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Around Town - AfroBeats Brunch, Block Parties, Hip Hop, Arts and more...
August 16, 2023, 7:28.12 pm ET


Photo: Grand Army

Grand Army Bar in Boerum Hill is holding outdoor block parties on Sundays (2-7pm) through October. They are grilling up smash burgers (with Impossible patties available), putting out lawn games for all to play, setting up extra seating (with umbrellas for shade) on Hoyt Street which is closed on weekends for Open Streets, and have DJs playing vinyl. This Sunday 8/20, Thomas and Tony of Sick Psych World will be DJing and artist Matt Timms (aka @allthebadcats) will be painting custom portraits of pets to take home that day ($80 per commission).

Photo: Celestine

Also taking advantage of the warm weather on their waterfront patio, Celestine has launched Friday Lunch from 11am-3pm with several specials including a mortadella sandwich with ricotta and roasted pepper (Jimmy Nardellos!) on focaccia, and a fantastic double smash burger, alongside many salads and mezze. Walk-ins welcome, reservations available on Resy as well.

Photo: Hav & Mar

On Sunday August 20th, the team at Marcus Samuelsson’s Hav & Mar is launching Afrobeats Brunch. There will be Afrobeat jams and vibes for brunch from 12-4pm. Brunch highlights include Ocean Salad baby kale, shrimp, crab, injera herb crumble; Crab Toast jumbo lump crap, blistered cherry tomatoes, option to add egg; HAV E&C fried egg, halloumi, tomato jam, bacon; and Kolo Crusted French Toast toasted barley crumbs, bananas foster. The brunch, which celebrates Black culture and history, infuses the restaurant with a vivacious vibe and crowd.


50 Years of Hip Hop has been celebrating in Times Square with live mic events. Now, it's time for some live Jazz. On Friday, August 17th, Jazz at Lincoln Center takes over Times Square “to bring New York City’s jazz scene to Broadway, creating the feeling of an intimate club amidst the lights and sounds of Times Square.” 5pm start time.

Photo: John Edmonds

At The Whitney, a new collection exhibition, called Inheritance, features a group of more than sixty works by leading artists—including John Edmonds, Deana Lawson, Faith Ringgold, and Cameron Rowland—exploring legacy’s profound impact across family and historical lines.

Photo: Ben Elwes Fine Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the acquisition of an important painting attributed to Jacques Guillame Lucien Amans, the French neoclassical painter who worked in New Orleans in the late 1830s through the 1850s. The painting, titled Bélizaire and the Frey Children, of ca. 1837, represents one of the rarest and most fully documented American portraits of a Black individual depicted with the family of his White enslaver. The painting will go on view in Gallery 756 of the American Wing this fall.

Photo: New York City Opera

On Friday, August 18th, New York City Opera’s Bryant Park summer series continues with From Vienna to Broadway!, a charming review of songs, duets, and ensembles that takes the audience on a musical journey through the 20th century. Beginning with Lehar's The Merry Widow from 1905 and culminating with Sondhiem's A Little Night Music from 1973, the performances are designed to be enjoyed casually - no tickets required - with ample seating available and free picnic blankets for audience members to borrow. For more information, visit


Looking for a summer escape in the heart of New York City head to The Backyard at Hudson Yards. On August 17 and 18, you can catch the Little League World Series on the big screen. CityPickle is also offering FREE pickleball through September 4th. The courts are open from 4pm to 6pm.


Or, grab some food at Backyard Bites featuring vendors like Paper Plate Burgers, Birria del Toro Tojo, Toastieland (home of the rainbow grilled cheese), Magnolia Bakery and more. Movie Nights return this fall.

Until next time, we'll be seeing you Around Town!