10 Things to do this Summer in NYC
It’s here. Yeah you know, it’s the season of sundresses, wide leg pants and men with no shirts. Yeah it’s summer in the “sit-taay”! And what is summer in NYC without the loud dirt bikes, open water hydrants, that heated trash smell and some pretty dope events?! The city really comes alive in the summer and people often come down with a case of FOMO. There are simply too many events, condensed into one season and there’s only one of you. After months of winter hibernation, all of sudden they’re really attractive people everywhere and an endless list of events to go to. If you’re anything like me, you have a home body introverted side that wants to do mellow things with the least amount of people in this overcrowded city ( see MTA ridership). You many also have an extroverted side that wants to wine your waist on the dance floor all night and then stumble up your 3 flight walk up right before sunrise. The whole summer could be spent constantly torn in between the two, which doesn’t help when it comes to fighting off FOMO – But don’t you worry.
I’ve got a list of dope events to that you must check out that will feed both your introverted and extroverted personalities. Check out my list of 10 events to keep your summer ” unFOMO-ed.
10 Things to do this Summer in NYC
What? You have until September to go visit Brooklyn Museum’s latest exhibit that highlights the voices of women of color during a time period some have labeled the second-wave of feminisim, from 1965 until 1986,. This is the first exhibit of its kind that specifically sounds boards the voices and visions of women of color to give black women a seat at the table around issues of race, political action, art history and more. It’s an exhibit that’s hella black, hella radical.
When? Friday, April 21, 2017 until Thursday, September 17, 2017
Where? Brooklyn Museum – 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, New York
Co$t? You decide.99. The general admission prices are suggested contribution
For more info: Click to visit the Brooklyn Museum website
What? Come celebrate the sights and sounds of Harlem summer at Uptown Fridays! at The Studio Museum in Harlem! During this summer their courtyard and galleries are transformed into a vibrant social hub. On these Fridays, dance to the sounds special guest DJS, and enjoy signature cocktails and drink specials. You will also get a free guided tours of their current exhibitions. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few during a festive evening of art and culture! #uptownfridays
When? Friday, July 7th and Friday, August 4th
Where? Studio Museum of Harlem- 144 W 125th St, Harlem, NY 10027
Co$t? Suggested donation: Adults $7.00
Seniors and students (with valid ID) $3.00
Free for members and children under 12
What? Join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio for their fourth annual Uptown Bounce series of summer block parties! You need to attend these community block parties that have themes like, I love the ’90s, Icons of the 80s, and Latin Disco. On these Uptown Hump Days, dance to New York DJs and enjoy gallery talks and tours, art workshops, summer drinks, and local food.
When? Wednesday, July 19th, July 26, August 2nd, August 9th from 6pm-9pm
Where? Museum of New York City (104th Street and Fifth Avenue, Harlem, NY 10029) and El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Ave, Harlem, NY 10029)
For more info: RVSP for Uptown Fridays
4. Curl Fest
What? Every summer Curl Fest is held in Prospect Park to bring all the melanin, curls and coconut oil together. Women and Men with natural curl and kinks gather in Prospect park to dance, do yoga, eat and so much more. #curlfest
When? Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 12pm-7pm
Where? Prospect Park in Brooklyn (95 Prospect Park West)
For more info: www.curlygirlcollective.com
What? If you haven’t been to this day party, I don’t know what you’re doing. Established in 2005, The Do Over has mastered day parties for over 12 years. They throw their infamous parties not only in NYC but also in LA, Atlanta and even Tokyo. They’ve redefined Sunday Funday. So RVSP and your Sundays will never be the same.
When? Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 2pm-10pm
Where? The Brooklyn Mirage (140 Stewart Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11237)
Co$t? Free.99 but make sure you RSVP
For more info and to RSVP: www.thedoover.net
What? This summer is the 5th anniversary of the epic two-day Afro-Latino Festival. On the first day of the festival, you will be memorized by the dope panelist that will discuss themes around digital& IRL activism: Black Lives Matter in Latin America, Afrodescendant Women, Urban/Rural displacement and much more. The second day is an outdoor celebration with a dance floor, performances, food court, vendors and more. Get tickets to this weekend filled with art, conversation, films, dancing and so much more. You don’t want to miss this unapologetically Afr0-Latinx weekend/lineup.
When? Friday, July 7, 2017 and Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Harlem & Brooklyn
Where? Friday, July 7th at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037) & Saturday, July 8th at Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza (1368 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11216)
Co$t? Tickets range from $15- $165
For more info: www.afrolatinofestnyc.com
What? This Summer go have the ultimate film experience with Rooftop Cinema Club. Almost everyday this summer they’ll be showing contemporary classics, cult and new releases. They’ll be showing everything from Cruel Intentions, The God Father, Do The Right Thing and Get Out. Make sure you take your NYC Summer to new heights and head to these rooftops for a dope series of movies. PS. If you attend a movie at OfficeOps it’s BYO dranks, so make sure to pack your flask and get ready to lean back in a deckchair as you stare at the big screen.
When? There is a new film showing almost every day from now until August 29th
Where? Movies are shown at one of two locations: (1) OfficeOps (57 Thames Street Brooklyn, NY 11237) or (2) Yotel (570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036)
For more info: www.rooftopcinemaclub.com
What? You need to get some fresh produce, florals, and meat from the second largest Greenmarket in NYC- Union Square is the first. Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket’s flagship Brooklyn market and its location in front of the northwest entrance of Prospect park, which makes for a beautiful Saturday morning or afternoon. Skip shopping in the Trader Joes line and go grab you some farm fresh products from local farmers for the low.
When? Every Saturday from 8am-4pm
Where? Prospect Park (Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn Northwest corner of Prospect Park)
Co$t: It’s free to walk around, but they have some pretty good vendors out there so hold tight to your wallet.
For more info: www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/brooklyn-grand-army-plaza
What? Go walk the halls of Studio Museum of Harlem this summer and see a collection of images of Black life in Harlem. These images capture Black life in Harlem spanning over twenty-five years. You’ll see how this Brooklyn-born street photographer captured, the love, joy and community that goes up and down 125th street.
When? Apr 20, 2017 – Aug 27, 2017
Where? The Studio Museum in Harlem ( 144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027) open from
Co$t: Free.99 on Target Free Sundays and suggested donation Adults $7.00, Seniors and students (with valid ID) $3.00, Free for members and children under 12
For more info: www.studiomuseum.org
What? The Sugar Hill market is a curated boutique in a brownstone the has a wide array of local small business owners that sell things from natural vegan soap to hand rolled silk pocket squares. This market has been listed by New York Magazine, Time Out and New York Daily News. Clearly, it’s the place to be.
When? Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 1-6pm
Where? Sugar Hill Inn (259 West 132nd Street Harlem, New York 10027)
Co$t: The vendors are really good and take card so your spending may get out of hand
For more info: www.sugarhillmarket.com