Friday, April 24, 2009

Things To Do This Weekend In New York City & Roosevelt Island - Tribeca Outdoor Movies, Prospect Park Food Foraging, Earth Day Folk Concert & RI Tour


You Tube Video of Central Park Food Foraging

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.

On Friday and Saturday night, The Tribeca Film Festival Outdoor Drive-In Screening is returning to downtown Manhattan. According to Newyorkology:
Drive-In at the World Financial Center Plaza opens at 6 p.m.; activities and programming begin at 6:30 p.m. and screenings begin at dusk (approximately 8:15 p.m.)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Tribeca Film festival is honoring screenwriter William Goldman (All the President’s Men, Marathon Man, The Princess Bride, Misery) and the 40th anniversary of the legendary, Oscar winning film staring Paul Newman and Robert Redford on Friday April 24.

P-Star Rising
One of the buzz titles at this year’s festival is this documentary featuring the Harlem native and teen rapper Priscilla Star and her rise to fame. This is a family friendly documentary showing at the Drive-In on Saturday April 25.
On Saturday morning learn how to feed yourself out in the wilds of New York City Parks. From the Green Edge Collaborative.
Food from the park? What!? Yes, indeed you can find food right in the city's playground. Take a guided tour of the urban forest, also known as Prospect Park, with forager, committed locavore, botanist, (and June Supper Club Speaker!) Leda Meredith. Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching us how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, we will spend some time sitting in the shade while Leda takes Q& A and we taste treats made with wild edible ingredients.
Sunday is supposed to be a beautiful day so Free NYC suggests heading on up to Columbia University for a whole day (12 - 6PM) of free folk music.
Postcrypt Coffeehouse has teamed up with Greenspiration this year to bring you the second annual Postcrypt Folk Festival—a whole day of live music to celebrate Spring and the end of Earth Week. There will also be local food from off campus vendors, plus art projects brought to you from multitudinous student groups. Get there early; Sony will be giving away some copies of the new Bob Dylan album!
On Roosevelt Island this weekend the Farmers Market will be open as usual on Saturday as is Gallery RIVAA, the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association which is exhibiting a new show titled Art From The Heart. According to RIOC:
Art from the Heart III
When : Saturday April 25th and runs through May 17th
Where : RIVAA Gallery
Works of Coler-Goldwater patients.
Gallery hours Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
Also, 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.

The MTA is reporting normal Roosevelt Island F Train subway service in both directions but RIOC is reporting a Tram Advisory for Sunday.
Tram Advisory

Schedule Change

On Sunday, April 26th 2009, the Tramway will be shutdown from;
6:00 am. to 2:00 pm.

This schedule change is necessary in order to perform the cabin rescue and evacuation drill.
Check out some other ideas on what to do in New York City this weekend from the NY Times Urban Eye and Spare Times, Free NYC, NY Post Weekend Calendar and Newyorkology.

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