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Metro New York Day Schedule

Friday, March 7, 2014


-------------- NEW YORK CITY ---------

March 6 to 11

The sixth annual "ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival," presented by The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, opened Thursday, March 6, and is scheduled to continue through Tuesday, March 11; various locations in all five boroughs and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

--Note: A schedule of events and screenings is accessible through the website

Contact: Gillian Reagan, or 646-505-5738, or Erica Werber, or 646-505-4493.

7 a.m.

Actress, cookbook author and television host Padma Lakshmi and surgeon Tamer A. Seckin, who are the co-founders of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, host the association's fifth annual medical conference and symposium and sixth annual "Blossom Ball."

—7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — Participants discuss the topic "Politics, Ethics and Controversies" during the association's fifth annual medical conference and symposium; note: must RSVP; 7 a.m. breakfast followed by 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. conference; President's Ballroom, Metropolitan Club, 1 E. 60th St.

—6:30 p.m. — Reality television star Kelly Killoren Bensimon, models Jeisa Chiminazzo, Ajak Deng and Ujjwala Raut, musician Deborah Harry, fashion designers and photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, actresses Bridget Moynahan, Fatima Ptacek, Susan Sarandon and Maura Tierney, newscaster Lizzie O'Leary, filmmaker Joel Schumacher, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and tattoo artist Luke Wessman are scheduled to attend the association's sixth annual "Blossom Ball" honoring University of California, San Francisco, professor Linda C. Giudice and surgeon Liselotte Mettler, featuring the black-tie optional theme "Arabian Nights" and concluding with an after-party hosted by musician Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson; note: must RSVP; 6:30 p.m. check-in followed by 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. arrivals; 583 Park Avenue event space, 583 Park Ave.

Contact: Lauren Peteroy, or 212-901-3937, or Mary Kaye Daniels, or 310-248-6162, Gilda Caputo-Hansen, or 516-361-2181, Matthew V. Hansen, or 516-361-218, Mady J. Schuman, 212-988-4160, or Theresa Davidson, 212-988-4160.

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams delivers a keynote speech during YouthBridge-NY's annual "Leaders to Leaders Youth Summit," featuring training sessions and workshops; UJA-Federation of New York, 130 E. 59th St.

--Note: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event includes 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. keynote speech by Williams.

Contact: Nancy Haberman, or 212-843-8021, Karen Lander, or 212-983-4800 ext. 145, or Santiago Mueckay, or 212-983-4800 ext. 133.

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Center for Adoption Policy, New York Law School and the school's Diane Abbey Law Center for Children & Families present an 11th annual "Adoption Law and Policy Conference," where scholars will discuss the topic "Defense of Marriage Act, Indian Child Welfare Act and the Children in Families First Act: What's Changed in Adoption and Child Welfare Law and Policy?"; auditorium, 185 W. Broadway.

--Note: Must RSVP.

Contact: Nancy Guida, or 212-431-2325, or Ilyse Fink,, 212-575-4545 or 917-455-5974.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Community and religious officials discuss the city's economy, law enforcement and schools during the New York City Clergy Roundtable's free annual "United We Stand ..." conference.

—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Conference; The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave.

—7 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Entertainer Thuli Dunakude, a choir from X. 442 The Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and others perform during a free tribute concert in memory of South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, Dec. 5, at age 95, attended by relatives of Mandela and U.N. officials; First Corinthian Baptist Church, 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

--Note: Must RSVP.

Contact: Kihani Brea, or 917-299-9627

9:30 a.m.

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, the executive director and president of The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn Inc., Rabbi David Niederman, and state Sen. Daniel L. Squadron discuss a legislative proposal titled the "Expedited Missing Persons' Identification Act," which would require the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to promptly distribute information about unidentified dead bodies to law enforcement agencies statewide and, on request, to agencies outside of the state; 32 Penn St., Brooklyn.

Contact: Edward G. Baker II, or 718-383-7474, or Amy Spitalnick,, 212-298-5565 or 516-521-0128.

10 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, the commissioner of the N.J. Department of Transportation, James S. Simpson, and Staten Island community and government officials discuss potential effects of traffic diversions as part of a planned two-year project to close and renovate the Pulaski Skyway that carries U.S. routes 1 and 9 between Jersey City and Newark, N.J.; Staten Island Community Board 2, Lou Caravone Community Service Building, Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center & Home, 460 Brielle Ave., Staten Island.

Contact: Nick Iacono, or 202-557-1191.

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

City Council members and state lawmakers read to children during literacy events at Brooklyn Public Library branches to mark the National Education Association's 17th annual observance of "Read Across America Day" on Monday, March 3.

--Note: Must RSVP for locations and schedule.

Contact: Emma Woods, or 646-200-5303.

10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Grand Central Terminal's "Japan Week" festival opened Thursday, March 6, and is scheduled to continue through Saturday, March 8; Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42nd St.

Contact: Chelsey Saatkamp,, or 212-576-2700.

11 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, Greater Jamaica Development Corp. executives and other local officials discuss plans for BRP Development Corp. to build a $225 million commercial and residential tower next to a station for the commuter railroad line serving John F. Kennedy International Airport, AirTrain JFK; 93-43 Sutphin Blvd., Queens.

Contact: Bob Liff, or 212-608-0333.

11 a.m.

City Councilman Costa Constantinides, Queens Community Board 1 member Robert Piazza, a Democratic party district leader, Carol Scarano, activists and small business owners promote legislation that would require the repair of potholes within five days; in front of a Dunkin' Donuts shop, 2502 31st St., Queens.

Contact: Shachar Sharon, or 718-274-4500.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Champion figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir host a screening of Friday's opening ceremony of the "Paralympic Winter Games" in Sochi, Russia; Aspen Social Club, 157 W. 47th St.

--Note: Must RSVP.

Contact: Andrea Nirsimloo,, 646-619-2813 or 917-861-9103.

11:30 a.m.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member and Staten Island attorney Allen P. Cappelli, state Sen. Martin J. Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis mark the start of a campaign calling for the public transit authority to establish a toll discount plan for Brooklyn residents; entrance to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Gatling Place and 92nd Street, Brooklyn.

Contact: John Quaglione, or 718-238-6044, or Paul Marrone Jr., or 718-987-0197.


Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley delivers a speech about the national and regional economy at The City University of New York's Brooklyn College and answers audience questions, as part of a Friday visit to Brooklyn to meet with business and community officials; Woody Tanger Auditorium, Brooklyn College Library, 2900 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn.

--Note: Must RSVP.

Contact: Jason Carey, or 718-951-5882, or Eric Pajonk, or 212-720-1735.

Noon to 8 p.m.

Representatives of AKArt Advisory and Causey Contemporary continue a curated art fair, the "SPRING/BREAK Art Show," that opened Thursday, March 6, titled "Liminal Reclamations" and scheduled to conclude Sunday, March 9; The Old School event space (formerly St. Patrick's Old Cathedral School), 233 Mott St.

--Note: A preview event was scheduled on Tuesday, March 4.

Contact: Amy Kisch, or 646-580-6626, or Tracy Causey-Jeffery, or 917-328-3140.

1 p.m.

United War Veterans Council Inc. volunteer and retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rocco J. "Rocky" Moretto, a World War II veteran who participated in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, speaks to about 40 children in second grade and third grade; St. Brigid School, 438 Grove St., Brooklyn.

Contact: Gladwyn Lopez, or 212-843-9231, or Jessica Bryan,, or 347-488-9973.

2 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The fourth annual "Queens World Film Festival" opened Tuesday, March 4, and is scheduled to continue through Sunday, March 9, featuring screenings of over 127 independent animated films, documentaries, feature films, films about gay topics and short films from around the world; Nesva Hotel, 39-12 29th St., P.S. 69 Jackson Heights, 77-02 37th Ave., and The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St., Queens.

--Note: A schedule of events and screenings is accessible through the website

Contact: Bob Rinklin,, 973-509-3431 or 973-768-2425, or Gary Cianci, or 917-968-8122.

2:30 p.m.

Democratic lawmakers including Assemblymen Michael Benedetto and Jeffrey Dinowitz and state Sen. Jeffrey D. Klein and Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane discuss efforts to help families afford college during an event attended by representatives of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Mercy College, X. 405 Herbert H. Lehman High School, teenagers and college students; Tognino Hall, second floor Duane Library, Rose Hill campus, 2691 Southern Blvd., Bronx.

Contact: Anna Durrett, or 415-203-1455, or Candice Giove, 347-866-6742.

3:30 p.m.

Female executives from the organization 2020 Women on Boards ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to mark the Saturday, March 8, observance of "International Women's Day"; enter at security checkpoint, NYSE, Exchange Place and Broad Street.

--Note: Must RSVP and arrive by 3:30 p.m. for 4 p.m. ceremony.

Contact: Carolina Barberii, or 212-656-4293.

4 p.m.

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal expresses support for legislation to expand after-school and prekindergarten programs while visiting Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center's Mabel Barrett Fitzgerald Day Care Center; 243 W. 63rd St.

Contact: Meghan Larywon,, or 646-452-5637, or Linda B. Rosenthal, 212-873-6368 or 518-455-5802,

4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Representatives of the American Bar Association's Law Student Division opens one of six regional qualifying events for the "National Appellate Advocacy Competition," scheduled to continue through Sunday, March 8, and leading up to the national finals scheduled from Thursday through Saturday, April 10 to 12, in Chicago; Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.

Contact: Sara Stretch,,, 312-988-5622, 312-988-5621, 312-988-5624 or 312-988-5623, or Skye Ostreicher, or 516-880-8170.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House Inc. officials mark the start of a "Read-for Riis! Read-a-thon," featuring the theme "Passport," during the organization's seventh annual "Multicultural Festival"; Queensbridge Houses, 10-25 41st Ave., Queens.

Contact: Aimee Simpierre, or 718-784-7447 ext. 116.

6 p.m.

Writer Michael Ellsberg, relationship therapist Esther Perel and psychiatrist Gail Saltz speak during a Jewish Sabbath dinner discussion titled "On the 7th Day: Spiritual Genius and the Sabbath," moderated by Rabbi Jen E. Krause as part of the 92nd Street Y's "7 Days of Genius" event series that opened Saturday, March 1, and is scheduled to conclude Monday, March 10; 1395 Lexington Ave.

Contact: Diana Lee,, 646-200-5322 or 908-510-9910.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Historic District Council officials present the "HDC Design Awards" during a ceremony and opening reception for the council's 20th annual "Preservation Conference," which continues Saturday, March 8, and features the theme "New Design (plus) Old Places"; office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc.'s WorkLife Center, Four Columbus Circle, Eighth Avenue and 58th Street.

Contact: Brigid Harmon, or 212-614-9107, or Simeon Bankoff, or 212-614-9107.

8 p.m.

The Allman Brothers Band opens 10 performances at The Beacon Theatre scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays through March 29, as part of the band's 45th anniversary season; 2124 Broadway.

Contact: Mikyl Cordova, or 212-631-4337, Melissa Romanetz, or 212-631-4361, Rachel Sachs, or 212-465-6360, Christina Lombardi, or 212-465-4409, Todd Brodginski, or 818-380-0400 ext. 239, or Jenna Roper,

8 p.m.

Musician Robin Thicke performs at The Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of his nationwide "Blurred Lines" tour; Four Pennsylvania Plaza, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street.

Contact: Contact: Mikyl Cordova, or 212-631-4337, Melissa Romanetz, or 212-631-4361, Rachel Sachs, or 212-465-6360, Christina Lombardi, or 212-465-4409, or Carleen Donovan, or 212-246-2640.

-------------- LONG ISLAND -----------

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A group of 13 chefs from North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System facilities prepare vegetarian meals during a third annual "Ultimate Chef Healthy Entree Challenge" competition to support the "National Nutrition Month" campaign, organized each March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Pratt Auditorium, free valet parking at main entrance, Glen Cove Hospital, 101 St. Andrews Lane, Glen Cove.

--Note: 10 a.m. opening remarks followed by 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. competition and 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. judging and award reception.

Contact: Betty Olt,, 516-465-2645 or 516-236-1671.

-------------- WESTCHESTER -----------

9 a.m.

The pharmacy services director of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, Thomas Grandville, discusses prescription medications as part of the year-round "Be Fit Mall Walk" program at The Westchester mall, sponsored by Westchester County Parks; event begins in the food court, fourth level, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains.

Contact: Peter Tartaglia, 914-231-4500 or 914-231-4645, Mary Kaye Koch, 914-231-4500 or 914-231-4645, or Ned McCormack, 914-995-2932 or 914-231-4645.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Representatives of JCY-Westchester Community Partners, the New York Life Foundation and Yonkers Public Schools participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of an English as a Second Language Center at Lincoln High School; 375 Kneeland Ave., Yonkers.

Contact: Randee Ginsberg, or 914-423-5009.

-------------- ROCKLAND -----------

10:30 a.m.

N.Y. Sen. David Carlucci, Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alexander J. Gromack, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, Assemblyman Kenneth P. Zebrowski and residents discuss federal funding for efforts to prevent flood damage in Clarkstown; West Nyack Hamlet Green, 721 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack.

--Note: Must RSVP.

Contact: Mark Prentice, or 202-225-6506.


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