10 New York Activities Where You’re Bound To Make New Friends!

Museum Hack: These tours make history (and art!) fun and interactive. Via musuemhack.org

Whether you’ve just moved to the city or you’re looking to make new friends, here are 10 events that do a great job of creating real connections, and not just the small-talk kind!

1. MuseumHack

Many of us have vivid childhood memories of museum tours– mainly being dragged through exhibits by a boring, quiet old lady. Then, MuseumHack came along. These folks make history fun, interactive and sometimes R-rated. And, there’s wine. We highly recommend these tours, plus it’s a great way to meet some new faces in the city.

2. Anything at House of Yes

The House of Yes is a magic wonderland that’s part Burning Man, part circus, and 100 percent wonderful. This club wants everyone who walks through its doors to feel safe being their whole selves. If you’re not sure which one of their extravaganzas to choose, we recommend The Get Down, House of Love and Voice Cult. Check them out and connect with others at the House of Yes.

3. Torch Song

The revival of Harvey Fierstein’s seminal work is coming to the Hayes Theatre in October. This play originally premiered at the theatre in 1982. Michael Urie stars as Arnold, a Jewish drag queen performer seeking acceptance from society and his family. Don’t miss one of the many Broadway shows this fall, buy your tickets now and meet new friends!

4. Ethnic Jewish Food Festival

Who doesn’t love connecting over delicious, ethnic food? Women Cook is an Israeli social initiative established in 2006 to help women from disadvantaged communities create a source of employment. This group of women represent the colorful ethnic culinary mosaic of Jewish cuisine. This food festival in Queens is a great place to meet other Jewish foodies. You can find tickets here!

5. Poetry Brothel

If you love words, get ready for the best night out. Poetry Brothel combines immersive theater and prose. As their website describes, “The poetry brothel is an immersive literary cabaret that fuses poetry, burlesque, live music, vaudeville, visual art, magic, mysticism, and private, one-on-one poetry experiences.” Share your love of words with others at the Poetry Brothel.

6. Caveat

Caveat is the grown-up version of playing trivia games in your friend’s basement until 2 AM. It’s a place for adult nerds to hang out and learn some cool things along the way. Some of our favorite shows there include Philosophy Happy Hour and You’re the Expert. Bond with others over some high-level thinking trivia games.

7. Jewish Walking Tours

Explore your heritage and get some of your daily 10,000 steps in at the same time. The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy runs Jewish history tours that give you an insight into the rich Jewish history in the Lower East Side, Chasidic Williamsburg and Harlem and the Upper East Side. RSVP for a tour here and meet other history buffs along the walk.

8. Medi Club

This club is a monthly gathering that combines group conversations, meditation, music and healthy food. The programming is amazing, but the people are even better. If you’re looking to bring more mindful people into your life, then check out the Medi Club.

9. Sleep No More

Treat yourself with a pricier ticket to go see Sleep No More. The actors in this show make everyone involved feel like they’re a part of the show. This theatrical experience is an award-winning show that tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. This theatrical show will push you out of your comfort zone to meet some new acquaintances.

More than 30,000 people have already seen the Folksbiene’s Yiddish “Fiddler.” Courtesy of Victor Nechay/ProperPix 

10. Fiddler On The Roof - In Yiddish

You know the show but this version, performed in Yiddish, add a new dimension of meaning. The National Yiddish Theater’s revival of the show has been so popular it’s run has been extended to the end of December. Ticket holders also get free entrance to the Museum of Jewish Heritage for the day of the show, so you can browse their exhibitions before heading into the theater. Tickets available here.

This piece has been provided by Today Tix, your destination for theater tickets in NYC.



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