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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

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

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

Find the perfect brunch

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.

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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Until Sun Dec 18

Tour the Brooklyn Brewery

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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Williamsburg

Bliss out to LPs at Classic Album Sundays

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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Greenpoint

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).

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Shop local at Artists & Fleas

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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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Williamsburg

Indulge your inner child at Spoons, Toons and Booze

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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.

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Williamsburg

Get down up high at Nouveau York

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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Meatpacking District

Hear live classical music at the Frick Collection

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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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Lenox Hill

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.

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Movies to see this Sunday

A Cure for Wellness

Director Gore Verbinski brews impressive atmosphere for this unsettling, magnificently weird tale of spa-based horror.

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Kedi

In a city overrun with wild cats, a secondary urban lifestyle emerges—one with whiskers.

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Silence

Summoning his deepest conviction, Martin Scorsese transcends his filmography with this tale of Christianity in crisis. It’s a exquisite passion project he’s been developing for years.

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The Red Turtle

Gorgeously rendered, this foreign-made animated movie begins as a story of desert-island survival and evolves into something deeper, about our communion with the natural world.

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Fire at Sea

A powerful doc about life on Sicily's Lampedusa, the frontline of the refugee crisis.

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Jackie

Commandingly complex, Natalie Portman triumphs in a real-life story pitched at an unthinkable moment of national tragedy.

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Looking for the perfect Sunday brunch?

The best brunch in NYC

Consult our comprehensive guide to the best brunch NYC has to offer and enjoy the perfect late breakfast this weekend

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By: Christina Izzo

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Grand B
Grand B

Free event. 25 of NYC's best artisanal sweet makers will be this Sunday at Grand Bazaar NYC. 

100% of the markets profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children. 

In addition over 100 curated vendors from art, antique/vintage, handmade jewelry and savory food. 

Sunday, October 23rd from 10am to 5:30pm.

77th St. & Columbus Ave.


Anthony P
Anthony P

Why is May's calendar up in August?

Noche R
Noche R

Revolution Books 437 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Avenue @ 132nd Street, Holiday Party and Weekend, Dec 12-13
Saturday11 AM Children's Reading Javaka Steptoe, illustrator: Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
Afternoon: Readings, Conversations, Surprises, and LOTS OF BOOKS & GIFTS!
Evening: HOLIDAY PARTY Music and more
SundayAfternoon: ART SALE The first of a series of Revolution Books Art Auctions: Artwork donated by artists and collectors to support Revolution Books: Posters, Prints, historic African Masks & Sculptures

Stacy S
Stacy S

Sunday Funday: Fitness + Football!


11:30AM

TS Fitness - 321 East 61st Street


To celebrate one of the big NY events of the year - Jets vs. Giants - Ketanga Fitness is teaming up with TS Fitness to host a Fitness & Football Sunday Funday! Join Coach Robert Ramsey for a challenging - and fun - workout using dynamic stretching, high intensity interval training, heart-pumping circuits, and a restorative stretch.

After the workout, we'll head down the block where we have a table reserved at The Jeffrey in view of TVs for prime football watching. Whether or not you watch the game, you'll kick back with your new #fitfriends and you'll enjoy your first round of drinks and shared appetizers on us!

http://www.ketangafitness.com/sunday-funday

William E
William E

There will be a THANKSGIVING BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS service at the Unitarian Church of All Souls this Sunday November 22, at 3:00 PM. All pet lovers invited to bring their companion animals to be blessed. There will music, readings and a short homily. The Unitarian Church is located at 1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th Street). Animal Assisted Therapy teams will be honored. The service is free and a freewill offering will be received and donated to the Animal Assisted Therapy programs of the ASPCA and Angel on a Leash.

Garry M
Garry M

Umm... TASTE OF GRAMERCY (NYC's best restaurants, free samples, yes please!)

Sat, September 26, 2015

Gramercy Park (Irving & E17 st)

11am - 6pm

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

50 local food makers and farms

mafeloreto
mafeloreto tastemaker

boo this looks like any other weekend, no MDW events? Parties in Rockaway? Mr Sunday? come TONY you can do better than this

MS
MS

The Seed : MARKET - Pop-up Market 100% all plant-based

- Lots of artisan food, drink and beauty vendors!

- Cooking demos, morning yoga class, special film screening with Q&A

Sunday, May 17th from 11am - 6pm 

At The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6 & 7 Ave.)

Details: http://theseedexperience.com/market/



Eric R
Eric R

why is pheromone hotbox listed as a sunday highlight when the details indicate the gallery will be closed?

Jamie P
Jamie P

What have you done with this feature? It used to be a readable roundup. Now it's just an assortment of links that I have to open in a million different tabs. As someone who refers to these weekend roundups quite a bit, I respectfully request that you bring back the old format.