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Today it’s NYC Weekend Corona Culture (sun). NEW STUFF!
9 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This Weekend – Thrillist
African Restaurant Week, burgers at a pop-up, Jackson Pollock at the Guggenheim, and more.
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
Although indoor dining has resumed in NYC, most of the city’s nightlife is still high up on rooftops, tucked away in back gardens, and spilling onto sidewalks. As the warm weather holds and our time spent away from screens feels more important than ever, all you have to do is grab your denim jacket and take to the streets for the best weekend ever.
Order to-go cocktails to turn the whole city into a party, take in a taco-themed dinner screening of Get Out, or celebrate what would have been New York’s Comic Con with a night of superhero cartoons—we’ve rounded up everything to eat, drink, see, and do in NYC this weekend.
Order some cocktails to go
Autumn weather necessitates both a change in wardrobe and our imbibing routines. Drink something new with The Lab, one of the city’s latest cocktail destinations that opened this week in NoMad. Hidden behind the cellar speakeasy (so meta!) Patent Pending and operated by the same team, try one of their barrel-aged cocktails by making a reservation online or via to-go/delivery by calling 212-869-4002.
Cost: $17-$28 per cocktail
Turn absolutely anywhere into a dive bar
Grab a boozy slushie at Bushwick Country Club, where they’ve opened up their big backyard (and, um, questionable mini golf course) for a night of social distanced drinking. Stay and savor a couple of cheap drinks, or order a few rounds to-go and bring the whole party back to your place.
Cost: Depends on how many shots you order
Meet for breakfast at a brand-new bakery
Ursula, the new New Mexican cafe and bakery from Eric See (of now closed The Awkward Scone), has arrived to fulfill your breakfast dreams. Get a coffee and some pastries—biscochitos, a cinnamon-sugar butter cookie, and green chile-apple pastelitos—or soothe that pulsing hangover with a chorizo, bacon, or vegan pinto bean breakfast burrito. Just make sure to come early, because breakfast service ends at noon.
Cost: Breakfast burritos are $10
Cosplay from home with Comic Con-themed cartoons
Saturday, October 10, 8pm
With New York’s Comic Con going entirely virtual this year, we’ll miss the annual sight of Harry Potters, Black Panthers, and Spocks descending on our fair city. But rest assured, you can still geek out by logging in to Spoons, Toons, and Booze’s Comic Con event for a night of superhero-themed Saturday morning cartoons. There will be drinking, cartoon trivia games, and a virtual costume contest, so come dressed as your favorite superhero or supervillain—or invent your own.
Cost: Tickets start at $8
Eat your way through African Restaurant Week
Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11
Celebrate Black-owned small businesses in NYC during the African Restaurant Week Festival, when restaurants all over Brooklyn will be featuring food and drink specials so you can discover your new favorite dishes. In addition, you can stop by Bed Stuy’s Tompkins Ave and Putnam to browse a collection of food, art, and fashion vendors from the African diaspora. Shop local and support your favorite neighborhood spots.
Cost: Free to browse; prices vary
Go shopping at a made-for-the-‘Gram grocer
The obsessively-curated and Instagram-ready Pop Up Grocer is in NYC until the end of this month. With aisles full of colorful snacks, drinks, beauty products, and home goods, it’s one of the most charming grocery stores that’s ever existed. If you’re worried about crowds, you can book a private appointment to shop between 9-10 am. For those who don’t like to wake up that early, don’t stress—only six customers will be allowed in at a time, and face coverings and social distancing are required.
Cost: Free to browse
Check out a burger club pop-up
Sunday, October 11, 12pm
Gotham Burger Social Club is stopping by Pig Beach this Sunday to sling some of their beloved Gotham Smash burgers. With wagyu patties smashed flat for maximum crispiness, topped with American cheese, pickles, ketchup, and special sauce, and then served in a Martin’s potato roll, these are cheeseburgers well worth waiting in line for. When they’re sold out, the pop-up’s over, so tell your friends to meet you there early to beat the rush.
Cost: Burgers start at $8
Get abstract at the reopened Guggenheim
Upper East Side
The reopened Guggenheim is kicking off with Jackson Pollock’s Mural, his largest-ever painting. The work hasn’t been seen in NYC in 20 years, so now’s your chance to say “My kid could do that!” while making your way through the iconic museum. If sculpture is more your speed, the exhibition Knotted, Torn, Scattered: Sculpture after Abstract Expressionism highlights six post-war artists including Richard Serra and Robert Morris.
Get into the Halloween spirit with Get Out
Sunday, October 11, 7pm
At Parklife, a giant open-air oasis in deep Brooklyn, you can sip cocktails and munch on tacos from their taqueria while watching Jordan Peele’s masterpiece Get Out projected on the big screen (you’ll have to BYO Froot Loops to recreate that iconic scene). Limited reservations are available, but most of the tables will be held for walk-ins; seating starts at 6:30, so show up on time if you want to score a good seat.
Cost: Free to enter; food and drink purchase required
The best art shows and exhibits in NYC – TONY
Check out our suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss, including recently opened shows and more
WFUV-FM 90.7 is my fave local radio station. Noncommercial, member-supported with a format of adult album alternative music, WFUV is doing it’s best to keep us connected to our music with a comprehensive, updated list of live music online.
WFUV Live Online (October 08 – October 14)
The best musicals now on BroadwayHD – TONY
Watch these classic musical theater performances from the comfort of your couch.
“With Broadway dark until at least 2021, fans of musical theater are hungry for shows they can watch from home. That’s where BroadwayHD comes in. A streaming service aimed at theater lovers, BroadwayHD offers some 300 whole, high-quality, professionally filmed live theater performances from Broadway, London’s West End and beyond. (Some have been acquired from existing catalogs, while others have been created especially for the channel.) Subscriptions cost just $8.99 a month—and for new subscribers, the first week is free.”
The October Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month – ThoughtGallery
By Ethan Wolff
“October is here, somehow, and even if we’re still living virtually there are plenty of great live presentations headed our way. We’re looking forward to hearing from Deepak Chopra, Nancy Pelosi, Jelani Cobb, Andrew Cuomo, Matthew McConaughey, and many more.”
ThoughtGallery is my primo site for “Smart Stuff” – the types of events you will find fascinating if you are just a little curious. Check them out every day – ThoughtGallery
STAY HOME FOR A BIT LONGER – MASK UP AND STAY SAFE.
Thanks Greg, your blog seems to have a renewed energy that I have enjoyed
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