You won’t believe your ears or your pocketbooks. Queens is about to experience a streak of fantastic, free, outdoor concerts over the next five days. Listeners will be able to bring their folding chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes to Flushing, Long Island City, Queensbridge, and Sunnyside and enjoy everything from hip hop to polka to R&B. George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Chi-Lites are the biggest acts, but some performers, such as minimalist musician Florent Ghys (above), are masters of lesser-known genres.
Here is the schedule:
The Glukh Polka Band plays polkas, waltzes, and polonaises at Flushing Town Hall on July 12 at 2 pm.
There’s no place like hip-hop home. The rappers Havoc and Prodigy, who work together as the infamous Mobb Deep (above), will return to their native Queensbridge housing projects to give a free concert on July 17th as part of the NYC Parks SummerStage Presents series. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring 15 of the world’s finest soloists and ensemble players and led by Wynton Marsalis, is also scheduled to perform this month, as are Ismael Miranda, aka “El niño bonito de la Salsa,” and laid-back Washington, D.C.-based R&B vocalist J. Holiday. But the extravaganza offers more than music, as the Harambee Dance Company (below) will perform and Puppetmobile and Teatro SEA will appear as part of SummerStage Kids.
The NY Daily News reports that the residents of the Queensbridge Houses, one of the largest public housing developments in North America, will have better access to fresh, local produce, thanks to the efforts of GrowNYC and local City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. For just $10, residents can purchase a bag full of fruits and vegetables. (more…)
Why do so many people pay for the Internet when we could all be sharing? Apparently, we aren’t the only ones who have wondered this. The East River Development Alliance will be partnering with a company called KeyWiFi to help bridge the digital divide in Queensbridge through Internet sharing. The program will allow residents to use their neighbor’s WiFi networks for a low fee, and Key WiFi will take a cut for brokering the deal. The program, dubbed the Digital Futures Project, should help get low-income residents connected and may assist all of us in cutting our Internet bills in the future, according to Talking Points Memo.