This week in New York City the weather is just perfect: sunny, no rain or fog, temps in the upper seventies, and none of that typical overbearing summer humidity. Ideal weather to cycle round town and enjoy sights like the above one taken yesterday morning heading east towards Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village where the fountain, that is normally turned off, was on in full force. Meantime in the park itself people, including NYU students, tourists, and neighborhood residents, all seemed to be in a good mood taking in the glorious weather of the first day of October in New York City. Near the fountain several members of ZTA (Zeta Tau Alpha) busied themselves spreading the word on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by handing out pink ribbons to passers by and with drawing images and messages on the concrete park ground with colored chalk (see pic below).
Meantime a little further down the island of Manhattan on this fine first day of October the vibe was less happy as tourists who had traveled to Battery Park at the end of the island to take the boat over to the Statue Of Liberty and nearby Ellis Island were disappointed to learn that, due to the government shutdown, that the National Park Service had closed the famous landmark. An estimated 15,000 people visit the Statue Of Liberty everyday but not yesterday or today or for as long as the Government shutdown (now, October 2nd, in day two) lasts. The Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island were not the only destinations shut down in New York City. The Park Service also closed The National Museum of the American Indian, Federal Hall, and Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace.
On the topic of breast cancer awareness this weekend and again in two weeks (October 5th and 19th) New York City house music DJ Ali Coleman's Saturday Night Zooties party in Brooklyn will be dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Along with Coleman other DJs spinning will include DJ Siren and DJ Justice. The party takes place at LP & Harmony at 683 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY 11211. More info. Other shows in the week ahead include British blues legend John Mayall at the Iridium on Broadway at 51st on both Friday and Saturday nights (Oct 4th and 5th - more info), and Rufus featuring Sly Stone on Saturday October 5th at B.B. Kings on 42nd Street near 8th Ave. in Midtown. More info.
As you can see from the photo below that I snapped this week of posters of various NYC concert events, among this week's shows is the week long (actually eight days) series of concerts by Steely Dan at the Beacon Theater that kicked off on Monday night with famed jazz/rock band formed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen over 40 years ago performing their album Aja. They'll perform that 1977 hit album again on Monday October 7th. Tomorrow, Thursday October 3rd, they'll perform their 1976 full-lenght The Royal Scam, followed by Friday (Oct 4th) night's performance of the 1980 Steely Dan album Gaucho. Saturday is billed as "Request Night" - which I am assuming will be fans shouting out names of favorite Steely Dan songs - of which there are dozens to choose from. And closing night, Tuesday October 8th, will be a repeat of last night's set when they will perform Greatest Hits. Tickets and more info here.
Also in the street posters above you'll notice a couple for the annual CMJ Music Marathon which happens in New York City in two weeks from October 15th to 19th. More on that closer to the date. But finally now I leave you with a classic New York City shot music video by hometown heroes The Beastie Boys from their origins - back around the end of the 1970's/start of the 80's when they first formed as a New York City hardcore punk band with a slightly different lineup. Then the group featured Adam Yauch (RIP) on bass, Michael Diamond on vocals, John Berry on guitar, and Kate Schellenbach (later of Luscious Jackson) on drums. Adam Horovitz would later join. Here is the Beastie Boys song "Holy Snappers."