Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pachanga Is Back In Time For Halloween

Pachanga New York brings you a one of a kind Latin Halloween party this October 31st in Battery Park!

"Get ready to dance the night away in this New York one of a kind water side venue"
Battery Garden
on the harbor inside Battery Park
opposite 17 state street
cover: $10 at the door

(For more information visit this link)

In DR This Would Be Called A "Cortame La Vena" IMix


Source: MUG

As with all such roundups, this list represents only a small sampling of volunteers opportunities in the city, but it should be enough to get you going. It's organized by categories to help you pinpoint your interests, though some organizations cast broader nets than their particular category. Finally, a good place to start is with the 'umbrella' organizations at the bottom of the page, which enable you to choose from among hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the city.

Birch Family Camp
Housing Works
Miracle House
Momentum Project
Village Care

Animal Haven
City Critters
Stray from the Heart

NY Philharmonic
Playwrights Horizons

NY Foundation for Senior Citizens
Visiting Nurse Service

Green Guerillas
NY Restoration Project
Transportation Alternatives

Anti-Violence Project
Community Center
Heritage of Pride
Human Rights Campaign

Bowery Mission
Coalition for the Homeless
Habitat NYC
Partnership for the Homeless

NY Eye and Ear
New York-Presbyterian
NYU Medical Center
St. Luke's-Roosevelt

City Harvest
Food Bank
God's Love We Deliver
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
NYC Coalition Against Hunger

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Children's Aid Society826NYC
52nd Street Project
I Have a Dream
Kids for Community
Learning Leaders
Literacy Partners
National Urban League
NY Foundling
NY Youth at Risk
Only Make Believe

Big Apple Greeters
National Archives
NY Aquarium
NY Public Library

Bill of Rights Defense Campaign
Planned Parenthood

NY Cares
One Brick
Volunteer Match
Volunteer NYC
Volunteer Referral Center

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Dominican Fashion Week

Dominican fashion week is here with the nation's best designers putting their talents on display. This is the third year of Dominican Moda with designers Robert Flores, Gutierrez Marcano and Sully Bonnelly opening up festivities. The event will run through next Saturday with 35 scheduled events throughout the week.
For a complete schedule, see

Monday, October 13, 2008

Yaz We Have A Winner!

Nina Garcia has spoken. We are listening. Who's design can we live with?

Last spring we wrote about the YAZ: Step Up and Go Beyond Contest, a one-of-a-kind design contest aimed at creating a contemporary and fashionable new carrying case for YAZ®

Wait no longer, Yaz, we have a winner!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Discover - Rosalía Royo

Saw Rosalía Royo perform after the Huecco concert last night at BAM. I assure you the program description did her NO justice.

artist on the smoother, sexier side of Iberia’s burgeoning music scene: the keen-eared, classically-trained guitarist/singer Rosalía. Steeped in Spanish folklore, Latin rhythms, and jazz, Rosalía’s guitar lines are lush and sinuous, guiding the listener/vagabond into the most unlikely nooks and crannies of modern Spanish culture. "

A Food Tour of Argentina, From North to South

This class will take you on a voyage to Argentina, transporting you from north to south so that you can experience various recipes and creations one might find in Gran Chaco, the Pampas, and Patagonia.

Led by native Argentine Sebastian Grimaldi, who has cooked in some of that country’s best restaurants, including his own, you will discover a variety of flavors and methods for preparing meat, poultry and fish, as you make Empanadas Salteñas (meat-filled empanadas from the Salta Province); Empanadas Buenos Aires; Humitas Norteñas (humitas from northern Argentina); Bifes a la Criolla (Beef Creole); Entraña a la Parrilla con Chimichurri (grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce); Guiso de Calabaza, Lentejas, y Chorizo (pumpkin, lentil, and chorizo stew); Lechón Arrollado Azado (roasted pig); Cordero Patagonico (Patagonian lamb); Flan de Dulce de Leche; and Tarantella.

The Institute of Culinary Education
Tue 10/14/2008
50 West 23rd Street

Budget travel sites to keep you out of the red

With stock prices falling like acorns, budget-centric websites are rising to the top of more vacationers' bookmark lists Read on

LA LEÓN 'unfolds like poetry' - The NY Times

A film by Santiago Otheguy
Playing at Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street / (212) 924-3363
For tickets and showtimes visit:

When Rio Paraná joins Río de la Plata, the river splits into several branches forming a complex labyrinth of wetlands known as the Paraná Delta in Northern Argentina. Amongst the meandering canals, the locals navigate in make-shift crafts, with only a few boat-shuttles connecting the delta with the outside world. This enigmatic and mysterious setting is home to Alvaro (Jorge Román), a man who leads a simple, lonely life harvesting reeds and fishing.

The only link between this isolated and boundless territory and the city is the water-taxi “El León.” Its captain, El Turu (Daniel Valenzuela), is a violent and intolerant man who is threatened by Alvaro’s homosexuality and is set on harassing him, only to reveal the desires that underlie his fear.

Santiago Otheguy’s beautiful award-winning feature, is yet another outstanding example of the ravishing nature of Argentinean film.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Listening - - Victor e Leo - Nada es Normal

SWOOSH: We Really HEART Nike

In my never ending quest for the freshest and hottest, I, Brenda, am your emissary of adventure. Recently, I pushed myself to my athletic limit during a 3-day sojourn to Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Yes ladies, I have a very tough job.

I have always considered myself athletic -- by that I mean purchasing sneakers and cute workout outfits every 6 weeks so that I can look tip top for my Wii virtual fitness partners! But now after visiting the Mecca of all things competitive, my inner Latina Warrior goddess has been reborn.

Although athletes in Oregon and urban Latina fashionistas are the not the most obvious of bedfellows, the synergies became crystal clear to me as I toured their facilities, met with management, and even got to rub elbows with Olympic greats-Andrea Duran. We share a tireless pursuit of excellence and an unending desire to always step it up a notch. Cynicism aside (hard to do but breath deeply for a minute)…Nike inspired me!

Nike is a corporation that lives and breathes that same vision that we here at Casa Naranja all share. WHAT A TRIP! Stay tuned for the fresh preview of the PHATTEST sneaker/collection I was privy to.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Your Pirate-Proof Mexican Getaway


The temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling, your thoughts are heading south—and the stock market is doing all of the above. Translation: vacation time. The cure for your not-yet-winter blues? A little place called Campeche: an undiscovered Mexican colonial town with serious south-of-the-border potential.

Right at the base of the Yucatan, Campeche is a former conquistador capital on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico—a Spanish port down in Mayan territory, once frequently attacked by English and Dutch pirates. Besieged and beleaguered, the government put up walls and bulwarks that stand to this day (protecting you from those still-marauding Brits).

For maximum peace of mind, stay at the Hacienda Puerta Campechea 17th-century villa built as a buccaneer-proof refuge, now refashioned as a luxury resort. Try out the Zazil Ha Mayan massage in the in-house spa, take a few laps through the indoor-outdoor pool, or hit the Gulf for some Yucatan sun and fun. Then head back to the oversized woven hammocks in your suite for an old-school siesta, before rallying for a Mayan-Mexican feast on the open-air terrace.

Think of it as the ultimate booty call.

Hacienda Puerta Campeche,
Calle 59, No. 71
Campeche, Mexico
+981 816 7508

Thursday, October 2, 2008

YIC Benefit for El Museo Del Barrio

Hola queridos/queridas,
I sit on the planning committee of the YIC Benefit for El Museo Del Barrio and am so excited about the upcoming benefit "fiesta". I would love to see you all at the event on October 24th. It promises to be quite the Latin fiesta!!

El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s premiere Latin American Art Museum, will host its 6th annual Young International Circle Benefit on Friday, October 24th at the West Side Loft at 336 West 37th Street. More than 500 international professionals, philanthropists and art aficionados will attend to support the community and education programs at the museum. Guests will enjoy a hot Latin night of cocktails, dancing, and a silent auction.

Festivities begin at 8:00 PM.
West Side Loft
336 West 37th Street

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