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Holiday Under The Stars

10 Columbus Circle Midtown
New York, New York 10023 US

Etazin Sculpture Chair

160 East 48th Street at Third Avenue
New York, NY United States

Broadway Snow Globes

Times Square between 44th and 45th Streets
New York, NY United States

Rumors of War

Broadway between West 46th & West 47th Streets Midtown
New York, New York US

Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

West 18th Street & Tenth Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking
New York, New York US

Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

292 West 21st Street Chelsea/Meatpacking
New York, New York US

Walead Beshty

New York, NY United States

Jason Rhoades: Tijuanatanjierchandelier

525 West 19th Street
New York, NY United States

Richard Hughes: The Great Perhaps & Chris Martin: 1979-1994

16 East 55th Street Midtown
New York, New York US

Yayoi Kusama: EVERY DAY I PRAY FOR LOVE

537 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States

Minimalism/Maximalism

Seventh Avenue at 27 Street Chelsea/Meatpacking
New York, New York US

Lucy Sparrow: Delicatessen on 6th

45 Rockefeller Plaza Midtown
New York, New York 10023 US

Samsung 837

837 Washington Street
New York, NY

OFF THE WALL

10th & 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets
New York, NY United States

Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass

Madison Avenue & 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron
New York, NY 10023 US

School of Style STORY at Macy’s

151 West 34th Street Midtown
New York, New York 10023 US

En Plein Air

Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking
New York, New York 10023 US

Machine Hallucination

75 9th Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking
New York, New York US

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Friday, November 1

DiMenna Children’s History Museum

November 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

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,…

Free with museum admission
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Tuesday, November 5

Hall of Ocean Life

November 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:45 pm
American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West+ Google Map

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…

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The Rose Center for Earth and Space

November 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:45 pm
American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West+ Google Map

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.  

FREE
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Oceans: Our Blue Planet

November 5, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History
West 81st Street & Central Park West+ Google Map

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.

$28/adult, $16.50, ages 2-12, $16.50, seniors & students (includes museum admission)
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Monday, November 11

Etazin Sculpture Chair

November 11
The Buchanan
160 East 48th Street at Third Avenue+ Google Map

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.    

FREE
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Staten Island Ferry

November 11
Whitehall Terminal
4 Whitehall Street+ Google Map

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).

FREE
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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

November 11

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.

FREE
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Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 11
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

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.

FREE
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Broadway Snow Globes

November 11
Broadway Plaza
Times Square between 44th and 45th Streets+ Google Map

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.

FREE
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Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project

November 11
Broadway Malls
Broadway Malls from Columbus Circle to 157th Street+ Google Map

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.

FREE
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Rumors of War

November 11
Father Duffy Square in Times Square
Broadway between West 46th & West 47th Streets Midtown+ Google Map

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…

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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 11
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

FREE
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Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

November 11
18th Street & Tenth Avenue
West 18th Street & Tenth Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking

Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

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Hive

November 11
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

FREE
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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 11
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

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.

FREE
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WTC Street Murals

November 11
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

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.

FREE
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Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

November 11
West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue
292 West 21st Street Chelsea/Meatpacking

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

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Domino Park

November 11 @ 6:00 am - 11:30 pm
Domino Park
15 River Street+ Google Map

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.

FREE
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NYC Winter Lantern Festival Pop Up

November 11 @ 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Liberty Park
155 Cedar Street+ Google Map

Immerse yourself in a preview of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival with twelve illuminated zodiac animals of the Lunar Calendar.

FREE
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Eataly NYC Downtown

November 11 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

FREE
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The Rink at Rockefeller Center

November 11 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 pm
Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza Midtown+ Google Map

This urban rink is one of the smallest and most expensive in the city, but the iconic location is pure magic. Only 150 skaters are allowed on the ice at a time, so expect long lines around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crowds depart with the giant holiday tree January to April. Admission is per 1.5 hour session, so check the schedule and don't come at the end of a session.

$25-$33/adults (varies by date), $15/seniors & ages 10 & under
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Time Out Market New York

November 11 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Empire Stores
55 Water Street+ Google Map

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious square feet over two floors with incredible views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline.

FREE
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Cafe Lalo

November 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm
Cafe Lalo
201 West 83rd Street+ Google Map

The extensive cheesecake-heavy dessert menu and charming Belle Époque decor lure locals to this cash-only tourist favorite. Dine on salads, sandwiches, pastries and all-day waffles, quiches and omelets or choose from exquisite desserts including 20+ cheesecake flavors, dozens of pies tarts and cakes (including 10 gluten-free options) and jumbo cookies a al a mode. So Parisian and pretty it was in a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks romantic comedy.

FREE
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Cowgirl

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cowgirl
519 Hudson Street+ Google Map

Wild-west decor charms cowboys and cowgirls of all ages at this friendly, casual sit-down West Village establishment. Texas-friendly grub with local fresh ingredients (except for the fritos on the fritos pie) includes an extensive, reasonable 9$7-$8) kids menu.

FREE
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Shake Shack UWS

November 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Shake Shack UWS
366 Columbus Ave at 77th Street+ Google Map

This location of Danny Meyers's fresh fast food empire is often a little crowded and hectic, so order your tasty burgers, hot dogs, fries and decadent frozen concretes (including a 'Natural History Crunch-stellation') with the Shake Shack App in advance and eat at on benches outside the Natural History Museum across the street or try to snag a table in the 'rec room' in the basement. Ask for a side of pickles and tell yourself your kids are getting their…

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