Last week we noted that Basketball City on Pier 36 sustained a lot of damage during Hurricane Sandy. The wood floors covering seven courts inside the recreational facility, which just opened this past summer, were completely ruined. This week we stopped by to check out the progress of repairs and to talk with Basketball City owner Bruce Radler.
The good news, he said, is that the building is in good shape structurally. The new floors are being shipped in batches during the next few weeks. It will probably be mid-January before the job is complete. A couple of transformers were also lost in the storm, and Verizon has still not been able to restore regular phone service.
We have more photos this afternoon from All Tomorrow’s Parties — “I’ll Be Your Mirror” taking place at Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. Last night’s highlights included The Roots, the Afghan Whigs (frontman Greg Dulli co-curated the festival) and Swedish folk singer Jose Gonzales. Photographer Bahram Foroughi has been covering ATP for The Lo-Down. Have a look at Saturday night on the East River.
There are big happenings at Pier 36 on the East River this coming weekend. All Tomorrow’s Parties, the highly regarded indie music festival is coming to the Lower East Side Friday-Sunday. The festival, which began in Great Britain, is co-curated this year by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs and features Frank Ocean, the Roots, Phillip Glass and many more artists. Recently, we posed some questions to festival founder Barry Hogan about the decision he and his wife/partner (Deborah Kee Higgins) made to move an American version of the event from Asbury Park to the LES.
The “All Tomorrow’s Parties” music festival has announced new details for its September 21-23 extravaganza at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side. Rising R&B star Frank Ocean has been confirmed for Friday night (hopefully he won’t cancel at the last minute). Ocean was picked by festival curator Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs.
Other confirmed artists: Hannibal Buress (joining the Friday comedy lineup) and a second performance from ex-Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo. The Afghan Whigs headline on Saturday night. There will also be performances from The Roots, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, José González, The Antlers, DJ Questlove, Charles Bradley, The Make-Up, Dirty Three, Mark Lanegan Band, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees (to name a few).
The American edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties is moving from Asbury Park to Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street (otherwise known as Basketball City). Passes for the weekend cost $199. Some single-day tickets are available. More info on ATP’s web site.
Big news today in the music world — The Lower East Side is the new home of the American-version of “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” The highly regarded British music festival is moving from Asbury Park to Pier 36, the Basketball City facility at the end of Montgomery Street.
The festival takes place September 21-23. Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli is this year’s curator. Performers include: Philip Glass with Tyondai Braxton, the Roots, Lightning Bolt, the Make-Up, Godspeed You Black Emperor, the Dirty Three and the Antlers, Chavez.
The operators of Basketball City are shooting for a March opening date for their new facility on Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. The company, which hosts corporate recreational leagues, has run into a lot of construction delays and other complications. But as the debut of the $12 million complex draws near, plans are underway for a series of youth basketball clinics.
As part of his commitment to Community Board 3, Basketball City owner Bruce Radler agreed to offer the low-cost clinics for kids in the neighborhood. Each clinic will last six weeks and will cost a total of $25. The sessions will be held on Sundays. If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 16, they’re eligible. To sign up, email CB3 member Thomas Parker at email@example.com.
Remember to include the name of your child, his/her age, your name and contact info. Kids who live in Community District 3 (Lower East Side, East Village, most of Chinatown) are being given top priority.
This just popped up on the wire: The NYC Economic Development Corp. announces a financing deal for Basketball City, the privately owned facility being developed on Pier 36, at the end of Montgomery Street. Unsurprisingly, there’s no mention of a protracted dispute with several neighborhood organizations, who have pressed Basketball City to make a wide range of concessions to low income residents. Here’s the full news release:
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver released a press statement a short time ago calling on the city to dedicate revenues from Pier 36 to the “maintenance and upkeep of the East River Esplanade.” A private company, Basketball City, has leased a portion of the pier (located near Montgomery Street), but due to construction delays has not yet opened its new facility. The statement from Silver’s office said:
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