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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Catch cabaret cinema at Rubin Museum of Art

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Buy a drink ($8-$10) and this Himalayas-focused museum will treat you to cabaret-style viewings ranging from Fellini to Miyazaki.

  1. 150 W 17th St at Seventh Ave
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Slurp oysters for cheap at Fish

  • Price band: 2/4

An anomaly on a tourist-trap street, this small, nautically decorated restaurant delivers what it promises: $2 oysters (especially the Japanese varieties) that are reliably good. $8 gets you six oysters and a glass of wine or beer.

  1. 280 Bleecker St at Jones St, 10014
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Listen to jazz at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel

  • Price band: 2/4

Choice acts keep New York’s most dapper nightspot on the map, while the steep cover charge and white-jacketed service make sure riffraff doesn’t scuff up the bar’s most valued draw: original Ludwig Bemelmans murals. Mixologist Brian Van Flandern’s spiffy (and pricey) potions preserve the bar’s classic character.

  1. 35 E 76th St at Madison Ave
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Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum

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Close out your workweek at the American Folk Art Museum, where the Free Music Fridays series features performances from Americana, folk, indie-pop and other acts.

  1. 2 Lincoln Sq (Columbus Ave at 66th St)
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  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Mike Stefan, DJ Syne and Salted's Joe Pompeo are the resident spinners at Le Poisson Rouge's Gallery Bar, where they'll be rockin' house-music beats from quitting time till bedtime. E-mail bouncenyclist@gmail.com to get on the reduced-admission list.

  1. Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker St, at Thompson St
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The Wild Ones

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Samuel Valentine and Michael T are the DJs behind this messy rock & roll shindig (with an emphasis on ’80s-era hair metal) featuring trashy go-go action and lots of heavy drinking.

  1. White Noise 225 Ave B, at 13th St
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might be helpful to arrange by time of day (afternoon, evening, late night) events where applicable