Sure, Crotona Park is a great place to watch a show, but it's the city's best park venue because a 40-minute concert there can easily become an evening-long affair featuring any combination of grilling dinner, catching up with old friends, drinking nutcracker, walking through the park's 127 rolling acres, and reminiscing while your kids or grandkids play tops on the pavement. This year, thanks to SummerStage's citywide expansion, the park, easily accessible from the 2 and 5 trains, hosted more concerts than ever. (We were lucky enough to catch Slick Rick and Brucie B bring back hip-hop's golden age then dance to Afro-Caribbean quintet Xcstasy on back-to-back days.) But the real action took place on Thursday nights in July and August, when each week, another old-school legend would teach an informal master class on how to rock the wheels of steel, playing records that kept all generations moving their feet. Fulton Avenue, the Bronx, nycgovparks.org/parks/crotonapark (10460)

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E. 173rd & Crotona Park
Bronx NY 10460
718-378-2061

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