project leader
Ann S
location
33 E. First Street
Manhattan
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the project

The lot was a terrible health and safety problem when we began to work for change in 2008. With hundreds of burrows breaking through the pavement, it became so unsafe that the city insisted it be kept locked. The advent of new luxury buildings and high-end businesses nearby disrupted the rat population, pushing many of them into this small lot.

In collaboration with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, First Street Green has successfully incorporated the formerly derelict building lot at 33 E. 1st Street into First Park, providing ongoing cultural activity by engaging with community and cultural groups, artists, designers, and architects, to produce sculptures, murals, dance, theatrical and music performances, workshops, and temporary installations.

This is our 5th year of arts and programming at First Street Green but it’s the first year we’re asking for your support. In the past, we have received generous support from foundations and other grant makers. This year, First Street Green wasn’t as fortunate, and now this community asset is at risk.

Help keep arts programming in First Park by donating today!

the steps

Pay insurance that covers all programming and sculptures.

Purchase and install a shed with safe storage for equipment for all of our events.

Purchase equipment to facilitate programs.

Produce and publicize programing in collaboration with community groups.

why we're doing it

FSG builds community through the arts. We promote environmental stewardship through our care of the park. Last August, when our roses were dying from the draught, we sought advice from our neighbor, Liz Christy Community Garden, and put in an irrigation system. When the green thumb community garden on First Street needed a new fence, FSG contributed $500. We have turned blight into beauty, and serve the needs of individual park users and local organizations.

We listen to the community. During our visioning workshops, we saw that arts and ideas programming is valued. We work with community organizations and cultural institutions to provide arts and ideas programming. We began our last season by partnering with the New Museum and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) who built an exciting temporary structure in the park out of waste materials for the IDEAS CITY Festival in May 2015. Talks, workshops, and other events took place in the ETH Pavilion.

We recently installed 2 sculptures, “Signpost” by Stuart Ringholt, co-sponsored by OSMOS, and “The Space between Us” by Henry Kielmanowicz. Our 5th season of arts and ideas programming begins Saturday, May 21, 1 pm, with a Missing Foundation Concert to celebrate Current Obstruction, a Lower East Side History Month mural by Peter Missing and Cyril Mazard, co-sponsored by Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc). During the 1980s, Peter tagged his upside-down martini glass insignia on buildings in the East Village/LES, to signal "The party is over" to developers, that community members would not be displaced. We are planning a series of music making carnivals, SCORE! Based on traditional carnival games, players control the music mix by throwing objects, hitting targets and watching the song change based on what they do. Electric Djinn will present an all electronic line up at the Make Music New York's Summer Solstice Celebration, Tuesday, June 21st from 4pm - 8pm!

FSG has won grants from BMW, the Citizen’s Committee for NYC, Partnership for Parks, and Penn State’s Institute for Arts and Humanities, School of Visual Art, and College of Arts and Architecture. As we enter our 5th season, with your generosity and support, we will continue to bring sculptures, murals, exciting cultural programs, and roses to the community. 

budget

REVISED BUDGET (as of 6/15/16):

1. Administrative Expenditures

Event and Sculpture Insurance $2,500 per year (due June 6)

2. Capital Expenditures (One-time cost)

Storage Shed $2,500 (FSG received $1000 grant from Partnership for Parks, need $1500.)

Galvanized Steel Outdoor Storage Shed - 9'2"W x 6'1"D x 7'1"H $2,473.25

Extension cords $150

Portable Screen for projections $400

Green wall planter $1,000

3. Programming Expenditures (Seasonal)

Event Refreshments:

Refreshments for free public events (art receptions, performances, installations, seminars, workshops, block party, etc.) $200

[We ask local merchants to donate food and drink (Mudd Hut, Lower East Side Girls Club Bakery, Joe Doe, Prune, Tuck Shop, and Juicy Lucy have donated to our events in the past.]

4. Promotional Expenditures (Seasonal)

Printing fliers, posters, postcards ,and invitations for public events, $219

Total Raised: 6,190 First Street Green Budget items for ioby campaign

[Storage Shed $2,500 (FSG received $1000 grant from Partnership for Parks, need $1500.) Galvanized Steel Outdoor Storage Shed - 9'2"W x 6'1"D x 7'1"H $2,473.25



RAISED = $6,190.00
less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $284.95
less Payment Processing Fee (3%) $170.97
TOTAL TO DISBURSE = $5,699.07

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET:

1. Administrative Expenditures

Event and Sculpture Insurance $2,500 per year (due June 6)

2. Capital Expenditures (One-time cost)

Storage Shed $2,500 (FSG received $1000 grant from Partnership for Parks, need $1500.)

Galvanized Steel Outdoor Storage Shed - 9'2"W x 6'1"D x 7'1"H $2,473.25

Extension cords $150

Portable Screen for projections $200 - $400

Digitally printed vinyl banners $1,200

3. Programming Expenditures (Seasonal)

Event Refreshments:

Refreshments for free public events (art receptions, performances, installations, seminars, workshops, block party, etc.) $1000

[We ask local merchants to donate food and drink (Mudd Hut, Lower East Side Girls Club Bakery, Joe Doe, Prune, Tuck Shop, and Juicy Lucy have donated to our events in the past.]

4. Promotional Expenditures (Seasonal)

Printing tri-fold double-sided brochures, postcards $450

Printing fliers, posters, and invitations for public events $1200

Graphic Design by TODO DA Pro Bono



SUBTOTAL = $5,650
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $170
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,855

 

updates

Article & Greenwall Planter!

Thanks to our volunteers and interns featured in this Penn State Article

We have been given permission by Parks to place a greenwall planter in front of the First Street entrance to the Plaza. We need to raise an additional $2500 to build it.

Thanks to all who have contributed. 3 more days to donate!

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Peter D.
  • Eduardo Benamor Duarte
  • Adriana and Loren Minsky
  • J. C. Wright
  • Gary Waldron
  • EMA
  • Gerry Harper
  • Anonymous
  • Theresa Loong
  • Josh Adler
  • Noel Saltzman
  • Anonymous
  • Tamara Greenfield
  • Amanda Love
  • The First Street Block Association
  • Alex
  • tenley z.
  • Patricia Shea
  • Andrew H.
  • Peter & Janice Drake
  • support to henri h.
  • Joy Episalla
  • Gebhard Wagener
  • Suzanne K.
  • Anne H.
  • Maura C.
  • B.Alfred
  • Daniel R.
  • Anonymous
  • OSMOS
  • Gabe Schoenberg
  • TODO DA