What to do in NYC July 29 - August 4

By: Stefanie DiMartino

So many fun and exciting things going on in NYC as usual! Here are my top picks of the best trending parties, events, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for July 29– August 4.



Secret Summer

Sunday, August 4th from 3pm-9pm

The Foundry in Long Island City

“Secret Summer is a one-of-kind farm-to-bar cocktail festival, featuring unique food and drinks and musical performances. The 5th annual fete and immersive summer garden party, produced by Tyler Hollinger of HighLife Productions, Andrew Maturana of RAPT Hospitality and Allison Du Val of The Foundry, will welcome 1000 attendees and feature seasonal farm-to-bar cocktails, unique food vendors, and live musical performances throughout the sprawling venue that includes a 3,000 square foot Main Hall, Garden Courtyard, Greenhouse, Albra Room and Terrace.” - Secret Summer

This is one of my favorite summer parties! To see my experience at it last year, watch my video here.

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Dances of Vice Summer Night’s Burlesque Sail

Friday, August 2nd - 9:30pm

“Our popular summer burlesque sail series is back with a new bevy of showgirl sirens ready to take you for a pleasure cruise around the Hudson and New York Harbor aboard a gorgeous Civil War-era schooner to enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and The Statue of Liberty.” - Dances of Vice

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Photo by Phillip Van Nostrand.  Source

Photo by Phillip Van Nostrand. Source

Daybreaker at Paradise

July 31 from 7a - 9a

“OMG. The co-founder of legendary Studio 54 just invited us to dance inside his new secret, mischief-packed nightclub. On Wednesday, July 31st, we’re bringing every shade of pink 💗 to the sparkling new para–para–Paradise Club at the epic EDITION Times Square. A Weimar-ready cabaret 👯 spectacle, the velvet-clad space is the brainchild of former Studio 54 (the one nightclub everyone remembers) co-founder Ian Schrager. And with a touch of finesse ✨ by our friends at House of Y-E-S, it’s already shaping up as the city’s most iconic new playground.” - Daybreaker

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Colonel’s Row: Governors Island 

July 27 & 28

FREE | 11am-7pm Saturday, 11am-5pm Sunday

“The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century old trees. By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.” – New York City Poetry Festival

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Sony Square NYC, 25 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10010

Now – September 2


Be sure to check out this immersive audio and visual experience. “Cultivate your creativity and interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) using the ocean as your inspiration. Discover the beauty of the New Caledonian Barrier Reef with an immersive audio & visual experience, build with Koov, Sony’s coding and robotics kit, interact with a digital aquarium, and more.” – Ocean Dreams

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Spirit of New York, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY 10011

August 3 | 12pm-4pm | $75

“All aboard for a grand tasting of rosé wines and sparkling selections, hors d'oeuvres, artisanal cheeses, and crudités–all on a luxury cruise liner! Enjoy dozens of wines from France, California, New York State, and beyond. Take in the sights of Manhattan as you cruise from the Chelsea Piers to the Brooklyn Bridge and back.” – NY Wine Events 

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

July 22 – August 16

7:30-8:30pm | FREE

Do you love to eat out? Do you love deals? You must check out NYC Restaurant week! “NYC Restaurant Week is a celebration of NYC’s most fabulous pastime: dining out. It is the highly anticipated—and often imitated—twice-yearly celebration of dining throughout New York City. With prix-fixe meals at over 370 of the City’s finest restaurants (two-course lunch, $26; three-course dinner, $42), the program invites diners to sample the incredible array of eateries that make up NYC’s culinary culture.” – NYC Restaurant Week 

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The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Now – December 8 | $16

“Garry Winogrand: Color is the first exhibition dedicated to the nearly forgotten color photographs of Garry Winogrand (1928–1984), one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. While almost exclusively known for his black-and-white images that pioneered a “snapshot aesthetic” in contemporary art, Winogrand produced more than 45,000 color slides between the early 1950s and late 1960s. The exhibition presents an enveloping installation of large-scale projections comprising more than 400 rarely or never-before seen color photographs that capture the social and physical landscape of New York City and the United States. On his numerous journeys through Midtown Manhattan and across the country, Winogrand explored the raw visual poetics of public life—on streets and highways, in suburbs, at motels, theaters, fairgrounds, and amusement parks. For him, the industrially manufactured color film, which was used by commercial and amateur photographers, perfectly reproduced the industrially manufactured colors of consumer goods in postwar America. By presenting this group of largely unknown color work, Garry Winogrand: Color sheds new light on the career of this pivotal artist as well as the development of color photography before 1970.” – The Brooklyn Museum

If you visit July 31st, 2-4pm, or August 1st, 2-3pm, you can join a museum guide for a free tour of the exhibition.

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Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, NY, NY 10014

Now – August 18 | $25

“This exhibition gathers paintings from the 1960s and early 1970s that inventively use bold, saturated, and even hallucinatory color to activate perception. During this period, many artists adopted acrylic paint—a newly available, plastic-based medium—and explored its expansive technical possibilities and wider range of hues. Color Field painters poured paint and stained unprimed canvas, dramatizing painting’s materiality and visual force. Painters associated with Op art deployed pattern, geometric arrangement, and intense color combinations to emphasize that vision is a commingling of physical response and unconscious association. The exhibition looks to the divergent ways color can be equally a formal problem and a political statement. Drawn entirely from the Whitney’s collection, Spilling Over includes important recently acquired works by Emma Amos and Kay WalkingStick, as well as paintings that entered the collection soon after they were made, by artists such as Alvin Loving, Ellsworth Kelly, Miriam Schapiro, and Frank Stella, among others. The title comes from a quote by artist Bob Thompson, whose work is also presented.” – The Whitney Museum

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Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), NY, NY 10011

Now – August 3

2pm and 7pm shows | $37.50

Check out this unique show before it comes to an end. The New York Times states ‘The language and the laughter are contagious...Lewis Carroll would have been at home’… “Three schoolboys who speak only Dogg confuse a lorry driver who speaks only English. The play’s goofy linguistic mismatches tumble into a performance of the 15-minute Hamlet. In Cahoot's Macbeth, a hidden living-room production of the play, interrupted by a wise-cracking Inspector, parallels Macbeth's usurpation of the Scottish throne with Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia. By play’s end, Shakespeare explodes into Dogg.” – Potomac Theatre Project

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Lincoln Center Theater, Claire Tow Theater, 150 West 65th Street, NY, NY 10023

Now – August 4

See this show before it ends August 4th. “In the Green tells the origin story of one of Medieval history's most powerful and creative women: Hildegard von Bingen. Before she became a healer, a composer, an exorcist, and finally a saint, she was a little girl locked in a cell with her mentor, Jutta. It’s the tale of two women and the journey that leads one to embrace death, and the other to celebrate the beauty and blemishes of a fully lived life.” – Lincoln Center Theater

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