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Top Ten Outdoor Films to Catch in NYC in Summer 2015
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Top Ten Outdoor Films to Catch in NYC in Summer 2015

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Updated: 6 January 2017
Summertime in New York can be a fascinating experience. With so much to do and see, even a local can get lost in the mix. While bars and restaurants are always fun, outdoor films present an entertaining and cultural alternative. So if you are looking for a relaxed, affordable nighttime activity, look no further. Here are 10 of the best free outdoor movie screenings in New York.

Edward Scissorhands (July 8th) At Pier 1 Riverside Park South

A local waterfront favorite, Pier 1 Riverside Park South has been known as a summer go-to spot for years. But park attendance has only increased since it started hosting summer movie screenings. Come watch Edward Scizzorhands, a Johnny Depp classic for free. Seating is first come, first serve, but there’s not a bad seat to be had at this park.

Pier 1, Riverside Park South, New York, NY, USA +1 212 870 3070

Pride and Prejudice (July 9th) At 72nd Track and Lawn

Delve into the romantic world of Jane Austen and nineteenth century England in this classic movie adaption, starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew MacFayden. Surrounded by a large running track, 72nd Track and Lawn is frequented by local runners and joggers. Bring a blanket and get there quick – seating areas fill up fast.

72nd Track and Lawn, Riverside Park, Manhattan, NY, USA +1 212 870 3070

Randall Island Park | © Dan DeLuca/Flickr
Randall Island Park | © Dan DeLuca/Flickr

Back To The Future II (July 13) at the 103rd Street Footbridge (Randall’s Island Park)

We’re going back to the future again with this 1989 Oscar-nominated classic. Grab a nice spot by the 103rd Street Footbridge and watch the quintessential Michael J. Fox movie with some friends. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or simply enjoy the soft grass Randall Island Park offers.

Touchdown of the 103rd St. Footbridge, 1 Randall’s Island, New York, NY, USA +1 212 830 7722

American Hustle (July 14th) At Roosevelt Hotel

Mixing business with undercover cops and romance, it’s no wonder this movie was nominated for 10 Oscars. Sit atop the 19th rooftop of the Roosevelt Hotel and enjoy a cocktail in the crisp New York nighttime weather. Make a reservation today – this is not one you want to miss.

Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 885 6095

The Big Lebowski (July 20th) At Death Ave

We all have our inner dude. July 20 is your chance to let that dude out. Re-immerse yourself in The Big Lewbowski’s many dude-isms at the Patio Garden of popular Chelsea restaurant Death Ave. All showings start at 8pm.

Patio Garden at Death Ave, Estiatorio & Zythopoieio, 315 10th Ave, New York, NY, USA +1 212 695 8080

McCarren Park | © Allison Meier/Flickr
McCarren Park | © Allison Meier/Flickr

Dirty Dancing (July 22nd) At McCarren Park

35 acres of grass and playgrounds, McCarren Park has been a Brooklyn favorite since its inception over 100 years ago. Come see Dirty Dancing with your significant other and join a game of pickup soccer afterwards at one of the many open fields. Don’t let anyone put baby in a corner kick, though.

McCarren Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 218 2380

Anchorman (August 1st) At Roosevelt Hotel

Come for a classic Will Ferrell comedy and stay for the rooftop ambience. The Roosevelt Hotel is the go-to hang out spot for twenty-somethings looking for tasty food, well-blended cocktails, and fun-loving company.

Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 885 6095

Brooklyn Bridge Park | © Steve/Flickr
Brooklyn Bridge Park | © Steve/Flickr

Friday (August 6th) At Pier 1

For Craig, Friday is a terrible, horrible, bad day. Fortunately for you, it’s nearly impossible to have a bad day at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Pack a picnic, brings some friends, and enjoy a night at Pier 1.

Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 102 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA+1 718 222 9939

E.T. (August 25th) at Swindler Cove

Not all aliens are evil. Some are downright cute. On the edge of the Harlem River, Swindler Cove is the perfect spot to see a shooting star or maybe even a crashing spacecraft. Cuddle up and relive your childhood with this heartwarming Spielberg classic.

Swindler Cove in Sherman Creek, 3703 Harlem River Dr., New York, NY, USA+1 212 333 2552

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 25th) At Crocheron Park

Beat back the bad guys and save the day, all while jamming out to some classic 80s tunes. Bring a picnic, come enjoy the BBQ pits, or get a snack from one of the many food trucks located throughout Crocheron Park. This venture out to Queens will absolutely be worth your time.

Crocheron Park, Bayside, Queens, New York, USA +1 212 639 9675