The best things to do in NYC this weekend
“The best things to do in NYC this weekend includes Fourth of July events, outdoor art shows and rooftop hijinx and more By Shaye Weaver / Time Out New York
Looking for the best things to do in NYC this 4th of July weekend? Whether you’re the group planner searching for more things to do in NYC today, or you have no plans yet, here are some ideas to add to your list for this long summer weekend. 4th of July parties can be found in every borough. There’s much more to do this weekend—all you have to do is scroll down to plan yours!”
Things to do in NYC this weekend
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The Statue of Liberty’s original plaster model from 1878, a nine-foot-tall bronze statue created by Auguste Bartholdi, has made a historic trip across the Atlantic Ocean from France in time for the Fourth of July. On July 1-4, it will take its place on Ellis Island across the way from the actual Statue of Liberty. This will be the first time in 135 years that the “sisters” will be together. The 1,000-pound sculpture was uninstalled at the Conservatoire national des arts et metiers (Cnam), where it had been on display at the entrance for the past 10 years. And while you probably haven’t visited the Statue of Liberty in a while, it could be worth seeing its “little sister”— while it’s in town. It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a piece of U.S. (and French) history before your eyes.
Music The Bell House, Gowanus Jul 3 2021
Celebrate America’s patron saint, Dolly Parton, this 4th of July at The Bell House. Doll Parts is a Dolly Parton cover band dedicated to pay full homage to the country and bluegrass roots Parton is known for representing. Sing along to hits like “I Feel the Blues Moving In,” “Jolene” and “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me.”
Art City Point, Downtown Brooklyn Jul 2 2021-Jul 31 2021
Light Leaks is an immersive art installation where visitors can escape into a seemingly infinite space created by patterns from millions of lights and a gigantic cluster of glistening disco balls. Thousand Deep and artists Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan analyzed a few dozen photos of the space and predicted where each of the millions of pixels of projected light would shine after reflecting off the disco balls. They combined this data with a 3D model of the room to program immersive patterns with the reflections. “The result is a mesmerizing flood of lights that destabilize and reorganize a viewer’s perception of the space,” they say. The installation will also include disco-ball-inspired art by Kiichiro Adachi, Julia Walck, and Nick Oudsema. “To us, the disco ball represents values of celebration and expression. Through this event, we want to reinvigorate these values, and tell a story of emergence as cultural experiences come back to New York City,” says Carson Lee, co-founder & CEO of Thousand Deep. The “transformative” installation can be experienced July 2 – 31 in Downtown Brooklyn.
Things to do Brooklyn Heights
Head to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 to skate with a beautiful view of the city. While the roller rink is used by a hockey league twice a week, it is open for public skates most days in the summertime for just $6. It’s free on Mondays and Fridays between 3:30 and 6pm. Skate rentals are just $7. If you’re looking for some themed fun, the rink is hosting a 1980s throwback skate, a boy band night, and a Pride skate this year.
718 Broadway, Midtown West Until Dec 31 2022
Immersive art exhibit Arcadia Earth has reopened after being closed due to the pandemic, and it looks better than ever! The exhibit aims to inspire visitors artistically and ethically, as it uses 15 rooms to spotlight the environmental challenges that our planet is facing (such as overfishing, food waste, and climate change). This exhibit will not only leave visitors in awe, but it will help support Oceanic Global, an organization devoted to raising awareness around our aquatic ecosystems. In addition, a tree will also be planted for every ticket sold, making it a perfect gift for your eco-conscious friends!
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, known for offering 88 flavors of specialty scoops, is now serving up a new type of ice cream sandwich… an ice cream burger! Designed to supplement the traditional cup or cone options, Morgenstern’s newest menu offering will sandwich fresh scoops of ice cream on a freshly baked bun—as if they are chilly, orb-shaped burger patties! Exclusively available at Morgenstern’s flagship scoop shop at 88 West Houston St. in Soho, the epic, brand-new all-American dessert was created by founder Nick Morganstern. The Ice Cream Burger features Neapolitan ice creams-strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate—stacked inside a buttered burger bun. Currently, no other flavors can be substituted in the ice cream burger, and no plant-based option is available. It goes for $10 and can easily serve two.
Phoenix, East Village Jul 4 2021
EurovisioNYC, which was on hiatus during the pandemic, has been a party by-and-for New Yorkers with a love of European Dance-Pop music and devotees to the annual Eurovision competition that celebrates the genre. Past events in NYC have featured Eurovision stars such as SuRie, who performed at EurovisioNYC in November 2019. It’s back on the Fourth of July at East Village bar The Phoenix with the PED (Post-Eurovision Depression) Party, which will bring together devotees from across the area, along with new fans, to celebrate the best of Eurovision 2021 and classic Eurovision favorites from the past.
Edge Observation Deck, Midtown West Jul 4 2021
Edge, the highest outdoor sky deck in New York City, is throwing an exclusive 4th of July Celebration that’ll give unparalleled views of the Macy’s, Coney Island and Jersey City fireworks shows from 7pm to midnight. Tickets will give you private access to Edge’s indoor and outdoor viewing areas with its thrilling glass-floor, angled glass walls, and skyline steps, and include three drinks with champagne available for guests 21 years and older, as well as unlimited popcorn, and a personalized photo book to memorialize the occasion. There will also be a performance by a string quartet featuring MET Orchestra members Sarah Vonsattel, Garrett Fischbach, Shmuel Katz, and Julia Bruskin.
Collective Retreats – Governors Island, Tribeca Jul 3 2021-Jul 4 2021
Take an 8-minute ferry ride from Manhattan to Collective Governors Island to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bottomless brunch, sunset cocktails and s’mores over a campfire. Collective Retreats has a new brunch menu for this special weekend featuring an entree and unlimited beverages from 11:30am-5:00pm. Guests can choose an entree from decadent entrees including an elevated Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, creamy shrimp + Grits or mouthwatering French toast to be topped off with Veuve or Belvedere Bloody Mary and the option to plus up your brunch with an Americana inspired celebratory pancake platter with red and blueberries and festive sparkles.
Jazz Blue Note, Greenwich Village Jul 4 2021-Jul 5 2021
Palmieri has been at the top of the Latin-jazz game for more than 60 years, offering fans subtle harmonies and heavy pianistic flurries. Here the maestro celebrates the 40th anniversary of NYC’s jazz hub, Blue Note.
One World Observatory | Manhattan, NY, Financial District Jul 4 2021
One World Observatory is throwing a patriotic celebration that’ll give an amazing view of the Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks at almost eye-level at 102 floors high and unlimited, festive Americana food and beverages. An all-inclusive ticket includes unlimited premium cocktails from 8-11pm and passed holiday staples, such as hot dogs, pretzels, waffle fries, and more elaborate fare like truffle mac and cheese, churros and cheesecake lollipops. To attend, proof of vaccination is required and guests must be 21 or older. Availability is limited, and no tickets will be sold at the door.
Starting this week, the Michelin-starred restaurant Musket Room in NoLita is serving housemade ice cream sandwiches from its takeout window on weekends from noon to 4pm. These aren’t just any ice cream sandwiches—Pastry Chef Camari Mick, a veteran of Le Bernardin and Eleven Madison Park, has created mouthwatering flavors that we’ve never seen before. You can choose from a vegan coconut caramel cookie with coconut ice cream, a chocolate chip cookie with miso ice cream and a hazelnut macaron with blackberry. They’re just $8 a piece and will be available through the summer at 265 Elizabeth St.
amNY Weekender: 6 things to do in New York City this weekend
Friday, July 2
Movies Under the Stars: Moana: Acclaimed Disney animated film Moana is coming to the Bronx’s Concrete Plant Park this Friday for a free screening. Spread a blanket, bring a picnic and enjoy a movie in the warm outdoors. Perfect for kids and the whole family. Concrete Plant Park, The Bronx. 8 p.m. Free.
Brooklyn Foodie Festival: Friday Night Bites: Love food? Come to Friday Night Bites this Friday to find all that Brooklyn has to offer. Enjoy carnival games and a bouncy house, all while listening to live music and sampling food from over ten local vendors. Takes place right on the edge of the Gowanus Canal. 426 President St., Brooklyn. 5 p.m. $10.
Saturday, July 3
Cuban Salsa Dance Class: If you’ve ever considered learning Salsa, now is the time. Salsa Sabrosa School is offering a free class and social dance this Saturday at the end of Pier 45. Listen to music, socialize – and, of course, salsa – all while enjoying the heat and gorgeous views down the Hudson River. Pier 45 at Hudson River Park. 5 p.m. Free.
Lake Paddle: Come to Bronx Park this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a chance to paddle-boat down the Bronx River. Enjoy the lull of the boat, the sound of the water, and the play of the sun along the river. This section of the River is calm and so perfect for beginners and families. River Park in Bronx Park. 10 a.m. $25 for adults, $15 for children.
Sunday, July 4
Smorgasburg: Smorgasburg, New York City’s food bazaar spectacular, is returning in earnest this year to parks across the City. Come to Williamsburg this Sunday to celebrate the fourth of July with dozens of vendors, selling everything from bao to tacos to ice cream. 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free to enter.
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks: Come celebrate the way New York City knows best: with Macy’s annual fireworks show. Watch from Red Hook, the downtown Manhattan riverfront, or a rooftop near you. Macy’s show is the largest in the country, so come prepared for noise. Several local sites or at home, 8 p.m. Free.
If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.
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“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
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Feast on Escargot and the Scene
Pastis / 52 Gansevoort St.
We’re happy to report that whatever strange alchemy it was (the warming onion soup, the cheeseburger “à la Americaine,” the spacious sidewalk operation sturdy enough for any blizzard) that elevated this fashionable Stephen Starr–Keith McNally Meatpacking District brasserie into one of the go-to destinations during the dark pandemic months is still very much intact. Like everywhere else around town, the dining room is beginning to fill up again, but the best seat in the house is still outdoors, where the sidewalk between the tables along Gansevoort Street has turned into a kind of promenade for the vibrantly reopened city. There was a jazz trio spinning out New Orleans sounds when we dropped by the other day, and couples walking arm in arm on their way to the High Line or an evening picnic in the park. Any picnic here should include some oysters and the bubbly, shell-less escargot, but be sure to save a little room for the baba au rhum, the nougat glacé, and the rest of the underrated brasserie desserts.—A.P.
Snag a Seat for Vietnamese Vermicelli
Di An Di / 68 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
Cymande’s “bra” piped through the outdoor jukebox on a recent Friday at the Vietnamese restaurant Di An Di while patrons slurped up brothy vermicelli noodles underneath strings of white lights. Those who arrived after 8:45 p.m. were out of luck, as every table was filled with fashionable young folks in T-shirts and hosts had stopped taking names. Bowls of mi xao bo do bien, firm egg noodles studded with fat slices of squid and shrimp, scented the air with its garlicky perfume. The Before Times menu still hasn’t returned, which means no more rice-paper pizzas for now, but there are newish bánh mì lunch sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken, tofu, or pork belly. And the aromatic shaking beef (bo luc lac), with its wok-seared cubes of medium-rare sirloin and crisp tomato-watercress salad, remains.—R.P.S.
Sip Vermut Like a Basque Boulevardier
Ernesto’s / 259 E. Broadway
The pandemic was a disaster for everyone, but few felt the old “defeat snatched from the jaws of victory” moment more keenly than chef-owner Ryan Bartlow, who had to close this elegant little Basque-themed bar operation just as the buzz for its special brand of convivial tapas-style cooking was building. The bare-bones staff managed to survive on PPP checks and a pickup menu until early summer, before throwing open the floor-to-ceiling windows and filling the sidewalk with rows of tables, which, on a warm night, as the evening light filters through the leafy trees across the street, can feel a little like an outdoor café in San Sebastián. These days, the long, dinner-friendly bar is humming again, and with the first-rate drinks program (try the vermut and tonic), a roster of expertly rendered Spanish classics (the croquettes, the morcilla, the tortilla española), and a peaceful, unhurried vibe, there are, for our money, few more-enjoyable indoor-outdoor-dining options in town.—A.P.
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