December News: Holiday Party, New Park, Mayor's Management

Friend,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the December Holidays. Please join me and my staff at our District Office for our annual Holiday Party this coming Tuesday, December 6, from 5pm to 7pm.

Many have reached out to me following this year’s Presidential Election results. As with all situations, we will move forward as we have on countless issues over the last three years, together. While some want to build walls, we must build connections by organizing communities in our buildings, block, neighborhood, borough, city, and state. Whether you want to focus on public education, access to reproductive health, affordable housing, public transportation, the environment, protecting our immigrants, or another issue, we are here, as always, to support and empower you.

As covered by The Wall Street Journal, the East River 50s Alliance and I helped obtain a stop work order on the demolition job connected to the proposed 950-foot Sutton Superscraper. We also formally submitted our rezoning proposal, the next big step towards capping the height of buildings in the Sutton Area at 260 feet. As Co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Taskforce with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, I worked with the City and Friends of the East River Esplanade to open the East 90th Street Pier Park.

As we celebrate the holidays, I reflect on how thankful I am to be your Council Member and for our partnership in making our community a better place. Whatever you need, whether it is a free menorah or help with housing, we are here to help.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S. First Friday is December 2nd and Policy Night is December 13th. Also be sure to RSVP for my State of the District event on Janaury 22, 2017 at Memorial Sloan Kettering. 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Holiday Party
  2. Stop Work Order Issued at Sutton Tower
  3. 90th Street Pier Opens as Park to Public
  4. Improvements to the Mayor’s Management Report
  5. Proclamation for Heroic Firefighters
  6. New This Month: Land Use and Landmarking Clinic with Historic Districts Council

ELECTION 2016

  1. The Presidential Election
  2. Long Lines on Election Day
  3. Homeless Outreach to Encourage Voting
  4. Registering as an Organ Donor Gets Easier and Disenfranchised Incarcerated Voters Get Absentee Ballots

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Bike Safety Program Reels in Results
  2. Protecting Tenants from 2nd Avenue Subway Displacement

HEALTH & SAFETY

  1. Universal Free School Lunch
  2. Obamacare Signup
  3. Preparing for Emergencies
  4. Free Smoke Detectors, Preventing Home Fires
  5. Medicare Enrollment Event

HOUSING

  1. Eastside Task Force for Homeless Outreach Meets to Make a Difference
  2. Supreme Court Denies Appeal to Remove Landmark
  3. Advocacy Protects NYC’s Integrated Communities from Proposed HUD Policy
  4. Tenants & Neighbors Protecting Our Affordable Housing
  5. Landmarks50 Alliance Luncheon
  6. Protecting affordable Housing on Roosevelt Island

EQUALITY

  1. Supporting Pay Equity for Female City Employees
  2. National Women’s History Museum
  3. Language Access

COMMUNITY

  1. Apply for Kindergarten
  2. Public Service Award from NCJFE and Blue Card Dinner
  3. Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway
  4. Constituent Spotlight: “Madam Secretary” Goes Green
  5. Pre-Turkey Day Shred-A-Thon
  6. Junior Tennis League and Meeting with Parents
  7. Welcoming Windward
  8. Goodwill Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  9. In the Community

OFFICE UPDATES

  1. Legislative Corner
  2. Progressive Caucus: 15 Priority Bills Passed
  3. Free Legal Clinics
  4. Here to Help
  5. Mobile District Hours
  6. Ben in Your Building

EVENTS AND RESOURCES

  1. City Council Events
  2. Government Meetings
  3. Community Boards
  4. New York Police Department
  5. Neighborhood and Tenant Association
  6. Community Events for Kids
  7. Community Events for Adults
  8. Resources Funded in Part by My Office

 

Holiday Party

You are invited! On December 6 from 5pm to 7pm join me and my team at my District Office to celebrate the holiday season together, reflect on the past year’s work, and enjoy light refreshments and holiday cheer. RSVP by calling 212-860-1950 or at BenKallos.com/Events

 

Stop Work Order Issued at Sutton Tower

The Wall Street Journal reported that a stop work order was issued for the site neighboring the proposed Sutton skyscraper after 71 year-old tenant Charles Fernandez reached out to me after he was told of plans by developers to move his furniture, make holes in his ceiling, and worse. I requested the Department of Buildings perform an audit, which revealed the developer did not have a legally required plan to protect tenants and the work was being done under falsified documents. In addition The East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA), Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Dan Garodnick, State Senator Liz Krueger and I have submitted an application to rezone the Sutton area capping buildings at 260 feet and bringing affordable housing to the neighborhood. Thank you to ERFA for their partnership and the New York City Department of Buildings for the audit and the order. Sign the petition to stop the Superscraper at benkallos.com/petition/SuttonPlace

 

90th Street Pier Opens as Park to Public

As of November 3 there are 3,000 square feet of new park space on the Upper East Side. Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and I inaugurated the 90th Street Pier Park alongside Friends of the East River Esplanade chair Jennifer Ratner, and Waterfront Alliance CEO Roland Lewis and Jameson Mitchell of CIVITAS. I have been advocating since 2014 to the Department of Transportation and the New York City Parks Department to work together and with local leaders and turn this unused space into a much needed park. Since that time I have also worked to improve the East River Esplanade while serving as co-Chair of the East River Esplanade Task Force. In that capacity I have secured more than $53 million for these projects. Read more about the new 90th Street Pier Park in the Upper East Side Patch and the Manhattan Express.

 

Improvements to the Mayor’s Management Report

Every year the Mayor issues the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR), a report card of sorts intended to show how City agencies are performing. This is the third MMR since I took office and became chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, and since the first one my intention has been to get the Mayor’s office to be more transparent and accurate in the reporting it does using the MMR, so that all New Yorkers can see how the city is being managed. At this last MMR hearing in November in response to my requests, the Mayor’s Office of Operations announced that agency rule making and agency spending would now be more transparent. The Citizens Budget Commission supports my belief that New Yorkers should know how their tax dollars are being invested to improve our city. I am proud of the progress the Mayor’s Office of Operations has made and look forward to continued collaboration. For more information on the hearing and the MMR read the release or watch the hearing.  

 

Proclamation for Heroic Firefighters

The heroic efforts of New York City Fire Department Engines 53, 91, 58, 76 and 44 were recognized by a Proclamation issued in November, as covered by ABC. On October 27 at 3:30am a deadly blaze engulfed 324 East 93rd Street. If not for the impressive teamwork of New York City’s bravest this fire could have been deadlier. I was joined by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viveriti and Council Member and Elizabeth Crowley in once again officially thanking to the New York City Fire Department for keeping us safe and performing this miraculous rescue. I hope the proclamations are hung high and proudly for all to see. For more information on the proclamations, read the release.

 

New This Month: Land Use and Landmarking Clinic with Historic Districts Council

For the first time, this month I will be holding a free Land Use and Landmarking Clinic at my District Office. The clinic will give participants information and advice on common zoning and land use issues, how to create landmarks and historic districts, and working with the Landmarks Commission and Department of Buildings.

December 8, 5:00pm-6:00pm
District Office at 244 East 93rd Street
Please RSVP by calling 212-860-1950.

 

 

ELECTION 2016

The Presidential Election

Many have reached out to me following this year’s Presidential Election results. As with all situations, we will move forward as we have on countless issues over the years, together. While some want to build walls, we must build connections by organizing communities in our buildings, block, neighborhood, borough, city, and state. Whether you want to focus on public education, access to reproductive health, affordable housing, public transportation, the environment, protecting our immigrants, or another issue, we are here, as always, to support and empower you.

 

Long Lines On Election Day

Ahead of this year’s election The Wall Street JournalNew York Post, and The Chief Leader reported on the problems that were expected at the polls come November 8th. On Election Day 2016, The New York Times and Channel 7 WABC confirmed those problems and fears as they reported on the unacceptably long lines that Upper East Side voters dealt with. 

As chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations which has oversight on the Board of Elections (BOE) since I was elected, especially leading up to this year’s Presidential Election I warned the BOE that long lines and waiting periods over 30 minutes could be a problem if my questions regarding staffing levels, the condition of machines and poll site consolidation were not addressed. Just a week before the election I called for and held a hearing where I asked the BOE the hard questions involving readiness. Although there are several proposals to try and cut down on the lines and wait times, many of those reforms must be done on the state level. With oversight of the Board of Elections, I will continue to fight for reform by getting rid of patronage appointments and pressing New York State for election reforms like early voting and vote by mail. On the city level we can stop the consolidation of poll sites in densely populated neighborhoods by letting the Board of Elections know of places that would serve as good poll sites for future elections. The Board of Elections’ effort to comply with federal ADA legislation is one of the reasons why mega-poll sites were an issue this Election Day. You can contact my office at Bkallosatbenkallos [dot] com with new location suggestions for next election day.

 

Homeless Outreach to Encourage Voting

Prior to Election Day 2016 I joined Council Member Ruben Wills, the Department of Homeless Services, and the Board of Elections to protect the rights of homless to vote. As reported by the Queens Chronicle this initiative served to let people who are chronically housed in temporary housing know that they too have a right to get their voice heard through affidavit ballots at the polls. We must ensure that nobody who can legally vote is disenfranchised or falls through the cracks of the system. This effort did just that through the collaboration of the Department of Homeless Services, the Board of Elections, Council Member Wills, and myself. For more information on this initiative read the release, watch the press conference, or read the article

 

Registering as an Organ Donor Gets Easier and Disenfranchised Incarcerated Voters Get Absentee Ballots 

I joined Council Members Costa Constantinides and Ruben Wills of Queens as two of their bills that I co-sponsored and passed through my committee became law in November. The first bill made it easier for New Yorkers to become organ donors when they register to vote. We hope this will help to increase New York’s organ donor registry to catch up to the national average. In the spirit of increasing voter participation, the second bill ensures that people who have been incarcerated but have not lost the right to vote are not disenfranchised. Thank you to Council Members Constantinides and Wills and to Mayor de Blasio for supporting these election reforms.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Bike Safety Program Reels in Results

Our Town reported on the 2016 results from the Bike Safety Program. The results include a nine-fold increase in enforcement year-to-date with 1,865 summonses issued to bicycles, last year 200 summonses issued by the 19th precinct.

This Bike Safety Program is run in partnership with Council Member Garodnick, the NYPD, Department of Transportation, Bike New York, Citi Bike, and Transportation Alternatives.  The NYPD presented new statistics from the summer 2016 initiatives and recent expansion of the program, including:

  • 17,615 moving violations issued to vehicles
  • 6,123 violations for improper turns,
  • 3,003 violations for disobeying a traffic control device
  • 1,450 violations for not giving right of way to pedestrians, among other violations.
  • 70 seizures of illegal “E-bikes”
  • 36 Environmental Control Board (ECB) summonses issued.
  • 15 motorcycles have also seized.

Since the summer of 2015, the bike safety program has succeeded in its goal of helping pedestrians and cyclists safely enjoy city streets, as covered by CBS, NBC, Our Town and amNY. Following last year’s Bike Safety program in August, the NYPD’s 19th Precinct reported a year-to-date 15% decrease in bike and pedestrian collisions.

The bike safety program includes:

  • Free vests, lights and bells for commercial owners and riders who participate in trainings offered in English, Spanish and Chinese with 200 trained in 2016.
  • Free lights and bells with educational materials for recreational and commuting cyclists in bike lanes including 4,830 bells and 2,492 lights distributed citywide with 580 bells and 300 lights distributed on the East Side in 2016.
  • Free helmet giveaway with youth cyclist education with 165,000 distributed since 2006 and over 400 distributed on the East Side in 2016.
  • Protected bike lanes, which began with First Avenue and will expand to Second Avenue in 2016, have reduced in all vehicle, bike, and pedestrian collisions by as much as 43% at Ninth Avenue between 16th and 33rd Streets.
  • Enforcement against restaurants that deliver by bike with inspections for safety equipment such as vests, lights and bells with issuance of warnings or summonses in response to 311 complaints.
An analysis of NYPD Motor Vehicle Collision data from July 2012 to September 2016 for zip codes covering the East Side from 26th Street to 96th Street (10016, 10017, 10021, 10022, 10028, 10065, 10075, 10128) found:
  • 2,391 pedestrians Injured in Collisions with Motor Vehicles
  • 36 pedestrians Killed in Collisions with Motor Vehicles
  • 2 pedestrians Injured in Collisions with a Bicycle
  • 0 pedestrians Killed in Collisions with a Bicycle
  • 1,494 cyclists Collisions with Motor Vehicle
  • 1,017 cyclists Injured in Collision with Motor Vehicle
  • 0 cyclists Killed in Collision with Motor Vehicle

Learn more about the Bike Safety Program and all of my plans for making our neighborhood roads safe by visiting BenKallos.com/Livable-Streets

 

Protecting Tenants from 2nd Avenue Subway Displacement

 

amNewYork reported on how a recent rise in residential and commercial rent along 2nd Avenue could be a precursor to the subway opening in a month. Higher rents and new residential developments along 2nd Avenue bring about many concerns to me like the scale of new buildings, pricing out of residents, and overcrowding at schools. I remain committed to protecting residents in my district and making sure that those residing in rent-regulated housing are protected. My office is always open to help all constituents with lease questions and landlord issues. If you are facing harassment, buyout, or eviction I am here to help. You can contact my office at 212-860-1950 or bkallosatbenkallos [dot] com for questions and help on this issue or to schedule your appointment with our free housing legal clinic.

 

 

HEALTH & SAFETY

Universal Free School Lunch

I rallied with the United Federation of Teachers, Local 372, and DC 37 in support for universal free lunch in New York City Schools. Local elected officials, activists all supporter of the Lunch 4 Learning campaign urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his campaign promise and make school lunch universally free for all New York City students. Currently, one in four New York City children is food insecure. I have been fighting to fix this from day one, with a coalition of food and education advocates. In 2015 we won an expansion of the “Breakfast After the Bell” program and piloted universal free lunch at the City’s middle schools. I have also introduced legislation requiring schools to report on their food availability and use in order to eliminate hunger for 1.1 million children in New York City.

 

Obamacare Signup

Don't have health insurance? Through January 31, 2017, the Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business. You can go to HealthCare.gov to shop for health plans for 2017 -- and get coverage for less than you might think. In 2017, most people who get coverage on HealthCare.gov can find a plan for less than $75 a month, and you can choose from 30 differrent plans. Go to HealthCare.gov today to check out your options and find a plan by December 15 for coverage that starts on January 1, #GetCovered.

 

Preparing for Emergencies

Over 100 Upper East siders joined me and members of the Upper East Side Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for an “Emergency Go-Kit” giveaway and emergency preparedness training. Thanks to the East 79th Neighborhood Association, especially Betty Cooper Wallerstein and Christine Donovan who helped organize the event. Thank you also to Matthew Puvogel from the Office of Emergency Management for his presentation on emergency preparedness. There have been two fires less than a mile from my office since the summer ended. Having well prepared CERT teams has never been more important to the community and I continue support the work they do. Over the last two years my office has given $8,000 to Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island and East Sixties Neighborhood Association CERT teams for new equipment. To become a CERT member visit nyc.gov/site/em/community_business/nyc-cert-join.page  

 

Free Smoke Detectors, Preventing Home Fires  

Thank you to the New York City Fire Department which hosted a home fire prevention information session at my district office in November. At the event, attendees were able to sign up to have free smoke detectors and CO2 sensors installed in their homes with the support of the American Red Cross. As the fall and winter months hit our region it is important that all residents have working fire safety equipment and know how to operate them. For more information call me or visit www1.nyc.gov/site/fdny/education

 

Medicare Enrollment Event

Thank you to the Medicare Rights Center and Stanley Isaacs Center for hosting a Medicare Open Enrollment Event. With the help of the Medicare Rights Center, we were able to enroll several people on to Medicare and teach quite a few others about eligibility, costs, savings programs, and the part D drug benefit program. For more information on getting Medicare right, call 1-800-333-4114 or visit www.medicarerights.org/programs/national-helpline

 

 

HOUSING

Eastside Task Force for Homeless Outreach Meets to Make a Difference

In November, the Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS) met with the NYPD's 19th Precinct. St. James Church, Church of the Epiphany, Madison Avenue Presbyterian, Council Member Dan Garodnick, State Senator Liz Krueger, New York City Department of Homeless Services, and the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter were among those in attendance. ETHOS is an organization we launched last year devoted to addressing challenges facing the significant number of homeless people on the Upper East Side. The taskforce members provide support for breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, food pantries, street outreach, legal services, substance abuse, medical, supportive housing and shelter services, connecting our dedicated nonprofits and religious institutions with city services. Learn more about the coalition and our members on BenKallos.com

 

Supreme Court Denies Appeal to Remove Landmark

Preserving affordable housing is one of my top priorities. I joined Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts as party to the Amicus Brief that was filed earlier this year, and I am happy the United States Supreme Court denied Stahl Real Estate’s writ of certiari in November. I will continue to fight alongside Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts as the battle in the State court continues. Read more about this good news by visting friends-ues.org

                                                        

           Advocacy #Language Protects NYC’s Integrated Communities from Proposed HUD Policy

Following advocacy from the City Council and other New York City elected officials, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreed to exempt cities that have vacancy rates under 4% from its proposed changes to Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMR). This change would have hurt more than 55,000 New York City households by lowering payment standards in a new zip-code based system.  New York City Housing Conference (NYHC) issued joint comments with Legal Aid NYC and CSS opposing HUD's SAFMR changes. I am grateful to NYHC for their leadership and advocacy in protecting Section 8 households in low-income neighborhoods from a well-intentioned HUD policy proposal that would have had disastrous consequences for New York City. For more information visit federalregister.gov/ or thenyhc.org/

 

    Tenants & Neighbors Protecting Our Affordable Housing

I am proud to be an active supporter of the work Tenants and Neighbors is doing throughout New York City. Through tenant education, counseling, and organizing in rent regulated, Mitchell Lama, and Project based Section 8 buildings, this organization is helping everyday New Yorkers who often end up in court against landlords and building owners stay in their homes. Tenants & Neighbors will and is serving low and moderate income tenants in District Five through over-the-phone counseling, in-person tenant meetings, and outreach in buildings and developments that are at-risk for loss of affordable housing, poor conditions, or tenant harassment during the course of the year for funding. This year I continued to fund the program with $5,000 from my office and now they are currently organizing tenant associations in at least 3 residential locations in District 5. Please let me know if you need support to organize a tenant association in your building.

 

Landmarks50 Alliance Luncheon

I was a featured speaker at a roundtable discussion as part of NYC Landmarks 50, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City. The discussion included Liz McEnaney, Executive Director of the S.S. Columbia Project, and Rachel Levy, Executive Director of FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. We talked about all of the work that we must do in the fight to preserve our city. If there is a building or neighborhood you would like to preserve, sign up for our Land Use and Landmarking Clinic.

 

Protecting Affordable Housing on Roosevelt Island

The Main Street WIRE and I had a lengthy discussion on a wide range of important issues from the national election to winning Pre-K seats to PS/IS 217's Participatory Budeting win to affordable housing on Roosevelt Island. Read the entire interview in the Main Street WIRE.

 

 

EQUALITY

Supporting Pay Equity for Female City Employees

This month I joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Public Advocate Tish James, and dozens of mostly female New York City employees as the Mayor signed an executive order to help close the wage gap for New York City employees. The executive order prohibits city hiring managers from asking applicants about their previous salary. By preventing this form of questioning, this order will protect women and minorities by ensuring that they are not stuck with unequal wages and that they have room to grow in new jobs. Read more about the Mayor’s executive order in the New York Times.

 

National Women’s History Museum

I joined Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on the steps of City Hall to announce the findings of a bipartisan commission looking into the creation of a national museum focusing on women’s history. After 18 months of research, the commission recommended the museum be created and be built within the National Mall. The museum would be part of the Smithsonian and would tell the story of so many women in American history that have done great things helping shape our country into the superpower that it is today. As the only male who sits on the Women's Issues Committee on the New York City Council, in 2015 I introduced and passed a resolution in the City Council that helped garner support for the study bill that passed in Congress. This is a significant first step toward the creation of the museum and I am proud to have supported it from the start. Learn more about the announcement and ongoing effort by watching the press conference.

 

Language Access

I chaired a very lively and well attended hearing on a package of legislation known as “Language Access bills” introduced to the Council by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The two bills would codify and expand on Executive Order 120 which requires New York City’s Office of Language Services to make a reasonable attempt at providing translation services for City agencies that deal directly with the public. Together the two bills would ensure that residents with limited proficiency in English have access to all city agencies. Watch the hearing here.

 

 

COMMUNITY

Apply for Kindergarten

The kindergarten application is officially open. All students born in 2012 who currently live in New York City are eligible to attend kindergarten for free in September 2017. All families, including those of students with disabilities and current pre-k students, must submit an application in order to receive a kindergarten placement. Admission is not first-come, first-served. All applications received by the January 13 deadline are treated the same, according to schools' admissions priorities. Families are able to apply online at schools.nyc.gov/applyonline. The online application is available in ten languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Urdu and French) or over the phone, by calling 718-935-2400. If you are looking for Pre-k Seat you can email UPKatBenkallos [dot] com

 

Jewish Public Service Awards

As Vice Chair of the Jewish Caucus in the City Council it was truly an honor to receive a Public Service Award at the 76th annual National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education Awards Dinner alongside other members of the Jewish Caucus. We received the award as a body and thanked Rabbi Hecht for the recognition and the plaques. Founded in 1940, NCJFE is a multifaceted charity that protects and feeds thousands of people in the New York metro area while educating them on Jewish culture. The City Council was also honored at that

At the 82nd Annual Blue Card Benefit Dinner, I joined Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on stage to accept the award on behalf of the Council. The Blue Card Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to Holocaust survivors. We are here to help.

 

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

With the help of the New York Common Pantry, I had the pleasure of delivering free Thanksgiving Day turkeys, to residents of New York City Housing Authority developments in District 5. Over 135 turkeys which I funded through my offive were handed out to dozens of families residing at Stanley Isaacs, Holmes Towers, Lexington Houses, and Robbins Plaza. I also visited seniors at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House ahead of Thanksgiving to wish them a happy holiday.  If you live in NYCHA in Council District 5 and want a turkey next year and you live in a NYCHA development within District 5 call my office next November at 212-860 1950 to get on the list. You can also additional food now by joining the New York Common Pantry by signing up at nycommonpantry.org

 

Constituent Spotlight: “Madam Secretary” Goes Green

Christina Delfico, a Roosevelt Islander who works with Madam Secretary on CBS (one of my wife's favorite shows) is making production of the show greener and more environmentally friendly. The show’s cast and crew has reduced the show’s environmental footprint by organizing recycling and pushing sustainable efforts through the use of an “Eco Department” on the show with staff dedicated to making being green a priority. By digitizing scripts and changing how they are distributed, limiting the use of disposable water bottles, donating excesses food and composting the show is doing way more than its fair share of positive work for the environment. To see how the show is doing the good work, watch this video.   

 

Pre-Turkey Day Shred-A-Thon

New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick and I funded a Pre-Turkey Day Shred-A-Thon run by Upper Green Side with sponsorship from New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright this November. Shred-A-Thons have become a constituent favorite giving residents the opportunity to get rid of unwanted, old documents that need to get destroyed. To join the next Shred-A-Thon, follow our newsletter or Upper Green Side at uppergreenside.org

 

Junior Tennis League and Meeting with Parents   

I brushed up on my tennis in November by practicing with children and parents on Roosevelt Island. New York Junior Tennis and Learning educates children and keeps them active and healthy. After playing with the children I met with parents who were thrilled by all their children have learned from the New York Junior Tennis and Learning program. With $10,000 from my office's discretionary funding I was able to pay for this year-round program and bring this great organization for free to the children and families in Roosevelt Island.  

 

Welcoming Windward 

In November I had the pleasure of walking up the block from my District Office to visit The Windward School which opened just this past September. This school specializes in helping children with language-based learning disabilities bridge the gap between their performance and their academic potential. Since education is important to me, I have made it a priority to visit every school in the district and meet with teachers and faculty. The Windward School is not only a place of learning for the two hundred and five students who attended the new Manhattan location but it is also a training institute open to public and private school teachers. I am looking forward to working with Windward and the families that call this school home throughout the year. To find out more about the Teacher Training Institute (WTTI) visit thewindwardschool.org/wtti

 

Goodwill Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

This month I joined Katy Gaul-Stigge, President and CEO of Goodwill, to cut the ribbon at a new Goodwill store located at 61st Street and 1st Avenue. I continue to support Goodwill, a non-profit that diverts goods from landfills, cares about the environment, and helps persons with disabilities throughout the country. This new store, the 11th in Manhattan, will be a huge asset to our community by adding 20 new jobs and participating in training for persons with disabilities.

 

In the Community

As the temperature dropped this past month, I had the pleasure of spending my nights and weekends with constituents at events right here in the community. Those included: Council of School Supervisors and Administrators Leadership Conference, The Brearley School, Sutton Area Community, the Upper East Side Community Emergency Response Team, New York League of Conservation Voters annual party, and many more. These are just a few of the community events I took part in this month. Please let me know of holiday parties and other special events where I may join you.

 

 

OFFICE UPDATES

Legislative Corner

This month I cosponsored several bills that became law. Local Law 40 of 2016 protects freelance workers from wage theft. By guaranteeing the rights to a written contract, to be paid in full and on time, and protections from retaliation we have taken another big step for workers’ rights in New York City.

I also cosponsored a package of bills focused on improving foster care in our city. Over the past six years, New York City has seen a continuous decline in the number of children entering foster care and the total number of children remaining in foster care. Despite this, there are many youths who spend extended periods of time in the foster care system. These bills require the disclosure of more information so council members and the public can better understand this problem, require an action plan to address barriers preventing our youth from successfully transitioning to permanent homes, and, for the first time, requires the solicitation of feedback on the system from the children who actually went through it.

 

Progressive Caucus: 15 Priority Bills Passed

As the Progressive Caucus Vice-Chair for Policy, I am proud to have worked with the Caucus to pass 15 of our priority bills in the City Council so far:                                   

  • Worker Cooperatives (Intro 423)
  • CLEAN Act (Intro 697)                                   
  • Wage Transparency (Intro 197)                                     
  • Hotel Conversion (Intro 592)
  • Grocery Worker Retention Act (Intro 632)                
  • Bus Rapid Transit Plan (Intro 211)
  • Transgender Birth Certificate (Intros 491 & 492)
  • Plastic Bag Reduction (Intro 209)
  • Hit and Run Justice (Intros 603 & 604)
  • Ban Credit Checks (Intro 261)
  • Criminal Background Checks (Intro 318)
  • Caretakers Discrimination (Intro 108)
  • Multiracial Identification Bill (Intro 551)
  • Port Ambrose (Reso 549)
  • Freelance Isn't Free (Intro 1017)

 

Free Legal Clinics

Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm-6pm:

Family Law and Domestic Violence, 1st Tuesday

Housing Clinics, 2nd and 4th Monday

Life Planning Clinic, 3rd Wednesday

Land Use and Landmarking Clinic, 2nd Thursday (5-6pm)

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 11am-2pm:

 

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

 

 

EVENTS AND RESOURCES

City Council Events

12/2: First Friday
8:00am-10:00am, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street
Meet Ben in person and meet with your neighbors to discuss what's important to you. Feel free to drop in or leave at any time during First Friday. Learn about what is happening in your community and how to get involved in working together to make our neighborhood a better place to live. RSVP

12/6: Holiday Party
5:00pm-7:00pm, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street
Join me and my staff to celebrate the holiday season, reflect on the past year’s work, and enjoy light refreshments. RSVP online or call 212-860-1950.

12/13: Policy Night
6:00pm, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street
Policy Night is a chance for residents who have a policy idea they want to pitch and help implement; the goal is to empower residents who are looking to do the research, community organizing, and advocacy needed to turn ideas into real solutions. RSVP

12/26: Office Closed for Federal Holiday
District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

1/2: Office Closed for Federal Holiday
District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

 

Government Meetings

These meetings are subject to change after the publication of the newsletter. Please check updated websites and notices for confirmation.

 

Community Boards

12/5: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Landmarks Committee
6:30pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street

12/5: Community Board 6 (14th to 59 Streets) Transportation Committee
7:00pm, NYU School of Dentistry, Nursing & Engineering, 433 1st Ave Rm.220

12/6: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Housing Meeting
6:00pm-7:00pm, 1664 Park Avenue

12/6: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Public Safety and Transportation Meeting
7:00pm-8:00pm, 7 East 116th Street

12/6: Community Board 6 (14th to 59 Streets) Parks, Landmarks & Cultural Affairs Committee
7:00pm, NYU School of Dentistry, Nursing & Engineering, 433 1st Ave Rm.220

12/7: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Transportation Committee
6:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street

12/7: Community Board 6 (14th to 59 Streets) Parks, Land Use & Waterfront Committee
7:00pm, NYU School of Dentistry, Nursing & Engineering, 433 1st Ave Rm.220

12/12: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Health, Human Services, Immigration & Seniors
6:00pm-7:00pm, 1664 Park Avenue

12/13: Community Board 6 (14th to 59 Streets)Housing, Homeless & Human Rights Committee
6:30pm, NYU School of Dentistry, Nursing & Engineering, 433 1st Ave Rm.220

12/14: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Land Use, Landmarks & Planning
6:00pm-7:00pm, 7 East 116th Street

12/14: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Land Use/Full Board Meeting
6:30pm, New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street

12/14: Community Board 6 (14th to 59 Streets) Full Board Meeting  
7:00pm, NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue 10016 Alumni Hall A

12/20: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Full Board Meeting
6:30pm-7:30pm, Terence Cardinal Cooke Medical Center, 1249 5th Avenue

 

New York Police Department

First Monday: 19th Precinct Community Council
7:00pm, 153 East 67th Street

Third Thursday: 23rd Precinct Community Council
6:00pm, 162 East 102 Street

Fourth Tuesday: 17th Precinct Community Council
No Meeting This Month

 

Neighborhood and Tenant Associations

12/7: Roosevelt Island Residents Association
8:00pm-10:00pm, Good Shepherd, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

First Wednesday: Lexington Houses Tenant Association
6:00pm, 1536 Lexington Avenue

Second Tuesday: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Association
7:00pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

Third Tuesday: Holmes Towers Tenant Association
7:00pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

Third Thursday: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association (Subject to Change)
6:00pm -8pm Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 211 E 79th St, New York, NY

 

Community Events For Kids

12/1: Radical Robots
3:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Build your very own robot hand to take home in this class that focus on technology. Explore how robots can be used to make our lives easier. Experiment with robots that can do some extraordinary tasks, infrared robots, robotic arms and even soccer playing robots.

12/1: Leaves are Falling - A Fall Sing-Along
4:00pm, Yorkville Library
Join Mr. Patrick, his guitar and his silly puppet friends as we celebrate the autumn season with a highly-interactive family music concert. From falling leaves to a scarecrow that loves to sneeze, this family-friendly show will have you laughing, clapping, singing, and dancing for joy. For ages 0 to 7.

12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22: Holiday Series
3:30pm, 67th Street Library
A music session combining traditional holidays songs about Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and Kwanza, with the Music for Aardvarks original winter songs. We dance, sing, jam, play with instrument, march, and get silly rocking out and exploring various musical elements in fun creative manner. Best for school aged.

12/2: Roosevelt Island Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:00pm-9:00pm, Blackwell's House, 500 Main Street
Live music and performances.

12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/31: Kids’ Coloring Club
10:00am-12:00pm, Yorkville Library
Children of all ages are invited to color coloring sheets featuring their favorite characters, seasonal designs, and more. Feel free to bring your favorite coloring book!

12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/31: Read to Fritz, our New York Therapy Dog!
11:00am, Yorkville Library
Come read to our therapy dog Fritz! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.

12/5, 12/12, 12/19: Baby Storytime
11:00am-11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library
Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

12/5, 12/12, 12/19: Baby Play Time
11:30am-12:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Babies can play with toys and get to know their neighbors. For children ages 0-18 months.

12/6, 12/13: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop
11:00am-12:30pm, Yorkville Library
Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Improve internet skills, create, and use e-mail, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

12/6, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28: Bug Out!
4:00pm, Webster Library
In the Bug Out! series, investigate what insects are, what makes them unique and how they are a crucial part of the environment. You are introduced to science methodology and concepts through experiments, demonstrations, art projects, and storytimes. Best for children ages 4 and older. Presented by Children's Museum of Manhattan.

12/7: A Christmas Carol
4:00pm, 96th Street Library
Ebenezer Scrooge is a nasty, mean, snarling old geezer with no care for anything other than his money. His one and only friend visits him as a ghost, and starts him on a journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others. Recommended for children ages 5 and older. Presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company.

12/8, 12/22: Toddler Storytime - Movers and Shakers
11:00am-11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library
Toddlers from 1 to 4 years old and their parents/caregivers will shake it together! Sing, dance and enjoy music, movement and fun!

12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29: Picture Book Story Time
4:00pm (3:45pm on 12/29), Yorkville Library
Come meet your friends at the library and listen to some of your favorite picture books.

12/12: Preschool STEAM: Oceans
4:00pm, Yorkville Library
In this series, we will explore different areas of STEAM through read-alouds, group demonstrations, and hands-on activities. This month's theme is oceans!

12/13: Holiday Card Workshop for Kids
4:00pm, Yorkville Library
Come to Yorkville and unleash your festive creativity! Make a holiday card for your family or friends!

12/14: After School Awesome
3:00pm-4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for STEM activities that build, inspire, empower and engage children. Ages 5-12.

12/16: December Craft Time
3:00pm, Yorkville Library
Drop in for a quick craft. Bring your creativity and make something special to take home.

12/19: Kid Flicks
4:00pm, Yorkville Library
Showing: Brave Irene, Pluto's Christmas Tree, and Max's Christmas Tree

12/28: Brick Builders Club
3:00pm-4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for free play using LEGO® bricks! See what your imagination can create!

Every Tuesday: Baby Lap Sit for Pre-Walkers
10:15am & 12:00pm, Yorkville Library
Babies from birth to 18 months old (pre-walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

Every Tuesday: Toddler Story Time
10:45am, Yorkville Library
Toddlers from 18-36 months old (walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Every Tuesday: Reading Aloud
4:00pm, Webster Library
A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books and the joy of reading.

Every Tuesday: Board Games
4:00pm-4:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Board games of all types and all skill levels will be available for you to play with your friends, family, and neighbors.

Every Wednesday: Toddler Storytime
10:15am-10:45am & 11:15am-11:45am, Roosevelt Island Library
Toddlers from 18 months to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Every Wednesday: Toddler Play Time
10:45am-11:15am & 11:45am-12:15pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Toddlers can play with toys and get to know their neighbors. For ages 18 months to 3 years.

Every Wednesday: Read to Chucky, Our New York Therapy Dog!
4:00pm, Yorkville Library
Come read to our therapy dog Chucky! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.

Every Friday: Family Storytime
3:00pm-3:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books and the joy of reading.

Every Friday: Puzzle Fun for Kids
3:00pm-4:00pm, Yorkville Library
Come to the library for some puzzles and fun! This program is great for all ages.

 

Community Events for Adults

12/1: Prostate Cancer: Meeting the Challenge
12:00pm, 430 East 67th Street
For men newly diagnosed or recently finished with treatment for prostate cancer, meeting with other patients is an important source of support and information.

12/1: Film - Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)
2:00pm, 96th Street Library
An orphan comes to live with a foster family in a Canadian mining village, and becomes a part of the comical foibles and heartbreaks of a small French-Canadian town.

12/1, 12/8, 12/15: Computer Lab
12:00pm, 96th Street Library
At the 96th Street Library Computer Lab our tech volunteers assist you with almost any computer topic you want to learn. Topics include computer basics, Microsoft Word, online shopping, email, downloading eBooks, resume assistance, Facebook, phone apps and more!  Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet device. If you can't bring yours, we will lend you one for the duration of the class.

12/2, 12/16, 12/30: Young Women's Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
12:00pm, 300 East 66th Street
This support group offers participants the opportunity to share their personal experiences and provide practical and emotional support for one another. Discussions are led by social workers.

12/2, 12/3: Holiday Candlelight Tours
6:15pm & 7:30pm, 421 East 61st Street
Tour the museum by the warm glow of candlelight, step back into the holiday season of 1830, and sample traditional confections. On Friday, enjoy the music of PACC Recorder Consort. On Saturday, harpist Sarah Loveland Gill plays classical and holiday favorites.

12/3: New York Opera Forum Concert: Alcina by George Frederic Handel
1:30pm, 67th Street Library
The New York Opera Forum performs complete concert versions in recital with piano accompaniment. This month's selection is Alcina by George Frederic Handel.

12/3: Break Free From Limiting Beliefs: How to Live a Life You Truly Love
2:00pm-2:30pm, Yorkville Library
Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will help participants get greater clarity about what is holding them back from what they want in their lives – and learn simple strategies to move beyond perceived limitations into a life they love living.

12/3: Transitions
6:00pm-9:00pm, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Opening reception for Transitions at the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association.

12/4: Holiday Tree Lighting
5:00pm-6:00pm, Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street at East End Avenue
A cherished family tradition: carols, Cantori choir, Orbital Brass, candlelight, candy canes, hot chocolate... and an evening your family will cherish for years to come.

12/5: The Piatigorsky Foundation Concert
12:30pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Auditorium
Violinist Mark Peskanov and Pianist Doris Stevenson will perform live classical music at the Neighborhood House auditorium.

12/5: Mystery Mondays
4:00pm, 96th Street Library
Book discussion of The Wonder by Emma Donoghue.

12/6: Book Discussion
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Discussion of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft

12/7: Lunch at the Culinary Institute and a Private Tour of Boscobel House
9:30am, Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets
Enjoy contemporary and traditional regional dishes with a focus on products of the Hudson Valley. Then light up your holiday spirit and enjoy a dazzling celebration of the season at Boscobel, one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in New York with an important collection of decorative arts and high-style furniture by Duncan Phyfe.

12/7: Embodied: Coping with Cancer and Body Image Changes
5:30pm, 430 East 67th Street
This interactive educational program for men and women of all ages will cover common body image concerns among cancer survivors. The program will address how physical changes after treatment can impact one’s sense of self.

12/8: Bladder: Challenges and Solutions
12:00pm, 430 East 67th Street
This is a support group for patients and family members who have completed chemotherapy or surgery for newly diagnosed bladder cancer.

12/8: A Gathering for Brain Tumor Survivors
12:30pm, 430 East 67th Street
In this open discussion and support group, the challenges and adjustments to life after treatment for survivors of a primary brain tumor will be addressed.

12/8: Head, Neck and Oral Cancers: Moving Forward
2:00pm, 430 East 67th Street
This is a support group for patients who have completed treatment for head, neck, and oral cancers.

12/8: Film - Remember the Night (1940)
2:00pm, 96th Street Library
A classy shoplifter, on trial for swiping a diamond bracelet, has her case postponed by the Assistant DA until after Christmas.

12/8: Green-Wood Cemetery
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Green-Wood Cemetery, a historical lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

12/10: We Need To Talk: Completing Your Living Will and Healthcare Proxy
11:00am, Yorkville Library
Maybe you’ve been putting it off because you’ve thought it was too uncomfortable to confront. Joining this workshop will be the impetus to putting your thoughts down on paper so you can then go on to live your life and sleep a little easier. Ideas presented will help you make the choices that are right for you! Share ideas on how to discuss these issues with your family.

12/10: Music - Handel's Alcina recital by New York Opera Forum
1:00pm-4:00pm, 96th Street Library
New York Opera Forum performs  the complete opera of Alcina by George Frideric Handel. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.

12/11: Mark Nimar
2:00pm, 331 East 70 Street Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Auditorium
Mark Nimar, operatic tenor,  will present an afternoon of German song, French melody, and Broadway show tunes. Mark Nimar is an emerging artist who frequently jumps between the worlds of opera and musical theater.

12/11: Hungarian House Christmas Fair, Book Fair & Raffle
10:00am-6:00pm, 213 East 82 Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Come enjoy some free Hungarian foods, mulled wine, handicrafts, gifts, and music with the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation. Bring your kids along to enjoy the Advent playhouse for children!

12/12: Historic Cooking Workshop: Plum Pudding and Ginger Nuts
6:30pm, 421 East 61st Street Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
A hands-on workshop where you will make, and eat, two 19th-century holiday favorites using historic recipes. Reservations required by calling the Museum at 212-838-878. $25 Adults; $20 Members & Students with ID

12/14: New York At Its Core
11:30am, 5th Avenue between 103rd and 104th Streets
This permanent exhibition explores New York City’s dramatic four-century history from Dutch settlements to post-WWII “Capital of the World,” to the challenges and opportunities “The City that Never Sleeps” faces in the future.

12/14: The NEW Retirement
3:00pm-4:30pm, Yorkville Library
The NEW Retirement: Finding Purpose in Your "Third Act" - Are you retired? About to retire? Thinking about retiring? Welcome to LOVE the “NEW” Retirement! Baby boomers are healthier and living longer than previous generations. We are pioneers in the search for a meaningful and purposeful “third act”. Come join speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, to clarify (or re-clarify) what is most important to you at this stage of life AND learn from other retirees.

12/14: Myositis Support Group
6:00pm-8:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
The Myositis support group was founded in 1997 in response to patients’ expressed desire to meet other people with this rare chronic disease. Presentations by Myositis care experts are followed by informal discussion.

12/14, 12/28: Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
1:30pm, 300 East 66th Street
This support group offers participants the opportunity to share their personal experiences and provide practical and emotional support for one another. Discussions are led by social workers.

12/15: Film - Holiday (1938)
2:00pm, 96th Street Library
Johnny gets engaged to the girl of his dreams, only to find out she's a millionaire's daughter whose father wants to be in control of their lives.

12/15: Finding Our Way: A Discussion of Spirituality and Survivorship
5:30pm, 430 East 67th Street
The cancer experience can leave survivors and those close to them questioning their spiritual beliefs, redefining them, or having a more intense connection with their own belief system. Rev. Jill Bowden will lead a discussion about how this profound experience can affect one’s spiritual self.

12/15: Book Discussion Group
6:30pm-8:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
The group will discuss Magician’s Life by Greer Macallister.

12/16: Handel’s Messiah
2:00pm, 1484 1st Avenue
Messiah’s power, glory and majesty make it the greatest and most beloved oratorio in the world. The score is full of dazzling solos, pyrotechnical instrumental passages, and memorable choruses.

12/17: Volunteer Gardening
9:30am-12:30pm, Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street at East End Avenue
Join neighbors and friends and pitch in at this fun, local event!

12/17: Dog Adoption Event
11:00am-3:00pm, Biscuits & Bath, 1064 1st Avenue
Meet several great dogs up for adoption from ACC at Biscuits & Bath, Sutton Place! Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar, and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian.

12/17: BE HAPPY – NOW! How to Cultivate High Levels of Happiness
3:30pm, Yorkville Library
We all want to be happy. But many of us find happiness to be elusive, at best. Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical steps for cultivating happiness and building your capacity to live your life by design rather than default.

12/19: Life after Breast Cancer
3:30pm, 417 East 68th Street
This support group is for women and men who have completed treatment for breast cancer.

12/20: Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Support Group
3:30pm, 420 East 67th Street
Women who have finished treatment for ovarian, uterine, cervical and other gynecological cancers are invited to participate in a supportive discussion addressing life after treatment.

12/22: Film - Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
2:00pm, 96th Street Library
A famous food writer lies about living on a farm, raising her children and being a good cook. In reality she is an unmarried New Yorker who can't boil an egg.

12/27: Detective Novel Discussion
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Discussion of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett.

12/29: Film - La Primera Noche Di Mi Vida (1998)
2:00pm, 96th Street Library
An extravagant road movie set on New Year's Eve, 1999 in a Madrid suburb where the highways seem to lead nowhere. Soon, the night becomes a succession of misunderstandings, hitchhiking, lost cars, mistaken identities, small accidents, and petty disputes.

12/29: Movie Night
6:00pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Showing of Expendables 3.

Every Monday: Mah Jong
1:30pm-3:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th St.
Introductory classes, with instructor, to this popular game. Openings for new players available. RSVP required.

Every Tuesday: Photography
10:15am-11:15am,  Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th St.
Come bring your camera and photos and get insight from a professional. RSVP sign-up required.

Every Tuesday: Mindfulness Meditation
12:00pm-12:30pm, New-York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, 525 East 68th Street
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment, paying attention to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise.

Every Tuesday & Thursday: Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym
6:30pm-7:30pm, Recreation Center 54, 348 East 54th Street
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here's your chance to learn from the best! Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area.

Every Thursday: Knitting and Crocheting
11:30am-12:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Knitting and crocheting for adults.

Every Friday: Computers for Seniors
10:30am-11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library
Have computer trouble? We can help.

Every Friday: Exercise Classes
10:45am-11:45am, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
Basic exercise to build strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a friend to introduce them to our exercise classes!

Every Saturday: Matinee Movies
12:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street
December 3rd - Finale of John LeCarry Spy Saga, December 10th - The Shallows, December 17th - Indignation, December 24th - No movie due to holiday, December 31st - The Lobster

 

Resources Funded In Part by My Office

12/8: New York at Its Core: A Special MCNY Tour
6:00pm, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave at 103rd St
Want to learn more about our city’s rich history? Come along with FRIENDS for a special, after-hours private tour of the Museum of the City of New York’s upcoming new permanent exhibit, New York at Its Core. Featuring more than 400 objects and state-of-the-art interactive displays, the exhibit will trace the history of New York from a small Dutch village into one of the most prominent cities in the world. Held across three galleries, the exhibit is shaped by four themes that provide a lens for examining the character of the city: money, diversity, density, and creativity.

Asphalt Green
Monday – Friday, 5:30AM-10PM, Saturday – Sunday, 8AM-8PM, 555 E 90th St, New York, NY Free swim classes for public school kids, free sports leagues for middle school kids, and free fitness classes for seniors. For more information contact: (212) 369-8890.

DOROT University Without Walls (UWW) Door to Door and Kosher Meals for the Homebound (KMH) programs:
Monday through Friday 9 am to 5pm, 171 West 85th Street New York, NY 10024
All clients who use Door to Door receive a complete home visit assessment by a social worker who evaluates each senior’s living conditions and circumstances; verifies eligibility for benefits, including government entitlements; determines unmet needs. Each week, KMH participants receive a delivery of three to seven meals, according to their needs. They can choose from eight meal options each week. DOROT, Inc. CDerrowatdorotusa [dot] org

Citizens Committee for NYC Neighborhood Grant Program
The application deadline for the Citizens Committee for NYC Neighborhood Grant is January 23, 2017. The NYC Neighborhood Grants program awards grants of up to $3,000 to neighborhood groups, public school-based groups, and NYCHA tenants associations working to improve the quality of life across the city. So do you have a great idea for a community improvement project? Apply for the Neighborhood Grant from Citizens Committee for New York City. For a grant application and for more info, contact Imani at 212-822-9567 or ibrownatcitizensnyc [dot] org

Eviction Intervention Services
80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 (212) 308-2210
Resource Center Offers a Number of Homelessness Prevention and General Housing Advocacy Programs and Services
Visit eisny.org for more information and details about our programming and additional tenant advocacy resources.

SORT
A holistic program for those confronting hoarding EIS offers monthly meetings/workshops facilitated by a social worker, weekly check-in/counseling sessions with a housing advocate, home visits (when appropriate and necessary), book club offering focused reading and discussion, referrals to affordable cleaning services; appropriate/detailed documentation of SORT participation for housing management and housing court.   

Housing Court Buddy
For those who fall between the cracks of qualifying for pro bono representation but not able to afford legal representation for housing court-a trained and informed Housing Court Buddy will assist with navigation of the process from filing OSCs to gathering and organizing paper and documentation to responding in Court.  If appropriate, a Housing Court Buddy will attend Court with the tenant household. EIS Housing Advocates offer general guidance and information regarding any/all housing issues. A responsive Housing Advocate can be reached by phone at (212) 308-2210 or by email at infoateisny [dot] org (infoateisny [dot] org).

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
One East 65th Street at Fifth Avenue Entrance on East 65th Street
The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City is eager to increase middle and high school group visits from District 5 this academic year, and is offering free admission and transportation to any schools without the means to otherwise visit. Aligned with Common Core State Standards, curriculum-based tours led by trained Gallery Educators, pre- and post-visit curriculum materials, teacher’s guides, and opportunities to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor are designed to integrate the Museum visit with classroom learning about the Holocaust, World History, Immigration, Cultural Diversity, and subjects related to special exhibitions. Please visit http://www.mjhnyc.org/l_teachers_tours.html for more information or contact the Museum at 646-437-4304 or groupvisitsatmjhnyc [dot] org.

The Wednesday Homeless Dinner Program
Wednesday Evenings, Doors open at 6 PM, Dinner is served at 7 PM, The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (corner of York Avenue and East 74th Street)
The Wednesday Homeless Dinner Program serves dinner every Wednesday evening. All who are hungry are welcome. A social worker is available at the weekly dinner, starting at 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed at its 1393 York Avenue campus in two shifts each week: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Call (212) 737-2720 to schedule a day to volunteer.

CHIRP: Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s Community Human Services Information and Referral Program
The program at Church of the Epiphany, Jan Hus Church and other sites on the Upper East Side places a human services professional at free meal programs on the Upper East Side - to connect homeless and at-risk guests with meal programs, shelter, substance use treatment, and other services.

Roosevelt Island Youth Program
Monday – Friday, 3:30PM-7:30PM, 506 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Services for young people from Roosevelt Island including computer labs, music programs, weight training, educational programming, SAT prep, and high school prep classes. For more information contact: (212) 935-3645 or riyp506atgmail [dot] com

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS)
RIHS provides a range of services to residents of District 5. These services include a year-round Visitor Center where the staff provides maps, guidance on island sites and materials about the island's history and development; year-round tours for groups and individuals; and special interest presentations on island and local history, held during the late winter and early spring in collaboration with the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library. For more information visit the website: rihs.us, call 212-688-4836, or email rooseveltislandhistoryatgmail [dot] com.

Yorkville East Middle School, MS 177M
The Marquis Studios has exciting arts programs for NYC public schools. Watch this 3 minute video highlighting the Marquis Studios programs: https://vimeo.com/9231615

Search and Care
Free care management services to older women and men ages 65+ in District 5 residing on 86th Street and north, our goal is to help older neighbors to remain in their own home and community as long as is safely feasible.212-289-5300

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Support the LGBT Community Crisis Intervention program, which provides crisis support and information to assist LGBT individuals.  Common areas of assistance are HIV/AIDS support, immigration resources, addiction recovery counseling, and housing medical assistance. The Center is open 365 days a year. Visit gaycenter.org

Workers United Education Program
Weekday Evenings 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Mon/Wed (High Intermediate / Advanced)
Tues/Thurs (Beginner / Intermediate)
Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm (High Intermediate / Advanced)
1:30 – 4:30 pm (Beginner / Intermediate)
Free English Classes Available at 83 Maiden Lane, 12th floor, New York, NY 10038
212-229-9221

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
VISIONS provides in-home services to people who are blind and offers the VISIONS Center on Aging Innovative Senior Center to meet the needs of older adults to congregate, develop friendships and share mutual concerns in an environment conducive to their needs. For more information contact: 212-625-1616.

Housing Court Answers
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM, 111 Centre Street 2nd Floor
Tenants and homeowners can speak to a HCA staff for information about housing court, rent regulation, NYCHA, tenants rights, applying to HRA and how to get repairs. We also maintain referral lists and do screening for charity assistance, legal representation and legal clinics, and FEPS providers.
Can be contacted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM - 5 PM at 212-962-4795.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
959 First Avenue in the Sutton Place section of Manhattan
Marketing has begun for 23 affordable new condominiums now under construction. Applicants may go online to http://housingpartnership or may request an application by mail at The Sutton Condo, ℅ Housing Partnership Development Corporation, 242 W. 36th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10018. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The application must be postmarked by the stated deadline.

Tenants & Neighbors
Tenants & Neighbors is serving low and moderate income tenants in District Five who live in rent-regulated, Mitchell-Lama, and Project-based Section 8 tenants through over the phone counseling, in-person tenant meetings and outreach in buildings and developments that are at-risk for loss of affordable housing, poor conditions, or tenant harassment during the course of the year for funding. For more information contact: (212) 608-4320.

El Museo del Barrio
Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm, 1230 Fifth Avenue
All public schools in District 5 will receive free visits to El Museo del Barrio. Our free group visits include guided gallery visits, hands-on workshops, storytelling sessions, cultural celebrations, and visits for students with special needs. All visits are offered in English and Spanish. In order to book a visit, schools can visit El Museo’s website http://www.elmuseo.org/groups-visits/ and submit the reservation request form.

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice
199 Water Street
The Society, the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization, is more than a law firm for clients who cannot afford to pay for counsel. It is an indispensable component of the legal, social, and economic fabric of New York City – passionately advocating for low-income individuals and families across a variety of civil, criminal, and juvenile rights matters, while also fighting for legal reform. Through a network of borough, neighborhood, and courthouse-based offices throughout New York City, nearly 2,000 attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, along with volunteer help coordinated by the Society’s Pro Bono program, we provide comprehensive legal services to fulfill our mission that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. Through three major practices — Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Rights — the Society handles approximately 280,000 cases a year in city, state, and federal courts. You can contact the Legal Aid Society Headquarters at: (212) 577-3300.

 

Resources Funded by My Office

12/8: New York at Its Core: A Special MCNY Tour
6:00pm, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave at 103rd St
Want to learn more about our city’s rich history? Come along with FRIENDS for a special, after-hours private tour of the Museum of the City of New York’s upcoming new permanent exhibit, New York at Its Core. Featuring more than 400 objects and state-of-the-art interactive displays, the exhibit will trace the history of New York from a small Dutch village into one of the most prominent cities in the world. Held across three galleries, the exhibit is shaped by four themes that provide a lens for examining the character of the city: money, diversity, density, and creativity.

Asphalt Green
Monday – Friday, 5:30AM-10PM, Saturday – Sunday, 8AM-8PM, 555 E 90th St, New York, NY Free swim classes for public school kids, free sports leagues for middle school kids, and free fitness classes for seniors. For more information contact: (212) 369-8890.

DOROT University Without Walls (UWW) Door to Door and Kosher Meals for the Homebound (KMH) programs:
Monday through Friday 9 am to 5pm, 171 West 85th Street New York, NY 10024
All clients who use Door to Door receive a complete home visit assessment by a social worker who evaluates each senior’s living conditions and circumstances; verifies eligibility for benefits, including government entitlements; determines unmet needs. Each week, KMH participants receive a delivery of three to seven meals, according to their needs. They can choose from eight meal options each week. DOROT, Inc. CDerrowatdorotusa [dot] org

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts 2017 Annual Awards

FRIENDS of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is celebrating their 34th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony this year, and they are looking for submissions of nominees for their awards in both architecture and advocacy. The award categories are flexible, but the committee is looking for nominees who have worked to maintain the unique character of the Upper East Side. Contact efaganatfriends-ues [dot] org for more information, or click here to download the nomination form.

New York City Lifeguards

NYC Parks is looking for individuals who are interested in serving as New York City Lifeguards. The salary for first-year lifeguards is now $15.00 an hour and this position provides New Yorkers with the opportunity to work outdoors in a challenging environment and engage in an important public service activity. Those who are able to swim 50 yards in 35 seconds with proper form, have eyesight no worse than 20/30 in one eye and 20/40 in the other, and are at least 16 years of age at the time of employment, can take the qualifying test that will be offered in December and January at various pools throughout the city. After passing the test, one can then enroll in the Municipal Lifeguard Training Program which includes 40 hours of lifeguarding skills and rescue techniques including first-aid and CPR. Find out more at the NYC Parks website.

Eviction Intervention Services
80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 (212) 308-2210
Resource Center Offers a Number of Homelessness Prevention and General Housing Advocacy Programs and Services
Visit eisny.org for more information and details about our programming and additional tenant advocacy resources.

SORT
A holistic program for those confronting hoarding EIS offers monthly meetings/workshops facilitated by a social worker, weekly check-in/counseling sessions with a housing advocate, home visits (when appropriate and necessary), book club offering focused reading and discussion, referrals to affordable cleaning services; appropriate/detailed documentation of SORT participation for housing management and housing court.   

Housing Court Buddy
For those who fall between the cracks of qualifying for pro bono representation but not able to afford legal representation for housing court-a trained and informed Housing Court Buddy will assist with navigation of the process from filing OSCs to gathering and organizing paper and documentation to responding in Court.  If appropriate, a Housing Court Buddy will attend Court with the tenant household. EIS Housing Advocates offer general guidance and information regarding any/all housing issues. A responsive Housing Advocate can be reached by phone at (212) 308-2210 or by email at infoateisny [dot] org (infoateisny [dot] org).

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
One East 65th Street at Fifth Avenue Entrance on East 65th Street
The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City is eager to increase middle and high school group visits from District 5 this academic year, and is offering free admission and transportation to any schools without the means to otherwise visit. Aligned with Common Core State Standards, curriculum-based tours led by trained Gallery Educators, pre- and post-visit curriculum materials, teacher’s guides, and opportunities to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor are designed to integrate the Museum visit with classroom learning about the Holocaust, World History, Immigration, Cultural Diversity, and subjects related to special exhibitions. Please visit http://www.mjhnyc.org/l_teachers_tours.html for more information or contact the Museum at 646-437-4304 or groupvisitsatmjhnyc [dot] org.

The Wednesday Homeless Dinner Program
Wednesday Evenings, Doors open at 6 PM, Dinner is served at 7 PM, The Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (corner of York Avenue and East 74th Street)
The Wednesday Homeless Dinner Program serves dinner every Wednesday evening. All who are hungry are welcome. A social worker is available at the weekly dinner, starting at 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed at its 1393 York Avenue campus in two shifts each week: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Call (212) 737-2720 to schedule a day to volunteer.

CHIRP: Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s Community Human Services Information and Referral Program
The program at Church of the Epiphany, Jan Hus Church and other sites on the Upper East Side places a human services professional at free meal programs on the Upper East Side - to connect homeless and at-risk guests with meal programs, shelter, substance use treatment, and other services.

Roosevelt Island Youth Program
Monday – Friday, 3:30PM-7:30PM, 506 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Services for young people from Roosevelt Island including computer labs, music programs, weight training, educational programming, SAT prep, and high school prep classes. For more information contact: (212) 935-3645 or riyp506atgmail [dot] com

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS)
RIHS provides a range of services to residents of District 5. These services include a year-round Visitor Center where the staff provides maps, guidance on island sites and materials about the island's history and development; year-round tours for groups and individuals; and special interest presentations on island and local history, held during the late winter and early spring in collaboration with the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library. For more information visit the website: rihs.us, call 212-688-4836, or email rooseveltislandhistoryatgmail [dot] com.

Yorkville East Middle School, MS 177M
The Marquis Studios has exciting arts programs for NYC public schools. Watch this 3 minute video highlighting the Marquis Studios programs: https://vimeo.com/9231615

Search and Care
Free care management services to older women and men ages 65+ in District 5 residing on 86th Street and north, our goal is to help older neighbors to remain in their own home and community as long as is safely feasible.212-289-5300

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Support the LGBT Community Crisis Intervention program, which provides crisis support and information to assist LGBT individuals.  Common areas of assistance are HIV/AIDS support, immigration resources, addiction recovery counseling, and housing medical assistance. The Center is open 365 days a year. Visit gaycenter.org

Workers United Education Program
Weekday Evenings 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Mon/Wed (High Intermediate / Advanced)
Tues/Thurs (Beginner / Intermediate)
Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm (High Intermediate / Advanced)
1:30 – 4:30 pm (Beginner / Intermediate)
Free English Classes Available at 83 Maiden Lane, 12th floor, New York, NY 10038
212-229-9221

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
VISIONS provides in-home services to people who are blind and offers the VISIONS Center on Aging Innovative Senior Center to meet the needs of older adults to congregate, develop friendships and share mutual concerns in an environment conducive to their needs. For more information contact: 212-625-1616.

Housing Court Answers
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4 PM, 111 Centre Street 2nd Floor
Tenants and homeowners can speak to a HCA staff for information about housing court, rent regulation, NYCHA, tenants rights, applying to HRA and how to get repairs. We also maintain referral lists and do screening for charity assistance, legal representation and legal clinics, and FEPS providers.
Can be contacted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM - 5 PM at 212-962-4795.

NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
959 First Avenue in the Sutton Place section of Manhattan
Marketing has begun for 23 affordable new condominiums now under construction. Applicants may go online to http://housingpartnership or may request an application by mail at The Sutton Condo, ℅ Housing Partnership Development Corporation, 242 W. 36th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10018. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. The application must be postmarked by the stated deadline.

Tenants & Neighbors
Tenants & Neighbors is serving low and moderate income tenants in District Five who live in rent-regulated, Mitchell-Lama, and Project-based Section 8 tenants through over the phone counseling, in-person tenant meetings and outreach in buildings and developments that are at-risk for loss of affordable housing, poor conditions, or tenant harassment during the course of the year for funding. For more information contact: (212) 608-4320.

El Museo del Barrio
Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm, Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm, 1230 Fifth Avenue
All public schools in District 5 will receive free visits to El Museo del Barrio. Our free group visits include guided gallery visits, hands-on workshops, storytelling sessions, cultural celebrations, and visits for students with special needs. All visits are offered in English and Spanish. In order to book a visit, schools can visit El Museo’s website http://www.elmuseo.org/groups-visits/ and submit the reservation request form.

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice
199 Water Street
The Society, the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit legal services organization, is more than a law firm for clients who cannot afford to pay for counsel. It is an indispensable component of the legal, social, and economic fabric of New York City – passionately advocating for low-income individuals and families across a variety of civil, criminal, and juvenile rights matters, while also fighting for legal reform. Through a network of borough, neighborhood, and courthouse-based offices throughout New York City, nearly 2,000 attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, along with volunteer help coordinated by the Society’s Pro Bono program, we provide comprehensive legal services to fulfill our mission that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. Through three major practices — Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Rights — the Society handles approximately 280,000 cases a year in city, state, and federal courts. You can contact the Legal Aid Society Headquarters at: (212) 577-3300.