The Lower East Side History Project: 2012 Village Award Winner

The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s Blog “Off the Grid” included a post featuring FABnyc affiliate member The Lower East Side History Project. Read what they had to say below:

Fourth generation Lower East Side resident Eric Ferrara has always been interested in the history of his community. In 2003, he made his commitment to researching, documenting, and preserving the history of the neighborhood official by founding what is now the Lower East Side History Project.  The project will be presented with a 2012 Village Award at GVSHP’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 7th.The Lower East Side History Project (LESHP) provides educational programming to Kindergarten through 12thGrade and university level students, public walking tours, media consultation, research services, and special events, lectures, and presentations. The project has several volunteer staff members and is overseen by a board of ten.

Research and walking tours concentrate on the several distinct neighborhoods that make up what is traditionally the Lower East Side: the East Village, Alphabet City, the Bowery, Chinatown, and Little Italy. One of the most popular tours is Eric’s Mafia tour. It explores the former social clubs, homes, and haunts of some of the most influential 20th century mobsters. Another popular tour is Reel Life, a tour that explores some of the more popular movies filmed in the neighborhood led by the LESHP’s Andrea Coyle. The tour also explores the history of entertainment in area, including the history of Italian and Yiddish theater.

The extensive research LESHP’s staff has conducted on the neighborhood is always made available for the public. In fact, Eric has published two books, including The Manhattan Mafia Guide and The Bowery: A History of Grit, Graft and Grandeur, and several more are in the works.

The Lower East Side History Project will be presented with a Village Award for researching, documenting, and preserving the distinctive history of the East Village and Lower East Side and engaging the public with the neighborhood’s history.  We hope to see you at GVSHP’s 2012 Annual Meeting as we honor the LESHP and seven other awardees who are being honored for their contributions to the Village. Stay-tuned to Off the Grid for upcoming posts on our other 2012 Village awardees.

Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love!

Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love! is being presented by Member of the Month: WOW Café Theatre. This performance explores the experiences of being both Muslim and queer, while highlighting stories of how it affects views of oneself, one’s faith, and interactions with others.

Come out and see Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love June 7-9 @ 8 p.m. Artist AlSarah will be appearing 6/7 & 6/8. Tickets can be purchased online in advanced $8- $40. Or you can also purchase your tickets in advanced at the FABnyc offices located at 61 East 4th St. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 6p.m. to grab your tickets! To ensure availability, please call in advanced 212.228.4670.

~Shauna DeFord (intern at FABnyc)

 

 

 

 

Things To Do In Lower East Side

So you’ve ever been to the Lower East Side, or you’ve recently moved here and you don’t know how which are the most interesting places to go to and the coolest things to see here. Not to worry, we East Village Arts is here not only to shed the light on the importance of art and culture in the area, but also to bring you face to face with the best places that define this area.

 

How Spot For Everyone

First of all, the Lower East Side used to be the official gateway to all of the immigrants that came to America in the 20th century. So from this point of view, it has always represented a location many appreciated throughout the decades. In the 21st century however the Lower East Side turned into a truly hot spot where everyone wanted to come, visit, and eventually move into. Even today you can refer to the area as a genuine cradle for entrepreneurs looking to kick start their businesses. An impressively rich number of art galleries, barns and restaurants, cozy boutiques, all of these are part of the scenery here. But the Lower East Side has many more hidden treasures that everyone interested in better knowing the area should get to visit at least once in their lifetime.

 

Best Places To Go To In The Lower East Side

The Tailoring Room is the place to go when you need some tailoring to be done fast, efficient, and at some affordable rates. You can find The Tailoring Room on 42 Clinton Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets – you will definitely enjoy working with a team of professionals who will always help you out with a soothing smile on their face – often times just what you need after a hectic day at the office.

 Do not expect any tall buildings to create that feeling of living in an overcrowded place. The sense of being stacked like sardines that often times can be best associated with Manhattan is not yet present here. You will notice 5-story high buildings and spring is the best time to be here and admire the amazing architecture of some of these buildings. You should never go to the Lower East Side without checking out Clinton Street. The pear trees that are in bloom during the springtime will definitely inspire the artist in you or at least help you feel one with the nature, even if it is for just a brief time.     

 The Essex Market is another excellent location you cannot miss when visiting. The Essex Street Market is located on 120 Essex Street right between Rivington Street and Delancey.  And if you really have that sweet tooth, the Economy Candy is just the place for you. The charm of this shop will definitely completely mesmerize you and you can find it on 108 Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Essex streets.  

And if you come home after a lovely afternoon spent in the Lower East Side and you discover you have accidentally locked yourself out, you can use the contact information you can find n the 247locksmithservice.com site. Enjoy fast and reliable locksmithing services at affordable rates no matter what area you might live in.

Things To Do In Lower East Side

So you’ve ever been to the Lower East Side, or you’ve recently moved here and you don’t know how which are the most interesting places to go to and the coolest things to see here. Not to worry, we East Village Arts is here not only to shed the light on the importance of art and culture in the area, but also to bring you face to face with the best places that define this area.

 

How Spot For Everyone

First of all, the Lower East Side used to be the official gateway to all of the immigrants that came to America in the 20th century. So from this point of view, it has always represented a location many appreciated throughout the decades. In the 21st century however the Lower East Side turned into a truly hot spot where everyone wanted to come, visit, and eventually move into. Even today you can refer to the area as a genuine cradle for entrepreneurs looking to kick start their businesses. An impressively rich number of art galleries, barns and restaurants, cozy boutiques, all of these are part of the scenery here. But the Lower East Side has many more hidden treasures that everyone interested in better knowing the area should get to visit at least once in their lifetime.

 

Best Places To Go To In The Lower East Side

The Tailoring Room is the place to go when you need some tailoring to be done fast, efficient, and at some affordable rates. You can find The Tailoring Room on 42 Clinton Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets – you will definitely enjoy working with a team of professionals who will always help you out with a soothing smile on their face – often times just what you need after a hectic day at the office.

 Do not expect any tall buildings to create that feeling of living in an overcrowded place. The sense of being stacked like sardines that often times can be best associated with Manhattan is not yet present here. You will notice 5-story high buildings and spring is the best time to be here and admire the amazing architecture of some of these buildings. You should never go to the Lower East Side without checking out Clinton Street. The pear trees that are in bloom during the springtime will definitely inspire the artist in you or at least help you feel one with the nature, even if it is for just a brief time.     

 The Essex Market is another excellent location you cannot miss when visiting. The Essex Street Market is located on 120 Essex Street right between Rivington Street and Delancey.  And if you really have that sweet tooth, the Economy Candy is just the place for you. The charm of this shop will definitely completely mesmerize you and you can find it on 108 Rivington Street, between Ludlow and Essex streets.  

And if you come home after a lovely afternoon spent in the Lower East Side and you discover you have accidentally locked yourself out, you can use the contact information you can find n the 247locksmithservice.com site. Enjoy fast and reliable locksmithing services at affordable rates no matter what area you might live in.

A win, win, win, win situation.

I have worked with Dance Block, a subsidized dance rehearsal space rental program at Fourth Arts Block for the last three months. In this very short period of time a number of things have taken place:

  1. I can now rattle off the importance of community-driven, sustainable resource sharing with greater confidence – and feel a sense of pride that I am a part of this growing trend throughout New York and the rest of the country.
  2. I am now more self-conscious of my own needs, what resources I own to fulfill those needs, and what resources I own either in surplus or as reusable tools that I can share with my friends and family (my community).
  3. I am now even more aware of how responsible the rest of the world is being with their available resources, what actions they are taking to make themselves more sustainable, and keeping alert to any new, formerly unforeseen opportunities for small businesses and/or organizations to reuse, repurpose and redistribute their resources with each other.

On Monday night, June 11, 2012, Dance/NYC, OurGoods, and Fourth Arts Block, along with curious members of the community, will come together for a Town Hall discussion of resource sharing in NYC dance. All will join in the downstairs theater of PS122 to share an initial and inherent resource – their ideas. Through their extremely hard work and creative planning, FABnyc has scored a major win for young and independent choreographers in New York City (read my blog about it here) and will definitely have a good number of additional strategies to offer. Members of OurGoods, a “barter network for the creative community,” will undoubtedly enlighten all involved on true resource sharing and the ethical responsibility behind it, something to stand behind, both as an artist and a human.

Interested in getting involved? Don’t really know much about what makes a sustainable business or what a barter network really entails? Have a revolutionary idea but have no idea how it could be executed? Come one, come all. Listen, absorb, contribute and learn, and all the while you will be expanding and strengthening your own community. It’s a win, win, win, win situation.

That’s the simple truth. We all want to be winners.

RSVP on Facebook or at Dance/NYC

- Written by Erica Reich Program Assistant @ FABnyc

Start June Covered in Rainbows!

HyperGender Burlesque Presents: Camp: Queer! – their queerest celebration of camp, or campest celebration of queer.

Start June covered in rainbows!

Camp: Queer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Host JZ Bich, the queerest of them all, is accompanied by…

J Mase III, our favorite Philly Cupid

MargOH! Channing, everyone’s favorite drag chanteuse

Sweet Lorraine, producer of Oshun Returns, year long exploration of African American women’s sexuality

Bianca Dagga, all grown up now and bringing some amazing stuff to you!

Faux Pas, the mischievous, provocative, gender blender

Leta LeNoir, cute, funny sexy and HyperGender staple

Mercedes Matilda, the newest addition to queerlesquers in NY, and…

I.R. Marin, the videographer who makes you laugh and scratch your head at the same time.

Get ready (and get tickets now!)

Supporting a NonProfit Feels So Good

Just when you thought benefit season was over, yet another invitation comes hurling towards you with promises of a hip venue, exclusive entertainment, and drinks galore. Who dares attempt to wrangle you into a last non-profit fundraiser when you thought you could finally stop schmoozing and get outside to enjoy this lovely summer weather? FABnyc, of course!

The catch, which you’re bound to appreciate more than celebrity guests, is that this is really, truly not your average benefit. If anything, this is an invitation to kickback, relax, and properly greet these long, warm nights in our sparkling city while toasting to your favorite East Village nonprofit.

If you’re not already familiar, read on to learn why attending said benefit and supporting our non-profit feels so good (even with just two or four complimentary drinks)…

The fun begins with a hip venue of choice: our close and gracious East Village neighbor The Standard Hotel, formerly The Cooper Square Hotel. Experience “New York’s Hottest New Hotel” (Esquire) with exclusive, VIP skyline action from The Standard’s Penthouse at an accessible price. Against this infinite backdrop, Brooklyn-circa-Bogotá, Colombia band Il Abanico will be playing an intimate set of their fuzzy, melodic, and danceable tunes (as featured on MTV Iggy).  You will sip one of your complimentary drinks and soak in some visual art installations while nibbling on a tasty treat…when all of the sudden, New York will be washed in a breathtaking sunset! As you try to regain your composure (as if this is perfectly normal, you VIP!), DJ Alfonso Roule will lure you to the dance floor, and before you know it you’re sweating out dance-induced endorphins and dreamily staring at the star-scattered sky hoping the night will never end.

A breeze sets in, the music fades. Silent auction winners are announced, you collect your raffle prizes, and witness good spirits being shared by all. You smile at your new friends (schmoozing is easy when it’s not schmoozing at all) and descend back to the world on the ground, still buzzing with all the positivity you shared and contributed to with FABnyc.

This urban fairy tale is real, and you can see it first hand. Tuesday, June 19 @ 7:00pm. Check out tickets here.

See you there.

- Written by Erica Reich, Program Assistant @ FABnyc

A Garden Party with Local Spokes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Local Spokes as they celebrate their dynamic plan for the future of bicycling in Chinatown and Lower East Side with a Garden Party.

All are welcome to attend for free food and bike raffles! Thursday, May 31st from 6pm-8pm, RSVP on Facebook.

 

Big Excellent 20th Reunion

What happens at a reunion is often unpredictable, especially when you attend one that is not yours.  Meet Erica Klein, an 18 year old adoptee and a woman of color who attends the Big Excellent 20th Reunion for her recently deceased mother, Ally, in order to deliver a last message to her high school friends.  Erica soon realizes that her task may not be an easy  one when it is revealed that Ally’s 5 dearest friends have all been closeted.

Produced by KS Stevens, Big Excellent 20th Reunion is a new and exciting musical about coping with love and loss.   The play presents a humorous and poignant story about the lives of 6 unique individuals as they come together for this one time event.  It is a must-see for the entire LGBTQA community.

Performances for Big Excellent 20th Reunion run from June 6 -23, 2012 at Theatre 80 located at 80 Saint Mark’s Place (8th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues).  Tickets are available here.