August is the perfect time of year to visit NYC—crowds are lighter because many people have ventured off to the beach or taken a family vacation before the new school year begins. But there’s still plenty of events to enjoy. Among these is Summer Streets, a weekends-only event that opens up major thoroughfares to pedestrians and cyclists. August also means the return of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Central Park Film Festival, AfroPunk Fest and US Open Tennis Championships. And don’t miss Amy Schumer kicking off the first season of outdoor shows at the new Seaport Pier 17 Rooftop or the Leslie-Lohman Museum photo exhibition Donna Gottschalk: Brave, Beautiful Outlaws, which documents the uprising of lesbians in the 1970s. For details on these and many other happenings, read on.