THINGS TO DO
Opening Day: Organic Emergence, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St – Queens, 8am – 4pm
Artist Serkan Altinoz draws upon traditional Turkish paper marbling to create a new technique that integrates enamel paints, chemical solvents, and fire. The series of resulting paintings in Organic Emergence illustrate forms like flowers, butterflies, and fibrous tree-like structures. Free.
Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair, Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground, 336 3rd St – Brooklyn, 11am – 5pm
This annual book fair returns for its seventh year to the Old Stone House in Park Slope. Used and rare book dealers from around Brooklyn will be on hand selling one-of-a-kind books, ephemera, and other items ideal as gifts for the holidays.
This year also marks the inclusion of the House of Speakeasy’s bookmobile, a bookshop on wheels whose proceeds go to local educational programs. Booksellers include Honey & Wax, Book Disorder, Brooklyn Books, Enchanted Books, Freebird Books, Left Bank Books and Lizzyoung Booksellers. Free.
Jackson Heights Stop ‘N’ Swap, PS 69, 77-02 37th Ave – Queens, 12pm – 3pm
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, and toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. Free.
A Mexican-American Christmas, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St – Queens, 1pm – 2:30pm
Enjoy a special performance of excerpts from Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s new production “Navidad,” featuring live music and dance that celebrate U.S. and Mexican Christmas traditions. Learn more about the customs and art forms featured during an intimate discussion with the dancers and musicians. $8 children, $10 adults.
Sinterklass, Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park, 5816 Clarendon Road – Brooklyn, 1pm – 4pm
Sip hot cider, try your hand at colonial games, create a holiday pomander, decorate a Dutch clog for Sinterklaas, and dress the tree for the tree lighting. End the day at the tree lighting which will take place as the sun goes down. $5 children, $7 adults.
St. Nicholas Park Holiday Tree Lighting, West 135th Street Plaza in St. Nicholas Park, West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue – Hamilton Heights, 5pm – 6pm
Kick off the holiday season at this festive family event. There will be warm beverages, crafts for the kids, caroling, and a twinkling Christmas tree. Free.
Perk, Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman St – Brooklyn, 10pm – 4am
Perk is a night of slow jams, classic gems, love songs, and your favorite r&b music. Featuring Jadalareign, Niara Sterling and Quiana Parks. Free.
Winter Village, Bryant Park, 8am – 10pm
Enjoy local crafts, artisanal food, and goods from around the world. The Winter Village also features New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink. Free.
Union Square Holiday Market, South Plaza in Union Square Park, 11am – 8pm
Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year for a unique holiday experience. Free.
Valentine, Tsar of Gamble (Ehiorobo), Chuck Sutton Umru, underscores, Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St – Brooklyn, 7:30pm, $10.
Cabs, Plaid Dracula, Mount Sharp, Mike Turnwall, East Williamsburg Econolodge, 8pm, $5.
Feels, Native Sun, Chorizo, Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.
Comedy at Stonewall w/ Carolyn Bergier, Tim Dillon, John Fugelsang, Matt Smith McCormick, Emma Willmann, Hosted by Chrissie Mayr (Fox’s Punchline) and Oscar Aydin (Princess Cruise Lines), The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, 2nd Floor – Greenwich Village, 8pm, $10.
Open Garden Days: Alice’s Garden at the H.H. Biddle House, H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street – Staten Island, Every day until Dec. 31, 7am – 7pm, Free.
Morning Fitness, Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Ave – Inwood, Every Saturday until May 25, 2019, 8:30am – 9:30am, Free.
NYRR Open Run, 110th Street and Manhattan Avenue in Morningside Park, Every Saturday until June 1, 2019, 9am – 10am, Free.
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