Where Not to Watch the Super Bowl This Sunday

So you might be a little more excited for the Puppy Bowl than the Super Bowl. So what? If you’re not down for the hot wings, big screens, and superfans; no doubt you’ll score a Sunday touchdown with these events on your calendar.

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You don’t need us to tell you that it’s that time of year again. Yes, Super Bowl Sunday, when millions of Americans park themselves in front of the TV for the game (and the commercials) and the halftime show as they enjoy good old-fashioned junk food. Maybe you’re not one of the estimated 111.9 million people who will be glued to their flat-screens on Sunday, February 5. All due respect to this secular holiday, there are still plenty of non–football related activities to make you forget it’s game day. Here are a few:

The King of Comedy
Sunday, February 5, 3 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue
This 1982 Martin Scorsese film, starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Bernhard, is a pitch-black comedy that’s still relevant today. Filmed entirely in New York, King explores fame, media culture, loneliness, and celebrity worship. Laugh—and cringe—at this ahead-of-its-time classic.

Pop Up at Pier 94
Sunday, February 5, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Pier 94
711 12th Avenue (55th Street and The West Side Highway)
Pop Up at Pier 94 will showcase the goods of nearly 100 antiques, jewelry, home decor, stationery, and health and beauty products vendors. This is the perfect event for the savvy shopper in search of something unique.

Photo by iStock
Photo by iStock

18th Annual New York City Lunar Chinese New Year Parade and Festival
Sunday, February 5, noon–4:30 p.m.
Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand Street or East Broadway
Don’t want to celebrate a team? How about cheering for an entire culture at the 18th Annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade and Festival. Expect Chinese music, costumes, traditional dancing, and lion dancers. The parade is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Photo by Bob Dea
Photo by Bob Dea

Mamma Guidara’s at the Nomad Hotel
Sunday, February 5, numerous time slots
The Nomad Hotel
1170 Broadway and 28th Street
Mamma Guidara’s, a Sunday-only pop-up restaurant with an old-school vibe, is offering a classic Italian-American four-course prix-fixe dinner. Normally an impossible reservation to get, Super Bowl Sunday is the perfect day to finally snag your spot. Don’t miss the fried calamari and the famous chicken parm.

Photo by The NoMad Bar
Photo by The NoMad Bar

YMusic: Freshly Minted
Sunday, February 5, 3 p.m.
National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
$29 general admission ($32.77 with service fees)
YMusic is a group of six musicians from New York featuring a string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet. This well-established sextet is making its Carnegie Hall debut during the 2016-2017 season and has collaborated with the likes of José González, The Tallest Man on Earth, Dirty Projectors, The Staves, Bon Iver, and Blake Mills. If you’re looking for an afternoon of classical music bliss, this is the show for you.

Photo by Allan Amato
Photo by Allan Amato

“Take Me (I’m Yours)”
Closing Sunday, February 5,  11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
$15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $7.50 for students; free for 18 and under
This avant-garde exhibition invites visitors to participate in, touch, and keep some of the art. The works are from more than 40 artists from around the world. Catch it now, as it’s ending on Sunday.

Photo by David Heald
Photo by David Heald