On June 27, 1971 the Fillmore East closed its doors after three years of ground breaking concerts which helped to define rock and roll and East Village counter culture.
Located at 105 Second Avenue, the legendary venue was opened on March 8, 1968 by concert promoter Bill Graham as a counterpart to his successful Fillmore West auditorium in San Francisco. Graham was a German Jewish World War II survivor who was saved by the Red Cross after seeing his mother gassed to death by the Nazis. Later he came to the United States and was taken in by a family from the Bronx. After being drafted into the Korean War (even as a non-United States citizen) he later gained notoriety by promoting the likes of the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead helping to bring rock and roll out to larger audiences.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is in the midst of its summer programs occurring every week until late August. On June 28, they welcomed Lloyd Handwerker, who presented his documentary about a noteworthy New York City site: Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island.
Lloyd Handwerker is the grandson of Nathan Handwerker, who was the man behind what many consider the country’s best hot dog. While his documentary Famous Nathan premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, the Brooklyn Historical Society’s screening was to promote his new book, Famous Nathan: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog.
Queen Andrea Mural at Ascenzi Square. Image via Summer Streets
This month was the unveiling of a new QUEEN ANDREA (a.k.a. Andrea von Bujdoss) mural at Ascenzi Square, located in the triangle formed by North Fourth Street, Roebling Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. In vividly colored lettering, it greets passerby “GOOD DAY” and “HEY YOU” as they approach the intersection, which is adorned in lights.
A new art installation in Long Island City. Image via SculptureCenter
July is arriving with a splash, literally, in the form of an 8,000-square-foot mural on a pool and mists of water vapor giving off golden fluctuations every two seconds. When visiting New York City’s best art installations this July, viewers may also go bird-watching at the Winter Garden and enjoy colorful new Essex Street Market murals. Our parks unfold a whole host of installations this month, including a two-headed goddess enlightening us with The Language of Things at City Hall Park and showing us how Art in Public Spaces should enhance our lives.
We will go back in time to view the early works of a famous New York City street photographer and honor what was once the Greenwich Village studio of an iconic artist. Finally, we will have a new and engaging Midnight Moment through the end of the month. Here are 11 installations and exhibits you might enjoy during the month of July.
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Even fewer recognize the significance of the New York State Pavilion because it has pretty much remained dormant since its closing in the 1970s. Well, following a one-time opening in 2014, a new paint job, and a design competition, things are about the change as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz hopes to begin renovations on the famed establishment as soon as possible. This past weekend, we were given a chance to go back inside the New York Pavilion, and made a video (below).