The best things to do in and around New York this week.
This week in New York City, enjoy your fill of music, art, and theater at Latin American Cultural Week, cheer on runners at the NYC Marathon, explore the culinary offerings of the Bronx with the borough’s own restaurant week, or get all political at a live election night event with New York Times editors and writers.
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November 3 - 13 | Cultural festival
Latin American Cultural Week
For the 11th year running, Pan American Musical Art Research is organizing the Latin American Cultural Week, with dozens of diverse performances, workshops, screenings, and discussions highlighting the culture of Latin America. Catch tango classes and performances, art exhibits, plays like Crónica de Una Muerte Anunciada (based on a Gabriel García Márquez novel), and a one-woman show at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Events take place across the boroughs at a variety of venues.
Times, locations & prices vary | website
November 5 - 6 | Escape the city
Enjoy the preholiday lull with a quick flight (under four hours) to Puerto Rico. It’s warm and places are just starting to open for the season, but plane tickets and hotels are still reasonably priced. The small island can be circumnavigated in about 6 hours, making it easy to hit several sensational spots in a weekend. Spend a day in the old city of San Juan or Vieques, explore Puerto Rico’s best beaches, and discover the tasty local cuisine. For the best hotels in Puerto Rico, check out our short guide on where to stay.
November 6 | Marathon
TCS New York City Marathon
Whether you are a runner, a spectator, or simply want to know which streets will be impossible to cross this Sunday, check out the route for this year’s NYC Marathon, put on by New York Road Runners. Winding through all five boroughs, the 26.2-mile race begins in Staten Island and ends in Central Park. With nearly 55,000 runners in 2015, it has grown to become the world’s largest marathon, and people come from far beyond New York City to participate. It’s too late to enter the lottery to run, but line up anywhere along the route to watch and cheer on the runners as they complete what they have trained so hard to do.
9:00 AM | Locations vary | Free | website
November 7 - 18 | Food
Savor the Bronx
Explore all the culinary offerings the Bronx has to offer with Savor the Bronx. This restaurant week features over 30 participating restaurants across the borough offering either a 15 percent discount or a special prix fixe menu for the occasion. There is no shortage of options worth checking out, whether you live in the Bronx or are a subway ride away. From the old-school restaurants of Bronx’s famed Little Italy to modern craft breweries and distilleries, the range of cuisines is expansive.
Prices & locations vary | website
November 8 | Politics
Election Night Live
Whether you are passionate about one candidate or hate them all, this election season has been nothing short of a roller coaster. On the big day, join editors and journalists of the New York Times for live election coverage and analysis as the results roll in. Afterward, mingle with other guests at a cocktail reception. Whatever the results of the election, it is sure to be a historic evening.
7:00 PM | The TimesCenter, 242 W. 41st St., New York | $250 | 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.