Philanthropy News | Giving Back This August

When the urge to give back calls, we have your answer. Whether you’re staying local in the city this summer or touching down on the East End, opportunities to give back to worthy charities abound. We’ve gathered some of this month’s standouts, from paddle boarding outings and inspiring runs to educational conversations and silent auctions. Check out the list below!

1. VR for the Real World: New Tools to Make the World Better

August 3rd, 9:00am – 11:00am
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th floor
Tickets for non-members: $150

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With every new technology comes the opportunity for social change, and virtual reality is no different. Developers of the new platform have found themselves at the intersection of empathy and advocacy, promoting experiences that range from immersive storytelling and motivational exercises to heighten social awareness. Join the industry’s leading experts for a conversation about where the technology is heading next.

2. The Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink

August 5th
Paddle Board Race: 8:00am, Sunset Party: 7:00pm

Havens Beach, Sag Harbor
Registration: $175

Image Courtesy Hamptons Paddle for Pink

Benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Fund, this event has not only been one of the Hampton’s most talked about summer soirées since 2012, but also one of its most philanthropic. Paddle for Pink was founded by Maria Blum, a breast cancer survivor who took up paddle boarding shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer, finding it a positive outlet during her treatment and subsequent recovery. Last year’s event notably raised over $1.9 million. Join the effort to give the funds raised this year an even further reach.

3. The Sixth Annual Hamptons Cup

August 6th
Equuleus Polo Club, Watermill

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The Sixth Annual Hamptons Cup will benefit Robin Hood, New York’s largest organization fighting poverty in the city. Since 1988, the charity has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools to generate positivity in some of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods. This year’s event includes a late afternoon polo match featuring the world’s top-rated players, as well as a follow-up dinner. Register and join to help those involved raise even more funds than last year’s $780,000.

4. The Brooklyn Mile

August 20th
Start: Williamsburg Bridge

Registration: $40

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For a chance to run the length of Kent Avenue through the heart of Williamsburg, register for The Brooklyn Mile. The race will benefit Girls on the Run NYC, a charity seeking to inspire girls to be healthy and confident using experience-based curriculum and running. The Mile caters to the most competitive runner as well as the most inexperienced; so come one and all for a morning of fun, running and (hopefully) sun!

5. Night of Global Impact

August 30th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Midtown Loft & Terrace, 267 Fifth Avenue

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The Liberty Foundation invites your presence at their Night of Global Impact, dedicated to the fight against global injustice, child poverty and marginalized women. The night will include dinner and drinks, a silent auction and musical performances. All money raised will benefit the Liberty Foundation’s targeted efforts to assist impoverished areas in Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Honduras and Swaziland, Africa. Don your best and give back amidst stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

 

Architecture News | The Latest and Greatest Exhibits

For many, August is a time to fit in a vacation far, far away from New York City’s crowded streets, but we’re in the mood to celebrate them. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 architectural exhibits and tours you would be remiss to skip this month, from prominent architects to celebrated street art and more. Peruse longtime museum displays at your leisure, put on your walking shoes and hit the pavement, or find the time to do it all!

1. Panorama of the City of New York

Long-term view
Queens Museum

Image Courtesy Queens Museum

This exhibit is certainly not the “latest” exhibit, but nonetheless is widely known as the crowning jewel of the Queens Museum’s unique collection of architectural displays. The Panorama was built in 1964 for the World’s Fair by a team of over 100 people over the course of 3 years. The display’s incredible beauty and longevity speak for themselves, so be sure to put this on your August Bucket List.

2. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

Through October 1st
Museum of Modern Art

Image Courtesy MoMA

Come celebrate one of the most significant architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright! The major exhibit includes close to 450 of his acclaimed works made between the 1890s and the 1950s, spanning from drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, scrapbooks and more. Even those most well-versed in the architect’s life and work will have much to learn at this jam-packed exhibit.

3. Public Art of Lower Manhattan: An Outdoor Gallery

August 5th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tickets: $30

Image Courtesy Architecture Daily

Courtesy of The Municipal Art Society of New York, this walking tour will uncover museum-worthy art hidden amidst the busy traction of the Lower East Side’s streets. Tour Guide Patrick Waldo will take participants from Civic Fame high on top of the Municipal Building to a sculpture partially submerged in the East River, examining work from artists like Daniel Chester French, Isamu Noguchi, Jean DuBuffet, Louise Nevelson and more.

4. Sunset Park in Brooklyn with Joe Svehlak 

August 12th, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Sunset Park
Tickets: $30

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Join tour guide and preservationist Joe Svehlak, longtime resident of Sunset Park who is well versed in the area’s rich history and present-day diversity. The Sunset Park Landmarks Committee is now in the midst of seeking landmark designation for its historic areas, many of which were constructed at the end of the 19th century. And of course, the tour will include the 24.5-acre hilltop park, full of inspiring harbor and city views. Don’t miss out!

5. Art Wars! The Founding of the Met, MoMA and the Whitney

August 26th, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Museum Mile
Tickets: $30

Image Courtesy Guggenheim

Led by Deborah Zelcer, this tour will encompass some of the city’s most prominent museums dating back to the conclusion of the Civil War. Tasked with the goal of proving the refinement and artistry of America in the face of Old Europe’s resplendent classic art, the founders of museums such as the National Academy of Design and the Whitney Museum sought to define art and culture in America. The conversation will also include details about the newer incarnations of these museums and how politics comes into play.

Around TOWN | TOWN Welcomes Twyla to Flatiron

Last night, TOWN was honored to host the Twyla team in its flagship Flatiron office for an evening discussion and celebration. Hailing from Austin, Texas, this breakthrough art company sells museum-quality limited edition art prints from premier artists, including the artwork that now graciously adorns the office’s walls. TOWN’s Representatives, Executives and Associates enjoyed the opportunity to get to know some of the artists whose work is on display. 

Mellow Oldschool Hardcore by Mambo

Spearheaded by Haley Lankau and the TOWN Facilities team, the evening included light refreshments and began with introductory remarks by Andrew Heiberger, TOWN CEO and Founder.

“Since TOWN’s inception, we have worked to create a culture of collaboration and appreciation that seamlessly integrates lifestyle, culture and a healthy work/life balance,” shared Andrew. “We echo and commend Twyla’s commitment to providing new and emerging artists with a platform to create and promote museum-worthy artwork – the quality of which we can definitely attest to.”

Aldara spoke of her passion for underwater photography.

Next, Twyla’s Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Curator and Director of Artist Development, spoke of her excitement to see the artists’ work on the walls and the pleasure she took in seeing Flatiron’s history come to life through striking colors and artwork. Aside from her passion for curating, Heidi is dedicated to both the development of the contemporary artist and the extension of exclusive artwork outside of museums and into homes. 

Heidi then introduced one of the artists present, Aldara Ortega. Born in Madirid, Aldara is now a New York-based photographer who focuses on the human form as it interacts with an underwater environment. She spoke to her intense dedication to her work, the spirit of liberation conveyed in each piece.  

Insider info: Aldara’s subject in this photo is actually terrified of water!
Led by Heidi, the guided tour of the artwork gave Representatives a chance to familiarize themselves with the 19 pieces on display in the office. The pieces include work by 12 local NYC-based artists as well as samples from Twyla’s vast international artist base; plus a range of limited edition archival prints. To view the entire collection, click here.
Heidi took TOWN Representatives on a guided tour of the art. This piece is FLY! by Jonny Detiger.
TOWN’s association with Twyla reflects the firm’s ongoing commitment to the arts. Since inception, art has played a prominent role within the offices and culture. TOWN has previously worked closely with extraordinary artists such as illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, highly-acclaimed photojournalist Brian Hamill, and historically celebrated photographers to adorn the offices with unrivaled creativity. TOWN has also supported prominent art festivals and organizations including Frieze New York, Collective Design Fair, Armory Week, Art Basel Miami, and the New Museum.
Krista Truglio and Aldara Ortega

Around TOWN | Gramercy Pop-Up Art Show

Artist Eunice Kindred proudly displaying her piece, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy".
Photo Credit / Bjorn Bolinder

Last Saturday, May 6, The Prince Team transformed TOWN Gramercy into a Pop-Up Art Shop featuring original artwork by New York-based Eunice Kindred. The afternoon included light refreshments and artwork for sale from Eunice’s Soundtracks:Freestyle collection – pieces designed to complement any room, office, or commercial space. Sales and Leasing Manager Danielle Elo helped the team spearhead the event, which welcomed approximately 50 people.

As explained by Eunice, Soundtracks:Freestyle explores the visual communication of the nature of freestyling through painting. Each brushstroke reflects the rhythm, tempo, and texture of the instruments and vocals, and the color palette exemplifies Eunice’s interpretation of music’s energy and tone. A successful culmination of Eunice’s many passions, works from the collection have been featured in commercial projects in China, as well as in the newly opened EAST hotel in Miami. 

The conference room proved a great host for Eunice's piece, "Kooza".
Photo Credit / Bjorn Bolinder

Born and raised in the Philippines, Eunice now lives and works in New York City. She graduated with honors from Harvard University’s select visual and environmental studies program with a focus in oil painting. Today, Eunice is considered by many to be a modern-day Renaissance woman; her talents extend beyond art and into dance, music, and athletics.

Prince Dockery spearheaded the event.
Photo Credit / Bjorn Bolinder

The award-winning Prince Team combines New York City’s top real estate representatives with industry-leading resources to provide unparalleled knowledge, service, and value to clients. Led by Prince Dockery, the team is unyieldingly devoted their clients, believing that each deserves to experience the art of living in his or her own way. Prince is joined by Jason Perkal, Jackie Soussan, and Krista Truglio. 

Sales and Leasing Manager Danielle Elo was among the event's 50 attendees.
Photo Credit / Bjorn Bolinder

The Prince Team’s Pop-Up Art Shop reflects TOWN’s ongoing commitment to the arts. Since the firm’s inception, art has played a prominent role within the offices and culture. TOWN has previously worked closely with extraordinary artists such as illustrator James Gulliver Hancock, highly-acclaimed photojournalist Brian Hamill, and historically celebrated photographers to adorn the offices with unrivaled creativity.  Most recently, TOWN collaborated with Twyla, a breakthrough company based in Austin, Texas that collaborates with contemporary artists to create and showcase fine art.  

Eunice's daughters were ready to show off their mom's work!
Photo Credit / Bjorn Bolinder