New York State Of Mind Amoeblog #98

Posted by Billyjam, September 24, 2014 11:00am | Post a Comment

Billie Holiday "Autumn In New York" (1952)

NYSOM #98 of 100: Since Fall or Autumn officially arrived a couple of days ago here in New York City (and you can feel it in the air especially with chilly cold evenings this past days) Billie Holiday's classic "Autumn In New York" comes to mind.  Hear the song, that is found on such collections as The Best of Billie Holiday, above in homemade slide show video of NYC over the decades. Speaking of weather and NYC the big event here over the past weekend was the huge Climate Change March that attracted (depending on which news source you can believe) anywhere from a quarter of a million to 450,000 participants. The big march included numerous well known actors and musicians including the Bay Area's Michael Franti of Spearhead - seen in photo left that also includes movie stars Edward Norton and a barely recognizable bearded Leonardo DiCaprio. That was Sunday but the following day's Flood Wall Street protest down on Wall Street (also in the lead up to the UN Climate Summit 2014 that began yesterday here in New York), which drew much fewer protestors, had more arrests numbering about a hundred when more vigilant protestors gathered to voice opposition to the corporations who aren't investing in green initiatives.

Meanwhile on Sunday the High Line, the old discarded raised railway line along a stretch of the West Side of Manhattan that was saved from being torn down by being transformed into an elevated public green space, just unveiled a newly renovated addition to the unique park. With this new third and final section addition, that runs from 30th to 34th Streets near 10th Avenue the High Line and offers many wonderful views of Manhattan, now stretches for almost two miles from Gansevoort Street (three blocks below 14th Street in the Meatpacking district) up to 34th Street. To celebrate the new addition there are free lunchtime concerts on the High Line all this week including the all female AforBrazilian samba reggae percussion band BatalaNYC (photo above) who perform for free on Friday, September 26th, at 1pm. The one hour concert takes place at the 10th Avenue Square on the High Line at West 17th Street. Get more High Line general info here.

Events in the week ahead include political hip-hop artist Prop Anon performing tomorrow, Thursday September 25th, along with fellow NYC acts - the rock bands Rebelmatic and Activator at Leftfield in the LES at 85 Ludlow St. $10 TIX. 21+ 8pm Show time. More info. Legendary classic rock band Wishbone Ash, who recently celebrated their 40th anniversary, play BB Kings on West 42nd Street tonight (Sept 24) at 8pm. $30 tickets at door or $25 advance. More info.

Baseball fans are flocking to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx this week to catch Derek Jeter in what will most likely be his final week sporting a Yankees uniform. Even the Yankees loss last night didn't  seem to dampen fans' appreciation of catching their hero for this week's series of games that have been dubbed FarewellCaptain. Tomorrow (Thursday Sept 25th) will be his final appearance when fans and team mates at Yankee Stadium are expected to give him a big send off.  The game is being touted as one of the most expensive too - with tickets selling for up to $845 on the secondary ticket market.

Over in Brooklyn on Sunday (September 28th) is the 40th annual Atlantic Antic which is aptly billed as "the street festival to end all street festivals" since the large scale street festival, that snakes along Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue and spanning four different culturally diverse neighborhoods along the way, is the largest street festival in New York City. It will also be the last big street festival of the season.

Encompassing music, food (lots of amazing food trucks), art, shopping, and culture, among the many events affiliated with the festival is the MTA Museum's 21st Annual Bus Festival where  they will have all of these cool vintage NYC public buses on display that you can check out inside and out. More info.

And finally I leave you with a super charged live version (love the band here) of Richard Ashcroft's "New York" that can be found (studio version) on The Verve singer's 2000 debut solo album Alone With Everybody

Richard Ashcroft "New York (live 2002)"

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