New York City is a place of many hidden doorways, but how about hidden concert seats? The Forest Hills Stadium, which dates back to the 1960s with legendary performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and more, is the former home to the US Open and was revived as a concert venue in 2013. In recent renovations came the brilliant idea to include a few hidden hangouts throughout the venue.One of them includes a porta potty. This particular VIP room isn’t your average box viewing, members only, password-protected establishment. It’s a hidden room beyond the doorway of an ordinary porta potty that you need a 9-volt battery to get into.The porta potty VIP room can be accessed by using a special battery given by the all-knowing venue staffers (and other Very Important People), which is then used to open a makeshift lock. Once inside the room, there’s a concert haven complete with comfy couches, prime viewing of the show, and free-flowing booze galore. Though, it’s not very easy to find. [photos by Ron Asadorian via NYPost]“We thought it’d be funny if people standing in line for the [real] porta-potties suddenly saw 20 people come out of one, like a clown car,” explained Mike Luba, president of Madison House Presents, who recently teamed with the venue for a series of upcoming shows. “Half the time, people trying to find the room open the door to a potty and just find somebody taking a leak,” a staff member of the stadium security crew told the New York Post.Apparently, the stadium hosts a few of these strangely-located hangouts around the stadium floor. Another spot goes by the “Raccoon Room” because of the family of raccoons that were discovered inside, with one of them reportedly munching on a Milk Dud. With its recent renovations, it now holds a self-serve bar and is password-protected with a new term assigned to every event. According to the New York Post, “sitting atop the bar is a taxidermied raccoon holding a box of Milk Duds.” Then there’s the Sign Room, also password-protected, which used to be where the US Open’s sign painter once worked. “We’re pretty sure he was living or at least sleeping in [it],” Luba explains. “When we found this place, there was a cot in it.” The room is filled with hand-painted signs with the names of professional and amateur tennis players, alongside the new age concert posters that promote shows by the Replacements, Ed Sheeran, The Who, and Mumford & Sons. “Without naming names,” Luba says, “it’s not unknown for artists to utilize these spaces to party well after the crowd has gone home.”Needless to say, the Forest Hills Stadium is way cooler than we initially thought — and they have some pretty awesome shows coming up in conjunction with Madison House Presents beginning with Flight of the Conchords and Chris Stapleton this month. See here for all show info and ticketing details!
Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 4, 2016 Diane Lane The Cherry Orchard Now this is a stellar lineup! Three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, along with many more Broadway favorites, have been tapped to join the previously announced Diane Lane in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Directed by Simon Godwin, the new adaptation by Tony winner Stephen Karam (The Humans), will begin previews on September 15 and officially open on October 16 at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre.Along with Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie) as Varya and Grey (Cabaret) as Firs, the newly announced cast includes Tony winner John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!) as Gaev, Tavi Gevinson (The Crucible) as Anya and Harold Perrineau (Lost) as Lopakhin. They will be joined by Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.The acting company has a unique history with Chekhov: Lane made her Broadway debut as a child, in the 1977 revival of The Cherry Orchard and, also in 1977, Grey played Platonov (Chekhov’s first play) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard is Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era.The production will feature sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Michael Krass, lights by Donald Holder, sound by Christopher Cronin, movement by Jonathan Goddard and original music by Nico Muhly.The limited engagement will run through December 4. View Comments Star Files Celia Keenan Bolger & Joel Grey(Photos: Jeremy Daniels & Bruce Glikas)
Al Ahly Tripoli playerd celebrates during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Zamalek and Al Ahly Tripoli at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt, on 9 July 2017. PHOTO BY CAF VIA FACEBOOKJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | USM Alger of Algeria and Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya reached the CAF Champions League quarter-finals Sunday as 2016 runners-up Zamalek of Egypt bowed out with 10 men.A 4-1 home victory over CAPS United of Zimbabwe in Algiers ensured USM of top place in Group B with 11 points from six matches.Ahly Tripoli caused an upset by holding five-time African champions Zamalek 2-2 in Cairo and finishing runners-up with nine points.Zamalek, whose only win came in the opening series of matches at home to CAPS, finished third on six points, ahead of the Harare club on head-to-head records.Already-qualified Esperance of Tunisia sealed first place in Group C by trouncing Saint George of Ethiopia 4-0 in the Tunis suburb of Rades.Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, who had also secured a last-eight place with a game to spare, drew 1-1 with V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Pretoria.Unbeaten Esperance accumulated 12 points, defending champions Sundowns nine and Saint George and V Club five.Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Ferroviario Beira of Mozambique, Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt are the other quarter-finalists.USM had CAPS under the cosh from the kick-off and it was only a matter of time before they breached a brittle defence.Ziri Hammar, with a sizzling shot, and Okacha Hamzaoui gave the Algerians a 2-0 half-time advantage that was extended when Oussama Darfalou scored 12 minutes from time. Abbas Aminu pulled one goal back for outclassed CAPS only for Darfalou to strike again with a tap-in two minutes from time.Zamalek kicked off knowing a win would take them into the knockout phase of the elite African club competition unless CAPS triumphed in Algeria.Basem Morsy gave the Egyptians an early lead, but the match turned pear-shaped for the Cairo “White Knights” in first half stoppage-time.Mahmoud Hamdy was sent off for a penalty area foul and Anis Saltou converted the spot-kick to draw Ahly Tripoli level.The Libyan outfit took the lead midway through the second half when Vianney Mabide from the Central African Republic scored.Nigerian Marouf Yousef equalised for Zamalek with 15 minutes remaining, but a third goal that would have earned a quarter-finals place eluded them.Goals from Khalil Chemmam and Bilel Mejri gave Esperance a two-goal half-time lead and Haythem Jouini and Ali Machani completed the rout.A 35th-minute goal from captain Thabo Nthethe for Sundowns was cancelled by Cameroonian Yazid Atouba 17 minutes before time.The quarter-finals will be played in September.Share on: WhatsApp