New York Today: The Beat Goes On
The thud, thud, thud of an American Indian powwow drum will boom from Queens on Friday night and all weekend.
More than 40 tribes are gathering in the apple orchard at the Queens County Farm Museum for a dance-off, with the public invited.
New York State has one of the country’s largest populations of American Indians, according to the census.
At the powwow’s center is a giant drum, hammered by six or eight people simultaneously.
“It’s not the kind of sound you would hear in most Hollywood movies — what people think of as Native American music,” said Solomon Mendelsohn, a member of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, which is holding the powwow. “It’s not that at all. It’s the real thing.”
“The drum is considered the heartbeat of the American Indian people,” he added.
There will also be crafts and food. Proceeds go to charity.
Here’s what else you need to know to start your weekend.
New York Today:Friday and Saturday should be delightful, if overcast, sunny with highs in the low 80s. (There’s a slight chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.) Sunday is another story: mid 80s, but stormy. Click for current forecast.
COMING UP TODAY
• On the mayoral campaign trail, Anthony D. Weiner visits storm-damaged homes on Staten Island. Bill de Blasio talks about wages for workers on a Hell’s Kitchen street corner. Joseph J. Lhota addresses a synagogue congregation in Westhampton Beach, Long Island.
• At a time when marital harmony and discord have taken outsize significance in the mayoral race, William C. Thompson’s campaign for mayor released the schedule for his wife, Elsie McCabe Thompson. She is visiting a public school and a job-readiness program. Ms. Thompson is not running for public office.
• Workers at fast-food franchises in Brooklyn, including McDonald’s and Domino’s, intend to walk off the job at dinnertime, seeking better wages and conditions. [Daily News]
• Catch up on old episodes of “Breaking Bad” in advance of the TV show’s final season. The Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening a series marathon. Season 1 begins at 5 p.m. [Free]
• Watch “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” in a location that might impress Captain Kirk: the deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. There’s a space festival at the museum, too. [Free]
• Important: Ben & Jerry’s doles out free samples of new, New York City-themed ice cream from a truck at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 at 5 p.m. [Free]
• The Hunters play honky-tonk at 7:30 p.m. among the chickens at Pleasant Village Community Garden on Pleasant Avenue in Manhattan, between East 118th and 119th Streets. [Free, $5 suggested donation] There are National Moth Week festivities at the garden on Friday and Saturday nights, too.
• Free admission to the Museum of Modern Art on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., where those who brave the line can catch the “Rain Room,” which is about to close. [Free]
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
IN THE NEWS
• The owner of the popular Dumont restaurants in Brooklyn was found dead in Pennsylvania in an apparent suicide, the police said. [New York Times]
• Anthony D. Weiner now says he had online sexual exchanges with 10 women, not six. [New York Times]
• Texting while driving violations will now put five points on your license, instead of three in New York State. [Democrat and Chronicle]
• Citi Bike riders can now rent helmets for their trips. They’re sanitized. [Gothamist]
• A hilly new park is coming to Governors Island, thanks to a $15 million gift from a Google executive. [CBS]
• A Wall Street coffee cart is serving up both coffee and potential mates. [Huffington Post]
• A developmentally disabled man died on Long Island after he lashed out at police officers and was shocked with a stun gun. [NBC]
• A man who posed as a correction officer and broke into the Manhattan Detention Complex was sentenced to 10 years in prison. [New York Post]
• Hit the Bushwick Block Party from noon to 11 p.m. on Moore Street. Games, food and a charity raffle, where in true Brooklyn style, you can win a slick bike. [Free]
• Hear a sonnet in the sun at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island, all weekend, starting at 11 a.m. [Free, $10 suggested donation]
• Pogopalooza, the annual world championship for pogo stick jumping. Need we say more? Tompkins Square Park at 1 p.m. (Finals on Sunday: Union Square, 1 p.m.) [Free]
• B.Y.O. mat to free yoga on the beach in the Rockaways, Queens, at Beach 108th Street at 8 a.m. [Free]
• It’s Family Day on Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center with performances for kids starting at noon. [Free]
• Watch the Annual Coney Island Talent Show on the Boardwalk at 3 p.m. [Free]
• The Rock Steady Crew, those Bronx-bred rap superstars, perform at Central Park SummerStage at 3 p.m. [Free]
• A festival in Harlem with a fashion show and concerts celebrates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery. Throughout the day at the tomb of Ulysses S. Grant on Riverside Drive. [Free]
• The Brown Rice Family jams with jazz, afrobeat and funk on Pier 1 on the Upper West Side at 7 p.m. [Free]
• Fish are jumping and the weather is fine. Go catch and release fish on the Harlem Meer in Central Park at 10 a.m. (You can borrow a pole.) [Free]
It’s a girl … rhino.
New York Today:On Thursday night, Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo, posted a picture of the zoo’s new baby Indian rhino. It is the 13th Indian rhino to be born there since 1986, Mr. Breheny wrote on Twitter.
She’s been much anticipated: Rhinos have one of the longest gestation periods, 450 days, or roughly 15 months.
New York Today:Michaelle Bond, Mona El-Naggar and E.C. Gogolak and contributed reporting.
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