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Lil' Jon, Wyclef Jean, EC Twins Headline Pier 92 for 4th of July

The Fourth of July is going to be hopping at the Waterfront at Pier 92 this year. The 12-hour rooftop beach party will be hosted by Arrival and will feature performances by hip hop artists Lil' Jon and Wyclef Jean. Top electronica DJs will also take the stage, such as Hook N Sling, Ken Loi, Serge Devant, and The EC Twins.

Virgil's Real Barbecue will be serving food along with almost a dozen of the city's best food trucks, including Phil's Steaks and Valducci's Pizza. There will also be tanning decks for those looking to get Snooki-fied, a sand pit for those who wanna get down 'n' dirty, air conditioned cabanas to beat the heat, and an outstanding view of the Macy's fireworks on the Hudson.

VIP terraces are also available to those who wanna do it right. A portion of the proceeds from the events will benefit the Hudson River Park Trust.

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Spend Fourth of July on the Water

Circle Line is amping up for 4th of July this year. For the third year running, they will be hosting their exclusive pier party featuring a first class view of the fireworks on the Hudson River. There will be a live DJ, as well as photo opportunities with Captain America and a Statue of Liberty stilt walker, along with plenty of carnival games for the kiddies. There will also be food and drinks available for purchase with menu items such as hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken kebobs, cotton candy, wine & beer, and plenty more. Guests will be able to purchase food and drink tickets when they arrive at the pier. In addition, there will be special 4th of July merchandise for sale. The party goes from 8-11pm, but for those wanting more action, stop by at 4pm to jam out to top 40 music. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased here.

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Get Cruisin' to Oktoberfest with Circle Line Sightseeing

Don't waste away your Fall moping around because summer is over. Take advantage of the pleasantly cooler Fall days and enjoy a cruise to Bear Mountain with Circle Line Sightseeing. From September 17th to October 30th, you can sail along the Hudson River and dock for an afternoon at Bear Mountain State Park. Get in with the Germans with complimentary admission to NY's Oktoberfest.

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A chat with 'The Street Is In The House' artist Carlos Sampietro

Carlos Sampietro, born in Lake Como, Italy, moved from the advertising industry to the arts. Don't worry about getting bored while looking at his collection, "The Street Is In The House," is truly unique. Sampietro's motto for the exhibit is "There is beauty in something that has been in the street for so long."

Pictured above, is one of Sampietro's police barrier tables. The artist wanted to bring something that is normally scary and used to separate people, and turn it into something that will bring people together. Many of his works use similar elements -- transforming an item from the street into something beautiful and something that makes a statement about society.

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In Search of Sunrise with Richard Durand

Massive Event sets sail with Richard Durand! On Sunday August 14, the dutch DJ sensation will return back to New York City to serenade us on a boat around Hudson River to celebrate his latest album release, In Search of Sunrise 9. Durand was last seen in New York last summer, hosting the album's 8th edition release.

In 2010, Black Hole Recordings had decided that the coveted In Search of Sunrise CD series, previously held by Tiesto, would be passed over to the incomparable Richard Durand. After attending last year's boat adventure with Durand, it is amazing how he is able to truly work the crowd. His enthusiasm and ability to make his audience go crazy, make this a party worth attending. Not to mention the scenery. As you get to sip vodka and dance to some of the best tech-house in the world, you also get a view like non other as you cruise underneath the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges while the sun is setting. Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

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Have Fun While Lending a Hand

How many hours do you spend at home on facebook? How about on your iphone, trying to figure out how to tweet in less than 140 characters the mishaps of your previous night's bar hopping on the Lower East Side? (or staying at home and innocently playing board games while drinking Sprite, for the underage).

The answer? Probably many, many hours.

So why don't you sacrifice some of those hours and get outside and do some good while having fun?! Here are some upcoming volunteer opportunies that are guarenteed to lend a helping hand while providing you with solid, rewarding fun.

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Long Live America: NYC's Best 4th of July Celebrations

Ok, let’s get real. Its Independence Day weekend and here at Joonbug we take this holiday very, very, seriously. Our forefathers didn’t fight an entire revolution solely so we could live in freedom. No. They did it so each year we could properly commemorate our sovereignty and celebrate our liberty. And that is exactly what we are doing this weekend! Below are our favorite events to celebrate this 4th of July.

Dance.Here.Now Festival

When: July 1st-July 4th

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The Beekman Beer Garden Opens at Pier 17

The Beekman Beer Garden has officially opened at South Street Seaport. Taking the place of the old Water Taxi Beach, The Beer Garden features 18,000 square feet of space (including a 6,000 square foot beach) adorned with cabanas, lounge chairs, glowing couches and hammocks. And to every beer lover's delight, they have foosball, pool and ping pong tables! (Beer pong, anyone?) The menu features an extensive beer list (obviously) of pretty much every German and American beer you can imagine. The kitchen is headed by Chef Jason Mayer, who brings traditional beer garden charm with menu items such as Spicy Cheddar Bratwurst on a pretzel bun, fish and chips, and a juicy 8 oz. LaFrieda burger.