Downtown Digest

Tribeca Meet-and-Greet turns five!

The fifth annual Tribeca Meet-and-Greet is slated for September 28. This year, it will be held at Reade Street’s newest business, FasTracKids. But don’t let the name of the business fool you, this function is not for the little ones.

Frankly Wines will provide the libations and there will also be some tasty appetizers. It’s primarily a networking event and it is by no means limited to Tribeca residents. Anyone is welcome so long as the idea of benefiting from some friendly chitchat and the exchanging of business cards seems appealing.

Tribeca Meet-and-Greet is organized by the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. For additional information contact David Cleaver. New business owners are especially encouraged to drop by.

Mr. Squadron goes to Washington!

New York State Senator Daniel Squadron took a trip to Washington D.C. on Wednesday to advocate for “benefit corporations” at a national symposium dedicated to “Public Policy and Sustainable Portfolios.” The Social Investment Forum sponsored the symposium.

In a press release the State Senator said, “In New York and across the country, there are entrepreneurs and investors who want to participate in traditional profit making business, but also want to do good for society and the environment.  The idea of benefit corporations ‘doing well by doing good’ is taking hold nationwide, and New York has the opportunity to become a national leader in corporate social responsibility.

Muslim leaders plan nationwide “Week of Dialogue”

Due to the recent controversy surrounding Park51, a group of Muslim-led organizations convened in front of the proposed Islamic Cultural Center on Monday to discuss countering religious intolerance.

“Once it became a rallying cry for extremists, we had no choice but to stand with [Imam] Feisal [Abdul] Rauf,” said Shaik Ubaid of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York in an interview with the Associated Press.

The Muslim leaders plan to hold a nationwide “Week of Dialogue” in late October, when they will organize open houses at their respective houses of worship.

“We stand for the constitutional right of Muslims, and Americans of all faiths, to build houses of worship anywhere in our nation as allowed by local laws and regulations,” the group leaders said in a joint statement read aloud at Park51 on Monday, according to the Cordoba Initiative website.

The statement continued, “It is our hope and desire that these events will help to allay tensions in civil society caused by the Park51 controversy and will build bridges of understanding that unite and strengthen our nation.”