Friday, August 12, 2011

The Weekend

At The Gangway in Columbus, OH

The oppressive heat and humidity has finally lifted and it feels like the season is slowly starting to turn.  This is magical biking weather for me – cooler temperatures and light breezes.  I’m looking forward to a very bike heavy weekend and plan on biking to nearly everything I do this weekend.

Tonight, the City Reliquary will be presenting yet another installment of their Friday Night Lights music and movie screenings.  The Internationals will be performing before the screening of Coming to America.  (I have a soft spot for this movie.  Most recently due to Jon’s expert overdubbing from one of the scenes when we attending the opening party for the Museum of the Moving Image.)

Tomorrow I plan on waking up as early as possibly in order to bike across the Brooklyn Bridge (it’s possible when it’s early and no one is out!) to Manhattan for Summer Street 2011

From their website

“The 2011 route connects the Brooklyn Bridge with Central Park, with recommended spurs along low-traffic streets to the Hudson River Greenway, Harlem and Governors Island, allowing participants to plan a route as long or short as they wish.”

From the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to East 72nd street via Lafayette St and Park Ave, the streets will be closed to cars and other motorized vehicles until 1pm.  There are various rest points along the route that will be offering water, snacks, fitness classes, as well as live music and a double-dutch demonstration.  Also, Andy from the Self-Portrait Project will be at the Foley Square Rest Stop doing his thing

Later in the evening is this month’s Brooklyn Boogie!  As always, it will be held at The Gym Park located in Greenpoint.  

This month’s event is a special one as it is part of this year’s Couch Crash NYC.  What a Couch Crash?  From their website:

“A Couch Crash is an event organized by CS members from a specific geographical location and is usually held yearly. Local members organize 3 or more days full of events. These events usually include city tours, picnics, house-parties, hiking, bike-tours, sightseeing and so on. During these events, local members host the couchsurfers that are coming from other places. In many cases, people travel to another country to attend one of these events.”

What are Couchsurfers 

From their website:
CouchSurfing seeks to internationally network people and places, create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance and facilitate cultural understanding.
As a community we strive to do our individual and collective parts to make the world a better place, and we believe that the surfing of couches is a means to accomplish this goal.
CouchSurfing is not about the furniture, not just about finding free accommodations around the world; it’s about making connections worldwide. We make the world a better place by opening our homes, our hearts, and our lives. We open our minds and welcome the knowledge that cultural exchange makes available. We create deep and meaningful connections that cross oceans, continents and cultures.
CouchSurfing wants to change not only the way we travel, but how we relate to the world!”
If you are interested, go to the Couchsurfers’ website to sign up to become part of this international network of travelers and hosts.  This year’s list of Couch Crash NYC events can be found here

Some other events that I think are worth mentioning.

My friend Stephanie sent me an email reminding me about the opening of The Palms in Long Island City.  3rd Ward also sent out an email about this earlier this month.

From their website

“What do you get when you mix the infamous Dumpster Pools, the fervor of an open air dance party, the delicacy of summer cocktails (think: real coconut), and the lawless beauty of a night lit by fire? This is your summer made exquisitely out-of-control.

3rd Ward, Macro-Sea, Artists Wanted, TheDanger and Chashama have spent the past several weeks building out a fantastic oasis in the creative heart of Queens. A couple blocks from PS1, we are opening The Palms, a late summer ode to the Boca Raton Resort Pools of the 1940's (with more music, spectacle and hedonism).”

The Palms offers 15,000 sqft of outdoor enjoyment, cabanas and bar and 4,300 sqft of indoor lounging.  They are open Saturday from noon to “much, much later” and Sunday from noon to midnight.  Admission is $10 before 3pm on Saturday, $20 after 3pm.  On Sunday admission is $10 all day.  I’m definitely intrigued and will try to stop by at some point this weekend.  Whether it’s Saturday or Sunday remains to be seen.

Sunday, The Desk Set will be holding their Books BBQ at Pete’s Candy Store from 4pm – 8pm (rain or shine).  This is a fundraiser for Urban Librarians Unite and the Save NYC Libraries campaigns.  Admission is $10 and includes some delicious food and a chance to win a prize from their fabulous raffle (prizes furnished by The Vermont Country Store).

And finally, I know this isn’t happening on the weekend but I think people need to know.

On Monday…


This is part of the Martin Luther King Concert Series.  They recommend that you get there as early as possible as the lines are “notoriously long and slow” (their words, not mine).  This concert is definitely going to be jam packed.  The show starts at 7:30pm.  Go here for information and directions.


Enjoy your weekend!

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