Welcome to the weekend! With the snow melting apace, now is the time to get back out onto the city streets and explore all that New York has to offer. This weekend, we’re splitting our time uptown and down with live music, lively museum exhibits, and all the pig you can eat (no kidding).
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Go West (Village)
On Friday nights, the West Village comes alive with performances, from side-splitting stand-up to world-class jazz. We’re partial to Comedy Cellar, where you can count on belly laughs from Trainwreck’s Rachel Feinstein and Lenny Marcus of “The David Letterman Show,” among others, at 7 p.m.; and The Blue Note, where contemporary jazz icon David Benoit and special guest Jane Monheit will make sweet, sweet music together starting at 10:30 p.m.
See the Lights Go Out on Broadway
Nothing compares to a bird’s eye view of Manhattan – especially once the crowds have thinned and the lights are twinkling. The iconic Empire State Building Observatory is open until 2 a.m. daily, and makes for a swoon-inducing last stop on a Friday night. Gawk at the glowing vista, then drop back to earth for a quick pint at craft beer mecca Rattle n Hum, open late.
Take Your ’Cue
On the 10th anniversary of the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival, you’ve got three options: the morning Bacon Bash, afternoon Whole Hog Pig Pickin’, or day-long Grand Poobah MEAT-A-RAMA. All include 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and a wealth of barbecued goodness from the likes of Dinosaur, Virgil’s, and more. Get down on a whole hog; enter the bacon-eating contest; dance off the meat sweats with a live DJ. Oink.
Remember the Titans
Earlier this month, the American Museum of Natural History unveiled The Titanosaur, a 122-foot-long cast of a dinosaur species so new, it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it. The 70-ton behemoth roamed Patagonia during the Late Cretaceous period and was excavated from Argentina. In addition to being a staggering sight, it’s a great excuse to spend the afternoon browsing the rest of the museum’s massive collection.
Shake off the January doldrums and get active at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, where indoor rock climbing is available to adults from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Equipped with both belay walls and a bouldering cave, this facility is one of the largest indoor climbing gyms in New York and is known among pros as one of the most challenging walls in the country. Good thing expert instructors are on hand to help you work through even the most difficult climbing problems, and all equipment can be rented on site (in case you left your shoes and harness at home).
Get High (Street)
Philadelphia import High Street on Hudson landed with a splash in the West Village last month. See what all the fuss is about with a breakfast of beet-cured salmon on James Beard-nominated baker Alex Bois’s pretzel roll with celery cream cheese, red onion, fried capers, and dill, or a new-school whitefish bialy with pickled peppers and charred scallion. ProTip: their spiced donuts are the stuff that dreams are made up; pick up a half dozen for the office and cement your status as Water Cooler Hero on Monday.
With unseasonably warm and sunny weather in the forecast, slip the bonds of dry land in favor of Circle Line Cruises’ “Best of NYC Cruise.” You’ll circumnavigate Manhattan Island, passing everything from Yankee Stadium in the south Bronx (64 days until Opening Day!) to within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Give your Instagram followers major #FOMO with sweeping shore-to-shore skyline views.
Stop and Shop (and Sip)
From 12 noon until 6 p.m., Astoria’s landmark Bohemian Hall beer garden will host Astoria Market, a pre-Valentine’s Day showcase of local vendors offering accessories, art, baked goods, clothing, body care, jewelry, and other gifts. Admission is free, and you can refuel after an afternoon of browsing with a Czech pilsner and a brat from the outdoor grill.