Photo credit: Carmen Marino, Central Park Philharmonic Concert, June 18, 2015
This weekend there are lots of free and fun things to do in the neighborhood, like kayaking on the Hudson and attending an outdoor concert. Have a wonderful and relaxing 4th of July!
Free Outdoor Concerts: Riverside Clay Tennis Association
Watch New York City’s beautiful sunset accompanied with great music this summer for free! The Riverside Clay Tennis Association is hosting a series of FREE sunset concerts every Saturday through July and August at 7pm. Picnics baskets and blankets are encouraged! The series of concerts represents the cultural diversity that the Upper West Side has. Ron McClure & Friends, Steve Tarshis & his Instrumental Trio and Efendi will be performing this month. The concerts will take place at Riverside Park at 97th street. Learn More
Public Hearing on Telecommunications in New York State
If you have concerns about the lack of diversity in offerings for cable, TV, and internet, you can voice them at the New York State Public Service Commission hearing on the state of telecommunications. The hearing will be on Wednesday, July 15 at the New York Institute of Technology. Learn more.
Rooftop Community Concert Series at John Jay College
I am proud to sponsor a series of FREE concerts this month at John Jay College in association with Jazz Forum Arts. Community residents are invited to join this family-friendly concert! On Tuesday, July 28th Vanessa Falabella will be performing from 5:30 pm to 7pm. The entrance for the concerts will be at 860 11th Avenue between 58th and 59th streets. RSVP
Free Summer Meals: Feed Your Mind
FREE summer meals for anyone under 18 years old at all participatory community schools, pools, parks, libraries and NYCHA locations. You do not need an ID, registration or documentation to eat your FREE meal. Come eat with us this summer! View Flyer or Visit Page to find locations near you.
City Parks Foundation’s FREE Youth Sports
The programs will be offered twice a week for 6 to 8 weeks, in a park in your neighborhood. All instruction and equipment is provided free of charge to youth ages 6 to 16. CityParks Sports offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level instruction. A parent or guardian can register online now by visiting this link or they can register in-person at the park.
Housing Preservation & Development Registration
Don’t forget that if you are a property owner of a residential building you must register annually with the Housing Preservation & Development. The annual registration is due by September 1st. HPD will be sponsoring a information session on Monday, July 13th from 12pm to 8pm at 94 Old Broadway (near 133rd Street), 7th Floor. Learn More and Register
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 31
Workshop: Carnival of the Instruments
Monday, July 20th to 24th, 9am – 4pm
Bloomingdale School of Music
This workshop is designed to introduce children to the wonderful world of music. With a special focus on Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” students will receive an array of musical experiences that will develop them both as listeners and active participants in the creation of music. In addition to exploring the instruments of the orchestra, classes will include movement and singing exercises, keyboard instruction, and an introduction to musical concepts. Learn More
Mitchell-Lama Residents’ Forum
Monday, July 20th, 6pm-8pm
John Jay College of Criminal Justice at 524 W 59th Street
Join us for a forum on Mitchell-Lama housing as we work to foster a dialogue between tenants and relevant agencies. After a general update on Manhattan-based Mitchell-Lamas from my staff, participants will break into small groups to brainstorm questions for the City’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) and the State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).Register Online
Community Board 4 Full Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 22nd, 6:30pm
Intrepid Museum, 150 12th Ave (W 46 st.)
Forum: Verizon FiOS in Manhattan
Thursday, July 23, 6-8 PM
Common Cause/NY, Consumers Union and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer are co-sponsoring a public forum on July 23 exploring Manhattanites’ experiences with Verizon FiOS. The purpose of the forum is to hear from residents of Manhattan about their experience obtaining FiOS service, explore any impediments to obtaining that service, and hear about the experience of customers once they have obtained it. Location: El Barrio Firehouse Media Community Center, 175 E. 104th Street (btw 3rd and Lex). See the flyer.
Sunday, July 26th
Broadway, 60-65 Street
Sponsored by Environmentally Sound Development
WITS 10 for 10 Dinner Hosted by Chef Michael Anthony
Monday, July 27th, 7pm
Gramercy Tavern at 42 East 20th Street
Hosted by Chef Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern. Wellness in the Schools (WITS) and 2015 James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Chef, Michael Anthony, invite you to join us for a one-of-a-kind dinner at Gramercy Tavern to support Wellness in the Schools. This is a unique opportunity for an intimate, private dining experience in one of NYC’s most beloved contemporary American restaurants. RSVP
Rooftop Community Concert Series from John Jay College in association with Jazz Forum Arts
Tuesday, July 28th
John Jay College at 860 11th Avenue between 58th and 59th streets
FREE. Community residents are invited to experience first-hand the beautiful park like setting, perched above the city streets with a spectacular view of the Hudson River Attendees are encouraged to bring their blankets or a low-profile lawn chair with a picnic, and other a glass of wine, as you enjoy this family-friendly concert. Reservations are required. RSVP
Book Sale- St. Agnes NYPL
Wednesday, July 29th, 1pm- 5pm
St. Agnes Branch NYPL at 444 Amsterdam Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets
The sale has everything you might want: children’s and young adult books, adult fiction and non-fiction, essays, travel logs, mystery, classics, self-help, plays, history and coffee table books. There are also DVDs, classical and rock CDs, LPs and vintage books. Our gently used books and recordings are all community donated. View Flyer
Conversation with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz
Wed, July 29th at 7:30pm
Ansonia Independent Democrats invite you to a conversation with Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Grace & St. Paul’s Church, 123 W 71st St, CLICK HERE TO RSVP. No cost to attend — space VERY limited — RSVP required.
Bring Change to Support ParentJobNet
Friday, July 31, 8:30am – 4:30pm
On Friday, July 31st, bring in your loose coins to our 535 Columbus Avenue Store and donate them to support ParentJobNet. On top of your donation, we will match up to $2,000 of the coins counted at the Penny Arcade that day to help bring change to the community. Location: TD Bank, 535 Columbus Avenue (at 86th Street).
Kayaking at 72nd Street and 56th Street
Saturdays and Sundays,10am- 5pm
72nd Street & Hudson River and at 56th Street in Hudson River Park
FREE walk-up kayaking in Riverside Park and Pier 96. Come paddle and cruise in the Hudson River on the weekends from June to September! Kayak trips on the harbor and evening classes are operated from the boathouse at Pier 96 for the park by Manhattan Community Boathouse, a non profit, all-volunteer organization. Learn more
Film: New York Story
New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street
You know the city — now be enthralled by the stories. Witness New York’s rise from remote outpost to city at the center of the world in this 18-minute panoramic film experience shown on a 75-foot screen in surround-sound. Visit Page
Fundraiser: School 2 School
Parents from around District 3 are teaming up to help fund some awesome projects by teachers in District 7. Show your support for some of our city’s hardest working teachers by helping them make their classrooms the enriching and engaging environments all kids deserve. The more money we raise, the more projects we’ll add! Donate
Free Summer Meals: Feed Your Mind
Starting June 27th
For everyone 18 years old and under at participating schools, pools, parks, libraries, and NYCHA locations near you. Participation requires no ID, registration or documentation. Come eat with us! Find out more by calling 311, texting NYCMeals to 877-877 or SchoolFood App. View Flyer or Visit Page to find locations near you.
Central Park Circuit
Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 7th to August 27th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Meet at East Meadow
FREE. Reach your fitness goals in the world’s most beautiful outdoor gym — Central Park! Get fit with innovative exercises designed by top trainers to take advantage of the Park’s best natural features: rocks, trails, stairs, hills, and gorgeous open lawns. Ages 18+. Classes are drop-in and open to all fitness levels. Learn More
Free Outdoor Concerts: Riverside Clay Tennis Association
Every Saturday at 7pm
Riverside Park at 97th street.
The Riverside Clay Tennis Association is hosting a series of sunset concerts. The Series celebrates our fabulous park and represents the rich cultural diversity of the Upper West Side. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and continues through shades of orange, red and purple, ending around 9 p.m. Bring your picnic basket and blanket and join us. Stick around afterward and watch the fireflies rise up out of the lawn and the stars speckle the sky. In the event of inclement weather, call the hotline, 212-978-0277, to see whether a concert has been postponed. Ron McClure & Friends, Steve Tarshis & his Instrumental Trio and Efendi will be performing this month. Learn More
July Sunday Platforms: New York Society for Ethical Culture
Every Sunday, 11am
2 West 64th Street
FREE. Built on lectures and music, Sunday Platforms are the heart of Ethical Culture. Topics range from Environment to Ethics, from Music to Theater, and can be inspiring and joyful. These events are free and open to the public. This months events are Colloquy on Patriotism with Anne Klaeysen, Honest Examination of Lying with Emily Newman, Building a Culture of Compassion with Paulo Ribeiro and An Ethical Humanist Philosophy with Randall Best. Learn More
Trash to Treasure: Recycled Fashion Design
Wednesday, July 15th to Friday, July 31st
Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 West 83rd Street (between Columbus & Amsterdam).
Design accessories made out of re-purposed materials! Explore famous fashions from NYC designers and use recycled materials to create accessories like belts using VHS tape, and necklaces using old bottle caps! Learn More
Lunchtime Concerts by Lincoln Square BID
Every Wednesday in July and August,12pm-2pm
Richard Tucker Park, Broadway at 66th street
FREE. Enjoy this series of free concerts that will be performed during lunch hour. The Summer Concerts Series is presented by the Lincoln Square BID and MTA’s Music Under New York.There will be a mix of talented musicians, some new and some old favorites, sure to please any locals, visitors, or music enthusiasts. The variety of genres includes American Jazz, R&B, Classical, Mariachi, Funk, and more. Learn More
Antigona in New York City
Preview Performances: July 13–15, 17, 18, 20 at 8:30pm
Opening Night: Tuesday, July 21 at 8:30pm
Regular Performances: July 22–August 8: Monday–Saturday at 8:30pm
West Park Presbyterian Church (165 W 86th Street, Manhattan). Tickets: $20–$50 (Purchase). nocheflamenca.com // 212.352.3101. 90 minutes with no intermission. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles. Discounts available for students and groups of 8-25 people. Purchase tickets.
FREE Monthly Housing Clinics
Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Goddard Riverside’s SRO Law Project, and The Urban Justice Center present FREE 2015-2016 Monthly Housing Clinics and Workshops from October 2015 – June 2016 (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. Monthly Housing Clinics will resume on October 2015.
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.
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.