What To Do In New York City This Weekend (June 30-July 2)

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.


If you didn’t make this a long weekend, you’re not doing America’s birthday right. There are plenty of fun parties, fireworks, and one-day-only food events to keep you going no matter what.


MOMA PS 1 Warm Up

Warm Up in Queens features the best of the best artists every Saturday through Labor Day. This week is no exception with Jackmaster and Numbers of Glasgow, Scotland, DJ EZ of London, Tiger & Woods / Running Back of Rome, Shanti Celeste / Peach Discs of Bristol, England, and VHVL of Harlem. Tickets are $18 to $22 for a dance celebration to kick off the weekend of America’s birthday.


NYC Zombie Crawl

The zombiepocalypse might be upon us at the 11th annual of the NYC Brooklyn Zombie crawl. Starring the band “Everything is Terrible” (obviously), the crawl is $20 and will feature music, drinks and an after party.


Get Ur Freak On: A Celebration of Missy Elliot

Let the music make you lose control by being supa dupa fly this Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate Missy Elliot. “Work It” all night long for only $15 to $20 with all her classic hits.


International African Arts Festival

The 46th annual International Arts Festival will be taking place this Saturday through July 4 in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. The celebration is an outdoor African cultural oasis which features music, food, dance and much more.


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

Midsummer Night Swing at Damrosch Park

Lincoln Center hosts a set of musical events per week for crowds to swing and move your hips to music all summer long. Tickets range from $17 to $25, with some including a drink and bag check, along with the obvious dancing time.


Happy Birthday Amurrica

Fireworks on the East River are just one of the many spectacles that the city has to offer for the holiday this year. Party on, Americans. This birthday will be a rager.


New Restaurant Openings/Art to Check Out:

Up Close: Michael Angelo’s Sistine Chapel

If you can’t make it to the Sistine Chapel in Italy, the World Trade Center Oculus might be your next best thing. The exhibition at the Oculus will take place for one month and features enlarged photography images to see all the details of historical paintings

NOMOFOMO WHAT: UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO'S SISTINE CHAPEL. "With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced using state-of-the-art technology. In order for the observer to fully engage and comprehend the artwork, the paintings have been reproduced in their original sizes. The overwhelming impression for the observer will be the dimensions of the art, the closeness to the picture, and the modern style of the exhibit. As a result, the visitor can explore the artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel". WHERE: Westfield World Trade Center (@westfieldworldtradecenter) 185 Greenwich Street. WHEN: June 23-July 23, 2017. 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm (7pm on Sundays). $15 timed tickets (buy online). Or peruse from the sidelines for free. FEED INSPIRATION: #upclosemichelangelossistenechapel #worldtradecenter 📷: @littlekidnyc

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Japanese chain Create Restaurants Holdings has more than 800 restaurants in Japan and Asia. It’s finally debuting in the U.S. with Naoki, a kaiseki-style restaurant opening in Chelsea this week. The restaurant will feature an $80 kaiseki-style (seasonal Japanese tasting menu), four-course menu, including prawn and fried lotus root, along with a meat and fish course.


One-Day-Only Shake Shack Burger

Expect crazy long lines this Friday when Shake Shack at Madison Square Park serves a burger imported from the Meiji-Jingu Gaien Shack in Tokyo. The burger is created by Zaiyu Hasegawa of Tokyo and will only be on the menu Friday while supplies last. Swing by the super early to try the DEN Shack ($6.99), an Angus beef burger topped with applewood-smoked bacon, DEN miso ShackSauce, sansho pepper and house-pickled cucumbers. Also delve into the Black Sesame Shake ($5.29), made with vanilla frozen custard blended with black sesame puree.