SUMMER came to a crashing halt yesterday, when the NYC DOE ordered kids back to school (BTS). In addition, diplomats and their hangers-on will converge on NYC next week for the opening of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, to prep for all the world leaders coming here the following week (Putin?). Now you know in advance why there will be an armada of police boats anchored in the East River: to protect LIC.
Or maybe not, as LIC was once a launching pad for a bazooka shell fired at the United Nations. It all went down at the western tip of 48th Avenue. There was no Gantry Park back then, but there was a man named Che Guavera, and he was speaking at the U.N.
For those uninformed, before he became a t-shirt icon Che was a rebel, and many Cuban immigrants to the U.S. were more than a bit disturbed by his presence on our shores back in December of 1964. Back then, instead of tweeting or whatever it is they do on Facebook, people actually showed up in person at the U.N. to express their displeasure. Huge mobs of them in this case.
And three guys with a bazooka across the river about 50 yards in front of the PS78Q Early Learning Center location. Though I wouldn’t say ‘hilarity ensued,’ the whole episode comes across as somewhat comical today, replete with a classic line only an icon could deliver off the cuff: “It is better to be killed by a woman with a knife than by a man with a gun.” Autumn 2022, bring it on.
//AND kicking things off for those who like to rub elbows is the Hunters Point Park Gala taking place next Friday, September 16 from 6 – 9pm. Treats will be served by local LIC restaurants and tix are $50/$25 adults kids. Also in the Fall entertainment category, Culture Lab continues rocking, and jazzing, and doing it’s thing straight through until the end of September.
Bazooka Fired At UN As Cuban Speaks – just call me Che
Strange But True: UN Bazooka’d – see pics
New Dessert Bar To Open At The JACX – new/nude
HPPC Gala 2022 – tix and more info
Culture Lab – not letting summer’s end stop the rock