This Week in Chelsea: Week of October 18-24, 2020

Hudson Guild Theatre Company used our newfound familiarity with the Zoom format to bring added dramatic heft to the final production of Season 25. | Photo courtesy of Hudson Guild

Hudson Guild Theatre Company Presents “A Five Mile Radius” | Tasha Partee’s new play receives its world premiere in a way the entire world can see, and in a virtual format that breaks new ground for the always-innovative Hudson Guild Theatre Company. A Five Mile Radius was filmed using the Zoom format technique so very few of us were aware of—until COVID-19 changed the way we experience everything from business meetings to family reunions. Directors Jim Furlong and Devin Klos used Zoom’s visual format (one screen, many squares, multiple participants moving in real time) not only for its built-in “draws you in” effect on viewers, but also as a way to heighten what the already-strong script has to say about class, race, guns, and social media. In their choice of material and the manner in which to present it, the collective has created a fitting end to Hudson Guild Theatre Company’s 25th Anniversary Season—and a clear message that the best is yet to come, whether the future finds us watching them on stage, screen, or a little bit of both with a new, unexpected element thrown into the mix

The Plot: Set in a Staten Island apartment complex on the evening of July 4, the story is a crisis point in the life of popular local food critic Edie Pfeiffer, whose working class roots are at once her shield and her Achilles heel. She finds her life upended when a neighbor’s seven-year-old son is accidentally shot, leading her to post a controversial picture of the boy on Twitter, asking for prayers that he survives. When a sensitive issue from her past emerges in connection to the boy’s plight, she finds her life beginning to unravel.

Watch A Five Mile Radius any time, free of charge, from Fri., Oct. 23 at 7:30pm through Sun., Oct. 25 at 3:00pm. Running time is 90 minutes. Streaming ends on Oct. 25 at 5:00pm.  On Hudson Guild’s You Tube Channel (click here to access the channel). For more info about Hudson Guild, click here.

Down to Earth Farmers Market: Saturdays in Chelsea | Down to Earth Farmers Market has a presence in Chelsea, Saturdays, 9am-3pm, through December 19, along the sidewalk on the North side of W. 23rd St., east of Ninth Ave. The Market has altered its shopping guidelines, in accordance with COVID-19 precautions. Click here to read the guidelines, and arrive prepared to browse while maintaining social distance. To visit the website page specific to their Chelsea Market, click here. Go to the Manager’s Tent to use your SNAP EBT card and get tokens to spend with our vendors. Health Bucks available. FMNP WIC/Seniors checks can be used at the farm stands through November. Note: Food scrap recycling collection is on pause. Please do not bring items for composting to the farmers market.

Deputy Inspector Steven M. Hellman, Commanding Officer of the 13th Precinct. | Photo via nyc.gov.

Down to Earth Farmers Market: Saturdays in Chelsea | Down to Earth Farmers Market has a presence in Chelsea, Saturdays, 9am-3pm, through December 19, along the sidewalk on the North side of W. 23rd St., east of Ninth Ave. The Market has altered its shopping guidelines, in accordance with COVID-19 precautions. Click here to read the guidelines, and arrive prepared to browse while maintaining social distance. To visit the website page specific to their Chelsea Market, click here. Go to the Manager’s Tent to use your SNAP EBT card and get tokens to spend with our vendors. Health Bucks available. FMNP WIC/Seniors checks can be used at the farm stands through November. Note: Food scrap recycling collection is on pause. Please do not bring items for composting to the farmers market.

Tuesday, October 19 ,6:30pm: The 13th Precinct Community Council Meeting |  Typically taking place on the third Tuesday of the month, as it does this time around, the Community Council of the NYPD’s 13th Precinct provides a forum for community members to work with local police officers to address safety and quality of life issues that affect us all. On the agenda this time around: A report from the precinct’s Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Steven M. Hellman, the Cop of the Month award, and comments and questions from the community. Tues., Oct. 19, 6:30pm, at the 13th Precinct (230 E. 21st St., btw. Second & Third Aves.). For more info on the 13th Precinct, click here.

Photo via @NYPD10Pct

Tuesday, October 20, 6:00pm & Wedhe 1oth Precinct SectorB Build the Block Meeting | For the third consecutive month since a months-long halt because of COVID-19 precautions, the 10th Precinct’s Build the Block meetings are back–in live brick-and-mortar form. The meetings are a chance to get to know you Now Neighborhood Coordination Officers, or NCOs. They spend all their working hours within the confines of their assigned sectors, actively engaging with local community members and residents. They get to know the neighborhood, its people, and its problems extremely well. Click here to read Winnie McCroy’s account of the Sector B meeting at Penn South, where many voiced concerns regarding the problems with drug use, vagrancy, and petty crime around the W. 21st St. and Eighth Ave. corridor. As for the seating arrangements, there’s nothing petty about it: The spacing of seats and a number of other precautions are all to keep you safe and healthy–healthy enough to see your NCOs again in November! Below, see the lines of division for each Sector. Click here to access general information about the 10th Precinct, locate you Sector NCOs.

NCO Sector A  (W. 14th St. to W. 21t St., 7th Ave. to the Hudson). Tuesday, October 20, 6pm: Join NCO A for their quarterly Build the Block at the Jungle Bird ( 174 8th Ave.). Temperature screening will be conducted, social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and PPE will be available.

NCO Sector B (W. 21st St. to W. 29th St., 7th Ave. to the Hudson) | For more info. and to contact you NCO, click here.

NCO Sector C (W. 29 St. to W. 43rd St., 9th Ave. to the Hudson) | For more info , and contact your NCO, click here

L to R, NCOs Gregory Edgar and Addy Fernandez, along with a member of the 10th Precinct response team, sent by dispatchers to your home in case of emergency. | Photo by Winnie McCroy

–Compiled by Scott Stiffler

 

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