There’s nothing like Memorial Day weekend to get you planning hot-weather events and escapes. To help you celebrate summer, here are 100 amazing things to hear, see and do in the best city on earth!
WHAT TO HEAR
1. “The Wiz.” R &B queen Ashanti plays Dorothy in this latest staging of the ’70s pop-soul re-think on “The Wizard of Oz.” At City Center, 131 W. 55th St. (212) 247-0430.
2. Summer Reading Program Kick-Off party. Join the Brooklyn Public Library for the beginning of reading season as the chick-rock group Care Bears on Fire perform live. June 4 at 3:30 p.m. Free; 1 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, (718) 230-2100.
3. Brooklyn Music Festival. Reggae, dancehall and calypso heat up Aviator Sports & Recreation, Floyd Bennett Field. June 21, 50 Aviator Road, Brooklyn. For more information, go to BrooklynMusic Festival.com.
4. “All Points West.” The largest alterna-rock festival on the East Coast hits Liberty State Park the weekend of July 31. This second annual fest sprawls through three days of groovy rock bands, headlined by the Beastie Boys, Tool and Coldplay, who close the day-long shows, Fri., Sat. and Sun. respectively. Single-day pass $89, three-day pass $199. Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, N.J., (212) 307-7171.
5. Beyonce channels her inner “Sasha Fierce” at the Garden on June 21. The latest live extravaganza from the sex-bomb singer promises to be her most elaborate — and, if we’re lucky, drag-queen-ready — event to date. $20.75-$175.75; Seventh Ave. between 31st and 33rd Sts., (212) 307-7171.
6. Depeche Mode plans to prove synthpop never dies by spreading their S&M-tinged gloom through the Garden on Aug. 3 and 4. Reach out and touch faith. $49.50 to $129.50, (212) 307-7171.
8. Black Eyed Peas. The hip-hop/dance-pop act’s latest work, “The E.N.D.” comes out June 9 and promises to be their most enjoyably light work to date. (The title, incidentally, stands for “Energy Never Dies.”)
10. Lil’ Wayne. At first, Lil’ Wayne said his new album, out June 23, would be a rock record. Now the world’s best-selling rapper says that’s sort of a fib. Either way, “Rebirth” should be hip hop’s top seller of the year.
11. The Antidepressant Festival. Starting June 5, the Brick Theater in Brooklyn runs plays, events and comedy acts with positive points of view — though many have an ironic twist, no doubt. No pills required! 575 Metropolitan Ave., (718) 907-3461.
12. The Siren Festival. The only free all-day alterna-rock festival takes place on 10th St. next to the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island. It’s the ninth annual version of this event, sponsored by the Village Voice, which this year stars the avant-guitar band Built to Spill.
13. Free shows. “Good Morning America’s” summer concert series hits Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield with free Friday morning performances, including Lionel Richie on May 29 and the Jonas Brothers on June 12. Free, 6 a.m., Fifth Ave. and 59th St., www.abcnews.go.com.
14. Specs appeal. Pick up Elvis Costello’s new album, “Secret, Profane & Sugarcane” ($18.98), on June 2 before catching the famed songwriter crooning with the Sugarcanes at Beacon Theater on June 10. $49.50-$89.50, 8 p.m. (212) 465-6500.
15. Coney Island concert. Alterna-country hits Coney when the beloved band Wilco performs at KeySpan Park on July 13. Nothing beats hearing Jeff Tweedy‘s lead vocals while you bite into a Nathan’s hot dog and soak up the sights and sounds of the city’s most famous beach. 8 p.m., $45. 1904 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, (718) 449-8497.
16. Music on the Oval. Enjoy a different band each Wed. evening between June 10-July 15 at this free, outdoor concert series. Featuring local groups like the Budos Band and Forro in the Dark, the series also features a different pre-show deejay each week. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. 252 First Ave. www.stuytown.com.
17. 2009 Tribeca New Music Festival. Lovers of avant-garde music can head out to this annual festival, which presents four concerts over four days this year from June 4-7. This year’s festival features experimental musicians like JacobTV and groups like the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. 7 p.m., $15. 41 White St., www.nyae.org.
18. Sunday Best. From now through Labor Day weekend, a guest deejay performs each Sun. at BKLYN Yard. Attendees can get busy dancing up a storm, or just go for the food and sangria. Sundays, 3-7 p.m.; $8-$10. www.bklynyard.com.
WHAT TO SEE
20. The Whitney Museum. See “Dan Graham: Beyond,” the first retrospective for the Illinois-born artist that features his entire body of work — film, video, photographs, models and more. June 25 through Oct. 11. Or catch “Photoconceptualism, 1966-1973,” the final installment of a three-part series on the work of artists such as Robert Smithson, Mel Bochner, and William Wegman. May 22 through mid-September; $15. 945 Madison Ave., at 75th St., (212) 570-3600.
21. Sunday Shorts. As part of the summer BAMCinaFEST, this event features 29 new short films, including animation, narrative, documentary and experimental work. June 28; $11. 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100.
22. Fashioning Felt at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. This exhibition explores the varied new uses of felt, which is actually an ancient material. Now through Sept. 7. 2 E. 91st St., (212) 849-8400.
23. “Nurse Jackie.” Edie Falco, in her first major TV role since channeling Carmela Soprano’s French tips, plays a smart, hard-working emergency room nurse at a New York hospital — while also trying to balance a couple of guys on the side and hide a Vicodin habit. June 8, 10:30 p.m., Showtime.
24. “Hung.” Yes, that’s what it’s all about! Thomas Jane plays a well-endowed former high school legend who’s now a struggling high school basketball coach, relying on his large asset to get ahead. The show also stars Anne Heche, Jane Adams and Charlie Saxton. June 28, 10 p.m., HBO.
25. “Taking Woodstock.” Here come the cool kids. Jonathan Groff made a splash this spring getting naked onstage at the Public Theater. On Aug. 14, he’ll hang loose in Ang Lee’s latest about the rock festival that changed the landscape of American teen dreams. Check local theaters.
26. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra.” Channing Tatum channels the most famous plastic man of all time starting Aug. 7. The film puts the star in a chaotic world with enough high-tech submarines, Delta 6 Accelerator Suits and rocket-shooting SUVs to spawn decades of G.I. Joe toys.
27. “Final Destination: Death Trip.” This summer you can watch unfortunate teens plunge to their deaths in the magical realism of 3D. Sounds peachy, right? The film was shot in high-definition 3D and is slated for an Aug. 28 release.
28. “Twelfth Night,” Shakespeare’s comedy of shipwrecked twins gets two free productions (should it be “Twenty-fourth Night”?). Up first, the Public Theater’s version in Central Park, starring Anne Hathaway and running June 10-July 12. The Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, at Ludlow and Broome Sts., runs July 3-19.
29. Wendy Williams — the queen of straight talk and “How you doin’?” — launches her daytime TV show on Fox July 13. Set your DVR.
30. “Bruno.” Big-screen bad boy Sacha Baron Cohen is back with another onenamed wonder in his latest movie, hitting theaters July 10. The story of a gay Austrian fashion aficionado promises to be even more outrageous than “Borat.” Niiice.
31. Cool time. Chill out with the Brooklyn Museum’s new Arctic Ice Project, which displays a 2½ -ton piece of ice pulled from a frozen river in the Alaskan Arctic. The uber-ice cube is kept in a specially designed freezer powered by solar energy. Suggested admission: $10 for adults, and free for kids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 200 Eastern Parkway, (718) 638-5000.
32. A-List astronomy. Beginning July 4, Whoopi Goldberg narrates the American Museum of Natural History’s new space spectacular, “Journey to the Stars,” at the Hayden Planetarium. The show launches you through space and time to explore the life and death of stars. Suggested admission is $15 for adults and $8.50 for kids. Central Park West and 79th St., (212) 769-5100.
33. Summer rentals. Tuck some upcoming DVD titles into your Netflix queue, including chick flick “He’s Just Not That Into You” ($14.99) on June 9, Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” ($15.99) on June 12 and “Watchmen” ($19.99) on July 21. Or snap them up for your personal library. Amazon.com.
34. Hot Mama. “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Chandra Wilson wiggles into the role of Matron (Mama) Morton in Broadway’s “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre for a four-week limited performance, June 8-July 5. $59-$126.50, 219 W. 49th St., (212) 239-6200.
35. Midnight movies. Watch your favorite cult classics during witching-hour screenings. The Landmark Sunshine Cinema boasts Friday and Saturday midnight flicks for under $10, including “The Breakfast Club” on May 29 & 30 and “The Great Muppet Caper” on June 5 & 6. $9.99, midnight, 143 E. Houston St., (212) 330-8182.
36. Drinks on the Doc. This twice-monthly film series held at the Bell House showcases old and new documentaries from now through September, offering cheap drink specials along the way. The next screening, “The Order of Myths” on Thursday, features $3 Stoli cocktails. 7:30 p.m., 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn. www.brooklynbased.net.
37. Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue Art-Walk. Take a stroll on the weekend of June 6-7 to discover works by more than 200 artists. Plus, at select times visitors can catch film screenings, music, readings, workshops, artist talks and much more. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.atlanticavenueartwalk.com.
38. Celestial Summer Highlights. The American Museum of Natural History offers plenty of programs, but only this one allows you to glimpse the summer night sky at the Hayden Planetarium on the last Tuesday of each month. On June 23, for instance, visitors can discover which bright summer stars are the hottest and the closest. 6:30 p.m.; $15. Central Park West at 79th St. www.amnh.org.
39. Met on the Roof. The annual art exhibit perched on the Met’s roof, offering spectacular views of Central Park, this year features Roxy Paine’s piece “Maelstrom.” The stainless steel tree-like sculpture — 130 feet long, 45 feet wide — is both creepy and awe-inspiring, and definitely worth seeing. Through Oct. 25; open daily. $10-$20. 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St. www.met.org.
40. National Dance Institute. Celebrate the life and work John Lennon at this summer’s special dance performance. The show includes original choreography to some of Lennon’s most memorable music. June 20-21, 3 p.m.; June 20, 6 p.m.; June 22, 6:30 p.m.; $12-$15. LaGuardia High School Concert Hall, 65th St. at Amsterdam Ave. www.nationaldance.org.
41. “Hell’s Kitchen” The TV cooking competition is back on July 21 with the premiere of its sixth season. And chef Gordon Ramsay will have a new set of cooks to prey on. Tune in to Fox to see who he aims his blade at this time.
42. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” — the big-screen adaptation of the sixth book in the J.K. Rowling series — hits theaters July 15. In this story, the young wizard continues to battle Voldemort while falling hard for Ginny Weasley. The film will be released in regular theaters as well as IMAX 3-D, but rumors are that only 25 minutes of the film is in actual 3-D.
43. “How’d You Get So Rich?” Ever wonder how the guy driving the Jaguar past your bus stop or the woman heading into her Park Ave. apartment made their fortunes? Tune in as the never-shy Joan Rivers asks that question in a new show premiering on TV Land Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. She travels around the country dropping in on strangers who appear to be loaded.
WHAT TO DO
44. Lobster rolls. Head to Pearl Oyster Bar (r.), 18 Cornelia St., for $28 rolls, or Mary’s Fish Camp at 64 Charles St. ($20-$30 depending on market price). Both come with shoestring fries. You be the judge.
45. Summer Solstice Celebration in Socrates Park. This summer festival at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City combines craft workshops guided by local artists with face painting, kayak rides and a smorgasbord of foods from Astoria-based vendors. Stick around for a solstice ritual performed by a local shaman. Sunday, June 21, 5 p.m. to sunset (rain or shine), 32-01 Vernon Blvd., at Broadway in Queens, (718) 956-1819; socratessculpturepark.org.
46. Wedding sale! Get up to 75% off the ticket price at designer Selia Yang’s two-time summer sale. Bonus: The sale applies to old collections as well as new! July 11-12, Sept. 19-20. 71 Franklin St. (212) 941-9073.
47. Bryant Park chess lessons. Midtown Backgammon and Chess hosts this workshop in the park for all those eager to learn tricks and the latest attack strategies. 3-4 p.m.; through Oct. 11. 40th St. and Fifth Ave. (212) 768-4242.
48. Volunteer dog walking. Head to the BARC shelter in Williamsburg and walk a sweet pup! No fuss — just show up and get paired with a dog. Or stay and play with shelter kitties seeking affection. Every day, 9 a.m.-noon and 5-8 p.m. 253 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. (718) 486-7489.
49. Bike New York. Join one of the many bike tours being sponsored by Bike New York that take you through some of the most scenic areas of the metro area. Register in advance; fees vary. Schedule: Long Island Harbors Ride, June 28. Harlem Valley Rail Ride, July 26. Twin Lights Ride, Sept. 26. Visit BikeNewYork.org.
50. Best Key lime pies in Brooklyn. Head to Steve’s Key Lime Pies in Red Hook — a kitschy throwback to an island surf shop. It’s on the water with a great view, right next to the pier stroll where you get a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. 204 Van Dyke St. (718) 858-5333.
51. Free barbecue. A returning highlight of summer is the free Sunday afternoon barbecue at Williamsburg gay-friendly bar Metropolitan. The cheapo pitchers of beer go great with hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian offerings. 559 Lorimer St. (718) 599-4444.
52. Brooklyn’s lake. Tour the lake in Prospect Park aboard the Independence. Beginning this Thursday, the tour schedule expands to Thursday through Sunday, plus holidays, every half hour from 12:30-4:30 p.m. ($8 for adults, ProspectPark.org for information). Select summer Thursdays (July 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27) feature sunset tours with wine and cheese for $30 per person. Reserve at (718) 287-3400, ext. 102.
53. Shore fun. The Big Apple’s 14 miles of public beaches across the boroughs officially open for summer on Memorial Day weekend. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free, visit www.nycgovparks.org for the sandy shore nearest you.
54. Snow leopards. On June 12, new snow leopards debut at the Central Park Zoo. We hear the cats are already in place, gradually acclimating to their new surroundings before the big kickoff. $10; 830 Fifth Ave. Visit CentralParkZoo.com for more.
55. “A Clearing in the Streets. ” A tiny meadow of wildflowers soon will sprout out of the pavement downtown. Artists Julie Farris and Sarah Wayland-Smith were commissioned to create a living public art project that appears at Centre and Leonard Sts., May 27 to October. For more details, go to PublicArtFund.org.
56. Secret patios. Hide away on secluded back patios. Three of the best: El Rey del Sol for Margaritas (232 W. 14th St., 212-229-0733), Franny’s for pizza (295 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, 718-230-0221), Joya for Thai food (215 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-222-3484).
57. Summer means barbecue. Get excited for a fresh take on ribs. At new Williamsburg spot Brooklyn Star, they’re seasoned with Dr Pepper for a succulent small plate. 33 Havemeyer St. (718) 599-9899.
58. Edible gardens. New kitchen gardens are springing up all over the boroughs. Starting June 17, stroll the Martha Stewart Edible Garden, part of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx (NYBG.org). Or dine alongside the vegetable garden at Ortine in Prospect Heights (622 Washington Ave., 718-622-0026, Ortine.com).
59. Madden NFL 10. Are you ready for some football? Get it Aug. 14 for Play-Station, Xbox and Wii. The new game includes customized throwing styles for each quarterback and, as a bonus, the chance to square off against ESPN radio host Mike Golic in a speed-eating challenge.
60. Crab boil. The weekly crab boil returns to Back Forty on June 2. It runs every Tuesday through Labor Day. For $40 a person, you get corn on the cob, sides, cobbler dessert and heaps and heaps of spicy steamed crabs. 190 Avenue B. (212) 388-1990.
61. New views. Take in breezy city views from a new perch. The first section of the Highline (from Gansevoort to 20th St.) is scheduled to open in June. Check back at TheHighline.org for specifics.
62. Air Sex World Championships. If you’re looking for an offbeat Friday night activity, you can’t do better than this at Highline Ballroom. It’s like air guitar, but instead of playing an imaginary instrument, costumed contestants make love to an imaginary partner. June 12, 8 p.m. $15; 431 W. 16th St. (212) 414-5994.
63. The Seventh Annual Little Italy Pasta Eating Competition takes place on July 4. A dozen eaters chosen from the staffs at 12 restaurants have 8 minutes to down up to 5 pounds of pasta. 4 p.m.; SPQR, 133 Mulberry St. (212) 925-3120.
64. Mario Lanza vocal competition. On Saturday, July 18, 15 tenors will compete for $500 and the chance to sing at the Feast of San Gennaro. 3 p.m.; stage at the intersection of Hester and Mulberry Sts.
65. Sandy Hook Beach. Get away to Sandy Hook Beach in New Jersey — a brisk 30 minutes from Manhattan by Sea-streak ferries. Leave from Pier 11 (at Wall St.) or 35th St (on the East River) and head to Sandy Hook’s clean beaches. The service continues through Sept. 4. Ferries depart Monday through Friday from E. 35th St. at 8:45 and 11 a.m., and from Pier 11 at 9 and 10:40 a.m. They return from Sandy Hook at 4:10 p.m. On weekends, ferries leave from 35th St. at 8 and 10:30 a.m., and from Pier 11 at 8:15 and 11 a.m. You can come back at either 3:54 or 5:45 p.m. on weekends. The cost is $40 for the round trip, including beach admission. For more info, go to Seastreak.com.
66. Make it “Works.” Housing Works thrift stores are where smart New Yorkers go for gently used items. On June 6, they will host a street fair at Crosby and Houston Sts. — a mecca for lovers of bargain books, CDs and clothes.
67. Watch Constantine Maroulis get to second base — literally. On Thursday afternoons on the Heckscher Ballfields in Central Park, near Central Park West and 63rd St., the Broadway Show League softball games are a way to see stars in action — just not acting.
68. NYC Triathlon. From July 24-27, the NYC triathlon boasts plenty of fabulous physiques to tackle the Big Apple three ways. They run, they bike, they swim. And we watch (as we suck our stomachs in). Show up and cheer, and be inspired to get fit.
69. Grilling and chilling. By 7 a.m. on any Saturday morning in the summer, serious cooks will have already staked out a space at city parks that allow an open flame, camping out with a cooler of snacks while they wait for the rest of the group to arrive. The payoff comes six hours later, when the scene around the public grills at places like Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Orchard Beach in the Bronx and East River Park in the lower East Side are filled with the smoke of grilling meats and toasting buns, tables loaded with sides and the sound of stereos cranked up for an outdoor party. Even if you’ve never touched a charcoal briquette, you should make the trip to the park with a picnic basket in tow this summer. For a list of parks that allow grilling, go to www.nycgovparks.org.
70. Water Taxi Beach (times three). True, the stretches of real sand, picnic tables, Manhattan skyline views and super-cool ferry access can turn Long Island City’s Water Taxi Beach (2 Borden Ave., at the Queens waterfront; www.watertaxibeach.com) into a madhouse on August Saturdays, but it’s still worth a trip at least once this summer. Thankfully, this year the operation will add two locations, one at South Street Seaport and one at Governors Island. All no doubt will be as crowded as the original. Go early on weekends to snag a seat.
71. Sixpoint Craft Ales’ Apollo ale. When temperatures climb, reach for the wheat, meaning a tall, cold, crisp beer brewed with wheat in the Belgian style. Last year, Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Craft Ales (the brewery’s in Red Hook; www.sixp ointcraftales.com) released its first seasonal American pale ale, calling it Apollo Wheat. With just a kick of citrus, it’s the perfect antidote to a summer scorcher, but it’s available only on tap. Look for it and other wheat beers at craft beer-friendly bars like Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E. Seventh St.
72. The UnFancy Food Show. Each year, professional foodies descend on the Jacob Javits Convention Center for the Fancy Food Show, where pickle-makers, chocolatiers, cheesemeisters and other special-ty food purveyors lay out their wares for supermarket buyers and other retailers. For the past two years, the East River Bar in Williamsburg (97 S. Sixth St., Brooklyn; 718-302-0511) has been the host of its own version, one with locally made goodies and plenty of beer. Called the UnFancy Food Show, last year’s featured pork from Tamarack Hollow Farm in Vermont, Brooklyn-made pickles, pizzas baked fresh from a mobile unit, tortillas from Hot Bread Kitchen, and the decadently rich ricotta from Salvatore Brooklyn. This year’s un-conventional convention is planned for June 28.
73. Tomatoes and peaches and corn (oh, my). From July to September, you should buy them every week from city greenmarkets — the complete list is at www.cenyc.org — and eat them at least once a day. It’s easy to do: Slice a few tomatoes and top them with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil and finely minced basil, gently blanch the corn and butter it up well. Follow those up with a perfectly ripe peach, eaten out of hand.
74. Hot dogs on the Fourth of July. Covered worldwide, the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island is not for the faint of heart: Think harsh summer sun, massive crowds and plenty of stomach-turning views of excessive eating. Instead of making the trip down to the shore, a wiser plan is to put the event on the tube and grill up a few of the amazing franks made fresh by the city’s local butch-ers, like Karl Ehmer Quality Meats (63-35 Fresh Pond Road, Queens, 1-800-ITS-KARL); Steve’s Meat Market (104 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, 718-383-1780), or Lobel’s Prime Meats (1096 Madison Ave., 212-737-1372). While you munch, consider this oftcited factoid from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council: Americans consume around 150 million ’furters every Fourth.
75. Perfect pie. A slew of fresh summer fruits — think apricots, peaches and cherries both sweet and sour — means most local restaurants should have at least one type of pie on hand for you to order à la mode. But they’ll have them all at the aptly named Little Pie Company (424 W. 43rd St., at Ninth Ave., 212-736-4780, and Grand Central Market). They make 5-inch personal-sized pies for $7.50, which means you can order one in every fruity flavor.
76. Agua frescas. Iced tea and lemonade are fine summer drinks, but Mexicans have really mastered the summer refresher. By late June along 10th Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen, Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, and Roosevelt Ave. in the Queens nabe of Jackson Heights, streetside vendors have agua frescas — literally meaning “fresh waters” — the South of the Border solution to sizzling hot temps. Sold for between $1 and $2 and ladled up from glass beehive-shaped buckets, they’re a mix of fresh fruit juices, chunks of fresh fruit, water and a little sugar. All taste great, but the best choice for a really hot day is always watermelon.
77. Crowning achievement. The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public on July 4, the first time visitors will be able to climb higher than Lady Liberty’s feet since 9/11. Pick up a monument access pass when you buy a ferry ticket from Statue Cruises. Ferry fees: Adults, $12; kids, $5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1-877-LADY-TIX.
78. Ice cream cookie sandwiches from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy Milk Bar. A real ice cream sandwich is a rare summer treat even for those of us who don’t need to drop a few pounds: How often can you justify eating not one but two whole cookies and a serving of ice cream? So when you do decide to partake in one of the most decadent summer desserts, do it right: At Ronnybrook, they make their $3.75 creations right on the spot, slapping a fat slab of super-rich ice cream made from their own milk, procured upstate — like mint chocolate chip, strawberry or maybe ginger crème brûlée — between two thick cookies of your choice. Hey, you can always diet in November.
79. “Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain” (Doubleday, $25), by Marty Appel, offers the inside story of the high-profile Yankee catcher’s often difficult life and tragic death in a 1979 plane crash. On sale July 7.
80. West Indian Labor Day Carnivale Parade. Each year, savvy foodies send out the summer with a trip to the West Indian Parade in Brooklyn, which runs for miles down Eastern Parkway to Grand Army Plaza. The dancing, elaborately sequined costumes and extra-loud reggae are certainly draws, but the pan-Carib-bean food is amazing, too. There’s everything from platters of fried chicken and fish paired with mac and cheese to Jamaican beef patties, fresh ginger beer and the fat, curry-stuffed Trinidadian flatbread rolls called roti.
81. Fresh water. Dive into one of the city’s 54 outdoor public pools beginning June 27, and try the Floating Pool Lady, now anchored at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx. Free, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for a pool near you.
82. Summer sleepovers. Have your own “Night in the Museum” at the American Museum of Natural History’s Sleepovers (Central Park West & 79th St.), where kids explore fossils by flashlight and catch an IMAX film. Ages 8-12; $129. June 19 & 26, 212-769-5200. The Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th St.) also hosts an Ultimate Himalayan Sleepover Adventure for kids. Ages 9-12; $175. June 13, (212) 620-5000, ext. 344.
83. Booking celebrities. Get A-list autographs at free book readings in Barnes & Noble and Borders stores. Gloria Steinem and Isabella Rossellini hit Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle on June 1, with Spike Lee hitting the same store June 30. Vanessa Williams visits Borders Columbus Circle on June 2, and Chuck Barris hits the same spot June 4. Visit www.bn.com and www.borders.com for details.
84. Grind time. Pro skaters compete for the ultimate skateboarding crown at Red Bull Manny Mania’s Skateboarding Weekend in Coleman Park, beneath the Manhattan Bridge. The totally rad contest caps a weekend worth of fun activities. June 7 at 3-7 p.m.; free. Pike and Monroe Sts. intersection, www.redbullmannymania.com.
85. Warmup at PS 1. Get your groove back at this weekly dance session held at the MoMA affiliate, PS 1. Not only does the series include a stellar lineup of deejays, the whole thing is housed in an installation designed by the winner of their Young Architects Program. 2-9 p.m.; $10. 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens. www.ps1.org.
86. Diane von Furstenberg. New York’s favorite designer for classy dresses and couture styles holds a sample sale from June 2-6. Savvy shoppers can enjoy incredible savings, snagging shoes for just $70, dresses for $125 and vintage DVF for only $150. Tues., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 260 Fifth Ave., between 28th and 29th St., (212) 725-5400.
87. The Waterpod Project. This floating living space travels up and down the Hudson and East rivers all summer long. With a set of artists and environmentalists living on board, the sustainable project aims to show how we might someday live on water-based communities. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.thewaterpod.org.
88. 2nd Annual Astoria Knit in Public Day. On June 13, local knitters, craft-ers and crocheters unite for a day of enjoying the sun and doing what they love most. Demonstrations and hands-on instructions are available throughout the day for newcomers and veterans alike. Noon-4 p.m. 23rd Ave. and 19th St., Queens, visit www.astoriakip.blogspot.com.
89. “Monday Night Magic.” One of the longest-running Off-Broadway magic shows in the city, each Monday night presents a different array of magicians in an intimate theatrical setting. During inter-mission, slight-of-hand magicians mingle with the audience. 8 p.m.; $34-$39. 45 Bleecker St. www.mondaynightmagic.com.
90. Super Soakers. It’s a blast from the past. Iconic water toy Super Soaker turns 20 this year, and the company brings back its classic Super Soaker 50 from the 1980s (but with an improved design over the original) for just $15, and available now! Visit www.hasbro.com.
91. SCORE! It’s time to rid your apartment of all the impulse buys, old clothes and thoroughly perused books you’ve been hanging onto for years. Head to SCORE! at the waterfront venue, BKLYN Yard, which gets transformed into an open-air boutique where items can be traded and sold for new ones. May 30; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 388-400 Carroll St., www.bklynyard.com.
92. Art Deco in the Fabulous Fifties. This walking tour explores some of the architectural wonders in the heart of the city. Architectural historian Tony Robins will lead groups from the restored General Electric Building to the Waldorf-Astoria, and finish off at Rockefeller Center. Today at 2 p.m.; $10-$15. 457 Madison Ave., at 51st St., www.mas.org.
93. Wave Hill’s Yoga in Nature. Find your inner zen at weekly yoga classes held out-side at Wave Hill in the Bronx. The classes deal with decreasing stress and increasing energy by focusing on posture, breathing and meditation. Tuesdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.; $10-$18. W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx, www.wavehill.org.
94. Nathan’s is famous for their hot dogs, but few know that the original location in Coney Island serves fried frogs legs, too. In fact, while the chain now serves franks out of 234 stores in all 50 states and four foreign countries, the 1310 Surf Ave. location is the only one that offers the delicacy. Dip ’em in tartar sauce or enjoy them on a bun.
95. Mermaid Parade. Calling all wannabe sea creatures. The annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island kicks off June 20, at 2 p.m. People dress as pirates, mermaids, sea gods, and every sand and sea animal imaginable. Motorized floats and antique cars are also part of the parade. To make room for increasing crowds in recent years, the parade will now take a different route, starting at W. 21st St. and Surf Ave.
96. Tickets for the Yankees can cost a fortune at their new stadium. But you can catch the Staten Island Yankees for as little as $6, with the best seats selling for only $14. Many of the dates even include a post-game fireworks show. Opening day is June 20 against the Brooklyn Cyclones, and the season runs through Sept. 6. For more, go to www.siyanks.com.
97. The Brooklyn Cyclones kick off their season June 19 against the Staten Island Yankees. Join team mascot Sandy the Seagull in cheering on the minor league team at their Coney Island Stadium. Games run through Sept. 6, but tickets sell out fast. For more information, visit www.BrooklynCyclones.com.
98. Woodstock. This summer marks the 25th anniversary of Woodstock. If you weren’t lucky enough to catch Rich-ie Havens perform the first time around, you can see the soul singer for free July 23 at 7 p.m. He’ll be performing as part of the River to River Festival’s “Four Nights of Peace, Love & Music: A Castle Clinton Tribute to Woodstock.” Tickets will be distributed two per person outside Castle Clinton National Monument in Battery Park at 5 p.m. on the day of the show. For more info, visit www.rivertorivernyc.com.
99. Seventh Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. If you love pulled pork and baby back ribs, you won’t want to miss this Block Party on June 13-14. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days, the country’s top pitmasters will gather in Madison Square Park to cook their award-winning food. Admission is free and includes live music, seminars and cooking demonstrations. Barbecue will be sold at $8 per plate. www.bigapplebbq.org
100. Scenic screens. Hit the great outdoors for great movies. Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts Movies With a View (www.brooklynbridgepark.org) kicking off with “Raising Arizona” on July 9. Hudson River Park’s River- Flicks (www.hudsonriverpark.org) boasts “Iron Man” for grownups on July 8 and “The Wizard of Oz” for the kids on July 10. Central Park’s Film Festival (www.centralparknyc.org) keeps cool with hits like “Shaft” beginning Aug. 18.
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