The Center’s mission is to foster, promote and support the development of the arts, in its various disciplines, within the Puerto Rican – Latino Community. csvcenter.org I always wondered about this building on Rivington and Suffolk Streets.
It used to be covered in graffiti.
But with the exterior renovation recently complete, it looks amazingly clean and bright.
The iron work on the staircases and exterior gates is impressive. There is still much work to do on the interior of this 1897 building.
I came for an OHNY guided tour but there was no one at the front desk, or anywhere else I went in the building.
Abrazo Interno Gallery
Gaudhi is involved in the Center’s outreach program. He’s a DJ, artist and furniture maker. I met him after my self guided tour.
While vainly looking for Conflux Festival events I stumbled on OHNY at the Stuyvesant Polyclinic on 2nd Avenue. It looks like the recent renovation left the stairway restored and in good shape. The rest of the space is gutted and drywalled, but I never saw the interior before so I don’t know how it used to look.
I went to the New York City Marble Cemetery on East Second Street today during Open House New York, and got to see where Samantha Raven hangs. It is as I suspected, she is in the eastern portion, not visible from the street. Samantha was fairly tolerant, letting me get about ten feet from her. Being that close I could see that it is her right wing that is broken. I don’t think it is possible for her to stalk and kill a pigeon, as some have claimed, she is just not agile enough. Though, I have seen her scavenging a pigeon, already deceased.
I was not able to learn much about Samantha’s situation, other than that she is a rescue animal with a broken wing and that her name is Samantha, not Emily as I was earlier told. Also the raven may be from Wyoming and not Utah as I earlier reported, or maybe neither, not that it really matters.
Update: On my Flickr stream someone identifying themselves as Samantha’s Surgardaddy says: “her wing’s not broken…. rather, aggressive tendon strain that appears to be improving to a point, that after a year and a half of “rest,” she may soon be able to fly on from this block… She was brought from Jackson Hole, WY, mid-June ’08. She entered Marble Cemetery April ’09. Richard, the squirrel and pigeon feeder, is the singular individual claiming to have seen her actually kill a pigeon… on further questioning it appears that he had his back turned when she made the supposed “kill”…. The greater likelihood it that the carcass was dropped from above by a hawk finished with its “snack.” Yesterday, Samantha did recover the the sun-dried carcass of a squirrel that was left high in the trees….. I DID see this… my back was not turned…. The Common Raven likes its dinner dead… preferring someone else to do the work…. And, Yes… the red-tailed hawk, yesterday, was spectacular…. hanging in there for a good 2+ hours, despite throngs of high-speed dogs,…. and was, no doubt, considering “dropping” another pigeon so as to fuel further false indictment of Samantha.”
The slow construction laden subways yesterday didn’t help in my Open House New York quests. I only made it to the Steamship Lilac, and then decided to explore uptown. The cars and stations were so hot and crowded that I didn’t get to explore my ohny map until I was on the D express to 125th Street. There I discovered that anything I wanted to see in that neighborhood was either closed or only available on Sunday. I sweltered on over to the downtown side until a lovely air-conditioned D with plentiful seats took me home to the Lower East Side. I’m keeping my quest more to this neighborhood today. First stop Solar 1 at Stuyvesant Cove Park.