NYC Things To Do _ New York City Archive
June 2022 / New York City, NYC / Gotham Buzz NYC.
This is an archive of recent postings of things to do on the weekend in NYC. The archive contains notices of things to do in the boroughs of NYC including art exhibitions, films, theater, live music, comedy, dance, sports social events, classes, and restaurant reviews for the upper east side, upper west side, east village, west village and midtown neighborhoods of Manhattan NYC.
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Weekend Things To Do NYC - March 2022
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of March 2022.
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Things To Do in NYC This Weekend
St Pat's Parades in Bayside Queens & in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, Andy Warhol exhibit in Brooklyn, Queens World Film Festival Scheduled for November, Bangla Festival in Flushing, Soh Daiko at LaGuardia College, Deepfake at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, Fotos Femininas & the Orchid Show in the Bronx, Cicadas on Staten Island; Affordable Art Fair, Exhibit at Rick Wester Art Gallery, Macy's Flower Show Begins & Photo Exhibit ends in Manhattan & so far I don't see any posting for the Greek Independence Day Parade
Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 60's on Friday, descending to the mid 50's on Saturday and then down to the high 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will from the low to mid 40's on Friday and Saturday, down to the mid 20's on Sunday. There's a small chance [40% between 1 pm and 5 pm], of a small amount of rain [less than 1/10th of an inch] on Saturday afternoon. Otherwise, it's a dry but partially cloudy weekend. The humidity will fall from about 60% on Friday, to 50% on Saturday to 40% on Sunday. Winds will be about 10 mph on Friday and Saturday, rising to 15 mph on Sunday.
The photo at right shows the Museum of the Moving Image which is now open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They have an exhibit, Deepfake, that explores how peoples' views of the world can be manipulated by both truths and untruths that they see on the screen.
Things to do in Queens This Weekend
The third is the Bayside St. Patrick's Day Parade, which is a fairly new comer, now in its fifth year. This parade begins on Saturday, March 26th at 1 pm and marches down Bell Blvd between 35th and 42nd Avenues. www.baysidesaintpatricksdayparade.org. Their Facebook page is more up to date - www.facebook.com/baysidestpatricksdayparade
The Bangla New Year, Pohela Boishakh literally means the first day of the first month, begins on Sunday. The Bangladesh Students Association of the City College of NY is hosting a celebration from 12 noon - 5 pm at the Joya Hall at 63-108 Woodhaven Blvd in Flushing. Admittance is $30 and women are encouraged to dress in sarees and men in traditional Punjabi dress. Rsvp required at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be advised that this may be for CCNY students only.
The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center located at 31-10 Thomson Ave in LIC is hosting a Carnegie Hall Citywide musical performance by Soh Daiko beginning from 3 - 5 pm. It's free, but you must rsvp at www.lpac.nyc. I believe CoVid protocols remain in effect.
The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting an exhibit that began December 18, 2021 and runs through May 15, 2022 entitled Deepfake: Unstable Evidence on Screen. The exhibit explores how fact becomes distorted and fictionalized via the moving image screen. At the centerpiece of it all is the distortion of the Apollo 11 moon mission. The museum is open Friday from 2 - 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon - 6 pm. For details and tickets see www.movingimage.us. Admission $15 / $11 / $9.
The Queens World Film Festival, which usually runs in late Winter / early Spring, has scheduled the festival for early November.
See Rachel Wren's [of LIC] art on exhibit in Manhattan until April 2nd, below
- CLICK here to read the rest of our report on things to do this weekend in NYC March 18, 2022 - also Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx & Staten Island.
Weekend Things To Do NYC - February 2022
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of February 2022.
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Things To Do This Weekend in All 5 Boros NYC
Photo Exhibit Exploring Normalized Images of African Americans, Bumper Cars, Jan 6 Riot Photo Exhibit, Play about Historical Bronx Females in a Personal / Private Lives Context, Film in Brooklyn, Real & Art Insects Exhibit & Deepfake TV Exhibit
NYC Weather. No rain is expected this weekend. The temperature highs will be in the mid 40's on Friday, descend to the high 30's on Saturday and rise to the high 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the 20's all weekend. The Winds will be about 15 mph on Friday and Sunday, dipping to 5 - 10 mph on Saturday. Humidity will be between 60% - 70% on Friday, dropping to about 50% for the rest of hte weekend.
In the photo at right you can see folks out and about last Sunday at the South Street Seaport at a pop up restaurant managed by Williamsburg restaurateur Sunday in Brooklyn. The popular pop up restaurant will be there through the summer.
Things to do in Manhattan This Weekend
There's an exhibit by African American photographer, Micaiah Carter, entitled Black Beauty Vol. 1, which opened on February 11 and runs through March 27th [from 12 noon - 8 pm Wednesdays through Sundays] in the gallery of SN37 at 204 Front Street in the South Street Seaport. The exhibit is intended to broaden the spectrum of images that Americans have of African Americans.
You can rent a Bumper Car in Bryant Park between the hours of 2 - 8 pm weekdays and 11 am - 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays between now and March 6, 2022. Tickets for a ten minute ride are $20 which you can can rsvp at www.bryantpark.org.
In the photo at right, you can see the ice on the trees Friday morning after the storm, looking west toward Long Island City from Sunnyside in Queens. It provided a heavenly quality to the view during the commute, while providing a sort of slippery hell on the surfaces below.
- CLICK here to read the rest of our report on things to do this weekend in NYC February 25, 2022.
WEEKEND THINGS TO DO NYC - January 2022
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of January 2022.
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Things to do This Weekend in NYC
Wintry Weekend with Snow ending at 3 pm Saturday, Boat Show at Javits, Bumper Cars & Irish Theater in Manhattan, Winter Antiques Show POSTPONED, Chinese New Year Celebration & Film in Queens, on Staten Island a Maple Syrup program While the Korean Lunar New Year Celebration at Snug Harbor POSTPONED, Bronx Zoo Closed Saturday, while Bronx Doc Film Opens 'Storming of the Capitol' Photo Exhibit and Art & BAM Films in Brooklyn
January 28, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.
NYC Weather. They forecast up to 4 - 5 inches of snow Friday afternoon / evening, but it could be on the low side if the temperature doesn't drop. On Saturday, another 3 - 5 inches of snow is expected, ending by 3 pm / mid afternoon. Temperature highs will be in the mid 30's on Friday, descending to the low to mid 20's for Saturday and Sunday. Temperature lows will be in the high teens Friday, descending to the low teens for the rest of the weekend. Humidity will range from 50% to 70% all weekend. Winds start at 7 mph on Friday, but by the end of the day will be a blustery 20 mph. On Saturday the winds will be 20 - 25 mph, before dropping back to 5 to 10 mph on Sunday.
The photo at right was taken underneath the #5 Prospect Avenue subway stop at in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx earlier this week. The subway stop is near Bill Rainey Park and where the explosion and row house fire took place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. We'll have more on the fire and explosion next week.
Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan
The NY Boat Show started on Wednesday and runs through Sunday, January 30, 2022 at the Javits Center at 655 West 34th Street [at 11th Avenue]. They're open 12 noon - 8 pm Friday, 10 am - 8 pm Saturday and 12 noon - 6 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 / $15 and CoVid protocols remain in effect.
You can rent a Bumper Car in Bryant Park between the hours of 2 - 8 pm weekdays and 11 am - 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays between now and February 2nd. It's recommended that you rsvp on their website at www.bryantpark.org where tickets for a ten minute ride are $20.
In the photo at right you can see the bumper cars at Bryant Park in action.
The First Irish Theater Festival by the Origin Theater Company continues through January 31st. The shows are held at various venues in several boroughs of NYC. See www.origintheater.org for details and tickets.
The Winter Antiques Show held at the Park Avenue Armory has been postponed until the Spring. They haven't set a new date, but that it's postpone, not cancelled, like professional sports games, shows that we're learning to live with CoVid, by adapting to its mutations and the surges. Unfortunately, as long as a sizeable segment continues to aid and abet the virus by not getting vaccinated, we're stuck in this holding pattern indefinitely. Thank God these anti-vax ignoramuses, fueled by Murdoch's Fox News disinformation, weren't around in the 1950's when the nation was fighting polio.
- CLICK here to read the rest of our report on things to do this weekend in NYC January 28, 2022.
1st HALF DECEMBER WEEKEND THINGS TO DO NYC
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the first half of the month of December 2021. Click into this link to see all November 2021 weekend reports.
- CLICK here to read the December Things To Do reports for all five NYC boroughs and all December weekends, including reports about weekend things to do in NYC in December 2021, including NYC holiday events, NYC holiday markets, Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah menorah lightings, holiday light shows begin, choral performances, the Nutcracker performances in NYC borought, and New Years Eve parties are in a separate report.
NOVEMBER WEEKEND THINGS TO DO NYC
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of November 2021. Scroll down to the link at the end of this first weekend things to do report in November [next report] and then click into it to see all November 2021 weekends.
- CLICK here to read the remaining reports about weekend things to do in NYC in November 2021, including the NYC Marathon, winter skating rinks open, some of the NYC holiday markets begin, Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah menorah lightings, holiday light shows begin, the Jackson Heights Momo Crawl, Thanksgiving gourmet food stores, and supply chain bottlenecks easing.
OCTOBER WEEKEND THINGS TO DO NYC
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of October 2021. Scroll down to the link at the end of this first weekend things to do report in October [next report] and then click into it to see all October 2021 weekends.
- CLICK here to read the remaining weekend things to do in NYC in October reports of 2021 including Oktoberfest, Columbus Day Parades, Pulaski Day Parade, NY Film Festival, SI Lighthouse Festival, Indigenous Peoples Day, Italian Festivals, the Nigerian Day Parade, the NYC Food & Wine Festival, Taste of the Seaport, Comic Con and numerous Halloween parties and celebrations.
SEPTEMBER WEEKEND THINGS TO DO NYC
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of September 2021. Scroll down to the last weekend in September [next report] and then click into it to see all September 2021 weekends. Or click on the photo at right or link below.
Things To Do in NYC This Weekend
San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy ends this weekend, Global Citizen Concert in Central Park, NY Film Festival begins at Lincoln Center in Manhattan; Bronx Native American Festival, Fordham Road Food Fest, Night Market and Piazza Belmont in the Bronx; Great Irish Fair & Sunset Park Fest in Brooklyn, Art on the Fence Show & Beer, Wine & Spirits Fest on Staten Island and Governor's Ball Music Festival & Myrtle Avenue Fair in Queens
Weather. Generally good weather with highs in the mid to high 70's all weekend, and the the lows in the low to mid 60's. No rain. Humidity will be around 50 - 60%. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph.
Manhattan - Global Citizen Concert, San Gennaro Festival ends this Weekend & NY Film Festival begins at Lincoln Center
CNTRL PARK _ Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 2 - 6 pm - Global Citizen Concert - In Central Park on the Great Lawn - NYC street fairs / festivals Manhattan.
LITTLE ITALY _ Thursday - Sunday, September 16 - 27, 2021 times vary - The San Gennaro Festival. This is an 11 day Italian festival that runs through Sunday, September 27th.
UWS _ Friday, September 24 - October 10, 2021 - times vary - NY Film Festival - At Lincoln Center. A film festival including films from around the nation and around the world.
The following video was taken at the Global Citizen Concert in October of 2019.
- CLICK here to view our reports on things to do in NYC in September on the weekends.
AUGUST WEEKEND THINGS TO DO NYC
This section contains our Weekend Things To Do reports for the month of August 2021. Scroll down to the last weekend in August [next report] and then click into it to see all August 2021 weekends. Or just click on the photo at right or link below.
Things To Do in NYC - Unofficial Last Weekend of the Summer
5 Boro Bike Tour, Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, Times Square Ferris Wheel, Queens Boro Dance Festival & Vegan Festival Queens, Bronx Food Fun & Concert, in Brooklyn Feast of Santa Rosalia Ending, Revolutionary War Re-enactment, Brighton Beach Jubilee, Cow Parade, AfricanFest on Staten Island CANCELLED & the U.S. Open Begins Monday
Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 90's on Friday dropping to about 80 on Saturday and Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 70's all weekend. It's going to be humid all weekend at about 80%. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. There's a good chance [around 60 - 70%] of about an inch of rain on Friday afternoon through Saturday about midday. And the rest of the weekend is clear.
All Boros - The 5 Boro Bike Tour & Cow Parade
On Sunday the 5 Boro Bike Tour begins at 7.30 am in four staggered waves of riders [last one at 9.20 am] in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan and ends at 6 pm near the Staten Island Ferry terminal, after winding through 40 miles in all five boroughs. Proceeds go to Bike New York and you may obtain details at www.bike.nyc.
August 18 - September 30, 2021 - Cow Parade - At various sites in all five boroughs. The cows will be auctioned September 1 - 30, 2021. Hours and locations vary. Proceeds to to God's Love We Deliver which provides meals for the poor - www.glwd.org. For details see - https://www.glwd.org/donate/events/cowparade-2021/meet-the-cows/
You'll also find events happening during the week and upcoming weekends on the linked pages referenced below.
- CLICK here to view our reports on things to do in NYC in August on the weekends.
Weekend Things To Do NYC
Global Ubuntu Festival, The Other Art Fair, Vision Film Fest & Fuzzy Lemons in Brooklyn; Sprinklerfest at Snug Harbor and Fierce & Fabulous Females at the Alice Austen House on SI; Bronx Doc Film Block Party, Bronx Night Market and Castle Hill Street Fair in the Bronx, Street Fairs in Manhattan, Pow Wow at Queens Cty Farm & Feast of St Irene Chrysovalantou in Astoria Queens
Weather. There's about a third inch of rain expected Sunday, but at present there's a nice window of clear between the hours of 12 noon and 8 pm. The temperature highs will be in the mid 80's and the lows in the low 70's all weekend. Humidity will rise through the weekend from 40% - 60% Friday, to 50% - 70% Saturday and then from 70% - 80% on Sunday. Winds will rise from 5 mph Friday, to 10 mph Saturday to 10 - 15 mph Sunday.
Bronx Things To Do This Weekend NYC
Saturday, July 24, 2021 from 10 am - 6 pm - Castle Hill Avenue Summer Fair - Along Castle Hill Avenue between Starling and Westchester Avenues in the Parkchester and Westchester Square neighborhoods of the Bronx.
Sunday, July 25, 2021 from 12 - 5 pm - There's a Bronx Doc Film Block Party at 614 Courtlandt Street at 151st Street in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx.
July 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.
- CLICK here to read the rest of our report about things to do this weekend in NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island - including Fabulous Femails & SprinklerFest SI, Bronx Night Market & Bronx Doc Film Party, Pow Wow Queens Farm & Feast of St Irene Chrysovalantou Astoria.
Weekend Things To Do NYC
A Number of Prior Year Events aren't Returning, but Many are & Things Definitely Pick up Speed as we Head into August
Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 90's Friday, dropping to the high 80's on Saturday and mid 80's by Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the mid to low 70's all weekend. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. The humidity will be between 65% - 75%, Friday rising to 75% - 85% for the rest of the weekend. There will be scattered thunder showers dropping about a half inch of rain on both Saturday and Sunday beginning about 12 noon Saturday and running through the rest of the weekend. But there will by clearings and dry spells, so it's a bit of a hit or miss weekend. Be brave and take your chances, but not without an umbrella.
Queens - Cancellations but some fairs
Normally this would be the weekend of the Colombian Parade, Chatpati Mela and the Festival of Flowers in Queens, but for the second year running the organizers decided to err on the side of safety and decided not to return to the streets this year. But there are other street fairs and farmers markets that will be open this year which you can find using the links below.
Manhattan - Cancellations but some fairs
This weekend is also the St. Catherine of Genoa Festival in Washington Heights, but alas it does not appear to be returning this year. The same is true of the Fashion on the Hudson Fashion Show, which won't be back on the runway this July. But there are other things happening this summer like street fairs, farmers markets, free public swimming pools, and free public outdoor theater, which you can find using the links below.
Brooklyn - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast - Italian
Wednesday thru Sunday, July 7 - 18, 2021 - Times vary but oftentimes begins in the afternoon & runs into the night. The Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast / The Giglio Festival began in 1903. Havemeyer at 8th Street. An Italian food festival with music and dance entertainment and kiddie rides, as well as the cultural hoisting of the Giglio. See olmcfeast.com for details.
- CLICK here to read the rest of our report about things to do this weekend in NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island - including Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast in Brooklyn and on Staten Island.
* Weekend Things To Do NYC
Go Africa Carnival, Bastille Day Festival, Carnaval de la Cultura Latina, Astoria Park Carnival, The Giglio Festival and Bayridge Summer Strolls, Eric Adams & Curtis Sliwa win Party Nominations for NYC Mayor, U.S. Completes Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Chinese Dictator President Xi Jinping is the New Nazi-like Fuhrer, Free Concert Lincoln Center, Free Theater around the City, St Fairs & NYC Parade for First Responders
Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 80's and the temperature lows about 70. The winds will be 3 - 5 mph all weekend. The humidity will be between 65% - 80% all weekend. There will be scattered thunder showers dropping less than a quarter inch of rain between 4 and 11 pm Friday, and Sunday after about 12 noon there will be more chances of scattered thunder showers dropping about a quarter inch of rain. Saturday is the best day of the weekend when no rain is expected.
Things To Do This Weekend NYC
In the Bronx -
The Pregones Theater is hosting Sunday night concerts.
UNCONFIRMED BUT BELIEVE IT'S HAPPENING _ Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 12 noon - 6 pm / Free - Carnaval de la Cultura Latina - Along Southern Blvd between 163rd St and Westchester Avenue in the Fox Hurst & near the Hunts Point neighborhoods in the Bronx. This event includes live music and dance entertainment, food and shopping [www.carnavalculturalatina.com].
- CLICK here to read the rest of our report about things to do this weekend in NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island including Bastille Day in Manhattan, Go Africa & Giglio Festivals Brooklyn, Carnaval Cultura de Latina & Astoria Park Carnival & SI.
Weekend Things To Do in NYC over the 4th of July Weekend
See Below for 4th of July Fireworks Shows, Times, Locations as well as Farmers Markets, Street Fairs & Free Public Swimming Pools
Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 on Friday, Sunday and Monday, falling to about 70 on Saturday only. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 60's on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, rising to 70 on Monday. The humidity will be around 80 on Friday and Saturday, falling to between 60% - 75% on Sunday and Monday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. About a quarter to half inch of rain will arrive each day Friday and Saturday - beginning Friday afternoon and ending Saturday early evening. No rain is in the forecast for Sunday, July 4th, nor Monday. Hooray.
We'll have some more updates on activities this weekend by Friday afternoon, but if you're looking for the times, locales and viewing spots for the July 4th fireworks, click into the story below.
And best wishes for an enjoyable July 4th holiday.
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.
Video of July 4th Fireworks From NYC Streets
This Year the Macy's July 4th Fireworks were Launched from Numerous Sites including the Empire State Bldg
Here's a video of the Fireworks, which includes some street activity and commentary & music. Click the box in the lower right corner to max it up to the full screen for best view. Hit the escape key (esc) to exit the full screen view.
Have a good week. Enjoy.
Buglisi Dance Theatre Company at Lincoln Center 911
Weekend Events & Update Coming Later Today
September 11, 2020 / NYC Neighborhoods / Things to do NYC / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.
This is a video of one of the rehearsals for the Table of Silence performance this morning at Lincoln Center, commemorating the 19th anniversary of 911. We'll have the weekend events and some news updates later today.
Things To Do This Weekend NYC
While there are - Shortened Hours, Limited Capacity & (Food) Services, Face Masks, Social Distancing & Some Temperature Check Requirements - NYC is Nearly Fully Reopened
September 11, 2022 / Gotham Buzz. As previously mentioned, the 911 Museum in downtown Manhattan reopens today, and the NY Historical Society on the Upper West Side did too.
On Wednesday, September 9 the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side reopened its doors to the general public after opening a week earlier to members. You're advised to purchase tickets at their website at www.amnh.org before visiting and their new hours are 10 am - 5.30 am but last entry is at 4.30 pm. Like most places these days there are CoVid requirements.
The Whitney Museum of American Art in the West Village reopened last week on Thursday, September 3 and is offering 'pay what you want' until September 28th.
As previously mentioned, the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown opened on Thursday, August 27th and the Metropolitan Museum on the Upper East Side opened on Saturday, August 29th, but as of Saturday, September 12th the Cloisters in Washington Heights will also reopen its doors.
Bowling Alleys and gyms opened in mid August. In mid August Governor Cuomo said that Movie theaters will remain closed in NYC indefinitely. I've not heard, any further word, since.
NYC Parks beaches have closed for the season, but some beaches on Long Island are expected to remain open through the end of September.
NYS & NYC Restaurants to Move to Indoor Dining on 9/30/20
A couple of days ago, Governor Cuomo announced that restaurants may open their doors to indoor dining beginning Wednesday, September 30th. Like everything else that's reopened since the pandemic began, the opening comes with CoVid related limitations including face masks, distancing, operating at 25% capacity [could move to 50% in November  if all goes well], close by midnight, no service at the bar, temperature checks, contact tracing where needed and there are some requirements related to air ventilation. And in the meantime the piazza style dining seems to be working pretty well around the city, except in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan, where they're having a homeless problem.
The NFL Football Season Started & So Did the Kneeling Controversy
The National Football League played its first game of the 2020 season on Thursday, September 10th to a live audience. The players on both teams knelt while the national anthem was being played. It's important to remember that kneeling is a sign of respect as it's done in church, at funerals and when one is being knighted by a king, queen or organization. But kneeling during the anthem is also not an American tradition, as traditionally one would stand and salute.
But that was the point of Colin Kaepernick's taking a knee - to be respectful of our nation - while drawing attention to the fact that we, collectively, have not yet achieved the promise of the U.S. Consitution regarding equal opportunity in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He did it to draw attention to his ethnic group, which is very real, as we've seen this past year on videos of unarmed African Americans being slain by rogue police officers. But the inequities go beyond that - and encompass other groups like women, Latinos and rural whites - many of whom in some measure have also not had access to opportunities matching their potential. There's enough here for all of us, it just needs to be divvied up more equitably.
Plenty of Outdoor Activities at NYC Parks
I walked through Central Park this week and noticed tons of people out and about enjoying the nice weather we had. There were cyclists, a yoga class, joggers, volleyball players, dancers, strollers, people on scooters, pedestrians and a newly wed couple.
In the outdoor dining areas on both the upper west and upper east side there were dozens upon dozens of diners, enjoying the balmy evening in their own coiffed, culinary and accoutrement laden way.
The Grocery Plastic Bag Ban Finally Went into Effect on Wednesday, August 26th
As you may recall, right around the time of the CoVid pandemic outbreak [March / April 2020], NYC was in the midst of implementing a transition away from grocery store plastic bags which make up a lot of the landfill. Government officials kept postponing the transition in recognition that most folks were having enough difficulty coping with the pandemic and related economic fallout. Now, about a month after we fell below the 1% infection rate where we have since stayed [congratulate yourself, your friends & family], we're ready to move forward with saving the planet.
So, I don't see stores universally or consistently implementing the changeover, but the official date was Wednesday, August 26th, and I suspect that by the end of September they'll start enforcing it - if they haven't already. So while you're trying to remember to take your mask with you, remember to also grab some sort of bag to take along which you can use to carry your groceries home.
Job Growth Shows Signs of Stalling & Other Shoe to Drop?
By mid August new unemployment claims had dipped below one million, which is at least twice as high as 'normal'. Since then the number of newly unemployed seems to have stalled, staying at about that rate since. And ongoing unemployment claims continued at elevated levels of over 13 million [8% unemployment], versus about 8 million [5% unemployment] for a normal fully functioning economy. One pundit on CNBC seems to think the real unemployment rate is higher [11%] in part because people aren't looking for work at the moment.
The next wave of economic news could be a lackluster performance in the third quarter, because the trillions in stimulus ended only one month [July] into this quarter. And then the next couple of shoes could drop, including 1) layoffs at the end of September / early October due to the expiration of the funds of the PPP program, 2) layoffs by states and municipalities who've been sucked dry fighting the CoVid pandemic and 3) all of the dominoes associated with the eviction moratorium expirations that could impact landlords, banks and real estate related businesses.
I'll have more later. Have a nice weekend.
Columbus Day Weekend Things To Do
There are Columbus Day Parades in All Boros Except Staten Island, but ...
October 11, 2019 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do / Gotham Buzz NYC.
Staten Island has an Italian Festival at Mount Loretto - see Staten Island street fairs for details. The following are the specifics for the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade.
- Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1 pm to 2 / 3 or 4 pm - 38th Annual Columbus Day Parade. Begins at 61st Street and 18th Avenue following a 10.30 am Mass at St. Athanasius Church at 2154 61st Street in Bensonhurst / Mapleton. The parade ends at Benson Avenue where a street fair / festival runs from 4 - 6 pm along Benson Avenue between 18th Avenue and 19th Street. Brooklyn street fairs in Bensonhurst.
Click here for other street fairs in Brooklyn over the Columbus Day Weekend or this link for things to do Columbus Day Weekend in BK.
Week Beginning 10.14.19 - Columbus Day Holiday & Democrats Debate
* Columbus Day, is celebrated in recognition of Christopher Columbus daring journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 1498 whereon he discovered the lands that would eventually be named America.
* On Tuesday, October 15th the fourth Democratic Debate will occur in Westerville, Ohio beginning at 8 pm on CNN. It will be the first time the candidates will be on one stage, as over a half dozen of them didn't make the cut for this one. The candidates making the cut are: Joseph Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Andrew Yang, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard and Beto O'Rourke.
Things To Do in NYC This Weekend
Labor Day Parade, Gracie Square Art Show, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Century Bike Ride, Feast of St Markella Astoria, Italian Festival in Ridgewood, Ferragosto Fest, Central American Independence Day Parade & Festival, Last Weekend for Swimming & U.S. Open Ends Sunday
September 6, 2019 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do / Gotham Buzz NYC.
Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 80 and the lows will be in the mid 60's all weekend. Precipitation. There's a 50% chance of less than 1/4 inch of rain Friday night and then clear the rest of the weekend. Winds will be around 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The Humidity will be 80% Friday and in the mid 50% range for the rest of the weekend. Click for NYC Weather.
Thursday through Sunday, September 5 - 8, 2019 from 5 - 10 pm Thurs / 5 - 11 pm Fri & Sat / 1 - 10 pm Sun - Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America [St Markella] celebrates patron feast day with traditional Greek food and unique arts and crafts. Along 22-68 26th Street between 22nd & 23rd Avenues in Astoria.
Thursday - Sunday, September 5 - 8, 2019 from 12 noon - 10 pm & Sun until 9 pm - Fresh Pond Road - The ITALIAN FESTIVAL is back in full swing - After years of curtailment this street fair has won back the full four days. It even went on hiatus over traffic in 2017. Along Fresh Pond Road between Palmetto 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.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 am - 5 pm - Annual AFL-CIO Labor Day Parade - Marches up along 5th Avenue beginning at 44th Street and ending at 67th Street. Parades in Midtown / UES Manhattan.
Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2019 from 10 am - 5 pm - Gracie Square Art Show - Along East End Avenue from East 84th to East 88th Street [art].
Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2019 from 12 noon to 6 pm - The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit in the Village runs along University Place from West Third Street to East 13th Street [art].
On Sunday there's the 30th & Final Century Bike Ride running through all boroughs beginning at 6 am and ending at 6 pm, including a rest stop in Astoria Park and maybe in LIC [need to confirm]. The streets are not closed, but extra officers are on duty to facilitate cyclists along the way. Route lengths vary from 25 to 50 to 75 and up to 100 miles biking through all five boroughs. There's a fee [$105], the proceeds of which go to Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit biking, pedestrian and public transit advocate of NYC - www.nyccentury.org.
Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 10 am - 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
Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 11 am - 6 pm. Central American Independence Parade. 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 lost their lives - mostly Honduran Garifuna celebrating carnival. This parade celebrates Honduran Garifuna and snakes its way down Boston Road, then Charlotte Street to Crotona Park East - ending between Crotona Avenue and Claremont Parkway. Street fairs in the Bronx neighborhood of West Farms.
The public swimming pools close for the season on the evening of Sunday, September 8th.
The U.S. Open ends at the USTA in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday. The matches continue up until then - see www.usopen.org for details and tickets, which can cost hundreds of dollars.
Week Beginning 9.9.19 - 9/11 Commemorations
Wednesday, September 11th is the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. There are several events to commemorate it this week, including the commemoration ceremony at the site in downtown Manhattan beginning at 8.39 am.
Things To Do in NYC Labor Day Weekend
Brazilian Day Festival, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, U.S. Open, Historic Richmond Town County Fair
* August 31, 2019 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do / Gotham Buzz NYC.
* Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 80 and the lows will be around 70 all weekend. Precipitation. There's a 25% [morning] - 50% [afternoon / evening] chance of about 1/3 inch of rain Monday. Winds will be around 10 mph all weekend. The Humidity will be 50% Friday & Saturday, rising to 60% Sunday and 70% Monday. Click for NYC Weather.
* The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit runs from 12 noon - 6 pm all three days Labor Day Weekend in the Village in Manhattan.
* On Sunday the Brazilian Day Festival runs from 11 am - 6 pm along 6th Avenue going north from 42nd Street in Midtown in Manhattan.
* On Monday the West Indian American Labor Day Parade starts in Grand Army Plaza at 11 am in Prospect Heights in Brooklyn.
* The U.S. Open tennis matches at various time runs through the Labor Day Weekend in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
* The Historic Richmond Town County Fair runs 12 noon to 6 pm through the Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island.
* And it's the last weekend to enjoy the Sunday Salsa Party from 1 pm - 6 pm at Orchard Beach at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.
Brooklyn Fireworks Celebrating July 4th
Brooklyn has Fireworks Displays at Coney Island and at the Brooklyn Bridge as the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks has Moved Down River
It begins on Coney Island on Friday, June 28th beginning around 9.30 pm when the fireworks will be shot into the air off Coney Island. You can get a good view from the Coney Island Beach. Organized by the Coney Island Alliance. This continues on July 4th, and then Fridays such as July 5th & July 12th and into the summer.
On Wednesday, July 3rd at 9.45 pm there will be a barge of Fort Hamilton in the southern top of Brooklyn near the Verazanno Narrows Bridge. These fireworks are sponsored by Fort Hamilton.
The big event is of course on July 4th, beginning just before 9.30 pm, when the Macy's 4th of July fireworks takes to the sky. This year the fireworks have been moved south of the Brooklyn Bridge on the East River [Between Pier 17 and Manhattan Heliport], so the view from Brooklyn should be better than in prior years.
And last, but not least, are the Breezy Point fireworks in the Rockaway Inlet in Queens on July 5th beginning at 9.30 pm. The Breezy Point Co-Op is the sponsor. Folks in southeastern Brooklyn should be able to see these fireworks.
Things To Do NYC - This Weekend
5 Boro Bike Ride, Bike Expo NY Brooklyn, Frieze Art Fair Randall's Island & Jane's Walks
Weather. The Temperature highs will be in the high 80's Friday, low 70's Saturday, and low 60's on Sunday, while the temperature lows will be around 70 in Friday, dropping to about 60 for the rest of the weekend. There's some rain in the weekend forecast with a 10% chance Friday, 0% Saturday & 70% Sunday. The rain is expected to begin very early Sunday [may slip into late Saturday so beware] and will continue through the day - but it's less than a quarter inch - so I wouldn't cancel anything. Winds will be around 20 mph Friday, descending to 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. The Humidity will be about 50% Friday, 40% Saturday and 70% on Sunday. Click for NYC Weather.
The photo at right shows a man admiring a artwork at the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island in 2014. He seems to resemble one of the characters in the picture. The Frieze Art Fair has returned - see details below.
Janes Walk along the Grand Concourse begins at 11 am beginning from the Bronx Museum. Click for Bronx things to do.
Bike Expo New York at Pier 12 in Red Hook on Friday from 10 am - 8 pm & Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. Click for Brooklyn things to do.
5 Boro Bike Ride takes off in waves from downtown Manhattan on Sunday between 7.30 - 9.20 am streaming through all five boroughs. Click for Manhattan things to do.
The Frieze Art Fair began on Randall's Island on Wednesday and continues through the weekend beginning 11 am - 7 pm, but closing an hour earlier on Sunday at 6 pm. Click for Queens things to do.
The 5 Boro Bike Ride ends in the Fort Wadsworth & St. George neighborhoods in Staten Island beginning about noon through the afternoon. Click for Staten Island things to do.
Things To Do This Weekend NYC
Earth Day Events, Tribeca Film Festival, Greek Independence Parade & NY Art Expo
Good Weather. The Temperature highs will be in the low 50's Friday, rising to the low 60's Saturday and Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 40 throughout the weekend. There's No Rain in the weekend forecast. Winds will be a blustery 20 mph Friday and then falling to a low breeze of 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. The Humidity will be about 40% throughout the weekend. Click for Manhattan Weather.
The photo at right shows a Midtown mid morning street scene along 6th Avenue earlier this week.
Manhattan Things To Do This Weekend
Art Expo, Tribeca Film Fest & Greek Independence Parade & more - see Manhattan Things To Do.
Queens Things To Do This Weekend
Earth Day, Modern Dance performances, Avante garde theater, Greek Flag Raising & more - see Queens Things To Do.
Bronx Things To Do This Weekend
Kids Comic Con, Orchid Show, Bone White performance & more - see Bronx Things To Do.
Brooklyn Things To Do & Staten Island Things To Do
Coming shortly are Brooklyn Things To Do & Staten Island Things To Do. In the meantime click here for a listing of Brooklyn Farmers Markets, Brooklyn Street Fairs, Staten Island Farmers Markets & Staten Island Street Fairs where you can find unique items and fresh foods. Street fairs wind up in March / April and so do most farmers markets, but a few of the farmers markets continue year round.
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