In This Week’s “THIS WEEK IN CHELSEA”
Events at Chelsea Green Park / PS 11 Farm Market / Participatory Budgeting Assemblies / The Village: A Disco Musical! / Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea / Homelessness in NYC Virtual Panel Discussion / Treats in the Streets / Haunted Circus at Chelsea Green Park
NYPL Story Time (a free Monday event) and More, at Chelsea Green Park (140 W. 20th St. btw, Sixth & Seventh Aves.) | Friends of Chelsea Green—steadfast pals of the small but substantive 2019-opened park built in part with District 3 Participatory Budgeting bucks—invite you to (Free!) NYPL Story Time, 3-3:30pm every Monday. “The Andrew Heiskell library branch is sponsoring this weekly story time.” note the Friends. “Come join the Children’s Librarian in the park. These events will run from weekly until November. Children of all ages and their caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and spend time with other children in the neighborhood. In the event of inclement weather, story time will be held indoors at Andrew Heiskell Library.” BONUS CONTENT: At the tail end of this events column (yes, the one you’re reading now, and thanks for that), see a stand-alone listing for what promises to be a humdinger of a Halloween celebration at Chelsea Green.
The PS 11 Farm Market: Wednesday, October 19, 8am-9am on W. 21st Street (btw. 8th/9th Aves.) | Chelsea’s outdoor, kid-powered pop-up shop with essential ingredients for a great meal means to sell you organic produce and much more, provided by Stoneledge Farm. Previewing this week’s installment via an October 18 email, Market rep Debbie wrote, “The season is winding down – just 3 more weeks! Visit the PS 11 Farm Market tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19th from 8:00-9:00 am. Ms. Lampf & Ms.Emma’s 3rd graders will be running the farm market tomorrow. Great produce, and great stories from our visit to Stoneledge Farm last week. Please bring your own bag OR you can buy bags from us. Including the new PS 11 KIND & GENTLE & GRATEFUL & VEGETABLES – bag. Look forward to seeing you.”
Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies: October 17 & 19 | As we recently noted (click here to read the article), District 3’s 12th cycle of Participatory Budgeting is in play, allowing the voters of NYC Council District 3 to allocate $1 million towards community improvement projects. These Neighborhood Assembly events are the next step in the process. For more details, see the below flyer. To submit your own idea for PB funding, click here. To RSVP for the October 13 event, click here. For October 17, click here. And, for October 19, you guessed it, click here.
The Village: Disco Musical! through Oct. 22 at Dixon Place | Having resided in New York City since 1979—and seen many scenes in manners ranging from the inside track to a few steps back—Nora Burns brings a rarefied air of authenticity to this “meta musical comedy” set in the very year of her arrival here in town. Using onetime Christopher Street resident Thorton Wilder’s Our Town as a reference, Burns’ interlocking ensemble of restless souls under the influence of drink, drugs, and times both high and changing face life in the only logical manner–by breaking into disco dance numbers!
This premiere run at Dixon Place is the latest foray into the multiverse of theatrical pursuits for Burns, whose distinguished track record includes an extended run of her solo show, David’s Friend, at LaMaMa Theater and multiple stage shows from the consistently cutting, always hilarious comedy groups Unitard and The Nellie Olesons. The run was recently extended through Oct. 22, Thurs. through Sat. at 7:30pm at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie St. btw. Rivington & Delancey). Runtime, approx.. 60 minutes. Tickets ($20-$28) are available by visiting Dixonplace.org.
The Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea: Every Saturday, 9am-2pm on the North side of West 23rd St., off Ninth Ave. | New York area growers and artisan food makers make the trip 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 founders 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 offers fruits, vegetables, and meats from area farms. Market favorites Pickle Licious and Orwashers Bakery are back and going strong, along with fresh faces including 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 Market news by signing up for their email newsletter via the Down to Earth Markets website (click here to access it) or https://www.facebook.com/dtechelseafarmersmarket/.
Special events and opportunities include pumpkin decorating, Pet Portraits by Laura Baran (limited quantity, 11am-2pm in Hudson River Park’s 14th St. Park), Drag Queen Story Hour (noon on Little West 12th St.) and an all-day chance to take in a the new Edward Hopper exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. For more info, click here to visit the Treats in the Streets page on Meatpacking’s website.
Haunted Circus: Saturday, October 29, 10am to 1pm at Chelsea Green Park (140 W. 20th St. btw, Sixth & Seventh Aves.) | Friends of Chelsea Green bring you this spooky, seasonal and, well, downright haunted circus-themed Halloween happening. All are invited, and RSVPs are encouraged via email@example.com. See the below flyer for details.
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