Want to see toothsome people in sticky situations? Ahhh, caught your attention. Well attend the SMOOTH HOTEL fashion/art show on Monday, May 3rd from 6 to 8 PM. It features Barbara Nitke’s photographs of provocative people misbehaving in anonymous hotel settings in collaboration with New York fashion designers Tom and Linda Platt. Opening night will feature smooth drinks and Nitke's models, overdressed at the bar in their photo wardrobe. Sexy.
"We wanted to provide an update on the now-deadly fire on Grand Street. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those injured, and especially with the family of Sing Ho, who died in the fire. We are currently working with City agencies and local community organizations, including Asian Americans for Equality, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, University Settlement - Project Home, the Chinese-American Planning Council, and the Chinatown Partnership, to secure housing for those displaced and help affected small businesses recover from this tragedy.
“With the 40th anniversary of Earth Day less than two weeks away, this is the perfect time to be looking at ways to make our city even greener,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “We’re incredibly excited to be introducing a package of bills that will dramatically expand and overhaul the way we recycle here in New York City. Our legislation will divert over 8,000 tons of plastic every year away from landfills and incinerators. That’s equal to the amount of trash produced by nearly 10,000 people each year.”
“Massive state-funded mental hospitals, many of them among the largest and most elaborate structures ever erected in America, were a prominent feature of the American landscape for more than a century. Once sources of civic pride before becoming warehouses of neglect, the asylums were emptied towards the end of last century, and now sit crumbling, keeping their secrets.” Check out Christopher Payne’s haunting photographs at Clic Gallery from April 13 to May 23rd, 2010. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday, April 15.
Plastic bags, first introduced in the 1950s as a convenient way to store food, have since developed into a global scourge, littering roadsides, clogging sewer drains and landfills and getting ingested by animals and marine life. And in recent years we’ve discovered how they are so prolific that they now comprise a significant portion of the plastic and other garbage that has collected in huge ocean gyres far from land. A few countries around the world—Bangladesh, China, India, Australia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan and Mumbai, among others—have taken stands against plastic bags through taxing their usage or banning them outright.
The McManus Democratic Midtown Association will be honoring Charlton D’souza at a reception for his book entitled Phantom Students at 321 West 44th Street, Second Floor from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Several students who were the victims of a college scholarship scam were chronicled in the book Phantom Students by author Charlton D’souza which exposed mismanagement within the Community Leadership Program at Marymount Manhattan College. Many well performing students lost their scholarships through no fault of their own and are still unable to get their official transcripts since the program closed down in 2004.
With widespread support from a broad and diverse coalition of progressive New Yorkers, State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman announced the downstate launch of his campaign to be the state’s next Attorney General. Schneiderman was joined today at a press conference by over 25 federal, state and city elected officials, Democratic Party leaders and a host of prominent community activists.
Carriage Trade is re-opening as a non-profit at 62 Walker Street (near Broadway) with a benefit to raise funds for its upcoming programming. The artwork can be previewed from 2-6 pm Wednesday, April 14 - Saturday, April 17, the day of the raffle event. The number of tickets sold will equal the number of donated works. On the night of the raffle, ticket holders are entitled to choose an artwork once their numbers have been randomly drawn. The artworks will be presented anonymously, with the identity of the artist revealed only after the ticket holder acquires the piece.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Daniel Squadron and other elected officials and community leaders from Manhattan and Brooklyn will join today, Friday April 9th at 10:30 am to urge the City to reexamine regulation and enforcement of tourist helicopter traffic.