GoGo This Week for Downtown July 27-August 2

New York Sunset - From Rockefeller Center
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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. Summer Streets

Brooklyn Bridge (with locations throughout Manhattan)

Saturdays Aug 1st, 8th, and 15th from 7am-1pm

Summer Streets is a large scale block party that celebrates New York’s best feature–its streets. Modeled after a similar program in Europe and Central America, the objective is to remind New Yorkers that the concrete jungle can also be a welcoming playground. Starting at Brooklyn Bridge and extending to Central Park, 7 miles of streets will be closed to traffic but open to arts and crafts workshops, musical performances, dancing, healthy foods, rock climbing wall and the awesome zipline. Bike, run, stroll, hop or skip on down! FREE


2. Superior Burgers

Superiority Burger (East Village)

Thurs-Mon 6-10pm

What makes Superiority burger superior? Let me count the ways. The vegetarian patties put fancy meat burgers to shame, the entire menu is under $10, and everything is vegetarian with many items ‘accidentally vegan’. This is a rival to all those pseudo-hip healthy joints. When your core value is “humility” it’s only right that after just one month in business, Superiority Burger has a legion of followers and vegetarian converts in New York and beyond.


3. Araki’s “Eros Diary”

Anthon Kern Gallery (Chelsea)

Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm through August 7th

Contemporary photographer Nobuyoshi Araki’s “Eros Diary” exhibition is a collection of 77 black and white photographs that examine three of the most important subjects to capture the human mind: life, death and eroticism. Only Araki, one of Japan’s most prolific photographers, now 75, can treat his subjects with such finesse as to leave viewers disarmed by what in other hands would seem pornographic.


4. Chardonnay Run

Hudson River Park off Laight Street

Sat, Aug 1st, start times at 9, 9:30 and 10am

Sometimes you just need a good run to clear your mind, sometimes you need a glass of wine and sometimes, on those rare occasions, you need both to make it through the day. This Saturday put on your running shoes for a 5K run along the the tree-lined waterfront of the Hudson River Greenway. A post-run glass of wine with tasty pairing and live music awaits your arrival at the finish line. Tickets start at $60 for athletes and $36 for spectators.


5. CliffsNotes on The Human Condition

The Peoples Improv Theater (Flatiron)

Fri, July 31st at 9:30pm

Of course we want to know what the leading names in philosophy have to say about the human condition, but who has time to read Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer or Descarte. The CliffsNotes inspired sketch comedy “The Human Condition” will reveal the secrets of life found in the works of these great philosophers and make you realize that you are not a weirdo after all, no matter what your family and friends say. $10 with $1 tickets for students.


6. Spicy and Cool Cocktail Bar

Mace (East Village)

Mon-Fri 5pm-2am Sat-Sun 4pm-2am

There are days when the heat has melted your makeup and hair products, and your deodorant has abandoned ship at lunch; the last thing you want to do is sit outside for happy hour. The space at cocktail bar Mace (opened this Spring) with its cool metal counter, brick walls and smooth wood is a welcoming reprieve from the heat. Taking inspiration from the spices that line the wall, the cocktails will take your taste buds around the world: try the Thai Chili, the Caribbean Pandan or the smoky Paprika.

-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.