Happy Monday! Both of the Bitches in the City had busy weekends; Emily had a blast celebrating her birthday while I busily prepared for my upcoming move this Friday. I’ll be heading downtown to Alphabet City, across the street from my new favorite brunch spot, Root & Bone; The restaurant’s to-go window may prove a bit dangerous. I plan to save myself from my sea of boxes with a fun-filled week. Below are our top picks for your social calendar.
After spending many of my summers in Estes Park, Colorado–home of the infamous Stanley Hotel–I am no stranger to Stephen King’s The Shining. Catch this timeless thriller during the last leg of long summer nights outdoors at Bryant Park. The park opens for seating at 5 p.m. and the film will begin during sunset, typically 8 or 9 p.m. More information here. Bryant Park, New York, NY
When you think of dancing in the Lower East Side, it may bring back memories of flailing among the crowd at Pianos or Los Feliz. Tonight, leave the dancing to the pros at the Downtown Dance Festival
, New York City’s longest running free public dance festival. Thousands of others will attend the festivities, which last until August 21st. Robert F. Wagner Park., New York, NY
Rooftop pool, swanky Manhattan hotel, polka dot theme…need we say more? Best of all, it’s all for charity. Check out Sunset Cocktails for a Cause
hosted by the Happy Hearts fund at the Trump SoHo. Proceeds from the evening will build a computer lab for 205 children at Manililisid High School in Leyte, Philippines that was damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets are $75, $100 at the door. 246 Spring St., New York, NY
Sports, cuisine, and luxury come together for one unforgettable evening to welcome the start of the US Open: Taste of Tennis Gala. VIPs and stars such as Venus and Serena Williams will enjoy bites from 25 top chefs including Marcus Samuelsson, Emeril Lagasse, and Mario Batali. The fete begins at 7 p.m. at the W Hotel New York, buy tickets here.
For a unique way to kick off your weekend, check out the Brooklyn Comedy Festival
. Tickets are free for most of the shows with drink specials at numerous venues. Various Locations
Spend your Saturday afternoon outdoors in the park at the 15th annual Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ
. The event pairs America’s top blues and roots musicians with three of New York City’s best BBQ restaurants, Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Delaney Barbecue. The event is free to attend and open to all ages. Pier 84, near 42nd St., New York, NY
Round out your weekend with a Bitch-approved brunch. Recently, I had my socks rocked off at Root & Bone
in Alphabet City. Don’t miss the biscuits, fried chicken, and mac n’ cheese at this Southern-style, open-air eatery. 200 E. 3rd St., New York, NY