PCV jewelry designer holding sale to benefit New York Theatre Ballet

Bess Heitner

Bess Heitner

By Sabina Mollot

Peter Cooper Village jewelry designer Bess Heitner will be holding a jewelry sale to benefit New York Theatre Ballet at its new location at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery.

Heitner said she will have about 100 pieces of her fashion jewelry at the sale, taking place on Thursday, April 30 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Twenty percent of the proceeds will go to NYTB. There is no admission fee to the event and complimentary refreshments and wine will be served, courtesy of Pongal, a kosher Indian restaurant in Kips Bay. There will also be a raffle and gifts with a purchase.

Heitner has just designed her spring/summer line, featuring pieces all made from natural materials including garnet, coral, quartz, amber, aquamarine and pearls. She will also have additional pieces, mainly necklaces and collars, and some clearance jewelry. Prices start at $58 (for some of the earrings).

“I made a decision not to sell in stores,” said Heitner. “I was in a high end boutique but (the owner) charged four to five times the price.”

Now the designer sells her line exclusively on her website, bessheitner.com, and through image consultants and stylists. “So I can keep my prices just above wholesale,” she said.

St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery is located at East 10th Street and Second Avenue. The jewelry sale will be held on the second floor studio, which is accessible through the entrance on the East 11th Street side. To RSVP, call (718) 669-0310 or visit the website.

NYCHA buildings getting energy efficiency upgrades

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Nearly 300 New York City Housing Authority developments will be upgraded and retrofitted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate cost savings with at least $100 million in work through a series of Energy Performance Contracts, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced last Thursday.

Facilitated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the upgrades are part of the mayor’s commitment to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The reduction in consumption will also help NYCHA mitigate the impact of rising utility costs to save funds for other building upgrades and repairs.

Utility costs for water, electricity and heat in NYCHA developments have increased 64 percent over the last ten years even though consumption has only increased 9 percent, so the upgrades planned include energy-saving measures for heating plants and distribution, as well as the installation of energy efficient lighting.

The Request for Proposal, released today, will try to find energy services companies that maximize energy savings and cost savings throughout 50 percent of NYCHA’s properties, 89 developments encompassing 87,000 apartments and representing more than 200,000 residents. Currently, the annual utility cost for these developments is almost $300 million. Subsequent RFPs will seek bids for additional properties, for up to 300 NYCHA developments. In the mayor’s green buildings plan, the city has committed to retrofitting all public buildings with significant energy use by 2025 and public housing is a key component to the plan.

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