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15:07, 24 January 2018

New York Right now: New York Nowadays: An Unusually Warm Winter Festival

New York These days: New York Right now: An Unusually Warm Winter Festival

New York Right now: New York Nowadays: An Unusually Warm Winter Festival


Excellent morning on this clear-skied Wednesday.

Here’s a riddle that some in the city are trying to solve: How do you stage a winter festival when winter is unseasonably warm?

Quick answer: technologies.

In the course of the last handful of years, Winter Jam in Central Park has turn out to be a climatological crapshoot.

The event, which typically provides sledding, snowshoeing and ski lessons to about 15,000 New Yorkers, was named off in 2012 since there was not adequate snow, and it was canceled once more 4 years later — simply because of a blizzard. Final year, the festival, billed as New York City’s “ultimate snow day,” went on with no snow at all.

“We’ve discovered to perform with what we have,” said Anthony Sama, the director for special events for the city’s Parks Division. “That implies moving forward with or with out help from Mother Nature.”

While the event utilized to rely on actual snow, the Parks Division now relies on a platoon of “snow guns” brought in from an upstate ski resort to develop artificial snow hills.

Even then, it is not easy.

To generate a hill that’s big adequate to survive warm weather and rain, the snow guns need to spray microscopic droplets of water into air that is 28 degrees, or below, for 5 days.

Winter Jam is this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., by the Naumburg Bandshell. To see how the snowscape was holding up, we stopped by the park this week. On an empty roadway, a group of 12-foot piles of snow sat glistening in the sun, protected by police-style barricades. It was the only snow around, and it wasn’t extremely fluffy.

“It has a hard icy surface from the rain, but that is covering the powder underneath,” Mr. Sama stated. On Friday, he added, a snow groomer will break up what’s left and shape it into hills of white. Ideally.

If the snow does not final until the weekend, the Parks Department has a backup program — winter-themed activities that don’t require snow: “arctic golf,” a version of miniature golf exactly where ice sculptures replace the windmills, and “arctic bowling,” typical bowling but outdoors.

With sunny skies and a predicted high close to 50, the Parks Division is also breaking out other warm-climate activities — dodge ball and shuffleboard — just in case.

Here’s what else is taking place:


Rock your shades, it’s a brilliant day.

But don’t get also comfy. It’s cooler than yesterday — the high is 39 — and you’ll want to take a warm coat.

Leave the umbrella at house.

In the News

Grandma the clown, a revered star of the Big Apple Circus, resigned right after he was accused of pressuring a 16-year-old aerialist into posing for pornographic photographs. [New York Instances]

Barry Lubin performing as Grandma the clown at the Big Apple Circus.CreditVincent Tullo for The New York Occasions

An appeals court freed a man who had been identified guilty on marijuana charges soon after a series of mishaps and court mishandlings brought on him to have to wait seven years for his trial to start. [New York Occasions]

Mayor Bill de Blasio set a target of opening up 20 of his 90 homeless shelters that were laid out in his “vision” program before the finish of 2017. Only 10 have opened. [New York Occasions]

Opening statements have been produced in the federal corruption trial of Joseph Percoco, a former friend and adviser to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. [New York Instances]

New York City has sued Huge Pharma drug organizations over the opioid crisis, joining a national campaign to hold those businesses responsible for charges connected to the epidemic. [New York Instances]

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that New York City was suing to recoup some of the charges connected with the deadly opioid epidemic.CreditAndres Kudacki/Connected Press

Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey signed an executive order aimed at loosening the state’s restrictive medical marijuana policies. [New York Occasions]

The Brooklyn district attorney, Eric Gonzalez, has formed a committee of a lot more than 50 criminal justice professionals in hopes of sustaining his predecessor’s legacy of reform. [New York Instances]

In “About New York,” the columnist Jim Dwyer contemplates how the feud in between the governor and the mayor is holding New York City back. [New York Instances]

Wyatt Tee Walker, a Harlem leader and chief of employees to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., died at 88. [New York Instances]

The city has selected four artists who will work with various agencies to develop projects and use public art projects to address social troubles affecting the city. [New York Occasions]

Following her function was absent from New York stages for 17 years, the Japanese choreographer Kei Takei returned to speak about Juilliard, strategy and discovering dance in nature. [New York Times]

An inmate at Rikers Island allegedly referred to as for medical help for almost an hour ahead of the employees responded, 5 days just before his death. [New York Everyday News]

The soldier who gave his life rescuing other individuals in the deadly Bronx fire last month will have a street named after him. [PIX 11]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Thank You for Your Service

For a international appear at what’s taking place, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Break a sweat, and relax, at a meditative yoga class, at the Poe Park Visitor Center in the Bronx. 9:30 a.m. [Cost-free]

Bring your existential inquiries to the Ask a Philosopher booth at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. Noon to four p.m. [Free of charge]

The author Vanessa K. Valdes discusses her book “Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Occasions of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg” at the Schomburg Center for Analysis in Black Culture in Harlem. six:30 p.m. [Cost-free]

Discover how to make fish soup with lemongrass and tomatoes at a Lao cuisine cooking class at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Small Neck, Queens. 7 p.m. [$24]

The graphic artists R. Sikoryak and Sasha Matthews discuss graphic literature at Book Culture on the Upper West Side. 7 p.m. [Free of charge]

Alternate-side parking remains in impact till Feb. 12.

For a lot more events, see The New York Times’s Arts &amp Entertainment guide.

And Ultimately…

The performers are ready to go.CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Instances

The Off Broadway Alliance has kicked off its biannual 20at20 promotion, which delivers theatergoers $20 tickets to most Off Broadway shows by way of Feb. 11.

Among the 27 productions supplying discounted tickets are a handful of New York Times Critic’s Picks.

• “Avenue Q,” a musical puppet show for adults, won the Tony for Very best Musical in 2004, besting “Wicked” in a enormous upset. Even through its numerous iterations, from Off Broadway to Broadway and back, it has charmed our critic Ben Brantley, who wrote that “pretty much anyone who remembers arriving in New York, fresh from college, without a trust fund or a sugar daddy (or momma), will locate grounds for identifying with these rudderless figures onstage.”

• “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns reopened at the finish of last year at the SoHo Playhouse. “Plays do not get much gayer than ‘Bright Colors,’” our critic wrote. “Set poolside, this 80-minute evening is essentially an audience with Gerry, who suffers from a significant case of ADHD, throws back cocktails as if they were cleansing juices, possesses a voluminous expertise of pop culture (who is Shannon Elizabeth, anyway?), wields an acerbic wit that could flay you at 50 paces and has no off button.”

• “Drunk Shakespeare. The conceit right here is easy: A truncated version of a Shakespeare classic is performed while one particular cast member takes shots. Our critic wrote that what sets “Drunk Shakespeare” apart from other productions exactly where actors are impaired “is that alcohol is not the primary character. It is a lot more like an enabler, allowing the actors (sober and drunk) to take all sorts of liberties with Shakespeare, but skillfully.”

You can see a list of the other discounted Off Broadway productions and read our evaluations right here.

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Published at Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:36:53 +0000

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