Biz Ghormley, Director of Development & Communication, ASCNYC
ASCNYC Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Awards Ceremony:
Attendees to include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; New York State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; New York City Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick, Inez E. Dickens, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, and Rosie Mendez
WHAT: ASCNYC Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Awards ceremony attended by NYC dignitaries.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:00am, Ceremony will commence at 10:30am sharp
WHERE: ASCNYC Central, 64 West 35th Street, 3rd floor, between 5th – 6th Avenues
WHO: ASCNYC is a one-stop community resource that annually helps over 3,000 New Yorkers affected by HIV and other chronic conditions make positive changes toward health, housing, recovery, and self-sufficiency. Our nationally acclaimed peer training, access to healthcare, and harm reduction services promote empowerment, stability, and connection to community.
Reception, awards ceremony, and tours of the site to be held Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
New York, NY – On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, ASCNYC (ascnyc.org) will host an Open House Celebration to showcase its new and expanded program site, and to recognize the $905,000 capital grant from The Manhattan Borough President and The New York City Council that made this move possible.
At the ground-breaking ceremony in late 2014, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer noted, “Too often, the social services must work in offices that do not match the caliber of their care and service. This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure ASCNYC can serve New Yorkers in a beautiful space that reflects the quality of its work.”
Now entering its 25th year of service excellence, ASCNYC is one of New York City’s premier multi-service community organizations, promoting positive change for New Yorkers who are seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV/AIDS and many other chronic medical conditions.
ASCNYC has expanded our services beyond HIV/AIDS to include hepatitis, diabetes, addiction, mental illness, and other chronic conditions. We’ve forged powerful partnerships with New York City’s biggest and best hospitals—New York Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, and others—to ensure immediate access to high-quality care. Our new housing program in the Bronx is providing safe, beautiful homes for 70 formerly homeless New Yorkers with chronic illnesses. Our harm reduction and recovery programs are expanding through our new OASAS-licensed Outpatient Drug Treatment clinic in Washington Heights and via partnerships with needle exchange programs.
Confirmed attendees include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; New York State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; New York City Council Members Inez E. Dickens, Daniel R. Garodnick, Ben Kallos, and Rosie Mendez; and NYC Council Member Corey Johnson’s Chief of Staff, Erik Bottcher.
The new site consists of two floors featuring state-of-the-art offices, plus counseling, training, service delivery, and meeting areas designed to optimize ASCNYC’s outstanding services and accommodate the organization’s ongoing growth. The Midtown Central office is one of ASCNYC’s five service sites, including the Keith Haring Harlem Center, CASA Washington Heights, Luis and Lillian’s Outreach Center (Lower East Side), and Pelham Grand (Bronx).
“We are thrilled about our new, custom-designed space in the hub of Herald Square,” said ASCNYC Executive Director and CEO, Sharen I. Duke. “This conveniently located site was thoughtfully designed to provide even more effective and welcoming services for the thousands of people who turn to us for help each year. The move to larger quarters coincides with a period of major expansion as ASCNYC begins its second quarter-century of cutting-edge services.”
ASCNYC is helping more people in more places and in more ways than at any other time, and this new home is a wonderful symbol of that success. The event will feature guided tours of the new space, a reception, and the presentation of awards to elected officials and others who have facilitated ASCNYC’s trajectory of growth.
The 23,896-square-foot space was secured by Marc Shapses of Savills Studley (a leading commercial real estate service firm), custom-designed by architect Murray Levi, and built-out by contractor Toma Krasniqi.