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Williamsburg Pool Parties Find New Home at the Floyd Bennett Field

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Most New York indie rockers think of Williamsburg when they hear the name Jelly NYC. For five years, the company put on the summer's most popular pool parties at McCarren Park and then along the Williamsburg waterfront. But this year, Jelly is putting bands onstagewhere New York’s first municipal airport was located: at the Aviator Sport Complex at Floyd Bennett Field, close to Fort Tilden Beach.

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City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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A Break from the Ubiquitousness of the Coffee Shop: The Tea Salon

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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Since giving up decaf coffee 16 days ago, I've found it tough to enjoy coffee shops. The delicious smell of the roasted coffee is a distraction. And it's hard not to feel deprived when looking at a menu board full of coffee options (cappuccino, espresso, americano, red eye, latte), but little to say about tea except "black" and "herbal."

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Once More Unto the Bard: The Royal Shakespeare Company Takes New York

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The RSC has transported seven productions and a frame-by-frame replica of its theatre to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The occasion is the company’s 50th anniversary, and it is celebrating by coming to the city for a six-week residency that starts on Wednesday.

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Google Helps Brooklyn Artist Bring New Founding Father to Life

Monday, July 04, 2011

An exhibit at the LMAKprojects gallery by Brooklyn-based artist Kenseth Armstead turns the story of a slave-turned-spy who lived during the American Revolution into a graphic novel. 

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Where to Watch: Prime Fourth of July Fireworks Viewing Spots

Friday, July 01, 2011

On Monday, the 35th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks will shoot over the Hudson River from six barges. The sky will light up between 20th and 55th Sts. in Manhattan. You can enjoy the show from any place that offers an unobstructed view of the sky over the river. Plus, check out other fireworks shows in the city this weekend.

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: The Wild Side of Salmon

Friday, July 01, 2011

There’s good news and bad news coming from Alaska and it doesn’t have anything to do with politics. The good news is wild salmon are currently at their plumpest and tastiest. The bad news? The headwaters of the largest salmon run in North America are under threat of possible industrialization.

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Countdown to Blast-Off: Preparing for the Macy's Fireworks Show in Staten Island

Friday, July 01, 2011

For the past two weeks, 60 licensed pyrotechnicians have been wiring and packaging over 40,000 firework shells in preparation for the 35th annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks show. Check out a slideshow of the team preparing at an undisclosed pier in Staten Island.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in NYC with Pig Roasts, Urban Foraging, and Improv

Friday, July 01, 2011

Pig roasts, improv marathons, Revolutionary War tours and urban foraging. There's no shortage of things to do in the city this Independence Day weekend. Here's our shortlist of happenings around NYC.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a WNYC Announcer in 1938 or 1948?

Friday, July 01, 2011

WNYC

Surprise Yourself. Take the Test!

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Studio 360

Vince Gilligan on Breaking Bad

Friday, July 01, 2011

"I am amazed that this show is on the air — constantly amazed — because on paper this show shouldn't work," Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told Kurt Andersen. It's no wonder he feels that way. Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White...

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Libya’s Soundtrack to the Revolution

Friday, July 01, 2011

The political and military chaos in Libya is about to enter its sixth month. As the rebels wage war against Muammar Gaddafi from their capital in Benghazi, and NATO air strikes continue to target his forces, subtler forms of protest that don't make...

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The Summer of the Ukulele

Friday, July 01, 2011

From the Japanese duo U900 to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, to pop acts like Amanda Palmer and Zee Avi, to the irreproachably cool tUnE-yArDs, you can barely avoid musicians trying out a tiny new axe these days. The trend may have reached...

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Fishko Files

Marilyn

Friday, July 01, 2011

Marilyn Monroe would have been 85 in June. Her popularity has never been greater, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible.  Here is the next Fishko Files…

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Marilyn Monroe Turns from Young Starlet to Film Icon on Brooklyn's Silver Screen

Friday, July 01, 2011

July is a good month for film fans partial to a platinum coif and a breathy voice. Marilyn Monroe will spend two weeks on the silver screen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a 14-film retrospective brimming with blond perkiness right down to its name: Marilyn! The festival runs from July 1 through 17.

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Sale of Marilyn Monroe's Iconic 'Subway' Dress Breaks Records

Friday, July 01, 2011

This past June, the sale of Marilyn Monroe's iconic ivory pleated crepe "Subway Dress," which she wore in "The Seven Year Itch," sold for $5.52 million to an unnamed buyer.

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Studio 360

Composer Jennifer Higdon

Friday, July 01, 2011

Jennifer Higdon is a rarity in contemporary classical music: a serious composer with populist appeal. Last year she won a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy for two different concertos. And this summer you can hear her work played around the country and...

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The Normal Heart: The Story of AIDS for a New Generation

Friday, July 01, 2011

Six years before Tony Kushner grabbed the nation’s attention with his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, Larry Kramer had staged The Normal Heart, about the AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on the gay community. The Normal Heart premiered...

Slideshow: The Normal Heart on Broadway

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Breaking Bad & Libyan Hip-Hop

Friday, July 01, 2011

Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Bad, explains how his feel-bad television series (about a meth-dealing high school teacher with cancer) can inspire so much love from audiences and critics. The Normal Heart finally opens on Broadway, a quarter-century after its first performance, and its account of the early years of the AIDS epidemic ...

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BAM and Barclays Center Strike Up Arts Partnership

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grande jetés and encores may join the jabs and jump shots at Downtown Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The developers of the 18,000-seat arena announced on Thursday that they are looking around the corner to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for arts programming.

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