What’s Happening July 2019
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July is a great month to visit New York City. If you’re looking for things to do in NYC, the museums serve up exciting exhibits and outdoor venues pack their stages with the hottest music festivals and entertainment, almost all of it free. The weather is perfect for a cruise to take in NYC’s breathtaking skyline.
THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK IN JULY: SPECIAL EVENTS
The very best place to watch the show is right from the water on one of New York’s famous cruise ships. You can declare your independence from crowds aboard the Circle Line July 4th Fireworks Cruise, starting at 6pm. (Standard & Premium options available.) A July 4th-themed buffet and free beer and wine complement the action. On Spirit Cruises, choose from an afternoon NY Statue of Liberty Lunch Cruise or the open bar, three-course buffet, games, DJ, and dance floor aboard the nighttime NY 4th of July Fireworks Dinner. Manhattan’s premier all-glass, European-inspired dining cruise ship Bateaux is the most sophisticated way to watch the show. The five-hour Independence Day Fireworks Dinner includes a plated meal and platinum open bar. Aboard Hornblower Cruises, they have an evening July 4th Nautical New York Cruise that includes appetizers, a picnic buffet, DJ & dinner dancing, and more. Upgrade with top shelf bar and more when you choose Premier or Admiral options.
(7/13) City of Water Day Now in its 12th year, City of Water Day is a free harbor-wide day organized by the Waterfront Alliance and its partners to get people to, on, and in the water. The South Street Seaport Museum is at the helm as this year’s festival partner providing visitors to Piers 16 and 17 in Lower Manhattan’s Seaport District the opportunity to meet local marine life; participate in crafts, science experiments, and other water-related activities; and learn about the work of the many organizations that connect New Yorkers to our waterfront, work towards resiliency, and protect and preserve our resources.The Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race will return to Lower Manhattan and free PortNYC Boat Tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats, will be offered from homeport docks throughout New York City. 10am-4pm.
(7/14) Bastille Day Festival along 60th Street in Manhattan. Live performances by traditional French dance hall bal musette band Les P’tites Ouvreuses, jazz singer Chloé Perrier, rock band Rodeo Joe, electric big band The Blue Dahlia, theatrical dance troupe The Love Show, and a zouk dance lesson with Franck Muhel on the Main Stage (60th Street and Lexington); French singer Gérard Chambre in Florence Gould Hall; and the Hungry March Band will parade throughout 60th Street. Click here for the full schedule.
(7/20-7/21) OZY Fest , NY’s most interactive festival, returns to Central Park. This year’s lineup includes Trevor Noah, Alex Rodriguez, Rachel Ray, Marc Cuban, Spike Lee, Laurene Powell Jobs, Malcolm Gladwell, Padma Lakshmi, and many others .
THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK IN JULY: EXHIBITS
Terry O’Neill (British, born 1938). Raquel Welch in a Pierre Cardin outfit featuring a miniskirt and necklace in blue vinyl, worn with a Plexiglas visor, 1970. Image courtesy of Iconic Images. © Terry O’Neill / Iconic Images.
(7/20-1/5/20) Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion at Brooklyn Museum is the first Cardin retrospective hosted in New York in 40 years. It will display over 170 objects, including fashion pieces, from the Pierre Cardin archive, and will make connections between Cardin’s futuristic aesthetic and that of his design contemporaries. Cardin’s bold, geometric fashions reflected mid-century advances in technology and industry—most explicitly those concerned with space exploration. In fact, on a visit to NASA in 1971, Cardin donned an Apollo 13 astronaut suit and became the only civilian ever to do so! brooklynmuseum.org
Lil’ Crazy Legs during shoot for Wild Style / Riverside Park, NY, 1983 / Photo © Martha Cooper.
(6/21-8/30)Beyond the Streetsat the space Twenty Five Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrates some of the biggest names in graffiti, including work from NYC street art legends Tats Cru, Lady Pink, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as Shepard Fairey, Invader, Brooklyn duo FAILE, artifacts from NYC’s beloved Beastie Boys, street photographer Martha Cooper, and much more. $25 (kids 12 and up), $12, kids 6-11, kids 5 and under, free. Get tickets at beyondthestreets.com.
Installation view of Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 at the Museum of Arts and Design. Photo by Jenna Bascom.
(Now-8/18) Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics 1976-1986at the Museum of Arts and Design. More than 40 years after punk exploded onto the music scenes of New York and London, its impact on the larger culture is still being felt. Born in a period of economic malaise, punk’s energy coalesced into a powerful subcultural phenomenon that transcended music to affect other fields, and especially graphic design. Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die explores the visual language of punk through hundreds of its most memorable graphics, from the shocking remixes of expropriated images and texts to the DIY zines and flyers that challenged the commercial slickness of the mainstream media. #PunkGraphics
(Now-10/1) Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Rollat the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When you see the sheer volume (some 130) of mind-blowing instruments that have been played by a broad cross-section of iconic musicians, all tucked into one space, you’ll understand why the Met is the appropriate place for this show. It’s the first time a music exhibit of this magnitude has been presented, co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. While guitars primarily make up the exhibit (you can see the white guitar Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, Prince’s 1993 “Love Symbol” guitar, one of Pete Townshend’s smashed guitars encased in Lucite, and Joan Jett’s guitar, among others), there are other instruments, including Jerry Lee Lewis’s gold baby grand piano, Lady Gaga’s custom Artpop piano, and The Who’s drum kit. #MetRockandRoll
(5/24-9/22)Stonewall at 50 at the New-York Historical Society. New-York Historical Society commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement this summer, as New York City welcomes WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world. Stonewall 50 at New-York Historical Society features two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs for all ages.
(Now-1/3/20) The most significant site of the Holocaust, Auschwitz was not a single entity, but a complex of 48 concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps, at which 1 million Jews—and tens of thousands of others—were murdered. Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away., a new exhibition at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, explores the legacy of history’s deadliest mass murder site. More than 700 original objects and 400 photographs are on display, many for the first time in North America. Among the artifacts: personal possessions, fragments of a barrack, a gas mask used by the SS, and an original German-made Model 2 freight wagon used for the deportation of Jews to the ghettos and extermination camps in occupied Poland.
(Now-8/9/2020) T. rex: The Ultimate Predator at the American Museum of Natural History. Visitors will encounter a massive, life-sized model of a T. rex with patches of feathers—which, as scientists now know, were likely present on nearly all non-avian dinosaurs (all dinosaurs other than birds)—as well as reconstructions of a fluffy T. rex hatchling and a four-year-old juvenile T. rex; a “roar mixer” where visitors can imagine what T. rex might have sounded like by blending sounds from other animals; a shadow theater where a floor projection of an adult T. rex skeleton will come to life; and a magnetic wall where visitors will be tasked with placing various tyrannosaur family members in the correct time period. They will also encounter a life-sized animation of T. rex in the Cretaceous and explore real data from fossil specimens, CT scans, and microscope images at a tabletop Investigation Station. In collaboration with HTC VIVE, the Museum will present V. rex (working title) as its first interactive, multi-player virtual reality experience. Visitors will team up to build a T. rex skeleton bone by bone and then watch as it comes to life in what is now Montana, as it was 66 million years ago.
(Now-9/8) Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at The Jewish Museum is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montréal, Canada. The exhibition includes commissioned works by a range of international artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and recurring themes in his work, a video projection showcasing Cohen’s own drawings, and an innovative multimedia gallery where visitors can hear covers of Cohen’s songs by musicians such as Lou Doillon; Feist; Moby; and The National with Sufjan Stevens, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Richard Reed Parry, among others.
(Now-7/10; second half 7/24-1/5/20) Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most critically acclaimed and controversial American artists of the late 20th century, is represented in great depth in the Guggenheim’s collection. In 1993 the museum received a generous gift of approximately two hundred photographs and unique objects from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, creating one of the most comprehensive public repositories in the world of this important artist’s work. In 2019, 30 years after the artist’s death, the Guggenheim will celebrate the sustained legacy of his work with a yearlong exhibition in two sequential parts in the museum’s Mapplethorpe Gallery on Tower Level 4.
(Ongoing) Faith and Empire at the Rubin Museum. Religion has influenced and empowered countless political leaders throughout history, and Tibetan Buddhism is no exception. “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism”is the first exhibition of its kind to explore Tibetan Buddhism’sdynamic political role in the empires of Asia from the 7th to the early 20th century. Artwork highlights include a set of 8th-century gilt-silver drinking vessels from the Tibetan Empire; an early 13th-century wrathful icon made of silk and ornamented with tiny seed pearls; a 4 ½-foot-tall 680-pound gilt-bronze bodhisattva from the early 15th-century Ming court; and a 19th-century 8-feet-wide Mongolian depiction of the final battle against the heretics and nonbelievers. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, beginning with the Tibetan Empire in the 7th century, and includes sections on the Tangut kingdom of Xixia, the Mongol Empire, the Chinese Ming dynasty, the rule of the Dalai Lamas, and the Manchu Qing dynasty.
(Now-7/28) Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Artat the American Folk Art Museum. Folk art may seem like something that flourishes best in isolated areas, but it’s been a vibrant tradition in the heart of New York City for centuries. In fact, many objects associated with the heartland were originally manufactured by artisans here. A new show uses some 100 works by self-taught artists to tell the story of how New York became the commercial and financial capital of the country, as seen through the lens of the folk art that was made here. From stoneware cast in the West Village to advertising figures made on Canal Street to weathervanes forged in the Bronx to carousel animals carved on Coney Island, see how New York City was the center of it all.
(Permanent)The Jim Henson Exhibitionat the Museum of the Moving Image celebrates the life and legacy of the famed Muppet creator, exploring both his prolific career and the enduring effect his work has on pop culture to this day. Visitors will learn more about the creation of such beloved works as The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labryinth, as well as discover the cutting-edge experimental works Henson made throughout his career.
THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK IN JULY: COMEDY
(7/5-7/6) Rich Vos at Gotham Comedy Club.
(7/9-7/13) Dave Chappelle is making his Broadway debut with five nights at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Tickets go on sale June 24.
(7/12-7/13) Joe List at Gotham Comedy Club.
(7/24-8/24) Aussie comedienne with her own Netflix special Hannah Gadsby performs at the Daryl Roth Theatre.
(7/21) Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. the Tour stops at Forest Hills Stadium.
(7/13) LC Kids Dance with Dancing Classroomsat Damrosch Park, part of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Recommended for kids 6-10. For more than two decades, the folks at Dancing Classrooms have been spreading the joy of social dance to thousands of kids in New York City schools. Join them for this beloved (and free!) annual all-ages dance lesson where kids can learn the basics of merengue, tango, salsa, and swing before taking a spin on the dance floor. 3-4:30pm. FREE!
(7/25)Disney/Pixar’s Coco & La Santa Cecila at Damrosch Park, for Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Named for the patron saint of music, effervescent Latin fusion band La Santa Cecilia is fronted by the charismatic Marisol Hernandez (a.k.a. La Marisoul), who “sings like the love child of Janis Joplin and Celia Cruz” (Los Angeles Times). She’s joined by accordionist and requintero José “Pepe” Carlos, bass player Alex Bendaña, and percussionist Miguel “Oso” Ramirez. Seamlessly integrating cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, klezmer, and any other musical genre that crosses their path, the Grammy-winning band’s smart songs are vibrant reflections of Los Angeles’s tapestry of cultures. Following the performance will be a screening of Disney/Pixar’s Coco. 7pm. FREE!
(Permanent) Connecting Worlds at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Easy to get to by the 7 train, NYSCI’s groundbreaking exhibition is open Monday–Friday, 10am–4:30pm (last session at 4 pm) and Saturday and Sunday, 11am–5:30pm (last session at 5pm). Free timed tickets are required for entry. Presented in the iconic Great Hall, Connected Worlds immerses visitors in a fantastical animated world where your actions–gestures, movements, and decisions–impact how well the world is kept in balance. There are six habitats in Connected Worlds: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands. Each has its own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. While interacting with Connected Worlds, visitors explore the interconnectedness of different habitats, strategize to keep systems in balance, and experience how individual and collective actions can have widespread impact.
(New! Now-9/8) Above & Beyond: The Ultimate Flight Exhibitionat The New York Hall of Science, NYSCI’s summer exhibition uses flight simulation, augmented reality, touch tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality and more to immerse visitors in the wonders of flight, space travel and aerospace innovation, design and technology. Above and Beyond is presented by Boeing and produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
(Ongoing) Blue Man Groupat Astor Place Theatre. Best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows, Blue Man Group combines music, comedy, and multimedia theatrics to produce a unique form of entertainment. The hour and forty five minute show is fun for the whole family. The show recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
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MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
(7/24-8/11) Lincoln Center Out of Doors returns.
(6/1-9/30) That’s right, it’s rosé all day once again. Rosé Mansion is back for another summer residency in NYC after a successful run last year. The designs in all 14 rooms will be brand-new, and the mansion will be twice the size of last year’s iteration. You’ll get tastings of 8 different pink wines as you travel through a champagne ball pit, a mini-theme park called Roséland, and a tree house! There will also be two different rosé wine bars where you can hang out, plus grub from Taco Dumbo on hand. 111 W. 32nd St., rosewinemansion.com, @rosewinemansion
(7/9-7/10) Earth, Wind, & Fire at the Beacon Theatre.
(7/12-7/13) Grab your camera and head out for evening photo ops to capture Manhattanhenge, when the sunset exactly aligns with Manhattan’s street grid.
(7/13) Jennifer Lopez: The Live Celebration Tour at Madison Square Garden.
(7/17) Aimee Mann with Johnathan Coulton at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.
(7/18) Lionel Richie at Radio City Music Hall.
(7/19-7/20)Pinknic on Randalls Island. Since its inception in 2016, Pinknic has welcomed thousands of guests, all dressed in pink and white, to take a seat on our rosé-colored picnic blankets to rosé all day with friends. With unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline offering the perfect backdrop, Pinknic has quickly become a New York City summer tradition. This year with Mark Ronson, Chromeo, Pnau, and more.
(7/16-8/11) The popular Shakespeare in the Park program returns to Central Park. Next up is a production of Coriolanus.
(7/19) Robyn: The Honey Tour stops at Barclays Center.
(7/20) Weird Al Yankovic performs with the Queens Symphony Orchestra: The Strings Attached Tour at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens.
(7/22) Bryant Park Summer Movies continues with a FREE screening of Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America.
(7/24) Crooner Michael Buble at Madison Square Garden.
(7/26) John Mayer at Madison Square Garden.
(7/26-7/27) Iron Maiden at Barclays Center.
(7/28-8/24) 45th Annual Harlem Week Festival (yes, it goes on for almost a month), harlemweek.com
OngoingThe Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking The Musical Comedy, sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and live musical performances! Save $15 off ticket price with City Guide.
Immerse yourself in the deep, dark depths of the ocean, where Humboldt squid fight to the death, 50 foot whales ride overhead, play with sea lions, navigate a sea kelp maze and more at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey! Here is a $10 off coupon.
(Ongoing) Take a ride through time and learn about Downtown New York City’s rich heritage withTHE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE Powered by THE RIDE. Enhanced with virtual reality technology (thanks to Timelooper), experience highlight moments in NYC’s history like never before!
(Ongoing) Baseball season is here! Take a Yankee Stadium Tour!
(Ongoing) Check out NYC’s hottest new museum, exploring the world of espionage,SPYSCAPE!
Bring a loved one to take in the breathtaking view at Top of the Rock.
Visit the sites of Friends, Seinfeld, Trainwreck, Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, and many other NYC film sites with On Location Tours.
Learn more about the fascinating history of New York City’s Financial District with Wall Street Walkstours.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriumbrings people of all ages face-to-face with the world’s most unbelievable curiosities. With 18,000 square feet of astonishing artifacts and exciting interactive exhibits. Here’s a coupon!
Zip up 100 stories in 60 seconds and see New York City atopOne World Observatory. Here is a coupon!
Explore New York City from the best vantage points with Helicopter Flight Services Tours. Choose from four different itineraries.
New York Weather in July
July is full summer in New York, which of course means hot. In fact, this is the hottest month of the year, with highs averaging 82°F (28°C) on July 1 and topping out at 84°F (29°C) by July 31. Average lows overnight go from 67°F (19°C) up to 69°F (21°C) by month’s end. July is also a wet month, with an average of 4.5 inches of rain, and also plenty of humidity. Do like New Yorkers do and dress light for July in the city. You’ll see flip-flops and minimal outfits everywhere. Subway trains are air conditioned, but platforms aren’t, so avoiding too many layers is a good strategy. Days are long and outside of a few thunderstorms you shouldn’t expect extreme weather, making this a very appealing month to visit the city. Click here for more great ideas for a hot day in NYC!
Every month in New York, there are a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. Often, the hardest part is just figuring out what’s really worth your limited time. So Grub Street kicks off each month with a curated selection of dishes, drinks, and events that should absolutely be on your agenda. Make your plans now.
1. Stop for ceviche before going to Central Park.
The Upper East Side has a new spot for raw fish in Mission Ceviche, the market vendor that now has its first brick-and-mortar location (1400 Second Ave., nr. 72nd St.). While chef José Luis Chavez’s spot specializes in its namesake dish, he dives deeper into Peruvian cuisine. Along with several kinds of ceviche, including the nikkei (tuna, watermelon, ponzu, ginger, and rice crackers; $15) and a vegetarian shiitake-mushroom version (cucumber, artichoke, and fruit “caviar”; $16), there are anticuchos including heart and shrimp, and two entrées to share: the chicken dish called aji de gallina ($24) and a seafood rice ($38). There are also cocktails, including a classic Pisco Sour and a Maracuya Sour with pisco, lime juice, passion fruit, and egg white.
2. Eat Mexican-style rotisserie chicken at the Fly and go to a Fourth of July party at Achilles Heel.
The owners of Mexico City’s New York–style spot Cicatriz are in town, bringing a dose of Mexican cooking to a few restaurants run by old friends. Chef-owner Scarlett Lindeman, who made pasta and bartended at places like Roman’s, and her brother and co-owner Jake have been serving al pastor sausages at the Meathook and pouring mezcal at Claro. Tonight, they’ll pop by the “chicken bar” the Fly to serve Mexican-style rotisserie chicken. If you’re still figuring out what to do for July 4, you’ll find them celebrating the holiday at Achilles Heel. Whichever event you go to, you’ll eat well.
3. Have a goat samosa and potato pancakes at Bombay Bread Bar.
Bombay Bread Bar has a new executive chef and some new dishes. Chef de cuisine Jai Lakwhani will move into the head-honcho role as Floyd Cardoz, who will stay on as owner, assumes a new role at the Estiatorio Milos group. Lakwhani has worked for Cardoz going back to the Tabla days, his first job (as an extern) after culinary school, as well as at North End Grill, and as the chef de cuisine of BBB for the past year. The menu’s bones won’t change, but the Sint Maarten–raised Lakwhani is adding some of his own touches that reflect his Indian-Caribbean heritage, as in the goat jerk curry samosa with pigeon peas. The Kerala fried chicken will be replaced with an Indian fried chicken dredged in a coconut curry and served with a waffle made from chickpea-flour-based dhokla, and Cardoz’s egg kejriwal will be replaced with aloo tikki, an Indian potato-cake snack.
4. Drop by Dominique Ansel for dessertified “pretzels” and diner coffee.
To celebrate his 15th year in New York, Dominique Ansel is turning his Soho bakery’s pastry case into a tribute to the city. From July 4 through Labor Day, the nine whimsical desserts masquerade as iconic New York foods and drinks. There’s the “Bodega Coffee Tiramisu,” a classic blue coffee cup layered with dark-chocolate mousse, mascarpone ganache, and an espresso and amaretto-soaked almond biscuit. The “Everything Bagel & Schmear” is a honey-graham-cracker meringue filled with cheese mousse and sour-cherry jam and finished with an “everything seasoning” of sesame, poppy seeds, and toasted coconut. Of course, the “New York slice” gets an homage of a thinly veiled strawberry tart with fromage-blanc mousse, sliced strawberries, strawberry-basil jam, and a crust of vanilla sablé. There’s no chicken and rice, but there is a “Pretzel,” made from pretzel bavaroise, peanut-butter feuilletine, and soft caramel; and a “haute dog” with a bun of coconut-soaked ladyfingers with toasted coconut, a raspberry-crémeux sausage, and a “mustard” of passion-fruit curd. Other desserts commemorate NYC-specific experiences, like the apple-gelée based “Bite of the Big Apple” and the “Stroll in the Park Chocolate Hazelnut Acorn,” full of hazelnut mousse, dacquoise, and feuilletine, all paired with blackberry crème de cassis. Finally, there are two éclairs — the “Yellow Taxi Salted Caramel Éclair” and the “Spring Street Chocolate Éclair” — that look, well, like éclairs. But even these feature classic New York imagery along the ganache. —Bindu Bansinath
5. Get a shrimp burger for brunch at Wayan on Saturday …
Add the Indonesian-ish Wayan to your brunch agenda. On both Saturday and Sunday, Cedric and Ochi Vongerichten’s restaurant will serve dishes like chicken wings with eggs ballado, the classic salad gado gado mashed up with avocado toast, and nasi goreng with kecap-manis-glazed bacon. There are also, take note, a pair of burgers: one made with shrimp and topped with green chile, Gruyère, and Thai basil, the other chicken with sambal-oelek sauce and calamansi pickles.
6. … Then get a pork burger for brunch on Sunday.
Speaking of burgers, the West Village’s popular pasta destination L’Artusi will now be a place to get your weekend burger, too. A collaboration with Murray’s Cheese, the nontraditional (and, at $24, pricey) burger is made with a pork patty, Brooklyn Cured’s bresaola, Gouda, pimentón aïoli, and pepper mostarda. It’s still served on a Martin’s potato roll, though. And in proper trophy-burger fashion, only 20 will be sold on Sundays only. In other important sandwich news, Bushwick general store Foster Sundry has added a rather good gyro (“Spiro’s Gyro”) to its menu. Served on Hot Bread Kitchen’s fantastically flaky, buttery msemen, a Moroccan flatbread, it’s made with beef, mint hummus, fresh herbs, red and white sauce, pickles, and peppery arugula and bitter radicchio.
7. Snack on banana bread and vegan doughnuts in Chelsea.
Carroll Gardens’ East One is one of the better places in New York to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at in one day. On Saturday, it expanded with a 1,700-square-foot restaurant in Chelsea. There are new coffees plus beer and wine, and executive chef Will Ono, who spent time at such world-class establishments as Noma and Mugaritz, keeps it simple but smart with his menu: bowls like a chocolate chia pot with coconut pudding, grilled spelt-flour banana bread topped with whipped espresso butter, a duck bánh mì, and pastries including lemon polenta loaf cake, vegan baked doughnuts, and an apricot-Madeira loaf. For now, this location is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eventually, it’ll stay open until 11 p.m.
8. Head to Long Island City for Greek-style hot dogs.
Not going to the Hamptons or upstate? Want to try those new sausages from J&E Small Goods? You’re in luck. Every Saturday from July 6 to August 31, Mina’s, the new restaurant opening in MoMA PS1 this fall, will serve J&E’s hot dogs on toasted sesame buns, complete with appropriate condiments like cucumber salad and tzatziki, along with a few other dishes like braised chickpeas, and natural wines, batched cocktails, and beer.
9. Get some Middle Eastern ice cream for Fort Greene Park.
It’s frozen-sweets season, so the Republic of Booza is bringing its stretchy Middle Eastern ice cream to another part of Brooklyn. The company is popping up for the summer (at 45 Willoughby Avenue) just a couple blocks from Fort Greene Park, a perfect place to hang out and eat ice cream. Even better is that booza doesn’t melt as fast as American ice cream. The best part, though, are flavors like candied cream, sour-cherry mahlab, and salted Oreo.
10. Ring in the summer with an all-pork feast.
Celebrating this summer? Starting today, the Nomad will offer a four-course menu called “the year of the pig” (at a cool $120 per person) that’s available only during the summer in the dining room and Elephant Bar. There are snacks like pork belly and avocado wraps; carbs in the form of spaghetti with guanciale, chile, and Parmesan; a porcelet loin with peaches, peppers, and charred corn; and a pork-free dessert of blueberry buckle with an oat crumble and lemon-ricotta ice cream. It’s not whole hog, but it’s a lot of hog.
11. Learn how to make fresh tofu in Williamsburg.
Can’t get enough tofu in your life? Want to wake up to it every day? Head to the Museum of Food and Drink on July 25, when from 7 to 9 p.m. the author Hiroko Shimbo will talk about the food’s history and give a demonstration on preparing fresh tofu. (Tickets are $25.) You’ll learn how to use the coagulant nigari and get tips on how to make a tofu dressing for all your salad needs.
With summer now in full swing so, too, are the big parties and other ambitious gatherings that make this the best time of year to spend the whole day out. Summer also means checking out the city’s many, many summertime food festivals, which often bring together the best in regional cuisines, alfresco dining, and food-as-entertainment here in one of the world’s greatest cities for eating. Below, check out Grub Street’s guide to this summer’s finest food events and festivals, including a jerk-chicken party in Prospect Park, two ice-cream festivals in one weekend, and more barbecue cookouts than we can count.
The Festival: the Bronx Night Market
When: June 15 and 29; July 13 and 27; August 17 and 31; September 14 and 28; October 26
Why It’s Awesome: the Bronx Night Market has returned for a second season at Fordham Plaza and the whole enterprise has grown from 40 vendors last year to more than 100 for 2019. (Sixty percent are Bronx-based.) This year’s offerings will include Korean-style hot dogs, fried ice cream, chicken sandwiched between loaded potato waffles, and cheese-filled corn on a stick.
The Festival: Hester Street Fair Girl Power Fest
When: June 15
Why It’s Awesome: In addition to its usual lineup of great vendors, the Hester Street Fair is teaming up with Lower East Side Girls Club this weekend to host a Girl Power Fest, where girls can learn the basics of DJing, take in a girl-positive comedy show, get their craft on, and snack on South Asian snack food and vegan Caribbean bites from chef Monica Vannasing and Cheff’ Rootsie. Admission is totally free.
The Festival: Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival
When: June 16
Why It’s Awesome: Those looking for a particularly kid-friendly food festival will want to check out the 19th annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival celebrating the best of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican cuisine on the Lower East Side. Starting at noon on Sunday, June 16, New Yorkers are invited to try these three classic New York treats alongside klezmer performances, a lesson in Chinese opera (with face painting included), live salsa music, mahjong lessons, and more than you ever thought could possibly be fit into a four-hour window. Check out the full itinerary here.
The Festival: Smorgasburg Jerk Festival
When: June 16
Why It’s Awesome: Head to Prospect Park this weekend, starting at 11 a.m., for caribBEING’s mini–jerk festival within the bigger food market. Flatbush icon Peppa’s Jerk Chicken will be on hand with its particularly fiery brand of spice-rubbed chicken as well as Smorgasburg vendor Excell’s Kingston Eatery. If it gets too hot, there’ll be ice cream from Creme and Cocoa Creamery to combat the burn of the Scotch bonnet, and rubs and pepper sauce from Breukelen Rub and Shaquanda Can Feed You if you want to make authentic jerk at home.
The Festival: CiderFeast NYC
When: June 19
Why It’s Awesome: If cider is your main squeeze, you’ll definitely want to drop by this festival dedicated to everyone’s favorite fermented apple juice. There’ll be pours from cider outfits based in Vermont, Spain, Texas, Sweden, France, Oregon, and, of course, New York, plus cheese from Consider Bardwell Farm, cured meats from the Piggery Charcuterie and La Quercia Cured Meats, and apple pies from Petee’s Pies for dessert.
The Festival: Green City
When: June 22
Why It’s Awesome: On Saturday, June 22, the Gowanus brewery with the cult following will host its Green City festival — dedicated to the hoppy, high-ABV IPAs — at Industry City for a second year. Like last year, the festival will also feature rare brews from other big names in craft beer, including the Alchemist, the brewery behind the world-famous Heady Topper brew; San Diego’s Modern Times, and Virginia-based IPA specialists the Veil. There are still plenty of $100 general admission tickets available.
The Festival: Kosher Brooklyn’s Brew Bourbon & BBQ Festival
When: June 25
Why It’s Awesome: The last week of June, event company Bon & Oak will put on this event dedicated to barbecue from kosher vendors like the Kosher Culinary Center, Hangry Heifer, and Mill Basin smokehouse Main House BBQ. Tickets start at $125 for general admission and include unlimited access to a cocktail bar, hand-rolled cigars, and more than 200 beers and bourbons to sip on as you go.
The Festival: LIC Food & Flea
When: June 29 and 30
Why It’s Awesome: In addition to the normal monthly market, the folks behind LIC Flea have put together an impressive “special events” schedule for this summer. The highlight will be the LIC Flea & Food festival on June 29 and 30, featuring food stands, flea shops, and a beer garden and the season-closing Fourth Annual Queens Beer Festival on October 5 and 6, where attendees will be able to try the latest from Finback, Rockaway Brewing Company, Big Alice, and more. Admission to both events is free.
The Festival: PrideFest
When: June 30
Why It’s Awesome: After the parade, head to Fourth Avenue between Union Square and Astor Place for a proper street festival. In addition to live performances by Princess Nokia, the Veronicas, and Mel C of Spice Girls fame, there’ll be food and lots of it. Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Israel fast-casual chain Taïm, Coolhaus, C Bao, 886, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, and 11 other restaurants will provide the necessary fuel for surviving Pride. The whole event is free and open to the public.
The Festival: the Jollof Festival
When: August 24
Why It’s Awesome: A festival centered around one of the finest one-pot rice dishes to come out of West Africa? Yes, please. Attendees will be called on to try jollof variations from a handful of African countries and then called on to declare one country home to the best take on the dish. (Liberia handily claimed last year’s title.) There will also be live music, Afrobeats, vendors selling African-inspired clothing and jewelry, and a panel on the African diaspora. Grab $20 early bird tickets now.
The Festival: Joy of Sake Festival
When: June 21
Why It’s Awesome: Now in its 15th year, this festival is still your best chance to experience all that everyone’s favorite rice-wine concoction has to offer. Head to Metropolitan Pavilion for an evening featuring more than 500 different sakes shipped in from all four corners of Japan and paired with bites from some of Grub’s favorite restaurants, including Insa, Morimoto, Shuko, BONDST, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Little Tong, and 12 other eateries. Grab tickets, for $110, here.
The Festival: Ice Cream Social at Hester Street Fair
When: July 20
Why It’s Awesome: To celebrate National Ice Cream Day, the Lower East Side’s Hester Street Fair will host an ice-cream social featuring frozen treats from Stax, La Newyorkina, Blue Marble, and more. On-site admission is $10, which includes two-ounce scoops of ice cream from every vendor for seven, bliss-filled hours, plus a say in which booth makes the best ice cream.
The Festival: NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard
When: July 21
Why It’s Awesome: If one ice-cream festival isn’t enough for you, then head uptown to Grand Bazaar NYC to check out what they’re calling an “ice cream blizzard” party. Last year’s lineup featured Bona Bona Ice Cream, Melt Bakery, Sam’s Fried Ice Cream, and 12 other vendors. One hundred percent of proceeds from the blizzard fest (and all other markets) will benefit four local public schools.
The Festival: Black VegFest
When: August 10 and 11
Why It’s Awesome: Recently, this community center focused on preserving the history of the historically black Weeksville neighborhood was the subject of a $200,000 crowdfunding campaign that will hopefully keep it open for decades to come. But an even better way to support the spot would be to check out it, especially Black VegFest, a vegan food festival aimed at educating black people and others about plant-based diets. The guest list already includes rap group Dead Prez, Brooklyn borough president Eric L. Adams, vegan author Tracye McQuirter, and more. Grab tickets here.
The Festival: the Vendy Awards
When: September 21
Why It’s Awesome: We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the final Vendy Awards celebration on this list. Head to Governors Island that Saturday, for what will surely be a blowout and emotional good-bye for what we at Grub describe as “the city’s go-to celebration of all things street eats.” The nomination process is open now, so send along the names of your favorite street-food vendors, grab your tickets here, and pay your respects to the best street-food festival this city may ever see.
The Festival: New York Vegandale Food Drink Festival
When: September 28
Why It’s Awesome: With a vegan revolution fully underway in New York, it was only a matter of time before a massive vegan food festival landed. At the end of September, this festival will bring more than 50 vegan vendors from across the United States — including Chicago’s These Wingz?, Berben and Wolff’s Vegan Delicatessen, L.A.’s Southern Fried Vegan, and our own Screamer’s Pizza — to Randalls Island Park for an entire day of meatless indulgence. Tickets are $10 through July 1.
Spend your July taking in all the city has to offer with these upcoming talks and events, which span everything from the meaning of democracy to a performance of Moby-Dick under a whale.
Talks on democracy, the American Revolution, and an eventful year at the Supreme Court highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.
Monday, July 1
Join the Brooklyn Brainery for an exploration of New York City’s role in the American Revolution. Hear about some lesser-known figures from the war, as well as the city’s status as “burned, abandoned, repopulated, and put under martial law.”
Tuesday, July 2
Thane Rosenbaum brings a diverse panel of experts—Trevor Morrison, Dean of NYU Law School, Slate’s Mark Stern, CNN’s Ariane de Vogue, and Reuters’s Andrew Chung—to delve into the Supreme Court cases decided this past term and the dramatic Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. 92nd Street Y.
Hear from the “Midnight Society” storytellers at Caveat as they relate scary tales that have haunted humanity for generations. They’ll also share the psychology behind the supernatural (the reasons we invent these narratives can be more terrifying than the stories themselves). This month’s theme: “urban legends.”
Wednesday, July 3
The current moment of imperiled democracies is a good opportunity to examine what exactly the form of government entails. Astra Taylor talks about her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, which brings together history and critical theory to examine notions of “ruling” and “the people” that we may take for granted. New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library.
Thursday, July 4
All ages are welcomed to the New-York Historical Society for Revolutionary Summer opening day. You can explore George Washington’s encampment and enjoy singalongs with the Hudson River Ramblers, fife and drum corps music, and appearances from costumed Living Historians.
A performance on an artwork and walking tours of 1850s downtown and Jackie O’s New York highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this weekend.
Friday, July 5
Catch the world premiere of Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra, The Met’s first sound-based installation commission. Friday evenings in summer, guest artists play the installation at The Met Breuer, which is simultaneously a musical instrument and a combination of 32 sculptures, vessels, and objects from the museum collection.
Saturday, July 6
Walt Whitman (Greatest American Poet) meets P.T. Barnum (Greatest Showman) on this Municipal Art Society of New York downtown walking tour of 1850s New York. Check out the remnants of a colorful history of brothels, bars, and theaters, culminating near City Hall Park.
Discover Jackie O’s New York on this walking tour of sites related to the former first lady and her efforts in architectural preservation.
Sunday, July 7
Dr. James Croft, Outreach Director at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, shares his thoughts on the pursuit of happiness. He’ll share means by which “we can learn to live life more joyfully, and take more control of our emotions” (free, donations to charity Encampment for Citizenship welcome). New York Society for Ethical Culture.
Friday, July 5: Pack in some knowledge—and laughs—at Encyclopedia Commedia, which bills itself as a “fast-paced and hilarious exploration of all the knowledge in the world (more or less [markedly less]).” Caveat.
Saturday, July 6: Discover Jackie O’s New York on this walking tour of sites related to the former first lady and her efforts in architectural preservation.
Appearances by Edmund White, Aleksandar Hemon, Frans de Waal, and the the Winklevoss twins highlight our picks for the best smart things to do in NYC this week.
Monday, July 8
Head to McNally Jackson for a presentation of My Parents/This Does Not Belong to You, two books in one in a flip dos-à-dos format. Aleksandar Hemon shares his parents’ immigration from Sarajevo to Canada, and a book of short memories of the author’s family, friends, and childhood in Sarajevo.
Tuesday, July 9
Primatologist Frans de Waal joins the “Scientific Controversies” series at Pioneer Works to consider animal awareness: the complexity of emotions of other species and their under-appreciated capacity for empathy. A better understanding of other intelligences will lead the conversation toward “implications for human consciousness and in particular human morality, which seems less an invention of society and more a consequence of evolutionary biology.”
Facebook’s recent announcement of its new cryptocurrency Libra makes for an especially well-timed visit from the Winklevoss twins. They’ll talk about their own horoscopic-inspired foray into the ether, Gemini, and what emoney has to tell us about where capitalism is headed. They’ll be joined by Ben Mezrich, author of Bitcoin Billionaires. 92nd Street Y.
Find out the back story of how public buildings like schools, firehouses, and libraries are placed in city communities. A Center for Architecture panel explains how a city as complex as New York manages capital finances, in conjunction with the exhibition Mapping Community: Public Investment in NYC.
Wednesday, July 10
In celebration of Bastille Day, join urban planner/cultural historian Laurence Frommer on a Municipal Art Society of New York exploration of New York’s once legendary French Quarter. Frommer will show off “hidden in plain sight” remnants, including the (now closed) church where Edith Piaf was married.
One might think that the ambiguities of gravity were wrapped up by Sir Isaac Newton. In fact, the question “what is gravity?” remains an open one in the realm of physics. Richard Panek, author of The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality, presents his new book The Trouble with Gravity: Solving the Mystery Beneath Our Feet. Bill Nye collaborator Corey S. Powell joins Panek to explore the riddle of gravity, and the ways it “structures not only our bodies and our physical world, but also our minds and culture.” Books Are Magic.
The insanity defense had to begin somewhere. In fact, it originated with the 1859 murder of Francis Scott Key’s dashing son, Philip Barton Key, by a jealous husband. Bestselling author Chris DeRose’s new Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America draws on original documents to illuminate the spark for “a national debate on madness, male honor, female virtue, fidelity, and the rule of law.” Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
Thursday, July 11
The New York Yankees played in eight World Series from 1950 to 1959 (they won six), as dominant a run as there’s been in professional sports. Hear from author David Fischer as he talks about a dynasty, and a transformative era in American life. New York Public Library—Grand Central Library.
You won’t need to crash this celebration of writer Edmund White, with a slew of friends and family (and Edmund White himself) coming together for the tribute-cum-biography Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book. Book Culture.
Sunday, July 14:“Hop” over to Bushwick for this tour of “Brewer’s Row,” where many famed beer barons have been laid to rest, along with a look at Bushwick’s brewing history and a special beer tasting.
Friday, July 19: Blast off at this celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, which includes a talk with NASA’s Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and stargazing. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Saturday, July 20: Discover the revitalization projects taking place on the Lower East Side on this Layered SPURA walking tour of the area’s past, present, and future.
Sunday, July 21: Take one small step toward The Town Hall to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing with a play reading and a conversation involving Michael Collins, the command module pilot on Apollo 11.
Monday, July 22: Go behind bars with Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer Cuong Lu, who shares his book The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom, with vignettes from six years in the life of a prison chaplain. Tibet House US.
Tuesday, July 23: Make progress at this talk on New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith and his strain of American progressivism. New York Public Library—Grand Central Library.
Wednesday, July 24: Queer your understanding of the American Revolution at this talk on Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in the Revolution, and how she fits into our current understanding of transgender identity. New-York Historical Society.
Friday, July 26: Call yourself Ishmael at this special performance of excerpts from a new Moby-Dick musical, performed beneath the Natural History Museum’s iconic whale itself. American Museum of Natural History.
Sunday, July 28: Figure out what the Constitution means to you at this conversation between What the Constitution Means to Me creator Heidi Schreck and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. 92nd Street Y.
Monday, July 29: Be a trailblazer at this talk on the Women’s Film Pioneer Project, which spotlights little-known women who worked behind the scenes in Hollywood’s earliest days. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
Wednesday, July 31: Get a snapshot of the role that women have played in the history photography at this talk, which is held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s new exhibition LIFE: Six Women Photographers. New-York Historical Society.
much more coming soon.