what is freedom, brooklyn? what does it mean, this day of independence? while morale for our country might be a bit low right now, we can celebrate our freedom to move, to dance, to love, and to be alive; to embrace sunshine and sangria in dangerously unbalanced proportions. to make love on rooftops and dance in the moonlight ’til dawn.
freedom. let’s celebrate in the most traditional sense this independence day weekend, with hotdogs and cookouts and fireworks and red-white-and-blue, and also in the wildest of ways, all in my very throroughly and patriotically curated guide below, that will take you to a tropical paradise in bushwick, a flashback dance party that will have you sneakin’ around until morning, free-booze party 10 years in the making, and a rooftop event that will make you just dye.
just. add. fireworks.
come along, baby. because we’re young and wild and FREE.
Drink Booze, End Cancer at Moonlight Mile in Greenpoint.
revel with a cause tonight and get lit at moonlight mile for a fundraiser to help end HPV. there is so much backward information about HPV prevention coming from the right and we need to dtrengthen the voices of those that know that the elimination of HPV is not going to convince young girls to start having sex. it’s going to support life and healthy love and freedom from this 100% preventable disease. proceeds go to support NOMAN: The Race to End HPV, a 200 mile race across the Mediterranean to raise money and awareness around about the virus. drink specials and raffles and other surprses all night, plus that beautiful free juke box will be rockin. 6-10pm, all info here, 200 franlkin st. at moonlight mile, get (moon)lit.™
El Jefe’s Arepia and Nachorium Pop-Up Dinner at Diamond, Greenpoint.
Summertime Spirits: Rums of the World at MOFAD, Williamsburg.
Natural Dyeing with Food Waste Workshop at Tiny Field Farm, Bushwick.
don’t dingy whites make you want to dye. ME. TOO. almost as much as food waste. let’s bring the two together in the most vibrant of ways and learn to use food scraps as natural dye. faye lessler of @sustaininglife leads this natural dyeing workshop on the lovely rooftop at @tinyfieldfarm as the sunsets on our magical city. tickets available here. event is from 6-9pm. 630 flushing ave.
RISK: Stories They Never Thought They’d Tell in Public at the Bell House, Gowanus.
The Champagne Riot, Guadalupe Inn, Bushwick.
oh, and do yourself a favor and grab tacos and margaritas at the deep end before the show. these guys are getting it oh-so-right by providing cheap and delicious tacos in a dynamic event space, plus the bartenders aren’t bashful with the tequila shots. 1080 wyckoff ave.
Films on the Green presents Contempt in Transmitter Park.
now in its 10th year, this french film festival brings french films (with subtitles!) to beautiful outdoor spaces in new york. friday night’s screening presents Contempt watch the trailer here featuring brigette bardot. then come at 8pm. bring your own baguette, brie, and bourdeaux (they” provide the bardot). all info here, 2 greenpoint ave at transmitter park.
That Summer Feeling Pop-Up for 323 Clothing at Tropical Paradise in Bushwick.
Summer Warm-Up STARTS at MoMA PS1, Long Island City.
I’ve been feeling way too fucking cool this summer, which i realize is just something inherent within me… and it’s in you too, baby. so let’s all warm up together. every Saturday starting this weekend, your favorite day party returns to MoMA ps1. this LIC summertime party institution also has a permanent residency on my weekend guide, from now through labor day. so i recommend checking the schedule and either choosing based on the tunes or your own availability (this is not a “oh i have a few hours, i’ll check it out” kind of affair. it will take all of your saturday and at least 3/4 of the mental space of your sunday. and it will all be way worth it.) tickets, here. 3-9pm, 22-25 jackson ave.
Total Independence BBQ at Hester Street Fair, in the LES, Manhattan.
here it is, brooklyn, you’re only reason to cross the river this weekend and it’s from our good friends at Hester Street Fair. this weekend’s festive edition is a Total Independence BBQ, which means plenty of burgers, dogs, beers, and freedom. plus fireworks at … and a sick list of djs to keep you grooving all day long. oh yeah, and it’s a street fair, so expect all the dope vendors and tents to peruse. 11am-6pm on … tickets, $10 include a delicious plate of traditional uruguayan food, slow roasted pork and sweet potato and arugula salad all from Charrúa on Essex. $3 beers. free tunes and love. all info here,
The Diamond’s 10th Birthday Party in Greenpoint.
Dope BBQ with the Cr3w at the Knockdown Center in Queens.
Hoops and High Tops at House of Yes, Bushwick.
Mister Sunday Independene Day Special at Nowadays, Queens.