Around NYC Today (6/19) Free Yoga Mats, Juneteenth Celebration, Jim James, Logan


Bryant Park Classics BookClub: ‘The Awakening,’ Reading Room in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Join fellow enthusiasts and expert literary facilitators to discuss the classics. Stop by the Reading Room and get your free book for the discussion, available while supply last. This week’s book is The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Hosted by Sonia Taitz (Great With Child). Free.

Bryant Park Knitting Class, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 1:30pm – 3pm

Swing by for free instruction from Knitty City, New York City’s favorite yarn community and store, and knit with fellow enthusiasts. Yarn and needles provided. Classes are weather permitting. Free.

Juneteenth Celebration, Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, 4pm – 7pm

Join a commemoration of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. This event will feature a “Revelations” dance workshop featuring Alvin Ailey instructor Lisa Johnson, music and dance performances. Free.

Shape Up NYC, North Plaza in Union Square Park, 6pm – 8:30pm

Shape Up NYC will kick off a summer series of free outdoor fitness classes. The first event in the series will showcase two classes: Bootcamp and Open Level Yoga in Union Square. Free yoga mats will be given out to the first 200 participants. Free. RSVP.

Bryant Park Poetry: Antrim House Books, Reading Room in Bryant Park, 7pm – 8:30pm

Join the Bryant Park Reading Room Poetry Series. This week’s program is produced in partnership with Antrim House Books. Featuring poets Brad Davis, Ellen Rachlin, Myra Shapiro, Marjory Wentworth, and Amir Or. Free.

Stargazing, The High Line at 14th Street – Chelsea, 6:45pm – 9:30pm

Head to the High Line for a walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. Free.

Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show, Niagara, 112 Avenue A – East Village, June 19 (Tues.), 7:30pm – 9pm

It’s the Pride Month show at Dirty Little Secrets featuring a diverse cast full of queers and allies ready to proudly spill some heartfelt and seriously salacious secrets for some life-affirming comedy. Have an urge to get something off your chest but don’t feel comfortable paying $100 an hour for therapy? Anonymously divulge your secrets and watch this funny and creative group of improvisers play with your deepest darkest truths onstage. Laughter is the best medicine, so you are guaranteed a good time with extra catharsis to boot. The show is a mix of short-form and long-form improv inspired by your secrets (be they dirty, clean, little or big – don’t let the title pigeonhole you). $6.



Real Clothes, Nadoyel, Caitlin Baucom, Panama Papers, Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Jim James, Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street – Brooklyn, 6:30pm, Free.

Horse Lords, Sandy Ewen, 75 Dollar Bill, Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.



Tyrannosaurus w/ Kevin Ryan (Laughs on Fox), Abhay Nadkarni (SF Sketchfest), Jake Mattera (Big Sky Comedy Festival), Kyle Harris (Cream City Comedy Festival), Alex Bozinovic (Midwest Queer Comedy Festival), R’A’R Bar, 30-01 35th Ave. – Queens, June 19 (Tues.), 9pm, Free.



Logan, Wright Brothers Playground – Sugar Hill, 8pm, Free.

Black Panther, Williamsbridge Oval –Bronx, 8:30pm, Free.



Morning Fitness, Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue – Inwood, Every Tuesday and Thursday until Dec. 31, 7:30am – 8:30am, Free.

Bryant Park Tai Chi, Fountain Terrace – Bryant Park, Every Tuesday and Thursday until Sept. 27, 7:30am – 8:30am, Free.

Tai Chi Class, Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park, Every Tuesday until Sept. 11, 8:30am – 9:30am, Free.

Fitness Walk, Fort Totten Front Gate in Fort Totten Park – Queens, Every Tuesday and Thursday until Nov. 1, 9am – 10am, Free.

Bryant Park Yoga, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, Every Tuesday until Sept. 18, 10am – 11am, Free.

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park, East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue – UES, Every day except Wednesday until June 30, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.

Yoga, Pats Lawn in Inwood Hill Park, Every Tuesday until Aug. 29, 6:30pm – 8pm, Free.

Yoga in the Park, Sunken Meadow Picnic Area in Randall’s Island Park, Every Tuesday until Sept. 11, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

Free Waterfront Yoga, Hunter’s Point South Park – Queens, Every Tuesday and Thursday until Sept. 20, 7pm – 8pm, Free.

Pilates in the Park, The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park South, Every Tuesday until July 25, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

Riverside HIIT, Terrace at 108th Street in Riverside Park, Every Tuesday until Oct. 30, 6:30pm – 7:15pm, Free.


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