Top Ten Things To Do In August

Ales & Tails
Pair Lobster and Lager Aboard the Clipper City

August on the East Coast means two things: fresh lobsters and cold beer. So the geniuses at Manhattan by Sail combined them aboard the Clipper City: their Lobster & Beer Lovers Sail (8/2 and 8/16) hits New York harbor twice this month, and includes 2 Luke’s Lobster Maine- style lobster rolls, served chilled on a buttered and toasted split-top bun with mayo, lemon, and spices, plus pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, and unlimited beer. The boat departs at 7 p.m. sharp, and tickets are $95 per person, though a “designated driver” ticket, sans food and drink, is also available for $65 per person. (The Battery, Slip 2) 

The Good, The Bad & The Hungry
Beat The Heat at Nitehawk Cinema 

When the August temps hit the roof, there’s no better place to hide out than inside one of the city’s frosty air-conditioned movie theaters like the Nitehawk Cinema. Add a classic film (Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, starring Clint Eastwood) and a tempting brunch menu, plus live pre-show entertainment from Arthur Vint & Associates, and you’ve got yourself one seriously cool weekend plan. With screenings on 8/6 and 8/7 beginning at 11 a.m. and tickets just $16 each (brunch available a la carte), this just might be NYC’s sneakiest August cool-down. (136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn)

Dancing in the Streets 
Coney Island Hosts Musicians Contemporary and Classic 

Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater is bringing the noise, bringing the funk this August. The killer line-up of throw-back and of-the-moment performers includes the eclectic mix of Fifth Harmony (8/2), Erykah Badu (8/3), New Kids on the Block (8/4), O.A.R. (8/6), Boston (8/10), The Avett Brothers (8/13), Jill Scott (8/14), Counting Crows and Rob Thomas (8/16), and the My2K tour, featuring 98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera (8/17). In other words: there really is something for everyone, no matter your age or your taste. (3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn)

Counting Crows and Rob Thomas at Coney Island on August 16

One Day More
See Les Miserables Before the End of the Day 

Broadway powerhouse Les Miserables has returned to the Great White Way for a limited engagement, and that engagement is quickly coming to an end: the company will take their final bow on 9/4, and tickets are growing ever more prized as the final curtain nears. John Owen-Jones, who made history as London’s longest-running Phantom, is back in the lead role of Jean Valjean, and the rest of the beautifully diverse cast will thrill you with their timeless tale of revolution, love, family, and honor. Hear the people sing once more before this classic treads the boards for the last time. (249 W. 45th St. at Eighth Ave.)

Lose Yourself 
Time Travel Has Never Been Easier

The Museum of the City of New York takes their role as protectors of Gotham’s past seriously, and their treasure trove of vintage photographs of the city is a testament to their commitment. Their latest exhibit, Lost in Old NY (through 10/1), transports visitors back to seven immersive scenes of New York’s storied past, from a Staten Island beach in 1898 to the Brooklyn Bridge in 1903 to the original Pennsylvania Station in 1935. Admission is $14 per person, and children and teens are admitted free – a small price to pay to explore the history of America’s greatest city up close. (1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St.)

Your Name Is Rio
Shop Patriotic Gear Perfect for the Olympics

With the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Teams abroad in Brazil beginning 8/5, there’s never been a better time to buy American. Outfit the champion in your life in timeless American designs from Ralph Lauren, the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic Teams. Shop their flagship men’s store and Polo store for logo button-downs, red-white-and-blue loafers, and other classic symbols of national pride; proceeds from the Team USA line bene t the United States Olympic Committee, which helps o set training, travel, and equipment expenses for our elite athletes as they go for the gold in Rio. (867 Madison Ave. at 72nd St. [men’s] and 711 Fifth Ave. at 55th St.[women’s])3061907-inline-i-4-how-fashion-brands-are-taking-on-the-olympics

The Big Picture
Catch a Classic in Central Park 

Summer movies under the stars are a New York tradition, and nowhere makes a lovelier setting than iconic Central Park. This year’s Central Park Film Festival (8/24 through 8/27) will feature four favorites: I Am Legend, Tootsie, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Stuart Little. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. nightly, and screenings begin at 8 p.m.; in the interim, a guest DJ will entertain the crowd. All showings are held rain or shine, and the festival is free, though guests are encouraged to RSVP at centralparknyc.org. Picnics and blankets are strongly encouraged, though alcohol is prohibited. (Landscape between Sheep Meadow and 72nd St. Cross Drive) 

Gang Green vs. Big Blue
The Jets and Giants [Grid]Iron Out Their Differences

When it comes to sports rivalries, it’s tough to imagine a more contentious one than the Jets and the Giants. They share a home field (MetLife Stadium) and a fan base (though don’t you dare accuse fans of one team of support- ing the other!), and on 8/27, they’ll meet for the first time in 2016 for a pre-season game. Tensions between the sides are famously high, and even in a pre-season match-up, you can expect to see both squads bring their “A” games. Tickets start as low as $30, but expect that price to grow as game day gets closer, and score yours ASAP. (1 MetLife Stadium Dr., East Rutherford, NJ)

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Morganstern’s Speaks Our [Ice Cream] Language 

“A mound of salted caramel ice cream, loaded with caramel cakes, the perfect pretzel crunch, topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream.” Have more beautiful words ever been written? On a hot August day, we think not, and that’s why you’ll find us at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, getting deeply personal with their off-the-wall sundaes and killer from-scratch “Philly-style” ice cream flavors. Because nothing says “beat the heat” quite like “avocado ice cream spread on toasted Japanese white bread, topped with olive oil, condensed milk, and salt.” Can we have it for breakfast?? (2 Rivington St. at Bowery)


Wear White After Labor Day 

What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love

Beginning on 8/29, the tennis world will descend upon New York for the annual U.S. Open. Steps from Citi Field and the grounds of the 1964 World’s Fair, Arthur Ashe Stadium is a dramatic setting for the drama-filled tournament, pitting the world’s best athletes against one another in a grueling series of matches that include singles and doubles play. The Stadium recently added a massive retractable roof, meaning that play there will go on rain or shine, with additional matches hosted by the Louis Armstrong Stadium and Billie Jean King National Tennis Center nearby. (124-02 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing)