In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
The Fourth of July is typically for house parties and rooftop barbecues, but if you’re too lazy to organize your own party, there are a few choice ways to celebrate in style, whilst also catching the area fireworks. Channel your inner pin-up girl at the DL or sit poolside at the luxe McCarren Hotel. Head down to the revamped South Street Seaport, which has become a cultural center for arts, music and food. Splurge and set sail around Manhattan, and dance dance dance at a secret location- or at the beautiful House of Yes in Bushwick. Independence Day is all about friends and family, so have fun no matter what you do, and be safe!
The Liberty Belle Extravaganza ↑
The DL, 95 Delancey Street
Monday, July 4th, 5:00pm-2:00am
Have a retro Rockabilly Fourth with a day of hot jazz, burlesque performers, vintage fashions and American BBQ. Tickets include three floors of performances and dancing. Better start practicing pinning your hair in victory rolls.
Seaport District NYC Festival of Independence ↑
South Street Seaport, 94 South Street
Monday, July 4th, 1:00-9:00pm
The South Street Seaport is prepping for celebration with two stages featuring live music all day, decadent eats from the vendors at Smorgasburg, art exhibitions, and of course views of the Macy’s fireworks on the water.
July 4th Fireworks Sail ↑
Departing from North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place – South Side
Monday, July 4th, 5:30pm
Do the Fourth decadently, with an up-close view of the fireworks from the East River itself. Shearwater sails around Manhattan for four-and-a-half hours and includes obviously impeccable views, as well as open bar and food- and the best view of the fireworks in New York.
House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick
Monday, July 4th, 2:00pm-Midnight
Celebrate independence Bushwick-style with 12 hours straight of hot meat, dirty dancing and delicious chillness. Quality convos. Sunshine vibes on the insides. And its free.
Fireworks Rooftop at the McCarren Hotel & Pool Party ↑
160 North 12th Street, Williamsburg
Monday, July 4th, 7:00pm
Enjoy a dip in the McCarren Hotel’s beautiful pool, champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline- and fireworks.
Secret location for ticket holders
Monday, July 4th, 1:00-10:00pm
Dance your heart out all damn day at this free dance party. The venue will be revealed to ticket holders the day of, harkening the old illegal rave days.
Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori also recently released her first book through Rockport Publishers, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse. Follow her on Twitter @LoriZimmer.
Lead image via Antoine Rose