Favorite things to do/see in New York City in early October?
September 30, 2016 8:25 AM   Subscribe

Theater, show, sights to see, and activity recommendations.

I am going to be visiting a friend in New York City Friday Oct 7th through Monday Oct. 10th. To help relieve the burden of planning things to do or see while I am there I am trying to help brainstorm ideas. We will be based out of Washington Heights.

On past visits to NYC I have been to the MET, MOMA, Central Park, Upright Citizens Brigade, Highline, Transit Museum, and various Broadway productions.

Do you have any go to recommendations for things to do that are lesser known but you have really enjoyed. Things that are less well known than the major tourist attractions.

I always like theater and live music. Are there any lesser known ongoing productions/shows that you would really recommend?
posted by cycleback to Travel & Transportation around New York, NY (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Check out BAM! Not sure exactly what's going on then but they have a ton of great programming.
posted by ferret branca at 8:27 AM on September 30, 2016

Bedlam Theatre's production of "Sense and Sensibility" is one of the best plays I've seen in recent years.
posted by grumblebee at 8:29 AM on September 30, 2016

Broadway: The Front Page (with Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Robert Morse, Rosemary Harris and Sherie Rene Scott) just started previews. Falsettos started previews last night. There's Hamilton, of course. We really love School of Rock, too.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 8:31 AM on September 30, 2016

Personally, I am looking forward to going to the Guggenheim to shit in the golden toilet.
posted by briank at 8:33 AM on September 30, 2016 [4 favorites]

Since you will be in Washington Heights check out the Hispanic Society of America Museum at 155th and Broadway. They have an outstanding collection, it is free, and almost nobody goes there. While you're in Washington Heights, keep an eye out for the many storefronts and buildings currently adorned with birds of the Audubon Mural Project.
posted by plastic_animals at 9:16 AM on September 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Choral evensong on Sunday afternoon at Saint Thomas Church is quite beautiful, with one of the top boys' choirs in the U.S. There's no Eucharist and it's very minimally participatory (in a choral evensong, the choir performs most of the ritual), so you needn't be an Episcopalian or even a Christian to attend. I see they're doing How lovely is thy dwelling place from the Brahms Requiem as the anthem on the 9th. There's organ music afterwards.

Don Giovanni is on at the Met that Saturday night.

The Tenement Museum?
posted by praemunire at 11:17 AM on September 30, 2016

If you've got five hours to kill, the Met's Saturday Matinee on the 8th is Tristan und Isolde, and it's a very impressive production.
posted by SansPoint at 12:46 PM on September 30, 2016

I just saw The Humans on Broadway last night and it was phenomenal.
posted by missjenny at 3:48 PM on September 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Go see Sleep No More. It is astounding. Like being on a Star Trek holodeck for a couple of hours, running a most excellent creepy/noirish/Lynchian program. If you have the time and money, do dinner at their themed restaurant (The Heath) beforehand.
posted by /\/\/\/ at 4:55 PM on September 30, 2016 [1 favorite]

Seconding Sleep No More. Seriously. It's a hell of a trip.

Also, the Eldridge Street Synagogue is one of the most beautiful rooms I've ever been in.
posted by Seeba at 9:13 PM on September 30, 2016

Hit up the Highline in the daytime, then head over to Magnet Theater for great improv on Tuesday (musical) or Wednesday (not musical) nights, go hit up an Apollo show (easy trip down for you on the A train), walk across the bridge, go up to Wave Hill in the Bronx - lots of great reasons to be outdoors during the day, enjoying nature, and hanging out at night, grabbing a beer in a warm bar before heading on home.
posted by vacuumsealed at 6:50 PM on October 2, 2016

I came here to suggest Sleep No More too. It's nothing like anything you've seen before, and it's perfect for October.
posted by SisterHavana at 7:35 PM on October 2, 2016

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