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Around Town - NYC Block Parties, Mermaids, Rooftops, Cocktails and more...
May 3, 2023, 6:38.59 pm ET


Photo: Grand Army Bar/Max Flatow

Grand Army Bar in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (336 State Street), will be hosting a Block Party on Saturday, May 6th to celebrate its 8th Anniversary with a slew of summer camp-themed cocktails (think: S'mores, Bug Juice, Orange Crush, and more). There will also be food specials like Frito pie, JJ Smoker's smoked meats and BBQ, Outdoor games for folks of all ages (corn hole, hopscotch, sidewalk chalk), Fernet temporary tattoos and much more.


That's not the only block party in town. Hometown Bar-B-Que (454 Van Brunt Street) in Red Hook, Brooklyn will be hosting its ROAR Block Party on Saturday, May 13th. Three types of passes are offered – Day 12pm-4pm, Evening 5pm-10pm, and VIP All Day. Expect lots of food, drink and live music, and of course BBQ. Proceeds will be used to support the NYC hospitality industry via @roar.ny.

Photo: The Lookup

The Lookup Rooftop (45 West 35th St) is back! The rooftop bar’s official first day back in business since 2019 is May 15th. Chris Barish and Julie Mulligan, owners of Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, are partnering with Kixby on The Lookup's return. The rooftop bar is offering creative cocktails curated by renowned mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, formerly of the Seamstress and the Dead Rabbit. To complement the cocktail program, bites like Truffle Grilled Cheese, Guapo’s Nachos, and Hampton’s Lobster Roll are being offered.

Photo: Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere, the James Beard Award-winning bar in Brooklyn, will host a Meet The Authors event to celebrate the release of its new book, The Maison Premiere Almanac featuring 90 imaginative and thoroughly original cocktail recipes. Visit the bar to chat with authors and owners Joshua Boissy and Krystof Zizka, and bar director William Elliott to learn more about the history of Maison Premiere. The event is being held May 8th from 6pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are $70 per person via Resy.

Photo: Weeds & Seeds/

The Tasting Studio at the Tin Building will debut its first class on Monday, May 8th at 6pm featuring Jesse Jacques, chef de cuisine at Seeds & Weeds, a seasonally-driven, plant-based eatery. Jacques has been collaborating closely with abcV’s Chef Neal Harden and Chef Jean-Georges to develop a menu of unique spring dishes to be demonstrated and tasted (and paired with wines, of course). Guests will also receive a goody bag. $225 pp. Tickets here

Photo: The Museum of Broadway

The Museum of Broadway announced that its inaugural exhibit, The American Theatre as seen by Hirschfeld, has been extended by popular demand and will run through June 21st, 2023: Al Hirschfeld’s 120th birthday. Created exclusively for the Museum of Broadway, this unique special exhibit takes visitors through nine decades of Hirschfeld’s iconic images of theater in this country through twenty-five drawings and prints from 1928 to 2002. There are several special events including Searching for Nina, and Hirschfeld on the Tony Awards. For more infor, visit

Photo: Darwin's Smile

Darwin's Smile written and performed by Isabella Rossellini will be held Monday, May 15th at the FIAF Florence Gould Hall at 7:45pm. The show is an opportunity to learn Charles Darwin’s complex scientific theories while being thoroughly entertained by the art of acting. On stage, Rossellini portrays dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks, and even Charles Darwin. Tickets here

Photo: Loreley Beer Garden

Forget the swallows of Capistrano. It’s the Frosé Flamingos returning to Loreley Beer Garden on the Lower East Side. The Summer Rosé Festival runs from May 3rd to June 25th. Perfect for warm weather sipping, the restaurant is offering 10 different rosé wines by the glass and bottle (still and sparkling, including champagne); carafes of Rosé Sangria; Wölffer Rosé Cider on draft, and signature Loreley Strawberry Frosé made with rosé, vodka and pureed strawberries.


And save the date - The 41st Annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island is set for June 17th with assembly of mermaids, King Neptune and other sea creatures set for 10am with the parade getting underway at 1pm along Surf Avenue near the amphitheater. It's also the official opening of summer in the city. If you want to march, judge or just need more info, visit

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