New York State of Mind Amoeblog #36: Staten Island is Punk Island, Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Make Music New York + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

Above is a photo taken on a recent early morning of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Greenmarket - the twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays from 8am to 7pm) farmers market inside the Staten Island Ferry building. The market is located all the way downtown at 4 South Street Ferry, where commuters on their way to work or tourists on their way to a free Staten Island Ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty can pick up fresh fruit, live plants, veggies, and maple syrup from the local farms of Wilklow Orchards and Remsburger Maple Farm.

The farmers market also presents cooking demos, seasonal celebrations, and "family friendly activities," but this Saturday will be a very different vibe at this location as thousands of punk rock fans will throng through the open terminal space on their way to the Punk Island festival on Staten Island's Pier 1 where over 90 punk bands will perform on several outdoor stages from 10am til 10pm. That's just one of the many wonderful events happening in New York City in the week ahead and previewed here in the latest (#36) installment of the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog.

The annual Punk Island festival normally takes place on Governors Island but was moved a few miles away over to Staten Island's Pier 1 this year due to construction. Punk Island is a presentation of ABC No Rio's HC/Punk Collective and is an offshoot of the Make Music New York fest (more on that in a bit). This year has some great bands lined up for the day-long outdoor festival that is a wonderful and affordable (free) alternative to the annual Warped Tour. Band line-up for Saturday includes Blackout Shoppers, Antidote, The FUs, Meek Is Murder, Weird And Pissed Off, Warsaw Sage, Barroom Heroes, and OC 45 who play the Underground Riot stage (one of the festival's seven stages) at 2:45pm. For full Punk Island schedule and band list click here and if you go bring water and sunscreen. All ages. No cover.

Also happening this Saturday by the waterside in Coney Island is the fun, small, popular annual artists' Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which looked doomed to extinction due to lack of funding. Luckily, at the last minute this 30-year strong local grassroots institution was saved by a Kickstarter campaign that raised the $100,000 needed to keep the festivities alive and running for another year, which is important because it's a really unique event of individual voices in the increasingly bland, corporate landscape that New York City has become since the Mermaid Parade began back in 1983.  Organizers say that The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation and describe it as, "a celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride." It is well worth attending if you can make it and a good opportunity to check out Coney Island and its famous boardwalk. The Parade  starts at 1pm on Saturday (no cover) at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island (not far from the main subway stop) and disbands at the end at Steeplechase Plaza. For parade route, participant lists, and how you can get involved get info here.

But the really BIG event in NYC this week - out of an already event packed week - is the annual mega scale, city wide, one day, outdoor Make Music New York (MMNY) festival which happens from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21st - aka the longest day of the year - when New York City parks, streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, and other sundry open spaces (including some cemeteries) become music stages for a 1,000-plus free outdoor concerts of all types of music and across all five boroughs. Although it happens the following day the aforementioned Punk Island technically comes under the umbrella of the MMNY event.  So does Friday at 5pm's Lake Music In Central Park performance which will entail 144 singers in a series of rowboats out on Central Park Lake (77th Street & Central Park West) singing R. Murray Schafer's choral work Credo as horn instruments accompany them from the shore. You gotta love it!  Like so much of the outdoor events across NYC this summer MMNY is also a free event. Since there are way to many concert details to attempt to list here or to even attempt to attend them all - my advice is study the concerts and venues and plan your day ahead of time. Check that MMNY information here that includes both iPhone and Android apps to help navigate the busy music-packed day.

Of the many other concerts and events happening in the week ahead round NYC there's the extended BAMcineamaFest which runs from today through June 30th. More information here.  Then tomorrow, Thursday June 20th the Kings of The Mic Tour (Z-Trip, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, and De La Soul), which already played the Bay Area and Santa Barbara and several other US cities, comes East to the Big Apple for what should be an amazing golden era hip-hop themed show at the midtown located venue, the Roseland Ballroom. Tickets and more info here. Also on the hip-hop tip tomorrow in New York City - but free and outdoors and earlier in the day - is this week's installment in the 2013 Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams series (now ten years strong) when, at White Park in Spanish Harlem, there will be DJs rocking for the B-Boys, B-Girls, Poppers, Lockers, Rockers and Party Dancers. Tomorrow is a special Rock Dancer's Reunion feat. DJs PopMaster Fabel, Tony Touch, Haywire, and Bobby Morales. All ages. No cover. From 3pm to 7pm. White Park is  located at E. 105th St. between Lex & 3rd Ave. East Harlem. Take the 6 train to 103rd St. and walk a few blocks. Also tomorrow outdoors and free but over in Brooklyn is soul/rNb double bill of Jon B. and Hi-Five at Betsy Head Park at 7pm. More info here.

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