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Courtesy of &pizza
Courtesy of &pizza

Everything New Yorkers Must Do This Week: 6/19-6/25

Congratulations, you survived NYC’s first major heat wave! To celebrate such a high achievement (and close out the month of June on a high note), you’ve got Pride Week, the Museum Mile Festival, free pizza, and so much more to look forward to this week.

Watch an indie film with drag queens at OutCinema

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob the Drag Queen, along with contestants Detox and Tempest DuJour, will host a screening of Cherry Pop, a new comedy about a drag club that’s sure to be more entertaining than anything you’d stream on Netflix on a Monday night. Tickets are $30.

Upper West Side, SoHo, Fidi
Major Food Group’s beloved red-sauce joint has debuted a brand-new patty melt featuring a beef patty coated with melted provolone, caramelized onions, and special sauce, served on a toasted roll, for $12.

Watch Last Men in Aleppo at Videology

Stay informed by catching a screening of this Sundance award-winning documentary about modern day Syria. Tickets are $10.

Eat free pizza at the new &pizza

DC’s cult-favorite Chipotle-style pizzeria, &pizza is celebrating its 22nd location (and first in NYC) by handing out free pizzas to the first 212 customers in line at its new Nomad shop. The first 22 customers willing to get the shop’s ampersand logo tattooed on them (for free), will also be rewarded with free pizza for one year (&pizza will even provide the car to take you to the tattoo shop).

Visit 14 museums for free at Night at the Museums

From 4-8pm, museums including the Museum of American Finance, The Skyscraper Museum, The 9/11 Tribute Museum, and more will be free. All museums are within walking distance from each other, so you can try to hit up as many as possible.

Picnic with Mario Batali to help fight AIDS at (RED) Food & Film Fest

This dinner supporting (RED) will feature a chef-curated picnic in the park (Ina Garten, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Danny Bowien, Mario Batali, and Angie Mar are all collaborators), along with complimentary cocktails, wine, beer, and popcorn for a screening of Sleepless in Seattle outdoors. Tickets are $100.

Show off your roller rink moves at Big Gay Skate

This pride-themed skate night will include drag performances on the rink, a cash bar, a costume contest, and more. Twenty dollars in advance, $25 at the door.

Celebrate the summer solstice with yoga in Times Square

Here’s a reason you’ll actually want to go to Times Square: The official first day of summer brings a day of free yoga workshops, complete with mats to borrow.

Pretend you’re in Paris at Fete De La Musique

This annual festival of music runs through the night in France, but here in New York you’ll have to settle for a few hours of free hip-hop, pop, and DJ sets by French artists at SummerStage.
felt bodega
Christopher Leaman

Meatpacking District
British artist Lucy Sparrow has taken up residence at the Standard, High Line, creating a faux-bodega vending everything from felt bologna to fabric candy bars, produce, pregnancy test, and more.

Listen to indie musicians and eat pizza at PIZZAFEST

Back for another year, this three-day festival brings out dozens of local indie musicians to rock out to while stuffing your mouth with pizza. Chee-Z passes are $20.

Learn about (and taste) the wonders of Peruvian Pisco

As part of its Spring Spirits series, the Museum of Food and Drink will host a night dedicated to pisco. Sip a pisco cocktail to learn all about the booze, and then taste six varieties to become an expert. Tickets are $25.

Wear a flower crown at the Swedish Midsummer Festival

This annual celebration of the season brings a Scandinavian tradition Downtown with Swedish food stands, pole dancing (not the kind you think), and more cultural activities.

Go on a booze cruise with over 1000 queer New Yorkers

Hot Rabbit’s weekly Friday night party is taking to the high seas for a Pride weekend booze cruise sailing until 2am. Tickets are $35, with a portion of proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center.
cote nyc
Gary He

This brand-new upscale Korean steakhouse lets you get your K-BBQ fix with style: dry-aged meats can be cooked at the table while you also snack on salads, stews, sides, and dessert, all for a $45/person.

Drink unlimited rose on the rooftop at Davio’s

The 27th floor of this Midtown Italian restaurant will transform to a pink oasis (wearing pink is encouraged) as you sip Italian and French rosés and munch on summer-y antipasti. Tickets are $75.

Party in Prospect Park

The Prospect Park Soiree will help raise funds to support the public park by inviting New Yorkers to bring their own dinners and bottles of wine and beer for a fancy pop-up picnic complete with a DJ and lawn games.

Eat all the cheese you can handle at the Cheesemonger Invitational

This annual competition of cheesemongers brings out all the best slices, orbs, and dollops of cheese for $70 a ticket.
Sushi by Bou
Sushi by Bou

Sushi chef David Bouhadana is back with a $50, 12-piece omakase menu to eat in 30 minutes or less at his new in-demand sushi stand inside Gansevoort Market.

Break out your rainbow everything for The Pride March

The biggest event of Pride month, the annual March kicks off at noon at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue and parades down to Christopher Street. Millions of people crowd the sidewalks and surrounding areas, so pick a meeting corner off the parade route if you’re trying to find friends.

Celebrate the 90th Birthday of the Coney Island Cyclone

Get your summer adventure on by riding a roller coaster older than you are and celebrating the ride’s 90 years with an all-ages carnival promising face painting, a photo booth, and swag.

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Melissa Kravitz is a writer living in NYC. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.