Category Archives: New York City Information

Finding an Apartment with your Dog or Cat in New York

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Finding a pet friendly apartment anywhere can be a real challenge, but perhaps no place more than in New York City.  For some people, opting to get rid of their pet is the hard choice they make, but for those that need emotional support animals, that simply is not an option.  With obstacles like high costs and landlords unwilling to make accommodations, this is a very real problem for a lot of people. This is where ESADoctors.com steps in and can help you keep your animal.

Pet Friendly Apartments in New York

When you talk about apartments in New York, there are a few neighborhoods that immediately come to mind.  Those include the Upper East Side, Brooklyn, Long Island City, SoHo, Chelsea, and the West Village.  The hard truth is the more likely a neighborhood is to be in high demand, the higher the cost and the more restrictions you’ll come across in your search.  A pet friendly apartment in Astoria often starts at over $2200 per month for a studio space and that doesn’t even take into account the high pet deposits.  Apartments in the areas of Midtown, Park Slope, Williamsburg, and East Village will run even higher. By the time you add in deposits, apartments even in Greenpoint, Bushwick, or the Upper West Side may become completely out of the budget consideration for many.  For those that can afford it, the limited options for apartments often make for some very unexpected practices such as offering double rent or paying triple deposits to try to get an animal accepted into the building.  Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous landlords may well take advantage of those who need an emotional support animal to line their own pockets in those areas where pet accommodating housing is in the shortest supply. There is a small light at the end of the tunnel.  Even apartments that do not allow pets, must allow a service animal and emotional support animals.

Getting an Emotional Support Animal Letter

If you want to avoid high costs and unfair discrimination, you can contact ESADoctors.com to get an emotional support animal letter (ESA Letter). The process is simple and utilizes tele-health services. You fill out their brief ESA Questionnaire and a licensed therapist will be in touch with your shortly after. Read more about how to get an ESA letter here.

Please do keep in mind though that having an emotional support animal does not give your companion a license to be a nuisance.  Landlords can still ask you to leave if your ESA becomes a disturbance to others in the building and you can’t let your animal cause damages.  That is also grounds for asking you to move.

There is also a chance that neighbors will not feel you really need a support animal and are just using the system to bring pets into a no pet building.  They may not know what a very real medical condition mental health issues are.  Not everyone understands that as many as 1 in 5 or 20% of the US population have some sort of mental illness and that not all disabilities are something you can see.  This can make for hostile living conditions and unwarranted complaints to the landlord.  These types of obstacles may even increase the need for your emotional support animal since stressors like these can cause additional anxiety attacks even in those who generally have their symptoms well under control and appear to be a “perfectly normal” person.

Living with Your Emotional Support Animal in an Apartment

Those who need emotional support or other service animals understand how real even invisible disabilities are.  These animals become vital to the survival of those people.  The people who need them need to know that there are apartments available to them, in every part of New York from Astoria to the West Village.  They need to know they can find a great apartment without being pushed into situations that are more than a little questionable.  Knowing your rights as a person with a disability can go a long way in making sure you and your assistance animal find the right home.  After all, home is where you are supposed to be most at ease.

To qualify for an emotional support animal letter please contact ESADoctors.com. They will pair you with a top mental health professional and secure the legal documents for you to live with your dog, cat, or other animal.

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StoneWall Inn to be come National Gay Monument

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New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.

Designating the small swath of land will mark a major act of national recognition for gay rights advocates and their struggles over the last half-century. Since the 1969 uprising in Greenwich Village, the U.S. has enacted anti-discrimination protections, allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Though land must still be transferred to the federal government and other details worked out, the president is expected to move quickly to greenlight the monument following a public meeting Monday in Manhattan, according to two individuals familiar with the administration’s plans. The individuals weren’t authorized to discuss the plans publicly and requested anonymity.  More  at  CBS  LOCAL.

Puerto Vallarta Brings Day of the Dead to New York

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Puerto Vallarta Celebrates the

Day of the Dead in New York

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will promote its annual Day of the Dead Festival in the city of New York with participation in events across the tristate area of New York.

Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebrations are a five-day cultural festival that includes a series of events and activities intended to make it one of the most colorful of the end of the year and beginning of Puerto Vallarta’s high season.

Held from October 29 to November 2, the Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead Festival will promote traditional elements of the celebration as well as new artistic angles and interpretations. Traditional installation of altars will be done in hotels, restaurants and public spaces while an interactive altar will be on display at Lazaro Cardenas Park. Organizers will be giving out a passport to the installations for those interested in doing their own tour of the altars.

The festival will also include a film festival, a food tasting and a series of concerts, folkloric ballet and a presentation of a series of photos on the theme of death, as it is viewed by popular Mexican culture. Organizers will also try to break the record for the number of Catrinas in one place.

In the New York tristate area, Puerto Vallarta will be participating in the following event to promote the celebration.

New York Botanical Gardens – Puerto Vallarta continues its celebration of the gardens’ exhibition: FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Now on its last week, the Day of the Dead weekend is the perfect time to see the show. Patrons were able to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta at the beginning of the exhibition when the Mexico Tourism Board held its private event on the location and visitors will once again be able to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta with stay at Garlands del Rio by registering online at https://goo.gl/yIwi8G

El Museo del Barrio – Puerto Vallarta will be mounting a 10 feet tall Day of the Dead altar when it joins the Mexico Tourism Board, El Museo del Barrio and the Junior Council for its annual arts education benefit. This year, it is using marriage vows as inspiration to celebrate love – gained and lost. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Till Death Do Us Part will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 8PM – 11PM at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Participants will also be able to participate on a silent auction and bid on trips to Puerto Vallarta with stays at Velas Resorts. http://goo.gl/R1mRje

Daniel Valle’s 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebrations- the Family friendly day-long event embraces traditional elements of the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico and offers an educational opportunity to learn its history and reasons behind the holiday. With food vendors and folkloric dancers the event will be fun for all. The celebration will take place at Court Square Studios with doors opening at 10 AM. Participants will be able to sign up for a trip to Puerto Vallarta as well as beach bags full of goodies from the destination.  http://goo.gl/tZ2fqV

For more Information please visit: www.visitpuertovallarta.com

New York City Gay Pride 2015

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WANT TO FEEL GOOD TODAY!  Watch This!

This is what GAY PRIDE is all about. Celebration and Family!

2015 was a record-breaking year for NYC Pride, with more than 2 million people attending 11 amazing events over 8 days. Check out some of our favorite moments in this video, produced by the amazing team at Boxing Rooster Productions, with music from NYC’s own Joe Gauthreaux.

Louis Falcone’s lawsuit against the NYPD

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Gay Staten Island Man To Sue Four NYPD Officers Over Homophobic Beating/ Hate Crime in front of victim’s 66 year old mother.

  • On June 19, 2015, 4 NYPD officers arrived at the Staten Island home of 31 year old Louis Falcone. Mr. Falcone and his brother got into a verbal disagreement and the police showed up about an hour later after Mr. Falcone’s brother had left and all had calmed down.
  • 1 of the 4 police officers entered plaintiff’s home, dragged him outside and then all four police officers forced plaintiff to the ground and beat him.
  • While the beating was taking place the police officers were calling him a “fag” and a “faggot”. Mr. Falcone is openly homosexual. The police officers stomped on plaintiff’s head and on his ankle causing him multiple fractures which required surgery. Mr. Falcone’s face was forced into the mud and he was unable to breathe. When Mr. Falcone was finally able to lift his head from the mud and spit out the mud that had gotten in his mouth one police officer said to the others that they needed to watch out because he was spitting up blood and that “all faggots have AIDS so I’m sure this one does too.” The vicious beating took place in front of the victim’s distraught 66 year old mother.
  • The police officers also threatened to kill Mr. Falcone’s dog “Looch” who was crying at the sight of his owner being beaten.
  • After the beating was over, Mr. Falcone was handcuffed on his front lawn. While in cuffs an ambulance came (Mr. Falcone does not know who called the ambulance) and the cuffs were removed. Mr. Falcone was treated in the emergency room and required two surgeries. Mr. Falcone was never arrested by these police officers for anything and he was never taken to the precinct for any reason whatsoever. The incident was caught on camera by a neighbor across the street.

 

Stonewall Inn gets Landmark Status

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The Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar where resistance to a police raid sparked the modern gay rights movement, was made a city landmark Tuesday, the first time a site has been named primarily because of its significance to the LGBT history.

“New York City’s greatness lies in its inclusivity and diversity,” Meenakshi Srinivasan, chairwoman of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, said before the unanimous vote. “The events at Stonewall were a turning point in the LGBT rights movement and in the history of our nation.”

Patrons fought back against a police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, and the street protests that followed for several days are credited with galvanizing gay activism in New York and globally. The rebellion is commemorated with annual gay pride parades in hundreds of cities. (JUDY GARLAND had died June 22nd that same week. So the queens were in no mood that week!)

The two buildings that comprised the Stonewall Inn were originally built in the 1840s as stables, and in 1930 were merged at the first story and given a unified facade. Their combined ground floor commercial space originally housed a bakery, and in 1934 it was taken over by the Stonewall Inn Restaurant. The property reopened in 1967 as a gay club, retaining the name Stonewall Inn

To read The REAL History of the Stonewall Riots CLICK HERE

Suspect Sought in Gay Bashing

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The suspect was captured on film violently beating a gay couple over the head with a chair inside the restaurant on 8th Avenue and 23rd Street after an altercation in which homophobic slurs were allegedly used.

The incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

See  video footage  of suspect  HERE

Ian Reisner Admits Poor Judgment

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Ian Reisner,

one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”

Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly Out NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.

“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.

Will people forgive him?

more at New York Times

Everard Baths Fire of 1977

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Today on Back to Stonewall,  they ran a piece  about the 1977 fire at the Everard Baths.   38 years ago, nine patrons (ages 17 to 40) were killed in a fire: seven from smoke inhalation, one from respiratory burns, and one who had jumped from an upper floor.

A sprinkler system had been installed at the baths but was not hooked up to a water supply.  The bathhouse had been ordered to install the sprinkler system a year ago, but the deadline for its operation was not until the coming July 27.

Despite total destruction of the top two floors, the two floors were rebuilt and The Everard Baths baths would reopen and stay open for another nine years until April of 1986 when it was closed by New York City mayor Ed Koch during the city’s campaign to close gay sec venues during the AIDS epidemic.

Read more  (plus  VIDEO)   at Back to Stonewall.

Empire State Pride Agenda LGBT Equality & Justice Day

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WHO:Empire State Pride Agenda with:
New York State Legislators

Prominent community members
Rally speakers and issue expert workshop instructors

Hundreds of LGBT New Yorkers and allies from across New York State

 

What:                          Rally at Equality & Justice Day, the largest statewide annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy day

Where:                        West Capitol Park (backup in case of rain is Convention Center)   Albany, NY

When:    Tuesday, April 28, 2015         1 – 2 p.m. Rally

 

Speakers:

  • Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer
  • Daniella Carter: Rising star and trans activist who was featured in the MTV & Logo TV documentary “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word;” guested on MSNBC’s “Out There on Shift;” initiated a project to bring visibility to trans youth issues; collaborated with Miss Universe and others to share their experiences in overcoming homelessness; and was recently listed as a 2015 Trans100 honoree;
  • Angelica Clarke: the Executive Director at the Albany Social Justice Center, working to build movements that center the experiences of Black and Brown women, trans, genderqueer and gender non-conforming individuals;
  • Q and Francisca Montaña: a mom and her 9-year-old trans son who live in Brooklyn, and who are both fierce advocates for our community;
  • Jane Shurka: mother of conversion therapy survivor Mathew from Long Island, who is now a strong supporter of her proud, gay son and advocate to end conversion therapy in New York and across the country;
  • Reverend Dee Lowman: a progressive United Methodist clergyperson who has turned her efforts towards supporting and influencing the rights and respect of trans people and
  • Aileen Roman: a 34-year-old mom who navigated New York State’s arcane laws around parenting and surrogacy and will share her story about how she overcome challenges to build her family

Pride Agenda Justice Day

BOYCOTT Out Hotel and Fire Island Pines Project

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WORST  GAY  NEW YORK

Gay men  using Gay Money  to Fund  ANTI  GAY Politics!

  • Boycott Fire Island Pines Establishments (Pavilion, Low Tea, High Tea, Botel, Botel Barracks, Pool Deck, Harbor Club, Blue Whale, Cultured Elephant), Out NYC Hotel, and XL Nightclub after owners hold reception for Senator Ted Cruz.

    FROM HRC’s WEBSITE:

    Whether the issue is marriage or protection from discrimination, Sen. Ted Cruz has consistently opposed equality for LGBT Americans. And he’s gone even further, attacking fellow Republicans for marching in pride parades, and using his opposition to marriage to win his first Senate campaign.


    imagine an America where gays forever stay second class citizens

     


    Marriage: Ted Cruz led the charge to deny Texas couples marriage equality. In the Senate, he has supported a constitutional amendment that would prevent the federal government from recognizing marriage equality.
    Discrimination: Cruz has consistently opposed granting protections to LGBT Americans. Cruz has opposed both local ordinances in Texas that would protect LGBT Americans, and ENDA’s explicit federal workplace protections.

    Conversion Therapy: Cruz has refused to speak out against “conversion therapy” that coerces minors into “treatment” that can lead to depression and suicide.

    Harmful Rhetoric: Cruz has no problem about using equality as a wedge issue against fellow Republicans – he’s attacked Republicans for appearing in pride parades and suggested that he believes being gay is a “choice.” He even bragged about intervening in a case to stop a civil union.

    Significant Findings on Marriage Equality

    Says marriage is between “one man and one woman”

    Pledged to introduce Federal Constitutional Amendment opposing marriage equality

    Introduced The State Marriage Defense Act (twice) which would cede definition of marriage to states for federal purposes

    Opposed Proposition 8 ruling

    Ran for Senate based on his opposition to marriage equality

    Bragged about intervening to prevent recognition of civil union

    Said people can “vote with their feet” if they don’t like living in a state without marriage equality.

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Funding Doubles for Homeless Youth in NY

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New York State Budget Doubles Funding for Homeless Youth;


Maintains Funding for LGBT Health and Human Services Network 

 

The New York State Legislature Increases Funding for Runaway and Homeless Youth to $4.48M and   Maintains Funding for the LGBT Health and Human Services Network at $4.97M

The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today celebrates the New York State Legislature’s passage of the 2015 State Budget, which nearly doubles the amount of funding for Runaway and Homeless Youth (“RHY”) to $4.48 million. The increase in funding is welcome news to the thousands of young people – 40% of whom identify as LGBT – who are forced to sleep on the streets each night and will help to create up to 1,000 new dedicated youth shelter beds across the state.

 

The increase in funding for homeless youth shelters is the result of a successful campaign launched by a coalition of partners, including the Pride Agenda, the Coalition for Homeless Youth, the Ali Forney Center, and Covenant House, under the leadership of New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Senator Tony Avella and Assembly Members Linda Rosenthal and Andrew Hevesi.  Even singer Miley Cyrus weighed in by sending a letter to New York State leaders. Since 2008, state funding for homeless youth shelters and services has been cut by $4 million. At the same time, the number of instances of kids being turned away from youth shelters each year due to a lack of beds has increased from 570 to more than 5,000, according to state data. While more is still needed to address this growing crisis, this year’s increase will provide much needed relief to hundreds of New York’s most vulnerable kids.

In addition, the New York State Legislature maintained funding for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Initiative through the AIDS Institute at the NYS Department of Health at $4.97 million. One major project of the LGBT Health Initiative is the New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network (The Network). The Network is a coalition of 53 LGBT-specific and LGBT-supportive nonprofit organizations that provide programming and services to nearly 1.5 million LGBT New Yorkers and our families. Founded in 1994 and administered by the Pride Agenda Foundation, the Network consists of organizations like AIDS Care in Rochester, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan and Long Island’s Pride for Youth, providing services that address the continuum of needs facing our communities.  Though more funding is still needed, the funding allocated by the state helps sustain the critical services provided by Network organizations in all 62 counties across New York State.

“We’re grateful to Senator Hoylman, Senator Tony Avella, Assembly Member Rosenthal and Assembly Member Hevesi for leading the efforts in the legislature to make our kids a priority in this year’s budget.  We also commend Governor Cuomo Speaker Heastie, and Senate Leaders Skelos and Klein for defending the funding increase during budget negotiations,” said Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer. “This is the first appreciable increase in funding for runaway and homeless youth since 2008 and represents years of advocacy.  As a result, fewer kids will be forced to fend for themselves on New York’s streets or to resort to survival sex just to find a warm place to sleep at night.”

 

Now that the budget has passed, the Pride Agenda looks forward to working with the legislature to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which would extend civil rights protections to transgender New Yorkers, and the bill to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy.

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About the Empire State Pride Agenda
Founded in 1990, the Empire State Pride Agenda is New York’s statewide civil rights and advocacy group committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. The Pride Agenda fights for these priorities by: educating policymakers, elected officials and the public; building coalitions and mobilizing allies; lobbying government officials; administering a Political Action Committee; and organizing and empowering the LGBT community. prideagenda.org

New Yorks LGBT Center Big Remodel

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After undergoing a dramatic $9.2 million dollar renovation, the city and Board of Directors proudly presented the new and improved Center to the community.

Speakers including Executive Director Glennda Testone, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York State Assembly member Deborah Glick, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and more sang the praises of The Center and lauded the great work it has done and will continue to do for future generations.

The final speech of the evening was delivered by LGBT icon, Edie Windsor, whose history-making lawsuit forced the Federal Government to recognize same-sex marriage. The octogenarian received a rousing standing ovation and proudly stated that The Center’s new coffee shop bears her name and that of her late wife, Thea Spyer.

 

Other notable guests, including jewelry designer Alexis Bittar, sipped on celebratory St-Germain cocktails while admiring The Center’s art exhibition, Once Upon a Time and Now, which showcases artworks preserved in the renovation from 1989’s historic The Center Show – a series of site-specific installations commissioned by The Center to mark the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – along with new works. The exhibit features art from Keith Haring, David LaChapelle, Kenny Scharf among others.  Cocktails served included the signature St-Germain Cocktail (St-Germain, Prosecco and Sparkling Water over ice with a lemon twist) and St-Germain and Champagne. The artisanal French liqueur is a proud supporter of the LGBT community and was thrilled to take part in this momentous occasion.

 

      Signature St-Germain Cocktails:

The St. Germain Cocktail

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2 parts MARTINI Prosecco

1½ parts St-Germain

2 parts Sparkling water

 

Stir ingredients in a tall ice-filled Collins glass, mixing completely. Think of Paris circa 1947. Garnish with a lemon twist.

 

also   try….

 

St-Germain and Champagne

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½ part St-Germain

Top with Brut Champagne

 

Serve in a flute glass and garnish with a strawberry.

 

About the Center:

Established in 1983, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates our diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. Each year, The Center welcomes more than 300,000 visits to our building in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan from people who engage in our life-changing and lifesaving activities. We are proud to be your community Center. To learn more about our work, please visit gaycenter.org.

 

New Yorks Phrosties Being Attacked By Senator Schumer

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Phrosties showed up sometime in the past year, but didn’t start getting widespread attention until mid-May. The unregulated alcoholic drink could only be purchased through a private Instagram account (which has now been pretty much wiped clean and made public). At the time, Grub Street noted they were $10 each (including delivery), and came in flavors like Blue Hawaiian, Dragonberry Colada, La Phiesta, and Hero. Each one tasting like “frozen Kool-Aid, mixed with Red Bull and spiked with 150-proof Everclear.”

At a press conference on Monday, Senator Chuck Schumer announced that he wants to crack down on the alcoholic slushies (which he misidentified as “sloshies”). Schumer specifically cited the ease with which a teenager could order a dangerously alcoholic concoction.

Schumer  says they’ll “have to prove [they’re] not selling to kids if [they] want to stay in business,” according to the Post. Schumer explained, “A 12-year-old can probably buy these ‘sloshies’ online, get it and enjoy it because it’s filled with fruit juice and fruit punch and all the things that taste sweet and nice.” The Phrostie-makers are “already are under investigation by the State Liquor Authority because they are unregulated and unlicensed,” an SLA spokesperson told the paper.

Information Sought on Gay Bashing

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Last week, a couple was coming home after celebrating their tenth anniversary when a man approached them and started to beat J.P. Masterson in the face. “I fucking hate faggots” the assailant told Masterson and his partner, Peter Moore as they waited on the platform for a subway in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The couple says there were about 50 people at the busy subway station, but not one bothered to help.

The police are investigating the incident as a bias crime. The suspect, according to the New York Times, had first asked the couple if they were gay.

Masterson, whose nose ands eye socket were broken and eye badly bruised, is 39 and reportedly lives in Clifton, New Jersey, but says he grew and came out in the Village.

“Police describe the suspect as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs around 170 pounds and is in his late 20s. He may also have a thick Polish accent,” NJ.com reports:

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

The New York City Anti-Violence Project announced they “will be doing outreach next Wednesday, March 12th in the West Village and in and around the West 4th Street subway station, where we will talk with community members to increase awareness about this incident and provide people with safety information.” You can contact RJ Mendoza, AVP’s Hate Violence Community Organizer, at rmendoza@avp.org.

Fundraiser for Victim of High Rise Fire

A house fire is so awful. It’s devastating. It’s an awful thing to go through. 

A fundraiser is underway online for Michael Todd Cohen, who remains hospitalized after the NYC high-rise fire that killed his husband Daniel McClung over the weekend. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning power strip.

Concept Design Photo for New York Citys High Line

The new design concept for the High Line at
the Rail Yards includes an immersive bowl-shaped structure on the Spur, a
wide section of the High Line that extends over 10th Avenue at West
30th Street. Image by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio +
Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York

Neighbors, supporters, members, and friends gathered for a presentation this week   of renderings of the Spur by the High Line Design Team’s James Corner of
James Corner Field Operations and Ric Scofidio of Diller Scofidio +
Renfro, as well as an update on the progress on construction and the
project timeline by Friends of the High Line Co-Founder Robert Hammond.

Keep up to date  at  The High Line

Exergamers NYC: Senior Centers connect online for first-ever Xbox Bowling Competition

   Many of New
York’s
innovative senior centers have begun exergaming by offering Zumba
dancing and bowling with Microsoft Kinect for Xbox.
  Classes and friendly competitions have taken
place within the senior centers and between them.

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Participating
senior centers reflected some of New York City’s most innovative and diverse
senior centers. In fact, the sites that competed in the virtual bowling league
included the Services
& Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) Center,
Selfhelp Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center, and the VISIONS/Services
for the Blind and Visually Impaired center.

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SAGE: Services
& Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest and oldest
organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT) older adults.

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SelfHelp
Community Services Inc.
: For the past 70-plus years, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., a
non-profit organization, has been dedicated to enabling seniors and at-risk
families to live in their own homes, independently and with dignity.  Selfhelp serves seniors in Flushing, Queens, which
is one of the most ethnically diverse areas of New York.

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VISIONS: Celebrating
its 87th year of service, VISIONS assists people of all ages who are blind or
visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and
communities; and educate the public to understand the capabilities and needs of
people who are blind or visually impaired

 

Third Party Research

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According
to a study by the American Journal of Preventive
medicine in February 2012, exercise may prevent or delay dementia. However, only 14 percent of adults aged 65
to 74 years and 7 percent of those over 75 years exercise regularly. 


In
a public/private partnership that builds upon the past success of New York
City’s first Virtual Senior Center, created in 2010, the Department for the
Aging (DFTA) and the Department of Information Technology &
Telecommunications (DoITT) teamed up again with Microsoft to launch the very
first Kinect for Xbox virtual bowling match. The interactive competition will
take place between two of DFTA’s Innovative Senior Centers (ISC) – The SAGE
Center, the first LGBT senior center in the city,
and
Selfhelp, the city’s first virtual senior center. A third ISC – VISIONS, the
City’s first Innovative Senior Center for blind and visually-impaired seniors,
will also host an exhibition of its Kinect program.

 

“Technology
is rapidly changing the way we perform even the most routine activities and it
is important that we promote digital inclusion,” said NYC Department for the
Aging Commissioner Lilliam Barrios-Paoli. “We must make sure our seniors are
actively engaged with technology, whether it is social media, a discussion with
family over Skype, or through an email with a loved one. When we can have our
seniors not only embrace technology, but also have it benefit their physical
wellbeing, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

 

“‘Exergamers
NYC’ is a shining example of how the City can use its public-private technology
partnerships to help New Yorkers – in this case our seniors – connect with
innovative solutions to improve their quality of life,” said DoITT Citywide Chief
Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant. “The Bloomberg
Administration is committed to using technology to better serve New Yorkers.
Through this program we are collectively providing more opportunities for
seniors to engage with readily available technology to boost activity, social
interaction, and overall wellbeing.”


READ MORE  at the Department of Aging

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experience, Sex and the City Hotspots Tour brings fans of the iconic Sex and the City
franchise directly to the real-life sights, sounds and tastes featured
in the TV series and subsequent films, immersing them in the sexy and
fun world of famous female best friends Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and
Charlotte.

FASHION ON FIFTH! Attention Fashionistas! Shopaholics, look no further than Uncle Sam’s Fashion on Fifth Avenue
Tour for your chance to hit the town like Manhattan’s shopping elite.
Fifth Avenue is home to some of the most glamorous boutiques in the
world, so live like a Kardashian for a day and let style experts guide
your way through some of the best fashion real estate in the world.

On the Fashion on Fifth Avenue tour, you and a group of fellow
fashionistas will set out to find the perfect look, with an expert
professional stylist as your guide to the latest trends and fashion
secrets. Fifth Avenue between 49th and 60th streets is home to some of
the most prestigious stores and expensive shopping opportunities in the
world. Luxury department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue are on the
itinerary, as well as Juicy Couture, Armani Exchange, Zara and more.

How about Dinner on a Yacht?! World Yacht Dining Dinner Cruises offers an elegant experience on the
Hudson River, accompanied by stunning views of New York City and the
Statue of Liberty at night. Guests enjoy a leisurely four-course meal
that allows time for viewing the city from the rooftop lounge, taking
photos, sipping drinks and slow-dancing to tunes from a live jazz band
or DJ.

Dinner is a four-course meal that includes an amuse bouche (a
bite-sized hors d’oeuvre), appetizer, entrée and dessert with coffee or
tea. Menus change regularly, but you can expect dishes like jumbo lump
crab cakes and Long Island duck breast served with saffron risotto.
Guests can order a variety of wines, cocktails, beer, soda and specialty
coffees for a fee that’s paid at the table at the end of the cruise.
(Passengers are expected to tip based on the dinner cruise ticket
prices, plus any extra drinks.)

What queen doesn’t want get backstage at Radio City Music Hall??
During the Radio City Stage Door Tour, guests go behind the scenes of
New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall to learn about its history,
exquisite Art Deco architecture and the secrets of the “Great Stage.”
Plus, visitors can take advantage of a fun photo opportunity to
high-kick in step with a Radio City Rockette.

A friendly, knowledgeable tour guide welcomes visitors into the
venue’s art deco lobby adorned with enormous jeweled chandeliers, golden
doors and a majestic staircase. The tour takes guests back to 1932 when
Radio City, the first building in the Rockefeller Center complex,
opened as the world’s largest indoor theater (at the time) and daily
presented the Rockettes and other live acts in between movies. Guests
hear fascinating stories about the building’s stunning murals, nude
aluminum statues (that were once taboo) as well as the intriguing
justification for how the ladies’ and gentlemen’s bathrooms and lounges
were decorated.

Inside the theater, visitors view the massive stage that stretches
an entire city block (from 50th to 51st Streets) and learn how it gets
raised and lowered by its original hydraulic system. On the top floor,
guests view a short film inside the former private apartment of Radio
City Music Hall’s innovator and theatrical impresario, the late S.L.
“Roxy” Rothafel. Framed posters of famed Radio City acts line the
corridors, including Prince, Elton John, Justin Timberlake and Bette
Midler, who broke a Radio City record in 1993 by selling out 30 shows.

All this and more  at  NEW YORK.com!

The Future of New York City

This week the Huffington Post ran an awesome series of photos showing what New York City may look like in the coming 20 years!

The new Penn Station – above. This summer a multibillion dollar plan will finally get underway to
brighten up the dank rail station and better accommodate the 600,000
people that pass through it each day. But it’ll be a while before the
much-maligned space looks fresh and tidy. Madison Square Garden, which
sits on top of the transit hub, was given 10 years to relocate.

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The world’s largest ferris wheel will come to Staten Island in 2016. At 625 feet, the New York Wheel is predicted to draw millions of visitors to the borough.

After more than a decade of controversy — including scrapped Olympic
and Jets stadium plans — developers have crafted an ambitious plan to
convert 26 acres of rail facilities into the largest private real estate
development in city history. Hudson Yards is “a $15 billion
15-structure mini-city on Manhattan’s West Side that will create more office space than exists in Portland, Ore.,” according to the New York Daily News.

SEE  THE REST  AT HUFFINGTON  POST!