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What Was and What Will Be

Dozens of tappers — young and old, students and professionals — gathered at Pier 45 in anticipation of May 25’s National Tap Dance Day. Photo by Morgan McMahon.

Dozens of tappers — young and old, students and professionals — gathered at Pier 45 in anticipation of May 25’s National Tap Dance Day. Photo by Morgan McMahon.

HELL’S KITCHEN STREET TREE CARE

Prune some things from your schedule if you must — whatever it takes to give some love back to the trees that line the side streets of that place some call “Clinton.” The West 45/46 Street Block Association is hosting a Street Tree Care event that puts the TLC in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks’ Kitchen.

At Hell’s Kitchen Commons (W. 45 St.), from last October’s Street Tree Care Project. The next installment happens on June 6. Photo by Chana Widawski.

At Hell’s Kitchen Commons (W. 45 St.), from last October’s Street Tree Care Project. The next installment happens on June 6. Photo by Chana Widawski.

They write: “Ever notice the sorry state of our tree beds? We don’t just mean the ridiculous garbage people feed our trees — join us to learn about the danger of impacted soil, buried roots and much more. We’ll supply gloves and tools, and we’ll all get to work on making our trees much healthier. Our trees need YOU!” The event takes place Sat., June 6 and is led by David Korman, an area resident and trained Tree Captain through Million Trees NY. For details, send an email to west45thstreet@gmail.com. On Facebook: facebook.com/westfortyfifthstreet.blockassociation.

 

FLEET WEEK ROCKED

Members of our military rocked out, May 23, in the heart of Times Square. Photo by Jenny Rubin.

Members of our military rocked out, May 23, in the heart of Times Square. Photo by Jenny Rubin.

It was another tough assignment for our photographer Jenny Rubin, as we sent her to Times Square on May 23 to cover Fleet Week activities. Between bouts of prolonged swooning (on the part of tourists, and maybe a bit of her own), Rubin captured images from a concert, featuring music from the Navy Band Northeast’s “Rhode Island Sound” and performances from the USCG Silent Drill Team.

“TAP ATTACK” TRIBUTE

Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 played host to dozens of syncopated hoofers, who took part in a May 24 “Tap Attack” celebration. The event anticipated National Tap Dance Day, which falls on May 25 to mark the birthday of tap dance legend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson” (1878-1949). Tony Waag, Executive/Artistic Director of the American Tap Dance Foundation (154 Christopher St.), told the participants they were following in the footsteps of “Gregory Hines, Donald O’Connor, Honi Coles and the Copasetics. This is the perfect occasion to honor those history makers as well as motivate dancers to preserve the art form.” For the skinny on strapping on some spats of your own, visit atdf.org.

SHRED DAY

No, it’s not a pop up promo for the new “Jurassic Park” flick. This dino-themed vehicle rolls into town June 3, to shred your sensitive documents. Photo by Scott Stiffler.

No, it’s not a pop-up promo for the new “Jurassic Park” flick. This dino-themed vehicle rolls into town June 3, to shred your sensitive documents. Photo by Scott Stiffler.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Councilmember Corey Johnson and the AARP invite you to “Shred Day.” Bring up to three boxes (per household) of documents containing personal and/or sensitive information — and have them torn to bits, free of charge. Wed., June 3, 3–7 p.m. at Penn South (at W. 26 St. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). For info, call the Community Action Center at 212-669-3916.

HUDSON GUILD’S ANNUAL SPRING BAZAAR

Sweet faces and fair prices, from the vendors at Hudson Guild’s Spring Bazaar (May 30). Courtesy Hudson Guild.

Sweet faces and fair prices, from the vendors at Hudson Guild’s Spring Bazaar (May 30). Courtesy Hudson Guild.

As grassroots fundraisers go, it’s quite crafty (literally!). Hudson Guild’s Spring Bazaar, open to the Chelsea and West Side community, offers handmade items, jewelry, toys and household goods — and a food court offering ethnic specialty dishes. In addition to the ceramics, beading, crocheting and other crafts created by participant classes and clubs, community vendors and local artisans will also be represented. “There are some very talented people here. The Bazaar is a testament to our participants’ commitment to rediscovery and lifelong learning,” says Fredrick Miuzzo, Program Manager of Adult Services. “Plus, it’s a great chance to purchase unique, handmade gifts.” All funds raised go directly towards funding Hudson Guild’s Adult Services programming, which helps seniors live in independence and with dignity as contributing members of their community.

Sat., May 30, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. at Hudson Guild’s Fulton Center (119 Ninth Ave. btw. W. 17th & 18th Sts.). For info, visit hudsonguild.org.

–By Scott Stiffler