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DHS Partners with Fashion Center BID for Annual Kite Flight Event

On Sunday, September 22, approximately 100 children and parents from six City shelters participated in the eighth annual "Kite Flight," overlooking the hustle and bustle of the City from atop the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

Sponsored by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID), the event is often the first opportunity for many New York City-raised youngsters to experience the fun of kite flying.

This year, as in the past, the attendance of shelter groups was coordinated by DHS' Director of Special Events, Antonio Rodriguez, in the agency's Office of Communications & External Affairs. Although the event is open to the public, the BID specifically invites and accommodates shelter groups for the yearly tradition.

"We always look forward to this unique experience, as it offers families a bird's eye view of Midtown Manhattan, and a chance to try their hands at something new," said Mr. Rodriguez. "It is amazing to witness the sense of pride and satisfaction that the kids receive from watching their kites sail through the air. We are so grateful to the Fashion Center BID for always including us in this great opportunity."

In addition to the making and flying of kites, attendees also enjoyed a variety of art workshops, live music, circus performers, face painting and refreshments.

Comprised of a network of 26 business improvement districts, the Fashion Center BID aims to sustain and improve the vibrancy and vitality of Midtown Manhattan's Fashion District. The BID covers the areas between Fifth and Ninth Avenues, from 35th Street to 41st Streets.