Cinephiles have plenty of excuses to spend the summer in city parks, starting with Films On The Green and Movies Under The Stars. But if you’ve sworn off going to the movies in favor of #Netflixandchill, there are plenty of other excuses to enjoy our public greenery, starting with the following free events dedicated to The Artist and The Bard.
Seamstress and The Gilroy are two of those cocktail bars that your Upper East Side friends insist are amazing when they tell you, “No, really, we should totally hang in my neighborhood for a change. It’s cool, I swear!” You nod your head and say, “Yeah, totally, maybe when the Second Avenue subway extension opens”– at which point, let’s face it, you’re totally going to be living in L.A. Well, the next time someone tries to lure you to the Yupper East, you can just say, “Actually, they just opened a new place in Williamsburg…”
Catching an outdoor movie needn’t mean having to watch Ghostbusters or Jurassic Park for the 50th time (no offense to Bryant Park or SummerScreen). A couple of film series are taking over local parks with some more sophisticated, multiculti cinema, so skip the phrosties and pack a respectable bottle of Montepulciano in that picnic basket. Socrates Sculpture Park’s summer film series, curated by Film Forum, begins July 1, and promises gems like a reinterpretation of Alice in Wonderland by trippy Czech claymationist Jan Svankmajer (if you’ve never seen his “Manly Games”, watch it now). And the seventh annual Films on the Green festival will bring French classics to Tompkins Square Park tonight and next week before moving on to Williamsburg’s Transmitter Park on July 24 and 31.