Vice President Biden Honored by Governor Cuomo at HELP USA 30th Anniversary Luncheon

Michael Dowling, Judith Rodin, Leecia Eve, and Kevin O’Connor also honored by national homeless service provider

New York – HELP USA, a national homeless services non-profit with a large focus on serving survivors of domestic violence, honored Vice President Joe Biden and four other civic leaders at the organization’s annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Thursday. This year, HELP USA awarded 30 scholarships in honor of the organization’s 30th anniversary. Governor Andrew Cuomo presented Vice President Biden with the HELP HERO Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes Vice President Biden’s outstanding service to veterans and their families, and his long record of support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including the landmark Violence Against Women’s Act of 1994 and creating the first ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. “The American people will forever be indebted to Vice President Joe Biden for his decades of leadership and countless contributions to our nation,” Governor Cuomo said.

Flatiron Partnership’s Annual Community Survey Generates High Marks for Public Plazas

(New York. N.Y.) – The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District’s (BID) 10th annual Community Survey finds robust support for the neighborhood’s Public Plazas, and a majority of respondents favoring the BID’s safety and sanitation services. Released today, the survey notes that 90.8% of respondents like the Public Plazas at 23rd Street, Broadway, and Fifth Avenue; that result echoes survey findings in 2015 and is up by nearly 5 percentage points from 2014. “Over the last nine years, the Flatiron Plazas have transformed the heart of the district,” said Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the BID. “They have enhanced local economic vitality, pedestrian mobility, access to public transit, and safety for all street users, and become attractive destinations not only for visitors but for those who live and work in the neighborhood.”

The Public Plazas were established in 2008, courtesy of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Flatiron Partnership.

Women’s City Club of New York Hosts Centennial Conference, From Inequality to Equality: Polices and Programs that Work, on September 29

NEW YORK – Women’s City Club of New York (WCC) will host a centennial conference, From Inequality to Equality: Polices and Programs that Work, on Thursday, September 29 at the New York Academy of Medicine. The daylong event will address public initiatives and model programs that advance economic, gender, and racial equality, and examine key problems of availability, affordability and access in four critical areas: health care, education, housing and homelessness, and employment. “It is well-documented that New York City faces huge challenges relating to extreme differentials in access to affordable health care, quality public education, affordable housing and jobs that provide a living wage,” said Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director of WCC. “WCC is hosting this conference to promote an on-going discussion about solutions that drive equality.  We want to encourage further partnership, collaboration and civic engagement to extend the benefits of successful programs and policies so that all New Yorkers can thrive,” she said. The event is cosponsored by Women’s eNews.

Flushing Town Hall to Present Exciting Lineup of Performance, Family Programs and More this Fall

Flushing Town Hall Staff, Artists, Sponsors and Fall 2016 Season PerformersPhoto Credit: Flushing Town Hall

Embracing its mission to provide global arts for a global community, Flushing Town Hall brings the world to Queens’ doorstep this fall with an amazing lineup of jazz concerts, world music, dance, family programs, workshops, film, poetry – and even cheese! “This fall, we have something fun and fantastic for everyone at Flushing Town Hall,” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “From exhilarating concerts in our indoor theatre to the return of popular drumming in our outdoor garden, this truly will be a season of enchantment and wonder.”

Flushing Town Hall’s carefully curated, quality family programming continues to delight young audiences this season, with the return of the popular Diwali Festival (Nov. 12), celebrating the festival of lights; the puppetry presentation of Squirrel Stole My Underpants (Oct. 9); and, a Grease sing-a-long (Oct.