Above is a screenshot of the live Earth Cam stream of Times Square in the heart of Manhattan. This 24/7 live video cam is a cool URL to save just to check in and get a glance of how things are looking in New York City. Stationary for several minutes, the camera routinely does a pan of the area to settle into another vantage point from high up looking down a this "crossroads of the world" and, like all Earth Cam live video feeds, comes with current weather updates. The camera is one of several cameras around town that you can bring up on your computer to get a birds eye view of New York.
Just a fifteen minute stroll down Seventh Ave. from Times Square is the free and always interesting Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). It is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Featuring ever-changing, innovative fashion exhibitions, the museum's Fashion Culture special programs happen all year long, Tuesday through Sundays, and include exhibition talks and tours, fashion conversations with major designers, lectures, and book signings. All ages. Free. Tues-Friday 12 noon to 8pm, and Saturdays 10am to 5pm. More info.
The talented Brighton group Fear Of Men (whose new album Loom is written up by Billy Gil in his album picks of this week) are playing a free show at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg. The bar/eatery/music venue is located at 146 Broadway Brooklyn, NY 11211. Free show is at 7:30pm on Weds April 23rd. More info. Jazz legend Stanley Clarke is playing a residency at the Blue Note through Sunday, April 27th for the comparatively reasonable ticket price of $30 - $45. Two shows daily at 8pm and 10pm. 21+ Blue Note is located in the Village at 131 W. 3rd St. New York, NY 10012. More info.
Another very reasonably priced show - with a great artist at a iconic New York City venue - is Natalie Merchant at Carnegie Hall on April 26th, Saturday afternoon 3:00 p.m. as part of the "family concert" series. All ages and tickets only $10 to $22. Concert at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. More info.
Following one of the most severe weather winters in years - not to mention an atypical Spring snow flurry just last last week - the weather in NY is finally beginning to look good and the buds are on the trees and New Yorkers are heading outdoors again for fun. Hence CitiBike are readying for a busy spring and summer. A new report from NYC's successful bike sharing system, that will soon celebrate its one year anniversary, announced that membership is up over 100,000 with even more using the bikes for one-day trips. The video above was taken over two days in September when approximately 75,000 rides were taken and documented from point-to-point journeys. Annual membership is $100 while 24 hour use of CitiBike is $10. More info here. Meanwhile, CitiBike related events for the week ahead include the BetaNYC-hosted “civic hack night” geared for "technologists, designers, developers, and mapmakers who are working on cycling projects, including ones using Citi Bike data" on Wednesday. More info here. And on Saturday morning at 8:15am, there will be a Yoga Meet-up For CitiBikers at 250 Lafayette St. in SoHo offering "CitiBike members a chance to stretch, relax, and strengthen their biking muscles" No cover. More info here.
Another sure sign that summer is on its way was the announcement this week from the good folks at the City Parks Foundation of their impressive line up for the upcoming (mostly) free SummerStage 2014 season. Scattered at parks all over NYC it will include outdoor concerts by such aritsts as Joe Bataan, Fania All Stars, Lisette Melendez, and Busy Bee. Events include the June 10th Duck Down BBQ with the Boot Camp Clik & Friends at Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn. The BBQ/concert will feature special performances by Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Sean Price and Masta Ace, just to name a few. Free event. More info. On July 9th at 6pm in Central Park will be the Latin Alternative Music Conference with sets from The Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz, plus DJ Tony Touch. More info. Also at the main SummerStage venue in Central Park on Monday July 28th at 8pm John Leguizamo (pictured above) will bring his entertaining one man show Ghetto Klown. Directed by Fisher Stevens in association with Westbeth Entertainment, the piece was recently broadcast on HBO from a November performance in NYC in which the Jackson Heights-raised actor/comedian talks about growing up in Queens, doing stuff on the 7 train, being a class clown in school, getting into acting upon recommendation of one of his teachers, and landing an early career role in Miami Vice as a drug dealer. The one man show incorporates lots of hip-hop music too. More info. The summer series will also include several dance production pieces such as Dance Off the Grid on August 9th at 7pm at East River Park in lower Manhattan. The show features a broad mix of dance from contemporary to hip hop, salsa to Indian dance, and more. More info. And for full calendar and detailed information on the SummerStage 2014 series.
And finally I leave you with a video clip below of Afrobeat master Femi Kuti and Positive Force at last summer's 2013 SummerStage concert series. It's the full June 23rd concert from Central Park care of Noisemaker Media.
Femi Kuti & Positive Force live at 2013 SummerStage Concert Series [FULL]