Domino’s Greek Tragedy

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By Albert Goldson

If the NY Insulation workers in hazmat garb on the Domino complex in the infamous early April video were indeed performing asbestos removal, they certainly weren’t following industry or NYS/NYC protocol to protect public health. This hazmat removal method could represent gross negligence because voluminous quantities of dust were stirred up in an open air area caused by the ripping and sledge hammering of possible carcinogenic laden material, essentially a dirty bomb rooftop party. If the removal of alleged hazmat occurred in broad daylight on a rooftop, just imagine what is being done indoors out of public view and in the executive suite.

Asbestos, a Greek word meaning “inextinguishable,” has been used as
building material since the Holy Roman Empire because of its heat and
fire resistant properties. Its peak use in the US was between 1930 and
1970. According to the US Geological Survey the US continues to
legally import asbestos annually primarily from Brazil, the third
largest asbestos producer in the world. From January to July 2012,
over 1,000 metric tons were imported. Interestingly, the US stopped
producing asbestos domestically since 2002.

Asbestos particulates lodged in the lungs can result in Mesothelioma.
It’s an aggressive cancer whose only cause is from asbestos. There are
no safe levels of exposure and it often takes decades for symptoms to
develop. This danger includes “take home” exposure caused when someone
tracks residual asbestos on their footwear or clothing into the home
exposing one’s family.

In the pursuit of obscene profits, real estate developers have no
qualms about utilizing the most cost-effective methods to renovate
industrial buildings. It’s profit maximization through excessive cost
cutting by hiring non-union workers and performing hazmat removal
methods that flaunt safety codes at the expense of public health.

Such an example is subcontracting a firm such as NY Insulation that
was debarred and cannot perform work with any other NYS government
agency. Notwithstanding they were hired by Two Trees, a high-profile,
deep-pocket private firm.

One cannot shame or embarrass powerful real-estate developers. Even
negative publicity is a minor irritant because they shroud themselves
in Teflon tailored by public relations firms. The only way to get
their attention is to disrupt their construction critical path. The
critical path is a series of deadlines to complete specific phases
before the next one can be undertaken. The shorter the critical path,
the greater the cash flow. Hazmat removal is one of the early phases
on this critical path. For mega-projects like Domino any critical path
delay is measured in hundreds of millions of dollars which reduces
their profit margin.

After Domino is gutted and renovated, it will be described as a
fully-restored, classic masterpiece with Great Gatsby amenities for
sky-is-the-limit prices. Domino is the ultimate Williamsburg trophy
project and Two Trees will certainly profit big-time whatever the
final outcome with respect to development. The key is whether they can
step up ethically and become socially responsible to the community by
contracting qualified and credible firms to perform the necessary

With the mayoral campaign in full swing, this is the opportunity to
grill the candidates on their proposed policies on protecting public
health by ensuring that hazmat removal meets government requirements.
Equally important is whether the candidates have any conflicts of
interest such as their sources of campaign financing that may
compromise their ability to stand up to real estate developers who
engage in questionable practices.

—Albert Goldson is an Architectural & Engineering Contract Manager specializing in transportation megaprojects, energy, and urban planning. He is a long-term Williamsburg resident, an internationalist, and avid jazz aficionado.

Better Know a Blogger: Steven P. Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art

Better Know A Blogger

(From Société Perrier 5/10/13, by Jim Allen)

As the editor in chief of Brooklyn Street Art, Steven P. Harrington has a tricky task: trying to document for posterity an art form that’s transitory by nature. The undaunted Harrington, who runs the blog with editor of photography Jaime Rojo, says, “At this moment in history, everything feels transitory. What better art form to be paying attention to right now than the one that knows how to celebrate the moment?” Covering street art not only from New York but a broad range of other sources as well, the blog has earned quite a rep; it’s been included in a number of books, and Harrington and Rojo have been contributing extensively to The Huffington Post. How do they keep on top of it all? Harrington offers, “BSA publishes every day and we stay quick on our feet and keep an ear to the ground. It’s an ongoing conversation.”  (For full story, click here.)

5K for North Brooklyn Youth

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More than 600 runners will participate. To present the event, St. Nicks Alliance teamed up with NYCRuns, an organization that organizes races citywide.

Proceeds will benefit afterschool and summer camp programs run by St. Nicks Alliance. Williamsburg/Greenpoint as a “hipster haven,” but most people don’t know that the area, Brooklyn’s Community District 1, has the highest rate of child poverty out of the city’s 59 Community Districts. The need for youth programming is acute, and the proceeds raised by this race will help fill that need.

We see the run as a chance to bring together the neighborhood’s pre-existing and newcomer demographics for the benefit of our local youth.

WHAT: St. Nicks Alliance Hosts a 5K race; proceeds benefit St. Nicks’s afterschool and summer camp programs.

WHEN: TOMORROW, Saturday May 11th, at 9:30 AM. STARTING GUN IS AT 9:30!

WHERE: McCarren Park, Brooklyn. (Leonard Street between Manhattan Avenue & Bayard Street).




2nd Annual Riverkeeper Sweep

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Riverkeeper Sweep is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. For a full list of sponsors and partners, click on the image above.

Questions? Email Dana Gulley and Dan Shapley at, or call 914-478-4501 x226.

Riverkeeper Sweep Cleanup Sites

(For a map click on image above)

New York City-Brooklyn
McCarren Park, Greenpoint
Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg
Valentino Pier, Red Hook
Java Street/India Street, Greenpoint (registration closed)

New York City-Bronx
Riverdale Riverfront Promenade
College of Mount Saint Vincent

New York City-Manhattan
Hudson River Park
Inwood’s North Cove, Harlem River (Morning)
Inwood’s North Cove, Harlem River (Afternoon)
East River Park
Solar One Stewardship Day (Stuyvesant Cove)
Riverside Park near 100th Street
Harlem River Park
Riverside Park from 59th-70th Streets (registration closed)
Little Red Lighthouse /Hudson River Greenway under the GW Bridge (registration closed)

New York City-Queens
Jennifer’s Annual Flushing Bay Cleanup
Queensbridge City Park (registration closed)

New Jersey
Bloomer’s Beach (Palisades Interstate Park)
Hazard’s Dock Boat Launch (Palisades Interstate Park)

Lower Hudson-Westchester
Dobbs Ferry Waterfront
The Landing Waterfront, Dobbs Ferry
Wickers Creek, Dobbs Ferry
Pocantico River, Sleepy Hollow (by kayak)
Tarrytown Waterfront
Croton Point Park (by kayak)
Croton Point Park
MacEachron Park, Kinnally Cove, Hastings-on-Hudson
Sing Sing Kill, Ossining
Ossining’s ‘Lost Beach’
Scarborough Park, Briarcliff Manor
Oscawana Island
Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill
Annsville Creek, Peekskill (by kayak)
Kingsland Point County Park, Sleepy Hollow
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Lawrence Street in Dobbs Ferry/Ardsley
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Woodlands Lake/VE Macy Park, Irvington
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Bridge Street, Ardsley
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Odell Avenue & South County Trailway, Yonkers
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Walsh Road, Yonkers
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Ann Street, Yonkers
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Mouth of the River at Yonkers
Great Saw Mill River Cleanup: Pleasantville

Lower Hudson-Rockland
Piermont Pier
Black Beach and Old Ice Docks, Rockland Lake State Park
Haverstraw Beach

Mid Hudson-Putnam
Garrison’s Landing, Arden Point, Mine Point
Little Stony Point, Cold Spring
Dockside Park, Cold Spring
Foundry Dock Park, Cold Spring

Mid Hudson-Orange
Storm King Highway (Route 218), Cornwall
Cornwall Landing (Donahue Memorial Park)
Tin Brook, Walden
Newburgh Waterfront
Quassaick Creek, Newburgh/New Windsor
Muchattoes Lake, Newburgh (cleanup and tree-planting)
Fort Montgomery, Bear Mountain Bridge to Popolopen Creek (by kayak)
Plum Point (by kayak)
Plum Point (by foot: registration closed)

Mid Hudson-Dutchess
Riverfront Park to Long Dock, Beacon
Denning’s Point, Beacon
The Great Swamp and other Pawling-area locations
Wappinger Creek (by kayak)
Make Poughkeepsie Shine
Waryas and Kaal Rock Parks, Poughkeepsie
Mills Norrie State Park
Tivoli North Bay (by kayak)
Tivoli South Bay (Registration closed)

Mid Hudson-Ulster
Turkey Point State Forest and Ulster Landing County Park 
Kingston Point Beach
Saugerties Lighthouse trail
Esopus Meadows Point and Lighthouse Park

Upper Hudson-Columbia/Greene
RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary (by boat)
Hudson River Islands State Park
Middle Ground Flats (by kayak)
Nutten Hook, Stuvyvesant
Roeliff Jansen Park
Greenport Conservation Area, Hudson

Upper Hudson-Albany/Rensselaer
Port of Albany to Patroon Bridge (by kayak)

Sweep Sponsors and Partners

Riverkeeper Sweep is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. We’re grateful to recognize sponsors that include Joe and Daryl Boren, The Durst OrganizationLF USAParagon SportsSprout Watches,EILEEN FISHER Whole Foods MarketGreenhousePleasant Valley Stone,Mother Earth’s StorehouseNew York Kayak Company1-800-GOT-JUNK? New CityMetal Container Corp., and Sea Tow Central Hudson.

Our 2013 partners include The Great Saw Mill River Cleanup program of Groundwork Hudson Valley, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Make Poughkeepsie Shine, and Empire Dragon Boat Team’s Jennifer’s Annual Flushing Bay Shoreline Cleanup.

Sweep to Your Brewery*

*Or nightclub! This year, to thank you for your service, eight breweries and a nightclub have agreed to offer Sweep volunteers a freebie and a place to gather after you complete your project:

Incentives for Volunteers

These prizes will be raffled to registered volunteers and/or Sweep leaders who participate on the day of the Sweep, Saturday, May 11, 2013:

Resources for Sweep Leaders

Riverkeeper is working with nearly 100 volunteer Sweep leaders throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley to coordinate service projects at 75 locations. If you are a leader, check out these resources for Sweep leaders.

TOWN HALL MTG / Demand Safe Asbestos removal at Domino / Monday, April 29 /

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Asbestos is a known human carcinogen
There is no safe level of exposure
Asbestos fibers can be 700 times smaller than human hair
Homes built prior to 1980 commonly have asbestos
You can’t see, taste, touch or smell asbestos fibers
Asbestos-caused diseases are preventable
Up to 35 million homes in the United States may be contaminated with asbestos insulation
Asbestos has not been banned in the US
The US continues to import asbestos

Shockingly, the company hired to complete the asbestos abatement of the Domino Sugar Refinery is New York Insulation who has had numerous violations from New York State and New York City.  These include but not limited to, dry removal, improper bagging of asbestos, improper preparation of work area, improper personal protective equipment, and failure to provide workers with access to decontamination units/showers.

Community Right to Know—Demand Safe Removal of Asbestos at Domino

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By Genia Gould

Asbestos exposure is a challenge for our neighborhood right now, because wherever there are old factories, there’s typically asbestos. The removal of the asbestos in the case of the Domino Sugar Refinery site is a problem for the community, because asbestos fibers are released into the air when asbestos materials are disturbed during repairs, renovations, removal, or demolition.

Recent video* footage posted online (April 11, 2013) shows improper and unsafe asbestos removal, particularly of transite panels from the Specialty Sugars Building at Kent Ave. and S. 3rd St.

It raises concerns for local residents, as well as experts in the field of asbestos remediation and lung disease. In the video, one sees the close proximity of the asbestos removal to mothers with children, cyclists, and people mingling in the streets below.

Jorge Roldan, a certified instructor for the New York and New Jersey Departments of Health for 13 years, and an apprenticeship coordinator for Local 78, identified a series of violations when he viewed the video.

Roldan speculates that the Domino building may have gotten the green light to do what’s called “dry removal,” which allows certain asbestos abatement to be conducted in open air, but “it must be removed intact,” he says. But because they are breaking up panels with a crowbar, the law stipulates that this be done “in containment and wetted.” “I don’t see tenting. I don’t see garden hoses, or water there,” he says, adding, “They know what they are doing is illegal.”

More violations Roldan cites:
 Dropping asbestos at a height greater than 10 ft.
 Scaffolding lifts without plastic on them, to collect any asbestos dust that may fall to the ground.
•  Scaffolding lifts with open sides, no fall protection being used.
•  Critical barriers (openings to the building): the plastic wrapping was open and no one repairs it.
 An individual is seen at start of the video not wearing protective clothing or a respirator.

(*The video posted online shows 3 1/2 mins. of a 3 1/2 hr. tape, according to unnamed sources.)

“The concerns are warranted,” says Linda Reinstein, co-founder of the ADAO (Absestos Disease Awareness Organization) “as there is consensus from every government agency that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.”

(Reinstein shared the video on her blog, with additional information and images.)

Exposure to asbestos dust, microscopic glass-like particulates, is a known carcinogen which causes mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer of the lungs, for which there is no known cure, and other asbestos-related diseases. There are 10,000 asbestos-related deaths yearly in the US (107,000 globally). But because diseases are under-reported, Reinstein suspects the numbers are closer to 40,000 in the US.

This has prompted several members of the community to call an emergency Town Hall meeting, to be held on Monday, April 29 at 6:30pm, at Picture Farm Gallery at 330 Wythe Avenue (bet S. 1st & S 2nd Sts).

The California-based activist Linda Reinstein will be in attendance at the meeting to answer the community’s questions, and to help the community organize a plan of action. She was cautious when commenting about the video: “one needs to be careful when viewing a video, because it could have been monkeyed with, but my concern when viewing it is seeing workers in disposable protective gear, and respiratory protection, yet breaking apart transite panels. I can see the dust, and they’re on top of a roof, and it’s airborne.”

Transite is an asbestos-cement product typically used in wall construction. Demolition of older buildings containing transite materials, requires special precautions and disposal techniques to protect workers and the public.


Asbestos and Human Lung Cells
Photo credit: Onchy Adornetto and James S. Webber, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany

Reinstein said she didn’t want the community to panic in any immediate way, but that her greater concern, now, is looking at the ongoing disposal of the large transite panels, and protecting the public. “It’s an expensive process, and when it’s not done properly, it’s expensive to the people (who have no benefit to the project, ordinary folk) in dollars and lives. Someone gets sick and dies.” [Editor’s comments in parentheses]

Two Trees Management Company, the developers who bought the Domino property in 2012 from CPCR, have indicated that the asbestos abatement process will take a considerable amount of time.

The Two Trees plan for the site, which includes 3,372,777 gross square feet of five towers, ranging from 40 to 60 stories tall, has yet to be approved by the Community Board or New York City Council, or the voting population of the community.

It raised red flags for both Reinstein, and for the entire city, when it was learned that New York Installation was contracted to remove asbestos at the 12-acre site. The controversial company has been cited for dozens of violations from OSHA and EPA. They are additionally “blocked from doing public sector work after it stiffed workers,” it was reported recently in the NY Daily News.

Surrounded by Demolition and Renovation

Reinstein says it is “monumentally important” for the community to keep a heightened level of vigilance around Domino asbestos abatement activities; demand government transparency, and honest engagement with the community. She also disclosed, given the sheer extent of development activity in our community, that the issue goes beyond Domino: “the people in your community are surrounded by demolition and renovation of buildings.”

Asbestos was especially prevalent in buildings up until the late 1970’s. It was a commonly used building material, everywhere for many purposes, including insulation for sprinkler pipes, in walls, electrical, and sound proofing, even in linoneum tiles. “The ‘beauty’ of the fiber was its tensile strength. It was added to cement to make the cement stronger. It’s impervious to water, it’s heat resistant, lightweight, and inexpensive. It was once considered a ‘miracle mineral’,” she says, adding, “but it isn’t biodegrable.”

Penny compares 20,000 asbestos fibers to grains of rice and human hair.

“The important part most people don’t know, is that as early as 1906, it was already known to cause disease, so for 100 years despite that knowledge, it has continued to be in wide use.” The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that “The United States produced about 3.29 million metric tons (Mt) of asbestos and used approximately 31.5 Mt between 1900 and 2003. About half of this amount was used after 1960.” According to USGS, most of the imported asbestos came from Canada.

A big part of Reinstein’s efforts in her tireless work around the issues of asbestos are towards having the material asbestos banned from continuing to be imported. Believe it or not, it’s still being imported and used in products today, including “in some building insulation, ceiling tiles, floor tiles and dry wall, as well as automotive brakes pads, gaskets and clutches,” according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Reinstein works with U.S. Senate every year to draft and help pass a resolution designating the first week of April 2013 as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” (In her resolution, there are 17 facts regarding asbestos and mesothelioma which have been entered into the Congressional Record.)

“Asbestos was heavily used to build our country—now we have to prevent exposures to eliminate asbestos-caused diseases,” says Reinstein. The effects are also not immediate, they are long term. It can be as long as 10 to 50 years before the symptoms of disease are evident. Given the time that it takes a person to develop symptoms, it is almost impossible to know when and where the exposure took place. The responsible parties are off the hook. It’s, if you will, a perfect crime. When the symptoms develop, the pleural tissue separates from the lung, and for the sufferer, “it feels like you are trying to blow up a balloon in a pail of water—the pressure around the balloon, like cancer around the lung, makes breathing extremely difficult and painful.”

“Where is it, and what can I do?”

There are regulatory laws in place, because of the Clean Air Act of 1970. (OSHA protects workers’ health, and the EPA protects public health.)

Because it is known that there is asbestos in the Domino buildings, there are certain regulatory steps the owners must take before they can demolish the building or do any kind of gut renovation, Reinstein explained. “The first step is to confirm presence or absence of asbestos and then follow government regulations to prevent exposure.”

“The common questions I’m hearing in Williamsburg, and around the nation, are ‘what is asbestos?’ ‘where is it?’ and ‘what can I do?’” says Reinstein. “The great news is, government resources enable us to build our roadmap of knowledge.”

Here’s a look at how tiny asbestos fibers lodge themselves in lung tissues after being inhaled, eventually leading to inflammation and scarring of the lungs. The condition may progress to mesothelioma, or cancer of the pleural lining. Graphic by Mark Boswell

The EPA states, “If the asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or could be disturbed, there are two types of actions that can be taken by trained and accredited asbestos professionals: repair and removal. Improper removal may actually increase you and your family’s exposure to asbestos fibers.”

Shift in Community Action

Reinstein believes that a major shift is afoot in the Williamsburg community, and will create a new model of action for the nation, so she has agreed—incredibly—to travel to New York to address the issues at the meeting this Monday, April 29. She will also tell her own story. Her husband, Alan, was a victim of mesothelioma and succumbed to the disease in 2006 at the age of 66.  She will talk about how her personal experience caring for her husband, and working with him on the issues of asbestos, while he was still well enough, shaped her into “an accidental activist.” Renowned guest speakers also include Dr. Jay Parkinson, MD, MPH, the founder of Hello Health; a mom from the neighborhood; and possibly a representative from the American Lung Association.

Reinstein sees the growing Williamsburg demographic of young urban families in their 30 and 40s who are not only technologically savvy, but engaged with public health and safety issues by bringing awareness and community action into play. There’s a shift to get back to the wholesome part of being an American, the way we once were, when we recognized the importance of “community.”  It shouldn’t be a request, rather a requirement to breathe safe air and to have our environment free from toxins.  Williamsburg is willing to pull together a Town Hall meeting to address the matter, and take a stand in Brooklyn.

Linda, Alan, Emily Reinstein.

“Too often community rights are usurped. I see Williamsburg empowering its residents with knowledge; and community organizing to protect public health and their environment.”

Linda Reinstein also says, she’ll bring the message about what’s happening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to Washington DC, and will bring national attention to the issue.

See you at the Town Hall Meeting on Monday!

Right-to-Know Act

  1. Identify the location of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in homes, schools, workplace, and public/private buildings
  2. Post asbestos abatement jobs publicly online
  3. Identify structures with known asbestos-containing materials (ACM) undergoing renovation and demolition.
  4. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will manage the asbestos information received

In a natural disaster like a tornado, there are invariably asbestos (and lead) issues from destroyed buildings and homes. Reinstein sent us this image showing the amount of asbestos removed after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. NYC is no stranger to disasters, and the image below was taken in Far Rockaway, where asbestos statistics have not been determined. Reinstein also cites 9/11 of course which resulted in horrific illness to first responders and rescue workers, due too hazardous air quality conditions.


Additional INFO:

Where asbestos may be found:

  • Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite
  • Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives
  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets
  • Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape
  • Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation
  • Heat-resistant fabrics
  • Automobile clutches and brakes

If You Have an Asbestos Problem
If the asbestos-containing material is more than slightly damaged or could be disturbed, there are two types of actions that can be taken by trained and accredited asbestos professionals: repair and removal.

Repair usually involves either sealing or covering asbestos material. With any type of repair, the asbestos remains in place.

  • Sealing (encapsulation) involves treating the material with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released. Pipe, furnace and boiler insulation can sometimes be repaired this way. This should be done only by a professional trained to handle asbestos safely.
  • Covering (enclosure) involves placing something over or around the material that contains asbestos to prevent release of fibers. Exposed insulated piping may be covered with a protective wrap or jacket.

Removal may be required when remodeling or making major changes to your home will disturb asbestos-containing material. Also, removal may be called for if asbestos-containing material is damaged extensively and cannot be otherwise repaired. Removal is complex and must be done only by a trained and accredited asbestos professional. Improper removal may actually increase your and your family’s exposure to asbestos fibers.

Asbestos Professionals: Who Are They and What Can They Do?

In general, there are two main types of accredited asbestos professionals that can be hired to handle asbestos-containing material:

  • Asbestos Inspectors. These individuals can inspect a home or building, assess conditions, take samples of suspected materials for testing, and advise about what corrections are needed. If repair or removal of asbestos materials is chosen, inspectors can ensure the corrective-action contractor has followed proper procedures, including proper clean up, and can monitor the air to ensure no increase of asbestos fibers.
  • Asbestos Contractors. These professionals can repair or remove asbestos materials.

Federal law does not require persons who inspect, repair or remove asbestos-containing materials in detached single-family homes to be trained and accredited; however, some states and localities do require this. For safety, homeowners should ensure that workers they hire to handle asbestos are trained and accredited.

Reinstein points to the recent Hurricane Sandy disaster and 9/11, and the issue of air quality …


•        Science
•        1906 The first clinically recorded case of asbestos-induced lung disease Dr. Murray
•        1955 Dr. Richard Doll publishes study-linking asbestos to lung cancer.
•        1964 Irving Selikoff publishes a study linking asbestos exposure to mesothelioma

•        Policy
•        1970 Clean Air Act & Occupational Safety and Health Act
•        1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
•        1977 International Agency for Research (IARC) declares asbestos a human carcinogen

•        Advocacy
•        1907 American Lung Association (ALA)
•        International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
•        2004 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

ADAO house graphic, interior and exterior of where asbestos might be in your home.

VINTAGE CRAWL’s Emily & Kathryn—Behind the Scenes

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Vintage Crawl impressarios Kathryn Irby (left), and Emily Lichtenberg.

By Genia Gould

Vintage Crawl is upon us, TODAY, Saturday, April 27, starting at Noon. What a great opportunity and incentive to see what’s out there: 18 Williamsburg/Greenpoint vintage boutiques are joining in on the fun (the bars open a bit later around 2/3pm). One of the highlights is an outdoor music performance by Kendy Gable at 3pm at Antoinette. The evening culminates in an after-party at Brooklyn Bowl, which officially starts at 8pm (but doors open at 6pm).

Vintage Crawl Map / Stores & Discounts / Tickets

The charisma and charm behind the event, are two self-styled and grassroots organizers, Kathryn Irby and Emily Lichtenberg. They “sat down” with WG for a quick chat.

WG: Hi Emily!  Hi Kathryn! So how’d it all get started?!

Emily Lichtenberg: What can I say, we’re just two girls who are VERY passionate about drinking and shopping!  But actually I had been organizing vintage crawls on a MUCH smaller scale for me and my friends since I moved to the neighborhood in the Spring of 2010. I met Kathryn when I happened to wander into Antoinette a couple of years ago and she was consulting there. We got to talking and she convinced me that it was an idea to be taken to the next level.

Kathryn Irby: I remember Emily said the words, “Vintage Crawl,” and it just HIT me we could do it, and that it could be BIG in our neighborhood.

Were you surprised by the AMAZING success you had organizing the first Vintage Crawl?

EL: Yes! It was our first attempt at this type of event on this scale, so I think we didn’t even really know that success was happening until after it happened, and we were like, “Oh wow! People really liked this!”

KI: It was all such an exhausting yet fun… how do you say… I guess, “organic roller coaster!” Especially when major publications picked us up, like The New York Times and we even had a segment on the CW11 morning news!

This is the 3rd Vintage Crawl, what are you cooking up, this year?

EL: This year, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Neon Gold Records to present a post-crawl after-party at Brooklyn Bowl, featuring performances by Javelin, Jamaican Queens, and Tiny Victories. And what’s even better is, if you buy a ticket to the show and bring it with you on the crawl (either printed or on your phone) you get even more discounts at all of our stores and bars. Get tickets here!

What’s your line-up of shops looking like?

EL:  We definitely have our vintage store power houses like: Le Grand Strip, Malin Landaeus, and Rabbits, with 18 stores offering a range of Men’s, Women’s and Home Goods.  And let’s not forget the 7 bars, offering drink deals throughout the day!  For brunch, Nitehawk bar/restaurant is offering bottomless mimosas with purchase of their “Breakfast Club” special.

KI: It’s been interesting to watch our vintage stores evolve along with their customers in the neighborhood. A few of our stores, such as Lavai Maria, reconstruct vintage pieces to make them a bit more modern and unique.

Do you have favorite shops? For whatever reason? Favorite finds you cherish?

EL: Maybe its just territorial alliance because I live over there, but I’m really loving all the stores on Graham Ave, right now. Last Vintage Crawl in November, I bought this amazing green silk varsity jacket, that says SCIENCE on the back from Tiger Blanket, and I wear it almost every day. Also this yellow cable knit sweater that I found at Slow Fax basically got me through the winter. GO GRAHAM!

KI: Personally, my favorite vintage store (that I endearingly refer to as my, “happy place”) has always been Horizons on Metropolitan and Havemeyer.  The owner, Breanne, has such an incredible eye for classic American sportswear, and is reasonable with her prices. The store has really developed a personality onto itself—it’s somewhat of a local girl’s hangout where we have picnics out on the sidewalk in the summertime, and have friend’s bands perform in the store.

In your opinions, how relevant is vintage in today’s world, and today’s lifestyle?

KI: Honestly, I used to work in the concept department for Gap Women’s, and the fabrics used in the early- to mid-90’s silks and cottons is FAR superior to today’s clothing. Since fashion is cyclical, it’s simply common sense to shop pieces from such recent decades. Easy on the wallet, and you support small businesses in the process!

EL: Vintage will always be in style because culture is constantly nostalgic for the past—even if the past was only 15 yrs ago. For instance 90’s fashion trends are on the rise and considered “vintage” even though it only feels like yesterday that they were current! And as Kathryn pointed out, vintage is easier on the wallet, and who doesn’t love that?

From the Vintage Crawl Photo Album:
More photos on Vintage Crawl FB

Inspiration, Childhood & the Meaning of Black Ice Cream—Interview w/ Helado Negro

Helado Negro performing

at Glasslands in March.

Photo by Victoria Stillwell

Helado Negro performing at Glasslands in March.
Photo by Victoria Stillwell

By Victoria Stillwell

On a recent cold, spring evening, I met with Roberto Lange, the mastermind of Helado Negro, outside of Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg. He just released his latest album Invisible Life in March, mixing songs with electronic beats and Spanish lyrics, but also switching it up for this record by adding tunes in English, and collaborating with other artists and friends, including Juliana Barwick and Devendra Banhart. I sat down with the relaxed and smiley artist, before a concert he played at Glasslands, to discuss his latest record, and to talk about what drives his music and inspires him.

How has your multi-national upbringing influenced your music?

I was born in Florida but my family is from Ecuador, and we have a big family, so in my childhood there were a lot of parties, a lot of fun. Miami is like the capital of Latin America, there’s everything down there in terms of Latin people. So I was surrounded by that, but also surrounded by the culture of the United States, so it was kind of divided as far as what was happening in my house versus what was happening outside my house.

How did you first realize you had talent and start to create music?

I haven’t realized that. I don’t think I have musical talent (laughs). But I like making things that I like to hear. I started moving in the direction of creative things in college when I had more time to myself. I purchased this piece of equipment called an MPC and it gave me the ability to make electronic-music sounds. I was focusing on making hip-hop music at first, mostly hip-hop beats and stuff like that. I sampled music, collected records, and started kind of deciphering and tearing it apart.

Your latest album, Invisible Life, stands out from your other records because you sing in English. What inspired you to write lyrics in English?

I never had a premeditated plan. There are a lot of different stories and one of the stories is working on that first song, “Dance Ghost.” The words just started coming out. I think that’s with everything, there’s just a process within it, and I ended up singing in English.

Would you describe your creative process for Invisible Life?

I took the whole month of August last year, and worked nine, ten hours a day, just on those songs. I had 40 songs that I was working on, and a lot of them were either loop ideas of melodic patterns or samples of rhythmic patterns. It all started really bare bones, and I just built and built on it. When I sing I break up words a lot with the syllables, which I think I do to kind of mimic instruments. And it’s the other way around, too. I mean instruments have always essentially been mimicking voice. I was just trying to find different sounds, and then I was like ‘oh shit, I am singing about this, I guess.’ It’s a natural progression that happens for each song.

You have released many albums since 2009, so you’ve been busy. What would you say is your biggest inspiration for continuing to create so much music?

I guess, honestly, I think, I feel good when I do it, and it’s just like doodling. When you are drawing on a piece of paper or when you are talking on the phone, it’s like the same thing for me, where it is just like, I am just doing it.

How would you describe the style or genre of your music?

Oh man, that’s the toughest. I never know what to say about that. I think it’s just, I don’t know, music for the generation that I am, you know, the son of Latin American immigrants, and I am making the music that we are surrounded by and kind of like what we are influenced by. It’s a nerdy way to answer it. I have no idea. Electronic maybe?

Do you have any great musical inspirations?

Many musicians inspire me. My friends, you know, honestly, the people that I work with, are a huge musical inspiration to me. Like my friend who has been touring with me, on bass guitar, Jason Ajemian, he is a huge inspiration for me. I have worked with him for so long. My friend Jason Trammell, he plays drums in the band Sinkane. He has been a huge inspiration to me. Who else? The people that were on my record, this girl Adron, she is a huge inspiration, my friend Eddie Alonso, he’s got a band called Feathers. My friend Matt Crum who plays drums with me a lot. Devendra Banhart’s new record is great, he is a friend. He played on the record, too. I’ll keep going if you want…

Do you have any new projects coming up, in addition to promoting Invisible Life?

I work with a friend of mine, Nin Humphrey, a visual artist, and we have been collaborating for years. I do sound for her. She has a performance coming up in May at Dixon Place, in the city. And we also have a twenty-person choir piece, which I created for her, that we’re going to perform in California. That should be really awesome.

How did you come up with the name Helado Negro?

I think, people expect it to be this really crazy story, but it reflects the way I make music, which is the way I write lyrics. They are memories all tied together. I take fragments of different things and piece them together. These are two things that are really intimate to me. Helado means ice cream in Spanish, which is my wife’s favorite food. And Negro was a nickname my family gave me when I was growing up.


Baby Rave–Parents Welcome

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By Shana Liebman

On April 27, the first-ever Brooklyn BabyFest Expo will debut at Middle School 126 (424 Leonard Street) in Williamsburg. The one-day event, which showcases local support and educational resources for parents of prenatals to preschoolers, is the brainchild of Jessica Glorieux, founder of parenting consulting firm Motherburg. “My business puts me in touch with so many wonderful vendors, service providers, and people who help parents in their journey, and I wanted to get them all together in one place.”

The April 27 expo will feature over 20 experts including “baby-wearing” demos by Caribou Baby and a unique “All About Dads” seminar. There’s also a Q&A for first-time homebuyers with local real estate attorneys and brokers, and Joyce Szuflita of NYC School Help will discuss Brooklyn’s preschool options. Filmmaker Abby Epstein, who directed “The Business of Being Born” and runs My Best Birth, will be the keynote speaker.

But it won’t be all talk. Hero Company (a new venture by the owners ofAnella, Calyer and Saint Vitus) will cater the event with ice cream by LIC’s Malu. Attendees can sip cocktails (or mocktails) while watching performance by Puppetsburg. Even Tribeca Pediatrics is bringing along a clown. The most exciting five minutes of the event however might be the Diaper Derby, sponsored by Brooklyn Based and hosted by local dad and comedian Dave Hill. Get your tickets now.

Tickets are available now for pre-purchase online:
$15/per person ($25 at the door)
$25/per family ($40 at the door)
$45/VIP tickets per person ($60 at the door if available)
*VIP includes express entrance + reserved seating at all talks + goodie bag + special raffle prize drawings

BABYFEST SCHEDULE: (click on schedule for larger image)




ABC Infant & Toddler Center- ABC Child Center is a fully licensed daycare/preschool program for children ages 6 months – 6 years in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Our program allows you to pick and choose the days your child is to attend on a weekly basis.

Active Labor Gown- A beautiful labor and delivery gown made of revolutionary performance fabric, uniquely designed to maintain privacy and dignity, keeping women comfortable, centered and in control for the most important workout of their life!

Allstate - Matthew Mullen is an Allstate agent in Greenpoint. He offers a broad range of financial solutions, I can offer my knowledge to help you achieve your financial goals. That includes planning for your child’s education or planning your retirement.

Amanda Greavette - Amanda Greavette is a painter based in Ontario, Canada. Her paintings from the series, “The Birth Project,” are life-sized, breathtaking, and emotionally powerful. Beautiful work of women in labor, birth, and postpartum, displayed with expressions of strength and achievement.

Arbonne - Carlye Hirsch-Wolf is an Independent Consultant with Arbonne, a 33 year old Swiss company that creates personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind for an integrative approach to beauty.

Baby Bodyguards - Baby Bodyguards is a professional baby proofing service based in New York City. We provide home safety consultations , stair gate and safety product installations as well as car seat installation classes and Infant/Child CPR classes in New York City and its surrounding areas.

Baby Bootcamp- Baby Bootcamp instructor Jody Camarra combines her knowledge of group fitness and exercise science, a pre and post natal concentration, and the joys of being a mom into her classes. She understands the struggle moms have with trying to get and stay fit while being able to spend quality bonding time with their new baby.

Barefoot Books - Barefoot Books creates carefully crafted children’s books, children’s CDs and children’s gifts that spark imagination, exploration, and creativity.

Belle & Beanzer - Belle & Beanzer designs a line of baby clothes to strengthen the connection between parent and child through smart design. Made of the softest cotton for comfort, lasting quality, and snuggling and inspired colors and artwork to literally wrap our babies in our love.

Bird River Studios - Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn offers art, craft media, knitting and sewing, theater and acting, playwrighting, creative writing classes for children & adults.

Bizu Brooklyn - Bizu Brooklyn is a high-end consignment site for maternity and children’s clothing, where you can find that one of a kind piece, and be able to buy some of the most desired brands without the expensive price tags.

Blue School - Blue School is an independent progressive school in lower Manhattan. The program is where creativity is cherished and encouraged and where children fall in love with the joy of learning. The program runs from 2′s to 5th grade.

Bright Beige - Bright Beige is a design and screen printing studio based in Brooklyn, New York. We make every effort to only use earth-friendly, sustainable, or re-purposed materials in the shop.

Caribou Baby - Caribou Baby is an eco-friendly maternity, baby and lifestyle store in Greenpoint – Williamsburg, Brooklyn offering products and classes for pregnancy, birth preparation and parenting.

Carpingo - Carpingo is New York City’s hometown Car Share, with compact, midsize, SUVs, sedans and even cargo vans carveniently parked at a garage or lot near where New Yorkers work, play and sleep. Currently serving Brooklyn and Queens with over 20 locations! Gas, basic insurance and mileage are always included with each rental.

Carriage House Birth - Carriage House Birth offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, body workers and placenta encapsulationists. Their space in Williamsburg Brooklyn offers classes and workshops in birth education, breastfeeding support, yoga & pilates.

Celine Dolls - One of a kind dolls handmade with love in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Brimming with personality, they bring smiles to both children and adults, inspiring us to dream, travel, create – shine.

Childs Space NYC - Child’Space NYC is a unique, joyful program for babies and their parents or caregivers. The program fosters new connections between parent and child through touch, through teaching parents hands-on techniques to support their babies’ development.  All classes are taught by Dan Rindler Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner and Child’Space Practitioner.

Citibank - Citibank offers a full range of checking and savings accounts as well as mortgages and college savings plans.

Cleaning Brooklyn - Cleaning Brooklyn is just a phone call away. They have the best staff in Brooklyn. Staff members are professional, reliable and hard working. We have a range of services to fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget includes home & office cleaning, laundry services, ironing services & commercial cleaning.

Coney Island Baby - Coney Island Baby is a team of artists, designers, writers, and scholars striving to provide families a cultural experience through educational clothing and an interactive website. Our designs feature original artwork inspired by timeless wisdom, and our online platform invites further consideration and discussion of those ideas.

Cultural Care Au Pair - For over 20 years, Cultural Care Au Pair has helped American parents secure flexible, affordable, live-in childcare. We have placed over 90,000 screened and trained au pairs from all over the world to live with families and provide childcare for up to two years.

Cute Attack! Kids - Cute Attack! is the newest boutique for all things young, sweet and hip in Williamsburg. We offer a curated collection of Brooklyn-chic and organic clothing for infants – toddler 5yrs as well as a fantastic variety of toys and trinkets for hip mamas and cuties of every age.

DenArt - DenArt creates a forever lasting bond between you and baby during this special time in your life with our body painting experience for expecting moms in their seventh or eighth month of pregnancy.All our paints are water-based to protect you and baby from any chemical harm.

Diaper Kind - Diaperkind cloth diaper service for New York City. They provide you with a weekly supply of 100% organic cotton diapers that they launder using an EPA-certified plant-derived detergent.

Eco-Bonk - Eco-Bonk is a gentle alternative to rough-and-tumble playtime with fun-loving creatures that are not only specially designed, but also destined to “bounce back”. Eco-Bonk is developed, manufactured and assembled in the USA.

Edward Jones - Timothy Mullins is a financial advisor in Greenpoint Brooklyn. He makes every effort to build one-on-one relationships with clients, offering personalized attention and financial guidance.

Family Tree Gallery - Sarah Fantuzzo is a figurative painter based in Manhatan’s Upper West Side. She earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art where she pursued her love of the portrait and of depicting the human form.

Fastrackids - FasTracKids offers early learning programs for children from 6 months up to 8 years. Your child will enjoy interactive programs that develop key school and life readiness skills such as critical thinking, creativity, confidence, communication and collaboration. Using innovative technology, your child is actively engaged in his or her own unique learning process.

Frolic Playspace - Frolic! is a 5,000 sq ft children’s indoor play space and enrichment center located on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – membership-based playground, classes, birthday parties, music lessons, coffee lounge, boutique and events, Frolic! is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll play space for the urban “under six” crowd and their parents.

GoGo Babies - GoGo Babies is an interactive joyful class for baby and parent/caregiver utilizing song, dance, yoga, play, massage, and breath work with a variety of stimulating props, instruments, and activities. GoGo Babies classes are designed with the development of babies and their particular needs in mind.

Green Mountain Energy - Green Mountain was founded with the mission to change the way power is made.  From electricity products made using clean, renewable sources like wind to carbon offset products that help neutralize carbon emissions, every single product offered by our company has an environmental benefit.

Hosh Kids - Hosh Kids is a program of Hosh Yoga Inc. for parents, schools and children communities across the New York area. We are committed to providing the most accessible and affordable classes in health, wellness and movement for children.

Kalulu Kids - Kalulu stands out from the crowd thanks to the unconventional color combinations and distinctive border prints of the kikoy fabric from which it is made. From school to parties to family gatherings, the styling provides a sophisticated look without compromising your child’s ability to play, roam and have fun.

Khaki Bedford Photography - Khaki Bedford is a Greenpoint based Children’s and Event Photographer, who loves capturing local families in their natural environment with candid, light infused photography.  She also offers Photo Booths for events and will be setting up a family fun Photo Booth at BabyFest!  Be sure to stop by to have your family portrait taken. Prints will be available for purchase on site.

Kindling Quarterly - Kindling Quarterly is Brooklyn-based magazine for men interested in creativity, community and parenting. The quarterly explores fatherhood through essays, interviews, editorials, art, and photography.

Lalaalu - The Coolest Kid Stuff, Delivered Monthly to Your Door ’Man’. As city parents, it’s tough to find the time (or the energy) to hunt down all the cool kid stuff that’s out there…and what’s truly worthy of a place in our (already jam-packed) apartments. That’s why we created the LaLaaLu.

Lango Kids NYC - Lango offers dynamic and engaging Spanish, French and Mandarin classes and summer camps to kids. Our classes teach children a new language in an immersion-based setting using songs, stories, games, dance — even yoga to engage children in their new language.

Little Duck Organics - Little Duck Organics makes no-sugar-added freeze-dried fruit snacks using the most nutritious natural ingredients out there. All of our ingredients come from certified organic U.S. farms, and our products are certified Kosher and gluten free. And because we want every baby to be as happy and healthy as they can be.

Malu Ice Cream - Malu makes the best homemade ice cream and chocolate treats. They use the best quality ingredients available (from local vendors when in season) in order to satisfy every sweet tooth in NYC.

Metro Tots - MetroTOTS makes the ‘Stroll-Away’ over the door storage system for most brands or models of foldable strollers. Made of durable steel and adjustable to 9 different positions, it is the first and only storage solution for bulky strollers.

Mind Body Fitness NYC - Mind Body Fitness NYC provides superior private yoga and personal fitness training services to clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mind-body approach to exercise makes living a healthy lifestyle fun, simple, and obtainable.

Mom Kneads - Mom’s Kneads is the Brooklyn-based, private practice of Bethany Nevin, NY State Licensed Massage Therapist, DONA-trained Birth Doula and Infant Massage Instructor. Knowing that everyone has different needs, she tailors her services to fit the specific concerns of each client.

Mother Brooklyn - Mother Brooklyn offers personalized services to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival. From research to helping you choose and buy baby items, refer you to classes and medical providers, and more. Whatever your needs may be, just ask Mother Brooklyn for assistance.

My Best Birth - My Best Birth is Ricki Lake’s community for people to share experiences and options about pregnancy, natural birth and holistic parenting.

Nourish by Chef Karolina - As a a chef, mom, health coach, and blogger Karolina works to help women and families establish a healthy way of living by filling their bellies with delicious healthy meals and supporting them in their goals with personal coaching.

NY Kids Club - NY Kids Club is New York’s premier children enrichment center renowned for an exemplary preschool program and creative and innovative kids classes, day camps, birthday celebrations, and special events!

NY Metro Parents- NY Metro Parents is the largest publisher of regional parenting content on the East Coast. The paper and online site help New York City parents find family-related businesses and services and to locate any story from the archives

NYC Dads Group - NYC Dads Group is a diverse community of over 700 members created to give fathers an opportunity to socialize and support each other as we navigate parenthood. They meet at various venues around the city including museums, parks, zoos, indoor play-areas, parent-and-me classes, etc. They also organize evening events for dads to socialize, learn from each other, and meet with journalists, authors, and other experts related to fatherhood and parenting.

NYC School Help - NYC School Help helps Brooklyn families with the school search, public and private, nursery school through high school. If you are thinking of relocating to Brooklyn I can give you insight and information on appropriate neighborhood schools and the parenting culture of Brooklyn.

Parents League of NY - The Parents League of New York is a not-for-profit membership organization of Independent Schools and families. The Parents League is affiliated with 300 independent schools, including New York City preschools, K-12 day schools and boarding schools.

Pediatric Associates of NYC - Pediatric Associates of NYC strives to provide the highest quality compassionate, comprehensive medical care for children, from infancy through adolescence.  Affiliated with NYU School of Medicine, the group has offices in Manhattan & Brooklyn.

Petit Organics - Petit Organics uses 100% organic, fresh ingredients for their baby food. All handmade in small batches and packaged less than 24 hours before it’s delivered to your door. They deliver all over Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Photosanity - Alethea is a family photographer & photography coach. She is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children’s lives through photography.

PLAY - PLAY is an early-childhood education center and indoor playspace located on the corner of Williamsburg & Greenpoint. PLAY provides an ideal environment for children (newborn through age five) to discover and develop, cut loose and create, all in a facility committed to safety, cleanliness, innovation, and imagination.

Red Anchor Photo - Sarina Cass is a wedding, children’s and portrait photographer. At the end of the day she likes to give you exactly what you want: A representation of your love, whatever form that takes, as you see it. I come in joy and honored to be part of that which you wish captured.

Seamless - Seamless is the best way to order food for delivery and pickup. The nation’s largest online and mobile food ordering company and has made ordering food fun and easy. On Seamless you can browse menus, view ratings, read reviews, and discover great new food delivery restaurants in your neighborhood.

Shine NYC - Shine is for families of all make-ups to learn, play and party. Our goal is simple: to unlock individuality and potential through exploration, creativity and acceptance. Based in traditional teaching philosophies, but with a modern understanding of today’s urban child, we believe in inspiring both children and families through experience and community.

ShutterCal - ShutterCal is a calendar based daily photo journalling community build by four friends, to be enjoyed by the world. The concept is simple: We give you a calendar, link you to the site’s community, and encourage you to document your life with one daily photo. The image and subject matter are up to you, but the idea is clear — documenting one image each day will leave you with an impressive visual history of your life.

Strategies for Wealth - Strategies for Wealth has boldly risen to transform the conversation around money and planning. We invite both our advisors and our clientele to view the world from a vantage point of possibility, not limitation. Our steadfastness to this ideal has evolved the Strategies for Wealth family into a well established, successful and highly respected firm in the financial services industry.

Sweet Bum Bum - Sweet Bum Bum provides quality products for babies such as natural and organic lotions, powders, oil, laundry detergent, and more.

Teeny Tiny Foodie - teeny tiny foodie introduces you to recipes created along the way for my toddler and the rest of the family, the tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout this adventure and stories about my experiences cooking for and feeding a toddler.

The Boyhood Project - Kristian Orozco is a parenting strategist specializing in emotional intelligence. He is also facilitator of Positive Discipline, the renowned parenting method.

The Therapy Corner of Brooklyn - The Therapy Corner of Brooklyn is a multi-disciplinary private practice offering speech-language, physical, and occupational therapy services to children with special needs from birth through school-age.

Tribeca Parenting - Tribeca Parenting is an educational resource for new parents directed by Erica Lyon, renowned childbirth educator and author of The Big Birth Book.

Tribeca Pediatrics - Trusted by New York parents for over twenty years Tribeca Pediatrics is your local pediatrician. With 9 locations all over Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, they provide a large pediatric network made of small and personable satellite offices.

Viacord - Viacord provides the highest quality, umbilical cord blood stem cell collections for families, and has been involved in cutting edge research to find new stem cell therapies for diseases like cancer, juvenile diabetes, and heart disease. Their mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service and care to our patients, families, and their physicians.

weeSpring - Expectant parents read the blogs, and the books, and we downloaded the checklists from all of the retailers but at the end of the day, all we cared about was what our friends had already figured out. Not “experts,” not salespeople, not anonymous internet raters. Just our friends.
weeSpring is: advice from your friends on essential baby products.

Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center (WMAAC) – WMAAC is classes for all levels & ages, from infants to adults, we teach engaging dance, circus, theater, voice and fitness classes that develop the body, mind and spirit. - Zeel is a revolutionary way to book same-day, in-home massages with the best licensed massage therapists in New York City online and via their app. PLUS they’ll be providing massages at the event!