Eyewear has come a long way from what our grandparents would wear, it can be a signature piece to someone's style and wardobe. However, fashionable frames and lens can be expensive and overly priced.
Warby Parker has transformed the concept of eyewear into giving consumers stylish eyewear at affordable prices. Frames with prescription lens are normally $95 and can be purchased online or at their numberous showrooms. In addition, Warby Parker has embraced the one-for-one concept and is helping people through the world see clearer, known as Buy a Pair, Give a Pair.
Walking throughout the streets of New York, there are numerous areas that can be transformed into greener more community-friendly locations. The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) started by Bette Midler tries to tackle this task in underserved communities. NYRP plans on having planted and caring for 1 million new trees throughout New York City by 2017.
This grand objective may seem intimidating to accomplish, however with the help of many individuals, it can be accomplished. NYRP offers a lot of volunteer opportunities, which include planting and caring for trees, cleaning parks, planting flowers in community gardens and working in the their Midtown Manhattan office.
What if you have the chance to share the power of a wish? For over 30 years the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human process with hope, strength, and joy. Originating in Arizona the foundation has become internationally known and has local chapters throughout the country and world.
In 1983, the Metro New York chapter opened their doors and serves the five boroughs and Long Island's Nassau County. As of September 2011 the chapter teamed with the Western New York chapter and now serves over 23 counties in New York State. The first wish granted by this local chapter was for a 7-year-old boy who wished to meet Catherine Bach, who portrayed Daisy Duke in the famous series Dukes of Hazard. In 2013, the chapter will grant its 10,000th wish.
Everyone seems to be rising to the occasion to help those effected by Hurricane Sandy and more and more celebrities are joining the cause. Iron Chef, Marc Forgione has created a t-shirt line to help raise money for hurricane relief efforts. For all t-shirts sold through the end of the year, Marc will donate $10 per shirt. The chef teamed up with Island Harvest Food Bank in Long Island on this philanthropic endeavour. Island Harvest is the largest hunger relief organization on Long Island and has been providing relief to thousands of residents impacted by Sandy. Shirts sell for $35/1 or $30/2+ and can be purchased here.
The Vintage Twin is hosting a 3-day pop up shop starting tomorrow, Tuesday December 11th through Thursday, December 9th. Whatever your budget, The Vintage Twin will help you find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list and even better, 10% of all sales proceeds will benefit Hurricane Sandy relief. Shoppers will enjoying digging for hidden treasures like reworked vintage apparel and accessories while enjoying pop chips and vita coco.
45 E 34th St. (between Park and Madison) 3rd floor Tuesday, Dec 11th 5 – 10 pm; Wednesday, December 12th 12- 9 pm; Thursday, December 13th 12 – 9 pm.
Judging by the media, the rest of the country may have all but forgotten about Hurricane Sandy , but the devastation left behind by the super storm is still fresh in the memory of most of the tri-state area as those affected begin to pick up the pieces. Just Friday night we learned Obama has formally asked Congress for $60.4 billion dollars in an effort to alleviate the suffering of so many who lost so much. Although helpful and necessary this relief package will barely put a dent in the total bill Sandy wracked up, and more installments are expected as damage continues to be assessed.
A Very Funny 'F*ck You' to Sandy: The Bell House and Pretty Good Friends are hosting a hurricane relief benefit on Sunday November 25th at 8pm. The show will feature comedians Jon Glaser, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Che and more and will be hosted by none other than Eugene Mirman. Tickets are $30 and 100% of the proceeds will go towards The Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
The Bell House is located at 149 7th St., Brooklyn. 718-643-6510
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, millions in the tri-state area were tremendously devastated, especially those in New Jersey where the storm hit hard. In an effort to raise funds for those affected in the local community, HQ Nightclub along with Angel Management Group, EMM Group and Revel have come together to initiate Revel Nightlife Relief.
No Shave November, aka Movember, is finally upon us! To kick-off this epic month of men's health awareness, Philly's popular German biergarten, Frankford Hall, is hosting the ultimate launch party tonight from 6-8pm. All Mo Bros and Mo Gals are welcome to join in on the fun. The Phillie Phanatic will be spouting a moustache and is going to show it off Thursday night at the kickoff event, along with Chef Kevin Spraga, Tommy Greene, and Fran Dunphy.
Professional groomers from The Art of Shaving will also be on hand to offer free shaves to Mo Bros from 6-8pm (gotta start fresh!). The first 25 Bros to register will receive a free Frankford Hall giant pretzel and everyone who registers throughout the night will be entered to win one of three $100 STARR gift cards. In addition, Hush Salon will be offering one free haircut to registered participants throughout November - just because your beard ain't groomed doesn't mean your head can't be!