CitiBike Community Planning Workshop
Thursday, January 29, 2 sessions: 6pm and 7pm
Join Community Board 7 and local residents at a roundtable planning workshop to help decide how bike share should work and where stations should go in the Upper West Side. The Workshop will be held at Redeemer Presbyterian Ministry Center at 150 W. 83rd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam, Room 406. Sessions will begin at 6 pm and 7 pm. RSVP on Facebook
Calling All Small Businesses! Chamber on the Go: Feb. 9
Chamber on the Go, a mobile van with free legal, financial, health insurance, and marketing services for small businesses, is coming to the Upper West Side! This is a great opportunity to get direct information and help for all your business questions and issues without having to leave the neighborhood. The van will be parked at 78th and Amsterdam Avenue on Monday, February 9 from 10am – 5pm. See the flyer.
This month our housing clinic focuses on City-Wide Housing Related Campaigns. As always, we will have staff attorneys from the Urban Justice Center for people seeking specific legal advice. Wednesday, February 4, 6pm-8pm at Goddard Riverside, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th).
City Council Funding Applications for FY16
The application to apply for funding for FY16 is available on my website. The submission deadline for expense funds is Friday, February 20 — one month earlier than previous years!
Cultural Development Fund Applications
All cultural organizations in my district are encouraged to apply for Cultural Development Funding provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Applications for this funding are due February 9, 2015 and can be found here. For more information, including eligibility, click here.
Begin Applying for Kindergarten Seats
It’s time to begin enrolling the little ones in kindergarten. For children born in 2010, the NYC Department of Education kindergarten application process is now open and continues through February 13th. Like last year, families can apply online, or over-the-phone by calling (718) 935-2400 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year the kindergarten application is translated into nine languages on-line, and the Family Welcome Centers will have translated paper copies of the applications as well. For more information, visit the DOE Kindergarten admission page.
Applications to Join your local Community Board due Jan. 30
As you may know, Community Boards represent their neighborhoods on crucial issues ranging from real estate development to liquor licenses. Serving as a volunteer Community Board member is an incredible opportunity to be on the front lines of our civic landscape! If you would like to join a Manhattan Community Board, you can apply online .Remember, you must live or work in the Community Board’s jurisdiction and complete an application by January 30.
FREE Neighborhood Concert from Carnegie Hall
Saturday, February 28 at 5 PM
FREE. I’m thrilled to sponsor a free neighborhood concert with Carnegie Hall! Andrew Haji, Tenor and Liz Upchurch, Piano. St. Michael’s Church, 225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue). Learn more.
Monday, February 23 – Saturday, February 28
Carnegie Hall Presents: Neighborhood Concert: Andrew Haji, Tenor and Liz Upchurch, Piano
Saturday, February 28 at 5 PM
FREE. St. Michael’s Church, 225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue). Sponsored by Council Member Helen Rosenthal. Learn more.
Color in Sound: The Boundless Imagination of Claude Debussy
Friday, February 27th, 7:00pm
FREE. Few composers have created their own unique world of sound at the piano as successfully as Claude Debussy; this concert explores its many facets. Featuring pianist Amy Gustafson. This concert is free and open to the public. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street. 212-663-6021. bsmny.org
Five Boroughs Food Talk: Sugar
Tue, Feb 24, 7:30pm
New York City has a long history with sugar, and is also a hub for culinary artists working with this medium. Host Gabriella Gershenson has assembled a sweet panel of experts to explore the sugar high past and present, and to get to know some of the masters working their sugary magic in the city today, including Samira Kawash, author of Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Charlotte Druckman, author of Skirt Steak, and Mr. Chocolate himself, Jacques Torres. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For tickets and more information, visit symphonyspace.org
Selected Shorts: Martin Amis & Jeffrey Eugenides
Wed, Feb 25, 7:30pm
British (now Brooklynite!) novelist Martin Amis, author of Money and London Fields, and Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot, present readings of their short fiction and talk about their work. Hosted by Matthew Love. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For tickets and more information, visit symphonyspace.org
Film + Live Music: The Shanghai Restoration Project
Thu, Feb 26, 7:30pm
With special guests Zhang Le and Ray Lei. The Shanghai Restoration Project blends Chinese culture, hip-hop, and electronic music with stunning visuals to create a wholly unique multi-media performance. Emmy-winning producer Dave Liang and collaborator Jamahl Richardson take listeners on a sonic journey through the city, evoking its infectious energy with a beat-driven, interactive show that draws its creative inspiration from old 1930s Shanghai jazz bands. The set showcases a diverse repertoire of music accompanied by projected visuals from leading Chinese visual artists. This performance will also feature the renowned Shanghai singer Zhang Le, described by Oscar winning composer Tan Dun as “a rising young star with a remarkable gift,” and a special guest appearance by the acclaimed Chinese animator/rapper Ray Lei. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For tickets and more information, visit symphonyspace.org
National Theatre Live Screening: Treasure Island
Sat, Feb 28, 3pm
Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery, broadcast live from the National Theatre. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For tickets and more information, visit symphonyspace.org
Governor Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Training Corps
Thursday, February 26, 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Isabella Geriatric Center, 515 Audubon Avenue. To register, visit http://www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events
20th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting
Feb. 23, 7PM
FREE. The 20th Precinct Community Council is the NYPD’s community affairs forum for residents and businesses in the 20th Precinct, which runs from 59th to 86th Streets, from Central Park West to the Hudson River. At its monthly meetings, people who live or work in the area can bring questions and concerns about quality of life, safety and crime to the Precinct’s Commanding Officer and staff. Meetings are held at the Precinct’s station house located at 120 West 82nd Street, just west of Columbus Ave. Please join us.
Community Board 7 Parks & Environment Committee Meeting
Monday, February 23, 7:00 PM
250 West 87th Street (Broadway)
Community Board 7 Health & Human Services Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 PM
250 West 87th Street (Broadway)
Community Board 7 Youth, Education & Libraries Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 6:30 PM
250 West 87th Street (Broadway)
Just Kidding: Walter Martin
Sat, Feb 28, 11am
This multi-instrumentalist from indie-rock supergroup The Walkmen plays feel-good music for kids inspired by early rock ‘n roll. His debut album We’re All Young Together featured collaborations with members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — tackling topics from family to love, childhood to zoo animals, and even The Beatles. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. For tickets and more information, visit symphonyspace.org
Tuesday, February 24 – Friday, February 27
2-2:30pm | All ages | Drop-in. Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.
3D Mascot Maker
Tuesday, February 24 – Friday, February 27
2:45-4:45pm | All ages | Drop-in. In Tokyo, 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!
Camp History: Winter Sessions for 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders
What was life like in colonial New York? Take a step back in time to the diverse, hectic, war-torn, disease-ridden, and… stinky place that was New York City under Dutch and British rule. Led by educators, librarians, conservators, and curators, campers will go behind the scenes and learn about New York before the American Revolution through primary sources. Each camper will get to handle and research their own political cartoon, broadside, letter or other work on paper from the seventeenth or eighteenth century. Campers will also learn how museum exhibitions are made; see fascinating objects that are rarely on view to the public; and play fun colonial games! At the end of the week, campers will mount their very own pop-up exhibition on colonial New York. New York Historical Society Dimenna Children’s Museum. For more information, or to register your child for any of this year’s camps, please email email@example.com or call (646) 293-9922.
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.