New York has always been a bustling city alive with energy. There’s always something new to discover at every street. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to add a little more excitement to your life. There, you can shop for designer clothes, grab tickets for Broadway musicals, dine in renowned restaurants or simply enjoy life without a care in the world.
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This month, however, packs a lot more wonderful activities for those who are thinking of paying this island a visit.
In Long Island, Wednesdays no longer have to be a dull mid-week bummer. Socrates Sculpture Park, together with the Museum of the Moving Image and Partnerships for Parks, have teamed up to form Outdoor Cinema 2007. With the amazing Manhattan skyline as a blank canvass, people can watch a coming together of different art forms in film, music, dance and even food!
However, this is only the beginning. A parade of festivals and screenings are also taking place this month in other parts of New York. Another festival with the same format is being held in Queens. The QMA’s Passport Fridays 3 features screenings from many of the countries that have contributed to its local culture. You can reserve your Mondays for the HBO Bryant Park Film Festival to get a taste of the classics including: Bus Stop, Casablanca and Psycho, while modern classics like Clerks, Animal House and Fast Times at Ridgemont High are available at Hudson River Park’s River Flicks’ Slackers during Wednesdays.
August 10 will definitely keep you on your best festival behavior when you participate in FringeNYC, a “multi-arts festival that fills two weeks of August with more than 1,300 cutting-edge performances and plays represents the best and the boldest that New York City theater has to offer.”
If art is not your cup of tea, then head over to the Rockaway Beach. This is the only surfing beach in New York City so you’ll surely meet most of the city’s surfer crowd here. In fact, Mollusk NYC just opened in Williamsburg where you can treat yourself to a new, spankin’, hand-crafted board! Beach Volleyball tournaments are set to serve on August 18-19 in Coney Island while some of the big names of volleyball will have a go at each other on August 23-26 at the AVP Brooklyn Open.
New restaurants worth checking out are the Borough Food and Drink which mixes up Eastern, Western and European flavors and the Zoë Townhouse—the sister restaurant to SoHo’s popular Zoë Restaurant. Hotel le Bleu which opens this month in Brooklyn promises a magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline to go with its elegant design.