Bringing the Indoors Outdoors
by Elizabeth Kennedy, 07/20/2009
Summer in NYC is way too nice for you to be cooped up in the AC, so put on your warm-weather clothes and head outside. The best news? You won't even have to miss out on your favorite indoor activities when you leave the apartment: film, art and yoga can all be experienced in the fresh air. Check out the events below to go inside out in the City this weekend.
Stars on the screen—and stars floating in the night sky above you. Now in its 10th year of screening classics in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Movies With a View is still here to kick off your weekend right. This Thursday night, head to DUMBO early to snag a spot on the grass and grab dinner at the on-site eco-friendly Asian café, Rice. Then, enjoy the Brooklyn Radio DJs' pre-movie set as the sun goes down and the Manhattan skyline begins to twinkle. Once it's dark out, get lost in a story of affairs, mystery and deceit with the 1973 comedy Paper Moon, starring Ryan and Tatum O'Neal.
For the little ones—and the kids at heart—RiverFlicks for Kids transforms Pier 46 in Hudson River Park into an outdoor theater on Fridays throughout the summer. This weekend, celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters by reliving the comedy classic starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. Don't worry about standing in line for pricey theater snacks—popcorn is free. We recommend arriving before 8pm to claim your spot for the 8:30pm flick (rather than whipping out a proton pack and a ghost trap in an effort to make space).
For a less mainstream approach to outdoor cinema, Rooftop Films is one of the City's premium outlets for independent shorts, features and more. This Saturday, head to the roof of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus for the odd and awkwardly comical feature-length Stay the Same Never Change, directed by video artist Laurel Nakadate. (For an idea of what Nakadate's work is about, check out her latest exhibition, the sexy Fever Dreams at the Crystal Motel, at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery until July 24.) The evening begins with a live performance from Michael Gira. After the film, make sure to stay for the free sangria reception, hosted by Carlo Rossi. Tickets start at $9.
Art on the Rooftop
For a combination of modern art, fresh air and a priceless view, we've got just the place. This weekend, climb (or, rather, ride the elevator) to the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and take a look at its latest rooftop exhibit, Maelstrom. This stunning work of stainless steel, created by American sculptor Roxy Paine, attempts to represent systems such as vascular networks, tree roots, industrial piping and fungal mycelia—sounds interesting, right? It's a masterful work in itself, but seeing it placed in the foreground of the beautiful Central Park view makes it all the more worth a visit. (For more, see our recent take on outdoor-art options.)
Take a break from the flurry of activity happening in the City and head to Wave Hill on Sunday to say "om." While yoga is normally practiced indoors, take it outside this weekend to get in touch with yourself and with nature. This way, you can feel the fresh, cool breeze as you practice your sun salutations in a gorgeous natural setting that doesn't include a view of the stationary bikes in your gym. Besides, who else can say they mastered the crow pose in the middle of a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx?