5 Ideas for Keeping Your Family Entertained While They’re in Town
Because you can only go to the High Line so many times
You found your parents the cutest Airbnb, made reservations at the perfect restaurant and mentally prepared yourself for five days of nonstop family time. Now you just have to figure out what to do exactly. Instead of the obvious attractions, take your folks to these five destinations.
For Foodies: A Pizza Pilgrimage to Di Fara
Skip the line at Grimaldi’s and take them to…a different line in Midwood. Seriously, though, the pies at this Brooklyn institution are among the city’s best, and watching octogenarian master Dom De Marco assemble each and every pizza is truly a New York experience.
1424 Ave. J (at E. 15th St.), Brooklyn; 718-258-1367 or difarany.com
For Film Geeks: Museum of the Moving Image
L.A. may have more of a reputation as a cinephile mecca, but there’s plenty to keep them entertained at this Astoria museum. Take your Martin Scorsese-obsessed brother to a new exhibition on the director (opening December 11) or catch screenings of groundbreaking documentaries and holiday flicks throughout the season.
36-01 35th Ave. (between 36th and 37th sts.), Queens; 718-784-0077 or movingimage.us
For Artsy Types: The Frick Collection and Neue Galerie
You’d prefer not to battle the hordes at MoMA or the Met, but your folks want to see some art. Head to the Frick (pictured) to gawk at the works of old masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt. If it’s modern art they’re after, check out a selection of Gustav Klimt’s portraits at Neue Galerie. Did we mention both museums are housed in stunning mansions?
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St. (between Fifth and Madison aves.); 212-288-0700 or frick.org
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave. (at E. 86th St.); 212-994-9493 or neuegalerie.org
For History Buffs: Museum of the City of New York
If your relatives are less interested in the latest hybrid-pastry craze and more interested in the NYC of yore, they’ll appreciate the comprehensive offerings at MCNY. Its newly opened exhibit, New York at Its Core traces the city’s origins from Dutch fishing village to booming metropolis…and it’s far less expensive than tickets to Hamilton.
1220 Fifth Ave. (at 103rd St.); 212-534-1672 or mcny.org
For Performance Seekers: The Apollo Theater
So your aunt and uncle—who happen to be dedicated viewers of The Voice—have their hearts set on some live music and a comedy show? Take them to Amateur Night to see talented up-and-comers belt it out onstage, with the bonus of hilarious hosts and special guests. (Best part: Tickets will set you back just $25.)
253 W. 125th St. (between Frederick Douglass and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. blvds.); 212-531-5300 or apollotheater.org