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December Editor's Note

As a born-and-bred New Yorker, I have always maintained a belief that we are at our best during trying times.

City for Display: 

Oct. 29 was a tale of two cities: uptown unharmed and witnessing the unhinging of downtown, and the destruction in Breezy Point, Staten Island and the Rockaways. Since that day, New Yorkers have been banding together to help those in need. Some were left homeless after Sandy swept through, others were in the dark for days. We dedicate our holiday issue to those hit hardest by this natural disaster, and urge you to continue showing your support—the cleanup’s not done yet. A city is the sum of all its surrounding parts, after all, so whether it’s through donations or by volunteering your time, we need your help getting it back on track. We’re all in this together.

NYC Service ( A city government volunteer agency, coordinating outreach efforts for victims. To help, email with your name, email address and borough.

City Meals on Wheels (citymeals.‌org): Donations help feed the elderly and others affected by the storm.
The Mayor’s Fund ( Accepting donations for Sandy relief.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund ( Provides a map for donation centers and where to volunteer.

Occupy Rockaways (interoccupy.‌net): Volunteering to rebuild and help in the Rockaways.

City Harvest (cityharvest.‌org): Provding food for New York’s hungry after Sandy.

Red Hook Volunteers ( Uses volunteers to help clean up devastated homes.

Help U.S.A. ( Providing housing and shelters for those made homeless by the storm.

In this issue we profile several formidable “game changers,” one of whom took an active role in coming to the city’s rescue. That proactive powerhouse is City Council member Christine Quinn. She as well as the others we profiled are all leaders of their industries and, by birth or by assimilation, New Yorkers. They include power CEOs Aaron Shapiro of Huge and Chad Dickenson of Etsy, Jonathan Tisch of Loews Hotels, and Amar’e Stoudemire (the New York Knicks’ power forward). In “Game Changers” they share their convictions and secrets to success.

Levity is also on our list for the issue: Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Peter Dinklage, star of HBO’s Game of Thrones, offers up some wry humor in 20 Questions With. Long before his star turns in Elf and The Station Agent, I met Dinklage, affectionately referred to as “The Dink,” through our Fictionist contributor in this issue, Jonathan Marc Sherman. That was some 20 years ago. The Bennington grads were forces of creativity even back then, and I knew Dinklage’s talent loomed large when I saw him perform Richard III at the Public Theater. For this issue, “Sherm” as Sherman is called by those near and dear, contributed a comedic-noir Christmas-themed one act, Hollywood. Here’s the fascinating part: When I asked him for Dinklage’s latest contact info so I could profile him, he told me he had written the play for Dinklage. How serendipitous for us to have them both in this issue.

Read on.

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