1. Today there’s a dessert festival with unlimited wine in New York. Head to outdoor shopping bazaar LIC Flea and Food in Queens to find it! 2. A massive festival arrives in Central Park today. Starting at noon, there will be everything from movie screenings to live music to comedy shows. 3. The Queens United International Party is an all-night festival for just $5. Head to Sunnyside Gardens Park for the food and dance party. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Washington Square Park is filled with artists of all kinds during the summer. On any given day, you can find jazz musicians, sand painters or a man creating giant bubbles out of a questionable bucket of soapy water. But this weekend, those who visit the park will be met with an altogether different kind of art: naked people. Saturday marks the fourth annual NYC Bodypainting Day, where hundreds of models and artists come together with the common goal of baring it all in the name of free expression. The event is the brainchild of Andy Golub, who has been promoting nude art in New York for more than a decade. He was also behind the nude body-painting exhibition in Times Square in June, which brought roughly 200 nude painted artists to the tourist area. Saturday's event is poised to be even larger, so get ready to see a sprawling celebration of the human form this weekend. Registration is still open—artists can paint a model for $50 and models can strip down in the name of art for $100. Check-in for artists begins at 11am, and the live body-painting takes place from noon to 4pm. After the models are all good and painted, they'll take a group photo in front of the iconic arch at Washington Square Park. If the idea of naked people in a public space gives you the willies, consider avoiding the park altogether (and, you know, growing up).
If you like food festivals, music festivals and/or comedy festivals, you don’t want to miss this. The second annual Ozy Fest will be held at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park tomorrow, and we don’t even know where to start. Do we go laugh at Samantha Bee’s set? Do we jam out to Jason Derulo’s performance? Do we get inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ speech? Do we chow down on eats from Baohaus chef Eddie Huang? We’ll let you decide. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Central Park in New York General admission tickets are $50 and are still available here. Doors open at 11:30am, and yes, you’ll want to stay until it ends at 10pm.
Can you imagine how grim our world would be without the influence of Jim Henson? For those of us who learned comedy, whimsy and even literacy from Sesame Street and the Muppet franchise, the Museum of the Moving Image has provided the ultimate treat: a permanent exhibition featuring over 47 Muppet and puppet characters; 27 screens of archival footage from The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock and beyond; and stories of how the great genius and his architects brought to life some of our favorite characters. Check out these pictures from the Museum: Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the Moving Image Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the Moving Image "The Jim Henson Exhibit" opens Saturday, July 22 and admission is $15. You can learn more and buy tickets here.
Sushi omakases are a dime a dozen around these raw-fish–loving parts, but an all-bacon omakase is brand-new territory. Owners Phillip Cho and Anna Lee recruited chef Brian Crawford (Todd English Food Hall, W Hotel Downtown) to bring their porcine vision to life. Photograph: Anna Lee Belly up to a nine-course menu served at a 10-seat cement bar or communal table for dinnertime only, with swine-centric courses like bacon carpaccio (truffle oil, Himalayan pink sea salt, shaved Parmesan), bacon sushi (torched pork belly, wasabi, Szechuan oil) and triple-cooked pork jowl. Photograph: Anna Lee For those who don’t think they can handle so much pig in one sitting, there is an à la carte menu with sandwiches and bowls and also a slimmed-down, five-course option during lunch hours. But of course, no one will judge if you want to go for the whole nine yards. Photograph: Anna Lee
Uptown residents no longer need to trek south to grind their own nut butters or get a quick carton of goat's milk: Whole Foods has finally opened its doors in Harlem after nearly five years of construction. The new grocery store at 125th Street and Lenox marks the company's 12th location in the city—and the first above 97th Street. This particular market features some unique offerings including a kebab restaurant, which serves a variety of Middle Eastern fare including tabbouleh salads, hummus and pita sandwiches; and a Cuban coffee walk-up window, where patrons can get their morning fill of café and Pan Cubano. The new store has teamed up with Harlem Park to Park's LOCAL Vendor Program to stock 18 brands sourced directly from the neighborhood such as Egunsi Foods, Mama’s One Sauce and The Harlem Pie Man. This effort to incorporate the local brands into the store is great to see considering there has been some controversy over the gentrification of the neighborhood and the small businesses that went down with the old building. Harlem's Whole Foods also has a variety of events on tap for the community. There will be live music nights at the caf and free healthy cooking classes with themes like raw food or obesity prevention. If a cooking class for raw food seems like the most unnecessary thing you've ever heard, just be aware that the store sells eight types of kale. Yes, really.
Can we go one month without an insane transit incident, please? This morning, yet another train derailed in NYC. At around 9am, a Q train headed south jumped the tracks in Brooklyn near the Brighton Beach station. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but some B trains have been suspended and Q trains are running on the N line, and neither lines are running from Brighton Beach right now. So far this year an Amtrak train derailed in March, an NJ Transit train derailed in April and an A train derailed in June. That’s not a good look. How about fixing all the issues with the tracks instead of focusing on new floor mats?
Since it’s opening in 2014, One World Trade Center has gotten knocked by a lot people—everyone from the New York Times’s architecture critic to Banksy—who find the building uninspiring. But New Jersey artist Greg DiNapoli would beg to differ. In fact, he considers the tower so iconic that he’s given it the ultimate accolade: Building a scale replica of it out of LEGO blocks. Measuring eight feet in height, DiNapoli’s version is made up 25,000 Lego pieces and took eight months to build. The final product features elements that light up, including miniature versions of the streetlights surrounding the plaza at the tower’s base. You can check out DiNapoli’s handiwork at the BrickFair LEGO in Edison, N.J. September 23–24. And if you can’t make it out to Jersey, we’ve got a few more photos below. Photograph: Greg DiNapoli Photograph: Greg DiNapoli Photograph: Greg DiNapoli Photograph: Greg DiNapoli
Billionaire Elon Musk is bringing American infrastructure into the future one ambitious project at a time. The tech mogul is behind Tesla, which has been a leading force in the rollout of electric cars domestically; SolarCity, a company that hopes to bring solar roofs to homes worldwide; and SpaceX, which has engineered a line of reusable rockets that have been sending commercial satellites into orbit before landing on a remote barge. Now, another Musk initiative, Hyperloop, aims to provide incredibly fast train service that will make a trip between New York City and Washington, D.C., in less than 30 minutes. Musk tweeted on Thursday that he received verbal government approval for The Boring Company (a tunneling company he launched on a whim in 2016) to build an underground Hyperloop connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in a cool half an hour. Each stop on the line would go through each city's center and would have approximately 12 entry and exit elevators. This isn't Musk's first foray into Hyperloop, a maglev-powered transportation concept that hurls trains through pneumatic tubes at speeds upward of 800 miles per hour. He initially pitched the idea in 2013 in response to a proposal for the California High-Speed Rail, which would make a trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than three hours (Hyperloop could, theoretically, make that trek in 20 minutes). In 2016, he constructed a test track in Hawthorne, California, and held
1. The Fourth of July is over, but you can still see fireworks at Coney Island! Head to the beach every Friday through September 1 for the free show. 2. Watch a movie under the stars at Cedar Grove Beach tonight. Jaws is playing at 8:30pm, right before Shark Week starts on Sunday. 3. Head to Riis Park Beach Bazaar today to see musician Yazan perform. Be sure to grab dinner at the pop-up food vendors first. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Amoun Moroccan Mediterranean Cuisine & Lounge
It’s possible to taste the flavors of Marrakech without ever leaving New York City at this authentic Moroccan restaurant in the East Village. Start with a meze plate of hummus, baba ghanoush and bakoula, a spinach-chickpea spread ($13.95). For the main course, you might try a tagine, or slow-simmered Moroccan stew, either with lamb shank, chickpeas and apricots ($22.75) or chicken, preserved lemon and olives ($16.95). Other entrees include couscous with chicken, caramelized onions, raisins and chickpeas ($16.95), a mixed grill of lamb, chicken and merguez sausage ($19.75) and chicken bastilla, a phyllo pastry filled with meat, almonds, eggs and herbs and topped with cinnamon sugar ($18.75). Satisfy a sweet tooth with baklava ($7), homemade fig ice cream ($6.50) or kunafa, a traditional cheese pastry ($7). Freshly brewed Turkish coffee ($3.50) or Moroccan mint tea ($4) might be nice, or you can finish the meal with some hookah, if you’re so inclined.
Venue says: “Enjoy authentic home-made cuisine and a chill lounge experience for late nights. Celebrate the weekend with belly dancing performances.”