Ajna Dance Company performed at Waterside Plaza in July.
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 heatwaves.
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.
The following is an open letter to STPCV General Manager Rick Hayduk regarding the Citi Bike station that was recently installed in Playground 9.
I appreciate your keeping the residents apprised of what management is undertaking but I fear with the latest bike related undertaking you are working at cross purposes.
One of the more frequently heard complaints from the resident population is the plethora of bicycles on the premises. You have tried to establish rules governing their use that are blithely ignored. They are honored more in the breach than the observance. I don’t see how providing “quick and easy” access addresses the problem. We are already awash with Citi Bike docking stations along the perimeter of the complex. Why invite the interloper onto the premises?
The Pride Parade will be switching routes to include an AIDS memorial (pictured here). (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The Pride Parade will end in the Flatiron District this year in a departure from the usual route, organizers have announced.
Heritage of Pride, the group that plans official NYC Pride events, said that the change is in preparation for events next year when the city will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the first time that New York will be hosting WorldPride, a global celebration of Pride. The new location will be able to accommodate the record numbers of spectators that are anticipated.
The switch is expected to reduce wait times for the more than 350 marching groups preparing to step off. The new route will also allow the parade to go past the relatively new AIDS monument near the site of the former St. Vincent’s hospital at West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue, giving the memorial a place of prominence in the proceedings.
The parade will begin at noon on Seventh Avenue at West 16th Street and go south to the memorial and passing the historic Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, before heading north on Fifth Avenue and ending at 29th Street. The dispersal points along the new route are wider than the streets in the West Village where the March usually ends so organizers hope that this will create less of a bottleneck and will allow the parade to move more quickly than in in the past. In previous years, the parade started on 36th Street and went south on Fifth Avenue, ending in the West Village.
The annual Pride Parade marched down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street down to the West Village at the end of last month, with the event doubling as a protest against the Trump administration.
Although the organization also had its usual presence as a group later in the parade, the American Civil Liberties Union’s appearance as one of the grand marshals at the very beginning set the tone early as representatives carried “Resist” signs, which appeared throughout the march from various other participants and groups.
New York celebrated Pride this past Sunday with the annual parade on Fifth Avenue from 36th Street to the West Village. Police presence was increased at the event because of the mass shooting in Orlando two weeks ago and protesters at the Dyke March on Saturday noticed that community affairs officers for the NYPD were more vigilant than in previous years about keeping anti-gay protesters separated from participants at the march. The parade included solemn tributes to the victims of the massacre but participants were high-energy and as usual, didn’t hold back with their costumes. Some particularly timely outfits paid homage to the upcoming election with Donald Trump masks and signs about the candidates.
The float for Netflix series Orange Is The New Black was popular with the crowd, especially when cast members Natasha Lyonne and Lea DeLaria jumped off after 23rd Street to take selfies with fans for a few blocks.
Other participants included State Senator Brad Hoylman, Councilmember Corey Johnson, the NBA, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Facebook, the FDNY, Quakers of New York, Buzzfeed and Planned Parenthood. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton also made a surprise visit at the parade for four blocks in the Village, joining Governor Andrew Cuomo, Reverend Al Sharpton and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New York’s gay and LGBT pride march, held last Sunday, came at a particularly appropriate time this year as it was scheduled just two days after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage.
State Senator Brad Hoylman, the state’s only openly-gay senator and a participant in the parade last weekend, cheered the ruling.
“As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today,” Hoylman said. “LGBT couples everywhere will now enjoy the same basic civil right that New York State granted back in 2011. It’s exciting to think that one day my four-year old daughter will read about Obergefell v. Hodges in school and understand the transformative effect the case is bound to have on LGBT families in our country.”
In recognition of the decision and in honor of Pride Week, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed that the spire of One World Trade Center be lit up in rainbow hues on Sunday night. Cuomo, who signed same-sex marriage legislation in 2011, also marched in the parade and having recently been granted the authority to officiate marriages, conducted a ceremony at the Stonewall Inn on the morning before the march.