With July winding to a close today we are now approximately around the half way mark of summer in the city. And as anyone who visits here will tell you New York City is so abuzz with summer activity everyday of the week: so much so that there is physically no way any one person could take advantage of all the entertainment on tap throughout the city - and most of it is free too! As usual for this New York State of Mind Amoeblog (#42 in the ongoing weekly series) I will merely scratch the surface but still present a decent amount of choices out there in the Big Apple with a focus on free outdoor movies in New York City.
Free outdoor movies are a staple of most major cities every summer (EG the Bay Area has many wonderful series to chose from) but New York City has an incredible amount that range in genre of film as well as type of screening location: parks, plazas, beaches, and rooftops. On Tuesday (Aug 6th) on the rooftop of The Roosevelt Hotel on 46th Street Manhattan the classic gangster movie Goodfellas (a movie you can re-watch hundreds of times) screens as part of the ongoing Summer Movie Nights at mad46 series. More info. Going for many years and truly a NYC tradition are the HBO sponsored free Monday night Bryant Park Summer Film Festival series. This coming Monday (August 5th) at dusk on the parks lush lawn will be a screening of the 1979 film Norma Rae starring Sally Field about a young single mother / textile worker who, in the face of adversity, helps unionize her mill. Bryant Park is located at 42nd and Sixth Ave. More info here. That same night over in Brooklyn and down on the beach at Coney Island as part of the Coney Island Flicks On The Beach summer series last year's superhero/action film starring Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers, will screen at sundown. More info here.