12 super-cool things to do this weekend
Photograph: Sean Ellingson
Lola Star's Wipe Out Skate Party; LeFrak Center at Prospect Park
If you've ever wanted to dress up like a Baywatch character and dance around the park '70s style with a bunch of your friends, this retro skate party was made for you.
Central Park Moonlight Ride; Central Park
This bike ride is so romantic you might find yourself bursting into song like a 1940s film star during the guided tour. But seeing as this is guided tour with other humans present, maybe hold off on the live-musical. Not that we don't think you sound amazing...
Fancy Hot Dog Night; Jimmy's No. 43
This frankfurter fest will feature lamb sausages, smoked Keilbasa and chorizo from upstate New York farms. We are drooling as we type this, folks.
8th Annual Welcome to Boog City Festival; Unnameable Books
Local literary magazine Boog City is celebrating 23 years of existence with a poetry, music and theater jamboree for literary nerds everywhere. Hey, we here at TONY love a good Boog-y.
Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters
We love this clever, funny nerd-tastic gem of a movie. "Marvel, you shouldn’t have."
Pottercon; The Bell House
We know, you're still desperately awaiting that acceptance letter sent to you via owl to let you know you've finally made it into Hogwarts. News flash: That's never happening. But this is the next best thing.
Nearly seven miles of Manhattan turf from Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper West Side will be cleared of vehicles so that you can, climb rock walls, eat at the Whole Foods City picnic play golf in the Course of Emotions, or just chill in the middle of the street without being hit by a car.
Laughter in the Park; Foley Square
Remember that time you tripped and fell at the park and everyone saw? Let's laugh about it! Tee hee! It's the annual (FREE) stand-up show where you can have a picnic and a giggle.
Dick Dale; Brooklyn Bowl
If the name Dick Dale doesn't ring a bell, maybe "Misirlou," the infamous anthem of Pulp Fiction, does. Surf rock never sounded so good.
Nostalgia Ride to the Rockaways; Rockaway Beach
Not only do you get a ride to the beach in one of the New York Transit Museums's post-war subway car, you get a ride back. There's a five-hour window in between for you to soak up some summer sun.
Sundays on the Roof: Danielle Baldelli + Metro Area (DJ Set) + Cem G; Output
You know we love a good rooftop party. Hell, we love a good rooftop, period. You can dance to jams courtesy of the father of cosmic disco himself, Daniele Baldelli.
Gregory Porter and Revive Big Band; Central Park SummerStage Mainstage
Go see Grammy winner and "mighty-lunged" singer Gregory Porter team up with Revive Band for an epic groove session at Central Park.