Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Circulated August 7, 2008

A Day for Family and Community Pride

On Saturday, August 9th, LANDMARK WEST! will join with residents of Amsterdam Houses for "Family Day," a celebration of community, family, food, fun, music, and much more. As part of this all-day festival, we'll be organizing art activities for children and leading a walking tour for residents of Amsterdam Houses (West 61st to 65th Streets, between Amsterdam and West End Avenues), focusing on its special place in the history of socially conscious public housing, with an emphasis on open space and good urban design. (Designed by a team including Grosvenor Atterbury, Harvey Wiley Corbett, Arthur Holden, Gilmore D. Clarke and Michael Rapuano, Amsterdam Houses is included on LW!'s Wish List of priorities for future landmark designation.)

To commemorate this special day, one-man band Mark Foley of Volunteer Music will premiere Amsterdam Houses, Rise," a new song which draws on the history and spirit of Amsterdam Houses. He will also delight young residents with his Children's Concert.

The "Family Day" epicenter is Bennerson Park and 64th Street, which will be closed between Amsterdam and West End Avenues. If you're around the neighborhood on Saturday from 12 noon to 7 PM, stop by, say hello, and join in the party!

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