Welcome to installment number 27 in the weekly Amoeblog report New York State of Mind direct from the Big Apple where events of the past week included the eighth annual Pillow Fight Day in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village near NYU on Saturday when hundreds of New Yorkers descended (with pillows under their arms) to partake in the goodhearted annual fun day that is simultaneously celebrated in other cities round the world. On Sunday evening at several bars and clubs around Manhattan, there were Mad Men themed costume and booze parties to celebrate the kick off of the new series of the popular AMC TV show. Dressed like Don Draper and company, fans gathered at places such as The Millesime at the Carlton Hotel on (where else but) Madison Ave. and The Carnegie Club (situated on 56th St. just behind Carnegie Hall), dressed in '60's chic and enjoying period-appropriate music and newly-invented retro-styled cocktails such as the Sterling Cooper Spritzer (Aperol + Grand Mariner + Veuve Clicquot Champagne + soda) and the Womanizer (bourbon + Galliano liqueur + grapefruit bitters) before and during the 9pm airing of the sixth season premiere of Mad Men.
Concerts of the past week included Leonard Cohen at Radio City Music Hall (previewed here last week) on Sunday when he and backing band gave it their all playing three hour sets that included three encores, and Alicia Keys' hot selling show last Friday night at the large scale, recently opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn where the RnB diva arrived on stage to standing ovation and loud applause as the strains of her hometown anthem "Streets Of New York/Empire" played.
42 trailer feat. Jay-Z's "Brooklyn Go Hard" (2013)
Meanwhile the weather finally got good and warm in the Big Apple yesterday, April 9th, when temps reached 80 degrees for the first time since September. This long overdue arrival of warm weather makes New York City a much more fun place to be out and about in - with both the Spring and Autumn seasons providing the most ideal conditions to do stuff in. Summers are often too hot and muggy and winters the opposite. Concerts for the week ahead include Jamie Lidell at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Saturday (April 13th). The UK blue-eyed soul meets electronic music artist is great live - I saw him play a boat party in NYC several summers ago and he was off the hook. Also on the bill with Lidell this weekend is Empress Of, Ludwig Persik opening the 9pm show. Tickets $20. More info here.
In support of their recently released album Love, the band Cloud Cult will play the Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, April 11th. Joining the unique project, that was initially developed back in 1995 as a solo studio project of Craig Minowa but soonafter morphed into a live performance piece, will be JBM. 9pm show. $18 tickets. More info here. The new movie 42 (see trailer above), which opens this Friday (April 12th), is not just a baseball film about Jackie Robinson but also a film about Brooklyn with a killer soundtrack theme song that helps drive the film: Brooklynite Jay-Z s "Brooklyn Go Hard."
All day Sunday, April 14th, is the first ever Downtown Literary Festival, which will take place at two downtown literary dens: McNally Jackson Books and the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (pictured above), both in the SoHo neighborhood (South of Houston) where they promise a "literature-packed day dedicated to New York City's books and their authors." This free event will also include a LitCrawl NYC ("where literature hits the streets") hosted downtown tour, readings from The Paris Review, and subway accounts shared by authors Sophie Blackall, John Wray, and Charles Bock. For music and literary fans, writer/editor Alan Light (VIbe etc.) will present concert stories of relevance to Gotham City. This free event is from 10:30am to 5pm on Sunday and will be based out of both McNally Jackson at 52 Prince St. (at Mulberry) and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe at 126 Crosby St.
And finally I leave you with a cool time lapse video of New York City made by B.o.B. fan for his song "New York New York." Next week I will look at the increasing number of TV shows been made in New York City.
B.o.B. "New York, New York"