Outdoor summer program also includes fitness classes and games
Attendees at a tech class held last summer on the Flatiron Plaza (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Public programming in the Flatiron Plazas will be back for the summer this June with free tech classes, fitness sessions, board games, crafting and other activities. The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) is launching the series with an event on the summer solstice, June 20, in partnership with the Museum of Mathematics, which is located on East 26th Street just north of Madison Square Park, and programming will officially begin the next day, running through August 11 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The kickoff event, held on the longest day of the year, will be a chance for the public to participate in some math-related fun. MoMath and the BID, with the help of willing volunteers, will construct a polyhedron comprised of 12 ten-pointed stars in the north public plaza. The angles on all the stars will correspond with the angle made by the sun at its highest peak at noon on the day of the solstice.
A friend of mine living in New Jersey told me the other day, “I would give my eye-teeth to have a two-bedroom apartment in Stuyvesant Town on the 12th floor with a view of the skyline.”
Little does she know what is actually happening here now: 14th Street has become, not a street, but a super highway.
Ever since St. Vincent’s Hospital on the West Side closed to become yet another condo, all traffic from west to east has to go through 14th Street, or so it seems.
We now have every ambulance, every police car, every fire engine and, to top it off, every motor bike gang storming through our street. (I understand the fire engines because the firehouse is on 14th Street.)
It is impossible to listen to the radio/TV or have a conversation. To top it off, for six months, there has been an excavation on the south side of the Street between Avenues A and B, starting at 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., jackhammering and big cranes making unbelievable noise to build yet another condo.
This street is now the thorough street between west and east.
Is there no way to divert some of this to say, 23rd Street? I am sure the motorbikes which make unlawful noise would not mind.