House Music at the 'Orange Sticks' — Tonite?
I got a puzzling email from the list server of the Ironbound Super Neighborhood directly and as forwarded by my friend Gaetano, about a house-music event in Riverfront Park in the Ironbound. (I have an atlas that has an inset map of North Jersey that shows only two localities within Newark, the Ironbound on the east and my neighborhood, Vailsburg, on the west.)
Huh? September 26th will indeed be a Friday, but not THIS Friday. THIS Friday is August 29th, which isn't even close to September 26th. So which is it, this Friday, or September 26th? I sent an email to the Newark Riverfront people for clarification but hadn't heard back by the time I was putting this post together in the middle of Thursday nite into Friday.
Newark's DJ Omar Abdallah Spins House at
the Orange Sticks
What, exactly, are the Orange Sticks? Here's a foto taken by my friend Gaetano of this interestingly conceived and built cluster of slender tall cylinders raised brilliantly to create a landmark to guide people as to the location of events. For instance, "at the Orange Sticks" or "about 1,000 feet east of the Orange Sticks". Whoever came up with the idea of the Orange Sticks deserves some kind of special praise from a design institute, such as a "Design Oscar", because it really is an astonishing concept. Rather than rely upon some existing landmark — and there are none, nearby, visible from the riverfront — the creators of this new waterfront park invented a landmark, of great prominence due to its distinctive coloration, orange being unusual in both natural and human objects. "Brilliant" in this context surely applies to both the color of the "sticks" — and what a playful name that is — and the idea of creating an artificial landmark where no natural landmark existed.
The foto above may not give you a sense of the size of these "sticks", which are more like tree trunks. This next picture clarifies the size, but only to some degree, in that you can't see the tops of the "sticks" to estimate their height. I sure cannot tell from the pix I have seen, so will have to wait until I actually get to that vicinity to judge for myself. I don't, however, own a laser device with which I might get a clear readout of the height of these playfully-named "Sticks", so would have to approximate. Also playful is the anti-formal, seemingly disorderly way the different "sticks" poke up into the sky. None is quite parallel to any other, and they might look, were they not so large, as tho one or more was about to fall down.
Tho I'd like to see the crowd at this event, whenever it is to be held, I'm not a fan of music generally, so will not venture some 5 miles one-way and risk not being able to find a free place to park until the Newark Riverfront Revival answers my email as to when exactly this event is to be held.
Gaetano has sent me many fotos from the East Ward, an area I rarely get to. Now, if I could get other people to offer quality pix I could use here of other parts of the city that I rarely get to, such as the South Ward/Weequahic neighborhood and Forest Hill, I'd do a better job of covering areas outside the parts of the city that I am in regularly (from Vailsburg, where I live, to Downtown, and what lies between).