While summer has not officially arrived, the weather has warmed up with perfect timing for three Saturday afternoons of free live music and ice cream on the Upper East Side waterfront, thanks to the Friends of the East River Esplanade non-profit organization.
The first of three family-friendly events at the Alice Aycock Pavilion, the large, red, roofless structure located on the esplanade just north of East 60th Street, is scheduled for this Saturday, May 6th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
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Once again, the New York-based blues band French Cookin’ will take the stage, performing a mix of classic and original songs sure to get your feet moving.
The Upper East Side’s Craft Studio will be on hand to keep kids entertained with their do-it-yourself activities and free scoops of A La Mode Ice Cream, the Sutton Place frozen dessert purveyor known for its nut-free sweet treats.
One week later, on Saturday, May 13th, it’ll be the same routine with ice cream and crafts for the kiddos while Long Island crooner Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks belt out country tunes for the crowd at Andrew Haswell Green Park under the pavilion from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The concert series takes a break for the second half of the month before returning on Saturday, June 3rd, with the band Noiz, known for covering a variety of R&B and pop hits.
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Unfortunately, due to construction on the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Kellen Tower, the East River Esplanade is closed in the 70s, making it impossible to walk down the Upper East Side waterfront the entire way.
The best routes to the Alice Aycock Pavilion are the ramp at East 60th Street and York Avenue or the East 63rd Street Pedestrian Bridge.
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