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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Drink on rooftops

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Take advantage of New York's enviable views by getting buzzed at a rooftop bar. Among Manhattan's wealth of hotel toppers, we recommend Upstairs on the 31st floor of the Kimberly. The urbane setting, with ivy-covered walls and nary a cabana in sight, is best experienced at night, when the canopy of lightbulbs strung above the terrace sets off the sight of the Chrysler Building. For more great vistas, check out our guide to rooftop bars in New York.

  1. Upstairs, 145 E 50th St, between Lexington and Third Aves
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Wander among masterworks at The Frick Collection

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Once the stately residence of Gilded Age industrialist Henry Clay Frick, this Upper East Side institution is now home to its patron's world-class collection of art, particularly paintings by Old Masters (including Johannes Vermeer and Giovanni Bellini). Once you've perused the museum's galleries, head to the Portico Gallery, a small space that opened in late 2011. The narrow room houses a collection of Meissen porcelain, but you can also admire the flowers blooming in the adjacent Fifth Avenue Garden.

  1. 1 E 70th St between Fifth and Madison Aves
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Shake it at Shakin’ All Over Under Sideways Down

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While rock & roll DJ-impresario Mr. Jonathan Toubin continues to recover from his injuries, Smashed! Blocked!'s Josh Styles and an all-star slate of the beloved figure's compadres have been filling in for him at his weekly evening of soul, garage rock, girl-group material, glam, punk, rockabilly and more.

  1. Home Sweet Home 131 Chrystie St, between Broome and Delancey Sts
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Fri Dec 26
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Sweat it out at Body by Brooklyn

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Weekends are all about new beginnings, and there's no better place to achieve catharsis than in a spa. At Body by Brooklyn, you can spend Friday nights until 9pm cycling through a Swedish dry sauna, a Turkish steam room, pools galore and a lounge. To really pay penance, ask for the platza treatment to be brushed and gently beaten with a bundle of oak leaves ($40, with sea salt scrub $80) before being drenched in ice-cold water—invigorating doesn't come close to describing it.

  1. 275 Park Ave at Washington Ave
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Drink on the waterfront

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Sun-deprived city slickers can pretend they're boozing oceanside at Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club. The former Water Taxi Beach location has kept the 300 pounds of sand left by its former occupant, but the rejiggered drinkery now features a menu from Buddakan alum Jason Mayer. Settle into a communal wood table with a wurst, burger or lobster roll, or hit up one of the game tables for a round of Ping-Pong, pool or foosball. Beer lovers can grab one of six drafts—such as Sixpoint Crisp Lager, Ommegang Witte Beer and Magic Hat #9—at two long driftwood bars.

  1. North side of Pier 17, Beekman St, at South St
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might be helpful to arrange by time of day (afternoon, evening, late night) events where applicable