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NYBG, VAUGHN LOWERY, 360 MAGAZINE

Annual Holiday Train Show

‘Take a mystical sleigh ride into a capricious world of architecture and history. An annual holiday event worth traveling across the country and world for.’360 MAGAZINE

NYBG’s 28th Annual Holiday Train Show® Showcases Central Park, with New Replicas of Its Iconic Architectural Treasures, Including Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Dairy November 23, 2019–January 26, 2020 NYBG’s 28th

Annual Holiday Train Show showcases Central Park and its architectural features, including the Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Bow Bridge.

The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show® showcases Central Park—the most popular urban park in America—in the 28th year of this much-loved holiday event. Visitors are transported to a miniature metropolis as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. The Holiday Train Show runs Saturday, November 23, 2019, through Sunday, January 26, 2020.

New replicas of Central Park’s iconic architectural treasures include Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, the Dairy, the Naumburg Bandshell, and two graceful pedestrian bridges. They are arrayed in a tableau with existing Central Park replicas in NYBG’s collection, including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater and the Old Bandstand. In addition, famous New York buildings that are either next to the park or just inside it are on display, including the Plaza Hotel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, part of the American Museum of Natural History.

This year, the Holiday Train Show is presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as the Conservatory’s palm dome undergoes restoration, part of the routine maintenance and operations of the Botanical Garden’s facilities. The spacious, climatecontrolled exhibition space is located on the Conservatory Lawn.

Central Park, designed in 1858 by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, occupies not only the middle of Manhattan but also a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers and in the American imagination. Visited by more people than any other urban park in the United States, it has been featured in hundreds of movies. Perhaps even more important, Olmsted and Vaux’s “Greensward Plan” inspired cities across the country to set aside large open spaces as public parks.

A striking feature of their design was the wide variety of buildings and architectural elements they included to complement the natural setting. The Belvedere Castle was built as a Victorian “folly” on the highest natural elevation in the park, offering visitors a “beautiful view”—the English translation of its Italian name. Completed in 1872, the turreted castle includes Gothic, Romanesque, Chinese, Moorish, and Egyptian motifs. In June 2019, the Belvedere reopened after a 15-month restoration.

Bethesda Terrace opens on the Lake at the heart of Central Park. The 1873 Angel of the Waters sculpture crowns the Terrace’s majestic Bethesda Fountain. In one hand, the angel holds a lily, a symbol of purity. Designer Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a public art commission in New York City, likened the healing powers of the angel to that of the Croton water system, which brought clean, fresh water to the city beginning in 1842.

The Dairy, built in 1870, was intended as a place where children could enjoy a glass of fresh milk, which was not always easy to get in mid-19th-century New York. The hybrid design is a playful combination of a Swiss chalet and a Gothic country church. The Naumburg Bandshell, a neoclassical structure of cast concrete built in 1923, has hosted performers from Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington to the Grateful Dead.

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater was Sweden’s exhibit at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught Olmsted’s eye, and he brought it to the park in 1877.

A theater designed for marionette performances was built inside in 1973. The Old Bandstand was a 1862 Victorian-style cast-iron bandstand designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. It was demolished in 1922 to make way for the Naumburg Bandshell. Also dating from 1862 is the graceful Bow Bridge, the first cast-iron bridge in Central Park. Spanning the Lake between Cherry Hill and the Ramble, its subtle shape is reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist. Designed by Calvert Vaux and originally built of white oak, Oak Bridge crosses Bank Rock Bay and is a popular destination for bird watchers. Both bridges are new to the Holiday Train Show collection.

In the Holiday Train Show, more than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track past re-creations of iconic sites from all five boroughs of New York City, the Hudson River Valley, and other locations in New York State. Artistically crafted by founding visionary Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, all of the New York landmarks are made from natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, fungus, and pine cones. American steam engines, streetcars from the late 1800s, and modern freight and passenger trains travel beneath overhead trestles, through tunnels, across rustic bridges, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. Thomas the Tank Engine™ and other beloved trains disguised as large colorful insects delight children as they whiz by.

Founding Sponsors:

Victoria and Robert Zoellner

Sponsors:

Alpine Associates Management Inc.

LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust

Macy’s

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway.

HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW HOURS:

During the Holiday Train Show, November 23, 2019–January 26, 2020, The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesday–Sunday, and Monday, December 16, 23, 30, and January 20, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., December 26 and 29. The Garden is closed all day on November 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 13 and 24 (Christmas Eve).

PRICING:

All-Garden Pass tickets start at $23 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2–12) and differ during weekends and holiday weeks. Members and children under 2 are free. Advance timed tickets are strongly recommended and are available at nybg.org. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more; contact Group Sales at 718.817.8687. For more information, please visit our Web site at nybg.org

nybg, Yayoi Kusama ,New York Botanical Garden, Japanese, bronx, 360 MAGAZINE

NYBG × Kusama

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) announced that KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, its major 2020 exhibition of work by internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929), will open on May 9, 2020. Tickets for the landmark presentation will go on sale January 29, 2020, at nybg.org/kusama. 

NYBG is the sole venue for KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, which will be on view May 9‒November 1, 2020. The exhibition will include works from throughout her career and multifaceted practice, and debut new works created by the artist such as the monumental Dancing Pumpkin (2020). NYBG is a 250-acre museum of plants that lies just 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan and for visitors to New York, it offers a rare opportunity to view works, including immersive experiences, that encompass Kusama’s entire career. Some of the works on view at NYBG will be seen for the first time in the United States. 

Kusama’s profound engagement with nature will be represented in depth, with multiple installations, including her signature mirrored environments and organic forms, colossal polka-dotted sculptures of flora, mesmerizing paintings, and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation. Sketchbooks from her youth portend Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world that has inspired her aesthetic throughout her prolific career. On view through November 1, 2020, opportunities to experience her work throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall will entice return visits. 

Carrie Rebora Barratt, Ph.D., CEO & The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden, said, “The Garden is uniquely suited to present this once-in-a-lifetime display of Yayoi Kusama’s work for our visitors. An exceptional selection of work invites visitors into her universe, to consider her practice through her unique vision of the natural world. Our subtitle, Cosmic Nature, references her bold investigations of materiality, media, color, form, and pattern that proliferate into an expansive sense of becoming with the cosmos. We are thrilled to mount this focused survey of the work of one of the most influential artists of our time.” 

The exhibition will be installed across the Garden’s 250 acres and in several of its historic buildings. Outdoor works will include large-scale sculptures. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will display a spectacular horticultural tribute to Kusama based on one of her vibrant paintings. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building will feature immersive experiences as well as examples of her earlier work—botanical sketches, paintings, works on paper, biomorphic collages, assemblages—and recent soft sculpture and canvas works. Many of these will be on view for the first time in the U.S. 

Visit nybg.org/kusama to sign up for updates and alerts on the exhibition and related public programming. Tickets go on sale for NYBG Patrons and Members on January 15, 2020. 

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. The Garden is open year- round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit nybg.org 

The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10458

*Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010 ©YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts,

Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York

New Era, Armon Hayes, 360 MAGAZINE, Faust New York, NYC

New Era Delivers

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

In NYC, New Era FW19 featured exclusive product gifting and art installation by renowned graffiti artist Faust. The appointment-only experience exhibited sporty accessories which many fans and fashionistas would flock to. Bringing the essence of street style with the use of video projected urban landscapes, layered with pulsating chromatic lights brought the collection to life.

New Era athlesiure capsule offers core assortment for men and women. Fluid activewear and sustainable outerwear with minimal branding. True to theme, Faust is the ingredient of NYC with authenticity and relevance. Celebrated for his classic calligraphic graffiti writing style which demands your attention. The Faust installation is reminiscent of NYC’s 1980 concrete jungle. An interactive display ideal for social media integration. 

Adding to the heritage of New Era, they offered an exclusive Faust customization bar with original branded patches – attendees had the option to initial and chose from several ‘Faust’ logo embroidered styles onto classic fitted caps. Complete the look with performance fit ‘New Era’ t-shirts branded with true Faust style. New Era FW19 collection available soon at neweracap.com

Kemba

Rising Bronx rapper Kemba releases the video for “Nobody I Can Trust,”the lead single from his forthcoming Sounds Music/Republic debut, Gilda.

Watch it HERE.
Listen HERE.

The visual for the track is set in the 60s. It satirizes American suburbia while breaking down the racial divides that often still plague this nation. It’s a video that is emblematic of Kemba’s keen observations of society’s struggles with inequality, observations which led him to march in Ferguson for Mike Brown and Baltimore for Freddie Gray.

“I think being socially conscious is part of who I am, so it felt good to get back to a familiar place especially at a time like this. I also have seen people who are like the main character, focusing on their own well-being and ignoring everyone else’s plight until it comes knocking at their own door,” Kemba explains. 

In addition to the new single and video Kemba officially announces his new album, Gilda due later this summer. The project features cameos from Portugal. The ManSmino, and Jagged Edge, among others. Executive produced by BrasstracksGilda grapples with stages of grief and the aftermath of loss, reflective of Kemba’s headspace in the wake of losing his mother (the project’s namesake) in February 2017. Kemba raps about family, love, and regret in a poignant, vulnerable way that shows growth from previous works such as Negus.

It makes perfect sense Kemba calls The Bronx—the birthplace of hip-hop—home. He literally carries the genre with him everywhere. Making a name for himself as a fan favorite under the name of YC The Cynic, he dropped a series of lauded projects and songs from 2010 through 2013. Adopting the moniker Kemba, he ignited his rise with the album Negus. In addition to a highly cited interview on Real Late W/Peter Rosenberg, he joined Kendrick Lamar on stage during an American Express-sponsored concert live-streamed online. He kept his head down and continued writing just as any true hip-hop hero would.

Cardi B, Jorja Smith and MØ to play Roskilde Festival 2019

More than 180 music acts will play Roskilde Festival 2019. The Cure, Robyn, Travis Scott, Christine and the Queens, Tears for Fears and many more have already been announced, and they will be joined by 28 new artists from five different continents.

The queen of hip-hop
Straight out of the Bronx, 26-year-old Cardi B is set to headline Northern Europe’s biggest festival. The undisputed queen of hip-hop is responsible for chart-topping singles including Bodak Yellow and I Like It from her debut blockbuster album Invasion of Privacy. With seven Grammy nominations to her name, she is the first female rapper in 19 years to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the first ever to have three singles in the top 10 at the same time.

English R&B and pop revelation Jorja Smith is also heading for the stars: Having won the Critics’ Choice at the Brit Awards, Jorja Smith finally released her acclaimed debut album Lost & Found last year. The 21-year-old has worked with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kali Uchis and Stormzy, and it is no surprise that she is nominated for Best New Artist at the 2019 Grammys.

Early in her career, Danish superstar  enjoyed a breakthrough on Roskilde Festival’s talent stage. Off the back of her new album Forever Neverland, the Dane is ready to conquer the iconic Orange Stage once again.

Head of programme Anders Wahrén says:
“Cardi B, Jorja Smith and MØ are very different artists, but they’re all bonafide stars. From hip-hop to R&B to pop, they’re shaping the musical landscape, and we can’t wait to see them triumph at Roskilde Festival 2019.”

Bring Me the Horizon are back at Roskilde, this time for a rock lesson on the main stage. Reinvigorated stoner hip-hoppers Cypress Hill are also ready for a triumphant return, 23 years after their last visit, off the back of acclaimed new album Elephants On Acid.

All hail the songwriters of the future
Australian artist Stella Donnelly is one of the most hyped songwriters out there despite not yet having released a full album. Tackling very difficult subjects, her razor-sharp lyrics are personal and brutally honest. Julien Baker, equally, deals with tough issues such as sexuality and self-doubt. She is also part of the alternative supergroup boygenius together with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. The latter is also announced today, having released one of the most praised indie rock albums of 2018, Historian.

Virtually unknown outside of London, teenage quartet Black Midi are deemed the next big thing in the UK: Fans of math-rock and noise will have plenty to look forward to here. Plus there’s more from Sophie, Khruangbin, Girlpool and many more.

Roskilde Festival 2019 will be full of talents, and this is reflected in the festival’s Art Zone as well. Danish artists Alexander Tillegreen, Biba Fibiger and Ida Sønder Thorhauge are among the first to be announced for the arts programme along with acclaimed Brazilian artist Assume Vivid Astro Focus who will build a colourful, psychedelic stage in the Art Zone.

The following 28 artists are announced today:

CARDI B (US)
MØ (DK)
BRING ME THE HORIZON (UK)
CYPRESS HILL (US)
JORJA SMITH (UK)
THE ARMED (US)
BARSELONA (DK)
BLACK MIDI (UK)
FATOUMATA DIAWARA (ML)
GAYE SU AKYOL (TR)
HEAVE BLOOD & DIE (NO)
HUGO HELMIG (DK)
JPEGMAFIA (US)
JULIEN BAKER (US)
KHRUANGBIN (US)
LUCY DACUS (US)
NAKHANE (ZA)
SPEAKER BITE ME (DK)
STELLA DONNELLY (AU)
SOPHIE (UK)
SØREN HUSS (DK)
CARPENTER BRUT (FR)
GIRLPOOL (US)
ALEXANDER TILLEGREEN (DK)
BIBA FIBIGER (DK)
ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS (BR)
IDA SØNDER THORHAUGE (DK)

60 music acts have now been announced for Roskilde Festival 2019, including The Cure, Robyn, Travis Scott, Julia Holter, Tears for Fears and Christine and the Queens. A total of 180 acts will play across 8 stages at Roskilde 2019, which lasts for eight days between Saturday 29 June to Saturday 6 July. Find out more and book tickets at Roskilde-festival.dk.

  • Tickets to Roskilde Festival are on sale on roskilde-festival.dk.
  • Full festival tickets are DKK 2100 (approx. EUR 282) (including free access to camping).
  • More artists will be announced soon.
  • A total of 180 acts will play the festival’s eight stages.

ALL ACTS (A-Z)

ALEXANDER TILLEGREEN (DK)
ALMA (FI)
ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS (BR)
BARSELONA (DK)
BIBA FIBIGER (DK)
BLACK MIDI (UK)
BLAWAN (UK)
BRENN. (NO)
BRING ME THE HORIZON (UK)
BROCKHAMPTON (US)
CARDI B (US)
CARPENTER BRUT (FR)
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS (FR)
CONVERGE (US)
CYPRESS HILL (US)
DENZEL CURRY (US)
FATOUMATA DIAWARA (ML)
FLOHIO (UK)
FULL OF HELL & THE BODY (US) DOUBLE SHOW
GAYE SU AKYOL (TR)
GHETTO KUMBÉ (CO)
GIRLPOOL (US)
HEAVE BLOOD & DIE (NO)
HUGO HELMIG (DK)
IDA SØNDER THORHAUGE (DK)
JOEY PURP (US)
JON HOPKINS (UK)
JORJA SMITH (UK)
JPEGMAFIA (US)
JULIA HOLTER (US)
JULIEN BAKER (US)
JUNGLE (UK)
KARKHANA (EG)
KHRUANGBIN (US)
KONSTRUKT (TR)
LUCY DACUS (US)
MAURICE LOUCA ENSEMBLE (EG)
MØ (DK)
NAKHANE (ZA)
NENEH CHERRY (SE)
OCTAVIAN (UK)
PARQUET COURTS (US)
POWER TRIP (US)
RIVAL CONSOLES (UK)
ROBYN (SE)
ROSS FROM FRIENDS (UK)
SCARLET PLEASURE (DK)
SOPHIE (UK)
SØREN HUSS (DK)
SPEAKER BITE ME (DK)
SPIRITUALIZED (UK)
STELLA DONNELLY (AU)
TEARS FOR FEARS (UK)
TESTAMENT (US)
THE ARMED (US)
THE CURE (UK)
TIRZAH (UK)
TRAVIS SCOTT (US)

About Roskilde Festival:
Roskilde Festival is 100% non-profit. All profits are donated to social and cultural charities by the Roskilde Festival Charity Society. The festival is right next to the Danish capital of Copenhagen and easily connected by train, bus and flight (Copenhagen Airport).

With more than 180 music acts in the line-up performing on eight stages and over 130,000 passionate music lovers gathered for a full week, Roskilde Festival is among the most unique music festival experiences in the world. A position the festival has held since the early 1970s.

The full festival journey in Roskilde is an eight-day exploration of music, artistic expression, delicious food, sustainability, love, community and party.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s First Weeks in Washington

In a special Intercept podcast episode, D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim and senior politics editor Briahna Gray join freshman New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for an in-depth conversation about her approach to politics and social media, her thoughts on the 2020 presidential election, and her “out-of-nowhere” congressional campaign.

Listen here.

As a new member of the House Financial Services Committee, she’s already shaping the conversation with her call to raise the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent. Former North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller, a progressive Democrat who served for years on the Financial Services Committee, joins the conversation to talk about the challenges Ocasio-Cortez will face there.

About The Intercept

The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more.

Marieme’s New Track: Tumblin

On her new original song, Tumblin, Marieme pairs a melodic, infectious groove with searing social observations to deliver a message that challenges us to make the most of our potential.

Download and stream “Tumblin” here!

Marieme’s upcoming Los Angeles performances include TASTE at Westfield Century City September 29th, and the Ace Hotel in October 18th. She will perform at the Kick4Life Gala at the Angel Orensanz in New York City on November 1st.

On hundred percent of the proceeds will provide educations to disadvantaged boys and girls in Lesotho, Southern Africa, supporting them to obtain scholarships at schools and colleges in the U.S.

Six months after Marieme was born in the African nation of Mauritania, war broke out between Mauritania and her parents’ native Senegal.

Forced to escape. Marieme and her siblings went to live with their aunt in Senegal while her parents moved to the U.S. It would be five years before her parents would be able to bring the rest of the family to their new home in the Bronx. In the States, Marieme initially learned English through the songs of artists like Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Destiny‘s Child.

On her soulful self-titled debut EP, released earlier this year, Marieme explores themes of identity, self-reliance and evolution. Shondaland praised the track “Be The Change” as the perfect reminder that women have the power to be the change and that we need to use it.” 

Blackbook hailed it as, “chillingly poignantand noted, “We couldn’t think of a better anthem to lead the protestors.

Dancing about Architecture says, “Marieme does that most rare of things, she makes pop that sounds both grown up and wonderfully infectious at the same time.”

Marieme recently discussed the relationship between self-acceptance and style and her experiences with colorism and bullying in a candid interview with StyleLikeU’s YouTube channel. 

Mir Fontane “Bodega” MV

Camden rapper, Mir Fontane kicks off the fall with his new “Bodega” music video, which premiered exclusively with Hypebeast. The Sage English directed visuals were dedicated to Bronx teen, Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who tragically lost his life outside of a bodega this past June and sparked a national outcry for legislation to require small businesses to protect children in danger on their property.

Fontane told Hypebeast, “To me, the bodega always represented a hub for the community… but it also embodies the spirit of the hustle and grind. The owner of the bodega is one of the first true businessmen you meet growing up in the hood.” “Bodega” is the second video off of Mir’s latest EP release, Macaroni Tony, after the release of his “New Friends Ft. Kodi Shane” visuals. Be sure to look out for new music from Mir Fontane this winter.

Macaroni Toni EP: Soundcloud | Spotify | Apple Music | Tidal

“Bodega” Music Video: https://youtu.be/cWcorKQefng

Certified Classics Releases New Big Pun Picture Disc

CERTIFIED CLASSICS RELEASES NEW PICTURE DISC TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIG PUN’S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

2-LP PICTURE DISC VINYL FEATURING ICONIC ALBUM ARTWORK AVAILABLE HERE

CERTIFIED CLASSICS ALONG WITH THE THREAD SHOP & BIG PUN’S ESTATE RELEASED NEW MERCHANDISE WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE

Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, honors the legacy of the late great Bronx emcee Big Pun with the release of a special 20th Anniversary Picture Disc Vinyl edition of Capital Punishment which is available now. Click HERE to purchase.

The 2-LP picture disc vinyl features iconic album artwork (shot by photographer Danny Hastings) from Capital Punishment on each LP side. Capital Punishment, originally released on April 28th, 1998, celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year.
In addition to the picture disc vinyl, Certified Classics, in conjunction with Sony Music’s innovative merchandising company The Thread Shop as well as the Big Pun Estateworked hand-in-hand to create a new Big Pun Capital Punishment merch collection as part of the celebration. Click HERE to purchase.
About Certified Classics
Certified Classics is Legacy Recordings’ division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog. With artists like The Fugees, Maxwell, Nas, A Tribe Quest, Xscape, Aaliyah and many more, Certified aims to pay homage to the legendary innovators of Hip-Hop and R&B by preserving, curating and reissuing repertoire from the 1980s through the early 2000s.
Launched in 2016, Certified creates opportunities to discuss, revisit, and renew interest in a genre that shaped an entire culture, making the leap from a grassroots form of expression to a mainstream juggernaut with staying power. Certified provides contemporary music fans access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic labels that have come through the Sony label system such as Jive, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbiaߞall in an effort to tell stories that help illustrate the impact R&B and Hip-Hop have made on music and the world.

Fresh Produce for Kids

NYC’s Largest Food Rescue Organization and Top Produce Company Team up with Nutrition Education Nonprofit to Address Childhood Obesity and Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in New York City This Summer

City Harvest and D’Arrigo Bros. of New York bring fresh fruits and vegetables to families in Queens through a new partnership with national nonprofit Brighter Bites

Food rescue nonprofit City Harvest and produce company D’Arrigo Bros. of New York today launched a summer-long program in New York City with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that tackles childhood obesity by providing low-income families with free fresh produce and nutrition education. This effort builds on the three organizations’ similar work during the school year to provide free produce at schools with students living in underserved communities, and will increase access to produce for more than 400 families through programs at three summer camps in Queens.

“We believe that increasing access to healthy, affordable food is the key to helping all New Yorkers become food secure,” said Kate MacKenzie, City Harvest’s Senior Director of Programs. “Studies have shown children need to be offered a new food 10-15 times before they’ll develop a taste for it. For many working families in New York City that are struggling to make ends meet, however, experimenting with new foods like fresh produce isn’t always an option. City Harvest is excited to be partnering with Brighter Bites and D’Arrigo to decrease the risk that comes with trying new foods, and help families build healthy habits over the summer.”

According to City Harvest, more than 1.2 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, including nearly one in five New York City children. In Queens alone, over a quarter million residents are food insecure. Through City Harvest and Brighter Bites’ produce distribution and nutrition education programming, parents have the ability to learn which healthy foods their children have a taste for, and the recipe cards and tip sheets that come with the produce each week help them prepare meals in fun and nutritious ways.

Brighter Bites and City Harvest are kicking off programs at three summer camps in Queens that will provide more than 50,000 pounds of produce, along with kid-friendly bilingual recipes and tip sheets in English and Spanish on topics ranging from “Eating the Rainbow” to how bringing kids into the kitchen to help with meal prep makes them more invested in trying new foods.

Each week participating families will receive two bags containing approximately 50 servings of eight to 12 different fresh produce items along with the nutritional educational materials. D’Arrigo is generously donating a third of the fresh fruits and vegetables each week, with two-thirds coming from City Harvest.

“Every family wants to provide the best for their children to help them grow healthy and strong,” said Gabriela D’Arrigo, Vice President of Marketing for D’Arrigo. “As a family-owned business here in New York, we’re proud to partner with Brighter Bites and City Harvest to help our neighbors across the city have greater access to fresh produce.”

Since launching in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 17 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to 200,000 individuals from more than 40,000 families through schools and summer camps in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Southwest Florida, and Washington, D.C. Brighter Bites uses a simple formula for introducing healthy lifestyles to families: produce distribution, nutrition education, and a fun food experience that includes sampling a recipe of the week to see just how great produce can taste. In New York City, parents and community volunteers will pack bags of fresh fruits and veggies for families and teachers to take home for six weeks this summer.

“We know that far too many parents struggle to access and provide their children with fresh produce, particularly during the summer months when kids are out of school,” said Brighter Bites Executive Director Samuel Newman. “Since Brighter Bites established our New York City program in 2017 with City Harvest and D’Arrigo, we’ve been blown away by the kids’ response to trying different kinds of fresh fruits and veggies–often for the first time–and we’re so pleased to be continuing this important work throughout the summer months with these same partners.”

Brighter Bites measures the outcomes of its program to determine impact. Research shows the Brighter Bites model provides consistent opportunities for children and their families to practice healthier behaviors in school and at home:

  • 98% of Brighter Bites parents report their children eating more fruits and vegetables while participating in the Brighter Bites program.
  • Of those, 74% said they maintained that increased level of consumption after Brighter Bites ended.

About Brighter Bites:

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food with the goal of changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. Brighter Bites is an evidence-based, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food. Since 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 17 million pounds of produce and 100,000s of nutrition education materials to more than 40,000 families and teachers in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and Southwest Florida. To learn more about Brighter Bites visit BrighterBites.org.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more, visit CityHarvest.org.

About D’Arrigo Bros. of New York

Family-owned and operated, D’Arrigo Bros. of New York, Inc. has served the New York Metropolitan area for over 50 years, offering a full line of the highest quality fruit and vegetable items available every day of the week. The company is located in a 75,000-square foot. facility in the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx. D’Arrigo takes pride in offering its customers the highest quality produce that can be found anywhere. To learn more, visit D’ArrigoNY.com