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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC This Weekend (July 6-8)

July 5, 2018 by CJ Schwartz
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Remember when the 4th of July was on a Wednesday and so your whole week got weird? Well, baby you can continue being a firework and lean into the weird with this week’s dose of weird and wonderful events. We’ve got the trolley tour of your haunted Hot Topic dreams, some swing with a side of summer air, a feminist tour of the Met, and so much more.

Madame Morbid’s Trolley Tours
Brooklyn, Williamsburg
Tour, Haunted, True Crime

The ultimate #RideorDie is riding around in Madame Morbid’s custom-made, turn-of-the-century trolley to relive New York’s dark history. We’re talking cushioned leather seats, chandeliers, and stories that range from true crime to ghosts and ghouls. After this devilish tour, you’ll want to ward off vampires and lame Tinderbros with a slice of the garlicky and delicious Madame Morbid pizza at Two Boots. You’ll wanna Instagram the heck outta your slice with it’s pesto pentagram.


Midsummer Night Swing
Manhattan, Lincoln Center
Concert, Dance, Good For Date-Nights

Does summer make you want to get up and dance? Feel the rhythm with an eclectic mix of swing, salsa, R&B, disco, tango, and more at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, complete with live music and full permission to groove to the beat. It’s kind of like Coachella, if Coachella was MTA-accessible and just a few steps away from The Smith for your dance party pre-game.


Badass Bitches of the Met
Manhattan, Upper East Side
Tour, Museum, Feminist, Good for Groups

As our friends at Museum Hack like to say: “The future is female, and guess what: the past was hella female too.” On this two-hour tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art you’ll get to celebrate the female artists represented in the world famous museum, learn about some kick-ass women you may have never heard about, and have as much fun as humanly possible. This tour is perfect for feminists from all backgrounds, smashers of the patriarchy, Beyoncé, and guests 16 years or older.


Manhattan, Downtown
Play, New Work

Debuting in New York after a sold-out run in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, “Borders” describes itself as “an urgent, moving, and occasionally hilarious commentary” that’s inspired by the refugee crisis. This play observes a complicated problem with heart, humanity, and surprising humor, and with a story that’s both global and personal, “Borders” is a must-see for thoughtful theatergoers looking for a fresh perspective.


Jump Into the Light – Virtual Reality PlayLab
Manhattan, Lower East Side
Virtual Reality, Self-Guided, Arcade, Family-Friendly

The future is now, and it’s on the Lower East Side. Get futuristic AF at this Virtual Reality PlayLab conveniently located by about 1 million places you’ll want to eat. And with an all-day pass, you can try on a VR headset to travel to the future, kill zombies, go skydiving, take breaks for all the meals and snacks, and keep coming back for more. And speaking of those LES eats, we recommend the nearby Russ & Daughters (for the bagel lovers), The Meatball Shop (for saucy meatball lovers), Spaghetti Incident (for spaghetti lovers, duh), and MasalsWala (for Indian food lovers).


OZY Fest
Manhattan, Central Park
Concert, Talks, Festival, Food

Whether you’ve been festival-hopping all summer (go you!) or still need to squeeze in your summer festival fix (where have you been?!), OZY Fest is a two-day event that can’t be missed. The festival takes place in Central Park and boats a seriously impressive roster of celebs, food, music, and more, with performers including Passion Pit, Common, Young the Giant, Grouplove, Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, and Laverne Cox, along with comedians Chelsea Handler, Hasan Minhaj, and Michelle Wolf. You’ll also get to hear from authors Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Roxane Gay, and Salman Rushdie; celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Roy Choi; Jemele Hill (ESPN), quiz-daddy Scott Rogowsky (HQ), Martha Stewart, and others. Your heart and your Insta story will be full after this crazy marathon featuring some of today’s top talent and thought leaders.