New York events in July

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Neutral Milk Hotel, Bolshoi Ballet and Nathan’s hot-dog–eating contest

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Summer is at its peak, and there's no shortage of wonderful events. For those yearning to experience some true '90s indie legends, snag tickets to acclaimed Neutral Milk Hotel concerts. Dance aficionados looking to add some culture to your summer can visit the Bolshoi Ballet at Lincoln Center. And for a true NYC summer tradition, stop by the annual Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest.


Our July highlights

On the Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. MetLife Stadium 102 Rte 120
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sat Jul 12
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Phish

  • Price band: 3/4
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  1. Randalls Island Park Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, at Randalls Island
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sun Jul 13
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Queen plus Adam Lambert

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  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10001
  2. Thu Jul 17
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  1. Various locations
  2. Mon Jul 21 - Fri Aug 15
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More events in July 2014

LIC Flea & Food

After a successful launch last summer, this Queens market returned to Long Island City earlier this month. The flea (the largest in the borough) hosts more than 85 vendors selling food, jewelry, clothing, furniture and more in an empty parking lot not far from the iconic PEPSI-COLA sign. New this year: There are plans to sell booze, so shop wisely.

  1. 5-25 46th Ave at 5th St, Long Island City, Queens
  2. Sat, Sun 10am-6pm
Brooklyn Flea

Williamsburg Flea

The popular Williamsburg Flea left East River State Park last year and opened in a new home on Sunday May 4. This location in the 'hood features 150 vendors with a variety of goods that range from deals (vintage locket earrings by Sharon London, $12) to splurges (aprons from Hartford Denim Co., $100).

  1. 50 Kent Ave between North 11th and 12th Sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  2. Sun 10am-5pm
Hester Street Fair

Hester Street Fair

Trivia time: This pretty, tree-lined Lower East Side bazaar is located on the grounds of what was NYC's largest pushcart market in the early 1900s. Today, the Hester Street Fair packs in shoppers every weekend with a killer combination of curated vintage wares-retro jewelry, antique decor and old-fashioned hats. Look for surprising booths, like Compass Yoga, where you can get an assessment of your posture.

  1. Hester St at Essex St
  2. Sat, Sun 11am-6pm

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers is still delivering raunchy, politically incorrect stand-up to adoring crowds. She’s simultaneously offensive and fascinating, and even if you think she’s a hack, seeing this 81-year-old legend scream as she did in the good old days is worth the ticket price.

  1. Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Café 407 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, downstairs, 10036
  2. Thu Jul 3
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Hot Rabbit

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  • Free

This long-running weekly party draws a reliably cute mixed crowd to the basement of West Village dive the Monster. Widely varying DJs from NYC and beyond ensure that you'll never encounter the same scene twice.

  1. The Monster 80 Grove St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Fri Jul 4 - Fri Dec 26
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HOT! Festival 2014

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Escape your humdrum, black-and-white life for the many shades of gay at the 23rd edition of this estimable annual festival of all things same-sex. Amid the smorgasbord are dishes by Enid Ellen, Dandy Darkly, Anna/Kate, David Drake, Nora Burns, MargOH! Channing and many more.

  1. Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St, between Delancey and Rivington Sts, 10002
  2. Sat Jul 5 - Thu Jul 31
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French Restaurant Week 2014

Celebrate Bastille Day at this weeklong joie de vivre fest, where 24 restaurants, including A.O.C. and Maison Harlem, will offer discounted prix-fixe menus of français specialties. Feast on duck leg confit at Orsay, foie gras pâté at Antibes Bistro and croque Madame at Cafe Centro, and toast with wines from the Roussillon region.

  1. Various locations
  2. Mon Jul 7 - Mon Jul 14
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Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

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Japanese Kabuki troupe Heisei Nakamura-za returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a tale full of swordplay, spirits, double-crossing and thrills. A villainous samurai falls in love with a married woman, kills her husband and nearly murders her son. The stylized spectacle is led by Kabuki superstar Nakamura Kankuro VI, playing multiple roles with lightning-fast changes.

  1. Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall) Broadway, at 60th St
  2. Mon Jul 7 - Sat Jul 12
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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas

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As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, De Keersmaeker's Belgium-based company revisits four early, iconic works. The performances begin with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), in which dancers embody Reich's Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase and Clapping Music. The run continues with the seminal Rosas danst Rosas (July 11, 12), Elena's Aria (July 13, 14) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15, 16).

  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Tue Jul 8 - Wed Jul 16
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Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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Various locations, times and prices; visit bkhiphopfestival.com for more details. If you've ever jammed out to dope artists like De La Soul, Jay Z or A Tribe Called Quest, than you definitely get why Brooklyn is the perfect place for a hip-hop fest. Even with some of the illest artists taking the stage, from Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon to Cydel Young, an up-and-coming artist who was featured on Kanye's practically flawless album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it's not just about the music. There'll be panel discussions, exhibitions from Kings County community organizations that capture the vibe of the coolest borough and even a block party for hip-hop lovers everywhere.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Wed Jul 9 - Sat Jul 12
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World Champion Wednesday with Judah Friedlander

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Every Wednesday he's in town, trucker-hat-wearing Judah Friedlander (see story, page TK) performs a stand-up set that, according to him, lives up to his World Champion nickname.

  1. The Stand 239 Third Ave, between 19th and 20th Sts, 10003
  2. Wed Jul 9
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Catherine Lacey: Nobody Is Ever Missing

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  • Free

The Brooklyn author—and local bed-and-breakfast owner—launches her phenomenal debut novel, about a woman-on-the-verge who trades in her life and marriage for a one-way ticket to New Zealand.

  1. BookCourt 163 Court St, between Dean and Pacific Sts, 11201
  2. Wed Jul 9
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Sky Ferreira

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Everyone's favorite downtown pop wunderkind headlines a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which stages Transcendental Meditation programs for veterans, battered women and people who are homeless or incarcerated. Smart move, Sky: After posing topless on your album cover, getting arrested for drug possession, befriending Miley and defending Terry Richardson, this is the only thing that could surprise us—and pleasantly so. Ladies Night and the Rapture's Vito Roccoforte handle DJ duties.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Wed Jul 9
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Boyhood

Our own Josh Rothkopf was enthralled by Richard Linklater's nearly three-hour drama when it premiered at Sundance. Shot piecemeal over 12 years, the film follows a young man (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from childhood to adulthood and learns to deal with his troubled parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) in the process.

  1. Opens July 11
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

James Franco is out, but Andy Serkis is back as motion-captured monkey revolutionary Caesar, who is still wreaking havoc on humanity in this sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The cast is quite eclectic (Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Judy Greer), and if director Matt Reeves brings half the style to this that he did to his moody adolescent vampire movie Let Me In (2010), we're in for a good time.

  1. Opens July 11

Flume

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Flume is a young beatsmith from Sydney who has spent the past few years making luscious and emotive head-nod material, both on a series of beautiful remixes (for Junior Boys, Onra, Lorde and others) and in original work, notably on a self-titled album of ethereal and hazy bass-informed synth-pop on the Future Classic label. Judging by this trio of Terminal 5 dates, the man born Harley Edward Streten is clearly doing pretty well for himself.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Wed Jul 16 - Fri Jul 18
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D.L. Hughley

  • Price band: 4/4
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Always explosive and outspoken, the Original King of Comedy's recent work has proved more thoughtful, tackling immigration, the n-word and more.

  1. Carolines on Broadway 1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Sts
  2. Thu Jul 17 - Sun Jul 20
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Juicy J + Project Pat

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Expect to hear some new tracks from Three 6 Mafia crunk party-rapper Juicy J (you know you love, or at least love to hate, "Bandz A Make Her Dance"), whose new album, The Hustle Continues, is rumored to drop at the end of summer. Joining him at this show will be Memphis MC Project Pat, who's also his big bro.

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Tue Jul 22
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A Batalha do Passinho + Rennie Harris Puremovement

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The Rio dancers of A Batalha do Passinho—which offers a fusion of break and traditional Brazilian movement, a style begun in the city favelas—make their U.S. debut in a shared program with Rennie Harris's wonderful Puremovement hip-hop company. The performance, part of Puremovement's 20th anniversary, is a production of Lincoln Center Out of Doors and features several New York premieres.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Thu Jul 24
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Pam Tanowitz Dance

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Tanowitz showcases her passion for constructing intricate steps in PASSAGEN, a duet for Melissa Toogood and Maggie Cloud, with both musical and physical accompaniment by violinist Pauline Kim Harris; and an excerpt from the ensemble work The Spectactors, with live music by the FLUX Quartet.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Fri Jul 25
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  1. Whitney Museum of American Art 945 Madison Ave, at 75th St, 10021
  2. Until Sun Oct 19
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Ingrid Michaelson + Neulore

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Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has a cute, husky voice, which she applies to pretty, quirky songs. When discussing her latest disc, Lights Out, the New York native says she's gone from "the poppy ukulele girl to platforms-and-eye-makeup pop." Well, maybe it's Maybelline, but we get the feeling this talented songstress was born with it. Nashville folk duo Neulore opens.

  1. Central Park SummerStage Mainstage Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, enter at Fifth Ave and 72nd St
  2. Wed Jul 30
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Fuerza Bruta: Wayra

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Fuerza Bruta returns in the third installment of the De La Guarda trilogy. If it's anything like the first two, you can expect a visually impressive dance-rave thrill ride that merges striking imagery with techno music and aerial showboating.

  1. Daryl Roth Theatre 101 E 15th St, at Union Sq East
  2. Until Sun Sep 7
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