Bruno Mars, Mobb Deep, and Looney Tunes highlight the best evens in NYC this week:
Mobb Deep has a free show at Queensbridge Park Thursday, July 17
The opening reception for the LOVE PROJECT Exhibition at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn is Thursday, July 17
Catch a screening, live event and exhibition preview at the Museum of the Moving Image for What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones Friday, July 18
If you’ve walked through Times Square this week, you may have noticed an installation of orange framed cutouts in seemingly inexplicable places around 43rd street. The cutouts appear to be in the shape of human beings taking different poses, making it perfect for the thousands of passersby to hop right in the middle of it all for an unusual photo of which they will fondly look back upon while reminiscing about that trip to Manhattan. All in all, it’s pretty cool.
But what’s the deal? What are these odd orange things and why are they smack-dab in the middle of Times Square? What does it all mean?
As it turns out, these orange fence things are an exhibition called Nearness by Arles del Rio, hosted by Times Square Arts. Per the Times Square official website:
These panels invite participants to get close and even step through, representing metaphorically the social, political, cultural and personal barriers, among others, that may keep us away from one another.
And so there you have it. Next time you’re at a party and someone remarks “Hey, how about those weird orange fence things in Times Square,” you’ll be quick to respond “Yeah, they’re a metaphor about the social and political barriers that exist in the world today. Nuts, right?” Get ready to impress all of your friends.
Nearness exhibition location and times:
July 8-19, 2014
Broadway plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets
July 20 – August 1, 2014
Broadway plaza between 42nd & 43rd Streets
August 2 – 9, 2014
Broadway plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets
August 10 – 18, 2014
Duffy Square at Broadway & 46th Street
314 restaurants. 26 Days. 3 courses. $25-$38/meal.
That’s New York City Restaurant in a nutshell. 314 of NYC’s best restaurants will be offering up $38 prix fixe 3-course dinners ($25 for lunch) beginning July 21st and carrying halfway through the month of August. As a New Yorker, this is the perfect time to try out that restaurant you’ve always been thinking about but haven’t been to yet. As a tourist, this is the perfect way to avoid the popular chains and really dive into the local fare.
The 314 restaurants participating this year stretch across 28 neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, and cover an equal number of cuisines from Asian Fusion to Spanish/Tapas. The best part of all- when you’re eating your restaurant week meal, you can win $250 just by tagging your photos with #NYCRestaurantWeek!
For the full list of participating restaurants and more information on the #NYCRestaurantWeek photo contest, visit nycgo.com
Free concerts, free shows, and free water highlight this week in NYC:
New York Philharmonic will perform free concerts in the parks Wednesday, July 9-15
Broadway comes back to Bryant Park for free lunchtime shows Thursday, July 10
City of Water Day returns Saturday, July 12
Celebrate Bastille Day in NYC Sunday, July 13
MoMA’s Summergarden is back with the Jonathan Ragonese Ensemble Sunday, July 13
Opera in the park, African Arts and fireworks highlight this week in NYC:
The Counting Crows take Central Park for SummerStage Monday, June 30
The Met Opera performs a free show in The Bronx’s Crotona Park Tuesday, July 1
The New York Public Library hosts Foundations of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights Tuesday, June 1-3
The 4th of July Fireworks go off on the East River this year Friday, July 4
What’s not to love about the 4th of July? It’s hotdogs. It’s fireworks. It’s freedom. It’s America. And like clockwork, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets are bringing back what has become one of our favorite 4th of July traditions: The July 4th Summer Sale!
This year, from Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, Woodbury Commons will be open an extra hour early in the morning so you can get your shopping fix in right at the break of dawn. All four days of the Summer Sale stores will open for business at 9 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
As always, Gray Line New York is here for you. We will be providing buses for transportation between Manhattan and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets all four days, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Book your tickets now and remember to get there early for all of the super savings you can find!