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One of the many free events in NYC in July is the Bryant Park film festival.

Free Events In New York City – July 2015

There are many different events going on in New York City every day, but that doesn’t mean they should break the bank. We have compiled a list of some of the most exciting free (yes, really, FREE) events and things to do in New York City this July. With the 4th of July kicking off this month with a bang, there is no doubt that fun and excitement will run through the rest of the month.

 

Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular – July 4, 2015

There are approximately 40,000 fireworks expected to go off up and down the East River to celebrate Independence Day. The show will even include fireworks coming off from the Brooklyn Bridge, how cool is that?! With the show being so large, there are tons of view spots for you to see the show for free.

 

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Bryant Park hosts free movie showings every Monday throughout the summer on the Lawn. In July you can catch ‘The Poseidon Adventure’, ‘I’m No Angel’, ‘Badlands’, and ‘Footloose’. The Lawn opens at 5:00pm and the movie goes on around 9am. So, grab a picnic blanket, some snacks and get comfy under the city lights.

 

Bastille Day – July 14, 2015

This French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, Bastille Day is the name it was given to English speaking countries. In New York City, the day is celebrated with a street fair filled with French food, culture and entertainment. It is the ultimate afternoon celebration that shares French culture in New York style.

 

City of Water Day – July 18, 2015

New York City is surrounded by water and along with the city, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance works hard to preserve this. On July 18th at Governors Island there will be a family focused festival to celebrate just that. There will be free boat tours, waterfront activities, food, live music and a Cardboard Kayak Race.

 

Shakespeare in the Park – Starts July 27, 2015

Every summer we get the privilege of two different plays being shown in Central Park at the open aired, Delacorte Theater. Earlier in the season, we got to experience The Tempest which finished up on July 5th, and now after a brief break, we now get to finish out the rest of the summer with Cymbeline. The tickets for the performances are free and there are several different ways you can go about getting them.

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City Viewing Spots.

Where to Watch the ‘39th Annual Macy’s Firework Spectacular’!

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. Today, in 2015 on July 4th, Americans and visitors alike, celebrate with fireworks, parades, festivals, and barbecues surrounded by friends and family. In New York City, there’s an infinite amount of different Fourth of July events going on and the one that takes the cake is certainly going to be the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. It is the largest fireworks show in the United States and if you’re not here in New York City to catch it live, it is broadcasted across the United States along with tons of musical performances.

The first Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show was in 1976 in celebration of the nations’ bicentennial. Since then the show has been outdoing itself year after year. At approximately 9:20 pm on July 4th, you’ll get to see 25 minutes of fireworks in all their glory. The show will take place at two locations on the East River – the Midtown area and the South Street Seaport. This is making for a bigger show which means even more spots for everyone to view the fireworks.

With that being said, where should you watch the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks? Think of the Brooklyn Bridge as the centerpiece for the show, so anywhere you could see the bridge, is where you’ll have perfect sight of the fireworks. Remember, you want to grab your spot way in advance so showing up at 8:30pm is not going to work.

  • Manhattan: The FDR Drive is part of Macy’s official viewing spots. There are entry points at Broad Street (ground level), Old Slip (upper level), Pearl & Frankfort, Houston Street, 23rd Street, 34th Street, and 42nd Keep in mind these areas tend to fill up the fastest and will close as they reach capacity so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to grab a spot.
  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park is right under the action with the City skyline in the back drop. The good thing about this location is you could spend the afternoon there, lay some blankets down, have a picnic and as the sun starts to set, you’ll end up with a prime viewing spot.
  • Queens: Long Island City is right along the East River, and the higher you can get, the better. Queensbridge Park or any of the various parks along Center Blvd will get you in on the action. As we said, the higher the location the better – so, check to see if you can get ticket to one of the rooftop parties in the area. Both Z NYC Hotel and Ravel Hotel will be hosting exciting parties.
  • By Sea: CitySightseeing New York offers a first row seat to the fireworks along with great music, food options and a cash bar. There is no doubt it will be a night to remember.

No matter what you end of doing, thanks to Macy’s, this 4th of July is set to be an explosion of fun.

 

This upcoming Sunday get your Easter bonnets and dresses ready for the festivities.

Celebrating Easter in New York City? Egg-cellent!

Although the weather doesn’t seem to agree, it is springtime in New York City! Besides events like blooming Cherry Blossoms and the Great Lawn opening, Passover and Easter both usually fall in the month of April. This upcoming Sunday get your Easter bonnets and dresses ready for the festivities. After you arrived safely to NYC via JFK, LaGuardia or Newark, it’s time to organize how you’ll be celebrating the holiday weekend.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival
Give new meaning to your ‘Sunday best’ with the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. On Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Street see some of the most outrageous hats march in procession. Creativity is not spared as visitors can wander down or just watch the parade along 5th Avenue. The parade route falls right in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral which makes it a great spot to catch even just 20 minutes of the Parade and then head to your Easter dinner. The festival gets “hopping” around 10:00am.

NYC Pillow Fight
Maybe this isn’t exactly how you thought you’d spend your Easter, but on Saturday at 3:00pm it might just be the most fun. From adults to children, everyone grab a pillow and head to Washington Square Park for the 10th Annual International Pillow Fight Day (yes, that’s a thing). After your arms get exhausted from all the pillow fight fun, there will be a donation truck to drop off your pillow where it will go to someone in need.

Easter Brunch
There is an Easter brunch that suits you and your family in Manhattan, we can guarantee it. Many restaurants are offering different deals that include 3-course meals and drinks. The Easter Bunny pays a visit to many of these eateries at no extra charge. We suggest you make reservations as soon as possible as many of these places will fill up fast!

Easter Egg Hunts
Your day won’t be complete without an Easter Egg hunt and there are quite a few going on all weekend. Most of these hunts are free and locations vary throughout the city. On Saturday you can head Uptown to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, or get your hunt on in SoHo at the NYC Fire Museum Easter Egg Hunt. On Sunday after the 9:15am service at the Church of St. Luke, there will be a hunt open to the public (even if you don’t attend the mass). Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island the Bronx also have plenty more Egg-straordinary hunts going on, you can check out this full list.

New York City Comedy Festivals

Whoever said the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is mistaken. Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way to dodge those pre-winter colds than to enjoy a four days full of non-stop laughter? This year’s annual New York City Comedy Festival does just that, and will be held November 5-9 at venues all over Manhattan. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the funniest comedians from all over right in your own neighborhood.

NYCF starts early with pre-festival shows like “HERsterical: One Big Fabulous Comedy Party!” that features a mix of stand-up, sketch and improve, hosted by SNL’s Kate McKinnon. Following the feminist-comedian theme is the “Time Out New York Women of Comedy 2014” show, hosted by some of the best women comics in the business and taking place at the Le Poisson Rouge.

On Wednesday, a benefit managed by the Bob Woodruff Foundation called “Stand Up For Heroes” is being held at Madison Square Garden. Sit back and laugh while donating to a good cause that helps post-9/11 injured service members and their families. Also on Wednesday is “Humor Me: The Betches od Comedy”, starring a lineup of Comedy Central, Total Frat Move and SNL comedians. Don’t miss “The Show with Chris Laker”, a stand-up comedy/panel gathering some of the funniest NYC comedians who discuss everything from education to phallus size.

Funny man Jim Gaffigan will be performing at the Jerome L. Greene Space on Thursday, talking about his humorous life choices and his bizarre stories of being a father. Not to mention comedian superstar Dane Cook, who will be at the Beacon Theater at 8:00. Can’t make it? Don’t worry; he’ll be performing on Saturday as well. Pete Holmes, the host his own “The Pete Holmes Show”, will be making an appearance Thursday, as well as hilarious and renowned comics Sommore and Chris Distefano. On Friday, Kathleen Madigan, who was the “Last Comic Standing” judge and host of her own show, will be performing at City Winery at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Get a chance to see Kevin Barnett, comedy writer and “MTV2’s Guy Code” regular at 7:00 at Stand Up NY as well. The infamous Amy Schumer will be having a show at Carnegie Hall, and she’ll be sure to put on a gut-busting strand up.

Last but not least, Saturday will be providing a slew of entertaining events, such as Bill Maher’s show at the Beacon Theater. Don’t miss out on Chris D’Elia, who’s been a part of everyone’s favorite Comedy Central show, “Workaholics”, as well as other comedy entertainment channels. My all-time favorite comedian Carly Aquilino will be performing at the NYU Skirball Center (I can’t wait) along with Jessimae Peluso, who are both part of MTV’s hysterical show “Girl Code”. Eric Andre, comedian and host of “The Eric Andre Show” will also be doing a stand up at the Gramercy Theater. Make sure to check out the comic legend Bill Cosby himself at Carnegie Hall, and laugh it up with reality TV host Jerry Springer and notorious comedy writer Bob Odenkirk on Sunday as well.

With such a fantastic lineup of hilarious acts, you don’t want to pass up an opportunity like this. Have a laugh and check out this year’s Comedy Festival, you won’t regret it!

he Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, has a unique workspace design that challenges its employees creativity.

New York City’s Architecture and Design Month

Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fourth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Throughout the month will be special tours, lectures, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role of design in New York City and to gain international recognition of New York’s environment.

The “Building of the Day” celebrates contemporary and iconic architecture in New York City with daily on site tours, led by the architect. Here are a few buildings that you should see.

The Barbarian Group
When: Friday, October 10
Tour Time: 11:00am
Where: Clive Wilkinson Architects 112 West 20th Street, Manhattan
Price: $10
The Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, has a unique workspace design that challenges its employees creativity. The agency’s home is a 23,000 square foot loft in the Garment District that holds 125 employees and was renovated to create a large open space. The innovative plywood structure has grotto-like spaces that can accommodate meetings, provide a private workspace, and house bookshelves and other storage.

The Pavilion at Brookfield Place
When:
Sunday, October 12
Tour Time: 12:00pm
Where: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects 100 West Street, Manhattan
Price: $10

As a result of the September 11 attacks, the World Trade Center and World Financial Center were disconnected. The Pavilion at Brookfield Place is the new physical and symbolic link between Battery Park City’s Winter Garden and the newly completed Concourse that is part of the World Trade Center’s reconstruction. The Pavilion is a clear and open entrance that welcomes over 35,000 workers, residents, and tourists. The Pavilions curved steel columns design marks a gateway for public circulation in the reshaping of Lower Manhattan.

Red Bull Studios
When:
Wednesday, October 15
Tour Time: 10:30am
Where: SLAB Architecture / INABA 220 West 18th Street, Manhattan
Price: $10

Completed in 2013, the 19,000 SF Red Bull Music Studios New York includes a full recording and production studio, event space, lecture room, gallery, bar, radio broadcasting studio, and lounges.

Campbell Sports Center
When:
Sunday, October 19
Tour Time:
3:00pm
Where:
Steven Holl Architects Broadway & 218th Street, Manhattan
Price:
$10

The Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program. The facility houses strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite and student study rooms. Designed by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, the building aims at serving the mind, the body and the mind/body for aspiring scholar-athletes.

Starlight at the City Museum
When:
Friday, October 31
Tour Time:
12:00pm
Where: Cooper Joseph Studio 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Price:
$10

Starlight is a new attraction for the City Museum’s main entry space. It is a dazzling new light installation suspended above the Rotunda and accentuates its sweeping circular staircase. The 5,283 points of light complement the City Museum’s 1932 neo-Georgian home, reflecting its mission to connect the city’s past and present.

If you’re looking for an active day filled with fun, join the 20th annual Tour de Bronx.

Like to Bike? Go to This Year’s Tour de Bronx!

Get ready for this year’s biggest annual biking event in New York, the Tour de Bronx on Sunday, October 26th. Join nearly 6,000 cyclists through the boroughs of 61 neighborhoods, including men, women and children of all ages. The ride overlooks beautiful waterfront vistas and lush garden passages, so you can bike while enjoying New York’s gorgeous scenery.

The tour starts at the Bronx County Building at Grand Concourse and 161stStreet, and ends with a celebratory music festival at the New York Botanical Garden. If you’re not exactly Lance Armstrong, don’t worry—the Tour de Bronx is not a race. The 25 mile course is a less intensive route for families and casual riders, and is a leisurely ride for all ages and skill levels. You’ll venture through Bronx Greenway bike paths, parklands and enjoy views of the shore. If you want to live life in the fast lane, the 40 mile ride course is for you. It’s quicker-paced, winding through city attractions such as City Island, Woodlawn Cemetery, and SUNY Maritime College. This course is recommended for more avid cyclists who are comfortable riding in traffic, and children under 16 must be accompanied.

If you’re new to the Tour de Bronx, there are tips to make it easy as a ride through the park. Make sure to wear a helmet and keep a safe distance from the curb. Always yield to pedestrians, and signal all turns and stops by out stretching your arm to the right or left, while also being verbal. Watch for potholes, glass, and manhole covers. Ride on the left in one way lanes and right on two way streets. Remember, this isn’t a race, so just have fun!

Tour de Bronx is an event that is presented by the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Transportation Alternatives, and produced by the Bronx Tourism Council. These organizations promote healthy and environmentally-friendly methods of travel. Burn calories, enjoy nature and have a good time? There’s no better way to spend your Sunday.

Participating in the Tour de Bronx is free and open for registration. If you’re looking for an active day filled with fun, join the 20th annual Tour de Bronx. Enjoy the ride!

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy, NYC

88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro held in Little Italy

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro is held in Little Italy, NYC and began on Thursday, September 11. No fear, fellow foodies and cultural connoisseurs; the event continues on through Sunday, September 21, so you still have time to experience all the great things the Italian culture has to offer.

The Feast of San Gennaro has been held on the streets of Little Italy every year since 1996. The lower Manhattan neighborhood has served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigants who came here to improve their lives in the early 20th century. The event is presented by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of the early Italian immigrants.

The Feast has attracted over one million people from all over the globe. Although this is a celebration of faith and a salute to the Patron Saint of Naples, the Feast is known for its festive atmosphere. The event spans over eleven days and features religious processions and parades, free musical entertainment, a wide variety of ethnic food, and even a cannoli-eating competition (if you want to see the world’s largest cannoli, make your way to Little Italy on Saturday, September 20)!

The event will also feature indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants, more than 300 street vendors selling international foods, and several New York City and Little Italy souvenirs. Musical acts include Italian folk music and pop and rock artists.

On September 19, the official Saint Day, the central focus of the celebration takes places and a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church. Immediately following the Mass is a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from the church through the streets of Little Italy.

September 21, the last day of the celebration, will be the Annual Feast of San Gennaro Blood Drive. If you would like to schedule a donation time, head over to the Red Cross website here. Added bonus for all donors, Caffe Palermo will provide free cannoli at the Youth Center and the Italian American Museum will give free admission to anyone who presents a donor card.

The Feast has been said to hold a special place in the hearts of Italian people everywhere. This is a special time to remember and celebrate the culture and heritage of Italian-Americans.

For more information on the Feast of San Gennaro and specific times for the events, head over to the official website here.

he count down to the 2014 New York Comic Con is nearing its end with only a month to go, being held at Javits Center from October 9th-12th.

2014 New York Comic Con

Calling all Consters! The count down to the 2014 New York Comic Con is nearing its end with only a month to go, being held at Javits Center from October 9th-12th. This year’s Con is sure to dazzle its attendees, with fabulous panels and special guests such as actress Lucy Liu and director Brad Bird to name a few. In addition, this year marks the anniversary of the creation of comic legend Batman, celebrating 75 years of the Caped Crusader.

For those of you who are new to the event, Comic Con is a pop culture convention that presents genres from Si-Fi films and comic books to animation. In simpler terms, it’s kind of like an early Halloween for comic-groupies. The annual event draws thousands of superhero, fantasy and movie junkies with a hunger for entertainment. To some, the convention may seem comical, but to Con-goers it’s no Joker. Nearly 125,000 people attended last year, making it the second largest nerd-fest in the US with San Diego being the first. This year’s Comic Con is estimated to have even more attendees and even better events.

The 2014 NYCC lineup will send you running to buy tickets faster than Flash. With directors such as Don Hall and Chris William, producer Roy Conli, and actors like Natalia Tena of Game of Thrones, you’ll feel like saving the world. Fly on over to the Main Stage and Empire Stage to see the hilarious cast and producers of Emmy-award winning animated series Bob’s Burgers, or view an exclusive discussion with Walt Disney Studios producers presenting the award-winning film, Frozen. Check out the screening of the season three premiere of the drama Elementary, followed by a panel discussion with cast members such as Johnny Lee Miller and Ophelia Lovibond. In addition, writer-comedian Dan Harmon’s panel on his new film Harmontown will get your Spidy senses tingling.

For all you heroes and villains who haven’t purchased tickets yet, the NYCC is offering contests to win free tickets. Sport your best character costume and take part of the Heroes Costume Contest for a chance to win. If tights aren’t exactly flattering on you, bring a pencil and sketchpad to participate in the hero-themed drawing competition, with prizes provided by special NYCC comic guests. Get your tights ready and iron that cape, folks. This year’s Comic Con isn’t something you want to miss. To learn more, visit www.newyorkcomiccon.com.

The Dumbo Arts Festival is held over 3 days, from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28.

Dumbo Arts Festival

The great thing about New York City is the never-ending supply of talent. On top of that, you can even attend several of these showcases and events for free! The Dumbo Arts Festival, now in its eighteenth year, is a free public event that highlights the Brooklyn arts community and displays local, national, and international art.

The Dumbo Arts Festival is held over 3 days, from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28. The official hours are Friday 6-9pm, Saturday noon-9pm, and Sunday noon-6pm.

The festival displays an impressive number of over 400 artists, 100 studios, and 50 galleries and stages. Here are some of the scheduled exhibits you shouldn’t miss.

Friday, September 26:

By Day, By Night
What:
By Day, By Night highlights the work that people do to both survive and stay true to the things they love. The photographers involved have been wandering the city talking to strangers and getting their insight on life and how they live it.
When:
6pm- 9pm
Where:
Plymouth Street Park Perimeter Fence

Degrees of Freedom
What:
A series of geometric structures (3D drawings) which allude to portals or paths the audience must physically navigate. Each participant is invited to engage with the installation, making their own decisions within the piece – such as moving left, turning right or going back to where they started.
When:
6PM – 9PM
Where:
29 Jay Street, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

Cosmos
What:
An HD video installation that depicts a hyper-chaotic landscape of fractal dimension, infinitely regenerating as a side-scrolling video.
When:
6PM – 9PM
Where:
29 Jay Street, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

 

Saturday, September 27:

The Imaginary Truck
What: Performers will blindfold participants and guide them through The Imaginary Truck. This experience will include live portrait drawings, games, dancing, stories, and much more.
When:  Noon – 6pm
Where:  Corner of Plymouth and Adams Street, Brooklyn NY

I ____ A Dollar
What:
A public intervention that invites people to question the value and meaning of a dollar. The goal is to engage the audience to consider whether or not having a free dollar makes a difference in their day or if the money should be given to someone who needs it more.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where:  Main Street, Brooklyn, NY

Submerged!
What:
A seven piece combination of video and sound art. Artists from Italy, Israel, Germany, USA, Brazil and Hungary worked together to create a multi-layered program that explores the collective subconscious in stunning visual and sonic detail.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where: 30 John Street Brooklyn, NY

 

Sunday, September 28:

Dreams For Free
What: 
An ongoing, social interaction, which began in 2012. The artist is collecting dreams from people in exchange for a lottery ticket. For every ticket that Jody distributes, she asks the recipient to write down his or her desires for what they would do if they won millions of dollars.
When:
Noon – 6pm
Where: 
Main Street Brooklyn, NY

Beauty
What:
A performance art series curated by Shelly Bahl and Sunita Mukhi for the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC). The SAWCC invites you to revel in and reveal your own uplifting and complex notions of BEAUTY in this series of vibrant interactive performances.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where:
Main Street Brooklyn, NY

The Imaginary App
What:
World-renowned artist, DJ, and visionary Paul D. Miller and Svitlana Matviyenko celebrate the release of THE IMAGINARY APP, a provocative new anthology of writers, theorists, and artists exploring the cultural and technological shifts that have accompanied the emergence of the mobile app.
When:
5pm – 7pm
Where:
37 Main Street, powerhouse Arena Brooklyn, NY

For the full schedule and more information about the exhibits, head over to dumboartsfestival.com

Head over to Flushing, Queens and catch a match at the Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong Stadiums.

Tennis Fury: The U.S. Open is Here!

The U.S. Open has invaded New York so for the next two weeks, one can expect endless tennis talk across news providers, crowded sports bars, traffic, and A-list celebrity sightings in the city.

You may be inspired to pull out the old tennis racket or to watch Serena smash a tennis ball onto her opponent’s court. No matter the urge, New York has plenty to do during the U.S. Open which will be held every day until Monday, September 8.

If you feel so inclined (and can afford the tickets), why not attend the actual event?? Head over to Flushing, Queens and catch a match at the Arthur Ashe or Louis Armstrong Stadiums. American Express and Grey Goose have sponsored a few special on-site events for attendees including children’s activities and U.S. Open inspired cocktails.

For avid sports bar goers, events like these are yet another reason to cram into a small venue and yell in unison with strangers. Well, have no fear! Enjoy all-you-can-watch tennis matches on the best plasmas in the city at these hotspots:

  • Irish Rover This classic sports pub is located at 37-18 28th Avenue in Queens.
  • Rock McBride’s Also located in Queens, you can’t beat the most friendly neighborhood bar (with the best Happy Hour in Astoria). 27-01 23rd Avenue
  • Legends Heralded as best sports bar in Midtown, this casual bar is a must if you want to stay in the city. 6 West 33rd Street

No worries—there are a few family-friendly viewing options as well. Bryant Park will host U.S. Open watch parties daily 11AM to 1PM and 7PM to 9PM on the Southwest Porch. Brooklyn Bridge Park (Harbor View Lawn) will also host special viewing on a big projector screen daily at 11AM.

If you want to get more active, try hitting a tennis court! Take a lesson at Midtown Tennis Club or find some friendly competition on a public court in the city.

There are lots of ways to feel a part of this year’s U.S. Open! Be sure to use GO Airlink for your transportation needs to Queens during the next two weeks.