How do you sell this... after weeks as the city's latest and greatest thing to see, the Vessel at Hudson Yards has been replaced by the cannot miss TWA Hotel at uh... JFK? In Queens? (insert head scratch).
Yep, the TWA Hotel, designed to reflect and defer to the Bauhaus, neo-futuristic architect Eero Saarinen's original building, contains 512 guestrooms, a lounge, a Jean-Georges restaurant and a gift shop with sweeping views of JFK’s runways and the TWA Flight Center. So grab your favorite Uber, cab driver or black car and head out before all the other people wanted to fly out of here.
But wait a second. An airline is not going to outshine that beautiful lady in the harbor! Nope, no way. Lady Liberty opens her new museum -- also years in the making -- this weekend. Hold on, hold on, says the downtown arts scene. The Whitney Biennial in the trendy meatpacking district reveals its latest picks for darling artist of the year.
Whoa. That will fill your weekend, just getting from place-to-place, not to mention the Tony-award-nominated plays one must squeeze in before the show in June.
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Opening Weekend, TWA Hotel: Two hotel wings, designed to reflect and defer to the Bauhaus, neo-futuristic architect Eero Saarinen’s historic building JFK Terminal 5, Queens, Free.
Explore the Oldest Home in the U.S.: A private tour of the 1656 Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead, the oldest private dwelling in New York City. Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead (1656), 18 May.
How 200 Years of Death in Greenwich Village Changed America: Explore Greenwich Village by foot through the lens of death — from hidden cemeteries and memorials to former dueling grounds. Rectory, Church of the Ascension (Outside), 18 May.
Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked Ruins: Roosevelt Island has been home to Dutch farms, rehabilitation institutions, asylums, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and more. Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza, 19 May.
Inside the House of Collection, NYC's Cabinet of Curiosities: An exclusive look inside the House of Collection, a private 2,000-square-foot apartment that contains a sprawling curated collection of lost-and-found, passed down and gifted items. 315 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 19 May.
Powerhouse Presents Memoir Monday: A collaboration between Narratively, Catapult, Tin House, The Rumpus, Granta, Guernica, and Longreads to bring the very best first-person writing together all in one place. Powerhouse Books, 20 May.
Greenlight Bookstore Presents Authors in Conversation Hidden Histories: Two highly-praised writers address the question of how to bring to life little-known historical figures. Greenlight Bookstore, 20 May.
Community Bookstore Presents Josh Levin, The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth: Levin spent more than six years documenting the life of the Cadillac-driving, fur coat–wearing Linda Taylor, who was busted for welfare fraud in 1974. Community Bookstore, Brooklyn, 21 May.
Book Culture Presents Scott Pelley on Truth Worth Telling: A 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley writes as a witness to events that changed our world. Book Culture, 21 May.
Brooklyn Voices Presents John Waters, Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder: The man in the pencil-thin mustache, serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; and yes, how to cheat death itself. St. Joseph’s College, 22 May.
The Art of Wax Model Making @ Madame Tussauds: Learn the art of wax model making at Madame Tussauds. Madame Tussauds, 22 May.
Behind-the-Scenes @ The Explorers Club: How hard is it to be accepted into The Explorers Club, you ask? Tonight, tour the members-only Explorers Club without being one. The Explorers Club, 23 May.
Exploring "America's Pantheon" @ Former NYU Campus: Check out the hidden tunnels, secret balconies, and abandoned rooms of a historic college campus. Bronx Community College, 24 May.
Underground Manhattan, The History of the NYC Subway System: Explore the oldest subway stations in New York City working up from Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station to Grand Central Terminal. Municipal Building, 25 May.
Community Bookstore Presents Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind with Burkhard Bilger: When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin and magic mushrooms are being used he did not intend to write a personal book. But he did. Congregation Beth Elohim, 28 May.
Live from NYPL Presents Tilda Swinton: Join the issue's guest editor, Tilda Swinton, as she explores various interpretations of Orlando. New York Public Library, 29 May.
Pop-Up Magazine: Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine — a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 29 May.
Symphony Space Presents Stonewall at 50, Selected Shorts: On the 50th anniversary of the riot at Stonewall Inn, Kathy Tu and Tobin Low from Nancy, the acclaimed podcast from WNYC Studios, read accounts from The Stonewall Reader. Symphony Space, 29 May.
Symphony Space Presents Uptown/Showdown, Thinkers v. Feelers: Neurotics from the worlds of stand-up and late-night television, battle drama queens as a long-simmering feud between thinkers and feelers comes to a boil. Symphony Space, 4 June.
Rainbow Warrior, A Panel: In 1978, Gilbert Baker’s Rainbow Flag debuted at San Francisco’s Gay Liberation Day parade. Panel discussion on Baker’s book Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color. Strand Bookstore, 4 June.
Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers: In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him.Strand Bookstore, 4 June.
Symphony Space Presents Songs from the Stonewall Jukebox: Celebrate the soundtrack that would have been playing on the Stonewall jukebox 50 years ago. Symphony Space, 6 June.
After Hours Tour and Drink, Museum of the American Gangster & 1920s Speakeasy: A late night tour of the Museum of the American Gangster in one of NYC’s most notorious Prohibition-era speakeasies. Museum of the American Gangster, 6 June.
Matthew Inman: Why My Cat is More Impressive Than Your Baby: Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You. Strand Bookstore, 4 June.
Live from NYPL Presents Claudia Rankine, The White Card: An exploration of “conceptions and constructions of whiteness” and how that idea has contributed to America’s enduring issues with race. New York Public Library, 6 June.
Thomas Hartmann, The Hidden History of Guns: Thom Hartmann examines the brutal role guns have played in American history and a handful of solutions to break the gun lobby. Strand Bookstore, 4 June.
Makers Market: Urbanspace will have 80 local sellers and creators stationed around the Bryant Park Fountain and Library Terraces. Vendors run the gamut from artists selling original works to vintage retailers, crafters of small handmade goods, fashion designers and more. Bryant Park, through 6 June.
Broken Social Scene: 16-18 May, Webster Hall
The Head + The Heart: 17 May Bowery Ballroom
KT Tunstall: 18 May, Bowery Ballroom
Rodrigo y Gabriela: 18 May, Beacon Theatre
MGMT: 22-24 May, Webster Hall
9th Annual Governors Ball Music Festival: Headliners are Florence + The Machine, Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, The 1975, The Strokes, Nas, and Lord Huron. May 31, 1-2 June, Governors Island.
Bikini Kill: 31 May, 1 June, Brooklyn Steel, Terminal 5
Teagan + Sarah: 1 June, Jacob Javits Convention Center
Glen Hansard: 1 June, Beacon Theatre
David Grey: 4 June, Beacon Theatre
Ludovico Einaudi: 4 June, Carnegie Hall
George Clinton + Parliament/Funkadelic: 4 June, Central Park SummerStage
Empire of the Sun: 8 June, Webster Hall
Parquet Courts: 8 June, Central Park SummerStage
Death Cab for Cutie: 10 June, Starland Ballroom @ Sayreville, NJ
The Veils: 11 June, Rockwood Music Hall
Iron & Wine; 11 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
The National w/ Courtney Barnett: 12-13 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Death Cab for Cutie + Jenny Lewis: 15 June, Forest Hills Stadium Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Dido: 19 June, Terminal 5
Father John Misty + Jason Isbell w/the 400 Unit: 19 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Calexico: 21 June, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Prospect Park
Kristin Hirsh: 22 June, Mercury Lounge
Alt 92.3, Summer Open: The Revivalists, Sharon Van Etten, The Lumineers, Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums + more: 23 June, Forest Hills Stadium.
v. Atlanta United: 19 May, 5pm
v. FC Cincinnati: 25 May, 7:30pm
v. Real Salt Lake: 1 June, 7pm
v. Chicago Fire, 28 June, 8pm
v. Washington Nationals: 20-23, 7pm, 1pm
v. Detroit Tigers: 24-26 May, 7pm, 4pm, 1pm
v. San Francisco Giants: 4-6 June, 7pm, 7pm, 12pm
v. Colorado Rockies: 7-9 June, 7pm,7pm, 1pm
v. St. Louis Cardinals: 13-16 June, 7pm, 7pm, 7pm, 1pm
v. Atlanta Braves: 28-30 June, 7pm, 4pm, 7pm
The Secret Life of Bees: South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with freeing Rosaleen, her black caregiver. The Atlantic Theater Company, through 14 July/
Lockdown: Takes an authentic, intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, through 19 May.
The Plough and the Stars: Pretty young newlywed Nora Clitheroe is the talk of her tenement as she tries to keep her husband Jack from the revolutionary fervor. The Irish Rep, through 22 June.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: When a diner waitress and a short order cook meet for a night of fiery passion, they expect a return to loneliness. Broadhurst Theatre, through 25 August.
BRITS OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL
Posting Letters To The Moon: Portrait of life during the early 1940s featuring readings of wartime letters between Oscar- nominated actress Celia Johnson and Peter Fleming, brother of Ian. 59E59 Theatres, through 2 June.
Handbagged: The Iron Lady. The Queen. When the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? 59E59 Theatres, 4-30 June,
Square Go!: When Max is called for his first square go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. 59E59 Theatres, 5-30 June.
On the Dnieper: Sergei, a Red Army soldier returns to his village on the Dnieper and finds he is no-longer in love with Natasha his betrothed. Instead, he falls in love with Olga. American Ballet Theater, Lincoln Center 21-23 May.
Murasaki’s Moon: The sequestered life of a lady-in-waiting feels suffocating to the imaginative yet introspective Lady Murasaki. On Site Opera, 17-19 May.
Opening Weekend, Whitney Biennial: Featuring seventy-five artists and collectives working in painting, sculpture, etc. Whitney Museum, through 22 September.
Jeff Wall, Color: From his pioneering use in the 1970s of backlit color transparencies to his intricately constructed scenes Wall has expanded the photograph. Gagosian, through 22 June.
Opening Weekend, Statue of Liberty Museum: The most monumental addition to Liberty Island since the Statue herself. Liberty Island, Manhattan Harbor.
Cole Porter’s Piano Live: The American songsmith extraordinaire composed many of his classic tunes on the 1907 Steinway, The New York Historical Society, Friday Nights, May and June.
Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liaisons: Referencing the central imagery in René Magritte’s eponymous painting from 1935, Ofili depicts literary and art historical references in kaleidoscopic visual compositions. David Zwirner Galley, through 15 June.
Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society: NYHS commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement with Letting Loose and Fighting Back: LGBTQ Nightlife Before and After Stonewall and By the Force of Our Presence: Highlights from the Lesbian Herstory Archives.New York Historical Society, through 22 September.