The corner of Hudson & Houston has been home to SaatchiNY since the agency arrived in America almost 25 years ago. Over the years the location has become a part of our identity. Two of the SaatchiNY creatives, Jessica Raddatz & Jaclyn Marinese, put together a book about the local neighborhood to celebrate that connection. This is this year’s final Hudson/Houston feature from the book. The Tony Dapolito Recreation Center is located at 1 Clarkson Street.
MAYOR OF GREENWICH VILLAGE
The Tony Dapolito Recreation Center was named in honor of Anthony V. Dapolito in 2004, a year after he passed away. Dapolito’s community work in the neighborhood earned him the honorary title, “Mayor of Greenwich Village.” His family opened the Vesuvio Bakery on Prince Street in 1920, shortly after his birth. When old enough, he took over the family business and eventually became a respected community organizer. He focused on rebuilding parks and facilities for children in the neighborhood.
Dapolito was a consistent advocate for the youth of Greenwich Village throughout his life. Today the recreation center offers facilities for residents in the community. It will continue to serve the people of Greenwich Village and New York City for many years to come, as did the man it honors.
The art you will see here was made by the children who attend the Parks After School Program at the center. The program works to enhance communities and enrich the lives of children by providing safe, supportive, and structured environments that support overall health and well being.
These art pieces represent the children’s favorite neighborhood Lovemarks. While the rec center is proof that one man’s work can have a lasting impact on the future generations of a community, the art itself shows us that love and loyalty to the places and things we love exist even when we are young, often lasting for a lifetime.