Library Café is closed since Wednesday. You might want to call before going. (718) 951-4672 Saturday: Arts, Culture and Fun Presents: From Dutchmen to Beatniks, the History of Greenwich Village 2–3:30 p.m. Join the New York Explorers for an informative exploration of the Greenwich Village. This event will feature a short presentation at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center followed by a walking tour around the Village stopping at historical sites in the area relevant to its rich history and culture.7th Ave and Carmine St. 2 blocks from W. Houston St. Global Festival with singer Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’Naan. Saturday 5pm Central Park. It is hard to tell but the VIP tickets look sold out and they may be the only sold tickets. The Great Lawn can hold hundreds of thousands so I’m guessing others are free. Even not in the Great Lawn I imagine you an here elsewhere in the park. http://globalfestivalvip.eventbrite.com/ Probably enter the park at 85 St. on Central Park West or Fifth Ave and 84 St. There may be room closer to 86 Street and on the sides of the Great Lawn.
A good map at http://www.centralpark.com/usr/maps/CentralParkRunningMap.pdf The Global Festival is a massive advocacy event taking place in New York this September, as world leaders gather for this year’s UN General Assembly. The Festival will bring 60,000 change makers to Central Park to celebrate progress made fighting extreme poverty, and to urge world leaders and fellow citizens to do more. It will showcase a generation taking action to end extreme poverty and share inspiring stories of progress, demonstrating how investments in things like vaccines can transform children’s lives, and bring us to the brink of huge wins like the complete eradication of polio. Tickets are free, but will be drawn by lottery. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available. info at http://www.globalcitizen.org DUMBO Arts Festival September 28–30 With its industrial spaces easily converted to studios, DUMBO underwent a radical transformation into an edgy but upscale enclave populated by art lovers and creators. The DUMBO Arts Festival honors that connection with three days of family-friendly performances and installations as well as open studios and galleries. dumboartsfestival.com New York Film Festival 2012 September 28–October 14. Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has showcased the latest work from the world’s most venerable filmmakers—the likes of Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar and Alain Resnais, to name just a few—and introduced some of the most innovative international talent to New York audiences. The 17-day festival, organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, also presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features, and other special events. Ang Lee’s The Life of Pi opens the festival, and is the first 3-D film to be awarded the honor. The 2012 edition marks the 50th anniversary of the event. Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has showcased the latest work from the world’s most venerable filmmakers—the likes of Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar and Alain Resnais, to name just a few—and introduced some of the most innovative international talent to New York audiences. The 17-day festival, organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, also presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features, and other special events. The 2012 fest is the 50th anniversary of the event, so the schedule will encompass additional highlights. For more information, visit filmlinc.com.
Sunday: Atlantic Antic (Hicks St. and Fourth Ave.) noon to 6pm. Near the Barclay Center and Brooklyn’s largest street festival. It’s only fitting that New York City’s most populous borough throws an annual street fair as all-encompassing as Atlantic Antic. The stretch of Atlantic Avenue from Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue will be taken over by more than 500 booths, including vendors from the thoroughfare’s restaurants and boutiques, pony rides, face painting, vintage NYC buses and live acts that span the diverse cultures of residents. The mile-long, multi-neighborhood extravaganza gives thousands of festivalgoers a feel for Brooklyn’s one-of-a-kind personality. For more information, visit atlanticave.org Third Ave Brooklyn Festival 12 to 6pm 86 St. to 75 from the same organizers who did the San Gennaro and 18th Ave. Bklyn. Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m. This festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Visitors are entertained by authentic medieval music, dance, magic, and performances. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between knights on horseback. The festival is held in the area surrounding the world famous Cloisters, a magnificent museum of medieval art located in northern Manhattan. The event is free but Medieval crafts, clothing, etc. and food will be available for purchase. Most areas are wheelchair accessible however, persons with mobility issues may experience difficulty maneuvering on lawn areas. Fall 2012 116th Street Overlook Concerts: Blues 2pm (in Riverside Park), Manhattan 2–3 p.m. With talent from the Columbia University Music Performance Department, the Manhattan School of Music Community Partnerships Program, and the French Cookin’ Blues Band, David “Doc” French, Leader. This well-known band plays authentic Blues from the Delta to Chicago and New York, to Texas and Louisiana. Archtober: Celebrate architecture throughout October with tours, lectures and films. October 1 –31 various locations in Manhattan. In the design world, October is Archtober, or Design and Architecture Month, in New York City. For 31 days, the entire city opens its doors for design tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character. Last year’s participants included the Hearst Tower, The New York Times Building, Lincoln Center Public Spaces, The Standard and Columbia University. The 2012 list of offerings should be announced soon, so check archtober.org for the most up-to-date information.