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Five Reasons to Skip the Super Bowl this Weekend

02/05/16

Not everyone is excited about watching football this Super Bowl Sunday – Beyonce and Coldplay’s halftime performance excluded. So why hang out at home in front of your television screen? We’ve put together a list of things to do this Super Bowl Sunday where (for once) you won’t have to worry about the crowds.


The Museums


On top of having crowd-free access to the perennially bustling galleries housing works by Monet, Picasso and Warhol, you can also catch the two hottest exhibitions of the season on their last day. Frank Stella’s best-known works are collected at a 18,000-square-foot exhibition at the Whitney; MoMA’s Picasso sculpture exhibit features more than 100 works—together for the first time in half a century. Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Whitney Museum of American Art: 99 Gansevoort St, 212-570-3600

Museum of Modern Art: 11 West 53 Street, 212-708-9400




The Impossible Table


Robert, located atop The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle, is a popular restaurant with sweeping views of Central Park and up Broadway. Tables located by the floor-to-ceiling windows are usually hard to score, so Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best days to visit. You can also nab seats at buzzy, just-opened spots like David Chang’s Italian-inspired Korean spot, Momofuku Nishi. Photo by @kirstenmakarov.


Robert: 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7730

Momofuku Nishi: 232 8th Ave, 646-518-1919


The Ice Rinks

Super Bowl Sunday is the day to go ice skating in NYC without the usual lines. Channel your inner Olympic skater at the rinks at Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park where fewer crowds means more space to practice your pirouettes.


The Rink at Rockefeller Center: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-698-2000

Bryant Park Rink: Between 40th and 42nd Streets at Sixth Ave, 212-768-4242

Central Park Wollman Rink: 63 Center Drive,  212-744-0882


The Observation Decks


There is no better place to take in New York City than above it all. Observation decks Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center and 103-story Empire State Building offer 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline. At One World Trade Center, you’ll arrive at the observatory by elevator in under sixty seconds, and find unobstructed views of New York City from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.


Top of the Rock Observation Deck: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-698-2000

Empire State Building Observation Deck: 350 5th Ave, 212-736-3100

One World Observatory: One World Trade Center, 844-696-1776


The Brooklyn Bridge


Take advantage of warmer temperatures this weekend by venturing over the Brooklyn Bridge on one of New York City’s most iconic walks, without its predictable weekend throngs of bikers, runners and tourists. It’s one of the best views of the city, and seeing it without the stress of being trampled by a biker is infinitely more enjoyable.

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