Dog Star / A Creative Arts Guide






Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

“Thank you for DogStarNYC, in general. The site speaks to so many kinds of interests; it discerns which qualities will appeal to many different tastes in a tremendous number of activities. I love how it encourages young people to pay attention to the unusual.

In New York we let so many teens walk around the periphery, mildly shell-shocked by life, while the information that they need to make sense of their world sits in the center of the room. DogStarNYC welcomes them into the middle of the room; the blog tells them how to walk there. ” - Stacy L.


DOG STAR is the creation of a high school English teacher in New York City. This blog began in 2008 as an online community for a journalism class and has since evolved into a curated site on the creative arts, arts-related news and a guide to free and low-cost events for teens. Our mission is to offer teens real-life options for enjoying all the creative arts in New York City. May wisdom guide you and hope sustain you. The more you like art, the more art you like!

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Discover Governor's Island this weekend with free tours, bike rentals and a picnic

DOG STAR likes a FREE field trip and this is one of New York City's best!  Take a ferry from South Street to the former Coast Guard station in New York harbor for free bike rentals, picnics, concerts and tours of the historic buildings!

Here for New York Times video report

Here for link to Governors Island with ferry information

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

FREE! Enjoy summer concerts in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

DOG STAR knows devoted readers like to plan their own field trips!  New York City in summer offers many great opportunities for free concerts and theater!

Prospect Park in Brooklyn has a beautiful restored bandshell with seats and lawn for free shows including music, dance, spoken word and movies.

Upcoming shows:

THURSDAY, JULY 1:  Zvi Dance with Lottadance

FRIDAY, JULY 2:  Fab 5, Uzalo

NEXT THURSDAY, JULY 8:  Armitage Dance

Here for full listings!

Monday, June 28, 2010

FREE! Brooklyn Museum's Giant Dance Party with DJs and Live Bands on Saturday, July 3

DOG STAR pushes this FREE monthly event because it has so much to offer teens.  Hundred of teens and twenty-somethings show up each month for the free live music, free dance party and film, video and hands-on art activities.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Move over Beyonce! See you later Lady Ga Ga! Sharon Jones Shows How It's Done in Hip Soulful "I Learned the Hard Way"

DOG STAR attended a live radio show recently at The Greene Space and sat in the front row for a performance by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.  What a terrific experience!

Now, this very modern and very hip Brooklyn-based band has released the video for their first song off the new album (their fourth!) called "I Learned the Hard Way."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

DogStar Soundtrack: Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a wonderful world by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

DOG STAR knows devoted readers will enjoy a video voyage to Hawaii where Israel Kamakawiwo'ole lived and sang for many years. Sadly, he has died but his
unique and original version of these songs live on. Enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jay-Z on Letterman Tonight!

Discover Fresh New Moves from Brazil's Bruno Beltrao / Grupo de Rua

DOG STAR took a field trip last year to Dance Theater Workshop and had the good fortune to catch this group perform a mix of break dancing and caporeira with contemporary moves.

Brazilian dance companies like this one are exciting to watch - so keep an eye out for upcoming performances.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ON THE LEVEE: Discover New Theater at The Duke on 42nd Street (A Collabo w/ Kara Walker!)

DOG STAR is excited about this new show at The Duke on 42nd Street (it's directly across the street from the McDonalds).

Lincoln Center produces shows at The Duke and all tickets are $20!

Based on a true story, ON THE LEVEE is a play with music that revisits the Greenville, Mississippi flood of 1927, the worst in U.S. history. At the heart of the story are two fathers (a white cotton farmer and an African-American bootblack) and their sons. 

Sounds a little like the struggle for survival during a more recent watery disaster, right?

One of the most interesting things for us is the collaboration with artist KARA WALKER - she created the shadow puppet figures seen in the poster at the top of this post.

Here for more on Kara Walker

Here for show website!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Angel Tree in South Carolina Over 1,400 Years Old! Dog Star Likes Old Trees!

(Above) The Angel Oak Tree in Charleston, S.C. Photo by © Mark Requidan. Click image for much larger view.

IF THIS TREE COULD TALK, WHAT STORIES IT COULD TELL. This tree, called Angel Oak, is located on Johns Island, one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands and owned and protected by the City of Charleston. It is estimated to be more than 1,400 years old and stands 65 feet tall.

It’s old, tired lower limbs, the size of normal trees themselves, receive man-made support in a few places as you can see in this photograph by photographer Mark Requidan. This image was selected as “one of the best pictures on the web,” quite an honor, I’d say.
The Angel Oak, as it is called, is thought to be one of the largest living organisms east of the Mississippi River. Local folklore in the area tell of stories of ghosts of former slaves appearing as angels around the tree.

It has survived countless hurricanes and floods and acorns from this tree have produced direct offspring descendants. 

You DEFINITELY want to click on this image for a larger view. You do, 

Dog Star credits the blog Accidental Mysteries (here) for this post!

Monday, June 21, 2010

FREE! Concerts in City Parks this Week June 22-27

SummerStage June 22-27

George Wein's CareFusion Jazz Festival New York: Eddie Palmieri Y La Perfecta II
Tuesday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Soundview Park, Bronx

Along with his salsa/Latin jazz band, La Perfecta II, Eddie Palmieri delights audiences with the spectacular, sharp music that has made him a worldwide celebrity.
Brand Nubian
Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Crotona Park, Bronx

Hip hop powerhouses Brand Nubian are best known for their socially conscious and politically charged content.
Conjunto Clásico
Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Park, Bron

Conjunto Clasico expands on the traditional Conjunto sound, maintaining the traditions of Puerto Rican influences and adding aggressive New York style vocals and tailor-made compositions.
Rennie Harris RHAW and Le Soul Afrique with Special Guest Akim Funk Buddha
Friday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx

Rennie Harris RHAW showcases the newest up and coming faces in hip-hop street dance. Acting as a global hip-hop collective of dancers, MCs and vocalists, Le Soul Afrique is not just a dance company, but a dance and music powerhouse.
Tinariwen, Omar Souleyman, Toubab Krewe
Saturday, June 26 at 3:00 p.m.
Central Park

Energizing rock rhythms and unexpected up-tempo dance beats from Africa and the Middle East will make you rethink party music.
Abakua Afro-Latin Dance Company and Areytos Performance Works
Saturday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx 

ABAKUA Afro-Latin Dance Company's use of pounding, dynamic rhythms and dramatic dance movements meshes Latin rhythmic styles with African beats.” Meeting at the intersection of dance and theater, Areytos Performance Works combines African Caribbean dance with full stage environments to create pieces that tell in-depth stories. Intro to Afro-Latin Funk dance class an all ages appropriate introduction to Afro-Latin Funk dance which incorporates elements of mambo, funk and Afro Caribbean dance.
Gil Scott-Heron with Special Opener Derrick Hodge
Sunday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m.
Central Park

The godfather of hip-hop and neo soul performs classics and music from his first new album in over fifteen years. This event is presented in association with Jill Newman productions.

Play the piano in public in new outdoor show called "Play Me, I'm Yours" opens around NYC

After being used during a press conference announcing the public art project "Play Me, I'm Yours", a piano, which is one of sixty being used in the project, is moved from Gantry Plaza State Park in the Queens borough of New York to another location in the city. The sixty public pianos will be in locations throughout the five boroughs during the two week installation which is scheduled to kick off June 21 at the one-day citywide Make Music New York festival. AP Photo/Tina Fineberg.

DOG STAR is excited to announce that "Play Me, I'm Yours" begins today at 50 locations around the city!

Consider them keys to the city: Anyone who gets a sudden itch to tickle the ivories will be able to play free public pianos in 50 places throughout New York City, from the Coney Island boardwalk to the Metropolitan Museum.

An art installation touring the world is making its first U.S. stop beginning Monday. For two weeks, players can play tunes on pianos all over New York City, at famous landmarks like the Lincoln Center, the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Staten Island ferry terminal and Central Park's bandshell.

The New York installation will be the largest in the project. It is double the size of the previous largest — 30 pianos in London last year.

Each of the 60 pianos to be installed throughout New York has its own attendants responsible for its care. That involves unlocking the keyboard at 9 a.m. every day and deploying a heavy tarp over the instrument if it rains.

The pianos were donated for the cause and have been painted and decorated by artists.

They will be delivered to 27 locations in Manhattan, 10 in Brooklyn, five in Queens and four each in Staten Island and the Bronx.

Most pianos will be open for song until 10 p.m.

After the art installation concludes, the pianos will be donated to schools and hospitals, according to Sing for Hope, a nonprofit that coordinated the New York project. 

Here for locations of the pianos

FREE! No classes this week - Go see Victor Wooten at BAM MetroTech Show in Downtown Brooklyn!

DOG STAR knows devoted readers don't have class this week - school ends officially next Monday - so why not check out this amazing guitar player and his band ina  FREE shwo in Downtown Brooklyn!

Victor Wooten made his name as the propulsive bassist of newgrass combo Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, helping that singular group to earn four Grammy Awards. 

He was nominated for another for his wildly omnivorous, jazz- and funk-inflected double album Yin Yang and has since collaborated with such luminaries as Prince, Bootsy Collins, and Chick Corea.

A bravura player with virtuosity to spare, Wooten carries on the tradition of fellow bass great Jaco Pastorius by pairing impeccable technique with an ability to assimilate to any style under the sun.

Here for event link!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Watch trailer for new doc "Bouncing Cats" about break dancing in Uganda

DOG STAR knows a few b-boys and am real glad to see the global reach of hip hop culture can also heal.

“Bouncing Cats”, a film by Nabil Elderkin is an inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdancing.

Abraham “Abramz” Tekya’s Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.) is a project that could empower, rehabilitate and heal the community by teaching youth about b-boy culture. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will-I-Am, and K’Naan.

Here for BOUNCING CATS website

BOUNCING CATS film trailer from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Paris Hip Hop festival features graffiti artists, break dancing and Nas & Damian Marley

DOG STAR knows hip hop fans around the world will meet up in Paris next week for the Hip Hop Festival.  Dog Star will be in Paris for some of the acts and will file a report from La Cigalle!

Here for official website!

Discover artist Rafael Ferrer at Museo El Barrio (pay just $1 to get in for a cool summer art show!)

Painting above:  Merengue en Boca Chica (1983)

DOG STAR is excited about this great summer art show open now at Museo El Barrio!  Rafael Ferrer began his career in Puerto Rico in the late '60s and continues working today in Long Island and Puerto Rico.

His paintings of everyday life and street scenes are fresh, real and original.  The big show at Museo del Barrio will feature work from his entire artistic life from teen years, sculptures, works on paper and paintings (over 100 works!).

RAFAEL FERRER until August 22 - PAY JUST $1.00 at the admissions desk since it is "suggested contribution" and teens get a student discount!

Here for bio on Rafael Ferrer

Here for link to Museo El Barrio

Here for more images by Rafael Ferrer

Museo El Barrio is EASY TO REACH!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Check out new website by KIDD & MEGA: Urban Graff Life features skate, BMX and graffiti videos, pics and artwork

DOG STAR is excited to promote a new website created by KIDD & MEGA.  Urban Graff Life is described as "UGL, the only URL u need."  Both experienced skaters and admirers of BMX, skate and graff art, Kidd and Mega want to create a forum for expressing their favorite skaters, bikers and artists.

Check out the website and go to their CONTACT page to leave them a message!

Here for link to Urban Graff Life 

Discover VIOLA DAVIS from movie "Doubt" and now on Broadway in August Wilson's "Fences"

DOG STAR likes to read and perform scenes from August Wilson's play "Fences" in class and the scenes between Troy and his wife Rose are the most powerful and emotional.  We always play Troy, of course.  DOG STAR is taking a field trip to see "Fences" on Broadway (with an actor named Denzel Washington, maybe you've heard of him?) next week.  We'll let our readers know more after we have seen the show.

Actress Viola Davis plays Rose in the Broadway production.  Watch her talk about the role and what it's like working with Mr. Washington.

Both Davis and Washington won TONY AWARDS last Sunday for their performances in "Fences"!

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


They talk of a man betraying his country, his friends, his sweetheart. There must be a moral bond first. All a man can betray is his conscience.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

FREE! This Saturday! PRIDE Rally & Concert in Central Park's Summerstage

Strength, virtuosity and joyous revelry reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and the lineup of this incredible evening’s entertainment.

One month after the Stonewall Riots of June 27-29, 1969, about 500 people gathered for a “Gay Power” demonstration. That event, the very first New York City Pride Rally, took place in Washington Square Park and was followed by a candlelight vigil in Sheridan Square. Now in its 42nd year, the Heritage of Pride Rally continues that tradition on the last Sunday in June, providing the City’s LGBT Community with a fabulous launch into Pride Week. This year’s rally, the first at SummerStage, will include performances by Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Martha Wash, The Gay Men’s Chorus, Vickie Shaw, and Billie Myers, hosted by writer and comic, Bruce Vilanch.
NYC Pride Rally with Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Martha Wash, The New York Gay Men's Chorus, Vickie Shaw, Billie Myers, Bruce Vilanch and More
When: Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 4:00PM
Where: Central Park/Mainstage

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

No class this Thursday - Go see legendary African drummer Tony Allen at Noon in Downtown Brooklyn!

DOG STAR knows this is Regents Exam Week so many devoted readers won't have any classes and won't have to go to school unless there's an exam scheduled for you!

So...check out BAM's R & B Music Festival at MetroTech in downtown Brooklyn!

Every Thursday at noon BAM sponsors a giant concert with a real stage on the lawn under the trees (for shade!) between the office buildings.  This weekly summer concert attracts hundreds of people and DOG STAR frequently goes for a free summer pick me up and to hear new music!

This week's guest is legendary African drummer TONY ALLEN from Fela Kuti's band (yes!  The same Fela Kuti featured in the Broadway show FELA! - see how we help you connect the cultural dots!)

As a member of Fela Kuti’s indispensable group Africa 70 (founded in the early 70s), legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen created the pulse of Afrobeat and, with it, an entire genre.

Reared on both the buoyant sounds of Ghanaian highlife and American jazz, Allen played with Fela for 15 years before setting off on a successful career as a solo artist, which solidified his reputation as the master of the understated polyrhythmic groove.

Here for event link!

Monday, June 14, 2010

FREE! Theater in Harlem! Classical Theater Staged Reading!

Future Classics Reading Series

(Very Special Old Preserve)
by Laurence Holder

Starring and Co-directed by
Mansoor Najee-ullah and Rony Clanton

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 7pm
The Schomburg Center
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
(2 or 3 train to 135th St.)


Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell… giants of bebop… the two jazz pianist… in the midst of the oddities and peculiarities of their relationship… VSOP takes an odyssey to the nightclub where they will play.

FREE Events in NYC Parks this Week!

NYC Parks SummerStage 

June 15 - 20

Dan Deacon
Tuesday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Red Hook Park

Rich, dense, and dancy, Dan Deacon’s community centered art brings people together with ecstatic electopop composition and over the top live performances, with a flare for antics and fun.
Big Daddy Kane with DJ Jon Quick
Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Herbert Von King Park

Big Daddy Kane’s baritone voice and rapid-fire rap style has secured him a place as one of hip hop’s most influential, successful and lasting MCs.
The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review
Thursday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Betsy Head Memorial Playground

Felix Hernandez squeezes the juice out of the turntables with soul, Motown, funk, salsa and disco dance classics all guaranteed to get you grooving.
The Etymology of Bird by Zakiyyah Alexander, Directed by Charlotte L. Brathwaite
Friday, June 18 & Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Betsy Head Memorial Playground

The Etymology of Bird delves into the Brooklyn, NY and explores questions on race relations, criminal justice, family life, love, fear, stereotypes, and hard choices seen through the eyes of various people.
NYC Pride Rally with Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Martha Wash, The New York Gay Men's Chorus, Vickie Shaw, Billie Myers, Bruce Vilanch and More
Saturday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Central Park

Strength, virtuosity and joyous revelry reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and the lineup of this incredible evening’s entertainment.

Fete De La Musique/Make Music NY Celebration: Salif Keita, Tabou Combo, Lo'Jo
Sunday, June 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Central Park

Iconic innovators from Mali and Haiti set the standards for global celebratory music, and are joined by the next generation of international visionaries.

FREE! See Monet in Warehouse-sized Chelsea gallery: Gagosian Gallery Brings Early 20th Century French Master to NYC

DOG STAR knows Monet's "Waterlilies" draw big crowds at Museum of Modern Art.  DOG STAR took a field trip one summer to Monet's garden and home/studio in the Paris suburb Giverney (pronounced  (with g sound as in Gerry) Gee-vere-knee)  to see the famous gardens in person.

Japanese tourists flooded the grounds in several tour buses.  That's okay.  The garden in August is exactly like the lily ponds and Japanese plantings shown in those paintings.

Art world mega-dealer Larry Gagosian (he has an empire that includes galleries in NYC, L.A., Rome, Athens and London as well as a retail store on Madison Avenue) presents a radical idea:  reach into the past to pull forward the incredible and very modern paintings of Claude Monet, who died in 1926 at age 86.

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present "Claude Monet: Late Work." The most significant gathering of Monet's late paintings to take place in New York in more than thirty years, it will focus on the most important late subjects drawn from his gardens at Giverny—NymphéasLe pont japonais, and L'allée de rosiers—which are among the most treasured paintings of his long and prodigious career. 

Gagosian Gallery - 522 West 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenue

Here for Gagosian Gallery

Theater fest starts this week: TEATROSTAGEFEST brings Latin theater artists from around the world to the NYC stage

DOG STAR knows our devoted readers will want to go see some of these shows!

This annual theater festival brings artists from around the world to NYC stages and offers a unique lineup this year.  From NYC, I Want You By My Side – An all-teen cast stars in Tere Martínez’s new play about a college freshman who’s on top of the world, until she is forced to face the possibility that she may be HIV positive.

Some events are FREE!

Here for program and schedule

Sunday, June 13, 2010


There is a weird power in a spoken word…And a word carries far—very far—deals destruction through time as the bullets go flying through space.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Discover "Zahra's Paradise" in web-only serial graphic novel in several languages from Iran

DOG STAR likes to share the graphic novel and film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis" with students and friends.  It provides an engaging, funny and sobering look at Iranian society following the Islamic takeover of the government.  Image above is a small sample from a recent installment of the graphic novel "Zahra's Paradise."

Now, a special venture is publishing a web-only graphic novel of recent events in Iran, following the 2009 elections and protests.  "Zahra's Paradise" - featured in several languages - is created by Persian artists living in Iran and now can spread the news and culture of their world to everyone else.

Sadly, the reality faced by the people of Iran today mirror the tragic outcomes of the 1980s overthrow of the government:  secret tortures, missing citizens, murdered innocent protestors.  It bears out the truism of the French adage, "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" - the things change, the more they stay the same.

"Zahra's Paradise" is, like "Persepolis," an engaging insider's look at life in Iran and should appeal to fans of great graphic work as well as those seeking to know and understand world cultures.

Go to the link for ZAHRA' PARADISE (here) and begin the journey

Saturday, June 12, 2010

SMASH HIS CAMERA: Discover the renegade paparazzi photog Ron Gallela at Clic Gallery

DOG STAR saw this show last weekend and it is a lot of fun!  At to of this post see Micahel Jackson and Brooke Shields and - can you guess? - YEs!  Al Pacino looking a little pissy about getting his photo taken by Ron!  Both pics are in the show at Clic Gallery!

We also saw some real candid photos of a young (pre-nose surgery, still black) Michael Jackson in swim trunks at a pool with dripping wet hair!  Wild stuff!

Celebrities from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s trying to live a private life in public get caught on camera by the notorious photographer Ron Gallela.  Giant sized prints mixed with small 8 X 10 shots give the show a wild collage look that make sit fun to spot favorite stars and their past looks (is that a young Elton John?  With hair?

Don't miss this free show and take your friends!

CLIC GALLERY is EASY TO REACH (link here for directions!)


Clic Gallery
424 Broome Street
New York, NY 10013
Tue-Sun 12 - 7 pm

Friday, June 11, 2010

FREE! TONIGHT and all through June - See ancient drama "Trojan Women" in Riverside Park

DOG STAR enjoys  FREE outdoor theate rof the Classic Greek plays.  As a young PUP STAR,w e staged Theban Plays regulalry in the fields and by the riverbanks on lawn chairs - just a swath of bed sheet served as out backdrop and curtain!

Now, a theater company takes it to a higher level with professional productions in the city's parks!

The Trojan Women is the third tragedy of a trilogy of dealing with the Trojan War by the Greek playwright Euripides.

Produced during the Peloponnesian War, it is often considered a commentary on the capture of the Aegean island of Melos and the subsequent subjugation of its populace by the Athenians earlier in 415 BC, the same year the play premiered.

The Trojan women of the play are the same that appear in the final chapter of the Iliad, lamenting over the loss of Hector in this outdoor theater performance.

Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith and produced by the Hudson Warehouse

CAUTION: Trojan Women deals with adult themes. Parents are advised it may not be suitable for children under 13.

Riverside Park at 89th Street and Riverside Drive

North Patio of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at Riverside Park

Here for more dates in Riverside Park

Here for Hudson Warehouse website

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Consider pleasures as they depart, not as they come.


DOG STAR likes all the controversy over the new Lady Gaga video.  She's copying Madonna!  She's blaspheming the Catholic Church!  She's crushing Christina Aguilera with a song that used to be her signature!  She has Nazi-like soldiers and cross-dressing men in heels!

Yes!  Lady Gaga is doing all of these things.  Here is the video!

Actual BP ad from 1999 (Dog Star was left speechless!)

CONCERT ALERT! Have you checked the FREE CONCERT schedules lately?

Above:  Maximus waits for a summer concert to begin!

DOG STAR knows you won't
want to miss this summer's
hottest free concerts around
the city!

Martin Luther King Concert Series
Monday nights - all summer
Wingate High School in Crown Heights
Entrance on Brooklyn Avenue (between Rutland and Winthrop)

Seaside Summer Concert Series
Thursday nights - all summer - Coney Island
(West 5th Street & Surf Avenue)

Central Park Summerstage
Varied dates - all summer - Rumsey Playfield
Enter Central Park at 69th/72nd Street & 5th Avenue

Celebrate Brooklyn!
Varied dates - all summer - Prospect Park Bandshell
Enter from 9th Street and Prospect Park West

NBC Today Show
Varied dates - all summer - Rockefeller Plaza
Enter from 5th or 6th Avenue and 47th street
You must arrive by 6:00am to have any chance
of getting inside concert area

Good Morning America
Varied dates - all summer - Rumsey Playfield
Enter Central Park at 69th/72nd Street & 5th Avenue
You must arrive by 6:00am to have any chance
of getting inside concert area
Here for website and schedule

BAM R&B Concert Series

Thursdays at NOON - Metrotech Center - Jay Street/Downtown Brooklyn
Lawn between Metrotech office buildings opposite Marriott Hotel

A Bit of the French Quarter in Hell's Kitchen

Photo Credit: Scouting New York

Scouting New York is a great blog run by a film location scout living in New York City.  "Scout" spends days looking for interesting locations to film movies and television - and then he blogs about what he finds.  Recently Scout found a carriage house behind a gate and down a narrow alley (above) - Check out what's back there...

Photo Credit: Scouting New York

Isn't that gorgeous?!?  It reminds us of the architecture of New Orleans' French Quarter and is so unlike anything else in our neighborhood.  It is also well-hidden - I've walked down that block before and never noticed it.

Apparently this structure dates back to the days when Times Square/Hell's Kitchen was still farmland, and it's HAUNTED. For all the details, check out Scouting New York.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

FREE! This Friday, June 11 - Free ferry, admission and bike rental on Governors Island

DOG STAR tries to go every Friday but we can't always get to the Ferry before all the bikes are given out.

The free Governors Island Ferry leaves from Slip 7 at the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan, at the corner of South and Whitehall Streets. 

Be sure to check the schedule for departure times. Pick up your bike at the Bike and Roll bicycle rental station once you get on the island. The Island is open to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM on Fridays, and from 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. (Governors Island, 212.825.3045,

Here for link to more information on bike rentals