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Bastille Day NYC: Celebrate the French holiday without leaving the city

Whether you’re a French expat, a Francophile or just a big fan of crepes, you can find plenty to do in NYC for Bastille Day this year.

The 227th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille is on July 14.

Not sure what else you can do to celebrate besides purchasing a beret and some fashionably French stripes? Get in the spirit of “liberté, égalité, fraternité” with some of our French picks.

French Restaurant Week, July 4 to 17

Choose from more than 40 NYC restaurants to
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Choose from more than 40 NYC restaurants to sample French dishes. Restaurants will offer meals cleverly fixed at prices playing on the 1789 start date of the French Revolution.

Where: Various NYC restaurants

When: July 4 to 17

Cost: Prix fixe menus $17.89, $35.78 and/or $178.90

For more info: frenchrestaurantweek.com

'The Triplets of Belleville' with live score, July 14

This Oscar-nominated animated comedy film tells the story
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This Oscar-nominated animated comedy film tells the story of a woman rescuing her Tour de France-cyclist grandson from a French mafia kidnapping. The film's original composer, Benoit Charest, in addition to singer-songwriter Jessica Fichot, will provide a live score for the screening.

Where: Prospect Park bandshell, Ninth Street and Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

When: July 14, 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: bricartsmedia.org

French Cheeses and biodynamic wines, July 14

New York cheese institution Murray's Cheese Shop is
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New York cheese institution Murray's Cheese Shop is celebrating Bastille Day with its favorite les fromages, including Valencay, Epoisses, Camembert and Brie. And of course, what cheese tasting is complete without paired wines? Each cheese will be paired with a French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux.

Where: Murray's Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker St.

When: July 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost: $85

For more info: eventbrite.com

French Poetry Party (July 14)

New Directions, NYRB Classics and Archipelago Books are
Photo Credit: Community Bookstore via Facebook

New Directions, NYRB Classics and Archipelago Books are putting on a poetry party this Bastille Day and it's all about le français.

Where: Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn

When: July 14, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: facebook.com/events

Bronx en Seine presents 'An Attic Full of Hope' (July 14)

Spend your Bastille Day in NYC with a
Photo Credit: Bronx En Seine via Facebook

Spend your Bastille Day in NYC with a French-American theater collaboration--students from the Bronx and from Nanterre in Paris form the group Bronx en Seine and will perform an adaptation of Sandra Cisneros's novel "The House on Mango Street." An original musical score will accompany the production.

Where: FIAF French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th St.

When: July 14, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: eventbrite.com

French baking class (July 21)

Learn how to make distinctively French pastries like
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Learn how to make distinctively French pastries like macarons and madeleines with this course. You can bring home your treats along with your new baking skills!

Where: International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway

When: July 21, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: $195

For more info: internationalculinarycenter.com

Edgar Degas: ‘A Strange New Beauty’ (through July 24)

Take in French artwork with this MoMA exhibit,
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Take in French artwork with this MoMA exhibit, featuring the monotypes of 19th century French artist Edgar Degas, as well as some of his other paintings, drawings, pastels, sketchbooks and prints.

Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.

When: On display through July 24, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

For more info: moma.org

France Rocks Summerfest

With events running through the rest of July,
Photo Credit: France Rocks via Facebook

With events running through the rest of July, this music festival features French artists as part of the Tandem Paris-New York exchange. Parisian artists of genres ranging from electro to pop and rock take the stage at various venues across NYC's boroughs.

Where: Various locations

When: Various times

Cost: Varying cost

For more info: francerocks.com/summerfest2016

Statue of Liberty

Though la Tour Eiffel may be thousands of
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jewel Samad

Though la Tour Eiffel may be thousands of miles away in Paris, France's gift to the U.S. is right in your metaphorical backyard. Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel himself, Lady Liberty has been perched in the New York Harbor since 1886. Take a ferry ride to the monument or admire her from afar.

Where: Liberty Island

When: Open every day, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $14-$25

For more info: nps.gov/stli

Albertine Bookshop

If celebrations aren't your speed but you still
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If celebrations aren't your speed but you still want to get into the French spirit, pop into Albertine, the only New York bookshop dedicated to just French and English books. The space itself is incredibly ornate, with interior design by Frenchman Jacques Garcia and busts made in the Musée du Louvre's studios of Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, Tocqueville, Descartes and other figures from French and French-American culture.

Where: 972 5th Ave.

When: Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday

Cost: Free to browse

For more info: albertine.com

Films on the Green Festival (Fridays in July)

Celebrate French culture with a free French film
Photo Credit: Films on the Green Festival via Facebook

Celebrate French culture with a free French film festival. On Fridays in July, several NYC parks will show a selection of French films, including "The 400 Blows," "April and the Extraordinary World," "Un Flic," "Cleo" and "Boyfriends and Girlfriends."

Where: Various NYC parks

When: Fridays in July, 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

For more info: frenchculture.org

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