8 Things To Do This Week In NYC

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It goes without saying...this week has us feeling especially patriotic. On Friday, we'll be celebrating our nation's independence. And, Tuesday's World Cup match means we'll be taking an extra late lunch to cheer on Team USA. We don't know which day of the week we're most excited for. Add into the mix all the other great NYC happenings over the next few days, and, well, we're giddy.

Enjoy a picnic and a movie.
The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival is one of the best ways to catch an open-air flick for free. This Monday, A Soldier's Story will take over the big screen. An Oscar nominee for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, this Norman Jewison murder mystery is set on a Louisiana military base in the 1940s, and stars Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington.
When: Monday, June 30. Park opens at 5 p.m.; movie begins at sunset.
Where: Bryant Park Lawn, between West 40th and 42nd streets, and Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Score designer duds for less.
One of our favorite NYC boutique is marking its items way down this week. Kenzo and Rachel Comey up to 60% off? Yes, please! The four-day sale is a no-brainer and the perfect place to find something(s) last minute for the long weekend.
When: Today through Thursday, July 3.
Where: Various Otte locations.

See art!
Showcasing 150 of Koons' objects, "Jeff Koons: A Retrospective" will be the first exhibition to fill (almost) all of the Whitney with a single artist's work and the last to take place before the museum opens its new building downtown in 2015. This comprehensive retrospective will surely provide insight into the career of man behind the famous Balloon Dog.
When: Now through Sunday, October 19.
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street).
Tickets: $16 to $20.

Believe that we will win.
In addition to refreshing Caipirinhas, menu specials, and more, Sushi Samba is offering World Cup fans the opportunity to win a trip to Brazil. Brazil! Follow Sushi Samba on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, post an image of yourself at Tuesday's World Cup screening, tag @SushiSamba and #SambaSelfie, and you're automatically entered. Enjoy the game AND get one step closer to Rio de Janeiro.
When: Tuesday, July 1 at 4 p.m.
Where: Various Sushi Samba locations.

Watch Charlie Sascha dance one last time.
Sascha Radetsky — you may remember him as Center Stage's dreamy male lead — will retire this week from American Ballet Theatre. Before he takes his final bow, Sascha will dance the role of Franz in the comedic ballet Coppélia. Sascha's character is a young man who cheats on his girlfriend with, wait for it, a doll. Indeed, a slight departure from the loyal and loving good guy he played in the 2000 film, but we have no doubt the dancing will still be jaw-dropping.
When: Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza (between West 62nd and 64th Streets at Columbus Avenue); 800-901-4092.
Tickets: $32 to $252.

Catch the fireworks from a rooftop Soda Shoppe.
Mondrian Soho is offering an awe-inducing view for one of the most colorful evenings of the year. Catch the Fourth of July fireworks from Soho's tallest rooftop and enjoy Peronis, pizzas, American hot dogs, and gelato all night long.
When: Thursday, July 4 at 4 p.m.
Where: Sonny's Soda Shoppe, 150 Lafayette Street (between Grand and Howard streets).
Tickets: $150.

Snag an original Shantell Martin.
This Instagram-approved, R29-approved artist has joined forces with W New York to offer Summer Friday tote bags filled with goodies. Shantell Martin's totes are the perfect accessory for upcoming weekend trips. Snag one with every cocktail order placed between 1 and 3 p.m. on Fridays throughout the summer. They're available only while supplies last, so it might be a good idea to go this weekend when most folks are out of town. Just a thought.
When: Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: W New York, 541 Lexington Avenue (at 49th Street); 212-755-1200.

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with Captain America.
To finish off its Fourth of July PIER/PARTY, South Street Seaport will host not only a Midtown Comics Fan Party, but also a free outdoor screening of The Avengers. What better way to continue the Independence Day celebration than with the Captain himself?
When: Saturday, July 5, 4 p.m.; movie begins at 8 p.m.
Where: South Street Seaport, at the intersection of Fulton and South streets.