6 Things You Can Do in New York City's Neighborhoods This Weekend
Friday, July 18
Kickstarter Film Fest 2014 is screening the best films, shorts, webseries, animations and documentaries that were funded on the worldwide crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Presented in association with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, the festival will also be hosting food and beverage vendors — also funded via Kickstarter. For a taste of this year’s film and food selections head to their event website. From 7 p.m until 11 p.m. Fort Greene Park, Myrtle and North Portland Avenues, Brooklyn. Free.
Trapeze School New York is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. All skill levels are accomodated and there are also classes offered in aerial silks (long pieces of soft fabric that hang from a single point), static trapeze, trampoline, lyra (a metal circle that is suspended from a single point), acrobatic partner balancing (a blend of hand balancing and partner acrobatics) and Spanish web (an aerial apparatus consisting of a rope with a loop attached to it). There are many classes daily. Pier 40 at West Houston St. and the West Side Highway, West Village. Advance reservations are recommended and are subject to a one-time $22.00 registration fee. Classes are $50 or $70.
Saturday, July 19
The Lower East Side is an area steeped in history. The Lower East Side History Project is an award-winning non-profit organization providing excellent, deeply researched but laid-back tours of this area. Saturdays (and Wednesdays) they present their take on the “Forgotten Lower East Side,” wherein the experienced guides go beyond the familiar narrative to uncover a thousand years of history; from the Native American experience to modern-day gentrification. Meet at Foley Square at the south east corner of Centre and Worth streets. Lower East Side, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., $20. RSVP required.
“Shall We Selfie Together? Hanging Photo Pendants” a hands-on workshop today at the Museum of Arts and Design will show you how to reimagine an old and charming relic with a new purpose, by creating pendants adorned with their own personal snapshot selfies. 6th floor — classroom, Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, Upper West Side. $65, bookings required.
Sunday, July 20
Since 1984, after a Proclamation by President Reagan, July has been marked as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month (today) as National Ice Cream Day. Do your bit for the country. Here are some suggestions from the hungry reporters at DNAinfo.
- Where to Get a Gourmet Ice Cream Cake for Summer Celebrations
- Ice Cream Tour Offers Best Downtown Dessert Spots for Summer Treats
- Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches for Summer
- The Best Ice Cream Parlors in the City
Today the North Queens Community Programs Committee invites you to get acquainted with Flushing's 'neighborhood park,' Kissena Corridor Park. While normally it's a sleepy patch of Queens Greenway between Main Street and Kissena Boulevard, today the park is the venue for a tribute to the nearby 1964 World's Fair. There'll be live and DJ music, dance performances, kids' rides, face-painting, a rock wall and prizes. Need some peace and quiet afterward? Chill out at the beautiful Queens Botanical Garden across the street. From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street & Elder Avenue, Flushing, Queens. Free.