Music Is Better Than Words
Sing Along to the TODAY Citi Concert Series
Whether you’re dying to sing out your “Fight Song” or “needin’ stitches” in the aftermath, there’s a performer for you at the TODAY Show’s Citi Concert Series. These free performances are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are broadcast live on the show; visitors are asked to arrive by 5 a.m., and most concerts take place rain or shine. This month’s performers include Rachel Platten on 7/1, Shawn Mendes on 7/8, and the legendary Céline Dion— promoting her first new album in three years—on 7/22. (W. 48th St. at Fifth Ave.)
Baby You’re A Firework
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Light Up The Night
2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Macy’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks, a prime reason why New York is among America’s best places to celebrate Independence Day. This year, barges will line up on the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Queensboro Bridge, giving new meaning to the rockets’ red glare, with bombs bursting in air from lower Manhattan to Central Park South. Looking for the best possible view of the action? We suggest leaving Manhattan behind and choosing a riverfront spot in Brooklyn to make the iconic skyline a dramatic backdrop. (East River)
Splish Splish Splash Splash
Get Wet at the Pool at the McCarren Hotel
In the dog days of summer, New Yorkers are famous for finding new ways to cool o . Our favorite? The stunning pool (and lively social scene) at Brooklyn’s McCarren Hotel, where day swims (from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and night swims (from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) are available daily. Individual passes start as low as $40, but for $325, you can reserve a pool bed for two and earn a $50 food-and- beverage credit. Either way, towel service and WiFi are included, so dive on in; the water’s fine. (160 N. 12th St. at Bedford Ave.)
Going Our Way?
Maks & Val Dance Their Way into the Beacon Theatre
For smoldering glances and sultry moves, no one tops brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, whose bold choreography and supple steps have long graced TV hit Dancing with the Stars. On 7/8 beginning at 8 p.m., you can catch the brothers and an all-star cast live at the Beacon Theatre, performing “Maks & Val: Our Way,” a vivid retelling of their life stories through dance. (2124 Broadway at 74th St.)
Westbound & Low Down
Get Down at the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest
Free concerts are a New York summer staple, but few are quite as grand as ArtsBrookfield’s Lowdown Hudson Music Fest. On 7/12 and 7/13, doors open at 5 p.m., but you’ll want to arrive early to catch nationally renowned headliners The Roots and Drive-By Truckers. On Day One, Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas will open for The Roots (who, one hopes, will both play their hits and slow-jam the news); then, on Day Two, Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June will open for Drive-by Truckers. And no, you’re not dreaming: it’s all free and standing room only. Sweet.
Let The Memory Live Again
Cats is Back on Broadway
It’s been nearly 16 years since the unlikely brainchild of T.S. Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Webber left Broadway, but perennial favorite Cats is no less captivating today, even in the age of Hamilton, than it was when it debuted in 1982. Previews begin on 7/14 for the famously compelling musical at the iconic Neil Simon Theatre. If you didn’t get a chance to see one of its record-setting 7,485 performances over a decade ago, now is your chance to experience the magic. (250 W. 52nd St. at Eighth Ave.)
On The Half Shell
Slurp Oysters and Cocktails at Grand Banks
New York Harbor once protected Manhattan from nautical perils,
but today, it’s better known for its sweeping views of the skyline. And as the city has grown up, it has also grown out – in this case, out into the water on a historic wooden schooner, the Sherman Zwicker, inspired by 18th- and 19th-century oyster barges. Grand Banks serves sustainably harvested oysters and nautically inspired cocktails, all on the decks of the largest wooden vessel in NYC; their Blue Hawaiian, with vodka, curaçao, rum, and fresh-squeezed OJ, will have you feeling like a sailor adrift in no time. (Pier 25 at N. Moore St.)
There’s No Crying In Baseball!
Our Home-Town Yankees Take on the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium
The last time Boston came to the Bronx back in May, umps yelled, players got ejected, but in the end the Yankees ultimately prevailed over their Northern rivals winning 2 out of 3 games in the series. Now in the heart of the season, it’s anyone’s guess whether the Red Sox will be able to overcome the Bronx Bombers’ in this longstanding and exciting baseball matchup. With games from 7/15 through 7/17 and the greatest rivalry in sports on the line, we know one thing: we wouldn’t miss it for the world. (1 E. 161st St. at River Ave.)
Let’s Make A Meal Deal
Eat Out for NYC Restaurant Week
While the name is actually something of a misnomer (it runs from 7/25 through 8/19), there’s still nothing quite like NYC Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will be announced on 7/11, giving you two precious weeks to make your reservations for all the $29 lunches and $42 dinners your heart desires. Every meal is three courses, with several options per course, making this a rare and affordable opportunity to eat your way across the city.
Reach for the Stars at Planet Hollywood
In the heart of Times Square, the location of so many famous scenes, it’s easy to feel like a celebrity (and often, to spot a celebrity, as well!) Want to increase your odds of a close encounter? Book a table at Planet Hollywood, where memorabilia from The Terminator and The Hunger Games compete with a reliably excellent menu of hunger-crushing fare for your attention. And even if you don’t get to rub shoulders with the glitterati, you’ll leave sufficiently satisfied to return to the City That Never Sleeps and see more of the sights. (1540 Broadway at W. 45th St.)