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

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

    41. Take advantage of happy hour at Allswell

  • Photograph: Richard Barnes

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

    42. Hop aboard the Metro-North train and take a day trip

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

    43. Head to Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

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

    44. See Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

  • Photograph: Richard Burrowes

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

    45. Get down with topless dudes during JB Saturdays

  • Photograph: Kristie Lee Achuff

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

    48. Check out Brandon Cutrell’s Open Mike at the Duplex

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

    49. Become a cineaste at the IFC Center

  • Photograph: Peter Mauss

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

    50. Become a cineaste at BAM

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

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

41. Take advantage of happy hour at Allswell

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Take advantage of happy hour at Allswell

This handsome Williamsburg gastropub—with chandeliers and a wood-beamed ceiling­—isn’t afraid to get down and dirty with a $7 beer-and-shot deal, which includes combos like Tecate with silky Espolón tequila. Patrons who prefer to pace themselves may opt for one of the discounted New York State drafts ($4), such as Greenport Harbor’s refreshing pale ale. If you’re famished, chef Nate Smith (the Spotted Pig) builds his happy-hour burger using a proprietary blend of dry-aged beef from Vermont Quality Meats, nestling the juicy patty on a house-made sesame bun. Just $14 buys the burger, plus thick-cut fries and an ice-cold tall boy of Narragansett Lager.

  1. 124 Bedford Ave, (at North 10th St)
  2. Happy hour 4–7pm.
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Hop aboard the Metro-North train and take a day trip

Need to get out of town? Leave the city behind for a short vacay from New York on the Metro-North, bound for upstate. In our comprehensive roundup, discover convenient art daycations, back-to-nature excursions and a historic house that’s perfect for fans of Downton Abbey.

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Head to Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

Sample a smorgasbord of culture at the Brooklyn Museum’s monthly bash, which includes lectures, live music, dance performances and DJs. Each party takes inspiration from the exhibits on view or, on occasion, neighborhood events. Free.

  1. 200 Eastern Pkwy, (at Washington Ave)
  2. First Saturday of the month 5–11pm
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See Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Performance collective the New York Neo-Futurists impress with a rapid-fire delivery of 30 vignettes in 60 minutes, performed in random order. 346-829-6963, nyneofuturists.org. $17.

  1. Kraine Theater, 85 E 4th St, (between Bowery and Second Ave), 10003
  2. Fri, Sat at 10:30pm
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Get down with topless dudes during JB Saturdays

John Blair and Beto Sutter bring you this popular weekly dance for sexy gay boys who like to take their shirts off (and those who like to party with them). Rotating local and international DJs man the booth. $20, before midnight $15.

  1. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge 512 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Sat at 10pm
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Staten Island Ferry

Zoom around on go-karts

Remember those go-kart parks out in the boonies that you’d go to in junior high? The ones where you’d get in trouble for bashing your friends’ vehicles on the track or smoking cigs near the batting cages? Staten Island GoKarts, which claims to be the only go-kart spot in Staten Island and has two courses, feels just like that. 718-982-5576, sigokarts.com. $6 single cart, $9 double cart.

  1. 215 Schmidts Ln between La Guardia Ave and Manor Rd, Staten Island
  2. Sat, Sun 11am–5pm; Mar–Sept.
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Meditate at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

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 host an hour-long guided meditation class. $12, members $10.

  1. 338 Lighthouse Ave, (at Richmond Rd)
  2. Sat at 11:30am
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Check out Brandon Cutrell’s Open Mike at the Duplex

The naughty and bawdy Brandon Cutrell, erstwhile host of the widely mourned After Party, moves back into the Duplex to host an evening of amateur singing. Two-drink minimum.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Sat at 11:30pm
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Become a cineaste at the IFC Center

Eradicate your big-screen bafflement by nabbing an Auteur membership at IFC Center ($175). In addition to $5 off tickets and complimentary popcorn, benefit from gratis admission to the Weekend Classics series, which programs essentials by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Akira Kurosawa, midnight movies and previews.

  1. 323 Sixth Ave, (at 3rd St)
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...and BAM

With tickets reduced to seven bones, BAM Cinema Club’s Movie Buff I membership ($70) pays for itself if you catch 14 flicks per year. But that’s not the only perk—you’ll also get early-ticket access to Q&As with filmmakers (past guests have included Noah Baumbach and Jim Jarmusch ) and exclusive screenings.

  1. 30 Lafayette Ave, (between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St)
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