A Win-Win Situation

Each year, the Jefferson Awards for Public Service looks for the “unsung heroes,” the selfless people who make the world a better place through volunteering and community service efforts. This year, one of those people is Pace Academy Senior Fellow John Cronin, a man with a heart of gold…and now a medal to go with it.

A few months ago, the Center for Community Action and Research announced that renowned environmentalist John Cronin, the Pace Academy’s Senior Fellow in Environmental Affairs, was selected to represent Pace at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington, DC, to compete for a Gold Medal Award. And he came home with it!

Founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as a “Nobel Prize for public service,” the Jefferson Awards recognizes and honors ordinary people who do extraordinary things in their communities.

Time magazine “Hero for the Planet” and former Hudson Riverkeeper, Cronin gave a nod to singer Pete Seeger and Pace in his speech to the audience that included fellow awardees Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and award-winning actress Marlo Thomas. 

“When Pete took me under his wing in 1973, he said, ‘If we all work together we can change the Hudson River; we can even change the world.’ At the time I thought it impossible but his words proved to be the truest I have ever heard. Pace University lives by that credo and has given me the opportunity to reach thousands.  We all stand on the shoulders of giants. I have been privileged to stand on theirs.”

Watch the video of Cronin’s acceptance speech or read more in the press release.

In addition to Cronin’s Gold Medal, the CCAR announced six Pace individuals were selected to received Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for 2010-2011:  Michael Boyle (student), John Cronin (staff), Donald Doernberg (faculty), Naphtalie Librun (student), Yvonne Rafferty (faculty), and Hannah Tall (student).

Baby, You’re a Firework…

If a pyrotechnic extravaganza is what Fourth of July means to you, then you can watch the fireworks shoot across the sky-y-y at a handful of places in NYC and Westchester. Check them out after the jump! >>Read More

If you’re in NYC, there’s only one set of fireworks you should be watching. For 25 minutes, Macy’s will knock your flip-flops off at the country’s largest fireworks display: the 35th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the Hudson River. This year’s electrifying show, “Gift of Freedom,” will feature more than 40,000 fireworks with performances by Beyonce, Brad Paisley, and more, and hosted by Nick Lachey.

In Westchester, keep your options open!

Westchester’s premier amusement park, Playland Park, will be open and lighting up your night with a fantastic show choreographed to music over the Long Island Sound. You can catch the holiday shows on July 3 and 4, and regular fireworks displays every Wednesday and Friday from July 1 through September 1 in Rye.

Kensico Dam Music Fest and Fireworks: Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Kensico Dam Plaza on July 3 for a free show with the Wanderers and the Gerard Carelli Orchestra. The display starts at about 9:15 p.m.

Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks on July 3 stars the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and violinist Charles Yang, at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

White Plains hosts the 2011 Independence Day Celebration a few days earlier on June 30 (rain date: July 1) at the high school. Co-sponsored by Dunkin Donuts, Green Mountain Energy Company, Ben & Jerry’s, David Lerner Associates, Inc., ShopRite, and Panera Bread, the day will feature a Billy Joel Tribute Group, which will bring you back with some of your favorite classics like “Piano Man” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire”; inflatable rides; a kids corner with musical entertainment; food and sweet treats; and a spectacular fireworks display.

An All-American Celebration Concert at the Boscobel Restoration will feature 20-piece jazz orchestra the Big Band Sound on July 4. Fresh grilled food and soft drinks will be for sale and West Point’s fireworks display will be in clear view. Pack your blankets and picnic baskets: gates open for picnicking at 6:00 p.m.

And don’t forget Coney Island, home to Friday Night Fireworks along the beach and boardwalk.

Movies Under the Stars

You can say hasta la vista to the bedbug-ridden movie theaters as the summer season brings you more movies under the stars in NYC and Westchester than you’ll have time to see. Check out what’s playing FREE in a park, on a pier, under the bridge, etc. near you. >>Read More

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival: Mondays through August 22. The Lawn opened up for the season this week with the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But you still have a chance to see some more including Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Easy Rider, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke, Airplane!, Dirty Harry, and more so grab your picnic baskets and blankets and head on over!

Hudson River Park’s RiverFlicks: Wednesdays and Fridays through August 19. Whether you’re interested in the RiverFlicks for grown-ups featuring some of last year’s biggest blockbusters like The Social Network, The Fighter, Easy A, The Kids Are All Right, The Town, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and The Other Guys, or you RiverFlicks for kids like Tangled, Shrek Forever After, Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Princess Bride, and The Karate Kid (2010), Hudson River Park on the west side waterfront has something for everyone!

Family Film Frenzy: select locations in Westchester through August 3. This one will cost you $5, but aside from seeing Despicable Me, Megamind, Yogi Bear, or Toy Story 3, you’ll also have a chance to go swimming before the film starts.

Syfy Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park: Thursdays beginning on July 7 through September 1. Movies include Manhattan, Ghostbusters, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Crooklyn, Rosemary’s Baby, and more! Shorts curated by BAMcinématek and DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off each evening and bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives, sponsored by Bike and Roll. If that’s not Brooklyn, we don’t know what is.

Screening Under the Stars at Kensico Dam Plaza: On July 7, pack your picnic to see everybody’s favorite ogre in Shrek Forever After.

Rooftop Films 2011 Summer Series: through August 20 at rooftops in NYC. One of the best attended film festivals in New York, Rooftop Films brings original programming to, well, rooftops near you. Check out the full schedule of shorts and feature films including documentaries and animated films being screened this year.

Summer on the Hudson: through August 17 in Riverside Park. The Invisible Man, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Birds, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Swamp Thing, and Mars Attacks. Do you see a theme there? Terror through the decades.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach: through August 29 at Luna Park. This one may be a little out of your way, but we know how far some people are willing to go for the Biebs. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Saturday Night Fever, Rango, Top Gun, Iron Man 2, Annie Hall, Moonstruck, and How She Move will all be shown on the beach, with the Cyclone just a literal hop, skip, and a jump away.

Intrepid Summer Movie Series: select Fridays through August 19 at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets aboard to see and celebrate some of our favorite heroes from movies: Back to the Future, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurrasic Park, Spiderman, and The Goonies are all on the docket this summer.

The Elevated Acre: select Mondays through the summer at 55 Water Street. Located more than 30 feet in the air is a full acre where you are not only treated to breathtaking views, but free movies. The Godfather Part II, The Brother From Another Planet, and Desperately Seeking Susan are currently on the lineup as part of River to River Festival.

Weird, Wild, and One-of-a-Kind

BBQs and fireworks are great, but why not try something different this year? Explore the giant balloons at Rainbow City; play Mozart on pop-up pianos; enjoy a running of the stocks through Lower Manhattan; experience NYC in complete darkness; walk the plank at Pirates of the Hudson. Your bucket list is about to overflow! >>Read More

Come Out & Play: Cowgirl Cowhunt, Running of the Stocks, Shadowplay, and More!
An annual festival of street games that turns New York City into a giant playground, Come Out & Play Festival runs through July 16. On June 25, take part in Cowgirl Cowhunt, a 90-minute strategic hide-and-seek variant set in 1919 that casts players as historically important cowgirls, rustlers, or cattle each competing head-to-head to be Queen of the Range. Western attire is recommended…and yes, we’re serious. On July 2, take the roll of a Bull, Bear, or a Stock in Running of the Stocks, a crazy run through the streets of Lower Manhattan. Think Pamplona, but NYSE-style! Also on July 2, cast yourself into the game with Shadowplay, a large-scale street game projected directly onto the walls of New York City. Players jump, dash, stretch, and contort their shadows in a bid to score points by eclipsing objects floating through the game. On July 9, get Hounded, a chase game of scent and cunning. The smell of the city tells a story, so you’ll need to follow your nose across town to uncover this invisible trail before the hounds close in on you. On July 16, Come Out & Play ends the series in a huge Field Day on Governors Island. Enjoy a day of new and exciting outdoor games, from wild new field sports to large social games.

Walk the Plank
Ahoy maties! Pirates will lay anchor in the Hudson and storm Sleepy Hollow at Pirates of the Hudson: The Siege of Sleepy Hollow on July 2-4. Musical pirates, gypsy sword dancers, and scallywags of all sorts will roam the grounds, ready to make you smile while secretly stealin’ yer gold. Wander through Dr. Grymm’s Museum of Oddities and get scarred for life (well, for a day at least) at Lady Molly Roger’s Tattoo Shoppe. Send a maiden on a voyage…to the bottom of a dunk tank! Go on a multi-sensory voyage of your own, if you dare, to the very bottom of the sea: Davy Jones’ Locker. Kids can also take part in the Pieces of Eight treasure hunt, wiggle their way into a pirate shipwreck, and learn to speak and act like a bloody pirate!

Chase the Rainbow
Make your way over to the Highline because that will be your last chance to see FriendsWithYou’s 40-piece interactive and environmental installation of colorful inflatable sculptures at AOL Rainbow City, located in a 16,000 square foot outdoor space at 30th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea. While most art exhibits are completely hands-off, this experience will be the exact opposite, so make sure to check out this blow-up wonderland before the wind carries it away on July 5!

Pop-Up Pianos
Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos have been popping up all over NYC! Their vision, that all New Yorkers— from Rockaway to Riverdale, Stapleton to Sunset Park—have access to the arts, is in full effect with 88 pianos placed all over New York City streets, in parks, and on boardwalks. Until July 2, enjoy impromptu performances on the pianos by members of Sing for Hope’s Volunteer Artist Roster, sometimes a Broadway star, a local songwriter, or even a ballerina.  And let’s not forget you—invite your friends, visit a local piano, and play your favorite tune—from Bach to Happy Birthday. Enjoy!

Dialog in the Dark
You haven’t seen New York until you haven’t seen it. If you’re afraid of the dark, this one may not be for you. An irresistible experience, Dialog in the Dark is a new exhibition that  reveals the best of New York City’s landmarks, sounds, temperatures, and textures in an unforgettable environment–complete darkness! Challenge everything you know when the exhibit opens on July 16 at South Street Seaport next to BODIES…The Exhibition.

Graffiti Mecca
5Pointz is open! Visit 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building. Named for the focal point in which all five boroughs “meet” to showcase street art talent, 5Pointz is definitely a sight to behold.

Bug Off to Governor’s Island
There’s not much that’s strange about mini-golf…unless you’re at Governors Island. Enjoy their FIGMENT mini-golf course built around the creepy crawlies that make our skin crawl. The course will be open for the public at no cost while the island is open, on Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., through September 25.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…by Boat
Baseball is as traditional as they come. Driving or taking the train to see the Yankees or Mets in action is something you’ve done since you were able to walk. But have you taken a boat? This year, forget a regular taxi: head to the Yankees and Mets game in a water taxi…free via the Delta Baseball Water Taxi at South Street Seaport. When all your friends start complaining about the traffic and the train delays, you can tell them all about how your boat docked at Yankee Stadium. No big deal.

Music to Your Ears

From River to River Festival with shows right here at Pace to free Friday morning NYC concerts to the Pleasantville Music Festival featuring Marc Cohn, Augustana, and more, it’s time to get in tune with your Fourth of July plans!

River to River Festival: through July 16

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the River to River Festival brings a ton of FREE events, ranging from music to movies to theater to art to dance, to Lower Manhattan including some right here on campus this month and next.

Coming up at Schimmel:

Theo Bleckmann with Future Quest and Fula Flute—June 25
Theo Bleckmann will perform with Future Quest, a quintet devoted to “re-imaginings” of Meredith Monk’s music. Future Quest is Bleckmann on vocals, saxophonists Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, pianist Gary Versace, and John Hollenbeck on percussion. They will be joined by Guinean music group Fula Flute.

Terry Riley and Ronu Majumdar—July 5
Renowned composer Terry Riley returns to NYC to celebrate his post-75th Birthday. Pace is proud to present minimalism pioneer Terry Riley as he performs Indian ragas with arrangements played by progressive saxophonist George Brooks and Indian bansuri flute maestro Ronu Majumdar.

Brooklyn Rider and Kojiro Umezaki—July 12
Brooklyn Rider, the resident string quartet of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road project, are masters of new music that draws inspiration from various cultures and disparate artistic traditions. Brooklyn Rider will be joined by Japanese bamboo flute master Kojiro Umezaki, also a member of the Silk Road project.

7th Annual Pleasantville Music Festival: July 9
More than 20 acts including headliner Marc Cohn, Sonny Landreth, Augustana, Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea, Scars on 45, Geoff Hartwell, Patti Rothberg, Reignjah, If But When, Remember September, Milton, Lisa Brigantino, and many more will perform on three stages. One of Westchester’s favorite “Save-the-Date” events brought to you by the Village of Pleasantville, WXPK 107.1 the PEAK, and Westchester Medical Center.

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: Fridays through September 2.
You may have missed Gaga and some others, but you still have a chance to catch Florence & the Machine, Beyonce, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, the Goo Goo Dolls, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, Nicki Minaj, the American Idol Top 11, Taio Cruz, and Mary J. Blige FREE at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

NBC’s Today Show Toyota Summer Concert Series: through September 2.
Next up in this free series at Rockefeller Center is Bruno Mars on June 24. Future performers include Pitbull featuring T-Pain and Ne-Yo, Blake Shelton, Chris Brown, Michael Bolton, Cee-Lo Green, David Cook, Journey, Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Enrique Iglesias, Train, and Lenny Kravitz.

City Parks Foundation 2011 Season including Central Park SummerStage: all summer long
There’s something for you every day this summer as our more than 750 parks in all five boroughs host concerts and events this summer. Central Park SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival which has attracted more than 6 million people from around the world, brings more than 100 performances to 18 parks throughout the boroughs.

Seaport Music Festival: July 10-August 14
Right in our NYC Campus’ backyard, the Seaport Music Festival brings free indie rock shows to the waterfront on Sunday afternoons.

The Village Voice 4Knots Summer Music Festival: July 16
Right at the South Street Seaport, a free indie-rock music festival showcasing renowned and emerging artists on today’s breaking music scene including The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, and more! A kickoff show will be held on July 9 with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

Washington Square Music Festival: free concerts in Washington Square, Tuesdays through August 2.

Celebrate Brooklyn!: through August 11
Catch some free concerts under the stars and celebrate the neighboring borough as Prospect Park Bandshell opens up its stage to more than 50 acts all summer long!

Mad. Sq. Music: Wednesdays all summer long
From bluegrass to folk to jazz to soul, Mad. Sq. Music: The Oval Lawn Series runs on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer and presents nationally touring acts. Mad. Sq. Kids Concerts will also be held all summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

International Latino Music Festival at Playland: June 26
Celebrate Latino heritage and musica at Westchester’s Playland Park with Mega 97.9’s Moon Shadow, J’Martin, Jose Alberto, Grupo Aguakate, and much more!

For more free concerts by the day, click here.

Festivals, Fairs, Fleas, and Food, Oh My!

Whether you’re interested in celebrating diversity at one of Westchester’s eight heritage festivals, chowing down on some mozzarepas at one of the dozens of NYC street fairs, or sampling some of the famous food truck fare, you’re just a click and a commute away!

Celebrating Diversity
Each year, Westchester County Parks presents a series of heritage festivals celebrating the rich cultures that represent the Golden Apple. Next up will be the African-American Heritage Celebration on June 26, from noon to 7:00 p.m., at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. Events will focus on celebrating Ujima and include musical groups and dancers, drama and poetry readings, activities for children, vendors selling traditional arts and crafts, and countless types of ethnic foods. Admission and parking are free.

Other heritage festivals in the series are as follows:

  • Italian, July 10, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  • Irish, July 10, noon to 7:00 p.m., Ridge Road Park, Hartsdale
  • Polish, July 17, noon to 6:00 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  • Arab, July 17, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers
  • Hispanic, July 24, noon to 7:00 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  • Yiddish, July 31, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
  • Indian, August 7, 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Farmer’s Market Mayhem
In PLV?  The farm comes to you every Saturday. Stop by the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market and pick up locally-grown products. Cool off with a Go-Go Pop ice pop, with flavors including Pumpkin Pie, Fudgie Wudgie, Blueberry Buttermilk, and more! A list of other markets in the area can be found here.

In NYC? You probably think you see a greenmarket every 10 blocks…and it’s because you do! With 53 markets in the five boroughs, there’s enough fresh products for everyone! Stop by and sample everything from fresh fruit to maple syrup to gelato and even check out some cooking demonstrations from accomplished chefs. Check out this handy list of Greenmarket Farmers’ Markets.

Street Fair Fun
Even more common than greenmarkets in NYC is the sight of funnel cakes and Mozzarepas at local street fairs. Wish there was one every weekend? Well, there is! June 24 will be the Grand Central Festival; June 25 is BAMRA Bleecker Street Festival, Cooper Square Festival, and Sixth Avenue Summerfest; June 26 brings you the Bronx Week Third Avenue Festival, Midwood Mardi Gras, Times Square Block Party, and the annual PrideFest 2011 and NYC Pride March. And that’s just this weekend. Check out this handy list of street fairs coming soon!

Got the Flea itch?
Whether you’re interested in the vintage clothes, the handmade jewelry, or simply the Asian-inspired hot dogs from Asiadog, you’re going to want to dig your nails (and teeth) into one of NYC’s famous fleas. From the uber-popular Brooklyn Flea held in both Fort Greene and Williamsburg to the Upper West Side’s GreenFlea, you can spend your summer weekends under the sun and over the moon.

Find that Food Truck!
As kids, we were all pretty familiar with hot dogs and ice cream out of a truck, but what about waffles, dumplings,  and lobster rolls? You can find where they’re at each day with Zagat’s Food Truck locator and Roaming Hunger. Also, make sure to check out the Food Truck Rally in Prospect Park the third Sunday of each month.

Shake It Up This Summer

From Shakespeare in the Park to Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, the Bard is busy all over NYC and Westchester this season.

Wherefore art thou, Shakespeare? All over the NYC and Hudson Valley area!  Spend one or several of your midsummer nights enjoying one of these performances:

Shakespeare in the Park: through July 30, Central Park
One of NYC’s most popular Shakespeare events, the 2011 season features Measure for Measure and All’s Well That Ends Well with a cast that includes John Collum and Diane Davis. Free tickets are offered to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of each performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, as well as online.

Manhattan Shakespeare Project: July 6–8, St. Nicholas Park, Harlem; July 14, 15, and 17, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
The all-woman Manhattan Shakespeare Company, founded in March 2010,  will show what they’re made of as they bring you free performances of Henry V.

New York Classical Theatre: July 6, 8–10, 12–13, 15, 18–21, and 24, Battery Park and Governors Island
Be a part of this production of “Henry V” in Battery Park (meet in front of Castle Clinton) and Governors Island. Join NYCT and journey with King Henry and his army from England (Castle Clinton/ Battery Park) and travel across the English Channel (New York Harbor) by boat to France (Governors Island), where the bloody Battle of Agincourt will be staged across the huge rolling vistas of the parade ground surrounding historic Fort Jay with a cast of 40! Starting at around 5pm on each day of the performance, people can obtain wristbands required for the free ferry trip provided by Statue Cruises at Castle Clinton, in Battery Park. Performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last about two hours, with no intermission.

Royal Shakespeare Company at Lincoln Center: July 6–August 14, Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Park Avenue Armory
England’s Royal Shakespeare Company heads to New York City and present five plays—As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and Julius Caesar—in repertory.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot: July 7–23 and July 29–August 13, Municipal Parking Lot (corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets), Lower East Side
There’s never a dull moment when a Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production is happening, The show happens while the parking lot is in operation, sometimes with a car parked in the middle of the lot where they were supposed to be. Celebrating the 20th anniversary, The Drilling Company will perform Comedy of Errors, July 7 to 23, and Hamlet, July 29 to August 13. Performances are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm. Some chairs are provided, but you should bring your own for a guaranteed seat. And make sure they’re light: sometimes a car’s owner will come pick up his/her vehicle and the play and its audience will need to accommodate…really.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival through September 4, Garrison
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival celebrates 25 years with an extraordinary lineup. See Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, and Around the World in 80 Days this season next to the Boscobel mansion in Garrison.

Rockland Shakespeare Company presents its 14th annual production, The Tempest, on July 8-10 and 15-17 at Rockland Community College. Performances are held outdoors, so bring a blanket, picnic, and chairs!

The Port Chester Council for the Arts and the Port Chester Recreation Department present Lawn Chair Theatre’s production of As You Like It on August 5-13 at locations including the Girl Scout House in Port Chester’s Lyons Park, Armonk, Rye Brook, and Rye Town.

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July

If you prefer your Fourth of July chock-full of historical re-enactments, old-fashioned games, and ice cream-making demos, then you’ve come to the right place.

Go back in time to Independence Day 1801 with a roar of the cannon and reading of the Declaration of Independence at Van Cortlandt Manor. Patriotic speeches and songs will mark the day while military re-enactors invite everyone to drill and muster. Experience military camp life first-hand during activities throughout the day, and take part in some 18th-century dancing.

You can also skip ahead a little to Independence Day 1851 at Washington Irving’s historic site, Sunnyside. Experience a traditional celebration with activities that include ice cream-making demonstrations, period music, traditional country dancing, and a little bit of “town ball,” the 19th century version of baseball. You can also tour the house, which belonged to Irving, with costumed guides.

Mentioned in the Fireworks section, Caramoor Music Festival will celebrate 300 years of American music on July 1-3. Enjoy a snapshot of Thomas Jefferson’s Music at Monticello, “Yankee Doodle” variations at the Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks event,  and more!

Revolutionary New York Walking Tour: For history buffs and patriots alike, Big Onion Walking Tours traditionally has a tour of significant NYC landmarks from the Revolutionary War. The Revolutionary New York tour hits multiple spots that have American historical significance: the graves of Alexander Hamilton, General Richard Hamilton, and spots connected to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The stop also includes the Fraunces Tavern, where a British cannonball pierced the roof in 1775. For those who really want to feel historically connected on the 4th of July, Revolutionary New York holds the key.

The July 4th Jamboree at the John Jay Homestead will feature patriotic music by the American Colonials Fife and Drum Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, colonial games and races,  beekeeper and blacksmith presentations, lamb petting zoo, hayrides, music, food, activities, a patriotic cake decorating contest,tours of the historic house, and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and Fido, as there will be a Could Your Pet Be a Star? contest and a patriotic pet parade. Don’t have a pet? No problem, SPCA will be there with a pet adoption station.

St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon hosts an Independence Day celebration on July 4 featuring music, speeches, refreshments, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a tolling of the church’s bell–13 times!

Enjoy an Old-Fashioned 4th of July at Muscoot Farm on July 3 by playing old-fashioned games and making ice cream.

The 2010 Pawscar Awards

The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, the people (that’s you) have spoken. So without further ado, we present you with the 2010 Pawscar Awards.

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Almost 150 nominees; 13 categories and 1 write-in. No commercial breaks or fancy music to cut off long, teary speeches. Today, we present you with the 2010 Pawscar Awards (think Oscar, but with Paws). If you didn’t get your vote in on time or have a bone to pick (that’s right, we went there) with the winners, we encourage you to take it to the comments. We welcome your suggestions and feedback, but please keep it polite. Nobody likes a sore loser, after all. We’re talking to YOU, dubious write-in Choate House dungeon.

Additionally, this will be our last themed summer issue, so thank you for checking in on our A to Z’s, freebies, volunteering, and more. We’re off next week for the last time before we resume weekly issues on September 2. Keep your eyes peeled.

Now let’s get on with the show!

Best Pizzeria

Nothing may be “as American as apple pie” but there’s nothing as “New York” as pizza pie. Whether you’re waiting three hours in line at Grimaldi’s or three minutes for that Ellio’s in the microwave, somebody reading this is eating, about to eat, or has just finished a slice of amore. The Pawscar for best pizzeria goes to…>>Read more

Rosella’s, a hop, skip, and a jump from our NYC campus, and in PLV, a tie between Lucio’s and Pizza Hut. That’s right, Pizza Hut. Looks like “America’s Favorite Pizza” is, in fact, a fact.

Now put the frozen pizza down and head on over to one of these local pizzerias!

Best Sweet Eats

We all need a little pick-me-up every now and then, and it’s best when it comes in the form of sugar. Let us whisper sweet somethings in your ear, as we present the Pawscar for best sweets shop to… >>Read more

Crumbs Bake Shop in NYC (and a select few additional locations) and RocnRoe’s Pop Shop in PLV.

Not sure why they call it Crumbs because the cupcakes are so good you’re not going to even leave a trace of a crumb. With dozens of cupcakes to choose from including  fan faves like Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter Cup, Grasshopper, Coconut, Red Velvet, and more, you’re probably going to leave with a bunch of them. And good thing there’s a best seller collection taste pack. In case you’re rushing over there, the August Cupcake of the Month is S’Mores.

Part retro candy shop, part old-fashioned ice cream parlor, RocnRoe’s is a 50’s-style malt shop that’ll give you a taste of the good ‘ol days:  From Mallow Cups and rock candy to jukebox classics to more than 20 flavors that include Cookie Monster and Oreo Bomb, RocnRoe’s is the place to go.

Best Student Organization

With more than 100 student organizations at Pace, we were thinking everyone would have different answers. Well, we were wrong, and it’s obvious you guys have your favorites. The Pawscar for favorite student org or club goes to…

ASPIRE (Alumni, Students, and Professors Influencing Recruitment and Enrollment) on the NYC campus and a tie between the Criminal Justice Society and Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) on the PLV campus.

Stay tuned for more info on Pace’s student organizations and clubs in the coming weeks!

Best Hidden Gem

Let the Bling begin. We asked you to tell us about your favorite diamonds in the rough, and since “Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone” you shared yours. So the Pawscar for best hidden gems goes to…

60 Wall Street Atrium.

Think of the 60 Wall Street Atrium as an indoor public park. A wifi spot. A deli, newsstand, and ice cream parlor with some tables for a lunch date or hanging out. A place most people don’t know anything about. A…well, hidden gem.

And 60 Wall was just one of the bunch of hidden gems you guys picked out. There were no repeats, so no clear winner, but some of our favorites include the Choate House Dungeon (if it actually exists!), St. Margaret’s House Thrift Shop on Fulton Street, shabby chic brunch spot Danal on Fifth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, and the PLV Campus Nature Trail.

Best Place to Volunteer

Last month we had a whole issue on some of the greatest places to volunteer in NYC and Westchester, but it looks like we left out some of your favorites. The Pawscar for best place to volunteer goes to…

Relay for Life in PLV and a range of NYC homeless shelter projects including Sylvia’s Place, WIN (Women in Need)Homes for the Homeless, and hours spent volunteering at shelters with New York Cares.

Every year, Pace hosts the American Cancer Society’s signature event, Relay for Life, on the PLV campus. Student, faculty, staff, and the community gather overnight to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The 2010 Relay for Life of Pace University raised $40,000.

In NYC, you picked Sylvia’s Place, an emergency overnight shelter for LGBTQ youth; WIN (Women in Need), which provides housing, help, and hope to New York City women and their families; and Homes for the Homeless, which provides homeless families the opportunity to move out of the shelters and live independently.

Best Bookstore

While clicking away on Amazon.com is fine and dandy for a too-rainy-to-even-leave-the-house day, there’s nothing quite like going through book aisles and rummaging the shelves to find what you’re looking for. And let’s not even get started on the smell of a bookstore. The Pawscar for best bookstore goes to…

Both campuses united for Barnes and Noble. It was pretty much a landslide.

The only other bookstore that picked up more than a few votes was the NYC-famous Strand Bookstore, known for its 18 miles of books.

Best Cheap Eats

You can bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow…we’ll be bringing our dollars to some of the places you voted for best cheap eats. From hot dog carts, trucks, trailers, and kiosks, to falafel frenzies and dollar dumplings, we’re pretty sure money can buy you a little bit of love. The Pawscar for Favorite Cheap Eats goes to…

Falafel cart on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue (the $5 Halal on Ann Street and Nassau came in second) in NYC and in PLV, 7-Eleven’s burrito rollers, taquitos, and Slurpees are fast, convenient, and pretty amazing, so you say.

Best Place On Campus

We asked you what your favorite place on campus was and it seems like the majority of you in NYC are spending your time in the same place, whereas in PLV, you’re all over the place. One thing’s similar: you both like to take in the fresh air. The Pawscar for best on-campus hang out goes to…

Choate Pond in PLV and the Mortola Courtyard in NYC

Best People Watching

Forget watching TV. America’s favorite hobby is watching people. So here’s looking at you…or us. The Pawscar for people-watching goes to…

City Hall Park

Coming in as runners-up are the balcony at Grand Central Terminal (Gossip Girl style) and pretty much everywhere at Kessel (the patio, benches between there and Miller, and the back of Dining Room A) in PLV. Now you know where to see and be seen.

Best Parks

With millions of acres of parkland in New York State, the million dollar question is: Which park? Click on through and you’ll find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Or is it? The Pawscar for best park or green space goes to…

Central Park and Prospect Park!

 With more than 1,700 parks and playgrounds in New York City alone, there were a lot of options, and students from both campuses favored these great parks. Spanning 1,428 acres between the two of them, so it looks like it’s not a “concrete jungle” after all, Alicia Keys.

Best Professor

We always brag about our exceptional faculty and it turns out you agree with us. Looks like there are a whole stock of A+ teachers here at Pace. And the Pawscar for favorite professor goes to…

Bill Offutt in NYC and Margaret Fitzgerald in PLV.

William “Bill” Offutt, PhD, is Pace famous for many reasons: He’s an associate professor of history, is the guy behind the famous Dyson Houses, and serves as a faculty adviser for the Pforzheimer Honors College.

If you’ve taken law or criminal justice courses on the PLV campus, chances are you’ve had Margaret “Fitz” Fitzgerald, JD, who not only teaches several of these courses, but also is a sponsor for Alpha Phi Sigma and Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Chi so-sponsor.

Best Coffeeshop

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, Pace! We don’t want to the bearer of bad brews, so instead we’ll spill the beans on the best, well, beans in town… Alright, enough of that. And the Pawscar for best place to grab your cup of joe goes to…

Dunkin’ Donuts

Well, it looks like America does run on Dunkin’ after all, as Dunkin’ Donuts was a definite favorite on all campuses. In NYC, environmentally-friendly fair traders think coffee picked up some nods. Additional runners-up include: Jean Jacques and Dragonfly Cafe in PLV and Grounded Organic Coffee & Tea House and Patuca in NYC.

Best Homework Hotspots

Nobody really LIKES to do homework, but it’s all about the atmosphere. Homework in Hawaii? Not the worst thing in the world. Homework holed up in your room? You could do better. The Pawscar for best homework hotspot goes to…

Miller Lawn in PLV and Water Taxi Beach in NYC.

Pace students like to take their inspiration from the great outdoors. So grab your books, your netbook, and your number two pencils and take it outside.

Best Write-In

We asked you to write in any of your favorites that we may have forgotten. While most of you chose to forgo this question, we did get some interesting responses. The Pawscar for best Pawscar Write-in goes to…

…the person who wrote in Favorite Eco Center Animal. While this was an anonymous survey and we have no idea who you are, your answer “the fat chicken that looks like it’s wearing pants!” had us laughing our pants off.

You’ve Got (g)Mail!

If 70 times more e-mail storage space and video chatting and a whole lot of Google is the answer you’ve been looking for, well then we’ve got the question: Why haven’t you signed up for our Google Apps for Education yet?

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More than 8 million students use Google Apps for Education and now, thanks to a partnership between Pace and Google, you are one of them. So what does this mean?

  • Tired of deleting messages to stay under quota? In the words of the great Kelly Clarkson “never again!” Gone are the “Your mailbox is almost full” messages, since you’ll now be getting more than 7GB, which is 70 times more storage space than you had before you went on summer vacation;
  • Your parents may no longer tell you what to do, but fortunately your calendar can. Now you’ve also got Google Calendar, which allows you to share and coordinator calendars and schedule resources from your computer or mobile device;
  • Would you like to overwrite this file? Nope, thanks to Google Docs, a word processing app that doesn’t just give you access to the same document, it allows you to work on it at the same time from anywhere in the world; 
  • KIT (that’s keep in touch) with Google Talk, which supports free instant messaging, calling, voicemail, and file transfer;
  • Let’s do the wave! Google Wave, a team project app that allows you to collaborate in one space using instant talk, polls, and more, from anywhere around the world; See the comment below from our CIO, Ravi, who gave us some (wave) breaking news: Wipe out! 

Oh, and we can keep going: Google voice and video chat; Google Groups; you can even “Google” your own Gmail and find the message you’re looking for in seconds.  You’re going to be all Googled out by the end of the semester. Actually, there’s no such thing. Come on, it’s GOOGLE!

Let IT answer your frequently asked questions and then click here to get yourself started in Google Apps.

For more information on what Google has to offer, check out the Google Apps for Education website.

Your Educational Passport to Success

Resume, schmesume. At Pace, we help you stand out from the other job and internship hunters. Actually, we don’t just help you stand out, we help give you the educational passport to show where you’ve been and what you’ve learned.

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We have one (very powerful) word for you: ePortfolios. An online collection of all your work, ePortfolios showcase your accomplishments, give you the opportunity to creatively represent yourself and your education, and so much more.    

ePortfolios are a means of collecting, selecting, and reflecting on your academic work and other materials that will be useful in your  professional life. You can post files, images, videos, and blogs that show your success and progress as a student while enriching your learning, preparing you for your field of work, and sharpening your technological skills.

Pace piloted the program during the Spring 2010 semester with 20 classes and 230 students, and the pilot was so successful that all Pace students will have access to ePortfolios when they arrive in early September.

Dive into your ePortfolio.  And don’t worry about the how’s. Click here to learn how you can get started on stamping your passport to success!