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This Week on MNN: Manhattan Street Vendors

Community Media, Programming Highlights, This Week on MNN By Lee Walker Helland

The theme for today's installment of This Week on MNN: Street vendors in Manhattan, the issues and concerns they present for borough residents, and what one Community Board is doing to address them. It's a snapshot of the unmatched civic-minded programming available on MNN. Check it out - and share!

“Community Board 8 Speaks”
Thursday, April 3, 9:30 pm
Street vendors: Community Board 8 host Monica McKane-Sanchez discusses the street vendors on the Upper East Side and throughout rest of the city with the board's Vendor Task Force chair, Michele Birnbaum. Part one of two.
More info:
Community Board 8 on Twitter
Community Board 8 on Facebook

Follow MNN on Instagram, Get New Benefits and Prizes!

Community Media, News and Views By Lee Walker Helland

Great news for all lovers of MNN, photography and community media: MNN is now on Instagram, the fun photo sharing site that offers a fun, beautiful way to stay connected to the people and organizations that matter to you. To celebrate, MNN is giving away $200 in gift certificates to B&H, the largest non-chain photo and video equipment store in the country.

Here’s how to enter (you only need to do it once; no purchase necessary):

--Join Instagram (if you haven’t already)

--Follow @MNNnyc (that’s us!)

--Take a photo that illustrates what community media means to you

--Post the photo to your Instagram, tagging @MNNnyc and including the hashtag #MNNheartsmedia in the caption

At noon on Wednesday, April 30th, we’ll draw names at random, and on May 1st we’ll announce three winners, who will get B&H gift certificates worth $25, $50 or $125. So easy.

We know you’ll enjoy sharing your work and staying up-to-date on what’s happening at MNN. We plan to use our Instagram feed to showcase the vibrant lives and amazing talents behind...

Stay in the Dark this March 29

News and Views By Linda Romano

Usually when a politician leaves you in the dark it doesn't end well for anyone. But for State Senator José M. Serrano, leaving NYC in the dark is not only good for the city, but for our entire planet.

Earlier this month, Senator Serrano was at the MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center creating an appeal for New Yorkers to participate in Earth Hour. A global movement, Earth Hour asks people, cities, landmarks, and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a display of their commitment to reduce their environmental impact. A small change? Yes. But, the "small things we do every day can make a better future."

Watch Senator Serrano's appeal, and participate in Earth Hour on March 29!