By Joe Anuta
Flushing Town Hall celebrated the opening of its revamped greenspace last week.
The downtown dance, arts and cultural destination cut the ribbon on the major rehabilitation project just in time for summer.
“Because of generous support of our funders, we are ecstatic to be able to reopen our garden”, says Ellen Kodadek, executive and artistic director at the nonprofit. “Now, not only will Flushing Town Hall be synonymous with great affordable programming, but visitors of all ages can enjoy our newly renovated greenspace right in the heart of Flushing.”
Visitors to the garden, which is on the east side of the building, will see that crews restored a historic concrete portico and installed additional seating as well as a disappearing pool.
Kodadek said the leafy retreat is perfect for anyone wanting to get away from the frenetic Flushing streets to read a book or catch a live musical performance.
The project was funded through several sources, including the city Department of Cultural Affairs, Borough President Helen Marshall and the Queens City Council delegation, according to the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which runs the venue.
The Council programs a diverse range of events at the neighborhood institution. A collection of the hottest artists in the borough, Shakespearean performances, modern dance and music concerts from around the world are coming to the town hall.
And aside from the garden, the building itself is a cultural treasure.
The brick, Romanesque Revival Style structure was built in 1862 and has served as a military recruiting post, a courthouse, a jail and bank over the years, while also retaining its status as an important meeting center for the community.
The venue, along with its new garden, is at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
For information about upcoming events, visit flushingtownhall.org or call the box office at 718-463-7700, Ext. 222.
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