Aug. 25, 2011 By Sue Baldock
The Sunnyside Business Improvement District (BID) continued its Summer Street series this past Saturday by putting on a magic show for children and a jazz event for adults.
Sunnyside Shines has staged an event every Saturday this August under the arch. This past Saturday was the third of the four events planned this year.
Children interacted with professional magicians and clowns. They were also were offered the opportunity to play games, sing, get their faces painted, receive balloon animals and much more.
After these festivities, the adults were entertained by Frank Pedulla & The Music Staff Swing Orchestra. Playing standards from the 30’s and 40’s, Pedulla took the audience through a sentimental journey through the Swing era. The orchestra performed the arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and Artie Shaw.
This coming weekend Sunnyside Shines will host the Jon Bates Band with music from the 60’s and 70’s followed by Paul Maringelli’s New Houn’Dogs Rockabilly! It will be the final event of the season.
I live near that park. It was not that loud. I’m glad the police made a reasonable decision and allowed the event to take place.
I guess this explains the white tents that have suddenly appeared on the Greenpoint Avenue side of the city park between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
I hope that the events aren’t as noisy as two Saturdays ago, when an Hispanic evangelical church held a picnic there from mid-morning until early evening. They used a sound system for music and sermons that was so loud that scores of nearby residents tried to reason with them to lower it. They refused, so the police were finally summoned and ruled in the Church’s favor, claiming it was guaranteed “freedom of expression” under the Constitution.
Looks like Saturday’s show might have to take place during a hurricane.
How cool would that be?