Friday 5: Till Death Did Them Part … 5 Couples Dangerously in Love

Contrary to Hallmark’s projection, the meaning of Valentine’s Day is not all chocolate covered strawberries, overpriced flowers and prefix menus to remind the ones who stick with us through thick and thin that we care for them. While the details of St. Valentine’s identity and the good deeds that earned him his sainthood are rather […]

Friday 5: Children’s Books…In Praise of Bad Children

Today’s Friday 5 comes from author Ann Banks, who has reviewed children’s books for the New York Times and Parents magazines. Ann has published seven books for children. Her journalism has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, some of which are still in existence. She serves on the boards of the Writer’s Room, City Lore, and […]

Friday 5: Reading in the spirit of MLK Day

This week’s Friday 5 is in celebration of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and comes from writer Christopher Oklyn.  Christopher was born in Paris, France and grew up in Cardiff, Wales.  He attended Northwestern University in Chicago, where he majored in communications and economics.  He is a recent migrant to Brooklyn and currently works for a Community Development Financial […]

Friday 5: The Benefits of Leading NYWC Workshops

The NY Writers Coalition is looking for volunteers to lead creative writing workshops that provide a safe, supportive environment in which writers can find and expand their voices, take risks in writing, and be part of a non-competitive writing community. Once trained, volunteer workshop leaders participate fully in all workshops they lead: writing, reading aloud, […]

Friday 5: Would the Real Song Please Stand Up? – Sampled Songs turned into New Records

Willie Mae Thorton, also known as Big Mama Thorton, recorded “Hound Dog” in August 1953 under the production of Johnny Otis with the Otis band. The song held the top spot on the Billboard’s R&B charts for seven weeks selling over half a million copies. It was Thorton’s signature growl over the blues and soulful […]

Friday 5: Be Inspired to Blog, Feel the Power of the Blog

Remember Julie Powell, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation cubicle worker in the aftermath 9/11, who cooked her way through Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume I, documented it on her blog The Julie/Julia Project, which later became the book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which […]

Friday 5: Volunteering for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is next week, marking both the beginning of the holiday season and volunteer rush. Many people take the time during this period to give back to their communities which means places like food pantries and kitchens stop accepting volunteers weeks before the holiday. Now, with the fallout of Hurricane Sandy, there has never been […]

Friday 5: Arts & Writing as a Response to Disasters

Hurricane Sandy continues to be felt in the art community when she flooded out art galleries in Chelsea, the Lower East Side, and Red Hook. Yet, arts and creativity is still alive and has maybe even surged in the midst of this disaster as seen by this sketch called Frankenstein by Richard Cox. One way art […]

Friday 5: Best TV Game Show Moments for 10 Days of NYWC Trivia Night

Happy Birthday, Pat Sajak! On October 26, 1946, Patrick Leonard Sajak was born in Chicago, Illinois. Before, becoming a pop culture icon, he wore different hats. He was an English-language announcer for a Spanish-language radio station in Chicago, a DJ for Armed Forces Radio in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, a DJ in Kentucky, and […]

Friday 5: Best Subway Stations for Impromptu Street Performances

Today’s Friday 5 comes from Joelle Blackstock, a NYC Civic Corps volunteer currently serving the NY Writer’s Coalition. She is from Hollis, Queens, and has a BA in Film & African American Studies and a MA in Africana Studies. Her Master’s thesis, “The Scourged Back of Hip Hop: the Commodification of the Wounded Black Body,” explores how the […]