New entrance at Madison Square Park will highlight monument

A landscape renovation will make the Eternal Light monument, pictured during a Memorial Day ceremony, a focal point of the park. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Madison Square Park Conservancy has announced it will be creating a new park entrance at 24th Street for the Eternal Light Flagstaff.

The conservancy shared the plan at a flag-raising ceremony that was held just ahead of Memorial Day last Thursday.

The conservancy will be working with the United War Veterans Council and the Parks Department to renovate the landscape in the park and give the monument, which is located inside the park facing Broadway at 24th Street, street-facing prominence.

“We have to honor our veterans,” City Councilman Dan Garodnick said, who was at the event. “This is the single most important monument for veterans in New York City and it should be a focal point in the park.”

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Memorial Day concert at Stuy Town Community Center

On Wednesday, May 20, residents from Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town participated in a Memorial Day choral concert. A group of residents, under the direction of Scott Laubner, community center manager, and Audrey Joy, musical director, practiced for several weeks leading up the concert date. Audience members were encouraged to sing along to familiar songs like “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “This Land is your Land.”

Hymns or fight songs associated with each service branch were sung and service men and women who served in a particular branch were asked to stand and be recognized for their service to the country. The chorus put on head scarves when the song “Rosie the Riveter” was sung as an homage to all the women who worked in the munitions factories during World War II.

Photos by Martin McCarthy

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Kips Bay Day on May 26

Kips Bay Day last year

The Kips Bay Neighborhood Alliance, the Department of Transportation and Community Board 6 will be celebrating the Kips Bay community with a special celebration all day on Saturday, May 26. All are welcome to come celebrate Kips Bay Day at the Plaza from 10 to 5 p.m.

The plaza is located on the service road, the east side of 2nd Avenue and is closed off to traffic from 30th to 33rd Streets through July 31 for neighbors and local community groups to gather and enjoy the open space.

To celebrate this much-needed public open space there will be live music with the Craig McGorry Jazz Trio, chess games with NYChessKids, a puppet show presented by Repertorio Espanol, belly dancing from Stein Senior Center, pet training from Walter’s Pets, Bike training from Sids Bikes & NYBikes and much, much more. Come out to support the Kips Bay community at this newly opened community gathering space for music, relaxing and fun.

Street closures this weekend

The New York City DOT announced street closures for this upcoming holiday weekend. Sixth Avenue, between 14th Street and 23rd Street, will be closed for the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club Festival from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday. Lexington Avenue between 23rd Street and 34th Street will be closed on Sunday for the Bellevue South Community Association Lexington Avenue Jubilee from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.