The Associated Press reports that despite a general culture of fear and the devastation caused in the wake of the September 11th attacks, downtown Manhattan has enjoyed a population boom.
As it turns out, people werenâ€™t driven from the area that is associated with the most horrific terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil. They were attracted to it! Census figures released last week show that the number of people living near Ground Zero has swelled by about 23,000 since 2000, making it one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the city. Around 46,000 people reside south of Chambers Street, which is the Ground Zero area.
Just over 82, 000 people live South of Canal Street, which is 15 blocks north of the former site of the Twin Towers. That figures equals a 43 percent increase from 2000 and includes Battery Park City.
Are you surprised that the Ground Zero area has enjoyed population growth despite the terrorist attacks, and the memory of them?
Does your young Mozart need an outlet beyond Rock Band?
The Downtown Interschool Orchestra is now holding open auditions for school aged children to join this season.
Founded in 1972, the InterSchool Orchestra is a non-profit organization that has become New York’s premier orchestral performance and training program fro young musicians ranging from 6-20 years old. This years Downtown Interschool Orchestra will be conducted by James Blachly.
Nearly 300 students citywide participate in the program which holds 30 performances annually in some of New York’s esteemed concert halls.
Although there is a cost to join, no child is turned away for financial reasons and scholarship opportunities exist.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in this premier program, auditions are held before every weekly rehearsal through October. Those who are interested in auditioning should reach out to Gary Tigner. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 4:45-5:45 at Trinity Wall Street in the Choir Room.