SummerStage, July 13-25 

This week, you can boogie down in St. Mary’s Park to performances from Latin soul stars including Johnny Rivera, Joe Bataan, and Tito Rojas. St. Mary’s is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood in the Southwest Bronx and is accessible via the 2 train to 3rd Avenue & 146th Street, 6 train to E. 143rd Street & St. Mary’s Street or the Bx15 to 146th Street & Willis Avenue. 

If you are in need of relaxation, #TheBigQuiet returns to Central Park for a mass meditation on Wednesday, July 13. Tickets are available online – http://bit.ly/29VT2uj . All proceeds benefit City Parks Foundation.
Don’t forget about the upcoming SummerStage Benefit Concerts – these shows help to support over 100 free events in parks across the five boroughs. Tickets are on sale for Mass Appeal: Live at the BBQhttp://bit.ly/29VT2uj – on July 25 hosted by Nas featuring performances from Ty Dolla $ign, Danny Brown, Machine Gun Kelly, AraabMuzik, and loads more. 
Time to get to the parks! 

Cooper Hewitt Spinning Chairs

Cooper Hewitt Spinning Chairs

If you wander by 5th Avenue and 90st you can’t help but see Cooper-Hewitt’s beautiful lawn. Although we do visit the inside of the museum – the stunning Carnegie Mansion – last week we visited the outside of the museum. In particular we took the time to take a spin in the fabulously designed Spun Chair by Thomas Heatherwick and his team, Heatherwick Studio.

No charge to walk into the garden – entrance on 90th Street – and enjoy a spin or relax the shade.

 

To recover from our dizziness and always game to fully use any patch of grass, we enjoyed a game of running bases – there is always a ball in someone’s pocket!  Thankfully the guard was amenable 4 loud people enjoying the lawn!

Isaac Mizrahi Exhibit @ The Jewish Museum

A few weeks back on a rainy spring day, getting stir crazy from being indoors too long, the kids and I hopped in a cab and headed across town to to see the  Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History exhibit. I knew the visit might not be a hit with all the children but my strategy, with kids, is to always keep the museum visits focused and short and then everyone usually enjoys the experience.

The core of the exhibition features iconic designs from the Isaac Mizrahi New York clothing label (1987 – 1998), the “semi-couture” collections (2003 – 2011), and the line for Target (2002 – 2008) – the first designer partnership done with that store. The show is comprised of 42 “looks” that include clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and costumes for the theater, the opera, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Read more

OLDNYC App

OLDNYC App

In May 2015, Brooklyn-based developer Dan Vanderkam launched  OldNYC  providing history and NYC fans a new way to experience NYPL’s Photographic Views of New York City collection and discover the history behind the places New Yorkers see everyday.

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New York City’s Plastic Bag Bill

plastic bag in treeIt’s the worst part of fall and winter. Once the leaves fall off the trees, the plastic bags caught up in their branches are exposed creating an eyesore that is particularly noticeable in the urban landscape.

Well, come this winter, we may see less of this mess. Soon those bags will cost a nickel in New York City.  The NY City Council has voted 28 to 20 to require certain retailers to collect a fee on each carryout bag, paper or plastic.

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Spring Crafts Show on Columbus

Lots of street fairs and craft shows are starting up soon – always a good sign that warmer weather is around the corner. 
The Spring Craft on Columbus is one of my favorites. It takes place on the sidewalk next to the American Museum of Natural History on Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Street. Rows and rows of tents with great crafts, from ceramics to jewelry. Each weekend about 100 artisans exhibit and sell their own work. 

Dates
April 30/May 1, 2016
May 7/8, 2016
May 14/15, 2016 

Show hours
10 am – 6 pm Rain or Shine

  
 

Earth Day & Arbor Day Events in April

Earth Day & Arbor Day Events in April

Just as the city is about to burst out in bloom, its time to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.  Earth Day is on April 22 and National Arbor Day is April 29 but there are events spreading across the next two weeks that bring our attention to our beautiful planet and how we can be a little nicer to her.  Check these out:

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