At this stage in the game, in order to beat the heat you’ll have to do something cool.
Escape to New York, a first-ever off-shoot of the popular UK-based Secret Garden Party has hatched a plan to throw a three-day festival on the Shinnecock reservation in Southampton. Luxury trailers are being brought onto the PowWow grounds for high-end glamping; The Fat Radish crew is curating fancy festival food; the music lineup (Chair Lift, Patti Smith, The Jolly Boys, Of Montreal) will be interspersed with performance art. If it’s too hot to take The Jitney, The Standard Hotel’s new seaplane can deliver you right to your perch on a Burning Man-inspired art installation.
Escape to New York, August 5-7, on the Shinnecock Reservation Southampton
Not for profit arts organization Jazzmobile will unleash some swinging sounds on hill tops and grassy lawns around Central Park, Morningside Park, and Grant’s Tomb. Saturday, July 30th, Dance Workshop provides instructors for A Swing Dance Party wth the George Gee Swing Orchestra and Jazzmobile’s vocal competition winners.
Jazzmobile, Great Jazz on Great Hill, Saturday, July 30 (2-5 p.m.) at Central Park
There might not be anything hotter than this year’s Afro-Punk Festival lineup, which includes larger-than-life Cee Lo Green, Santigold, Das Racist, and the always adorably tuxeo-ed Janelle Monae. It’s practically a Brooklyn institution -- and this year there’s a BMX bike competition, and Bites&Beats food trucks.
Afro-Punk Festival, August 27-28 at Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn
The dark, cool slabs of Riverside Church make for a good escape from the sweltering heat. On Tuesdays you can bring a fan, close your eyes, and listen to the power of a 12,000-pipe organ.
Riverside Church, The Nave, Tuesdays, from 7-9 p.m. at 490 Riverside Drive, at 122nd Street
The Jewish Museum hosts Maya Zack’s installation “The Living Room” where vistors don 3-D glasses to watch a 1930s Berlin apartment come to life. Everything is eerily real-looking: the carpeting, the tableware, the paintings on the wall.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street. Maya Zack: Living Room, on view July 31-October 30