The solstice may not officially ring in summer till June 21, but that's no reason to hold off on celebrating this week's warm weather with family and friends (and a nice pair of white pants, perhaps) in one of the city's free public parks. Here's our shortlist to the best.
It's time to stash the sleds and snowgear and dust off the boogie board: There's a beach in your borough in which you can lounge, slather on some sunblock and enjoy a good read. Don't forget to leave the cigarettes at home — city beaches are now smoke-free.
“Top Gun” on the roof of the Intrepid. "The Brother from Another Planet" on the banks of the East River. "Ghostbusters" in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Nothing says summer like outdoor movies — and this year the city has a rich, diverse offering of free and low-cost flicks. Choose one from WNYC's interactive map here, then grab a friend, pack a picnic dinner and check out a film under the city stars.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, city museums pay homage to U.S. troops by letting active duty military personnel and their families visit their collections for free.
The festival, which kicks off on Friday, includes poetry, dance, music, art shows and literary readings created by, for the most part, Staten Island residents.
On Wednesday, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum and others join counterparts across the U.S. in offering reduced admission rates. Check out a short list of participating museums here.
On Tuesday night, feathers will fly at the The Warsaw Polish National Home.
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it had elected real estate developer Daniel Brodsky to be the new chairman of the Met's 40-member board.
Even though most of us are just beginning to bring out the summer frocks and flip-flops, some folks are already planning for winter. This Tuesday's open casting call for The Rockettes in Radio City's Christmas Spectacular drew hundreds of women, all of them vying to take to the stage as members of the high-kicking, high-energy dance team.