This Week in Chelsea: January 23-29, 2023

In This Week’s “THIS WEEK IN CHELSEA”

10th Precinct Community Council & Build the Block Meetings / Bold Visions for a New Above-Ground Penn Station: A Public Forum  / The Smuggler at the Irish Repertory Theatre / Art at Hudson Guild / Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine’s State of the Borough Address / Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4) Full Board Meeting

10th Precinct Community Council President Larry O’Neill (blue long sleeved shirt), seen here presiding over the Sept. 2022 meeting, repeats that duty this Wed., Jan. 25, via Zoom. | File photo by Pamela Wolff

The 10th Precinct Community Council: Wednesday, January 25, 7pm via Zoom | The citizen-run Council meets at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month, via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Council President Larry O’Neill hosts the event, which typically sees 10th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Robert Gault on hand to discuss the latest crime statistics, trends, and enforcement efforts. O’Neill then moderates a Q&A session in which Gault responds to attendee questions regarding local matters of concern. Electeds and City representatives are often in attendance, and usually amenable to taking questions from neighborhood residents, business owners, and other stakeholders who typify the turnout. Also likely to attend Council meetings, whether live or via Zoom, are 10th Precinct detectives, Community Affairs officers, and other staff, often called upon by Gault when the topic turns to their area of expertise. Note: Follow the Community Council on Facebook by clicking here. O’Neill posts the Zoom link on the Council’s Facebook page. So visit and follow the page, yes, but since you’re here, we’ll also give you that info. Just prior to 7pm on January 25, click here to attend. The Meeting ID is 814 8873 1820. The Passcode is 036623. To attend via phone/one-tap mobile, dial 646-558-8656.

The 10th Precinct Sector A Build the Block Meeting: Thursday, January 26, 5pm at the Joyce Theatre (175 Eighth Ave. at W. 19th St.) | NYPD Build the Block meetings, held quarterly, provide an opportunity to interact with the two-person NCO (Neighborhood Coordination Officer) team responsible for their assigned sector. NCOs have dedicated hours every week during which they create new contacts and strengthen existing relationships with residents, business owners and others. The 10th Precint has three Sectors: A, B, and Cwhile the 13th Precint, which is responsible for some sections of easternmost Chelsea, has four Sectors: A, B, C, and D. Click here to find your Build the Block meeting. Enter in your address, and the search result yields info on your Sector, along with contact info for your NCOs and the date/location of their next meeting. As these dates are scheduled far in advance, the NYPD offers this advice: “All meeting times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please call your local precinct and speak to a Neighborhood Coordination Officer to verify correct meeting information.” It’s a good idea to check in on the day of the scheduled meeting, as plans do sometimes change on short notice (in which case the 10th Precinct’s Twitter account, @NYPD10Pct, is a reliable source for last-minute info). Sector A’s area of coverage is W. 14th St. to W. 21st St., Seventh Ave. to the Hudson. Your Sector A Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) are: PO William Lleras (email: William.Lleras2@nypd.org ) and PO Taimoor Ahmad (email: Taimoor.Ahmad@nypd.org).

Bold Visions for a New Above-Ground Penn Station: A Public Forum | Thursday, January 26, 6:30-8:30pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7 E. Seventh St.) and on Zoom

ReThinkNYC—an organization focused on the NYC region’s transportation infrastructure, land use, governance, and socio-economic issues—invites you to contemplate design and construction scenarios for a new, above-ground Penn Station. It’s the latest element in their preservation-minded, common-sense counterproposal for the wholesale destruction of the area put forth by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul and supported by a gaggle of capitulation-prone cronies (with chief benefactor Vornado Realty Trust at the wheel of Hochul’s fast-careening clown car).  Ambitious yet achievable plans envisioning an above-ground Penn Station will be presented by three eminent architects: Vishaan Chakrabarti (PAU), Alexandros Washburn (Grand Penn Community Alliance), and Richard Cameron (Atelier and Co.). These proposals are followed by a Q&A session, with inquiries from a panel of architectural authorities as well as the general public. Sam Turvey, Chairperson, ReThinkPennStationNYC.org, moderates this free (ticket required for admission) live event, also accessible via Zoom. To register for the live presentation, click here. To register for attendance via Zoom, click here. Recently Revised Venue Visitor Guidelines: Visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test by a third party (not home test) within three days of their visit or a negative rapid test result taken by a third party (not home test) on the day of the visit. Results from street booth testers will be accepted.

Image via irishrep.org

The Smuggler: A Thriller in Rhyme at the W. Scott McLucas Studio in the Irish Repertory Theatre (IRT) Through Feb. 26 | Writer Ronán Noone never strays from rhymed verse, in this one-person show whose scheduled run at the Irish Rep would have come the year after its acclaimed 2019 production as part of the Origins 1st Irish Festival (where Noone won the Best Playwright award). But the global pandemic of 2020 had other plans, forcing the Rep run to be cancelled—or, more accurately, postponed. “Irish Rep is proud to return to this production and bring it to our stage this winter,” said IRT’s Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director and Ciarán O’Reilly, Producing Director, of the current run. Michael Mellamphy reprises his 2019 performance in the role of Irish immigrant Tim Finnegan. When the aspiring writer loses his job as a bartender, he gets drawn into the world of smuggling. The act itself is plenty shady—but what he’s tasked with smuggling is the thing that reveals the dark underbelly of Amity, a Massachusetts summer colony where old money and newly arrived migrants make for a combustible mix. “The Smuggler,” notes the press material, “examines how far one man will go to restore his self-respect and asks the question, ‘What does it mean to be an American citizen?’ “

In previews now. Opening Night, Jan. 26 for a run through Feb. 26. Performances are on Wednesdays at 2pm & 7pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets begin at $50, available at IrishRep.org. The Irish Repertory Theatre is located at 132 W. 22nd St. (btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves.). As of Jan.1, most performances at Irish Rep will be Mask-Optional. All Wednesday matinee and Saturday evening performances are Mask-Required.