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Manhattan Getaway

You can’t see everything over a weekend, but you can explore places that are off the beaten (concrete) path. Here are our suggestions for your next adventure in the Big Apple

1. The Public Theater

This is the rare off-Broadway performance space that gives equal billing to the classics and contemporary works. “One season they’ll offer something completely obscure and the next it’s Shakespeare,” says Mickela Mallozzi, Stamford native and the host/producer of the travel series Bare Feet. Come summer, roll out a blanket to catch the free Shakespeare festival at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. This year’s program includes John Lithgow taking the lead role in King Lear (July 22-Aug. 17).

2. The New Museum

Edgier than some of NYC’s better-known exhibiting stalwarts, this Bowery museum is the city’s only venue devoted exclusively to contemporary art and new innovators. Says Mallozzi, “They do their own thing, so it’s always interesting.” newmuseum.org

3. Upright Citizens Brigade

With outposts in Chelsea and the East Village, this is New York’s incubator for comedic innovators, having launched the careers of countless cast members on Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. Pop in on improv night when celebrities sometimes join the ensemble. “You never know who will show up to do cameos,” says Mallozzi. newyork.ucbtheatre.com

4. The Ailey Extension

Legendary dancer/choreographer Alvin Ailey believed that dance should be accessible to everyone. The public teaching arm of his dance company offers a staggering array of classes for kids and adults. “There’s Bollywood, samba and unusual things like Polynesian dance,” says Mallozzi, who suggests taking a drop-in day class just for fun. aileyextension.com

5. The Tenement Museum

This handsome building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side was once home to more than 7,000 immigrants. “The museum  gives you a view of New York that’s often overlooked and saves you from spending the whole day on Ellis Island,” says Mallozzi. Stick around for some eats at the terrific Jewish delis nearby. tenement.org

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