Downtown TripPicks: June 19 – June 26, 2017

by | Jun 19, 2017 | Culture, Downtown Living is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.”’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Visit their site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Outdoor Music Party

Signaling the official start of summer, Make Music NYC is an all day music party with over 1,000 free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs. Whether from the sidewalk, a patch of grass, a stoop or a park, you’ll hear a wide range of sounds from cool local performers. Free.

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Tuesday, June 21 from 10am-10pm

NYC Pride Week

With a week jam packed with events (brunches, film screenings, rallies, parties and much more) and the grand parade, there are plenty of ways New Yorkers can support and celebrate the LGBTQ community. This year’s newest addition is the Pride Island music festival, which will see performances from Patti Labelle, Occupy The Disco, Nelly Furtado, Tegan and Sara, Years & Years and many others. Free and paid events.

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Photo courtesy of BR Gest Publicity

Exclusive Speakeasy

Metropolis may be New York’s most exclusive speakeasy. This secret oyster room and cocktail bar is located inside Union Square’s Blue Water Grill and it’s only open once a week – on Thursdays. Better book in advance if you want to check out these fancy digs.

Metropolis (Union Square)

Swedish Festival

The annual Swedish Midsummer Festival is an opportunity to acquaint yourself with Sweden’s rich culture. The day’s events include traditional music, folk dancing, pole decorating and delicacies from Swedish restaurants and shops, including FIKA, The Shop at Scandinavia House, Nordic Preserves, Smörgås Chef/Crepes du Nord, Red Rooster Harlem and others. Free.

Robert F. Wagner Park and Pier A Plaza (Battery Park)
Friday, June 23 from 5-8pm

Oysters, Cocktails and Sunsets

Grand Banks is open for another fabulous summer season! With Kerry Heffernan at the helm, the menu of “sustainable, wild-caught fish species and seasonal local produce” is nothing short of extraordinary. Board the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker, for a truly unique New York dining experience.

Pier 25 (Tribeca)
Monday-Tuesday from 3pm-12am; Wednesday-Friday from 12pm-12am; Saturday-Sunday from 11am-12am

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