August 31, 2013

Saturday Events

Hester Street Fair
Visit the Lower East Side on Saturdays through October 26 for vintage finds, artisan creations and delicious food. The fourth season of the Hester Street Fair brings an open-air market to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets, paying homage to the historic pushcart market that was held here many years ago. The fair is open every Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
New York Red Bulls Soccer
The New York Red Bulls are one of 19 teams that make up the top professional soccer league in the United States. This weekend, Thierry Henry and company battle it out against DC United in New Jersey.
Electric Zoo
Made Event is back with another round of its three-day house, electro and techno fest. The 2013 lineup includes Benny Benassi, Avicii, David Guetta, Tiesto and Steve Aoki. 

August 30, 2013

Weekend Activities

Brazilian Day 
The Brazilian Day festival is a spirited annual celebration of Brazil's Independence Day and the country's culture in New York City and around the world. Now in its 28th year, the festivities include Brazilian music, dance, food and more (though the food isn't free, so don't forget to bring some cash if you want a literal taste of Brazil). The all-day event, which starts at 10am, features singers Gusttavo Lima and Zeca Pagodinho, as well as many other celebrity musicians from Brazil. The main stage is located on East 46th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, but the festival extends throughout the area known as "Little Brazil."
NYC Unicycle Festival
NYC's annual Unicycle Festival rolls into town this weekend (on one wheel). While the fest spans three days with tours and rides around the City, you'll find the best sights for kids at the Governors Island stop on August 31 and September 1. Check out demonstrations, races and even unicycle sports like basketball and hockey.
Richmond County Fair
There's fun for the whole family at this three-decade-old Staten Island tradition. Kids will get a kick out of circus performers, crafts and even farm animals, while parents will enjoy the live music. Rides, food and reliable county fair standbys like a pie-eating contest round out the weekend. Plus, proceeds benefit Historic Richmond Town, itself a year-round attraction that offers a window into the City's past. 

Ridgewood Market

What: Vintage & antique, artisan & handmade, food & drink at this new pop-up! 
When: Saturday, August 31st & Sunday, September 1st 2013, 11AM - 5PM
Where: 59-03 Summerfield Street Ridgefield, Queens


Things to do this Friday

Rockaway Civic's Beach Flix: Despicable Me
Free outdoor movie screenings are a welcome New York City tradition. This summer's offerings include flicks from almost every genre—including blockbusters, indie films and cult classics. On Friday, bring the family to Beach 121st Street in the Rockaways for a showing of Despicable Me.
Llyn Foulkes
The long-overdue retrospective of West Coast painter and musician Llyn Foulkes, at the New Museum, provides more than 100 works from his long and productive career, ranging from cool western landscapes to emotional, sometimes confrontational portraits. The show also includes his recent narrative tableaux, which blend painting with found materials, creating a remarkable illusion of depth.

Ongoing Fairs/Festivals/Markets

Better Than Jam Pop-Up on Governors Island
Saturdays and Sundays 10AM - 6PM through September 29, 2013
Governors Island Ferry
Jewelry, art, housewares, clothing, accessories and more!  Plus all-ages free craft projects Saturdays from 1-4 provided by EtsyNY, all in a gorgeous historic yellow Victorian house.

Hester Street Fair
Saturdays 10AM - 6PM
Essex and Hester Streets
September 7 Angela Columbo Jewelry, Bexbuckles, Naturally Susan's
September 14 Naturally Susan's, SaruStar, Tamara Garvey 
September 28 Adornments NYC, NYC Vinyl Dreams, Porcupine Hugs
Lineup accurate at press time; subject to change.

LIC Flea & Food
Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-6PM
Corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street
LIC Flea & Food is the largest outdoor artisan market in Queens County. The market is open rain or shine every Saturday and Sunday.
Enjoy some great eats, find a hidden treasure in the market, discover new artists and great local vendors all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline.

August 29, 2013

K2 Friday Nights

What: Friday nights, Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special Pan Asian Tapas menu to accompany the evening's DJ and unique tours and programs. Happy Hour runs from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a 2-for-1 special on all beer, wine and well drinks.
When: Museum admission is free Fridays from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. during K2 Lounge.
Where: Rubin Museum of Art

August 26, 2013

Get Ready for a New Brew in Queens!

What: Queens Brewery Night will be at Bourbon Street featuring $4.00 Pints and guest keeps the specially designed keepsake Queens Brewery Pint Glass.  No admission charge.
When: August 26, 2013 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Bourbon Street: 40-12 Bell Blvd Bayside, NY 11361

Sunset Cocktails & Free Live Jazz over Lincoln Center

What: Bring friends, relax and enjoy the best live jazz in NYC at the city's swankiest rooftop. Dress code: Upscale/Business casual. All guests must be age 21+ with valid ID. No exceptions.
When: Monday, August 26, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM  |  Rain or Shine
Where: The Empire Hotel Rooftop: 44 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023

namasDay Yoga Bash

What: Celebrate National Yoga month with complimentary yoga classes, DJs, trunk shows, promotions and minispa therapies!
When: September 19, 6PM - 8PM
Where: Exhale Spa: Hotel Gansevoort 18 Ninth Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

August 19, 2013

Michael C Fina Annual Ring Sample Sale

What: We're excited to be offering discounts of up to 70% off retail prices on select designer engagement rings and wedding bands. There will also be diamonds available so you can design your perfect engagement ring.
When: August 20-22, 2013  |  10am-8pm
Where: 500 Park Avenue - E.59th Street between Madison & Park

August 17, 2013

Black Tie Beach 2013 NYC

What: We are going to spend a day at the beach wearing black tie attire. Everything else about our day at the beach will be normal. Please bring what you would normally bring to the beach (towel, beach bag, sandcastle building tools, Frisbee, kite, etc.) The only unusual thing is that we will be doing all of this in black tie, while acting like it is perfectly normal dress for the beach. Plan on swimming in the ocean in your attire (you should try to find cheap/used clothes.)
When: Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Where: Meet at the eastern corner of Asser Levy Park (Seaside Park) in Coney Island

India Day Parade 2013

What: Join in the celebrations of the World's Largest India Day Parade. Grand Marshal Vidya Balan, with honored guests Gen. V.K. Singh, Sarath Kumar, Radhika and Winston Baldwin Spencer.
When: Sunday Aug 18, Noon - 3pm  |  Food courts and cultural programs till 6pm
Where: Begins at Madison Ave & E 38th St - E-23rd St

Stop 'N' Swap®

What: Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.
When: Sunday, August 18  |  12PM-3PM
Where: Bay Ridge Jewish Center: 8025 4th Ave, Brooklyn (near the 77th Street R station)

1st Annual Brooklyn Beer & Wine Fest

What: The day-long festival will feature award-winning selections of craft beers, regional wineries and local artisan spirits. A number of select local eateries will be preparing everything from gourmet cheeses to Jamaican jerk barbecue. Attendees will sip and sample their way through the venue’s gated outdoor lot into an expansive two-level main room as they enjoy curated cuisines, shop local vendors and also experience live performances. Confirmed artists include Dasan Ahanu and (i am) isis, along with Fuse TV’s DJ CEO who will serve as the event’s official DJ.
When: Sunday, August 18  |  1-7pm
Where: The Lab: 1428 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY

August 13, 2013

4th Annual Maker Faire

What: Come celebrate MAKE magazine's 4th Annual Maker Faire in New York, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.
When: Saturday - September 21st, 2013, 10am - 7pm
           Sunday - September 22nd, 2013, 10am - 6pm
Where: New York Hall of Science: 47-01 111th Street  Queens, NEW YORK 11368
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August 12, 2013

The 8th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

What: Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.  Now in its eighth year, the event has become the quintessential outdoor celebration of the Jazz Age and its living legacy.
Under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, a sprawling green surrounded by historic architecture is the setting for this trip through time - a dream of the 1920s nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor.
When: AUGUST 17TH & 18TH, 2013 (rain dates Sept. 14th & 15th)  |  11am-5pm
Cost: $30
Only Advance General Admission and Gilt City ticket-holders are guaranteed admission to the event.
Tickets purchases at door are available only as attendance capacity permits; availability not guaranteed.

August 6, 2013

Ain't Them Bodies Saints @RooftopFilms

What: A nuanced and powerful post-modern Western romance from one of independent cinema’s bold young visionaries, Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund recipient David Lowery.
When: Thursday August 15, 2013,  8pm
Where: Queens County Farm: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy Glen Oaks, NY 11004
Cost: $13

Shine and the Moonbeams

What: Mad. Sq. Kids is the Conservancy’s free program for children that includes our Mad. Sq. Kids Summer Concert Series, Art in the Park, Kids Fest and Mad. Sq. Kids EXPLORE!
When: August 8, 10:30am  |  Rain or Shine
Where: 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues
Guest: Shine and the Moonbeams is family music’s first soul band. Come clap your hands and stomp your feet and rejoice in the celebration of the rhythm of all things family.

August 5, 2013

Down & Derby roller disco

What: Skating, drinking, dancing.
When: Friday August 16, 2013  |  9pm - 4am - First come, first serve policy!
Where: 177 2nd ave (b/w 13th & 14th) Gowanus, Brooklyn
Cost: $6 w/RSVP 
Dress code: Be creative (purely suggestive)
Guys: Knee High Tube Socks, Neon Tanktops, Headbands, Wristbands, ‘Fros and Flattops…
Ladies: Thighs of Steel on Two Inch Wheels, with Striped Short Shorts to seal the deal


What: Fun for the kids with eco activities, the recycling olympics and much more! See the incredible snowman from Germany. Explore delicious food and entertainment including an eco fashion show on a solar stage!

See great green products including hot electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles, plus futuristic prototypes! Learn from environmental groups and the venerable lama tenzin who will create a unique sand mandala and include children and adults as he speaks about it!

When: August 25th 2013  |  10am - 6pm
Where: Times Square - New York City
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August 4, 2013

The Suzi Shelton Band

What: Mad. Sq. Kids is the Conservancy’s free program for children that includes our Mad. Sq. Kids Summer Concert Series, Art in the Park, Kids Fest and Mad. Sq. Kids EXPLORE!
When: August 6, 10:30am  |  Rain or Shine
Where: 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues
Guest: The Suzi Shelton Band, led by Brooklyn-based kindie rocker Suzi Shelton, showcases tunes from her latest EP Tomboy in a Princess Dress. Bring a blanket and get ready for some fist pumping, high-flying, singable, danceable fun!

August 2, 2013

Summer Streets

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in the summer, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, walk, bike, and breathe.
August 3, 10 & 17, 2013 |  7:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Uptown Rest Stop
Enjoy dance performances, cool off and protect yourself from the sun with Banana Boat, toss a football or tackle a dummy with NFL Play60, play mini golf, receive a free bike helmet, get a free bike rental, and more!
  • Banana Boat Fun in the Sun Zone (52nd St): Family friendly activities include sand art, an interactive photo booth, lounge chairs and a water sprinkler!
  • Dance, theater and music performances
  • Course of Emotions by Risa Puno
  • Rent a free bike courtesy of Bike and Roll
  • DOT Safety Zone

Park Avenue Tunnel
The Park Avenue Tunnel will be open to pedestrians for the first time in history, with Rafael Lozano-hemmer’s “Voice Tunnel.” Learn more.
Midtown Rest Stop
Enjoy samples and delicious treats at the Whole Foods Market City Picnic, check out the new CitiBike station, get a free bike helmet from DOT Safety Education, and learn to ride a bike with Bike New York. Work out with Crunch with a wide variety of fitness classes including Tribal Yoga and Caribbean Rhythms.
  • Enjoy Whole Foods Market City Picnic, the city's largest picnic, with delicious samples from Whole Foods Market vendors and
  • Take a Bike New York Learn to Ride class
  • Rent rollerblades for free courtesy of Rollerblade
  • Get a free bike helmet from DOT Safety Education
  • Rent a free bike courtesy of Bike and Roll

Astor Place Rest Stop
Sweat with Reebok at the Astor Place Rest Stop. At the Reebok Fitness Zone:
  • Join a New York Harriers’ run leader at 8 am or 10 am for a 4K or 10K run on the Summer Streets route
  • Participate in instructor-led fitness classes throughout the morning
  • Work out with certified CrossFit instructors

Soho Rest Stop
Climb to new heights on the rock climbing wall or stay dry in a rain shower at the REI Adventure Zone. Free bike repairs by Bicycle Habitat.
  • Explore and learn at the REI Adventure Zone
  • Scale a rock climbing wall
  • Check out product demonstrations
  • You can even shower without getting wet!

Foley Square Rest Stop
Enjoy dance, music and theater; test your fitness with Asphalt Green, learn the basics of parkour, soar to new heights on a zip line and flex with free yoga classes.
  • Dance, theater and music stage
  • Asphalt Green: Test Your Fitness
  • Free yoga classes from Shape Up NYC by NYC Parks
  • Parkour Demonstrations by Movement Creative
  • Summer Streets Zip Line
  • Ride the Summer Streets zip line
  • Enjoy dance, theater and music performances
  • Test your fitness with Asphalt GreenSports IQ
  • Take free yoga classes from Shape Up NYC by NYC Parks
  • Be wowed by parkour demonstrations by Movement Creative
  • CoolStop Misting System by Chat Travieso
  • Enjoy treats from Cooking Channel
  • Run the bases with the Staten Island Yankees
  • Rent a free bike courtesy of Bike and Roll

August 1, 2013

A Summer's Tale

What: Conte d'été: In French with English subtitles
Starring Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon, Aurélia Nolin, Aimé Lefèvre

Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival (1996)

While Gaspard waits for his girlfriend Léna to join him for the summer holidays in Brittany, he meets Margot, a young waitress. Although he and Margot spend a great deal of time together, Gaspard is introduced to another young woman, the seductive Solène. Gaspard finds himself juggling the two women until Léna suddenly appears.

Presented in partnership with the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (

When: Friday August 2 – 8:30PM (at dusk)
Where: Transmitter Park, Brooklyn (Greenpoint avenue)
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