MT- Community 09.19.12

MT- Community 09.19.12

Fort Washington Library closes (for the day)

The Fort Washington Library branch will close for a day to allow for painting.
The Fort Washington Library
branch will close for a day to
allow for painting.

The Fort Washington Branch of the New York Public Library, located at 535 West 179th Street, has announced that it will be closed on Sat., Sept. 29th in order to facilitate painting.

For more information, please call 212.927.3533.

Voter registration event

The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrants’ Rights (NMCIR) is holding a voter registration drive for anyone looking to become more civically and politically engaged. The event will also feature immigrant consultation for all prospective citizens.

It will be held on Fri., Sept. 21st from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the STAR Senior Center located at 650 West 187th Street (between. Broadway and Wadsworth Avenue).

For more information, please call NMCIR at 212.781.0355 or visit

White House internship opportunity

The White House offers young men and women from across the country the opportunity to dedicate their time and talents to better the White House, the community, and the nation. While their tasks vary by department, all interns are united through weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members, off-site field trips, and mentorship opportunities. The internship experience includes an emphasis on service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.

The application deadline is Thurs., Sept. 20th.

For more information, please visit

Local artists on display at Councilmembers’ offices

René De Los Santos’ work is on display at Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez’s District Office.
René De Los Santos’ work is on display at Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez’s District Office.

Two new art exhibits will be on display this week at the offices of elected officials.


This Thurs., Sept. 20th will feature the opening reception for RoughAcres/RL McKee’s new solo exhibit, “Ties That Bind” from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Councilmember Robert Jackson’s Washington Heights’ office, 751 West 183rd Street, between Ft. Washington Avenue and Magaw Place.

Consisting of 27 photographs organized in nine aluminized 8 x 10 print triptychs, “Ties That Bind” challenges the viewer to recognize commonality among scenes of life in the city (including Washington Heights and Inwood), the country, and on the coastlines of the United States.

“Each of the photographs illustrates a state of being, attitude, or sensibility which I felt was common to all locales and the people who inhabit them,” said McKee. “One triptych explores the state of wonder, for example; another, an attitude about mobility; a third exemplifies a sense of isolation.”

The photographs cover locales from San Francisco to Fire Island, and include several from within the Councilmember’s district.

For more information, please contact Juan Ignacio Rosa or Martin Collins at 212.928.1322.


The artwork of noted Dominican visual artist René De Los Santos is currently on display in the District Office of Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, located at 618 West 177th Street, Ground Floor. The exhibit is available for viewing Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

De Los Santos, a self-taught fine artist born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, has participated in various workshops accompanied by professors Manuel P. Gómez and Hollingsworth in Hostos Community College. His art reflects a figurative style of painting, expressing a somewhat astral composition. His work has been exhibited in many collective expositions such as “Essence & Colors of Dominican Artists” in Providence, R.I., “Uptown Arts Stroll”, “ADAVARTE II & I- The Visual Arts Festival of Washington Heights & Inwood”, “Transición, Imagenes y Colores,” Centro Communal Tamboril, “Dominicans Breaking Through,” Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura in the U.S., “Noche Artística in DA Heights,” ARKA Lounge, and “The Power of Art” in Washington Heights & Inwood, NYC, which was organized by the Alliance of Dominican American Visual Artists (ADAVA) as part of the Arts Stroll of 2007, just to name a few.

This is the third installment of the District Office’s Community Artists exhibit, and is titled Presencia Eterna. 

For more information, please call the District Office at 917.521.2616.

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