Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for July 24′s best events, from Katy Perry at the Barclays Center to a Crab Feast at Cafe Ghia.
1. MUSIC: Katy Perry at the Barclays Center
Candy-colored costumes, ninja warrior dancers and twerking mummies are just a few of the things you can expect to see at Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour when it comes to Brooklyn’s massive Barclays Center. Gather up your fellow KatyCats to watch the hit-making pop star do flashy performances of “Roar,” “California Gurls” and that timeless homage to doing lesbian stuff for attention, “I Kissed A Girl.” With its “specially designed stage,” Prismatic claims it will provide an intense experience for every seat in the house. So hot it will melt your popsicle, etc.
DETAILS: 7pm; from $37.50, sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; barclayscenter.com
2. DANCE: A Batalha do Passinho and Rennie Harris Puremovement at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center
Developed in the favelas of Rio, passinho is an exciting, new type of dance with a strong battle element that combines breakdancing with traditional Brazilian movements. See the craze make its U.S. debut as part of Lincoln Center’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors series. Also performing: Rennie Harris Puremovement, an electric Philly dance troupe that creates beautiful, genre-bending hip hop dance performances. Should be quite the kinetic show!
DETAILS: 7:30pm; free; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center (W. 62nd St. between Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.); lcoutofdoors.org
3. FILM: Newfest at Walter Reade Theater
You’ll have a gay old time at this top LGBT film festival, which is now entering its 26th year. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Outfest and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Newfest is devoted to showing new work from a diverse range of filmmakers from across the world and LGBT spectrum. Highlights include We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite, a doc on the demise of the beloved Crown Heights gay bar, and Tiger Orange, which stars adult film actor Johnny Hazzard (a.k.a. Frankie Valenti) as one of two brothers attempting to make amends with each other.
DETAILS: various times; most screenings $13; 165 W. 65th St., except where noted; newfest.org
4. FOOD: 2014 Crab Feast at Cafe Ghia
If your first thought upon watching a crab crawl across the ocean floor is “get in ma belly,” this is the dinner for you. Tonight, cute Bushwick bistro Cafe Ghia is holding the first of two “crab feasts,” both of which are sponsored by local brewery Sixpoint. Under the tutelage of Baltimore native and crab expert Ellen Letcher, they’ll be serving crabs steamed in Sixpoint Apollo and Old Bay, corn on the cob, roasted potato wedges and fresh watermelon. If you close your eyes, you might just be able to feel the ocean breeze.
DETAILS: 9:30pm-11:30pm (7pm-9pm sitting is sold out); $40; 24 Irving Ave., Brooklyn; cafeghia.com
5. TOUR: Central Park Bike Tour
Spanning some 843 acres, Central Park can seem insurmountably large to explore on foot, but it’s a snap on a bicycle! Cruise down pleasant, tree-lined roads to all the park’s major points of interest on this bike tour conducted by Central Park Sightseeing. Over the course of two hours, you’ll visit the Gothic Belvedere Castle, the serene Strawberry Fields, the fragrant Shakespeare garden, the bronze Alice in Wonderland statue, the placid Reservoir and more. Everything is provided, including bike rental, helmet, map and lock, and the tour is meant for all skill levels.
DETAILS: 1:30pm and 4pm; $38.25 (get tickets!); meet up at 56 W. 56th St.