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New York City Happenings – Bee Scene: Busy as a bee in July

Posted Monday, July 7th, 2008 at 12:36 pm by Amanda in Cultural Bees. More in 11101

This week’s post is jam-packed with events taking place throughout July, from Brighton Beach up to Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Click after the jump to find enough activities to keep you busy every day for the rest of the month!

July Activities Around NYC:

Saturday, July 5 through September 6th
P.S. 1 Warm-Up
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Warm Up, the critically-acclaimed series of live music and DJ acts that has become one of New York’s most exciting and anticipated summer events.
$10, 3-9 pm every Saturday, Long Island City

Thursday, July 10th and every Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series
This weekly concert series runs through August features an amazing line-up, including Smokey Robinson and Liza Minelli.
Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium.

Monday, July 14th, 8:00 p.m.
NY Philharmonic in Prospect Park with Fireworks
Enter at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West at 9th St or Bartel-Pritchard Circle at the intersection of Prospect Park West, Prospect Park Southwest and 15th St.

Tuesday, July 15th, 8:00 p.m.
NY Philharmonic in Central Park with Fireworks
B/C trains to 81th St, enter the park and follow the path to Great Lawn.

Thursday, July 17th, 7 p.m. at Castle Clinton (Battery Park)
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at River to River NYC
Tickets are required and space is limited. Two free tickets per person will be distributed at the Castle on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5:00PM on the day of the show.

Saturday, July 19th, noon to 9:00 p.m.
8th Annual Village Voice Siren Festival
This free, all day, all ages music festival will feature international, national and local bands and DJs performing on two outdoor stages in historic Coney Island.This free, all day, all ages music festival will feature international, national and local bands and DJs performing on two outdoor stages in historic Coney Island.

Saturday, July 19th at 3:00 p.m.
Free Walking Tour, one hour
These free tours are led by knowledgeable volunteers of Friends of Hudson River Park. Come walk the Village segment of Hudson River Park, and get a unique lesson about the rich history of the neighborhood and its waterfront. We will also talk about what is taking place currently in the area, as well as future plans. Highlights of these tours include the history of the Lenape, Gansevoort Peninsula, Herman Melville, the Titanic and more. Meet at the foot of Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 at Christopher Street in front of the info booth to enjoy a pleasant and informative one-hour walk, weather permitting.
1 train to Christopher St.

Monday, July 21st-Friday, July 25th
Restaurant Week
Quite possibly the only two weeks per year that my friends and I aggressively plan our schedules around eating. Enjoy prix fixe lunches at selected restaurants for $24.07 and prix fixe dinners for $35. Go ahead, order the wine and tip the wait staff generously. Second week continues Monday, July 28th-Friday, August 1st.

July 22nd-August 17th
Shakespeare in the Park
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical featuring Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening)
Get up early and stand in line at Central Park, 81st Street entrance near the Delacorte Theater. Good luck!

Ongoing Events:

Monday nights
HBO Bryant Park Movie Festival
The festival continues with The Man Who Came to Dinner on Monday, July 7th
(Note to my friends reading: I will buy anyone dinner who saves me a seat on their blanket!)

Tuesday nights until August 19th
Stars of Tomorrow, Pier 45 at Christopher St at 6:30 p.m.
See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and classical performances from Mannes College, The New School for Music and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on one of Hudson River Park’s most beautiful piers by star students from around the city. 1 train to Christopher St.

Thursday nights in July and August
Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Check the website to find out what movies will be play at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.

Friday mornings through August
Today Show’s Toyota Concert Series
Live music is a great way to start your workday.

Friday mornings through August
Good Morning America’s Concert Series

Every Friday Night
Rubin Museum
Happy Hour and DJ 6-7 p.m., free admission to museum 7-10 p.m.

Friday nights until August 22nd
Sunset on the Hudson, Pier 45 at Christopher St. at 7:00 p.m.
Every Friday, enjoy the beautiful sunset and mellow sounds of New York’s acclaimed guitar man David Ippolito from this spectacular grass-covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River. 1 train to Christopher St.

Friday nights through Labor Day
Fireworks on the Beach, Coney Island
D/F/N/Q trains to Stillwell Avenue (last stop).
Astroland and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park sponsor fireworks at 9:30 every Friday night during the season.

Weekends in June through September 27th
Rooftop Films 2008 Summer Series
This series will run every weekend until September 27, screening 19 feature films and over 150 short films in 38 screenings, in in a dozen spectacular outdoor locations all over the city. All screenings include live music before the films, and most screenings include after-parties with free drinks. Tickets are just $9, or $6 online in advance for select shows.

Saturday nights through September 17th, 8:30 p.m.
Coney Island Film Society
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. (between Stillwell Ave. and W. 12th St)
Tickets $5, $3 for Film Society members. Doors open at 8pm Pre-show at 8:15pm featuring classic drive in trailers, shorts, old commercials and more. Free Popcorn!

Ongoing until Mid-October
Waterfalls at Brooklyn Bridge
From the website: “Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, the project consists of four monumental, man-made waterfalls installed for three months at four sites along the shores of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Governors Island.”
Visit Jaime’s recent post for more information.

CityParks Foundation
More than 100 free concerts and arts events in city parks in July and August, check website for schedule.

Central Park SummerStage
SummerStage is a performing arts festival that runs on a Central Park stage from June-August.
Check the website for a full listing of shows, most are free:

South Street Seaport Music Festival, ongoing
Free outdoor concerts at the Seaport all summer long, check website for full schedule.

River to River Festival, ongoing
This festival is NYC’s largest free summer arts festival with over 500 music, dance and cultural events through mid-September.
Check the website for upcoming performances:

Photo by Laurence L on Flickr

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