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

    21. Check out KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

  • Photograph: Kayla Rice

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

    22. Tour a historic Brooklyn ’hood

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

    23. While away an afternoon at the Met’s American Wing

  • Photograph: Alys Tomlinson

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

    24. Take a free trip on the Staten Island Ferry

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

    25. See tons of graffiti at 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center

  • Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

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

    26. Do yoga alfresco for free

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

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

    28. Get down at 718 Sessions

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

    29. Go back in time at the Tenement Museum

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

    30. Ogle wildlife at the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society

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

21. Check out KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

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Check out KGB Bar Sunday Night Fiction

  • Free

Suzanne Dottino curates this weekly literary series for a local crowd. Each week, journals and organizations such as PEN, Tin House and Granta host authors reading from their works. Free.

  1. 85 E 4th St , (between Bowery and Second Ave), 10003
  2. Sun 7–9pm
More info
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Fort Greene brownstones

Tour a historic Brooklyn ’hood

You’ll need your sneakers for this one: Mauricio Lorence leads a three-hour excursion through some of the borough’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods, including Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Brooklyn Heights, with a focus on historic sites, ethnic enclaves and municipal institutions. 718-789-0430, metrotourservice.blogspot.com. Visit website for details; $25.

  1. Meet at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 335 Adams St between Tillary and Willoughby Sts
  2. Times vary
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While away an afternoon at the Met’s American Wing

  • Critics choice

See Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s iconic 1851 painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware, which depicts the Revolutionary general looking presidential as he launches an attack. The restored monumental canvas is on display at the wing’s galleries for painting, sculpture and decorative arts, which reopened in early 2012. You can also check out a Gilbert Stuart portrait of the first President and a life mask of Abraham Lincoln. Suggested donation $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free.

  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, (at 82nd St), 10028
  2. Tue–Thu, Sun 9:30am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am–9pm
Book online
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Take a free trip on the Staten Island Ferry

  • Free

The price of a harbor crossing between Staten Island and lower Manhattan may be the only activity in New York City that’s cheaper today than it was in 1817. Back then, it was 25¢; today, it’s free. This 24-hour ferry (one of our top 50 New York attractions) is a lifeline for commuters making their way from NYC’s southernmost borough, but it’s also a boat trip that affords some of the finest views in the world. Keep your eyes peeled for Governors Island to the east and Ellis Island and Lady Liberty to the west as the Manhattan skyline recedes in the vessel’s wake. See website for schedule; free.

  1. South St, (at Whitehall St)
More info
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See tons of graffiti at 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center

  • Free

This Long Island City warehouse, treated as a 200,000-square-foot canvas, is one of the world’s best places to see the full spectrum of spray-paint art. Ride a Queens-bound 7 train past the Hunters Point Ave stop for an elevated, panoramic view of the names of NYC’s graffiti forebears—like Iz the Wiz—scrawled on 5Pointz’s walls. New pieces appear regularly during the painting season, with concrete surfaces assigned by founder and curator Meres One. Take advantage of weekly small-group behind-the-scenes tours (Sat or Sun 2–3:30pm; $35; visit sidetour.com for details), led by Meres One, to watch a painting demonstration. Free.

  1. 45-46 Davis St, (at Jackson Ave)
  2. Mon-Thu by appointment only; Fri–Sun noon–7pm
More info
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Yoga on the Hudson

Do yoga alfresco for free

No need to be cooped up in a sweaty studio come summertime; stretch out in the sunshine on Saturday mornings gratis, whether you live in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. Monique Schubert leads classes at Socrates Sculpture Park that focus on the Kripalu system of hatha yoga (May–Sept 9:30–10:30am, 11am–noon). The New York Restoration Project offers small-group yoga at two community gardens between May and September: the Target East Harlem Community Garden (415–417 117th St between First and Pleasant Aves, 11am–noon) with Harlem Yoga Studio, and the Garden of Hope (392 Hancock St between Sumner and Throop Aves, Brooklyn; 11am–noon) with Brooklyn Holistic. Click here for a list of other free outdoor yoga classes.

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Play minigolf on an island

No, it’s not quite like that episode of Lost where Hurley builds the golf course, but Randalls Island Golf Center is still a pretty absorbing place to while away a summer afternoon. Surrounded by beautiful trees, the spot boasts a whopping 36 holes of minigolf, in which you must shoot your ball through rocky caves and other obstacles. After your time on the green, grab a table at the on-site beer garden to sip a pint of Blue Moon or split a pitcher of Stella. Check out our roundup for more hole-in-one spots in the city. See website for hours of operation; $9, children 12 and under $7.

  1. Randall’s Island Golf Center, 1 Randalls Island
More info
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Get down at 718 Sessions

One of the city’s best regular shindigs, 718 Sessions celebrated its tenth anniversary in fall of 2012. At this extremely popular tea dance, Danny Krivit (of the Body & Soul party) spins his top-shelf deep house and classics for a crowd that is ready to work it on the dance floor. Down in the basement, rotating guest DJs pumps out an array of thumping house rhythms. dannykrivit.net. $20, before 7pm $5.

  1. Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St, (at Walker St)
  2. Sun at 6pm
More info
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Go back in time at the Tenement Museum

This fascinating museum is actually a series of restored tenement apartments at 97 Orchard Street, accessible only by guided tour. Costumed “residents” give glimpses into the daily lives of immigrant clans that called the building home in the 19th and early 20th centuries and hailed from Sicily, Russia, Ireland, Poland, Germany and other far-flung lands. The museum also offers walking excursions around the Lower East Side. Tours often sell out, so it’s wise to book ahead online. Click here to read more about “Shop Life,” the museum’s latest exhibit, which looks at the rich history of 97 Orchard’s garden-level storefronts. First tour 10:30am; $22, seniors and students $17.

  1. 103 Orchard St, (between Broome and Delancey Sts)
  2. Daily 10am–6pm
More info
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Ogle wildlife at the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society

The massive institution is home to more than 5,000 adorable and/or ferocious creatures in myriad exhibits, including an outdoor baboon reserve, a sea lion pool and a space dedicated entirely to Madagascar. Ride the Wild Asia Monorail (open during the warmer months), which tours 38 acres of exhibits housing elephants, Indo-Chinese tigers, deer, antelope and Mongolian wild horses, or wander over to see two gargantuan Nile crocodiles. On inclement days, step into indoor attractions such as the World of Birds, the World of Reptiles or the Congo Gorilla Forest. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: check out our Bronx Zoo guide to plan your visit. $16, seniors $14, children ages 3–12 $12, children under 3 free. Wednesdays pay what you wish.

  1. 2300 Southern Blvd, (at Fordham Rd)
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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