curated by Sara Maher

Mother Nature thought we were getting just a little too heat-happy, so she drowned our enthusiasm in an ice bath. Push back with these summertime staples.

City Picnic

This year, Eldridge Street’s signature Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival has added empanadas! The festival celebrates the Chinese, Jewish, and now, Puerto Rican communities in the neighborhood with performances and activities such as Chinese opera, Yiddish lessons, and Puerto Rican mask-making. Of course, food is the focus. You can enjoy egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas, all made with Kosher recipes!

F downtown to East Broadway and walk northwest to 12 Eldridge Street. Sun Jun 7, 12:00-4:00. Free. eldridgestreet.org/event

Date Night

New Yorkers love outdoor-movie season, and while it’s nice to have so many family-friendly options, doesn’t an adult date night sound just as nice? Mad46, the rooftop lounge of the Roosevelt Hotel, hosts themed movie nights with table-side service and reserved seating or casual bar service. The series kicks off with Tombstone on June 9, followed by shows every other Tuesday through September 15.

F downtown to 47-50th and walk southeast to the Roosevelt Hotel at 46th and Madison; Mad46 is on the 19th floor. Tue June 9; seating begins at 8:00, with pre-show cocktails 8:00-9:00 and show at 9:00. $20 minimum food or drink purchase required with table service. For priority entrance, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mad46.com/default154e.html?pg=movies

Food Fight

We may not have backyards for our barbeques, but Madison Square Park becomes a close second during the Big Apple Barbeque Block Party. Pitmasters from around the country come and set up trucks for a two-day meatfest. Whether you prefer it Texas-style, Carolina-style, or something in between, there’s a paper boat with your name on it.

F downtown to 23rd and walk east to Madison Square Park. Sat Jun 13-Sun Jun 14, 11:00-6:00. Free admission; menu items range from $9-12. Credit cards accepted. bigapplebbq.org

Block Party

DayLife is the city’s unofficial summer kickoff party, combining food, fashion, games, and music for a big block party, city-style. This year, head to Lower EAT Side to check out live music and a “wellness lounge” before finding a snack at Pies N Thighs, The Meatball Shop, or Insomnia Cookies. There will also be a game of giant Jenga and, uh, matchmaking.

F downtown to 2nd Ave and walk east on Houston to Orchard Street; DayLife will be on Orchard between Houston and Delancey. Sun Jun 14, 12:00-5:00. Free. lowereastside.org/special-events/daylife

Something Sparkly

15 days ’til the Mermaid Parade! King Neptune and Queen Mermaid lead a procession of glittery, glistening fish fanatics down Surf Avenue. What more do you need? Note: While the event is considered family-friendly, partial nudity is not discouraged.

F downtown to Coney Island and walk southwest to Surf Ave. Parade starts at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue and ends at Steeplechase Plaza. Sat Jun 20, 1:00 p.m. Free. coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

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