Around NYC Today (8/5) Heritage Sunday Dance Party, Roy Wood, Jr., Smorgasburg


Brooklyn Beach Sports Festival, West 10th Street Boardwalk Entrance in Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk – Brooklyn, 11am – 4pm

Compete in pull-up, chin-up, and dips competitions on the beach! Check-in starts at 10:00 am and the competitions start an hour after. Men, women, and children are welcome to compete. Free.

West African Dance Class, Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace – Washington Heights, 12pm – 1:30pm

Join a West African Dance Class led by world renowned drummer/teacher Yahyah Kamate. Free.

Smorgasburg Prospect Park, Breeze Hill in Prospect Park – Brooklyn, 11am – 6pm

Smorgasburg, the celebrated open-air food fair presented by Brooklyn Flea, returns to Prospect Park this spring! Over 100 local and regional food purveyors will gather to offer a range of cuisines. Free.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center in Central Park, 110th Street between Lenox Avenue and Fifth Avenue – Harlem, 2pm – 4pm

The 25th annual Harlem Meer Performance Festival brings the best local talent to Central Park. This week features Queens-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, which will perform excerpts from “Boda Mexicana” (Mexican Wedding), including dances from the Yucatán peninsula, the Andean-influenced music from Guerrero, and the Aztec suite “Mexican Tiawi,” pronounced meh-shee-kaw tee-aw-wee, which translates to Mexicans onward. Free.

Community Rowing, Pier 40, Houston Street and the Hudson River Greenway, 12pm – 12:30pm
Village Community Boathouse is offering free sessions that include a basic introduction to rowing for first timers (safety orientation, rowing technique, and terminology) and plenty of actual rowing on the Hudson River. The rows take place in five-person wooden rowboats that Village Community Boathouse builds on site. No experience is necessary though rowing does require some physical dexterity. Free.

Freshwater Fishing, Harlem Meer in Central Park, 110th Street and Lenox Avenue – UWS, 12pm – 1:30pm

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake or join more advanced saltwater programs, there’s a program that fits your skill level.  All equipment is provided. Free.



Haybaby, Spooky Cool, Dead Stars, Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Heritage Sunday Dance Party featuring DJ Rekha, Josie Robertson Plaza, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza – UWS, 5pm, Free.

Young Bugs, Shay Spence, Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston St – LES, 5:30pm, $10.

Tart, DayCare, Peppermint, Pianos – Showroom, 158 Ludlow St – LES, 7pm, $8.

Jazz in the Park with Alex Nguyen & Friends, Stuyvesant Square – Gramercy, 6pm, Free.

Alive N’ Kickin, Fort Totten Park – Queens, 6pm, Free.

Charlie Waters Garden Quartet, Red Shed Garden, 264-266 Skillman Avenue – Brooklyn, 5pm, Free.




Greatest of All Time 4th Year Anniversary w/ Roy Wood Jr., Katie Hannigan, Samantha Ruddy, Beth Maria Glick, Justin Williams, The Lantern Comedy Club, 167 Bleecker Street – Greenwich Village, 6pm, Free, RSVP.

Bushwick Bears w/ Emmy Blotnick (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Jacob Williams (Wild N Out with Nick Cannon), Napoleon Emill (winner of Caroline’s “March Madness”), Andre Medrano (Creek and Cave), Luke Touma (Too Many Cooks), Mad Tropical, 236 Troutman Street – Brooklyn, 9pm, Free, RSVP.



Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Beach 94th Street, off Shorefront Parkway in Rockaway Beach – Queens, 8pm, Free.

Coco, Field 81 in Randall’s Island Park, 8:15pm, Free.




Tai Chi, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park – UWS, Every Sunday until Aug. 12, 8am – 9am, Free.

Vinyasa Yoga, Socrates Sculpture Park – Queens, Every Sunday until Sept. 16, 10am – and 11am, Free.

Sunday Tai Chi, Socrates Sculpture Park – Queens, Every Sunday until Sept. 16, 11am – 12pm, Free.

Yoga at The Battery, Woodland Lawn in The Battery, Every Sunday until Sept. 30, 11:30am – 12:30pm, Free.

Open Garden Days: Alice’s Garden at the H.H. Biddle House, H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street – Staten Island, Every day until Dec. 31, 7am – 7pm, Free.


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