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Come to the wildest party in the city on January 30 and support wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Conservation Film Festivals (WCFF) will host an opening night reception fundraiser to kick off their third annual New York festival benefiting EcoHealth Alliance. This intimate gathering will feature well-known animal experts, surprise guests, short films and an exclusive silent auction.


Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss Project, we throw away more than 25 percent—some 25.9 million tons—of all the food we produce for domestic sale and consumption. A 2004 University of Arizona study pegs the figure at closer to 50 percent, finding that Americans squander some $43 billion annually on wasted food.


Come join “Rally Downtown,” a event to support the Lower Manhattan businesses that were so affected by Superstorm Sandy. On December 7th, play the Foursquare small business scavenger hunt across lower Manhattan, on Saturday, December 8th join the eighborhood restaurant, bar and family-friendly shopping “crawls.” Both initiatives promise to be a lot of fun and of great value to both consumers and our downtown businesses.


For decades, many ecologically-minded Americans have sounded the warning that unless something is done about emissions, our weather conditions will become dangerously distorted. What was the reaction of politicians? They treated these whistle blowers as anything from unrealistic alarmists to, of all things, Socialists!


By most accounts, deforestation in tropical rainforests adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads. According to the World Carfree Network (WCN), cars and trucks account for about 14 percent of global carbon emissions, while most analysts attribute upwards of 15 percent to deforestation.


 This morning as I walked to my favorite coffee shop for breakfast, I noticed that no one was smiling. My neighborhood, Hell's Kitchen, was saved from the ravages of the hurricane. Apart for some strong wind and heavy rain, we were untouched by a disaster that devastated millions of lives.


As the flood waters recede, we all want to get our homes, our places of employment, our communities, and our roads, rails, bridges, and tunnels clean and back to normal as quickly as possible. However, be cautious, hurricane cleanup and restoration work may have serious risks. Doing the wrong thing can endanger your safety, your health, and possibly your life.


Most of the time, life just goes on, with its usual ups and downs. We learn to ride out the low points praying that the magic of Time will help us handle whatever daunting challenges show up. There's a pun that says, "No one gets out of Life alive!"


Using the famous first words of the U.S. Constitution as its title, the exhibition explores issues of identity politics, demographic trends, swing-state gaming, and the influence of special interests against the backdrop of this year's political debates. We the People will create a diorama of the American populace using strategically chosen examples of figurative painting, sculpture, and photography.  "We the People" will run through November 9th, to coincide with the 2012 presidential election, and will take a close look at who the American people are, as seen through 68 different artists' eyes.


Grab yo' masks and grab yo' capes! Lose your secret identity and enter the covert lair of Gotham's most heroic haunted townhouse.  At the Superheroes & Villains Halloween Party show off your super power and features music, open bar, and unlimited food. All while supporting a fantastic cause! Saturday, October 27th.


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