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150th Running of Belmont Stakes, Featuring Triple Crown Contender Justify, Kicks off With 3-Day Festival

June 5, 2018

The 150th running of the Belmont Stakes in Nassau County features a Triple Crown contender, Justify. The race is the climax of a three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival taking place at Belmont Park from Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, when there will be 33 races, including 18 stakes, offering $9.4 million in purses © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Belmont Stakes Week was kicked off by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran at Belmont Park. She was joined by New York Racing Association (NYRA) CEO Chris Kay, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) President Phillip Eng and Nassau County Industrial Development Chairman Richard Kessel.

“The Belmont Stakes has existed for 150 years and it is one of the largest sporting events in the world,” said County Executive Curran. “Every year, it provides a major economic boost to Nassau County.”

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival taking place at Belmont Park from Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, has quickly become an exciting way for sports fans to kick off the summer season in New York. The festival includes the very best in thoroughbred racing alongside world-class entertainment and premium hospitality options, said Kay. Attendance is expected to reach 90,000.

And for the first time since 2015, Belmont Park will play host to a Triple Crown contender with Justify looking to achieve racing immortality and a newly-designed award.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran poses with the new Belmont Stakes trophy designed by sculptor Roberto Santo and created by silversmith Ubaldo Vitali.

The spectacular new Triple Crown trophy, designed by sculptor Roberto Santo and created by silversmith Ubaldo Vitali, was unveiled at the press conference. The trophy stands 36 inches high and weighs about 45 pounds.

During the course of the three-day festival, there will be 33 races, including 18 stakes, offering $9.4 million in purses, according to Kay.

Entertainment will be top notch this year. Third Eye Blind will headline the performance lineup for the 2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival with trackside pre- and post-race concerts on June 9. Belmont Stakes Day will include a performance from the hit Broadway musical A Bronx Tale. On Friday, June 8, fans can enjoy a performance from the acclaimed Billy Joel tribute band Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot at the end of live racing.

The Nassau County Police Department outlined traffic and security issues and the LIRR outlined its operations for the day.

“The security of all spectators at the Belmont Stakes is the main priority of the Nassau County Police Department,” said Commissioner Ryder. “Numerous resources have been assigned and our Intelligence Unit is working with Federal, State and local authorities to ensure a safe environment.  Visitors are reminded to pack food items in clear plastic bags only and that alcohol, coolers, backpacks and duffel bags are prohibited to be brought onto the grounds. Visitors should expect traffic delays, especially after the main race and mass transit is recommended as a form of transportation.”  (Train schedule at

http://web.mta.info/lirr/getaways/belmontpark/BelmontStakes-2018.pdf)

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Town of North Hempstead Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks Slated for May 26

May 1, 2018

The Town of North Hempstead, Long Island, hosts Memorial Day Commemoration Fireworks at North Hempstead Beach on May 26 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Town of North Hempstead, Long Island is hosting Memorial Day Fireworks and Commemoration Ceremony, will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park on Saturday, May 26, with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This year, the Memorial Day Fireworks and Commemoration Ceremony will a feature fireworks display by Santore Fireworks, musical entertainment from Wonderous Stories and special guests. After the fireworks, there will be a DJ performance. During the ceremony, students from Carle Place High School will sing the National Anthem and Cub Scouts from Pack 221 will perform the Pledge of Allegiance. Scenic North Hempstead Beach Park offers a boardwalk along the water and picnic areas so visitors can enjoy a start to the summer season.

“Each year we look forward to hosting our Memorial Day Fireworks Commemoration and Fireworks at North Hempstead Beach Park,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi  Bosworth.  “This event serves to pay tribute to our veterans, active duty military personnel and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.”

The program will start at 6:30 p.m.  Fireworks will begin at darkness.

The Town offers FREE parking for veterans and active duty military on May 26 for the Annual Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks Extravaganza at North Hempstead Beach Park.  Parking pass will be available at various facilities throughout the Town with a proof of ID.  For more information on how to receiving a free parking pass call 516-869-6311 or visit: https://bit.ly/2Fh4xGZ.

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2017 Best Places for Christmas Celebrations

December 20, 2017
Holidays in New York

New York City is one of the top-ranked places for Christmas Celebrations by WalletHub © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

With Christmas being the most popular holiday in the U.S. and one of the most expensive – Americans plan to spend up to $682 billion over the holiday season this year – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best Places for Christmas Celebrations.

To help Americans celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from Christmas events per capita to average price per Christmas party ticket to shopping centers and outlets per capita.

Best Cities for Christmas Celebrations  
1 Chicago, IL   11 St. Louis, MO
2 San Francisco, CA   12 Dallas, TX
3 Pittsburgh, PA   13 Cincinnati, OH
4 New York, NY   14 Los Angeles, CA
5 Seattle, WA   15 Denver, CO
6 Orlando, FL   16 Birmingham, AL
7 Atlanta, GA   17 San Diego, CA
8 Washington, DC   18 Houston, TX
9 Las Vegas, NV   19 Oklahoma City, OK
10 Portland, OR   20 Miami, FL
           

Key Stats

  • Durham, North Carolina, has the lowest average price for a Christmas party ticket, $8.27, which is six times lower than in Las Vegas, the city with the highest at $49.99.
  • San Francisco has the most Christmas events (per square root of the population), 0.038, which is 38 times more than in Tucson, Arizona, the city with the fewest at 0.001.
  • Miami has the most Christmas tree farms (per square root of the population), 0.024, which is 24 times more than in Fort Worth, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.001.
  • San Francisco, California, has the most gift shops (per square root of the population), 0.209, which is 104.5 times more than in Garland, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.002.
  • New York has the most toy stores (per square root of the population), 0.145, which is 72.5 times more than in Detroit, the city with the fewest at 0.002.

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Nighttime Stroll of New York City’s Holiday Lights

 

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Iconic 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks off Holiday Season in NYC; Here’s What to Expect

November 9, 2017
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Macy’s iconic Thanksgiving Parade that kicks off the winter holiday season actually starts the night before, with a gigantic blow-up event that has become a major festival experience, drawing tens of thousands of onlookers on the streets around the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park West © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK –This Thanksgiving, a magical march returns to the streets of New York City and to homes across the U.S. as the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the holiday season with its signature spectacle of wonder. On Thursday, Nov. 23 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones), the streets of Manhattan will come alive at the sound of “Let’s Have a Parade!” Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” will host the broadcast. Telemundo will simulcast the parade in Spanish, with the event hosted by Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

Ready to spread holiday cheer, the annual procession is sure to delight more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide with its traditional merriment. Since the first march in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has captivated audiences and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 91st edition, the line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and 6 performance groups.

The star power on parade will once again feature some of the nation’s most riveting performers. Taking to the streets of New York City on board one of Macy’s signature floating stages and thrilling the nation with their performances at Herald Square will be 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and more.

On 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances from the casts of “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once On This Island” and “SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical.” In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes®  will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.

“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of our great holiday traditions and we’re thrilled to be able to once again bring the pageantry and spectacle to viewers across the country,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see all the balloons, floats and high-end entertainment that have become such an integral part of this wonderful event.”

“For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for millions of families. We are thrilled to once again come together as a nation to give this gift of joy and wonder to all,” said Susan Tercero, group vice-president of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Our incredible team has planned a fantastic spectacle featuring an amazing line-up of giant character balloons, floats of fantasy, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, a dazzling array of musical artists, all coming together to herald the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus.”

The Macy’s Parade is always a unique multi-level, magical march that provides spectators with different experiences, whether they watch it on television with friends and family or scout the perfect spot on the route to watch it unfold live. To give fans another unique viewing opportunity, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon will once again take viewers closer to the magic via up close and personal views of the event through a 360-degree livestream of the parade on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream, found at www.youtube.com/verizon, will be synced with the start of the Parade.

Flying Icons

Taking flight on Turkey Day will be the Parade’s signature giant character helium balloons. Since their introduction in 1927, these giants of the sky have featured some of the world’s most beloved characters. This year four giant characters will debut, including Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen,” Illumination presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Jett from Super Wings™ and PAW Patrol®.

The balloon line-up will also feature the return of Harold the Baseball Player, a legacy Macy’s character prominently featured in Twentieth Century Fox’s iconic holiday film classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” In celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary, the Harold heritage balloon has been recreated for this year’s Parade, painted in hues of black, white and grey, to look exactly as it did on-screen during a memorable scene in the 1947 film. In addition to Harold, the famed spokesduck, the Aflac Duck, will debut as an all-new balloonicle (a Macy’s Parade innovation of hybrid cold-air balloon and vehicle) and is sure to have fans quacking with joy and laughter down the route.

Returning giant balloon characters include Angry Birds’ Red; Charlie Brown; Diary of a Wimpy Kid®;  Sinclair’s Dino®; the Elf on the Shelf®; Hello Kitty®; Ice Age’s Scrat and His Acorn; Pikachu™; Pillsbury Doughboy™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; SpongeBob SquarePants; and DreamWorks’ Trolls.

Parade Floats

Floating down the route this Thanksgiving, the Parade’s signature floats transport spectators to worlds of wonder. Designed and created by the incredible artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, which include carpenters, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic/costume designers and electricians, this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. The painstaking process of creating a Macy’s Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy’s Parade floats are often three-stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio, to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve. These creations are not only works of art, but also engineering marvels.

This year five new floats will debut including Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Sara Evans), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Lauren Alaina), Parade Day Mischief by Sour Patch Kids® Candy (Nicky Jam), Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Jojo Siwa) and Universal Playground by Sprout® (Angelica Hale). A special float by Delta Air Lines will also debut to commemorate the season of togetherness with the perfect gift of song, as more than 125 Macy’s employees gather to form a one-of-a-kind cross-generational choir aboard the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street by Sesame Street (Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street“); The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian (Goo Goo Dolls), Big Apple by N.Y. Daily News (Bebe Rexha); Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Miss America 2018 Cara Mund); Building a Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA (Andra Day and Common); The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC by Kentucky Fried Chicken (Dustin Lynch); The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray®; Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Olivia Holt); Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear (Sabrina Carpenter); Frozen Fall Fun by Discover®/NHL (Wyclef Jean) and NHL Hockey Hall of Famers Ray Bourque & Bryan Trottier); Fun House by Krazy Glue® (Flo Rida); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (98 Degrees); It’s All Rock & Roll by Gibson Brands (Jimmy Fallon & The Roots); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Smokey Robinson); On The Roll Again by Homewood Suites by Hilton® (Andy Grammer); Santa’s Sleigh; Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations by Domino® Sugar (Cam); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Kat Graham); and Tom Turkey featuring Bravo’s Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio).

Drum Roll, Please…

Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry. Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan. This year’s bands include Colony High School (Palmer, Alaska), Davis High School (Kaysville, Utah), Rosemount High School (Rosemount, Minn.), West Harrison High School (Gulfport, Miss.), Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.), Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, S.C.), Trumbull High School (Trumbull, Conn.), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas), the United States Air Force Band and Honor Guard, Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).

Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. Returning to the line-up this year are the dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups combined feature more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best performers recruited from small towns and big cities. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in NYC, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding to the dance floor revelry will be 34th & Phunk, a special group commissioned and produced by Macy’s with organizers from the United States Tournament of Dance. Choreographed by the legendary artist Willdabeast Adams and acclaimed dancer Janelle Ginestra, 34th & Phunk will be a one-of-a-kind hip-hop dance crew featuring performers of all ages and from all walks of life, who have a passion for dance and precision movement. Bringing a Broadway flair to the spectacle will be the talented kids of Camp Broadway, who this year have auditioned and selected dancers/singers from military bases around the nation, and who will pay tribute to America with their performance. Rounding out the performance group list are the zany Red Hot Mamas (Post Falls, Idaho) who will deliver their signature humorous take on the holiday season, along with the whimsical stars of the Big Apple Circus (New York, NY).

Interactive Fun

This year the magic of Macy’s iconic balloons and Parade artistry will head south for the winter to give fans an up close and personal experience for the holidays. Starting on Saturday, Nov. 18, Universal Orlando Resort’s destination-wide Holidays celebration begins, featuring the all-new “Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.” This one-of-a-kind experience is where merry and mayhem mesh to create a fantastic treat for park guests that features more than 15 incredibly detailed floats, colorful stilt-walkers and characters, and a specially created cast of all new Macy’s balloons that you can’t see anywhere else. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will run daily from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. “A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere” has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than nine decades and is the mandate that continues to this day.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ryan Polito directs.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,  visit www.macys.com/parade  or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

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Star-Studded Lineup Announced for 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival Nov 5-15

October 28, 2017

In “Dog Years,” Burt Reynolds stars as an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. A tale about faded fame, but at its core, a universal story about growing old. Also starring Ariel Winter (Modern Family). A funny and ultimately touching cross-generational comedy. The film is part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival.

GREAT NECK, NY — The 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival presents an exciting slate of more than 80 feature-length and short films for this year. Among the impressive array of films is the Long Island Premiere of Dare to Be Different about WLIR 92.7,
the influential Long Island radio station on the cutting edge of music in the 1980s. The festival’s Spotlight Film is Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman, whose brilliant performance as Sir Winston Churchill drives this historic account of the early days of World War II. Festival events will take place at venues across the storied Gold Coast of Nassau County, and the public is guaranteed an exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q&A’s, and glamour.
The Gold Coast International Film Festival will celebrate its launch on Sunday, November 5, 2017, with screenings of two very inspiring films at the Bow Tie Squire Theater in Great Neck:
Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and Supergirl at 3:00 p.m.
Underfire is the remarkable story of WWII infantryman and legendary photographer Tony Vaccaro, who created one of the most comprehensive, haunting and intimate photographic records of the war using a smuggled $47 camera while developing the negatives in his helmet at night. Tony Vaccaro, Director Max Lewkowicz and Producer Valerie Thomas will participate in a post-screening Q&A session, followed by the opening reception of Tony Vaccaro’s acclaimed, wartime and celebrity photography at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gallery in Great Neck.

Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen girl with an extraordinary talent – holding a world record in powerlifting is the subject of the film “Supergirl,” to be shown at the Gold Coast International Film Festival. The film’s director will join Naomi and her family for a Q&A following the movie.

Supergirl is the story of Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish pre-teen girl with an extraordinary talent – holding a world record in powerlifting. The film’s director will join Naomi and her
family for a Q&A following the movie.
The Long Island Premiere of Dare to Be Different will screen on Sunday, November 12, at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington at 5:00 p.m. Director Ellen Goldfarb and Executive Producer and former WLIR Program Director Denis McNamara, plus a host of other special guests, including artists and DJs featured in the film will participate in a Q&A that could only happen on Long Island, where WLIR brought new wave music to America. WLIR helped launch the careers of U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash, and The Cure, among others. Special guests attending the premiere include Larry
“The Duck” Dunn, Michael “Eppy” Epstein, Max Leinwand, Steve North, Carol Silva, Donna Donna and “Malibu Sue” McCann.
Darkest Hour will be screened on Monday, November 13 at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington. The film, which is receiving rave reviews for Gary Oldman’s portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill, will be followed by a Q&A with Churchill’s granddaughter and world-renowned sculptor, Edwina Sandys.

“Ben-Gurion: Epilogue,” a documentary compiled from six hours of never-before-seen footage of conversations with Israel’s founding father, is a work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future. The screening at Gold Coast International Film Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 8 will be followed with a Q&A with Alon Ben-Gurion.

Other standout films and events at this year’s festival include more than 40 premieres, including French movie-star Isabelle Huppert’s new film Souvenir; Burt Reynold’s new film Dog YearsBombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story; and the timely Bill Nye: Science Guy. The festival is also featuring Yellow Birds, starring Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue about Israel’s founding father, with a live post-screening Q&A with David Ben-Gurion’s grandson Alon Ben-Gurion; the delightful documentary Hummus!
The Movie, followed by “The Great Gold Coast Hummus Taste-Off” at Lola; and the East Coast premiere of the Iranian film Gholam, starring Shahab Hosseini, star of the 2016 Oscar-winning film The Salesman, which premiered at last year’s festival. On Saturday, November 11, the festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Oscar-winning Hollywood musical Pal Joey, starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak. Sinatra’s granddaughter, Amanda Erlinger will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening.
The seventh anniversary of the not-for-profit Gold Coast International Film Festival features over 80 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events at North Shore venues,
including Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck, Port Washington, Manhasset and Roslyn, and the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck. Films presented this year showcase some of Hollywood’s best actors, include Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Arquette, Burt Reynolds, Isabelle Huppert, Rainn Wilson, Bill Nye, Rosemarie DeWitt, Imogen Poots, and Shahab Hosseini. Films starring screen
immortals Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Gary Cooper and many more industry stars will also be presented. Award-winning feature films from the world’s most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Hamptons) will be shown, along with dozens of excellent short films.

Can Bill Nye show the world why science matters in a culture increasingly indifferent to evidence? With intimate and exclusive access, this documentary is a behind-the-scenes portrait of “the Science Guy,” as he inspires Millennials to participate in STEM. With wonder and whimsy, the film follows Bill’s journey to change the world… with science.

This year, GCIFF again presents the work of talented young filmmakers in grades K-12 in our Young Filmmakers Program, presented in partnership with Hofstra University.
Filmmakers and special guests scheduled to attend the Gold Coast International Film Festival include: renowned photographer Tony Vaccaro; Alon Ben-Gurion; award-winning filmmakers Alexandra Dean (Bombshell); Max Lewkowicz (Underfire); Ellen Goldfarb and Denis McNamara (Dare to Be Different); Jessie Auritt (Supergirl); Jean-Stéphane Bron (Paris Opera); Yael Melamede and Jenny McQuaile (Straight/Curve); Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill; Amanda Erlinger, granddaughter of Frank Sinatra;
plus many more.
Sponsors and partners of this year’s Gold Coast International Film Festival include: founding partners, the Town of North Hempstead and Douglas Elliman Real Estate; major partners, Hofstra University and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency; as well as Neiman Marcus Garden City; GEICO; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; AARP Long Island; A.L. Sarroff Fund; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; The Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health; St. Mary’s Kids; , Jet Blue; Biener Audi; LVR Rental; The Inn at Great Neck; The Andrew Hotel; WLIW21; Altice; New York Women in Film & Television; Anton Publications; Blank Slate Media; LI Pulse; Edelman Financial Services, LLC; and LOLA of Great Neck.
For tickets to all screenings and events visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org

Here are some of the highlights:

Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Tony Vaccaro, Director Max Lewkowitz and Producer Valerie Thomas

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3:30pm

Great Neck Squire

Max Lewkowicz | USA | English | 73 min |Documentary

The remarkable story of WWII infantryman and photographer Tony Vaccaro, who created one of the most comprehensive, haunting and intimate photographic records of the war using a smuggled $47 camera while developing the negatives in his helmet at night.Sponsored by AARP Long Island
*Will be followed by the Opening Reception of an exhibit of Tony Vaccaro’s stunning wartime and celebrity photography at the Gold Coast Arts Center Gallery

Supergirl – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Director Jessie Auritt and the “Supergirl” herself!

Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3:00pm

Great Neck Squire

Jessie Auritt | USA | English | 80 min |Documentary

When a nine-year-old girl breaks a powerlifting world record, she turns into an international phenomenon – and “Supergirl” is born. Naomi Kutin seems like a typical New Jersey Orthodox Jewish pre-teen until her extraordinary talent transforms the lives of her family and thrusts her into news headlines. Supergirl follows Naomi’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence—from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, to a changing body, and on top of that, health issues could jeopardize her future in powerlifting.

Ben-Gurion: Epilogue
*Q&A with Alon Ben-Gurion

Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7:30pm

Great Neck Squire

Yariv Mozer | Israel | Hebrew, English | 70 min | Documentary

Compiled from six hours of never-before-seen footage, the discovered conversations with Israel’s founding father present a rare and fortuitous piece of cinematic archeology. A work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future.

Presented in Partnership with American Friends of Soroka Medical Center

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Director Alexandra Dean, Dr. Christine Metz and Fleming Meeks; moderated by Diane Masciale of WNET

Thursday Nov. 9 at 7:30pm

Great Neck Squire
Alexandra Dean | USA | English | 90 min |Documentary

Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was also the secret inventor of secure wifi, Bluetooth and GPS communications, but her arresting good looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved…until now. A film for lovers of history, Hollywood and science. Sponsored by Edelman Financial Services, LLC. A Science on Screen screening Sponsored by Edelman Financial Services, LLC

Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image – Long Island Premiere

Q&A with Director Jenny McQuaile and Producer Yael Melamede and a panel of distinguished experts from Northwell Health

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4:00pm

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Jenny McQuaile | USA | English | 83 min |Documentary

The exciting new documentary that examines the industries and obstacles responsible for the body image crisis and showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age. “[This film] will change the way you think about yourself.” Sponsored by Katz Institute for Women’s Health at Northwell Health

Pal Joey 

Q&A with Amanda Erlinger, Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter and Nancy Sinatra’s daughter

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6:30pm

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George Sidney | USA | English | 111 min | Narrative

Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak star in this Academy Award-winning musical gem celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Joey Evans (Sinatra) is a second-rate singer known for his womanizing ways. When he meets Linda (Novak), a naive chorus girl, he has stirrings of real feelings. However, that does not stop him from romancing a former flame and ex-stripper, now society matron Vera Prentice-Simpson (Hayworth). With a great cast and book and a score full of unforgettable songs, you won’t want to miss this rare chance to see this Technicolor classic on the big screen.  

Hummus! The Movie – Long Island Premiere

Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4:00pm

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Oren Rosenfeld | Israel | English, Arabic, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles | 70 min |Documentary

It Unites! It Divides! It’s Delicious! An eclectic, touching film about Hummus, the delicious super food sweeping across America. Includes secret recipes, a Guinness World Record and the power of Hummus to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together – in the Middle East, America and around the world.

Sponsored by The Nassim Family

Dare to be Different – Long Island Premiere
Q&A with Director Ellen Goldfarb and special guests

Sunday, Nov. 12. There is a 4:30pm and 7:30pm screening.  The 4:30 has a Q&A. We will also likely add a Tuesday 11/14 screening with Q&A

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Ellen Goldfarb | USA | English | 93 min |Documentary

U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, The Clash, The Cure: Over half a billion records sold but you may never have heard of them if not for a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY: WLIR. The story of the small group of radio visionaries who changed the sound of radio forever by battling the FCC, the record labels and mega-radio to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

Darkest Hour

Q&A with Edwina Sandys, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter

Monday, Nov. 13 at 7:00pm

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Joe Wright | UK | English | 114 minutes | Narrative

Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman’s brilliant performance as Winston Churchill drives this story of the early days of World War II. Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister. While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.

The festival will finish on Wednesday November 15 with a Closing Awards Lunch at the cafe at Neiman Marcus Garden City (in Roosevelt Field), noon to 2pm.  The lunch will also be the launch of the Neiman Marcus ”Love to Give” Collection. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the ”Love to Give” items goes back to the Arts Center.

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Best Places for Halloween: ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow,’ ‘Blaze’ Halloween Events Return to Historic Hudson Valley

September 25, 2017
Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

At Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, you may well encounter the Headless Horseman in the shadows. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Washington Irving’s macabre tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” is the inspiration for Horseman’s Hollow, a spectacularly produced interactive Halloween haunted attraction at the colonial-era Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

It is one of a series of Historic Hudson Valley’s Halloween season spectacular events, the largest Halloween events in the tri-state area, which draw more than 150,000 visitors to Sleepy Hollow Country. They take place in several Historic Hudson Valley venues, each one an important attraction.

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Fanciful figures made of jack o’lanterns are just a few of the 7,000 illuminated jacks on The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, a hugely popular family-friendly walk-through experience at Van Cortlandt Manor. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze®, Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, (Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1, 5-9, 12-31 and Nov. 2-5, 9-12, 17-18, 24-25)
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying Halloween event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display — all made of jack o’ lanterns.  In this elaborate, hugely popular walk-through experience, see more than 7,000 illuminated jacks, all designed and individually hand-carved on site by a team of artisans. Wander along the main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. You will discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.

See a fully functioning, 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel with a variety of pumpkin creatures along for the ride. (Gourds only, no humans on this one!)

Feel the earth shake as you approach Jurassic Park, where a herd of pint-sized dinosaurs mingles with an enormous T-Rex, brontosaurus, triceratops, and flying pterodactyl. And don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman…yes, all made entirely of jack o’lanterns!

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Look closely and you will see The Headless Horseman himself in jack o’lanterns at The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative fall-inspired happening.

All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200. Online admission is: Adults $20 ($25 Friday and Saturday); Children $16 ($20 Friday and Saturday); and free for members and children under 3.

Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, 381 N Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.  (Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31)
Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow transforms Philipsburg Manor into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Those who survive the trail enter the ruins of Ichabod’s Schoolhouse, where they must endure a twisted maze of horrors, only to end up in the lair of the Horseman.

Halloween in Historic Hudson Valley

Taking the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes, Horseman’s Hollow transforms Philipsburg Manor into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

This is Sleepy Hollow’s premier haunted attraction, right in the heart of the village. Not suitable for small children or the faint of heart (and they mean it). Enter at your own risk!

All admissions are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org or call 914-631-8200. Online admission is $20 ($25 Saturday); $5 discount for members.

Irving’s ‘Legend’, Old Dutch Church, 430 N. Broadway (Route 9), Sleepy Hollow, (Oct 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31)
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, featuring the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Flavored with live spooky organ music by Jim Keyes, Kruk’s storytelling captivates all audiences.

Admissions for this 45-minute performance are by timed ticket only, which MUST be purchased in advance. Performances are at 6:15, 7:30, and 8:45pm on Fridays and 1:30, 5, 6:15, and 7:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org. Online admission is: Adults $25; Children $20; $5 discount for members.

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Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a dramatic reading of Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at the Old Dutch Church © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Sunnyside: Home of the ‘Legend’, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, (October 6-9, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28)

What better way to spend a haunt-filled weekend than at the homestead of Washington Irving, creator of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Irving’s fascinating home — a colorful blend of architectural styles — showcases numerous, previously unseen objects from HHV’s collection related to Irving’s famous story. Visitors can enjoy a shadow puppet performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and create Headless Horseman-themed art.

Timed tours every half hour starting at 10am. Last tour is at 3pm. Buy tickets online at http://www.hudsonvalley.org. Online admission is: Adults $16; Seniors $12; Children $8; and free for members and children under 3.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.

Because of the popularity of these events, it is essential to purchase tickets in advance.

Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite, if available).

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39th Annual Museum Mile Festival Takes Over Fifth Avenue, NYC June 13

June 5, 2017
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular places to visit during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The 39th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world, takes place on Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 105 Street. The festival kicks off at 5:45 pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a fantastically festive event, with street performers – clowns, magicians, bands – plus art on the street activities. Best of all, all eight museums are open at no charge, many offer entertainment and special activities inside.

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Kids make art and become the art during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. It has become one of the most popular happenings in a city known for spectacular events – some 40,000 turn out. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to visit museums you might not otherwise see – I am always surprised.

Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night, depending upon how much time you spend enjoying the street entertainment.

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the museums participating in the annual Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/)

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/  

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 628-6200, http://www.neuegalerie.org/.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 535-7710 http://www.metmuseum.org/.

Visit http://museummilefestival.org/ for more information, map, and schedule.

 

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29th Fleet Week Sails into New York With Ship Visits, Events May 24-30

May 24, 2017
Fleet Week

Lt. Commander Cameron Ingram of the USS Zephyr, a 2004 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, with Rear Admiral James A. Helis, USMMA Superintendent and Mrs. Helis. For the first time, US Navy Vessel has come to USMMA for Fleet Week New York © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com

Fleet Week is underway in New York City, May 24-30, and for the first time, the US Navy has brought one of its ships, the USS Zephyr, to US Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, Long Island.

Ships are positioned in all five boroughs, and in most cases are open to public to visit, and there are events in locations as far flung as Eisenhower Park, Nassau County, Long Island to Liberty State Park in New Jersey. (See below for schedules and locations.)

Tied up at the same pier as the Kings Pointer, the Zephyr is a fast, nimble Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship with guns forward and aft, capable of speeding through the waves at 35 knots that is used mainly to interdict and capture drug runners, mainly in the Caribbean Sea. Just last month, the ship captured 750 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $22.5 million, and the month before, 900 kilos worth $30 million. We get to walk through the ship, up to the control room, through the mess and into where the 28 crewmembers sleep in bunks (more like shelves) three high. The ship accommodates up to 40, with Coast Guard members and other specialists who come along.

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Lt. Commander Cam Ingram shows the control room of the USS Zephyr, a Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Zephyr is commanded by Lt. Commander Cam Ingram, a 2004 graduate of the USMMA, and it isn’t really a coincidence that the ship is here for Fleet Week (as opposed to the Bronx). He said he was grateful to be back, and recalled that when he first entered Kings Point, he could see the Twin Towers; by the time he left, they were gone. While among the service academies, the Merchant Marine (the only one of the service academies that flies the battle standard for the cadets it lost in battle during World War II), offers its graduates a lot more options in terms of how they fulfill their service. All graduate with Coast Guard licenses and can go into the US Naval Reserves and many go from here into commercial shipping, the merchant marine as well as the armed forces. Ingram went immediately into the US Navy.

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Lt. Commander Cam Ingram is justifiably proud of the awards the USS Zephyr has won, including the big “E” for winning 2016 “best in class” © 2017 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

We get to see the tattered flag that marks how the ship survived the fury of Hurricane Matthew this past year, which hit directly at its homeport of Mayport, Florida.

He took over command of the Zephyr a year ago – during which the ship earned the coveted best-ship in its class honor – and already knows his next posting, in the Pentagon.

For Fleet Week, visiting the ship, which is tied to the same pier as the academy’s Kings Pointer training ship, is by invitation – groups like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and sea cadets have been invited.

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The USS Zephyr tied up at the US Merchant Marine Academy pier along with the Kings Pointer © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

There are many more ships that can be toured (they are positioned in all five boroughs), activities and performances, including at Eisenhower Park, Nassau (see schedules and listings below).

Fleet Week, taking place May 24-30, is the largest event of its kind, with five US Navy ships, four US Naval Academy (USNA)  Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and one Royal Canadian Navy ship, some 3,700 sailors, marines and Coast Guardsmen and a total of some 135 events.

Ship and pier locations include:

Manhattan, Pier 88: • Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), from Norfolk, Virginia. USS Kearsarge will be embarking several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Manhattan, Pier 92: • Legend-class cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753), from Charleston, South Carolina • Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: (Vessels will depart Saturday, May27) • Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland • Oceanographic research ship RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), from Woods Hole, Massachusetts Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: • Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), from Norfolk, Virginia • Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), from Norfolk, Virginia

Homeport Pier, Staten Island: • Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), from Mayport, Florida • Keeper-class cutter USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552), from Bayonne, New Jersey

Kings Point (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy): (Not open for general public tours) • Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr (PC 8), from Mayport, Florida

Bronx/SUNY Maritime College: (Not open for general public tours) • Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma (EPF 8)

Ship tours will be conducted daily throughout the week in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of USS Kearsarge, which will be closed for tours on Sunday, May 28 due to cruise ship operations.

Ship tours on Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, will be open Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now in its 29th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services.

This year, FWNY is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Naval Construction Forces’ “Seabees.”

Aviation Events Highlight Sea Services During 2017 Fleet Week New York

In support of Fleet Week New York (FWNY), the U.S. sea services will host a variety of aviation static displays to showcase the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services, May 25-29.

Public Events: (Events are free and open to the general public)

May 27:

  • 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. – Event will include U.S. Navy (USN) Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs,” USN and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) aviation static displays, personnel equipment, EOD demonstration, as well as a performance by Navy Band Northeast “Rhode Island Sound.”
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m., Homeport Pier, Staten Island, N.Y. – A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter will conduct a search and rescue demonstration over open water near the pier. During the demonstration, the helicopter crew will drop a mannequin into the water to simulate a person in distress. A rescue swimmer will then jump into the water to secure the mannequin, then both will be lifted securely back into the helicopter.

May 28:

  • Noon – 4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye, N.Y. – Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day for veterans and USMC aviation static displays.
  • Noon – 5 p.m., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. – Event will include a parachute jump by The Leap Frogs, USN helicopter demonstration with EOD fast rope, USCG search and rescue demonstration, and performances by the USCG Silent Drill Team, USMC Battle Color Detachment and Navy Band Northeast.

May 29

  • 2 – 6 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, New York – Event will feature USMC aviation static displays. • 2 – 2:30 p.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86N | Manhattan, New York – A USCG helicopter will conduct a search and rescue demonstration.
  • 4:10 p.m., Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. – During the annual New York Mets Military Appreciation Game at Citi Field, The Leap Frogs will jump into the stadium. Additionally, military personnel from all five branches will be represented on the field, the Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem. The Mets will be taking on the Milwaukee Brewers.

Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard to Hold Public Performances During Fleet Week New York

During Fleet Week New York (FWNY), Navy Band Northeast, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Silent Drill Team and Marine Corps (USMC) Battle Color Detachment are scheduled to perform at various locations, May 23-28.

Events include: (All events are free and open to the general public.)

Tuesday, May 23

  • Noon – 1:15 p.m., Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast will perform a concert in Central Park’s Naumburg Band Shell. Wednesday, May 24th
  • 1 – 1:30 p.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

Thursday, May 25

  • 9 – 9:30 a.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza | Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave.) | Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Friday, May 26

  • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform at Military Island in Times Square.
  • 8 – 9:15 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Military Island in Times Square.

Saturday, May 27

  • 2:30 p.m. (tentative), Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. – USMC Battle Color Detachment is scheduled to perform during Marine Day at Prospect Park.
  • 10 a.m. – noon, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Eisenhower Park.
  • 11 – 11:30 p.m., Intrepid, Pier 86, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86.
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m., Intrepid, Pier 86, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86.
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform at Military Island in Times Square.
  • 6 – 7:15 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Military Island in Times Square.
  • 8 – 9 p.m., Father Duffy Square (Times Square), Brooklyn, N.Y. – USMC Battle Color Detachment is scheduled to perform in Times Square in front of the TKTS red steps.

Sunday, May 28

  • 10 – 10:30 a.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan, N.Y. – USMC Battle Color Detachment is scheduled to perform at the conclusion of the Fleet Week Freedom Run.
  • Noon – 5 p.m., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. – Event will include a performance by Navy Band Northeast.
  • 4 – 5:15 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Military Island in Times Square.

For up-to-date information on all FWNY events, visit the official FWNY website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. FWNY photos can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/fleetweeknyc. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC. Follow the Seabee Commemoration at #Seabee75th.

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USAF Thunderbirds to Headline Memorial Day Weekend Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island

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USAF Thunderbirds to Headline Memorial Day Weekend Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island

May 22, 2017
12th Annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island, Memor

The US Air Force Thunderbirds return to Jones Beach to headline the Bethpage Air Show over Memorial Day Weekend, demonstrating precision flying skills © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com

The US Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the annual Memorial Day weekend Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island, flying the thrilling red, white and blue F-16s. the event takes place at Jones Beach State Park, Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, noon to 5 pm (get there early to get parking).

This year’s air show marks the return of the American Airpower Museum Warbirds, which present historic aircraft in a moving display.

A personal favorite is the GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team, a flight squadron of six vintage WWII era U.S. Navy SNJ-2 trainers . The team performs a thrilling, low-altitude, precision-formation flying demonstration filling the sky and coming from all directions (even right at each other) to provide spectators a unique viewing experience while showcasing the tactics and maneuvers utilized during training during WWII.

10th Annual Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island

Geico Skytypers demonstrate thrilling military maneuvers, including coming at each other from opposite directions and crossing so perilously close they look like they are entangled © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The airshow traditionally kicks off with a ceremonial parachute drop by a representative of the US Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights (who return later in the show for a full program), delivering the American flag to a tiny target on Jones Beach, parachuting from an altitude of 12,500 ft, at speed of 120 mph. The whole team then returns for a demonstration performance.

The line-up also includes many returning favorites, as well as some new entries:

John Klatt Airshows and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky teamed up to create a one of a kind plane, the Screamin Sasquatch, which is powered by two different engines. The plane style is a Jet Waco, first introduced by Jimmy Franklin in 1999, and is now one-of-a-kind on the air show circuit.

A perennial favorite at Jones Beach is Sean Tucker, who performs impossible feats in a specially built, one-of-a-kind, most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world, the Oracle Bi-Plane. It is a fire-breathing monster with over 400 horsepower, weighs just over 1200 pounds, has a revolutionary set of wings that use 8 ailerons instead of 4, and responds to the slightest pressure on the control stick even at 300 mph. Sean flies the aircraft backwards, straight-down, tail-first at more than 100 mph. More than half of Sean’s maneuvers are original and have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot. 

10th Annual Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island

A perennial favorite at the Bethpage Air show at Jones Beach is Sean Tucker, who performs impossible feats in a specially built, one-of-a-kind, most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world, the Oracle Bi-Plane © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

David Windmiller, Long Island’s hometown hero (from Melville), thrills spectators in his Zivko Edge 540 aircraft, built especially for aerobatics, with seemingly impossible feats at speeds of up to 220 mph that keep his peers and his fans in awe. 

Matt Chapman, flying for Embry Riddle, performs maneuvers in which he experiences as much as 9 positive Gs and 6 negative Gs. His Eagle 180 plane has parts from 3 countries. He’s also an American Airlines captain.

SUNY Farmingdale Aerospace’s Flying Rams will fly seven of their 22 college-owned aircraft in a fly-by piloted by their top academic Professional Pilot performers. The State University of New York (SUNY) Flight Center is a crown jewel of the SUNY system. 

106th Air National Guard Rescue Wing deploys worldwide to provide combat search and rescue coverage for U.S. and allied forces. They are a World-Class Team of diverse, adaptable personnel recovery focused war fighters with a mission to provide worldwide Personnel Recovery, Combat Search and Rescue Capability, Expeditionary Combat Support, and Civil Search and Rescue Support to Federal and State authorities. The 106th Air National Guard Rescue Wing provides Personnel Recovery to the state of New York. 

The Bayport Aerodrome Society, formed in 1972 is composed of aviation professionals, recreational pilots, and people interested in preserving aviation history. ​As a “living museum” they have a variety of antique aircraft flying on the field including Bi-Planes, Champs, and Cubs.

The Warrior Flight Team is a 501(c)(3) charity comprised of a team of all volunteers and assets assembled to bring rewarding career opportunities to those who have served their country and sacrificed tremendously in the process, yet still strive to give even more of themselves. 

Hint: Head down to Jones Beach on Friday May 26th from noon to– 5 pm for a full practice. It’s a great chance to catch the show with fewer crowds. (In 2016, there was near record attendance of 405,012 for the two days and some years, they have shut down the highways when the park reached capacity.)

The Bethpage Air Show takes place at Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh, NY; $10 vehicle use fee.

More information at bethpageairshow.com.

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Gatsby-esque Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island is One of NYC’s Best Events

May 15, 2017
Jazz Age Lawn Party, NYC

Charleston lesson at 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

By Karen Rubin, Dave E. Leiberman & Laini Miranda

Don your best Gatsby-era duds, picnic basket, grab the ferry to Governors Island, and be prepared to be transported back to the 1920s: the 12th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party is set for four dates: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday June 11; and Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.

There, conductor, composer, musician and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure by his Dreamland Orchestra, playing the Hot Jazz of the 1920s.

The entertainment abounds: Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society from Philadelphia, presents wry, spry, and certifiably Hot Jazz; The Dreamland Follies evoke Ziegfeld-esque grand dance routines; Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers is a fun-loving dance troupe that conjures the rebellious and exuberant spirit of Roaring ‘20s youth; Gelber & Manning Band, feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together; Queen Esther pays tribute to jazz royalty of yore and Peter Mintun is “world’s greatest piano man.”

There are fun activities as well which you can join: Charleston Dance Contest to determine who is the Bee’s Knees; Bathing Beauties and Beaus Promenade, wearing vintage swimming outfits of the age (for entry email: bluevoon@aol.com), The High Court of Pie Contest (categories include “Mom’s Best” “Best Savory ”, “Most Original” and “Hobo’s Choice”; for entry email: govislandpie@gmail.com)

Start off with dance lessons teach you the hottest dance steps of the time, like the Charleston; immortalize the day in your own Vintage Portraits-You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched on a Paper Moons; the ultimate family-friendly event also features Kidland carnival games and prizes for junior Gents and Flapperettes. There’s also a 1920s MotorCar Exhibition, where you can get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies, and Antique Gramophones that reanimate original recordings from the 1920s.

And what would a Prohibition-era, speakeasy event be without booze?  VieVité, Côtes de Provence Rosé is the official wine sponsor of the Jazz Age Lawn Party. In addition, refreshing summer cocktails feature Lejay, the official liqueur sponsor, which created crème de cassis in 1841, as well as Bootlegger 21 NY Distilleries, the official gin and vodka of Jazz Age Lawn Party, crafted in Roscoe, NY. Libations available also include ice cold beer, lemonade and soft drinks.  (Take note: you can’t bring in your own alcoholic beverages.)

New for 2017, Dreamland Gourmet Picnic Totes, featuring freshly prepared, custom ordered lunches that you receive when you enter,  complete with a chilled bottle of VieVité Rosé, and other treats! (included in all “Bee’s Knees and “Bonnie & Clyde” ticket packages).

Also available: Gourmet Picnic Market featuring fancy picnicking fare and gourmet food along with treats and snacks including ice cream, cotton candy, hot popped corn and more; the Dreamland General Store, offering picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans and assorted sundries. Plus, vintage clothing vendors and artisans, a veritable village of timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home.

This event sells out and for the first time, tickets are only available for purchase in advance. For tickets and information visit, http://jazzagelawnparty.com/. Purchase tickets at http://jazzagelawnparty.ticketfly.com/.

See photos and coverage from last year’s Jazz Age Lawn Party: 

11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island Finishes Off With Really Hot Jazz

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