Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Street Art

Finally spotted one of Roa's pieces on the way to Smorgasburg on Saturday:
These are pretty sweet, too:

Coney Island

Just came across these neat old pix of Coney Island in the 1960s and 1970s. Glad to see that some things never change:
Fourth of July weekend on the boardwalk. The Coney Island Dancers(warning, this link has disco music) were just getting warmed up, so much so that the man in the sweaty business pants ripped off his shirt and poured bottled water over his head just like Flashdance, only sweatier.
He's a maniac on the boardwalk!
Stars and stripes forever:
Freaks and geeks:
A Coney Island classic:
Soaring high above the other rides is the Scream Zone Sling Shot ride. You couldn't pay me a million dollars to try it. Well, maybe you could...
What the?! Furries? In this heat!!!
King of the Coney Island Dancers. On Fourth of July...
...and a few weeks later:
Hot wheelz:
Old-school signage:
Taken from the pier. The beach crowds were off the hook. Nothing but sun worshippers and umbrellas for miles and miles:
What a catch!:
Lifeguards in action. Luckily this was a false alarm. Signs all over the pier say No Diving and No Swimming. The lifeguards (the guys to the right in orange) make anyone who ignores the signs (the guy on the left) swim back to shore and get out of the water.
The swim of shame.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

She's Got the Power: A Girl Group Extravaganza

Rock-n-roll's original bad girl Ronnie Specter rocked the house Saturday night with The Ronettes' classics "Walking in the Rain," "Be My Baby," and "The Best Part of Breaking Up"--and Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black."
That's Ronnie in red. Yep, that's Paul Shaffer on keyboards and Steven Van Sandt (wearing his trademark headscarf of course) far left on acoustic guitar.

She wasn’t the only girl-group diva bringing the crowd to their feet at Lincoln Center's She's Got the Power: A Girl Group Extravaganza. Lesley Gore, LaLa Brooks and their backup singers knocked it out of the ballpark with their performances of "Going to the Chapel," "And Then He Kissed Me," and many more chart-toppers from the 1960s.
 LaLa Brooks of The Crystals

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of Lesley Gore. Guess I was just too mesmerized by her performance of "You Don't Own Me" to get out my camera. Go here to see what I'm talking about!