info 11.30.12

Miracle House
the skint

THE MORNING LINE Photographer Joseph O. Holmes—Joe Holmes of joe's nyc to MUG readers—has a new print available through Jen Bekman's 20x200. The title of the print is The White Oaks, and it captures a moment of stillness in a snow-covered Prospect Park. It would make a great gift.

Miracle House came into being in 1990, the idea of Wayne Davis and Nancy Sweetser. Friends were ill with AIDS and when relatives and friends came to visit and care for them, they realized that New York City posed an additional set of problems, including housing. For longer stays, apartments can be too small, hotels too expensive. Having to cope with the complexity of New York while trying to comprehend the life-threatening medical situation of their loved one seemed unnecessarily cruel.

So, Mr. Davis and Ms. Sweetser set up a shared residence where the families of those with AIDS and other critical illnesses could stay at a reasonable rate, cook their own meals, and get moral support from each other and from volunteers, especially at the daily sponsored breakfasts and twice-a-week dinners. The midtown building has five three-bedroom apartments that provides a haven for over 1,000 family members each year.

Ms. Sweetser passed away in 2008 but her contribution to making New York a more humane city carries on. You can help by donating—through the end of the year, contributions (up to $25,000) will be matched. And read why Carl Bernstein and his wife, Christine, give to Miracle House.

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

fri 8pm: the love show presents 'dance mayhem: a grindhouse ballet', a burlesque/cabaret tribute to exploitation films. theatre 80, $15 online with promo code 'skint (reg $20 adv, $25 door).

fri-sat 11am-8pm: the give good holiday market is the first market specifically for women-owned sustainable businesses, including 25+ vendors for clothing, jewelry, kids, handbags, food, others. plus, film screenings, craft workshops, art exhibits, more. starrett-lehigh building (601 w 26th st).

sat 6-10pm: nyu's mfa students open their studios to the public at 34 stuyvesant and 383 lafayette

sun 7pm: taste mac 'n' cheese from 25 competitors and vote for the winner at k+m bar's mac 'n cheese cook off for sandy relief. $10-15 suggested donation.

sat-sun local designers, crafters, and vendors come out in full-force at holiday markets this weekend: williamsburg's holiday handmade cavalcade, soho's bust craftacular + food fair ($3 admission), and the hester street fair holiday market


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