Upper West Side: Summer Fun Times on the Rooftop at the JCC

  Last modified on December 4th, 2019

Movie Sing-A-Longs On The Roof

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”]C[/dropcap]heck out the Upper West Side’s JCC on Thursdays in July for some rooftop summertime sing-a-long fun! You can let out your inner Broadway diva as you belt out your favorite show tunes. It is a whole new way to enjoy a movie musical and celebrate the season and the songs with like-minded friends.

Annie

On Thursday, July 11th at 8:30pm, you can watch the movie of “Annie”, which recently returned to Broadway, and relive those favorite tunes like “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow”. For only $5.00 for members and $8.00 for non-members, it is quite a bargain! (And definitely a steal when you compare it to a Broadway ticket!) Visit the JCC website to order tickets.

Les Miserables

Another big Broadway movie musical to check out is “Les Miserables”. See this instant classic in a whole new way, as you sing along with the characters and enjoy a summer evening up on the roof. Les Miz is playing on Thursday, July 25th at 8:30pm. For information and tickets ($5.00 for members, $8.00 for non-members), visit the JCC website.

When Comedy Went To School

A film exploration of American Jewish comedy

If you are more interested in laughing than singing, you may be excited about “When Comedy Went To School”, a film which includes archival clips, interviews, and performances of some of the most famous comedians. Learn about the great Jewish-American comics such as Jerry Stiller, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, and Jerry Seinfeld. Directed by Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank, and Lawrence Richards, this exploration of American Jewish comedy claims that “the birth of modern standup comedy began in the Catskill Mountains”, also called “the Borscht Belt”, and the film gives us an inside look at this comedy boot camp. Hosted by Robert Kline, “When Comedy Went To School” is a must for anyone interested in the history of standup.

Take a look at the When Comedy Went to School Website for additional information on the cast, filmmakers, photos, and more. Tickets are $10.00 for members and $12.00 for nonmembers. Showing times are at 6:30pm and 8:30pm on select evenings from Wednesday, July 31st through Tuesday, August 6th (no showings on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday). This film is not up on the roof, but it just sounded too good not to include here! Visit the JCC website for tickets.

Yoga On The Rooftop

July 9th and August 13 form 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Upper West Side Rooftop Yoga

Photo Credit to Flickr User doodlehedz

For a different type of rooftop activity, check out the JCC’s yoga on the roof. Geared specifically for folks in their 20’s and 30’s, this open-air workout gives you a great stretch, as well as an opportunity to socialize with fellow yogis over wine and healthy appetizers. It is open to all levels, and no experience is necessary. All you need to bring is some water and your love of the great big sky. Mats are provided. For only $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members, this two-hour outdoor class is an affordable and peaceful way to break out of the gym and your regular workout routine. Give it a try on July 9th and/or August 13th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Want to explore more neighborhood studios? Check out our list of places to do yoga on the Upper West Side.

Rock It Out On The Rooftop

Moshav Band – Thursday, July 18th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm

For a cool outdoor concert experience, come out and see the Moshav Band at the JCC’s rooftop on Thursday, July 18th. Born in Israel and now based in Los Angeles, this band’s blend of rock, reggae, and Israeli music transcends all cultures for an amazing live musical experience. Take a look at the Moshav Band website, to learn more about them and to hear many of their songs, including selections from their latest album, “Dancing In A Dangerous World”. At only $12.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members, this rooftop evening is a perfect occasion to check out a perhaps unfamiliar group that you may just fall in love with! Visit the JCC website or call 646-505-5708 for more information and to order tickets.

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