As we head swiftly into August, New York City isn’t slowing down either. Though this means we’re entering into the final stretch of summer, there’s so much to keep you busy for the rest of the season in New York City—and in slightly cooler weather (hopefully). If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, this roundup definitely has you covered. But if you want to stay cool, there are plenty of exciting, indoor events to enjoy as well. From the much-anticipated start to Summer Streets to a beach party and burger fest, here are 14 events you need to check out during the week of August 3rd to August 10th!
Thursday, August 3rd
Pay homage to Louis Armstrong at Socrates Sculpture Park from 6:30-8PM at “Hot Lips’ Joey Morant – A Tribute to Louis Armstrong.” This free concert is part of NYC Park’s “Jazz Series” in partnership with The Jazz Foundation of America. As one of the most vibrant trumpeters on the jazz scene, Joey Morant is coming back for an encore edition of his Armstrong tribute at the park last summer. Morant plays in everything from duets to bands and orchestras, including the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, and has performed with Paul McCartney and Ray Charles. Get in the mood with his electrifying music on a summer’s day in the park while celebrating a New York City jazz legend.
Friday, August 4th
Continue the trend of music in the park by attending Intersect in Bryant Park, which is the first of a two-day music festival featuring some of the best jazz and classical pieces out there! It’s more than a chance to relax and appreciate good music—it’s a rare opportunity to discover some of the most creative music being produced today. During the first day of the festival, starting at 6PM, you can listen to Grammy-winning jazz pianist Billy Childs and his quartet, along with his classical compositions for brass and wind quintet. If you can’t make the first day of Intersect, you can still attend on Saturday, August 5th at 2PM and get to know award winning composer and clarinetist, Derek Bermell, through a mix of hip hop, jazz, and classical tunes.
Saturday, August 5th
It’s finally here—Summer Streets starts today! From 7AM-1PM, head over to this annual tradition, which started in 2008, for both invigorating and relaxing fun. The New York City Department of Transportation will open nearly seven miles of routes, from East 72nd St. to the Brooklyn Bridge along Park Avenue, that are typically meant for vehicles, pedestrians, and bikers. The activities at each rest stop include zip lining, yoga, dance lessons, mini golf, fitness classes, and a 270-foot-tall water slide! Summer Streets’ route starts at Lafayette and Chamber Streets by the Brooklyn Bridge, travels up Lafayette Street and Park Avenue to 72nd Street and ends at East 72nd Street and Central Park. If you can’t make it to this exciting summer tradition, no worries—you can still attend on August 12th and 19th!
We’ll also be checking out Summer Streets during our morning tour of the Secrets of Grand Central Terminal! On this tour, we will tell you the stories of New York City’s iconic transportation hub – about what it once was, what it could have been, and what it can be; about the struggle to save and restore Grand Central as a preserved icon of the past, and of challenge to ensure that it serves New York’s future. We will show you what it was like in the booming age of the railroad, as a rundown embarrassment, and as a renovated jewel at the center of the city. Together, we will explore the interesting and unique spaces produced for and by it. Whether you pass through it every day on your morning commute or stroll through the Beaux Arts beauty for the first time, you are sure to leave having learned, seen, or experienced something new and extraordinary.
There’s still space on our tour of the Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam this Saturday! Don’t miss your chance to discover the many remnants left over from Dutch New Amsterdam, including the massive one hidden in plain sight: the original street grid embedded in lower Manhattan grid today. Discover the many hidden Dutch relics south of Wall Street, as you trace the streets of Manhattan in 1667. You’ll hear about New York’s founding myths and facts while standing in the very spots they all happened.
Sunday, August 6th
The New York City Marble Cemetery in the East Village is offering a free, unique opportunity to the public. From noon until 6PM, you can walk through its gates and enjoy a peaceful afternoon in this one-of-a-kind green space and cemetery. Sit in the shade, admire its flawless lawn, or learn about its history while you’re there. There are over 4,000 bodies underneath, and the cemetery is filled with white, marble markers. Names on the monuments recall Manhattan’s original Dutch settlers and farmers, as well as colonists who oversaw the birth of a new country. There are landowners, revolutionary heroes and United States politicians all in one space. Located on East 2nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, the New York City Marble Cemetery is a must-visit for a warm August Sunday.
Going green is a big trend in New York City, so don’t miss EcoFest 2017 at Times Square! From 10AM-6PM, stroll among free exhibits and absorb facts and figures about environmental problems, solutions, successful leaders, and how to mobilize action and incorporate green practices into your everyday life. The event will primarily focus on conservation of our natural resources and innovative alternative-energy technologies.
Celebrate the summer and weekend at The Coney Island Reggae Beach Party! At 3PM, dance to the tunes of Carter Van Pelt’s monthly skankathon, or just sit back, relax, sunbathe, and enjoy everything from ska, rocksteady, dub, and early dancehall. The party is happening at the Coney Island Boardwalk, one of New York City’s major go-to places for summer fun in the sun.
We also have tickets left for this weekend’s tour and wine tasting at Rooftop Reds! Within the 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. Lounge in hammocks, take in rooftop views and sip on four Rooftop Red wines on our tour, led by one of its founders who will share his knowledge of the urban wine making process. All guests will also get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds take-home bottles or merchandise. 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, August 7th
Head over to the Coney Island Beach for a free outdoor movie screening of the recently acclaimed thriller Get Out! This screening is part of the series Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, On Mondays at 8:00 PM during July and August, a giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater. Come on down and see great flicks, representing a mix of modern, classic, and indie movies. Monday’s film is the widely talked about Get Out (2017). For directions, maps and the full schedule, head to coneyflicks.com.
Tuesday, August 8th
It’s the final day of The Intrepid Air and Space Museum’s Summer Movie Series, and it’s wrapping up with a free screening of the classic American movie, Back to the Future! Not only is this a great summer flick and satisfying end to the summer movie series, but you’ll be watching it on the ship’s flight deck with views of the city skyline and Hudson River! What more could you ask for? So bring a lawn chair, blanket, food, and non-alcoholic beverages, kick back, and enjoy watching the likes of Marty McFly and Doc Brown! The flight deck opens at 7PM and the film begins at sunset.
Wednesday, August 9th
Take a trip to SoHo today, because “Treasure the Green,” a brand new sculpture, is being unveiled at 11:30AM! In partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation, the SoHo Broadway Initiative has commissioned an artist, Zigi Ben-Haim, to create the sculpture. The artist is a long time local, and the sculpture will be placed on Broadway and Grand Street—a site that has yet to see an art installation. Stop by and see its unveiling for yourself!
Thursday, August 10th
In the mood for some of the most delicious burgers in New York City? Are you 21 or older? Then “Battle of the Burger 2017” is the event for you today! Time Out invites you to help them come up with a list of the best New York City burgers by tasting patties from the finest bistros, cream of the crop steakhouses, classic luncheonettes, and some of the most upscale dining restaurants. From 5:30–7:30pm and 8:30–10:30pm at Pier 26 (Hudson River between N Moore and Hubert Streets), sample and vote on some of New York City’s most renowned burgers with complimentary Budweiser beer while listening to Go Gadjet’s top 40 tunes. This is a unique chance to not only satisfy your cravings to lively music, but to help Timeout determine the best burgers in New York City! Buy your ticket here.
On another food-related note, the Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a discussion about the charismatic chef J. Ranji Smile! If you haven’t heard of him, be sure to attend this event, called “The Original Celebrity Chef: The King of Curry.” This cook is definitely someone to know about if you’re into culinary history! In 1899, his arrival in New York City ushered curry into the city’s “foodie lexicon.” Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman and MIT’s Vivek Bald, scholar, filmmaker, and writer focusing on the South Asian subcontinent, will talk about Smile’s rise to fame and his impact on American cuisine.