What to Do in New York City This Weekend: May 17-19, 2013

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From the Great GoogaMooga at Prospect Park to DUMBO's awesome Bike Home From Work party and the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, there are all types of outdoor activities, parties, festivals, and music and arts events around New York City this weekend, May 17-19.

Friday, May 17

Neighborhood Parties

On the eve of the launch of the city's bike share program, DUMBO will transform into a party for people who love to bike around the city during the DUMBO Bike Home From Work Party (Archway and Pearl Street Triangle, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., free). Celebrate bike month with a reflective fashion show, food, drinks, pop-up shops selling gear, and a DJ booth. There's also going to be a fueling station at the Brooklyn Bridge, where you can get food and coffee.


Back again for the third year in a row, Brooklyn's Fort Greene/Clinton Hill neighborhoods are hosting the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (through May 19, various times and venues, festival pass $50). Its focus is on emerging, Brooklyn-born/based/centric filmmakers, but the scope of material is international.

Fashion and Design

The annual NoHo Design District event (May 17-20, venues and times vary, free) will bring 48 merchants and 33 art and theater galleries, organizations, and more together at 12 locations in NoHo over the weekend. There will be a total of 170 listed events and exhibits. Designers will put their best work on display, including cutting-edge ideas and inspiring designs and art pieces.

Festivals and Music

The huge Great GoogaMooga festival is at Prospect Park this weekend (4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Friday kickoff concert $54.50, festival free Saturday-Sunday). There will be music, food, themed parties, events, and on and on. The food offerings will include eight vegan stations, to boot.

A highly produced electronic music festival, the Electric Daisy Carnival (Friday and Saturday, from 12 p.m. both days, Citi Field in Flushing, $119 and up) is a combination of dance music and fancy stage production for what festival organizers call an "unparalleled experience of sight and sound."

Saturday, May 18

Drinks and Parties

Always good for a fun time, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic (through May 21, times and locations vary, $45) will include two dozen New York distilleries and a ton of mixology fun. Some events are sold out, so don't wait if you plan on going.


Vegans in lower Manhattan will converge on lower Manhattan this weekend for The Seed, a vegan food fair (82 Mercer St., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $22.50 and up). The festival is a celebration of veganism and cruelty-free food options that will include famous vegan restaurants, speakers, and films. It will feature more than 80 vendors, 20 presenters, cooking demos, yoga demos, workshops, and a raffle.


This weekend, the High Line launches its "Busted" exhibit (now through September 18, free) of sculptures that play off of portraits and monuments by a global collection of artists.

Neighborhood Insider

Brooklyn Navy Yard will be open for fun this weekend with an exhibit featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the project's design and evolution and a bike tour of the yard. Check their website for details (the exhibit will be on for several weeks, bike tour is at noon on May 18).

Sunday, May 19


It's Blue Jays vs. Yankees this weekend (Friday, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:05 p.m.). Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Yankees on Friday night, David Phelps on Saturday, and CC Sabathia on Sunday.

Random but Useful

Bring any personal documents you want destroyed to the city's Shred Fest (10 a.m.-4 p.m., 10 locations throughout the city, free).


Get a look at the Bronx River from a boat with the Audubon Society (1 p.m. and 3 p.m, $25). The boat tours come with a guide and follow the Bronx River starting from 812 Edgewater Road in the Bronx. The guide hopes to come across some of the wide variety of birds that live along the river, including egrets, osprey, belted kingfishers, and more. There will also be a stop or two at restoration sites, and you are not required to row while on the tour -- overall, it's a great way to take an alternative exploration of the Bronx.

Art and Culture

For a bit of culture and history, check out 100 Years of Flamenco in NYC (New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza at 66th Street, through August 3, free), which features costumes, castanets, engravings, and photographs.
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