Barefoot Ball outdoor dance party via Bryant Park
This week in New York City, the list of activities is stacked. Multiple outdoor film screenings, more than one chance to get your groove on, talks, panels and tours are all things to consider planning your week around. From a handful of the better-known to several more obscure, here’s just a sampling of things the city has to offer this week.
Friday, July 21
Join Atlas Obscura for Anatomical Illustrations’ from the Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine. During this intimate daytime session inside the New York Academy of Medicine’s beautiful rare book room, visitors will be guided by two stewards as you look through a selection of curious historic anatomical illustrations. Many of these depictions, innovative in their presentation of bones and muscle groups, were concerned not only with accuracy, but also with the nature of death. You’ll explore the ways in which shifting attitudes towards the body and the development of new technologies, including printing techniques, photography, and x-ray, changed the way artists rendered anatomy over time.
Read our previous article going inside the Harry Potter Book Collection inside the New York Academy of Medicine.
Also on Friday is another movie in the Films on the Green lineup. In its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves. Friday’s Film is Lumiere D’ete (1943) by Jean Grémillon, at Riverside Park, Pier I and beginning at 8:30 PM.
Saturday, July 22
Participate in the The Grand Neptune Ball with a celebration on the historic Waterfront Museum Barge – a boat and nonprofit that is raising funds for renewed arts and education programs after the museum’s Superstorm Sandy refit. Enjoy free local fare and spirits and for the midsummer sunset as well as chance to dance to live jazz and be your most extravagant self. Cocktail attire and any a nod to the maritime 1920s is encouraged with music provided by Steve Oates and the Zac Greenberg Quartet. Tickets range from $50 – $100 and can be purchased online or at the door.
A Night at Niblo’s Garden: Also on Saturday, July 22, Green-Wood Cemetery transforms Crescent Water, an idyllic pond in the heart of the cemetery, into for an extravaganza of showmanship with dancers, fire eaters, contortionists, and much more, curated and performed by our good friends at Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Event runs from 7 PM – 10 PM.
Sunday, July 23
Tour the Remnants of Gritty Old Times Square: We are thrilled to announce the latest addition to our tours which will take you back to the Gritty Old Times Square of the 1970’s… Back then, Times Square was a dangerous, exciting, gritty, intense, racially and sexually diverse neighborhood frequented by both locals and tourists. Love it or hate it, you couldn’t ignore it. Most of old Times Square has been carefully obliterated by generic hotels, soulless office buildings, and Walt Disney musicals, but there are still a few vestiges of its seedy past—if you know where to look.
So let us take you back to the halcyon days when 42nd Street was the Deuce, Eighth Avenue was the Minnesota Strip, the Great White Way was a red light district, and the Crossroads of the World was XXX-rated. We will see former peepshows, grindhouses, adult book stores, dive bars, hotsheet hotels, sex clubs, porno theaters, and massage parlors–not to mention all three locations of the New York Times. We will discover the personalities who made Times Square what it was: the King of the Peeps; the reclusive genius behind the McDonalds of Sex; the woman who built a gay and S&M porn empire; the slumlord with two suitcases filled with gold and five wives; and the Catholic priest who flew too close to the neon sun and crashed and burned.
Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard: Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share his knowledge of winemaking.
Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place in October 2017. Take in an amazing view and sip on Rooftop Red wines on our tours. Please note that the wine served on the rooftop is from Rooftop Reds partners in the Finger Lakes until the first harvest off the Navy Yard rooftop are ready!
Monday, July 24
At 6:30 PM, join filmmaker Rebecca Messner for a screening and discussion of her documentary tribute to the visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted who, with Calvert Vaux, designed both Central and Prospect Parks. The effect is offered in connection with BHS’ new exhibition celebrating Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary, The Means of a Ready Escape: Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Another option is the next film on the docket for the fifth annual Coney Island Flicks on the Beach presented by Alliance for Coney Island, and Amazon Studios. On Mondays at 8:00 P.M. during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater, and every event is free. The July 24 film: Finding Dory.
Tuesday, July 25
The Brooklyn Historical Society Presents: The Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation. Long before Pixar, The Simpsons, WB Looney Tunes, and Walt Disney became synonymous with cartoons, American animation was born and bred in Brooklyn. Join animators John Canemaker and Jennifer Oxley, collector Tommy Stathes, and archivist David Kay for a panel exploring the past, present, and future of Brooklyn animation, featuring clips from Winsor McCay (Gertie the Dinosaur), Fleischer Studios (Ko-ko the Clown, Betty Boop), 100 Chickens– formerly known as 9 Ate 7 Productions (PEG + CAT), and more.
Wednesday, July 26
Barefoot Ball is back Wednesday, July 26. Dance to the beats of the legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash with an opening set by Hannah Bronfman. Enjoy drinks (open bar), food for purchase from some of New York’s favorite eateries and curated activities. Even better, this party is for a good cause: proceeds from Barefoot Ball toward supporting Bryant Park’s 1,000+ annual, free activities and programs. Ticket’s available online now.
Also on Wednesday, Archive on Parade is proud to present Talks and Turntables, a brand new free lecture-series-turned-dance-party at Magick City, 37 Box Street, Greenpoint. Each month they’ll start with three fascinating talks, then get down with DJ sets until midnight. The July 26 talks include: New York at Night, Mike Malloy, the Man Who Wouldn’t Die, and Beyond Rats and Pigeons: Nocturnal Critters of NYC. Doors at 7 PM , talks at 7:30 PM, and turntables to follow.
Another option is to join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo Del Barrio for their free summer block party series entitled Uptown Bounce: I Love the ’90s. This block party celebrates East Harlem at the top of Museum Mile. From grunge to rap, bubblegum pop to black nail polish punk, this party promises to be all that and a bag of chips. Party starts at 6 PM.
Thursday, July 27
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Open House New York Weekend, OHNY has organized a special series of conversations this summer exploring life in the contemporary city and the deeper values and ideas that make the experience of architecture and cities so powerful. Join them for a conversation with Alexandra Horowitz about the art of observation and the experience of the city.
Or join Atlas Obscura for their Concerts in the Catacombs: Reflections of Memento Mori. They’ll open the Catacombs in Green-Wood Cemetery for an evening of otherworldly orchestration, as performed by the Ladies of the Veil Orchestra and Raya Brass Band. Show starts at 8 PM and tickets are going for $65.