Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for March 19′s best events, from Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum to a talk about the history of the Gowanus Canal.
1. MUSIC: The xx at Park Avenue Armory
Since debuting to near universal acclaim in 2009, British group the xx have been riding high on their minimalist combination of indie-pop, electronica and R&B. Now, they’re bringing their site-specific stage show — originally commissioned by the Manchester International Festival — to the Park Avenue Armory for 11 memorable nights of moody multimedia performances.
DETAILS: 8pm and 10pm; $55; 643 Park Ave.; armoryonpark.org
2. ASTRONOMY: Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
Enjoy solar eclipses but wish they were a little less intense? Then the occultation of Regulus might be more your speed. For what will likely be the only time in any of our lifetimes, an asteroid is set to pass between us and a star (Regulus) that’s bright enough to be visible to the naked eye, causing that star to momentarily “disappear” from the sky. Head down to the Intrepid to learn about and view this cosmic event; telescopes and binoculars are welcome, but not necessary.
DETAILS: 11:59pm-2:30am; free; Pier 86 (46th St. and 12th Ave.); intrepidmuseum.org
3. TALK: A History of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal at the Brooklyn Historical Society
It will never cease to blow our minds that many of Brooklyn’s cutest neighborhoods are directly adjacent to a body of water so polluted that scientists have yet to catalog all the poisons that lurk beneath the surface. Writer Joseph Alexiou explains how it got that way and discusses the veracity of various legends at this down and dirty edition of the Brooklyn Brainery lecture series.
DETAILS: 7pm; $8, sold out but some tickets may be available at the door; 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn; brooklynhistory.org
4. SPORTS: House of Vans Open House
Tired of waiting for spring to go shred some half-pipes? As part of its efforts to remain the official shoe of cool skater kids everywhere, Vans has erected a veritable secret sewer lair in Greenpoint complete with bowl, pizza, beer and open mic VIP lounge. The place will be open every Wednesday through April 2 and is 100 percent free. Radical, dude.
DETAILS: 7pm-11pm; free with RSVP to email@example.com; 25 Franklin St., Brooklyn; vans.com
5. THEATER: Newsies at The Nederlander Theatre
Extra, extra, read all about it! The Disney movie that introduced a generation of young girls to Christian Bale is now a hit Broadway musical that’s got all the best elements of the film, plus a new script by Harvey Fierstein. Go back in time to 1899, when the New York City newsboys’ strike led to progressive changes in child labor laws. With its catchy songs and populist themes, Newsies will teach you about a crucial time in U.S. history at the same time that it entertains you.
DETAILS: 7:30pm; from $113 (get tickets!); 208 W. 41st St.