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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #43: Summer Streets, Sand Castle Contest, Bike Share Update, Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Posted by Billyjam, August 7, 2013 03:45pm | Post a Comment

Welcome to the latest installment in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog from the Big Apple where - following some unbearably hot and humid weather just a few weeks ago - temperatures have been most pleasant for this past week. In fact a few nights ago, when temps dropped to the (gasp) 50's, many New Yorkers were complaining that it was "too cold" (a rarity in the summertime here). But while temps may have dropped, according to a new NYU report released this week, New York City rents have been steadily climbing with the current median rent / percentage share of monthly income going just to rent clocking in at 32.5% with the current rent in New York City averaging at a little over $3,000 a month. But despite these statistics about the high cost of rent and the reputation that NYC holds as being a most expensive place to live or spend time in, it should be stressed that New York City can also simultaneously be one of the cheapest / most affordable places to be (especially in the summer) with oodles of bargains, and free stuff, and good deals to chose from. Case in point is the CitiBike program that was reviewed here in this column a month ago by guest Amoeblogger Jason Snyder not long after the program had gotten underway. Since then the affordable ($100 a year for unlimited usage) bike share program has grown in popularity and, despite the wave of protests and negative response it endured before it even started, has proven the naysayers wrong and shown itself to be a most successful project.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #40: Free Kayaking, Met's Opera Summer Recital Series, Brooklyn Bridge Park + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2013 07:15am | Post a Comment
     


In addition to a rundown on free kayaking in New York City (video interview above and text overview down below) this 40th New York State of Mind Amoeblog weekly report from the Big Apple will take a look at some of the many events and concerts happening in New York City this mid July where the weather has been extremely hot and muggy of late. Considering that then a good place to be on these hot New York summer evenings is out in the park down by the river such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park where this week the fun summertime Syfy Movies with a View series, that kicked off last week and runs through late August on each Thursday night, continues tomorrow with a free sreening of the Bruce Lee classic  Enter the Dragon. There is also an opening short film, Catnip: Egress to Oblivion by Jason Willis, plus music spun by DJ Hahn Solo earlier in the evening to get the mood going as folks gather before dusk at the Brooklyn Heights district park. No cover. All ages. DJ starts spinning at 6:00pm and the movies begin at sundown. Bring a blanket and a picnic. More info here.

This week the annual Metropolitan Summer Opera Recital Series kicked off last night in Central Park and will continue over the next couple of weeks with a total of six concerts that will take place in each of the five boroughs. The second concert will be on Friday, July 19th at 7pm, in  Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn where the recital will feature  Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Costello (tenor), and Bradley Moore (pianist). Next week the series will travel up to Crotona Park in the Bronx  on Tuesday and over to Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island on Thursday where, on both dates, the performers will be Ying Fang (soprano), Mario Chang (tenor), Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone), and Bradley Moore (pianist). Free. All ages. For full details on these and the other upcoming Met Summer Recital Series visit the Metro Opera website.  Also outdoors and free in New York City this week is Arriba! - the series of community dance parties with locally themed Latin music, that begins on Friday July 19th, on the High Line. More info.  Large scale rock, rap, and pop concerts in NYC this week include the big Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert show at Yankee Stadium on Friday and Saturday (July 19 + 20th). Tickets range in price from $49 up to $279.50. More info here. On Monday and Tuesday (July 22nd and 23rd) friends of Amoeba Tegan and Sara perform at Hudson River Park's Pier 26. Tickets are $42.50.

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