50 things to do in New York City on a Friday 2012

Every weekend should be a long one with these fab ways to spend a Friday.



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Browse art or watch movies for free at MoMA

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Leave Andrew Jackson at home and visit MoMA for free between 4 and 8pm every Friday night. You’ll still need to get in line for entry and film tickets, but get there as the clock strikes four and you’ll be fine.

  1. 11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Bowl till 2am at Harlem Lanes

  • Price band: 1/4

The 24 alleys and nice I'm-drunk-and-need-snacks-now menu options make Harlem Lanes the perfect destination for uptowners who don't feel like trekking out of the neighborhood for tenpin goodness.

  1. 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (Seventh Ave) at 126th St
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Experience Girls & Boys at Webster Hall

  • Price band: 2/4

One of the most popular regular parties in the city also offers one of the biggest discounts. Girls & Boys at Webster Hall, which draws high-profile international acts like Simian Mobile Disco, The Crystal Method and Liquid Stranger, allows you to sign up via the Webster Hall website to gain entry for $5 before 11pm, and $10 before 12am.

  1. 125 E 11th St between Third and Fourth Aves
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Take a free 90-minute Grand Central tour with Justin Ferate

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Acclaimed guide Justin Ferate not only dissects the lore and legends of Grand Central Terminal’s history, but places them within the context of its lesser-known neighborhood.

  1. Meet inside the lobby of the Altria Building, Park Ave at 42nd St
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Watch poets battle in slam night at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

  • Price band: 1/4

At this nearly 40-year-old joint, poetry is a contact sport—especially on Friday’s slam night. Lyricists from the boroughs and beyond square off, and the winner is determined by an animated, jam-packed house.

  1. 236 E 3rd St between Aves B and C
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Sing along to show tunes at Marie’s Crisis Café

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

If you like how people in musicals can go without warning from normal conversation to singing their hearts out, this is the West Village bar for you. One minute, the barmaid is pouring you a drink, the next she’s belting out “Me and Bobby McGee.” The main attraction of this basement joint is the piano, around which show-tune lovers gather nightly, starting at 5:30pm.

  1. 59 Grove St between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St, 10014
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Get spooked at Sleep No More

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

A multitude of searing sights crowd the spectator's gaze at this bedazzling and uncanny theater installation; your sense of space and depth — already compromised by the half mask that audience members must don —is further blurred as you wend through more than 90 discrete spaces, ranging from a cloistral chapel to a vast ballroom floor.

  1. McKittrick Hotel 530 W 27th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Until Wed Dec 31
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might be helpful to arrange by time of day (afternoon, evening, late night) events where applicable