Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PARK(ing) Day 2012 in Chelsea

Parking Day was Sept 21 in 2012. This is the day of the year when parking spots get transformed into public spaces for a day. This year 3 Chelsea organizations participated in Parking Day. Park Chelsea, a 2011 (PARK)ing Day participant was represented by Ranger Bob, Park Chelsea Parks Commissioner who spent the day meeting  with the Chelsea participants and swearing some of them in as Park Chelsea Rangers.

Van Alen Institute at Parking Day 2012 spot in front of the Van Alen bookstore 30 West 22nd street

Park Chelsea welcomes it's Van Alen Rangers, Ranger Anna and Ranger David

Van Alen Institute is an independent nonprofit architectural organization that promotes inquiry into the processes that shape the design of the public realm.  They have recently announced the winners of their Parks for the People Competition.  They are a multiple year Parking Day participant.

20th Street Parks (Park)ing Day 2012 Logo

20th Street Park's micropark in front of 136 West 20th

20th Street Park is a coalition of East Chelsea residents  that has been advocating  for a pocket park   at the soon to be vacated Sanitation Dept site at  136 West 20th Street.

The ESI Design Food For Thought Truck at 5th ave btw 18th and 19th Streets. Seen here are ESI Design employees Debra, Shaelyn and Maria being sworn in as Park Chelsea Rangers welcome Ranger Debra, Ranger Shaelyn and Ranger Maria!
One of many local facts shared by the Food for Thought Truck during Parking Day.

Food trucks are great for feeding your belly, but what about feeding your mind?
For Park(Ing) Day NYC 2012, ESI Design created the Food for Thought Truck. It’s one day only —Friday, September 21, on 5th Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets. The “truck” offers a menu of different types of content about the Union Square/Flatiron neighborhood and the people who pass through it, including:
  •  Local Stuff: Facts, Secrets, Reflections, and Observations
  •  Non-local Stuff: Jokes, Speculations, Doodles, and Pickup Lines
Passersby create their own content, and then use it to purchase the content of others, and all of it is collected here as a pop-up, crowd-sourced, community-based resource. link

 ESI Design is one of the world's foremost experiential design firms. Founded in 1977 by Edwin Schlossberg, a pioneer in the design of collaborative public experiences and communications networks.

 see also :Chelsea to be declared Park Chelsea as part of PARK(ing) Day New York City 2011