services 02.3.10

Materials for the Arts
Plus: Reader Mail

Among those struggling through the economic turmoil are smaller arts companies and institutions, so vital to the city's well-being.

Materials for the Arts is one of the best ways to help. Started over 30 years ago, the non-profit acts as a middleman between businesses (and individuals) with stuff they don't need and arts organizations that need that stuff badly. It can make the difference between an arts organization surviving or shutting down.

Not only are you doing a good deed for the arts, you're also helping to remove what amounts to hundreds of tons of waste from the city's sanitation system. And there's the tax write-off.

The most wanted items are:
• Chairs, especially office chairs
• Computers (no more than 4 years old)
• Computer related items like scanners, printers, and fax machines
• Household items like irons, dishes, silverware, vases, and lamps
• Frames
• Office supplies
• Paper and posterboard
• Projectors and screens
• Video equipment
• Wallpaper and home decorating supplies
• Miscellaneous - ladders, telephones, answering machines, etc.

Cash donations are always welcome.

While they do have a pick-up service (for donations of material valued at more than $1000), MFTA's own resources are limited, so if you can drop it off, they'll love you even more. Call 718.729.3001 to discuss a donation. You can also learn more at their website,

8 Track v. Cassette Tape
Thanks to those who wrote in – we do know the difference but we certainly weren't very clear in how we described the cassette tote. It's a cassette that's pictured, not an 8-track.

Greek Dossier
"[You] should have included this little midtown gem, 645 5th [51st], which provides a much needed (and free!) art break and a marvelous lunchtime respite from awful days at the office."

"After brunch @ little giant I saw a bunch of people pouring out of a building front and being really nosy I of course went in to see what the fuss was about. Its was Kehila Kedosha Janina Greek Synagogue and it was fantastic. There was a docent/congregant who grew up in the tenement across the street who explained the history of the synagogue and Romaniote Judaism. He was great – like a low-key cross between Jackie Mason and the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Be sure to check out the wall of "Our Boys" in the basement. It is pictures of all the WW2 soldiers who were congregants. One of them was even on the cover of Life. They just ask a donation to get in and it is a short tour but if you are in the neighborhood it definitely worth a visit."

"I can't believe you left Pylos off your list of wonderful places to have Greek food in New York City! Though I can believe you left off two of my favorite places that you'd only know about if you're ever lived in Bay Ridge. First up, Yiannis on Fourth Avenue and Bay Ridge Ave. makes beautiful breads and grills fish in what I'm told is a rather authentic way, and Pegasus Diner on Third Avenue between 86 & 87 makes, for my money, the best avgolemono in town, but only in winter, never in summer."

Neighborhood Faves
"No review of 'underachieving, pasty-faced' Murray Hill (which we proudly call home!) is complete, however, without kudos for our beloved Wild Edibles, 535 3rd [35th/36th] 212.213.8552, which has been a lifesaver for us here in the 'hood. They offer $1 oysters from 2-6 pm every weekday, and their seafood is really top-notch. Although their self-titled 'perfect' lobster roll might be pushing things a bit, it definitely does the trick when we can't make it downtown for our favorite at Pearl Oyster Bar. And Wild Edibles earns big thumbs-up for its salmon and tuna burgers with great fries – not to mention one of NYC's nicest staffs!"

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