What to do in NYC August 12-18

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 August 12– 18.



136 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001 

August 14 | 7am-9am | $25

“Have you heard? A mysterious, top-secret portal has opened up near Penn Station, and word on the street says it leads to ZeroSpace, a vibrant multi-verse where art, technology and humanity converge. Get ready to burn your inhibitions and blast off for a magical journey into an unexplored dimension, a 25,000-square-foot immersive art space packed with lasers, projection mapping and a geodesic dome. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join us as we bravely unite to sneak mischief into a brand new reality—a mystical dawn before dust where all desert creatures, time travelers, lucid dreamers, explorers and humans roam free. To honor the ethos of Metamorphoses, we’ll open our hearts to embrace uncertainty, respect our most authentic selves, and never forget that we hold the power to shape our own transformations. This is your license to get freaky, so break out your boldest costumes and let your imagination run wild. Dress in light-up onesies, robot bodysuits, intergalactic robes, space helmets and unicorn heads, or anything else to let your inner self shine.” - DayBreaker

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West 249th Street and Independence Ave, Bronx, New York

August 17 and 18 | 10am-3pm | $12+

Located 30 minutes away from midtown Manhattan, “This signature weekend offers a buzz-worthy range of activities, from candle-making and honey-extraction demonstrations to a “Be a Bee” Family Art Project that has become a classic. Meet local beekeepers in The Shop, where you can enjoy a selection of local, artisanal honeys” – Wave Hill

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Brookfield Place, Waterfront Plaza, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281
August 17 | 10am-11am | FREE

Head on over to the beautiful Brookfield Place and get your fitness on!

“Our fitness series returns this summer with a variety of fun and challenging classes taught by instructors from top NYC fitness studios. Join Pure Barre Financial District and Tribeca for a 45 minute Pure Empower class! Pure Empower is a fusion of barre and interval training designed to elevate your heart rate, build strength, and rev up your metabolism. You will use directional and dynamic movements to target different muscle groups simultaneously- all at an invigorating pace.” – Brookfield Place
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Barton Orchards, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570 US 

August 17 and 18

10am-6pm | $14+

If you missed it last weekend, now is your chance to experience the sunflower festival at Barton Orchards. Buy tickets online for special pricing – prices will increase at the door on the days of the festival. “Explore 5-acres of sunflowers, consisting of classic yellow sunflowers that will mature to about 5 feet tall, as well as many different varieties. The Sunflower Festival is an experience. Guests spend as much time taking pictures and exploring around the field, as they like. Each ticket includes a hayride to the field of sunflowers. After exploring the sunflowers, guests may enjoy ice cream, donuts, fudge, cookies, and more from the farm market. Our concession will be open for lunch, snacks, and dinner. There’s live music, craft vendors, and more!” – Barton Orchards

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To get to the orchards from NYC, you can take Metro North (Wassaic Line) from Grand Central. Ends at Southeast station and change trains to Pawling Stations. Can take a Lyft/Uber/taxi to Barton Orchards – only 15 minutes away from the Pawling station.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028

Now – September 22 | $16

“On July 20, 1969, half a billion viewers around the world watched as the first images of American astronauts on the moon were beamed back to the earth. The result of decades of technical innovation, this thrilling moment in the history of images radically expanded the limits of human vision. Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography surveys visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. In addition to photographs, the show features a selection of related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras used by Apollo astronauts.” – The Met

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JEN CATRON AND PAUL OUTLAW: “SIN(K)” AND “B.S.O. (Bright Shiny Object)”

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238

Now – September 29 | $16

“Artists Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw have transformed ordinary things, a bathroom sink and an ice cream sundae, into spectacularly oversized sculptures. Each structure is a self-circulating fountain: water streams from the faucet of a sink, and chocolate sauce drips onto scoops of ice cream piled high in a shiny metallic bowl. The monumental scale of these works suggests a celebration of a way of life that consumer culture has come to expect, one that includes access to abundant running water and the possibility of indulging in sweet treats. At the same time, the sculptures possess a subtly subversive edge, with hints of a more dystopic version of the American Dream lying beneath the veneer of appearances.” – Brooklyn Museum 

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Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street (Between Broadway and 8th Ave) NY, NY 10036

Now Playing

Don’t miss Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. “Set in Alabama in the 1930s, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most beloved and admired characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Jeff Daniels).  The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger), her brother Jem (Will Pullen), their visiting friend Dill (Gideon Glick), and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley (Danny Wolohan).” – Lincoln Center Theater

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Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st Street, NY, NY

Now until August 18

It’s your last chance to see Pretty Woman on Broadway. Closing on August 18, “one of the most beloved romances of all time is now on Broadway! Once upon a time in the late ’80s, unlikely soul mates Vivian and Edward overcame all odds to find each other… and themselves. Experience the moments you love from the movie — and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way — in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages. Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart.” – Pretty Woman

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