I met a dog at a parade on Sunday, a dog named Spike. That’s Spike in the shot above. He’s Irish, apparently.
The parade was the St. Pat’s Day For All event, held in Sunnyside. For those of us who live anywhere nearby, it signals that Spring is on the way, and it’s a “do not miss it” kind of thing. The shots in this post are selected from a much larger set of better than a hundred shots, which I’ve made available over at Flickr. If you or your group marched in the St. Pat’s Day for All parade, there might be a shot of you in there.
The St. Pat’s for All parade celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York. First held in 2000, St.Pat’s for All cherishes and celebrates an inclusive St. Patrick’s season. Ours is the first in the 260 years + of Irish parades in New York City to be open and welcoming to all who wish to share in the spirit of the day. We err on the side of hospitality. Our theme “cherishing all the children of the nation equally” is taken from the 1916 Easter Proclamation of the Irish Republic. It is a vision drawn from our past and a guide for our present & future.
See tons of photos of the event right after the jump…
In 1964, more than 700 college students trekked to Mississippi to join other volunteers and community organizers to register African Americans to vote. Over a 10-week period known as “Freedom Summer,” these activists encountered stiff resistance from the Ku Klux Klan and even all-white local law enforcement agencies that included the murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches and the bombing of 70 homes and community centers. However, their efforts aided the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which registered voters and sent 68 members to the 1964 Democratic National Convention to confront and unseat the all-white state delegation. On February 22nd, Stanley Nelson, a filmmaker and 2002 MacArthur Genius Fellow, will screen his documentary, Freedom Summer, at Sunnyside Reformed Church. He will also be in attendance for a Q&A related to this powerful movie, which won three Primetime Emmy Awards. Freedom Summer debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, but it will make its East Coast premiere in Sunnyside.
Details: Freedom Summer, Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, February 22nd, 7 pm, free with suggested donation.
In honor of St. Pat’s for All, the all-inclusive St. Patrick’s procession that runs through Sunnyside and Woodside on March 2nd, the Village Voice put together a fun Irish pub crawl. The crawl follows the parade route, which starts at Skillman Avenue and 47th Street and ends at Woodside Avenue and 58th Street. The trip includes Molly Bloom’s on Queens Boulevard, The Dog and Duck on Skillman Avenue, Donovan’s Pub on Roosevelt Avenue, Cuckoo’s Nest on Woodside Avenue and Saints & Sinners on Roosevelt Avenue. You can check out the full selection of Irish bars right here. As the Voice says, the picks are “ideal for pre-gaming the festivities or exploring this area’s history any day of the year.”
This Sunnyside co-op, at 43-33 48th Street, isn’t impressing us. It’s a one bedroom with a total of 773 square feet. While the kitchen looks newly renovated, the rest of the apartment appears pretty bland — and the photo quality in the listing certainly isn’t helping matters. The unit is asking $439,000, which also strikes us to be quite high. What do you make of this unit?
The International Design Center of New York opened October 10th, 1985 in what was originally the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company Building, constructed in 1908 at 47th Avenue and 30th Street -– known as the “thousand window bakery.” The original products were crackers marketed under the Sunshine Biscuits trademark distributed in tins depicting characters that are highly prized as collectibles today. Sunshine is now a division of Keebler and produces the popular Cheez-IT brand. Formerly, a huge Loose-Wiles Sunshine Biscuits neon sign occupied the roofline on the south and east sides, easily visible from trains emerging from East River tunnels into Sunnyside Yards.
Packard Autos, Swingline Staples, Eveready Batteries and American Chicle, producers of Chiclets gum, were also located here on the edge of Sunnyside, manufacturing everyday products and employing thousands of New Yorkers. These manufacturers have mostly vanished from the area.
Today, the IDC NY building is home to furniture showrooms and offices of interior designers and decorators.
The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District is taking on a number of streetscape improvements around the BID district, reports the Sunnyside Post. Improvements include installing tree guards and bollards around trees, planting new trees and expanding tree pits where necessary. The BID already installed tree guards along two blocks — the south side of Queens Boulevard between 43rd Street and 44th Street and the west side of 46th Street between Queens Boulevard and Greenpoint Avenue. In total improvements will go along Queens Boulevard from 38th Street to 50th Street, and on Greenpoint Avenue from Queens Boulevard to 42nd Street. Sunnyside Shines will help fund the tree guards; the BID also accepts sponsorships from individuals and business owners. White Castle and Pickman Realty are the program’s first sponsors.
Argentina and Uruguay are bitter soccer rivals, but the two South American countries have worked well together in creating and perfecting the tango and milonga. These two sensual partner dances — featuring close embraces and syncopated rhythmic footwork — originated on both sides of the Rio de la Plata in the 1890s, before spreading around the world. On Friday, The Best Tango & Milonga kicks off an eight-week stay at Thalía Spanish Theatre. The show is under the direction of Montevideo native Raul Jaurena, a Latin Grammy winner who has played the bandoneón with orchestras from such diverse places as Hollywood, Vienna and Israel. One featured singer is Marga Mitchell, a Venezuela native whose resume includes the 2009 ACE Award as Best Actress in a Musical. On February 14th, the Sunnyside theatre will host a special Valentine’s Day event with a performance and a post-show reception with the cast.
Details: The Best Tango and Milango, Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, January 31st to March 23rd with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 pm and Sunday performances at 4 pm. $35/$32 for students and senior citizens/$30 on Fridays.
Bonus details: Valentine’s Day Tango Lovers’ Night, February 14th, 8 pm, $50.
The Aluminaire House, after much controversy, is not coming to Sunnyside Gardens. Queens Crap reports that the Landmarks Preservation Commission denied the proposal to move the 1930s-era modernist home, as well as a low-rise condo development, to the corner of 39th Avenue and 50th Street.
Here’s part of a statement from the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance: “This victory was won by the hardest working activists (most of YOU), by the 40+ who took the day off to testify in person, by the 600+ in total who raised objection to the development proposal to the LPC, by the assistance of really smart allies at the Historic Districts Council and other preservation groups, by our elected officials and Community Board 2 who added major clout by testifying on our behalf.” The community expressed a lot of opposition to the plan at the LPC hearing in October. It’s unclear how the corner lot will be developed now, or where the Aluminaire House will go.
LIC Post reports that Domaine Wine Bar, located at 50-04 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, is up for sale. A Craigslist ad lists the 1,200-square-foot space, along with a beer and wine license, for $5,200. One of the owners of the wine bar also operates the French bistro Tournesol, although Tournesol isn’t for sale as well.
Meanwhile in Sunnyside, Sunnyside Post reports that Singas Famous Pizza on Greenpoint Avenue is also on the market. The business is asking $69,000; the pizza joint was previously listed for $200,000 in August of 2012.