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.

Flushing Town Hall and New York Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation to Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday with Unique Presentation of Mystic and Glamorous, an Exhibition of Goryeo Buddhist Painting, in April and May

Flushing Town Hall and the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation will present an exhibition featuring the artworks of three contemporary Korean artists who have inherited and developed the spirit and traditional techniques of Goryeo Buddhist Paintings in April. The works by Joy Rock, Chang Ho Kang, and Seoung Jo Hyun illuminate the renaissance in Korean fine arts during the Goryeo Dynasty. The new exhibition, “Mystic and Glamorous”, will run from April 22 to May 3 (which is Buddha’s birthday according to the Lunar calendar), and feature a lecture and demonstration displaying mastery of this traditional technique in Flushing Town Hall’s theatre on April 22. “As our mission is to bring people together by presenting global arts programming our gallery and theatre, we welcome the opportunity to present these wonderful artists and guests who have traveled to us from around the globe,” said Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall. “We are delighted to host this magnificent and informative exhibition.”

“We hope Americans would have a chance to get to know and appreciate Goryeo Buddhist Paintings, as we plan to expand the exhibition to other cities in the United States,” said Jeeyoung Kim, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation.

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.