September 24, 2010

Red Hook Jazz Fest 2010 concludes on a high note

The final show of the Red Hook Jazz Festival's 2010 season was a great success with one of the biggest crowds yet on a gorgeous day.  Upwards of 250 people came to the Urban Meadow to enjoy six bands, who offered a wide range of jazz from avante garde to latin jazz to a beautiful jazz guitar duo. One thing we learned - crickets love music!

September 18, 2010

Two great neighborhood musicians play the Red Hook Jazz Fest tomorrow

The Columbia Waterfront neighborhood is blessed with an abundance of talented musicians.  At tomorrow's RHJF show two bands in particular are lead by musicians who live a stone's throw from the Urban Meadow.  They play all over the country and the world, and we are lucky to have them play for us:

Willie Martinez La Familia Sextet

And the Marco Capelli Trio, with Marco Capelli on guitar, Ken Filiano playing bass and amazing percussionist Satoshi Takeishi:

September 17, 2010

No tornadoes but music and fun at the Red Hook Jazz Show this Sunday 9/19!

Reminder that another great Red Hook Jazz Festival show takes place in the Urban Meadow this Sunday, September 19th from Noon-6 Pm - $5 for adults, free for kids! Come hear the coolest music in the borough in a tornado free outdoor space!

September 13, 2010

BOOOOOOOOO! Halloween in the Urban Meadow

This coming Sunday, September 19 from Noon-6 come out and hear great jazz at the Meadow.

And then start thinking about Halloween in the Columbia Waterfront District, which will once again be, as they say, spooktacular! This year our annual Halloween bash will be on the day of, Sunday, October 31 and will have more fun and activities than ever, including our wonderful parade around the neighborhood, which is cuter than ten barrels full of monkeys as all of our small fry proudly show off their costumes.

There will be activities in the Meadow and the next door Mother Cabrini playground, with treats, pumpkins and good fun for all. Many more details to come!

September 4, 2010

Community Gardens in NYC in Danger from Developers - sign the WFP petition

The community gardens that give us so much pleasure are in danger again of being sold to developers - question: Must every square inch of space in New York City go to make a profit, or is there room in this city for air and space for its citizens? 

In 2002, after then Mayor Rudy Guiliani tried to get rid of many community gardens by selling them off to private developers, rules regarding the use of community gardens were created which protected gardens from being used by private developers for eight years.  That agreement is about to expire - and though the Parks Department is drafting new rules that will protect our beautiful green spaces, will they go far enough to protect community gardens permanently, or just until political will runs out? 

Often community gardens like the Urban Meadow and our other beautiful neighborhood gardens are the only green spaces in a community.  This is true of the Columbia Waterfront district, which has two playgrounds, but a lack of green. 

The Working Families Party has created an on-line petition that urges the City to draft legislation that will protect the gardens forever. The petition says "Our community gardens need permanent protection so they can keep making New York City stronger, greener, and friendlier.  Please create new community garden rules that protect our existing gardens from developers and encourage the creation of more!"  Go here to add your name:

This piece in the New York Times gives some good background about the issue - New Rules Worry Community Garden Advocates, July 6, 2010