ACE Launches New NYC Around Town App





Contact: Deana Murtha
Tel: 212.274.0550 x52


The NYC Around Town guide is a free location-based navigation and directory app of NYC neighborhoods featuring deals and discounts at favorite businesses throughout New York City.

New York, NY November 5th 2012– Savvy New York residents and visitors alike with a fondness for dining and shopping can now access reviews, locations, deals, discounts and more from many NYC restaurants and shops by downloading ACE’S NYC Around Town App right to their phone.

Visit to get a free download of NYC Around Town. The NYC Around Town Guide has everything you need to navigate NYC neighborhoods including a detailed map with GPS, recommendations to the best shops, restaurants, hotels and spas, local deals and special promotions. The app creates a more intimate experience for its users by displaying real time positioning and allows businesses to highlight exclusive deals and attractions.

“ACE began in SoHo and has expanded to NoHo, West Village, Midtown and the Bronx.” said Jim Martin, Executive Director of ACE. “Many of the business featured on our app have supported us over the past 20 years in our efforts to help NYC’s recovering homeless men and women achieve self sufficiency through our vocational training program. With our app, shoppers and diners in NYC can join local businesses in their support of ACE programs.”

About ACE:
ACE (Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless) was founded in 1992 by SoHo resident Henry Buhl. ACE works with homeless men and women throughout New York City providing job training and placement, work experience, housing opportunities and a lifetime support network to help participants achieve their goals and establish economic independence. ACE is funded primarily through private donations. For more information about ACE and/or to make a donation, go to

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jim Martin please call Deana Murtha at 212.274.0550 x52 or email at

ACE Celebrates 20 Years at 2012 Gala

Last night, ACE celebrated 20 years of empowering the homeless and improving communities with a star-studded gala at world famous auction house Sotheby’s. The evening began with a display of photographs from the collection of ACE founder Henry Buhl, which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in December. Emcee and Good Day NY co-host Rosanna Scotto and socialite Tinsley Mortimer were among the guests who sipped cocktails and browsed through ACE’s silent auction items.

The main dining area was decorated to resemble the streets of downtown NYC – paper traffic lights hung from the ceilings, table numbers were replaced with street signs and images of gridlocked taxis were projected on the walls. Rosanna Scotto kicked off the festivities by introducing opera singer Jessye Norman, who wowed with her rendition of God Bless America, followed by a hilarious performance from comedian Stewie Stone. Awards were presented to Ms. Norman, Russell Simmons and Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Retail. Additional honorees included longtime ACE supporters Tony Goldman, Denise Rich, Steven Tanger and Cynthia Wainwright.

ACE founder Henry Buhl and ACE Executive Director Jim Martin both delivered inspiring speeches highlighting the progress of the program over its 20 year history. Jim then introduced, 2010 ACE graduate Danny W. Danny spoke of his 30-year struggle with addiction and detailed how he finally bottomed out in 2007. After hitting rock bottom, he worked to overcome his drug problem, found his way to ACE in 2010 and became one of our sweetest success stories. Today Danny is clean and sober and has been gainfully employed for almost 3 years. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Danny left the stage.

Sotheby’s auctioneer Jamie Niven then took the stage for the ACE live auction, with some help from longtime ACE supporter Countess Luann de Lesseps from The Real Housewives of New York City (see photo at the right, of the Countess and ACE Founder Henry Buhl). Items included a diamond  watch from Tiret, two tickets to the Owners Suite at Yankee Stadium, a weeklong stay at the luxurious Tryall Club in Jamaica and the grand prize, a 2012 Chevy Equinox SUV. The crowd generously opened their hearts and wallets, contributing more than $87,000!

ACE would like to thank all of the evening’s attendees and contributors for making our 2012 gala a night to remember. Our 20th anniversary celebration doesn’t end there – over the next few months, we will be spotlighting great moments in ACE history on our website and social media sites. Be sure to keep checking our Facebook (ACEprograms) and Twitter (@ACEnewyork) pages for more information.

Scallywag & Vagabond Spotlights ACE

ACE and Henry Buhl are featured in a new post on pop culture blog Scallywag & Vagabond.  The article features great quotes from ACE Executive Director Jim Martin and Director of Development Maire O’Malley.  Jim says, “We interview candidates and take only those individuals who are serious about change who have shown our board a strong will to succeed and alter their lives.  This is not a one step process to enter our program.  We need to make sure the individuals we support are also supporting us in order to obtain successful outcomes for both sides.”

Check out the full post here:

Highlights from our Spring Soiree

Celebrity Host Tim Morehouse and guests at the Spring Soiree

On April 8, the ACE Junior Committee held its first annual Spring Soiree.  More than 100 people danced the night away at the Crosby Street Hotel in support of the hardworking men and women of ACE.

Our guests had a blast, but as Executive Director Jim Martin reminded everyone, by attending the Spring Soiree, they were doing more than just going to a party, they were giving a New Yorker his life back.  That’s what ACE does, with your help.

The event was featured in Manhattan Society, Scallywag & Vagabond, and Patrick McMullan.  We’re already looking forward to next year’s bash!


Welcome to the new ACE!

ACE Executive Director Jim Martin hard at work

Hi everyone. This is Jim Martin, Executive Director of ACE. I just wanted to introduce myself and quickly mention some of the exciting developments we have going on around here.  It has been a busy couple of months, so here it goes…

First, I should mention our new look! As many of you may already know, the SoHo Partnership was created by Henry Buhl in 1992 to provide vocational rehabilitation services to recovering homeless men and women, and was later followed by partnerships in TriBeCa, NoHo/Bowery and Nolita. Our program participants cleaned the streets and sidewalks of these neighborhoods under our umbrella organization, the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (A.C.E.). In an effort to streamline our organization and put the focus back where it belongs—on our programs and the work we do in the community, we decided to consolidate the neighborhood partnerships to operate as simply ACE.

United under one name for the first time, we still provide the same amazing maintenance services you’ve come to expect from our neighborhood partnerships. Our hope is that, as ACE, we’ll have a more recognizable presence on the streets, alerting more businesses and residential buildings to the services we provide and ultimately allowing us to help even more of NYC’s homeless men and women get back on their feet. Keep an eye out for our new red uniforms on the street, and be sure to say hello when you see our crews out there sweeping!

On to our website. We are so proud of the new design! We hope you will find it easy to use and full of useful information. Check out the world-class photos we’ve posted of program participants, past and present, and be sure to click on ‘Success Stories’ for personal words from some of our recent graduates. Kelvin Williams, who graduated from our program last April, was the guest speaker at our annual Gala last week, celebrating our founder Henry Buhl’s 80th birthday. He did such a wonderful job, we’re planning to post the video of his speech very soon! Stay tuned!

Well, it’s time for me to get back to work. I just want to thank all of you who have supported our program and its mission over the last 18 years. With your support, we have helped make a difference in the lives of thousands of New Yorkers who have become homeless. From everyone here at ACE, thank you!