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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Critical Mass Manhattan

Ride your steed at Critical Mass

  • Free

Join other pedal pushers for a public bike ride, to assert your rights as a cyclist and your right to have an enjoyable cycle with a friendly crew. The Manhattan event happens the last Friday of every month at 7pm, and the more open, less traffic-clogged Brooklyn ride is on the second Friday of every month.

  1. See timesup.org for more information

Hear traditional Russian music at Russian Samovar

  • Price band: 4/4

Enjoy three-piece bands as the samovar-shaped lamps with gold mesh shades grow more gorgeous with every shot of 20 house-infused vodkas.

  1. 256 W 52nd St between Broadway and Eighth Ave
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Enjoy apertivo at Dell'anima

Splurge on, say, a $12 tipple of Aperol or Six Points Sweet Action and you could make an early dinner out of the complimentary Italian snacks—like frittata triangles, citrus-and-fennel salad, and mixed olives.

  1. 38 Eighth Ave at Jane Street
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Go for some deep relaxation at the Integral Yoga Institute

  • Price band: 2/4

Wind down every Friday with a peaceful, gratis 45-minute deep relaxation class. The session begins with gentle stretching, then moves on to a long period of yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and concludes with breathing practices and a brief meditation. Arrive early—the class fills up fast.

  1. 227 W 13th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves
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Take advantage of free Friday hours at the Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

From 6 to 9pm, admission is whatever you want it to be. Which is a bargain considering that you can spend those hours staring at new exhibitions or the excellent permanent collection of modern art.

  1. 945 Madison Ave at 75th St
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Pay what you wish at the International Center of Photography

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

On Fridays, we recommend heading to ICP, where entry is based on a voluntary contribution and you can take in two floors’ worth of photos and video exhibitions on the cheap.

  1. 1133 Sixth Ave at 43rd St
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Have a drink and listen to live music at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

On Fridays from 4 to 8:30pm, sip wine ($12), beer ($7), or a mojito ($12) at the second-floor Great Hall Balcony Bar, which peers onto the stately foyer. Live classical music courtesy of a piano player or string quartet adds to the sophisticated atmosphere.

  1. 1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St
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See The Stepfathers

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Seven of the theater’s best players create smart, patient improv in this flagship show.

  1. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 307 W 26th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Fri Dec 26
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Users say


might be helpful to arrange by time of day (afternoon, evening, late night) events where applicable