What To Do In New York City This Weekend (July 21 – July 23)

Ashley Falzone
Ashley is your semi-above-average 20 something living in Astoria who lives and breathes NYC life. She goes about her days looking forward to all the food she will consume. She also loves referencing Kanye West quotes in her articles whenever applicable.

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Two days worth of festivals focused on sweets, jerk chicken, wine, will make this weekend oh so divine.

 

NYC Wine and Sweets Festival

This unlimited food and wine tasting event this weekend will be held at Long Island City Flea & Food. Tickets are $49 and include all wine tastings with up to three different sweets. Vendors include Melt and Brooklyn Coffee Co, as well as wine from North Fork Project Chardonnay and Bronis Moscato.

 

Jamaican Jerk Festival

Get your spicy senses tingling this Sunday at the 7th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkens Park in Queens. Tickets are $35 and you’ll try a variety of Jamaican vendors and listen to great Caribbean music. Spice up your life.

 

Ozy Fest

Not to be confused with Ozzy Osbourne, Ozy Fest is a summer festival that is described as “TED meets Coachella”. The party on Saturday at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park has a lineup including Samantha Bee, Jason DeRulo, Eddie Huang, Issa Rae, Rupaul, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, and so much more. The $50 ticket will bring you music, comedy, provocative ideas and food from amazing vendors.

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Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown

Summer time is all about the ice cream. This dessert takedown will help you explore the best ice cream that Brooklyn has to offer. On Sunday at the Royal Shuffleboard Palms, you’ll taste ice creams from places such as the famed Coolhaus and Ample Hills Creamery. Tickets are $20 and you’ll be able to vote on your favorite flavor.

 

For events to keep you going throughout the month, check out the below:

NYC Restaurant Week

Restaurant week is back y’all, which means it’s time to make those reservations at the restaurants you’ve been dying to try for years. From July 24 to August 18, sample your taste buds to a three-course lunch for $29, or a three-course dinner for $42. The cream of the crop restaurants fill up fast, so get over to Opentable ASAP.

 

Poutine Week at Mile End Deli

If you’ve never tried Canada’s greatest messy French fried delicacy, then you haven’t had the best drunk food mostly unknown to Americans. Mile End Deli in Brooklyn is changing all that with Poutine week, running until July 23. There will be five specials at $18 each, including a mac and cheese and General Tao’s poutine for those with experienced palates. Go for the short rib chili verde poutine if you want the closest resemblance to the original dish.

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New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:

Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions

The Asia Society on the Upper East Side is featuring an exhibit until August 6 called “Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora.” The work encompasses 19 contemporary artists from the South Asian diaspora who explore notions of home and issues relating to migration, gender, race, and memory across the various aesthetics. The artists represent a microcosm of their own American experience. Admission to the museum is $12.

NOMOFOMO WHAT: CROSSING BOUNDARIES. Part of the Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora exhibition. "…considers the work of nineteen contemporary artists from the South Asian diaspora who explore notions of home and issues relating to migration, gender, race, and memory across mediums and aesthetics. These artists represent a microcosm of the American experience and their respective practices across four decades have collectively made a significant impact on the development of contemporary art in the United States". WHO: Anila Quayyum Agha WHERE: Asia Society (@asiasociety) 725 Park Ave. WHEN: Thru August 6, 2017. Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am-6 pm. $12 FEED INSPIRATION: #anilaquayyumagha #asiasociety 📷: @dikyiyoungzom

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Aman Mojadidi’s-Once Upon a Place

In this unfortunate time where fear of immigrants seems to be on the rise, the Times Square Arts and artist Aman Mojadidi have created the very important “Once Upon a Place,” an interactive public art installation of over 70 different stories that creates a much-needed platform for immigrant voices. The installation is located in Duffy Square (46th Street and 7th Avenue) from June 27 to September 5. The exhibit features three repurposed telephone booths, where you can pick up the receiver and listen to oral histories of immigration from the newest New Yorkers. Visitors can also read these stories from a phone book, and share their own immigration story as well.

 

Taqueria El Atoradero

Recently opened in Gowanus, this taqueria by Chef Denisse Chavez focuses on tacos, ceviche, nachos, burritos, and the ever important guac and chips. This is gourmet Mexican drunk food at its finest, and includes a very cute courtyard for that beachy feel you need.

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