(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
(Oct. 12, 2017-Oct. 15, 2017)
Installations, performative actions, audios, choreographies, workshops, oracles, classes, salons, time-based/online-digital/ and multimedia projects, and other examples of contemporary visual and performance art fill the stretch of 14th Street between Avenue C in the East Village and the Hudson River in the Meatpacking District during this annual curated happening. More than 60 artists and organizations participate.
(Sept. 24, 2017)
Broadway and Off-Broadway’s biggest stars come out to help sell costumes, original scripts, rare photographs, posters, playbills and more to raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the most prominent not-for-profit and industry-based AIDS fundraising organization in the country. At the Celebrity Table, actors gather to sign autographs and pose for pictures in exchange for donations.
10 am-7 pm
(Sept. 14-24, 2017)
In honor of the patron saint of Naples, for whom this 91st annual festival is named, Italians celebrate their cultural and religious heritage on the streets of Little Italy, where many of the first Italian immigrants made their home.
Highlights include processions, live music and ethnic food
Festival hours: Su-Th 11:30 am-11 pm, F-Sa 11:30 am-midnight
(Oct. 12-15, 2017)
Food lovers enjoy more than 80 walk-around tastings, intimate chef and winemaker dinners, culinary demonstrations, interactive cooking lessons and other events at the annual feast, with 100 percent of the net proceeds benefiting Food Bank for New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign.
(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