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What to do this Memorial Day in New York City


It’s a 3 day weekend, so what better time to get out and explore the city?

With inclement weather conditions on the way, we sourced indoor options to make the most out of your holiday. Here are some of our favorites.

Go see an old movie in a cool movie theatre

We love the Metrograph theatre on Ludlow Street. This weekend, they are showing a number of classics, from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to childhood classic E.T. Check out their full schedule here.

Memorial Day at BAM

Located in the heart of Brooklyn, BAM has any number of activities on a daily basis, from traditional film screenings, to dance and theatre performances. Over Memorial Day weekend, they have exceptional programming for DanceAfrica, an Artist Talk with South African sculptor, painter, and artist Nandipha Mntambo, and theatrical performances of Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Your Alice.

Go museum hopping

New York City is known for its incredible museums. There are the Guggenheim and Museum of Natural History, and outer borough favorites like the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA PS1 (see James Turrell’s “Meeting” pictured above). Currently, MoMA’s Stephen Shore exhibit is a fascinating look at the landscape of America through its more mundane elements, over the span of nearly five decades.

Memorial Day Parades all over New York

If you feel like braving the weather, there are a number of parades happening for the holiday. Each parade honors those who have died while serving for the United States. Curbed has a great guide to the routes and street closures for each one, from Brooklyn to Maspeth to Staten Island and more.

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