MONDAY, MAY 27: Opening of The Civil War and American Art. This major loan exhibition considers how American artists responded to the Civil War and its aftermath. Landscapes and genre scenes—more than traditional history paintings—captured the war’s impact on the American psyche. 9:30am-5:30pm at the Met, 1000 Fifth Avenue. Suggested donation $25. Also check out our Top 10 Ways to Spend Memorial Day in NYC.
TUESDAY, MAY 28: Manhattanhenge returns! Twice a year the sun falls into exact alignment with the Manhattan street grid, offering incredible sunsets that fully illuminate the cross-streets. 8:16pm. The best places to view the spectacle are on the wide streets, near the East River. Last year, we photographed Manhattanhenge at Tudor City, in the shadow of the Chrysler Building. FREE. It will also occur on Wednesday at 8:15pm and on June 12 and 13. (more…)
Yesterday, today and tomorrow from 5:30-9:30pm, Paris hosts city-wide heures heureses (French for Happy Hours) with 2€ gourmet bites. There’s a wide range of participating bistros, bars, restaurants and gourmet food stores. Pick up your heures heureuses passport at the Hôtel de Ville and get tasting! (more…)
A member of the Coast Guard participates in last year’s Memorial Day events. Photo courtesy of USCG News.
Who doesn’t love Memorial Day weekend? The sun is (usually) shining, the weather is just rounding the corner of hot and hotter, and the city air is thick with the smell of rooftop barbecues. Street fairs and parades clog almost all of the main avenues, and the sidewalks swarm with sweaty tourists. (If you’re not a fan of bumbling tourists, you’ll really want to avoid the Midtown West area–the popular neighborhood heads up the the list of the top 50 Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., according to a recent Priceline.com analysis).
So perhaps not always the seasoned New Yorker’s favorite holiday. Still, there’s a lot of fun to be had, if you know where to look. Here is our round-up of this year’s top ten places to celebrate the national Memorial Day holiday in NYC.
Photo by Stephen Mallon, one of the artists in the East River Ferry’s floating photographic exhibition.
MONDAY, MAY 20: Screening of the Restored 1927 Fritz Lang film classic Metropolis, an Association for Preservation Technology Fundraiser. 6-8pm Benefit auction with light hors d’oeuvres; 8pm film screening at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. $50. Buy tickets here.
TUESDAY, MAY 21: THE VILLAGE: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues – A History of Greenwich Village. The work is a monumental study that captures the singular spirit and significance of a place that long shaped American arts, politics, and popular culture. A sprawling, anecdotal chronicle that begins with the earliest settlements and travels with non-stop momentum to the reinvented, affluent Village of today. 6pm at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street. $5 students / $10 members / $15 general admission. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.840.1840 prompt 2.
Also on Tuesday: bOb Bar presents the Girls On Top (GOT)–UK’s first all-female graffiti crew formed in 2000 by Chock and Ned to unite female graffiti artists. Introducing NYC to 5 members (Chock, Luna, Lyns, Pixie, and Syrup), the show represents each individual’s style. Exploring the limits of graffiti aesthetics through mediums including embroidery, collage, and customized novelty items, they illustrate their experiences within a male-dominated graffiti culture. 7pm at bOb Bar, 235 Eldridge Street. (more…)
You arrive in the city center just as night is falling, turn the corner in a little cobblestoned street and enter an unmarked door to an underground cocktail bar. Inside, the lights are dim, the atmosphere is chic and the cocktails are the very best. As music plays, you are drawn closer to it. You follow the sounds to a hidden back room, where people are dancing in rhythm to the music. (more…)
There are a lot of reasons we’re excited about The Big Gay Brunch (hosted by Big Gay Ice Cream, Next Magazine and Underground Eats), which will kick off NYC Gay Pride Week (and summer) in style. On June 22nd, at the outdoor pool at the new Mercedes Club in Manhattan, some great culinary names will descend to create a Sunday afternoon brunch pool party that benefits The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBT community.
Chefs include Dave Martin (Top Chef Season One), Zac Young (Top Chef: Just Desserts, Pastry Chef at David Burke Kitchen), Elizabeth Falkner (contestant on The Next Iron Chef and Top Chef Masters) and the guys from the (who are also hosting the event with Underground Eats).
There’s going to be a synchronized swimming contest (you heard that right!), bocce courts, a putting green, poolside cabanas and much more! Brunch is unlimited, alcohol is sponsored by ABSOLUT (unlimited Bloody Mary Bar!) and Blue Moon.
Support a great cause, live up summer in the city, and join us at The Big Gay Brunch. Untapped is offering two levels of tickets, VIP at $150 which includes a free ride with access to the VIP area, Uber’s luxury service and premium ABSOLUTE Tune beverage service. General Admission is $90.