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Madonna Visits Devastated NYC Rockaway Neighborhood, Speaks About it in Concert: VIDEO

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Madonna visited the hurricane-devastated Rockaway neighborhood of NYC on Saturday, Gothamist reports:

Museum of Modern Art curator Klaus Biesenbach, who has a home there, has been rallying people (including celebrities) to help with relief and volunteer efforts at Aid for Rockaway. He only returned to the Rockaways last week—"my first night in rockaway post sandy.....very dark out here...."— and excitedly noted that stores were re-opening yesterday. He was with Madonna yesterday and later Tweeted, "thanks to madonna for volunteering and keeping the hopes up in the rockaways today!"

Over a week ago, Madonna included her name on a letter from New York artists to Mayor Bloomberg, which notes, "Demographically, it is very diverse and not a privileged area. In recent years, the Rockaways became an incredible inspiration and haven for the artists and creative community of New York. As the Rockaways are, at their best, a melting pot between the local community and the creative energies of the city, it is a location where New York is anticipating and creating the images and dreams we all live on."

She spoke about her visit in concert at Madison Square Garden, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gothamist notes that other celebs spotted volunteering in the Rockaways include Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, and Knicks star Amare Stoudemire.

Information on how to help the Rockaways can be found here.

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  1. Buried the lead! WHERE CAN WE GET THAT HAT!?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 13, 2012 2:10:56 PM

  2. But I thought Madonna didn't do anything for people these days???

    Where are the cunting bitches moaning about Madonna today?


    Posted by: marc | Nov 13, 2012 3:22:32 PM

  3. So Miss Madge drops in for an hour or so and then goes back to taking her clothes off on a stage for the masses. Such charm...not. The woman is an attention-seeker who loves money.

    As for her dedication to gays, it's phony in my opinion. She loves our money as much as Obama does. Sad thing is that we're stupid enough to give it to her.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 13, 2012 4:12:21 PM

  4. Hello Jason—"She loves our money as much as Obama does". What exactly does that mean? Have you been in a tizzy for a week now? You poor disappointed thing, life must be a real misery for you. Bet it's not for Madonna.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Nov 13, 2012 4:50:01 PM

  5. Nice hat Madge,
    Now go back to the slums of Deetroit where you belong.

    Posted by: Sarcastic Medved | Nov 13, 2012 5:16:06 PM

  6. Not earth shattering, but not worthy of shade, either.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Nov 13, 2012 5:41:00 PM

  7. What about Staten Island? Other areas of BK and Queens? Long Island? New Jersey?

    So random that musicians would draft a letter that only covers the Rockaways.

    Posted by: CY | Nov 13, 2012 5:55:05 PM

  8. Going to Rockaway was done for the direct enjoyment of sleazy straight guys. Or something idiotic like that.

    Posted by: Kevin B | Nov 13, 2012 6:09:32 PM

  9. It was actually nice to see here look her age and act like an actual human being.

    Posted by: Darrell | Nov 14, 2012 1:59:56 AM

  10. I thought she was Hilary Clinton. Good to see her and other celebs use their podium for something positive.

    Posted by: anony6 | Nov 14, 2012 3:17:22 AM

  11. Madonna was touched by the Devastating affects from Sandy and so what that she went to the Rockaways it does not mean the other areas were unforgotten.. Most important that we all help in any way we can and where it brings us! I admire her for her and nothing more or less.

    Posted by: Darlin | Nov 18, 2012 8:55:06 PM

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