Tuesday, July 9, 2013


July 4

Poor Lady Liberty has been shut since October 2011, thanks to a $30 million, one-year renovation and damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. The symbol of freedom made its triumphant return on Fourth of July, with upgrades like shallower steps inside the statue, a new air-conditioning system and more wheelchair accessibility. Ferry ticket $12, children 4–12 $5, children under 4 free; crown access additional $3.

July 10 - 16 FREE

The Philharmonic goes green, kicking off the free summer outdoor concert series with a performance in Brooklyn's Prospect Park followed by four other concerts around NYC parks. See full schedule here. (Photo: Chris Lee)
Bastille Day
July 14 FREE

This celebration of France’s independence is held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic and boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting. 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues.
City of Water Day
July 20 FREE

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance celebrates NYC’s best accessory at Governors Island and Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, offering activities that remind us just how good we have it. Get gratis access to a plethora of watergoing vessels, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land. Sign up early to nab a spot on a narrated boat tour of the harbor. See full list of activities here.
July 22 - August 16

Twice a year, for two weeks or more at a stretch, some of the city’s finest restaurants dish out three-course prix-fixe lunches for around $24; some places also offer dinner for $35. For the full list of participating restaurants, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek. Not surprisingly, the event is immensely popular, so make your reservations as soon as possible.

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