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The best things to do in NYC this week

The best things to do in NYC this week, includes seeing ARTECHOUSE's new digital art, doing a free silent disco workout and more

By Collier Sutter and Shaye Weaver
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Fall is in full swing and if you're looking for the best things to do in NYC this week or even today, there are tons of options (so long as you can social distance and wear a mask). Get out and explore the city in cooler temperatures this week, by heading to ARTECHOUSE's new digital art exhibit, "Celestial," taking a free silent disco class by Barry's at Moxy East Village, or watching "Purple Rain" at a drive-in/Broadway hybrid theater. For more ideas, scroll down to see this week's best things to do in NYC.

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Best things to do in NYC this week

Artechouse celestial
Artechouse celestial
Photograph: Courtesy ARTECHOUSE

1. 'Celestial' at ARTECHOUSE

Art ARTECHOUSE, Chelsea

Pantone's Color of the Year (Classic Blue) is at the center of ARTECHOUSE's latest multimedia exhibit—"Celestial." Visitors to the underground attraction will be taken on a "journey beyond the skies."  Classic Blue, according to Pantone, brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. The new installation aim to do the same through sights, sounds and sensations.

“During these unprecedented times as a society we have found ourselves in a new state of existence. Before 2020 even began, Pantone selected Classic Blue as the color of the year because they saw it as the hue to sustain us during a time of change,” said Sandro Keserelidze, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of ARTECHOUSE. “2020 ended up bringing changes no one expected, making the hue of Classic Blue, and the qualities it represents, more relatable now than ever before. We couldn’t think of a more timeless and timely theme to end the year and launch a new chapter of experiences.”

Ghost Show
Ghost Show
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

2. Ghost Show

Theater Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

The storyteller, mind reader and variety performer Mister Dusty Rose teams with director Monica Blaze Leavitt  and immersive-theater creator Anthony Logan Cole for a live, socially-distanced night of old-fashioned ghost stories, performed site-specifically at the current SoHo outpost of the traveling Museum of Interesting Things. Admission is capped at 35 masked spectators per performance; the $50 ticket price includes preshow access to the museum’s collections of spiritualist curios as well as a postshow reception. 

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sputnik disco yoga
sputnik disco yoga
Photograph: Courtesy Elizabeth Spear

3. Sputnik Disco Yoga

Sensing that disco is “making a huge comeback,” Sputnik Disco Yoga founder Dasha Alekseyeva has been combining vinyasa with the genre’s hypnotic beats (spun by nightlife vet DJ Amber Valentine) because they’re “both a feeling, a flow.” Dancing queens, stick around after class for cocktails and an immersive dinner.

This event will be hosted in TribeTokes CBD's courtyard in the Meatpacking District. Yes, there will be CBD infusions after class and tickets include a $10 shopping credit toward any CBD item. It's BYO mats and towels. Temperature checks and masks are required.

TribeTokes, 807 Washington St, NY NY 10014. The class starts promptly at 6:30pm, followed by complementary CBD-infused beverages from 7:30-8pm. 

Concord Hill drinks
Concord Hill drinks
Photograph: Lily Brown

4. Free shots for early voters

Bars Concord Hill, Williamsburg

Concord Hill in Williamsburg is gifting early voters (between Saturday, October 24, and Tuesday, November 3) with a free house infused shot during Happy Hour (4-6pm, Tuesday through Sunday) with any purchase.

While you're there, check out the bar's fall drinks, including the warm "More Boo’s Please" with pumpkin infused gin, chamomile, Boomsma bitters and lemon, and "Smoke Break" is a blend of fig-infused bourbon, Cardamaro amaro, Braulio, maple, walnut bitters smoked with cherry and apple wood chips. 

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Taste of Times Square
Taste of Times Square
Photograph: Courtesy Sara Kerens

5. Taste of Times Square

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Restaurants Tony's Di Napoli, Midtown West

Twenty neighborhood restaurants from New York's Crossroads of the World are offering visitors and natives alike international grub from eateries like Dos Caminos, Gallagher's Steakhouse, Joe Allen, Seamore's Takeover @ Urbanspace, Tito Murphy's, Tony's Di Napoli and Le Rivage. For $35, diners will get a three-course pre-fixe at these restaurants between October 23 and 30. Hell’s Kitchen Happiness Krew will be popping up at restaurants to provide free entertainment.

 

Atlas Obscura
Atlas Obscura
Photograph: Courtesy Atlas Obscura

6. Atlas Obscura's Halloweek Experiences

Things to do Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

Atlas Obscura has a week full of Halloween events, from scary spelunking, a tomb-raid talk, a tour of Isabella Swan's home from Twilight, a curiosity art workshop, and more. It all kicks off with a five-part seminar "The Art of Death With Tessa Fontaine" on October 22nd, where you'll explore notions of death and dying around the world, drawing from biology, philosophy, and beyond.

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Industry City Chris & B by Lauren McKanzie
Industry City Chris & B by Lauren McKanzie
Photograph: Courtesy Industry City

7. Free self-guided art tours at Industry City

Art Industry City, Greenwood

Industry City just unveiled five new murals and launched a free walking tour that covers all 14 in its collection, including the acclaimed full-façade mural by Camile Walala. Visitors will be directed across three courtyards that'll highlight the newest pieces that were inspired by issues in 2020—quarantine, the pandemic, gender, and racial equality. With phone in hand, anyone can scan on-site QR codes to get curation notes and follow this tour map. The new murals at Industry City include pieces from three local Brooklyn-based artists, Scott Albrecht, Josh Cochran and Sophia Dawson.

 

 

Sunny Jain's Wild Wild East Lincoln Center New Stages
Sunny Jain's Wild Wild East Lincoln Center New Stages
Photograph: Courtesy Sachyn Mital

8. Lincoln Center New Stages series

Music Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side

At a time when in-person events are limited, live music is returning to Lincoln Center with a new music series called "New Stages." This month, the institution will host in-person concerts at Hearst Plaza located on Lincoln Center’s iconic campus: on top of the signature sloped Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn and under the peaceful shade of the trees in Barclays Capital Grove. Audience members will need to social distance, so pods for up to two people will be on sale for $25 each ahead of each concert. (Pods in Barclays Capital Grove have chairs, while pods on the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn are on the ground—guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets to sit on.) Music on the setlist will range from chamber music and jazz to Caribbean and Bollywood-inspired melodies, performed by artists from across the campus and New York City.

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 Sharks Pool Club
 Sharks Pool Club
Image: Courtesy Sharks Pool Club

9. Sharks Pool Club

Things to do Williamsburg

Rather than hit the billiards in a crowded dive bar, a new service called Sharks Pool Club lets you book a private room and table online. You can then show up to one of the mansion-style rooms with a key code that will let you in, no human contact required. Once there, you can play your own music, BYOB and have a fun night out with your significant other, a potential match or a group of friends that you’ve formed a pod with.

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Courtesy Talk Story

10. McCarren Hotel's new tropical rooftop bar

News Drinking

Talk Story, the new rooftop bar at The McCarren Hotel is one to remember this fall when you’re yearning to travel or duck out from cooler New York nights. The cocktail list is filled with cheeky-named drinks such as Shisho & Sunbeams (vodka, fino sherry, shiso, honeydew, dry vermouth), and and Skinny Dip (el governor Pisco, yuzu, watermelon, lime leaf, and egg white).

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Aaron Marcellus in Purple Rain at Radial Park
Aaron Marcellus in Purple Rain at Radial Park
Photograph: Tricia Baron

11. 'Purple Rain' drive-in movie-Broadway hybrid

News Theater & Performance

Prince's classic semi-autobiographical 1984 film, Purple Rain, which features one of the best soundtracks in pop history, will be shown on the big screen. Talented live performers will step in at key moments, accompanied by a live eight-piece band, to supply live musical performances of numbers including "Let's Go Crazy," "Darling Nikki" and "I Would Die 4 U." The in-person cast includes American Idol semifinalist Aaron Marcellus as Prince's alter ego, the Kid, Broadway ensembler Nick Rashad Burroughs as his rival Morris, and Lenesha “Sister” Randolph (a Grammy nominee for her work with Robert Randolph and the Family Band) as Mother. Purple Rain be on at 7pm on Thursdays through Sundays from October 15 through October 25. 

 

Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkins
Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkins
Photograph: Courtesy Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkins

12. Great Pumpkin Path at NYBG

Things to do New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx

Walk a path full of pumpkins and scarecrows along the Great Pumpkin Path on the lawn of the New York Botanical Garden's newly reopened Enid A. Haupt Conservatory before hiking the winding trails of the 50-acre, old-growth Thain Family Forest, which is now changing its leaves for autumn. On October 24, giant pumpkins, some of which are the largest in the world, will arrive and will be on view through November 1.

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Live Axe
Live Axe
Photograph: Courtesy of Live Axe

13. Live Axe

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Live Axe, which just opened in Soho, is Manhattan’s first axe-throwing bar with a modern Viking theme where you can sip innovative cocktails before taking your turn attempting to hit the bull’s eye. The first floor has seven enclosed cages with axe-throwing lanes and three more cages are located in a more private space downstairs, where there's also a private bar. You’ll be surrounded by graffiti murals, a DJ booth on the mezzanine and black leather sofas.

Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York City, NYC, museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York City, NYC, museum
Photograph: Shutterstock

14. Jackson Pollock's largest painting at the Guggenheim

News Art

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum officially reopened its doors on Saturday after six long months of closure with three major shows, including a Jackson Pollock exhibit that features a mural that hasn't been shown in NYC in more than 20 years.

"Mural," as it simply called, hasn't been shown in New York in more than 20 years. It's about 20 feet wide and 8 feet tall—the largest of Pollock's works. 

 

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drive-in movie theater
drive-in movie theater
Courtesy Queens Drive-In

15. Queens Halloween Drive-In

Things to do Queens

The Queens-Drive-In is screening a series of scary movies, including some double features, this Halloween.

Oct. 24: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho & The Birds
Oct. 25: Nosferatu (with live music) & Young Frankenstein
Oct. 28: Get Out & The Babadook
Oct. 30: Halloween & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Oct. 31: Little Shop of Horrors & Beetlejuice

There will also do a preview screening of the horror-comedy Bad Hair, from Dear White People director Justin Simien, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and a free Day of the Dead screening of the Oscar-winning Pixar film Coco on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Tickets will be priced starting at $35 per car (up to 4 passengers per car). Doors will open each night around 7:30pm, shows will begin at 8:30pm and end by 11pm. For double features, doors open at 6:30pm, shows will begin at 7:30pm.

Don't Tell Mama sign
Don't Tell Mama sign
Photograph: Courtesy Don't Tell Mama

16. Live music at these NYC piano bars

News Theater & Performance

Several beloved local cabaret venues have found a way to stay within the city's health guidelines while providing New Yorkers with the in-person music they crave—with live musicians playing for audiences that are safely seated outdoors. Ticketed concerts remain prohibited, but these performances are technically incidental music: They provide background ambiance at restaurants and bars. And for as long as the weather will permit it—or even beyond that, knowing New Yorkers—it can be a special experience.

 

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Vinnie's
Vinnie's
Photograph: Courtesy Vinnie's/Sean Berthiaume

17. Comforting words and pizza for $1

News Eating

 

One of NYC’s most inventive ‘za spots, Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Williamsburg, is now offering an enticing item on a new portion of its menu called “Positive Reinforcement.” For $1, your delivery driver will look you straight in the eyes and tell you: “EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OK AND YOU’RE DOING THE BEST YOU CAN.” 

Photoville
Photoville
Photograph: Courtesy Alan Winslow

18. Photoville 2020

News Art

New York City's five boroughs will be home to more than 60 incredible photography exhibits this fall as part of the annual Photoville Festival. Usually taking place just in Brooklyn Bridge Park for two weeks each year (around the corner from Time Out Market New York!), each exhibit will be completely free to view and spaced out so that taking in a bit of culture in your neighborhood can be safely done. 

 

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Courtesy The Tiny Cupboard

21. Stand up comedy on a Brooklyn rooftop

Laugh out loud at a line up of comics while lounging on a Brooklyn rooftop. Lucas Connolly, David Piccolomini, and Brittany Cardwell (whose credits include Comedy Central, Fallon, and The Daily Show!) are hosting The Tiny Cupboard's Brooklyn rooftop. They operate as a DIY rooftop comedy club, and do about 15 shows a week (3-4 shows per day) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 

secret loft
secret loft
Photograph: Courtesy Secret Loft

22. Interactive Talk Show with Secret Loft

Comedy Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

Delve into the seedy underworld of film noir as Secret Loft co-founders Ariel and Alex interview "hardboiled detectives" and "femme fatales" to crack NYC's toughest cases during this interactive comedy talk show. Join on Secret Loft's Instagram Live, @secretloftnyc or watch on Twitch, twitch.tv/secretloft.

Looking for more things to do?

Fall in NYC
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The best things to do in the fall in NYC

Things to do

Fall in NYC is everything you could hope for in a season. First, the city gets delightfully spooky for Halloween. With thrilling Halloween events and Halloween festivals happening in every borough, it’s easy to get in the spirit of things! Aside from pumpkins and funky costumes though, you can keep the autumn excitement going by leaf peeping around the city, warming up with whiskey, parades, virtual parties and so much more. Autumn in NYC is tough to match!

Central Park
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NYC events in October 2020

Things to do

'Tis the season to get spooky! But beyond the best Halloween events, but there are also plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2020. Use our events calendar to plan the quintessential month for leaf peeping and spotting fall foliage, pumpkin picking and more things to do in fall.

Kick off fall with some epic cultural events, you don't want to miss happening like Open House New York, Oktoberfest and new haunted pop-up drive throughs.

 

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for 2020

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Green-Wood Cemetery performance
Photograph: Courtesy Green-Wood Cemetery/Maike Shulz

The best Halloween events for 2020 in NYC

Things to do

2020 has been scary enough, but we're throwing the spookiness into high gear for Halloween this month. Typically, October is filled with costumed parties, jump scares at haunted houses, corn mazes and parades, but this year will be a little different. For one, the Village Halloween Parade is canceled, and it's likely most of the city's regularly scheduled scary haunts will be as well given the current pandemic. That being said, there are still quite a few things still taking place, and with Halloween (finally) taking place on a Saturday, it'll be easier to celebrate. Don't bother breaking out your sewing kit, New York's greatest Halloween stores have plenty of options to make you look really spooky. Make sure to check out our NYC events in October too for even more activities to finish off the month in killer spirits. 

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Halloween in NYC

Fall in NYC
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NYC events calendar for 2020

Things to do

Want to know what’s happening in New York today, this weekend or in the coming months? Use our NYC events calendar 2020 as your guide to find the best things to do in the fall, winter and spring. Major events to look forward to this time of year include The Village Halloween Parade, Oktoberfest and the best places to see fall foliage in the city. Ready to unleash your inner culture vulture? Peep our top picks for the best art shows and concerts this year. All you need to do is buy the tickets!

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