Specifically, I want to thank the bloggers and websites - Jeremiah, EV Grieve, Washington Square Park, Urbania, GVSHP, Bowery Boogie and Time Out, The Villager, SoHo Journal and AIANY, for listing it. Plus thanks to everyone who just forwarded it around to their contacts. That's the only way we had such a successful night. The film Twilight Becomes Night and the trailer for Vanishing New York had some people in tears and the panel of Andrew Berman, Bettina Domiani, and Deborah Glick offered a lot of insight into the effects of unchallenged development. NYU's plan for total global domination is particularly frightening. I only wish we could have had more time for the panel Q&A as it could have gone on for hours, but we hope to have them back again. Michael Karp was a great moderator. Washington Square Park has more.
At the reception after, we met such a wide cross section of the community. There were people from Park Avenue and Pitt Street, the East Village and West Village, Uptown, Downtown, and all around the town. We met investment bankers (they're not all bad, it turns out) - and this one said he wanted to attend because he hates the way the city has changed since he was a kid and he reads the neighborhood blogs religiously. Who knew? We also met artists, activists, bloggers, musicians, historians, small business owners, and students. I was really glad to meet a wonderful group who came from the 47 East 3rd building - you know, the one where the jerk owner evicted the tenants to turn the whole building into his own mansion. Their story really started to raise my blood pressure, but they seemed to be dealing with the idiot court's decision. It's so sad that the city allowed this happen. I also met an actress/film maker from the building that sits above the hated Delicatessan restaurant. What an earful I got! I can't tell you everything because that would be gossip. And you didn't hear it from me that she said the word in the building is they may be trying to sell it already. I guess they're getting tired of being peed on and robbed.
All in all, it was a great community night and the proceeds will help fund the completion of the film, Vanishing New York and to support more Dixon Place community events. Dixon Place, Jen & Fiore, and I can't thank you enough! Please give us your feedback and suggestions, and we'll see you next time which is scheduled for Sunday, March 29th in the afternoon.