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New York May 26–June 1: Prince Tribute & Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs' Centennial

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The Harlem Gospel Choir performs 

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Gospel Choir

The Harlem Gospel Choir performs 

The best of what to do in and around New York this week.

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This week in New York, commemorate the life of Prince with a tribute concert by the legendary Harlem Gospel Choir. Celebrate New York History with nickel hot dogs at Nathan’s or a trip to the Queens Historical Society to catch their exhibit Six Outstanding Women of Queens. And don’t forget to pay your final respects to Northeast Kingdom, the beloved restaurant of Brooklyn locals that is closing its doors this week after a decade.

AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what's happening in cities around the U.S.

May 26 | Musical tribute
Harlem Gospel Choir Sings Prince
The recent death of pop legend Prince has rocked the music world. If you’re still in mourning (who isn’t?), don’t miss what is sure to be an incredible tribute from the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir. Hear an array of Prince songs like never before (sneak a preview by watching this clip of them performing “Purple Rain” last month on Good Morning America). Make a whole evening out of it by starting with dinner and drinks at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, which offers a full menu (and requires an additional $10 minimum per person).
8 p.m. | B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42ns St., New York | From $25 | website

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May 28 | Food
Nathan’s 100th Anniversary
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs is a Coney Island staple, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Founded by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker in 1916, this iconic restaurant started out as a small stand on the boardwalk selling hot dogs for a nickel. Today, the space hosts an annual hot dog eating competition that draws people from around the world, has over 300 locations, and sells its dogs in grocery stores around the country—but nothing compares to the original. Nathan’s is celebrating with five-cent hot dogs, just like the olden days (limit two per person, at the original location only).
11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, 1310 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn | $0.05 | website

May 28, 29 & 31 | Exhibit closing
Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens
Catch this eye-opening exhibit from the Queens Historical Society before it closes. Celebrating six history-making women of Queens—Helen Keller, Betty Friedan, Rise Stevens, Lisa Randall, Grace Lee Boggs, and Yeou-Cheng Ma—the exhibit highlights their contributions that changed the world. An interactive art installation that pays homage to Helen Keller by local artist M. J. Levy Dickson is on display, as well as other elements of the women’s lives and work. The museum, housed in the 18th-century Kingsland Homestead, is worth a visit in its own right, as is the surrounding park.
2:30–4:30 p.m. | Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, Queens | (718) 939-0647 | $5 | website

A Nathan's hot dog
May 28–30 | Escape the city
Wildwood, New Jersey
It’s Memorial Day weekend, which means it’s now officially beach season. Celebrate with an ocean-inspired trip down to the Jersey Shore. This weekend, the Wildwood has a lot going on to lure visitors. There’s the Wildwood International Kite Festival (the largest in North America), with events ranging from the Unlocking of the Ocean launch to a 9 p.m. illuminated kite fly. A Boardwalk Craft Show, featuring all handmade products, will happen rain or shine all day on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday night there’s a free concert by the beach, and Monday there is a Memorial Day ceremony honoring those who have given their life in service of this country. Of course, there’s always the fabulous Wildwood Boardwalk and beaches to enjoy. Try to snag a room at the adorable Sea Gypsy Bed and Breakfast, housed in a fully restored Queen Anne Victorian house from around 1900.

Through May 31 | Restaurant closing
Northeast Kingdom
You only have until the end of the month to pay your respects to beloved Bushwick restaurant Northeast Kingdom, which has announced it will be closing. Husband and wife team Paris Smeraldo and Meg Lipke opened up the restaurant 10 years ago when farm-to-table restaurants were few and far between in New York, let alone Bushwick. Go sip one of their masterfully crafted cocktails and scarf down some fries with their famous house-made ketchup while you still can.
Northeast Kingdom, 18 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn | (718) 386-3864 | website

A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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