NYC Life:  Coming this Fall & What’s Happening Now

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While we are enjoying summer, there’s lots to look forward to this fall. Valerie Smaldone reports that Sesame Street the Musical heads to 42nd Street in September. Sandi Durell shares the list of Broadway/Off Broadway Shows to look forward to this season. And the 3T Wine Trip is back on Sept. 25th. But there’s lots happening this month. Like Jazz in Central Park, a dance festival at Lincoln Center, and fun pop-up experience. And our roving photographer loves block parties, which started after WWI on the East Side.

Don’t Miss the Bus!

Hurry.  We’re halfway there with ticket sales. You don’t want to miss our first wine trip after three long years. GET THE DETAILS.

Lunch and Little Island

If you want a delightful afternoon, head to City Winery at Pier 57 on the Hudson for lunch and a glass of wine, and then stroll over to Little Island. We’ve been writing about Little Island since it opened a year ago, but we finally had a chance to visit. The views of NYC are spectacular.

Planned in partnership with the Hudson River Park Trust, Little Island was funded primarily through Barry Diller and the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation through an extraordinary philanthropic gift to the Hudson River Park. The pier is open daily, from 5:00 am – 11:00 PM.

Aug. 13. Jazz on the Great Hill at Central Park

Bring your blanket, snacks, and your dancing shoes. Jazzmobile and the Central Park Conservancy present Great Jazz on the Great Hill! Enjoy an amazing lineup of world-renowned jazz performers while lounging or swing dancing in the Park.  All ages are welcome. Get the details.

Saturday, August 13 | 4:00 Pm–7:00 Pm
Great Hill In Central Park (Enter At 106th Street And Central Park West)

Aug. 9-13. BAAND Together Dance Festival

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Constance Stamatiou in Alvin Ailey’s Cry. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Returning to Lincoln Center after a series of sold-out, tour de force performances in last summer’s Restart Stages, the BAAND Together Dance Festival joins Summer for the City. Five of NYC’s most iconic dance companies—Ballet HispánicoAlvin Ailey American Dance TheaterAmerican Ballet TheatreNew York City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem—share the spotlight and an outdoor stage with dancers and pieces from across the companies featured each night.

From August 9–13, audiences will be delighted by new works and repertory favorites, with each unique and exciting evening of programming curated collaboratively by the artistic directors of the five companies. In the afternoons, each organization will also bring its unique teaching style to the Lincoln Center campus with daily Education Workshops, appropriate for all ages! The Festival is made possible by CHANEL. GET THE DETAILS.

Be a Kid Again at Pop in the City

Pop in the City is a massive interactive experience taking place on 32nd and 33rd streets between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. The fun includes oversized ball pits, live DJs, cutting edge effects and lighting and two hundred glittering disco balls as you explore this incredible walk, swim and slide through experience. Fun for kids and grownup kids too. Tickets start at $19. Get the details.

Block Parties

From our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens:

Whenever I see a city street closed off to traffic, I feel compelled to walk right down the middle, feeling like I’m breaking a rule yet knowing that I am not.

Block Parties are a true sign of summer and always happen on a closed block. The cheer of neighbors joining together, to share food and play games, leaves me feeling the boost one gets and the pride one feels from being part of a community.

Reported American block parties began after World War I on the east side of New York City. The street was closed and people gathered to sing patriotic songs and salute those neighbors who fought in the war. Today they are more about fun and games as locals band together outside emphasizing the bond of a shared place, and of course the smell and taste of delicious foods wafting through building alleys into the warm fresh air.

Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.

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