Weekend Agenda 7/27-7/28

Van Cortlandt Park<br/><em>Baily Avenue at Van Cortlandt Park South</em>

photo via NYC Parks Department

This weekend, take time to enjoy some outdoor fun with friends and family.

Saturday, check out the TAMA Summerfest on Tompkins Ave in Bed-Stuy for a full day of music, art, games, readings, food and shopping. Events go from 11-4, so make sure to stop in to The Shelton for an Open House from 1-3 in between.

On Sunday, start out at Fieldston Lofts in Riverdale at the Open House from 11:30-1. Then grab a picnic lunch from some of the delicious local shops and head over to Van Cortlandt Park for The Bronx Arts Ensemble Presents: Broadway Jazz. Featuring music by the Mark Sherman quintet, Broadway Jazz will be performed from 2-3. Don’t forget to take a stroll through this picturesque park before heading home.


Weekend Agenda 7/20-7/21

Image via BLDG 92 

Saturday, start out at BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. July 20th will be the Summer edition of the Seasonal Photography Tours, so bring your camera for a tour of the facilities, including the WWII-era pier, the Naval Hospital and Wallabout Bay. Head over to The Shelton at 775 Lafayette Ave when your photo roll is full for an Open House from 12:30-2:30.

This Sunday, Wave Hill is hosting a Family Art Project where guests are encouraged to sketch the river landscape and the Wave Hill Aquatic Garden with paint, crayons and collage. Stroll through the gardens and Museum for more inspiration for your artwork. Afterwards, drop by Fieldston Lofts for an Open House from 3-4:30 PM to check out these expansive homes in Riverdale.

Finalists Announced in the For a Resilient Rockaway (FAR ROC) Design Competition

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Image via Brownstoner Queens

The four finalists in the For a Resilient Rockaway design competition were announced yesterday. The competition was to submit plans for the development of Arverne East in the Rockaways, which would take into account rising sea levels and severe storms, similar to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the area. There were 117 submissions from 20 countries and plans are to use the area to explore options for increasing housing needs and how to best develop the waterfront areas in the 21st Century. “…The goal is for the winning design concepts to serve as a guide for long-term planning and development strategies in New York City and other densely populated seaside communities.”

The finalists are New York Firm, Ennead ArchitectsLateral Office from Toronto, Seeding Office from London and Swedish Firm, White Arkitekter. Each finalist will receive $30,000 to further develop their proposals which will then be presented before the Design Jury made up of local community board members, architects, developers, NYC Housing Preservation and Development leaders and more.

More details here, article via Brownstoner. Full details on the project and finalists designs posted on the FAR ROC website.

Weekend Agend 7/13-7/14

Photo via Hattie Carthan Farmer’s Market

Saturday, celebrate the re-opening of the Hattie Carthan Farmer’s Market in Bedford Stuyvesant by picking up some fresh produce and local eggs. Take time to sign up for their Mixed Basket program to ensure you get the freshest local produce reserved for you each week. Afterwards, drop by The Shelton for an Open House from 12:30-2:30.

On Sunday, stop by the New York Botanical Gardens for the Naturally Curious Event for people of all ages. Activities include mixing paints and creating science notebooks. Afterwards, take a stroll through Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens to check out some of his favorite vegetables. Make sure to drop by nearby Fieldston Lofts for an Open House from 11:30-1.

Sneak Peek of the New Whitney Museum

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Photo via Architizer

Architizer took a sneak peek at the new Whitney Museum going up along the High Line. ” The new Whitney will triple the museum’s display space, allowing curators to shine light on its extensive permanent collection and experiment in what will be the largest column-free and first LEED Gold-certified art space in New York City.” The new space will open in 2015. Click here to see more construction photos and renderings of the new Whitney.