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Tuesday, October 1
This recently upgraded 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.
Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.
Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.
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) Limited indoor and outdoor seating. Go early to beat the line (which moves quickly). Elaborate sundae bar available Friday & Saturday 6 pm-midnight.
Friday, December 6
Arcadia Earth is 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, explorers of all ages learn how small lifestyle changes will have a massive impact on the future of our planet. For every ticket sold, Arcadia Earth will plant one tree and donate to charity partner Oceanic Global.
Get photogenic soft serve with gold flakes and edible flowers in a sweet, small Nolita shop plus matcha, tea and organic candy. Limited flavors available, currently its sea salt mascarpone and lychee rose which look very pretty swirled together but might be too exotic for some young palates.
See how playing with your food can become stunning art in Los Angeles–based artist Carmen Argote's solo exhibition. Working with materials seeped in symbolic significance—such as coffee, pine needles, avocado, and cochineal dye—Argote’s work sheds light on the constantly shifting surface of urban landscapes and her own experience as a Mexican immigrant in the United States. See new and recent paintings, large-scale works on paper, and a sculptural installation, mostly created during two residencies in Guadalajara and incorporating nearby plants…
Experiential retail store SHOWFIELDS' immersive experience gets a holiday update. Find a hidden slide, then touch smell, eat, and test products and artwork led by actots with a story. Book (free) timed slots in advance online.
The self-proclaimed "most interesting store in the world" features cool direct to consumer brands not typically found in stores and rotating interactive art exhibits & brand-pop ups like a fun tunnel slide adn a giant pile of pillows with words.
Join holiday merriment in the park with a tree, hot chocolate, and maybe a surprise visitor. Sing and celebrate the season as a neighborhood.
Saturday, December 7
Create a collaborative kinetic installation inspired by “Hans Haacke: All Connected.” Use materials such as balloons, fabric, and trim to create and install a sculptural element that will then be set in motion by oscillating fans in the Sky Room. Drawing from Haacke’s interest in wind as a medium, families are encouraged to experiment with materials of various weights and see their creations dance and float in the air. Part of a monthly program. Space is limited, tickets given out…
Swanky cinema Metrograph screens a 1993 cross-holiday classic. Producer Tim Burton stamps his unmistakable macabre aesthetic on every frame of this stop-motion favorite, further enlivened by a passel of warped song standards from composer Danny Elfman. One fine day Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, discovers a gateway leading to the snow-blanketed, jolly Christmastown, and decides to bring the holiday back to his ghost and ghoul subjects, a plan that quickly goes catastrophic.
Read books and make themed art projects Hosted by Yvonne Brooks. All ages welcome.
Thursday, December 12
Always interesting art to see – and interact with – in the rotating exhibits at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum. Pay-what-you-wish; $2 suggested minimum.
Saturday, December 14
Swanky cinema Metrograph screens this 1992 Muppet take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale. See the most emotionally rich Muppet movie with Michael Caine as a superb Scrooge, Kermit as Bob Cratchit, and a host of fantastic new creations, including the big, bumptious bonhomie-prone Ghost of Christmas Present (“Come in, and know me better, man!”).
Saturday, December 21
Swanky cinema Metrograph screens Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic . Amodern take on the Christmas Carol features angels in small-town U.S.A. The desperation of Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey turns to a sudden blissful explosion of commonweal and goodwill. Be prepared for a suicide attempt and existential angst.
Saturday, December 28
Swanky cinema Metrograph screens Spike Jonze's sweet-spirited adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s cherished children’s book, with James Gandolfini giving a quietly devastating vocal performance as Carol, a dangerously tantrum-prone Wild Thing. Too rowdy and rambunctious at home, sensitive 8-year-old Max makes his escape to a place where the play is a little rougher and the playmates a lot bigger and hairier—an island populated by mischievous monsters for whom self-control is a fully foreign concept, who nominate Max as their king.
Saturday, January 4
Create a collaborative mural inspired by “Diedrick Brackens: darling divined.” Taking inspiration from the exhibition, families will create silhouetted figures to explore community, creating a communal mural while contemplating how we express different forms of care and love. Take advantage of the free admission to explore the very cool, super interactive Marta Minujín: Menesunda Reloaded. Part of a monthly program.