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A Documentary With A Purpose Called “Build Ramps Not Walls”

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A new documentary called “Build Ramps Not Walls” is challenging, in a very positive way, the withstanding vow of building a wall between the US and Mexico! Read the interview with Brian Adamkiewicz, the amazing Director behind it!

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Brian Adamkiewicz (first to the left), Director of the documentary Build Ramps Not Walls, and his team shooting in Mexico.

Build Ramps Not Walls is the title of a fantastic documentary we’ve recently learned about that was filmed in the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Due to premier in early 2018, the documentary portrays the connection between the Mexican and American skate community.

Using the same construction materials what would be used to build the wall between Mexico and the U.S., this group of extremely passionate skateboarders challenges the “vow” to build this wall that arose after the U.S.A. 2016 Presidential Elections.

So, a group of friends decided to give it a positive response by showing how building ramps with the help of people from different cultures, can bring communities together and have a long-term impact.

As they explain:

“In the process of this construction, we saw skaters from all walks of life come together, overcoming barriers of race, age, gender and economics, to achieve a common goal– the goal to create the most unique DIY park in all of Mexico where Mexicans, Americans, all nationalities can come together and skate.

With each day of construction, we saw that by building a ramp together, the community was not just pouring concrete. We were also promoting an ethic of hard work, encouraging youth leadership, sharing positive role models for local kids, and communicating across culture and language barriers with tolerance and the shared passion of skating.

By building this hard core DIY (Do It Yourself) ramp together, our community has opened opportunities for skaters in the region to improve their skills without having to move to the big city or cross the border. We have put our skate community on the map for potential sponsors. Most importantly, we have offered an alternative solution to how to respond to the divisive rhetoric coming down from politicians these days. We say Build Ramps that unite, Not Walls that divide.”

We talked to Brian Adamkiewicz, the Director of the movie, and learned more about what it’s all about.

1) We know that many people have a negative perspective of the skateboarding community. Why? What are the Truths and Myths behind it?

People have a negative perspective of skateboarding for 1 of 3 reasons:

  1. The attitude of skateboarding from the beginning in the 1960’s was to rebel against society. And everyone thinks every skateboarder has this attitude.
  2. Young kids my sometimes harass, run away from, and sometimes assault security guards/cops. Giving skateboarders a punk image.
  3. The wood and metal within your skateboard unfortunately does destroy property.

Truth is not every skateboarder is going to curse you out if you ask him/her to leave. Skateboarders are humans too, and 9/10 times if you show respect you will get it back.

Skateboarding is an outcast sport. I believe in some way every skateboarder started because they felt like they didn’t fit in where they were.

To me, Skateboarding is not a sport, it doesn’t discriminate against your physique, it is a platform that people can express themselves with.

2) How would you describe the lifestyle and essence behind the true skaters out there, in relation to other sport modalities

It is good to have endurance, stamina, and be in shape like most sports, but with skateboarding there are no rules of regulation. You are allowed to use your creativity and skate any way you want even with a beer belly.

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Brian Adamkiewicz, Director of the documentary Build Ramps Not Walls, skating in Mexico.

3) How did the idea of this project start? Was there something specific, besides the original controversy of the wall between Mexico and the US, that triggered this project to come to life?

The project started with Rebecca Scotti, the Executive Producer of the movie, that currently lives in Mexico. I’ve known her and her kid, Nathanial, for a several years.

This 6-year-old kid, turned out to be my little skateboard prodigy. He was curious if he was allowed to come back to New York after learning Trump had become president.

An innocent young skater boy, born in Mexico, was all of a sudden asking his mom if he can cross the border.

With such a difficult subject to explain to young boy, we decided to show him what we can build with the same materials, but unite people instead.

So, Rebecca had the idea, but needed help to unfold it and bring it to life. She contacted and invited me to direct and be part of the team So, during my road-trip across the US, I flew to Mexico for 10 days. In another couple of days, I was signing a contract to direct the movie for her.

I went back to New York, sorted some things out, and flew back to shoot for 3 full months.

4) How was the experience of being there and seeing this project unfold? How would you explain the opportunity of witnessing the development, growing relationship and bonding of this community?

The experience for me was life changing. I saw a community become one right before my eyes all because of the love of skateboarding.

At first, it was a bit challenging communicating with everybody, but towards the end my friends understood my “Spanglish” and I was becoming one step closer to being a fluent Spanish speaker.

After the three months in Mexico, I felt like I really got to know everyone and became part of their family/community.

5) What were the main skills that kids and others involved in building the ramp were able to improve or develop?

The main skills that the kids developed in this process was knowing what it takes to build something. So, when it is done, you can truly admire your work and respect it like it is yours.

Plus, they also learned about team work, being dedicated and committed to a project and a bigger cause. And still, they dealt with unexpected problems that arouse throughout the project. It was definitely life changing.

6) Does the project have a long-term mission of expanding to other locations?

Personally, I’d love to keep working with everyone to continue building ramps for kids and creating opportunities for communities to build and unite.

We have ideas of building in Ukraine, New Mexico, or Texas for our next project. In addition, we’d like to collaborate with other skateboarding movements, like the Gnarmads.

Our goals are to unite places that are divided and also build in States in the US that are close the “the wall”.

7) How has this project impacted the local community involved in it? After the ramp was finished, was there any unexpected outcome from this project?

People from 5 years to 45 years old helped build the ramps. Kids who never met each other before the film are now best friends who skate together.

We first added a ramp to the Shore Park in Punta de Mita, Nayarit, Mexico. Following this first project, we added another ramp to the Puerto Vallarta Municipal Skatepark of Mexico.

In addition, the 3rd one was a first and completely new ramp in Havana, Cuba.

Two kids went back to school after dropping out, one kid is on a cross country tour with his new sponsors paying for the whole thing, ramps are continuing getting built, a girl in our film is hosting art shows around Mexico.

And, most importantly, people really believe in our movement way more than they did in the beginning and want to keep it alive.

8) So, what are the next steps? When can people expect to see the final project?

Post Production is in the final stages. We shall be entering the film into many festivals in the beginning of 2018.

The final project will hopefully be screening exclusively at a festival if we get accepted. And, after that we will have public screenings around the US & Mexico.


Thank you, Brian, for the great narrative about this fantastic journey of transforming a brilliant idea and bringing this project to life!

We certainly support the mission and believe in it changing the lives of so many more people.

Thank you!

Furthermore, keep posted for upcoming new about the release and public screenings!

 

Photo Credit: Miguel Ángel López V. Courtesy of Rebecca Scotti and Courtesy images.

Pug Squad: An NGO Helping Pugs In Need

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If you are a Pug lover, you need to read about Pug Squad, their Pug Camp and everything they do for the need pups out there. This NGO is a blessing to our little friends.

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Founded by a a group of 9 brilliant people, Pug Squad is a non profit organization that helps needy pugs by providing financial assistance to pug rescues.

Their Mission Statement?

“We help pugs in need by providing financial assistance to pug rescues nationwide and support to families who cannot afford to care for their senior and special needs pugs. Our network of volunteers is on call to help pug rescues in the northeast with shelter pulls, transport, and emergency foster homes.”

Learn more about their the Founders, Directors and team, here.

Here are a few projects they are organizing this year:

  • Pug-A-Palooza – May 5-7 in Asbury Park, NJ
  • Pug Camp – August 25-27 – “A dream vacation for pugs, and the humans who love them!”

Plus, don’t hesitate to go to their website to donate! Or, even adopt a little one to be the newest member of your family!

If you are one of the fanatic pug lovers, take a look at all the products for sale at their store. You’ll literally want to buy 1 of each, since they are the cutest things ever.

If you’d just like to foster a pet, take a look at what Animal Haven is all about!

We’ve just updated this post with a great video about the 1st Pug Camp that happened in August.

So, take a look and see what it was all about. Plus, take a look at all the activities and programs of this first year. This is a yearly Camp, so be sure to sign up for next year!

www.pugsquad.org

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of @PugSquadsOS, @_Puglulu, @Pugs 
**This post was updated on October 30th.**

Walk MS 2017: Help Find The Cure To Multiple Sclerosis

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We’re doing it again!!! Walk MS 2017 in New York City to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, support the cause and help to raise money to find a cure! Join us!

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We had a great time last year and will support this cause again in 2017!

Donate (if you can), walk with us, help support, and come meet us!!!

Date: Event will be on April 30th, in New York City!

Further infos, click here.


Our goal—a world free of MS.

We’ve formed a “Behind the Scenes NYC Team” for the Walk MS 2017 — a charity walk that is changing the lives of people with MS and helping fuel progress toward a world free of MS. We’d love your generous support as we prepare for this incredible experience.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $970 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren’t any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.

That’s why we’re walking. We’ve set an ambitious goal because we know with support from people like you, we will have a great chance at reaching it. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. This cause is really important to us, so we hope you can do your part to help end MS forever.

Will you help us reach our goal by donating what you can? Can start at $1 – any amount is welcome!!!

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Thank you!

Kindly,
Behind the Scenes NYC Team

Further infos, click here.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of MSSociety

Vaute Couture: Vegan Fashion Is The New Hype in NYC

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Vegan Fashion is the new hype in NYC! Vaute Couture is shaking the fashion industry in New York City and has been called “the next Stella McCartney”. We are one of their biggest fans, for sure!

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THIS STORE UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED AND ONLY SELLS ONLINE!

The other day, our Founder, , was talking to a very dear neighbor and friend of hers that is Vegan about how hard it is to find sustainable, cruelty-free winter coats in New York. Most of the brands use some type of animal product in their products: fur, feathers, leather, etc.

So, her neighbor mentioned about a brand that is getting more and more attention over the past few years.

Vaute Couture, founded in 2008 by the gorgeous Leanne Maily, stands for “Haute” + “V” for Vegan.

They explain that they are:

The ethical fashion house for animal lovers: 100{c8399be91965ff06a5fa23750b49beaf0bc09e4b1c94b50d52f75c5d1635bbfd} vegan + eco + made in New York City”!

For a start, Leanne stopped eating animals at the age of 10 and, after that, her passion for sharing the Vegan lifestyle grew exponentially as the years went by! She also felt it was quite impossible to find beautiful, hot, “animal-free” winter coats in Chicago, where she lived before moving to NYC.

Subsequently, for a full 8 months, she researched all the fabrics in the market and all her possibilities. Some time after starting the brand, she moved to New York City, where she opened a first store in Williamsburg.

Then, on February of 2013, during the NYFW, she was named the “rebel of fashion week”. Plus, she recieved the title of the “next Stella McCartney”.

Obviously, this catapulted her brand helping her break out to the main stream audience.

In addition, the materials used come from recycled organic plastic bottles, organic fabrics and other cruelty-free materials. For example, the sweaters contain recycled cotton from the fashion industry.

The store, located on the cool Lower East Side of Manhattan, offers a huge variety of items. For the Ladies: basics, tops, sweaters, bottoms, dresses, shoes, gowns, body suits, swimwear, to the perfect winter coats – snow and wind proof, hats and jewelry. Today, they focus primarily on winter coats and sweaters.

Eventually, they more recently started the Gentlemen’s collection, so it has a smaller variety. It’s always been only winter coats and sweaters!

Additionally, the brand recently collaborated and threw a great party inside the store for Project Chimps. This project is a new sanctuary for 200+ chimps retiring from biomedical research.

They partnered up with other brands like: Vegan Treats, Kat Von D Beauty, Blossom Du Jour, Mother of Pearl, Querciabella, Kombrewcha, Urban Vegan Kitchen and Fresh & Co.

The Dodo debuted a video of the first 9 chimps first few weeks of freedom, and Vaute Couture designed a benefit tee that you can buy, to support them!

Pretty cool initiative, right?

Wanna know one of the coolest perks at the store?

Lastly, the 12 first customers that walk in every day are lucky to get a huge – and to-die-for – doughtnut from Dunwell Doughtnuts! We are completely addicted to them, by the way! One of the best doughnuts in New York City!

So, come explore this new hype in NYC!

Location: 114 Stanton Street, Lower East Side

http://vautecouture.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Vaute Couture

Animal Haven: Pet Adoption – Say “Hi!” to Mickey and Vince

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Have you ever thought about pet adoption or fostering a little one? Animal Haven is a fantastic non profit that helps find loving homes from abandoned animals.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tedi Sarah

If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that we’re very engaged in Charity and Social programs, right?!

Well, today we want to talk about a great non profit called Animal Haven.

They work in helping find loving homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area!

Plus, they also provide behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.

On their website, you’ll be able to find information regarding adoptions, different ways to support the organization, upcoming events, volunteer programs, and more!

One of our dear friends, Tedi Sarah, is a big part of this program. She is always fostering dogs – until they find healthy permanent homes.

These two cute pups on the picture are the duo she’s currently caring for, named Mickey and Vince!

Another great idea, if you have kids, is to foster pets! You don’t need to necessarily “commit to life” by buying one, and you can always foster!

We have to confess, we are pretty against buying pets in pet-stores. There is a lot of cruelty and abuse in these places with the animals, so we do not really support them.


More about Animal Haven:

Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.

Founded in 1967, we operate an animal shelter in Manhattan. We also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.

Adoptions:
Cats and dogs are for adoption at Animal Haven.

Fees are:

  • $175 per cat
  • $200 per kitten or $300 per pair (Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One)
  • $295 per dog (includes collar and leash)
  • Puppies under the age of 1 year are $395 (includes collar and leash)

Fee covers spay/neuter, vaccines, and microchip.

Many adoptions can be done same-day. Others may take more time to complete.

You may print and fill out the Adoption Application ahead of time, but we will only accept applications in person. Please DO NOT MAIL OR FAX it in.


Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 200 Centre Street, Little Italy

www.AnimalHavenShelter.org

 

Photo and Text Credit: Courtesy of Tedi Sarah and Animal Haven

Together We Grow With Friends in Need’s Feeding Program

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New York is a beautiful city, but we do see many unprivileged people that need our help. We are strong supporters of social works, like they feeding program by Friends in Need USA. Our founder herself coordinates the NYC group. Together we grow!

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As many of you know, I participate in a few Charity & Social groups in New York City.

I’m a strong believer, as many of you probably are too, that we have so much time for ourselves, so why not donate a bit of it for those that really need us, right?

Every Saturday morning, I coordinate with a group of friends a Feeding Program, at Tompkins Square Park, called Friends in Need. We feed around 200 homeless people every weekend, rain, snow or shine!

More specifically, it’s on 7th Street between Avenues A and B, in the East Village.

It’s a group created by Friends in Need in collaboration with a beautiful group of volunteers, like the folks from Latinos NYC.

We always need help and everyone is welcome!

So, if you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact us!

DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Date: Every Saturday, rain, snow or shine!
Time: Distribution starts 11:30am sharp
Location: Tompkins Square Park – East 7th Street, between Avenue A and B. We meet at the middle of the block!


About Friends in Need NYC:

Friends in Need Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization with a purpose of helping the less fortunate by providing food, clothing, and living necessities, as well as working with other organizations dedicated to ending or minimizing hunger and hardship.

In addition, we donate food and volunteer time to shelters and soup kitchens in need of financial and human resources. We also distribute warm clothing and accessories during the cold winter months and offer assistance to families through our Family Support Program.

Our feeding programs were initiated in New York City in 2002. Since then, we established and maintain regular programs in 4 metropolitan areas including New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Pensacola, Florida.

The organization, run by volunteers, continues to grow with complete dedication to our mission of helping those in need.

Furthermore, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui (1952 – 2007) is the inspiration in the establishment of Friends in Need programs. He was the founder of modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. He was a successful businessman, an adept scientist, and a spiritual teacher!”

DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


A bit about Latinos NYC:

Latinos NYC was founded in April of 2008. Its inception was born out of the vision of the Board’s Chairman, Raul K. Rios, who recognized many of the ills of his community were either being overlooked or under recognized.

Furthermore, Rios served his country in the United States Army from 1981-86, from which he retained the duties of the oath he took and a dedication to finishing his mission.

These characteristics and more are discovered in everything LatinosNYC does.

The company’s name derives out of the mosaic that the Latino culture is within New York City.

A contrasting conglomerate of shades, dialects, customs and more that somehow share a thread of similarity that makes the diaspora so vastly unique and congruent simultaneously.

Over the last several years, LatinosNYC has proudly garnered recognition for their work . In addition, they are continuously are expanding their efforts to grow and improve upon on their success.


So, come volunteer and be part of this amazing group of people! They strongly believe in giving back and working with the local community that needs help. Do you!?

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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Help End Child Hunger In America With No Kid Hungry

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Did you know that more than 13 million kids in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table? That’s 1 out of 6 kids! Lets help change this and shape the future of our Country.

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Did you know that more than 13 million kids in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table? That’s 1 out of 6 kids! A pretty frightening statistics, right?

Plus,  1 out of 4 teachers say that their students regularly come to school hungry. Truly heartbreaking.

In the long run, not only we’ll have adults with malnutrition, but their intelectual development will surely be compromised.

As well as, on a larger scale, the future of economic growth of the Country with the growth of poverty.

So, this is what No Kid Hungry does:

They’re ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets, so their kids get healthy meals at home.

Moreover, the campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America. Hence, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action.

So, how can you make a difference?

  1. Donate: In many places, only $10 you raise can feed a child up to 100 meals. The outcome of a small donation can help hundreds of kids.
  2. Fundraising: Once again, creative fundraisers are a great way to help raise not only money, but spread awareness.
  3. Organize small events: If you cook, how about doing a fund bake sale with muffins, donuts and/or other goodies?
  4. Attend their events: Not only will you have a great time, you’ll also be helping this important cause! See the closest event to you! If you’re in NYC, there are countless opportunities!

We’ve done our part today! Now, it’s your turn to help change their future!

To learn more, take a look at their website.

Lastly, if you enjoy causes involving kids and shaping our future, take a look at Free Arts NYC.

www.nokidhungry.org

 

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Charity Water: 1 In 10 Live Without Clean Water, Let’s Change!

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Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the world live without clean water? An absurd, right? See what Clean Water is about and how they are impacting and working for a cause!

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We’re super fond of great charity work and you’ll probably see various post about the most amazing projects growing now a days!

This time, we’re not specifically talking about a NYC charity, but it’s definitely one worth spreading the word about.

Charity Water is a non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.

The numbers are surprising like: 663 million people in the world live without clean water. That’s 1 in 10 of us – which is actually equal to twice the size of the U.S.!

It’s crazy to think that so many people around the world have actually no access to clean water that is actually safe to drink. Specially when we, in New York City, can drink out of practically any tap around the city. We are even known for having one of the best waters in world.

So, we’re here to share and raise consciousness on this issue, since we strongly believe that this is a basic, minimum that every human-being must have.

The three main things that make a difference in their work is that:

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  2. They prove every water project they build using photos and GPS coordinates on Google Maps;
  3. They work with strong local partners on the ground to build and maintain water projects.

They’ve currently funded 24,537 water projects for over 7 million people around the world.

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There are 3 ways to be part of this fantastic initiative:

  1. Donate: You can donate any amount you’d like. Just so you know — “Every $1 invested in clean water can yield $4–$12 in economic returns”.
  2. Pledge: For a special occasion like a Birthday celebration, instead of expecting gifts from friends & family, you can ask them to donate X dollars to this cause. Great idea, right!?
  3. Fundraise: As they say “Do something crazy or creative to raise money! Great idea if you have a big social following!

So, let’s help them!? Take a look at the website below to see how to donate, volunteer, partner up or even shop their store.

Lastly, the stories they publish online are beautiful and thrilling! Worth reading!

www.charitywater.org

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Charity Water

From The Source: Designed in Brooklyn, Made Sustainably in Indonesia

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From the moment we walked into a store called From the Source, we knew it would become part of our to go list for sustainable furnishing!

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“Designed Responsibly in Brooklyn, Made Sustainably in Indonesia.”

When our Founder, , had just moved to NYC and was in the craziness of furnishing her new home, she stumbled upon this store! It was love at first sight, lol.

The store was founded by the so called serial entrepreneur, Robert Fireman (1936 – 2015), in the 1980’s.

Bob fell in love with the beautiful handcrafted work done by the people in Indonesia. Immediately, he felt an urge to engage with their community.

As a result, they carry everything from bar & counter stools, benches, dining chairs, to tables, desks, nightstands, bookcases, dressers, beds, accessories and a huge list of other items!

His team explains:

“Bob fell in love with not only the people, but the beautiful and unique hardwoods of Indonesia.

His ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and hardworking personality led to his largest and most recent passion of what is known today as ‘From The Source’.

Today, From the Source employs approximately 80 individuals in the Central Java. We provide job training, medical care, meals, and other benefits to ensure their welfare and the well-being of their families.”

And yet, their Mission to creating a more sustainable environment:

“Our mission is to bring our customers closer to the environment through uniquely designed furniture that open your space to the world.

The journey begins at the source of our raw materials where we exchange ideas with local communities. We incorporate craft techniques into production methods.

Working together, we find responsible ways to provide high-quality furnishings to the US market.”

Fantastic, right?

So, go explore the store and let us know what you thought about it!

In addition, if you’re not really the design type of person, and would like the help of a professional Interior Designer, contact us so our experts can help you out.

On the other hand, for Corporate Requests regarding furnishing a new office or any other inquiry, our experts can assist you in this process.

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday, Friday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Locations:
104 West 17th Street, Chelsea

www.ftsny.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of From the Source

Walk MS NYC To Raise Awareness About Multiple Sclerosis

BTSNYC Social Responsibility MS Walk

Help us raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. We’ve created a Behind the Scenes NYC Team to participate in theWalk MS this year! So, come support with us!

BTSNYC Social Responsibility MS Walk

We’ve created a Behind the Scenes NYC Team to participate in this year’s Walk MS, to support the research and extinction of Multiple Sclerosis (a.k.a. MS)!

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

But, today there are multiple medications and people can actually have totally normal and healthy lives, even though they’ve been diagnosed with MS.

That is to say that the MSWalk will happen in New York City on April 17th. And, we’re calling family, friends, and new friends to participate with us!

Plus, donate ANY amount you wish – starting at $1, and come meet us on the 17th!

In 2016 the Walk MS: New York City participants raised $1,301,665.93 in 2016 to fund critical services, groundbreaking research and move us closer to a world free of MS.

In addition, 4,687 people made Walk MS: New York City a success in 2016.

To participate: Register here! Any questions, feel free to contact us!

Date: April 17th, 2016
Check in time: 9:00am
Walk start time: 10:15am
Location: Pier 26, NYC

http://bit.ly/btsnyc-mswalk


About MS:

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the CNS.

So, when you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Furthermore, the symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Moreover, most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.

In addition, MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS.

Thank you for your support!


*This post was updated on October 30th, 2017.*

Lastly, Behind the Scenes NYC Team ranked #114 in the list of ”Walk 2016 Top Fundraisers as of May 2nd 2016″, raising $2,718 on the Walk MS.

 

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