Hey Reisenbach Friends!
On Tuesday, you saw a video starring Naomi Ryan, our Executive Director, and me about our second annual Summer in a Safe City (#NYCSafeSummer) campaign. Lucky for you, we’re keeping up the tradition of our “Fun in the Sun” Friday posts! For our newcomers, each Friday throughout the duration of the campaign, we’ll be sharing different exciting, safe, and rewarding events across the all five boroughs of New York City happening that exact week. These updates will include fun activities and volunteer opportunities, as well as resources from our grantees and other nonprofits that could be useful for you or anyone that you know.
We hope that we are keeping your week packed with plenty of great suggestions. Have anything you think other people may be interested in? Email me with recommendations (especially if they are food related–seriously): firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chilling From My Terrace,
P.S. Don’t forget to donate to our campaign!
— So apparently, I’m not in the in-crowd when it comes to anything food related anymore because I JUST found out that Smorgasburg has taken over The Fulton Market at the Seaport. Since its debut over Memorial Day weekend, the Smorg has been having daily operations at the Seaport. Saturday would be a great day (for you and me) to discover our love of pop-up food shops and walking down along the piers. Bring a friend (or many friends) and everyone buy as much as you are willing to spend and create a fun faux-tapas experience. You get to taste everything (well mostly) without having to spend an exuberant amount of money.
— The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit will be hosting their last weekend of the Spring show. Hundreds of exhibitors, from art students to well-established artists, will be showcasing their work. From paintings to sculptures, to photography, to jewelry, and even to woodcraft, the art exhibit has it all.
Sunday, (June 5th):
— The NYC Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Amputee Running and Mobility Clinic by the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Established in 1997, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has been providing opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities who wish to “pursue active lifestyles through physical challenges and competitive athletics.” They provide grants to fund adaptive equipment, clinics to build confidence, and mentorship opportunities. This clinic will improve overall mobility for the participants by providing leg over leg running mechanics, proper methods for improving speed and balance, and much more. If you or anyone you know may benefit from this clinic, it’ll be held at the Eugene Mccabe Field in Manhattan from 9 AM to 12 PM.
— We always gotta plug some Shakespeare in our Friday Posts! Shakespeare in the Park is showcasing The Taming of the Shrew--one of his more zany comedies of the sexes. However, Tony nominated director, Phyllida Lloyd, is putting an interesting spin to the play: the entire cast is female! Also Adrienne C. Moore from Orange is the New Black is in the cast!. If this has piqued your interest, the play will be at 8:00 PM at the Delacorte Theater.
Monday, (June 6th):
— If you were unable to make the first three days of the Brooklyn Film Festival–don’t worry! The festival is lasting until the 12th. Fight the Monday Blues and make your day more interesting by attending a movie at a festival that supports talented independent filmmakers! Plus, it always ups your cool factor every time you enter Brooklyn. By the way, I would highly recommend making every stop to Brooklyn you can before the L train shuts down. Here’s the link to their line up here: http://bit.ly/1srm6hx.
— The Times Square Alliance is hosting another Taste of Times Square event. I have a little secret to tell you all–I avoid Times Square at all costs. I think the last time I was there (not for a work related excursion) was last summer. However, I will be heading over there because at this event you can experience a diverse range of food from over 50 restaurants! Each ticket is a $1 with dishes ranging from 2 to 6 tickets. Thankfully it’s from 5 PM to 9 PM–clock out from work and run over to reward yourself with delicious food for surviving Monday at the office. Check out more information here: http://bit.ly/1gYWzp0.
— For those looking for an event for their little ones, no fear because the Met will be hosting Toddler Storytime in Nolen Library. While you get to continue your adventure within the Met, your little ones can enjoy hanging with the librarians as they read picture books together. Specially for children ages 18 months to 6 years and offered on weekday mornings. It’s totally free but there is limited space, so get in early!
Tuesday, (June 7th):
— It seems that this week’s Friday post is going to be very theater centric. Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is just starting its run at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tuesday’s show is at 7:00 PM and tickets range from $42–$149 (which I know is a hefty price, but trust me, the reviews definitely make it seem worth the money).
— Ok, so I adore Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell on Modern Family) and he’s currently in a comedy show called Fully Committed at the Lyceum Theater about a character named Sam working in the absurd, over-the-top, stress inducing world of the Restaurant industry. The amazing thing about this play is that he’s playing all 40 roles! Literally all of them! Every article I’ve seen read about this show has been raving about it. Tuesday’s show is at 7:00 PM. Tickets range from $75-$145 (which again, super expensive but I promise it’s probably going to be worth it).
— The Met is hosting an exhibition called Great Rooms: Lifestyles of the Rich and Royal, which let’s be real, it’s probably a spinoff of VH1’s iconic Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (which was way superior to MTV’s Cribs). The exhibition is an overview of seventeenth and eighteenth century European furniture and decorative arts. Observe what were the hot and poppin’ lifestyles for the super rich in Europe during those times.
Wednesday, (June 8th):
— Rooftop Cinema Club will be screening Labyrinth at OfficeOps in Brooklyn. — Everyone is provided a pair of headphones that plays the film’s audio for you. Now you can actually focus on the movie instead of your seat mate loudly opening a bag of chips or giving death stares to the person on their cellphone during the movie. For big David Bowie fans, this would be a great way to remember the legend and remember what made him so special. http://bit.ly/1RT4kID.
— So I’m really trying to be more diverse with my event recommendations to making sure that we definitely have more representation of events from all five boroughs. So for those who live on Staten Island or will be going to Staten Island, the Parks department is sponsoring Protectors of Pine Oak Woods: 40 Years of Green. The gallery celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and their dedication to preserving and expanding Staten Island Parks. The group’s history is traced through a wide range of mediums.
Thursday, (June 9th):
— Rooftop Cinema Club is also screening Purple Rain at OfficeOps in Brooklyn. Watch Prince’s weird, wonderful masterpiece that turned him into a movie star. A man of many talents, Prince shall be remembered for all of time.http://bit.ly/25BmFU7.
— So in baseball news, the Yankees will be playing the Angels. Or is it the Angels of Anaheim? Someone please tell me. Anyways, the two teams play each other for the last time on Thursday at Yankee Stadium! Not a Yankees fan, nor an Angels (somewhat a Braves fan but really it’s just hometown pride), so I’m not sure how this may play out. All I know for sure is that the game starts at 7:05 PM, that you should definitely go, and I’m not allowed to root for the Yankees in front of my boss or in certain areas of New York. Tickets are here: http://atmlb.com/289rNkE.
— Just gonna keep rolling with this baseball momentum we got going on and tell you all that the Parks department are offering free softball lessons as a part of their Summer Sports Experience for kids between 6 and 17! Lessons will be at J Hood Wright Park from 2 PM to 6 PM.
Friday, (June 10th):
— Earth Matters is an organization which focuses on promoting the local composting of organic waste into healthy soil amendment. After composting for the past year now, I have to say composting is actually really cool and a great method of sustainability that every household can adopt. If sustainability or the idea of getting hands on experience with with composting, you can register to volunteer for their Friday Work Days program. You get to play farmer for a day by being involved in animal care, blending their daily compost, carpentry, and gardening. Register here: http://bit.ly/1XVeSy9.
— Also come see to a game of the 16th Annual Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. Come and watch world class wheelchair tennis at its finest! Tournament will be held between 9 AM to 6 PM at the Cary Leeds Tennis Center in Crotona Park. http://on.nyc.gov/1VBrJ8j.