Museum Mile Gift Shops Donate Proceeds for Sandy Victims
By Kiratiana Freelon on November 19, 2012 10:31am
UPPER EAST SIDE — Now you don't have to feel guilty about holiday shopping: Two Museum Mile institutions announced Sunday that they will donate proceeds from store sales to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The Museum of the City of New York's shop, as well as the soon-to-open new Museum for African Art's online store, will donate 5 percent of gross receipts from Black Friday (Nov. 23) to Monday, Nov. 26, according to spokesman Jeff Simmons.
Simmons said that the museum, located at 1220 Fifth Ave., made the decision late last week.
"The Museum of the City of New York brought up the idea and reached out to the Museum of African Art, since it's practically across the street," Simmons said. "They enthusiastically said 'Yes!"
Susan Henshaw Jones, MCNY president, also heads up the South Street Seaport Museum, at 12 Fulton St.
That institution has remained closed since Sandy, owing to storm-prompted power outages.
"Everyone at the museum was moved by what has happened across the city," Simmons said. "The storm's impact really hit home."