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amNY Weekender: 7 things to do in New York City

(Photo by Todd Maisel)

By Hannah Mallard

Friday, Jan. 29

Bossa Nova Live Music: Enjoy a socially distanced night outdoors full of live Brazilian music featuring Arnaldo B Quartet. The event is free, so make sure to grab a drink or a bite to eat at Industry City, and then hunker down for the show! 86 34th St Brooklyn. 6 to 8 p.m., Free.

Anjou: The Musical Horror Tale: From the comfort of your home, tune in for the world premiere of the English-language version of the haunting Mexican opera, Anjou … if you dare! Exploring relevant themes of injustice and prejudice, Anjou features Renaissance-inspired melodies, modern orchestrations and Latinx-influenced tunes. The performance will benefit Broadway Cares and Equity Fights AIDS. 8 p.m., Virtual, Free (donations encouraged).

Saturday, Jan. 30

Winter Birding in Prospect Park: Come with your masks and hand sanitizer to scout out New York’s winter bird population with the city’s very own, Urban Park Rangers. Bird-watchers of all skill levels are welcome to this wildlife event! The Well House in Prospect Park, 200 Well House Drive, Brooklyn. 10 to 11 a.m., Free. 

DECO BOKO Market: Make sure to stop by this Japanese wholesale trade show on its last day in Soho. Guests have the opportunity to peruse beautiful Japanese products from the design and gift industry at this first-of-its-kind, pop-up market. NowHere, 40 Wooster Street, Manhattan. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free.

Socially-Distanced Comedy Show by Empire Stage: Laugh away your pandemic frustrations with comedians from HBO, Netflix and Comedy Central. This COVID-safe show will take place under a covered courtyard with heat lamps, a full bar and yummy food. Space is limited, so grab your tickets today! The Three Monkeys, 236 West 54th Street, Manhattan. 8 to 9:30 p.m., Free (donations encouraged). 

Sunday, Jan. 31

Fort Tryon Geology Hike: Venture outdoors and into Upper Manhattan for a “rocky” hike this weekend. Park Rangers will guide guests during the hike that will focus on the three rocks our city is built upon: the Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. Anne Loftus Playground, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Free.

Yin Yoga Workshop: Enjoy a relaxing night on your mat to combat the “Sunday Scaries” with this meditative and slow-paced yoga class. This guided practice will prepare you for a restful sleep and will quiet your nervous system. 8 p.m., Virtual, Free (donations encouraged). 

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