The work week is over! Once you’ve clocked out, your hours are your own again until Monday – and filling them with fun things to do can be almost overwhelming in The City That Never Sleeps. Here to help: our inaugural NY-See & Do Weekend picks to keep you busy until Sunday – and give you some water cooler fodder for Monday morning (make that Tuesday, thanks to the long weekend!)
Purchase advance admission to avoid the lines and coax your inner artist out to play at MetFridays (1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.). Fancy a little night music? Have a cocktail and enjoy live piano and viola from ETHEL and Friends at the Balcony Bar overlooking the Great Hall. Ready to whet your pencil? Bring your sketchbook or take advantage of the materials provided with a 30-minute Drop-In Drawing Demonstration. The office is already a distant memory…
It’s been a tough week for Broadway, with the passing of stars like Alan Rickman, Brian Bedford, David Bowie, and David Margulies (who New Yorkers also remember as famously cranky mayor Lenny in Ghostbusters). Honor their memories by visiting Broadway.com or a TKTS booth for tickets and taking in a show on the Great White Way.
Knowing how to navigate Central Park is many New Yorkers’ most prized insider knowledge. Score some of your own with a free, no-registration-required Southern Welcome Tour (Inside the Park: E. 61st St. at Fifth Ave.), which includes Grand Army Plaza, the Pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy. The tour kicks off at 11 a.m. and lasts about 45 minutes; after, take a spin around Wollman Rink and boom: weekend exercise? Checked off your to-do list!
Warm Up, then Rock Out
When the clouds part and the sun comes out on Saturday afternoon, make your way down to the East Village. Start with a steaming cup of bone broth at Brodo (200 First Ave. at E. 12th St.), then stroll through Alphabet City to Zum Schneider for a mug of gluhwein or a stein of crisp German pils (107 Ave. C at East 7th St.). Conclude your meander at Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St. at Stanton St.), where performers take to Stage 1 beginning at 2 p.m. and change hourly through 2 a.m.
Pour One Out
With the news that LES landmark Fontana’s Bar (105 Eldridge St. at Grand St.) will shutter sometime this spring thanks to rising rents, there has never been a better time to post up at one of their three bars, order a craft draft, shoot a round of pool, and wax nostalgic about New York’s good ol’ days – even if they were just last weekend.
Get Up (Get On Up!)
When you shake off last night’s LES haze, hop the 2-3 trains uptown to 116th Street (yes, we checked The Weekender, and yes, they’re running normally!) for Hooch Party Brunch at Sexy Taco / Dirty Cash. Score a chorizo and goat cheese omelet or red rice and beans with sweet plantains and garlic spinach for $15.95; another $12 gets you unlimited drinks for 90 minutes. What hangover?? 161 Malcolm X Blvd. (118th St.)
This week, the MTA announced that the L train may be shut down later this year for repairs in the Superstorm Sandy-damaged Canarsie Tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Meaning that there has never been a better time for a weekend outing in Williamsburg! Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave. at N. 12th St.) is all ages from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., with family-friendly Rock’n’Roll workshops on the hour; next door, Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St. at Wythe Ave.) opens its doors beginning at 12 noon, with hourly brewery tours from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Roll and chug through the neighborhood – two things the L train might stop doing by spring.
Restaurant Week starts on Monday; Broadway Week starts on Tuesday. That means today’s the day to score a table and tickets for next weekend – a quick interlude in your Sunday, and a way to give yourself something to look forward to during the work week.
Stay Out Late
With MLK Day offering many of us an extra day off on Monday, why not make Sunday night last a little longer? Keep with your Brooklyn theme and see the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name at 9:45 p.m. at Landmark Sunshine Cinema (143 E. Houston St. at Eldridge St.) or stay up in Harlem for “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas” at 3 p.m. at The Apollo (253 W. 125th St. at Frederick Douglass Blvd.), then grab dinner – and stay for live jazz – at Red Rooster (310 Lenox Ave. at 125th St.).