If you read Glynnis MacNicol's excellent piece in the NY Times about being happy and child-free in your 40s, then you've likely already purchased her debut novel, No One Tells You This, which comes out this week. To accompany its release, MacNicol is hitting up bookstores around town, including The Strand (where she'll be speaking with Aminatou Sow on Tuesday), and Greenlight Bookstore (where she'll be speaking with Anna Holmes on Wednesday).

Tuesday, July 10 and Wednesday July 11 // Multiple locations (see above links)

The 14th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival kicks off today. In previous years, the fest has drawn iconic rappers such as Jay Z and Nas to its summit. This year's Homecoming Concert will be headlined by Black Star (Yasiin Bey/Mos Def and Talib Kweli) on Saturday. The fest will also include a series of panels, a sneaker exhibit, and a family-friendly block party.

Monday, July 9 through Saturday July 14 // Multiple locations in Brooklyn // $12 - $199

It's your last chance to catch Friends! The Musical Parody. The Off-Broadway show just announced it will close at the end of the month. The show is brought to you by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the minds behind a handful of other sitcom musical parodies including spins on Full House and Saved by the Bell.

Wednesday, July 11-Sunday, July 22, Various Times // St. Lukes Theatre, 308 46th Street // $44-$74

This weekend, 10 teams of 20 drivers will race in electric cars at the 2018 Qatar Airways New York City E-Prix in Brooklyn. The alternative-energy race will also showcase the latest in electric and hybrid cars, including models from Audi, BMW, and Jaguar. Bonus: kids 15 and under get in for free.

Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15,  7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. // Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, 72 Bowne Street // Free-$150

Celebrate Bastille Day at The 60th Street Bastille Day Ball, presented by the French Institute Alliance Française. On Sunday, 60th Street from 5th Avenue to Lexington will be closed off in honor of the French fête. At the block party, you can explore the French marketplace, watch the final World Cup Game, and even enter for a chance to win a trip to Paris or Martinique. And what would a French celebration be without champagne? The Champagne and Jazz Party will be in full swing, as well, complete with live jazz, the bubbly stuff, and chocolates.

Sunday, July 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. // 60th Street from 5th Avenue to Lexington Avenue //Free to $75