You don’t have to stay in and watch Netflix just because everyone has plans already. If you want to take yourself out and about, here are seven fun activities that won’t make you feel awkward:
1. Get dinner
Some restaurants have great bars that are perfect for dining solo. All the places on this list serve delicious food, and you’ll feel right at home even without a date.
2. Go to the theatre
You can get last minute deals on Broadway shows at the TKTS booths in Manhattan and Brooklyn, or you can explore some explore some off-Broadway shows at smaller theaters. The Fever app has some great deals on off-Broadway shows like this.
3. Check out a museum
4. Hear some live music
You don’t want to get caught in the silence between sets with no one to talk to, but some bars and clubs have bands play two- or three-hour long sets. One good spot is Smalls, a basement bar in the West Village that features jazz bands.
5. Go shopping
Check out high-end sample sales, check out stores that only sell one thing, or check out flea markets. Artists and Fleas in Chelsea is an ever-changing community market where you can find merchants selling everything from clothes and jewelry to skin care to art.
6. Explore a place you’ve never been before
The light pollution in the city is a bit out of control, but with a telescope there’s a lot you can still see. The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York regularly hosts stargazing sessions with telescopes at various places around the city. Their annual autumn Urban Starfest is also taking place this Saturday in Central Park.
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