For the last time this summer, you can go west coast swing dancing in Harlem. West coast swing is one of my favorite dances – sort of a cross between Lindy-style swing and salsa. It is danced to all kinds of music – R & B, pop, blues, rock, even hip-hop and country.
The event is run by Paula Wilson – an amazing dancer, in partnership with Riverside Park as part of their Summer on the Hudson programming. I saw Paula & her partner Ken Kreshtool perform at a party a couple of weeks ago at Stepping Out Studios. What a treat! I was lucky enough to get a dance with Ken, who is a terrific leader with a lot of musicality and some very smooth moves. The dancing goes from 6 pm – 9 pm this Saturday, September 28th at West Harlem Piers Park (West 125th St. and the Hudson River). Paula will teach a lesson at about 7 pm and the entire event is free. If you know West Coast, come and show your stuff; if you’ve never done the dance, come out and give it a try!
By HarlemGuy The Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show will offer stunning views on the west side between 20th and 55th Streets. This year’s show is “Gift of Freedom.” It will include a special tribute to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It will offer more than 40,000 fireworks, synchronized to a 25-minute musical performances by Beyonce, Nick Lachey and other stars are part of the lineup. Optimal viewing will be on Manhattan’s west side between 20th and 55th streets. The show starts at 9 p.m. Monday and lasts for 25 minutes, but Macy’s recommends staking out spots from 5 p.m. There are several viewing options.
Below are a few simple suggestions.
Twelfth Avenue and the West Side Highway. Beginning at 6 p.m., Twelfth Avenue and the northbound lanes of the West Side Highway from 23rd to 59th Streets will turn into a giant block party for the nation’s birthday bash. Access points will be at the following streets: 24th, 26th to 30th, 34th, 40th to 44th, 47th to 52nd, and 54th to 57th.
Hudson River Park at Pier 54 and Pier 84. These piers jut out into the Hudson River and promise phenomenal views. Pier 54, located on West Street and 13th Street, will have limited access from 14th Street, according to Macy’s website. The Pier 84 dock is located between West 44th and West 43rd streets in Midtown West. Limited access will be available at 44th Street.