Friday, March 6, 2009

Things To Do This Weekend In New York City & Roosevelt Island- Art Shows, Urban Agriculture, Broadway Walking Tour & RI Tour

You Tube Video of Making Brooklyn Bloom

Looking for fun or interesting things to do on Roosevelt Island or in some other part of New York City this weekend? Here are some suggestions.

Today thru Sunday, The Armory Show - International Fair of New Art - is exhibiting at Pier 94 on the Hudson River. According to the NY Times:
... All parties involved in New York’s flagship international contemporary art fair know that, this time around, something serious is up, or rather down. But sub-7,000 Dow or no, the show is not only back in more or less full gear on Pier 94 on the Hudson River, but it’s also introducing a substantial and sometimes interesting supplement called the Armory Show Modern on the adjoining Pier 92.

The Armory Show, which is on through Sunday, has always been closely watched for what it has to say about the health of the art market. Scrutiny will be particularly intense this year. And while sales tallies can’t be known for some days, observers may perceive advance indicators of distress...
For a little different type of art this weekend, head on over to the Fountain Art Fair at Pier 66 at 26th Street in the Hudson River Park. According to Time Out New York:
Fountain is all about the cutting-edge artwork, but we figured we’d make use of Pier 66’s huge stage and PA system,” says Fountain director David Kestings. MC Chris will perform at the March 6 opening reception, and there will be a handful of live installations over the course of the weekend.
Or the Bridge Art Fair, described as:
... one of the most influential presenters of international emerging contemporary art, and a top destination for collectors, curators and arts patrons. Bridge New York 09 features 50+ international exhibitors, with 60% from outside the United States.
On Saturday, Help make Brooklyn Bloom at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and learn how to grow food at home - even on Roosevelt Island. According to Free NYC:
Today is Brooklyn Botanical Garden's annual community horticulture event devoted to urban agriculture and building a healthy food system in our borough, Making Brooklyn Bloom. This year's event, "Edible NYC: Green It! Grow It! Eat It! and is (and beyond) features "15 hands-on workshops to help educate city residents on how they can grow food at home and make their neighborhood a little bit greener by doing so.
On Sunday, The Municipal Arts Society is conducting a Give My Regards To Broadway Walking Tour.
Walk the streets of “The Great White Way”, tracing the history of New York’s Broadway theater district from Oscar Hammerstein in the 1890s to Walt Disney in the 1990s to its latest configuration. See the great Broadway theaters built between the turn of the century and the onset of the great depression — stunning works of art in themselves, and monuments to the lively history of American theater...
On Roosevelt Island this weekend, the Farmers Market will be open as usual on Saturday. Gallery RIVAA, the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association, is setting up for a new exhibition next weekend and RIOC has produced a great self guided tour map (PDF File) of Roosevelt Island for any visitor or resident looking to stroll the Island and learn something more about it.

Good weekend transportation news. The MTA is reporting normal Roosevelt Island F Train subway service in both directions and RIOC is not reporting any Tram service advisories either.

Check out some other ideas on what to do in New York City this weekend from the NY Times Urban Eye, NY Post Weekend Calendar, and Newyorkology.