The best things to do in NYC this weekend
Looking for the best things to do in NYC this weekend? Whether you’re the group planner searching for more things to do in NYC today, or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list for this fall weekend. Cheer from the sidelines during the NYC Marathon, see a new showing of Hilma af Klint watercolors at David Zwirner, finally rent an igloo at 230 Fifth and more. There’s much to do—all you have to do is scroll down to plan your weekend!”
Time Out New York has 90 best things to do this weekend.
These are just a few of my faves.
The 2021 TCS New York City Marathon is back in person this year to the relief and excitement of the world’s runners. The world-famous race was virtual last year due to the pandemic, so it’s fair to assume that runners will be even more excited to run this year.
- Chelsea Until Nov 6, 2021
Since 2003, this festival has gathered new and well-known names from within the community for some epic acts, and this year, their voices couldn’t be more appreciated. Head to Arab Comedy Buffet on November 4 to see 10 of the fest’s performers in under 2 hours, including comedians like Ali Sultan, Sammy Obeid, Reem Edan, Mohanad Elshieky, Atheer Yacoub and others; head to the Arab Comedy Bonanza to hear from the top comedians from across the world and Arab Comedy All Stars to hear uncensored comedy on November 5; and catch World’s Funniest Arabs who’ve appeared on TV and radio as well as Legends of Arab Comedy that’ll feature experienced and seasoned comedians on November 6.
Get some holiday shopping done at FAD Market (at City Point this weekend) with New York City’s up-and-coming brands, designers, and small businesses — offering a curated selection of handcrafted jewelry, apparel, stationery, skincare, tableware, home goods, and artisanal food. Highlights include Underdog Candles, natural soy-wax scents blended and hand-poured in Brooklyn; Ggrgeous hand-designed stationery and accessories for book lovers by Xoxo Sierra; high-design home objects created by dedicated makers in Japan from Ombrato; handmade magic wallets crafted from vintage books and prints from MagicIndustrie, high-end stationery, postcards, and prints from Benji’s of Brooklyn, and teched-out performance socks from WRRKNIT.
- ChelseaUntil Dec 17, 2021
The recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland inspired interdisciplinary artist and musician Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) to create two new sound installations and sculptural works that infuse the senses, including ambient sounds, mechanically generated frequencies, samples from nature, his own voice as well as earthy, atmospheric fragrances that help to transport viewers. On the ground floor, visitors enter a darkened room that has a central plinth surrounded by about two hundred speakers that’ll play a choral hymn in four parts added to soundscapes of gritty rocks and searing lava. It’ll be layered over with smoky, tar-like aromas of fossilized amber to further transport his audience into the belly of a volcano…
- Battery Park City Until Nov 15, 2021
This annual cans-for-a-cause competition pits architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). Head down to Brookfield Place to see the unveiling of these engineering spectacles, all built overnight after months of planning, and check back to see if your favorite takes home any titles in judges’ categories like Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. Admission is free, but do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.
Although most of Hilma af Klint’s work is held by the artist’s official foundation and isn’t currently on view anywhere, New Yorkers will get to browse through a rare set of her watercolors through December 18 at the David Zwirner gallery on 69th Street. Dubbed “Tree of Knowledge,” the exhibit focuses on the artist’s 1913-1915 series of works, which were recently discovered by the art world. If the success of the Guggenheim’s 2018 exhibition “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” is of any indication, we expect many people to flock to the Upper East Side gallery in the next few months. Fair warning: appointments are required to see the work in person, so make sure to schedule a visit right here.
East Village Until Nov 11, 2021
The annual festival dedicated to shorts and features from Latin America brings over twenty new films to NYC for its eighteenth showcase. This year the festival will premiere award-winning films that celebrate the diversity of voices and cultural expressions of Ibero America and its diaspora through inspiring stories on the big screen, including Nudo Mixteco, Desarraigo Y Esperanza (Displacement and Hope) and El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father).
Inside Chelsea Market’s old boiler room, there’s an art show opening today that explores New York City’s past and potential future with trippy digital art that unfolds all around you. “Machine Hallucination: NYC” by Refik Anadol was originally on view at ARTECHOUSE two years ago when the venue first opened, but for the first time, NFTs will be available to visitors who want to purchase pieces of Anadol’s art. “Machine Hallucination: NYC” is NYC’s latest immersive experience that uses artificial intelligence and the latest technology to map a massive dataset (more than 100 million publicly available photographs of New York’s iconic architecture and urban landscapes without people) and shows AI re-imaginings of NYC set to “awe-inspiring” sound design by Berlin-based composer Kerim Karaoglu who used New York’s sound archives with machine intelligence.
We’ll be honest: we’re not always the biggest fans of 230 Fifth. Don’t get us wrong: the views from up there are beautiful and the drinks are delicious, but the rooftop gets pretty crowded during the year. Yet, once winter rolls around, we can’t help but feel the pull of the midtown destination, when the staff sets up the famous heated igloos that we could spend all season in. The glowing cocoons, which opened to the public yesterday, will stay in place through April 15 and, as usual, will be able to accommodate up to ten guests at once. Yes, you’ll still find warm red snuggies for use inside each one. Although reservations are suggested—especially if heading there with a group of six or more—the igloos are also accessible by walk-ins pending availability. You can plan your visit right here.
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Friday, Nov. 5
Poetry Slam: Do you have something to say through spoken word? Check out this poetry slam in Brooklyn on Friday! All poets are welcome to express your feelings on this truly unique night. 255 McKibbin St, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $5.
Covered Courtyard Speakeasy Comedy Show: With the weather changing, you don’t have to miss out on outdoor events. The Covered Courtyard Speakeasy Comedy Show has you covered, literally! Come for the comedy, stay for the menu including burgers, nachos, salads, quinoa bowls, wings and so much more! The Three Monkeys, 236 West 54th Street. 8:30 p.m. $10.
Saturday, Nov. 6
Pumpkin Smash: Halloween is over and the city’s pumpkins have likely seen better days. Head over to the Pumpkin Smash to do just what the name suggests and destroy your pumpkin! Admission also includes a free pumpkin to smash, a hayride, bulldozers to operate, farm fun and so much more! Aviator Sports Center, Brooklyn. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12.
Lantern Comedy Presents: The Comedy Shop: Live comedy is back! If you’re looking for a few laughs, head over to the Comedy Shop (formerly Lantern Comedy) for a night of fun with friends. Masks must be worn to the venue. 167 Bleecker Street, Manhattan. First show starts at 7:45 p.m. Tickets; $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Sunday, Nov. 7
Paint in Central Park: Whether you’re looking to sharpen your art skills or are just wanting a nice fun time, painting in Central Park is a great option. All participants get a pre-sketched canvas, unlimited painting materials (brushes, acrylic paints etc.) and a take-home bag. Central Park. 1:30 p.m. $39.95.
How To Write a Business Plan Free Workshop: If you’re looking to start a business and aren’t sure where to start, this free workshop is here to help! Take an hour and learn how to make the most of your business plan. Virtual, 7 p.m. Free.
So many things to see and do, places to eat and drink in NYC.
How to find them? Here are 6 more of my fave NYC suggestions:
Best New NYC Restaurants
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants
“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Try Simone Tong’s New Menu
Silver Apricot / 20 Cornelia St.
Last summer, as restaurateurs hastily built makeshift patios, Silver Apricot partners Emmeline Zhao and Simone Tong created a space that truly translated the dining experience to the street without sacrificing a bit of elegance or refinement. (Being situated on one of the West Village’s quieter blocks didn’t hurt.) Purse hooks on the plastic dividers, lavender planted along the perimeter, and quality glass and plateware made for a setting worthy of Tong’s inventive Chinese American dishes like chile-crab rangoon dip and burnished scallion puffs. Now they are renovating the dining room in preparation for indoor service and plan to reopen June 17 with a new seasonal menu.—A.K.
Binge on Bánh MÌ
Bánh Vietnamese Shop House / 942 Amsterdam Ave.
Veteran chefs John Nguyen and Nhu Ton began peddling their Vietnamese sandwiches and crispy pork-belly salad rolls from an empty pop-up space on the upper reaches of Amsterdam Avenue last summer, and the operation was such a hit that by January they’d put down permanent roots in the neighborhood. There are five varieties of toasty bánh mìs to choose from (when in doubt, order the charcoal-grilled pork), numerous sturdy classics from Ton’s native central Vietnam (try the Frisbee-size rice-noodle delicacy called bánh dap), and a deeply flavorful beef pho. —A.P.
See How Cervo’s Spruced Itself Up
Cervo’s / 43 Canal St.
Last summer, the outdoor-dining setup at downtown Portuguese-Spanish restaurant Cervo’s was a destination almost in spite of itself. Simple wooden folding tables and chairs sprawled across an unadorned and fluorescent-lit expanse of Canal Street. Counter-service orders were called out brusquely over a loudspeaker mounted on the building’s exterior. Serviceware was disposable. You found and bussed your own table. But the Dimes Square denizens flocked nonetheless, pushing together tables laden with dark-pink Spritzes, fried-fish sandwiches, and glistening head-on prawns. It was casual, cool, and as COVID-safe as one could hope for. Now, after a winter hiatus operating as a shop, the scene returns to Cervo’s, but this time the restaurant has full-service outdoor dining on a newly built yellow-tiled patio with proper glassware, plateware, and a menu of old favorites like piri-piri chicken, mussels escabeche, and crispy shrimp heads.—A.K.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.