Love A Lot pre-schoolers on their way to swim class in August 2010.
For residents and business owners on Clinton and Suffolk streets near Delancey, parades of small children coming and going from Love A Lot Pre-School were a regular scene of street life.
But these days, the toddler processions have ceased and the school’s two locations one block apart sit empty and locked. Love A Lot closed its 21 Clinton St. location in July, and state regulators subsequently shut down the original location at 99 Suffolk St. last month. Officials from the health and labor departments are investigating, while parents and teachers are suing for tuition refunds and back pay.
The Local East Village, a joint NYU/New York Times journalism project, documented the troubled school’s decline in an exhaustive investigative piece late last week.
A workshop of a new solo show, Blondie of Arabia, will debut at the Living Theatre tonight. The show, written and performed by Monica Hunken, chronicles the true story of a desert odyssey in the Persian Gulf, while Hunken was working with a catering company at a royal wedding party and ended up biking across three countries in the Middle East. Alone. Directed by Laura Newman.
June 3-5 // 8pm // 21 Clinton St. // Tickets: $15, $10 for military/senior // 10% of proceeds go to support Follow the Women.