I wish you all a joyous and peaceful New Year. I look forward to another year of working with all of you to support and strengthen our wonderful West Side community and the City as a whole.
Here are a few highlights of events in the community next month:
City Council Funding Applications for FY16
The application to apply for funding for FY16 will be available on my website next week. The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015 — one month earlier than previous years!
This month our housing clinic focuses on Harassment. As always, we’ll have at least one staff attorney from the Urban Justice Center for people seeking specific legal advice. Wednesday, January 7, 6pm-8pm at Goddard Riverside, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th).
Challenging Behaviors Workshop for Parents
Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) and I are hosting a workshop that will give parents practical tools to understand and address challenging behaviors at home. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Register here. Tuesday, January 13, 1:30pm-3pm. Location: P.S. 811 Mickey Mantle School, 466 West End Avenue at 82nd Street. Subway: 1 to 86 Street. More info: 212-677-4650 x 22.
Manhattan Community Boathouse fundraiser
The Manhattan Community Boathouse, which provides free kayaking on the Hudson River at 56th Street and 72nd Street, needs your help. Their dock at Pier 96 was stolen this fall, and they’re trying to raise money to buy a new one. Learn more.
Kindergarten Admissions Information Session
January 12, 6pm – 7:30pm. The High School of Fashion Industries, 225 West 24th Street. For children born in 2010, the application period opens on January 7 and closes on February 13. Like last year, families can apply online by visiting www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten, over-the-phone by calling (718) 935-2400 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or in person at one of the Family Welcome Centers. If families have any questions or concerns with filling the application, they should contact ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.
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Monday, January 26 – Sunday, February 1
The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance Presents An Evening with Lionel Loueke
Fri, Jan 30, 2015, 8:00pm
Sat, Jan 31, 2015, 8:00pm
A pre-performance moderated discussion will take place at Symphony Space on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The moderator will be noted composer, musician, producer and musicologist Ned Sublette. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space. $40/$30/$20; Members, Seniors, Students, Children $20/$15/$10; Day of Show $45/$35/$25. Get tickets.
Dancer Chats at NYC Ballet
Friday, January 30 at 6:45 PM
Appropriate for all ages. Join us on select Friday evenings for 45-minute informal pre-performance chats with NYCB dancers. This is your chance to ask questions about a dancer’s daily routine and performance rituals one-on-one. Speakers are subject to change. Please note: Reservations must be made prior to 4 PM on the date of the event. Tickets: Free Event. To make a reservation, click on a date listed below, call 212-496-0600, or visit the David H. Koch Theater Box Office. Location: New York City Ballet Rehearsal Studios, Samuel B & David Rose Building, 7th Floor (165 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Music Access Project Recital
Friday, January 30th, 7:00pm
A recital by the students of Bloomingdale’s Music Access Project. This concert is free and open to the public. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street. 212-663-6021. bsmny.org
Hello from Japan! Daily Programs
Tuesday-Friday January 27-30th, 2:00-2:30pm | All ages | Drop-in
CMOM Kamishibai. Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories. Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), 212 West 83rd Street, 212-721-1223, cmom.org.
3D Mascot Maker
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 3:00-4:45pm | All ages | Drop-in
In Japan, the cuter-than-cute phenomenon of kawaii has influenced corporations and local governments to create their own adorable mascots. Create a 3D mascot of your own to represent your family, school or sports team! Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), 212 West 83rd Street, 212-721-1223, cmom.org.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 10-12:45pm | All ages | Drop-in
Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 10-12:45pm | All ages | Drop-in
Design your own mechanical puppet and work together with other visitors to create a story –just like traditional bunraku puppet performers! Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), 212 West 83rd Street, 212-721-1223, cmom.org.
Kamishibai for Kids
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 2:00 & 3:30pm | 5 & Older Sign up
Storyteller Dr. Tara McGowan will take you through an exciting tale, and help you create your own story. Watch as the story unfolds before your eyes in this traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), 212 West 83rd Street, 212-721-1223, cmom.org.
Japanese Woodblock Printing with Jennifer Mack
Sunday, February 1, 2015 | 2:00 & 3:30pm | 5 & Older Sign up
Create your own print and learn about Japanese woodblock printing with master printer Jennifer Mack. Jennifer was recently featured at the International Mokuhanga Conference in Tokyo. Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), 212 West 83rd Street, 212-721-1223, cmom.org.
In Motion Workshop at the NYC Ballet
Saturday, January 31 at 12:45 PM
Appropriate for children ages 9 -12. Join the artists of New York City Ballet in this 45-minute, pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. Each workshop includes a ballet warm-up, a movement combination with choreography inspired by the featured ballet and a brief interview with a NYCB dancer. No prior dance training needed. All In Motion Workshops take place before family-friendly matinee performances. Performance tickets must be purchased separately. Attire: clothing that is comfortable to move in. Ballet shoes are optional. Tickets: $12 per person. To purchase, click here. Please note: both children and adults will need a ticket in order to attend. Location: New York City Ballet Rehearsal Studios, Samuel B & David Rose Building, 7th Floor, 165 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
Children’s Workshops at the NYC Ballet
Saturday, January 31 at 12:45 PM
Appropriate for children ages 5 – 8. Join the artists of New York City Ballet in this 45-minute pre-performance exploration of the music, movement, and themes of a ballet featured in the matinee performance. NYCB Teaching Artists guide children in a ballet warm-up and movement combination, concluding in a lively performance for accompanying family and friends. No prior dance training needed. All Children’s Workshops take place before family-friendly matinee performances. Performance tickets must be purchased separately. Attire: clothing that is comfortable to move in. Ballet shoes are optional. Tickets: $12 per person. Please note: both children and adults will need a ticket in order to attend. Location: New York City Ballet Rehearsal Studios. Samuel B & David Rose Building, 7th Floor, 165 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
Partnerships for Parks Capacity Grant
Groups working on park land are eligible to apply for funding to support their programs and activities. New York City Parks-focused community groups who have a long-term commitment to their neighborhood parks and/or street trees, volunteer-run groups with small budgets, and groups with a strong history of collaborative work with Partnerships for Parks, Parks Department, and/or City Parks Foundation will receive preference. February 1. Learn more.
Public Access Design: open call for projects on policing and legal justice reform
Applications are due February 6th, 2015 by 8 pm.
Like many of our fellow New Yorkers, and Americans, we at CUP struggled with the news of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions. We have decided to dedicate the next round of our Public Access Design program to issues addressing reform of policing and/or the legal system. All of our Public Access Design projects are collaborations in which CUP, a designer, and a grassroots community organization or advocacy group work together to create an accessible visual explanation of a complex policy issue, so that more people can understand how that system works, and more people can engage in decision-making around it. You can find out more about the program and how to apply here. See examples of past projects and apply online here.
New York Council for the Humanities
Have a public program idea you want to strengthen? Looking to start or expand a collaboration with other groups in your community? Apply for a $1,500 Planning Grant. These quick grants support the preparation of humanities-based public programs, such as working with advisors, developing community-wide initiatives, and creating interpretive plans. Eligible groups must either be nonprofits or working with a NYS based fiscal sponsor. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
High School Summer Program
Girls Who Code – 2015 Summer Immersion Program
Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology, is now recruiting for the 2015 Summer Immersion Program. The organization encourages high school girls currently in 10th and 11th grade to apply, regardless of prior experience or exposure to computer science. All they look for is a passion for technology and a desire to learn! Girls Who Code is hosting Information Sessions around the New York area – check them out.
Riverside Park Snow Corps
Help us keep the Park safe this winter. Riverside Park has over 60 entrances and staircases that need clearing after snow falls. Whether it’s one time or on a regular basis – our staff needs your help! Joining Snow Corps is easy and convenient. We will match you with the entrance and/or staircase closest to you. When a storm is coming, we’ll leave everything you need (shovel, salt, hot chocolate) at a designated drop-site so you can shovel at your convenience. Join Our Corps! Please include your location and your availability.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Begin the new year by taking part in this nationally recognized Day of Service on Monday January 19th, 2015. Plan ahead and find service opportunities on nyc.gov/service.
Apply for NYC Civic Corps
The NYC Civic Corps program is now accepting applications on a rolling basis until January 15th, 2015. Newly accepted corps members will serve a five-month term beginning February 2015. Apply online here.
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.
|January 7, 2015:||Harrassment|
|February 4, 2015:||City-Wide Housing Related Campaigns|
|March 4, 2015:||DHCR Overview, including MCIs and 1/40ths|
|April 1, 2015:||Housing Court 101|
|May 6, 2015:||SCRIE and DRIE|
|June 3, 2015:||Succession Rights, Preferential Rights and Non-Primary Residence|
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.
SOURCES FOR FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING
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 at www.nyc.gov/housing.
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 see rental opportunities for low-income applicants, please click here. For middle-income rentals, please click here. 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.