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BKHHF-Untapped-FlickrBrooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; Image via Flickr; superk8nyc

Here is your weekly curated events guide.

Monday, July 7th

From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., enjoy sunset cocktails and jazz music on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel on West 63rd Street. Take in majestic views of Manhattan while enjoying music by french-born Jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble. The best part is this is a FREE event so all you have to do is register here! P.S. The sun sets at 8:02 p.m. so don’t be late.

Tuesday, July 8th

Make your way to Red Hook, Brooklyn for the premiere night of Red Hook Flicks, an annual summer outdoor movie series. Movies are screened weekly, free of charge, throughout July and August at Red Hook’s Valentino Pier. Movies start rolling at 8:30 p.m. so get there early to snag a great seat for the series premiere viewing of Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s 1993 classic following the adventures of incoming high school and junior high school students on the last day of school in 1976. Click here for the complete summer movie schedule.

Wednesday, July 9th

In conjunction with City As Canvas, the first time exhibition of works from the expansive street art collection of Martin Wong, enjoy Graffiti Revolution: Graphic Design and Fine Art at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the City of New York. Join Cey Adams, founding creative director of Def Jam Recordings, and accomplished collage artist Greg Lamarches, for a conversation moderated by graffiti artist Dave “Chino” Villorente on the evolution of graffiti from illicit underground movement to international force in the contemporary arts. This event is free for museum members, $12 for students and seniors and $16 for the general public.

Don’t miss out on amazing musical performances from Raekwon, Jay Electronica, Cyhi The Prynce and many more in Williamsburg at the 10th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; NYC’s largest hip-hop cultural event that showcases positive aspects of the hip-hop culture. In addition to musical performances, the festival offers activities for the audience including panel discussions, parties, exhibitions and a family-friendly block party. The festival runs from July 9th-12th. Click here tickets and additional information.

Thursday, July 10th

Head to The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn for the book launch of Beneath The Streets (see our preview here) by Matt Litwack and Jurne. Beneath The Streets follows a native New York as he explores the city’s subway system that includes 600 miles of active tracks, abandoned sections, disused stations and graffiti art through photographs captured throughout tunnels and byways of the subways. This event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and an RSVP e-mail is appreciated.

Friday, July 11th

Le Fooding Beach Club presents San Pellegrino Fruitstock at Rockaway Beach from July 11th-13th! Enjoy a day of food and fun in the sun with a wide array of hand-crafted, unique bites like grapefruit popsicles, cornmeal crostini sopes and grilled veal breast. Each day includes DJ sets and live musical performances by the New York Brass Band. Ten percent of each ticket will benefit the Graybeards charity for restoring the Rockaways since Superstorm Sandy. Click here for tickets.

Saturday, July 12th

All aboard the nostalgia train! Ride the 1930s R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway System all the way to Coney Island for a day of amusement park rides and relaxing at the beach from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is brought to you by the New York Transit Museum. Click here for more information and ticket prices.

Make your way to the Salmagundi Club for this year’s annual Draw-A-Thon! This event is open to the public and goes on all night. From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., enjoy 8 hours of drawing with long poses, short poses, monotypes and still lifes. Don’t worry about getting hungry or tired when there’s pizza, music and a cash bar. This event is open to the public and is $25 per person. 
This event, unfortunately, has been cancelled due to an air conditioning issue.

It’s City of Water Day and that means waterfront activity fairs, free ferry rides, live music and free boat tours!  City of Water Day is a free day-long event on Governors Island and Maxwell Park in Hoboken celebrating the world-class potential of water that surrounds us all. Click here for more information and a video from last year’s City of Water Day event. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Sunday, July 13th

Don’t miss out on Summergarden: New Music for New York at the MoMA this summer. The year’s concert series welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center with four evenings of contemporary music. As part of the first evening of the series enjoy New Music for Mixed Ensembles with performances and musical stylings from members of the New Juilliard Ensemble featuring the bass flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and much more. This is a free event and begins at 8:00 p.m.  

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