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Buy tickets to the IMAX Movie "Mysteries of the Unseen World" at the American Museum of Natural History
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What are the best things to do in NYC? In our New York City events calendar we've put together a list of NYC museums exhibits, free things to do in NYC, entertainment and sports - all the best NYC events. With so many fun things to do in NYC, you'll never want to leave!

Winter highlights in NYC include unparalleled exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty, and so many more great NYC events! 

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Dark Universe - Space Show at the Museum of Natural HistoryDark Universe Space Show at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know -- and about the mysteries we have yet to solve -- in Dark Universe, a new Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You'll hurtle through Jupiter's atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe's beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it -- and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Buy Tickets to Dark Universe at the American Museum of Natural History
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

NYC Freedom Comprehensive Tour - 9/11Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: Daily at 9am
This tour combines a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers - Ground Zero - and a tour of historic Lower Manhattan.
The walking tour ends at Battery Park where you'll board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Location: Tours depart from in front of the 53rd Street Gourmet Deli, 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
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American Museum of Natural History - IMAX movie - Mysteries of the Unseen WorldMysteries of the Unseen World IMAX Movie at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing; Mysteries of the Unseen World will be shown in 3D digital and 2D film. (2D film showings: 10:30am; 11:30am; 1:30pm; and 3:30pm. 3D digital showings: 12:30pm; 2:30pm; and 4:30pm.)
See It in 3D! Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes.
The film will reveal phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale.
High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that now allow us to see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never even knew existed and now give us new “super powers” to see beyond what is in front of us.
Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will leave audiences in complete thrall as they begin to understand the enormity of the world they can’t see, a world that exists in the air they breathe, on their own bodies, and in all of the events that occur around them minute-by-minute, and nanosecond-by-nanosecond. And with this understanding comes a new appreciation of the wonder and possibilities of science.
Buy Tickets to Mysteries of the Unseen World at the American Museum of Natural History
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
Discovery Times Square Exposition Body WorldsBODY WORLDS: PULSE at Discovery Times Square
The Exhibition About You & the Beat of Life
Date: Ongoing
Every now and then, an exhibit comes along that will change the way you see yourself...and the way you live your life.
Experience the science and splendor of the human body through Plastination, a breakthrough in anatomy invented by trailblazing scientist, Gunther von Hagens. Learn about the human body, its form and function, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century. BODY WORLDS: PULSE is an inspiring, immersive multimedia exhibition about health, wellness, and living to the beat of life in the 21st century. It is an exhibition unlike any other. Body donors who willed their bodies, after death, for plastination and the education of future generations, act as guides and teachers on this unforgettable journey of discovery.
Buy tickets to BODY WORLDS: PULSE at Discovery Times Square

Amen-A PrayerAMEN-A Prayer for the World 

Date: October 12, 2014-November 23, 2014 

The 2014 CARAVAN Exhibition of Visual Art is focusing on Egypt and the United States. 48 premier and emerging artists (30 Egyptian-both Muslim and Christian, and 18 Western--Christian and Jewish) were invited to participate in this unique visual art exhibition that was opened first in Cairo, Egypt on June 17 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art, then was followed by an exhibition in the United States at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Each of the 48 participating artists has been given a life-size fiberglass sculpture in one of four poses of prayer to paint or decorate as they wish. The ‘model’ for the sculptural prayer form is Amun, the deity of ancient Thebes in the 11th dynasty (c. 21st century BC) who is considered the first to develop religion toward monotheism. The four sculptural forms therefore communicate a modern essence of Amun, each depicted with his face. In this exhibition the historic figure of “Amun” is being associated with the word “Amen,” an affirmation commonly used to conclude Christian, Muslim and Jewish prayers or blessings.
With the theme “AMEN—A Prayer for the World,” the exhibition seeks to express the deep, fundamental human acknowledgement of power and hope in the universe, for all peoples. Commenting on this interfaith arts initiative, Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler, the President of CARAVAN and the Co-curator of the exhibition explains,“While the peoples of the Middle East and West may express prayer differently, it is a commonality that unites us all, serving as a universal bridge."
Tickets: A suggested $10 donation for entry to the Cathedral but the exhibition is free
Location: The Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street 


Bryant Park Holiday Shops, New York City Holiday Shops at Bryant Park's WInter Village
Date: October 21, 2014 through January 3, 2015
The Holiday Shops include more than 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There's something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets. The Holiday Shops are laid out along the park's allees and terraces, and housed in Bryant Park's own custom-designed kiosks. Look for Surya Brasil’s shop with the brand’s coveted products including skin, hair, and shave collections, as well as vegan lip balms. Surya Brasil is also collaborating with emerging artisanal Brazilian brands like Bambusa, Natural Fashion and Natural Cotton Color, creators of 100% organic cotton intimate apparel, products for the home and men’s, women’s and children’s fashion that is produced with natural dyes made from plant extracts.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11am-8pm; Saturday: 10am-9pm; Sunday: 10am-6pm
Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Location: Discovery Times Square is located in the former New York Times Building on 44th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, directly across from Shubert Alley
Canstruction 201422nd Annual Canstruction Exhibit in New York City
Date:
November 6-20, 2014,
10am-6pm
Canstruction® is an extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world. Teams of architects, engineers, contractors, and the students they mentor compete to build large-scale structures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The imaginative sculptures are then on view to the public until they are dismantled and donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to bring a can of high quality food to the exhibition’s collection station in an attempt to surpass the 79,000 pounds of food donated during last year’s competition. Free exhibit.
Location: Brookfield Place New York, Winter Garden & 250 Vesey (North / South) Lobby, 220 Vesey Street

Grand Central Holiday MarketGrand Central Holiday Fair
Date: November 17-December 24, 2014
Grand Central Terminal’s 15th annual Holiday Fair is the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors. This season, the Fair will fill Vanderbilt Hall with 76 vendors for six weeks each offering a wonderful array of holiday gifts for all your loved ones including art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry and accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.
Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm; Thanksgiving Eve Closing at 8pm; closed Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve Closing at 6pm
Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Ave. (42nd St. and Park Ave.)
Date: November 20-December 24, 2014
Over 100 merchants are on hand to bring you the most unique gifts available. The Union Square Holiday Market is the place to do your holiday shopping. Some of the items you may find this year include: Hand-blown glass housewares; Local, handmade leather belts; Bags and accessories made from recycled plastic; A variety of handmade jewelry; Gloves, hats, Tibetan crafts and more!
There will also be nibbles and noshes throughout the market. Dig into German delights, both sweet and savory treats. Top things off with a hot apple cider or cappuccino to stay warm. There are so many beautiful things to browse and relish!

Hours: : Monday–Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm; on December 24 market closes at 4pm
Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Creche Angel
Christmas Tree and Neopolitan Baroque Creche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: November 25, 2014–January 6, 2015
The Museum continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. A vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—embellished with a profuse array of diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and silk-robed angels hovering above—adorns the candlelit spruce. Recorded music and lighting ceremonies add to the enjoyment of the holiday display.
The annual Christmas installation is the result of the generosity, enthusiasm, and dedication of the late Loretta Hines Howard, who began collecting crèche figures in 1925 and soon after conceived the idea of combining the Roman Catholic custom of elaborate Nativity scenes with the tradition of decorated Christmas trees that had developed among the largely Protestant people of northern Europe. This unusual combination was presented to the public for the first time in 1957, when the Metropolitan Museum initially exhibited Mrs. Howard's collection. More than two hundred eighteenth-century Neapolitan crèche figures were given to the Museum by Loretta Hines Howard starting in 1964, and they have been displayed each holiday season for nearly forty years.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Date: December 2-December 24, 2014
Located in one of the most stunning locations in New York City, historic Central Park, the market is the perfect place to enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts and spend time with friends and family.
Some of the items you’ll find include:
    •    Handmade wooden puzzles
    •    Gingerbread houses and kits
    •    French truffles
    •    Mother and daughter apparel
    •    Shearling
    •    Handcrafted home accessories
    •    Gorgeous handmade jewelry

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 8pm; Sunday 10am-7pm Sunday; on December 24 market closes at 4pm
Location: West 59th St. and Broadway
19th Annual Crafts at the Cathedral
Date: December 5, 6, 7, 2014
Welcome to the site of one of the top crafts events in the New York Metro Region for the holiday season. Crafts at the Cathedral celebrates its 19th Annual Fair with excellence in arts and crafts in a high quality and well attended 3 day event. Over 60 Artisans will be exhibiting their finest work. Our goals for the show are to provide a great environment for skilled crafts people to exhibit and sell their work and to provide a great buying experience for all who come. Hope to see you at the show!
Hours:  Dec 6: 5-8pm; Dec 7: 10am-6pm; Dec 8: 10am-5pm; $6 / day, $7 / weekend
Location: St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave and West 110th St, Manhattan
Date: December 6-7, 2014
More than 200 vendors will participate in our two-day holiday shopping extravaganza -- more than 200 of the best craft, handmade, vintage, and tasty treat vendors to our brand new space in the vibrant heart of Greenpoint for our ninth BUST Holiday Craftacular in New York!
Hours:  Saturday and Sunday: 11am-7pm
Location: Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Early American Guitars at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through December 7, 2014
Christian Frederick Martin, founder of the great American guitar firm C. F. Martin & Co., was the son of a cabinetmaker in Markneukirchen, Saxony. Martin learned to build instruments from the famed Johann Georg Stauffer in Vienna. Due to the restrictive guilds in Markneukirchen, Martin moved to the United States in 1833, settling first in New York City and later moving to Nazareth, Pennsylvania. In the United States, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument. This exhibition will include approximately thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and several private collections.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

IMAX movie at the Museum of Natural History: Great White SharkGreat White Shark IMAX Movie at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through
January 4, 2015
In this stunning giant-screen movie, filmmakers Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell take viewers around the world for "a breathtaking encounter with the predator we love to fear" and a look at their critical role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
Focusing on four key Great-White hotspots—Mexico, South Africa, California, and New Zealand, the 40-minute film explores what is known about these incredible animals—their strength and beauty—and why they are vulnerable to extinction. Bill Nighy narrates as viewers see sharks through the eyes of people whose lives and work are inextricably linked to the Great White, including two record-breaking free divers, Frederic Buyle and William Winram, who tag Great Whites during free dives.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
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American Museum of Natural History - PterosaursPterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Date: Through January 4, 2015
They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of a hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals with backbones to fly under their own power. Pterosaurs are neither birds nor bats, but flying reptiles that lived from about 220 and 66 million years ago. Though close cousins of dinosaurs, they evolved on a separate branch of a reptile family tree.
In the new exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, rare fossils, life-size models, and hands-on interactives bring these ancient animals to life.
Step back in time to see pterosaurs, including giants such as Tropeognathus mesembrinus,with a wingspan of more than 25 feet, and find out how they moved on land and in the air. Get a first-hand look at the rare pterosaur fossils that have helped paleontologists learn all that we know about these animals. In a virtual flight lab, use your body to pilot a pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape. Encounter the exceptional creatures that flew in the age of dinosaurs.
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Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

NYC Museums: American Museum of Natural History: Picturing Science
Date: Through January 4, 2015
More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. Whether Museum scientists are studying parasites, people, or planets in other solarsystems, cutting-edge imaging technologies such as infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes, and CT scanners now make it possible to examine details that were previously unobservable. This exhibition, curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, features more than 20 sets of large-format images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. 
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Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Amie Siegel ProvenanceAmie Siegel: Provenance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through January 4, 2015
For the past decade and a half, Amie Siegel (American, born 1974) has worked between film, installation, photography, and performance, questioning the tropes of cinematic forms. Siegel's three-part installation, Provenance, will be shown in its entirety for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum. Provenance is a touchstone in Siegel's work, with its accumulative, cinematic representation of economic and political cycles. The work enacts a slow reveal over multiple parts, stripping back the layers of patrimony that influence the cultural value of objects to ask a broad set of contemporary questions about the speculative markets of art and design.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Museum of the City of New York - Mac ConnerMac Conner at the Museum of the City of New York
Date:  Through January 11, 2015
The New York saga of one of the original "Mad Men."
McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.
Co-sponsored by The Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University in St. Louis and the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

El Greco at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtEl Greco in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through February 1, 2015

To commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El Greco, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society of America are pooling their collections of the work of this great painter to provide a panorama of his art unrivaled outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The Frick Museum will display its paintings contemporaneously.
This is a unique opportunity to see this artist's work, which exerted such a strong impact on modern painting and especially appealed to New York collectors.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: CubismCubism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through February 16, 2015

Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, still resonates today. It destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world. The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, unsurpassed in its holdings of Cubist art, is now a promised gift to the Museum. On the occasion of this exhibition, the Collection will be shown in public for the first time—eighty paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973).
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Sol LeWittCubism Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through September 7, 2015

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work's material existence. "For each work of art that becomes physical," he wrote, "there are many variations that do not."
Sol LeWitt's 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions will be installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing (a detail of which is at left) will be on view in its complete state beginning on June 30, 2014, and will remain on view through September 7, 2015, when it will be painted over.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York Activist New York Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Ongoing 
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.  
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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 

Museum of the City of New York - Gilded New York Gilded New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Date:
Ongoing
Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.
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Location:
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 

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