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Exclusive | New York City: What to See & Do Part Two

Exclusive | New York City: What to See & Do Part Two

Queue early the day of the show at TKTS (temporary location during the renovation of Duffy Square: Marriott Marquis Hotel, W. 46th St., btwn Broadway & 8th Ave.) for up to 50 percent off seats that are sometimes excellent. offers some great "virtual coupons," mostly for smaller shows. serves up a veritable bonanza of discount codes for nearly every show.

For a contribution equal to (and on top of) the ticket price, Care-Tix/Broadway Cares (212-840-0770, ask for Care-Tix) can pull strings to get you entertainment industry (i.e., GOOD) seats, even to sold out shows.

Renowned for its diverse productions of important new works, New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th St., btwn Bowery & Second Ave.; 212-460-5475) is where "Rent" got its start.

Actors Playhouse (100 Seventh Ave. South, at Grove St.; 212-463-0060) has long been a venue for gay theater, known for such past hits as Naked Boys Singing and My Big Gay Italian Wedding.

P.S. 122 (150 First Ave., at 11th St.; 212-477-5288) is one of the country's premier venues for performance art and innovative theater.

A small venue just north of the Broadway madness, Ars Nova (511 W. 54th St., btwn Tenth & Eleventh Aves.; 212-977-1700) often hosts gay-themed shows and entertainment.

One of the country's most famous venues, Carnegie Hall (W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800) presents about 100 performances a season (fall to spring).

Lincoln Center (Broadway, W. 62nd to 65th St.; 212-875-5000) hosts the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and the New York Philharmonic, and also showcases the world's top musicians.

Columbia University's Miller Theatre (2690 Broadway, at 116th St.; 212-854-7799) presents works from world-class musicians, from fall through spring.

In the tradition of a European salon, Arium (31 Little West 12th St., btwn Washington St. & Ninth Ave.; 212-463-8630) presents piano recitals and other high-art endeavors on a small scale.

Once a speakeasy, Webster Hall (125 E. 11th St., btwn Second & Third Aves.; 212-353-1600) now presents alt-music darlings like the Arctic Monkeys and Badly Drawn Boy.

Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St., at Bowery; 212-533-2111) features more up-and-coming alternative faves.

Already a NYC institution, nonprofit Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette St., btwn 4th St. & Astor Pl.; 212-967-7555) has since debuting in 1998 hosted such far-flung legends as Elvis Costello, Dolly Parton, Laurie Anderson, and Kiki and Herb.

The city's newest pop music palace, the Highline Ballroom (431 W. 16th St., btwn Ninth & Tenth Aves.; 212-414-5994) recently served as a main venue for the first-ever High Line Festival.

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