Community Activities, Dec. 18, 2014 | amNewYork

Community Activities, Dec. 18, 2014

Photo by Liz Ligon courtesy Friends of the High Line

All NYPD Precinct locations are accepting donations for those in need. This December, the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program takes your gift of a new toy, wraps it, and then distributes it to children. Through the first week of 2015, drop off coats in good condition for the New York Cares Coat Drive. Also through the first week of 2015, the Canned Food Drive accepts donations to be distributed by City Harvest. To participate, visit any NYPD Precinct. The 10th Precinct is located at 230 W. 20th St. (btw. 7th & 8th Aves.), the 13th Precinct at 230 E. 21st St. (btw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), and the 18th Precinct at 306 W. 54th St. (btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). For more info, call 646-610-5323.

Photo by Liz Ligon courtesy Friends of the High Line Their app and your feet create a joyful noise, at the “High Line Soundwalk” portion of Make Music Winter.
Photo by Liz Ligon courtesy Friends of the High Line
Their app and your feet create a joyful noise, at the “High Line Soundwalk” portion of Make Music Winter.

Thirteen becomes your lucky number, when Make Music New York celebrates the first day of winter by hosting a baker’s dozen of parades. Streets, parks and other public spaces are enlivened with the joyful noise of artistic expression, as marchers become the medium. Beginning at 2 p.m. at 6th Ave. & Spring St., composer Daniel Goode leads a “Soho Gamelan Walk,” with participants drumming on the hollow cast iron fronts of buildings (gloves recommended!). At 4 p.m., meet at the basketball courts by the W. Fourth subway stop for “Village in Volume celebrates In C” — a global celebration of the 1964 minimalist work by Terry Riley. Bring your own instruments (large cue cards display musical cells, which will lead participants through the piece as well as along the route around Washington Square Park. At 5 p.m., meet below the High Line at Gansevoort & Washington Sts., where the first 100 people will receive on-loan speakers from Friends of the High Line. You’ll need them for “The Gaits: a High Line Soundwalk” — whose free smartphone app turns footsteps into twinkling metallic sounds, electric guitar chords, dulcimer notes, water splashes, car horns and applause.

Free. Sun., December 21. Parades begin from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in four of the five boroughs (sorry, Staten Island).  Info at makemusicny.org.

Through December 26, Gotham West is accepting applications for affordable housing rental apartments at 530 W. 45th St. The size, rent and income requirements can be found at the website 530West45.com. To apply online, visit NYC Housing Connect at nyc.gov.housingconnect (click on “Apply for Housing” and select “530 West 45”). Each applicant may submit only one application. Duplicates will result in disqualification.

Recycling your electronic products has always been good for the environment — and in 2015, it becomes the law. New Yorkers have many options when it comes to disposing of TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, tablets, printers, DVD players and other electronic devices. Apartment buildings with 10 or more units can enroll for a pick-up program, at nyc.gov/ecycle. Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy and Staples will accept your unwanted goods — and on the website of your favorite brand, find info about free mail-back programs. Donate or sell working electronics by visiting nyc.gov/stuffexchange. For more info, visit nyc.gov/recycle.

—Scott Stiffler    To be listed, email info to scott@chelseanow.com.

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