#FLONYC

In poetry, pictures, video, and story, #FLONYC (FLOW-NICE) is an interactive multimedia blog about my work as First Lady and the people I meet.


Inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s “My Day,” I'm revamping the column-concept for the digital age. #FLONYC shows faces of New York City and shines a light on stories too often untold.

Got to cut the ribbon for the 400th school to participate in Grow to Learn NYC: Citywide School Garden Program, a project of GrowNYC and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, in partnership with NYC Parks GreenThumb and NYC SchoolFood.

Launched in 2011, Grow to Learn has given 400 schools access to garden mini-grants, training, material giveaways giveaways as well as opportunities and resources offered by greening and wellness partner organizations and City agencies.

I was always the only black student in my class, and there was a stretch when I was the only black student in the entire school. It was tough – emotionally and psychologically. I was teased, I was chased, and yes, I even was spit at. But I was the first girl in my family to go to college.

I moved to New York City in 1977 — with two possible job contacts, a place to stay and about 35 dollars in my pocket.

Inspired by the extraordinary women at #100BlackWomen. NOTHING can stop us when we unite behind a common goal!

Curious and excited young people  in the bull pen this week. Great conversations with students from Good Shepherd Services’ Red Hook Community Center Beacon and Out of School Time program at MS 442.

At Bethel Gospel Assembly in East Harlem.

If there’s one thing New Yorkers can count on, it’s other New Yorkers. When a crisis happens, we unite and lift each other up. When our neighbors hurt, we roll up our sleeves and pitch in.

On Supporting our Brothers and Sisters in East Harlem

Bill and I offer our deepest condolences to everyone who lost a loved one in the East Harlem explosions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. In the days ahead, we hope you find some comfort in the caring embrace of friends, family and community.

To the neighbors who risked their own lives to run towards the scene and save others - thank you for your bravery. 

To the rescue workers, police officers, firefighters and volunteers - thank you for your round-the-clock efforts and dedication.

Tragedy presents so many unanswered questions, and so much anxiety about the future.

But to all those affected, I want you to know that we are here for you.

I am pleased to announce that the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has secured commitments of $250,000 to assist those suffering from this catastrophe from the private sector. And in the past 24 hours, the Mayor’s Fund has received more than 200 online contributions from everyday New Yorkers totaling to almost $20,000. 

Thanks to the Real Estate Board of New York, Con Edison, the Association for a Better New York, and the families and Board members of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, we will be able to put these contributions to work immediately.

The Fund will coordinate with disaster relief service providers on the ground and fill in gaps where government and other programs are not able to provide services.

Some residents of the destroyed buildings have a network of family and friends to lean on during their time of need.

Others are not so fortunate.

And that’s where the Fund can assist. 

The Fund will partner with supporting organizations like the American Red Cross, Union Settlement, Safe Horizon, Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and others to provide direct help to the community.

And if there’s one thing New Yorkers can count on, it’s other New Yorkers. 

When a crisis happens, we unite and lift each other up. 

When our neighbors hurt, we roll up our sleeves and pitch in as so many of you did this week.

And to everyone piecing their lives together after Wednesday: know that the Mayor’s Fund, the City and your fellow New Yorkers have your back.

To the rescue workers, police officers, firefighters and volunteers - thank you for your round-the-clock efforts and dedication.

Martha shares her incredible story of surviving domestic violence and how a family justice center helped her rebuild her life!