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14 Things to Do in Manhattan Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | July 30, 2015 6:25pm | Updated on July 31, 2015 7:58pm

 AMNH sleepover guests lounge in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth.
AMNH sleepover guests lounge in the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth.
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Lisha Arino, Gustavo Solis, Lindsay Armstrong, Rosa Goldensohn, Emily Frost, Danielle Tcholakian, Irene Plagianos and Shaye Weaver.

All Weekend

Holocenter at Governors Island

Where: Governors Island

Visit a charming 1800s home filled with quirky hologram exhibits. Entry is free and the house is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

► Late Nights at the Whitney

Where: Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District

The Whitney stays open until 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and summer is a perfect time to take advantage of the relatively shorter lines, thanks to New Yorkers fleeing the city to the Hamptons and beyond on the weekends. Buy tickets online to skip the admissions line. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, free for members and kids under 18.

► Screening of “Shake the Dust” Saturday and Sunday

Where: Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave., Central Harlem

Catch a screening of a documentary produced by rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones that looks at hip-hop and breakdancing culture in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda and Yemen. The film focuses on how each culture adopts hip-hop and uses it to express themselves. After each screening there will be a Q&A with director Adam Sjoberg. Tickets are $10 and the event starts at 7:30 p.m.

► Art as Activism at the New-York Historical Society

Where: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side

Take a look back at the history of social and political activism in America through the lens of protest posters. These images capture the way activists communicated and the exhibit explains how they went viral before the Internet.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. 

► “I (Heart)NRCHY: Subversion & the City” Film Series

Where: Various East Village community gardens

East Village community gardens will do double-duty as screening rooms during an eight-night outdoor film series hosted by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space: “I (Heart)NRCHY: Subversion & the City.” Starting Saturday, each night will focus on a specific theme, like urban renewal, sustainability and bicycle activism. 

The films start at 8 p.m., and there's a suggested donation of $5 per screening.

Rooftop Films at Waterside Plaza

Where: Waterside Plaza, Battery Park City

Catch two outdoor films along the Hudson River this weekend. For those interested in the environment, watch documentary "Racing Extinction," a movie that details how half of the world’s species could be on their way to oblivion, screening on July 31. On Aug. 1, influential concert film, "Stop Making Sense," which follows the band Talking Heads during live performances in 1983, will be shown on the big, al fresco screening.

The films are free and begin at 8:30 p.m., but for those who get there early to grab a seat, there will also be live music, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Peru Show

Where: Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, Chelsea

Peruvian clothing, food and other goods are up for grabs at this exhibition at Chelsea Market sponsored by the Peruvian Business Council. 

Entry to the event is free and it is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, July 31

► Good Morning America Hozier Concert

Where: Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield (Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street)

The “Take Me to Church” singer-songwriter will take the stage as part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series. The free concert will run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 1

► Sweet Spot Jamaican Indepen-dance Festival

Where: West Harlem Pier at 125th Street, West Harlem

The third annual festival features live music, food trucks and local vendors. There are also art and dance workshops throughout the day. The festival is free and runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

► Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

Where: Delacorte Theater in Central Park

In one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, Princess Imogen’s fidelity is put to the test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. The production stars Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, and starts at 8 p.m. Free tickets are first come, first served and a line to pick them up forms in the early morning.

► 90s vs Naughts Yacht Party

Where: Aboard the Luxury Infinity Yacht, leaving from Pier 40 at 353 West St., West Village

For the 21 and up crowd only, 90s vs Naughts is a decadent, seaborne dance party featuring multiple floors of DJs spinning 90s and aughts R&B, hip hop and dance hall music. Guests with access to the VIP and main levels of the yacht get a late-night DJ set by Talib Kweli and Tony Touch.

Table reservations, which start at $700, include at least two bottles of premium liquor, space for four, eight or 10 people, expedited admission with minimal wait, and raffle tickets. General admission tickets are $49.99 and the VIP “experience” runs partygoers $99.99 and includes exclusive access to a balcony overlooking the main event, dinner, goodie bags, and professional photographs. Tickets available here.

Check in starts at 8:30 p.m., yacht leaves at 9:30 p.m., party goes until 2:30 a.m.

Adults Only Sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History

Where: AMNH, Central Park West and West 79th Street, Upper West Side

Wander the darkened halls of the museum late at night, enjoy jazz and Champagne in the renovated Theodore Roosevelt Hall and sleep under a 94-foot-long whale at this adults only sleepover. Tickets are $350 or $300 for members and get you access to special exhibits. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 2

Sunday Danzette

Where: Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Ave., East Harlem

Dance, drink and eat with neighbors during a community dance party. Sunday Danzettes are meant to recreate the old school tradition of “social dancing in an ambiance of community networking and culture in celebration of East Harlem’s diversity.” The event is free and runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

► Testimony from a Holocaust Survivor

Where: Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl., Battery Park

Listen to a talk by Auschwitz surveyor Ray Kaner, who was trapped in the Ghetto Lodz in Poland and then transported to Auschwitz in August 1944 during the liquidation of the ghetto. She was later sent to a  labor camp in Hambieren, Germany, where she was liberated by the British on April 15, 1945. She and her husband arrived in New York City in 1946. 

The talk is included in the price of admission to the museum and begins at 1 p.m.