What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

Toast the end of the workweek with happy-hour craft brews, concerts, karaoke jams, shindigs and more ideas for what to do on Friday.

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    41. Play bingo at XL

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    42. Stick around XL for the late-night shenanigans during Rockit

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    43. Down craft brews on the cheap at Bierkraft

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    44. Headbang at Saint Vitus

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    45. Check out MoMI for free

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    46. Experience The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    47. Get down at Blkmarket Membership

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    48. Take a free 90-minute Grand Central tour with Justin Ferate

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    49. Dance with the cool crowd during Hot Rabbit

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    What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

    50. Hear traditional Russian tunes

Photograph: Syd London

What to do on Friday in New York City: 50 great ideas

41. Play bingo at XL

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Play bingo at XL…

  • Free

Downtown bingo vet Linda Simpson and DJ Formika take over this midtown gay playground for a few hours of games and two-for-one drinks during Drag Bingo. Bingo card $2.

  1. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge 512 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Fri at 7:30pm
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…and stick around for the late-night shenanigans during Rockit

After playing a few rounds, stop by Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio’s weekly shindig for a cute crowd. $15.

  1. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge, 512 W 42nd St, (between Tenth and Eleventh Aves), 10036
  2. Fri at 10pm
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Down craft brews on the cheap at Bierkraft

Buying a round of brews (at least good ones) is an expensive endeavor in Park Slope. So thank heavens for this beer-snob haven, which pours 64-ounce growlers (four pints’ worth of suds) for as low as $9.95.

  1. 191 Fifth Ave, (between Berkeley Pl and Union St)
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Headbang at Saint Vitus

Need to let off some steam after a rough workweek? This dark, booze-fueled Greenpoint rock club  has your number, boasting hard-hitting shows throughout the week in its roomy back venue and a black-and-red decor that’s so identifiable with the genre you love so. Nosh on delicious steamed buns ($4 each, two $7, three $10) between moshing sessions.

  1. 1120 Manhattan Ave, (between Box and Clay Sts), 11222
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Check out MoMI for free

  • Critics choice

Explore Astoria institution Museum of the Moving Image’s exhibits, including the ongoing “Behind the Screen,” where you can insert your voice into a part of The Wizard of Oz, make a short animated film and e-mail it to yourself and learn about live video editing in the TV control room.

  1. 36-01 35th Ave, (at 37th St)
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Experience The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Witness perhaps the epitomic midnight movie every Friday night at Clearview Chelsea, where an energetic cast of dolled-up locals perform the seedy cult flick scene for scene during the screening. nycrhps.org. $9.

  1. Clearview Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St , (between Seventh and Eighth Aves), 10011
  2. Fri at midnight
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Get down at Blkmarket Membership

This underground-electronic shindig has been held in a score of clubs, warehouse venues and makeshift spaces throughout the city. The brainchild of Taimur Agha and Fahad Haider, the six-years-and-running affair attracts a range of house and techno all-stars. 11pm. $TBA. Advance tickets and schedule available at residentadvisor.net/blkmarket.

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The state’s Landmarks Preservation Commission blocked the project, and the resulting lawsuit eventually made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld New York’s landmark law in a 1978 decision.

Take a free 90-minute Grand Central tour with Justin Ferate

Acclaimed guide Justin Ferate not only dissects the lore and legends of Grand Central Terminal, which hit the 100-year mark in 2012, but also places them within the context of its lesser-known neighborhood. Meet inside the lobby of the Altria Building, Park Ave at 42nd St (grandcentralterminal.com). Free.

  1. Fri at 12:30pm
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Dance with the cool crowd during Hot Rabbit

  • Free

After a good run in the East Village, this queer top-notch shindig settles into the increasingly trendy West Village dive the Monster. Expect the same cute crowd and ever-changing local and international DJs—not to mention free entry. Password required for free admission via facebook.com/thehotrabbit.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri at 10pm
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Hear traditional Russian tunes

Enjoy three-piece outfits throughout the evening at the Russian Samovar. Trust us: The lamps with gold mesh shades grow more gorgeous with every shot of 20 house-infused vodkas—and the music tends to sound better too. Free.

  1. 256 W 52nd St, (between Broadway and Eighth Ave), 10019
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