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8 Actually Fun Things to Do in NYC This WeekendThrillist

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.

“Watching this week’s horrific events unfold at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. has been extremely troubling and unsettling (to say the least). And come this weekend, we’re so ready to pry ourselves away from the news for a much-needed break.

Over the next few days, be sure to recharge and exercise plenty of self-care by sleeping in, ordering some comforting food, and taking extra time to relax during these stressful times. Read on for eight of the best things to eat, see, and do in NYC this weekend to take your mind off of things. And as always, remember to be safe: a masked, socially-distant New Yorker is the best kind of New Yorker.”

Order a dope dinner and custom swag from Thrillist Ghost Kitchen

Friday, January 8, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
East Village, FiDi, LES, SoHo, Tribeca, Union Square, and West Village
Thrillist Ghost Kitchen’s lineup of iconic NYC restaurants offering takeout (from 30 Vandam Street) and delivery of their famed dishes continues with Sylvia’s. Their exclusive menu includes Sylvia’s Down Home Fried Chicken, world-famous bar-b-que ribs, baked macaroni & cheese, traditional collard greens, golden cornbread, and peach cobbler. To assist with the financial hardships restaurants have endured due to COVID-19, Thrillist is covering all costs including food, labor, packaging, and delivery for each eatery. So placing an order doesn’t just get you awesome food and cool swag, but shows your support in helping each small business.
Cost: $50 for dinner for 1; $100 for dinner for 2

Taste some of the city’s most innovative ramen

Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10
Adá Supper Club’s mission is to celebrate Black and female expression through food. And while their communal, in-person dinners might be on hold for the moment, their new program still allows diners to feel some of the magic in their homes. “A Night In” delivers restaurant-quality, multi-course meals right to your doorstep. This weekend features chef Rasheeda Purdie, who is cooking a Japanese menu influenced by Black American New Year’s traditions. Think ramen made with smoked turkey and collards, or potstickers with Hoppin’ John.
Cost: $60 per dinner

Warm up at Claudette’s new heated patio

Greenwich Village
This beloved spot just north of Washington Square Park unveiled brand-new, heated, private patio enclosures recently, which can accommodate up to six people each. Groups can indulge in the restaurant’s signature French-Mediterranean cuisine, with dishes like confit lamb tagine and sweet potato falafel. And, hey, it’s the weekend: don’t leave without ordering a round of the Moroccan margaritas, made with tequila, a mix of citrus fruits, and coriander syrup.
Cost: Entrees start at $22

Create the cheese plate of your dreams at a winter market

Long Island City
In a most delicious pivot, the Long Island City outpost of the famed cheese purveyor, Murray’s Cheese Bar, is currently operating as a one-stop shop for all of your favorite nibbles. While the regular Cheese Bar menu is still available for takeout and local delivery, the indoor market boasts everything from macaroni and cheese meal kits to, naturally, a huge selection of cheeses, charcuterie, breads, and prepared food. Private shopping is also available: customers can make a reservation to shop before the store opens and score one-on-one time with the cheesemonger.
Cost: Varies

Explore the power of the mind with mentalist Jason Suran

Friday, January 9, 8:30 pm
Jason Suran has performed at venues as large as Carnegie Hall, but in his latest show Reconnected, intimacy is key. The acclaimed New York-based mentalist astounds in his latest hour-long Zoom, where he performs unbelievable psychological trick after trick. There are no back-row seats at this show; everyone is invited to participate in his head-scratching feats of the mind.
Cost: $50 per ticket

Clean up a park and get rewarded with off-road cycling

Saturday, January 9, 10 am
Washington Heights
Did you know Manhattan has a mountain biking course? Highbridge Park actually boasts a three-mile trail, including a free-ride zone with drops, steeps, and berms. This Saturday (and the second Saturday of every month), volunteers can clean up the trails in the morning, and then stay for a guided ride from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. And don’t worry about lugging your own equipment: bikes and helmets are even provided.
Cost: Free

Get transported to Paris through a live immersive show

Saturday, January 9, showtimes are every 30 minutes starting at 6 pm
West Village
The cancelation of live theater performances has been a blow not only to the entertainment industry, but for those of us (read: all of New York) who love to attend. Luckily, the intrepid Bated Breath Theater Company has come up with a delightful and immersive solution: Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec, an outdoor show that wends its way through the back streets of the West Village as it tells the heartbreaking story of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Attendees are treated to an interactive journey down 8th street, several sultry numbers in apartment windows, and a finale so beautiful it would be a shame to ruin the surprise.
Cost: From $75

Immerse yourself in a festival of lights

Randall’s Island
If you’ve never been to Randall’s Island, now is your chance. LuminoCity’s month-long light sculpture festival comes to a close this weekend and it’s worth the trek to the Island for the immersive and delightful experience. The self-guided, 45-minute stroll meanders through about 10 acres of brightly colored, supersized light installations. Instagram favorites include a field of mushrooms, color-changing crystals, and enormous lizards. While it’s all outdoors, COVID safety enhancements include timed tickets and limited capacity for visitors.
Cost: From $29 for general admission

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“Nicolas Cage hosts the history of swearing. Lorde writes a book and Julie Mehretu takes over the Whitney. This new year has to be better, right?”


“Long Overdue”: Visitors Marvel At New Moynihan Train Hall In First WalkthroughGothamist

“For some visitors, the stop was merely intended to gaze at the enormous hall complete with an enormous skylight roof and Art Deco clock. Many were spotted craning their necks to take in the open skylight, pivoting their hips taking scenic, panoramic photos. Others searched for fresco portraits created by Kehinde Wiley, which are prominently displayed at the 33rd Street entrance, or the spacious and modern Amtrak lounge on the upper floor.”


WFUV-FM 90.7is 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 (January 7 – January 13)

12/31 Lucinda Williams, “Lu’s Jukebox”
12/31 Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, virtual New Year’s Eve show
12/31 Broken Social Scene benefit show for hospitality workers
12/31 Bob Weir and Wolf Bros from San Rafael
12/31 The Nude Party, from Brooklyn’s Sultan Room
1/2 Bad Religion, “Decades” livestream
1/5 IVoted Festival Georgia with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Algiers, B-52’s Kate Pierson

Online concert calendar and links at wfuv.org/livestreams


“A Verdi opera from the Met and composers on the border of classical and pop are among the highlights.” NYT


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

With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever-changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant exhibitions. Time Out New York rounds up the best art shows and exhibits in NYC, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.


New York magazine is biweekly these days and every issue has a wonderful section, “The Culture Pages,” which includes a “To Do” list – 25 things to see, hear, watch, and read. Here are my favorites from the current issue (Jan.06-20).


JR: The Chronicles of New York City
The self-described “photograffeur.”
For a blast of fresh air and abstract love, enter the atrium at the Brooklyn Museum. There, you will be engulfed by and surrounded in about the largest wraparound mural you likely have ever seen. From the legendary anonymous French photographer, this wildly collaged panorama presents 1,128 individual New Yorkers. Each subject posed for JR inside a 53-foot trailer-truck the artist parked in numerous local spots. He offered to take pictures of anyone who came by. All of these were then put together into this masterpiece of ambition, love, life, celebration, and audacity. —Jerry Saltz
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, through February 14.

Countryside, The Future
An urgent look.
Organized by Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal — director of the think tank at Koolhaas’s firm, OMA — this extravaganza of art, design, models, photographs, installations, charts, and diagrams wraps its way up the famous Guggenheim ramps. The visual multiplex lets us consider the countryside that makes up 98 percent of the Earth’s land surface. Possibilities abound, proposals runneth over, and solutions are thrown into the air. Come away amazed and inspired. —J.S.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, through February 15.

Public-art watch.
Even with gentrification, Old New York echoes in South Street Seaport. To smell the metaphysical sea air of the mind, catch this showcase of amazing images by 21 photographers who picture their worlds in ways that will set you a-tingle with optical excitement. It’s best viewed at night in the windows of the gallery, where, once again, the ghosts of New York will join you. —J.S.
19 Fulton Street, through January 31.


The Exponential Festival
Raise your weird to a higher power.
January is New York’s festival season, and at least Under the Radar and the Exponential Festival soldier on. Exponential is the wilder and woolier of the two, so you will be in for a rollicking time if you tune in to its YouTube channel for Joshua William Gelb and Katie Rose McLaughlin’s Theater in Quarantine (1/7), Comrade Barbie, Let’s Go Party! (1/16), or Darian Dauchan’s sci-fi romantic comedy Lift Off (1/22), among others this month. —Helen Shaw
theexponentialfestival.org, January 7 to 31.

Classical Music

Myths and Hymns
The first in a four-chapter series.
Adam Guettel’s song cycle, part Off Broadway show, part polytheistic oratorio, gets a digital revival led by Ted Sperling. Renée Fleming, Julia Bullock, and Joshua Henry join in for a series of song-length films and a journey from Icarus to Jesus, with detours to Saturn. —Justin Davidson
mastervoices.org, January 13.

Les Arts Florissants
Haydn’s Paris Symphony No. 87.
When Franz Joseph Haydn, who spent much of his career confined to Vienna and his employer’s Hungarian estate, started to travel, he discovered new countries within. The Paris-based ensemble led by William Christie performs the last of his six “Paris” Symphonies — a musical simulacrum of travel for a largely stationary audience. —J.D.
lincolncenter.org, January 11.

Another Night on Earth
An international guitar ensemble.
You might say that the pandemic has converted the ensemble into scattered musicians who collaborate from distant points. One newly formed example is this eclectic electric-guitar octet, which includes conductor David Robertson and recently made its debut online with a 48-string arrangement of the 15th-century composer Josquin des Prez’s Nymphes des Bois. —J.D.


Prototype Festival
Now in your aria.
The ninth season of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE’s experimental-opera festival might require you to upgrade your headphones — once you’re geared up, check out the schedule: Will you pick the choose-your-own-adventure, 13-composer multi-pathway work Modulation? Or Pamela Z and Geoff Sobelle’s Times3, an immersive portrait of Times Square? Or will you be one of the few audience members at an in-person performance of Ocean Body, by Helga Davis, Shara Nova, and filmmaker Mark DeChiazza? —H.S.
prototypefestival.org, January 8 to 16.

*This article appears in the January 4, 2021, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!



“Salman Toor: How Will I Know”
Queer Rococo.
The first museum solo of Salman Toor gives us an artist who beautifully records, in iridescent color, sensitive scenes of secret and intimate lives of gay men at home. With an assured, almost conservative approach, Toor skillfully renders young queer brown men from his own lived experience. These sharings branch out so that all the freighted weight of history or violence fades, as paintings become vehicles of visual pleasure, intellectual wit, and radical vulnerability. —Jerry Saltz
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort, through April 4.

“In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at the Met”
The ultimate balm to the soul in all of Western painting may be the Dutch works that include Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals. Thanks to the very deep pockets of the collectors and robber barons of New York, the Met has them and is now displaying 67 of these masterpieces. Get lost in some of the finest brushwork and deepest color in all of painting; glimpse infinity. —J.S.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue.


Under the Radar Festival
Let’s get weird.
Every year, the Radar Festival welcomes adventurous international art, avant-garde local heroes, and Highly Odd Work from across the U.S. to scramble our willing brains like eggs. This year, 600 Highwaymen’s gentle, inspiring A Thousand Ways (Part One), in which audience members speak to each other by phone, starts December 21; you’ll need to wait till January 6 for the festival proper, which will include digital performances by U.K. poet Inua Ellams, a cooking show–whodunit by Piehole, and Javaad Alipoor’s comedy Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran. —Helen Shaw
publictheater.org, January 6 to 17.


Stay home a bit longer. Mask up, stay safe and stay smart

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