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(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.
(Brooklyn, NY) September 21, 2016 – A diverse and eclectic group of Brooklyn movers and shakers are advocating for poor and low-income Brooklyn residents through the Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) 2016 ONE Brooklyn Community MTA Campaign now seen in 36 Brooklyn subway stations. The stylized posters are the BCS call to action is to help change the math for the 23% of Brooklynites living in poverty through volunteering, advocacy and philanthropy. The BCS 2016 ONE Brooklyn Community MTA campaign features a diverse cross section of 27 actors, musicians, poets, writers, artists, chefs and business owners living in Brooklyn neighborhoods like Bedford Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Ditmas Park and Prospect Heights. The September launch will highlight actors Billy Magnussen (Broadway’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the TV series The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story), Michael Chernus (TV’s Orange is the New Black, Off -Broadway’s In the Wake and film’s Captain Phillips, Men in Black and The Bourne Legacy), Will Rogers (film Bridge of Spies) and Wesley Taylor (Broadway’s Rock of Ages and Addams Family the Musical and TV’s SMASH). There’s acclaimed spoken-word poet, performer, writer and LGBT activist Staceyann Chin (wrote and performs in her one woman show Motherstruck), playwright Emily Simoness, (founder and executive director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, creative home to playwrights, musicians and dance companies) and author, entrepreneur, and LGBT advocate Jodie Patterson (founder of Doobop.com and GeorgiaNY.com, who is a frontline activist of her 7 year old transgender son).
The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance founder and multiple Grammy Award winner visited the New York City Mission Society’s flagship community center, Minisink, in Harlem to coach students in an innovative music program, Global Rhythms In Our Tribe (GRIOT).
‘The lack of civility throughout the 2016 presidential election season has been disheartening and destructive to our democracy. … We must reverse this trend and restore civility to our debates to foster a robust exchange of ideas.’
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 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.