New York City is the cultural center of the world. So many of us live in this wonderful city our entire lives, without fully experiencing the many great things it has to offer. The Jewish Voice would like to inspire you and your family to take some initiative this summer, and explore this beautiful and diverse city.
Whether you are coming to visit just during summer vacation, or are in the city every day, there are tons of interesting places to see and events to participate in. The following are some fun and cultured things to add to your summer to do list.
Shakespeare Garden by lilybart
Shakespeare in the Park
Free Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. It is produced by The Public Theater, and attendance is free, provided that guests wait in line for tickets on the day of the performance.
Shakespeare in the Park includes two productions over the course of the summer, and one of New York City's most beloved summer traditions.
2015 Schedule: This summer is the 53rd anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
The Tempest: May 27th to July 5th
Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law & Order, The Public’s King Lear) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, The Comedy of Errors) return in THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.”
Cymbeline: July 23rd to August 23rd
Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Proof) directs the Shakespearean fairy tale CYMBELINE, featuring Tony nominee Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater. Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and cross-dressing boys, poisons and swordfights and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love.
(Jesse Wheeler via centralpark.com)
Take a Seaside Getaway to City Island
Pretend like you’re on a beach vacation with a day trip to this Bronx neighborhood. Stroll along City Island Avenue, the mile-and-a-half-long main drag, stopping to check out the quirky antique shops along the way. You’ll find the Lobster Box (34 City Island Ave at Belden St, Bronx; 718-885-1952, lobsterboxrestaurant.com), a family-owned restaurant with Long Island Sound views, near the southern tip. Take a seat at the clam bar and sample seafood-shack fare like a lobster roll ($16) or a crab-cake sandwich ($16). If you have room for dessert, head up the street and share a few scoops from Lickety Split (295 City Island Ave between Fordham and Hawkins Sts, Bronx; 718-885-9654, licketyspliticecream.biz).
The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.
Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Central Park
When: Daily between May 29, 2015 and October 31, 2015, 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Turn Central Park into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour.
Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the Park, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.
Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset.
Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: CENTRALPARK.
Sign up at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com.
Contact details: (805-603-5620)
Litvakus Klezmer Brunch
KulturfestNYC - 1st International Festival of Jewish Performing Arts
First-ever International Festival of Jewish Performing Arts to take New York City this summer comprises the largest gathering of Jewish arts organizations to celebrate a global impact of culture. Coinciding with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s 100th Anniversary Season, KulturfestNYC, the first-ever international Jewish performing arts festival, will bring together hundreds of global acts in Jewish and Yiddish theatre, music, dance, cabaret, and film, from more than two-dozen countries, performing in multiple citywide locations for 8 days, from June 14-21.
I HEART ISRAEL Music Festival
ISRAMERICA proudly presents The I HEART ISRAEL Music Festival & Afterparty as part of KULTURFESTNYC, a weeklong festival of Jewish Performing Arts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the NYTF. I HEART ISRAEL MUSIC FESTIVAL will take place Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Friday, June 19, 2015 at 2:00 AM at Stage 48 located at 605 West 48th Street in Manhattan.
Over 1,000 attendees are expected for a one-of-a-kind event celebrating Israeli Art & Culture. The event will feature: Israeli Superstar Eric Berman, Electro-pop band BONAFIDE 3000, Milk & Honey, Singer Arlene Gould, an after party with Israeli Music by DJ Yaniv, an Israeli Shuk, I HEART ISRAEL Photo Booth, Blue & White Ice Bar & more!
Bonafide 300 is one of Israel’s most popular exports in Europe, attracting young audiences to festivals, major clubs, and performance venues in 11 countries over the past year. This will be the New York debut appearance of a cutting edge techono/electronica band.
Luna Park’s new rollercoaster the Thunderbolt is celebrating its 1st anniversary on June 14th
Luna Park Coney Island
The New York City classic Coney Island has undergone serious renovation and anyone who has not yet visited should do so this summer. Have fun with the kids winning prizes at one of the carnival games in Luna Park (1000 Surf Ave at 10th Street); or go for a ride on the iconic 85-year-old roller coaster, the Cyclone (834 Surf Ave at 8th Street). For a newer adrenaline-pumped ride, celebrate the Thunderbolt’s 1st anniversary on June 14th. The park is kicking off the special day giving out 100 free rides!
Join the fun on June 27 for the biggest School’s Out bash in Brooklyn! Luna Park has partnered with 92.3 AMP Radio to provide a FREE emerging artist concert on West 10 Street, hosted by the Shoboy in the Morning show. The YMCA will be here offering FREE face painting and a quick Zumba class, followed by a few special performances! The FUN begins at 11am! Make sure the kids bring their report cards for a chance to receive up 20 FREE ride credits for their good grades! Visit lunaparknyc.com for more info on rides and events.
Rocket Park Mini Golf at the New York Hall of Science. (Photo via nysci.org)
New York Hall of Science
New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities that explain science, technology, engineering, and math.
A visit to NYSCI is a hands-on, energetic educational experience where you can indulge your curiosity and nurture your creativity. NYSCI offers professional development for teachers, produces curricula and resources for classrooms, and studies how technology, gaming and play affect how we learn.
NYSCI was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.
NYSCI is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, at 47-01 111th Street, Queens. For info on hours and events visit nysci.org.
Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans is the signature work in the artist’s career and a landmark in MoMA’s collection.
Museum of Modern Art: Andy Warhol’s Works
The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.
Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967, will be running now till October 18, 2015. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans is the signature work in the artist’s career and a landmark in MoMA’s collection. The 1962 series of 32 paintings is the centerpiece of an exhibition focusing on Warhol’s work during the crucial years between 1953 and 1967. The Soup Cans mark a breakthrough for Warhol, when he began to apply his seminal strategies of serial repetition and reproduction to key subjects derived from American commodity culture. Warhol also developed his signature use of the flat, uniform aesthetic of photo-screen-printing just after he completed the Soup Cans. For the first time at MoMA, the 32 Soup Cans are shown in a single line (rather than a grid), echoing the way they were first exhibited at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1962. The exhibition also includes drawings and illustrated books Warhol made in the 1950s, when he started his career as a commercial artist, and other paintings and prints from the 1960s, when he became a beacon of the Pop art movement.
Life at the Limits tells the stories of these and many more creatures across the tree of life—and their unusual approaches to the challenges of living on Earth.
The American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since it’s founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.
The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures. The American Museum of Natural History is located on Central Park West at 79th Street. For more info visit amnh.org.
Till the end of the year visit Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species exhibit. Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life forms—a spectacle of behaviors, specialized parts, and exacting skills. Some species are familiar. But others are so amazing that they test the limits of our imagination.
No matter how extraordinary certain plants and animals seem to us, their unusual features often address the most ordinary of tasks: To reproduce, breathe and move around. To sense the world. To find food and safety.
Michael Winograd and the Klezmer Orchestra International entertain the crowd outside the Museum at Eldridge Street, at the Egg Rolls & Egg Cream Festival in 2013.
Egg Rolls & Egg Cream Festival -- and Introducing Empanadas!
On Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Museum at Eldridge Street, located in Downtown Manhattan at 12 Eldridge Street, will be the Egg Rolls & Egg Cream Festival celebrating Jewish and Chinese culture will expand to also feature the food, music and folk arts of the Puerto Rican community of our neighborhood. Enjoy Chinese opera, klezmer and salsa and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, Puerto Rican mask making, mah jongg and, of course, egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas – all kosher! Plus so much more! Don’t miss New York City’s best block party, a cross-cultural celebration of the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of our unique Lower East Side neighborhood.
Brooklyn resident Laura Silver holds a copy of “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.”
The Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM join the book talk and Nosh with Laura Silver at the Museum at Eldridge Street, located in Downtown Manhattan at 12 Eldridge Street. Join the world's leading knish expert and author Laura Silver for a lively talk about her seven-year, three-continent quest for traces of the humble hunk of stuffed dough with strong ties to the Lower East Side. Sholom Aleichem, I.B. Singer and Gussie Schwebel, the courageous knish maker of East Houston Street, all figure in this savory and heartwarming lecture. Laura Silver is the award-winning author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food (Brandeis, 2014), which the New York Times called "whimsical mouthwatering, and edifying." And what would a talk about knishes be without some delicious samples? Enjoy potato, sweet potato, kasha, and more – from nearby Yonah Schimmel, of course.
Women of Melanoid Art Exhibition & Sale is about promoting, supporting and buying artist's work.
Women of Melanoid Art Exhibition & Sale
This event is about promoting, supporting and buying artist's work. It will be on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Chelsea, 526 W. 26st. between 10 & 11 Ave/10th floor/Ste 1001. It's about rejecting the cookie cutter approach and jumping into a world of color, designs, emotions, and taste displayed in photography, painting, sketches, food, jewelry, and clothes. This event is about you making a decision to wear art, hang art, eat art and meet those women that create these pieces and hear the stories behind the vision of what's been created just for you, at this moment in time.
I invite you to celebrate diverse women's artwork from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, American, Indian, Jewish, & other racial and ethnic backgrounds, as we see art, all art, shown through their eyes and experiences. For more info visit https://www.smore.com/czm18.
Free Tours by Foot: tour guide Dante Salerno.
Free Tours by Foot - New York Tour Guides
Free Tours by Foot – New York is a group of young (and young at heart), fun-loving guides who have come together for a common cause: To teach history and entertain guests with creative tours of New York City. They offer tours at no upfront costs for one very important reason, so that everyone can enjoy a fun, creative and educational walking tour experience no matter what their budget is. You get to determine what you think a tour was worth at the end of the tour. Their tour guides love what they do and will make sure they provide you with the best sightseeing experience possible.
Free Tours by Foot offer over 35 different walking tours of New York City and are adding more tours all the time. Tours run daily, and have many different styles of walking tours. For a list of regularly scheduled history tours, New York food tours, shopping tours, street art tours as well as our Brooklyn tours, visit http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-tours/tour-calendar/.
Funniest Jewish Comedian Contest 2015 Finals
On Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM come see the Funniest Jewish Comedian Contest 2015 Finals at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York City.
Time to Schtick it to em! The Jewish Week, the Nations Top Jewish Newspaper, in coordination with Geoff Kole Productions, is seeking the Funniest Jewish Comedian for 2015. All Non Professional Comedians welcome to submit. Professionals are booked on all shows as well; to keep things lively.
For more info visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/funniest-jewish-comedian-contest-2015-finals-tickets-16229775696?aff=es2.
On Sunday, June 16th the Revive Big Band led by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, will be taking over the stage at Highline Ballroom.
The Blue Note Jazz Festival
The Blue Note Jazz Festival, New York City’s largest jazz festival, will celebrate its Fifth Anniversary, June 1-30, 2015. Blue Note Jazz Festival is 150 concerts in 15 venues.
Featuring: Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper Trio, Buddy Guy, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Meshell Ndegeocello, Buika, Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6, Al Di Meola, Roy Hargrove, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bebel Gilberto, Pedrito Martinez, Darlene Love, Kathleen Battle, Ginger Baker, Avishai Cohen, Roy Haynes,Savio Glover, and many more.
For details on all the concerts and venues go to http://bluenotejazzfestival.com/.
Willie Nelson and Old Crow Medicine
Benefit Concert: Willie Nelson & Family and Old Crow Medicine Show
On August 12, 2015 • 7:00 PM come see Willie Nelson at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell, located at 9th Street and Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.
With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, Willie Nelson is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger and Stardust. This iconic Texan has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. Adding another feather in this cap, recent members of the Grand Ole Opry Old Crow Medicine Show (OCMS) will be joining the lineup. Since their humble beginnings nearly 15 years ago busking on corners in New York, the band has gone on to tour the world; sell over 800,000 albums; become frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion; play renowned festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella, and the Newport Folk Festival; and most recently win a Grammy for their 2014 album Remedy. With their boundless energy and spirit, it's always a good time when OCMS is on the stage. Tickets available on Ticketmaster.com.
Wish You Were Here: Groucho Marx
Wish You Were Here: Groucho Marx will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York City. Participate in an unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and “Groucho Marx,” portrayed by writer and performer Noah Diamond.
In their new piece Grass and Jackals, they find these extremes in an imagined state of nature. Set against a kaleidoscopic moiré backdrop, the work “transforms the dancers—seven women, clad in gleaming black bodysuits—into exotic, fluidly moving creatures, sexual and fierce.” (New Yorker)
LeeSaar the Company, Ohad Naharin & Guest Dancers from Batsheva Dance Company
On August 6, 2015 • 8:00 PM come see LeeSaar The Company, Ohad Naharin & Guest Dancers from Batsheva Dance Company for FREE at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! @ Prospect Park Bandshell, located at 9th Street and Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.
Founded in Tel Aviv by Lee Sher and Saar Harari in 2000 and now based in NYC, LEESAAR is “a gutsy, brainy modern-dance troupe” (NY Times) with a highly theatrical approach. Props, costumes, and pantomime punctuate their Gaga-inspired movement to form a delightful brand of avant-garde. In recent program notes, Sher and Hariri wrote, “by seeking the extreme within ourselves we hope to expand our limits for a fresh experience.”
The program also includes a duet by their greatest influence and one of the most brilliant living choreographers, Israeli visionary OHAD NAHARIN, performed by guest dancers from his BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY. Naharin developed the Gaga technique with Batsheva in the 90s and has continued to build and refine its vocabulary over three decades.
The River to River Festival draws thousands of people to free summer arts events in Lower Manhattan.
River to River Arts Festival: June 18-28
Join us for 11 days of:
LIVE EXPERIENCES including intimate and provocative dance, music, visual art, and new media projects in public parks, in historic landmarks, on Governors Island, and along the waterfront.
LEARNING more about the creative process and historic architecture in Lower Manhattan, as well as the past, present and future of site-based work.
SOCIALIZING with festival artists, partners, and fellow art-lovers.
As an annual arts festival since 2002, River To River has become a cornerstone of Lower Manhattan culture, providing an intense and rewarding way to experience the waterfronts, parks, plazas, hotels, historic landmarks, temporarily vacant office spaces, and other sites downtown. As the lead producer since 2011, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has transformed the festival schedule and content in response to the changing landscape downtown and in order to better serve the River To River audience.
For more info and details visit http://lmcc.net/program/river-to-river/.