19: A New Macy's Tower, the Empire State Building, and Grant's Tomb


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Park of the day

Concert Calendar

  • Danava, Dommengang, Elder, Mirror Queen, Monolord, The Atomic Bitchwax, The Skull, Windhand, and Worshipper are playing The Well on Friday, April 26th.
  • Pup, Diet Cig, and ratboy are playing Brooklyn Steel on Friday, April 26th.
  • Orville Peck is playing Elsewhere on Friday, April 26th.
  • Hot Water Music, Errortype:11, and Iron Chic are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, April 26th.
  • Now, Now, Daddy Issues, and Foxing are playing Warsaw on Friday, April 26th.
  • Kris Kristofferson is playing City Winery on Sunday, April 28th.
  • Will Haven, Architect, Locked In A Vacancy, and Nerveshatter are playing Saint Vitus Bar on Sunday, April 28th.
  • Neotheater Album Release Show and AJR are playing The Bowery Ballroom on Monday, April 29th.
  • Sasami is playing Elsewhere on Tuesday, April 30th.
  • The Mountain Goats and shana cleveland are playing Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday, April 30th.
  • Kalmah, Vreid, and Winter Nights are playing Gramercy Theater on Tuesday, April 30th.
  • Stephen Malkmus is playing 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, April 30th.
  • Patti Smith is playing Webster Hall on Wednesday, May 1st.
  • Infest, Scapegoat, and The Fight are playing The Kingsland on Friday, May 3rd.

Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.

Did you know?

Here's something you may not have known about New York:


The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 92°F on April 26, 2009
Record Low: 29°F on April 23, 1872

Weather for the week ahead:
Rain on Friday through next Tuesday, with high temperatures falling to 61°F on Monday. This week, UV levels are starting to climb into the High and Very High categories, so now is the time to start protecting your skin and eyes from ultraviolet radiation, which will be higher during the Summer months. Look for a skin protectant that is at least SPF 50 and labeled as "broad spectrum" and wear sunglasses if you'll be venturing outside the shadowy caverns of Midtown.

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