‘Fiddler’ roles on Broadway for Peter Cooper neighbors

Jeffrey Schecter (Mendel) and Hayley Feinstein (Bielke) in costume backstage at the Broadway Theatre (Photo by Allison Sherry)

Jeffrey Schecter (Mendel) and Hayley Feinstein (Bielke) in costume backstage at the Broadway Theatre (Photo by Allison Sherry)

By Sabina Mollot

Broadway crowd-pleaser “Fiddler on the Roof,” which had a revival just 12 years ago, is once again back on the Great White Way, its latest version already opening to rave reviews.

Part of the new successful effort are two Peter Cooper Village residents with supporting roles, Broadway veteran Jeffrey Schecter (“Guys and Dolls,” “A Chorus Line”) and newcomer, 14-year-old Hayley Feinstein.

Previews have been running since November 18 while the show officially opened on December 20 with eight performances a week.

Despite their busy schedules, both actors recently took the time to chat with Town & Village about the experience of being part of the iconic musical on Jewish culture and cultural shifts.

For Schecter, it was just the end of what had already been a very eventful year. At the start of 2015, he was unemployed. “The future was very uncertain,” he said.

Then, last summer Schecter and his wife Melissa Schwender Schecter, also an actor and dancer, launched a dance and theater studio for kids (inspired by their first child, daughter Elena) called I Can Do That NYC. The couple also celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and the birth of their son, Mattias earlier that year.

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ST-PCV TA will hold meeting on planned E. 20th St. ferry landing

The East River Ferry service that was launched last year recently served a million riders. Mayor Bloomberg announced that he and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will be launching a survey to help improve the service.

The East River Ferry

The city is planning to expand existing ferry service on the East River and citywide, and a new ferry landing is to be built at East 20th Street. The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association has invited officials from the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to fill residents in on the project. The new landing would be part of the Lower East Side route, a stop between an existing stop at East 34th Street and another at Wall Street/Pier 11.

The Tenants Association is holding an open meeting on Thursday, January 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the VA Medical Center atrium conference room, 423 East 23rd Street east of First Avenue.

Questions are encouraged, such as:

What impacts will the new facility have on noise and pollution? Will ferry passengers crowd local buses? What effect will the ferry landing have on the new storm barrier design? What impact will the landing have on pedestrians and bicyclists in Stuyvesant Cove Park? What new commuting options will be available to Stuy Town and Peter Cooper residents?