What to do in NYC June 17 - 23

By: Stefanie DiMartino

Summer has finally arrived in NYC! Here are my top picks of trending events, parties, museum exhibitions, and entertainment for June 17 – 23.

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EVENTS

TASTE OF GRAND CENTRAL MARKET

June 18

2-3pm | $2

Midtown Manhattan, Grand Central Terminal 

Grand Central is an iconic Manhattan landmark with over 700,000 people visiting or passing through each day. If you are a foodie like me, you must check out the “Taste of Grand Central Market”, only running in June.

Some of the June 18th “tastes” include penne alla vodka from Ceriello Fine Foods, quinoa and kale cakes with a side of yogurt tzatziki sauce from Dishes at Home, cauliflower croquette with crab or shrimp from Pescatore Seafood Co., jalapeño jack cheese from Murray’s cheese, caramel squares from Li-Lac Chocolates, and a chocolate chip cookie from Eli Zabar’s Bread & Pastry.

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SOLSTICE IN TIMES SQUARE

June 21

7:30am-8:30pm | FREE 

Times Square, Manhattan

Enjoy the longest day of the year with some yoga! “Find your center at the Crossroads of the World. Each year, thousands of yogis from around the world travel to Times Square to celebrate the Summer Solstice with free yoga classes in the heart of New York City and to find their center in one of the city’s busiest places.” – Times Square NY

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SKANKFEST NYC 2019

June 21-23 

18+ | 21+ to drink | $80+

Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY

Don’t let the name fool you! If you love to laugh, check out Skankfest and enjoy some comedy mayhem. It is the world’s first comedy party! Check out Michael Che, Doug Benson, Tony Hinchcliffe, Chris Distefano, Robert Kelly, Janeane Garofalo, and many, many more.

This is a three-day event with single day and 3-day all access passes available. Single day tickets cost $80, and the 3-day all access pass costs $225.  

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PARTIES

MOONLIGHT AND MUSIC ON THE HUDSON

A Sailboat Soiree & LGBTQ cabaret

June 23

Battery Park, Clipper City Tall Ship

8:30-11:30pm | $65

“Enjoy a fun and elegant evening of moonlight and music. Join us for our first LGBTQ pride cabaret. Set in 1920’s/30’s Paris & Berlin, we’ll ‘shanghai’ you, and take you hostage for an evening of burlesque, boylesque, glamour, and cabaret, all aboard a stunning sailboat. All are welcome as we celebrate the wildly brave and creative underground gay nightlife scenes that flourished in pre-war Paris and Weimar Berlin. Join us as we celebrate freedom, diversity, and visibility, with a dose of glamour, as always.” – Juliette, Shanghai Mermaid

Please note “dressy, drag, and/or vintage style attire highly suggested, no casual attire requested.”

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THE GRAND VICTORIAN GARDEN TEA PARTY

July 14

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Manhattan

4-8pm | All Ages | $40

The June 23 party is already sold out, but there’s another one on July 14, so don’t miss out! “Join us as we travel back in time to the Victorian Age, to an elegant country resort a short carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city (which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street). It's a proper turn-of-century tea party, with finger sandwiches, scones and fancies, in a darling garden attached to an impossible Victorian cottage overlooking modern Manhattan.” – Gemini & Scorpio

Please note that there is a dress code. “1800-1910s summer garden party, with all-white, cream and pastel tones encouraged. No modern casual wear, please – though modern cocktail summer attire is easy to accessorize with a nod to Victorian times.” 

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MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

NANCY SPERO: PAPER MIRROR

MoMA PS1 - Long Island City, Queens

Now – June 23

“Nancy Spero: Paper Mirror surveys the full scope of Spero’s career, including her Black Paintings of the 1950s; the War Series of the 1960s; the Artaud works of the 1970s; the Licit Exp and Hours of the Nights series of 1974; as well as numerous works from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The MoMA PS1 presentation of the exhibition will include the artist’s monumental work Notes in Time on Women (1979–81), a 200-foot-long frieze from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, on view for the first time in more than a decade. Also featured is the large-scale installation Maypole: Take No Prisoners (2007), the last major work the artist completed before her death, originally realized for the Venice Biennale. Installed in MoMA PS1’s first-floor Duplex gallery, the work consists of a 20-foot vertical steel pole from which images of decapitated heads are suspended by ribbons and metal chains. Created during the Iraq War but derived from Spero’s earlier drawings that responded to the Vietnam War, Maypole provokes inquiry into the cyclical nature of history, war, and its victims. In addition, the exhibition includes a selection of documentary films by Irene Sosa, which feature original footage of Spero at work.” - MoMA

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ZHENG GUOGO: VISIONARY TRANSFORMATION

MoMA PS1 - Long Island City, Queens

Now – June 23

“Zheng often combines aspects of Chinese tradition and consumer culture in works that treat each with a mix of respect and irreverence. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the US, Visionary Transformation highlights a selection of 12 paintings that refashion Buddhist meditation paintings, or thangkas, which commonly depict a central deity or the mystical realm they occupy. Zheng digitally layers multiple thangkas into a single hallucinatory image, which he then transfers onto canvas using a number of techniques, sometimes applying oil paint with a syringe in a manner that evokes beading or embroidery. Part of a body of work that the artist began in 2011 known as his Great Visionary Transformation series, these paintings harness the transformative power of digitization to heighten that of the thangkas, which are meant to help guide the viewer toward enlightenment. Using a contemporary medium of transmutation to accentuate the mechanisms of a much older one, Zheng aspires to what he calls moments of “pure energy” in which “you yourself become a part of the artwork.” – MoMA

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THEATRE

DROPPING GUMBALLS ON LUKE WILSON

A.R.T. /New York Theatres

Opens June 18

“Inspired by a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star’s life in the hands of a very jittery props guy. A humorous and ultimately disturbing account of power in the workplace, “Gumballs” examines how truth is negotiated in both art and in life, and who gets to control the narrative in an increasingly divided society.” – The Working Theater

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Poster credit  The Working Theatre

Poster credit The Working Theatre

LITTLE WOMEN

Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre

Now- June 29

“Jo March doesn't want to be like other girls; in fact, she's not even sure that she wants to be a girl. Jo is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for a future she can’t yet articulate. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up. Gender roles, political beliefs, poverty, and even love itself threaten to break family ties, as the March sisters try to reconcile their identities with society’s demands. How do you stay true to yourself when the world wants you to become a perfect little woman?” – Primary Stages

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