Amoeba Music in New York City? Yes, inside Urban Outfitters @ Herald Square
Representing Amoeba Music and being in New York City, I am often asked by record collectors and music fanatics if Amoeba might ever open a store in New York City. While I would have answered that question with "Unfortunately, probably not" before, I can now cheerfully reply that Amoeba Music has a scaled-down but impressive record shop inside the recently-opened new Urban Outfitters in Herald Square across the street from the flagship Macy's. There inside the three-level, 57,000 square foot flagship Urban Outfitters the California-based Amoeba has proudly set up shop and curated a diverse assortment of over 400 vintage vinyl titles. Ranging from classic rock and punk to jazz and soul and more, these vinyl titles (mostly first pressings) are in excellent condition, shrink-wrapped, and all come with a bonus Amoeba sticker inside. They are priced at $20 an LP. You will find the Amoeba section conveniently located on the street level of the new store that opened in June, sharing space with Urban Outfitters own impressive music section (new vinyl, turntables, headphones, etc.) and other shops such as Intelligentsia cafe, Hairroin Salon, and a Bikestock bike repair station. Urban Outfitters is located at 1333 Broadway between 35th and 36th Streets. Open 9am - 10pm Monday to Saturdays and Sunday 10am to 10pm.
All this summer, in parks and public spaces all round New York City, you will find free charger stations for phones/mobile devices. These energy efficient, solar powered “Street Charge” stations are supplied by AT&T and can be found in the five boroughs in places like South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan and at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. These 24/7 Street Charge stations (like the one pictured above in Brooklyn with Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background) will be in effect through the end September. Locations and more info here.
Amongst the countless free outdoor concerts happening in New York City in the week ahead is a concert by Mykki Blanco tomorrow (August 7th) at East River Park as part of the SummerStage series that on Saturday (August 9th) will present at the Central Park SummerStage (near 69th Street and Fifth Ave.) The Motown Gospel Revue 2014 at 3pm. All ages free show but get there an hour early to secure a good seat. More info on these and other SummerStage shows here. Tomorrow (Thursday 8/7) at 7pm the Sun Ra Arkestra will perform for free at the Robert Wagner Jr. Park as part of the River & Blues Series. That's downtown at Battery Park. More info. The citywide Tools of War produced Park Jams continue but have moved from the Bronx to Harlem with this coming week's (Tuesday August 12th, 4pm - 8pm) all-ages, outdoor concert event featuring Lord Finesse, Large Professor, Chairman Mao, and Edan at St. Nicholas Park located at 135th and St Nicholas Place. More info. The Lincoln Center Out of Doors series continues with some more killer shows this week with a free show by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell tonight (August 6th) and Cassandra Wilson on Friday (August 8th) - both at 730pm Eastern time and both streamed live here. More info
And finally I leave you with the video clip of Improv Everywhere's latest public prank "The Subway Spa" which came about very organically since, as anyone who travels the NYC subway in these hot summer months can attest, it literally does feel like a sauna down in the subway. Hence the inspiration for this latest prank as seen in video below.