Things to do in New York today

The day's best things to do in New York—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

Photograph: Robert McKeever
Takashi Murakami, courtesy Gagosian Gallery
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Zombie Escape

You and 11 other daredevils have just one hour and a few solid clues to escape a bloodthirsty zombie who—every five minutes—has his restraints loosened ever-so-slightly. Succeed or die! Okay, you won’t die, but you’ll definitely be further freaked out.

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Bucket List Productions Until Thursday February 12 2015
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Super Bowl XLIX Party

The great thing about Super Bowl parties is that you don’t actually have to love football to enjoy them. Enjoy $4 Sixpoint pints and barbecue by Williamsburg’s Urban Rustic while watching the game, or just chatting with friends.

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The Bell House Sunday February 1 2015 Free
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SNL Writers Unscripted

Critics' pick

Saturday Night Live writers drop their scripts and take a break from the iconic show to perform a fully improvised show in this intimate venue.

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Union Hall Sunday February 1 2015
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Outsider Art Fair 2015

Critics' pick

If your tastes in art range from folky and visionary to surreal and paranoid, head over to the annual fair devoted to self-taught artists, where you'll find all of that and more. On tap are works presented by 50 international galleries from 27 cities representing 8 countries—including painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed-media and photography. Also on view: A special exhibition spotlighting five artists (Melvin Way, Emery Blagdon, Adolf Wölfli, Mark Lombardi and the Philadelphia Wireman) curated by art dealer Jay Gorney and artist, writer and Time Out contributor Anne Doran.

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Center 548 Sunday February 1 2015
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First Sunday at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Critics' pick

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is packed with fun, eco-friendly events for you and your friends to enjoy, with the peace of mind that you're doing something nice for Mother Earth. This Sunday, learn traditional hula and Tahitian ori with Polynesian cultural ambassador Kaina Quenga from 3:30 to 4:30pm, become one with nature on a Tropical Plant Stroll in Steinhardt Conservatory at 11am or 2pm and browse sustainable Swedish items at Gudrun Sjödén Pop-up Shop throughout the day.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Until Sunday December 27 2015

Comments

7 comments
Briana P
Briana P

Do TimeOut's 'undateables' include any senior citizens?   I haven't seen any, but maybe I missed something.    If you haven't featured any yet, it would be great to see some soon.   There are plenty of us around, and many of us are single.  And please - by senior citizens, I mean those of us who have actually passed our 65th birthdays.  Far too often, those in their 20's think of anyone over 40 as a senior.

As someone who is the same age as your guest editor, Susan Sarandon, I see a distinct lack of attention paid to the social needs of those in my decade of life who are not celebrities.   It would be great to see that change. Thanks!

Kerry A
Kerry A

I have a complaint: I'm an avid reader of the "Undateable" section in Time Out, where Time Out sets up two strangers on a date. Well, last week's article featured a boy who wrote extremely cruel things about his date. I understand you want people to be honest, but I can hardly support someone ripping their date to shreds publicly.

Melodie D
Melodie D

Calle 13 is doing a signing today at 6pm at El Barrio Music Center in Harlem!

Arlene
Arlene

So many different kinds of events. Not your usual touristy stuff , and free. Love this site.