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

    31. Sprinkle your weekend with vodka and glitter at Slurp!

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

    32. See stand-up comedy at Creaghead & Company

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

    33. Get literary at Sunday Salon

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

    34. Hit the ice

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

    35. Go for a ride with Five Borough Bicycle Club

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

    36. Take a dip at McCarren Park Pool

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

    38. Watch hot dudes strip at Muscle Mania

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

    39. Stock up on comic books

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

    40. Listen to classical music on the water at Bargemusic

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

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

31. Sprinkle your weekend with vodka and glitter at Slurp!

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Sprinkle your weekend with vodka and glitter at Slurp!

  • Free

Cap off your weekend with some infused spirits and a performance from tireless—and very blond—drag queen Paige Turner. The “Showbiz Spitfire” (and So You Think You Can Drag hostess) struts her stuff every Sunday at Russian vodka spot Vlada Lounge. Free.

  1. Vlada Lounge 331 W 51st St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. Sun at 10:30pm
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See stand-up comedy at Creaghead & Company

Excellent comedy producer (and occasional stand-up) Caroline Creaghead has taken over hosting duties on Sunday night at Union Hall, a spot she helped book for Eugene Mirman. Every week in the bar’s compact underground space, Creaghead hosts a rotating roster of stand-ups in a show formerly known as Pretty Good Friends. Guests at the night’s previous incarnation have included Wyatt Cenac, Todd Barry and H. Jon Benjamin—and Mirman still shows up pretty often. Rarely do you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with people this funny for this little money. $7.

  1. Union Hall, 702 Union St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
  2. Sun at 8pm
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Get literary at Sunday Salon

  • Free

Writer Nita Noveno began this prose-only reading series, which also holds nights in Chicago (and, previously, Nairobi), in 2002. The NYC original takes place on the third Sunday of the month in the back room of East Village brew spot Jimmy’s No. 43 and is cohosted by Noveno, Sara Lippmann and Lynne Bamat Mijangos. It’s a good place to catch local authors and out-of-towners alike, including scribes whose works have appeared in respected lit mags such as McSweeney’s Quarterly, Tin House and One Story. Free.

  1. Jimmy’s No. 43 43 E 7th St, between Second and Third Aves
  2. Third Sun of the month at 7pm
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Go ice-skating at Rockefeller Center

Hit the ice

When the temperature drops, it’s time to strap on the blades and take to the slick stuff. NYC has a wealth of outdoor ice-skating rinks that are open well beyond Christmas—and if you want to avoid the mobs, postholidays is probably the best time to visit hot spots like the Rink at Rockefeller Center or the rink at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. You can also perfect your lutz year-round at indoor arenas such as Chelsea Piers’ Sky Rink. Click here for a full rundown of the city’s slippery offerings.

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Go for a ride with Five Borough Bicycle Club

5BBC prides itself on being the friendliest pack of pedalers in Gotham. The social aspect of group riding is one of the organization’s core raisons d’être. Membership is paid ($20/year or $25/household), but nonmembers are welcome on the group’s Day Rides, which take place every Saturday and Sunday. Multiple rides are scheduled each weekend, ranging from 25 to 80 miles. These member-led outings begin with lessons in bike inspection, how to ride in traffic and common two-wheeler maintenance tips. Riders then depart on an all-day romp (four to eight hours) around the five boroughs, upstate, Long Island or New Jersey; past routes have taken in Yankee Stadium, Kew Gardens, Staten Island Borough Hall, the Rockaways and Prospect Park. Click here for more info about the city’s best bike groups. 5bbc.org. Check website for details; free.

  1. Locations vary
  2. Times vary
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Take a dip at McCarren Park Pool

  • Free

This newly renovated chlorinated mecca sits at the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, making it a beacon for North Brooklyn dwellers. With a 37,571-square-foot swim area, in addition to plenty of poolside space for beach-chair and towel lounging, you’ll be able to scope out hundreds of stylish hipsters, neighborhood families and curious tourists looking to stay cool. Just be prepared for a wait: The pool’s been drawing major crowds—as well as some scuffles—since its 2012 debut. For more ideas on where to swim laps in NYC, check out our roundup of swimming holes. Free.

  1. 475 Lorimer St, (between Bayard St and Driggs Ave)
  2. Daily 11am–3pm, 4–7pm; Jun–Sept
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Have some soul with your soul food at Gospel Brunch

Talk about hitting the spot: The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir performs at a comfort-food brunch every Sunday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. The group’s performances are exuberant, to say the least—about what you’d expect from its slogan, “Get your dose of the Holy Ghost.” You’d better hope your appetite measures up, as this is an all-you-can-eat feast of South Carolina grits, cornmeal-crusted catfish, jambalaya and the like. Advance $40, at the door $42.50 (includes brunch).

  1. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sun at 12:30–2:30pm
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Watch hot dudes strip at Muscle Mania

Gay marriage is legal in New York, so it’s only logical that we’d have our own oiled-up, costume-packed, interactive male strip show for frisky bachelors. Muscle Mania, held weekly at Splash, serves up man meat Magic Mike–style, complete with lap dances and Village People–worthy getups. Of course, you needn’t be engaged to enjoy the show—which happens every Sunday—and you’ll want to book ahead to guarantee yourself an up-close view. Click here for a slide show of the guys in action. Advance $25, at the door $20 (includes one drink).

  1. Splash Bar 50 W 17th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10011
  2. Sun at 7pm
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Bergen Street Comics

Stock up on comic books

We’re not even gonna say “Pretend you’re a kid again.” Thanks to an ever-growing list of talented writers and artists, comics these days are as much for grown-ups as they are for the prepubescent. Whether you’re a graphic-novel noob or a seasoned nerd, there’s a comic-book shop in NYC for every taste. For coolness factor, check out the tastefully appointed, indie-focused Bergen Street Comics; for sheer volume of selection, head to Forbidden Planet. Click here for a list of other stores where you can catch up with Spidey or pick up the latest Alison Bechdel.

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Listen to classical music on the water at Bargemusic

This former coffee-bean barge, docked in Brooklyn Bridge Park, usually presents four to five chamber-music concerts each weekend. Set against a panoramic view of lower Manhattan, it’s a pretty magical experience. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, climb aboard for the Masterworks Series, in which you can hear top-notch classical musicians playing selections by the greats (Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven and the like); Bargemusic artistic director (and seasoned violinist) Mark Peskanov often joins in. When the weather warms, sip a drink on the upper deck during intermission. $35, seniors $30, students $15.

  1. Fulton Ferry Landing, (at Furman and Old Fulton Sts)
  2. Sun at 2pm
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