Volume 78 - Number 50 / May 20 - 26 , 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Top: Peruvian percussionists performed at the opening of WNYC’s Greene Space. Above: Laura Walker, WNYC Radio president and C.E.O., left, and Indira Etwaroo, the Greene Space’s executive producer, at the opening.

WNYC tunes into the neighborhood with new Greene Space

Creating a physical connection with its new Hudson Square neighborhood, WNYC on April 28 opened its new state-of-the art, street-level Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at 44 Charlton St. off of Varick St. The studio and performance venue represents a new dimension for WNYC, transforming the public radio station from an on-air and online destination into a cultural destination as well. “The Greene Space perfectly expresses WNYC’s impulse to continue to innovate public radio and inspire people in new ways,” said Laura Walker, WNYC president. “As we produce live events and audio and video programming streetside on Varick St., we love the fact New Yorkers will be able to see our hosts in action, participate in political dialogues and enjoy cultural performances. We become a part of the New York City and Hudson Square community in a tangible, visible way.” In addition to hosting live radio shows with popular hosts like Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate, the Greene Space will invite local poets, writers, musicians and performing and visual artists to use the space as a multimedia laboratory, and will feature exclusive, commissioned works. The space will even host singles events called First Fridays with food, drink and live music for WNYC listeners. For a full schedule of events, visit www.thegreenespace.org.

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