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How Jamie Parker found his way to Harry Potter on Broadway

Jamie Parker has been playing the title role in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” for over 200 shows, starting with the play’s 2016 premiere in the West End and now at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. Yet he still remembers the moment he realized the enormity of the role....

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:30pm

Dungeons & Dragons goes from basement to the stage

Like much of the nerd world, the original role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has undergone a lot of change since the game began in 1974, going from maps drawn on graph paper to apps for managing characters and epic multi-year campaigns played out on podcasts like The Adventure Zone. Now, it...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:58am

Broadway's new giant fairytale sculptures bend reality

They say there’s always magic in the air on Broadway, but this summer there will also be some real-life fairytale creatures watching over New York’s most famous avenue. In Dreams Awake brings six towering statues that “delightfully break the boundaries between art, the urban...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:01pm

Add this all-you-can-eat ice cream fest in Bryant Park to your summer calendar

Now that we can finally think about frozen treats again, it’s time to think about ALL the frozen treats because Bryant Park’s all-you-can-eat ice cream festival is back! Known as the Scooper Bowl, the three-day event claims to be the country’s largest festival devoted to frozen...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:38pm

Apparate to the Library Bar for Hogwarts House cocktails

Harry Potter and his friends are all grown up in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it’s safe to say they’ve earned a drink or two. Though they — and probably you when you first read the books — were limited to Butterbeer in the stories, the Hudson Hotel (358 W. 58th St...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

Free two-month Louis Armstrong festival takes over Queens

On beautiful days, when the sky is blue with clouds of white, and you feel grateful just to be alive, there’s one song that comes to mind. Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World took its place among the iconic entries in the American songbook as soon as it was released in 1968, and...

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 1:13pm

6 surprising ways having a baby makes you a better person

Jamie Aderski had a baby in 2016 and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. Like most new moms, New York-based comedian Aderski felt lied to about the experience of having a baby. She wrote her show Cry Baby: My (Reluctant) Journey Into Motherhood, playing at Caveat on April 23, out of...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 6:27pm

The essential Bette Midler returns to Broadway's Hello, Dolly!

Before it closes on Broadway, Hello, Dolly! is giving audiences the only thing they seemingly wanted from the musical: Bette Midler. The lionine actress earned pretty much every acting accolade for her leading role as Dolly Levi, including the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical....

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:24pm

Celebrities smoking in the Met's bathroom is now an art show

Everyone knows what it feels like not get an invitation slipped under your Trapper Keeper in English class to an amazing party. The curators of Brooklyn’s interactive pop-culture gallery THNK 1994 just lust after better parties — and stage their own when the invitation is lost in the...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:27pm

Inside New York's first sustainable sushi restaurant Mayanoki

The 15-course omakase dinner at Alphabet City sushi counter Mayanoki may look familiar. Until chef Jeff Miller starts explaining the courses: Arctic char, Spanish mackerel, Alaskan Coho salmon, Albacore tuna. “You go to so many sushi bars in the city and you get the same set of 12 or 15 fish...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:04pm

The Best Things to Do in New York City This Weekend, April 19-22

THEATER 420: The Musical On 4/20, what could you possibly want to do more than light up (with joy) and watch a hilarious comedy show in which writer John Kehoe and his co-stars get high (on endorphins) and perform a play about a stoner named Jerry who travels to the Land of 420 to learn some real...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:37pm

Spring cocktails put flowers and fruit back on the (drinks) menu

Bartenders aren’t waiting for spring to properly arrive, freshening up their cocktail menus with flowers, fruits and other bright, fresh ingredients. Check out some of the creative new sips for the season. Rose Gold SoHo’s new Asian comfort food spot Pinch Chinese (with dumplings by...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 7:11pm

Taste the cities that inspired David Bowie at Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibit David Bowie Is didn’t just impress the artist himself — it’s been a blockbuster hit, drawing in fans of the modern-day Renaissance man with its immersive galleries, interactive objects and never-before-seen photographs. The museum’s...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4:22pm

Deviants and degenerates welcome at Deadpool bar in Brooklyn

You can always tell something important about a superhero by their favorite bar, and that’s possibly the most true for Deadpool. The foul-mouthed prankster Ryan Reynolds was born to play prefers to drink in the company of the other mercenaries who congregate at Sister Margaret’s School...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:26pm

All the Tax Day deals in NYC, from free coffee to $10.40 specials

If you’re having an especially difficult tax season, get to The Wayfarer in Midtown where all alcoholic beverages are half off on April 17 — beginning at 7 a.m. The Rambler (Old Forester bourbon, peach, ginger, mint, beer float) should help get you in the seasonal spirit. 101 W. 57th St...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 3:47pm

Your guide to drinking on the water at New York's best boat bars

When the weather is nice, all you want is to leave New York behind for some time on the water. We've got your guide to the city's best seasonal boat bars. North River Lobster Company The Hudson River’s floating lobster shack is where seafood lovers should post up for the warm...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:01pm

Restoring the chicken's glory at the Museum of Food and Drink

It’s time to meet the food you love most face to face. Brooklyn’s Museum of Food and Drink is back in action after a two-month revamp, and it’s brought out some of the hundreds of items collected over its five-year history in a small Highlights from the Collection exhibit....

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 6:54pm

How yoga in a museum can help you become an art expert

Sometimes in freshman biology, we’re taught that sound is actually vibrations traveling through the air. But it’s not until the tones of a Tibetan singing bowl start resonating deep in your bones that the concept makes sense. Then you open your eyes, lock gazes with a smiling buddha...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 2:42pm

BrunchCon NYC is back — should you give it a second chance?

One of the most maligned food festivals of last year — and there were several — hopes New Yorkers give it another chance. What should’ve been a festival of bottomless mimosas, pancake stacks and bacon-flavored everything turned into a hangry scene of long lines, overflowing trash...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 1:17pm

BrunchCon? More like BrunchConned say disappointed New Yorkers

Instead of being a celebration of brunch, New York’s first-ever BrunchCon may have actually ruined it. “I hate this,” muttered one attendee around 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, about three hours into the five-hour event. It was a common sentiment among the 2,250 attendees, who...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:04pm