November NYC Events (11/08/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”

Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

Monday, November 8, 2021 Mon, Nov 8
6:00 pm

free; registration required Discussion | The Enduring Legacy of Shaker Design: From Maya Lin to Ikea
From Donald Judd’s daybed to Virgil Abloh’s Markerad Ikea chair, the enduring influence of Shaker de … more Mon, Nov 8
6:00 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Tokyo: Historical Enchantment of Asakusa (livestream)
Asakusa is the most popular area in Tokyo for travelers, attracting around 30 million visitors every … more Mon, Nov 8
6:30 pm

free; RSVP required Discussion | Giuseppe Sarti (1729 – 1802): Composer to the Tsars (online)
Explore the music of Giuseppe Sarti — favored in courts from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg — attend … more Mon, Nov 8
7:00 pm

free; reservation required Classical Music | Acclaimed Woodwind Quintet: Klezmer Fantasy and More
Quintet of the Americas performs woodwind music they have commissioned over the years, including … more

More Free Events for Mon, Nov 8, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Tue, Nov 9
12:30 pm

free; no reservation required Workshop | Blitz Chess
Play blitz chess, a form of speed chess where each player gets 5 minutes. It is fast and fun. … more Tue, Nov 9
12:40 pm

free; no reservation required Performance | Lunchtime Pop-Up Ice Skating Concert
Ice Theatre of New York performers include Olympian Kaitlyn Weaver, ITNY ensemble members Armen Agai … more Tue, Nov 9
2:00 pm

free, registration required Film | Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Scathing Black Comedy
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and gener … more Tue, Nov 9
4:00 pm

free; no reservation required Opening Reception | Neil Jenney: American Realism Today
A maverick of twentieth-century American art, Neil Jenney pursues realism as a style and philosophy. … more Tue, Nov 9
6:00 pm

free; registration required Book Club | Fiction Group: The Judges of the Secret Court by David Stacton (online)
The group discusses David Stacton’s historical novel about John Wilkes Booth. A long-lost triumph of … more

More Free Events for Tue, Nov 9, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Wed, Nov 10
6:00 pm

free; registration required Gallery Talk | Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror: Curator’s Walkthrough(online)
Explore the exhibition with Scott Rothkopf, Chief Curator, and Lauren Young. Featuring Johns’s most … more Wed, Nov 10
7:00 pm

free; RSVP required Discussion | Thomas Mann: Art, Politics, and Exile (online)
Thomas Mann extolled World War I as “a purification, a liberation, an enormous hope.” In 1918, with … more Wed, Nov 10
7:00 pm

free Concert | Music by Debussy and Others: Piano, Electric Guitar, Horn, Bass, Drums (livestream)
Various musicians perform old and brand new compositions by Claude Debussy, John Clark, Peter Jarvis … more Wed, Nov 10
8:00 pm

$5 or pay-what-you-can; ticket required Play | The Ding Dongs: A New Dark Comedy
When a sweet-faced couple shows up on a suburban doorstep, an unsuspecting homeowner finds himself t … more

More Free Events for Wed, Nov 10, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Thu, Nov 11
1:15 pm

free Classical Music | Works For Harpsichord And Recorder (In Person and Online)
Clea Galhano, recorder; Peter Sykes, harpsichord.This program features different styles … more Thu, Nov 11
6:00 pm

free; registration required Book Discussion | The Forgotten: Photographs Personal and Universal
Photographer Rosalind Fox Solomon in conversation with writer Lynne Tillman, where they will discuss … more Thu, Nov 11
6:30 pm

free; registration required Author Reading | American Rebels: How the Hancock, Adams, and Quincy Families Fanned the Flames of Revolution (online)
Author Nina Sankovitch will present the intimate connections between leading families of the America … more Thu, Nov 11
7:30 pm

Pay-what-you-can; $6 minimum Play | In the Southern Breeze: An Autobiographical Fever Dream (in-person and online)
Deep in an existential crisis, Man locks himself in his apartment. A portal reveals itself and when … more

More Free Events for Thu, Nov 11, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021 Fri, Nov 12
12:00 am

free; registration required Film | FOMO: Hungarian Drama on the Harm of Social Media (online, streaming all day)
The title of the movie refers to the phenomenon, often exacerbated by social media platforms, called … more Fri, Nov 12
10:00 am

Pay-what-you-wish for NY State residents, reservation required Museums | Dutch Masterpieces: Paintings by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer
Dutch paintings of the 17th century: the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Through sixty-s … more Fri, Nov 12
6:00 pm

free; ticket required Festival | Borimix Puerto Rico Fest 2021
This year’s festival will address the 500-year anniversary of the founding of the capital city of Pu … more

More Free Events for Fri, Nov 12, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021 Sat, Nov 13
2:00 pm

free, tip-supported, booking required Tour | Norway: The Legends, Ghosts and Witches of Bergen (online, livestream)
While Bergen today is a modern, progressive and safe city, in the 1500s and 1600s it was regarded as … more Sat, Nov 13
8:00 pm

$5 or pay-what-you-can; ticket required Play | The Ding Dongs: A New Dark Comedy
When a sweet-faced couple shows up on a suburban doorstep, an unsuspecting homeowner finds himself t … more

More Free Events for Sat, Nov 13, 2021
Sunday, November 14, 2021 Sun, Nov 14
11:00 am

free; no reservation required Tour | Historic Flatiron District Walking Tour
Join a professional guide on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of … more Sun, Nov 14
2:00 pm

free Jazz | Jazz Outdoors
Spend your Sunday afternoon enjoying the jazz trio playing the acoustic classics featuring bass play … more Sun, Nov 14
4:00 pm

free, donations welcome, registration required Concert | Emmy-Winning Soprano and Others: Uplifting Songs and Operatic Arias (livestream)
Emmy Award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich and many guest performers usher in the season of renewal … more Sun, Nov 14
5:00 pm

free Classical Music | Bach Vespers: Cantata 60, “O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” (In Person and Online)
This program features Cantata 60, “O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort” which is a church cantata for … more

More Free Events for Sun, Nov 14, 2021


So many great 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:

Broadway’s Reopening: New York Welcomes Audiences Again to Theaters – Bloomberg

Swing On By Dizzy’s For Reopening Of Live, In-Person Jazz Shows | Upper West Side, NY Patch

World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Features New York And California Spots : NPR

The Art Show announces new fall dates and will showcase 72 exhibitions | amNewYork

NYC Tourism Latest – cityguideny

New York City ranked among the most graceful cities in the United States | amNewYork


Best new restaurants in NYC

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,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Hang Out in New York’s Best-Smelling Vestibule

Frenchette Bakery / 220 Church St.

Last fall, the abandoned Arcade Bakery space came back to life as Frenchette Bakery, ready to fulfill the carb-craving needs of Tribeca moms, the doctors in the medical practices upstairs, and passersby lured in by the sweet, yeasty promise of croissants and baguettes. Happily, the new owners have retained a big part of what made Arcade so special. Its unique design, using drop-down table ledges and inset benches, transforms a generic hallway into a gathering place for impromptu meetings, shared pizza lunches, and the kind of coffee breaks office workers never knew they’d miss. The bakers line the display case with their own enticements, too: exceptional loaves of sourdough and rye; savory breakfast pastries like the mortadella, egg, and Comté; and rich and flaky pain au chocolat. —Adam Moussa

Follow Your Nose to Great Bronx BBQ

Hudson Smokehouse / 37 Bruckner Blvd., Mott Haven

This recently opened barbecue joint is located at the southern tip of the Bronx on a street once populated by antiques shops, and you can smell the ’cue as you walk by. The corral seating in front catches the sun during the daytime, and inside there’s a high-ceilinged room where social distancing isn’t a problem. The meats include great fatty brisket, pork ribs worth gnawing, and pork-belly burnt ends that make deliriously good bacon. Even the beer list, with many mugs originating in the Bronx, draws you in.—R.C.S.

Start With Salteñas in Sunnyside

Bolivian Llama Party / 44-14 48th Ave., Sunnyside

The Oropeza brothers have pulled off a rare pandemic feat: They closed their tiny takeout outpost in midtown, which focused on soupy salteñas (Bolivia’s take on the empanada), and rebooted in Sunnyside with a sit-down location serving creative South American fare. On any given Saturday, a young crowd may show up to eat (and ’gram) craggy fried-chicken chicharrón sandwiches with spicy Llajua-spiked mayo, stark white bowls of sopa de maní (peanut soup), vegan “chola” sandwiches crammed full of charred jackfruit instead of the usual pork, and cherimoya birthday-cake ice cream. The best time to swing by is just before dusk, when you can grab a seat on the streetside terrace and take in the Empire State Building framed against a pink sky while Andean music plays from the storefront.—R.P.S.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.


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