July is full of outdoor concerts and events that celebrate the human spirit, from the NYC Triathlon to the Disability Pride Parade. See the two free sports programs for kids below, support for residents of Pine Management buildings, plus a free Small Business Clinic that my office is hosting with several City agencies to make life easier for small business owners. Spread the word!
Kids ages 5-18 can take free tennis lessons three days a week in July and August at the Brandeis High School Complex located at 84th st between Amsterdam and Columbus Ave. Free rackets and equipment are provided during the lessons, and tournaments and events are planned for all ages during the season. Just show up the day you want to play – there's no need to register in advance, and attendance on any given day is optional. This is a great program, and I'm proud to sponsor it with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. See the flyer.
Own the Court, a free basketball camp for girls, will take place on three Saturdays in July at Sol Bloom Playground. The camp is for girls ages 8-14 and starts Saturday, July 16th. It's sponsored by Goddard Riverside Community Center, Larks, and Ladies Who Hoop. See the flyer.
The Second Annual Disability Pride Parade is here! It’s a heartfelt celebration of the community of people with disabilities, and it’s wonderful to be a part of it. This year the parade starts at 11am on Sunday, July 10 at Union Square Park, and it goes up Broadway to Madison Square Park, where there will be a festival and huge celebration until 4pm. Learn more.
Calling all small business owners: my office is hosting a Small Business Clinic with the NYC Department of Small Business Services on Monday, July 18 from 3pm-7pm. We will hold workshops on lease negotiations, neighborhood best practices, and business violations. The Departments of Health, Environmental Protection, and Sanitation as well as pro bono business attorneys will be on hand to answer your questions. The clinic will be at Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 150 West 83rd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam), and is open to current business owners or potential business owners. Please see flyer for details on how to sign up to speak to a pro bono attorney and the workshop times.
Tenants of Pine Management can meet with tenant advocates and receive legal advice at a meeting on Tuesday, July 19, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. I'll be there along with Council Member Mark Levine, Housing Conservation Coordinators, representatives from the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and Darryl Vernon (Vernon & Ginsburg, LLP). The meeting will be at Goddard Riverside at 593 Columbus Avenue at 88th Street. See the flyer.
The free sunset concerts at the Riverside Clay Tennis Association are one of my favorite things about summer on the Upper West Side. They take place almost every Saturday at 7pm in Riverside Park near 96th Street. See the calendar.
The New York City contracting process can be tough to navigate, so I’m hosting a free Request for Proposal (RFP) Access Workshop with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). The event will include an overview of NYCEDC real estate opportunities, RFP requirements, RFP selection criteria, tools to access financing, networking, and ways to stay informed about upcoming RFP opportunities. Click here to RSVP.
The New York City Triathlon returns to the neighborhood on Sunday, July 24th. Thousands of athletes will swim in the Hudson River, bike along the West Side highway, and run through Central Park. Learn more on how to watch these very impressive athletes in action!
See you in the community!
Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24
Small Business Clinic
Monday, July 18, 3pm-7pm
Location: Redeemer Presbyterian Church at 150 West 83rd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam). Wheelchair accessible.
FREE. Council Member Helen Rosenthal is sponsoring a Small Business Clinic with the The NYC Department of Small Business Services. There will be workshops on lease negotiations, neighborhood best practices, and business violations. The Departments of Health, Environmental Protection, and Sanitation as well as pro bono business attorneys will be on hand to answer your questions. Please see flyer for details on how to sign up to speak to a pro bono attorney and the workshop times.
Meeting for Tenants of Pine Management
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: 593 Columbus Avenue at 88th Street
The meeting is to discuss current building issues and respond to tenant concerns. This is an opportunity to obtain vital information and have your questions answered by a group of tenant advocates. Scheduled to attend are: Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Council Member Mark Levine, Housing Conservation Coordinators, Representatives from the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and Darryl Vernon (Vernon & Ginsburg, LLP).
St. Agnes sponsors New York Philharmonic Gala with Yo-Yo Ma
Tuesday, July 19, 5pm
Location: St Agnes Library, 444 Amsterdam Ave (Between 81st and 82nd )
FREE. This is a screening of a performance from 9/25/13. The New York Philharmonic’s opening gala concert features music director Alan Gilbert and special guest cello soloist Yo- Yo Ma. The concert features dance-inspired orchestral works, including Azul by Osvaldo Golijov, a cello concerto written for Ma; the world premiere of an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s La serie del Ángel by Octavio Brunetti, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic; and a classic by Maurice Ravel, Alborada del Gracioso. Lincoln Center Local partners with your local library to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center’s finest performances directly to your neighborhood.
Astronomy Live: Come Fly with the Mars Band
Tuesday, July 19, 7pm
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Central Park West at 81st street
Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, and the musicians of The MARSBAND, including Keith Patchel and Tenzin Kunsel, for an immersive exploration of the Red Planet. Experience the Martian landscape up close, accompanied by a live performance, as you fly around the planet in an educational, musical meditation. Tickets: $15 ($13.50 seniors, students); $12 Members. Learn more.
A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan // Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 pm
Location: Damrosch Park (Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St)
The season’s festivities kick off with one of our city’s greatest living artists and a true Renaissance woman. For this extraordinary evening, the writer behind celebrated memoirs Just Kids, which won the National Book Award, and the “achingly beautiful” M Train (New York Times) presents an evening of poetry, prose, and acoustic music. In moving between these forms, Smith will channel the city’s creative energy as only she can, bringing a folk-informed approach to experimentalism that has endeared her to artists and audiences the world over. // The all-female, Latin Grammy–nominated group Mariachi Flor de Toloache underscores the cosmopolitan, only-in-New York vibe of the evening with their virtuosic ranchera interpretations of traditional Mexican songs, Latin dance tunes, jazz standards, and pop hits, sung in both English and Spanish. Learn more.
New York City Triathlon
Sunday, July 24th
Each year, thousands of athletes brave the waters of the mighty Hudson River before biking along Manhattan's West Side highway. Finally, athletes put on their running shoes for a run through New York's famed Central Park in the final stage of this iconic race. Learn more.
Monday, July 25 – Sunday, July 31
Request for Proposal (RFP) Access Workshop
Monday, July 25th, 10:30am – 12pm
Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W 59th St (between 10th & 11th Avenues), Haaren Hall, Room 624
Please join the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Councilwoman Rosenthal for a RFP Access Workshop. Through this workshop, we want to increase transparency and allow for greater access to NYCEDC RFPs. This event is available to all New York City developers and contractors, including emerging M/W/DBE firms. The event will include an overview of NYCEDC real estate opportunities, RFP requirements, RFP selection criteria, tools to access financing, and ways to stay informed about upcoming RFP opportunities. This event will also provide a networking opportunity for participating developers and contractors. Click here to RSVP.
Special Preview: Indignation
Tuesday, July 26, 7:30pm
Location: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street)
Based on Philip Roth's novel set in 1951. Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on a scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. Once there, Marcus's growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon) and his clashes with the college's imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family's best-laid plans to the ultimate test. Tickets: Members $9, General Public $12
Community Board 4 Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 6:30pm
Location: High Line Park, (West 14th Street and 10th Ave)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party
Saturday, July 30, 10:30pm
Location: Book Culture Columbus, 450 Columbus Avenue (between 81st and 82nd)
FREE. Join us for the release of the eighth story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production. Indulge in Harry Potter themed drinks and snacks, be sorted, and wear a costume to be entered in a raffle – all before finally diving back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Make sure to pre-order before the event to make sure you get your hands on a copy! This event is free and for all-ages, while our location on 112th Street is simultaneously hosting a release party geared towards adults, although all are welcome. Learn more.
Free Community Tennis for Kids 5-18
July 8 – August 19. Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 2pm to 5pm
Location: Brandeis High School Complex located at 84th st between Amsterdam and Columbus Ave
FREE. New York Junior Tennis & Learning is hosting free tennis for kids ages 5-18, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Council Member Helen Rosenthal. Just show up any day of class to register. This is not an “application” – no one is turned away or put on a waiting list. Attendance on any given day is optional. Free rackets and equipment are provided during tennis lessons. Tournaments and events are planned for all ages during the season. Specific daily schedules based on age & ability are established at each site. Site Directors will provide you with specifics at the time of registration. See the flyer.
Own the Court: Free Basketball Camp for Girls
Saturdays, 3pm-6pm. July 16th, 23rd, & 30th.
Location: Sol Bloom Playground, West 92nd Street (between Columbus & CPW)
FREE. Ages 8-14. Sponsored by Goddard Riverside Community Center, Larks, and Ladies Who Hoop. See the flyer.
Free lunch concerts every Wednesday in July and August: Opera, Jazz, Klezmer
Every Wednesday starting July 6th, 12pm-2pm
Location: Richard Tucker Park, at Broadway and 66th Street
Starting next month, you can grab a bite every Wednesday and head over to Richard Tucker Park, at Broadway and 66th Street for free lunchtime concerts. The concerts are sponsored by the Lincoln Square BID and MTA Arts & Design’s Music Under New York. “No matter what your taste in music – reggae, beatboxers, jazz, or blues – you can hear it for free this summer during the wildly popular Free Lunchtime Summer Concert Series every Wednesday from Noon until 2:00 p.m. this July and August.” For schedule information, visit the Lincoln Square BID site here.
Announcing donateNYC, Program to Increase Reuse of Second-Hand Goods!
The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced the launch of donateNYC, a program designed to make finding and giving second-hand goods easier for New Yorkers. donateNYC provides residents with a website and mobile app to help them search by material and location to find the most convenient place to give or find reusable goods. For local nonprofit organizations in need of donated goods, or businesses looking to donate, donateNYC offers an online materials exchange where they can connect, donate and receive reusable goods. The donateNYC website is nyc.gov/donate.
NYC Souvenir Design Studio
Daily, July 1-31, 201
Location: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
Nothing says “I Love New York” like a souvenir. Visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan brand new NYC Souvenir Design Studio to create amazing memorable souvenirs using real NYC MTA Subway maps and MetroCards, or turn hilarious “only in NY” moments into plush stuffed animal keychains. NYC Souvenir Design Studio programs are made possible with the generous support of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Materials for the Arts. Recommended for children age 6 & older.
Upper West Side Greenmarkets are open for the summer season
Pick up fresh, locally-grown vegetables, orchard fruit, potted plants and flowers, honey, fresh seafood, breads, pastries and more. Cash, EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP checks are welcome at all Upper West Side farmers markets. EBT Users — starting July 1st, spend $5 and receive $2 in Health Bucks to spend on fruits and vegetables. Looking forward to see you at the market! Find one near you here.
Applications for Lowline Ambassadors Program Open!
Thursday, July 7
Designed to deepen and expand the Lowline’s commitment to youth education and engagement, this program builds upon over 3 years of the Lowline Young Designers Program, and will offer profound opportunities for youth capacity building, learning, and community outreach. The Lowline Young Ambassadors Program will help prepare 16 rising juniors for careers and educational paths in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) fields. Young Ambassadors will acquire, enhance, and refine their communications and leadership skills through participatory experiences such as facilitating community design charrettes, leading tours for visitors at the Lowline Lab, and spearheading design-based activities for families and school groups. In addition, each Young Ambassador will receive a $1,000 scholarship for their participation in the program. Learn more and apply here.
Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett
June 21 – September 18
Location: American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (between 65th and 66th Streets)
The art of Ronald Lockett (1965–1998) speaks to the universality of the human condition through the lens of lived experience in the American South. Fever Within, the first retrospective on the artist, emphasizes the themes Lockett explored over the course of his decade-long artistic career. Working within the artistic traditions of found materials, he addressed subjects of racial, economic, and political unrest, including the unfulfilled promises of the civil rights movement and environmental degradation. Largely unrecognized in his lifetime, Lockett fits squarely into evolving histories of American art in the late twentieth century. The exhibition is on view at the same time as a complement presentation, Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die, which borrows its title from an artwork by Lockett.
Yoga – Evening Salute to the Sun
Every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm
Location: The Plaza at 66th street, in Riverside park
Summer on the Hudson brings back the ever popular Hatha yoga with Hollis, featuring beautiful sunsets over the Hudson River. Suitable for all fitness levels. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. Learn more.
Warren Oates: Hired Hand
Location: Film Society of Lincoln Center
With his rough-hewn face and gruff demeanor, Warren Oates had the kind of offbeat, chameleon-like screen presence that could only have belonged to a star of the freewheeling New Hollywood of the 1960s and ’70s. On the occasion of a new digital restoration of Leslie Stevens’ Private Property, featuring Oates in his first significant screen role, the Film Society will celebrate the actor’s inimitable stamp on classics of the American New Wave and cult favorites alike with such memorable films as Stripes, Badlands, Two-Lane Blacktop, and more! For more info, visit filmlinc.org/oates
Workshop: Carnival of the Instruments!
July 18 – July 22
Location: Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street
This summer, BSM is running a week-long workshop "Carnival of the Instruments" designed to introduce children to the wonderful world of music. With a special focus on Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals," students will receive an array of musical experiences that will develop them both as listeners and active participants in the creation of music. In addition to exploring the instruments of the orchestra, classes will include movement and singing exercises, keyboard instruction, and an introduction to musical concepts. At the end of the week, the students will be given an opportunity to showcase their new skills in a final performance. Tuition is $650 for the entire week of classes from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more.
MAKING PLACE Art Exhibit
July 21 – August 25
Location: W83 Gallery, 150 W 83rd St (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
The memories associated with specific spots in a neighborhood make places meaningful, and to make a place for ourselves is both a physical and an emotional act. W83 Gallery invites you to participate in Making Place, an interactive art project exhibiting the collective memories and places of meaning in our Upper West Side neighborhood. From now through August 25, we invite you to take pictures of places special to you in terms of Change, Beauty, Joy, Love or Loss and label it with #MakingPlaceUWS on social media (Instagram, Twitter). Your images will be collectively displayed as part of this exhibition. Share as much or as little as you would like about the significance of the place. Please include the location's name and cross streets. For more details, please visit www.150w83.com or email email@example.com
Count Me In – Carnegie Hall
Applications open now through September
Apply now to be a part of Count Me In, a Carnegie Hall afterschool program designed to teach eighth graders how to sing and audition for high-school vocal programs. Count Me In takes place in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall. Participants take classes twice a week from late September through October. Over the course of nine sessions, students learn tips and techniques on how to audition for performing arts high schools, including Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, Professional Performing Arts School, and more. For more information, visit the website.
Beacon Paint & Hardware is offering to donate mismatched latex paint to anyone who wants to come get it: Schools; artists; homeless shelters; community centers; galleries; and so on. Anyone interested should contact Steven Stark: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-787-1090. The paint is all perfectly good. Multiple colors and finishes available. Better if someone takes a whole bunch rather than looks for a specific color.
Register for CityParks Sports Summer Programs
Early July through mid-August
FREE. CityParks Sports helps kids stay active through free instruction in New York City parks across the five boroughs. Register now for programs including Tennis, Golf, Track & Field, Soccer and Get Up & Go. All programs are free of charge, include the use of equipment and run from early July through mid-August. Parents can register kids online or on site during program hours with an instructor. If you have any questions contact email@example.com or call (212) 760-6999 to register by phone.
Free Tennis Lessons for Seniors from CityParks
Fridays from 1pm – 3pm
Location: Tennis Courts 93rd St near West Drive
FREE. To register online, complete this form. If you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 760-6999.
Call for Volunteers from GrowNYC
Many of our garden projects could not have been done without the generous help of our individual and corporate volunteers. Volunteer projects are a great opportunity to get outside for a day and help make our neighborhoods greener and healthier. If you are a corporation that would like to spend a rewarding day with GrowNYC improving communities and lives, please contact Mike at email@example.com. Click here to learn more about volunteering with GrowNYC.
Seasonal Job Opportunities at NYC Parks
NYC Parks is currently looking for enthusiastic job seekers who have a passion for helping New Yorkers get fit, learn about the natural world, play sports, and have fun through our free public programming citywide. We are looking to fill positions including: Swim Instructors, Summer Camp Counselors, Seasonal Urban Park Rangers, “Kids in Motion” Playground Associates, Mobile Recreation Unit Playground Associates and Supervisors, "Summer Sports Experience" Playground Associates, Piping Plover Monitors, and Adventure Course Facilitator. The length of employment for these positions ranges from two – eight months with pay rates up to $19.51/hour. Those that are interested can go to our website to view all of our seasonal job opportunities, which also include maintenance and other skilled trade positions.
Metrocard Van on the Upper West Side
86th & Broadway: 1st & 3rd Friday, 1 PM – 2:30 PM
96th & Broadway: 1st & 3rd Friday, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
The MTA offers MetroCard-related services throughout New York City through mobile vans. Vans sell Unlimited Ride MetroCards and Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards, and they refill MetroCards and Reduced-Fare MetroCards. The full mobile MetroCard schedule is available at http://web.mta.info/metrocard/mms.htm. Please note that MetroCard vans do not take credit cards.
Apply for Goddard Riverside’s Performing Arts Summer Camp!
Our 7 week summer day camp program will run from July 5th – August 18th and is open to campers ages 8-13 (3rd-8th grade). At the Performing Arts Camp, we will introduce and cultivate the love of the performing arts through the disciplines of dance, vocals, music and theater arts. No prior experience is required and we welcome all campers who have an interest to learn about and engage in the arts. For campers who have previous arts training, our summer curriculum is also specially designed for students who are preparing to audition for the performing arts schools. See the flyer.
Our FREE Monthly Housing Clinics will resume in October 2016.
HCC Legal Clinic
HCC offers a free legal clinic on Monday evenings from 7pm – 9pm. To meet with a volunteer attorney, visitors must call the front desk (212) 541-5996 to reserve a spot in the clinic in advance. Only the first eight callers will be able to reserve an appointment. Any New York City resident who does not qualify for HCC’s legal services* can visit HCC’s Legal Clinic, regardless of income or address. Our volunteer lawyers provide brief legal information, explain basic legal rights and may refer visitors to other legal resources/organizations/agencies. The Clinic is for 15-minute consultations only. You do not retain the volunteer attorney and the attorney cannot represent you or provide legal advice. While most visitors come for legal information about housing-related matters, attorneys may (at their own discretion) field questions about other basic, legal matters, as well. Visitors are asked to bring all documents relevant to their questions.
NYC Housing Connect
Looking for affordable housing? The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) have developed an online portal to portal to search and apply for affordable housing opportunities in New York City called NYC Housing Connect. On the site, you can: Learn how to apply for affordable housing in New York City; View current and upcoming housing opportunities; Start, save, and complete an application for your household; Apply to housing options for which you may qualify. NYC Housing Connect seeks to simplify the application process for you. To visit the site CLICK HERE. Applying and qualifying for affordable housing can be a long process, and you are not guaranteed to receive housing. Your household must not only qualify with detailed criteria on a property-by-property basis, but you must also be selected at random in that property’s lottery. Preferences noted in the advertisement will be given first consideration. For other housing resources for New York City, visit the Affordable Housing Resource Center.
NYC Housing Development Corporation
HDC finances rental properties reserved for households that meet certain income restrictions, commonly referred to as either low-income or middle-income. Each posting specifies how many of each type of apartment is available. To apply, please follow the instructions on the application information or advertisement posted for each development. All apartments are awarded through a lottery; your eligibility is determined by income. There is no application fee, facilitator, outside expediter, or broker involved in this process. Filling out the application for the specific project that is advertising available units is the ONLY way to apply for one of the apartments. See available listings.