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photos by Amanda Hatfield
2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade
The de Blasio's on their way to the Mermaid Parade (via Mayor's Office Flickr)
You couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade which happened on the first day of Summer (6/21). While the freak flag flies high at this with pasties considered as formal wear, it was fun for at least one whole family. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was there with wife Chirlane and their two kids Dante and Chiara who were also the official Mermaid King and Queen this year. Pictures from the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade are in this post and continue below...
photos by Misha Vladimirskiy
Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.
From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.
That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...
One good thing about having a Brooklynite for a mayor is that the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are now back on the East River, after a four-year stretch of being on the Hudson. Said Bill de Blasio:
I'm thrilled that, after years of working with Macy's and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year! Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration, against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge, the harbor and our skyline.Macy's first moved them to the Hudson in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river, and kept them there.
In other NYC fireworks news, one of the city's other big 4th of July displays -- Coney Island -- is still up in the air for 2014. The city has granted fireworks permits for all the other Fridays this summer EXCEPT Friday, July 4. Does this have anything to do with Macy's move back to the East River? The Department of Parks and Recreation declined to comment when NY1 inquiried. We shall see.
Meanhwhile, the rest of the summer's fireworks at Coney Island are all set. The season kicks off with "Fireworks Week" at Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, with displays going off after the first three home games of the season: Opening Day (Saturday, June 14), then Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17. There will then be fireworks after every Friday game through August 22 (with Fourth of July still a question mark, though they're listed on the Cyclones schedule). There are a few other nights fireworks will happen at Coney Island, all of which are also "theme nights":
Saturday, July 5 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) "Seinfeld 25th Anniversary Celebraton"And don't forget June 21 is the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade.
Saturday, July 19 (vs Williamsport Crosscutters) "Country Music Night"
Saturday, July 26 (vs Vermont Lake Monsters) "Elvis Night"
Saturday, Aug 2 (vs Connecticut Tigers) "Star Wars Night"
Wednesday, Aug 13 (vs Lowell Spinners) "Kosher Kaboom Fireworks"
Saturday, Aug 23 (vs Tri-City Valley Cats) "Princess Night"
Sunday, Aug 27 (vs Staten Island Yankees) last game of the season
Mermaid Parade 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Having persevered through Sandy-related setbacks last year, Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade happens this year on June 21, beginning at at West 21st St and Surf Avenue. It starts at 1 PM but, like usual, you should get there earlier if you want a good spot. And if you want to be in the parade, registration is open now.
This year's king and queen have been selected but aren't announced yet. Stay tuned. Each year the official afterparty, the Mermaid Ball, follows the parade though details on that have not been announced yet.
Meanwhile, much sooner than that in Coney Island is the first weekend of Burlesque at the Beach, the Coneylesque Carnival, "all the things you love and more about Burlesque & Circus under one roof!" That goes down on May 8 at 9 PM. Tickets are on sale now. More info below...
Seaside crowd for Aretha Franklin, 2011 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)
One of NYC's longest-running free outdoor show series, Marty Markowitz's Coney Island Seaside Summer Concert Series, will not happen in 2014. It will not be gone forever, though:
In lieu of the proposed construction of the Coney Island Ampitheatre down the block from the West 21st street site that we have used for the past three summers, we decided that it was best not to produce the concerts this summer and put our energy and resources into planning for the future when we have a permanent home.Major bummer. We look forward to Seaside Summer Concert Series' return in 2015.
So after 35 years and hundreds of thousands of people enjoying our free shows, the Seaside Summer Concert Series is taking the summer off. We look forward to returning to Coney Island.. better than ever!
Dillon Francis at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
The dates and venues were recently announced for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties, and now the lineups have been announced. Artists playing include Outkast (lucky Denver!), Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Fatboy Slim and many more.
The NYC stop, happening on August 9 in MCU Park @ Coney Island has Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and a headliner who hasn't been announced yet. (Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Diplo with Major Lazer all played last year's too.) Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for each date at the Mad Decent Block Party website which includes an exclusive Diplo mix, a Mad Decent Block Party zine (with "no words" because "reading sucks"), Mad Decent x Pizzaslime stickers, a Mad Decent Block party sticker, and a Mad Decent patch.
Flyer with full artist announcement and the list of dates/venues/individual city lineups, below...
Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
The Mad Decent Block Parties return to over 20 North American cities this summer. The NYC stop happens on August 9, and unlike last year's in Williamsburg Park, this time it happens in MCU Park @ Coney Island. There's an ongoing presale for the block parties, though most (including the NYC one) are already sold out. Stay tuned for the general on-sale and lineup announcements.
As you may remember, there's also the Mad Decent Boat Party this year.
All block party dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below...
Beyonce riding the Cyclone
Beyonce took the internet by storm last week when she released her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere, and it's still dominating much of the online music discussion. SPIN gave it a 9/10 and named it a Spin Essential, and in Stereogum's Premature Evaluation, they said "there's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013." Sales aren't too bad either. It broke an iTunes record, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in three days and is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. Don't look for it at Target though.
As you may know, Yoncé released the album with a video for every track, and she's since made some of those videos available online to watch. The video for "XO" sees her hanging around Coney Island, riding the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, and enjoying other parts of the neighborhood. You can watch that video, along with the one for "Drunk in Love" which has Bey and Jay Z on a beach, below.
In other Coney Island news, Borough President Marty Markowitz's mission to turn the vacant Childs Restaurant into a 'seaside amphitheater' music venue to host concerts like his Seaside Summer series, is moving forward The Brooklyn Paper reported that on December 4, a major public oversight board voted unanimously to go forward with Markowitz's plan. He still has his opponents though:
But critics have long complained that sinking $50 million of taxpayers' money into transforming the 90-year-old building into a for-profit, upscale eatery and music venue is a severe misallocation of funds. They have pointed out that the neighborhood still suffers from sporadic heat and power outages, and is home to shuttered storefronts a year after Hurricane Sandy, plus the issue of sewers that flood during heavy rains.The Council voted on the project yesterday (12/16), and we think it's all good news for fans of the theater, but stay tuned. Meanwhile, Marty Markowitz is leaving his job as as Borough President after 12 years due to term limits.
Others have raised fears that the 40 planned yearly concerts will afflict nearby residential blocks with ear-splitting noise and nightmarish traffic congestion. Some have said that they would accept the new venue only with a community benefits agreement -- a legal contract guaranteeing that the development would hire exclusively Coney Islanders at a living wage.
In more related news, the documentary on Zipper, the ride that was on West 12th Street in Coney Island, is available on iTunes. It screened at Nitehawk not long ago (10/30), and a review at Indiewire reads:
The Zipper itself is a twisting, thrashing carnival ride, one of the last remaining parts of the former Coney Island, left standing for months as the territory surrounding the ride was bulldozed, in an attempt to reach new lows in gentrification. To the locals, it is a landmark; to the suits, it's a relic.You can watch the trailer below.
For those out-of-towners, Coney Island was one of the very last vestiges of weird in the post-Giuliani-era New York City. Parades, attractions, and rides suited both those happy families eager to soak in the beach and the local weirdos, madmen and trend-setters that made the Brooklyn location a safe haven from the increasingly-hostile corporate landscape of Manhattan. That all changed when the imposingly-named Thor Equities made an aggressive purchase of the land, a transaction not made in good faith.
And in even more related news, Coney Island got its first YMCA, which opened yesterday (12/16) at Surf Ave and 29th St. You can take a look inside the new 44,000-square-foot facility in the video on News 12 Brooklyn. A big day for Coney Island with the new Beyonce video coming out AND a YMCA!
Beyonce and 'Zipper' videos below...
As discussed, the annual Seaside Summer Concert Series is returning to Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. Opening night is this Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick and support from The Cringe. Like all of these shows, it begins at 7:30 and is totally free.
When we first spoke about this year's lineup, next week's (7/18) show was TBA, but it's since been announced that Lynyrd Skynyrd will be headlining. Which means it won't cost you anything to yell "Free Bird!" and actually hear it.
Updated Seaside Summer Concert Series schedule below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull at 2013 Mermaid Parade
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 FireworksLike tonight's, those fireworks go off right after the game finishes.
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
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
While their was some worry the Coney Island Mermaid Parade might not happen this year, the crowd-funded 2013 edition went off without a hitch on Saturday (6/22); perfect weather, and with barely a stitch of clothing. It was the 30th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade this year with Judah Friedlander and Carole Radziwill as this year's King and Queen. Pictures from the parade are in this post.
They continue below...
Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick @ 'Sound City' NYC (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
The annual Seaside Summer Concert Series that Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz does in Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) is back this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. The shows are all on Thursdays at 7:30, except the opening night, which is a Friday (7/12), and the closing night, which is a Wednesday (8/21).
Artists playing this year include Cheap Trick (7/12), Smokey Robinson (7/25), The Go-Go's with Tom Tom Club (8/1), Huey Lewis and the News' - "Sports" 30th Anniversary Tour (8/15), and more.
Marty Markowitz also presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with free shows at Wingate Field.
Full Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup below..
Thanks for PETA for reminding me that the Mermaid Parade is this Saturday in Coney Island! How did PETA remind me? With an email subject that said "NEARLY NAKED PETA BEAUTIES TO JOIN CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE", and this text:
What: Wearing little more than "fins" and "tails" and holding signs that read, "Fish Are Friends, Not Food," two sexy PETA members will dress as mermaids and take part in the Coney Island Mermaid Day Parade on Saturday to encourage onlookers to give fish a break and stop eating them.PETA of course won't be the only nearly naked people walking around Coney Island Saturday thanks to the support of hundreds of generous donors who helped save the annual parade of scantily dressed people. More info on the main event and the Riverboat Ball at Coney Island USA. There's also a "Drunken Mermaid Gala" at Gowanus Ballroom with Extra Action Marching Band, Vic Thrill and more.
"Although we might not be as familiar with fish, when it comes to feeling pain and having a will to live, they're just like all other animals," says PETA "mermaid" Ashley Byrne. "And the more we learn about these sensitive and intelligent animals, the less likely we are to stick a hook or a fork in them."
Scientific studies show that fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. A recent issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence that prove that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures.
Where: The parade starts at the intersection of W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island
When: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
We didn't have any doubts, especially when we saw they picked a king and queen even before the Memorial Day weekend benefit concert, but here's the good news from Coney Island USA about this year's Mermaid Parade:
We've reached $100,000!!!Watch a video from Marty below...
Thank you to the 2,332+ individual contributors that have pledged so far!!! You are a part of history!
The campaign is still not over.
We still have a few days left to accept pledges for these amazing rewards:
- Signed posters by The Goon's Eric Powell!
- A photo with and t-shirts from Tails of Glory!
- VIP roof deck viewing of the parade!
- March and party with the Sexcamaids!
- A photography adventure with Harvey Stein!
- Pasties! Temp tattoos! Glory!
- AND to march with the Royal Entourage!!!
They'll be gone forever after June 3rd!
Don't forget: the top two contributors to the campaign get to open the parade on a float with Brooklyn Bourough President Marty Markowitz!
Mermaid Parade 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Dear Friends of the Mermaid Parade:
I have two important announcements for you today:
1) Registration for this year's Mermaid Parade is now open. Click here to register.
2) We do not know whether there will be a Mermaid Parade this year.
Don't panic just yet-we have a plan. But first I want you to understand where we are and what we're up against.
Our first parade back in 1983 had more participants than onlookers. It is because of you-whether you've been marching for years or are joining us for your maiden voyage-that the Mermaid Parade has grown into the largest arts parade in the country.
A Free Parade is Expensive
This year we face unprecedented challenges. As the crowds have grown over the past years, the city has begun imposing new regulations and restrictions that have sharply increased the cost of the event. On top of that, Hurricane Sandy, that malevolent sorceress, wreaked havoc on the Coney Island community. We as an organization, like many others, are still recovering from the damage. What this all means is that the Mermaid Parade now has a budget shortfall of $100,000. This is an impossible gap for a tiny non-profit arts organization like ours.
On May 7th , we'll be launching a "Save the Mermaid Parade" Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the Parade. We'll be actively updating our website and sending out news and information as the campaign to "Save the Mermaid Parade" progresses.
Next week you will receive a link to our Kickstarter campaign. Once you have it, please spread the word. If we don't meet our funding goal, there'll be no parade.
Registration this year is more important than ever before, but we also need to ask for even more from you to preserve our beloved cultural institution. Be advocates. This is your parade - get on your bullhorns!
Founder & Artistic Director
Coney Island USA
The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).
The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.
The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.
Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.
relief efforts in Coney Island...
Watch an amazing time-lapse video, taken from an apartment window as water from the ocean started to cover cars in Coney Island during Sandy, below...
photos by Nick Childers
Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC - photos from 11/6/2012
I'm just going to publish this letter in full:
UPDATE FROM TODAY 11/8:Help if you can, and keep tabs on Occupy Sandy's site for other ways to do it.
I have spent the better part of four days volunteering with Hurricane Sandy victims in Coney Island.
I am working with Occupy Sandy AND the Presidents of the Coney Island Houses and the Odwire Houses. This is Mutual Aid- we are working WITH the community, not simply giving charity. The NYCHA residents I have personally dealt with- Deborah Reed the President of the Coney Island Houses and Ilma the president of the Odwire Gardens Houses are incredible women. They are, however, spread thin and have no-one to help them answer to the thousands of residents that they represent.
There are ZERO agencies with a big presence out in the Coney Island Housing, Odwire Gardens Housing or Surfside Housing as of right now. NO FEMA, NO RED CROSS, NO NYC HOUSING, NO AUTHORITIES WHATSOEVER. The FEMA tent is a 20 minute walk away. The Red Cross has BARELY been there [they sometimes send one truck for 15-20 buildings once or twice a day]. There are elderly people stuck on the top floors of pitch-black buildings with NO FOOD AND WATER. Families with no food to feed their children. Mothers with no baby formula or wipes. Diabetics and asthmatics with no medicine. THERE HAS BEEN NO POWER, HEAT OR WATER FOR OVER A WEEK AND A HALF. Next to no one has flashlights and/or batteries. My small crew of volunteers PERSONALLY gave out these goods to the above people in need and encouraged them with what little info and energy we had. We saw the issues first hand. Today we used the community rooms in multiple buildings a relief sites- distribution for all necessities like food, water, batteries, baby supplies, feminine products ect. We expect to do this in more buildings.
All of the supermarkets and bodegas within a 15 minute walk of the above Housing have been flooded or looted. THERE IS NOWHERE TO BUY FOOD. Please link to these images - use them as much as you please- courtesy of Nick Childers.
WHAT IS NEEDED:
Non perishable and hot FOOD
BATTERIES of any size
Please understand, this email is a direct account of what is happening now. NYC IS NOT BACK TO NORMAL. Every area mentioned above has Katrina-level devastation and needs with only small citizen groups to aid everyone and distribute everything. Please help by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. This is the only article I have found on the subject and it is accurate for the housing it represents but not for Coney Island: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/living-hell-nycha-houses-article-1.1197748 - Conditions were similar but there we some glaring problems on top of what they reported about.
I will be setting up a distribution center at 2828 Neptune Avenue tomorrow and will write back with more info. Please call me at 201.658.6194 with any questions.
photos by Brian Russ
As Lola Star, who designed that "Coney Island Forever" graphic you see above points out, volunteers are still needed in Sandy-devastated Coney Island (maybe you're there today?). If you're working this week, you can head there this weekend:
Help Coney Island -- VOLUNTEERAlteratively, you can sign up now to help clean up Coney Island on Saturday.
SAT NOV 10TH & SUNDAY NOV 11TH 9AM - 5PM
Meet on the Boardwalk & STILLWELL AVE
at TOMS RESTAURANT [which is back open]
Wear warm clothes! Wear sturdy footwear or boots, and bring work gloves!
Bring your own flashlight (with extra batteries), a backpack, and snacks/water for yourself for the day.
Donation requests to help with Saturday's work:
-- Power strips
-- Extra flashlights
-- Outdoor brooms
Please note that bathroom access on site will be very limited.
No RSVP required
You can refer to MTA.info for latest transit updates. Carpooling and biking are encouraged.
Please forward this to all of your networks.
Organized by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Brooklyn Community Board 13, Astella Development Corporation, and the Coney Island Development Corporation, & The Coney Island Dancers.
Meanwhile bring your donations of nonperishable goods, individually wrapped sandwiches, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, blankets, outerwear and baby clothes to Coney Island's FEMA station which is now located at The Shrine Church of Our Lady Of Solace at 2866 West 17th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11224.
We previously posted a set of pictures taken in Coney Island right after the hurricane. Here's another set of pics by Brian Russ (who is in Brooklyn band backwords who are streaming their most recent album and playing Glasslands 1/18 with Gringo Star and Radical Dads). More below...
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in Coney Island opened today at Surf and 17th St (MCU Park). You can see two pictures of the scene there, one with Marty Markowitz and Bloomberg in it, above. Any food and water donations may be brought to the Disaster Recovery Center in the MCU Parking Lot: 8am-8pm. The National Guard, whether Bloomberg likes it or not, is also there and brought water and ready-to-eat meals at Surf Avenue and West 25th Street. Those looking for post-Hurricane Sandy assitance can also go to disasterassistance.gov.
Also open and pictured above: Tom's Coney Island restuarant, which seems like an amazing feat considering the destruction the Brooklyn shore neighborhood suffered.
"Coney Island USA" meanwhile, the company behind the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. the Coney Island Museum, Burlesque at the Beach, and much more, also need help:
We could use the following to assist in cleaning up our flooded Ground floor at 1208 Surf Ave. - dehumidifiers, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, protective clothing such as hazmat suits, household heavy duty rubber gloves, respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, bleach, disinfectant. If you are able to donate any of the above items, we would kindly accept them from Noon - 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bring to Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. (corner of West 12th street).They're also taking donations.
We are seeking volunteers who have experience doing flooded condition clean up. Preferably you have a respirator and protective clothing as safety is a priority in these conditions. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aquarium still remains an issue and they may have to evacuate the 12,000 water-dependent creatures within (Baby Walrus Mitik included). Gothamist posted some pictures and a statement you can read, with some videos, below...
photos by John Huntington/controlgeek.net
As you know, Coney Island took a beating by Hurricane Sandy. John Huntington headed down there Tuesday morning, and this is what he saw...
Coney Island this morning (via @dimkas79)
As you might expect and/or saw on the news, Hurricane Sandy hit Coney Island pretty good with major flooding, including the New York Aquarium whose entire 14-acre facility was entirely "under water". They won't be able to access the damage till the water recedes but we sure are worried about the sea otters and other animals there.
The Cyclone made it through intact, which is more than we can say for 'Jersey Shore' stomping grounds Seaside Heights, NJ whose boardwalk was almost entirely destroyed by the hurricane and the Jet Star roller coaster, well you can see for yourself::
Jet Star roller coaster hanging into the Atlantic Ocean in NJ (via NBC4)
Atlantic City, as you probably heard, was also hit very hard too.
As we mentioned previously, Los Angeles band Lavender Diamond are set to release their first album in five years, Incorruptible Heart, on September 25 via Paracadute. One of the things singer Becky Stark has been working on in the half decade between records is a web series called We Can Do It which features her with such notable guests as John C. Reilly, Damian Kulash of OK Go, and actress Jena Malone to name a few. We've got the premiere of the show's first episode with guest Andrew WK which you can watch below.
Don't forget, Lavender Diamond will be on tour later this month. That brings her to NYC for two shows: Mercury Lounge on September 26 (tickets
Andrew plays Coney Island TONIGHT (9/11).
Lavender Diamond tour dates are listed below, along with the video of We Can Do It.
Since posting about the free Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island, the organizers have added a show: The Jacksons happening Saturday (8/11) night. That's right, Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito -- who have been touring this past year and played the Apollo in June -- will bring the hit parade. Again, it's free. Can you feel it?
The show happens at West 21st St and Surf Avenue, which is right next to the Brooklyn Cyclones stadium. Show starts at 7:30 PM. After The Jacksons, the only remaining show in the series is Gladys Knight and The Commodores on August 16.
Last night, Joan Jett played the Seaside series and there's video of her performance below.
As mentioned earlier today, Billy Bragg -- whose Mermaid Avenue records with Wilco brought the songwriter back in to the pop culture zeitgeist in 1998 -- will be in NYC soon for some Woody Guthrie 100 celebrations. It's part of a North American tour for Bragg who tonight (7/6) will play the legendary Winnipeg Folk Festival. The tour will then continues, and includes a stop at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Guthrie's Okemah, OK birthplace on July 12th.
Bragg then heads to NYC for City Winery's WoodyFest on July 13 (tickets) with Amy Helm & Joe Purdy and host Steve Earle who then plays with Billy again in Coney Island the next day on Woody's actual birthday (July 14). The Coney Island potion includes two events: a screening of Mermaid Avenue documentary Man in the Sand followed by a book/CD signing with Bragg and Nora Guthrie; and an outdoor screening of Hal Ashby's 1975 Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory that will be preceded by a performance by Bragg and Steve Earle at 8PM (the movie starts at 8:45PM).
Bragg's tour continues after that, hitting Sweden's Way Out West festival in August, and many other Woody-themed shows throughout the year. All dates are listed below.
Back in April, Nonesuch Records released Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions which takes the original, critically acclaimed 1999 album where Wilco and Bragg wrote music to unpublished (but complete) Guthrie lyrics and adds 17 previously unreleased recordings made during the Mermaid Avenue sessions, plus a DVD and 48 page booklet.
The Billy Bragg show at City Winery is one of three nights of "Woodyfest" that Steve Earle is hosting and playing. Steve doesn't have any more NYC dates scheduled after that at the moment, but later this month he does head out on a tour with the Dukes that hits Tarrytown and in September he's doing a solo, acoustic tour that visits NJ, Bethel, and Poughkeepsie. In October he plays Austin City Limits.
Below you can read a little more on Guthrie and the Mermaide Avenue album, penned by Billy himself, plus all upcoming BB tour dates.