ongoing events


free outdoor yoga, tai chi, fencing, kyaking, and more, all summer long. >>

14 miles of nyc beaches are now open for the season! gothamist shares their top picks here, as well as a guide to rockaway food.

riis park beach bazaar is open for music, events, and food. >>

designated bbq areas in parks. >>

governors island, which is open daily, starts late-night fridays + saturdays (until 10pm thru 8/31). >>

where to eat and drink on the water in nyc, as recommended by thrillist. >>

boat bars are back in service for the season. >>

24 ideal outdoor drinking spots in nyc, as recommended by eater. >>

an astoria outdoor dining guide. >>

10 of nyc’s oldest libraries and their secret histories. >>

10 quiet places to escape the noise in nyc. >>


thru 6/20: quad cinema pays tribute to film critic pauline kael‘s legacy with a series of 25 films she championed or dismissed, including jaws, nashville, richard pryor live in concert, taxi driver, the godfather part 1 + 2, the warriors, true stories, and more. the quad (greenwich village), $16 general, $13 seniors. >>

thru 6/20: the 30th annual human rights watch film festival presents 13 films that shine a light on bravery and resilience in challenging times. film at lincoln center and ifc center, $15-16 general, $12-13 students/seniors. >>

thru 6/22 register to take free dance, fitness and wellness classes at 15 studios during the annual dance week. >>

thru 6/23: shop thousands of lps, cds, music books and posters at the archive of contemporary music’s semi-annual record + cd sale. arc headquarters (tribeca), free admission. >>

thru 6/23: 54 refurbished, artist-painted pianos will be placed in parks and public spaces in every borough for all to play and enjoy for the annual sing for hope pianos program. >>

thru 6/23 (+ 7/16-8/11): the famed shakespeare in the park season returns to central park’s delacorte theater with outdoor productions of much ado about nothing (5/21-6/23) and coriolanus (7/16-8/11). four ways to get free tickets each day: in-person at the theater in the park (starting at 12pm, but the line forms much earlier), at an in-person lottery at the public theater in noho (sign-up begins at 11am, drawing at 12pm), via a digital lottery on the todaytix app (before 12pm), and at select distribution points in the five boroughs on specific dates (starting at 12pm). >>

thru 6/23: the 11th annual bamcinemafest celebrates 22 american independent feature films over 12 days, including screenings and filmmaker q+a sessions. bam (fort greene), $20+. >>

thru 6/23 (thursdays thru sundays at 6:30pm): shakespeare downtown presents an outdoor production of hamlet at castle clinton national monument (battery park). free tickets will be available starting at 6pm. >>

sponsored: thru 6/24: enjoy havana days and nights in williamsburg with music, mingling, mounted art and merch at clandestina’s pop-up installation at the canvas. discover cuba’s first independent fashion brand to emerge from the isolated country and shop upcycled graphic tees, bucket hats, and accessories. open now until june 24 at the canvas located at 132 bedford ave in williamsburg. for a list of all events click here. to shop more goods visit

thru 6/27: 28 indie theater makers present works at ars nova’s annual ant (all new talent) fest. ars nova (hell’s kitchen), $15 adv, $20 door. >>

thru 6/28: frieze art fair presents frieze sculpture, and outdoor exhibition of sculptures by 14 international artists spread around the rockefeller center area. free. >>

thru 6/28: university open air: immigrant teachers and professors will give outdoor lectures on topics ranging from urban anthropology to data science to contemporary taiwanese poetry at the rose garden in prospect park. free. >>

thru 6/29: three spring exhibitions open at the center for book arts: rising together, deposits, and new book art: workspace residents of 2018. the center for book arts (flatiron), free admission. >>

thru 6/29: sperone westwater gallery (les) hosts andy warhol: by hand: part ii, drawings 1950s-1960s, an exhibition of 125 drawings by warhol. free. >>

thru 6/29: pilobolus dance company returns to the joyce theater with two programs of rep favorites from 1975-2017. joyce theater (chelsea), $10+. >>

thru 6/30: the ally coalition presents feel the pride, an interactive light installation with a soundscape by st. vincent—and you. 568 broadway (soho), free. >>

sponsored: thru 6/30: play on shakespeare in association with classic stage company and oregon shakespeare festival present play on shakespeare festival, a festival of 39 readings of new translations of shakespeare’s plays—where more than half were written by women and playwrights of color—into contemporary modern english. classic stage company (east village), $20 with promo code ‘skint’ >>

thru 6/30 (thursdays thru sundays at 6:30pm): hudson warehouse theater company presents an outdoor production of shakespeare’s antony and cleopatra at the soldiers’ and sailors’ monument in riverside park (uws). pay-what-you-can admission. >>

thru 6/30 (no show mondays): ny classical theatre brings outdoor productions of oscar wilde’s the importance of being earnest, with cast members switching genders and roles at every other performance, to central park (thru 6/16), brooklyn bridge park (6/18-23), and carl schurz park (6/25-30). free. >>

thru 6/30 (thursdays thru sundays): the players theater’s ninth annual short play festival brings 15 new productions to the west village. $15 plus ticket fees here (reg. $30). >>

thru 6/30: paradice palase presents its second annual summer open call art show, ‘twist and twine,’ featuring works from 34 artists responding to the theme ‘roots.’ 37-18 northern blvd (lic), free. >>

thru 7/6: the shed’s ‘open call’ series presents new works by nyc-based emerging artists and collectives. the shed (hudson yards), free (rsvp required, standby line forms one hour before showtime). >>

thru 7/6 (thursdays thru sundays): witness resistance at the criminal queerness festival, a showcase of queer playwrights to raise awareness about laws criminalizing homosexuality that still exist around the world. irt theater (greenwich village), $20. >>

thru 7/7: am new york rounds up their picks for where to watch the women’s world cup in manhattan and brooklyn. >>

thru 7/7: brooklyn waterfront artists coalition’s (bwac) annual spring art show takes over two floors of a 25,000 square foot gallery on the brooklyn waterfront. bwac gallery (red hook), admission not listed as of press time, but it’s usually free/$5 suggested. >>

thru 7/7: all power to all people, a 25-foot tall steel afro comb sculpture by artist hank willis thomas that celebrates cultural identities in the african diaspora, will be installed in the public plaza of the africa center (east harlem). free. >>

thru 7/7: the museum of the moving image’s ‘see it big!’ action film screening series kicks off with raiders of the lost ark, the adventures of robin hood, anne of the indies, and seven samurai. museum of the moving image (astoria), $15 general, $11 students/seniors admission includes same-day admission to the museum. >>

thru 7/10, 7/24-1/5/2020: implicit tensions: mapplethorpe now: the guggenheim celebrates the legacy of artist robert mapplethorpe’s work with a yearlong exhibition conceived in two sequential parts and presented in the museum’s mapplethorpe gallery. solomon r. guggenheim museum (ues), $25 general, $18 students/seniors, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 5-8pm. >>

thru 7/13 (weds thru sat): conceived in the wake of michael brown’s death in 2014, antigone in ferguson fuses a dramatic reading of excerpts from sophocles’ greek tragedy by a rotating cast of actors including amy ryan (the office, the wire), chris noth (law + order), paul giamatti (billions), and others with guest choirs. st. ann + the holy trinity church (brooklyn heights), free (rsvp encouraged). >>

thru 7/14: love + resistance: stonewall 50: the new york public library commemorates the 50th anniversary of the stonewall riots with a series of programs, book recommendations, and an exhibition. nypl stephen a. schwarzman building (midtown west), free. >>

thru 7/14 (closed mondays + tuesdays): nickelodeon presents 35 years of teenage mutant ninja turtles, an exhibit of iconic memorabilia, screenings, and more. paley center for media (midtown west), free admission. >>

thru 7/20: coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the stonewall uprisings, ‘art after stonewall’ the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the lgbtq civil-rights movement on the art world, opens at both nyu’s grey art gallery and the leslie-lohman museum of gay and lesbian art. free. >>

thru 7/31 (closed weekends): artists play with water as a connective substance at the overflow exhibition at nyu’s gallatin galleries (greenwich village). free. >>

thru 8/2 (fridays at 6pm): the brooklyn americana music festival and degraw sounds present ‘unplugged,’ a series of intimate acoustic acts at brooklyn bridge park’s pier 3 greenway terrace (brooklyn heights). tonight: ali dineen + feral foster with little nora brown. free. >>

thru 8/8: citi summer in the square, presented by the union square partnership, hosts a mix of free community programs including outdoor fitness classes, live performances, family friendly activities, movie nights, and more. >>

thru 8/17, + 9/28-10/26 (saturdays 5pm-midnight thru 8/17, + 9/28-10/26): the popular queens international night market returns for the season with traditional street foods from around the world for $6 and under. new york hall of science (corona), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

thru 8/18: the museum of arts and design presents too fast to live, too young to die: punk graphics, 1976–1986, an exhibition that explores the punk and post-punk movements through the lens of graphic design with more than 400 of punk’s most memorable graphics, including flyers, posters, album covers, promotions, zines, and other ephemera. museum of arts and design (columbus circle), $16 general, $14 seniors, $12 students, pay-what-you-wish thursdays 6-9pm. >>

thru 8/29 (thursdays): unleash your knowledge at dog trivia, hosted by puppy bowl referee dan schachner at boris + horton (east village/alphabet city). tonight’s topic: romantic comedies. donations welcome. >>

thru august (thursday-sunday 12-5pm): go ’round and ’round on the prospect park carousel for just $2.50. >>

thru 9/1 (sundays 2pm): the annual harlem meer performance festival brings live music and dance from a variety of cultures to central park’s charles a. dana discovery center (harlem). free. >>

thru 9/1 (sundays 8pm, 10pm: new york night train’s sunday soul scream parties return to our wicked lady rooftop (east williamsburg), with live bands at 8pm ($5) and dj jonathan toubin spinning 60s soul on vinyl at 10pm (free). >>

thru 9/2: brooklyn cyclones baseball season returns coney island thru the summer. special promo events include post-game fireworks, swag giveaways, and theme nights celebrating seinfeld, parks and recreation, marvel super heroes, star wars, rocky, and more. $10-17. >>

thru 9/8 (closed wednesdays): the jewish museum presents leonard cohen: a crack in everything, a contemporary art exhibition devoted to the legacy of the influential singer/songwriter. $18 general, $12 seniors, $8 students, pa-what-you-wish thursdays 5-8pm, free saturdays. >>

thru 9/8: the costume institute at the metropolitan museum of art’s new fashion exhibition, camp: notes on fashion’ examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion with more than 250 objects from the 17th century to today, including bjork’s swan dress. admission to the exhibition is included with regular museum admission (suggested admission for residents: $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students). >>

thru 9/15 (11am-7pm, closed tuesdays): go for a spin on historic jane’s carousel. brooklyn bridge park (dumbo), $2/ride, $20/12. >>

thru 9/15: walt whitman: bard of democracy: a new exhibition at the morgan library + museum explores whitman’s work from his early years as a journalist to his final years, including several notebooks as well as documents from oscar wilde, hart crane, federico garcía lorca and allen ginsberg. the morgan library + museum (midtown east), $22 general, $14 seniors, $13 students, free fridays 7-9pm. >>

thru 9/22: ‘stonewall 50’ at new-york historical society: new-york historical society (uws) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the stonewall uprising and the dawn of the gay liberation movement with two exhibitions and a special installation, as well as public programs. $21 general, $16 seniors, $13 students, pay-as-you-wish fridays 6-8pm. >>

thru 9/22: the whitney biennial features 75 contemporary artists and collectives working in painting, sculpture, installation, photography, performance, sound, film and video. whitney museum of american art (meatpacking district), $25 general, $18 students/seniors, pay-what-you-wish fridays 7-9:30pm. >>

thru 9/27 (select fridays at 6pm): in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the stonewall riots, the whitney museum hosts queer history walking tours that explore the queer history of the neighborhood surrounding the museum. whitney museum of american art (meatpacking district), free (rsvp). >>

thru 9/29: public art fund unveils a recreated installation of siah armajani’s bridge over tree (1970), which consists of a 91-foot-long walkway with a shingled roof covering a small evergreen tree. brooklyn bridge park, empire fulton ferry lawn. free. >>

thru 9/29: freaks at the beach: the coney island circus sideshow is open for the season. coney island usa, $10. >>

thru 10/1: play it loud: instruments of rock + roll: the met fifth avenue and the rock + roll hall of fame present an exhibition of 130 rarely seen guitars, drum kits, keys, and horns alongside posters and costumes from more than 80 musicians including chuck berry, kim gordon, jimi hendrix, lady gaga, joni mitchell, jimmy page, prince, patti smith, bruce springsteen, eddie van halen, st. vincent, and others. the metropolitan museum of art (ues), free with regular museum admission (suggested admission for residents: $25 general, $17 seniors, $12 students). >>

thru 10/12: the society of illustrators pays tribute to the artists behind the dark knight with four exhibitions: illustrating batman: eighty years of comics and pop culture, batman collected: chip kidd’s batman obsession, batman black and white: sketch covers selected by chip kidd, and bat-manga!: the secret history of batman in japan. opening reception 6/21 ($10). $15 general, $10 students/seniors, free tuesdays 5-8pm. >>

thru 10/20 (select saturdays + sundays 12-4pm): the east village’s new york marble cemetery, with ‘residents’ dating back to the 1800s, opens up to visitors thru october. free. >>

thru 10/20 (sundays: sunday outdoor dance parties return! tiki disco at bushwick’s the well (every other sunday 5/12-9/15 2-10pm, $10+) and mister sunday at ridgewood’s nowadays (sundays 5/12-10/20 3-9pm, $10-20).

thru 10/25 (select fridays 5-9pm): the intrepid sea, air + space museum offers free friday night admission on select dates through the season, with programming including lectures, performances, stargazing, and movie screenings. the intrepid sea, air + space museum (hell’s kitchen), reg. $33 general, $31 seniors. >>

thru 10/26 (saturdays 10am-4pm): brooklyn grange opens their long island city rooftop farm to the public to explore, enjoy the fresh air, and buy fresh produce. optional guided tours ($18) are available at 11am + 2pm. free admission. >>

thru 10/31 (mon-fri 10am-6pm, sat-sun 10am-7pm, late-night hours fri-sat starting memorial day weekend): governors island is open for the season! the 172-acre island getaway offers views, activities, special events, art, and more. round-trip ferry rides cost $3 general/$1 seniors, free weekends until 11:30am. >>

thru october sat + sun various times: the outdoor smorgasburg food market and brooklyn flea are open for the season! smorgasburg: east river state park in williamsburg (saturdays 11am-6pm) and breeze hill in prospect park (sundays 11am-6pm), plus oculus plaza (fridays 11:30am-7pm); brooklyn flea: the williamsburg hotel (saturdays 11am-6pm) and manhattan bridge archway in dumbo (sundays 10am-5pm). free admission, pay-as-you-go.

thru october (saturdays 11am-6pm): the outdoor hester street fair opens for the season, bringing food, fashion, and craft vendors to seward park (les). free admission. >>

thru 11/16 (closed sundays + mondays): minimalism/maximalism, the first museum exhibition devoted to the historical relationship between minimalist and maximalist aesthetics in fashion, opens at the museum at fit (chelsea). spanning the 18th century to the present, the exhibition features more than 90 garments, accessories, and textiles. free admission. >>

thru 12/8: the brooklyn museum opens three new exhibitions: nobody promised you tomorrow: art 50 years after stonewall, garry winogrand: color, and liz johnson artur: dusha. brooklyn museum (prospect heights), suggested admission: $16 general, $10 students/seniors, free first saturdays. >>

thru 1/3/2020: auschwitz: not long ago. not far away., the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of auschwitz and its role in the holocaust ever presented in north america, comes to the museum of jewish heritage with over 700 artifacts and 400 photographs from 20 institutions and museums around the world. museum of jewish heritage – a living memorial to the holocaust (battery park), $16 general, $12 seniors, $10 students. >>

thru 1/20/2020:  the cooper-hewitt design triennial exhibition, ‘nature,’ co-organized with cube design museum, presents projects ranging from experimental prototypes to consumer products, immersive installations, and architectural constructions from more than 60 international design teams. cooper hewitt (ues), $16-18 general, $10-12 seniors, $7-9 students, pay-what-you-wish saturdays 6-9pm. >>

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