FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG HIGHLIGHTS SOME OF THE MANY FREE AND LOW-COST ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER TO NEW YORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Call 311 or Visit NYC.gov for More Information on these Events and Activities and Many Other
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today outlined some of the free and low-cost, family-friendly cultural activities occurring this summer throughout the five boroughs in his weekly radio address on 1010 WINS News Radio.
“All summer long, there are hundreds of free and low-cost events and activities at our parks, beaches and cultural institutions, and New Yorkers of all ages are already taking advantage of many of them,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “In the past two weeks alone, we opened the first new amusement park in Coney Island in a half-century, all of New York City’s beaches, a citywide public art project (Key to the City), a new sculpture exhibit in City Hall Park (Statuesque), the newest section of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the 2010 season on Governors Island. At a time when too many New Yorkers continue to struggle to make ends meet, we're doing everything possible to expand the number of free activities you can enjoy this summer in New York.”
New York City offers hundreds of events, exhibits and performances that are free or low-cost to the public. Below is a sampling. Call 311 or visit NYC.gov for more information on these and other events.
OUTDOOR AND PARKS EVENTS
Which Way to the Beach?
It’s bathing suit season! With more than 14 miles of sand and coastline, New York City’s beaches provide New Yorkers and visitors a spectacular natural setting for fun in the sun. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. So what are you waiting for? We’ll see you at the beach! New York City’s public beaches include Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Rockaway Beach in Queens, Orchard Beach in the Bronx, and South Beach, Midland Beach and Wolfe’s Pond Beach in Staten Island.
Test Your Limits at Limits at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course in Queens provides challenges and excitement for groups or individuals as they work through physically and intellectually demanding situations. The course is fully accessible; there are activities for all ages and all physical abilities. Featuring both low– and high–ropes course activities, the course promotes team-building and problem–solving skills. Free programs are offered for individuals on a first–come, first-served basis on Sundays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 ON, May through November (weather permitting).
Parks & Recreation is also bringing X-treme adventure to the Big Apple on Saturday, June 19 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. with the fifth-annual Adventures NYC. Thousands of thrill-seeking New Yorkers will gather in Central Park and in parks throughout the five boroughs to enjoy rock climbing, paddle sports, obstacle courses and more.
32nd Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow
New York City 's oldest and largest powwow will feature three days from July 23rd through 25th of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian nations are represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the grounds of the Queens County Farm Museum. A large selection of quality Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods are available. Admission: Adults $9.00 (all weekend pass $15.00), children: $4.00 (age 12 and under) (all weekend pass $5.00)
Camp Out with the Urban Park Rangers
Friday and Saturday nights in July and August, families can join the Urban Park Rangers for a free camping experience at any of our parks within the five boroughs. We start with a cookout, then a variety of evening activities, such as stargazing and night hikes. You’ll sleep under the stars and awake to the birds. Everything is included.
Shape up NYC
Shaping Up has never been this easy! Shape Up NYC offers FREE fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba. No pre-registration is required, so just find the location in your neighborhood and start to Shape Up today!
Paddle the NYC Water Trail
The NYC Water Trail connects 160 square miles of rivers, bays, creeks, inlets and ocean in the five boroughs suitable for kayaks, canoes, and openwater rowing craft. Novice and experienced paddlers alike can enjoy skyline panoramas, riverside parks, bird sanctuaries, tidal marshlands, and boundless vistas of one of the world‘s premier harbors, all from a prime sea-level vantage.
Art in the Parks
Emerging and established artists exhibit their works in New York City parks, playgrounds, and traffic islands in the five boroughs. Right now you can walk the Broadway Malls amongst sculptures by Manolo Valdez, see Miranda July’s interactive exhibit Eleven Heavy Things in Union Square Park, or visit Myrtle Avenue Bird Town by Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong in Fort Greene Park. All exhibits are free to view.
Take a tour of Freshkills Park
At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. Sign up on the Parks Department web site to take a tour of this future park with the Urban Park Rangers. Tours run through through November, and are free of charge. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Stargazing on High Line – Tuesdays from dusk to 9:30 PM
As dusk falls on the High Line, the city's cool new park created on a stretch of abandoned elevated railway, look up past the city's skyline for an evening of real stargazing. Meet just south of the Standard Hotel (which straddles the High Line, between West 13th St. and Little West 12th St.) and join members of the Amateur Astronomers Association, who will set up high-powered telescopes and assist in pointing out major constellations and planets visible in the early summer night sky.
Taste of Times Square – June 7
Taste of Times Square is one of New York's longest-running food festivals, with more than 50 area restaurants participating, including many inhabitants of the area's famed Restaurant Row. A $1 ticket entitles you to samples from a local eatery, like past participants Virgil's, St. Andrews, Le Rivage, Spice Fusion, Utsav, Toloache, Chop Suey and the Bourbon St. Bar & Grill.
Museum Mile Festival - June 8
Nine of the country's finest museums offer free admission amid a festive, car-free block party with live music, street performers and activities for kids. From the MET at one end of the mile to El Museo del Barrio at the other, here's your chance for a bargain crash course in New York City culture. This year's festival kicks off at 5:45 PM at El Museo del Barrio, rain or shine. 1230 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
Shakespeare in the Park - June 9 to August 1
The late impresario Joseph Papp established Shakespeare in the Park more than 50 years ago as a way to bring the Bard to the masses-or at least to lucky New Yorkers willing to stand in line for a free ticket to one of the productions that take place summers at Central Park's Delacorte Theater. This year's plays are The Winter's Tale and The Merchant of Venice, two classics that will feature actors Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe and-drum roll, please-Oscar winner Al Pacino.
Mermaid Parade - June 19
With its deliciously wild spirit, costumes and performances, the annual Mermaid Parade at Coney Island is one of NYC's most exciting summertime events. Since 1983, the event has featured participants from all over the world decked out in handmade mermaid and other sea-creature outfits who conclude their animated march with a dip into the Atlantic Ocean. While there, of course, attendees can also have some fun on Coney Island amusement-park rides and eat up tasty treats from boardwalk vendors.
Queens County Farm Museum - Weekends
A working farm within city limits? Enjoy a taste of the country when you visit this museum, situated on the largest remaining tract of farmland in the Big Apple. Nestled within the 47-acre property are historic farm buildings, greenhouses, an orchard and herb garden, farm machinery, and goats, pigs and other animals. The farm is always free to visit and on the weekends, you can take a free guided tour of the farmhouse or take a hayride for $2. 73-50 Little Neck Parkway between 73rd Road and 74th Avenue.
Key to the City Public Art Project - Paul Ramírez Jonas and Creative Time - Through June 27
The Key to the City is intended for everyday citizens, who will award one another the key for reasons large and small. Once in hand, the key launches a citywide exploration of backdoors, front gates, community gardens, graveyards, and museums that suggests that the city is a series of spaces that are either locked or unlocked.
Encounters: An Exhibition organized by the Sculptors Guild, Governors Island, Through October 10)
This island-wide sculpture exhibition features the members of the Sculptors Guild andinvited artists.
A View from the Lunch Table: Students Bringing Issues to the Table - LeAp (Learning through an Expanded Art Program) and NYC Parks – Through September
Students from 10 New York City public middle schools across the five boroughs have transformed school lunchroom tables into personalized canvases and created colorful works of public art that touch upon social issues in their community and across the globe. Installed in ten community parks across the five boroughs, the tables give young teens the chance to voice their opinions and reach out to the public in hopes of inspiring social change through their art. The project, which marks the largest student exhibition in the history of NYC Parks and the first to span five boroughs, included visits with artists such as Tom Otterness, Christo, Chuck Close, and Vito Acconci. Artworks can be seen at: Sheltering Arms Park and St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan; Fermi Playground and Irving Square Park in Brooklyn; Crotona Park and Claremont Park in the Bronx; Juniper Valley Park and Forest Park in Queens; and Silver Lake Park and Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island.
Double Take – a group exhibition at MetroTech Center in Brooklyn organized by Public Art Fund - through September
Showcases five new commissions by six emerging artists. Designed with the site's specific conditions in mind, the artists have taken an element of the existing architecture or environment and subjected it to a process of modification or metamorphosis.
Myrtle Avenue Bird Town, Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong - through December
Dozens of playful birdhouses, created by local artists Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong,will live in trees at Person Square and the NW corner of Fort Greene Park, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.
Willoughby Windows, 15 Artists, presented by MetroTech BID and Ad Hoc Art – through December
“Willoughby Windows” features installations by 15 artists in storefronts along Willoughby Street. Willoughby Street between Bridge and Duffield Streets, Brooklyn
A Bell for Every Minute, Stephen Vitiello, Friends of the High Line (June 23, 2010 - June 22, 2011)
In 2007 sound artist Stephen Vitiello was commissioned by Friends of the Highline and Creative Time, in collaboration with the Parks Department, to execute a sound work inside of Blaichman Tunnel. The piece will fill the semi-enclosed tunnel just below 14th street with sound elements from bells recorded all over New York City and state. A different bell will ring each minute of the hour and a chorus of bells on the top of the hour. This piece will be installed for 364 days. Blaichman Tunnel, The High Line, Manhattan.
Autumn on the Hudson Valley with Branches, Valerie Hegarty - Through November
A work that imagines a nineteenth century Hudson River School landscape painting that has been left outdoors, exposed to the elements. West 20th Street, northern perimeter fence, The High Line, Manhattan.
Baritone, French Kiss, and Juggler, Mia Westerlund Roosen – through August 28, 2010)
Sculptures explore voluminous curves, palpable surfaces, and the sensual body, which she attributes to her continued fascination with dance. Park Avenue Malls between 52nd and 54th Streets, Manhattan
Eleven Heavy Things, Miranda July, presented by Deitch Projects - through October 3
The cast fiber-glass, steel-lined pieces are designed for interaction: pedestals to stand on, tablets with holes, and free-standing abstract headdresses. A series of three pedestals in ascending height, The Guilty One, The Guiltier One, The Guiltiest One, ask the viewer to ascribe his or her guilt relative to the people around him. A large flat shape, painted with Burberry plaid, hovers on a pole, waiting to become someone’s aura. Another hanging shape looks like an intricate lace headdress. A series of tablets invite heads, arms, legs and one finger. A wider pedestal for two people to hug reads, “We don’t know each other, we’re just hugging for the picture.” July assumes and invites the picture — 11 photo opportunities, in a city where one is always clutching a camera. Though the work begins as sculpture, it becomes a performance that is only complete when these tourist photos are uploaded onto personal blogs and sent in emails — at which point the audience changes, and the subject clearly becomes the participants, revealing themselves through the work. Union Square Park Center Lawn, Manhattan
Event Horizon, Antony Gormley, presented by Madison Square Park Conservancy - through August 15
31 life-size sculptures adorn buildings across the Flatiron District and Madison Square Park. Madison Square Park and Flatiron District, Manhattan.
In Dialogue, City College of New York Humanities and Arts Division, presented by West Harlem Art Fund - June 16-July 31
Exhibiting: Marcie Revens, Closer: In Conversation; Scherezade Garcia, Unity Ribbon. As part of a studio last fall, artists Scherezade Garcia and Marcie Revens were chosen to participate in the exhibition “In Dialogue”. St. Nicholas Park, which slopes below the neogothic campus of City College, was designed by George Browne Post and overlooks both West and Central Harlem. For decades, there has been little communication between the college and its West Harlem neighbors, but the college was awakened by the idea of an arts collaboration that could bridge new attitudes, forge bold artistic expressions and an understanding of the past. St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan
Manolo Valdés: Monumental Sculpture on Broadway- through January 23
A series of 16 bronze sculptures by Spanish contemporary artist Manolo Valdés installed at 12 locations along the Broadway mall between Columbus Circle and 166th Street, commissioned by the Broadway Mall Association and Marlborough Gallery, as well as the departments of transportation and parks and recreation.
Ribbons of Memory, Jean-Pierre Rives, presented by D’artagnan and Friends of Dag Hammarskjold – through September 3
Construction of cut and bent welded steel I-beams. He created this sculpture in honor ofDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Manhattan.
Statuesque – a group exhibition in City Hall Park organized by the Public Art Fund – through December
Features 10 major works of art by Pawel Althamer, Huma Bhabha, Aaron Curry, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan, and Rebecca Warren. The exhibition is the first time these artists have been shown together. City Hall Park, Manhattan
The Ego and the ID – an exhibition by Franz West at Doris C. Freedman Plaza organized by the Public Art Fund - through August
Franz West's newest and largest aluminum sculpture to date, soaring 20 feet high. 59th Street and 5th Avenue.
The River that Flows Both Ways, Spencer Finch organized by Friends of the High Line – through June
Inspired by the Hudson River, The River That Flows Both Ways documents a 700-minute (11 hours, 40 minutes) journey on the river in a single day. The title is a translation of Muhheakantuck, the Native American name for the Hudson that refers to the river’s natural flow in two directions. Like the rail line that existed on the High Line, the Hudson River was, and still is, an active route for the transportation of goods into Manhattan. The color of each pane of glass was based on a single pixel point in each photograph and arranged chronologically in the tunnel’s existing steel mullions. Time is translated into a grid, reading from left to right and top to bottom, capturing the varied reflective and translucent conditions of the water’s surface. The High Line, Manhattan.
Whitney On Site: New Commissions Downtown, Guyton\Walker – through June 23
The first in a series of commissioned works on the site of its future building. These installations will continue through October, allowing artists to respond to the dynamic urban context of the Meatpacking District and heralding plans to bring a downtown Whitney to the neighborhood. Guyton\Walker’s project involves wrapping the site’s entire perimeter fence, a span of nearly 450 feet, with sheets of vinyl printed on both sides with brightly colored images of citrus fruits, bananas, and zebras, as well as bold graphic patterns, all of which are woven together digitally to form a kind of twenty-first century mural. 820 Washington Street (at the Gansevoort Entrance to the High Line), Manhattan.
Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope - through July
This exhibition will feature eleven artists who are exploring both the cultivated and invasive presence of nature in our built urban environment. Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens.
“I am an Exponent of Myself”, DB Lampman - June 13, 2:00 PM
“I am an Exponent of Myself” is a multi-media performance art piece in which DB will suspend herself inside a clear plexiglass box via a network of rubber cables. Words such as “love,” “duty,” “joy,” and “fear,” will be projected onto the plexiglass. Audio recordings of her voice will echo through the space. NY Custom Fabricators, 450 Front Street, Staten Island.
Mobile Garden Project, Tattfoo Tan - June 5, 2:00 PM
Tattfoo Tan is posting an open call to interested participants asking them to build a Mobile Garden and bring them to 67 Monroe Avenue. Mobile Garden is a discarded shopping cart retrofit into a mobile edible garden that can be locked to a signpost or be paraded in public. The Mobile Garden project will also be accompanied by a workshop led by Jay Weichun on creating “flower bombs” – blooming flower seeds, clay, and potting soil tossed into abandoned urban spaces. 67 Monroe Avenue Lot, Staten Island.
Second Saturday’s Gallery Walk - June 12, 6:00 PM/ July 10, 6:00 PM/ August 14, 6:00 PM/ September 11, 6:00 PM)
Second Saturday’s is Staten Island’s first gallery walk. Gallery owners, and private citizens open their doors to passers-by, who want to take a peek at the great art that’s being created on Staten Island. All of the places on the Second Saturday’s walk are run by Staten Island artists. Exhibits and performances happen for the duration of the walk.Various locations throughout the North Shore of Staten Island.
Van Duzer Days, Cardboard City Upcycling, presented by Art on Van Duzer - July 10, 1:00 PM
All are welcome to construct buildings out of recycled cardboard to form Staten Island's own city on the street of Van Duzer. Van Duzer Street, Staten Island.
Celebrate Brooklyn! - June 9 to September 1
A favorite among Brooklyn's summertime concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! is set at the beautiful Prospect Park Bandshell, where tons of seating and tree-shaded areas make for a lovely spot for a picnic, a plastic cup of wine and a free show. This year's opening gala will feature Norah Jones in a first-ever free concert. Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
Bernie Worrell's SociaLybrium (Brooklyn) - June 10
Catch '70s legend Bernie Worrell and his four-man funk-rock group SocialLybrium at the outdoor stage at Brooklyn's MetroTech. Worrell, a keyboard whiz, was a founding member of Parliament/Funkadelic, later became a member of the Talking Heads, and co-wrote the P-Funk songs "Flash Light" and "Red Hot Mama." His synth melodies helped define the '70s sound and are some of the most frequently sampled refrains by modern artists. This free show, part of BAM's Rhythm & Blues Festival, is a chance to see the great Worrell in action.
Summerstage – through September 26.
City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary of its flagship free performing arts festival, Central Park SummerStage, which promises to be as impressive as ever, with over one hundred free performances in sixteen parks throughout the city. Encompassing the fields of jazz, rock, hip hop, Latin, gospel, global, electronic, R&B and even more, Central Park SummerStage and CityParks SummerStage.
Make Music New York performances across the City - June 21
business improvement district events
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Dancing in the Streets - Park Slope 5th Avenue Business Improvement District
Children’s Programming 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM; Live music and dancing at 7:00 PM. Tuesday evenings in July. 3rd Street and 5th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Summer in the Square - Union Square Partnership
Summer in the Square is the Union Square Partnership's free weekly series in Union Square Park. Running every Thursday from June 17th through August 12th, the series offers an electrifying blend of music, dance and theatrical performances, yoga and fitness classes, and activities for kids on Union Square Park's South Plaza. Fitness in the Square, starting at 7:00 AM; Kids in the Square at 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon; and Music in the Square at 6:00 PM. South Plaza, Union Square Park, Manhattan.
2010 River to River Festival - Downtown Alliance
The ninth annual River To River Festival, New York City’s largest free summer arts festival, opens June 22. The River To River Festival takes place each summer from June through August, in a variety of public venues that canvas all of Downtown New York - from Chambers Street down to the southern tip of Manhattan and across the island from river to river. Events daily, June 22 - August 31.
Free Summer Concerts in Lincoln Square - Lincoln Square Business Improvement District
The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District will host free summer concerts at Richard Tucker Park. Music lovers are encouraged to grab lunch in Lincoln Square and pull up a seat at Richard Tucker Park— a lively urban oasis at Broadway and 66th Street filled with blossoming flowers, beautiful shrubs, tables, chairs and umbrellas— to enjoy a taste of New York’s diverse music scene. The series will feature an eclectic mix of talented and creative performers with a range of styles, including Americana, Jazz, Blues, Classical and more! 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM Wednesdays, July 7 to September 1. Richard Tucker Park, Broadway at 66th Street
Free Walking Tour of Historical Jamaica – Jamaica Center Business Improvement District
Join the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District for a free guided tour and discover Jamaica Center’s rich past and hidden gems. One of the earliest settlements in New York, Jamaica boasts churches and cemeteries centuries old. The tour includes private entrance to a resplendent 1920s theater, meticulously restored, and ends with a visit to a 350 year-old Prospect Cemetery and its Chapel of the Sisters. 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (rain or shine). Saturdays, June 19, July 10, September 11 and October 9. King Manor Museum (front port) at Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets, Queens.
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival - June 21 to August 23
Goldfinger, Carousel, The French Connection, My Man Godfrey, The China Syndrome, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Rosemary's Baby, The Goodbye Girl, 12 Angry Men, Bonnie and Clyde. Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Manhattan.
SummerScreen (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) - Wednesdays, July 7 - August 11
Say Anything, Labyrinth, Romeo + Juliet, Dead Man, Starship Troopers, Point Break. The McCarren Park ball field is located in Williamsburg at the corner of Bedford and North 12th.
RiverFlicks for Kids (Hudson River Park) - Fridays, July 9 - August 20
The Wizard of Oz, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Great Muppet Caper, Monsters vs. Aliens, Big, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Annie. Hudson River Park, Manhattan.
Riverflicks for Grownups (Hudson River Park) - Wednesdays, July 7 - August 18
The Hangover, I Love You Man, The Proposal, District 9, Julie & Julia, Public Enemies, Star Trek. Hudson River Park, Manhattan.
Movies Under the Stars (Riverside Park) - Wednesdays, June 30 - August 11
Grease, The Neverending Story, Pan's Labyrinth, Inkheart, The Fall, Big Fish, Stranger Than Fiction. Riverside Park, Manhattan.
Movies with a View (Brooklyn Bridge Park) – Thursdays, July 8 - September 2
Annie Hall, Monsters vs. Aliens 3D, The Big Lebowski, Rear Window, Brokeback Mountain, Dreamgirls, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn.
River to River - Thursdays, July 29 - August 19
Broadway Danny Rose, Auntie Mame, The Country Girl, The Muppets Take Manhattan. Lower Manhattan.
Summer Movie Series on The Intrepid - Every other Friday, May 28- August 20
Top Gun, Field of Dreams, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocky. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is located on the West side of Manhattan on Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th Street.
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