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July 9, 2013

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The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout New York into a patchwork of picnickers and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear the best classical music under the stars.
The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks series will hit all five borroughs in July, beginning Wednesday (7/10) at Prospect Park. The series is free and open to the public and the full schedule is as follows:
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 8:00 PM - Prospect Park, Brooklyn (more info)

Thu, Jul 11, 2013 8:00 PM - Cunningham Park, Queens (more info)

Sun, Jul 14, 2013 3:00 PM - College of Staten Island, CUNY (more info)

Mon, Jul 15, 2013 8:00 PM - Great Lawn, Central Park (more info)

Tue, Jul 16, 2013 8:00 PM - Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (more info)

The Staten Island concert is indoors, the rest are outside. Fireworks will follow the performances in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx.

July 3, 2013

photos by Sachyn Mital

Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull at 2013 Mermaid Parade
2013 Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island - 6/22/2013

For those who don't want to go to the West Side of Manhattan or New Jersey to see Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July, there is a Brooklyn option: Coney Island. Fireworks will be going on as part of an Independence Day celebration held at MCU Park (where the Cyclones play). That includes cover bands, a "beers of New York" beer garden and a performance from the Brooklyn String Orchestra who will play at 9 PM with the sky lighting up at 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will go benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and Hurricane Sandy relief charity, #ConeyRecovers. 4:30 PM start.

You can see fireworks at Coney Island a lot this summer. They'll go off every Friday through August 30 at 9:30 PM. Additionally, there will be fireworks after certain Brooklyn Cyclones games, all of which are themed to music. That includes tonight, which, appropriately, are set to Patriotic works and will go off right after the game finishes (they play the Staten Island Yankees). That makes three nights in a row of Coney Island Fireworks, starting tonight.

The rest of the Cyclones' fireworks shows are all Saturdays, dates (and themes) as follows:

Saturday, July 20 (vs. Batavia Muckdogs) - Springsteen Fireworks
Saturday, Aug 10 (vs. State College Spikes) - Billy Joel Fireworks
Saturday, August 17 (vs. Vermont Lake Monsters) - Disney Fireworks
Saturday, August 31 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) - Beatles Fireworks
Like tonight's, those fireworks go off right after the game finishes.

For more Coney Island fun, dont' forget about Marty Markowitz's free Seaside Summer Concert Series which starts next Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick.

And while on the subject of Coney Island, you've already seen one set of pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Parade which happened on June 22. Another set from the barely-dressed festivities are in this post.

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photos by Paul Lurrie and Sachyn Mital

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2013 NYC Pride Parade - 6/30/2013
2013 NYC Pride Parade - 6/30/2013
2013 NYC Pride Parade - 6/30/2013

As you probably know, the 2013 NYC Pride March was this past Sunday (6/30). We already posted one set of pictures, and here's two more sets from the festivities.

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July 2, 2013

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If you're not getting out of the city for the long Independence Day Weekend, there are lots of options for those sticking around.

Like last year, the Macy's Fireworks ("inspired and directed by Usher") happen on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them (9:20 PM)  fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV. Brooklyn gets the shaft again.

The Statue of Liberty also reopens after taking a beating from Hurricane Sandy last fall.

While on the subject of NYC Independence Day traditions, there's always the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. Noon.

For afternoon options, if you're not invited to a friend's backyard barbeque, you could head to Rockaway to Roberta's-related Rippers where they're hosting an afternoon of grilled food, surf and quality indie rock. You can catch Friend Roullette, Celestial Shore, pow wow!, Hippy and The Library is on Fire. The party is free but donations are suggested for still-needed Hurricane Sandy relief. 1 PM - 8 PM. Flyer is below.

Silent Barn, meanwhile, has an afternoon show with Thrill Jockey recording artist Glenn Jones, whose new album, My Garden State, was recently released on the label. The show also features D. Charles Speer & the Double Helix, and Pork Chop Willie. 3 PM, $10.

A nice late afternoon option is Ex Cops who will be playing the kickoff to the Museum of Modern Art's "MoMA Nights" series. The event happens in the Sculpture Garden and goes from 5:30 PM to 8PM. Free with Museum admission.

Moving into the evening, Roberta's Pizza will be throwing a nighttime bash at The Knockdown Center (where they just held a few Tiki Disco parties), with Endless Boogie, 1-800 Band and Dirty Fences playing live. Pizza, beer, rock music, what more do you need? 8PM, $5. Flyer is below.

The Fourth of July also means The Feelies, who start a three-night run at their hometown venue of choice, Hoboken's Maxwell's. These will surely be bittersweet, as the club is closing its doors at the end of the month. No surprise, all three shows are sold out. For those going, expect marathon sets and lot of covers. If you're going on Thursday, the show doesn't start till 10 PM, after the fireworks.

If there wasn't enough explosions over Manhattan for ya, the boom will come to 285 Kent with shoegazey metal courtesy Deafheaven and Marriages which is being presented by InvisibleOranges. Aun and Theologian also play, and Shaun from Weekend is your evening's DJ. Doors are at 10 PM and tickets are still available.

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Not only will Shea Stadium be celebrating our country's birthday, but it's their birthday too (yeah). The Bushwick venue turns five and the birthday bash is headlined by The Shea Stadium All-Stars, featuring members of So-So Glos, Guardian Alien and Titus Andronicus. You can stream them covering Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" at Soundcloud and that probably gives you a good indication of what to expect. White Bike and Pregnant also play. $5 at the door, 6 PM.

Mike Simonetti (aka co-founder of Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy/Desire) will be DJing Output's weekly INPUT party that day, but in honor of the Fourth of July, it's going to be a free BBQ on the roof (aka Canopy Bar) that starts at 3 PM. Also on the bill is Lamin Fofana and Max McFerren (who has releases on Lamin Fofana's Sci-FI & Fantasy label). The party is rain or shine. Flyer below.

For a completely different kind of night, there's Midsummer Night's Swing in Damrosch Park, near Lincoln Center. Tonight's event is billed as "Battle of the Bands," pitting The George Gee Swing Orchestra against Mora's Modern Rhythmists. If you don't know how to swing, there are dance lessons (6:30 PM) before the concert begins (7:30 PM). Tickets are still available.

Not that far away in Philadelphia, The Roots are throwing their annual 4th of July Jam at Benjamin Franklin Parkway with J. Cole, Grace Potter, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and more.

Whatever you do, have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Did we miss anything big? Flyers below...

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the stars are barges...
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One of the highlights of Fourth of July in NYC is, of course, the Macy's Fireworks display. This year, believe it or not, they are "inspired and directed" by Usher. Whether you'll be able to tell that or not with the actual pyrotechnics, it does mean that beforehand there will be performances by Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Mariah Carey and Selena Gomez. The music starts at 8PM and the fireworks start at 9:20 PM.

Like last year, the Fireworks happened on the Hudson via four barges and you can see them fine on the West Side Highway, in NJ or on your TV (NBC), but from Brooklyn, not so much. Access points (and where are you CAN'T watch) are...

24th St.
26th St.
27th St.
29th St.
33rd St.
34th St.
40th St.
42nd St.
44th St.
50th St.
52nd St.
54th St.
56th St.
57th St.

The following are not viewing areas:

East River
Battery Park
Battery Park City
All Hudson River Piers (except limited access to Piers 84)
Hudson River Park promenade btwn W. Houston and 59th St.
Hudson River Park Bike Path btwn W. Houston and 59th St.

And while The Highline would seem like a great place to watch, they're closing the park at 6 PM on the 4th, so no dice.

If you're going to see The Feelies at Maxwell's that night, the show doesn't start till 10 PM so you might want to arrive early to work in the nice Jersey side view of the spectacle.

The Circle Line is offering both a private pier party as well as a sold-out fireworks cruise.

And maybe your friend who lives in Chelsea has a roof?

July 1, 2013

photos by Amanda Hatfield

2013 NYC Pride Parade - 6/30/2013
2013 NYC Pride Parade - 6/30/2013

But the group seemed as energized as any other participants by the fact that they were marching only four days after the Supreme Court ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits, and cleared the way for same-sex marriages to be performed again in California. Perry Brass, 65, of the Riverdale section of the Bronx, said he would be marrying his partner, Hugh Young, in two weeks. They have been together 32 years.

The rulings lent an especially celebratory air to an event that has never been known for restraint. Crowd estimates for any parade of this magnitude are unreliable. And 200,000 people can easily feel like 300,000, if they are packed together on a day as steamy as Sunday was.

Alan Reiff, co-chairman of Heritage of Pride, which organizes the event, said, "This is one of the most attended marches in the last five years, and it has to be attributed to the Supreme Court ruling." - [NY Times]

Lots more 2013 NYC Gay Pride March pictures are below...

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May 30, 2013

Motor City

We knew it was coming but now we know when. Ludlow St. bar Motor City's last day of slinging booze and rock n' roll will be June 30. A week before -- Sunday, June 23 -- they're throwing a big goodbye party from 4 PM - 4 AM. The day will feature live music from Tall Black Girls, Baby Shakes, The Othermen, The Swingin' Neckbreakers (w/ special guest Jukebox Jodi) from 5 PM - 7 PM. After that DJs will include Jonathan Toubin, Alex Corporan, Dion Lunadon (APTBS), Jo Murray, Baz, Trash Only, and Gizmo with dancing from Anna CopaCabanna.

The party is free, so come out and say goodbye to a Lower East Side institution. With Max Fish leaving soon too, Ludlow St. will be a different place.

May 23, 2013

Mermaid Parade flyer

As mentioned, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade was in danger of not happening this year, due to new costly regulations and restrictions (and Hurricane Sandy). We posted already that Amanda Palmer is headlining a Save the Mermaid Parade benefit that's happening on Saturday (5/25) at Bowery Ballroom. Since we originally posted about it, the line-up of talent has expanded and now includes Mina Caputo (formerly Life of Agony singer Keith Caputo), Spanking Charlene, Beautiful Small Machines and a "rare guitar solo" from infamous film director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York). Tickets are $25 and still available.

Meanwhile, the Save the Mermaid Parade Kickstarter is still kicking, currently at $83,486 of its $100,000 goal with 11 days to go.

With things looking positive, the Mermaid Parade has announced its 2013 King and Queen: Judah Friedlander (who did a Save the Parade PSA) and Carole Radziwill (princess, journalist and Real Housewife of New York). This year's parade, assuming everything works out for them, will happen June 22 at 1 PM, beginning at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue.

In other news, Weird Al Yankovic just announced that Amanda Palmer will guest on his new album. So there's something to look forward to.

May 17, 2013

Village Voice

It's Black Friday at The Village Voice:

The planned layoffs at the Village Voice, which caused its brand-new editor-in-chief and deputy to quit in protest, went down this morning regardless, Gawker reports, and included legendary gossip columnist Michael Musto and veteran theater critic Michael Feingold, both of whom had already filed forthcoming pieces for the paper. Food critic Robert Sietsema was also let go. "So many people have come out to offer their love (and opportunities)," Musto told Hamilton Nolan. "My brand will be feistier than ever." We don't doubt it. The Voice, on the other hand ... - [Intelligencer]
Michael Musto had been with the iconic NYC alt-weekly since 1984. Also leaving, The Voice from its longtime Cooper Sq. offices.

May 14, 2013

Soundcloud

SoundCloud, BrooklynVegan's song embedding software of choice, posted the following message yesterday:

Start spreading the news: in the upcoming months, we'll be setting up an office in the Big Apple. And we couldn't be more excited about joining the thriving creative and tech scenes in New York.

The global creative community has always been at the heart of SoundCloud. Starting from the earliest days of our first Berlin HQ, we've built a truly international team, now representing 30 different nationalities. We've always wanted to be as close as possible to where the action is. Over the years, this meant adding offices in San Francisco in the US, London in the UK, and Sofia in Bulgaria.

And that's why NYC is next on the schedule. We're looking forward to working alongside the city's hundreds of other ambitious companies: being closer to our friends at startups like Tumblr, and continuing to strengthen our relationships with New York's major media players. We're also excited about getting up close and personal with the rest of the city's creatives from the worlds of media, fashion, publishing, the arts...and, of course, music & audio.

We'll be looking out for remarkable people to be part of our first NYC team, so keep an eye on soundcloud.com/jobs for opportunities. Already in town? Drop us a line. We can't wait to get started on unmuting New York.

Mike Bloomberg's Soundcloud sadly doesn't contain any tracks of him singing or rapping, unless by rapping you mean talking. Listen to Bloomberg remember Ed Koch below...

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