Saturday, November 21, 2009

Event #2 happening today Saturday Nov 21

Here's another interesting event (for the first in the series, read below):

NYC Big Apps Dev Camp is happening today!

NYC Big Apps is hosting a competition. The goal: use NYC government data to create a useful application. The website dedicated to nyc gov data sets can be found here.

Winners will receive fame and glory, along with a monetary award, and according to a video explaining the competition, an invitation to have dinner with the Mayor.

How does today's event come into the picture? The session will be dedicated to working on application, providing answers and support from the host and networking opportunities with other participants. Sounds pretty sweet.

To get more info about today's event, visit:

To get more info about the competition, visit:

Also, if your not necessarily interested in creating an application yourself but support the initiative, visit and show your support on the support stream (on the right side of the screen).

Many, many events for Saturday Nov 21 (today)

So it's Saturday November 21, and guess what? There's tons of stuff to do. I will highlight 3 events in 3 separate entries, starting with the first one here.

Given that the holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving being less that 10 days away and all.. you might be wondering about gifts... gift giving, receiving, making, ..etc.

At today's Score! event you can trade in all your no longer needed/wanted items in for something more desirable.. all for free and also while helping City Harvest (a non-profit organization that works on food/hunger issues). So.. you can't believe your eyes right? Free stuff exchange? How does it happen?

Here are the details:

- 3rd Ward is providing the space (

-Score! is providing the organization and logistical support (

- You, along with everyone else, bring things that you would like to donate/get rid of

-You, along with everyone else, get a chance to score things you like/need

- Charity component: bring $3 to pay as your "admission", this money goes directly to City Harvest. You can also purchase a specially designed tote bag for $5, which again goes to City Harvest.

That's it.

To RSVP and for more info visit

Oh and the word from the Score twitter feed is: if you've got extra hangers-- bring them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Free Seminar Tonight -- "Earned Income Projects" -- Brooklyn Arts Council

This is a bit last minute, but the topic is an important one and/or could be useful to people interested in this field so here goes:

The Brooklyn Arts Council will feature a pannel discussion this evening, Tuesday November 17, about Earned Income Projects.

What is so interesting about this topic, you might ask?

Well.. a few things. First, not-for-profit organizations tend to offer services free of charge. Not-for-profit organizations also tend to have different business models than for profit ventures due to the nature of their incorporation framework and/or rules that govern their operations because of their 501c3 status (this is the status given to not-for-profits to indicate that they are legitimate organizations which can receive tax deductable donations).

But here's the catch-22 ... if you are providing services without charging a fee, you still have to get financing from somewhere to cover your costs of operations/materials/rent/ etc. But again.. if you are not charging a fee.. where do you get this funding? This is where grants and donations come into play, however funding streams are often unstable due to the nature of grants and donations... i.e. grants expire at a sertain time and you must continuously seek out new funds to replace those that will end. Donations are also unstable as you can't guranttee the success of your fundraising campaign.

To address this issue, various organizations have started for-profit operations that would fund their non-for-profit activities; charge a nominal fee to help with costs; or even completely convert to a for-profit social enterprise.

Each route has its own benefits/setbacks but it will definately be interesting to hear the Brooklyn Arts Council panel's take on this issue.


Here are the logistical details for the event:

Title: Seminar: Earned Income Projects

Location: Brooklyn Public Library, Williamsburg Branch
240 Division Ave. (at Marcy Ave.) Brooklyn, NY

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST

Cost: Free


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Free Movie Screening -- 50 Cent "Before I Self Destruct"

So I just found out today via 50 Cent's twitter feed that he's screening his new movie, "Before I Self Destruct", with free tickets available at .

The movie was written, directed by, and stars 50 Cent and features a coming of age story of an inner city youth.

The New York City screening is scheduled for Thursday, November 5 at 8:30pm. To get your free pass register at , and print the pass to take with you. Each pass admits 2 people, but you should get there early as seats are not guaranteed -- totally first come first serve (but you still have to bring the pass).

If you make it to the screening, come back and tell us how it went.

Also, if you have friends or will be visiting:
  • Bensalem, PA
  • Washington, DC
  • Chicago, IL
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Houston, TX
Let them know about the free movie screening too. Full schedule here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

National Design Week -- Oct 18 - 24

In honor of National Design Week and the National Design Awards, the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design is opening its doors to free admission.

Beyond honoring the National Design Winners in New York, the Week is a culmination of educational events around the entire country. An interactive map of all the opportunities is featured here:

In NYC alone there are over 160 events affiliated with Design Week. Here are but two of the featured events:

Today, Tuesday Oct 20, there will be a panel discussion with this year's Award winners.. and it's open to the public for free as well.

The official description of the event as per the Cooper Hewitt website is:

"2009 National Design Award winners participate in a panel discussion about their inspiration and drive as designers and the state of contemporary design in America. Please join us for this FREE event from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the New York Times Center"

Online Registration required (scroll down until you see the name of the event and follow the link provided). If you can't make it in person there will be a live webcast starting at 6:30 pm EST.

Here's a list of the winners who will be in attendance:
  • Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Design Mind Winner
  • Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Arts Center, Corporate / Institutional Winner
  • Christopher Sharples, SHoP Architects, Architecture Winner
  • Laurene Boym, Boym Partners, Product Design Winner
  • Calvin Tsao, Interior Design Winner
  • Jeff Han, Perceptive Pixel, Interaction Design Winner
  • Steve Duenes, New York Times Graphics Department, Communications Design Winner


Tomorrow's events (Wed Oct 21) include a film screening of Objectified -- a film about the design industry's interconnections with itself as well as the consumers who purchase their products.

The free film screening will take place at the Cooper Hewitt Museum at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Online registration is required (scroll down until you see the registration link).

Beyond the special events, the Museum's current exhibition schedule and regular collection also promises to be interesting. Design USA: Contemporary Innovation showcases the design innovations of the National Design Winners from the last decade. Design for a Living World focuses on using sustainable materials in innovative ways (i.e. new function).

I haven't personally either exhibits but when I do I will post an update. Feel free to share your comments as well.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Shop for a Cause" at Macy's -- Saturday, Oct. 17

Macy's is offering an all day 20% off savings pass for one day only, today Saturday Oct. 17. To obtain the pass, one must donate $5 which will go to non-for-profits which have partnered with Macy's. That's it.

For more info, visit:

You can get the pass online or in-person at a Macy's store.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Open House New York -- This Weekend!!

Hi Folks... ok so what's one of the most exclusive architectural events that happens every year... but is also open to the public... and free.... ??? It's Open House New York!

You've never heard of it? Ok.. it's definitely time to find out.

The basic concept is as follows: open up some of the coolest private residences, architectural offices, exclusive landmarks, fascinating venues, etc to the public with tours and specially designed events. And make it free. That's basically Open House New York in a nut shell.

The OHNY listing guide sponsored by Metro New York

I participated a few years back and got an exclusive tour of a sustainable bakery in Manhattan and all access tour of a sustainably focused architectural firm in Union Square. Every year the selection changes and its basically up to how much time you have and how adventurous you want to be in your outings.

For a full listing of this year's events visit or click here for the PDF guide.

By the way, if you like to plan your meal breaks ahead of time, check out the Serious Eater's Guide to this year's Open House New York ( now you know if someone took the time to create a parallel eating guide to accompany a 5 borough wide event it's got to be something big).


P.S. don't forget to share your thoughts/pictures on this blog afterwards.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bryant Park Fall Festival-- September 28 to October 9

Two days left of the Bryant Park Fall Festival. And it's going to be extraordinary.

Bryant Park is one of the few public parks in New York that is lucky to be nestled among the most beautiful skyscrapers but at the same time provide a leafy retreat from the crowded sidewalks of Manhattan. Bryant Park's midtown location also makes it close enough to nearly every train. It is also of Fashion Week fame (the tents are set up right on the lawn each year). So when a free event rolls around, offering the sights and sounds of New York's best performance art and cultural institutions.. you know you've got to at least check it out.

Among the many notable performances featured in this year's Fall Festival was a dance ensemble, Ailey II. The dance group performed exerts from 7 dances part of the Ailey repertoire. The stage was lit in bright purples, reds, blues. The dancers performed in costume and the speakers amplified the music well enough to hear regardless of your seat location. The audience filled half of the great lawn with lawn chairs provided by the park. Some brought wool blankets, others brought snacks. Either way, each dance piece received enthusiastic applause and as well as bursts of approval when the dancers performed difficult combinations. Among the evening sky and crisp fall air, one could almost imagine that they were far off somewhere perhaps in Massachusetts or Upstate NY. However when the performance drew to an end, the subways and everything else Manhattan has to offer was still right there as if you never left.

Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009 -- Bargemusic at Bryant Park Fall Festival

The following night, instead of a dance performance, it was Brooklyn's Bargemusic that took the stage. The show featured classical as well as contemporary chamber music (violin, viola, cello, base, and piano accompaniment). Two contemporary composers -- David Del Tredici and DeBorge Pennington -- were even present, and one, Pennington, sang on stage. The neoLIT ensemble performed Cafe Music by Paul Schoenfield, a modern composer, while the Barge's own musicians performed Bach's Concerto No. 1, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12, and four movements from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

The last two days of the Festival are set to feature the Brooklyn Philharmonic this evening-- Thursday, October 8, 2009 -- and Jazz at Lincoln Center tomorrow evening --Friday, October 9, 2009. All performances run from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

For a full list of performances and more information visit the Bryant Park Fall Festival website.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Climate Week NYC Sept 20 - 26

September 20 - 26 has been declared Climate Week here in NYC as it coincides with the United Nation's General Assembly meeting, and perhaps more specifically, the United Nations Summit on Climate Change which took place on September 22, 2009 in NY.

In order to support this gathering, Climate Week NYC features dozens of events, exhibits, discussions, etc. with the central theme tied to Climate.

One such event took place last night (Thursday Sept 24), a panel discussion entitled "Building Solar Pathways to Economic Empowerment in the Developing World" . The event was co-hosted by Solar One, a green energy education and arts non-for-profit based in Manhattan, while the panelists included :

The speakers offered examples of solar projects currently being implemented throughout the world, as well as an overview of the particular benefits of solar energy to developing nations or populations that do not have any access to electrical energy. The topic of financing was brought up as well, in particular models that allow for individuals to use solar technology. There was also a dynamic question and answer period with attendees further guiding the discussion. For example, one attendee asked if deployment of solar technology was being tied to disaster relief organizations so as to provide some form of electricity for areas where access to electricity was affected by natural disaster. Others asked questions ranging from the cost of current solar technology, to the scope of implementation, as well as adaptability to specific populations/uses/locations (for example, one solar cube was shown which is water-proof and can be used at sea or in rainy weather).

To check out events scheduled for today, Friday September 25, visit the Climate Week NYC website at: .

For events throughout the year, check out Solar One's website as well:

If you attend any of the exhibits, we'd love to hear your comments.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream... $1 !!

As if you needed another reason to indulge yourself in some insanely good Peter Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream... here's one you can't resist: $1 cones until 1:00pm.

If you are anywhere near 72 West 36th Street (midtown) or can get there within a reasonable amount of time... get there. The ice cream has been around for some time, but I only recently discovered it a couple of weeks ago. The base ingredients like milk, sugar, and are sourced locally (NY and surrounding region) and the specialty ingredients are sourced from heritage beans and ingredients in Europe and elsewhere. In addition, their napkins, cups, etc are made from 100% renewable resources.

You can read more about the company here:

And I suggest you follow them on Twitter for special announcements (like today's):

Seriously, if you are in the area... this is an unbeatable deal. You'll most likely thank me after your ice cream cone. Can't wait for mine :))))

A side note-- As everyone in NYC knows by now, it's Fashion Week time. If you are heading to the ice cream truck, you will most likely encounter the Fashion Week crowds. If you want to do some shopping afterwards, check out Fashion's Night Out -- a one day event (today only) which offers unique performances, specials, consultations, music, etc at various fashion venues in the City. This is the first event that I can remember of this kind. There is also a charitable component to the event if you purchase a specially designed t-shirt to commemorate the event, 40% of the proceeds will go to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. By the way, Fashion's Night Out is not only in NYC.. it's happening around the world.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Quick update -- The Waterpod

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for not posting in quite a while but I promise I will do a full update later today (Monday Aug 3). For now, I'll just post a few pictures of The Waterpod -- a wonderful barge that has its own garden, chickens, solar panels, solar cooker (more details will be up soon), rocket stove, hydroponics and sub-irrigation planters, and much much more. Not to mention, they host awesome events like free cooking demonstrations, lectures, music, discussions, art exhibits, etc. This is definitely worth a trip.

A view of one of the gardens on board

The barge (basically a flat ship) moves around the NYC every two weeks or so. Today was the last day that it was docked in West Harlem Park Piers ( 125th Street and Hudson River). It's next stop is Brooklyn Bridge Park. Full docking schedule here.
Here are some preview pictures:

Outside view, when the Waterpod was docking on W. 125th Street

On Board

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Awesome Outdoor Venue w/ a vue + free activities

How many of you have visited the Pier i Cafe by the Hudson River? If you haven't, ... it's definitely worth a visit. Not only does it have great tasting food, but you can enjoy it overlooking the Hudson River. On a nice summer evening, the views are incredible as the sun sets and the water offers a nice breeze. The setting is relaxed and self serve. The food is priced reasonably, especially for what you are getting. Example, you can get a burger and fries, made to order, with your choice of cheese (Swiss, American, Blue, and I think another kind) for $11, but the order can easily be shared by two people. The fries are thinly cut and sprinkled with herbs and the burger has a great smoky flavor to it. The place is pretty popular so you will have to wait a few minutes for your order to be called out over the speakers, but there's plenty of seating while you wait.

In addition, you might find free entertainment if you go when a "Summer on the Hudson" event is taking place. Riverside Park South, where Pier i Cafe is located, is offering a variety of free programs like outdoor movie screenings, concerts, and more. The full schedule can be viewed in two places:

1. Either on the Summer on the Hudson calendar.
2. Or via the NYC Parks & Recreation page (which also lists events for all of the NYC parks)

The Cafe is also a short walk from Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing festivities (see earlier blog for more info).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Free Ice Cream by Baskin Robbins + Do Something

Baskin-Robbins in partnership with Do Something, a non-for-profit service oriented organization for youth, is offering free ice cream to young adults and teens ages 13 - 25. The Promotion lasts from July 13, 2009 - July 17, 2009. To find out more info visit their website here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Photography Lovers...

So this opportunity isn't technically in NYC, but rather online. I stumbled on this site recently and thought that it could be useful for someone who wants to get their work out there.
The website is called , and its connected to an in-print magazine. Photographers can upload their pics to the various themes and challenges and then have an opportunity to be featured in print. There is also a voting component to the process. Looks interesting.
Screenshot of JPG re: how it works page

If anyone decides to participate, come back and let us know how it went.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Midsummer Night Swing: Outdoor Music + Dancing Events @ Lincoln Center

Screenshot of Lincoln Center's Calendar for MNS Program

Midsummer Night Swing is an outdoor dancing program presented by Lincoln Center. In it's 21st Season, the program features a dance lesson, followed by live music and a dj, and a huge outdoor space for dancing. According to Lincoln Center, this year's dance floor is 30% larger than in previous years.

Group dance lessons start at 6:30pm. Instructors from local dance studios demonstrate the basic steps on stage. DJ and Live band follow. The events attract both beginners and dance lovers of all styles and ages. By the time the live band begins playing the dance floor fills up almost to capacity. To enter the official dancing area, one must purchase a $15 ticket. But there is plenty of space on the outskirts of the official area to either sit or dance. There is a bag check for a $3 fee and a cash bar for those of age. The festival lasts from July 7 to July 25 with events five nights a week. The upcoming week (July 14 - 18) will feature:

  • jazz/swing by Melba Joyce & Her Big Band

  • tango by Otros Aires (New York Debut)

  • soul/r&b/funk by The Get Down: Soul/R&BPonderosa Stomp

  • rockabilly by Best Dance in Town: RockabillyPonderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center

  • salsa/boogaloo by New Swing Sextet

Whether you grab a partner or come solo, you're sure to learn a step or two.

The full schedule is available here:

Free Concerts & Music Ambassador Program by Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall, the famed performance space located in Midtown Manhattan just steps away from Central Park, not only hosts world renown concerts within its hallowed halls but also puts on free neighborhood concerts in various venues throughout the City and its boroughs.

The free concerts usually feature great performers and could be an opportunity to explore some local spots & listen to your favorite or potentially new (to you) singer--band--style. It could even work out that the concert may be right in your own 'hood. The musical styles range from "classical, jazz, Latin, tango, klezmer, Gospel, folk, contemporary, world music, and more"

To find about the next show, head over to Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concerts website. There's even a mapping tool that allows you to search their events interactively, however it seems that it has both past and upcoming events plotted on the same map. The shows are produced with sponsorship support & also incorporate volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help with a concert, you can sign up on the Neighborhood Concerts page, just scroll down and look at the lower right hand corner.

Unfortunately though, it looks like the Neighborhood Concerts don't start up again until Fall 2009. In the meantime though:
  1. There is an interesting Music Ambassador program which allows one to volunteer with Carnegie Hall and score free tickets and other benefits like a discount to the gift shop in exchange for helping out. If you're into music this might be a great opportunity for you.

2. There are TONS of other concerts/music events going on around the city right now -- Summer 2009. I will post more details shortly (within the next 30/45 min --promise).

Monday, July 6, 2009

For All You Tennis Fans...

Randall's Island is hosting some of the Tennis world's greatest legends and current superstars. If you couldn't score a seat to Wimbledon (across the pond) or the other elite competitions, don't worry-- here's your chance to see the stars live right here in New York.

To purchase tickets, check out the schedule :

  • July 7 vs.St. Louis (Anna Kournikova) 7:00pm
  • July 10 vs. Washington (Serena Williams) 7:00pm
  • July 13 vs. Newport (John McEnroe) 7:00pm
  • July 15 vs.Boston (John McEnroe & Martina Navratilova) 7:30pm
  • July 17 vs. Kansas City (Bryan Brothers) 7:00pm

Here's a bit about the game's format :"The Advanta WTT Pro League, co-founded by Billie Jean King, is a professional co-ed sports league featuring three generations of tennis stars playing in a team format in 10 U.S. markets. Team matches consist of five events, with one set each of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. The first team to reach five games wins each set." (source)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Free Yoga in Times Square June 21 Summer SOLSTICE

Ever thought of rolling out your yoga mat in the middle of Times Square?? Now's your chance to practice your favorite pose or flow through a sun salutation in middle of the "Crossroads of the World".. aka Times Square (or is that quote just for NYC?..).

Screenshot of Times Square Alliance website with picture from last year's evet.

The Times Square Alliance is gearing up for its annual Solstice in Times Square event featuring free yoga all day long. The celebration usually attracts lots of yoga enthusiasts. In addition to the free yoga lesson, there will be free gift bags for the first 1500 people.

Cool fact: there are over 65 partnering yoga studios from NYC and neighboring region participating in this event!! Plus YogaJournal, and other major sponsors.

Lessons will be held at :

  • 8am - Instructor Douglass Stewart
  • 10:30am - Instructor Paula Tursi
  • 1:00pm Bikram Class - Instructor Patrick Lynch
  • 3:30pm - Instructor Tim Tompkins
  • 6:00pm - Instructor Elena Brower

Guest speakers are scheduled to speak in between lessons.

For a full schedule and more information, check out their website here.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Career Day at The Apollo -- June 16, 2009

Sorry for the short notice, just received an email about this event and wanted to post it for all those who are interested in a career in the music industry.

The list of panelists looks great with likes of :

  • Cheryl Briggs, Former Manager and Producer for Faith Evans
  • Wayne Cobham, Musician, Producer and Founder of the Cobham Coalition
  • Ray Chew, Musical Director, Composer and Producer
  • Vivian Scott Chew, Founder of ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards
  • Shanti Das, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Universal Motown
  • Nona Hendryx, Musician, Songwriter and Producer
  • Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc.
  • Thembisa S. Mshaka author of Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business (Moderator)
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Time: 6:30 PM -- doors open at 6:00pm
Cost: Free
RSVP: 212-531-5363 or

Looks like a great networking opportunity. For more information, check out the info straight from the Apollo website here (scroll down until you see the description below):

Screenshot from:

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Upcoming Event -- April 21, 2009 --"Culture Matters: Navigating Culture In The Global Marketplace"

Americans for UNFPA and Deloitte Present:

"Culture Matters: Navigating Culture In The Global Marketplace "

Deloitte Offices
1633 Broadway (between 50th and 51st Street)
Tuesday April 21, 2009 at 8:30AM

Description from Event Flyer (excerpt):

" Keynote Speaker and Moderator:
  • Dr. Mari Simonen is United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for External Relations, United Nations Affairs and Management at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


  • Ms. Barbara Adachi is National Managing Principal, Initiative for the Retention and Advancement of Women, Deloitte LLP.
  • Dr. Azza Karam serves as the Senior Culture Advisor at UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund where she coordinates global activities on culture and religion.
  • Ms. Rahman, lawyer and human rights activist, is President of Americans for UNFPA. Americans for UNFPA where she is responsible for building American legislative and financial support for the promotion of women’s health and rights globally. "


Registration page:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Acumen Fund Student Leaders Workshop

Application Deadline: April 10, 2009

Description from Acumen Fund's website:

"Acumen Fund is hosting its first annual workshop for student leaders on May 28th-30th, 2009 in New York City. Sessions will focus on Acumen Fund and its model, types of enterprises and investors within the social enterprise sector, ideas for skill development and career planning, and opportunities for leadership and engagement in the sector. We are particularly interested in engaging students who want to lead efforts to engage others in social enterprise on their campuses, and will provide time to explore ways of doing this.Throughout the weekend, we hope not only to develop your skills and knowledge about enterprise development and social venture capital, but also to learn from you about how Acumen Fund can be a stronger partner with young people. It will be an intimate workshop with 20-25 students, giving you the opportunity to get to know Acumen Fund, our community, and each other.Please note that to apply for this workshop, you need to complete a mini-project, so please be sure to read through this entire application as early as possible."


About NYC Freshman

Hello and Welcome!

NYC Freshman isn't necessarily for college freshmen located in NYC but rather an informal list of opportunities in the NYC area compiled by an once upon a time NYC freshman undergrad so that anyone who cares to benefit from the info would be able to access it. Feel free to comment too!

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