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

emm-bowery-neons-1
EMM Group Accepts $25k SLA Plea Deal; Birnbaum Says ‘The Bowery has Been a Disaster’

EMM Group got off the hook yesterday with a mere slap on the wrist for its transgressions at 199 Bowery. Spare the rod, spoil the child. A Boogie reader was in attendance and submitted the following dispatch. As predicted, the SLA yesterday accepted EMM Group’s guilty plea on all the charges brought against them at 199 […]

Thompson LES is now "60 LES"
SIXTY Hotels Rebrands the Thompson LES on Allen Street

The Thompson LES completely changed its image within the last few months. As we reported, Jason Pomeranc sold his longtime brand but kept ownership over a few hotels, including 190 Allen Street. It’s now part of the SIXTY Hotels umbrella. And with the “SIXTY LES” rebrand, a new target demographic. For this five-year-old lodge, Pomeranc […]

Cafe Katja is pissed, but passively so
Cafe Katja Klepto Returns Stolen Table

That Cafe Katja klepto exposed at the end of March came clean, and returned the stolen table to the popular Austrian eatery. Guess the flyer campaign around Orchard Street – and its coverage in the press – was enough to shame the thief into doing the right thing. A Boogie tipster tells us that the […]

dna-footwear-lafayette
DNA Footwear Opening Outpost at 273 Lafayette Street

Argentinian luxury clothing chain Etiqueta Negra opened its New York City flagship at 273 Lafayette Street in 2008. The boutique boasted a showroom of menswear and rustic store additions like 1932 Alfa Romeo, leather trunks, and polo memorabilia. Five years later, it bit the dust. Now the space is set to become a shoe warehouse. […]

hummus-shop-ludlow
Own a Piece of the Ludlow Residence Eyesore for $220K

Has it really been two years since our last post about the Ludlow Residence dorm at 101 Ludlow? Okay, onward. If you fancy a piece of the beige penitentiary, the opportune moment has arrived. The narrow, 800 square-foot commercial unit near the dorm entrance – currently home to the Hummus Shop – is now on […]