Recap: First Street Green Opening Day Celebration

Posted on: April 24th, 2012 at 10:28 am by

Despite a chilly, soggy day, many folks in the neighborhood turned out on Sunday afternoon for First Street Green’s opening day of the season.

Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art & Antiquities for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, officially unveiled the welded steel sculpture, “First Street Iron,” by Robert Sestok.

Afterward, we had a very interesting chat with Sestok about his work and also about his recollections of living on the Bowery in the mid 1970s. He talked about how, as an artist, you can’t be too nostalgic for the past, yet you must remember your history, while looking forward.

We also noted that a small rat toy made a special appearance at the base of the sculpture for the afternoon, “honoring” his or her non-plastic cohorts, who were evicted from the site, when FSG got involved in cleaning things up.

Providing local color on a dreary day was balloon maker “Pete Balloon,” aka Pete Waldman, who not only wowed the kids in attendance, but impressed the adults by making them bracelets, hats and even light sabers (yes, those were for the adults!). And by the way, our favorite rain hat award goes to co-organizer and umbrella-wrangler, John Bowman.

A small tent provided shelter from the rain and also protected delicious beverages supplied by favorite local haunts such as Veselka Bowery, Prune, and Joe Doe.

Next weekend’s events are as follows:

April 28 – May 20, Sat/Sun at 3:15pm
Downtown Art presents
The Bowery Wars – Part 2

April 29, Sunday 4-5pm
Sergei Tcherepnin Transmigration of Sound
performance/exhibit with AVA Gallery
a solo concert in which the artist plays everyday objects “prepared” in
various ways, transforming them into musical instruments.

The park will have an ongoing schedule of cultural and community events (head to the FSG website and Facebook page for details).

-Writeup and photos by Lori Greenberg

Recent Stories

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 12.49.20 PM
Classic Album Art Comes to Life in Roy Kafri’s New Beatbox Video

Iconic vinyl art has taken a turn for the outlandish with Israeli comedy singer Roy Kafri’s latest music video. He not only features classic album covers brought to life, but ones that are, in fact, beatboxing on the street. Bowie beatboxing. Lou Reed beatboxing. If that’s not enough to mess with your mind, it’s filmed in reverse; by the end, we […]

marilyn-louie-closed
Marilyn Louie Temporarily Closes Tiny Bowery Newsstand Due to Flooding

Unfortunately for Marilyn Louie, when it rains, it poors. Literally. This time the weather proved itself an enemy, with downpours sidelining the business. Damn. The embattled newsstand owner – on the Bowery for thirty-eight years – seriously can’t catch a break. Heavy rainfall last week and its resultant flooding reportedly forced [Chinese language] the longtime newsstand […]

hanksy-eazyebola
Hanksy Gets All NWA with ‘Eazy-E Bola’

Street artist Hanksy is tapping right into global fear of an Ebola outbreak. His latest piece is self-proclaimed, “straight outta Congo.” The sticker sized placement is in eastern Chinatown and features the one and only Eazy-E Bola and his virus strain neck. Meanwhile, Hanksy continues to explore street art around the country with his new “Surplus […]

agent-provocateur-elizabeth
Agent Provocateur is Opening a Third Manhattan Location on Elizabeth Street

Haute lifestyle boutique Condor is no longer part of the gold-coast landscape of Little Italy. The business closed its three-year-old shop at 259 Elizabeth Street at the end of August, but has been running a pop-up locale down on Kenmare Street in the interim. Now it’s again without a home. Condor flew the coop thanks […]

bartendr-blackbox
Bartrendr App at It Again with ‘NYC’s Only Bar for On-Duty Pilots’ Stunt

That fake bar for pregnant women isn’t the only controversial PR stunt Bartrendr has up its collective sleeve. The bar-finding mobile app is at it again with another faux-pax advert on Spring Street. The commercial unit at 59 Spring is currently masquerading as Black Box, “NYC’s only bar for on duty pilots.” Don’t be fooled, […]