Halloween is kind of a big deal in the thrift world; where else can you get totally original costumes on the cheap that are (for the most part) 100% flame retardant? Housing Works Thrift Shops are here for you this Halloween, stop by any location and get inspired. Pinching your pennies these days? Get the most bang for $25 at our Buy the Bag Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Stuff a bag full of pre-loved treasures that can work for just this holiday, or really, ANY day.
In the spirit of the season, we’ve collected some fabulous thrifty costume ideas for you courtesy of our charity brethren to the north, Boomerangs (Log Lady, hello!), the sustainable fashion experts …
Posted on October 8, 2014 at 9:44 am
This week we are delighted to partner with New York Comic Con’s Super Week for two events at the bookstore, both featuring Brooklyn Brewery Defender beer! And plan ahead, get your tickets now for our upcoming events I Like Your Glasses (next week!) and Rookie Yearbook Three. We’re honored to be launching an important new anthology, Tales of Two Cities, with an all-star lineup of contributors. We’re hosting launch events for Grace Helbig, Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp, and Darcey Steinke, plus a discussion of the life and work of musician Arthur Russell and our annual Rocktober Sale. That’s just the next two weeks! (And one more reminder: we now open at 9AM!)
Posted on October 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm
ACTION ALERT: NYC Rally & Campaign Kick-off at City Hall
WHAT: Rally and campaign kick-off to expand housing, food, and transportation benefits to all low-income NYers living with HIV
WHERE: Steps of City Hall
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 9th, 12PM (noon). (arrive at 11:30AM to get through security)
TRANSPORTATION: 4,5,6 or J,M,Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; 2,3 trains to Park Place; R,W trains to City Hall
WHO: Allied elected officials, leaders from the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and homeless youth movements, and people directly impacted
Join VOCAL-NY, Housing Works, and other advocates on the steps of City Hall this Thursday, (10/9) at 12PM! Join leaders from the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and homeless youth communities …
Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm
In the coming months, leading up New York Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal in January, we will be hearing more details about what will be needed to implement and achieve the goals proposed in the Governor’s three-point plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020.
The state plan, announced in June, focuses on improved HIV testing to get undiagnosed HIV-positive New Yorkers diagnosed and into care, using all available tools (including PrEP) to prevent the spread of the virus, especially to those at high risk, and better treatment for people who have HIV to keep them at optimal health and to prevent transmission of the virus to others.
The brass ring, however, will be to push …
Posted on October 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm
Federal lawsuit alleges blatant refusal to accept applicants living with AIDS and utilizing a public housing subsidy
Today, two clients of the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of the Sand Castle housing complex in Far Rockaway, New York, alleging housing discrimination that is prohibited by the Fair Housing Act and the New York City Human Rights Law.
The lawsuit, Marcano v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp., alleges that the defendants blatantly refused to rent to the plaintiffs after the plaintiffs revealed that they were clients of HASA, i.e., recipients of a public subsidy living with symptomatic HIV illness or AIDS. In fact, the plaintiffs say, they were informed …
Posted on September 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
Just three short months ago, on June 29, 2014, coinciding with NYC Gay Pride, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo committed New York State to a plan ending AIDS as an epidemic by the year 2020.
In the coming months, the roadmap on how we reach that ambitious goal will get rolled out and begin to take shape. One of the challenges will be for the steps in the implementation plan to include among them not only the biomedical goals—identifying undiagnosed people with HIV and getting them into care; getting those who are HIV-positive on effective treatment and virally suppressed so they remain healthy and to minimize the possibility of transmission to other people; and expanded access to new prevention …
Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm
Tis the season for apple picking, leaf peeping, and, you guessed it, THRIFTING! We’ve got a number of events lined up we think you’ll fall for. Tonight is your last chance to shop Best of Fall at our newly renovated Chelsea Thrift Shop. Don’t miss out on deep discounts on our best seasonal merchandise. Prefer to shop from home? We got you covered with Best of Fall Online. We just slashed prices, too!
Come October, get your jewelry fix when Gramercy hosts an Adornments NYC Trunk Show on Saturday, October 4. The following Thursday, October 9, designer/blogger/stylist Stefany Mohebban returns to our Soho Shop for round two of her super popular Pretty in Thrift party. Come …
Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
The fall season is in full swing at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Celebrate Banned Books Week with a screening of The Outsiders, popcorn and all. Then one of our favorite events, Ask Roulette, returns, and this weekend we welcome the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Plus we celebrate Paul Pope, a new DISH, stories of the suburbs, a new novella, National Coming Out Day, and tattoo stories. There are still more exciting October events we will be announcing soon, so keep an eye on this newsletter and our social media for more information. And, in case you missed it, we have new hours: We now open an hour earlier, at 9AM, Monday through Friday. Stop by early for coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and of course, …
Posted on September 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm