Happy Fall! Here is a listing of activities at City Hall and in our community that you may enjoy attending.
Many of you are concerned about the Museum of Natural History’s proposal to add an Education Center. I sent a public letter to the Museum highlighting some of my concerns and those of community members that I met with. The Museum sent this response. Many concerns are specifically addressed, and I will keep you updated as soon as an official meeting to present a design is scheduled.
Helicopter noise has been a relentless burden to our neighborhood for years, but I’m happy to share that the City Council Committee on Environmental Protection will hold a hearing on helicopter noise on Thursday, November 12 at 1pm in the Chambers at City Hall. This is a chance for the Administration and the helicopter industry to hear about how helicopters impact your quality of life. If this issue matters to you, come to the hearing and give testimony in person, or submit written testimony to the Committee Counsel, Samara Swanston, at SSwanston@council.nyc.gov by the end of the day on Thursday, November 12. Kindly cc my Legislative Director, Sarah Mallory (SMallory@council.nyc.gov), on the email.
This Saturday is the West Side Tenants’ Conference, a great event for anyone interested in housing issues. Workshop and panel topics this year include Housing Benefits for Seniors, Construction Site Harassment, Affordable Housing, and Illegal Hotels, and I’ll give a presentation on construction as harassment with Shafaq Islam of the Goddard Riverside Law Project, Jeffrey Margolies of the NY State Tenant Protection Unit, and Council Member Mark Levine at 11:15am. The event is free, and they provide free lunch and breakfast. The conference is on Saturday, October 31st from 9:30am-4pm at the Fordham University School of Law at Lincoln Center (150 West 62nd at Columbus Avenue).
Our Participatory Budgeting process is moving forward! Throughout the month of October, you’ve submitted so many great ideas and now we start to transition to creating the proposals that you’ll vote on in the spring. Monday, November 2nd features two important events. From 3:45-6:00, join students from Frank McCourt High School at the Brandeis Campus Auditorium as they host a final Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly to collect ideas for how to improve the neighborhood. That evening, our Budget Delegate Volunteer Orientation will be held from 6:30-8:30pm at Goddard Riverside Community Center. This is an opportunity to volunteer to get involved in the process moving forward as we turn your great ideas into real proposals. If you’re interested in volunteering but cannot make this meeting, email email@example.com or call our office at 212-873-0282, extension 203. And submit any other ideas to us or at our website by next Friday, November 6th.
The Department of Transportation will give a presentation at the Community Board 7 Transportation Committee Meeting on their proposed changes to Amsterdam Avenue. The project involves protected bicycle lanes, safer pedestrian crossings, new street trees, and better organized streets. The meeting is at Redeemer Church at 150 West 83rd Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30pm, and it’s open to everyone.
CEC 3 will hold more zoning meetings throughout the month of November. The dates have not yet been finalized, so stay tuned to the CEC 3 website for meeting dates and locations.
This month’s free housing clinic is on Finding Affordable Housing; Roommates & Subletting on Wednesday, November 4, from 6pm-8pm. You can also meet with a lawyer for a free consultation. Feel free to spread the word to your neighbors. See the flyer for the full season.
I’m proud to join Borough President Gale Brewer, Caroline Bragdon from the NYC Department of Health, and many others on a Recycling and Zero Waste Forum hosted by the West 80’s Neighborhood Association. The forum will be on November 10th, 7 PM to 9PM (doors open at 6:30 PM) at the West Park Presbyterian Church (86th Street and Amsterdam). RSVP
I’ll hold another Council Member on the Corner on Sunday, November 15 from 3pm-5pm at 70th and West End Avenue. I look forward to seeing you and hearing how I can better serve you.
Macaulay Honors College is hosting a panel on Participatory Economics and Higher Education, and I’m proud to join Participatory Budgeting Project director Josh Lerner and Professor Freundlich of Mondragon University, the world’s largest cooperatively managed institution of higher learning. The panel is Wednesday, November 11 at 7pm at Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street. Learn more.
I’m hosting a Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, November 11th, 1pm-4pm. Duane Reade / Walgreens will offer flu shots at my district office (563 Columbus Avenue at 87th Street). My office will be closed for constituent work for the holiday but open for the Clinic. Please call (212) 873-0282 x.200 for more information. RSVPs appreciated but not required.
Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Square is on Monday, November 30, 5:30pm-9pm. Don’t miss this fun event with music, food, dancing, and a tree lighting in Dante Park at 63rd & Broadway, hosted by the Lincoln Square BID. Learn more
Grow to Learn Garden Grants, a program by GrowNYC, the NYC Department of Education and NYC Park’s GreenThumb Division, will offer $500 – $2,000 to start or expand a learning garden program at NYC public and charter schools, and the deadline is November 9. Don’t miss this great opportunity to improve our schools!
See you in the community!
Monday, November 16 – Sunday, November 22
Experience Project Farmhouse!
November 14, 16, 18, 20, 21; 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Learn more about GrowNYC newest and most exciting endeavor: Project Farmhouse, a new sustainability and education center right here in NYC. Walk through the farmhouse arch for up to one week only at GrowNYC Union Square Market! Project Farmhouse
Where: Union Square Greenmarket
Continuing Education: “Preservation 101″
Tuesday, November 17, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ideal for Real Estate Professionals (Approved for 7.5 hours M11987). This seminar is designed for brokers who buy and sell properties in historic districts. Expert speakers will discuss the history of development of the Upper West Side, working with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, and regulatory aspects of living in a landmark building and historic district. The day will end with a walking tour of the neighborhood with Professor Andrew S. Dolkart. Cost: $100 for Landmark West! members; $125 for non-members. RSVP.
Where: Telepan Restaurant, 72 West 69th Street (nr. Columbus Ave.)
24th Precinct Community Council Meeting
November 18, 7 PM
Where: 151 W. 100th Street
Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano
Thurs, Nov 19 at 8pm
Where: 2537 Broadway at 95th street
Anthony de Mare returns to Symphony Space for the third and final installment of his inspired Liaisons project featuring some of today’s leading jazz, classical, musical theatre, pop, indie, and film composers re-imagining their favorite Sondheim songs as solo piano works. The program will include newly commissioned works by Wynton Marsalis, Andy Akiho, and Jherek Bischoff, plus encores of Steve Reich, Paul Moravec, Kenji Bunch, Mason Bates, and Nico Muhly, among others with Sondheim himself in attendance. For tickets and more information, visit symphonyspace.org
Goddard Riverside 29th Annual Book Fair
Saturday, November 21, 10am-6pm & Sunday, November 22, 11am-5pm
50% off of thousands of brand new books and gifts. Best sellers, cookbooks, children’s books, art books, calendars, gifts, & much more. 85 cents of each dollar raised goes to support the families, adults, and children served by Goddard Riverside. Free admission. www.goddard.org
Where: 593 Columbus Avenue at 88th Street.
The Cafe at Ethical
November 20th, 7:30 Pm
Honor Finnegan with Avi Roth on guitar- unwind relax, enjoy the music, refreshments, good company, and great entertainment! $10 members $20 guests. More Information
Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street
Clear Your Summons Event!
November 21st, 9AM to 3PM
Resolve outstanding NYC summons warrants, on-site for disorderly conduct, trespassing, littering, and subway offenses. Note: Summons warrants do not apply to felonies and penal law misdemeanors. http://www.manhattanda.org/
Where: Soul Saving Station Church 302 W. 124 (at Frederick Douglass BLVD)
Monday, November 23 – Monday, November 30
Concert at St. John the Divine: Great Organ: The Music of Jean Sibelius
Monday, November 23, 7:30 pm
FREE. In tribute to the 150th birthday of Jean Sibelius, Finnish organist and pianist Kalle Toivio joins forces with New York soprano Sharon Harms to celebrate the legacy of Finland’s most famous composer. LEARN MORE >
Where: The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
20th Precinct Community Council Meeting
November 23rd, 7 PM
Where: 120 W. 82nd street
Goddard Riverside Thanksgiving Meal
Thursday, November 26, 12pm-3pm
FREE. All are welcome!
Where: 593 Columbus Avenue at 88th Street.
Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration
November 27th – 29th
The Children’s Museum celebrates the beginning of the holiday season with a weekend of programs and activities for the whole family. Create a 3D float inspired by famous designs found in New York’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, sing along with The Bradley True Silly Science Band, learn dances from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater or explore ways to cook simple family recipes with James Beard Foundation’s Chef Robert “Bobo” Surnes. More from the Children’s Museum
Where: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Tisch Building, 212 W. 83rd Street
Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Square
Monday, November 30, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Rain, Snow or Shine!
The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor Time Warner will host the Sixteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York’s largest holiday festival! Join legendary artists, up-and-coming musicians, dancers, street performers and more as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone. Over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1-$4) at three separate outdoor locations from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dozens of local stores and neighborhood institutions will host activities and holiday cheer throughout the evening. Learn more.
WHERE: The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
Youth Beginner Ice Skating Clinics
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Session 1: Wednesdays, November 18 – December 9
Session 2: Fridays, November 20 – December 11
Session 3: Wednesdays, January 6 – February 3
Session 4: Fridays, January 8 – February 5
FREE. This free, 5-lesson ice skating clinic teaches the basic elements of ice skating through group and individual instruction. Each session includes equipment rental. Ages 6-10. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Each child may register for a maximum of two sessions. Please call 212-348-4867 for more information.
Location: Lasker Rink, Mid-Park between 106th and 108th Streets (enter the Park at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue)
Citizens Committee for New York City Neighborhood Grants
Applications are due January 26th
What could you do with $3,000 for your neighborhood? From gardening and community organizing to oral history projects and healthy cooking workshops, Citizens Committee awards grants of up to $3,000 to grassroots groups working on community-building projects across NYC. Never applied for a grant before? No problem! Our application is simple to fill out.
Free Saturday Basketball Program
Saturdays: September 19 – December 19
High School (Ages 14-17): 10am-12pm. Elementary School (Ages 6-10): 1pm-3pm. Middle School (Ages 11- 13): 3pm-5pm
FREE. Goddard Riverside Community Center presents a Free Saturday Basketball Program (includes basketball clinic & in-house tournament). Location: Joan of Arc Complex – Beacon Program, 154 West 93rd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-866-0009.
Grant Opportunity for Public Schools: Grow to Learn Fall 2015 Mini-Grants
Deadline: Monday, November 9th
GrowNYC, NYC Department of Education and NYC Park’s GreenThumb Division are happy to announce that Grow to Learn is currently accepting applications for Mini-Grants of $500 to $2,000 to start or expand a learning garden program at NYC public and charter schools. Grow to Learn Garden Grants are funded in part by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York and Green Mountain Energy Company. Grant applications open on Monday, September 28th and close on Monday, November 9th. Learn more.
Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet
October 13, 2015 – January 2016
FREE. The first major U.S. exhibition to explore the introduction of art brut to America. Location: American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square. More information.
Lincoln Center White Light Festival
October 14 – November 22
See choreographers in Indian movement, bold new advances and ongoing adventures in performance. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza. 212-721-6500 or click here for info.
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:
- 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
FREE Monthly Housing Clinics
Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Goddard Riverside’s SRO Law Project, and The Urban Justice Center present FREE 2014-2015 Monthly Housing Clinics and Workshops from October 2014 – June 2015 (6pm-8pm) at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th Streets), Manhattan. 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.
- November 4, 2015: Finding Affordable Housing; Roommates & Subletting
- December 2, 2015: HPs, Repairs, Bedbugs & Cockroaches
- January 6, 2016: Non-primary residence
- February 3, 2016: Harassment & City-wide Housing Related Campaigns
- March 2, 2016: DHCR Overview, including MCIs and IAIs; Preferential Rent, Reduction in Services
- April 6, 2016: Housing Court 101
- May 4, 2016: SCRIE and DRIE
- June 1, 2016: 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.