“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Lizania Cruz’s “Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City,” the return of “Bryant Park Movie Nights,” City Museum of New York’s playful exhibition of “Puppets of New York,” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.”
Queens / Wed, Aug 11, 2021 – Mon, Oct 11, 2021
“Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well” is a personal and singular record of an artist who has been living with HIV for more than half of his adult life. Born in Brooklyn in 1964 and raised mostly in Queens, Bordowitz transformed his art practice in the mid-1980s in response to the AIDS public health crisis. Working with New York’s ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and several video collectives that he co-founded, he organized …
Manhattan / Thu, Jun 24, 2021 – Thu, Aug 26, 2021
CUE Art Foundation is pleased to present “Gathering Evidence: Santo Domingo & New York City,” a solo exhibition by Lizania Cruz, curated and mentored by Guadalupe Maravilla. The exhibition is the second chapter in Cruz’s ongoing project “Investigation of the Dominican Racial Imaginary,” a body of work in which the artist collects and examines public testimonies alongside individual and national archives in order to understand how Dominicans internalize state-sanctioned historical narratives that result in the …
Manhattan / Fri, Aug 20, 2021 – Thu, Sep 02, 2021
For its 15th edition, the celebrated festival of contemporary Japanese cinema will hold a combination of virtual and in-person screenings. Highlights include Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s period drama “Wife of a Spy” (2020), which is having its New York premiere; Kaizo Hayashi’s “To Sleep So as to Dream” (1986), an iconic postmodern tribute to Japanese silent cinema and film noir that has been newly restored in 2K; and Soushi Matsumoto’s “It’s a Summer Film!” (2020), a teen …
Manhattan / Mon, Aug 23, 2021 – Tue, Sep 28, 2021
Bryant Park has announced the full movie lineup in its iconic “Bryant Park Movie Nights” series, which will be returning this summer after being paused due to the pandemic. Entering the 27th season, the series is a welcome return to outdoor events in New York City. Due to popular demand, “Bryant Park Movie Nights,” presented by Verizon, will run on Monday and, for the first time, Tuesday evenings, from August 23rd through September 28th on the …
Manhattan / Fri, Aug 13, 2021 – Thu, Sep 30, 2021
“Puppets of New York” examines the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of the puppetry traditions, practices, and languages that made, and continue to make, New York City home. With more than 100 puppets that span the city’s history—from Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch, Lamb Chop, and “The Lion King”—and featuring influential puppeteers who brought these traditions to life, such as Jim Henson, Julie Taymor, Basil Twist, and Pura Belpré, this exhibition is poised to bring joy and awe to people of all …
So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.
Here are 12 of my NYC faves:
Best New NYC Restaurants
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Experience Arthur Avenue Alfresco
Zero Otto Nove / 2357 Arthur Ave., Belmont
Zero Otto Nove has been a mainstay of the Bronx’s Little Italy since it opened in 2008. But Open Streets’ weekend transformation of Arthur Avenue into the car-free Piazza di Belmont has brought a fresh and breezy feel to this first-rate southern Italian trattoria. Previously, restaurants along the strip rarely set up for outdoor dining, confining the festivities to the often-curtained dining rooms. Now and hopefully forever, the celebratory and communal open-air atmosphere brings the action (and all the neighborhood characters) outdoors, where diners partake in lively people-watching while enjoying dishes like citrusy seafood salad, butternut-squash pizza, and mafalde cooked in tinfoil.—Terri Ciccone
Rediscover the Joy of Big Round Tables
Hwa Yuan / 42 East Broadway
There are many good reasons to revisit Manhattan’s Chinatown these days. But if you’re in the mood for a quick Peking-duck banquet or a taste of Shorty Tang’s famous dry-sautéed crispy beef in a crowded, near-celebratory post-pandemic atmosphere, this East Broadway destination is the place to be. When we dropped in on a Friday evening not long ago, the streets outside were still eerily empty, and so were the dining booths set up on the sidewalk. But inside the brightly lit two-floor restaurant, parties of revelers from uptown, across the river, and around the neighborhood filled the round tables. For those acclimated to dining in the great indoors, we guarantee a bite of Peking duck (or crispy beef) never tasted so good.—A.P.41
Nosh Bagels and Lox Off Madison Square
Mark’s Off Madison / 41 Madison Ave.
At Mark’s, which opened in November, the Queens-born chef Mark Strausman (Freds at Barneys, Coco Pazzo, Campagna) delves into the Jewish and Italian dishes that have come to define his 30-year career: lush eggplant parm, rich pappardelle with brisket ragù, and a killer chicken soup named after his grandmother Estelle. In nice weather, the outdoor terrace, with its view of Madison Square Park, gets fairly packed with a tony mix of locals and Strausman groupies from his Freds days. On weekends, starting at 9 a.m., the place doubles as a Jewish bakery whose bagels and bialys and black-and-white cookies put most of the competition to shame. —R.C.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.