It’s about time for a three-day weekend. You’ve suffered through the artificial sweetness of Valentine’s Day, through sleet, snow, freezing rain, and New York Fashion Weekers clacking their heels through your favorite bars and restaurants. You truly deserve a day off. We recommend you party extra hard at the following events and proceed to sleep as late as you want come Monday.
This weekend brings a nude (themed) tour of the Met, more than one Chinatown Lunar New Year celebration, and a mac & cheese showdown. Here is everything you must do in NYC this Presidents Day weekend.
Williamsburg Friday, February 15 Whether you had the romantic night of your dreams, or a romcom-quality cryfest, continue the V-Day love or slake your misery at a sweet, savory, boozy celebration. The Smorgasburg x VICE Night Market brings Baonanas banana pudding, bivalves from Oyster Party, and El Perrito Street Dogs all under one roof at Villain event space. Eat your heart out. Cost: Free to enter, food available for purchase. Premium tickets including two drinks, 20% off food, and guaranteed entry start at $25.
Bushwick Friday, February 15 Love, sex, and affection needn’t end on Valentine’s Day. Show off your best fetish-wear -- lace, leather, and latex -- at the House of Yes Foreplay: Valentine’s show. Bring an open mind; acts will take place on and off stage. Cost: $70
Prospect Heights Weekend-long The Brooklyn Museum’s Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is the largest US exhibit of the painters’ work in a decade. The collection displays Kahlo’s personal effects -- Tehuana clothing, hand-painted corsets, and prosthetics -- among her art. Paintings, drawings, and photographs form a collage of the artist’s political, feminist, and creative contributions. Cost: Timed ticket $20; untimed ticket $35
Little Italy Weekend-long You know those jiggly, bouncy, physics-defying pancakes you’ve seen all over your Instagram explore page for the past year? After much anticipation, you can now snap a pic of ‘em for yourself (or just eat them) from 11am-2pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Taiyaki NYC. Cost: Classic Japanese soufflé pancake $7; matcha japanese soufflé pancake $8; additional pancake $2
Chinatown Saturday, February 16 This low-key alternative to Sunday’s Lunar New Year parade gives you a closer glimpse of a festive Chinese New Year tradition. Dancers in colorful lion costumes will flood the streets of Chinatown, offering good tidings to area businesses, and “eating” treats fit for majestic beasts. Cost: Free
Upper East Side Saturday, February 16 Whoa there; don’t get too excited. You’re not nude -- the art is! Teams who follow clues and solve riddles will be rewarded with glimpses of sexy sculpted bronze statues, raunchy cupids, and revealing paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Cost: $44; includes museum admission
Saturday, February 16 East Williamsburg Lights will flash and beats will boom at Avant Gardner’s Cityfox LIVE. Live house and techno talent -- no DJs allowed -- includes Âme, Stephan Bodzin, Octave One, Frank Wiedemann, Mathew Jonson, and Dandy Jack. Cost: $50
Bushwick Sunday February 17 Sample different takes on the finest meal known to home chefs at the Mac and Cheeze Takedown at Lot 45. Indulge in all-you-can-eat treats before you vote on the best of the best bechamel, Cheddar, and Brie baked mac & cheese masterpieces. Competitors are sure to bring their best: They’re duking it out for Cuisinart and Anolon prizes. Cost: $25
Chinatown/Lower Manhattan Sunday February 17 Get a New Year’s do-over and celebrate all the good things to come in 2019 at Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year Parade. Marvel at martial arts performances, dragon dancing, and elaborate, vibrant costumes. The parade starts downtown at Mott and Canal Streets, travels through Chatham Square to East Broadway, wraps up Forsyth Street, and wraps up near Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Cost: Free
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