The best things to do in NYC this weekend
“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 the return of the Jazz Age Lawn Party, Shakespeare in the Park, BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! festival, go out for New York Restaurant Week, do an outdoor movie screening, or take a hot tub boat tour.”
Time Out New York has 115 best things to do this weekend.
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Break out your favorite flapper dresses, tuxes and 100-year-old Gatsby-inspired garb, New York’s favorite throwback party is back this weekend for its 15th anniversary. Following a short hiatus in 2020, The Jazz Age Lawn Party returns to Governors Island this weekend, August 14 and 15, with live music, cocktails, retro cocktails, croquet and more Prohibition era events and entertainment. This year, dance lessons will help you learn the Charleston and Peabody steps, to dance to Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, plus a fabulous lineup including The Dreamland Follies, Queen Esther, Peterminton and more musicians to help get you out on the two enormous wooden dance floors on the lawn. A 1920s motorcar exhibit will show off vintage vehicles of the time and a special kidland will off retro carnival games and prizes. Pack a picnic or stop at the Dreamland General Store to shop for picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans and assorted sundries. A gourmet picnic market will also vend fancy fare to accompany nosh from gourmet food trucks, ice cream and old-time snacks. Plenty of old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, and iced tea will also be available to whet your whistle. Those in need of vintage outfits can also shop from special clothiers on the island.
- Chelsea Until Sep 24, 2021
Todd Robbins (Play Dead) is a sideshow master who combines technical expertise with humor, historical knowledge and good old-fashioned showmanship. In his soirees at the McKittrick’s Club Car venue, he welcomes a live jazz pianist to set the atmosphere and guest magicians (such as Alex Boyce, Jason Suran, Mark Calabrese, Matthew Holtzclaw,Prakash Puru and Rachel Wax) to perform feats of close-up magic in an intimate setting.
- Until Aug 20, 2021
The free annual Battery Dance Festival, formerly known as the Downtown Dance Festival, takes place outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Park, in front of the sparkling New York Harbor. Last year, the festival went fully virtual, but for its 40th edition this year, it is offering both in-person and streaming options: three nights of virtual performances from around the world, followed by six nights of live performances that will also be live-streamed on YouTube. (The shows remain viewable for ten days afterward.) See below for a full schedule of the artists and companies that will be performing.
Thursday, August 12 (virtual only):
Dance Troupe Braveman (South Korea)
Chilaquiles Rojos Colectivo (Mexico)
Nantea Dance Company (Tanzania)
Boca Tuya / Omar Román De Jesús (Puerto Rico/NYC)
Friday, August 13 (virtual only):
Team AJC (South Korea)
Jiva Velázquez (Paraguay)
Arabesque Vietnam (Vietnam)
Australian Dance Theatre (Australia)
Saturday, August 14 (virtual only):
Chenglong Tang (China)
Jill Crovisier (Luxembourg)
Abhilash Ningappa (India)
Dancing Earth Creations (United States)
Hoedy Saad (Lebanon)
Massala Company (France)
Sunday, August 15 (India Day):
Parul Shah Dance Company
Kasi Aysola & SaiSantosh Radhakrishnan
Monday, August 16 (Young Voices in Dance):
Kate Louissaint & Nhyira Asante
Spencer Everett & Isabella Aldridge
Lily Summer Gee
Grace Yi-Li Tong
Kanyok Arts Initiative
Tuesday, August 17:
Graciano Dance Projects
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Baye & Asa
Rohan Bhargava/Rovaco Dance Company
Jon Lehrer Dance Company
Wednesday, August 18:
Will Ervin – Erv Works Dance
Demi Remick & Dancers
Thursday, August 19, 2021:
Jamal Jackson Dance Company
New York Theatre Ballet
Akira Uchida, Maddy Wright, Joshua Strmic
Friday, August 20:
Flamenco Vivo II
Galletto y Guzmán
The fifth annual New York City Math Festival returns on Saturday, August 14, from 10am to 4pm with hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, intriguing puzzles and brainteasers at 28 Liberty’s Plaza. Don’t miss the augmented reality exhibition that lets you literally put yourself in the picture along with Anton Bakker’s sculptures; group constructions of a giant, geometric sculpture with mathematician David Reimann; speed sorting, intuition and dynamic multiplication games from The Lab for the Developing Mind; four different human-scale mazes; a race of mathematical and visual perception with Play Truchet; and an opportunity to take a uniquely mathematical kaleidoscopic selfie.
amNY Weekender | Here are 7 things to do in NYC this weekend
By Dean Jamieson & Emily Davenport
Friday, Aug. 13
The CIFA Summer Show: The Children’s Institute of Fashion Arts is hosting its annual summer show where kids aged 7-14 can strut their stuff and learn simple fabric techniques, drape fabric, and create a fashion parade. The show is free, but only 30 people can participate so advance registration is required. Rain date is Aug. 15. West 174th Street in J. Hood Wright Park, Manhattan. 5 p.m. Free.
Summer on the Hudson: The Count of Monte Cristo: The Hudson Classical Theater Company is putting on a performance of Susane Lee’s adaptation of “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The performance is pay what you can to enter, and you may need to bring a lawn chair for a seat — be sure to show up by 6:10 to grab a good seat! Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. Pay what you can.
Movies Under The Stars: Red Pill: Grab a blanket and head over to the park for a screening of “Red Pill.” This film is for mature audiences only and starts at dusk with a talk with the director ahead of the screening, which will begin at 8 p.m. St. Nicholas Park 135 Lawn in St. Nicholas Park, West 135th Street, Manhattan. 7 p.m. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 14
“The Thrill”: Thrilling’s First Pop-Up Festival: The Thrill, the premier Black & Asian-owned online marketplace for vintage clothing, is hosting their first pop-up festival this Saturday at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn NY. Come buy clothes from city icons such as Accidental Icon, LaTonya Yvette and Marquise Miller, enjoy music from DJs Spinelli and Stretch Armstrong, and eat food from vendors like the Makina Cafe and Harlem Seafood Soul. 357 Clermont Avenue. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free.
Saturday Sets: If you love live street music, head over to the Meatpacking District to hear some Saturday sets. This weekend, you’ll find live music at Chelsea Market from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. and at Coffee + Cocktails at the Gansevoort from 8:30 to 9:15. Be sure to make a reservation at a nearby restaurant or take a stroll by to enjoy the show! Multiple locations, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday, Aug. 15
Live Outdoor Music & Comedy at Culture Lab LIC: Every weekend, Culture Lab LIC hosts live performances outdoors for the public to enjoy. This Sunday, be sure to come by and check out live shows from Matthias Loescher “Songs Of Life” followed by Flowmingos. 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens. 5 p.m. Free.
40th Annual Battery Dance Festival: Battery Dance is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a free summer festival. This Sunday is India Day, and top-tier dancers will put on the show of a lifetime to celebrate the holiday. The show is also available over livestream. Robert F. Wagner Park, 20 Battery Place. 7 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.
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:
Hang Out in New York’s Best-Smelling Vestibule
Frenchette Bakery / 220 Church St.
Last fall, the abandoned Arcade Bakery space came back to life as Frenchette Bakery, ready to fulfill the carb-craving needs of Tribeca moms, the doctors in the medical practices upstairs, and passersby lured in by the sweet, yeasty promise of croissants and baguettes. Happily, the new owners have retained a big part of what made Arcade so special. Its unique design, using drop-down table ledges and inset benches, transforms a generic hallway into a gathering place for impromptu meetings, shared pizza lunches, and the kind of coffee breaks office workers never knew they’d miss. The bakers line the display case with their own enticements, too: exceptional loaves of sourdough and rye; savory breakfast pastries like the mortadella, egg, and Comté; and rich and flaky pain au chocolat. —Adam Moussa
Follow Your Nose to Great Bronx BBQ
Hudson Smokehouse / 37 Bruckner Blvd., Mott Haven
This recently opened barbecue joint is located at the southern tip of the Bronx on a street once populated by antiques shops, and you can smell the ’cue as you walk by. The corral seating in front catches the sun during the daytime, and inside there’s a high-ceilinged room where social distancing isn’t a problem. The meats include great fatty brisket, pork ribs worth gnawing, and pork-belly burnt ends that make deliriously good bacon. Even the beer list, with many mugs originating in the Bronx, draws you in.—R.C.S.
Start With Salteñas in Sunnyside
Bolivian Llama Party / 44-14 48th Ave., Sunnyside
The Oropeza brothers have pulled off a rare pandemic feat: They closed their tiny takeout outpost in midtown, which focused on soupy salteñas (Bolivia’s take on the empanada), and rebooted in Sunnyside with a sit-down location serving creative South American fare. On any given Saturday, a young crowd may show up to eat (and ’gram) craggy fried-chicken chicharrón sandwiches with spicy Llajua-spiked mayo, stark white bowls of sopa de maní (peanut soup), vegan “chola” sandwiches crammed full of charred jackfruit instead of the usual pork, and cherimoya birthday-cake ice cream. The best time to swing by is just before dusk, when you can grab a seat on the streetside terrace and take in the Empire State Building framed against a pink sky while Andean music plays from the storefront.—R.P.S.
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