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

Explore 20 years of Harry Potter

The New-York Historical Society is celebrating the 20th
Photo Credit: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC / Jim Kay

The New-York Historical Society is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter's literary arrival in the United States with "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," an exhibition packed with manuscripts, books and other items from a wide range of Potter-focused collections.
INFO 888-718-4253,  harrypotter.nyhistory.org
WHEN | WHERE Daily, except most Mondays, through Jan. 27; 170 Central Park W., Manhattan
INFO $21, $6 ages 5-13, free 4 and younger 

Get a slice at the Museum of Pizza

Let the power of the pie compel you
Photo Credit: Nameless Network Inc.

Let the power of the pie compel you -- for this exhibit is not a parlor, but a fully-realized pizza-inspired experience. Watch for creative installations and art -- and yes, you'll get a free slice while checking it all out (while supplies last).
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 28; The William Vale Hotel, 55 Wythe Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn
INFO themuseumofpizza.org
ADMISSION $30, free ages 3-12 and older than 60, purchase online at eventbrite.com 

Eat chili during 'Oklahoma' at St. Ann's Warehouse

A pared-down version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe

A pared-down version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Oklahoma" has some interesting casting, a darker interpretation and new orchestrations. The audience shares a chili snack during intermission. With Damon Daunno, Mary Testa, Patrick Vaill and Rebecca Naomi Jones, pictured.
WHEN | WHERE Through Nov. 11 at St. Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St., Brooklyn
INFO 866-811-4111,  stannswarehouse.org 
ADMISSION From $41

Visit 'Popcorn Falls' at the Davenport Theatre

Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle is making his
Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle is making his New York directing debut with "Popcorn Falls," a comedy by James Hindman. The title refers to a small American town where the waterfall it's named for has dried up (shades of "Anyone Can Whistle"). With Adam Heller and Tom Souhrada, pictured.
WHERE | WHEN Tickets on sale through Jan. 6, Davenport Theatre, 354 W. 45th St., Manhattan
INFO 212-239-6200, telecharge.com
ADMISSION Tickets from $75  

See the work of an early abstract artist

Recognized as one of the art world's earliest
Photo Credit: Albin Dahlström

Recognized as one of the art world's earliest abstract painters, Hilma af Klint was a steadfast believer that her work was inspired by the spiritual. The new Guggenheim exhibition, "Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future," showcases the work of this groundbreaking Swedish artist (1862-1944), whose work was rarely seen until the 1980s.
WHEN | WHERE Opens Friday, Oct. 12 (through Feb. 3, 2019) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org
ADMISSION $25 adults, $18 students/seniors, free younger than 12 

Watch rare NYC cinematic treasures

A two-hour program of little-known cinematic treasures made
Photo Credit: Library of Congress and Museum of Modern Art

A two-hour program of little-known cinematic treasures made in New York City, "Orphans of New York" is presented by film historian Dan Streible. Highlights include a new 35 mm print of a 1929 newsreel shot in Times Square, a 1935 surrealist short titled "Venus and Adonis" (pictured) and a 16 mm featurette on the making of 1974's classic subway-themed thriller "The Taking Of Pelham 123."
  WHEN | WHERE 3:10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., Manhattan
INFO 212-727-8110,  filmforum.org
ADMISSION $15

Be very afraid at ‘Blood Manor’

The Blood Manor haunted-house experience features performers doing
Photo Credit: Patrick Dodson

The Blood Manor haunted-house experience features performers doing their best to freak you out. Slated attractions include "The Crypt," "The Wake," a "Maggot Invasion" and the "Killer Clown Room." The Manor is not recommended for younger than 14, pregnant women, individuals with conditions worsened by anxiety or flashing lights, people with heart or back problems or those prone to seizures. The rest of you can go scare yourselves silly.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 5-Nov. 3 (times vary by date); 359 Broadway
INFO $35-$55; 212-290-2825, bloodmanor.com

Explore South Street Seaport with Archtober

Every October, several architecturally interesting structures around the
Photo Credit: Michelle Tabnick

Every October, several architecturally interesting structures around the five boroughs, new and old alike, take turns in the spotlight. Among the places hosting the Archtober review is Manhattan's historic South Street Seaport (pictured), which is celebrating its preserved architecture with family programs, tours, panel discussions and more. Special events include a visit to Schermerhorn Row (Fridays, Oct. 5 and 12, 3-4 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 6, and Oct. 20, noon-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m. 4-5 p.m.), a tour focused on 19th century typography and job printing (Sundays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2-3 p.m.; pictured) and a chance to board the ship Wavertree (Sundays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, noon-4 p.m.).
WHERE 12 Fulton St., Manhattan
INFO Tours are $15 in advance; 212-748-8600, southstreetseaportmuseum.org

See what happens when Juliet meets Vanya

Photo Credit: Ashley Garrett

"Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet" should be quite the mash-up from the always-innovative Bedlam company -- Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" paired with Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Anything can happen -- and probably will (with Edmund Lewis and Zuzanna Szadkowski, pictured).
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 28 at A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 W. 53rd St.
INFO Tickets from $59, 212-594-5414, bedlam.org

Experience the art of Charles White

MoMA is joining forces with the Art Institute
Photo Credit: Gregory R. Staley

MoMA is joining forces with the Art Institute of Chicago in this insightful exploration of the creative efforts of this artist, who died in 1979. "Charles White: a Retrospective" offers more than 100 pieces in what would have been White's centenary year -- you'll get a close-up look at the man's personal, powerful take on the African-American experience.
WHEN | WHERE 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily Sunday, Oct. 7-Jan. 13 (open until 8 p.m. Fridays); The Museum of
Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
INFO Adults $25, free 16 and younger; 212-708-9400, moma.org

See photos taken by teenage Stanley Kubrick

Before the film director was known for such
Photo Credit: Museum of the City of New York/SK Film Archives

Before the film director was known for such cinematic masterpieces as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange," he was a teenage photographer capturing life in the Bronx and elsewhere in New York City. "Through a Different Lens" features more than 120 photos taken by Kubrick during the 1940s.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 28, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO 212-534-1672, mcny.org
ADMISSION $18 (suggested donation); free 19 and younger

See Edie Falco in 'The True'

Long Island-raised Edie Falco (pictured, with Glenn Fitzgerald)
Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Long Island-raised Edie Falco (pictured, with Glenn Fitzgerald) stars as real-life political figure Dorothea "Polly" Noonan in the world premiere of Sharr White's "The True," a play that puts Albany party politics under the microscope. Scott Elliott directs the New Group production.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 28 at Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.
INFO 212-279-4200, thenewgroup.org
ADMISSION From $40

See three by playwright A.R. Gurney at Primary Stages

Primary Stages celebrates the late playwright A.R. Gurney
Photo Credit: James Leynse

Primary Stages celebrates the late playwright A.R. Gurney with an evening of three one acts: Along with the title show, "Final Follies" -- the last he wrote before he died in 2017 -- there's "The Love Course" and "The Rape of Bunny Stuntz"  (with Betsy Aidem and Deborah Rush, pictured).
WHEN | WHERE In previews for an Oct. 2 opening at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.; through Oct. 21
INFO 212-352-3101, primarystages.org
ADMISSION Tickets from $80

Take in Verdi’s 'Aida' at The Met

Composed more than a century ago by Giuseppe
Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera/Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

Composed more than a century ago by Giuseppe Verdi, this production sees soprano Anna Netrebko taking on her first-ever Met Aida (until Oct. 11), working with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames. (Cast will change mid-season.)
WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, Sept. 26, through March 7, Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza
INFO 212-362-6000, metopera.org
ADMISSION $131-$495

See 'Fiddler on the Roof' performed in Yiddish

"Fidler afn Dakh," the Yiddish version of
Photo Credit: ProperPix /Victor Nechay

"Fidler afn Dakh," the Yiddish version of "Fiddler on the Roof" directed by Joel Grey, perhaps the summer's hottest ticket, has announced an extension, through Nov. 18 (though there have been murmurs of a Broadway transfer). Everyone pretty much knows the story, but no worries, the show uses supertitles just in case.
WHEN | WHERE Through Nov. 18 at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Manhattan
INFO Tickets are $75, 866-811-4111, nytf.org

See 'Wild Abandon' at Irish Rep

Actress Leenya Rideout ("War Horse") tells her own
Photo Credit: J. Demetrie Photography

Actress Leenya Rideout ("War Horse") tells her own story in "Wild Abandon,'' a one-woman show about getting stuck during a snowstorm in a Long Island pub. Without the rest of her Irish rock band, she's forced to dust off some original songs, all of which remind her of her mother.
WHEN | WHERE In previews for a Sept. 24 opening, running though Oct. 21 at the Irish Rep Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.
| INFO $50, 212-727-2737, irishrep.org

Film Forum sheds light on early years of hip-hop

Thirteen titles from the formative years of hip-hop,
Photo Credit: Film Forum

Thirteen titles from the formative years of hip-hop, including the endearingly hokey "Beat Street" (1984, pictured), the Hollywood hit "Krush Groove" (1985) and what may be the first-ever video footage of the emerging culture, Charlie Ahearn's improbable "New York City Hip Hop Convention" (1980).
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 20 at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., Manhattan
INFO $15, 212-727-8110,  filmforum.org     Guy Davis and Jon Chardiet in Stan Lathan's BEAT STREET (1984). Courtesy Film Forum. Playing Saturday, October 13.

Snack at Brooklyn's Smorgasburg

The Smorgasburg NYC Outdoor Food Market calls itself
Photo Credit: Smorgasburg / John von Pamer

The Smorgasburg NYC Outdoor Food Market calls itself the largest weekly open-air market in the nation, and it takes place in Brooklyn -- in Williamsburg on Saturdays, Prospect Park on Sundays. More than 100 area vendors will be selling all sorts of food and drink; bring Fido on Sundays when the event goes pet-friendly.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave.; Sunday at Prospect Park, Breeze Hill East Drive at Lincoln Road (until October).
INFO Admission is free; smorgasburg.com

Tour the Guggenheim while no one’s there

If you've ever wished you had a whole
Photo Credit: David Heald

If you've ever wished you had a whole museum to yourself, the "Empty Guggenheim Tour" can make your fantasy come true. Stroll the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum for an hour before the doors open to the public. An exhibit of works by sculptor Alberto Giacometti is up through Sept. 12; the paintings of Hima af Klint will be on view beginning Oct. 25.
WHEN | WHERE Tour starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, also Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9; 1071 Fifth Ave.
INFO $40 general, $30 members, register in advance and purchase tickets at guggenheim.org, 212-423-3500

Tour Ellis Island's hospital

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known
Photo Credit: Untapped Cities | Augustin Pasquet

Empty for nearly 70 years, this space, best-known as an entrance point for turn-of-the-last-century European immigrants, also has a history of holding the ill who arrived but weren't deemed healthy enough to enter. This around two-hour tour of the century-old disease wards shows how those treated and held here ate, lived and, sometimes, died. Dress for the weather; closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Not wheelchair-accessible; children must be 10 or older.
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays until the end of 2018; Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty National Monument
INFO $75; 917-727-9840, untappedcities.com

Explore your senses at the Cooper Hewitt

Touch, sniff and listen your way through more
Photo Credit: Scott Rudd | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Touch, sniff and listen your way through more than 40 installations in "The Senses: Design Beyond Vision," an exploration of the connection between the senses and the world around us. Play a furry musical instrument, check out a "feather fountain" (pictured) and experience a scent-driven tempest. Use a specialized app or Braille as a guide through the exhibition.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 28; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: 2 E. 91st St., Manhattan
INFO $16, free 18 and younger; 212-849-2950, cooperhewitt.org

Shop and snack at the Bronx Night Market

Billed as the biggest food bazaar in the
Photo Credit: Bloxnyc Creative Agency

Billed as the biggest food bazaar in the Bronx, uptown Manhattan and Westchester County, the monthly Bronx Night Market features more than 40 vendors selling edibles, drinks and other merchandise.
WHEN | WHERE 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 (also Sept. 29 and Oct. 27), 1 Fordham Plaza, Belmont (Bronx)
INFO Admission is free; thebronxnightmarket.com

See the 'Pretty Woman' musical

It's opening weekend for this long-awaited musical, taken
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

It's opening weekend for this long-awaited musical, taken from the hit 1990 romantic comedy starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Andy Karl and Samantha Barks, pictured, take on those roles in the updated Cinderella story about a hooker with a heart of gold and the businessman who falls for her. 
WHERE | WHEN Through March 2019 at Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., Manhattan
INFO From $99, 877-250-2929, ticketmaster.com

Investigate Lower Manhattan street art

Not all graffiti is artistic, but lower Manhattan
Photo Credit: 3rd Culture Creative

Not all graffiti is artistic, but lower Manhattan -- the place that nurtured such singular talents as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat -- boasts both street art cred and artistic importance. Take this tour, which includes both a visit to Basquiat's old studio and the largest street mural in Manhattan, learning along the way about the birth and progression of graffiti culture.
WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m. daily through 2018; 1.5-mile walk from East Houston and Lafayette streets to 109 Mulberry St. (about two hours)
INFO Public tour $15-$20, private tour $150-$250, 646-450-6831, grafftours.com

MoMA exhibit features 'the patriarch of modern sculpture'

Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer Constantin Brancusi's use
Photo Credit: Artists Rights Society/Thomas Griesel

Romanian sculptor, painter and photographer Constantin Brancusi's use of bronze, stone and wood is showcased in this 11-sculpture exhibition that also includes drawings, photographs and films. On display are select archival materials that shed light on relationships the sculptor had with friends and patrons.
WHEN | WHERE Sunday, July 22 through Feb. 18, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
INFO $14-$25, 212-708-9400, moma.org

Peek at posh architecture at the Museum of the City of New York

Architect Rosario Candela, pioneer of 20th century luxury
Photo Credit: Wurts Bros. / Museum of the City of New York

Architect Rosario Candela, pioneer of 20th century luxury New York City high-rise apartment buildings, is the subject of "Elegance in the Sky." The Sicilian-American has some 75 buildings to his credit, and occupancy in many of his Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue buildings is still in demand today, 100 years later.  Browse photographs, ephemera, graphics, furnishings and digital animation to learn how his work changed the landscape of New York City.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 28, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
INFO $18, 212-534-1672, mcny.org  

See Stuart Weitzman's collection at New-York Historical Society

Step into this exhibit featuring the shoe collection
Photo Credit: New-York Historical Society/Glenn Castellano

Step into this exhibit featuring the shoe collection of footwear designer Stuart Weitzman at "Walk This Way: Footwear From the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes." The breadth of the exhibition spans collections, consumption, presentation and production with spotlights on the consumer culture and women's contributions and includes 100 pairs of shoes.
WHEN | WHERE Through Oct. 8, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
INFO $6-$21, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org 

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    

See Georgia O'Keeffe's 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 Company (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  

Marvel at '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

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