Ideasmyth is kicking summer up a notch with our weekly curated list of superlative New York City culture, events, happenings, sublime eats and other surprising treats.
The long weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in some of the picks-of-the-week. Whether it’s through food, art, books or shopping, go out on the town this weekend and enjoy all the events New York offers.
Friday May 30
Mad. Sq. Eats 2014
25th St between 5th Ave & Broadway
Friday marks the last day of the Spring installment of Mad. Sq. Eats 2014, a semi-annual culinary pop-up market. Head over to the Flatiron District after work to grab a quick bite to eat, a drink or maybe a dessert (it is the start of the weekend, after all). Outdoor seating is available for those looking to linger in the foodie paradise, and most kiosks offer small finger foods for the customer on-the-go.
K2 Friday Nights
Rubin Museum of Art (150 W 17th St)
For an evening of art, music, film and food, experience Cafe Serai at the Rubin as it turns into the K2 Lounge. The museum offers attendees a chance to enjoy gallery tours, live music, film screenings and an array of pan-Asian tapas. The best part? Admission is free.
Saturday May 31
THE book festival of the year is coming to the Javits Center this weekend, and it’s bringing top industry names such as John Green, Tina Fey and John Grisham with it. Get your tickets to the “event where storytelling and pop culture collide”, and sit in on your favorite authors and entertainers as they take part in panel discussions, Q&A sessions and book signings.
The Monthly Nut
Cafe Le Perche (230 Warren St Hudson, NY)
For you upstate story-lovers who aren’t lucky enough to be a subway ride away from the city this weekend, grab a bite to eat at Cafe Le Perche as Ideasmyth-ite James Braly orates his sardonically comedic monologue, The Monthly Nut. Admission includes one bar drink, and dinner is available before or after the event.
Sunday June 1
Open Air Street Fair
Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby St)
Housing Works’ Open Air Street Fair has all the shopping you could want without breaking your budget, with books, records and CDs on sale for just $1 each. The fair also features live music, story time for kids, on-site bicycle tune-ups, subscription deals to the New York Times and one-of-a-kind finds from Housing Works’ SoHo thrift shop. All profits from the fair will go to the services provided by Housing Works for homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS, so you can feel even better about the money you do spend.
Tuesday June 3
David Sedaris: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls Paperback Launch
Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby St)
Impressed with Housing Works’ Bookstore on Sunday? Come back for the launch of the newest book from David Sedaris (hilarious author of Me Talk Pretty One Day) where he will answer audience questions and sign guests’ pre-purchased books. Be sure to buy your copy ahead of time as it is your ticket to the event.
Meet our good idea-smyths
Carolyn Bednarski is Ideasmyth’s very social Community Cultivator who never sits still. In her current life, she’s up to five job titles, one of which includes hosting her own radio show highlighting the singers in modern jazz which you can listen to for free here. In her past life, she had five job titles with the former New York City radio station CD101.9 during her 13 years there, and at least five other job titles made up her sideline jobs during those same years. On her nights off, she used to try to hit five events in New York in one night. These days she might try to hit five in one month, but she likes to know what she might be missing, so her hobby remains digging for interesting things happening around New York City. Compiling this list for you weekly comes quite naturally to her.
Beth St. John is an Editorial and Social Media Intern for Ideasmyth, as well as a student at Boston University, where she studies English, History and European Studies. She loves to write and hopes to put that love to good use by publishing the next Harry Potter. When she’s not fumbling for words, she is probably baking or watching a David O. Russell movie.