Posted in TV | books | music on August 24, 2009

Michael Jackson

It is official: Spike Lee's party in honor of Michael Jackson's birthday will be held in Brooklyn, but in Prospect Park, not in Fort Greene Park.

The party will take place at the Nethermead, a meadow in the center of Prospect Park, according to an e-mail message from a city official on Friday.

The date, Aug. 29, which would have been the singer's 51st birthday, and the time, from noon to 5 p.m., remain unchanged.
[NY Times]

The much larger park was selected in anticipation of the 10,000 people expected for the event. "The Nethermead is most accessible from the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance, the Bartel-Pritchard entrance, the 9th Street entrance..." More directions below.

It's a big week for Spike Lee. In addition to being involved with this party, his "Passing Strange" movie just came out, sort of, maybe (you can catch it at the IFC Theater).

Another Michael Jackson birthday tribute show is happening in NYC on August 29th at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. At that event, Q-Tip (who is DJing) and guests Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna will bring, among other things, "never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson hits." Tickets are still on sale.

The biggest show of all scheduled for that date, Michael Jackson's funeral in LA, has been postposted until September 3rd.

Prospect Park WestAnd in other Prospect Park West news...

If Carrie Bradshaw and her "Sex and the City" cohorts ever felt lonely in their single-gal lives, at least it was because they actually lived alone. But in Amy Sohn's new chick-lit tome "Prospect Park West," which hits stores Sept. 1, once-glamorous city lasses still feel abandoned. Only now they're isolated in loveless marriages, raising kids they resent.

The book has already been optioned by HBO and Sarah Jessica Parker's production company. The story, which focuses on four stroller moms, from Brooklyn's Park Slope, is touted as fodder for "SATC: The Next Generation." [NY Post]

I hope that TV show never happens. Directions to Saturday's free park party are below...

Michael Jackson - Lisa It's Your Birthday (Authentic)

Directions

The Nethermead is most accessible from the 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest entrance, the Bartel-Pritchard entrance, the 9th Street entrance, the 3rd Street entrance or the Willink Entrance at Ocean and Flatbush Avenues. Click here to view this location on our Interactive Map.

By Public Transportation: (MTA map)
• F Train to 15th St./Prospect Park station or 7th Ave. station
• 2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station
• Q Train to Parkside Ave. station
• B-41 or B-71 Bus along Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza
• B-69 Bus along Prospect Park West
• B-75 Bus along 9th St. to 9th St. Entrance

By Car:
• From Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit to 3rd, 9th or 15th St.
• From BQE: Take BQE to 38th St. exit, make left on 4th Ave. and right on any street between 14th St. and 3rd St. to Prospect Park West.

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Comments (36)

So glad this is taking place@Prospect Park. Best park, best concert series, best borough in NY. Who needs to go to Manhattan for anything?

Posted by Anonymous | August 24, 2009 10:23 AM

michael jackson died for YOUR sins.

Posted by joe jackson | August 24, 2009 10:36 AM

what are the details about the spike lee event? who's playing?

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009 10:02 AM

We have to give the man his due: Michael Jackson was - beyond a shadow of a doubt - a great artist whose recorded legacy will endure for decades, maybe even a century or more. But an examination of his life is riddled with questions of all that might have been; all that should have been. It is more than likely that this was a severely mentally ill human being who never sought the treatment he so desperately needed; surrounded by fawning sycophants who enabled his sickness by constantly reassuring him that he could do no wrong. As John Lennon once said in the same context about Elvis Presley, another victim of the excesses of fame: "It's always the courtiers that kill the king".

The sad, inescapable truth is that for reasons we will probably never be able to fully understand, his talent and his career were ultimately wasted. Like Charlie Parker, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland and Lenny Bruce before him, his brilliance as an artist would be overshadowed by severe, psychological torment and an unexplainable desire for self-destruction. Therein lies the real, unspeakable tragedy of Michael Jackson.

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Goshen, NY

Posted by Tom Degan | August 25, 2009 11:31 AM

we lost the best entertainer that ever lived and a GOOD person. i can't believe hes gone. we miss you MJ!!! i love you and miss you so much! ..hope you find peace..you deserve it more than anybody!!!!

Posted by Karly | August 25, 2009 7:04 PM


Isn't it easier to get to the Nethermead from Grnad Army Plaza? Just walk through the tunnel?

Posted by Maitefa | August 27, 2009 10:54 AM

Happy birthday,Michael Jackson.
Miss you forever...love from Malaysia.

Posted by sureitan | August 28, 2009 1:17 PM

Im in New York City and it is 12;27am August 29th 2009. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!!!

Posted by gayle | August 29, 2009 12:34 AM


See what these Chicago cats did with some MJ vocals, turned it Jamaican reggae flavor!

http://mjarocker.podomatic.com/enclosure/2009-08-25T00_13_48-07_00.mp3

Posted by chuck | August 29, 2009 2:03 AM

michael jackson was the kindest person on earth he is a good singa i wish i meet his and i wish he was alive today

Posted by saba sultana | August 29, 2009 7:23 AM

today is michael jackson birthday i just want to say happy birthday michael jackson i love you

Posted by saba sultana | August 29, 2009 7:26 AM

Happy Birthday, Mikey!

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 8:01 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY we miss u... n love u...

Posted by mish | August 29, 2009 12:35 PM

today is my birthday as well august 29, 1989

happy birthday M.J rest in peace

Posted by jay | August 29, 2009 1:51 PM

I lost my lifetime friend, I honor you today. I will always love you. Thank for for being there for me in life when I always needed you most. You NEVER let me down. I miss you and love you, and still can't believe your gone.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU BABY, THANK FOR FOR EVERYTHING!

Posted by nichole | August 29, 2009 1:55 PM

"michael jackson was the kindest person on earth he is a good singa i wish i meet his and i wish he was alive today"

Nice grammar.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 2:44 PM

Im so happy spike honored him today allowing this wonderful event in the park. It was beautiful, and just a good feeling to see everyone came together to enjoy his music and show how special MICHEAL JACKSON was! Once i found out about it, i knew me and my son (jr) wouldn't miss it for nothing! We love him forever, I also thank god he is resting in peace, the greatest entertainer ever!


DEBORAH WEAVER

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 10:46 PM

Happy Birthday, Mikey!

Posted by lv | October 17, 2009 12:19 PM

HI IT IS TRACEY MCCLELLAN ME AND MY FRIEND LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON AND I AM COMEING

Posted by TRACEY MCCLELLAN | October 20, 2009 9:57 AM

nn

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 5:42 PM

Michael Jackson is a legend and his music will live on forever. I am a big fan and im only 12! I love u Michael and you are a gift from above. Rest in Peace King of Pop!!!!

Posted by Indya MJ Fan | October 20, 2009 5:47 PM

Lol at Michael.

Posted by reality ppc | November 4, 2009 11:07 AM

happy birthday michael jackson and we miss you

Posted by jannie | November 30, 2009 9:03 PM

happy birthday michael jackson

Posted by jannie | November 30, 2009 9:06 PM

See michael jackson birthday party at NYC.gov/parks

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2009 12:02 PM

luvmy

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Posted by Aşık Etme Duası | August 21, 2010 11:03 AM

wht channel is it gonna be on on direct tvs?

Posted by DarkLarkspur | August 28, 2010 10:15 AM

I wonder if they will bring in a bunch of young boys to make it really authentic.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2010 11:39 AM

I love you Michael

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