As summer winds down, there are still ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors around the City and the neighborhood. Favorites include National Night Out, where we can recognize the hard work of our local police at block parties across the City; Summer Streets, where 7 miles (!) of Park Avenue will be closed to cars for the first three Saturdays in August; and the Movie in the Garden series at our very own West Side Community Garden. I hope you find something below that interests you.
National Night Out is an evening of block parties across the City (and the nation) where we recognize the hard work of our local police officers. There is always food, music, and good cheer, and it’s a great way to meet your neighbors. This year’s event is on Tuesday, August 2 (see locations and times below). See you there!
Summer Streets closes down Park Avenue to cars from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge for the first three Saturdays in August. That’s 7 miles where you can walk, bike, and rollerblade across town. This year's events include a 270-foot water slide, a zip-line, a bike helmet giveaway, bike rentals, fitness classes, guided walking tours, art exhibits, and more. Learn more.
If you or someone you know is looking for an entry-level job, consider applying to take the New York State Civil Service Exam for administrative assistant positions. Applications must be postmarked by August 10, and the exam will be on September 24 or 25. Visit the Civil Service website or call (518) 473-6639 for more information.
Wednesday, August 17 is National Thrift Store Day! Celebrate by shopping second-hand or donating to a second-hand store. By participating, you help to reduce waste, save money, and support the social service missions of nonprofit thrift stores. Click here for a map of New York City thrift store locations from donateNYC. There are 5 in our district.
Below are a compilation of events from a variety of sources. For more information, please visit the organization's website.
See you in the community!
Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 31
Astronomy Live: Things That Go Bang in the Universe
Tuesday, August 23, 7pm
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Central Park West at 81st street
The universe contains an amazing number of exotic, energetic objects that collide and explode with surprising frequency. Jackie Faherty and Mark Popinchalk take you on a tour of the universe using explosions as our guide. From asteroids and comets impacting planets to supermassive black holes colliding across the cosmos, discover all things that go BANG in the night. Buy tickets.
Bloomingdale School of Music Summer BBQ's and Sharing Hours
Thursday, August 25, 6pm-8pm
Location: David Greer Recital Hall, Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St. at Riverside Drive
Join us for the second and final sharing hour of the summer. Once again, we will celebrate the end of summer with music and BBQ. Beginning at 6pm, there will be a free Sharing Hour with the BSM Summer Orchestra and Summer Students Performing, with a Backyard BBQ to follow. Suggested donation: $10. Learn more.
Summer String Fest Final Performance
Friday, Aug 26, 3 pm
Location: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam
The 2016 Summer String Fest at Kaufman Music Center's Lucy Moses School concludes with a rousing FREE performance featuring student ensembles and the Harlem Quartet. The program includes works by Handel, Reinecke, Khatchaturian and Brahms. Learn more.
Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center presents: Bulla en el Barrio!
Saturday, August 27, 4pm-6pm
Location: Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, 250 West 65th Street
Free music and dance concerts with workshop! All ages welcome!
Ronna Wineberg on "9 Facts That Can Change Your Life"
Tuesday, August 30, 7pm
Location: Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave between 81st and 82nd
Join us for a reading by Ronna Wineberg from her new book of stories, Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life. In this stirring new collection, Ronna Wineberg explores our essential bonds to partners, children, parents, and friends. Intimacy, marriage, parenthood, adultery, divorce, and the legacies left by the past unfold in these beautifully written stories. Men and women search for happiness and love, yet face longing, disappointment, and loss. The characters in Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life struggle with unexpected changes in their own lives but discover the power of kindness, the joy of connection, and the ways in which we can be renewed. Learn more.
Saturday, August 6, 13, and 20 from 7am – 1pm
Location: Park Avenue from 72nd Street to the Brooklyn Bridge
FREE. Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City's most valuable public space—our streets. This year's events include a 270-foot water slide, a zip-line, a bike helmet giveaway, bike rentals, fitness classes, guided walking tours, art exhibits, and more. Learn more about this year’s event.
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
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.
Ladies Who Hoop (LWH) Summer Classic
June 25 – August 27
Location: Sol Bloom Playground, West 92nd Street (between Columbus & CPW)
The LWH Summer Classic is the first women’s basketball tournament to be founded and facilitated by women, for women, with no male component. All tournament participants, officials, table personnel and assistants are women who elevate the game of basketball in a unique and positive manner. The tournament spotlights standout performances and showcases women’s basketball to an enthusiastic community of basketball fans of all ages. Cost: $45. Learn more.
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!
Application deadline: September 16
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.
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.
Summer Art in the Park
Weekdays June 27 – August 26, 10am-12pm
Location: Hippo Parkhouse, Riverside Park at 91st Street.
This popular summertime favorite will return to Hippo Playground this summer. Please join us each weekday for this enriching art program. The class will take place in the park house with Art Teachers Ashley Cavadas and Hannah Lokken. THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF CLASS. Parent and/or caregiver is required to stay for this class. No registration required. This is a free drop-in class. CLASS IS FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES.
FREE Monthly Housing Clinics
Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Goddard Riverside’s SRO Law Project, and The Urban Justice Center present FREE 2016-2017 Monthly Housing Clinics and Workshops from October 2016 - June 2017 (6pm-8pm) at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets). On the first Wednesday of each month, the clinic will offer a presentation on a variety of topics, to be followed by a question and answer session. The funding is provided by the Housing Preservation Initiative of the New York City Council. Each evening, at least one staff attorney will meet with individuals who are seeking specific legal advice. (Bilingue: Español) For questions, contact the Urban Justice Center at (646) 459-3017 or Anna Gago at the Office of Council Member Rosenthal at (212) 873-0282 x.204. Sign-up sheet starting at 6pm each evening.
- October 5, 2016: Introduction to Rent Stabilization, Rent Control – includes Preferential Rents and Reduction in Services
- November 2, 2016: HPs, Repairs, Heat/Hot Water, Bedbugs, Clutter
- December 7, 2016: Housing Court 101
- January 4, 2017: Types of Affordable Housing including Vouchers, Roommates, Subletting
- February 1, 2017: ‘Bad Actor’ activity including Harrassment, Illegal Hotels & Buyouts
- March 1, 2017: Residency Requirements for Rent Regulated Apartments
- April 5, 2017: DHCR Overview including MCIs & IAIs
- May 3, 2017: DHCR Rent Overcharges and Illegal Deregulation
- June 7, 2017: Succession Rights
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.