Stargazing on the High Line / West Side Community Fund Grants / The Tribeca Film Festival / The Hudson River Dance Festival / L.E.A.F. Flower Fest / Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea / Early Primary Voting
Stargazing on the High Line, Tuesdays Between Dusk and 9:45pm | Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association take you through the paces of peering through high-powered telescopes to see rare celestial sights. This free program takes place on the High Line at 13th St. just south of The Standard Hotel. Overcast conditions or inclement weather may cause cancellation. If a session needs to be cancelled, a post will appear on @highlinenyc’s Twitter feed by 3pm on the day of the event. For more info, click here.
West Side Community Fund Grants: Applications Accepted Through Friday, June 17 | As original members of the small business-focused seed money initiative that ran from 2018-2020 (and whose last cycle focused on pandemic-impacted businesses vital to the areas they served), Google, Jamestown, and Related/Oxford Hudson Yards have returned for this reactivation of the West Side Community Fund. They’re joined by new members Amazon and Cooley, along with over a dozen other local businesses. This time around, however, the area the Fund serves expands, with Hell’s Kitchen joining Chelsea and Hudson Yards. The scope of eligibility has also broadened: Potential candidates set to share a minimum of $100,000 in funding include neighborhood organizations, city agencies, health clinics, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) projects, and individuals who work for the betterment of their community. The first of two yearly West Side Community Grant cycles is happening right now. Applications are being accepted through June 17, and winners will be announced in early July. For the full list of eligible applicants and to submit your application, visit www.wscf.nyc. Find out more about the Fund, including the role that Hudson Guild is playing, by clicking here to access our recent feature story.
The Tribeca Film Festival: Wednesday, June 8 to Sunday, June 19, In Person & Online | The brick and mortar film festival that was founded to bring people Downtown after 9/11 made the prospect of arts below 14th street (let alone Canal St.) a difficult one reasserts its commitment to the in-person experience this year, with a combination of live and online options. Locally, that means two longtime anchors of the festival’s live screening element are once again active: Chelsea’s SVA Theatre (333 W. 23rd St. btw. 8th & 9th Aves.) and Cinepolis Chelsea (260 W. 23rd St. btw. 7th & 8th Aves.). For all of the essential info, click here.
Hudson River Dance Festival: Thursday -Friday, June 9-10, 7pm | The riverfront at Pier 63 becomes a “scenic sunset stage” playing host to two days of dynamic dance (see, we do alliteration too!). Hudson River Park Friends, in partnership with The Joyce Theater, celebrates Mexican-American heritage and the African Diaspora, along with the roots of tap and modern dance. The lineup features Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Dorrance Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. For more information, click here.
L.E.A.F.— A Three-Day Flower-Filled Affair: Friday, June 10 & Saturday, June 11, 11am-6pm & Sunday, June 12, 11am-5pm across the Meatpacking District |Spend an extended weekend taking in world-class floral design, at this European-style flower market filled with large-scale floral installations and displays, as well as retail and hospitality activations and experiences around the neighborhood. Add to that retail pop-ups, numerous brand experiences, and floral design classes by FlowerSchool New York. What are you waiting for? Stop smelling the flowers, and put L.E.A.F. on your calendar of events! For more info, click here to visit the fest’s page on the website of its presenter, Meatpacking (the Meatpacking District BID).
The Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea: Saturdays, 9am-2pm on the north side of W. 23rd St., off Ninth Ave. | New York area growers and artisan food makers return to Chelsea every Saturday through Dec. 17. This Market was created with the support of nearby Church of the Holy Apostles, with the mission of bringing wholesome and delicious foods to the neighborhood’s shoppers and supporting local small farms and food businesses. “The Chelsea Farmers Market is a grower-producer market,” its fouders note, “meaning that vendors must be farmers or make food with ingredients purchased from local farms. The few exceptions to this rule are olive oil, chocolate and coffee vendors who can document their sourcing.” The Market’s ninth season will offer fruits, vegetables, and meats from area farms. Market favorites PickleLicious and Orwashers Bakery are returning, along with fresh faces including Love the Soup! from Morristown, NJ and Ideal Fish from Waterbury, CT. SNAP EBT is welcome (visit the manager’s tent to get tokens; matching Health Bucks are available). Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, issued by WIC offices and Seniors’ centers, can be used from June through November. Get the latest Market news by signing up for their email newsletter via the Down to Earth Markets website (click here to access it) or by following the Chelsea Farmers Market on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dtechelseafarmersmarket/).
Early June Primary Voting: Saturday, June 18 to Sunday, June 26 | The June Primary is scheduled for June 28, 2022 and will include elections for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Assembly, Judges, and Party Positions. Early Voting is conducted June 18-20, Sat.-Mon., 9am-5pm; June 21-22, Tues.-Wed., 10am-8pm; Thurs., June 23, 10am-6pm; Fri., June 24, 7am-3pm; and June 25-26, Sat.-Sun., 9am-5pm. Voting locations in the Chelsea area are Bayard Rustin High School (351 W. 18th St. btw. Ninth & 10th Aves.); FIT Dubinsky Student Center (217 W. 27th St. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.; and The Mall at Hudson Yards (20 Hudson Yards). Note: You are required to wear a mask/face covering and maintain six feet of distance when entering any Board of Elections facility. The August Primary is scheduled for Aug. 23, with Early Voting from Aug. 13 to 21 and will include elections for U.S. House of Representatives and State Senate. For more info, click here.
—Compiled by Scott Stiffler
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