Around NYC Today (6/29) Florence + The Machine, Picnic & Play, Harlem Film Fest


Picnic & Play, East River Picnic Area in Randall’s Island Park, 5:30pm – 8pm

Join fun games like giant Connect 4, Jenga, board games, hula hoops, art projects, and more! Bring a picnic or purchase a burger at the pop-up grill. Free.

Contemporary Dance, Bryant Park Lawn in Bryant Park, 6pm – 8pm

Join this weekly contemporary dance series with artists showcasing exhilarating works. Curated by Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Featuring Mindy Jackson, NOW Dance Project, and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Free.

Summer Dark: A Reading Series in Oasis Community Garden, Oasis Community Garden, 511-519 W. 52nd Street – Midtown, 6pm – 8pm

Authors from the Horror Writers’ Association will be reading their scary works at the Oasis Community Garden. Bring a blanket and prepare for chills and thrills! Featuring Tom Connair, Steven Van Patten and Alp Beck. Free.

Harlem Parks Film Festival, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park – Harlem, 6pm – 10pm

“Baadasssss” is an American biopic written and directed by Mario Van Peebles. The film is based on the struggles of Van Peebles’ father Melvin Van Peebles as he attempts to film and distribute Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, a film that is widely credited for influencing the creation of the Blaxploitation genre. Enjoy pre-show music of Earth, Wind and Fire as interpreted by artists such as Bruce “Big Daddy” Wayne, Keith Anthony Fluitt, Rachel Walker and Barry Antione. Free.

Hudson Warehouse Presents the Classics: Romeo and Juliet, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park, West 89th Street and Riverside Drive – UWS, 6:30pm – 9pm

Hudson Warehouse Kicks off their 15th anniversary season with the most famous love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starring company members Patrick Harman and Patrina Caruana, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith. Free.

Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series, The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell in Jackie Robinson Park – Sugar Hill, 7pm – 8:30pm

The Met’s popular concert series will showcase three talented young Met singers performing arias and duets from a variety of operas. Free.

Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks, Between West 10th Street and West 15th Street in Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk – Brooklyn, 9:30pm – 10pm

Coney Island’s Friday Night Firework Series is back for the summer. For the best views, find a spot anywhere in the Amusement District down to the beach and boardwalk. Free.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carroll Park – Brooklyn, 7:30pm – 10pm

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM imagines New Yorkers – the buskers, the lovers, the neighbors, the leaders – as the wild and magical spirits of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Free.

Stargazing on the Waterfront, Hunter’s Point South Park – Queens, 8pm – 10pm

Come see the stars and moon with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Telescopes are set up just west of the oval along the waterfront and AAA members provide instruction on how to identify objects in the sky. Free.



Florence + The Machine, Rumsey Playfield – Central Park, 7am, Free.

Fust, Lina Tullgren, Ron Shalom, Kevin Wynd, Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, $10.

Paul Collins Beat, The Connection, The Ritualists, Coney Island Baby, 169 Avenue A – East Village, 7:30pm, $10.

Palmyra Delran, Soraia, Limbo Dolls, Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery – LES, 7:30pm, $10.

Operator Music Band, Parrot Dream, June Pastel, Miserable chillers, The Glove – Brooklyn, 9pm, $8 – $10.

Early Riser, Laureate (MTL), Headlines, Baby Got Back Talk, The Safari Room At El Cortez, 17 Ingraham Street – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.

Joel Forrester, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 12:30pm, Free.



Yardsale Comedy Night w/ Anthony Oberbeck, Andrew Tischer, Bardia Salimi, Drennen Quinn, Jo Firestone, Joey Dundale, John Reynolds, Matt Barats, Steph Cook, Wes Haney, Union Hall, 702 Union Street – Brooklyn, 10pm, $6 – $10.

Comedy/ Dance Party w/ Brian Parise (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Cinder Block Comedy Festival), Jennie Sutton (truTV), Reggie Conquest (Roast Battle, New York Comedy Club), Nathan Macintosh (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan), Emma Willmann (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Crashing), Jared Freid (truTV, MTV), Mark Normand (Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Hosted by Gabriel Pacheco (Funhouse Comedy Show NYC), Secret Loft, 14th Street and 6th Ave – Greenwich Village, 8:30pm, $5 – $12.



Wonder, Paul Raimonda Playground – Queens, 8pm, Free.

The Last Dragon, Columbus Park – LES, 8pm, Free.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Willowbrook Park Archery Range in Willowbrook Park, Richmond Ave. and Eton Pl. – Staten Island, 8:30pm, Free.

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, McKinley Park – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, Free.

Garçon! (1983), WNYC Transmitter Park – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, Free.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, Concrete Plant Park – Bronx, 8:30pm, Free.

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street in McCarren Park – Brooklyn, 9pm, Free.



Introduction to Meditation, Pats Lawn in Inwood Hill Park, W. 218th St. & Indian Road, Every Monday and Friday until Aug. 31, 7am – 7:45am, Free.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: A Collective Utterance – Naima Green, Arsenal in Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, Every weekday until Aug. 30, 9am – 5pm, Free.

Yoga, Hockey Rink in Little Bay Park – Queens, Every Friday until June 29, 10am – 11am,

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour, Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street – Midtown, 11am – 12pm, Free.

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields, Columbus Circle Information Kiosk (West 59th and Central Park West), 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.


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