Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center Celebrates Reopening This Weekend

Clemente Soto Velez’s shining new facade.

In case you haven’t noticed, the scaffolding covering Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (CSV) on the corner of Suffolk and Rivington streets, has come down after 18 years!  To celebrate the beautiful new facade of this 1898 former public school building, CSV has planned three-days of reopening festivities this weekend that include the annual Borimix celebration of Puerto Rican culture, building tours, theater and dance performances and exhibitions.

Weekend Kids’ Pick

ITSWA! and other kid-friendly shows at the NY Fringe Festival this weekend

This weekend, check out the local, kid-friendly offerings from the New York Fringe Festival. On Friday at 2, see Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears at the CSV Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk. This musical production about a spoiled brat learning to live within a large family includes puppetry and comedy. On Friday at 4 and Saturday at noon, see  ISTWA! Storytime for a small world at The Living Theatre, 21 Clinton. The all-ages show is one hour of folktales from around the world, told in a uniquely physical way.

For more information about this and other kids events, visit our kids page.

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What do you do?

Work-wise, I run the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center on Suffolk Street.  It’s a 98,000 square foot former P.S. 160. GORGEOUS. Built in 1897.  It fell on hard times when the City, which still owns it, more or less abandoned it in 1973.