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Friday, September 23
This Friday will be day 7 of #OccupyWallstreet, a protest organized by adbusters. The protest started last Saturday when 5,000 people set up encampments in Zuccotti Park on Liberty Street (right by Wall St.) The numbers have dwindled but the protestors say they plan to stay indefinitely. Meghan Barr of the Huffington Post calls the protestors “a group of 20 something’s in flannel pajamas and tie-dyed T-shirts….plotting the demise of Wall Street as we know it.”
Charlie Parker Jazz Fest – FREE
Originally a two-day concert but cancelled due to the hurricane, and now condensed to one day, featuring some of the greatest artists in the world. Brought to you by Summer Stage. Come see Kenny Werner, James Carter, Tia Fuller, and the Gerald Clayton Trio.
6:00 pm, Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
Fourth Annual Governors Island Art Fair – FREE
The New York-based arts group, 4heads, has chosen 120 independent artists and a select number of innovative galleries to participate in this growing tradition. Each participant is granted space in the abandoned military barracks on Governors Island and is given free reign to design his or her own exhibition, turning this historic site into a contemporary art showcase! Come see the dramatic transformation of a national landmark into a spiraling trove of fresh, exciting artwork featuring 116 rooms of sculpture, photography, painting, video, sound, and object installations by artists from as far away as Switzerland and Morocco and local NYC talents.
Friday: 11am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 6pm
The High Line Rink
The vacant lot at the northernmost end of the High Line has been home to several temporary exhibitions and experiments; now, it’s a roller rink! Be sure to get there while the weather’s still pleasant and the rink is still open — the rink will only be here for one weekend before becoming a vacant lot once more.
10th Ave @ 30th St
Fri/Sat: 11am-11pm; Sun: 11am-10pm
A/C/E/1/2/3 to 34th St-Penn Station
Adults: $12; Children under 13: $10 (includes a pair of rental skates), Until Sep 26th
Saturday, September 24
Vendy Awards @ Governors Island
Street food enthusiasts and a team of celebrity judges will be on the island this Saturday for the Seventh Annual Vendy Awards, an annual competition and fundraiser for Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project. Tickets get you all-you-can eat access to the city’s finest vendors as they battle to take home the Vendy Cup, aka the title of New York City’s Best Street Food Vendor!
12PM to 5PM, 1 to South Ferry, Free Ferry to Governors Island
Star Wars fans, rejoice! This Saturday a giant lightsaber battle will take place in Washington Square Park. Whether you’re one with the jedi, you’ve been seduced by the dark side, or just want to live out a childhood fantasy, this event looks like a lot of fun. May the force be with you!
9pm-11pm (lightsabers distributed at 8:30), $5 to reserve a lightsaber
A/C/E/B/D/F/M to W 4th St, N/R to 8th St-NYU
Sunday, September 25
Housing Works Open Air Street Fair
Looking for a bargain? This Sunday, thousands of books, CDs, and records from Housing Works’s thrift shops will be sold for only $1. You’ll also have the opportunity to peruse their array of clothing, accessories, and shoes, all while enjoying snacks from the Housing Works cafe and music from local bands.
Crosby St btwn Houson and Prince St, 10am-6pm
N/R to Prince St, 6 to Spring St, D/F to Broadway-Lafayette
A “beefsteak” is a cut of rare beef dipped in hot butter and Worcesters sauce. The word also refers to huge beer and beefsteak extravaganza’s thrown by Tammany Hall in the 1930′s. And now, for the second year in a row, the beefsteak is back! Come to Brooklyn and enjoy “Endless pitchers of New York’s oldest ale on every table, heaping mountains of juicy steak cuts, and absolutely no utensils. All washed down to the toe-tapping rhythm of Brooklyn’s favorite hillbilly boogie band, Susqehanna Industrial Tool and Die Company” (SIT&DIE).
Two seatings: 1-4pm/ 5-8 pm. $50 individual/$45 group of 4+ @ the BellHouse, 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenue) in Gowanus Brooklyn by the D, N, R.