DOWNTOWN

Cool kids can explore indoor and outdoor public art, shopping, pop-ups and lots of inventive food between Canal & 14th street. 

See our neighborhood map to plan, but leave time for fun discoveries in these funky streets.

Also see our guides to FiDI & Seaport.

EVENTS

Museum of Ice Cream

558 Broadway at Prince Street

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors. Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…

Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts

155 First Avenue Lower Manhattan

Theater for the New City presents its 27th annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in the theater plus on the block of East Tenth Street between First and Second Avenues.

See hundreds of diverse well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, plus explore…

20at20 Off-Broadway

Through May 29th, get $20 tickets to participating Off Broadway plays and musicals at the box office twenty minutes prior to curtain. Cash only.

Kid-friendly options include Gazillion Bubble Show, STOMP, Vital’s Wizard of Oz, Romeo & Bernadette, Sistas The Musical and The Play That Goes Wrong

Ricitos and the 3 Bears / Ricitos y los 3 Ositos

107 Suffolk Street

In a bilingual update on the classic tale, puppets and live actors speak both Spanish and English to share the tale of Mr. Oscar, Mrs. Osaura, little Oscarito and the over curious, super-snooping Ricitos, or Goldilock. Join a comical adventure as Goldilocks confronts the three bears and has to learn to take responsibility, say sorry…

Galli Theater Fairy Tales

72 Warren St

Groove to new takes on classic stories with a beloved local children’s theater company. See a different fairy tale each week, including Aladdin, Rapunzel, The Princess and the Pea and Snow White.

Brooklyn United

66 East 4th Street

Watch a high-octane, one-of-a-kind drum and dance corps comprised of 33 Brooklyn public school youngsters ages 5 to 17. In the aftermath of a recent protest, a young man [Hayes Andrews] goes on a lively adventure of drumming and dancing to discover what happens to the dreams of victims of senseless violence.

POP UPS

Koneko

26 Clinton St

Play with roaming (adoptable) cats in three cat-centric spaces: the sunlit Upper Cattery, the warm and cozy Lower Cattery, and a first-of-its-kind outdoor Catio. Food from a Japanese- influenced menu, house-made desserts, plus beer, wine, and sake available for purchase.

Wednesday-Sunday 11 am –  3 pm & 4 pm – 8 pm

SHOWFIELDS

11 Bond Street

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands pop-ups and rotating interactive art exhibits throughout the 14,000 square foot, three floor space.
Look for a hidden two-story slide behind a book shelf that goes to a rotating art installation and lots of interesting products to peruse and sample.

Color Factory

251 Spring Street

This truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit is an all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups.

Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other pop-ups with activities, not just photo-ops (though plenty of those, and we love the…

Sloomoo Institute

475 Broadway between Broome & Grand Streets

This interactive slime emporium is packed with sensory slime play.

* Walk & crawl through an obstacle course with a vat of slime, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove, take photos with slime-inspired art, play with a slime catapult and more.

* Make custom slime at a 150-yard-long DIY bar. Choose from a variety of bases, scents, colors…

Museum of Ice Cream

558 Broadway at Prince Street

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.

Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…

Arcadia Earth

718 Broadway at West 6th Street

Explore a large scale, multi-sensorial journey through underwater worlds, fantasy lands, and inspirational art installations. Powered by augmented reality, virtual reality, projection mapping, and interactive environments, learn how small lifestyle changes can have a massive impact on the future of our planet. Interact with holograms in every room with HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality headset.

For…

PLAY

Pier 25 Playground

227 West St

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore an 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and…

DeSalvio Playground

Spring Sreet &Mulberry Street

This small park has cool design, a big includes a big jungle gym with monkey bars atop rubber matting, lots of shaded seating area, a basketball court (with two hoops), checker board tables and sprinklers.

Wilson NYC Flagship

594 Broadway

Play in a 6,400-square-foot atrium in the new Wilson NYC Flagship store. Hit tennis balls, shoot hoops on an indoor court, try a golf simulator and test out products.

In-store services include racket stringing, leather ball customization, and glove personalization,.

Pier 25 Mini-Golf

227 West St

Manhattan’s only 18-hole miniature golf course features waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges, sand traps and even a cave plus a stunning location on Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. Lemonade, ice cream & other snacks available or purchase. Also on the pier, find a great playground with lots of water features and a large…

Downtown Boathouse

North Moore Street & West Street

Take out free sit-on-top kayaks in protected Hudson River embayments with an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Brief instruction and all necessary safety equipment provided as well as changing rooms, lockers and locks, bike locks, sun block, and first aid equipment.

Reserve online in advance, walk up, or reserve a spot for later in the day. Each…

MUSEUMS & ART

East Village/LES/Noho Street Art

Orchard Street between Delancey and E. Houston Lower Manhattan

Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include:

* I ❤️ NY mural at The Jones NYC (Great Jones Street & Bowery),

* a swing you can sit on among tulips at Bloomeffects (Bowery & Bleecker)

* double-vision Mickey Mouse…

First Street Green Art Park

33 East 1st Street

Nestled between two buildings and lined by interchangeable murals and fence art, this art and cultural park emerged from a derelict building lot and hosts frequent community events. Bring chalk art to add to the colorful vibe.

Freeman Alley

Freeman Alley between Bowery & Chrystie

Look for all sorts of tags & paste-ups at one of the most famous graffiti spots in NYC, a storied alley on the north side of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street. The walls of former horse stables turned marble factory turned residences are crammed with images and messages. Find ‘rugged clandestine colonial American…

Aki Kuroda: MIDNIGHT SPAGHETTI

154 Ludlow Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Look for bunnies, faces, planets, floral arrangements, and caryatids that morph into portals or openings to other realms in world-renowned Japanese artist Aki Kuroda whimiscal paintings and 1 NFT. Compare works in vivid blues and yellows to those in deep blacks and subdued whites.

Tuesday–Sunday 11 am-7 pm

Wilson NYC Flagship

594 Broadway

Play in a 6,400-square-foot atrium in the new Wilson NYC Flagship store. Hit tennis balls, shoot hoops on an indoor court, try a golf simulator and test out products.

In-store services include racket stringing, leather ball customization, and glove personalization,.

M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

Rivington Street between Chrystie Street & Forsyth Street

Look for cool art nestled among the flowers and trees this beautiful garden–almost a city block long–nestled in Sara Roosevelt Park.  Up to 50 volunteer gardeners including community groups maintain individual beds, and contribute to the upkeep of communal areas. Highlights include a small pond with koi, goldfish and turtles, a chicken coop (that donates…

Faces of the Wild

421 6th Ave at Christopher Street

See international artists and conservationists Gillie and Marc Schattner’s newest installation with nine six-foot-tall sculptures representing some of the most endangered animals in the world including the Northern white rhino, chimpanzee, addax, western lowland gorilla, polar bear, red wolf, African forest elephant, hippopotamus, and lion. Each sculpture has a QR code that provides more information…

Chie Shimizu: ROJI

40 Wooster Street

Meet all sorts of interesting characters in Japanese-born, New York-based artist Chié Shimizu’s sculptures. Look for women standing in their hair, men with piles of rocks on their head, demons hiding in elaborate headdresses and more statues with stories in a serene exhibit evoking a roji, a garden surrounds and leads to the room in…

The Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street

Step inside history and explore an icon of New York City resilience. Learn the story of the grand 19th-century Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Jewish immigrants who built it. Look for elements from different eras in the building’s storied history, such as Kiki Smith’s monumental stained glass window replacing an earlier intervention from the mid-19th…

Elene Chantladze

127 Henry Street

See animals, children and crowds gathering to celebrate weddings or other rituals that reflect the life and customs that surround Georgian artist Elene Chantladze in works rendered using both traditional media—gouache and pens—and the unconventional—elderberry juice, charcoal, kerosene—on old chocolate boxes or plastic lids. Find evocative faces from the sea, birds from the sky, flowers…

SHOWFIELDS

11 Bond Street

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands pop-ups and rotating interactive art exhibits throughout the 14,000 square foot, three floor space.
Look for a hidden two-story slide behind a book shelf that goes to a rotating art installation and lots of interesting products to peruse and sample.

Colin Thomson | Through Line

124 Forsyth Street

Lines caress, pierce, and bump up against one another in Colin Thomson’s paintings, resembling a type of excavation, like digging into the earth, something he did in his twenties as a heavy equipment operator. Look for layers of colorful shapes and allusions to body parts like eyes and feet. Sometimes the artist creates under hypnosis,…

Kenny Scharf WOODZ ‘N THINGZ

183 Stanton Street

Explore legendary downtown painter Kenny Scharf’s “intuitive derangements of the regime of senses” in an exhibit of colorful, surreal paintings. Anthropomorphic elements of nature like red  trees with big eyes interact with mesmerizing patterns and vibrant colors.

Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

 

Evan Mazellan, Eye Care

136 Eldridge Street

Look for oversized body parts and surfers in works by Brooklyn-based Evan Mazellan, who says ‘I paint water like ripped strips of collaged paper and I paint figures like clothes crammed into a suitcase. I start each work by drawing the toes and work my way up. I try to fit things in – whatever…

Clive Smith 2022

299 Grand Street

See Clive Smith’s paintings of new species of birds: owls, ducks, spoonbills, pelicans, kingfishers, and pigeons, plus occasionally an insect or a mammal makes an appearance as well. Look for new feathers and fur patterns, based on canonical masters like Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Hilma of Klimt, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Kenneth Noland, Josef Albers,…

New Museum

235 Bowery

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum in a geometric building in a cool neighborhood.

* See richly textured paintings, soft sculptures, and story quilts by an artist, author, educator, organizer and Black American icon in Faith Ringgold: American People.

* Check out a…

Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street

Join educator-led apartment tours inside two historic tenement buildings and walking tours within the Lower East Side neighborhood to learn about immigrant experience in the United States.

Explore historically restored apartments and discover how immigrants and migrants lived on the Lower East Side in the 19th and 20th centuries. Glean insights from educators who offer…

Josh Sperling: Daydream

130 Orchard Street

Find inspiration in Josh Sperling’s colorful painted lines that curl and wend and spiral, shimmying up walls across three floors of a spacious gallery show.

Not far from legendary Economy Candy.

Fire Museum

278 Spring Street

Learn all about fire fighting at the official FDNY museum, located in a renovated 1904 firehouse.

* Two floors trace the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day. See objects that document the history of the volunteer and paid departments, from painted leather buckets to early motorized…

MUSEUMS & ART

East Village/LES/Noho Street Art

Orchard Street between Delancey and E. Houston Lower Manhattan

Look for lots of cool murals around this hip neighborhood, on walls, sliding metal gates and on the sidewalk. Current favorite include:

* I ❤️ NY mural at The Jones NYC (Great Jones Street & Bowery),

* a swing you can sit on among tulips at Bloomeffects (Bowery & Bleecker)

* double-vision Mickey Mouse…

First Street Green Art Park

33 East 1st Street

Nestled between two buildings and lined by interchangeable murals and fence art, this art and cultural park emerged from a derelict building lot and hosts frequent community events. Bring chalk art to add to the colorful vibe.

Freeman Alley

Freeman Alley between Bowery & Chrystie

Look for all sorts of tags & paste-ups at one of the most famous graffiti spots in NYC, a storied alley on the north side of Rivington Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street. The walls of former horse stables turned marble factory turned residences are crammed with images and messages. Find ‘rugged clandestine colonial American…

Aki Kuroda: MIDNIGHT SPAGHETTI

154 Ludlow Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Look for bunnies, faces, planets, floral arrangements, and caryatids that morph into portals or openings to other realms in world-renowned Japanese artist Aki Kuroda whimiscal paintings and 1 NFT. Compare works in vivid blues and yellows to those in deep blacks and subdued whites.

Tuesday–Sunday 11 am-7 pm

Wilson NYC Flagship

594 Broadway

Play in a 6,400-square-foot atrium in the new Wilson NYC Flagship store. Hit tennis balls, shoot hoops on an indoor court, try a golf simulator and test out products.

In-store services include racket stringing, leather ball customization, and glove personalization,.

M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden

Rivington Street between Chrystie Street & Forsyth Street

Look for cool art nestled among the flowers and trees this beautiful garden–almost a city block long–nestled in Sara Roosevelt Park.  Up to 50 volunteer gardeners including community groups maintain individual beds, and contribute to the upkeep of communal areas. Highlights include a small pond with koi, goldfish and turtles, a chicken coop (that donates…

Faces of the Wild

421 6th Ave at Christopher Street

See international artists and conservationists Gillie and Marc Schattner’s newest installation with nine six-foot-tall sculptures representing some of the most endangered animals in the world including the Northern white rhino, chimpanzee, addax, western lowland gorilla, polar bear, red wolf, African forest elephant, hippopotamus, and lion. Each sculpture has a QR code that provides more information…

Chie Shimizu: ROJI

40 Wooster Street

Meet all sorts of interesting characters in Japanese-born, New York-based artist Chié Shimizu’s sculptures. Look for women standing in their hair, men with piles of rocks on their head, demons hiding in elaborate headdresses and more statues with stories in a serene exhibit evoking a roji, a garden surrounds and leads to the room in…

The Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street

Step inside history and explore an icon of New York City resilience. Learn the story of the grand 19th-century Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Jewish immigrants who built it. Look for elements from different eras in the building’s storied history, such as Kiki Smith’s monumental stained glass window replacing an earlier intervention from the mid-19th…

Elene Chantladze

127 Henry Street

See animals, children and crowds gathering to celebrate weddings or other rituals that reflect the life and customs that surround Georgian artist Elene Chantladze in works rendered using both traditional media—gouache and pens—and the unconventional—elderberry juice, charcoal, kerosene—on old chocolate boxes or plastic lids. Find evocative faces from the sea, birds from the sky, flowers…

SHOWFIELDS

11 Bond Street

The self-proclaimed “most interesting store in the world” features cool direct to consumer brands pop-ups and rotating interactive art exhibits throughout the 14,000 square foot, three floor space.
Look for a hidden two-story slide behind a book shelf that goes to a rotating art installation and lots of interesting products to peruse and sample.

Colin Thomson | Through Line

124 Forsyth Street

Lines caress, pierce, and bump up against one another in Colin Thomson’s paintings, resembling a type of excavation, like digging into the earth, something he did in his twenties as a heavy equipment operator. Look for layers of colorful shapes and allusions to body parts like eyes and feet. Sometimes the artist creates under hypnosis,…

Kenny Scharf WOODZ ‘N THINGZ

183 Stanton Street

Explore legendary downtown painter Kenny Scharf’s “intuitive derangements of the regime of senses” in an exhibit of colorful, surreal paintings. Anthropomorphic elements of nature like red  trees with big eyes interact with mesmerizing patterns and vibrant colors.

Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

 

Evan Mazellan, Eye Care

136 Eldridge Street

Look for oversized body parts and surfers in works by Brooklyn-based Evan Mazellan, who says ‘I paint water like ripped strips of collaged paper and I paint figures like clothes crammed into a suitcase. I start each work by drawing the toes and work my way up. I try to fit things in – whatever…

Clive Smith 2022

299 Grand Street

See Clive Smith’s paintings of new species of birds: owls, ducks, spoonbills, pelicans, kingfishers, and pigeons, plus occasionally an insect or a mammal makes an appearance as well. Look for new feathers and fur patterns, based on canonical masters like Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Hilma of Klimt, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Kenneth Noland, Josef Albers,…

New Museum

235 Bowery

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum in a geometric building in a cool neighborhood.

* See richly textured paintings, soft sculptures, and story quilts by an artist, author, educator, organizer and Black American icon in Faith Ringgold: American People.

* Check out a…

Tenement Museum

103 Orchard Street

Join educator-led apartment tours inside two historic tenement buildings and walking tours within the Lower East Side neighborhood to learn about immigrant experience in the United States.

Explore historically restored apartments and discover how immigrants and migrants lived on the Lower East Side in the 19th and 20th centuries. Glean insights from educators who offer…

Josh Sperling: Daydream

130 Orchard Street

Find inspiration in Josh Sperling’s colorful painted lines that curl and wend and spiral, shimmying up walls across three floors of a spacious gallery show.

Not far from legendary Economy Candy.

Fire Museum

278 Spring Street

Learn all about fire fighting at the official FDNY museum, located in a renovated 1904 firehouse.

* Two floors trace the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day. See objects that document the history of the volunteer and paid departments, from painted leather buckets to early motorized…

EAT

Cafe Gitane

242 Mott Street

This bright, friendly French-Moroccan is known for its tasty avocado toast and couscous but we always get the all-day waffles. Table-service, expect waits during peak hours.

Ladurée Soho

398 W Broadway

Escape to Ladurée’s pastel Parisian wonderland, where the only stress is choosing among the 25+ colorful flavors, from salted caramel to strawberry marshmallow – plus chocolate covered macarons, gelato and more sweet treats.

Get your treats to go or dine on casual yet sophisticated French fare including salads, sandwiches and croissants in h ornate dining…

Max Brenner

841 Broadway at East 13th Street

Select from nine hot chocolates – Italian Thick, Oreo, Peanut Butter and more – at this huge cafe and store that feels like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss crossing the space. Choose from a variety of creative, high-quality chocolate concoctions to fo, gift or to eat on site.

Salads, paninis,…

Milk & Cream Cereal Bar

159 Mott Street

Live your childhood breakfast fantasies with soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes & bowls of milk with classic sugary cereal and other topping mix-ins. Signature flavors include ‘Froot Berry Bliss’ (With froot loops, strawberries, blueberries, fruity pebbles and gummy bears) and ‘Apple Jack Avalanche’ (Apple Jacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Granola Crisp topped with a caramel drizzle)…

Levain Bakery NOHO

340 Lafayette Street at Bleecker Street

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this Noho outpost of the legendary UWS bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in four flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip…

Maman

237 Centre Street

Stop in for brunch or grab a quick bite to-go at this lovely café with rustic décor touches around every corner & beautiful floral installations indoors and in the gorgeous garden.

Warm cookies, including a large legendary chocolate chip, are baked all day. Plus enjoy an assortment of pastries, excellent coffee, hot chocolate (look for special…

Doughnut Plant

379 Grand Street

Choose from three types of handcrafted doughnuts daily: yeast, cake and filled in a variety of flavors at this beloved bakery. Yeast doughnuts are light, airy, fluffy yeast-raised doughnuts, with a slight chew. Cake doughnuts are leavened with baking powder, and have a texture somewhere near the intersection of a classic birthday cake and a…

Dominique Ansel Bakery

189 Spring Street between Sullivan & Thompson

French bakery Dominique Ansel has delicious classic and post-modern pastries and specular seasonal desserts like hot chocolate with a blossoming marshmallow flower, frozen s’mores and milk in a chocolate chip cookie cup.

If you see a line down the block it’s probably for a cronut, the rightly famous croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry with flavors that change…

Blossoming Hot Chocolate

189 Spring Street between Sullivan & Thompson

A marshmallow flower blooms when it’s placed into a cup of homemade hot chocolate, revealing a little bonbon surprise in the center. One of many delicious classic and post-modern pastries and specular seasonal desserts at French bakery Dominique Ansel

If you see a line down the block it’s probably for a cronut, the…

Essex Market

88 Essex St

Sample fresh, affordable, and high quality food and other items from 40+ small businesses in this Lower East Side fixture.

Shop vendors with individual stories and distinctive personality for delicious treats like cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, cheeseburger empanadas from Dominican Cravings, ube ice cream from  L.E.S. Ice Cream…

Shopsin’s

88 Essex St

This whimsical, family-owned restaurant features a legendary 900-item menu with dozens of wacky (and delicious) pancakes varieties filled with s’mores or mac n’cheese. Small seating area; expect waits on weekends (but lots to explore in the indoor Essex Market while you wait).

Supermoon Bakehouse

120 Rivington Street

Try classic and inventive doughnuts, croissants, cruffins (croissant muffins with different fillings), pies, and other pastries hand-rolled and hand-crafted from grain, flour, fruit and vegetables sourced from local farms & mills in Upstate New York (except the butter, imported from a farm in Normandy, France).

Almost spherical doughnuts come in three rotating flavors, from good…

Le Village de Lafayette

380 Lafayette Street

Enjoy brunch, dinner, fondue and more French fare in charming private heated snow chalets outside Chef Andrew Carmellini’s market-driven bistro. Reservations recommended.

For the chalets. choose from limited prix fix options for $55-$65 or fondue for $70-$90 per person. Cocktails and other beverages available to order a la carte. Dietary restrictions & allergies can be…

Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

202A Mott St

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.

 

 

 

Roni-Sue’s Chocolates

148 Forsyth Street

Try delicious truffles, bars and caramel corn in inventive flavors inspired by specialty and local markets at this women-owned and run shop. All the chocolate is made by local artisans using organic Mayan cacao from Belize-based MOHO Chocolate Company, direct-trade, single-origin and socially responsible.

Favorites include Pig Candy AKA Chocolate Covered Bacon, fruity Razzle…

MarieBelle

484 Broome Street

Sip on thick, delicious signature hot chocolate made from pure cacao shavings instead of chocolate powder to go or in an elegant, antique filled Cocoa Bar. Choose from four different flavors; Aztec, Milk Hazelnut, Spiced Chocolate and White Chocolate.

Bite size bonbons decorated with unique, colorful cocoa-based design and tins of hot chocolate shavings make…

Sour Patch Kids NYC

665 Broadway at Bond Street

Create-your-own candy mix station, pose with oversized Sour Patch Kids in fun NYC-themed photo ops and shop limited-edition merchandise in this spacious colorful celebration of the classic candy. A Sweets Bar serves  with waffles, cake shakes and more crazy desserts featuring the candy.

Daily 12 pm – 8 pm

Economy Candy

108 Rivington Street

At this legendary family-owned LES sweets emporium, founded in 1937, shop over 2,000+ items, including chocolate covered graham crackers (with and without jelly), chocolate covered pretzels, jelly rings, bags of gummies, and unique candy bars you just can’t find anywhere else.  Also shop for unique toys, gifts and vintage trading cards, from Wacky Packages to…

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream Flagship Store

88 West Houston St between Bowery & Elizabeth

Choose from 88 inventive flavors of texture-driven small-batch ice creams like Tahini Caramel and Black Coconut Ash and even French Fry (plus ‘American Classics’ including five variations of vanilla), in an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Samples available (two per customer).

The extensive dining menu also includes elaborate sundaes, ice cream pies, floats and ice-cream…

Cones

272 Bleecker Street

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

Monday-Friday 5 pm–10pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm–10 pm

Molly’s Cupcakes

228 Bleecker Street

Try moist cupcakes in a multitude of flavors in this cute, yellow bakeshop.

Customize your own cupcake- choose a base (chocolate, vanilla, carrot, red velvet or banana), frosting (classic vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, brown butter or french buttercream) and toppings (chocolate chips, m&m’s® reese’s pieces, gummy bears, brownie chunks or chocolate chip cookie chunks) or…

Koneko

26 Clinton St

Play with roaming (adoptable) cats in three cat-centric spaces: the sunlit Upper Cattery, the warm and cozy Lower Cattery, and a first-of-its-kind outdoor Catio. Food from a Japanese- influenced menu, house-made desserts, plus beer, wine, and sake available for purchase.

Wednesday-Sunday 11 am –  3 pm & 4 pm – 8 pm

Museum of Ice Cream

558 Broadway at Prince Street

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors.

Eat as many ice cream treats as you want in 5 different shapes and forms, plus play with a three-story slide, hula hoops, a game room with mini golf and jungle gyms, a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms and more interactive…