There is nothing better than the Summer in NYC! There are always so many fun activities and events to choose from, it is possible to have something fun to do close to every day of the week. AND if you play your cards right, most of these activities will cost nothing!
One of my favorite things to do is to view an outdoor film in one of the many parks around the city – whether it’s an old classic or a recent blockbuster. Below is a list of venues and their websites to find their 2013 line-up.
June 17th HBO begins its Monday nights outdoor movies series in Bryant Park (which is a personal favorite of mine for all of the same reasons I mentioned in my yoga post) http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html
Coney Island is back in business. Also Monday nights, Coney Island is hosting its “Flicks on the Beach” again this year beginning July 1st!
Last year on Tuesday nights, Red Hook Flicks organized movies offering a great view of the Statue of Liberty. The line up hasn’t been set yet. Be sure to check here for the movie listings after June 2nd. http://redhookflicks.com
Wednesday nights, the Northside Media Group hosts its popular outdoor film series SummerScreen at the McCarren Park http://summerscreen.org/schedule/summerscreen_schedule/
Wednesday nights beginning July 11th, you can view “Summer on the Hudson: Movies Under the Stars” films on Pier 1 in Riverside Park. This link provides first a list of children’s movies (similar to those on the River Flicks) that can be viewed in Queens as well as the list of films you can view in Riverside Park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies
For those Barbra Streisand fans, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is showing a free Babs film every Wednesday night between June 26 – August 7 (except July 3rd). http://www.mjhnyc.org/calendar_jul13.html#.UYe9p5jyFb0
Thursday evenings, beginning July 11th, head to “Syfy Movies With a View” at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 for its summer movie series. Brooklyn Bridge Park has been going through a major transition with the opening of new piers, walkways, public BBQ’s, kayaking, the famous Jane’s Carousel and now the new home of Smorgasburg Sundays in the old Tobacco Warehouse. What’s great about seeing a movie here is you get a view of the Manhattan Downtown skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge which is always a sight for sore eyes. Be sure to swing by for anything if not a movie! http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/calendar/syfy-movies-with-view-2013
On Fridays, the Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series hosts a few movies on its public deck beginning Memorial Day weekend with Top Gun! http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/SummerMovieSeries.aspx
Rooftop Films is more of a film festival in that it supports both independent and low budget film makers. Films are held on rooftops or outdoor urban spaces throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Some are free and some charge a small ticket price. I haven’t been to any rooftop films as of yet but I love the concept. http://rooftopfilms.com/2013/schedule/
Hudson River Park’s River Flicks has movies for grown-ups on the fairly new lawn of Pier 63 in Chelsea Wednesday nights http://www.riverflicks.com/RFgrownups.html and for kids on Pier 46 Friday nights http://www.riverflicks.com/RFkids.html
and Tompkins Square Park hosted its “EPIX Movie Free for All”. I couldn’t find a 2013 line-up as of yet, but its worth a search in a week a two.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab hosts indoor screenings throughout the week that include children’s screenings, feature screenings and HD Shorts. Check out their calendar here http://www.sonywondertechlab.com/programs-events/screenings
All we need now is for this streak of beautiful summer nights to kick in. Happy Summer!