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new york denim days

The First Annual New York Denim Days

#HipNJ, get ready to cross the Hudson River for the fashionista event of the fall!

An exciting festival called Denim Days will be hitting New York City’s streets from September 30th to October 1st. Founders Eric Goldstein and Andrew Olah introduced the Denim Days festival to Amsterdam in 2014. Since then, it has become a staple event for denim fans and fashion lovers. The first annual New York Denim Days seeks to celebrate New York’s take on the versatile thread we all love to wear.

The city’s denim culture will be displayed on Saturday and Sunday, and everyone from fashion bloggers to families is invited to show off their own unique style.

The festival will not only feature live entertainment, food trucks, art, and kids activities, but also pop up shops, vintage showrooms, workshops, and exhibits—all showcasing the indigo process. Over forty-five established brands will be attending, some offering limited edition collections, including BLKSMTH, Jean Shop, Levi’s Made & Crafted, 3×1, and more. Some highlights include live dyeing of denim by Sayaka Toyama, and on-site jean repairs by denimrepair.com, a site dedicated to fixing your favorite blue jeans in an eco-friendly way.

Denim Days’ expansion from Amsterdam to New York proves how eager consumers are to understand what they are wearing. For those in the denim community, it is a chance to share their craft and educate others about the art. Interactive displays from denim brands as well as lectures from experts allow for this opportunity. New York Denim Days lets consumers connect with the people who make the clothing they love. It is a revolutionary event for fashion.

The first day of the event will be hosted at Metropolitan Pavilion. Tickets are available at denim-days.com/ny/tickets for $10 and at the door for $15. Students are $5 with valid identification. Denim Days will conclude at the 18th street festival, in between 6th and 7th avenue, and is free to visit.

Updates on New York Denim Days can be found at @denimdaysfestival on Instagram.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation 13th Annual Champions for Children Gala

One of our favorite #HipNJ charities, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, hosted its 13th annual Champions for Children Gala on Friday, September 15 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, and we were there to chat with the patriarch of the organization, Coach Tom Coughlin

Legendary NBC 4 New York sports broadcaster Bruce Beck served as Master of Ceremonies, joined by “the voice” of the NY Giants, Bob Papa, and toasted the team members of the 2007 NY Giants Super Bowl Championship Team, accepted by Michael Strahan, all of whom are passionate advocates for childhood cancer patients and their families.

“On behalf of the 2007 Super Bowl Championship Team, it was an honor to accept this award from Coach Coughlin’s incredible foundation,” said Michael Strahan. “Coming together as a team to win the Super Bowl was an unbelievable experience; coming together as a team last night, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to support the many local families facing the unthinkable, is what teamwork is all about.”

The event kicked off a weekend of celebrations for the 2007 Big Blue team that captured one of the most legendary sports victories in history, when they defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Ten year reunion events included an excursion to Yankees Stadium and a dinner at Ellis Island. 

For more information on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, visit their website.

Inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Awards Dinner

Inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Awards Dinner

On May 12th, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center hosted over three hundred Museum supporters at New York City’s Plaza Hotel for the Inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Awards Dinner. The evening, which was held on the beloved Montclair figure’s would be-92nd birthday, saluted individuals who embody the qualities that made the New York Yankees icon an American treasure. 

“Although Yogi is no longer with us, the values he lived by are more important today than ever,” says Eve Schaenen, Executive Director of the Yogi Berra Museum. “All proceeds from this awards dinner will support the work we’re doing at the Museum to sustain Yogi’s legacy and the ideals he lived by his entire life, both on and off the field.”

Boomer Esiason, Lou Lamoriello and Robert Wahl awarding the inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Humanitarian Award to the McMullen Family Foundation.

The Museum presented the inaugural Yogi Berra Museum Humanitarian Award to the McMullen Family Foundation for their philanthropic leadership and commitment to community.

The first Yogi Berra Museum Teammate Award went to legendary Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry, Yogi’s close companion and mentee.

The first Yogi Berra Museum Service Award went to NFL stars Devin and Jason McCourty for their charitable initiatives.

The Museum also awarded the first Carmen Berra Award to Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, General Partner and Vice Chair of the New York Yankees.

His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan opened the evening’s program with an invocation. Then the night’s all-star emcees took over: former NFL quarterback and current football analyst Boomer Esiason; and the star of the television comedy series Arliss, Robert Wuhl. The evening concluded with a performance by Jersey Shore mainstays Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, who were joined on stage by Yankee great – and great musician – Bernie Williams! 

The event co-chairs were Lou Lamoriello and Finn Wentworth.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is a nonprofit sports education organization on the campus of Montclair State (NJ) University. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the values of perseverance, respect, sportsmanship and excellence through inclusive, culturally diverse, sports-based educational exhibits and programs. For additional information, please visit YogiBerraMuseum.org.