Meatpacking District / May 19-20th, 2012

The Salon des Refusés 2012 took place on May 19-20th at the corner of 9th Ave. & 14th St.

Quib History: As for it’s neighborhood, today known as the Meatpacking District, which runs roughly from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street, and from the Hudson River east to Hudson Street, it has experienced the many transformations that NYC neighborhoods have seen through the eras.

In the mid-19th Century, before becoming part of Greenwich Village, today’s Meatpacking District was a vacation spot for New-York residents. Rowhouses began going up around 1840 and by mid-century, freight yards and heavy industry mixed with the residential.

After the Civil War, industrialization increased – an elevated railroad line went up and two new markets started – fresh produce and meat. By1900, 250 slaughterhouses! The High Line elevated freight line began construction in 1929.
The area’s decline began around the 1960s, but meatpacking continued to be the major activity in the neighborhood through the 1970s. At that time. a new “industry”, nightclubs catering to a gay clientele began to spring up. It also became a center for drug dealing and prostitution, many under the direct control of the Mafia and NYPD protection rackets.

Beginning in the late 1990s, the Meatpacking District began a transformation. High-end boutiques catering to young professionals and hipsters opened, and by 2004, New York magazine called the Meatpacking District “New York’s most fashionable neighborhood”. In September 2003, after three years of lobbying by preservation groups, the city established the Gansevoort Market Historic District. In 2009, the High Line opened to great reviews. The Whitney Museum of American Art announced it would build a Renzo Piano-designed home in the Meatpacking District.

Yippie Museum Cafe / May 21-June 4, 2012

The Salon des Refusés moved to the Yippie Museum Cafe at 9 Bleeker Street in the Noho District on May 21st, 2012

Long assoicated with such organizations as the newspapers Overthrow, the Yipster Times, the National AIDS Brigade, the US Medical Marijuana movement and Million Marijuana March, Rock Against Racism (US), as well as the Lenny Bruce Academy of Sick Comedy, 9 Bleecker has been a mecca for counter-culturists and radicals since the late Sixties. “Yippies” occupied and published from here, and operated the punk club across the street at 10 Bleecker in the 1980’s. Many well-known radicals and rabble rousers have associated with “Number Nine.”

Read more about the Yippies: yippipedia. See the location’s archived website. In 2006 the CUNY Board of Regents recognized The Yippie Museum, to be established on the ground floor, and in 2007 the Yippies opened the Yippie Museum Café there. Since then countless events and performances have occurred at 9 Bleecker. See examples on YouTube.

Before the Yippies took over 9 Bleecker, it was a cigar box label factory, then for some years a warehouse.

 

Greenest New Yorker

New York Stateʼs first-ever award for the “Greenest New Yorker” was announced on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Brooklyn artists Nicola Armster and Brendan Smith were honored to design the award plaque, which “…captures the history of New York and itʼs commitment to building a green and sustainable future.” Constructed from reclaimed woods supplied by Sawkill, each of the ten species originated from historic buildings throughout New York State.

The contest, part of New York Stateʼs I LOVE NEW YORK initiative, was created “to celebrate those individuals who are doing their part to keep the Empire State green.” Entries, were judged by a panel of celebrities and influential green New Yorkers, including Chef, author, and restaurateur Mario Batali; Josh Dorfman, author of “The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget; eco-friendly and healthy home interior designer Robin Wilson; and the architect Morris Adjmi.