Calendar of Upcoming Events

Calendar of Some Upcoming Events …

Sunday, March 29th


The Really Really Free Market is a bazaar and a celebration, where capitalist notions of interaction are discarded and people have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect and share free food, skills, music, clothing, books, other things!

3- 7 p.m., Location: Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South @ Thompson Street, Manhattan. (A,B,C,D,E,F trains to W. 4th/Washington Square)

* THE VANISHING CITY: Part II – Films & Townhall Discussion: The Changing Bowery, Chinatown and Lower East Side.

View 20 minutes of the work-in-progress documentary “Vanishing New York” as well as the short film “The Over-successful City” followed by a discussion on the changing face of our city and neighborhoods focused on The Bowery, Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The first event was a big success. More info on speakers at Colonnade Row blog.

3 p.m., Location: Dixon Place Theater, 161 Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey), Manhattan. $15, $12 students and seniors. Followed by reception. Reserve tickets in advance.

Saturday, April 4th


2 p.m., Location: Brooklyn Lyceum, Fourth Avenue between Union and President Sts., Gowanus (next to Park Slope), Brooklyn (R train to Union Street)

Saturday, April 11th & Sunday, April 12th


Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South @ Thompson Street

Tuesday, May 7th


Meet local bloggers, learn about blogging, discussion of the impact local blogs have had, watch some great photo montages of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Brooklyn, socialize, and more!

7 p.m., powerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY; Admission: $10. ($5 for students and seniors)** After-Party, Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY


For subway information and directions to venues: check out HopStop.

NYC: The Vanishing City: Films and Discussion Saturday, January 24th

The Vanishing City Event 1/24

The Vanishing City Event 1/24

A topic I’ve tried to explore on Washington Square Park Blog over the last year are the dramatic changes going on in New York City under Mayor Bloomberg.

Our CEO Mayor’s pro-development, pro-corporate interests, massive re-zonings, and anti-community initiatives are all dramatically accelerating the pace of change in New York, destroying the fabric, the underpinning, of what makes New York New York – its unique, gritty, welcoming to all, pace-setting, dynamic edge.

Evidence of these initiatives exist across the city’s five boroughs. See: Coney Island, Willets Point, Yankee Stadium land grab and park destruction in the Bronx, Lower East Side/Chinatown re-zonings, Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards debacle, NYU and Columbia University’s mammoth, soulless expansions, the overtaking of Harlem, and, of course, Washington Square Park, among too many others.

We can welcome the future without bulldozing the past.

But not Mayor Bloomberg and his corporate allies … they wish to create a homogenized, bland version of New York. Emphasis on corporatization, privatization, tourism, real estate, Wall Street (you see how well that’s been going, eh?). To do this, the past must disappear. It challenges and hinders their efforts. It reminds people of what once was – and can be.


Now, at last, an event, with two films and discussion, is happening, the first of others, the organizers say.


Saturday, January 24 – 8PM
The NEW Dixon Place Theater; 161 Chrystie Street (Rivington/Delancey), Manhattan
RSVP: 212 219-0736 x113

$20 includes reception with panel to follow event
$15 general admission; $12 seniors/students/discount code

Proceeds benefit the funding of the film “Vanishing New York” and community programs at Dixon Place.


A screening of the acclaimed short film “Twilight Becomes Night
A preview of the work-in-progress film Vanishing New York
And a panel of activists and preservationists taking audience questions:

-Andrew Berman, Executive Director, Greenwich Village Society of Historical Preservation
-Bettina Domiani, Director, Good Jobs New York
-Deborah Glick, New York State Assemblymember
-Jen Senko & Fiore DeRosa, Directors/Producers, “Vanishing New York”

Moderated by Michael Karp; Curated by Jen Senko & Fiore DeRosa

Luxury development is radically changing the face and faces of New York City. The middle class, small businesses and artists are being priced out at an alarming rate. You can’t stop development, so how then do you preserve the things that make this city one of the most unique places in the world?


Jeremiah at Vanishing New York blog (not affiliated with the film) interviewed the director of “Twilight Becomes Night,” Virginie-Alvine Perrette, here.


New Blog entries resume Monday, January 26th!