East Village Art Gallery Tour

You are cordially invited to attend a guided tour of some of the most interesting art galleries situated in the eclectic and evolving Lower East Side of New York City.

Available Dates: 
• Saturday, December 10, 2011 
• Sunday, December 11, 2011 
(Numbers strictly limited to 20 persons on each day, so RSVP now! Due to the opening times of some galleries, the Saturday & Sunday tours will be slightly different. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis

Time: Meet at The National Restaurant (8 Rivington Street, NYC, Between Bowery & Christie St.) at 11:30 am. Tours of the Galleries will be completed by 4:00 pm. 

Cost: $100 for members of Friends of the Bridge Art Program and $125 for non-members. The fee will cover lunch and your tour. Funds raised will go towards art supplies, and transportation costs for The Bridge Group Artists to visit area Galleries. Payments can be accepted online. If you are paying online, please fax or email the reservation form below and include which day you want to participate and your contact information.

Please email, fax or mail this RSVP FORM to Ann Hyatt at ahyatt@thebridgeny.org or call 212-663-3000 ext. 379, Fax: 212-663-3181

In the last ten years, the Lower East Side’s buds of gentrification have opened and continued to blossom. Where once were rundown boarded-up businesses, there are now fledgling boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Woven through its tight network of streets, alongside forceful reminders of past history, are a myriad of places to find new and exciting collectibles. Over the last five years a number of new contemporary art galleries have opened establishing the area as the go-to place to find work by emerging artists. This tour, lead by curator Stephen Hepworth with collector and Bridge Board Member Alice Kosmin, will weave a path through the Lower East Side to introduce some of the more interesting galleries and the artists they exhibit.

The afternoon will begin with brunch at The National, where you will meet your guides and representatives of The Bridge. The tour will head off at 1:00 pm moving east and south visiting a number of galleries, seeing their current exhibitions, additional works  by some of the artists they show and meeting their owners. It will end at around 4:00 pm at 47 Canal Street, (between Orchard and Ludlow Street), from where a car service can be ordered, or taxis hailed at the nearby intersection with Allen Street, and the subway can be taken from the nearby East Broadway Station (F line).

You will be given a pack containing a route map, press releases from the galleries we will visit and a printed guide to more galleries in the area for you to discover at a later date. We strongly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. The guides will be present throughout to introduce the galleries and the work they show, answer your questions, and point out places of interest along the way!
Stephen Hepworth was born and brought up in central London and studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He moved to the US in 2007 where he was the curator of the University Art Gallery at the University of California San Diego until 2009, when he moved to New York.                                                                      

Previously he was a curator at Bloomberg Space in London (2002-07), director of the Jerwood Gallery (1998-2001) and The Tannery (1995-97). Independent projects include Into My World: Recent British Sculpture at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut (2004) and the touring exhibition Tailsliding (2001-03) for the British Council.
Alice Kosmin is a New Yorker through and through who has collected contemporary art since the 1980’s, a passion she shared with her late husband. Initially visiting the fledgling galleries of the East  Village, she has followed the New York art world’s migration to Soho, Chelsea and now to the Lower East Side, in addition to making many trips to Europe and beyond in search of the exciting and the new. Alice Kosmin is also a longtime Board Member of The Bridge. 

Hope to see you there!

Urban Garden Recipe For Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake

The runner-up to our Urban Farm recipe contest is Janet Simmons! As judged by Chef Shimbo, an expert in Asian and many other cuisines, who has authored The Japanese Kitchen and The Sushi Experience, below is her fantastic cake recipe with ingredients that can be found in our own Bridge Urban Farms.

Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake

  • 2 cp  flour
  • 2 tsp.  Baking soda
  • 1/3  cp  brown sugar -  I use raw sugar
  • 1/2  tsp.  Allspice /or cinnamon
  • 1/4 cp of bran flakes
  • 1/4 cp of raisins
  • 1/4 cp of chocolate chips
  • 1/4  cp  orange juice
  • 1/3 cp of oil - I prefer mazola corn oil
  • 3 whole eggs  - mix with the orange juice & oil.  

The oven should be between 325 degrees & 350 degrees. As the baker you should know your oven. If your oven has the tendency to over heat you should bake this cake at a 325 & watch it carefully. The cake will bake within 35-45 mins. If you want a crispy edged cake then bake in an aluminum pan.
1. Mix all dry products together, sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg
2. With a mixer, mix eggs oil, juice until it is mixed well
3. Mix together dry & wet ingredients, mix well
4.  add in the raisin, chips into the batter
5.  Use a cake pan no larger than a 9". Oil and flour the pan
     put the batter in -  heat the oven for 5 min. before putting cake in
     Bake at 325 degree -  bake for 40-45 mins. Let cool!! 

For a  real treat add some delicious ice-cream  on the top grab a spoon!!!
Put on go tv show, ignore the phone and indulge yourself to sheer bliss!!!
Bone petit !!!!! YUM!!! 

Urban Farm Recipe Contest Winner

Felice's Urban Garden
The recipe contest we ran last month was a big success! Featuring the ingredients we are growing in our two Urban Farms, the goal of this contest was to continue our healthy eating education efforts. Renowned celebrity chef Hiroko Shimbo has chosen the winner and 1 runner-up who will get their recipes published here on our blog. Chef Shimbo is an expert in Asian and many other cuisines, and has authored The Japanese Kitchen and The Sushi Experience. We are pleased to announce that Felice Milani's Butternut Squash Macaroni is the winner! She will receive a $100 gift card to The Central Park Boathouse restaurant. Felice has her own urban garden where she grows sweet peppers, bell peppers, chili peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and scotch bonnets. She is a Queens Public Defender and hopes to expand her garden this spring to include eggplant and squash. The runner-up is Janet Simmons with her Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake. Please see the winning recipe below and the Carrot Cake recipe will follow shortly. Congratulations to our winners!

Butternut Squash Macaroni
  • 1 pound macaroni twists (the long macaroni)
  •  Boil the water until rolling, add the macaroni and cook until the macaroni sticks to the wall. cooking the noodles in either chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water is also good.
  •  1 two-pound butternut squash
  • Preheat oven to 400F. Cut squash in half, lengthwise and rub cut side with olive oil.
  • Place cut-side down on a baking sheet and roast for 60 to 75 minutes or until completely cooked and soft.
  • Scoop out flesh while still warm and break apart with a spoon. Timing-wise, finish the squash roughly the same time the pasta and the sauce is cooked so that it's still warm.
  • OPTION 2 - just buy the frozen butternut squash from the supermarket (it takes about 2 containers).
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped small
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 16 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
In a saucepan, melt the butter on MEDIUM heat til shimmery. Stir in the onion as it's prepped, then the nutmeg and white pepper, cook til onions soften. Stir in the flour and mix well. A tablespoon at a time, add the milk .Stirring often, let the sauce come almost to the boiling
point, it will thicken slightly. Add the cheese and let melt, adjusting temperature.

COMBINE: In a large bowl, break the squash apart, mashing it really, with a wooden spoon. Stir in the hot, drained pasta and combine well, distributing the squash throughout. Stir in the sauce and combine well. Transfer to a greased baking dish. If you like, sprinkle the top with pimenton or paprika, or breadcrumbs.

BAKE: Return dish to room temperature. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes til hot and bubbly throughout. To add color to the top, place under the broiler for 2 - 3 minutes, watching carefully so not to burn. When covered with foil, holds its temperature for a good 30 minutes.


Bridge MoMA Show in New York Nonprofit Press

Last week, our Bridge Group Artists show at MoMA was written up in the New York Nonprofit Press (NYNP)! The show will run at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education & Research Building at MoMA (4 West 54th Street) until October 30st. Then, starting November 15th, the show will move to The Bridge (248 West 108th Street, Gallery 300) with the opening reception at 1:15pm that day, and an additional reception at 7:00 pm. The exhibition will be on display from November 15 – December 15, 2011 at The Bridge and all pieces will be for sale.

Bridge Groups Artists show IMAGINATION

Michael Blamo with his works
The Bridge Groups Artists show "IMAGINATION" at MoMA was an amazing success with a record turnout of over 150 people. We had distinguished guests including Bridge Board members, donors, staff and clients, and of course The Bridge Group Artists themselves. For all the photos from the event, visit our Flickr albumThe show will run at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education & Research Building at MoMA (4 West 54th Street) until October 30st. Then, starting Tuesday, November 15th, the show will move to The Bridge (248 West 108th Street, Gallery 300) with the opening reception at 1:15pm that day, and an additional reception at 7:00 pm. The exhibition will be on display from November 15 – December 15, 2011 at The Bridge and all pieces will be for sale.

Thank you again to Carrie McGee, Gordon Sasaki, and Francesca Rosenberg, head of the Community and Access Program at The Museum of Modern Art, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and Judith Raskin Rosenthal, founder of The Bridge Group Artists. Please enjoy these short videos of a couple of The Bridge Group Artists describing their journey to create their amazing works of art. 

If you didn't get a booklet of all the amazing art at our MoMA show this week, download it here free!

Join The Friends of The Bridge Art Program

We invite you to join The Friends of The Bridge Art Program. This is a diverse group of people working together in support of The Bridge and the close to 2,000 New Yorkers it helps each year. The Friend’s mission is to promote The Bridge Art Program to new audiences. 

Members will blend their talents to raise awareness and funds for The Bridge by hosting and participating in fun, unique and festive social/networking events, in relation to the Art Program, especially the MoMA Exhibit and the Art Exhibit at The Bridge headquarters each Fall. Activities may include art tours, studio visits, lectures and other events that the Committee sponsors. The Committee is composed of people from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. All share the basic desire to make a tangible difference in the life of Bridge clients through the arts.
To Join: A donation to The Bridge of $25 will provide a one year "Friends" membership. You will be contacted shortly after joining with more information. You can mail in a check made out to "The Bridge" or donate electronically. Please contact Ann Hyatt, Director of Development and External Relations, with any inquiries at t:212.663.3000 ext.379 or ahyatt@thebridgeny.org
248 West 108th Street
Attn: Ann Hyatt
New York, NY 10025

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011 is Oct. 2-8. In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness' (NAMI) efforts to raise mental illness awareness. Since 1990, mental health advocates across the country have joined together to produce activities and events to promote awareness. At The Bridge we are always working to promote awareness about mental illnesses and provide innovative and cutting-edge services to our clients. We will celebrate MAIW all month long!

Profiles of Success: Carol Love

Carol Love was first referred to The Bridge through the New York state Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) program. She stayed on as an IPRT client and was working toward a goal of going to school for medical billing and coding. Carol has been living independently for 8 years now, and prides herself on her organizational skills and work ethic.

Carol got her working start at The Bridge in a stipend clerical position in residential services. “I was happiest when I was working,” she says. She did such a good job that the staff she worked with advocated for her to be hired as a part time employee. In May of this year Carol got her wish, and is now working 3 days a week as the Assistant to the Residential Intake Coordinator processing packages, filing, and handling correspondence for residential services.

Her favorite part of the job is processing the packages and assigning numbers to files because she gets to use her organizational skills. Carol said of Bridge vocational Services, “they helped me learn organizational and people skills, have the right attitude, increase my typing speed and work as a team. They helped me learn about my own work ethic and were very encouraging. It was a privilege to have worked with them.” She continues to get vocational support through The Bridge PROS and Ticket to Work Programs.