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There's a free Underground Pop-Up Performance Space and Bar Opening in NYC this Summer

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There’s always something fun to do in NYC that doesn’t require you to reach into your wallet. From museums, to parades, and cultural festivals.

Starting June 4th, those visiting the Lincoln Center will be able to enjoy the underground speakeasy at Jaffe Drive located beneath the Lincoln Center campus.

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The underground space has been designed by Clint Ramos, a Tony Award-winning costume and set designer. He is most known for his work on countless productions including: The Runaways, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Wild Party, and Little Shop Of Horrors.

Opened with the goal of creating a welcoming space for guests to dance, laugh, meet up, and unwind, The Speakeasy will be open from Saturday, June 4th, to Sunday, August 14th, meaning that New Yorkers will have a limited time frame of just 2 months to enjoy this experience.

To enter The Speakeasy, you must first locate the Jaffe Drive parking lot on 62nd St. You will then be able to find a ramp next to the Revson Fountain that will lead you into The Speakeasy. The venue will be open for performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.

You can expect a diverse array of performances like spoken word and poetry readings, jazzy tunes from Wali Collins, and tons of laughs from the NY Laughs comedians. Whether you're looking for a relaxing evening or a silly night of fun, there will be something for everyone at The Speakeasy. You can find a list of all of The Speakeasy’s upcoming events here.

General Admission will be on a first-come first-served basis so buying tickets is not required. According to the official Lincoln Center website, guests are asked to line up along the bottom of the drive. There will be a wheelchair accessible entrance via elevator on the façade of David Koch Building.

Although all performances are completely free of charge, be sure to bring cash to quench your thirst at the bar located across from the stage.

Some other new and exciting additions to the Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City initiative are The Oasis: NYC’s largest outdoor dance floor. New Yorkers can dance the day and night away as soon as the Josie Robertson Plaza opens to the public on June 1st. This dancefloor will be up and running from 8 am to midnight everyday. To learn more about this new highlight, you can click here.

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The Lincoln Center will also be opening an Outdoor Cinema from July 13th to the 31st at Hearst Plaza. For more information, head here.

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