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NYC weekend picks

Here are our picks for what to see and do in the city this weekend.

Ride a seesaw in the Garment District

You never saw such seesaws as the ones
Credit: Diversity Pictures

You never saw such seesaws as the ones at "Impulse," part of the Garment District Art on the Plazas public art program. The art installation consists of a dozen big seesaws upon which you and a second soul are meant to totter, and in turn will create light and music. WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 31, Broadway between 37th and 38th streets, Manhattan INFO Free; garmentdistrict.nyc

The ‘Hardbody Karate Variety Show’: That's entertainment

The variety show is a classic form of
Credit: Mindy Tucker

The variety show is a classic form of entertainment, but "The Hardbody Karate Variety Show" is nothng like you've ever seen. Comedian Petey DeAbreu (pictured) hosts this entry that combines kitsch with Bronx oomph, not to mention comedy and music by the band 3 Piece & a Biscuit. WHEN | WHERE 9:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Union Hall, 702 Union St., Park Slope, Brooklyn INFO $10; 718-638-4400, unionhallny.com

A Central Park party with man-made snow

It hasn't been the snowiest of winters, but
Credit: NYC Parks / Daniel Avila

It hasn't been the snowiest of winters, but Central Park's Rumsey Playfield will be coated with the white stuff for the annual Winter Jam. Guests can sled or snowshoe, check out curling and ice bowling or watch ice carvers do their thing while other performers engage in winter sports-related tricks. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 1, Central Park (enter at 72nd Street), Manhattan INFO Free (participants in some events must sign waivers; ages 18 and younger must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian); 212-360-8213,  nycgovparks.org

Eat, drink and dance at the ‘Best of Brooklyn Festival

With all the food and drink Kings County
Credit: Festival Media LLC

With all the food and drink Kings County has to offer, this shindig allows guests the opportunity to discover all that's yummy in Brooklyn under one roof. Guests can sample Brooklyn-born craft beer and enjoy tastings of food whipped up by more than 20 chefs. And to go with all those goodies, DJs will be spinning tunes all day. WHEN | WHERE Sessions at 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn INFO $39-$99 ($19 for designated driver ticket; VIP tickets and packages available); 718-260-2554, bestofbrooklynfestival.com

Failure leads to success in ‘Typos + Spills + Broken Glass’

"Typos + Spills + Broken Glass" is an
Credit: Matthew Flores

"Typos + Spills + Broken Glass" is an exhibition that takes a fun look at how failure impacts the creation of art. The efforts of more that two dozens artists are included, such as "Sweeping up the Spotlight (for Emmett)" by Matthew Flores (pictured). WHEN | WHERE 12-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, from Jan. 10 to Feb. 1, Amos Eno Gallery, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn INFO 718-237-3001; amoseno.org

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Arts Brookfield

The Year of the Rat has already arrived,
Credit: Brookfield Place

The Year of the Rat has already arrived, but the celebration continues at this family-friendly program presented by Arts Brookfield and the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Watch for ethnic dances, a face-changing artist, a Mongolian bowl dance, traditional Chinese music, kung fu and a Lion parade. WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. Feb. 1; Brookfield Place New York, 230 Vesey St., Manhattan INFO Free, seating is limited; 212-417-2414, artsbrookfield.com

Frigid fun awaits at ‘Frost Fest’ in Bryant Park

Manhattan's famed midtown oasis is hosting this 10-day
Credit: FrostFest at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Manhattan's famed midtown oasis is hosting this 10-day celebration of offbeat things to do in cold weather, including riding in ice bumper cars, hanging out in artificial igloos and a kids scavenger hunt. Highlights include dueling pianos from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, a Cozy Sweater Pup Meetup (put Fido in his favorite sweater) at noon on Jan. 25 and a silent outdoor disco at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26. WHEN | WHERE Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 40th-42nd streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Manhattan INFO Free to enter, some events require tickets; 212-768-4242, bryantpark.org

LI actor has an acting stretch as Stritch

Elmont native Peter Mac is best known for
Credit: Dr. John Mac

Elmont native Peter Mac is best known for his show in which he embodies Judy Garland. For two performances he'll take play another real character -- eccentric actress-singer Elaine Stritch, whose powerful persona and flair made her a stage icon -- in his tribute show "Stritch Slapped." WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 3, Producers Club, 358 W. 44th St., Manhattan INFO $19-$40; 212-315-4743, purplepass.com

Dine fine during NYC Restaurant Week

While much of the food served around the
Credit: Cecconi's Dumbo | NYC & Co.

While much of the food served around the city is unparalleled, some of the prices out there can be downright painful. During this week (actually closer to two weeks) of deals, hundreds of restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus so eaters can chow down without going crushing their credit. WHEN | WHERE Jan 21-Feb 9 (not including Saturdays and some Sundays); all Five Boroughs INFO $26 two-course lunches and brunches, $42 three-course dinners (price may vary at some restaurants); visit nycgo.com for participating venues.

Share a memorable experience at "Love Me Hug Me"

Created to boost public awareness toward Alzheimer's disease,
Credit: Yifan Chen | Love Me Hug Me

Created to boost public awareness toward Alzheimer's disease, Love Me Hug Me is an interactive pop-up that's more than a place to take selfies. This seven-room exhibit uses a visual story to show how the illness can rob someone of precious memories while also reminding attendees to treasure the great moments they have right now. WHEN | WHERE Daily through Feb. 10, 139 Wooster St., Manhattan INFO $28, $12 ages 2-12; lovemehugmepopup.com

‘Arcadia Earth:’ art reflecting environmental crisis

"Arcadia Earth " is an art exhibition inspired
Credit: David Mitchell | Arcadia Earth

"Arcadia Earth " is an art exhibition inspired by environmental issues affecting Earth. This immersive, walk-through display offers 15 rooms of installations focused on man-made threats to the oceans, forests and atmosphere, and each one was created with reusable parts and upcycled materials. WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through Feb. 28, 718 Broadway, Manhattan INFO $33, $27 ages 2-12; arcadia.earth

Chill out at an ice cream-inspired pop-up

Using ice cream as inspiration, this
Credit: Museum of Ice Cream

Using ice cream as inspiration, this "museum" doesn't touch on the history of the dessert, but instead offers a flashy, Instagram-worthy series of installations including a play-pit filled with faux sprinkles, a lengthy slide and subway-styled experience. WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Wed-Mon through March 1, 558 Broadway, Manhattan INFO $39; museumoficecream.com

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011

With more than 250 works, this exhibition at
Credit: Jamal Penjweny | MoMA PS1

With more than 250 works, this exhibition at MoMA PS1 is a look at 20 years of military engagement in Iraq through the eyes, minds and hands of over 70 artists--starting with the original Gulf War, to the heavily-sanctioned period before war began again in 2003 until combat was officially ended eight years later. Expect powerful expressions as the art is deeply informed by violence, intolerance, life under dictatorship, life during wartime and the impact of oil. (Pictured: Work from the series "Saddam is Here" by artist Jamal Penjweny) WHEN | WHERE noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Monday, Nov. 3-March 1; 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City (Queens) INFO $25; children 16 and younger are free; 718-784-2084, moma.org.

Try ice bumper cars in Brooklyn

If you crave a slippery ride during in
Credit: Dillon Clancy | Aviator Sports and Events Center

If you crave a slippery ride during in which you knock into people along the way, driving a bumper car on an ice rink should get you revved up. Think of it as an alternative to ice skating but instead of gliding -- or falling down -- you can sit in a car and move around for 15 minutes. Cars can be booked online in advance up until four hours before scheduled sessions begin; cars not reserved are available to walk-ins (reservations are recommended; riders must be at least 36 inches tall, age 7 and older and less than 300 pounds. WHEN | WHERE Friday-Sunday through March 29 (times vary), Aviator Sports and Events Center, Floyd Bennett Field, 3159 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn INFO $26; 718-758-7500, aviatorsports.com

‘Jamaica’ by the Harlem Repertory Theatre

Feel like you're in the tropics when Harlem
Credit: Michael Blase | Harlem Repertory Theatre

Feel like you're in the tropics when Harlem Repertory Theatre presents a revival of the musical "Jamaica" that first arrived on Broadway in the 1950s with a cast that included Lena Horne, Ricardo Montalban and dance legend Alvin Ailey. The tale of a Caribbean girl who dreams of finding love in the Big Apple is also a look at how a family from an isolated island deals with the surging arrival of American culture. WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Jan. 11 (also Feb. 1, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6), The Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 E. 123rd St., Manhattan INFO $15-$50; 917-697-3555; harlemrepertorytheatre.com

Check out the new Hudson Yards

There's a lot to see and buy at
Credit: Craig Ruttle

There's a lot to see and buy at Hudson Yards, the behemoth new neighborhood that spans 28 acres. For shoppers' there are more than 100 stores including NYC's first Neiman Marcus. There are restaurants galore, including José Andrés' Mercado Little Spain food hall, Thomas Keller's luxe TAK Room and more casual spots. Outside, find five acres of public parks along with the Vessel, a 150-foot-honeycomb sculpture featuring 154 interconnecting flights of stairs with 80 landings from which to take in the smashing view (there's also an elevator.) WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7p.m. Sunday.; 30th to 34th streets between 10th and 11th avenues, accessible from the High Line and the 7 train.  INFO The Vessel is free; reserve timed-entry tickets at hudsonyardsnewyork.com   

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