What to Do in New York

Photo by James Ewing

Photo by James Ewing

Since I’m unaccustomed to being, cough cough, unemployed, I figured I should stop holing up in my room/various places with free wi-fi, and actually start seeing some of the things I’ve been gathering in my New York Google Drive doc. Then I thought, hey, there are other unemployed recent NYU SPI-grads that could probably benefit from some ideas. So, here they are. Most are inside, because f**** this heat.
[NOTE: I’ll keeping adding to this, but these are things I plan on doing this week, starting 7/15]
Tuesdays–Sundays: Paul McCarthy at Park Avenue Armory (pictured above)
Art exhibit described as a “fantastical forest” and praised for “adding a touch of malice to subjects that have been typically revered for their innocence or purity.” Think rapey-looking dwarves crowding around Snow White, and giant, multi-colored enchanted forest.
Tuesday–Thursday, 1–8 p.m., but go on Friday, when the exhibit is open until 10 p.m. and the museum sets up a special bar in the Parlor.
$12 (students with ID)
website

Tuesdays: Trivia at Taproom
It’s literally right across the street, and you can win a $100 bar tab. Call and make a reservation, or plan on showing up at 6 p.m. to score a seat, unless you’re an excellent creeper, like I was last week. Team max of six.
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Free to enter, reservations recommended
website

Wednesdays: Free Outdoor Screenings in Socrates Sculpture Park
For more eclectic offerings than you can find at Bryant Park, head to Socrates Sculpture Park, where organizers will be screening foreign films. This week it’s Alamar, from Mexico. Note: it is in Queens, but when else are you going to go there?
Wednesday, prescreening at 7 p.m., film at sunset
Free
Website

Wednesdays: Trivia at Finnerty’s
I’m pretty sure everyone already knows I’m in love with Finnerty’s and want to marry it, but let me just say: trivia here is legit. You’ll always be asked the highest grossing film in the last week (you’re welcome for that freebie), it typically isn’t insanely hard, and there are usually plenty of seats. Also, I almost never pay for everything I drink, but it is also my second home.
9 p.m.
14th and 2nd
Free to play, $1 Big Buck hunter games (it’s an obsession)
finnertysnyc.com

Thursdays: Hester Nights
“Artisanal food night market.” Think of it like Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg, but at night and in Manhattan. Lobster rolls, ice cream sandwiches, s’mores, upscale grilled cheese, and more. Food is pretty hipster, so expect prices to match.
Thursdays, 5–10 p.m.
29th and 6th
Free entry, see above note on food
Website

Saturdays: Literary Pub Crawl
A pub crawl, with a literary twist. Guides take you to the watering holes favored by legendary literary figures, including Jack Kerouac and Nicholas Hornby.
Saturday, 2 p.m. Starts at White Horse Tavern, reservations recommended.
$15 for students
website

Saturdays and Sundays: Free Brooklyn Brewery Tours
Free tours of the Williamsburg brewery start at 12pm and run on the hour, no reservation necessary. If you want to taste, beer tokens are $5 each, or 4/$20. Note: no open-toe footwear.
Saturday and Sunday, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (saturday only) p.m.
Free
Website

Saturdays and Sundays: Smorgasburg
I wrote a whole post on Smorgasburg, which is really more helpful than anything I can leave here. short version: it’s a collection of food trucks, the food is delicious, and it takes place in Brooklyn (Williamsburg on Sat., DUMBO on Sun.)
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Free, plus cost of food
Brooklyn
smorgasburg.com

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