A sign of distinction – A distinctive sign was unveiled for Andrew Haswell Green Park earlier this month by various officials and community leaders. The highly visible sign, designed to increase awareness of the park, was installed on the support structure for the Roosevelt Island tram at the entrance to the park at York Avenue and East 60th Street. Andrew Haswell Green park is a work in progress, and the current phase to enhance the park is now being constructed by the NYC Economic Development Corp. at a cost of $32.7 million. When complete, it will include sloping lawns, a grand staircase and a rebuilt section of the esplanade overlooking the East River. This significant addition of parkland for the East Side will provide a gathering place for people to relax and enjoy the waterfront.
Andrew Haswell Green, the park’s namesake, was a key figure in the development of Central Park and many of NYC’s cultural institutions. He was the driving force behind the movement to consolidate the five boroughs into New York City.
Bazaar’s back indoors – The Grand Bazaar is the oldest, largest, and most diverse curated weekly shopping market in NYC. Call it a bazaar, a fair, a flea market, it’s definitely grand. It was closed because of you-know-why, then reopened outdoors in June 2021. But the indoor part of the Bazaar remained closed – until about a month ago. One of The Bazaar’s longtime vendors, Carolyn Atlas Ochs, is elated. “I’m happy to be back inside the school – PS 77 at 100 West 77th St (at Columbus Ave.) – after a two-year closure,” back to where she specializes in selling antique Bakelite jewelry – bangle bracelets, necklaces, earrings. In addition, she has vintage pieces in sterling silver and 14k gold, and costume jewelry. Her location is in the cafeteria. Displaying and posing alongside the jewelry, she said “The Bazaar operates all-year round and is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there are lots of vendors, artisans, crafters, and good old-fashion antique dealers and unusual food choices – from the ethnic to granola to pickles – it’s all there.” So go. And another reason to welcome and support The Bazaar – they donate all profits to four local public schools.