By: Stefanie DiMartino

Can you believe it’s November? The holidays are already fast approaching, and while the pandemic is unfortunately not over yet, there are still so many fun things you can do and see here in NYC. Of course, while following all proper safety protocols and guidelines to remain safe. Below are my top picks for the best things to do in NYC November 9–15. 

The Top 8 Best Things to do in NYC November 9-15

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NowNovember 22 | 6-9pm | $75+

The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014

During this time, almost everyone is missing Broadway and live theater, which is one of the best things to do in NYC. So, for a different and immersive experience, be sure to check out Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec. This experience“invites you to peer through the windows of old Paris, where unexpected moments of art, beauty, and seduction await you during this pandemic-friendly theatrical walking tour inspired by Bated Breath Theatre’s long-running immersive hit Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec. In this open air, intimate theatrical experience, you and seven other masked audience members will be guided through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. The sidewalks, doorways, and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting you into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris.” – Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec

Note: While this theatrical walking tour is primarily outdoors, you will be inside, socially distanced, for a short duration of the tour. Some venues are not wheelchair accessible. The tour requires that you are on your feet at all times. Ticket sales are non-refundable, but, transfers and exchanges are allowed when reasonable. All tour audience members are required to complete a COVID waiver before attending.


Sunday – Saturday, 10am-12midnight | $36+

150 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

While safety has been of utmost importance, many businesses have adapted new ways to do things. For a fun night out, head to Brooklyn and visit Sharks Pool Club. “Our private pool rooms are reservation based and contactless. Improve your game, impress your date or challenge a friend at your own private pool table. Text us while you’re at Sharks if you need anything. Play your own music, BYOB and make yourself at home. Wipe down your table & the cues when you’re done and let the next ones play.” – Sharks Pool Club


Custom day/time | $299+ 

If you have been wanting to tour NYC, now is the perfect time to book a custom designed private tour with Sarah, Luis, or Tom. Indeed, they are all NYC experts and enjoy showing others around the city they love. Also, you can customize the tour to fit your own personal interests. You do not want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience!



Ending soon! Now-November 15 | $25+

MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

It is your last chance to visit the MoMA and view Haegue Yang’s Handles exhibit. Truly, this exhibit is unique with art pieces of different shapes and beautiful holographic colors. You do not want to miss it!


Now – January 2, 2021 | M-Thu, 2-9pm, F-Sun, 10am-10pm | $24+ | $19+ M-F for NY/NJ residents with proof of residency

ARTECHOUSE NYC, 439 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

Certainly, for a delightfully unique experience, visit ARTECHOUSE for their latest exhibition, Celestial. “To wrap up this unprecedented year, we’re transforming our three locations into unique expressions of Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020: Classic Blue. From earth, to water, to air, each location will present a distinct, elemental experience related to the unique qualities of the color. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. The new installations seek to do the same, centering our thoughts and fostering resilience. Drawing on the color blue’s inspirational qualities, Celestial takes visitors on a journey beyond the skies. Submerge yourself in the sights, sounds and sensations of Classic Blue.” – Celestial

Sure to be beautiful and interesting, that is why Celestial is one of the best things to do in NYC November 9-15.


Now – February 7, 2021 | $25+ | NY, NJ, CT – pay what you wish

The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art features more than 33,000 pieces that reflect 7 centuries worth of fashion and accessories. And, now open, you can check out the About Time: Fashion and Duration exhibit. “The Costume Institute’s 2020 exhibition traces a century and a half of fashion—from 1870 to the present—along a disruptive timeline, on the occasion of The Met’s 150th anniversary. Employing Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée (duration), it explores how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future.” – The Met



1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

Certainly, drinking and dining on rooftops is so New York. So of course, The NoMad Hotel’s rooftop bar is a must visit and one of the best things to do in NYC November 9-15. The rooftop bar provides the perfect cold weather atmosphere – a beautiful tent roof with cozy and ornate seating, and warm accented rugs. Also, heaters throughout the fall/winter to help keep you warm. “The Rooftop offers an intimate setting for outdoor dining with iconic Manhattan views; now serving NoMad classics and a seasonal menu for breakfast, brunch and dinner daily, accompanied by a celebrated cocktail and wine program.” – The NoMad 


Sanctuary Hotel, 132 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036

Since rooftops are one of the most fun ways to experience NYC, check out Haven Rooftop for dinner and drinks. “Haven Rooftop is a chic and festive restaurant and bar that offers not only delicious food and craft cocktails, but also a DJ and flat screen TVs. Situated up in the sky on top of the Sanctuary Hotel, far away from all the hustle and bustle of midtown down below, the Haven is a year round rooftop oasis allowing guests to delight in the wonders of New York, surrounded by breathtaking views of Manhattan.” – Haven Rooftop

Sarah Funk at Talk Story Bar.
Sarah Funk at Talk Story Bar. Photo by Laura Peruchi

In summary, these are the best things to do in NYC November 9-15. Have fun and stay safe!


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