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NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade, June 10th 2012

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The National Puerto Rican Day Parade is being held Sun June 10th 2012. The parade will start at 11am-5pm, the route is fifth avenue between 44th and 79th street. The theme for this years parade is “Higher Education” It is through higher education that a community can continue to grow.

The parade is always a lot of fun BUT extremely packed with over 80,000 people marching, make sure you pack light carrying only a camera and maybe a bottle of water, you will also want to wear comfortable shoes as there is no area for you to sit. Fox 5 and UPN 9 will be broadcasting so make sure you’re camera ready.

Cecily travels would like to acknowledge Jet Blue Airways as a sponsor of Puerto Rican Day Parade 2012. When traveling I only fly jet blue and am a proud happy jetter.

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Any events prior to the parade? Crossroads and Coney Island Dancers present Puerto Rican Pride Sun June 10th from 1pm-8pm click link for details.

How do I get to the location? Can take train to grand central station. click this link for directions.

Is there a cost to attend? No to view the parade is FREE

 

Question Bridge Black Males exhibit has been extended at the Brooklyn Museum until July 15th.

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Question Bridge Black Males  by: Chris Johnson, Hank Willis Thomas, Kamal Sinclair and Bayete Ross Smith, is a amazing exhibition that has received so many great review that the Brooklyn Museum extended its stay.This video consist of 150 black males being interviewed and the way it is edited it appears they are all having a conversation. Some of the social topics that were covered were why do black males not go to the doctor, what is this “code of the streets” love, interracial dating. This is a must see. Question Bridge Black Males will be on exhibit until July 15, 2012.

If you haven’t taken a moment to visit the Brooklyn Museum and watch this video you are doing yourself a disservice. Not only is the video of  150 males very informative, the editing weaves their words together which simulate a stream of conscious dialogue. It  appears that the men are all having a conversation some posing questions then the other answers.

I really enjoyed Question Bridge  and found the editing and the way the conversations flowed from one screen to the next to be quite genius.

To get a feel of what the discussion will intel click this link to watch a clip.

For pictures from the roundtable discussion

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What is the address to the museum and how can I get there? 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn NY 11238. Click this link for directions.

How much does it cost? The event is free with museum admission.

Is there parking at the museum? Yes the museum does have a parking lot to see cost click the link

 

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum

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First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum are events sponsored by Target and they are FREE. This First Saturday events will include the closing of Question Bridge Black Males. If you haven’t stopped by to experience this exhibit, you need to.

This First Saturday theme is “Brooklyn Block Party” and will kick off Saturday June 2rd from  5pm-11pm.

Below is the event schedule:

MUSIC

5–7 p.m.

Son de Madre blends Cuban music with jazz, funk, and Brazilian. Part of Carnegie Hall’sNeighborhood Concerts series.

PERFORMANCE

5–8 p.m.

Performers from the Museum’s local community showcase their talents throughout the Museum.

ACTION STATION

5–8 p.m.

Laura Nova and Theresa Loong, creators of the Feed Me a Storyproject, invite visitors to reflect on their lives through memories of food.

FILM

6 p.m.

Hands to the Sky (Angelo Boyke, 52 min., 2010). A documentary celebrating the world of outdoor house music parties. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

LECTURE

6 p.m.

Blue Marble Ice Cream’s Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas speak about their nonprofit, Blue Marble Dreams, which has helped eleven Rwandan women open their country’s first ice cream shop.Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

GALLERY TOUR

6 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the Museum’s architecture.

HANDS-ON ART

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Search the galleries for hot Brooklyn styles, and create a fashionable wrap to wear to the dance party. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

GALLERY TOUR

7 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the topic of “Summer Fun.”

ACTIVATION

7–9 p.m.

Raw/Cooked artist Heather Hart discusses her installation, as visitors participate in transformative activities, from tarot readings to makeovers. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

DANCE PARTY

8–10 p.m.

Society HAE presents “Beats, Blocks & Brooklyn” featuring DJ crew the Ahficionados with Jasmine Solano, spinning music from Biggie to the Beastie Boys.

PARTICIPATORY PROGRAM

8–10 p.m.

Pose for street style–inspired portraits by photographers Jamel Shabazz, Iafotographeuse, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Visitors are also encouraged to post their own images, tagged #BrooklynMuseum and #BeatsBlocksBrooklyn.

BOOK CLUB

9 p.m.

Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York, speaks about his book and leads a discussion on gentrification in Brooklyn.

PERFORMANCE

9–10 p.m.

Zongo Junction blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz, and soul.
For info on first Saturday as well as Brooklyn Museum click this link. The museum is closed Mon & Tue but if you’d like to visit any other days note that the SUGGESTED donation is $12. For current exhibitions click this link.

Brooklyn Museum holds a round table discussion this Sat May 19th on the exhibit “Question Bridge Black Males”

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Question Bridge Black Males Blueprint roundtable will discuss many topics ranging from questioning why didn’t the elders leave a blueprint for the next generation to follow, to love. There will be many local community leaders and government organizations that will be a part of this multigenerational dialogue.

If you haven’t taken a moment to visit the Brooklyn Museum and watch this video you are doing yourself a disservice. Not only is the video of  150 males very informative, the editing weaves their words together which simulate a stream of conscious dialogue. It  appears that the men are all having a conversation some posing questions then the other answers.

I really enjoyed Question Bridge  and found the editing and the way the conversations flowed from one screen to the next to be quite genius. If you are not able to attend this Sat “May 19th” the exhibit will run until June 3,2012.

To get a feel of what the discussion will intel click this link to watch a clip.

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What is the address to the museum and how can I get there? 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn NY 11238. Click this link for directions.

How much does it cost? The event is free with museum admission.

Is there parking at the museum? Yes the museum does have a parking lot to see cost click the link

How can I order my free tickets since there is limited availability?

What is the time and location? Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

New York City Groove Lounge “Home of Rhythm, Blues and Funk”

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Whether you are visiting New York City or a native new yorker, the Groove Lounge is a spot you will definitely want to experience. I had the pleasure of going this past weekend and I had a ball. Aside from the hot waiter and gorgeous bartenders this place is rocking. The band that was performing was the funk band “Li’Nard and The Many Moods” and they were rocking. But don’t just take my word check out this video of them performing Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” 

Li’Nard and the Many Moods perform Thur and Sat. To see the calendar of scheduled performances at Groove click this link here.

The Groove Lounge is open seven days a week and is the only place in New York City where you will hear live funk, R&B,Jazz not to mention you may run into a few celebs jamming right beside you as they to frequent the Groove. I’m no name dropper but do note that Chaka Khan, Lisa Lisa and even Prince have been known to stop by.

In addition to the great music The Groove Lounge offers a great happy hour all drinks and food are $4 Sun thru Thur 4pm-7pm and Fri and Sat from 3pm-7pm. Click on this link formenu 

So if you’re looking for a great night out and enjoy live music you must come and get the “Real New Yorker Experience” at The Groove.

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Can I make reservations? Yes you can click this link to make your reservation.

Is there a cover? There is usually a 2 drink minimum per set as well as a $5 cover to enter but this may depend on the time you arrive .

What is the address? 125 MacDougal Street NY NY 10012

How do I get there via public transportation? The best way is to visit hopstop and put in your location and the site will give you the closest trains. Click this link for the site.

New York City’s BAM “Brooklyn Academy of Music” Presents Dance Africa May25-May27

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This year BAM will celebrate the 35th year anniversary of Dance Africa. This is a three day festival that is definitely a must see. I’ve attended Dance Africa for 3yrs consecutively, this will make my fourth and the only way to describe it is BRILLIANT. The dance troops come from all over the world the costumes and performances are breath taking.

This year the featured troops will be:

Fri, May 25 at 7:30pm
Ammamere Mma Dance Theater (Ghana)
Farafina Kan: The Sound of Africa (Washington, DC)
United African Dance Troupe (Queens)
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)

Sat, May 26 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Ammamere Mma Dance Theater (Ghana)
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre (Manhattan)
Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Company (Manhattan)
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)

Sun, May 27 at 3pm
Ammamere Mma Dance Theater (Ghana)
Illstyle Peace Productions (Philadelphia)
Creative Outlet (Brooklyn)
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)

Mon, May 28 at 3pm
Ammamere Mma Dance Theater (Ghana)
Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna (Bronx)
Asase Yaa (Brooklyn)
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble (Brooklyn)

Not only will you enjoy the troops but you’ll also enjoy the hundreds of vendors selling everything from art,food,accessories and clothing.

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Whats the address and phone number for BAM? 30 Lafayette Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718)636-4100

How do I get to BAM? Click this link

How do I purchase tickets? You can purchase tickets in person at BAM or you can order online but do note there is an additional convenience fee applied to each ticket purchased online. To purchase click this link 

Frieze Art Fair New York

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Frieze New York brings 180 of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the world to Randall’s Island. These are the most forward thinking galleries from around the world which brings an international focus to the contemporary art scene in New York City.

If you are able to attend you’ll definitely be in for a treat in addition to being able to see work by the world’s leading artist you are encouraged to participate in a program of debates,panel discussions and keynote lectures. These will all take place in a bespoke temporary structure designed by New York based SO-IL architects which overlooks the east river from Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan.

Note that ferry and bus services are included in the admission price and tickets are only available online. To purchase tickets click this link.

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Opening Hours are:

Fri May 4th 12pm-7pm

Sat May 5th 12pm-7pm

Sun May 6th 12pm-6pm

Mon May 7th 12pm-6pm

Will there be food available? Yes to see what your restaurant options are click this link.

How do I get to the location? Please click link for options via public transportation or driving.

New York City Tourist Guide to the Williamsburg Bridge

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A great way to really see New York City and get some beautiful views and camera shots is to walk across the Williamsburg Bridge. The Williamsburg bridge is 1.2 miles long and can be entered from Manhattan at Delancy and Clinton Streets. If you are coming from Brooklyn, you have two entrances: the first entrance is on the corner of South 5th Street and South 5th place “South 5th Place. (South 5th Place is between Driggs Ave and Roebling Street). The second entrance is located on Bedford Ave between South 5th and South 6th Streets. Please note that one side of the bridge is designated for bikes and the other side is designated for walkers. You will see signage that will up that will let you know if you’re on the right side. This is a beautiful walk that you and the entire family will truly enjoy.

 

If you are feeling like you want to rent a bike, I  recommend Landmark Bike Rental Shop located on the Brooklyn Side of the bridge. If you would like to rent a bike for 24hrs the cost is $35. For a complete price list call (347)799-2116 address and contact info click the link.


Another cool discovery was the Traif Bike Geshefton on the Williamburg side of bridge. Their address is 99 South 6th Street between Bedford and Berry Street. Please note that they are open on Tue-Sun 10am-12am and only accept cash as a form of payment. If you happen to get a flat they have a pump for you to use BUT they also have a outside vending machine where you can buy a pump, tire repair kits,small u-locks etc Although they no longer rent bikes, if you were to catch a flat, this is the place to go for a repair. For Directions to Traif Bike Gesheft located at 99 South 6th Street click this link

Now that  you’ve walked,run,peddled your way across the Williamsburg bridge, you’re probably ready to grab a bite to eat.

If you’re on the Williamsburg side you have options ranging from Peter Luger  to the Velvet Lounge:

If you’re on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge, the options are endless, but I’d like to point out my very favorite spot which is Sugar Sweet Sunshine. They have the best banana pudding in New York City.
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#1 What subway will take me to the Williamsburg bridge Manhattan entrance? You can take the (JMFZ) train to Delancy/Essex.
#2 What subway will I take to get on the Williamsburg Bridge Brooklyn entrance? You can take the (JMZ) train to Marcy.
#3 I’m not close to those trains how do I get to them? Put in your address and destination Williamsburg Bridge click this link for directions.
#4 I don’t feel like walking.Can I get some good pics from inside the train? You can def get a great view from inside the train but photographs may be a little      challenging as there are always trains going in the opposite direction which will obstruct your shot. Also be aware of reflections from the window glass.

New York Based Michael Mut Gallery T-shirt Making Day This Sat April 28th,2012

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The Michael Mut Gallery  in collaboration with the Love Yourself Project brings you the culmination of a month-long donation based project using Tee-Shirts as a mode of creative expression.  This month-long project runs from April 12th through May 16th. On Saturday April 28th, from 1pm-4pm, the gallery will be hosting a Make Your Own Tee-Shirt Day. The gallery will donate 90% of all proceeds to Housing Works! The Tee-Shirts show celebrates the simple comfort of our favorite t-shirt as a symbol of physical and mental comfort in one’s skin.

This event will be fun for all family members to attend. Remember to wear something that you won’t mind getting dirty as silk screening can get messy but it’s a lot  fun.

If you aren’t able to attend the tee-shirt making day you should stop by and view the great shirts on display until May 16th,2012.

What are our hours,location and contact info? Click this link

How to get to gallery via public transportation

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Sakura Matsuri Festival April 28th-April 29th

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So you’ve enjoyed yourself at the Brooklyn Museum but are not quite ready to go back to your hotel? Fortunately, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is right around the corner from the Brooklyn Museum. You can purchase a Brooklyn Art and Garden ticket which will give you same day access to the Garden as well as the Museum. The suggested contribution is $20 for adults, $11 for students with ID, Seniors $11, children under 12 are FREE. Speaking of FREE- if you plan on visiting the Botanical Garden on Tuesday there is no cover but do note that the Brooklyn Museum is closed on Mon and Tue.

Whether you are a visitor to NYC or a NYC resident, this is a must see event that only happens once a year at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens:

The Sakura Matsuri festival is April 28th-April 29th. This festival celebrates contemporary and traditional Japanese culture. There will be more than 60 events and performances such as: Taiko Drumming  Manga Artists  J-Pop Bands  Tea Ceremonies Samurai Sword Fighting  Cosplay Fashion Show  Bonsai Demonstrations  Minbu Folk Dance  Kids’ Workshops  Puzzle Plaza and Much More! This is a great fun-filled event that the entire family will enjoy.

Please note that the Sakura Matsuri festival will be held rain or shine and do arrive early as the festivities start at 10am.

To view the happenings scheduled for this festival please click this link.

Getting Here Via Public Transportation: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden Address is 900 Washington Ave

Purchase your tickets by clicking this link

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