Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer in New York City

Port Newark/Port Elizabeth Hidden Harbor Tour
Time is running out to get your tickets for the Port Newark/Port Elizabeth tour coming up this Saturday, 28 June, 2014.

The tour gives visitors an insider’s view of how a working harbor like that of New York City functions. 

Passengers will also learn about what all those ships and tugs do, while enjoying a close up view of port terminals where giant container ships dock and unload their goods from around the world.

When:
Saturday - 28 June
Boarding @ 10:30 a.m.
Cruising 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
Pier 83, West 42nd Street and 12th Avenue

Prices:
Adult Ticket - $40
Working Harbor Committee members: $35
Seniors - $35
Children - $26 (3-12)

Tour will be narrated by: Ed Kelly, Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, and Capt. Maggie Flanagan, South Street Seaport & Classic Harbor Line

Click here for downloadable flyer with all summer tour dates

Click Here for Tickets, or visit www.circleline42.com or come to the Circle Line Box Office at Pier 83. For more information on the tour, visit Working Harbor… 


SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City.

UPCOMING EVENTS
SCHOOLBOY Q / DOMO GENESIS / TINASHE / BLACKOUTBOYZ / HOSTED BY MISS INFO
Wed. June 25 | 7PM
Central Park, Manhattan
BUY TICKETS

CHUCK CHILLOUT / DJ HOLLYWOOD / BRUCIE B / CHIEF ROCKER BUSY BEE/ LA LUV AND 4TH QUARTER BOYZ, HOSTED BY MICK BENZO
Wed. June 25 | 7PM
Crotona Park, Bronx
FREE

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA SUMMER RECITAL SERIES
AMBER WAGNER, JAMIE BARTON & RUSSELL THOMAS
Wed. June 25 | 7PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
FREE

D.I.T.C (LORD FINESSE, A.G., DIAMOND D & DJ BOOGIE BLIND & LARGE PROFESSOR)
Thur. June 26 | 7PM
Crotona Park, Bronx
FREE

CLUB CLASSICS LIVE!
FEATURING SAM SPARRO, ULTRA NATÃ, KEVIN AVIANCE, ALFA ANDERSON, LUCI MARTIN AND NORMA JEAN WRIGHT
Sat. June 28 | 3PM
Central Park, Manhattan
FREE




June 19–29.
11 days, 35 projects, 90+ artists.

As an annual arts festival since 2002, River To River has become a cornerstone of Lower Manhattan culture, providing an intense and rewarding way to experience the waterfronts, parks, plazas, hotels, historic landmarks, temporarily vacant office spaces, and other sites downtown.

As the lead producer since 2011, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has transformed the festival schedule and content in response to the changing landscape downtown and in order to better serve the River To River audience.

In 2014 LMCC will present the 13th annual festival. Working in partnership, we will showcase renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond and contextualize their work for a downtown audience. The artists will respond to the architecture of some of New York City’s most iconic locations and hidden gems. The performances, exhibitions, talks, walks, installations, works-in-progress showings, and social gatherings will center around ideas of movement and sound and will vary in scale. River To River 2014 will engage in an ongoing dialogue with the history and future of site-based artistic practices.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, SOME REQUIRE RSVPS.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Metropolitan Museum (NYC) Free Publications

Screen shot of MetPublications Portal
During my 2010 visit to New York City, I paid a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (colloquially called the ‘Met’), and made a point of visiting The Cloisters, that branch of the Met Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The Cloisters was a short 10-15 minute walk from where I was staying in Washington Heights. I wrote about that visit here, so I won’t cover old ground today. Instead I wanted to let you know about a treasure trove of online publications that all art lovers, visitors to New York, and New Yorkers themselves will surely want to explore further.

Like the online publications collection available at the Getty Museum website, the Metropolitan Museum has also made available hundreds of publications through their own online portal via the MetPublications section of the website.

MetPublications is a portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program with 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades. Current book titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book. The full contents of almost all other book titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF. For the Met's Bulletin, all but the most recent issue can be downloaded as a PDF. For the Met's Journal, all individual articles and entire volumes can be downloaded as a PDF.

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but when 1,500 publications from one of the world’s leading art institutions are made freely available to anyone with an internet connection, that constitutes a real treasure trove. Back in 2010, I was completely unaware of this resource, and anyway I didn’t have an iPad which would help me make the most of that knowledge―even if I did know about MetPublications. However, now I do have an iPad, and I do know about the Getty Museum publications and those from the Met Museum, so lately I have been making up for lost time by downloading and reading some of the catalogues and bulletins from both organizations. By the way, you don't need an eReader to access these publications, they can be downloaded to your laptop or desktop computer as well.

The Unicorn Tapestries
Which brings me back to my visit to The Cloisters. There are some unique and priceless works of art on display in The Cloisters, and probably none more so than the seven Gothic Unicorn Tapestries the building is famous for. I was familiar with the tapestries (which depict the Hunt For The Unicorn) in a very general way, and as much as I enjoyed seeing them, my visit suffered from a lack of real knowledge about the background and history of these magnificent works. Even worse, I had absolutely no way of ‘reading’ or understanding the importance of the hundreds of individual images woven on to these treasures.

Thankfully, all that changed after I discovered MetPublications and the numerous catalogues and bulletins available there that examine the Unicorn Tapestries in great detail.

I know, I know, you could argue this information came four years too late, but when I return to New York City next year, and return again to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to The Cloisters, I can assure you I will be much more knowledgeable and informed, not only about the tapestries, but about many other works of art, and the buildings that house them.

I will review some of the publications I have downloaded at a future date. In the meantime, why not check out both the Getty Museum and The Met Museum, and see what exciting treasures you can discover for yourself.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Photo: Aegean Moon

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I almost missed this event last evening, but I just happened to be outside when I noticed the full moon rising over the Atheras Range on the Aegean Island of Ikaria. I immediately grabbed my camera and tripod and shot a series of images as the moon, bathed in the golden glow of a disappearing sun, slowly ascended into a cloud free night. My humble Canon PowerShot SX20 was barely up to the task, but I'm grateful for the shots I got. Tonight there will another full moon, and again I will be out trying to get better shots.

By the way, in case you hadn't noticed, today is Friday, 13th. Meetings between the full moon and Friday thirteenth happen very rarely. Apparently there will not be another rendezvous between the full moon and Friday 13th until 2049! I hope you paused to enjoy today's meeting.

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