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Greenwich Village's premier food & wine tasting event is just around the corner. On Thursday, September 26th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., join hundreds of neighborhood foodies at the 11th Annual Taste of the Village benefit for Washington Square Park.


On October 6th, take an important step in raising awareness and funds for eating disorder programs. Body dissatisfaction often leads millions of men and women into a dangerous struggle with an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. NEDA supports individuals and families through education, a National Helpline and nationwide programs, guiding people towards the care they need.


In all likelihood, someone you know is fighting cancer. Rock out, support them and fight back! On Sunday, August 18th, Highline Ballroom will host the first annual Milk and Honey Music Festival to benefit the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Onili, Y-Love, Shira Gavrielov, Max Jared, Arlene Gould, Mikey Pauker and more will play.  Listen to some good tunes for a good cause.  It's win-win.


The Center for Health and Environmental Justice needs your help to test school supplies to find out if they contain hidden toxic chemicals this summer.  Watch to learn more!


Through oral history, photography, archival footage, and submitted pieces, "Queers in Exile: The Unforgotten Legacies of LGBTQ Homeless Youth" running through July 28th, engages the voices of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, San Francisco's Vanguard youth, and more in an intergenerational conversation that reflects the incredible resilience and important contributions of LGBTQ homeless and transitional young people in spite of society's desire to keep them at the margins.


On Wednesday, July 17 more than 76 organizations and groups are convening to host a Mayoral candidate forum and to discuss the future of food in New York City. The forum will be moderated by Marion Nestle, award-winning author and Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. The forum will offer our city’s and our region’s food communities — that’s you! – the opportunity to come together and engage mayoral candidates, learn their positions on food issues, and inspire them with a vision for a better food system.


The Children's Magical Garden at Norfolk and Stanton streets on the lower east side are being dug up by developer Serge Hoyda. Hoyda has a construction crew in the community garden and has begun digging giant holes for a new plywood fence within the space he is claiming. The garden is sacred to the children in the community and they are shocked and saddened.

The community asks for their representatives to find a solution, just as they have before with another two lots.

For more information go to moregardens.org and nyccgc.org


East Village alliances, businesses, neighbors, friends and concerned citizens have already begun to donate to an emergency fundraiser to help cover the medical costs of 62-year-old flower shop operator Akkas Ali who suffered severe injuries after being plowed down by a drunk driver.

To donate click here.

In May, the Department of Transportation chose Petrosino square as a docking station for its city-wide CitiBike program—effectively displacing any future art shows. Though many strongly object to its current placement, the program is generally considered popular and favored by residents. They support the alternative transportation but believe it should be moved to the roadbed where most of the bike rentals are located. On Wednesday, June 19th at 8:30am the SoHo Alliance will hold a rally to save the park.


While many politically incorrect words point a strong negative stigma at the perpetrator who spoke it, calling someone a “retard” is a common practice that is seldom given much thought. We asked Anna Bzura, a special education teacher who works with mentally disabled youth, and Jaime and Erik Vice, father and son, their opinion on the controversial word and how it affects those in their lives.