Looking for the best things to do in NYC this 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. Don’t miss Shakespeare in the Park, Bastille Day celebrations, or fun outdoor movie screenings, and go find free boozy ice cream at Tipsy Scoop and free banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery on the streets. 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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Things to do Coucou French Classes, Little Italy Jul 17 2021
Coucou, a women-owned cultural center & language hub, is hosting a reopening party with live music, French-inspired cocktails and bites, inviting students and guests to see the newly unveiled “Little Paris” street signs on Centre Street (between Broome and Grand). The event will be catered by Maman and Coucou will offer virtual events like a music workshop about Serge Gainsbourg, a cheese workshop, and a virtual tour of the Left Bank.
Things to do Industry City, Greenwood Until Oct 1 2021
Carreau Club is taking over the entire Courtyard at Industry City for the first annual La Brooklynaise open pétanque tournament and fête on Sunday, July 18. The celebration welcomes both those looking to play and those who just want to watch while enjoying delicious French food & beverage offerings. Specialty dishes and treats will include an oyster cart, soca bar, and the classic jambon Bbeurre from D’Artagnan and M.Wells, alongside a Pastis Patio popup by Ricard. In addition, there will be DJs playing the latest in French music all afternoon.
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Dapper Tours is a local tour service that provides guided tours of Gotham from an old-timey sidecar. The vehicle in question is, in fact, a vintage Ural motorcycle, a model that has a fascinating history involving reverse-engineering by Russians in the 1940s. The company now manufactures rides for civilians and is one of the world’s leading purveyors of sidecar motorcycles. The world’s leading purveyor of sidecar cocktails, however, remains any bar we’re at on a Saturday night. A ride on one of the motorcycles will normally set you back $269–$779 depending on the length of your ride and your itinerary. But let’s get real, this is probably something that you’d pull the trigger on when you have someone visiting from out of town.
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Putting Green, an 18-hole course on a 15,000-square-foot tiered deck on the North Williamsburg riverfront has finally opened at the former Con Edison site that now belongs to developer Two Trees. The course aims to serve two purposes—one, to provide a fun time to New Yorkers, and two, to teach them about climate change, green and blue infrastructure, animal habitats, energy, and emissions. Each hole offers up a different scene—hole 1 is “Down the drain,” showing how litter and debris get washed down storm drains and into waterways. Hole 2, “Whale Fall Feast,” shows what happens when a whale dies and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Hole 15, is “The Big Oyster” by you guessed it, the Billion Oyster Project. Other holes feature polar bears, a windmill, a cow, and a depiction of sea-level rise. The best part? All proceeds go toward organizations combating climate change.
Movies Various locations, Hell’s Kitchen Until Jul 30 2021
This free outdoor French film festival is back with the theme, “Music and Cinema,” from July 9 to 30. Don’t miss screenings planned at four Manhattan Parks that include films that illustrate the diversity of French and Francophone cinema and feature movies from Tunisia (Satin Rouge), Japan (Interstella 5555), Brazil (Black Orpheus), and Spain (Vengo). The Festival will also shine a light on strong female portraits played by stunning actresses: Sophie Marceau in La Boum, Hiam Abbass in Satin Rouge, Marpessa Menor in Black Orpheus, Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows and musicians Chavela Vargas and Les Amazones d’Afrique. The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks will offer free online screenings for the first time this year.
Below is the schedule:
July 9 at (Virtual Cinema only): La Boum by Claude Pinoteau
July 12 (Virtual Cinema only): Elevator to the Gallows by Louis Malle
July 16 at Washington Square Park: Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem by Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Leiji Matsumoto, Kazuhisa Takenouchi
July 19 (Virtual Cinema only): Chavela by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi
July 21 (Virtual Cinema only): Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai by Christopher Kirkley
July 23 at Seward Park: Satin Rouge by Raja Amari
July 26 (Virtual Cinema only): Concert—Les Amazones d’Afrique
July 28 (Virtual Cinema only): Vengo by Tony Gatlif
July 30 at Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th St): Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus
By Dean Jamieson / amNY
Friday, July 16
Movies Under the Stars: Toy Story 4: Family- and critic-favorite Toy Story 4 is coming to Queens’ Flushing Fields this Friday as part of the City’s Movie Under the Stars series. Perfect for kids, but with enough humor and substance for parents, Toy Story 4 follows Woody and Buzz Lightyear as they set out to find a missing toy – one made from a spork. Flushing Fields, Queens. 8:30 p.m. Free.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Bryant Park: Bryant Park will be hosting Carnegie Hall’s Spanish Harlem Orchestra this Friday. Spread a blanket, unpack a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of classical music under the leaves and not-so-distant skyscrapers. Bryant Park, Manhattan. 5:30 p.m., Free.
Saturday, July 17
Hip Hop Video Mix Party With DJ WIZ: Want to dance? DJ Wiz is hosting an outdoor video mix party at the Museum of the Moving Image, combining classic hits with contemporary videos. Watch, relax and groove. Begins at 8:30 pm – and goes until the dancing stops. 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, Queens. 8 p.m. $15 /$11 seniors & students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / $7 MoMI members.
Drunk Shakespeare: Slate has called it “the best thing to ever happen to theatre.” Extended due to popular demand, Drunk Shakespeare will be performing Off-Broadway this weekend. Watch the mayhem that ensues when one cast member drinks five shots – and the others try their best to keep one of the Bard’s plays on track. 711 7th Ave, 2nd Floor, Manhattan. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $69.
Sunday, July 18
Birding: Ospreys: Go birding for Ospreys just miles from the middle of Manhattan, this Sunday morning. Park Rangers will guide you to the best spots in the urban jungle, and teach you about the behavior and habitat of this one-of-a-kind bird that nests across Jamaica Bay. Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn. 10 a.m. Free.
Maya Lin: Ghost Forest: Famous as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, artist Maya Lin is bringing her latest piece, Ghost Forest, to New York City’s very own Madison Square Park. A stand of tall, spectral white cedar trees, evenly spaced in a grassy field, are used by Lin to symbolize the devastation of climate change. Will be shown until November. Madison Square Park, Manhattan. 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.
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, Photographs by Dina Litovsky
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Surrender to Carbs in Soho
Coco Pazzeria / 307 Spring St.
You see traces of far-west Spring Street’s past at the still-swinging Ear Inn and symbols of its future in the luxury apartment towers that have sprouted along Renwick and Greenwich Streets. Coco Pazzeria, with its raw bar and sparkling-wine list (liquor license pending), is the perfect pizzeria for this newly ritzy part of town, if the steady flow of neighbors stopping in for takeout orders is any indication. But thanks to the reputation of owner Pino Luongo and the presence of homegrown pizzaiolo Ciro Verdi, who can be seen slinging thin-crust pies and his trademark focaccia robiola at his oven in back, the restaurant also attracts couples on dates, travelers from other Zip Codes arriving on fancy folding bikes, and young families taking full advantage of the BYO policy (a must when your dining companions are an infant, a toddler, and a juvenile-delinquent tween). The menu extends to pastas and salads, but dough is the thing, fried into mini-calzones or formed into loaves for sandwiches, including a recent lobster-roll special. —R.P. & R.R.
Eat Greek Off the Beaten Path
Eléa / 217 W. 85th St.
This airy greek restaurant opened in 2018 on a rather unfavorable Upper West Side side street, facing a soon-to-be construction site, at a remove from the buzzier stretches of Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. But when COVID hit, Eléa was one of the first places in the neighborhood to build a beautiful, greenery-draped outdoor seating area, complete with inviting flowers, twinkly lights, and copious heat lamps. The kitchen didn’t miss a beat, turning out zesty shareable small plates like fried-zucchini “chips” and sesame-crusted feta. Now, Eléa has blossomed into a local go-to for date nights and other special occasions — the kinds of dining excursions that feel more celebratory than ever. —Ellie Krupnick
Slurp Some Pho in a Brooklyn Backyard
Bolero / 177 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
This Vietnamese restaurant smack in the middle of prime Bedford Avenue opened just before the pandemic and managed to soldier on throughout thanks to its backyard — small and slightly suburban-feeling with its wooden fence and strings of tiny lights. Pots of herbs grown on the restaurant’s farm in Pennsylvania line that yard; sometimes a cook will wander out and clip a fragrant betel leaf or a sprig of rice-paddy herb. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy chef Matt Le-Khac’s neo-traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as an unusual pho topped with coarsely ground beef and a vegetarian bun bo Hue chay made with mushrooms as opposed to the customary pig’s blood. —R.C.S.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
these 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.