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Gifts From the Heart

God's Love We Deliver

Year Round

166 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan
God's Love We Deliver's annual holiday catalog reflects the spirit of abundance and generosity of staff and volunteers who help feed NYC's less fortunate every day.   The catalog is stocked with great gifts for family members, friends, colleagues and even your pet.
Unique gifts that truly come from the heart.  Shop the catalog by clicking here.

God's Love We Deliver holiday tribute cards is a great help to clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other life-altering illnesses- and tribute cards are a joy to receive. For a minimum of $10 per name, God's Love We Deliver will address, stamp and mail tribute cards to your friends and loved ones. For more information and to order call 212-294-8142 or email:
Ticket info:
Good for:All
God’s Love We Deliver improves the health and well being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-altering illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. With a small full-time staff and a large volunteers corps, they cook and deliver over 3,000 nutritious, freshly prepared meals every weekday. Volunteers are needed and appreciated throughout the year. Check the website for more details
Phone:(212) 294-8169
Subway:C, E to Spring Street station.
Bus:M6, M21 to Spring Street, M5 to West Houston. Walk south on 6th Avenue to Spring Street.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
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National September 11th Memorial & Museum

World Trade Center (Ground Zero)

Year Round

Liberty and Church Street, Manhattan
Enter the memorial at the northeast corner of Albany and Greenwich Streets.
The twin memorial pools are at the heart of the national memorial honoring the 2,983 people who died in New York City, Washington, DC and Shaksville, PA on 9/11/01.  Surrounding the pools, inscribed in bronze, are the names of every person who died in the attacks of both February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.  The North Pool displays names of those from the North Tower, Flight 11 and the February 26, 1993 attack.  The South Pool displays the names of those from the South Tower, First Responders, the Pentagon, Flight 93, Flight 175 and Flight 77.  You may bring paper to make a rubbing of names. Families and visitors have left their mark by inserting flowers and American flags into the crevices where the names are engraved and you will see the handprints of those who have come to visit before you. This is a very powerful place to see, learn and heal.   You may locate a specific name of a loved one or friend onsite or online prior to your visit.  A garden with strips of grass reminiscent of the towers' unique skyline reach sits alongside the pools providing a place with benches to reflect and rest. 

The Twin Towers Tridents dominate the entry atrium at the museum which honors the memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks and explores the background leading up to the events and examines their aftermath and continuing implications.  The Museum is growing a permanent collection of artifacts, stories, photos, video and other material, that shape our shared history.

If you are planning a visit this holiday season, consider dedicating an entire morning or afternoon to see both the memorial and museum.  To get the most from your visit, it is worth doing some pre-planning using the very informative website.  While reservations have gone quickly, it is still possible to get reservations around the holidays and it is even worth calling day of. 

Lower Mnahattan is once again a vibrant community with several other points of interest and many excellent restuarants.  Start at the Memorial and  spend the rest of the day or evening in the area.

Expect high security when visiting the memorial and museum. All visitors and baggage are subject to security screening and must limit the amount of items brought. No baggage larger than 8”x17”x19” will be permitted. NOTE: Bag storage is unavailable. Baggage will be scanned by x-ray machines and may be opened and checked by hand. All visitors will pass through magnetometers. Alternative screening techniques, including hand-wanding and pat-down inspections, are also available.
Ticket prices:The memorial is free but visitors must pre-register. The museum is not yet open but the Visitors Center does not require pre-registration.
Ticket info:While the memorial remains surrounded by ongoing construction on other World Trade Center projects visitors are being accommodated during this period via a timed reservation system. The easiest and quickest way to make a reservation is online. Family member related to one of the 2,983 individuals listed on the Memorial, please click here. For groups of 10 or more, visit the Group information page or call (212) 266-5200.
If you need reservation assistance for any reason, please call (212) 266-5200.
Good for:All
Times:From September 12, 2011-January 8, 2012, Mon-Fri, 10am 8pm, Weekend and Holidays, 9am-8pm (last entry at 7pm). From January 9, 2012-March 10, 2012, Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm (last entry at 5pm). From March 11, 2012 -June 15, 2012, Mon-Sun, 10am - 9pm (last entry at 8pm).
The site of the National September 11th Memorial & Museum. Dedicated and opened tot he public on September 11, 2011, it is situated on 16 acres where the former World Trade Towers stood prior to 9/11/2001.
Subway:• A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Fulton Street: exit onto Fulton St. and walk west to Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St. • 2 or 3 trains to Park Place: exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St. • E train to World Trade Center: exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St. • R train to Rector Street: exit onto Trinity Pl. Walk north and turn left on Thames St. • R train to Cortlandt Street: exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St. • 1 train to Rector Street: exit onto Greenwich St. Walk north and turn left on Albany St.
Bus:• M5 Southbound: get off at Broadway and Thames St. Walk west on Thames St. • M5 Northbound: get off at Trinity Pl. and Rector St. Walk north and turn left on Thames St. • M20 Southbound: get off on South End Avenue between Liberty St. and Albany St. Walk south and turn left to Albany St. Continue across West St. and then turn left. • M22 Southbound: get off on Vesey St. between North End Ave. and West St. Walk south through World Financial Center to Albany Street. Turn left on Albany St. Continue across West St. and then turn left.
Train:PATH: Newark-World Trade Center or Hoboken-World Trade Center lines to the World Trade Center station
Other:Lower Manhattan is difficult to navigate by car. Check current street conditions before you drive at Lower Manhattan Construction Information - and DOT Traffic Advisories-
Parking on site:No
The Memorial does not provide parking. On-street parking is extremely limited. Public garages are nearby.

Story Corps

Story Corps

Year Round

Foley Square on Centre Street, Manhattan
between Worth and Duane streets, across from the U.S. Courthouse.
The holidays bring us together and are an opportunity to listen and discover extraordinary moments in the lives of our loved ones.  The Story Corps project has been listening and recording for the past 8 years at StoryCorps booths in NYC.  The results have been inspiring, funny, surprising, heart-breaking and always engaging stories of ordinary people recorded by thier friends and family.  Recordings are archived at the Library of Congress and selected recordings air on NPR stations.

Funding challenges have forced StoryCorps to suspend recordings in NYC this year.  If you would like to record a short interview with someone special this holiday, click here to learn about recording from home, schools or with community groups.  To donate to StoryCorps click here.

Go to the website for help putting together your interview questions.
Fees:Free-Donations Welcome
Ticket info:
Good for:All
“Read a few [interviews] and you’ll want to grab a loved one and share your own story.” The StoryBooth is now taking reservations for recording sessions in 2010.
Subway:# 4, 5, or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall station, #1, 2,, 3, J, M, or Z to Chambers Street station, R or W line to City Hall station.
Bus:M1, M6, M15, M22, M103, B51 to City Hall.
Parking on site:Yes
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Christmas Spectacular

Church of the Holy Apostles

Dec. 16, 2010

296 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan
at West 28th Street.

Its a terrific show and benefits the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen just when the need it most.

Opportunities to volunteer are available.
Ticket prices:$20
Ticket info:Purchase tickets at the door or online today. 
Good for:All
Times:6:30pm drinks and silent auction; 7:30 performance
Hours:Office Hours are:Monday - Thursday, 9:00am to 6:00pm; Fridays 9:00am to 5:00pm. Church open only at service times, which are: Sundays @ 11am, Monday-Friday morning prayer at 8:30pm; Tuesdays at 6:15pm. Other times by appointment.
An inclusive landmark Episcopal Parish in Chelsea and home of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.
Phone:(212) 807-6799
Subway:C or E train to either 23rd or 34th Street and 8th Avenue; #1, 9 to 28th Street and 7th Avenue.
Bus:M11 on 9th Avenue (which heads south) or the M10, running north on 8th Avenue.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby. Impact Garage, 333 West 26th Street, between Hudson Gould Place and 8th Avenue, is one option. For the Revels performance, show your ticket stub to the attendant to get a $20 flat rate. See ticket details at Revels website for more information.

Polar Bear Club New Year's Day Celebration and Swim

Polar Bear Club of Coney Island

Jan. 01, 2011

Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn
Jump into 2009 with a brisk swim with the Polar Bear Club of Coney Island or just come out for the fun and pre-swim festivities. Arrive by noon to swim with bathing suit, surf boots or old sneakers, fluffy towels and warm clothes. The swim is at 1:00 pm sharp but arrive earlier to take advantage of all the pre-swim activities.
Fees:Free-Donations Welcome
Ticket prices:With the assistance of the good people of NY Aquarium, the Polar Bears support Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. All participants are encouraged to make a pledge to Camp Sunshine. When you make a donation at this event, you will also receive a free breakfast and all-day admission to the New York Aquarium.
Ticket info:Pledge Camp Sunshine online at or in person on New Year’s Day.
If you are not a member of the Polar Bears, you can be a swimming guest at their regular Sunday swims twice before joining.  For more information, call 917-533-3568.
Good for:All
Times:1pm sharp; arrive early if you plan to take the plunge.
The Polar Bears swim every Sunday at 1pm from November to April.
Subway:D,F,N,Q to Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue station
Parking on site:Yes
Restrooms and changing facilities provided by NYC Parks Department

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