The Cosmopolitan Review
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 9/26/2013, 2:08 p.m.
To show you how fast the world is spinning and things are changing, they’ve changed since the beginning of writing of this column. You may have properly assumed from the first few paragraphs that I was a Lamar fan; well, I am, but there’s just one thing. While downloading songs from iTunes, I checked out some Lamar songs for the list. Well, my dear readers, each Lamar song had so much cursing in it, I could hardly believe my ears. No way could I add any of the raps to my playlist, which I play over a portable attached Sony speaker (available from Costco’s) for all within listening distance to hear. It’s bad enough I have a recording by Ludacris rapping, “I want to know what is your fantasy.” I slowly backed out of that search and went on to something a little more family-friendly, know what I mean?
Happy birthday to Nina DeWees. Happy anniversary to Steve and Barbara Williams and Seymour James and Cheryl Chambers.
While I mentioned that Harlem now has available space for renting a work space (Harlem Garage), the city has finally unrolled Spaceworks, which will offer affordable work spaces for artists in New York City. Created and developed by the city in 2011 with a financial contribution of $5.3 million in capital funds, the plans consist of five work sites, totaling 30,000 square feet, located across the city to provide rental space for artists of various mediums.
The first site, a 3,800-square-foot space, recently opened in Long Island City, Queens. The space contains three rehearsal rooms for dance and theater and a practice studio for musicians. The second site is located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and is set to open in October or November. Two 200-square-foot areas will be used as visual art studios.
According to New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin, who spearheaded the effort, “People have been saying for decades, literally, that there has to be some solution for affordability for artists.” Performing arts rehearsal spaces will be rented on an hourly basis, ranging from $12 to $16 per hour. The art studios in Gowanus will be rented on an annual basis for $350 per month. Artists can enter a lottery for a Gowanus studio starting in early September. Information is available at spaceworksnyc.org.
The controversial issue on the campaign front is whether school children should be allowed to have cellphones. Hmmm. According to mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, “How on earth are parents going to monitor and direct their kids and keep on top of their kids if their kids don’t have cellphones? It’s a safety issue for parents.”
I for one am onboard with this discussion. While I haven’t yet caved and purchased an iPhone for my daughter, who is now in second grade, I am very concerned of how to reach her should there be an emergency. I understand that the phones can be programed so the calls that can be made are to the parents and the only calls received are from the parents. That sounds good so far.
Most recently, a Harlem disaster plan meeting was held at the Harlem State Office Building. I have packed $20 in Julia’s backpack in a little wallet that she knows is there just in case she has to get in a cab and get home. I’m thinking that for now, I will wait until third grade for the cellphone, which, by the way, won’t be an iPhone.
Until next week … kisses