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Gogobot is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes”. Gogobot’s ‘GoGo This Week’ feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week. Here are some exciting events and sites to check out in downtown New York this week, courtesy of Gogobot. Visit the website or download the app for more GoGo This Week upcoming events

1. Fringe Festival

Various venues throughout the city

Fri Aug 14th-Sun, Aug 30th (check site for showtimes)

With over 200 different shows throughout the city, the International Fringe Festival is the place to see innovative theater. The festival has something for every taste, especially ones that veer outside the usual genre box. One of this year’s themes is biography so check out the bio-plays about Sylvia Plath, and Jackson Pollack. We are also definitely going to see the stage adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s essay “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.” Tickets start at $18.

2. Bibliophile SOS

St. Mark’s Bookshop (Alphabet City)

Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12-10pm

Established in 1977, St. Mark’s Bookshop, located in the historic First Houses in Alphabet City, is one of few surviving independent bookstores in New York. Recently is has appealed to the public for help. Since we are serious bibliophiles, we are braving the heat to buy some specialty books and show support. Come browse the shop’s vast collection of independent publishers, art and films books. You won’t be sorry you came.

3. Untitled: Summer Menu

Whitney Museum (Meatpacking)

Daily with Lunch and Dinner Hours

The new Whitney Museum location is pretty impressive and now we have even more reason to keep coming back. The new menu at Untitled from chef Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern) has been getting a lot of well-deserved hype.  The summer menu is vegetable-heavy, cut with rich meats and tender fish. Walled almost entirely inside glass, the space is open and airy, complementing the light and carefully arranged dishes Kale Salad, Marinated Mussels with basil sauce and Artichoke Fettuccine.

4. Digital Lives

Bitforms Gallery (Lower East Side)

Wed-Sat 11am-6pm Sun 12-6pm

This fascinating group exhibition takes a look at digital immortality–our obsession with recording our life on social and digital media. The works from artists like from Daniel Canogar, Sara Ludy and Andrea Wolf present an eerily-ghostlike version of what our lives may become. FREE.

5. New Rooftop Bar on the Bowery

Wyndham Garden Hotel (Chinatown)

Sun-Thurs 5pm-12am Fri-Sat 5pm-2am

We like Rooftop 93, the new rooftop bar at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, because it offers two spectacular spaces to enjoy a drink. You get stunning open air views of Manhattan Bridge on one side with Midtown on the other, while indoors, on the floor below, you can admire the same through the floor to ceiling windows — for those extra hot nights, or when the weather is less than ideal. Now grab that tangy pomegranate Skyview Cosmo and take in the view.

-Courtesy of Gogobot

*If you know of great events happening in your neck of the woods that might be a fit for a future GoGo This Week column, please feel free to email details about the event to events@gogobot.com.