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15 Things To Do This Week in New York City's Neighborhoods

By DNAinfo Staff | September 7, 2015 9:48am 

"Take Ballet to the Streets" comes to two Bed-Stuy community gardens on Sept. 9 and 10.
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These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's reporters: Danielle Tcholakian, Shaye Weaver, Lisha Arino, Gwynne Hogan, Camille Bautista, Nikhita Venugopal, Leslie Albrecht, Serena Dai.

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Monday, Sept. 7

All-American Labor Day Special at Black Tap Craft

Where: Black Tap Craft, 529 Broome St., SoHo
When: All day

For one day only, Black Tap is offering its All-American Burger, featuring lettuce, tomato, American cheese and its “special sauce,” plus a Pabst Blue Ribbon for $16. If you want to forgo the burger, PBR is $3 apiece all day.

Our Wicked Lady’s Rooftop Movie: “A Nightmare on Elm Street”

Where: Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave., East Williamsburg
When: Sundown

Check out this newly opened rooftop bar in industrial East Williamsburg by heading to its Monday movie nights on the roof. Tonight, the artist’s bar is screening Wes Craven’s 1984 slasher classic.

Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour

Where: UCB East Village, 153 E. Third St.
When: 8 p.m.

Comedian Nate Towsen’s variety show will include a segment on downtown’s history as well as NYC trivia, where audience members can win free pizza from Two Boots and comics from Forbidden Planet. Guests this week are Jordan D. White, an editor for Marvel Comics; Kevin Allison from the "RISK!” podcast and the ‘90s MTV sketch comedy show “The State” and comedian Christian Polanco. Tickets are $5.

Tuesday, Sept. 8

The Wikileaks Files: Julian Assange in Conversation with Jeremy Scahill

Where: The Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Gowanus
When: Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.

Journalist Jeremy Scahill will talk to Wikileaks founder Assange via a video link from the Ecuadorian embassy in London as part of an event releasing Scahill’s new book, “The Wikileaks Files: The World According to U.S. Empire.”

Women in Leadership Panel

Where: 92nd Street Y at Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side
When: 8:15 p.m.

CEO of Xerox Ursula Burns, Barnard College President Debora Spar and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will discuss the challenges women face in leadership. $36.

Grantland NFL Podcast Live

Where: Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
When: 8:30 p.m.

Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays from ESPN’s more literary counterpart Grantland will be hosting a live podcast previewing the upcoming football season. Some tickets are still left at the door and football fans can also listen from Knitting Factory’s front bar for free.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

The Wake Up Morning Rave and Fundraiser

Where: C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Start your day with an early-morning dance party. Artists and activists come together to “offer healing” around the issues of police brutality with this fundraiser for the Black Lives Matter New York chapter and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Jump start the morning with dancing and indulge in free coffee and breakfast foods.

Wake Up 2015

Where: The High Line. Starts at 34th Street all the way south to Gansevoort Street, Chelsea
When: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist and composer Michael Nicholas is leading a mass funeral march down the High Line. Anyone can sign up online to be a part of the performance piece and should wear all black. The march will start at 34th Street entrance to the High Line and run south until Gansevoort Street.

40th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit for The Jefferson Market Garden

Where: The Lion, 62 West Ninth St., Greenwich Village
When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson Market Garden, one of our picks for the best non-library places to study, is a remarkably quiet, green oasis tucked between the busy thoroughfares of Greenwich Avenue and Sixth Avenue. While it is a NYC Park, it is volunteer-run, and their fundraising helps maintain the garden’s lush plantings. Tickets to the benefit start at $150 and can be purchased at the door or online. For more information, email jmg.40yrbenefit@gmail.com or check out the garden’s website.

Free “West Side Story” Outdoor Screening

Where: Trinity Lower East Side Lutheran Parish, 602 E. 9th St.
When: 8 p.m.

Who says outdoor movies have to end after Labor Day? Catch the classic, Academy Award-winning musical and don’t forget to bring snacks for yourself or to share.

Thursday, Sept. 10

Gallery Exhibition Opening: Senga Nengudi

Where: Dominique Lévy, 909 Madison Ave., Upper East Side
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

View Nengudi’s recent sculptures and historical performance photographs from the 1970s on the first day of this exhibit. Nengudi was part of a community of African American artists in Los Angeles that engaged in a number of radical political movements in the 1970s and created performance art and sculptures out of this experience.


Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands, DUMBO
When: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The city’s largest annual photography exhibition returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park with more than 65 shipping containers turned into photo galleries. Photoville, which will take place from Sept. 10 to 20, will host its opening night programming on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

Take Ballet to the Streets

Where: Target Community Garden, 931 Bedford Ave., Bed-Stuy
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ballet and hip hop dancers take over Bed-Stuy’s community garden for this free performance as part of the New York Restoration Project’s “Arts in the Gardens” series.  

► ‘Street Strut’ Loft Party to Benefit ACE Programs for the Homeless

Where: 101 Wooster St., SoHo
When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“SoHo Strut” blogger and Sullivan Street resident Danielle Nazinitsky is hosting a loft party featuring NYC street artists, who will be auctioning off notebooks they drew in and selling prints and original works. Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door and include a free Moleskine notebook and access to an open bar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 from each ticket and all of the proceeds from the one-of-a-kind notebook auction will go to ACE. The artists will keep all of the proceeds from the sale of their work.

Hick: A Love Story

Where: SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St.
When: Opening night is Sept. 10, 8 p.m., with four more shows over the following week and a half.

This one-woman show tells the story of Eleanor Roosevelt’s romantic relationship with a female journalist when she first became First Lady in 1933, as documented in more than 2,000 letters from Roosevelt to the journalist, Lorena Hickok. It was deemed “compelling” by the San Francisco Examiner and “brilliant” by the Guardian. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online.