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Manhattan / Thu, Aug 05, 2021 – Sun, Sep 26, 2021
Thinc Design, the international award-winning exhibition design firm, recently announced the opening of a dazzling 20,000 sq ft exhibition, “Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen,” for a limited eight-week engagement, August 5 to September 26, in the heart of Times Square at 234 West 42nd Street (formerly the home of Modell’s). Thinc has partnered with the Costume Industry Coalition (CIC)—a group created in 2020 to advocate for the survival of New York City’s theatrical costume industry—to produce this …
Queens / After being closed for the majority of the pandemic, the Louis Armstrong House Museum recently announced that they would once again be open to the public and giving guided tours of the historic home of Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong—the world’s most famous jazz musician—was an international celebrity who could have lived anywhere. Yet in 1943, he and his wife, Lucille, settled in a modest house in Corona, Queens, where they lived for the remainder of their lives. …
Manhattan / Sat, Jul 31, 2021 – Sat, Aug 28, 2021
Take an exciting 75-minute ride on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat “W.O. Decker,” recently named “Tugboat of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor, and views may include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island, as you set out on an adventure unlike any you’ve had before! Advance reservations are recommended, and guests must check in 15 minutes before the scheduled tour. …
Manhattan / Tue, Aug 10, 2021, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Spike Lee’s third feature marked nothing less than a revolution in American cinema, and endures today as not only a seminal portrait of New York City but also as an urgent work of art about race relations, gentrification, and the meaning of community. Set across one blazing-hot summer day in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, the film—which earned Lee his first Oscar nomination, for his original screenplay—captures, with a spellbinding blend of humor and political seriousness, the …
Art at a Time Like This, an arts organization dedicated to providing a platform for artists caught in crisis, presents “MMXX,” an exhibition of nine artists based in Hong Kong organized by Jing Chong, senior curatorial officer of the Hong Kong Art Center and independent curator Andre Chan. Featuring artists Bouie Choi, Lee Kit, South HO, Vvn HO, Billy H.C. Kwok, Vvzela Kook, June WONG Sui Ling, Winnie YAN Wai Yin and the collective ACAB (All Cats Are …
So many things to see and do, to eat and drink in NYC.
Here are 12 of my NYC faves:
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“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
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Surrender to Carbs in Soho
Coco Pazzeria / 307 Spring St.
You see traces of far-west Spring Street’s past at the still-swinging Ear Inn and symbols of its future in the luxury apartment towers that have sprouted along Renwick and Greenwich Streets. Coco Pazzeria, with its raw bar and sparkling-wine list (liquor license pending), is the perfect pizzeria for this newly ritzy part of town, if the steady flow of neighbors stopping in for takeout orders is any indication. But thanks to the reputation of owner Pino Luongo and the presence of homegrown pizzaiolo Ciro Verdi, who can be seen slinging thin-crust pies and his trademark focaccia robiola at his oven in back, the restaurant also attracts couples on dates, travelers from other Zip Codes arriving on fancy folding bikes, and young families taking full advantage of the BYO policy (a must when your dining companions are an infant, a toddler, and a juvenile-delinquent tween). The menu extends to pastas and salads, but dough is the thing, fried into mini-calzones or formed into loaves for sandwiches, including a recent lobster-roll special. —R.P. & R.R.
Eat Greek Off the Beaten Path
Eléa / 217 W. 85th St.
This airy greek restaurant opened in 2018 on a rather unfavorable Upper West Side side street, facing a soon-to-be construction site, at a remove from the buzzier stretches of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. But when COVID hit, Eléa was one of the first places in the neighborhood to build a beautiful, greenery-draped outdoor seating area, complete with inviting flowers, twinkly lights, and copious heat lamps. The kitchen didn’t miss a beat, turning out zesty shareable small plates like fried-zucchini “chips” and sesame-crusted feta. Now, Eléa has blossomed into a local go-to for date nights and other special occasions — the kinds of dining excursions that feel more celebratory than ever. —Ellie Krupnick
Slurp Some Pho in a Brooklyn Backyard
Bolero / 177 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
This Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of prime Bedford Avenue opened just before the pandemic and managed to soldier on throughout thanks to its backyard — small and slightly suburban-feeling with its wooden fence and strings of tiny lights. Pots of herbs grown on the restaurant’s farm in Pennsylvania line that yard; sometimes a cook will wander out and clip a fragrant betel leaf or a sprig of rice-paddy herb. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy chef Matt Le-Khac’s neo-traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as an unusual pho topped with coarsely ground beef and a vegetarian bun bo Hue chay made with mushrooms as opposed to the customary pig’s blood. —R.C.S.
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