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The Weekend in NYC: Go to space on the Intrepid

Each weekend, we like to tell you what’s up in New York.  This way, when you finish your bus tour or you’re just hopping off, you’ll know what to do.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend in New York City:
 

Image: intrepidmuseum.com

Intrepid SpaceFest

Yesterday the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum opened up its Space Shuttle Pavilion featuring the Enterprise, which many of you will remember making its journey into the harbor.  SpaceFest is a 5-day festival focused around the pavilion, and by all accounts it is awesome!  NASA is on hand all weekend providing exhibits and demonstrations suitable for guests of all ages, and on Friday you can even watch Star Trek from aboard the ship itself.  Anyone who is into space exploration won’t want to miss this event.

Soccer at Yankee Stadium

Baseball’s (New) Cathedral has hosted plenty of sporting events since it opened in 2009.  There are 80+ baseball games played each year, it is home to college football’s Pinstripe Bowl, and now we can add professional soccer to the list.  This weekend, European Champion Chelsea FC will take on Paris Saint-Germain in a friendly as part of the World Football Challenge.  It’s fun that the stadium that hosts the world’s top baseball team will now play host to the world’s top soccer team as well.

Block Party!

The New Museum will be hosting their 6th annual block party this Saturday at Sarah D. Roosevelt Park.  The party begins at noon and is free to all.  Once the bash comes to a close, head over to the New Museum where you will receive free admission for the day.  This sounds like lots of fun with activities for comers of all ages.

If you have any weekend tip or just some questions looking for suggestions, email us at ask@graylinenewyork.com 

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This Weekend in NYC: Let’s Play!

Each weekend, we like to tell you what’s up in New York.  This way, when you finish your bus tour or you’re just hopping off, you’ll know what to do.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend in New York City:

Come Out and Play 2009
Photo: Jim Bearden

New York Philharmonic

All week the New York Philharmonic has been performing free concerts throughout the parks of all 5 boroughs.  It is a yearly summer tradition to get access to some of the most incredible performers in the world beneath the night skies of NYC, and all reports thus far are that they have lived up to the bill.  This weekend the action continues with a free show in Central Park tonight and at the College of Staten Island, CUNY on Sunday.

Come Out and Play: Governors Island

Saturday morning and into the afternoon, Governors Island will be full of families playing.  The Come Out and Play Family Field Day is a mini-festival full of games suitable for all ages.  The event includes zany playground pastimes like ChickenOut, Robots vs. Zombies and Gate Dash.

Come Out and Play: After Dark

New York is in a playful mood this weekend, and we have multiple “Come Out and Play” events.  If you were reading the last event and thought to yourself, “I wish I was still a kid,” than this one is for you.  After Dark is targeted at the older crowd as opposed to families.  It’s for the grownups who have yet to really grow up.  Games for this event, which is Friday night in Downtown Manhattan, include Manhattleships, Graveyard Snuggle and Moonshine.

If you have any weekend tip or just some questions looking for suggestions, email us at ask@graylinenewyork.com 

This Weekend in NYC: CBGB

CBGB Festival

Each weekend, we like to tell you what’s up in New York.  This way, when you finish your bus tour or you’re just hopping off, you’ll know what to do.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend in New York City:

CBGB Festival

CBGB, one of New York City’s proudest music clubs, closed down back in 2006.  The club that became a punk rock icon, featuring bands like the Ramones and Misfits, had closed up shop to the dismay of music lovers everywhere.  This weekend, its spirit will live on through the CBGB Festival.  Featuring hundreds of bands at 30 venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, the CBGB is set to be one of the best festivals in NYC this year.

Lincoln Center Festival

Another festival to appreciate this weekend is the Lincoln Center Festival.  The Lincoln Center, which hosts some of the finest performing arts in the world, will be holding a festival beginning this weekend and continuing through August 5th.  You can see Macbeth, the Paris Opera Ballet and more during this month of fun.

French Restaurant Week

Beginning this weekend (Sunday) and continuing through next, French Restaurant Week is back with a great deal.  All participating restaurants will be offering a $17.89 promotion in honor of its first year of existence.  And there are a lot of restaurants.  This Sunday head out with your family for some delicious cuisine with French Restaurant Week.

This Weekend in NYC: Free Activities!

image via @BrooklynBased on Twitter

Each weekend, we like to tell you what’s up in New York.  This way, when you finish your bus tour or you’re just hopping off, you’ll know what to do.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend in New York City:

Pools are open!

Public swimming pools are once again open in New York City, just in time for some more hot weather.  Bring your kids to cool off from the heat or, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop in yourself for some summer fun.  Check out McCarren pool in Brooklyn which has reopened for the first time since 1984 or use this NYC.gov tool to find the pool nearest you.

Free LMFAO concert

As Part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series, LMFAO will be performing a free concert in Central Park on Friday Morning.  There’s nothing like party-rocking in central park early on a Friday morning.  As usual, one of our double decker buses will be transporting fans from the Times Square studios to the show, so watch for us on TV!

Staten Island OutLOUD

This one’s for all the history buffs out there!  Hop-off the downtown loop at Battery Park to catch the Staten Island ferry on Saturday for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Head over to the South Shore and reflect on the meaning of the 4th of July at this free event.

If you have any weekend tip or just some questions looking for suggestions, email us at ask@graylinenewyork.com 

This Weekend in NYC: NYC Pride Parade

Each weekend, we like to tell you what’s up in New York.  This way, when you finish your bus tour or you’re just hopping off, you’ll know what to do.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend in New York City:

US Air Guitar Championships: New York City Regional

Tonight, the Bowery Ballroom will host the first stage of what many call the most exciting invisible music competition on earth.  Test your skills against the best local air guitar talent and if you are lucky enough to win the Regional, you get to compete for the national championship in Denver in July!  If you are crowned US Air Guitar Champion, you then get to compete for world domination in Finland in August.  But if you don’t head over to the Bowery Ballroom tonight, those dreams will never come true.

Pride Parade

On Sunday, New York City will host the world biggest celebration of gay pride.  The March, which has taken place every year since 1970, will feature Cyndi Lauper as its Grand Marshal.  As you may know, Cyndi is a Gray Line New York Ride of Fame inductee, so we are very proud of her this weekend!

SmorgasBurg gets a SmorgasBar

Arguably the best Saturday afternoon market that New York City has to offer is just over the East River in Brooklyn.  SmorgasBurg is a great way to spend the afternoon in Williamsburg with tons of local vendors.  This weekend, SmorgasBar opens up, providing ice cold beer for the inevitably hot dog days of summer.  Stop by, check it out and tell us what you think.

If you have any weekend tip or just some questions looking for suggestions, email us at ask@graylinenewyork.com 

This Weekend in NYC: SoupMan Makes Soup

Each weekend, we like to tell you what’s up in New York.  This way, when you finish your bus tour or you’re just hopping off, you’ll know what to do.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend in New York City:

Lobster Day Friday!

Lobster Day with SoupMan

Friday is National Lobster Day and there is no better way to celebrate than with half-priced lobster bisque from The Original SoupMan.  That’s right; the real soup seller who inspired the eternally famous Seinfeld character is going all out for Lobster Day.  50% off lobster bisque, $2 off lobster rolls, outdoor music… We even hear that there’s going to be someone in a lobster suit hanging out with the customers!  Stop by their location on 55th and 8th between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the best soup you’ll ever try.

*No guarantee of being served unless ‘the rules’ are strictly followed*

Northside Festival

image: northsidefestival.com

The Northside Festival has been called “Brooklyn’s answer to SXSW,” and beginning Thursday night, it looks like and awesome time.  Venues for Northside include Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Knitting Factory and more!  There’s only 12 hours left to buy an advance music badge (written at noon) so hurry.

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

So I guess Monday isn’t technically the weekend anymore, but the HBO Bryant Park Film Fest is cool and I wanted to talk about it.  On Monday night there will be a free screening of the Hitchcock classic, Psycho.  Every Monday until the end of August more great films – from Butch Cassidy to Indiana Jones – will be shown.  Here’s the full schedule

This Weekend in NYC: Music in Manhattan

New York City always has concerts during weekends, especially in the summer.  Some weekends happen to be better than others, and this is one of them.  From the best up-and-coming bands in Manhattan to an international superstar playing for free, this weekend is all about the music (and space!)

Battle of the Boroughs (image: thegreenespace.org)

Battle of the Boroughs, Manhattan

Find out who is the best up-and-coming band in New York City with Battle of the Boroughs.  Each borough puts on a show with 13 bands and the winner gets invited to the ultimate battle to represent their borough.  On Friday, Manhattan will host their battle to see who makes it to the final showdown on June 29.  The show begins at The Greene Space at 7 p.m.

Tom Sachs Space Program: Mars

Artist Tom Sachs has turned the Park Avenue Armory into an incredible space journey to Mars.  Find out all that is needed for survival, scientific exploration and even colonization in outside worlds.  In truth, this cool exhibition has been open since mid-May and is open until June 17, but it is definitely something that I would check out if I was in town to the weekend.

Free Brad Paisley Concert in Central Park

Good Morning America is hosting a free Brad Paisley Concert in Central Park on Friday Morning as part of their Summer Concert Series.  If you’re in New York, head out to Rumsey Playfield in the park or if you’re out of town, just turn on GMA.  The concert will take place live between 7 and 9 a.m.  Look closely and you’ll see one of our buses driving fans from GMA’s Times Square Studio to the park for the show!