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City Harvest Holds Holiday Food Drive
NEW YORK– With the holiday season quickly approaching, City Harvest, NYC’s largest food rescue organization, is asking all New Yorkers to step up and take care of one another.
There are several ways to help City Harvest make sure that all of our neighbors have enough food during the holidays and throughout the year.
Anyone can participate in or attend the following initiatives:
Daily News Food Drive (Through January 18): Help City Harvest feed families in need all across our city by participating in the 36th annual Daily News Food Drive – the city’s largest annual food drive. Our goal is to collect 1 million pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food, which we will deliver to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs.
Repack To Give Back (November 9 – 16): Hundreds of volunteers will come together at City Harvest’s Food Rescue Facility for its annual Repack to Give Back event, taking place the week before Thanksgiving, to pack 6,000 holiday meal boxes with fresh produce and non-perishable food – enough to help 24,000 New Yorkers put holiday meals on their tables.
Volunteer with City Harvest: City Harvest was founded by a group of volunteers in 1982, and to this day, volunteers are central to all aspects of our work. 10,000 New Yorkers donate their time annually. This holiday season, give back to your community by volunteering with us. Please visit www.cityharvest.org/volunteer/ to learn more.
Donate: Make a year-end gift to City Harvest today. Every dollar donated helps feed four New Yorkers for a day.
City Harvest also has two ongoing Mobile Markets happening regularly in the Bronx. Through their Mobile Markets, City Harvest delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, free of charge, to thousands of New Yorkers each month. Community members gather in farmers’ market settings, where they receive fresh produce and participate in cooking demonstrations to learn how to make healthy meals in two different Bronx locations: at the Melrose Classic Center and at St. Mary’s Park. The Melrose Mobile Markets are held at 286 E 156th Street, at the Classic Center every 2nd Saturday & 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. The St. Mary’s Mobile Markets are held in the parking lot adjacent to 595 Trinity Avenue every 2nd Saturday & 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
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BRONX- The spinning wheels inside a young artist’s mind and the wheels from vintage wagons discovered across the Bronx, collided at the intersection of Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse-- creating an unusual work of art that will be on display until next spring.
Welder and artist Colin Nicodemo, 44, of Cold Spring, N.Y., was beaming with pride during the unveiling of his project titled, "All Roads Lead to Fordham" a 10-foot high, hand-welded circular shaped statue.
Nicodemo was surrounded by family members and members of the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID), at the unveiling held at the southern side of the East Fordham Road Overpass on the Grand Concourse, on September 14.
Working with the BID and the New York City Department of Transportation's Art Program, Nicodemo explained, "We had this concept that was Fordham Road and the importance of transportation and meshing that together and coming up with a piece that people can look at and give appreciation to however they see fit.”
Nicodemo scoured through junkyards and flea markets across the borough to find vintage wheels of old wagons and carts and welded them together, creating his unique urban art project.
The artist, who spent a good deal of his childhood visiting family on Conners Street, said of his discovered wheels, "I didn't do anything to them but drill holes. I got them from different junk yards and flea markets. The gears are from an antique shop.”
The humble artist added, "This is my other home and I'm proud to be here. This means a lot.”
According to Daniel Bernstein, the deputy director of the Fordham Road BID, who explained, "This project has been in the works since 2015... We've actually done a lot of projects like this in the past. What we do is partner with the Department of Transportation's Art Program. What they do is kind of select hot spots throughout the city, where they want to see art.”
Bernstein continued, "Fordham Road wasn't one of them, but we made sure that it was, because we feel like it should have more art because we're known for just clothing stores and retailers and things like that.”
With the BID having participated in public art exhibits on the Grand Concourse for the last 10 years, Bernstein added, "He really had a great idea for something that would center around Fordham Road; just generally the traffic that we get, the accessibility that runs through here, and that's really what this piece is all about. The wheels are really from all different times, over the years, which he really wanted to get across to everybody.”
The Fordham Road BID is a non-profit corporation under contract with the City of New York to "provide supplementary services to the community," focusing on sanitation, beautification, promotion and overall advocacy for the Fordham Road area. For more information of the Fordham BID, visit their website at: www.Fordhamroad.nyc.
The NYC DOT Art Program was launched in 2008, and creates temporary art installations as they partner with community based organizations and artists that create murals, sculptures and performances in public spaces, such as plazas and bridges around the city.
For more info on the citywide program visit the DOT art website at: www.nyc.gov/dotart.
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BRONX- A trio of dimwitted robbers were caught on camera slapping around and robbing a livery cab driver in the Bronx.
Cops released surveillance video fo the teens, whom they say, smacked around and robbed a livery cab driver in the Allerton section of the Bronx.
The incident happened at around 6:25 pm on September 10. The trio entered the livery car in front of 2742 Colden Avenue.
Cops say the teens began arguing with the driver over the cost of the fare. Then the group began hitting the driver as one of the members removed $100 from him.
The teens are described as African-American males ranging in age from 15 to 19. All with slim builds.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.
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