Every year the Hot 97 SummerJam invites dozens of hip-hop's biggest names for a blowout concert at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. 2017 is no exception with artists from Lil Yachty to Fat Joe heading to East Rutherford on Sunday, June 11. There's no Kendrick Lamar or Nicki Minaj topping the bill this year (that honor goes to ...Chris Brown), there's still plenty of good young talent, including D.R.A.M., Migos and NYC based acts like A Boogie, Dave East and Jidenna. In recent years, SummerJam has overlapped with fellow NYC fest Governors Ball, but this time around that's not the case. (It will, however, clash with the last day of Northside Festival across town in Williamsburg.) Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at noon. Check out the full lineup below, and keep in mind, SummerJam is a sure bet for plenty of special guests. Hot 97 Summer Jam Stadium StageChris BrownFat Joe & Remy MaMigosDesiignerDJ Khaled & FriendsTrey SongzFrench Montana & FriendsTory LanezJoey Bada$$Funk Flex & FriendsKonshensCharly BlackJidennaFaith Evans Presents 20 Years Of B.I.G. Hot 97 Summer Jam Festival StageYoung M.AA BoogieDon QDave EastLil YachtyD.R.A.M.Pnb RockCasanovaPhresher
The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway circles the borough like a verdant crown. For 32 miles, there’s an almost seamless stretch of bike lanes, greenery and killer views between city and the water that surrounds it. The biggest asterisk in that “almost,” however, has long been the East Side and its space-hogging FDR highway. Now, that asterisk is about to get a bit smaller. Mayor de Blasio announced plans today to significantly narrow the glaring gap in East Side waterfront park space between 41st and 62st Streets. The city will spend $100 million to construct an esplanade stretching from 53rd to 61st Streets. Construction will begin in 2019 and the project is expected to take three years to complete. The pathway, which includes bike lanes, will be built over water and supported by pilings. Check out renderings of the new waterfront green space, opening in approximately 2022, below. Rendering: Courtesy NYC Mayor's Office Rendering: Courtesy NYC Mayor's Office Rendering: Courtesy NYC Mayor's Office
★★★★ The leftist German cultural critic Walter Benjamin remains best known for his enormously influential essay on photography, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” But his magnum opus, The Arcades Project, on which he worked for more than a decade, was left incomplete when he committed suicide in 1940 while fleeing the Nazis. What survives is a collage-like text that intersperses Benjamin’s writing with quotations from other authors. It centers on the covered pedestrian “arcades”—proto-shopping-malls—of 19th-century Paris as a meditation on the origins of the modern era. Walead Beshty, American Passages, 2001–2011 Courtesy the artist and Regen Projects, Los Angeles, © Walead Beshty The Jewish Museum’s exhibition evokes Benjamin’s unfinished tome and extrapolates from it, grouping works of contemporary art under his thematic chapter headings—or “convolutes”—and filling the walls with appropriated texts, compiled and artfully typeset by the poet Kenneth Goldsmith. The project, like Benjamin’s, is hugely ambitious and rather esoteric, but almost surprisingly, it never runs off the rails to become academic, pretentious or dull. Curators Jens Hoffmann and Shira Backer deserve credit for their tight orchestration, which makes the show like a good book: It takes time and a lot of reading, but the experience proves entrancing. Nicholas Buffon, Katz’s Delicatessen, 2017 Will Ragozzino/SocialShutterbug.com, courtesy of the artist and Cal
Though today's weather may seem to indicate the opposite, Summer in NYC is indeed approaching, which means that you and your friends will be clawing through hoardes of New Yorkers to hit some of the city's best pools. But one project is looking to top the rest by giving you the chance to swim in the Hudson River—just like you always dreamed of doing, right? +POOL, a plus-shaped swimming arena, intends to float on the East River and provide guests with over 600,000 gallons of clean water filtered from the river daily. Sounds pretty imaginative, right? That's because for now, that's all it is. Launched as a Kickstarter in 2011, +POOL has returned almost every year with new plans and pledges, and has so far raised over $40,000. Now, they've partnered with Heineken for more fundraising. If +POOL gets 100,000 pledges, the beer giant will donate $100,000. Considering the project will require an estimated $15 million to happen, they're going to need a lot more pledges. Still, if you're looking to experience a swimming pool unlike any other in your lifetime, than this pledge might be for you. Photograph: Courtesy Friends of +POOL
As part of this week’s cover story on the xx, which chronicles the ups and downs that led to the British pop sensation’s sunny new sound, we chatted with some big-name mutual admirers about the group. See what Robyn, Florence Welch and Savages’ Jehnny Beth have to say about the outfit, which is hitting Forest Hills Stadium in Queens for two alfresco shows next month. And if you’re thirsting for more outdoor gigs, consult our guides to SummerStage, Governors Ball and Panorama. "We took the xx with us on their first tour. They must have still been teenagers. I was a bit worried we were going to corrupt them. There was a lot of heavy drinking—lots of tequila and bruises and Lady Gaga’s first record. But they were game, and it was so much fun. Even back then, they had a very special presence onstage, and I was always a bit jealous of their ability to use restraint and fragility as power. It’s something I’m still working on! They’ve retained their grace and kindness while growing into themselves musically. Their shyness has become a well-deserved, quiet confidence."—Florence Welch, Florence and the Machine "I first met Romy [Madley Croft] at Coachella. She was a fan and came to speak with me after the show. We bonded over our experiences as musicians and songwriters but also life stuff. We became close really quickly. Romy is a rock girl. As a teenager, she was a fan of Peaches and Brody Dalle of the Distillers. We share a lot of favorite music, but we also have very opposite ta
NYC's opera scene is at its most open and inviting in decades, and nobody seems as anxious to tear down the imaginary walls keeping novices out of the halls as the New York Opera Festival. Now in its second year, the fest isn’t even stopping at the halls, as it brings productions to playgrounds and bars, a neighborhood garden and a converted garage. Through June 23, 20 companies in will stage 28 different productions throughout the city, and usually on the cheap. There will nearly be a soprano in distress on every street corner. Here are the shows not to miss. Flash OperasThe composer collective Experiments in Opera put on some wildly innovative new works over the past several years. This weekend it offers a half-dozen new operas, none more than 15 minutes long. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway. May 5 at 8pm; $25. L’Elisir d’AmoreGaetano Donizetti’s 1832 comic romance sees two productions during the fest: first, a full staging by Regina Opera Company in May, and in June, an immersive outdoor rendition in which elementary school kids are guided through the writing, designing, costuming and performance of the work. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 5902 Sixth Ave, Brooklyn. May 10 at 11am; free preview. May 13, 14, 20, 21 at 3pm; $26. · P.S. 129 playground, 425 W 130th St. June 15 at 11am; free. Fireworks and Lady Bird Hunter Opera Theater presents a double bill of premieres: Kitty Brazelton’s speculative work about aliens landing on the Fourth of July and Henry Mollicone’s telli
A new app launched in NYC this week that allows you to book luxury hotel rooms for just a New York minute. The service, called Recharge, is currently working with 16 hotels in the NYC area including The Pierre, W New York, The Knickerbocker and 1 Hotel Central Park. It already has partnerships with 15 hotel properties in San Francisco. But what, you're probably thinking, could you possibly do in a luxury hotel room that you’re only occupying for a few hours? In the press release announcing their launch, a few possible situations are mentioned, including “on-the-go families” and “local commuters” as well as “red-eye fliers” and “business” “travelers.” Wow, those all sound like really great reasons. There’s no minimum stay required for a guest using Recharge to book a room, though some have a minimum amount you need to spend. The average guest stay is approximately two hours. Rooms start at $.83/minute (plus 14.75 percent lodging tax) and can be as high as $2/min depending on the hotel and how much you’re trying to impress someone. And by “someone” we of course mean your on-the-go family. For the full list of properties that are now renting rooms through the new service, visit Recharge.co or download the app at Recharge.co/app.
Although a Virginian by birth, George Washington has myriad associations with New York City, the most obvious of which include the uptown neighborhood, downtown park and bridge to New Jersey that bear his name. But soon, New Yorkers are going to be given an entirely new—and revealing—perspective on the Father Of Our Country when a nude statue of him comes to The Frick Collection next month as part of the exhibition, “Canova’s George Washington,” opening May 22. Antonio Canova, George Washington, gesso, 1818, Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova, Possagno Fabio Zonta The Canova in the title refers to the Italian Antonio Canova (1757-1822), who is considered to be the greatest sculptor of the late 18th- and early 19th centuries. Back in 1816, North Carolina commissioned Canova to sculpt the nation’s first President for its State House at the suggestion of our third President, Thomas Jefferson—who, besides being a slaveholder and author of the Declaration of Independence, had a keen appreciation for the Neo-Classical aesthetic at which Canova excelled. Canova’s Monument to George Washington was unveiled in 1821 and true to form, it depicts the Founding Father as Roman statesman. Unfortunately, the sculpture was destroyed in a fire a decade later, though Canova’s full-scale plaster model of it survived. Antonio Canova, Modello for George Washington, c. 1817, plaster, Gypsotheca e Museo Antonio Canova, Possagno Franca Coin That piece serves
Anyone who’s driven out of NYC via the Lincoln Tunnel knows it can be less like driving and more like dying a torturous, unmoving death. That’s why the city will be turning 11th Avenue into a two-way street in an attempt to cut back on traffic for bridge-and-tunnel commuters. This week, construction began on 11th Avenue between 34th and 37th streets. The avenue should be open for two-way traffic soon, and there will also be a new left-turn lane from 34th Street onto 11th Avenue. And yes, you should be excited: The entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel is one of the most congested streets in the country and traffic is actually moving slower than ever this year, so this update is very, very needed.
Governors Ball, the outdoor music fest that'll bring Lorde, Chance the Rapper and a slew of other acts to NYC's Randalls Island, will be here on June 2–4. Are you ready? In addition to the open-air fiesta, GovBall has a full lineup of associated shows billed for venues around NYC. Ostensibly, these "after dark" gigs serve as a post-festival nightcap (though in our experience, no after-party is as good as your own bed). Still, the chance to see the Avalanches play a dreamy set inside Brooklyn Bowl or to party with Charli XCX (who we recently interviewed) at intimate Williamsburg club Schimanski is nothing to scoff at. And good news for those hoping to stretch out their GovBall experience for a few extra days: a bunch of the gigs happen before the festival (like Charles Bradley and Tove Lo, both on Thursday, June 1) and after it (like Franz Ferdinand and Skepta the following week), giving you plenty of time to see their GovBall sets, make it to these shows and still get some shut-eye. The full lineup of GovBall After Dark is below: Tickets for those shows go on sale Thursday, April 27 at noon (with a presale for Citi Cardmembers happening now). Go to Time Out's tickets page to buy single-day and weekend GovBall tickets, and visit the festival’s official website for more information. Governors Ball After Dark lineup June 1Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires @ Brooklyn BowlTove Lo @ Irving Plaza June 2Car Seat Headrest @ Webster HallMUNA @ Brooklyn BowlRoosevelt