Crowds come out for Stuy Town music festival

Beatles tribute band Prefab 4 performed at a music festival in stuyvesant Town on Saturday, along with three other bands.

Beatles tribute band Prefab 4 performed at a music festival in Stuyvesant Town on Saturday, along with three other bands. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Saturday, Stuyvesant Town held a music festival on the Oval, showcasing four bands, including Beatles tribute group Prefab 4. Other acts were kids’ music band Tim & the Space Cadets, Aljam & The Reggaelution Band and swing/jazz band Double Down.

Throughout the day, the lawn was blanketed by an all-ages crowd, with the center taken up by the usual mix of sunbathers who seemed oblivious to the music. On either side of the unofficial hot body contest were picnicking families and others watching the bands on lawn chairs under the shade of trees. There were also a number of activities for kids such as bounce houses, a crafts station, glitter tattoos, a t-shirt tie dye table and Imagination Playground, a collection of oversize spongy blue pieces that encourage free play. There was also a giant checker board, a photo booth and hula hoops.

Upcoming events in Stuy Town this summer include Wednesday double feature movie nights (at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) through August 12.

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Police looking for deaf, mute senior from Flatiron

Margarito Cruz (Photo via NYPD)

Margarito Cruz (Photo via NYPD)

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding an 87-year-old man who has been missing since Saturday, August 1.

Margarito Cruz, of 172 5th Avenue, was last seen at 4 p.m. on Saturday in front of 174 5th Avenue (at 23rd Street) wearing a blue Con Edison tee shirt. He is 5’6″ tall, weighs 200 pounds and is deaf and mute.

 Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

The public can also submit their tips by logging onto or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


Faigy Mayer’s struggles and her strength

Faigy Mayer killed herself by jumping off the roof of 230 Fifth Avenue, a trendy Flatiron lounge.

Faigy Mayer killed herself by jumping off the roof of 230 Fifth Avenue, a trendy Flatiron lounge.

By Katherine Meeks

Faigy Mayer passed away on Monday, July 20. She was part of the diversity of the New Voice Toastmasters Club at the New School in Union Square.

Faigy Mayer was a woman on a quest, and I admired her for what she was trying to do. She was brought up in a strict Ultra Orthodox Hasidic sect which did everything it could to shape her and keep her in that mold. But Faigy rebelled. She said she didn’t want to be a mom with 20 kids. She envisioned another type of life. Faigy struggled to break free, and did make a break at the age of 24 to live a different kind of life, a kind of life she thought was more natural for her, a secular life of the kind most of us here in the city enjoy. It wasn’t easy for her.

As a result of her decision, her family and community shunned her. Her mother wouldn’t let her back inside the family house. Although she had never felt at home in her own culture, it was a struggle for her to adapt to the new culture in which she had no experience of making decisions for herself or using analytic thinking to make life choices. She went to college to get both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting, and became a tech wizard – creating several apps and founding a start-up tech company. Our techy members enjoyed talking with her on that topic.

Being part of Toastmasters was part of her quest to find her footing in secular culture. She attended our New Voice Club for a while, dropped out, and about a year ago returned – she was interested in being part of the community again and I remember she expressed interest in working with a prison Toastmasters Club our club was sponsoring. She was doing everything she could to find her way in secular culture.

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