Welcome to 2015! Here are our top 10 event picks for NYC this week, including the launch of several art and film festivals, great NYC Parks department tours and a day to design your own Central Park.

Monday, January 5

The COIL Festival by P.S. 122 is back with its 10th iteration, celebrating the vitality of live performance.  Tonight, check out RoosElvis, where “the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann” and the daily “yawn” in Times Square at midnight.

At the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, “On the Street Where You Learn,” explores the intersection of Sesame Street and Broadway.

Tuesday, January 6

El Museo del Barrio’s annual Three Kings Day Parade begins at 11am with live camels, live puppets, and the unveiling of new headdresses for the honorees who have demonstrated meaningful service and commitment to El Barrio and Latino communities.

The monthly pun competition at Littlefield, Punderdome, hosted by Fred and Jo Firestone returns.

Wednesday, January 7

The National Academy and CIVITAS present Freshkills Park: A Model for New York Recycling & Environmental Justice with Tatiana Choulika, principal, James Corner Field Operations and project manager of the firm’s Freshkill Park Project; Ted Nabavi, chemist and engineer and Director of Landfill Engineering for the Department of Sanitation; Jill Fehrenbacher, founder and editor-in-chief of Inhabitat. Moderated by Eloise Hirsh, Freshkills Park Administrator and President of the Freshkills Park Alliance.

The 11th season of the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater starts today with a great lineup of cutting edge performances. Full calendar here.

Thursday, January 8

Pioneer Works has a class on “Lock Picking: Open Source Security.” According to the description, “Expect everything to be covered from home locks to handcuffs…padlocks to a lockbox. Each person gets equipment to practice on in class. And everyone will open a bunch of locks…Guaranteed.”

Friday, January 9

The First Look Festival, Museum of the Moving Image showcase for new and inventive international cinema, begins again for the fourth year. Before the Sundance, Rotterdam, and Berlin film festivals, First Look is a great way for New York filmgoers to start the year and catch thoughtful and provocative filmmaking amid the hype and noise of the awards season.

Saturday, January 10

At the Museum of the City of NY’s “A Green Dream: Design Your Own Park,” see the original plan for Central Park that never came to be, then use the original design competition rules for Central Park to create your own urban oasis.

Sunday, January 11

NYC Parks has two interesting tours–one is an exploration to see the seals of the NYC harbor and another is a tour of Central Park’s northern forts, with key sites from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

 Top 10 NYC Events

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