Why a haunted house?
The haunted house industry is multi-million dollar. Halloween is the second highest-grossing commercial holiday behind Christmas. I can’t think of a more exciting way to raise money for a great cause around this time of the year and getting to have fun serving in the process. Surely, Halloween may have an uneasy history with people like myself a part of the Church, but it is important to distinguish the different aspects of the holiday and know what to reject vs. redeem.
Why in Stapleton?
Stapleton is one of the older waterfront neighborhoods of Staten Island, built in the 1830s on land once owned by the Vanderbilt family. It was a long-time commercial center of the island, but has struggled to revive after several decades of neglect following the building in 1964 of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which shifted the commercial development of the island to its interior.
Plus, when you hear families from the area saying such things as, “no one has ever done anything like this for us before,” it puts it all into perspective.
Why with the NycArtsCypher?
This local non-profit caters to troubled youth through arts and entertainment, teaching them the fundamentals of everyday life using dance, song, design, and an affinity for the urban context. All proceeds will benefit the organization and the kids involved with their programs.