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Are people who FaceTime while walking down the street literally insane?

This is what’s driving us bonkers in NYC right now and making us (almost) want to move

By Jake Cohen

We live in a walk-and-talk kind of town—I get it. When I’m on my morning commute or running between meetings, you can bet your ass I’m using that precious time to “catch up on calls,” which is code for “calling my mother.” However, I see more and more people roaming the streets while FaceTiming. This behavior is unacceptable.

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Listen, I can understand that the occasional tourist would want to share their trip to the Best City on Earth through the lens of their iPhone for someone back home. But this is not what’s happening here. These distracted lollygaggers are always discussing some meaningless nonsense (personally, my conversations are witty, informative and brief) with some groggy pal in a disheveled bed right here in the tristate area.

While I get the allure of a face-to-face convo, these FaceTimers are pinballing into pedestrians and completely ignoring the flow of traffic. Must I get bumped around so that you can whisper sweet nothings to your boyfriend in Yonkers?

Let’s bring back the days when New Yorkers just obnoxiously shouted into their phones with a robust disregard for others. At least then they would see where they were going.

Not all of NYC is annoying!

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Join Time Out for an all-day celebration of French culture in NYC this Bastille Day

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From bistros with lively outdoor patios to cultural institutions slowly beginning to once again open their doors, French culture is alive and well in New York. (For instance, did you know there’s a Little Paris in downtown Manhattan?) And this Bastille Day, we’ll be celebrating the best of the best of it all day long on our Instagram account.  We’ve partnered with JP Linguistics, a language school in Soho, for a jam-packed day of French-themed Instagram Lives highlighting amazing things you can do both at home and around the city. We may be banned from Europe this summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t raise a glass of champagne to salute France from afar! (Please let us back in soon.) Here’s Tuesday’s full schedule: 9am: Learn how to make authentic French Toast during this kickoff event with JP Linguistics 10am: Take a tour of the adorable Albertine bookstore and settle in for a live children’s book reading 11am: Join Metropolitan Museum of Art art historian Kathy Galitz and Time Out national culture writer Howard Halle for a discussion of Monet's La Grenouillère 12pm: Say bonjour to some sick beats during a Bastille Day livestream set with DJ Stoon 1pm: Make the perfect cheese board with French Cheese Board 2pm: Maille’s official Mustard Sommelier (yes, that’s a real job) demonstrates how to cook two delicious, simple French recipes: A warmed raclette-and-chicken baguette sandwich and a berry hazelnut galette 3pm: We’re back with JP Linguistics for a look at the history of

Parklife outdoor movies
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Catch an outdoor movie screening at Parklife

Things to do Parklife, Gowanus

Parklife's Outdoor Cinema series is back with film screened outside on Wednesday evenings around 8:30pm. Since outdoor space is limited due to health and safety restrictions, early to get a seat (and sit in for trivia at 7:30pm) For more info on our safety measures please visit

7/15: Clueless 

7/22: A League of Their Own 

7/29: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 

8/5: High Fidelity

8/12: Bring It On

8/19: Singles 

8/26: Do The Right Thing

9/2: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 

9/9: Beverly Hills Cop 

9/16: When Harry Met Sally 

9/23: Mad Max: Fury Road 

9/30: Viewer's Choice 

Michael Che
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See Michael Che in a live outdoor comedy show

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Michael Che has been taking his comedy outdoors for the past few weeks in front of a socially-distanced audience in Long Island City. According to Queens Post, the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update comedian is hosting shows on a weekly basis outside Plaxall Gallery and drawing quite a crowd.

The show, which has limited space, has a different lineup every week and in the past has included Meïa Santiago, Chipha Sounds, Matt Richards and "Big" Jay Oakerson, according to the Queens Post and Culture Lab LIC's Instagram. Culture Lab LIC, which runs the gallery's warehouse space at 5-25 46th Avenue, works with Che, and restaurant The Creek and The Cave to put on the show each week around 5:30-6pm. Che usually goes on around 7:45pm and will pull special guests into the back of a truck bed to talk about current events, the Queens Post says. There's no set day each week, but the shows are announced on Culture Lab's social media when they are set.

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Go to your local library

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Officially, the  NYPL, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library opened Monday, July 13 with grab-and-go services at 22 branches. The three systems have been working together to come up with a consistent plan so that when New Yorkers do walk through their doors again, they'll know what to expect. They'll start limited service very soon A full reopening will be largely contingent on health and safety recommendations, according to library officials. Click through to find out what to expect when you go!


Sing along with Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos

Things to do Multiple venues

Every Saturday night at 8pm, two piano men battle it out to prove who is truly the master of all 88 keys, with a playlist decided entirely by the audience. Whether you’re in the mood for Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera or current chart toppers, these pianists are up for the challenge. But they expect you to do your part by singing along, but from home. Find tickets and request songs here:  Every Tuesday night at 7pm, play Name That Tune for a chance at $50 in cash and other prizes. There's a new theme each week. Tickets are at On Wednesday nights at 7pm, try your hand at Piano Bingo, an interactive, all-request event. Every song checks a box and every game has a winner! There's $100 in prizes every week. Get your game card at    Shows broadcast on and

Ampia Restaurant & Rooftop
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Dine in a private greenhouse at this Manhattan rooftop restaurant

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At Ampia Restaurant & Rooftop in the Financial District guests can dine privately—in a greenhouse. Michele and Anisa Iuliano, the husband-and-wife team behind the rooftop restaurant, have installed five greenhouses atop a 4,500-square-foot outdoor space filled with tropical greenery, Japanese maples and seasonal flowers. Like the couple’s other seven restaurants, the theme here is focused on Italy with a seafood-leaning menu.  Each intimate greenhouse features a wood table for two guests. It’s made of a polycarbonate plastic-like material that supposedly blocks most UV rays and is 7-feet high. The duo planned to open Ampia—which means “space” in Italian and sits on the third floor above their restaurant Gnoccheria Wall Street—back in April but the current crisis put everything on pause. 


Attend a Rooftop Films screening at Brooklyn Army Terminal

Things to do Film events Brooklyn Army Terminal, Sunset Park

This long-running series showcases the works of up-and-coming filmmakers in a variety of creative locales—beaches, warehouse complexes, plazas, high schools, cemeteries and, obviously, rooftops. Now, it presents the Brooklyn Drive-In — opening Friday, July 17, on the pier of The Brooklyn Army Terminal. Friday and Saturday, it'll be screening John Lewis: Good Trouble (Dawn Porter's incredible documentary chronicling the life and career of the legendary civil rights advocate; which is also available to rent via Rooftop @ Home) and The Rental (Dave Franco's directorial debut, an unnerving, sophisticated slice of horror, starring Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, and Sheila Vand)!

Laugh along with RISK!

Comedy Storytelling Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

This storytelling show hosted by Kevin Allison (The State) has its tellers reveal true stories—the kind of jaw-droppers one wouldn't normally whip out during a dinner party—that vary in tone but are always surprising. This time, you'll hear stories from Kevin Allison, Vara Cooper, Edith Gonzalez, Matthew Dicks and Harold Cox. An audience Q&A will happen at the end of the show.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City, Pier 2 Uplands, BQE, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo
Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation/Alexa Hoyer

Sit at this gorgeous new green space in Brooklyn Bridge Park

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With its grassy expanses, copious bike paths, public art displays, basketball courts, soccer pitches and multitudinous free events, Brooklyn Bridge Park is arguably the single greatest public amenity to have been built in New York City during the 21st-century so far—and it's not even finished yet! Still, it's getting closer to final completion: As 6sqft recently reported, the next-to-last section of the project, the Pier 2 Uplands, has just opened. The Uplands cover a three-acre site that includes a 6,300-square-foot lawn and a water play area made from materials salvaged from one of the former piers that lined the East River when it was still a working waterfront. Built-in jet sprays will cool visitors down, with runoff water being recycled to irrigate other parts of the park. The new section of the park is also planted with 1,300 new trees and shrubs interspersed with seating made of granite, all of which is sheltered behind a new noise-reducing berm that diminishes the roar of traffic from the nearby BQE.

A scene from Act III from Puccini’s “Turandot” with Marcello Giordani as Calàf and Maria Guleghina as Turandot.
Photograph: Marty Sohl

Watch Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and Berg this week

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The Metropolitan Opera won't be hosting live productions until at least 2021, but the company is continuing to entertain opera lovers with free recordings every night of the week. The lineup from July 13 through July 19 includes full works by Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Rossini and Berg. Most of the shows were recorded for cinematic release as part of the Met series Live in HD. The performances go live each night on the Met's website at 7:30pm EDT (12:30am BST), where they remain until 6:30pm EDT the following day.


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