—   En Español.  AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. And beginning in January, we will reach that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation takes effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s upcoming Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid …

— AARP joined Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Leguizamo at Viva Broadway, a free outdoor celebration kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month and sponsored by AARP New York.  The program, held in Duffy Square, included appearances and performances from current and past Broadway stars including Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!), Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera), Emma Pfaeffle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton).  The event coincides with Broadway Week, the semi-annual promotion that offers two-for-one tickets …

—   AARP New York Announces Funding for Three Quick Action Community Projects AARP New York announced three winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Village of Middleburgh, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy and the City of Newburgh. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “From art installations to …

— Hey sports fans, come hang out with AARP and enjoy live music at the iHeart Mets Jam Music Festival on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from noon to 4 pm. You and your family can get autographs from your favorite Mets players and take advantage of the home run derby, the speed pitch, and the batting cage—all for FREE. To attend, be sure to get a Meet & Greet pass at the Central Park SummerStage entrance (Enter the park at E 72nd …

— Do you love to read? Have you ever visited the famous NYC bookstore, The Strand? Well if you have or if you haven’t, stop by sometime during this very special year – The Strand turned 90! As part of the celebration, The Strand is asking customers to submit their photos from the last 90 years. In addition to books, The Strand has fascinating literary events hosted by an array of talented guest speakers and performers every night of the week …

— Pride is ageless! AARP was proud to participate in the 2017 NYC Pride March as part of Governor Cuomo’s contingent. We are proud to be changing the conversation on aging. AARP represented from our Executive Council members, volunteers,  staff, friends, Age-Friendly Albany County partners, and family who came from Buffalo and Long Island and points in-between! We had more than 70 participants this year (and the age range spanned almost 70 years!) including many who rode a bus from Albany, all …

— Have you ridden Coney Island’s iconic wooden roller coaster the Cyclone? Whether you have or not, it turns 90 years old this summer! The Cyclone opened in 1927 and is a 2,640 foot long wooden roller with 12 drops (including an 85 foot one) and 27 elevation changes that takes just under two minutes to ride.  Renovated in 2016 – to restore it to its original condition – the track was made longer and the ride made faster! Some fun …

— AARP is PRIDE. That is why we will be marching in this year’s New York City Pride March in Governor Cuomo’s contingent. The March will take place this year on Sunday June 25th.  If you are interested in marching with us, register here. The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence, and …

— Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Don’t speak Spanish? No problem! They have simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets. So bring your friends and family to enjoy a day at Repertorio!   AARP members and their guests will receive a 25% discount on all shows running from April 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 using  discount code APPLE123. (Discount code subject to availability. Discount not valid on Premium Seating, $17 seats or previously …

— Would you believe that every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen? Hard to imagine but very true. Combating fraud is a priority for AARP New York and that is why we have launching Operation: Stop Scams, a series of shredding events throughout New York State starting Monday April 24, 2017 thru Friday, May 5, 2017 that will allow consumers to discard their paperwork in a safe and secure manner. In a recent report, AARP found that 43% of 50+ voters in …

— So you say that it’s your birthday? This is what AARP Long Island and WHLI have to say about that: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! AARP Long Island and WHLI have teamed up to give you the chance to win some fun and exciting prizes just because it’s your birthday! Make sure to sign up on their website so that you are on the “Birthday Club” list. For more details and to see what you can win visit WHLI’s website.