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the skint

On a hot summer day, not too many years from now, you could be swimming in the East River. + POOL: Tile By Tile is the project that wants to make this happen. The large swimming pool would clean a million gallons of the river's water every day as part of its function. Ingenious, no? That's what Family and PlayLab, the design teams behind the project, want to prove in this phase. Their current Kickstarter campaign—over half-way to its $250,000 goal—would create a floating test lab at Brooklyn Bridge Park. MUG likes everything about this project, just as we loved the idea of turning an elevated railroad track into a park. And we relish the way the world is moving—crowdsourced public works in which a suzerain like Robert Moses is entirely subordinate to the actual public.

movie Two fine directors, Jem Cohen and Pedro Almodóvar, have films opening tomorrow and they're as different from each other as they can be. Cohen's Museum Hours is a quiet meditation on art and life, set in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Then there's movie-as-marabou-boa: Almodóvar's I'm So Excited, a campy, cheerful romp about a flight in trouble, and the passengers and crew who get busy in all the right ways.

theater There couldn't be a more perfect setting to stage The Spoon River Project than Green-Wood Cemetery. It's based on The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, in which the residents of a town, all deceased, spill their secrets. There are only four performances left: tonight through Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 4pm. Tickets are $30 in advance. [Photo: F. John Fuchs]

art Rising art-world star Simon Fujiwara has a show opening tomorrow at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 W. 24th [10th/11th] 212.627.6000, the central construct of which is the memory of an image.

Weekends at Governors Island starting July 6, Fête Paradiso, a celebration of vintage carnival rides and carousels.

At Dorian Gray Gallery, 437 E. 9th [1st/A], ROCKicons, images by major industry photographers of performers including John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Bruce Springsteen.

A real rarity: an original copy of the Bill of Rights and a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson's hand are displayed from July 1-3 at the New York Public Library. Due to their fragility, they're rarely shown and have never been shown together.

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

cool off as nyc's 50+ free outdoor pools open for the season! be sure to bring your own padlock for the lockers and check the rules before you go.

thurs 7pm doors, 8pm show (thru 8/10): the 35th annual celebrate brooklyn! performance series at prospect park's bandshell continues with the all-male comedic ballet corps les ballets trockadero de monte carlo. rain or shine. check website for weather cancellation notices. free ($3 suggested). [photo: sascha vaughn]

thurs-sun: last chance to catch shakespeare in the park's the comedy of errors, starring jesse tyler ferguson (modern family) and hamish linklater (the new adventures of old christine). love's labour's lost: a new musical, from the creators of bloody bloody andrew jackson begins 7/23. score free tickets in-person at the park starting @ 12pm, via online lottery, or at various locations in each borough on specific dates. check their facebook and twitter for weather cancellation notices.

fri-sun: the 15th annual del close marathon features 56 hours of non-stop improv shows across seven stages.$10-20/show, $30 festival pass.

sat 3-9pm, (saturdays thru 9/7): ps1's 16th annual warm up outdoor music parties kick off with 'the godfather of techno' juan atkins and djs from london, berlin and osaka. $15 adv, $18 dos.

sun 12-5pm: gentlemen and ladies are invited to big apple tweed's bow ties + crumpets spring soirée. enjoy british-inspired treats and gatsby-esque cocktails while dandy wellington and his band provide the jazz soundtrack. prizes for most distinguished chap and ravishing lass, most breathtaking accessory, more. flatbush farms, $15.

Gowanus (from 2011)

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