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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #47: End Of Summer Big Apple Photo Blog

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2013 06:06am | Post a Comment



For this photo special, end of summer New York State of Mind Amoeblog, I present a short series of photos taken around New York City over the past few months - in a summer that flew by way too fast. Of course the good weather does continue in NYC into this month and next - sometimes in late October you can have days with temps in the upper 80s. But, as of now, summer is officially over in New York City.  If you scroll your mouse icon over the photos here, such as the one above of Bryant Park the day after the final Monday night HBO movies on the lawn summer series ended, you can read text on the content of each respective image on this Amoeblog.






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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #46: Second Avenue Subway, Louis Armstrong House Museum, New York Public Library + more

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2013 04:55pm | Post a Comment


Above is a recent photo of the ongoing, long-term construction of the Second Avenue Subway (SAS) - the subway line that has been on-and-off again over several decades due to lack of funds. As of last year, SAS was back in construction mode with Phase I (consisting of two miles of tunnel and three stations) work underway, all underneath Second Avenue on Manhattan's East Side. According to the MTA, two contracts have been finished with two more to be completed  by the end of the year. More will follow over the next few years with a projected completion date of 2016. Fans of abandoned subway stations and never-completed ones should check out this map on the subject care of WNYC.

As the summer's official end quickly approaches, the deluge of free park concerts and other outdoor events begins to slow down with Labor Day weekend being the last run of most (but not all) park events. The two-decade strong tradition of Bryant Park Monday night movies summer series wound up its run on Monday of last week with (despite some light rainfall) a packed lawn of moviegoers assembled on the midtown public space to view ET.  Some other series are finishing this week including at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy where they exercise true democracy this week.  The Park Conservancy, along with their co-sponsors Syfyinvited the public to vote on the last film of the summer, which will screen tomorrow (August 29th) in the Brooklyn park.

New York State of Mind Amoeblog #44: The 40th Summer of Hip-Hop

Posted by Billyjam, August 14, 2013 02:05pm | Post a Comment

New York City is the home, the birthplace of hip-hop and this past Sunday was the actual 40th birthday of this unstoppable global music and culture that was unceremoniously born at the Rec Room (a simple recreation room of an apartment building) at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx (aka the Boogie Down Bronx) back on August 11th, 1973 when Kingston, Jamaica born DJ Kool Herc (born Clive Campbell) had a party to celebrate his sister's (Cindy Campbell) birthday. The cost to get in was just 25cents (ladies) or 50cents (fellas) to help offset the basic costs. Fast forward 40 years to this past weekend and both Kool Herc and his sister Cindy celebrated this landmark with two big concert/parties in NYC at Summerstage in Central Park, Manhattan and at 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens on Saturday and Sunday respectively. I already reviewed for the Amoeblog the Central Park 40th anniversary birthday concert party that included such legends as Coke La Rock, Soulsonic Force, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Red Alert, Roxanne Shante, Grand Wizzard Theodore, and Marley Marl. In this latest/44th New York State of Mind Amoeblog I will review Sunday's party at the graffiti mecca of 5Pointz as well as preview some of the many other big hip-hop concerts / events in NYC that are all part of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the music and culture (DJing, MCing, B-boying, and graffiti) that ironically was once considered by so many as merely a passing fad. 
 

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