MONDAY, JUNE 10: The 18th Annual Poetry Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The walk features some of the nation’s most renowned poets – U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner Galway Kinnell, and presidential inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander among them – who will be reading poems capturing the spirit of New York along the expanse of the walk from the Financial District to DUMBO. The walk ends at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn, where guests will enjoy a dinner on the waterfront catered by Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke. 6:30pm at the Brooklyn Bridge. $250. RSVP required. Buy tickets here.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11: The Museum Mile Festival. One day a year, for the past 33 years, ten of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12: AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York. NY Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. 10am-6pm. $10 students / $15 general admission. (more…)
The much beloved Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, from whose fabulous loins sprung the inimitable East Village creamery by the same name. Photo courtesy of Big Gay Ice Cream.
Big Gay Brunch is just around the corner, and we are absolutely stoked! Supporting the The Trevor Project and hosted by Underground Eats, Next Magazine and Big Gay Ice Cream at the Mercedes Club pool on the afternoon of June 22nd, the event will feature food by Top Chefs Dave Martin, Zac Young, and Elizabeth Falkner, along with specialty cocktails and a bloody mary bar. Combine that with music by DJ Whitney Day (from Cielo, PH-D, Pacha NYC, Greenhouse), bocce ball, an amateur synchronized Swimming Contest (yes, anybody can sign up), and a rooftop pool, and you’ve got the perfect start to NYC Pride Week! (more…)
Poets House fundraising walk from downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn. Source: Mark Woods for Poets House.
It’s beautiful to know that poetry, even in a place as restless and unforgiving as New York, can survive. It’s even lovelier to know that it’s flourishing. Proof of this is in abundance at the annual Poetry Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
The walk features some of the nation’s most renowned poets – U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner Galway Kinnell, and presidential inauguration poet Elizabeth Alexander among them – who will be reading poems capturing the spirit of New York along the expanse of the walk from the Financial District to DUMBO. Actors Bill Murray (an annual guest and long-time patron of poetry) and Oliver Platt will also be joining the procession. The walk ends at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn, where guests will enjoy a dinner on the waterfront catered by Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke.
The walk was started as a fundraiser for Battery Park City’s immaculate Poets House, a poetry library and literary center. Poets House hosts frequent readings, classes, workshops, class trips, children’s programs, and showcases, and aims to collect every book of poetry published in the United States, whether from small or large presses, for the public. First-time visits to its relatively new location across the street from Nelson A. Rockefeller Park tend to be an overwhelming experience; at the very least, they make it apparent why so many people give their support to keep the institution thriving.
The 18th Annual Poetry Walk is this coming Monday, on June 10th. Tickets for the walk and dinner are $250 for non-members. If this sounds like a lot of money for a spectacular dining experience, meeting literary celebrities, and listening to great poetry in a magnificent setting, remember that ticket sales help keep poetry alive in New York, and maintain a safe haven for all writers and lovers of literature.
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2012 Literary Debutante Megan Mayhew Bergman is escorted by her mentor, Amy Hempel at last year’s One Story Literary Debutante Ball. Photo courtesy of One Story.
Long recognized as a thriving mecca for aspiring and established writers, in New York City, hardly a night passes without some kind of literary event, whether that’s a reading, a poetry slam, a book signing, a lecture, or a release party. But of all the events in the NYC writing scene, nothing quite resembles the pure awesomeness that is One Story’s Annual Literary Debutante Ball.
MONDAY, JUNE 3: Join Bryant Park for the 2nd annual epic game of musical chairs, featuring the park’s iconic green bistro chair. Prizes for last chair standing. Winner will take home a pair of Southwest airline tickets and an iconic Bryant Park chair! 7pm at Bryant Park. Pre-registration is required. Sign up here. You must be 18 or older to participate. FREE.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4: Atlas Obscura launches the Wanderlust School of Transgressive Placemaking with a discussion of Broken Legs, Surveillance Cameras and Black Mold: Safety & Security Off the Grid. The June 4th installment will focus on staying physically safe and mostly out of trouble. Speakers:Mark Krawczuk & Annetta Black, with Myric Lehner Moderated by Ida C. Benedetto & N.D. Austin. 7:30pm at Acme Studios, 63 N 3rd Street, Brooklyn. $12. Buy tickets here.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5: Currently ongoing until September is the Dinosaur Safari at the Bronx Zoo. With a Total Experience Ticket, get UNLIMITED access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Butterfly Garden, Childrens Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail. 10am-5pm at the Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. $33.95 adults / $23.95 kids. Buy tickets here. (more…)
The awesomely quirky folks at Atlas Obscura are launching a series of talks called the Wanderlust School of Transgressive Placemaking. Every Tuesday in June, they will host a discussion about the issues involved in urban exploration–trespassing, the risks and rewards of urban spelunking, and more. Join in on the fun at Acme Studios, 63 N 3rd Street, Brooklyn. Doors open at 7:30pm, talks start at 8pm. $12 advance tickets + cash bar.
In the past, Atlas Obscura has led us on explorations of the poison cauldron of Newtown Creek, taught us about perverse relics (including Napoleon’s penis), brought us inside the Livingstone Masonic Library, and even out to the ruins of Bannerman Island, a munitions facility built as a castle in the Hudson Valley. Check out their Facebook page for more upcoming events and follow them on Twitter @atlasobscura.