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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #79: Red Bull Music Academy Festival NYC, Bike Month, Aerial NYC, Concerts + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 30, 2014 03:06pm | Post a Comment


You gotta just love the above aerial-view shot video of New York City that, in a mere two minutes, offers a remarkable overview (literally), utilizing the assistance of a drone, of the Big Apple and a real sense of its majestic beauty and vastness. Made by aerial photographer Randy Scott Slavin and perfectly synced to the soundtrack of RL Grime & What So Not's song "Tell Me" the engaging short-but-powerful video, that was published a couple of weeks ago via Vimeo, is the next best thing to taking a helicopter ride around Manhattan as it takes in such vistas as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Highline, and Washington Square Park. Speaking of visiting New York City - now and for the next month is a good time to do so before both the weather gets too hot and before prices of flights start to go up. 

While the non-stop rain we have been enduring all day today here in New York City continues through tomorrow (May 1st) with an 80% chance of precipitation, come Friday sunshine and nice temps will be ushered in and forecast to remain with us in the Big Apple for most of the rest of the month of May. And that's good news since May in NY is traditionally the month when everything and everyone seems to shift from indoors to outdoors with lots of activities taking place such as the annual AIDS Walk NYC that happens on Sunday May 18th and benefits over 40 AIDS service organizations in NY, NJ, and CT and, as of today April 30th, has already raised over $2million for the cause.  See route map here, and for more info and how to get involved click here.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #78: SummerStage 2014 Schedule, Museum @ FIT, CitiBike, NYC Earth Cam Views, Concerts

Posted by Billyjam, April 22, 2014 12:07pm | Post a Comment

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

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #77: Snow in April, Earth Day, Record Store Day, Holly Golightly, Patti Smith & Other NYC Concerts +

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2014 12:06pm | Post a Comment

Odyssey "Native New Yorker" (1977)


The above video for Odyssey's timeless 1977 hit "Native New Yorker"  - written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and also recorded by Frankie Valli, Esther Phillips, and Black Box - incorporates alongside the performance footage some cool shots of New York City's skyline and streets from back in the mid seventies. 

Meanwhile today in NYC climate change is on peoples' minds. Yes, with Earth Day NYC 2014 coming up Tuesday, April 22nd, the topic of climate change will be unavoidable since starting late last night (April 15th) and continuing this morning there was an unexpected snowfall - in mid April!  Sure it was just a light dusting of snow overnight but considering this is Spring when typically high temps are in the 70's and sunscreen, not snow gear, is what New Yorkers are packing before leaving the house this is highly unusual and another reminder that climate change is very real and very serious.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #76: NYC Sports Events, After Midnight, Crooklyn, The Havana Film Festival New York, + more

Posted by Billyjam, April 9, 2014 11:29am | Post a Comment


Even if you are not a sports fan it is always fun to attend a baseball, football, or basketball game while in New York City where there is always some major sports event going on and visiting a sports center like Yankee Stadium is a memorable good time, even for non diehard sports fans. Tonight (April 9th) for example at Yankee Stadium, which is in the Bronx just across from upper Manhattan (Harlem), the New
York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. Game starts at 7:05pm. Tomorrow (April 10th) at the same location at 7pm the Yankees, who compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division, will host the longtime rivals the Boston Red Sox in the first of three games (Thursday, Friday, Saturday). And since it is baseball likely these games will run for several hours - allowing time to wander the stadium and check out everything including the concession stands where you can buy home team hats and swag that double as NYC souvenirs, not to mention that, compared to football, tickets are far more affordable. Right now for example you can tickets for Saturday's 1pm Yankees/Red Sox game for about $40. Tickets here

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #75: Old vs New NYC, WTC B.A.S.E. Jump View, Frankie Knuckles R.I.P., Danny Brown in New York +

Posted by Billyjam, April 2, 2014 10:00am | Post a Comment
        

The above video, produced by the pro-walking for health City Walk series, is a mix of new New York City plus a century old New York City - back in 1901 when the sidewalks were wider than the actual street in the middle. The 113 year old NYC footage was filmed by the Thomas Edison Company and culled by the folks at City Walk, whose goal is to encourage Americans to walk more and utilize their communities in the best possible way with respect to the environment. Compared to today this footage is from a much simpler and more peaceful time in New York City. I say this after last week's most unsettling statement from President Barack Obama who said that stopping "a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan" is the US's top security concern. Say what? He sure caught my attention, and I'm sure everyone else who lives in New York City, not to mention those planning on visiting New York.  I could almost hear the clicks of tourists cancelling their planned trips to the Big Apple.

Even 13 years after 9/11 New Yorkers are still jittery and this type of statement from the commander in chief sure doesn't help. And neither did the news, also last week, of how easy it was for the B.A.S.E. jumpers to break into the site of  almost finished 1 World Trade Center (Freedom Tower) building to make their jump, and in so doing demonstrating just how poor security is even at the site of 9/11. Meanwhile the stunning video of that B.A.S.E. jump, which took place back in September but was only published last week, is below. Adding further proof that homeland security, at the very place where it should be at its highest, is below par was with another news story last week about a 16 year-old New Jersey youth who easily managed to break into 1 World Trade Center, bypass security (who were asleep), and make his way up to the top of 104th floor of the building.  "I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the sixth floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. I then took the staircase up to 104th floor," the teen told police after getting arrested.
 
       

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