Friday, February 29, 2008
Barry Paddock has been living here at 47 East 3rd Street since 1992.
The case should be heard soon -- the next couple of months. This is one of the first housing cases to be heard by the Court of Appeals in decades. http://www.47e3.0rg/
Please visit the site and read more about the tenants of 47 East 3rd Street and new info should be posted soon. Please donate if you can to help fight for the right to remain in their homes. The landlords are wealthy and have far more options with regard to housing and these much loved community members do not.
Also visit http://www.savestbrigid.com/
because they have news on their court date as well.
NYU's collage promoting the historical area they destroyed for mega dorms and their unending need to expand
I have showed you this collage before and I am rushing but it is of our historic neighborhood and NYU had destroyed as much of it as possible East and West in the name of higher education and supersizing the Village East and West for Student housing. The only thing the mayor and John Sexton, Amanda Burden and friends have not done is provided NYU trolleys and buses to transport us out. NYU waits for buildings to empty to buy or lease them, to tear them down but they still have this collage up of the old Village before NYU mega domination. We feel this is all part of the tv movie fantasy of the lure. They have destroyed so much of and they weigh heavy on our infrastructure all the breaks will not happen in front of their mega dorms and mega builds with new pipes. My theory is they happen to the old pipes they connect to as they supersize and cram in huge populations of students.
It is great to escape but still hard to decompress...the stress of urban living is hard to define and overwhelming especially with the spike in population, tourists, college kids, etc and not stop construction noise and pollution where ever you are in NYC post-9-11 under the Bloomberg Administration.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Maroon 5 gave a free performance at Apple Soho and these beautiful young women and their pals all lined up in advance to get their seats. I enjoyed the woman highlighted in the light because she was wonderfully expressive.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Dear Children's Magical Garden supporters and volunteers,There are bulbs peeping up through the snow in the garden, letting us know that spring is on the way! We will be having our first gardeners meeting of the season at 5 PM next Sunday, March 2nd, place T.B.A. so please r.s.v.p. if you plan to attend. It will be at a location close to the garden. We will be discussing strategies to make the garden permanent, as it is still threatened, and this is the year to save our garden for good! We will also be discussing the upcoming grow together! conference, fundraisers, an exciting new compost project, and some of our goals for this growing season. We would love to see you there! This will be a great chance to help envision the future of this important children's community garden.Then.. come to our official kickoff of the growing Season on Sunday, March 22nd from 2-5 PMWhen:Sunday March 22nd from 2-5Children's Magical Garden de Carmen RubioNorfolk and Stanton St., L.E.S.What: Planting seeds for the pizza garden's second year, and beautiful spring flowers, signing up new members, and learning about composting kitchen scraps!Learn how you can become a member of thegarden and help the kids grow a pizza garden and start their newcomposting project. Workday starts at 2, with a composting workshopstarting at 3. Suggested things to bring are: compostables, seeds, and flowers forplanting. We could also use cardboard egg containers for starting theseeds. We suggest you bring (organic) tomato, eggplant, pepper, basil,thyme, oregano seeds and pansy flowers, but any and all contributionsare appreciated. Please also bring your friends and family, towelcome spring and another season of growing pizza, flowers, kids andcommunity! Or...come with just your beautiful self instead and that'll be great too!Hope to see you!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Adrienne Shelly deserves an Academy Award -- best picture or special one for her courage to be original.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
p.p.s I will never forget the parishoner's crying some on their knees on 12th Street but NYU had to tear down this historic church because student housing is the most important priority as evictions continue to rise.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Visit www.gvshp.org to become a member and the link above to learn more about the TrumpCondo battle.
I have heard on "the street" the rumor is all these sky piercing condos are going to be half to completely empty which could mean the would try some kind of trump game to fill these places up if they can at all. How ironic they made sky piercing glass aquariums that we can all see are empty or half empty.
Hub Station, 73 Morton Street is Times Up's new home for now.
To contact George Bliss his email is HubStationsoho@yahoo.com
George has amazing ideas on how to make NYC green in dynamic ways that would help in the big picture as in the environment and that includes all the massive Universities like NYU and Columbia!
Peter has dealt with this like an East Village Gandhi and continued to get mini-extensions but he continues to be threatened with eviction in 6 months.
It has been like the Titanic and so many businesses die or a few lucky ones relocate.
This is the 2nd push out because of gentrification which I renamed supersification.
Peter needs help on any and all fronts from relocation to coming in and buying food or hiring him to cater events.
Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen
The Art of Vegan Baking
Honoring Mother Earth Since 1978
130 Saint Marks Place , NYC 10009
212-677-7597 fax 212-677-7067
wholesale and retail
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
certain people that are part of the magical diverse mosaic of what I find most beautiful about this great city so touched my heart and soul today---such much joy and beauty today...
Special prayers for a courageous soul who stood up for me front line...tomorrow is a big day for test results...praying for the best.
Two attempts to rape women, one fought him off.
I heard one victim blame herself and that is what every abuser wants...they want the victim to believe it is their fault.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I was discussing with a friend the "witch hunts" where they would burn women at the stake. We talked about "scapegoating" and how it is "easier to be dumb" (a different kind of dumbing down than refered to in the media) to not ask questions and challenge "the blame game". How many people saw some signs of abuse and acted deaf and dumb? This is not always gender specific and clearly women or even gangs of girls can be equally leathal or join in with male counterparts to all kinds of violence from verbal to the worst cases that result in death.
The scapegoating process makes it easier for people to not address what is really going on and scapegoating distracts from the real problems.
Nixymary is in a special place in Heaven if there is one and I can't write very much because her story is just too devastating but again it fits into my statiscal theory on violence to females and the death rate. There was also a clear pattern of verbal abuse and blame that is part of systematic expressions of hostility that were ignored by many and leads to escalated forms of violence and in Nixmary's short painful life, her murder.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I asked Anthony to take some pictures of me playing ball. I was a high school basketball star and should have played in college but didn't. I did play some full court games at West 4th Street and I did play some ball in the gym at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and I remember the guys said "She plays like the brothers." I was touched and painted a basketball and put their quote on the ball as part of my art.
I am moving my art out and like most New Yorkers, I have most of my life cluttered in to my studio of 20 years. I carried 2 unstretched canvases and this body stcking about sex and relations to "Post-Al" and Gary, a humble true blue New Yorker packed my art up and shipped it up.
See "Waitress" and experience a masterpiece that understands the violence towards women and yet the optimism of rising above despair and celebrate love. "Waitress" is a life affirming love letter to Adrienne Shelly's beautiful daughter that has a cameo in the film.
This is close to home for me for many reasons and I started out my life here in NYC on Carmine Street aprox. 25 years ago so bravo to the 6th Precinct for swiftly catching this cowardly murderer.
Another child grows up without a parent because of violence but most of all I am sick of the violence towards women and the most extreme act is murder and along with the usual "blame the victim", lie and trash her. In this murder case the irony is the murderer tried to pass his murder off as suicide.
Adrienne Shelly, a loving mother and dynamic film maker had completed her film "Waitress" which touchs on violence towards women and yet was ultimately hugely a love and life affirming film. There was no way she would kill herself.
Rent "Waitress" and wait until you see the end of the film and her beautiful little daughter and hear the loving song she co-wrote clearly a love letter to this beautiful child. Waitress is a powerful film and I wish she would receive a special Academy Award because she dared to make a unique film from the heart. I was even frustrated that all the newspapers refered to her as "actress" -- she was a talented actress, powerful film maker and clearly a deeply loving mother. I feel "we" women, our contributions are continually minimalized in many and all ways which makes violence that much easier. I believe in this country and globally more females die by violence than by breast cancer but it is not addressed and the small violences are very much accepted.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
and again I repeat myself...thank goodness no one was injured or died...
May 2007 the East Village...you can see me and a diverse group community members in front of a fairly large water main break.
My point is our safety should be the number one concern instead of the rush to supersize the area with mega dorms, sky piercing condos and glittery hotels that reflect "not welcome sign" to long term community members and small businesses and ALL ON AN OLD INFRASTRUCTURE...yeah they lay down the mandatory new pipes for their sky piercing builds but they are connected to old pipes....all too tall, too fast; safety/community first!!!!!!!!!
Self portrait at Web Zone where I upload my blogging and my hexagon in Tompkin Square Park which is from a poem I wrote from the short story "The Going". Special love to all those that have been so loving and supportive to me. I had to make my poem extra short to fit into the hexagon mosaic but it is a love letter to the community, Tompkins, and the people I love--the ones that are here and to loved ones that have died, many way too young. Special thanks to my activist lawyers David Rankin and Mark Taylor.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Alfredo called me and invited to visit Umbrella house and see the photos of Marlis Momber who documented the Lower East Side in the 1970's on ward showing the political turmoil. I empathize with her concerns for archiving her work because I am an artist and have similar concerns for my art. I bought a photo of the NYPD arresting a squator/eviction 267 East 4th Street to add to my collection. . I continue to want to support other's artistic endeavors although right now is one of the most difficult times in life. I welcome change but there is enormous stress moving after all these years so it was very difficult to show up and even buy a photo when I just crammed so much of own work in a temporary storage space.
It was great to see Alfredo and we worked together to make the streets by the schools where his garden with Carmen safer and we are still hoping the City of New York will allot speed bumps because the kids deserve them and I noticed the others schools have them and why not these schools.
Here is the contact info for Marissa and I will also ask you to visit the web site for Alfredo and Carmen's garden because the magical kids garden if facing eviction under this tsunami of development.
Marlis Momber email@example.com
Umbrella House 21-23 Avenue C. near Houston Street Feb. 8- Feb. 17, 2008
Archival Photographs 1976-2008 to raise money to finance archiving 1000 + negatives and prints
http://kidsmagicgarden.net/ Dear Readers of my blog: I ask you to visit this web site and read about the struggle to keep this garden for the community and the history. Please help and remember as you examine the history of this neigbhorhood through photo exhibits like Marlis Momber and Clayton Patterson that you remember to help in anyway possible the people fighting eviction like the kid's magic garden, Whole Earth Bakery and Kitchen and http://www.47e3.org/ and many others city wide!
I know it is funny that I am not showing you art from the museum but the view from the cafe with glass windows. So many thoughts...Jennifer Levin was murdered very nearby and I remember the jury never saw the footage of Robert Chambers breaking off a Barbie doll's head and laughing with a group of adoring young women all laughing. Violence towards women is done on so many levels and much of it is dismissed protecting the abusers and the abusive people always blame the victim.
My Dad took a rest as I sat at a table and I took this photo. He and I have been through so much he nodded out for 15 minutes and I felt in my heart how we have a finite time in this world and despite up and downs, the overwhelming feeling is great love. I remember he and I where in Paris sitting together with a very similar view...Paris New York....two very different cities but many landmarks are similar if not the same...oddly connected from the Statue of Liberty to Egyptian hieroglyphics. Art is like hieroglyphics, maybe like a murder mystery understanding the subtext....the surface and what is below the surface. My art themes are varied but what connects them is the supercharged surfaces, the energy and what is below the surface...the meaning even when the art seems "light" and funny be assured I am talking about much more than what you first visually experience.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Someone made me laugh so much despite all my concerns...so suprising who steps forward and touches your soul, comforts you and who can't be bothered. This underscores "village East and West" and "community" as opposed to NYU-Las Vegas-ville. Did you see NYU's newest plans for mega domination for their continued destructive expansion?
I love the neighborhood even though NYU has destroyed it completely because of the mosiac of the people...amazing the people that touch my soul, local characters, police officers, firemen, fellow activists, homeless people, fellow artists, the people that work at The Strand especially Ben, Cafe Orlin Yossi, Al from Benny's, Dr. Katherine Keil, so many magical wonderful people, a diverse mosaic of people that have a common thread...they touch me with their humanity...they are as beautiful as the trees and buildings that have so far survived the tsunami of community crushing development.