(7/5-7/10) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? The city continues to bounce back, with many venues dropping their mask and vaccine requirements. Expect a revitalized city this week and this weekend, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC this week.
A GRAND REOPENING
Image: Julie Larsen Maher.
It's been a decade since the New York Aquarium was last fully open. That changed at the beginning of July, as Hurricane Sandy damage is now repaired and Covid-closed areas once again are welcoming the public.
The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus continues its "Summer of Joy" Flatbed Follies 5 Borough Tour. Custom-built rolling stages showcase everything from high wire to aerial acts to juggling, stilt walking, and clowning. It's all free, at locations around the city through July 17th.
Central Park has a new oasis within an oasis Roller disco hotspot The DiscOasis has opened, bringing live DJs, day and night skating sessions, and performances. The setting is a glittering new roller rink fantasia installed at Wollman Rink.
GRAND BAZAAR NYC
Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can check out Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive. This Sunday you’ll also find the NYC Staycation pop up. Meet talented artists, designers, and craft-makers; passionate vintage and antique dealers; and knowledgeable global goods merchants that can’t be found anywhere else. Come hungry! There are great artisanal food options as well. It’s all for a good cause, as 100% of the market’s profits go to four local schools. 10am-5pm.
ONLY THIS MONTH IN NYC
French Champagne face Nicolas Feuillatte is Unleashing the Bubbles in NYC. All through June and into July, the cobblestones of Stone Street will get a makeover with giant champagne bottles, bubble dining domes, thousands of bubble balloons, a ball pit, music, and ice sculptures. Local bars and restaurants will uncork specials through July 9th like champagne cocktails and a Burger and Brut deal.
IMMERSIVE THINGS TO DO IN NYC
NEW IMMERSIVE ART
Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive art space ARTECHOUSE. You’ve never seen art like this before, as room-sized digital projections merge with sound design to create a cinematic experience. Open now is Life of a Neuron, which draws on decades of neuroscience research to create a cellular-level journey through the human brain. Come explore the intersections of art and science and discover new layers of a universal human experience—the story of ourselves. The main installation is joined by additional immersive artworks. You can also grab a drink at the newly opened XR Bar.
THE MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM
The Museum of Ice Cream is the only place in the world where you can learn about everyone's favorite frozen treat by feasting on a floating dessert table, sliding down a 3-story slide to collect your ice cream, or taking a dip in a pool filled with millions of sprinkles. Be transported to a world where all your wildest ice cream dreams come true and rediscover the kid in you—don't miss the awesome photo ops in the hall of ice cream scoops.
CANDYTOPIA IS BACK
If you’ve ever wanted a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, you’ll get a taste at Candytopia (without the imminent peril). Dive into a ball pit of marshmallows, view portraits made of candy, and take killer pics with candy-inspired scenes. The attraction is now open for a limited run through July 31st.
STRANGER THINGS: THE EXPERIENCE
Ever wanted to be the protagonist of a Stranger Things adventure? Stranger Things: The Experience, open now in Brooklyn, throws you headfirst into your favorite show—join Eleven, Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Max, and Will for a very special episode starring…you! Venture inside Hawkins Lab for a 1-hour immersive experience featuring a brand-new Stranger Things storyline, then explore an ’80s-themed Mix-Tape medley with food and drinks, special merch, photo ops, and more.
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: ART EXHIBITIONS
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: KING PLEASURE
Photo by Lee Jaffe.
Everyone's favorite Brooklyn artist gets a major exhibition, led by his family and launched in Chelsea. Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure features a priceless collection of over 200 never before and rarely seen paintings, drawings, ephemera, and artifacts. The show is sourced from the Basquiat family collection and also features recreations of his NYC artist studio on Great Jones St. and the Michael Todd VIP Room of NYC’s Palladium nightclub, where Basquiat created two paintings.
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
Nina’s x Liquid Lab in SoHo celebrates National Gin and Tonic Day with the launch of their Bombay Happy Hour, available through July. The happy hour menu will feature three gin-based drinks, one of them being Nina’s take on the classic cocktail using Bombay Sapphire. (Pictured above is the Basquiat Bramble, with gin, muddled blackberries, rosemary, and lemon.)
A PRIME HAPPY HOUR
Prime Catch NYC serves top-rate seafood and steaks right in the heart of the Theater District. This is a great stop pre or post-Broadway or while out in Times Square, with both indoor and outdoor seating options. They specialize in Prime USDA dry-aged Pat LaFrieda meat with house specialty Porterhouse and tomahawk cuts. Don't miss great deals at Happy Hour, which runs all day, seven days a week at the bar.
1/2 Price Appetizers
A HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL
Havana Central has introduced 1/2 price empanadas during Happy Hour at the bar! Diners must purchase a drink, 3 empanadas max per drink purchase. Available in the bar only, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm. Choose from a variety of homemade savory pockets including beef, chicken, cheese, shrimp, and ropa vieja! Havana Central also features Happy Hour drink specials including $7 classic mojitos, classic margaritas, and red sangria, in addition to other specials.
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN NYC
A WATERFRONT MARKET RETURNS
Image: Ryan Nicholas Photography.
Creatives, local shops, and food vendors come together as the Greenpoint Terminal Market returns to the waterfront. Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am–6pm, rain or shine.
FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
The Alliance for Coney Island has brought back its Friday Night Fireworks. Watch from the boardwalk (or atop the Wonder Wheel) as the series launches for 10 straight weeks.
OUTDOOR MOVIES RETURN
Blockbusters and indies meet serious views as Seaport Cinema returns for the summer at The Rooftop at Pier 17. Screenings run weekly. Films on the Green, the free outdoor French film festival, is back in Manhattan park. This year's theme is "From Page to Screen." Film at Lincoln Center is ferrying out to Governors Island for its summer film series. And Rooftop Films is back in action, with over 40 films planned for the summer.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND WELLNESS HAPPENINGS IN HELL'S KITCHEN
The Hudson Yards Hell’s Kitchen Alliance (HYHK) is a neighborhood business improvement district, keeping the west side of Manhattan clean and beautified. They’re also the force behind happenings at Hudson Yards’s Bella Abzug Park. Every Tuesday at 10:30am, HYHK will be hosting a Kids’ Concert in the playground. Children of all ages are invited to sing, dance, and play instruments. Mike Messer Music leads 45 minutes of learning and playing favorite songs—from popular children's hits to family favorites (through September 27th). On Thursdays at 10:30am join Bubble Master Gabe for an interactive show featuring giant bubbles (through September 29th). On select Saturdays June look for Street Lab’s PLAY and STREET MARKER programs on Hudson Boulevard East as part of the city’s Open Streets program. PLAY is a pop-up, portable, customizable obstacle course with street games and physical activities, and STREET MARKER is an installation featuring chalk and custom chalk tools to draw, mark streets, and create expansive murals. Kids of all ages are welcome! All events are free and open to the public. Adults can find programming, too: look for free Saturday morning yoga sessions.
Thursday nights in summer bring Vinyl Nights. Rock with the Mobile Mondays crew and friends and dance to all the classic vinyl hits that shaped NYC club culture at this vibrant outdoor dance party. Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, House, Disco, Latin and more. The genre doesn't define the party; Mobile Mondays has real curators on the turntables who fold the crowd into their vision of a party every week. It's a celebration of "Everything New York" produced by Rebecca Lynn. Celebrating the artistry of the DJ, music lovers find their meeting house on the dance floor. hyhkalliance.org
Because Times Square always needs more action, the Times Square Alliance is livening up the summer with free open-air programming. Look for dance, jazz, DJs, and comedy sets curated by Carolines on Broadway.
NOW OPEN! NEW BAR WONDERLAND
Image courtesy of Wonderland.
New nightclub Wonderland has officially opened its doors on West 20th Street in Chelsea. A grand opening party hosted by Rick Ross with sword swallower Le Reine The Thrill and ax juggler Sam Urdang kicked things off, bringing on this high-energy big-room NYC nightclub experience. Look for live stage acts, celebrity guest hosts, bottle service, and a mezzanine for dining.
A VILLAGE HANG
The Fat Cat is now the Cellar Dog. A longtime Village legend has been spruced up and readied for a new era. Live jazz is part of the scene and if that's not entertainment enough look for games. Lots of games. The roomy space boasts pool tables, ping-pong, shuffleboard, foosball, chess (and a weekly Friday night tournament), checkers, and novelties like Pac-Man.
Ukrainian Museum Facebook.
In the East Village, long a home of Ukrainian immigrants (and their food and culture), you'll find the largest museum in the U.S. committed to the rich heritage of Ukraine. The Ukrainian Museum's state-of-the-art home holds a folk art collection (one of the most important collections outside of Ukraine), a fine arts collection (including works by the well-known primitif artist Nikifor), and an extensive archive. Among current exhibitions, Pysanka: Guardian of life includes more than 400 pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), motifs ranging from animal symbols to floral designs.
EAT PIZZA DOWNTOWN
Master Pizzaiolo Domenico “Mimmo” Tolomeo and Master Chef James Whelen track down the freshest of ingredients for homemade pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and more at two downtown locations of Zazzy’s Pizza. Signatures include the vodka pie, white pie, and vegan cheese pizza. Other plant-based picks include mozz sticks, hearts of palm "calamari" and meatless meatballs. Locations are West Village (73 Greenwich Ave.), the Lower East Side (173 Orchard St.), and the Upper East Side (1477 Second Ave.).
Photo: Brad Farwell.
Yes, somehow New York City functioned without smartphones and desktops. A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York transports visitors to pre-digital New York through Analog City: New York B.C. (Before Computers). Check out the lost innovations and industries that once fueled NYC.
Rendering: ImageFiction for Flipper’s and Tishman Speyer.
From ice to wheels: Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace is offering roller skating at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. It’s the first time warm weather skating has been here since 1940. A legendary ‘70s-‘80s rink run by Ian “Flipper” Ross in West Hollywood has been revived in Midtown Manhattan by his daughter Liberty Ross. The new rink is joined by a major area renovation, with tables, chairs, and green spaces now available in the plaza. Grab-and-go options include JJ Johnson’s Fieldtrip and David Chang’s Fuku.
(If you're out JFK way, the TWA Hotel's Roll-A-Rama at the Runway Rink is open for the season as well.)
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: POP UP EXHIBITIONS
THE FANS STRIKE BACK
Photo credit: EMS Entertainment.
New exhibition The Fans Strike Back: The Largest Star Wars Fan Exhibition reflects four decades of devoted fandom. Get immersed in the saga as never before with the largest private collection of official Star Wars items, including life-size figures, models, one-of-a-kind sculptures, figurines, photos, posters, and costumes. There are more than 600 collectable items in all. The show runs through September 4th, 2022.
THE SOUL OF JAZZ: AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE
Image courtesy Disney.
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, founded in 1996, is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the jazz history of the famous neighborhood that houses it. Now on display through August 31st is the national touring exhibition The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure. Learn the colorful, surprising story of a sound, fittingly in Harlem, home home to Joe Gardner—musician, mentor, and star of Disney and Pixar’s Soul. Don't miss Duke Ellington's own white grand piano!
MAKING THE NATION'S TABLE
African American contributions to U.S. culinary culture go back more than 400 years. Learn more about black foodways at the new installation African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, now open at The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall uptown. Through July 17th.
THINGS TO DO IN NYC: LIVE PERFORMANCES
LIVE BEATS & MORE DOWNTOWN
Downtown has one destination for eclectic, compelling music. The programming at the East Village’s Drom runs from jazz, rock, electronic, soul, and funk to international music. The weeks ahead bring high-energy ensemble work from The Silver Arrow Band and DJ TM.8’s Temptation Saturday 80’s Dance Party.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary season, Drom is introducing a weekly residency from Grammy-nominated Cuban bandleader Pedrito Martinez. Martinez will bring his signature, high-energy Afro-Cuban sound every Thursday. For his weekly residency Pedrito will perform alongside Sebastian Natal on bass and vocals, Issac Delgado Jr on keyboard and vocals, Jose “Xito” Lovell on trombone and vocals and Manuel Marquez on percussion and vocals.
JoAnna Ross and Dan Goodman, photo by Paul Park.
Drom is also your local choice for comedy and pole dancing. Schtick A Pole In It has for the past 9 years been NYC's best (and only) comedy and pole dancing show. Comics tell jokes and pole dancers pole dance. Laugh lines alternate with death-defying tricks. If you don't see shows like this, why are you even paying NYC rents? The show has just expanded to four dates a month as part of an open-ended run. Tickets and more information are here.
NY Gypsy All Stars
BIG NAME PERFORMANCES AT THE IRIDIUM
Ed Palermo Big Band.
For more than 25 years, musical landmark The Iridium has been hosting intimate experiences of the world’s best rock, jazz, blues, and beyond.
LIVE MUSIC AND FINE WINE AT CITY WINERY
Adam Pass/City Winery.
City Winery New York City at Hudson River Park brings together great bites, wine to match, and views to remember. Enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in City Winery’s restaurant and wine bar, where the food is meant to be paired with a great glass of wine. They’re open daily, with two stages hosting a stellar array of music and comedy.
Enjoy a reading from the book of John (and Paul, George, and Ringo) by Strawberry Fields on Sunday mornings. This Beatles tribute brunch is a treat for the whole family, join in the fun at City Winery at noon.
Other shows coming up include:
7.6 ENOUGH. A evening to support gun safety feat. performances by Dionne Warwick, Macy Gray, John Cameron Mitchell, Tash Neal and more!
7.7 Dar Williams with special guest Antigone Rising
7.8 Dar Williams with special guest Heather Maloney
7.9 Donavon Frankenreiter with special guest Christina Holmes
7.9 Richard Barone & Glenn Mercer: Hazy Cosmic Jive
7.10 Strawberry Fields: Ultimate Beatles brunch concert
7.10 The THE BAND Band
7.10 Rhett Miller Acoustic with special guest Clarence Bucaro
7.11 Nora Brown
7.12 Peter Kleinhans Band feat. Shawn Pelton (of SNL) (rescheduled from 1.10.22)
7.13 Brian Simpson
7.13 Colin James
7.14 Rennie Pincus birthday party and “Deal” album release show with special guest Jimmy Vivino
7.14 Howie Day
7.15 Les Nubians “Back @ U” Tour
COMEDY COMING UP
A comedy legend not to be missed is Carolines on Broadway. This Times Square institution has been presenting the best in live comedy entertainment since 1982, with nightly shows that run from established greats to up and comers.
FREE CONCERTS IN QUEENS
Image: Culture Lab LIC.
Culture Lab LIC has kicked off its free outdoor concert series. Art, comedy, and drama join the live music in the weeks ahead.
CHASING ANDY WARHOL
Photo by Jenny Anderson.
Join the cast of a walking play as it unfolds on the streets, behind windows, and inside secret locations. Immersive theatre, dance, film, art, and puppetry come together for a peek into the life of an iconic, enigmatic artist.
BLUE MAN GROUP!
No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by the three blue-hued alien dudes of Blue Man Group. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy.
A NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The empowering and enchanting new musical Between The Lines for any of us seeking to find our place in the world follows Delilah, an outsider in a new school who seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur in extraordinary ways, Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story. Running 6/14 thru 10/2.
A TITANIQUE SUCCESS
Want to find out what really happened to Jack and Rose on that fateful night? Leave it to Céline Dion to casually hijack a Titanic Museum tour and enchant the audience with her totally wild take—Titanique, The Musical now playing at the Asylum Theatre in Chelsea.
Looking for all the latest notes and updates on Broadway and Off Broadway? Check out our comprehensive These Are the Broadway and Off Broadway Shows in NYC 2022: Everything You Need to Know.
EXHIBITIONS IN NYC
DOGS OF WAR & PEACE
The AKC Museum of the Dog celebrates the role of dogs in society through its collection in Midtown. This Wednesday, March 16th the museum will open a new exhibition, Dogs of War & Peace. The show puts together 10 life-sized, carved-wood allegorical memorials by sculptor James Mellick on display from his “Wounded Warrior Dogs” and “Over the Rainbow Bridge” collections. Celebrating the bond beyond the battlefield, the installation highlights military dogs from WWII to Afghanistan. Sensitive looks at wounded and rehabilitated dogs helps draw attention to the heroism of dogs in the military. While you're there, don't miss the museum’s permanent collection, which includes sculptures, paintings, collars, vests, and photographs, plus engaging digital experiences.
A NEARLY FLAWLESS DIAMOND
Photo: Okavango Diamond Company.
Be among the first members of the public to see “Okavango Blue,” a rare and nearly flawless 20-carat blue diamond. The centerpiece of a new display of diamonds from Botswana, it's now on view in the revamped Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals at the American Museum of Natural History. You can learn more about the region and the science behind diamonds. Or you can just go be dazzled.
TREASURES OF THE NYPL
A lock of Edgar Allan Poe’s hair, Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence, Malcolm X’s briefcase, the real-life Winnie-the-Pooh: the NYPL holds a lot more than books. For the first time ever you can explore a selection of the 56 million items in the collection with the opening of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures. You'll find manuscripts, art, letters, still and moving images, and recordings that bring the voices of the past to life. The show is free and features timed entry tickets.
For more on NYC museums and exhibitions, check out our Museum Exhibits in NYC to See Right Now.
WHAT TO DO IN NYC
HISTORIC FLATIRON WALKING TOURS
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
Merchants House Parlor by Denis Vlasov. Photo courtesy Merchant's House Museum.
Built in 1832, the East Village's Merchant’s House was home to a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants for almost a century. Miraculously, the house still retains the family's original furnishings and personal possessions. Stop by for a rare and intimate glimpse of domestic life in New York City from 1835 to 1865. During COVID times, the Merchant's House Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays only, noon to 5pm. Admission is $15 and advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
Room 24: Four grand panels of Fragonard’s series The Progress of Love are shown together at Frick Madison in a gallery illuminated by one of Marcel Breuer’s trapezoidal windows. This view shows two of the 1771–72 paintings, with two later overdoors visible in the next gallery. Photo: Joe Coscia.
Like so many this pandemic year, The Frick Collection got the itch to renovate. While its historic home is getting spruced up, the art has taken up residence in the modern confines of the former Met Breuer. A two-year run here has begun, with a chronological and geographic survey representing the likes of Bellini, Gainsborough, Goya, Rembrandt, Titian, Velázquez, and Vermeer.
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CURTAIN'S UP AT ELLEN’S STARDUST DINER
The show goes on at Ellen's Stardust Diner. Food, drink, and live performances from the famous singing waitstaff have returned. The 1950s-themed restaurant has been around since 1987 and brings back its retro vibes (founder Ellen Hart Sturm is a native New Yorker who was crowned Miss Subways in 1959.) Catch intimate performances by staff on their way to joining a long line of Broadway actors who have made Ellen's their launching pad. If you're looking for a great souvenir of an NYC trip, check out The Stardust Shop, with merch like mugs, hats, and the t-shirt above.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
Statue City Cruises is out and about in New York Harbor. Tickets can be purchased in advance (strongly encouraged) from the Statue City Cruises website or at Gangway 5 in Battery Park. statuecruises.com
TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS
Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice.
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