New York

This Citywide Festival Is Bringing 1,000 Free Music Events to NYC in June

Make Music New York will celebrate music-making on June 21.

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Kris Connor/Getty Images Entertainment
Kris Connor/Getty Images Entertainment

Editor’s Note: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to fluctuate rapidly and NYC currently is experiencing a rise in infection rates due to Omicron variants. If you’re venturing out, triple-check safety protocols and be safe out there.This June, New Yorkers will be able to celebrate two things at once-summer and music.

On June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music New York will be back to the city with over 1,000 free outdoor music-making events in honor of Make Music Day.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Make Music Day, the world’s largest annual music festival, and New York City is welcoming celebrations with open arms. Throughout the day, New Yorkers of any age, backgrounds, and skill level will bring out their musical side across the city, from parks and plazas to rooftops, streets, and even sidewalks.

Among a slew of other events, from 10 am to 8 pm, a special concert series, dubbed Faire la Fête, will take place in seven outdoor locations in Battery Park and surrounding areas. French composers and musician will alternate performances to celebrate music and to pay homage to Make Music Day’s French roots.

“We are thrilled to present a dynamic day of culturally diverse music performances citywide as our eponymous festival returns for its 16th annual season on the summer solstice,” James Burke, Make Music New York Executive Director, said in an official statement. “Our unique mission of showcasing the amazing talents of NYC musicians and in activating our treasured outdoor public spaces is more important than ever as the city continues to rebound from the pandemic. We are especially excited to mark the 40th anniversary of Fête de la Musique, the French music celebration that helped to inspire our founding.”

While the official calendar featuring all dates, locations, and participating artists will be released in the near future, some event announcements worthy of note are already available to the public. New Yorkers can expect to catch Pueblo Harlem-the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance’s (ALJA) annual celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture-at the General Grant National Memorial in Morningside Heights from 4–8 pm, where salsa dance lessons and performances by the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra will be held, among others. In East Harlem, percussionist Andre E. Small of Afrikumba Utibé Drummers will bring numerous drummers to the streets, and they will perform to promote peace and to end violence in an event dubbed 1,000 Drums Crying for Peace.

Queens residents will get their share of musical events as well in Jackson Height’s Travers Park. From 4–8 pm, in a partnership with Make Music New York, Queens Public Library will showcase Queens Memory Live, where musicians, storytellers, and poets living in Queens will take the celebratory reins.

Brooklyn will dance to the sound of rock music. At the Old Stone House located in Park Slope, the Kids Rock for Kids event will empower emerging teen and tween rock bands, who will perform to raise money for kids in need.

New Yorkers who wish to participate, perform, or host events on Make Music New York day can visit the Make Music New York registration link. An updated schedule of events will be available in early June on the Make Music New York website.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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