April is jam-packed with free, local events! Let’s get to it:
Vote on How to Spend $1 Million
It’s time to vote on how YOU want to spend $1 Million to improve the Upper West Side! Voting week is April 13-19, but we can mail you a ballot so long as you request it before April 10. You can see which projects made it onto the ballot, voting locations, and more on my website.
April Housing Clinic
This topic of our housing clinic this month will be Housing Court 101. As always, we will have staff attorneys from the Urban Justice Center for people seeking specific legal advice. Wednesday, April 1, 6pm-8pm at Goddard Riverside, 593 Columbus Avenue (between 88th and 89th). See the flyer.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and I are hosting a “Know Your Rights” Forum on Co-ops and Condo Conversions. Topics will include your rights and responsibilities as an owner or shareholder, your rights and responsibilities as renters, the role of your Board and management company, and Co-Op/Condo legal issues. The event will take place on Thursday, April 2, 6pm – 8pm at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, 257 West 88th Street (between Broadway and West End Ave). See the list of panelists and RSVP here.
Rally to #ProtectOurSchools
This Saturday thousands of New Yorkers will rally against Governor Cuomo’s proposals for New York City public schools. The rally will take place at 633 Third Avenue at 41st Street (outside of the Governor’s Manhattan office) on Saturday, March 28th at Noon. See the flyer.
Save the date! My Town Hall will be on Monday, April 27, 6pm-9pm at the W83 – Redeemer Presbyterian Church on 150 West 83rd St (between Columbus and Amsterdam). Over a dozen agencies have already confirmed attendance, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Education, and the Department of Sanitation. For the month of March, you can submit your questions for city agencies on my website, and the most popular questions will be covered in the first half of the evening. (The second half will be an open mic Q&A.)
Community Board 7’s Business to Business Networking Session
FREE. The Business and Consumer Issues Committee (“BCI”) of Community Board 7/Manhattan is hosting “How to use Social Media to increase your profits in the Spring and Summer of 2015” as its 6th B2B program and networking event on Tuesday, March 31, 6-8pm at the American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square (between West 65th and 66th Streets). Keynote speakers for the evening will be Microsoft Business Partners TEConsult, VETRACOM, and Microsoft Business Connections. RSVP.
Join me at a forum to discuss ways to make the neighborhood more age friendly! The Age-friendly Neighborhood Initiative is hosting a forum to hear about what matters most to older adults in our community. The forum will be on Monday, April 13th, 6-8pm at Goddard Riverside Community Center, 563 Columbus Ave. (at 88th St.). RSVP to Marisa Maack, email@example.com or 212-873-0282 x.200. See the flyer.
Breast Cancer Screening Van
I’m proud to sponsor a day of FREE mammograms and clinical breast exams for the early detection of breast cancer. All women aged 40 and older who are current NYC residents and who have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months are eligible. On Thursday, April 30, 10am-4:30pm the Breast Cancer Screening Van will be parked outside of my district office at 563 Columbus Avenue at 87th street. For an appointment, contact Marisa at 212 873-0282 ext. 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See the flyer.
Love Your Tree Day Kick-Off
The Upper West Side will see its first annual Love Your Tree Day! On Thursday, April 30, 6pm-8pm we’ll kick it off with a Street Tree educational seminar and round table discussion presented by Cheryl Blaylock from Trees New York, Caroline Bragdon (Department of Health’s rat expert), and me. Then on Saturday, May 2 we’ll have the first Love Your Tree Day. This event is happening thanks to the hard work of several organizations, including the West 80’s Neighborhood Association, Trees New York, and Goddard Riverside. See the flyer and RSVP.
Clean, Green, and Beautiful Broadway
The Broadway Mall Association is sponsoring a Clean, Green, and Beautiful Broadway presentation on Wednesday, April 22, 2pm – 4pm for Broadway merchants and property owners to discuss litter and pest control issues. Learn how to keep your sidewalks litter and pest free, and hear from Caroline Bragdon from the New York City Department of Health about the rat abatement pilot program and organic recycling on the Upper West Side. I’m co-sponsoring the event along with Community Board 7, the NYC Department of Health, and the West 80’s Neighborhood Association, and it will take place at Community Board 7, 250 West 87th Street. To RSVP please contact Gohar Chichian at email@example.com or 212-491-6470. See the flyer.
Free Carnegie Hall Concert at John Jay
I’m proud to sponsor a FREE concert that will bring Carnegie Hall to the Upper West Side! Jazz singer Cyrille Aimée will perform on Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues). Reserve your ticket.
Age Friendly New York Survey
Age Friendly NYC wants to hear from older New Yorkers on how to make the City more inclusive. The information that you share is important to help the City Council better serve its communities from the perspective of older adults. All of the information provided will be kept anonymous and confidential. Take the survey.
Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 12
Community Board 4 Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 PM
Roosevelt Hospital, 1000 Tenth Avenue (between 57th & 58th Streets), 2nd Floor Conference Room B.
Community Board 7 Full Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30pm
Congregation Rodeph Sholom. 7 West 83rd Street (Central Park West).
Ancient Chinese Arts Today: Paper Making at the DiMenna Children’s History Museum
Sunday, April 12
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (ages 5-10) | 2:00-4:00 p.m. (ages 10-14)
Families will explore, experiment, and discover the possibilities of creating their own unique papers with award-winning papermaker Mary Sullivan. Kids and their parents can bring in stamps, dried flowers, string, paper clippings, letters, or other small items to add to paper as it is made to personalize their work. Tickets to this program include Museum admission and families are welcome to visit the special exhibition Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. $20 per person ($15 per Member), ages 5 and up
Run for the Parks
Saturday, April 12
City Parks Foundation’s annual Run for the Parks in partnership with New York Road Runners is one of the largest single day running events in Central Park. This 4 mile NYC Marathon qualifier race benefits CityParks Sports which provides free, high-quality sports and fitness programs including Tennis, Yoga and Golf for 11,000 kids and 1,000 seniors in parks across the city. Bring the whole family – adult races start at 8:30am with kids races (for ages 2-12) following at 9:30am. Registration is required. #RunfortheParks. REGISTER NOW
Exploring the Metropolis: Con Edison Composer’s Residency at BSM
Sunday, April 12th, 6:30pm
EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence Eric Lemmon will present a workshop performance of his work-in-progress, The Impossible Will Take a Little While, for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra. Free and open to the public. Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street.
Hello from Japan! Too Cute Spring Break Festival
Join us at CMOM over spring break for a celebration of Japanese culture. Explore kawaii—the cuter than cute cultural phenomenon—experience traditional Japanese puppetry, draw your own manga comic with your favorite characters, and much more! For more information on festival activities, visit http://www.cmom.org/visit/calendar. Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam).
Monday, April 13 – Sunday, April 19
The Jazz Room Series
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
FREE. Student combos present a rich variety of music, from Brazilian, Indian, and electronic to straight-ahead and exploratory jazz. Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Avenue (between 122nd and LaSalle Streets), Ades Performance Space.
FREE Piano weekend at Goddard Riverside Community Center
April 17, Friday, 8:00pm, Taka Kigawa and Friends, For reservations, click here
April 18, Saturday, 8:00pm, Arturo O’Farrill, For reservations, click here
April 19, Sunday, 2:00 pm, Israeli Chamber Project, For reservations, click here
FREE. Grammy Award Winner Arturo O’Farrill joins us for a spectacular Piano Weekend. $25 Reserved Seating; open seating is Free. Goddard Riverside Community Center, The Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue.
Reflect on Art Workshop for Visitors with Developmental and Learning Disabilities and Those on the Autism Spectrum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, April 19
11:00am-12:30pm (Ages 5-17) | 2:00pm-3:30pm (Ages 18+)
FREE. The program is free, but reservations are necessary. You can register for up to 2 programs at a time. To reserve a space, call 212-650-2010 or click here to firstname.lastname@example.org. Discover your creativity! Join us for our Sunday program for adults and children with disabilities, together with friends and family members. Each themed workshop includes a gallery tour followed by an art activity in the studio.
Monday, April 20 – Thursday, April 30
World Happiness Report 2015
April 24, 7:00pm
What are the sources of happiness? How can we foster happiness in our societies? What is the state of global happiness today? The World Happiness Report 2015 answers the questions. For the first time ever, the three co-editors of the World Happiness Report –Professors Jeffrey D. Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell – will do a public event to discuss the Report’s findings and future directions. Auditorium. Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street. Learn more.
Building a Sustainable Israel: Lessons Learned Since Independence
April 25, 1pm-3pm
Congregation Shaare Zedek’s second talk in the 2015 Israel Encounters series celebrates both Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) and Earth Day. Urban planner and land use specialist Kevin Dwarka, PhD, offers an overview of contemporary environmental issues in Israel with an emphasis on land use, transportation, and housing development. These issues will be explored through the prism of Israeli independence as the turning point in the country’s management of land, water, and transport. Dr. Dwarka’s talk is based largely on his professional involvement with the Israel Smart Growth Policy Project, an urban planning initiative sponsored by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and funded by the New Israel Fund’s Social Justice Fellowship. This event is sponsored by the David, Ursula, & Adina Michaeli Memorial Education Fund at Shaare Zedek, and co-presented with the New Israel Fund, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, and Siach. Location: Congregation Shaare Zedek, 212 W. 93rd Street.
Wall to Wall Johnny Cash
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 4pm-11pm
FREE! From Nashville to Brooklyn, bluegrass to blues — join us at Symphony Space for this mini-marathon tribute to Johnny Cash by a renowned collection of over two dozen bands and performers inspired by his music. For more info, visit symphonyspace.org
9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk & Family Day
April 26, 7:00 AM
Pier 26 on the Hudson River, near North Moore Street. Learn more.
Miró Quartet at Music Mondays
April 27. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 pm.
FREE. Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the world’s great quartets, admired everywhere for its “explosive vigor and technical finesse” (New York Times). The Miró Quartet will perform Schubert’s monumental Quartet in G Major; the New York Times found their performance of the work in Santa Fe “exceptional…beautifully balancing cool refinement and intense expressivity.” Questions? Call (212) 665-2504 or email email@example.com. handicap accessible. Advent Lutheran Church/ Broadway United Church of Christ, 2504 Broadway @ 93rd St.
Alzheimer’s Caregiving Lecture – A Place Beyond Words: The Literature of Alzheimer’s
RSVP by Tuesday, April 28
FREE. The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter invites you to the
Charles Evans Annual Lecture on the Art and Science of Caregiving, A Place Beyond Words: The Literature of Alzheimer’s. Event will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 6pm. RSVP by Tuesday, April 28. RSVP ONLINE. For more information, please contact Crissy Vicendese at 646-744-2927 or CVicendese@alznyc.org. The Times Center, 242 West 41st Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues).
Youth Basketball Clinic in Central Park
Every Saturday, April 4 – October 31
Ages 5-8 (coed): 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ages 9-14 (girls only): 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 9-17 (coed): 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
FREE. It’s not just shooting hoops! This high-energy, interactive clinic provides youth with an opportunity to learn and enhance their skills in the game of basketball through small group instruction and competitive games. Ages 5 to 17. Free and open to players of all abilities. >> For more information, please call 212.348.4867. Central Park Conservancy.
Ecstatic Music Festival
Through April 16
Kaufman Music Center’s 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival wraps up in April with Mantra Percussion and the post-punk cult favorite Xiu Xiu on April 2, and composer Annie Gosfield with Roger Kleier and Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin & Wood) on April 16. Called“the alt-classical world’s main showcase” (New York Times), the Ecstatic Music Festival brings together artists from across the sonic spectrum for rare and surprising one-night-only performances. Get info & tickets.
Pathfinders Job Shadow Program
DOE is seeking companies / organizations to host high school students for a six-week job shadow program. The program, “Pathfinders,” for NYC’s innovative new Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) schools, is an integral part of DOE’s efforts to prepare students for the 21st Century workforce, providing students with valuable exposure to potential career paths and context for their schoolwork. It is simple for host companies / organizations to participate and the experience is extremely rewarding. Plus, the students are paid thanks to a generous donation from the AT&T Foundation so there’s no cost to host organizations. To apply to be a host organization for one of the two remaining cycles, which are April 20th – June 5th and June 29th – August 7th, please visit DOE’s website, go directly to the application, or contact Richard Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Earth’s Future: Online Courses on the Science of Climate Change
March 30 – May 31
FREE, but you must register. Info: (212) 769-5200. www.amnh.org.
NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program
April 7-16: Bronx, 400 E. Fordham Road
April 14-23: Brooklyn, 9 Bond St
(Manhattan dates in May)
FREE. NYC Small Business Services (SBS) is offering the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program, a free course created in partnership between NYC SBS, Etsy, and Citi Community Development. It is designed to teach craft makers the business skills needed to sell their products online and earn supplemental income by opening an online shop.
LACASA Summer Camp
LACASA (Learning Action Center for Academic Success and Achievement) is accepting applications for its summer camp, which runs from June 29th, 2015 to August 14th, 2015. Learn more.
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.
|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.