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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #93: Jeff Koons, Shadow & Cut Chemist, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Subway Token Sucking +

Posted by Billyjam, August 13, 2014 12:13pm | Post a Comment


People seem to either love him or hate him (or are jealous of all the money he makes) but they all know who he is; American artist Jeff Koons whose instantly identifiable, simple-yet expensive, balloon-animal like, large scale sculptures made of stainless steel sell in the tens of millions of dollars. One of his pieces sold at a NYC auction last year for $58.4 million!  For a lot less money, now thru October October 19th, you can get to see his art up and close and personal and judge its value for itself for the ongoing Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. With a total of 120 works by Koons on display this Whitney exhibit, which opened in late June, is the most comprehensive retrospective curated of the living artist to date (in fact there hasn't been a full show on his overall body of work in two decades) and as such is well worth visiting.  Spanning various mediums - not just sculpture - Koons work on exhibit includes such iconic works by the pop artist as the gaudy yet popular Michael Jackson and Bubbles (right), Balloon Dog, as well as the premiere exhibition of such new Koons pieces as the unveiling of his large scale Play-Doh that he's reportedly been busy working on for over twenty years. The Whitney Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 6pm and is located at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York, NY 10021. For general info click here. And for info on free tours here.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #92: Amoeba In NYC, Concert Guide, NYC Rated #1, Free Phone Charging Stations + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 6, 2014 12:55pm | Post a Comment

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.
 

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #91: Photo Edition + Concert Guide

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2014 01:40pm | Post a Comment

For this week's installment of the New York State of Mind Amoeblog I have included a bunch of photos (above/left/below)  that I took all round town (mostly Manhattan and mostly over the past week or two - but some other times/boroughs too including the one in the Bronx above) and if you drag the mouse icon on top of each image you will see embedded text that accompanies the respective images.  Meanwhile some of the events and happenings in NYC in the week ahead include later today (July 30th) Lisette Melendez, George Lamond, and Coro who are masters of the hip-hop/disco born genre known as freestyle: the synth-based dance music which combines the influence of Afrika Bambaataa’s electro-funk flavor (note that Bambaataa is presenting this concert today) with Latin rhythms, and European Hi-NRG vocals.  Free. All ages. 7pm to 9pm sharp. At Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island. Part of the NYC Summerstage series. Free ferry ride from lower Manhattan to Staten Island takes about half hour including wait for boat, followed by short bus ride. More info

On Saturday afternoon in the same Summerstage series will be a killer free show in Central Park at 3pm with Dr John & The Night Trippers. Opening for the New Orleans legend will be the New Orleans influenced Hurray for the Riff Raff which is the creation of frontwoman Alynda lee Segarra, a 26-year-old Bronx native who traveled to New Orleans to hone her musical chops. This is a free show but arrive an hour or more before the official 3pm opening time to ensure admission. More info.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #90: Las Bicicletas, NYC Restaurant Week, 37th Rock Steady Crew Anniversary, Coney Island

Posted by Billyjam, July 23, 2014 06:13am | Post a Comment

After closely dodging a major public transportation strike of the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) earlier this week (which would have trickled down to affect MTA buses and subways, thereby affecting all New Yorkers and not just those who commute into the city from suburban Long Island), folks here are still breathing a sigh of relief in this city where, it seems, nearly everyone takes public transportation. Speaking of which, the Citi Bike program has expanded its service to embrace more tourists by making it more accessible for casual one-off users. Compared to typical bike rental outlets Citi Bike's $10 for a 24-hour period seems like a deal. However the drawback is that is you only get the bike for 30-minute increments before having to re-check it out - or suffer heavy fines. More info here.

Continuing in the bike loving NYC theme, this month 122 metal bicycle sculptures (see below) have been rolled out around Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of a grand scale sculpture exhibit by 83-year-old bicycle-loving Mexico City artist Gilberto Aceves Navarro. He first created the cycle themed sculpture exhibit entitled "Las Bicicletas" in his hometown with the stated goal of celebrating both art and bike riding. Supported financially by the Parks Department and the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) the public art installation can be seen all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, with many strategically installed near the Citi Bike share racks. More detailed info.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #89: Free Movies, Concert Guide, George Carlin Way, Afrika Bambaataa's Record Collection + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 16, 2014 02:00pm | Post a Comment

1984's Ghostbusters, set in New York City, is among the free films screened in NYC this week


The bevy of free outdoor movies continues with a wide range of choices of movies and locations to view them that include tonight (July 16) at Pier 63 at Hudson River Park (near 23rd Street) where the award winning 2013 film American Hustle will screen for free. This is a great location and does not get as packed as some of the other spots like Bryant Park but note that the front half of the lawn, which is damp most of the time so bring a plastic sheet, is on a backward slant from the screen so try to avoid sitting there or you will keep falling backwards. More info.   Meanwhile at the aforementioned Bryant Park's (42nd Street at Sixth Ave.) weekly HBO sponsored screening this Monday (July 21s) will be National Lampoon's Vacation. More info. Over in Brooklyn at McCarren Park tonight (July 16) SummerScreen presents Ben Stiller's silly but fun Zoolander. What  makes this free outdoor movie series extra special is that they also  have a live concert beforehand. This evening that will be the must-see double bill of two hot new NYC hip-hop acts Ratking and Princess Nokia. 6 pm start time with film screening at sundown (8:30pm approx). McCarren Park is at N. 12th St. at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg. More info. Then on Friday evening at Pier 46 (again on Hudson River Park) "Ghostbusters (trailer above) will screen at  part of the summer movie series' Family Fridays with free popcorn to accompany the free movie.  Pier 46 is along West St. at Charles St. More info.

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