(May 3-Sept. 10, 2017)
Sculptor Anish Kapoor’s public-art installation invites spectators to experience how a seemingly ordinary element like water can behave in an out-of-the-ordinary way. Twenty-six feet in diameter and surrounded by a railing, “Descension” is a continuously spiraling funnel of water that has been treated with an all-natural black dye. Kapoor has created a mesmerizing negative space alive with energy as it bores into the ground.
Operating hours: 9 am-9 pm
(Thru Sept. 2, 2016) Free Friday morning alfresco concerts, with a predominantly country music beat, are given in Midtown during the morning cable-news program, which is broadcast btw 6 & 9 am. Highlights:
July 1: Trace Adkins
July 8: Scott Stapp
Aug. 5: Vanilla Ice & Salt-N-Pepa
Aug. 26: Debbie Gibson
Sept. 2: Twisted Sister
(May 20-Sept. 2, 2016) Mega music stars perform free concerts for adoring crowds in Central Park during the popular morning show.
Park opens at 6 am, performances btw 7 & 9 am
July 1: Blink-182
July 8: Kenny Chesney
July 15: Elle King (this concert is held in the show’s Times Square studio)
July 22: Sia
July 29: James Bay
Aug. 5: X Ambassadors
Aug. 12: Keith Urban
Aug. 19: TBD
During every full weekend in September, art lovers explore an abandoned military barracks, featuring 100 rooms filled with paintings, photography and sculpture, as well as video, sound and performance art. Live music and food stands on the surrounding lawns. Sat & Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
Sixty-seven of the world’s top art and antiques dealers offer a dazzling display and sale of fully vetted treasures, including antique furniture, paintings, silver, ceramics, glass, rugs, textiles, antiquities, jewelry, books and manuscripts, Asian and tribal art, and other objects and works of art. Oct. 23-29, 2015: Fri & Sat, Mon & Wed 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sun, Tues & Thurs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $25.
(June 10–11, Aug. 26–27, 2017)
Taking a page out of the Great Gatsby’s book, flappers and dapper gents gather on Governors Island for a retro weekend of picnicking, promenading and dancing to 1920s jazz music from Michael Arenella and his 11-piece Dreamland Orchestra. Highlights include Charleston and Peabody dance lessons, food, drinks, classic cars, vintage clothing booths, fashion shows, games (such as croquet and tug-of-war) and carnival games for kids. Retro dress is encouraged.
Hours: 11 am-5 pm each day, rain or shine
(Feb. 27, 2018)
During this one-night-only promotion, an annual program of The Broadway League, children 18 and under can experience a participating Broadway show for free, when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket includes in-theater activities (including talkbacks), restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs and more.
Tickets go on sale early December 2017.
(Nov. 23, 2017)
Almost 3 million people line the streets for the 91st annual event, which features giant balloons, marching bands, celebrities riding on elaborate floats and performances from Broadway shows and pop sensations.
The parade kicks off at 9 am at W. 77th St. & Central Park West and continues south to Columbus Circle, where it turns east onto Central Park South, marches to Sixth Ave., where it heads south to W. 34th St. and ends at noon at Macy’s Herald Square.