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New York Gypsy Festival

When you speak about “gypsy music” you are drawing from a diaspora of countries and ethnicities where centuries-old history goes hand in hand with new innovations.” – Serdar Ilhan and Mehmet Dede
NY Gypsy Festival Producers

My freshman year of college I was complaining to a friend about how overpriced and awful our school’s meals were and used the expression “gypped.” Instantly a girl behind me whipped her head around and declared that my language was offensive and ignorant (this was at Sarah Lawrence, naturally)

Apparently, so ignorant was I, that I didn’t even know that the term “gypped” referred unkindly to gypsies who have been accused of thievery and various other wrongdoing throughout history. Of course the girl who informed me of this was not herself a gyspy, or of gypsy descent, she was just one of those white chicks who likes to get offended on other people’s behalf.  Well today is her lucky day because tonight beginning at 8 PM the New York Gypsy Festival kicks off at Hungarian House!

The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates the culture and tradition of gypsy music beginning tonight with what the website claims will be “a nonstop dance party rom two of the City’s most impressive and exciting Roma-influenced ensembles: Zlatne Uste Brass Band and Luminescent Orchestrii.” The weekend continues with a boat cruise on Saturday featuring musical performances by Sway Machinery featuring members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Arcade Fire.

Zlatne Uste & Luminescent Orchestrii
at Hungarian House
213 E 82nd St
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10028-2701
(212) 249-9360

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Like most kids, Ashley grew up in New Jersey. Unlike most kids the Friedman's televison set acted as a third parent, imbuing young Ashley with the stern moral values of Claire Huxtable, the dramatic tendencies of Brenda Walsh and the earnest hopefulness of the blond kid on Silver Spoons. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence Ashley made her way to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn where she can currently be found reading foreign fashion magazines, scouring ebay for vintage heels, eating out in restaurants and otherwise stretching her meager income as far as it will go in NYC.