Are you frantically searching for the best things to do in NYC this week? We get it. New York is a big city, so it can be a real challenge to find the coolest happenings or create the perfect itinerary (especially when you're stretched for time). Luckily, we’re here to help! Our editors have awesome recommendations and great picks for things to do this week. Rage at one of the best parties going down in Brooklyn. Get cultured and view some free art exhibitions. And shop until you drop at some sample sales in NYC.
Best things to do in NYC this week
You’re king (or queen) of the world! Hop aboard Hornblower’s Sensation and cruise along the Hudson while taking in unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline. Each ticket includes one beer—and access to a nearby cash bar—to loosen you up to hit the dance floor with live DJs on all three of the Sensation's decks. The party also includes light bites, games, giveaways and more. And, yes, we’ll forgive you if you say, “I’m on a boat!” all night long.
Grab a blanket, stake out a place on the grass and kick back in everyone's favorite Midtown oasis at this summer series featuring Hester Street Fair food vendors and classic flicks like A League of Their Own and The Princess Bride. Movies start at sundown, but space goes quick so it's best to show up when the lawn opens at 5pm. Tue 18's feature is 1985 teen dram-com The Breakfast Club.
The Irish rockers headline these stadium dates for its Experience + Innocence tour (not to be confused with 2015's Innocence + Experience tour). The occasion?—the recent release of the band's new album, Songs of Experience, the follow-up to the band's 2015's Songs of Innocence (yes, the album notoriously released unconsensually onto millions of unsuspecting iTunes users' music libraries).
Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas plays with his other band, the Voidz, a group's that released two albums of unabashedly weird indie-rock. The crew settles in for a monthlong weekly residency at Elsewhere, with opening sets by rising indie bands including Surfbort, Dilly Dally and Priests.
If you can’t hate yourself, how in the hell are you going to hate somebody else? Comedians exorcise their shame over their teen years through scorching receipts of the hair, music and bad kissing that once defined them. Alise Morales—NYC’s loveliest roastmaster—welcomes guest-host Milly Tamarez, Carly Ann Filbin, Ayo Edebiri, Mike Drucker and Rachel Pegram to take deep, dark looks into their high school diaries.
Very campy hexes abound at this redoubtable night of free comedy, consecrated in honor of supreme witch Stevie Nicks. Hosts Drew Anderson, Sam Taggart and Marcia Belsky summon their funniest friends to join in, with Shalewa Sharpe, Dewayne Perkins, Sandy Honig, Ziwe Fumudoh, Greta Titelman and Natalie Walker taking the stage. Worship your new dark overlords!
Liz Magee and her crew of very funny women give male-starring (and often overrated) movies their own spin in this hilarious and ingenious sketch show. Show up to watch some of the city's top comics rip apart beloved patriarchal films from every generation. This month's show includes Ariel Elias, Tahlia Robinson, Julia Johns, Carmen Lagala, Sarah Lazarus, Alyssa Limperis, Sharron Paul, Suni Reyes, Molly Ruben-Long, Jennie Sutton, Milly Tamarez, Karolena Theresa, May Wilkerson, Emily Winter and Maria Wojciechowski.