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Hidden Times Square: An Explorer's Guide

There's the Times Square you know, full of blazing billboards, selfie sticks, and costumed characters. Then there's the less familiar one, beyond the lights—the nooks and crannies that most visitors to Midtown Manhattan overlook. They're not obvious, but surprises can still be found along this world-famous stretch of real estate.

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Ravenmaster book cover.
Oct 23
New York, NY

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

History, adventures, and tales of intrigue from the Ravenmaster of the Tower of London.
Stargazing at our future home, with telescopes provided by B&H Photo.
Oct 25
Brooklyn, New York

Watery Worlds with Scientific American

Where in the universe is the next home for our species? Join SciAm's experts for a night of stargazing and celestial debating in the fields of The Evergreens Cemetery, with telescopes provided by B&H.
Nick Yulman's singing boxes.
Oct 27
Brooklyn, New York

Musical Oddities and Monstrosities

A strange symphony of unusual instruments.
American Psychic.
Oct 30
New York, New York

'American Psychic' at the Illustrious Players

Witness a rare performance from renowned mentalist Matt Cooper in the historic dining hall of New York's oldest and most theatrical private club.
Ryan Matthew Cohn
Dec
1 - 2
Brooklyn, New York

Oddities Flea Market: Exclusive VIP Presale Tickets

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