June 2016 Newsletter
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Simon Bryan
Title: IGY Director of Operations – New York Region (Island Global Yachting)
Favorite BPC spot: North Cove Marina


Simon Bryan was born in a small historic town in England called Rye, a non-metropolitan county of East Sussex. At 16 years old, Simon joined the British Army where he managed to travel to over 60 countries around the world. He participated in a number of sailing expeditions in such places as the UK, the Mediterranean and the South Atlantic.

After 28 years of service to his Queen and country, Simon retired from the military and was lucky enough to be approached by the EVP of Operations at Island Global Yachting (IGY), the largest marina operator in the world. He was hired as the General Manager of Rodney Bay Marina, St. Lucia. While working in St. Lucia, Simon implemented a community project that resulted in over 500 school children visiting the marina and being introduced to the industry as well as learning the basics of sailing. He enjoyed his time on this beautiful Island but was drawn to the USA in April 2015, when he was given the opportunity to come to New York City and manage North Cove Marina.

Since that point, he has established operations at the marina including the establishment of the new facility in 2016.  He has supported many community events and initiatives including the Billion Oyster Project and the establishment of the sailing school which has benefited the local community and this season will see over 500 local residents receive free sailing lessons. Simon, has also signed up to become a mentor for the Big Brother & Big Sister program sponsored by Brookfield that saw him personally give something back to the community in which he works.He is looking forward to another great season, having got off to a flying start with the hosting of the America’s Cup, the IMOCA Vendee Globe and most recently, the visit of the Polynesian boat the Hokulea.

When he isn’t overseeing marinas, Simon enjoys sailing, going to the gym, cooking and exploring New York. Married with two children, Jessica and Amelia, he looks forward to them visiting him in New York and exploring the city with him as well as seeing the great views of New York City from the water. As much as he loves New York, one thing he still misses is his traditional English breakfast.




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Upcoming Events

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Swedish Midsummer

Wagner Park, Terrace Lawn
Friday, June 24th 
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solsetice. Learn Folk dances fom Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdances of New York. Make Midsummer wreaths, enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and Fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, Scandonavian folklorist. Presented by BPC Parks Programming.
Swedish Midsummer Festival is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.
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New York Classical Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Rockefeller Park
7pm: June 29th - July 2nd, 2016

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in a romantic setting by the Hudson River with this interactive troupe’s stirring rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show.  All ages are welcome!

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Battery Park City Community Day

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, 345 Chambers Street, NY, NY 10282
Saturday, June 25th, 1pm - 7pm

Community Day is a celebration of Battery Park City and features lawn games, pizza and other refreshments, prizes plus full access to all the Community Center’s offerings. Attendees can swim in the half-sized Olympic pool, play basketball, workout in the weight room, play pickup basketball or compete in the free throw and three point shot contests. There will be 20 minute fitness classes including yoga, total body boxing workout, tai chi, core fitness and Masala Banghra dance fitness. Admission is free.

Those wishing to go for a swim should bring their own lock and towel.

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Lowdown Hudson Music Fest 
Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey
Tuesday, July 12th & Wednesday, July 13
5pm - 10pm

The Lowdown Hudson Music Fest returns to the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza on the Hudson River July 12 & July 13 headlined by the legendary hip-hop band The Roots and Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers.

Opening  the July 12 show is Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas, whose music is inspired by the funky diasporic protest sounds of Fela Kuti and Eddie Palmieri. The Roots formed in 1987 in Philadelphia by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, are known for their jazzy approach to hip-hop. Jimmy Fallon’s house band since 2009, The Roots have released 10 studio albums and two EPs, collaborating with many artists across musical genres, all to critical claim.

On July 13, Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter brings his storytelling acoustics to the Lowdown stage, followed by self-taught multi-instrumentalist and country blues singer-songwriter Valerie June’s mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, soul, country and blues. Closing out the festival is headliner Drive-By Truckers, the Southern alt-rock band that fuses solid musicianship with lyrics that weave through history, politics and real life stories. DBT has become one of the most respected rock ‘n’ roll acts over the course of their 20 years.

Previous headliners have included B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Taj Mahal, Neko Case, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, O.A.R., and the Robert Cray Band.

Free to attend, no tickets required. Standing room only.

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Dance Hegibotham
Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey 
Sunday, June 17th - Monday, June 19th
5pm - 8pm

The innovative Dance Heginbotham company, has created a three-part, site-inspired performance inspired by the luxurious interior of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, choreographed by John Heginbotham. The performances brings dancers and musicians together onstage, culminating in a dynamic, razor-sharp finale. The dramatic and powerful dances are set to Erno Dohnanyi’s Erno Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major for String Trio, solo guitar music by Heitor Vila-Lobos, and Luigi Boccherini’s Quintette No. 4 in G Major, III. Fandango.

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Air Pressure

Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey 
Monday, June 27th – Monday, September 12th

Air Pressure is a kinetic sculptural installation created by the Toronto-based artist collective Studio F Minus. Consisting of over 175 animated fabric forms in the shape of birds, the artists have redesigned the installation for the unique public spaces of Brookfield Place. In order to create the naturalistic effect of flying, the wings of each bird move independently in a flapping motion, responding to internal air pressure fluctuations, inflating and deflating by electronic timers switching fans on and off inside each bird. Studio F Minus last worked with Arts Brookfield.
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Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place 
June - August 2016

The festival of Jewish performing arts returns featuring theater, concerts, films, cabarets, children's programs, tours, lectures, and workshops. KulturfestNYC is organized by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. The Museum of Jewish Heritage is honored to be the festival's hub, with many of our programs during June, July, and August presented as part of this celebration of Jewish culture.

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Theatre Performance 
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place 
Tuesday, June 21 & Wednesday, June 22 


With playwright/choreographer Yehuda Hyman of Mystical Feet Company and performers Amanda Schussel, Dwight Richardson Kelly, and Ron Kagan

In this dance-theater piece, Hyman explores his family's story of immigration from Russia, Turkey, and Poland and growing up in Los Angeles in the 60s.

The event is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required.

For more information, click here

new york public library

Dry Ice Capades 

NYPL, 175 North End Avenue
Wednesday, July 6th

Manipulate matter in all of its three states! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice! Use your Thermocolor Kool Cup™ to test the temperature of liquid matter in your home! For ages 5 and older. Presented by Mad Science
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night at the museums

Tuesday, June 21
4pm - 8pm 

The museums and historic landmarks of Lower Manhattan are an American treasure. Explore one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of museums in the world – 15 sites all within comfortable walking distance of each other.

Special this year, Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with over 1,200 concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs. Come hear the music-making in Lower Manhattan.

Pick up your Night at the Museums Guide on June 21 at any of the participating institutions for special offers that are good all summer.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS is produced by the Downtown Culturals Group and is part of the RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL 2016, featuring free arts events from June 16 to 26 throughout Lower Manhattan. For details, visit

Event is free and open to the public



M is Black Enough: An evening of music and poetry


Poets House, 10 River Terrace
Friday, June 17th 
6pm - 7:30pm

Join Poets House to experience an evening of music and poetry with M is Black Enough, a collaborative who exercise spirited conversation and debate through steelpan, cello and text / voice. Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, of Kronos Quartet fame, teams up with composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, poet Roger Bonair-Agard, and drummer Sean Dixon for a work-in-progress program of spoken word and music.

Co-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Poets House as part of the River To River Festival 2016. A Lower Manhattan Cultural Council public engagement initiative, River To River inspires residents, workers, and visitors in Lower Manhattan, by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

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