We have had solar power at 6BC for almost two decades. It powered things like the pond pump and some electric lights in the tool shed.
The panels and batteries were recently upgraded and now we are able to capture and store even more electricity for use.
A big thanks to Kris, Katherine, Charlie, Nick, Matt our Board, our donors and everyone who helped with the research and installation.
The latter was done on some of the hottest (& sunniest) days of the year.
On May 12 we held an Opening for the @the_collage_garden NYC installation at 6BC. May 12 also happened to be World Collage Day!
Over 100 artworks submitted by artists from 25 different countries were exhibited.
On view through the end of June, 2018.
Thanks so much to all who those made it happen!
@mixdmediamashup @jesscostanzo @ms.yeceniatorres @skinnylazycrazy @artattacknyc @thecurlyflower @6bcgarden @cutpasteface @maddiegcollage @papercutcollages
Thanks also to garden members Zach, Courtney, Soretta, Maya, Janene & Will for helping plus Trent @digital.wasteland for the photos.
On April 29 we held an Opening for Kathy Creutzburg's sculpture installation, "Wayward" (2017, steel & wood, 36"x16"x18").
It will be on view at the garden throughout the summer.
Kathy Kreutzburg is a public artist who uses the landscape to inspire her sculptures, mosaics and paintings. She credits her creative origins to her involvement with community gardens in the East Village during the 1990's.
On a chilly but sunny Spring day 6BC hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for our neighborhood's youngest children.
We received a donation last year that came with a fascinating personal connection to our garden. Elizabeth Liptzin DuBose is the descendant of an immigrant family who lived in the tenement that once stood where our garden is located.
In 1909 her grandfather, then five year old David Liptzin, traveled from Russia to America along with his older brother, mother & uncle. They were to join his father, Benjamin Liptzin who had emigrated to the USA several years earlier.
This Certificate of Naturalization dated February 28, 1912 shows that the family - Benjamin, Fannie, Solomon and younger brother David were all residents of 628 E. 6th Street.
A special thank-you to Benjamin Liptzin’s great-granddaughter, Elizabeth for sharing her family connection to our garden site and for her gift in her ancestors’ memory.
“Loisaida” is still a diverse community of immigrants today. We honor their contribution to the neighborhood and to our garden.
A garden member has generously donated a piece of the Muro Wall to our garden. What was the Muro Wall? Read the article below! You may find it by the small meditation pond in the back of our garden.
On a pleasant Thursday evening 6BC was host to trombonist Art Baron and band. They were performing as part of City Parks Foundation's 25th Charlie Parker Jazz festival. The event was held in association with the Jazz Foundation of America and Ariana's List. Ariana is a former long-time member of 6BC. We had a great turn-out. Thanks to all who stopped by!
On a steamy Saturday afternoon in July, Phillip Giambri aka "The Ancient Mariner" & friends read their poetry in our garden. At times moving, passionate, powerful and just plain great, these bards lived up to their moniker of "the silver-tongued devils". We hope they will return soon!
John T. Trigonis is a poet and spoken word artist living in Jersey City, working in NYC, and through it all he somehow manages to breathe new life into old literary forms on a daily basis. He's the author of numerous chapbooks and has been raised Right on coffee, comics, and red wine since '78.
Linda Kleinbub is a committee member at Girls Write Now, an organization that works with at-risk high school girls who are interested in writing. She’s co-founder of Pen Pal Poets. Her work has appeared in The New York Observer, The Brooklyn Rail, Yahoo! Beauty, Front Porch Commons, Grabbing the Apple: An Anthology of New York Woman Poets, First Literary Review East, The Nassau County Poet Laureate Society Anthology 2016 and The Best American Poetry Blog. She is a painter and organic gardener. She’s working on her first collection of poetry.
Every Sunday morning Kevin Becker would wake up at 6 a.m. to scrub the tavern his father owned. After cleaning, his mom would take him and his four brothers to church. The tavern was a place where he learned about humanity. The church was a place where he learned about God’s heart for it. Never fully fitting into either side, he finds himself stuck in the middle. He likes it that way! Welcome to the middle!
Pauline Findlay and her mysteriously dark, loving, seedy, characters in her new book, “DYSFUNCTION: a play on words in the familiar.” One of the original four Silver Tongued Devils at Rimes first show, she’s twice toured Augusta Georgia, and is a judge in The Poetry Matters Contest. She's performed in "The What the Hell is Love " series at Cornelia Street Café and has done regular readings at Barnes and Nobles, Women Of Color series, and open mic's throughout the city. Following the self-reflective intensity of her first book "Mirror Images", she continues to direct that mirror back on herself.
Phillip Giambri aka “The Ancient Mariner” - A product of the streets of South Philadelphia, he obtained his deviant perspective on life listening to Jean Shepherd on WOR radio back in the ‘50s. His 2016 book “Confessions of a Repeat Offender” is a compilation of his performance stories and poems. He can usually be found in East Village dive bars, spinning yarns and telling tall tales, anywhere that will tolerate him.
Too Tall Joanz was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC until her teen years when her family moved to Harlem, NYC. She loved to read and write and teachers noticed that at an early age. Throughout her academic career, teachers always encouraged her to write and enter contests. It was their faith in her that kept her writing. Her love of poetry began with a book of nursery rhymes. Add Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to the mix and you have the beginnings of Joanz. Standing six feet tall, her cousin nicknamed her Too Tall Joanz and she decided to keep it. Her goal is to be one of the best poets of her generation.
6BC participated in the 6th Street "Eco" Block Party by having an information stall outside our garden. We had free giveaways - iced tea, lemonade and wildflower seed packets! It had barely begun when the skies darkened, the Heavens opened and we all got rained out. Oh well...a reminder of Nature's awesome power! #peoplepowerplanetparty