I do not know what all the hype is about, never have I ever seen anyone reading this book on the 7 train. Plus it has no pictures, I hear. C’mon folks, this is nothing but a 21st century version of Penthouse Forum. I have been raving about the writing in the ‘Forum’ for decades, and personally felt it belonged in the New Yorker, but then again I may not be the best person to distinguish between high and low brow. Maybe all I can ask is that the new library carry the book so we can judge for ourselves ….if it isn’t out of print by then.
Let’s step away from the seamy and move onto another type of grunt work, and from fantasy to reality. It’s 2012 people, state and municipal budgets are severely constrained, thus it is increasingly going to be up to individuals to organize and participate in providing a lot of the services that we as a community have come to expect. With that in mind, someone(maybe several people?) took it upon themselves to start an organization called “Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks”, in recognition of the need to maintain the incredible park that acts as our backyard. He started it, all you need to do is show up! Ok, you do need to go to the website and fill out a form beforehand(welcome to eco-friendly volunteerism in the litigious America of today). They have two events this weekend and if you have a hankering for helping out, or just a desire to get your hands on something dirtier than a tepid book, check’em out!
Finally, it is the weekend, and I do not want to burden you with any serious reading about any more of the grave issues facing us. Therefore I have cleared the decks of all other news to pass on a story that would so overwhelm them anyway you probably would have ignored the links, and my dry analysis of them. Ladies and Gentlemen of Long Island City, I have given you sex, I have given you rocks, and now, as if living in this town was not already extraordinary enough, I give you BEER!
Sip Suds From New Long Island City Microbrewery – NOW we really do live in nirvana!
Gantry Plaza State Park Gardening
Saturday, June 23, 10 AM to Noon
Join volunteers from Friends and New York Cares as we tend to the ongoing weeding, mulching and removal of invasive species necessary to keep the gardens and grounds healthy and looking great. The work of the volunteers is critical to augment the work of the park’s staff. This week we will be concentrating on the weeds among the tall grasses and euonymus near the waterfront along the esplanade. Long pants may be a good idea unless you don’t mind wading into the tall grass. Meet at the refreshment kiosk by the playground. Click here for mapTo volunteer
Everyone who wishes to volunteer in Gantry Plaza State Park needs to print out and complete a Volunteer Service Agreement located here and bring it to a meeting prior to or with them on the day of the event. This form needs to be completed by volunteers only once per calendar year.