Le Petit Versailles is a NYC public community garden in the East Village that presents a season of events including art exhibitions, music, film/video, performance, theater, workshops and community projects from May - October. LPV is a project of Allied Productions, Inc., a non profit arts organization.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Episode 2 "Early Years"

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Sunday April 2nd @ 11 pm Channel 56 in Manhattan streamed online at a 13 part weekly series March 19 - June 11 2006. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This segment is a collage featuring LPVs early years: the formation of the garden and its programs. Peter describes the struggles gardeners face as then Mayor Guilliani auctioned off public gardens. A segment featuring Shelly Marlow reading reflects a glimmer of hope. We have a glimpse of yoga classes held at LPV against a montage of florals in a garden walk through. We then flash back to an early hearing at City Hall as gardeners from all boroughs petition to save urban gardens. Ingo AKA Grrrr ( painting the mural in front of the building that flanks the garden. This mural is a view looking west from the Houston side of LPV. A dinner to benefit the garden with friends, neighbors, supporters Philli, Raj Roy, Patrice Lorens, Susan Salinger, Fred Kahl, Mike Diana, Jim Hubbard, Carl George, The show concludes with Brandon Olsen as Lewis Carols Alice singing The Jefferson Airplanes White Rabbit BACKGROUND: In 1998, Mayor Guiliani cancelled all Green Thumb leases and removed all the Green Thumb community gardens from the Department of Parks and Recreation, and relocated them in Housing, Preservation and Development. Then in 1999, an auction was called to sell off 122 of those gardens. Needless to say it galvanized the entire garden community to take action to save the gardens from destruction. From civil disobedience to marches & hearings at City Hall, the issue became a rallying point for many other groups tired of the repellant policies of the Mayor. With the help of Attorney General Eliot Spitzer a lawsuit was filed to prevent the sale but not before Bette Midler , a longtime parks advocate stepped up, set up a land trust foundation and bought many of the gardens keeping this valuable land a public resource. Eventually the issue settled to give some gardens offer for preservation while others were put up for immediate development. This agreement is only valid until 2010 so the whole situation could become another struggle. For an excellent history on this subject go to More Gardens website We couldn't have started this project without the support of GreenThumb and all the gardeners so our thanks and appreciation to all.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Episode 1 "Politricks"

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Sunday March 19 11pm MNN Channel 56. Politricks FEATURING: Tim Doody Ingo Geisendammer (AKA Grrrr) Jackie Kaye Serhat Koksal Jill London Ethan Shoshan Fire Station 28 Ladder 11 DanceTube Queerfist and Mayor Michael Bloomberg This segment focuses on effects of world events outside of the garden gates - whether locally, nationally or internationally. From the perspective of the gardeners birds eye view of the destruction of the World Trade Towers on September 11th 2001, the episode forays to public reactions to the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City, anti-war rallies throughout the city, Critical Mass bike rides and anarchist queer youth demonstrations at Den Hague in Holland. Social being is reflected by the art, music, media, words & the flowering life inside the garden and beyond. SEE THE PREVIEW AND LEAVE A COMMENT! PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: A non linear trip spanning 2001 - 2005 from Petit Versailles' Lower East Side location to Amsterdam Holland. The program begins in 2001 when Flowering Dogwood Trees are planted in the garden, dedicated to the lost rescue wokers from the neighboring firehouse on Second Street. We flashback to the events of the previous year viewing the fall of the Trade Towers. Swept into the streets below the rooftop vantage of the gardener's, the shock of immediacy becomes an international trauma as responses to ensuing war and the 2004 RNC in NYC pervade parks and gardens across the city. Back at LPV the outcry is expressed in multi media projections by Serhat Koksal, a media artist from Istanbul. The episode concludes with a rendition of John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance" by old school borscht belt entertainer Jackie Kaye.

Thursday, March 09, 2006



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is pleased to announce
a 13 part weekly cable access TV series. March 19 - June 11 2006.

Sunday March 19 11pm MNN Channel 56.

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This summer Allied Productions,Inc. was awarded a New York City’s cable access provider Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) grant to produce a twelve part cable series titled LPVTV that highlights the myriad garden events occurring at Le Petit Versailles.
The series features local and visiting artists that have used the garden as platform to exhibit, enlighten, enthrall and entertain audiences on subjects and mediums ranging from preservation of public space & health to community activism and the arts.

Le Petit Versailles is an East Village NYC Department of Parks GreenThumb garden that presents film, music, poetry, performance, exhibitions and workshops.
LPVTV and garden are projects of Allied Productions,Inc. a not for profit artist run organization active on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that has produced, presented and promoted cultural activities to a worldwide community since 1981.

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