Kayaking at the Cove on July 12

Kayakers with STPCV and Waterside Plaza in 2013 (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Kayakers at a Stuy Cove kayaking event in 2013 (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

A Stuyvesant Cove walkup paddling event will be held on Sunday, July 12 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Participants must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian and know how to swim. For more information on this free event, visit Stuy Cove Kayaking’s website or Solar 1’s website.

The event is co-sponsored by Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh and Council Member Dan Garodnick.

Meet your local greenmarket farmers: Spotlight on Valley Shepherd Creamery

Pablo Navas helps customers at the Stuyvesant Town market. (Photo by Kaley Pillinger)

Pablo Navas helps customers at the Stuyvesant Town market. (Photo by Kaley Pillinger)

By Kaley Pillinger

At a market saturated with crates of rainbow kale and shoppers carrying bags of Swiss chard is a singular cheese stand. But Pablo Navas of Valley Shepherd Creamery is anything but lonely at the Stuyvesant Town Farmers’ Market. Gesturing to the stalls on his left, Navas commented, “I always like to stay beside the bread. There’s a wine guy, I don’t know where he is today. But I always say: ‘Wine, bread and cheese, that’s all you need.’ That’s pretty much my dinner.”

At the Union Square Farmers’ Market, too, Navas sets up his stand next to the same bread stall, Bread Alone. Being the only cheese vendor, he’s greeted by loyal cheese-lovers every week and gets to learn about the palates of different neighborhoods. In Stuyvesant Town, mozzarella is the favorite; in Union Square, tourists and students flock to him for tastes; and at 82nd street, customers buy large blocks at a time. Navas finds that, “At 82nd, there’s a lot of old people and they love cheese.”

Navas came to the U.S. in January from Spain for an internship at Valley Shepherd Creamery in Morris County, NJ. Being at markets on weekends allows Navas to speak English, but being at the farm provides him ample opportunity to practice as well.

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Mailboxes locked for July 4th

By Sabina Mollot

Last weekend, an eagle-eyed reader of Town & Village contacted the paper after noticing that a mailbox on East 23rd Street had been locked, unavailable for use, as was another mailbox, on East 20th Street.

We reached out to the U.S. Post Office, to ask for the reason for the locking, and if other mailbox locations were also affected, and if so, for how long.

In response, agency spokesperson Congetta Chirichello, said this was a temporary safety measure for July 4th.

“During special events such as parades and events where thousands of people are anticipated to be in a particular location – designated collection boxes are sealed at the request of the NYPD,” Chirichello said.  “Each year during the 4th of July Fireworks is one of the special occasions when this happens.”

The mailboxes were locked after the last pickup on Thursday, July 2, and were “unsealed” on Monday, July 6 upon the first mail pickup, with normal collection resuming after that.

Chirichello added that it was done as a precautionary measure with mailboxes that need to be sealed or in some cases temporarily removed for a few days determined by the USPS after being informed of the path for a parade or an event expected to be attended by thousands.

The NYPD didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Sirovich Center’s walls brought to life with nature murals

Section of panels from “Refracted Nature in Clay”

Panel from “Refracted Nature in Clay”

By Sabina Mollot

The Sirovich Center, a senior center on East 12th Street known for its popular ceramics classes, recently got a makeover, courtesy of its own members.

On June 19, the building’s spacious auditorium was outfitted with a dozen elaborately arranged mosaic panels, some of them reliefs, along the mezzanine level’s arched windows. The works of art, made with ceramics, glass, mirror and tile, were created over the past three years by senior artists as part of a program called SPARC (Seniors Partnering With Artists Citywide). After having been installed, they’re expected to remain in place permanently.

The large scale works were put on display by the center’s custodial staff, who’d rented scaffoldings in order to get the panels into the arches located on the building’s second level.

Artist Olivia Beens, who organized the project, titled “Refracted Nature in Clay,” for the last two years, said it completely transformed the look of the auditorium.

“It was a very bland kind of auditorium,” she said. But, she added, “The murals are going to be there forever as long as the building’s standing.”

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