John Lennon Tribute Film “LENNONNYC” at SummerStage

Imagine Mosaic

Imagine Mosaic

Today, October 9th, marks what would have been the 70th birthday of John Lennon. Tonight at 7:00 pm there is a free screening of American Masters:LENNONYC. The film explores Lennon’s life in New York City during the 1970s as a father, husband, activist and artist. It Features never-before-heard studio recordings and never-before-seen concert film outtakes and home movies. The Central Park screening is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Line up early. Enter at 69th Street and 5th Avenue. Blanket seating, food and drink welcome (no glass, no chairs and no video cameras allowed). Special guest speaker will be singer Lou Reed and radio personality Dennis Elsas, WFUV Radio.

On December 8th, 1980, John Lennon was shot dead as he entered his home at the Dakota Apartment Building at 72nd St. and Central Park West. A long time resident of New York City, Mr. Lennon had taken many walks with his wife and young son through the friendly confines of Central Park. Long a favorite son of his adopted city, John Lennon wasn’t simply New York’s Beatle.  He was, for many, the embodiment of the spirit on which city had been built. One half urbane cynic and one half romantic dreamer, he unabashedly embraced the disparate parts which, as every New Yorker knows, combine to form a uniquely gifted, passionate individual.

On March 26, 1981, the city council adopted legislation introduced by then-council member Henry J. Stern on December 18, 1980, which designated the area, stretching from 71st to 74th streets, as Strawberry Fields. His widow, the artist and performer Yoko Ono, later donated $1 million to the Central Park Conservancy to re-landscape and to maintain the 2.5-acre tear-drop-shaped parcel of park landscape. Designed by landscape architect Bruce Kelly the ground breaking ceremony was in March 21, 1984. The name of the site is taken from the Beatle’s song Strawberry Fields Forever and was also, for John, an evocation of an orphanage in Liverpool by the same name. At the center lies the famous Imagine mosaic, donated by the city of Naples. There is also a bronze plaque that lists the 121 countries endorsing Strawberry Fields as a Garden of Peace.

Strawberry Fields opened on October 9, 1985, John’s 45th birthday. Every October 9th since then has seen an all day vigil of people of all ages from around the world; fans of his music and believers in his vision.

Location: West Side between 71st and 74th Streets

Details: Strawberry Fields was dedicated by Mayor Edward I. Koch, October 9, 1985, John Lennon’s birthday.

Central Park Film Festival 2010

Central Park Film Festival 2010

Central Park Film Festival 2010

The 2010 Central Park Movie Festival concludes tonight with  Manhattan, which was chosen by the Viewer’s Choice Poll conducted each year.  It was a great lineup, except that Serendipity, with its beautiful shots of  Wollman Rink in winter, should not have had to face off with the Woody Allen classic as viewer’s choice.  Not while The Taking Of Pelham 123, the turgid potboiler of a remake, is the disappointing Tuesday night offering.

Anyway – The eighth annual festival will be held for the first time in the landscape north of Sheep Meadow, behind Mineral Springs (mid-Park at 69th Street). Enter the Park at 72nd Street.

All screenings begin at 8:00 pm, rain or shine. Gates open to the public at 6:30 pm. Bring a picnic!

Tuesday, August 24: Fame
Wednesday, August 25: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Thursday, August 26: Saturday Night Fever
Friday, August 27: King Kong
Saturday, August 28: Manhattan

The Wizard Of Oz Screened In Central Park

Flying Monkeys in the heart of Manhattan?  Subways and Buses and Tourists, Oh my!   Yes, the  Yellow Brick Road is winding through Central Park, tonight, Tuesday, September 29th.  Netflix is sponsoring a 70th anniversary screening of the 1939 classic, “The Wizard Of Oz”.  The showing is free and is taking place at Rumsey Playfield, the site of the annual SummerStage festival.  Before the movie there will be an opening act featuring Jennifer Hudson and Julianne Hough.  Sounds like the perfect way to enjoy an Indian Summer evening in the park.  Ruby slippers optional.

Just the facts:

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz


The opening concert will feature contemporary interpretations of classic songs from the “The Wizard of Oz” by Academy Award -winning actress and Grammy Award -winning singer Jennifer Hudson and two-time American Country Music winner and two-time “Dancing with the Stars” winner, Julianne Hough. The show is being produced by and will also feature The Roots’ Grammy Award -winning drummer and record producer Ahmir

?uestlove Thompson and a band assembled especially for the show. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Immediately following the free concert, “The Wizard of Oz” 70th anniversary edition will be shown on site on a giant inflatable screen.


The concert performance and movie screening are free, but seating is first come, first served, so be sure to arrive early for the event.


The concert and movie screening will take place outdoors at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, New York. Enter the park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the west side.


There is a back up location in the event of rain. Please check the official site for updates before the show to confirm.

Central Park Film Festival Starts Today

Central Park presents an outdoor cinema series every summer. Most of these films usually feature a New York theme and they are a great way to enjoy a summer evening in the park. This year’s schedule is based on different interpretations of what’s cool. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

All screenings are FREE and start at 8:00 pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm. To find Rumsey Playfield, enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. Rain or shine.

2009 Central Park Film Festival Schedule

Central Park presents an outdoor cinema series every summer. Most of these films usually feature a New York theme and they are a great way to enjoy a summer evening in the park. This year’s lineup features some interesting choices – this year’s theme is “Be Cool” featuring five films with actors or actresses who epitomize “cool.”  Hmmm.  I guess the definition of cool is relative.  While the remake of Ocean’s 11 is certainly an entertaining film, I’m not sure exactly sure what it has to do with New York City.  Same for Goldfinger, although there is no denying the Sean Connery cool factor – besides I’ll vote for it just to hear Shirley Bassey belt out the title song on a warm summer night.

2009 Central Park Film Festival Schedule

Tuesday, August 18: Sex & The City Get Carried away! A New York writer (Sarah Jessica Parker) on sex and love is finally getting married to her Mr. Big. But her three best girlfriends must console her when one of them inadvertently leads Mr. Big to jilt her. (2008)

Wednesday, August 19: Shaft John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is the ultimate in suave detectives. A cool private eye, Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. (1971)

Enchanted in Central Park

"Enchanted" in Central Park

Thursday, August 20: Ocean’s 11 Hollywood’s A list stars come together to pull off the most daring heist Las Vegas has ever known…11 men, 3 casinos, 150 million dollars, 1 chance to pull it off. (2001)

Friday, August 21: Twilight When you can live forever what do you live for? A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire. (2008)

Saturday, August 22: Viewer’s Choice! – Visit to vote between July 15 and August 15, 2009.

Men in Black Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones are protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. (1997)

Goldfinger Investigating a gold magnate’s gold smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (1965)

Desperately Seeking Susan A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan (Madonna). (1985)

All screenings are FREE and start at 8:00 pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm. To find Rumsey Playfield, enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. Rain or shine.

Rumsey Playfield
East 72nd Street off Fifth Avenue