City to be Made More Livable for Seniors

New York SeniorsMaking New York City more livable for its aging population is one of the goals put forward today by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Speaker Christine Quinn, and The New York Academy of Medicine.
Fifty-nine initiatives were unveiled to make the city more senior-friendly as part of its goal to become a World Health Organization Age-Friendly City.
The blueprint focuses on four areas: housing; health and social services; community and civic participation; and public spaces and transportation. (Some might say that if even one area were covered even moderately successfully, it would be an improvement for this segment of the city’s population.)
With many older New Yorkers choosing to stay in the city rather than retire elsewhere, these measures are crucially needed. More than 1.3 million older New Yorkers call the city home; this number is expected to increase by as much as 50 percent by the year 2030.
The new services include everything from assigning artists to senior centers to offer free art programs to making available free bus transportation to supermarkets so seniors can have access to healthier food.
What else is being proposed? Offering discounts to seniors on gym memberships; hosting a citywide summit on palliative care this fall; and establishing a more intergenerational volunteering effort by partnering with schools and nonprofit organizations.

Burn the Floor Will Keep It Hot Through 2010

Burn the Floor Broadway ShowOriginally set for a very limited run of just 12 weeks at the Longacre Theatre, Burn the Floor has now announced that it will be extending its stay through January 3, 2010. Burn the Floor features dozens of championship dancers doing what they do best – Latin and ballroom dance. Cha-Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Waltz, Swing, the Charleston, and the Tango are just a few of the amazing dances executed expertly by the talented cast. Directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, Burn the Floor already toured the world before arriving in New York City to heat up Broadway. When it first opened, the production was headlined by dancers from the ABC TV show Dancing With the Stars. Though they are no longer in the show, Burn the Floor‘s current stars are Anya Garnis and Pasha Kovalev from So You Think You Can Dance?

Severe Storm Causes Worst Damages In Decades To Central Park Trees

Fallen trees block paths in Central ParkOn the night of Tuesday, August 18, a very brief and violent storm pounded on New York City that left Central Park ravaged with tree limbs scattered and whole trees on their side and uprooted. Officials are saying it’s the worst damage the park has seen in decades. An estimated 500 trees were injured, but thankfully no one was hurt.
Some trees destroyed dated from the 1920s or ‘30s, making the destruction an even bigger shame. The upper half of Central Park was hit hardest. Wood chippers have been hard at work since, eating away at the piles of fallen lumber needing to be discarded. The lumber being mulched into piles are being put to good use to moisten the soil throughout the park. Due to the infestation of the Asian longhorn beetles, the fallen trees unfortunately won’t be used for furniture or firewood. What’s even worse, many trees that lost large limbs are at risk of dying from decay, so those may need to be removed as well.
The storm has also had an unfortunate effect on wildlife, leaving many creatures homeless. Many paths with tree limbs now lying across them have been marked off with yellow tape.
Restoration could cost the Central Park Conservancy nearly $500,000, which will have to be paid by donors. Clean up crews still have a lot of work to do from the widespread damage even a week later.

World Trade Center Steel Beam Returned to Site

World Trade Center SiteThe last column still standing after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was returned to New York’s Ground Zero this morning as a symbol of renewal and hope. It was taken away from the site in 2002, wrapped in black muslin and an American Flag, as part of a ceremony that honored the end of recovery efforts. For the last seven years it has been in storage in a hangar at Kennedy airport, where it was being preserved. The beam was moved back to the site in a procession that included a police and fire escort down West Street.
During the recovery process, the 36-foot-high steel beam became a temporary memorial; it once held up the South Tower.
The column, officially known as Column No. 1,0001 B of 2 World Trade Center, will eventually become a part of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. The column is covered in tributes, cards, police and firehouse patches and union stickers. It was also spray painted with symbols of some of the police and firefighters who died in the attacks.
Until the museum opens in 2012, the column will be sealed in a special covering and further preserved in a huge climate-controlled box.

Passing Strange Now At IFC Center In NYC

New Yorkers should hurry down to the IFC Center in Greenwich Village as soon as they can and catch the new stage-to-film version of one of last season’s best Broadway musicals, the auto-biographical Passing Strange, starring writer/musician/performer Stew and actor Daniel Breaker (Shrek) playing his younger self. Currently that is the only movie theater in the city that is screening Passing Strange: The Movie, and so far it is only on the schedule through Tuesday, August 25. For those who won’t have an opportunity to see it on the big screen, they can catch the film on cable through the On Demand feature starting later this month. Already receiving great reviews from sources such as the New York Times and Time Out New York, Passing Strange: The Movie was filmed live by director Spike Lee at the Belasco Theater during the musical’s last weekend on Broadway.

Passing Strange Now In Movie Theaters For A Limited Time

New Yorkers should hurry down to the IFC Center in Greenwich Village as soon as they can and catch the new stage-to-film version of one of last season’s best Broadway musicals, the auto-biographical Passing Strange, starring writer/musician/performer Stew and actor Daniel Breaker (Shrek) playing his younger self. Currently that is the only movie theater in the city that is screening Passing Strange: The Movie, and so far it is only on the schedule through Tuesday, August 25. For those who won’t have an opportunity to see it on the big screen, they can catch the film on cable through the On Demand feature starting later this month. Already receiving great reviews from sources such as the New York Times and Time Out New York, Passing Strange: The Movie was filmed live by director Spike Lee at the Belasco Theater during the musical’s last weekend on Broadway.

Hurricane Bill Causes New York City Beaches To Temporarily Close

Six New York City beaches were closed to swimming today, August 21, due to Hurricane Bill looming in the Atlantic Ocean. Rip Currents, heavy surf and tall waves will most likely keep the beaches shut down through the weekend. Manhattan and Brooklyn beaches have been closed, including Coney Island. Also closed is Rockaway Beach in Queens and Midland, and South and Wolfe’s Pond beaches in Staten Island. Rockaway Beach is the city’s only official surfing area, which could disappoint many surfers looking to take advantage of the heavy surf. The hurricane could create seas as high as 10 feet at New York City and Long Island beaches.
Concerned about staying cool? There are 63 pools in New York City. All beaches at Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island will be closed by tomorrow and are expected to be closed over the weekend as well. Robert Moses State Park on Long Island was closed today and Jones Beach State Park may be closed soon. Orchard Beach in the Bronx is still open to swimming for as long as conditions will allow.
Hurricane Bill closed in on Bermuda today on track to move up the east coast of the United States and even to northeastern Canada by this weekend. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory that winds of 110 miles makes Hurricane Bill a Category 2 storm.

A Classic Summer Combo: 10 Years of Blues and Barbecue

BBQ and Blues FestivalBlues and barbeque go together like, well, blues and barbecue. Or baseball and hot dogs. Ice cream and hot fudge. In any event, two things that go really well together. So the Hudson River Park’s “Blues BBQ Festival” in New York City, celebrating its 10th Anniversary this Sunday, August 23, offers a classic match.
Held at Pier 54 (Eleventh Avenue at 13th Street in Manhattan), the festival, taking place from 2-9 PM, rain or shine, offers up rib-sticking favorites–and just plain ribs—from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, Dallas Jones Bar-B-Q, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Mara’s Homemade.
Blues bands from across the country will perform, including Mississippi Delta artist Eden Brent, who’s known for her jazz and blues standards, at 2:30 PM; and the Homemade Jamz Blues Band at 3:45 PM; the event culminates with R&B and blues guitarist Michael Burks at 7:30PM.
This Southern-tinged event may be a natural for fans, but it also offers the uninitiated a chance to partake of a classic form of American food and music.
After all, barbeque in August is as classic, as, well, barbeque in August.
Admission is free; call (212) 627-2020 for more information.

The Metropolitan Opera Sets New Record For First-Day Ticket Sales

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York CityThe Metropolitan Opera in New York City truly has something to sing about! The Met set a record in ticket sales on Sunday, August 16, the first day of individual box office sales for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. The Met sold $2.5 million worth of tickets at its box office, telephone call center and through the Web site. The first-day sales for the new season was up sharply from the previous record of nearly $2.1 million that was set in 2007.
The record setting amount of tickets sold for the upcoming season is a surprise to the Met’s management considering the bad economy. However, they have been committed to maintaining the Met’s artistic excellence throughout, drawing new audience members and delivering a distraction from the economic climate.
The Met’s 2009-2010 season opens with the gala premiere of a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” on September 21, conducted by James Levine. The season features eight new productions, four of which are company premieres. Season premieres include Rossini’s “Armida,” Verdi’s “Attila,” Shostakovich’s “The Nose,” and Janáček’s “From the House of the Dead.” New productions include Bizet’s “Carmen,” Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” Thomas’s “Hamlet,” and Puccini’s “Tosca.” There are also 18 revivals from the company’s repertory that will be in the season lineup.

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