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

Make the most of your Saturday with these urban adventures.



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Take meditation classes at The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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In 1947, Jacques Marchais did the city a good turn by opening her Tibetan art collection to the public. Since then, the museum has been housed in two Himalayan-temple-style stone buildings, surrounded by serene gardens. On Saturday mornings, the Venerable Thupten Phuntsok hosts hour-long guided meditation classes.

  1. 338 Lighthouse Ave at Richmond Rd, Staten Island
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See a Broadway matinee for cheap

This classic weekend-afternoon activity allows plenty of time to explore the Theater District. Even better: Rush tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway shows are available for as little as $20 apiece. Go to the theater's box office on the day of the performance to check. Discount tickets are available at the TKTS Booth in Duffy Square (47th Street and Broadway). Or try the TKTS South Street Seaport Booth (at the corner of Front and John Streets) or TKTS Downtown Brooklyn (One MetroTech Center, at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Aves). More centrally, TDF has added a "Play Only" window at the Times Square booth under the red steps. All booths accept credit cards. For hours and details, visit tdf.org. An excellent Broadway-discount clearing house is nytix.com. There you can find tickets up to 45 percent off, as well as super buy-one-get-one-discounted deals.


Snag free admission to The Jewish Museum

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The Jewish Museum, housed in the 1908 Warburg Mansion, contains a fascinating collection of more than 28,000 works of art, artifacts and media installations. The two-floor permanent exhibition, “Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey,” examines how Judaism has survived and explores various Jewish identities throughout history. There is also a permanent exhibit specifically for children: The Café Weissman serves contemporary kosher fare.

  1. 1109 Fifth Ave at 92nd St
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Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

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Williamsburg's craft-beer facility offers free, reservation-only general tours on Saturday and Sunday (see website for details). Post tour, join the crowds purchasing tokens for beer (one beer for $5 or six for $20) to taste the standard and seasonal styles on tap.

  1. 79 North 11th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
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Try seafood on City Island

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The decor at Johnny's, a 45-year-old City Island institution is reminiscent of a school cafeteria—including the long lines. The attraction here is inexpensive seafood and shameless deep-fat-frying: filet of sole, red snapper, whiting, smelts, mini–lobster tails, shrimp, scallops, soft-shell crabs, clams, oysters and squid. Any of it comes freshly breaded and mercilessly fried for about $10. The Clam Bar, meanwhile, offers shucked-before-your-eyes littlenecks and cherrystones for $10 a dozen. On a nice day, grab your grub and drink, head out to the picnic tables and enjoy the view of Long Island Sound.

  1. 2 City Island Ave at Long Island Sound, 10464
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See free music at BAMcafe Live

Need a cheap date idea? Look no further than free Friday- and Saturday-night concerts at the ultra-bohemian BAMcaf. Performers span a range of genres—jazz, R&B, world beat, pop—and the acoustics are excellent. The one drawback? It's popular, so show up early to snag a seat or you'll have to snuggle by the bar. Find out who's performing at bam.org.

  1. 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
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Eat like a New Englander at Red Hook Lobster Pound

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Don some tartan and tweed and hop the Ikea ferry to Red Hook for the freshest lobster in Brooklyn and a whiff of the salty sea. From 5 to 9pm on Saturdays, you can tie on a bib, plunk down $25, and a 1.5-pound lobster, farm-fresh corn, and coleslaw or potato salad are yours to inhale.

  1. 284 Van Brunt St between Verona St and Visitation Pl, Red Hook, Brooklyn
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Visit Lefferts Historic House

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One of a small number of farmhouses surviving from Brooklyn's Dutch settlement period, Lefferts Historic House now serves as a museum, documenting Brooklyn family life during the 1820s. Period rooms are furnished to reflect the era, while craft activities and demonstration gardens and fields help visitors understand the changes in the borough's landscape since the 19th century.

  1. Flatbush Ave at Empire Blvd, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Check out Dekalb Market

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Calling all foodies and fashionistas: Grab your wallet and skedaddle over to this much-anticipated marketplace, which is a triumvirate of food, retail and eco-minded sustainability projects. The bazaar’s 22 vendors are showcasing their goods in brightly painted, repurposed shipping containers that serve as retail outlets and restaurants. Support local businesses and art foundations, like the Pratt Design Incubator, which is shilling Holstee recycled wallets ($25) and Alder printed silk scarves ($144). Chomp on Mazie’s Bites crispy fried-fish tacos (two for $10) or Cuzin’s Duzin three-piece mini doughnut samplers ($1), then slip into Honeysuckle and Hearts vintage gems, including a 1970s lace maxidress ($98) and a pink long-sleeved romper ($45). Dekalb Market’s extensive one-acre property is also home to Dekalb Farm, and while the locally grown fruits and veggies from the Brooklyn Grange and Newton Farm Cooperative are sadly not for sale, you can learn how to cultivate your own produce at 3rd Ward’s free monthly workshop on urban agriculture.

  1. 138 Willoughby St at Flatbush Ave Ext, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
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