New York State of Mind Amoeblog #42: Ultimate DJ Battle Weekend (DMC + Gong Battles), Free Outdoor Movies + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 31, 2013 02:00pm | Post a Comment

        Brooklyn Bridge, with tarps covering sections, from East Side of Manhattan this week

With July winding to a close today we are now approximately around the half way mark of summer in the city. And as anyone who visits here will tell you New York City is so abuzz with summer activity everyday of the week: so much so that there is physically no way any one person could take advantage of all the entertainment on tap throughout the city - and most of it is free too! As usual for this New York State of Mind Amoeblog (#42 in the ongoing weekly series) I will merely scratch the surface but still present a decent amount of choices out there in the Big Apple with a focus on free outdoor movies in New York City.
Free outdoor movies are a staple of most major cities every summer (EG the Bay Area has many wonderful series to chose from) but New York City has an incredible amount that range in genre of film as well as type of screening location: parks, plazas, beaches, and rooftops. On Tuesday (Aug 6th) on the rooftop of The Roosevelt Hotel on 46th Street Manhattan the classic gangster movie Goodfellas (a movie you can re-watch hundreds of times) screens as part of the ongoing Summer Movie Nights at mad46 series. More info.  Going for many years and truly a NYC tradition are the HBO sponsored free Monday night Bryant Park Summer Film Festival series. This coming Monday (August 5th) at dusk on the parks lush lawn will be a screening of the 1979 film Norma Rae starring Sally Field about a young single mother / textile worker who, in the face of adversity, helps  unionize her mill. Bryant Park is located at 42nd and Sixth Ave. More info here. That same night over in Brooklyn and down on the beach at Coney Island as part of the Coney Island Flicks On The Beach summer series last year's superhero/action film starring Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers, will screen at sundown. More info here.

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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #41: A Night At The Museum, Beats On The Water, Bam's Record Collection, Free Movies + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 24, 2013 03:00pm | Post a Comment

The above photo of the fountain in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village was taken mid-afternoon this past weekend when New York City temperatures reached around 100 degrees which, combined with high humidity levels, made for unbearably hot weather. Hence why many jumped into the fountain to cool off and obtain some respite from the NYC weather that this week has leveled out and returned to a relatively cooler state with temps hovering around 80 degrees today and humidity at only about 50%. This is outdoor weather for sure and NYC in the summertime offers an abundance of things to do out in the street, in the parks, and by and on the water. This New York State of Mind Amoeblog #41 will take a look at some of these events and happenings, including one of the many great boat parties that take place off Manhattan. On any given summer evening/night along the Hudson waterfront - especially from midtown down to lower Manhattan - you will inevitably hear the strains of electronic, hip-hop, reggae, salsa, rock or other music wafting in over the water from one of the countless boat parties that slowly drift by with booming speakers out on the waterways on weekends and week nights too. These are a great way to catch some music (live bands or DJs) and do some sightseeing at the same time.

This Friday (July 26th) is a recommended dance music boat party that sets sail from midtown on the West Side. It's the WAVs Hudson River Tour with an impressive lineup of DJs including UK producer Switch (formerly of Major Lazer), Grandmaster Flash, Octo Octa, Neon Indian (DJ set), Cousin Cole, and Roxy CottontailAdvance tickets available here are just $30 to $40 depending on how soon you cop them - not bad for a 4 hour cruise with good music. Boarding starts at 7pm for 8pm departure from 7pm from Pier 81 at West 42nd Street @ 12th Ave.

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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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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #37: Cameo Play Central Park, PS1's Warm Up Series Begins, NYC Pride March & Events, 4 Knots Music Festival + more

Posted by Billyjam, June 25, 2013 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Above is public art by Jackie Chang titled Signs Of Life (1999, ceramic and mosaic) that is on permanent display underground in the Metropolitan Avenue / Grand Street subway station in Brooklyn. It is an example of the many commissioned pieces of art on display throughout the MTA subway system that once (but alas no longer) was filled with bright, colorful, often visually stimulating graffiti art that was not commissioned and that the MTA would rather forget all about altogether.

Welcome to installment #37 in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog series in which I take a look at some of the fun (many free) events happening in the Big Apple in the week ahead.

Funk band Cameo is playing a free show in Central Park on Tuesday, July 2nd, presented by the producers of the Freedom Dance Party club - the weekly diverse music party begun one decade ago by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth. The party celebrates their ten year anniversary and is happening at Central Park's SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield near 72nd Street on the East Side. It should be very well attended, so if you plan on going try and get there by 5pm.

Another free park concert happening that same day, but up in the Bronx, is a performance from the "King of Latin Soul" Joe Bataan, plus Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue - both playing at Soundview Park from 6pm to 8pm. More info on both of these shows at City Parks SummerStage Productions.

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