Donation of LEGO to Cohen Children’s Medical Center from Brickset Community and I LUG NY

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Note: The Daily Bugle and Bounty Hunter Assault Gunship didn’t make the final cut into the donation (replaced by other sets) but I didn’t have the time to take another picture as everything was boxed up and time was running out to get this to the site before noon.

Our love of LEGO has benefited I LUG NY members in many ways and yesterday I had the opportunity to take part in something special to benefit others.

Yesterday, the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York received a donation of new, sealed LEGO sets. I was told this donation of LEGO would go to the young patients in the hospital as well as placed in the playrooms there for patients to use with their families during their stay.  The individuals in charge of accepting donations (Nicole and Colleen) were very appreciative, helpful and quick to respond to all of my questions. Continue reading Donation of LEGO to Cohen Children’s Medical Center from Brickset Community and I LUG NY

Our June Builder Of The Month — Victor Ty

QUEENS RESIDENT VICTOR TY has been at his Lego hobby since he was a young boy living in the Philippines.  He’s lived in Africa, Asia, and traveled around the world before moving to New York City.  After more than 20 years in the fashion industry, Victor enrolled in nursing school and now works as a radiation oncology nurse at a major New York City hospital.  He is the father of two boys — one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder — and says he has been “an advocate for special education, especially for children and adults with autism.”

Victor’s creations are inspired both by his line of work and his other interests, including tennis.  Like many AFOLs, he doesn’t have a favorite theme — “I love Lego, plain and simple” — and he delights in making creations from the selection of elements available on the Pick-A-Brick wall.  He shares his love of the brick by bringing MOCs to his neighborhood Lego Store and now his two kids — as well as his brother and nephews — are Legomaniacs as well.  Now, meet Victor — our Builder Of The Month!  (Interview by Sid Dinsay)

SD:  How did you get into Lego, and how long have you been building?

VT:  I have loved LEGO since I was introduced to it at age 10, and have been building since whenever I got a hold of a set.  Building close to 40 years.  My sons Ben (9) and Nick (14) are avid LEGO builders, as are my brother and his two sons.

One of Victor's sons alongside the building from Wreck-It Ralph.
One of Victor’s sons alongside the building from Wreck-It Ralph.

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