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Friday, August 22, 2008

Things To Do This Weekend In New York City - Solar Power Outdoor Films and Shakespeare On Roosevelt Island



Looking for things to do this weekend? Here are some choices.

The Solar Powered free Outdoor Film Festival hosted by Solar One and Green Edge NYC at East 23rd Street and the FDR Drive this Friday and Saturday It is described as:
... the first in New York City to use the power of the sun to construct an outdoor “eco-theater” like no other. Solar One's independent film venue integrates natural and human-made components of our urban environment creating the city’s “greenest” motion picture showcase. This free six-evening program features nightly screenings of environmental documentaries. Each night will focus on a different theme including water, energy, food, waste and more.
The films being shown include:
Friday August 22
Water Shorts:
Gimme Green, 2007, 27 mins.
Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop---the lawn.
Invisible Creek, 2004, 8 mins.
Travel down the most polluted waterway in America, Newtown Creek, located on the border between Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.
City of Water, 2007, 30 mins.
City of Water explores the aspirations for a diverse, vibrant waterfront at a time when the shoreline is changing faster than at any other time in New York's history. See shots of Stuyvesant Cove Park and interviews with community members about their struggle for the kind of development they desired on the waterfront.
Plus discussion of CSOs with Cortney Worrall of the Coastal Marine Resource Center

and:
Saturday August 23
Green Building:
The Greening of Southie, 2008, 81 mins.
Building Boston's first LEED Gold-certified building turns out to be harder than anyone thought. The Greening of Southie shows what happens when you try to build the city of tomorrow---today.
Plus Q&A with director Ian Cheney
Also, outdoor Shakespeare returns to Roosevelt Island. According to the RIOC events page:
Shakespeare in the Park A Midsummer Night's Dream
When : Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th @ 4:00pm
Where : Eastwood Amphitheater (Behind the 520 Breezeway building)
For other ideas on what to do in New York City this weekend check out the NY Times Urban Eye, NY Post Weekend Calendar and Newyorkology.

2 comments :

jotan23 said...

here are some suggestions and tips from our personal experience
http://jotan23.blogspot.com/search/label/things%20to%20do%20in%20new%20york%20city


we went to NY for a week and stayed at the Hilton Embassy Suites.
we had a blast!!!

there's a book called Lonely Planet (NYC)
it is a really really helpful book for tourists like us because it includes walking tours, etc, and places to eat.

you should visit Serendipity for dessert...

by the way, instead of waiting for hours in line to get to the statue of liberty, you may opt to have the NY waterway tour instead. This way, you will save enough time to tour other parts of the city.
there's also the famous BULL at the financial district :)
you should also try the yummiest Pizza Margherita at 'Lil Frankie in East Village ^,^

if you have more time, try walking the stretch of Brooklyn Bridge.
this serves as an exercise too.. hihihi
also, do visit Saint Patricks's Cathedral at 5th avenue.
don't miss to go inside.
it's wonderful!!!
we also went to Top of the Rock instead of the Empire State Building to avoid the long line hihihi because we were afraid we won't have enough time to see other parts of NYC :)

for shopping, you may want to visit Century 21, just across the former WTC.
you should have lunch/brunch at Cafe lalo!!! or at Sarabeth's.
we chose Cafe Lalo hihihi because of the ambiance and because it's famous.

To relax, try having a picnic at Central Park.
we chose to eat at the top of one huge rock there to have e good view of the whole central park.
then, we went to MET (entrance is by donation only, you don't have to give 20 USD)
if you're a techie like my friends, you may want to visit the MAC store. it is now a tourist spot because of its unique architecture :p
DON'T MISS eating at PARADOU!!!
it's a MUST!!!
trust me on this!

you also gotta watch a broadway show! definitely!
there's WICKED and SPAMALOT :)

dwh said...

I'm into culture, theater, art, etc., and I check out ideas here: http://knol.google.com/k/alexa-broadway/new-york-free-or-cheap-theater-music/1z45l8wtx4ix/2#.