By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Although the official end of the season isn’t until the end of this month, the unofficial end of summer comes at the start of the school year, which begins for public school students this week. With another summer over, Town & Village takes a look back at some of the activities and events in the neighborhood that took place in the last few months in the sunshine and heat waves.
After an announcement earlier this year that concerts at Stuyvesant Cove wouldn’t happen this summer due to a cut in funding, the park’s association got sponsorship for the series from New York City Ferry, operated by Hornblower. The funding was initially short because the application process for receiving discretionary funds from Councilmember Keith Powers had become too complicated and time-consuming for Stuyvesant Cove Park Association, an all-volunteer run organization.
This season opened with a performance from the NYPD Jazz Band on July 9 and the Haggard Kings brought country sounds to Stuyvesant Cove on July 15. Sean Mahony and the New York Swing Orchestra performed on July 17. Rutkowski Family and Friends performed in Stuyvesant Cove on July 24 after the original date was postponed due to rain. Harlem Renaissance Orchestra performed the final show of the season on July 30.
Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village also hosted a number of events for residents throughout the summer, including concerts, movie nights and various children’s activities.
This year saw the return of the popular flea market in Stuyvesant Town at the end of May after two false starts earlier in the month. The market was originally planned for May 4 but was rescheduled to May 5 because of the weather. When it quickly became clear that the market would get rained out on that day as well, management set a final postponement for May 23, and residents got their flea market.
StuyTown Property Services also hosted Stuy Town’s first LGBTQ pride parade this summer. The original date for the parade got rained out as well but was ultimately held on June 26, the Wednesday before the city’s annual parade on Fifth Avenue.
Girl Scouts from Daisy Troop 3115 and Brownie Troop 3154 collaborated with StuyTown’s Horticulture & Landscape team at the beginning of the season on May 20 to help plant annual flowers near the Stuy Town Community Center.
Waterside Plaza owner Richard Ravitch also organizes regular activities throughout August for residents at the property along the East River, including movie nights, concerts and dance performances. The concerts included performances by Sinkane, a group that blends the music styles of krautrock, prog rock, electronica, free jazz, funk rock with Sudanese pop. There was a performance from Mike Lukshis on tabla, Eric Fraseon on bansuri and Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury on sitar, along with vocals from singer Priya Darshini and performances by dancers from Ajna Dance Company.