New York City is the birthplace of major college basketball—the site of its first “big game” in Notre Dame vs. NYU, which was the second half of a 1934 doubleheader; its first major tournament, the NIT, which debuted in 1938; and the first NCAA Tournament in 1939.
This year, March Madness in New York City includes the Big East Tournament at MSG and the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Barclays Center. And, yes, the stately NIT once again holds its final two rounds in Manhattan. For more on the college basketball postseason in NYC, read on.
Visual Impact: On Art, AIDS and Activism
The NYC AIDS Memorial and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program commemorate WorldPride and Stonewall 50 with an educational installation featuring the sobering work of eight artists, including Keith Haring and Catherine Opie. View the exhibit on Greenwich Avenue, adjacent to the NYC AIDS Memorial Park between West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue.
The Pride Experience Bus Tour
Zip around to sites of LGBTQ+ historical interest on a double decker bus with CitySightseeing New York's special Pride Experience Bus Tour. Hostess Anita Buffem entertains and performs during the two-hour tour, while a licensed New York City tour guide explains the importance of local landmarks from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village and everywhere in between.
Pride In Harlem Renaissance Tour
Join Taste Harlem for a 2-hour walking tour on LGBTQ+ history and the Harlem Renaissance. Led by local historian Michael H. Adams, the tour explores the lives of notable cultural icons such as Langston Hughes, Audre Lorde, Bessie Smith, Josephine Baker and Alain Locke—as well as some of the popular queer gathering places in the neighborhood, past and present.
Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall Screening Series
Celebrate LGBTQ+ cinema with The Museum of the Moving Image’s Pride Month series “Grit and Glitter,” showcasing thirteen films made both before and after Stonewall. Films include Jack Smith’s “Flaming Creatures” (1962), Stephen Frear’s “My Beautiful Laundrette” (1985), and many other notable queer films from the past sixty years.
Photography After Stonewall
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Tribeca's Soho Photo presents “Photography After Stonewall” an exhibit featuring over 70 photographs focusing on LGBTQ+ subjects taken by 23 artists. The show will demonstrate how the uprising in the summer of '69 made possible an explosion of imagery that earlier generations had to hide and suppress.The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Sunday at The Met—Camp: Notes on Fashion
Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell in the hit series Pose, and artist-scholar Madison Moore will be at the Met for a discussion on the concept of camp in performance and how ballroom style impacts pop culture and fashion. This 1-hour event is free with admission to the museum.
Brookfield Place Celebrates WorldPride
Luxury shopping, dining and culture complex Brookfield Place celebrates WorldPride with a variety of art installations and events. There is the massive “Thrive” on display in the Pavilion for the month of June. From June 25 through July 7, there is an interactive installation on the Waterfront Terrace. The terrace also hosts a WorldPride happy hour event on June 27, on the same night an exhibition opens in the Winter Garden from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Initiative. Throughout the month-long celebration, Brookfield Place will pledge $1 to the Hetrick-Martin Institute for each @BFPLNY and #BFPLpride tag posted to social media.
Sex and the City Tavern Tour
Missing Carrie & Co? Now that the long-awaited film has debuted, put on those Manolo Blahniks and come with a thirst for Cosmopolitans and nostalgia for the show. Trace their footsteps on a tour of sites associated with the program, with stops at several of their frequented bars. $15 For times, dates and reservations: 212-465-3331
BAMcafé Live features a diverse mix of free live music and performance in BAM's Lepercq Space, a lounge and bar space in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Recent series include the on-going residency with Black Rock Coalition (BRC). This year you can find some of the best artists from Brooklyn and beyond performing on the BAMcafé Live stage every Friday and Saturday night from October through June. The bar is open for drinks and light menu items beginning at 8pm. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum.