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A sign of things to come? ‘Save CHARAS’ billboard sprouts up in garden

A new billboard in La Plaza Cultural calls for returning the old P.S. 64 down the block back to its prior use as a community and cultural center.

The garden, at the corner of Ninth Street and Avenue C, was where members of CHARAS El Bohio — which occupied the former school from 1979 to the end of 2001 — once worked with futurist architect Buckminster Fuller to build geodesic domes.

(Photo by The Village Sun)

Per the Buckminster Fuller Institute, the concept behind the geodesic dome was “doing more with less. … Fuller discovered that if a spherical structure was created from triangles, it would have unparalleled strength.”

Just like one of Fuller’s sturdy domes, community activists, local politicians and preservationists have all stood strong in their resistance to Gregg Singer’s plans to redevelop the former El Bohio as a student dorm. However, Singer recently declared bankruptcy to stave off a court-ordered auction of the property, and so remains its owner, for now.

One Comment

  1. John Penley John Penley April 20, 2023

    Not another Charas art protest…. gimme a break. See if you can get Banksy to do some Save Charas artwork and Ai Weiwei too and sell them both and raise some money to Save It. More “Community Artwork” is not gonna do anything except make the artists and whoever paid for this feel good.

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