Thursday, June 16, 2011

Free movies and music Thursday nights in Tompkins Square Park


Over at The Villager, Scoopy notes that there will be free music-movie nights in Tompkins Square Park on Thursday evenings this summer. As Scoopy reports: "The movies start at sundown, with live music — by bands of all ages — about an hour before. There will also be poetry, raffle prizes to benefit the Lower Eastside Girls Club, dance, live art, pizza and a mini merry-go-round."

And the list of movies:

June 30 — Raging Bull
July 7 — Coming to America
July 14 — The Warriors
July 21 — Star Trek
July 28 — Arthur
Aug. 4, — Pope of Greenwich Village
Aug. 11 — Kickass
Aug. 18 — Rosemary’s Baby
Aug. 25 — The Godfather
Sept. 1 — Stake Land

You can read Scoopy's column for all the details and sponsors...

23 comments:

esquared said...

i'm dressing up as hi-hat member for the warriors screening

also, on a couple of fridays, there two french films at tsp -- godard's contempt starring bardot (ooh la la) and tati's mr. hulot's holiday, are showing on june 24 and july 1, respectively, part of films on the green festival

Marty Wombacher said...

I may have to take August 18th off from work to go see Rosemary's Baby in the park. "To 1966: the Year One!"

Christopher said...

That's great news. I've never seen Pope of Greenwich Village. Can't wait.

EV Grieve said...

Good to know – thanks, Esquared.

glamma said...

awesome. thanks for the post!

BagelGuy said...

Yikes, the Warriors! I grew up very close to where the scene in that pic was shot. I was about 8 years old in '79 , forever looking over my shoulder, terrified that the Fury's or the Gramercy Riffs were going to jump out of nowhere and get me. May just skip that one ;-/

EV Grieve said...

@BagelGuy

How about the Punks? ... in their roller skates, denim overhauls and rugby shirts. Like getting attacked by extras in "Dazed & Confused."

Goggla said...

Awesome, these are all great movies.

Melanie said...

Sounds great!!Thanks for the info EVG.

Spike said...

Can you dig it!?

Julio said...

I might make the trip down town from the bronx to watch my favorite movie the warriors.

chris flash said...

Bagel Guy: I heard that the producers had to pay off Coney gangs in order to ensure peace and that the actors were restricted as to where they could wear their colors, lest the gangs feel that their turf was being disrespected.

If those gangs were still about, perhaps re developer scum like Joe Sitt/Thor Equities would think twice before demolishing Coney's landmarks in order to build luxury housing....

BagelGuy said...

Could be true. At 8 or 9 years old I wasn't concerned with such things. Only knew I was scared to death of those guys and the Son of Sam :-)

Shawn Chittle said...

Kudos on this list. It's pretty good.

While I love The Warriors, I feel it is now the go-to NYC oldie movie. It's been done to death. "Wild Style" was suffering from this as well, but at least it has the old East River Park amphitheater in it.

Here's a list to try for next year, with actual LES scenes!

1. Downtown 81 (All over; includes locals Jean-Michel Basquiat and Debbie Harry)

2. Ragtime (East 11th)

3. Mary & Max (E. Houston St)

4. Once Upon a Time in America (Filmed partly in Brooklyn just over the water but set in LES, you'd never know the diff.)

5. The Naked City (all over, climax scene on Williamsburg bridge!)

6. Sidewalks of NY (All over. Includes local Rosario Dawson)

See you at the movies!

Anonymous said...

@Chris Flash - agree - What about scum like Ben Shaoul and Westbrook Associates the landlords for 165/167 Ave. A and 15 other buildings in the neighborhood.

chris flash said...

Same thing....unfortunately, the trade-off is high crime, no services (garbage removal, police patrols, etc), property neglect to keep yuppie hordes out and life here affordable. Once they started cleaning things up on the LES, it was known that they weren't doing so for the people here, but rather to pave the way for the gentrification to come....

Ewing said...

Surprised to see Kick-ass on here. It's probably the worst attempt at filming in other cities and calling it NYC I've ever seen. Maybe that's the joke of showing it. If so, funny.

Anonymous said...

Well Phil Hartman is one of the sponsors. You know it's funny how he decided to wait until June to reapply for a liquor license at 34 avenue A. He just won't quit. People have been so gracious to support his restaurants. People who know him came out at the previous CB3/SLA meeting where he was denied, and said that they like and appreciate his pizza but that because of his buying and selling of businnesses that they feel that he should back down. People who live on A feel as if they have been bombarded with nightlife establishments that have been unfairly pushed for one after another. What makes him different than any other opportunist? Nothing, as a matter of fact he's more offensive because of his past. No respect.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 11:52 - yeah what's up with that. Him, the bagel guy and the guy with the icys all seem to just want to cash-in on the 24hour party that is Ave A now and show no love for residents.

Vivienne said...

Wow. This is a stellar list of movies! Excited!

chris flash said...

Hey AnonymASSes 11:52am + 1:56pm:

Why is Phil Hartman not worthy of a liquor license simply because he is a successful business man? At least he gives something back to the neighborhood (among other things, he started the HOWL Festival as a non-corporate event).

The "Community" Board has NO right to recommend against an established neighborhood businessman with a CLEAN record, while approving liquor licenses for their friends, relatives and business associates. That board is DIRTY and EVERYone knows it!!

Anonymous said...

What wound up happening was that the Community Board and SLA handed out too many liquor licenses which went against policy. There are particular rules about how many licenses an area can have that include zoning, residential vs. commercial use, density issues, etc.. CB members who are in nightlife lobby for nightlife establishments as well as for tourism regardless of the rules and regardless of the credentials of the applicant. It's all about the money for them and plugging for other members who are in the New York Nightlife Association. They have to do it. It's kind of a very right wing pro business stance where the people/residents come last and are dispensable. It's all about the money. Many of the CB3/SLA committee members are also on land use, supporting new construction, i.e. hotels, luxury buildings, demolitions, etc. because it's all about supporting business ventures and aiding their own businesses.

Ave A was designated as a resolution area because of an over saturation of bars lounges and restaurants. Lots of applicants have gotten through because they pitched themselves as a restaurant, then turned into a bar, lounge or whatever. Other applicants have gotten through because they are friends of David McWater or one of the other CB3 bar/lounge owners. The situation that we are in now is out of control with bar after bar after lounge after bar restaurant after bakery bar. Now we have a bunch of screaming idiots flooding the neighborhood pulling up in party buses and business people wanting to open up bars and restaurants right and left to take advantage of the new trendy tourist spot. Many long time East villagers have been forced to relocate because of the situation and in many cases landlords actually use the bars, restaurants and lounges in order to rid the buildings of long time tenants. Now the new trend is to open 24 hr. eateries that cater to the nightlife crowd.

Anonymous said...

As for Mr. Hartman people dislike him because he screwed them over, over and over again and now they don't trust him at all. He's a businessman first and a poor one at that. He actually owned 34 Ave A and brought us Mo Pitkins. He then sold the building liquor license and business for a profit to Aces and Eights. There was also the Pioneer Theater which failed, a video store, a restaurant, etc...as well as other business ventures like the Two Boots Bar on the LES which people did not want and he sold. People are really pissed! Theres a lot of information about why people are fed up with him from older posts for 34 Ave A - the former Aces and Eights.

Now Mr. Hartman still wants to open up at 34 Ave A even after he was denied at the last CB meeting, even after long time neighbors and residents came out against it stating that they appreciated the pizza and supported him over the years as patrons of Two Boots. The last go around for 34 Ave A he and his partners tried to pull a media stunt to coerce people. This time they did the opposite which is that they have been clandestine with underground politicking, giving money to the Girls Club and elsewhere, showing his face at events and doing whatever to make himself look good. These applicants, trying to make it like the people in opposition are a bunch of philistines is about as manipulative as it gets. Mr. Hartman had the nerve at the last meeting to say he lives on the worst block because of the proliferation of bars. Now how manipulative is that. Why didn't he come out and do something about it. Not for him. Let the other people in the neighborhood, the stupid activist - Allen Ginsberg types - do all the work, have sleepless nights, go to meetings, write letters, stand up and speak, etc., etc., etc. I think that Allen Ginsberg would be very proud of them.

The line up according to CB3's website is now Phil Hartman, Todd P., Mike House and celebrity chef Jeremy Spector of the Brindle Room. It is my opinion that they are no different than any other opportunist wanting to open up a nightlife establishment in this neighborhood. As far as I'm concerned they primarily want their name in lights and want to secure a place and name for themselves in the East Village.