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

See 'Woman and Scarecrow' at the Irish Rep

Dale Soules (
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Dale Soules ("Orange Is the New Black") stars in Marina Carr's play about a mom of eight living out her last days and revisiting her life in the company of her alter ego, known as Scarecrow.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 24 at Irish Rep Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.
INFO $50, 212-727-2737, irishrep.org

See 'RFK Funeral Train' exhibit at ICP

Fifty years ago, on June 8, 1968, thousands
Photo Credit: Annie Ingram

Fifty years ago, on June 8, 1968, thousands of people stood along the route of the train carrying the body of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from New York to Washington, D.C. Dutch visual artist, photographer and filmmaker Rein Jelle Terpstra contacted bystanders and captured their images and perspectives and created a multiscreen video projection that includes iconic images by Paul Fusco. This exhibition, "RFK Funeral Train: The People's View," is the product of his work.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 2, International Center of Photography Museum, 250 Bowery
INFO $10-$14, 212-857-0000, icp.org

Get in on Fleet Week fun

You can't miss the men and women in
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy

You can't miss the men and women in their starched whites in and about the city this weekend during Fleet Week New York. In its 30th year, this time-honored celebration puts the latest capabilities and talents of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard on display, as well as providing ship tours, musical entertainment and remembrance ceremonies. Photo ID for 18 and older is required for ship tours.
WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, May 23, through Tuesday, May 29, at various venues including Pier 86 in Manhattan, Times Square, Pier 90 in Manhattan, 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
INFO Free, fleetweeknewyork.com  

See Norman Rockwell exhibit at New-York Historical Society

A traveling exhibition dedicated to Norman Rockwell's iconic
Photo Credit: Collection of Norman Rockwell Museum

A traveling exhibition dedicated to Norman Rockwell's iconic paintings depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms -- Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear and Freedom from Want -- comes to Manhattan. This 150-piece exhibition, "Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms," includes other works, historical documents, photographs, videos, artifacts and interactive displays.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, May 25, through Sept. 2, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
INFO $6-$21, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org    

See Royal Blood at Brooklyn Steel

British musicians Mike Kerr (pictured) and Ben Thatcher
Photo Credit: AP / Invision/Amy Harris

British musicians Mike Kerr (pictured) and Ben Thatcher pride themselves on creating the hardest-rocking dance music around, as they proved with countless arena and stadium shows and last year's guitar-fueled "How Did We Get So Dark?" In the relatively intimate confines of Brooklyn Steel, the effect will be even more intense.
WHEN | WHERE 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Monday, May 28, Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost St., Brooklyn
INFO $37, 888-929-7849, axs.com    

So, you thought 'The Exorcist' was scary?

A composer (George C. Scott) grieving over
Photo Credit: AGFA

 A composer (George C. Scott) grieving over his lost family seeks solace in a remote mansion, only to encounter the ghost of a dead child in "The Changeling.'' Peter Medak's 1980 horror-chiller, got somewhat lost in the post-"Exorcist" crush of the day, but Martin Scorsese once listed it as the sixth-scariest film of all time -- ahead of "The Shining" and "Psycho."
WHEN | WHERE Through May 31 at Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St., Manhattan
INFO $15, 212-660-0312,  metrograph.com    

Enjoy a champagne brunch as you sail around New York Harbor

Kick off summer with a two-hour champagne brunch
Photo Credit: Manhattan by Sail

Kick off summer with a two-hour champagne brunch sail in and around New York Harbor aboard the 82-foot schooner Shearwater. The menu includes quiche, yogurt parfaits, muffins, bagels, croissants, smoked salmon, seasonal fruit and an open Champagne bar. And don't be shy about asking to help raise the sails. See website for tickets and additional information on this rain-or-shine event.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Sundays through Oct. 28, North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place, South End Avenue and Liberty Street, Manhattan. 
INFO $45-$98, 212-660-0312, manhattanbysail.com    

Visit London in the '20s in 'Conflict'

It's a mashup of sex and politics (who
Photo Credit: Mint Theater

It's a mashup of sex and politics (who would ever have thought?) in the Mint Theater production of Miles Malleson's play. "Conflict" is set in London in the 1920s, with a contested election serving as the backdrop. Pictured: Actor Jeremy Beck.
WHEN | WHERE  In previews for a June 21 opening at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.
INFO $65, 212-239-6200, telecharge.com  

Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage

Head to Union Square North to help celebrate
Photo Credit: Abraham Chuang

Head to Union Square North to help celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week with cultural performances, food and activities for both the young and not so young. This rain-or-shine event is celebrating its 17th year.
WHEN | WHERE Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, May 27, Union Square North (17th Street, between Park Avenue and Broadway)
INFO Free, 973-980-8732, p2tw.org

See Diana Al-Hadid's 'Delirious Matter' in Madison Square Park

Wander through Madison Square Park and check out
Photo Credit: Rashmi Gill

Wander through Madison Square Park and check out six new, temporary sculptures, part of a public art project by Syrian-born artist Diana Al-Hadid. Look at the giant, porous walls she's built along the hedges, the three reclining female figures placed on the lawns and the site-specific sculpture in the reflecting pool.
WHEN | WHERE Monday, May 14, through Sept. 3 at Madison Square Park
INFO Free, 212-520-7600, madisonsquarepark.org

See Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i at New York Botanical Garden

In 1939, O'Keeffe spent two months in Hawaii,
Photo Credit: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

In 1939, O'Keeffe spent two months in Hawaii, where she was being commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Co. (now Dole) to produce images for an ad campaign. The New York Botanical Garden is showing more than 15 paintings she created during her visit, along with a display of Hawaiian flora.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, May 19, through Oct. 28 at The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx
INFO $23-$28, 718-817-8700, nybg.org  

See Chiara Atik's 'Bump' at Ensemble Studio Theatre

The miracle of childbirth is explored in Ensemble
Photo Credit: Emilia Aghamirzai

The miracle of childbirth is explored in Ensemble Studio Theatre's world premiere of this play by Chiara Atik (pictured), in which a girl in Colonial New England, pregnant moms on a message board and an expectant grandfather all search for some basic information.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 3 at EST's Curt Dempster Theatre, 545 W. 52nd St.
INFO From $30, ensemblestudiotheatre.org

Watch a glassblowing demo on board the GlassBarge

The Corning Museum of Glass is taking a
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Foote

The Corning Museum of Glass is taking a 30-by80-foot canal barge on a four-month journey along the Hudson River and Erie Canal. It starts at Brooklyn Bridge Park, 150 years after what was then the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company moved upstate. The GlassBarge has Corning's all-electric glassmaking equipment on board and will offer 30-minute demonstrations to visitors.
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 17, to May 28 at Pier 5, ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
INFO Free (online reservations strongly encouraged), 800-732-6845, cmog.org/GlassBarge

See Lois Smith in 'Peace for Mary Frances'

Lois Smith stars as a 90-year-old woman whose
Photo Credit: Serge Nivelle

Lois Smith stars as a 90-year-old woman whose parents fled the Armenian genocide in the New Group's world premiere of the play by Lily Thorne. Lila Neugebauer directs.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 17 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.
INFO From $30, 212-244-3380,  thenewgroup.org

See Signature Theatre's production of 'Paradise Blue'

Signature Theatre opens Dominique Morisseau's five-play residency with
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre opens Dominique Morisseau's five-play residency with this work set in gentrifying Detroit, circa 1949. The cast includes Simone Missick, pictured; Ruben Santiago-Hudson ("The Piano Lesson," "Jitney") directs.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 10 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.
INFO $30 ($30-$55 beginning June 3), 212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org

See 'Heavenly Bodies' at the Met Costume Institute

Photo Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another," says Andrew Bolton, curator in charge of The Costume Institute. "Heavenly Bodies" explores these connections, with papal robes and accessories from the Vatican and more than 150 ensembles from designers, including works by Coco Chanel, Jeanne Lanvin and John Galliano, pictured.
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 10, through Oct. 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.; and at The Met Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., Fort Tryon Park
INFO $25 (New York State residents pay as you wish with ID), 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Ogle the decor at Kips Bay Decorator Show House

A team of 22 designers and architects has
Photo Credit: Drake+Anderson/Marco Ricca

A team of 22 designers and architects has transformed an Upper East Side town house into a gorgeous display of furnishings, art and technology. Your visit will benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, helping fund after-school and enrichment programs for Bronx youth. Pictured: A room designed by Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson.
WHEN | WHERE Open daily through Thursday, May 31 (check website for times), at 110 E. 76th St.
INFO $40, 718-893-8600, ext. 11245, kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org

See Caryl Churchill's new play at New York Theatre Workshop

In Caryl Churchill's "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire" (with
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

In Caryl Churchill's "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire" (with Matthew Jeffers, pictured), revolutionaries in 1647 England deal with shifting power and dream of the future. Three-time Obie winner Rachel Chavkin directs.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 3 at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. Fourth St.
INFO $69, 212-460-5475, nytw.org

See the art of Chaim Soutine at The Jewish Museum

These paintings aren't for the faint of heart.
Photo Credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art R

These paintings aren't for the faint of heart. The Russian-born, Paris-based artist (1893-1943) was known for still life works that are dense and full of emotion, depicting hanging fowl, beef carcasses and rayfish, which he painted from real subjects in his studio.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, May 4, through Sept. 16 at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18, 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

The New Museum Triennial presents 30 artists, 19 countries

The "2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage" presents the
Photo Credit: Joerg Lohse

The "2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage" presents the works of 30 artists from 19 countries -- including Cian Dayrit (Philippines), KERNEL (Greece) and Wong Ping (Hong Kong). The exhibit highlights the ways these diverse artists question, comment on and call to change political and social structures. Pictured: "The Okiest Doke" by Janiva Ellis. 
WHEN | WHERE Through May 27 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery 
INFO $18 (free 18 and younger, must go to the front desk), 212-219-1222, newmuseum.org  

'Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the newfangled epic'

A new exhibit at the American Folk Art
Photo Credit: Philip Bernard

A new exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum focuses on self-taught artists. More than 250 works from 21 artists are on display, including rare manuscripts, illustrated notebooks with coded texts, expanding cartography and more, such as this theatrical partition by Swiss artist Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964).  WHEN | WHERE Sunday, Jan. 21, through May 27 at the American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square  INFO Free, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org

Leon Golub: Raw Nerve

The centerpiece of this exhibit dedicated to artist
Photo Credit: Nancy Spero and Leon Golub Found / Schwarz Bruce

The centerpiece of this exhibit dedicated to artist Leon Golub (1922-2004) is his large-scale painting "Gigantomachy II," pictured. This 10-by-25-foot work, created in 1966 as the artist was beginning to protest the Vietnam War, is a raw depiction of the Olympian gods of Greek myth engaged in combat with a race of giants. (The painting was a gift to the Metropolitan in 2016). 
WHEN | WHERE  Through May 27 at the Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave. 
INFO Suggested admission $25 (includes entry to the Met Fifth Avenue), 212-731-1675, metmuseum.org

Stephen Shore

Dive into the decades-long career of this American
Photo Credit: Stephen Shore from 303 Gallery

Dive into the decades-long career of this American photographer who has worked with cheap automatic cameras and large-format cameras, in color and in black and white, and with digital photography, digital printing and social media. The survey features hundreds of photographic works as well as books, ephemera and other objects.  WHEN | WHERE Through Monday, May 28, at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.  INFO $25, 212-708-9400, moma.org

'New York through the lens of George Kalinsky'

Kalinsky has been the official photographer of Madison
Photo Credit: Madison Square Garden/George Kalinsky

Kalinsky has been the official photographer of Madison Square Garden since 1966, meaning he's captured shots of some of New York City's most memorable moments for more than half a century. This new exhibition highlights images such as Pope John Paul II lifting a child onto the Popemobile, pictured.  WHEN | WHERE Friday, Feb. 2 through June 3 at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West INFO $21, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org

See 'Zoe Leonard: Survey' at the Whitney Museum

The Whitney presents an overview of the work
Photo Credit: Zoe Leonard

The Whitney presents an overview of the work of photographer and sculptor Zoe Leonard. The museum, which has several works by Leonard in its permanent collection, has included her in three of its biennials. The exhibition features pieces that delve into the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement and the urban landscape. Pictured: "TV Wheelbarrow' (2001).
WHEN | WHERE Through June 10 at the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St.
INFO $25, 212-570-3600, whitney.org

See the Grant Wood exhibit at the Whitney

You no doubt recognize Grant Wood's iconic 1930
Photo Credit: Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY

You no doubt recognize Grant Wood's iconic 1930 painting "American Gothic," pictured. The Whitney's new exhibition, "Grant Wood: American Gothic Fables and Other Fables," allows you to learn more about the artist and see some of his many other works, including arts and crafts decorative objects, Impressionist oils, murals and book illustrations. 
WHEN | WHERE Friday, March 2, through June 10 at the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St. 
INFO $25 (free 18 and younger), 212-570-3600, whitney.org

See 'Memory Unearthed' at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Nazis assigned Henryk Ross, a Polish Jew
Photo Credit: Art Gallery of Ontario

The Nazis assigned Henryk Ross, a Polish Jew confined to the Lodz Ghetto in the 1940s, to work as an official photographer for the Jewish Administration's Statistics department. On the side, he secretly documented everyday life in the ghetto and the process of deportation, burying some 6,000 negatives before being deported himself. About half survived, and more than 200 are now on display.
WHEN | WHERE Through June 24 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl.
INFO $12, $10 ages 65 and older, free 12 and younger, 646-437-4202, mjhnyc.org

See LI native Dan Lauria in 'The Stone Witch'

Lindenhurst High School grad Dan Lauria (
Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Lindenhurst High School grad Dan Lauria ("Lombardi") plays an illustrator of children's books in the Off-Broadway premiere of Shem Bitterman's play. Interesting, because Lauria himself has written two children's books.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 15 at the Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 W. 43rd St.
INFO $89, 212-239-6200, stonewitchplay.com

See 'David Bowie Is' at the Brooklyn Museum

Fans of the late music icon won't want
Photo Credit: The David Bowie Archive/Masayoshi Sukita

Fans of the late music icon won't want to miss the final stop of this touring exhibit in Brooklyn. Immerse yourself in an audio experience, which uses high-end technology, as well as a visual one. You'll learn about the artist from more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 15 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn
INFO $20-$25 (advance purchase strongly recommended, tickets separate from museum admission), $16 seniors and 13 and older; $10 ages 4-12, free younger than 4; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

Browse the 'Like Life' exhibit at the Met Breuer

Artists have been representing the human body in
Photo Credit: Colnaghi Foundation, London

Artists have been representing the human body in three-dimensional works for centuries. This Met Breuer exhibit, subtitled "Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300-Now)," brings together a range of works from Donatello, El Greco, Auguste Rodin and Edgar Degas, as well as Louise Bourgeois, Charles Ray, Jeff Koons and others. Pictured: A 16th century Saint Sebastian from Spain.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 22 at the Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave.
INFO $25, 212-731-1675, metmuseum.org

See 'Visitors to Versailles' exhibit at the Met

What was it like to visit Versailles, the
Photo Credit: Anna-Marie Kellen

What was it like to visit Versailles, the gilded palace outside Paris, during the century or so between Louis XIV moving in and Louis XVI being forced out? This show features paintings, portraits, furniture, tapestries, costumes and other objects (such as this bejeweled snuffbox) that tell the stories of those who came through the stunning court.
WHEN | WHERE Through July 29 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

See 'Public Parks, Private Gardens' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Imagine yourself in France from the late 18th
Photo Credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Imagine yourself in France from the late 18th to early 20th centuries -- a period that saw the arrival of new varieties of plants and flowers and the rise of parks and gardens. That's the subject of this exhibit, with more than 150 works by a roll call of greats including Cézanne, van Gogh, Manet, Matisse, Seurat and Monet. (Monet's "The Parc Monceau," from 1878, is pictured.)
WHEN | WHERE Through July 29 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street
INFO $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

See 'Mel Chin: All Over the Place' at the Queens Museum

This survey showcases works by the Houston-born artist
Photo Credit: Mel Chin

This survey showcases works by the Houston-born artist who frequently explores the natural environment, socioeconomic systems and injustice. New site-specific works will pop up at the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in May and in Times Square in July.
WHEN | WHERE Through Aug. 12, at the Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
INFO $8, 718-592-9700, queensmuseum.org

Saturday suppers at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

You won't find a dish that costs more
Photo Credit: Charles Sturges

You won't find a dish that costs more than $6 at this annual event celebrating the diverse cuisines of Queens. Vendors include Arepalicious, Moffle Bar, Bliss Street Creamery, Caribbean Street Eats, Parantha Alley and Taste of Ukraine.
WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. to midnight every Saturday, from April 21 through Aug. 18, at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
INFO Dishes $5-$6, queensnightmarket.com

Museum of the City of New York

Women are front and center at this exhibit,
Photo Credit: Museum of the City of New York

Women are front and center at this exhibit, which looks back at a century's worth of female activism, leadership and political influence in New York. It uses rare artifacts, documents, costumes, photographs and audio-visual materials to tell the stories of women who helped shape the city, state and country. WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 13 through summer 2018 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. INFO $18; 212-534-1672, mcny.org

Step into a sci-fi world at the Met's roof garden

This year's roof garden commission at the Met,
Photo Credit: Hyla Skopitz

This year's roof garden commission at the Met, by sculptor Huma Bhabha, is inspired by science fiction films like "The Day the Earth Stood Still." A five-headed figure standing 12 feet tall looms over an 18-foot-long one lying nearby. Linger at the rooftop bar, which is serving beer from local breweries, wines on tap and science fiction-inspired specialty cocktails.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 28 at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25, 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Brooklyn High Tea

Sip an aromatic cup of darjeeling, assam, green
Photo Credit: The Williamsburg Hotel/Annie Schlechter

Sip an aromatic cup of darjeeling, assam, green or wild pear tea from Brooklyn-based Tea Dealers and a three-tiered tower of treats from Brooklyn Bread Lab, including a black-pepper-and-mascarpone quiche, a sweet-potato doughnut, a chili-chocolate brownie and a malted pecan-chocolate tart. Jazz singer Katherine Ella Wood performs during the tea on Sundays. WHEN | WHERE Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, noon-5 p.m., in the lobby bar of the Williamsburg Hotel, 96 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn INFO $30; 718-362-8100, thewilliamsburghotel.com -- STAV ZIV

'To Quench the thirst of New Yorkers: The Croton Aqueduct at 175'

Many New Yorkers today take for granted the
Photo Credit: Nathan Kensinger

Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city's taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s. WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. INFO $18; 212-534-1672, mcny.org. Pictured is the interior of ther Croton Aqueduct -- STAV ZIV

Birding bob walks

Robert DeCandido, pictured, has been leading bird walks
Photo Credit: Deborah Allen

Robert DeCandido, pictured, has been leading bird walks for more than two decades. Join him and a group of enthusiasts for a walk through Central Park, home to about 235 species of birds. You might spy a worm-eating warbler, American redstart, common yellowthroat, Carolina wren or cedar waxwing. Binoculars can be rented for an additional $10 per tour (reserve ahead). WHEN | WHERE Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in Central Park (see website for schedule) INFO $10; 718-828-8262 or 347-703-5554 (during or just before walks), birdingbob.com -- STAV ZIV

'An incomplete history of protest: Selections from the Whitney's collection

Art has power, and so do artists, to
Photo Credit: Toyo Miyatake Studio

Art has power, and so do artists, to comment on and transform society. This Whitney exhibit looks at art that served as activism, whether to push for civil rights, protest the Vietnam War or combat the AIDS crisis. Pictured: Toyo Miyatake's "Untitled (Opening Image from Valediction)" from 1944. WHEN | WHERE Opened Friday, Aug. 18 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St. INFO $25; 212-570-3600, whitney.org -- STAV ZIV

New York Historical Society

The museum's fourth floor has reopened with The
Photo Credit: Corrado Serra

The museum's fourth floor has reopened with The Gallery of Tiffany Lamps (pictured), rotating displays of items from the museum's permanent collection and the brand-new Center for Women's History. The latter is dedicated to telling the stories of women who shaped American history. Currently on display is the exhibit "Saving Washington," as well as recently donated objects from Billie Jean King's archive and the multimedia installation "Women's Voices." WHEN | WHERE Now open at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West INFO $20; 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org -- STAV ZIV

Brooklyn Chocolate tour

What better way to spend half a day
Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

What better way to spend half a day than tasting some of the best chocolate in Brooklyn -- including Jacques Torres in Dumbo, Raaka Chocolate in Red Hook and The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill, pictured. You'll learn about chocolate history and the chocolate-making process, watch demonstrations and see audio-visual presentations on the bus in between stops. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving from near Union Square, Manhattan (details of meeting location provided upon ticket purchase) INFO $50; 212-913-9917 or 917-515-5409, asliceofbrooklyn.com -- STAV ZIV

 

New York at its core

It's hard to believe that New York City
Photo Credit: Filip Wolak

It's hard to believe that New York City was once a small Dutch village. This new permanent exhibit looks back at 400 years of the city's history, focusing on themes such as money, density, diversity and creativity. You'll learn about key figures, from Alexander Hamilton to Jane Jacobs to Jay-Z, as well as those who don't often make it into the textbooks. There are more than 450 historical objects and an immersive Future City Lab. WHEN | WHERE Now open at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. INFO $18; 212-534-1672, mcny.org -- STAV ZIV

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

Photo Credit: Hunter Canning

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" doesn't arrive on Broadway until March. In the meantime, check out the Potter legend as seen through the eyes of those relegated to the house of Hufflepuffs in this show, subtitled "Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic." With James Fouhey and Zac Moon, pictured. WHEN | WHERE Open run at New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St. INFO $67-$87; 212-239-6200, telecharge.com -- BARBARA SCHULER

Jump into the Light

Instead of going to the cinema just to
Photo Credit: Jump Into the Light

Instead of going to the cinema just to watch a movie, try going to one where you can step into the movie. Jump Into the Light offers visitors the opportunity to watch 360-degree virtual reality films — including comedy, documentary, fiction, horror and picks for kids — as well as to try out the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality systems and take a 3-D selfie. WHEN | WHERE Now open at 355A Bowery INFO $29-$95; jumpintothelight.com.

Westfield World Trade Center Mall

This architecturally striking, two-level shopping center, set in
Photo Credit: AP/Mark Lennihan

This architecturally striking, two-level shopping center, set in the heart of Santiago Calatrava’s dramatic Oculus transit hub, is open for business. Browse more than 100 stores, including familiar labels such as Banana Republic, Aldo, Kate Spade and John Varvatos; beauty brands such as Sephora, MAC and Dior; and the sixth branch of Long Island’s own London Jewelers. The massive Eataly and several other spots will feed the hungry throngs, while London steakhouse Hawksmoor, Épicerie Boulud and more dining spots are to open in the coming months. WHEN | WHERE Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays at 185 Greenwich St. INFO westfield.com.

Hamilton Happy Hour tour

If you haven't reached your saturation point with
Photo Credit: Intrepid Urban Adventures

If you haven't reached your saturation point with all things "Hamilton" this summer, you can sign up for this two-hour walking tour through the Financial District. It stops at sites significant to the newly popular Founding Father, including the tavern where he drank, the church where he is buried and Federal Hall National Memorial, pictured. WHEN | WHERE Daily at 3 p.m., starting at Trinity Church, 75 Broadway INFO $85; 347-878-8444, urbanadventures.com.

Multiple Maniac

Rarely seen 1970 film, a precursor to his
Photo Credit: Lawrence Irvine

Rarely seen 1970 film, a precursor to his taste-assaulting classic “Pink Flamingos,” returns in a digital restoration. Most notable for a scene in which the drag queen Divine (pictured on right, with Mink Stole) is raped by a 15-foot lobster, “Multiple Maniacs” was nearly banned in Waters’ native Baltimore, where a circuit court judge called it “sickening” and “revolting.” WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday, Aug. 5, at the IFC Center, 323 Ave. of the Americas INFO $15; 212-924-7771, ifccenter.com.

Tavern on the green summer beer garden

If summer sounds like sipping a cold beer
Photo Credit: Tavern on the Green

If summer sounds like sipping a cold beer outdoors, know that Tavern on the Green has opened a Summer Beer Garden on its terrace, serving pints and pitchers of brews like Montauk Summer Ale, Empire Light and Mermaid Pilsner. On the edge of Central Park, the iconic restaurant has appeared in movies from the original “Ghostbusters” to “New York, I Love You.” WHEN | WHERE Open daily 1-9 p.m., at Tavern on the Green, 67th Street and Central Park West INFO Free entry, pints $6-$11, 212-877-8684, tavernonthegreen.com — STAV ZIV

 

Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum

Get some noshes next time you visit the
Photo Credit: The Jewish Museum

Get some noshes next time you visit the Jewish Museum, where a variety of exhibitions are on view. The famous Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side has opened a restaurant and soon will add a takeout counter. Grab a knish or a pastrami sandwich, and dig into dishes like borscht and shakshouka and challah. WHEN | WHERE Now open at the Jewish Museum (closed Wednesdays), 1109 Fifth Ave. INFO Price by menu item; 212-475-4880 ext. 3, thejewishmuseum.org/russanddaughters.

Smorgasburg

It’s a sure sign of spring when the
Photo Credit: Smorgasburg / John von Pamer

It’s a sure sign of spring when the Smorgasburg booths are open for business. The outdoor food market sets up shop in Williamsburg each Saturday and in Prospect Park every Sunday, throughout the warm months. Vendors include Ramen Burger, Dough and Oaxaca Taqueria. WHEN | WHERE Saturdays at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave., Brooklyn; Sundays at Breeze Hill, Prospect Park, Brooklyn INFO Free admission (food for sale), smorgasburg.com.

Met Breuer opening

The highly anticipated annex to the Met Museum
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The highly anticipated annex to the Met Museum is now open with a flurry of activity. At the building that formerly housed the Whitney, the Met expands its programming in 20th and 21st century art. Inaugural exhibitions are "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible," "Relation: A Performance Residency by Vijay Iyer" and a show dedicated to Iranian modernist Nasreen Mohamedi. The opening weekend celebration includes a series of nine-minute talks, performances by David Dorfman Dancers, art activities and family day on Sunday. WHEN | WHERE Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Monday, at The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave., Manhattan INFO $25, 212-731-1675, metmuseum.org/visit/met-breuer.

The Titanosaur

(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West
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(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., Manhattan): Tyrannosaurus rex and the big blue whale are about to get some company at the Natural History museum --- this 122-foot-long, plant-eating creature who roamed the earth 100 to 95 million years ago. The fossilized remains, pictured, were unearthed in Argentina's Patagonia region in 2014. Info: $22, 212-769-5100, amnh.org.

(148 Eighth Ave., Manhattan): The name stands for
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(148 Eighth Ave., Manhattan): The name stands for bacon, egg and cheese -- and this Chelsea eatery serves nothing but breakfast sandwiches (plus sides and salads) all day long. Some favorites: the Farmhouse (eggs, crispy pancetta, ricotta, honey, baby spinach and fig jam on a roll) and the Spicy Spaniard (eggs, Serrano ham, Manchego, pickled jalapeños, romaine lettuce and tomato compote on a roll). Info: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; sandwiches $8.50-$12.50, 212-633-8020, becnyc.com/becnyc.com.

Hayden Planetarium

(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West
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(American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan): "Dark Universe" is back on a brand new 360-degree screen. The American Museum of Natural History's newly renovated Hayden Planetarium reopened at the end of November, and the space show narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson is once again playing. Based on real data from NASA missions and ground telescopes, it tells the story of important scientific discoveries and of new mysteries like dark matter and dark energy. Info: $18-$33, 212-769-5200, amnh.org.

Rizzoli Bookstore

(1133 Broadway, Manhattan): One of New York's classic
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(1133 Broadway, Manhattan): One of New York's classic independent booksellers -- first on Fifth Avenue, and then on West 57th Street -- has a richly decorated new home on Broadway, with cherry wood bookcases, custom-made Italian wallpaper and brass-and-iron chandeliers. Known for art and design titles, the store also carries fiction, children's literature and more. Info: Now open (closed Sundays in August) at 1133 Broadway, Manhattan; Free, 212-759-2424, rizzolibookstore.com.

Seaglass carousel

(The Battery, enter the park on the corner
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(The Battery, enter the park on the corner of State Street and Peter Minuit Plaza, Manhattan): More than a decade in the making, the Seaglass Carousel evokes the New York Aquarium that once stood in Battery Park. (It closed in 1941 and reopened in Coney Island in the 1950s.) Visitors can climb inside one of 30 colorful, luminescent fish -- which measure up to 9 feet wide and 13 feet tall -- for an "underwater" ride on this permanent aquatic-themed installation. Info: $5, thebattery.org.

One World Observatory

(One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St., Manhattan):
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(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 9 p.m., through April 30 (when spring hours begin); $34-$67, 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com.

Peopling of America Center

Ellis Island has long been a hub to
Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

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; ferries depart from Battery Park; free, 212-561-4588, nwsdy.li/peoplingamerica.

Le District

(Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., Manhattan): The Café
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(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

City Kitchen

(Row NYC, 700 8th Ave. at 44th Street):
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(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: Sunday-Wednesday 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday; citykitchen.rownyc.com. -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

Hush Hip-Hop Tour

(meeting at 110 E. 59th St. and touring
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(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.

Gansevoort Food Market

(353 W. 14th St.): An 8,000-square-foot building in
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(353 W. 14th 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

'Robot Swarm'

(National Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St.):
Photo 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

Chicago City Limits

(Jan Hus Theatre, 351 E. 74th St.): The
Photo Credit: Eli Zuckerman

(Jan Hus Theatre, 351 E. 74th St.): The renowned improv troupe, "a starting point for Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Rita Rudner and other top comics," has returned to the Jan Hus Theatre at First Avenue, its home base from 1981 to 1992. In honor of the homecoming, Chicago City Limits is calling its 40th comedy revue "Hus on First?" Info: Fridays at 8 and Saturdays at 7:30 and 10, $25, 212-888-5233, chicagocitylimits.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

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.-7 p.m.; Free, 212-206-9922, thehighline.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

Woolworth Building lobby tours

(233 Broadway): When it was completed in 1913,
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(233 Broadway): When it was completed in 1913, lower Manhattan's Woolworth building -- at 792 feet high -- was the tallest in the world. Today, this historic landmark is dwarfed by skyscrapers near and far, but its stunning lobby, which features stained glass, Byzantine mosaics and other architectural flourishes, is still top of the class. Tours are now being offered in five languages. Custom tours available for groups of 10-35. Info: Daily at various times; $20-$45, depending on length of tour (offered for 30, 60 or 90 minutes), 203-966-9663, woolworthtours.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

Le Bingo

(Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.): Linda Simpson,
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(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: Friday and Saturday at 6:45; free admission, $2 for each bingo card; 212-505-3474, lepoissonrouge.com -- DANIEL BUBBEO

Ample Hills Creamery

(305 Nevins St., Brooklyn): This new Gowanus spot,
Photo 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 11 p.m.; Sunday-Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; $4.35 for a scoop, 347-725-4061, amplehills.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

Jamaica Bay

(Jacob Riis Park, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens):
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(Jacob Riis Park, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Queens): Explore the parks, beaches and trails of this waterfront community with stops at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for birding (above), the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve for kayaking and Jacob Riis Park for beaching. After all that outdoor fun, a look into the area's history awaits at Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Tilden, and enticing eats are just 10 minutes away at the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. Info: Find more on Jamaica Bay (and other NYC daytrips) at nycgo.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

Gotham West Market

Six restaurants, one coffee spot, a grocery store
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Six restaurants, one coffee spot, a grocery store and a bike shop make up this newish destination on the far West side of Manhattan. Work up an appetite on one of NYC Velo's Saturday morning rides or at one of Brooklyn Kitchen's cooking classes; then refuel with some Blue Bottle coffee, Ivan Ramen or tapas from El Comado, among other options. INFO: Open daily at 600 11th Ave. Prices vary, 212-582-7940, gothamwestmarket.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

Russ and Daughters Cafe

(127 Orchard St.): Give dad what he really
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(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 Station, the Bronx): Explore
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(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

9/11 Memorial and Museum

(1 Albany St. at Greenwich Street): After years
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(1 Albany St. at Greenwich Street): After years of planning and a dayslong dedication, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is open to the public. Exhibits tell the stories of 9/11, using audio and video footage, photographs, personal artifacts and first-person testimonials. Large artifacts on view include a 36-foot piece of structural steel, the "Last Column" removed from the recovery effort, now covered with inscriptions, "missing" posters and mementos (pictured above). The memorial exhibition pays tribute to the 2,983 people killed on 9/11 and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Info: Museum open daily after May 21, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (open until 9 p.m. on weekends); $24, advance tickets available online, free tickets available Tuesdays 5-close.; memorial open daily 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., free 212-266-5211, 911memorial.org -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

'Escape the room'

(25 W. 31st St., 11th floor): You're locked
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(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, 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, $30 (tickets must be purchased in advance), 347-954-9160, escapetheroomnyc.com -- ANNE MACHALINSKI

'Aladdin'

(New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.): Disney's
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(New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.): Disney's new musical adaptation of the 1992 film includes its familiar songs plus numbers by composer Alan Mencken and late lyricist Howard Ashman that never made it to the final movie. Casey Nicholaw, codirector of a little show called "The Book of Mormon," does the staging and choreography, with Adam Jacobs (pictured) in the title role. Info: Ongoing, $75.50-$137.50, 866-870-2717, aladdinthemusical.com -- LINDA WINER

Cirque Saturdays

(Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.): The Cirque
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(Highline Ballroom, 431 W. 16th St.): The Cirque comes to town every week as aerialists, dancers, drummers, DJs and even an electric violinist put on what they hope will be the greatest show on Earth. Too bad there are no elephants. Info: 11 p.m. Saturdays (ongoing), $15; 646-706-3366, highlineballroom.com. --DANIEL BUBBEO

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