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See Brooklyn’s Historic Green- Wood Cemetery like you’ve never seen it before! Armed with only a flashlight and the brilliance of the moon, you’ll join cemetery historian Jeff Richman as he takes you on a wondrous nighttime tour of this National Historic Landmark. Serenaded by live accordion music, you’ll visit Green- Wood’s in-ground catacombs, see impressive, intriguing tombstones, and hear the stories behind some of Green- Wood’s notable “permanent residents” including famed politician DeWitt Clinton, painter William Holbrook Beard, and more. Green-Wood – Meet inside the main gate (25th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn) Via Subway: From the Atlantic/ Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn, take the R train to 25th (Service on the R train between Manhattan and Brooklyn is suspended until October 2014.) Walk east one block to Green- Wood at 5th Avenue and 25th Street. Free parking is available. Each participant must bring a flashlight.
Over 560,000 people are buried at Green-Wood, and the plentiful individual monuments and markers each tell a unique story, often told through the names, dates, and quotes literally etched in stone. Join Paul Shaw, lettering expert, calligrapher, author, designer and design historian, for a look at the varied lettering design to be found among Green-Wood’s myriad tombs, mausoleums, monuments and more. Shaw, who teaches calligraphy and typography courses at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts and has led lettering tours across the globe, will show how lettering styles and layouts have evolved, from the early days of Green-Wood in the 1840s through the 20th century. He will also discuss how printing, posters, pneumatic tools and trends in materials influenced lettering in America - even in cemeteries. At the end of the walking tour, participants will take home a unique stone rubbing made during the tour.
Earl & Gina Ingoglia Weiner will receive The DeWitt Clinton Award for Excellence -- the Green-Wood Historic Fund’s highest honor -- at the seventh annual fundraising gala taking place on September 18, 2014 at Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark located in Brooklyn. The evening will feature cocktails alfresco followed by a seated dinner in one of the city’s most historic natural landscapes and an award presentation. The event’s silent auction will include “a brief live auction of six outstanding items” – unique items and experiences, each with a special tie to Green-Wood and its history. The honorees will give remarks and all proceeds will support Green-Wood’s new Visitors Center in the historic Weir greenhouse, plus the myriad public programs it offers every year, including trolley and walking tours, programs, concerts and outdoor theater. As Brooklynites for more than 45 years, Earl and Gina have been lifelong champions of arts and culture and have dedicated themselves to theater, history and historic preservation, education, and beautiful landscapes in our city. Together, they create a perfect tribute to DeWitt Clinton, who was a devoted supporter of the cultural growth of the city and the state of New York. In addition, this year marks Earl’s 30th anniversary as a Green-Wood trustee. Attire is business casual and guests should enter at Green-Wood’s main gate at 25th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.
Each year on the third weekend of September, The German- American Steuben Parade is held on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue. The aim and purpose of the Parade is to provide Americans, including the nation’s statesmen, with a visual of the great role played by Germanic immigrants in the development of the United States. The Parade instills in all Americans with roots from German speaking countries a deep-rooted sense of pride and accomplishment.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Protest and Rally to End the Killing of Cats and Dogs in NYC! Kay Riviello, President of No Kill New York, Inc. (501(c)3 Nonprofit) Host, September 20, 2014, Saturday, Noon-3pm City Hall, New York City Kay Riviello has led the grassroots effort of the FB group, New York Animal Rights Alliance America with about 10,000 members, for about four years and now brings together between 300 and 500 activists dressed in red to rise up against the atrocities committed by New York Animal Care & Control under the auspices of the Department of Health. At City Hall, we will address the press and present our agenda to the NYC Council and Mayor DeBlasio whom we believe need our support to initiate these revolutionary changes. We protest and rally for the following: 1) Cease and desist from the killing of cats and dogs at New York Animal Care & Control. 2) Repeal 0655/059 and Build True No-Kill Shelters in Queens & the Bronx, boroughs that have upwards of two million people each with no animal shelters. 3) Rescind the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) mandate in which the Public Housing Authority prohibits dogs over 25 pounds (and certain breeds) and rescind the draconian dog/cat limit to one companion animal. BSL is against NY State Law. 4) Provide free and low-cost spay neuter for the citizens of NY and their companion animals. Such a program would save tax dollars to the True No Kill Shelter system in the long run and is the only humane solution for our current dilemma. 5) Stronger enforcement by the New York City Police Department of animal cruelty laws with augmented special units throughout the five boroughs. Assist the Dept of Agriculture to arrest “backyard breeders.” No Kill New York, Inc., plans to file a lawsuit against the Department of Health for the deplorable conditions at NY- ACC with lack of veterinary care, incompetence of a municipal entity, animal cruelty and negligence with wrongful death, which we believe should lead to criminal charges against certain individuals that have operated with impunity in this system unchecked for far too long. We are an animal rights organization and seek for nothing less than cats and dogs to have legal rights in a court of law. Additionally, we seek to have the criminal horse carriage industry dismantled immediately. The horses are forced to work many long hours in one of the most congested cities, with inadequate food and water, in all kinds of heat and cold, and horrific living conditions. We are also advocating for the banning of the USDA-led slaughter of geese, swan and crows, as well as the protection of pigeons and stronger legislation to protect all animals in our city. Please contact Kay Riviello at email@example.com or call (845) 856-7366 for interviews and further information. Visit nokill-newyork.org to view our poster campaign
JOIN THOUSANDS OF BROOKLYNITES ON THE CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK AS THEY TAKE GIANT STEPS TO END ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE “WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S” WILL RAISE FUNDS TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION, NEW YORK CITY CHAPTERPresented by Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter is now recruiting walkers, supporters and volunteers for its sixth annual Brooklyn fundraiser, Walk To End Alzheimer’s. This year’s two-mile walk will take place on the Coney Island Boardwalk (15th Street & Boardwalk) on the morning of Sunday, September 21, 2014. The Walk is expected to raise $150,000. Walk To End Alzheimer’s raises money for vital programs and services offered at no charge by the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter, advancing important research into better treatments and a possible cure, and helping to increase public awareness about the disease and its impact on our community. Families, children as well as dogs are welcomed to walk. Purple bandanas, frisbees and other pre-friendly items with the Walk logo will be available for suggested donation. There will also be a color-coded promise flower given out to all walkers to serve as a visual testimony to how everyone is connected to the disease.
The Art Students League of New York will honor internationally renowned artists Ai Weiwei and Greg Wyatt at its 2014 Hall of Fame Gala at the Metropolitan Club (1 East 60th Street, NY, NY) on October 9th. Since its founding in 1875, League artists from Frederick Remington and Norman Rockwell, to Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollack, Louise Bourgeois, and Cy Twombly, have shaped the course of art around the world. Ai and Wyatt, contemporary League artists, continue that tradition today.
Escape Music Festival (www.escapemusicfest.com) is a two-day indie rock and electronic music festival. It will make its debut October 11-12 at Pier 9 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and feature 30 performances over the course of both days to an audience of more than 16,000 people.
The Impact Awards Gala recognized individuals and organizations who are giving of their time, talent and treasure to impact the lives of New York City's most vulnerable citizens. At FPWA we bear collective responsibility for each other and we recognize that all of us must play an active role in making our communities a better place to live. Our honorees personify the true heart of FPWA and its member organization.