It might not quite feel like it yet, but summer is just around the corner. New York City has events going on all year long at all hours, but things get kicked up a notch in the summertime once things warm up. The summer of 2014 will be no different and there will be plenty of things happening in New York in the next few months in addition to all the regular New York Attractions that are always available.
For the 10th straight year the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will be taking place in, well, Brooklyn of course! The event is an annual of showcase of some of the top current hip-hop artists as well as older acts who have been influential in the past. The festival will be taking place from July 9th-12th all over the city’s “coolest” borough in neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Williamsburg.
There will be smaller events leading up to the festival’s main day which will be headlined by Raekwon of Wu Tang and New Orleans-based artist Jay Electronica. According to festival producers, “The plan is to grab you from the moment you get off the plane/bus/train/subway on Wednesday July 9th and send you back well rested with a full belly, the freshest gear, the finest sounds and the slightest of hangovers.”
If you are going to be in NYC before July and the festival, the New York Historical Society Museum always has plenty of seasonal exhibits taking place. One of the top ones of 2014, The Black Fives, started in March, but it won’t be wrapping up until the end of July.
The Black Fives takes a historical look back at African-American basketball teams that played in NYC and other places around the country prior to the National Basketball Association becoming racially integrated in 1950. Cities like Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlantic City and Cleveland all had “Black Five” teams and the exhibition is great look back at the state of basketball prior to the NBA integrating.
For another musical option (plenty of them), there’s also the SummerStage concert series. The SummerStage series began more than 25 years ago and although Central Park is its main venue, the annual festival now brings more than 100 performances to 18 New York City parks from June through September. With acts that range from jazz and blues to gospel and rock, SummerStage has something that will appeal to almost anyone and many of the shows are free to boot!