Even though the weather necessitates several showers per day, there’s too much going on in NYC to sit inside your apartment and practice conversation skills with your air conditioner. That’s why we curated a list of the most exciting pop-ups, collaborations, and parties happening between July 14th and July 18th - from a farm day on Randall’s Island to a waffle party. All you need to do is pick which one(s) to go to.
Last week the chefs of successful pop-ups, Kreung and Ha’s Đặc Biệt, announced they were leaving the summertime residency at Bushwick’s Outerspace, citing an unsustainable work environment and issues with the restaurant’s management. This coming weekend, they’re already back up and running at Grimm in Williamsburg for a new pop-up series. You can stop by for walk-up only service starting at 5pm on Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th.
Randall's Island Urban Farm
How often do you spend time admiring live chickens in NYC? (Not enough is the rhetorical answer we were looking for. Thanks to all who thought it.) The farm at Randall’s Island hosts farm days every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm until mid-October where you can explore 40,000 square feet of rice paddies, crops, herb gardens, and visit a community of friendly chickens. Also worth noting: they host volunteer mornings from 10am-1pm on Saturdays as well.
One of NYC’s most famous speakeasies - a cocktail bar hidden behind a phone booth in a Crif Dogs storefront on Saint Marks Place - set up a new tropical bar right in the middle of the street. Which begs the question, has outdoor dining made speakeasies obsolete? While we think on this, you can drink frozen gin and tonics and piña coladas at PDT Tropicale’s new set-up this weekend (and every weekend). Reservations are available but not required.
John Paul Jones Park
There’s a free showing of Thelma and Louise right on the water in Bay Ridge at 8:45pm on Thursday, July 15th. This may be perfect timing, considering you have definitely lied about saying you’ve seen Thelma & Louise before. If you’re looking for more outdoor movie options around NYC this week, close your tabs because we’ve already written about them here.
The Bronx-based chef collective, The Ghetto Gastro, is hosting a waffle party at Wildair on the Lower East Side featuring dishes that utilize their new waffle mix called Wavy. Stop by this Wednesday, July 14th from 1-3pm for red velvet doughnuts filled with peanut cream and raspberry jam, jerk fried chicken and waffles, tequila drinks, and more.
Every Saturday, this Astoria comedy club hosts a stand-up show called Giggle Juice at 5pm where you can drink and decidedly not sit in front of your laptop. Depending on the weather, the show might be happening in the backyard or inside the club. So only purchase a $10 ticket if you’re comfortable with either.
Riverside Park - Peter Jay Sharp Volunteer House
Shakespeare In The Park is officially back this summer. Unfortunately, the digital raffle ticket system still requires quite a bit of scheming to secure tickets. If you’re looking for an alternative summer Shakespeare experience - try Riverside Park’s new outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing (which is being put on by the Rogue Theater Ensemble and opens this weekend on July 17th). Free lawn seating at the Peter Jay Sharp House is first come, first served. So arrive early with a blanket and some snacks (we have ideas about where you can pick up food nearby) - the show starts at 11am on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays, and runs until August 1st.
This Bed-Stuy dance spot is hosting a celebrity drag show on Saturday night featuring Rify Royalty & Beaujangless. You can buy $20 tickets online here (or for $25 at the door). The show starts at 9:30pm, and if you can’t make it on Saturday, C’Mon Everybody has events all week long.
This summer’s NYC Restaurant Week actually lasts five weeks, starting July 19th and running until August 22nd. There are over 500 participating restaurants around the city - from a spot focusing on heritage rice varietals in Harlem to one of the best Palestinian/ Middle Eastern restaurants in all of Brooklyn - where you can stop by for $21 or $39 deals that include at least an entree and a side dish. That is way too many restaurants to wrap anyone’s head around. To help you narrow your options down, we wrote about 15 of our favorite spots with deals this year.
One of our favorite pizza places on the Upper West Side announced that they’ll be serving spicy radiatore alla vodka with stracciatella for the first time on Thursday, July 15th. Each bowl of pasta is made with durum wheat, semolina, and grains harvested in Maine. We recommend showing up as close to 5pm (when they open for dinner) as you can since there’s only a limited amount of pasta.
A Really Big Bottle Of Soap In Times Square
When you putz around the internet in search of desirable NYC activities, you come across some strange things. We cannot resist sharing this one: the world’s largest bottle of soap will be unveiled in Times Square this Thursday, July 15th. It weighs 2,500 pounds and stands 21 feet tall. If you live in a different city, don’t worry. The mega soap bottle is going on tour to 16 cities across America all in an effort to raise hand-washing awareness.