Anish Kapoor: Descension

(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


Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

(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

Admission: Free

Tastings: $12 per plate

Fast Pass Package: $125 (includes access to express lanes, $100 toward food, beverage and merchandise)

Broadway Bares: Game Night

(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.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Winter holiday shoppers browse a multitude of vendors, from handmade home items and crafts to jewelry, apparel and candy, all within Columbus Circle and steps away from Central Park.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

(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.

Fleet Week

(May 23-29, 2018)

U.S. Navy, Marine and Coast Guard ships drop anchor in New York Harbor, providing visitors with free public tours, athletic competitions, military demonstrations and other activities during the weeklong celebration.

Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series

(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

French Restaurant Week

(July 2-15, 2018)

Notable French restaurants throughout the city promote the culinary arts and culture of La Belle France with special prix fixe menus. Log on for participating restaurants and further information.

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series

(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

Governors Island Art Fair

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.


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