- Aaron Rose
- Today, an exhibit featuring photos taken in Coney Island in 1961 will open at the Museum of the City of New York.
This weekend, Coney Island comes to the Museum of the City of New York, a massive art project aims to photograph the faces of 10,000 people on the LGBTQ spectrum and galleries all over North Brooklyn open their doors. Here are our must-do and must-see events:
Ode To Coney Island ($6-$20) – May 9-August 3
The fate of Coney Island currently hangs in the balance, so there’s really no better time to revisit its past and appreciate the iconic amusement district than now. Today, the Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Ave. at 104th St., Manhattan) will open “In A World Of Their Own,” a new exhibit featuring vintage photographs of Coney Island taken in 1961 by Aaron Rose, one of the city’s most prolific photographers. Admission is $6 for students and seniors, $10 for adults, $20 for families with no more than two adults and free for members and children under 12. MCNY is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Last Thread (Free) – May 9, 6-8 p.m.
Usually we don’t cover closings, but this one’s right up our alley: Tonight, Bay Ridge’s Brooklyn Stitchery (458 87th St. nr 4th Ave.) will host a closing party in honor of their “A Thousand Fibers” exhibit. The show features the work of artists who incorporate fibers into their art. Bonus: Everyone who drops by is free to buy the artwork right off the wall.
Greenpoint Gallery Night (Free) – May 9, 7-10 p.m.
If you’re more likely to spend tonight in North Brooklyn, then head to Greenpoint for the Spring edition of Greenpoint Gallery Night. The Hyperallergic-sponsored event will feature more than a dozen galleries as well as stops at beloved local businesses like Booklyn and Dandelion Wine along the way. What’s more, some galleries will be debuting brand new shows. Admission is first come, first serve.
One Stop Bike Shop (Free) – May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Now that bike season is officially upon us, it’s time to stock up on all the things a good, responsible bicyclist needs! Instead of running around Brooklyn, just head to this weekend’s New York Bike Jumble at Washington Park and the Old Stone House (5th Ave. & 4th St.) in Park Slope. Attendees will be able to purchases everything from new and used bikes to bells, helmets, accessories, clothes and much, much more. On a side note, if you can’t make it this weekend, another Bike Jumble will be held in Red Hook on June 1.
After Hours Art (Free) – May 10, until 9 p.m.
If you’d like a preview of Bushwick’s art scene before the chaos that is Bushwick Open Studios, check out Bushwick/Ridgewood Late Night this Saturday. 30 + galleries in the neighborhoods will keep late hours, staying open until 9 p.m., with some providing wine and beer for all you art-loving lushes. Head to Bedford + Bowery for a full list of participating galleries.
Fleetwood Mac Woodstock ($8-$10) – May 10, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
This one is for all the hardcore Gold Dust-ers out there: Tomorrow night, Black Bear Bar (70 N. 6th St. nr. Wythe Ave.) will host Fleetmac Wood’s Gold Dust Disco, a London-based dance party dedicated to everyone’s favorite British-American emotional train wreck of a band, which is making its New York debut. The party will feature re-edits of the band’s greatest hits as well as new takes on even their deepest cuts. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and can be purchased here.
Self Evident Truths (Free) – May 11, 12-5 p.m.
Want to be part of a massive art project? Then head to the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th St.) this Sunday and join in on Self Evident Truths, an ambitious art project from artist iO TIllet Wright featuring the portraits of 10,000 people from across the LGBTQ spectrum. All afternoon, Wright will photograph anyone who drops by the hotel, which she plans to turn into an installation on Washington D.C.’s National Mall. After that, Wright will organizing a march on Washington in the name of LGBTQ rights. But before she can do all that, she need pictures of as many beautiful faces as possibles. Admission to the party, which will feature DJ sets from Ana Reszendes of CSS, Penn Badgley and Jimmy Giannopolous of MOTHER, and Abby Fiscus, is totally, totally free. To learn more about the accompanying We Are You project, head here.