5 Great Things to Do in New York This Weekend

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New Yorkers love a peek behind closed doors. There’s no better weekend for snooping around the city than this one, with churches, roofs, apartments, and architectural superstars like the Woolworth Building and the UN all unlocking entrances for the 12th Annual Open House New York Weekend. Things kick off Friday, October 10, with a series of factory tours to prove Etsy isn’t the only manufacturing outlet left in NYC. Many attractions require reservations, but if you’re late to the game, no worries: a series of “Open Access” sites can be accessed without any advance planning. On Saturday from 11am to 3:30pm find your way to JFK and Eero Saarinen’s legendary neo-futuristic TWA flight center, which swoops and glides with all the jet age promise that 1962 could offer.

Escape New York

Governors Island is another fun semi-secret New York location and this weekend is a great one for a visit, as The Escape Music Festival takes over October 11 – 12 at Governors Beach Club. It’s two days of beats, brews, and city views at October’s most exciting outdoor concert. The lineup is as solid as it gets, with DJ sets by artists such as Girl Talk, Moby, and Neon Indian and performances by the Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, the Joy Formidable, Basecamp, and about two dozen more alterna-darlings.

Elrow Room

The Escape Music Fest isn’t limiting itself to Governors Island: Manhattanites fearful of very short ferry journeys can get a taste of the action at newcomer Space Ibiza New York. Ibiza’s legendary Elrow Party is making its first US appearance on Saturday, October 11. Expect an over-the-top big top experience, as the Hell’s Kitchen club is transformed into a dreamlike circus complete with stilt walkers, acrobatics, and a rain of confetti, all to a master DJ soundtrack by Sharam and resident deck hands Marc Maya and Toni Varga.

20 Years of Freedom

It’s been two decades since apartheid’s end and New York is gearing up to celebrate. The festival UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa is just underway, celebrating community, and bringing art, film, and music across the city. Take advantage of a month of amazing performances at Carnegie Hall with a visit Friday, October 10, for a concert that brings together Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela, and Dave Matthews for a night of songs of freedom.

Now Open

The New York gallery and restaurant worlds are getting a bit more entwined, as gallerist extraordinaire Larry Gagosian teams up with chef Masa Takayama to open Kappo Masa on the Upper East Side. The restaurant is integrated into Gagosian’s flagship gallery, with an open kitchen turning out the edible art Masa is famous for. Opening night is Friday, October 10.

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