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Things to do on a Sunday in New York

Have fun like there’s no tomorrow with the best things to do on a Sunday in New York including events, brunch and more

By Time Out New York editors and David Goldberg
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TOM'S RESTAURANT BROOKLYN HEIGHTS BRUNCH LINE
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Forget about work in the morning: you’ve got too much partying to do today, so here are the best things to do on a Sunday in New York. Whether you’re planning a day trip from NYC, looking for an awesome festival, or finally have the time to see some of the best museum exhibitions in NYC, we’ve got the rundown for your best Sunday Funday right here. And if you blew all your cash on Saturday, stick with our picks for the best free things to do in town.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in NYC this weekend

Things to do on any Sunday

Mother's Ruin

Find the perfect brunch

New Yorkers may not be a religious bunch, but we’ve got our own time-honored Sunday morning ritual: brunch. Whether you’re dining with a group or rolling solo, here are the finest places to quell your a.m. hunger pangs (and/or hangover). Click through for our complete guide to the best brunch in NYC including pancakes, huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict, mimosas and other late-breakfast standards.

ASSSSCAT 3000
Photograph: Wendy Connett
Comedy, Stand-up

Line up for improve at ASSSSCAT 3000

NYC’s long-form improv royalty (including UCBT and SNL folk) play pickup-game style in this famous long-running show. There’s no telling who will make an appearance on a given night, but the likes of Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch have been known to pop in. If you want to check it out for free, line up outside the theater (early!) for the 9:30pm show; tickets are distributed at 8:15pm. Play-it-safers can buy advance tickets for the 7:30pm show for $10.

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Tour Brooklyn Brewery
Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Brewery/Dan D'Ippolito
Bars, Breweries

Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

Williamsburg

Williamsburg’s craft-beer facility offers free, no-reservation general tours on Saturday and Sunday. Post-tour, join the crowds purchasing tokens for brewskis (one beer for $5, five for $20) to taste the standard and seasonal styles on tap. Sunday bonus: This is the only day that also includes Smorgasbrewery, in which five or six vendors from Smorgasburg dish out suds-complementing foodstuffs inside the brew house.

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Nightlife, Clubs

Bliss out to LPs at Classic Album Sundays

Greenpoint

Erstwhile New Yorker Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy brings her long-running London affair back home to Gotham. The concept is simple: It’s a good old-fashioned listening party, with each installment focusing on a selection from rock and pop’s discography of canonical LPs, all played on Murphy’s high-end audiophile hi-fi. Murphy’s album selection comes from all over the genre map: the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. Click here to read our interview with Murphy. classicalbumsundays.com.

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Governors Island
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Things to do

Take the ferry to Governors Island

A seven-minute ride on a free ferry from Manhattan or Brooklyn takes you to this seasonal island sanctuary, a scant 800 yards from lower Manhattan. Thanks to its strategic position in the middle of New York Harbor, Governors Island was a military outpost that was off-limits to the public for 200 years. It finally opened to summer visitors in 2006. Today, the island provides a peaceful setting for biking (bring a bike on the ferry, or rent from Bike and Roll once there), picnicking and general relaxation. The island often hosts events such as concert series, art exhibitions and club nights (see website for schedule).

Shopping, Markets and fairs

Shop local at Artists & Fleas

Williamsburg

A rotating selection of around 60 vendors, including local designers and artists, sets up shop in this Williamsburg warehouse every weekend. The browsable mix includes everything from original T-shirts and handmade jewelry to reconditioned vintage bags and clocks made out of old hardcover books. But Artists & Fleas is as much about the vibe as the goods: DJs spin, food purveyors offer refreshments, and sundry Billyburgers wander the rows of booths in all their quirky finery.

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Spoons, Toons and Booze at Nitehawk Cinema
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Movie theaters, Independent

Indulge your inner child at Spoons, Toons and Booze

Williamsburg

Does the eye-wateringly sweet taste of Frosted Flakes make you nostalgic for the cartoon-filled weekend mornings of your youth? If so, head to Spoons, Toons & Booze at Nitehawk Cinema, where Michael Austin, organizer of the ’80s Sing-Along, brings you a free all-you-can-eat sugary cereal buffet and a selection of 80-plus cartoons from the ’40s through the ’90s (DuckTales, Jem, ThunderCats, Captain Planet—you name it). You can spike your Cinnamon Toast Crunch with a shot of Baileys or Kahlúa for $5; there are some benefits to adulthood, after all.

Bars, Lounges

Get down up high at Nouveau York

Meatpacking District

Nouveau York hosts Neil Aline and Jérôme Viger-Kohler keep the fun coming up in the Standard Hotel’s penthouse boîte, with Aline and top guests (DJ Harvey, Club Cheval and Dimitri from Paris have played in the past) hitting the decks for a session of house, disco and more. nouveauyork.com.

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Museums, Art and design

Hear live classical music at the Frick Collection

Lenox Hill

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.

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Photograph: Daniel Avila
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Scream at Alley Pond Park Adventure Course

Queens

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.

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Movies to see this Sunday

Photo: Niko Tavernise/Netflix
Movies, Drama

The Irishman

4 out of 5 stars

Martin Scorsese’s latest is strongest in its quieter passages, when self-reproach takes its toll

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Photo: Kimberley French/Fox Searchlight
Movies, Comedy

Jojo Rabbit

4 out of 5 stars

A Nazi boy befriends a fantasy Führer in Taika Waititi's audacious WWII comedy

Photo: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Movies, Drama

Pain & Glory

5 out of 5 stars

Pedro Almodóvar’s nostalgia-soaked memoir is a journey into an aging director’s soul

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joker
Niko Tavernise
Movies, Action and adventure

Joker

5 out of 5 stars

Joaquin Phoenix is devastating as a monster-in-the-making in this incendiary tale of abuse

Jennifer Lopez stars in Hustlers
Barbara Nitke/STXFilms
Movies, Drama

Hustlers

4 out of 5 stars

Jennifer Lopez does the best acting of her career as a stripper taking on Wall Street

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Photo: Francois Duhamel
Movies

Ad Astra

4 out of 5 stars

James Gray’s space odyssey marries heart, spectacle and a fine Brad Pitt performance

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It: Chapter Two
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Movies, Horror

It: Chapter Two

4 out of 5 stars

A grown-up Losers’ Club does battle with its own hang-ups in a superior sequel

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