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

New York Sues For Return Of Rare Central Park Drawings

Central Park Papers

Historians have long wondered whether Central Park was originally conceived the way it looks today. Were the ornate colorful tiles underneath the Bethesda Terrace a vision of the original designers? What about the elegant black lamps that dot the park?

Now historians might finally have some clues about the park’s design.

Illustrations for features of Central Park and other public places in New York have resurfaced, and the city has gone to court to get them back. Real estate broker Sam Buckley said his father found the drawings, by Jacob Wrey Mould, in a Manhattan trash bin sometime before 1960, according to court documents.

Though Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park, Mould assisted with several noteworthy landmarks of the public space, such as Bethesda Terrace and Belvedere Castle.

The 127 drawings, which date from 1860 to 1885, are stamped “Department of Public Parks.” The city claims it never authorized the destruction or abandonment of the drawings and believes they were “lost or erroneously discarded.”

The city learned about the drawings after Buckley placed 86 of them for sale with Christie’s auction house. He kept the remaining 41. The city asked the court to award $1 million in damages or compel Buckley to hand over the illustrations.

Christie’s and Buckley have agreed not to sell the works while the settlement talks play out. The auction house declined to comment, and Buckley could not be reached.

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Central Park Bagel Bark

Central Park Paws

Join in during off-leash hours for coffee, pastries and bagels (of course) all courtesy of Central Park Conservancy’s Central Park PAWS. Come meet this vibrant neighborhood dog community. The Bagel Bark travels each month to a different dog friendly area of Central Park. This week they’re at the Statue of Balto Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010 Time: 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Capeman in Central Park

Capeman

The Public Theater reports that they got everyone in from the standby line last night – so, if you want to see Paul Simon’s musical live at the Delacorte stop by!

Central Park SummerStage: Bachata Fest

Andy Andy

Dominican singer Andy Andy has emerged as one of a handful of musicians on the cutting edge of the bachata craze. Andy began his music career as a merenguero before making the switch to the increasingly popular bachata style. With 5 solo chart-topping bachata albums to his credit, Andy Andy has consistently maintained himself on Billboard’s Top Tropical album charts . Luis Miguel de la Amargue, known as the “King of Bachata” has taken his music worldwide and is one of the most respected artists in the genre. The multi-award winner and recipient of 2009’s “Bachatero of the Year” and “Bachata Song of the Year” is a genre favorite not to be missed. Elvis Martínez aka El Camarón, is a one of the most popular bachata performers around. He got his start in the 1990’s, and has been on the fast track ever since. Martínez has the distinction of being not only a singer but also a songwriter and guitarist as well. Alexandra is best known as half of the hugely successful, Monchy y Alexandra, who began singing together in 1999. They have been often credited with being instrumental in popularizing bachata music outside of the Dominican Republic. Alexandra is now embarking on a highly anticipated solo career, and is certain not to disappoint.

Rumsey Playfield Bachata Fest featuring ANDY ANDY, LUIS MIGUEL DE LA AMARGUE, ELVIS MARTINEZ and ALEXANDRA

Saturday, August 14 3:00 – 7:00pm

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2010 Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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