIP-HOP REVOLUTION"(Credit: Janette Beckman)
(Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.): Take a trip back in time to the early days of hip-hop with more than 80 images by three photographers who captured the scene from 1977 to 1990. Info: Through Sept. 13; $14 suggested donation, 212-534-1672, mcny.org. ? ANNE MACHALINSKI
"IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU"(Credit: Andrew Eccles)
(Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.): David Hyde Pierce makes his Broadway directing debut with this musical comedy about wedding chaos. Tyne Daly, left, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka and Harriet Harris are part of the nuptial festivities. Info: Through Sept. 13; $59-$142, 877-250-2929, itshouldabeenyou.com. ? LINDA WINER
ANDY WARHOL EXHIBIT(Credit: Andy Warhol Foundation/ ARS, NY / TM Licensed by Campbell's Soup Co.)
(Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan): One of Andy Warhol's most iconic works is the series of 32 paintings of Campbell's soup cans he made in 1962. In "Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967," MoMA presents the landmark series along with drawings, illustrated books, paintings and prints from the transformative years when Warhol went from young commercial artist to Pop Art legend. Info: Opens Saturday, April 25, through Oct. 12; $14-$25, 212-708-9400, moma.org. -- STAV ZIV
LE DISTRICT(Credit: Jeff Thibodeau)
(Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Manhattan): The Café District of this new French-inspired destination, as well as its Beaubourg Brasserie for casual dining, are open for business. Parts of its Market District have opened throughout early April and outdoor seating areas and fine dining are coming in May. Located in Battery Park's newly renovated Brookfield Place complex, at Le District you can indulge in coffee, pastries, waffles, and crepes; shop for bread, cheese and meat; taste wine and buy handpicked flowers. Info: 212-981-8588, ledistrict.com. ? STAV ZIV
"LIVING ON LOVE"(Credit: Andrew Eccles)
(Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.): Renee Fleming, genuine opera superstar, plays an opera diva with operatic marital problems in this newcomedy by Joe DiPietro, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Info: In previews before an April 20 opening; $25-$145; 212-239-6200; livingonlovebroadway.com. -- Linda Winer
LUNA PARK(Credit: Charles Eckert)
(1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn): In a sure sign of spring, the Coney Island amusement park reopens for its fifth season this weekend. Located right on the boardwalk, the venue is jam-packed with rides and games for all ages, and on opening day, the first 100 people in line will ride the iconic Cyclone Roller Coaster, above, for free. The Thunderbolt coaster, which opened last year, and other rides ? including the teacups, carousel and sling shot ? also will be open for business. Info: The season opens Sunday, March 29 from noon-8 p.m., and hours vary through Nov. 1; free entry, a wristband good for 4 hours of rides with a 20-credit game card is $45; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com. ? ANNE MACHALINSKI
"LIFE AT THE LIMITS: STORIES OF AMAZING SPECIES"(Credit: AMNH/ Denis Finnin)
(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street): Did you know that elephant seals can hold their breath for up to two hours? Or that Hercules beetles can lift 80 times their weight? Such fascinating extreme creatures are the focus of a new show, featuring live animals, models, videos and interactive exhibits. Info: Opens April 4, through Jan. 3; $22, 212-769-5100, amnh.org. ? ANNE MACHALINSKI
CITY KITCHEN(Credit: Getty Images/ Craig Barritt)
(Row NYC, 700 8th Ave. at 44th Street): Dough (doughnuts), Luke's Lobster (lobster rolls) and Kuro Obi (ramen) are among the vendors at this new high-end Manhattan food market, conveniently located on the second floor of a hotel in Times Square. Info: Daily 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; citykitchen.rownyc.com. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI
HUSH HIP-HOP TOUR(Credit: Hush Tours)
(meeting at 110 E. 59th St. and touring Harlem and the Bronx): Take a ride through Harlem and the "Boogie Down" Bronx on the Birthplace of Hip-Hop Tour, a four-hour, winter-friendly jaunt past iconic street murals, graffiti walls and cultural landmarks. Info: Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. (and all Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays); $75, 212-714-3544, hushtours.com.
MEET BETTY AND VERONICA(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
NEW MUSICAL(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(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
GANSEVOORT FOOD MARKET(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
'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
'ROBOT SWARM'(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
COOPER HEWITT(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
BROOKLYN NIGHT BAZAAR
(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