Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! What are your plans?…. a trip to the beach, picnic in the park, backyard barbecues? Here are few fun adventures to be had this weekend in the City. Have a fabulous and safe Memorial Weekend Folks!
A four-time British Designer of the Year, 40-year-old Alexander McQueen was already an icon in the fashion world when he tragically took his own life in February 2010. Following his death, appreciation for the innovative designer’s bold work has only grown, culminating in the Metropolitan Museum of Art honoring McQueen with this major, career-spanning exhibition. For further information go to MetMuseum
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual DanceAfrica, now in its 34th year, is intended to celebrate the cultures, music and dance of Africa and its Diaspora. This year, DanceAfrica coincides its event with the citywide celebration of Cuban culture and art by being part of the ¡Si Cuba! Festival. Performers include the Santiago de Cuba–based Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, a DanceAfrica 2002 favorite returning to BAM with a program infused with sultry Cuban rhythms. Also featured are Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, and Brooklyn’s very own BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble. For more information. Dance Africa 2011
Head to a fabulous state of the art park in Long Island City for a picnic Gantry Plaza State Park
Official public-beach season runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, promising a summer of sun, sand and sea from Coney Island, Brooklyn, to Staten Island’s Midland Beach to Orchard Beach in the Bronx. The Department of Parks & Recreation maintains more than 14 miles of urban beachfront in every borough (except Manhattan); lifeguards are on duty during posted swimming hours (10am–6pm daily), and surfing is encouraged on two stretches of Rockaway Beach in Queens. For more information, NYCParks
Rooftop Films is exactly that: a film organization that presents underground cinema on rooftops all over New York. The Summer Series is the org’s yearly highlight (after all, it’s kind of unpleasant to sit outside on rooftops in December). Catch experimental animation atop various locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens through September. Screenings are followed by an after-party with a DJ and open beer-and-wine bar. For more information got to Roof Top Films
Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for springtime sales and a three-day weekend—it is, first and foremost, a time to honor those citizens who’ve served the United States in times of war. The City recognizes its veterans with parades all over the five boroughs. The Little Neck–Douglaston parade in Queens is reputedly the largest. You can also follow Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade (144 years old!), which begins at 87th Street and Third Avenue. In Manhattan, head uptown for a smaller parade in Inwood, which begins at Dyckman Street and Broadway. For List of Events
For further listings go to NYCGO.com