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Transporting approximately 75,000 passengers to and from Staten

Transporting approximately 75,000 passengers to and from Staten Island, the five Staten Island Ferry boats make over 100 trips each day. (Credit: amNewYork)



The Beach Boys haven't played Central Park since 1977, and they return for a free show with Brian Wilson. The moral of the story: This show is going to be packed, so get there when the park opens at 6 a.m. (We know. Sometimes the term “free” is so relative.) Performing as part of “Good Morning America's” Summer Concert Series, the band will play from about 7 to 9 a.m. at Rumsey Playfield; enter Central Park at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street.


We would of course be remiss if we didn't mention that “Today” is not taking anything lying down. Check it out, “GMA:” They have the Bieb. It's a boys of summer smackdown! In this corner, the Canadian crooner wants to be your boyfriend at Rockefeller Plaza, also from 7 to 9 a.m.


And now for something completely different in the very best of ways. Manhattan-based performer Joey Arias and composer Ben Allison bring their sell out show from Carnegie Hall to Central Park, offering up a jukebox variety from Klaus Nomi to Billie Holiday, Dylan to Cream. Gender- and genre-bender Arias is deeply rooted in NYC's nightlife history; get some of the grime and glamour on you from 8  to 10 p.m., navigating your way to the stage via Central Park's 5th Avenue and 72nd Street entrance. Learn more:



Along the lines of the gypsy mishmash that is Gogol Bordello — with added underpinnings of hip-hop and electronica — Balkan Beat Box is the kind of energetic band that tends to bring out the dance in spectators. With Chico Trujillo and Nation Beat, BBB perform at the Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, in Brooklyn. Free ($3 suggested donation). Info:



No 3-D glasses (or dollars) required: New York Classical Theatre is staging panoramic performances of the Shakespeare play, during which the audience follows the actors from scene to scene. Catch a version of “Twelfth Night” that's set in early 1900s New York; just wear comfortable shoes and head to Central Park (West 103rd Street and Central Park West). Weekend showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more:


Grab hold of the gorgeous weather and knock this one off the list. The Staten Island Ferry is always free, and the 25-minute trip from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island offers stellar views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor. From Manhattan, the ferry departs from the Whitehall Terminal, 4 South St.; from Staten Island, it leaves from the St. George Terminal, 1 Bay St. Weekends, the ferry runs about every hour or half-hour. Check out the schedule:

Pictured: The Staten Island Ferry

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