Friday, June 5, 2009

Things To Do This Weekend In New York City & Roosevelt Island - Botanical Wine & Roses, Atlantic Ave ArtWalk, Latin Dancing & Roosevelt Live Concert

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

As suggested by Newyorkology, what could be better on a Friday night than some Wine and Roses at the NY Botanical Garden?
Wine and Roses
Fridays, June 5, 12, 19; 6–8 p.m.

NEW – Experience the Rose Garden in a new light! Stroll through the Rose Garden during the height of its beauty, stay late and enjoy a musical performance, talk with Botanical Garden experts about rose care, and purchase a glass of wine to complement the colors and aroma of the roses.

Members and Patrons: $10
Non-Members: $20
For Saturday or Sunday, take a stroll on Brooklyn's Atlantic Avenue Art Walk. According to the Brooklyn Paper:
The sixth annual Atlantic Avenue Artwalk this weekend has the same 200 or so artists, the same wide range of studio openings, and plenty of film screenings and live music — but this year, it’s a “recession-friendly event,” thanks to plenty of freebies and discounted menus at restaurants.

“Atlantic Avenue Artwalk has become a creative ‘stimulus’ more than ever — providing high-quality programming and free events to audiences while encouraging them to shop, dine and support the arts at the same time,”
On Sunday, Free NYC recommends free Latin and Salso dance lessons on the Hudson River Waterfront.
Date: Sunday, June 7th
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: 70th Street Plaza on the Hudson River
Cost: Free

Beginning this Sunday and continuing through the 28th "the Piel Canela Dance and Music School, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the world of Salsa/Mambo and other Latin music and dance to non-professionals as well as professionals, will give free dance lessons in Summer on the Hudson’s annual Let’s Dance! Series. The school’s dance company has performed throughout North America, and at events such at the Latin Grammy Awards and the Puerto Rican Salsa Congress."
On Roosevelt Island this weekend, in addition to Roosevelt Island Day, the Roosevelt Live Dance Party and the Audubon Ecological Tour, on Saturday the Farmers Market is open as usual as is Gallery RIVAA, the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association which is exhibiting a celebration of the Queensboro Bridge Centennial - Connecting Islands and Generations. Another suggestion - 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 no Queens Bound Roosevelt Island F Train subway service this weekend so plan accordingly.

RIOC is not reporting any Tram service advisories for the weekend but expect larger crowds from the Manhattan station due to the lack of Queens bound subway service.

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.