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Summer in the city: NYC’s 10 best music, food, and film festivals of 2022



When the asphalt starts to sizzle, some New Yorkers flee, others festi-vizzle.

After two years of COVID — and a long winter — New Yorkers are ready to shake off their layers and bask in the sun. And outdoor festivals are once again blooming in the five boroughs.

The Post has culled the best of these fests in theater, music, film, food and more.

From the always-enchanting Shakespeare in the Park to hard-seltzer spritzes to music fetes with hot lineups featuring Kid Cudi, Herbie Hancock and Blondie, this summer has plenty on tap.

So make like the Beastie Boys and “Ch-Check it out.”

Governors Ball Music Festival

Post Malone performs during the 2021 Governors Ball Music Festival at Citi Field on September 26, 2021 in New York City.
Post Malone performed at last year’s Gov Ball.
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After COVID pushed this mega-event to September last year, Governors Ball returns to its regular spot on the June calendar. Once again, it will be held at the home of the New York Mets, Citi Field. Kid Cudi headlines Day 1, with Migos, Black Pumas and “First Class” rapper Jack Harlow also rocking the crowd. Day 2 features Halsey, rapper Roddy Ricch and electronic artist Flume. Then J. Cole performs Day 3, along with R&B diva Jazmine Sullivan, “Heat Waves” band Glass Animals and Grammy-winning DJ-producer Kaytranada. Gov Ball After Dark takes the party inside with concerts at clubs across the city, including Irving Plaza (Tove Lo on June 9), Bowery Ballroom (Soccer Mommy on June 10) and Brooklyn’s Elsewhere (Kaytranada again, on June 11).

June 10 to 12. Citi Field. 41 Seaver Way;

Forest Hills Stadium

Norah Jones of Puss n Boots performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, on Saturday, May 7, 2022, in New Orleans.
Norah Jones will perform at Forest Hills Stadium in August.
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A long time ago — before the Williams sisters were even born — Forest Hill Stadium hosted the US Open tennis tournament. Now, its pastoral setting and country-club vibe make it a magical music getaway. This season’s lineup offers an eclectic assortment of acts for music fans of all tastes. The series kicks off with Grammy-winning indie folkie Bon Iver on June 3, and then Led Zeppelin god Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss make a roots-y twosome on June 4. Aussie electronic trio Rüfüs du Sol will be bringing the beats on June 10 and 11, while indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers will crank up the crowd on June 16. Later in the summer, Norah Jones will torch the stage on Aug. 4, and Queens’ own LL Cool J will headline his Rock the Bells hip-hop festival on Aug. 6.

Various dates. Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place;

The Rooftop at Pier 17’s concert series

The Rooftop at Pier 17
Several acts are docking at Pier 17 this summer.
Keeyahtay Lewis

In just its fourth season, this South Street Seaport venue has become a summer music haven, with the Brooklyn Bridge providing the scenic backdrop for an array of artists to make some serious sound waves. Among the acts docking at Pier 17 this year are singer-songwriter Vance Joy on June 4, reggae band Rebelution on June 15 and rapper Pusha T — who recently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his new album, “It’s Almost Dry” — on June 16. July highlights include the Australian pop-rock group 5 Seconds of Summer on July 12 and 13, and a night of new-wave nostalgia with the Psychedelic Furs on July 15. Then August heats up with buzzy indie artist Girl in Red on Aug. 2, Elvis Costello & the Imposters on Aug. 11 and downtown New York legends Blondie on Aug. 17 and 18.

Various dates. Pier 17, 89 South St.;

Electric Zoo

Electric Zoo
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix — who was the most requested in fan surveys — will lead a loaded lineup at Electric Zoo.

New York’s biggest electronic music festival turns up the technology with a Web 3.0 theme this year. In another tech twist, the festival will accept crypto payments. But one thing remains the same: the DJs, who will be sending the masses spinning on Randall’s Island Park over Labor Day weekend. Dutch DJ Martin Garrix — who was the most requested spinner in fan surveys — will lead a loaded lineup that also includes Diplo, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, Afrojack and British house-music master Carl Cox. In addition to those big names in the game, Electric Zoo 3.0 will also turn the spotlight — literally: Expect a dizzying display of lights — on rising DJs such as Kyle Walker, Wax Motif, Sidepiece and Queens native CID.

Sept. 2 to 4. Randall’s Island Park. 20 Randall’s Island Park;


George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic performing this year.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will perform at SummerStage.
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While Central Park will always be the heart of SummerStage, this year’s festivities will have you venue-hopping all over the city to soak up the sounds of the season. Legendary jazzman Herbie Hancock will officially open the proceedings with a free Central Park concert on June 11, held in association with the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Central Park will also host benefit shows featuring indie rock band Modest Mouse (June 8), George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic (June 15) and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer (Aug. 4). For “Bird” lovers, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will be bopping everywhere from Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park to the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park Aug. 26 to 28. And R&B icon Stephanie Mills will headline a free show at the Coney Island Amphitheater on June 25. Dance troupes — including Dallas Black Dance Theatre at Brooklyn’s Herbert von King Park on July 22 — will twirl across the city as part of the fest.

Various dates and locations;

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.
Shakespeare in the Park has two productions: “Richard III” and “As You Like It.”
Tammy Shell

Last year, professional theater returned to the city after a long COVID-related shutdown with Shakespeare in the Park. This summer the 60-year-old Central Park institution is back in its full glory with two productions: “Richard III” (running June 17-July 17) starring Danai Gurira of Marvel’s “Black Panther” as the title king; and a new musical version of the comedy “As You Like It” (Aug. 10-Sept. 11) from the talented composer Shaina Taub, whose “Suffs” is currently on at the Public Theater downtown. Tickets for al fresco Shakespeare are free and there are plenty of ways to get your hands on them (a daily distribution in-person, a standby line and a digital lottery). Unlike Broadway, you will have to present proof of vaccination to enter, but face masks are not required.

Various dates. Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West;

Rooftop Films

Rooftop Summer Series at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Rooftop Summer Series at Greenwood Cemetery.
Maike Schulz

These outdoor screenings combine indie films with parties — sometimes even after-parties. The events are held at unique venues scattered throughout the city, not all of them rooftops — past locations include the Greenwood Cemetery and the top of Old American Can Factory in Gowanus — and often kick off with drinks and live music. Some fun titles this year include “Fire of Love” (June 15), a documentary about a volcano scientist couple; “Memoria,” a Tilda Swinton-led flick from Palme d’Or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul; and “I Love My Dad” (July 3) starring Patton Oswalt.

Various dates and locations. Tickets are $16.

Smorgasburg and Bronx Night Market

The Fried Kitchen, Bronx Night Market, 2021 season, Fordham Plaza. It is a food truck that comes every Saturday to Bronx Night Market.
The Fried Kitchen at the Bronx Night Market last year.
Courtesy of Bronx Night Market

Discover exciting local food vendors at this open-air food festival, which is held weekly in Williamsburg, Prospect Park, lower Manhattan and Jersey City and made the Spaghetti Donut and the Ramen Burger famous. Belly up to bites from vendors like Big Mozz, known for its giant fried mozzarella sticks in Prospect Park; Carlitos Barbecue Taqueria (at World Trade Center, Jersey City and Prospect Park); lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound (at World Trade Center, Jersey City and Prospect Park); and Rosie’s Empanadas (Jersey City and Prospect Park). Meanwhile, at the Bronx Night Market at Fordham Plaza, now in its fifth year, a rotating lineup of more than 50 vendors showcase cuisines from more than 20 countries. Don’t miss Filipino-style barbecue from Barbecue on a Stick; cajun seafood like fried shrimp and lobster from Rockin’ Cajun Seafood Grill, known for its seafood boils, lobster fires and po’ boys; and Jamaican specialties like jerk chicken from Rostacy Jamaican Food.

Various dates and locations.
May 28 at 1 p.m. Bronx Night Market, 1 Fordham Plaza;


A woman pours a Vizzy hard seltzer drink into a cup.
Seltzerland features more than 100 flavors of hard seltzer.
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Get your spritz on at this nationally touring hard seltzer festival at lower Manhattan’s Pier 36, where imbibers can sample more than 100 fizzy flavors. Expect crowd pleasers like White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer as well as more novelty brands like Vizzy, BuzzBallz and Topo Chico Hard Seltzer on tap. Attendees can also indulge in munchies from rotating vendors, soon to be announced, and plenty of Instagram-worthy photo moments. 

Aug. 6. Tickets start at $35. Pier 36, 299 South St.;

Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has hundreds of events from May until August 14.
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has hundreds of events from May until Aug. 14.
Sachyn Mital

With more than 300 events from May 14 until Aug. 14, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is looking to put the spring back in New Yorkers’ steps. “One of the most basic jobs of the arts is to help heal,” Chief Artistic Officer Shanta Thake said in a press release. “This summer we will do exactly that, with moments to rejoice, reclaim, and remember within a city transformed.” “The Oasis” dance floor installation will allow revelers to move their feet to salsa, swing, bachata, merengue and more. The BAAD! Bronx Academy of Dance will present the Mini Kiki Ball for Pride Month and later, in August, there will be the BAAND Together Dance Festival. And July 10, couples “whose weddings were canceled or diminished due to the pandemic” are invited to redo “the ritual alongside hundreds of other New Yorkers, with live musical performances, a ‘second dance,’ desserts and a reception on the dance floor,” according to the release.

Various dates and locations. Lincoln Center;

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?



The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.


Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.


The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.


Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.


Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!


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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home



Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected



Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
New York DMV
New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
New York DMV
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
New York DMV
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
New York DMV
BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
New York DMV

Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
New York DMV
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
New York DMV
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:


















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