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.
Friday July 4
Fourth of July Pig Roast
12PM, FREE Admission
Cliff St between Fulton and John St
Celebrate your independence the all-American way–with a BBQ. The Iron Horse is hosting a city-block cookout complete with hotdogs, hamburgers, a pig roast and lots of fun games. While admission is free, donations to the Wounded Warriors Project are encouraged to help rehabilitate injured service members. A portion of the proceeds from the cash bar will also go toward Wounded Warriors, so don’t hesitate to have a drink while you eat great food, play some wiffle ball and enjoy the company of your neighbors.
Saturday July 5
Outdoor Screening of The Avengers & Costume Party
4PM, FREE Admission
South Street Seaport
Join South Street Seaport and Midtown Comics for an outdoor screening of Marvel’s The Avengers. This screening is a can’t miss for comic-lovers as it is their chance to watch the fan favorite with other fanatics in costume. All fans in costume will receive discounts on drinks from the Ambrose Beer Garden and will be entered to win prizes like gift cards and memorabilia throughout the evening, so embrace your inner geek this Saturday for some exclusive perks!
Sunday July 6
Opens at 12PM, FREE Admission
Fort Tilden and Rockaway Beach
Spend a day at the beach and take a dip into the art world at the same time. MoMaPS1 has joined forces with local Patti Smith in reinvigorating the former U.S. Army Coast Artillery Post park. There, you’ll find a collection of Smith’s photos, an installation done by Smith called “Resilience of the Dreamer”, plus five granite stones engraved with the poetry of Walt Whitman. Inside a chapel onsite, there’s also a musical piece that gives each member of a choir its own speaker. Whether you fancy yourself an aficionado of photography, music, poetry or all three, this interactive experience is a great way to spend your Sunday.
Monday July 7
Books Beneath the Bridge: Freebird
7PM, FREE Admission
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn’s own Freebird books has organized the first installment of this year’s Books Beneath the Bridge series with speaker Elizabeth Mitchell. Enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge atop the steps of Granite Prospect as Mitchell discusses the history of the Statue of Liberty and reads from her book, Liberty’s Torch.
Tuesday July 8
Kickoff of Lincoln Center Festival
7:30PM, $45 and up
Over the years the Lincoln Center Festival has garnered a reputation for its presentation of art forms outside of the classic Western European structure, and this year’s opening night is no exception. Get your tickets now for the Japanese Heisei Nakamura-za Company’s theatrical adaptation of Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), a 19th century ghost story filled with murder, desire, war and even comedy. Get to Lincoln Center early that day to take advantage of a pop-up Japanese Artisan Village where one-of-a-kind handicrafts will be on sale including dolls, towels and hair adornments.
Wednesday July 9
Outdoor Screening of Clueless
8:30PM, FREE Admission
Pier 1 Riverside Park South
Summer on the Hudson presents the first of its many outdoor screenings of the season selected from Riverside Park staff members’ all-time favorites. You can thank Landscape Architect Margaret Bracken for the showing of the Jane Austen novel-turned-Valley Girl production, Clueless. So bring a blanket and reminisce about the ’90s with Cher, Dionne and the rest of the posse.
Thursday July 10
Broadway in Bryant Park
12:30PM, FREE Admission
Want to catch up on the Summer’s Broadway hits without breaking the bank for all those tickets? Make your way to Bryant Park for a free concert starring some of Broadway’s biggest names as they perform signature numbers from their respective shows. Thursday’s opening show will feature cast members from STOMP, Rocky, Wicked and If/Then. When else will you be able to enjoy performances from four Broadway shows outside in a beautiful park all without spending a time?
Got any other can’t-miss events in the city you’re excited about? We’re all ears– tell us about them in the comments section below!
~~~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.
~~~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.