Our picks for what to see and do in the city.
See Melissa Gilbert in 'My Brilliant Divorce'
Melissa Gilbert stars in Fallen Angel's NY premiere of Geraldine Aron's "My Brilliant Divorce," playing a New Yorker in London on the brink of poverty after she's abandoned by her British husband.
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, March 15, through April 8 at the New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St.
INFO $65, 866-811-4111, fallenangeltheatre.org
Eat sweets at 'Dessert Goals' in Long Island City
Get a sugar rush at this "Spring Disco"-themed event with vendors including Supermoon Bakehouse, Pop Cake Shop, Petee's Pies, Tipsy Scoop, Macaron Parlour, Salty Road and more. There's even an Instagram Garden designed to make your friends jealous.
WHEN | WHERE Saturdays and Sundays, March 17-18, and March 24-25, at Sound River Studios, 4-40 44th Dr., Long Island City, Queens
INFO $17-$35 (plus desserts for purchase), dessertgoals.com
See dances performed by Ailey II
Get a glimpse of talented young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers. Two different programs feature all-new works by Juel D. Lane, Renee I. McDonald and Darrell Grand Moultrie, as well as three "contemporary favorites" (by Jae Man Joo, Bridget L. Moore and Marcus Willis) returning from last season.
WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, March 14, through March 25 at Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W. 55th St.
INFO $49-$59, 866-811-4111, alvinailey.org
See 'Public Parks, Private Gardens' at 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 the Bedlam production of 'Pygmalion'
Just before "My Fair Lady" starts previews at Lincoln Center, the innovative bunch at Bedlam takes on Shaw's classic. "I'm extremely interested in exploring how power is negotiated through sexual politics," says artistic director Eric Tucker.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, March 16, through April 22 at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St.
INFO $45-$75, 212-925-2812, bedlam.org
See the Pacino retrospective at the Quad Cinema
Billed as "New York's first extensive retrospective" of Al Pacino's movies, "Pacino's Way" features more than 25 titles -- starring and/or directed by Pacino -- most of them on 35mm. Included are all the classics (from "Dog Day Afternoon" to "Heat"), the controversial "Cruising" and what may be his most Pacino-riffic performance, "The Devil's Advocate."
WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, March 14, through March 29 at Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St.
INFO $16, 212-255-2243, quadcinema.com
Demi Lovato makes tour stop at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
Demi Lovato performs Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
See 'David Bowie Is' at the Brooklyn Museum
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
See Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center
There's a long list of good reasons to go see Paul Taylor this month. They include a world premiere work by Taylor himself, as well as of commissions by Doug Varone and Bryan Arias; guest appearances by the Trisha Brown Dance Company and New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns; and live music by the Orchestra of St. Luke's at every show.
WHEN | WHERE Through March 25 at the David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
INFO $10-$175, 212-496-0600, davidhkochtheater.com
See 'A Letter to Harvey Milk' at the Acorn Theatre
In this intriguing new musical, a retired kosher butcher (Adam Heller, above), who is studying writing at the senior center, gets an assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who's dead. His teacher is stunned when he selects Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected public official.
WHEN | WHERE Through May 13 at the Acorn Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St.
INFO $79-$99, theatrerow.org/acornnowplaying, 212-239-6200, telecharge.com
See 'Zoe Leonard: Survey' at the Whitney Museum
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 Low Road' at the Public Theater
Talk about timely. This new play by Bruce Norris ("Clybourne Park") imagines the life of America's first capitalist, his dealings with the free market and his relationship with an educated slave. It's a vast story with 17 actors playing 50 roles, including Chukwudi Iwuji and Kevin Chamberlin, pictured.
WHEN | WHERE Through April 1 at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.
INFO $30-$85, 212-967-7555, publictheater.org
See the Roundabout production of 'Amy and the Orphans'
Two siblings come undone after the death of their father and -- in an effort to handle the predictable family drama -- reunite with sister Amy (Jamie Brewer of "American Horror Story"), who has Down syndrome. The world premiere of Lindsey Ferrentino's play is directed by Scott Ellis. With, from left, Vanessa Aspillaga, Brewer, Debra Monk and Mark Blum.
WHEN | WHERE Through April 22 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.
INFO $89, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org
See the Grant Wood exhibit at the Whitney
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
Experience the Spyscape museum in NYC
Spy aficionados, you now have a place to learn about espionage in history and to test your own skills. How would you fare in special ops laser tunnels? Would you be a better hacker or intelligence operative? The gift shop has books and gadgets to fuel your imagination after you get home.
WHEN | WHERE Open daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (last entry at 7 p.m.) at 928 Eighth Ave.
INFO $39, 212-549-1941, spyscape.com
See the Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden
The 16th edition of this perennial favorite features the work of Belgian floral artist Daniel Ost, who transforms the conservatory with living sculptures made of the flowers. Inspired visitors can take home a plant of their own.
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, March 3, through April 22 at The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
INFO $23-$30, 718-817-8700, nybg.org
See William Eggleston's photographs at the Met
The Met's exhibit of this influential American photographer showcases prints from his "Los Alamos" portfolio, extraordinary shots of people and places he captured between 1965 and 1974 in Memphis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans and New Mexico, where the secret government research lab inspired the name of the series.
WHEN | WHERE Through Friday, May 18, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
INFO $25 (suggested), 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org
The New Museum Triennial presents 30 artists, 19 countries
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
In a basement apartment, two generations of immigrants struggle with the choices they've made. The new play by Martyna Majok, pictured, will be directed by Danya Taymor.
WHEN | WHERE Feb. 14 through March 25 at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater, 150 W. 65th St.
INFO $30, 212-239-6200, lct.org
Leon Golub: Raw Nerve
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
'Peter Hujar: Speed of Life'
Photographer Hujar shot stunning black-and-white portraits of characters in the East Village bohemian art scene, including drag performer Ethyl Eichelberger, pictured. Three decades after Hujar's death from AIDS at 53, the Morgan Library presents 140 of his photographs that span the mid-1950s to the 1980s.
WHEN | WHERE Through May 20 at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave.
INFO $20, 212-685-0008, themorgan.org
See the world premiere of Sarah Burgess' political comedy about the clash between a take-no-prisoners lobbyist (Aya Cash) and an idealistic congresswoman (Eisa Davis, right, with Gillian Jacobs).
WHEN | WHERE Through March 25 at The Public Theater, LuEsther Hall, 425 Lafayette St.
INFO $65-$85, 212-967-7555, publictheater.org
'New York through the lens of 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
'Tennessee Williams: No refuge but writing'
Williams was responsible for such theater classics as "The Glass Menagerie," "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." This exhibit features original drafts, private diaries and personal letters, as well as paintings, photographs, production stills and other objects related to his creative process. WHEN | WHERE Friday, Feb. 2 through May 13 at the Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. INFO $20, 212-685-0008, themorgan.org
'Then they came for me'
The incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II is a painful chapter in American history, but one we must remember. The eviction of 120,000 Americans from their homes and their detainment in camps is seen through the lenses of Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and Toyo Miyatake, who was himself interned. Pictured: A 1944 photo by Miyatake.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 26, through May 6 at the International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery
INFO $14, 212-857-0000, icp.org
'Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the newfangled epic'
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
'Visionary Form: Dressing up for the screen'
A winter-long celebration of style and fashion on film, with titles ranging from "Blow-Up," pictured, Michelangelo Antonioni's portrait of Swingin' London, to "Blue Velvet," David Lynch's twisted version of American suburbia.
WHEN| WHERE Sundays (times vary) through March 25 at Metrograph, 7 Ludlow St.
INFO $15, 212-660-0312, metrograph.com
Mod New York
Explore the diverse and changing fashions of the 1960s. More than 70 garments dating from 1960 to 1973 -- along with fine and costume jewelry, shoes, handbags, design renderings and photographs -- reflect the emergence of new style icons.
In the photo: A beaded hairpiece by Carolee Prince.
WHEN | WHERE Through April 1 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212-534-1672, mcny.org
Just over a century ago, when the women's suffrage movement was still shy of its ultimate goal -- votes for women -- the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York became, as the title of this exhibit suggests, a hotbed of activism. Explore more than 100 artifacts and images relating to the fight for women's suffrage as well as labor reform, birth control and racial justice. Pictured: A photo by Jesse Tarbox Beals.
WHEN | WHERE Through March 25 at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., Manhattan
INFO $21, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org
History of Club 57
Delve into the history of Club 57, the iconic countercultural venue in Manhattan's East Village during the late 1970s and early '80s, whose founding curators included Ann Magnuson and Keith Haring, pictured. The exhibit not only tells the story of the space and surrounding art scenes, but also features examples of its work in film, video, performance, photography, painting and more.
WHEN | WHERE Tuesday, Oct. 31-April 1 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
INFO $25; 212-708-9400, moma.org
Thinking Machines: 'Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-1989''
This show looks not only at how technology has influenced artists and designers. They used new machines to create kinetic sculpture, plotter drawing, computer animation and video installation. The show also features examples of the designs of computers themselves, from IBM, Apple and more.
WHEN | WHERE Monday, Nov. 13-April 8 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
INFO $25, 212-708-9400, moma.org
Hayley Mills, pictured, stars in Irish playwright Isobel Mahon's comedy about a mom who brings her own food, among other things, to her daughter's party.
WHEN | WHERE Through April 8 at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.
INFO $38-$128, 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org
'New York on Ice: Skating in the city'
You could go skating at Rockefeller Center, Wollman Rink or Bryant Park. But if you'd rather be indoors, visit this exhibit about the history of New York City's favorite winter pastime. Explore vintage photographs, posters, lithographs, paintings and costumes that reveal how skating came to be part of city life and how the sport and art shaped the city itself. WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, April 15, at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. INFO $18, 212-534-1672, mcny.org
Take a closer look at U.S. history in the exhibit 'The Vietnam War: 1945-1975'
This new exhibit looks at the causes of the war, its duration, and its impact. It explores topics such as the Cold War, the draft and the antiwar movement. You can see news and film clippings, a troopship berthing unit, vibrant antiwar posters, artwork by Vietnam vets, a Viet Cong bicycle and paraphernalia such as this "boonie" hat, pictured. WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 6,through April 22, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West INFO $21; 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org
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
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
Brooklyn High Tea
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 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 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 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 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 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 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'
"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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
(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 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.
(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.
(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.
(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): 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 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.
(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
(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 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 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
(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 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 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, 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 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, 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
(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 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 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 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 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 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
(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
(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