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Daily 5: 5th Annual Latke Fest, ‘Shipwreck’ in Times Square, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for Dec. 2’s best events, from the Fifth Annual Fatke Festival at the Metropolitan Pavillion to a Los Lobos performance at City Winery.


hipwreck! Pirates and Treasure at Discovery Times Square

Young visitor in the hurricane simulator at ‘Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure’ at Discovery Times Square


1. FOOD: 5th Annual Latke Festival at Metropolitan Pavillion

Deceptively simple, yet difficult to perfect, the humble potato latke combines the basic elements of fat, salt and starch into a veritable orgy of comfort food greatness. Celebrate Hanukkah’s signature dish at this competition/festival, where the likes of Veselka, The Plaza Hotel, and Kutsher’s Tribeca will vie to create the perfect potato pancake. An esteemed panel of judges including Ben Leventhal of Eater and Lee Schrager of the NYC Food and Wine Festival will dole out most of the prizes, but attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award. Beverages from the Schmaltz Brewing Company and Clifton Dry Hard Cider will wash it all down.

DETAILS: 6:30pm-9pm; $55; 125 W. 18th St.;

2. ART: Confessions of a Cuban Sex Addict at Duo Theater

Inception yourself into the feverish mind of artist Michelangelo Alasa’ in this haunting walk-through installation. Constructed from personal photographs, found objects, religious artifacts, projections and more, this exhibit tells the story of Alasa’s childhood abuse at the hands of his father and subsequent coming of age as a young gay man in the 1960s. If the experience moves you, there’s a “confession” wall at the end where you can write a personal message to the artist. Confessions is closing for good on Dec.16, so see it while you can. (It’s only open one day a week.)

DETAILS: 8pm; free, but reservation required; 62 E. 4th St;

3. READING: Should I Stay Or Should I Go? at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

No matter how much you love New York City, you have to admit that living here can be trying. It’s crowded, it’s expensive, and you’ve probably got roaches. Commiserate with your fellow ambivalents at this themed reading presented by Sari Botton (editor of the essay collection Goodbye To All That) and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.  Weigh the pros and cons of breaking up with New York for good while some of your favorite writers wax poetic on the subject. Or, conversely: heckle them to GTFO already if they hate it so much.

DETAILS: 7pm; free; 126 Crosby St.;

4. MUSEUM: Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure at Discovery Times Square

Ahoy, mateys! Immerse yourself in the awesome world of pirates at this interactive educational exhibit. In addition to more than 500 artifacts salvaged from wrecks including old rum bottles, figurines and IRL pirate treasure, this kid-friendly collection lets you get in on the action by scavenging the ocean for booty with a robotic arm and experiencing hurricane force winds for yourself. The tour is only an hour long, leaving plenty of time to explore the rest of the museum.

DETAILS: 10am-7pm; $15 kids, $20 adults (get tickets!); 226 W 44th St.

5. MUSIC: Los Lobos at City Winery

For four decades running, Los Lobos have been killing it with their unique blend of Mexican and American music. Celebrate the Grammy award-winning group’s 40th birthday at the last of their three NYC shows, a show which was added due to popular demand. They’re pretty much obligated to do hits like “Under the Boardwalk” and “La Bamba,” but don’t overlook newer songs off this year’s Disconnected in New York City, for they have the perspective of experience.

DETAILS: 8pm sharp; from $45, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 155 Varick St.;

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