Weekend Things in and Around NYC

 June 12 Weekend

At The Studio Museum

This weekend, you can take a guided tour through the archives of Jay Jaxon, a Queens-born couturier; get your art fix; celebrate Pride Month with a Pride Prom; and hit up a quiet beach – Wolfe’s Pond Beach in Staten Island (with a mask, of course!), buy a houseplant!  Things to stream, do in and around NYC.


Stream The Studio Museum in Harlem, which celebrates artists of African descent and work influenced by Black culture, is moving their collection of over 2,500 works of art online. Spend a few hours clicking through the paintings, sculptures, screenprints, and sketches to get inspired to make some art of your own. Order in a few beers and dinner from Teranga — make sure to put a few of their homemade hot sauces in your cart, too. The kani, made from scotch bonnets, will add some serious heat to everything you eat for the rest of the week.


June 13 – Put on your best glittery silky gown for Pride Prom – (BillboardEvents.com) – With the Pride Parade cancelled, the Pride Summit has taken to cyberspace. With celebs like Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Lena Waithe, and Big Freedia, the day-long event will feature your faves in conversation as well as drag shows, live performances, DJ sets, and the chance to wear a corsage and heels for Pride.


Celebrate Phase I with a houseplant! An early morning spent in the Chelsea flower market might be just the right uplifting of the spirits. Since open-air activities seem to be the safest, an early walk (with masks on) at places like Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies among the blooms along 28th St. between 6th and 7th Aves. is a smart way to peruse since they open at 4:30am. But feel free to stroll later as well.

Jay Jaxon

Sunday – June 14 at 2:30 pm The Kingsland Homestead, an 18th-century farmhouse turned museum in Flushing, Queens, has an exhibit of Jay Jaxon’s life and work that’s now available as a virtual tour. Jay Jaxon, a Queens-born couturier, costume designer, and fashion designer, was one of the most cutting-edge designers of the ’60s and ’70s. RSVP here for a link to the tour as curator Rachel Fenderson leads you through design archives, important artifacts, and information about Jaxon’s history and legacy as a Black couturier in Paris.