When you think of New York City, odds are that images of trees and massive fields of grass are not what come to mind. However, Manhattan’s own Central Park is one of the most well-planned and well-known city parks in America. Earlier in August, I had the pleasure of experiencing what makes this park fit in so well with its hip and happening urban surroundings: SummerStage.
SummerStage is a program that utilizes all of the parks within the five boroughs to bring music, art, and cultural experiences to the people of New York and the surrounding area. On August 7th, I stood under the stars and swayed with the summer breeze to the sounds of Jimmy Eat World. Because of the round stage, no matter where you were, you could easily see the stage. It is an intimate setting with a festival feel because of all of the food vendors, Asia Dog, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Lonestar Empire BBQ, Pizza Moto, as well as beverage stations from City Winery Wine, Blue Point, Ommegang, and Six Point. Sections of picnic tables make this venue feel casual and simple — the perfect atmosphere for a cool evening concert.
Don’t want summer to end so soon? This September, you can look forward to SummerStage concerts from Matisyahu, Rebelution, Violent Femmes, and City & Colour. Check the SummerStage website often for updates and information: http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/rumsey-playfield-events/
Photo courtesy of Michael Galpert @ Flickr: Creative Commons