Posted on August 17, 2009
August in New York can seem like a slow descent into unbearable temperatures and not enough air conditioning--which is why the city’s Hudson River Park’s “Riverflicks for Kids” comes as such welcome relief. This is the last Friday (August 21) to catch part of this free film series for families (there's also one for adults that takes place at Pier 54; 14th Street and the Hudson River) that screens new and classic films for kids. This summer’s batch has included “Kung Fu Panda,” “The Wizard of Oz," and “Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa.” It finishes off with "Curious George” (not sure why, or if there's any significance to its being last), the 2006 animated film based on the classic H.A. Rey book about the mischievous monkey from Africa and the Man in the Yellow Hat (voiced by Will Ferrell). It’s rated G, and other voices include Eugene Levy, Dick Van Dyke, and Drew Barrymore. Purists beware: An elaborate back story has been added. Screenings start around dusk (usually between 8:00 and 8:30 PM these days) and popcorn is free (other snacks and beverage are also available for purchase.) Movies are shown at Pier 46 (Charles Street/Hudson River); limited seating is available. Call (212) 627-2121 for more information. So forsake those hot city streets for a river breeze--and a riverflick.