Posted on January 18, 2010
It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and to celebrate here in New York, you can get out there and donate your time to the Day of Service being held across the city. Community Service projects are being touted with the slogan, “It’s a day ON, not a day OFF.” You can check the website serve.gov/mlkday for a list of suggested events in your community. (At the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, for example, New Yorkers can help by making kits for hospitalized children, preparing meals for the homeless, and more. The JCC is at 334 Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street; 212 505-4444) Over at New York University, an entire week of events is being presented; they run the gamut from films to lectures to exhibits and community service initiatives. Check nyu.edu for details. The littlest freedom fighters can head over to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan all day today, from 10 am to 5 pm (212 West 83rd Street; 212 721-1234). The Martin Luther King Jr. Festival features crafts projects, a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir, and discussions of Dr. King’s work. To cap off the evening, the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space is offering a free evening of music built around the theme of peace and justice. (2537 Broadway; 212 505-4493). So get out there and celebrate, New York--and do some good in the process.