We Can Hitch A Ride To Rockaway Beach

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It’s Friday and it’s going to be a perfect summer weekend–sunny and high in the 80s. Time to grab a cooler and a blanket and hit the beach, people!  Let’s head to Rockaway Beach with some of our favorite past guests, the Ramones:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79S5k1pgWZU

Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some.
Its not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach.
Up on the roof, out on the street
Down cheap viagra online in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio
Rock rock Rockaway Beach
Rock rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach
Its not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach.

Summer just doesn’t get any better than that. Here’s to Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy and Marky…and the Rockaways!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Summer Streets

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Nope, it’s not a new Springsteen song. Summer Streets is an annual event buy viagra 100mg in which almost seven miles of city streets are closed to cars, trucks and buses, and open to humans who want to bike, play, unicyle, gallop–or, hell, walk on their hands if they want to–up the avenue.

Billed as, “part bike tour, part biking tour and part block party,” Park Avenue and connecting streets are closed between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on August 3rd, 10th and 17th. Six rest stops are provided along the route, where a bunch of activities and performances will take place.

You can work out with trainers at the Astor Place rest stop, scale a rock climbing wall at the Soho rest stop or, if you have a death wish, try out a zip line at the Foley Square one.

In addition, the Park Avenue tunnel will be open to pedestrians for the first time ever. (You know that little tunnel on Park between 33rd and 40th by Grand Central? The one that gives you a cheap thrill when your cab speeds seven blocks through midtown without stopping once? That one.) Inside will be Voice Tunnel, an interactive light and sound installation by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. 360 theatrical spotlights that produce glimmering arches of light along the tunnel’s walls and ceiling. Participants will be able to influence the intensity of each light by speaking into a special intercom at the tunnel’s center which records their voice and loops it. Louder speech will increase the lights’ brightness proportionally, creating a Morse-like code of flashes throughout the tunnel.

So next month, hop, skip and jump to your heart’s content up the avenue with no chance of getting hit by a car. I know I will.

Time To Celebrate!

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It’s Pride Weekend here in the city…so what do you wanna do?  I say we party like it’s 1978:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CS9OO0S5w2k

Young man, there’s no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, ’cause you’re in a new town
There’s no need to be unhappy.Young man, there’s a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you’re short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I’m sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys …It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel …Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I’m sure they can help you today.It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys …

It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself cleaned, you can have viagra online from usa a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel …

Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so tight …

That’s when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There’s a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.

It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys …

Y-m-c-a … you’ll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there’s no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a … you’ll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there’s no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a … just go to the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

A Midsummer Night's Music Festival

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The 55th annual Washington Square Music Festival is right around the corner. Every Tuesday evening in July, a concert is performed gratis right here in the park. Great music outdoors on a balmy summer night…what’s not to like? Here’s the lineup:

July 9: Baroque in the Park: A Judgment of Paris is a baroque opera by John Eccles.

July 16: A Musical Adventure Featuring Margaret Leng Tan. Tan will play the chamber version of a toy piano concerto written for her by English composer Michael Wookey. You read that right–toy piano. Tan’s avant-garde performance sounds intriguing.

July 23: Verdi and Wagner and Spohr and Rheinberger. (Oh my!) A celebration of 19th Century music for winds and strings.a celebration of 19th Century music for winds female viagra cream and strings including Verdi String Quartet and Paul Hindemith/Wagner The Flying Dutchman Overture for String Quartet.

July 30: Music of East Africa featuring Nepo Soteri. Guitarist, singer and composer Soteri is a survivor of the Rwandan civil war. Influences of sounds from Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia are featured in his compositions. Preceding the concert in the afternoon will be a children’s interactive rhythm workshop with African musicians.

Here are the particulars: Music starts at 8 pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis. In the event of rain, the music festival moves indoors to St. Joseph’s Church, 371 Sixth Avenue (between Washington Place and Waverly Place).

 

Come back, Joan!

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We’re no longer that, “crummy hotel over Washington can i order viagra from the chemist Square” that you wrote about in Diamonds and Rust.

We’ve been renovated, revamped and recharged. We’ve got a fitness room, pillow-top mattresses and free WIFI. And we can serve you three delicious meals a day, which we couldn’t when you wrote this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGMHSbcd_qI

Damn that’s a great song.

But we’re not crummy anymore, Joan, so please come back and write another one!

 

He Was A Green-wich Village Folk Song Salesman

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A silly little ditty to lead you into the weekend…courtesy of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood. Nancy sticks her tongue firmly in her cheek in this ode to the folk song hawkers female viagra cream that flooded the neighborhood in the 60′s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW_00xvvM74

Have a fantastic weekend all you happy, hopped-up hippies!

Memorial Day Weekend + Free = Fun

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Time to kick off summer with freebies, people! Check out fun stuff to do without spending where to buy viagra any cash:

Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine. Celebrate with the New York Philharmonic in this beautiful cathedral on Amsterdam and 112th on Monday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are first-come, first-served and available the day of the performance at 6:00 p.m. If you don’t get in, music will be piped out onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. (And as of now, it’s looking like the weather will permit: forecast for the day is high of 68 and sunny.)

The Intrepid Museum plans to celebrate the weekend the right way, by honoring our service women and men. Aside from a screening of Top Gun for it’s freebie movies on Friday night series, Pier 86 will be filled live performances (the USO Show Troupe!), hands-on activities and displays.

Memorial Day Parade(s): There’s a bunch of them–just pick your borough. Probably the largest is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade. It stars at 2 p.m. at the corner of Northern Blvd. and Jayson Ave. in Queens. This year’s parade is dedicated to those who served in Vietnam, as it’s the 40th anniversary of the end of the war.

And what holiday is complete without sparkly explosions? None, I say. To see fireworks, though, you have to head downtown on Thursday night (23rd) so that Lady Liberty is in view. Fireworks will be set off in the harbor near Liberty Island at around 9:15 p.m. (Not sure why they only have them on Thursday night-I searched and searched–but hey, if I’m mistaken and there’s more, please let me know!)

Have fun!

A Little Night (And Day) Music

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Summer is almost here and New York music lovers just can’t wait for Central Park Summerstage concerts to begin!

Here are a few quick facts:

Concerts are generally free (except for a few benefit ones), so seating is on a first-come, first serve basis. Which we all know means: get there early!  Gates open 90 minutes before showtime on weekends and an hour on weekdays. If it’s a popular show, I’d arrive at least an hour before the gates open. Bring a picnic blanket, snacks, water, a good book–and good company. (But no glasses, cans or coolers.)  Beer, wine and food can be purchased inside.

Concerts go on rain or shine. (Unless discount viagra without prescription there’s lightening because, you know, there’s lightening and we’re not that crazy.)

Highlights this year include a benefit on June 11th for New York city parks: a Sinatra tribute with John Pizzarelli, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Osborne, Andrew Bird, Marc Cohn, Bettye LaVette, Allen Toussaint, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright III. (Tickets start at $65.)

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Rehearsal Series, a weekly event in which favorite opera arias and duets are performed by rising Metropolitan Opera stars such as Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), and Stephen Costello (tenor), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore.

The Martha Graham Dance Company performs on July 23rd.

Hip-hop artists Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth are featured on July 28th.

Gospel is also represented with Shirley Caesar on 8/3.

And remember Bobby McFerrin? He’ll be there on 8/20.

You get the picture…just like the city, a little something for every one. And–hey–if by chance the line’s too long and you don’t get in, hang outside on the grass–you can still hear the music.

 

 

Take A Stroll Down Bleecker Street

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One of the most popular streets in the village, it was named after the Bleecker family, because the road ran straight through their family farm in the late 18th century. Today the chickens and horses have been replaced by perfume shops and shoe stores and pastry shops.

Amy’s Bread (#250) A fantastic bakery with a small cafe serving sandwiches and noshes. The black olive twists are to die for.

Diptyque (#377) is the first U.S. online viagra foray for this French parfumer. Check out the variety of eaux de toilette, candles, colognes and body-care products.

John’s of Bleecker Street (#278) has been dishing out yummy, brick oven pizza since 1929. On the website it’s recommended by none other than Jack Black (Tenacious D!).  Black says that the pizza is so good, “I get it plain.” High praise, indeed.

Rocco’s Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe (#243)  Cannoli’s, my friends. Cannolis. That is all.

(Word to the wise: You can skip Magnolia Bakery at #401, made famous by the ladies of Sex & the City. There’s a reason those ladies were so skinny–the cupcakes aren’t very good.)

Bleecker Street Records (#239): Yes, you can still buy vinyl, CDs and posters on Bleecker just like back in the day.

Murray’s Cheese (# 254): The best, best, best cheese shop in the city.

(Le) Poisson Rouge (#158) The new incarnation of the famed Village Gate features reasonably priced music of all genres. Classical, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, funk…everything from electronic to Americana to a string quartet.

Plus some fancy clothes:

Jimmy Choo (#407): Shoes!

Jack Spade (#409): Men’s store by Kate’s hubby.

Ralph Lauren has several outposts on Bleecker. RRL (#381) for jeans, boots and vests. Across the street, Rugby (#390) sells more traditional, preppy Lauren gear.

And that’s a little taste of Bleecker…

 

 

Have You Been To The Ear Inn?

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Everyone knows many of the city’s oldest taverns:  McSorley’s, Fraunces, The White Horse…but few visitors may know the Ear Inn. Erected in the late 18th Century by James Brown (no, not that one), an aide to Washington during the revolution, the house now has landmark status, and is one of the few remaining examples of Federal architecture in the city.

Through the years it’s alternately been a haven for thirsty sailors, a boarding house, a speakeasy during buy generic online viagra the days of Prohibition, a smuggler’s den and a brothel. Women (clearly other than ladies of the night) were not allowed for decades.

Flash forward to 1977: the new resident-owners christened the place the “Ear Inn”. That strange name? It was chosen to bypass the Landmark Commission’s lengthy review of any new sign. (Bureaucracy is still alive and well, thankyouverymuch.) To skip the red tape, the neon “BAR” sign was simply painted over to read “EAR”.

Now, surrounded by dusty tchotchkes, you can swill a pint or sip a whiskey or a glass of wine. Then tuck into a full, reasonably priced menu–burgers, mussels, Caesar salad, chili, steaks and the like. The fun part? Your neighbor chowing down may be a biker, a teamster, a doctor or an artist or…who knows?

Plus you can hear music on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from midnight on. (Or as the website says, 11:59.) You can find traditional blues, jazz and, my personal fave, “weirdo country music”.

Check it out!

The Ear Inn – 326 Spring St. NY, NY (212 226-9060)