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Street fairs for every kind of culture, film, music, art, parades and celebrations of every kind can keep your weekends fulfilled. 

6/1 -3: Attend dozens of world-class lectures, films, and events on science and innovation during World Science Festival.

6/1 -3: (noon to 9 p.m.) A ticket to Scooper Bowl New York gets you unlimited ice cream & sorbet in dozens of flavors at Bryant Park, and it supports charity.

6/1 -3: Governors Ball is a three-day outdoor music festival with 65 acts “featuring music of all genres, foods of all flavors, arts of all variety” at Randall’s Island Park.

6/1 -6: See Italian life and culture as presented by a new generation of Italian filmmakers at Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at Lincoln Center.

6/1 -30: Blue Note Jazz Festival has 100 concerts in 5 venues, and features big names like Chris Botti, Art Garfunkel, Gregory Porter, Al Di Meola, and Gordon Lightfoot.

6/1 -30: See hundreds of art exhibitions, open studios (June 9 & 16), concerts, dance and literary events at Uptown Arts Stroll in Northern Manhattan. Free.

Phylicia Rashad, Danny Burstein

Phylicia Rashad (Titania); Danny Burstein (Nick Bottom); Photo by Joan Marcus.

6/1 – 8/19: Shakespeare in the Park at Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

5/29 to 6/24 – Othello

7/17 to 8/19 – Twelfth Night

Free Summer Movies

6/1 – 10/15: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks.

6/2: NYC Multicultural Festival promises diverse cultural music, dance, food, fashion, and a kids’ area at the bandshell at Jackie Robinson Park. Free.

6/ 2 (1 p.m.): A ticket to classy Polo Classic includes transportation to Liberty State Park in New Jersey to watch a game hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and a performance by Alicia Keys, with food trucks and champagne for sale.

6/2: Discover a dramatic hidden garden overlooking the Hudson River during The Great Forgotten Garden Party, with live performances and food & drinks for sale at Untermyer Park and Gardens.

6/ 2 – 3: Interact with authors, publishers, celebrities, and content creators at BookCon “where storytelling and pop culture collide” at Jacob Javits Convention Center.

6/2 – 3: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 120 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Free.

SummerStage

6/2 – 10/27: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during SummerStage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

6/3: Drums Along the Hudson features traditional dance, drumming, crafts, and foods at Inwood Hill Park, plus performers representing other cultures. Free.

6/3: The Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall.

6/4 (5 to 9 p.m.): Taste of Times Square brings International food from 40 restaurants and music from local bands on 46th Street (from Broadway to 10th Avenue).

6/4 Theatre World Awards at Circle in the Square at 2pm.

6/5 – 26: Washington Square Music Festival includes classical music in the park on Tuesdays.

6/6: Billed as the city’s largest single varietal tasting event, Big Apple Zinfandel Experience features 75 wines, appetizers, and an opportunity to meet 20 California Zinfandel winemakers at NYY Steak on 51st Street.

6/9:  All ages can learn how to use a map and compass, and follow clues to find island treasures at The Great Randall’s Island Treasure Hunt at Randall’s Island Field 80. Free.

6/9 – 10: Enjoy award-winning barbecue, cooking seminars, Southern fare, and live rock, blues, and soul at Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park for all ages. Picnics and pets are welcome. Free.

6/9 – 10: Rose Garden Weekend includes live music, garden tours, demonstrations, and a cash bar at the New York Botanical Garden.

6/10: Billed as America’s largest demonstration of ethnic pride, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade goes joyously up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th. Free.

6/11 – 29: The Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera features opera performances in various parks. Free.

6/12: Join the crowds listening to live music and visiting seven museums for three hours during Museum Mile Festival on 23 car-free blocks of 5th Avenue. Free.

6/12 – 17: Hear classical music outdoors under the stars at New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, followed by fireworks. (The indoor show does not have fireworks.)

6/14 – 21: See compelling films from around the world about truth, justice, accountability, and human dignity at Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

6/14 – 21: See great films from around the world at the Soho International Film Festival at Village East Cinema.

6/14 – 23: Register to take free dance and fitness classes from 35 studios during New York City Dance Week.

River to River Festival

6/15 – 24: Lower Manhattan. Attend 100 cultural performances and events at River to River Festival, including dance, film, music, poetry, theater, and visual arts. Free.

6/16 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Hike, bike, climb, fish, and paddle at Adventures NYC at the Central Park bandshell area. Children under age 18 need a legal guardian for some activities. Free.

6/16: Actors and writers perform selections written by Joyce during Bloomsday at Symphony Space.

6/16 (4:30 a.m.): Summer Solstice Celebration is a concert that begins in darkness and continues through sunrise at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

6/16 (1 p.m.): The Mermaid Parade is 1000 people wearing glittery semi-nude costumes, floats with aquatic themes, and classic cars that drive east along Surf Avenue on Coney Island in Brooklyn. Expect crowds. Free.

6/16 – 17: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, food, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island.

6/17: Father’s Day

6/17: Taste of Jewish Culture Street Festival features “dozens of award-winning food purveyors putting their individual ethnic spins on traditional Jewish foods” with klezmer music on 6th Avenue at W. 48th Street.

6/17: The Amazing Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt begins at Slattery’s Midtown Pub with a series of clues on your phone that send you around the city performing physical and mental challenges.

6/17 (12 to 4 p.m.): Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival is a cross-cultural celebration of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican music, food, folk art and crafts at the Museum at Eldridge Street. Free.

6/21: Make Music New York is a live musical celebration on the longest day of the year, with 1,000 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks in five boroughs.

6/21: Renew your mind, body, and spirit by registering to attend a yoga class or yoga village on the longest day of the year at Solstice in Times Square. Free.

6/21 (6 to 9 p.m.): A ticket to the Chef Showdown includes “tasty barbeque bites” prepared by three local chefs, beer, and wine at FEDCAP Career Design School.

6/21, 2018 (starting 5 p.m.): Summer Solstice Celebration includes art-making workshops, face painting, a solstice ritual, music, and entertainment at Socrates Sculpture Park. Free.

6/22 (5 to 8 p.m.): Decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games, buy Swedish food, and dance to authentic fiddle music at the Swedish Midsummer Festival at Robert F. Wagner Park and nearby. Free.

6/22 – 24: Walk through a shocking subway car, a dark and mysterious subway tunnel, and a creatures’ nest filled with supernatural frights as part of The Awakened Experience at 139 Charles Street for age 14+.

6/23 (7 p.m.): Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) at 295 5th Avenue for age 21+.

6/23 (2 to 6 p.m.): Play classic carnival games, hang out with characters from Star Wars, Transformers, and comic books, and browse vendors at family-friendly NYSoM Superhero Sci-Fi Festival at Martinez Playground in Williamsburg. See the schedule of superhero visits. Free tickets

6/23 – 24: Figment features creative art installations you can touch and play with on Governors Island. Free.

Gay Pride

6/24: Pride Week events today include a noon Pride March down 5th Avenue, an afternoon PrideFest fair on Hudson Street, and Pride Island from 2 to 10 p.m. at Pier 97, followed by fireworks.

6/25 (7:30 p.m.): Watch big Broadway stars perform with young artists from across the nation at the annual Arts for Autism, which is hosted by Christopher Jackson (nominated for a Tony Award for “Hamilton”) at Gershwin Theatre.

6/25 – 7/26: Hear world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at the Jazz in July Festival at 92nd Street Y.

6/26 – 7/14: Midsummer Night Swing begins with a lesson in swing, tango, salsa, etc., followed by a live band in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.

6/28 – 30: Explore the ways games and virtual reality can improve lives at Games for Change, which features talks, workshops, a game arcade, vendors, and awards at Parsons School of Design.

6/29 – 7/1: Del Close Marathon is 600 shows by comedians from around the world at seven venues.

6/29 – 7/15: Watch recent hit movies from China, Japan, and South Korea at the New York Asian Film Festival.

6/29 -7/12 at Lincoln Center

6/13 – 15 at SVA Theatre

6/29 – 8/24: See free movies outdoors at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Arrive early.

6/30 – 7/4: International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Art for All: The Digital Gallery Revolution

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The evolution of art accessibility from the hallowed halls of museums to the vast expanse of the digital realm represents a significant shift in how we engage with art. This transformation has democratized art, making it more accessible to everyone, regardless of geographical location, financial status, or physical mobility.

The Traditional Museum Experience

For centuries, art was confined within the walls of museums and galleries, accessible only to those who could physically visit. Museums offer a tactile and visual experience, allowing viewers to engage with art in its physical form. However, this traditional mode of access has its limitations—physical, financial, and geographical barriers that prevent many from experiencing art.

The Rise of Digital Galleries

The advent of digital galleries has revolutionized this landscape. Digital platforms have removed many of the barriers associated with traditional museums, offering global access to art at little to no cost. High-resolution images, detailed artist biographies, and the histories of artworks are now available online, providing a comprehensive art viewing experience that rivals physical attendance.

Pioneering Art Accessibility

WikiGallery.org, with its vast collection of freely usable images, epitomizes the shift towards digital accessibility in art. It functions as a virtual museum, open to anyone with an internet connection, offering access to hundreds of thousands of artworks. This platform allows users to explore art beyond geographical and financial constraints, bridging the gap between the public and the often exclusive world of fine art.

Comparing Experiences: Museum vs. Digital

While digital galleries offer unprecedented access to art, they provide a different experience from visiting a museum. The sensory experience of viewing a painting in person, the scale, texture, and true color, cannot be fully replicated online. However, digital galleries offer other advantages, such as the ability to explore a vast array of art beyond what is physically possible in a single museum visit.

The Impact on Public Engagement with Art

Digital galleries have significantly impacted public engagement with art. They serve as educational resources, providing access to art history and criticism. Interactive elements, such as virtual tours and online exhibitions, have introduced new ways to engage with art, making it more interactive and accessible to a broader audience.

The Future of Art Accessibility

The future of art accessibility is not only promising but on the cusp of a revolutionary change, with technological innovations like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) at the forefront. These technologies promise to bridge the gap between digital and physical art experiences even further, making art more immersive and interactive. Imagine standing in your living room but being transported into the heart of the Louvre or the halls of the Hermitage, examining masterpieces in intricate detail as if you were there. This evolution will make art even more accessible and engaging to the global public, offering unprecedented ways to explore, learn, and connect with art beyond the conventional boundaries of museums and galleries.

The shift from canvas to digital has transformed art accessibility, making it more inclusive and comprehensive. Digital galleries, exemplified by platforms like WikiGallery.org, have played a pivotal role in this transformation. While the experience of art in the digital realm differs from the traditional museum experience, it complements it, offering new opportunities for engagement, education, and appreciation. The evolution of art accessibility underscores a broader cultural shift towards democratizing art, ensuring that it can be enjoyed by all, regardless of physical or financial limitations.

In summary, the journey from traditional art spaces to digital platforms has not only widened access to art but also diversified the ways in which people can engage with and appreciate artistic creations. As technology continues to evolve, so too will the landscape of art accessibility, promising a future where the barriers to experiencing art are even further reduced.



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Bonnie Comley Nothing To Wear

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Bonnie Comley stepped into the art world last night. She and ChaShaMa presented a piece called “Nothing To Wear”, at 340 East 64th Street, which is an interactive installation, a thought provoking look at fast fashion and body image. This provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste, challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption. “Nothing to Wear”, asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office, facilitates self-reflection on biases regarding our own clothing and the community around us as uniform, self-expression, or just protection from the elements of weather.

Also involved were Sarah DeMarino – Co-Producer/Director, Leah Lane – Soundscape Monologue Writer and Jasper Isaac Johns the Exhibit Designer.

Sarah DeMarino and Dallas Bernstein

At the opening and on certain dates Hannah Durant Joe Guccione and Dallas Bernstein perform monologues that coincide with the project. These mini playlets were insightful and thought provoking.

Hannah Durant Joe Guccione and Dallas Bernstein

In attendance were:

Anita Durst and fashion designer Shani Grosz

Cooper Lawrence, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Errol Rappaport, Bonnie Comley, Quinn Lemley, Suzanna Bowling, Shani Grosz and Merrie Davis

Anita Durst and Bonnie Comley

Danielle Price, Bonnie Comley and Andrina Wekontash Smith

Sylvia Hemingway and Bonnie Comley

Bevin Ross and Bonnie Comley

Alyssa Ritch Frel and Bonnie Comley

Shady Kerko and McLean Mills

Frankie Lane, Bonnie Comley and Lenny Lane

Riki Kane Larmire

Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She was recently re-elected as the Board President of The Drama League. She is a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee. Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is also the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. The theatre community has honored Comley for her philanthropic work; she is the recipient of The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award.

Stewart F Lane and Bonnie Comley

ChaShaMa helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They have awarded 11 million dollars worth of real estate to artists and have subsidizes another 300 with work spaces. They provide over 215 free art classes and have supported over 75 businesses with free space

To see Nothing to Wear click here

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New-York Historical Society Celebrates Women’s History Month

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Throughout Women’s History Month, the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), will showcase women’s stories through exhibitions, installations, and public programming.

On International Women’s Day, renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick and New-York Historical’s Chief Curator Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto will be in conversation over a live, free Zoom discussing WalkingStick’s exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, on view at New-York Historical through April 14. Other exhibitions and displays on view throughout March include Women’s Work, an exhibition that demonstrates how “women’s work” defies categorization; Women Who Preserved New York City which explores how Shirley Hayes, Margot Gayle, and Joan Maynard galvanized communities to save historic buildings and places; and Serving Style: Ted Tinling, Designer for the Tennis Stars, which turns a spotlight on the designer who made many of Billie Jean King’s iconic looks. On March 3, the ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History will center on exploring how we understand “care.”

Additional details follow:A Conversation with Kay WalkingStickFeaturing: Kay WalkingStick, Wendy Nālani E. IkemotoFriday, March 8, 6 – 7 pm ETFree | Presented live on ZoomCelebrate International Women’s Day with this online event featuring renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with New-York Historical’s Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto. WalkingStick is the focus of our acclaimed exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, which places her work in a fascinating dialogue with 19th-century Hudson River School paintings and explores the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history. They’ll discuss WalkingStick’s remarkable career, her recent invitation to the Venice Biennale, and her decades of work reimagining and reframing the American landscape.Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River SchoolOn view through April 14Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School places landscape paintings by the renowned, contemporary Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with highlights from New-York Historical’s collection of 19th-century Hudson River School paintings. This artistic dialogue showcases the ways in which WalkingStick’s work both connects to and diverges from the Hudson River School tradition and explores the agency of art in shaping humankind’s relationship to the land. The exhibition celebrates a shared reverence for nature while engaging crucial questions about land dispossession and its reclamation by Indigenous peoples and nations and exploring the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history.Women’s WorkOn view through July 7Presented by the Center for Women’s History, Women’s Workshowcases approximately 45 objects from New-York Historical’s own Museum and Library collections to demonstrate how “women’s work” defies categorization. The items range from a 19th-century mahogany cradle to a 20th-century doctor’s dissection kit to a pinback button with the message “Shirley Chisholm for President.” The exhibition seeks to demonstrate that women’s work has been essential to American society and is inherently political: Women’s work is everywhere.

Women Who Preserved New York CityOn view through June 9This installation explores how three women—Shirley Hayes, Margot Gayle, and Joan Maynard—galvanized communities to save historic buildings and places. Each subverted gendered expectations that limited them to the domestic realm and instead led campaigns to protect the historic cityscape.Serving Style: Ted Tinling, Designer for the Tennis StarsOn view through June 23Our installation turns a spotlight on the designer who made many of Billie Jean King’s iconic looks. King and Tinling had a tremendous influence on the visibility of women on the tennis court. King’s tenacity and commitment for equal rights, together with Tinling’s bold designs, challenged conventions about what women can do, emphasizing that women can be simultaneously powerful, strong, and feminine.

On and Off the Clock: Reconsidering Women’s WorkSunday, March 3, 12—5 pm ET$4; Free for Women’s History Council MembersThe ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History will center on exploring how we understand “care.” Across three linked panels, we probe what “care” means, who does the work of caring, and what services get pushed to the margins by our current social policy framework. The conference will culminate with a keynote conversation on reproductive care. Reception to follow.

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Events for March

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St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.

3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.

3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.

3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.

3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.

3/8: International Women’s Day 

Steven Reineke by Michael Tammaro, Bryan Terrell Clark by Asher Angeles, Valisia LeKae by Antonio Navas

3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown

3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.

3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film FestivalHappy St. Patricks Day
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.

3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.

3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.

The Macy Flower Show

3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.

3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.

3/29 – 4/7: The International Auto Show at the Javitts.

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Events For February

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There is still the Bryant Park Winter Village’s iconic bumper cars, two Broadway tickets for the price of one and restaurant week end February 4th. Heated Igloos, ice skating goes high on the Edge’s sky deck. Winter markets are still open in February. Don’t miss out on some of the best cultural events of the year during Black History Month after free Fridays make it affordable.

2/2: Celebrate the Birthday of Grand Central Station

2/2-4: New York’s iconic vintage show Manhattan Vintage over 90 dealers

2/9: The New York Pops

2/9-11: New York Fashion Week all over NYC

2/9: National Pizza Day

2/11: Experience The Super Bowl Hype The Empire Rooftop Lounge. Participate in a whole host of contests, delicious menu items available to order and drink specials, this is the perfect way for keen and casual fans alike to relax and have fun on the big night!

2/10: Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The exhibition will feature more than 100 major artworks by important Black American, African, and African diasporic artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Brooklyn Museum.

2/17: The 21st annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden 

2/23: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the works of beloved English author Beatrix Potter.

2/25: Chinatown’s annual Lunar (Chinese) New Year Parade with dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and more. Head to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year Parade, which celebrates the year of the dragon. Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.

2/25: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,” the exhibit will present 160 works exploring how Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s-40s in New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s South Side and nationwide amid the Great Migration.

New York City Marathon

2/25: Central Park Half Marathon

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