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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Celebrating 51 Years!

This was one of many summer celebrations for Lindsay Park.  Although 2014 would have been our 50th anniversary, we celebrated August 2015.   

Lindsay Park Housing Corp. is a 2702-unit cooperative in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and houses about 8000 shareholders. From the beginning (1964) the diversity of the residents continue today (Most Diverse Apartment Building). We are standing strong for the next generation to celebrate the next 50 years.

It was a wonderful day and I took sooooo many photos, that I created 2 videos.

This celebration was made possible by the Board of Directors, residents, vendors, donators, volunteers, and our elected officials....Thank you!
Food Bazaar
Brooklyn Harvest Market
Verizon FIOS
Mario Salerno (Salerno Service Station)
Nu-Way/Scientific Boiler and Compactor
AOK Maintenance Products
Freddy’s Bodega
China Express
Evil Olive Pizza Bar
Dollar Store
Grain and Vine
Agho Wine and Spirits
Tommy Torres
Mike Olmedo
Party Fair
Watch Guards Security (Photo Booth)
Zenith Properties
Lisa Berman (Clown: Mike Omeado)
Health Fair (Senator Martin Malvave Dilan)
Cora D. Dix-Austin (LPHC Event Planner)
Johnny Gaffney

Elected Officials
Congressman Charlie Rangel
Senator Martin Dilan
Assemblywoman Maritza Davila
Assemblyman Keith Wright
The office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna

Bed of Stone

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Random Out of Order Post: Lindsay Park Halloween Party

In Building #2 our Halloween Parties were memorable.  There must have been at least 50+ kids at the party along with adults.  Some costumes were store bought, but many were created by makers who were extraordinary creatives.  There was candy, cake, and OMG Food.....and then it was over.  In one of the other buildings (there are 7 altogether), there was a problem and because of that the parties were over and we could only give out candy in the lobby.  It was a disappointment for the kids and adults.

Until now, thanks to Greta Hunter who made an impassioned plea....however all 7 buildings needed to have volunteers or no building could have a party.....we (LP residents) got organized and all 7 buildings had a party.


The  attendance to our building (#2) party was waaaaay down from the 50+ from yester years, but the fun was up...way up for the children who did attend.  One thing for sure, they had room to ruuuuuun off that candy high!

Below some photos (see more here)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

What I Did This Summer: Lindsay Park 50th Anniversary

Well I haven't abandoned my blog, just been on a sabbatical......sort of, kind of.  Although I have had a few post ideas backed up on a list, just was a bit too busy to sit and write.
As I get back into the swing of things I will be posting random saved up posts, in no particular order.
I moved into Lindsay Park with my mother in 1964 (I forbid you to do the math), but it has been my home for that long.  2014 would actually have been the 50th celebration, but we celebrated August 29th 2015....and it was a glorious celebration.  Below are just a few shots of that glorious day.  See the videos (Part 1 and Part 2) at the bottom of this post.

LP 50th Celebration Part 1

LP 50th Celebration Part 2 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Get Out Your Etch a Sketch....It's Etch a Sketch Day

As a kid this was my go to, keep me quite toy.  I had loads of fun trying to make curves, but most of my pictures were line variations.  To see some AMAAAAAZING Etch a Sketch art click here.

Not everyone can do this....

but you can try

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Salvation Army vs Free Cycle

As I go through this process of making decor choices, there are some items that I don't want to toss.  I believe there is still life in that table, chair, knic knac, or what not.  I could sell on eBay, but some things are not worth the effort, and I just want to give them away.  The Salvation Army and Free Cycle are my go to spots, but there are some pros and cons to each.

Salvation Army Pros
  1. I have given items away to the Salvation Army for years (some people prefer Good Will).  Take an item, hand it in, get a invoice/receipt for a tax deductions and I'm off to for my next errand.
  2. They will pick up, but you need to make an appointment.
 Salvation Army Cons
  1. They don't take books
  2. They can sometimes refuse items to pick up when they come to pick up
  3. They can toss items even after they have been donated.
  4. Dragging your item into the store.  Items sit in a corner waiting to be taken to the store.  It's not the Army's fault but it is a con.
Free Cycle Pros
  1.  Posting is easy, Offer, Promised, Taken. and your zip code.
  2. The person picking up really wants it.
Free Cycle Cons
  1. There can be lots of responses, but sometimes people don't show up for pick up.
  2. People don't show up to pick up items
  3. When people say they want the item, they don't show up to pick it up.
It is the most irritating con of Free Cycle, people wasting your time.  I have had some success giving away a piano, books, file cabinet, fabric, but it is the time wasting, inconsiderate Free Cyclers that think your time isn't important.  That's when the Salvation Army Wins!!

In conclusion there many other outlets to donate to and the pros will always outweigh the cons because it is still best to recycle, reuse, up cycle, restore, and resuscitate an item that still has life

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Where People Work/East Coast Trimming

There are TONS of trimming stores in the Garment Center and each and every one of them offer creative choices for imaginative ideas.  I bumped into a new store (at least to me) with a vintage vibe.  East Coast Trimming is a charming little store packed with goodies for future artistic projects.  Check them out on line, but nothing compares to going there in person.

East Coast Trimming

East Coast Trimming

East Coast Trimming

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy Three Kings Day

Harlem Kings
I took this photo years ago in Harlem for a photography class I was taking at City College in the late 70's.  That was the days of film, dark rooms, setting f tops and focus focus focus.  After the I developed the photo I always thought it would be a Christmas card that these boys would be labeled KINGS. 

I learned about this celebration when I lived in Puerto Rico and on January 5th children left grass and water for the camels.  Known as 'El Dia de Reyes' (Three Kings Day), this holiday represents the height of the Christmas season. The date marks the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas and commemorates the three wise men who traveled from afar, bearing gifts for the infant baby JesusGifts are exchanged on January 6th.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

De-Clutter.....Continues into 2015

I make a Christmas inspired dress every year (just for display), which is usually made from materials found around the studio.  I made this one entirely from acquired fabrics, beads, and even the mannequin was a save from the garbage.  Sometimes holding on to stuff, can be a good thing.

I am guilty of holding on to, too much stuff and have been apart of, too many, clean up teams to love ones who have transitioned.....but their stuff remains.  I love everything that I have acquired (especially anything related to sewing) and also donated to Free Cycle, Salvation Army, the museum, and the "Hey do you need this?".  
Even though I have become more organized, for some reason a pile of papers, fabric, thingys, projects to be or not to be, add up on a chair, behind a chair, in a closet, then finally in the middle of the floor.

I grew up with a NYC school teacher and while you could always find a place to sit, the table was another story.  It was always filled to the brim with papers that included, bills, mail, cards, and flyers.  It's hard to break this habit,  I still create piles of paper on a corner of the table.  Oh I do, toss, shred, and file, but paper seems to regenerate, itself, even without me looking. 

There are many tips I get on my journey.  As I was picking up supplies, one of the employees came out, opened a closet and made an announcement that the closet shoe organizer is for scarves, hats, etc. and to stop balling it up on the shelf, where everything tumbles down on the floor etc etc etc.  I made a stop at Amazing Savings for my double shoe organizer.  It works like a charm!

I think I am going to tackle the kitchen this month (but don't hold me to it), like Elisabeth from Artistic Expressions.  Here is her Show and Tell:

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