If you have been a regular visitor at the free Coney Island "Seaside Concert" series featuring oldies but goodies, you're likely going to be disappointed to learn that this event, hosted by the Brooklyn Borough President's office, has been cancelled for† 2014. Here's the official statement:
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.
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!
Check back in early June for an update from the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series
Come to† BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 Performing Arts Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell.† Free performances this June, presented by Squarespace, include:
- Wednesday, June 4, 8:00 P.M.†Janelle MonŠe kicks off the season with a unique sound that is at once futuristic, retro and totally of the moment.
- Saturday, June 7, 7:00 P.M.†An evening of music from Louisiana featuring The Soul Rebels, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and The Lost Bayou Ramblers
- Thursday, June 12, 7:00 P.M.†Denardo Coleman convenes a deep and surprising lineup of special guests to pay tribute to his legendary father, Ornette Coleman, including Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, David Murray, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and many more.
- Saturday, June 14, 4:00 P.M.†Celebrate Brooklyn!'s annual Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert, this year featuring Ozomatli performing the music of their 2012 family album Ozokids
- Friday, June 20, 7:00 P.M†Amos Lee brings his R&B and country-inflected folk to the Bandshell for a night that begins with a set by indie-pop foursome Lake Street Dive.
- Saturday, June 21, 7:00 P.M.†Dum Dum Girls headline this evening of rock with opening sets by Hospitality and TEEN.
This is a great weekend to explore Brooklyn's neighborhoods. Whether you are a tourist or a local, grab your bike or a subway map (or hop on the East River Ferry) and head to North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Williamsburg is huge and sprawling; Greenpoint is walkable and contained. The former is totally gentrified, with highrises going up along the waterfront, and the latter is a few years lagging, but going in the same direction. You can find great food, great vintage shopping, great bars and cafes and nightlife in both neighborhoods. Some people think that Greenpoint is a quieter "suburb" of Williamsburg, but the truth is that these neighboring 'hoods have very different histories.
To help you find what you are looking for, here are
FYI: It seems that Citibikes don't have bike racks set up in Greenpoint yet.
Looking for things to do this long holiday weekend in Brooklyn?
If you are traveling† from Brooklyn to the airports (or reverse) here are some tips, including a cheap way to get to and from† JFK using the Air Train.
- LGA: How to get to and from LaGuardia Airport to Brooklyn
- EWR: How to get to and from Newark Liberty Airport from Brooklyn
- JFK: How to get to and from JFK from Brooklyn
- JFK: How to get to JFK Airport from Brooklyn by Mass Transit (skip all that nasty traffic)
- $15 Fare to JFK
With the long-awaited opening, last week, of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan, I got to thinking about how long it's been since the September 11 attacks. A few years ago, in 2011, Brooklyn and many other places held tenth anniversary memorials, ceremonies and public events to mark this event, which was tragic in and of itself, and led to a series of other historic events, including two long, difficult and expensive wars abroad. The next milestone anniversary of the WTC attacks is not far off, in 2016.†
And while we're on the topic of street fairs, here's a thought:
Don't give your dad more stuff for Fathers Day. Give him something to remember:
Visiting Brooklyn? Planning your weekends before school's out? Entertaining guests from out of town?
Try to fit in a classic Brooklyn street fair. After all, when you travel somewhere else, whether it's Toronto or Timbuktu, isn't it fun to see what the local street fairs and markets look like?
In addition to the every-weekend hip staples of Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, and a full calendar of outdoor flicks and concerts, Brooklyn's summer is sprinkled with a variety of local parades and street fairs. They're good entertainment (and often have live music) for free-- no admission ticket necessary! Over two dozen scheduled for just this month and next:
If yesterday's Fifth Avenue extravaganza is a harbinger of things to come, it's going to be a landmark season for one staple entertainment for those staying in the city on weekends from May to September.