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7 Things To Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhood This Weekend

By  Shaye Weaver Allegra Hobbs Maya Rajamani and Carolina Pichardo | April 28, 2016 5:11pm | Updated on July 14, 2017 6:49pm

 The WHIN Food Council is hosting another gardening day, full of greens, fruits and art activities.
The WHIN Food Council is hosting another gardening day, full of greens, fruits and art activities.
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Friday, July 14

► Family Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum

Where: Pier 86, at West 46th Street past 12th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen
When: Doors open at 6:45 p.m., talks begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is hosting free Family Astronomy Nights on July 14, July 28, Aug. 4 and Oct. 20. Attendees can star-gaze through high-powered telescopes with the help of local astronomers (or bring their own binoculars to use), participate in astronomy-related activities and listen to experts share their knowledge. This Friday will include a talk led by NASA astrophysicist Amber Straughn. The event is free and open to the public, but space is first-come, first-served.

Tertulia – La Guarida: "Es Permitido Soñar"

Where: Dichter Pharmacy & Soda Shoppe 4953 Broadway, Inwood
When: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Enchanted Lair – La Guarida Magazine, a digital publication, is bringing together poets, writers and artists for a talent show at Dichter’s Pharmacy. The event is meant to highlight creativity in the community, and share a space for those looking to present their work.

Saturday, July 15

City of Water Day

Where: Governors Island and other waterfront locations
When: All day

For the 10th annual City of Water Day, the popular family-friend harbor festival returns to Governors Island and 60 other neighborhood waterfront spots with free boat tours, kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding lessons, along with many other recreational and educational activities.

WHIN Gardening Day

Where: Swindler's Cove Park, Harlem River Drive, off Dyckman Street, Inwood
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you miss the gardening day for the WHIN Food Council, now’s your chance to give it another shot. But if you’ve attended before, then you’ll enjoy again the planting, harvesting and art activities that comes with a morning alongside WHIN foodies. The event promises lots of greens — with sweet peas, beans, kale, basil, lettuce, carrots and sweets. There will strawberries, raspberries and herbs available to pick and eat. It’s family-friendly with a small grass lawn, a pong with turtles, frogs and ducks — it’s sure to be a hit with kids.

Hester Street Fair’s Ice Cream Social

Where: Hester and Essex Streets, Lower East Side
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The best ice cream vendors from across the boroughs will once again bring their sweet treats to the Hester Street Fair’s annual Ice Cream Social to compete for the Audience Award, where audience members will get to vote on the cream of the crop.

The Back Porch Show

Where: Columbia University - Baker Athletic Complex, 533 West 218th St., Inwood
When: 7 to 9 p.m.

The Inwood Art Works’ Back Porch Show, a locally produced variety show, features the work of professional local artists and “cultivates live entertainment” in the neighborhood, according to the organizers, Inwood Art Works. The event has presented the work of over 35 local, “unannounced sensational sets” and acts since it launched in 2012.

Sunday, July 16

Rubin Museum Annual Block Party: Sounds of the Street

Where: The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. in Chelsea
When: 1 to 4 p.m.

The Rubin Museum of Art is hosting its annual block party this weekend, featuring hands-on activities, “meditation spaces” and a silent disco. Groups including the Blue Angels Drumline and New York Suwa Taiko Association will perform. Himalayan snacks, Korilla Korean tacos and other foods will be available to purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters Allegra Hobbs, Carolina Pichardo, Maya Rajamani and Shaye Weaver.