Also, the 50 best things to do in NYC right now
Time Out No. #13 | Thu 20 August, 2020 
The 50 best things to do in NYC now
Many New Yorkers choose to get out of the city in August (and if you’re looking to do that, we’ve got plenty of options ) but those in the know realize there are tons of things to do if you’re staying put. Many of the city’s best attractions have adapted to these unique times in cool and innovative ways. For instance: You can now tour an outdoor art exhibition, have a food festival delivered to your door, enjoy an open-air concert and more. (Within a week, many of the city’s biggest museums will also be able to reopen at reduced capacity.) Check out our full list for more fun things to do in the city now.
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Will Gleason
Time Out New York Editor
Tucked away on a picturesque corner in Brooklyn Heights, River Deli is a great outdoor dining destination for those looking for a quiet spot for a socially distanced date. The tagliatelle with lamb ragu is a perfect bowl of pasta
Sitting in the excellent, bitters-focused bar Amor y Amargo used to be a tight squeeze in its small space on 6th Street. Now, you can grab an 8 Amaro Sazerac (House Amaro Blend, Orange Cream Citrate and Green Chartreuse) and enjoy it under an expansive outdoor tent.
Outdoor art installations have been continuing apace this summer, and the Public Art Fund’s newest project is going up on the Brooklyn waterfront this week. Stop by Brooklyn Bridge Park beginning this Thursday to see Davina Semo’s Reverberation.
A blind date at Time Out Market
“My first impression was that I recognized Maggie from dating apps.”
To celebrate the recent reopening of Time Out Market New York on the DUMBO waterfront, we sent this week’s couple there for our socially distant blind dating series Undateables. “[This year] has made me a lot more open-minded, but the pandemic can definitely kill the romantic part of dating,” says Maggie. “Also, I’m more focused on skills that could help us survive an apocalypse now. How strong they are, etc.” Read more here about how the rest of the date went throughout the Market’s scenic outdoor dining areas.
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You can rent this house on a waterfall!
We all know it’s bad advice to go chasing waterfalls, but if said waterfall is literally right outside an upstate rental that’s only $275 a night, you may want to give it a go. Check out this crazy unique Airbnb property in Roxbury, New York featuring a very, very short hike to a nearby waterfall. (You just walk out to the patio.) It may have you getting a bit misty eyed.
The city’s gyms can finally reopen
The good news? After being forced to close for five months, NYC’s gyms and fitness centers will finally be permitted as early as August 24 (though it's now looking like early September) as long as they meet various health protocols and only operate at 33 percent capacity. The bad news? Your rock solid excuse for not working out is now gone. Read more about what the city’s gyms will look like when they reopen.
Great bars with outdoor dining
This summer, it’s all about al fresco dining in NYC. We’ve put together a list of our favorite bars where you can safely enjoy a delicious meal outdoors, from eateries with gorgeous patios to charming streetside spots. Eat well, tip generously and make up for lost time as you dine outside at these top outdoor eateries.
Catch this year’s Battery Park Dance Festival for free
The Battery Park Dance Festival usually takes place outdoors against the scenic backdrop of New York Harbor in Robert F. Wagner Park. Sadly, like many other cultural events in the city this year, that’s no longer happening. But you can still catch some amazing performances! Every night this week through Saturday, a new hour-long collection of performances will go live on the Battery Dance Festival website at 7pm and remain viewable for free for ten days afterward.
Kimika opens today with an all female-led kitchen
The new restaurant Kimika, opening today in Nolita, is a carb lover’s dream. The Italian-Japanese venue boasts rich pasta, crispy flatbreads and creamy desserts. It also has an all female-led kitchen. We spoke with the team about the exciting new outing and what it’s like to open a restaurant during these surreal times. “At this point, with things getting so much better in New York City, we decided to go for it,” says co-owner Erika Chou. “Life needs to go forward. Things are happening in New York, and we can be creative in safe ways.”
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The New York Film Festival has announced their 2020 lineup.
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Most NYC subway stations now have OMNY scanners to replace Metrocards.
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One last thing before we go…
Calling all NYC history buffs! The Brooklyn Historical Society has digitized 1,500 fascinating historical maps of the city and beyond that you can peruse for free.
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