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Best of New York 2012 • Fun

Best Highbrow Night Out

  • Safe Space

    Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St., nr. Houston St.; 212-334-3324

    Classical-music concerts and literary readings can feel as though they come with “experts only” warnings. But Housing Works’ new mash-up series has found a way to demystify both worlds: make them talk to each other. Each installment begins with an urbane artistic juxtaposition—a recital by a classical musician and a reading by an author—and then segues into a casual conversation about methods and inspirations. The exchange of performance and ideas relaxes the atmosphere, enlivens the crowd, and knocks both art forms off their pedestals—in a good way.

From the 2012 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).