2016-05-18 / Front Page

CB 1 Holds Final Public Hearing Before Summer Break

By Thomas Cogan

The Community Board 1 cabinet meeting for May was the last one for the season, the June meeting being limited to agency officials, with no outside attendance. In May, it was a relatively short meeting, with big announcements about summer programs but few complaints about any of the city agencies.  A representative from Socrates Sculpture Park described a roster of activities to mark the park’s 30th anniversary, all of them free. She was followed by a woman from the Noguchi Museum, also announcing a lot of summer activities, including a tea ceremony and a program for high school students.  The Department of Sanitation’s summer activities include keeping highway ramps clean, while Con Edison is repairing and replacing gas mains and the Department of Health is hunting mosquitoes.  

Pasqualina Azzarello, director of community relations for Socrates Sculpture Park, said the park’s 30th anniversary season has begun.   Among the myriad activities this spring and summer are Saturday sculpture workshops (from noon to 3:00 p.m.), Jazz Thursdays and Movie Wednesdays.  The sculpture workshops season has already begun and will continue on May 21 and 28.  The remaining workshops will occur June 4, 18 and 25; July 2, 16, 23 and 30; August 6, 13, 20 and 27; and September 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Each workshop has a topic, some of which are: Giant Sculptures Made Small (May 21); Makin’ Sock Puppets (July 18); How to Think in 3D (July 23); Plastic Bag Couture (August 13); and Unfamiliar Portraits (September 10).

There are three Jazz Thursdays, June 2, July 7 and August 4.  The June and July shows run from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., with June’s group being the Alvin Flythe Quartet, presenting a history of the tenor saxophone.  July’s group is the Aquaz Ninjaz Dynamic Tribute Ensemble, which has, as the guidebook says, “an emphasis on funk.”  On August 4, Louis Armstrong Night, the show begins at 6:00 p.m., the earlier half hour being Jazz for Kids with the night’s trumpeter, “Hot Lips” Joey Morant.

Movie Wednesdays run with unbroken succession from July 6 to August 24, with pre-screening performances at 7:00 p.m. and film time beginning at sundown.  The overriding theme of the series is the river.   It begins July 6 with a Hollywood classic from 1951, The African Queen, directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn; followed July 13 by a French classic from 1934, Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante

There are countless other exhibitions, plus music, dance, dramatic performances, and events.  The LIC Art Bus is available, running weekends 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., from Socrates Sculpture Park to MOMA PS1 and points in between, until September 11.  Further information is available at info@socratessculpturepark.org or at 718-956-1819. 

Shannon Murphy, head of education at the Noguchi Museum, went over the summer programming, beginning with the museum’s community days, being four Sundays, June 5, July 3, August 7 and September 4, when there is no admission charge from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  On each of these days between 11:00 and 2:00 there is an open studio event for families, including gallery activities and hands-on art making.  There is a public tour for all from 2:00 to 3:00 and for adults from 4:00 to 5:00 there is Center of Attention, a conversation about art and an examination of a single artwork.

A singular installation, which has been on since March and runs through September, is a tea ceremony conducted by Tom Sachs.  It is his interpretation of Japanese chanoyu, which is highly elaborate to begin with.  Assisted by Johnny Fogg, Sachs performs the ceremony for up to three guests.  Applications to be one such guest are at www.noguchi.org.  Ceremony performances are included with museum admission.

Finally, there is Making Your Mark or MYM, the summer program for 10th to 12th grade high school students, on Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., from July 5 to August 4.  This is an introduction to the art and vision of Isamu Noguchi, which actually concludes with a student exhibition Friday, August 5.  Aspiring students must have a letter of recommendation from a teacher, advisor or mentor and apply no later than Monday, June 1.  Further information is available from education@noguchi.org or at 718-204-7088, ext. 203.

Department of Sanitation Superintendent Luigi DiRico said the Sanitation district is probably the cleanest it has been in three years.  He said there has been extensive clean-up under train trestles and on highway service roads.  The latter, being the Long Island Expressway and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (though not the Grand Central Parkway, owing to limited resources), are being regularly swept on their entrance and exit ramps.  Ramps near 30th Avenue particularly needed clean-up, he said.

Joan Herrera of Arrow Community Center, 35-30 35th St., said the center is currently registering youth from six to 15 years of age for its summer programs.  She also mentioned she had fitness programs, such as zumba dancing, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Ed Vélez of Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan’s office said the office is part of the current program offering barrels for catching rainwater from downspouts, for various uses.  Audrey Dimola of Socrates Sculpture Park was present to inform everyone about Newtown Literary Journal, for writers living in Queens.  More information is available at www.newtownliterary.org.

Andre Ledesme of Con Edison said the company has lately been conducting a program of repair and replacement with many of its gas pipes.  Joe Marziano of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said there will be spraying in Astoria Park to exterminate mosquitoes that might be spreading the Zika virus.  He handed out cards that said most persons do not need to be tested for the virus, even those who have traveled anywhere Zika is spreading.    Pregnant women who have been in a Zika area at any time during their pregnancies should be tested, usually by giving urine and blood samples.  The literature says those women who while pregnant have been sexually intimate in any way with a man and also unprotected should be tested.   More information is available at www.nyc.gov/health/zika.                                       

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