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Performing in the Age of COVID​

In the 18 weeks since we started this new reality, I have missed live music almost more than sports. When I heard that my friend Frank Manzi was going to play outdoors in the Berkshires, I decided to take a ride to see if it was going to work. And I can emphatically say that yes it did.

The former home of Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, the 65,000-square-foot industrial building disappeared without a trace. Not just gone but obliterated like it had never been there. ©Mark D Phillips

Another One Bites the Dust

The former home of Alex Figliolia Water & Sewer, the 65,000-square-foot industrial building disappeared without a trace. Since 2016, the patch of graffiti on a warehouse by the Carroll Street Bridge on the bank of the Gowanus Canal welcomed visitors with the tagline ‘Welcome to Venice’ with the signature “Love Jerko.” But just like the Canal itself, it became a victim of gentrification.

New Britain Bees Manager Ray Guarino wears a mask as a player stands behind in the dugout with the whole first row over the dugout empty during their FCBL game with the Nashua Silver Knights. ©Mark D Phillips

This is sports in the age of COVID-19

As football and hockey teams prepare for a fanless experience, in New England, something approaching a return to normalcy — socially distanced and face-mask-wearing normalcy, naturally — is happening. Since June 2, the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, now in its 10th season, has been holding games, with a reduced number of fans in the seats, in six venues from New Britain, Connecticut to Nashua, New Hampshire.

Eliza Phillips on Jane's Carousel in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in building before move to the waterfront. ©Mark D Phillips

A Tribute to Jane Walentas

Jane Walentas, who passed away July 5, 2020, brought millions of memories to people worldwide when she restored “Jane’s Carousel” and, along with her husband, David, gifted the majestic glass house in Brooklyn Bridge park as its new residence. She will be missed.

THE BROOKLYN-DRIVE IN AT THE BROOKLYN ARMY TERMINAL!

THE BROOKLYN-DRIVE IN COMES TO SUNSET PARK

What could be better than a drive in movie on a pier with gorgeous views of the water and lower Manhattan? Rooftop Films’ one-of-a-kind urban drive in experience is located at the end of the scenic pier at Brooklyn Army Terminal, stretching out 1,200 feet into the Bay. Ticket prices start at $40 per car with up to five people.

Fotografiska New York will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Fotografiska reopens with new guidelines

Fotografiska New York will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, pending Phase Four of New York City’s reopening plan. Beginning with the public opening on the 29th, Fotografiska will be operating on a reduced schedule and will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 9pm, and closed Monday and Tuesday for cleaning and private tours.

Governors Island will reopen for the season on Wednesday, July 15, 2020!

Governors Island Reopening

Governors Island will reopen for the season on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, with ferries traveling from Manhattan and Brooklyn’s Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. Governors Island ferries are always free for NYCHA residents, Kids 12 and under, Seniors 65 and over, Anyone with an IDNYC, Current and former military servicemembers, and Governors Island Members.

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival: Live Everywhere

This year, the beloved BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival will be transformed into a virtual multi-platform destination designed to bring the spirit of the outdoor concert series to your home featuring Common, Yemi Alade, Questlove, and Michelle Buteau as host.