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.
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.
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.
June 11 – Go Directly to Jail: Trespassing & the Law. The June 11th installment will focus on what kind of trouble you can get into and what to do about it. Speakers: Wylie Stecklow & Patricia A. Wright, Moderated by N.D. Austin and Lois Beckett.
What do giraffes and Northern Manhattan parks have in common? The annual Hike the Heights urban trail that connects the Cloisters to Central Park takes its giraffe shape from existing trails and streets that connect Fort Tryon Park, Highbridge Park, Jackie Robinson Park, St. Nicholas Park, Morningside Park, and Central Park. This year, the family-friendly event will take place on June 1st and for the 9th year will draw New Yorkers to explore and celebrate the area’s natural treasures by combining physical activity, art, and fun. (more…)
Here’s one of the few cases in which you shouldn’t forget to look down: the sidewalks of 41st Street, in the two blocks between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue, anticipates your arrival at the entrance of the New York Public Library at Bryant Park. If you brave a glance underfoot amid the rush of commuters, you’ll notice a series of 96 bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalk. The award-winning plaques along Library Way, commissioned by the library and the Grand Central Partnership in the 1990s, each display a quote about reading or thinking chosen by librarians and literary experts from across the country from the works of writers as diverse as Marcus Aurelius, Gertrude Stein, W.B. Yeats, Gu Cheng, and Tom Stoppard. (more…)