Brooklyn Bridge, with tarps covering sections, from East Side of Manhattan this week
With July winding to a close today we are now approximately around the half way mark of summer in the city. And as anyone who visits here will tell you New York City is so abuzz with summer activity everyday of the week: so much so that there is physically no way any one person could take advantage of all the entertainment on tap throughout the city - and most of it is free too! As usual for this New York State of Mind Amoeblog (#42 in the ongoing weekly series) I will merely scratch the surface but still present a decent amount of choices out there in the Big Apple with a focus on free outdoor movies in New York City.
Free outdoor movies are a staple of most major cities every summer (EG the Bay Area has many wonderful series to chose from) but New York City has an incredible amount that range in genre of film as well as type of screening location: parks, plazas, beaches, and rooftops. On Tuesday (Aug 6th) on the rooftop of The Roosevelt Hotel on 46th Street Manhattan the classic gangster movie Goodfellas (a movie you can re-watch hundreds of times) screens as part of the ongoing Summer Movie Nights at mad46 series. More info. Going for many years and truly a NYC tradition are the HBO sponsored free Monday night Bryant Park Summer Film Festival series. This coming Monday (August 5th) at dusk on the parks lush lawn will be a screening of the 1979 film Norma Rae starring Sally Field about a young single mother / textile worker who, in the face of adversity, helps unionize her mill. Bryant Park is located at 42nd and Sixth Ave. More info here. That same night over in Brooklyn and down on the beach at Coney Island as part of the Coney Island Flicks On The Beach summer series last year's superhero/action film starring Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers, will screen at sundown. More info here.
Also in the borough of Brooklyn the 2002 film 8 Mile, starring Eminen and set in the recently bankrupt city of Detroit, plays tomorrow (August 1st) as part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park's Syfy Movies with a View summer series on the Harbor View Lawn. More info. Also screening outdoors tomorrow is the ever popular rock musical with a cult following, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The film that typically plays midnight runs in revival houses screens in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village tomorrow. Gates are at 6 p.m. with film at sundown (after 8pm). No cover. Tompkins Square Park is located at E. 7th to E. 10th Streets, between Ave. A and Ave. B. More info. In addition to free film screenings this week is a discussion about the new film Lovelace, that opens in theaters August 9th, with directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman who will be at Lincoln Center tonight to discuss their narrative biopic about X-Rated porn star Linda Lovelace. Epstein and Friedman, who also directed the film Howl, will discuss and answer questions on their new film whose cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, and James Franco who plays Hugh Hefner. 7 p.m. Free tickets are first come, first served basis at 7pm today (July 31) at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St. in the Upper West Side. More info.
Meanwhile on the small screen the USA TV series White Collar, starring Matt Bomer as con-man Neal Caffrey and Tim DeKay as Special Agent Peter Burke, is filming Season 5 of the popular TV series around New York City this summer. Yesterday I saw the cast and crew filming down on 27th by Madison Ave. They will be in that same area, today, tomorrow, and Friday this week. The photo left of the NYPD sanctioned no-parking notice for the next two days of the TV show shoot was posted on a lamppost on Madison near 29th Street.
This weekend (Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th) in New York City is the big DJ double header Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend with both the 2013 DMC US Finals, which will determine who will represent the US in London for the big world title in the esteemed DJ battle, happening on Saturday at Stage 48 and the following day the Grand Master Roc Raida Memorial Gong Battle at the same venue. In addition to the 13 contestants from round the country - including DJ Traps repping the Bay Area - Saturday's 2013 DMC US DJ Finals DJ Battle will feature performances from 2012 DMC World Champ: DJ Izoh from Japan, king of the 45's megamixing from the Bronx DJ Rockin' Rob, Public Enemy's DJ Johnny Juice, plus host/hip-hop legend Kool DJ Red Alert. 5pm-10pm. Ages 16+ Tix $15/$20. Stage 48 605 W 48th St @ 11th Ave. NYC 10036. More info. and follow on Twitter. Sunday's Grand Master Roc Raida Memorial Gong DJ Battle & Fundraiser (for the family of the late great DJ whose name it bears) will feature performances from Immortal Technique, DJ Total Eclipse, Mista Sinista, DJ Precision, DJ Boogie Blind, and DJ NYRaida (Roc Raida's daughter) plus host DJ Fatfingaz. 5-10pm. Ages 16+. Tix $10 to $20. More info
Stage 48 is located at 605 W 48th St @ 11th Ave. NYC 10036. More club info.