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New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks Return June 14-17

June 8, 2022
Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. The beloved concert series, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, returns after a two-year COVID-hiatus, for four free concerts in the parks plus one in Staten Island, June 14-17 and June 19, 2022 © Karen Rubin/

The 2022 New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, will take place June 14–17, 2022, marking the return of the beloved series following two years of cancellations due to the pandemic. Music Director Jaap van Zweden conducts four free outdoor concerts, which take place at Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (June 14); the Great Lawn in Central Park, Manhattan (June 15); Cunningham Park, Queens (June 16); and Prospect Park, Brooklyn (June 17). All four outdoor performances will begin at 8:00 p.m. and conclude with fireworks.

The program will include Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Bomsori Kim as soloist, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, and works by New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers: 14- year-old Naama Rolnick’s Keep Walking, and 17-year-old Alexander Rothschild Douaihy’s A Human Rhapsody.

In addition, Musicians from the New York Philharmonic will perform a Free Indoor Concert, on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., at St. George Theatre in Staten Island. Program to be announced. Tickets are free but required and will be available at a later date.

“Like so many New Yorkers, Didi and I missed tremendously the Concerts in the Parks these past two summers,” said Philharmonic Chairman Emeritus Oscar S. Schafer. “We love the parks, and we love this orchestra, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting their return. We look forward to seeing people come together in these beautiful parks across the boroughs to enjoy magnificent music performed by this virtuosic orchestra. It will truly mean that New York City is back!”

“What a joy to be returning to the Parks of New York after two years of not being able to perform for the Parks’ audiences,” said Music Director Jaap van Zweden. “Music speaks to our hearts better than any language, and the New York Philharmonic players and I cannot wait to reconnect with the thousands and thousands of people throughout the Boroughs of New York who come to the Parks to hear us.”

“We are so excited to welcome back the New York Philharmonic for the iconic Concerts in the Parks series!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “This series brings together people from all backgrounds to enjoy world class music for free, in some of our most picturesque parks — this is summer in New York at its best!”

The New York Philharmonic’s free parks concerts have become an iconic New York summer experience since they began in 1965, transforming parks throughout the New York area into a patchwork of picnickers, and providing music lovers with an opportunity to hear classical music under the stars. More than 15 million listeners have been delighted by the performances since their inception. All programs are subject to change.

Live at the Gantries Free Concert Series Begins July 10 at Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City

July 10, 2012

A performance by the Latin Jazz Coalition, Tuesday, July 10 at 7 pm, kicks off the  Live at the Gantries Free Concert Series at Gantry Plaza State Park on the Long Island City waterfront at Gantry State Plaza.

Summer 2012 heats up with six Tuesday night free outdoor concerts at Gantry Plaza State Park beginning Tuesday, July 10th. Live at the Gantries features Queens-based musicians and performers.

Live at the Gantries is a program of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, New York State Department of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation and Queens Theatre. Major sponsors are Con Edison, Pepsi Co., TF Cornerstone and NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. Additional Support provided by Green Mountain Energy, Queens West Development and RCN.

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. It has earned its name from the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges. Today they are striking reminders of the waterfront’s past. Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table.

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PortSide New York is Extraordinary Venue for Culture, Education on Brooklyn Waterfront

August 3, 2010

Union Street Preservation Society

Union Street Preservation Society performs in the TankerTunes concert series on the deck of the 1938 tanker, Mary K. Whalen, in the Atlantic Basin of Red Hook, Brooklyn © 2010 Karen Rubin/

New York City has a myriad of unusual venues for performances – from free Friday evening concerts at the American Folk Museum in Manhattan to concerts under the Westside Highway at the Boat Basin –  but one of the most unusual has just opened: a 1938 oil tanker, the Mary K. Whalen, “parked” at least for now, at PortSide New York, a newly created “bluespace” at Pier 11, Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The tanker is the setting for a summer series of TankerTunes, concerts with a water theme. The first of these, on Friday, July 30, titled “The Songs of Lewis & Clark, and Other American Roots” featured Sara Bouchard who has set portions of the journals of Lewis & Clark to folk music, and the Union Street Preservation Society blue grass string band,  featuring David Leiberman (guitar/vocals), Sara Bouchard (mandolin/vocals), Alex Borsody (dobro/banjo) and Jason Bertone (bass) (

The atmosphere is special: you walk the gangplank onto the tanker’s top deck where folding chairs are set up. You are immediately struck by a view of the Statue of Liberty, standing out from the dark of New York harbor, and every now and then, the lighted form of a Staten Island ferry gliding by. To one side are the docks where container ships are loaded, and beyond where we are tied up, is where the Queen Mary, one of the largest ships in the world, takes on passengers.

During the day, this is a bustling container port. But here, on a summer night, it is mostly quiet and peaceful – except for an occasional horn – and the music of the guitar, mandolin, dobro and bass and vocals heralding the water-borne explorations of early adventurers.

The TankerTunes concerts are  just one of the many different kinds of programs that are being offered day and night at PortSide. There are also TankerTalks – readings and talks on the deck, TankerTime, which is a place to hang out on the deck; TankerTours of the historic vessel which is also a ThinkTank venue to contemplate waterfront policy and planning.

PortSide’s founder and director Carolina Salguero has a vision: “The seam between water and land should be a porous membrane with people and things coming and going across it. Not only would that make the most useful waterfront, it would also make the most interesting and fun one.”

Salguero comes to this project having been a photojournalist specializing in the waterfront, and a lifelong sailor and boatsman.

She envisions PortSide New York as a maritime hub and cultural space, providing “out-of-the-box” educational, community-based and cultural programs in various locations, including educational programs to teach marine trades.

With 600 feet of pier plus 6500 indoor space, Portside New York will host visiting historic vessels, charter and excursion boats and provide a rest area for local workboats.

The centerpiece ” is the tanker Mary A. Whalen – 172 ft. long, it was involved in a historic lawsuit which went to the Supreme Court in 1975. The ruling in “United States v. Reliable Transfer Co” established that, in marine accidents, damages should be apportioned according to blame. Before this, damages were split 50/50 regardless, and those at fault could shirk the financial consequences of their actions (something to think about after the BP/Transocean/Halliburton calamity in the Gulf of Mexico). Now, the tanker serves as an “ambassador” for BlueSpace

Salguero envisions future programs: including PortSide BlueSpace Tours, where you take a ferry form Atlantic Basin and hear professional planners and port people describe what’s doing on the BlueSpace.

PortSide New York was launched to engage with and help shape a major movement for the re-planning of New York city’s waterfront (the city’s first-ever City of Water Day was held July 24).

“Our mission is to create better use of the BlueSpace, the water, NYC’s overlooked ‘sixth’ borough. All our programs relate to water in some way.” She adds, “We were designed to be a place, not a ship.”

For more information and schedules, contact PortSide New York, PO Box 19S, Red Hook Station, Brooklyn, NY 11231, 917-414-0565,, email

–Karen Rubin/Travel Features Syndicate

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