Concerts still running at the Cove

Vocalist Jamie Rae at John Colianni’s first concert this season in June Photos by Jo-Ann Polise/Stuyvesant Cove Park Association)

Vocalist Jamie Rae at John Colianni’s first concert this season in June (Photo by Jo-Ann Polise)

In what has become an annual tradition at Stuyvesant Cove Park, a series of free concerts that kicked off at the end of June is still in full swing.

The concerts include a variety of music styles including swing, jazz, blues and bluegrass as well as an upcoming evening of traditional Irish music and dance.

Performers include John Colianni, the Rutkowski Family Trio, Sean Mahony and David Hershey-Webb. New to the roster are Jason Green and The Labor of Love, New Harvest and Niall O’Leary and friends.

On Mon., July 27 at 6:30-8 p.m., Niall O’Leary & Friends will bring accordion, bodhran and spoons for an evening of traditional Irish music and dance. Rain date is July 28.

On Saturday, August 1 from 7-8 p.m., folk dancing with Christine Meyerson, no experience necessary. Rain date is Aug. 2.

The series is organized by the Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. For more information, visit the Association’s website.

Residence for LGBT youths opening on East 13th Street

Residents of other Ali Forney facilities and staff members as well as local elected officials and members of the Cooper Square Committee gather at the Bea Arthur Residence. Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Residents of other Ali Forney facilities and staff members as well as local elected officials and members of the Cooper Square Committee gather at the Bea Arthur Residence. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

On Monday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the location of what will be a new 18-bed residence for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth at 222 East 13th Street. The residence will be named for the late television and Broadway star, Bea Arthur, who was especially sympathetic to the plight of LGBT young people.

When she died in 2009, Arthur named the Ali Forney Center, an organization that helps LGBT youths, as a major beneficiary in her will, leaving $300,000 to the center. Executive director Carl Siciliano wrote in a column posted on Huffington Post on Tuesday that the center, then struggling due to the recession and a lack of donations, and the money helped them make payroll for months. Siciliano had pledged that if the Ali Forney Center ever owned property, he would name a building after her, and he will soon be able to fulfill that promise, thanks to the $3.3 million city-funded project.

The building on East 13th Street between Second and Third Avenues is a former single-room occupancy and notorious crack house that had been vacant for almost 20 years. Following a recommendation from Community Board 3 in 2011, the city-owned building was transferred to the Ali Forney Center in partnership with the Cooper Square Committee. The City Council awarded the two organizations $3 million for the project and then-Borough President Scott Stringer funded an additional $300,000 in 2012.

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