Music Under the Stars Presents Musical Powerhouse, Kaissa

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Tomorrow, July 16, Waterside Plaza’s Music Under the Stars Concert Series is proud to present Kaissa, a Congolese musical powerhouse with “soaring vocal talents and irresistible African-inspired songs.” The concert is from 7PM to 9PM, and as always FREE and open to the public.

Full-Sun Manhattanhenge Sunset Returns

manhattanhengePhoto: Manhattanhenge 2012. Source: designyoutrust.com

If you missed the year’s first Manhattanhenge in May, you have another chance! Tonight, July 11, around 8:20PM, the sun will align perfectly with the Manhattan city grid gloriously “illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid.” We here at Waterside Plaza are perfectly positioned to see this rare phenomena as the best place to see the show is by standing far east along the major cross streets of 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd or 57th Streets.

ManhattanhengePhoto: Manhattanhenge with full sun on the horizon, July 2012. Source: stonehengenyc.com

The term “Manhattanhenge,” coined by scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, refers to England’s Stonehenge, where the summer solstice sun rises in perfect alignment with the large circle of pre-historic rocks. According to Tyson, due to our horizontal grid framed by tall buildings, “Manhattanhenge may just be a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe.” If you miss it today, you still have another chance tomorrow night. 

manhattenhenge-nycPhoto: Bathed in light at Manhattanhenge. Source: pomponline

 

 

 

Free Sunset Yoga in July & August

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If you find yoga relaxing, try yoga at a riverside urban oasis as the sun sets over New York City. Waterside Plaza’s uber popular FREE sunset yoga classes return this summer–classes are held on the Plaza deck every Tuesday, 6:30PM, through July and August, 2014. All are welcome!

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

 

Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" at Waterside Plaza

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Previous performance of Shakespeare on the Plaza, 

Forget Shakespeare in the Park; try Shakespeare on the Plaza. No need to waste a beautiful Saturday waiting on a long line for a chance to win free Shakespeare tickets. This Saturday, June 28, 5PM, Waterside Plaza presents a FREE sunset performance of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy “Taming of the Shrew” reinterpreted in post-WWII America by the talented cast of Random Access Theatre. All are welcome and limited seating is available. Bring a chair/blanket and friends–plenty of space for all on our 2-acre Plaza!

Music Under The Stars Presents The United Nations Singers

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The United Nations Singers perform on the Plaza

Waterside’s international community may be 40 years strong but we’ve got nothing on the United Nations Singers, performing on the Plaza tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, at 7PM. The U.N. Singers have acted as the U.N.’s unofficial musical “goodwill ambassadors” since their founding in 1947. Made up of staff and former U.N. staff, the Singers come from nearly 30 countries (roughly half of the resident countries represented at Waterside!) and perform a beautiful repertoire of choral music and folk songs with the goal of spreading a message of harmony through music. As all Music Under the Stars concerts, this event is FREE and open to the public.

Midsummer Night Swing 2014 Exclusive Admission

Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center.

Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center. Source: thenigo.com

If you’re a fan of Waterside’s popular Dancing Under the Stars summer events, you may also be interested in Time Out New York‘s exclusive $30 admission to opening night of New York City’s biggest dance party, Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, Tuesday, June 24, 6-10PM. Ticket includes admission to the dance lesson, 6:30-7:15PM, and of course, an atmosphere of great music and dancing under the stars with the best performers in jazz, lindy hop, and swing.

Music Under the Stars, June 18: Multi-National Latin Jazz Band!

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The talented musicians of Cocomama

Bringing the fire to Music Under the Stars 2014, Wednesday, June 18, 7 – 9PM, Latin jazz orchestra Cocomama is an all-female, multi-national powerhouse! The members hail from 6 countries and sing in three languages, besides playing a wide range of instruments from piano to congas. With musical influences from all over the world, including Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Caribbean and South American traditions, these musicians create beautiful and original global music. As one of the most international communities in New York City (residents from over 62 countries!), these ladies are really singing our tune. As always, this concert is FREE and open to the public. There will also be a wine and beer cash bar at Robbins Nest Cafe on the Plaza.

June 2014 Xia Spa Specials

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Great deals at Xia Spa this month, including Xia’s luxurious mani/pedi combo for only $26–which you’d know is a serious bargain if you’ve ever had the pleasure of her attentive and immaculate work. Don’t take our word for it; check out her rave reviews on Yelp!

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments.

Waterside Plaza Music & Dancing Under the Stars Opening Night!

George Gee Orchestra on the Plaza, 2014

George Gee Orchestra on the Plaza, 2013

We couldn’t be prouder to kick off another season of our beloved Music Under the Stars concert series Wednesday, June 11, 7-9PM, with a band that’s been swinging down the house on the Plaza stage for 25 years, George Gee Orchestra, a big band with too many big names to list! Performing with them is another Waterside favorite, award-winning Lindy Hop group, Syncopated City Dance Company. We’ve got a big stage perfect for social dancing so bring your friends and your dancing shoes.

Syncopated Dance teaches everybody the shim sham, 2013

Syncopated Dance teaches everybody the shim sham, 2013

As with all Waterside Plaza concerts, this event is FREE and open to the public and children are very welcome–we will be offering free face painting for children throughout the night.

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Waterside Plaza kids in their party face paint, 2013