December 08, 2013 – December 08, 2013 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
This winter, thousands of New Yorkers will have to make difficult a difficult choice between buying a warm coat and taking care of some other basic need; putting food on their table, paying their rent on time, or keeping the lights on. In addition to the working poor, thousands of homeless New Yorkers will also need a coat to help them negotiate the harsh realities of winter—without a place to store their coat during the summer, 90% of our homeless population will rely on a donated coat this winter to keep from freezing.
You can donate a coat at one of hundreds of public collections sites, starting November 12th, 2013. Please check back often for a comprehensive list of places you can drop off your coat. Organizations interested in hosting a public collection site for the New York Cares Coat Drive should call 212-228-5000.
New York Cares works hand-in-hand with nonprofit social service agencies, churches, schools, and shelters in New York City to make sure coats are distributed as quickly as they are collected. Our partners serve some of our city’s most in-need populations.
Where: Staten Island Zoo
Cost: Free with paid admission
Resentatives, Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe, will delight and inform you with stories and chants about animals and humans living together in harmony, as they perform authentic blessings on the wildlife in our care. Learn about “Dream Catchers,” too.
Some late wheeling and dealing Tuesday resulted in a surprising agreement that assures final approval for Staten Island’s largest development project since the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: a huge Ferris wheel and massive outlet mall near the borough’s ferry terminal in St. George. While full details have not been disclosed, Crain’s has learned that the broad strokes of the deal signal a clear win for both organized labor and Councilwoman Debi Rose.
Developer BFC Partners has, according to sources, agreed to offer the entire construction of its Empire Outlets project, which will entail 1 million square feet of mixed-use space anchored by an outlet shopping center, to unionized labor. That agreement would constitute a dramatic about-face for BFC while also clearing the final hurdle of a two-pronged land-use application to dramatically reshape Staten Island’s St. George waterfront.
Because of a City Council decision, Brooklyn-based BFC found the Empire Outlets’ fate in the council tied to that of the New York Wheel, whose well-healed developer agreed early on to build with 100% union labor. What will be the world’s tallest observation Ferris wheel, adjacent to the shopping center, will be largely constructed off-site before being erected on the waterfront. Combined, the two projects will represent roughly $580 million in private investment and attract what its supporters claim will be 4 million new visitors a year to the area. Empire Outlets is to consist of 80 stores, generally higher-end retailers.
For more information on The Poor People’s Dinner on November 25th, please call Anita Yuen at 718-448-1544, ext. 163. Click HERE to visit the Project Hospitality site.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The deadline to apply for NYC Build it Back has been extended to Oct. 31, city officials announced Monday.
Registration for program, which will assist people in rebuilding homes destroyed by Sandy or finding other housing options, was slated to end Monday. As of then, more than 22,000 city residents have registered — including 5,000 on Staten Island, inching closer to the roughly 6,000 the city has estimated would be eligible here.
Citywide, 4,800 people registered in the last two weeks alone — part of a push that included canvassing door to door on Staten Island Saturday and handing out information on ferryboats earlier last week.
“With an influx of new registrants in the past two weeks, we are extending the deadline so that more New Yorkers have the opportunity to sign up for NYC Build it Back,” said Director Brad Gair.
Rev. Terry Troia, head of borough’s Long Term Recovery Organization, had called for an extension last week, saying many people were only now realizing they needed to sign up.
The program is funded with $648 million in federal disaster recovery funds, part of the initial $1.7 billion in relief money for the disaster. The city hopes to receive more money in the future to continue assisting more people — but they must register now.
The Oct. 31 deadline will come just days after the one year anniversary of the storm hitting.
Storm victims can register by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/builditback.
“reshaping all that you thought you knew about classical music”
Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc. is a consortium of primarily young, high-caliber musicians dedicated to the craft of chamber music. With wide ranging presentations of both classical and contemporary chamber music, combined with consummate artistry, they believe in serving two goals – entertaining our audiences and exposing them to the valuable literature that is seldom heard elsewhere. Recognized for many outstanding achievements individually, these performers collectively represent the next generation of emerging artists in the classical arena.
The Golden Door International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday October 10th with an Opening Celebration at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater. The film features local Staten Island resident George Morafetis in a leading role.
Golden Door FIlm Festival is a not-for-profit organization with strong ties to the Jersey City community. Their mission is to offer a platform for independent filmmakers and to bring these great independent films to the area. They believe that by providing a source of new and innovative entertainment they can bring the community closer together while at the same time giving artists the chance to shine.
Consumed by a horrific event in her past, a woman is driven to violent retribution, and soon discovers that there can be no getting even. Her only ally: a meth-making genius who manipulates her for his own ends while she wages a vigilante campaign against a powerful drug lord and his thug army. A detective, investigating a series of grisly homicides, begins to uncover the truth about her, and the role he himself played in her origins. But can he find her in time to stop the killing, and to save her from herself?
Written and directed by Guy Patton and starring Dana Patton, PEARL was produced by the Pattons and John Kingman.
Check out all the great films this year!