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Mac DeMarco announced for SummerStage 2018!

Mac DeMarco is the first ticketed performer announced for this year’s SummerStage in Central Park.  Tickets for the concert on Sept. 8. will go on sale this week.

DeMarco, whose “This Old Dog” hit number one on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart last year, will perform Sept. 8. Other ticketed performers will be announced throughout the spring, and free shows will be announced in mid-April, according to the City Parks Foundation.  The psychedelic rock, John Lennon-inspired artist has released three albums and is currently on a world tour, stopping in New York City for SummerStage between stints in D.C. and Colorado.

The pre-sale for DeMarco’s show starts Feb. 7, but general tickets go on sale Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. for $45 online. The proceeds make it possible for SummerStage to put on free concerts.

Last year, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Yo La Tengo, Regina Spektor, Jadakiss, Def Poets, among others, performed to packed audiences throughout the summer.

The show on Sept. 8 will be inside Central Park near Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. For more on the concert series, check out cityparksfoundation.org.

At the Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater – Neverland: Peter Returns

Opening this week – Neverland: Peter Returns

The new show at the Marionette Theater is based on J.M. Barrie’s iconic Peter Pan tales and gives a delightful new spin on the beloved children’s classic. The Darling children leave home behind to follow Peter Pan to Neverland for the adventure of a lifetime. When the cunning Captain Hook turns Peter’s pals Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell against him, the children team up with the Never Boys to save the day, learning the true value of forgiveness and friendship!

Opening Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Tuesday – Friday 10:30am & 11:30am Saturday & Sunday 1pm

Special Schedules February 19 – 23 11am, 1pm & 3pm April 2 – 4 11am & 1pm April 5 – 6 11am, 1pm & 3pm

More info here – The City Parks Foundation.

Secrets of Central Park – Camels on Sheep Meadow

Perusing our archive of Central Park Stereopticon pictures recently I came across this singular photo of a camel, seeming quite relaxed on a stroll through Central Park. As part of the park’s menagerie (which later became the Central Park Zoo), camels visited Sheep Meadow periodically. This particular camel appears to be roaming the park quite freely. Camels were popular at the menagerie, and they got lots of attention in the press; newspapers updated New Yorkers on when new camels came to the park, when a baby camel was born, and when a beloved camel died as evidenced by this brief, but poignant, notice in the NY Times:

“VOLSTEAD, ZOO CAMEL, DIES Grief of Mate and Offsprlng Acute – Museum Declines Carcass Volstead, the 14-year-old Bactrian camel who had long figured as one of the chief attractions at the Cen­tral Park Zoo, died yesterday after four days’ illness. Volstead, who was born in the zoo here, was the last of the male camels of the Central Park herd. He is survived by his mate, Jeanette, and an 11-months-old offspring, Jeanette 2nd. The grief of the survivors was described by Head Keeper Robert Hurton as acute. The Museum of Natural History having declined to accept Volstead’s carcass, the camel will be buried at Barren Island.” Published: May 23, 1930 Copyright © The New York Times

I think my favorite part of the whole camel saga was the name “Volstead”. This was thanks to the efforts of the aforementioned Robert Hurton, known . . . → Read More: Secrets of Central Park – Camels on Sheep Meadow

Central Park Winter Jam 2018

It’s not skiing in Davos, but it’s the closest thing to it you’ll find in NYC! Winter Jam includes ice-skating, sledding, snowboarding, refreshments and a whole lot more – all supported by actual snow-machines! This event is suitable for both adults and children and it’s something you don’t want to miss if you’re spending the last couple of days of January in the city! The event is free and it also includes skiing and snowboarding lessons. Saturday, January 27, 2018* 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan – Bandshell Area Enter at 72nd Street

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Free Event for All Ages

Featured Venues Lake Placid Snow Field Learn to Ski Snowshoeing by REI Sledding Arctic Golf Live Ice Sculpting Taste NY Winter Market/Warming Hut Participants in the Learn to Ski, Sledding, and Snowshoeing activities must sign a waiver and provide photo identification before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present with photo identification to sign the waiver. Waiting lines for the activities are subject to close early.

For more information, please call (212) 360-8213.

Statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims to be removed from Central Park

A statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims, credited by many as the father of modern gynecology, is being moved under the city’s push to oust symbols of hate on city property. East Harlem residents and city officials have long advocated for the statue’s removal, asserting that it honors Sims’s medical achievements while overlooking that between the years 1845 and 1849, he performed gynecological exams on 12 enslaved women without anesthesia, NBC New York and DNAinfo report.

East Harlem City Council member Bill Perkins has taken a strong stance against the statue, and is calling for its removal.

“The community has seen statues along the way for years, but once the community began to study these statues and understand what they mean, they found out that they come from a mentality and an era that are quite inconsistent with today and the future,” Perkins said at a Monday rally calling for the statue’s removal. “And while one might say it’s just standing there, it represents us, and I don’t believe that the community in general finds this something to brag about.”

The statue stands in Central Park, near Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street near the Museum of the City of New York. On Saturday, protestors from Brooklyn Youth Project 100 dressed in “bloodied” hospital gowns gathered at the site to condemn the monument to Sims.

“Anarcha, Lucy and Betsy—these women had names,” City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said at Monday’s rally. “He repeatedly performed surgery on black women without anesthesia because, . . . → Read More: Statue of Doctor J. Marion Sims to be removed from Central Park

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