In eight days, to be exact. We got a little taste of warmer weather yesterday and today. (Currently it’s 55 degrees.) So it’s all uphill from here, folks. A little taste of the good things to come:
So you’re in the city, it’s crazy cold and Mama Nature has just dumped a foot of the white stuff on the ground. What do you do?
Get thee a sled! Here are a few of the best slopes to whoosh down in our parks:
Central Park: Pilgrim Hill, which you’ll find if you enter at 72nd and 5th, is the most popular spot. But be prepared for crowds. The tiniest sledders would probably be better off at Cedar Hill, at Fifth Avenue between 76th and 79th Streets.
Riverside Park: Thrill-seekers will love the steep slope at Riverside and 91st Street–often referred to as “Suicide Hill”. Hay bales situated at the bottom help cushion the blow. (There’s also another great hill in the park by 103rd Street.)
Morningside Park: Head up to the hill at Morningside Drive and 115th Street and hang with the Columbia University kids. We used to use cafeteria trays back in the day–do you suppose they still do? (My guess is that some things never change.)
Enjoy the snow day!
What’s there to do? Is anything open?
Of course, there’s the parade. That’s a no-brainer for some folks, but not for everyone. Fear not…there’s plenty of other ways to spend the holiday here:
Go ice skating! It’s cold enough but not so frigid that you’ll secretly hate whomever came up with that stupid idea to strap on blades and swoosh around on ice when it’s -30 degrees outside. The Wollman and Lasker Rinks in Central Park, The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park, the Riverbank State Park uptown and Rockefeller Center rinks are all welcoming skaters on Thursday.
Take the kids (or adults) to the Central Park Zoo. Check out the Sea Lions, Red Panda or the oh-so-creepy-looking Emerald Tree Boa.
Speaking of Central Park, all of our city parks are open. Spend an afternoon wandering through Riverside, Prospect or any other green public space soaking up the late autumn sun.
And residents and visitors alike can pay their thanks and good fortune forward by volunteering with groups like God’s Love We Deliver, who cook up and transport delicious meals to those who are too ill or incapacitated to cook themselves. Or Citymeals-on-Wheels, which provide at-home nourishment to the elderly.
And you know that you can have a fine feast with us, right?
However you plan to spend your day, have a wonderful one.
Lots of love from your friends at the Washington Square Hotel! xxoo
Looking for something fun–and free–to do this weekend? Tomorrow, the New York City Parks Dept., Central Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bowl are putting on the second annual Jazz & Colors–a free musical experience featuring thirty–count ‘em, thirty–jazz ensembles performing at various locations right snack in the middle of the beautiful fall foliage in Central Park.
The lineup has Buy levitra lowest prices something for everyone, from small combos to big bands. The location is…well, all over the park. All thirty bands will play perform the same compositions scattered at different locations from Midtown to Harlem. A first set will be played from noon to 1:30. Musicians will take a break until 2 p.m., when they’ll play a second set and encores until 4 p.m.
So what does the set list look like? The first set will include jazz standards like Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Miles Davis’ So What and Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night In Tunisia.
The second set will highlight songs about specific cities–like Gil Evans’ Las Vegas Tango, Gershwin’s A Foggy Day In London and Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A Train. (How could we have a festival without including A Train, people? I mean, seriously.) Remember, each band will simultaneously perform the same exact songs, allowing folks to hear unique interpretations of the same compositions as they explore Central Park.
So who will be there? Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, for one. Drummer and percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars. And Duane Eubanks–a great trumpeter coming out of the infamous Eubanks family, will be making a return appearance.
To get more info and get a map of who’s playing where, click here.
Ever want to learn how to juggle?
Head to midtown around lunch time and catch the Bryant Park Jugglers and they’ll give you a lesson.
The group loves to teach the ancient art of juggling: Egyptian tomb drawings indicate juggling goes back to 1700 B.C. (Who knew?) They’ve been helping folks sharpen their physical coordination and dexterity since 2009. Oh–and it’s free. And, yeah, it’s fun.
The jugglers convene daily Monday through Thursday from 12 – 1, Friday 1 – 3, and a special after work class on viagra cheapest price Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30PM
There’s something for everybody in the city this upcoming holiday weekend, so read on…
For music heads: Head out to Randall’s Island Friday, Saturday or Sunday for the fifth Electric Zoo music festival. In the biggest electronic dance music festival in the city, with both superstar DJs and underground up-and-comers entertaining you on five separate stages on the island. Day passes start at $139.
For those into good old-fashioned family fun: The Richmond County Fair in Staten Island runs on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Expect music, dance workshops, pie and hot dog eating contests, magic, pony rides and arts and crafts. Kids can check out farm animals while adults may be into the classic car exhibition. Adults are $16, Seniors $11 and kids shorter than 30″ are free.
For art fans: the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is right in our own backyard on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fine artists and craft artisans from the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world are showcased. (FYI, if you don’t catch it this week, it’s running the next weekend as well.)
For one-wheel enthusiasts and the people who are fascinated by them (i.e. me): The NYC Unicycle Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, cyclists can enjoy a 13 mile unicycle ride through Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday are perfect for spectators, where from 12 pm cialis pharmacy to 5 pm on Governor’s Island, folks can watch competitions, exhibitions, sports (unicycle basketball and hockey…who knew?) amid other craziness. If you’re daring (and have better-than-average balance) you can even try it yourself.
For absolutely everyone who loves great music, colorful costumes and a good time: The West Indian American Day Parade on Monday from 11 to 6 at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Chow down on Caribbean food and drink, shop for jewelry, arts and crafts and colorful apparel. And dance! Everyone must dance! It’s Carnival, right?
And of course, for tennis nuts, there’s always the US Open, which I told you about earlier.
Enjoy your three day weekend!
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.
What’s better than viewing a great film? Watching it outdoors on a beautiful, balmy evening, of course. Summer in the city is filled with crazy outdoor viewing opportunities. Here are a few:
Rooftop Films: This is a non-profit whose “mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.” Admission is around $13 for most films–but some are free. Included in the lineup this year? The Central Park Five doc, and Noah Baumbach’s latest, Frances Ha. Screenings are scheduled now through August.
Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Totally gratis, every Monday evening from 5 to 11:30 p.m. The full schedule doesn’t come out for a few days, as the screenings begin mid-June, but usually it’s a mix of classics, cult films, musicals, with a kid-friendly movie thrown in here and there. And if you don’t have time to pick up snacks, there’s a ‘wichcraft kiosk on the premises. (Yummy sandwiches by Tom Colicchio, Top Chef guy!)
Hudson River Park’s Riverflicks for Grownups: Movies begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. at Pier 63 in Chelsea. Screenings are gratis and will run in July and August. They’ve got some heavy hitters planned this year: Silver Linings Playbook (7/10), Argo (7/24) and The Avengers (8/7). And get this–free popcorn!
The Intrepid Museum has some free family-friendly screenings planned in their “Friday Nights on the Flight Deck” series. This Friday, they’ll show Top Gun, featuring a young (and presumably less creepy) Tom Cruise. Jaws will run on 6/28 and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be screened on 8/2.
Not sure if all this is absolutely true–read it on the Internets, after all–but here we go:
Those chess players that inhabit the southwest corner of Washington Square have been there a very long time. Apparently, enthusiasts of the game have been capturing rooks and pawns in city parks since the 1940s. World-champion Bobby Fischer played here in WS in the 70s, as did Heath Ledger and Stanley Kubrick (though presumably not against each other.)
Speaking of famous folks, it’s said that in1887, while Robert Louis Stevenson was visiting the U.S. for medical treatment for tuberculosis, he met Mark Twain in the park for a visit. The two had a online viagra uk nice, five-hour sit-down before Stevenson headed upstate to a sanitorium. (Oh, to be a fly on the bench…)
Beware of zombies! In 1797, Washington Square was converted from farmland to a Potter’s Field–a place to bury the homeless, convicts and unclaimed John Does. An early 19th century epidemic of yellow fever increased the number of non-living inhabitants drastically; patients who succumbed to the deadly disease were buried downtown as a hygienic measure to keep them segregated as much as possible from the general population. (In fact, during the recent park renovations, archaeologists discovered the skeletal remains of four people.) If it ever feels a little crowded around here, remember that an estimated 20,000 people are buried beneath the stones and fountains of Washington Square.
Have a great weekend, everyone. And remember–watch out for the zombies and hold onto that Queen!
What: The World Science Festival, in which dozens of events are scheduled throughout the city celebrating science in its many forms.
When: May 29th to June 2nd
Where: At various venues throughout the city, like the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Botanical Garden. But many of the events are taking place in NYU buildings right here in the Village.
Why: Science, people, science! Don’t we all need to learn more about climate change, technology, astronomy and biology? Of course we do.
Who: Produced by people way smarter than we are (if only in scientific matters).
Apparently I’ve been living under a rock, since this festival has been going on for six years and I had no idea. Everyone from Brian Greene (physicist) to Wylie Dufresne mexico viagra no prescription (futuristic gastronomy dude) to Alan Alda (Hawkeye!) is participating in the 2013 event.
A few highlights:
The Dance of the Planets: An Evening Under the Stars: In which you can join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. Saturday the 1st from 8 – 10 pm. at Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Taste of Science: This is right up my alley. It’s described as “part science lab, part cocktail dinatoire.” I’m not exactly sure what “dinatoire” means but the “cocktail” part of the phrase sold me. Read on: “This multi-course tasting program will showcase the potential for scientific discovery via gastronomic experimentation. It will be an extraordinary exploration of biology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics and more, illuminated by experimental cocktails and cutting-edge cuisine. Expect scintillating science, stimulating company, and a few surprises.” Sounds fun/scary. This will take place in the Astor Center on Thursday the 30th from 7 – 10 pm. Oh–but beware–it ain’t cheap. $200 a head.
The Joy of Six Legged Sex: An Evening of Insect Courtship and Cocktails. In which scientists answer that age-old question: How do both insects and humans attract their mates? If the title alone doesn’t grab you, remember that included is a ride on the Staten Island Ferry to the Staten Island Museum. Once there you can tour the museum’s cicada collection (every 17 years!) and sip insect-inspired cocktails. Oh–and a DJ will be spinning tunes around Brandon Ballengee’s new light sculpture and insect observatory, “Love Motel For Insects.” All this for only 25 bucks. Friday the 31st from 7:25 (hey–they’re scientists) to 10 pm.
And on Saturday the 2nd from 10 am – 6 pm, our own Washington Square Park will host the Ultimate Science Street Fair! Interactive exhibits, games, shows and performances for kids and adults. Nobel laureates will rub shoulders with sports and entertainment stars all in the name of science!
If you’re interested, now is the time to get tickets, as a few events are already sold out and everything looks like fun.
As my pal said, “It looks kinda cool and not just for propeller heads.”