99 Luftballons in Manhattan

July 30, 2008

Well, we suppose there’s only going to be one of them, but we could not help ourselves. The fact of the matter is that you can go up in a hot air balloon and see Central Park as you have never seen it before – from bird’s-eye perspective!

For that we have to thank to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, who want to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Olmsted and Vaux’s Greensward plan (the original design for the park) in a really cool way. Every day from 7 am to 10 pm, until August 22nd, an anchored, helium-filled AeroBalloon will ascend to 300 feet with up to four passengers on board. If you want to chat with the birds for 10 minutes or just have a moment of silence in the midst of crazy Manhattan, simply pay $25 ($17.50 if you are a kid taller than 40″) and fly away! You can catch a ride at Cherry Hill, Central Park at West 72nd street, West of Bethesda Fountain.


Bon Jovi For Free

July 2, 2008

This one is for you, all Bon Jovi fans: today, at 9am, tickets to the band’s concert in Central Park will be handed out, absolutely free, at Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, KeySpan Park and the Staten Island Yankees stadiums. All the hard-core fans are probably queuing as we speak, but to all of those who want to go, but are working today, “free tickets can also be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis, two per fan,” – says a Bon Jovi’s website. Additional tickets are supposed to be distributed in Manhattan. Gothamist had confirmend ticket distribution on July 11th at the Javits Center. Bon Jovi will be performing July 12th, at Central Park, for free. More details on the gig, and how to get in, can be found at MLB.com.

Summer In The City

June 10, 2008

With the heat wave making us run for cover, we hardly get out of the house, glued to the fan and opening a refrigerator wide open just to cool down a little bit. Remember a classic, “Seven Year Itch”? Well, we are actually considering using Marylin Monroe’s character’s recipe to fight off the heat by putting our underwear in a freezer before putting it on. It’s that hot.

But it made us think that the summer is in the city full-on and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So we might as well take the full advantage of it, right?

We have already mentioned the free or almost free summer movies screenings. Time for music. The list is long, but we’re going to make it easier, just by listing a few of the summer concert series that we think are extremely attractive.

Central Park SummerStage kicks off Friday June 13th. This year’s concerts include NYC’s darlings, Vampire Weekend, Jamie Lidell, Thievery Corporation with the samba master Seu Jorge (featuring special guests, Bebel Gilberto and Federico Aubele – yum!), Mark Knopfler solo, and the oldies but goodies – Crosby, Stills and Nash. Among others, of course. For full listings, go to their website.

River To River festival’s big highlight is the 4th of July, when you will be able to watch the fireworks, having Sonic Youth as accompaniment.

It might be the last summer of free or almost-free concerts at McCarren Park Pool, before they fill the space with water again (it will be great to splash in the water, too, but we have to wait till next summer). Head there to see Gogol Bordello, Devo, Armin Van Buuren, and Wilco among others.

If you have a more sophisticated taste, you should check out Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Concert in Prospect Park and the New York Philharmonic Concerts In The Park Series.

Want more? Go to NewYorkology’s full listings and… have fun!