July 11 to August 24, 2012
Chelsea and West Village, Manhattan

riverflicks manhattanAfter surviving a cold winter, New Yorkers fill their summer days with festivals and events that allow them to be outdoors and enjoy their beautiful city. In addition to free concerts and art exhibitions, the summer is also the season for outdoor movies. One of the best options is the Riverflicks series. These free outdoor movies take place on the waterfront along the west side of Manhattan. There are two categories (and locations) for these movies: adult films are shown at Pier 63 in Chelsea while kids' movies are shown on Pier 46 in the West Village. Every screening also offers free popcorn (though both seating areas and popcorn are limited, so arrive early!).

The 2012 Season

In 2012, Riverflicks will return July 11 and August 24 . Kids' films are screened on Fridays while adult films are screened on Wednesdays. Films generally start at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. each evening. People are encouraged to arrive early, find a grassy spot on the pier, and picnic. Blankets start to fill up the lawns at 6 p.m. or even earlier. While there are no dogs or alcohol allowed, people are encouraged to bring their own picnics and watch the sun go down behind the Hudson River before watching the movie of the week. In addition to free popcorn, there is also other food and drink for sale for those who forgot to pack a picnic in advance or would like a refreshing ice cream cone to enjoy with the film.

Event Details

Some visitors complain that an evening in New York City is never cheap. Riverflicks, the free outdoor film series, proves this assumption to be wrong. All you need is a picnic blanket and something to eat and you will have an entire evening's worth of entertainment. The movies for adults are screened at Pier 63 in Chelsea, accessible by crossing the West Side Highway at West 22nd Street or West 24th Street. Pier 46 (for the children's films) can be reached by crossing the West Side Highway at Charles Street in the West Village. Both locations are accessible to people with disabilities.

Film Details

For some visitors, Riverflicks sounds like a great concept, but watching a film outdoors is only enjoyable if the film is appealing. Luckily there are some films for adults and others for kids, and the weekly listings include a mix of classic and contemporary films.

Films for grown ups:
  • Moneyball
  • Super 8
  • Bridesmaids
  • Limitless
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • Crazy, Stupid Love
  • Horrible Bosses
Films for kids:
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Superman, the Movie
  • Hugo
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Back to the Future
  • The Smurfs
These free screenings don't require tickets, but do arrive early to spread out your picnic blanket and claim a space.

Planning Ahead

For the latest information on the Riverflicks film series, you can keep your eye on the official website or follow the Hudson River Park on Facebook and Twitter. If you want to be the first to know about outdoor films that will begin screening in spring 2012, these social media sites are an excellent source of information. In addition to making plans for your entertainment, you will also want to plan ahead for accommodations. Skip hotels full of tourists and choose a vacation rental to be surrounded by real New Yorkers. Enjoy a trip full of local pleasures and authentic eats by putting yourself in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood. Planning ahead will provide the best variety of apartment choices throughout Manhattan and beyond.


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