End-of-summer hot list: Essential things to do before Labor Day

Don't let the season pass by without enjoying these top things to do. Plus, the one highlight to catch at each of NYC's big series before the end of summer.

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    End-of-summer hot list: The HBO–Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

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    End-of-summer hot list: Syfy Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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    End-of-summer hot list: Mac DeMarco, pictured, performs at SummerStage

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    End-of-summer hot list: Caribou, pictured, performs at Warm Up 2013

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    End-of-summer hot list: Vans House Parties

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    End-of-summer hot list: Passion Pit, pictured, performs at Live on Pier 26

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End-of-summer hot list: The HBO–Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

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What to see at New York's big cultural series before the end of summer

The HBO–Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

If the end of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial doesn’t move you, we don’t know what will. Watching a movie in this lush-yet-urban setting, perhaps?

  1. Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Mon Aug 19 at dusk, gates 5pm
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Syfy Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Classic Hitchcock (Vertigo) plus a Manhattan backdrop equals one memorable evening.

  1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Main St, at Fulton Ferry Landing, 11201
  2. Thu Aug 22 at dusk
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  • Critics choice
  • Free

Mac DeMarco brings his goofy-as-hell live antics (and the ace songwriting chops to back them up) to SS’s penultimate gig of the summer.

  1. FDR Dr, (between Montgomery and E 12th Sts)
  2. Wed Aug 28 at 7pm
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Warm Up 2013

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Caribou (a.k.a. Daniel Victor Snaith) spins thumping psych jams and other eclectic weirdness at MoMA PS1’s third-to-last bash.

  1. 22-25 Jackson Ave, (at 46th Ave)
  2. Sat Aug 24 at 3pm
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House of Vans

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Brooklyn indie-rock vets Les Savy Fav, led by eccentric frontman Tim Harrington, get wild in a Greenpoint warehouse. Oh, and it’s free. Oh, and there’s beer. Free beer. Go to this.

  1. 25 Franklin St, (between Meserole Ave and Quay St), 11222
  2. Thu Aug 29 at 7pm
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Live on Pier 26

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Pier 26, we hardly knew ye. This massive outdoor venue along the Hudson only opened last month. Bid adieu to it when the catchy, synthy and ridiculously popular outfit Passion Pit takes over for a two-night run.

  1. Pier 26 Hudson River, at North Moore St, 10013
  2. Fri Sep 6 - Sat Sep 7
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