Best things to do in NYC this week
This artist first wormed her way into both indie and poptimist ears alike back in 2012 with her undeniably infectious breakout single, "Call Me Maybe." But with her glitzy sophomore effort E-MO-TION—which hit its titular peaks of heartbreak and adoration with soaring majesty—she graduated from one-hit wonder to a versatile and inventive star with staying power. Here she plays from a new release, Dedicated, a collection of tightly written pop songs that shimmers with a fevered beauty (though perhaps not quite as respendently as its predecessor).
The latest edition of the Tommy Stathes Cartoon Carnival is dedicated to a subject near and dear to our hearts—food. Cartoon characters have often taken their antics to the kitchen, often to hilarious ends. Sit back and chuckle as Krazy Kat tries to navigate a 1930s Automat, and empathize with poor Koko the Clown as he absolutely destroys a Thanksgiving feast and much more. Get right into the old-timey spirit as silent film era cartoons will be accompanied by live ragtime piano played by Charlie Judkins. Worried about working up an appetite watching so many toons about food? Don't you worry, food and drinks will be available for purchase during intermission, just like that cartoon hot dog promised you.
When schools close, the Taste Buds Kitchen opens! Budding chefs aged 4-17 are invited to get creative while cooking in a day class (roughly three hours) or a full week's course. Running from Memorial Day to Labor Day, these fun-packed cheffing camps teach kids how to make at least one savory and one sweet recipe daily, and those on the week-long camps even get a Taste Buds Kitchen apron to take home. Classes on offer include 'Eid al-Fitr' (breaking fast), in which lasagne cupcakes and apple ginger dumplings make an appearance, and 'Future Celebrity Chef', which features veggie sushi rolls and matcha turtle bread on the menu. Or take the 'All-American Road Trip', a culinary journey on which your little ones will explore cinnamon raisin bagels from New York City, BBQ cauliflower wings from Kansas City and Californian pita pizzas.
Some of the most notable figures in American and New York history are buried somewhere within the 478 acres of Green-Wood Cemetery, don't you think it's time you paid them a visit? Take a twilight stroll through the immense burial ground for an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the solemn and stunning place. The tour ends with a rare opportunity to visit the Catacombs, a part of the cemetery that is normally off-limits to visitors.
Hey movie-lovers! If you’re up for some film fun this summer, then this annual chill-out session is the perfect evening activity. Kick back on the lawn and watch some iconic flicks, such as ‘When Harry Met Sally’, ‘Big’ and ‘Moonstruck’—plus, on certain days you’ll be treated to Shaolin Jazz performing live, remixed soundtracks alongside the movies. All you need to do is bring your friends, your cosiest blanket and then enjoy the free popcorn.
Ever wanted to try a spot of salsa, but never got round to it? How about ballroom or Bollywood dancing? Well, no more excuses, because for the next few months Hudson River Park, in association with Dance Parade, is providing free – that's right, free – dance lessons in all styles. Every Tuesday night throughout June, July and August, wannabe Footloosers should strut over to Hudson River Park's Pier 45 to take part in the 6.30pm beginners classes, which are taught by local dance pros. Then stay for the open dance session from 7.30pm, when dancers of all levels can join in.
Butterboy Comedy has become one of the hottest regular comedy shows in NYC. Comedians Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins get together to host a killer lineup of stand-up talent every Monday night at Littlefield NYC. Alongside all of the laughs, is a soundtrack curated by Donwill. Check out Butterboy, the funniest thing to ever happen in Gowanus.
Head to the rooftop of the Pod Brooklyn Hotel for an hour of yoga led by a senior instructor from CorePower. After finding inner peace and stretching your limbs during the 60 minute Vinyasa class, you can unwind even further with a happy hour featuring 2 for 1 froze.
Celebrate Bastille Day for days on end by hitting up myriad French restaurants throughout New York and taking advantage of their French Restaurant Week specials. Deals range from one drink and amuses bouches available for $17.89 (a nod to the year the French Revolution started), to a prix fixe at $42 per person, to a prix fixe at $178.90 per couple. Participating restaurants include Boucherie, Brasserie 8 ½ and La Sirene.
As the signature event of Good Beer Month, this event will give you the opportunity to taste beer from more than 20 small batch breweries. Brought to you be Beer Sessions Radio and the Good Beer Seal, this all-inclusive event is focused on opening your taste buds up to the local grains and malts of the East Coast—from North Carolina up to Maine. In addition to copious amounts of beer, there will be plentiful food options and beautiful views from the outdoor setting in Williamsburg.
Is it ever too early to get lost in a little pop-punk nostalgia? Blink-182, the band that once sang the lyrics “Nobody likes you when you’re 23,” is somehow in their 24th year of existence. Even after all those years of touring, this may be the first time they've hit the stage at 7 in the morning. They’re taking part in the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series and will be playing for free at Summerstage NYC.
The city's foliage is in full bloom and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is taking full advantage with extended hours every Tuesday through the end of September. Drop in for a sunset cocktail with bae or a solo stroll amongst the garden's multitude of horticultural treasures.
Mike Birbiglia is funny, endearing, and has impeccable timing. On the heels of his one-man storytelling shows Sleepwalk with Me and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, Birbigs tests out new material for a bargain price during this series of gigs. Get tickets early.
Books Beneath the Bridge brings together bibliophiles of all types each Monday night to listen to readings by featured authors while enjoying the view across the East River. For six weeks a different independent bookseller—Freebird Books, Books Are Magic, WORD, Greenlight Bookstore, Powerhouse Arena and Community Bookstore Park Slope—takes the reins and curates a program of readings, signings and more.
After years of hiding from the limelight, Dave Chappelle is making his Broadway debut with a run of five shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Tickets to see the comedic mastermind are not easy to come by—or cheap—but seeing Chappelle on stage has always been an unforgettable experience.
Each Thursday afternoon the most popular shows on Broadway take the party outdoors to Bryant Park. Grab your friends, some snacks and take a seat on the lawn to take in a performance of some of your very favorite Broadway tunes. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot and perhaps a glimpse of rehearsals.
Sample the sweet aromas of wine from across the world while wandering through a labyrinth of fun-filled rooms that'll make all your rosé dreams come true. During this interactive experience, guests will discover a whole new side of the pink drink, learning about the culture, history and science behind this enchanting tipple. As you move through each of the 14 rooms you'll enter vibrant, eccentric and immersive new worlds, including Cleopatra's Palace, a vintage airline lounge, Champagne disco ball pit and a treehouse. RoséLand is the location of the final adventure – natch – a total wine-doused playground, with 120 types of rosé and light bites from Taco Dumbo.
The Color Factory NYC is officially open to the public as of Monday, August 20, and the experience is red hot. Actually, it covers a spectrum of hues, and it is guaranteed to be one of the most vibrant, educational and downright enjoyable Instagrammable moments you’ve encountered in New York. It really blue us away. The interactive exhibition, which is located in Soho, was designed and launched by event planner Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day (a crafts and celebrations blog) to help visitors explore the fun and importance of color. There are 16 rooms to explore throughout the 20,000-square-foot space which showcase immersive artwork from local writers, poets and musicians. The event got its start in San Francisco, but the Gotham iteration is very much an ode to New York, as there are various poems and tips for folks who live in the Big Apple throughout. Similar activiations such as a baby-blue ball pit remain in addition to a disco-themed dancefloor, oddball artifacts (think puke-inspired art) presented by the Mmuseumm and more. Best of all, you can wander through the installation phone-free (if you want.) Upon entry, you are given a card to scan at each of the various photographic experiences inside. The photos will be sent directly to your email, so you can focus on enjoying the art versus panicking over taking the perfect picture. That’s pretty convenient, but what we really love is that this ticketed attraction ($38) is worth the price in freebies alone. During your visit
Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square off to see who can put on the best show. Visit summerinthesquare.nyc to see the full lineup of events and drop in for some gratis outdoor fun.
Crushworthy comedians Jenny Gorelick and Zach Teague host this mash-up party of stand-up and singing. Get down to high-energy sets from the city’s best acts, then hit the stage for an always-lit karaoke after-party. Your Pointer Sisters lyrics better be on point—this isn’t amateur hour!
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