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The Weekend It List

Your time off is precious.

We happen to spend our on-the-clock hours combing through the many options NYC has to offer, so let us help you maximize those days off. Every week, we distill the very best the weekend has to offer.

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beach it.

If you haven't enjoyed a Nathan's Famous hotdog
Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

If it's been a minute since you've enjoyed a Nathan's Famous hotdog on the boardwalk, fallen asleep next to strangers on the sand, or screamed your head off thanks to the Cyclone, now is the time.

With just about eight summer weekends left, a trip to Coney Island is a must. The seaside neighborhood is overflowing with people these hot, humid days, but that's part of the experience.

It's been a beloved destination since the mid-1800s -- and we have the pictures to prove it.

We also have some pointers on how to spend a day there, including where to grab lunch; sussing out the best rides (e.g., like the brand new Clockworkz, on which, tethered to a clock arm, you're spun more than a dozen times per minute) and games; which local shops to hit, including Williams Candy; where to nab a good ice cream cone; and how to see some beautiful fireworks.

And with the weekend weather slated to be hot (and hot), you'll of course want to take a dip into the Altantic. So grab a towel and sunscreen with appropriate SPF: It's time to hit the (Coney Island) beach.

celebrate it.

A celebration of Afro-Latinx culture takes over Brooklyn
Photo Credit: Redens Desrosiers

A celebration of Afro-Latinx culture takes over Brooklyn this weekend in the form of a festival highlighting diverse eats and music by nearly a dozen international artists and DJs. It's a tradition now seven years strong, brought to fruition by a pair of New Yorkers recognizing a lack of their culture's representation in the festival scene. 

The Afro-Latino Festival "has become a driving force in a renewed conversation about Afro-Latino culture that has seen a resurgence in recent years," says co-founder Amilcar Priestley, a Flatbush native. 

This year's event will be the "biggest and most ambitious" yet, he says, with two days of performances set for three main stages in Brooklyn. The theme: "#ReclaimingCulture+Spaces." It all kicks off Friday with an opening party at BKLYN Studios at Albee Square with Haitian-American DJ Stakz. 

Tickets, starting at $36, are still available for Friday and Saturday. 

race it.

Fans of any sport, well, they tend to
Photo Credit: Polly Higgins

Fans of any sport, well, they tend to like a good competition. And that's what they get with the all-electric Formula E -- which so happens to be wrapping up its fifth season in Red Hook, with races on Saturday and Sunday. Drivers agree that the rivalry is fierce, and no one is a shoo-in to take the podium on any given day.

"We have many, many manufacturers in this championship, so the competition and the racing is really hard," says Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein, who entered the series this season after driving in Formula 1. "Here in Formula E, any team can win."

Beyond the stacked grid -- 22 drivers across 11 teams, affiliated with car makers including Nissan, Audi, BMW and Jaguar -- ABB Formula E has two full days planned with enticements for both gearheads and casual fans. The championship is built on cutting edge-EV technology, and you can see the new Gen2 cars (featuring a more powerful battery) on the track and in the Allianz E-Village. Meet the drivers, check out electric and hybrid vehicles from the likes of Porsche and Audi, drive simulators, grab food from Smorgasburg vendors and on ... through a separate competition with Jaguar's I-Pace (its commercial EV), and watching Formula E practice runs, qualifying and the 45-minute (plus one lap) races.

Day two also sees the E-Prix's 2018/2019 conclusion and ultimate winners. And remember: Next year, London gets the final races in its backyard.

eat it.

The owners of Harlem's Sugar Hill Creamery may
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The owners of Harlem's Sugar Hill Creamery may be in the ice cream business, but they see their job as bigger than just slinging scoops.

"It's a place of memory-making and connection," says Petrushka Bazin Larsen, who owns the Lenox Avenue shop with husband Nick Larsen. The couple wanted to foster an environment where Harlemites would "come celebrate a milestone or just celebrate a Monday, commiserate on a Wednesday, have a blind date, hang out with friends."

The Larsens help create that community vibe by decorating their space with photos of local residents; collaborating with Harlem tastemakers like Marcus Samuelsson, Sheila Bridges and Tuma Basa; and looking to the neighborhood's Caribbean, West African and Puerto Rican populations when crafting ice cream flavors. "We care what our neighbors are interested in. Classic flavors, classic with a twist, representations of Caribbean flavors -- we want to create a comfort level and interest in ice cream," Nick Larsen says.

And those flavors? Year-round staples include blueberry cheesecake, salted caramel crunch and vanilla bean, but don't sleep on Sugar Hill's rotating specials. One summer offering is a corn jalapeño sundae, topped with blueberry hibiscus, toasted cornbread and mezcal whipped cream. 

mark it.

When man set foot on the moon on
Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, it was a moment that would change how we see our place in the universe.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is celebrating the 50th anniversary of that "one giant leap for mankind" with an exhibit of more than 170 photographs, including the iconic snap of Buzz Aldrin by fellow Apollo astronaut Armstrong, drawings, paintings, film clips, astronomical instruments and NASA cameras, dubbed "Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography."

"The Apollo 11 moon landing was a major event in human history, one that has changed the way we think about our place in the cosmos," Mia Fineman, the exhibit's curator, says. "Photography, in both a scientific and artistic way, was an important part of this whole landmark journey."

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