Check out the top 10 events happening in New York City to start off the first complete week of August. This week, you can cook real Vietnamese food at the Vietnamese Street Food Workshop in Brooklyn, Stargaze with the Amateur Astronomers Club, and embark on an Art Deco Scavenger Hunt with Open House New York.
Monday, August 4th:
The Brooklyn Historical Society is holding a Mixed Movie Monday screening and discussion of Imitation of Life at 6:30 p.m. Imitation of Life is a story of an African-American woman and her mixed race daughter who passes for white. The discussion after the screening is led by Erica Chito-Childs, a CUNY sociology professor. This event is co-sponsored by MixedRaceStudies.org. Tickets can be reserved here.
Tuesday, August 5th:
Historic Preservation, Meet Restaurant Preservation, a free panel discussion hosted by Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. There are restaurants, bars, and food shops we all miss. From University Diner to Rocco Ristorante, Holiday Cocktail Lounge to Havana Chelsea – and next up, Union Square Café – insert your heartache here. Can we stanch the bleeding? In London, San Francisco, and Barcelona, people are trying to preserve “uses” as well as architecture. Maybe New York City will be next to create a model for small business preservation.
Do you ever feel like you accept a date just to get a good story out of it? Come to the “Bad Date Great Story Summer Spectacular,” where comedians will share stories from terrible dates. This evening is hosted by the blog “Bad Date Great Story,” and it starts at 7 p.m. at The Bitter End, a coffeehouse/folk music venue on Bleecker Street. See more here.
Wednesday, August 6th:
Uptown Bounce Summer Series returns to the Museum of the City of New York at 6pm, in partnership with El Museo del Barrio. celebrate the golden era of 1980s hip hop by dancing to classic tracks spun by DJ Grand Master Caz and watching breakdancers show off their styles.
Vietnamese Street Food Workshop presented by Brooklyn Kitchen. From caramelized pork belly banh mi sandwiches, to sugar cane shrimp, to rice noodle and lettuce wraps with earthy fish sauce, there is a lot to learn!
SummerScreen invites you to watch The Big Lebowski at McCarren Park and hear live music. This event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. In the meanwhile, SummerStage presents Spectrum Dance Theater and Sidra Bell Dance NY at 8 p.m. in Central Park.
Thursday, August 7th:
Head to Harbor View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park to watch Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at sundown. The classic movie stars Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Burl Ives. The evening opens up at 6 p.m. with DJ Queen Majesty and the short film, Unlocking the Truth by Luke Meyer.
If you prefer gazing at the vast universe, join the Amateur Astronomers Association of NY at 8:30 p.m. for Journey to the Stars at Pier 1 Promenade. You can bring your own telescope, or you can use one of AAA’s.
Friday, August 8th:
Join the urban manufacturing experts from the Pratt Center and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial; walk down the streets of Red Hook to explore a unique mix of historic spaces and innovative businesses. The starting location of the Red Hook Neighborhood Tour is at Linda Tool and Die Co. at 3 p.m. The main focuses of the tour will be land use issues in an industrial neighborhood and the relationship between design and production. You can get tickets here.
Saturday, August 9th:
Open House New York and Art Deco Society of New York are holding the citywide New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt for the first time. You spend the day traversing the city and taking photographs of Art Deco buildings. The hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Open House New York and finishes at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.
Come celebrate the 4th Annual Coney Island History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Have you ever wondered what the inside of Astroland Rocket looked like? After 45 years of being closed, the inside of Astroland Rocket is open for viewing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. While you’re waiting to take a peek at Astroland Rocket, you can head over to the Wonder Wheel, which opens at 11 a.m. The Rockinghams will be playing 60s and space-themed music. There is also more to see and do on History Day!
Sunday, August 10th:
Join the Central Park Dance Skaters Association in celebrating their 20th season of free roller skating at the “Skate Circle” in Central Park. The event starts at 2:45 p.m. and concludes at 6:45 p.m. There is live DJ music spinning disco, R&B, and house music However, you must bring your own skates.