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

Close out your weekend with brunch, stand-up comedy and film screenings—and discover more ideas for what to do on Sunday.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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

    11. Watch movies outdoors at Habana Outpost

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

    12. Hear live classical music at the Frick Collection

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

    13. Bet on ponies

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

    14. See great theater for under a buck at Soho Rep

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

    15. Watch free film screenings at the Brooklyn Public Library

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

    16. Scream at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

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

    17. Visit BLDG 92

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

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

    18. See great stand-up at Comedy Night at the Knit

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

    19. Visit The 9/11 Memorial

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

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

11. Watch movies outdoors at Habana Outpost

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Watch movies outdoors at Habana Outpost

Watch movies outdoors at Habana Outpost
Every Sunday from May through October, this Brooklyn eco-eatery hosts alfresco films like Pulp Fiction and Ghostbusters, screened over its outdoor patio. The only thing better than butter popcorn with a flick? Grilled Mexican-style corn on the cob. Munch away. Free.

  1. 757 Fulton St, (at South Portland Ave)
  2. Sun 8pm; May–Oct
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Hear live classical music at the Frick Collection

Few experiences in New York City can compare with taking in a lieder concert, piano recital or chamber-music performance in this stately old mansion-cum-art-museum’s elegant music room, where scores of prominent musicians have made their first local appearances. Show up early to check out the gallery, which is pay-what-you-wish from 11am to 1pm on Sundays. $35, members $30; pay-what-you-wish Sun 11am–1pm.

  1. 1 E 70th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
  2. Select Sundays at 5pm
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Bet on ponies

Corral your crew and head to the races for a day of equine-inspired revelry at Belmont Park (Apr–July). In planning your race-day wardrobe, keep in mind that there is a “tradition of elegance” at the track. You don’t have to dress to the nines, but an ascot never hurt anyone. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at betting—you can wager as little as $1 at most races. Visit website for schedule; $3.

  1. 2150 Hempstead Tpke, (at Cross Island Pkwy)
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See great theater for under a buck at Soho Rep

On Sundays, shows at Soho Rep, one of our favorite Off Broadway theaters, cost only 99¢. Just make sure you’re on the ball when they go on sale; since performances are typically $35 to $40, these tickets understandably disappear fast. Visit the company’s website for performance times.

  1. 46 Walker St, (between Broadway and Church St)
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Watch free film screenings at the Brooklyn Public Library

  • Free

The borough’s flagship library branch presents a free monthly silent-film series on Sunday afternoons. Typical offerings include the slapstick antics of Laurel and Hardy and the swashbuckling of Douglas Fairbanks. All films are archival quality, projected onto a six-by-eight-foot screen. See website for schedule.

  1. 10 Grand Army Plaza, (at Flatbush Ave)
  2. Times vary
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Scream at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

Thrill seekers should head to this series of obstacles designed for team-building and scaring the crap out of you. Live out your Indiana Jones fantasy by scaling a bouldering wall, whizzing down the zip line, balancing on a high wire and getting catapulted from the Human Swing Shot, a device that lifts you 45 feet in the air before sending you into free fall. Free.

  1. 76th Ave, (at Springfield Blvd)
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Visit BLDG 92

In November 2011, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation opened a new visitors’ center at the former shipbuilding complex, offering information on the facility and its connection to the surrounding neighborhoods. The gratis-admission location includes a café, weekend bus tours ($18–$30), bike tours (Mar–Oct; $24) and an 8,000-square-foot exhibition space that features the permanent “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future” exhibit, as well as rotating offerings. A free weekend shuttle departs from Jay Street at Willoughby Street every 15 to 20 minutes. Free.

  1. 63 Flushing Ave, (at Carlton Ave)
  2. Wed–Sun noon–6pm
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See great stand-up at Comedy Night at the Knit

The smooth and delightfully understated Hannibal Buress (of Adult Swim’s The Eric André Show) hosts fellow stand-ups at this free weekly showcase at the Knitting Factory. Performers are usually locals on the rise, but big names such as Chris Rock, Robin Williams and Sarah Silverman have been known to drop in for a set. Free.

  1. Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave, (at Havemeyer St)
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Visit The 9/11 Memorial

Years of planning went into this monument, which opened to the victims’ families (and to the public a day later) on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Called “Reflecting Absence,” the design by architect Michael Arad and landscapers Peter Walker Partners features two reflecting pools that sit within the footprints of the Twin Towers. Free.

  1. Enter at Albany and Greenwich Sts
  2. Daily 10am–8pm
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Eat a home-cooked meal without the work

The stove-top-impaired can find solace in Sunday Suppers, a dinner party–cooking class hybrid from photographer and culinary enthusiast Karen Mordechai. A few times a month, guests gather at her airy Brooklyn loft; each person tackles a different job to create the seasonal menu. The unique charm of the resulting meal is in the details: custom-designed menus, elaborate floral arrangements and enticing parting gifts, such as homemade preserves, plus a stack of recipe cards for the next time the urge strikes to tie one on (an apron, that is). To make reservations, e-mail info@sunday-suppers.com or visit sunday-suppers.com. $85 and up.



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Ken Krogue
Ken Krogue

Believe it or not, I think one of the best things to do in New York on a Sunday afternoon is to go to church. 


I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we have meetings at several different times and locations. There are several chapels in and around New York City and we welcome anyone who wants to come. I'm not from New York, but I'm going there for a work seminar and then I'm staying over the weekend with my wife, so I'm looking for a chapel to go to. 


I went to https://www.lds.org/locations?lang=eng and found the location of the closest chapel, congregation, and meeting time.


Here is a great article about 10 Fun Activities For A Sunday Afternoon: http://www.mormon.org/blog/sunday-activity-ideas