August 2016 News: Deed Restrictions, More Pre-K Seats, and Better Bus Service

 

I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this month, maybe at Carl Schurz Park, where the New York Classical Theatre gave us our very own Shakespeare in the Park, with very well attended performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We secured dozens of additional Pre-Kindergarten seats for the East Side, which allow four year olds to go to school in their own neighborhoods. I allocated $2 million this year  to revitalize the East River Esplanade. This adds to $45 million I have previously secured as Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Task Force with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney. And in Ruppert Park, I helped fund Big Belly solar compactor trash cans to keep the park clean and pest free.

The Department of Investigation released its independent query into why the city removed deed restrictions on the Rivington Street nursing home, allowing it to be turned into luxury condos. The report confirmed that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration in this deal. I plan to hold a Council hearing in the fall to ask more questions and discuss proposals for how we can prevent a similar deal from happening again.

Don't forget on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, until November 17, you can get a GrowNYC Fresh Food Box full of farm fresh produce for only $12 at my district office (order the week before). There are only a few weeks left of the summer -- make sure you are outside enjoying them.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S. We will hold First Friday this month on August 12, not 5.

SPECIAL EVENTS
August 20 & 21
12pm – 4pm
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Imagination Playground & the Uni Project

August 4
6pm – 9pm
FDR Four Freedoms Park
Music at Sunset: Swing with Fleur Seule

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS
August 4, 11, 18 & 25
3:30pm – 6:30pm:
Fresh Food Box

August 9
6-8pm
Policy Night

August 12
8am-10am:
First Friday

August 25
6pm-7:30pm:
Citi Bike Skills Class

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TOP HEADLINES 

  1. Deed Restrictions Initial Investigation Findings
  2. More Pre-K seats to the Upper East Side
  3. Better Bus Service

PARKS

  1. Investing Additional $2 Million in East River Esplanade
  2. Shakespeare in Our Park
  3. Cleaning Up Ruppert Park

ENVIRONMENT

  1. Fresh Food Box
  2. Cooking with Kallos
  3. Reusable Bags
  4. Celebrating 40 Years of GrowNYC
  5. Kicking Off City of Water Day
  6. Catskill Challenge with Governor Cuomo
  7. Studying Microbes in Subways

TECH

  1. Pokémon Go “PokéStop” at Our Office
  2. Law.com: Leading the Civic Revolution
  3. United Nations Civic Camp
  4. STEM Institute for Public School Teacher
  5. Free Course from NYU’s GovLab

COMMUNITY

  1. Citi Bike Expansion and Station Modifications
  2. Holmes Infill Update
  3. Honoring Our Constitution

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

  1. Perfect Attendance
  2. Legislative Corner
  3. Legal Clinic
  4. Here to Help
  5. Mobile District Hours
  6. Ben In Your Building

EVENTS

  1. City Council Events
  2. Events Funded by Our Office
  3. Community Events

 

 

Deed Restriction Initial Investigation Findings

The Department of Investigation (DOI) released the report of its investigation into the Rivington nursing home scandal. The report found that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration. I shared my concern in a statement included in coverage by The Wall Street Journal. Missing from the report were key documents that had been withheld by the Law Department, but were later released following threat of a lawsuit by DOI, as reported in the New York Daily News. The New York Times previously reported that as chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations I have been advocating for a public hearing into getting to the bottom of what occurred at Rivington, and still plan to hold that hearing in the fall to get to unanswered questions.

One thing that is clear from this incident is that we need a more community-driven, inclusive process around lifting deed restrictions. I joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Public Advocate Letitia James and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in calling for the Department of City Planning to use the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) whenever deed restrictions are being lifted. If City Planning makes this change, Community Boards the Borough President, City Planning Commission and the City Council would have a vote whenever a deed restriction is lifted. I have also co-sponsored legislation with Council Member Chin and Manhattan Borough President Brewer that would add accountability and transparency to the deed restrictions process. Watch the press conference calling for deed restriction reform.

More Pre-Kindergarten Seats for the Upper East Side

As was reported last month by FOX 5, I continue to fight for more pre-kindergarten seats here on the Upper East Side. This month, we announced in Our Town the opening of 54 new seats starting in fall 2017 at P.S. 6 on East 81st Street and P.S. 183 on East 66th Street.

The seats will serve Upper East Side families and will prevent dozens of 4 year-olds from having to commute 45 minutes to the financial district for a quality pre-kindergarten education. We have worked with community coalitions like the Roosevelt Island Parents Network as well as the Department of Education to identify parents with four year olds who pledged to send their children to UPK, as well as with schools and providers to become UPK locations to get the number of available seats from the 123 seats reported by WNYC in 2014 up to 552 this coming fall.

If you are a parent in need of Pre-Kindergarten seats this year or next year please email me at upkatbenkallos [dot] com.

Better Bus Service

I ran for office to make our buses and trains run on time. Since my election, I have invested more than half a million dollars in bringing Bus Clocks to bus stops all over the district and working with civic technologists to use MTA Bus Time data to improve bus service, as covered in Gotham Gazette. I joined Riders Alliance and Transit Center  along with Public Advocate Tish James, Borough President Eric Adams Bus and other elected officials to release a new report, “Turnaround: Fixing New York City’s Buses,” we outline several concrete solutions that can be applied to make New York’s buses work better for riders. How is your bus service?

 

PARKS

Investing an Additional $2 Million in the East River Esplanade

Our Town covered my recent investment in the East River Esplanade of an additional $2 million on top of $45 million that I have already secured from the City and private partners as co-chair of the task force with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney. Partnerships with Rockefeller University will repair and revitalize the Esplanade from East 64th to 68th Streets and Hospital for Special Surgery will do the same from East 70th to 72nd Streets and eventually to 78th Street. The additional $2 million will cover from East 68th to 70th Streets, seamlessly connecting the two projects.

DNAInfo also covered CIVITAS’s Reimagining the Waterfront Initiative, which I helped fund, to deliver a vision for East 81st to 84th Streets, along John Finley Walk I have set aside funding and am actively working with the Parks Department to remove the broken gate, add planters for plantings, repair pavement, and add demarcations for passive and active recreation.

Shakespeare in Our Park

The New York Times reviewed New York Classical Theatre’s latest production: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which I am proud to have sponsored and brought to Carl Schurz Park. It was a pleasure to join hundreds of residents each evening over the course of a week to enjoy Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy as we chased performers from scene to scene throughout the park. Artist Julia Sverchuk created the accompanying beautiful depiction of the performance.  Thank you to co-sponsorship by the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy. If you attended please let me know what you thought of the performance.

Cleaning Up Ruppert Park 

We should have a conservancy for every park in the district so that local residents can volunteer to help care for and maintain our parks. Nancy Ploeger is leading the conservancy for Ruppert Park where I was glad to help fund Big Belly solar compactor trash cans to keep the park clean and pest free.

 

ENVIRONMENT

Get Fresh Food at My Office

Grow NYC continues to offer a Fresh Food Box at my district office on Thursdays between 3:30pm and 6:30pm, where you can place your order and pay just $12 (cash, credit/debit, SNAP/food stamps, greenmarket bucks) and pick up a bag of farm fresh produce the following week.

GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Program let's customers benefit from fresh farm to table produce from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, with the flexibility of week-to-week purchasing.

Sign-ups will continue through November 17th. Contact your site coordinator, Abby Lee at aleeatnycgrow [dot] org or to learn more visit http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox

Cooking with Kallos

Each summer I join GrowNYC  at Greenmarkets on Saturdays at 82nd Street off 1st Avenue and Sundays at 92nd Street and 1st Avenue for “Cooking with Kallos,” where I cook with what’s on sale at the market that day and you can have a taste. Join me at our next “Cooking with Kallos” to enjoy good food and shop at the Greenmarkets, brimming with delicious fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, and baked products from local farms.

Kallos Kale Salad

(Serves 6-8 as a side)

  • 1 bunch kale (we used common green leaf kale, but you could use any kale for this recipe)
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar (or you could use lemon or lime juice instead) Pepper to taste
  • 1 4-oz carton of red currants
  • 1 4-oz carton of white currants

Remove the stems from kale leaves and then chop or tear kale leaves into bite size pieces. Mix the oil, salt, pepper, and vinegar (or citrus juice) to make dressing. Pour dressing over the prepared kale and begin massaging the kale (essentially grabbing the kale and working the dressing into it). Continue massaging until the leaves take on a wilted look about them, should take 2-3 minutes. Add currants, mix one more time (this time softly being careful not to smash fruit).

Kallos-slaw Salsa

  • 1 cup grated carrots ( 2-3 carrots)*
  • 1 cup grated radish (2-5 radishes)*
  • 1 cup grated kohlrabi (1-2 kohlrabi)*
  • 1 bunch cilantro, minced
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • optional: Chili pepper/hot sauce

*The vegetable proportions, or crunchy vegetable choices, can be varied to taste (other great additions could be cabbage, Brussel sprouts, or even apple).

There are lots of crunchy vegetables blooming in the summer that don’t get a lot of love, so we decided to take a tasty (and healthy) twist on them by preparing them like a slaw, but seasoning and serving them as a salsa. Combine the grated vegetables in a bowl, pour in yogurt, lime juice, a few generous pinches of salt and pepper and mix (preferably with your hands). Check flavor (these veggies have a lot of water so you may need more lime or salt). If using, add chili pepper or hot sauce. Mix in cilantro just before serving. Serve with burgers, as a side salad, or with healthy chips.

*The vegetable proportions, or crunchy vegetable choices, can be varied to taste (other great additions could be cabbage, Brussel sprouts, or even apple).

Combine the grated vegetables in a bowl, pour in yogurt, lime juice, a few generous pinches of salt and pepper and mix (preferably with your hands). Check flavor (these veggies have a lot of water so you may need more lime or salt). If using, add chili pepper or hot sauce. Mix in cilantro just before serving. Serve with burgers, as a side salad, or with tortilla chips.

Reusable Bags

Over the last two years my office has given out hundreds of reusable bags to local residents as part of an ongoing concerted effort to reduce waste and move away from single-use plastic bags throughout the City. This month I joined State Senator Liz Krueger and the Citizens Committee for New York City for a reusable bag giveaway at C-Town Supermarket on 1st Avenue and 89th Street. Hundreds of people walked away with free reusable canvas bags that will help them prepare for the single-use bag fee set to go into effect in February of 2017. All constituents are welcome to stop by my office located at 244 East 93rd Street weekdays between 9am and 5pm for your free reusable bag.

Celebrating 40 Years of GrowNYC

We celebrated the 40th anniversary of GrowNYC with a Proclamation from the City of New York. Since 1976 GrowNYC has worked hands on to improve communities empowering residents to secure and distribute clean and healthy fresh food.

Kicking Off City of Water Day

I am proud to represent the Upper East Side along the East River Esplanade and Roosevelt Island, where we know the importance of reinvesting in our waterways. I have had the pleasure of working in partnership with Waterfront Alliance to whom I provide funding fund and whom I joined in the ribbon cutting for the 9th annual City of Water Day aboard the Clipper City. 

Catskill Challenge with Governor Cuomo

NY 1 covered Governor Cuomo’s Catskills Challenge, where my teammate and fellow Council Member Corey Johnson won an award for our speed in whitewater rafting! More importantly, we joined the Governor in bringing attention to this region of the state that is great for outdoor adventures. This August, support fellow New Yorkers with a day trip or weekend hiking, fishing, paddling, biking or more in the Catskills. Learn more at http://www.iloveny.com/places-to-go/catskills/

Studying Microbes in Subways

I joined NY1’s In Transit with Dr. Mason where we discussed the international study of antimicrobial resistance being headed by Weill Cornell Medical College right here on the East Side. During the study, Dr. Mason, a team of researchers, and I swabbed subway surfaces as the New York part of a global effort to collect 12,000 samples of RNA, DNA, and microbes to map the ecosystem of the transportation hubs across 54 cities. I look forward to hearing of the genetic diversity that the MetaSub Global Consortium project finds at the Olympics in Rio this month.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Pokémon Go “PokéStop” at Our Office

Pokémon Go has become a world-wide phenomenon. If you are curious, Pokémon Go is a free-to-play (with in-game purchases) location-based game in which Pokémon characters are displayed over live video from your phone’s camera and can be caught by swiping to “throw” a Pokéball. Residents can stop by my District Office, which is a Pokéstop, to pick up free Pokéballs, potions, and eggs in the game. The game has been credited with getting youth out of the house, walking around looking for Pokémon and socializing with other players. Players are welcome take part in all the game has to offer its users, and encourage those who see it fit to journey to 244 East 93rd Street for a boost.

The NYPD Has provided a list of safety tips that all player should follow while playing:

  • Be alert at all times and stay aware of your surroundings;
  • Play in pairs or as a group to ensure your safety;
  • Do not drive, bike, or skateboard while using the app - you can't do both safely;
  • Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you usually would not if you weren't playing Pokémon Go;
  • Be aware and tell your kids about “stranger-danger.” The app may draw strangers together in real life at “Pokéstops” and especially at “Pokémon Gyms” where they will “battle” virtually.
  • Beware of apps (from 3rd parties that are not Niantic) claiming to enhance the gaming experience. These 3rd party apps only steal sensitive data - i.e. name, email, etc.
  • Have fun AND stay safe. Good luck in your quest, and happy hatching, trapping, and training at the Pokémon Gym!

At First Friday on August 12 from 8AM – 10AM, Pokémon trainers are welcome to join us, where we will have a lure attached to our Pokéstop in the District Office to attract Pokémon for you to capture.

Law.com: Civic Revolution

Law.com covered my talk at the 2016 Legal Hackers International Summit questioning whether I was beginning “A Civic Revolution” as I discussed systemic problems

with governance and democracy emanating from a 19th century model for public engagement. I challenged the technology and legal community to set the law free and use tools like the City Record Online to put “government in the pocket of the people” by providing meaningful opportunities for public engagement in the democratic process. Watch my keynote on BenKallos.com/videos or read more at Law.com.

United Nations Civic Camp

I was proud to be a featured speaker of the United Nations Open Source Innovation Initiative (Unite Open Source) Open Camps conference’s Civic Camp where I led a talk with former New York State Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin on “Open Source Government: Distributing Good Legal and Software Code” in Conference Room 8 at the United Nations Headquarters.  Do you have a free and open source project that could help bring government into the 21st century?

STEM Institute for Public School Teachers

I joined the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education (CSNYC) - the non-profit behind Computer Science For All, a 10-year, $80 million plan to bring computer science education to every student in New York City public schools – for the Department of Education’s summer Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Institute at Stuyvesant High School where teachers are paid to learn how to teach STEM to our public school students. Registration is now open for the Spring STEM institute that will take place from April 26 to 28. Ask your public school teacher or principal to register now, so that your boy or girl can learn if they may want a career in STEM today!

Free Course from NYU’s GovLab

Last summer, The New York Times covered Automatic Benefits legislation that I introduced to close the gap between New Yorkers who are eligible for benefits like SNAP and those who actually receive them. I wrote this bill after seeing so many constituents encounter difficulties with the enrollment and re-application processes. As we continue to push this important legislation forward, I have also been working on many fronts to develop technological, policy, and community-based solutions to this problem.

Now you can help build the future by joining a free course currently being offered at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s GovLab. I will coach the course with Beth Noveck, an alumna of the Obama Administration who wrote the White House Open Government policy and is the Co-Founder and Director of GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. The legislation I introduced if adopted into law will help fix some of the problems around automatic benefits. Learn more or sign up for the class: http://govlabacademy.org/innovations-in-automatic-benefits-for-citizens-detail.html

 

COMMUNITY

Citi Bike Expansion and Station Modifications

Thank you to all the Upper East Side residents who came out to numerous meetings last year and this past July to help place Citi Bike stations to benefit our community. The following additions and modifications have been announced by the Department of Transportation, and are being installed now.

Citi Bike Station Dock Reduction:
  • First Avenue and 62nd Street
  • 67th Street and Park Avenue
  • Third Avenue and 71st Street
  • 81st Street and York Avenue
  • East End Avenue and 86th Street
  • 85th Street and York Avenue
  • 84th Street and Park Avenue

Citi Bike Station "Infill":

  • North side of 65th Street midblock between Second and Third Avenues
  • South side of 66th Street west of Madison Avenue
  • North side of 68th Street east of Madison Avenue
  • West side of Third Avenue north of 72nd Street
  • South side of 74th Street east of First Avenue
  • North side of 78th Street west of Second A venue
  • East side of Madison Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets
  • South side of 83rd Street west of East End Avenue
  • South side of 92nd Street between Lexington and Third Avenues
Stations north of 86th Street have were selected as part of last year's process, and are being installed now as part of expansion north to 110th Street.
 
To celebrate the expansion, Citi Bike is offering limited $25.00 off annual memberships through August 31.We have partnered with Motivate and Bike New York to ensure that Citi Bike riders are as safe as possible by providing a free monthly 90 minute training in our office. The next free training will be August 25 at 6pm, where every participant will receive a free 24-hour Citi Bike pass, worth $9.95+tax!

Holmes Infill Update

While I support the overall goals of the NextGeneration housing plan for NYCHA, I came out against the construction of any market-rate luxury housing on NYCHA property at a public hearing in August of 2015. Now that Holmes Towers has been selected as one of two initial NYCHA developments that will see construction of a new building with 50% market-rate luxury housing, my position has not changed. As the elected official representing the neighborhood where Holmes Towers is located I have been invited to take part in Stakeholder meetings that aim to get give those affected by the project a say in final decisions. I am there to represent the interests of the community, to make sure the best interests of residents who have been living at Holmes Towers for decades are represented and heard. You can read more about my position in Our Town, DNAinfo, and the Daily News as well as that of other elected officials who oppose the project.

Honoring Our Constitution

On Independence Day, I had the opportunity to join noted civil rights attorney Norman Siegel and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at the Eleanor Roosevelt Statue in Riverside Park for the annual reading of the United States Constitution as we celebrate its freedoms. How did you celebrate your Fourth of July?

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

Perfect Attendance

As Upper East Sider Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is eighty percent of life,” and I am proud to have been recognized by the Daily News for perfect attendance along with Minority Leader Steven Matteo and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. I not only show up to City Council hearings, but I am happy to show up for you at community meetings, cooperative board or annual meetings, or for a Ben-in-your-building if you can gather together ten neighbors. I look forward to continuing to “show up” for you.

Legislative Corner

This month I cosponsored three bills that became law. The bills, Local Laws 82, 83, and 84 of 2016 were part of a package that eliminated the unnecessary and unfair burden we place on women’s health by making feminine hygiene products available, at no-cost, to women and girls in public schools, correctional facilities, and shelters.

Feminine hygiene products are essential for the health and well-being of women and girls. Inadequate access is proven to cause negative health effects and disrupts the learning day of our girls in school. These laws bring greater equity to how we treat our health and will have a positive impact on hundreds of thousands of New Yorker

Legal Clinic

Family Law and Domestic Violence
Second Monday at District Office

Housing Clinics (New schedule!)
First and third Monday, 3-6pm, Consultations by Phone
Please call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment.

Here to Help

We are here to help. My social work team can help you find out what services you are eligible for, and assist you in your application. Some examples include:

  • Seniors: Medicare savings, Meals-on-Wheels, Access-A-Ride
  • Housing: searching for affordable units, free legal housing clinic at my office
  • Jobs: training resources and assistance, unemployment benefits
  • Families: Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs
  • Finances: cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance
  • Nutrition: WIC, free meals for all ages

Please also call us at 212-860-1950 or email at bkallosatbenkallos [dot] com with any unresolved 311 complaints.

Mobile District Hours 

Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 11:30am-2pm:

  • Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday
  • Carter Burden Center for the Aging, 351 East 74th Street, 3rd Wednesday
  • Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday Appointments after 5pm available Upon Request

Ben In Your Building 

The "Ben in Your Building Program" is a chance to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors in person, in your home. If you gather 10 or more friends, I will come to you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including efforts to fight the marine transfer station, sanitation and condo owner issues. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email ScheduleratBenKallos [dot] com.

CITY COUNCIL EVENTS

8/9: Policy Night
6-8pm, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

8/12: First Friday
8 - 10am, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

8/25: Citi Bike Skills Class
6pm, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street
Learn how to ride Citi Bike safely and receive a discount off your annual membership or a free day pass.

9/15: Town Hall
6pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering, 430 E 67th Street
Join Council Member Kallos and City Agencies for an update on important community issues.

9/29: Emergency Preparedness Go Bag Giveaway
6:30pm, Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main St
With funding from Council Member Kallos, the NYC Office of Emergency Management will distribute Go Bags and Go Bag Kits.

10/13: Senior Health Fair
1am - 2pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E 70th St

EVENTS FUNDED BY OUR OFFICE

Everyday: Lenox Hill Senior Center Breakfast
8:15 - 9am, Lenox Hill Senior Center, 343 East 70th Street
Must be a member. Sign-up 8 - 9am.

Everyday: Lenox Hill Senior Center Lunch
11:30am - 12:30pm, Lenox Hill Senior Center, 343 East 70th Street
Must be a member. Sign-up 9:15am - 12:10pm.

Everyday: Lenox Hill Senior Center Lunch
5:30 - 6:30pm, Lenox Hill Senior Center, 343 East 70th Street
Must be a member. Sign-up starts at 4:30pm.

Monday - Friday: Carter Burden Luncheon Club Lunch
12 - 1pm, Carter Burden Luncheon Club, 351 East 74th Street

9/2: Veterans Focus Group & Pizza Night
7 - 9pm, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, 351 East 74th St

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Every Day (except Sundays): Quiet Study Room
12pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Subject to availability. Closed between 3:45 and 5pm on the first Monday of the month.

Every Monday: Vinyasa Yoga with Lauren
6pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Lawn
This Vinyasa Yoga class taught by Lauren is suitable for all abilities. Participants should bring their own mats. There is no registration required but there is a suggested donation of $5. Class is free for members.

Every Tuesday: Baby Lapsit for Pre-Walkers/Toddler Story Time
10:15/10:45am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Each program is first come, first served and limited to 15 children and their caregivers. There is no elevator and stroller parking is limited.

Every Tuesday: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop
11 am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Pre-registration required in person or by phone at 212-744-5824.

Every Tuesday: Fresh Food Boxes from GrowNYC
3:30-6pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street
Purchase high quality, farm fresh produce at below-retail prices. For only $12, receive $25 worth of fresh greens & fruit every week! To sign up, go to www.grownyc.org/foodbox and contact Abby Lee at aleeatnycgrow [dot] org.

Every Tuesday: Reading Aloud
4 pm, Webster Library, 1465 York Avenue
Ages 3 and up.

Every Wednesday: Read to Chucky, a New York Therapy Dog
4 pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Pre-registration required for every 15-minute session and opens up a week in advance. Ages 5 and up.

Every Wednesday: Toddler Time
1, 11:30, 11:45, Webster Library, 1465 York Avenue
Birth to 3 years, tickets given out first come first serve the morning of the program and capped at 15 toddlers.

Every Thursday: Picture Book Story Time
2 pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Ages 3 and older.

Every Thursday: Knitting and Crochet
11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main Street
All adults are welcome to join us for knitting and crochet.

Every Friday: Hatha Yoga with Keren
6pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Lawn
This Hatha Yoga class taught by Keren is suitable for all abilities. Participants should bring their own mats. There is no registration required but there is a suggested donation of $5. Class is free for members.

Every Friday: We are New York English Conversation Groups: Roosevelt Island Library
10:30am, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main Street
ESOL learners are invited to meet and practice English with other learners by watching We are New York videos. Limited space, event is first come, first served.

Every Saturday: Kids Coloring Club
10 am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Children of all ages, feel free to bring your favorite coloring book.

Every Saturday: Read to Fritz, a New York Therapy Dog
11 am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Pre-registration required for every 15-minute session and opens up a week in advance. Ages 5 and up.

Every Saturday: Chair Yoga
11am, The Church of the Holy Trinity NYC, 316 East 87th Street

Every Saturday: Matinee Movie
12:30pm, The Church of the Holy Trinity NYC, 316 East 87th Street

Every Saturday: English Conversation Group
11am, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th Street
No registration necessary. For adults 16 years or older.

Every Saturday: Vinyasa Yoga with Jax
10am, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Lawn
This Vinyasa Yoga class taught by Jax is suitable for all abilities. Participants should bring their own mats. There is no registration required but there is a suggested donation of $5. Class is free for members.

8/1: MS Excel 2010 For Beginners
1pm, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th St.
Program is first come first serve and is for adults only.

8/1, 8/8, 8/15: Cardiac Corner - Blood Pressure Screening
10:30am, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, 525 East 68th Street, Greenberg Pavilion, 4th Floor Atrium, Education Center
Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings. High blood pressure can greatly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, usually has no symptoms, and can only be detected by measuring it. For questions, call 212-746-9294 or email perelmanhearteduatnyp [dot] org

8/2: The Seated State: Play Reading at 67th Street
5-6:30pm, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th Street

Intended for adults, but all ages welcome. Texts supplied.
8/2, 8/3, 8/4, 8/5: Get in the Game: Be a Library All-Star
1pm, 67th St. Library, 328 E 67th St
Intended for ages 7-12. Space is limited, so participants must register in advance at the library.

8/3, 8/10, 8/17: Yorkville Summer Series: Wacky Wednesday
1 pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Meeting Room
An hour of fun games and crafts.

8/3, 8/31: Preschool Program
11:15am, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Stories and films for young children

8/4: Music at Sunset: Swing with Fleur Seule
6pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Learn to swing-dance with lessons for all levels while enjoying swing, jazz, and ballroom hits by Fleur Seule. Food, beer, and wine will be available for sale. Event is free; no registration required.

8/4, 8/11, 8/18: HandsOnly CPR
1:30pm, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, 525 East 68th Street, Greenberg Pavilion, 4th Floor Atrium
HandsOnly CPR can be a life-saving difference for someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. It is easy and involves no mouth-to-mouth contact - only pushing hard and fast on the chest. Hopefully you’ll never have to use it, but your preparedness could save a life. This class does not offer certification. TO register, call 212-746-9294 or email perelmanhearteduatnyp [dot] org.

8/4, 8/11: Get in the Game: Be a Library All-Star!
2pm, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main Street
Children are invited to team up with the library this summer to learn new skills and explore new ideas with hands-on creative programming. Event is free but space is limited and based on a first come, first served basis.

8/4, 8/11, 8/16, 8/18, 8/25: Computer Tutoring Sessions
5:30pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Must call or sign up at one of the help sessions.

8/5: Office Readiness Series Orientation Session
2-3pm, 3-4pm, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th Street
Intended for students and start up business. Register for orientation by visiting bitly.com/nyplready

8/5, 8/12: Yorkville Summer Series: Puzzles
11 am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
All ages welcome, no registration necessary.

8/6, 8/12, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27: Computer Tutoring Sessions (noon)
12pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
One-on-one tutoring sessions. Call or stop by library to sign up

8/6, 8/20, 8/27: Computer Tutoring Sessions (afternoon)
2pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
One on one tutoring sessions. Call or stop by library to sign up

8/8: Intermediate Excel 2010
1-3pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Intended for adults, must have basic knowledge of Excel 2010. First come first serve basis.

8/8: Preschool Steam: Body Science
4 pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Limited to 12 children ages 3-6. Pre-registration required in person or by calling 212-744-5824.

8/9: Sunset Film Festival: Ocean’s 11
8:30pm, Carls Schurz Park, 84th St and East End Ave

8/9, 8/23: Healthy Heart Talks
1pm, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, 525 East 68th Street, Greenberg Pavilion, 4th Floor Atrium, Education Center
Weekly talks related to heart health by NYP professionals. The presentations are informal and interactive, allowing you the opportunity to learn in a relaxing environment. Robert Allan, PhD will speak about stress and heart disease on the 9th, and Julie Ann Aueron, PT, DPT, RYT 200 will speak about chair yoga on the 23rd. For questions, call 212-746-9294 or email perelmanhearteduatnyp [dot] org.

8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30: Summer Sandbox Series
4-4:30pm, Carls Schurz Park, 84th St and East End Ave
Story time for kids in the playground at 84th St.

8/10: Lincoln Center Local: Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
4:30-6:30pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Screening of Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton which was performed at Avery Fisher Hall on July 6th, 2015.

8/11: Bladder: Challenges and Solutions
12pm, Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, Room B20
A monthly discussion for patients and family members who have completed chemotherapy or surgery for newly diagnosed bladder cancer. Issues discussed include and dealing effectively with changes in body image and maintaining intimacy. No observers, please, without prior approval. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

8/11: A Gathering for Brain Tumor Survivors
1pm, Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, Room 101
A monthly discussion and support group for survivors of a primary brain tumor and their families/caregivers. Issues discussed include: fear of recurrence, side effects from medications/treatment, and seizure activity. No observers, please, without prior approval. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

8/11: Head, Neck and Oral Cancers: Moving Forward
2pm, Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, Room 103
A monthly discussion and support group for patients who have completed treatment for head, neck and oral cancers. Issues discussed include: nutrition, speech, changes in appearance, and living with uncertainty. No observers, please, without prior approval. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

8/11: Music at Sunset: Joyful Jazz with Sammy Miller and the Congregation
6pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Come join us and listen to jazz band, Sammy Miller and the Congregation. Event is free and no registration is required. Food, beer, and wine will be available for sale. Members will receive 2 complimentary drinks.

8/12: Lunchtime Lecture: Dining in the 1820’s
12:30pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street
Bring a brown bag lunch, enjoy coffee and tea, and learn about what and how people ate back in the 19th century.

8/12: August Craft Time
3 pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Meeting Room
Ages 3 and up.

8/13: Volunteer Gardening
9:30am-12:30pm, Carls Schurz Park, 86th St and East End Ave.
Adult group only. Children who wish to participate must be accompanied by adults or parents.

8/13: Adoption Event: Biscuits and Bath at Sutton Place
11-3pm, 1064 1st Avenue, New York, NY
Adoption Event

8/13: Conservancy Tour – Flora and Fauna at Four Freedoms Park
1pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Learn about the flora and fauna that make Four Freedoms Park home, the selection of trees at the Park, and our participation in NYC’s million-tree campaign. Tour is free. Walk-ins welcome but registration is recommended.

8/13: Beethoven’s FIDELIO recital by New York Opera Forum
1-4pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Free admission

8/13: Now What? Re-Imagine Your Life During Times of Transition
2-3:30pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Intended for those going through a mid-life transition or retired.

8/15: Advanced Excel: Charts, Tables, and Pivots
1-3pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Requires intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

8/15: Family Film: Shaun of the Sheep
2pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Free admission

8/15: Life After Breast Cancer
3:30pm, Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, Room 101
A support group for women and men who have completed treatment for breast cancer. Issues discussed include coping with body image changes and understanding fear of recurrence. No observers, please, without prior approval. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org..

8/15: After School Magic
4pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
For children and teens. All equipment will be provided.

8/16: Digestive Health
5:30pm, Rockefeller Research Laboratories, 430 East 67th Street, Room 116
Survivors and their caregivers will hear from a licensed acupuncturist and a licensed massage therapist team to discuss common complaints and how they can be treated through integrative medicine. Complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage offer many safe and effective ways to help patients alleviate chronic and temporary digestive health issues such as constipation, nausea, and IBS, among others. No observers, please, without prior approval. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

8/18: Film- Who Done it? (‘42) And A Date with The Falcon (‘42)
2pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Free admission

8/18: Summer Reading: Fun in the Sun
2pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
An interactive summer music event.

8/18, 8/25: Throwback Thursdays: Summer Film Festival at 67th Street Library
2pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
Showings of “throwback” movies.

8/19: Storytime: All About Music
10:30am, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street
Bring your children to Storytime to hear all about music. Games and crafts afterwards. Event is free with admission.

8/19 and 8/26: Puzzle Time
11 am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Children’s Room
Good for all ages.

8/20, 8/21: Imagination Playground & the Uni Project
12pm, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Come join us for family friendly activities with Imagination Playground and the Uni Project. Event is free and no registration is required.

8/22: Advanced Excel: Advanced Formulas
1-3pm, 67th St Library, 328 E 67th St
First come first serve. For those with intermediate knowledge of excel.

8/22: Family Film - Up
2pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Free admission

8/22: Kid Flicks
4 pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St, Meeting Room
Ages 3 and up.

8/24: Creatures of the Night
3pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Summer reading program for children and teens

8/25: Film- Sherlock Holmes in Washington (‘43) and the Mystery of Mr. Wong (‘39)
2pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Free admission

8/27: Horticulture Club
10am, Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Join the Four Freedoms Park Horticulture Club and help keep the park clean. No experience necessary. Water and light snacks are provided. Event is free. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

8/29: Family Film: Charlotte’s Web (‘06)
2pm, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Free admission

8/31: Preschool Program
10:30am, 96th St Library, 112 E 96th St
Stories and films for young children

 

I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this month, maybe at Carl Schurz Park, where the New York Classical Theatre gave us our very own Shakespeare in the Park, with very well attended performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When we weren't under Puck's spell in July, we announced the addition of dozens of Pre-Kindergarten seats for the East Side. These seats will open in the fall and will make the lives of many families so much easier. Our neighborhood parks also saw progress as money I secured and allocated begins to revitalize the East River Esplanade. Ruppert Park saw the installation of Big Belly trash cans that will keep the park clean and free of the garbage overflow that atracts rats. 

The Department of Investigation released its independent query into why the city removed deed restrictions on the Rivington Street nursing home, allowing it to be turned into luxury condos. The report confirmed that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration in this deal. I plan to hold a Council hearing in the fall to ask more questions and discuss proposals for how we can prevent a similar deal from happening again.

In August we will hold a Bike Safety Event to update you on this year's progress with our Bike Safety program. We will also continue to take new signups for our Fresh Food Boxes at my office from Grow NYC.

First Friday will take place on August 12, NOT August 5.

There are only a few weeks left of the summer -- make sure you are outside enjoying them.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos

Council Member 

Special Event

 

Bike Safety

 

FDR Four Freedoms

 

Events at District Office

 

8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25: Fresh Food Box

3:30pm – 6:30pm

 

8/9, 6pm-8pm: Policy Night

 

8/12, 8am-10am: First Friday*

 

8/25, 6pm-7:30pm: Citi Bike Skills Class

 

 

I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this month, maybe at Carl Schurz Park, where the New York Classical Theatre gave us our very own Shakespeare in the Park, with very well attended performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When we weren't under Puck's spell in July, we announced the addition of dozens of Pre-Kindergarten seats for the East Side. These seats will open in the fall and will make the lives of many families so much easier. Our neighborhood parks also saw progress as money I secured and allocated begins to revitalize the East River Esplanade. Ruppert Park saw the installation of Big Belly trash cans that will keep the park clean and free of the garbage overflow that atracts rats. 

The Department of Investigation released its independent query into why the city removed deed restrictions on the Rivington Street nursing home, allowing it to be turned into luxury condos. The report confirmed that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration in this deal. I plan to hold a Council hearing in the fall to ask more questions and discuss proposals for how we can prevent a similar deal from happening again.

In August we will hold a Bike Safety Event to update you on this year's progress with our Bike Safety program. We will also continue to take new signups for our Fresh Food Boxes at my office from Grow NYC.

First Friday will take place on August 12, NOT August 5.

There are only a few weeks left of the summer -- make sure you are outside enjoying them.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos

Council Member 

Special Event

 

Bike Safety

 

FDR Four Freedoms

 

Events at District Office

 

8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25: Fresh Food Box

3:30pm – 6:30pm

 

8/9, 6pm-8pm: Policy Night

 

8/12, 8am-10am: First Friday*

 

8/25, 6pm-7:30pm: Citi Bike Skills Class

 

 

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I hope you had a chance to relax and enjoy yourself this month, maybe at Carl Schurz Park, where the New York Classical Theatre gave us our very own Shakespeare in the Park, with very well attended performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

When we weren't under Puck's spell in July, we announced the addition of dozens of Pre-Kindergarten seats for the East Side. These seats will open in the fall and will make the lives of many families so much easier. Our neighborhood parks also saw progress as money I secured and allocated begins to revitalize the East River Esplanade. Ruppert Park saw the installation of Big Belly trash cans that will keep the park clean and free of the garbage overflow that atracts rats. 

The Department of Investigation released its independent query into why the city removed deed restrictions on the Rivington Street nursing home, allowing it to be turned into luxury condos. The report confirmed that the best interest of the city was not given due consideration in this deal. I plan to hold a Council hearing in the fall to ask more questions and discuss proposals for how we can prevent a similar deal from happening again.

In August we will hold a Bike Safety Event to update you on this year's progress with our Bike Safety program. We will also continue to take new signups for our Fresh Food Boxes at my office from Grow NYC.

First Friday will take place on August 12, NOT August 5.

There are only a few weeks left of the summer -- make sure you are outside enjoying them.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos

Council Member 

Special Event

 

Bike Safety

 

FDR Four Freedoms

 

Events at District Office

 

8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25: Fresh Food Box

3:30pm – 6:30pm

 

8/9, 6pm-8pm: Policy Night

 

8/12, 8am-10am: First Friday*

 

8/25, 6pm-7:30pm: Citi Bike Skills Class