New York State is set to host over 300 free pop-up arts and music performances in a bid to “accelerate the revival of the arts” and “revitalise the spirit and emotional well-being of New Yorkers”.
NY PopsUp has been greenlit by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, and is set to kick off on 20th February, running until 6th September. The event series is described as being “the state’s first large-scale model for how to bring live performance back safely after this prolonged COVID-related shutdown”.
Rough Trade has announced plans to shut its NYC store.
In a statement on Facebook yesterday, record store chain Rough Trade announced that its flagship NYC store in Brooklyn would be closing after eight years.
Speaking about the decision, Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade co-owner said that the pandemic had given the team a chance to “rethink our approach, giving us the opportunity to reconsider how best to serve the rapidly increasing number of vinyl lovers in New York - that in spite of the adverse conditions surrounding the pandemic, demand for vinyl is positively booming."
The organisers of a Chainsmokers concert have been fined $20,000 for violating public health law.
LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has voiced his support for the campaign to save independent venues in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
A documentary about legendary record store, Other Music, will be released this month.
Situated in the NoHo neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York, Other Music record store was a hub for the city's indie rock scene in the early '00s, specializing in closely curated underground, rare and experimental music.
Jay-Z will open a university next year.
Named after his entertainments company, Jay-Z's Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment will be a faculty of Brooklyn's Long Island University in New York, offering undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, entrepreneurship and production, and sports management.
Over 150 venues in New York have banded together to form New York Independent Venue Association.
An unlicensed boat party on New York’s Lower East Side was shut down in the early hours of Sunday morning, 2nd August.
Shortly after 1 AM on Sunday morning the Liberty Belle party boat set off from its dock at Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan. Over 170 guests are estimated to have been aboard the boat, which can normally hold up to 600.