Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #113   

Below is a story that appeared in Town & Village today.  Austin Herzing, a concierge at the Gramercy Park Hotel, asked us to help him get the word out about this important campaign to promote awareness and funding for research on HIV/AIDS.


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  Thursday, August 18, 2011 


Gramercy Park Hotel concierge biking to put the brakes on HIV/AIDS  


By Sabina Mollot  


Braking the CycleAustin Herzing, one of the concierges at the Gramercy Park Hotel will soon be heading off to a marathon, three-day bike ride from New York to Boston, in the hope of promoting awareness and funding for research on HIV/AIDS. 


The event will directly benefit the HIV/AIDS services of the LGBT Community Center on West 13th Street.

Additionally, to kick off the 285-mile ride, Herzing will be spearheading a community event at the hotel to raise funds for the project, called the "Braking the Cycle" campaign.


Herzing said he chose to get involved with the cause after learning someone in his social circle had been infected with HIV.  Subsequently he became educated on new kinds of research and medicine that's helping those presently affected to live longer and have a better quality of life.


"It puts things into perspective," said Herzing. "There's a lot people can do to help."  


The event, scheduled for Sunday, August 28th from 6-8 p.m, will be held on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel.  It will include passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and the suggested donation is $100 per person.


To attend or for more information, Herzing can be reached at or at 724-344-3968.


For more information about the "Braking the Cycle" campaign or to make a donation, visit


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