I hope you’re getting time to enjoy the warm summer weather!
Council Member Mark Levine and I are hosting a Summer Meals Event and Raffle with New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi! Anyone 18 and younger can meet Joe Girardi, enjoy a free lunch, and enter a raffle to win free Yankees tickets. The event will be on Thursday, August 6th, 12pm-1pm at Lasker Pool, 110 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10026. For more information, please contact Lethy Liriano at LLiriano@council.nyc.gov.
I am a firm believer in the importance of responsible fossil fuel and renewable energy investments, and I’m honored to be a panelist for the upcoming 350NYC forum,”Financial Strategies for Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground.” The panel will be on Tuesday, August 11, 7pm to 9:30 pm at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew at West 86th Street and West End Avenue. There’s a $3.00 suggested donation at the door.
From August 10th – August 28th, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger at 86th Street and West End Avenue will host an IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment site. The ID is free, and it gets you a free, one-year membership to 33 cultural institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York City Ballet. Learn more.
Community Board 7 and Community Board 4 will not hold full board meetings in August. Likewise, the 20th precinct and 24th precinct community councils will not hold meetings in August. All four monthly meetings will resume in September.
Monday, August 24 – Sunday, August 31
Free Rooftop Concert at John Jay College: Forever Ray, A Tribute to the Music of Ray Charles
August 25, 5:30pm (doors open at 5pm)
FREE, NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED. Bring blankets or low-profile lawn chairs. Snacks and beverages available for purchase on-site. Concerts are suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessible. Each concert will host a double set and will run until 7:30pm. In case of rain, the concert will be relocated indoors and continue as planned. The Rooftop Community Concert Series is supported in part with funding by Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the New York City Council, and CHASE. Location: John Jay College 860 11th Avenue, between 58th & 59th Streets.
Bloomingdale School of Music Summer Sharing Hour & Backyard BBQ
Thursday, August 27th, 6pm – 9pm
6:00 p.m. – FREE Sharing Hour. BSM Summer Orchestra and Summer Students Perform. 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Backyard BBQ. Burgers, hot dogs, dessert, and more. Suggested donation: $10. RSVP to Ling Lopez, email@example.com or stop by the registration office. Location: 323 W 108th St.
Audition for Girls Be Heard
Wednesday, August 26th, 4pm-8pm
Thursday, August 27th, 4pm-8pm
Girl Be Heard seeks performers, songwriters, dancers, writers and activists to join our theatre ensemble – young women ages 12 through 21 ONLY. Young women of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to audition. Fluency or ability in foreign languages is a plus. Ensemble members meet every Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm and will have public performances in December, 2015 and May, 2016.
Movies Under the Stars: THE WIZ
Friday, August 28th at 8:30pm
FREE. Hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks. Location: Matthew Sapolin Playground, W. 70th St. between West End Ave. and Amsterdam Ave. Wheelchair accessible. You should come before 8:30 p.m. to get your spot. Please bring your own picnic blanket or chair, as there is a limited supply of chairs reserved for seniors or people with disabilities. Food is OK, but no alcohol. Reservations are not taken, so space is available on a first come first served basis. All are welcome! Learn more.
Free Tennis for Kids Ages 5-18
Through August 14: Mon, Wed, Fri, 2pm-5pm
Location: Frank McCourt / Brandeis High School. 145 West 84th Street. * Register IN-PERSON with your child – no telephone registration. Visit the site during the hours of operation at any point during the program (ongoing registration). Funded By: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Member Helen Rosenthal. See the flyer.
Adoptions by the Animal Care Centers of NYC
Off-Site Events (no Mobile Adoption Center):
- August 8, 11-3PM: Dog Adoptions at Biscuits & Bath, Sutton Place, 1064 First Ave @ 58th St
- August 29, 11-3PM: Dog Adoptions at Biscuits & Bath Sutton Place, 1064 First Ave @ 58th St
Mobile Adoption Center (MAC) Events:
- August 2, 12-4pm: Cat Adoptions at Manhattan Veterinary Group, 240 E 80th St
- August 8, 11-4pm: Cat Adoptions at Petco Union Square, 860 Broadway
- August 9, 12-4pm: Cat Adoptions at Battery Park Vet Hospital, 21 South End Ave
- August 15, 11-4pm: Cat Adoptions at Petco 92nd Street, 2475 Broadway
- August 16, 10-2pm: Cat Adoptions at Ecofest, Times Square 42-44th Street
- August 29, 12-4pm: Cat Adoptions at New York Vet Hospital, 150 E 74th Street
IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment at 86th Street and West End Avenue
You can now sign up for IDNYC on the Upper West Side! From August 10th – August 28th, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger at 86th Street and West End Avenue will host an IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment site. The ID is free, and it gets you a free, one-year membership to 33 cultural institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New York City Ballet.Learn more.
Lincoln Square’s Free Lunchtime Concert Series
Every Wednesday in July and August at Richard Tucker Park from Noon until 2:00pm.
FREE. Our concerts will only be cancelled in the event of thunder and lightning. August 5 – Percussive Dancing to the Speakeasy: SisterMonk | The Sunnyside Social Club. August 12 – Brighton Beach to the Baltics: Karikatura | Tipsy Oxcart. August 19 – Roots & Blues: The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn | Rocky Jr & the Triple Crown Chicago Blues Band. August 26 – Celebrating Richard Tucker: Opera Collective
Uptown Bounce by El Museo del Barrio and Museum of the the City of New York
Wednesday, August 5 & 12, 6:00–9:00 pm
FREE. Registration required. The City Museum and El Museo del Barrio host our second annual joint summer series, Uptown Bounce. Enjoy live music, dancing, gallery talks, art workshops, summer drinks, and local food. Free and open to visitors of all ages; advanced registration required!
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Tues – Sun, July 21 – Aug 9. All performances begin @ 7pm.
FREE. New York Classical Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director, Stephen Burdman. No tickets required—just show up! The Battery (Battery Park) (Meet in front of Castle Clinton). Subway: 1 (South Ferry), R (Whitehall), 4/5 (Bowling Green).
Beat the heat on Mondays!
Every Monday in August 10am-5pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam). Bring children of all ages to splash their way through the outdoor water exhibit (weather permitting) City Splash and enjoy pop-up activities like Way Down Underground: Pop-up Water Science. Then escape the heat indoors and let the kids try their hands at design in afternoon workshops like Trash to Treasure: Recycled Fashion Design, Treasure Map Making and X Marks the Spot Game Design. (Afternoon workshops for kids 5 and older.)
Understanding Dementia: What You Need to Know and Where to Go
August 14 (afternoon) and August 19 (early evening). Call helpline for exact times.
FREE. These sessions will provide family members and friends with information about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Caregivers will also learn about what resources and services are available to help them cope with present challenges and future planning. *NOTE* These meetings are ONLY for family & friends caring for people with dementia. Registration is REQUIRED. Please call our 24-hour Helpline at 800.272.3900 to register. All meetings are free of charge and subject to change. Location: Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, 360 Lexington Ave, 4th Floor.
Volunteer Opportunity: Promote Composting at Greenmarket
Help promote organics diversion for composting in New York City at select Greenmarkets. Every week, food scraps are collected from neighborhood residents and transported to local compost sites for processing. Volunteers are needed to help participants navigate the drop off and to answer questions from the public. No experience or training necessary, just bring a positive attitude and enthusiasm for waste diversion and recycling. For more information, visit www.grownyc.org/compost. Volunteers needed at the 79th Street Greenmarket, 79th St & Columbus Ave.
Senior Summer Tuesdays at the New York Historical Society
Tuesdays in August
Bring a friend along when you visit! Seniors (65 and older) receive 2-for-1 Museum admission every Tuesday, July–August! Explore our current exhibitions throughout the summer. Seniors will also receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store. *Offer valid for on-site ticket purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers.
“Songs and Stories” at River Run Playground in Riverside Park
Wednesdays, August 5 and 12, 10:30am
FREE. Enjoy the park and the library at the same time! Children and their caregivers can listen to picture books, sing familiar songs, and go right back to playing. Story time is for children birth to 5 years old. Bring something to sit on, and remember that there is no story time if it’s raining. The River Run Playground is located in Riverside Park between 82nd and 83rd Street. Just go down the hill and you are there.
Bloomingdale School of Music – Registration now open for the Fall Semester!
323 West 108th Street (between Broadway and Riverside Drive).
BSM offers music classes and private for all ages and experience levels.
Visit bsmny.org or call 212-663-6021 for more information.
Kayaking at 72nd Street and 56th Street
Saturdays and Sundays,10am-5pm
72nd Street & Hudson River and at 56th Street in Hudson River Park
FREE walk-up kayaking in Riverside Park and Pier 96. Come paddle and cruise in the Hudson River on the weekends from June to September! Kayak trips on the harbor and evening classes are operated from the boathouse at Pier 96 for the park by Manhattan Community Boathouse, a non profit, all-volunteer organization. Learn more
Film: New York Story
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street
You know the city — now be enthralled by the stories. Witness New York’s rise from remote outpost to city at the center of the world in this 18-minute panoramic film experience shown on a 75-foot screen in surround-sound. Visit Page
Fundraiser: School 2 School
Parents from around District 3 are teaming up to help fund some awesome projects by teachers in District 7. Show your support for some of our city’s hardest working teachers by helping them make their classrooms the enriching and engaging environments all kids deserve. The more money we raise, the more projects we’ll add! Donate
Free Summer Meals: Feed Your Mind
Starting June 27th
For everyone 18 years old and under at participating schools, pools, parks, libraries, and NYCHA locations near you. Participation requires no ID, registration or documentation. Come eat with us! Find out more by calling 311, texting NYCMeals to 877-877 or SchoolFood App. View Flyer or Visit Page to find locations near you.
Central Park Circuit
Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 7th to August 27th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
FREE. Reach your fitness goals in the world’s most beautiful outdoor gym — Central Park! Get fit with innovative exercises designed by top trainers to take advantage of the Park’s best natural features: rocks, trails, stairs, hills, and gorgeous open lawns. Ages 18+. Classes are drop-in and open to all fitness levels. Meet at East Meadow. Learn More
Free Outdoor Concerts: Riverside Clay Tennis Association
Every Saturday at 7pm
Riverside Park at 97th street. The Riverside Clay Tennis Association is hosting a series of sunset concerts. The Series celebrates our fabulous park and represents the rich cultural diversity of the Upper West Side. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and continues through shades of orange, red and purple, ending around 9 p.m. Bring your picnic basket and blanket and join us. Stick around afterward and watch the fireflies rise up out of the lawn and the stars speckle the sky. In the event of inclement weather, call the hotline, 212-978-0277, to see whether a concert has been postponed. Ron McClure & Friends, Steve Tarshis & his Instrumental Trio and Efendi will be performing this month. Learn More
Lunchtime Concerts by Lincoln Square BID
Every Wednesday in July and August,12pm-2pm
FREE. Enjoy this series of free concerts that will be performed during lunch hour. The Summer Concerts Series is presented by the Lincoln Square BID and MTA’s Music Under New York.There will be a mix of talented musicians, some new and some old favorites, sure to please any locals, visitors, or music enthusiasts. The variety of genres includes American Jazz, R&B, Classical, Mariachi, Funk, and more. Richard Tucker Park, Broadway at 66th street. Learn More
Job Training Resources
SAGEWorks Boot Camp
SAGEWorks Boot Camp is a two week intensive training course that takes place in New York City or Philadelphia. The purpose of the boot camp is to provide skills that will lead to job placement. SAGEWorks assists people 40 years and older in learning relevant, cutting-edge job search skills in a LGBT-friendly environment. Apply now. Start Dates (subject to slight changes), located at 305 7th Ave, NY NY 10001:
- August 10th to August 21st
- October 19th to October 30th
- November 30th to December 11th
- January 4th to January 15th
- February 1st to February 12th
- March 21st to April 1st
- April 25th to May 6th
Monthly Housing Clinics will resume October 2015. Please reach out to Urban Justice Center or Anna Gago in my office if you need to see someone prior to the October Housing Clinic.
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.