We host a wide range of activities & tours each day and night we’re in the city, straying from the path wherever possible. We hope these offerings will compliment your personal plans. Overall, we encourage you to go with the flow, and understand that time and order are mostly out of your control. Know this and you’ll enjoy your time much more.
Note: Below is a selection of tours and activities we’ve offered in the past.
Stay tuned for more info.
3RD WARD DRINK N DRAW
Join us for Drink n Draw at 3rd Ward, a multi-use art centre in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You bring drawing tools (pencils, paper, etc) and 3rd Ward supplies the beer and models for a small fee ($10 per person in our group). This is a great way to meet local artists, get your art on and take it easy for your first night in the city.
Central Park, just a short walk from our hostel, is beautiful in the winter. Let’s go check it out
DINNER & DRINKS
Dinner and drinks. Our first night on the town. A great chance to unwind and get to know each other.
GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Breakfast. The most important meal of your first full day in New York City. Ringer knows this best. Join him for an early breakfast at one of his favourite spots.
STOP MOTION INFILTRATION
We will conduct a stop-motion animation workshop at a thrilling secret location in lower Manhattan. Bring your digital camera, and learn how to make your own animations using everday gear. Once the workshop is done, you can break from the group, or follow Karol for some urban spelunking into NYC’s more forbidden recesses for more photography and heart-racing fun.
Note: Stop-motion animations produced through this activity will be compiled for our post-NYC art show back in Toronto!
Follow your intuition, stray from the beaten path – and get lost! This is your chance to experience New York on your own terms. We introduce the principles of a Wander (otherwise know as a dérive), including its (non)structure, influences and potential outcomes. We then split up and venture out on our own personal wanders – walking through the streets, collecting images, thoughts and sounds along the way. Later we re-group at a cozy coffee shop to reflect on and share our wander-experiences.
Note: Documentation produced through this activity can be put to good use in our post-NYC art show back in Toronto!
INDOOR POTLUCK PICNIC
Rendezvous with us for a nice (indoor) potluck picnic, in a public location TBA. Here’s how it works: There’s a suggested grocery list, along with directions to the rendezvous site. In advance, we decide what potluck items people are gonna bring, then we feast like true vagabonds!
Ringer’s traditional Chelsea Gallery Hop – equal parts art, conversation, free wine – is always full of crazy social surprises and madcap hilarity. Armed with a list of gallery openings, we meet on the street and charge into the night with low expectations and high energy. This is a great way to let loose and mix it up with local gallery goers.
Museum Mileage takes you on a scenic stroll along a stretch of NYC’s 5th Avenue called Museum Mile. Check out Central Park, the Guggenheim, the Met, the Jewish Museum and other beautiful sites. Note: Museum fees apply.
SOUNDS BENEATH THE CITY
This adrenaline-fueled “sound tour” explores the sonic nuances of some of NYC’s more hidden recesses, while challenging you to rethink urban space and how you interact with it. We’ll climb forbidden stairs, venture into hidden basements and open unlocked doors to revised states of mind. We Bring a sound recorder (any quality will do) and open ears. Note: This tour involves optional blindfolds.
Note: Recordings from this activity can be put to good use in our post-NYC art show back in Toronto!
NEW YORK UNDERGROUND
Ever wondered what goes on beneath the surface of New York City’s streets? We’ll explore life underground by riding the subways, checking out subway art and performers, and finding out about everything from token wars to lives lived in the Freedom Tunnel. Durning the tour we will spend some time eavesdropping on the locals to see what New Yorkers are really talking about.
Note: This tour merges with our Sounds Beneath the City activity.
Snowy conditions permitting, we’ll take to a special spot to make snowmen and go tobogganing. Wear your snowpants. We’ll bring hot chocolate and tea.
WHAT’S THE SITUATION HERE?
Ringer gives a casual introduction to the Situationist International (SI), unitary urbanism, psychogeography and the role of play and criticality in everyday urban life. Participants then go on a collective mission to make a scene at a specially chosen public site. Note: You do not have to be a “performer” for this one. Just be willing to play around and explore the city in fun, intriguing ways. Disguises are optional.
Note: Documentation produced through this activity may be used in our post-NYC art show back in Toronto!
Karol’s vegetarian food foray is always deliciously fun. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or neither, you are guaranteed* to have a mind-blowing meal as Karol takes whomever’s hungry to a highly-rated vegetarian restaurant for a gut-busting feast. This event aims to be filling AND affordable, so bring a few bucks and get stuffed.
HOT CHOCOLATE / ICE SK8 RENDEZVOUS
After icesk8ing, we get together for delicious hot chocolate and marshmallows at a specially chosen location.
GALLERY CRAWL INTENSIVE
This really is an intensive gallery crawl. We squeeze up to 25 gallery exhibitions into a 3- to 4-hr timeframe. Come prepared to walk, take quick notes, discuss and keep a steady pace. At some point in the tour, we stop for a bite to eat.
HARLEM JAZZ JUMP
This tour usually lands us to St. Nick’s Pub, which is said to be Harlem’s oldest continuously running jazz club. This is one of our most amazing nightlife outings. Big names and local talents alike play here, kickin’ out stellar jams always everybody shouting whooping laughing shoulder-to-shoulder – a true slice of the jazztastic real!
A NIGHT OF WORDS
Journey into the night to discover some of New York’s finest underground poetry + spoken word. Bring your notebooks and be prepared to get inspired!
Late-night danceparty assault. Pack yr sneakers, kids.
WINTER OF YR DISCONTENT
Tired of all of that leftover Christmas cheer? Got a Valentine’s Day love hangover? Sign up for a cheap, fast, loud concert of some local punk rock music. Past concerts attended as part of the NYC Roadtrip have been mind-blowing.
WATER TOUR – IT’S AN ISLAND AFTER ALL!
This tour will take participants around the ports and piers of Manhattan Island. We’ll ride the Staten Island Ferry through Upper New York Bay, wave to the Statue of Liberty, and then head back to mainland for a trip uptown to the Socrates Sculpture Park! Participants are encouraged to dress warm and bring snacks.number of view: 1633