TLD Interveiw: Abrons New Director of Education, Robert La Fosse

Robert La Fosse.

Henry Street Settlement opened its doors this past weekend for a festive open house and introduction to their new Director of Education, esteemed dancer and choreographer Robert La Fosse. La Fosse was a long time Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, as well as the New York City Ballet. In addition to his work in classical ballet, La Fosse starred in Broadway productions of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor.

He will helm a program that offers more than 100 classes a year and has an annual enrollment of more than 500 students. He also is charged with the direction of the Abrons Dance Ensemble and Urban Youth Theater, as well as the Abrons’ extensive programs in New York City public schools. TLD Contributor Royal Young spoke with La Fosse at the open house.

A passionate piano player and full band were installed upstairs where golden afternoon sunlight poured in over drums, cello and violins. There was a silk screen station with Evelyn Donnelly offering free Abrons Arts Center shirts in multi-colored prints. Wine, juice and tea sandwiches were served.

Photo by Lee Brozgol.

CB3 Pitches DOE Chancellor on Seward Park School

DOE Chancellor Dennis Walcott at P.S. 20.

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was on the Lower East Wednesday night for a town hall meeting.  He answered questions from parents and other interested members of the public during a sparsely attended hour-long gathering at P.S. 20 on Essex Street.  The event was hosted by the District 1 Community Education Council.

Among the issues raised during the forum: Community Board 3’s desire to build a new school in the neighborhood as part of the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Plan.  Earlier this month, the city released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 1.6 million square foot project.   City planners agreed to set aside a 15,000 square foot parcel at the corner of Grand and Suffolk streets for a school.

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You’re Invited: Lunar New Year Celebration at Pace University

City Council member Margaret Chin is inviting the whole community to the annual Lunar New Year Celebration, hosted by the Council, the Confucius Institute at Pace University and the New York Chinese Opera Society.  The free event takes place from noon-3 p.m. Sunday.  See above for more details.

 

At Unity Rally, Raphael Ward’s Mother Urges LES to “Stop the Violence”

Columbia and Rivington streets. Arlene Delgado, Raphael’s mom, is pictured to the left of Council member Chin. Photo: Councilmember Margaret Chin’s twitter feed.

Community activists, elected officials and residents sick and tired of youth violence came out in large numbers last night at a “stop the violence” unity rally.  The crowd gathered at 5:30 p.m. on Avenue D and 6th Street and marched down to Columbia Street, where 16-year old Raphael Ward was shot and killed January 4.

Arlene Delgado, Raphael’s mom, thanked the community for an outpouring of support in the aftermath of her family’s tragedy, and called on parents throughout the Lower East Side to do whatever it takes to keep their kids safe. “They say it takes a village, right… So our village has to pull together. You have to be more involved,” she said.  Delgado said she is starting a foundation in her son’s name.

Morning Reads: Remembering Ed Koch, Bike Delivery Crackdown, Jen Bekman Rumors

New Yorkers remember Ed Koch, a larger than life mayor who personified the city (NYT).

The DOT is cracking down on bike delivery workers (WCBS).

Rumors are swirling about Jen Bekman’s online art startup (Artinfo).

A conversation with the filmmakers behind “Redemption,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about the people who collect cans and bottles on the Streets of New York (Democracy Now).

Maya Bloch opens a solo show at Thierry Goldberg (NYT).

 

Good Morning!

Williamsburg Bridge Sunset - New York City

Williamsburg Bridge. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/nythroughthelens.com.

More wind today and mostly cloudy skies, with a high of 32.  We may see some flurries this afternoon.  Mostly sunny tomorrow with a high of 31.  Possible snow showers Sunday with a high of 34.  Have a good weekend.

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