AGBC News Episode 29: The Stonewall Uprising and a Bigfoot Blimp
The latest updates on the Midtown helicopter crash and remembering a fallen Pizza Hut blimp.
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In a preliminary report, the NTSB has released details this week on the June 10th crash of a helicopter atop the AXA Equities building in Midtown.
New measles cases continue to decrease as the city's outbreak continues. In the latest data, there have been just 16 new cases reported in June 2019, down from highs in March and April of around 170 new cases per month. Combined with the outbreak in Rockland County, New York State continues to make up the largest percentage of the nationwide total, which, at 1,077 cases, has now surpassed numbers last seen 27 years ago and has become the largest outbreak seen since the disease was declared eliminated in the year 2000. As a comparison, there were only 86 cases of measles reported nationwide in 2016.
50 years ago on June 28, 1969 — Tensions between police and the gay community boil over into a revolt during an overnight raid on the Stonewall Inn — View the full schedule of the WorldPride Festival during June and plan for the Pride parade, coming up on June 30th. The parade will step off at Madison Square Park, march down Fifth Avenue and across to Stonewall, then north up Seventh Avenue to end at 23rd Street.
36 years ago on June 28, 1983 — Eight men are arrested in a $1.5 million gold heist
2 years ago on June 30, 2017 — A doctor opens fire at Bronx-Lebanon hospital
33 years ago on July 3, 1986 — The opening ceremony of Liberty Weekend begins four days of celebrations around the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary and reopening after an extensive renovation — The blimp race above the Hudson would be replicated 25 years later.
This year's Fourth of July fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge, and not just from barges in the river.
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Park of the day
- Freshkills Park Open Hours — Date: June 30, 2019
This is the AGBC Concert Calendar for the upcoming week:
- LadyLand Festival, Allie X, bottoms, Clara 3000, COI LERAY, Dorian Electra, FEE LION, Gossip, Honey Dijon, and HU DAT are playing The Brooklyn Mirage on Friday, June 28th.
- Screaming Females and Swearin' are playing Industry City Courtyard on Friday, June 28th.
- Astronoid and Infinity Shred are playing Saint Vitus Bar on Friday, June 28th.
- Liz Phair, Caroline Rose, and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are playing Prospect Park Bandshell on Saturday, June 29th.
- Adam's Atoms, Bitters and Distractions, New Lives, Sharp Violet, Steve and the Not Steves, and Stugots are playing Buckley's on Saturday, June 29th.
- Wreckless Eric is playing Union Pool on Sunday, June 30th.
- Lithics and the wants are playing Union Pool on Sunday, June 30th.
- The Rock and Roll Playhouse with Karina's Funk Revue For Kids are playing Brooklyn Bowl — 61 Wythe Avenue — Downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, June 30th at 12pm.
- NYC Pride Island is playing Pier 97 — Hudson River Greenway at W 57th Street — West Village on Sunday, June 30th at 2pm.
- Tini & DeWalta is playing Knockdown Center — 52-19 Flushing Avenue — Maspeth on Sunday, June 30th at 2pm.
- Black Label Society (18+) is playing Bowery Ballroom — 6 Delancey Street — Lower East Side on Sunday, June 30th at 6pm.
- Guaco is playing Irving Plaza — 17 Irving Place — Noho / Union Square on Sunday, June 30th at 7pm.
- Bathiya with Santhush is playing St. George Theatre — 35 Hyatt Street — St. George / Tompkinsville on Sunday, June 30th at 7pm.
- Phony Ppl (18+) is playing Mercury Lounge — 217 East Houston Street — Lower East Side on Sunday, June 30th at 7pm.
- Hillsong United with Amanda Cook are playing Madison Square Garden — 4 Pennsylvania Plaza — Midtown West / Chelsea / Hudson Yards on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7pm.
- New Kids on the Block with Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Debbie Gibson, and Tiffany are playing Prudential Center — 25 Lafayette Street — on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7pm.
- Anberlin is playing Irving Plaza — 17 Irving Place — Noho / Union Square on Saturday, July 6th at 7pm.
Thanks for listening! Find more fun things to do at agreatbigcity.com/events.
Today's fact about New York
Here's something you may not have known about New York:
- In June 2018, Citi Bike riders took an average of 65,098 rides per day, with each bike making about 6.2 trips per day
The extreme highs and lows for this week in weather history:
Record High: 103°F on July 3, 1966
Record Low: 52°F on June 29, 1888
Weather for the week ahead:
Possible light rain next Thursday, with high temperatures peaking at 93°F on Saturday.