Things to Do This Weekend in NYC
Now - Open Streets Continue, Street Fairs have Returned including City Island Art & Crafts Fair, Uncorked Wine Festival in Historic Richmond Town, The St Nicholas Avenue Festival and things to do at the Green at Lincoln Center, Tribeca Film Fest Begins 6/9, Brooklyn Conservatory Concerts Start Friday June 11 & the East Side Access Tunnel Completed
Soon - Gay Pride Parade Returns 6/27, but Bans Gay NYPD participants [Geeeessshhh when does the exclusion stop?], Shakespeare in the Park Returns 7/5, NY Auto Show Returns 8/20, Hip Hop Museum Broke Ground in Bx in May & to open 2024
Weather. The Temperature highs will be close to 80 on Friday, rising to 90 for Saturday and Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 60's on Friday, rising to the low 70's on Saturday and Sunday. A bit of rain is in the forecast on Friday only between 8 am - 6 pm. Winds will range between 5 - 10 mph all weekend. The Humidity will be about 80% Friday, down to 60% Saturday and 50% on Sunday.
The sign to your right was found in the yard of a Queens resident. It reminded me of some of the signs my mother used to put up around the house, to instruct us kids, in a manner she deemed appropriate.
NYC is Rumbling, Like the Earth Before an Earthquake
I can see it in my email box, once made manageable by the CoVid pandemic. And now ... ever so steadily ... I see it filling back up as the big city begins to awake from its pandemic slumber. At once heartening, but also scary, as I feel a flood of activity coming, almost to great to bear. Woe is me?
So this weekend, as you can see by the headlines - Open Streets Continues, Street Fairs Returned Last Weekend, The Green at Lincoln Center continues, the City Island Arts & Crafts fair in the Bronx Saturday and Sunday, Tribeca Film Fest Begins Wednesday 6/9 and the Brooklyn Conservatory Concerts Start Friday June 11.
The Streets & Outdoors Coming Alive First
Given what we've just been through, noting that only 40% of the population is fully vaccinated and that only about 50% of the population has one or more shots - then staying out doors makes infinite sense - especially while we can for the next six months.
The CoVid numbers have been falling steadily, so all the trends are in the right direction. And if we stay outdoors, mask up indoors or in close quarters, and urge family and friends to get vaccinated, it could be one helluva summer. To that end last weekend we saw the first of the summer fairs hit the streets, as well as open streets return on the weekends, and the Lincoln Center green attract folks to watch the performing arts after a long hiatus.
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Street Fairs Returned Last Weekend & Continue Through the Year
In Manhattan, there are three street fairs this weekend, with two on Satruday and one on Sunday. These generally begin at 10 am and last until 6 pm. There's the St. Nicholas Avenue Festival on Saturday, June 5th on St. Nicholas Avenue from 181st Street to 188th Street, as well as the First Avenue Festival, also on Saturday on 1st Avenue from 68th Street to 79th Street. On Sunday there's the West Side Spring Fair on Amsterdam Avenue from 73rd Street to 79th Street. Not completely sure on this one, but I believe there's a craft fair in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center this weekend from about 10 or 11 am to 6 pm.
In the Bronx, the City Island Arts & Crafts Festival runs on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm all along City Island Avenue, with the epicenter around Hawkins Street. City Island is home to a number of artists and the fair also attracts craftsmen and women and artists from around the city and beyond.
On Staten Island the Alice Austen House has partnered with Flagship Brewing to host a craft beer and arts & crafts fest from 1 pm - 4 pm at 40 Minthorne Street on Saturday. There's also a return of the Uncorked Wine Festival from 12 noon to 6 pm at Historic Richmond Town. Also on Saturday there's the Victory Blvd street festival at Wescott Blvd in the Castleton Corners section of the island, from 11 am - 1 pm, which includes entertainment, food and shopping. All weekend there's the SI Mall Carnival which began May 27 and runs through June 13th. On the weekends it's open from noon to 11 pm and on weekdays from 5 pm - 10 pm, with an entrance fee of $5. There's food and rides and shopping.
Lincoln Center Green - Bollywood Friday 6/4 at 4 pm
Beginning at 4 pm there will be a Bollywood dance performance by the Anja Dance Company on the Green at Lincoln Center outdoors.
Summer Events Announcements - Gay Pride Parade, Shakespeare in the Park, NY Auto Show & Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx Underway
So there's been a stream of announcements, of returning events, that are likely to continue throughout the summer. The Gay Pride Parade is set to return on Sunday, June 27th, and in 'bitch-like fashion' the parade has banned the NYPD from participating, likely in retaliation for prior treatment. Moving on?
Shakespeare in the Park is set to return to Delacorte Theater in Central Park beginning July 5th and to run through the summer. While capacity will be limited, they intend to run for a longer period of time.
The iconic image at right caught my eye as I was passing a construction site. What does it mean? Dunno. Street art, music and theater are part of what makes the Big Apple, Big Melting Pot so interesting.
The NY Auto Show is set to return to our fair city on August 20th and run through the following week at the Javits Center. Normal seems like it's a comin'.
The Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx FINALLY broke ground after being talked about for somewhere between a half decade to a decade, possibly longer. The new museum is part of a south Bronx development just north of the 145th Street Bridge between the Harlem River and the Major Deegan - not far from Franz Sigel Park and adjacent to the Concourse, Melrose and Mott Haven neighborhoods. The museum is expected to be completed in 2024.
Next Week - Tribeca Film Festival Begins 6/9, Brooklyn Conservatory Concerts Start Friday June 11 & the East Side Access Tunnel Completed
The Tribeca Film Festival begins on Wednesday 6/9. They are offering a number of complimentary tickets, so many of the live screenings have been sold out, but there's still plenty available as of this posting [but it's next week so if you want to attend, you better get moving]. For details see their website which includes both live and streamed events.
On Friday 6/11 there's a live Brooklyn Conservatory of Music concert from 7 pm to 9 pm at 58 Seventh Street in Brooklyn. It's free and you can rsvp at www.bkcm.org.
Last week it was announced that the major construction efforts on the $11 billion, 15 year old East Side Access Tunnel was reportedly completed. There's more detail work to complete on the tunnel that connects Queens and Manhattan and it's now on schedule to be opened in sometime in 2022. It is estimated that the new tunnel will cut 40 minutes off a Long Islander's commute.
The photo at right shows the MTA workmen of a construction project last weekend. Oftentimes the rails are hampered with construction / maintenance projects that get underway with the warmer weather in the unrelenting task of maintaining a subway system built around a century ago. Some parts of the line are older than that, and some are newer, as the system was developed in spurts.
Enjoy your weekend but take appropriate sunscreen and cooling precautions as it's gonna be a hot one.