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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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Date: Through December 31, 2014
Join the NYC Rockettes®, Santa Claus, and the Toy Soldiers for a celebration more than 75 years in the making. Radio City Music Hall creates a once in a lifetime experience and redefines "Spectacular" from the moment you arrive. The famous theater is quite literally transformed into a magical canvas surrounding you with the Christmas spirit.
Location: Radio City Music Hall, 6th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets
Enjoy a Radio City Christmas Spectacular Vacation
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New York City Holiday Lights Sighteeing ToursNew York City Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour
Date: November 27, 2014-December 27, 2014 every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:30pm
On this guided and narrated tour, you'll hear stories about the rich history, tradition and pageantry of some of the finest New York holiday displays, as well as the multicultural festive flavor and atmosphere that fills the City from Thanksgiving to Three King's Day.
The tour takes place in a climate controlled luxury motor coach, with frequent stops to get out and view the displays up close. Along the way, you will see sights like Central Park's Holiday Markets, The multicolored snowflakes of Columbus Circle, The tree at Lincoln Center, The World's Largest Snowflake, Park Avenue's "Boulevard of Lights," The Waldorf Astoria, Madison Avenue's displays, The world's largest Menorah, The Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwarz, 5th Avenue displays, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Plus, the window displays of: Bloomingdales, Barney's, Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor (walking tour), and of course, Macy's ... plus so much more.   
Location:  Tours depart from the 53rd St. side entrance of the Sheraton New York Hotel, off 7th Avenue
More information about the New York City Holiday Lights Motorcoach Sightseeing Tour

Christmas Holiday Walking Tours in New York CityChristmas Holiday Walking Tour in NYC
Date: November 28-December 20, 2014 - Fridays and Saturdays at 5pm PLUS Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 5pm
Join us for this sparkling and inspiring tour of Christmas - Gothamtide in New York! Look, learn, and have fun. New York City is the Christmas Capitol - take in glittering lights and trees, enchanting displays and abundant entertainment. The tour is led by the renowned Christmas and Rockefeller Center Historian Sibyl McCormac Groff, who has studied the history of Christmas and the importance of New York in developing our holiday traditions. She created the word "Gothamtide" to reflect the secular and universal aspects of Christmas, which did not become a legal holiday in America until 1870. For over 25 years this author has led tours and given lectures.
Tour Highlights include: the development of the Christmas tree, lights, cards, gifts and entertainment; holiday markets around the town; the history of the lighted trees in the midst of Park Avenue and in front of the Seagrams building; holiday displays in and on hotels, department stores and boutiques; Christmas music written in New York; strolling past Big Apple treasures like St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue and Cartier’s - and finally; the most famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center -- it will be lit on December 3, 2014!
Location: Tours depart from Le Parker Meridien Hotel - 56th street entrance closest to 6th Ave.
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Date: November-March 2014
Ice skating in New York City is the ultimate winter experience! Whether you're skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center or Central Park's Wollman Rink, Bryant Park or Chelsea Piers, or just watching as thousands of locals and tourists take a spin on the ice, you will be part of a beloved winter tradition. There is ice skating in all boroughs of New York City - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx!
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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.

Date: Sundays - December 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10am-5pm
Once again this holiday season, the MTA will offer nostalgia lovers the opportunity to the ride back into the past with rides on vintage buses and subway trains. There’s no better way to get around while doing your holiday shopping! Dating back to the early part of last century, the Nostalgia Train is made up of subway cars in service along the lettered lines between the early1930s to the mid-1970s. Equipped with ceiling fans, padded seats and incandescent light bulbs, the R/1 through R/9 cars served the IND and later some BMT lines. Customers will have the opportunity to hop on board as it operates along the Sixth Avenue M Line.
Location: M line subways stations between Queens Plaza and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan

Bryant Park Holiday Shops, New York City Holiday Shops at Bryant Park's WInter Village
Date: 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
Grand Central Holiday MarketGrand Central Holiday Fair
Date: Through 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: Through 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: Through 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
New Years Eve in Times Square
See the Times Square ball drop from an incredible indoor view at the best New Year's Eve party! As New Year's Eve Times Square revelers stand shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you'll be overlooking them at an exclusive party right in the middle of it all - high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop! Your New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop Party Includes: Hors d’oeuvres from 8pm, Buffet and dessert stations, Open bar from 8pm until 12:30am, DJ and dancing, roving magician, NYCVP host,  and a whole lot of fun!
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Location: Convene, 810 7th Avenue between 52nd and 53rd, Floors 22-23

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.
Enjoy a Museum of Natural History Vacation Package
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
Big Apple Circus in New York CityBig Apple Circus METAMORPHOSIS
Date: October 17, 2014-January 11, 2015
Fly away to our magical All-New Show, METAMORPHOSIS. Be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion, a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible! You will be thrilled by the Flying Trapeze, the razzle-dazzle of the Rolla-Bolla, the dynamo of the Diablo, the risky rhythms of the Risley team, the cunning conjurors of the Quick-Change, and the incredible flexible limbs of the Contortionists. See and hear the musical merriment of our featured clown and camels, horses, playful pooches and more. Come immerse yourself in the wonder, joy and astounding magic of METAMORPHOSIS!
Location: Lincoln Center Plaza in Damrosch Park, to the left of the Metropolitan Opera House

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
New York Jewish Film Festival2014 New York Jewish Film Festival
Date: January 8-23, 2015
The New York Jewish Film Festival is a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. 2014′s edition included world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.
Location: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street

American Museum of Natural History: Countdown to ZeroCountdown to Zero at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: January 13, 2015 - July 12, 2015
The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic benefits. Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, a new exhibition about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions, developed in collaboration with The Carter Center, focuses on several global efforts that have been able to contain, eliminate, or eradicate disease. Chief among these is the 30-year campaign that may soon eradicate Guinea worm disease, positioning it to become only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. The exhibition also highlights the ongoing programs to eliminate polio and prospects for more localized elimination of river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
New York Winter Antiques Show61st Annual Winter Antiques Show
Date: January 23-February 1, 2015
The Winter Antiques Show marks its 61st year as the most prestigious antiques show in America, featuring the “best of the best” from antiquities through the 1960s. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Show provides curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 73 exhibitors. One-third of the Show's exhibitors are specialists in Americana, with the rest featuring English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts.
Location: Park Avenue Armory - Park Avenue at 67th 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

The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical SocietyThe Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through February 8, 2015
Salon Style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the nineteenth century Salon Style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Date:
February 14-17, 2015

The Westminster Kennel Club, America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs, returns to New York City's Madison Square Garden for its annual event. Enjoy an inclusive New York City vacation with accommodations, tickets to all WKC Dog Show events, including Best In Show and lots of extras!
Location: Daytime sessions at: The Piers 92/94, 711 12th Ave at 55th Street & West Side Highway; Evening sessions at: Madison Square Garden, West 33rd Street & 7th Avenue 

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

Date: February 22, 2015, 1-4pm (parade starts at 1pm) 
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian & Hispanic musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. The floats will feature various cultural performances and special guests. Over 6,000 individuals will march in the Parade, which will span every major street in Chinatown. This is the biggest winter parade in the East Coast and a national and international tourist attraction. Elected officials, celebrities and community leaders are scheduled to take part in the Parade. 
Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth  & Grand St.) and ends at the Lower East Side on Grand Street by Sara Roosevelt Park.  

New York Historical Society: Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection
Holiday Express! Toys and Trains from the Jerni Train Collection at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through February 22, 2015
A new holiday tradition begins! The Jerni Collection is widely acknowledged as the world's best featuring manufacturers from the Golden Age of European toy trains (1850-1940). This show covers the first floor...and more! You'll become engaged in an immersive experience with theatrical lighting, an ambient "soundscape," and special effects from four large-scale multimedia screens. Experience the golden glow of Christmases past in this magical wonderland which features a variety of trains, stations and other buildings, as well as aircraft, ships and boats of all sizes including the largest example of Bing's Leviathan toy ocean liner. There are interactive elements like a crawl-through space and a pop-up semi-sphere, so kids can get an up-close view.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Date: Through February 22, 2015
Lionel trains once again will capture hearts and imaginations at the Transit Museum where Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains depart from a miniature Grand Central Terminal.
Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd St. and Park Ave.)


Annie Leibovitz: Niagara Falls at the New York-Historical Society
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through February 22, 2015
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited, spanning landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

St. Patrick's Day in NYC
Date: March 17, 2015
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day vacation package. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a grand march up 5th Avenue beginning at 11am on March 17. The largest and most famous of New York City's many parades, this year's will include bagpipers, bands, 150,000-250,000 participants, and over two million spectators.
 

The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical GardenThe Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Date: February 28-April 19, 2015
Mesmerizing and seductive, The Orchid Show is a yearly celebration of the orchid in all its amazing forms.
The annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY - Enid A. Haupt Conservatory


New York Historical Society: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through April 19, 2015
Behind every face is a story -- and this is a story that is central to us all. This exhibition examines the long, complex, and often troubled relationship between China and the US and raises the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" The show is peopled with extraordinary individuals who were influenced by domestic and world events.
Within the exhibition, rich in media and artifacts, will be little-known stories relating to China, such as the voyage of the Empress of China, which set sail from New York in the late eighteenth century; how young Chinese boys were sent by their government to study at elite New England schools during the nineteenth century, one of whom went on to graduate from Yale University; the unprecedented immigration legislation known as the Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred most Chinese from entering the United States; the nineteenth-century newspaper, called Chinese American, and its founder Wong Ching Foo; and the Chinese American activists who used the American justice system to try to overturn the Exclusion Act.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th 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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Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
American Museum of Natural History: Nature's Fury
Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through August 9, 2015
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose. Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, plan responses, and prepare for future events. Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
 

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