fun + unusual new york city happenings // reasons to leave the island of manhattan, first stop queens!

the maker faire has come to nyc / sat (10-7) + sun (10-6) / be sure to check out the extensive schedule of events. this fair(e) is one i’ve been to in the SF area — the bazaar bizarre set up shop there (remember?) it is equal parts elementary school science fair + local craft fair, majority part awesome. [featured above: ZOORI make your own flip flops] MAKE magazine created it to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset”  admission $25/day

28th annual queens county fair / sat + sun 11-6 / where you can expect the usuals: a maize maze, pie eating contests, pig racing!, petting zoo, blue ribbon competitions, rides and of course beer and fried food admission $7

. . . now head south to brooklyn . . .

36th annual atlantic antic street festival / sunday 10-6 / rain or shine, live music on nine stages, 600 vendors of food and art – and forecasted perfect autumnal weather (68°F)

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i’d be a fool not to mention manhattan food festivals:

saturday: dumpling

sunday : apple day


nothing rekindles a love like distance — having moved back to manhattan from brooklyn about a month ago, i’m constantly appreciating pieces of the city i never before paid much attention to.

james maher shares his passion for the big apple through photography.  check ’em out

thursdays seaside summer concert series has been listed on the official site: + i didn’t think anything could beat last year’s blondie or hall & oates – but 2010 has promise . . .

july 15 neil sedaka, brenda lee
july 22 the beach boys happy together tour 25th anniversary feat. mickey dolenze
july 29 george thorogood & the destroyers w/southside johnny & the asbury jukes
aug 5 john legend
aug 12 aretha franklin

all concerts are FREE and held at asser levy / seaside park @ w5th & surf ave between coney island + brighton beach.  ride the train to awesome outdoor beachside loveliness

100 years later – coney will again boast a LUNA PARK!  modeled after the originals of 1903, an italian amusement maker, valerio ferrari,  is adding 19 new rides to coney island this summer (with more promised each year)  highlights include a giant pendulum, teacups, log flume, surfboard stimulator and roller coaster named Tickler!

read more @NYDailyNews

татианы, ночной клуб

coney by canstruction

aluminum cans were the only items used to create this cyclone, wonder wheel + parachute jump

from the sda website :

Canstruction® is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition [was] donated to City Harvest


friday july 3
approved by the I.F.O.C.E.: ringling bros.’ 3 asian elephants <currently residing by the boardwalk in coney island> will go dog for dog against 3 competitors in saturday’s famous hot dog eating contest.  yes:  nathan’s famous brings you a fully sanctioned cross-species eating tournament at 11am this friday. to learn more about the competitors, percent body weight each can consume + more: coney island fun guide.  at 48, i’m voting for minnie – the oldest contestant. plus she’s an elephant!

hangin dog

hangin dog

saturday july 4
12 noon
12 minute contest
yearly since nathan’s opened its surf ave location in 1916, the hot dog eating contest has been quite a spectacular.  only 2 years can be counted out of the fun: 1941 canceled as protest to the war in europe + 1971: canceled as protest to civil unrest and the reign of free love.

AP photo of kobayashi + chestnut

AP photo of kobayashi + chestnut

see you this weekend. happy pre-birthday america