Culture on the Cheap
New York Shitty Video Du Jour, Part II: Java Street, Revisited Once Again
As I mentioned in this post, today I had the pleasure of bumping into Kate Zidar, the headmistress of the Newtown Creek Alliance. After we concluded our impromptu film shoot, I informed her of the next piece of open space on my itinerary: the Java Street “Pop-Up” Park. She did not seem to be aware of what this wonder of public/private partnership was. So I gave her a general run-down:
- That despite brandishing “Pop-Up” in its moniker, this park was anything but spontaneous. In fact, it took almost six months to open.
- When it did open (December 2011) most of the plants contained therein were dead due to neglect.
- This endeavor was apparently funded (at least in part) by $15,000 courtesy of our Borough President.
- And, most recently, it has been the location of quite a bit of feral furniture activity (which I have learned came at the behest of a number of loft residents being evicted).
As you can imagine Ms. Zidar found this quite interesting— but I digress. Without further ado, here’s what Java Street looks like today. Enjoy!
As you can see, gentle readers, very little has changed. But this story might, just might, have a happy ending— and soon!
After yours truly shot the above-depicted footage a Department of Sanitation vehicle was spied with my little eye (READ: digital camera) surveying this archipelago of detritus.
To be continued…?