Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s Flatiron Summer Series to Feature Free Tech Classes, Fitness, Games, and Entertainment on the Flatiron Public Plazas

(New York, NY) – The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) will hold eight weeks of free programming—fitness classes, tech courses, games, and entertainment—on the Flatiron Public Plazas in the shadow of the iconic Flatiron Building this summer. The BID will mark the opening week of the 2017 Flatiron Summer Series with a special event—in partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)—to celebrate the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 21. Starting the day before that, activities will run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August 10 on the Flatiron Public Plazas at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Avenue. “Our free, lively programming on the Flatiron Public Plazas is the perfect way to spend a summer evening in New York City,” said the Flatiron BID’s Executive Director Jennifer Brown. “Each year our Summer Series draws more residents, employees, and visitors to the plaza.

Project Renewal Celebrates 50th Anniversary and Raises Over $1.5 Million for Homeless Services at Annual Gala Benefit & Auction

Project Renewal, the nonprofit organization that empowers homeless New Yorkers to renew their lives through comprehensive medical, housing and job programs, raised over $1.5 million at its 27th Annual Gala Benefit and Auction held June 8 at Spring Studios. More than 600 guests—a record for Project Renewal galas—celebrated the 50th anniversary of the organization, which started as the city’s first medical detox clinic on the Bowery in 1967, and has since expanded to serve over 16,000 men, women, and children annually with a wide range of innovative programs. The evening included cocktails, dinner and a live auction. “We are delighted to celebrate Project Renewal’s pioneering role in helping homeless New Yorkers renew their lives and reclaim hope over the last 50 years,” said Project Renewal President and CEO Mitchell Netburn. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our board members, donors and volunteers. Their support will enable us to expand our work to break the cycle of homelessness for the 16,000 men, women and children we help each year.”

At the event, Project Renewal also honored Deanna Mulligan, President and CEO of Guardian and former member of Project Renewal’s Board of Trustees, who has demonstrated her dedication to ending homelessness in New York City through her generous support of the organization.

One in eight people living with HIV do not know they are infected

Tuesday, June 27 marks the annual National HIV Testing Day, and The Alliance for Positive Change will be out in force encouraging New Yorkers to play their part in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Alliance will be conducting free and confidential testing at several Duane Reade/Walgreens locations; the organization’s headquarters in Midtown; and its community centers in East Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. “Years ago, a positive HIV test result was a death sentence. That’s no longer the case. With early diagnosis, many can live long, healthy lives with HIV.

Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Indecent’ Playwright Paula Vogel Addresses Life Members of the Workmen’s Circle

(New York, N.Y.) – Paula Vogel, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of the triple Tony Award-nominated Broadway play Indecent, was the special guest speaker at a private reception honoring Workmen’s Circle Life Members on Monday, June 5.  

Held at Workmen’s Circle headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, the gathering drew more than 75 attendees, who listened as the acclaimed playwright discussed the origin of her masterful play, which is up for three Tony Awards (including one for Best Play) this coming Sunday.  

“I wanted to look at Jewish identity and immigration and what happens — in what ways do we censor our identities,” Ms. Vogel said. “It’s a very complex story to me — how and when do we censor a play…. I wanted to go forward with it because I worried that hate speech and anti-immigration rhetoric was on the rise.”

 

The Workmen’s Circle has been at the center of Jewish culture, progressive social and economic justice activism and the preservation of the Yiddish language for more than a century.   Indecent takes place during the time when the Workmen’s Circle formed to help Yiddish-speaking immigrants transition to a new life in America.

Calling Young Filmmakers: NYC Mental Health Film Festival Competition Now Open for Submissions

New York, NY:  Community Access, a nonprofit that provides housing, jobs, and support to people with mental health concerns, is now accepting submissions of films for their Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Competition. The winning film will be screened at the organization’s 13th annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival – the oldest and largest film festival of its kind in the U.S.  The festival will be held in New York City this October. The NYC Mental Health Film Festival takes a bold stand in fighting the stigma people with mental illness commonly face. For the second year in a row, Community Access is calling on young filmmakers, between the ages of 15-25, across the globe to tell their stories through the Changing Minds Young Filmmakers Competition. Submissions should focus on how mental health issues affect young people, promote ideals such as social justice and human rights, and inspire conversation about stereotypes and stigma.

New Asphalt Green Recreational and Community Center will Serve NYCHA’s Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers

Asphalt Green, one of the New York City’s leading non-profit providers of quality sports and fitness programming, today announced that it has partnered with Fetner Properties to build a new state-of-the-art recreational and community center, which will expand its Upper East Side campus and serve thousands of residents at NYCHA’s Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers. “Asphalt Green has been a proud member of this community for over three decades, and we are thrilled that this extension of our campus will allow us to expand our sports and fitness programming, and serve thousands of Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers residents,” said Maggy Siegel, executive director of Asphalt Green. “We are particularly pleased to provide permanent jobs for NYCHA residents at our new recreational and community center. We look forward to working with local stakeholders and elected officials to ensure this plan is a success for all members of the community.” 

The 18,000-square-foot center will be located across the street from Asphalt Green’s current 5.5-acre campus, and will feature an indoor basketball court and an innovative rooftop turf field that will be used for soccer and other outdoor sports and activities. All Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers residents will have access to free and low-cost programming at the center, which is being constructed as part of Fetner’s new mixed-income residential development adjacent to Holmes Towers under the NextGen NYCHA program.  The new recreational and community center will be a crucial source of permanent, good-paying jobs for NYCHA residents.