August is upon us, which means one thing: RCN Monday Movie Nights at Waterside Plaza! Our most popular summer series, each year, we show popular feature films centered around one theme. All films are FREE and open to the public. Appropriately for a waterfront community, last year’s film theme was “Water.” Can you guess this year’s theme?
Waterside Plaza’s Music & Dancing Under the Stars 2014 closes TONIGHT, July 23rd, with an evening of Latin music and dance. From 7-9PM, popular local Latin band Nu D’Lux heat up the dance floor with their modern twist on Cuban party music. Transcending the stock music of pick-up bands, Nu D’Lux offers a unique sound that goes straight to the soul. Perfect for dancing, the infectious beat is irresistible! Arrive early, at 6:30PM, for a mini dance lesson with talented instructors from Dance on 2 Studio. Mid-show check out sizzling performances featuring Dance on 2′s professional and amateur troupes.
Bring the kids for free face painting and cotton candy, and be sure to visit the cash bar for beer, wine and assorted snacks, and keep an eye out for our upcoming Monday Movie Nights!
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.
Get your summer colors on! Great mani/pedi specials from Xia Spa this July.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments.
Photo: 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.
Photo: 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.
Photo: Bathed in light at Manhattanhenge. Source: pomponline
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.