This Week in Chelsea: May 31-June 6, 2021

This Week’s “This Week in Chelsea”

In Order of Appearance:

     Ballerina Boys: Event listing by our Dance columnist, Elizabeth Zimmer | “Show Up, Kids!” in English and Spanish | Chelsea Farmers Market | Chelsea Green Park gets free WiFi | Vaccine site in Chelsea | W. Chelsea park’s garden club | Hudson Guild online talent show / Past but still present: This week’s events that have come and gone

Screenshot by CCNews via American Masters

From Our Dance Columnist, Elizabeth Zimmer | Friday, June 4, 9pm: American Masters: Ballerina Boys | The pandemic deprived us of our annual fix of the Trocks, the all-male ballet troupe that combines brilliant dance technique with hilarious comedy. But just in time for June’s Pride Month, public television presents them in a new romp called Ballerina Boys. Channel 13, Fri., June 4 at 9pm and Tues., June 8 at 4:30am. For more info, visit pbs.org/americanmasters and thirteen.org/anywhere.

Denisse Estefany Mendoza performs “Show Up, Kids!” in English and Spanish, June 5 and 6 and beyond. | Photo by Mikiodo

Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6: Show Up, Kids! performed in English and Spanish | Following a critically acclaimed, two-year run in theaters around the world, and the 12-month online live run during lockdown, Peter Michael Marino’s interactive Show Up, Kids! is back. But its creator is not. Chelsea resident Marino has cast Denisse Estefany Mendoza to perform English and Spanish versions of the show in June, and put Kent Morita on the books come July, for a Japanese version. The plot is simple: When the main attraction is a no-show, the audience must help Mendoza create and perform a show, on the spot. Along for the ride when it comes to everything from the narrative to the lights to the sound, the show sends kids on their way having learned a little something about improv’s greatest “real-world” application: Be well-prepared for nothing, and you’ll be able to handle anything. Appropriate for kids 3-10 years old–and engaging for their chaperones as well. In English Sat., June 5 and in Spanish Sun., June 6. At the Kraine Theater (85 E. Fourth St. off of Second Ave.). Runtime: 50 minutes. For tickets ($15) and info on the venue’s COVID-19 protocols, click here. This run of Show Up, Kids! is made possible in part with public funds administered by LMCC (the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council).

Saturdays, ran or shine, 9am-3pm: Chelsea Farmers Market | Now happening very Saturday from 9am to 3pm, Down to Earth Farmers Markets puts down roots in Chelsea, (on W. 23rd St. near Ninth Ave.) for a new season, albeit with a few notable changes brought about by COVID-19. Here are some guidelines to shopping the farmers market: If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth; Leave 6 feet of space between yourself and the person in front of you if you find yourself in a line (that’s about two arm lengths); Come alone or in a small group of active shoppers; Take social conversations with friends and neighbors outside the market area; No food sampling in the market, and all ready-to-eat food and drink must be consumed off site. If you have pre-ordered bring your order summary with you to speed pick up. For more info, click here for our preview of its opening day, May 15.

Microgreen Foliage; 9-day-old sunflower sprouts. | Photo via Down to Earth Farmers Markets

Particular to what you’ll find on June 5, here’s what the Farmers Market folks had to say, in their June 3 email: “Microgreens are a category of vegetables harvested as tender immature greens, just after the cotyledon leaves have developed. They have three basic parts: a central stem, cotyledon leaf or leaves, and typically, the first pair of very young true leaves. Microgreens vary in size depending upon the specific variety grown, with the typical size being 1 to 3 inches in total length. Because microgreens are harvested right after germination, they are very concentrated with nutrients. This means that they often contain higher vitamin, mineral and antioxidant levels than the same quantity of mature greens. In fact, when comparing microgreens to more mature greens, nutrient levels in microgreens can be up to nine times higher than those found in mature greens. Most microgreen varieties tend to be rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper, while also being a great source of beneficial plant compounds like antioxidants. Microgreens are flavorful and can easily be incorporated into your diet in a variety of ways. They can be used as a main vegetable as well in certain recipes for intense flavor–sweetness and spiciness–and nutrition. Many recipes use them as a garnish while some utilize them as the main ingredient. For example, garlic pea shoots, pea shoots or micro cabbage in cabbage soup, or coleslaw made with radish microgreen instead of cabbage.” Looking for a simple recipe to try microgreens? Check out their recipe for Soy Sauce Vinaigrette With Microgreens by clicking here.

Aerial view of Chelsea Green. | Photo by Michael Moran

Free WiFi Comes to Chelsea Green Park | Access the whole wide world from the confines of a public green space that’s “small in size, big on options,” as its booster group likes to say. Now you can count free WiFi among the options, as noted in a recent email from Friends of Chelsea Green.

“We are grateful for a generous grant from Google, who has provided funding for this project,” said the Friends, noting the WiFi network is provided without cost to all who are using the park. “Feel free to share the password with friends and neighbors,” they said, urging parkgoers to join their email list for important info. “In order to keep the WiFi system running effectively, we may need to update the password occasionally,” they warned. Currently, all you need to know is the following:

Network: Chelsea Green / Password: thank you

Put on hold because of the pandemic, the Google-funded WiFi was announced at the July 25, 2019 opening of Chelsea Green—a day of sweet rewards for years of work, noted Chelsea Community News, in a report you can access by going to the park, getting on the free WiFi, clicking here, and learning or revisiting the rich backstory that shows you what can happen when likeminded Chelsea residents, true to form, don’t take “No” for an answer. Which begs the question: How did this park happen?

The short version: Friends of Chelsea Green came to that name late in the life of the park’s origin story. For years, they were known as Friends of W. 20th St. Park, advocates for a much-needed micropark between Sixth and Seventh Aves. The year was 2010, when early adopter (and de facto park papa) Matt Weiss saw possibilities every time he passed the abandoned NYC Dept. of Sanitation site at 120 W. 20th St. Stalwart supporter Sally Greenspan soon followed suit and, along with other likeminded “Friends,” saw their park project received $200,000 as the first-ever winner of District 3’s Participatory Budgeting process.  The NYC Parks also stepped up with funding, and construction began (after it went through a collaborative design process in which the Parks Dept. held scoping meetings, incorporating a wide range of community feedback and input on the flow, feel, and resources needed inside the park). Upon its July 25. 2019 opening, the park had been dubbed, by popular opinion, “Chelsea Green”–hence the Friends of a park on W. 20th St. became Friends of Chelsea Green.

As for the current state of affairs, these words of “caution” (rhymes with “fun,” which it facilitates, when properly applied:

IMPORTANT REMINDER: NO PETS | Neighbors, please remember that when dogs come into the park, they create problems for our visitors. We love our park, we love our dogs too, but please be respectful of each other and the rules, and take your dogs to a nearby dog park/run for their playtime.

We wish that Chelsea Green had space for dogs, but during development and the design stage by The NYC Parks Department, it was agreed that there simply was not enough room to include a dog run. The proximity of the playground and the oval to the rest of the park area, requires the city enforcement of the no pet rule, even for dogs on leashes. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

STAY SAFE | We ask that all park goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe. Please wear face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when outside and avoid congregating in groups.

SPRING FLOWERS ARE ON THE WAY | As the days grow longer, warmer and sunnier, we look forward to seeing you in the park. Spring flowers are starting to emerge. Please make sure your children stay in front of the railings; they are there to protect the emerging plant life.

Vaccine Site in Chelsea | The Fulton Community Center (119 Ninth Ave.) offers COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesdays through Thursdays. As of April 7’s opening day, NYCHA Elliott-Chelsea and Fulton residents were prioritized. As of April 12, access expanded to New Yorkers age 16 and over. This site is made possible by a partnership between Hudson Guild, Google, and Daybreak Health. Access this and other vaccination venues by visiting VaccineFinder.nyc.gov or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692).

“Seal” Park gets its own Garden Club, the latest effort from its dedicated group of supporters. | Photo by Allen Oster

Garden Club of CCM-Seal Park |  From a recent email comes this good news: “Several members of the newly formed Clement Clarke Moore-Seal Park Garden Club met Sunday, March 14, for a spring cleanup inside the park as well as the tree pits around the park. Many thanks to neighbors Phyliss Waisman, AJ Michel, Laura Solimene, Maria La Macchia and Allen Oster. The Garden Club is looking forward to improving the plantings inside the park and surrounding tree pits and working with NYC Parks and the W400 Block Association to make our beautiful Chelsea park oasis even more enjoyable for all. We welcome new members and if interested in joining, please contact Allen Oster at aoster@earthlink.net.”

Hudson Guild Theatre Company’s New Online Showcase | Live performances are on hold until their theatre can safely reopen–but that hasn’t stopped Hudson Guild from nurturing new talent. Having made its premiere last week, and set to broadcast monthly through June, Talent Jam! is a new virtual showcase presented on the Guild’s YouTube channel. Each episode will feature 2-3 short performances.For more information, visit www.hudsonguilod.org. To view Talent Jam!, click here.

 

Image via the CB4 website

Wednesday, June 2: The Full Board Meeting of Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4); 6:30pm, via Zoom | From new parks to the landmarking of old buildings to what’s good about our area to what is in serious need of improvement, you will see and hear it all at a full board neetubg if CB4. It’s the monthly gathering of all members, to review and vote upon the recommendations of their committees. It’s that, and more. Elected officials or their reps are always on hand, and the zest public comment session gives you two minutes of uninterrupted time to speak your mind. And if you ignore the first warning that lets you know your time is up, you’ll be unceremoniously cut off, whether you mind or not (a doomsday option; it’s usually pretty civil, more or less). Register to attend the meeting by clicking here. Or, if you prefer, view this meeting live and access archived CB4 meetings by clicking here for their YouTube channel. To participate in the Public Session, do so by 5pm on the day of the meeting. To sign up, click here. For general info on CB4, click here. Come prepared, when you preview the full board agenda, which can be found here, along with all of the committee letters going before the full board.

Thursday, June 3, 6-8pm Online: NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson and NYC Votes Present a RANKED CHOICE VOTING SESSION | It used to be that being prepared as you vote (and your chance is coming up, via the June 22 Primary), the informed voter only had to be well-informed about the candidates. This year, however, you’ll need to know the ins and outs of Ranked Choice Voting, which makes its inaugural appearance June 12 (and earlier than that, for absentee ballot participants and those who take advantage of voting at brick and mortar locations). This online seminar will explain how Ranked Choice Voting works. To RSVP, click here. For info on NYC Votes, click here. See the below flyer for more info.

–Compiled by Scott Stiffler

 

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