TODAY'S PAPER
Scattered Clouds 41° Good Afternoon
Scattered Clouds 41° Good Afternoon
Entertainment

NYC weekend picks: Our best bets

Don't have any plans for the weekend? We're here to help.

There are plenty of reasons to get out of the apartment and experience real life.

Here are our picks for things to do in your city this weekend.

Free Black Friday hikes (Nov. 24)

Queues, crowds and shopping not so much your
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

Queues, crowds and shopping not so much your thing? Here is an excellent alternative to the insanity that is Black Friday in the city. Lace up your hiking boots and spend a few hours outside in nature with the Urban Park Rangers on one of five free Black Friday hikes, offered in each borough.

Manhattan: Central Park South to North, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Doris Freedman Plaza, Central Park, 60th Street and Fifth Avenue

Brooklyn: The Midwood Trail, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park, near the Lincoln Road / East Drive entrance

Queens: Nature Exploration, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Winchester Boulevard under Grand Central Parkway, Alley Pond Park

Staten Island: North Shore Greenbelt, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Franklin Avenue at Arnold Street, Jones Woods Park

Bronx: Hunter Island Hike, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Orchard Beach Nature Center, Pelham Bay Park

nycgovparks.org

'Game of Thrones' scavenger hunt (Nov. 25)

Choose your leader and follow a series of
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Charles McQuillan

Choose your leader and follow a series of "Game of Thrones" clues around the city to find the Iron Throne. Those who win will receive a GoT gift bag. The hunt presents both mental and physical challenges. ($39, 1:30 p.m., Slattery's Midtown Pub, 8 E. 36th St., feverup.com)

Winter flea and holiday market (Nov. 25-26)

Brooklyn Flea is opening its holiday market this
Photo Credit: Alamy

Brooklyn Flea is opening its holiday market this weekend with 60 vendors selling handmade goods and food from the Smorgasburg market and a bar. If you RSVP, you will be entered to win $200 to shop at the flea, $50 in Smorgasbucks and a $50 bar tab. (Free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Industry City, 274 36th St., brooklynflea.com)

Dyker Heights holiday lights opening (Nov. 25)

You have been waiting for this all year.
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt

You have been waiting for this all year. Locals in Brooklyn's Dyker Heights will start decorating their homes with extravagant lights, blow up characters and fake snow this weekend if you want to catch a whiff of holiday season spirit. (82nd Street, Dyker Heights, facebook.com)

Winter Village (through Jan. 2)

'Tis the season to shop outside. Really. Wrap
Photo Credit: Urban Space / Erin Kestenbaum

'Tis the season to shop outside. Really. Wrap up and hit one of the many holiday markets in the city, including the Winter Village at Bryant Park. There, you'll find hundreds of kiosks featuring locally made jewelry, clothing, home goods, edibles and much more. (40th and 42nd streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Manhattan, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, wintervillage.org)

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure Climb (weekends through January)

Traverse seven ropes courses and two ziplines at
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

Traverse seven ropes courses and two ziplines at night, including one line that runs more than 400 feet across the Bronx River and back, 50 feet above the water. Lights have been added to each course to allow visitors to enjoy the park in the dark. ($75, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 2300 Southern Blvd., bronxzootreetop.com)

'Friends The Musical Parody' (through Dec. 31)

They'll be there for you -- Rachel, Ross
Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

They'll be there for you -- Rachel, Ross and all the gang -- in Bob and Tobly McSmith's loving (but unauthorized) lampoon of the hit TV series now through Dec. 31. ($39.50, St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., telecharge.com)

'Club 57' exhibit (Oct. 31-April 1)

Delve into the history of Club 57, the
Photo Credit: Joseph Szkodzinski

Delve into the history of Club 57, the iconic countercultural venue in Manhattan's East Village during the late 1970s and early '80s, whose founding curators included Ann Magnuson and Keith Haring (pictured). The exhibit not only tells the story of the space and surrounding art scenes, but also features examples of its work in film, video, performance, photography, painting and more. ($25, Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., moma.org)

'Rhythm and Power: Salsa in New York'

The history of salsa in New York City
Photo Credit: Celia Cruz Legacy Project /Museum of the City of New York

The history of salsa in New York City is one not only of music and dance, but also of immigration, cultural fusion, activism and marketing. This new exhibit looks at the development of salsa from the 1960s onward and considers it as a social as well as artistic movement. The exhibit features audio and video clips, musical instruments and costumes such as Celia Cruz's precarious heels, pictured. ($18, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., mcny.org)

Infinity Mirror Exhibit (Nov. 2-Dec. 16)

Two rooms inside the David Zwirner Gallery will
Photo Credit: Yayoi Kusama

Two rooms inside the David Zwirner Gallery will be equipped with mirrors and lights that lend the appearance of infinity. The first room invites visitors to look through peepholes, where small color-changing light bulbs create a hexagonal pattern, and the second room sets mirrors on large stainless steel balls, which sit on the floor and hang from the ceiling. The rooms are part of the new Yayoi Kusama exhibit that also features a polka-dotted room with large tulips and more. (Free, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 525 and 533 W. 19th St., davidzwirner.com)

50 Years of 'What a Wonderful World'

See rare photographs and hear recordings that tell
Photo Credit: On Stage at Kingsborough

See rare photographs and hear recordings that tell the story of how Louis Armstrong created the iconic song, "What a Wonderful World," inside Satchmo's former home. The tune was released on Sept. 23, 1967, and written as a song for the children in Armstrong's neighborhood in Corona, Queens. You can also peruse belongings, from his gold-plated trumpet to manuscripts, clothing, photos and more. ($10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends, 34-56 107th St., louisarmstronghouse.org)

Visit the new snow leopard cub at the Bronx Zoo

A snow leopard cub born over the summer has
Photo Credit: World Conservation Society

A snow leopard cub born over the summer has made its public debut at the Bronx Zoo. Get a glimpse of her at the Himalayan Highlands exhibit with her mom K2 this weekend. ($36.95, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 2300 Southern Blvd., bronxzoo.com

More Entertainment