- Richard Rodgers Theatre Home to one of Broadway's greatest hits: Hamilton, an American history lesson set to urban rhythms.
- Brooklyn Academy of Music This hallowed theater hosts cutting-edge works, particularly during its celebrated Next Wave Festival.
- Eugene O'Neill Theatre Stages some of Broadways best productions, like the uproarious Book of Mormon.
- Jazz at Lincoln Center Glittering evening views of Central Park and world-class musical acts.
- Carnegie Hall Legendary concert hall, blessed with perfect acoustics; hosts everything from opera to jazz.
- Brooklyn Bowl Great lineup of funk, indie rock and global beats, plus beer and bowling!
Classical Music & Opera
- Metropolitan Opera House Enchanting setting for seeing some of the world’s best opera.
- National Sawdust Cutting-edge contemporary composers who fuse classical, opera and global sounds.
- Brooklyn Academy of Music Innovative works by Brooklyn’s renowned hit-maker.
- Bargemusic String quartets on a barge parked on the East River.
- Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Hilarious comedy sketches and improv.
- Comedy Cellar A well-loved basement comedy joint in Greenwich Village.
- Caroline’s on Broadway The go-to spot for seeing famous comics perform.
- Creek and the Cave Offbeat comedy clubhouse in Long Island City.
- Comic Strip Live Best spot for upcoming talent.
- Nitehawk Cinema Nibble great food and sip cocktails while watching first-run and foreign flicks in Williamsburg.
- Anthology Film Archives East Village icon that screens obscure works and revivals.
- BAM Rose Cinemas A good mix of first-run and foreign films in a landmark Fort Greene building.
- Film Forum Another downtown film innovator with an excellent indie repertoire.
- Museum of Modern Art A must for film lovers, with a brilliantly curated film calendar.
- Film Society of Lincoln Center Two excellent theaters at the epicenter of NYC creativity.
- Book of Mormon Brilliantly funny, award-winning show by the creators of South Park.
- Chicago One of the most scintillating shows on Broadway.
- Kinky Boots Book well ahead to score seats for this over-the-top musical.
- Hamilton If you can't get tickets, try standing in the cancellation line outside the theater.
Theater off Broadway
- Playwrights Horizons Showcase of powerfully written plays.
- Signature Theatre Stages works by some of the world’s top playwrights.
- Soho Rep Some of the city’s most powerful and inventive drama.
- Theater for a New Audience Brooklyn’s newest theater opened to much fanfare in 2013.
- Public Theater Venerable downtown venue that launched many hit shows, including Hamilton back in 2015.
- St Ann's Warehouse A creative dynamo based in beautiful new space near the Brooklyn waterfront.
- Cherry Lane Theater Atmospheric playhouse tucked away in the West Village.
- Jazz at Lincoln Center Innovative fare under the guidance of jazz luminary Wynton Marsalis.
- Village Vanguard Legendary West Village jazz club.
- Smalls Tiny West Village basement joint that evokes the feel of decades past.
- Barbès Obscure but celebratory rhythms from around the globe in Park Slope.
- Birdland Sleek Midtown space that hosts big-band sounds, Afro-Cuban jazz and more.
- Minton’s Swanky crowds, bewitching brass and a Sunday jazz brunch in Harlem.
- Mezzrow Intimate basement jazz den in the West Village.
- New York Yankees One of the country’s successful baseball teams.
- New York Giants Football powerhouse that, despite the name, plays in New Jersey.
- New York Knicks See the Knicks sink a few three-pointers at Madison Square Garden.
- Brooklyn Nets The hot new NBA team in town and symbol of Brooklyn’s resurgence.
- Brooklyn Cyclones See a Minor League Baseball game near Coney Island’s boardwalk.
- New York Mets NYC’s other baseball team play their games at Citi Field in Queens.