Beach Party, Israeli Style, Comes to New York

Summer Days: A Tel Aviv beach will be constructed in Central Park, in honor of the Israeli city’s centennial.
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Summer Days: A Tel Aviv beach will be constructed in Central Park, in honor of the Israeli city’s centennial.

By Devra Ferst

Published June 10, 2009, issue of June 19, 2009.
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New York is a city that seems to have it all, but for Israeli New Yorkers and Israel fanatics, it is sorely lacking one thing: the Tel Aviv beach. Host to many of Tel Aviv’s concerts, cafes and parties, it is the heartbeat of the city. On June 21, a small piece of Israeli beach life will come to New York for one day.

In honor of Tel Aviv’s centennial celebration, a 1,300-square-foot Tel Aviv shore front will be constructed in New York’s Central Park, at the Naumburg Bandshell at 70th Street, in the center of the park. The beach will be complete with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas, as well as such Israel seaside pastimes as shesh-besh (backgammon) and matkot, the Israeli paddle ball game that makes the ping-ping sound Israeli beachgoers know so well.

Of course, an authentic day on Tel Aviv’s beaches would be incomplete without a concert. Israeli radio personality and disc jockey Hadar Marks, the Israeli reggae group Hatikva 6 and the rock band Flow will perform throughout the day.

Adding to the virtual reality factor of the event, the entire day will be simulcast over the Internet for those who don’t live in the New York area.


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