What to do in NYC February 18 - 24

By: Sarah

Entertainment

FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME

Through March 3 only

It’s one thing to say, “Yes and …” But can you say it to a beat? And make it rhyme? This improvised hip-hop show, an early creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Broadway hit Hamilton) and Thomas Kail, returns for a month or two of ad-libbed rap. Joining the regular crew are occasional guest stars, including Miranda, Daveed Diggs and Christopher Jackson. Click here for more details.

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THE WINTER BLUES CRUISE

Date: Now - March 30, Saturdays only

Classic Harbor Line just launched a new cruise. This one is their winter blues cruise and will feature a live blues band on board. Cocktails, wine, and beer can be purchased on the 1920’s style luxury yacht.

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See the sights of Manhattan in all their glory while the most sultry (and saltiest) of New York harbor Maritime trios, the Sound Waves, melt away those winter time blues! See the statue of liberty, imbibe in their seasonal winter time cocktails (both warm and cold) and have a magical night on the harbor. This band features the Saxophone, Organ and Drums. Click here to buy tickets. 

‘KISS ME, KATE’ 

Previews start on Feb. 14; Opens on March 14

Brush up on your Shakespeare and your Cole Porter, too, because the Roundabout is reviving this 1948 musical, a metatheatrical riff on “The Taming of the Shrew.” Under Scott Ellis’s direction, Kelli O’Hara stars alongside Will Chase, Corbin Bleu and Stephanie Styles. Has the show aged poorly or will it be just wunderbar?  roundabouttheatre.org

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CHOIR BOY

Now through February 24

A New York Times Critics Pick!

For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?
Now, they’re thrilled to bring this soaring music-filled work to Broadway. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is an Oscar®-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Directing is Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad).

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THE ILLUSIONISTS TABLE AT THE MCKITTRICK HOTEL

Now through March 10

After sell-out runs around the world, THE ILLUSIONIST’S TABLE is back again at The McKittrick Hotel. Performing in The Club Car, the McKittrick’s Scottish pub and dining hall, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an evening of fine dining and whisky tasting interwoven with illusion, mentalism and storytelling.  Candles flicker. Whisky pours. Conversation stirs. Before the night is over, your thoughts will transcend; mysteries will materialize; and your dreams will be revealed.

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Muesums

FRIDA KAHLO: APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING

Brooklyn Museum

February 8–May 12, 2019

Buy timed tickets in advance here

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique and immediately recognizable style was an integral part of her identity. Kahlo came to define herself through her ethnicity, disability, and politics, all of which were at the heart of her work. Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest U.S. exhibition in ten years devoted to the iconic painter and the first in the United States to display a collection of her clothing and other personal possessions, which were rediscovered and inventoried in 2004 after being locked away since Kahlo’s death, in 1954.

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They are displayed alongside important paintings, drawings, and photographs from the celebrated Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, as well as related historical film and ephemera. To learn more about Frida Kahlo watch this video.

ANDY WARHOL— FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN

Now - March 31

This exhibition is on display at The Whitney Museum now through March 31. This exhibition is the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989. It reconsiders the work of one of the most influential American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century. They do tours of this exhibit every day at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

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events

Best Brews of New York

February 21

Enjoy the best breweries from across New York State as the Winter Garden transforms into a Winter Biergarten with new brews featured on tap each week. See below for the full schedule! Free to attend, no tickets required. Beer and food will be available for purchase.

Cast your vote each week for the best brewery -- top breweries will return for the final week to compete for the title of Best Brew! Click here for more details.

nyc beer week

February 24 - March 5

Craft time isn’t just for kids anymore. Thanks to the New York City Brewers Guild, adults can craft-it-up in the best way (with alcohol) during the 8th annual New York City beer week.

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The event, which showcases 23 premier NYC craft breweries, boasts over 400 beer events at 250 different spots in the city. New York City Brewers Guild advocates and promotes awareness of its local brewing members in an effort “to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city.” Participating breweries include Coney Island Brewing Company, Big Alice Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Bronx Brewery, and many more! Click here for more details.

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The Orchid Show 2019

February 23, 2019 – April 28, 2019

The Orchid Show is my favorite Spring time event in the city. Each year the NY Botanical Garden creates an impressive orchid display in their greenhouse. Each year it has a different theme. Singapore—where the national flower is an orchid—is the inspiration for the 17th annual Orchid Show. Read my experience and see more photos here.

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Elevate your interest in these storied flowers that are an integral part of the island’s culture and landscape. Developed in partnership with Gardens by the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens, the exhibition pays homage to the sites’ iconic Supertrees—dramatic vertical habitats, and famed Arches—a highlight of the National Orchid Garden.

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In the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, thousands of colorful orchids in every shape and size surround you—reaching up towering structures and clinging to overhead arches—creating a horticultural spectacle not to be missed. Treasures from NYBG’s exquisite orchid collection as well as varieties showcasing Singapore’s achievements in orchid cultivation, research, and conservation are also on display.

The best way to experience this tremendous display is to go during Orchid Evenings. During these select nights, a live DJ plays in the greenhouse and guest’s can enjoy tasty alcoholic drinks at the bar. Get tickets here.

trending restaurants

Cherry Point

American Restaurant

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

A north Brooklyn American tavern that has very good food but is trying to stay low-key about it. Service is charming and Greenpointy. The recommended dishes are Charcuterie; pigs’ foot croquettes; smoked whitefish; beef tartare and bottarga; grilled oysters; quail on toast; glazed lamb ribs; duck breast; citrus posset.  Read more about it here.

Casa Enrique

Mexican Restaurant

Long Island City, Queens

A Mexican restaurant in Long Island City. Cosme Aguilar, the chef, has been frying, blending and stirring mole de Piaxtla and other traditional Mexican dishes since Casa Enrique opened in 2012. The recommended dishes are Sopecitos de chorizo; albondigas en chipotle; ceviche de pescado; tostadas de jaiba; pozole; enchiladas Doña Blanca; cochinito chiapaneco; mole de Piaxtla; chamorro de borrego al huaxamole; flan. Read more about it here.


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