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Tuesday, October 1
Chef Daniel Boulud's casual outpost is one of our favorite stops before or after Lincoln Center shows. My daughter gets a gourmet hot dog, I have a tasty salad or quiches, my son gets a hearty sandwich, we all end with colorful macarons. Counter service with limited seating; we like to go across the street to Dante Park (which usually has interesting public art) on sunny days - then come back for the artisanal gelato.
Choose from salads, sandwiches, amazing healthy artisanal bread and not-so-healthy pastries at the new UWS outpost of the 100+-year-old Orwashers Bakery with counter service and seating.
Ride an orphan train, play a newsies video game and explore lots of other interactive exhibits in the awesome hands-on DiMenna Children's History Museum. Search for items on printed scavenger hunt or just explore the many installations covering centuries of New York history. Lots to learn for older kids and lots to touch including a train table for tots. Find tales of New York City past and present in a cozy Children’s History Library with a great selection of history-themed books,…
Tuesday, November 5
A 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures in this giant hall, lit to evoke being underwater. See dioramas of the ocean's diverse and complex web of life including coral reefs, giant squid and awesome bioluminescent swimmers. Lots to touch, tons of info, and a movie on a big screen - a good place to relax while kids run around the lower level. The bathrooms in the corner are usually less crowded than those in the main…
Explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the dynamic features of planet Earth. Find your weight on different planets, touch an actual meteorite, learn about all sorts of stars, walk along a ramp showing the vastness of time and see the stars in magical planetarium show sin a striking sphere.
Meet fascinating creatures in the largest and least understood habitat on earth. Explore the coastal shallows to deeper, more mysterious worlds with stunning 3D footage of clever dolphins, cunning octopus, resourceful tusk fish and more biological wonders. Buy tickets in advance at the admissions desk. 2D screenings also available.
Saturday, November 9
Sit/lie/play on an interactive outdoor lounge chair, designed by a local mom, with steel rings that turn for multiple views of this bus city block.
Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Mnahattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minutes long trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour).
Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.
Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.
See "Show Globes,” large-scale Broadway snow globes decorating the theatre district featuring designs from favorite musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Ain’t Too Proud, and The Lion King.
Ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds in danger of extinction roost on the UWS Broadway malls. Brookyln-based artist Nicolas Holiber painted but did not weatherproof reclaimed lumber, allowing for the city’s natural forces to affect it, highlighting the environmental challenges faced by each species.
Kehinde Wiley’s monumental public sculpture of a young, African-American urban streetwear sitting astride a massive horse in a striking pose visits Times Square before its installation in Richmond, Virgina on a nationally landmarked boulevard lined with Confederate statues, including monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson. An interesting update on these controversial monuments and good way to talk to kids about race and history (and/or just say hi to the big horse if they're not ready for…
An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.
Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.
Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.
Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.
Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.
Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.
In this free workshop for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends, use art and technology to build peer-to-peer relationships and digital storytelling skills. Incorporate a variety of animation and sound techniques while exploring various art mediums in a s supportive environment designed to help children with autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art.
Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.
Splash in fun fountains and find lots of cool details at this waterfront playground designed by the artist Mark Reigelman. Features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the manufacturing process of the former nearvy Domino Sugar refinery.
Immerse yourself in a preview of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival with twelve illuminated zodiac animals of the Lunar Calendar.