amNY Weekender | 6 things to do in NYC this weekend

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Friday, July 16

Movies Under the Stars: Toy Story 4: Family- and critic-favorite Toy Story 4 is coming to Queens’ Flushing Fields this Friday as part of the City’s Movie Under the Stars series. Perfect for kids, but with enough humor and substance for parents, Toy Story 4 follows Woody and Buzz Lightyear as they set out to find a missing toy – one made from a spork. Flushing Fields, Queens. 8:30 p.m. Free. 

Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Bryant Park: Bryant Park will be hosting Carnegie Hall’s Spanish Harlem Orchestra this Friday. Spread a blanket, unpack a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of classical music under the leaves and not-so-distant skyscrapers. Bryant Park, Manhattan. 5:30 p.m., Free.

Saturday, July 17

Hip Hop Video Mix Party With DJ WIZ: Want to dance? DJ Wiz is hosting an outdoor video mix party at the Museum of the Moving Image, combining classic hits with contemporary videos. Watch, relax and groove. Begins at 8:30 pm – and goes until the dancing stops. 36-01 35th Ave, Astoria, Queens. 8 p.m. $15 /$11 seniors & students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / $7 MoMI members.

Drunk Shakespeare: Slate has called it “the best thing to ever happen to theatre.” Extended due to popular demand, Drunk Shakespeare will be performing Off-Broadway this weekend. Watch the mayhem that ensues when one cast member drinks five shots – and the others try their best to keep one of the Bard’s plays on track. 711 7th Ave, 2nd Floor, Manhattan. 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $69.

Sunday, July 18

Birding: Ospreys: Go birding for Ospreys just miles from the middle of Manhattan, this Sunday morning. Park Rangers will guide you to the best spots in the urban jungle, and teach you about the behavior and habitat of this one-of-a-kind bird that nests across Jamaica Bay. Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn. 10 a.m. Free.

Maya Lin: Ghost Forest: Famous as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, artist Maya Lin is bringing her latest piece, Ghost Forest, to New York City’s very own Madison Square Park. A stand of tall, spectral white cedar trees, evenly spaced in a grassy field, are used by Lin to symbolize the devastation of climate change. Will be shown until November. Madison Square Park, Manhattan. Free.