Here in NYC, we’re ready for a “Super” weekend with plenty of football, sure, but lots of other great things to #NYSeeAndDo, from an outdoor biergarten to the best views in the hemisphere. On a clear day, you can see forever – and not just on Broadway.
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At 7 p.m., gather on the north side of Central Park’s Great Lawn with the Urban Park Rangers for a free hour-and-a-half guide to the solar system. Use telescopes and binoculars – all provided free of charge – to slip the bonds of earth and traverse the heavens, then warm up California-style at Playa Betty’s a few blocks away with fish tacos and a beachy cocktail.
Live a Fairy Tale
Open until 8 p.m. on Fridays, The Museum at FIT bills itself as “the most fashionable museum in New York City,” and their ongoing exhibition, Fairy Tale Fashion, is nothing short of magic. Take in custom and historic creations inspired by the whimsy of childhood and the magic of alternative worlds from Wonderland to Oz, all for free, then keep the allure alive with a quick walk west and tickets to The McKittrick Hotel’s game-changing immersive theater experience, Sleep No More.
Go Horizon Hunting
With the forecast calling for sunny skies, there’s never been a better time to ascend the 102 floors to One World Observatory. As the city’s newest and highest observation deck, One World offers soaring views of all five boroughs, plus the countryside of New York and Connecticut and the coastline of New Jersey beyond. Savor a cocktail at One Mix, the small plates bar and restaurant at the top, or just drink in the endless vistas.
Embrace the Season
Bryant Park’s second-annual Winter Carnival brings an outdoor winter brew house, curling lessons, silent disco, and something called “Ice Golf” (?!) to the heart of midtown from 12 noon until 10 p.m. Take a spin around the rink or learn to juggle, then commemorate your day with a photo-booth pic in front of the famous fountain – frozen, of course.
Ring In the New Year
Sure, the Times Square celebration of 2016 has come and gone, but today’s Chinese Lunar New Year Fireworks call for a prime vantage point – like the river, aboard Circle Lines’ Lunar New Year Fireworks Cruise. The perennially popular celebrations tends to sell out, but call or click to see about last-minute tickets. Stranded on land? Cozy up to the East River at The Water Club for a prime vantage of the show.
Bridge the Gap
On an unseasonably sunny day – with the possibility of snow in the forecast for Monday night, no less – why not get out and take in some of NYC’s best views? A stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge offers panoramas of lower Manhattan and hip DUMBO in Brooklyn, and concludes close enough to famed Grimaldi’s pizzeria to smell the slices. Grab one (or 10!) to go, then make your way back across the bridge, ending up at beautiful and historic City Hall.
Go Big – or Go Bigger
Nothing is more Super than watching the big game on a big screen, and some unexpected places are pulling out all the stops: West Village gem Monument Lane has an 80-inch screen and a special menu of chicken and waffles and crispy duck wings, among others. Out in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Threes Brewing will conclude a limited-time-only kitchen take-over with Fleisher’s Craft Butchery on game day, complete with a 12-foot screen, plus $3 Miller High Life bottles and well shots throughout the game.“Put some south in your mouth” at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ; with four spacious Manhattan locations, this Carolina-centric mini-chain is a sure bet for Panthers fans with big appetites. Denver more your speed? Watch Peyton chase the ring at Midtown favorite Mustang Harry’s, a rowdy watering hole whose mascot is (literally!) a Bronco. (Our top ten places here!)