What’s On July 2016

July is here and that brings summer to the world’s greatest city. We know the heat will get hotter, the humidity will make us more sweaty, and the streets and buildings will bake our bods. 4th of July celebrations have already started, and if you’re not heading out of the city for the long weekend, take a minute to absorb how different the energy feels in New York during a holiday weekend – for the city that never sleeps, it really is something to see quiet roads, empty streets, and closed stores. It doesn’t last long!  The AWNY  Communications Team have put together a list of great events over the 4th weekend and throughout the month of July, and also make not of some of our ‘save the date’ events at the bottom of the list too. We hope to see you soon!

-The AWNY Communications Team

The fireworks over Sydney Harbor are incredible, but the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are worth trekking/schlepping/hiking out to see. They begin when it’s dark (timing a little fluid) and are set off along the East River from midtown to Pier 17. Get all the information here for timing, viewing spots, and directions from the dedicated website.

Broadway in Bryant Park runs every Thursday throughout July and into August (first performance July 7th) at lunchtime. First show has numbers from Wicked, Stomp, The Color Purple, and Matilda. Bring your lunch, escape the office and enjoy an hour of song! Information available via the Bryant Park website.

Open Air Cinemas commence in July and are a great way to enjoy the summer evenings and movies at the same time! They run at various locations and time throughout July, check out the website for the full list.

If you haven’t been to Governor’s Island yet, the event Pinknic could give you a good excuse! Held on July 9 and 10, this is a new event on the island, dedicated to Rose wine. Need we say more? Dress in pink or white (or both!) and enjoy! Tickets and details from the Pinknic website.

Free Indi Rock festival is on July 9th at South Street Seaport (FiDi). 10 bands are performing from 1.00PM and additional information can be found on the 4 Knots Music Festival website.

The annual AAA Westpac Summer Cruise is on July 14, departing from the Skyport Marina on FDR Drive at 6.30pm. Mingle, dance, and enjoy the amazing Manhattan Skyline from the water. Tickets are $15 for AAA members, $25 for non-members and can be purchased through the AAA event page.

The Midtown International Theater Festival is runs from July 16 through August 7th. The one act play Ellen and Troy and Eloise , shortlisted for the 2017 program of the Darlinghurst Theater Company in Sydney, and written by Warren Paul Glover, is on from July 20 – July 24 (3 shows). Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased via the festival’s site.

Save the Date – August 4th! Join us on the evening of August 4th for AWNY’s first ever Book Panel. Australian writers will share their experiences with the audience on how to make it as an Australian writer in New York City. Moderated by Estelle Tang , the panel will include Georgia Clark, Lexi Freiman, and Rachel Hills so be sure to mark your calendar for this great event. Details coming soon.

Save the Date – August 4th (yes, busy night!) A reception will be held at The Master Apartment Gallery (310 Riverside Drive at 103rd Street) between 7.00PM and 8.30PM to celebrate the building’s newly designated status as a Historic NYC Landmark. Artist and AWNY member Jacinta Stewart’s art is included in the show, and AWNY members are invited to a celebration after party in her studio at 321 West 105th Street (just 2 blocks away from the reception) from 8.30pm. Wine and nibbles provided.

Photo credit: Joanna Hishon