(May 3-Sept. 10, 2017)
Sculptor Anish Kapoor’s public-art installation invites spectators to experience how a seemingly ordinary element like water can behave in an out-of-the-ordinary way. Twenty-six feet in diameter and surrounded by a railing, “Descension” is a continuously spiraling funnel of water that has been treated with an all-natural black dye. Kapoor has created a mesmerizing negative space alive with energy as it bores into the ground.
Operating hours: 9 am-9 pm
(June 9-10, 2018)
Chefs and pit-masters from New York to Texas converge on Madison Square Park in Midtown to barbecue cuts of pork, sausage and beef. Live music, seminars and cooking demonstrations accompany the mouthwatering tastes and intoxicating aromas.
Hours: 11 am-6 pm each day, rain or shine
Tastings: $12 per plate
Fast Pass Package: $125 (includes access to express lanes, $100 toward food, beverage and merchandise)
(June 17, 2018)
(1 hr 30 mins)
The 28th annual one-night-only fund-raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS features more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City, stripping for a good cause. This year’s theme is “Game Night,” where classic burlesque meets today’s favorite pop music. From a poke at pinball to seductive virtual-reality video games to strip poker to a flirty take on “Clue,” the show is a highly choreographed spectacular.
(June 16, 2018)
A colorful mishmash of costumes delight observers as participants dressed as mermaids, Neptune, sea creatures and Coney Island landmarks, such as lighthouses and amusement park rides, float past in this 36th annual celebration, billed as the nation's largest art parade. Parade begins at 1 p.m. at W. 21st St. and Surf Ave. and continues east to W. 10th St. and Surf Ave., where it turns south to the boardwalk, then west to W. 17th St.
(Thru Sept. 2, 2016) Free Friday morning alfresco concerts, with a predominantly country music beat, are given in Midtown during the morning cable-news program, which is broadcast btw 6 & 9 am. Highlights:
July 1: Trace Adkins
July 8: Scott Stapp
Aug. 5: Vanilla Ice & Salt-N-Pepa
Aug. 26: Debbie Gibson
Sept. 2: Twisted Sister
(May 20-Sept. 2, 2016) Mega music stars perform free concerts for adoring crowds in Central Park during the popular morning show.
Park opens at 6 am, performances btw 7 & 9 am
July 1: Blink-182
July 8: Kenny Chesney
July 15: Elle King (this concert is held in the show’s Times Square studio)
July 22: Sia
July 29: James Bay
Aug. 5: X Ambassadors
Aug. 12: Keith Urban
Aug. 19: TBD
During every full weekend in September, art lovers explore an abandoned military barracks, featuring 100 rooms filled with paintings, photography and sculpture, as well as video, sound and performance art. Live music and food stands on the surrounding lawns. Sat & Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.