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House of Glam (www.houseofglamnyc.com) and District 10 Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez have announced their sponsorship of the first ECO-FASHION IN THE PARK on Sunday, September 25th.

The one-of-a-kind fashion show will feature several local Latina designers who aim to inspire and create awareness around the issues of eco-friendly fashion and how to empower its sustainability as a lifestyle.  All 11 designers who will be presenting their new lines at ECO-FASHION IN THE PARK are committed to reducing carbon footprints via their eco-friendly clothing.  Attendees will be able to participate in a clothing swap, where they can exchange used, clean articles of clothing amongst each other.

“It’s great to see how upcoming, independent designers work with materials that are good for the environment, stated Gina Constanza, stylist, personal shopper and founder of House of Glam. “Shifting fashion to be more sustainable and eco-friendly in their work is just the beginning of an unforgettable prelude to my commitment to this initiative.”

Designers slated to present their lines: Karina Fernández, Lissy Gómez from LVG Designs, Iliana Quander from amparo 3, Miriam Guerrero from Original Wear, Marlissa Macario, Wendel Johnston, Bridget Artise from Born Again Vintage, Lajuanda Moody, Sandra Baquero, Ana Segura and Tom Sohung.

ECO-FASHION IN THE PARK will also include a live demonstration by Trudy Miller, a designer, researcher and educator specializing in sustainable design strategies for high performance products, services and environments.


 Sunday, September 25th from 11am to 4pm

 High Bridge Park at 174th Street & Amsterdam Ave.

The official after-party will be held in Monkey Room Bar & Lounge (www.monkeyroomnyc.com) located on 589 Fort Washington Ave, where each attendee will enjoy one free drink for toasting provided by Toma Vodka (www.tomavodka.com).

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Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard | The Daily News

When Ydanis Rodriguez was a student at City College in the 1990s, he was a campus activist who often railed against the powers that be of the City University of New York.

As a graduate student he joined a civil rights suit against the college for hiding a surveillance camera in a smoke detector near a student meeting place. On another protest occasion, Rodriguez refused to talk to college officials unless they spoke to him in Spanish.

But now that he’s a city councilman representing parts of Washington Heights and Inwood – as well as chairman of the Higher Education Committee – Rodriguez has become a big fan of CUNY.

He especially praises the role CUNY has long played as a portal to better lives for millions of New Yorkers, many of them immigrants.

“The City University has for decades created new futures for working and middle class New Yorkers, including myself,” Rodriguez commented. “My own story of coming here at 18 from the Dominican Republic speaking no English, only to eventually graduate from CUNY with a master’s degree is not unique: Thousands of immigrants have been able to do the exact same thing.”

Rodriguez, 45, was born in 1965 in Licey al Medio, a poor farming community in Santiago Province in the Dominican Republic. He is one of 13 children – seven girls and six boys – raised by a tenant farmer, also named Ydanis and his wife, Lidia. The father died in 2009, shortly after seeing his son sworn in as councilman. His mother, 81, lives in the Marble Hill Houses.

via Washington Heights City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has been fighting for underdog since his youth – New York Daily News.

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

This past Wednesday, AT&T formally announced the opening of its new “Experience” store on 181st Street and St. Nicholas this summer while also pledging its support to important community and civic causes to a gathering of local press, community and business leaders. The new retail store will be one of the telecommunications giant’s top tier stores costing nearly a million dollars and will occupy a 4,000 square foot space. In addition to the new store, AT&T has made tremendous investments in improving call quality and coverage in Upper Manhattan. Tom DeVito, vice president and general manager for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in New York, said AT&T recently launched a new cell site (tower) near Fort Tryon Park and tripled the amount of radio spectrum providing mobile broadband capacity. “In fact, we’ve just finished adjusting some 25 sites that serve this immediate neighborhood.” We were also given a tour of one of the cell sites that is situated at the Bridge Apartments (178th Street & Audubon Ave). AT&T is looking beyond simply commerce and is looking to engage the community and to take part in what I have termed the Uptown Renaissance. AT&T is a supporter of the Police Athletic League’s In-STEP program, an after-school program for at-risk high school students, as well as being the exclusive wireless sponsor of the Armory Track & Field Foundation on 168th Street. The new Washington Heights BID executive director, Angelina Ramirez, had this to say, “The Washington Heights Business Improvement District (BID) commends AT&T’s proactive endeavor to reach out to local constituents and communicate its commitment to the community, to improving services and to enhancing its network. The BID is excited about AT&T’s ongoing investments which will help local business and the community at large.” Stay tuned for more coverage of the new AT&T “Experience” store opening up this summer.

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BY Carolina Pichardo  
You would think that Washington Heights would get the red carpet treatment after all the commotion that the city made about us having the highest Census return rate.  Instead, it seems like we’re getting the same budget cuts and politics here as everywhere else. According to the offices of Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez, Elizabeth Crowley and Robert Jackson, one of our fire companies is in danger of closing.  Although it’s not clear whether Washington Heights’ Engine 93 is one of the 20 companies slated to be closed in June due to Bloomberg’s proposed budget, our firemen and district officials felt the need to ensure that this does not happen here (the rally was just one of several others throughout the city). City reports and statistics claim that this specific firehouse is one of the busiest companies, responding to emergencies in top-spots like Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital and the George Washington Bridge.

It was all very energetic and exciting to see this meeting in action, with all the firemen supporting each other and the top honchos there, including Community Board Chair Pamela Palanque-North. But I’ll be honest with you. I was sort of hoping for Sharpton or Governor Paterson to pop out somewhere in the background and spice things up. In my book, rallies, protests, gatherings, little league games, picnics, my cousin’s wedding are synonymous with their [image]. Then again, that could just be the too New Yorker, pessimistic side of me at it again.

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