With the start of the Jewish New Year, I'd like to wish everyone a good and sweet year. Shanah tovah!
October brings with it some seasonal favorites: a daffodil bulb giveaway at my office, a free senior tennis program in Central Park, and the fantastic Teens Take the Met, a free night of dance, music, and theater in the halls of the Met. It's also the beginning of a new season of housing clinics, where you can always meet with a housing lawyer for free advice.
Make your street trees more beautiful with free daffodil bulbs! Bring your own bag to the Fall Daffodil Bulb Giveaway at my office on 87th & Columbus on Sunday, October 16 at noon, and go home with free daffodil bulbs. When they bloom in the spring, the neighborhood will thank you!
If you are age 60 or over, the CityParks Foundation is offering free tennis for seniors in Central Park. The program is every Friday from 1pm-3pm through November 4, and all equipment is provided.
Teens Take the Met is such a cool event, it (almost) makes me want to be a teen again. It's a night of art making, music, performances, a dance party, and more in the halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it's free! Tell every teen you know. It's on Friday, October 28 from 5pm-8pm.
We're kicking off the new season of housing clinics with an Introduction to Rent Stabilization, Rent Control – includes Preferential Rents and Reduction in Services. You can also speak to a housing lawyer for free, but be sure to sign up by 6:45pm.
Volunteer with Participatory Budgeting and help directly decide how $1 million of the City’s budget gets spent! Work with local residents, students, and community leaders to help research project ideas, develop proposals, and create the ballot that all Upper West Siders will vote on in the spring. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a tremendous community service to advance democracy in New York City. To get involved, contact Sean Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-873-0282, ext. 203.
New York State law requires you to recycle your electronics, so my office is sponsoring an electronics recycling drop-off outside of the JCC on October 30 from 10am-4pm. They'll accept working & non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, TVs, cell phones, and more.
The school district 3 rezoning meetings will continue in October, but they are not yet listed. Check for meeting updates here, and you can see the recently announced third proposal here (slides 11-15).
The public review process for the American Museum of Natural History proposal continues with two more meetings in October: Community Board 7 will vote on the landmarks application at the Full Board meeting on October 5, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) will hold a public hearing on the landmarks application on October 11.
See you in the community!
Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, October 9
Seniors Fitness program in Central Park
September 26 – November 4. Tennis: Fridays, 1pm – 3 pm
Location: Tennis Courts, 93rd St. near West Drive, Central Park
FREE lessons for adults 60+ years old. Register online at or call 718-760-6999 for information. On-site registration may also be available day-of. See the flyer.
Dog & Co X Turnstyle: Adopt & Shop Saturdays
Saturday, October 1, 12pm – 2pm
Location: Turnstyle NYC, Under Columbus Circle. Enter on any corner of 57th/58th Street & 8th Avenue
Come shop your turnstyle favorites + meet adorable adoptables from local rescues every Saturday in October. This Saturday, meet a cute canine crew from Pup Starz Rescue, including pups Sora + Stark, Marvelous Marco, and Radiant Reba.
Audition for the Mendelssohn Glee Club
Every Monday Evening
Location: West 93rd Street, Manhattan
Do You Love to Sing? Join Us! The Mendelssohn Glee Club, a men's chorus, is in rehearsal for a gala 150th anniversary concert to be presented in December. You can audition now by contacting the conductor, Gene Wisoff, at 212-362-8550. The club rehearses on Monday evenings on W. 93rd Street. The music performed will be from the American Songbook and Broadway, and there will be guest artists from the world of jazz and cabaret. For more information, click here.
My Dog Loves Central Park Fair
Saturday, October 1, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Naumburg Bandshell (mid-Park at 72nd Street)
FREE. Come, sit, stay, and celebrate Central Park and its dog community! Tails will be wagging as the Central Park Conservancy and its program for dog lovers, Central Park Paws, host you and your canine for an afternoon of contests, training tips, games, and more. This event is hosted by Central Park Paws, a program of the Central Park Conservancy. Central Park Paws encourages dog owners to become stewards of the Park and serves as the connector between the dog community, Central Park, and the Conservancy. The Fair is an on-leash event. For more information, click here.
Free Rosedale Forbes Entrepreneur Business Boot Camp
Saturday, October 1, 12:00 PM
Location: P.S. 195 William Haberle Park – 253-50 149th Avenue, Queens
FREE. 3 Hour Free Community Workshop. 12-1pm How to Raise $100k in Scholarships for College (High School Students): Top Scholarship Databases to use+ How to submit a top application. 1-2pm How to Launch a Business in 24 Hours (Parents): Web Development, Social Media Set Up, Admin and legal setup. 2-3pm Power Hour Business Development (Parents): Product Development 101, Customer Acquisition 101, Press & Marketing 101, Funding 101. Reserve your spot.
Sunday, October 2, 10am-6pm
Location: Broadway from 96th to 103rd Street
Stop by Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s table to submit project ideas for Participatory Budgeting (PB).
Concert: The Lee Trio
Tuesday, October 4, 7:30pm
Location: Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue (between 91st & 92nd)
$15 general, $12 students / seniors. Special Performance on their East Coast tour!
Lisa Lee, Violin; Angela Lee, Cello; Melinda Lee Masur, Piano. To buy tickets, see here.
Free Housing Clinic: Introduction to Rent Stabilization, Rent Control – includes Preferential Rents and Reduction in Services
Wednesday, October 5, 6pm – 8pm. You must arrive by 6:45 p.m. to sign up to speak with a lawyer.
Location: Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Ave. (between 88th Street and 89th Street)
FREE. 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. Lawyers will be available for free consultation with residents. Sponsored by the Office of Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the Goddard Riverside Law Project, and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center. See the flyer.
Community Board 7 Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30pm
Location: Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue at 88 Street
The board will vote on the American Museum of Natural History’s Landmarks Application.
Community Board 4 Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30pm
Location: Mount Sinai West, 1000 Tenth Avenue (58/59)
New York Public Library Live MONA ELTAHAWY | YASMINE EL RASHIDI
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00pm
Location: New York Public Library main branch, 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
The original Antigone may be from antiquity, but our current era abounds with women fighting unabashedly for what they believe. To celebrate these heroes, the Onassis Cultural Center New York and LIVE from the NYPL invite Mona Eltahawy to the stage. A journalist, feminist, and author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Eltahawy is a force to be reckoned with and an embodiment of this spirit. She is joined by yet another fierce and powerful author and journalist, Yasmine El Rashidi. Tickets: $25 (general); $22.50 (students / seniors). Buy tickets.
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm
Location: Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Queer people have always flocked to New York City seeking freedom and forging close-knit groups for mutual support and inspiration. Our new exhibition Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York brings to life the LGBT artistic communities that sprang up over the last hundred years, a creative class whose radical ideas would greatly influence the definition and evolution of "modern" culture in New York City. To celebrate the exhibition’s opening, join our distinguished speakers for a lively panel discussion exploring the cultural dynamics of gay New York, past, present, and future. This program is the kick-off event for the Gay Gotham exhibition. Register online at mcny.org/programs | Use the code DIST6 for $15 tickets (regularly $25).
Lovin’ that Park of Mine!
Thursday, October 6, 6pm – 9pm
Location: The West 79th Street Boat Basin Cafe, Riverside Park
Join us for a fabulous fall evening and celebrate the season with delicious Oktoberfest food and beer pairings! Homemade pretzel with German beer cheese sauce & Sam Adams Octoberfest. Bratwurst with apples, onions, and sauerkraut & Radeberger Pilsner
Chicken Jaeger Schnitzel Roll & Paulaner. German Beef Stew & Hacker-Pschorr. Beer braised kielbasa & Radeberger. Tickets: $85; tickets will be available at the door for $125. To purchase tickets, click here.
The Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies – Opening Reception
Thursday, October 6, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
FREE. Join us for the opening of our newest art exhibition, The Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies. The exhibition consists of pieces by 22 contemporary artists and explores the language, symbol, art and ritual associated with the historic concept of the Christ image, and the ways the divine is manifested in every person, across every gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. The exhibition will also feature a selection of pieces from the James Parks Morton Interfaith Art Collection, as well as selections from the Cathedral's art treasury. RSVP.
Location: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan offers an action-packed weekend of comic book and superhero inspired programs. Collage panel squares and speech balloons as you illustrate your own comic book using CMOM’s Comic Book Maker. Design a cape complete with your own original logo and draw like a manga artist when Misako Rocks! takes you step-by-step to create a comic book character in the popular Japanese manga style. Cosplay is welcome! Because of limited space, some programs require sign up to participate. Sign up one hour in advance in the lobby. Visit http://www.cmom.org/visit/calendar for more schedule information.
Trees New York
Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: 84th Street and Columbus Avenue
FREE. Please join Trees New York and PS 9 to roll-up-your-sleeves-and-pitch-in to help the environment! We will clean, weed, cultivate, prune, mulch and water as many street trees as we can. Please RSVP so that we can bring enough gloves and tools for you to use: RSVP email@example.com.
Landmarks Preservation Commission Public Hearing on Landmarks Application
Tuesday, October 11, 9:30am
Location: 1 Centre Street, Manhattan
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will take public input on the Museum’s Landmarks Application. See the agenda.
Monday October 10 – Sunday, October 16
Paper Shredding Event
Monday, October 10, 5 pm – 7 pm
Location: 153 East 67th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
Info: Police Precinct 19, (212) 452-0600.
Geek Street Fair
Thursday, October 13, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Union Square Park
FREE. The Geek Street Fair hosted by Google is an interactive, free event to inspire kids to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. Think traditional street fair, but instead of funnel cakes and ferris wheels, we have educational virtual games, robotics and electronic tinkering. To show the breadth and diversity of what is happening in New York City's tech scene, Google is partnering with nearly two dozen tech companies, community based organizations, museums and content creators from across the city who will provide fun activities to show how tech is driving innovation in a wide array of industries ranging from arts and entertainment to sports and education. The event is open to the public, but classes can register for a time slot here.
Free Concert: The Modern Ellington
Friday, October 14, 7pm
Location: Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street (between Broadway & Riverside Drive)
FREE. Duke Ellington was one of the most prolific and iconic composers of all time. His music was a great influence on BSM faculty member Nick Finzer and this program will present Nick and his ensemble performing the music of Ellington in a small group setting, creating a new context in which to appreciate these great works. The interpretations will translate Mr. Ellington’s music through the lens of the 21st Century, creating unexpected twists and turns within each song. For more information, click here.
The Life and Music of Maria Callas
Friday, October 14, 1:00pm
Location: JASA Club 76, 120 West 76th Street, 3rd Floor Ballroom (Betw Columbus & Amsterdam)
FREE. An exciting multi-media presentation exploring the life, music and impact of the most exciting opera singer of her time, Maria Callas.
Open House New York
October 15 – 16
Locations: Throughout NYC
For two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York. While the majority of sites open during OHNY Weekend are Open Access and can be visited free of charge and without reservations on October 15 and 16, some sites and tours require Advance Reservations due to space or security restrictions. Detailed information about all sites will be available on October 5 and for sites that require reservations, reservations will open at 11am on October 6. Learn more about the event citywide, and see a list of events on the Upper West Side.
Fall Daffodil Bulb Giveaway
Sunday, October 16, 12pm
Location: In front of City Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s Oce 563 Columbus Avenue between 87th – 88th Streets (Rain or Shine)
FREE. Bring a bag to collect your daodil bulbs, and then plant them this Fall in your neighborhood street tree beds and NYC community gardens! You and the UWS neighborhood will enjoy the beautiful daodils to welcome in the Spring of 2017! Bulbs are limited; rst come, rst serve! Thank you to New Yorkers for Parks Daffodil Project for supplying the bulbs. Sponsored by the Office of Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Community Board 7 Manhattan, West 80’s Neighborhood Association, NYC Parks Department, Curb Allure, and Goddard Riverside Green Keepers. See the flyer.
CaringKind Alzheimer’s Walk
Sunday, October 16, 9:00am
Location: Riverside Park, West 97th Street and Riverside Drive
Join CaringKind (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter) for our annual Walk this fall! Friends, family, caregivers, sponsors, volunteers and community leaders will all gather together for a day full of remembrance, promise and hope. We will raise awareness and critical funds to support the 265,000 New Yorkers living with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis right here in our city as well as those who care for and support them. For more information, click here.
Sunday, October 16, 10am – 6pm
Location: Broadway between 86 St – 96 St
Monday, October 17 – Monday, October 31
@Macaulay Author Series Presents Best-Selling Author Regina Calcaterra and Her Sister Rosie Maloney’s Compelling Memoir "Girl Unbroken"
Wednesday, October 19, 6pm-8pm
Location: Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street (between Central Park West & Columbus)
FREE, but reservations are strongly recommended. CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College will have a book event for authors Regina Calcaterra (Etched in Sand) who, along with her sister Rosie Maloney, has co-authored Girl Unbroken. The two describe their harrowing upbringing in an abusive home and in foster care. RSVP here.
Judicial Intervention: a Second Chance for Survivors of Sex Trafficking
Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 pm
Location: Duane Morris LLP, 1540 Broadway. Building entrance on 45th Street, just East of Broadway
Join us for an informal panel discussion on how New York courts, together with community-based service providers, are changing the legal conversation about sex trafficking by redefining the women in it as survivors instead of criminals. Hosted by Duane Morris LLP, the National Council of Jewish Women – New York, and We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking. Learn more.
Special Education Family Conference
Saturday, October 22, 8:30am – 1pm
Location: M.S. 256 Academic & Athletic Excellence – Joan of Arc Campus, 154 West 93rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
The Manhattan Field Support Center is excited to welcome you to the Fall Special Education Family Conference. The New York City Department of Education is committed to partnering with parents to help children succeed and thrive educationally. We will be offering workshops to support your child at home and in school. Please RSVP to the email address below. Continental breakfast will be served. Childcare is available for ages 4 and up. ManhattanParentsAsPartners@strongschools.nyc. *Interpretation Services Available*
Civility in the Public Square: Nicholas Kristof, John Inazu & Tim Keller
Monday, October 24, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: W83 Ministry Center, 150 W. 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam)
Join us for an evening with Nicholas Kristof (Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times editorialist), John Inazu (author of Confident Pluralism), and best-selling author and pastor Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church) to discuss rediscovering civility and dignity in the public square. Tickets: $15 until Oct. 10; $25 until Oct. 21. Buy tickets.
Teens Take the Met
Friday, October 28, 5pm-8pm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 86th Street and 5th Avenue
FREE. Grab your friends and take over The Met for the night. Drop in for teen-only activities across the Museum including art making, performances, gallery activities for teens by teens, music, dancing, and more. Discover what you can also do at over forty NYC cultural and community organizations this year. Teens Take The Met! is free and open to all teens 13+ with a middle or high school ID. Just show up or RSVP now to get a free ticket to beat the line.
Help Save the Earth
Sunday, October 30, 11:00AM
Location: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Wheelchair accessible.
FREE. Save money and help “save the Earth” at the same time. How we use energy is harmful to the planet, wasteful, and expensive for ourselves even though there have been solutions for decades. No to poison power (nuclear and fossil fuel), yes to efficiency and renewables (solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, hydrothermal, wave). Ken Gale is the host and producer of WBAI-FM's environmental radio show Eco-Logic. He is the founder of the NYC Safe Energy Campaign and author of Chernobyl-on-the-Hudson. Ken is a long-time environmental activist and birder and active with NYC Grassroots Alliance and NYC Friends of Clearwater. Learn more.
Electronics Recycling Drop-Off
Sunday, October 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
Location: Jewish Community Center, Amsterdam Avenue between 75th & 76th Streets.
Accepted (unless otherwise noted): Computers and peripherals (monitors, printers, faxes/scanners, keyboards, mice, wires, etc.); TVs; stereo and A/V equipment, VCRs, DVD players; cell and wall phones. Not Accepted: Microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. See the flyer.
Music Mondays: Anderson & Roe Piano Duo: Danse Macabre
Monday, October 31. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway (at 93rd Street). Handicap accessible
FREE. The “exhilarating” Anderson & Roe Piano Duo (Gramophone) brings its “monumental sound” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) to Music Mondays in a special Halloween program featuring both classics by Ravel and Rachmaninoff and the duo’s own clever arrangements of music by Saint-Saëns (Danse Macabre), Gluck, Piazzolla, Radiohead, and Michael Jackson (from the albumThriller). Known for performances that are both engrossing and highly “entertaining” (New York Times), when Anderson & Roe heat up, “the music dances off the page” (Gramophone). Learn more.
THE PICKLE RECIPE Dir. Michael Manasseri (USA, 2016, 97 min)
Monday, October 31, 7:30pm
Location: JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th St)
Joey Miller is the undisputed king of Detroit party MCs. He's also a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, during his latest wedding performance, all his prized sound equipment gets destroyed in a freak accident. His daughter Julie's Bat Mitzvah is only weeks away, and she's counting on him to MC her party. After exhausting his options, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money needed to get back into business. But only under one condition: Joey must steal his grandmother Rose's most prized possession—her famous top secret dill pickle recipe! It’s a recipe she has vowed to take to her grave. Tickets: $12. To purchase tickets, click here.
Free Events at the 54th New York Film Festival, September 30–October 16
Now in its 54th year, the New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works by celebrated filmmakers and fresh new talent including world premieres, documentaries, shorts programs, experimental films, revival screenings, and more. Every day, NYFF54 presents free talks with filmmakers including Paul Verhoeven, Mike Mills, Maren Ade, Olivier Assayas, Barry Jenkins, Steve James, and many more, as well as free immersive experiences and video installations that redefine the idea of cinematic storytelling in the festival's Convergence section. For more information, visit filmlinc.org/nyff.
Open Choir returns to West Park
Wednesdays, October 5th, 12th &19th from 7-9pm
Location: West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86th Street on Amsterdam
FREE. With the NYC Seed Group and the Open Program of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. The Open Choir returns for just a few evenings this October, thanks to a visit by the Italy-based Open Program, a world-renowned performing group. All are welcome at this unique, inclusive event, and all are invited to participate in the dynamic singing and dancing or to simply sit and take it all in. Come join us! (And check out the full month's schedule of the fall's NYC OPEN CHOIR MOVEMENT 2016 by clicking HERE.)
Affordable Housing Lotteries
Affordable Housing Lottery at Strivers Plaza in Central Harlem
For households with incomes of $18,275 – $158,550
Deadline to apply is Sept. 23
Amenities include 24-hour on-site resident super, security cameras, intercom system, laundry room*, community room. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at 225 East 39th Street in Murray Hill
For households with incomes of $29,898 – $63,060
Deadline to apply is Sept. 27
Amenities include 24-hour attended lobby, on-site resident manager, 2nd Floor Club terrace with outdoor children’s play area, lawn, fire pit, game lounge and more; indoor children’s playroom*; 35th Floor Sky terrace* with lounge*, whirlpools*, sauna*; fitness center* and indoor pool*, laundry, bike room* storage lockers* and more. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at West 38th Street Apartments in Hudson Yards
For households with incomes of $32,640 – $54,360
Deadline to apply is Oct. 4
Preference goes to current residents of Community Board 4 for 50% of units. Amenities include 24-hour attended lobby, on-site resident manager, *gym, *music jam room, *resident lounge, *roof deck. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at 525 West 52nd Street in Clinton
For households with incomes of $32,640 – $54,360
Deadline to apply is Oct. 8
Preference goes to current residents of Community Board 4 for 50% of units. Amenities include 24 Hour Concierge, Library, Sports Lounge, Screening Room, Golf Simulators, Fitness Center, Tenant Storage, Pet Spa, Party Room, Outdoor Roof decks, Laundry room. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at 626 First Avenue in Murray Hill
For households with incomes of $29,898 – $63,060
Deadline to apply is Oct. 14
Amenities include gym/lap pool/spa, children’s playroom, resident lounge, in-unit washer/dryer, bicycle storage, tenant storage, roof top pool/lounge. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at 507 West 28th Street in Chelsea
For households with incomes of $21,772 – $45,300
Deadline to apply is Oct. 18
Preference goes to current residents of Community Board 4 for 50% of units. Amenities include Attended lobby, on-site resident super, recreation room, roof deck, fitness center*, laundry room*, parking*, bike storage. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at 10 Freedom Place South on the Upper West Side
For households with incomes of $29,898 – $72,480
Deadline to apply is Nov. 1
Preference goes to current residents of Community Board 7 for 50% of units. Amenities include a fitness center, bicycle storage room, children’s playroom, tenant storage room, laundry room, and roof terrace/courtyard. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing Lottery at 435 West 31st Street in Chelsea
For households with incomes of $32,640 – $63,060
Deadline to apply is Nov. 7
Preference goes to current residents of Community Board 4 for 50% of units. Amenities include a bike repair station, kids playroom, library, lounge, game room, and laundry room. All of these apartments will be subject to a lottery process managed by the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Learn more.
Affordable Housing – Additional Resources
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.