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Museums, Markets, Broadway Shut Down by Hurricane Irene
Friday, August 26, 2011
Hundreds of public events — including street fairs, concerts, block parties, farmers' markets, sporting events and museum shows — that were planned for this weekend in the Tri-State Area have been canceled due to Hurricane Irene.
Here's a list of this weekend's canceled events. Please let us know other things that have been shut down or postponed and we'll update the list.
Cancellations in New York
- All Broadway plays on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled, according to the Broadway League.
- Saturday's and Sunday's FringeNYC events have been canceled. If you purchased tickets in advance (online or over the phone) for a performance this weekend, your purchase should have been refunded in full. If you purchased tickets at FringeCENTRAL, mail your tickets and a SASE to: Refund Request, c/o The Present Company, 520 Eighth Avenue, Ste. 311, New York, NY 10018.
- The following museums will be closed on Saturday and Sunday: El Museo del Barrio, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Neue Galerie, The Museum of the City of New York, the Guggenheim and the BMW Guggenheim Lab, the Brooklyn Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the New Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and New York MoMA stores (including film screenings at MoMA and the Warm Up music festival at MoMA PS1).
- The first two screenings of the Metropolitan Opera’s Free Summer HD Festival, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, have been canceled due to Hurricane Irene. The festival will now open on Monday at 8:30 P.M. and run through Sept. 5.
- The closing night of Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart Festival" scheduled for Saturday at 8 P.M. in Avery Fisher Hall has been canceled
- The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be closed on Saturday and on Sunday.
- For the first time in its history, Webster Hall will be closed on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday night's show can be redeemed on a future Saturday.
- Central Park is closed. All visitors' centers will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. The following programs and special events have been canceled: Central Park Conservancy Film Festival screening of A Star is Born on Saturday, Conservancy Member Woodland walk on Saturday, Health and Race Walking on Saturday, Youth Basketball Clinic on Saturday, A Clearing in the Forest on Sunday, The Harlem Meer Performance Festival on Sunday.
- Prospect Park in Brooklyn is closed on Saturday and Sunday.
- Governors Island will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, and all programs and exhibits have been canceled, including The Cause Collective’s “The Truth Is I Am You” installation at Building 110: LMCC Arts Center At Governors Island, the African Film Festival's Family Day and the Dave Matthews Band Caravan festival on Saturday and Sunday. The new DMB concert dates will be posted on the Caravan site as they are confirmed.
- The seventh annual Afro-Punk festival, which was scheduled for this weekend in Commodore Barry Park, has been canceled. The event organizers are regrouping to plan the next steps and will keep the public updated.
- Spike Lee's "Brooklyn Loves Michael" event, which was supposed to be held Saturday in Prospect Park, has been postponed.
- All Summer Stage weekend concerts, including the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, have been canceled.
- Bushwick's Saturday Out In The Streets Fest show has been canceled.
- Saturday's BB King show at the Rib Rock Festival at the Jones Beach Theater has been canceled.
- Sunday's ZZ Top concert at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury has been postponed to Monday. The Bill Medley/Paul Revere & The Raiders show on Saturday has been canceled.
- The Brooklyn Flea's three markets (Fort Greene, Williamsburg and Smorgasburg) have been canceled this weekend — for the first time in the flea's history — due to the forecast.
- The New Amsterdam Market is closed on Sunday.
- All GrowNYC Greenmarkets will be canceled on Saturday and Sunday. Monday's Union Square Greenmarket may be closed or open late, depending on the severity of the storm and cleanup.
- Due to inclement weather, Saturday's Great Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon has been canceled.
- The New York Mets announced that their afternoon contests against the Braves on Saturday and Sunday have been rescheduled as a single-admission doubleheader to be played at 4:10 p.m. on Sept. 8.
- The New York Yankees will not play the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday due to the weather. Rather, they will play a split-admission doubleheader on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. ET and a single game on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
- The U.S. Open Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on Saturday has been canceled.
- Sunday's Brooklyn Cyclones game has been canceled and will instead be played as part of a doubleheader on Friday, Aug. 26 starting at 5:30 PM.
- Sunday's Bronx Half Marathon has been canceled. Registered runners can still pick up their shirts during the registration hours listed on the New York Road Runners Web site.
- Staten Island's third annual Bikers for Babies March of Dimes rally has been postponed from Sunday to Oct. 2.
- The Snug Harbor Campus and Cultural Center have been closed due to the storm and the third annual Polish Festival the center hosts in Staten Island has been canceled.
- All National Park Sites in Manhattan, as well as all units of Gateway National Recreation Area, will be closed to visitors on Saturday and Sunday. The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will be closed from Saturday through Monday. For visitors who have reserved ferry tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty National Monument during the closure, they may contact Statue Cruises directly at 201-604-2800. Ticket holders can reschedule for another day or they can receive a full refund.
- The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium, will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The society says: "We have taken steps to secure our parks and have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our animals and staff. Our inventories are fully stocked, and we have sufficient supplies to last through the storm. We will update the media and the public as needed."
- All units of both The New York Public Library (covering The Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island) and The Brooklyn Public Library will be closed on Sunday.It is expected that all locations will be open on Monday.
- The Nick Ashford Memorial Service has been postponed to Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 PM at the Abisinia Baptist Church, at 138th Street between 7th Avenue and Lenox Avenue.
Cancellations in New Jersey
- The New Jersey State Museum and The New Jersey Children's Museum and its facilities will be closed on Sunday and Monday. The Battleship Museum is closed for tours on Saturday and Sunday. The Newark Museum will be closed on Sunday. The Montclair Art Museum will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. The Morris Museum will be closed on Sunday.
- Sunday's BB King show at the Rib Rock Festival at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel has been canceled.
- The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey is canceling its Saturday 8 P.M. show and Sunday 2 P.M. show of "Accidental Death of an Anarchist."
- Saturday's Jets vs. Giants game at the MetLife Stadium has been moved to Monday at 7 P.M.
- The PGA Tour announced that The Barclays will be shortened to 54 holes and will wrap up at Plainfield Country Club on Saturday, rather than Sunday.
- The Trenton Thunder's second game against the New Britain Rock Cats has been postponed. The Lakewood Blue Claws The BlueClaws Saturday will be made up as part of a double-header on Tuesday at 5:05, following a double-header Monday at 5:05.
- The New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy Major League Soccer game scheduled for Sunday at 7 P.M. in the Red Bull Stadium in Harrison has been postponed for Oct. 4.
- Star Boxing's Saturday night show at the Tropicanca Casino and Resort in Atlantic City has been postponed.
- Sunday's Street League Skateboarding Championships at the Prudential Center have been moved to Saturday from 2 to 5 P.M.
- The Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
- Hudson Pride in Jersey City has been rescheduled for Oct. 9.
- All state-owned and operated recreation areas will be closed from Friday until the storm has passed. All camping reservations are canceled until further notice.
- Bergen County park facilities will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
- Hoboken bars will close by 8 P.M. on Saturday.
- Atlantic City casinos will close at 12 noon on Saturday.
Cancellations in Connecticut
- The Mystic Aquarium will be open from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday. Its “Birds of the Outback” and "Ray Touch Pool” exhibits will be closed the whole weekend.
- The Yale Center for British Art will be closed on Sunday.
- The Mark Twain House & Museum will be open for regular house tours on Saturday, but in the event of severe weather earlier in the day, the museum may close early. The house and museum will be closed on Sunday.
- Many of the weekend's games and shows have been cancelled at Foxwoods. Click here to see the full list of the casino's cancellations. Mohegan Sun will be open but has posted some cancellations.