Welcome to Evolve Health + Wellness – AND Nepal Disaster Relief Effort

Evolve Health + Wellness  (the new business occupying the old produce warehouse on the corner of Rivington and Forsyth) 

Grand Opening Celebration

May 14th, from 6-9pm.

It’s a family gathering and meet and greet with all the practitioners of Evolve –  featuring snacks and drinks from some of our neighbors here.

They are also hosting a Benefit for the Nepal Earthquake victims at our clinic for the remaining Saturdays of the month. 

Providing community acupuncture treatments for donations, and all of the proceeds will be going toward direct relief in Nepal.

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EB-5 – intended to be a job-generator for high-poverty and high-unemployment areas-EB-5 is helping fund some of the city’s swankiest projects

 

Interesting article in DNAinfo

“The program, which enables developers to tap low-interest funding, is intended to be a job-generator for high-poverty and high-unemployment areas.

In reality, EB-5 is helping fund some of the city’s swankiest projects from some of the top developers like Silverstein Properties’ towering, ultra-luxurious Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown rising at 30 Park Place, the Durst Organization’s Danish-desinged glassy pyramid-shaped high-end rental rising on West 57th Street and Kushner Real Estate Group’s NoMad tower at 281 Fifth Ave.

EB-5 has also been used for infrastructure and industrial projects like the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, Battery Park’s Pier A renovation, the redevelopment of Manhattan’s East River waterfront, and the expansion of Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.”

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May 31st Greek Jewish Festival on Broome (Allen and Eldridge)

Kehila Kedosha Janina synagogue located on Broome Street since 1927 presents: 

 

First Greek Jewish Festival

Broome Street (Allen and Eldridge)

May 31 from noon to 6 p.m.

 

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from The Kehila Kedosha Janina website:

“Kehila Kedosha Janina was first organized in 1906 by Greek-speaking Romaniote Jews from the city of Ioannina in northwestern Greece. In the early twentieth century there were hundreds of other synagogues on the Lower East Side that mostly served Ashkenazi Yiddish-speaking Jews or Sephardic Spanish-speaking Jews. Needing a place of their own where they could preserve their unique traditions, customs, liturgy and language, property was purchased at 280 Broome Street, and the congregation opened its doors to worship at its current location in 1927. For the past 88 years KKJ has served the Romaniote community on the Lower East Side and, after the closing of nearby Sephardic synagogues, many of the remaining neighborhood Sephardim. In 1997, a Museum was created in the women’s gallery to tell the story of this distinct community to a world that knew so little about them. Today KKJ is proud to be one of only a handful of active synagogues that remain on the Lower East Side.” 

Kosher Mediterranean food

Live music

Outdoor market (with local vendors  Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery  the Pickle Guys

The Museum at Eldridge Street and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum will have activities for children.

 

 

 

 

From DNAinfo

For other street fairs and parades in the Lower East Side and East Village this month see DNA article for links:

St. George’s Ukrainian Festival, May 15-17. The annual fair hosted by St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church: traditional foods and dances, as well as music and artwork.

Dance Parade and Festival, May 16. Tens of thousands of dancers are expected to shimmy, shake and sashay from Union Square to Tompkins Square Park in the ninth annual Dance Parade and Festival. 

The Loisaida Festival, May 24. The three-day festival’s main event, an outdoor fair and parade on Avenue C that pays tribute to the neighborhood’s Latino history, will include live music, theatrical events and kid-friendly activities.

IDEAS CITY Festival, May 30. After two days of lectures, panel discussions and art events, the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival will cap its event with a free outdoor street fair featuring more than 100 cultural and community groups. Highlights of the fair, which will take place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park and the surrounding area, include a hands-on bacteria-printing workshop and a “Mayan Ball Game Tournament,” which meshes an ancient Mesoamerican sport with street basketball.

Essex Street Market 75th Birthday Block Party, May 30. The historic market will cap its month-long 75th anniversary events and Lower East Side History Month with a block party on Essex Street.

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Pace High School Seniors petition to fund Sara Roosevelt Park!

From the Pace High School Seniors:

Dear New York City Department of Parks & Recreation,

Parks are vital to our city, society, and well being.  They give children safe spaces for play and activities, provide ecosystems for native plants and animals, and help bring communities together.

We, students from PACE High School, want to help to make Sara D. Roosevelt Park a safer, cleaner, and more updated environment for the community.  Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a vibrant park in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, and stretches from Canal to Houston street.  It is utilized by many schools and cultural organizations in the area. It is also used by sports teams, elderly people in an aerobics class, and families simply enjoying the day often use the track.  This park is a cultural keystone to the Lower East Side and has impeded gentrification.

That said, portions of the park are in disarray.  The track requires fixing, the surface is deteriorating and many people can get hurt by getting caught on it.  Other facilities in the park also could use repairs, including the basketball courts, soccer fields, and the sidewalks.  There also continues to be a rodent problem in the park.

We, the undersigned, are advocating for more funding from the NYC Parks Department to aid in improving this culturally diverse and important park facility.

Sign the petition here!

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Pitt Street FireHouse Open House – Saturday May 2nd NY Fire Department’s 150th Anniversary

The FDNY will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the department Saturday with its first-ever citywide open house program.

K Webster will represent the Manhattan Borough President’s office presenting a Certificate for service at the Pitt Street Fire House: 

25 Pitt Street (and Delancey)  Manhattan NY, 10002

Saturday May 2, 2015

11:00AM – 1:00PM

Learn more about the FDNY’s life-saving work at one of countless open houses across Manhattan. You will be able to take a tour, pick-up fire safety education literature, learn more about careers in the FDNY, and meet their local firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs.

More than 200 firehouses and EMS Stations will open their doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

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“For a century and a half, FDNY members have risked their lives bravely protecting life and property in our city, an enduring commitment steeped in pride and tradition,” he said. “That tradition of service is devoted to the people of our great city, and we’re inviting them all – every New Yorker – to join us in this historic celebration. We want them to come and meet the men and women who serve them with selfless dedication.”

Throughout the day firefighters, paramedics and EMTs will be educating the public about fire and life safety, conducting demonstrations, discussing the department’s storied history and offering tours of FDNY apparatus (engines, ladders and ambulances).

The FDNY Foundation, members will be distributing more than 6,000 combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and information on careers available within the Department. They will also be giving away more than 100,000 items commemorating this historic year including fire safety coloring books, fire helmets for children, flashlights and magnets with messages promoting the anniversary.

Volunteers from the American Red Cross will also be on hand at all locations to schedule free smoke/carbon monoxide alarm installations.

To find the nearest location and time, visit NYC.gov/FDNY

The origins of the Fire Department of New York date back to 1648, but it wasn’t until May 2, 1865 that the modern-day FDNY was established with the creation of the Metropolitan Fire Department (MFD). The first professional unit, Engine Company 1, went into service later that year with horse-drawn engines and ladder trucks responding to fire calls.

For sheer expressiveness, no contemporary design could outdo the ornamental shield on certificates given to volunteer firefighters in the 18th century. It depicts a scene of pandemonium as two engine companies — perhaps competitors — battle a fire in one house at the expense of abutters that are being consumed in flames.07FDNYWEB3-articleLarge

 

Channel 7 news and NYC.Gov website

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Tulip Festival!

When was the last time you were at the garden?  It is full of the most glorious flowers of all kinds, and begs to be seen.  They are weeping for you to come and pay them a visit, to smell their delightful fragrance and gaze tenderly on their most inspiring array of colors and textures.

 

The bulb flower peak is right here this week, so we might as well have our little celebration of them this weekend.

 

Here is the poster if you want to forward to any of your friends.  If you would like to bring any refreshments for Sunday, please feel free.

 

Thank you and hope to see you there and then!!

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