Ads Go To Onsite Home Pages

Staten Buzz

Say U Saw It On Staten Buzz

Staten Buzz Events

Click For Special Offers

Staten Buzz

Click For Fotos Maps & Info

Say U Saw It On Staten Buzz

Some Home Pages Have Social Media & Video

Tell Them U Saw It On Staten Buzz

Thank You For Supporting Us

Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Funding Deadlines for Youth Summer Jobs, Earth Day Artists Open Call & Citizens NYC Grants for all NYC Boros; Outsider Art Fair, Jelly's Last Jam, TNC's Frankenstein, Rachmaninoff by Carnegie Hall Citywide & Metrograph Film Series in Manhattan; Julio Film at Queens Historical, Open House & Redading Discussion at JCAL, St Patricks Day Parades in Sunnyside & the Rockaways in Queens; Italian Opera & Glide Skating under the Bridge in Brooklyn; Orchid Show at NYBG, City Island Theater Group performs Becky's New Car & Youth Photo Exhibit at Bronx Doc Film in the Bronx; and St. Patrick's Day Parade on Staten Island

st pats for all parade photos 2012 sunnyside queens

Updated March 2, 2024 from 3.1.24 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather as of 2.23.24. Sunrise 6.29 am. Sunset 5.48 pm. There's over a 90% probability, of about a half inch of rain, expected on Saturday, beginning after 7 am and ending about 9 pm. Sunday is dry, but cloudy. The temperature highs will climb from the mid 40's on Friday to about 50 on Saturday to about 60 on Sunday. The temperature lows will be about 40 on Friday, climbing to the high 40's for the rest of the weekend. The humidity will rise from the 40% - 70% range on Friday, to the 80% - 90% range on Saturday, before falling back to 70% - 80% on Sunday. The winds will range from 4 - 9 mph all weekend.

The photo at right was taken at the St. Pat's for All Parade in Sunnyside Queens in an earlier year.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in New York City - Open Calls

The Deadline for the Summer Youth Employment Program is Friday, March 1, 2024. Copy & paste this link to apply now - https://application.nycsyep.com/?emci=14c7d66f-8dd1-ee11-85f9-002248223794&emdi=35506f79-ced1-ee11-85f9-002248223794&ceid=13568279

The Deadline for the MTA Earth Day Artists' Installation Program is Monday, March 4, 2024. Up to $10,000 for works celebrating Earth Day this year [official date is 4/22, but the event is scheduled for 4/20/24] at MTA sites. Copy & paste this link to apply now - https://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/dotart-cfed-2024.pdf

The Deadline for the Citizens NYC Program is Friday, March 1, 2024. Copy & paste this link to apply now for the $3,000 Community Leaders Grant - https://www.citizensnyc.org/communityleaders?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e9ef546d-2fbe-4271-b3bf-2a79b8f1ee57

And copy & paste this link to apply now for the $5,000 Neighborhood Business Grant - https://www.citizensnyc.org/nbg?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e9ef546d-2fbe-4271-b3bf-2a79b8f1ee57

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Thursday - Sunday, February 29 - March 3, 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm Thurs, from 11 am - 8 pm Fri & Sat & from 11 am - 6 pm Sunday - Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street [between 6th & 7th Avenue] in Chelsea. It's just what it says it is, which is an art fair for those operating outside of the established art world. For details and $35 / $65 / $100 tickets see - https://www.outsiderartfair.com

March 1 - 8, 2024 at various times - Film Series entitled Bad Actress, Forever Young, Mad House or Mad World & Remember Every Frame are being shown at the Metrograph Theater at 7 Ludlow on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. For details and $17 / $12 / $10 tickets see - https://metrograph.com.

Wednesday / Tuesday - Sunday, Feberuary 21 - March 3, 2024 beginning at 7.30 pm weekdays, 8 pm on Saturdays and at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays - Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center at 131 West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $45 - $165 tickets copy & paste - https://www.nycitycenter.org

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, February 22 thru March 10, 2024 beginning at 8 pm, except on Sundays when it begins at 3 pm - William Electric Black's The Frankenstein Project at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue at 10th Street in the East Village in Manhattan.  For details and $18 / $15 tickets copy & paste - https://theaterforthenewcity.net/

Friday, March 8, 2024 beginning at 7 pm - Carnegie Hall Citywide Presents Meghan Kasanders, Soprano & Dror Baitel, Piano performing Rachmaninoff at St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 263 West 86th Street on the UWS of Manhattan. No advance tickets or reservations required; seating is first come, first served. Doors on West End Avenue open at 6:30 p.m. (accessible entrance on W86th Street). For details see - https://stpaulandstandrew.org

  • This is New York [Film] runs until July 21, 2024 at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES of Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets see - https://www.mcny.org.
  • Beginning Thursday, February 8 - March 3, 2024 starting at various times ranging from 2 pm to 8.30 pm - the Winter One Act Festival at the Chain Theatre at 312 West 36th Street on floors 3 & 4. For details and $22 tickets see - https://www.chaintheatre.org
  • Ending Saturday, March 2, 2024, times vary, but generally in the range of 11 am or 1 pm to 4 pm or 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Sunday, March 3, 2024 beginning at 2.30 pm - Julio - at the Kingsland Homestead at 143-35 37th Avenue in Flushing. A film about the murder of a gay man in Jackson Heights in 1990 which resulted in the coming out of one of the most closeted LGBTQ communities in NYC at the time. For details and to rsvp a free ticket see - https://queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 12 noon to 3 pm & from 3 pm to 5 pm, JCAL Art Classes Open House & Reading & Discussion Series at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica Queens. Free. For details see - https://jcal.org.

Ongoing until Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 1 to 3 pm when there is a - Closing Reception for the 23rd Bayside Historical Society Annual Winter Art Show at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center at 26th Avenue and Bell Blvd in Bayside. Free. For details see - https://www.baysidehistorical.org/bhs-winter-art-show

Saturday, March 2, 2024 beginning at 1 pm - The 49th Annual Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade in the Rockaways kicks off at Beach 130th and Newport Avenue. Church services at Francis de Sales Church [129th and Newport Avenue] will be held prior to the parade with a brunch by invitation only. The parade marches east down Newport Avenue to 116th Street, where it turns right / heads south one block to Rockaway Blvd - where it turns left and continues east down Rockaway Blvd to 102nd Street terminating near a shopping center parking lot. This parade is in the Rockaways neighborhood of Queens. For details see - https://queenscountyparade.org/

Sunday, March 3, 2024 beginning at 12 noon - The St. Pat's for All Parade in Sunnyside begins with speeches and music at 12 noon, and then kicks off from Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street in Sunnyside, Queens marching east and up hill for 15 blocks before ending at 58th Street in Woodside. For details see - https://www.stpatsforall.org/

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Saturdays & Sundays, March 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2024 beginning at 3 pm [and extra performance at 7 pm on 3/9] - Pietro Mascagni’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA conducted by Scott Jackson Wiley, staged by Sabrina Palladino and performed in Italian with English supertitles at the OLPH Catholic Academy of Brooklyn at 59-02 6th Avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. For details and $25 / $20 / $5 tickets see - http://reginaopera.org and the location is at https://www.olphcab.org

  • Daily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10, 2024 beginning at 8 pm, 8 pm & 3 pm respectively - Becky's New Car at Grace Hall at 116 City Island Avenue in the Bronx. Performance of a new play by the City Island Theater Group. For $30 / $25 tickets and details see - https://www.cityislandtheatergroup.com.

Thru April 23, 2024 [began February 19th], the Orchid Show is on display at the NY Botanical Garden at 2900 Southern Blvd in the Bedford Park neighborhood of the Bronx. For details and $35 / $31 / $15 / free tickets see - https://www.nybg.org. They're open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Friday January 25 - Sunday, March 10, 2024 - Through Our Eyes Youth Photo Exhibit 2013 - 2023 at the Bronx Doc Film Center Annex at 364 East 151st Street in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. For details see - https://www.bronxdoc.org/. Free but donations welcome. Open Thursday, Friday, [Saturday closed 3/2/24] & Sunday from 3 - 7 pm weekdays and from 1 - 5 pm weekends.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on Tuesday, March 12th beginning at 7 pm hosting Kristy Marmorato who serves as the NEW Councilwoman for the 13th District.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

staten island st patricks day bars restaurants irish pubs staten island st pat's day irish pubs staten island st patrick's day parties stapleton south beach st patricks day bars restaurants pubs great kills richmond town castleton st pat's day parties staten island st patricks day irish pubs rossville tomplinsville st pats day staten island nycSunday, March 3, 2024 the 59th / 60th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Staten Island steps off between 11.30 / 12.30 pm [after a church service at Blessed Sacrament in West Brighton]. They begin at Harts Blvd marching along Forest Avenue in the Westerleigh / Elm Park neighborhoods to Jewett Avenue, in the West New Brighton neighborhood of Staten Island. The parade lasts about one to two hours, but the celebrating continues after the parade.

Members of the LGBTQ community continue to be banned from openly marching in the parade. The parade is organized by the Richmond County St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee and not the Ancient Order of Hiberians.

The photo at right was taken at the Staten Island St Pats Parade in 2018.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


St Patricks Day Parades on Staten Island NYC

St Pats Day Parades on Staten Island in NYC

This is a Look at the Upcoming St Patricks Day Parades on Staten Island in NYC, Including Photos of the Parades we've Covered Over the Years, with Links to a Page Containing Photos and Descriptions of Some of the Best Irish Pubs in the Staten Island Borough

nyc things to do nyc things to do this weekend nycMarch 1, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Coming with the Friday / Weekend post.

The photo at right was taken at the St Pats for All Parade in Sunnyside Queens. This St Pat's Parade was created to allow LGBTQ folks to march in a St Patricks Day parade at a time when all of the other St Patrick's Day Parades banned LGBTQ from marching in the Irish parades. As of March 1, 2024 there's only one St. Patrick's Day parade that continues to discriminate against people whose gender isn't totally traditional / binary.

 

Staten Island Now has Two St Pat's Day Parades

Parades, Pubs and Restaurants on Staten Island NYC. Staten Island has a couple of St. Patrick's Day parades, only one of which we've covered. We've included a prior report of the Staten Island St. Patricks Day Parade to provide you with further details of the experience of attending - albeit many years ago before the LGBTQ controversy came up front and center. We've also included an article summary leading into our report about some of the best or oldest Irish pubs and restaurants on Staten Island in NYC. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and we will continue refining this report as we learn more about the Irish pubs and restaurants on Staten Island.

How this page is organized. We've organized this page by the Staten Island St Patrick's Day parade dates. The parades span the month, and even though ... the official feast date for St. Patrick is March 17th, the date of the Manhattan St. Patrick's Day parade is March 16, 2024 because as a tradition they don't march on Sundays, which in the Catholic religion is the Lord's Day. The Manhattan St Patrick's Day parade is the largest in NYC.

The LGBTQ Parade Participation Issue Appears to be Abating. In 2000 the St Pats for All parade was first launched in Sunnyside, Queens to protest the banning of gays from marching in the Manhattan St Pats Day Parade. In 2014 / 2015 the Manhattan Parade opened up its participation rules to allow gays to march. In 2020 the Throgs Neck parade in the Bronx opened up its participation to gays. At present only the Staten Island parade continues to ban LGBTQ community members from participating in the parade as openly gay people. The Staten Island ban continues in 2024 by the traditional parade organizers, but they now have competition as a new LGBTQ friendly parade will be marching on March 17, 2024.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Funding Deadlines for Youth Summer Jobs, Earth Day Artists Open Call & Citizens NYC Grants; Chinese New Year Parade & Celebration, Black History Month, Twyla Tharp at the Joyce, Winter Concert, Comedy, Theater & Real Estate Talk in Manhattan; Theater, Poetry, Dance, Genealogy, Art and Artists / Playwright Meet Ups in Queens; Numerous Concerts, Ringling Bros Circus & Glide Skating under the Bridge in Brooklyn; Bronx Doc Film in the Bronx; and Carpenter Shop Curiosities Market at Snug Harbor & Black History Awards on Staten Island

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

February 23, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather as of 2.23.24. Sunrise 6.40 am. Sunset 5.39 pm. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday, and then about 40 for the rest of the weekend. The temperature lows will be in the mid 30's on Friday and Sunday, but dipping into the low 20's on Saturday. The humidity will range between 70% - 80% on Friday, dropping to 40% - 50% for the rest of the weekend. Winds will range from 4 - 11 mph all weekend. There's a 65% chance of 1/10th of an inch of rain Friday morning, with the probability declining close to zero by 4 pm Friday afternoon and then the rest of the weekend is clear.

 

The photo at right was taken on Staten Island outside of the National Lighthouse Museum near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George a few years ago. Notice the light, as we're only two weeks away from Springing Ahead into Daylight Savings Time.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in New York City - Open Calls

The Deadline for the Summer Youth Employment Program is Friday, March 1, 2024. Copy & paste this link to apply now - https://application.nycsyep.com/?emci=14c7d66f-8dd1-ee11-85f9-002248223794&emdi=35506f79-ced1-ee11-85f9-002248223794&ceid=13568279

The Deadline for the MTA Earth Day Artists' Installation Program is Monday, March 4, 2024. Up to $10,000 for works celebrating Earth Day this year [official date is 4/22, but the event is scheduled for 4/20/24] at MTA sites. Copy & paste this link to apply now - https://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/dotart-cfed-2024.pdf

The Deadline for the Citizens NYC Program is Friday, March 1, 2024. Copy & paste this link to apply now for the $3,000 Community Leaders Grant - https://www.citizensnyc.org/communityleaders?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e9ef546d-2fbe-4271-b3bf-2a79b8f1ee57

And copy & paste this link to apply now for the $5,000 Neighborhood Business Grant - https://www.citizensnyc.org/nbg?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=e9ef546d-2fbe-4271-b3bf-2a79b8f1ee57

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 4 to 5.15 pm - Carnegie Hall Citiwide: Joseph Parrish, Bass-
Baritone & JoyAnne Amani, Piano at St. Paul & St. Andew United Methodist Church
at 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue on the UWS of Manhattan. Free & first come / first serve. For details see - https://stpaulandstandrew.org

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024 beginning at 1 pm - Chinese Lunar New Year Parade. Festival booths are on Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets. The parade route is as follows - Begins at Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. For details & a map see - https://betterchinatown.com/lny-parade/.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 beginning at 6.30 pm - Comedy with Morir Sonando at the United Palace at 4140 Broadway in Washington Heights. It's a two Dominican American women show. For details and $30 / $50 tickets see - https://www.unitedpalace.org.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 8.30 am - 11.45 am - The Future of NYC's Storefronts on the 20th Floor at One Vanderbilt between 42nd & 43rd Streets in Midtown. There are entrances on both Vanderbilt & Madison. Organized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Free. For details and to rsvp see - https://www.manhattancc.org

Thursday - Sunday, February 29 - March 3, 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm Thurs, from 11 am - 8 pm Fri & Sat & from 11 am - 6 pm Sunday - Outsider Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street [between 6th & 7th Avenue] in Chelsea. It's just what it says it is, which is an art fair for those operating outside of the established art world. For details and $35 / $65 / $100 tickets see - https://www.outsiderartfair.com

Friday - Sunday, February 16 - 25, 2024 beginning at various times - 12th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival at LOOK Cinemas Theater at 657 West 57th Street in Hells Kitchen in Manhattan. For schedule, details and tickets ranging in price from Free / $5 / $12.50 / $16.50, copy & paste - https://winterfilmawards.com

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, February 22 thru March 10, 2024 beginning at 8 pm, except on Sundays when it begins at 3 pm - William Electric Black's The Frankenstein Project at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue at 10th Street in the East Village in Manhattan.  For details and $18 / $15 tickets copy & paste - https://theaterforthenewcity.net/

Saturday, February 24, 2024 beginning at 5 pm - The Meeting - at 675 Riverside Drive at 145th Street in the performance space in Riverbank State Park in Washington Heights. About a fictional meeting between Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Each saw a different pathway to obtaining equality, but both men saw the same problem. Free. For details and to rsvp copy & paste - https://www.shadesoftruththeatre.com/

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 - Paco de Lucia Festival at Carnegie Hall in Midtown Manhattan to honor famous flamenco guitarist [1947 - 2014].

Wednesday / Tuesday - Sunday, Feberuary 21 - March 3, 2024 beginning at 7.30 pm weekdays, 8 pm on Saturdays and at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays - Jelly's Last Jam at New York City Center at 131 West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $45 - $165 tickets copy & paste - https://www.nycitycenter.org

  • Tuesday thru Sunday, February 13 - 25, 2024 at various times but generally 2 pm matinees on the weekend and at either 7.30 or 8 pm in the evenings - Twyla Tharp at the Joyce Theater at 175 8th Avenue in Chelsea in Manhattan. For details and tickets see - https://www.joyce.org
  • This is New York [Film] runs until July 21, 2024 at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES of Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets see - https://www.mcny.org.
  • Beginning Thursday, February 8 - March 3, 2024 starting at various times ranging from 2 pm to 8.30 pm - the Winter One Act Festival at the Chain Theatre at 312 West 36th Street on floors 3 & 4. For details and $22 tickets see - https://www.chaintheatre.org
  • Ending Saturday, March 2, 2024, times vary, but generally in the range of 11 am or 1 pm to 4 pm or 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24, 2024 beginning at 7 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Saturday - Working - at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center w/ entrance encouraged at 45-50 Van Dam Street in LIC, Queens. A musical about workers in Queens. For details and $20 / $15 / $10 tickets see - https://www.lpac.nyc/

Saturday, February 24, 2024 beginning at 7 pm - Danny Simmons Def Poetry Jam at Black Spectrum Theatre Company at 177th Street and Baisley Blvd in Jamaica Queens. For details and $35 tickets see - https://www.blackspectrum.net.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 2 to 5 pm - Tracing Your Roots: Getting Started with Irish Genealogy at the NY Irish Center at 10-40 Jackson Avenue in LIC, Queens. For details and $45 tickets see - https://www.newyorkirishcenter.org/

Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24, 2024 from 8 to 10 pm - West African Dance at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica Queens. For details and $20 / $30 tickets see - https://jcal.org/

Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 1 to 3 pm - Closing Reception for the 23rd Bayside Historical Society Annual Winter Art Show at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center at 26th Avenue and Bell Blvd in Bayside. Free. For details see - https://www.baysidehistorical.org/bhs-winter-art-show

Sunday, February 25, 2024 beginning at 3 pm - Red Firecrackers by Nai Ni Chen Dance Company at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. It's a dance performance about a small town uniting to fight a monster and explores some of the origins of the Chinese New Year. For details and $8 / $12 / $15 tickets see - https://www.flushingtownhall.org/

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 from 6 - 8 pm - Artists Meet Up at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. An open call for networking of artists of all dimensions. Light refreshments will be served. Free. For details see - https://www.flushingtownhall.org/

Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 8 to 9.30 pm - Meet the Playwrights at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica Queens. Free. For details and to rsvp see - https://jcal.org/

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on St John's Men's Basketball Players Autograph Session on 2/7 at 6.30 pm in Jamaica and Winter Break for Kids at the Queens Botanical Garden 2/20 - 2/23/24.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 22 - 25, 2024 beginning at 2 pm / 6 pm, 11 am / 3 pm / 7 pm & 11 am / 3 pm respectively - Ringling Brothers at Barclays Center at 620 Atlantic Avenue at Flatbush in Downtown Brooklyn. It began Thursday 2/22. For details and $43 tickets copy & paste - https://www.ringling.com/show/brooklyn-ny-20

Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 7 - 8.45 pm - Beethoven / Harrison by the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra at St. Ann & Holy Trinity Church at 157 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights in BK. The event includes the following performances - LOU HARRISON Concerto for Piano with Javanese Gamelan & Adam Tendler, piano & Son of Lion and BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 conducted by Philip Nuzzo. Earlier in the day they're hosting Mozart for Munchkins which has been sold out. For details and $20 / $40 / $60 tickets see - https://brooklynchamberorchestra.org or https://www.stannholytrinity.org.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 4 - 5.30 pm - Harlem Chamber Players Black History Month Concert in the Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Central Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights Brooklyn. Free. For details see - https://www.bklynlibrary.org.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 beginning at 7 pm - Pietro Mascagni’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA on piano at the OLPH Catholic Academy of Brooklyn at 59-02 6th Avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. This performance only is Free - http://reginaopera.org and the location is at https://www.olphcab.org

Saturdays & Sundays, March 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 2024 beginning at 3 pm [and extra performance at 7 pm on 3/9] - Pietro Mascagni’s CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA conducted by Scott Jackson Wiley, staged by Sabrina Palladino and performed in Italian with English supertitles at the OLPH Catholic Academy of Brooklyn at 59-02 6th Avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. For details and $25 / $20 / $5 tickets see - http://reginaopera.org and the location is at https://www.olphcab.org

  • Daily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Saturday, February 24, 2024 beginning at 3 pm - Panel Discussion about 10 Years of Youth Photography & Education at the Bronx Doc Film Center at 614 Courtlandt Avenue at 151st Street in the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. For details and a free rsvp see - https://www.bronxdoc.org/.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on Tuesday, February 13th hosting the new Bronx Transit Commissioner, Anthony Perez.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Carpenter's Shop Curiosities in Building G Galleries at Snug Harbor at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood of Staten Island. A curated selection of vendors selling various arts, crafts, clothing and accessories. Free. https://snug-harbor.org

Saturday, February 24, 2024 beginning at 12 noon - 19th Annual Staten Island Black History Town Hall at the First Central Baptist Church at 117 Wright Street near Van Duzer in Stapleton Heights on Staten Island. Awards will be announced and given to select participants. Free.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


The City of Yes Voting Tonight in Sunnyside Queens

The Most Sweeping Zoning Law Changes in a Half Century are Underway.

Why is the Media MIA?

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsFebruary 21, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Real Estate & Business / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

There's a vote tonight on the City of Yes zoning law changes beginning at 6 pm at 43-22 50th Street in Sunnyside Queens.

The City of Yes zoning law changes are the most sweeping changes to zoning laws in NYC in over a half century. I've not yet had a chance to thoroughly study them, but a cursory review indicates that one of the main tenets of the proposal is a significant rollback of local control in favor of real estate development. The Mayor's argument for this rollback is that it will enable developers to create more housing and enable more integration in neighborhoods.

COPY & PASTE this url into your browser to go to the website of Alicia Boyd of Brooklyn, who is a non-profit activist who's analyzed and been monitoring the 1,500 page City of Yes proposal - https://mtopp.org/index.php/2024/02/05/wake-up-do-you-know-whats-about-to-happen-to-your-new-york/

You'd think that such a major overhaul would be covered by the mainstream media. But they act unaware, just don't care, or they don't dare cover the issue because it doesn't generate the ratings that regurgitations of sensationalist accident and crime videos do.

We'll have more on this in the coming week, as a vote in the City Council is estimated by some to come as early as March.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Black History Month, Presidents Day Weekend, Twyla Tharp at the Joyce, Winter One Act Fest, Film & Exhibit about NYC, Ice Bumper Cars in Manhattan; Cosmic Con at the Tangram & Chinese New Year Exhibit in Queens; Glide Skating under the Bridge & Celebrations at Avant Gardner in Brooklyn; Closing Reception at Hostos in the Bronx; and Chinese New Year Celebration & 19th Century Freedom Ball on Staten Island

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

Updated February 17, 2024 from 2.16.24 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather as of 2.16.24. Sunrise 6.49 am. Sunset 5.31 pm. The high temperature will be around 40 thru Monday. The low temperatures will be around 30 thru Monday. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend, except Sunday when it ticks up to 10 - 15 mph. The humidity will be 35% - 45% on Friday and Saturday, rising a bit to 45% - 55% on Sunday and Monday. It will be dry most of the weekend, with the possible exception of Friday night / Saturday morning when we could receive 1 - 3 inches of snow.

The photo at right shows the inside of a men's store in Midtown Manhattan in a prior year. The Presidents Day weekend is a good one for leisurely shopping, dining and other things.

 

Things To Do This Weekend - Capital Budgeting

  • Ending on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm, NYC funding application requests for City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications began on January 5, 2024. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • Tuesday thru Sunday, February 13 - 25, 2024 at various times but generally 2 pm matinees on the weekend and at either 7.30 or 8 pm in the evenings - Twyla Tharp at the Joyce Theater at 175 8th Avenue in Chelsea in Manhattan. For details and tickets see - https://www.joyce.org
  • This is New York [Film] runs until July 21, 2024 at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES of Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets see - https://www.mcny.org.
  • Beginning Thursday, February 8 - March 3, 2024 starting at various times ranging from 2 pm to 8.30 pm - the Winter One Act Festival at the Chain Theatre at 312 West 36th Street on floors 3 & 4. For details and $22 tickets see - https://www.chaintheatre.org
  • January 12 - March 2, 2024 [weekdays only until 2/17/24] times vary, but generally in the range of 11 am or 1 pm to 4 pm or 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

  • Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18, 2024 beginning from 10.30 am to 7 pm and 11 am to 6 pm respectively - Cosmic Con at the Tangram Center at 133-33 39th Avenue in Flushing Queens. For details and $16.50 tickets see - https://retail.tangramnyc.com
  • Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 12 noon to 5 pm daily - Lunar New Year Exhibition entitled Remember at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. Free. The exhibit opened with a reception on January 27th, 2024.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on St John's Men's Basketball Players Autograph Session on 2/7 at 6.30 pm in Jamaica and Winter Break for Kids at the Queens Botanical Garden 2/20 - 2/23/24.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

  • Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 2024 from 10 pm to 4 am & 6 pm to 12 midnight respectively - Lunar New Year / Spring Celebration / DJ's at Avant Gardner at 140 Stewart Avenue in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For details and $84 tickets see - https://dice.fm/event/25gxp-spring-festival-lunar-new-year-celebration-ft-slander-and-alan-walker-18th-feb-avant-gardner-new-york-tickets or https://www.avant-gardner.com
  • Daily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

  • Tuesdays - Fridays, until February 21, 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Against the Grain: The Stories We Tell Ourselves at Hostos College Longwood Art Gallery at 450 Grand Concourse [C - 190] in the Bronx. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a closing reception. For details see https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/connector/longwood-art-project/longwood-art-gallery

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on Tuesday, February 13th hosting the new Bronx Transit Commissioner, Anthony Perez.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 12 noon to 3 pm - Chinese New Year Celebration at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Building P at 1000 Richmond Terrace in Randall Manor on Staten Island. For details see - https://snug-harbor.org
  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 7 to 11 pm - Freedom Ball at LiGreci's Staaten at 697 Forest Avenue on Staten Island. A colonial dress event [18th century Victorian garb] celebrating African American history. The event includes a three course dinner, dancing and live performance. Tickets are $1200 for a table or $150 for an individual. The proceeds go toward the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Parade in Tappen Park in June 2024 on Staten Island. For details and tickets see - https://www.rocanatural.com

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Staten Island Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend - Events Staten Island NYC

Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend on Staten Island / Events

staten island things to do presidents day weekend things to do staten island presidents day weekend events staten island nycFebruary 14, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do on Staten Island NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather.  UPDATE COMING BETWEEN NOW & FRIDAY.

The image at right shows a picture of the American colonial representatives, John Adams and Ben Franklin, meeting with a British general at the Conference House on Staten Island, in September of 1776, in an effort to prevent bloodshed and the American Revolutionary War. This occurred just a few months after the colonists declared their independence. And as history would have it - the British monarchy wouldn't negotiate - and five years later the American colonists had won the war.

Presidents Day is a federal holiday when all local, state and federal government offices are closed, which generally includes public schools - unless the district uses the holiday to make up a snow day, which is highly unlikely this year since there hasn't been any measureable snow.

Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, to see how they stack up versus their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.

 

Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday Staten Island NYC

staten island things to do presidents day weekend things to do staten island presidents day weekend events staten island nycA day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.

In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.

In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the people.



The First Taylor Swift Travis Kelce Super Bowl Ends in Chiefs Victory

Swift Arrived on Time, but No Engagement Announcement: Chiefs 25 - 49'ers 22

February 12, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Super Bowl LVIII didn't disappoint. After four quarters the Chiefs and 49'ers were tied. They went into overtime and it took the entire overtime period for the Chiefs to emerge victorious 25 - 22, in a Super Bowl to remember.

Contrary to the rumors leading up to the big game, pop star Taylor Swift did not receive an engagement ring from K.C. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. She did, however, arrive at the game on time, after wrapping up a performance on her Eras tour in Tokyo, about 17 hours earlier.

January 13, 2024 Update. The TV ratings for the event have just been released. They broke the record for the most watched TV show & Super Bowl, with total viewership hitting an estimated 123 million, which was up from the last Super Bowl record, made last year with 115 million viewers.

More news coming later Tuesday 2.13.24.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Black History Month, Valentines Day Weekend, Winter One Act Fest, Chinese New Year Firecracker Event, Film & Exhibit about NYC, Ice Bumper Cars in Manhattan; the Flushing Chinese New Year Parade & Related Exhibit in Queens; the Brooklyn Chinese American Lunar New Year Parade & Glide Skating under the Bridge in Brooklyn; Closing Reception at Hostos in the Bronx Two Weeks Away; ? a Tavern Concert at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island ... and oh, i almost forgot about the Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs, SuperBowl Weekend

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

February 9, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather as of 2.10.24. Sunrise 6.57 am. Sunset 5.24 pm. The high temperature will be around 50 on Friday, near 60 on Saturday and back to around 50 on Sunday. The low temperatures will be in the low 40's on Friday, rising to the mid 40's on Saturday, before descending to the mid 30's on Sunday. The humidity will be around 70% or so on Friday and Saturday, dropping to 50% - 60% on Sunday. The winds will be around 5 mph all weekend. No precipitation is expected until Monday evening.

The photo at right shows some of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations going on in Chinatown in Manhattan in a prior year. The celebrations begin this Saturday.

 

Things To Do This Weekend - Capital Budgeting

  • On January 5, 2024 NYC opened funding requests to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

Be sure to use the Valentines Day links if you're interested in dining and / or some Valentines Day related activities.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 11 am to 3.30 pm - Chinese New Year Celebration Firecrackers at Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand Street. Free. For details see - https://betterchinatown.com.
  • This is New York [Film] runs until July 21, 2024 at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES of Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets see - https://www.mcny.org.
  • Beginning Thursday, February 8 - March 3, 2024 starting at various times ranging from 2 pm to 8.30 pm - the Winter One Act Festival at the Chain Theatre at 312 West 36th Street on floors 3 & 4. For details and $22 tickets see - https://www.chaintheatre.org
  • January 12 - March 2, 2024 [weekdays only until 2/17/24] times vary, but generally in the range of 11 am or 1 pm to 4 pm or 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

The photo at right shows some of the pageantry of the Flushing Queens Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in a prior year. The parade returns Saturday.

  • things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsSaturday, February 10, 2024 beginning at 11 am and hypothetically ending at 12 noon - the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing. This year it's the celebration of the year of the dragon. The celebrations runs through February 20th, 2024. The year of the dragon brings challenges but also luck. Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing Queens parade begins between 37th and 39th Avenues along Union Street, marches south to Sanford Avenue, turns right [west] until reaching Main Street, where it turns right again [north] and heads back to the Queens Crossing Mall at 39th Avenue in Flushing. Free and well worth the visit. Click here for prior coverage of the Queens Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing which includes a parade route map. For details see - http://flushingfantastic.nyc
  • The photo shows the Flushing Chinese New Year Parade in a prior year. Click the link above for reports from prior years about the parade and some of its history. Click this link to view a map showing the Chinese New Year parade route and viewing locations from a prior year which haven't substantively changed.
  • Sunday, February 11, 2024 beginning at 11.30 am - Glow Cultural Center & Flushing Town Hall Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration. At 11.30 am there's a Lion Dance, traditional Wedding Procession and Parade from Glow Cultural Center at 133-29 41st Avenue to Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing [Free]. At the same time on the first floor at Flushing Town Hall there's a cultural bazaar generally centered around food, calligraphy and possibly some artisanal work. At 12.30 pm on the second floor of Flushing Town Hall there's a cultural performance of dance and juggling in the theater [$8] and again at 2.30 pm a different cultural performance with juggling, sword dance and Chinese opera [$8]. For details and tickets see - https://glownyc.org
  • Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 12 noon to 5 pm daily - Lunar New Year Exhibition entitled Remember at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. Free. The exhibit opened with a reception on January 27th, 2024.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on St John's Men's Basketball Players Autograph Session on 2/7 at 6.30 pm in Jamaica and Winter Break for Kids at the Queens Botanical Garden 2/20 - 2/23/24.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

  • Sunday, February 11, 2024 from 11.30 am to 2 pm - Brooklyn Chinese American Association Chinese New Year Parade. The parade begins at 50th Street and 8th Avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn NYC. Free.
  • Daily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

  • Monday, February 12, 2024 beginning from 6.30 to 9.30 pm - Book Talk entitled What Should I Be? At Bronx Doc Film Center at 614 Courtlandt Avenue in the Bronx. Free, but rsvp at - https://www.bronxdoc.org.
  • Tuesdays - Fridays, until February 21, 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Against the Grain: The Stories We Tell Ourselves at Hostos College Longwood Art Gallery at 450 Grand Concourse [C - 190] in the Bronx. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a closing reception. For details see https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/connector/longwood-art-project/longwood-art-gallery

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on Tuesday, February 13th hosting the new Bronx Transit Commissioner, Anthony Perez.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 2 to 5 pm - Black History Month: Painting with Soul & a Drum Circle - in the Lobby of Building P at Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood of Staten Island. Free, but please rsvp at - https://snug-harbor.org. They're doing their Chinese New Year celebration Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 12 noon to 3 pm. The event will include storytelling, arts & crafts, performances and snacks. Admission $12.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 7 to 11 pm Lighthouses are for Lovers and Friends at the Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island. This event includes live entertainment, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, raffles and games. There are ongoing exhibits about lighthouses and related subjects such as the equipment, the history and the life of lighthouse keepers. For $65 tickets and details see - https://lighthousemuseum.org.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 7.30 to 9.30 pm - English Country Dance at the Third County Courthouse & Visitor Center on the 2nd Floor in Historic Richmond Town. Admission $10 at - https://www.historicrichmondtown.org. No experience necessary.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Staten Island Valentine's Day Restaurants - Romantic Restaurants Staten Island NYC

Staten Island Valentine's Day Restaurants & Events 2024

Staten Island Valentine's Day Romantic Restaurants in or near Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach Neighborhoods of Staten Island

staten island valentines day restaurants staten island valentines day st george snug harbor stapleton south beach romantic restaurantss great kills historic richmond town castleton valientines day staten island valentines day restaurants rossville tomplinsville romantic valentines day restaurants staten island nycFebruary 6, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Restaurants / Staten Island Events & Things To Do / Staten Island Restaurants NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Valentine's Day is less than three weeks away. Valentines Day is a good time to let your loved one know you care. Flowers, gifts and dinner are always welcome treats, and / or some thoughtful gesture that shows that the lady [or man] you're with, still means a lot to you.

The photo at right shows the bar in the Staten Island Ferry station in the St. George neighborhood.

This report provides a selection of various romantic and casual restaurants in which to celebrate Valentines Day on Staten Island. We also highlight a few local restaurant closures.

All restaurants that have been asterisked have either been updated or added in 2024. Those restaurants without an asterisk are from 2023 or before, so watch the dates / year to be sure you're looking at 2024 specials.

Valentine's Day is on a Wednesday this year, so it may be fair game to make your VDay reservation on Valentine's Day or any day of the preceding weekend. Also, many restaurants have retained their outside dining capacity - so depending on the weather - NYC restaurants may have more capacity for Valentine's Day weekend than they did prior to the prepandemic.

It's worth reminding folks that there were a number of restaurant casualties during and following the pandemic, so it's best to do your research early. If you're thinking about doing something this Valentine's Day for dinner in or around Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh or South Beach neighborhoods; call or go online to make the reservations.

 

A Brief History of Valentine's Day - Staten Island Romantic Restaurants on VDay

The origins of Valentine's Day are not well documented. It's believed to have been named after Saint Valentine who was apparently a Catholic martyr who died over 1500 years ago. Today the holiday is not associated with religion so much as flowers, candies, cards and romantic dinners. And the holiday spokesperson is now Cupid, a Roman god of desire, and quite a mischief maker.

Click here to read more about our round up of Valentine's Day restaurants on Staten Island - Valentine's Day SI NYC.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Black History Month Begins, Valentines Day Weekend a Week Away, NYC Restaurant Week, Hotel Week and 2:1 Broadway Tickets - ALL end Sunday, Women in the Heights Open Call ends Monday & Ice Bumper Cars in Manhattan; the Flushing Chinese New Year Parade next Saturday in Queens; Glide under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn; Bartow Pell Mansion Open Call ends Thursday 2/8 & Art Exhibit Event at Hostos in the Bronx Next Week; a Tavern Concert at Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

February 2, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather as of 2.2.24. Sunrise 7.04 am. Sunset 5.14 pm. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 40's and the temperature lows will be in the low 30's. Winds will range from 7 - 12 mph all weekend. The humidity will be 70% - 80% on Friday and then fall to 50% - 60% for the rest of the weekend. It's expected to be sunny without any precipitation in the forecast. This seems to be an awfully good weekend weather report for this time of year.

The photo at right shows Trinity Church cemetery in Downtown Manhattan last week, near where the Department of City Planning held two super important meetings. One was about a new real estate development on Flushing Meadows Corona parkland in Queens. The second was about the City of Yes Text Amendments which will completely change the limits on development in NYC. Democracies only work if the citizenry pays attention and participates. As Jefferson is quoted as saying [said something similar but it was a Vermont journalist who coined the phrase], "... Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty ...".


Things To Do This Weekend - Capital Budgeting, Restaurant Weeks, Hotel Weeks, Broadway Twofers

On January 5, 2024 NYC opened funding requests to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

January 16 - February 4, 2024 - Next week Restaurant Week begins in NYC. Two course lunches and three course dinners for $30, $45 & %60 at participating restaurants. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/restaurant-week/

January 3 - February 4, 2024 - Hotel rooms on sale - 24% discounts at participating NYC hotels. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/nyc-hotel-week/

Ending February 4, 2024 - 2:1 Broadway Tickets for many shows at participating theaters. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/broadway-week/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Governors Island Ice Sculpture Show. On Governors Island which you may reach via a ferry from Manhattan next to the Staten Island Ferry, or ferries running from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 or from Red Hook / Atlantic Basin in Brooklyn. For details see - For details and tickets see - https://www.govisland.com.

Saturday, February 3, 2024 from 6 to 9.30 pm - New York City Wine Fest - at the Chelsea Industrial event space at 531 - 555 West 28th Street in Chelsea Manhattan. For details and tickets see - https://winefestnewyork.com.

Until Monday, February 5, 2024 - Open Call for Women in the Heights: Dress exhibition by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance [aka NoMAA] at the United Palace at 175th Street and Broadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The event is described as follows, " ... NoMAA invites artists to submit works that explore the many aspects of the subject of“Dress.” ... NoMAA invites artists to approach all aspects of the subject, from the societal to the personal, from the individual to the collective, and from the literal to the poetic. Open to self-identified women artists working or residing in El Barrio, Inwood, Washington Heights or Harlem. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 5th ...". For details see - FB https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPalaceNYC/ - or https://www.unitedpalace.org

Thursday, February 8, 2024 beginning at 6.30 pm - New York on Film: The Last Days of Disco at the Museum of the City of New York at 1220 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES of Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets see - https://www.mcny.org. Also worth seeing in This is New York which runs until July 21, 2024.

Beginning Thursday, February 8 - March 3, 2024 starting at various times ranging from 2 pm to 8.30 pm - the Winter One Act Festival at the Chain Theatre at 312 West 36th Street on floors 3 & 4. For details and $22 tickets see - https://www.chaintheatre.org

January 12 - March 2, 2024 [weekdays only until 2/17/24] times vary but generally in the range of 11 am or 1 pm to 4 pm or 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Manhattan Buzz NYC. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Ending Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 12 noon to 5 pm daily - Lunar New Year Exhibition entitled Remember at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. Free. The exhibit opened with a reception on January 27th, 2024.

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsThe photo at right was taken last week at a City Planning meeting about the colossal real estate development project for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, moving rapidly through the halls of NYC government. The development may overburden infrastructure already running near capacity, like the #7 subway line. It has been proposed that a third stadium [for soccer] be built on the parkland.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Queens Buzz NYC. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on St John's Men's Basketball Players Autograph Session on 2/7 at 6.30 pm in Jamaica and Winter Break for Kids at the Queens Botanical Garden 2/20 - 2/23/24.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Saturday, February 3, 2024 beginning at 12.30 pm - An Interborough Day of Action in Highland Park at Elton Street and Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn & Queens. The rally is to stop the practice of home flipping. Organized by CypressHills.org, Chhaya, East New York Community Land Trust, East New York Community Coalition, and the Pratt Center for Community Development.

Daily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Brooklyn BLVD. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Sunday, February 4, 2024 from 10 am to 1 pm - Looking into the Science of George Washington Carver at Wave Hill at 4900 Independence Avenue in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. This is a Black History event, as George Washington Carver was an African American Agricultural scientist credited with being one of the first to urge farmers to rotate crops so they wouldn't deplete the soil. Free w/ admission to the grounds. For details and rsvp see -

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsEnding [Deadline for submissions is] February 8, 2024. The Bartow Pell Mansion is holding an Open Call to artists to participate in its March 8 - 31, 2024 Art in Bloom: Contemporary Art Show. For details see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/

Tuesdays - Fridays, January 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Against the Grain: The Stories We Tell Ourselves at Hostos College Longwood Art Gallery at 450 Grand Concourse [C - 190] in the Bronx. Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a public program related to the exhibit. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a closing reception. For details see https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/connector/longwood-art-project/longwood-art-gallery

The photo at right shows the Metro North train returning to Manhattan in the South Bronx near Hostos Community College. Later this month there's a meeting with the new Bronx Transit Commissioner - see Member Calendar link below.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Bronx Buzz. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on Tuesday, February 13th hosting the new Bronx Transit Commissioner, Anthony Perez.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, February 3, 2024 beginning at 6 pm and 8 pm - Linda Russell live in a Tavern Concert at Historic Richmond Town at 441 Clarke Avenue on Staten Island. Admission $20. For details see - https://www.historicrichmondtown.org.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Staten Buzz. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Update - How Many Stops Act Veto Overridden

January 30, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Law Enforcement / Gotham Buzz NYC.

The NYC Council voted to override Mayor Adams veto of the How Many Stops Act - Bill 586-A by a margin of 42 to override the veto and 9 in support of it, with 0 abstentions. The City Council also revoked the use of solitary confinement at Rikers. A number of the councilmembers stated an interest in working with Mayor Adams on implementation of the changes, to ensure there's no degradation of law enforcement effectiveness because of the change.

Some council members shared negative experiences of their own and their constituents, of being stopped by the police. Many NYC Council members also commended NYC Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams for drafting and pushing the legislation through the council.

 

Updated February 1, 2024

This Bill Appears Cumbersome, Demotivating & Impractical

But, I have one last question to those who voted for this bill, because I think it's not only cumbersome and distracting, but also unenforceable. The question is, how would the NYC Council members feel if the NYPD unions managed to push though a referendum, requiring NYC Council members to log all of their interactions in calls, meetings and emails in the same fashion as they are asking the members of the NYPD to do? It would provide voters with greater transparency, and that's good isn't it?

Would those who voted for the How Many Stops Act support the same sort of transparency bill for NYC Council members, as they have just passed for members of the NYPD? In closing the voting session yesterday, Adrienne Adams said that transparency is what the How Many Stops Act bill was all about. She rhetorically asked what are those who oppose the bill so afraid of. So if a bill were floated requiring the same transparency of NYC Council members, by requiring them to document all of their business related interactions every day, could not one rightfully ask those NYC Council members who oppose such a bill, what are they afraid of?

Or would the members of the NYC Council find such a requirement to be burdensome, distracting and ultimately counterproductive to their work? As the NYPD will certainly find under the How Many Stops Act going forward. As I stated previously, I think the NYC Council's efforts would have been better spent making the existing agencies function more effectively, than by adding another ineffective layer of ineffective bureaucracy.

 

The Facts - Bad Stops, Bad Actors & Why Not Improve Existing Assets?

According to the federal monitor in 2022, about 3,750 stops weren't sufficiently justified / constitutional. That's 10 unjustified stops per day by a police force of 36,000. On an annual basis that means that if everyone of those stops were done by a different officer, maximally ten percent of the NYPD officers aren't acting properly.

I would hypothesize that multiple inadequately justified stops were done by the same police officers. So the NYC Council's efforts would be more effectively spent by identifying the bad actors and then either rooting them out or rehabilitating them. I suspect a lot of the data needed to identify these bad actors is already in the hands of the four bureaucracies charged with addressing / correcting racism in the NYPD, which include 1) the Civilian Complaint Review Board, 2) NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, 3) the NYPD Office of Inspector General and 4) the NYS Attorney General's Office. Adding another layer of bureaucracy likely isn't going to help nearly as much as making one or more of the above agencies work better.

 

Was this Bill an Act of Punishment for the NYPD?

Making the bureaucracies above work more effectively would be less disruptive, less alienating of the NYPD, and a more effective way forward than the How Many Stops Act, which punishes the remaining 90% of the NYPD [good actors] with what seems to me a well intentioned bill, but one that seems operationally unenforceable. The How Many Stops Act is likely to demoralize, demotivate and disempower the NYPD, at a time when we need them to stay focused on fighting crime and maintaining the peace and law and order for which they've generally been doing a fair job.

Given the range of personal accounts of negative interactions with the NYPD, told during the voting session to override the Mayor's veto, it's worth asking whether the How Many Stops Act is a punishment or a step forward. Yes, obtaining the data could be informative - but also possibly disinformative - as it appears the data isn't easily verifiable and could readily be manipulated by bad actors. More importantly, the collateral damage to the morale and the authority of the NYPD, will be insidious, and very hard to measure.

I hope the NYC Council will work with the Mayor to mitigate the potential damage to the NYPD this could wreak, or better yet, strike it down before it starts. And then set about to make those agencies currently in existence to address racism and other law enforcement wrongs, more responsive the New Yorkers' complaints about those policepersons who don't treat the public as respectfully as each situation warrants.

Lastly, it's going to continue to take more time, for all of us as a society to work through / heal the societal rifts caused by slavery and racism. It's worth noting that there are millions of white Americans whose ancestry had nothing to do with slavery, and many who have ancestors who died fighting to end it. So, we must all try to listen, be patient, and respect one another - even when we disagree on how to move forward. Over time, both the right - and the wrong - paths generally become too obvious to ignore.

Does the How Many Stops Act Bill Make Sense?

Was the Mayor's Veto Justified & did Corporate TV Inform or Distract?

January 29, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Law Enforcement / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

 

Does the How Many Stops Act, Bill 586-A, Make Sense?

The How Many Stops Act [Bill 586-A] would require the NYPD to document interactions with civilians when conducting an investigation. The City Council passed the bill on December 20, 2023. The Mayor vetoed it on January 19, 2024. Here's a link to the bill which you may cut & paste to review - https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=5725293&GUID=C4781093-1108-4E04-848D- 473B2E47BD2E&Options=ID%7CText%7C&Search=level+1+and+2+encounters

 

In a Word - No

mayor eric adams vetoes how many stops act bill 586-A nycWe support the Mayor and believe the How Many Stops Act [586-A] goes too far in burdening the NYPD with bureaucratic paperwork, which could serve to discourage police officers from fully interacting with the community. This effort appears overzealous in the same fashion as efforts to the defund the police were.  Why?

The photo at right was taken at City Hall in December of 2023, when the Mayor met with members of the ethnic and community media, to discuss past, present and future issues and efforts.

 

Why the Veto was Justified & the How Many Stops Act Doesn't Make Sense

It adds another level of bureaucracy to policing efforts, without really addressing the problem which is essentially about racial profiling / discrimination. Resources and energy would be better spent making the safeguards already in place, work more effectively.

NYPD police officers are already required to wear bodycams.  

There are also multiple agencies set up to deal with any allegations vis-a-vis discriminatory policing, such as: 1) the Civilian Complaint Review Board,2) the NYS Attorney General's Office, 3) NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau and 4) the NYPD Office of Inspector General. It's worth pointing out that ALL of the top people in each of these organizations is a Hispanic or African American - members of the minority groups believed to be the target of NYPD police bias / discrimination.

In October 2022 the Civilian Complaint Review Board [aka CCRB] was given new powers to conduct their own investigations of NYPD bias and racial profiling claims. Prior to this change - which should help make the CCRB operate more effectively - the CCRB could only recommend that the NYPD investigate. This was a nice enhancement, and is a good example of how the NYC Council ought to spend its efforts to improve NYPD operations in this area.

 

The 2022 Data: 15,000 NYPD Stops, 80% of Suspects & Arrests were Hispanic & Black

In 2022, there were about 15,000 NYPD civilian stops. This is significantly below the 686,000 done in 2011 [NYT 11.9.23], at the height of former Mayor Bloomberg's Stop N' Frisk campaign. An estimated 75% of the stops were deemed constitutional by a federal monitor [Spectrum 6.6.23]. That leaves about 3,750 inadequately justified stops in the year or about 10 per day.

The stops are predominantly of minorities, an estimated 97%, but it should be pointed out that in the 2022 NYPD report on race, approximately 80% of the suspects and arrestees are either African American or Hispanic. Cut and paste this link for details - https://www.nyc.gov/assets/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/year-end-2022-enforcement-report.pdf. This would seem to explain why the NYPD stops, disproportionately affect minorities.

 

Root Causes of Crime - Lack of Income, Opportunities & Advancement

This does not mean that all of the people suspected and arrested were guilty. Nor that any ethnicity is more criminal than another. What it usually points to, is the socioeconomic class of the people who commit crimes. A March 31, 2023 statement by InsideTime.org succinctly goes to the heart of the issue - "... Though poverty does not directly cause crime, there is a strong correlation between poverty and criminal activity. The cost of being unable to afford necessities, combined with the lack of opportunity for social and economic advancement, creates a breeding ground for criminal activity ..".

 

The Adams Administration has been Working Hard to Address The Root Issues

Mayor Adams, a former police officer and civil rights activist, understands this and seems to be making every effort to holistically address these issues. Click here to read our report on the Adams Administration's efforts to move through the food chain to address crime and click here to read our report where we uncovered that Eric Adams has been a civil rights activist since he was a teenager.

 

The Corporate TV Media Fails the Public, by Relentlessly Sensationalizing Events in Search of Ratings Revenue, Instead of Seeking, Contextualizing & Publicizing the Facts

All the TV hype about the traffic stop of City Councilmember Yusef Salaam, failed to point out to their audiences that he was stopped because he was driving a car with Georgia plates [Georgia is one of the 'Iron Pipeline' gun toting states] and the officer believed the tinted windows violated NYC law [too dark].  It wasn't an act of racial profiling, because the officer couldn't see the color or gender of the driver through the tinted windows. This could very easily be justified as a reasonable stop because Georgia is an Iron Pipeline state and the too dark tinted windows is a violation of NYC law.

 

Go Local - The Broken Corporate TV Media Make the Mayor's Job More Challenging

This is just one of many failures of the corporate broadcast media's failure to accurately inform the public. They appear to favor sensationalizing people and events, particularly crime and accidents, in order to generate ratings. In the February 29, 2016 edition of the Hollywood Reporter then Chairman & CEO of CBS, Leslie Moonves, declared "... [Trump] may not be good for America, but [he's] it's damned good for CBS ...". The corporate TV moguls, like Moonves, too often appear focused on ratings and revenue, while ignoring the collateral damage that their feckless reporting does to the community.

In 2015 we started documenting media reality distortions of Rupert Murdoch who controls Fox News, the NY Post and the Wall Street Journal. And since then, have discovered that - although to a far lesser extent [to date] - these sorts of reality distortions, omissions, distractions and practices have also infected the top TV networks. In their quest for ratings revenue, the corporate TV stations seem to endlessly hype crime, distract with celebrity and sports 'news' and gossip [which are essentially TV infommercials for the programming in their other TV dayparts], and throw in some generic national news - instead of researching, contextualizing and publicizing the facts associated with city and state level issues. They would have to actually invest in real newspeople, instead of hiring telegenic teleprompter readers who 'model' the news by regurgitating and publicizing what they found on social media that day.

The net effect is that this corporate media failure has made the Mayor's job even more challenging, as the city faces multiple, difficult issues. The Mayor needs an informed electorate, as only an informed electorate can make intelligent, fact-based decisions. What follows is a reprint of a press release issued by the Mayor's Office providing insights as to why he vetoed the Too Many Stops Act / Bill 586-A on January 19, 2024 and that many community leaders and groups support his veto. 

 

The Following is a Press Release issued by the Mayor's Office

NEW YORK – Following today’s veto on City Council bill Intro. 586-A — which could make New York City less safe by forcing New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers to spend more time filling out reports after Level 1 interactions with the public instead of patrolling the street and keeping the public safe — faith leaders, community advocates, business organizations, district attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and everyday New Yorkers voiced their opposition to the bill.

Here is what New York leaders are saying:

CLICK here to read reactions to Mayor Adams Vetoing the How Many Stops Act - 586-A in NYC.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

NYC Restaurant Week, Hotel Week and 2:1 Broadway Tickets - ALL until Feb 4th, NY Boat Show, Winter Show ends Sunday, Women in the Heights Open Call & Ice Bumper Cars in Manhattan; Ana en El Tropico at Thalia Spanish Theatre, Networking the Chinese New Year, Before the Drugs Kick in at Court Square Theater & Nai Ni Chen Dance in Queens; Glide under the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn; 3 Kings Celebration, Art Exhibit at Hostos & Bartow Pell Mansion Open Call in the Bronx; Sundog & Maker Park Radio Play, Lunar New Year at SI Zoo & Arctic Pole Adventures on Staten Island

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

January 26, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather as of 1.26.24. Sunrise 7.11 am. Sunset 5.06 pm. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday & Saturday, descending to the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 40 all weekend. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday and Saturday, rising to 15 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be in the 80's all weekend. There's a 75% chance of rain all day Sunday, dropping an estimated 0.6 inch. Note that of late, likely due to climate change, oftentimes the amount of rain forecast diminishes, sometimes just evaporating into nothing.

The photo at right was taken at the NY Boat Show at the Javits Center in a prior year. The show returns through this weekend. See details below.

 

Things To Do This Weekend - Capital Budgeting, Restaurant Weeks, Hotel Weeks, Broadway Twofers

On January 5, 2024 NYC opened funding requests to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

January 16 - February 4, 2024 - Next week Restaurant Week begins in NYC. Two course lunches and three course dinners for $30, $45 & %60 at participating restaurants. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/restaurant-week/

January 3 - February 4, 2024 - Hotel rooms on sale - 24% discounts at participating NYC hotels. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/nyc-hotel-week/

Ending February 4, 2024 - 2:1 Broadway Tickets for many shows at participating theaters. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/broadway-week/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Friday - Sunday, January 19 - 28, 2024 begins daily at 12 noon - The Winter Show - at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue in Manhattan. For details and $40 tickets see - https://www.thewintershow.org

Wednesday - Sunday, January 24 - 28, 2024 from 12 noon to 8 pm except Saturday & Sunday opens at 10 am and Sunday closes at 6 pm - NY Boat Show at the Javits Center at 655 West 11th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Tickets $18 / $65 for opening night gala at https://www.nyboatshow.com

Monday, January 29, 2024 beginning at 7 pm - El Barrio Lives at the United Palace at 4140 Broadway in Washington Heights. A performance by the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Free. SOLD OUT. For details and tickets see - https://www.unitedpalace.org.

Until Monday, February 5, 2024 - Open Call for Women in the Heights: Dress exhibition by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance [aka NoMAA] at the United Palace at 175th Street and Broadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The event is described as follows, " ... NoMAA invites artists to submit works that explore the many aspects of the subject of“Dress.” ... NoMAA invites artists to approach all aspects of the subject, from the societal to the personal, from the individual to the collective, and from the literal to the poetic. Open to self-identified women artists working or residing in El Barrio, Inwood, Washington Heights or Harlem. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 5th ...". For details see - FB https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPalaceNYC/ - or https://www.unitedpalace.org

January 12 - March 2, 2024 [weekdays only until 2/17/24] times vary but generally in the range of 11 am or 1 pm to 4 pm or 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Manhattan Buzz NYC. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28, 2024 beginning at 3 pm on both days and also at 7 pm on Saturday - Nai Ni Chen Dance Company at the Kupferberg Center. For details and tickets see - https://kupferbergcenter.org

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsSaturday & Sunday, January 27 & 28, 2024 beginning at 8 pm and 4 pm respectively - Ana en El Tropico at Thalia Spanish Theater at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside. It's comedy and the press release was in Spanish, so it's unclear whether there are any English performances. For details and $30 tickets see - https://thaliatheatre.org.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 26, 27 & 28, 2024 beginning at 7 pm and at 4 pm on Sunday - Before the Drugs Kick in - at Court Square Theater - see the Queens Member Events Calendar for details. Tickets $15 / $25.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 5 to 7 pm - Networking Night & the Chinese New Year - at Red Sorgum at 28-03 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. The evening includes light bites and drinks. For details and $20 / $40 tickets see - https://www.longislandcityqueens.com/events/calendar/licp-networking-night-red-sorghum/

The photo at right was taken earlier this week at a City Planning meeting about the colossal real estate development project at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We'll have a report on this sometime within the next week or so.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Queens Buzz NYC. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on weekend performances of Before the Drugs Kick in at Court Square Theater in LIC and an 11 am Saturday 1/20 Watercolor Workshop at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsDaily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.

The photo at right was taken at the Mayor's State of the City Address at Hostos College in the Bronx. We'll have more on that event and what the Mayor said next week.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Brooklyn BLVD. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsSunday, January 28, 2024 beginning at 4 pm - Three Kings Day Cultural Celebration. At the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center at 1000 Rosedale Avenue in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. They describe the event as follows, " ... [The] event will feature culturally diverse memorabilia, handmade crafts, and other items all related to Puerto Rico from sweets and spices to apparel. Moreover, the first 20 guests to register will get to participate in our Paint and Praise portion of the event in which they will paint the iconic "three kings" on a canvas with guided instruction ...". Free. Sold out? Organized by the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/bxprparade/

Ending [Deadline for submissions is] February 8, 2024. The Bartow Pell Mansion is holding an Open Call to artists to participate in its March 8 - 31, 2024 Art in Bloom: Contemporary Art Show. For details see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/

Tuesdays - Fridays, January 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Against the Grain: The Stories We Tell Ourselves at Hostos College Longwood Art Gallery at 450 Grand Concourse [C - 190] in the Bronx. Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a public program related to the exhibit. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a closing reception. For details see https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/connector/longwood-art-project/longwood-art-gallery

The photo above right shows the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble which was the 'warm up band' prior to the Mayor's State of the City Address at Hostos College earlier this week.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Bronx Buzz. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on January 9th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, January 27, 2024 beginning at 8 pm - Original Radio Play - a collaboration of Sundog Theatre and Maker Park Radio. Free. Tune in at https://makerparkradio.nyc and for program details see - https://sundogtheatre.org.

Sunday, January 28, 2024 from 11 am to 2 pm - Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at the Staten Island Zoo at 705 Clove Road in West Brighton on Staten Island. For details and $10 / $7 / $6 tickets see - http://www.statenislandzoo.org

Rescheduled from 1/21/24 to Sunday, January 28, 2024 beginning at 2 pm - North and South Pole Adventures with Dr. Baker at the National Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island. They describe the event as follows, "... Dr. William Baker is an author, filmmaker, professor, and long-time media executive. He is a seven times Emmy Award winning producer, twenty year president of the PBS flagship station, WNET in New York ... He’s believed to be the eighth person to stand on the North and South Poles ...". For details and $10 / $5 tickets see - https://lighthousemuseum.org.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Staten Buzz. On Monday, 1.29 or Tuesday, 1.30, we'll post more OpEds or reports on bill vetoed by Mayor on NYPD procedure, on NYLCV on wind power and climate change and on the proposed / pending massive real estate development at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


The Federal Reserve in NYC - Looking at the Impact of Climate Change

Climate Change is Real. Its Impact is Already Affecting Economic Investments & Outcomes, The Federal Reserve Shared a Closer Look with us in October 2023

ny federal reserve climate change conference 2023 manhattan nycJanuary 23, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Issues / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

On Monday, October 2, 2023 I headed down to the Federal Reserve Bank in NYC to make a withdrawal. Not a withdrawal of money, but to collect some information about Climate Change, at a Conference they hosted for local media outlets.

 

Keynote Speaker - Economics Professor Stiglitz

The Keynote speaker was Joseph E. Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, who participated in a discussion with John C. Williams, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.

 

Informational Economics - Investment & Business Decisions are Based on Imperfect Information

The keynote speaker, George Stiglitz, has expertise is in economics, and more specifically, informational economics. Economist George Stigler [not to be confused with the keynote speaker Joseph Stiglitz] is credited with first developing 'The Economics of Information' in 1961 while a professor at the University of Chicago. This was the beginning of an entire area of study of how information and information systems affect economic decision making.

In the 1970's three researchers, one of whom was Joseph Stiglitz, is credited with developing the theory of 'Asymmetric Information' which posits generally that - one party, in a two party transaction, has better information. For example the seller of a used auto knows more about the car than the buyer or a borrower likely has better information about whether there will be problems in repaying the loan.

 

The Asymmetric Information Processing of the Risk of Climate Change

An Important Example of where Ignorance is Not a Recipe for Bliss

ny federal reserve climate change conference 2023 manhattan nycFor purposes of this discussion, the asymmetrics of information was discussed in a more global fashion, as the various and sundry impacts of global climate change have already begun to affect all economic transactions - albeit at the present time - some areas of the economy far more than others. Here what we're talking about is understanding the risks that climate change have on various economic sectors.

One example of a sector already impacted by climate change would be waterfront property, where the severity of flooding over the past decade or so, has increased the risk of devastating consequences and thus likely dampened - if not lowered the price - at which one can sell such property. Another example is where climate change is affecting the value of oil stocks. As the human race becomes more aware of the devastating side effects of uninterrupted use of carbon energy - which could lead to a near total extinction of, not just the human race, but most other species on the planet as well - the tax credits and investments in carbon fuel will stop, or trickle to a tinkle, like the Mississippi River has.

For details see - https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/27/opinion/environment/mississippi-river-drought-colorado.html

You might think I'm sensationalizing the potential impact of climate change by stating that it could lead to species mass extinctions or nearly mass extinction of the human race. I say nearly mass extinction of the human race, because there will likely be some survivors and generally they're likely to be the ones who profited by doing this to the rest of us. Anyhow, in just the past few years, BILLIONS of Alaskan snow crabs have disappeared from oceanic areas around Alaska. While scientists are still trying to determine exactly what happened here, they hypothesize that warming oceanic temperatures have significantly reduced their food supply.

For details see - https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/19/us/alaska-crabs-ocean-heat-climate/index.html#

Please, don't - for a moment - think that this can't happen to the food supply of the 7 - 8 billion people living on this planet. Because just as the weather pattern shifts you see affecting your daily activities, they are wreaking havoc with the underlying ecosystem - the most significant impacts of which we are yet to experience. And which - if we do not roll back the ecosystemic changes in time - will become irreversible.

 

Enter the Federal Reserve - The Goal Here is to 'Manage Financial Systemic Risk'

So one might rightfully ask what has Climate Change got to do with the Federal Reserve?

The best place for this answer was the Federal Reserve website, which generally stated that its role is as follows, " ... 1) Managing the nation's monetary policy by influencing money and credit conditions in pursuit of full employment and stable prices, 2) Supervising and regulating banks and other important financial institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation's financial system and to protect the credit rights of consumers, 3) Maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk, and 4) Providing certain financial services to the U.S. government, U.S. financial institutions, and foreign official institutions, and overseeing the nation's payments systems ...". Editor's Note - I edited out of the above statement what I believe was superfluous verbiage. See for yourself -

https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/about_12594.htm#:~:text=Supervising%20and%20regulating%20banks%20and,may%20arise%20in%20financial%20markets.

https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/notes/feds-notes/climate-change-and-financial-stability-20210319.html

 

The Federal Reserve Conference on Climate Change

Now that we've briefed you, we're ready to go inside the Federal Reserve Bank, to hear what was said about climate change and it's impacts on the economy.

More coming later this week, or possibly this weekend. Stay tuned.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Under the Radar Festival, NYC Restaurant Week, Hotel Week and 2:1 Broadway Tickets til Feb 4th, Winter Show, Jewish Film Fest, Women in the Heights Open Call & Chevalier in Manhattan; Blarney Concert in LIC, Opening Reception Parables of Unknown, Modern Dance, 8 Asinine Women at Thalia, Watercolors at the Botanic Garden, Before the Drugs Kick in at Court Square Theater in Queens; Glide under the Brooklyn Bridge & Under the Radar Festival in Brooklyn; Against the Grain Art Exhibit at Hostos Longwood Art Gallery & BxArtsFactory & Bartow Pell Mansion Open Calls in the Bronx; Radio Plays and North / South Pole Adventures on Staten Island and & Education Advocacy Day & NY Boat Show Next Week

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

January 19, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Sunrise 7.19 am. Sunset 4.50 pm. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's Friday, the mid 50's

 

In the photo at right, a neighborhood New Yorker was out enjoying the snow that fell earlier in the week. He told me he was chilled to the bone. I suggested he dress more warmly to ward off the cold. More snow is expected Friday, but the amount of estimated snowfall keeps shrinking. As of this post it's under two inches.

 

Things To Do This Weekend - Capital Budgeting, Restaurant Weeks, Hotel Weeks, Broadway Twofers & Free Bus Rides for Education Advocacy Day in Albany Next Tuesday

  • On January 5, 2024 NYC opened funding requests to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page
  • January 16 - February 4, 2024 - Next week Restaurant Week begins in NYC. Two course lunches and three course dinners for $30, $45 & %60 at participating restaurants. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/restaurant-week/
  • January 3 - February 4, 2024 - Hotel rooms on sale - 24% discounts at participating NYC hotels. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/nyc-hotel-week/
  • Ending February 4, 2024 - 2:1 Broadway Tickets for many shows at participating theaters. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/broadway-week/
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 departing at 6.30 am from Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building at 55 Hanson Place in Brooklyn. Education Advocacy Day in Albany. Organized by the Alliance for Quality Educaiton in NY. For details and to rsvp a spot on the bus, see - https://www.aqeny.org.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsFriday - Sunday, January 19 - 28, 2024 begins daily at 12 noon - The Winter Show - at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue in Manhattan. For details and $40 tickets see - https://www.thewintershow.org
  • Wednesday - Wednesday, January 10 to 24, 2024, times vary - Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center in the Walter Reade Theater at 165 West 65th Street on the UWS. For details and $18 / $15 / $10 / $8 tickets see - https://www.filmlinc.org.
  • Friday - Sunday, January 5 - 21, 2024 - Under the Radar Festival beginning at various times and at various locales in Manhattan and Brooklyn. For details, shows and tickets see - https://utrfest.org/
  • Wednesday - Sunday, January 24 - 28, 2024 from 12 noon to 8 pm except Saturday & Sunday opens at 10 am and Sunday closes at 6 pm - NY Boat Show at the Javits Center at 655 West 11th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Tickets $18 / $65 for opening night gala at https://www.nyboatshow.com
  • Sunday, January 21, 2024 beginning at 4 pm - The Chevalier w/ the Harlem Chamber Players at the United Palace 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. For details and $25 / $50 / $200 tickets [latter includes artists reception], see - https://www.unitedpalace.org.
  • Until Monday, February 5, 2024 - Open Call for Women in the Heights: Dress exhibition by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance [aka NoMAA] at the United Palace at 175th Street and Broadway in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The event is described as follows, " ... NoMAA invites artists to submit works that explore the many aspects of the subject of“Dress.” ... NoMAA invites artists to approach all aspects of the subject, from the societal to the personal, from the individual to the collective, and from the literal to the poetic. Open to self-identified women artists working or residing in El Barrio, Inwood, Washington Heights or Harlem. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 5th ...". For details see - FB https://www.facebook.com/UnitedPalaceNYC/ - or https://www.unitedpalace.org
  • Weekdays only until 2/17/24, January 12 - March 2, 2024 times vary but generally in the range of 11 am / 1 pm to 4 pm / 6 pm - Ice Bumper Cars in Bryant Park. between 5th & 6th Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. For details and $20 tickets and to rsvp see - https://bryantpark.org.

In the photo at right, you can see a photo taken of some old books at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory. They renamed the event, the Winter Show, which now shows art, design and collectibles dating from the present back 5,000 plus years to antiquity.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Manhattan Buzz NYC. Broadcast media seem to provide very little real / hard news, which focuses on what's happening in local and state governments. Most half hours of TV & radio broadcasts include weather [5 mins], sports [4 mins], and the rest [10 mins] is generally spent promoting their [TV] celebrities & shows by featuring stories about them, and hyping sensational accidents & crime video - much of which appear regurgitations of social media. The remaining 11 minutes are for ads. Democracy only works if the electorate is involved and informed. One of the reasons our system is cracking, is because traditional media has become deficient in its job of informing, and people have not yet sufficiently changed their media consumption habits to make up the difference. The information is out there, it's just not where it used to be.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

  • Friday, January 19, 2024 beginning at 7 pm - First Blarney Concert of 2024 featuring Jerry O'Sullivan and Michelle Bergin at the NY Irish Center at 10-40 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City in Queens. The performers are described as follows, " ... Jerry O'Sullivan, America's finst home-grown uilleann piper, will celebrate the release of his latest recording, Ón Tuath / From the Country,with a concert at the New York Irish Center on Friday, January 19, 2024. Jerry will be joined by pianist and fiddler Michelle Bergin, a leading New York traditional musician and music teacher in her own right ...". For details and $23 tickets see - https://www.newyorkirishcenter.org.
  • Friday, January 19, 2024 beginning at 6 pm - Opening Reception for Parables of the Unknown: The Art of Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror at the Jamaica Center for Learning at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue in Queens. Free - but for details and to rsvp see - https://jcal.org.
  • things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsFriday, January 19, 2024 beginning at 12 noon - Louis Armstrong House Archive Tour. At the Louis Armstrong House at 34-56 107th Street in Corona Queens. Free w/ donation. For details and tickets see - https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org.
    • Saturday, February 10, 2024 - Jean & Marcus Baylor Listening Event at the Louis Armstrong House. Tickets are $29.
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 19, 20 & 21, 2024 at 8 pm, 8 pm and 4 pm respectively - Eight Asinine Women at Thalia Spanish Theater at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside. It's comedy and the press release was in Spanish, so it's unclear whether there are any English performances. For details and $30 tickets see - https://thaliatheatre.org.
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 19, 20 & 21, 2024 - Modern Dance Performances at GreenSpace at 37-24 24th Street, Suites 211 & 212, in Long Island City. For details see - https://www.greenspacestudio.org/

In the photo at right, one can see that the snow that fell earlier in the week, didn't stick to the pavement.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Queens Buzz NYC. Broadcast media seem to provide very little real / hard news, which focuses on what's happening in local and state governments. Most half hours of TV & radio broadcast weather [5 mins], sports [4 mins], and the rest [10 mins] is generally spent promoting their [TV] celebrities & shows by featuring stories about them, and hyping sensational accidents & crime video - much of which appear regurgitations of social media. The remaining 11 minutes are for ads. Democracy only works if the electorate is involved and informed. One of the reasons our system is cracking, is because traditional media has become deficient in its job of informing, and people have not yet sufficiently changed their media consumption habits to make up the difference. The information is out there, it's just not where it used to be.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on weekend performances of Before the Drugs Kick in at Court Square Theater in LIC and an 11 am Saturday 1/20 Watercolor Workshop at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

  • Daily, January, February, ending March 1, 2024 from 12 noon to 9 pm - Glide in Brooklyn Bridge Park [in the Emily Warren Roebling Plaza] at 334 Furman Street. Ice skating underneath the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River. For details and $0 - $43 tickets see - https://glidebk.com.
    • Friday, January 19, 2024 - Ice Queens Night.
  • things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsJanuary 5 - 21, 2024 - Under the Radar Festival beginning at various times and at various locales in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In the photo at right, the snow that fell earlier in the week did stick to the sidewalks. After melting some the next day, the walks became icy, making it a bit treacherous to move around, because of the clear and dark ice. It's a seasonal hazard.

  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Brooklyn BLVD. Broadcast media seem to provide very little real / hard news, which focuses on what's happening in local and state governments. Most half hours of TV & radio broadcast weather [5 mins], sports [4 mins], and the rest [10 mins] is generally spent promoting their [TV] celebrities & shows by featuring stories about them, and hyping sensational accidents & crime video - much of which appear regurgitations of social media. The remaining 11 minutes are for ads. Democracy only works if the electorate is involved and informed. One of the reasons our system is cracking, is because traditional media has become deficient in its job of informing, and people have not yet sufficiently changed their media consumption habits to make up the difference. The information is out there, it's just not where it used to be.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

  • Ending [Deadline for submissions is] Monday, January 22, 2024. The Bx Arts Factory has put out an Open Call for Resident Artists beginning in February 2024 and May 2024. They describe the position as follows, " ... three-month residency that will include facilitating community events, once a month, and displaying a culminating sample of work in a month-long exhibition ...". For details see - FB https://www.facebook.com/BxArtsFactory1.
  • Ending [Deadline for submissions is] February 8, 2024. The Bartow Pell Mansion is holding an Open Call to artists to participate in its March 8 - 31, 2024 Art in Bloom: Contemporary Art Show. For details see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/
  • Tuesdays - Fridays, January 2024 from 12 noon - 6 pm - Against the Grain: The Stories We Tell Ourselves at Hostos College Longwood Art Gallery at 450 Grand Concourse [C - 190] in the Bronx.
    • Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's another related public program.
    • Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a closing reception. For details see https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/connector/longwood-art-project/longwood-art-gallery
  • NEXT WEEK _ Sunday, January 28, 2024 beginning at 4 pm - Three Kings Day Cultural Celebration. At the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community Center at 1000 Rosedale Avenue in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. They describe the event as follows, " ... [The] event will feature culturally diverse memorabilia, handmade crafts, and other items all related to Puerto Rico from sweets and spices to apparel. Moreover, the first 20 guests to register will get to participate in our Paint and Praise portion of the event in which they will paint the iconic "three kings" on a canvas with guided instruction ...". Free. Sold out? Organized by the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. For details see - https://www.facebook.com/bxprparade/
  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Bronx Buzz. Broadcast media seem to provide very little real / hard news, which focuses on what's happening in local and state governments. Most half hours of TV & radio broadcast weather [5 mins], sports [4 mins], and the rest [10 mins] is generally spent promoting their [TV] celebrities & shows by featuring stories about them, and hyping sensational accidents & crime video - much of which appear regurgitations of social media. The remaining 11 minutes are for ads. Democracy only works if the electorate is involved and informed. One of the reasons our system is cracking, is because traditional media has become deficient in its job of informing, and people have not yet sufficiently changed their media consumption habits to make up the difference. The information is out there, it's just not where it used to be.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on January 9th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Saturday, Monday & Saturday, January 13, 22 & 27, 2024 beginning at 8 pm - 3 Different Original Radio Plays - a collaboration of Sundog Theatre and Maker Park Radio. Free. Tune in at https://makerparkradio.nyc and for program details see - https://sundogtheatre.org.
  • Rescheduled from 1/21/24 to Sunday, January 28, 2024 beginning at 2 pm - North and South Pole Adventures with Dr. Baker at the National Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island. They describe the event as follows, "... Dr. William Baker is an author, filmmaker, professor, and long-time media executive. He is a seven times Emmy Award winning producer, twenty year president of the PBS flagship station, WNET in New York ... He’s believed to be the eighth person to stand on the North and South Poles ...". For details and $10 / $5 tickets see - https://lighthousemuseum.org.
  • Click here to read recent OpEds and Editorials on Staten Buzz. Broadcast media seem to provide very little real / hard news, which focuses on what's happening in local and state governments. Most half hours of TV & radio broadcast weather [5 mins], sports [4 mins], and the rest [10 mins] is generally spent promoting their [TV] celebrities & shows by featuring stories about them, and hyping sensational accidents & crime video - much of which appear regurgitations of social media. The remaining 11 minutes are for ads. Democracy only works if the electorate is involved and informed. One of the reasons our system is cracking, is because traditional media has become deficient in its job of informing, and people have not yet sufficiently changed their media consumption habits to make up the difference. The information is out there, it's just not where it used to be.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Martin Luther King Weekend Events, Jazz Fest, Piano Fest, Under the Radar Festival, NYC Restaurant Week All over NYC, Hotel Staycation Discounts & 2:1 Broadway Tickets, KAAGNY Gala & Winter Show in Manhattan; Mountaintop ... His Last Night on Earth at Spectrum Theatre in Jamaica & Family Happiness at the Chocolate Factory in Queens; Crown Hill Theater Jazz Performance & Three Kings Parade in Brooklyn; Freedom Quilters at Wave Hill & Hostos Longwood Art Gallery Opening Reception in the Bronx; Annual Black Leadership Brunch & Mean Girls, Jr on Staten Island ... and more

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

January 12, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Sunrise 7.19 am. Sunset 4.50 pm. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's Friday, the mid 50's Saturday and then falling to about 40 on Sunday. The temperature lows will fall from the mid 40's on Friday, to the mid 30's on Saturday and then to the mid 20's on Sunday. The winds will be 10 - 20 mph on Friday and then 15 - 20 mph the rest of the weekend. The humidity will be 50 - 80% on Friday, descending to 50% - 60% on Saturday, and falling again on Sunday to 40% - 50%. On Friday after 10 pm and before 7 am Saturday, there will be an inch of rainfall.

 

I Survived the Great TV News Weather Noreaster of 2024

In the photo at right, you can see kids enjoying the snow of last weekend, dropped during the TV News '2024 Noreaster'. We were hit with a full 1/8 inch of snow, that only materialized on the rooftops of cooled down vehicles, and even then remained snow for but a brief moment. I reckon the TV News sensationalist hype and weather fear mongering is good for ratings and revenue, but it does nothing for their credibility. Anyone ever hear of Aesop's Fable about the Boy Who Cried Wolf?

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

Things To Do This Weekend in NYC - NYC Capital Budgeting

  • On January 5, 2024 NYC opened funding requests to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page
  • January 16 - February 4, 2024 - Next week Restaurant Week begins in NYC. Two course lunches and three course dinners for $30, $45 & %60 at participating restaurants. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/restaurant-week/
  • January 3 - February 4, 2024 - Hotel rooms on sale - 24% discounts at participating NYC hotels. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/nyc-hotel-week/
  • And 2:1 Broadway Tickets for many shows at particpating theaters. For details see - https://www.nyctourism.com/broadway-week/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 12, 13 & 14, 2024 beginning at 8 pm except Sunday which begins at 2 pm - Jazz at the Joyce. The Joyce Theatre has just begun its Winter Jazz Festival. On Friday & Saturday there are modern dance performances by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Company, and on Thursday and Sunday the performances are by Soles of Duende. It's all part of the larger January Arts Festival which runs through most of this month of January 2024. For details see - https://www.janartsnyc.org/
  • All weekend there are jazz performances at the Birdland Theater at 315 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Tickets are $26 and $36 at https://birdlandjazz.com.
  • Thursday, January 11 - 18, 2024 - Winter Jazzfest - beginning at various times at various locales in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There are numerous other events January 10 - 18, 2024 around NYC, including in the outer boroughs. For details see - https://www.winterjazzfest.com.
  • January 5 - 21, 2024 - Under the Radar Festival beginning at various times and at various locales in Manhattan and Brooklyn. For details, shows and tickets see - https://utrfest.org/
  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 beginning at 6.20 pm - Neville Dance Theatre - Free performance at Ailey CitiGroup Theatre at 405 West 55th Street in Midtown Manhattan. For details and tickets see - https://www.nevilledance.org/
  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 beginning at 6.30 pm - KAAGNY Gala - at the Zeigfield Ballroom at 141 West 54th Street in Manhattan. KAAGNY is the Korean American Association of Greater New York. For details and $500 [& up] tickets see - https://www.kaagny.org
  • January 19 - 28, 2024 begins daily at 12 noon - The Winter Show - at the Park Avenue Armory at 643 Park Avenue in Manhattan. For details and $40 tickets see - https://www.thewintershow.org

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

  • January 11 - 14, 2024 beginning at 7 pm - Juliana F. May / Family Happiness - at the Chocolate Factory Theater at 38-33 24th Street in Long Island City. For details and $10 - $275 tickets see - https://chocolatefactorytheater.org.
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, January 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2024 beginning at 7 pm on Friday & Monday, at 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and at 4 pm on Sunday - MountainTop ... His Last Night on Earth. An original screen play about Dr. Martin Luther King's last night on earth. At the Black Spectrum Theatre Company at 177-01 177th Street and Baisley Blvd in Jamaica Queens. Admission $35 at https://www.blackspectrum.net.
  • On Monday, January 15, 2024 from 9 am - 3 pm there's an all day Drop Off Kids Day MLK Day event at the Queens Botanical Garden at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. It's designed to accommodate kids - Pre K thru Grade 5 - being dropped off for the day. https://www.queensbuzz.com/MemberEventsCalendarQueensNYC
  • Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 15, 2024. The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is holding an Open Call to writers, producers and actors to participate in its Rough Draft Festival. The Rough Draft Festival Reading Series runs from March 13 - 27, 2024. For details see - https://www.lpac.nyc/upcoming-events/rough-draft-festival-2024
    • Tuesday, January 16, 2024 from 11 am to 4 pm - Open Call to Perform in Working - A Musical.
    For details see - https://www.lpac.nyc/upcoming-events/working-open-call
  • January 19, 2024 beginning at 12 noon - Louis Armstrong House Archive Tour. At the Louis Armstrong House at 34-56 107th Street in Corona Queens. Free w/ donation. For details and tickets see - https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org.
    • February 10, 2024 - Jean & Marcus Baylor Listening Event at the Louis Armstrong House. Tickets are $29.
  • January 19, 20 & 21, 2024 - Modern Dance Performances at GreenSpace at 37-24 24th Street, Suites 211 & 212, in Long Island City. For details see - https://www.greenspacestudio.org/

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

  • Sunday, January 14, 2024 beginning at 8 pm - A Night at the East at the Crown Hill Theatre at 750 Nostrand Avenue in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. They describe the event as follows, " ... We celebrate the East with a special one-off tribute show dedicated to the landmark Black cultural arts center. A one-of-a-kind venue and meeting place for Black people along Claver Place in Bed-Stuy from 1969 through the 1980s, it was the site of many landmark performances from Max Roach, Sun Ra, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders and other jazz legends. Gathering tonight will be an all-star lineup including direct East participants Billy Hart and Gary Bartz alongside Shabaka , Moor Mother, Julius Rodriguez, Luke Stewart, Nicole Mitchell, Elucid, Kweku Sumbry and Charles Burnham. They will reimagine a night at the East, using the center's rich history as a springboard to something new. Curated By Marcus J. Moore and Brice Rosenbloom ...". Tickets are $55 / $65 at https://www.winterjazzfest.com
  • January 14, 2024 beginning at 3 pm - Three Kings Parade in Brooklyn. The parade begins at Meeker Avenue, travels along Graham Avenue to Flushing Avenue and Broadway in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gifts will be given to children for as long as supplies last. For details see - FB - https://www.facebook.com/ThreeKingsDayParade/
  • Thursday, January 11 - 18, 2024 - Winter Jazzfest - beginning at various times at various locales in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There are numerous other events January 10 - 18, 2024 around NYC, including in the outer boroughs. For details see - https://www.winterjazzfest.com.
  • January 5 - 21, 2024 - Under the Radar Festival beginning at various times and at various locales in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

The photo at right was taken in Central Park on New Years Eve shortly after the clock struck 12 midnight. In addition to the annual fireworks in the park, there's a 5K midnight run.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

  • Saturday January 13, 2024 from 10 am - 1 pm there's a workshop entitled Freedom Quilters of Gee's Bend at Wave Hill at 4900 Independence Avenue in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. The event is described as follows, " ... In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. The bold patterns and bright colors of these now-famous quilts made from fabric scraps would later go on to fund aspects of the community’s freedom. Create your own fabric collage to honor Dr. King’s birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend ...". There's also an 11.30 am storytime performance in the Gund Theater. It's Free w/ admission to the grounds which costs $10 / $6 / $4. For details see - https://www.wavehill.org/.
  • The Bartow Pell Mansion is holding an Open Call to artists to participate in its March 8 - 31, 2024 Art in Bloom: Contemporary Art Show. Deadline for submissions is February 8, 2024. For details see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/
  • Wednesday, January 17, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm - Opening Reception for Against the Grain: The Stories We Tell Ourselves at Hostos College Longwood Art Gallery at 450 Grand Concourse [C - 190] in the Bronx. Open Tuesdays - Fridays from 12 noon - 6 pm.
    • On Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's another related public program and on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 6 to 8 pm there's a closing reception. For details see https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/connector/longwood-art-project/longwood-art-gallery

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on January 9th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 beginning at 2 pm and 7 pm - Mean Girls, Jr - at St. Joseph by the Sea High School at 5150 Hylan Blvd on Staten Island. For details and $20 tickets see - https://spotlighttheatresi.org.
  • Monday, January 15, 2024 from 10.30 am to 1 pm - 1st Annual Black Leadership Brunch. A gathering of community leaders of African descent, including clergy, to break bread and discuss how to empower African American communities on Staten Island. At the Pavilion on the Terrace at 404 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. Organized by Staten Island Black Heritage group. For details about the organizer see - https://siblackheritageday.com and for $38 brunch tickets see - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-mlk-day-leadership-brunch-tickets-785468476357

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Staten Island Things To Do - Martin Luther King Weekend Staten Island NYC

Martin Luther King Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do on Staten Island over the MLK Day Weekend

staten island things to do mlk martin luther king day weekend staten island martin luther king day weekend nycJanuary 10, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do on Staten Island NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

MLK Weekend Weather in NYC as of 1.9.24. Sunrise 7.19 am / Sunset 4.52 pm on MLK Day. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday, the high 50's on Saturday and descending to the mid 30's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be around 40 on Friday and then around 30 the rest of the weekend. There's a 100% chance of an inch and a half of rain on Friday evening beginning around 7 pm, and the possibility of some rain or snow Monday evening after 7 pm. The humidity will be in the 60% - 80% range on Friday, the 50% - 60% range on Saturday, the 40% - 50% range on Sunday and the 50% - 60% range on Monday. The winds will rise from 10 to 22 mph on Friday, hover about 19 mph on Saturday, and then fall back to 12 - 16 mph Sunday, and dropping again to 7 - 8 mph on Monday.

 

Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.

Martin Luther King Day has grown to take on an even larger meaning, as it is oftentimes referred to as a day on, versus a day off. Organizations around the city and nation have used the day to call people into action to address the needs of the community through volunteering and service.

As Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, it's worth keeping in mind that many / most federal offices will be closed, along with a number of businesses.

 

Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in the Staten Island NYC

Monday, January 15, 2024 beginning at 12 noon, 1 pm & 2 pm - The Roots of Rhythm - at the Staten Island Children’s Museum in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. They describe the event as follows, " ... A guest artist from S’Cool Sounds will teach visitors about a variety of exciting percussion instruments and their geographic origins! Come learn to play different rhythms and interact using key musical elements such as dynamics, tone, call and response, unison, and improvisation ...". Free w/ admission.

The SI Children's Museum also offers a one day fun camp on MLK Day from 9 am - 4 pm. The Fun Day Camp is described as follows, " ... science experiments, art making, outdoor exploring, exhibit play and much more!  We offer a light-hearted experience that appreciates and builds on the strengths of each camper. The camps are for ages 5 – 9 ...". Admission $85 / $70. Last day to register is January 11, 2024. https://www.sichildrensmuseum.org/day-camps-for-school-breaks/

Monday, January 15, 2024 from 1 to 3 pm - MLK National Day of Service / Coastal Clean Up at Snug Harbor. They describe the event as follows, "... Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect coastal areas at Snug Harbor! Volunteers will help us remove debris from the coastline creating a healthier ecosystem ...". You must pre-register and children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This is an NYC Parks Department and Snug Harbor Cultural Center collaboration. For details and to register see - https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2024/01/15/mlk-day-of-service-snug-harbor-coastal-cleanup or https://snug-harbor.org

Monday, January 15, 2024 from 10.30 am to 1 pm - 1st Annual Black Leadership Brunch. A gathering of community leaders of African descent, including clergy, to break bread and discuss how to empower African American communities on Staten Island. At the Pavilion on the Terrace at 404 Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. Organized by Staten Island Black Heritage group. For details about the organizer see - https://siblackheritageday.com and for $38 brunch tickets see - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-mlk-day-leadership-brunch-tickets-785468476357

This weekend between January 13 - 15, 2024 - Make Your Own Day of Civic Action. There are multiple opportunities to help with food distribution through non-profit panties throughout many neighborhoods on Staten Island. Here is one notable suggestion - https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/ny-staten_island

BE SURE TO CHECK BACK FRIDAY FOR ADDITIONAL THINGS TO DO OVER THE MLK WEEKEND.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

First Weekend of the New Year 2024 - Some of the Top Things to do this Weekend in All Five Boros of NYC

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

January 5, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Sunrise 7.20 am. Sunset 4.43 pm. The temperature highs will be in the high 30's all weekend. The temperature lows will be around 30 degrees all weekend. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday and Sunday, rising on Saturday to 15 - 20 mph. The humidity will rise from 45% on Friday, to 70% - 90% on Saturday, falling back a bit to 80% on Sunday. On Saturday, there will be an inch of rain [doubtfully snow in NYC] dropped between 3 pm and 2 am Sunday.

 

The photo at right was taken on New Years Day, at Coney Island in Brooklyn, as the Polar Bear Club took their annual plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. The weather was in the 40's and, as you can see, it was sunny. I used to think of the event as a bit of insanity, but on this New Years Day, it actually seemed like good fun.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR. THIS IS A POTPOURRI OF VARIOUS EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND / NEXT WEEK. WE'LL BE MORE FOCUSED BY NEXT WEEKEND, AS WE'VE BEEN BUSY CLOSING OUT 2023, AND PREPPING FOR 2024.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in NYC - Mulchfest & NYC Capital Budgeting

Saturday & Sunday, January 6 & 7, 2024 from 10 am - 2 pm. This is the last weekend of Mulchfest. Mulchfest is an NYC Parks Department program to recycle Christmas trees and wreaths by mulching them and then either keeping the mulch to be used in NYC Parks or returning the mulch to the tree donor for them to use in their garden or house plants. The Mulchfest sites in each borough are: Brook Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, Juniper Valley Park in Queens and Cloves Lake Park on Staten Island.

On January 5, 2024 NYC opened funding requests to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Borough and City Council Capital Budgets. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Post Facto. Friday, January 5, 2024 from 11 am - 12 noon, 47th Annual Three Kings Parade at El Museo del Barrio at 1230 5th Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets. The parade begins at 106th along Park Avenue, ending at 115th Street in Harlem. The parade includes camels, floats and music and is free. Following the parade there will be a performance from 1.30 - 3 pm at El Museo del Barrio. For details see - https://www.elmuseo.org/.

Beginning January 5, 2024 the Metrograph Theater at 7 Ludlow on the Lower East Side began running a series they describe as follows, " ... Jester in the Court: Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Finest Follies, a nine-film series of features from across the actor's career ...". For $17 tickets and details see - https://metrograph.com/events/.

Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 3 - 4 pm, there's an Artists Panel following by an Opening Reception, at Rick Wester Fine Art at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 417 in Manhattan. Rsvp via email at rwfa@rickwesterfineart.com. For details see - https://www.rickwesterfineart.com/.

Thursday, January 11, 2024 beginning at 11 pm, Joe Lovano & Shabaka help kick off Winter Jazzfest at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center [aka JALC] at 10 Columbus Circle in Manhattan. There are numerous other events January 10 - 18, 2024 around NYC, including in the outer boroughs. For details see - https://www.winterjazzfest.com.

  • Click here for parades.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is holding an Open Call to writers, producers and actors to participate in its Rough Draft Festival. Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 15, 2024. The Rough Draft Festival Reading Series runs from March 13 - 27, 2024. For details see - https://www.lpac.nyc/upcoming-events/rough-draft-festival-2024

Monday, January 8, 2024 from 7 - 9 pm, Healing Through Expressive Movement Workshop at GreenSpace at 37-24 24th Street, Suites 211 & 212, in Long Island City. Free but must rsvp via email at programs@greenspacestudio.org. For details see - https://www.greenspacestudio.org/

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 beginning at 7 pm, Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. Admission $10 at https://www.flushingtownhall.org/.

Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 6.30 - 9 pm, there's a closing reception for the 'FORMALITIES' exhibit at Materials for the Arts at their warehouse at 33-00 Northern Blvd in Astoria / LIC. A nude model will be there and there will be a participatory collage program too. Free but must rsvp at https://www.materialsforthearts.org/.

  • Click here for parades.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

On January 5, 2024 Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso put out an Open Call to City Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, Cultural Institutions, and Public Schools to apply for funding from the 2025 Brooklyn Borough Capital Budget. Applications close on February 22, 2024 at 5 pm. For details see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/capitalgrants/index.page

Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 6 to 9 pm, there's hearing on Mayoral Control of NYC Public Schools at the Boys & Girls High School at 1700 Fulton Street in Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Additional hearings will be held in the other four boroughs. For more information see - https://www.nysed.gov/new-york-city-mayoral-control-hearings?link_id=2&can_id=26562f26cf0a412536bf2c004ecb6d60&source=email-queens-mayoral-control-hearing-monday-1218&email_referrer=email_2160083&email_subject=brooklyn-mayoral-control-hearing-thursday-111.

The Public comment period on the Voluntary Cleanup in Borough Park at 3706-3710 15th Avenue site ends January 22, 2024. The Talmudical Seminary of Bobov has applied to enroll in the City VCP [Voluntary Cleanup Program]. The 3706-3710 15th Avenue site is located in Borough Park section of Brooklyn, New York and consists of a 11,483 square-foot lot. Currently, the Site is used for vehicle parking and contains a vacant one-story warehouse along 15th Avenue. The proposed future use of the Site will consist of a new four-story building encompassing the entire Site footprint and will include a full cellar. To participate / comment see - https://a002-epic.nyc.gov/app/search/advanced

  • Click here for parades.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

The photo at right was taken in Central Park on New Years Eve shortly after the clock struck 12 midnight. In addition to the annual fireworks in the park, there's a 5K midnight run.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

The Bartow Pell Mansion is holding an Open Call to artists to participate in its March 8 - 31, 2024 Art in Bloom: Contemporary Art Show. Deadline for submissions is February 8, 2024. For details see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/

Wednesday, January 10, 2024 from 6 - 10 pm, there's a Zoom meeting to inform the public about Metro North Expansion Plans for the Bronx between now and 2027. New station stops include Hunts Point, Parkchester/Van Nest, Morris Park, and Co-op City. To register see - https://www.nyc.gov/site/nycengage/events/bronx-metro-north-study-info-session/464738/1.

  • Click here for parades.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on January 9th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Post Facto. Friday, January 5, 2024 from 5.30 - 8.30 pm, NLM First Fridays w/ New Years Jazz at the National Lighthouse Museum at 200 The Promenade in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island. I believe it was free. For details see - https://lighthousemuseum.org.

  • Click here for parades.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


New Years Resolutions 2024: The Road Ahead

A Few Axioms To Keep In Mind Throughout The New Year

new years resolutions nyc nys 202January 1, 2024 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Holidays / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

For all of us, today starts the beginning of a new year. It's an opportunity to start anew. And even if we don't fulfill our highest expectations, moving the needle in the right direction, is always a good thing.

The rest of this report is about some of the things you can do personally to make 2024 a better year for you.


Staten Island New Years Parties NYC - NYE Parties & Events SI NYC

Staten Island New Years Eve Parties NYC & NYE Parties & Events SI 2023 / 2024

Staten Island New Years Eve Parties in Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach Neighborhoods of Staten Island in NYC

staten island new years eve parties staten island new years eve restaurants staten island new years  parties stapleton south beach new years eve NYE parties great kills richmond town castleton new years parties staten island city island new years eve parties rossville tomplinsville new years parties staten island nycDecember 29, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Holiday Events / Staten Island Events & Things To Do / Staten Island Restaurants NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Weather Forecast. NYE Sunrise in NYC - 7.20 am. NYE Sunset in NYC - 4.38 pm. The temperature highs will be in the mid 50's on Friday, dropping to the mid 40's for the rest of the three day holiday weekend including Monday. The temperature lows will be around 40 through Sunday, dropping into the low 30's on Monday. Humidity will be around 70% on Friday, descending into the 60's for the rest of the three day weekend. The winds will be about 8 to 10 mph on Friday & Saturday, dropping to about 5 to 7 mph on Sunday and Monday. No precipitation is in the forecast, although it will be cloudy all days except NYE Sunday. Have a safe and Happy New Year.

New Years Eve occurs on a Sunday this year. While New Years Eve is one big party, it's important to keep in mind, that like St. Patrick's Day, all the amateurs come out to play [it's not just the Irish who are out drinking on St. Patrick's Day]. So some measure of caution is advised and you have to be careful.

The following are a number of different New Years restaurants on Staten Island in NYC where you might consider booking a reservation.

Click here to read more about our round up of Staten Island New Years Eve parties NYC - NYE parties & events on Staten Island.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Christmas Weekend with Holiday Markets, Holiday Events & NYE Parties - are Some of the Top Things to do this Weekend & Next Weekend in NYC

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

December 24, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. Sunrise 7.18 am. Sunset 4.33 pm. The temperature highs will rise from the low 40's on Friday, to the mid 40's on Saturday, to the high 40's on Sunday to the low 50's on Monday. The temperature lows will rise from the low 30's on Friday, to 40 on Saturday, to the mid 40's on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be below 5 mph all weekend, including Monday which is a national holiday. The humidity will rise from 60% on Friday, to 70% on Saturday, to 80% on Sunday and Monday. N precipitation is in the forecast. These temperature statistics are highly unusual for this time of year.

The photo at right, taken in Sunnyside Queens this week, shows an example of the holiday home decorations one can find in the five boroughs of NYC.

This weekend use the links below to find holiday events, holiday markets and look for things to do over the New Years Eve weekend. While all done for Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn and mostly done for the Bronx, we'll be completing the NYE parties options sometime Sunday 12/24/23.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up. There's a Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association Meeting on January 9th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Have a nice three day Christmas holiday weekend.


Staten Island Holiday Markets & Shopping - Staten Island NYC

Staten Island Holiday Markets and Christmas & Hanukkah Shopping

Staten Island Holiday Markets, Christmas Shopping, Hanukkah Shopping & Holiday Shopping

staten island holiday markets staten island holiday shopping si nyc December 15, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / NYC Shopping / Staten Island Buzz NYC.

 

NOTE - NEW - UPDATE CHANGE LOG. We added an Update Log at the beginning of the listings, so it's easier for you to stay abreast of changes / updates / new additions.

Be sure to visit our Staten Island Holiday Events & Things To Do page, as it contains related holiday events with a shopping element to them.

For links to holiday events and markets in all five boroughs of NYC scroll down to the bottom of this report.

 

Staten Island Holiday Markets Getting Underway

The holidays are a special time of the year. In ancient times there were harvest celebrations to give thanks and enjoy the bounty after a long growing and harvesting season aka a year of work.

THESE HOLIDAY EVENT & HOLIDAY MARKETS ARE ORGANIZED

1. BY NEIGHBORHOODS OF STATEN ISLAND

2. And BY DATE - (not always as it depends on when the info comes in)

Watch carefully as some locales have multiple dates, and all dates for a given locale are shown at the time the venue is first listed.

And there were also winter solstice celebrations to commemorate the end of the darkening of the skies. Some cultures celebrate with a festival of lights, and in Christian cultures the holidays are marked with holiday lightings including tree lightings and candle lightings - as well as the celebration of giving through the most well known and most generous man in the world - Santa Claus.

Meanwhile, back on Staten Island we celebrate in a number of ways, which carry on some of these ancient traditions. The following provides the dates / times / locales and some details regarding many of the various Staten Island holiday celebrations and Staten Island holiday markets and shopping for folks to enjoy between now and the end of the year.

Click here to read our report about Staten Island Holiday Events / Holiday Things To Do & Staten Island Holiday Markets & Shopping.



Staten Island Holiday Events & Things To Do - SI NYC

Staten Island Holiday Events - Staten Island NYC

Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, & Kwanzaa Candle Lightings on Staten Island and Holiday Events & Things To Do NYC

staten island holiday events staten island holiday things to do staten island holiday markets staten island shopping nycDecember 15, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Holiday Events / Staten Island Things To Do / Staten Island Buzz NYC.

 

NOTE. We added an Update Log at the beginning of the listings, so it's easier for you to stay abreast of changes / updates / new additions.

Be sure to visit our Staten Island Holiday Markets page, as it contains related holiday events with a shopping element to them.

For links to holiday events and markets in all five boroughs of NYC scroll down to the bottom of this report.

 

How The Staten Island Holiday Events Page on this Page are Organized

These holiday events on Staten Island are organized as follows:

1. BY NEIGHBORHOODS OF STATEN ISLAND

2. BY DATE - (not always as it depends on when the info comes in)

Watch carefully as some locales have multiple dates, and all dates for a given locale are shown at the time the venue is first listed.

3. ALL OF THESE ARE FREE UNLESS FEES ARE SPECIFIED.

4. Note STATEN ISLAND HOLIDAY MARKETS are published on a separate page - the links to which are posted at the bottom of this page, along with links to other boroughs.

 

Staten Island Holiday Lights, Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, Kwanzaa Candle Lightings Background

The holidays are a special time of the year. In ancient times there were harvest celebrations to give thanks and enjoy the bounty after a long growing and harvesting season aka a year of work.

And there were also winter solstice celebrations to commemorate the end of the darkening of the skies. Some cultures celebrate with a festival of lights, and in Christian cultures the holidays are marked with holiday lightings including tree lightings and candle lightings - as well as the celebration of giving through the most well known and most generous man in the world - Santa Claus.

Meanwhile, back on Staten Island we celebrate in a number of ways, which carry on some of these ancient traditions. The following provides the dates / times / locales and some details regarding many of the various Staten Island holiday celebrations and Staten Island holiday markets and shopping for folks to enjoy between now and the end of the year.

Click here to read our report about Staten Island Holiday Events / Holiday Things To Do SI NYC.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Hanukkah Week Ends, Holiday Markets & Holiday Events - including Concerts & Shows - are Some of the Top Things to do this Weekend in NYC

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend events

December 15, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 50's all weekend. The temperature lows will rise from 40 degrees on Friday, to the mid 40's Saturday to the mid 50's on Sunday. The winds will range from 5 to 10 mph Friday and Saturday, rising to 10 to 20 on Sunday. The humidity will rise from 50% - 60% on Friday, to 60% - 75% on Saturday and then 80% - 90% on Sunday. Between 2 - 3 inches of rain are expected between noon Sunday and early afternoon on Monday. Note that recently these predictions of rain have diminished a bit, as we get closer in. All of these statistics are highly unusual for this time of year.

The photo at right, taken in a prior year, shows some of the holiday store windows one can find in NYC.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

These are the holiday markets in Manhattan this weekend. Use the links below to obtain full details.

Friday, October 27, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 daily from 11 am to 8 pm, except Saturday & Sunday when they open at 10 am - Bryant Park Winter Village. For details use links below.

November 5, 2023 to January 4, 2024 - Rockefeller Center Candy Cottage at 610 5th Avenue at Rockefeller Center. Admission $35. https://www.rockefellercenter.com. For details use links below.

Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2023 from 11 am to 7 pm and 10 am - 4 pm respectively - Grace Church Holiday Fair at 802 Broadway at 10th Street [$2 admission and 25 vendors]. The following is UNCONFIRMED for 2023, but in prior years there has also been a special wine & cheese reception on Saturday from 5 - 7 pm ($10 for charity).

Saturday & Sunday, November 11 & 12, 2023 from 11 am to 5 pm - Renegade Craft Fair. At the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan.

Monday, November 13 to Sunday, December 24, 2023 - The Grand Central Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, December 24, 2023 - Union Square Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Friday, November 24 to Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 11 am - 12 midnight - Times Square Holiday Market - Midtown Manhattan NYC. For details use links below.

Saturday, November 25, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - Mon - Sat from 10 am to 8 pm & Sundays 11 am - 7 pm - World Trade Center Holiday Market & Events. Downtown Manhattan.

Sundays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm - Grand Bazaar Holiday Market on the UWS Manhattan NYC. For details use links below.

Sunday, November 26, 2023 to January 7, 2024 from 10 am to 8 pm daily - Gingerbread Lane at Chelsea Market. Midtown.

Mid November thru December 2023 from 11 am to 7 pm daily - Artists & Fleas Market - at Chelsea Market. Midtown.

Tuesday, November 28 - Sunday, December 31, 2023 - Columbus Circle Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Open thru the holidays - New - Underground Market at 59th & Columbus Circle in the Subway Station - 30 shops and food stalls - details coming.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 15, 16 & 17, 2023 - Holy Trinity Holiday Market. UES.

 

These are the holiday events this weekend / upcoming week. Use the links below for full details.

Thursday, November 16, 2023 - Early 2024 - The 20th Annual Holiday Toy Train Show at Grand Central Terminal. Midtown.

Monday, November 20, 2023 - Monday, January 8, 2024 - Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. UWS.

Saturdays ONLY [last year it was Sunday], December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Vintage Subway Car / Nostalgia Subway Holiday Train Rides in Manhattan. Midtown.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - January 6, 2024 from 8 am to 10 pm - Light Shows thru January 1, 2024 - Brookfield Place Holiday Lights. Downtown.

Sundays, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 between 12 noon and 6 pm - Open Streets in Midtown Manhattan along Fifth Avenue. Midtown.

Friday, December 8 & 15, 2023 from 5.30 - 7 pm - Birdland Big Band at the Birdland Jazz Club. Midtown. FYI - there are performances almost every night.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, December 13, 14 & 15, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Trinity Church / Wall Street - Handel's Messiah Holiday Concert. Downtown.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, also at 2 pm Saturday, and at 12 noon and 5 pm on Sunday - Dances Patrelle - Yorkville Nutcracker at the Kaye Playhouse. UES.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 15, 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7 pm Fri, 3 pm & 7 pm Sat, and 3 pm on Sun - Home for the Holidays theatrical performance at Harlem School of the Arts. Harlem.

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 6.30 to 9.30 pm - Shabbat Dinner - Hanukkah at the Jewish Museum. UES.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 from 4 to 6.30 pm - The Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Service. UWS.

  • CLICK this link to view this and other current & upcoming Manhattan holiday markets & shops. Times Square to open next week and many more beginning Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Manhattan NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Frick Museum exhibit, quite a number of Museum of Modern Art exhibits, a number of Guggenheim exhibits, three exhibits at the International Center of Photography, a couple of exhibits at the Whitney, a ton of exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the food and fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technolgy, three current / upcoming performances at the Joyce Theater, the upcoming performances by the Alvin Ailey Dance Group at City Theater, upcoming events at the Irish Arts Center, ...

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

These are upcoming Holiday Markets in Queens this coming week / weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Sunday, December 10 & 17, 2023 - Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden Holiday Market in Astoria.

Friday, November 24 - Saturday, December 24, 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm daily - Queens County Farm Holiday Market in Little Neck. Rest of Queens.

 

These are upcoming Holiday Events in Queens this coming week / weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 10.30 to 11.30 am - The Nutcracker w/ Schooltime [designed for kids in school] at The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC. LIC Queens.

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm - Sip N' Paint at JCAL. Jamaica Queens.

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 5.30 to 11 pm - 9th Night of Hanukkah at Temple of Gates Prayer Shaarai Tefilla Synagogue. Flushing Queens.

Friday, December 15, 2023 - A Christmas Carol opens at Queens Theatre in Flushing. See details below.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 7 am to 4 pm - Kwanzaa Celebration at the Langston Hughes Library & Cultural Center. Corona / Jackson Heights Queens.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 2 - 5 pm / 5.30 pm Holiday Market at Grace Episcopal Church and Holiday Tree Lighting in Rufus King Park. Jamaica Queens.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 1 to 2 pm - Gift of the Magi Reading - at the Queens County Farm in Little Neck. Little Neck Queens.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2023 beginning at 8 pm - Jalopy Theatre Presents An Evening at Flushing Town Hall. Flushing Queens.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 7 - 10 pm [UNCONFIRMED] - A Queens Holiday Caroling / Sing-Along in Jackson Heights.

Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7.30 pm - Annual Choral Concert at Redeemer Church and LSF&B Holiday Fair Bayside. Bayside Queens.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 from 3.30 to 6 pm - The Nutcracker by the Joffrey Ballet at The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC. LIC Queens.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 - Oratorio Society of Queens Annual Holiday Concert - at Queens College Performing Arts Center. Flushing Queens.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Twas the Night Before Kwanzaa [comedy] - Black Spectrum Theatre Holiday Performance in Manhattan. Jamaica Queens.

Thursday, December 21, 2023 beginning at 8 pm - Meet the Playwright of 'Brown Girl in the Ring' at JCAL. Jamaica Queens.

  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Queens NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Noguchi exhibit, the upcoming JCAL reading of a new work [art], two PS1 MoMA exhibits that opened 11/16/23, the upcoming Chocolate Factory performances and more ... like Ubuhle Women Beadwork.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on a 12/3 Holiday Festival in Astoria Park, on 12/9/23 there's a Queens Botanical Garden talk about the Linnaean Nurseries of Flushing which were founded by the Prince family in 1730, and on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

The photo at right was taken at Bryant Park in an earlier year. I was there last week, but had camera issues, but it looks like the photo although even more densely populated.

nyc things to do this weekend nycThese are ongoing Holiday Markets in Brooklyn this coming week / weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November & December 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm except Thursdays & Fridays when they open at 12 noon - Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg. North Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, November & December 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market in Williamsburg BK. North Brooklyn.

Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, and 11/27 - 12/22/2023 from 11 am to 6 pm - FAD Holiday Market at Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. North Brooklyn. Central Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2023 - Black Girl Magic Street Winter 2023 Artisan Marketi. North Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16 & 17, 2023 from 1 to 6 pm - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook. Central Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 1 - 5 pm - Tents of Kedar Holiday Market at 1532 Nostrand Avenue in the East Flatbush neighborhood. South & East Brooklyn.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 - Braata Productions is hosting a Holiday Market & Concert at Alliance Tabernacle [formerly Clarendon Road Church] inEast Flatbush. Central Brooklyn.

Thursday, December 21, 2023 - Christmas Show at Our Lady of Grace Church in Gravesend. South & East Brooklyn.

 

These are the holiday events / things to do this weekend in Brooklyn. All the details may be found using the link below.

Saturdays, December 2, 9 & 16, 2023 - additional events - Atlantic Avenue Holiday Events at St Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church at 401 Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street in the Boerum Hill. Central Brooklyn.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 15, 16 & 17, 2023 - The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir in Downtown BK. North Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 11 am to 12 noon - Holiday Kids Concert: Winter Wonderland & Ballet Magic by the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra at St Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. North Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from - A Very Merry Brooklyn - Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert at St Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. North Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 2 pm & 7 pm - Brooklyn Ballet Nutcracker at Kings Theatre in Flatbush Ditmas. South & East Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 1 to 3 pm - Green - Wood Cemetery Trolley Tour in Sunset Park. South & West Brooklyn.

Saturday December 16, 2023 beginning at 2 pm - Holiday Caroling - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music starting from BKMC in Park Slope. Central Brooklyn.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 beginning at 11 am and 4.30 pm - Bay Ridge Ballet Performs the Nutcracker at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Bay Ridge. South & West Brooklyn.

Sunday, December 17, 2023 - Braata Productions is hosting a Holiday Market & Concert at Alliance Tabernacle [formerly Clarendon Road Church] inEast Flatbush. Central Brooklyn.

Wednesday November 17, 2023 through January 1, 2024 from 4.30 to 8.15 pm - Holiday Light Show at Brooklyn Botanical Garden in Prospect Heights. Central Brooklyn.

Thursday, December 21, 2023 - Christmas Show at Our Lady of Grace Church in Gravesend. South & East Brooklyn.

The photo at right shows one of the many Christmas tree sales stands which are starting to dot all five boros in anticipation of the holidays. This particular one is in Manhattan on the northern section of Midtown West, only a few blocks west and south of Columbus Circle.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

nyc things to do this weekend nycThese are the holiday events and markets in the Bronx this weekend. All the details may be found using the links below.

The photo at right was taken in a prior year at the Hub in the Melrose / Mott Haven neighborhoods of the Bronx.

Thursday & Friday, December 14 & 15, 2023 beginning at 10.30 pm & a 2 pm show Thursday only - Nutcracker - The School Shows by the Westchester Ballet Company - Lehman College in Bedford Park. Central Bronx.

Friday, December 15, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm - Jazz, Mixology & Misletoe Wave Hill in Riverdale. North & West Bronx.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 11 am to 2 pm - Wreath Making Workshop at the Van Cortlandt House Museum. North & West Bronx.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 11 am to 12 noon & from 12 noon to 1 pm - Selfies with Santa, Cookies & Crafts at the Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park near City Island. East Bronx.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 3 - 4.30 pm - Sparkling Holiday Tea at the Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park near City Island. East Bronx.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 beginning at 2.30 pm - Bronx Concert Singers Holiday Event at St. Helena's Church in Parkchester Bronx. East Bronx.

Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 11 am to 2 pm - Veterans & Family Toy Giveaway at the Bronx Zoo - Bronx Borough Presidents Office in the Concourse neighborhood. South Bronx.

Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 2 pm each day & also at 6 pm on Saturday only - The Nutcracker by the Westchester Ballet Company - Lehman College in Bedford Park. Central Bronx.

Thursday, December 21, 2023 & Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 1 - 2 pm - Stories by the Camp Fire at the Van Cortlandt House Museum. North & West Bronx.

Friday, Saturday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, December 22, 23, 27, 28 & 30, 2023 beginning at 7 pm each night except 12/30 with Matinees at 4 pm on both Saturdays - A Christmas Carol Theatrical Performance at the Bartow Pell Mansion in Pelham Bay Park near City Island. East Bronx

  • CLICKthis link to view this and other current & upcoming Bronx holiday events and things to do Bx NYC. This weekend 11/17 & 18/ 23 there's a tree lighting and Holiday Shows at Bay Plaza Mall. Also the NY Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow, and the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights events have begun their holiday festivities, which run through the holidays.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. 11/14/23 Human Rights Talk at the Bronx House and November 19 Turkey Giveaway while supplies last. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

These are the holiday markets on Staten Island this weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 2023 from 4 pm to 8 pm and from 11 am to 3 pm, respectively - Holiday Markets by the Grace Foundation near Manor Heights. West Staten Island.

 

These are the holiday events / things to do this weekend on Staten Island. All the details may be found using the link below.

Friday, December 15, 2023 beginning at 7 pm [doors open at 6 pm] - Universal Temple of the Arts & the 35th Staten Island Jazz Festival at the St. George Theatre in Downtown SI. North Staten Island.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 15, 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7 pm, 3 & 7 pm, & 3 pm respectively - The Nutcracker performed by the Spotlight Repertory Theatre at Empire Outlets in St. George. North Staten Island.

December 16 & 17, 2023 - the Nutcracker, by the Staten Island Ballet Dancers at the Williamson Theater at the College of Staten Island. North & West SI.

The photo at right shows what turned out to be the beginning of a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving Dinner in the tristate area. I hope you had a good one with plenty of leftovers.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Hanukkah Week Began Last Night, Holiday Markets, Holiday Events & Cultural things to do this Weekend in NYC

bronx things to do this weekend bronx nyc

December 8, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will rise from 50 Friday, to 55 Saturday to 60 on Sunday. The temperature lows will remain in the mid 40's all weekend. The humidity will rise from 60% - 80% Friday, to 70% - 80% on Saturday, to above 80% on Sunday. The winds will rise from 3 - 5 mph on Friday and Saturday to 15 - 20 mph on Sunday. The forecast currently estimates we'll receive two inches of rain on Sunday, beginning sometime between mid morning [10 am] and early afternoon [2 pm] and continuing into Monday.

The photo at right shows the Christmas tree in Westchester Square in the Bronx. Holiday events are in full swing in the Bronx this weekend.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

FYI - These are the holiday markets in Manhattan this weekend. Use the links below to obtain full details.

Friday, October 27, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 daily from 11 am to 8 pm, except Saturday & Sunday when they open at 10 am - Bryant Park Winter Village. For details use links below.

November 5, 2023 to January 4, 2024 - Rockefeller Center Candy Cottage at 610 5th Avenue at Rockefeller Center. Admission $35. https://www.rockefellercenter.com. For details use links below.

Monday, November 13 to Sunday, December 24, 2023 - The Grand Central Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Sunday, November 26, 2023 to January 7, 2024 from 10 am to 8 pm daily - Gingerbread Lane at Chelsea Market. Midtown.

Mid November thru December 2023 from 11 am to 7 pm daily - Artists & Fleas Market - at Chelsea Market. Midtown.

Saturday, November 25, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - Mon - Sat from 10 am to 8 pm & Sundays 11 am - 7 pm - World Trade Center Holiday Market & Events. Downtown Manhattan.

Daily from Friday, November 24 to Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 11 am - 12 midnight - Times Square Holiday Market - Midtown Manhattan NYC. For details use links below.

Tuesday, November 28 - Sunday, December 31, 2023 - Columbus Circle Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Open thru the holidays - New - Underground Market at 59th & Columbus Circle in the Subway Station - 30 shops and food stalls - details coming.

Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, December 24, 2023 - Union Square Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 1, 2 & 3, 2023 - Crafts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. UWS.

Sundays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm - Grand Bazaar Holiday Market on the UWS Manhattan NYC. For details use links below.

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Native American Art Holiday Market at the National Museum of the American Indian. Downtown.

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, December 9, 10 & 11, 2023 - 92nd Y - Hanukkah / Ceramics Market at the 92nd Y. UES.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 15, 16 & 17, 2023 - Holy Trinity Holiday Market. UES.

 

These are the holiday events this weekend / upcoming week. Use the links below for full details.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 8, 9 & 10, 2023 from 3 to 6 pm, 10 am to 2.30 pm and 12 noon to 2 pm, respectively - St. Nick on St. Nick's Extravaganza - This is a toy collection drive at Harlem School of the Arts. Harlem.

Friday, December 8 & 15, 2023 from 5.30 - 7 pm - Birdland Big Band at the Birdland Jazz Club. Midtown. FYI - there are performances almost every night.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10 am - 8 pm - Santa Con Costume Party Bar Hopping Event. Midtown.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 beginning at 11 am - Chanukah Festival Bring in the Light - 92nd Y Celebrates Hanukkah. UES.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, December 13, 14 & 15, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Trinity Church / Wall Street - Handel's Messiah Holiday Concert. Downtown.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2023 beginning at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, also at 2 pm Saturday, and at 12 noon and 5 pm on Sunday - Dances Patrelle - Yorkville Nutcracker at the Kaye Playhouse. UES.

 

Ongoing holiday events in Manhattan. Use the link below for full details.

Saturdays ONLY [last year it was Sunday], December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Vintage Subway Car / Nostalgia Subway Holiday Train Rides in Manhattan. Midtown.

Sundays, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 between 12 noon and 6 pm - Open Streets in Midtown Manhattan along Fifth Avenue. Midtown.

Thursday - Thursday, December 7 - 14, 2023 beginning at 5.30 pm nightly - Menorah Lighting at Grand Army Plaza. Midtown.

Monday, November 20, 2023 - Monday, January 8, 2024 - Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. UWS.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - January 6, 2024 from 8 am to 10 pm - Light Shows thru January 1, 2024 - Brookfield Place Holiday Lights. Downtown.

The photo at right was taken at the Menorah Lighting at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan in a prior year. The same menorah was lit last night to mark the beginning of Hanukkah Thursday evening.

holiday menorah lighting grand army plaza manhattan holiday events menorah lightings grand army plaza manhattan things to do nyc

  • CLICK this link to view this and other current & upcoming Manhattan holiday markets & shops. Times Square to open next week and many more beginning Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Manhattan NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Frick Museum exhibit, quite a number of Museum of Modern Art exhibits, a number of Guggenheim exhibits, three exhibits at the International Center of Photography, a couple of exhibits at the Whitney, a ton of exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the food and fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technolgy, three current / upcoming performances at the Joyce Theater, the upcoming performances by the Alvin Ailey Dance Group at City Theater, upcoming events at the Irish Arts Center, ...

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

FYI - We're still working on a number of updates. Should be done by Friday evening or Saturday morning 12/8 - 12/9.

These are upcoming Holiday Markets in Queens this coming week / weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Saturday, December 8, 9 & 10, 2023 - LIC Brickhouse Ceramics Holiday Craft Show in LIC.

December 9, 2023 the Queens Craft Brigade returns to Katch Astoria.

Sunday, December 9, 2023 - Braata Productions is hosting a Holiday Market & Concert at Merrick Academy Charter School in Springfield. Jamaica.

Sunday, December 10 & 17, 2023 - Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden Holiday Market in Astoria.

 

These are upcoming Holiday Events in Queens this coming week / weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Friday, December 8, 2023 from 4 to 6 pm - Holiday Celebration - Sunnyside Reformed Church

Sunday, December 9, 2023 - Braata Productions is hosting a Holiday Market & Concert at Merrick Academy Charter School in Springfield. Jamaica.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 1 to 5 pm - Flushing Holiday Historic House Tour in Queens.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 - Bayside Historical Society Annual Holiday Festivities.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - The Jackson Heights Orchestra Holiday Concert in Jackson Heights Queens.

Friday, December 15, 2023 - A Christmas Carol opens at Queens Theatre in Flushing.

 

The photo at right shows the holiday party at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria in a prior year. The holiday market there returns this weekend.

  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Queens NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Noguchi exhibit, the upcoming JCAL reading of a new work [art], two PS1 MoMA exhibits that opened 11/16/23, the upcoming Chocolate Factory performances and more ... like Ubuhle Women Beadwork.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on a 12/3 Holiday Festival in Astoria Park, on 12/9/23 there's a Queens Botanical Garden talk about the Linnaean Nurseries of Flushing which were founded by the Prince family in 1730, and on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

These are the holiday markets in Brooklyn this weekend. Use the links below to obtain full details.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 2023 - Black Girl Magic Street Winter 2023 Artisan Marketi. North Brooklyn.

Friday, December 8, 2023 beginning at 4 pm - The Fort Hamilton Tree Lighting and Holiday Market. RESCHEDULED from 12/1/23 - See details below.

Greenpointers Holiday Market on December 10, 2023. See details below. North Brooklyn.

 

These are ongoing Holiday Markets in Brooklyn this coming week / weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Daily, November 27 - December 22, 2023 from 12 - 6 pm weekdays and beginning at 11 am weekends - FAD Holiday Market at Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn. North Brooklyn.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November & December 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm except Thursdays & Fridays when they open at 12 noon - Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg. North Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, November & December 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market in Williamsburg BK. North Brooklyn.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2023 from 10 am - 4 pm [times UNCONFIRMED] - Holiday Gift Shop at Our Lady of Grace Church in Gravesend. South & East Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16 & 17, 2023 from 1 to 6 pm - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook. Central Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10 am to 4 pm - The Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar in Park Slope. Central Brooklyn.

Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - 7th Annual Littlefield Holiday Market at Littlefield in Gowanus. Central Brooklyn.

Sunday December 10, 2023 from 11 am - 5 pm - Brooklyn Pop Up Holiday Market in Fort Greene Park. North Brooklyn.

 

These are the holiday events / things to do this weekend in Brooklyn. All the details may be found using the link below.

December 1 - 10, 2023 - Universoul Circus at McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. North Brooklyn.

Saturdays, December 2, 9 & 16, 2023 - additional events - Atlantic Avenue Holiday Events at St Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church at 401 Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street in the Boerum Hill. Central Brooklyn.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 4 - 7 pm, with lightings at 5.30 pm sharp - Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Events in Greenpoint. North Brooklyn.

Friday, December 8, 2023 from 6 to 8 pm - Tree Lighting with Sinterklaas at the Lott House in Marine Park. South & East Brooklyn.

Saturday December 9, 2023 - Parish Tree Lighting at Our Lady of Grace Church in Gravesend. South & East Brooklyn.

Saturday December 9, 2023 beginning at 3 pm - Jingle Fest - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at All Saints Episcopal Church in Park Slope. Central Brooklyn.

Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10, 2023 from 9 am to 3 pm - Nutcracker Ballet Bake Sale at 110 Bay Ridge Avenue in Bay Ridge. South & West Brooklyn.

Saturday December 10, 2023 from 7 to 10 pm - Hanukkah Celebration - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at BKCM in Park Slope. Central Brooklyn.

 

The photo at right shows one of the many Christmas tree sales stands which are starting to dot all five boros in anticipation of the holidays. This particular one is in Manhattan on the northern section of Midtown West, only a few blocks west and south of Columbus Circle.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

FYI - We're still working on a few updates. Should be done by Friday evening or Saturday morning 12/8 - 12/9.

These are the holiday events and markets in the Bronx this weekend. All the details may be found using the links below.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 4.30 to 6 pm - Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting - Bronx Borough Presidents Office in the Concourse neighborhood. South Bronx.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 1 to 3.30 pm - Terminal Market Winter Wonderland in the Concourse Neighborhood. South Bronx.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 - Braata Productions is hosting a Holiday Market & Concert at Harry S. Truman High School in Coop City. East Bronx.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 3.30 to 5 pm - Christmas Tree Lighting Holiday Event in Morris Park. East Bronx.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 4 pm - Menorah Lighting Holiday Event at the Bronx House in Pelham Parkway near Morris Park. East Bronx.

Thursday & Friday, December 14 & 15, 2023 beginning at 10.30 pm & a 2 pm show Thursday only - Nutcracker - The School Shows by the Westchester Ballet Company - Lehman College in Bedford Park. Central Bronx.

 

The photo at right shows the Greenpointers holiday market in Brooklyn in a prior year. The market returns this weekend.

  • CLICKthis link to view this and other current & upcoming Bronx holiday events and things to do Bx NYC. This weekend 11/17 & 18/ 23 there's a tree lighting and Holiday Shows at Bay Plaza Mall. Also the NY Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow, and the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights events have begun their holiday festivities, which run through the holidays.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. 11/14/23 Human Rights Talk at the Bronx House and November 19 Turkey Giveaway while supplies last. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

These are the holiday markets on Staten Island this weekend. All the details may be found using the link below.

Friday, December 8, 2023 from 9 am - 5 pm [these times have not been precisely confirmed] St. Teresa / St. Rita Holiday Fair in the Castleton Corners Neighborhood. North Staten Island.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10 am - 4 pm - St. Nick's Fair at St Nicholas Christ Church in New Brighton. North Staten Island.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 11 am to 4 pm - Maker Space Holiday Market in Stapleton. North Staten Island.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Crafters Holiday Market in Tompkinsville. North Staten Island.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 - Holiday Fair at Immanuel Union Church. North SI.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Christmas in Historic Richmond Town Holiday Events with Holiday Market. Central SI.

 

These are the holiday events / things to do this weekend on Staten Island. All the details may be found using the link below.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 7 to 9 pm - Christmas Concert at Monsignor Farrell in Richmond. Central SI.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 12 noon to 4 pm - ‘Aura Photos' Day at the Alice Austen House Museum in Shore Acres. North SI.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 3 to 6 pm - Holiday Tree Lighting and Celebration at William H. Pouch Scout Camp Tree. East SI.

Sundays, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 from 11 am to 1 pm - Holiday Sunday Brunch with Santa at The Historic Old Bermuda Inn in Rossville. South Staten Island.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 7, 8, 9 & 10, 2023 beginning at 7 pm Thurs & Fri and at 2 pm and 5 pm Sat & Sun - Holiday Performances of Elf by Spotlight Theatre Company at at Empire Outlets in St. George. North Staten Island.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 8, 9 & 10, 2023 beginning at 7 pm Friday, and at 2 pm and 6 pm on Saturday & Sunday - 20th Annual Christmas Show at the St. George Theatre in Downtown SI. North Staten Island.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 beginning at 11 am and 1 pm - Holiday Wreath Making Workshop at the Clay Pit Ponds Visitors Center in Charleston. South Staten Island.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 10 am - 4 pm - St. Nick's Fair at St Nicholas Christ Church in New Brighton. North Staten Island.

Sunday, December 10, 2023 beginning at 12 noon - Breakfast with Santa at St Nicholas Christ Church in New Brighton. North Staten Island.

2. Sunday, December 10, 2023 beginning at 5 pm - Christmas Tree Lighting at St Nicholas Christ Church in New Brighton. North Staten Island.

Friday, December 15, 2023 beginning at 7 pm [doors open at 6 pm] - Universal Temple of the Arts & the 35th Staten Island Jazz Festival at the St. George Theatre in Downtown SI. North Staten Island.

 

The photo at right shows what turned out to be the beginning of a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving Dinner in the tristate area. I hope you had a good one with plenty of leftovers.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend and Happy Hanukkah.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Holiday Markets, Holiday Events & Cultural things to do this Weekend in NYC

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsDecember 1, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 50's on Friday, rising to the high 50's on Saturday and settling into the mid 50's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the high 40's all weekend. The humidity will rise from 65% to 85% on Friday, and then stay in the 80% range the rest of the weekend. The winds will be about 5 mph on Friday and Saturday, rising to 5 - 10 mph on Sunday. Rain. About 1 - 2 tenths inch of rain is expected Friday, between 4 pm and 10 pm. Saturday is mostly dry, with a 40% chance of 1 - 2 tenths inch of rain after 8 pm. On Sunday about a quarter inch of rain is expected before 10 am and after 4 pm. Note the small amounts of rain currently forecast, and the timing of it, so that it doesn't have to get in the way of you spending an enjoyable weekend.

The photo at right shows a holiday dance performance at an NYC school.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS. ACTUALLY THERE'S MORE COMING. Bronx & Brooklyn have been mostly updated. While Staten Island, Queens and Manhattan are only partially updated. We hope to have most of this complete by noon Saturday or by sometime mid afternoon / late evening 12.2.23 including holiday events between now and mid December.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

NOTE - Many of the holiday markets occur on more than one week / end, so use the links below to obtain more detailed information.

Friday, October 27, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 daily from 11 am to 8 pm, except Saturday & Sunday when they open at 10 am - Bryant Park Winter Village. For details use links below.

November 5, 2023 to January 4, 2024 - Rockefeller Center Candy Cottage at 610 5th Avenue at Rockefeller Center. Admission $35. https://www.rockefellercenter.com. For details use links below.

Monday, November 13 to Sunday, December 24, 2023 - The Grand Central Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Daily from Friday, November 24 to Tuesday, December 19, 2023 from 11 am - 12 midnight - Times Square Holiday Market - Midtown Manhattan NYC. For details use links below.

Saturday, November 25, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 - Mon - Sat from 10 am to 8 pm & Sundays 11 am - 7 pm - World Trade Center Holiday Market & Events. Downtown Manhattan.

Tuesday, November 28 - Sunday, December 31, 2023 - Columbus Circle Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Open thru the holidays - New - Underground Market at 59th & Columbus Circle in the Subway Station - 30 shops and food stalls - details coming.

Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, December 24, 2023 - Union Square Holiday Market. For details use links below.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 1, 2 & 3, 2023 - Crafts at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. UWS.

Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Native American Art Holiday Market at the National Museum of the American Indian. Downtown.

Sundays, November 26, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 from 10 am to 5 pm - Grand Bazaar Holiday Market on the UWS Manhattan NYC. For details use links below.

 

These are the holiday events this weekend / upcoming week [always a work in progress].

Saturdays ONLY [last year it was Sunday], December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Vintage Subway Car / Nostalgia Subway Holiday Train Rides in Manhattan. Midtown.

Sundays, December 3, 10 & 17, 2023 between 12 noon and 6 pm - Open Streets in Midtown Manhattan along Fifth Avenue. Midtown.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 beginning at 5 pm - Carl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting Event. UES.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 4.30 - 6 pm a hot cocoa & candy cane social and from 6.30 - 7.3 pm with the tree lighting at 6.30 pm followed by carols - Park Avenue Christmas Trees Lighting. UES.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 4 - 6 pm Madison Square Park Holiday Tree Lighting Events in Manhattan. Midtown.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 6 to 7 pm - Washington Square Tree Lighting Event. Village.

 

Ongoing -

Monday, November 20, 2023 - Monday, January 8, 2024 - Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. UWS.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 - January 6, 2024 from 8 am to 10 pm - Light Shows thru January 1, 2024 - Brookfield Place Holiday Lights. Downtown.

  • CLICK this link to view this and other current & upcoming Manhattan holiday markets & shops. Times Square to open next week and many more beginning Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Manhattan NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Frick Museum exhibit, quite a number of Museum of Modern Art exhibits, a number of Guggenheim exhibits, three exhibits at the International Center of Photography, a couple of exhibits at the Whitney, a ton of exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the food and fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technolgy, three current / upcoming performances at the Joyce Theater, the upcoming performances by the Alvin Ailey Dance Group at City Theater, upcoming events at the Irish Arts Center, ...

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

NOTE - Many of the holiday markets occur on more than one week / end, so use the links below to obtain more detailed information.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - All Saints Episcopal Holly Bazaar in Bayside / Whitestone. For details Use links below.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - Sunnyside Artists in Sunnyside. For details Use links below.

 

These are the holiday events this weekend / upcoming week [always a work in progress].

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria. See details below.

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Whitestone Holiday tree lighting at Harpell's Pharmacy. See details below.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - Steinway Street in Astoria hosts Mr. & Mrs. Claus. See details below.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - Queens Botanical Garden Winter Wonderland in Flushing. See details below.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 5 to 7 pm - A Taste of College Point in the Whitestone section. See details below.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 4 - 6 pm - Jackson Heights Beautification Group Holiday Menorah, Tree & Candle Lighting at the Post Office.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 5 to 7 pm - A Taste of College Point at the Poppenhusen Institute in Whitestone.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 5 to 7 pm - Annual tree lighting at Poppenhusen Institute in the Whitestone section. See details below.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 - Astoria Park Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. See details below.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 5 to 7 pm - Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Poppenhusen Institute in Whitestone.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 12 noon - 4 pm - Queens St. Nicholas Day at Ridgewood Historical & Onderdonk House.

Saturday, December 6, 2023 - Bayside Historical Society Annual Holiday Concert 1. See details below.

Friday, December 8, 2023 from 4 to 6 pm - Holiday Celebration - Sunnyside Reformed Church

The photo at right shows an in-store retail display for athletic wear at an NYC shop.

  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Queens NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Noguchi exhibit, the upcoming JCAL reading of a new work [art], two PS1 MoMA exhibits that opened 11/16/23, the upcoming Chocolate Factory performances and more ... like Ubuhle Women Beadwork.

The photo at right shows one of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats as it passes Columbus Circle on Thanksgiving Day. This year, due to fairly windy weather, they held the floats closer to the ground than in prior years, as you can see above. The low flying floats made watching the parade a bit less exciting than usual.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on a 12/3 Holiday Festival in Astoria Park, and on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

NOTE - Many of the holiday markets occur on more than one week / end, so use the links below to obtain more detailed information.

December 1 - 10, 2023 - Universoul Circus at McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. North Brooklyn.

NOTE THAT FORT HAMILTON EVENT ON 12/1 POSTPONED TO 12/8/23.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, November & December 2023 from 11 am - 7 pm except Thursdays & Fridays when they open at 12 noon - Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg. North Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, November & December 2023 from 10 am - 5 pm - Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market in Williamsburg BK. North Brooklyn.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, November 29 - December 1, 2023 from 10 am - 4 pm [times UNCONFIRMED] - Holiday Gift Shop at Our Lady of Grace Church in Gravesend. South & East Brooklyn.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16 & 17, 2023 from 1 to 6 pm - Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Red Hook. Central Brooklyn.

 

These are holiday events for this weekend / upcoming week.

Friday, December 1, 2023 from 3 to 6 pm - Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help - Holiday Tree Lighting Event in Sunset Park. South & West Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 4 - 6 pm - Greenwood Park Holiday Tree Lighting in Sunset Park. South & West Brooklyn.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 2 - 4 pm - Meet St. Nicholas on Horseback at the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Flatbush. South & East Brooklyn.

Saturday and Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2023 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Wallabout Wonderland Holiday Market - Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market & Shopping. See holiday markets page for details.

Saturdays, December 2, 9 & 16, 2023 - additional events - Atlantic Avenue Holiday Events at St Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church at 401 Atlantic Avenue at Bond Street in the Boerum Hill. Central Brooklyn.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 12 noon - 4 pm - Brooklyn St. Nicholas Day at Ridgewood Historical & Onderdonk House. North Brooklyn.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 4 - 7 pm, with lightings at 5.30 pm sharp - Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Events in Greenpoint. North Brooklyn.

 

Ongoing -

The photo at right shows one of the many Christmas tree sales stands which are starting to dot all five boros in anticipation of the holidays. This particular one is in Manhattan on the northern section of Midtown West, only a few blocks west and south of Columbus Circle.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

NOTE - Many of the holiday markets occur on more than one week / end, so use the links below to obtain more detailed information.

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 beginning at 8 pm - Sesiones Desde La Loma Pa' - Sessions from a Dry Day - Lehman College in Bedford Park. Central Bronx.
  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 4 pm - 6 pm - Arthur Avenue / Bronx Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting in Belmont. Central Bronx.
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 5 to 9 pm - Winter Wonderland Extravaganza - Bronx Borough Presidents Office in the Concourse neighborhood. South Bronx.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 4.30 to 6 pm - Chanukah Celebration & Menorah Lighting - Bronx Borough Presidents Office in the Concourse neighborhood. South Bronx.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 6 pm - Bronx Holiday Tree Lighting Event by CB7 Norwood Bx & Friends of Mosholu Parkland in the Norwood neighborhood. Central Bronx.

The photo at right shows the shops at Bryant Park in Manhattan.

  • CLICKthis link to view this and other current & upcoming Bronx holiday events and things to do Bx NYC. This weekend 11/17 & 18/ 23 there's a tree lighting and Holiday Shows at Bay Plaza Mall. Also the NY Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow, and the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights events have begun their holiday festivities, which run through the holidays.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. 11/14/23 Human Rights Talk at the Bronx House and November 19 Turkey Giveaway while supplies last. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

NOTE - Many of the holiday markets occur on more than one week / end, so use the links below to obtain more detailed information.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm - Christmas Fair at Monsignor Farrell in Richmond.

 

These are holiday events for this weekend / upcoming week.

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Holiday Golf Outing - National Lighthouse Museum Holiday Market. North SI.

Friday, December 1, 2023 from 6.30 to 8 pm - SI Borough President Vito Fossella's Christmas Tree Lighting. North SI.

Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2, 2023 - from 5 to 9 pm and 10 am to 3 pm respectively - Christmas Tree Sale at Immanuel Union Church Parking Lot. North SI.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 beginning at 3 pm and tree lighting at 5.15 pm - Westerleigh Park Christmas Tree Lighting. North SI.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 7 to 8 pm - Holiday Tree Lighting at Empire Outlets Mall. North SI.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 12 noon to 2 pm - Unwrapping Yule Log Traditions w/ Music & Treat / $5 at The Historic Conference House in Tottenville. South SI.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 from 11 am to 4 pm Holiday Market & at 4.30 pm the Grand Illumination at The Historic Conference House in Tottenville. South SI.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 beginning at 5 pm - Christmas Tree Lighting in in Historic Richmond Town. Central SI.

Saturdays & Sundays, December 2 & 3 and 9 & 10, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Christmas in Historic Richmond Town. Central SI.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 5 to 7 pm - Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration - Richmond Road Holiday Event in Dongan Hills by Richmond Road Merchants Assn. East SI.

The photo at right shows what turned out to be the beginning of a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving Dinner in the tristate area. I hope you had a good one with plenty of leftovers.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Holiday Markets, Holiday Events & Cultural things to do this Weekend in NYC ...

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsNovember 24, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 50's on Friday and Sunday, dipping into the mid 40's on Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 30's on Friday and Saturday, rising into the mid 40's on Sunday. About an inch of rain is expected Sunday, beginning sometime between 4 pm and 7 pm. The humidity will rise from 50% on Friday to 60% on Saturday to 70% - 85% on Sunday.

 

The photo at right shows the Holiday Market in Grand Central Station this weekend, providing commuters with a very convenient shopping opportunity. Many holiday markets are already well underway, but there are even more to come.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • CLICK this link to view this and other current & upcoming Manhattan holiday markets & shops. Times Square to open next week and many more beginning Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Manhattan NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Frick Museum exhibit, quite a number of Museum of Modern Art exhibits, a number of Guggenheim exhibits, three exhibits at the International Center of Photography, a couple of exhibits at the Whitney, a ton of exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the food and fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technolgy, three current / upcoming performances at the Joyce Theater, the upcoming performances by the Alvin Ailey Dance Group at City Theater, upcoming events at the Irish Arts Center, ...

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Queens NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Noguchi exhibit, the upcoming JCAL reading of a new work [art], two PS1 MoMA exhibits that opened 11/16/23, the upcoming Chocolate Factory performances and more ... like Ubuhle Women Beadwork.

The photo at right shows one of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats as it passes Columbus Circle on Thanksgiving Day. This year, due to fairly windy weather, they held the floats closer to the ground than in prior years, as you can see above. The low flying floats made watching the parade a bit less exciting than usual.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on a 12/3 Holiday Festival in Astoria Park, and on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

The photo at right shows one of the many Christmas tree sales stands which are starting to dot all five boros in anticipation of the holidays. This particular one is in Manhattan on the northern section of Midtown West, only a few blocks west and south of Columbus Circle.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

  • CLICKthis link to view this and other current & upcoming Bronx holiday events and things to do Bx NYC. This weekend 11/17 & 18/ 23 there's a tree lighting and Holiday Shows at Bay Plaza Mall. Also the NY Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow, and the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights events have begun their holiday festivities, which run through the holidays.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. 11/14/23 Human Rights Talk at the Bronx House and November 19 Turkey Giveaway while supplies last. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

The photo at right shows what turned out to be the beginning of a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving Dinner in the tristate area. I hope you had a good one with plenty of leftovers.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Thanksgiving - America's Communal Holiday

The Pilgrims Legacy: Love, Sharing & Community Empowerment

thanksgiving day senitments nyc what thanksgiving day means to meNovember 20, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / Thanksgiving Holidays in NYC / Gotham Buzz NYC.

A couple of years ago, I happened upon a childhood book of fables and fairytales that I had saved since I was a first grader. I was young enough to still like fairytales and old enough to be learning and loving to read.

The book, A Gateway to Storyland, by Platt & Munk Co, was given to me around the holidays, and the book still gives me a warm, loved feeling when I periodically open it to browse through the fairytales and fables containing little nuggets of age old wisdom about how to conduct onesself [see photo at right / the book is still in print]. I read it numerous times immediately upon receiving it, as the illustrations fed my imagination, and lessons embedded in the words resonated with timeless sagacity.

 

Unselfish Parental Love Manifested by Empowering Progeny

Love comes in many forms, but the purest form is unselfish love. The love of truly giving something with no thought of anything in return. That love is oftentimes given intergenerationally - from grandparents to parents to children.

Perhaps the greatest gifts are those that cost us nothing but our time. Like the gift of teaching someone something that they will be able to put to good use throughout their lives. Parents do this all the time, when they help their children develop skills, and impart some knowledge and learning ... just as my parents did many years ago, by giving me a well illustrated fairytale book to encourage my interest in reading, while sharing the time tested insights of the ages, handed down through storytelling.

 

I. A Brief Thanksgiving History

The Pilgrims Shared Communal Resources to Actualize a Dream

At Thanksgiving time we commemorate one of America's first settlements, founded by the risk-taking, resource-pooling, hardworking, spiritual community of Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims were early English settlers who arrived on American shores in the early 17th century [1600's]. They came here because they wanted a measure of freedom and self-determination that they were forbidden in Europe or what was called the 'old country'. The Pilgrims wanted to practice their faith, unencumbered, in a way that differed from the established Church of England. They pooled their money to obtain a ship, the Mayflower, to cross the Atlantic in mid September of 1620, landing on America's shores at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts on November 9, 1620. Think of it. It took about a month and a half to travel a distance we can now traverse in about five hours.

 

The Pilgrims Receive Help from the Native People of a Strange Land

Per Wikipedia, the Piligrims survived a hard winter in 1621 with the help of the Wampanoag, an American Indian tribe. The Pilgrims were the immigrants, and the first Americans, the Indian natives, welcomed them. The Wampanaog taught the Pilgrims how to catch eels, and how to grow and harvest corn. Thus the Pilgrims ended 1621 with a good harvest which they celebrated and shared with their new friends, expressing their gratitude to a higher power, aka God, for the success of their endeavors.

Thus it was that the first Thanksgiving celebration happened in America ... or did it?


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Irish Arts Gala, Anime NYC at Javits, Holiday Markets begin in NYC at Grand Central, Union Square & Bryant Park, Metrograph Film on LES, Concert at Park Ave Armory & Art Exhibits & Pasteles Contest at El Barrio in Manhattan; New Play at LPAC, Modern Dance in LIC, Diwali in Flushing, Queens World Film Fest Screening in Astoria / LIC, Thalia Spanish Theatre Xmas in Colombia and Off the Wall Affordable Art Fair in Queens; Taste of Mijagi Japan in Sunset Park, Climate in Crisis Exhibit ending at the Brooklyn Museum and Waiting for Godot Performances in Brooklyn; Ancestral Foods / Family Feast at Bronx Art Space and BlaKtinX performances at BAAD in the Bronx; WestFest 16 Folk Festival, Rogers & Hammerstein's A Grand Night of Singing at Wagner College on Staten Island, and more ... Next Week Thanksgiving & the Macy's Parade

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsNovember 17, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be nearly 70 degrees [briefly] Friday, descending to about 60 by night, on Saturday the high will be nearly 60, descending into the mid 40's in the evening, and on Sunday, the high will be in the mid 50's descending to the high 30's. Generally it's a dry weekend. There's less than a 50% chance of less than a quarter inch of rain on Saturday morning, ending by 10 am. The winds kick up from 7 mph on Friday, to 10 - 14 mph on Saturday, before settling in at 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity descends from 70 - 80% on Friday, to 50% - 60% for the rest of the weekend. Not too bad for this time of year.

The photo at right was taken on the Upper West Side on Thanksgiving Eve in a prior year. The balloons that fly in the parade on Thanksgiving, are all inflated and staged along Central Park West by the American Museum of Natural History, the day / night preceding Thanksgiving. It's a free event to see the balloons the night before the parade and a great NYC tradition. As of Friday, November 17, 2023 - the forecast for Thanksgiving Eve - is a high of nearly 60 during the day and a low of about 30 by midnight, with rain ending by about noon. So beware as, currently, the forecast is predicting a sharp drop in temperature that day.

FYI - We're working on and will continue to work on the Holiday events and Holiday markets through the weekend.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Friday, November 17, 2023 - Spirit of Ireland Gala. At Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan NYC. Honoring Stephen Colbert and Kathleen Lynch. They say that Liam Neeson, Gabrielle Byrne and Loah will be in attendance. Tickets available at the url below. Individual ticket is $1250. The arts center is located at 726 11th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets in Midtown West Manhattan NYC. For details and tickets see - https://irishartscenter.org/

Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8 pm - Walton Ford Selects. At Metrograph Theater at 7 Ludlow Street between Canal and Hester on the Lower East Side. There are five films being shown this weekend which were selected by Walton Ford. He will be there Friday evening with Waris Ahluwalia to discuss Early Cinema and the films he selected. Tickets are $17 for the film and the talk after. For details see - https://metrograph.com/film/?vista_film_id=9999003520

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 17, 18 & 19, 2023 - Anime NYC at the Javits Center at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue in West Midtown. The convention is described as follows, " ... Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan ...". For details and tickets starting at $68 and up, see - https://animenyc.com.

Artist Studio. Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 7 & 9 pm - Reggie Nicholson - Percussion Concept - a percussion musical performance. The Park Avenue Armory is located at 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NYC. For details and $45 tickets see - https://www.armoryonpark.org

Saturday, November 18, 2023 from 2 to 9 pm - Pasteles Contest. At El Barrio Art Space at 215 East 99th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the UES of Manhattan. Music, food & beverages and free admission. Pasteles are a Caribbean dish, which are a breaded packet filled with various kinds of foods.

  • Friday, October 27, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 daily from 11 am to 8 pm, except Saturday & Sunday when they open at 10 am - Bryant Park Winter Village. Approximately 180 mostly local vendors of unique arts and crafts. For details see - https://bryantpark.org
  • Monday, November 13 to Sunday, December 24, 2023 - The Grand Central Holiday Market. At Grand Central Station located at 89 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue [between 42nd and 44th Streets] in Midtown Manhattan NYC. For hours and details see - https://www.grandcentralterminal.com/
  • Thursday, November 16 through Saturday, December 24, 2023 - Union Square Holiday Market. Along 14th Street between Park Avenue and Broadway in Union Square Park. For hours and details see - http://www.usqholiday.nyc/
  • NEXT WEEK. Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 8.30 am to 12 noon - Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year there will be seven performance groups, 29 clown crews, 17 performers, eleven marching bands, six balloonicles, and 25 huge floating balloons. They start at the American Museum of Natural History at 80th Street, marching south at Central Park West, turning east onto 59th Street, before turning south on 6th Avenue. Finally they turn west on 34th Street, ending at Macy's in Herald Square. See the front page for a weather report.
  • CLICK this link to view this and other current & upcoming Manhattan holiday markets & shops. Times Square to open next week and many more beginning Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Manhattan NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Frick Museum exhibit, quite a number of Museum of Modern Art exhibits, a number of Guggenheim exhibits, three exhibits at the International Center of Photography, a couple of exhibits at the Whitney, a ton of exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the food and fashion exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Technolgy, three current / upcoming performances at the Joyce Theater, the upcoming performances by the Alvin Ailey Dance Group at City Theater, upcoming events at the Irish Arts Center, ...

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Manhattan Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, November 15, 17 & 18, 2023 at 2.30 & 7.30 pm - Everybody. Also, Monday, November 20, 2023 at 12 noon. They describe the production as follows, " ... Inspired by the 15th century morality play Everyman, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ play follows Everybody as they travel down a road toward life's greatest mystery and confront the inevitable (their death). An unpredictable, hilarious, and inventive inquiry into the ways we cope with our own mortality...". At the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City Queens. For details and free tickets [dress rehearsal Wednesday 11/15 at 2.30 pm only] or $10 / $15 other days see - https://www.lpac.nyc/.

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2023 beginning at 8 pm - Take Root with Grazia Capri & Fadi J Khoury - FJK Dance Company. Modern dance performance featuring local dancers & choreographers [$20 / $25 Admission]. Sunday, November 19, 2023 beginning at 7 pm Fertile Ground featuring Emily Tarrier, MadSol - Solange Rodrigues Madison Lynch, James Barrett, Baggy Pants Dance, Harper Foote & Chris Ferris & Dancers. Modern dance performances - New Works Showcase. Admission $18. At 37-24 24th Street in Long Island City Queens. For details and tickets see - https://www.greenspacestudio.org

November 17, 2023 - December 17, 2023 - Friday & Saturday at 8 pm and at 4 pm on Sunday - Christmas in Colombia / Navidad en Colombia. Colombian music and dance performances. At Thalia Theatre at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside. For details and $40 / $42 / $45 tickets see - https://thaliatheatre.org/.

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsThe photo at right, taken at a Thanksgiving Day Parade in a prior year, shows a very famous native New Yorker dressed in costume, floating above the crowd ... like he always does. The parade returns next Thursday.

  • Saturday, November 4 - December 17, 2023 - Off the Wall Affordable Art Fair. Over 100 local Long Island City Artists [aka LICA] feature their works for sale at Culture Lab LIC at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Queens World Film Festival Listening Tour. Described as follows, " ... The Listening Tour is a program of Queens World Film Festival that brings small groups together to video tape their thoughts on Hope and Resilience. The program launched in September 2021 and has produced 46 segments featuring school children, the kitchen staff of local diners, artists, teachers, community organizers, 8th grade environmental activists and many other of our Queens neighbors. Join us as we share segments featuring community members from Rockaway to Flushing...". At the Local 1302 44th Avenue in Long Island City. Free w/ popcorn and chocolate while supplies last. To rsvp [required for admittance] see - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1e534qAdZojy7dzMiSFlpO77AardRWiZdydbbI7cImUBXtQ/viewform.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2023 beginning at 12 noon - Diwali Celebration at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. Folk dance and musical performances, as well as exhibits of Indian clothing, decoration and food. For details and $10 - $22 tickets see - https://www.flushingtownhall.org.
  • CLICK this link to view things to do this weekend in Queens NYC. We're now updating this weekly. Not shown on this post are the Noguchi exhibit, the upcoming JCAL reading of a new work [art], two PS1 MoMA exhibits that opened 11/16/23, the upcoming Chocolate Factory performances and more ... like Ubuhle Women Beadwork.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Queens Buzz New Member Sign Up. See the calendar for details on a 12/3 Holiday Festival in Astoria Park, and on 1/15/24 an MLK program at the Queens Botanical Garden.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Friday, Saturay & Sunday, November 17, 18 & 19, 2023 from 4 to 7 pm - Taste of Miyagi Fair. Taste the sake & cuisine of Miyagi at Kuraichi at 267 36th Street in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. Free admission. For details see - https://www.japanculture-nyc.com.

Ending November 19, 2023 - Climate in Crisis: Environmental Change in the Indigenous Americas on the 5th floor in the Americas Galleries. The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in the Park Slope / Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. For details and tickets see - https://www.brooklynmuseum.org

November 4 - December 3, 2023 DAILY except Mondays at 7.30 pm & 2 pm matinees on Saturdays & Sundays [closed Thanksgiving Day] - Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. At Theater for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center at 262 Ashland Place between Fulton and Lafayette in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. For details and $97 - 132 tickets, see - https://www.tfana.org/ *** Also note that on November 19th it's a Pay What You Will entrance fee.

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsThe photo at right, taken in a prior year, provides some perspective on what's involved in being the human anchors for these huge balloons as they parade down Central Park West and Midtown.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Brooklyn BLVD New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

October 12 to November 18, 2023 - Ancestral Foods: Family Feasts. Group exhibit - Opening reception 10/12 from 6 to 8 pm and Closing reception on 11/18 from 6 to 8 pm. The Bronx Art Space is located at 700 Manida Street off Spofford Avenue in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. FYI - During the pandemic they moved from 140th Street in Mott Haven. For details see - http://www.bronxartspace.com

Friday & Saturday, November 17 & 18, 2023 at 8 pm - BlakTinX Performance Series - Interludes. They describe the performance as follows, "... Dancing Futures Resident CocoMotion and Movement Collaborators, Marcus Braggs, Muriel Peterson, Ze Motion and Luffy present a performance about relationships and the vicissitudes of life. Presented by Pepatián with support from the Jerome Foundation...". At 2474 Westchester Avenue in the Westchester neighborhood of the East Bronx. For details and $20 tickets see - https://www.baadbronx.org

The photo at right, taken in a prior year, shows the variety of characters in the shape of balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade visual feast.

  • CLICKthis link to view this and other current & upcoming Bronx holiday events and things to do Bx NYC. This weekend 11/17 & 18/ 23 there's a tree lighting and Holiday Shows at Bay Plaza Mall. Also the NY Botanical Garden Train Show and Glow, and the Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights events have begun their holiday festivities, which run through the holidays.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. 11/14/23 Human Rights Talk at the Bronx House and November 19 Turkey Giveaway while supplies last. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Bronx Buzz New Member Sign Up.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, November 16, 17 & 18 and 30, and December 1 & 2, 2023 beginning at 8 pm & 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and the last Sunday 12/3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night of Singing. Wagner College is located at 1 Campus Road off Howard Avenue in the Grymes Hill neighborhood of Staten Island NYC. For details and $18, $23 & $25 tickets see - https://wagner.edu/performing-arts/theatre-season-2-2-4-2/

Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Westerleigh Folk Festival aka West Fest 16. A popular neighborhood folk music festival featuring a number of talented local artists. There's also crafts vendors, face painting, food and beverage. Free admission. At Immanuel Union Church at 693 Jewett Avenue in the Westerleigh / Castleton Corners Neighborhoods of Staten Island.

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsThe photo at right, taken in a prior year, shows that there's a lot more than balloons to watch. Various performance groups participate in the parade. As of Friday, November 17, 2023, the weather forecast for Thanksgiving Day is dry, with a high below 40 and the lows in the high 20's.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function has been fixed by providing this link - Staten Buzz New Member Sign Up.

Have a nice weekend.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Veterans Day Parades & Commemorations, Comedy Festival, Baltic Film Fest & Bryant Park Winter Village Shops in Manhattan; Vets Parade & Off the Wall Affordable Art Fair in Queens; Folk Music Festival in Brooklyn; Vets Parade on City Island in the Bronx; Vet Commemoration, Holiday Markets & Events begin on Staten Island ... more coming later today

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsNovember 10, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 50's on Friday and Saturday, descending to the high 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday, dropping into the mid 30's on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will fall from 50% - 70% on Friday to 50% - 60% on Saturday and Sunday. The winds will range from 3 - 9 mph all weekend. No rain is expected after 9 am Friday. Sunrise is at 6.37 am and Sunset is at 4.47 pm.

 

We're still working on adding holiday markets and things to do this weekened [and future weekends] which will be added to the pages for which the links are provided below for each borough.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

  • Flatiron District / Midtown _ Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm [NOTE the earlier time this year 2023] - The Veterans' Day Parade & ceremonies commence prior to the parade, ending with a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park at 5th Avenue at 24th Street. Then the parade steps off at 9.30 am marching up 5th Avenue to 47th Street, ending about 12.30 pm. Midtown Manhattan parades & street fairs Manhattan NYC.
  • South Street Seaport _ Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 12 noon to 4 pm - Taste of the Seaport - At Piers 16 & 17 at 89 South Street along the East River at the South Street Seaport. Entertainment, kids activities and about 40 food & beverage purveyors with proceeds going to "seaport public schools" which in the past they had specified as PS 343 Peck Slip School & PS 397 Spruce Street School - but it wasn't specified this year. For details and $10 tickets for a student taste / $55 for six tastes at https://www.tasteoftheseaport.org/.
  • Friday, November 3, 2023 thru Sunday, November 12, 2023 at various times and at various locations - New York Comedy Festival. This happens at locations around Manhattan including Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre and Gotham Comedy - among others. For details and tickets [prices vary by show] see - https://nycomedyfestival.com/
  • Midtown _ Wednesday thru Sunday, November 8 - 12, 2023 at various times - The Baltic Film Festival. At Scandinavia House at 58 Park Avenue in Midtown just south of Grand Central Station. Tickets are $60 for a five movie pass or $125 to see all films. For details see - https://www.scandinaviahouse.org
  • Friday, October 27, 2023 thru Tuesday, January 2, 2024 daily from 11 am to 8 pm, except Saturday & Sunday when they open at 10 am - Bryant Park Winter Village. Approximately 180 mostly local vendors of unique arts and crafts. For details see - https://bryantpark.org
  • There are also two more holiday markets in Manhattan this weekend only - Grace Church in the West Village and Renegade Craft Fair in Chelsea. CLICK this link to view this and other current & upcoming Manhattan holiday markets & shops MHTN NYC. WORK IN PROGRESS.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Manhattan Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. This remains broken. We're working to fix it.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

  • things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsSunday, November 12, 2023 from 12 noon - 3 pm - There's a Veterans' Day Parade beginning at 80th and marching down Metropolitan Avenue to Christ the King Church at 69th Street in Middle Village, where there will be a commemorative ceremony ending at 3 pm.
  • From Saturday, November 4 - December 17, 2023 - Off the Wall Affordable Art Fair. Over 100 local Long Island City Artists [aka LICA] feature their works for sale at Culture Lab LIC at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens.

NEXT WEEK

  • Saturday, November 18, 2023 beginning at 7 pm - Queens World Film Festival Listening Tour. Described as follows, " ... The Listening Tour is a program of Queens World Film Festival that brings small groups together to video tape their thoughts on Hope and Resilience. The program launched in September 2021 and has produced 46 segments featuring school children, the kitchen staff of local diners, artists, teachers, community organizers, 8th grade environmental activists and many other of our Queens neighbors. Join us as we share segments featuring community members from Rockaway to Flushing...". At the Local 1302 44th Avenue in Long Island City. Free w/ popcorn and chocolate while supplies last. To rsvp [required for admittance] see - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1e534qAdZojy7dzMiSFlpO77AardRWiZdydbbI7cImUBXtQ/viewform.
  • Sunday, November 19, 2023 beginning at 12 noon - Diwali Celebration at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing. Folk dance and musical performances, as well as exhibits of Indian clothing, decoration and food. For details and $10 - $22 tickets see - https://www.flushingtownhall.org.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS - See the Queens Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. This remains broken. We're working to fix it.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

November 10 - 12, 2023 at various times - Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Anns & the Holy Trinity Church at 157 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights. For details and $35 / $17 [kids] tickets see - https://www.brooklynfolkfest.com/ or https://www.jalopytheatre.org

The Brooklyn Veterans Day Parade was held in Crown Heights on October 28th.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. See the Brooklyn Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

  • Sunday, November 12, 2023 beginning at 12 noon there's a Veterans Day Parade that steps off from East Tremont and Lafayette Avenues, marching to Veterans Memorial Park in Throggs Neck. Veterans Day parades in the Bronx NYC.

MEMBER CALENDAR EVENTS. 11/14/23 Human Rights Talk at the Bronx House and November 19 Turkey Giveaway while supplies last. See the Bronx Member Events Calendar for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. The new member sign up function is currently broken. We're working to fix it.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 11 am, Veterans will gather at Ocean Breeze Cemetery to pay honor to those who served our nation in the military services. Speeches, taps and a rifle volley are part of the program. Last year the group then proceeded over to Frederick Douglass Memorial Park, which is the only African American cemetery in NYC, to pay their respects to a member who is buried there.

SI MEMBER EVENTS CALENDAR. See the Staten Island Events - Member Events for free posts made by arts, cultural and community groups. This remains broken. We're working to fix it.

Have a nice weekend.


* Exclusive: One on One Interview with the Mayor

The Eric Adams Story - Part I

Mayor Adams is a Complicated Man, Who Rose from Poverty, to the Highest Office in NYC

November 6, 2023 / NYC Government & Polltics / NYC Neighborhoods / Gotham Buzz. News Analysis & Opinion by Michael Wood.

the eric adams story nyc exclusive report about nyc mayor eric adams nycThis past summer, while working on another story in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media [aka MOECM], I entered into discussions with the MOECM, about the possibility of an exclusive interview with the Mayor. The Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media was created a couple of years ago, to enhance local media access to the goings on at City Hall, in order to better inform the public. Under the Adams Administration, part of that program included providing greater government official availability to somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 local media outlets.

Famod Konneh, Associate Director for Outreach and Engagement collaborated with me to make arrangements for the interview, which took place on Friday, October 20, 2023. It's worth noting that every reporting story done live, is a collaboration of a sort, between the journalist and the subject(s) covered.

The photo at right shows Jose Bayona, the Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media [aka MOECM], at the MOEDM operations cener which is in the basement of City Hall, while he was setting up the video conference.

 

Interview Preparation - Doing My Homework

I did a considerable amount of research into the Mayor's past, while preparing for the interview. I did all this prep work, even though Famod had told me I would be limited to 20 minutes via a Zoom video call, as I was pitching him for more time. When I first first started the research, I did it in preparation for the interview, but, as sometimes happens with the kind of reporting I do, the more I learned, the more I became interested in learning even more about the Mayor and his life story.

Initially I thought I would do a standard hard news interview about key topics of the day including immigration, crime, the public schools and the budget. But, as I journeyed into the Mayor's past, I became more intrigued with the idea of doing a different story.

The Adams Administration's Unheralded Herculean Effort Managing the Immigrant Influx

the eric adams story nyc exclusive report about nyc mayor eric adams nycAs I conducted my research, I decided that NOT to inquire about the Mayor's - seemingly unappreciated or underappreciated - Herculean effort to manage the huge influx of immigrants into NYC. This situation, turned crisis, began when Texas Governor Greg Abbott began bussing immigrants from Texas border towns, beginning in August 5, 2022, to NYC. Governor Abbott began transporting immigrants here without any communication nor coordination with NYS Governor Hochul or NYC Mayor Adams.

Nonetheless, Mayor Adams somehow found enough lodging for somewhere between 65,000 - 125,000 immigrants bussed in since then, who arrived in the city within the past year or so. The Mayor also managed to carve enough funding out of the NYC budget to provide security, food, healthcare and logistics for the newcomers, with what - until fairly recently [the past three months or so] - appeared somewhere between scant and lagging help from the likes of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and NYS Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY), respectively.

In spite of this gargantuan challenge, Mayor Adams made sure NYC didn't miss a step. His Administration kept the influx of immigrants mostly off the streets, and appeared to ensure they were't coopted into criminal activities by providing for them, in spite of laws which forbade them from earning a living. This nearly heroic effort has mostly gone unheralded by the corporate media.

The photo above right shows the Mayor pondering a question I posed to him, during our Zoom interview. He's in the Mayoral limo enroute to his next event.

CLICK here to read the rest of the story about my exclusive interview with Mayor Adams about his life - profile.


Staten Island Halloween Parties Parades & Events SI NYC

Staten Island Halloween Parties, Parades & Events 2023 - SI NYC

Halloween Events & Halloween Parties in the North Shore Neighborhoods, the Great Kills area, Historic Richmond Town and Other Neighborhoods on Staten Island

UPDATED October 26, 2023 from 10/16/23 / Staten Island Neighborhoods NYC / Staten Island Restaurants & Bars / Staten Buzz NYC.

staten island halloween parties staten island halloween restaurants staten island kids halloween parties staten island si halloween parties si nycHalloween occurs on a Tuesday this year. The Staten Island Halloween party celebrations begin leading into the weekend running through to Halloween day itself.

Halloween is one big costume party, where the theatrical side of people, is given a small opening. Halloween provides people the opportunity to create and play roles they have wanted to play, that the day-to-day role playing keeps submerged. On Halloween is it the Doctor side or the Jekyll side - or something in between that emerges? Any which way it can sometimes be very scary : )

In the photo at right are NYC Halloween partiers in an earlier year. While professional actors are paid to assume and perform roles on stage, on Halloween it's an unpaid, all-amateur, theatrical free-for-all ... on the streets, and the chaos and creativity is what makes Halloween so much fun.

Click here to read more about our round up of Halloween parties on Staten Island - Halloween parades SI & Halloween events Staten Island NYC.



The LIC Summit at the Museum of the Moving Image

The One Things that was Clear, Amidst a Number of Rapidly Shifting Trends, was that the Times They are a Changing

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc weekend eventsOctober 23, 2023 / Queens Neighborhoods NYC / Queens Business NYC / Queens Buzz. 

Last Tuesday, on a fairly nice October day, I visited the Museum of the Moving Image, to attend the LIC Summit which was organized by the Long Island City Partnership [LICP].  According to their website - at https://www.longislandcityqueens.com - the description and mission of the Long Island City Partnership is as follows:

"... [The] Long Island City Partnership(LICP) is the neighborhood development organization for LIC [Long Island City]. Our mission is to advocate for economic development that benefits the area’s industrial, commercial, science and technology, cultural, tourism, and residential sectors. The goal is to attract new businesses to LIC, retain those already here, engage residents and visitors, and promote a vibrant and authentic mixed-use community. LICP also operates the LIC Business Improvement District and LIC Industrial Business Zone (LIC IBZ), providing business services and assistance...".

The photo at right shows that it was a packed house at the LIC Summit this year at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria / LIC in Queens.

I believe the first Long Island City Partnership Summit was held in 2014 [also at the Museum of the Moving Image], which we reported on at the time.  Based on their outreach this year, the purpose of the event remains largely intact, which is as follows, " ... to shape the future of the neighborhood, focusing discussions on LIC’s public spaces, sustainability and resiliency, as well as the challenges and opportunities of NYC’s fastest growing neighborhood ...".

So, while a lot has changed in Long Island City, Queens, NYC - and for that matter the world - their goals and efforts remain constant amidst this changing world.  Likewise, many of the key issues of nearly a decade ago, haven't gone away.  These include the scarcity of affordable housing, the need for public space and accessible transit, and the challenge of curating an environment where local small businesses can create and operate viable business models.  And ... to be sure ... we are also facing new challenges, which include the time sensitive need to transition to renewable energy, and build and sustain resilient infrastructure - particularly in low lying and waterfront neighborhoods. 

What follows are some excerpts from the participants of the Keynote panel at the LIC Summit.  The participants included Moderator Carl Weisbrod, Senior Adviser at HR&A; and panelists Justin Ginsburgh, Managing Director Infrastructure Jet Blue; Donovan Richards, Jr, Queens Borough President; and Maria Torres-Springer, NYC Deputy Mayor of Housing, Economic Development, and Workforce for the City of New York.


LaGuardia Community College Pioneers New Ground ... Again

Boyce Technologies Hosts LAGCC President's Society Ten Year Anniversary Celebration

laguardia community college presidents society boyce technologies lic queens nycOctober 9, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Queens Buzz NYC.

A week ago from last Thursday, I attended a celebration of the President's Society at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City Queens. The LAGCC President's Society is an innovative program designed to help high potential students reach their full potential. The event was held at Boyce Technologies, which is located nearby and designs and manufactures mass transit security and communications equipment.

The reason it was held at Boyce Technologies, is because they and LaGuardia Community College have developed a symbiotic relationship, whereby the school has become one of Boyce's leading suppliers of human talent [reportedly about 20% of their employees], while Boyce has become a significant employer of LaGuardia Community College graduates.

About 200 of the roughly 600 LaGuardia Community College President's Society members, who enrolled in the program over the past ten years, attended the event. This is a particularly remarkable number, when one considers that a number of the attendees came from other parts of the country just to attend this one evening event, and that LaGuardia is a two year public college, not a four year one.

The photo above was taken at the LaGuardia Community College President's Society tenth anniversary reunion at Boyce Technologies in Long Island City on Thursday, September 28, 2023.


Things To Do Staten Island Columbus Day Weekend - Staten Island Events Columbus Day SI NYC

Columbus Day Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do on Staten Island Over The Columbus Day Weekend

staten island things to do columbus day weekend si nyc staten island columbus day parade si nycOctober 6, 2023 / Things To Do NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 70 on Friday and Saturday, and around 60 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be around 65 on Friday and then around 50 for the rest of the weekend. The winds will be around 5 - 10 mph on Friday and Monday, and around 10 - 15 mph on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will be around 90% on Friday, dropping to 75% - 85% on Saturday, and then around 60% on Sunday and Monday. There's a 40% to 90% chance of about an inch and a half of rain between 9 pm Friday and 4 pm Saturday. The rest of the weekend looks dry right now. Friday Sunrise is 6.57 am and Sunset is 6.30 pm.

This report contains a listing of some of the things to do on Staten Island over the Columbus Day Weekend including art museums, theaters, live music / comedy / dance venues, sporting & social events, and restaurants for Staten Island NYC.

 

Columbus Day Events on Staten Island

This weekend you can go bicycling on Staten Island, play soccer & other games in Staten Island parks, go shopping on Staten Island, attend Staten Island parades, watch theater, visit the Staten Island art museums, and eat out at one of the Staten Island restaurants. And it's all happening right here in Staten Island. So take your time to sort through the days and locations and start planning your weekend.

Click here to obtain information about things to do Columbus Day Weekend on Staten Island. This events calendar is updated monthly with dozens of different Staten Island fun cultural events.

See our weekend post on the Friday of Columbus Day Weekend with things to do on Staten Island NYC including the Columbus Day Parade on the front page of this site. The weekend post will include all sorts of other events and activities not necessarily related to Columbus Day.

 

Staten Island Columbus Day Parade replaced with an Italian Cultural Festival

The Staten Island Columbus Day parade was cancelled in 2014. In its place there's a Columbus Day Parade Weekend Italian Cultural Festival at Mount Loretto that begins Friday and runs through Monday, October 6 - 9, 2023.

  • Charleston _ Friday - Monday, October 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2023 from 6 pm - 11 pm Fri, Saturday 12 noon - 11 pm, Sunday 12 noon - 9 pm, Monday 12 noon - 6 pm - Italian Festival at the Mount. At Mount Loretto at 6481 Hylan Blvd in the Charleston neighborhood of Staten Island [near Prince's Bay & Pleasant Plains]. The event includes food, beer, rides, culture and entertainment. This replaced the Columbus Day Parade celebration in New Dorp starting in 2014. Admission $5 Adults / Kids 10 & under free. Parking $5 / vehicle. For details, contact info & tickets see - https://cc-si.org/staten-island-feast-2/

 

staten island things to do columbus day weekend si nyc columbus day parade staten island nyc

Staten Island Public & Private Parks & Public Indoor Swimming Pools

Staten Island has one of number of public parks of which a few include swimming facilities. Click here for a listing of the Staten Island Parks including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history. This is coming at a later date.

NYC public indoor swimming pools are now open [unconfirmed].

 

NYC Golfing on Staten Island

Staten Island has four golf courses and all of them are open this weekend. The Silver Lake Golf Course is located at 915 Victory Blvd in the northeastern section of Staten Island near the Silver Lake neighborhood. It's only short bus ride from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. The La Tourette Golf Course is located at 1001 Richmond Hill Road near Historic Richmond Town and Lighthouse Hill neighborhoods in the center of Staten Island. The South Shore Golf Course is located at 200 Hugenot Road in the southwestern part of Staten Island in the Rossville neighborhood. It is home to the Grand Oaks Country Club. And the NYC Junior Golf Club is located at 66 Pitney Road at the southern end of Staten Island in the Woodrow neighborhood. Click here for details about Staten Island golf courses including maps and links to the operators' websites. The links are coming at a later date.



Mount Sinai - Living Donor Celebration - at the NY Academy of Medicine NYC

I was Almost Shocked by a Lot of What I Learned about Kidney & Liver Transplants

mt sinai human organ transplants nyc zweig family center for living donation nyc September 25, 2023 / Manhattan Neighborhoods NYC / Manhattan Healthcare NYC / Manhattan Buzz.

Nearly two weeks ago, on Wednesday, September 13th, I headed into the New York Academy of Medicine at 1215 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side to attend a ceremony - a celebration actually - honoring Living Donors of Mt. Sinai's kidney and liver transplant program. 

To be frank, when first approached to cover this event, I wasn't sure of what to expect.  But after mulling it over, and perhaps with a bit of deference to my Mother, who had signed away her organs on her driver's license [and likely elsewhere], I decided to go to see what I might learn.

 

New York Academy of Medicine on the UES

The ceremony was held at the New York Academy of Medicine, which is located along 5th Avenue at 103rd Street.  The NY Academy of Medicine was founded in 1847 by a number of NYC doctors, most notably the Presidents of the NYU School of Medicine, the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Medical Society of the City and County of New York.  The Academy has played an influential role in shaping public health policy in NYC, NYS and the U.S.

The building in which the New York Academy of Medicine is located, as well as the location of the Mt. Sinai Living Donor Ceremony, was built in 1926 and is also home to the NY Academy of Medicine's library of various aspects of medicine, which was first started in 1847, opened to the public in 1878, and continues to be accessible to the public to this day.  Generally it's dedicated to those wishing to do research and one has to make an appointment to use it.  For more information and to make an appointment see - https://www.nyam.org/library/connect/visit-library/

The Mt. Sinai Living Donor Ceremony event was held on the third floor of the building what seemed a library reading room turned into a theater.  The room had 20 foot high ceilings [possibly higher], nearly floor to ceiling windows overlooking Central Park, and I'm no expert, but I believe the bookcases in the front of the room were made of oak.  The Carnegie Foundation donated about one million to the NY Academy of Medicine to build this building back in the 1920's.

My point in telling you all of this, is to provide a feeling and sense of connection to the past, the early roots of scientific healthcare in this country, which I assume was part of the consideration in selecting this location for the event ... as well as its proximity to the Mt Sinai Hospital campus on the Upper East side, which is located along 5th Avenue between 98th Street and 103rd Street.

CLICK here to read the rest of our story about kidney and liver transplants by Mount Sinai at a presentation at the NY Academy of Medicine.


Staten Island Things To Do This Weekend NYC - Weekend Events SI NYC
staten island things to do this weekend staten island nyc weekend events staten island si nyc
 

 

THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND ON STATEN ISLAND

JANUARY WEEKEND EVENTS - STATEN ISLAND NYC

UPDATED 1 / 27 / 24

ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS

Also, Click Header / Logo at the Top of the Screen to Check Front Page for Additional

Things To Do on Staten Island this Weekend / Events NYC

staten island things to do west brighton tottenville wadsworth great kills things to do staten island st georges snug harbor historic richmond town roosevelt beach conference house things to do staten island nyc

JANUARY is the first month of the year. We start with New Years Day, followed by the Three Kings Day, followed by the three day Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend.

This month look for the winding down of the Winter Lantern Festivals, Mulchfest, Winter Jazzfest, and the weekend things to do.

The photo above was taken in a prior year of the New Years Eve / New Years Day fireworks in the NYC harbor from the Staten Island Ferrry. The Statue of Liberty can be seen to your left.

Use search to find prior stories, maps, photos and business listings.

SEARCH



Oktoberfest Parties & Celebrations in NYC including in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx & Staten Island

Oktoberfest Begins Mid September in NYC and run thru October

oktoberfest in nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island oktoberfest events celebrations in nycUPDATED October 7, 2023 from 9.19.23 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

The official / unofficial kick off to the month and a half of Oktoberfest events in NYC begins in Manhattan with the Steuben Parade. This report identifies a number of Oktoberfest events around NYC beginning mid September and running through the end of October.

The photo at right shows one of the floats in the Steuben Parade celebrating the consumption of bier, which in tandem with consumption of bratwurst, is an integral part of Oktoberest. One thing the photo doesn't show is the music, that also goes hand in hand with Oktoberfest.

 

A Brief History of Oktoberfest in NYC

Coming with time. We've posted a number of Oktoberfests in this report, but a few more are coming. Also watch the front page, as this year [only] they are likely to be posted there first.

 


San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy Manhattan NYC

Manhattan's Signature Italian Festival Celebrates Little Italy in NYC

san gennaro festival nyc san gennaro parade manhattan san gennaro festival parade manhattan nycSeptember 13, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Fall is just around the corner, which means the San Gennaro Festival is about to begin in Little Italy in Manhattan. See the front page or the parades & festivals page or click into the story for details of the San Gennaro Festival of 2023.

 

A Very Brief History of Little Italy Manhattan

Little Italy is just north of Canal street, across from Chinatown, which lies to its south. SoHo lies to its west, across Lafayette Street. While the Bowery is just east of it along Mott and Bowery Streets, and Nolita [North of Little Italy] lies to the north of it, across Broome Street. This is something of a downsized area from the original Little Italy of a century ago.

Little Italy was an important destination for Italians arriving in New York City in the late 1800's and early 20th century. It was generally a poor, working class neighborhood at that time, filled with laborers, and shopkeepers who traded food, wine and clothing. And the community was fairly self-sufficient with its own doctors, lawyers and bankers accoding to a Wikipedia account of an NYT story in 1896.

Little Italy's size and population peaked in the early 20th century, aat about 10,000, as Italians left for greener pastures in other parts of the city, including East Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Nonetheless, Little Italy remains somewhat intact, as a very popular tourist destination, the peak of which is celebrated in tandem with the San Gennaro Festival.


911 Commemoration Events & Remembrances in NYC & Boros

911 Commemorations this Weekend and Monday

911 events nyc 911 memorial events nyc 911 commemoration things to do nyc manhattan queens brooklyn bronx staten island 911 eventsSeptember 10, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

This weekend, there are a number of events around the five boroughs commemorating the losses of 911. The following are a few of those events.

 

The collection of photos at right shows an cultural performance at Lincoln Center honoring the victims of 911. The performance returns Monday at 8.05 am.

 

911 Remembrances / Commemorations NYC

Ongoing _ Daffodil Project in NYC Parks. For details see - https://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/sept-11-memorials

 


The West Indian American Day Parade(s) in Brooklyn NYC

A Deeper Dive into the Cultural Origins of the Carnival & Some Particulars About the Celebrations in Brooklyn

west indian american day parade & carnival in brooklyn nyc WIADCA parade on labor day bk nycSeptember 6, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / Brooklyn Parades & Festivals / Brooklyn BLVD NYC.

On a sultry Labor Day Monday morning, I set out for the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights. The former, covers some of the area in Brooklyn known as Little Caribbean and it was to be the ending point for the Jouvert parade, which serves as the warm up for the larger West Indian American Day Parade.

Be advised that I was not aware of this distinction - two parades by the same group on the same day - until I had arrived and started making inquiries about when and where the actions was.

The Jouvert puportedly started at 11 am inside Prospect Park either at the entrance to the Kids Zoo [still not certain about this, but I'm getting closer to being precise] on Flatbush Avenue or based on a map I saw on the NYPD website, the Jouvert started at Grand Army Plaza, at the north end of Prospect Park. I'll be following up on this, and make the changes here when I get them.

The photo above right was taken at the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn on Labor Day. Many different island cultures celebrate the carnival in unison. The flag in the lower right corner of the photo is Jamaican.

west indian american day parade & carnival in brooklyn nyc WIADCA parade on labor day bk nycThe Jouvert then marched east along Empire Boulevard before turning south on Nostrand Avenue and terminating at Winthrop. I arrived a bit before noon, at Empire Blvd and Nostrand, where the Jouvert Parade had already passed. The Jouvert Parade involves participants adorning themselves with paint and powder, sometimes sharing it with others in a style that reminded me of the Indian Holi celebration.

Speaking of Indians, the West Indies got their name after Columbus discovered them for the Spanish throne. They were called the West Indies, in order to differentiate them from the East Indies, with which the Portuguese had opened up trading routes in the 15th century just prior to Columbus's discovery. The East Indies comprises the islands that lie south of India, the Bay of Bengal and the South China Sea and north and west of Australia.

CLICK here to read the rest of our report about the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn over the Labor Day Weekend.


Things To Do Staten Island Labor Day Weekend - Staten Island SI NYC

Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do on Staten Island Over The Labor Day Weekend

staten island things to do labor day weekend si nyc things to do staten island labor day weekend si nycSeptember 2, 2023 / Things To Do NYC / Staten Buzz.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 90 on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low 60's on Friday, the high 60's on Saturday and about 70 on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 4 - 8 mph on Friday and Saturday, falling to 3 - 6 mph on Sunday and Monday. The humidity will range from around 50% to 65% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 55% to 70% on Sunday and Monday. Sunrise is approximately 6.23 am and sunset in 7.29 pm as of Friday 9/1/23.

The photo at right shows the panoramic view from Casa Belevedere on Staten Island in a prior year.

 

ALSO SEE FRONT PAGE FOR THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND ON STATEN ISLAND.

 

Special Events on Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island NYC

The biggest event of the Labor Day weekend on Staten Island is the Richmond County Fair in Historic Richmond Town which runs from 12 noon - 7 pm daily on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

 

Labor Day Events on Staten Island

This Labor Day Weekend you can also go bicycling on Staten Island, play soccer & other games in Staten Island parks, go shopping on Staten Island, attend Staten Island parades, watch theater, visit the Staten Island art museums, and eat out at one of the Staten Island restaurants.

It's all happening right here, right in our favorite borough, Staten Island. Take your time to sort through the events at the various cultural and recreational sites around Staten Island and start planning your weekend. Click here to obtain information about things to do Labor Day Weekend on Staten Island. This events calendar should be updated by the time we get to Labor Day Weekend.

nyc things to do NYC

Staten Island Public & Private Parks

Staten Island has a number of public parks of which a few include swimming facilities. Click here for a listing of the Staten Island Parks including maps showing their locations along with a bit of park history. This is coming at a later date.

 

NYC Golfing on Staten Island

Staten Island has four golf courses and all of them are open this weekend. The Silver Lake Golf Course is located at 915 Victory Blvd in the northeastern section of Staten Island near the Silver Lake neighborhood. It's only short bus ride from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. The La Tourette Golf Course is located at 1001 Richmond Hill Road near the Historic Richmond Town and Lighthouse Hill neighborhoods in the center of Staten Island. The South Shore Golf Course is located at 200 Hugenot Road in the southwestern part of Staten Island in the Rossville neighborhood. It is home to the Grand Oaks Country Club. And the NYC Junior Golf Club is located at 66 Pitney Road at the southern end of Staten Island in the Woodrow neighborhood. Click here for details about Staten Island golf courses including maps and links to the operators' websites. The links are coming at a later date.



Floyd Bennett Field Returns, for Encore, as Gateway to NYC

NYC Mayor Adams & NYS Governor Hochul Receive a Lease Agreement from the U.S. Government to Lease Floyd Bennett Field

things to do in queensAugust 29, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods / NYC Issues / Brooklyn BLVD.

Just over a week ago, Governor Hochul announced that she and NYC Mayor Adams had received a lease agreement from the Biden Administration, regarding the terms for leasing the Floyd Bennett Airfield for temporary use as a migrant center. The airfield is expected to be capable of providing temporary shelter for about 2,500 immigrants.

 

Floyd Bennett Field is a Part of the Gateway National Recreation Area

Floyd Bennett Airfield is located at the south eastern end of Brookyn and is part of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife sanctuary, as you can see from the map at right. The airport became a part of the National Park Service in 1972 when the Gateway National Recreation Area was established to protect important natural resources within / near NYC. Sandy Hook New Jersey is also a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, while the rest of it is located in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, as previously implied.

 

Floyd Bennett Airfield - NYC's First Airport - Opened 1931

things to do in queensFour years ago, on August 31, 2019, I visited the Floyd Bennett Airfield with the intention of doing a story on it, which - until now - I had not had an opportunity to do. On that visit, I biked the airfield, took photos in both the museum and peeked through the dusty windows of the hangars and warehouses on the airfield, to photographed our recent past.

Given that the airfield is about to be transformed into a sprawling migrant center, I thought folks might want to take a look at it as it was four years ago, before it is repurposed into something quite new. Along with this story, I'll also take you through a brief history ...

... as the Floyd Bennett Airfield was NYC's first airport, predating LaGuardia which according to Wikipedia opened on December 2, 1939 and JFK which opened as New York International Airport [nicknamed Idlewild] in July 1, 1948. Floyd Bennett Airfield opened on May 23, 1931.


Eric Adams, Sheena Wright & Persons of Interest

The NYC Mayor & First Deputy Mayor have Set Out on an Ambitious Effort to Prevent Crimes Before They Happen through the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force [GVPTF]

things to do in queensUPDATED _ August 19, 2023 vs 8.16.23 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Social Issues & Law Enforcement / News Reporting, Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

Last Thursday I headed down to City Hall to hear a presentation by First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright, and Andre T. Mitchell of Man Up! in Brooklyn, who are the Co-Chairs of the Mayor's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. The Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media [MOECM] had organized the roundtable presentation at City Hall, and there were a bit more than a couple of dozen local media reporters in attendance.

The photo at right top shows two characters in the CBS TV series Person of Interest who spend their time trying to prevent crimes before they happen. The photo bottom right shows the Mayor & First Deputy Mayor, who are working to reduce and prevent crime in real life.

If one sets aside the drama, theatrics, rule bending & breaking, and the sensationalism of the TV series, there are some interesting parallels between what the folks in real life are trying to do, vis a vis what the imaginary characters of the TV series were trying to do. We'll have more on this later in the report.

 

Behind the Scenes at City Hall with Sheena Wright

nyc gun violence prevention task force nyc sheena wright first deputy mayor jose bayona executive director of moecm at wright of man up brooklyn nycThe First Deputy Mayor, Sheena Wright, provided an overview of what the Adams Administration has quietly been working on - mostly behind the scenes - in the neighborhoods in NYC most wracked by violent crime.

Since June of 2022, Wright, Mitchell and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force have been laying the ground work to try to prevent crime in the high violence communties, before it starts. She described it as going upstream to root out the underlying causes of violent crime.

The Task Force has taken a holistic approach to the problem, rather than taking the historic / authoritarian approach to violent crime, which had further oppressed the people in the affected communities, by over policing them. For example during the Bloomberg Administration, the NYPD was instructed to stop and frisk people, seemingly at will.

This is not to say that the Adams Administration has reduced policing in these neighborhoods, because they have not. In fact they have increased policing in these neighborhoods, BUT they have concurrently begun reinvesting in these neighborhoods, which for decades, they told us, have experienced significant community disinvestment. I have not yet independently verified the disinvestment claim, but believe it is directionally correct.

The photo at right shows Jose Bayona, Executive Director of the MOECM; Sheena Wright, First Deputy Mayor and Andre T. Wright, Founder of Man Up! at a Round Table meeting at City Hall.


Staten Island Farmers Markets - Staten Island Green Markets - Staten Island NYC

staten island farmers markets staten island green markets si farmers mkts staten island outdoor markets staten island nyc


Staten Island Farmers Markets 2023

Opening Dates, Hours, Items & How To Shop - Staten Island Farmers Markets SI

UPDATED September 10, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Food, Wine & Restaurants on Staten Island / Staten Island Shops & Shopping / Staten Buzz NYC.

This report contains the opening dates, times / hours, items / selection, as well as links to online maps of all major Staten Island farmer markets, including address locations on Staten Island.

The Staten Island farmers markets on this page are located in or around the Staten Island neighborhoods of St. George, Snug Harbor, West Brighton, Heartland Village, Fort Wadsworth, Manor Heights, Clifton, Mariners Harbor, Historic Richmond Town, South Beach, Tompkinsville, Westerleigh, Stapleton, Port Richmond and Tottenville.

Enjoy shopping and eating the fresh and natural foods and product of our local farmers and food manufacturers.

Click here to view a report about most of the Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC.



Staten Island Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools SI NYC

Staten Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools SI NYC

This Staten Island Public Swimming Pool Report Includes Contact Info NYC

bronx swimming pools bronx free public swimming pools bronx nycUPDATING August 2, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Swimming Pools, Parks & Sports / Staten Buzz NYC.

Staten Island offers easy access to a wide range of recreational swimming pools. The following is an attempt to provide you with a view of the range of public swimming pools available in the parks of Staten Island. We encourage you to make use of these facilities because they provide healthy, fun, and frequently free or inexpensive entertainment for both individuals and families with children.

Staten Island outdoor public pools will open Thursday, June 28, 2023. A few of the indoor pools will be closed this summer to allow for construction and improvements.

Generally pool hours are from 11 am - 7 pm daily, with a one hour break between 3 and 4 pm for cleaning. Bring a padlock for your locker and proper swimming trunks are required [for boys this means not shorts as trunks must have liners]. Don't bring food, glass bottles, newspapers, electronics, floaters and no or as few valuables as you can bring to minimize your risk because the park isn't responsible for your losses. Free sunscreen will be made available while supplies last.

As of this posting 6.28.23, masks are no longer required for indoor activity including in the locker rooms, but stay tuned as it's possible that could change.

Click here to view a listing of Staten Island outdoor swimming pools, free public swimming pools on Staten Island in the neighborhoods of SI. Please note the photos do not reflect the onsite pools as of this post 6.28.23.



Staten Island Summer Concerts - Free Summer Concerts & Things To Do SI NYC

Staten Island - Free & a Few Paid Summer Concerts 2023

Free Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

staten island free summer concerts nyc free outdoor concerts in the park on staten island nyc things to do free summer concerts staten island si nycUPDATED _ August 11, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Free Summer Outdoor Concerts NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Summer has unofficially begun. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently with some measure of various levels of government funding, have put together a summer full of films and free summer concerts in the parks. The free concerts listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

 



Staten Island Summer Theater - Free Summer Theater & Things To Do Staten Island NYC

Staten Island Free Summer Outdoor Theater 2023 SI NYC

Free Things To Do in the Staten Island - Free Summer Theater Park in NYC

UPDATED _ September 1, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Things To Do / Staten Buzz NYC.

staten island things to do free summer theater staten island si nyc

 

FALL THEATER SECTION COMING SOON.

 

Summer is hitting full stride. A number of community theater and dance groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, collaborate to provide Queens neighborhoods with a summer that includes free theater in the parks. The theatrical productions listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

Editor's Note - Note that ASTERISKED events have NOT been updated for 2023. Pay attention to the performance dates / years. We will be updating / adding this summer theater report through the summer, so check back periodically for updates which you can note by the date changing above.

 

Free Theater / Plays in the Park on Staten Island 2023. Click here to view our report on free summer outdoor theater on Staten Island.

Free Summer Movies on Staten Island 2023. Click here to view our report on free movies in the park - summer outdoor movies on Staten Island.

Music / Concerts in the Park on Staten Island 2023. Click here to view our report on free summer concerts on Staten Island.

Current Staten Island Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Staten Island things to do.

 

 



* Why does NYC Care?

NYC Care is a Citywide Health Program Designed to Aid People Who Cannot Afford to Pay for their Entire Health Insurance Coverage

July 10, 2023 / NYC Healthcare / NYC Neighborhoods / Gotham Buzz.

nyc care health insurance program nyc health & hospitals nyc care low cost no cost health insurance nycTwo weeks ago, on Monday, June 26, 2023 I attended a meeting in City Hall hosted by the Adams Administration.  It was raining fairly hard as I approached City Hall on this warm June afternoon.

The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the achievements being made in providing healthcare to New Yorkers.  The focus on this day, was the progress being made toward providing healthcare to those who cannot [fully] afford it, by enrolling them into the NYC Care insurance program. 

The meeting was arranged by the Mayor's Office of Ethnic & Community Media. I arrived a bit early and spent time catching up with some of the other reporters while waiting for the meeting to begin.

The photo at right shows the NYC City Hall on a warm, rainy mid afternoon in late June.

 

What is NYC Care?

In the meeting we were told that, while the NYC Care program is a healthcare / insurance program that focuses on minorities, immigrants and those for whom English is a second language, it is available to everyone - including Whites - assuming all candidates for the insurance program meet the same preconditions.

Enrollees in the NYC Care healthcare insurance program need only meet three criteria to be eligible: 1) must be 21 years old, 2) they must have a valid government ID from the U.S. or a valid passport from their nation of origin, and 3) they may not be eligible for any other private or public health insurance program [such as Medicaid / Medicare].  There used to be a proof of six months of NYC residency requirement, but it was later rescinded.


Staten Island July 4th Fireworks NYC

Staten Island 4th of July Fireworks 2023 SI NYC

Staten Island July 4th Celebrations & Fireworks - St George, Midland Beach, Historic Richmond Town, Travis Town & Tottenville

4th of july fireworks staten island nyc july 4th fireworks staten island tottenville si nycJuly 4, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / July 4th Holiday on Staten Island / Staten Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather Update 7.4.23 - On July 4th the humidity will remain about 80%. Unfortunately the winds will have died down to 3 mph. The temperature high will be in the low 80's and the temperature low will be in the low 70's. There's a 1/3 inch of rain expected - mostly between the hours of 11 am - 7 pm - so by dusk, which is after 9 pm, the temperatures will be in the 70's, no rain but it will be humid.

Temperature highs will range from the low to high 80's through the July 4th holiday on Tuesday. The tempeature lows will range from the mid 60's to the mid 70's, rising a bit reach day. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph from now through Tuesday. The humidity will range from 60% - 70% Friday, then rising up to 80% for Saturday, and then staying there for Sunday and Monday, before falling back to 60% - 70% on Tuesday. Rain. Between a quarter and half inch of rain is expected on Sunday, and a quarter inch on Monday. While there may be clouds on the other days, rain is not expected. Air Quality. We continue to experience some of the unhealthy conditions from the Canadian forest fires caused by climate change which is caused by carbon emissions from folks' gas guzzling autos & other carbon emitting machinery. To stay abreast of the air quality in NYC copy and paste this link into your browswer bar - https://www.airnow.gov.

 

Macy's July 4th Fireworks along the East River Provides are only Remotely Viewable from Northern Staten Island

The Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be shown along the East River again this year.

They were shown along the East River in 2014, for the first time since 2008, and have remained on the East River ever since. Mayor de Blasio had lobbied for the return, which now spans ten years. The Grucci Brothers will be doing the Macy's 4th of July fireworks in NYC, which they've been doing for decades.

The following page contains between a half dozen and dozen different Independence / 4th of July fireworks celebrations in the five boroughs of NYC, including some fireworks shows on Staten Island which precede those on the 4th of July, including at several of the Staten Island Ferry Hawks games, and celebrations in Travis Town and at Empire Outlets, and distantly viewable fireworks in Manhattan and Brooklyn. We're working on the fireworks in Perth Amboy as well as Independence celebrations at the Conference House in Tottenville and Historic Richmond Town. The updates will be coming over the next few days or no later than early next week.

 

 



Staten Island Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools SI NYC

Staten Free Public Outdoor Swimming Pools SI NYC

This Staten Island Public Swimming Pool Report Includes Contact Info NYC

bronx swimming pools bronx free public swimming pools bronx nycUPDATING August 2, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Swimming Pools, Parks & Sports / Staten Buzz NYC.

Staten Island offers easy access to a wide range of recreational swimming pools. The following is an attempt to provide you with a view of the range of public swimming pools available in the parks of Staten Island. We encourage you to make use of these facilities because they provide healthy, fun, and frequently free or inexpensive entertainment for both individuals and families with children.

Staten Island outdoor public pools will open Thursday, June 28, 2023. A few of the indoor pools will be closed this summer to allow for construction and improvements.

Generally pool hours are from 11 am - 7 pm daily, with a one hour break between 3 and 4 pm for cleaning. Bring a padlock for your locker and proper swimming trunks are required [for boys this means not shorts as trunks must have liners]. Don't bring food, glass bottles, newspapers, electronics, floaters and no or as few valuables as you can bring to minimize your risk because the park isn't responsible for your losses. Free sunscreen will be made available while supplies last.

As of this posting 6.28.23, masks are no longer required for indoor activity including in the locker rooms, but stay tuned as it's possible that could change.

Click here to view a listing of Staten Island outdoor swimming pools, free public swimming pools on Staten Island in the neighborhoods of SI. Please note the photos do not reflect the onsite pools as of this post 6.28.23.



Staten Island Summer Movies - Free Summer Movies & Things To Do SI NYC

Staten Island - Free Summer Movies 2023

Free Things To Do on Staten Island - Free Summer Movies in NYC Parks

June 20, 2023 /Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Free Summer Outdoor Movies NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

UPDATE COMING NEXT WEEK.

bronx free summer movies bronx morris park van cortlandt pelham bay coop city parkchester free summer movies things to do melrose mott haven fordham norwood belmont free summer movie bronx nycSummer is in full swing. A number of community groups in collaboration with the NYC Parks Department and frequently some measure of government funding, have put together a summer full of free summer movies in the parks. The free movie events listed below are designed for young and old alike and they're FREE.

 

We'll continue to add to this listing of free movies in the park on Staten Island as we become aware of them.

  • Free Things To Do on Staten Island

  • Current Staten Island Things To Do. Click here to view a listing of current Staten Island things to do.


Staten Island Parades NYC - Parades and Cultural Festivals on Staten Island NYC

Staten Island Parades NYC 2024

Schedule of Parades and Cultural Festivals on Staten Island NYC

staten island parades cultural festivals parades si nycMarch 1, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Parades NYC / Staten Buzz

This report provides a schedule of the parades held on Staten Island each year.

We update each parade / festival as we approach the event date. Pay attention to the dates / year as ONLY asterisked events have been updated to 2024.

The parades include the Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade in March, Easter celebrations in April, the Staten Island Memorial Day Parade in May, the Polish Cultural Festival honoring St. Stanislaus, Filipino Parade, and Juneteenth celebrations in June, the Travis Independence Day Parade and the Festival on the Mount in July, the Richmond County Fair and Fig Festival in September, the Westerleigh Folk Festival, the Art on the Fence Show, SI Mexican Independence Parade and the Staten Island Columbus Day Celebration [formerly a parade] in October, and the NYC Marathon and the Staten Island Veterans Day Parade in November. And actually quite a bit more - scroll down to see for yourself.

We have also included a number of the larger cultural festivals here as well.

At the end of this report there are links to the parades and festivals in the other four boroughs of NYC.

CLICK here to view our report on Staten Island Parades NYC - Parades and Cultural Festivals on Staten Island NYC.



Staten Island Street Fairs - Staten Island NYC

staten island street fairs staten island st fairs si nyc nys

Staten Island Street Fairs & Festivals 2024 NYC

I. Staten Island Street Fair Dates & Maps 2024

March 1, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Street Fairs / Staten Buzz NYC.

While generally Staten Island Street Fairs begin in April, this year we're going a bit deeper in the Winter quarter [January through March 2024], to identify some of the year round markets, which while not exactly street fairs, contain some of the elements of the street fair experience including an eclectic offering of merchandise and food items.

We've compiled one of THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE of STATEN ISLAND street fairs including street fair TIMES & PHOTOS & maps, some street fair names & sponsors, and street fair maps to help you find your way around during the spring, summer and fall of 2024.

staten island street fairs staten island st fairs festivals staten island nyc

How This Staten Island Street Fair Page is Organized

The Staten Island street fairs and festivals on this page are organized:

1) BY MONTH & WEEK and

2) BY NEIGHBORHOOD.

So you can now look through all of the Queens street fairs on a given weekend, and see where they are in each neighborhood.

 

*** Links to Street Fairs in All 5 Boros of NYC

Here are some links to Manhattan street fairs NYC, Queens street fairs NYC, Bronx street fairs NYC, Brooklyn street fairs NYC and Staten Island street fairs NYC. We'll add more as the summer progresses.

 

Staten Island Street Fair Updates - 2024

The Staten Island street fair dates that have been updated with 2024 designations reflect the current Street Fair events.

ASTERISKED street fairs have been UPDATED. The street fairs with prior year dates reflect the information regarding that fair in a prior year.

UNCONFIRMEDS. The 'UNCONFIRMEDS' represent street fairs held in a prior year, which we believe are returning, but which we have not yet confirmed details for 2024.

UPDATES. The street fairs of prior years and the UNCONFIRMEDS will be updated as new information comes in.

Also check our Staten Island Events calendar and / or our Staten Island Farmers Markets section for updates and other things to do.

* CLICK for  Staten Island street fairs NYC.



Staten Island Things To Do Memorial Day Weekend - Staten Island Memorial Day Weekend SI NYC

Memorial Day Weekend Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

Things To Do on Staten Island over the Memorial Day Weekend

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycMay 26, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do on Staten Island NYC / Staten Island Buzz NYC.

This is a report containing things to do on Staten Island over the Memorial Day Weekend. 

Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 70's and the temperature lows will be around 60. No rain is in the forecast.

The things to do on Staten Island on Memorial Day Weekend include art exhibitions, theater, live music, comedy, dance, shopping, outdoor activities such as soccer, kyaking, baseball, parades, street fairs, museums and dining in the Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach neighborhoods neighborhoods on Staten Island in NYC.

Be sure to check our Memorial Day Weekend things to do post mid afternoon Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Brief History of the Memorial Day Holiday on Staten Island

Memorial Day first started out as Decoration Day in Waterloo, New York on May 30, 1866 - a year after the Civil War - to honor those who fought in it. In the 1880's the day came to be known as Memorial Day.

According to a May 25, 2012 report in Time Magazine, ten states - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee also officially observe some version of a Confederate Memorial Day, sometime between late April and early June [in Texas it's in January]. It's been reported that unofficially most of the former Confederate states still commemorate it, but not without some controversy as to the former Confederate diaspora it's to honor their ancestors, while to the former diaspora of the slaves it seems a remnant of these states racist past.

About ten percent of the nation travels more than 50 miles over the weekend. Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day which is held on November 11th of each year. Veterans Day began by honoring those who fought in World War I which ended on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Both honor those who served in the U.S. Military. Veterans Day coincides with a similar holiday in Europe for the same reason, which is called Remembrance Day and Armistice Day.

Click here for Staten Island things to do on Memorial Day weekend.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Happy Mothers Day Weekend, TEFAF Show, Indian Film Fest & Japan Parade in Manhattan, Eight Tales of Pedro, Taste of Queens Tuesday & Jamaica Jazz Fest Friday in Queens; Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Open Stages & BAM Dance Africa Festival in Brooklyn, Bronx Week in the Bronx; Arts & Crafts Show at the Staten Island Mall & Updating Open Calls

 

May 12, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 465.

things to do this weekend in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 90 on Friday, falling to 80 on Saturday and about 75 on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 60's on Friday, falling to about 60 on Saturday and possibly into the mid 50's on Sunday. Winds will be about 5 - 8 mph all weekend. The humidity will fall from 50% on Friday to 40% on Saturday and between 30% - 40% on Sunday. No rain is in the forecast for this weekend

The photo at right shows a rainy day this past week. It was nice to see some moisture return to the area, as up until very recently, it had been lacking thus far this year.


Public Park Land Grab?

Billionaire Looking to Privatize Queens Parkland?

Bill Pending in Albany Would Enable it

May 10, 2023 / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Real Estate / News Analysis & Opinion / Queens Buzz / 1068.

NYS Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubrey has sponsored a bill to allow a billionaire to build a casino on Queens parkland.  Why can't the billionaire buy his own land to build the casino?  And why has Aubrey supported this public park land grab?

Click here to read the OpEd by the President of a local non-profit explaining the situation. Billionaire Steve Cohen appears to be making bid to essentially privatize Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.


Staten Island Mothers Day Restaurants - Moms Day Restaurants Staten Island NYC

Staten Island Mothers Day Restaurants 2023 SI

Staten Island Mothers Day Restaurants in or near Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach Neighborhoods of Staten Island

staten island family friendly mothers day restaurants staten island mothers day st george snug harbor stapleton south beach moms day family friendly restaurantss great kills historic richmond town castleton mothers day staten island moms day restaurants rossville tomplinsville mothers day restaurants staten island nyc April 25, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Restaurants / Staten Island Events & Things To Do / Staten Island Restaurants NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Mother's Day will soon be upon us. It's a good time to let your loved ones know you care. Flowers, gifts and brunch or dinner are always welcome, as is any thoughtful gesture that provides some measure showing your appreciation of your mother or the mother of your children. After all, without mothers, we would all cease to be.

It's best to book a restaurant reservation early for Mother's Day brunch, as on Mother's Day on Staten Island, many restaurants are full. So if you're thinking about eating out at a restaurant this Mother's Day in or near Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach neighborhoods; it's best to do your research early, and call ahead to book Mother's Day restaurant reservations.

Remember, restaurants also have additional capacity since the pandemic began, via all of those outdoor shanties built during the pandemic, which greatly increased overall space / seating capacity. And with the weather warming - the temperature is expected to be near 70 degrees on Mothers Day without rain, so outdoor dining is a pleasant, even welcome option.

But as the saying goes, the early bird gets the [worm] better seating, so book early.

 

Mother's Day History - Restaurants on Staten Island

The origins of Mother's Day in the United States began with the efforts by Anna Jarvis in honor of her own mother. According to Wikipedia, Anna began the campaign in 1905 - the year her mother died - and in 1910 West Virginia was the first state to adopt it as a holiday. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Click this link to view a brief guide of Mother's Day restaurants on Staten Island where you will find links to Staten Island restaurants we've researched, visited in the past or have reviewed. The restaurants we've reviewed include a mix of high, medium and budget priced restaurants that are spread throughout the borough and offer a large variety of ethnic cuisines.

We've identified a number of Staten Island restaurants that are open with indoor / outdoor dining options on Mother's Day on Staten Island NYC. Enjoy.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Cinco de Mayo, Janes Walk and 5 Boro Bike Ride in all 5 Boros, Cannabis Parade & Festival in Manhattan, Eight Tales of Pedro in Queens; Luna Park in Brooklyn, Kentucky Derby at the Bartow Pell Mansion in the Bronx; Yankee Peddler Day on Staten Island & Moving Open Calls

 

May 5, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 464

things to do in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island things to do this weekend events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 60 on Friday, then rising to 70 on Saturday and Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 50 on Friday rising slightly to the mid 50's by Sunday. Winds will be about 5 mph all weekend. The humidity will fall from 60% to 70% on Friday, to about 50% on Saturday and Sunday. No rain is in the forecast for this weekend

The photo at right shows a rainy day this past week. It was nice to see some moisture return to the area, as up until very recently, it had been lacking thus far this year.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Sikh Day and Greek Independence Day Parades & Anitquarian Book Fair in Manhattan, Eight Tales of Pedro, Irish & West Ghanaian Concert & Queens Symphony in Queens; Prospect Park Tour, Street Naming for MTA Member in Midwood & Luna Park in Brooklyn, Bronx Arts Ensemble Concert at the NYBG in the Bronx; Staten Island Ferry Hawks Home Opener All Weekend & Outdoor Markets on Staten Island, Moving Open Calls & Met Gala Monday

 

April 28, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 463.

things to do this weekend nyc manhattan events this weekend nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 60 all weekend long, while the temperature lows will be around 50 all weekend long. Winds will be 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The humidity will rise from 60% to 70% on Friday, rising to the mid 70% to mid 80% on Saturday, and rising to 80% - 90% on Sunday. There's about 2/3 of an inch of rain expected Saturday and another inch between 11 am - 11 pm on Sunday.

The photo at right, of the Greek Independence Day Parade, was taken a number of years back. The cultural pageantry references the lore of the heroics and democracy of ancient Greece.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Earth Day Weekend Events, Persian Day Parade in Manhattan; Ofrenda Fest in Queens; Invisible Dog Art Center & Luna Park in Brooklyn, 'Diamond' at Pregones & the Last Weekend for the NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; Jazz Concert & Jacques Tibetan Museum on Staten Island & Open Calls

 

April 21, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 462.

nyc things to do this weekend nyc things to do this weekend manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten Island things to do this weekend nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's all weekend long, while the temperature lows will be in the mid 50's on Friday and Saturday, falling to the high 40's on Sunday. Winds will be 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The humidity will rise from the mid 50% to mid 70% on Friday, rising to the mid 70% to mid 80% on Saturday, before falling back to around the mid 50% on Sunday. There's about 2/3 of an inch of rain expected Saturday after 6 pm and ending before 6 am Sunday. Otherwise, for the other parts of the weekend, no rain.

The photo at right captures some of the beauty and mystery of planet Earth. It was taken along an ancient Inca Trail in the Andes in Peru, not far from Macchu Picchu. We can learn a lot from the Incas, who were environmentally compatible engineers.


* NYC News Updates

China Operating a 'Secret Police' in Chinatown, Climate Change and NYS Springtime Forest Fires & Rupert Murdoch's Mendacious Media on Trial ... Again

 

April 18, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 472.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will rise from about 60 on Tuesday, to the mid 60's Wednesday and Thursday, to the low to mid 70's on Friday and Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the mid 40's on Tuesday and Wednesday, rising to the mid 50's on Thursday and Friday. The winds will be about 10 - 15 mph on Tuesday and Wednesday, dropping to 5 - 10 mph on Thursday and Friday. The humidity will be about 40% on Tuesday and Wednesday, rising to 60 - 70% on Thursday and Friday. No rain is in the forecast all week long.

 

PRC [People's Republic of China] Caught Operating a 'Secret Police' in Chinatown in Manhattan

In October of 2022, the FBI obtained a search warrant to investigate an office on Broadway in Chinatown believed to be a 'secret police' station set up by dictator President Xi Jin Ping's Peoples Republic of China in order to control the behaviors of Chinese people living in the U.S. Two men were charged in the case. According to the Department of Justice, the two men who were arrested yesterday, are "... “Harry” Lu Jianwang, 61, of the Bronx, and Chen Jinping, 59, of Manhattan ...".

The 'secret police' office was closed after the two men discovered that the FBI was watching them. When conducting the search, the FBI reported that the memories of the two men's communications devices [aka evidence] were erased. The men are presumed innocent in this country until proven guilty. This is very much unlike the process we've seen in China, where one is guilty of whatever dictator president Xi Jin Ping decides they're guilty of.

I always marvel at the dishonesty of dictators who attempt to control what everyone thinks, because the truth can be deadly to them and their regimes. For example calling China the PRC - People's Republic of China - when the people have no say in who their leaders are, can be imprisoned or even terminated for speaking their minds, and can only own or operate a significant business if it's given a blessing by the dictator president. The PRC should be called the XDC - Xi's Dictatorship of China. Where everything is designed to suit one man, and nobody, and nothing else, matters. As dictator president Xi seems to say by his actions, "... It's all about Me, Me, Me, Me or Xi, Xi, Xi, Xi ...".


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Orthodox Holy Friday & Easter Sunday in Queens, Brooklyn & Manhattan, International Auto Show, Tartan Day Parade in Manhattan; Lavender Laughs & Queens Night Market in Queens; Luna Park & BK Museum Pop Up Market in Brooklyn, Bronx Doc Film Editing Workshop Weekend, the Diamond at Pregones & NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; Staaten Eylandt Day, Cottage Curiosities, Iftar in the Park & Conference House Opens on Staten Island and , & Ramadan Ends Thursday

 

April 14, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 461.

things to do this weekend nyc events this weekend nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will fall from the high 80's Friday to the mid 60's Saturday and the temperature lows will fall from the mid 60's Friday to the mid 50's by Sunday. The humidity will rise from a very dry 30% - 50% on Friday into the 70% - 80% on Saturday and Sunday. Winds will be 5 mph all weekend. There's a below 50% chance of rain on Saturday and the amount of rain is forecast to be a quarter of an inch or less, and spread out over the entire day, so you might get a little damp while out, but not soaked by any means. And on Sunday the expectations are well below 25% probable and the amount is less than 1/20th of an inch.

The photo at right was taken a few years back of the Greek Orthodox Holy Friday Procession at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria Queens. It's an interesting cultural event and, in my mind, is one of the many diverse cultural events that makes NYC so interesting. See details regarding the event tonight [Friday] in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan below.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Easter Bonnet Parade, Pickleball Court Opens at Wollman Rink, Auto Show at Javits, Final Week of Chain Theatre Performance, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit at FIT in Manhattan; Chocolate Factory, Climate Change & Easter Egg Hunt & Party in Queens; Brooklyn Cyclones Home Opener & Rachel Wren Exhibit in Brooklyn [also Easter Egg Hunt on Governors Island], Easter Egg Hunt at the Mansion & NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; Easter Egg Hunts and Bonnett Tea Party on Staten Island, Easter Sunday and Passover & Ramadan Continue

 

April 7, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 460.

nyc things to do this weekend nyc events this weekend manhattan queens brooklyn bronx staten Island things to do events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will fall from the high 50's Friday to the mid 50's Saturday and into the low 50's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 40. The winds will fall from 10 - 15 mph on Friday, to 5 mph on Saturday and to 5 - 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will rise from about 35% on Friday, to 50% on Saturday, and ranging from 40% to 60% on Sunday. No precipitation is in the forecast.

The photo at right was taken at the Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden a few years ago.

Editor's Note. We're going to add more events that are happening this coming week on Monday, because NYC Public Schools are on Spring Break from Monday through Friday, April 10 - 14, 2023.


Easter & Passover Celebrations in NYC & Boros

Next Sunday is Easter for Western Christians and the Following Week it's Easter for Orthodox Christians

 

April 3, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 438

 

Very Brief Introduction to Christian Easter Traditions

photos epitaphios astoriaOn Friday, April 7th, Christians observe Good Friday, which is when the Bible tells us that Jesus died on the cross. On Sunday, April 9th, Christians celebrate the Biblical account of Jesus rising from the dead.

Emperor Constantine became the Roman Emperor in 306. In 324 Constantine made Christianity the official religion of the Empire. In 1054, the Great Schism occurred, wherein Christianity split into two different sects - Roman Catholic Christians [primarily in Western Europe] and Orthodox Christians [primarily in Eastern Europe]. The traditions have much in common, but one of the differences is in how they calculate the time of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The Western European Christians [Protestants and Catholics] use the Gregorian Calendar which was created in the 16th century and made the official calendar by Pope Gregory, while the Orthodox Christians use the Julian Calendar which was made law in the Roman Empire in 45 B.C. by Julius Caesar.

Thus there are years where the Western European and Eastern Orthodox Easter events fall at the same time, and there years where they do not. This year [2023] the celebrations of the two traditions are separated by a week, with the Western European Christians celebrating next weekend and the Orthodox Christians celebrating a week later.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

AIPAD Photography Show, Chain Theatre Performance Continues, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit at FIT in Manhattan; Chocolate Factory & Armstrong at LeFrak, and Next Week Sculpture Center Gala & Mets Home Opener in Queens; Luna Amusement Park Opens & Rachel Wren Exhibit in Brooklyn, Pregones Music Fest Ends Friday, Bronx Art Space Exhibit Closing Reception Saturday, NYBG Orchid Show in the Bronx; 5K Run on Staten Island, Palm Sunday, Passover Wednesday & Ramadan Continues

 

March 31, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 459.

nyc things to do this weekend nyc events this wekend manhattan queens brooklyn bronx staten Island things to do events nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will rise from 50 on Friday, to 70 on Saturday, falling back to 50 on Sunday. The temperature lows will range between the mid and high 30's all weekend. The winds will range from 10 - 15 mph all weekend. The humidity will fall from about 80% Friday, to 70% Saturday to 40% Sunday. There will be scattered thunder showers Saturday ending around noon and with a brief return between 7 and 9 pm Saturday night, otherwise lookin' good.

The photos in this report were taken at an AIPAD show in a prior year. See below for details.


Staten Island Street Fairs - Staten Island NYC

staten island street fairs staten island st fairs si nyc nys

Staten Island Street Fairs & Festivals 2024 NYC

I. Staten Island Street Fair Dates & Maps 2024

March 1, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Street Fairs / Staten Buzz NYC.

While generally Staten Island Street Fairs begin in April, this year we're going a bit deeper in the Winter quarter [January through March 2024], to identify some of the year round markets, which while not exactly street fairs, contain some of the elements of the street fair experience including an eclectic offering of merchandise and food items.

We've compiled one of THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE of STATEN ISLAND street fairs including street fair TIMES & PHOTOS & maps, some street fair names & sponsors, and street fair maps to help you find your way around during the spring, summer and fall of 2024.

staten island street fairs staten island st fairs festivals staten island nyc

How This Staten Island Street Fair Page is Organized

The Staten Island street fairs and festivals on this page are organized:

1) BY MONTH & WEEK and

2) BY NEIGHBORHOOD.

So you can now look through all of the Queens street fairs on a given weekend, and see where they are in each neighborhood.

 

*** Links to Street Fairs in All 5 Boros of NYC

Here are some links to Manhattan street fairs NYC, Queens street fairs NYC, Bronx street fairs NYC, Brooklyn street fairs NYC and Staten Island street fairs NYC. We'll add more as the summer progresses.

 

Staten Island Street Fair Updates - 2024

The Staten Island street fair dates that have been updated with 2024 designations reflect the current Street Fair events.

ASTERISKED street fairs have been UPDATED. The street fairs with prior year dates reflect the information regarding that fair in a prior year.

UNCONFIRMEDS. The 'UNCONFIRMEDS' represent street fairs held in a prior year, which we believe are returning, but which we have not yet confirmed details for 2024.

UPDATES. The street fairs of prior years and the UNCONFIRMEDS will be updated as new information comes in.

Also check our Staten Island Events calendar and / or our Staten Island Farmers Markets section for updates and other things to do.

* CLICK for  Staten Island street fairs NYC.



Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Street Fairs Begin, Chain Theatre Performance Continues, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit at FIT in Manhattan; Bayside St Patrick's Day Parade & Rough Draft Festival continues at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Queens; Bay Ridge St Patrick's Day Parade, Rachel Wren Exhibit & Final Performance of Lorraine Hansberry Play Tonight in Brooklyn, March is Music Month at Pregones, Bronx Art Space Exhibit about Homosexuality in Nature, NYBG Orchid Show & Yankees Home Opener in the Bronx; on Staten Island & The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan Began Thursday

nyc things to do this weekend events manhattan queens brooklyn bronx staten Island things to do this weekend events nyc

March 24, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 458.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 50 on Friday and Saturday, rising to 60 on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 40's all weekend. The wind will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, rising to 10 - 15 on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will be 40% - 50% on Friday and Sunday, popping up to around 80% on Saturday. There will be about a half inch of rain on Saturday, spread out over the course of the day from around 9 am to 11 pm, so you can likely do whatever you plan to, without any serious rain interruption.

The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan began yesterday [Thursday 3/23/23] and will continue until Friday, April 21. Ramadan is a month where Muslims fast, pray and reflect on their lives. Not unlike the Christian Lent.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

St Patrick's Day Parade, Chain Theatre Performance Continues, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit in Manhattan; 40 Shades of Irish Green & Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens; a Half Marathon Race, Lorraine Hansberry Play Performances & Rachel Wren Opening Art Reception in Brooklyn, an Art Exhibit about Homosexuality in Nature & the Orchid Show in the Bronx; St Pat's Weekend Irish Stout Concert and St Pats Weekend Bar Crawl for All on Staten Island & the First Day of Spring Comes Monday

nyc things to do this weekend in march nyc events march weekends nycMarch 17, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 457.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's on Friday, the low 50's on Saturday and the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday, and the low 30's for the rest of the weekend. The winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, and then 10 - 15 mph the rest of the weekend. The humidity will drop from 50% - 70% on Friday, to 40% on Saturday and between 30% - 40% on Sunday. No precipitation is expected this weekend.

The first official day of Spring is Monday, March 20, 2023. In the yogic tradition, spring is considered a time of renewal and transformation.

The photos included with this report are from a Manhattan St Patrick's Day Parade in an earlier year. Erin go Bragh which means Ireland Forever. Have a good one, which means a safe one, which means being respectful of others.


Governor Hochul Scraps the Ill Conceived LGA - Willets Point Air Train

Former Governor Cuomo's Air Train Seemed More About Catering to the Whims of the Billionaire Class, than in Streamlining Public Transit

March 15, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Queens Buzz NYC / 1066.

CTA subway line from downtown chicago to O'Hare Airport nyc public transit air train lgaIn 2017 I attended a Community Board meeting in Astoria where our urban planners talked about new improvements coming to LaGuardia Airport. Since then a number of those plans have come to fruition. But one of them, what at the time was called the third phase, the Air Train to LGA, has not. Use the link to see the thinking nearly six years ago when the plans had been drafted and the construction was about to begin. I'm happy to say that we flagged and reported to you a number of the issues with the LGA Air Train early on, which we've included in the list below.

The photo at right shows the CTA [Chicago Transit Authority] subway that runs along the Kennedy Expressway from downtown Chicago to O'Hare Airport which vies with Atlanta for the title of the busiest airport in the U.S..

 

The Former Emperor [Governor Cuomo] had No Clothes [Sound Public Interest Rationale]

On Monday, Governor Hochul announced what was already well known and expected, which was that the Air Train shuttling between LaGuardia Airport and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, would not be built.

There were any number of good reasons why the LGA Air Train should not have been built, such as: 1) the costs of building the train would cost more than five times the original estimated cost of under $500 million to over $2.5 billion, 2) then, implicit in a number of alternatives, there was the idiocy of connecting the LGA Air Train, to the second most trafficked subway line [the #7] in NYC, which was already nearing peak capacity pre-pandemic, 3) the politically and billionaire preferred alternative destination, Willets Point on Flushing Bay, had just been cleaned up after decades of environmental pollution, and would again be threatened again, and to top it all off, 4) the politically and billionaire preferred Willets Point alternative required all of the people traveling to and from LaGuardia on public transit, to travel out to Flushing first, before circling back around to LaGuardia Airport. The billionaires who would have benefitted from this include billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross and [now minority interest] Mets Club billionaire owners Saul B. Katz and Fred Wilpon. The new Mets baseball team owner, Steve Cohen, is also a billionaire.

CLICK here to read our report on Governor Hochul scraps the LGA to Flushing Meadows Corona Park Air Train.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Daylight Savings Time Sunday 2AM, Performance of a Lorraine Hansberry Play, a Pop Up Market & Poets Workshop in Brooklyn; Chain Theatre Opens Original Play, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit in Manhattan; Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Workshop for Women About EmPowerment, MFTA Art Opening & 40 Shades of Irish Green in Queens; Two St Patrick's Day Parades, a Concert, a Queer Nature Art Exhibit & the Orchid Show in the Bronx; Two Concerts [one Folk & one Classical], a Pre-Oscar Screening, a Staged Reading & Glass House Tour on Staten Island

nyc things to do this weekend in march nyc events march weekends nycMarch 10, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 456.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's and the temperature lows will be in the low to high 30's all weekend. Winds will range from 5 - 13 mph on Friday and Saturday and fall to about 7 mph on Sunday. The humidity will range from 60% - 80% on Friday, and then settle into the 60% - 70% range for the rest of the weekend. There will be about an inch of precipitation between 4 pm Friday and 9 am Saturday, and the rest of the weekend should remain dry.

The photo at right was taken in McCarren Park in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn a while back.


Staten Island St Patrick's Day Bars Restaurants & Irish Pubs - Staten Island NYC

Staten Island St Patrick's Day Bars, Restaurants & Historic Irish Pubs SI 2023

Staten Island St Pat's Day Irish Pubs in Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach Neighborhoods of Staten Island

staten island st patricks day bars restaurants irish pubs staten island st pat's day irish pubs staten island st patrick's day parties stapleton south beach st patricks day bars restaurants pubs great kills richmond town castleton st pat's day parties staten island st patricks day irish pubs rossville tomplinsville st pats day staten island nycMarch 4, 2023 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Holiday Events / Staten Island Events & Things To Do / Staten Island Restaurants NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

St Patrick's Day is on a Friday this year.

While St. Patrick's Day is one big party, it's important to keep in mind, that like New Years Eve, all the amateurs come out to play [it's not just the Irish who are out drinking on St. Patrick's Day]. So some measure of caution is advised and you have to be careful.

At a later date we'll add a bit of history of St. Patrick's Day.

Click here to read more about our round up of some of the Staten Island St Patrick's Day bars, restaurants & Irish pubs - Staten Island NYC.



* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Lorraine Hansberry's Play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music & Brooklyn Poets Readings in Brooklyn, the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College, Fresh, Fly & Fabulous Exhibit, Purim Celebration & the Harlem Blues in Manhattan, Cryptochrome at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & Two St Patrick's Day Parades in Queens, Queer Nature Opens at Bronx Art Space & the Orchid Show in the Bronx, & Lisa & Lori at Historic Richmond Town and the last Remaining Homophobic St Patricks Day Parade in NYC on Staten Island

things to do this weekend nyc march events this weekend 2023 snowfall in queens nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx staten island only snowfall of 2023 nycMarch 3, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 455.

NYC Weather. There will be about an inch of rain on Friday beginning between 5 - 8 pm, ending by Saturday 8 am. The rest of the weekend will be dry. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's all weekend, while the temperature lows will be in the mid to high 30's. The winds will be 10 - 20 mph on Friday, 5 - 15 on Saturday and about 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be 50% - 80% on Friday, 70% on Saturday and 60% on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken late Monday night. It seems someone made good use of their time, and built what is likely one of the few NYC snowmen of this entire winter.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Black HerStory at Lincoln Center, African Poetry Society Film Festival in Queens, Lorraine Hansberry's Play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Performance of the Play Insignificant at the Bartow Pell Mansion in the Bronx & African American Lighthouse Exhibit Opening on Staten Island

valentines day events queens nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx staten island v day eventsFebruary 24, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 454.

NYC Weather. The temperature high on Friday was 46 degrees, falling to 34 on Saturday, before rising to 51 on Sunday. The temperature lows will rise from the low 20's on Friday, rising to the high 20's on Saturday, and the low 30's on Sunday. The winds will be between 10 - 20 mph Friday, dropping to 4 - 7 mph Saturday and then rising again to 8 - 12 mph. The humidity will be in the 40% to 50% range on Friday, 55% t0 65% on Saturday, and between 50% to 60% on Sunday. No precipitation is expected.

The photo at right was taken at a production of Black Wall Street at the York College Bassin Performing Arts Center in Jamaica Queens quite a while ago.


* Black History Month in NYC

This is a Look at Some of the Black History Events We've Covered Over the Years

nyc black history month events things to do nyc langston hughes queens david mills york performing arts center queensFebruary 17, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC/ 471.

NYC Weather. The temperature high hit 61 degrees on Monday, and will fall to the mid to high 40's for the rest of the week. The temperature lows will range from the mid 30's to the low 40's until Friday, when the temperature drops into the mid 20's. The winds will range from 5 - 10 mph until Friday, when we'll experience a gusty 15 - 20 mph. The humidity will range between 60% - 70% through the week, before dropping to 40% on Friday. Less than a quarter inch of rain is expected on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The image at right is of Langston Hughes, a writer in the 1920's and 1930's of the Harlem Renaissance. It seems like African Americans are continuing the process of asserting their influence in American culture, a process that began going mainstream in the 1920's / 1930's.

 

Highlighting Black History Month in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens & Staten Island NYC with Reports about African American History and Culture

We've covered a number of interesting theatrical performances and art exhibits exploring African American history and the African American experience in the five boroughs over the years. Some of them feature the African American experience front and center, while others include or reference the African American experience. This is a compendium of most of them, with links to the full stories. Think of this as a work in progress as it is far from complete, and in some measure, reflects how long each of our web magazines has been open / covering events in each of the boroughs. At this time I have not included many of the black and brown events reflecting immigrants' cultures, vis a vis the African American cultural experience.


Staten Island Valentine's Day Restaurants - Romantic Restaurants Staten Island NYC

Staten Island Valentine's Day Restaurants & Events 2024

Staten Island Valentine's Day Romantic Restaurants in or near Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach Neighborhoods of Staten Island

staten island valentines day restaurants staten island valentines day st george snug harbor stapleton south beach romantic restaurantss great kills historic richmond town castleton valientines day staten island valentines day restaurants rossville tomplinsville romantic valentines day restaurants staten island nycFebruary 6, 2024 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Restaurants / Staten Island Events & Things To Do / Staten Island Restaurants NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Valentine's Day is less than three weeks away. Valentines Day is a good time to let your loved one know you care. Flowers, gifts and dinner are always welcome treats, and / or some thoughtful gesture that shows that the lady [or man] you're with, still means a lot to you.

The photo at right shows the bar in the Staten Island Ferry station in the St. George neighborhood.

This report provides a selection of various romantic and casual restaurants in which to celebrate Valentines Day on Staten Island. We also highlight a few local restaurant closures.

All restaurants that have been asterisked have either been updated or added in 2024. Those restaurants without an asterisk are from 2023 or before, so watch the dates / year to be sure you're looking at 2024 specials.

Valentine's Day is on a Wednesday this year, so it may be fair game to make your VDay reservation on Valentine's Day or any day of the preceding weekend. Also, many restaurants have retained their outside dining capacity - so depending on the weather - NYC restaurants may have more capacity for Valentine's Day weekend than they did prior to the prepandemic.

It's worth reminding folks that there were a number of restaurant casualties during and following the pandemic, so it's best to do your research early. If you're thinking about doing something this Valentine's Day for dinner in or around Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh or South Beach neighborhoods; call or go online to make the reservations.

 

A Brief History of Valentine's Day - Staten Island Romantic Restaurants on VDay

The origins of Valentine's Day are not well documented. It's believed to have been named after Saint Valentine who was apparently a Catholic martyr who died over 1500 years ago. Today the holiday is not associated with religion so much as flowers, candies, cards and romantic dinners. And the holiday spokesperson is now Cupid, a Roman god of desire, and quite a mischief maker.

Click here to read more about our round up of Valentine's Day restaurants on Staten Island - Valentine's Day SI NYC.



* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Valentines Day Weekend Cocktail Party NYC, Lunar New Year Parade Manhattan, Photo Exhibit Opening Reception & Comedy in the Bronx, Classical & Gregory Porter Concerts in Brooklyn, Play in Queens & Lighthouse for Lovers on Staten Island,

valentines day events queens nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx staten island v day eventsFebruary 11, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 452.

NYC Weather. The temperature high on Friday actually hit 61 degrees this morning, breaking a record. On Saturday and Sunday, the temperature high will be about 50 on both days, while the temperature lows will be in the mid to high 30's throughout the weekend. The winds will be between 5 - 13 mph all weekend. The humidity will be between 40% and 50% on Friday and Saturday, rising a bit to between 50% to 60% on Sunday. There's a small chance [30%] of a small amount of rain [1/10th of an inch] on Sunday night.

 


* Black History Month in NYC

Scratching the Surface of Our Ancestoral African Roots

black history and the role of african americans in advocating for civil rights nycFebruary 7, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 470.

Over the past few years I've come to enjoy a number of PBS programs that delve into our collective African American ancestoral roots. One of the shows is hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. wherein he researches various celebrities' ancestoral roots, digging up photos, slave ownership records, and connections to other celebrities by tracing DNA trails. The journey can lead to any number of surprises, such as when Gates found that one of actress Carol Burnett's ancestors joined the Confederate Army, and then deserted a couple of years later. Or when Gates uncovered that TV Producer / Writer Larry David of Seinfeld is a distant cousin to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

But for my money, the treasure trove of programming on PBS may be found in its rich collection of documentaries - both old and new. And among those documentaries are a wide number of films exploring the contributions and history of African Americans.

 

PBS Documentaries During Black History Month in NYC

I'm only going to touch on one of them now, and at a later date will return to engage in a deeper conversation about others. The documentary I watched on PBS this month, was entitled, The Blinding of Isaac Woodard. It was about how an innocent African American veteran was attacked by a white southern police chief [Lynwood Shull] from South Carolina who beat out Woodard's eyes and permanently blinded him in February 1946, while Woodard was changing buses at a bus stop. That's a mighty nasty way to welcome a WWII veteran home and thank him for risking his life to defend us.

Nonetheless, eight years later, the search for justice was fulfilled ... in a way. Of course the all white South Carolina jury let off Police Chief Shull. But that action so enraged President Harry S. Truman, that he ordered a federal investigation into the case. And actor / radio host Orson Welles, took up the cause too, helping make it known what sorts of racial injustices were being perpetrated upon African Americans living and working in the south.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Chinese New Year Celebrations Continue & Artists Open Calls

things to do this weekend nyc february events this weekend nycFebruary 3, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 451.

NYC Weather. We're going to have wintry cold from about 6 pm Friday to about 1 pm Saturday, when the temperatures fall below 20 degrees. Then it's back to our dry, global warming non-winter.

The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 20's on Friday and Saturday, rising significantly on Sunday to about 50 degrees. The temperature lows will be about 8 degrees Friday, rising to the mid 20's on Saturday and the high 30's on Sunday. The humidity will be about 30% on Friday, 40% on Saturday, and 50% on Sunday. Winds will be 20 mph Friday, and then 5 - 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. No precipitation is expected this weekend.

The photo at right was taken inside of City Hall last month. It's a beautiful building, as you can see.


* Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

New Play at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Boat Show at the Javits, Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, The Chinese New Year Celebrations Continue, Winter Jazz Festival & the January Arts Festival Ending, 1st Irish Festival in LIC & Artists Open Call in the Bronx

things to do this weekend january nyc weekend events nyc januaryJanuary 27, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC /450.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 40's on Friday and around 50 the rest of the weekend. The temperature lows will be in the low 30's on Friday, rising to about 40 the rest of the weekend. The humidity will be between 50% - 60% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 60% - 70% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. No precipitation is expected this weekend.

In the photo at right is the NYC skyline in Midtown, looking west from Queens. We've gone 324 days without measureable snow, the second longest period on record. The longest was 332 days set in 2000. Based on the most recent forecast, we're going to break that record and may go the entire winter without measureable snow. This is not good news. We all need to do whatever we can to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. And, however small it may seem, if you multiply it by seven billion [people on the planet], it won't seem so small. Every little bit of carbon reduction counts.


Things to do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory, The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit Begins, Winter Jazz Festival & the January Arts Festival continue

things to do this weekend in nyc events this weekend january 3rd weekendJanuary 20, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 449.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's throughout the weekend, while the temperature lows will be in the mid 30's on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 40 degrees on Sunday. Winds will be about 5 - 10 mph all weekend. The humidity will be about 50% - 60% on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 85% Sunday afternoon as the rain pours in. No rain is in the forecast until Sunday, when a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of rain is expected starting around 3 pm.

The photo at right shows folks walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, even amidst the dreary weather.

 

NYC Things To Do This Weekend

There's outdoor skating at Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center in Midtown, and at Wollman Rink in the southeast corner of Central Park and at the Harlem Meer in the northeast corner of Central Park. Also in Prospect Park and Coney Island in Brooklyn, Cloves Lake on Staten Island, and in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. For details see https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/iceskating


Economic Outlook 2023

Employment Steady, Inflation Subsiding, Consumer Confidence Up, Government Stimulus Fading, Fed Tightening 'Should' Stop After .25% Increase at Next FOMC Meeting, Most Global Supply Side Issues have been Corrected, Oil Prices Below a Year Ago, and the Dollar is Strong

January 17, 2023 / NYC Business News / New Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 469.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 40's and the temperature lows will be around 40, dropping to 35 degrees on Friday. No rain is expected EXCEPT on Thursday, where up to an inch of rain will fall during the day. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Tuesday and Thursday and will be 10 - 15 mph on Wednesday and Friday. Humidity will rise from 45% to 80% on Tuesday, fall back into the 60% range on Wednesday, rise into the 80% range on Thursday with the rain, and fall back into the 60% range on Friday.

 

I. Economic Background - CoVid Disruptions of Global Supply Chains and U.S. Government Fiscal & Monetary Policy Responses

In recent months I have spent a fair amount of time catching up on what's happening in the economy overall, in an attempt to guage what lies ahead. It's important to realize where we are in the business cycle, in order to figure out what to expect going forward.

 

nyc business local businesses in nyc manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island nyc economic outlook forecast 2023 nyc* Since March of 2020, we've been in a bit of a pandemic spin. The 2020 pandemic essentially halted most hospitality businesses and softened demand for some services, but drove high demand for both durable and non-durable goods. This is on the demand side. Meanwhile on the supply side, businesses were closing down, or working at far less than capacity, because of the health impact of the pandemic. For example in China, they didn't just appear to shutter businesses, but almost entire cities, to curb the spread of CoVid. China is where much of our electronics are made so this impacted the availability / supply of electronics at a time when Americans were spending more on them, because they weren't traveling, vacationing or even eating out much, so they had extra cash to spend on items, most notably electronics.

The U.S. federal government [as did many governments throughout the world] kept many businesses afloat through expansive monetary policy and generous fiscal spending via CoVid Relief packages which put money in the hands of local businesses, governments and individuals. The fiscal stimulus / excess government spending began in 2020 during the Trump Administration, and ended in early 2021 under the Biden Administration.

The first chart above right shows the federal government excess fiscal spending during the pandemic. Both Trump and Biden temporarily increased government spending in order to keep the economy rolling through the pandemic.


** Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Friday the 13th, Many Martin Luther King Day Weekend Events, Winter Jazz Festival & the January Arts Festival continue, Closing Reception, Play about Patriarchal Power & Skating

things to do this weekend in nycJanuary 13, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 448.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's on Friday, the high 30's on Saturday and the mid 40's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's all weekend. No precipitation is in the forecast. The humidity will be in the 60% range on Friday, the 50% range on Saturday, the 40% range on Sunday and Monday. The winds will be 12 - 17 mph on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, dropping to 5 - 10 mph on Monday.

The photo at right was taken a week ago at City Hall, where Mayor Adams opened himself up to a wide range of questions from the local press. This week the Mayor released the Preliminary Budget for NYC for 2024.


The Nurses Strike at Mt Sinai & Montefiore Hospitals

One Nurse Told me She Felt Like Nurses had gone from Heroes to Zeroes

healthcare nyc manhattan bronx nurses strike nysna mt sinai montefiore bronx nurses strike nycJanuary 5, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Healthcare / Manhattan Buzz NYC / 387.

On Monday I made the trip to the Mount Sinai Medical Center between 5th and Madison Avenues and between 99th and 101st Street on the Upper East Side. Mt Sinai is the hold out in completing negotiations or even resuming them with the New York State Nurses Association union or NYSNA.

By last Friday, January 6, 2023, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Maimonides Medical Center and Richmond University Medical Center had reached tentative agreements with the NYSNA union that included improvements in safe staffing and wages.

By Saturday, January 7, 2023 the NYSNA tweeted that BronxCare Health System and Flushing Hospital Medical Center had "reached tentative agreements that will improve safe staffing levels and enforcement, increase wages by 7%, 6%, and 5%, and save their healthcare benefits."

By Monday, January 9, 2023 about 7,100 pf the 42,000 nurses in the NYSNA union were set to go on strike at Mt Sinai in Manhattan and Montefiore in the Bronx. When I arrived around noon time at Mount Sinai in Manhattan on Monday, the NYSNA had a strong showing by their members. And the vehicular traffic appeared to be highly supportive of them, which you will see in the video I shot when I post it later today. The strikers were stationed primarily on Madison Avenue at about 99th Street, and there was a speaker there, but I really couldn't hear what she had to say with all the surrounding commotion, you'll see that too.

So I found a few nurses talking things over a bit away from the crowd, and I spoke with them. They told me that the strike is primarily about two issues: 1) staffing levels and 2) compensation. I learned a couple of things I didn't hear reported in the corporate media, which I'll share. But please note that I've not yet had a chance to confirm these findings with either of the hospitals still on strike.

The first thing they told me is that the staffing levels vis a vis patient loads are and remain the primary cause of the strike. They said that in the last union negotiation the hospitals agreed to put in recommended grids for staffing levels per patient for the various hospital units, which was a good first step. The problem is that the new staffing grids were not made enforceable.

Thus, because the staffing grids per patient remain unenforceable, I was told that they are exceeded too often. The trouble with this, they told me [and remember these are not the official spokespeople for the union, but rather rank and file union members, and I haven't yet cross referenced these findings with either hospital - see below] is that when you exceed the recommended staffing levels for prolonged periods of time, the probability of staff mistakes rise [dispensing meds and providing treatments], and hence this isn't just unsafe for patients, but it also puts the licenses of the nurses in jeopardy, should they make a mistake.

The second thing they told me was that the corporate media tells New Yorkers that the striking nurses are holding out for higher percentage pay increases vis a vis the nurses at the other hospitals who have reached tentative deals. They thought this characterization was incomplete - if not unfair - as the nurses at Mt Sinai and Montefiore have lower pay scales than the nurses at the other NYC hospitals.

CLICK here to read the rest of our report on the NYC / NYS Nurses Strike in Manhattan and the Bronx.


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

First Full Weekend of the New Year - 2nd Anniversary of the Trump Insurrection, Three Kings Day Parade, Greek, Ukrainian & Russian Orthodox Christmas, Shabbat Dinner, January Under the Radar Festival Begins, Mulchfest Ending & Skating & a Couple of Holiday Market Sales

things to do this weekend nyc january events nyc 1st weekendJanuary 5, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 447.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday and Saturday, descending to the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's all weekend. The humidity will be 70% on Friday, 60% on Saturday and between 50% and 70% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph all weekend. A scant amount of precipitation is expected early Friday morning, as well as late Sunday night. It appears to be something one needn't worry too much about.

In the photo at right, taken last week in Manhattan, you can see Macy's in the background, in all of its holiday glory.


New Years Resolutions 2023: The Road Ahead

A Few Axioms To Keep In Mind Throughout The New Year

new years resolutions nyc nys 202January 1, 2023 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Holidays / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 429.

For all of us, today starts the beginning of a new year.

If we stay the course with vaccinations, masks, social distancing and hand washing, we should be able to continue the transition from pandemic to endemic - assuming we're not already almost there - given that there are likely to be lingering long term CoVid effects and that we may never return to a pre-CoVid normal.

The rest of this report is about some of the things you can do personally to make 2023 a better year for you.


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Christmas and Hanukkah Will Soon End, and Kwanzaa Will Soon Begin, Also New Years Eve Parties and Events

things to do this weekend in nyc december 4th weekendDecember 23, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 446.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs descend from the mid 50's Friday, to about 20 on Saturday, rising to about 30 on Sunday and Monday, which is a holiday. The temperature lows fall like a rock to about 10 degrees Friday night, before rising to 15 on Saturday, 20 on Sunday and 25 on Monday. The humidity drops from 70% on Friday to 50% by the end of the day, and then remains in the 40% - 50% range for the rest of the weekend, including Monday. As of the time of this post, there's a 70% chance around midday of about 1/10 inch of precipitation. The winds will fall from a blustery 20 mph + on Friday, to 15 mph on Saturday, to 10 - 15 mph on Sunday, down to 5 - 10 mph on Monday.

The photo at right was taken earlier this month at Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan. The crowds are back, but there might not yet, be as many foreign tourists as in the past.


* Home for the Holidays - CoVid Update & the 'Tripledemic'

A Three Virus Healthcare Threat may be Good for TV Ratings & Headlines, but is it Real?

An NYC Tripledemic Update - Analysis of Reporting of RSV, Flu & CoVid in NYC

As We Return to En Vivo Socializing Over the Holidays - Things to be Aware of

December 19, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / CoVid in NYC / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 468.

covid in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island covid update tripledemic dec 2022 nycNYC Weather. There's going to be some semi-serious precipitation [at present 2 plus inches] beginning Thursday afternoon around 4 pm, continuing until Friday about 4 pm. The temperatures are expected to rise to well above freezing, so it's almost certain to be rain in the city. As for the rest of the week, no rain Monday through Wednesday, and none is expected Saturday and Sunday, as folks head home for the holidays.

The temperature highs will be around 40 from Monday through Wednesday, rising into the low 50's on Thursday and possibly hit 60 on Friday, before descending into the mid 20's for the Christmas weekend, so Santa and his reindeer won't overheat as they make their appointed rounds. The temperature lows will be around 30 Monday through Wednesday, rising to 50 on Thursday, before falling to into the high teens on Friday, where the low will remain for the rest of the weekend. Monday thru Wednesday winds will be around 5 - 10 mph, rising to 15 - 20 on Thursday and then 25 - 30 on Friday, before falling back to 15 - 20 mph on Saturday and then 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will be 50% - 65% on Monday thru Wednesday, rising to 75% - 85% on Thursday, and then falling on Friday from 75% to 50% on Friday, before settling into the weekend at between 40% - 50% for a dry weekend.

 

I. The Tripledemic - RSV How Real & How Scary?

covid in nyc manhattan brooklyn bronx queens staten island covid updateAs you likely heard, we are in the midst of experiencing a 'tripledemic'. The triple refers to CoVid, flu and RSV. RSV is short for respiratory syncytial virus, which is a virus that causes symptoms like those associated with a cold, but which can cause serious negative health issues for infants and the elderly. As usual, the TV news teleprompter readers and their writers appear to report whatever they're told, without actually thinking about the information they're conveying. And since they're in the business of attracting viewers' and readers' attention, they seem to have a tendency to sensationalize almost everything they report, including the weather.

So, let's start with RSV [respiratory syncytial virus], which to date, appears to have peaked the week ending November 12, 2022 [see chart]. According to weekly reporting by NYC Health, an NYC government website, there were three RSV related infant deaths since the peak this season, and they all occurred on the same week. As of the NYC Health report on December 17, 2022, there were nearly 30,000 cases in NYC so far this fall. So three infant deaths is a 0.01% RSV death rate in NYC. Given the low death rate, one has to wonder whether there were other complicating factors also at play?

RSV prevention is certainly worth paying attention to in order to protect your loved ones - especially infants, the elderly and immuno compromised. But that said, it rarely appears to be fatal, as you can see by the statistics noted above. RSV cases have been on the decline since the November 12th peak, but as in reporting on all health issues, things can change without notice. So stay tuned, knowing that what we're dealing with generally isn't lethal.


* Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

This is the Peak Party Holiday Weekend, Holiday Concerts, Holiday Shopping & Menorah Lightings as Hanukkah Begins

things to do this weekend in nyc december 3rd weekendDecember 16, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 445.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs descend from the high 40's on Friday to about 40 on Saturday and then into the high 30's on Sunday. The temperature lows drop from the mid 30's on Friday, to about 30 on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity drops from between 70% and 80% on Friday, to about 60% on Saturday and then into the 50% range on Sunday. The winds will be 12 - 16 on Friday and then about 10 mph for the rest of the weekend. About a half inch of rain is due Friday, ending about 4 pm in the afternoon, and thereafter the weekend should be dry.

The photo at right was taken last week along 6th Avenue, near Bryant Park in Midtown. The city is again entertaining fair crowds of tourists and New Yorkers.


* Picketing for the One Day Strike at the New York Times didn't Last a Day

How Not to do a Strike?

December 13, 2022 / NYC Business News / Midtown Manhattan / News Analysis & Opinion / Manhattan Buzz NYC / 386. 

Early last week I caught wind that there was an impending strike coming to the New York Times.  It was a snippet of a news story, but seemed important, given the prominence and influence of the Times. The Times is one of the two most prestigious papers in the nation along with the Washington Post, and one of a small number of such influential newspapers in the world.

 

NYT Strike on Thursday, December 8, 2022

nyt strike in nycSo, when I heard that the strike was actually happening on Thursday late afternoon, I dropped everything and headed down to the New York Times office building in Midtown Manhattan.  I had a hunch that the strikers would be disbanding - if not gone - by the time the TV news ended at 7 pm. 

It turns out I was right, as I arrived right around 7 pm and there wasn't a striker in sight.  I walked completely around the block, covering all street exits of the Times office building, including 8th Avenue and 40th and 41st Streets. The strikers had been there, just not for a very long time.

I asked several people coming out of the building about the strike.  Most of them shrugged me off, in a surly sort of manner.  One of them responded telling me that the strikers were there in the afternoon, marching along 8th Avenue.  But, as mentioned, there wasn't a striker in sight, and no trace that they had been there.  Unless they had slipped into Wolfgang's Steakhouse for drinks and dinner [see photo below].

The photo above right was taken outside of the Times office building in Midtown Manhattan around 7 pm on December 8, 2022 - the day of the one day strike. The picketing appears not to have lasted the day.

A reported 1,100 members of the News Guild of New York gave up a days pay, to stage the one day walk out on Thursday, December 8th.  The union represents 1,450 NYT employees, of which 1270 are newsroom personnel, according to the Wall St. Journal.  Based on the coverage I saw by other news organizations of the strike, far fewer folks picketed on Thursday, than the number of those who didn't show up for work and gave up the day of pay. My guesstimate of the number who picketed was in the low hundred(s).


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Holidays Tree Lightings, Holiday Caroling, Holiday Community Gatherings & Holiday Markets

things to do this weekend in nyc december events nyc 2nd weekend events things to do nycDecember 10, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 40's, and the temperature lows will be in the low to mid 30's, all weekend. About 1/3 inch of precipitation is expected on Sunday between the hours of noon and midnight. Winds will be about 7 - 10 mph all weekend. The humidity will rise from 40% - 50% on Friday, to 50% - 65% on Saturday, to 70% - 80% on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken this week along 5th Avenue, which was fairly crowded Thursday evening with tourists and New Yorkers.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays are Going Full Tilt This Week with Tree Lightings, Caroling, Community Gatherings and Holiday Markets

things to do this weekend nyc december events nyc 1st weekend in DecemberDecember 2, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 443.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday, the high 50's on Saturday and descending back to the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday, descending to the low 30's on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will climb from 50% to 60% on Friday, to 55% to 77% on Saturday before descending back to 50% to 60% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, rising to 10 - 15 mph on Saturday and then falling to 5 mph on Sunday. About a quarter inch of rain is expected between 7 am and 1 pm on Saturday, otherwise it's a dry weekend.

The photo at right was taken last week. What strikes me about this photo, and other scenes in the city like it, is the lingering foliage and color we're still seeing at this late date in the season.

This weekend we could top 60 degrees, which as you know, is unseasonably warm. Even the birds and insects are confused by this weather. For example at a Thanksgiving Day dinner in Connecticut I noticed there were insects hovering around the table, and in Queens - just yesterday - I walked past a bevy of trees which were alive with the noise of what seemed an entire flock of tweeting birds. It was fairly cold yesterday, so I thought perhaps their beaks were chattering, like we humans do when it's very cold.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays are Going Full Tilt This Week with Tree Lightings, Caroling, Community Gatherings and Holiday Markets

things to do this weekend in nycDecember 2, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 40's on Friday, the high 50's on Saturday and descending back to the low 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday, descending to the low 30's on Saturday and Sunday. The humidity will climb from 50% to 60% on Friday, to 55% to 77% on Saturday before descending back to 50% to 60% on Sunday. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph on Friday, rising to 10 - 15 mph on Saturday and then falling to 5 mph on Sunday. About a quarter inch of rain is expected between 7 am and 1 pm on Saturday, otherwise it's a dry weekend.

The photo at right was taken last week. What strikes me about this photo, and other scenes in the city like it, is the lingering foliage and color we're still seeing at this late date in the season.

This weekend we could top 60 degrees, which as you know, is unseasonably warm. Even the birds and insects are confused by this weather. For example at a Thanksgiving Day dinner in Connecticut I noticed there were insects hovering around the table, and in Queens - just yesterday - I walked past a bevy of trees which were alive with the noise of what seemed an entire flock of tweeting birds. It was fairly cold yesterday, so I thought perhaps their beaks were chattering, like we humans do when it's very cold.

 

Holiday Things To Do in Manhattan - Open Streets in Midtown

All Weekend the holiday shops at Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, Times Square, Columbus Circle, Union Square Park, the Grand Bazaar on the UWS, the Chelsea Market, and the World Trade Center are all open - not just this weekend but through to Christmas. Details to all of these and other markets may be found using the link below entitled Manhattan holiday markets.

Unique markets open only this weekend include one at the Indian Museum, and one - La Marqueta - only on Saturday in Harlem. On Sunday 12/4/22 there's an ornament making workshop at the Ukrainian Museum where they're encouraging folks to do some holiday shopping at the museum gift shop as they aren't hosting a bazaar this year. Details to all of these and other markets may be found using the link below entitled Manhattan holiday markets.

On Saturday Hudson Park is hosting its tree lighting. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Manhattan holiday events.

Note that on Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18, 2022 between 12 noon and 6 pm, Fifth Avenue will be closed to vehicles and open to pedestrians from 48th to 57th Street. On Sunday from 10 am - 5.30 pm for the price of an MTA fare, passengers may ride the MTA vintage / nostalgia 1930s, 1940's, 1950's and 1960's train cars from between Chambers Street in the West Village and West 137th Street in Harlem. Brick Presbyterian Church has its Park Avenue tree lighting on Sunday, as does Carl Schurz Park which hosts its tree lighting Sunday. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Manhattan holiday events.

All Weekend the Luminaires Light Installation at Brookfield Place will be on. Ice rinks at Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center are open. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is up, but not lit. ORIGAMI at the American Museum of Natural History on the UWS. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Manhattan holiday events.

Next Wednesday both Madison Square Park and Washington Square Park have their tree lightings. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Manhattan holiday events.

For further details on these holiday events or to see what holiday markets are happening in Manhattan, click these links - Manhattan holiday events, Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah menorah lightings, Kwanzaa candle lightings NYC and Manhattan Holiday Markets NYC.

 

Holiday Things To Do in Brooklyn

On Friday night, December 2, 2022 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music aka BAM, community activist Angela Davis will speak and there's also a Slavic Soul party. The Lott House is also hosting a Sinterklaus tree lighting event with cocoa, cookies & music. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Brooklyn holiday events.

On Saturday there's a St Nicholas celebration at The Vande Ende Onderdonk House which is an historic Dutch colonial house celebrates. Also the Wyckoff Museum is hosting an outdoor St Nicholas event with St Nick arriving on a live horse around 2.30 pm.

On Saturday there's a pop up market at Fort Greene Park. On Saturday and Sunday, December 3 & 4, 2022 there's a holiday market at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and a couple of holiday flea markets - one in Williamsburg and the other in Dumbo. The FAD [Fashion / Art / Design] markets also open this weekend and remain open weekends, closing prior to the Christmas weekend. Details to all of these and other markets may be found using the link below entitled Brooklyn holiday markets.

On Sunday there's a Christmas tree lighting in Fort Greene Park. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Brooklyn holiday events.

All Weekend - Holiday lights in Dyker Heights and the Lightscape Show at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Brooklyn holiday events.

Lastly, it's worth noting that the Fort Hamilton holiday celebration and market is next Friday, December 9th. So if you're planning to go you need to register to gain access to the army base.

For further details on these holiday events or to see what holiday markets are happening in Brooklyn, click these links - Brooklyn holiday events, Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah menorah lightings, Kwanzaa candle lightings NYC and Brooklyn Holiday Markets NYC.

 

Holiday Things To Do in Queens

On Friday, December 2nd in Jackson Heights beginning at 5 pm there's a tree lighting organized by the 82nd Street Partnership. There's also a tree lighting at Harpell's Pharmacy in Bayside. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Queens holiday events.

On Saturday, December 3rd there's a holiday party in Astoria Park in the afternoon organized by CALDC. Also on Saturday in Astoria, along Steinway Street, there will be Christmas carolers making their way up and down the street from late morning through most of the afternoon. In Jackson Heights the JH Beautification Group is hosting its annual tree lighting and holiday celebration beginning at 4 pm. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Queens holiday events.

Also on Saturday, December 3rd in the afternoon, there are a couple of holiday art fairs in LIC hosted by artists. In Sunnyside, there's an arts and crafts fair all day long. And in Bayside there are also a couple of holiday fairs which run in the morning and most of the afternoon, which are hosted by churches. Details to all of these and other markets may be found using the link below entitled Queens holiday markets.

On both Saturday and Sunday in Flushing there will be a tree lighting combined with arts and crafts projects at the Queens Botanical Garden. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Queens holiday events.

All Weekend. The Winter Lantern Festival began at the Queens County Farm at 7350 Little Neck Parkway. The Amaze Lights Festival began November 11th at CitiField in Flushing and runs through January 8th, 2023. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Queens holiday events.

There are also a number of events that happen next week, including the premiere of a new play about the pandemic at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC. Details to all of these and other events may be found using the link below entitled Queens holiday events.

For further details on these holiday events or to see what holiday markets are happening in Queens, click these links - Queens holiday events, Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah menorah lightings, Kwanzaa candle lightings NYC and Queens Holiday Markets NYC.

 

Holiday Things To Do in the Bronx

All Weekend - The Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center is hosting wreath making workshops in Riverdale. The Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights and NY Botanical Garden Glow and NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show also run all weekend. Details to all of these and other holiday markets and holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Bronx holiday markets and events.

On Saturday 12/3/22 there's a Salsa Dance Party at the Bronx Museum. There's also a holiday event at the Bronx Terminal Market in the Concourse neighborhood. And a late afternoon / early evening holiday tree lighting on Arthur Avenue in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx. The Bartow Pell Mansion is hosting its annual holiday party and fundraiser. Details to all of these and other holiday markets and holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Bronx holiday markets and events.

On Sunday 12/4/22, there's a free classical holiday concert at Lehman College in Bedford Park. Also on Sunday the Throggs Neck Merchants Assocation hosts its annual holiday celebration at the Bronx Library at the DeRosa O'Boyle Triangle in the Throgs Neck neighborhood of the Bronx. Details to all of these and other holiday markets and holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Bronx holiday markets and events.

Next Thursday, 12/8/22 there's a holiday celebration with Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson at Lou Gehrig Plaza at Borough Hall at 161st Street and the Grand Concourse in the Mott Haven / Concourse neighborhoods of the Bronx. That same evening there will be another holiday lights celebration at the Mosholu Parkway Lawn in Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx.

And Next Friday the Fordham BID hosts its holiday celebration in Bryan Park in the Fordham neighborhood. Also next Friday the Bartow Pell Mansion begins hosting candelight tours of the mansion. Details to all of these and other holiday markets and holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Bronx holiday markets and events.

For further details on these holiday events or to see what holiday markets are happening in the Bronx, click this link Bronx Holiday Markets & Bronx Holiday Events NYC.

 

Holiday Things To Do on Staten Island

All Weekend there's a Winter Wonderland at Snug Harbor. And the Staten Island Mall is hosting photo sessions with Santa. Details to all of these and other holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Staten Island holiday events.

On Saturday there's a holiday market at Snug Harbor in Randall Manor. A holiday market at Immanuel Union Church in Westerleigh. Details to all of these and other holiday markets may be found using the link below entitled Staten Island holiday markets.

There's also a Yule Jog at the Conference House in Tottenville and the Conference House Holiday Tours have begun. Details to all of these and other holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Staten Island holiday events.

On Saturday & Sunday Empire Outlet tree lighting and holiday market in St. George. Details to all of these and other holiday markets may be found using the link below entitled Staten Island holiday markets.

On Sunday, the Grand Illumination and outdoor holiday market at the Conference House in Tottenville. Details to all of these and other holiday markets may be found using the link below entitled Staten Island holiday markets.

On Sunday the Old Bermuda Inn begins its first round of holiday brunches with Santa.

Next Monday and Tuesday the Historic Old Bermuda Inn with John Vincent Scalia Funeral Home hosts their annual Memorial Tree Lighting. Next Tuesday, 12/6/22 Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella will host a tree lighting at Borough Hall in St. George. Next Wednesday 12/7/22 there's a holiday celebration in Midland Beach organized by the Richmond Road Merchants Association. Details to all of these and other holiday events may be found using the link below entitled Staten Island holiday events.

For further details on these holiday events or to see what holiday markets are happening in Staten Island, click these links - Staten Island holiday events, Christmas tree lightings, Hanukkah menorah lightings, Kwanzaa candle lightings NYC and Staten Island Holiday Markets NYC.

Enjoy.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays are Warming up a bit this Weekend, Before going Full Tilt Next Week

things to do this weekend nyc november events nycNovember 25, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 442.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 50's all weekend, while the temperature lows will rise from around 40 on Friday and Saturday, to 50 on Sunday. The humidity drops from 60% - 70% on Friday, to 50% - 60% on Saturday, and then rises again to 70% - 80% on Sunday. The winds will be around 15 mph Friday, falling to 10 mph on Saturday and Sunday. There's a slight chance of a slight amount of rain before noon Friday, none on Saturday and then about a half to two thirds inch of rain on Sunday between 11 am and 9 pm.

The photo at right was taken at a Thanksgiving dinner I attended yesterday. I ate so much of the dinner, that I didn't dare have any dessert for fear of exploding ... a similar memory of which, I also have as a child.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Holidays have Arrived in NYC

things to do this weekend nyc november events nycNovember 18, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC / 441.

NYC Weather. The temperatures will be in the mid to low 40's during the day and the mid to low 30's at night. Humidity will be fairly low ranging from 35% to 50%. No rain is in the forecast. The winds will range from 10 - 16 mph, so fairly windy.

As hard as it is to believe, the holidays have arrived. Last weekend the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree arrived. It's an 80 foot spruce which will be lit on Wednesday evening November 30th.

Following the lighting at Rockefeller Center, there's a new street program entitled Fifth Avenue for All. It starts Sunday, December 4th, continuing Sunday, December 11th and ending Sunday, December 18th whereby 5th Avenue will be closed to automobile traffic from 49th to 57th Street, from 12 noon - 6 pm. There will be food vendors, musicians, pedestrians and others, who will take over the street.

And of course the holiday events and holiday shopping seasons have begun as well. We're working on holiday markets as we speak, and we expect to continue updating through the weekend. But you can use the links below in the Holiday Markets report filed earlier this week, to see how far we've gotten in posting the holiday markets which have begun opening.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Announcement, Veterans Day Weekend, Art & Performance; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do this weekend nyc november events nycNovember 11, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's Friday, dropping to the mid 50's Saturday and down to the mid 40's Sunday. The temperature lows will plummet from the low 50's Friday, to the low 330's Saturday and into the high 20's on Sunday. The humidity will fall from 90% Friday, to 80% Saturday, to 65% 80% on Sunday. Winds will be a blustery 7 - 15 mph all weekend. Rain is in the forecast, with about a quarter inch to fall tonight, and then 1/10th inch of rain early in the morning on Saturday and Sunday - so it shouldn't stop you from going out.


NYS Politics & Election Day November 2022

NYS Elections are November 8th, Today

nyc poll site locator queens poll site locator manhattan polls locations

November 8, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC / 474.

The NYS election is today, Tuesday November 8th.  On the ballot are the following races: U.S. Senate, Governor, Other state level positions such as Attorney General, State Assembly, State Senators and Ballot measures.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

NYC Marathon Weekend, Veterans Day Commemorations Warm Ups, Upcoming Play; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do this weekend nyc november events nycNovember 4, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid to high 70's all weekend, while the low will be in the mid 60's all weekend. No rain is in the forecast, but it will be a very humid weekend for this time of year ranging from 70% to 85% all weekend. Winds will be about 10 mph all weekend.

The photo at right was taken at the Queens World Film Festival in a prior year. The festival returned to the Museum of the Moving Image this week and runs through the weekend.

The graphic below right shows the course of the NYC Marathon this Sunday.


Staten Island Thanksgiving Gourmet Food & Grocery Stores & Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day SI

Thanksgiving Day Food Shopping, Community Dinners & Restaurants on Staten Island 2022

Thanksgiving Day Grocery Stores Food Shopping, Community Dinners & Restaurants in or near Castleton, Stapleton, Richmond Town, Great Kills, Rossville, Tompkinsville near St. George, Westerleigh & South Beach Neighborhoods of Staten Island

staten island thanksgiving day gourmet food shops grocery stores thanksgiving day restaurants staten island  st george snug harbor stapleton south beach thanksgiving day food stores restaurants great kills historic richmond town castleton thanksgiving day staten island moms day restaurants rossville tomplinsville staten island nyc November 2, 2022 / Staten Island Neighborhoods / Staten Island Restaurants / Staten Island Events & Things To Do / Staten Island Restaurants NYC / Staten Buzz NYC.

Thanksgiving Day History - Thanksgiving Food Shops, Dinners & Restaurants on Staten Island

The origins of Thanksgiving Day in the United States began with one of America’s first settlements, founded by the risk-taking, resource-pooling, hardworking, spiritual community of Pilgrims. The Pilgrims were early English settlers who arrived on American shores in the early 17th century [1600’s]. They came here because they wanted a measure of freedom and self-determination that they were forbidden in Europe or what was called the ‘old country’. The Pilgrims wanted to practice their faith, unencumbered, in a way that differed from the established Church of England. They pooled their money to obtain a ship, the Mayflower, to cross the Atlantic in mid September of 1620, landing on America's shores at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts on November 9, 1620.

The Pilgrims Receive Help from the Native People of a Strange Land

Per Wikipedia, the Piligrims survived a hard winter in 1621 with the help of the Wampanoag, an American Indian tribe. The Pilgrims were the immigrants, and the first Americans, the Indian natives, welcomed them. The Wampanaog taught the Pilgrims how to catch eels, and how to grow and harvest corn. Thus the Pilgrims ended 1621 with a good harvest which they celebrated and shared with their new friends, expressing their thanks to a higher power, aka God, for the success of their endeavors.

Thus it was that the first Thanksgiving celebration happened in America. There's some dispute to this account, which we'll address in a future post, near Thanksgiving Day.

We've identified a number of Staten Island shops, community dinners and restaurants open for dining on Thanksgiving Day on Staten Island. Enjoy.



Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Halloween Weekend in All 5 Boroughs; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOctober 28, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 60's all weekend, while the temperature lows will be in the low 40's on Friday and Saturday, rising to the mid 50's by Sunday. Winds will be 3 - 8 mph all weekend. Humidity will be 45% - 65% on Friday and Saturday, rising to 60% - 80% on Sunday. No rain is in the forecast this weekend.

The photo at right was taken over a decade ago in Queens. I recently came across it while doing some website content management work. The photo captures a moment in time of a young woman with an alluring gaze.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Your best bet is to click the link above for the full Manhattan Halloween magilla.

On Friday night the Whitney Museum in the Village is throwing a 'Hallowteen' event, while there's a Halloween party at the Museum of the City of New York on the UES and the McKittrick Hotel is throwing a big Halloween Party down in Chelsea. Stage 48 in Midtown is throwing a Monster Ball on Friday and a Halloween Parade After Party on Monday. There's also an old silent movie being shown, accompanied by a live organist, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The Merchants House Museum in the East Village is hosting haunted tours in the evening on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday the Meatpacking BID is hosting a number of family friendly Halloween events and programs in the West Village, while E's Bar is throwing a party on the UWS. On Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Center is hosting an Open House and Family Day. Capitale in SoHo is hosting a big Halloween bash on Saturday.

On Sunday the Irish Arts Center in West Midtown is throwing a kids event midday. The Slate Bar, Bar 13 and Webster Hall all have Halloween events on both Saturday and Monday. Also on Sunday in the Flatiron District there's a Halloween themed history tour.

And the NYC Halloween Day Parade is on Monday.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Your best bet is to click the link above for the full Brooklyn Halloween magilla.

On Friday and through the weekend, the House of Yes, has entertainment galore. The Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID is hosting a Halloween event in the evening. The Green-wood Cemetery is hosting the Dia de Los Muertos tours through their grounds Friday through Monday evening.

On Saturday in Fort Greene Park there's a Halloween dog costume contest and a party. The Polish Slavic Center is hosting a parade and festival from late morning on. In Prospect Park there's a haunted carousel through the afternoon. The Old Stone House has a costume contest in the afternoon. Industry City is hosting an early afternoon trick or treat. Littlefield in Gowanus is throwing a Halloween 'be cute' costume party at night. And at MCU Park there are a number of Halloween events including [unconfirmed] a Halloween parade starting around noon.

On Sunday at Kings Theatre in the Flatbush Ditmas neighborhood, there's a performance of RuPaul's Drag Race Night of the Living Drag in the evening.

On Monday there's Dumboween with the traditional March to the Arch in Dumbo. In Fort Greene, BAM is throwing a BAMboo party in the afternoon. The Park Slope Civic Council is hosting a parade in the early evening.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Your best bet is to click the link above for the full Queens Halloween magilla.

On Saturday Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting a Harvest Festival during the day, while the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is hosting a Halloween party in the evening - both in Astoria near LIC. Russo's on the Bay in the Rockaways is throwing a Halloween party and there's also a rooftop party at the old Z Hotel organized by an independent. There are a number of local bars in Sunnyside and Woodside that throw fairly low key Halloween parties. Maggie Maes on Queens Blvd is the only one for which I saw a promotion.

On Sunday there's a full day of Halloween on the farm at the Queens County Farm.

On Monday the Jackson Heights Kids Halloween Parade returns. It's a decades long community tradition.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Your best bet is to click the link above for the full Bronx Halloween magilla.

The Bronx Zoo is hosting a number of Halloween themed programs / events through Sunday 10/30.

On Saturday, there's a Halloween party in Franz Sigel Park near Yankee Stadium in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx. The Throgs Neck Halloween Parade and Party begin around noon at St. Frances de Chantal Church / School. Also in Throgs Neck is a party hosted by the 45th Precinct. The Bartow Pell Mansion is hosting a trick or treat in the afternoon. The NY Botanical Garden is hosting Halloween in the Garden and Spooky Pumpkin Garden Night on Saturday. BAAD Bronx is hosting a Halloween Party Saturday night in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx.

On Monday, the City Island Halloween Parade returns to the Main Drag aka City Island Avenue. And the KRVCDC is throwing a Halloween Party beginning in the late afternoon at their HQ in Riverdale. The KRVC in the name stands for Kingsbridge, Riverdale and Van Cortlandt neighborhoods and all are welcome.

 

Staten Island Halloween Weekend Things To Do

Your best bet is to click the link above for the full Staten Island Halloween magilla.

The Alice Austen House is hosting a 'spirit world' event Friday night. There's the Rocky Horror Picture Show at the St. George Theatre also Friday night. Snug Harbor has a 'scary' tour Friday night. The Lighthouse Museum has a Haunted Cruise up the East River scheduled for Friday evening. There's a play running through the weekend at the Empire Outlets next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

The Historic Bermuda Inn is hosting a costume party Saturday night in Rossville, while in Tottenville the Conference House is hosting an arts and crafts event Saturday afternoon. Last, but not least, the Staten Island Mall is hosting a trick or treat in the mall on Saturday. Snug Harbor has a Scary Stories & S'Mores program scheduled for families on Saturday and Sunday. The Lighthouse Museum has some daytime programs scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Historic Richmond Town is hosting tours and passage through a pumpkin patch this weekend.

There's a parade on Sunday at the Empire Outlets next to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a happy Halloween Weekend.


What have the Democrats & the Biden Administration Accomplished?

Does Biden have Washington Working Again, in Spite of Narrow Democratic Majorities in Both the Senate & House? Why are Democrats Not Running on Their Collective Record?

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOctober 26, 2022 / Local Government & Politics / National Government & Politics / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

The midterm elections are on Tuesday, November 8th.

While President Biden's poll approval is below 50%, I believe it is because there's a yawning gap between perception - as provided daily by the billionaire controlled TV networks - and reality.

So here's the reality piece of it, since you've already been inundated with the ratings-driven TV networks view of things.


The American Economy

The Biden Administration presided over the creation of 10,000,000 new jobs since coming to office, more than any other first half term of a presidency.

The Biden Administration helped fix the broken supply chain last year, which enabled most Americans to have a normal Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Biden's Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg worked with the shipping industry to identify and fix the bottlenecks of: 1) ship arrival and departure scheduling, 2) harbor warehouse space capacity and management, 3) harbor merchandise management movement, 4) harbor staffing and scheduling and 5) land transportation pick up and delivery. Billionaire Rupert Murdoch's Wall St. Journal, NY Post and Fox News hyped the perception that things were far more broken than they were. The Murdoch media outlets noted above, seem better at letting their audience know what Rupert Murdoch wants them to think / fear [aka perception], than reporting the world as it is [reality].

The Democrats and Biden Administration passed a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill which was designed to upgrade our nation's infrastructure by improving broadband communications, transportation infrastructure like bridges, tunnels and roads, and our utility / power grid.

The Biden Administration passed the CHIPS law, which is a semiconductor manufacturing bill that incents America's leading chip makers to build more of their products right here in the good old USA. America leads in semiconductor research and design, but lags behind China, Korea and Japan in chip manufacturing. This will create many new high tech jobs. It seems to me that Ohio Senate candidate, Tim Ryan, should try to make some hay with this. BTW this isn't just good for the economy. It's also necessary for national security.

The Biden Administration is presiding over one of the lowest unemployment rates [currently 3.7%] the U.S. has had, which is part of the reason inflation was triggered.

 

Inflation. It's Starting to Come Down & Will Continue Downwardly in 2023

Inflation happens when demand outstrips supply. That's simple economics.

During the pandemic the supply / demand relationship was disrupted globally. As a result inflation rose from 4.7% globally to an estimated 8.8% globally. In the U.S. inflation in 2021 was 4.7% and is estimated to end 2022 at about 8%, falling to 6.5% in 2023. So inflation is a global problem and we're doing better than the rest of the world.

The Federal Reserve is able to 'manage' inflation by raising interest rates which takes liquidity out of the market and slows spending. The Federal Reserve, from where I sit, overreacted with monetary stimulus during the pandemic, and is on the verge of overreacting with its withdrawal of money supply by virtue of raising interest rates too fast and too far.

I think the Fed should reduce its interest rate increases to a half point in November and December and then move cautiously in the 2023 new year, perhaps to a quarter point or maybe even to no increase in the beginning of 2023, because as you can see from the chart, it wasn't until the beginning of 2022 that inflation started galloping. And because inflation was high in the early months of 2022, the price increases year over year should start dropping fairly significantly beginning in 2023. See chart above right and also note that inflation is already coming down, so we're on the right track, in correcting for the economic / supply and demand disruptions caused by the pandemic.

The other thing for the Feds to consider is the multiplier effect and its lag time. The multiplier effect is an economic term that essentially says when a large purchase is made - like a house, a car or a vacation - that economic activity trickles through to many other segments in the economy. For instance the purchase of a home usually initiates some spending on furniture or construction / renovation, while the purchase of a car initiates spending on gas, hotels, restaurants, and so on. The reverse is true as money dries up. The large purchases are oftentimes made by borrowing, and the payments associated with borrowing depend on the interest rates, which ultimately depend on the Federal Reserve funds rate. When the rates go up, the economy slows. When the rates go down, the economy accelerates.

There's a lag time for the multiplier effect to ripple through the economy. So, in the current scenario, this means that as money is taken out of the economy by Fed interest rate increases, there's a lag in its impact on consumers realizing the change and adapting their spending to it. The lag can range from three to 24 months. This summer / fall we started to see the Fed's rate increases begin impacting / slowing economic activity. But the full impact of the increases made to date will take longer, as the multiplier effect continues reverberating through the economy, ultimately affecting business and consumer decisions going forward. So the Fed needs to tread carefully, as the tools they have to manage this process require one to master something that is part science and part art.

The Federal Reserve Chair is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate every four years.

 

Democrats & Biden's Efforts to Mitigate the Impact of Inflation. Social Security Increase of 8.7%. Healthcare Cost Reductions & Aid. Energy Savings. Student Debt Reduction.

The Biden Administration is overseeing one of the largest increases [8.7%] in Social Security payments in decades. This is good news for the elderly, as it will catch them up on the last year of inflation, as inflation is expected to come down.

The Biden Administration, through the Inflation Reduction Act, has enabled Medicare to negotiate drug prices. This is good economic news for the government budget deficit and will help lower the cost of prescriptions for Americans on Medicare.

The Biden Administration included in the Inflation Reduction Act an extension of the subsidies to enrollees of the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] to help keep enrollees out-of-pocket costs low for the next three years. These subsidies were set to expire this year.

The Biden Administration included in the Inflation Reduction Act funding for incentives for consumers to buy more renewable energy products and appliances in order to reduce carbon emissions. Electric vehicles are one such example and the incentives are limited to those making 150% of the median income in their area.

The Biden Administration has announced that it is reducing debt incurred for education by $10,000 for qualifying students. I would have preferred that they kept the loans intact, while offering 0% interest instead to help students out.

The Biden Administration is overseeing one of the largest increases [8.7%] in Social Security payments in decades. This is good news for the elderly, as it will catch them up on the last year of inflation, as inflation is expected to come down.

 

Protecting the American People. Bipartisan Gun Bill.

The Biden Administration passed the first law regulating the purchase of handguns in 30 years. See September 13, 2022 report below. Everyone recognizes that the legislation didn't go far enough, as assault weapons must be taken off the streets, but the Republicans in Congress won't allow it. So they accomplished what they could - given the tight majorities the Democrats have in both legislative bodies - by taking handguns out of the hands of young people and tightening background checks.

The Biden Administration has two Local Police Funding bills [Invest to Proect] pending - one in the Senate and one in the House - which need to be reconciled. If they two legislative bodies can reconcile their differences, about $300 million will go to local police departments over five years to help them with the recent crime wave coming out of the pandemic. During the pandemic Americans made record gun purchases, many by first time gun owners, and many gun sales included assault weapons, which have contributed to record mass murders in America this year. Biden is the president, not the dictator or king [same difference in many nations], so he needs majorities in both bodies of the legislature, to move the needle a little closer to reasonable vis a vis the kinds of guns on the streets.

 

Protecting Veterans. PACT Act.

The Biden Administration passed a bill, the PACT Act [Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxins] that expands medical and other benefits for veterans and their families who were exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances while serving in the military.

 

Protecting Civil Rights. Women. African Americans.

President Biden appointed the first African American woman, Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the Supreme Court.

The Biden Administration sued Idaho to delay an Abortion ban in the wake of the Supreme Court Ruling overturning a woman's right to an early cessation of pregnancy. The Department of Justice is also weighing similar suits to do the same in other states, but without a Democratic Congress and Senate, the Biden Administration's hands are tied on this issue. If women wish to retain their right to make decisions as to when to give birth and to whose baby [in many states, women with rapist pregnancies, are mandated to give birth], then they need to get out and vote for the Democrats who are trying to protect their rights. Can you imagine Mitch McConnell or Donald Trump allowing the government to tell them that they had to go through a nine month pregnancy, and birth / take care of the baby of someone who raped them?

Biden named Juneteenth a national holiday. According to Wikipedia, "Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas." The slaves in Texas were among the last to learn of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.

 

Protecting the Planet. Responding to Climate Change.

The Biden Administration approved the passage of sites for 30 gigawatts of off shore, wind-powered installations. This would increase wind generated power by about 22% in the U.S. in just a few short years. For perspective the U.S. generates more than 1116 gigawatts of power [this is not an accurate figure - only directional as I didn't have time to reconcile the difference between various information sources]. Solar power sources in the U.S. in 2015 stood at about 28 gigawatts in total. It's only a start, as Republicans still seem to ignore all of the signs of global climate change - like a spelunker team leader believing that the light at the end of the train tunnel is an opening - not an oncoming train. Rupert Murdoch, who largely controls the Republican party through his propagandistic mass media outlets [WSJ, Fox News & NY Post], has had close ties to the Saudis. At one time a Saudi Prince was the largest non-Murdoch investor in his tightly controlled NewsCorp.

Do you think Murdoch's financial dealings with the Saudi Prince affected his 'news' outlets distorted reporting of climate change?

For the full story on a man members of British Parliament called unfit to run an international company, that a former Australian Prime Minister called a cancer to their democracy, and who President Joe Biden said was the most dangerous man in the world - see our report series on Rupert Murdoch who controls Fox News, the NY Post, the Wall Street Journal and is one of the largest shareholders in Disney / ABC.

The Biden Administration included in the Inflation Reduction Act funding for incentives for consumers to buy more renewable energy products and appliances in order to reduce carbon emissions. Electric vehicles are one such example and the incentives are limited to those making 150% of the median income in their area.

The Biden Administration has initiated other efforts to curtail the use of fossil fuels, many of which require a larger majority in both the House and Senate than the Democrats now have.

 

Protecting the American People. CoVid Vaccination Rollout.

The Biden Administration rolled out the CoVid vaccinations with some measure of success, shortly after taking office. Unfortunately the white people, many of whom rely on Rupert Murdoch's distorted news reports - including on vaccinations - now have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation.

 

Fiscal Responsibility. Reducing the Deficit.

Within its first two years, the Biden Administration has more than halved / reduced the federal budget deficit by $1.7 trillion. But that said, America is still running a $1.4 trillion annual deficit, and that deficit along with our record national debt, is the collective responsibility of both Democrats and Republicans. America's funding of its government through debt issuance, coincidentally began shortly after Australian born Oligarch Rupert Murdoch entered the White House during the Reagan years, and began meddling in our politics. Murdoch appears to favor politicians who help him and the other billionaires rob the U.S. Treasury and American people through larcenous tax breaks. The last Murdoch promoted tax break for billionaires was passed by the Republicans and the Donald in December 2017. A multi-trillion dollar plus deficit was first recorded during the Trump Administration, in part due to its response to the CoVid pandemic. It's worth noting that it appears that Murdoch has also been legally robbing the Australian and British people in the same manner.

 

Foreign Affairs. Exit Afghanistan, Stay out of Ukraine, Help Ukraine Defeat Disgusting Dictator

President Biden oversaw the American exit from Afghanistan. Compared to the last invading nation's exit [Russia], the 20 years of collective Republican and Democratic mismanagement of that conflict, and the timeline set out by the prior administation, I'd say the Administration did a pretty fair job. Unfortunately nobody can prevent suicide bombers without putting the entire nation under lock and key - and even that might not work.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with the TV networks, one of the media outlets [Wall Street Journal] controlled by the Australian born Oligarch, Rupert Murdoch, led the perception narrative of the Biden Administration evacuation from Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal ignored so many of the facts in their signature oped piece by 'The Editorial Board' [aka Rupert Murdoch], which turned a huge swath of the nation against the President. The Wall St Journal then continued to run the video from mid August into November on its front page [how's that for propaganda?]. The narrative was echoed not just in the Wall Street Journal, but on Murdoch's other propaganda outlets such as the NY Post and Fox News, as well as on many of the lemming TV network news outlets. The editorial ignored many of the realities of the situation faced by the Administration, as well as ignoring Afghanistan's culture, history and our management of that conflict. If you ignore enough facts, you can make black look white and white look red. And wave the red flag at Biden Murdoch's WSJ did. Here's a story we did on the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan at the time.

The Biden Administration included in the Inflation Reduction Act a minimum tax of 15% on large, wealthy, profitable corporations who are paying no tax at all. He also added funding to step up enforcement of corporate tax dodgers. This is likely one of the reasons that Australian born Oligarch Rupert Murdoch has his propagandists continually slant / portray Biden in a negative light.

Contrary to Murdoch's Fox News predictions of disaster in Afghanistan, the U.S. military under the Biden Administration reportedly succeeded in getting terrorist Al Zawahiri in August 2022.

The Biden Administration has kept us out of the Russian Ukrainian war, without ceding a large [44 million people] emerging democracy to the ruthless Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin. Trump called Putin's move brilliant at the beginning of 2022. But to date Putin's invasion looks far from brilliant, as Russia has lost about 20,000 of their soldiers and there are another 60,000 plus Russian soldiers injured. Putin's war to make himself famous has gone so badly that he had to call up a 'partial mobilization' for his 'military operation' in Ukraine.

In response to Putin's call to sacrifice their lives for him, an estimated 200,000 Russians reportedly fled the country to avoid being drafted into Putin's egomaniacal war. To boot, Russia's economy went from about +5% growth in 2021, to about -2% [more?] in 2022. After eight months of Putin's invasion, the Russians are only occupying between 15% - 20% of Ukrainian territory, of which about half [or more?] they had previously captured in 2014. Putin has now made himself a suspected war criminal for allowing and / or promoting crimes against civilian Ukrainian women and children.

So is Trump correct in calling Vladimir Putin brilliant? You decide.

The Biden Administration has led America back into a leadership role for western democracies through improved relations with our traditional allies via NATO and the United Nations.



So why are Democrats running for House and Senate seats ignoring the Biden record?

Maybe because the Democrats running for Congress and the Senate are operating under the misguided perceptions of Biden, manufactured by the billionaire controlled TV media - not on the facts like those contained in this report.

Biden isn't a very good speaker. He has had a speech impediment since he was a child. So, unlike Trump, who sells blather for billions, Biden can't talk his way out of a paper bag. But unlike Trump, Biden knows how to operate the federal government quite effectively. This should come as no surprise, as Biden spent the better portion of his life working the halls of the Senate and Oval Office, while Trump sold New Yorkers and Russians real estate, working on his true calling, which many believe was the 'Art of the Steal'.

So who to trust? The ratings-driven, teleprompter readers regurgiating their billionaire owners' news views on TV - or - the reports by journalists on the web, who do their homework in order to inform their audiences? You decide.


 

<h1>Staten Island Holiday Events - Staten Island NYC</h1>
<h2>Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, &amp; Kwanzaa Candle Lightings on Staten Island and Holiday Events &amp; Things To Do NYC</h2>
<p><strong><img class="imgright" src="http://statenbuzz.nyc/photos/File11082.jpeg" alt="staten island halloween parties staten island halloween restaurants staten island kids halloween parties staten island nyc" width="400" height="314" /></strong> December 17, 2021 / <a href="http://www.statenbuzz.nyc/staten-island-neighborhoods---staten-island-nyc-cms-1450">Staten Island Neighborhoods</a> / Staten Island Holiday Events / Staten Island Things To Do / Staten Island Buzz NYC.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>*** Be sure to visit our <a href="/staten-island-holiday-markets-shopping-events---staten-island-nyc-cms-1469">Staten Island Holiday Markets</a> page, as it contains related holiday events with a shopping element to them.</p>
<p>*** For links to <em><strong>holiday events and markets in all five boroughs of NYC</strong></em> scroll down to the bottom of this report.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<p><strong>EDITOR NOTE</strong>. While it seems we've turned the corner on the CoVid pandemic, it's after effects still linger. Hence a number of holiday events we saw in 2019 may not yet return in 2021 for reasons related to CoVid, or possibly finances. So while they may not return this year, they might make a comeback next year.</p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<h2>How The Staten Island Holiday Events Page on this Page are Organized</h2>
<p><strong>These holiday events on Staten Island are organized as follows:</strong></p>
<p><strong>1. BY NEIGHBORHOODS OF STATEN ISLAND</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. BY DATE </strong></p>
<p>Watch carefully as some locales have <strong>multiple dates</strong>, and all dates for a given locale are shown at the time the venue is first listed.</p>
<p><strong>3. ALL OF THESE ARE FREE UNLESS FEES ARE SPECIFIED.</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>
<h2>Staten Island Holiday Lights, Christmas Tree Lightings, Hanukkah Menorah Lightings, Kwanzaa Candle Lightings Background</h2>
<p>The holidays are a special time of the year. In ancient times there were harvest celebrations to give thanks and enjoy the bounty after a long growing and harvesting season aka a year of work.</p>
<p>And there were also winter solstice celebrations to commemorate the end of the darkening of the skies. Some cultures celebrate with a festival of lights, and in Christian cultures the holidays are marked with holiday lightings including tree lightings and candle lightings - as well as the celebration of giving through the most well known and most generous man in the world - Santa Claus.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, back on Staten Island we celebrate in a number of ways, which carry on some of these ancient traditions. The following provides the dates / times / locales and some details regarding many of the various Staten Island holiday celebrations and Staten Island holiday markets and shopping for folks to enjoy between now and the end of the year.</p>
<p>Click here to read our report about <a href="/staten-island-holiday-events-things-to-do---si-nyc-cms-1274">Staten Island Holiday Events / Holiday Things To Do &amp; Staten Island Holiday Markets &amp; Shopping</a>.</p>
<div class="divclear"><hr /></div>

Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Open House NY all Weekend All Boros, Halloween Festivities Begin; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOctober 21, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 60's, while the temperature lows will be in the high 40's on Friday, low 50's on Saturday and the high 50's on Sunday. There's a 50% - 90% chance of about a third of an inch of rain on Sunday, beginning about 2 pm. Winds will be about 5 mph on Friday and Saturday, rising to about 10 mph on Sunday. The humidity will rise from 50% - 65% on Friday, to 55% - 75% on Saturday and to 75% - 90% on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken at a Halloween event in NYC in a prior year. This year a number of organizations have kicked off the Halloween festivities a bit early, with some starting this weekend, some happening throughout the coming week, and many, many more happening over next / Halloween weekend.

Here are links to some Halloween parties and events planned around the five boroughs - Bronx Halloween Parties and Events NYC, Brooklyn Halloween Parties and Events NYC, Manhattan Halloween Parties and Events NYC, Queens Halloween Parties & Events NYC and Staten Island Halloween Parties and Events NYC.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

On Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11 am to 5 pm - Treats in the Streets - is an event filled day of activities in the West Village generally designed for kids by the Meatpacking Business Improvement District. The day includes live music, tarot card readings, a couple of hours of drag queen story telling, and the annual Doggie Costume Contest. At Hudson River Park & 14th Street Park and the Gansevort Plaza at Little West 12th and 13th Streets in the West Village. See link above for further details.

Next week during the week. Use the Manhattan Halloween events link above for further details about the following events as well as for information about a number of events Halloween Weekend.

Note that the Harlem Meer Floating Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park and related events are happening on Wednesday & Thursday, October 26 & 27, 2022 from 4 - 7 pm. There's also a lecture on Witchcraft in NY, followed by a Halloween Trivia Contest at the NY Historical Society on the Upper West Side on Thursday, October 27, 2022 beginning at 6 pm & 8.30 pm respectively.

Wednesday thru Saturday, October 26 - 29 2022 from 6.30 to 10 pm - 50 minute Haunted House Candlelight Tours at The Merchants House Museum that run every half hour. They describe them as follows: " ... by flickering candlelight to hear chilling – and true – tales of decades of otherworldly activity in the house, the results of years of paranormal investigations – and the latest stunning scientific findings. The Tredwell family lived at 29 East 4th Street for nearly 100 years, and at least eight people died in the house. Reports of strange and inexplicable occurrences have been widespread since Gertrude, the last surviving Tredwell, died in 1933 ..."

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

On Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Queens Halloween / Harvest Events at King Manor in Jamaica. A fall celebration which they describe as follows: " ... This year, we have collaborated with Queens Fiber Arts to provide a festival with dozens of vendors, in addition to a pumpkin patch (Queens County Farm) and rum tasting with the historic Neir’s Tavern ... " The event also includes games, arts & crafts and cider. On Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street in Jamaica Queens NYC. Free.

On Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 1 to 3.30 pm Astoria Kids Halloween - Batty over Halloween Celebration. The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition is hosting an event which they describe as follows: " ... arts and crafts, face painting, stilt walkers, balloon artists, performances, and more ... ". On the great lawn in Astoria Park where there's an outdoor party.

Next week during the week. Use the Queens Halloween events link above for further details about the following events as well as for information about a number of events Halloween Weekend.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 beginning at 6.30 pm the Culture Lab / Plaxall Gallery are hosting an Inaugural Fall Festival. There will be live performances, food and drinks with the proceeds going to support the Culture Lab. Admission. $135. Culture Lab is located next to the Plaxall Gallery at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

On Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11 am - 4 pm - Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts a Harvest Festival which includes a full day of family fun with participation by between one and two dozen local arts, cultural, community and culinary organizations. They have special events every hour or so and the following activities going on throughout the day including: " ... Arts & Activity Stations with Our Partners, Lawn Games with YMCA, Pumpkin Patch & Decorating, Live Animal Station by Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Educators, Coffee, cider, and pastries for purchase by Flux Coffee Roaster and Sweetly Brooklyn, Book Giveaway by Brooklyn Book Bodega, and .... a Raffle ... Collect stamps on your passport from different stations around the Pier. Once you have six, visit the Welcome Tent to fill out a raffle ticket...". The Brooklyn Bridge Park is located along the East River beginning just north of the Manhattan Bridge down to Atlantic Avenue. It's eastern border is the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, so there are limited entrances from the Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo neighborhoods. The Harborview Lawn may be accessed by crossing over the BQE at Middaugh Street in Brooklyn Heights. Free.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 21 - 23, 2022 from 12 noon - 4 pm on Friday, & from 12 noon - 8 pm Saturday & Sunday - Live Circus at MCU Park. The amusement park is open from 12 noon to 10 pm. Ticket prices into Luna Park are $30 / $51 based on height, for folks under 4 feet height and those over four feet high, respectively. At Maimonides Stadium at 1904 Surf Avenue. Halloween parties at Luna Park in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

On Saturday, October 22, 2022 beginning at 12 noon the 37th Annual South Bronx Halloween Parade & Party in Longwood / Foxhurst Neighborhoods of Bronx begins. The parade is organized by Community Board 2 and begins at Westchester & Southern Blvd, marching south along Southern Blvd, turning right on Intervale and ending at Dawson at the Bill Rainey Park in the Foxhurst / Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx. The parade and after event includes candy giveaways, entertainment and costume prizes. It's still all free and all are welcome.

. For details see Bronx street fairs.Also on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11 am - 5 pm there's the Jerome Avenue / Gun Hill Fall Festival

On Saturdays & Sundays, October 1 - 30, 2022 from 10 am - 5 pm the Bronx Zoo operates several Halloween rides / events for the month leading up to and a bit after Halloween. They may cost a small additional fee [$4 - $6] over and above the main entrance ticket. Bronx Halloween events for kids on the weekends included Bootoberfest [at the beer garden], magic shows, an extinct animal graveyard, costume parades, a corn maze, pumpkin carving, a candy trail, skeletons and bones and a wildlife theater. Admission $42 / $37 / $32 and kids under age 2 are free. Advance purchase of tickets required. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Blvd near the Bronx neighborhoods of Belmont.

On Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2022 from 11 am to 4 pm - NY Botanical Garden hosts a Pumpkin Parade & Halloween Weekend. From 11 am to 2 pm Materials for the Arts helps kids get ready for the parade. They describe this event as follows: " ... Some of the country’s largest gourds are on hand for a pumpkin party unlike any other! Get crafty with wands and shakers ahead of our Pumpkin Parade, and dress up in your best Halloween outfit as you walk down Garden Way with larger-than-life skeletons and acrobats. Then explore enormous pumpkins from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth—some weighing in at over a ton—along with live pumpkin carving from artist Adam Bierton, winner of Food Network’s Halloween Wars ..." Admission is $15 for kids, $28 students & $30 for adults. For NYC residents there's a grounds access pass option that costs $15 / $7 / $4. Kids age two and under are free. The New York Botanical Gardens at 2900 Southern Blvd near the Bronx neighborhoods of Belmont, Norwood & Pelham Parkway.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Fridays, October 21, 2022 at 8 pm, 9 pm & 10 pm the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden hosts a one hour Spookly Snug Harbor Tour that departs each hour on Friday nights in October. Here's what they tell us about the flashlight tours: " ... Journey back in time to learn about murder, mayhem, and hauntings at Snug Harbor. Visit the final resting place of Captain Robert Randall, whose wealth willed Snug Harbor into existence, and ponder the mystery of Chaplain Quinn’s murder, a crime that gripped the nation. Learn about the 19th century disaster that rattled the harbor’s buildings and the unlikely reason its sole survivor escaped, and discover a disappearance that sent the institution into a frenzy ...". Admission is $25 / $20 for the one hour tours. At Chapel and Gazebo Roads at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood on the north shore of Staten Island.

On Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 21, 22, 23, 2022 from 7 - 8.30 pm Snug Harbor hosts Scary Stories & S'Mores. Here's what they tell us about the event: "... Entertain both your mind and taste buds with scary stories and s’mores! Join our storytelling circle for tales of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, as you enjoy s’mores and sip hot cocoa. Wear a costume and some courage as performer Jack Dabdoub gets you in the Halloween spirit ...". This family event is recommended for families with children aged 7 – 11 years old, and not recommended for children under 6 years.Admission $15 / $12. At the compost demo site next to the Heritage Farm in the Snug Harbor complex at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood on the north shore of Staten Island.

 

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a nice weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

1st Annual Indigenous People's Parade, Taste of the Seaport, Diwali Times Square, Harvest Festival Carl Schurz Park & NY Film Festival ending at Lincoln Center Manhattan; Taste of Sunnyside in Queens; Oktoberfest in Brooklyn; Fall Festival in the Bronx; Lighthouse Festival on Staten Island; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOctober 14, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's and the lows will be in the low 50's. No rain is in the forecast until Monday. Winds will range from 3 - 10 mph and humidity will range from about 50% to 65% - both all weekend.

The photo at right was taken at the Diwali Times Square celebration in a prior year.

We expect to finish our Halloween events page this weekend. A link will be posted here when it's mostly done on either Saturday or Sunday.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Saturday, October 15, 2022 beginning at 12 noon to 3 pm - 1st Annual Indigenous People's Parade. The parade begins at 26th Street and South Broadway in Midtown and marches down to 17th Street where there will likely be some impromptu activity in Union Square Park.

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 1 - 9 pm - Diwali Times Square - A celebration of the Hindu festival of lights in Times Square.

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Taste of the Seaport - At Piers 16 & 17 along the East River at the South Street Seaport. Entertainment, kids activities and about 40 food & beverage purveyors with proceeds going to arts and enrichment programs at two public elementary schools - PS 343 Peck Slip School & PS 397 Spruce Street School. Last year tickets cost $10 for 5 tastes at www.tasteoftheseaport.org.

The NY Film Festival continues at Lincoln Center and runs through Sunday, October 16th. See https://www.filmlinc.org for details and tickets.

Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 1 - 3 pm - Harvest Festival at Carl Schurz Park on the Mayor's lawn at End End and East 88th Street. Live entertainment, scarecrow, pumpkin patch & pumpkin decorating. Free - details at www.carlschurzparknyc.org.

Next Week _ Sunday, October 23, 2022 from 11 am - 5 pm - Korean Festival - In Union Square Park at Park Avenue and 14th Street and Broadway and 17th Street - Manhattan street fairs. NYC.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Sunnyside _ Sunday, October 16, 2022 - Taste of Sunnyside Restaurant Crawl - from 2 - 7 pm. - Meet at Lowery Plaza underneath the #7 subway line at 40th Street and Queens Blvd in Sunnyside Queens. Tickets $50 - $75. You're given a pass to enter about two dozen different participating restaurants. For tickets and details see - https://sunnysideshines.org/

The Queens World Film Festival starts November 1. Details coming soon.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 6.30 - 9.30 pm - Bay Ridge Catholic Oktoberfest. At Meletia Hall at St Anselm School at 365 83rd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The event includes light fare, beer, music and raffles. Tickets are $25 adults / $10 kids.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 12 noon to 4 pm - Fall Festival at St. James Park. This event is being hosted by Councilmember Sanchez. Games, crafts and sports. Free.

Next Week - Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11 am - 5 pm. Jerome Avenue / Gun Hill Fall Festival in the Bronx. Along Jerome Avenue from East Mosholu Parkway to East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. This street fair in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx will have food, shopping, arts & crafts, music, games, pumpkins and pet adoption.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Rescheduled to October 16, 2022 _ St George _ Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm. Annual Point Lighthouse Festival - At 200 / The Promenade at Lighthouse Point in the St. George neighborhood. The festival includes live bands, local vendors of arts & crafts, food and programs for adults & kids. $3 suggested donation & $7 with chowder sampling. Staten Island street fairs / festivals in St. George. See lighthousemuseum.org for details.

 

Have a nice weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Columbus Day Parades & Celebrations in 4 Boros; Comic Con & NY Film Festival at Lincoln Center Manhattan; St Lukes Rummage Sale, Oktoberfest, Fall for Arts on Roosevelt Island and Durga Puja ends in Queens; Panamanian PreIndependence Day Parade & Zum Schneider Fest in Brooklyn; Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration & Randalls Island Park Alliance Festival in the Bronx; Mount Loretto Italian Festival, Staten Island Arts Festival and Closing Weekend for Comedy at Victory Theatre on Staten Island; some outdoor Farmers Markets & Street Fairs still open

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOctober 7, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will fall from the mid 70's on Friday to just below 60 on Saturday, and then rising back into the low to mid 60's on Sunday and Monday. The temperature lows will start around 50 on Friday, and then falling to the mid 40's on Saturday, rising to the high 40's on Sunday and Monday. The humidity will be in a comfortable 50% - 65% range all weekend. No rain is in the forecast, so all in all it looks to be perfect fall weekend weather through the holiday. Enjoy it as the winter is a'coming.

The photo at right was taken at the Astoria Columbus Day Parade in an earlier year. The parade returns Saturday.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Thursday - Sunday, October 6 - 9, 2022 - Comic Con returns to Manhattan. At the Javits Center at 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue in West Midtown. For details and tickets see - https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

The NY Film Festival continues at Lincoln Center and runs through Sunday, October 16th. See https://www.filmlinc.org for details and tickets.

On Sunday, October 9, 2022 beginning at 12 noon, the Hispanic Day Parade begins marching up 5th Avenue from 44th to 69th Street.

There's a Columbus Day Parade on the Upper East Side on Monday 10/10/22. The Manhattan Columbus Day Parade begins at 12 noon on Fifth Avenue at 44th Street and marching up to 72nd Street along the Upper East Side. Check the front page of this website for other things to do over the Columbus Day Weekend in Manhattan.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Saturday, October 8, 2022 rescheduled from October 1 [weather] from 12 noon to 5 pm - Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest - At Sunnyside Gardens Park at 48-21 39th Avenue. Arts, crafts, food, pumpkin patch & games open to public. St festivals in Sunnyside Queens NYC. Free, but registration is suggested at their website - https://sunnysidegardenspark.org/

There's a Columbus Day Parade in Astoria Queens on the Saturday before Columbus Day beginning at 12 noon at Kaufman Studios and marching up Steinway Street and then 31st Avenue. Check the front page of this website for other things to do on Columbus Day in Queens.

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsSaturday, October 8, 2022 rescheduled from October 1 [weather] from 10 am - 5 pm The Fall for Arts Festival was to return to Roosevelt Island. In Southpoint Park at FDR Four Freedoms Park on the Rivercross Lawn on Roosevelt Island. A day full of activities for everyone including murals painting, arts & crafts, musical performances and food vendors. Free.

Durga Puja ends this weekend at various locations throughout NYC, but most notably in the Woodside, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Richmond Hill neighborhoods in Queens. Durga Puja celebrates the goddess Durga, who is a motherhood figure representing the victory of good over evil. The celebrations, which cover a week of activity, are also something of a Hindu harvest festival. See this Facebook page for a listing of Durga Puja events in NYC and on Long Island - https://www.facebook.com/pujaprogramme/

On Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, 2022 from 10 am - 4 pm and 12.30 - 4.30 pm respectively, the St Lukes Rummage sale returns to Forest Hills in Queens. The sale is held at St. Lukes Episcopalian Church at 83 Greenway South in Forest Hills. The sale is quite different from the usual street fair markets in that they the sale offers used vintage and boutique fashions, books, recordings, jewelry, men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, toys, linens, appliances, housewares and more.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Saturday, October 8, 2022 parade begins at 12 pm - Annual Columbus Day Parade. Begins at 61st Street and 18th Avenue [aka Cristoforo Columbo Blvd] down to 86th Street following a 10.15 am Mass at St. Athanasius Church at 2154 61st Street in Bensonhurst / Mapleton. The parade ends at 18th Avenue / 86th Street / Benson Avenue where a street fair / festival follows the parade and runs until 6 pm along Benson Avenue between 18th Avenue and 19th Street. Brooklyn street fairs in Bensonhurst. www.fiaobrooklyn.org

Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10.30 am - 7 pm. Panamanian Pre-Independence Day Parade & Festival. Begins at Bergen Street, heading down Franklin Avenue. Turns west at President Street and heads north along Classon Avenue ending at Eastern Parkway by the Brooklyn Museum. The street fair is along Classon between President Street and the Eastern Parkway. Parades in Brooklyn. www.panamanianparade.org

From Friday, September 30 - Sunday October 9, 2022 on the weekends [including Thursdays] only from 5 - 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, two seatings on Saturday from 12 noon - 4.45 pm and from 5.15 - 10 pm; and on Sunday from 12 noon - 8 pm - Zum Schneider Fest. This is a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest which heretofore had been held in Manhattan along the East River at 23rd Street. This year the tent is being erected near the 3 Dollar Bill at 260 Meserole Street in Brooklyn. Tickets start at $13 / $53 / $129 and on up for groups. For details see https://nyc.zumschneider.com/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

There's also the 45th Annual Bronx Columbus Day Parade which starts at 12 noon on Sunday 10/9/22 at Barnes Avenue [near White Plains Rd] and Morris Park Ave, then turns left on Williamsbridge Rd, and eventually ends at Lydig Avenue [one block shy of the Pelham Parkway] in the Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx.

There's an Indigenous People's celebration at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island on Sunday and Monday. Details coming.

Saturday, October 8, 2022 [rescheduled from October 1] from 12 noon - 3 pm - Randall's Island Park Alliance Festival - This festival includes pumpkin decorating, glitter tattoos, face painting and scarecrows. Farm exploration & harvest sampling, cider & doughnuts, and a pop-up shop with Boogie Down Books. Also live music by Pete Nater & Associates. In the Urban Farm near Fields 62 - 63 in Randall's Island, just north of Ward's Meadow on the southeast tip of the island. Cider, cookies, doughnuts, dance class, pumpkin decorating, Latin dance class and live music. The Randall's Island Park Alliance is hosting a harvest celebration. Free.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Friday - Monday, October 7 - 10, 2022 from 6 pm - 11 pm Fri, Saturday 12 noon - 11 pm, Sunday 12 noon - 9 pm, Monday 12 noon - 6 pm - Italian Festival at the Mount. At Mount Loretto at 6481 Hylan Blvd in the Charleston neighborhood of Staten Island [near Prince's Bay & Pleasant Plains]. The event includes food, beer, rides, culture and entertainment. This replaced the Columbus Day Parade celebration in New Dorp starting in 2014. Admission $5 Adults / Kids free.

Clever Little Lies is a comedy that opened at the Victory Theater on Staten Island. The play runs from September 29th thru October 9th on the weekends. For tickets and details see - http://www.littlevictorytheatre.com

The Staten Island art, craft and gift show returns to the Staten Island Mall from Wednesday, October 5th thru Monday, October 10, 2022 from 11 am - 7 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am - 8 pm, and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm. At the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the New Springville neighborhood. It's a gift fair.

Rescheduled from October 2, 2022 - On Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm - The Lighthouse Festival returns to the National Lighthouse Museum in St. George on Staten Island. Arts, crafts and entertainment. For details and $3 suggested donation tickets see - https://lighthousemuseum.org/

 

Have a good weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

American Craft Festival Returns & NY Film Festival Begins at Lincoln Center, the Fall for Dance Fest Continues, the Nigerian Day Parade & African Festival, Pulaski Day Parade Returns all in Manhattan; Oktoberfest and Durga Puja Begin and the Fall for Arts Festival in Queens; Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival, the Zum Schneider Fest and the Atlantic Antic in Brooklyn; Randalls Island Festival, 'Monster' Play at the Bartow Pell Mansion & Stage Garden Rumba in the Bronx; New Comedy Opens and the Lighthouse Festival on Staten Island; Yom Kippur Tuesday Evening, also Farmers Markets, Street Fairs & more ...

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsSeptember 30, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 50's and the temperature lows will be in the high 40's. It will be humid on Saturday, between 80% - 90%, and then descending to 60% - 75% on Sunday. It will also be windy, with winds blowing at about 15 mph throughout the weekend. There's a 25% chance of a small amount of rain Saturday, and a 75% chance of some rain, most likely between 11 am and 7 pm on Sunday.

The photo at right was taken at a prior Pulaski Day Parade in Manhattan. See below for details about the parade this weekend.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

The Fall for Dance Festival began on Wednesday, September 21 at the NY City Center at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The program runs through Sunday, October 2, 2022. Performances begin at 8 pm each night, except this coming Sunday & Monday, September 25th & 26th. Tickets are $20 and performances last about an hour and a half. For details and tickets - https://www.nycitycenter.org/

The NY Film Festival begins today, Friday, September 30th at Lincoln Center and runs through Sunday, October 16th. See https://www.filmlinc.org for details and tickets.

On Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2022 from 10 am - 7 pm and until 5 pm on Sunday - American Craft Festival returns to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. This is an unusual street fair, featuring the works of over 150 artists and craftspeople. It's a two day street fair on the Upper West Side.

Midtown _ Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10 am to 1.30 pm - Nigerian Independence Day Parade - Starts along 2nd Avenue at East 54th Street and marches south to 44th Street - Manhattan parades - see related Midtown street fair below.

Midtown _ Saturday, October 1, 2022 from - 1.30 pm - 6 pm - Nigerian Independence Day Carnival - Along East 47th Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues. Celebrating 40 African nations decades of independence - Manhattan street fairs.

On Sunday, October 2, 2022 beginning at 12.30 pm - The Pulaski Day Parade returns to Manhattan. The parade begins at 36th Street and marches up to 53rd Street.

Thursday - Sunday, October 6 - 9, 2022 - Comic Con returns to Manhattan. At the Javits Center at 655 West 34th Street at 11th Avenue in West Midtown. For details and tickets see - https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Rescheduled to October 8, 2022 - On Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10 am - 5 pm The Fall for Arts Festival was to return to Roosevelt Island. In Southpoint Park at FDR Four Freedoms Park on the Rivercross Lawn on Roosevelt Island. A day full of activities for everyone including murals painting, arts & crafts, musical performances and food vendors. Free.

Rescheduled to October 8, 2022 _ Sunnyside _ Saturday, October 1, 2021 from 12 noon to 5 pm - Sunnyside Gardens Park Oktoberfest - At Sunnyside Gardens Park at 48-21 39th Avenue. Arts, crafts, food, pumpkin patch & games open to public. St festivals in Sunnyside Queens NYC. Free, but registration is suggested at their website - https://sunnysidegardenspark.org/

On Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2022 from 12 noon to 12 midnight and 10 pm respectively - Oktoberfest at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria. The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden are located at 29-19 24th Avenue [at 31st Street]. They're going to have pig roast, live entertainment and food and drink specials. Free admission.

Durga Puja begins this weekend at various locations throughout NYC, but most notably in the Woodside, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Richmond Hill neighborhoods in Queens. Durga Puja celebrates the goddess Durga, who is a motherhood figure representing the victory of good over evil. The celebrations, which cover a week of activity, are also something of a Hindu harvest festival. See this Facebook page for a listing of Durga Puja events in NYC and on Long Island - https://www.facebook.com/pujaprogramme/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsFriday & Saturday , September 30 - October 1 2022 from 4 pm - 8 pm and 11 am - 8 pm respectively - Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival. In the Plaza at 300 Ashland Place at the corner of Lafayette and Flatbush. This event will feature live music, dance, talks and theater. There might be some shopping, but that doesn't appear to be the focus. Downtown Brooklyn street fairs / festivals nyc. www.dbartsfestival.org/

From Friday, September 30 - Sunday October 9, 2022 on the weekends [including Thursdays] only from 5 - 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, two seatings on Saturday from 12 noon - 4.45 pm and from 5.15 - 10 pm; and on Sunday from 12 noon - 8 pm - Zum Schneider Fest. This is a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest which heretofore had been held in Manhattan along the East River at 23rd Street. This year the tent is being erected near the 3 Dollar Bill at 260 Meserole Street in Brooklyn. Tickets start at $13 / $53 / $129 and on up for groups. For details see https://nyc.zumschneider.com/

The photo at right was taken at the Zum Schneider Fest in Manhattan in 2018. They've been on hiatus since 2019, but are returning - at a new location in Brooklyn - beginning tonight.

On Sunday, October 2, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm - the Atlantic Antic. Along Atlantic Avenue from 4th Avenue [near Flatbush Avenue] to the East River in Boerum Hill. This Brooklyn Street Fair is billed as the largest and oldest street festival in Brooklyn and has ethnic food, live entertainment and shopping. For details see - https://www.atlanticave.org/

On Sunday, October 2, 2022 beginning at 12.30 pm - The Pulaski Day Parade returns to Manhattan. The parade begins at 36th Street and marches up to 53rd Street.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Rescheduled to October 8 _ * Randall's Island _ Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 12 noon - 3 pm - Randall's Island Park Alliance Festival - This festival includes pumpkin decorating, glitter tattoos, face painting and scarecrows. Farm exploration & harvest sampling, cider & doughnuts, and a pop-up shop with Boogie Down Books. Also live music by Pete Nater & Associates. In the Urban Farm near Fields 62 - 63 in Randall's Island, just north of Ward's Meadow on the southeast tip of the island. Cider, cookies, doughnuts, dance class, pumpkin decorating, Latin dance class and live music. The Randall's Island Park Alliance is hosting a harvest celebration. Free.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 29 - October 2, 2022 beginning at 7.30 pm except Sunday when it's from 2 - 3 pm - Monster. At the Bartow Pell Mansion at 895 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park. The play is an adaptation based on the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The play will take the audience through the Bartow Pell Mansion and include themes of humanism morality, science, death and horror. Tickets are $30 - $35 which you may find at https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/events/monster/

Piazza di Belmont has ended for the season.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Clever Little Lies is a comedy that opened at the Victory Theater on Staten Island. The play runs from September 29th thru October 9th on the weekends. For tickets and details see - http://www.littlevictorytheatre.com

Rescheduled from October 2, 2022 - On Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm - The Lighthouse Festival returns to the National Lighthouse Museum in St. George on Staten Island. Arts, crafts and entertainment. For details and $3 suggested donation tickets see - https://lighthousemuseum.org/

The Staten Island art, craft and gift show returns to the Staten Island Mall from Wednesday, October 5th thru Monday, October 10, 2022 from 11 am - 7 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 10 am - 8 pm, and Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm. At the Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Avenue in the New Springville neighborhood. It's a gift fair.

 

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a good weekend.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

First Day of Autumn began Thursday Evening, Global Citizen Concert Returns Saturday, Fall for Dance Celebration Begins, Feast of San Gennaro ends Sunday; Great Irish Fair, Oktoberest at Fort Hamiltion & Local Play in Brooklyn; Hispanic Day Parade, Bell Blvd Stroll & Oktoberfest and Durga Puja Begin next weekend in Queens; Hip Hop Museum Opens, Native American Festival, Bronx Night Market, Stage Garden Rumba in the Bronx; Local Play on Staten Island; Rosh Hashanah Begins Sunday ... also Farmers Markets, Street Fairs & more

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsSeptember 23, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 60's on Friday, about 70 on Saturday, rising to the mid 70's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 50 on Friday, rising to the mid 50's on Saturday and to about 60 on Sunday. The winds will be about 15 mph on Friday, falling to 5 - 10 mph the rest of the weekend. The humidity will rise from 40% - 50% on Friday, to 40% - 60% on Saturday, and then up to 60% - 80% on Sunday. No rain is in the forecast until after 4 pm on Sunday, when there's a 50% chance of about a tenth of an inch of rain.

The photo at right was taken earlier this week at the United Nations while President Biden was delivering a speech about protecting our democratic institutions and rule of law. This means helping other democracies, in order to preserve and protect our way of life from autocrats and dictators who inevitably steal power and wealth away from everyone else in society.

The first day of Autumn began Thursday evening 9/22/22 around 9 pm.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins Sunday evening and ends Tuesday evening.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

The photo at right was taken earlier this week at the United Nations. Those two people traversing the rooftop of the building aren't roof repairmen.

things to do nyc things to do manhattan brooklyn queens bronx staten island things to do nyc eventsOn Saturday, the Global Citizen Concert returns to the Great Lawn in Central Park which lies between 5th Avenue and Central Park West and between 72nd Street and 86th Street. The gates open at 2 pm and the concert begins at 4 pm. You must bring printed tickets as mobile tickets are not being accepted. Admission $250 - $299 via www.ticketmaster.com. For further details on the concert see https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/festival/nyc/2022/

Thursday - Sunday, September 15 - 25, 2022 times vary - The San Gennaro Festival. This is an 11 day Italian festival that runs through Sunday, September 25th. There's a canoli eating contest today 9/16 beginning at 1 pm and tomorrow 9/17 there's a procession through Little Italy that starts at 2 pm. See their website for details of all events - https://sangennaronyc.org/

The Fall for Dance Festival began on Wednesday, September 21 at the NY City Center at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The program runs through next week, ending Sunday, October 2, 2022. Performances begin at 8 pm each night, except this coming Sunday & Monday, September 25th & 26th. Tickets are $20 and performances last about an hour and a half. For details and tickets - https://www.nycitycenter.org/

The NY Film Festival begins next Friday, September 30th at Lincoln Center and runs through Sunday, October 16th.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 12 noon - 5 pm - Bell Blvd Stroll - A food and shopping festival with music and entertainment along Bell Blvd from Northern Blvd to 45th Avenue. Street fairs in Bayside Queens NYC.

Sunday, September 25, 2022 beginning at 11 am - Hispanic Day Parade. Begins along 37th Avenue from 69th Street to 86th Street. Parades and street fairs in Jackson Heights Queens NYC. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-organization/Desfile-Hispano-de-Queens-920602374687827/

Athens Square Park continues to have Greek Tuesday night music, dance & theatrical performances thru September. Athens Park is located at 30th Avenue & 30th Street in Astoria.

Oktoberfest begins next weekend at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria.

Durga Puja begins next weekend at various locations throughout NYC, but most notably in the Woodside, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Richmond Hill neighborhoods in Queens. Durga Puja celebrates the goddess Durga, who is a motherhood figure representing the victory of good over evil. The celebrations, which cover a week of activity, are also something of a Hindu harvest festival.

On September 28, 2022 is the Chocolate Factory first Annual Gala Fundraiser. The event begins at 6 pm at their new theater at 38-33 24th Street in Long Island City. Gala tickets are $250 and after party tickets are $30. For details see - https://chocolatefactorytheater.org/gala-2022/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 11 am - 9 pm. Annual Great Irish Fair. NEW LOCATION - At the Holy Name of Jesus Parish at 245 Prospect Park West in Prospect Park. Brooklyn fair with an Irish flavor. Tickets are $28 on Eventbrite. This is a Brooklyn street fair with an Irish flavor including music, dance, theater, food and shopping. Organized by the Irish American Building Society.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 4 to 9 pm - Oktoberfest. An authentic German Oktoberfest with food, a biergarten & live music. There will be contests including a Stein Hoist, a Bratwurst Eating Contest, a Best Dressed Dirndl and Lederhosen and a Keg Toss. It's open to the public on the Fort Hamilton Army base, but walk on access only. The event is sponsored by St. Joseph University, which does not imply any Federal Endorsement. Admission $5. For details, tickets and registration which is required see - https://hamilton.armymwr.com/calendar/event/oktoberfest/5649924/71185

Friday & Saturday , September 30 - October 1 2022 from 4pm - 8 pm and 11 am - 8 pm respectively - Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival. In the Plaza at 300 Ashland Place at the corner of Lafayette and Flatbush. This event will feature live music, dance, talks and theater. There might be some shopping, but that doesn't appear to be the focus. Downtown Brooklyn street fairs / festivals nyc. www.dbartsfestival.org/

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 12 noon - 3 pm - Bronx River Alliance Community Paddle - Enter Concrete Park at the Westchester Avenue Park entrance in Longwood. This is a three hour opportunity for adults and kids to try their hand at paddling a small boat on the Bronx River. Free. Not a street fair, but rather community activities - just north of Hunts Point and just west of Soundview.

The Hip Hop Museum is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon - 7 pm and on Sunday from 12 - 6.30 pm. Their entrance is located on the ground level at 610 Exterior Street, next door to Hostos Community College Media Center. You may also enter from the Lower Level in the parking garage next to Pizza Studio. Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours is required for entry. Space is limited.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 1 to 8 pm - Bronx Night Market in Fordham Plaza just south of the train station. It's a diversified food fest.

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in September of 2022 from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1pm to 9pm on Sundays - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times.

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2022 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 29 -- October 2, 2022 beginning at 7.30 pm except Sundays when it's from 2 - 3 pm - Monster. At the Bartow Pell Mansion at 895 Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park. The play is an adaptation based on the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The play will take the audience through the Bartow Pell Mansion and include themes of humanism morality, science, death and horror. Tickets are $30 - $35 which you may find at https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/events/monster/

Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 12 noon - 4 pm. Bronx Native American Festival - In Pelham Bay Park in the south picnic area. Master of Ceremonies Bobby Gonzales [Taino], The Silvercloud Singers and Thunderbird American Dancers [both of latter groups are inter-tribal]. Food, music, dance and storytelling. Street fairs & festivals in the Pelham Bay Park neighborhood of the East Bronx. For details see - https://www.pelhambaypark.org/events/bronx-native-american-festival

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 11 am - 5 pm - 72nd Fence Show at Snug Harbor. At the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood of Staten Island. This is a long-running tradition featuring 140 artists who sell their creations on the Snug Harbor lawn. This year they've added a biergarten, where you can pay $25 for a couple of brews, a German pretzel and and homebrew club tastings [whatever that means].

Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 12 noon - 7 pm - The Rolling Thunder Oktoberfest celebration is being held at William H. Pouch Camp at 1285 Manor Road in the Greenbelt just south of Manor Heights. It was formerly held in Historic Richmond Town. There will be food, beer, rides, games, shopping and live entertainment. Admission is $10. Proceeds go to Veterans in Need and it's organized by Rolling Thunder and the Rotary Clubs of Staten Island. For details see - https://sioktoberfest.com/

Clever Little Lies is a comedy coming to the Victory Theater on Staten Island from September 29th thru October 9th on the weekends. For details see - http://www.littlevictorytheatre.com

 

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a nice weekend and Happy Rosh Hashanah.


News Update NYC

Office Workers & Employers Facing a Choice - Come Back to the Office or -

The UN is Back Live in Session, a look at the Argument for Democracies vs Dictatorships, & What's with the Royalist TV News Groupies?

September 19, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycNYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low 80's on Tuesday & Wednesday, dropping to the low 70's on Thursday and the mid 60's on Friday., The temperature lows will rise from the mid 60's on Monday & Tuesday to the low 70's on Wednesday, and then fall into the mid to low 50's on Thursday and Friday. The winds will be 10 - 15 mph all week. The humidity will be 55% - 65% all week, except on Friday when it falls to 45% - 55%. There's a small chance of a small amount of rain in Thursday, with the probability gone by mid afternoon.

 

NYC White Collar Office Workers Continue to Resist a Full Return to the Office

As we noted last week, in our update, people are returning to mass transit. While weekend ridership on the subways has reached about 90%, weekday ridership lags behind at about 65% of prepandemic levels. One of the main drivers of the lower weekday ridership is that folks haven't yet resumed embraced a full return to the office at anywhere near prepandemic levels.

For about the past six months, only about 10% of white collar office workers in Manhattan, go to the office daily. But the number of people in the office each day has risen from about 38% to 49%, according to Parnership for New York City, a non-profit dedicated to primarily promoting the economic interests of NYC. Also, the percentage of workers staying fully remote dropped from 28% to 16% over the same six month period [April - September]. Nearly four out of five employers [77%] indicated that the preferred business model [demanded per employees] is now ready to accommodate folks who only want to travel to the office three of the five days in a work week.

Nobody is yet saying this, but it's my guesstimate, that over time, employees who are in the office more frequently are going to win out over those who are working remotely. And because of that phenomenon, I also guesstimate that over time, more folks will start spending more time in the office. But this may take years to play out.

There's a flip side of the coin above, which is that employers who accommodate remote workers, especially women who want to spend time rearing their children, could, over time, attract and retain some of the best and the brightest, even if they don't pay top dollar. For some, including myself, money matters - but it isn't everything.

As I look at what I've just written I see a potential lawsuit - discriminatory pay based on gender. But could it be discriminatory pay based on remote working? This discussion might have some parallels to the discussion below about dictatorships vs democracy and about valuing loyalty over talent.

Ultimately, time will tell, and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out. One thing is clear, many of us - if not all - are not going back to the status quo.

 

Speaking of Working Remotely, How about the United Nations in General Assembly?

Since 2019, the United Nations has met primarily remotely. They missed 2020 and 2021, but this year, they're back in session live. So for the next nine days those who travel up and down the east side in the 40's and above and below, will be heard complaining of the traffic jams. The jams will be most pronounced this week, particulary starting Tuesday, when all the dignitaries travel from the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, to the UN General Assembly Session in NYC.

On Wednesday, President Biden will address the United Nations, to talk about many things including the Ukrainian War and the ongoing threats to democracy worldwide. It is my opinion, that the threats to democracy include most - if not all autocrats. Dictators by any name [such as the Russian and Chinese 'presidents'] are a destabilizing x factor in the world today. Thus, it's no surprise that the two most powerful dictator presidents [how's that for an oxymoron?] won't be in attendance at the United Nations General Assembly this year. Those are Russian dictator president Putin and Chinese dictator president Xi Jinping. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President of Ethiopia will also not be in attendance. On the latter two, no reasons have been given.

 

Dictatorships vs Democracies - Sociopathic Loyalty vs Unfettered Talent

I think it's worth noting here, that the difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies operate under rule of law, while dictatorships operate under rule by one man's or a few men's decree. In a democracy if someone has a point of view that resonates with the general public it can be heard, while in a dictatorship only a few people's point of view is given any attention. So what happens in a dictatorship is that the truth is suppressed, oftentime by harsh or violent measures, because it lays bare the idiocy of the dictator. Because of that, loyalty - not talent - is how people are evaluated in dictatorships, oftentimes leading to the promotion of the most brutal people in society instead of the most intelligent, most learned, most experienced and most talented. Sad, but true. In dictatorships the morons and the psychopaths are elevated to positions of power.

If you want to know why, for ten million years, mankind lived pretty much similar lives [meaning hand to mouth], and then suddenly in the 1600's onward, mankind flourished, you need only look at the people wresting power away from monarchs, who were and oftentimes still are [Saudi Royals], brutal dictators who hoard all of their society's resources.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday the past few years I began cataloguing the accomplishments of those in our free societies. Their accomplishments represent most of mankind's progress the past few centuries, and one might even say progress the past few millenia and beyond. Copy and paste this link for the full story -

https://www.gothambuzz.nyc/thanksgiving-day---americas-communal-holiday-nyc-cms-1470

 

Why did the American TV Networks Behave like a Sycophantic Royalist Clique?

The past week of the network TV news organizations' coverage of Queen Elizabeth's death and funeral made me - as I said last week - feel a need to barf. If they spent that kind of money, that kind of energy and that kind airtime on things that really matter, this world wouldn't be as messed up as it currently is. What the TV newsfolks presented this past week was a lot of fluffy pageantry and obsequious nothingness, for a extremely wealthy old woman and her 'royal' family. A family that has so much wealth, that they took from so many of their fellow country[wo]men [and others via the colonial empire], and with which they have done so little that really matters.

That said, I must applaud former Prince Charles for his support in pursuit of remedies for climate change. But Queen Elizabeth seemed to do nothing at all for mankind, and I saw nothing on TV [no facts] that convinced me otherwise.

I reckon the TV announcers have forgotten that this is the same family that America had to go to war with, to obtain its freedom about 250 years ago. King George III, who was defeated in the American Revolutionary War, was the great, great, great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth. Little mention was made of the British royal family's centuries long exploitation of others, while amassing so much of that nation's and their colonies' wealth. Instead of talking about the reality of royalty and royal families, the TV broadcasters gushed with a lot of read-and-repeat, mindless gossip.

 

Stay tuned. We have some interesting, real news, stories coming your way this fall.

In the meantime have a nice week.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

The Feast of San Gennaro, Steuben Day Parade, African American Day Parade & Mexican Day Parade in Manhattan; the Feast of St Markella, Queens United International Music Fest & Jamaica Harvest Fest in Queens; the Holy Cross Greek Cultural Fest, Flatbush Frolic & a Couple of Local Plays in Brooklyn; Bronx is Rising at BMHC, Stage Garden Rumba & Boogie on the Blvd in the Bronx; and the 1776 Peace Celebration, the Westerleigh Folk Festival, the Fig / Ficus Fest and a couple of Local Plays on Staten Island ... also Farmers Markets & Street Fairsstaten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nyc

September 16, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be around 80 on Friday and Saturday, climbing into the high 80's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be in the 60's climbing from the low 60's on Friday to the high 60's on Sunday. Winds will range from 4 - 9 mph all weekend. The humidity will climb from 30% - 60% on Friday, to 60% to 70% on Saturday, falling back to 50% to 60% on Sunday. There isn't any rain in the forecast for this weekend.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan NYC

Little Italy _ Thursday - Sunday, September 15 - 25, 2022 times vary - The San Gennaro Festival. This is an 11 day Italian festival that runs through Sunday, September 25th. There's a canoli eating contest today 9/16 beginning at 1 pm and tomorrow 9/17 there's a procession through Little Italy that starts at 2 pm. See their website for details of all events - https://sangennaronyc.org/

UES _ Saturday, September 17, 2022 - Steuben Day Parade & Oktoberfest. The parade begins at 12 noon from 5th Avenue at 68th Street and marches up to 86th Street. Following the parade there's an Oktoberfest at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park that runs until 7 pm. Enter Central Park at 72nd St & 5th Avenue. Admission $50, but tickets can sell out by early Sept. https://www.facebook.com/steubenparadeny/

Harlem _ Sunday, September 18, 2022 beginning at 1 pm - African American Day Parade [preparade events 11 am - 1 pm] - The parade begins on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd at 111th Street marching north to 137th Street. Street fairs in Harlem NYC. For details see - https://africanamericandayparade.org/.

UES _ Sunday, September 18, 2022 beginning at 12 noon and followed by a festival in Madison Square Park until about 6 pm - Mexican Day Parade & Festival after parade. The parade begins along Madison at 38th, marching south to 26th Street at Madison Square Park where there's an after parade celebration / social. FB - https://www.facebook.com/Mexican-Day-Parade-Comite-Civico-Mexicano-de-NY-115773021139217

 

Things To Do in Queens NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycThursday through Sunday, September 15 - 18, 2022 from 6 - 10 pm Thursday & Friday, 5 - 11 pm on Saturday and 1 - 10 pm on Sunday - Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America [St Markella] celebrates patron feast day with traditional Greek food and unique arts and crafts. Along 22-68 26th Street between 22nd & 23rd Avenues in Astoria.

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - Jamaica Harvest Festival - From 10 am to 4 pm - Along Sutphin Blvd from Hillside to 88th Avenue and from Jamaica Avenue to 89th. Jamaica St Fairs.

Saturday, September 17 2022 from 3 - 9.30 pm - Queens United International Music Party - At Sunnyside Gardens Park at 48-21 39th Avenue. Music, beer, wine food trucks, crafts. Open to the public with suggested donation $15. St fairs in Sunnyside Queens NYC.

Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 12 noon to 6 pm - Carnaval De La Cultura Latina (Queens Edition). A street fair celebrating Hispanic culture including food, shoping, music and dancing. Just off the #7 subway line at Junction Blvd and Roosevelt Avenue in Corona. https://www.facebook.com/events/mta-junction-blvd-station-7/carnaval-de-la-cultura-latina-queens-edition-2022/4318630531539873/

FYI - Athens Square Park continues to have Greek Tuesday night music, dance & theatrical performances thru September.
Athens Park is located at 30th Avenue & 30th Street in Astoria. The photo to your right shows Athens Square Park in the fall in Astoria.

Possibly more Queens coming Friday night.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycFriday, Saturday & Sunday, September 16 - 18, 2022 from 2 - 10 pm, 12 noon - 10 pm & 12 noon - 7 pm respectively. Holy Cross Greek Cultural Festival [please note that these times are from last year and may have changed / no update has been provided prior to this post]. At 8401 Ridge Blvd between 84th and 86th Streets. This is primarily a Greek food and cultural festival. Brooklyn street fairs in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 11 am - 6 pm. Flatbush Frolic. Food, music, arts, rides and local shopping. Along Cortelyou Road between Ocean and Coney Island Avenues. Flatbush Ditmas Park. Brooklyn street fairs in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. https://fdconline.org.

LAST WEEKEND SOLD OUT - Sunday, September 11 - 18, 2022 - Rent. Rent is a musical based on La Boheme, an Italian Opera written in the late 1800's and set in Paris about the life of struggling artists. In the play, Rent, Playwright Billy Aronson wanted to replace the aesthetic of 19th century Paris, with the grit and HIV epidemic of the late 1990's. He also morphs a traditional opera into a rock opera. He died of an unusual health condition [not HIV / AIDs] before the play became a resounding success. At the 14th Street Y at 344 east 14th street in Manhattan. After Work Theater Group is a flexible, multi-space, traveling theater group that both produces and performs in a mix of free / not free productions, and they also do classes. www.afterworktheater.org / Tickets are generally about $25.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 16, 17, 18, 2022 beginning at 8 pm on Friday & Saturday, and at 2 pm on Sunday - The Wizard of Oz. An adaptation by the Narrows Community Theater. The performance take place in the Auditorium of Our Lady of Angels Church 7320 4th Avenue in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tickets $25 / $20 / $15 at www.nctheaterny.com / www.narrowscommunitytheater.com

 

Things To Do in the Bronx NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycFridays, Saturdays & Sundays in September of 2022 from 6pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1pm to 9pm on Sundays - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times.

Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 12.30 - 5 pm. Bronx is Rising Discussion of the film Fort Apache the Bronx - Discussion begins at 12.30 pm and from 3.30 - 5 pm there's a meal. At Bronx Music Hall Plaza at 438 East 163rd Street [at Washington], which will be the new home for Bronx Music Heritage Center in Morrisania just north of Melrose. Rsvps not required. Not a Bronx St Fair, but a community event in the Morrisania neighborhood of the Bronx.

Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 2 to 6 pm - Stage Garden Rumba - At Maria Sola Community Greenspace, at East 134th Street and Lincoln Avenue in the Port Morris neighborhood of the Bronx. They describe the event as: "... Presented in partnership with Pregones / PRTT, Stage Garden Rumba is an open invitation for all New Yorkers to experience the cultural riches, regional community gardens and green spaces, and vibrant Casitas of the South Bronx ... The series will again feature extraordinary Artists - actors, singers, dancers, writers; Activists with the pulse of local, national, and international struggle and social justice; and Community Members ... Hyperlocal and universal, Stage Garden Rumba brings together voices of joy and revolution to fuel our collective imagination and propel us into a self-determined future ... " At the following locations primarily in the South / Central. Free.

Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 2 to 4 pm - Boogie on the Blvd - Along the Grand Concourse from 165th - 166th Streets. Music, arts & crafts and possibly some shopping. It appears to be a scaled back version of prior similar events. Bronx street fairs organized by the Bronx Museum in front of the museum.

 

Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 12 noon - 4 pm. 1776 Peace Conference Celebration - There's an historical reenactment of the effort made by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to obtain peace with Britain as the war for indepence was breaking out. At the Conference House in Tottenville on Staten Island. Admission $5.

Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 11 am - 7 pm - 15th Annual Westerleigh Folk Music and Art Festival. At Westerleigh Park off Jewett Avenue at the corner of Neal Dow and Maine Avenues in the Westerleigh neighborhood on Staten Island. This Staten Island festival in Westerleigh Park centers around live music on three stages, and includes 40 arts & crafts vendors, an art expo and smart food truck vendors will likely show. Free.

Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 2 pm - 6 pm. Annual Fig / Ficus Festival - At 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point in the St. George neighborhood. The festival includes all things fig / ficus related. It's a quirky food festival centered around the fig, but includes music, arts, crafts and other foods. Staten Island street fairs / festivals in St. George. $5 suggested donation.

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022 beginning at 2 pm - Staten Island Shakespeare Theater presents Troilus and Cressida. Performances will take place in Battery Weed in Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. The play is about a mix of love and military brinksmanship about in ancient Troy. Tickets free to the public with reservation at https://sishakespeare.org/

Saturday, September 17, 2022 beginning at 2 pm Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. In Tappen Park at Canal, Bay and Water Streets. They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at ww.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free summer theater on Staten Island NYC.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Have a nice weekend.


News Update NYC

Entering the Post Pandemic New Normal in NYC

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycSeptember 13, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the high 70's and the temperature lows around 60. It will be sunny the rest of the week, with humidity ranging from 40% - 60%, which is fairly dry. Winds will be 5 - 10 mph, falling as the week wears on. No rain is expected between now and Friday evening, nor through the coming weekend.

So, a lot has happened since we last posted a news update. At right is a photo of one of the outer borough subway stations this summer. As you can see, mask wearing compliance has diminished.

 

MTA: Ridership Hits Post Pandemic High of 3.5 Million Weekday Riders on the First Day of the Reopening of NYC Public Schools & Governor Hochul Drops the MTA Mask Mandate

On Thursday, September 8th, the first day of the NYC public schools reopening, the MTA transported 3.6 million people. That's the highest ridership number since the pandemic began two and a half years ago in March of 2020.

In our August 9th report [see below] we suggested the MTA drop the mask mandate or enforce it. At the time we noticed that less than half of the passengers on the subway seemed to be adhering to the mask mandate. On September 7th, NYS Governor Hochul rescinded the mask mandate on the MTA, making masking optional, but still recommended that we continue masking on the MTA as we enter the colder months, when folks go indoors, where the probability of infection by airborne viruses like CoVid and the flu increases. The guidance is particularly relevant to those who are older or have underlying conditions, but it's also not unwise for everyone else too.

 

Shootings Down in NYC in August - In August 2022 There were 115 Shootings vs 165 in August 2021

This Follows the Passage of Federal Gun Restrictions by Congress in June, Biden's April Executive Order in Requiring Ghost Gun Sales be Handled in the Same Manner as Gun Sales & Mayor Adams & the NYPD's Effort to Remove Illegal Guns from NYC Streets

On June 25th, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. This is legislation that passed both the Senate and Congress earlier in the month. A number of moderate Republicans crossed the aisle in both the House and Senate to vote with the Democrats, on reigning in the gun violence free-for-all that we've been witnessing the past couple of years.

The federal gun legislation was the first of its kind to pass both houses and be signed into law in about 30 years. Among other things it enhances background checks for younger gun owners [under 21], and provides law enforcement with additional authority and responsibility to thwart potential shooters by empowering them to curtail a gun owner's rights if there's reason to believe that person poses a risk to the general welfare of the community. Added funding was also provided to incent law enforcement to pay more attention to problematic gun owners.

The Biden Ghost Gun sale regulations went into effect on August 24, 2022, following a failed court challenge to block the President's April 2022 Executive Order requiring ghost gun sales to be treated the same as other firearm sales.

In addition to the actions taken at the federal level, Mayor Adams has been working with the NYPD to reduce shootings through changes in NYC law enforcement to take illegal guns off the street. Year to date [as of end of August 2022], the NYPD had removed 4,880 illegal guns from the streets of which 405 of them were removed in August.

Other NYC crime statistics rose 31%. And NYS Governor Hochul passed a number gun regulations in response to the Supreme Court ruling overturning a century old NYS gun law.

We'll have a few more items to add, including on NYC public schools, on Wednesday 9.14.22. In the meantime, I hope you're having a nice week.


Things To Do This Weekend in NYC & Boros

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit & Labor Day Parade in Manhattan, U.S. Open ends this Weekend in Queens, City Island Art Fair & Ferragosto Celebration in the Bronx, Afro Punk Fest & Fort Greene Jazz Fest in Brooklyn & Pig Island Festival on Staten Island, 911 Anniversary Weekend in NYC ... also Free Outdoor Concerts, Movies & Theater, Farmers Markets, Street Fairsstaten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nyc

September 9, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 80's and the temperature lows will be in the high 60's. The humidity will be 50% - 70% on Friday, dropping to 50% - 60% on Saturday, and rising again to 60% - 70% on Sunday. Winds will be about 5 mph [gentle breeze] all weekend. Mostly no rain expected, but there's a 75% of about a quarter inch of rain falling late on Sunday. The rain will continue and drop a half inch on Monday.

The photos at right show the World Trade Center / 911 Memorial in downtown Manhattan. It's been 21 years since two hijacked airplanes hit the World Trade Center buildings, toppling both of them, and killing thousands of innocent people. Many more died in the aftermath due to asbestos inhalation. This year is the 21st anniversary of 911. I've heard of one or two small localized events commemorating the date, but I couldn't find the details online. You can always make your own sojourn visit to the WTC memorial in downtown Manhattan which is shown in these two photos.

 

Opinion: Queen Elizabeth - Had so Much, Gave So Little, Did Nothing

What is wrong with Murdoch's Fox News and the corporate TV networks?

They fuss over a woman who had everything, did nothing, and gave little.

Queen Elizabeth reportedly shirked her daughter-in-law Diana, seemed to nearly disown her grandson Harry when he decided to marry an outsider and forge a new life for himself.

She did nothing to earn her wealth, lived her life amidst fabulous wealth and luxury, and seemed to do little to nothing to better the world. Given all the power and wealth Queen Elizabeth inherited, 'her majesty' is, in my mind, one of the greatest travesties of all.

So why are the corporate TV networks fawning all over that rich, nasty, old woman? Elitest Oligarch Rupert Murdoch - who is constantly calling other elitests - had Fox News and ABC so obsequiously cover the Queen, that it almost made me barf.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan NYC

Saturday, September 10th, 2022 beginning at 10 am, the Labor Day Parade in Manhattan. It marches along 5th Avenue from 44th Street to 64th Street.

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2022 from 12 noon to 6 pm - the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. The show runs along University Avenue from 13th Street down to Washington Square in Manhattan.

 

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycThings To Do in Queens NYC

The biggest Labor Day event in Queens, is of course, the U.S. Open which began this week and runs through the Labor Day weekend and following week [see photo at right].

Saturday, September 10 2022 from 10 am - 5 pm - Flushing Street Festival. Along 40th Road and Prince Street in Flushing, Queens. Arts, crafts, music, performance, food and shopping with an Asian flavor. Organized by the Flushing BID.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

Saturday, September 10 from 4 - 7 pm there's the Fort Greene Jazz Festival. Free.

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2022 from 12 noon - 12 midnight - Afro Punk Fest. At Commodore Perry Park in Brooklyn - along Navy Street between Flushing and Park Avenues in the Wallabout neighborhood of Brooklyn. Tickets are $110 - $185 at https://afropunk.com/festival/brooklyn/

 

Things To Do in the Bronx NYC

City Island _ Saturday & Sunday, September 11 & 12, 2021 from 11 am - 7 pm - City Island Arts & Crafts Fair - Along City Island Avenue between Fordham and Carroll Streets. Hawkins Street Park is the epicenter. Street fairs festivals in the City Island neighborhood of the East Bronx.

Belmont / Bronx Little Italy _ Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 12 noon - 6 pm. Ferragosto Festival. Along Arthur Avenue between Crescent and 187th Street, and along East 186th Street between Arthur & Hughes Avenues. It's an Italian harvest celebration & celebrating 100 years of Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Bronx St Fairs in the Belmont neighborhood.x

 

Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 12 noon - 4 pm - Pig Island Festival - "... this pork-laden festival [includes 20 chefs who] compete for the most delicious porcine dishes. There will also be craft beer, hard cider, spirits and other food offerings – all-included with a general admissions ticket ... " In the South Meadow at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden at 1000 Richmond Terrace in the Randall Manor neighborhood on Staten Island. Staten Island street fair / festival in Randall Manor - Admission $59 & up. See www.snug-harbor.org for details.

Have a nice weekend.

 

Click here for free public outdoor movies - Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Bronx NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Brooklyn NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Manhattan NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Queens NYC and Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Staten Island NYC.

Swim Pools. The NYC public park outdoor swimming pools reopen next Tuesday, June 28th. Here are links to those pools in all of the five boroughs: Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, free public swimming pools in Queens NYC and free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Click here for fireworks displays throughout all five boroughs this weekend -1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2022, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2022 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC, and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2022.

Click here for free public outdoor concerts - 1) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Bronx NYC, 2) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Brooklyn NYC, 3) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC, 4) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Queens NYC, and 5) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Staten Island NYC.

Click here for free public outdoor theater - 1) Free Summer Theater Plays Bronx Bx, 2) Free Summer Theater Plays Brooklyn Bk, 3) Free Summer Theater Plays Manhattan Mhtn, 4) Free Summer Theater Plays Queens Qns and 5) Free Summer Theater Plays Staten Island Si.


NYC Catholic Schools Open September 7th & NYC Public Schools Open on the 8th

Ode to Some of the Great Teachers I've Known, Who've Been Guides on the Trail of Life

In Words & Deeds, We are all Students & We are all Teachers, be it Consciously or Not

September 7, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC.

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycOn Wednesday, September 7th the Catholic schools in NYC reopen for the new school year.

On Thursday, September 8, 2022 NYC public schools reopen.  Many of the CoVid guidelines of the prior public school year have been modified, so copy and paste the following link for an update.  https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/covid-information/health-and-safety-in-our-schools.

 

Thinking of Those who Made a Difference

As I contemplated the upcoming school year I thought back to all of the great teachers who made a difference in my life. And so it is to them that I dedicate this column. Generally I'm going to discuss the school teachers as they chronologically entered my life, and discuss the other teachers in my life who taught me things outside of school, in reverse chronological order. Also please note that this is by no means a complete list, but really rather a first attempt at thanking some of the teachers who made a difference in my life, while passing on a few of the golden nuggets I learned from them.

 

The High School Teachers Who Made a Difference

It started at Abbott Pennings high school in DePere, Wisconsin where I grew up.  Father Frigo was our freshman or sophomore history teacher.  He was also a coach of the football and basketball teams which won state championships, and as such, was perhaps treated a bit too familiarly, even irreverently, by some of the star athletes in our class.  What Father Frigo taught me was that historical narratives change over time, and that, " ... you have to pay attention to whether you're looking at primary sources or secondary sources ... " to truly understand the nature of events. 

He taught us that, " ... revisionist history is a secondary source, but also plays an important role in our understanding of the past ...". He noted that pressure to conform to the prevailing cultural norms and narratives of those in power at a given time can distort and obfuscate the truth. But cultural norms and those in power change over time, so that oftentimes, at least in a free speech democracy, the passing of time permits a more honest appraisal of past events. We can see this playing out currently, as the Civil War 'heroes' of the Confederate south are more appropriately treated in historical terms as traitors to the republic, and as champions of a harsh, cruel system of enslavement of a large portion of the American population at the time. Likewise, in dictatorships, narcissitic despots often use and distort history to provide support for their violent aggression. We saw this scenario play out in Nazi Germany in the 1930's and 1940's, and we're witnessing it today in Putin's Russia.

My junior year I came up against a tough nun, Sister Janet, who for some god forsaken reason, took it upon herself to make sure that I understood algebra.  I fought her tooth and nail throughout the year, but over time she broke me down and taught me the beauty of the logic inherent in algebraic equations, for which there is no wiggle room between getting it right and getting it wrong.

And lastly, at Abbott Pennings high school, I was taught an even larger lesson by Father Meehan, in religion class.  I questioned some of the basic beliefs of Catholicism in class.  He patiently answered my questions, and in the end told me something that I will always remember, when he said, "don't stop questioning ... question everything".  Little did I know that that was both a blessing and a curse, as I have continued to question everything ever since.

 

The College Professors who Made a Difference

I first attended college at St. Norbert College, also in DePere, Wisconsin.  In what was my first junior year, I ended up in a history class with Doctor Jonathan Webster.  At first I found it unfortunate that I was one of only two students in the class, so this meant I actually had to do all of the homework every week, because while Professor Webster lectured us, he also engaged me and the other student in conversations about what we read in each and every assignment.  The class was about Tudor Stuart England, and perhaps for the first time, I walked away with a true appreciation for the study of history at a very in-depth level. We had to read about two dozen books during the course of the semester, and during those three person classes, Professor Webster imparted his knowledge of the period, and helped us more fully understand what we were reading.

Here the lesson was that learning things helps you, and oftentimes when you least expect it. My in-depth understanding of history from that class, came up in an interview when I applied to transfer to the University of Chicago, which was then ranked the #3 college in the nation.  In a robust, spirited and terribly intellectual conversation with the interviewer, Michael Walker, I was able to handle my own and was subsequently accepted into the University.

The University of Chicago has a well-deserved reputation as a rigorous academic institution.  Two professors from there, left indelible impressions upon me.  The first was William H. McNeil, also a history teacher, who over the course of three trimesters - a full academic year - took us, his students, through the history of the world.  His classes were on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  On Tuesdays it was primarily a lecture where he laid out what was happening in various regions of the world during specific periods of time.  On Thursdays, he presented slide shows where he showed us photos of art, artifacts, architecture and other cultural and historical items from that time. He would use a light emitting pointer to draw our attention to various details of each artifact that supported his narratives about what was going on during that time. It was through this class that I developed a broader appreciation for the importance of art, culture and architecture; and the important role they play in our understanding of not only our past, but of ourselves.

This was in addition to learning about the history of the world.

But perhaps the most important part of McNeill's teaching happened after class, when I visited him in his office and peppered him with questions, troubled that what he was presenting in class appeared to differ from my understanding of the world, which up until that time, had some religion mixed into my understanding of the world and how it worked.  Professor McNeill was a very patient, avuncular man with a good sense of humor, and so while we discussed many things, ultimately he let me make up my own mind about what I wanted to believe, but he also didn't give any ground when it came to the facts.  He was an exceptional teacher, and I am sorry that I was never able to properly thank him, nor for that matter, any of the other teachers mentioned herein.

Professor Sam Jaffe, also of the University of Chicago, taught the Humanities.  In this class, Jaffe seemed enthralled by James Joyce, an Irish author, whose use of allegory seemed to enthrall Professor Jaffe.  Professor Jaffe had us write a short paper every week or two.  Somewhere in the early part of the trimester, one of my papers came back covered with red ink.  Professor Jaffe told me he wanted me to re-write it, but also told me I didn't have to complete the next writing assignment given to the rest of the class.  So, I re-wrote the paper, taking into consideration Professor Jaffe's comments.

My second rendition also came back covered with red markings, so I asked to meet with the professor to better understand what I had done wrong.  He made me aware of how I used my words, phrases, (dis)organized my thoughts and paragraphs, and went off on side tangents [like my father] and sometimes repeated myself. He wanted me to eliminate the deviations from the main argument and to stay focused on the primary subject in one continuous flow. I tried to comprehend his guidance as best I could, and made use of his comments in my third try at the same paper which he found to be much improved. But there were still a number of markings on it, so we met and went through it again.  On my fourth try, the paper came back fairly clean.  And by then I was on my way to understanding how to write a well-organized, well thought out, articulate paper; which if I recall correctly, was about James Joyce's book, The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

I never properly thanked any of them, which shows us two things - one is how important a profession teaching is, and two how thankless a profession it is.  My sister is also a teacher who consoled me, telling me that teachers derive satisfaction by seeing their students learn.  She said that seeing their students grow through learning, is how they know they've made a difference, regardless of whether the students ever actually circle back around to thank them.

 

Our Lives are Filled with Great Teachers

But teaching isn't just done at the academic level, so while I'm on the subject I want to share a few other lessons I learned along the way, again recognizing that this is a very incomplete account.  As mentioned above, here I'm going to tell the rest of the story in reverse chronological order.

I had a longstanding girlfriend, Karen Cortell, who taught me how to grocery shop by focusing on natural fruits, vegetables, meats and breads, while pointing out the importance of reading the nutrition labels on packages, when we did buy processed / packaged food.  And then she taught me how to cook. I cannot tell you how invaluable these lessons have been to my enjoyment of nightly meals, my good health, and enduring financial standing.

I used to have lunch periodically with Bill Peick who was the Director of Facilities at OSI Pharmaceuticals on Long Island.  He was a bit of a corporate senior statesman and would periodically tell me, "The world has changed today.  Did you notice it?"  At first I thought this query was whimsical nonsense, because very little changed from day to day. In fact there were some weeks when life seemed a bit like it was portrayed in the movie 'Groundhog Day' ... meaning terribly uninteresting, and more of the same. But over time I came to realize and appreciate what Bill was saying, which is that the world is constantly changing ... bit by bit and day by day ... and while we may not notice it on a daily basis, the seven billion plus people on the planet, including ourselves, are all doing something that will either benefit or harm humanity over time.

David Sharpe the VP of Marketing at Lever Brothers [a multi-national consumer products company] in NYC, told me that, " ... managing the process of business, is as important as getting business results ...".  When he told me this, I had just come off a successful packaging launch where I pushed people hard, so I was feeling pretty good because we accomplished what we set out to do.  When he told me that process was as important as results, I resisted the notion at first, as I had grown up near Green Bay, Wisconsin where famed Packer coach Vince Lombardi was often quoted as saying "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing."

But Sharpe was right, and over time I found what he had told me was true, because one victory is only good for that day / week / month or year.  Ultimately you have to keep doing it over and over and over again, and if you don't manage the process well each time you go through it, eventually things will break down and / or people will resist helping - let alone give you their all.

One of my best friends in business school, Michael Murdoch, taught me the importance of friendship.  I was at Midway Airport in Chicago - this was near the end of business school - and on my way to an interview with CBS in NYC. I was flying to NYC to pitch the only job that I really wanted, and I had forgotten my plane ticket.  On a moments notice, Murdoch dropped everything, took a taxi to the airport and enabled me to get on that plane.  It was a heroic deed that I will never forget, because he could easily have talked his way out of making that trip. And as fate would have it, I got the job. Here, it is important to remember that, sometimes, the memory of a heroic deed can last a lifetime.

 

We can Even Learn from Family Members

My brother Pat would also periodically remind me that, "It's a people world."  He would say this because I tended to be more book smart than people smart.  I found this pithy advice insightful, as knowing and getting the facts right, oftentimes isn't enough to win the day - as people, with all of their emotional and psychological complexities - are the decision makers.  And thus knowing the people is at least as important as knowing the facts, as to crack, hack or make a deal, you have to break the people code in order to achieve your objectives.

And lastly, but not least, there were my parents, who imparted countless important lessons to me throughout my life. Many were conveyed, most assuredly, through their actions as I was growing up.  Two of the top verbalized lessons by my parents, were the following. 

My mother used to say, "Every generalization is wrong, including this one."  This means a lot of things, but the one most appropriate for this day, is that just because someone does something tremendously good or bad, doesn't mean their whole family or whole race or whole gender or whole political party or whole religion deserves the credit or the blame.

And my father would tell me, "Democracy isn't perfect.  Democracy takes time.  And so far, it's the best system of government we have that works."  Papa has been right thus far.  Let's hope he continues to be.

So as we enter the new school year, I want all the great teachers out there, to know that while you may not have been, or may not be, properly thanked for all that you do, there are those of us out here [I'm sure I'm not alone in this] who are grateful to you, even if we never made the time to circle back around to properly thank you.

Ultimately in life, we are all both students and teachers. We learn by observing and we teach through what we do or not do, and by what we say or not say. Our presences - good or bad - can make a big difference to others, and oftentimes when we're not even aware of it.

Have a good week.


Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend in NYC & Boros

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Free Nightly Opera at Lincoln Center, West Indian American Day Parade Festivities all Weekend in Brooklyn, U.S. Open all Weekend in Queens, in the Bronx Salsa at Orchard Beach & Yankees Home Game, Concert & the Fabulous Richmond County Fair on Staten Island ... also Free Outdoor Concerts, Movies & Theater, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Public Beaches

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycSeptember 2, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weekend Weather. The temperature highs will be in the low to mid 80's all weekend. The temperature lows will be around 70 all weekend. The humidity will be between 50% - 70% on Friday, rising to 60% - 70% on Saturday and Sunday, and rising again on Monday to between 70% - 80%. Winds will be a very steady 5 - 7 mph all weekend. There's a 50% chance of a third inch of rain beginning Sunday afternoon and 50% chance of two thirds of an inch of rain throughout the day on Monday.

The photo at right was taken at the West Indian American Day Parade in 2019 where we were rained on pretty hard with pretty warm water. It's possible the same may happen Monday in Brooklyn.

 

Things To Do in Manhattan NYC

One of the biggest events over the Labor Day Weekend in Manhattan include the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit which runs from 12 noon to 6 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as well as the following weekend. The show runs along University Avenue from 13th Street down to Washington Square.

Also, from Friday, August 26th to Monday, September 5th, there are nightly high definition screenings, beginning at 8 pm, of Metropolitan Opera performances shown in the plaza at Lincoln Center at Columbus and 68th Street on the UWS. Copy and paste this link to see what's playing each night - https://www.metopera.org/season/summer-2022/summer-hd-festival/.

And it's worth mentioning that on Friday and Saturday, September 2nd and 3rd, the Metropolitan Museum will host its two final rooftop concerts of the season going from 5.30 - 8.30 pm. Free w/ admission to the Met.

Ironically, the Labor Day Parade in Manhattan is held Saturday, September 10th, after Labor Day in Manhattan. It begins at 10 am on 5th Avenue at 44th Street marching north to 64th Street.

 

Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC

One of the biggest events of the Labor Day Weekend in Brooklyn is the West Indian American Day Parade and Carnival. While there are events all weekend, the parade begins at 11 am on Monday along the Eastern Parkway departing from Schenectady Avenue and marching down to Grand Army Plaza near the Brooklyn Museum. From 10 am - 6 pm you'll also find food stalls and shopping along the parade route along Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

 

Things To Do in Queens NYC

The biggest Labor Day event in Queens, is of course, the U.S. Open which began this week and runs through the Labor Day weekend and following week [see photo at right].

Another of the biggest Labor Day weekend events in Queens are the Rockaway Bazaar concerts, that begin at 5 pm Friday and at 4 pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Beach and 97th Street in the Rockaways in Queens.

 

Things To Do in the Bronx NYC

The Sunday afternoon of Labor Day Weekend, from 1 to 6 pm, is the last Summer Salsa event at Orchard Beach, in Section 5 between the clubhouse and the water. It's casual and free.

One of the biggest event over the Labor Day Weekend in the Bronx is that the Yankees host the Twins beginning at 11 am on Monday, September 5th at Yankee Stadium at River Avenue and 161st Street.

Next weekend, September 10th & 11th, 2022 from 11 am to 7 pm, is the City Island Art Fair. It's held along Main Street, with the epic center at Hawkins Park.

 

Things To Do on Staten Island NYC

The biggest event of the Labor Day weekend on Staten Island is the Richmond County Fair in Historic Richmond Town which runs from 12 noon - 7 pm daily on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 4 - 6 pm. Music in the Park with the SI Philharmonic - At the Conference House at 7455 Hylan Blvd in Tottenville on Staten Island.

 

Have a good Labor Day weekend, and the following are links to all sorts of late summer activities in all five boros. Enjoy.

Click here for free public outdoor movies - Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Bronx NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Brooklyn NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Manhattan NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Queens NYC and Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Staten Island NYC.

Swim Pools. The NYC public park outdoor swimming pools reopen next Tuesday, June 28th. Here are links to those pools in all of the five boroughs: Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, free public swimming pools in Queens NYC and free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Click here for fireworks displays throughout all five boroughs this weekend -1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2022, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2022 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC, and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2022.

Click here for free public outdoor concerts - 1) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Bronx NYC, 2) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Brooklyn NYC, 3) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC, 4) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Queens NYC, and 5) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Staten Island NYC.

Click here for free public outdoor theater - 1) Free Summer Theater Plays Bronx Bx, 2) Free Summer Theater Plays Brooklyn Bk, 3) Free Summer Theater Plays Manhattan Mhtn, 4) Free Summer Theater Plays Queens Qns and 5) Free Summer Theater Plays Staten Island Si.


Things To Do in NYC This Weekend

1) Charlie Parker Festival, Shakespeare in the Park & new Play in Washington Square in Manhattan;

2) U.S. Open Trials end Today, PS1 Warm Up Party Today, 3D Movie, Modern Play in Travers Park Sunday, U.S. Open Tournament Begins Monday in Queens;

3) Revolutionary War Reenactment, Brighton Jubilee, Feast of Saint Rosalia ends Sunday, Burlesque at the Beach in Coney Island in Brooklyn;

4) Baad Dance Performance, Stage Garden Rumba, Family Arts & Crafts, Bronx Night Market, Dinosaurs at the Zoo, Piazza di Belmont & Subway Series in the Bronx;

5) Shorts Film Fest & African Festival & Carnegie Hall Concert on Staten Island;

6) also Free Outdoor Concerts, Movies & Theater, Farmers Markets, NYC Public Outdoor Swimming Pools, Street Fairs, Public Beaches

staten island things to do memorial day weekend staten island memorial day weekend si nycAugust 26, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / NYC Things To Do Events / Gotham Buzz NYC.

NYC Weekend Weather. The temperature highs will be in the mid 80's and the temperature lows in the low 70's. The humidity will be about 60% Friday, rising to 70% Saturday and peaking at 80% on Sunday, before falling back a bit on Monday. The winds will be about 5 mph all weekend. There's the possibility of a tenth inch of rain Friday.

 

The photo at right was taken at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village in a prior year. The festival returns to Washington Heights and the East Village this weekend.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Manhattan NYC

Tuesday - Sundays, August 10 - September 11, 2022 beginning at 8 pm [no show on Saturday, September 10] - As You Like It - By William Shakespeare / Adapted by Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery. This adaptation of the Shakespearean classic romantic comedy addresses love and gender. Free Shakespeare in the park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in Manhattan NYC. Free theater but you need to rsvp a ticket online at least one day prior to performance. For details see www.publictheater.org.

Friday, August 26, 2022 from 7 - 9 pm - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - featuring Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force / Calvin Booker On Tap & Friends in tandem with the JazzMobile. Marcus Garvey Park at 18 Mount Morris Park West in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org.

Saturday, Aug 27 @ at 2 pm - - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. — Washington Square Park. They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Washington Square Park is located between 4th Street and Waverly and between MacDougal and University Place in the Village. Organized by the Parks Dept & Theater for the New City aka TNC at www.theaterforthenewcity.net. Free.

Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 3 - 7 pm - Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - featuring Archie Shepp and Jason Moran featuring Cecile McLorin Salvant / Melissa Aldana / Bria Skonberg / Pasquale Grasso - perform in Tompkins Square Park located between Avenues A & B and between 7th Street & 10th Street in the East Village. . No rsvp needed. First come / first serve. Organized by SummerStage - www.cityparksfoundation.org.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Queens NYC

Friday, August 26, 2022 from 5 - 9 pm - MoMA PS1 Warm Up Party Replacement. They'll have a few DJ's playing tunes in their back courtyard. PS1 MoMa is located at 22-15 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, LIC Queens.

June, July, August & September 2022 - Every Hour from 11 am - 4 pm Daily - Wings Over Water in 3D. This is a 22 minute long 3D movie about the migratory patterns of birds. The film follows a number of different species as they do their annual migrations through mountains, deserts, cities, and forests along hidden waterways left behind by the melted glaciers. The NY Hall of Science is located at the western end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 47-01 111th Street at 47th Avenue in Corona / Flushing Queens NYC. Admission $4 / $5 / www.nysci.org

Sunday, August 28, 2022 beginning at 2 pm - Teacher! Teacher! or P.S. I love you. They describe the play as follows, " ... a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a struggling teacher in an underserved neighborhood who puts her life on the line for her kids ...". Free summer theater in Travers Park at 34th Avenue Between 77th and 78th Street in Jackson Heights Queens NYC.

The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament begins Monday.

 

Things To Do This Weekend in Brooklyn NYC

Thursday - Sunday, August 18 - August 28, 2022 from about 6 - 10 pm and probably starts earlier on the weekends - The 40th Annual Feast of Santa Rosalia - Along 18th Avenue from 68th to 75th Streets in Bensonhurst. Rides, Italian food and shopping and live entertainment. Processions at 3 pm on both Sundays at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street. Organized by FIAO Brooklyn. Brooklyn street fairs in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of BK.

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022 from 11 am - 3 pm - The Battle of Brooklyn - Revolutionary War Commemoration - 500 West 25th Street at Greenwood Cemetery. There are three trolley tours scheduled on Saturday beginning at 10 am, 1 pm and 3.30 pm which cost $30 / $25. The Sunday events are free with a suggested donation of $5 for the cemetery. In the past the Sunday program includes an interactive program about life on the battlefield at 11 am, a parade at 12.30 pm, and a commemoration ceremony at 1.15 pm - THIS IS LIKELY THE 2022 EVENTS SCHEDULE BUT IT HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED. This is an historic festival in the Greenwood Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Space is limited so it's recommended that you get your free tickets now [recommended donation $5] at https://www.green-wood.com/calendar/list/?tribe-bar-date=2022-08-26

Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 10 am - 6 pm. 45th Annual Brighton Jubilee. Along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place to Coney Island Avenue [has bathrooms] turning down toward the beach. There's live entertainment stages at Brighton 11th Street & at 14th Street, as well as food, shopping and kiddie rides. By the Brighton Neighborhood Assn. Brooklyn street fairs / Brooklyn St Festivals in Brighton Beach & Manhattan Beach. For details see - http://brightonbeach.com/jubilee-festival.html

Friday & Saturday nights, July & August, 2022 beginning at 8 pm on Friday and 9 pm on Saturday - Burlesque at the Beach. A new burlesque related show each Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. Coney Island Side Show and Coney Island Burlesque. At the Coney Island Museum at 1208 Surf Avenue [at Stillwell Avenue] in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn. It's adjacent to Luna Park, which stands between it and the boardwalk. Admission is about $20.

Daily August 2022 - Coney Island Museum. They describe the museum as follows, " ... For over a century, the Coney Island amusement district has represented the changing face of American popular culture. A source of wonders, thrills, and larger-than-life spectacles for many generations, Coney Island has also been the site of a wide range of historical innovations, including the hot dog, the first escalator ride, and the introduction of the infant incubator as a tool for neonatal care. The Coney Island Museum is the only accredited institution singularly dedicated to preserving, protecting, and interpreting the unique history of the People’s Playground. It houses the world’s premier collection of Coney Island photographs, paintings, ephemera, amusement-related objects, architectural elements, and vintage signs on view to the public. In addition to the permanent collection, the Museum also hosts special exhibitions and lectures on Coney Island’s history and impact. The Museum’s archives are available as a critical resource to researching scholars and its public displays support educators from local schools ... ". Admission $3 / $5. Note - They periodically close for special events so you're advised to check their website before planning a visit - www.coneyisland.com

 

Things To Do This Weekend in the Bronx NYC

Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 1 to 8 pm - Bronx Night Market in Fordham Plaza just south of the train station. A diversified food fest.

Friday, August 26, 2022 beginnning at 8 pm - STAYCEE PEARL DANCE PROJECT ​... ALL NIGHT LONG (Working Title). A staged installation celebrating house music and culture. At the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance located at  2474 Westchester Avenue in the Westchester Square neighborhood of the Bronx.

Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 1 - 4 pm - Family Day - This is described not as a street fair, but arts and crafts workshop, " ... a day of art making, music and celebration as well as the debut of Abigail DeVille's oral history space capsule project, where a sculpture taking the form of a space capsule outfitted with sound recording equipment will be used to collect and share personal stories and alternative narratives of the Bronx ... ". At the Bronx Museum 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street in the Bronx NYC.

Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 2 to 6 pm - Stage Garden Rumba - They describe the event as: "... Presented in partnership with Pregones / PRTT, Stage Garden Rumba is an open invitation for all New Yorkers to experience the cultural riches, regional community gardens and green spaces, and vibrant Casitas of the South Bronx ... The series will again feature extraordinary Artists - actors, singers, dancers, writers; Activists with the pulse of local, national, and international struggle and social justice; and Community Members ... Hyperlocal and universal, Stage Garden Rumba brings together voices of joy and revolution to fuel our collective imagination and propel us into a self-determined future ... ". At the Bronx Sunshine Community Garden at 1768 Bryant Avenue at 174th Street near the New Horizon Shopping Mall in the West Farms / Longwood / East Tremont neighborhoods in the Bronx.

Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm to 10 pm, and Sundays from 3 pm to 9 pm - Piazza di Belmont - Outdoor dining on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue during the above mentioned times. Ends Sept 25, 2022.

Daily thru October 30, 2022 - Walk Among Dinosaurs. This isn't a movie per se, but perhaps even better than one. The Bronx Zoo has an exhibit of 52 life-sized dinosaurs, some of which have animatronics in them. The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Blvd in the Bronx. You will need to rsvp a timed ticket and check their website for the latest CoVid guidance - https://bronxzoo.com.

 

Things To Do This Weekend on Staten Island NYC

Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 12 noon - 7 pm there's the African Festival at 450 Front Street, just across from Maker Park in the Stapleton neighborhood of Staten Island. They describe the event as follows, " ... The 2 day event is the celebration of African Culture and showcases African music, fine arts, literature, drama, dance, and fashion ...". While this is primarily a cultural festival, there will also be opportunities to purchase African food, clothing and art. Entrance Free. Organized by www.africanfestnyc.org. & http://www.nigeriancommunity.org/aboutus.html

Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 5 - 6 pm - Jayme Stones Folklife. This group performs an eclectic mix of North American folk music. At the General Store in Historic Richmond Town on Staten Island. Free, but you're encouraged to rsvp at https://www.historicrichmondtown.org. This is a Carnegie Hall Citywide concert - https://www.carnegiehall.org/Events/Citywide.

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28, 2022 from 5 - 10 pm - Staten Island Summer of Shorts Film Festival. At the Old Dutch Church at 54 Port Richmond Avenue in the Port Richmond neighborhood on Staten Island. Opens at 5 pm where you can meet and greet the film folks. Screenings begin at 6 pm. Admission $10 / Tickets on eventbrite / http://www.olddutchchurchnyc.org.

 

Have a good weekend, and in the meantime here are links to all sorts of summer activities in all five boros, which include further details to many of the events above. Enjoy.

Click here for free public outdoor movies - Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Bronx NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Brooklyn NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Manhattan NYC, Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Queens NYC and Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Movies Staten Island NYC.

Swim Pools. The NYC public park outdoor swimming pools reopen next Tuesday, June 28th. Here are links to those pools in all of the five boroughs: Free public swimming pools in the Bronx NYC, free public swimming pools in Brooklyn NYC, free public swimming pools in Manhattan NYC, free public swimming pools in Queens NYC and free public swimming pools on Staten Island NYC.

Farmers Markets / Street Fairs. And many of the seasonal farmers markets reopened this month, so you use these links to find one in your neighborhood - Bronx Farmers Markets NYC, Brooklyn Farmers Markets NYC, Manhattan Farmers Markets NYC, Queens Farmers Markets NYC, Staten Island Farmers Markets NYC. And the weekend street fairs are updated weekly - Manhattan street fairs, Queens street fairs, Brooklyn street fairs, Bronx street fairs, Staten Island street fairs.

Click here for fireworks displays throughout all five boroughs this weekend -1) Bronx 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Orchard Beach July 4th fireworks BX NYC, 2) Brooklyn 4th of July fireworks 2022 & Coney Island July 4th fireworks BK NYC, 3) Manhattan 4th of July fireworks 2022, 4) Queens July 4th fireworks 2022 & Astoria Park 4th of July fireworks Queens NYC, and 5) Staten Island 4th of July fireworks 2022.

Click here for free public outdoor concerts - 1) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Bronx NYC, 2) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Brooklyn NYC, 3) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Manhattan NYC, 4) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Queens NYC, and 5) Free Things to do NYC / Free Outdoor Summer Concerts Staten Island NYC.

Click here for free public outdoor theater - 1) Free Summer Theater Plays Bronx Bx, 2) Free Summer Theater Plays Brooklyn Bk, 3) Free Summer Theater Plays Manhattan Mhtn, 4) Free Summer Theater Plays Queens Qns and 5) Free Summer Theater Plays Staten Island Si.


NYC / NYS Politics - Primary Election Tuesday, August 23rd

These are the U.S. Congressional & NYS Senate Primary Races not Held June 28th

nyc poll site locator queens poll site locator manhattan polls locations

August 23, 2022 / NYC Neighborhoods / News Analysis & Opinion / Gotham Buzz NYC. 

The second NYS primary election is on Tuesday, August 23rd.  On the ballot are the U.S. Congressional races and the NYS Senate races, which were not on the ballot on June 28th.

Reason for the Second Primary this Summer & Races to Watch

The reason there were two NYS primaries this year is that the electoral districts drawn up by the Democrats were so gerrymandered, that an upstate court ordered the NYS Legislature to redraw them more fairly. The decision was upheld on Appeal, but due to the timing - the Appeal decision came down in April - there wasn't enough time to redraw the maps in time for the June primary. Hence a second primary today.

The biggest contests to watch coming out of this election is the one pitting two longtime Congresspeople against each other in District 12 - Jerry Nadler of the Upper West Side and Carolyn Maloney of the Upper East Side. And there's a tight race just north of the city in Westchester where Alessandra Biaggi is challenging Sean Patrick Maloney in District 13. Earlier this summer, former Mayor de Blasio dropped out of the congressional race in the newly redrawn 10th District which encompasses part of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Click on the image above to access the poll finder website, so you can easily find where to vote in your neighborhood.  Remember this is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and many of our ancestors died for our right to elect our leaders. A similar struggle for freedom from oppression is going on in Ukraine right now.  So in as much as you can, do your homework before voting for those you choose to represent you / us. There's still time to do some research on candidates on the web.  

The New York State election is Tuesday August 23rd, and polls are open from 6 am - 9 pm. Click on the graphic above, to find your poll site.


Staten Buzz Voluntary Subscriptions

We work very hard to help keep you informed by providing you with independent news coverage, as well as nyc blogs websites nycinformation about events in the arts, culture and business in the borough.

You can help us continue to provide you with independent, first-person, fact-based, contextural reporting by purchasing an annual subscription. As it's voluntary, there are a variety of price options, one of which should fit within your budget.

Thanks for your encouragement & support.