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Mount Sinai - Living Donor Celebration - at the NY Academy of Medicine NYC

I was Almost Shocked by a Lot of What I Learned about Kidney & Liver Transplants

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc September 25, 2023 / Manhattan Neighborhoods NYC / Manhattan Healthcare NYC / Manhattan Buzz.

Nearly two weeks ago, on Wednesday, September 13th, I headed into the New York Academy of Medicine at 1215 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side to attend a ceremony - a celebration actually - honoring Living Donors of Mt. Sinai's kidney and liver transplant program. 

To be frank, when first approached to cover this event, I wasn't sure of what to expect.  But after mulling it over, and perhaps with a bit of deference to my Mother, who had signed away her organs on her driver's license [and likely elsewhere], I decided to go to see what I might learn.

 

New York Academy of Medicine on the UES

The ceremony was held at the New York Academy of Medicine, which is located along 5th Avenue at 103rd Street.  The NY Academy of Medicine was founded in 1847 by a number of NYC doctors, most notably the Presidents of the NYU School of Medicine, the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Medical Society of the City and County of New York.  The Academy has played an influential role in shaping public health policy in NYC, NYS and the U.S.

The building in which the New York Academy of Medicine is located, as well as the location of the Mt. Sinai Living Donor Ceremony, was built in 1926 and is also home to the NY Academy of Medicine's library of various aspects of medicine, which was first started in 1847, opened to the public in 1878, and continues to be accessible to the public to this day.  Generally it's dedicated to those wishing to do research and one has to make an appointment to use it.  For more information and to make an appointment see - https://www.nyam.org/library/connect/visit-library/

The Mt. Sinai Living Donor Ceremony event was held on the third floor of the building what seemed a library reading room turned into a theater.  The room had 20 foot high ceilings [possibly higher], nearly floor to ceiling windows overlooking Central Park, and I'm no expert, but I believe the bookcases in the front of the room were made of oak.  The Carnegie Foundation donated about one million to the NY Academy of Medicine to build this building back in the 1920's.

My point in telling you all of this, is to provide a feeling and sense of connection to the past, the early roots of scientific healthcare in this country, which I assume was part of the consideration in selecting this location for the event ... as well as its proximity to the Mt Sinai Hospital campus on the Upper East side, which is located along 5th Avenue between 98th Street and 103rd Street.

 

Mount Sinai Living Donors Ceremony 2023

The Mount Sinai Living Donors Ceremony went on hiatus from live events in 2020, in order to protect attendees from catching CoVid, after the pandemic outbreak.  This was the first time they held a Living Donors Ceremony since then. 

Drinks were served in the back of the room and about 200 folks mingled for a while prior to the start of the program, exchanging their own personal stories of life changing surgeries.  Music played in the background and there was a projection screen in the front of the room which had information about the program sponsored by the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation.  Around 6 pm the official segment of the program began, which included speeches by Mount Sinai personnel and people who were living donors. 

 

Human Organ Transplants at Mount Sinia Hospital NYC

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc The first speaker was Dianne LaPointe Rudow, NP Director of the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation at Mount Sinai Health System, who welcomed everyone to the event.  She noted that 103,000 people are awaiting the possibility of getting a transplant in the U.S. alone.  When one factors into the equation, that only 42,000 transplants are performed each year, it's not hard to see that about 61,000 people could die.  Currently there are 8,200 people in New York State waiting for either a liver or kidney transplant.

I found these numbers kind of shocking.  I had no idea how far and how fast transplant surgery had evolved in the approximately 70 years since its first successes with humans in the 1950's and 1960's. 

In the photo at right is Dianne LaPointe Rudow, NP Director of the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation at Mount Sinai Health System as she makes the opening remarks at the Mount Sinai Living Donor Ceremony.

 

A Brief History of Organ Transplants - Kidney, Liver & Heart

After the program I did a bit of research to learn more about transplants, in order to provide you [and me] with a bit more context with which to process some of the facts I'm about to share with you.

The first transplants were done on animals, with successes being recorded shortly after the turn of the 20th century [circa 1902] by Emerich Ullman.  The animals died within hours or days after the transplants, because their immune systems rejected the new organs.

In 1933 the first successful human to human kidney transplant was done by a Russian doctor Yu Yu Voronoy, but the recipient died shortly after the surgery, again for reasons having to do with the recipients' immune systems rejecting the new organ.

In 1954 Dr. Joseph Murray completed the first human to human kidney transplant, where the patient lived.  Murray's first two successful transplants extended the lives of the recipients by 8 and 50 years.

In 1967 both the first successful liver transplant and the first human heart transplant were performed.  The first liver patient lived more than a year after the surgery, while the heart transplant patient survived only 18 days after the surgery.  Today, over half of all heart transplant patients live more than ten years after the transplant.

The survival numbers for kidney and liver transplant patients are much higher.  About 97% of kidney transplant patients live at least a year, while the average survival rate of a kidney transplant patient is 20 - 25 years from a living donor and from a deceased donor the survival rate is 15 - 20 years.  For liver transplants the numbers are also pretty good, with 90% living more than a year, and 70% live more than five years, while many live more than 20 years after the surgery.

It's important to note that what once was a very risky, highly esoteric, life-threatening medical procedure back in the 1950's and 1960's, is now done an estimated 115 times per day in the U.S. [42,000 surgeries / 365 days].  So while a transplant is certainly a highly technical, very complicated procedure, one might say it's also an everyday occurrence based on the numbers.

 

The Evolution of Organ Transplants

From Super Science to a Daily Procedure Done 42,000 Times Per Year in the U.S.

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc The second speaker was Dr. Sander Florman, MD, Director of the Recanati / Miller Transplantation Institute, and Director of the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation at Mount Sinai Health System.  He told us that Mount Sinai had done about 10,000 kidney and liver transplants since inception of the program in 1988.  Of those, 4950 were liver transplants and 4950 were kidney transplant, of which 2523 of the transplants were done from living donors.

Here again I was somewhat shocked.  Over two and a half thousand living people donated their organs to someone else to save their lives.  And that is how the doctor framed the numbers - as actually saving someone else's life - which is a rare thing for any of us to be able to do.

When you donate a kidney, you have a second one to live on.  But since we have only one liver, I inquired how one could afford to donate that?  I was informed that you can donate up to 70% of your liver and most of it will grow back.  In the example of the woman who came to tell her story today, she donated 20% of her liver to save her son.  This woman's bravery and compassion for her child was quite moving, as you will see.

The photo above right shows Dr. Sander Florman, MD, Director of the Recanati / Miller Transplantation Institute, and Director of the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation at Mount Sinai Health System as he talks about the successes and challenges faced by the transplant industry.

 

First Live Donor Speaker - Jonathan Calixto who Donated a Kidney to Save his Father

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc The first donor to speak to us was Jonathan Calixto. He told us that six months ago his father's kidneys were failing, so he decided to make what is perhaps not the ultimate sacrifice, but about as close to it as one can get. Jonathan gave a part of himself, a kidney organ.

The young man said that he was LGBTQ and wasn't even sure he could donate blood when his father's health crisis arose. One of the key factors in making a successful transplant, is the compatibility of the donor organ with the recipient's body / system. The early failures of transplants were largely because the recipient's immune system rejected the transplanted organ, treating it much the same as an invading virus. This is why a number of living donors are related to the recipients - because their organs generally will be accepted by the related recipient. After learning about the procedure, Jonathan decided to make the donation to his father.

Jonathan's father has been recuperating, and was recently told he would not have to return for another medical monitoring appointment for about three months. Jonathan's father was also advised that he might soon be able to return to work. Jonathan's father wasn't in attendance at the event.

The photo above right shows Jonathan Calixto, who made a kidney donation to save his father's life.

 

Second Live Donor Speaker - Chasmine Booth who Donated Part of her Liver to Save her Son

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc About a year ago, Chasmine and her husband learned that their young son's liver was failing. It was determined that they could delay the procedure, but that ultimately their son would need a new liver in order to survive. They decided to wait and see how things progressed, but within three months, their 5 months old son started non-stop bleeding from a light scratch, so Chasmine took him to the hospital to have him checked out.

The doctors found what could only be described as alarming news. Chasmine's son's liver was failing, his spleen was gouged, and there was blood in her son's intestinal tract. One can live without a spleen as the liver can assume the spleen's functions, but one cannot live without a liver. The liver filters the blood in the body, breaking down and helping excrete poisonous substances such as alcohol and drugs, by producing bile which is a fluid that helps transport waste out of the body / system.

Chasmine decided to have the transplant done, and she became the donor. As a footnote, Chasmine told us that her brother had to have a kidney removed when he was ten years old, so she had some familiarity with transplants. The baby was also not in attendance, but was reportedly doing fine.

The photo above right shows Chasmine Booth, as she recounts her experience saving her son's life by making a liver donation.

 

The Rest of the Program was about Recognizing Contributors

To the Recanati / Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai

The rest of the program recognized the contributions of some of the extraordinary people who help make transplants work. One of them was Medical Assistant, Jellene Fernandez, who works at the Recanati / Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI) Kidney Transplant Clinic. They honored her for her dedication to her work and the profession.

And the other Acknowledgement went to Christopher Smith, who is a living donor, and who mentors people coming into the program.

I looked up the Recanati / Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai to learn a bit more about them. In a nutshell, what I learned, was described on their website as follows,

" ... The Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI) at Mount Sinai is one of the largest and most comprehensive adult and pediatric abdominal transplantation centers in the world...".

For more information about them see - https://www.mountsinai.org/locations/recanati-miller-transplant/about

 

My Follow Up Questions included

Buyer Remorse, Transplant Costs & Insurance Coverage & Living Donor Longevity

Naturally, after leaving the event and thinking about things, I had a few follow up questions. One was related to the mentoring program, as it occurred to me that a recipient might feel guilty for accepting an organ from a relative or close friend, while the donor could experience what's called buyer's remorse - which is having second thoughts about a decision.

I was informed as follows,

" ... A comprehensive donor evaluation happens before clearance. They [donors] see nurses, doctors, surgeons, a social worker and in some cases a psychologist or psychiatrist. Donors are followed by that team for 2 years after donation to make sure they are cared for throughout the process..."

I also inquired as to the costs and insurance coverage. I was informed that insurance does cover transplants, including Medicare and Medicaid. They told me that,

"... The costs vary based on the type of surgery, length of stay, comorbidities, etc. Transplant recipients’ insurance including Medicaid and Medicare cover the transplant for the recipient and pay for all the donor medical expenses related to donor evaluation, surgery and follow up...".

And lastly, I inquired about the life expectancy of living donors after having made an organ donation to to save another human's life. Specifically I wondered if there were any studies that looked at this. They told me that,

" ... Unfortunately there are no randomized control studies with donors and non-donors. There are numerous studies of both living liver and kidney donors outcomes and all have positive long term results. There is a low incident of liver or kidney failure long term and risks are similar to people with the same risk profiles...".

 

My Follow Up Research on Transplant Costs & Insurance Coverage including Medicaid & Medicare

I did a bit of research on the web, to see if I might find some ball park [average] figures regarding kidney and liver organ transplants in the U.S. [not NYC]. What I found was that in 2020, according to the National Institute of Health, a kidney transplant cost about $442,000. According to Medical News Today, in 2020 a liver transplant cost about $878,000. These average costs are inclusive of the procurement of the organ, pretransplantation services which includes checking out the organ and the compatibility, the use of the hospital facilities and surgery, the post operative care and the follow up medications.

I looked into the insurance coverage and found that Medicare and Medicaid do include organ transplants in their coverage, as do most [or all?] other major health insurance policies. But, as with all insurance [and everything else], the devil is in the details. So if you ever find yourself in a transplant situation, go line by line through the details and process with your physician to confirm what's covered in your own unique situation and with your own health insurance.

 

Facilitating the Future of Transplants - H.R. 2544

Organ transplants have been in the news this year for a number of reasons. The primary obstacle in organ transplants is obtaining enough good organs to fill the demand.

One is that President Biden has been working with the Senate and House on passing a new bipartisan bill to break up the national monopoly on organ donations, by the Richmond, Virginia based United Network for Organ Sharing [aka UNOS]. According to the WhiteHouse.gov website,

" ... On Friday, September 22, 2023, the President signed into law H.R. 2544, the “Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act,” which allows for the award of multiple grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements to operate the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network..."

In addition to providing more funding for infrastructure, to improve and expedite organ transplants, the bill also loosens the grip of UNOS, which reportedly has had a 40 year monopoly of organs used in transplants.

 

Facilitating the Future of Transplants - Buying Organs, 3D Printing &

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc Another option is to allow living donors to be compensated for their organs. But this effort is complicated by what could turn out to be the exploitation of the young and the poor in the acquisition / purchase of organs.

And, as always, scientists are pushing ahead on finding new ways to solve the immune system rejection of organs, by experimenting with building tissue to surround working organs, insulating them from the rest of the system. This approach would pave the path for the use of animal organs and possibly the use of 3D printing.

Lastly, this month [September 2023], the University of Maryland performed its second heart transplant using a pig's heart. They had also performed the first such surgery [pig heart to human body] a year ago, using the genetically modified pig heart. Unlike the other surgeries discussed above, this is very early experimental and only available to those facing a certain death. The first pig transplant patient died two months after the surgery and we'll see how well the second fares.

 

The Work on Facilitating Organ Transplants Continues

The Recanati / Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai is working on a new project, The Living Donor Collective, which together with the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR), is creating a long-term registry to follow donors and donor controls.

One can see that transplants have come a long way since their inception 70 years ago. But based on the looks of things, they're not stopping. The good news is that tens of thousands of Americans and nearly ten thousand New Yorkers each year will be given a second chance at life.

Thanks for Mount Sinai and the Zweig Family Center for Living Donation for providing the opportunity to cover this event and learn more about the world of organ transplants.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Global Citizen Concert, Latin Night Market & San Gennaro Festival Ending in Manhattan; an Irish Heritage Festival in LIC, a Moon Fest in Flushing, Hispanic Day Parade & Art on the Fence Show in Jackson Heights [RESCHEDULED TO 9/30], and Fall for Arts on Roosevelt Island in Queens; Greek Festival, Fort Hamilton Oktoberfest, Theater & Book Fair begins in Brooklyn; Open Hydrant Short Play Festival , Performance at the Bartow-Pell Mansion & Vegan Bazaar at Andrew Freeman Home in the Bronx; Neptune Ball, Westerleigh Folk Music Fest, Rolling Thunder Oktoberfest [CANCELLED] & Snug Harbor Dance Fest on Staten Island. UN GA Ends Friday. Fall Begins Saturday. Yom Kippur is Monday. Oktoberfest continues.

UPDATED _ September 23, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

hispanic parade jackson heights queensNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 70's Thursday and Friday, falling to about 60 on Saturday and Sunday. The lows will be about 60 all weekend long. The winds will be about 5 mph on Thursday, 10 mph on Friday, 15 - 20 mph on Saturday and then falling back to 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be 50% - 65% on Thursday, 60% on Friday, and then between 80% - 90% for the rest of the weekend. Sunrise Today - 6.43 am and Sunset Today - 6.55 pm. No rain is expected on Thursday or Friday. Early Saturday through about 2 pm it's going to be rainy, dropping as much as an inch and a half the whole day. In the evening the probability of rain falls from 70% to 60% and thenn to 50% on Sunday, when about a half inch of rain is forecast.

The photo at right was taken at the Hispanice Day Parade in Jackson Heights Queens in an earlier year. The parade returns this weekend. See below for details.

 

Things To Do NYC

The UN General Assembly ends Friday, so traffic returns to normal, particularly along the East Side in Midtown.

Fall begins next Saturday 9/23 with the arrival of the equinox.

Yom Kippur is Monday 9/25. This is the Jewish Day of Atonement.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • Friday, September 22, 2023 from 4 pm to 10 pm there's a Latin Night Market along Dyckman between Dyckman Plaza and Inwood Park in Washington Heights. The market is also featuring a number of Latin musicians performing various musical genres. A Latin food festival with numerous metro area vendors.
  • TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE _ Central Park _ Saturday, September 23, 2023 - Doors open 2 pm / Concert starts at 4 pm - Global Citizen Concert - In Central Park on the Great Lawn between 5th Avenue and Central Park West and between 72nd Street and 86th Street. You must bring printed tickets as mobile tickets are not being accepted. Admission $250 - $299 via www.ticketmaster.com. For further details on the concert see https://www.globalcitizen.org - NYC street fairs / festivals Manhattan.
  • Little Italy _ Thursday - Sunday, September 14 - 24, 2023 times vary - The Feast of San Gennaro & Parade. This is an 11 day Italian festival that runs through Sunday, September 24th in Little Italy. There are events every afternoon / evening of the festival. On Saturday, 9/16 there's a parade / procession through Little Italy that starts at 2 pm. For details of other events at the San Gennaro Festival and a bit of history of San Gennaro and Little Italy Manhattan see our story about the Feast of San Gennaro Parade & Festival in Little Italy NYC - or visit their website for details of all events - https://sangennaronyc.org/
  • Fridays and Saturdays, the Metropolitan Museum Rooftop Cantor bar is open beginning at 5.30 pm on the 5th floor. Free w/ admission to the Met. This year the bar stays open through October 22nd, 2023 and it's worth noting that it closes at 4.15 pm on weekdays, and opens at 11 am on all days.

UPCOMING

  • Midtown _ Wednesday, September 27, 2023 thru Sunday, October 8, 2023, all shows begin at 8 pm except the last day when it begins at 3 pm - Fall for Dance Festival. At the NY City Center at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. Tickets are $20 plus fees and performances last about an hour and a half. For details and tickets - https://www.nycitycenter.org/ This is not a st fair but rather a cultural festival.

NEW _ MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - TBD. See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 2 to 5 pm, there's an Irish Heritage Festival in Hunters Point Park South. The eevent will include three hours of continuous dance, music and sporting performances by McManus Irish Dance, NY Studio of Irish Dance, Sunnyside/Maspeth Children's Trad Group and sporting Demonstrations by Shannon Gaels. Free. For details see - https://www.newyorkirishcenter.org.
  • Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 12 noon to 4 pm, there's a Moon Festival in Kissena Corridor Park at 45th Avenue and Colden Street in Flushing. There will be cultural performances and snacks. Organized by the Glow Cultural Center. Free. For details see - https://glownyc.org
  • RESCHEDULED TO 9/30 _ Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 2023 from 9 am - 5 pm - Jackson Heights Art Club On The Fence Outdoor Art Show & Sale - On 34th Avenue at 79th Street. Editor's Note - This is a change from prior years location when it was held in front of PS 69 between 77th & 79th Streets along 37th Avenue.
  • RESCHEDULED TO 9/30 _ Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11 am to 5 pm - Fall for Arts Festival - In Southpoint Park at Meditation Lawn on Roosevelt Island. This is the first greenspace south of the 36th Avenue bridge from Queens on the Manhattan side of the island. A day full of activities for everyone including games, arts & crafts and musical performances. Free. The themes this year are Mythology and Riverside Rhythms. For updates see - https://rioc.ny.gov/374/Fall-for-Arts-Festival
  • Sunday, September 24, 2023 from 12 noon to 3 pm - Hispanic Day Parade marches east along 37th Avenue from 69th Street in Jackson Heights, ending at 89th Street in Corona. Generally there's a street festival a bit further east on 37th Avenue beginning at Junction Blvd, but this year the Carnival de la Cultura Latina was held last week 9/17, so it's unclear if there will be a fiesta after the parade. Parades and street fairs in Jackson Heights Queens NYC. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-organization/Desfile-Hispano-de-Queens-920602374687827/

NEW _ MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - Eduardo Anievas Open Studios in LIC Saturday & Sunday 9/23 & 24/23 from 12 noon - 8 pm in LIC, and Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival returns in October. See the Queens Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

  • Friday, September 22, 2023 from 4 to 9 pm, there's Oktoberfest at the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn. You must pre-register and it costs $8 for civilians. For details see - https://hamilton.armymwr.com
  • Copy & paste this link for an update on things to do for the Fall Arts Season on Governor's Island. https://www.govisland.com/things-to-do/events
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 22, 23 & 24, 2023 at various times, Greek Orthodox Fair at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church at 8401 Ridge Blvd in Bay Ridge. Greek food, music, rides and entertainment. Proceeds to benefit the church. For details see - https://www.holycrossbrooklyn.com/
  • Opens Saturday & Sunday September 23 & 24, 2023 at 2 pm and 3 pm respectively _ Oresteia by Aeschylus performed by the Gallery Players. Also on 9/30 & 10/1 & 10/7 & 10/8. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/
  • Starting Sunday, September 23, 2023 - Brooklyn Book Festival. For details see - https://brooklynbookfestival.org.
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, September 27, 28 & 29, 2023 Agememnon, The Libration Bearers & The Furies respectively - also respectively on October 4, 5 & 6 performed by the Gallery Players. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/

NEW _ MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendarfor free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups.

 

Things To Do This Weekend the Bronx NYC

  • Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11 am to 5 pm, there's a Bronx Summit at the Andrew Freeman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse. Organized by Live from the Bronx. For details and $35 tickets see - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bronx-summit-tickets-685245346277?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&from=bf5a648f355311ee8bc80a7921e60b56.
  • RESCHEDULED TO 9/30/23 _ Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 12 noon to 8 pm, there's a North Bronx Community Cultural Fair at 3320 Laconia Avenue between Gun Hill and Boston Road. Community gathering with music, dance & art. Free. Normally this would be a Member Calendar event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-bronx-community-cultural-fair-tickets-49877762731?aff=erellivmlt
  • Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 7 to 8 pm, there's a performance of a play entitled Wealth at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at 895 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park. I believe it's based on the Great Gatsby and performed by the Red Monkey Theater Group. For details and $40 / $30 tickets see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 15, 16, 17 & 22, 23, 24, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm [Fri], 3 pm & 7.30 pm [Sat] and 5 pm [Sun], there's a Short Original Play Festival at the Open Hydrant Live Theater [they claim to be the only Professional Actors Equity Assn Theater Co serving Bronx Youth] at 940 Garrison Avenue in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. For details and $21 tickets see - http://www.openhydrant.org - their website is not secure per google, but Eventbrite should be ok.
  • Wednesdays in September, October, November, ending December 27, 2023 from 4 to 9 pm there's a Vegan Bazaar featuring 20 different vegan vendors at the Andrew Freeman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx. For details see - https://www.thebronxveganbazaar.com/

UPCOMING

  • Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 1 to 7 pm - Bronx Night Market in Fordham Plaza just south of the train station. A diversified food fest which on this day will have an Oktoberfest theme - Bronxtoberfest.
  • NEXT ONE IS 9/30 DETAILS COMING NEXT WEEK _ Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 2 to 6 pm, there's Stage Garden Rumba returns to Pregones Theater at 575 Walton Avenue in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx. The themes this year are 'Boogie Down Wellness & Mental Health'. There will be three musical performances, three poetry readings, one artisan and one community activist talk on mental health. For details see - https://pregonesprtt.org

The photo at right was taken at an event at the Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in the Bronx in a prior year.

NEW _ MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - TBD. See the Bronx Member Events Calendarfor free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Friday, September 22, 2023, from 6.30 to 11 pm - The Snug Harbor 38th Annual Neptune Ball at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. For details and $250 / $350 / $400 tickets see - https://snug-harbor.org.
  • Westerleigh _ Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm - 16th Annual Westerleigh Folk Music and Art Festival. At Westerleigh Park off Jewett Avenue at the corner of Neal Dow and Maine Avenues in the Westerleigh neighborhood on Staten Island. This Staten Island festival in Westerleigh Park centers around live music on three stages, and includes 40 arts & crafts vendors, an art expo and smart food truck vendors will likely show. Free. For details & weather updates see - https://www.facebook.com/WesterleighFolkFest/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/6320788791375688
  • 9.22.23 _ CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER _ Manor Heights _ Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 12 noon - 7 pm - The Rolling Thunder Oktoberfest celebration is being held at William H. Pouch Camp at 1285 Manor Road in the Greenbelt just south of Manor Heights. It was formerly held in Historic Richmond Town. There will be food, beer, rides, games, shopping and live entertainment. Admission is $10. Proceeds go to Veterans in Need and it's organized by Rolling Thunder and the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island. For details see - https://sioktoberfest.com/
  • Randall Manor _ Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2023 from 11 am to 8 pm - Snug Harbor Dance Festival. Many different classes ranging from one to two hours by various instructors, many of whom are local. Free / Pay What You Will. The event is being hosted at various buildings at Snug Harbor including the Botanical Garden on located at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighobrhood of Staten Island. The buildings includes the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Cottage Row, the Snug Harbor Wetlands, Building G / The Dance Center, Leah Mitchell Studio – G202 on 2nd floor. Free. Not a street fair per se, but a festival of dance. This event will move indoors if there's inclement weather. For details see - https://snug-harbor.org.

NEW _ SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups.

Have a good weekend.


Oktoberfest in NYC & Boros of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx & Staten Island

Oktoberfest Begins Mid September in NYC and run thru October

oktoberfest in nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island oktoberfest events celebrations in nycSeptember 19, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

The official / unofficial kick off to the month and a half of Oktoberfest events in NYC begins in Manhattan with the Steuben Parade. This report identifies a number of Oktoberfest events around NYC beginning mid September and running through the end of October.

The photo at right shows one of the floats in the Steuben Parade celebrating the consumption of bier, which in tandem with consumption of bratwurst, is an integral part of Oktoberest. One thing the photo doesn't show is the music, that also goes hand in hand with Oktoberfest.

 

A Brief History of Oktoberfest in NYC

Coming a bit later today.

 

A Brief History of the Steuben Parade in NYC

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  • CLICK here to view the rest of our report on Oktoberfest in NYC, including the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

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Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Happy Rosh Hashanah, San Gennaro Festival & Parade, Steuben Day Parade & Oktoberfest, African American Day Parade, Mexican Independence Parade, Climate March & Latin Night Market in Manhattan; Film Fest, The Music Man & Irish Fair in Brooklyn; Poseidon Parade Rockaways, Carnaval de la Cultura Latina in Corona & Greek Feast of St Markella in Astoria, Art on Fence Show Jackson Heights, Queens UI Music Fest Sunnyside Gardens Park, Jamaica Harvest Fest and Asian Fest & Louis Latimer's 175th Birthday Celebration in Flushing Queens; Open Hydrant Live Theater, Stage Garden Rumba Pregones & Vegan Bazaar at Andrew Freeman Home in the Bronx; Mexican Independence Parade, Theater for a New City & Fig Festival on Staten Island. NYC Beaches & Swim Pools Now Closed. UN General Assembly to Meet Mon 9/18 - Fri 9/22 & Fall Begins Saturday 9/23.

September 15, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend in manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the 70's during the day descending to the 60's at night. No rain is expected until 9 - 10 pm Sunday night. The humidity will be about 50% through the weekend, until Sunday evening when it begins to rise. Winds will range from 5 - 10 mph on Friday and Sunday, rising to 10 - 20 mph on Saturday. Sunrise 6.37 am and sunset at 7.05 pm.

 

Things To Do NYC

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, which is celebrated from sundown Friday, to sundown Sunday. Happy New Year.

JUST IN. There's a Climate March on Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 12 noon to 4.30 pm ending at the United Nations Building. For details see - https://www.endfossilfuels.us

The UN General Assembly meets this coming week, so expect traffic delays, particularly along the East Side in Midtown.

Fall begins next Saturday 9/23 with the arrival of the equinox.

 

Things To Do This Weekend Manhattan NYC

  • Little Italy _ Thursday - Sunday, September 14 - 24, 2023 times vary - The Feast of San Gennaro & Parade. This is an 11 day Italian festival that runs through Sunday, September 24th in Little Italy. There are events every afternoon / evening of the festival. On Saturday, 9/16 there's a parade / procession through Little Italy that starts at 2 pm. For details of other events at the San Gennaro Festival and a bit of history of San Gennaro and Little Italy Manhattan see our story about the Feast of San Gennaro Parade & Festival in Little Italy NYC - or visit their website for details of all events - https://sangennaronyc.org/
  • Friday, September 15, 2023 beginning at 6 pm. Bryant Park. Mexican Embassy Independence Day Destival. FREE.
  • UES _ Saturday, September 16, 2023 - Steuben Day Parade & Oktoberfest NYC. The parade begins at 12 noon from 5th Avenue at 68th Street and marches up to 86th Street. Following the parade there's an Oktoberfest at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park that begins at 1 pm and runs until 7 pm. Enter Central Park at 72nd St & 5th Avenue. Admission $44, but tickets can sell out by early Sept. For details and tickets see - https://germanparadenyc.org/oktoberfest/ or https://www.facebook.com/steubenparadeny/

The photo above right was taken at a Steuben Day Parade on the Upper East Side in a prior year.

  • Harlem _ Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 1 to 6 pm - African American Day Parade [preparade events from 11 am - 1 pm at 125th Street] - The parade begins at 111th Street marching north along Adam Clayton Powell Blvd to 137th Street. Street fairs in Harlem NYC. For details see - https://africanamericandayparade.org/.

The photo below right was taken at an African American Day Parade in Harlem in a prior year.

  • UES _ Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 11 am to 3 pm - Mexican Day Parade & Festival - the parade starts at 11.30 am / 12 noon but can also start late. There's a festival in Madison Square Park after the parade until about 6 pm. The parade begins along Madison at 50th Street this year [it used to start at 38th Street], marching south to 26th Street at Madison Square Park where there's a parade celebration / social. Mexican Day Parade in Manhattan. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/people/Fiesta-Mexicana-New-York/100047348087870/
  • Friday and Saturday, September 15 & 16, 2023, the Metropolitan Museum Rooftop Cantor bar is open from 5.30 - 8.15 pm on the 5th floor. Free w/ admission to the Met. This year the bar stays open through October 22nd, 2023 and it's worth noting that it closes at 4.15 pm on weekdays, and opens at 11 am on all days.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - TBD. See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend Queens NYC

  • things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend in manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nycSaturday, September 16 2023 from 1 to 5 pm - 175th Birthday of Louis Latimer at the Louis Latimer House at 3441 137th Street in Flushing. Music, dance and experimental science.
  • Saturday, September 16 2023 from 12 noon to 2 pm - The Poseidon Parade at Beach 94th Street Plaza near the Rockaway Beach. Costumes, floats and artwork.
  • Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 10 am to 6 pm, the Carnival de la Cultura Latina will be along Junction Blvd between Roosevelt and 37th Avenues in Corona Queens. It's one of the biggest Latin street fairs / festivals in Queens and NYC. For details see - http://www.carnavalculturalatina.com/
  • Thursday through Sunday, September 14 - 17, 2023 from 6 - 10 pm Thursday & Friday, 5 - 11 pm on Saturday and 1 - 10 pm on Sunday - Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America [St Markella] celebrates patron feast day with traditional Greek food, arts and crafts and possibly music. Along 22-68 26th Street between 22nd & 23rd Avenues in Astoria.

The photo above right was taken at the Feast of St. Markella in Astoria in a prior year.

  • Sunnyside _ Saturday, September 16 2023 from 2.30 to 10 pm - 6th Annual Queens United International Music Festival / Party - At Sunnyside Gardens Park at 48-21 39th Avenue. Music, beer, wine food trucks, crafts. Open to the public with suggested donation $15. St fairs in Sunnyside Queens NYC.
  • Jamaica _ Saturday, September 16, 2023 - Jamaica Harvest Festival - From 10 am to 4 pm - Along Sutphin Blvd from Hillside to 89th Avenue and from 88th to Jamaica Avenue. Jamaica St Fairs. This shows up as two separate street fairs by Clearview.
  • Saturday, September 16 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Flushing BID Asian Street Festival. Along 40th Road between Main and Prince Streets in Flushing, Queens. The focus is on Asian food, shopping and entertainment. Organized by the Flushing BID.
  • Saturdays, September 16 & 23, 2023 from 9 am - 5 pm - Jackson Heights Art Club On The Fence Outdoor Art Show & Sale - On 34th Avenue at 79th Street. Editor's Note - This is a change from prior years location when it was held in front of PS 69 between 77th & 79th Streets along 37th Avenue.
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 15, 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7.30 Friday and at pm Saturday & Sunday _ the QueensBoro Dance Festival Season Finale at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For details and $27 tickets [$66 for all three days] see - https://queensborodancefestival.org.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival returns in October. See the Queens Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend Brooklyn NYC

  • Park Slope _ Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 11 am - 9 pm. Annual Great Irish Fair. This is preceded by a mass at 9 am. NOTE NEW LOCATION - At the Holy Name of Jesus Parish at 245 Prospect Park West in Park Slope. Unique Brooklyn fair with an Irish flavor which includes Irish music, dance, food and shopping from more than 15 vendors. Organized by the Irish American Building Society. For details and $25 tickets see - https://www.iabsny.org/
  • things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend in manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nycSaturday, September 16, 2023 from 11 am to 4 pm there's a Brooklyn Fall Fair & from 6.30 pm to 9 pm there's a Film Fest. At the Bedford District Health Office Parking Lot at 485 Throop Avenue in Brooklyn. Free.

The photo at right was taken at a Sunnyside St. Patricks Day Parade in a prior year.

  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2023 - The Music Man - beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. An adaptation by the Narrows Community Theater in Bay Ridge. Contact. https://www.narrowscommunitytheater.com / Tickets $25 / $20 / $15. Locations. In 2023 they are performing at the Fort Hamilton Army Base theater. In 2022 they performed in the Auditorium of Our Lady of Angels Church 7320 4th Avenue in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Paid and free summer theater in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.

NEXT TWO WEEKS.

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 22, 23 & 24, 2023 at various times, Greek Orthodox Fair at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church at 8401 Ridge Blvd in Bay Ridge. Greek food, music, rides and entertainment. Proceeds to benefit the church. For details see - https://www.holycrossbrooklyn.com/
  • Opens Saturday & Sunday September 23 & 24, 2023 at 2 pm and 3 pm respectively _ Oresteia by Aeschylus performed by the Gallery Players. Also on 9/30 & 10/1 & 10/7 & 10/8. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, September 27, 28 & 29, 2023 Agememnon, The Libration Bearers & The Furies respectively - also respectively on October 4, 5 & 6 performed by the Gallery Players. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - TBD. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend the Bronx NYC

  • things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend in manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nycFriday, Saturday & Sunday, September 15, 16, 17 & 22, 23, 24, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm [Fri], 3 pm & 7.30 pm [Sat] and 5 pm [Sun],, there's a Short Original Play Festival at the Open Hydrant Live Theater [they claim to be the only Professional Actors Equity Assn Theater Co serving Bronx Youth] at 940 Garrison Avenue in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. For details and $21 tickets see - http://www.openhydrant.org - their website is not secure per google, but Eventbrite should be ok.
  • Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 2 to 6 pm, there's Stage Garden Rumba returns to Pregones Theater at 575 Walton Avenue in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx. The themes this year are 'Boogie Down Wellness & Mental Health'. There will be three musical performances, three poetry readings, one artisan and one community activist talk on mental health. For details see - https://pregonesprtt.org

NEXT WEEK.

  • Wednesdays in September, October, November, ending December 27, 2023 from 4 to 9 pm there's a Vegan Bazaar featuring 20 different vegan vendors at the Andrew Freeman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx.

The photo at right was taken at an event at the Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in the Bronx in a prior year.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - TBD. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend in manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nycSaturday, September 16, 2023 from 2 to 7 pm, there's the first Mexican Independence Parade on Staten Island. The parade begins at La Colmena at 774 Port Richmond Avenue marching down to Veterans Park, ending at Park Avenue and Bennett Street in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Staten Island. There will be live music and dance performances, food vendors and shopping. Free. For further information see - https://www.lacolmenanyc.org/
  • Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 2 to 6 pm, there's the Fig Festival at the National Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point in St. George neighborhood of Staten Island. The festival includes all things fig / ficus related. It's a quirky food festival centered around the fig, but includes music, arts, crafts and other foods. Staten Island street fairs / festivals in St. George. $5 suggested donation. For details see - https://lighthousemuseum.org.

The photo at right was taken at a Mexican Day Parade in Manhattan in a prior year.

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 2 pm - Life on the Third Rail or a Subway Delay to the Future by Theater for a New City. They describe the play as follows, " ... The musical is the saga of a Train Operator and a Subway Conductor in an emergency flood situation. A violent hurricane, spurred by global warming, has inundated the subways and so the MTA is moving all its trains out of underground tunnels and stations. The duo have been been driving a car for repair that somehow got left behind. Will they make it to the train yards? ... The emergency is reflected in their dreams as they wait for rescue. In watery tunnels, the elements of Planet Earth now cry out for sustenance. Water, Air, the Green of the Plants, the Electricity of Light, and the Torrential power of the Ocean come alive, dancing before their eyes as the Conductor and Train Operator, with the help of a Subway Tracker, try to back their #2 train into Central Station for repair. Will the Earth survive man’s destruction and exploitation? Will the Life Force continue to make us feel the beauty of today and the promise of tomorrow? Will the support necessary for the survival of the planet materialize? “Life on the Third Rail…” addresses these questions with the grace and strength of an activist’s mission...". FREE summer outdoor theater in the Stapleton neighborhood on Staten Island NYC.
  • Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at https://theaterforthenewcity.net.
  • Location. At Tappen Park at Canal, Bay and Water Streets on Staten Island.

*** TBD - MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - TBD. See the Staten Island Member Events Calendar for details.

Have a good weekend.


San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy Manhattan NYC

Manhattan's Signature Italian Festival Celebrates Little Italy in NYC

san gennaro festival nyc san gennaro parade manhattan san gennaro festival parade manhattan nycSeptember 13, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Fall is just around the corner, which means the San Gennaro Festival is about to begin in Little Italy in Manhattan. See the front page or the parades & festivals page or click into the story for details of the San Gennaro Festival of 2023.

 

A Very Brief History of Little Italy Manhattan

Little Italy is just north of Canal street, across from Chinatown, which lies to its south. SoHo lies to its west, across Lafayette Street. While the Bowery is just east of it along Mott and Bowery Streets, and Nolita [North of Little Italy] lies to the north of it, across Broome Street. This is something of a downsized area from the original Little Italy of a century ago.

Little Italy was an important destination for Italians arriving in New York City in the late 1800's and early 20th century. It was generally a poor, working class neighborhood at that time, filled with laborers, and shopkeepers who traded food, wine and clothing. And the community was fairly self-sufficient with its own doctors, lawyers and bankers accoding to a Wikipedia account of an NYT story in 1896.

Little Italy's size and population peaked in the early 20th century, aat about 10,000, as Italians left for greener pastures in other parts of the city, including East Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Nonetheless, Little Italy remains somewhat intact, as a very popular tourist destination, the peak of which is celebrated in tandem with the San Gennaro Festival.


911 Commemoration Events & Remembrances in NYC & Boros

911 Commemorations this Weekend and Monday

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This weekend, there are a number of events around the five boroughs commemorating the losses of 911. The following are a few of those events.

 

The collection of photos at right shows an cultural performance at Lincoln Center honoring the victims of 911. The performance returns Monday at 8.05 am.

 

911 Remembrances / Commemorations NYC

Ongoing _ Daffodil Project in NYC Parks. For details see - https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/sept-11-memorials

 


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Labor Day Parade, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in Manhattan; Fall Theater Returns in Brooklyn; U.S. Open, Queens County Fair, & Fresh Pond Italian Festivals in Queens; City Island Art Fair, Central American Independence Festival and Ferragosto in Bronx Little Italy in the Bronx; 911 Boat Tour, Pig Island & 1776 Peace Conference on Staten Island. NYC Beaches & Swim Pools Open thru Sept 10th. 911 Commemorations this Weekend and Monday & San Gennaro Festival begins Thursday 9/14.

ferragosto festival bronx little italy nycUpdated _ September 10, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will descend from the high 80's to the low 80's during the weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 70's all weekend. The winds will range from 4 - 9 mph all weekend. The humidity will range from 75% - 85% all weekend. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend, with the best times out falling in the morning through about 2 pm each day. The amount of rain to fall will increase from a quarter inch on Friday to a third inch on Saturday to over a half inch on Sunday. Sunrise today is 6.30 am and sunset is at 7.17 pm.

The photo at right shows a pizza cooked at a Bronx Little Italy event a number of years back. The Ferragosto festival returns this weekend. See details below.

 

911 Memorial & Commemoration Events Sunday & Monday

CLICK here to view a brief compendium of 911 Memorials & Commemoration Events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island NYC.

Also this is the last weekend for the use of free public swimming pools and swimming at NYC public beaches.

 

Things To Do This Weekend Manhattan NYC

  • The Labor Day Parade in Manhattan is held Saturday, September 9th,the weekend after Labor Day in Manhattan. It begins at 10 am on 5th Avenue at 44th Street marching north to 64th Street.

The photo at right shows one of the scenes at a prior Labor Day parade in Manhattan. It's a great opportunity to see and cheer on many of the people who make NYC work.

  • labor day parade manhattan nycThe Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit runs from 12 noon to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The show runs along University Avenue from 13th Street down to Washington Square.
  • And it's worth mentioning that on Friday and Saturday, September 1 & 2, 2023, the Metropolitan Museum Rooftop Cantor bar is open from 5.30 - 8.15 pm on the 5th floor. Free w/ admission to the Met. This year the bar stays open through October 22nd, 2023 and it's worth noting that it closes at 4.15 pm on weekdays, and opens at 11 am on all days. This is a good venue for hosting out of town guests or a casual date or get together.

NEXT WEEK - Thursday, September 14, 2023 marks the beginning of the 11 day San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy in Manhattan.

 

Things To Do This Weekend Queens NYC

  • Thursday - Sunday, September 7 - 10, 2023 beginning at 6.30 pm daily, except Sunday when it begins at 3 pm and generally ends around 9 - 10 pm - The Fresh Pond Road Festival - Along Fresh Pond Road between Woodbine and Menahan Street. This is a big real Italian themed fair with great food, rides for kids and plenty of shopping. Organized by the Ridgewood Social Club. Brooklyn St fairs in Ridgewood organized by the Federazione Italo-Americana di Brooklyn and Queens. For details see the Ridgewood Social Club - https://www.facebook.com/p/Federazione-Italo-Americana-of-Brooklyn-and-Queens-100083057994083/ or the Myrtle Avenue BID - https://ridgewood-ny.com
  • September 8, 9 & 10, 2023 from 6 - 9 pm Friday and from 11 am - 6 pm the Queens County Fair at the Queens County Farm at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. For details and $18 tickets see - https://www.queensfarm.org
  • us open flushingFlushing _ Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 10, 2023 _ U.S. Open Finals at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. One of the top four tennis tournaments in the world. The last of the Grand Slam which also includes the Australia Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. For details see - https://www.usopen.org

The photo at right, taken in a prior year, shows the celebratory ambiance surrounding the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

NEXT WEEK

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 15, 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7.30 Friday and at pm Saturday & Sunday _ the QueensBoro Dance Festival Season Finale at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For details and $27 tickets [$66 for all three days] see - https://queensborodancefestival.org.

 

Things To Do This Weekend Brooklyn NYC

  • Thursday - Sunday, September 7 - 10, 2023 beginning at 6.30 pm daily, except Sunday when it begins at 3 pm and generally ends around 9 - 10 pm - The Fresh Pond Road Festival - Along Fresh Pond Road between Woodbine and Menahan Street. This is a big real Italian themed fair with great food, rides for kids and plenty of shopping. Organized by the Ridgewood Social Club. Brooklyn St fairs in Ridgewood organized by the Federazione Italo-Americana di Brooklyn and Queens. For details see the Ridgewood Social Club - https://www.facebook.com/p/Federazione-Italo-Americana-of-Brooklyn-and-Queens-100083057994083/ or the Myrtle Avenue BID - https://ridgewood-ny.com
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2023 @ 2 pm - Life on the Third Rail or a Subway Delay to the Future by Theater for a New City. They describe the play as follows, " ... The musical is the saga of a Train Operator and a Subway Conductor in an emergency flood situation. A violent hurricane, spurred by global warming, has inundated the subways and so the MTA is moving all its trains out of underground tunnels and stations. The duo have been been driving a car for repair that somehow got left behind. Will they make it to the train yards? ... The emergency is reflected in their dreams as they wait for rescue. In watery tunnels, the elements of Planet Earth now cry out for sustenance. Water, Air, the Green of the Plants, the Electricity of Light, and the Torrential power of the Ocean come alive, dancing before their eyes as the Conductor and Train Operator, with the help of a Subway Tracker, try to back their #2 train into Central Station for repair. Will the Earth survive man’s destruction and exploitation? Will the Life Force continue to make us feel the beauty of today and the promise of tomorrow? Will the support necessary for the survival of the planet materialize? “Life on the Third Rail…” addresses these questions with the grace and strength of an activist’s mission...". FREE summer outdoor theater in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.
    Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at https://theaterforthenewcity.net. Saturday Location. At Sunset Park at 6th Avenue & 44th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Sunday Location. At Myrtle Avenue between N. Portland Avenue & St. Edwards Street in Fort Greene Park.
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2023 - beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday - The Music Man. An adaptation by the Narrows Community Theater in Bay Ridge. Contact. https://www.narrowscommunitytheater.com / Tickets $25 / $20 / $15. Locations. In 2023 they are performing at the Fort Hamilton Army Base theater. In 2022 they performed in the Auditorium of Our Lady of Angels Church 7320 4th Avenue in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Paid and free summer theater in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.

COMING SOON.

  • Opens Saturday & Sunday September 23 & 24, 2023 at 2 pm and 3 pm respectively _ Oresteia by Aeschylus performed by the Gallery Players. Also on 9/30 & 10/1 & 10/7 & 10/8. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, September 27, 28 & 29, 2023 Agememnon, The Libration Bearers & The Furies respectively - also respectively on October 4, 5 & 6 performed by the Gallery Players. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/

 

Things To Do This Weekend the Bronx NYC

  • central american day parade & festival bronx nycSaturday, September 9, 2023 from 2 pm to 3 pm - Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Contact / Tickets. https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org
    Location. The Bartow Pell Mansion is located at 895 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park.
  • Belmont / Bronx Little Italy _ Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm. Ferragosto Festival. Along Arthur Avenue between Crescent and 187th Street, and along East 186th Street between Arthur & Hughes Avenues. It's an Italian harvest celebration & celebrating 100 years of Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Bronx St Fairs in the Belmont neighborhood.x
  • City Island _ Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm - City Island Arts & Crafts Fair - Along City Island Avenue aka Main Street between Fordham and Carroll Streets. The epic center is at Hawkins Park and there will be some 60 plus artisans, craftspeople and food vendors there. Street fairs festivals in the City Island neighborhood of the East Bronx.

The photo at right shows one of the performances at the Central American Independence Festival in Crotona Park in the Bronx in a prior year. The festival returns this weekend. See details below.

  • Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 10 am to 6 pm - Central American Independence Parade Followed by a Festival in Crotona Park. The parade begins at 12 noon at East Tremont Avenue & Southern Blvd, which is the site of the Happy Land Fire Memorial where in 1990 about 100 people - mostly Honduran Garifuna - lost their lives celebrating carnival. This parade and festival celebrate Central American cultures including the Honduran Garifuna via stage performances, culture, food, drink, arts and crafts for the whole family. The parade marches down either Souihern Blvd and / or Boston Road, turns west onto Charlotte Street to Crotona Park East - ending between Crotona Avenue and Claremont Parkway in Crotona Park. Street fairs in the Bronx neighborhood of West Farms. For details see their Facebook Page - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-american-independence-day-celebration-tickets-677174686717

NEXT WEEK - Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association is hosting a community event featuring the NYPD. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

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  • Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 12 noon - 4 pm - Pig Island Festival - "... this pork-laden festival [includes 20 chefs who] compete for the most delicious porcine dishes. There will also be craft beer, hard cider, spirits and other food offerings – all-included with a general admissions ticket ... " In the South Meadow at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood on Staten Island. Staten Island street fair / festival in Randall Manor - Admission $55 & up. See www.snug-harbor.org for details.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 11 am - 4 pm. 1776 Peace Conference Celebration - There's an historical reenactment of the effort made by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to obtain peace with Britain as the war for indepence was breaking out. At the Conference House in Tottenville on Staten Island. Admission $5. For details and tickets see - https://www.conferencehouse.org/

The photo at right was taken at the 911 Memorial on Staten Island which lies on the north shore, only a short walk west along the water from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

NEXT WEEK.

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 2 pm - Life on the Third Rail or a Subway Delay to the Future by Theater for a New City. They describe the play as follows, " ... The musical is the saga of a Train Operator and a Subway Conductor in an emergency flood situation. A violent hurricane, spurred by global warming, has inundated the subways and so the MTA is moving all its trains out of underground tunnels and stations. The duo have been been driving a car for repair that somehow got left behind. Will they make it to the train yards? ... The emergency is reflected in their dreams as they wait for rescue. In watery tunnels, the elements of Planet Earth now cry out for sustenance. Water, Air, the Green of the Plants, the Electricity of Light, and the Torrential power of the Ocean come alive, dancing before their eyes as the Conductor and Train Operator, with the help of a Subway Tracker, try to back their #2 train into Central Station for repair. Will the Earth survive man’s destruction and exploitation? Will the Life Force continue to make us feel the beauty of today and the promise of tomorrow? Will the support necessary for the survival of the planet materialize? “Life on the Third Rail…” addresses these questions with the grace and strength of an activist’s mission...". FREE summer outdoor theater in the Stapleton neighborhood on Staten Island NYC.
  • Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at https://theaterforthenewcity.net.
  • Location. At Tappen Park at Canal, Bay and Water Streets on Staten Island.

 

Have a good weekend.


The West Indian American Day Parade(s) in Brooklyn NYC

A Deeper Dive into the Cultural Origins of the Carnival & Some Particulars About the Celebrations in Brooklyn

west indian american day parade & carnival in brooklyn nyc WIADCA parade on labor day bk nycSeptember 6, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Parades & Festivals / Brooklyn BLVD NYC.

On a sultry Labor Day Monday morning, I set out for the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights. The former, covers some of the area in Brooklyn known as Little Caribbean and it was to be the ending point for the Jouvert parade, which serves as the warm up for the larger West Indian American Day Parade.

Be advised that I was not aware of this distinction - two parades by the same group on the same day - until I had arrived and started making inquiries about when and where the actions was.

The Jouvert puportedly started at 11 am inside Prospect Park either at the entrance to the Kids Zoo [still not certain about this, but I'm getting closer to being precise] on Flatbush Avenue or based on a map I saw on the NYPD website, the Jouvert started at Grand Army Plaza, at the north end of Prospect Park. I'll be following up on this, and make the changes here when I get them.

The photo above right was taken at the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn on Labor Day. Many different island cultures celebrate the carnival in unison. The flag in the lower right corner of the photo is Jamaican.

west indian american day parade & carnival in brooklyn nyc WIADCA parade on labor day bk nycThe Jouvert then marched east along Empire Boulevard before turning south on Nostrand Avenue and terminating at Winthrop. I arrived a bit before noon, at Empire Blvd and Nostrand, where the Jouvert Parade had already passed. The Jouvert Parade involves participants adorning themselves with paint and powder, sometimes sharing it with others in a style that reminded me of the Indian Holi celebration.

Speaking of Indians, the West Indies got their name after Columbus discovered them for the Spanish throne. They were called the West Indies, in order to differentiate them from the East Indies, with which the Portuguese had opened up trading routes in the 15th century just prior to Columbus's discovery. The East Indies comprises the islands that lie south of India, the Bay of Bengal and the South China Sea and north and west of Australia.

west indian american day parade & carnival in brooklyn nyc WIADCA parade on labor day bk nycThe modern day countries / territories that today comprise the West Indies are: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

But I digress. So, anyhow, after getting re-oriented at Nostrand and Empire, I was directed north toward the Eastern Parkway, where the second parade was about to begin at Buffalo Avenue at 12 noon. So while I missed the Jouvert celebration [which officially began at 6 am - J'ouvert means 'I open' signifying daybreak in French], I had missed none of the larger parade.

The photo at right was taken looking west on the Eastern Parkway toward Buffalo Avenue where the West Indian American Day Parade was marching toward us, shortly after 12 noon.

I'll finish this Wednesday, with a photo slide show of some of the costumes, shops and parade attendees. In the meantime, amusez-vous (have fun).


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Unofficial End of the Summer, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Langston in Harlem, End of Shakespeare in Central Park, Lincoln Center Video Operas in Manhattan; West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival & Friday Night Fireworks in Brooklyn; Rockaway Surf Music Festival, U.S. Open & QueensBoro Dance Festival in Queens, End of Summer Salsa Concert at Coop City in the Bronx; Historic Richmond County Fair, SI Philharmonic, Music and Game Night & Beaches on Staten Island. NYC Beaches & Swim Pools Open thru Sept 10th.

September 4, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 90 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low 60's on Friday, the high 60's on Saturday and about 70 on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 4 - 8 mph on Friday and Saturday, falling to 3 - 6 mph on Sunday and Monday. The humidity will range from around 50% to 65% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 55% to 70% on Sunday and Monday. Sunrise is approximately 6.23 am and sunset in 7.29 pm as of Friday 9/1/23.

 

FALL EVENTS COMING NEXT WEEKEND.

 

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend New York City

NYC public swimming pools and beaches will remain open through Sunday, September 10th.

 

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend Manhattan NYC

  • Friday, September 1, 2023 from 7 - 8.30 pm, the Classical Theater of Harlem will be performing an abridged rendition of Langton [Hughes] in Harlem, using the poet's words, showcasing what life was like for an African American writer in the early part of the 20th century. At Bryant Park and it's FREE.
  • nyc labor day weekend things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island events labor day weekend nycOne of the biggest events over the Labor Day Weekend in Manhattan include the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit which runs from 12 noon to 6 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as well as the following weekend. The show runs along University Avenue from 13th Street down to Washington Square.
  • Also, from Friday, August 25th to Monday, September 4th, 2023 there are nightly high definition screenings, beginning at 8 pm, of Metropolitan Opera performances shown in the plaza at Lincoln Center at Columbus and 68th Street on the UWS. Copy and paste this link to see what's playing each night - https://www.metopera.org/season/summer-events/summer-hd-festival/ . FREE. You can pay to ensure a seat [212.875.5456], as there are only 2,500 seats, and it's first come / first serve, and they open for seating only an hour before the screening begins. Shows continue through rain, unless there's thunder and / or lightning.
  • And it's worth mentioning that on Friday and Saturday, September 1 & 2, 2023, the Metropolitan Museum Rooftop Cantor bar is open from 5.30 - 8.15 pm on the 5th floor. Free w/ admission to the Met. This year the bar stays open through October 22nd, 2023 and it's worth noting that it closes at 4.15 pm on weekdays, and opens at 11 am on all days. This is a good venue for hosting out of town guests or a casual date or get together.
  • Tuesday - Sundays, August 27 - September 3, 2023 beginning at 8 pm - The Tempest - By William Shakespeare. They describe this adaptation of the play as follows, " ... Forced from their home, Prospero and her daughter Miranda have survived for 12 years among the ruins of an abandoned island. As Prospero grows closer to getting the justice she craves, she witnesses her daughter fall in love, listens to the wisdom of spirit ancestors, and discovers that sometimes forgiveness is the only way to break cycles and right the course for the next generation. Hilarious fools, magical spells, and elemental spirits dance through this production as we all come together to celebrate what it means to be human...".
    Location. Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC. See location instructions above.
    Contact. Free theater but you need to rsvp a ticket online at least one day prior to performance. For details see https://publictheater.org.
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, May 2nd thru September 29, 2023 mostly beginning at 5 pm - Times Square Live. Local and famous national performers, doing mostly music and dance numbers, live. Free. NOTE THAT THERE ARE A FEW WEEKS WHERE THEY DON'T PERFORM ON ALL DAYS NOTED ABOVE.
    Contact. https://www.timessquarenyc.org
    Location. In Times Square generally along Broadway between 43rd and 46th Street in Midtown Manhattan NYC.

NEXT WEEK.

  • Ironically, the Labor Day Parade in Manhattan is held Saturday, September 9th,the weekend after Labor Day in Manhattan. It begins at 10 am on 5th Avenue at 44th Street marching north to 64th Street.

 

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend Queens NYC

The photo at right was taken in a prior year during the U.S. Open at the USTA in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The U.S. Open began on Monday and runs through Sunday, September 10th.

  • nyc labor day weekend things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island events labor day weekend nycSaturday, September 2, 2023 at 6 pm _ the QueensBoro Dance Festival in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights. FREE.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2023 at 6 pm _ the QueensBoro Dance Festival in Queensbridge Park in LIC. FREE.
  • Flushing _ Monday, August 28 - September 10, 2023 _ U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. One of the top four tennis tournaments in the world. The last of the Grand Slam which also includes the Australia Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. For details see - www.arthurashekidsday.com
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, September 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2023 starts at 4 pm [except Friday] to 9 pm - The Rockaway Beach Surf Music Festival. A whole weekend of music near the beach. Last year the festival was one of the biggest Labor Day weekend events in Queens, and is a part of the Rockaway Bazaar concerts. FREE.
    Contact. https://www.rockaway-bazaar.com/
    Location. At the Rockway Bazaar Beach Pavilion at 9701 Shorefront Parkway and 97th Street by the beach in the Rockaways in Queens.

 

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend Brooklyn NYC

The photo at right was taken at the West Indian American Parade in Crown Heights Brooklyn in a prior year. It rained buckets that year, but the show went on all the same.

  • nyc labor day things to do in manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nycOne of the biggest events of the Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn is the West Indian American Day Parade and Carnival. While there are events related to the parade going on all weekend, the parade begins at 11 am on Monday September 4th starting near the Children's Zoo in Prospect Park which is just south of the Grand Army Plaza near the Brooklyn Museum. The parade then marches south through Prospect Park along Flatbush Avenue. At the Flatbush exit from the Park, the parade turns onto Empire Blvd and heads east to Nostrand, and then turns south ending at Midwood. Almost every site I saw seemed to get this wrong except the NYPD and the Organizers' site. The event runs from 10 am - 6 pm and you'll also find food stalls and shopping along along Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
  • There are related events all weekend including some festivities that begin at 6 am. For details see - https://wiadcacarnival.org or their FB page at - https://www.facebook.com/Jouvertcity.

COMING UP.

  • Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2023 @ 2 pm - Life on the Third Rail or a Subway Delay to the Future by Theater for a New City. They describe the play as follows, " ... The musical is the saga of a Train Operator and a Subway Conductor in an emergency flood situation. A violent hurricane, spurred by global warming, has inundated the subways and so the MTA is moving all its trains out of underground tunnels and stations. The duo have been been driving a car for repair that somehow got left behind. Will they make it to the train yards? ... The emergency is reflected in their dreams as they wait for rescue. In watery tunnels, the elements of Planet Earth now cry out for sustenance. Water, Air, the Green of the Plants, the Electricity of Light, and the Torrential power of the Ocean come alive, dancing before their eyes as the Conductor and Train Operator, with the help of a Subway Tracker, try to back their #2 train into Central Station for repair. Will the Earth survive man’s destruction and exploitation? Will the Life Force continue to make us feel the beauty of today and the promise of tomorrow? Will the support necessary for the survival of the planet materialize? “Life on the Third Rail…” addresses these questions with the grace and strength of an activist’s mission...". FREE summer outdoor theater in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.
    Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at https://theaterforthenewcity.net. Saturday Location. At Sunset Park at 6th Avenue & 44th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Sunday Location. At Myrtle Avenue between N. Portland Avenue & St. Edwards Street in Fort Greene Park.
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2023 - beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday - The Music Man. An adaptation by the Narrows Community Theater in Bay Ridge. Contact. https://www.narrowscommunitytheater.com / Tickets $25 / $20 / $15. Locations. In 2023 they are performing at the Fort Hamilton Army Base theater. In 2022 they performed in the Auditorium of Our Lady of Angels Church 7320 4th Avenue in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Paid and free summer theater in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.
  • Opens Saturday & Sunday September 23 & 24, 2023 at 2 pm and 3 pm respectively _ Oresteia by Aeschylus performed by the Gallery Players. Also on 9/30 & 10/1 & 10/7 & 10/8. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, September 27, 28 & 29, 2023 Agememnon, The Libration Bearers & The Furies respectively - also respectively on October 4, 5 & 6 performed by the Gallery Players. At 199 14th Street in Park Slope Brooklyn. For tickets and details see - https://www.galleryplayers.com/

 

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend the Bronx NYC

nyc labor day weekend things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island events labor day weekend nycThe photo at right was taken at one of the last Salsa concerts in a prior season at Orchard Beach. Due to renovations, the last Bronx concert series will be held in nearby Coop City - see details below.

  • Sunday, September 3, 2023 on Labor Day Weekend, from 1 to 5 pm, the last Bronx Sunday concert series will be held at Coop City in Section 5 in the Einstein Loop. This year [2023] the Sunday Salsa Concert series went on hiatus due to renovations at the Orchard Beach Park facility. The concert is casual and FREE.
  • One of the biggest event over the Labor Day Weekend in the Bronx last year [2022] was that the Yankees hosted the Twins. This year they will be playing against the Astros in Houston. So, you're not likely to see a full parking lot at Yankee Stadium at River Avenue and 161st Street.

NEXT WEEK.

  • Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10, 2023 _ City Island Art Fair along Main Street in City Island.
  • Next weekend, September 9th & 10th, 2023 from from 11 am to 7 pm, is the City Island Art Fair. It's held along Main Street, with the epic center at Hawkins Park and there will be some 60 plus artisans, craftspeople and food vendors there.
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 2 pm to 3 pm - Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Contact / Tickets. https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org
    Location. The Bartow Pell Mansion is located at 895 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park.

 

Things To Do Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Friday, September 1, 2023 from 5.30 - 8.30 pm, the National Lighthouse Museum is hosting a music and Game Night. FREE. At the National Lighthouse Museum located at 200 The Promenade in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island.
  • nyc labor day weekend things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island events labor day weekend nycSaturday - Monday, September 2, 3 & 4, 2023 - Historic Richmond Town Country Fair. For a taste of ye olde Staten Island, as well as the new.
    Contact / Tickets. For details see - https://www.historicrichmondtown.org/
    Location. Historic Richmond Town is located at 441 Clarke Avenue on Staten Island. The town is a mid 19th century historic town nestled in the hills of Staten Island, only miles from the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. While there's no theater, per se, they do host the Uncorked Food Festival in early June and their biggest event of the year is the Historic Richmond Town County Far in very early September.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2023 from 4 to 5.30 pm, there's a free concert being performed by the Staten Island Philharmonic which is a 40 piece wind ensemble.
    Location. At the Conference House at 7455 Hylan Blvd in Tottenville. It's a good old fashioned Americana afternoon.
    Contacts. https://theconferencehouse.org and http://siphilharmonic.org and https://www.nycgovparks.org

The photo at right was taken inside the General Store in Historic Richmond Town. The town is an historic site preserving sites, things and stories from the mid 19th century [mid 1800's] in America.

COMING SOON.

  • Saturday, September 16, 2023 @ 2 pm - Life on the Third Rail or a Subway Delay to the Future by Theater for a New City. They describe the play as follows, " ... The musical is the saga of a Train Operator and a Subway Conductor in an emergency flood situation. A violent hurricane, spurred by global warming, has inundated the subways and so the MTA is moving all its trains out of underground tunnels and stations. The duo have been been driving a car for repair that somehow got left behind. Will they make it to the train yards? ... The emergency is reflected in their dreams as they wait for rescue. In watery tunnels, the elements of Planet Earth now cry out for sustenance. Water, Air, the Green of the Plants, the Electricity of Light, and the Torrential power of the Ocean come alive, dancing before their eyes as the Conductor and Train Operator, with the help of a Subway Tracker, try to back their #2 train into Central Station for repair. Will the Earth survive man’s destruction and exploitation? Will the Life Force continue to make us feel the beauty of today and the promise of tomorrow? Will the support necessary for the survival of the planet materialize? “Life on the Third Rail…” addresses these questions with the grace and strength of an activist’s mission...". FREE summer outdoor theater in the Stapleton neighborhood on Staten Island NYC.
  • Contact. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at https://theaterforthenewcity.net.
  • Location. At Tappen Park at Canal, Bay and Water Streets on Staten Island.

 

Have a good one.


Things To Do Brooklyn Labor Day Weekend - Brooklyn Events NYC

Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Things To Do in Brooklyn Over The Labor Day Weekend

brooklyn things to do labor day weekend events brooklyn bk things to do brooklyn labor day weekend BK nycSeptember 2, 2023 / Things To Do NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 90 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low 60's on Friday, the high 60's on Saturday and about 70 on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 4 - 8 mph on Friday and Saturday, falling to 3 - 6 mph on Sunday and Monday. The humidity will range from around 50% to 65% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 55% to 70% on Sunday and Monday. Sunrise is approximately 6.23 am and sunset in 7.29 pm as of Friday 9/1/23.

In the photo at right you can see a street fair held in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 

ALSO SEE FRONT PAGE FOR THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN BROOKLYN.

 

Special Events on Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

One of the biggest events of the Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn is the West Indian American Day Parade and Carnival. While there are events related to the parade going on all weekend, the parade begins at 11 am on Monday along the Eastern Parkway departing from Schenectady Avenue and marching down to Grand Army Plaza near the Brooklyn Museum. From 10 am - 6 pm you'll also find food stalls and shopping along the parade route along Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 

Labor Day Events in Brooklyn

This weekend you can go bicycling in Brooklyn, play soccer & other games in Brooklyn parks, go shopping Brooklyn, attend Brooklyn parades, watch theater, visit the Brooklyn art museums, and eat out at one of the Brooklyn restaurants.

And it's all happening right here in our favorite borough - Brooklyn. So take your time to sort through the days and locations and start planning your weekend. Click here to obtain information about things to do Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn. This events calendar is updated monthly with dozens of different Brooklyn fun cultural events.

brooklyn things to do labor day weekend events brooklyn bk things to do brooklyn labor day weekend BK nyc

Brooklyn Public & Private Parks

Brooklyn has one of number of public parks, of which a few include swimming facilities. Click here for a listing of the Brooklyn Parks including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history. This is coming at a later date.

 

NYC Golfing in Brooklyn

Brooklyn has two golf courses and both of them are open this weekend. There's the Dyker Beach Golf Course in the Dyker Heights neighborhood in the southern end of Brooklyn, and there's the Marine Park Golf Course in the Marine Park neighborhood with is at the southeastern end of Brooklyn.

Click here for details about Brooklyn golf courses including maps and links to the operators' websites. The links are coming at a later date.



Floyd Bennett Field Returns, for Encore, as Gateway to NYC

NYC Mayor Adams & NYS Governor Hochul Receive a Lease Agreement from the U.S. Government to Lease Floyd Bennett Field

things to do in queensAugust 29, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / NYC Issues / Brooklyn BLVD.

Just over a week ago, Governor Hochul announced that she and NYC Mayor Adams had received a lease agreement from the Biden Administration, regarding the terms for leasing the Floyd Bennett Airfield for temporary use as a migrant center. The airfield is expected to be capable of providing temporary shelter for about 2,500 immigrants.

 

Floyd Bennett Field is a Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area

Floyd Bennett Airfield is located at the south eastern end of Brookyn and is part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife sanctuary, as you can see from the map at right. The airport became a part of the National Park Service in 1972 when the Gateway National Recreation Area was established to protect important natural resources within / near NYC. Sandy Hook New Jersey is also a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, while the rest of it is located in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, as previously implied.

 

Floyd Bennett Airfield - NYC's First Airport - Opened 1931

things to do in queensFour years ago, on August 31, 2019, I visited the Floyd Bennett Airfield with the intention of doing a story on it, which - until now - I had not had an opportunity to do. On that visit, I biked the airfield, took photos in both the museum and peeked through the dusty windows of the hangars and warehouses on the airfield, to photographed our recent past.

Given that the airfield is about to be transformed into a sprawling migrant center, I thought folks might want to take a look at it as it was four years ago, before it is repurposed into something quite new. Along with this story, I'll also take you through a brief history ...

... as the Floyd Bennett Airfield was NYC's first airport, predating LaGuardia which according to Wikipedia opened on December 2, 1939 and JFK which opened as New York International Airport [nicknamed Idlewild] in July 1, 1948. Floyd Bennett Airfield opened on May 23, 1931.

 

A Simpler Time & a Simpler Airport

things to do in queensVisiting the Floyd Bennett Airfield was aking to traveling back in time, to a simpler time. There's one main building where passengers embarked and disembarked back in the day. The building appears to have been well built, well tended and now houses museum artifacts from the early days of aviation.

As in the past, the main building is where I began my journey into the past. The main building, with its steel or wrought iron gate, is shown at right.

We'll have more on this later tonight / tomorrow.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, National Go Topless Day Parade, Lincoln Center Video Operas & Operacades in Manhattan; Summer Streets, Brighton 46th Annual Jubilee, Feast of Santa Rosalia, Battle of Brooklyn, Afro Punk Fest & Friday Night Fireworks in Brooklyn; Last PS1 MoMA Warm Up Party, Rockaway Surf Music Festival, U.S. Open Kids Day, Queensboro Dance Festival in LIC and Sunday Night Concert in Jackson Heights Queens; Summer Streets, St. Helena Summer Fair in Parkchester, Open Hydrant Theater Co Performance of Fools in Love in Hunts Point, Bronx Night Market and Comic Book & Anime Expo in the Bronx, National Lighthouse Museum at the Ferry Hawks & Bike the Block on Staten Island. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater in All 5 Boros.

August 25, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

things to do in queensNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 70's on Friday & Sunday, but spiking up to the mid 80's on Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the high 60's all weekend. Winds will be 5 - 7 mph all weekend. Humidity will be in the high 80% range on Friday, dropping to the 60% - 70% range for the rest of the weekend. About /10th of an inch of rain is expected Friday night between 11 pm - 3 am, but otherwise the probability of precipitation is low [20% or less] the rest of the weekend

The photo at right was taken last night at the last of the BRIC summer concerts in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Many of the concerts are free, some with nationally famous musicians, while others feature local talent.

 

EVENING EDITION. MOSTLY DONE. A FEW ONE LINERS BELOW WILL BE UPDATED LATER TONITE.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan This Weekend

 

UPDATE COMING SHORTLY. National Go Topless Parade on Saturday Aug 26. Lincoln Center HDD Operas.

 

  • Friday, August 25, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Orrin Evans And The Captain Black Big Band Featuring Dianne Reeves I T.K. Blue In Association With Jazzmobile in Marcus Garvey Park. Free.
    Saturday, August 26, 2023 beginning at 3 pm - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with The Cookers I Endea Owens And The Cookout | Nduduzo Makhathini Trio I Akua Allrich And The Tribe in Marcus Garvey Park. Free.
  • Contact / Tickets. No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org.
  • Location. Marcus Garvey Park at 18 Mount Morris Park West in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.
  • Sunday, August 27, 2023 beginning at 3 pm - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival with Charles McPherson With Terell Stafford | Something Else! Vincent Herring Septet I Hera Ft. Chelsea Baratz And Andromeda Turre I Michael Mayo in Tompkins Square Park. Free. Contact / Tickets. No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org. Location. Tompkins Square Park is located between Avenues A & B and between 7th Street & 10th Street in the East Village.
  • Sundays, August 20 & 27, 2023 from 5 - 7 pm - Opera Cades. At Pier 1 in Riverside Park at West 70th Street. The events are described as follows, "... a family-friendly, immersive opera experience to Pier I with
    performances, games, and other amusements..."
    . Free. For details see - https://www.nycgovparks.org/

Use this link to view events for upcoming Harlem Meer, Times Square Live performances, Bryant Park Opera, Theater for a New City in Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park and a number of other locations including their theater in the East Village, as well as the Battery Park Dance Festival. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming SummerStage Concerts, the Harlem Meer Concerts, the Times Square Live Concerts, the Rockefeller Center Concerts, the Bryant Park Concerts, the Grand Central Terminal Markets and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival [later this month] in Harlem and the East Village. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn This Weekend

  • things to do in queensOn Friday Nights from July 4th to September 1, 2023, Coney Island will light fireworks beginning at dusk along the Riegelmann Boardwalk at West 12th Street on Coney Island in Brooklyn. The Coney Island fireworks are always held off the beach, generally in the area of the Steeplechase tower in Steeplechase Park on Coney Island in Brooklyn. FREE.
  • Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - August 27, 2023 from about 6 - 10 pm and probably starts earlier on the weekends - The 41st Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia - Along 18th Avenue from 68th to 75th Streets in Bensonhurst. Italian food, music, rides and shopping and live entertainment. Processions at 2 pm on both Sundays at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street. Organized by FIAO Brooklyn. Brooklyn street fairs in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of BK. https://www.facebook.com/groups/138536509512623/
  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 7 am - 1 pm _ Brooklyn Summer Streets. Along Eastern Parkway between Grand Army Plaza and Buffalo Avenue will be closed to cars and open to pedestrians and non-motorized cyclcists. There's likely to be various sorts of impromptu entertainment.

  • Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2023 beginning at x pm - There's an Afro Punk Fest [aka Afro Punk Brooklyn - The Circus of Soul] at the Greenpoint Terminal Market in Brooklyn. Tickets run about $150 and may be purchased at https://afropunk.com/.
  • Greenwood _ Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 11 am - 3 pm - The Battle of Brooklyn - Revolutionary War Commemoration - 500 West 25th Street at 5th Avenue in the Greenwood Cemetery. There are events that cover George Washington, the Dutch settlers and the Revoluationary War. The events are free with a suggested donation of $5 for the cemetery. This is an historic festival in the Greenwood Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Space is limited so it's recommended that you rsvp [recommended donation $5] at https://www.green-wood.com/calendar/list/?tribe-bar-date=2022-08-26
  • Brighton Beach / Coney Island _ Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 10 am - 6 pm. 46th Annual Brighton Jubilee. Along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place to Coney Island Avenue [has bathrooms] turning down toward the beach. There's live entertainment stages at Brighton 11th Street & at 14th Street, as well as food, shopping and kiddie rides. By the Brighton Neighborhood Assn. Brooklyn street fairs / Brooklyn St Festivals in Brighton Beach & Manhattan Beach. For details see - http://brightonbeach.com/jubilee-festival.html

The photo at right was taken at the Pakistani Parade and Festival in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Also CLICK this link to see Post Production Training program organized by NYC. There's also a rotating ad on this site that will take you to the same destination.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming performances by Theater for a New City in Sunset Park, Fort Greene Park and Coney Island, as well as other Coney Island events. CLICK this link for a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

 

Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

UPDATE COMING SHORTLY. QBoro Dance Fest in LIC 8/26 & 8/27 free.

 

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 25, 26 & 27, 2023 from 5 to 9 pm - The Rockaway Beach Surf Music Festival. A whole weekend of music near the beach. Last year the festival was one of the biggest Labor Day weekend events in Queens, and is a part of the Rockaway Bazaar concerts. FREE.
  • Contact. https://www.rockaway-bazaar.com/
  • Location. At the Rockway Bazaar Beach Pavilion at 9701 Shorefront Parkway and 97th Street by the beach in the Rockaways in Queens.
  • Friday, August 25, 2023 from 5 - 10 pm - LAST MoMA PS1 Warm Up Party in their back courtyard. Performers to be announced / TBA. Contact. For details and tickets see - https://www.momaps1.org/. Location. PS1 MoMa is located at 22-15 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, LIC Queens.
  • From Tuesday through Sunday, August 22 - 27, 2023 at various times _ U.S. Open Fan Week At the USTA complex in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Register for a Fan Access Pass and obtain FREE tickets to wach the Qualifing Matches at the U.S. Open. For details see - https://www.usopen.org/
  • Flushing _ Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9.30 am to 4 pm _ Free Kids Day at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The event includes things like an autograph session w/ pros, hair braiding, fitness programs, musical acts and the ability to watch the pros practice in the afternoon. They tell us, "... this year's special appearances include 2022 US Open Champions Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek, 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, Coco Gauff, and Ben Shelton. Tickets will NOT be required for this year's festivities...". For details see - www.arthurashekidsday.com
  • Sunday, 8/27/23 beginning at 6 pm - Phiroj Shyangden. It's the encore to what appeared to be the last summer Sunday concert [last weekend] in Travers Park in Jackson Heights. Contact. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group and NYC Parks. For details see - https://www.jhbg.org/ Location. Travers Park is located between 34th Avenue and Northern Blvd and between 77th and 79th Streets in Jackson Heights in Queens.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Hip to Hip Shakespearean plays performed at Crocheron Park, the Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park, Cunningham Park & Sunnyside Gardens Park as well as performances by Theater for a New City at Travers Park in Jackson Heights and ongoing performances at Culture Lab in LIC.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Italian Nights in Athens Square Park, Travers Park Concerts in Jackson Heights, Louis Armstrong House Concerts in Corona, PS1 MoMA Warm Up Parties in Long Island City, the Queensboro Dance Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park Concerts, Culture Lab Concerts in LIC and Rockaway Hotel Concerts in the Rockaways. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx This Weekend

  • Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - 20 & 24 - 27, 2023 from 4.30 - 7.30 pm _ 'Fools in Love'. Performance by the Open Hydrant Theater Company. Contact / Tickets. For details and $23.50 tickets see - http://www.openhydrant.org/. Performed by Open Hydrant Theater Company at the Point CDC - www.thepoint.org. Location. The theatrical productions are performed at the The Point CDC at 940 Garrison Avenue at Barretto Street in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.
  • Parkchester _ Thursday, August 17 - Sunday, August 27, 2023, Weekdays opens at 6 pm and Weekends [Fri / Sat / Sun] opens at 6 pm - all nights closing around 10 pm - St Helena Summer Fair [formerly Parish Carnival]. Note that times may vary on the weekend. It's an old fashioned carnival with rides, games, entertainment, shopping, food, beverages [no alcohol], contests and prizes. At the Church of St. Helena in the Parking Lot at 1315 Olmsted in Parchester, near Castle Hill in the Bronx. For details and ride tickets [last year about $1.25 w/ volume discounts] see https://churchofsthelena.com. On August 25th they run an all day special on rides with an All you can ride wrist band for $30. Street fairs in Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx.

  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 7 am - 1 pm _ Bronx Summer Streets. Along The Grand Concourse between East Tremont Avenue and East Mosholu Parkway South will be closed to cars and open to pedestrians and non-motorized cyclcists. There's likely to be various sorts of impromptu entertainment.

  • Parkchester _ Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9 am to 4 pm - Bronx Anime & Comic Expo at the Church of St. Helena in the school gymnasium at 1315 Olmsted in Parchester, near Castle Hill in the Bronx. Cosplay contests, video games, 360 photo booth, comics, toys, funko-anime, and comic book artists and anime voice actors & voices including Emily Cramer of Pokemon, as well as Laurie Hines, Ray Lago, Barrett Leddy & Ryan Andes.
  • For details and $13 tickets see - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bx-anime-comic-expo-tickets-523703871377?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 1 to 7 pm - Bronx Night Market at 1 Fordham Plaza just south of the train station. A diversified food fest.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Ailey Moves workshop at Poe Park in Fordham Manor, Theater for a New City play at St Mary's Park in Mott Haven, Open Hydrant Theater Company performance at the Point CDC in Hunts Point, Citywide Dance Party at Bronx Heritage Music Center and Wave Hill, Roots at Lehman College in Bedford Park, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company and the Great Gatsby at Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park, and BAAD Wellness Day in Westchester Square. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Yankee Stadium Concerts, the traveling Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series to multiple parks around the Bronx including - St. Marys Park, Crotona Park, Bronx East Park, Ferry Point Park & Coop City - Bronx Arts Ensemble Concerts in Van Cortlandt Park and Marcus Garvey Park Concerts in nearby northern Manhattan / Harlem. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

 

Things To Do in on Staten Island This Weekend

  • National Lighthouse Museum at the Ferry Hawks on Saturday, August 26, 2023 beginning at 6.30 pm at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park at 75 Richmond Terrace. followed by fireworks at 9.15 - 9.30 pm. Tickets are $17 of which $3 goes to the National Lighthouse Museum.
  • Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 11 am - 3 pm _ Bike the Block at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in the Randall Manor neighborhood. The NYC DOT is providing free training for youngsters to learn how to ride a bike, as well as bike safety and maintenance skills. Free bike rentals.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Check for our updates either Friday evening or Saturday or Sunday before or when you're out.

Enjoy.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

India Day Parade, Battery Dance Festival, Frenzy Film Fest, Summer Streets, Mostly Mozart, Shakespeare & Operacades in Manhattan; Feast of Santa Rosalia, Pakistani Independence Parade & Festival, BRICs Concerts, Battle of Brooklyn & One Crown Heights Fest in Brooklyn; Jazzmobile / Armstrong House Block Party & Hip to Hip Shakespearean Theater in Queens; St. Helena Summer Fair Parkchester & Open Hydrant Theater Co Performance of Fools in Love in the Bronx, Summer Concerts, Beaches & Market on Staten Island. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater in All 5 Boros & Honey Harvest Fest & U.S. Open Fan Week begins Tuesday in Queens.

August 18, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

things to do in queensNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 on Friday and Saturday, rising the the mid 80's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 60's, rising to about 70 on Sunday. There isn't any rain in the forecast. all weekend. The humidity will run from 50% - 60% all weekend. The wind will be about 10 mph Friday, falling to 7 mph on Saturday and then 5 mph on Sunday.

 

The photo at right was taken at an India Day Parade in Manhattan in a prior year. The parade returns to Madison Avenue on Sunday. See details below.

 

All of NYC - United Nations

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 is the UNESCO Slavery Remembrance Day. UNESCO created the day in 1988, and it was first observed in Haiti in 1998, followed by Senegal in 1999. For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women, and children from Africa were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade. Slavery Remembrance Day is not just about remembering the horrors of slavery and honoring its victims; it is also about working to ensure the system of racism that caused slavery is abolished completely in today’s world. For more information about Slavery Remembrance Day see - https://nationaltoday.com/slavery-remembrance-day/

I couldn't find any specific events for the public at the U.N. for this day. Perhaps you will have better luck - https://www.un.org

 

Things To Do in Manhattan This Weekend

  • Saturday thru Friday, August 12 - 18, 2023 from 7 - 9 pm - Battery Dance Festival - The 42nd Annual Dance Festival featuring dozens of choreographers and dancers from around the city, the nation and parts of the world. Each day features a different group - use the contact info to visit their website for details. There are also 7 $1 Dance Workshops during the week of the festival. FREE, but donations welcome. For details see - https://batterydance.org. Last year [2022] they advised folks to register but this year I didn't see any such suggestion. Location. At 75 River Terrace (the North Esplanade) in Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City.
  • Midtown _ Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 1 - 9 pm - Blues BBQ Festival. Free summer concerts at Pier 76 on the Hudson just behind the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan NC. Free admission, with food not included and they have some rules / guidelines for attendees. For details see - https://hudsonriverpark.org/visit/events/event/blues-bbq-festival-2023/
  • Midtown _ Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm - India Day Parade begins along Madison Avenue from 38th to 26th Street, followed by an Indian food, shopping and entertainment fair in Madison Square Park in Midtown. Some Bollywood stars will be in attendance. For more information see - https://fianynjct.org/event/
  • Sundays, August 20 & 27, 2023 from 5 - 7 pm - Opera Cades. At Pier 1 in Riverside Park at West 70th Street. The events are described as follows, "... a family-friendly, immersive opera experience to Pier I with
    performances, games, and other amusements..."
    . Free. For details see - https://www.nycgovparks.org/
  • Downtown / Village / Midtown / UES _ Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 2023 from 7 am to 1 pm _ NYC Summer Streets - There will be street closures to autos and trucks along Lafayette starting at the Brooklyn Bridge Downtown, going north to 4th Avenue in the Village, which merges into Park Avenue at Union Square going north through Midtown & the Upper East Side, ending at 109th Street. People are welcome to bike, stroll, skateboard and whatnot. Motorists will have access to some major cross streets which you can find listed by cutting & pasting this web address into your browser - http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/about/neighbors.shtml.
  • Tuesday, Wednesdays & Fridays, Saturdays, July 25 to August 12, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - This part of the program is pay-what-you-will and indoors at David Geffen Hall. These are paid summer indoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. For details and $35 / pay-what-you-will tickets see - https://www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/Mostly%20Mozart%20Festival%20Orchestra
  • Location. In David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center is located along Columbus Avenue between 64th and 66th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, July 27 - August 20, 2023 beginning at 6.20 - Margaret [taken from Shakespeare's Henry VI Trilogy - Taken from one of Shakespeare's history plays, which is about Queens Margaret who was, at one time both Queen of England and Queen of France. This is about conflict and sadness. Free summer outdoor theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS.
  • Contact. https://www.hudsonclassicaltheatercompany.org. The theater company changed its name from Hudson Warehouse to Hudson Classical Theater Company.
  • Location. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo above right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.
  • Thursday, August 10 - 13 & August 18 - 20, 2023 at various times - Frenzy Film Festival. At El Barrio's Art Space PS109 at 215 East 99th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the UES / Harlem.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Harlem Meer, Times Square Live performances, Bryant Park Opera, Theater for a New City in Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park and a number of other locations including their theater in the East Village, as well as the Battery Park Dance Festival. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming SummerStage Concerts, the Harlem Meer Concerts, the Times Square Live Concerts, the Rockefeller Center Concerts, the Bryant Park Concerts, the Grand Central Terminal Markets and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival [later this month] in Harlem and the East Village. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn This Weekend

  • Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - August 27, 2023 from about 6 - 10 pm and probably starts earlier on the weekends - The 41st Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia - Along 18th Avenue from 68th to 75th Streets in Bensonhurst. Italian food, music, rides and shopping and live entertainment. Processions at 2 pm on both Sundays at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street. Organized by FIAO Brooklyn. Brooklyn street fairs in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of BK. https://www.facebook.com/groups/138536509512623/
  • Thursdays & Fridays, August 10, 11, 2023 - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. BRIC stands for Brooklyn Information and Culture and was founded in 1979 to revitalize Brooklyn through arts and culture. The festival runs from June 17 - August 27, 2023. Free. At the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park at 62 West Drive in Brooklyn. For details see www.bricartsmedia.org.
    • Friday, August 18, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival featuring iLe | Divino Niño | Sara Curruchich.  FREE.
    • Saturday, August 19, 2023 beginning at 6.30 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival featuring John Cale and Tomberlin.  FREE.
    • Tuesday, August 22, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Benefit Concert featuring Alex G and Alvvays.  They describe the performance as follows, " ... Alex G is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who built his reputation with intimate lo-fi pop that combines strong melodic sensibilities with a ragged, impulsive-sounding performance style. Canadian indie pop band Alvvays is celebrating the release of their third album, the nervy joyride that is the compulsively lovable Blue Rev...". Paid event - see Contact info below to rsvp.
    • Wednesday, August 23, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Benefit Concert featuring Alex G and Alvvays.  They describe the performance as follows, " ... Alex G is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who built his reputation with intimate lo-fi pop that combines strong melodic sensibilities with a ragged, impulsive-sounding performance style. Canadian indie pop band Alvvays is celebrating the release of their third album, the nervy joyride that is the compulsively lovable Blue Rev...".  Paid event - see Contact info below to rsvp.
    • Thursday, August 24, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Closing Night featuring The Head And The Heart | Izzy Heltai. FREE.
  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 begins at 12.30 pm _ Pakistani Independence Day Parade & Festival. They march along Coney Island Avenue beginning at Foster / Newkirk ending at Avenue H. There's an after party & cultural celebration at Coney Island Avenue at Independence Street until 7 pm. Parades, festivals and cultural celebrations in Brooklyn NYC. Contact - https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynMela/
  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 1 - 2 pm there's an historic program commemorating the Battle of Brooklyn by the Urban Park Rangers at the Fort Greene Park Visitors Center at Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park at the northeast corner of the park in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.
  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 12 noon - 5 pm. There's the One Crown Heights Neighborhood Festival in Brower Park next to the Brooklyn Children's Museum at 145 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights, BK, NYC. There will be live music, dance performances, street games, and kosher and non-kosher food vendors. FREE.
  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 beginning at 4 pm. There's the South Central Brooklyn United for Progress Picnic. Enter Prospect Park at Ocean and Parkside Avenues and the picnic will be on the grass just inside the entrance in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. This is a potluck, so you're asked to bring something or be prepared to make a donation. They will be serving one vegetarian dish. For details and to rsvp - https://www.mobilize.us/scbkunitedforprogress/event/576127/
  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 beginning at 4 pm - Jose Alberto “El Canario” I The Big 3 Palladium
    Orchestra
    : The Music Of Machito I Tito Rodriguez And Tito Puente I Karen Joseph And Mambocha In Association With Jazz At Lincoln Center & Uptown Vinyl Supreme at the Coney Island Amphitheater. Free. Contact. https://cityparksfoundation.org Contact. For details see - https://seasideparkconeyisland.com/amphitheater and https://cityparksfoundation.org Location. Coney Island Amphitheater at 3052 West 21st Street at the Coney Island Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The new Seaside Park and Community Arts Center is located at the western end of Coney Island / Riegelmann Boardwalk. The complex includes the Coney Island Amphitheater [aka Ford Amphitheater], Seaside Park and parking. The amphitheater is a 5,000 seat covered & open air venue.

Also CLICK this link to see Post Production Training program organized by NYC. There's also a rotating ad on this site that will take you to the same destination.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming performances by Theater for a New City in Sunset Park, Fort Greene Park and Coney Island, as well as other Coney Island events. CLICK this link for a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

 

Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

  • Hip to Hip Shakespearean Theater Company has a few more performances left for the season. Use the concerts link below to find one near you. FREE.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 5 to 7 pm, Jazzmobile & LAHM Block Party 2023. The Jazzmobile Block Party occurs every year and 2023 is no different. Contact. For details and tickets see - https://www.jazzmobile.org/
    • or https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/ or call 718-478-8274. Location. The Louis Armstrong House is located at 34-56 107th Street in the Corona neighborhood in Queens.
  • Sunday, 8/20/23 beginning at 6 pm - Feste Jation - @festejation. It's the last summer Sunday concert in Travers Park in Jackson Heights. Contact. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group and NYC Parks. For details see - https://www.jhbg.org/ Location. Travers Park is located between 34th Avenue and Northern Blvd and between 77th and 79th Streets in Jackson Heights in Queens.
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 1 - 3.30 pm there's a Honey Harvest Festival at the Voelker Orth Museum at 149-19 38th Avenue in Flushing. They describe the event as follows, "... See how our beekeeper harvests honey, make bee-inspired art, sample different types of honey, and learn what it takes to make a bee friendly garden.  Enjoy our house punch and yummy snacks.   And, it is the first day that the new harvest of Voelker Orth Museum honey is available for sale...". For details and $4 / $10 [family] tickets see - http://www.vomuseum.org. Kids 3 and under free.
  • From Tuesday through Sunday, August 22 - 27, 2023 at various times _ U.S. Open Fan Week At the USTA complex in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Register for a Fan Access Pass and obtain FREE tickets to wach the Qualifing Matches at the U.S. Open. For details see - https://www.usopen.org/
  • Flushing _ Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9.30 am to 4 pm _ Free Kids Day at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The event includes things like an autograph session w/ pros, hair braiding, fitness programs, musical acts and the ability to watch the pros practice in the afternoon. They tell us, "... this year's special appearances include 2022 US Open Champions Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek, 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, Coco Gauff, and Ben Shelton. Tickets will NOT be required for this year's festivities...". For details see - www.arthurashekidsday.com
  • Friday, August 25, 2023 from 5 - 10 pm - LAST MoMA PS1 Warm Up Party in their back courtyard. Performers to be announced / TBA. Contact. For details and tickets see - https://www.momaps1.org/. Location. PS1 MoMa is located at 22-15 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, LIC Queens.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Hip to Hip Shakespearean plays performed at Crocheron Park, the Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park, Cunningham Park & Sunnyside Gardens Park as well as performances by Theater for a New City at Travers Park in Jackson Heights and ongoing performances at Culture Lab in LIC.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Italian Nights in Athens Square Park, Travers Park Concerts in Jackson Heights, Louis Armstrong House Concerts in Corona, PS1 MoMA Warm Up Parties in Long Island City, the Queensboro Dance Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park Concerts, Culture Lab Concerts in LIC and Rockaway Hotel Concerts in the Rockaways. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx This Weekend

  • Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - 20 & 24 - 27, 2023 from 4.30 - 7.30 pm _ 'Fools in Love'. Performance by the Open Hydrant Theater Company. Contact / Tickets. For details and $23.50 tickets see - http://www.openhydrant.org/. Performed by Open Hydrant Theater Company at the Point CDC - www.thepoint.org. Location. The theatrical productions are performed at the The Point CDC at 940 Garrison Avenue at Barretto Street in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.

things to do in queens

  • Parkchester _ Thursday, August 17 - Sunday, August 27, 2023, Weekdays opens at 6 pm and Weekends [Fri / Sat / Sun] opens at 6 pm - all nights closing around 10 pm - St Helena Summer Fair [formerly Parish Carnival]. Note that times may vary on the weekend. It's an old fashioned carnival with rides, games, entertainment, shopping, food, beverages [no alcohol], contests and prizes. At the Church of St. Helena in the Parking Lot at 1315 Olmsted in Parchester, near Castle Hill in the Bronx. For details and ride tickets [last year about $1.25 w/ volume discounts] see https://churchofsthelena.com. On August 25th they run an all day special on rides with an All you can ride wrist band for $30. Street fairs in Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx.

The photo at left was taken at the Hip Hop 50th Celebration at its home at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue, along the Harlem River in the Bronx. There was good attendance at the block party, which entailed journeying through numerous flights of steps in the Heights, but well worth it.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Ailey Moves workshop at Poe Park in Fordham Manor, Theater for a New City play at St Mary's Park in Mott Haven, Open Hydrant Theater Company performance at the Point CDC in Hunts Point, Citywide Dance Party at Bronx Heritage Music Center and Wave Hill, Roots at Lehman College in Bedford Park, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company and the Great Gatsby at Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park, and BAAD Wellness Day in Westchester Square. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Yankee Stadium Concerts, the traveling Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series to multiple parks around the Bronx including - St. Marys Park, Crotona Park, Bronx East Park, Ferry Point Park & Coop City - Bronx Arts Ensemble Concerts in Van Cortlandt Park and Marcus Garvey Park Concerts in nearby northern Manhattan / Harlem. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

 

Things To Do in on Staten Island This Weekend

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2023 beginning at 8 pm except Sunday when it begins at 2 pm - Keeley and Du. Performance by the Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre Company. Contact / Tickets. For details see - https://www.spotlighttheatresi.org/ OR https://sishakespeare.org/ Location. The Spotlight Repertory Theatre Company will be performing at the Empire Outlet Mall at 55 Richmond Terrace in St. George next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The Spotlight Theatre performance will be held on Level Three next to Pattern & Dot .
  • August 17, 24 & 31, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm - College of Staten Island & Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex Summer Concerts. Free summer outdoor concerts in the Dongan Hills, Midland Beach and Arrochar neighborhoods of Staten Island. Contact. https://www.csi.cuny.edu/ Location. The concerts are at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex which is near Dongan Hills, Midland Beach and Arrochar neighborhoods [see #2 above Eastern Staten Island]. The College of Staten Island aka CSI is located at 2800 Victory Blvd near Heartland Village in the Mid Island section of Staten Island.
  • Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 11 am - 4 pm, there's the Cottage Row Curiosities at Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace Street in the Randall Manor neighborhood of Staten Island. There will be over 40 local vendors selling artisanal goods, food, music, entertainment and information. https://snug-harbor.org
  • Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 3 to 5 pm - Volker Goetze World Trio with Yacouba Cissoko & guest. Free. At the Almer G. Pavilion in Conference House Park. Contact. The location contact is https://theconferencehouse.org and their partnering performer contacts are included with each event. Location. At 7455 Hylan Blvd in the Tottenville neighborhood on Staten Island NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Have a good weekend.


Eric Adams, Sheena Wright & Persons of Interest

The NYC Mayor & First Deputy Mayor have Set Out on an Ambitious Effort to Prevent Crimes Before They Happen through the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force [GVPTF]

things to do in queensUPDATED _ August 19, 2023 vs 8.16.23 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Social Issues & Law Enforcement / News Reporting, Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Last Thursday I headed down to City Hall to hear a presentation by First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, and Andre T. Mitchell of Man Up! in Brooklyn, who are the Co-Chairs of the Mayor's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. The Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media [MOECM] had organized the roundtable presentation at City Hall, and there were a bit more than a couple of dozen local media reporters in attendance.

The photo at right top shows two characters in the CBS TV series Person of Interest who spend their time trying to prevent crimes before they happen. The photo bottom right shows the Mayor & First Deputy Mayor, who are working to reduce and prevent crime in real life.

If one sets aside the drama, theatrics, rule bending & breaking, and the sensationalism of the TV series, there are some interesting parallels between what the folks in real life are trying to do, vis a vis what the imaginary characters of the TV series were trying to do. We'll have more on this later in the report.

 

Behind the Scenes at City Hall with Sheena Wright

nyc gun violence prevention task force nyc sheena wright first deputy mayor jose bayona executive director of moecm at wright of man up brooklyn nycThe First Deputy Mayor, Sheena Wright, provided an overview of what the Adams Administration has quietly been working on - mostly behind the scenes - in the neighborhoods in NYC most wracked by violent crime.

Since June of 2022, Wright, Mitchell and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force have been laying the ground work to try to prevent crime in the high violence communties, before it starts. She described it as going upstream to root out the underlying causes of violent crime.

The Task Force has taken a holistic approach to the problem, rather than taking the historic / authoritarian approach to violent crime, which had further oppressed the people in the affected communities, by over policing them. For example during the Bloomberg Administration, the NYPD was instructed to stop and frisk people, seemingly at will.

This is not to say that the Adams Administration has reduced policing in these neighborhoods, because they have not. In fact they have increased policing in these neighborhoods, BUT they have concurrently begun reinvesting in these neighborhoods, which for decades, they told us, have experienced significant community disinvestment. I have not yet independently verified the disinvestment claim, but believe it is directionally correct.

The photo at right shows Jose Bayona, Executive Director of the MOECM; Sheena Wright, First Deputy Mayor and Andre T. Wright, Founder of Man Up! at a Round Table meeting at City Hall.


Eric Adams, Sheena Wright & Persons of Interest

The NYC Mayor & First Deputy Mayor have Set Out on an Ambitious Effort to Prevent Crimes Before They Happen through the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force [GVPTF]

UPDATED _ August 19, 2023 vs 8.16.23 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Social Issues & Law Enforcement / News Reporting, Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC. Continued.

 

The NYC Mayor's Office as Community Healers?

Adams' Administration Employs a Holistic & Social Science Approach to Law Enforcement & Community Healing

things to do in queensThe Mayor's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, has identified nearly a half billion of new and existing funding [the new vs existing funding split was not disclosed], that can / will be used over the next three years to improve the overall well being of the six communities / precincts most affected by violent crime. The spending attempts to alleviate some of the factors that contribute to people resorting to violence as a result of their frustration with poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, housing, feelings of not being seen, heard, or helped out of a deadly downward emotional and mental spiral.

After reaching out to people experienced in the field [like A.T. Wright], the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force went to work on identifying communities with the most gun violence, the root causes of it, and opportunities for investment that the City can make in these neighborhoods to steadily turn things around. The planned community spending includes the following, which was presented by First Deputy Mayor Wright, but which I pulled from the NYC.gov website - https://www.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/555-23/mayor-adams-gun-violence-prevention-task-force-release-a-blueprint-community-safety-#/0.

At right is one page of a 52 page report put together by the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force after studying the issue in all five boroughs of NYC.

"Early Intervention: $118.3 million to increase early supports, including mentorship opportunities, for young people to prevent them from becoming involved in gun violence.
Housing: $57.5 million to improve existing housing conditions, especially for public housing residents, and increase access to transitional, supportive, and permanent housing units.
Navigation & Benefits: $67.8 million to help New Yorkers access public benefits they deserve and provide better assistance to justice-involved individuals and families navigating benefits programs.
Community Vitality: $8.6 million to invest in public spaces, including parks, playgrounds, and community centers to make neighborhoods safer and more vibrant.
Employment and Entrepreneurship: $118.5 million to target opportunity and skills training for young New Yorkers and justice-involved individuals to give them pathways to sustainable, well-paying jobs.
Trauma-Informed Care: $106.7 million to bolster mental health resources for young people and others with a diagnosed mental illness, and ensure appropriate crisis response to those suffering from mental health episodes.
Community & Police Relations: $2.6 million to strengthen bonds of trust between police and communities by allowing greater collaboration on neighborhood safety initiatives, ensuring more effective policing that balances the twin imperatives of safety and justice.
[And it's worth noting that] NYS contributed $6 million to the effort.
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In tandem with the Mayor, Wright and Mitchell have also called upon and convened representatives from all of the Mayor's Office Departments to join in the effort, including the Department of Mental Health, Housing & Development, Education, Employment, Healthcare, Public Safety, Social Services, Transportation and Culture and Recreation.

 

The GVPTF Employs a Surgical Approach to Cutting Out Crime

things to do in queensFirst Deputy Mayor Wright told us that the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force had identified six communities most in in need of gun violence prevention. These six precincts were selected for special attention because out of 77 NYPD precincts in NYC, these six are subject to about 30% of the violent crime. So what Wright, Co-Chair A.T. Mitchell and the Task Force decided, was to focus on these communities because - if successful - it would achieve two major goals of Mayor Adams: 1) a reduction of crime in these communities would go a long way toward reducing overall violent crime in NYC, and 2) these communities could serve as a model for addressing violent crime in other NYC communities.

The communities identified for this combination social science, health and law enforcement healing are:

A) four Bronx NYPD precincts [precincts 42, 43, 44, 46 & 47 - I don't know which one of these precincts (and associated neighborhoods) doesn't belong here - stay tuned] which include the neighborhoods of Mount Hope, Morris Heights, University Heights, Fordham, Mount Eden, Claremont, Concourse, Claremont Village, Crotona Park, Soundview, Parkchester, Unionport, Clason Point, Woodlawn Heights, Wakefield, Eastchester, Williamsbridge and Edenwald.

And B) two Brooklyn NYPD precincts [precincts 73 & 75], which include Brownsville, Ocean Hill, East Flatbush, Cypress Hill, New Lots and Linden Park.

The snapshot at right shows the precinct finder on the NYPD website. Copy and paste this link into your browser bar to view the site which contains an NYPD precinct overlay of a map of NYC neighborhoods - https://www.nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/find-your-precinct.page

 

A.T. Mitchell, Founder of Man Up & the Cure Violence Training

things to do in queensI did a bit of research into First Deputy Mayor's Co-Chair on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, A.T. Mitchell. Andre T. Mitchell is the Founder of Man Up!. Man Up! was founded in 2004, which is well before there was a sitcom by that same name [2011] and a subsequent movie by that name [2015].

Mitchell founded Man Up! in 2004, in response to the death of an eight year old boy who was struck by a stray bullet while walking home with his stepfather and siblings in East Flatbush in November of 2003. According to the bio on his website, Mitchell was released from prison in 1991, for a crime he did not commit. Ever since his release some 32 years ago, Mitchell has dedicated his life toward helping people in underserved communities find a pathway back to a better life.

To that end Mitchell's group focuses on the following community enrichment efforts: engaging youth and engaging the community, by using sports and athletics, as well as music, art and culture to strengthen community bonds and provide avenues for expression. They also work to help people with employment, address gun violence issues, engage fathers in the program, as well as drug abuse recovery programs. The graphic at right shows a snapshot of the Man Up! website showing what they do. For further details see - https://www.manupinc.org/

 

Public Health Concern - Guns are the Leading Cause of Death Among Children in the U.S.

things to do in queensBoth Wright and Mitchell talked about gun violence as a disease. Their view of the issue has been influenced by the success of a program which developed and evolved in Chicago, which treats gun violence as if it is a public health issue.

Increasingly this view of things seems to make sense, as gun violence in this country has been the leading cause of the death of children in this country since the pandemic began in 2020.

According to an April 21, 2023 report by The Hill, during the pandemic [2020 - 2022], Americans purchased 60 million guns, of which at least 15 million of them, were purchased by first time buyers. That translates into 15 million [more?] homes being exposed to the possibility of gun violence. Unfortunately, along with the uptick in the purchases of guns, came a significant increase in the number of children killed by them.

The graph above right shows how gun violence overtook motor vehicles as the leading cause of the deaths of children in the U.S. during the pandemic- a period during which Americans bought nearly 60 million guns.

The graphic below right shows gun sales in the U.S. by year. You can see that gun sales spiked during the pandemic, and have gradually been returning back down to normal.

 

Use of ' Cure Violence Global' Techniques to Treat Gun Violence as a Disease

things to do in queensIn 2000, the City of Chicago, created a public health program / approach to gun violence, which since 2012, was renamed to Cure Violence. The program was a successor Cease Fire Chicago, which was the predecessor effort. The program orginated as a collaborative effort between the police department and neighborhood churches, and soon included other community organizations in the effort to cure the spread of violence.

Wright and Mitchell referred to this Cure Violence public health model a number of times, as well as to the Mayor's increase in the budget for the Crisis Management System, which is a part of the effort to stop crimes before they happen.

The Crisis Management teams work with various members in the community who can help de-escalate tensions between rival gangs. I also found information about this on the NYC.gov website, which summed it up as follows,

things to do in queens"... New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the administration will fund the city’s Crisis Management System (CMS) at a record level of $86 million in Fiscal Year 2024 via an investment of an additional $8.5 million. The CMS strategy brings teams of credible messengers to mediate conflicts on the street and connect high-risk individuals to services that can reduce the long-term risk of violence. Overall, the city will invest nearly $200 million for programming in the upcoming fiscal year to reduce gun violence in communities and connect New Yorkers with city-funded services, including school conflict mediation, violence interruption, non-traditional therapeutic services, and more...".

https://www.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/462-23/mayor-adams-fund-crisis-management-system-record-level-86-million-next-fiscal-year

The graphic at right shows how the Chicago police department was able to make progress in reining in violent crime using the Cure Violence approach to violent crime.

 

Some Analogies to the CBS Series 'Person of Interest' BUT ...

Without the AI, Theater, Violence, Sex, Rule Bending & Breaking & Shock Value Events

nyc gun violence prevention task force nyc sheena wright first deputy mayor jose bayona executive director of moecm at wright of man up brooklyn nyc mayor adams nycHollywood theatricalizes real life by spicing it up with violence, sex, rule bending and breaking, and sensationalism. Fortunately [or unfortunately?] we real life people aren't allowed such poetic license. So bear in mind that while I'm identifying some parallels between the TV series Person of Interest, the analogies are not transferable to the characters nor the methods used in the show.

Person of Interest is about a fictitious billionaire who creates a gargantuan computer program - 'The Machine' - that collects and processes the video and photos of every electronic camera in NYC and, hypothetically, the U.S. The billionaire does this for the fictitious U.S. government law enforcement agencies in order to help them identify terrorists - before they strike. The billionaire programs - or teaches - the computer, which is an Aritifical Intelligence aka AI, how to identify possible relationships between people and events, so that the government can apprehend the terrorists before they have a chance to strike.

While creating 'The Machine', the billionaire coded the system to separate terrorists engaged in nefarious activities, from all other people engaged in nefarious activities. The terrorists' and their victims were called 'relevant' and everyone else was labeled 'irrelevant' and deleted from the system.

To make long story short, the billionaire realizes it's not right to let everyone except terrorists' victims get killed, so he and an eclectic, pick up team of others, embark on an effort to save folks before the crimes are committed. 'The Machine' gives one clue - a social security number - and that's all the team has to go on, as they try to figure out / untangle the dynamics of that one person's life, in order to either save them from being killed, or stop them from killing someone [the computer doesn't assess blame, so the team doesn't know if the number is of the good guy or the bad guy].

So, as I was sitting there, listening to Wright and Mitchell, talk about trying to move upstream, to root out the causal factors of violent crime, by working with perpetrators and victims, in order to prevent them from happening. I couldn't help but think of the fictitious billionaire, Harold Finch, along with his Artificial Intelligence aka 'The Machine', and his crew doing the same thing - albeit Hollywood style - saving people just in the knick of time, from their doom.

And while the NYC Gov doesn't have access to an omniscient, ubiquitous AI, they do have some other very modern tools, databases and behavior models that they use for the good of the city. And, unlike the TV series, the Mayor's Task Force takes things a step further, by moving even further upstream, by re-investing in these communities, in order to remove the environmental factors that foster violent criminals' disconnection from their humanity and thus the community.

 

Current Monitoring Tools, Enforcement Efforts & Community Investments

Wright & Mitchell referenced some of the tools they use to keep tabs on things. Here are a few they mentioned.

CompStat which is an NYPD database of crimes around the five boroughs.

https://compstat.nypdonline.org/2e5c3f4b-85c1-4635-83c6-22b27fe7c75c/view/89

The NYPD also has a top hotline called Crimestoppers where anonymous tips may be logged to alert the police to problems in your community.

https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

things to do in queensThe NYPD has a gun buyback / removal program which has met with some good success.

Since Mayor Adams took office in January 2022, over 10,000 guns have been removed from NYC streets. In 2022, the NYPD removed 7,135 guns and in the first six months of 2023 another 3,424 were removed. This is an ongoing effort and, as mentioned above, many of the guns were collected through gun buyback efforts.

https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-01306

Community & Cultural Programming like Be the Change, Hip Hop Block Parties, summer basketball programs, free video post production training programs and Summer Streets are used to reach out to and connect with people of all ages, but most notably the young. These efforts put the youth in contact with positive role models, help them develop skill sets and provide access to more resources to further their development.

The photo at right shows one of five borough block parties, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, organized by the Adams Administration in tandem with community groups in each borough. Cultural programming is used to reach out to youths, while also providing them with positive role models and aspirations, and enabling them to develop positive and closer ties to those around them. All of these things help pull communities / people back together again.

 

Example of an Adams / NYPD Success - Measured Response to Union Square Riot

Almost two weeks ago, on Friday, August 4, 2023, there was an incident in Union Square. The incident began when Kai Cenat, a social media influencer, decided to do a spontaneous free giveaway promotion, summoning his supporters to Union Square Park at 4 pm. When Cenat arrived there were likely a thousand or more, mostly kids, in the park. The kids, many of whom were underage, began acting disrespectfully to the police and public property.

The Mayor was alerted, and the NYPD summoned all available officers to the area. It wasn't long before the police had the numbers they needed to reassert control of the area and the unruly crowd. The NYPD reportedly arrested 65 teenagers for alleged vandalism and related acts. Most of the people there were youths, many of whom were underage, and not accompanied by adults. It didn't take long for the unchaperoned kids, to start showing off / behaving like a group of unsupervised teens in front the TV cameras.

After the event Mayor Adams said the following,

"... “This is not a policing issue, it's a parenting issue. And we need to be clear on that. Police is the response after an incident happened. But this should be a proactive approach...”.

What's interesting here is that the talk from the top, and the controlled and measured response by the NYPD, prevented a incident from flaring up and turning ugly. That said, it's also important to note that this was a social media giveaway, not a reality shattering event like the death of George Floyd, where community anger & frustration boiled over.

Nonetheless, it was nice to see that it was well handled by all of the professionals who held their emotions in check and carried out their duties. I assume the data collected from this incident will go into the GVPTF model to be processed, and followed up on accordingly.

 

The Critical Role of Responsible Media, including TV & Social

It's not just social media that sometimes acts irresponsibly. The billionaire corporate broadcast media does too, in an effort to gain higher ratings and make more money. The corporate broadcast media repeated, non-stop hyping of crime doesn't do anything to help the situation. They likely hype the crime for the drama and ratings that the horror video of local shootings and accidents must garner. But their 'news' shows don't do anything to help the situation, and in fact may ultimately exacerbate it, by scaring people in what sometimes seems an effort to keep folks inside their homes, so they will watch more TV. They seem to do the same with the weather.

things to do in queensThis hyping of crime has given many New Yorkers the wrong impression. TV news fails to provide their viewers with the same sort of information we're providing here. In this report we've made you, the audience, aware of the efforts underway to combat crime and inequities [so New Yorkers can help], and by providing you [our audience] with access to some of the tools used by the Mayor's Task Force and NYPD to monitor and engage in the collaborative government / community effort required to stop and root out violent crime [see tools above].

Because of the incessant stream of TV video hyping crime, most TV watching New Yorkers have no idea that violent crime has been down in each of the nearly two years of the Adams Administration [2022 & 2023]. Like the disinvestment that took place in violence ridden communities here in NYC, broadcast TV has been disinvesting in community news content for decades. And TV coporations' disinvestment in news content is on display every night, where they fail to make the investments in the real news, and instead serve up the same old leftovers of 5 - 7 minutes of crime and accidents, 5 plus minutes of weather, another 3 - 5 minutes of sports, and 8 minutes of advertising. The remainder of a 30 minute show is dedicated to human interest and real news.

This is likely one of the reasons why TV news ratings have been in decline for decades. The graphic at right shows the steady decline in TV ratings from 2011 - 2021, a trend which continues, likely due in part to outdated and disinvested news programs.

 

Current NYC Crime Statistics - Violent Crime has Dropped Quite a Bit 2022 - 2023

Since Adams Became Mayor Over 10,000 Guns Have Been Removed from NYC Streets

things to do in queensIn 2022, murders and shootings were down by 11% and 17% respectively. In 2023, murders and shootings were down 8% and 12% respectively. This translates into hundreds of fewer people being killed and shot in NYC than in each preceding year.

The one category that continues to remain high, is grand larceny auto theft, which is attibuted to the vulnerability of the Kia and Hundai ignition systems, which - like the Abbie Hoffman Book entitled 'Steal This Book' - seems an invitation to thieves, whereever they may be, to steal those two car models. This category has been, in part, driving overall crime growth in NYC, even as violent crime and five of seven crime catergories have come down.

For context, it's worth noting that gun violence has been coming down nationwide, since the pandemic ended. But it's also worth noting that, according to a June 7, 2022 Bloomberg report, New York City is still significantly safer than Small-Town America.

The graphic at right was taken from a June 7, 2022 report talking about how crime / death from external factors in NYC compares to the rest of the U.S. Contrary to perception, NYC continues to be safer than many other parts of the nation.

 

Conclusion

things to do in queensAll in all I found the Round Table to be an impressive presentation, of a very solid effort - not just to address violent crime - but all of the factors which foster it. They had clearly done their research, and while optimistic, they also remain realistic about the challenges ahead of them. They told us that they will adapt and modify their plans, as they learn more about what things are working, and and what things are not, so they can improve upon their work to date.

Thanks for the MOECM [Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media] for organizing this Round Table, which was moderated by Jose Bayona. I found it very informative and I hope you did too.

The photo at right shows the MOECM Round Table discussion, with a couple of dozen reporters in attendance.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Dominican Day Parade, Giglio Fest & Harlem Week / Be the Change & Frenzy Film Fest in Manhattan, 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Celebrations at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx & at BRICS Prospect Park in Brooklyn & Hip Hop Block Parties on Staten Island, in the Bronx & Manhattan; Summer Streets, Mostly Mozart, Shakespeare in Manhattan, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, India Day Parade, Burmese Food Fest, Caribbean Culture Fest & Festival of Cinema in Queens; BRICs Concerts, Rum Fest, Coney Island Sand Sculpting & Friday Nite Fireworks in Brooklyn [Feast of Santa Rosalia Begins Next Week]; Summer Sounds Concerts on Staten Island. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater in All 5 Boros.

August 11, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

things to do in queensNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 80's all weekend, and the temperature lows will be in the low 70's all weekend. The humidity will run from 50% - 60% on Friday, rise to 60% - 80% on Saturday and then settle back down to 60% on Sunday. There's a 40% chance of 1/3 inch of rain on Saturday sometime after 5 or 6 pm. And winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan This Weekend

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 beginning at 1 pm - Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop. A live talk about Hip Hop at the historic Apollo Theater. Organized by. It's All Black Music with support from NYC City Hall. Location. At the Apollo Theater in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. FREE.
  • Saturday thru Friday, August 12 - 18, 2023 from 7 - 9 pm - Battery Dance Festival - The 42nd Annual Dance Festival featuring dozens of choreographers and dancers from around the city, the nation and parts of the world. Each day features a different group - use the contact info to visit their website for details. There are also 7 $1 Dance Workshops during the week of the festival. FREE, but donations welcome. For details see - https://batterydance.org. Last year [2022] they advised folks to register but this year I didn't see any such suggestion. Location. At 75 River Terrace (the North Esplanade) in Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City.
  • Sunday, August 13, 2023 from 3 to 9.30 pm - Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop. Sets and performances by famous and local performers. Organized by. It's All Black Music with support from NYC City Hall. Location. At West 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in the West Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. FREE.
  • Midtown _ Sunday, August 13, 2023 beginning at 12 noon - Dominican Parade marches up 6th Avenue from 36th to 52nd Street. Street festivals and fairs in Manhattan NYC.
  • Downtown / Village / Midtown / UES _ Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 2023 from 7 am to 1 pm _ NYC Summer Streets - There will be street closures to autos and trucks along Lafayette starting at the Brooklyn Bridge Downtown, going north to 4th Avenue in the Village, which merges into Park Avenue at Union Square going north through Midtown & the Upper East Side, ending at 109th Street. People are welcome to bike, stroll, skateboard and whatnot. Motorists will have access to some major cross streets which you can find listed by cutting & pasting this web address into your browser - http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/about/neighbors.shtml.
  • Tuesday, Wednesdays & Fridays, Saturdays, July 25 to August 12, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - This part of the program is pay-what-you-will and indoors at David Geffen Hall. These are paid summer indoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. For details and $35 / pay-what-you-will tickets see - https://www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/Mostly%20Mozart%20Festival%20Orchestra
  • Location. In David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center is located along Columbus Avenue between 64th and 66th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, July 27 - August 20, 2023 beginning at 6.20 - Margaret [taken from Shakespeare's Henry VI Trilogy - Taken from one of Shakespeare's history plays, which is about Queens Margaret who was, at one time both Queen of England and Queen of France. This is about conflict and sadness. Free summer outdoor theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS.
  • Contact. https://www.hudsonclassicaltheatercompany.org. The theater company changed its name from Hudson Warehouse to Hudson Classical Theater Company.
  • Location. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo above right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.
  • Harlem _ Thursday - Sunday, August 10 - 13, 2023 - The Giglio Festival in East Harlem begins next week along Pleasant Avenue between [448 - 456] East 114th and 116th Streets near 1st Avenue. On Thursday there's the lighting of the Giglio at 6 pm, followed by food, entertainment, music and rides. On Friday it begins at 7 pm, on Saturday it begins at 12 noon, and on Sunday there's a noon mass, followed by the lifting of the Giglio at 1.30 pm. For details see - https://www.eastharlemgiglio.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/GiglioSocietyofEastHarlem/
  • Wednesday, August 9 thru Tuesday, 15, 2023 at various times & locations - Harlem Week / Be the Change. Various programs that include dance parties, a hackathon, climate change, the night market, a radio show, health, jazz, art & culture and economics. I believe all are FREE.
  • Thursday, August 10 - 13 & August 18 - 20, 2023 at various times - Frenzy Film Festival. At El Barrio's Art Space PS109 at 215 East 99th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the UES / Harlem.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Harlem Meer, Times Square Live performances, Bryant Park Opera, Theater for a New City in Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park and a number of other locations including their theater in the East Village, as well as the Battery Park Dance Festival. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming SummerStage Concerts, the Harlem Meer Concerts, the Times Square Live Concerts, the Rockefeller Center Concerts, the Bryant Park Concerts, the Grand Central Terminal Markets and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival [later this month] in Harlem and the East Village. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx This Weekend

  • Friday, August 11, 2023 doors open at 4.30 pm - Hip Hop Live Concert at Yankee Stadium. Multiple famous groups and artists. Tickets originally cost $50. On Ticketmaster they now range from $63 to $515. Contact. https://www.ticketmaster.com
  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 1 to 9.30 pm - Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop. Sets and performances by: DJ Kid Capri, Grandmaster Cas, Talib Kweli, Chuck D, KRS-One in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Organized by. It's All Black Music with support from NYC City Hall. Location. 1520 Sedgewick [a block north of the Washington Bridge / Cross Bronx Expressway] in the Morris Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. FREE.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Ailey Moves workshop at Poe Park in Fordham Manor, Theater for a New City play at St Mary's Park in Mott Haven, Open Hydrant Theater Company performance at the Point CDC in Hunts Point, Citywide Dance Party at Bronx Heritage Music Center and Wave Hill, Roots at Lehman College in Bedford Park, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company and the Great Gatsby at Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park, and BAAD Wellness Day in Westchester Square. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Yankee Stadium Concerts, the traveling Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series to multiple parks around the Bronx including - St. Marys Park, Crotona Park, Bronx East Park, Ferry Point Park & Coop City - Bronx Arts Ensemble Concerts in Van Cortlandt Park and Marcus Garvey Park Concerts in nearby northern Manhattan / Harlem. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

 

Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 1 to 7 pm - BANKRA Caribbean Culture Festival in Archie Spigner Park in Addisleigh Park Queens. Braata Productions describes the event as follows, " ... multidisciplinary Caribbean Culture Festival celebrating Dominica, Bahamas and St. Kitts & Nevis the three islands that will be centered with this year’s Braata programming, and as always Jamaica... ". Free. For details see - https://www.braataproductions.org/bankra2023.
  • bronx parades cultural festivals parades bx nycSaturday & Sunday, August 12 & 13, 2023 - beginning at 10.30 am on Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday until 5 pm on both days - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Live boat races, food, shopping and entertainment. Free admission. For details see - https://www.hkdbf-ny.org/
  • Sunday, August 13, 2023 from 11am - 4 pm - 3rd Annual Burmese Food Festival. The festival raises humanitarian funds for Myanmar [formerly Burma]. Along Woodside Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets in Woodside, Queens.
  • Sunday, August 13, 2023 from 1 - 6 pm - India Day Parade & Celebration - Begins 263rd Street and Hillside Avenue to Commonwealth Blvd and then left until about 87th Street when they turn right, ending at 244-44 87th Avenue near the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Queens at Gregorian Hall. Mayor Adams will be the honored guest in the parade this year [2023]. The event includes a parade, dignitaries, entertainment including song and dance, and food and shopping stalls. This is organized by the Bellerose Indian Merchants Association. For details see FB - https://www.facebook.com/indiadayparadequeens/
  • Friday - Sunday, August 4 - 13, 2023 beginning at various times - Festival of Cinema [formerly the Kew Gardens Film Festival]. They're showing a mix of independent films including documentary, drama, shorts and comedy. Brief History. This festival started in Kew Gardens in its inaugural year in 2017, when the festival was held at Kew Gardens Cinemas at 81-05 Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens. The festival moved to Forest Hills in 2019 and I think renamed itself at the same time when it was shown at two theaters - 1) at United Artists Midway 9 at 108-22 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, and 2) at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This year it remains in place at the UA Midway only.
  • Contact / Tickets. Ticket prices last year were $10 / $25 / $50. As of this posting, tickets were not on sale. They also offer packages which you can purchase online at - https://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/
  • Location. At the Regal United Artists Midway at 108-22 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Also at the Queens Library in Forest Hills.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Hip to Hip Shakespearean plays performed at Crocheron Park, the Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park, Cunningham Park & Sunnyside Gardens Park as well as performances by Theater for a New City at Travers Park in Jackson Heights and ongoing performances at Culture Lab in LIC.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Italian Nights in Athens Square Park, Travers Park Concerts in Jackson Heights, Louis Armstrong House Concerts in Corona, PS1 MoMA Warm Up Parties in Long Island City, the Queensboro Dance Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park Concerts, Culture Lab Concerts in LIC and Rockaway Hotel Concerts in the Rockaways. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn This Weekend

  • Thursdays & Fridays, August 10, 11, 2023 - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. BRIC stands for Brooklyn Information and Culture and was founded in 1979 to revitalize Brooklyn through arts and culture. The festival runs from June 17 - August 27, 2023. Free. At the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park at 62 West Drive in Brooklyn. For details see www.bricartsmedia.org.
    • Thursday, August 10, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Benefit Concert featuring The Revivalists and Band of Horses with The Heavy Heavy.  They describe the performance as follows, " ... Eight-piece rock 'n' roll collective The Revivalists are renowned for their live prowess, soulful alt-rock anthems, and distinct mix of many of the classic styles of American music. Band of Horses fashions gorgeously ragged epics with high-flying vocals and eccentric enunciation. The Heavy Heavy are a 5 piece retro inspired rock band, making the music the sixties forgot - with bombastic soul and peaceful goals...". Paid event - see Contact info below to rsvp.
    • Friday, August 11, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival - BRIC Celebrates Hip-Hop 50th Anniversary Weekend featuring Digable Planets, Kari Faux, and Brown Sugar.  FREE.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 1 pm - 6 pm. 4th Annual Brooklyn Rum Festival. At the Brooklyn Monarch at 23 Meadows Stret in the Bushwick / East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Sample 50 rums from the Caribbean Islands as well as food, entertainment and dancing. Street fairs in BK. Tickets $66 - $90 for 21 + and no tickets sold at door - see eventbrite. For details see - https://www.bkrumfest.com/.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 12 noon to 4 pm - the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest begins on the Beach at West 12th Street in Coney Island in Brooklyn. It's the 30th year. For details see - https://gogreenbk.org/event/31st-annual-sand-sculpting-competition-coney-island/ The old site was https://seasideparkconeyisland.com/coney-island/events. FREE.
  • Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - August 27, 2023 from about 6 - 10 pm and probably starts earlier on the weekends - The 41st [?] Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia - Along 18th Avenue from 68th to 75th Streets in Bensonhurst. Italian food, music, rides and shopping and live entertainment. Processions at 2 pm on both Sundays at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street. Organized by FIAO Brooklyn. Brooklyn street fairs in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of BK. https://www.facebook.com/groups/138536509512623/

Also CLICK this link to see Post Production Training program organized by NYC. There's also a rotating ad on this site that will take you to the same destination.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming performances by Theater for a New City in Sunset Park, Fort Greene Park and Coney Island, as well as other Coney Island events. CLICK this link for a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

 

Things To Do on Staten Island This Weekend

There's a Hip Hop Block Party Friday night from 3 - 9.30 pm at Castleton & Davis Avenues on Staten Island. Entertainment includes performances by DJ Red Alert, DJ Prince Paul, DJ Drewski, Statik Selektah, DJ Evil Dee KRS-One, Jungle Brothers, Nems and Dres from Black Sheep. FREE.

Saturday, August 12, 2023 from 11 am to 8 pm - Geek Out Staten Island on the South Meadow Lawn at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in the Randall Manor neighborhood on Staten Island. They tell us this years theme is 'Little Japan' and describe it as follows, "... a 2-day convention that celebrates, encourages, and promotes geek culture on Staten Island...". There will be performances by a Japanese Dance group and a Japanese pop band, as well as by local artists from the boroughs. For details and $20 / $10 tickets [kids 6 and under free] see - https://goasicon.com/

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Also, the following links will take you to things to do in all five boroughs, including Brooklyn Blvd, Bronx Buzz, Manhattan Buzz, Queens Buzz and Staten Buzz.

Have a good weekend.


Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC - Green Markets in Brooklyn NYC

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Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC 2023

Opening Dates, Hours, Items & How To Shop - Brooklyn Farmers Markets

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This report contains the opening dates, times / hours, items / selection, as well as links to online maps of all major Brooklyn farmer markets, including address locations in Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Farmers Markets on this page are in or around the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Brighton Beach, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Heights, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Bayridge, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Flatbush, Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Brownsville farmers markets in Brooklyn NYC.

We will continue working on this throughout the 2023 Brooklyn Farmers Market season.

Enjoy shopping and eating the fresh and natural foods and product of our local farmers and food manufacturers.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Celebrations in Brooklyn & Queens; Summer Streets, Mostly Mozart, Shakespeare & Play NYC Gaming in Manhattan, SummerStage & Ghana Fest in Crotona Park in the Bronx; Jamaica JAMS, Festival of Cinema, Socrates Sculpture Park Dance & Ecuadorian Parade in Queens; BRIC Concerts & Friday Nite Fireworks in Coney Island in Brooklyn; Lighthouse Weekend, Jazzmobile, Summer Sounds & Shakespeare on Staten Island. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater in All 5 Boros. Frenzy Film Fest, Giglio Fest & Harlem Week / Be the Change begin in Next Week

 

lincoln center photosAugust 5, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 80's and the temperature lows will be around 70 degrees. No rain is in the forecast. Winds will be 4 - 7 mph all weekend. The humidity is around 80% this Friday evening, falling to about 60% Saturday, before trending between 50% - 70% on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken at a Mostly Mozart event at Lincoln Center in a prior year.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan This Weekend

  • Monday thru Sunday, July 26 - August 6, 2023 at various times - SHENYC Festival - at Connelly Theater in the East Village. This festival showcases women / gender marginalized writers, composers and directors. There are eight different plays selected from about 300 submissions. Paid summer theater in the East Village in Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact / Tickets. https://shenycarts.org / Tickets $35 per show or you can obtain a discount by buying multi-performance passes.
  • Location. At 220 East 4th Street in the East Village of Manhattan NYC.
  • Downtown / Village / Midtown / UES _ Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 2023 from 7 am to 1 pm _ NYC Summer Streets - There will be street closures to autos and trucks along Lafayette starting at the Brooklyn Bridge Downtown, going north to 4th Avenue in the Village, which merges into Park Avenue at Union Square going north through Midtown & the Upper East Side, ending at 109th Street. People are welcome to bike, stroll, skateboard and whatnot. Motorists will have access to some major cross streets which you can find listed by cutting & pasting this web address into your browser - http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/about/neighbors.shtml.
  • Tuesday, Wednesdays & Fridays, Saturdays, July 25 to August 12, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra - This part of the program is pay-what-you-will and indoors at David Geffen Hall. These are paid summer indoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC.
  • Contact. For details and $35 / pay-what-you-will tickets see - https://www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/Mostly%20Mozart%20Festival%20Orchestra
  • Location. In David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center is located along Columbus Avenue between 64th and 66th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
  • Thursdays thru Sundays, July 27 - August 20, 2023 beginning at 6.20 - Margaret [taken from Shakespeare's Henry VI Trilogy - Taken from one of Shakespeare's history plays, which is about Queens Margaret who was, at one time both Queen of England and Queen of France. This is about conflict and sadness. Free summer outdoor theater / plays on the Upper West Side UWS.
  • Contact. https://www.hudsonclassicaltheatercompany.org. The theater company changed its name from Hudson Warehouse to Hudson Classical Theater Company.
  • Location. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo above right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.
  • Saturday & Sunday, August 5 & 6, 2023 from 1 to 6 pm and 10 am to 4 pm, respectively - Play NYC. At the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Ads for the program are in rotations in the upper left of this page. Hit refresh to see one and click it to go to the web page. https://play-nyc.com/
  • Harlem _ Thursday - Sunday, August 10 - 13, 2023 - The Giglio Festival in East Harlem begins next week along Pleasant Avenue between [448 - 456] East 114th and 116th Streets near 1st Avenue. On Thursday there's the lighting of the Giglio at 6 pm, followed by food, entertainment, music and rides. On Friday it begins at 7 pm, on Saturday it begins at 12 noon, and on Sunday there's a noon mass, followed by the lifting of the Giglio at 1.30 pm. For details see - https://www.eastharlemgiglio.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/GiglioSocietyofEastHarlem/
  • Wednesday, August 9 thru Tuesday, 15, 2023 at various times & locations - Harlem Week / Be the Change. Various programs that include dance parties, a hackathon, climate change, the night market, a radio show, health, jazz, art & culture and economics. I believe all are FREE.
  • Thursday, August 10 - 13 & August 18 - 20, 2023 at various times - Frenzy Film Festival. At El Barrio's Art Space PS109 at 215 East 99th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the UES / Harlem.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Harlem Meer, Times Square Live performances, Bryant Park Opera, Theater for a New City in Washington Square Park, Tompkins Square Park and a number of other locations including their theater in the East Village, as well as the Battery Park Dance Festival. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming SummerStage Concerts, the Harlem Meer Concerts, the Times Square Live Concerts, the Rockefeller Center Concerts, the Bryant Park Concerts, the Grand Central Terminal Markets and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival [later this month] in Harlem and the East Village. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx This Weekend

  • Friday, August 4, 2023 from 5 to 9 pm -  SummerStage presents "BIRTH OF A CULTURE" GRANDMASTER FLASH AND FRIENDS. They describe what to expect as follows, " ... Few artists have had as much impact on hip-hop culture as Grandmaster Flash. The best DJ at a time when DJs were the stars of the Bronx’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, Flash is responsible for technical and stylistic innovations that helped shape the culture in its infancy. His crew of MCs, The Furious Five, cut some of hip-hop’s most iconic records, including The Message, a hard-hitting dispatch of socio-political commentary that highlighted the inequalities plaguing their community. For this concert in the Bronx’s Crotona Park, Flash brings his friends for a homecoming show to celebrate their contributions to the birth of a hip-hop culture that has goneglobal yet is inexorably woven into the story of America...". FREE.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023from 7 to 9 pm -  SummerStage presents STONEBWOY | DJ BUKA in association with Ghanafest-NY. They describe what to expect as follows, " ... A celebration of Ghanaian culture and heritage, this family-friendly public installation showcases Ghanaian tradition, music, dance, art, food, and regalia. This year’s event—the 13th in New York City—is headlined by Stonebwoy, a Ghanaian pop singer named Artist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards who has collaborated with the likes of Sean Paul, Keri Hilson, Trey Songz, and Burna Boy. The first Ghanaian artist to rack up 100 million streams on Audiomack, Stonebwoy is fresh off signing a record deal
    with Def Jam and set to make waves in the States with his fusion of reggae, dancehall, and Afropop. DJ Buka is on the ones and twos..."
    . FREE.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 12 noon to 7 pm - GhanaFest NY 14. A cultural celebration of all things related to Ghana in Africa. Food, entertainment & shopping. Free. For more information see https://thekeymamafoundation.org/

Use this link to view events for upcoming Ailey Moves workshop at Poe Park in Fordham Manor, Theater for a New City play at St Mary's Park in Mott Haven, Open Hydrant Theater Company performance at the Point CDC in Hunts Point, Citywide Dance Party at Bronx Heritage Music Center and Wave Hill, Roots at Lehman College in Bedford Park, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company and the Great Gatsby at Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park, and BAAD Wellness Day in Westchester Square. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use this link to view events for upcoming Yankee Stadium Concerts, the traveling Orchard Beach Summer Concert Series to multiple parks around the Bronx including - St. Marys Park, Crotona Park, Bronx East Park, Ferry Point Park & Coop City - Bronx Arts Ensemble Concerts in Van Cortlandt Park and Marcus Garvey Park Concerts in nearby northern Manhattan / Harlem. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

 

Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

  • Sunday, August 6, 2023 beginning at 1 pm - A Conversation with Women in Hip Hop. At LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thompson Avenue in Long Island City. The event is described as follows, " ... Multimedia personality and Hot 97’s TT Torrez will moderate a live conversation between Grammy Awardwinning artists and seminal hip hop mega-group Salt-N-Pepa, celebrated Bronx rapper Remy Ma, and newcomer Flo Milli at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. This cross-generational conversation will explore the global impact of Salt-N-Pepa, how women emcees have laid the foundation for hip hop to evolve, and the continued efforts to push hip hop culture forward...". FREE.
  • Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5, 2023 - Jamaica JAMS Music Festival runs from 6 - 10 pm Friday, and the Jamaica JAMS music festival and street fair runs from 11 am to 7 pm Saturday - Friday evening from 6 pm - 10 pm in the northwest corner of Rufus King Park for the music festival. On Saturday from 11 am - 7 pm along Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Blvd to 170th Street. Music, food and street shopping. The biggest street fair in Queens with a lot of music and entertainment mixed in. JAMS stands for Jamaica Arts & Music Summer. Jamaica JAMS Rufus King Park is at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens NYC. For details see - https://www.jamaicajams.nyc.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 beginning at 2 pm & 5 pm - Valerie Green / GreenSpace Lotic Time Dance Performance. At Socrates Sculpture Park at 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Astoria / LIC. FREE.
  • Sunday, August 6, 2023 assembling at 11 am and marching from 12 noon to 3 pm - The Ecuadorian Parade kicks off at 68th Street and Northern Blvd in Jackson Heights and marches down to 89th Street in Corona. In prior years the parade / celebration was expected to last until about 4 pm.
  • Friday - Sunday, August 4 - 13, 2023 beginning at various times - Festival of Cinema [formerly the Kew Gardens Film Festival]. They're showing a mix of independent films including documentary, drama, shorts and comedy. Brief History. This festival started in Kew Gardens in its inaugural year in 2017, when the festival was held at Kew Gardens Cinemas at 81-05 Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens. The festival moved to Forest Hills in 2019 and I think renamed itself at the same time when it was shown at two theaters - 1) at United Artists Midway 9 at 108-22 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, and 2) at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This year it remains in place at the UA Midway only.
  • Contact / Tickets. Ticket prices last year were $10 / $25 / $50. As of this posting, tickets were not on sale. They also offer packages which you can purchase online at - https://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/
  • Location. At the Regal United Artists Midway at 108-22 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. Also at the Queens Library in Forest Hills.
  • Tuesday, August 8, 2023 from 7 - 9 pm - Athens Square Festival featuring Eleanna Finokalioti - Sponsored by George Delis at Athens Park, located at 30th Avenue & 30th Street in Astoria.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Hip to Hip Shakespearean plays performed at Crocheron Park, the Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park, Cunningham Park & Sunnyside Gardens Park as well as performances by Theater for a New City at Travers Park in Jackson Heights and ongoing performances at Culture Lab in LIC.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming Italian Nights & Greek Nights in Athens Square Park, Travers Park Concerts in Jackson Heights, Louis Armstrong House Concerts in Corona, PS1 MoMA Warm Up Parties in Long Island City, the Queensboro Dance Festival in Socrates Sculpture Park, Gantry State Park Concerts, Culture Lab Concerts in LIC and Rockaway Hotel Concerts in the Rockaways. CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn This Weekend

  • Thursdays & Fridays, August 3, 4 & 10, 11, 2023 - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. BRIC stands for Brooklyn Information and Culture and was founded in 1979 to revitalize Brooklyn through arts and culture. The festival runs from June 17 - August 27, 2023. Free. At the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park at 62 West Drive in Brooklyn. For details see www.bricartsmedia.org.
    • Thursday, August 3, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival featuring Jorge Drexler | Cimafunk | Julieta Rada. FREE.
    • Friday, August 4, 2023 beginning at 6.30 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival featuring Indigo De Souza | Vundabar. FREE.
    • Thursday, August 10, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Benefit Concert featuring The Revivalists and Band of Horses with The Heavy Heavy.  They describe the performance as follows, " ... Eight-piece rock 'n' roll collective The Revivalists are renowned for their live prowess, soulful alt-rock anthems, and distinct mix of many of the classic styles of American music. Band of Horses fashions gorgeously ragged epics with high-flying vocals and eccentric enunciation. The Heavy Heavy are a 5 piece retro inspired rock band, making the music the sixties forgot - with bombastic soul and peaceful goals...". Paid event - see Contact info below to rsvp.
    • Friday, August 11, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival - BRIC Celebrates Hip-Hop 50th Anniversary Weekend featuring Digable Planets, Kari Faux, and Brown Sugar.  FREE.

Also CLICK this link to see Post Production Training program organized by NYC. There's also a rotating ad on this site that will take you to the same destination.

  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 beginning at 1 pm - Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop - Black Girls Rock at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn. The event is described as follows, " ... legendary DJ, author, and producer Beverly Bond will present a live conversation at the renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music, featuring rapper Rapsody, actress and DJ Dede Lovelace, and newcomer Kenya Vaun. This timely discussion explores the role of women in the future of hip
    hop and the contributions of women in all facets of the culture — from the broad spectrum of emcees and performers to the DJs, storytellers, dancers, cultural content creators, and executive shot callers..."
    . FREE. To rsvp copy this link into your browser bar - Hip Hop 50th Anniversary Brooklyn.
  • Friday, August 4, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm - Summer Block Party Presents Jodeci
  • Contact / Tickets. Ticket prices vary significantly for example at one concert they ranged from $48 to $244. For details see - https://seasideparkconeyisland.com/amphitheater
  • Sunday, August 6, 2023 beginning at 4 pm - Hip-Hop 50 Special Edition: Nice N Smooth I Special Ed Buckshot Of Black Moon I Masta Ace I Cl Smooth Rah Digga I Rampage I Black Sheep Dres I Sweet Tee Joeski Love I Sparky D I Hosted By Ralph Mcdaniels (Video Music Box) at the Coney Island Amphitheater. Free.

Use the following link to view events for upcoming performances by Theater for a New City in Sunset Park, Fort Greene Park and Coney Island, as well as other Coney Island events. CLICK this link for a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

 

Things To Do on Staten Island This Weekend

  • Friday, August 4, 2023 beginning at 5.30 pm - the Annual Lightkeepers Gala. It's a fundraiser for the SI Lighthouse Museum. Ticketed event - see url below.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 beginning at 2 pm - Meet Lilac's Museum Director. It's described as follows, " ... Lilac’s Museum Director Mary Habstritt is the featured speaker and will look back at Lilac’s 90 years from her launch in 1933 through today. Cynthia Burmeister will share her story of the christening of the last Ambrose Lightship WLV-613. Bill Burmeister will talk about Kukui in the South Pacific in 1960. Free.
  • Sunday, August 6, 2023 11 am to 2 pm - The Lower New York Harbor, and Ambrose Channel to Sandy
    Hook and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey Toura
    . The event is described as follows, " ... this exciting
    boat tour, familiarizes passengers with key lighthouses that facilitate safe passage from the Atlantic Ocean into Lower New York Harbor ... We explore a total of nine lighthouses: Battery Weed Light located atop Fort Wadsworth, the Coney Island Lighthouse, West Bank and Romer Shoals Lighthouses, the Sandy Hook Light, The Twin Lighthouses of Navesink at Atlantic Highlands, the Staten Island Rear Range at Richmond Hill, the New Dorp Light, and the Elm Tree
    Beacon at Miller Field, also located in New Dorp. For more information and $75 / $50 tickets see url below.
  • Location. At 200 The Promenade in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island.
  • Contact. https://lighthousemuseum.org/
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 3 to 5 pm - Jazzmobile Presents Steven Kroon. They describe the performance as follows, "... Jazzmobile is back this summer with Steve Kroon and his band ... an afternoon of Latin Jazz on the South Meadow. Bring your lawn chair, your sunscreen, and a bottle of water....". You might want to register for this one. Free summer outdoor concerts in the Randall Manor neighborhood in the northern section of Staten Island NYC.
  • Contact. https://snug-harbor.org
  • Location. On the south meadow lawn of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden at 1000 Richmond Terrace.
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 beginning at 5 pm - The Comedy of Errors - performed by the Hip to Hip Theatre Company of Woodside, Queens. This Shakespearean play is about, "... Two pairs of long-lost twins end up in the same small town. Delight in the confusion as mistaken identities and goofy hijinks mount until chaos reigns. Spoiler alert: this one has a happy ending...". Free summer theater in the Shore Acres (near Stapleton) neighborhood of Staten Island.
  • Contact. https://aliceausten.org or https://hiptohip.org/
  • Location. At the Alice Austen House Park at 2 Hyland Blvd in Shore Acres on Staten Island
  • Saturday, August 5, 2023 beginning at 7 pm and 9.30 pm - Staten Island! The Musical. They describe the performance as follows, " ... Staten Island! The Musical: The Cabaret brings the memorable spectacle back to the Forgotten Borough. Join the cast from the hit musical comedy for a night of songs, laughs, and perhaps a turkey or two — one night only at the St. George Theatre...".
  • Contact / Tickets. For details and $27 tickets see - https://stgeorgetheatre.com
  • Location. At 35 Hyatt Street in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island.
  • Thursday, August 10, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Summer Sounds Concert featuring - The 180'S. Free summer outdoor concerts in the Westerleigh neighborhood in the northern section of Staten Island NYC.
  • Contact. SI Borough President's Office - https://www.statenislandusa.com / www.nycparks.org.
  • Location.   In Westerleigh Park at Neal Dow Avenue & Maine Avenue in the Westerleigh neighborhood on SI.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Also, the following links will take you to things to do in all five boroughs, including Brooklyn Blvd, Bronx Buzz, Manhattan Buzz, Queens Buzz and Staten Buzz.

Have a good weekend.


Brooklyn Outdoor Free Public Swimming Pools in BK NYC

Brooklyn Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools - BK NYC

This Brooklyn Public Swimming Pool Report Includes Contact Info NYC

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Brooklyn offers easy access to a wide range of recreational swimming pools. The following is an attempt to provide you with a view of the range of public swimming pools available in the parks of Brooklyn. We encourage you to make use of these facilities because they provide healthy, fun, and frequently free or inexpensive entertainment for both individuals and families with children.

Only outdoor public pools will open Thursday, June 29, 2023. A few of the indoor pools will be closed this summer to allow for construction and improvements.

Generally pool hours are from 11 am - 7 pm daily, with a one hour break between 3 and 4 pm for cleaning. Bring a padlock for your locker and proper swimming trunks are required [for boys this means not shorts as trunks must have liners]. Don't bring food, glass bottles, newspapers, electronics, floaters and no or as few valuables as you can bring to minimize your risk because the park isn't responsible for your losses. Free sunscreen will be made available while supplies last.

As of this posting 6.28.23, masks are NOT required for indoor activity including in the locker rooms, but stay tuned as it's possible that could change.

Click here to view a listing of Brooklyn outdoor swimming pools, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn in the neighborhoods of BK. Please note the photos do not reflect the onsite pools as of this post 6.28.23.



Things to do This Weekend in Brooklyn

Asian American International Film Festival, Friday Nite Fireworks & Circus Side Show on Coney Island, BRICS Arts Media Concert in Prospect Park, & Alvin Ailey Moves Free Dance Class Next Week. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater & Swim Pools

 

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 90's on Friday and Saturday, dropping into the low 80's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be about 80 on Friday, dropping into the low 70's on Saturday and Sunday. The winds will be about 5 - 10 mph all weekend, so a light breeze, which has been a godsend these past few weeks. The humidity will be fairly constant, running from 50% - 65% on Friday, 60% - 70% on Saturday and 55% - 65% % on Sunday, which is actually pretty fair. There's less than a 50% chance of a 1/3 inch of rain expected between 10 am Saturday morning until 5 am Sunday morning. So not a bad weekend?

The photo at right was taken while riding the subway over the Manhattan Bridge [D / B lines] in a prior year. You can see the Brooklyn Bridge and the park below it - by the same name - both along the banks of the East River.

NOTE that the summer concert and theater pages have been updated to cover upcoming events for most of the rest of the summer. We'll be working on updating the summer movies pages this weekend.

 

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 28, 29 & 30, 2023 at various times - Asian American International Film Festival. The live / in person portion of the festival runs this weekend only. Advertisements with links to their site appear in the upper left corner of this page [click refresh to rotate to the ad], or you can click this link to the Asian American International Film Festival NYC. Tickets run $16 for the movies and $70 for the closing reception and screening at Quad Cinema Sunday evening.
  • FLATBUSH _ Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm . Flatbush Avenue BID Festival & Street Fair. Along Flatbush Avenue between Parkside and Cortelyou Road. A street fair with Caribbean influence including food, music, rides, dance and shopping. St Fairs in Prospect Lefferts Garden & Flatbush in Brooklyn. Organized by the Flatbush Avenue BID & Meteor Festivals.
  • BROOKLYN HEIGHTS _ Saturday, July 29, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Health Jox Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park at 150 Furman Street [between Pineapple and Clark Streets]. They describe the event as follows, " ... Attendees will enjoy a healthy day of Basketball clinics & games hosted by the Brooklyn Net-Work; Pickle Ball clinics & games and AirOdart clinic & games; board games cool attractions for the kids; workout with celebrity trainer Jerry Joseph. Attendees can bring their lunch but will also be provided with light healthy snacks, drinks and unlimited water...". Free. You can rsvp at - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthjox-festival-2023-tickets-538131073527

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

  • Saturday, July 29, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! concert featuring Rickie Lee JonesThornetta Davis, and Chris Pierce.  BRICS FREE summer concert at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  Please note: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Entry is first come / first serve.  For details and rsvps see - https://www.bricartsmedia.org/
  • Contacts / Tickets. For details and rsvps see - https://www.bricartsmedia.org/ and www.prospectpark.org. Please note that rsvps are encouraged but not required. Entry is first come first served, but RSVPs help you stay up-to-date on show information.
  • Location. At the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park at 9th Avenue and Prospect Park West.

 

Free Summer Mostly Free Outdoor Theater in Brooklyn

  • The Coney Island Weekly Friday night fireworks continues thre the summer [see fireworks link that follows for details].
  • Thursdays* - Mondays, June, July & August, 2023 from 1 - 6 pm there's a Circus Side Show. A ten act circus side show throughout the summer. Coney Island Side Show on Coney Island BK NYC. Admission is about $15 / $12. *LAST SUMMER THURSAY IS AUGUST 10, 2023. ALSO THE LAST WEEK OF JUNE 2023 & FIRST TWO WEEKS OF JULY 2023 THEY'RE OPEN DAILY.
  • Contact / Tickets. https://www.coneyisland.com/
  • Location. At the Coney Island Museum at 1208 Surf Avenue [at Stillwell Avenue] in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's adjacent to Luna Park, which stands between it and the boardwalk.

 

  • Monday, July 31, 2023 at 4 pm [ages 10 - 13] and 6 pm [ages 13+] there's the Ailey Moves West African Dance Workshop. They describe the event as follows, "... This class brings together body, mind, and spirit in an energetic union of music, dance, and oral tradition of the people of West Africa. Participants will be taught regional songs and dances of welcome and praise such as; Lamban (Dance of Celebration), Mandjani (Challenge Dance), and Wolo Sodon Jon Don (Dance of Becoming Free). Each dance is accompanied by live drumming to provide an understanding of the relationship between the dance and musician and the common language they must speak to execute an African Dance style...". Free.
  • Contact. https://www.alvinailey.org
  • Location. At the Von King Cultural Center in Bedford Stuyvesant Neighborhood in Brooklyn NYC.

 

CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

Also, the following links will take you to things to do in all five boroughs, including Brooklyn Blvd, Bronx Buzz, Manhattan Buzz, Queens Buzz and Staten Buzz.

Have a nice weekend.


Free Summer Concerts in Brooklyn NYC - Free Things To Do BK

Brooklyn - Free Summer Concerts 2023

Free Things To Do In Brooklyn - Free Summer Concerts in NYC

free summer concerts brooklyn nyc free summer outdoor concerts in the parks brooklyn nyc bk things to do brooklyn bk nycUPDATED August 10, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Things To Do / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

Summer has unofficially begun. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently with some measure of various levels of government funding, have put together a summer full of films and free summer concerts in the parks. The free concerts listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

 



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Theater & Concerts in Manhattan; Colombian Parade in Queens; 3 Hour Film Fest in Mott Haven, Latin American Foto Exhibit at Bronx Doc Center & Bronx Arts Ensemble Dialogue in Van Cortlandt Park; Bronx, Sprinklerfest & SI Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel on Staten Island; Friday Nite Fireworks in Coney Island & Afro Pop Up Market in Brooklyn. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater & Summer Movies in All 5 Boros

 

colombian flower parade photos queensJuly 21, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Temperature high on Friday will be about 80 degrees, rising into the mid 80's for the rest of the weekend. The temperature lows will be about 70 all weekend long. The winds will be about 4 - 7 mph all weekend, so a light breeze. The humidity will be around 80% on Friday, falling into the 50% - 60% range Saturday, and then rising a bit to 60% - 70% on Sunday, which is an improvement from what we've been experiencing through most of July to date. Rain is expected Friday morning and early afternoon until about 4 pm. The rest of the weekend is dry.

The photo at right was taken of a Colombian Flower Parade in Queens, years ago.

 

EARLY EDITION. WORK IN PROGRESS. MORE COMING BY END OF FRIDAY.

NOTE that the summer theater pages have been updated and now include most of the rest of the summer. We'll be working on updating the summer concerts pages for most of the rest of the summer this weekend.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

There are numerous theatrical performances, concerts and street fairs this weekend. Use the links below to learn more.

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Macy's July 4th Fireworks NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Manhattan NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

The Coney Island Weekly Friday night fireworks continues thre the summer [see fireworks link that follows for details].

On Saturday and Sunday, July 22 & 23, 2023 from 12 noon to 7 pm, there's an African Pop Up Market / Festival in Brooklyn at Hillel Plaza.

CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks 2023 BK NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Brooklyn NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

On Sunday, July 23, 2023 from 12 noon to 3 pm the Colombian Parade marches along Northern Blvd from 69th Street in Jackson Heights to 89th Street in Corona. Usually there's a street fair in the vicinity of where the parade ends. Free.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Queens July 4th fireworks 2023 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks & Bayside Fireworks 2023 Queens NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Queens NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

On Friday, July 21, 2023 from 6 to 9 pm there's a one evening Halloween themed Film Festival [organized by Mott Haven Film Festival] at Raze Up Smash Therapy at 133 Lincoln Avenue in Mott Haven. Tickets are $20 at - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-in-july-2023-tickets-628529668157

On Saturday, July 22, 2023 from 2 to 4 pm the Bronx Arts Ensemble and Jazz Expressions are holding a town hall style dialogue with composers and musicians on the Van Cortlant House Museum lawn in Van Cortlandt Park. For details see - https://www.bronxartsensemble.org.

From July 13 - 30, 2023 the Latin American Foto Festival is at the Bronx Documentary Center at 614 Courtlandt Street in Melrose. They are hosting a number of events each weekend surrounding the festival. On July 30 from 12 noon to 5 pm they're hosting the closing party. Free. For details and to rsvp see - https://www.bronxdoc.org

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

The photo at right was taken outside of Mullaly Park, which is just north of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in the Bronx NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Friday, July 21, 2023 from 12 - 4 pm there's Sprinklerfest in the South Meadow of Snug Harbor. Get wet andf cool off amidst numerous sprinklers. Free. For details see - https://snug-harbor.org/

Thursday, Friday, Saturdays & Sunday, July 13 - 16 & 20 - 23, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm each evening - 120th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. At the Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 243 Virginia Avenue in Rosebank on Staten Island. Every night there's entertainment and food for sure, and in the past there's been shopping and rides but that wasn't mentioned on the poster this year. Free admission, but no food or drink allowed to be brought in from the outside. The first day of the event 7/16 there's a 10 am mass.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks Fireworks 2023 and the Travis July 4th Parade SI.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies on Staten Island NYC [still working on].

 

Have a good weekend.


Things To Do Brooklyn - Free Summer Theater in BK NYC

Brooklyn - Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2023

Free Things To Do in Brooklyn - Free Summer Theater Park in BK NYC

UPDATED _ September 1, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Things To Do / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

free things to do brooklyn free summer theater bk

 

FALL THEATER SECTION COMING SOON.

 

Summer is in full swing. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free summer theater in the parks. The free theatre events listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

Editor's Note - Note that ASTERISKED events have NOT been updated to 2023. Pay attention to the performance dates / years. We will be updating / adding this summer theater report through the summer, so check back periodically for updates which you can note by the date changing above.

 

Other Free Things To Do in Brooklyn 2023

Free Summer Outdoor Theater in the Park in Brooklyn 2023. Click here to view our report on free summer outdoor theater in Brooklyn.

Free Summer Movies in Brooklyn 2023. Click here to view our report on free movies in the park - free summer outdoor movies in Brooklyn.

Free Concerts in the Park in Brooklyn 2023. Click here to view our report on free summer outdoor concerts in Brooklyn.

* TBD _ Current Brooklyn Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Brooklyn things to do.

 

 



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Enjoy NYC City of Water Day, the Pageantry of Bastille Day Manhattan, Peruvian Parade Queens, Pride Health Fest in Crotona Park Bronx, SI Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Begins on Staten Island &the Bronx, Friday Nite Fireworks in Coney Island & the Giglio Festival in Williamsburg ends Sunday Nite in Brooklyn. Also, Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater & Summer Movies in All 5 Boros

 

peruvian incas hispanic day parade jackson heights photosJuly 14, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Temperature highs will range from the mid to high 80's and the temperature lows will range from the mid to high 70's. Winds will range from 5 - 10 mph all weekend, but on the higher side on Friday and Saturday and on the lower side on Sunday. It will remain humid all weekend, ranging from the mid 70's to the mid 80's. About / under an inch of rain is forecast this weekend, spread over all three days, with 1/3 inch on Friday and 1/3 inch on Sunday and 1/4 inch on Saturday. Friday night after 8 pm is when the probability rises above 50%, and Sunday from early morning [3 / 4 am] until about 3 pm is when the probability is above 50%. The probability of rain on Saturday doesn't go much above 25%, so that's likely the best day to get out and about, but it's warm and while a 1/3 of an inch isn't insignificant it's not huge either. And the worst parts of the weekend rain wise are Friday evening after 8 pm and Sunday morning running into early afternoon.

The photo at right was taken of marchers dressed as Incans at a Hispanic Day Parade in Jackson Heights. This weekend the Peruvian Parade returns to Jackson Heights.

 

THIS IS THE EARLY EDITION, BUT MOSTLY DONE. POSSIBLY A BIT MORE COMING LATER TODAY.

 

NYC City of Water Day

Saturday, July 15, 2023 is NYC's City of Water Day with events going on all around the boroughs. To find one copy and paste this url into your browser or paste in a search engine. https://www.cityofwaterday.org/eventsmap

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

See City of Water Day events link under NYC above [1st headlined section] & possibly more coming later today.

UES _ Sunday, July 16, 2023 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Bastille Day Festival - Along Madison Avenue from 59th Street to 63rd Street and along 60th Street between between 5th and Madison Avenues - Upper East Side Neighborhood NYC street fair Manhattan. This is one of the more differentiated street fairs, as it is organized by the French Institute / Allianz Francais and focuses on French culture including live performances, a champagne party [you need tickets], French film, French booths and family activities. For details and tickets see - https://fiaf.org/

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Macy's July 4th Fireworks NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Manhattan NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

See City of Water Day events link under NYC above [1st headlined section] & possibly more coming later today.

The Giglio Festival runs from Wednesday, July 5 - July 16, 2023 at North 8th Street at Havemeyer in Williamsburg. It's a long time running Italian Festival celebrating Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The festival includes kiddie rides, food, entertainment and the building / carrying of the Giglio. For details see - https://www.olmcfeast.com/

The Coney Island Weekly Friday night fireworks continues thre the summer [see fireworks link that follows for details].

CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks 2023 BK NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Brooklyn NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

See City of Water Day events link under NYC above [1st headlined section] & possibly more coming later today.

On Sunday, July 16, 2023 from 12 noon to 3 pm there's the Peruvian Day Parade in Jackson Heights / Corona. The parade is along 37th Avenue marching from 69th to 89th Streets.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Queens July 4th fireworks 2023 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks & Bayside Fireworks 2023 Queens NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Queens NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

See City of Water Day events link under NYC above [1st headlined section] & possibly more coming later today.

CROTONA PARK _ Saturday, July 15, 2023 from 11 am to 7 pm - Bronx 12th Annual LGBTQ Pride Festival & Health Fair - At the Crotona Park Amphitheatre in Crotona Park at 1700 Crotona Avenue at 559 Claremont Parkway. Live entertainment and LGBTQ related health & other booths. Street fairs near Mt Eden in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Central Bronx & Montefiore one of organizers. FREE.

  • On Sunday, July 16, 2023 there's an Italian celebration of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Day with a hoisting of the Giglio in Bronx Little Italy. See Bronx parades and large cultural events for details.
    • Sunday, July 18, 2021 [guessing the time] from 12 noon - 8 pm - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Day - A block party on Belmont Avenue at East 187th Street in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. The affair will include food, entertainment and games.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

The photo at right was taken outside of Mullaly Park, which is just north of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in the Bronx NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

See City of Water Day events link under NYC above [1st headlined section] & possibly more coming later today.

Thursday, Friday, Saturdays & Sunday, July 13 - 16 & 20 - 23, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm each evening - 120th Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. At the Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 243 Virginia Avenue in Rosebank on Staten Island. Every night there's entertainment and food for sure, and in the past there's been shopping and rides but that wasn't mentioned on the poster this year. Free admission, but no food or drink allowed to be brought in from the outside. The first day of the event 7/16 there's a 10 am mass.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks Fireworks 2023 and the Travis July 4th Parade SI.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies on Staten Island NYC [still working on].

 

Have a good weekend.


Why does NYC Care?

NYC Care is a Citywide Health Program Designed to Aid People Who Cannot Afford to Pay for their Entire Health Insurance Coverage

July 10, 2023 / NYC Healthcare / NYC Neighborhoods / Gotham Buzz.

nyc care health insurance program for nyc citizens nyc health & hospitals nyc care programTwo weeks ago, on Monday, June 26, 2023 I attended a meeting in City Hall hosted by the Adams Administration.  It was raining fairly hard as I approached City Hall on this warm June afternoon.

The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the achievements being made in providing healthcare to New Yorkers.  The focus on this day, was the progress being made toward providing healthcare to those who cannot [fully] afford it, by enrolling them into the NYC Care insurance program. 

The meeting was arranged by the Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media. I arrived a bit early and spent time catching up with some of the other reporters while waiting for the meeting to begin.

The photo at right shows the NYC City Hall on a warm, rainy mid afternoon in late June.

 

What is NYC Care?

In the meeting we were told that, while the NYC Care program is a healthcare / insurance program that focuses on minorities, immigrants and those for whom English is a second language, it is available to everyone - including Whites - assuming all candidates for the insurance program meet the same preconditions.

Enrollees in the NYC Care healthcare insurance program need only meet three criteria to be eligible: 1) must be 21 years old, 2) they must have a valid government ID from the U.S. or a valid passport from their nation of origin, and 3) they may not be eligible for any other private or public health insurance program [such as Medicaid / Medicare].  There used to be a proof of six months of NYC residency requirement, but it was later rescinded.

 

NYC Care Origins & Brief History

After the meeting I did a bit of research which I am incorporating in this report to provide fuller context to supplement what we heard live in the discussion held at City Hall on this warm and muggy Monday in June.

The NYC Care health insurance program was started in May of 2019 during the de Blasio Administration. At the time NYC Health and Hospitals was experiencing a financial shortfall, owing in part to how federal and state funding is allocated to the City.  While doing some of my background research, I found the following statement in Wikipedia,

" ... Prior to the creation of NYC Care, public hospitals in New York provided 52% of the state's uncompensated medical care, yet only received 15% of the state's charity care dollars..."

It's worth noting that NYC Care [.gov], which is a city operated health insurance program, is not related to NYC Cares [.org] which is a non-profit founded in 1987 designed to recruit and redeploy people who want to do volunteer work to aid their communities.  Nor is NYC Care related to Cares NYC, which is a private company providing special services, focused on aiding folks / families dealing with,

 "... Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities including Autism, Behavioral Health concerns and/or Mental Health issues...".

 

Speakers at the NYC Care Meeting

At the meeting today, there were three speakers.  Jonathan Jimenez, Executive Director of the NYC Care program at NYC Health and Hospitals; Emira Habiby Browne, Founder of CIANA [Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans]; and Hewett Chiu, President & CEO of AMPHS [Academy of Medical and Public Health Services].  The latter two speakers operate community outreach centers / programs in Astoria, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, respectively, which work with NYC Care to reach out to the low income communities the program was developed to help.

After a brief introduction, Dr. Jimenez began his presentation of a recent study conducted by NYC Health & Hospitals about its NYC Cares program entitled, Engaging New Primary Care Patients: Access for Uninsured Patients at an Urban Safety Net System.  The study covered the period from November 2020 to October 2021, focusing on the level of client engagement with the NYC Care physicians of NYC Health & Hospitals.

nyc care health insurance program for nyc citizens nyc health & hospitals nyc care programBased on the study, Dr. Jimenez and NYC Care had accomplished much during the one year study period [11/1/20 - 10/31/21].  Jimenez cited a number of the report statistics which included the following,

" ... [the] study demonstrated the program’s success in connecting new members to primary and specialty care, which resulted in even higher engagement when looking at members who had two or more chronic diseases and spoke English as a second language (ESL)...".

" ... Overall, 76.9% of new NYC Care members returned to primary care for an additional visit in their first year, 80.7% received a referral outside of primary care, and 75.4% visited specialty care. For new members with two or more chronic diseases, 86.1% returned to primary care, 87.1% received a referral, and 86% visited specialty care...".

"... There was also strong engagement for new members who are ESL, where 86.1% returned to primary care, 80.2% received a referral, and 74.7% visited specialty care. This data suggests that NYC Care has spurred patient engagement at rates comparable to Medicaid, and that the data reflects member satisfaction and confidence in the high-quality care they are receiving ...".

The photo at right shows the speakers at the NYC Care meeting, including from left to right, a CIANA team member, CIANA Founder & CEO Emira Habiby Browne in Astoria, Queens; Executive Director of the NYC Care program at NYC Health and Hospitals Dr. Jonathan Jimenez; and President & CEO of AMPHS [Academy of Medical and Public Health Services] Hewett Chiu in Sunset Park Brooklyn.

 

Registering for NYC Care - Via Community Organizations in Each Borough or Directly

Essentially, after NYC Care validates eligible candidates for the low cost / no cost insurance program, they are provided an NYC Care card. This card enables NYC Care clients to access prescriptions, primary care visits, and access to other healthcare facilities / procedures covering conditions related to cardiology, dental, social services / mental health among others.

Dr. Jimenez noted that the level of community engagement with NYC Care is particularly notable given the hostile political environment in recent times, which has stirred fear within the immigrant communities.  To dampen that effect, NYC Health & Hospitals NYC Care program has partnered with 22 community outreach groups throughout the five boroughs to enhance its reach into low income communities, by building awareness of the program, and establishing relationships and enough trust for immigrants to access / use the program without fear of reprisals. 

Cut & paste the following link into your browser bar to access a page listing NYC Care community partners. These community organizations can help potential healthcare clients find the resources they need to access low cost / no cost healthcare / insurance. 

https://www.nyccare.nyc/community-based-organization/

Alternatively one can call NYC Care directly at 646.692.2273 and they will guide you or people you know through the registration process, but be advised that registration may not be completed over the phone, nor online - only in person.

 

What the Community Based Organization [aka CBO's] Do

Essentially what the CBO partners do, is help NYC Cares extend their outreach within the community by getting word out to talk to people who may need healthcare services, but are unaware that they may be eligible to access them for a low cost / no cost fee. One of the statistics cited by Dr. Jimenez was that folks with two or more chronic conditions and over the age of 50 years, returned for a follow up healthcare visit.

At this point the two community organization leaders told us a bit about how they operate.  Essentially, they provide a language and cultural bridge between potential community member clients and the city run NYC Health & Hospitals NYC Care program.  Some of the issues CBO's are up against when trying to register community members are: 1) a lack of education on the part of potential clients, 2) a lack of English language skills, and 3) strong indigenous / cultural belief systgems which may not have been adapted / upgraded to the modern day world.

 

Hewett Chiu of the Academy of Medical and Public Health Services [AMPHS] in Sunset Park Brooklyn

Hewett Chiu's AMPHS [Academy of Medical and Public Health Services], is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which is a community comprised of 30% Asians.  As such, Chiu's group helps provide language and cultural support to help the clients effectively communicate with NYC Care, while providing a trusted source / intermediary between the [potential] clients and the NYC Health & Hospitals insurance program.

 

Emira Habiby Browne of the Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans [CIANA] in Astoria Queens

Emira Habiby Browne's CIANA [Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans] is located in Astoria, Queens. Astoria is 25% are Hispanic / Latino, 15% are Asians, 5% are African Americans and Whites make up most of the rest of the population.  Browne has been operating in Astoria since 2006 and her goal is to provide a model for integration into and within the community.  In describing her efforts, there is a strong social services component to it, helping people overcome fear so they are not abused, and building trust between them and the agencies designed to help them - such as NYC Care of NY Health & Hospitals.

 

NYC Care Successes - Identifying Illnesses & Other Health Conditions Early On

nyc care health insurance program for nyc citizens nyc health & hospitals nyc care programA few anecdotal examples of her work included helping a victim of domestic violence who had been stripped of all her cards by a co-habitant, helping a pregnant woman recognize and adjust to her changing circumstances, and helping someone with cancer identify their illness.

Some of the anecdotal successes imparted to us during the Q & A included sugar levels for a diabetic down 50% vs prior year, identifying hypertension as a key characteristic of folks for whom English is a second language, and helping many immigrant youths through depression, which they cannot talk about it with their families, because seeking social service counseling has been culturally stigmatized.

 

One NYC Care Objective is to Reduce Crisis / Emergency Medical Treatments Because they are More Expensive

Getting people to use their primary care physicians is believed will reduce the cost of providing emergency care.  Proper nutrition and healthcare were once a bastion of only the rich, but NYC Care tries to spread the gospel of good health management through these community organizations in order to alleviate their pain and suffering and keep them healthy and productive.

 

NYC Care Demographics vs New York City Demographics

According to an NYC Care fact sheet, NYC Care members are approximately 64% Hispanic/Latinx, Black or African American are 15%, and Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander are 6%.  That accounts for 85% of the NYC Care client base, with the remaining being White and everyone else.

I compared the NYC Care demographics to the New York City demographic which were as follows:  White 39.8% [White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 31.9%], Hispanic or Latino 28.9%, Black or African American alone 23.4%, Asian alone 14.2%, Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islanders are 0.6% and Two or More Races, percent 7.1%.

It was notable that Whites have very low representation at NYC Care, especially vis a vis their presence in the NYC population. The same was true for African Americans and Asians, who were represented in NYC Care at half the level of their presence in general NYC population.  On the other hand, Hispanic / Latinx folks have double their representation in NYC Care as they do in the general NYC population.

Naturally this elicits one to ask questions, like why the huge demographic skews in the NYC Care clientele vis a vis the demographics of the NYC general population?  I don't have answers to those questions at this time, but I do have a few hypotheses that need to be looked into at another time, at a future meeting. Remember these are hypotheses - not confirmed facts.  

 

Questions for Future NYC Care Meetings

1) Whites and African Americans are less represented in the NYC Care program because they are more likely to have a higher percent of U.S. citizenship documentation than Hispanic / Latinx and, as such are eligible for state and federal health insurance programs like Medicaid / Medicare. 

2) Whites and African Americans are less likely to reach out to NYC Care because they have a far higher degree of English fluency than Hispanics, and thus may be able to navigate their option without the help of CBO's or NYC Care. 

3) The community outreach programs, which operate in tandem with religious institutions, elected officials, schools and civic groups may be able to more easily identify eligible Hispanic / Latinx for the NYC Care program than other potential participants.

4)  Chiu told us that Asians are the poorest demographic in NYC, which I confirmed.  So, it's possible because of an English language handicap, and a smaller Asian population in NYC vis a vis Hispanics, Asians have a more difficult time connecting with the right community groups required to translate / help them understand how NYC Care can help them.

5) And I suppose it's possible, that outreach efforts evolved in such a manner that they favor certain demographic groups.

 

NYC Care has Interacted with over 202,000 New Yorkers and Over 110,000 are Using the Program Today

Since 2019, 202,000 New Yorkers have interacted with NYC Care program.  As of this posting [July 2023] approximately 110,000 New Yorkers are actively engaged in the program. Reasons behind the difference in total number of people interactions and current people engaged with the program include eligibility, current healthcare needs, and some / many have been moved into Medicaid or Medicare because they were found to be eligible for the state and federal programs which tend to provide more robust healthcare options.

 

Last Thoughts. Looking at Healthcare Access as an Income Level Issue, Instead of Labeling it with Racial, Cultural and Gender Biases

Oftentimes income discrepancies are color / racially / gender coded.  And while poverty impacts people of color more than white people at this time, there are also a lot of poor white people out there too.  The same is true of gender. While males still outperform females in income levels, there are still a lot of impoverished males out there too. Lastly, because of females' higher level of biological complexity vis a vis males [aka bearing children], they generally require more healthcare interactions.

I think it would be helpful to add / open up a civically oriented conversational track that decolorizes / deracializes / degenderizes income inequities, so that folks can also focus on the real problem, without all the labels and attached biases, which is that poor people - regardless of race, creed and gender - have trouble obtaining good, affordable, preventative healthcare. 

This is not to say that we should not recognize - as many of the community outreach centers do - that there is a higher proportion of lower income New Yorkers who are people of color and female. And that - at least prior to NYC Care - did not have access to good affordable, preventative healthcare.  But it's worth noting that black and brown and women are not the only ones who can be poor, and whose access to affordable healthcare is limited.

So, returning to our opening question in the headline of this report, Why does NYC Care? I found the following in attending this meeting and preparing this report: 1) it's less expensive to pay for health maintenance, than health crisis management [aka the Emergency Room], 2) all people should have access to affordable healthcare, especially if their employers are unwilling to pay them a living wage, and 3) a healthy workforce is a productive one.

All in all, it was a good introductory session to the NYC Care program of New York City Health and Hospitals.  In the future we will work to obtain additional information to add to this report.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Swim Pools, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater & Summer Movies in All 5 Boros, the Giglio Festival in Williamsburg & Friday Nite Fireworks in Coney Island Brooklyn; Festival de las Flores in Queens; Carnaval Cultura Latina in the Bronx & Maker Park Radio Music & Art Fest on Staten Island

 

coney island beaches boardwalk brooklyn nycJuly 7, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Temperature highs will range from the low to high 80's and the temperature lows will range from the low to mid 70's throughout the weekend. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph through the weekend, providing a light breeze. The humidity will range from 65% - 85% Friday, rising to 70% - 80% Saturday, and then rising to 80% - 90% on Sunday. Rain. After 9 pm on Saturday there's over a 50% chance of about a tenth of an inch of rain. But on Sunday, the chance of rain rises after 4 pm, from 60%, to 95% by 7 pm. The amount of rain expected Sunday evening is a bit over an inch. Air Quality. The air quality in our area is expected to be moderate on Friday & Saturday, turning good by Sunday, probably due to the rain cleaning it up a bit. To stay abreast of the air quality in NYC copy and paste this link into your browswer bar - https://www.airnow.gov.

The photo at right was taken along the Coney Island boardwalk east of Luna Park in Brooklyn.

 

ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS, BUT MOSTLY DONE. WE'LL BE DOING MORE UPDATING OVER THE WEEKEND. WATCH DATES TO NOTE MOST RECENT UPDATE.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Macy's July 4th Fireworks NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Manhattan NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

The Giglio Festival runs from Wednesday, July 5 - July 16, 2023 at North 8th Street at Havemeyer in Williamsburg. It's a long time running Italian Festival celebrating Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The festival includes kiddie rides, food, entertainment and the building / carrying of the Giglio. For details see - https://www.olmcfeast.com/

tribeca neighborhood manhattan nycThe Coney Island Weekly Friday night fireworks continues thre the summer [see fireworks link that follows for details].

The photo at right was taken at the restaurant located within Spring Street Studios in Tribeca a few weeks ago.

CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks 2023 BK NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Brooklyn NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Sunday, July 9, 2023 from 12 noon to 3 pm - The Festival de las Flores - A parade marches along 37th Avenue from 69th Street [in Jackson Heights] to 88th Street in Corona where there should be a nearby street fair that runs along [possibly 90th] Street to Roosevelt Avenue until about 6 pm. NOTE - the street fair hasn't been unconfirmed but I am somewhat sure it's happening.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Queens July 4th fireworks 2023 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks & Bayside Fireworks 2023 Queens NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Queens NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

On Sunday, July 9, 2023 from 12 noon to 6 pm - the Carnaval de la Cultura Latina will be at 195th Street between Reservoir and Jerome Avenues. There will be live enteretainmnet on the main stage, as well as government officials, a soccer demonstration by the NYC Football Club, as well as food and shopping stands and a number of booths operated by local businesses and city and state agencies.

nyc pride parade and festival manhattan nycCLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

The photo at right was taken outside of Mullaly Park, which is just north of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.

CLICK this link to view the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in the Bronx NYC [still working on].

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

On Saturday, July 8, 2023 from 6 to 10 pm, Maker Park Radio celebrates its 6th Annual Music & Art Fest at 450 Front Street in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island NYC. There will be live entertainment and about a dozen local food and craft vendors. For details and $15 tickets see - https://makerparkradio.nyc/

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks Fireworks 2023 and the Travis July 4th Parade SI.

And CLICK this link for the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies on Staten Island NYC [still working on].

 

Have a good weekend.


Brooklyn July 4th Fireworks in BK NYC

Brooklyn 4th of July Fireworks 2023 BK NYC

Brooklyn July 4th Fireworks on the East River, BK 4th of July Fireworks at Coney Island, Fort Hamilton Independence & Fireworks Celebration in Brooklyn & 4th of July Fireworks Jones Beach

4th of july fireworks  brooklyn nyc 7/4 fireworks coney island bk nycJuly 4, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / July 4th Holiday in Brooklyn / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

NYC Weather Update 7.4.23 - On July 4th the humidity will remain about 80%. Unfortunately the winds will have died down to 3 mph. The temperature high will be in the low 80's and the temperature low will be in the low 70's. There's a 1/3 inch of rain expected - mostly between the hours of 11 am - 7 pm - so by dusk, which is after 9 pm, the temperatures will be in the 70's, no rain but it will be humid.

Temperature highs will range from the low to high 80's through the July 4th holiday on Tuesday. The tempeature lows will range from the mid 60's to the mid 70's, rising a bit reach day. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph from now through Tuesday. The humidity will range from 60% - 70% Friday, then rising up to 80% for Saturday, and then staying there for Sunday and Monday, before falling back to 60% - 70% on Tuesday. Rain. Between a quarter and half inch of rain is expected on Sunday, and a quarter inch on Monday. While there may be clouds on the other days, rain is not expected. Air Quality. We continue to experience some of the unhealthy conditions from the Canadian forest fires caused by climate change which is caused by carbon emissions from folks' gas guzzling autos & other carbon emitting machinery. To stay abreast of the air quality in NYC copy and paste this link into your browswer bar - https://www.airnow.gov.

All of these fireworks displays are FREE except the one at Fort Hamilton near Bay Ridge [$5].

 

Macy's July 4th Fireworks along the East River Provide Good Viewing from Northwest Brooklyn & Coney Island 4th of July Fireworks for South Brooklyners

The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will again be shown along the East River this year. They were shown along the East River in 2014 for the first time since 2008, and have remained on the East River ever since. Mayor de Blasio had lobbied the change, which now spans ten years. The Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC, which they've been doing for decades.

The following page contains between a half dozen and dozen different 4th of July fireworks celebrations in the five boroughs of NYC, including best viewing locations in Brooklyn for the Macy's 4th of July fireworks, Coney Island fireworks and the Fort Hamilton fireworks in Bay Ridge.

 



Brooklyn Columbus Day Things To Do - Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade & Events BK NYC

Columbus Day Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Things To Do in Brooklyn Over The Columbus Day Weekend

brooklyn things to do columbus day weekend events brooklyn bk things to do brooklyn columbus day weekend BK nycSeptember 14, 2023 / Things To Do NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS.

 

Also see updated Weather on Friday afternoon by clicking the header above to go to the Front Page for Weekend Update.

This report contains a listing of some of the things to do in Brooklyn over the Columbus Day Weekend including art museums, theaters, live music / comedy / dance venues, sporting & social events, and restaurants for Brooklyn NYC.

Brooklyn Weather. As of September 27, 2022, the Temperature highs will be in the high 60's all four days of the long weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 50's throughout the weekend. There's a chance of a small amount of rain, but the probability of rain as of this writing, is in the low double digits. Winds will be about 5 - 10 mph Friday and Monday and between 5 - 10 mph on all weekend. The Humidity will be between 55% - 70% throughout the weekend. Click for Brooklyn Weather.

 

This weekend you can go bicycling in Brooklyn, play soccer & other games in Brooklyn parks, go shopping Brooklyn, attend Brooklyn parades, watch theater, visit the Brooklyn art museums, and eat out at one of the Brooklyn restaurants.

And it's all happening right here in Brooklyn. So take your time to sort through the days and locations and start planning your weekend.

 

Columbus Day Events in Brooklyn

Click here to obtain information about things to do Columbus Day Weekend in Brooklyn. This events calendar is updated monthly with dozens of different Brooklyn fun cultural events.

For 39 years there's been a Brooklyn Columbus Day parade organized by FIAO Brooklyn. It's usually on the Saturday preceding Columbus Day [10/8/22], which is noted on the FIAO website with no other details. The parade is held along 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst. I called them and will provide an update after I receive it.

 

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Brooklyn Public & Private Parks & Public Indoor Swimming Pools

Brooklyn has one of number of public parks of which a few include swimming facilities. Click here for a listing of the Brooklyn Parks including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history. This is coming at a later date.

NYC public indoor swimming pools are open.

 

NYC Golfing in Brooklyn & Queens

Brooklyn has two golf courses and both of them are open this weekend. There's the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Dyker Heights in the southern end of Brooklyn and there's the Marine Park Golf Course in the Marine Park neighborhood with is at the southeastern end of Brooklyn.

Click here for details about Brooklyn golf courses including maps and links to the operators' websites. The links are coming at a later date.

Queens has four golf courses and all of them are open this weekend [10/7-10/10/22]. Click here for details about Queens Golf Courses including maps and links to the operators' websites.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Swim Pools Open, Summer Concerts, Summer Theater & Summer Movies in All 5 Boros, Friday Nite Fireworks in Coney Island Brooklyn & 4th of July Fireworks Coming Tuesday

 

nyc pride parade and festival manhattan nycJune 30, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Temperature highs will range from the low to high 80's through the July 4th holiday on Tuesday. The tempeature lows will range from the mid 60's to the mid 70's, rising a bit reach day. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph from now through Tuesday. The humidity will range from 60% - 70% Friday, then rising up to 80% for Saturday, and then staying there for Sunday and Monday, before falling back to 60% - 70% on Tuesday. Rain. Between a quarter and half inch of rain is expected on Sunday, and a quarter inch on Monday. While there may be clouds on the other days, rain is not expected. Air Quality. We continue to experience some of the unhealthy conditions from the Canadian forest fires caused by climate change which is caused by carbon emissions from folks' gas guzzling autos & other carbon emitting machinery. To stay abreast of the air quality in NYC copy and paste this link into your browswer bar - https://www.airnow.gov.

The photo at right was from the subway as it was departing Coney Island. Coney Island will have fireworks on the 4th of July and then every Friday night until Labor Day.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

NEW THIS WEEK. CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Manhattan NYC.,

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done and updated weekly page of mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Macy's July 4th Fireworks NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

nyc pride parade and festival manhattan nycThe Coney Island Weekly Friday night fireworks begins next Friday 6/30 [see fireworks link that follows for details].

The photo at right was taken from Gantry State Park along the East River in Queens. On July 4th this will be a crowded location, as it provides a bird's eye view of the Macy's fireworks show.

NEW THIS WEEK. CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Brooklyn NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks 2023 BK NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

NEW THIS WEEK. CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in Queens NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Queens July 4th fireworks 2023 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks & Bayside Fireworks 2023 Queens NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in Queens NYC.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

NEW THIS WEEK. CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies in the Bronx NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

nyc pride parade and festival manhattan nycNEW THIS WEEK. CLICK this link for work in progress and updated weekly page of mostly free summer movies on Staten Island NYC.

The photo at right was taken at Historic Richmond Town. Over the July 4th weekend they are hosting a number of American history related events.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks Fireworks 2023 and the Travis July 4th Parade SI.

And CLICK this link for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view all of the free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

 

Have a happy 4th of July eve [ish] weekend.


Brooklyn Outdoor Free Public Swimming Pools in BK NYC

Brooklyn Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools - BK NYC

This Brooklyn Public Swimming Pool Report Includes Contact Info NYC

bronx swimming pools bronx free public swimming pools bronx nycUPDATING August 2, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Swimming Pools, Parks & Sports / Brooklyn BLVD NYC.

Brooklyn offers easy access to a wide range of recreational swimming pools. The following is an attempt to provide you with a view of the range of public swimming pools available in the parks of Brooklyn. We encourage you to make use of these facilities because they provide healthy, fun, and frequently free or inexpensive entertainment for both individuals and families with children.

Only outdoor public pools will open Thursday, June 29, 2023. A few of the indoor pools will be closed this summer to allow for construction and improvements.

Generally pool hours are from 11 am - 7 pm daily, with a one hour break between 3 and 4 pm for cleaning. Bring a padlock for your locker and proper swimming trunks are required [for boys this means not shorts as trunks must have liners]. Don't bring food, glass bottles, newspapers, electronics, floaters and no or as few valuables as you can bring to minimize your risk because the park isn't responsible for your losses. Free sunscreen will be made available while supplies last.

As of this posting 6.28.23, masks are NOT required for indoor activity including in the locker rooms, but stay tuned as it's possible that could change.

Click here to view a listing of Brooklyn outdoor swimming pools, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn in the neighborhoods of BK. Please note the photos do not reflect the onsite pools as of this post 6.28.23.



Things To Do Brooklyn - Free Summer Movies in BK NYC

Brooklyn - Free Summer Movies 2023

Free Things To Do - Free Summer Movies in Brooklyn Parks in NYC

June 28, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Things To Do / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

Update coming next week.

bronx free summer movies bronx morris park van cortlandt pelham bay coop city parkchester free summer movies things to do melrose mott haven fordham norwood belmont free summer movie bronx nycSummer is in full swing. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free summer theater in the parks. The free theatre events listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

We'll continue to add to this listing of free movies in the park in Brooklyn as we become aware of other productions.

 

  • Free Summer Outdoor Theater in the Park in Brooklyn

  • Free Things To Do in Brooklyn

  • Current Brooklyn Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Brooklyn things to do.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Early Voting Ends Sunday w/ Primary Day Next Tuesday, Summer Concerts & Summer Theater in Full Swing in All Boros, Pride Parade & Party in Manhattan; Jamaica & Queens Boro Dance Festivals, Groovin' in the Park, RockStock Music Fest & Fireworks in Astoria & Bayside Next Week in Queens; Brooklyn American Music Fest, Shakespeare & Monsoon Wedding Plays, Summer Concerts & Coney Island Fireworks in Brooklyn; Fireworks, Shakespearean Play,BAE Concert & Sounds Performing Arts Fest in the Bronx; Shakespeare & Modern Plays on Staten Island, NY Music Month Continues in the Boros & Euripides Theater Fest & NYC Public Swimming Pools Open Next Thursday 6/29

 

nyc pride parade and festival manhattan nycJune 23, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Temperatures will generally range from the mid 60's to the low 80's. Scattered showers will drop a small amount of rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I wouldn't fret too much because it's warm and it won't be a lot of rain. Humidity will be high [80% - 90% all weekend], but there will a slight breeze to help [winds at 5 - 7 mph].

The photo at right was taken at the Pride Parade in 2014. You can expect to see a wide variety of playful exhibitionism, a wide array of costumes, and a general celebration of society's increasing recognition that people have a right to be / define themselves.

 

Things to do this Weekend in All 5 Boros of NYC

NY Music Month. All weekend the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has organized a number of music events around the city to shine light on a few of NYC's many talented musicians. It's all part of a program called NY Music Month. Click the link for details and for free / paid tickets to the NY Music Month events this weekend.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Sunday, June 25, 2023 between 12 noon - 3 pm - Gay Pride Parade - The parade begins at 12 noon at Madison Square Park at 26th Street, marches down 5th Avenue toward Washington Square, turns west at 8th Street, continues onto Christopher Street, then turns north on 7th Avenue, ending at 15th Street.

Sunday, June 25, 2023 between 11 am and 6 pm - Gay Pride street fair - Along 4th Avenue between 8th and 13th streets in the Village. The fair includes entertainment, food and wellness booths.

Concerts in Central Park, Riverside Park on the UWS, Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park [see concerts link that follows for details].

There are a couple of Shakespearean plays being performed at various locations by different theater groups / companies. The grpups / locations are the Public Theatre at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the Hudson Warehouse Theatre Company at Soldiers and Sailors Monument near Grant's Tomb on the Upper West Side, and NY Classical Theatre also in Central Park - as well as at the Brooklyn Commons.

Non-Shakespearean performances are being held at the Theatre for the New City in the Village and NY Laughs near the UN and at Lincoln Center next week.

The New York Euripides Summer Theatre Festival runs next week through Friday at various locations in Manhattan. Use the link to the Summer Theater / Plays for details including ticketing websites.

NEW THIS WEEK - CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Manhattan page.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Macy's July 4th Fireworks NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

nyc pride parade and festival manhattan nycThe play, Moonsoon Wedding, will end its run at the St. Ann's Warehouse this Sunday, 6/25. NY Classical Theatre is performing at the Brooklyn Commons this weekend. Use the link to the Summer Theater / Plays for details including ticketing websites.

On Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso is hosting a celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza at 209 Joralemon Street (enter through Court St. and Remsen St.). There will be dance, music, poetry, arts, crafts and food trucks featuring Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

The photo at right was taken back in 2019, of a concert stage at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

On Friday, 6/23 the Metropolitan Opera Company will be performing at Brooklyn Bridge Park, followed by the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival on Saturday 6/24, while the BRICS Festival continues in Prospect Park, and summer concerts at Kings Theatre and the Coney Island Amphitheater [see concerts link that follows for details].

The Coney Island Weekly Friday night fireworks begins next Friday 6/30 [see fireworks link that follows for details].

NEW THIS WEEK - CLICK this link for a mostly done [sometime Fri 6/24 or Sat 6/23], and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Brooklyn NYC page.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn NYC page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks 2023 BK NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 10 am - 7 pm - Rockstock Music Festival in the Rockaways this weekend. There's also an after party. For details see https://rockstocknyc.com/.

Saturday, June 24, 2023 - Latin Jazz at Gantry State Park in LIC [see concerts link that follows for details].

Sunday, June 25, 2023 - Groovin' in the Park - Begins at 12 noon - 9 pm - Large reggae and rhythm and bluses music festival at Roy Wilkins Park 177-01 Baisley Blvd [at Merrick Blvd] in Jamaica. For details and $85 tickets see - https://www.groovininthepark.com/.

mullaly free public swimming pool bronxSaturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2023 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY. For details see - https://thejamaicadancefestival.com/

Saturday, June 3 - September 17, 2023 - Queens Boro Dance Festival - Dance performances around the borough of Queens every weekend. Free. For details see - https://queensborodancefestival.org

Next Week. The Bayside Independence Fireworks at Fort Totten is Tuesday, 6/27. While the Astoria Park Fireworks is on Thursday, 6/29 [see fireworks link that follows for details]. Both events include concerts.

Next Week.The Metropolitan Opera comes to Socrates Sculpture Park next Wednesday 6/28 [see concerts link that follows for details].

The photo at right is of the Mullaly swimming pool in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx. NYC public swimming pools open next Thursday, 6/29. See link below for the free public pool locations and hours. Let me in : )

NEW THIS WEEK - CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in Queens NYC page.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in Queens page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Queens July 4th fireworks 2023 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks & Bayside Fireworks 2023 Queens NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

On Saturday, 6/24, the Bronx Arts Ensemble will be performing at the Bay Plaza Mall in Baychester [see concerts link that follows for details].

Fridays & Saturdays, June 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2023 from 7.30 - 8.45 pm - The 20th Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival at at the Bronx River Art Center at 1087 East Tremont Avenue in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. For $10, $15 & $20 tickets and more details see - https://www.bronxriverart.org/

This weekend Shakespeare's Richard III is being performed at the Bartow Pell Mansion and the Stage Garden Rumba event on 6/24 at Pregones PRTT has been POSTPONED. Use the link to the Summer Theater / Plays for details including ticketing websites.

Next Week. The Metropolitan Opera Company will be performing at the Williamsbridge Oval in Norwood on Monday, 6/26.

Next Week. The Orchard Beach Independence Fireworks is on Thursday, 6/29 [see fireworks link that follows for details].

NEW THIS WEEK - CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays in the Bronx NYC page.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

On Saturday, 6/24 the Riverside Opera Company will perform at the Conference House in Tottenville [see concerts link that follows for details].

There are three different performances of summer plays being performed this weekend on Staten Island. One is at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, another at the Empire Outlets theater in the mall, and the third at Wagner College this weekend. Use the summer theater / plays link that follows for details of each including ticketing websites.

NEW THIS WEEK - CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer theater / plays on Staten Island NYC page.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, and moving to weekly updates, of a page of mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks Fireworks 2023 and the Travis July 4th Parade SI.

And CLICK this link for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

 

Have a good weekend.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Happy Fathers Day Sunday, The Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan; Jamaica & Queens Boro Dance Festivals & Jackson Heights Art on the Fence Show in Queens; Juneteenth, Coney Island Mermaid Parade & Greek Festival in Brooklyn; Hunts Point Fish Parade & Sounds Performing Arts Fest in the Bronx; Juneteenth Festivals & Parade on Staten Island, NY Music Month in the Boros & Make Music NYC Next Wednesday for the Summer Solstice

 

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 70's / low 80's and the temparature lows will be in the low to mid 60's all weekend. The humidity will rise from the low 60% to 85% on Friday and then fall back into the 50% - 60% range the rest of the weekend. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. On Friday there's going to be about 3/4 of an inch of rainfall starting around 12 noon / 1 pm and then gradually tapering off as the day wears on. On Saturday there's a 50% chance of about 1/10th of an inch of rain, also begining midday but gone by about 7 pm. There's no precipitation on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week. The festival ends Sunday, June 18th.

 

WE WILL LIKELY ADD TO THIS AS THE WEEKEND CONTINUES ON.

 

Things to do this Weekend in All 5 Boros of NYC

NY Music Month. All weekend the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has organized a number of music events around the city to shine light on a few of NYC's many talented musicians. It's all part of a program called NY Music Month. Click the link for details and for free / paid tickets to the NY Music Month events this weekend.

queens things to doSunday is Fathers Day. While every day should be both fathers and mothers days for good parents, this one is dedicated to dads nationally. It's a chance to let them know you're thankful for all they've done for you.

Wednesday June 21, 2023 - Make Music New York returns for its 17th year. They are coming to numerous locations around the entire city at various times on the day of Summer Solstice in all five boroughs of NYC. For details and for a schedule, see https://www.makemusicday.org/ny/listings. FREE. Not a street fair per se but a music festival in NYC.

The photo at right was taken of a musician in a prior year performing in the Make Music New York festival on the day of the Summer Solstice.

Monday, June 19, 2023 is the official date of Juneteenth, which is a federal holiday, celebrating the date in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger announced to the state of Texas that the slaves had been freed. Texas did not share this information with the people who lived in Texas, until after the war, even though President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Wednesday, June 7 through Sunday, June 18, 2023 - The Tribeca Film Festival. There are a multitude of free and paid live and online events and films covering a variety of subjects including but not limited to LGBTQ, LatinX and Juneteenth to view at various venues in mostly lower Manhattan, south of Midtown. For details see - https://tribecafilm.com

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Macy's July 4th Fireworks NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, mostly free summer concerts in Manhattan page. We'll update it throughout the summer as new information comes in.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycSaturday, June 17, 2023 from 1- 5 pm. Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It begins assembly at 10 am and then at 1 pm begins marching east along Surf Avenue at West 21st Street, marches eastward to West 10th Street, where it turns south toward the Boardwalk. At the Boardwalk it heads east and ends at the Pier. Brooklyn parades in the Coney Island neighborhood Brooklyn NYC. For details see - https://www.coneyisland.com

The photo at right was taken at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade last year. The parade and festival returns on Saturday. See details above.

Late Posting _ Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm [Doors 6.30 pm] BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Juneteenth UNITYFEST 2023 concert at the Lena Horne Bandshell in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.  FREE.  They billed this event as the following, "... Seven time Grammy nominee JOE is an accomplished writer and vocalist of smooth and sultry gospel-influenced R&B productions with occasional hip-hop beats. GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and former Mint Condition front man Stokley will open. Join a night of music and storytelling that celebrates the rich layers of Black history and Black futurity ...".  Please note: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Entry is first come / first serve.  BRIC, in partnership with the Robert Randolph Foundation, have organized Juneteenth UNITYFEST.  For details and rsvps see - https://www.bricartsmedia.org/

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, June 9, 10 & 11 and 16, 17 & 18, 2023 - the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Festival at the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church at 1724 Avenue P in Brooklyn NYC. Music, dancing, Greek food & culture. Greek festivals in the Midwood / Homecrest neighborhoods of Brooklyn. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/threehierarchsfestival/

Sunday, June 18, 2023 from 1 - 4 pm - Peace, Love, Juneteenth Freedom Day. A multi-media event. Tickets are $33 and up. This event takes place at the Richard B. Fisher Building at 321 Ashland Place.

Sunday, June 18, 2023 from 10 am / 12 noon - 6 pm. 7th Heaven Festival / Brooklyn Street Fair. Along 7th Avenue between Flatbush and 16th Street. A Fathers' Day street fair with arts, crafts, food, music, antiques, shopping and a classic car show. Park Slope street fairs in Brooklyn. Organized by parkslopechamber.com w/ clrvw.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks 2023 BK NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, mostly free summer concerts in Brooklyn page. We'll finish adding the BRICS concerts this weekend. And we'll update it throughout the summer as new information comes in.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturdays, June 10 & 17, 2023 from 9 am - 5 pm - Jackson Heights Art Club Art Show & Sale - On The Fence Outdoor Art Show. In the past it's been in front of PS 69 between 77th & 79th Streets along 37th Avenue. But this year it looks like it's at IS 145 which is between 79th & 80th Streets and between 34th Avenue and Northern Blvd. The paintings by accomplished club members are for viewing and sale.

Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2023 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY. For details see - https://thejamaicadancefestival.com/

Saturday, June 3 - September 17, 2023 - Queens Boro Dance Festival - Dance performances around the borough of Queens every weekend. Free. For details see - https://queensborodancefestival.org

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Queens July 4th fireworks 2023 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks & Bayside Fireworks 2023 Queens NYC.

CLICK this link for a mostly done, mostly free summer concerts in Queens page. We'll update it throughout the summer as new information comes in.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 11 am - 5 pm. The 20th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade & Festival. The event begins with pre-parade registration & activities usually beginning at 11 am [free]. The parade begins at 12 noon at The Point CDC at 940 Garrison Avenue and marches down to Hunts Point Riverside Park at 1409 Lafayette Avenue at Edgewater Road [just across the Bronx River from Soundview Park] where the festival begins, generally around 1 pm. The festival includes games, music, food and raffles. Organized by the Point CDC. Bronx street fairs in Hunts Point. Fish parades in the Bronx NYC. For details see - https://www.thepoint.org

Fridays & Saturdays, June 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2023 from 7.30 - 8.45 pm - The 20th Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival at at the Bronx River Art Center at 1087 East Tremont Avenue in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. For $10, $15 & $20 tickets and more details see - https://www.bronxriverart.org/

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks 2023 BX NYC.

CLICK this link for a not yet done, mostly free summer concerts in the Bronx page. We'll update it this weekend, and then throughout the summer as new information comes in.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 11 am - 6 pm - Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace. Entertainment, history, culture & shopping. It's organized by the Staten Island Community Alliance for which I've been unable to find a website nor a Facebook page. For details see - https://snug-harbor.org.

Saturday & Sunday, June 17 & 18, 2023 from 11 am - 6 pm and 11 am - 5 pm respectively - Juneteenth Parade & Freedom Celebration at Tappan Park on Bay Street on Saturday and at Historic Richmond Town on Sunday on Staten Island. I think the parade is a small one since no route nor time was provided. Juneteenth parades on Staten Island NYC. For details see - https://www.rocanatural.com/

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

And CLICK this link for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

CLICK this link to view a full schedule of all of the Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2023 & Empire Outlets, the Staten Island Ferry Hawks Fireworks 2023 and the Travis July 4th Parade SI.

CLICK this link for a not yet done, mostly free summer concerts on Staten Island page. We'll update it this weekend, and then throughout the summer as new information comes in.

 

Have a good weekend.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Tribeca Film Festival has begun, Manhattan Puerto Rican Day Parade & 116th St Festival, Festival of India Parade & Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra Festival & Romania Day Festival in Manhattan; Jackson Heights Historic House Tours, Jackson Heights Art Club Exhibit, Kiwanis Flag Day Parade, Astoria Park Carnival, Jamaica & Queens Boro Dance Festivals in Queens; Brooklyn Pride Parade / Festival, Two Brooklyn Puerto Rican Day Parades, 86th Street Bensonhurst Festival, Greek Festival in BK Heights & BAM Dance Africa Festival Ending in Brooklyn; Sounds Performing Arts Fest & Feast of St. Anthony in the Bronx; Food Truck Festival at Mount Loretto, Makers Radio Park Record Fair, SI Mall Carnival on Staten Island & Next Week Museum Mile Festival

 

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NYC Weather. The temp

 

MOSTLY DONE. WEATHER and maybe a bit more coming later.

 

Two Weeks Remaining on The People's Money

On May 22, 2023 the Mayor announced that a participatory budgeting effort was underway. Here's a link to his description of how it works - Mayor Adams wants New Yorkers to help allocate resources - and here is a link to the City website - The People's Money - where you can participate in allocating money to the causes in your community that you care about. The voting ends on Sunday, June 25, 2023.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Wednesday, June 7 through Sunday, June 18, 2023 - The Tribeca Film Festival. There are a multitude of free and paid live and online events and films covering a variety of subjects including but not limited to LGBTQ, LatinX and Juneteenth to view at various venues in mostly lower Manhattan, south of Midtown. For details see - https://tribecafilm.com

Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 11 am to 1 pm - Festival of India Parade - Parade assembles at 45th St & 5th Avenue at 11 am - Parade begins at 12 noon and ends at West 8th Street at Washington Square Park in the Village where there's a festival from 12 noon to 7 pm. For details see - https://iskconnyc.com/

Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 11 am to 7 pm - Indian - Sri Jagannath Ratha Yatra Festival - chanting, dancing & praying Hare Krishna style in Washington Square Park. For details see - https://iskconnyc.com/

Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - 38th Annual 116th Street Festival - Along 3rd Avenue from 106th St to 122nd street in the El Barrio section of East Harlem. Food, shopping & three stages of entertainment. For details see - https://116thstfestival.com/

Sunday, June 11, 2023 from 11 am - 6 pm - Romania Day Festival - Along Broadway between Liberty and Battery Place. Celebration of over a century of Romanian unification and culture. In 2018 the fair included 30 stands of Romanian businesses, restaurants and artists out of a total of 300 stands. Entertainment, food & shopping. Tribeca street fairs nyc. Organized by Mardi Gras.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 beginning at 11 am - The Puerto Rican Day Parade returns. It will kick off at 5th Avenue at 43rd Street marching north to 79th Street on the UES. This is a huge parade celebrating Puerto Rican culture. For details see - https://www.nprdpinc.org/

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

NEXT WEEK. Tuesday, June 13, 2023 from 6 - 9 pm - Museum Mile Festival - Along 5th Avenue from 79th Street to 106th Street on the Upper East Side. All of the exquisite museums along 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side UES are open to the public for free.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Wednesday through Sunday, June 7 - 11, 2023 from 4 - 10 pm Wed / Thurs, until 11 pm Fri, noon - 12 midnight Sat and until 11 pm Sunday - The Astoria Park Carnival at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street in Astoria Park. This event includes rides, food and fun for the family. For details on the Astoria Park Carnival see - https://centralastoria.org.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 beginning at 11 am - 53rd Annual Sunnyside Kiwanis Flag Day Parade - Along Greenpoint Avenue from 40th to 48th Street in Sunnyside NYC. Followed by a celebration at 49th and Queens Blvd in Veterans Memorial Sabba Park.

Saturdays, June 10 & 17, 2023 from 9 am - 5 pm - Jackson Heights Art Club Art Show & Sale - On The Fence Outdoor Art Show. In the past it's been in front of PS 69 between 77th & 79th Streets along 37th Avenue. But this year it looks like it's at IS 145 which is between 79th & 80th Streets and between 34th Avenue and Northern Blvd. The paintings by accomplished club members are for viewing and sale.

Saturday & Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2023 - Jackson Heights Historic Tour - Exhibits from 10 am - 2 pm Saturday including two opportunities to view and hear a slide presentation from 10.45 am and again at 12.15 pm [free]. For $15 you may obtain a map for self-guided tour visiting up to 15 sites from 12 noon - 4 pm. On Sunday there's an escorted tour beginning at 12 noon beginning at Community Church at 81-10 35th Avenue at 82nd Street. $15 for the tour.

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycSaturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2023 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY. For details see - https://thejamaicadancefestival.com/

Saturday, June 3 - September 17, 2023 - Queens Boro Dance Festival - Dance performances around the borough of Queens every weekend. Free. For details see - https://queensborodancefestival.org

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Monday - Sunday, June 5 - 11, 2023. From 11 am - 9 pm daily. 45th Annual Greek Festival at the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 64 Schermerhorn Street between Court Street and Boerum Place. The event has rides, entertainment, food and shopping. Organized by the St Constantine & Helen Cathedral. For details see - https://stconstantinecathedral.org. Greek cultural festivals in Brooklyn Heights NYC.

tribeca film festival manhattan nyc tribeca film festival premiere of 4th estate documentary film for showtime tribeca film festival things to do in tribeca manhattan nycFridays, Saturdays & Sundays, June 9, 10 & 11 and 16, 17 & 18, 2023 - the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Festival at the Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church at 1724 Avenue P in Brooklyn NYC. Music, dancing, Greek food & culture. Greek festivals in the Midwood / Homecrest neighborhoods of Brooklyn. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/threehierarchsfestival/

Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm _ Annual Brooklyn Pride Festival. The festival takes place along 5th Avenue between Union and 9th Street in Prospect Park / Park Slope. The Pride Festival includes food, shopping and entertainment. This is followed by a twilight parade [see below for parade details]. Brooklyn parades in Prospect Park / Park Slope. For details see - https://brooklynpride.org

Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 7.30 pm - 10 pm _ Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade. The parade begins at Lincoln Place, marching along 5th Avenue and ending at 9th street. LGBTQ parades in Prospect Park / Park Slope Brooklyn NYC. For details see - https://brooklynpride.org

I STILL NEED TO CONFIRM A FEW THINGS ON THE TWO PUERTO RICAN PARADES

Sunday, June 11, 2023 - parade begins at 5 pm / festival runs from 6 - 9 pm _ Annual Sunset Park Puerto Rican Day Parade & Festival. The parade begins at 5 pm along 5th Avenue at 59th Street and marches up to 43rd Street, where the Sunset Park Puerto Rican Day festival begins at 6 pm in Sunset Park. There will be a couple of bands, including at least one salsa band as well as food for sale via trucks. Parades in the Sunset Park neighborhood of BK.

Sunday, June 11, 2023 line up begins at 1 pm & parade begins at 3 pm - Bushwick Knickerbocker Puerto Rican Day Parade. Begins at Woodbine Street & Knickerbocker Avenue near the Bushwick Playground and marches east ending near Trinity Cemetery. The parade ends around 4 pm. Puerto Rican Day Parades in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn NYC.

Saturday through Sunday, May 13 - June 11, 2023 - Dance Africa Festival at BAM - At 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place - in the Peter Jay Sharp Building and Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's a performance festival featuring African culture. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $22 for kids. For details see www.bam.org. This is NOT a street fair, but there is a bazaar day, but it is mostly musical, theatrical and cultural dance performances.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Fridays & Saturdays, June 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2023 from 7.30 - 8.45 pm - The 20th Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival at at the Bronx River Art Center at 1087 East Tremont Avenue in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. For $10, $15 & $20 tickets and more details see - https://www.bronxriverart.org/

Wednesday - Sunday, June 7 - 11, 2023 from 5 pm to 9 pm weekdays & from 12 noon - 7 pm on Saturday & Sunday - The Feast of St. Anthony. It's the annual Feast of St Anthony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 627 East 187th Street at Arthur Avenue. The triangle of streets along Cresent and Arthur Avenues & 187th Street in the Little Italy section of the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx will be celebrating the Feast of St. Anthony with a street fair with rides, games, raffles, food and entertainment every night. Officially the street fair is being held along East 187th street from Arthur to Beaumont Avenue, and along Crescent from Cambreleng to Belmont Avenue. Historically there had been a procession, which this year [2023] begins at 1.15 pm following the high noon Sunday Mass. For details see - https://www.bronxlittleitaly.com. The church website is - https://sapbronx.com/ - but I couldn't find any info about this on it.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 9, 10 & 11, 2023 beginning at 6 pm - midnight, 12 noon - 10 pm & 12 noon - 8 pm respectively - Food Truck Festival on the Mount. At Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd. Admission $5 and the food is pay as you go. Food festivals on Staten Island. For details see - https://cc-si.org.

June 11, 2023 from 12 - 6 pm at Flagship Brewing - Makers Radio Park 3rd Annual Record Fair. At Flagship Brewery at 40 Minthorne Street in Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, within walking distance of the Staten Island Ferry. Tens of thousands of records we've been told, will be there.

Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, June 11, 2023 there's the SI Mall Carnival at the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhoods of Staten Island. The carnival which includes rides, prize games and food is open weekdays from 5 to 10 pm, opening at 1 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Memorial Day. Tickets are $5 for entry, and $30 weekdays and $38 weekends per person for unlimited rides and $100 / $125 for four persons unlimited rides weekdays / weekends. For details see - https://www.statenislandmall.com

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

And CLICK this link for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

 

Have a good weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit and Filipino & Israeli Parades in Manhattan; Queens Pride Parade & Party, Two Dance Festivals & a Food Fest in Queens; BAM Dance Africa Festival & Greek Festival begins next week in Brooklyn; City Island Art Fair, Sound Performing Arts Fest & Feast of St. Anthony begins next week in the Bronx; Figment Fest, South Shore Arts Fair and SI Mall Carnival on Staten Island

 

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NYC Weather. The temperature high will hit 90 on Friday, before descending down to around 70 for Saturday and Sunday. The temperature low will rise to about 60 before falling back into the mid 50's the rest of the weekend. Winds will be 7 - 13 mph all weekend. The humidity will be 40% - 60% on Friday and Sunday, staying at 60% on Saturday. There's a scant chance of a scant amount of precipitation on Friday. Looks like a pretty good weather weekend.

 

MOSTLY DONE. Might add things through the weekend.

 

Mayor Adams & The People's Money

This week the Mayor announced that a participatory budgeting effort is underway. Here's a link to his description of how it works - Mayor Adams wants New Yorkers to help allocate resources - and here is a link to the City website - The People's Money - where you can participate in allocating money to the causes in your community that you care about.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2023 from 12 noon to 6 pm - The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in the Village runs along University Place from East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.  The southern end of the show encompasses Schwartz Plaza, (aka Bobkin Lane), between NYU's Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library. It's a unique art show attracting exhibitors from all over & runs two weekends. For details see - https://www.wsoae.org/

Sunday, June 4, 2023 - 10 am - 6 pm - Philippine Independence Parade & Fair - The parade begins at noon along Madison Avenue starting at 38th south to 26th Street where it ends about 2.30 pm. The Street Fair & Festival is along Madison Square Park between 24th and 26th Streets in Midtown NYC. For details see - https://pidci.org

Sunday June 4, 2023 from 11 am - 4 pm - Israeli Celebration Parade - Along 5th Avenue between 57th Street and 74th Street. Upper East Side NYC parades Manhattan. For details see - https://celebrateisraelny.org/

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

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Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2023 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY. For details see - https://thejamaicadancefestival.com/

Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 3 - 7 pm - Queens Boro Dance Festival - The performances take place hourly along 34th Avenue between 69th and 92nd Streets in Jackson Heights / Corona, with the last one beginning at 6 pm in Travers Park which is located between 77th and 78th Streets. Free. For details see - https://queensborodancefestival.org

Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 11 am to 6 pm - Queens Pridefest - The parade begins at 12 noon at 89th Street, marching west along 37th Avenue to 75th Street. It ends at 37th Road where there's a festival from 73rd to 77th Street and in Diversity Plaza. Organized by Queens Pridefest. For details see - https://newqueenspride.org

Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 2 - 6 pm _ The Annual Bell Blvd Food Festival in Bayside. Along Bell Blvd between 39th and 35th Avenues in Bayside Queens. Sample over 35 Bayside restaurants for a $1 per taste [Advance Tickets $15 - $35 / Day of $20 - $45]. There will also be live music and drinks available for purchase separately. For details see - http://baysidevillagebid.com/

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CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycSaturday through Sunday, May 13 - June 11, 2023 - Dance Africa Festival at BAM - At 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place - in the Peter Jay Sharp Building and Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's a performance festival featuring African culture. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $22 for kids. For details see www.bam.org. This is NOT a street fair, but there is a bazaar day, but it is mostly musical, theatrical and cultural dance performances.

Monday - Sunday, June 5 - 11, 2023. From 11 am - 9 pm daily. 45th Annual Greek Festival at the Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral at 64 Schermerhorn Street between Court Street and Boerum Place. The event has rides, entertainment, food and shopping. Organized by the St Constantine & Helen Cathedral. For details see - https://stconstantinecathedral.org. Greek cultural festivals in Brooklyn Heights NYC.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

June 3 & 4, 2023 - City Island Art Fair - Along City Island Avenue near Hawkins Park and the Chamber of Commerce. City Island street fairs and festivals in the Bronx NYC.

Fridays & Saturdays, June 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2023 from 7.30 - 8.45 pm - The 20th Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival at at the Bronx River Art Center at 1087 East Tremont Avenue in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. For $10, $15 & $20 tickets and more details see - https://www.bronxriverart.org/

Wednesday - Sunday, June 7 - 11, 2023 from 5 pm to 9 pm weekdays & from 12 noon - 7 pm on Saturday & Sunday - The Feast of St. Anthony. It's the annual Feast of St Anthony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 627 East 187th Street at Arthur Avenue. The triangle of streets along Cresent and Arthur Avenues & 187th Street in the Little Italy section of the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx will be celebrating the Feast of St. Anthony with a street fair with rides, games, raffles, food and entertainment every night. Officially the street fair is being held along East 187th street from Arthur to Beaumont Avenue, and along Crescent from Cambreleng to Belmont Avenue. Historically there had been a procession, which this year [2023] begins at 1.15 pm following the high noon Sunday Mass. For details see - https://www.bronxlittleitaly.com. The church website is - https://sapbronx.com/ - but I couldn't find any info about this on it.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycThursday, May 25 - Sunday, June 11, 2023 there's the SI Mall Carnival at the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhoods of Staten Island. The carnival which includes rides, prize games and food is open weekdays from 5 to 10 pm, opening at 1 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Memorial Day. Tickets are $5 for entry, and $30 weekdays and $38 weekends per person for unlimited rides and $100 / $125 for four persons unlimited rides weekdays / weekends. For details see - https://www.statenislandmall.com

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4, 2023 from 10 am - 10 pm & 10 am - 6 pm - Figment Festival is not a shopping event, but a community interaction event. The idea is to use the 'figment' of your imagination when participating in communal projects, workshop and classes. At the Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. For details see - https://snug-harbor.org.

Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 11 am - 4 pm - South Shore Artists Group 55th Annual Exhibit - at the Conference House Park at 7455 Hylan Blvd in the Tottenville neighborhood of Staten Island. This is a unique arts & crafts for sale event. St fairs / art festivals in the Tottenville neighborhood of Staten Island. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/ConferenceHouse/

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

And CLICK this link for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

Have a good weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Memorial Day Weekend, Fleet Week, Beaches Open, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Harlem International Film Fest, Losaida Festival & LES Festival of the Arts in Manhattan; Memorial Day Parades in Queens; Atlantic Avenue Art Walk, BAM Dance Africa Festival & Memorial Day Parades in Brooklyn; 152nd Puerto Rican Cultural Festival, Orchard Beach Opens & City Island Memorial Day Parade in the Bronx; SI Mall Carnival, Fleet Week & Memorial Day Parade on Staten Island and Updating Open Calls & Weekend Events Calendar

 

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycMay 26, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC/ 317.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 70's and the temperature lows will be around 60. No rain is in the forecast.

We're still working on the open calls and the community & small business grants page, as well as updating the events calendars. It's a focus of ours over the next couple of weeks, so you should see some good improvement by late May / early June.

The photo at right shows a scene from Washington Square Park this week. The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit / Fair returns this weekend.

 

Mayor Adams & The People's Money

This week the Mayor announced that a participatory budgeting effort is underway. Here's a link to his description of how it works - Mayor Adams wants New Yorkers to help allocate resources - and here is a link to the City website - The People's Money - where you can participate in allocating money to the causes in your community that you care about.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Thursday - Sunday, May 18 - 28, 2023 at various times - the Harlem International Film Festival. At AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theatres at 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem. For details and tickets see - https://harlemfilmfestival.org/.

PIER 88 & 90 & INTREPID AIR & SPACE MUSEUM _ Tuesday, May 23 - Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - Fleet Week. Use link below to view Manhattan Parades & events details.

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 27, 28 & 29, 2023 from 12 noon to 6 pm - The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in the Village runs along University Place from East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.  The southern end of the show encompasses Schwartz Plaza, (aka Bobkin Lane), between NYU's Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library. It's a unique art show attracting exhibitors from all over & runs two weekends - see below.*

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 26, 27, 28, 2023 - the Lower East Side Festival for the Arts runs Friday through Sunday at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue between East 9th & 10th Streets on 1st Avenue in the East Village. The event runs from 6 pm - 1 am Friday, on Saturday there's an outside cultural street fair from 12 noon to 6 pm, in tandem and also followed by theater from 1 pm - 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 6 pm - 12 midnight. Numerous performances by many of the 200 local artists, actors, musicians, dancers and performers associated with the theater. Free admission, donations welcome. For details see - https://theaterforthenewcity.net

Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - The 36th Annual Losaida Festival - Along Avenue C between 6th and 12th streets on the Lower East Side. Set up begins at 10 am and the fair includes art, entertainment, food and shopping. Street fairs on the Lower East Side. For details see - https://loisaida.org

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycAdditional Memorial Day Weekend events [see link below for Manhattan Fleet Week events] coming throughout the weekend.

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Manhattan Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

The photo at right shows the creation of a grafitti artist adorning a construction site in NYC.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day Fair - In the park at 39th Ave at 49th Street in Sunnyside. Open to General Public and includes kids activities, arts, crafts, food & rides.

Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 2 pm, the 101st College Point Memorial Day Parade. Use link below to view Queens Parades & events details.

Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 1 - 3 pm, the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade. Use link below to view Queens Parades & events details.

Sunday, May 28, 2023 from 12 noon - 2 pm, the American Legion Forest Hills Memorial Day Weekend Parade. Use link below to view Queens Parades & events details.

Monday, May 29, 2023 the Douglaston - Little Neck Memorial Day Parade. Use link below to view Queens Parades & events details.

Monday, May 29, 2023 from 11 am - 1 pm the Ridgewood / Glendale Myrtle Avenue Memorial Day Parade. Use link below to view Queens Parades & events details.

Monday, May 29, 2023 from 11.30 am - 2 pm the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade. Use link below to view Queens Parades & events details.

Additional Memorial Day Weekend events [see link below for all Queens Memorial Day parades] coming throughout the weekend. Also see street fairs and you can scroll down for other suggestions.

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Queens Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycSaturday through Sunday, May 13 - June 11, 2023 - Dance Africa Festival at BAM - At 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place - in the Peter Jay Sharp Building and Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's a performance festival featuring African culture. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $22 for kids. For details see www.bam.org. This is NOT a street fair, but there is a bazaar day, but it is mostly musical, theatrical and cultural dance performances.

Saturday - Sunday, May 20 - 28, 2023 - The Atlantic Avenue Art Walk. A free, self-guided tour through Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. For details see their posting in our Brooklyn Events - Member Calendar - or visit the sponsor's website at - https://www.atlanticave.org/artwalk.

BAY RIDGE _ Monday, May 29, 2023 at 11 am - The 155th Brooklyn / Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade steps off on 3rd Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. The parade proceeds down to Marine Avenue, up to 4th Avenue, then over to John Paul Jones Park for their memorial service which includes bag pipes, flag raising and wreath laying by Veteran Service Organizations. This is followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps by the Veteran Corps of Artillery. For details see - https://www.brooklynmemorialdayparade.com/

CARNARSIE _ Saturday, May 27, 2023 - Memorial Day Parade. Use link below to view Brooklyn Parades details.

FORT HAMILTON _ Tuesday, May 23 - Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - Fleet Week. Use link below to view Brooklyn Parades & events details.

Additional Memorial Day Weekend events [see link below for Bk Memorial Day parades] coming throughout the weekend. Also see street fairs and you can scroll down for other suggestions.

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Brooklyn Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

The photo above right shows another scene from Washington Square Park.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Saturday, May 27, 2023 from 11 am - 6 pm. Annual 152nd Street Cultural Festival / which is the Official National Puerto Rican Day Parade Street Festival - Along 152nd Street between [Prospect & Westchester Ave] Jackson & Tinton in the Longwood / Melrose neighborhoods of the Bronx. It's one of the largest Puerto Rican street festivals in NYC. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is held a week later in Manhattan.

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycSaturday, May 27, 2023 - Orchard Beach Opens for the Summer.

Saturday, May 27, 2023 - from 1 - 7 pm - Bronx Night Market - in Fordham Plaza at East Fordham Road and Third Avenue across from the Metro North Railway Station. This is mostly a food market versus a street fair in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx.

Monday, May 29, 2023 from 2 - 4 pm - City Island Memorial Day Parade & Festival. Use link below to view Bronx Parades & events details.

Additional Memorial Day Weekend events [see link below for Bx Memorial Day parade] coming throughout the weekend. Also see street fairs and you can scroll down for other suggestions.

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

CLICK this link to view a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Bronx Parades & large cultural events in NYC throughout the year.

The photo at right shows an Earth woman and at left an alien woman, or perhaps AI?

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Tuesday, May 23 - Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - Fleet Week at the Home Port Pier at 305 Front Street in the Stapleton neighborhood. Use link below to view Manhattan Parades & events details.

Monday, May 29, 2023 - The Memorial Day Parade in West Brighton. Use link below to view Staten Island Parades & events details.

May 25 - June 11, 2023 there's an SI Mall Carnival at the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhoods of Staten Island. The carnival which includes rides, prize games and food is open weekdays from 5 to 10 pm, opening at 1 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Memorial Day. Tickets are $5 for entry, and $35 per person for [I think unlimited] weekday rides and $85 for four persons. For details see www.statenislandmall.com.

Additional Memorial Day Weekend events [see link below for SI Memorial Day parade & Fleet Week events] coming throughout the weekend. Also see street fairs and you can scroll down for other suggestions.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023. These include additional events for the weekend.

And CLICK this link for a FULL SCHEDULE OF ALL of the Staten Island parades & cultural events throughout the year.

 

Have a good Memorial Day weekend.


Things To Do Brooklyn Memorial Day Weekend - Brooklyn Events Memorial Day BK NYC

Memorial Day Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

Things To Do in Brooklyn over the Memorial Day Weekend

brooklyn things to do memorial day weekend brooklyn memorial day weekend bk nycMay 26, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

This is a report containing things to do in Manhattan over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 70's and the temperature lows will be around 60. No rain is in the forecast.

The things to do in Manhattan on Memorial Day Weekend include art exhibitions, theater, live music, comedy, dance, shopping, outdoor activities such as soccer, kyaking, baseball, parades, street fairs, museums and dining in the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island neighborhoods of Brooklyn NYC.

Be sure to check our Memorial Day Weekend things to do on Friday afternoon leading into the Memorial Day Weekend in Brooklyn NYC.

 

Brief History of the Memorial Day Holiday in Brooklyn

Memorial Day first started out as Decoration Day in Waterloo, New York on May 30, 1866 - a year after the Civil War - to honor those who fought in it. In the 1880's the day came to be known as Memorial Day.

According to a May 25, 2012 report in Time Magazine, ten states - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee also officially observe some version of a Confederate Memorial Day, sometime between late April and early June [in Texas it's in January]. It's been reported that unofficially most of the former Confederate states still commemorate it, but not without some controversy as to the former Confederate diaspora it's to honor their ancestors, while to the former diaspora of the slaves it seems a remnant of these states racist past.

About ten percent of the nation travels more than 50 miles over the weekend. Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day which is held on November 11th of each year. Veterans Day began by honoring those who fought in World War I which ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Both honor those who served in the U.S. Military. Veterans Day coincides with a similar holiday in Europe for the same reason, which is called Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.

 



* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Dance & Asian American PI Parades; Clio, Frieze & Contemporary African Art Fairs; Taste of Tribeca & 9th Avenue International Food Fests; Ukrainian Festival, Harlem International Film Fest & AIDS Walk in Manhattan; Downtown Jazz Fest in Jamaica, Greek Fest in Astoria, LIC Arts Open & 'Big Love' in Long Island City, Eight Tales of Pedro & Jamaica Jazz Fest in Queens; Bayfest, Norweigan Parade, Fabulous 5th Avenue Fest, Filipino Fair, Atlantic Ave Art Walk, Other Art Fair & BAM Dance Africa Festival in Brooklyn; Bronx Fashion Week, Vegan Street Fair & Bronx Week Ending in the Bronx; Cottage Row Curiosities Market & the Great Staten Island Lighthouse Hunt & Updating Open Calls

 

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycMay 19, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 80 on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 60 all weekend. The humidity will rise from 50% on Friday to 80% on Saturday, before falling back to 50% on Sunday. Winds will be 10 - 15 mph on Friday, falling to 5 - 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. There's a 65% chance of some rain [a 1/4 inch] before 3 pm on Saturday.

 

There are also a few more events to add, but this is a solid first pass of the major events this weekend, allowing that there are a couple of things that need updating for Queens.

The photo at right was taken at the Ukrainian Festival in a prior year. The festival runs through this weekend in the East Village. See details below.

 

We're still working on the open calls and the community & small business grants page, as well as updating the events calendars. It's a focus of ours over the next couple of weeks, so you should see some good improvement by late May / early June.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Wednesday - Sunday, May 17 - 21, 2023 _ Freize Art Fair at the Shed at 545 West 30th Street at Hudson Yard - From 11 am - 5.30 pm on Friday, 12 noon - 5.30 pm Saturday, 11 am - 3.30 pm Sunday. Tickets range from $40 - $140 for adults & kids cost $10 at https://www.frieze.com/.

Thursday - Sunday, May 18 - 21, 2023 - the 1 - 54 Contemporary African Art Fair beginning at 11 am daily and ending at 7 pm Friday & Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday. At 439 West 127th Street in Harlem. The fair hosts the exhibits of 26 galleries. For details and $20 tickets, see - https://www.1-54.com.

Thursday - Sunday, May 18 - 28, 2023 at various times - the Harlem International Film Festival. At AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theatres at 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd in Harlem. For details and tickets see - https://harlemfilmfestival.org/.

Thursday - Thursday, May 18 - 25, 2023 - NYC X Design. This is at various venues at various times. It's all about the many facets of design - from workshops to exhibits to markets. Every day is chuck full of events - see www.nycxdesign.org for details. Many events are free.

Last year the NYC X Design program included an art tour in LIC Queens on Friday and there's plenty more at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

Thursday - Sunday, May 18 - 21, 2023 - Clio Art Fair - from 6 - 9 pm Thursday, 12 noon - 8 pm Friday, 2 - 8 pm Saturday & 2 - 6 pm Sunday. They are also hosting Saturday and Sunday brunches from 12 noon - 2 pm. At 550 West 29th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan NYC.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 19 - 21, 2022 begins 4 pm Friday & at 12 noon Saturday & Sunday ending at 9 pm nightly - Ukranian Festival - At 30 East 7th Street and along 7th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue in the East Village. Includes Ukranian shopping, food and entertainment with the proceeds going to St. George Academy, which is a Ukrainian school. For details and further information see - https://www.facebook.com/StGeorgesUkrainianFestivalNYC/ . See photo at right.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 the Taste of Tribeca runs from 11.30 am - 3 pm along Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets in Tribeca. Sometimes up to 80 Tribeca [and nearby] food and beverage vendors come out to serve the public. Note that this is a food festival not a street fair per se. Proceeds benefit PS 150 and PS 234. Tickets run from $60 on up, and they have lower cost group rates. For details see - https://www.tasteoftribeca.com/. See this story about the Taste of Tribeca St Fair.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 the Dance Parade begins at 12 noon at 20th Street and Broadway. It marches down along Broadway and University to Washington Square Park where it turns [left] east on 8th Street and heads into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. A Dance Festival follows the Dance Parade in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village from 3 - 7 pm. Free. For details see - https://danceparade.org/

Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2023 from 10 am - 6 pm. 9th Avenue International Food Festival - Along 9th Ave between 42nd Street & 57th Street. For details see - http://ninthavenuefoodfestival.com/

Sunday, May 21, 2023 beginning at 7.30 / 8 am - AIDS Walk / Run in Central Park. The Naumberg Bandshell just south of the Bethesda Fountain is the hub of all activities. Enter the park from east or west at 72nd Street. It's a four mile walk / run around the interior of the park. Free to enter. Donations go to support the Gay Men's Health Crisis [GMHC]. For details see - https://aidswalkny.org

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 12 noon - 3 pm - Asian American Pacific Islander Parade - 2nd parade - AAPI is comprised of thirty ethnic groups, speaking 50 different languages. Marching up 6th Avenue from West 44th to West 53rd streets in Midtown. For details see - https://aaari.info

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Greek Jewish Festival on [the center is at 280] Broome Street between Allen and Eldridge Streets on the Lower East Side [LES]. "Authentic kosher Greek foods, homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing, live Greek and Sephardic music and ... vendors". LES street fairs on the Lower East Side. For details see - https://www.kkjsm.org or https://www.kkjfestival.com/

CLICK here to view Manhattan street fairs and festivals NYC 2023.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 12 noon - 5 pm - LIC Springs Festival - Along Vernon Blvd between 46th and 50th Avenues. There will be music, dance and performances, as well as fitness, food and games. Street fairs in LIC Queens NYC. For details see - https://www.longislandcityqueens.com/

Thru Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2.30 & 7.30 pm, performances of 'Big Love' at the LaGuardia College Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. For details and tickets see - https://www.lpac.nyc.

Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20, 2023 from 6.30 - 10 and 12 noon - 8.30 pm _ Downtown Jamaica Jazz Festival in Queens. They have nearly a dozen performances scheduled each day at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens. Jazz festivals in Queens.

Thursday thru Sunday, May 1 - 21, 2023 / Open Galleries Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon - 5 pm & other times / events - LIC Arts Open Studios. LIC Arts Open is an event whereby LIC artists open their studios to the public for this long weekend, which started Thursday. As they're artists, they sometimes forge their own hours, so it's best to check the site using the link info that follows. Admission to open studios is free, possibly some exceptions, but not likely. Opportunity to visit artists' studios as well as some performances. For details see - https://licartsopen.com/

Thursday through Sunday, May 18 - 21, 2023 runs 5 pm - 11 pm Thursday & Friday, and 1 - 11 pm Saturday & ending at 10 pm Sunday - 49th Annual Greek Festival at St Demetrios Church on 31st Avenue and 30th Drive. Old fashioned town fair including traditional Greek food, good rides and prizes for the kids, and Greek cultural music and dance entertainment. Click here for St Demetrios street fair map. 718.728.1718.

LAST WEEKEND, after having been extended for two more weekends, thru 5/21/23. Originally _ Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, beginning April 28 - May 7, 2023 at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays and at 2 pm and 3 pm respectively on Saturdays and Sundays, there's a performance of Eight Tales of Pedro at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. It's an original work developed in tandem with Queens Theatre. For details and $24 tickets see - https://queenstheatre.org/

Click here to view Queens street fairs & festivals NYC 2023.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Saturday through Sunday, May 13 - June 11, 2023 - Dance Africa Festival at BAM - At 30 Lafayette Avenue at Ashland Place - in the Peter Jay Sharp Building and Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's a performance festival featuring African culture. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $22 for kids. For details see www.bam.org. This is NOT a street fair, but there is a bazaar day, but it is mostly musical, theatrical and cultural dance performances.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18 - 21, 2023 from 6 - 10 pm, 4 - 10 pm, 11 am 7 pm & 11 am - 6 pm respectively - The Other Art Fair. At the Agger Fish Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. There will be performances and art installations, including artworks by 110 different artists. For details and $14 - $24 tickets see - https://www.theotherartfair.com .

Saturday - Sunday, May 20 - 28, 2023 - The Atlantic Avenue Art Walk. A free, self-guided tour through Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Downtown Brooklyn. For details see their posting in our Brooklyn Events - Member Calendar - or visit the sponsor's website at - https://www.atlanticave.org/artwalk.

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 10 am - 6 pm, there's the Filipino Street Fair on 5th Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets in Park Slope. Filipino food, art and handicrafts will be featured.

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 12 noon - 6 pm. Bayfest. At Emmons Avenue and East 27th Street in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn. Arts, crafts, amusement rides, bands, dance performances along the Brooklyn waterfront. Free. For details see - http://bigbayfest.org/

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 11 am - 6 pm. Fabulous Fifth Avenue Street Fair. Along 5th Avenue between Sterling Place & 12th Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. Brooklyn street fairs / St Fairs & festivals near the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Organized by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID. There will be plenty of food offerings at the bars and restaurants along 5th, as well as live entertainment at many of the venues. This is more of a food fair that typical street fair. For details see - https://parkslopefifthavenuebid.com

Sunday, May 21, 2023 beginning at 1.30 pm - Norweigan Day Parade - The parade steps off at 80th Street and 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge. The parade then turns right onto 75th Street [aka Bay Ridge Parkway], left onto 5th Avenue, to 67th Street and then along the Park - ending between 6th and 7th Avenues where the reviewing stand is. Street fairs in Bay Ridge Brooklyn NYC. For details see - https://17thofmayparadecommittee-brooklyn.org/

Click here to view Brooklyn street fairs NYC 2023.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

On Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm there's a Vegan Street Fair in Rev T. Wendell Foster Park at 1055 Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. Tickets cost $4 per bite or $55 for the vegan food festival. Rides are separate at $8 / ride. For details see - https://www.veganstreetfair.com.

On Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 4 - 5 pm the Bronx Fashion Week will be at the Bay Plaza Mall at 200 Baychester Avenue in the Bronx. Models will be walking the runway. Admission ranges from $0 for standing room and $45 for VIP seating. For details and tickets see - https://www.bronxfashionweek.com.

Ends Sunday May 21, 2023 - Bronx Week - Multiple events at various locations in the Bronx. For details see - https://bronxboropres.nyc.gov/

Click here to see Bronx street fairs & festivals NYC 2023.

 

Mostly Free Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

UPDATE _ CHANGED TO SUNDAY, MAY 21 _ Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 11 am - 4 pm, there's the Cottage Row Curiosities at Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace Street in the Randall Manor neighborhood of Staten Island. There will be over 40 local vendors selling artisanal goods, food, music, entertainment and information. https://snug-harbor.org

Maker Park Radio Record Fair has been moved to June 2023.

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 10 am - 4 pm - The Great Staten Island Lighthouse Hunt. Begins at either the Postcards, which is the name of the Staten Island 911 Memorial, on Bank Street in St. George along the waterfront just west of the SI Ferry, or at the Conference House in Tottenville. The cost is $35 per carload or $15 per bicycle / motorcycle. Teams of three are recommended to drive, navigate and shoot photos.

Click here to see Staten Island street fairs & festivals NYC 2023.

Summer is just around the corner. Have good weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Happy Mothers Day Weekend, TEFAF Show, Indian Film Fest & Japan Parade in Manhattan, Eight Tales of Pedro, Taste of Queens Tuesday & Jamaica Jazz Fest Friday in Queens; Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Open Stages & BAM Dance Africa Festival in Brooklyn, Bronx Week in the Bronx; Arts & Crafts Show at the Staten Island Mall & Updating Open Calls

 

May 12, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 465.

things to do this weekend in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 90 on Friday, falling to 80 on Saturday and about 75 on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 60's on Friday, falling to about 60 on Saturday and possibly into the mid 50's on Sunday. Winds will be about 5 - 8 mph all weekend. The humidity will fall from 50% on Friday to 40% on Saturday and between 30% - 40% on Sunday. No rain is in the forecast for this weekend

The photo at right shows a rainy day this past week. It was nice to see some moisture return to the area, as up until very recently, it had been lacking thus far this year.


Public Park Land Grab?

Billionaire Looking to Privatize Queens Parkland?

Bill Pending in Albany Would Enable it

May 10, 2023 / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Real Estate / News Analysis & Opinion / Queens Buzz / 1068.

NYS Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubrey has sponsored a bill to allow a billionaire to build a casino on Queens parkland.  Why can't the billionaire buy his own land to build the casino?  And why has Aubrey supported this public park land grab?

Click here to read the OpEd by the President of a local non-profit explaining the situation. Billionaire Steve Cohen appears to be making bid to essentially privatize Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.


Brooklyn Mothers Day Restaurants - Moms Day Restaurants in Brooklyn NYC

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Brooklyn Mothers Day Restaurants in or near the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island Neighborhoods of Brooklynbrooklyn mothers day restaurants brooklyn moms day restaurants williamsburg greenpoint fort greene sunset park bk mothers day restaurants prospect heights park slope dumbo brooklyn heights dyker heights coney island brighton beach mothers day restaurants brooklyn nyc bk

May 9, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Restaurants / Brooklyn Events & Things To Do / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

Mother's Day will soon be upon us. It's a good time to let your loved ones know you care. Flowers, gifts and brunch or dinner are always welcome, as is any thoughtful gesture that provides some measure showing your appreciation of your mother or the mother of your children. After all, without mothers, we would all cease to be.

It's best to book a restaurant reservation early for Mother's Day brunch, as on Mother's Day in Brooklyn, many restaurants are full. So if you're thinking about eating out at a restaurant this Mother's Day in or near the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island neighborhoods; it's best to do your research early, and call ahead to book Mother's Day restaurant reservations.

Remember, restaurants also have additional capacity since the pandemic began, via all of those outdoor shanties built during the pandemic, which greatly increased overall space / seating capacity. And with the weather warming - the temperature is expected to be near 70 degrees on Mothers Day without rain, so outdoor dining is a pleasant, even welcome option.

But as the saying goes, the early bird gets the [worm] better seating, so book early.

 

Mother's Day History - Mothers Day Restaurants in Brooklyn

The origins of Mother's Day in the United States began with the efforts by Anna Jarvis in honor of her own mother. According to Wikipedia, Anna began the campaign in 1905 - the year her mother died - and in 1910 West Virginia was the first state to adopt it as a holiday. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Click this link to view a brief guide of Mother's Day restaurants in Brooklyn where you will find links to Brooklyn restaurants we've researched, visited in the past or have reviewed. The restaurants we've reviewed include a mix of high, medium and budget priced restaurants that are spread throughout the borough and offer a large variety of ethnic cuisines. Enjoy.

We've identified a good number of Brooklyn restaurants that are open with indoor / outdoor dining on Mother's Day on Brooklyn NYC. Enjoy.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Cinco de Mayo, Janes Walk and 5 Boro Bike Ride in all 5 Boros, Cannabis Parade & Festival in Manhattan, Eight Tales of Pedro in Queens; Luna Park in Brooklyn, Kentucky Derby at the Bartow Pell Mansion in the Bronx; Yankee Peddler Day on Staten Island & Moving Open Calls

 

May 5, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 464

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 60 on Friday, then rising to 70 on Saturday and Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 50 on Friday rising slightly to the mid 50's by Sunday. Winds will be about 5 mph all weekend. The humidity will fall from 60% to 70% on Friday, to about 50% on Saturday and Sunday. No rain is in the forecast for this weekend

The photo at right shows a rainy day this past week. It was nice to see some moisture return to the area, as up until very recently, it had been lacking thus far this year.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Sikh Day and Greek Independence Day Parades & Anitquarian Book Fair in Manhattan, Eight Tales of Pedro, Irish & West Ghanaian Concert & Queens Symphony in Queens; Prospect Park Tour, Street Naming for MTA Member in Midwood & Luna Park in Brooklyn, Bronx Arts Ensemble Concert at the NYBG in the Bronx; Staten Island Ferry Hawks Home Opener All Weekend & Outdoor Markets on Staten Island, Moving Open Calls & Met Gala Monday

 

April 28, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 463.

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan events this weekend nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 60 all weekend long, while the temperature lows will be around 50 all weekend long. Winds will be 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The humidity will rise from 60% to 70% on Friday, rising to the mid 70% to mid 80% on Saturday, and rising to 80% - 90% on Sunday. There's about 2/3 of an inch of rain expected Saturday and another inch between 11 am - 11 pm on Sunday.

The photo at right, of the Greek Independence Day Parade, was taken a number of years back. The cultural pageantry references the lore of the heroics and democracy of ancient Greece.


What Happened at the LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast?

LIC Real Estate Owners, Managers & Tenants Discussed the Current State of the Long Island City Real Estate Market

 

April 25, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Queens Buzz NYC / 1067.

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I never thought I would become one of the 'old timers' covering the LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast. But I think that perhaps I am. I hadn't covered one of these breakfasts since before the pandemic, so I found myself looking to regain my balance, vis a vis my Queens real estate sea legs.

But some things are like riding a bike, meaning they come back to you quickly, and covering the LIC Real Estate Breakfast seemed to fit that bill. As I sat there listening to the panel assembled to discuss the current state of affairs, I noticed a number of folks from prior gatherings, and while the issues were largely the same, the current state of them is constantly changing.

 

And I'll provide the update this weekend.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Earth Day Weekend Events, Persian Day Parade in Manhattan; Ofrenda Fest in Queens; Invisible Dog Art Center & Luna Park in Brooklyn, 'Diamond' at Pregones & the Last Weekend for the NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; Jazz Concert & Jacques Tibetan Museum on Staten Island & Open Calls

 

April 21, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 462.

nyc things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten Island things to do this weekend nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's all weekend long, while the temperature lows will be in the mid 50's on Friday and Saturday, falling to the high 40's on Sunday. Winds will be 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The humidity will rise from the mid 50% to mid 70% on Friday, rising to the mid 70% to mid 80% on Saturday, before falling back to around the mid 50% on Sunday. There's about 2/3 of an inch of rain expected Saturday after 6 pm and ending before 6 am Sunday. Otherwise, for the other parts of the weekend, no rain.

The photo at right captures some of the beauty and mystery of planet Earth. It was taken along an ancient Inca Trail in the Andes in Peru, not far from Macchu Picchu. We can learn a lot from the Incas, who were environmentally compatible engineers.


* NYC News Updates

China Operating a 'Secret Police' in Chinatown, Climate Change and NYS Springtime Forest Fires & Rupert Murdoch's Mendacious Media on Trial ... Again

 

April 18, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 472.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will rise from about 60 on Tuesday, to the mid 60's Wednesday and Thursday, to the low to mid 70's on Friday and Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 40's on Tuesday and Wednesday, rising to the mid 50's on Thursday and Friday. The winds will be about 10 - 15 mph on Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping to 5 - 10 mph on Thursday and Friday. The humidity will be about 40% on Tuesday and Wednesday, rising to 60 - 70% on Thursday and Friday. No rain is in the forecast all week long.

 

PRC [People's Republic of China] Caught Operating a 'Secret Police' in Chinatown in Manhattan

In October of 2022, the FBI obtained a search warrant to investigate an office on Broadway in Chinatown believed to be a 'secret police' station set up by dictator President Xi Jin Ping's Peoples Republic of China in order to control the behaviors of Chinese people living in the U.S. Two men were charged in the case. According to the Department of Justice, the two men who were arrested yesterday, are "... “Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, of the Bronx, and Chen Jinping, 59, of Manhattan ...".

The 'secret police' office was closed after the two men discovered that the FBI was watching them. When conducting the search, the FBI reported that the memories of the two men's communications devices [aka evidence] were erased. The men are presumed innocent in this country until proven guilty. This is very much unlike the process we've seen in China, where one is guilty of whatever dictator president Xi Jin Ping decides they're guilty of.

I always marvel at the dishonesty of dictators who attempt to control what everyone thinks, because the truth can be deadly to them and their regimes. For example calling China the PRC - People's Republic of China - when the people have no say in who their leaders are, can be imprisoned or even terminated for speaking their minds, and can only own or operate a significant business if it's given a blessing by the dictator president. The PRC should be called the XDC - Xi's Dictatorship of China. Where everything is designed to suit one man, and nobody, and nothing else, matters. As dictator president Xi seems to say by his actions, "... It's all about Me, Me, Me, Me or Xi, Xi, Xi, Xi ...".


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Orthodox Holy Friday & Easter Sunday in Queens, Brooklyn & Manhattan, International Auto Show, Tartan Day Parade in Manhattan; Lavender Laughs & Queens Night Market in Queens; Luna Park & BK Museum Pop Up Market in Brooklyn, Bronx Doc Film Editing Workshop Weekend, the Diamond at Pregones & NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; Staaten Eylandt Day, Cottage Curiosities, Iftar in the Park & Conference House Opens on Staten Island and , & Ramadan Ends Thursday

 

April 14, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 461.

things to do this weekend nyc events this weekend nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will fall from the high 80's Friday to the mid 60's Saturday and the temperature lows will fall from the mid 60's Friday to the mid 50's by Sunday. The humidity will rise from a very dry 30% - 50% on Friday into the 70% - 80% on Saturday and Sunday. Winds will be 5 mph all weekend. There's a below 50% chance of rain on Saturday and the amount of rain is forecast to be a quarter of an inch or less, and spread out over the entire day, so you might get a little damp while out, but not soaked by any means. And on Sunday the expectations are well below 25% probable and the amount is less than 1/20th of an inch.

The photo at right was taken a few years back of the Greek Orthodox Holy Friday Procession at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria Queens. It's an interesting cultural event and, in my mind, is one of the many diverse cultural events that makes NYC so interesting. See details regarding the event tonight [Friday] in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan below.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Easter Bonnet Parade, Pickleball Court Opens at Wollman Rink, Auto Show at Javits, Final Week of Chain Theatre Performance, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit at FIT in Manhattan; Chocolate Factory, Climate Change & Easter Egg Hunt & Party in Queens; Brooklyn Cyclones Home Opener & Rachel Wren Exhibit in Brooklyn [also Easter Egg Hunt on Governors Island], Easter Egg Hunt at the Mansion & NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; Easter Egg Hunts and Bonnett Tea Party on Staten Island, Easter Sunday and Passover & Ramadan Continue

 

April 7, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 460.

nyc things to do this weekend nyc events this weekend manhattan queens brooklyn bronx staten Island things to do events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will fall from the high 50's Friday to the mid 50's Saturday and into the low 50's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 40. The winds will fall from 10 - 15 mph on Friday, to 5 mph on Saturday and to 5 - 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will rise from about 35% on Friday, to 50% on Saturday, and ranging from 40% to 60% on Sunday. No precipitation is in the forecast.

The photo at right was taken at the Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden a few years ago.

Editor's Note. We're going to add more events that are happening this coming week on Monday, because NYC Public Schools are on Spring Break from Monday through Friday, April 10 - 14, 2023.


Easter & Passover Celebrations in NYC & Boros

Next Sunday is Easter for Western Christians and the Following Week it's Easter for Orthodox Christians

 

April 3, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 438

 

Very Brief Introduction to Christian Easter Traditions

photos epitaphios astoriaOn Friday, April 7th, Christians observe Good Friday, which is when the Bible tells us that Jesus died on the cross. On Sunday, April 9th, Christians celebrate the Biblical account of Jesus rising from the dead.

Emperor Constantine became the Roman Emperor in 306. In 324 Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Empire. In 1054, the Great Schism occurred, wherein Christianity split into two different sects - Roman Catholic Christians [primarily in Western Europe] and Orthodox Christians [primarily in Eastern Europe]. The traditions have much in common, but one of the differences is in how they calculate the time of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The Western European Christians [Protestants and Catholics] use the Gregorian Calendar which was created in the 16th century and made the official calendar by Pope Gregory, while the Orthodox Christians use the Julian Calendar which was made law in the Roman Empire in 45 B.C. by Julius Caesar.

Thus there are years where the Western European and Eastern Orthodox Easter events fall at the same time, and there years where they do not. This year [2023] the celebrations of the two traditions are separated by a week, with the Western European Christians celebrating next weekend and the Orthodox Christians celebrating a week later.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

AIPAD Photography Show, Chain Theatre Performance Continues, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit at FIT in Manhattan; Chocolate Factory & Armstrong at LeFrak, and Next Week Sculpture Center Gala & Mets Home Opener in Queens; Luna Amusement Park Opens & Rachel Wren Exhibit in Brooklyn, Pregones Music Fest Ends Friday, Bronx Art Space Exhibit Closing Reception Saturday, NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; 5K Run on Staten Island, Palm Sunday, Passover Wednesday & Ramadan Continues

 

March 31, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 459.

nyc things to do this weekend nyc events this wekend manhattan queens brooklyn bronx staten Island things to do events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will rise from 50 on Friday, to 70 on Saturday, falling back to 50 on Sunday. The temperature lows will range between the mid and high 30's all weekend. The winds will range from 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The humidity will fall from about 80% Friday, to 70% Saturday to 40% Sunday. There will be scattered thunder showers Saturday ending around noon and with a brief return between 7 and 9 pm Saturday night, otherwise lookin' good.

The photos in this report were taken at an AIPAD show in a prior year. See below for details.


Brooklyn Street Fairs - Brooklyn NYC

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Brooklyn Street Fairs & Festivals

I. Brooklyn Street Fair Dates & Maps 2023

September 23, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Street Fairs / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

Brooklyn Street Fairs begin in April. We've compiled one of THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE of BROOKLYN street fairs including street fair TIMES & PHOTOS & maps, some street fair names & sponsors, and street fair maps to help you find your way around during the spring, summer and fall of 2023.


 

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How This Brooklyn Street Fair Page is Organized

The Brooklyn street fairs and festivals on this page are organized

1) BY MONTH and

2) BY NEIGHBORHOOD.

So to look through all of the Brooklyn street fairs on a given weekend / month, and see where they are in each neighborhood.

 

*** Links to Street Fairs in All 5 Boros of NYC

Here are some links to Manhattan street fairs NYC, Queens street fairs NYC, Bronx street fairs NYC, Brooklyn street fairs NYC and Staten Island street fairs NYC. We'll add more as the summer progresses.

 

Brooklyn Street Fair Updates - 2023

The Brooklyn street fair dates that have been updated with 2023 designations reflect the current St Fair events.

ASTERISKED street fairs have NOT been UPDATED. The street fairs with prior year dates reflect the information regarding that fair in a prior year.

UNCONFIRMEDS. The 'UNCONFIRMEDS' represent street fairs held in a prior year, which we believe are returning, but which we have not yet confirmed details for 2023.

UPDATES. The asterisked street fairs of prior years and the UNCONFIRMEDS will be updated as new information comes in.

Also check our Brooklyn Events calendar and / or our Brooklyn Farmers Markets section for updates and other things to do.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Street Fairs Begin, Chain Theatre Performance Continues, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit at FIT in Manhattan; Bayside St Patrick's Day Parade & Rough Draft Festival continues at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Queens; Bay Ridge St Patrick's Day Parade, Rachel Wren Exhibit & Final Performance of Lorraine Hansberry Play Tonight in Brooklyn, March is Music Month at Pregones, Bronx Art Space Exhibit about Homosexuality in Nature, NYBG Orchid Show & Yankees Home Opener in the Bronx; on Staten Island & The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan Began Thursday

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March 24, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 458.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 50 on Friday and Saturday, rising to 60 on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 40's all weekend. The wind will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, rising to 10 - 15 on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will be 40% - 50% on Friday and Sunday, popping up to around 80% on Saturday. There will be about a half inch of rain on Saturday, spread out over the course of the day from around 9 am to 11 pm, so you can likely do whatever you plan to, without any serious rain interruption.

The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan began yesterday [Thursday 3/23/23] and will continue until Friday, April 21. Ramadan is a month where Muslims fast, pray and reflect on their lives. Not unlike the Christian Lent.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

St Patrick's Day Parade, Chain Theatre Performance Continues, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit in Manhattan; 40 Shades of Irish Green & Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens; a Half Marathon Race, Lorraine Hansberry Play Performances & Rachel Wren Opening Art Reception in Brooklyn, an Art Exhibit about Homosexuality in Nature & the Orchid Show in the Bronx; St Pat's Weekend Irish Stout Concert and St Pats Weekend Bar Crawl for All on Staten Island & the First Day of Spring Comes Monday

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's on Friday, the low 50's on Saturday and the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday, and the low 30's for the rest of the weekend. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, and then 10 - 15 mph the rest of the weekend. The humidity will drop from 50% - 70% on Friday, to 40% on Saturday and between 30% - 40% on Sunday. No precipitation is expected this weekend.

The first official day of Spring is Monday, March 20, 2023. In the yogic tradition, spring is considered a time of renewal and transformation.

The photos included with this report are from a Manhattan St Patrick's Day Parade in an earlier year. Erin go Bragh which means Ireland Forever. Have a good one, which means a safe one, which means being respectful of others.


Governor Hochul Scraps the Ill Conceived LGA - Willets Point Air Train

Former Governor Cuomo's Air Train Seemed More About Catering to the Whims of the Billionaire Class, than in Streamlining Public Transit

March 15, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Queens Buzz NYC / 1066.

CTA subway line from downtown chicago to O'Hare Airport nyc public transit air train lgaIn 2017 I attended a Community Board meeting in Astoria where our urban planners talked about new improvements coming to LaGuardia Airport. Since then a number of those plans have come to fruition. But one of them, what at the time was called the third phase, the Air Train to LGA, has not. Use the link to see the thinking nearly six years ago when the plans had been drafted and the construction was about to begin. I'm happy to say that we flagged and reported to you a number of the issues with the LGA Air Train early on, which we've included in the list below.

The photo at right shows the CTA [Chicago Transit Authority] subway that runs along the Kennedy Expressway from downtown Chicago to O'Hare Airport which vies with Atlanta for the title of the busiest airport in the U.S..

 

The Former Emperor [Governor Cuomo] had No Clothes [Sound Public Interest Rationale]

On Monday, Governor Hochul announced what was already well known and expected, which was that the Air Train shuttling between LaGuardia Airport and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, would not be built.

There were any number of good reasons why the LGA Air Train should not have been built, such as: 1) the costs of building the train would cost more than five times the original estimated cost of under $500 million to over $2.5 billion, 2) then, implicit in a number of alternatives, there was the idiocy of connecting the LGA Air Train, to the second most trafficked subway line [the #7] in NYC, which was already nearing peak capacity pre-pandemic, 3) the politically and billionaire preferred alternative destination, Willets Point on Flushing Bay, had just been cleaned up after decades of environmental pollution, and would again be threatened again, and to top it all off, 4) the politically and billionaire preferred Willets Point alternative required all of the people traveling to and from LaGuardia on public transit, to travel out to Flushing first, before circling back around to LaGuardia Airport. The billionaires who would have benefitted from this include billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross and [now minority interest] Mets Club billionaire owners Saul B. Katz and Fred Wilpon. The new Mets baseball team owner, Steve Cohen, is also a billionaire.

CLICK here to read our report on Governor Hochul scraps the LGA to Flushing Meadows Corona Park Air Train.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Daylight Savings Time Sunday 2AM, Performance of a Lorraine Hansberry Play, a Pop Up Market & Poets Workshop in Brooklyn; Chain Theatre Opens Original Play, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit in Manhattan; Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Workshop for Women About EmPowerment, MFTA Art Opening & 40 Shades of Irish Green in Queens; Two St Patrick's Day Parades, a Concert, a Queer Nature Art Exhibit & the Orchid Show in the Bronx; Two Concerts [one Folk & one Classical], a Pre-Oscar Screening, a Staged Reading & Glass House Tour on Staten Island

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's and the temperature lows will be in the low to high 30's all weekend. Winds will range from 5 - 13 mph on Friday and Saturday and fall to about 7 mph on Sunday. The humidity will range from 60% - 80% on Friday, and then settle into the 60% - 70% range for the rest of the weekend. There will be about an inch of precipitation between 4 pm Friday and 9 am Saturday, and the rest of the weekend should remain dry.

The photo at right was taken in McCarren Park in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn a while back.


Brooklyn St Patrick's Day Bars Restaurants & Irish Pubs - Brooklyn NYC

Brooklyn St Patrick's Day Bars, Restaurants & Historic Irish Pubs BK 2023

Brooklyn St Pat's Day Irish Pubs in or near the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island Neighborhoods of Brooklynbrooklyn st patricks day bars restaurants irish pubs brooklyn nyc brooklyn st patricks day bars restaurants irish pubs brooklyn0 st patricks day parties brooklyn st pat's day pubs bars restaurants brooklyn nyc irish pubs Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island st pats day bars restaurants irish pubs brooklyn

March 4, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Holiday Events / Brooklyn Events & Things To Do / Brooklyn Restaurants NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

St Patrick's Day is on a Friday this year.

While St. Patrick's Day is one big party, it's important to keep in mind, that like New Years Eve, all the amateurs come out to play [it's not just the Irish who are out drinking on St. Patrick's Day]. So some measure of caution is advised and you have to be careful.

At a later date we'll add a bit of history of St. Patrick's Day.

Click here to read more about our round up of some of the Brooklyn St Patrick's Day bars, restaurants & Irish pubs - Brooklyn NYC.

 

* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Lorraine Hansberry's Play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music & Brooklyn Poets Readings in Brooklyn, the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit, Purim Celebration & the Harlem Blues in Manhattan, Cryptochrome at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & Two St Patrick's Day Parades in Queens, Queer Nature Opens at Bronx Art Space & the Orchid Show in the Bronx, & Lisa & Lori at Historic Richmond Town and the last Remaining Homophobic St Patricks Day Parade in NYC on Staten Island

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NYC Weather. There will be about an inch of rain on Friday beginning between 5 - 8 pm, ending by Saturday 8 am. The rest of the weekend will be dry. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's all weekend, while the temperature lows will be in the mid to high 30's. The winds will be 10 - 20 mph on Friday, 5 - 15 on Saturday and about 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be 50% - 80% on Friday, 70% on Saturday and 60% on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken late Monday night. It seems someone made good use of their time, and built what is likely one of the few NYC snowmen of this entire winter.


St Pats Day Parades in All 5 Boros of NYC

This is a Look at All of the Upcoming St Patricks Day Parades, Including Photos of those We've Covered Over the Years with Links to a Page Containing Photos and Descriptions of Some of the Best Irish Pub in Each Borough

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs start at about 40 on Tuesday, rising to 45 Wednesday and 55 on Thursday, before falling back to 40 on Friday. The temperature lows start in the low 30's on Tuesday, rise to the low 40's on Wednesday, before falling back to the mid 30's on Thursday and rising again to about 40 on Friday. The winds on Tuesday range from 5 - 15 mph, then fall back to 5 - 10 mph on Wednesday and Thursday before kicking up to 15 - 20 mph on Friday. The humidity will range from 75% - 85% on Tuesday, then fall back to 65% - 75% for the rest of the weekdays. There's a 50% chance of a scant amount of precipitation Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before a real chance of an inch and a quarter of either snow or rain on Friday. Most of Saturday and Sunday should be clear.

The photo at right was taken at the St Pats for All Parade in Sunnyside Queens. This St Pat's Parade was created to allow LGBTQ folks to march in a St Patricks Day parade at a time when all of the others banned LGBTQ from marching in their parades.

 

Each Borough Has its Own Parade

Parades, Pubs and Restaurants in Each Borough. Each borough has at least one or more St. Patrick's Day parade. As we've covered most of them, we've included links to our reports of each St. Patricks Day Parade to provide you with further details of the experience of attending. We've also included links to some of the best or oldest Irish pubs and restaurants in each borough. As this is by no means a comprehensive list, and we will continue refining this report as we learn more about the Irish pubs and restaurants in each borough of NYC.

How this page is organized. We've organized this page first by borough and then by date. The parades span the month, even though the official feast date for St. Patrick is March 17th, which is also the date of the Manhattan parade which is by far the largest.

The LGBTQ Parade Participation Issue Appears to be Abating. In 2020 the St Pats for All parade was begun in Sunnyside to protest the banning of gays from marching in the Manhattan St Pats Parade. In 2015 the Manhattan Parade opened up its participation rules to allow gays to march. In 2020 the Throgs Neck parade opened up its participation to gays. At present only the Staten Island parade continues to ban LGBTQ community members from participating in the parade as openly gay people. The Staten Island ban continues in 2023.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Black HerStory at Lincoln Center, African Poetry Society Film Festival in Queens, Lorraine Hansberry's Play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Performance of the Play Insignificant at the Bartow Pell Mansion in the Bronx & African American Lighthouse Exhibit Opening on Staten Island

valentines day events queens nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx staten island v day eventsFebruary 24, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 454.

NYC Weather. The temperature high on Friday was 46 degrees, falling to 34 on Saturday, before rising to 51 on Sunday. The temperature lows will rise from the low 20's on Friday, rising to the high 20's on Saturday, and the low 30's on Sunday. The winds will be between 10 - 20 mph Friday, dropping to 4 - 7 mph Saturday and then rising again to 8 - 12 mph. The humidity will be in the 40% to 50% range on Friday, 55% t0 65% on Saturday, and between 50% to 60% on Sunday. No precipitation is expected.

The photo at right was taken at a production of Black Wall Street at the York College Bassin Performing Arts Center in Jamaica Queens quite a while ago.


* Black History Month in NYC

This is a Look at Some of the Black History Events We've Covered Over the Years

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NYC Weather. The temperature high hit 61 degrees on Monday, and will fall to the mid to high 40's for the rest of the week. The temperature lows will range from the mid 30's to the low 40's until Friday, when the temperature drops into the mid 20's. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph until Friday, when we'll experience a gusty 15 - 20 mph. The humidity will range between 60% - 70% through the week, before dropping to 40% on Friday. Less than a quarter inch of rain is expected on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The image at right is of Langston Hughes, a writer in the 1920's and 1930's of the Harlem Renaissance. It seems like African Americans are continuing the process of asserting their influence in American culture, a process that began going mainstream in the 1920's / 1930's.

 

Highlighting Black History Month in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens & Staten Island NYC with Reports about African American History and Culture

We've covered a number of interesting theatrical performances and art exhibits exploring African American history and the African American experience in the five boroughs over the years. Some of them feature the African American experience front and center, while others include or reference the African American experience. This is a compendium of most of them, with links to the full stories. Think of this as a work in progress as it is far from complete, and in some measure, reflects how long each of our web magazines has been open / covering events in each of the boroughs. At this time I have not included many of the black and brown events reflecting immigrants' cultures, vis a vis the African American cultural experience.


Brooklyn Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do - Brooklyn Events Brooklyn NYC

Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

Things To Do in Brooklyn over the Presidents Day Weekend

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday will range from the high 40's to the low 50's, before rising on Monday into the high 50's. The temperature lows will fall to 30 on Friday, rising to 35 on Saturday, to 45 on Sunday, before descending into the high 30's on Monday. No precipitation is forecast. It's going to be a fairly windy weekend, with the winds at 20 mph Friday, falling to 5 - 10 mph on Saturday and Sunday, and then rising again to about 10 mph on Monday. The humidity will be 50% - 60% on Friday, falling to 40% - 50% on Saturday, rising to 50% - 70% on Sunday, before falling back to about 50% on Monday. Click for Brooklyn Weekend Weather.

The photo at right depicts George Washington in an annual reenactment of the Battle of Brooklyn, also known as the Battle of Long Island, which was one of the first American Revolutionary War battles. Washington lost the battle, but managed to keep his army intact, winning enough battles to stay in the game long enough to wear down the British monarchy and ultimately win the war. The reenactment occurs yearly in August at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Presidents Day is a federal holiday when all local, state and federal government offices are closed, which generally includes public schools - unless the district uses the holiday to make up a snow day, which is highly unlikely this year since there hasn't been any measureable snow.

Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, to see how they stack up versus their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.

 

Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday in NYC

queens presidents day weekend queens presidents day weekend things to do queens presidents day weekend events queens nycA day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.

In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.

In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the American people.



Brooklyn Valentine's Day Restaurants & Events - Romantic Restaurants in Brooklyn NYC

Brooklyn Valentine's Day Restaurants & Events 2023

Brooklyn Valentine's Day Restaurants in or near the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Brooklyn V Day Events in Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island Neighborhoods of Brooklynbrooklyn valentines day restaurants brooklyn valentines day romantic restaurants williamsburg greenpoint fort greene sunset park valentines day restaurants prospect heights park slope dumbo brooklyn heights dyker heights coney island brighton beach romantic restaurants brooklyn valentines day events bk nyc

February 11, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Holiday Events / Brooklyn Events & Things To Do / Brooklyn Restaurants NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

The photo at right shows pasta at an Italian restaurant in the Brooklyn Downtown neighborhood.

Valentine's Day is three weeks away. It's a good time to let your loved one know you care. Flowers, gifts and dinner are always welcome treats, and / or some thoughtful gesture that shows that the lady [or man] you're with, still means a lot to you.

This report provides an update on who's open and taking reservations, but also highlights a few local restaurant closures.

All events that have been asterisked are from 2022. Those restaurants without an asterisk have been updated to 2023, so watch the dates / year for 2023.

Unlike last year, there aren't any state CoVid guidelines for indoor dining. And the challenge of getting a reservation at the restaurant of your choice, is likely back to normal, which means if dining on the day of or the weekend before is imporant, you might want to act now.

Given Valentine's Day is on a Tuesday, it may be fair game to make your VDay reservation on Valentine's Day or any day of the preceding weekend. Also, many restaurants have retained thier outside dining capacity - so depending on the weather - NYC restaurants may have more capacity for Valentine's Day weekend than they did versus prepandemic.

But a number of restaurants were casualties of these pandemic times, so if you're thinking about doing something this Valentine's Day for dinner in or around Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park or Coney Island neighborhoods; it's best to do your research early, and call a week or at least a few days ahead to make the reservations.

 

Romantic Restaurants in Brooklyn - A Brief History of Valentine's Day

The origins of Valentine's Day are not well documented. It's believed to have been named after Saint Valentine who was apparently a Catholic martyr who died over 1500 years ago. Today the holiday is not associated with religion so much as flowers, candies, cards and romantic dinners. And the holiday spokesperson is now Cupid, a Roman god of desire, and quite a mischief maker.

Click here to read more about our round up of Brooklyn Valentine's Day restaurants & Brooklyn V Day Events Brooklyn NYC.



* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Valentines Day Weekend Cocktail Party NYC, Lunar New Year Parade Manhattan, Photo Exhibit Opening Reception & Comedy in the Bronx, Classical & Gregory Porter Concerts in Brooklyn, Play in Queens & Lighthouse for Lovers on Staten Island,

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NYC Weather. The temperature high on Friday actually hit 61 degrees this morning, breaking a record. On Saturday and Sunday, the temperature high will be about 50 on both days, while the temperature lows will be in the mid to high 30's throughout the weekend. The winds will be between 5 - 13 mph all weekend. The humidity will be between 40% and 50% on Friday and Saturday, rising a bit to between 50% to 60% on Sunday. There's a small chance [30%] of a small amount of rain [1/10th of an inch] on Sunday night.

 


* Black History Month in NYC

Scratching the Surface of Our Ancestoral African Roots

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Over the past few years I've come to enjoy a number of PBS programs that delve into our collective African American ancestoral roots. One of the shows is hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wherein he researches various celebrities' ancestoral roots, digging up photos, slave ownership records, and connections to other celebrities by tracing DNA trails. The journey can lead to any number of surprises, such as when Gates found that one of actress Carol Burnett's ancestors joined the Confederate Army, and then deserted a couple of years later. Or when Gates uncovered that TV Producer / Writer Larry David of Seinfeld is a distant cousin to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

But for my money, the treasure trove of programming on PBS may be found in its rich collection of documentaries - both old and new. And among those documentaries are a wide number of films exploring the contributions and history of African Americans.

 

PBS Documentaries During Black History Month in NYC

I'm only going to touch on one of them now, and at a later date will return to engage in a deeper conversation about others. The documentary I watched on PBS this month, was entitled, The Blinding of Isaac Woodard. It was about how an innocent African American veteran was attacked by a white southern police chief [Lynwood Shull] from South Carolina who beat out Woodard's eyes and permanently blinded him in February 1946, while Woodard was changing buses at a bus stop. That's a mighty nasty way to welcome a WWII veteran home and thank him for risking his life to defend us.

Nonetheless, eight years later, the search for justice was fulfilled ... in a way. Of course the all white South Carolina jury let off Police Chief Shull. But that action so enraged President Harry S. Truman, that he ordered a federal investigation into the case. And actor / radio host Orson Welles, took up the cause too, helping make it known what sorts of racial injustices were being perpetrated upon African Americans living and working in the south.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Chinese New Year Celebrations Continue & Artists Open Calls

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NYC Weather. We're going to have wintry cold from about 6 pm Friday to about 1 pm Saturday, when the temperatures fall below 20 degrees. Then it's back to our dry, global warming non-winter.

The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 20's on Friday and Saturday, rising significantly on Sunday to about 50 degrees. The temperature lows will be about 8 degrees Friday, rising to the mid 20's on Saturday and the high 30's on Sunday. The humidity will be about 30% on Friday, 40% on Saturday, and 50% on Sunday. Winds will be 20 mph Friday, and then 5 - 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. No precipitation is expected this weekend.

The photo at right was taken inside of City Hall last month. It's a beautiful building, as you can see.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

New Play at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Boat Show at the Javits, Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, The Chinese New Year Celebrations Continue, Winter Jazz Festival & the January Arts Festival Ending, 1st Irish Festival in LIC & Artists Open Call in the Bronx

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 40's on Friday and around 50 the rest of the weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 30's on Friday, rising to about 40 the rest of the weekend. The humidity will be between 50% - 60% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 60% - 70% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. No precipitation is expected this weekend.

In the photo at right is the NYC skyline in Midtown, looking west from Queens. We've gone 324 days without measureable snow, the second longest period on record. The longest was 332 days set in 2000. Based on the most recent forecast, we're going to break that record and may go the entire winter without measureable snow. This is not good news. We all need to do whatever we can to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. And, however small it may seem, if you multiply it by seven billion [people on the planet], it won't seem so small. Every little bit of carbon reduction counts.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit Begins, Winter Jazz Festival & the January Arts Festival continue

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's throughout the weekend, while the temperature lows will be in the mid 30's on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 40 degrees on Sunday. Winds will be about 5 - 10 mph all weekend. The humidity will be about 50% - 60% on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 85% Sunday afternoon as the rain pours in. No rain is in the forecast until Sunday, when a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of rain is expected starting around 3 pm.

The photo at right shows folks walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, even amidst the dreary weather.

 

NYC Things To Do This Weekend

There's outdoor skating at Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center in Midtown, and at Wollman Rink in the southeast corner of Central Park and at the Harlem Meer in the northeast corner of Central Park. Also in Prospect Park and Coney Island in Brooklyn, Cloves Lake on Staten Island, and in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. For details see https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/iceskating


Economic Outlook 2023

Employment Steady, Inflation Subsiding, Consumer Confidence Up, Government Stimulus Fading, Fed Tightening 'Should' Stop After .25% Increase at Next FOMC Meeting, Most Global Supply Side Issues have been Corrected, Oil Prices Below a Year Ago, and the Dollar is Strong

January 17, 2023 / NYC Business News / New Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 469.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's and the temperature lows will be around 40, dropping to 35 degrees on Friday. No rain is expected EXCEPT on Thursday, where up to an inch of rain will fall during the day. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Tuesday and Thursday and will be 10 - 15 mph on Wednesday and Friday. Humidity will rise from 45% to 80% on Tuesday, fall back into the 60% range on Wednesday, rise into the 80% range on Thursday with the rain, and fall back into the 60% range on Friday.

 

I. Economic Background - CoVid Disruptions of Global Supply Chains and U.S. Government Fiscal & Monetary Policy Responses

In recent months I have spent a fair amount of time catching up on what's happening in the economy overall, in an attempt to guage what lies ahead. It's important to realize where we are in the business cycle, in order to figure out what to expect going forward.

 

nyc business local businesses in nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc economic outlook forecast 2023 nyc* Since March of 2020, we've been in a bit of a pandemic spin. The 2020 pandemic essentially halted most hospitality businesses and softened demand for some services, but drove high demand for both durable and non-durable goods. This is on the demand side. Meanwhile on the supply side, businesses were closing down, or working at far less than capacity, because of the health impact of the pandemic. For example in China, they didn't just appear to shutter businesses, but almost entire cities, to curb the spread of CoVid. China is where much of our electronics are made so this impacted the availability / supply of electronics at a time when Americans were spending more on them, because they weren't traveling, vacationing or even eating out much, so they had extra cash to spend on items, most notably electronics.

The U.S. federal government [as did many governments throughout the world] kept many businesses afloat through expansive monetary policy and generous fiscal spending via CoVid Relief packages which put money in the hands of local businesses, governments and individuals. The fiscal stimulus / excess government spending began in 2020 during the Trump Administration, and ended in early 2021 under the Biden Administration.

The first chart above right shows the federal government excess fiscal spending during the pandemic. Both Trump and Biden temporarily increased government spending in order to keep the economy rolling through the pandemic.


** Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Friday the 13th, Many Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events, Winter Jazz Festival & the January Arts Festival continue, Closing Reception, Play about Patriarchal Power & Skating

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's on Friday, the high 30's on Saturday and the mid 40's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's all weekend. No precipitation is in the forecast. The humidity will be in the 60% range on Friday, the 50% range on Saturday, the 40% range on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 12 - 17 mph on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dropping to 5 - 10 mph on Monday.

The photo at right was taken a week ago at City Hall, where Mayor Adams opened himself up to a wide range of questions from the local press. This week the Mayor released the Preliminary Budget for NYC for 2024.


Brooklyn Martin Luther King Day Weekend Things To Do - Brooklyn NYC

Martin Luther King Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

Things To Do in Brooklyn over the MLK Day Weekend

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's on Friday, the high 30's on Saturday and the mid 40's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's all weekend. No precipitation is in the forecast. The humidity will be in the 60% range on Friday, the 50% range on Saturday, the 40% range on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 12 - 17 mph on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dropping to 5 - 10 mph on Monday. Click for Brooklyn Weekend Weather.

 

Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.

Martin Luther King Day has grown to take on an even larger meaning, as it is oftentimes referred to as a day on, versus a day off. Organizations around the city and nation have used the day to call people into action to address the needs of the community through volunteering and service.

As Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, it's worth keeping in mind that many / most federal offices will be closed, along with a number of businesses.

 

Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in Brooklyn NYC

brooklyn things to do mlk martin luther king day weekend brooklyn martin luther king day weekend events brooklyn mlk day weekend nycSaturday through Monday January 14 - 16, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm, the Brooklyn's Children's Museum at 145 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights Historic District, is hosting events celebrating the life the Martin Luther King with a day of service, as well as arts and crafts, games and storytelling. For details go to www.brooklynkids.org.

On Monday, January 16, 2023 from 10.30 am to 3 pm in the Fort Greene neighborhood, the Brooklyn Academy of Music at 30 Lafayette Street in Brooklyn, hosts its 37th Annual Celebration of MLK's life in the Peter J. Sharp Building. There will be musical performances, speeches by renowned scholars and civil rights activists, a film screening and more [culture / free]. For details and an rsvp see www.bam.org.

On Monday, January 16, 2023 in Prospect Park in Brooklyn the Prospect Park Alliance is hosting two MLK Day events. The first runs from 10 am - 1 pm at the Music Pagoda, where folks can help enrich the park by doing some work on it. The second event runs from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Prospect Park Audubon Center [near the Boathouse which is accessible via the southeast side of the park from Ocean Avenue at Lincoln Road] where there will be outdoor nature activities, an animal encounter and a wilderness walk. For details see https://www.prospectpark.org.

On Sunday, January 15, 2023 from 11 am - 12.30 pm the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West in Park Slope is hosting a program that will discuss MLK's 'I have a Dream' speech. In prior events such as this one they also include musicians. Free. For details see - FB - https://www.facebook.com/EthicalCultureBrooklyn/ or their website at - https://bsec.org/

Click here for Brooklyn things to do on Martin Luther King Day weekend.



The Nurses Strike at Mt Sinai & Montefiore Hospitals

One Nurse Told me She Felt Like Nurses had gone from Heroes to Zeroes

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On Monday I made the trip to the Mount Sinai Medical Center between 5th and Madison Avenues and between 99th and 101st Street on the Upper East Side. Mt Sinai is the hold out in completing negotiations or even resuming them with the New York State Nurses Association union or NYSNA.

By last Friday, January 6, 2023, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Maimonides Medical Center and Richmond University Medical Center had reached tentative agreements with the NYSNA union that included improvements in safe staffing and wages.

By Saturday, January 7, 2023 the NYSNA tweeted that BronxCare Health System and Flushing Hospital Medical Center had "reached tentative agreements that will improve safe staffing levels and enforcement, increase wages by 7%, 6%, and 5%, and save their healthcare benefits."

By Monday, January 9, 2023 about 7,100 pf the 42,000 nurses in the NYSNA union were set to go on strike at Mt Sinai in Manhattan and Montefiore in the Bronx. When I arrived around noon time at Mount Sinai in Manhattan on Monday, the NYSNA had a strong showing by their members. And the vehicular traffic appeared to be highly supportive of them, which you will see in the video I shot when I post it later today. The strikers were stationed primarily on Madison Avenue at about 99th Street, and there was a speaker there, but I really couldn't hear what she had to say with all the surrounding commotion, you'll see that too.

So I found a few nurses talking things over a bit away from the crowd, and I spoke with them. They told me that the strike is primarily about two issues: 1) staffing levels and 2) compensation. I learned a couple of things I didn't hear reported in the corporate media, which I'll share. But please note that I've not yet had a chance to confirm these findings with either of the hospitals still on strike.

The first thing they told me is that the staffing levels vis a vis patient loads are and remain the primary cause of the strike. They said that in the last union negotiation the hospitals agreed to put in recommended grids for staffing levels per patient for the various hospital units, which was a good first step. The problem is that the new staffing grids were not made enforceable.

Thus, because the staffing grids per patient remain unenforceable, I was told that they are exceeded too often. The trouble with this, they told me [and remember these are not the official spokespeople for the union, but rather rank and file union members, and I haven't yet cross referenced these findings with either hospital - see below] is that when you exceed the recommended staffing levels for prolonged periods of time, the probability of staff mistakes rise [dispensing meds and providing treatments], and hence this isn't just unsafe for patients, but it also puts the licenses of the nurses in jeopardy, should they make a mistake.

The second thing they told me was that the corporate media tells New Yorkers that the striking nurses are holding out for higher percentage pay increases vis a vis the nurses at the other hospitals who have reached tentative deals. They thought this characterization was incomplete - if not unfair - as the nurses at Mt Sinai and Montefiore have lower pay scales than the nurses at the other NYC hospitals.

CLICK here to read the rest of our report on the NYC / NYS Nurses Strike in Manhattan and the Bronx.


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

First Full Weekend of the New Year - 2nd Anniversary of the Trump Insurrection, Three Kings Day Parade, Greek, Ukrainian & Russian Orthodox Christmas, Shabbat Dinner, January Under the Radar Festival Begins, Mulchfest Ending & Skating & a Couple of Holiday Market Sales

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday and Saturday, descending to the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's all weekend. The humidity will be 70% on Friday, 60% on Saturday and between 50% and 70% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. A scant amount of precipitation is expected early Friday morning, as well as late Sunday night. It appears to be something one needn't worry too much about.

In the photo at right, taken last week in Manhattan, you can see Macy's in the background, in all of its holiday glory.


New Years Resolutions 2023: The Road Ahead

A Few Axioms To Keep In Mind Throughout The New Year

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For all of us, today starts the beginning of a new year.

If we stay the course with vaccinations, masks, social distancing and hand washing, we should be able to continue the transition from pandemic to endemic - assuming we're not already almost there - given that there are likely to be lingering long term CoVid effects and that we may never return to a pre-CoVid normal.

The rest of this report is about some of the things you can do personally to make 2023 a better year for you.


Brooklyn New Years Parties - Brooklyn New Years Eve Restaurants - Brooklyn NYC

Brooklyn New Years Eve Parties & NYE Restaurants 2022 / 2023

Brooklyn New Years Eve Parties in or near the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island Neighborhoods of Brooklyn NYCbrooklyn new years eve parties brooklyn new years eve restaurants williamsburg greenpoint fort greene sunset park new years eve parties prospect heights park slope dumbo brooklyn heights dyker heights coney island brighton beach new years eve parties brooklyn nyc

December 21, 2022 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Holiday Events / Brooklyn Events & Things To Do / Brooklyn Restaurants NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

New Years Eve occurs on a Saturday this year. While New Years Eve is one big party, it's important to keep in mind, that like St. Patrick's Day, all the amateurs come out to play [it's not just the Irish who are out drinking on St. Patrick's Day]. So some measure of caution is advised and you have to be careful.

Folks are ready to party this year, so an early rsvp is suggested. Most, if not all, NYC restaurants no longer require proof of vaccination, and no longer require masks. NYC theaters, followed suit this year rescinding both requirements, but they still encourage theater goers to wear masks. And while the pandemic restrictions have been rescinded, you might want to check the CoVid guidelines of your destinations, just to be sure, as each business is free to mandate and enforce their own CoVid guidelines.

The following are a number of different New Years restaurants in Brooklyn NYC where you might consider booking a reservation.

Click here to read more about our round up of New Years Eve parties in Brooklyn - New Years Eve restaurants Brooklyn.

 


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Christmas and Hanukkah Will Soon End, and Kwanzaa Will Soon Begin, Also New Years Eve Parties and Events

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs descend from the mid 50's Friday, to about 20 on Saturday, rising to about 30 on Sunday and Monday, which is a holiday. The temperature lows fall like a rock to about 10 degrees Friday night, before rising to 15 on Saturday, 20 on Sunday and 25 on Monday. The humidity drops from 70% on Friday to 50% by the end of the day, and then remains in the 40% - 50% range for the rest of the weekend, including Monday. As of the time of this post, there's a 70% chance around midday of about 1/10 inch of precipitation. The winds will fall from a blustery 20 mph + on Friday, to 15 mph on Saturday, to 10 - 15 mph on Sunday, down to 5 - 10 mph on Monday.

The photo at right was taken earlier this month at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. The crowds are back, but there might not yet, be as many foreign tourists as in the past.


* Home for the Holidays - CoVid Update & the 'Tripledemic'

A Three Virus Healthcare Threat may be Good for TV Ratings & Headlines, but is it Real?

An NYC Tripledemic Update - Analysis of Reporting of RSV, Flu & CoVid in NYC

As We Return to En Vivo Socializing Over the Holidays - Things to be Aware of

December 19, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / CoVid in NYC / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 468.

covid in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island covid update tripledemic dec 2022 nycNYC Weather. There's going to be some semi-serious precipitation [at present 2 plus inches] beginning Thursday afternoon around 4 pm, continuing until Friday about 4 pm. The temperatures are expected to rise to well above freezing, so it's almost certain to be rain in the city. As for the rest of the week, no rain Monday through Wednesday, and none is expected Saturday and Sunday, as folks head home for the holidays.

The temperature highs will be around 40 from Monday through Wednesday, rising into the low 50's on Thursday and possibly hit 60 on Friday, before descending into the mid 20's for the Christmas weekend, so Santa and his reindeer won't overheat as they make their appointed rounds. The temperature lows will be around 30 Monday through Wednesday, rising to 50 on Thursday, before falling to into the high teens on Friday, where the low will remain for the rest of the weekend. Monday thru Wednesday winds will be around 5 - 10 mph, rising to 15 - 20 on Thursday and then 25 - 30 on Friday, before falling back to 15 - 20 mph on Saturday and then 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be 50% - 65% on Monday thru Wednesday, rising to 75% - 85% on Thursday, and then falling on Friday from 75% to 50% on Friday, before settling into the weekend at between 40% - 50% for a dry weekend.

 

I. The Tripledemic - RSV How Real & How Scary?

covid in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island covid updateAs you likely heard, we are in the midst of experiencing a 'tripledemic'. The triple refers to CoVid, flu and RSV. RSV is short for respiratory syncytial virus, which is a virus that causes symptoms like those associated with a cold, but which can cause serious negative health issues for infants and the elderly. As usual, the TV news teleprompter readers and their writers appear to report whatever they're told, without actually thinking about the information they're conveying. And since they're in the business of attracting viewers' and readers' attention, they seem to have a tendency to sensationalize almost everything they report, including the weather.

So, let's start with RSV [respiratory syncytial virus], which to date, appears to have peaked the week ending November 12, 2022 [see chart]. According to weekly reporting by NYC Health, an NYC government website, there were three RSV related infant deaths since the peak this season, and they all occurred on the same week. As of the NYC Health report on December 17, 2022, there were nearly 30,000 cases in NYC so far this fall. So three infant deaths is a 0.01% RSV death rate in NYC. Given the low death rate, one has to wonder whether there were other complicating factors also at play?

RSV prevention is certainly worth paying attention to in order to protect your loved ones - especially infants, the elderly and immuno compromised. But that said, it rarely appears to be fatal, as you can see by the statistics noted above. RSV cases have been on the decline since the November 12th peak, but as in reporting on all health issues, things can change without notice. So stay tuned, knowing that what we're dealing with generally isn't lethal.


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

This is the Peak Party Holiday Weekend, Holiday Concerts, Holiday Shopping & Menorah Lightings as Hanukkah Begins

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs descend from the high 40's on Friday to about 40 on Saturday and then into the high 30's on Sunday. The temperature lows drop from the mid 30's on Friday, to about 30 on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity drops from between 70% and 80% on Friday, to about 60% on Saturday and then into the 50% range on Sunday. The winds will be 12 - 16 on Friday and then about 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. About a half inch of rain is due Friday, ending about 4 pm in the afternoon, and thereafter the weekend should be dry.

The photo at right was taken last week along 6th Avenue, near Bryant Park in Midtown. The city is again entertaining fair crowds of tourists and New Yorkers.


* Picketing for the One Day Strike at the New York Times didn't Last a Day

How Not to do a Strike?

December 13, 2022 / NYC Business News / Midtown Manhattan / News Analysis & Opinion / Manhattan Buzz NYC / 386. 

Early last week I caught wind that there was an impending strike coming to the New York Times.  It was a snippet of a news story, but seemed important, given the prominence and influence of the Times. The Times is one of the two most prestigious papers in the nation along with the Washington Post, and one of a small number of such influential newspapers in the world.

 

NYT Strike on Thursday, December 8, 2022

nyt strike in nycSo, when I heard that the strike was actually happening on Thursday late afternoon, I dropped everything and headed down to the New York Times office building in Midtown Manhattan.  I had a hunch that the strikers would be disbanding - if not gone - by the time the TV news ended at 7 pm. 

It turns out I was right, as I arrived right around 7 pm and there wasn't a striker in sight.  I walked completely around the block, covering all street exits of the Times office building, including 8th Avenue and 40th and 41st Streets. The strikers had been there, just not for a very long time.

I asked several people coming out of the building about the strike.  Most of them shrugged me off, in a surly sort of manner.  One of them responded telling me that the strikers were there in the afternoon, marching along 8th Avenue.  But, as mentioned, there wasn't a striker in sight, and no trace that they had been there.  Unless they had slipped into Wolfgang's Steakhouse for drinks and dinner [see photo below].

The photo above right was taken outside of the Times office building in Midtown Manhattan around 7 pm on December 8, 2022 - the day of the one day strike. The picketing appears not to have lasted the day.

A reported 1,100 members of the News Guild of New York gave up a days pay, to stage the one day walk out on Thursday, December 8th.  The union represents 1,450 NYT employees, of which 1270 are newsroom personnel, according to the Wall St. Journal.  Based on the coverage I saw by other news organizations of the strike, far fewer folks picketed on Thursday, than the number of those who didn't show up for work and gave up the day of pay. My guesstimate of the number who picketed was in the low hundred(s).


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Holidays Tree Lightings, Holiday Caroling, Holiday Community Gatherings & Holiday Markets

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 40's, and the temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's, all weekend. About 1/3 inch of precipitation is expected on Sunday between the hours of noon and midnight. Winds will be about 7 - 10 mph all weekend. The humidity will rise from 40% - 50% on Friday, to 50% - 65% on Saturday, to 70% - 80% on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken this week along 5th Avenue, which was fairly crowded Thursday evening with tourists and New Yorkers.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays are Going Full Tilt This Week with Tree Lightings, Caroling, Community Gatherings and Holiday Markets

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday, the high 50's on Saturday and descending back to the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday, descending to the low 30's on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will climb from 50% to 60% on Friday, to 55% to 77% on Saturday before descending back to 50% to 60% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, rising to 10 - 15 mph on Saturday and then falling to 5 mph on Sunday. About a quarter inch of rain is expected between 7 am and 1 pm on Saturday, otherwise it's a dry weekend.

The photo at right was taken last week. What strikes me about this photo, and other scenes in the city like it, is the lingering foliage and color we're still seeing at this late date in the season.

This weekend we could top 60 degrees, which as you know, is unseasonably warm. Even the birds and insects are confused by this weather. For example at a Thanksgiving Day dinner in Connecticut I noticed there were insects hovering around the table, and in Queens - just yesterday - I walked past a bevy of trees which were alive with the noise of what seemed an entire flock of tweeting birds. It was fairly cold yesterday, so I thought perhaps their beaks were chattering, like we humans do when it's very cold.


Brooklyn Holiday Events & Things To Do - Brooklyn NYC

Brooklyn Holiday Events & Things To Do NYC

Brooklyn Holiday Things To Do - Christmas Tree Lightings, Brooklyn Hanukkah Menorah Lightings & Kwanzaa Holiday Candle Lightings

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*** Be sure to visit our Brooklyn Holiday Markets page, as it contains related holiday events with a shopping element to them.

*** For links to holiday events and markets in all five boroughs of NYC scroll down to the bottom of this report.

EDITOR NOTE. While it seems we've turned the corner on the CoVid pandemic, remember caution is the better part of valor. Try to maintain some social distance, when in a crowded place consider wearing a mask and if you're not feeling well, give yourself a break and enjoy some time at home.

 

How The Brooklyn Holiday Events Page on this Page are Organized

These holiday events in Brooklyn are organized as follows:

1. BY NEIGHBORHOODS OF BROOKLYN

2. BY DATE

Watch carefully as some locales have multiple dates, and all dates for a given locale are shown at the time the venue is first listed.

3. ALL OF THESE ARE FREE UNLESS FEES ARE SPECIFIED.

4. Note BROOKLYN HOLIDAY MARKETS are published on a separate page - the links to which are posted at the bottom of this page, along with links to other boroughs.

 

Brooklyn Holiday Lights, Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, Kwanzaa Candle Lightings Background

The holidays are a special time of the year. In ancient times there were harvest celebrations to give thanks and enjoy the bounty after a long growing and harvesting season aka a year of work.

Community holiday events have been on the rise in Brooklyn since the start of the 21st century. While some date back many years, even prior to the start of the 21st century, many are relatively new.

Enjoying a community get together around the holidays is a good way to share in other people's cultures and strengthen the human bonds that transcend cultural variation. Or conversely, an opportunity to share your cultural upbringing with others.

Each of the Brooklyn holiday events is a bit different, as some are organized by community groups, local government officials and others by business organizations. Oftentimes one can find artisanal products that are made in NYC or NYS for sale, but we've dedicated a special section to announcing Brooklyn Holiday Markets & Shopping - Brooklyn NYC.

 

Brooklyn Holiday Events & Things To Do Getting Underway

The Brooklyn holiday events get underway shortly after Halloween, with some coming opening up about the time of Thanksgiving. The Brooklyn holiday events are located in or near the following Brooklyn neighborhoods - Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Dyker Heights. Many either include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally snacks like cookies - or are near food vendors and restaurants.

Click here to read our report about Brooklyn Holiday Events / Holiday Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC.



Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays are Warming up a bit this Weekend, Before going Full Tilt Next Week

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 50's all weekend, while the temperature lows will rise from around 40 on Friday and Saturday, to 50 on Sunday. The humidity drops from 60% - 70% on Friday, to 50% - 60% on Saturday, and then rises again to 70% - 80% on Sunday. The winds will be around 15 mph Friday, falling to 10 mph on Saturday and Sunday. There's a slight chance of a slight amount of rain before noon Friday, none on Saturday and then about a half to two thirds inch of rain on Sunday between 11 am and 9 pm.

The photo at right was taken at a Thanksgiving dinner I attended yesterday. I ate so much of the dinner, that I didn't dare have any dessert for fear of exploding ... a similar memory of which, I also have as a child.


Thanksgiving - America's Communal Holiday

The Pilgrims Legacy: Love, Sharing & Community Empowerment

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A couple of years ago, I happened upon a childhood book of fables and fairytales that I had saved since I was a first grader. I was young enough to still like fairytales and old enough to be learning and loving to read.

The book, A Gateway to Storyland, by Platt & Munk Co, was given to me around the holidays, and the book still gives me a warm, loved feeling when I periodically open it to browse through the fairytales and fables containing little nuggets of age old wisdom about how to conduct onesself [see photo at right / the book is still in print]. I read it numerous times immediately upon receiving it, as the illustrations fed my imagination, and lessons embedded in the words resonated with timeless sagacity.

 

Unselfish Parental Love Manifested by Empowering Progeny

Love comes in many forms, but the purest form is unselfish love. The love of truly giving something with no thought of anything in return. That love is oftentimes given intergenerationally - from grandparents to parents to children.

Perhaps the greatest gifts are those that cost us nothing but our time. Like the gift of teaching someone something that they will be able to put to good use throughout their lives. Parents do this all the time, when they help their children develop skills, and impart some knowledge and learning ... just as my parents did many years ago, by giving me a well illustrated fairytale book to encourage my interest in reading, while sharing the time tested insights of the ages, handed down through storytelling.

 

I. A Brief Thanksgiving History

The Pilgrims Shared Communal Resources to Actualize a Dream

At Thanksgiving time we commemorate one of America's first settlements, founded by the risk-taking, resource-pooling, hardworking, spiritual community of Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims were early English settlers who arrived on American shores in the early 17th century [1600's]. They came here because they wanted a measure of freedom and self-determination that they were forbidden in Europe or what was called the 'old country'. The Pilgrims wanted to practice their faith, unencumbered, in a way that differed from the established Church of England. They pooled their money to obtain a ship, the Mayflower, to cross the Atlantic in mid September of 1620, landing on America's shores at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts on November 9, 1620. Think of it. It took about a month and a half to travel a distance we can now traverse in about five hours.

 

The Pilgrims Receive Help from the Native People of a Strange Land

Per Wikipedia, the Piligrims survived a hard winter in 1621 with the help of the Wampanoag, an American Indian tribe. The Pilgrims were the immigrants, and the first Americans, the Indian natives, welcomed them. The Wampanaog taught the Pilgrims how to catch eels, and how to grow and harvest corn. Thus the Pilgrims ended 1621 with a good harvest which they celebrated and shared with their new friends, expressing their gratitude to a higher power, aka God, for the success of their endeavors.

Thus it was that the first Thanksgiving celebration happened in America ... or did it?


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays have Arrived in NYC

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NYC Weather. The temperatures will be in the mid to low 40's during the day and the mid to low 30's at night. Humidity will be fairly low ranging from 35% to 50%. No rain is in the forecast. The winds will range from 10 - 16 mph, so fairly windy.

As hard as it is to believe, the holidays have arrived. Last weekend the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrived. It's an 80 foot spruce which will be lit on Wednesday evening November 30th.

Following the lighting at Rockefeller Center, there's a new street program entitled Fifth Avenue for All. It starts Sunday, December 4th, continuing Sunday, December 11th and ending Sunday, December 18th whereby 5th Avenue will be closed to automobile traffic from 49th to 57th Street, from 12 noon - 6 pm. There will be food vendors, musicians, pedestrians and others, who will take over the street.

And of course the holiday events and holiday shopping seasons have begun as well. We're working on holiday markets as we speak, and we expect to continue updating through the weekend. But you can use the links below in the Holiday Markets report filed earlier this week, to see how far we've gotten in posting the holiday markets which have begun opening.


Brooklyn Holiday Markets & Holiday Shopping - Brooklyn NYC

Brooklyn Holiday Markets, Christmas Shopping & Hanukkah Shopping

Brooklyn Christmas Shopping, Hanukkah Shopping & Brooklyn Holiday Markets

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*** Be sure to visit our Brooklyn Holiday Events page, as it contains related holiday events with a shopping element to them.

*** For links to holiday events and markets in all five boroughs of NYC scroll down to the bottom of this report.

EDITOR NOTE. While it seems we've turned the corner on the CoVid pandemic, it's after effects are still hovering around us. That said, we mostly appear to have turned the corner and are in the process of returning to normal.

 

Brooklyn Holiday Markets Getting Underway

Holiday outdoor markets have been on the rise in Brooklyn since the dawn of the 21st century. While some date back many years, some are relatively new.

Shopping at holiday markets alone, with friends, or with the kids gives folks a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor and satisfy some of their yearnings and some of the yearnings of those we love.

Each of the Brooklyn holiday markets is a bit different, as some are organized by community groups and others by business organizations. Oftentimes one can find artisanal products that are made in NYC or NYS.

The Brooklyn holiday markets get underway shortly after Halloween, with some coming opening up about the time of Thanksgiving. The Brooklyn holiday markets are located in or near the following Brooklyn neighborhoods - Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect Park, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Dyker Heights. Many either include the serving of some beverage like hot chocolate and generally snacks like cookies - or are near food vendors and restaurants.

Click here to read our report about Brooklyn Holiday Markets & Shopping - Brooklyn NYC. Or click here to read our report on Brooklyn Holiday Events / Things to do BK.



Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Announcement, Veterans Day Weekend, Art & Performance; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's Friday, dropping to the mid 50's Saturday and down to the mid 40's Sunday. The temperature lows will plummet from the low 50's Friday, to the low 330's Saturday and into the high 20's on Sunday. The humidity will fall from 90% Friday, to 80% Saturday, to 65% 80% on Sunday. Winds will be a blustery 7 - 15 mph all weekend. Rain is in the forecast, with about a quarter inch to fall tonight, and then 1/10th inch of rain early in the morning on Saturday and Sunday - so it shouldn't stop you from going out.


NYS Politics & Election Day November 2022

NYS Elections are November 8th, Today

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November 8, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 474.

The NYS election is today, Tuesday November 8th.  On the ballot are the following races: U.S. Senate, Governor, Other state level positions such as Attorney General, State Assembly, State Senators and Ballot measures.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

NYC Marathon Weekend, Veterans Day Commemorations Warm Ups, Upcoming Play; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

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NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 70's all weekend, while the low will be in the mid 60's all weekend. No rain is in the forecast, but it will be a very humid weekend for this time of year ranging from 70% to 85% all weekend. Winds will be about 10 mph all weekend.

The photo at right was taken at the Queens World Film Festival in a prior year. The festival returned to the Museum of the Moving Image this week and runs through the weekend.

The graphic below right shows the course of the NYC Marathon this Sunday.


Brooklyn Thanksgiving Day Restaurants & Gourmet Specialty Food Shops & Grocery Stores

Thanksgiving Day Gourmet Food & Grocery Stores, Community Dinners & Restaurants In Brooklyn 2022

Thanksgiving Day Grocery Stores, Gourmet Food Shopping, Community Dinners & Restaurants in or near the Dumbo, Williamsburg, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bayridge, Marine Park, Coney Island Neighborhoods of Brooklyn

November 2, 2022 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Restaurants / Brooklyn Events & Things To Do / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

Thanksgiving Day History - Thanksgiving Food Shops, Dinners & Restaurants in Brooklyn

brooklyn thanksgiving gourmet food shops grocery stores brooklyn thanksgiving day restaurants williamsburg greenpoint fort greene sunset park bk thanksgiving day restaurants prospect heights park slope dumbo brooklyn heights dyker heights coney island brighton beach thanksgiving day restaurants brooklyn nyc bkThe origins of Thanksgiving Day in the United States began with one of America’s first settlements, founded by the risk-taking, resource-pooling, hardworking, spiritual community of Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were early English settlers who arrived on American shores in the early 17th century [1600’s]. They came here because they wanted a measure of freedom and self-determination that they were forbidden in Europe or what was called the ‘old country’. The Pilgrims wanted to practice their faith, unencumbered, in a way that differed from the established Church of England. They pooled their money to obtain a ship, the Mayflower, to cross the Atlantic in mid September of 1620, landing on America's shores at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts on November 9, 1620.

 

The Pilgrims Receive Help from the Native People of a Strange Land

Per Wikipedia, the Piligrims survived a hard winter in 1621 with the help of the Wampanoag, an American Indian tribe. The Pilgrims were the immigrants, and the first Americans, the Indian natives, welcomed them. The Wampanaog taught the Pilgrims how to catch eels, and how to grow and harvest corn. Thus the Pilgrims ended 1621 with a good harvest which they celebrated and shared with their new friends, expressing their thanks to a higher power, aka God, for the success of their endeavors.

Thus it was that the first Thanksgiving celebration happened in America. There's some dispute to this account, which we'll address in a future post, near Thanksgiving Day.

We've identified a number of Brooklyn shops, community dinners and restaurants open for dining on Thanksgiving Day in Brooklyn. Enjoy.



Things To Do in NYC in October - Weekend Events

Things To Do in NYC Each Weekend in October

October 31, 2022 / Things To Do NYC / Gotham Buzz. This section contains our Things To Do reports for each weekend in the month of October in all five boroughs of New York City.

What follows below is an example of the beginning of one of our weekend reports about things to do during the month of October.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Halloween Weekend in All 5 Boroughs; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOctober 28, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 60's all weekend, while the temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday and Saturday, rising to the mid 50's by Sunday. Winds will be 3 - 8 mph all weekend. Humidity will be 45% - 65% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 60% - 80% on Sunday. No rain is in the forecast this weekend.

The photo at right was taken over a decade ago in Queens. I recently came across it while doing some website content management work. The photo captures a moment in time of a young woman with an alluring gaze.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Your best bet is to click the link above for the full Manhattan Halloween magilla.

On Friday night the Whitney Museum in the Village is throwing a 'Hallowteen' event, while there's a Halloween party at the Museum of the City of New York on the UES and the McKittrick Hotel is throwing a big Halloween Party down in Chelsea. Stage 48 in Midtown is throwing a Monster Ball on Friday and a Halloween Parade After Party on Monday. There's also an old silent movie being shown, accompanied by a live organist, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Merchants House Museum in the East Village is hosting haunted tours in the evening on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday the Meatpacking BID is hosting a number of family friendly Halloween events and programs in the West Village, while E's Bar is throwing a party on the UWS. On Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Center is hosting an Open House and Family Day. Capitale in SoHo is hosting a big Halloween bash on Saturday.

On Sunday the Irish Arts Center in West Midtown is throwing a kids event midday. The Slate Bar, Bar 13 and Webster Hall all have Halloween events on both Saturday and Monday. Also on Sunday in the Flatiron District there's a Halloween themed history tour.

And the NYC Halloween Day Parade is on Monday.


What have the Democrats & the Biden Administration Accomplished?

Does Biden have Washington Working Again, in Spite of Narrow Democratic Majorities in Both the Senate & House? Why are Democrats Not Running on Their Collective Record?

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The midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 8th.

While President Biden's poll approval is below 50%, I believe it is because there's a yawning gap between perception - as provided daily by the billionaire controlled TV networks - and reality.

So here's the reality piece of it, since you've already been inundated with the ratings-driven TV networks view of things.


Brooklyn Halloween Parties & Events NYC 2022

Halloween Parties in Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope & Other Neighborhoods in Brooklyn

October 19, 2022 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Brooklyn Restaurants / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.

brooklyn halloween parties brooklyn halloween restaurants brooklyn kids halloween parties brooklyn nycHalloween occurs on a Monday this year. The Brooklyn Halloween party celebrations begin leading into the weekend and running through to Halloween day itself.

Halloween is one big costume party, where the theatrical side of people, is given a small opening. Halloween provides people the opportunity to create and play roles they have wanted to play, that the day-to-day keeps submerged. Is it their Doctor side or their Jekyll side - or something uncategorizable?

In the photo at right are NYC Halloween partyers in an earlier year. Professional actors are paid to assume and perform roles, but on Halloween it's an all-volunteer, unpaid, theatrical free-for-all ... but that very chaos of creativity is what also makes it so much fun.

Click here to read more about our round up of Brooklyn Halloween parties & events NYC.

 


Things To Do in NYC in September - Weekend Events

Things To Do in NYC Each Weekend in September

September 30, 2022 / Things To Do NYC / Gotham Buzz. This section contains our Things To Do reports for each weekend in the month of September in all five boroughs of New York City.

What follows below is an example of the beginning of one of our weekend reports about things to do during the month of September.

 

* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

First Day of Autumn began Thursday Evening, Global Citizen Concert Returns Saturday, Fall for Dance Celebration Begins, Feast of San Gennaro ends Sunday; Great Irish Fair, Oktoberest at Fort Hamiltion & Local Play in Brooklyn; Hispanic Day Parade, Bell Blvd Stroll & Oktoberfest and Durga Puja Begin next weekend in Queens; Hip Hop Museum Opens, Native American Festival, Bronx Night Market, Stage Garden Rumba in the Bronx; Local Play on Staten Island; Rosh Hashanah Begins Sunday ... also Farmers Markets, Street Fairs & more

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsSeptember 23, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's on Friday, about 70 on Saturday, rising to the mid 70's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 50 on Friday, rising to the mid 50's on Saturday and to about 60 on Sunday. The winds will be about 15 mph on Friday, falling to 5 - 10 mph the rest of the weekend. The humidity will rise from 40% - 50% on Friday, to 40% - 60% on Saturday, and then up to 60% - 80% on Sunday. No rain is in the forecast until after 4 pm on Sunday, when there's a 50% chance of about a tenth of an inch of rain.

The photo at right was taken earlier this week at the United Nations while President Biden was delivering a speech about protecting our democratic institutions and rule of law. This means helping other democracies, in order to preserve and protect our way of life from autocrats and dictators who inevitably steal power and wealth away from everyone else in society.

The first day of Autumn began Thursday evening 9/22/22 around 9 pm.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday evening and ends Tuesday evening.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

The photo at right was taken earlier this week at the United Nations. Those two people traversing the rooftop of the building aren't roof repairmen.

From Saturday, September 17 through January 1, 2023 - Death of a Salesman at the Hudson Theatre at 141 West 44th Street in West Midtown. This celebrates the Black Theatre Day on September 17th, in honor of the first African American theater, African Grove Theatre, which opened 9/17/1821. Tickets cost $64 - $313. For more details and tickets see https://www.thehudsonbroadway.com/

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOn Saturday, the Global Citizen Concert returns to the Great Lawn in Central Park which lies between 5th Avenue and Central Park West and between 72nd Street and 86th Street. The gates open at 2 pm and the concert begins at 4 pm. You must bring printed tickets as mobile tickets are not being accepted. Admission $250 - $299 via www.ticketmaster.com. For further details on the concert see https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/festival/nyc/2022/

Thursday - Sunday, September 15 - 25, 2022 times vary - The San Gennaro Festival. This is an 11 day Italian festival that runs through Sunday, September 25th. There's a canoli eating contest today 9/16 beginning at 1 pm and tomorrow 9/17 there's a procession through Little Italy that starts at 2 pm. See their website for details of all events - https://sangennaronyc.org/

The Fall for Dance Festival began on Wednesday, September 21 at the NY City Center at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The program runs through next week, ending Sunday, October 2, 2022. Performances begin at 8 pm each night, except this coming Sunday & Monday, September 25th & 26th. Tickets are $20 and performances last about an hour and a half. For details and tickets - https://www.nycitycenter.org/

The NY Film Festival begins next Friday, September 30th at Lincoln Center and runs through Sunday, October 16th.



NYC News Updates NYS

Office Workers & Employers Facing a Choice - Come Back to the Office or -

The UN is Back Live in Session, a look at the Argument for Democracies vs Dictatorships, & What's with the Royalist TV News Groupies?

September 19, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 80's on Tuesday & Wednesday, dropping to the low 70's on Thursday and the mid 60's on Friday., The temperature lows will rise from the mid 60's on Monday & Tuesday to the low 70's on Wednesday, and then fall into the mid to low 50's on Thursday and Friday. The winds will be 10 - 15 mph all week. The humidity will be 55% - 65% all week, except on Friday when it falls to 45% - 55%. There's a small chance of a small amount of rain in Thursday, with the probability gone by mid afternoon.

 

NYC White Collar Office Workers Continue to Resist a Full Return to the Office

As we noted last week, in our update, people are returning to mass transit. While weekend ridership on the subways has reached about 90%, weekday ridership lags behind at about 65% of prepandemic levels. One of the main drivers of the lower weekday ridership is that folks haven't yet resumed embraced a full return to the office at anywhere near prepandemic levels.

For about the past six months, only about 10% of white collar office workers in Manhattan, go to the office daily. But the number of people in the office each day has risen from about 38% to 49%, according to Parnership for New York City, a non-profit dedicated to primarily promoting the economic interests of NYC. Also, the percentage of workers staying fully remote dropped from 28% to 16% over the same six month period [April - September]. Nearly four out of five employers [77%] indicated that the preferred business model [demanded per employees] is now ready to accommodate folks who only want to travel to the office three of the five days in a work week.

Nobody is yet saying this, but it's my guesstimate, that over time, employees who are in the office more frequently are going to win out over those who are working remotely. And because of that phenomenon, I also guesstimate that over time, more folks will start spending more time in the office. But this may take years to play out.

There's a flip side of the coin above, which is that employers who accommodate remote workers, especially women who want to spend time rearing their children, could, over time, attract and retain some of the best and the brightest, even if they don't pay top dollar. For some, including myself, money matters - but it isn't everything.

As I look at what I've just written I see a potential lawsuit - discriminatory pay based on gender. But could it be discriminatory pay based on remote working? This discussion might have some parallels to the discussion below about dictatorships vs democracy and about valuing loyalty over talent.

Ultimately, time will tell, and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. One thing is clear, many of us - if not all - are not going back to the status quo.


News Update NYC

Entering the Post Pandemic New Normal in NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycSeptember 13, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 70's and the temperature lows around 60. It will be sunny the rest of the week, with humidity ranging from 40% - 60%, which is fairly dry. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph, falling as the week wears on. No rain is expected between now and Friday evening, nor through the coming weekend.

So, a lot has happened since we last posted a news update. At right is a photo of one of the outer borough subway stations this summer. As you can see, mask wearing compliance has diminished.

 

MTA: Ridership Hits Post Pandemic High of 3.5 Million Weekday Riders on the First Day of the Reopening of NYC Public Schools & Governor Hochul Drops the MTA Mask Mandate

On Thursday, September 8th, the first day of the NYC public schools reopening, the MTA transported 3.6 million people. That's the highest ridership number since the pandemic began two and a half years ago in March of 2020.

In our August 9th report [see below] we suggested the MTA drop the mask mandate or enforce it. At the time we noticed that less than half of the passengers on the subway seemed to be adhering to the mask mandate. On September 7th, NYS Governor Hochul rescinded the mask mandate on the MTA, making masking optional, but still recommended that we continue masking on the MTA as we enter the colder months, when folks go indoors, where the probability of infection by airborne viruses like CoVid and the flu increases. The guidance is particularly relevant to those who are older or have underlying conditions, but it's also not unwise for everyone else too.

 

Shootings Down in NYC in August - In August 2022 There were 115 Shootings vs 165 in August 2021

This Follows the Passage of Federal Gun Restrictions by Congress in June, Biden's April Executive Order in Requiring Ghost Gun Sales be Handled in the Same Manner as Gun Sales & Mayor Adams & the NYPD's Effort to Remove Illegal Guns from NYC Streets

On June 25th, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. This is legislation that passed both the Senate and Congress earlier in the month. A number of moderate Republicans crossed the aisle in both the House and Senate to vote with the Democrats, on reigning in the gun violence free-for-all that we've been witnessing the past couple of years.

The federal gun legislation was the first of its kind to pass both houses and be signed into law in about 30 years. Among other things it enhances background checks for younger gun owners [under 21], and provides law enforcement with additional authority and responsibility to thwart potential shooters by empowering them to curtail a gun owner's rights if there's reason to believe that person poses a risk to the general welfare of the community. Added funding was also provided to incent law enforcement to pay more attention to problematic gun owners.

The Biden Ghost Gun sale regulations went into effect on August 24, 2022, following a failed court challenge to block the President's April 2022 Executive Order requiring ghost gun sales to be treated the same as other firearm sales.

In addition to the actions taken at the federal level, Mayor Adams has been working with the NYPD to reduce shootings through changes in NYC law enforcement to take illegal guns off the street. Year to date [as of end of August 2022], the NYPD had removed 4,880 illegal guns from the streets of which 405 of them were removed in August.

Other NYC crime statistics rose 31%. And NYS Governor Hochul passed a number gun regulations in response to the Supreme Court ruling overturning a century old NYS gun law.

We'll have a few more items to add, including on NYC public schools, on Wednesday 9.14.22. In the meantime, I hope you're having a nice week.


NYC Catholic Schools Open September 7th & NYC Public Schools Open on the 8th

Ode to Some of the Great Teachers I've Known, Who've Been Guides on the Trail of Life

In Words & Deeds, We are all Students & We are all Teachers, be it Consciously or Not

September 7, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycOn Wednesday, September 7th the Catholic schools in NYC reopen for the new school year.

On Thursday, September 8, 2022 NYC public schools reopen.  Many of the CoVid guidelines of the prior public school year have been modified, so copy and paste the following link for an update.  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/covid-information/health-and-safety-in-our-schools.

 

Thinking of Those who Made a Difference

As I contemplated the upcoming school year I thought back to all of the great teachers who made a difference in my life. And so it is to them that I dedicate this column. Generally I'm going to discuss the school teachers as they chronologically entered my life, and discuss the other teachers in my life who taught me things outside of school, in reverse chronological order. Also please note that this is by no means a complete list, but really rather a first attempt at thanking some of the teachers who made a difference in my life, while passing on a few of the golden nuggets I learned from them.

 

The High School Teachers Who Made a Difference

It started at Abbott Pennings high school in DePere, Wisconsin where I grew up.  Father Frigo was our freshman or sophomore history teacher.  He was also a coach of the football and basketball teams which won state championships, and as such, was perhaps treated a bit too familiarly, even irreverently, by some of the star athletes in our class.  What Father Frigo taught me was that historical narratives change over time, and that, " ... you have to pay attention to whether you're looking at primary sources or secondary sources ... " to truly understand the nature of events. 

He taught us that, " ... revisionist history is a secondary source, but also plays an important role in our understanding of the past ...". He noted that pressure to conform to the prevailing cultural norms and narratives of those in power at a given time can distort and obfuscate the truth. But cultural norms and those in power change over time, so that oftentimes, at least in a free speech democracy, the passing of time permits a more honest appraisal of past events. We can see this playing out currently, as the Civil War 'heroes' of the Confederate south are more appropriately treated in historical terms as traitors to the republic, and as champions of a harsh, cruel system of enslavement of a large portion of the American population at the time. Likewise, in dictatorships, narcissitic despots often use and distort history to provide support for their violent aggression. We saw this scenario play out in Nazi Germany in the 1930's and 1940's, and we're witnessing it today in Putin's Russia.

My junior year I came up against a tough nun, Sister Janet, who for some god forsaken reason, took it upon herself to make sure that I understood algebra.  I fought her tooth and nail throughout the year, but over time she broke me down and taught me the beauty of the logic inherent in algebraic equations, for which there is no wiggle room between getting it right and getting it wrong.

And lastly, at Abbott Pennings high school, I was taught an even larger lesson by Father Meehan, in religion class.  I questioned some of the basic beliefs of Catholicism in class.  He patiently answered my questions, and in the end told me something that I will always remember, when he said, "don't stop questioning ... question everything".  Little did I know that that was both a blessing and a curse, as I have continued to question everything ever since.


Things To Do in NYC in August - Weekend Events

Things To Do in NYC Each Weekend in August

August 31, 2022 / Things To Do NYC / Gotham Buzz. This section contains our Things To Do reports for each weekend in the month of August in all five boroughs of New York City.

What follows below is an example of the beginning of one of our weekend reports about things to do during the month of August.

Things To Do in NYC This Weekend

1) Blues & BBQ Fest, Summer Streets NYC, Dominican Parade, Macbeth, Little Shakespeare Fest & Asian American Film Fest continue in Manhattan

2) India Day Celebration, Festival of Cinema continues & Free Fan Tickets to U.S. Open Trials become Available in Queens,

3) Coney Island Sand Sculpting & a Rum Festival Return & Hip Hop Film Festival Continues in Brooklyn;

4) SummerStage Concerts at Crotona Park Amphitheater, Dinosaurs at the Zoo & Piazza di Belmont in the Bronx;

5) Summer Concert on Staten Island;

6) also Free Outdoor Concerts, Movies & Theater, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Public Beaches

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycAugust 12, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weekend Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 80's and the temperature lows in the mid 60's all weekend. The humidity drops to 40 - 50% all weekend except Sunday when it begins rising again to about 60%. The winds will be 4 - 10 mph all weekend. No rain is in the forecast.

In the photo at right is a hip hop performer who is a part of a troupe that performed outside the entrance at Christies New York [an auction house] last weekend. The performance was part of a citywide dance festival [we only posted a couple of events], and also a tie into Christies' current online auction of early Hip Hop memorabilia which expires on August 18th, 2022.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 1 - 9 pm - Blues BBQ Festival. Free summer concerts at Pier 76 near Chelsea Piers in Midtown Manhattan NYC. Free admission, with food not included. For details see - https://hudsonriverpark.org/visit/events/event/blues-bbq-festival-2022/

Saturdays, August 6, 13 & 20, 2022 from 7 am to 1 pm - NYC Summer Streets - There will be street closures to autos and trucks along Lafayette starting at the Brooklyn Bridge, going north to 4th Avenue in the Village, which merges into Park Avenue at Union Square, ending at 72nd Street. People are welcome to bike, stroll, skateboard and whatnot. Motorists will have access to some major cross streets which you can find listed by cutting & pasting this web address into your browser - http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/about/neighbors.shtml.

On Sunday, August 14, 2022 beginning at 1 pm there's a Dominican Parade that marches up 6th Avenue from 38th Street to 56th Street in Manhattan.

Thursday, August 4 - Sunday, August 14, 2022 - The Little Shakespeare Festival. It's called 'little' because each production contains only four or five actors. 1) August 4 & 6 - As You Will - at 9 pm and 7 pm respectively, 2) August 5, 7, 11, 12 & 14 - Romeo & Juliet - at 7 pm weekdays and 5.30 pm and 4 pm respectively on Sundays, 3) August 6, 10 & 13 - Unspoken Garden - at 2 pm Saturdays & 7 pm weekday, 4) August 9 - Fights of Shakesepeare & As You Will [double feature] - at 7 pm and 5) Brawls & Burlesque, August 13 at 7 pm & 14 at 2 pm. At the Frigid Theater NYC which performs at Under St. Mark's Theater which is located in the basement at 94 St Marks Place [=8th Street] at 1st Avenue in the East Village - www.frigid.nyc / Tickets are $25 / $20.

August 3 - 13, 2022 - Asian American International Film Festival. This year [2022] they're back with live events and in person screenings at the Asia Society & Museum on the Upper East Side. The Asia Society & Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue at East 70th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC. Tickets are $16 / $10 - For details see www.aaiff.org.




NYC / NYS Politics - Primary Election Tuesday, August 23rd

These are the U.S. Congressional & NYS Senate Primary Races not Held June 28th

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August 23, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC. 

The second NYS primary election is on Tuesday, August 23rd.  On the ballot are the U.S. Congressional races and the NYS Senate races, which were not on the ballot on June 28th.

Reason for the Second Primary this Summer & Races to Watch

The reason there were two NYS primaries this year is that the electoral districts drawn up by the Democrats were so gerrymandered, that an upstate court ordered the NYS Legislature to redraw them more fairly. The decision was upheld on Appeal, but due to the timing - the Appeal decision came down in April - there wasn't enough time to redraw the maps in time for the June primary. Hence a second primary today.

The biggest contests to watch coming out of this election is the one pitting two longtime Congresspeople against each other in District 12 - Jerry Nadler of the Upper West Side and Carolyn Maloney of the Upper East Side. And there's a tight race just north of the city in Westchester where Alessandra Biaggi is challenging Sean Patrick Maloney in District 13. Earlier this summer, former Mayor de Blasio dropped out of the congressional race in the newly redrawn 10th District which encompasses part of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Click on the image above to access the poll finder website, so you can easily find where to vote in your neighborhood.  Remember this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and many of our ancestors died for our right to elect our leaders. A similar struggle for freedom from oppression is going on in Ukraine right now.  So in as much as you can, do your homework before voting for those you choose to represent you / us. There's still time to do some research on candidates on the web.  

The New York State election is Tuesday August 23rd, and polls are open from 6 am - 9 pm. Click on the graphic above, to find your poll site.


NYC News Updates

CoVid Update, Monkey Pox Update, Tourism Return Dampened by Strong Dollar, Pandemic Spending Shifts & Psychological Impacts

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycAugust 9, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 90's today, falling into the mid 80's for the rest of the week. The temperature lows will be around 70 all week. The humidity will rise from the mid 50's early Tuesday to the mid 70's by Wednesday, falling back to about 60% on Thursday and a comfortable 50% on Friday. There's a 50% chance of a 1/10th inch of rain between 5 - 10 pm Tuesday, and a 50 - 75% chance of about a half inch or more of rain between 11 pm Wednesday and 9 am Thursday. By Friday it's a very nice day, leading into a very nice weekend.

 

CoVid Containment in NYC - MTA Should Either Enforce the Mask Mandate or Withdraw it

This past weekend I noticed that half or less of the passengers on the subway appear to be following the mask mandate. To the MTA I suggest either enforce the mandate, or withdraw it. You weaken the government's credibility and ability to enforce compliance, when you mandate something and then do not follow through by properly / evenly enforcing it. Every good parent knows that.

The BA.5 variant of CoVid grew rapidly from under 10% at the beginning of June 2022, to above 80% by the end of July. Cases rose briefly during that period, before falling back again. About 79% of all Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while about 68% have received two or more. In NYS 91% of New Yorkers have received at least one dose, while 78% have received two or more doses. Because the population has finally come around to getting vaccinated, the hospitalization rates for CoVid are fairly low, with only a small percentage of hospital beds being utilized for CoVid patients, most of which are occupied by the non-vaxers.

Bear in mind that it's the summertime, which is the off season for the disease, because folks are outdoors.


Easing into the Curve - Summer Nears the Half Way Mark

NYC is in Full Summer Swing & While Not Back to Full Strength, We're Nearing it ...

July 26, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

We've mostly been trying to stay abreast of all the summer events this past month. Event schedules changed, some schedules have been reduced, and some venues have closed or remain on hiatus. But by and large, most venues are back up and running on some kind of level, while trying to protect the health and safety of their associates as well as the general public vis a vis CoVid.

So as we remained focused on staying abreast of the many summer events easily accessible to most of the denizens of NYC and NYS, we did not take our eye off of the more serious issues swirling around us. The following is a list of events we've been monitoring and researching along the way, which we intend to delve into in the coming weeks, and perhaps months.

 

The Supreme Court Ignores a 49 Year Old Legal Precedent Established Previously at the Supreme Court

The first event is the Supreme Court ruling which ignored a nearly 50 year precedent declaring a woman's right to choose early pregnancy cessations. The Court essentially struck down the Roe vs Wade decision of 1973, and confiscated a women's right to determine when and if they want to have a baby, leaving it to state politicians to decide.

While some of their arguments about how the original Supreme Court decision was made were logically reasoned, they fell short on their main thesis, upon which Roe v. Wade rested, which is that women have a right to equal enforcement and due process with respect to the law per the 14th Amendment. Section I. of the 14th Amendment states,

"... All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws..."

Lord only knows, that forcing someone to be a mother of a child she does not want, can't end well for the mother, likely won't end well for the baby, and ultimately isn't likely to end well for the rest of society. So the Supreme Court has proven beyond a reasonable doubt, that they are anything but wise. We'll have more on this ruling and the legal arguments ignored by the court and the corporate run mass media, later this summer.

 

The Supreme Court Rules on Americans' Right to Carry Guns Whenever & Whereever

Then there's the issue of law and order and guns. This year the nation has witnessed a record breaking number of mass murders, many of which are done with assault weapons. Assault weapons are generally used in war, by vicious gangsters, or by mass murderers. It's worth noting that automatic assault weapons hadn't yet been invented when the Constitution was drafted and provided citizens with the right to bear arms. While citizens have a right to bear arms, what arms citizens have a right to bear and where, has been regulated throughout the nation's history.

This Supreme Court rolled back longstanding legal precedents in New York State, which limited one's right to carry a gun outside of the home without providing state government officials [regulatory / law enforcement] with a good reason [like hunting or self defense]. The court ruled that NY state didn't have the right to limit a citizen's right to carry a weapon outside of their home based on the current processes. This takes away some significant lethal weapon restraint capability by state and municipal law enforcement, at a time when gun manufacturers have blanketed the nation with lethal weapons. This ruling includes assault weapons, enough of which are getting into the wrong hands, and fueling the record number of mass murders in this country this year.

Automatic weapons were banned back in the days of Al Capone, in order to stop the violence by gangsters, who at the time had more firepower than the police. This was implemented in the 1934 National Firearms Act. The impact of the law - which imposed criminal, regulatory and tax requirements on such weapons - effectively killed the sales of these automatic weapons. Congress officially banned the automatic weapons in 1986, and in 1994 Congress passed the Assault Weapons Ban which had a sunset clause [means the law expires] ten years later in 1994. The ban was not renewed by Congress in 1994 because the NRA / gun lobby and Republicans effectively resisted its renewal.

To NYS and U.S. legislators I recommend reviewing that last paragraph, for some ideas on how to work around the Supreme Court ruling. You have the right to tax commerce, pass criminal laws and regulate commerce. Use these legislative tools. We'll have more on this later this summer or sometime in the fall. Unlike the Roe v Wade Ruling, and even though I am concerned with what is likely to be the collateral damage of the SCOTUS ruling, I found myself able to follow their logic and understand the basis of their decision.

 

CoVid Resurgence via the New Dominant Variant BA 5 & Monkey Pox

CoVid is like a bad guest, who just won't leave. New cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all up again and it's summer time. The reason is that CoVid continues to spread and morph and evolve around the world as most of the planet remains unvaccinated. The good news is that vaccinations in the U.S. keep rising, so that at present 67% of the nation has been fully vaccinated [I don't think that includes the boosters]. So on average, two of the three people you encounter are vaccinated.

So while vaccinations protect most folks from death and hospitalizations, they no longer provide immunity from catching CoVid. The same is true after one catches CoVid. While normally one would be protected by the antibodies manufactured by one's body - because of the multitude of CoVid variants now out there - this immunity guideline doesn't apply to CoVid. We'll have more about this and monkey pox in the coming weeks.

 

A Look at the Long Term Societal Impact of CoVid

The global pandemic radically alterred our daily lives for two full years beginning in 2020, continuing into 2021 and spilling over into 2022. This year [2022] however, appears to be something of a transformative year, as we have all generally returned to more normal levels of activity. But collectively we're still not back up to pre-pandemic levels of activity, and it's unclear if we'll return there.

We'll provide an update on how things have changed both at home and at work. We might even take a stab at trying to predict the future.

 

Putin, Likely a War Criminal, Pushes the War in Ukraine

We'll have an update on the War in the Ukraine as well. We hope some changes may be imminent.

 

A Look at the U.S. Economy, Continued Jobs Growth & Inflation

We're going to provide an update on our assessment of the economy, which is more favorable than many others. We'll provide the reasons why.

 

The Trump Insurrection Hearings & The Donald's Legacy

I've tuned into all eight of the Congressional Insurrection Hearings in some manner or another. Generally I've been surprised at how bipartisan the hearings have been. By that I mean that while the committee panel is populated primarily with Democrats, the majority of witnesses have been Republicans working at the federal, state and local levels.

The Committee has also conducted itself in a very professional and straight forward manner. Every day the lack of intelligence and insight inherent in Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision to try to torpedo the committee, by forbidding Republicans from joining it, becomes more clear. McCarthy was mostly successful in discouraging Republicans from joining the committee [what does that say about Congressional Republicans?], but there were a couple of rebels - Adam Kinzinger (Republican Illinois) and Elizabeth Cheney (Republican Wyoming) - both of whom joined the committee at great political and physical risk to themselves. That says a lot about Kinzinger and Cheney and as I watched them on TV, committing what appeared to be political suicide, President Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage, came to mind.

Both Kinzinger and Cheney have made very insightful speeches about how important these hearings are, if 'We The People' are to retain our grip on those elected - to serve us - not themselves. And they have reinforced the principle that each generation has a responsibility in ensuring that the checks and balances built into the American system of government are maintained, so that America may continue to function as a free, democratic nation.

We will likely publish something on these hearings as we near the 2022 Fall elections, which will likely be more useful for those who have not tuned into the hearings themselves, but we never know what new things we will find while preparing our reports.

 

Untimely Death: Two Russian Oligarchs Live on Ivana Trump's Block

I have a few unanswered questions regarding Ivana Trump's sudden, unexpected, accidental death.

Ivana Trump lived in a building in Manhattan on the Upper East Side in which Donald Trump reportedly still owns a total of five units. It just so happens that Ivana's residence is on a block where two Russian Oligarchs own large residences, and for a time, it is also where the block where a divorced wife of a third Oligarch lived. The wife of the third Oligarch is Dasha Zhukova [Abramovich]. Zhukova became fast friends with Ivanka Trump, after being introduced by Wendi Deng, the former wife of Rupert Murdoch [Fox News / WSJ / NY Post] sometime around 2007.

The Russian Oligarchs who own residences on the same block where Ivana Trump lived, are Oleg Deripaska and Len Blavatnik. Deripaska's residence is immediately across the street from Ivana's residence, which if you were a spy, would be an ideal a location. Zhukova Abramovich lived in Deripaska's residence in 2018, apparently departing from that residence sometime before September 2019.

Zhukova moved ten blocks north of Ivana's block into a large four townhouse development upon which Zhukova's former husband, Roman Abramovich was working. According to a March 12, 2022 report in the Mercury News, Abramovich transferred the real estate, valued at $92 million, to Zhukova in 2018. In 2022 the Russian Oligarch sanctions hit, and now there's a question of whether transferred wealth to relatives [like former wife Zhukova] should also be sanctioned.

According to a March 17, 2022 report in the New Yorker, "... [Russian Opposition Leader Alexei] Navalny has described Abramovich as “one of the key enablers and beneficiaries of Russian kleptocracy...”. Abramovich is considered one of Putin's most trusted Oligarchs, having survived Putin's Oligarch purge after Russian President Boris Yeltsin's fall.

Abramovich must be an incredibly skillful manipulator - not just of Putin - but Abramovich was also the only Russian Oligarch who Ukrainian President Zelensky asked the U.S. not to sanction. Zelensky claimed it was in order to unemcumber Abramovich to broker a Russian / Ukrainian peace deal in Turkey [go figure]. The pact never even came close to happening. Separately, the two nations recently cut a deal to allow free passage of food through the Black Sea, which less than 24 hours later, Putin 'honored' by bombing the Ukrainian port of Odessa, from which the Ukrainian food is to be shipped.

See the Russian Ukrainian War report series for more on Abramovich and Zelensky's relationship. ADD LINK.

Back to Ivana's Trump's residence and her sudden, unexpected and accidental death. So Ivanka Trump became quite friendly with Abramovich's wife, Dasha Zhukova. They became such good friends that they began interacting socially at very public events. The first social event I found documented was in 2014 when Zhukova reportedly invited Ivanka and Jared to a fundraiser organized by her husband, Roman Abramovich, for a Jewish Museum he founded in Moscow. In 2016, as Donald Trump was running for President, Ivanka, Wendi Deng and Zhukova were seen at the the U.S. Open in Queens. And in 2017 Dasha Zhukova was reportedly invited to the Trump Inauguration weekend. Apparently there have been many other interactions, in between those public appearances and since, including some Abramovich investments placed in Jared Kushner's brother's company.

My point in all of this, is that the Russians could have had social access to Ivana Trump's residence and / or were in a position to have access to Ivana Trump's residence via more nefarious means. Given Trump owned so many units in the building, and probably owns the building management company, a lot of the independent context surrounding Ivana's death would be hard to obtain by the authorities without strong cause. I heard nothing about any review of any building video footage on the property itself, nor from the surrounding buildings. After the funeral Ivana's body was subsequently delivered to a Trump golf course in New Jersey, which is private property, owned by Donald Trump.

The details of Ivana Trump's autopsy were scant. The reporting of them had an uncertain quality to them. None of the reports indicated who called in the death. Not by name and not by association. I find that odd. The first cause of death was "cardiac arrest" and then later the cause of death was because of 'blunt' injuries suffered in the fall. Ivana Trump was an athlete, and only 73 years old, so falling down the stairs, and dying from the fall, while believable, is also unbelievable.

It's worth noting here, that accidental deaths are reportedly a Putin specialty. A Russian media baron, Boris Berezovsky, who was on the outs with Putin, reportedly suddenly, unexpectedly and accidentally died in his own bathroom at the age of 67 in 2013. The police determined that the cause of death was "unexplained", but it was surmised that it could have been caused by chemical, biolgical or nuclear material.

The timing of Ivana's death, coincidentally worked in the Donald's favor, as the NYS Attorney General was about to follow through with depositions with the Trump children. Because of Ivana's death, all of the Trump children depositions were postponed by the NYS Attorney General. The Trump family funeral also provided an opportunity for Donald Trump to meet with his children without being asked any questions. I mention this because it's been suggested that Trump may have tried to tamper with a witness for the Insurrection Hearings.

We know from Trump's campaigning in 2016, as well as from the January 6 Insurrection Hearings, that Donald Trump is not above encouraging others to do violence, when it serves his purposes. Ivana Trump reportedly kept contact with the Donald, even after their marriage ended, but the divorce was reportedly fairly hostile, although it also appeared that their relationship settled down, or even healed, over time.

Ivana and Ivanka Trump were reportedly close, as the only two women in that iteration of the Trump family. So, given the above as backdrop, what I found of particular interest, was the body language between the Donald, and Ivanka and Jared at Ivana's funeral. They did not look each other in the eye, and Ivanka and Jared seemed to flee the rest of the family immediately after the funeral. Given the many funerals I've attended, that didn't strike me as normal.

These are just some unasked and unanswered questions that came to mind while I watched the Trumps mourn one of their own. I suspect neither Trump nor Putin will let up with their shenanigans, because right now both of them are losing, and by the time the 2024 election rolls around, both of them might be desperate.

 

De Blasio Drops Out of Race / Tuesday, August 23, 2022 is a 2nd NYS Primary Election Day

This past week, former Mayor de Blasio dropped out of the 10th District Congressional race. The newly drafted district was drawn up after a successful court challenge to the Democrats' partisan drafted boundaries. The challenge and redrafting of the district boundaries delayed those elections affected by the boundaries, which include U.S. Congressional seats and NYS Senate seats. So we have a second primary election day, which is Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

De Blasio dropped out of the 10th District Congressional race because of his poor showing in the polls. What none of the corporate mass media mentioned, is that the former Mayor had been continually blasted with negative front page publicity by the half of NYC media controlled by Australian born Billionaire Oligarch Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch's media brands: 1) hyped up unfounded allegations against the former Mayor, 2) distorted and amplified negative narratives about NYC government operations, 3) continually attacked the former Mayor with a near constant barrage of nitpicking and 4) ensured that Murdoch media audiences - which unfortunately is half of NYC - were kept in the dark regarding former Mayor de Blasio's key successes and achievements.

Rupert Murdoch successfully lurks in the shadows, away from public view, by hiding behind the American media brands he purchased and now controls. He's especially careful to contain the perception that he exerts a huge, unchecked and abusive influence over the electorates' perception of things. Most New Yorkers have no idea that the Australian born press lord presently controls about half of the daily corporate news media in NYC [and the nation] including: 1) Fox News / Channel 5, 2) WWOR / Channel 9, 3) the NY Post, 4) the Wall St. Journal and appears to have become the most influential shareholder of 5) Disney ABC / Channel 7.

We will continue to cover Murdoch's manipulative use of his mass media outlets, with the hope that by documenting his abuses, some of the people who trust his media outlets will, in time, wake up to his abuse of their trust.

 

And Last - but not Least - Climate Change

I've been researching the issue of climate change for more than half a decade. Naturally, my findings are voluminous and it will take quite a long time to process them. A full report is not expected by the end of the summer, and likely not even by the end of the year. I am hoping sometime in 2023 we can publish a report series investigating where we're at with climate change, what we've done both bad and good, and what we need to do if we don't want planet Earth - what was essentially a natural paradise - to go up in flames.

Here again Rupert Murdoch's huge influence over how the news is presented, makes a significant and societally harmful difference. I say this because most folks don't know that Rupert Murdoch has had ties - both financial and social - to the Saudi Royal Family [of fossil fuel fame] for decades. Those financial and social ties appear to affect how Murdoch's national mass media outlets present the news vis a vis climate change, particularly regarding the role fossil fuels play in accelerating climate change. We'll have more on this later in the summer / year, with hopefully a full report series in 2023.

Enjoy your week, and in the meantime here are links to all sorts of summer activities in all five boros. Enjoy.

Click here for free public outdoor movies - Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Bronx NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Brooklyn NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Manhattan NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Queens NYC and Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Staten Island NYC.

Swim Pools. The NYC public park outdoor swimming pools reopen next Tuesday, June 28th. Here are links to those pools in all of the five boroughs: Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, free public swimming pools in Queens NYC and free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Click here for fireworks displays throughout all five boroughs this weekend -1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2022, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2022 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC, and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2022.

Click here for free public outdoor concerts - 1) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Bronx NYC, 2) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Brooklyn NYC, 3) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC, 4) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Queens NYC, and 5) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Staten Island NYC.

Click here for free public outdoor theater - 1) Free Summer Theater Plays Bronx Bx, 2) Free Summer Theater Plays Brooklyn Bk, 3) Free Summer Theater Plays Manhattan Mhtn, 4) Free Summer Theater Plays Queens Qns and 5) Free Summer Theater Plays Staten Island Si.


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

Last Weekend of Performances of Emma in Manhattan, in Queens, BRIC Celebrate BK Fest & Vodou Song & Dance in Brooklyn, The Mott Haven Film Festival & the Orchestra of St. Lukes in the Bronx, Free Film Night at the Lighthouse Museum, the Ocean Breeze Beach Soccer Tournament & Food Truck Festival returns to Staten Island and an African Arts Fest next week, Free Outdoor Concerts & Theater, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Public Beaches

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Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 90's and the lows between 80 - 85 degrees. The humidity will be relatively mild, ranging between the mid 40% to mid 50% range. Winds will provide a mild breeze ranging between 3 - 10 mph. No rain is expected over the weekend, and only a slight chance of some small amounts next week.

The photo at right was taken by / at the Wyckoff House Museum which is featuring Festival Minokan celebrating Haitian culture, including vodou. Vodou was an African / Caribbean ritual of communing / praying to one's ancestors. But then Hollywood got wind of it, and proceeded to blow it up / sensationalize it in order to generate ratings and ticket sales.

 

Note. The new variant of CoVid has stimulated a significant uptick in CoVid infections. Many arts / entertainment venues require proof of vaccination with a matching valid ID, and some suggest or even may require the wearing of masks. Use the website links of each venue for their latest guidance, or just come prepared.

 

The Congressional Insurrection Hearings concluded their eighth televised event on Thursday evening. The hearings attracted an audience of 20 million for their first prime time hearing - which Fox TV boycotted - likely because the hearings shed light on the dishonest reporting by Rupert Murdoch's Fox 'News'.

Fox TV decided to broadcast the hearing last night, after continuing to boycott all - or nearly all - of the other televised Insurrection Hearings from their FCC licensed TV stations / network, despite Fox spokespeople's lies declaring the network would televise the hearings. They may have aired the hearings on their cable station, but I didn't check.

Omitting key facts - like not showing / broadcasting these hearings to Fox viewers - is one of the many techniques Murdoch and his mass media minions use to manipulate their viewers' perceptions of people, places and events. Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, also used this technique [omitting key facts] to mislead the German people, in order to reap personal gains.

A free people must act like adults, and listen to all of the facts, not just those facts they want to hear. Ignoring key facts - by it's very definition - is ignorance. Thomas Jefferson said, "Those who believe one can remain ignorant and free, believe in something that never was and never will be."

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

On Friday, the French Embassy's Films on the Green series presents Mandabi at the cafe at Pier I in Riverside Park, on Monday Bryant Park presents Beverly Hills Cop 2, and the Asian American Film Festival began at Lincoln Center last week and runs through the end of this month. Use the Manhattan movies link below to get details on this and other upcoming movies in Manhattan this summer.

On Saturday there's a free performance by the Jazz Mobile in Bryant Park. And next Wednesday there's a performance by the Attacca Quartet for Carnegie Hall Citywide Concerts in Madison Square Park near the Flatiron Building. Use the Manhattan concerts link below to get details on this and other upcoming concert performances in Manhattan this summer.

Thursdays thru Sundays, June 30 - July 24, 2022 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Emma. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo at right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.

Most of the following theater is free. The Drilling Theater Company performs Shakespeares' A Winters Tale on the Lower East Side through Saturday, the Harlem Classical Theater Company performs Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in Marcus Garvey Park weekly, the Harlem Meer Performance Festival continues on Sunday in Central Park, on Monday the SHENYC Festival begins at the Connelly Theater in the East Village [paid], there's Salsa dancing / instruction in Washington Square Park on Tuesday evenings, and Ailey II and Ailey Extension will perform at Bryant Park in Midtown next Thursday. Use the Manhattan theater link below to get details on this and other upcoming theater performances in Manhattan this summer.

 

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

On Friday night the Queens Botanical Garden is showing the movie Grease in Flushing. Wings Over Water in 3D is showing at the NY Hall of Science in Corona for $4 or $5. Use the Queens movies link below to get details on this and other upcoming movies in Queens this summer.

Sunday, July 24, 2022 – begins 5 & 6 pm - Beast From the East youth breakdance battle by Dynasty Breaking NYC (Astoria) & Teej and The Sidepocket. Use the Queens concerts link below to get details on this and other upcoming concerts in Queens this summer. For example on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - Zikrayat will perform in Gantry State Park in the evening for free.

On Tuesday & Wednesday, July 26 & 27, 2022 the first half of the Yankee / Mets subway series begins at CitiField at 7.10 pm. I found tickets going for $86 to $172 to $1400. Or instead of paying what seems an outrageous amount of money to a billionaire in order to sweat profusely through a three hour local baseball game, you drop in on your favorite air conditioned sports bar and watch it there, with drinks and food and air conditioning, for less than the price of a ticket. But you're advised to check that the bar is showing the game, as the TV / video rights can be a complicated maze, when it comes to figuring out what services will carry the games.

Coming next week, on Wednesday / Thursday the Feast of St Irene Chrysovalantou Church, on Friday the weekend Pow Wow at the Queens County Farm begins and on Saturday the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival begins.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Friday, July 22, 2022 from 8 - 11 pm - Sing 2. Transmitter Park is located along the East River at Greenpoint Avenue in the Greenpoint neighborhood of BK. Use the Brooklyn movies link below to get details on this and other upcoming movies in Brooklyn this summer.

Friday, July 22, 2022 from 6 - 8 pm - It's Showtime NYC - This is an Open Studios Residency Performance on the Harbor View Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Use the Brooklyn theater link below to get details on this and other upcoming theater performances in Brooklyn this summer.

There are concerts Saturday at Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge [free], at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush [paid] and on both Saturday and Sunday there are BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn concerts in Prospect Park [free]. Use the Brooklyn concerts link below to get details on this and other upcoming concerts in Brooklyn this summer.

Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 4 - 8 pm - Haitian Vodou Song and Dance Celebration with Fanmi Asòtò. At the Wyckoff House Museum at 5816 Clarendon Road in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. From 4 - 6 pm there are History, Talks and Workshops and from 6 - 8 pm there's a ceremony. They describe the event as follows, " ... participate in the rich traditions of Haitian culture and Haitian Vodou. Together we’ll honor our spirits and our ancestors, praise the Earth, and rejoice in song and dance. Join us as we explore the history of Vodou and the Haitian diaspora through artist’s talks, dance, song, and food. This year, Festival Minokan will be focusing on the sacred site of Seremoni Nanchon Nago ...". Free, but you're encouraged to rsvp at www.wyckoffmuseum.org.

July - August 6, 2022 on various days / beginning at various times - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival. BRIC stands for Brooklyn Information and Culture and was founded in 1979 to revitalize Brooklyn through arts and culture. The festival runs from June 24 - August 6, 2022. Free. At the Prospect Park Bandshell at 62 West Drive in Brooklyn. For details see www.bricartsmedia.org.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, July 21, 22 & 23, 2022 from 8 - 10 pm, and Saturday from 2 - 4 pm & Sunday from 3 - 5 pm - My Man the Wolf. is being performed at The Point CDC at 940 Garrison Avenue at Barretto Street in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. Use the Bronx theater link below to get details on this and other upcoming theater performances in the Bronx this summer.

On Friday, the movie, Encanto, is showing at the Bronx Terminal Market on the rooftop level and it's free. Use the Bronx movies link below to get full details. Use the Bronx movies link below to get details on this and other upcoming movies in the Bronx this summer.

On Saturday July 23, 2022 at the Pregones / PRTT Theater Garden, at 575 Walton Avenue in the Concourse / Mott Haven neighborhoods of the Bronx, the first performance of Stage Garden Rumba begins. Use the Bronx concert link below to get details on this and other upcoming concert performances in the Bronx this summer.

On Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 4 - 10 pm the Mott Haven Film Festival will be underway at Kreate Hub at 15 Canal Place in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the Bronx. The first block of films is shown at 5 pm and the second block of films is shown at 7 pm. Tickets range from $10 - $40 at www.mhff.nyc.

CANCELLED _ On Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 3 - 4 pm the Orchestra of St. Lukes will be performing at the Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Free.

Weekends - Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm to 10 pm, and Sundays from 3 pm to 9 pm - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times. Ends Sept 25, 2022.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Friday, July 22, 2022 from 5 - 10 pm there's free film night at the National Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade [just east of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal]. Generally they include some live music prior to the film, which is shown at dusk, which is about or shortly after 8 pm. And there's also a vibrant small vendor market set up for folks to do a bit of shopping. Free. Use the Staten Island movies link below to get details on this and other upcoming movies on Staten Island this summer.

On Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 3.30 - 5 pm - Hair - This 1960's bohemian musical is performed by the Spotlight Theatre Company of Staten Island. It's a play about the counter culture of its time including drugs, political activism and a search for meaning. Bring a blanket to sit on. In prior years they charged $20, but it looks like this may be free [unconfirmed]. At 2 Hylan Blvd. Theatrical performance and waterfront view of the bridge and harbor. For details see www.aliceausten.org or www.spotlighttheatresi.org. Use the Staten Island theater link below to get details on this and other upcoming theater performances on Staten Island this summer.

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - from 5 - 9 pm - Maker Park Radio 5th Anniversary Music & Art Fest. There will be nearly two dozen different artists and entertainers, as well as food and beverages and food trucks. At Maker Park at the Corner of Front & Thompson Streets in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island. Maker Park Radio, the sponsor, is across the street at 450 Front Street. Use the Staten Island concerts link below to get details on this and other upcoming concert performances in the Bronx this summer.

On Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2022 from 11 am - 5 pm there's the Ocean Breeze Beach Soccer Tournament & Food Truck Festival at the Midland Beach Picnic Grounds, just off the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk at Father Capodanno Blvd and Lincoln Avenue on Staten Island. The soccer tournament is for kids ages 8 - 17 and people of all ages are welcome. This is organized by the Ocean Breeze Athletics Department and the NYC Parks Dept [www.nycgovparks.org].

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022 from 7 - 10 pm there's the African Arts & Cultural Awareness Festival at 450 Front Street, just across from Maker Park in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island. They describe the event as follows, " ... [an] opportunity to enjoy authentic African cuisine, music, folklore, fashion, poetry, crafts and so much more ... we hope participants will have greater awareness, understanding and appreciation for African people, and their artistic and cultural traditions ...". Entrance is free, but likely the food and crafts are for sale.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

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Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

City of Water Day Saturday, Go Africa Festival and Shakespeare in Manhattan, Jazz Jam All Stars & SummerStage Concert in Queens, Giglio Festival Continues in Brooklyn, Bronx Doc Film Block Party & LGBTQ Pride Festival & Health Fair in the Bronx, Maker Park Radio Music & Art Fest on Staten Island, Free Outdoor Concerts & Theater, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Public Beaches

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Weather. The temperature highs will be in the 80's and the lows in the low to mid 70's. The humidity will rise from the 40% range to 70% Friday and then range from 70% - 80% for the rest of the weekend. The winds will be in the 5 - 10 mph range all weekend. While it will be cloudy on Saturday & Sunday, no rain is expected until Sunday.

 

Things To Do in NYC This Weekend

On Saturday NYC celebrates itself and one of the sustenances of life, the water that surrounds us, with numerous events around the City of Water Day. For events in all five boroughs and beyond see - www.hudsonriver.org/article/city-of-water-day-2022

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 10 am to 6 pm - 7th Annual Go Africa Carnival - Along West 116th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard [7th Avenue] and Frederick Douglass Boulevard [8th Avenue]. The epicenter is at 216 West 216th Street. There will be three stages showcasing African and Caribbean culture including music, food, art and shopping. Street fairs in Washington Heights & Harlem [http://goafricacarnival.org].

Tuesdays - Sundays, June 21 - July 17, 2022 beginning at 8 pm - Richard III - By William Shakespeare / Adapted by Robert O'Hara. This adaptation of the Shakespearean classic about a power hungry King who will stop at nothing to obtain and keep power seems reminiscent of former President Donald Trump and his Chief Propagandist, Rupert Murdoch of Fox News, the WSJ and the NY Post. Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC. See location instructions above.

Thursdays thru Sundays, June 30 - July 24, 2022 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Emma. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo at right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.

 

Things To Do in Queens This Weekend NYC

On Saturday, July 16, 2022 beginning at 7.30 pm there's Jazz Jam All Stars Concert at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Queens. Jazz musicians selected from events held around the city and beyond will be performing. Tickets are $25 / $20 at www.flushingtownhall.org.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 6 - 9 pm - SummerStage featuring ChocQuibTown / Nanpa Basico / Salt Cathedral DJ Set. This free concert will be held in a field just south of the Queens Theatre in the Park / the Unisphere, and adjacent to the Maloof Skate Park.

On Saturdays from 5 pm - 12 midnight, the Queens International Night Market is at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing. It's primarily a food market, featuring many diffferent cuisines from around the world.

On Sunday, July 17, 2022 beginning at 6 pm, there's free entertainment in Travers Park in Jackson Heights featuring Diabolo Juggling Chinese yoyo workshop with Glow Community Center (Flushing) & a Brothers In Madness (B.I.M.) feat, and Fariyah Premaa.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn This Weekend NYC

The Giglio Festival began on Thursday, July 7, 2022 and runs through Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 275 North 8th Street at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg in Brooklyn. See www.olmcfeast.com for a schedule of daily events.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx This Weekend

Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 11 am - 6 pm - There's a Bronx Doc Film Latin American Foto Festival & Block Party at 614 Courtlandt Avenue at 151st Street in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. There will be food, entertainment, arts, crafts, games and fotos. Rsvps are encouraged at www.bronxdoc.org.

On Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 11 am to 7 pm. Free - Bronx 11th Annual LGBTQ Pride Festival & Health Fair - At the Crotona Park Amphitheatre in Crotona Park at 1700 Crotona Avenue at 559 Claremont Parkway. Live entertainment and booths. Street fairs near Mt Eden in the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Central Bronx & Montefiore Medical is one of organizers. Free.

Sunday, July 17, 2022 from 10 am - 2 pm - There's a Riverdale Pride event. They describe it as "Music, Art, Food, Drag". At the Riverdale Neighborhood House at 5521 Mosholu Avenue in Riverdale in the Bronx.

Sunday, July 17, 2022 beginning at 5 pm Trilingual Mass [English, Italian and Spanish], 6 pm OLMC Procession and at 7 pm Community Gathering - Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Day - A block celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Belmont Avenue at East 187th Street in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. In the past the community gathering included food, entertainment and games - but not sure in 2022 what's included.

Every weekend from 6 pm - 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 pm - 9 pm on Sundays - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times. Ends Sept 25, 2022.

 

Things To Do on Staten Island This Weekend

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - from 5 - 9 pm - Maker Park Radio 5th Anniversary Music & Art Fest. There will be nearly two dozen different artists and entertainers, as well as food and beverages and food trucks. At Maker Park at the Corner of Front & Thompson Streets in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island. Maker Park Radio, the sponsor, is across the street at 450 Front Street.

Saturday, July 16, 2022 - from 1 - 2.30 pm - Alice Austen Lived Here - Book Signing. On the lawn at the Alice Austen House at 2 Hylan Blvd in the Rosebank neighborhood of SI. They request registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/alice-austen-lived-here-book-signing-with-author-alex-gino-tickets-320051250907

Fridays & Saturdays, July 8, 9, & 15, 16, 2022 from 8 - 11 pm - A Merchant of Venice. An adaptation / reinterpretation of Shakespeare's play by the Director. Admission $27 / $22 at www.sishakespeare.org. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighobrhood of Staten Island. The Shakespearean play is held in the Tuscan Garden near the Heritage Farm & Children's Museum. The July 10th event is on the Porch of Cottage A.

 

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Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

BRIC Opening Concert, Giglio Festival & Afro Jam Return to Brooklyn, Bastille Day Celebrated in Manhattan, Eid Festival in Queens, Free Outdoor Concerts, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Free Outdoor Theater, Public Beaches

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Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 degrees and the lows about 70 degrees all weekend. It will be partly cloudy on Friday, with about a quarter inch of rain expected beginning late Friday night and departing by midday Saturday. The rest of the weekend will be clear. The humidity will fall throughout the weekend from 65% - 80% on Friday to 70% on Saturday to 50% - 65% on Sunday. There will be a nice breeze of 7 - 10 mph throughout the weekend.

The photo at right is of the Giglio Festival in Brooklyn in a prior year. The festival began in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on July 7 and runs through Sunday 7/17/22.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan This Weekend

On Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Bastille Day returns to Manhattan along Madison Avenue from 59th Street to 63rd Street . It's organized by the French Institute Allianz Francais aka FIAF, a French cultural organization, so it's a somewhat unique street fair featuring all things French including champagne, wine and cheeses and other foods and objets d'arte. Also from 1.30 - 3 pm they're hosting a Champagne and Musette Party in the FIAF Skyroom at 22 60th Street. The party includes jazz, champagne, macarons and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $65 - $75 which you may obtain at www.fiaf.org

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 6 - 9, 2022 generally beginning between 5 / 6 / 7.30 pm - Mostly Mozart in Harmony - a festival with an eclectic mix of music and performers. The programs contain a mix of music performed by classically trained musicians. Free summer outdoor concerts at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan NYC. For specific details, see - www.lincolncenter.org/series/summer-for-the-city/s/Mostly%20Mozart%20Festival%20Orchestra

Friday, July 8th, beginning at 7 pm there's a free Carnegie Hall Citywide concert by The Baylor Project in Bryant Park, which is located between 5th and 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan, behind the New York Public Library.

Tuesdays - Sundays, June 21 - July 17, 2022 beginning at 8 pm - Richard III - By William Shakespeare / Adapted by Robert O'Hara. This adaptation of the Shakespearean classic about a power hungry King who will stop at nothing to obtain and keep power seems reminiscent of former President Donald Trump and his Chief Propagandist, Rupert Murdoch of Fox News, the WSJ and the NY Post. Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC. See location instructions above.

Thursdays thru Sundays, June 30 - July 24, 2022 from 6.30 - 8.30 pm / Emma. On the north patio of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument which can be accessed at West 89th Street and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side [see photo at right]. Take the steps behind the monument down to the large patio.

 

Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

On Sunday from 5 - 9 pm there's an Eid Festival in Astoria Park between 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue in Astoria. The event celebrates Egyptian culture and it's free.

On Saturdays from 5 pm - 12 midnight, the Queens International Night Market is at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing. It's primarily a food market, featuring many diffferent cuisines from around the world.

On Sunday, July 10, 2022 beginning at 6 pm, there's a free concert in Travers Park in Jackson Heights by Sonica.

 

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Things To Do in Brooklyn This Weekend

The photo at right is of the McCarren Park public pool in the Williamsburg / Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Friday, July 8, 2022 - Doors 6.30 pm and the Show begins at 7.30 pm - BRIC Celebrate Brookly Concert Opener. The opening concert features rapper and activist Vic Mensa with aja monet. Vic Mensa is among the most socially conscious artists in hip hop – outspoken and engaged on issues ranging from gun violence to racial justice to mental health. He’s teaming up with his friend, the poet and musician aja monet, for a night celebrating the power of art to make sustainable change.

The Giglio Festival began on Thursday, July 7, 2022 and runs through Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church at 275 North 8th Street at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg in Brooklyn. See www.olmcfeast.com for a schedule of daily events.

There's an Afro Jam Fest in Restoration Plaza on Saturday from 5 - 10 pm and it's free.

Saturday, July 9, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Free rsvp registration is suggested at www.brooklynbridgepark.org. This is on the Harborview Lawn.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 8, 9 & 10, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Cymbeline - They describe their rendition of this play as: "... intrigue and drama in William Shakespeare’s 1611 romantic adventure Cymbeline, performed by seven energetic actors." Free summer outdoor theater / plays in the Brooklyn Common Park at the Metrotech Center at Myrtle Avenue and Bridge Street in the downtown Brooklyn neighborhood in NYC.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx This Weekend

Every weekend from 6 pm - 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 pm - 9 pm on Sundays - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times. Ends Sept 25, 2022.

Monday, July 11, 2022 from 1 - 3 pm - Abolitionist Celebration Day. A two hour celebration of the abolition of slavery with speeches and music in Joyce Kilmer Park.

 

Things To Do on Staten Island This Weekend

Fridays & Saturdays, July 8, 9, & 15, 16, 2022 from 8 - 11 pm - A Merchant of Venice. An adaptation / reinterpretation of Shakespeare's play by the Director. Admission $27 / $22 at www.sishakespeare.org. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighobrhood of Staten Island. The Shakespearean play is held in the Tuscan Garden near the Heritage Farm & Children's Museum. The July 10th event is on the Porch of Cottage A.

 

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Brooklyn - Free Summer Concerts 2023

Free Things To Do In Brooklyn - Free Summer Concerts in NYC

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Summer has unofficially begun. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently with some measure of various levels of government funding, have put together a summer full of films and free summer concerts in the parks. The free concerts listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

 



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July 4th Holiday Weekend Fireworks; Free Outdoor Concerts, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Free Outdoor Theater, Public Beaches & Governor Hochul Handily Wins Primary

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Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 70's on Friday, rising to the high 80's for the rest of the weekend, including Monday 7/4. The temperature lows will hover around 70 degrees all weekend. There's a 50% chance of about a 1/4 inch of rain on Saturday. Winds will be about 10 - 12 mph on Friday, dropping to about 6 - 8 mph for the rest of the weekend. The humidity will be 60% - 70% on Friday and Saturday, falling to 40% - 50% on Sunday and rising a bit to 40% - 60% on Monday. All in all, not a bad weekend.

The photo at right was taken at Coney Island in Brooklyn in mid June of this year. Coney Island amusement park is only a subway ride away, and along the sandy beaches of the Brooklyn shore. There will also be fireworks there on both Friday night and the night of Monday, July 4th.

 

Hochul & Zeldin Win, Setting Up Clear Choice in the November Election

Governor Kathy Hochul looks well on her way to becoming the first woman to be elected Governor of the state of New York. She won 67% of the vote in the Democratic primary, handily defeating Public Advocate Jumaane Williams [20%] and Congressman Tom Suozzi [12%]. Hochul faces Congressman Lee Zeldin in the fall. Zeldin is pro guns, and an advocate of taking away a woman's right to choose early pregnancy cessation, while Hochul has been moving swiftly to curb the proliferation of gun carriers in public and to protect a woman's right to choose in NYS. The race is shaping up to provide voters with a pretty clear cut choice.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

Swim Pools. The NYC public park outdoor swimming pools reopen next Tuesday, June 28th. Here are links to those pools in all of the five boroughs: Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, free public swimming pools in Queens NYC and free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Click here for fireworks displays throughout all five boroughs this weekend -1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2022, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2022 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC, and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2022.

Click here for free public outdoor concerts which we're still working on - 1) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Bronx NYC, 2) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Brooklyn NYC, 3) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC, 4) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Queens NYC, and 5) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Staten Island NYC.

Click here for free public outdoor theater which we're also still working on - 1) Free Summer Theater Plays Bronx Bx, 2) Free Summer Theater Plays Brooklyn Bk, 3) Free Summer Theater Plays Manhattan Mhtn, 4) Free Summer Theater Plays Queens Qns and 5) Free Summer Theater Plays Staten Island Si.

Have a great weekend and a happy fourth.


NYC / NYS Politics - Primary Election Tuesday, June 28th

NYS Primaries are June 28th - Except for U.S. Congressional & NYS Senate Races

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Updated June 27, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC. 

The NYS primary election is on Tuesday, June 28th.  On the ballot are the following races: U.S. Senate, Governor, Other state executives, State Assembly, Special state legislative, School boards, Municipal government and Ballot measures.

Click on the image above to access the poll finder website, so you can easily find where to vote in your neighborhood.  Remember this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and many of our ancestors died for our right to vote. A similar struggle for freedom from oppression is going on in Ukraine right now.  So in as much as you can, do your homework before voting for those you choose to represent you / us. There's still time to do some research on candidates on the web.  

The New York City election is Tuesday June 28th, and polls are open from 6 am - 9 pm. Click on the graphic above, to find your poll site.

FYI - July 4th Fireworks celebrations coming later tonight.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

Gay Pride Parade & PrideFest in Manhattan, the Jamaica Dance Festival Continues and the Astoria Park Fireworks Returns to Queens, the Gowanus Art Festival, Funday Festival, Midwood Mardis Gras & Tastes of Crown Heights in Brooklyn; Bronx River Sounds Art Fest & Bronx Night Market in the Bronx; Polish Festival & Free Concert for Ukraine on Staten Island; NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools Open Next Week, Early Voting Ends Sunday & NYS Primary Election Tuesday

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycJune 24, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Weather. The temperatures will be about 90 degrees this weekend, and the lows about 70 degrees. The humidity will be between 50% - 60% all weekend. Winds will be about 12 mph Saturday and about 17 mph Sunday. No rain is expected over the weekend, but about a 1/2 inch to an inch is due to arrive on Monday.

The photo at right was taken at the Gay Pride Parade in the West Village in Manhattan prior to the pandemic.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan

Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10 am - 6 pm - Little West 12th Street Block Party - Along Little West 12th Street between 9th Avenue and Washington Street in the West Village.

The Gay Pride Parade returns to the West Village on Sunday, June 26th beginning at 12 noon at Madison Square Park at 26th Street and 5th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The parade turns west toward the West Village at 8th Street, continues onto Christopher Street before turning north on 7th Avenue, ending at 15th Street.

Also on Sunday, June 26, 2022 there's also a Gay Pride street fair along 4th Avenue between 8th and 13th streets in the Village. It begins at 11 am and ends around 6 pm. The fair includes entertainment, food and wellness booths.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 10 am - 6 pm - Forest Hills Summer Fest - Along Queens Blvd from Yellowstone Blvd to 70th Road. St fairs in Forest Hills.

On Wednesday, June 29th beginning at 7.30 pm there's an Independence Celebration with Fireworks in Astoria Park. The event includes music, food vendors and fireworks that begin about dusk which is generally between 9 - 9.30 pm.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn

Saturday & Sunnday, June 25 & 26, 2022 - Gowanus Art Festival - Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Avenue. "... return the weekend of June 18th for two weekends until June 26th. The 1.5-mile self-guided ArtWalk through Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill ... includes the works of local artists - paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture and large installations. Over 100 artists will display their works. Also food along the way.

Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Tastes of Brooklyn / Tastes of Crown Heights - This event is found generally along Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue between Linden and Atlantic Avenues in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The event features over a dozen participating local restaurants offering tastes of their cuisine. Tickets range from $35 - $100 for four and twelve tastes respectively. Tickets are available on eventbrite or at the starting point noted above.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 12 noon to 6 pm. 43rd Annual Midwood Mardi Gras. Along Avenue M between Coney Island and Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn. The fair includes food, rides, shopping, an FDNY fire safety experience and a Jewish organ performance from 1 - 4 pm. Organized by Midwood Merchants Assn [www.middev.org] & Meteor Festivals. Brooklyn street fairs in the Midwood neighborhood NYC.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday Funday aka Smith Street Fair. Along Smith Street from Union to Bergen Street in Carroll Gardens. Live music and entertainment, arts, crafts and food. Brooklyn Street Fairs in Carroll Gardens near Cobble Hill & Boerum Hill. Organized by the South Brooklyn Local Development Corp / clrvw.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx

Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 1 - 8 pm - Bronx Night Market - in Fordham Plaza at East Fordham Road and Third Avenue across from the Metro North Railway Station. This is mostly a food market versus a street fair in the Fordham neighborhood of the Bronx.

Friday, June 17, 2022 & Saturday June 25, 2022 from 7 - 8.15 pm and on Saturday, June 18th from 1 - 8.15 pm - The 19th Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival at at the Bronx River Art Center at 1087 East Tremont in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. Tickets $5, $10, $15 and CoVid masking protocols remain in effect. Details at www.bronxriverart.org.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island

On Sunday, June 26, 2022 beginning from 1 - 8 pm there's a Polish Cultural Festival honoring St. Stanislaus at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at 109 York Avenue in the New Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island. The event includes food, music, dance and shopping.

On Sunday, June 26, 2022 beginning at 6 pm there will be a free concert given by the NY Philharmonic at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

 

Early Voting, Things To Do in NYC This Weekend & Tuesday Election

Click here to find an early voting location link, including wait times. You'll also find a graphic which you can click on to find your poll location for Tuesday.

The NYC public park outdoor swimming pools reopen next Tuesday, June 28th. Here are links to those pools in all of the five boroughs: Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, free public swimming pools in Queens NYC and free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a nice weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

Happy Fathers Day, Frick Museum Hosts Open Night Tonight / Friday, Tribeca Film Fest Ends Sunday in Manhattan; Jamaica Dance Festival, Chocolate Factory, Astoria Performing Arts Center & Thalia Theater all Performing in Queens; the Gowanus Art Festival & the Mermaid Parade Returns to Coney Island in Brooklyn; Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival, Bronx Fair, LGBTQ Festival and the Hunts Point Fish Parade returns to the Bronx; Juneteenth Celebrated at Snug Harbor & Monday Golf Outings on / near Staten Island & Make Music NY Returns the first day of Summer on Tuesday 6/21

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycUpdated June 18 / June 17, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.  Report & photo by Michael Wood.

Weather. The temperature highs will be near 90 on Friday, dropping to around 70 for the rest of the weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 60's on Friday, dropping into the high 50's the rest of the weekend. The humidity will be 50% on Friday, dropping to 40% the rest of the weekend. Winds will be about 10 mph on Friday and Sunday, rising to 15 mph on Saturday.

 

The photo at right was taken at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island in Brooklyn on Saturday. It's part art, part exhibitionism and all fun.

Also, on Tuesday, June 21, the first day of summer Make Music NY returns to locations in all give boroughs around the city. See wwww.makemusicny.org for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycFriday, June 17, 2022 from 5 - 9 pm, the Frick Museum is hosting a new quarterly series progam entitled Cheng-Harrell Open Nights. The Frick is located at 1 East 70th Street at 5th Avenue, but that site is temporarily closed for renovations. Their temporary site is 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street which is where this event is being held. The theme is gay pride. Free.

The photo at right was taken at one of the numerous roof top bars in Manhattan. There's generally a good view and a good breeze.

Ending Sunday, June 19, 2022 - The Tribeca Film Festival. There's an early / preview event at the United Palace at 4140 Broadway the weekend beginning June 4th in Washington Heights. There are a multitude of free and paid live events and films covering a variety of subjects including but not limited to LGBTQ, LatinX and Juneteenth to view at various venues around the city. For details see www.tribecafilm.com

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn

RECURRING _ Saturday, June 18 & 19 and 25 & 26, 2022 - Gowanus Art Festival - Arts Gowanus ArtWalk on Atlantic Avenue. "... return the weekend of June 18th for two weekends until June 26th. The 1.5-mile self-guided ArtWalk through Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Cobble Hill ... includes the works of local artists - paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture and large installations. Over 100 artists will display their works. Also food along the way.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 1- 5 pm. Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It begins marching east along Surf Avenue at West 21st Street, marches eastward to West 10th Street, where it turns south toward the Boardwalk. At the Boardwalk it heads east and ends at the Pier. Brooklyn street fairs in the Coney Island neighborhood Brooklyn NYC.

Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 10 am / 12 noon - 6 pm. 7th Heaven Festival / Brooklyn Street Fair. Along 7th Avenue between Flatbush and 16th Street. A Fathers' Day street fair with arts, crafts, food, music, antiques, shopping and a classic car show. Park Slope street fairs in Brooklyn. Organized by parkslopechamber.com w/ clrvw.

 

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens

RECURRING _ Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2022 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 12 noon - 5 pm - LIC Spring [formerly Flings] - LIC Street Festival along Vernon Blvd between 50th Avenue and 46th Avenue in Long Island City LIC. Mostly local performers & some food sponsored by the LIC business improvement district.

The Chocolate Factory, Thalia Theater and Astoria Performing Arts Center are hosting performances this weekend. Details coming to the Events Calendar later in the weekend but in the meantime you can google them for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Bronx

Friday, June 17, 2022 from 7 - 8.15 pm and on Saturday, June 18th from 1 - 8.15 pm - The 19th Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival at at the Bronx River Art Center at 1087 East Tremont in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx. Tickets $10 and CoVid masking protocols remain in effect.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycSaturday, June 18, 2022 from 11 am - 4 pm. Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade & Festival. Begins at Hunts Point Riverside Park [just across the Bronx River from Soundview Park] at Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road with pre-parade registration & activities beginning at 11 am [free]. It's possible most or all of the activities will remain centered around Hunts Point Riverside Park. The previous info above has been CONFIRMED. WHAT FOLLOWS IS HISTORICAL PRECEDENT. In the past, the Fish Parade marches through Hunts Point beginning at 12 noon and ends at Barretto Point Park at Tiffany and Viele Avenue around 1 pm where games, music, food and raffles are available throughout the festival which ends at 4 pm. Bronx street fairs in Hunts Point. Organized by the Point CDC.x

The photo at right shows a cyclist strutting his stuff in NYC a bit earlier this year.

Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 10 am or 11 am - 6 pm or 7 pm - Annual Bronx Fair in the Square on Lane Avenue & 11th Annual Bronx Fair in the Square on Tremont Avenue - Along Lane Avenue from Tremont Avenue to Westchester Avenue. Also along Tremont Avenue from St Raymonds to Frisby Avenue. Bronx St fairs festivals in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the East Bronx. Organized by the WSBID & clrvw.x

Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 12 noon - 8 pm. 1 Bronx Festival / HUB 3rd Avenue Summer Festival / LGBTQ Festival - Along Third Avenue between 149th and 156th streets. Bronx street fairs in the Melrose neighborhood and near Mott Haven. Organized by Third Avenue BID, LGBTQ Bronx Caucus, Out Bronx, BAAD & Bronx Borough President.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Staten Island

Sunday, June 19, 2022 beginning at 12 noon - Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. See www.snug-harbor.org for details.

Monday, June 20, 2022 - Annual Lighthouse Museum Golf Outing - Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, NJ. See www.lighthousemuseum.org for details.

Monday, June 20, 2022 - Annual BiniFund.org Golf Outing - Richmond County Country Club. See www.binifund.org for details.

And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

It's Fathers Day Weekend. I hope you have a good one.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

The Puerto Rican Day Parade, 116th Street Festival, Indian Festival, Romania Day Festival & the Tribeca Film Fest Continues in Manhattan & Museum Mile Festival Tuesday; Jackson Heights Historic House Tour, Art on the Fence Show, Flag Day Parade, Jamaica Dance Fest & Governors Ball along with the Chocolate Factory, Astoria Performing Arts Center & Thalia Theater all Performing new Works in Queens; a Brooklyn Pride & two Puerto Rican Day Parades, a Greek Festival & Taste of Marine Park in Brooklyn; the Feast of St. Anthony returns to the Bronx; Uncorked Wine Festival, Food Truck Festival on the Mount & SI Mall Carnival in Staten Island ...

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycJune 10, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Weather. The temperature highs will be in the 70's and the temperature lows will be in the 60's all weekend. The humidity however will not be so constant, rising from 50% Friday to 70% on Saturday, to close to 90% on Sunday. Winds will be light at between 3 - 8 mph all weekend. There's a high probability of a half inch of rain on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan a few years back.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan

Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 19, 2022 - The Tribeca Film Festival. There's an early / preview event at the United Palace at 4140 Broadway the weekend beginning June 4th in Washington Heights. There are a multitude of free and paid live events and films covering a variety of subjects including but not limited to LGBTQ, LatinX and Juneteenth to view at various venues around the city. For details see www.tribecafilm.com

Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 11 am to 1 pm - Festival of India Parade & Sri Jagannath Ratha YatraFestival - Parade assembles at 45th St & 5th Avenue at 11 am - Parade begins at 12 noon and ends at West 8th Street at Washington Square Park in the Village where there's a festival from 12 noon to 7 pm.*

Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 11 am - 5 pm - 34nd Annual 116th Street Festival - Along 3rd Avenue from 106th St to 122nd street in the El Barrio section of East Harlem. Food, shopping & three stages of entertainment at www.116thstfestival.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 beginning at 11 am - The Puerto Rican Day Parade returns. It will kick off at 5th Avenue at 43rd Street marching north to 79th Street on the UES. This is a huge parade celebrating Puerto Rican culture.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 from 11 am - 6 pm - Romania Day Festival - Along Broadway between Liberty and Battery Place. Celebration of over a century of Romanian unification and culture. In 2018 the fair included 30 stands of Romanian businesses, restaurants and artists out of a total of 300 stands. Entertainment, food & shopping. Tribeca street fairs nyc.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 from 6 - 9 pm - Museum Mile Festival - Along 5th Avenue from 79th Street to 106th Street on the Upper East Side. All of the museums along 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side UES are open to the public for free.* Be prepared to wear masks inside.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn

Thru Sunday, June 12, 2021. From 11 am - 9 pm daily. 43rd Annual Greek Festival at the cathedral at 64 Schermerhorn Street between Court Street and Boerum Place. The event has rides, entertainment, food and shopping. Organized by the St Constantine & Helen Cathedral at stconstantinecathedral.org. Brooklyn street fairs in Brooklyn Heights.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 10 am - 6 pm _ Annual Brooklyn Pride Parade & Festival. Along 5th Avenue between Union & 9th streets. The festivities warm up begins with a run through Prospect Park beginning at 10 am [register at brooklynpride.org]. There's a Pride Festival that runs from 11 am - 5 pm with food, shopping and entertainment along 5th Avenue from Union to 9th Streets. From 7.30 - 10 pm there's a twilight Brooklyn Pride Parade that marches along 5th Avenue from Lincoln Avenue to 9th Street. Brooklyn street fairs in Park Slope.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 - parade begins at 5 pm / festival runs from 6 - 9 pm _ Annual Sunset Park Puerto Rican Day Parade & Festival. The parade begins at 5 pm along 5th Avenue at 59th Street and marches up to 43rd Street, where the Sunset Park Puerto Rican Day festival begins at 6 pm in Sunset Park. There will be a couple of bands, including at least one salsa band as well as food for sale via trucks. St fairs in the Sunset Park neighborhood of BK.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 line up begins at 1 pm & parade begins at 3 pm - Bushwick Knickerbocker Puerto Rican Day Parade. Begins at Woodbine Street & Knickerbocker Avenue near the Bushwick Playground and marches east ending near Trinity Cemetery. The parade ends around 4 pm.

Sunday, June 12, 2022 from 12 noon - 3 pm . A Taste of the Neighborhood. At the Hendrick I. Lott House, 1940 East 36th Street in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's an all-you-can-eat out of food trucks event. Tickets $30 at www.lotthouse.org [ignore the closed sign] and then / or go to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lotthouse/.

The Puerto Rican Parades are coming later one is in Sunset Park and the other is

Coney Island is open and the Mermaid Parade is one week from now, on Saturday, June 18th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycSaturday, June 11, 2022 beginning at 11 am - Sunnyside Kiwanis Flag Day Parade - Along Greenpoint Avenue from 40th Street to Queens Blvd ending in Joe Sabba Park.

Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, 2022 - Jackson Heights Historic House & Garden Tour - Exhibits from 10 am - 2 pm Saturday including a slide presentation from 10.45 - 12.15 pm [free]. For $10 you may obtain a map for self-guided tour visiting up to 15 sites from 12 noon - 4 pm. On Sunday there's an escorted tour beginning at 12 noon beginning at Community Church at 81-10 35th Avenue at 82nd Street. $10 for the tour.

The photo at right was taken while on the Jackson Heights Historic House & Garden Tour a few years ago.

RECURRING _ Saturdays, June 11 & 18, 2022 from 9 am - 5 pm - Jackson Heights Art Club Art Show & Sale - On The Fence Outdoor Art Show in front of PS 69 between 77th & 79th Streets along 37th Avenue. The paintings by accomplished club members are for viewing and sale.*

RECURRING _ Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2022 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY.

Governors Ball at CitiField starting Friday night thru the weekend.

The Chocolate Factory, Thalia Theater and Astoria Performing Arts Center are hosting performances this weekend. Details coming to the Events Calendar later in the weekend but in the meantime you can google them for details.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycWednesday - Sunday, June 8 - 12, 2022 from 6 pm to 11 pm - The Feast of St. Anthony. Times are Wed, Thurs and Friday from 5 - 9 pm / Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon - 7 pm. It's the annual Feast of St Anthony at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 627 East 187th Street. The triangle of streets along Cresent and Arthur Avenues & 187th Street in the Little Italy section of the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx will be celebrating this Belmont neighborhood st fair with rides, games, raffles, food and entertainment every night. Officially the street fair is being held along East 187th street from Arthur to Beaumont Avenue, and along Crescent from Cambreleng to Belmont Avenue. Historically there had been a procession on Sunday beginning at 5 pm, but this year [2022] I don't see any notice of that.x

Bartow Pell Mansion event. Bronx Doc Film. Bronx Museum. Details coming later today.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycFriday, Saturday & Sunday, June 10, 11 & 12, 2022 from 12 noon to 10 pm - Food Truck Festival on the Mount. At Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd in the Charleston neighborhood of Staten Island [near Prince's Bay & Pleasant Plains]. Admission $5 and parking $5. And then it costs to get a taste from the food trucks. Buy tickets at www.catholiccharitiesofstatenisland.org. Staten Island street fairs.

Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm - UnCorked Wine Festival _ Historic Richmond Town hosts a big wine and food event. Tickets are $24 / $40 at www.historicrichmondtown.org. The proceeds go to support the historic site.

Thursday - Sunday, May 26 - June 12, 2022 there's an SI Mall Carnival at the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhoods of Staten Island. The carnival which includes rides, prize games and food is open weekdays from 5 to 10 pm, opening at 1 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Memorial Day. Tickets are $5 for entry, and $35 per person for [I think unlimited] weekday rides and $85 for four persons. For details see www.statenislandmall.com

Have a nice weekend.


NYC News Updates June 2022

CoVid Guidelines Issued by State & Federal Govt Sometimes at Cross Purposes, NYC Tourism Coming Back, Why There are Two NYS Primaries in 2022, Former Mayor de Blasio Running for Congress, Inflation & Wages are Up but Expected to Slow, Public Schools End School Year on 6/27/22, Will the Rangers take the Stanley Cup, Will the Celtics Win the Championship & Will the Mets & Yankees hold onto their Leads?

June 7, 2022 / Things To Do NYC / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

This report is a catch up on some of the key local news items over the past couple of months. Our last news update was at the end of February [2/22/22]. 

CoVid Regulatory Guidelines Differ at Federal & State Levels

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycOn March 17, 2022 the NYS CoVid general restrictions under the H.E.R.O. Act expired.  The expiration did not include the masks mandate requirement on NYC & NYS public transit. 

On April 18, 2022 the CDC / Federal rescinded their mask mandates on federal transportation, while - as noted above - NYS has kept its mask mandate in effect.  As one might expect, this has led to some confusion.  So to be clear, when using the MTA, LIRR or Metro North trains, masks are still required.

Be advised that local businesses have the right to decide what rules apply to customers who enter their facilities.  For example, Broadway theaters and many other entertainment venues still request proof of vaccination and / or masks indoors.  Broadway theaters extended their mask mandate requirement of attendees at performances through June 2022.  Conversely, most NYC restaurateurs no longer check vaccination status, let their customers decide whether or not to wear masks, and most restaurateurs provide the option of indoor / outdoor dining, which was established as an economic response to CoVid, in support of local restaurants by the de Blasio Administration.

Vaccination rates for NYC and NYS continue to inch up quite slowly, but that's now a somewhat dated metric, because if one is not boosted, the CoVid immunity and protection fades over time.  The CoVid vaccination protection generally recedes significantly while approaching 6 months after the first two shots, so getting boosted is important, particularly if you are immuno-compromised, have an underlying condition, or fall into an elderly age group [over 50 years].

NYC Tourism Bouncing Back

NYC tourism is coming back and the city economy is picking up.  The past month or so, we've been inundated with notices of public events and entertainment venues coming back to life.  We've not yet gotten back into the full rhythm to accommodate as many as we'd like, but we're getting there.  Our monthly things to do calendars will be coming back to life bit by bit, starting this weekend.  The calendar is accessible from the top tool bar, by clicking the first button from the left.

Mayor Adams said yesterday [6/6/22] that NYC hotels are booking at 95% of pre-pandemic levels.  The NY Post stated in an April 20, 2022 report, that the NYC hotel business would be down 55%.  We'll see how this plays out by the end of the year.

Why There are Two NYS Primary Elections This Summer

Speaking of pols.  There's an election this month, on June 28th for all NYS offices and another on August 23rd for U.S. congressional and state senate races.  The reason for the bifurcated primary this year, is because a court threw out a redrawing of the election district maps approved by the Democrats, stating the maps were not fair.  The court ordered a redrawing of the maps by an independent group. Hence the primary races affected by those election district maps will be held in August, instead of proceeding along with the other primaries later this month.

One of the losers in this change is either going to be Jerry Nadler of the Upper West Side or Carolyn Maloney of the Upper East Side because their homes are now located in the same congressional district [12th].  One of the potential winners of this change could be former Mayor Bill de Blasio, who lives in the redrawn 10th congressional district.

Former Mayor de Blasio Running vs Murdoch Mass Media for Congress

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he is running for Congress a couple of weeks ago [May 20, 2022]. De Blasio was a hard working mayor who tried, and succeeded, in doing some good. Unfortunately, the reporting by the half of NYC mass media outlets controlled by the Australian born Oligarch, Rupert Murdoch, leaves half of NYC voters in the dark.  

Murdoch controls Fox News, the NY Post, Channel 9 WWOR TV, the Wall St. Journal and he's a major, influential, meddling shareholder in Disney / ABC News. According to an April 3, 2019 report in the NYT, Murdoch is famous for using his mass media outlets as a "... hugely profitable political propaganda machine." Murdoch does this by omitting the accomplishments and hyping allegations and innuendo surrounding government officials who apparently won't allow Murdoch to plunder the public purse and policy - like former Mayor de Blasio. Conversely, Murdoch appears to use his media to promote pols who will support his self-serving agenda, such as frequent guests on Fox News, like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who famously favored Murdoch in a cable television dispute with Time Warner back in 1996 [NYT 10/4/1996].

The folks I converse with who support the former Mayor, are aware of de Blasio's record of accomplishment, which includes helping push through Universal Pre-K, lobbying aggressively to tamp down rent stabilized price increases, improved public school academic performance, significantly slowing the growth of NYC homelessness [which had nearly doubled under the Bloomberg Administration], increased the number of affordable housing units in NYC - the most since Mayor Koch in the 1980's - and reduced crime to record low levels, all the while balancing the budget without raising tax rates.  This is all pre-pandemic.

But even after the pandemic began, de Blasio was adept at managing the budget, murders in NYC continued to trail the national average, and affordable housing continued to be built.  We don't know about the academic performance post pandemic, because testing metrics weren't available [some tests are still on hiatus], and we couldn't obtain equitable, comparable year-to-year college admissions data, in time for this report.

Inflation & Wages Up in Q1, Expected to Moderate in Remainder of 2022

The corporate national TV media appear to hype inflation, while only rarely mentioning that wages have also been climbing fairly robustly - albeit at a slower rate than inflation. But given it's a full employment economy, employees can give themselves a pay hike by finding a new, higher paying job. Wages in the first quarter were up 5%, while inflation was up about 8%, netting a loss of 3% for the average American. By the end of the year the full year numbers are expected to drop to 3% and 6% respectively, thus holding steady. And sometime in 2023, inflation is expected to return to a more manageable level of 3%, according to a May 11, 2022 Kiplinger Report. Energy / gas prices are the driving component of inflation and it's not likely that gas prices will fall significantly anytime soon.

TV Newscasters - Working Hard to Repeatedly Report the Obvious

Speaking of gas, you have to give the TV news people credit for informing us of things we already know, ad nauseum.  How many times a day, each day, every week, every month of this year do we need to be told that gas prices have risen?  Everyone who needs to know, already knows what gas costs, because they pay for it every time they fill up their vehicle at the pump. Do these TV news people think reporting on gas price increases, penny by penny, is as interesting a story, as it is annoying?

Buy More Oil & Gas and Support the World's Dictators - Or Not?

Speaking of gas again, you can help / support the world's dictators by buying more oil and gas. The world's top seven largest oil producers [excluding the U.S. and Canada] are: #2) Saudi Arabia [dictator-king], #3) Russia [dictator-president], #5) China [dictator-president] and #9) Iran [dictator-cleric].  Conversely, by reducing your consumption of oil and gas you're not only cleaning up / saving the planet, you're also disempowering the destabilizing and frequently violent, dictators of the world.

NYC Public Schools End Year June 27th with Free Days in Between

NYC Public schools end the school year on Monday, June 27th.  That's the last day of school for all students.  There are a couple of days off between now and then, including the Chancellor's Conference Day on June 9th and the Juneteenth federal holiday [6/20], which President Joe Biden signed into law last year.  It's also an NYS paid holiday too, so most state and federal government offices will be closed that day.

Be advised that we've been informed that the NYS Regents Exams in U.S. Government & History have been cancelled.  If you have not already been told of this by your school, please check with the administrators to verify it.

Small Update on War in the Ukraine with More to Come

The war in Ukraine wages on, with Russia making progress in the Donbas region which is in the furthest eastern region of their country, bordering with Russia.  The Ukrainians are cleaning up / taking back territory nearly everywhere else, which includes clearing out the Russian occupation near Kyiv, pushing back the Russians from the area surrounding Kharkiv [these are the Ukraine's two largest cities], and making some small progress in the southern area east of Odessa and north of the Crimea near Kherson. Kherson was one of the first big Ukrainian cities to fall.  We'll provide an update to add to our report series sometime later this summer.

Sports - Rangers Vie for NHL, Celtics Vie for NBA and Mets & Yankees Lead MLB Divisions

The Rangers are vying for the title in the Eastern Division of the NHL against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  The Rangers currently have a lead in the series 2 - 1.  Game 4 of 7 is tonight at 8 pm.  If they win the division championship, they will face the Colorado Avalanche who beat the Edmonton Oilers 4 to zip in the Western Division Championship.

And while no NYC teams are competing in the NBA Playoffs or Finals, folks still have an opportunity to see some great basketball.  Right now the NBA Championship finals are tied 1 - 1 between the Boston Celtics and the Golden Gate Warriors.  It's a best of seven series, so there's still time to watch some great b-ball.

Lastly, both the Mets and the Yankees are leading the National League East and the American League East, respectively.  But the season is still young, so who knows what the summer will bring.

Have a good week.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Israeli Film Fest in Manhattan, Brooklyn Tastes & BAM Stained Glass in Brooklyn, Queens PrideFest, Bell Blvd Food Fest, Astoria Carnival, Jamaica Dance Fest & Traditions Fest in Queens, also Chocolate Factory & Astoria Performing Arts Center hosts new play in Queens, City Island Art Fair in the Bronx, Staten Island Mall Carnival & Dance Rising Performances at Snug Harbor on SI, Golf Courses, NYC Beaches & Farmers Markets, are open & Tribeca Film Fest Begins Fest Next Week

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycJune 3, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 and the temperature lows will be around 60 all weekend. The humidity will be between 60% and 70% on Friday, dropping to about 40% - 50% on Saturday and Sunday. Winds will be between 5 - 6 mph all weekend. There's a tiny chance of a tiny amount of rain Friday during the day and then it's clear all weekend.

The photo at right was taken on the subway in Queens a couple of weeks ago. Most folks are respecting each other by wearing masks, as CoVid is still causing problems out there.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan

The Israeli Film Festival began Wednesday, June 1 and runs through Wednesay, June 8, 2022. Most of it is being streamed this year, but there are a few events at the Marlene Meyerson JCC on level L2- Auditorium on the UWS.

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit runs through Saturday and Sunday. The art fair is open from 12 noon to 6 pm daily along University Avenue from Washington Square Park South to 13th Street in the Village.

There's an early / preview event at the United Palace this weekend in Washington Heights related to the Tribeca Film Festival which starts next Wednesday, June 8 and runs for a week and a half ending Sunday, June 19.

Multi-Cultural Festival in the Jackie Robinson Bandshell on Saturday. Details coming later today.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens

Friday & Saturday, June 3 & 4, 2022 - from 12 noon to 4 pm - Traditions Festival. At King Manor at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue in King Park. The event includes woodworking, live music, blacksmithing [a good time to put new horseshoes on your auto], spinning, weaving, arts & crafts and it used to include cooking but not sure for this year 2022. St fairs in Jamaica nyc.

RECURRING _ Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2022 - Annual Jamaica Dance Festival - Begins at 7 pm - In Rufus King Park on Jamaica Avenue at 150th Street. Free dance performances by local performers. Street fairs in Jamaica NY.

Wednesday through Sunday, June 1 - 5, 2022 - The Astoria Park Carnival at Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street in Astoria Park began earlier this week and runs through the weekend. Rides, food and fun for the family. Hours this weekend are Friday 4 - 11 pm, Saturday 12 noon - 12 midnight & Sunday 12 noon - 11 pm. - click for details on the Astoria Park Carnival this weekend.

Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 1 - 6 pm _ The Annual Bell Blvd Food Festival in Bayside. Along Bell Blvd between 39th and 35th Avenues in Bayside Queens. Sample over 35 Bayside restaurants for a $1 per taste [Advance Tickets $15 - $35 / Day of $20 - $45]. There will also be live music and drinks available for purchase separately. See details at www.

Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 12 noon to 6 pm - Queens Pridefest - The parade begins at 12 noon along 37th Avenue at 89th Street marching west to 75th Street ending at 37th Road from 73rd to 77th Street and in Diversity Plaza. Organized by www.newqueenspride.org.

NY Irish Center Friday night, Greenspace Dance all weekend, Opening Reception June 4 at the Plaxall Gallery for Orestes Gonzales & Lissa Rivera, Chocolate Factory and Astoria Performing Arts Center are hosting performances this weekend. Details coming later today. Louis Latimer House Reading on Saturday. Queens Night Market opens Saturday. Biz Expo on Wednesday at CitiField.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycBrooklyn Tastes Park Slope is this weekend. Details coming later today.

The photo at right was taken at one of the participating bars / restaurants in their first event of the season in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

BAM is hosting a stained glass art work until June 13th at BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building in the Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby and it is located along the escalator wall. From 8 am - 11 pm daily. Free. Details at www.bam.org.

Coney Island is open and the Mermaid Parade is two weeks from now on Saturday, June 18th.

Meeting to get local officials to issue a 'Cease and Desist' Letter to local real estate developers who are reportedly inundating property owners with sales solicitations bordering on harassment.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx

City Island Art Fair on Main Street from 11 am - 7 pm is open on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend. Details coming later today.

Bartow Pell Mansion event. Bronx Doc Film. Bronx Museum. Details coming later today.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island

Dance Rising is hosting performances Saturday, June 4 from 4 - 8 pm at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Figment Festival on Staten Island.

Thursday - Sunday, May 26 - June 12, 2022 there's an SI Mall Carnival at the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhoods of Staten Island. The carnival which includes rides, prize games and food is open weekdays from 5 to 10 pm, opening at 1 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Memorial Day. Tickets are $5 for entry, and $35 per person for [I think unlimited] weekday rides and $85 for four persons. For details see www.statenislandmall.com

 

And some of the seasonal farmers markets reopen this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And we'll have the weekend street fairs updated sometime tonight - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

More coming later today. This is the early edition.

Have a nice weekend.


Memorial Day With Chief Joseph

A Conversation in First Calvary Cemetery in Queens

May 30, 2022 / Woodside & Maspeth Neighborhoods / Queens Culture / Queens Fiction / Queens Buzz NYC.

calvary cemetery photos queensOn Memorial Day, I decided to make a trip to the First Calvary Cemetery to visit the graves of those who gave their lives defending this nation because the founding charters promise all [wo]men the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They fought for a noble cause I thought as I made my way, on a beautiful day, to the Calvary cemetery in Queens.

The First Calvary cemetery opened in the late 1840’s [circa 1847 – 1848] and was located only a short ferry ride away from Manhattan, up Newtown Creek. A couple more cemeteries were opened as the 19th century wore on, as most of Queens was still rural farmlands and woodlands. Many of the burials of the first century of operation were of Catholic Irish, Italian and Polish immigrants - many of which were children who died because of poor living conditions and medical care. Many soldiers had been buried here as well, many of whom were from the Civil War era.

As I was viewing a collection of the tombstones, reflecting on the lives sacrificed in the war over slavery, as well as the more recent wars that pulled nearly the entire planet into battle, a figure in the distance caught my attention. They appeared to be making their way in my direction, in this lonely empty section of the cemetery. I pulled out of my musings, and began to focus on this emerging presence as they made their way up the hill.

photos first calvary cemetery maspeth queensAs they came closer, I could see that it was an old man, of medium height, with long black and grey hair and a weathered, leathery, tan skin. He was wearing an old brown work shirt and khaki trousers and beaten leather shoes. No, they were mocassins.

I'm not sure why I thought of this, but his countenance resembled that of a legendary American Indian: Chief Joseph. Chief Joseph was a tribal leader of the Nez Perce tribe in the Wallowa Valley in northeast Oregon. Chief Joseph was born in 1840, only years before this cemetery was founded. He had actually visited New York City in 1897, to march alongside Buffalo Bill in a Wild West Parade.

The man slowly raised his right arm, palm open and fingers standing straight up like the Boy Scout salute, and in a deep full voice he said,

“How.”

I stood a bit at attention, as I returned the greeting.

“Hi. How are you today?”

He spoke again, this time in a language I did not understand.

“Mumba goycha tay.”

I looked at him and shook my head back and forth indicating that I did not understand what he’d just said.

Click here to read the rest of our Memorial Day fiction in Calvary Cemetery in Queens.


Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend in NYC

The Unofficial Start of Summer Comes with Memorial Day Parades in Brooklyn, Queens & Staten Island; Fleet Week is Underway & the Intrepid is Hosting Events, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Losaida and LES Festival in Manhattan, BAM Dance Africa Festival in Brooklyn, Sunnyside Gardens Park Fair in Queens, National Puerto Rican Day Parade Festival at 152nd St in Bx & Bronx Arts Ensemble & Night Market, Staten Island Mall Carnival Began, Golf Courses have been Open & it's the Opening Weekend of NYC Beaches, Farmers Markets, Street Fairs & more

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycMay 29, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Weather. The temperature highs will be near 80 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rising to the mid 80's or higher on Monday. The temperature lows will be in the 60's all weekend. Over a half inch of rain is expected between about 2 pm Friday and about 4 pm Saturday, and the rest of the weekend will be dry. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, Saturday and Monday, falling to 3 - 5 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be 80% on Friday, 70% on Saturday, and 60% on Sunday and Monday. All in all a pretty fair weather for the three day weekend.

The photo at right was taken at Coney Island in Brooklyn in 2019 prior to the outbreak of the CoVid pandemic. While CoVid hasn't gone away [and may never], it seems the worst of it is behind us and folks are beginning to return to what used to be their normal lives. Coney Island opened in April this year.

 

Manhattan Things To Do This Weekend NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycIn the photo at right is just one of thousands of artworks for sale in a prior year at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit which begins Saturday and runs through Monday.

On Monday, May 30, 2022 the Inwood Memorial Day Parade begins at 11.30 am at Dykman Street and marches up Broadway into Inwood Park where a short flag raising ceremony will be held.

The Lower East Side Festival runs Friday through Sunday from 6 pm to 1 am [and Saturday also from 12 noon - 6 pm] at the Theater for the New City at 155 East 10th Street in the East Village. The festival includes theater, music, dance, film and kids stuff. Free.

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit begins Saturday and runs through the weekend. The art fair runs from 12 noon to 6 pm daily along University Avenue from Washington Square Park South to 13th Street in the Village.

The Losaida Festival is on Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Along Avenue C and 8th Street [Losaida Street] in the East Village. The fair celebrates Puerto Rican food, music and culture. Free.

It's Fleet Week in NYC and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is hosting a number of activities, topped off on Monday at 10 am with a Memorial Day Closing Ceremony. See www.intrepidmuseum.org/fleet-week for details.

This is Fleet Week and a number of U.S. Navy ships are docked in Manhattan and Staten Island. A number of events are planned in both locations. For details see http://militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/events.html

 

Queens Things To Do This Weekend NYC

The Sunnyside Gardens Park Memorial Day fair returns on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 12 noon - 5 pm. Admission is free, the public is welcome, and you can buy food, items and rides for kids.

NYC Parks beaches open Saturday including Rockaway in Queens. See www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches for details.

In the photo at right, an armed services veteran reads the sentiment left on the card accompanying the wreath at a Memorial Day ceremony in Woodside in a prior year.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycQueens is unmatched in the breadth and depth of Memorial Day Parades in NYC. There are Memorial Day Parades in Little Neck / Douglaston [largest in NYC], Maspeth, Ridgewood, College Point and Whitestone. I'll post these later today or early Saturday, but you can also do a search for details if you need to know now.

Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 2 pm, the 101st College Point Memorial Day Parade marches from 28th Avenue and College Point to MacNeil Park in College Point. For further information see their FB page at www.facebook.com/CPmemorialdayparade/.

Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 1 - 3 pm, the Maspeth Memorial Day Parade begins at Walter Garlinger Memorial Park at 72nd Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth. The parade marches down Grand Avenue ending at 69th Street at Maspeth Memorial Park where there will be a ceremony and community gathering. ECCA antique autos are participating in the parade. I couldn't find an official site for this event, but a number of websites, including one by the government confirmed the event.

Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 12 noon - 2 pm, the American Legion Forest Hills Memorial Day Weekend Parade marches from Ascan Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue to [not sure of end destination, but possibly St. Johns Cemetery] in Forest Hills.

Monday, May 30, 2022 the Douglaston - Little Neck Memorial Day Parade returns live. The parade begins between Monday at 2 pm at Jayson Avenue in Great Neck, marching southwest along Northern Blvd and ending at 245th Street in Douglaston. This is said to be the biggest Memorial Day Parade in the city. There are related activities leading up to the parade that begin at 10 am. See www.lndmemorialday.org for details.

On Monday, May 30, 2022 from 11 am - 1 pm the Ridgewood / Glendale Myrtle Avenue Memorial Day Parade - Begins at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress, marching up to Cooper Avenue. There will be short ceremonies at both the beginning and end of the parade. Organized by the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale. ECCA antique autos are participating in the parade.

On Monday, May 30, 2022 from 11.30 am - 2 pm the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade marches from 149th Street and 15th Drive to [not sure of end destination]. It begins with a short ceremony. I believe it's organized by the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association which lists this phone number on the web 718.767.4323.

Queens is also home to four fine public golf courses: Clearview, Douglaston, Forest Park and Kissena. All of these are owned by the NYC Parks Department so given the cost of such real estate, golfing on them is fairly affordable. See the Things To Do Calendar on the top tool bar of Queens Buzz and scroll down or hit the bookmark for Sports / Parks.

 

Brooklyn Things To Do This Weekend NYC

BAM is hosting a four day festival entitled Dance Africa Performance 2022 at the following days / times - Fri, May 27 at 7:30pm - the Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Sat, May 28 at 2pm - the LaRocque Bey School of Dance, Sat, May 28 at 7pm - the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater, Sun, May 29 at 3pm - Farafina Kan and Mon, May 30 at 3pm - the Harambee Dance Company. Tickets start at $35. Details at www.bam.org.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycNYC Parks beaches open Saturday including Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. See ww.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches for details.

The photo at right was taken a few years ago at Orchard Beach. The NYC Parks Department cleaned the beach up early in this century and - given its proximity to the city and public transit - it's still not too crowded.

Brooklyn is also home to two fine public golf courses: Marine Park and Dyker Beach. Both of these are owned by the NYC Parks Department so given the cost of such real estate, golfing on them is fairly affordable. See the Things To Do Calendar on the top tool bar of Brooklyn Blvd and scroll down or hit the bookmark for Sports / Parks.

On Monday, the 155th Brooklyn / Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade steps off 11 am on 3rd Avenue and 78th Street in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. The parade proceeds down to Marine Avenue, up to 4th Avenue, then over to John Paul Jones Park for their memorial service which includes bag pipes, flag raising and wreath laying by Veteran Service Organizations. This is followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps by the Veteran Corps of Artillery.

 

Bronx Things To Do This Weekend NYC

Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 11 am - 6 pm. Official National Puerto Rican Day Parade Street Festival / Annual 152nd Street Cultural Festival - Along 152nd Street between Jackson & Tinton Avenues in the Longwood / Melrose neighborhoods of the Bronx. It's one of the largest Puerto Rican street festivals in NYC. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is held a week later in Manhattan.

On Saturday, May 28th from 1 - 7 pm the Bronx Night Market will be open at Fordham Plaza across from Fordham University and the train station. The market offers a variety of cuisines from around the world, most notably Latin and African cultures in dozens of food stalls.

Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park on the east coast of the Bronx opens for the summer beginning Saturday, along with other NYC park beaches. See ww.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches for details.

The Bronx is also home to three fine public golf courses: Mosholu, Van Cortlandt & Pelham Bay / Split Rock. All of these are owned by the NYC Parks Department so given the cost of such real estate, golfing on them is fairly affordable. See the Things To Do Calendar on the top tool bar of the Bronx Buzz and scroll down or hit the bookmark for Sports / Parks.

On Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 2 - 3 pm, the Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is hosting a performance by the Bronx Arts Ensemble. I believe it's free but that's unconfirmed.

FYI - Next weekend is the City Island Art Fair.

 

Staten Island Things To Do This Weekend NYC

Thursday - Sunday, May 26 - June 12, 2022 there's an SI Mall Carnival at the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the Heartland Village / New Springville neighborhoods of Staten Island. The carnival which includes rides, prize games and food is open weekdays from 5 to 10 pm, opening at 1 pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Memorial Day. Tickets are $5 for entry, and $35 per person for [I think unlimited] weekday rides and $85 for four persons. For details see www.statenislandmall.com

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycThis is Fleet Week and a number of U.S. Navy ships are docked in Manhattan and Staten Island. A number of events are planned in both locations. For details see http://militarynews.com/app/fleetweeknewyork/events.html

On Monday, the Memorial Day Parade in West Brighton begins at 12 noon at Hart Blvd, marching down Forest Avenue to Decker Avenue in Westerleigh / Elm Park.

NYC Parks beaches open Saturday including Cedar Grove, Midland Beach, South Beach and Wolfe's Pond Beach on Staten Island. See ww.nycgovparks.org/facilities/beaches for details.

In the photo at right is the Great Kills harbor which is not just home to a vibrant boating community, but also a number of fine restaurants with water views.

Staten Island is also home to three fine golf courses: La Tourette, Silver Lake and South Shore. All of them are owned by the NYC Parks Department. See the Things To Do Calendar on the top tool bar of Staten Buzz and scroll down / hit the bookmark for Sports / Parks.

 

And some of the seasonal farmers markets reopen this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And we'll have the weekend street fairs updated sometime tonight - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a nice weekend.


Brooklyn Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools - BK NYC

This Brooklyn Public Swimming Pool Report Includes Contact Info NYC

bronx swimming pools bronx free public swimming pools bronx nycMay 25, 2022 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Swimming Pools, Parks & Sports / Brooklyn BLVD NYC.

Brooklyn offers easy access to a wide range of recreational swimming pools. The following is an attempt to provide you with a view of the range of public swimming pools available in the parks of Brooklyn. We encourage you to make use of these facilities because they provide healthy, fun, and frequently free or inexpensive entertainment for both individuals and families with children.

Only outdoor public pools will open beginning Tuesday June 28th, 2022. A few of the indoor pools will be closed this summer to allow for construction and improvements.

Generally pool hours are from 11 am - 7 pm daily, with a one hour break between 3 and 4 pm for cleaning. Bring a padlock for your locker and proper swimming trunks are required [for boys this means not shorts as trunks must have liners]. Don't bring food, glass bottles, newspapers, electronics, floaters and no or as few valuables as you can bring to minimize your risk because the park isn't responsible for your losses. Free sunscreen will be made available while supplies last.

As of this posting 5.25.22, masks are NOT required for indoor activity including in the locker rooms, but stay tuned as it's possible that could change.

Click here to view a listing of Brooklyn outdoor swimming pools, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn in the neighborhoods of BK. Please note the photos do not reflect the onsite pools as of this post 5.25.22.


Things To Do in NYC This Weekend

Dance Parade, Frieze Art Fair, Plantathon, Celebrate Israel Parade, Ukrainian Festival, Taste of Tribeca, African Art Fair & AIPAD Photography Show in Manhattan, St. Demetrios Greek Fair, East River International Food Fest & Fomo: Diptych in Queens, Tastes of Brooklyn Gowanus POSTPONED, but Church St Fair Still On & DUMBO Block Party in Brooklyn, Boat Tour & Record Fair on Staten Island

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycMay 20, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Weather. Hot in the 90's. Details coming shortly.

 

The photo at right shows a restaurant on the Upper West Side operating in a fashion similar to how it operated pre-pandemic.

 

Manhattan Things To Do This Weekend NYC

On Saturday, May 21, 2022 the Dance Parade begins at 12 noon at 20th Street and Broadway, marches down to Washington Square Park, turns east and heads into Tompkins Square Park in the East Village where a festival runs from 3 - 7 pm.

On Saturday, May 21, 2022 the Taste of Tribeca runs from 11 am - 3 pm along [where] Duane and [meets] Greenwich Streets in Tribeca. Tickets run $55 - $65 and they have group rates. For details go to www.tasteoftribeca.com.

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 the Celebrate Israel Parade begins at 11.30 am marching up 5th Avenue from 57th to 74th Street, ending around 4 pm.

Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 10 am to 6 pm - 44th Plantathon Crafts Fair - Along east side of Broadway from 73rd to 82nd Street - street fairs in the Upper West Side neighborhood UWS of Manhattan. One of the oldest plant fairs in the city, offering a huge array of plants, food and live music.

Thru Sunday, May 18 - 22, 2022 _ Freize Art Fair at the Shed at 545 West 30th Street at Hudson Yard - From 11 am - 7 pm daily, closing at 5 pm on Sunday. Tickets for Adults $50 - $85 / Students $25 - $35 & Children $5 at www.frieze.com.*

All Weekend _ Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 18 - 22, 2022 begins 4 pm Friday & at 12 noon Saturday & Sunday ending at 9 pm nightly - Ukranian Festival - At 30 East 7th Street and along 7th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue in the East Village. Includes Ukranian shopping, food and entertainment with the proceeds going to St. George Academy. Click here to view a map of the Ukranian Street Fair in Manhattan in the East Village at St. George Academy. See photo above.*

Friday - Sunday, May 20 - 22, 2022 - the AIPAD Photography Show from 1 - 7 pm Friday, 12 - 7 pm Saturday and 12 - 5 pm Sunday. At Center 415 at 415 Fifth Avenue [between 37th & 38th Streets on the ground and second floors] in Manhattan. The show presents dozens of galleries and hundreds if not thousands of photographers' works. AIPAD is the Association of International Photography Dealers. Admission $50 / $24. Tickets at www.aipad.com.

Friday - Sunday, May 20 - 22, 2022 - the 1 - 54 Contemporary African Art Fair beginning at 12 noon daily and ending at 8 pm, 7 pm and 5 pm respectively. At St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 258 West 118th Street in Harlem. The fair hosts the exhibits of 25 galleries. Admission is $20 which may be purchased online at www.1-54.com.

 

Brooklyn Things To Do This Weekend NYC

Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 3 - 8 pm - DUMBO Block Party - At the Pearl Street Triangle and DUMBO Arch in the Dumbo [Down Underneath the Manhattan Bridge O.] neighborhood of Brooklyn. Food, music & entertainment [less shopping], as well as fundraiser for the Dock Street School for STEAM Studies & PS307. Street fairs in Dumbo BK.

On Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 11 am - 6 pm. Church Avenue Street Fair & Festival. Along Church Avenue from Coney Island Avenue to Argyle Road in Flatbush. There will be performances, food & a kids carnival. Brooklyn street fairs in Flatbush.

FYI - POSTPONED _ Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 12 noon - 7 pm - Tastes of Brooklyn / Tastes of Gowanus - This event starts in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The event features over a dozen participating local restaurants offering tastes of their cuisine. Tickets range from $35 - $100 on eventbrite or at the starting point noted above for a number of tastes. www.facebook.com/brooklyntastes/

 

Queens Things To Do This Weekend NYC

Thursday through Sunday, May 19 - 22, 2022 runs 5 pm - 11 pm Thursday & Friday, and 1 - 11 pm Saturday & ending at 10 pm Sunday - 45th Annual Greek Festival at St Demetrios Church on 31st Avenue and 30th Drive. Old fashioned town fair including traditional Greek food, good rides and prizes for the kids, and Greek cultural music and dance entertainment. Click here for St Demetrios street fair map. 718.728.1718.

There are performances of Fomo: Diptych at the Chocolate Factory Theater at their new location at 38-33 24th Street in Long Island City. A diptych is "an ancient writing tablet consisting of two hinged leaves with waxed inner sides" and the performance uses that concept and an art installation to explore how we interpret things to create meaning. Performances start at 8 pm and tickets are $20 at www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

On Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 12 noon - 3 pm there's the East River International Food Festival at the Sound River Studios at 4-40 44th Drive in Long Island City Queens. Tickets are $50 for this food stall event which was organized by a consortium of Queens restaurants. Details and tickets at www.queenstogether.org.

 

Bronx Things To Do This Weekend NYC

BELMONT - May 2022 EVERY weekend from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1pm to 9pm on Sundays - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times.

 

Staten Island Things To Do This Weekend NYC

Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 11 am - 6 pm - Makers Radio Park 3rd Annual Record Fair. At Flagship Brewery at 40 Minthorne Street in Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island, within walking distance of the Staten Island Ferry. Tens of thousands of records are said, will be there.

On Sunday, May 22nd, Boat Tour that encircles Staten Island from 11 am - 3 pm. Tickets are $60 / $40 for adults / kids and I believe it departs from the Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point in St. George [next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal].

 

And some of the seasonal farmers markets reopen this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC,