earlier this week. I had the pleasure to attend the event today, which gave ample praise to all the effort undertaken by our community to secure the funding and put the plans in place to reconstruct the outdoor stage. According to Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, the new bandshell will be renamed The Richard Rodgers Bandshell and will be the premier outdoor performance stage in New York City's parks.
In my kick today about politicians of our community, I must mention that none of the local politicians showed up for the groundbreaking (no Scott Stringer, no Bill Perkins, no Inez Dickens, no Keith Wright, no Charlie Rangel), but all sent representatives to let the small crowd (full of influential locals) how important the event was to them. Matthew Washington, Chair of Community Board 11 did give a brief talk about the park and how important it is to the community and I was very impressed with him.
The Marcus Garvey Bandshell and Amphitheatre, today:
The Richard Rodgers Bandshell, March 2011: