New York State of Mind Amoeblog #40: Free Kayaking, Met's Opera Summer Recital Series, Brooklyn Bridge Park + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2013 07:15am | Post a Comment

In addition to a rundown on free kayaking in New York City (video interview above and text overview down below) this 40th New York State of Mind Amoeblog weekly report from the Big Apple will take a look at some of the many events and concerts happening in New York City this mid July where the weather has been extremely hot and muggy of late. Considering that then a good place to be on these hot New York summer evenings is out in the park down by the river such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park where this week the fun summertime Syfy Movies with a View series, that kicked off last week and runs through late August on each Thursday night, continues tomorrow with a free sreening of the Bruce Lee classic  Enter the Dragon. There is also an opening short film, Catnip: Egress to Oblivion by Jason Willis, plus music spun by DJ Hahn Solo earlier in the evening to get the mood going as folks gather before dusk at the Brooklyn Heights district park. No cover. All ages. DJ starts spinning at 6:00pm and the movies begin at sundown. Bring a blanket and a picnic. More info here.

This week the annual Metropolitan Summer Opera Recital Series kicked off last night in Central Park and will continue over the next couple of weeks with a total of six concerts that will take place in each of the five boroughs. The second concert will be on Friday, July 19th at 7pm, in  Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn where the recital will feature  Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Costello (tenor), and Bradley Moore (pianist). Next week the series will travel up to Crotona Park in the Bronx  on Tuesday and over to Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island on Thursday where, on both dates, the performers will be Ying Fang (soprano), Mario Chang (tenor), Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone), and Bradley Moore (pianist). Free. All ages. For full details on these and the other upcoming Met Summer Recital Series visit the Metro Opera website.  Also outdoors and free in New York City this week is Arriba! - the series of community dance parties with locally themed Latin music, that begins on Friday July 19th, on the High Line. More info.  Large scale rock, rap, and pop concerts in NYC this week include the big Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert show at Yankee Stadium on Friday and Saturday (July 19 + 20th). Tickets range in price from $49 up to $279.50. More info here. On Monday and Tuesday (July 22nd and 23rd) friends of Amoeba Tegan and Sara perform at Hudson River Park's Pier 26. Tickets are $42.50.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #38: July 4th in NYC, CitibikeNYC Review by Jason Snyder, Goodbye to The Met Button + More

Posted by Billyjam, July 3, 2013 11:26am | Post a Comment

Pictured above, with removable Amoeba sticker, is one of the much talked about New York City CitiBikes that's part of the recently unveiled NYC bike share program - one of the topics covered in this latest (#38) New York State of Mind Amoeblog, with an in-depth review on the bikes by avid cyclist Jason Snyder. Scroll down to read what Jason had to say about the controversial new bike share program. Meantime, since it is the Fourth of July holiday tomorrow, there are numerous related events happening all around New York City to celebrate the occasion, including two big, free ones: Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, and Macy's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks show. The Macy's event tomorrow night is THE fireworks show to see with a staggering total of 40,000 fireworks to be set off during the 25-minute show.

New York City Subway TokenLike the once familiar New York City subway token coin - years ago made redundant when it was replaced by the thin plastic MetroCard with now very familiar blue lettering on goldenrod - so too now goes the Metropolitan Museum of Art's (aka The Met) famous buttons. Yes, those instantly recognizable small round metal buttons with a big M on them, which for so long were given upon entry to the world's largest museum, were retired this week by the Met. Consequently, visitors to New York City (or anyone visiting the museum) no longer have an indestructible lasting souvenir of their visit. 

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