July NYC Events (07/12/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

“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!”

Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.

Best Free Things To Do in NYC This Week

Monday, July 12, 2021

Mon, Jul 12 – 6:30 pm / free
Concert | Blues, Jazz, Funk: Original and Cover Songs
Laughing Boy band performs original songs and cover tunes in the bluesy, jazzy, funky genres. … more

Mon, Jul 12 – 8:30 pm / free; no reservation required
Film | Elevator to the Gallows (1958): French Murder Mystery with Music by Miles Davis (virtual)
A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally … more

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Tue, Jul 13 – 6:30 pm / free; RSVP required
Dance Lesson | Dance: Bollywood & Bhangra
Dancers of all levels are invited to learn technique from the best. Originating in India, these danc … more

Tue, Jul 13 – 7:00 pm / free; RSVP required
Play | King Lear — with a Happy Ending
This version of King Lear by William Shakespeare will employ Nahum Tate’s 1681 “happy endin … more

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Wed, Jul 14 – 6:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Classical Music | Ensemble Connect: Baroque to Cutting Edge
The brilliant musicians of Ensemble Connect bring thrilling virtuosity and energy to everything they … more

Wed, Jul 14 – 6:30 pm / free; no reservation required
Festival | Bastille Day Celebration 2021: Live Jazz, a Dance Party and a New French Film
Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 and the birth of the modern … more

Wed, Jul 14 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | Jazz at the Pier: Sylvia Cuenca
This seasonal favorite combines smooth tunes with beautiful evenings on the Park’s green piers for a … more

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Thu, Jul 15 – 12:30 pm / free
Jazz | Jazz Quartet: A Mix of Bebop, Latin, Ellington
Neal Kirkwood Vibes Quartet: Neal Kirkwood on vibes; Lindsey Horner on bass, David O’Rourke on guita … more

Thu, Jul 15 – 6:30 pm / Pay what you can
Play | Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost
Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, believed to have been written … more

Friday, July 16, 2021

Fri, Jul 16 – 12:00 pm / free
Classical Music | Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’: A 2013 Performance by The Czech Philharmonic (virtual, streaming until Jul 23)
Regarded as one of the most popular of all symphonies, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the N … more

Fri, Jul 16 – 7:00 pm / free; no reservation required
Jazz | Jazz in the Park
A Jazzmobile presentation featuring the Jazz Power Initiative and a tribute to SunRa with musician i … more

Fri, Jul 16 – 7:00 pm / free
Concert | Picnic Performance: Carnegie Hall Citywide Presents the Spanish Harlem Orchestra
The 2021 return of Picnic Performances includes twenty-five live and in-person music, dance, and the … more

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Sat, Jul 17 – 10:00 am / free
Fair | FAD Market on the Island: Jewelry, Art, Apparel, Body Care, and More
Featuring a rotating lineup of over 30 of the city’s emerging makers, designers, artists, and small … more

Sat, Jul 17 – 10:00 am / free; RSVP required
Workshop | Kayaking
Glide along the water while kayaking this summer! All levels are welcome. Children under 18 must hav … more

Sat, Jul 17 – 5:00 pm / free; RSVP required
Dance Performance | OpenCultureWORK: Dancing on the Street
Alison Cook Beatty Dance shuts down NYC streets for two performances.Start times: 5pm, 7 … more

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sun, Jul 18 – 1:00 pm / free, tip-supported, advanced booking required
Tour | New Orleans – Treme (virtual, live stream)
New Orleans: African-American and Creole heritage, the birth of jazz and rock&roll, and soul food. J … more

Sun, Jul 18 – 6:30 pm / Pay what you can Play | Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost
Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, believed to have been written … more


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.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“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,

Here are 3 more of my faves:

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.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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