This Weekend NYC Things To Do
Dance Festival in Jamaica Qns, Chocolate Factory Old / New Space Celebration LIC, Gay Pride Parade MHTN, Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit MHTN, 'To Go Liquor Sales' by NYC Restaurants Ends, CoVid Testing, Vaccine & Delta Variant Update, the Impending White Collar Return to the Office & NYC Swimming Pools Open for the Summer
Weekend Weather. Temperature highs will be in the low to mid 80's all weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 70's all weekend. The humidity will rise from about 60% early Friday to 70% by the end of the day, into the 80% range on Saturday and then falling back to about 70% on Sunday. Winds will be around 10 mph all weekend. There's a 35% chance of a small bit of rain Saturday between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm. Otherwise the rest of the weekend is clear.
THINGS TO DO This Weekend in All 5 Boros
The Stonewall Inn in the West Village has erected a light show to commemorate the Stone Wall Riots in June of 1969 and the first Gay Pride Parade in June of 1970.
Macy's Fireworks will return on Sunday, July 4th at about 9.30 pm on the East River.
Delacorte Theater opens in early July for summer theater.
As of Friday 6.11.21 thirteen of 36 recreational areas in the NYC parks were open.
Immersive Van Gogh opened on June 13 and runs through September 6th at Pier 36. Tickets are $40 / $50 at www.vangoghnyc.com.
Late FYI's. There was a Juneteenth celebration in Harlem in Nicholas Park on Friday June 18th. A statue of George Floyd was unveiled in Brooklyn on 6.18. And the June Central Park Bandshell concerts returned and the Rites of Summer on Governor's Island was held last weekend.
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June 2021 EVERY Saturday from about 12 noon to 7 pm - Bronx Night Market - in Fordham Plaza at East Fordham Road and Third Avenue across from the Metro North Railway Station.
Friday, June 25, 2021 from 10 am - 6 pm _ Bayridge 5th Avenue Summer Festival. Along 5th Avenue from 72nd to 85th Streets. Bay Ridge street fairs / street festivals Brooklyn. Food, shopping and entertainment. Organized by 5th Avenue Bay Ridge BID.
Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 10 am or 12 noon to 6 pm. Sunday Funday aka Smith Street Fair. Along Smith Street from Union to Bergen Street [or Atlantic Avenue?] 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.
MT _ Friday, June 25, 2021 from 10 am - 6 pm - Upper East Side Food Fair along 54th St between 3rd & Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.
VILLAGE _ Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 10 am - 6 pm - BAMR Bleeker Street Festival - Along Bleeker from Broadway to 6th Avenue in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
VILLAGE _ Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 11 am - 6 pm - Gay Pride Parade begins 12 noon and Gay Pride fest - This is the 52nd Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, when the LGBTQ fight for rights began at the Stonewall bar and restaurant on Christopher Street in the West Village. The 8 - 9 hour long parade begins at 12 noon at 15th Street along 7th Avenue in Chelsea, marches south to Christopher Street in the Village where it turns heading east transitioning onto 8th Street before turning north along 5th Avenue and eventually terminating at 29th Street. Nearly 300 groups participate and hundreds of thousands come to watch. Also see Chelsea St Fairs below.
VILLAGE _ Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 11 am - 6 pm - Gay PrideFest - Along University Place between 13th Street and Waverly in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. DIRECTIONALLY CORRECT BUT VERIFY.
There's a Dance Festival in Rufus King Park on 150-29 Jamaica Avenue in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens on Saturday from 8 - 9 pm. It's free.
The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City is celebrating the closing of the doors of its original theater at 5-49 49th Avenue for the last time this weekend. To celebrate out with the old and in with their new theater / space, they are hosting a party from 12 noon - 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Their new space is at 49th Street and 24th Avenue in LIC.
Thalia Theater in Sunnyside is performing A Tribute to Maestro Raul Jaurena at 8 pm Friday and Saturday and at 4 pm on Sunday at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue. Tickets are at
Sunday, June 27, 2021 from 10 am - 6 pm - Forest Hills Summer Fest street fair - Along Queens Blvd from Yellowstone to 70th Road.
There's a Sandy Brook and Sandy Ground guided walk beginning at 12 noon and running to about 3 pm. Meet at Bloomingdale Avenue and Ramona Road. The talk will be about oysters and water quality. Tickets are available at
On 6.8.21 the CDC eased CoVid restrictions on travelers from France, Canada, Germany and Mexico.
Effective 6.14.21 70% of adults in NYC had been fully or partially vaccinated. There was a snafu in vaccination administration in Times Square and 900 people who received the Pfizer vaccine, were administered expired product. The government agency responsible for overseeing the administration of these vaccinations was in the process of contacting those people to let them know.
On 6.14.21 it was announced that NYC Senior Centers, which had been closed due to the pandemic, are set to reopen this month.
On 6.14.21 Nova announced that it has produced a vaccine that's about 90% effective, even against new strains. Looking for FDA approval.
The Delta variant of CoVid is increasingly becoming the dominant strain around the world. The significance of this development is that now both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are required to stave off serious illness. The Delta variant is said to not only be more contagious, but also more lethal.
As of 6.15.21 the Delta variant was 10% of total U.S. CoVid cases. As of 6.25.21 the Delta variant jumped to become 20% of total U.S. CoVid cases.
NYS ends "to go liquor sales" by restaurants, Thursday 6.24.21.
NYS Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, said that the Bronx was hardest hit by the pandemic, citing high unemployment in the Bronx versus the rest of the city.
IN JUNE - NYC had record low CoVid cases on 6.14.21. NYS has 70% vaccinated, which is what's needed for herd immunity. That could be offset by the fact that NYC is, in some sense, the crossroads of the world.
On July 7th there will be a ticker tape parade in the canyon of heroes. The last time we held one of those was when the U.S. Women's Soccer team won the Women's World Cup.
Demographics - Returning White Collar Office Workers
6.6 - There was a survey that indicated that senior management and extroverted people are looking forward to returning to the office, while women and introverted people were not.
Election Results Not Yet in, Rent Stabilization Price Increase, MTA Ridership, is PBS Anchor Judy Woodruff Losing it & Psychologically Deranged Dictators
Elections. The second round of tallying will be done by Tuesday, June 29th. The third round will happen on July 7th, during which the 100,000 outstanding absentee ballots will be included in the count for the first time.
Governor Phil Murphy easily won the Democratic primary for New Jersey governor. But he looks to have a tough race in November, as Murphy is leading the Republican challenger by a margin of just 26%.
The rent stabilization price increase this year was 0% for six months, 1.5% for one year and 2.5% for two years.
MTA ridership is now running at about 50% of what it used to be pre-pandemic. A year ago ridership was at about 10% of the prior year.
Is Judy Woodruff of PBS senile or incompetent? She keeps referring to Donald Trump as President Trump instead of FORMER president Trump. How can the top anchor of PBS continue making the same mistake a full five months after Trump has left office? This is especially important given Trump's failure to recognize his loss. She did this on her 6.22.21 broadcast, which I made note of, but I've seen her do it so many times since Trump left office that I lost count. It's annoying as hell to see someone in her position continually and repeatedly make such a basic misstep. Wake up PBS and do your job.
Apparently Russian authoritarian President Vladimir Putin is so frightened by Alexei Navalny's popularity, that Putin doesn't have the courage to mention opposition leader Alexei Navalny's name.
National and International Failures - PBS Judy Woodruff's Incompetence, Authoritarian 'President' Vladimir Putin Fear of Competition & Chinese [Nazi?] 'President' Xi Jinping
Chinese dictator President Xi Jinping increasingly looks to be the equivalent of a 21st century Hitler. Jinping shows no limits to his racist and inhumane treatment of non-Han Chinese according to reports coming out of Xinjiang, as well as Hong Kong. It is becoming increasingly obvious that Jinping's unbridled ambition to control everything and everyone on this planet - like Adolph Hitler's meglomania - won't stop unless those with power, begin making efforts to curtail Xi Jinping's psychological inbalance and out-of-kilter obsession with control.
The people of China need to ask themselves why they don't get an opportunity to play a role / have a voice in their own government? Why does only what Xi Jinping wants or says or thinks matter? Is Xi a god? Was Xi granted the divine right by a god to rule the Chinese people? Or is Xi Jinping a callous, brutal dictator, who the nation's own citizens fear just like a good many of the people living in Germany feared Adolph Hitler? I think the western world should ban Chinese technology, given what Xi Jinping is doing vis a vis surveillance in his own nation. The outside world needs to demand more visibility into Chinese society and technologies as a precondition for trade and finance, as Xi Jinping has failed to provide sufficient transparency vis a vis the Wuhan Lab where the Corona Virus is alleged, by some, to have been created. Xi's Chinese government has done or said little, that convinces me that the Corona Virus wasn't possibly part of a Chinese biowarfare program. This is not to say that it is - but rather that the possibility that it may still be - remains as one of the top explanations for what has happened.
Part of being welcomed into economic benefits and trading with the western world, must be that trading partner nations behave in accordance with decent and humane principles of conduct.
Things Continue to Come Back to Life
We're working to stay abreast of things as the city re-awakens from its CoVid pandemic past. Here are some links to other things going on including Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC and Staten Island Farmers Markets 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.
The NYC public park swimming pools, which are free and open to the public opened on June 26, 2021 and will remain open until Sunday, September 12, 2021. We've compiled key information for the free public swimming pools in each borough as follows: 1) Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, 2) free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, 3) free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, 4) free public swimming pools in Queens NYC, and 5) free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.
Next week there's NYC 4th of July fireworks which are viewable from all five boroughs, one of which has already passed on 6/24, and another scheduled for Tuesday, 6/29. Click these links to specifics related to each borough - 1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2021 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2021, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2021 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC , and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2021.
Have a nice weekend.