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6 Things for You to Do in New York City's Neighborhoods This Weekend

By Daniel Jumpertz | July 10, 2014 8:17pm | Updated on July 11, 2014 4:54pm
 The weekend's most interesting events are here for you in one handy guide.
Get Out and Do This - Events Friday, July 11
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Friday, July 11

See highlights of The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Free one-hour tours begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. , Monday through Saturday. Meet at the reception desk in Astor Hall. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 25 people. Pick up your tour sticker at the Astor Hall information desk as early as 30 minutes before the tour's start time. 5th Avenue at 42nd Street. Free.

Currently showing at MoMA is the first comprehensive North American exhibition of Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, a leading abstract artist who fostered the active participation of spectators in her work. “Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988” comprises nearly 300 works, ranging from the early 1950s to the early 1980s, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. Museum facilitators will be present in the galleries today from 2 to 5 p.m. to help visitors experience a selection of Clark’s "sensorial objects,” which include small folding metal sculptures. 10:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street. $25.

Saturday, July 12
MassBliss Breathing Booth is a multi-site popup festival offering free workshops and performances in yoga, music, dance, capoeira, art and face painting. Find the MassBliss Breathing Booths today at Prospect Park Music Pagoda, Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg and Barretto Point Park, South Bronx. A full schedule of events is on its website. All sites are active from 10 a.m until 7 p.m. and the events are free.

Nonprofit gallery and educational space The Bronx Documentary Center is presenting a special screening of the film “Freedom Summer” as part of its summer exhibition and program series, “The '60s: Decade of Change.” The film by Emmy award-winner Stanley Nelson documents 10 weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African-Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in Mississippi. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with veterans of the 1964 Freedom Rides. 614 Cortlandt Avenue (at 151st St.), Bronx. Suggested donation $10, Bronx residents $5, children 18 and under free.

Sunday, July 13
Kick start Sunday with a 25-mile guided bike ride from Van Cortlandt Park to the Bronx River at Kensico Dam Park in Valhalla, Westchester County. Organized by East Coast Greenway Alliance, the ride will proceed at an easy-going pace of 10 to 13 mph, beginning at the Van Cortlandt Park entrance at Broadway and 242nd Street, the last stop on the 1 subway train. Register here for $22, which includes an annual membership to the East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Director David Pountney, known to Armory audiences for his staging of “Die Soldaten” in 2008, returns to Park Avenue Armory to mount Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s epic Holocaust opera “The Passenger.” Banned by Soviet authorities upon its completion in 1968, the production resurfaced for its first full staging 40 years later and now finally makes it to New York. From 7:30 p.m., 643 Park Avenue, Upper East Side. Limited $25 standing-room tickets are available for Saturday, Sunday’s tickets range from $155 to $250.