It's time to get out there and explore all that summer in New York has to offer. Dress up in some skimpy under-the-sea garb for Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, or partake in a Charleston competition at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. If you want less of a party and more of a cultural fix, be sure to attend the Museum Mile Festival where some of the city’s best museums are open free of charge.
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A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions—including the Guggenheim, the Met and the Museum of the City of New York—open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours. The crowds at this annual culturefest can be daunting—more than 50,000 people are expected to show up—but don’t get overwhelmed; plan to get there early if you want to see big-name shows. Musical performances, including string quartets and jazz ensembles, will enhance your walk from one museum to the next. Fifth Ave from 82nd to 105th Sts.
Brush up on your Fitzgerald and Hemingway in time for this outdoor bash, where part of Governors Island is transformed into a Prohibition-era soiree. Over two separate weekends, you can Charleston to Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra playing jazz staples, while donning your finest flapper garb and Zoot suits. Then Lindy Hop over to the bar for decade-appropriate cocktails (that promise to taste better than bathtub gin).
Musicians flood NYC's public spaces during this daylong, citywide, entirely free festival. The full lineup of events and happenings spanning the five boroughs will be announced in late May. Highlights for 2013 include a session of Beck's 2012 sheet music album at a block party surrounding Joe's Pub, 22 mass single–instrument participatory concerts,144 singers in rowboats at the Central Park Lake and punk bands taking over Staten Island.
Glitter-covered seminude revelers, aquatically adorned floats and classic cruisers fill Surf Avenue for this annual art parade. The party has grown quite a bit over its three decades and now draws an audience of more than half a million, with well past a thousand marchers; including local muscle-car clubs, a celebrity King and Queen, and floats from the NY Aquarium and Luna Park. From W 21st St and Surf Ave to the Boardwalk at W 17th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
This Caribbean celebration, known for having lively music and lots of skin, is never short on costumed stilt dancers, floats blaring soca and calypso music, and plenty of flags from countries such as Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. Look for vendors stationed along Eastern Parkway selling island eats like jerk chicken, curry goat and oxtail. Early risers can preparty at J’ouvert (pronounced “joo-VAY”), a predawn festival in which revelers throw powdered paint at each other. Head to Grand Army Plaza around 4am when the high jinks really get going. Eastern Pkwy from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Chocolat Restaurant & Bar
Brown is a warm, rich color that can stimulate the appetite, a wholesome earthy color. With a decor of large windows and a deep chocolate interior finished in shades of tiffany blue, Chocolat Restaurant Lounge is sure to stimulate your appetite from the moment you enter. Located on Frederick Douglas Blvd and the corner of 120th Street, Chocolat features a menu of delicately updated American cuisine. Prime meats and fresh seafood are accented by pairings of wines from our extensive wine list, seasonal and local ingredients.Grab a specialty cocktail at our soft, blue lit bar; a custom designed feature of the restaurant as it moves the energy created by our diverse Uptown crowd. Our Executive Chef, Anthony Williamson, creates a delicious yet affordable menu reflective of Harlem's new and dynamic pulse.Open for brunch, lunch and dinner service, Chocolat Restaurant Lounge, is conveniently located in this incredible West Harlem neighborhood.
Venue says: “A new taste of Harlem comfort food & new American cuisine. Come join us for Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4p-8p”