5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

NYC Restaurant Week, Juicy J and poetry highlight this week in NYC:

Take advantage of deals on some of the best cuisine in NYC during Restaurant Week  Begins Monday, July 21.

Photo: diytravelers.com

Photo: diytravelers.com

Catch Juicy J on his ‘Never Sober’ tour  at Terminal 5 Tuesday, July 22

Photo: The Source

Photo: The Source

Rock out with Teenage Fanclub, Honeyblood and Saint Rich at Hudson River Park Thursday, July 24


Photo: Teenage Fanclub

Enjoy dance and the Native American culture during the 36th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow at Queens Farm on Friday, July 25


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New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island July 26-27

Photo: Augury Books

Photo: Augury Books

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Bruno Mars, Mobb Deep, and Looney Tunes highlight the best evens in NYC this week:

Bruno Mars is in town for a two night stay at Madison Square Garden beginning Monday, July 14

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Photo: forbes.com

Mobb Deep has a free show at Queensbridge Park Thursday, July 17

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Photo: mosterfresh,com

The opening reception for the LOVE PROJECT Exhibition at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn is Thursday, July 17

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Photo: powerhousearena.com

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

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Photo: movingimage.us

Lincoln Center Out of Doors begins with a tribute concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger Sunday, July 20

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Photo: lcoutofdoors.org


What’s the deal with the orange fence things in Times Square?

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Pose for a picture inside the orange fences in Times Square

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?

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The orange framed cutouts are shaped like human silhouettes

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 

NYC Restaurant Week is Back For The Summer

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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

(UPDATE: Reservations are now open!)

nyc restaurant week

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

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

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NY Philharmonic / Photo: timeout.com

Broadway comes back to Bryant Park for free lunchtime shows Thursday, July 10

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Broadway in Bryant Park / Photo: blog.bryantpark.org

City of Water Day returns Saturday, July 12

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City of Water Day / Photo: cityofwaterday.org

Celebrate Bastille Day in NYC Sunday, July 13

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Bastille Day in NYC / Photo: nycgo.com

MoMA’s Summergarden is back with the Jonathan Ragonese Ensemble Sunday, July 13


MoMA Summergarden / Photo: joonbug.com

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Opera in the park, African Arts and fireworks highlight this week in NYC:

The Counting Crows take Central Park for SummerStage Monday, June 30

counting crows

Photo: joerussophoto.net

The Met Opera performs a free show in The Bronx’s Crotona Park Tuesday, July 1

met opera

Photo: Vanity Fair

The New York Public Library hosts Foundations of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights Tuesday, June 1-3


Photo: blog.herbschee.com

The 43rd International African Arts Festival comes back to NYC Thursday, June 3-6

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Photo: iaafestival.org

The 4th of July Fireworks go off on the East River this year Friday, July 4


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Don’t Miss the 4th of July Summer Sale at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets / Photo: gonyc.about.com

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!