7 Things to Do in New York City This Week

By Margaret Kelly on August 3, 2014 7:12pm 

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Monday, August 4

Revisit the '80s and catch the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival before it's over at a free screening of "The Karate Kid," starring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio. The lawn opens at 5 p.m. and the film begins at sunset. Bring your own blanket and picnic or buy snacks before the show.

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Tuesday, August 5

Artists can connect at The Artsy Hookup, an evening gathering at 61 Local for creatives of all kinds. Make new friends and enjoy locally-sourced craft beer, food, and wine while participating in guided activities, "speed dating" for networking and creative inspiration, and a series of giveaways. Hosted by Jess Grippo and Shandoah Goldman. Tickets cost $0-$10; reserve them here (food and drink not included). 7 p.m. 61 Bergen Street in Brooklyn.

Up in Harlem, Tuesday is your last chance to catch Riverside Church's Annual Summer Organ Series. Christopher Johnson, one of the world's great organists, will play the famous Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ. Tickets cost $20 and will be available at the door.

Wednesday, August 6

Country fans won't want to miss a free performance by Grammy award-winning collaborators and "longtime musical friends" Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell. Presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Americanafest NYC, the show will take place at Damrosch Park Bandshell for one evening only. Near Amsterdam Avenue and West 62nd Street, 7:30 p.m.

Yes, Indian takeout is wonderful - but wouldn't you like to learn to make those dishes on your own? Add one of the world's great cuisines to your repertoire at Edible Manhattan's "How to Prepare an Indian Feast" event at Brooklyn Brewery. Experts will discuss ingredients and technique, stage demos, and offer samples. Featuring Dosa Royale, Bittersweet NYC, Wandernosh, and Brooklyn Delhi.  Tickets cost $5 and are available here (online booking fee applies). 79 North 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, August 7

Wishing you could bring the great outdoors inside your tiny NYC apartment? Green-thumbed expert Ross Schaner at Rose Red & Lavender will show you how to create a tiny garden of your very own. Learn how to choose the right plants and maintain them for years. Tickets cost $45 plus processing fee; buy them here. Materials included (students are welcome to bring their own containers). 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Those looking for garden inspiration — or just seeking green space they don't need to maintain themselves — can head to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where Queens Museum Education Director Jason Yoon will lead a tour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will learn about the park's history, artworks, and architecture. The tour will conclude at the Queens Museum. Guests should meet at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Avenue. Free and open to all ages.

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