New School Alum Launches Book, Celebrates Mannes Centennial

The New School Alumna Marcia Butler Launches + Signs Her Debut Memoir

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The New School’s Mannes School of Music continues to celebrate its centennial by recognizing its talented group of alumni and their accomplishments. As part of the festivities, Mannes will host a free event to look back on the career of alumna and professional oboist, Marcia Butler.

The event will launch Butler’s debut memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, with a signing and select musical performances. Joining her for an in conversation interview will be former WNYC host Tim Page, a Mannes alum and a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.

The event is first-come first-served and will take place at the Glassbox Theater at Arnhold Hall (13th Street and Sixth Avenue) on Monday, March 6th at 6 PM.

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First Lady of NYC Kicks Off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square

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(From L to R) Union Square Partnership Executive Director, Jennifer Falk, Actor Denis O’Hare, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray, and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery kick off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square at The Pavilion. Photo Credit: Kimberlee Hewitt

On Monday morning, First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray kicked off Mental Health Week of Action in Union Square to connect New Yorkers to free, confidential mental health help during the holidays. Joining her was Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, as well as American Horror Story actor Denis O’Hare, who both spoke about the need for better mental health resources for those in need.

“These winter days of sparkling holiday lights and family gatherings are often joyous. But for some people – such as people who are grappling with depression, anxiety, or substance misuse – this can be such a difficult time of the year. Our mission this week is to let New Yorkers know they don’t have to bear the burden alone” –  First Lady Chirlane McCray

After speaking to New Yorkers, the First Lady, Deputy Mayor and O’Hare passed out helpful literature on how to cope with holiday stress in the Union Square Greenmarket and Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace.

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Barnes & Noble Educator Days Offers Discount Through Sunday

Educator Appreciation Days Offer In-Store Discounts on Select Items

Attention all educators Pre-K through 12th Grade: Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Days are happening now through Sunday, October 16th. Stop by Barnes & Noble Union Square (17th Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South) for up to 25% off select purchases and more.

Google Geek Street Fair Comes to Union Square

Students to Learn STEM Fields With Robots and More

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Google’s Geek Street Fair is back in New York City, taking over Union Square’s North Plaza on Thursday. Local technology businesses and organizations join Google to inspire youth of all ages to take interest in fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. On top of music, giveaways and tasty treats, tinker with electronics, robotics and virtual games and get geeky!

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NYU Celebrates 10th Annual MLK Week

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NYU will be celebrating their 10th Annual NYU MLK Week February 2nd-7th, which is a great way to start Black History Month. This year’s event theme is “Beyond A Dream,” and will serve as a guiding force to commemorate Dr. King’s honor and vision to make the world a better place. Three concepts – Reflect, Engage, Ignite – will be explored during this week of conversation and action. The highlight of the week will be the NYU Continue reading

The Strand’s First Editions Club

This upcoming October, our friendly neighborhood bookstore, the Strand, will be launching its First Editions Club. Subscription to the club will provide all you bookworms the opportunity to receive either 5 or 10, staff selected signed books each year with the added benefit of exchanging the book for something else if you so choose. Continue reading