On The Avenue

A Bridge Tour, a Ghost Hunt and Other Weekend Ideas

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to do over the weekend. In a city like New York, there are just too many options. Fortunately, AVENUE’s editors have put their collective heads together and come up with a few suggestions, ranging from a tense French thriller to museum yoga. What unites them all is that they’re worth your time.


The Wages of Fear

It’s been a while since there a really great new action film came out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good ones in theaters now. The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 opus is as tense and gripping today as it was 65 years ago. Yves Montand plays one of three desperate men on suicide mission, forced to transport unstable nitroglycerin along a bumpy, dusty road in South America.

Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, New York

Friday, January 12th and Sunday, January 14th


Art & Yoga at the Brooklyn Museum

Yes, AVENUE readers should head to Brooklyn. Often. If you need a particular reason, check out the Art & Yoga series at the Brooklyn Museum. The $10 ticket includes admission to the museum, so you can explore the galleries after an hour of yoga and mindfulness meditation. What a zen way to kick off a long weekend. 

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Saturday, January 13th at 9 a.m.


The Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour

In keeping with the outer borough theme, why not learn a little about arguably the city’s most beautiful bridge. Sure, you know that it’s one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. But did you know that it contained a Cold War fall out shelter? Enjoy the warm(ish) temperatures and impress your friends with new fun facts on the Secrets of Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour.

The Brooklyn Bridge

Saturday, January 13th at 2 p.m.



For years, rumors have swirled that the J.J. Van Alen House on the Upper East Side is haunted. But is it? This Saturday, the New York Adventure Club and the Gotham Paranormal Research Society will be conducting a paranormal investigation to find out. Ghosts or not, it’s a fun way to explore a beautiful pre-war mansion.

The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, New York

Saturday, January 13th at 7 p.m.


How to Be A Rock Critic

Most people’s idea of the music critic Lester Bangs is probably the incarnation played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous. But Hoffman doesn’t have a monopoly on him, as How to Be a Rock Critic at the Public Theater demonstrates. For 85 minutes, Erik Jensen (who also co-wrote the play) channels the long-dead critic, rant, raving and haranguing the audience about rock music. Catch it before it closes on Monday.

The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York

Through January 15th


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