Archive | November, 2011

Recycle-A-Bicycle Annual Benefit

30 Nov

On December 5th, you can become a member of the Recycle-A-Bicycle just by attending their annual benefit. If this sounds like a good idea to you, that’s probably because it is; why not meet and greet with fellow bike-lovers while you gain member status? Here’s the lowdown from the Recycle-A-Bicycle Website:

“We are thrilled to launch membership at Recycle-A-Bicycle! With your support, we can continue to grow our youth education programs in exciting and meaningful ways. Thank you for your contribution! Purchase a ticket to our upcoming benefit and you will automatically receive a membership to RAB.

WHEN: Monday December 5 from 6:30-9:30PM
WHERE: Housing Works 126 Crosby Street in NYC MAP

To purchase a ticket to Recycle-A-Bicycle’s benefit, simply make a donation in one of the following amounts through Network for Good. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, and email address in the contact form and we will add you to guest list.

Friend – 25
15% discount on tune-ups (=$60/tune-up)
5% discount on all new accessories
Steward – 50
RAB Bike Bell
15% discount on tune-ups
5% discount on all new accessories
Membership supports an Earn-A-Bike 
Ally – 100
RAB Tote
15% discount on tune-ups 
5% discount on all new accessories
Membership supports a Kids Ride Club bike ride
Advocate – 500
RAB Light Set
15% discount on tune-ups
5% discount on all new accessories
Membership supports a Youth Ambassador
Ambassador – 1000
RAB Hoodie
15% discount on tune-ups 
5% discount on all new accessories
Membership supports a Bike Bonanza
They will also be honoring David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street Settlement and Charlie McCorkell, Owner of Bicycle Habitat, on the night of the 5th. Be sure to RSVP by making a donation to the organization through Network for Good!

Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) is a community-based bike shop and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that facilitates job training and environmental education. Through innovative programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Green Jobs Training Programs, High School Internships, Recycled Arts Workshops, Summer Youth Employment Program, and Kids Ride Club, RAB is dedicated to the health, development, stewardship, and empowerment of NYC youth.

Give Food, Get Food!

13 Nov

[Via Eater] From November 13 – 20, between the hours of 7 AM and 11:30 PM, Nolitan Hotel restaurant Ellabess will collect canned and frozen vegetables, turkeys, potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, pies, and individually wrapped snacks for the Bowery Mission. In exchange for donations, guests will receive a voucher for a complimentary snack or appetizer at the restaurant.

Ellabess is located at the Nolitan Hotel on Elizabeth Street.

Fighting Childhood Obesity with Soccer

12 Nov

On a Saturday afternoon in Crown Heights, you’ll see a lot of different things. You’ll see men and women walking to synagogue, past storefronts that are closed for the day. You’ll also see groups of questionable young men gathered on corners, small children playing on the sidewalks, heavy car traffic on the avenues. There was a lot of activity last weekend when I volunteered with a local soccer clinic, and I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast between such different groups of people living in the same neighborhood. But, as I learned, this is how it is now in Crown Heights. And it is good.

I was headed to Hamilton Metz Field for my first experience coaching kids for a soccer clinic. The program is run by Seeds in the Middle, a great non-profit organization in the neighborhood that is fighting childhood obesity and offering sustainable healthy options through a variety of programs, including the soccer clinic. Kids in kindergarten up to 6th grade can sign up to participate in a season long program led by Coach Joe Cabral and a rotating list of dedicated volunteers who love the game.

For 4-5 hours that afternoon, I got to dust off my turf shoes and show off some of my rusty old, 28-yr-old soccer moves to a very pleased audience of 7-10 year old children. More importantly, we ran around and taught them some basic soccer skills while having a lot of fun. There was laughter, supportive cheers, and intense one-on-one situations during our scrimmage. It was a good day and we all learned something; the kids got a little better with their penalty shots, and I learned that some 8 year old girls are deceivingly strong and can kick a ball hard enough to leave a mark!

If you’re looking to relive your days as a high school soccer superstar, or just love the game and want to share your knowledge, sign up to volunteer with Seeds in the Middle and the Crown Heights Soccer Clinic. It’s an amazing program that is led by a coach who is dedicated and excited to see it succeed.

Contact Nancie at for more information about how to volunteer. Click the “Upcoming Events” calendar on the right to see when the next clinic is happening.