You know how on Sundays you panic because the weekend’s almost over, and you didn’t do everything you wanted to do? August is kind of like the Sunday of months. Summer will be over before you know it, and maybe you haven’t yet had that perfect summer night — basking in the ocean breeze, a cold beer in your hand, watching some fireworks.
This is where the New York Aquarium comes to the rescue. They’re throwing an after-hours experience called NYA@Night on Friday, August 15, from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Guests for this special event will be able to purchase local beer selections from Coney Island Brewing Co and choose from an expanded food menu (including sustainable fish tacos!) as they enjoy tunes spun by Brooklyn-based DJ Alexie Gratia and views of the Coney Island Friday Night Fireworks from the upper deck of the aquarium.
This is the aquarium, of course, so the admission also includes an early evening Aquatheater show at 7:30, after-hours viewing of the animals, and a special display commemorating the 80th anniversary of Otis Barton and William Beebe’s record-breaking, half-mile-deep Bathysphere dive on August 15, 1934. All visitors will be able to participate in the Tape Art Creatures of the Bathysphere drawing. Artists will be drawing the creatures that Barton and Beebe would have witnessed in their adventures below the water — all drawn in tape. The evening also marks the gallery opening of Drawn from the Depths, which showcases illustrations from the large collection created by Beebe’s team and held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives.
Admission to NYA@night is $11.95 at the door, or 10 percent off when you buy online.