(6/27-7/4) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? The city continues to bounce back, with many venues dropping their mask and vaccine requirements. Expect a revitalized city this week and this weekend, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC this week.”
Here are just a few of my faves:
JULY 4TH WEEKEND IN NYC
New York City is a fantastic place to celebrate the anniversary of America’s Independence. The main event is of course the Macy’s 4th of July free fireworks show, which is celebrating its 46th anniversary. This is the nation’s largest Independence Day fireworks show. It begins at nightfall, 9:20pm or so, but for the best views you’ll want to get situated hours in advance. Get more details on NYC’s 4th of July fireworks here.
Courtesy City Cruises
The best way to experience the fireworks is aboard City Cruises, with boat rides on the East and Hudson Rivers providing an unforgettable way to celebrate the holiday. While onboard you’ll enjoy chef-prepared menus, creative cocktails, beer, wine, and New York’s most incredible views from the water. Climate-controlled interior and open-air outdoor decks await. Buffet cruises leave from Chelsea Piers for brunch and dinner. For an elegant plated meal, look to City Experiences’ all-glass, European-inspired Bateaux New York. Brunch and dinner cruises feature chef-inspired fine dining, beer, wine, and classic cocktails, and the city’s most impressive views.
For an all-American experience, head out to Coney Island, home of the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. The world’s top competitive eaters gather here every July 4th. After a record-breaking performance last year, look for Joey Chestnut to defend his title and add a 15th Mustard belt to his collection. On the women’s side, you can expect less predictability—Michelle Lesco was a first time winner last year after downing 30 3/4 hot dogs. The competition takes place on the corner of Surf and Stillwell.
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its “Summer of Joy” Flatbed Follies 5 Borough Tour. Custom-built rolling stages showcase everything from high wire to aerial acts to juggling, stilt walking, and clowning. It’s all free, at locations around the city through July 17th.
Central Park has a new oasis within an oasis Roller disco hotspot The DiscOasis has opened, bringing live DJs, day and night skating sessions, and performances. The setting is a glittering new roller rink fantasia installed at Wollman Rink.
For all the rest of these great NYC events head to CityGuideNY
This weekend should make a stargazer out of all New Yorkers (and no, we don’t mean the normal parade of celebrities that live here). A rare alignment of five different planets is headed our way, and it’ll be bright enough that even light-polluted NYC will be treated to the show.
Speaking of parades, the jubilant NYC Pride March marks its IRL return this Sunday for the first time in three years. And of course, we’ve got plenty more to tempt you this weekend, from a bevy of Midsummer events, to a free movie screening in a very iconic location, to seriously tasty ice cream sandwiches. Read on for everything fun you can eat, drink, and do this weekend in NYC.
Weekend-long East Village Ursula’s unique and utterly delicious New Mexican food was one of the only good things to come out of the pandemic. But if you haven’t had luck snagging a breakfast burrito at their Crown Heights storefront yet, we’ve got another option to try dishes from this recent James Beard Award nominee: chef Eric See is hosting a takeover at The Standard, East Village’s NO BAR until the end of the weekend. Guests can choose from a four-course dinner menu featuring dishes like Bean and Cheese Tostadas and Lamb Carnitas, or come ready for a celebration on Sunday when the team will host “Queens of the South: a queer brunch celebration.” The latter will feature music by DJ Young Wavy Fox and drag performances curated by The Soapbox Presents. Cost: Dinner from $65 per person, Brunch dishes from $14
Weekend-long Tribeca NYC has historically been lacking in legit Louisiana-style cuisine, but that changed earlier this year with the opening of Filé Gumbo Bar on Church St. The restaurant, helmed by chef Eric McCree, is a love letter to the inimitable Cajun and Creole culinary traditions; think appetizers like the Iconic Jazz Fest Crawfish Bread (a heavenly mix of cheese and seafood on toasted French bread), or house-favorite Tiny’s Gumbo, which is made with a rich peanut butter base and flavored with fresh herbs and Cajun spices. And don’t worry about the restaurant running out of their signature dish: there are not one, but two dedicated gumbo chefs. Cost: Entrees from $20
Friday, June 24, 5 pm Pier 86 Just when you think you’ve done it all in NYC, you find out you can watch classic sci-fi movies on an aircraft carrier. This Friday, head to The Intrepid for not only free admission to the museum, but a gratis screening of the classic film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets for the outdoor movie night, but note that booze is off limits for this one. Plus, fun fact: both the Museum and the movie are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Cost: Free, seating on a first come, first serve basis
If you’re looking for an untapped urban oasis, look no further than Manhattan West—a new shopping and dining hub in one of New York City’s most bustling neighborhoods. Whether you’re catching a game nearby at the Garden or famished from a day of sightseeing, Manhattan West is home to some of the best new restaurants to get you going again—like Eastern Mediterranean fare from Zou Zou’s, Spanish tapas from Casa Dani, or house-made pasta from Ci Siamo. So, come see what the buzz is all about.
Celebrate Midsummer at events around the city
Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 Various locations While the movie Midsommar may have scarred you, we promise actual Midsummer events are far less gruesome (and have more booze). Bronx Brewery is hosting a Mid Summer Day party at their East Village location this Saturday; expect plenty of (duh) beer and food from Bastard Burgers, plus spin sessions from Swedish DJs Binnie Smalls and Happy People Soundsystem. Meanwhile, Barely Disfigured cocktail bar in Cobble Hill is also hosting two events on Saturday: a “sip and snip” flower crown class with TikTok star DrinksbyEvie and a Midsummer party with thehoodwitch; both events will be serving NYC-based Harridan Vodka specialty cocktails, which include their newly launched “Midsummer Reserve” blend. And if you’d rather celebrate the holiday low-key, swing by Aquavit on Friday, where you can scoop up a Midsummer Kit. Inside are the makings of a fantastic meal for four, including three types of herring, gravlax, Danish Rye bread, strawberries and mascarpone, and more. Cost: Varies
Saturday, June 25, 12:30 pm-3:30 pm Nolita It’s hard to think of a pastry chef more innovative or community-focused than The Musket Room’s Camari Mick. And this Saturday, she’s knocked it out of the park once again with brand-new ice cream sandwich collabs. For the inaugural weekend, Mick has partnered with chef JJ Johnson of Field Trip to create a jollof ice cream that’s rolled in seasoned popped rice and sandwiched between macaron cookies. A new treat will be unveiled every Saturday; look out next month for chef Stefano Secchi of Rezdôra and Kerry Diamond of Cherry Bombe magazine. Cost: $9 each; preorder here
Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 Industry City AAPI Creatives & Entrepreneurs—better known as ACE—is an organization dedicated to uplifting and amplifying small, AAPI-owned businesses. They also throw pretty sweet pop-ups. This weekend, catch the latest iteration, “Celebr-Asian of Love,” at Industry City, where over 40 vendors will be selling everything from beauty and wellness products to fashion, food, and artwork. While it’s free to attend, everyone is invited to donate $5 or more, which will go to ACE’s non-profit partners, Asian American Arts Alliance and Heart of Dinner. Cost: Free, register here
Sunday, June 26, 5 pm West Village Have you always been a bad shucker and too ashamed to admit it? This Sunday, learn how to properly and safely shuck, when record-holder oyster shucker Patrick McMurray hosts a one-day-only event at Flex Mussels’ West Village location. Aside from proper oyster etiquette, there will also be a variety of food and drink specials, including fully loaded seafood towers and cocktails like The One That’s The Pimms Fizz (made with Pimm’s #1 gin, ginger beer, citrus, and cucumber). Plus, in honor of the NYC Pride march, a portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project. Cost: Entrees from $26
Sunday, June 26, 7 pm NoHo Quiz time: did you know Great Jones Distilling Co. is the first whiskey distillery in Manhattan since Prohibition? Those are quite large shoes to fill, but once you’ve tasted their bourbons and ryes, you’ll know the bootleggers of yore would approve. A fantastic way to sample the goods and try the distillery’s fantastic food (courtesy of on-site restaurant The Grid) is their Canapes and Cocktails event. The two-hour experience pairs three whiskey drams and three whiskey cocktails with six courses of light bites like Maple-Braised Bacon and Calamansi Sorbet. Bonus: you will also be guided through a four-part tasting of Great Jones Whiskey. Cost: $145 per person
Weekend-long Fort Greene If you don’t have the budget to travel for the world’s best film festivals, may we suggest an alternative? BAMCinemafest does all the work for you, curating the best independent films from the USA and around the globe, and then presenting them at their annual festival. This year brings a slate of filmmakers with historically underrepresented voices; don’t miss Brooklyn-based rom-com Ferny & Luca, or Sirens, the story of the Middle East’s first all-woman metal band. Cost: Tickets from $20 per screening (full list here)
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
The weather is warm, the sun is setting late, and after our last two summers didn’t go exactly as planned, we’re here to make sure that New Yorkers make this one count! From taking advantage of the season’s gorgeous weather, to telling you about the best summer happenings in NYC, get ready to cross your way off the most ultimate NYC summer bucket list ever!
Here are just a few of the best summer activities in NYC:
Enjoy gorgeous views at one of NYC’s rooftop festivals
Enjoy breathtaking views of New York City like never before at a rooftop festival! Enjoy tasty food and drinks, music to swing your hips to, and tons of incredible photo ops.
Forget about sleeping on the floor and going to the bathroom outside, regular camping is so last year! That’s right, now it’s all about glamping. Enjoy a luxurious stay on NYC’s island oasis with incredible amenities under the sky. Camp under the stars tonight!
For all the rest go to SecretNYC’s full, comprehensive list HERE.
“Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include “Met Opera’s 2022 Summer Recital Series,” “Isn’t It Bliss?: Sondheim on Love,” “Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books and more.
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The New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum, presents an exhibition that explores the civil rights movement through one of the most emotionally compelling forms of visual expression—the children’s picture book. “Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books,” on view April 1 – July 24, 2022, highlights some of the most consequential moments in American history that continue to impact the nation today. Through illustrations and objects, the exhibition traces …
Stephen Sondheim’s astute, clever, emotionally intelligent exploration of the many facets of love is unrivaled in musical theater. Tony Award winner and “Lyrics & Lyricists” favorite Ted Sperling conceived and hosts this show looking at love through the Sondheim songbook. The incomparable songs address love in all its phases: its giddy heights (“What More Do I Need”), crushing heartache (“Not a Day Goes By”), manic panic (“Getting Married Today”) and the emotional ambivalence Sondheim captured with perfect …
Executive Producer Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”) and award-winning documentarian Sam Feder (“Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger”) present this groundbreaking study of transgender representation in the media, bringing together trans creatives and activists to deconstruct scenes from cinema through the ages, in order to confront our evolving understanding of gender. This decade marks the most media visibility in history for the transgender community. But many years of negative stereotypes onscreen and in print …
The Morgan Library & Museum presents “Writing a Chrysanthemum: The Drawings of Rick Barton,” opening June 10 and running through September 11, 2022. The first museum exhibition dedicated to this largely undiscovered, yet extraordinary and original draftsman, the exhibition will feature sixty drawings, two accordion-fold sketchbooks, and five printed works by Rick Barton (1928–1992). The title of the exhibition comes from a story Barton told Etel Adnan (1925–2021) in a San Francisco café in the early 1960s. Adnan, who was enthralled by Barton’s accordion-fold books, later wrote, …
The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks returns with performances in all five boroughs, beginning Monday, June 20, with an evening of arias and duets at Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage in Central Park. The first two recitals feature rising stars soprano Brittany Renee, tenor Ben Bliss, and baritone Justin Austin, accompanied at the piano by Bryan Wagorn. The four subsequent recitals showcase three exciting young artists—soprano Amani Cole-Felder, mezzo-soprano Cierra …
Wear your sunblock: The best NYC events in June 2022 are things to do outside. When you’re not spending all your free time soaking up the sun at the best beaches or drinking atop the city’s finest rooftop bars, you’ll be rocking your rainbow during the Pride March and catching Tribeca Film Festival screeners. There are more opportunities to play dress up too like at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Get your tickets now for the best happenings of the month and keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for good weather.”
There’s nothing like taking in free live music and performance in the great outdoors. This season, comprised of 26 live and free performances, kicked off on May 27 with the New York City Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The opera is also scheduled to put on its annual “Pride in the Park” concert (June 17). Throughout the summer, New Yorkers will be treated to a slew of other shows, including contemporary dance performances, jazz concerts, collaborations with Joe’s Pub and more. You can check out the full lineup right here.
The Seaport’s summer concert series under the stars will feature more than 60 shows including from artists like Simple Plan, Sum 41, The Offspring, Pusha T, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Blondie, DEVO, Deftones, The Head and the Heart, Flogging Molly, Bikini Kill, Mayday Parade, Jason Mraz, Rise Against, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand, Jason Isbell and more.
Following a two-year, pandemic-fueled hiatus, the beloved Coney Island Mermaid Parade is officially coming back on June 18. Can you hear us screaming with delight? The procession, which has become the largest art parade in all of the United States since first debuting back in 1983, is part and parcel of Coney Island’s character, marking the unofficial start of summer. It will take place on June 18!
For all the rest of the best of what’s Happening in June go to Time Out NY HERE.
“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”
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(6/6-6/12) “Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? The city continues to bounce back, with many venues dropping their mask and vaccine requirements. Expect a revitalized city this week and this weekend, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC this week.”
Here are a few of my faves:
DANCE & MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Irish Arts Center’s annual festival is back in Riverside Park on Saturday, bringing in artists from Ivory Coast and Indian Kuchipudi traditions to join Irish troupes for a free day of music and dance. (There’s also an education tent to learn some steps on your own, plus arts and crafts and a costume station for photo ops.)
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Pictured: Hasta La Zeta.
Brooklyn’s Jalopy Theatre & School of Music celebrates immigrant experiences on Friday and Saturday through dance, music, and talks. The Brooklyn International Music Fest shows off NYC’s diversity with Chinese, Georgian, Korean, Indian, West African, and Colombian sounds among the offerings.
Wellness and music come together in Brooklyn for a 4pm-4am celebration on Saturday. Find Kundalini yoga and sound healing in Prospect Park to start, plus live jazz, flamenco, DJ sets, art, film, salt therapy in a Himalayan salt cave, and guest speakers working to keep our oceans healthy.
For all the rest of the great NYC events this week head to CituGuide’s list HERE.
As everyone in NYC knows, another sign that summer has officially started is the beginning of Pride Month. And while you should obviously be supporting our city’s LGBTQIA+ bars and businesses year-around, June is a wonderful time to double-down on your efforts. We’ve got intel on two Pride-themed film festivals to get you started, but other exciting events this weekend include a bake sale with some of the city’s hottest restaurants to support abortion access, and a quiet (yet loud) way to cheer on the Queen of England’s Jubilee.
Weekend-long SoHo Anytime pastry chef Dominique Ansel debuts a new line of desserts, you should run, not walk, to sample his latest creations. This Friday at Dominique Ansel Bakery—the original birthplace of the Cronut®—the creator of our favorite viral treats launches Around The World, a collection of pastries that’s dedicated to popular travel destinations. Forgo all the hassles of dealing with the airport right now and order goodies like the Mexican Taco (sweet corn crémeux, milk chocolate mousse, flourless chocolate sponge cake); Thai Mango Sticky Rice (creamy vanilla rice pudding, fresh mango compote); or Italian Burrata (mascarpone mousse, olive oil biscuit) instead. Cost: Pastries are $9.50 each
Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4 Fordham Plaza and Albee Square Plaza New Yorkers are justifiably proud of our city’s many immigrant roots all year, but June is the official time to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month. Join the I Stand With Immigrants Initiative in Fordham Plaza this Friday and Albee Square Plaza on Saturday, where food trucks will be serving free meals from celebrity chefs like Hawa Hassan, Joanna Chang, and Tom Colicchio. We’re especially excited to try Chang’s Chocolate Tofu Mousse with Black and White Sesame Brittle. Cost: Free
Get your culture on at one of these film fests
Weekend-long Various locations This weekend brings not one, but three different film festivals to our city, that span a range of topics, and dozens of sweet flicks. First up: the 25th annual Brooklyn Film Festival which includes the world premiere of Signs of Lovealong with 35 other two-hour film programs. NewFest Pride is a five-day festival of the best of LGBTQIA+ film and media and will premiere Fire Island as well as screen new episodes of Queer as Folk. And finally, Nitehawk Cinema launches the Be Gay, Do Crime series this Friday, which focuses on queer folks who commit crime as an act of resistance; catch The Living End this weekend. Cost: Prices vary
Eat and shop your way through this charming Brooklyn neighborhood
Saturday, June 4, 4:30 pm-6:30 pm West Village This Saturday, channel your rage over this country’s lack of abortion access by supporting a delicious fundraiser. Oh God, A Bake Sale to Support Abortion Access is the brainchild of famed pastry chef Natasha Li Pickowicz (Never Ending Taste, Flora Bar, Café Altro Paradiso) and Alison Leiby, the writer and comedian behind Oh God, A Show About Abortion. Over 20 NYC-based bakeries and chefs are donating tasty treats, including Claire Saffitz, Camille Becerra, and Ursula, with proceeds going to The Brigid Alliance, a nonprofit organization that arranges and funds the necessary logistics for those forced to travel for safe abortion care. Cost: $7 per voucher, which can be redeemed for one baked good
Saturday, June 4, 8 pm Lincoln Center It’s no secret that Americans are a little bit fascinated with the royalty across the pond. So, if you’d like to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee—that’s 70 years on the throne!—right here in NYC, head to Lincoln Center this Saturday. Famed DJ Mark Ronson will be spinning tunes for a silent disco at The Oasis, the city’s largest outdoor dance floor. Cost: Free
Weekend-long Lower East Side If a trip to The Hamptons or even The Rockaways isn’t in the cards for you this weekend, never fear: you can just take a trip to the Lower East Side instead. Wild At Heart Beach Club is the brand-new pop-up at lively downtown bar The Skinny: Think palm tree wallpaper, beachy bites, and, of course, plenty of frozen cocktails. There will also be tons of events on a weekly basis, including Friday night burlesque shows and bottomless brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: Cocktails from $13
Sunday, June 5, 11 am-6 pm Prospect Park Nothing screams summer like the start of Smorgasburg season, but this weekend the open-air food market has something special up its sleeve. The first-ever Smorgasburger event is dedicated to that very special sandwich, and will feature George Motz’s famed Motzburger, plus other varieties like Palenque’s burger stuffed inside an arepa, and Tojo Kitchen’s Wagyu patty on an ube bun. Cost: Prices vary
Weekend-long Upper East Side Although the war in Ukraine has only just started, it has, of course, already had an enormous impact on the Ukrainian people. To see the atrocities through the lens of its artists, head to the Ukrainian Institute of America this weekend, where the new exhibit Impressions of War: Poster Art from Ukraine has just opened. All the posters and printed works featured are by Ukrainian designers and artists struggling to live through Russia’s invasion and deal with themes like opposition and cruelty, as well as resistance. Cost: $25 per ticket
The Other Art Fair: This weekend, The Other Art Fair is returning to New York City. The fair will feature over 130 independent and emerging artists, each hand-picked by a committee of art world experts. The fair will also introduce three New York-based recipients of its Spring 2022 New Futures award. Tickets start at $18. 4 to 10 p.m. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, Queens.
Rooftop Selects: The Janes: Come out to Brooklyn for a special screening of “The Janes,” a film that highlights a group that built an underground service for women seeking safe, affordable, illegal abortions. The night will start with live music from beccs, followed by the screening. After the film, there will be a talk with filmmakers Tia Lessin & Emma Pildes and an after party. Tickets start at $16. Doors open at 8 p.m. Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn.
Saturday, June 4
Photoville NYC: From the non-profit Photoville, Photoville NYC is back this weekend, marking the outdoor festival’s celebratory return to a summer format for the first time in 10 years. Parks across the city will be filled with expansive and vivid photos of the world for New Yorkers to enjoy all month long. From now through June 26, New Yorkers can explore several parks and find the Photoville displays. Free. Multiple locations, more info at photoville.nyc.
Free Art Sanctuary: New York Foundling’s Strong Families and Communities Training Center and Home for Integrated Behavioral Health is hosting a free art sanctuary on Saturday. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of creativity, community, and family fun, while getting opportunities to participate in arts & crafts, raffles while they enjoy food and toys. 1 to 5 p.m. 109 East 115 Street, Manhattan.
Movies Under The Stars: Encanto: Grab a blanket and head to the park, it’s family movie night! As a part of their Movies Under the Stars series, the NYC Parks Department is hosting a screening of the Oscar-winning animated film “Encanto.” Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited, but you are welcome to bring other refreshments. Free. Movie starts at dusk. Athletic Fields in Paerdegat Park, Brooklyn.
Sunday, June 5
Photo Scavenger Hunt: Take a guided hike through Fort Greene Park and put your photography skills to the test at this photo scavenger hunt. The Urban Park Rangers will lead the way and tell you what to look for. Be sure to bring your own digital camera or smartphone to take photos with! Free. 11 a.m. Meet at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.
Hudson Classical Theater Company Presents: Richard II: Watch the classic William Shakespeare play “Richard II” come to life. All audience members must show proof of being fully vaccinated and must wear a mask before, during, and after the show. All proceeds will go to support the work of the Hudson Classical Theater Company. Pay what you can. Seating starts at 6 p.m. Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan.