June 2011

The Rudin Condo plan has been submitted to the NY City Planning Commission for approval. This plan, which would convert the site of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital to 450 luxury Condominiums, lacks a Certificate of Appropriateness, lacks relevant lawful permission to proceed does not include adequate resources for the health and welfare of New York City’s population.

The title of the exhibition, Re: Empire, refers to an article published in Newsweek this past March by Bret Easton Ellis, concerning the rise of a new breed of celebrity. In the article, "Charlie Sheen is Winning," Ellis divides culture into two categories, the traditional Empire and the new guard - Post-Empire. Post-Empire exists within the system but with knowing disrespect and casual humor that differentiates it from Empire's solemn self-importance. Opening Thursday, June 30, 6 - 8 PM.

Goles s a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1977. They are holding a workshop on how to deal with harassment from landlords, presented by tenant attorney John Gorman.

"For all of the strong talk that came from the Governor's office about strengthening the rent regulation laws, I must say that the extender that passed yesterday comes up fairly weak. I am happy to see a raise in both the qualifying rent and the income threshold, but frankly these are minor increases that represent a drop in an ocean of troubles imperiling millions of tenants."

America’s greatest popular music standards come alive in the hands of the Swingtime Big Band. This 20-piece Long Island ensemble vividly recreates classics from the libraries of Basie, Goodman, Miller, and Ellington. It’s a catalogue of music that offers all the ballroom essentials, including foxtrot, lindy hop, cha-cha, rhumba, waltz, and more. Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 6:00.  Dance Lesson start at 6:30, Live Music at 7:30

"With one small bill, we've changed the lives of countless New Yorkers. As legislators, it's rare that we have an opportunity to vote on something with as personal and immediate an impact on our constituents as marriage equality."

“Today’s historic legislation on marriage equality is a resounding victory for justice. This vote means that every man and woman will be treated equally in the county clerks’ offices, the courts, and the administrative agencies of the state of New York. It means that every single New Yorker will have access to the full rights and responsibilities that come with a marriage license."

Today, Council member Margaret Chin (District-1, Manhattan), Council member Elizabeth Crowley Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, joined special guest and former FDNY fire fighter Steve Buscemi, as hundreds of Tribeca residents rallied to keep Ladder 8 – the famed Ghostbuster firehouse – open.

Bright Lights! Shining Stars!, a gala event to benefit the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation, will honor the legendary Roberta Flack with the NYCDAF’s First Ambassador for the Arts Award on August 1, 2011 at the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU.

Dear EarthTalk: Coastal areas here in the U.S. have taken a real beating in recent years due to natural disasters that many would argue are due to changing climate. What’s being done to safeguard these communities for when, say, the next Katrina hits? -- Helen Kelman, Troy, NY

On Stellar Rays is pleased to present a summer group exhibition with works by Terry Adkins, Barbara DeGenevieve, Rochelle Feinstein, Maren Hassinger, Clifford Owens, William Pope.L and Martha Rosler. The exhibition explores, using personal example, the way interests converge among peers and genealogies are developed.  Opening Sunday, June 26, 6 - 8 PM.

Dear Speaker Quinn:

As constituents and parent leaders from throughout the city, we would like to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss our budget priorities, and to urge you to do everything you can to save the six thousand teaching positions that the mayor’s budget threatens to eliminate.