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“Green Valentine’s Day” Workshop

via Downtown Express

After the success of its wreath-making workshop just before Christmas, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy is offering a “Green Valentine Workshop” on Saturday, February 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Conservancy will supply recycled materials such as salvaged paper samples, old maps and postcards, cancelled postage stamps, dried flowers and bits of fabric and ribbons.

Participants are urged to bring something of their own to make their valentines more personal. The Conservancy suggests ticket stubs, matchbook covers, photographs and fabric remnants — or anything that is resonant and meaningful.

The holiday wreath-making workshop was striking for several reasons. For one thing, there were people of all ages from toddlers to grannies. Also, unlike store-bought wreaths, the wreaths were expressive and personal. They were adorned with elements that spoke to those who made them and to those who would receive them. The valentine workshop is likely to be equally satisfying.

The workshop, which will be held at 75 Battery Place, is free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Call (212) 267-9700, ext. 348 or 366 to register.

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From Asphalt Green Discusses Details Of Battery Park City Center

Asphalt Green executives pledged Monday night to be a good neighbor when they open a $55 million community center in Battery Park City next year.

Some local groups have expressed concerns that Asphalt Green’s programs will compete with existing community centers and sports leagues and could put them out of business.

But Carol Tweedy, executive director of Asphalt Green, an Upper East Side fitness nonprofit, told community leaders Monday night that they had no reason to worry.

“We don’t believe our presence will have a negative impact on anyone,” Tweedy said at a Community Board 1 meeting. “If we thought that was the case, we wouldn’t be here.”

Asphalt Green will not run youth baseball or soccer leagues, since the neighborhood already has the Downtown Little League and Downtown Soccer League, said Paul Weiss, senior program director at Asphalt Green. Instead, Asphalt Green will supplement the leagues with camps and clinics, he said.

Asphalt Green Unveils Details of Battery Park City CenterThe 50,000-square-foot community center will include two pools. (Asphalt Green)

Asphalt Green will compete more directly with Manhattan Youth’s Downtown Community Center, which opened two years ago several blocks away.

But Tweedy said that while both community centers will offer swimming programs, for example, Asphalt Green would make its classes distinctive enough to attract a different audience.

Tweedy also pointed to the Downtown Alliance’s recent study of lower Manhattan’s growing population and said there is enough room for everyone.

Asphalt Green’s 50,000-square-foot Battery Park City center, which is in the base of Milstein Properties’ Liberty Luxe and Liberty Green condo towers on North End Avenue, could open as soon as September 2011, Tweedy said.

The center will feature a six-lane, competition-length pool, a smaller warm-water pool with an adjustable floor, a full-court gym, a 156-seat theater, a culinary center, a juice bar, a computer lab, dance studios and classrooms.

Asphalt Green will run the center’s athletic programs and will bring in outside groups to run the cultural programs.

Tweedy wants as many types of people as possible to use the facility and said the culinary center, for example, could offer mommy-and-me classes, wine tastings for young professionals and cooking lessons with celebrity chefs for adults.

Several neighborhood residents at Monday’s meeting worried that the programs would be too expensive. Family membership could cost as much as $2,400 a year, according to preliminary plans.

Tweedy said Asphalt Green would offer reduced-fee classes for seniors and would consider expanding its scholarship program for children.

Community Board 1 is collecting suggestions from local residents and workers about what they want to see at the center. Those who have ideas can e-mail Anthony Notaro.

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