Your Weekly Guide: The Top 10 Things to Do In New York City

Overwhelmed by the plethora of things to do in NYC each week? We get it. New York City is full of things to do, see, hear, and watch. To help you narrow down the pickings, we’ve rounded up the top ten things to experience this weekend and over the week ahead.

Edition 3 / Feb. 23rd

New In Art

1. Trade Center Gets New Graffiti Gallery

New York Times/ James Barron

  • The 69th floor at 4 World Trade Center now pops with color, abstract shapes, and kaleidoscopic Statues of Liberty. There’s even a giant mural of a $10 bill with hand painted text from the musical ‘Hamilton’.
  • The idea of doing street art in a skyscraper was initiated by Dara McQuillan, chief marketing officer for Silverstein Properties, the developer of WTC.
  • The art has been described as a “contradiction on all levels” — a “blend of both inner-city street art tension and fine-art meditation in a corporate setting”.

Food For Thought

2. Another Reason to Visit a Museum: Food!

Bloomberg/ Adam Erace

  • In the last couple years, top museums have been stepping up their food game, turning boring cafeterias into destination restaurants. (Think, less hotdogs and Snapple; more artisan sandwiches and vintage wine.)
  • “This might be the only museum in the world where you can uncork a 1992 Peter Lauer sparkling Riesling to go with your shiso-flecked lobster crudo.” says Thomas Carter, the restauranteur behind the Met Breuer’s Flora Bar.  
  • Another NYC foodie gem can be found tucked below the lobby of the Jewish Museum. Lush smoked sable, decadent blintzes and buckwheat varnishkes, anyone?

Taste of NY

3. This New Website Will Lead You to the Best NY Distilleries

  • The New York State Distillers Guild has launched a new website, meant to serve as your ‘one-stop source of information about craft spirits and their production in New York State’.
  • One of it’s best features, “distillery trails,” provides detailed maps of tasting tours that make a great day or weekend trip. There are two trails so far, one for the Hudson Valley, featuring 14 distilleries, and one for NYC alone, which has 15 distilleries.
  • Our favorite tasting spot: Tuthilltown Spirits Farm Distillery. New York’s first whiskey distillery since the prohibition, Tuthilltown has produced some of America’s most awarded spirits in the Hudson Valley.

In Music

4. DJ Tiësto Live at Brooklyn Hangar

The Nocturnal Times/ Mark Mancino

  • EDM veteran, DJ Tiësto, has sold out two shows at the Brooklyn Hangar. Lucky for you, we’ve saved some last-minute tickets for Saturday’s show!
  • Over the last decade and a half, Tiësto has garnered five successful albums In My Memory (2001), Just Be (2004), Elements Of Life (2007), Kaleidoscope (2009), and A Town Called Paradise (2014); along with a plethora of remix, compilation, and video albums.
  • Some of his hit tracks include: “Lethal Industry,” “Traffic,” “Love Comes Again,” “Adagio For Strings,” “Dance4Life,” “Maximal Crazy,” “Red Lights,” and “Secrets” with KSHMR feat. Vassy.

In Concert

5. Westeros Comes to NYC: “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience Alex Biese

  • Composer Ramin Djawadi is bringing the music and atmosphere of HBO’s Emmy-winning dark fantasy series “Game of Thrones” to New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 7th.
  • Djawadi will be leading an 80 piece orchestra and choir on a 360-degree stage showcasing 3D designs and LED telescoping.
  • The 28-city tour across the US promises an immersive experience, with cutting-edge technology that brings to life the Seven Kingdoms.
  • For those of you eagerly counting down the days to GOT’s season seven premiere, this oughta hold you over in the meantime.

Theatre Review

6. What’s Hot on Broadway: The Glass Menagerie

Headout Blog/ Jordan Diggory

  • In this revival of the classic 1947 “memory play”, The Glass Menagerie tells the story of a restless young man and his relationship with his fading Southern belle mother and his painfully shy sister, for whom he is asked to bring home a “gentleman caller”.
  • Director Sam Gold’s version of this tale “seemingly attempts to blend modernism, minimalism, and traditionalism into a poignant commentary on changing times, dreams, memories, familial obligation, and an inability to let go of the past.”
  • This production’s star cast includes Sally Field and Joe Mantello.
  • The play is currently in previews and will officially open March 9th.  

At the Opera

7. Werther Wraps Up First Week With Rave Reviews

Observer/ James Jorden

  • People are flocking to the Met to catch one of Opera’s favorite, impossible love stories, Werther.
  • A sensation when it appeared in 1774 (and partly inspired by the author’s own experiences), it tells the story of a melancholy poet, Werther, whose love for a married woman and general disaffection with the world lead to his suicide.
  • The opera features an outstanding performance by Vittorio Grigolo. “He understands that opera is a careful calibration of explosion and control, and he manipulates that balance to leave you — as you’re left when watching all the best operatic performances — in a state of both satisfied delight and sustained, agonizing tension,” says NYT theatre critic Zachary Woolfe.
  • Grigolo will sing Werther three more times between now and March 4th.


8. The Latest Fitness Craze to Hit Manhattan Can Be Found at the MET

Bloomberg/ Kelly Belknap

  • The Museum Workout is an aerobic exercise that takes participants through the hallowed halls of the museum, before it opens to the public.
  • For this multi-disciplinary workout, a small group of audience-participants embark on a physical and interactive journey through The Met.
  • “Connecting with the art and the overwhelming power of the galleries by activating one’s own body and mind makes this new work so radical,” says writer/illustrator, Maira Kalman.

Last Chance

9. Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Enters Its Final Weeks

Rolling Stone/ Kory Grow

  • The hit Rolling Stones tribute will be on show for just two more weeks.
  • The exhibit occupies two floors of Industria, a raw art space in the West Village, and provides an intimate look at the history and life of the band.
  • Memorabilia ranges from original artwork and interactive sound mixing desks to rare lyric books and never-before-seen backstage footage.
  • Visitors can also walk through a reconstruction of the infamous Chelsea flat where Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones once lived.

Upcoming Events

10. Coming Soon to NYC

  • Pianoman Billy Joel will perform at Madison Square Garden on Friday, March 3rd.
  • Best known for his hit “Let Her Go”, Passenger will light up the stage at Beacon Theatre, March 11th.
  • On Sunday, March 12th, the New York Knicks take on the Brooklyn Nets in a much anticipated game of the season at Barclays Center.
  • Comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer – catch one of America’s favorite comedians, Jerry Seinfeld, who will be performing twice next month, on March 9th and 16th.


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