December News: Victory Against Overdevelopment, Online Voter Registration, New Parks and Gyms, Scaffolding and Town Hall with Mayor

Dear Neighbor,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, I remain most thankful for your support. With a new low in voter turnout I was able to pass legislation I authored to provide Online Voter Registration through the City Council to make it easier to register and vote.

On the last day of November the City Council voted to rezone the East Fifties and stop the march of super-tall buildings for billionaires from 57th Street into the Sutton Area. Within minutes of the vote and our rezoning becoming law, an order was issued and all work was stopped at one of the potential sites in the district for a super-tall building for billionaires at 58 Sutton.  This was the culmination of a three year first of its kind grass-roots community rezoning. After years of out-of-control out-of-scale over-development I wanted to put residents over real estate, and we did.

With construction all around us, we are fighting to keep it safe, passing the Crane Modernization Act and continuing our advocacy to get unnecessary scaffolding down especially following a recent collapse injuring six.

We are fighting for more public spaces with the opening of Andrew Haswell Green Park Phase 2A at 60th Street on the Esplanade, passing new laws requiring building owners to open public plazas with signage detailing required amenities with steep fines for non-compliance, and working with Spence to share their new Field House during school hours with public schools that have no regulation physical education space like P.S. 151 and P.S. 527.

Our bike safety program has found new partners, brought 10% of all e-bike enforcement to our neighborhood, and continued to deliver results.

I hope to see you on Tuesday, December 5 at 5PM, for our annual office holiday party, and again on Thursday, December 7 at 8pm (note the time change), where you can ask Mayor Bill de Blasio questions at his Town Hall for the Upper East Side.

Regards,
Ben Kallos
Council Member

P.S. Happy holidays and have a happy New Year! If you’d like to pick up free Menorahs, you can do so at my office (donated by Chabad YP).

SPECIAL EVENTS

12/7, 8PM - 10PM
Mayoral Town Hall

1/7, 1PM-3PM
State of the District


DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS

12/1, 8AM-10AM
First Friday

12/5, 5PM – 7PM
Holiday Party

12/12, 6PM-7PM
Brainstorming with Ben

 

HEADLINES

  1. Victory on Sutton Area Rezoning at City Council (Without Grandfather Clause)
  2. Scaffolding Collapse Renews Outcry for Bill to Get Them Down
  3. More Public Spaces to Be Opened to Public Under New Bill Passed by Council
  4. Online Voter Registration is Passed By the Council

EDUCATION

  1. New Gym Space For Public Schools Students from Spence

PARKS & ENVIRONMENT

  1. Andrew Haswell Green Park Ribbon Cutting
  2. Banning Pesticides in Parks Gains Support
  3. Save the Sound

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Bike Safety Program Gets Results
  2. Straphangers Campaign Recognized for 40 Years of Service
  3. Ben in Your Building Discussing Ed Koch Bridge On-Ramp

JOBS & ECONOMY

  1. Crane Safety Legisaltion Passes
  2. The Fight Against Hunger With Brian Lehrer
  3. API Access Available to the Public on City Council Website
  4. Open Camps
  5. Kicking Off Anime NYC Inaugural Weekend
  6. Protesting the DNAInfo and Gothamist Shutdown
  7. Phipps Neighborhood Building Service Worker Protest

COMMUNITY

  1. Fourth Annual Turkey Giveaway
  2. Roosevelt Island Community Coalition Awards
  3. East Side Taskforce on Homeless Outreach and Services Prompts Partnerships

OFFICE UPDATES

  1. Legislative Corner
  2. Free Legal Clinics
  3. Here to Help
  4. Ben in Your Building

EVENTS

  1. City Council Events
  2. Community Board Meetings
  3. New York City Police Department
  4. Community Events For Adults
  5. Community Events For Children

 

Victory on Sutton Area Rezoning at City Council (Without Grandfather Clause)

In November, after lengthy hearings and community testimony at the City Council’s Land Use Committee, we won a huge victory, passing the Sutton Area Rezoning through the City Council, while removing a grandfathering clause that would have allowed developers of 58 Sutton to build to 800 feet. The rezoning, which I was proud to join the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) and fellow elected officials in submitting, will limit zoning lot mergers and building heights to stop the march of supertall buildings for billionaires that is displacing affordable housing for real New Yorkers. The rezoning would apply to the area beginning at First Avenue, between East 51st and East 59th Streets. For more information read coverage in Real Deal or join the fight at BenKallos.com/petition/stopsuperscrapers

 

Scaffolding Collapse Renews Outcry for Bill to Get Them Down

The scaffolding covering hundreds of miles of our city is supposed to protect pedestrians from falling building pieces, but who will protect pedestrians from falling scaffolds? As we saw by the recent Soho scaffolding collapse in November, where six people were injured, pedestrians now need to be kept safe from the scaffolding. As reported by ABC 7, NBC 4, CBS 2, NY1 and PIX 11, this very dangerous situation was avoidable. The scaffolding that collapsed had been up for almost a year with no actual facade work or construction happening. Under the legislation I introduced one year ago, scaffolding would have to be removed if seven days pass without construction work occurring. Under the same legislation, building owners would have 90 days to fix dangerous conditions and an additional 90 days if an extension is needed. If after six months the work is still not complete, the City would step in and do the work to correct the dangerous condition and bill the owner for all the costs. For more information read the press release or watch coverage on ABC 7, NBC 4, CBS 2, and PIX 11.

 

More Public Spaces to Be Opened to Public Under New Bill Passed by Council

Privately owned public spaces, or POPS for short, are attached to 329 buildings in the City of New York. POPS are built by private developers for the public to enjoy in return for allowing them to build bigger, taller buildings. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report showing that out of 333 POPS inspected, 182 are not open to the public or providing promised amenities. According to WPIX, after doing a follow up, 94 percent of the sites continue to be out of compliance. That is why in November the City Council  passed my legislation to fix this by requiring building owners to put up signs detailing the amenities they must offer coupled with fines of $4,000 for the first offense, $10,000 for each additional offense, and a penalty of $250 for each month they fail to deliver. This legislation was authored with City Council Land Use Chair David Greenfield and with the support of the Municipal Arts Society. For more information on the bill read the release or read the coverage in Next City or Curbed.

 

Online Voter Registration is Passed By the Council

The New York Daily News and New York 1 and Our Town covered legislation I introduced after it passed a vote in the City Council. The bill, which is now awaiting the Mayor’s signature, allows residents of New York City to register to vote entirely online. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia offer different forms of online voter registration and soon New York City will be one of them. Democracy should be a click away. For more information read the release or coverage from WNYC, and the Gotham Gazette.

 

EDUCATION

New Gym for Public School Students from Spence 

I have toured every public school in the district and the one recurring theme besides the wonderful children is that none of our schools have enough physical eduation or recreational space. In November, Our Town reported on a deal that Spence School and my office are finalizing that would allow students at P.S. 151 the Yorkville Community School and P.S. 527 East Side Middle School for Social action to have access during the school day to Spence’s proposed 54,000 square foot athletics facility once it is built on East 90th Street.  Last year, the Spence School detailed its plan to build the facility which will include a regulation size basketball court, squash courts complete with locker rooms and even a greenhouse. The Spence School will need a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals where I testified about the deal to benefit our public students. Thank you to Spence for their commitment to work with Department of Education to open their new field house at now cost to public school students as soon as the 2019-2020 school year.

 

PARKS & ENVIRONMENT

Andrew Haswell Green Park Ribbon Cutting

As co-chair of the East River Esplanade Taskforce with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney I have been working to rebuild the East River Esplanade block by block and park by park. This is why, after years of work by the New York City Parks Department, it was my pleasure to help cut the ribbon at the East Side’s newest park with Parks Commissioner Silver, State Senator Liz Krueger, Congress Member Maloney's office, and the East Sixities Neighborhood Association. Completing Andrew Haswell Green Park Phase 2A means more open green space for the residents of the East Sixties. For more information read the release or watch the ribbon cutting.

 

Banning Pesticides in Parks Gains Support

We authored Intro 0800 with Paula Rogovin's Kindergarten class at P.S. 290 to ban toxic pesticides in parks and have been working to pass it ever since. In November we gained a boost following a panel discussion by NYC Grassroots Alliance with Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal who has introduced partner legislation on the State level where both bill gained support.

 

Save the Sound

Twenty years ago the Long Island Sound was full of dead zones caused by nitrogen pollution from sewage plants. However, following technological advances and new sewage treatment infrastructure now operational in New York City and Connecticut, we've reached our targetted goal, with fish returning to our waterways. I joined Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and Save the Sound to call on the City and nearby states to take full advantage of the new equipment they have which can be pushed further to reduce nitrogen levels in the East River and the Long Island Sound even further. We deserve water that we can boat, fish and even swim in.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Bike Safety Program Gets Results

Our Town reported that bike safety is improving on the Upper East Side for a third year in a row, following an increase in education, safety equipment, and enforcement, bike safety from 30th to 97th streets on Manhattan’s East Side led by my office and Council Member Garodnick. Since we launched the program in 2014 there has been a reduction in the number of collisions involving cyclists each year, and fewer pedestrians and cyclists injured in collisions.

The NYPD's 17th and 19th precinct report Year to Date (YTD) through mid-October:

  • 1,557 summons issued to bicycles mostly for not giving right of way to pedestrians and disobeying a steady red signal;
  • 15,929 moving violations issued to vehicles, with 5,717 violations for improper turns, 2,730 violations for disobeying a traffic control device, and 1,541 violations for not giving right of way to pedestrians among other violations as of August; and
  • 103 seizures of “e-bikes” with all but one receiving a summons (ECB/OATH), representing more than 10% of all enforcement with 923 seized citywide;

This year the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association released two quarterly bike safety reports, in partnership with our office, in which 25 restaurants received an “A” for delivery cyclists who wore vests with identification along with helmets and used human powered bikes with lights and a bell, while 20 restaurants received an “F” for using illegal e-bikes. The report was followed by confiscation of e-bikes from restaurants receiving an “F” by the NYPD’s 19th Precinct, which indicated that since the cost of a summons at $500 exceeds the cost of an e-bike, individuals receiving a violation just buy a new e-bike. Following two years of e-bike enforcement where the Upper East Side accounted for more than 10% of all e-bike seizures citywide, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on October 19, 2017 that, beginning 2018, NYPD will begin issuing violations to businesses of $100 for the first offense and $200 for each subsequent offense. Coupled with Local Law 47, authored by Council Member Ben Kallos, businesses with unpaid violations or repeat offenses could risk losing their licenses, permits or registrations necessary to do business. To learn more about the Bike Safety program read the release, or coverage in Our Town or visit BenKallos.com/bikesafety

 

Straphangers Campaign Recognized for 40 Years of Service

After 40 years of service from The Straphangers Campaign and New York Public Research Interest Group (NYPIRG), whose annual "Pokey Award" helped us advocate for and win Select Bus Service off-board payment for the M86 and M79, I was proud to say thank you on behalf of thousands of new riders with a proclomation recognizing the orgnaizations and their leader Gene Russianoff for their service.

 

Ben in your Building discussing Ed Koch Bridge On-Ramp

I want to meet every resident in my district, aside from opening my office to the public twice a month for meetings with me during First Friday and Brainstorming With Ben, I also make house calls through Ben in Your Building. In November I met with residents who wanted to discuss safety concerns around the Ed Koch 59th Street Bridge on-ramp. The meeting was productive and I am looking forward to addressing their concerns. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium's annual meeting and I will be happy to join you. Just reach out to us by emailing scheduleratbenkallos [dot] com.

 

JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

Crane Safety Legislation Passes

In 2008 two cranes collapsed on the Upper East Side. At the time I was serving as Chief of Staff to Assembly Member Jonathan Bing who authored and passed laws to stop those crane accidents from happening again. However, several recommendations never made into law including one from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit crane age to 25 years. After nearly five years of work by the City Council I am proud to have re-introduced and passed this legislation.

With a focus on crane safety and training I have been working with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) whose union represents crane operators on legislation and regualtions to ensure that anyone operating a crane in the has local the experience and training they need to operate in the densest place in America with zero margin for error. I toured their training hall, inspected their cranes, and even took a turn on their crane simulator (I won't be quitting my day job).

I look forward to working with experts in the construction industry like the IUOE and others to ensure every resident is safe from construction.

 

The Fight Against Hunger with Brian Lehrer

Right before Thanksgiving, I joined WNYC’s Brian Lehrer on his CUNY TV show Brian Talks New York to discuss the state of New York City’s food pantry system, which many New Yorkers rely on every day for hot meals. As part of a panel discussion the issue of hunger in our City, I was joined by Nicholas Freudenberg, Professor of Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health & Health Policy and Dr. Melony Samuels, founder & executive director of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. The discussion centered around possible cuts in funding by the Trump administration to the agencies that feed many New Yorkers, and what we as a city can do about it. We discussed the legislation and policies I have pushed for and gotten passed in the City Council aimed at eradicating child hunger in our public schools, such as School Food Accountability and Universal Free Lunch. Watch the entire program at www.cuny.tv/show/braintalksny

 

API Access Available to the Public on City Council Website

In 2009, I put voting records for lawmakers online so we could hold them accountable. But by 2013, that wasn't good enough, residents need to know what law makers are doing when they are actually doing it so that residents can make thier voices heard when it matters most. That is why I helped author, co-sponsor and pass Resolution 184 of 2014 which mandated that the City Council legislation by online, open and accessible through an Apllication Program Interface (API). This allows the private sector or residents like you to take City Council legislative information on legislation and hearings to build an app to make government more accessible. After more than four years of work, we've launched the API and you can get the key at  Council.NYC.gov/news/2017/11/17/api

 

Open Camps

For the fourth year in a row, this November I had the opportunity to speak at a panel at Open Camps on the future of civic tech and government. Open Camps is one of the biggest Open Source conferences in the world. This year my portion of the panel and talk took place at Convene NYC in Midtown. We have a thriving Civic Tech community in New York that I am lucky to work with daily to make our city government more accessible and responsive through technology. As the only software developer in the City Council and chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, I am in the unique position of being able to understand the areas where our City can improve when it comes to technology through open source and government.

 

Kicking Off Anime NYC Inaugural Weekend

I had a wonderful time at the inaugural Anime NYC convention launched filling Jacob Javits Center. On opening day, November 17th, as someone who has enjoyed their fair share of anime, I took the opportunity to declare it Anime NYC weekend as 20,000 fans of Anime from all over the world came to New York City for the convention. I hope to make this convention an annual event welcoming more fans every year to New York City leaving as many tax dollars behind in the dealers room and our city as possible. The fans were great, amazing costumes ("cosplay"), exclusive screenings and panels with talent like none other. Check out the costumes and my welcoming remarks at Facebook.com/BenKallos


Protesting the DNAInfo and Gothamist Shutdown

I joined the more than 300 writers from DNAinfo and Gothamist, fellow Council Members, Writers Guild of America, East, SAG-AFTRA, 32BJ SEIU, the NYC Central Labor Council and other unions, at a rally at New York’s City Hall Park to fight for the unionized editorial employees at DNAinfo and Gothamist. The New Yorker covered how our beloved online news publications, DNAinfo and Gothamist, were shuttered by their billionaire bank owner Joe Ricketts, after 115 journalists who worked at the outlets decided to unionize. Good local reporting is among the pillars of our democracy and we should all work to protect it. The shutting down of these publications was nothing more than an attack on organized labor and that is why I support the journalist in protest and am disappointed that these two valuable publications have been lost. For more information read the release.   

 

Phipps Neighborhood Building Service Worker Protest

Phipps is one of the largest developers of affordable housing in New York City. Because of this, it plays a crucial role in setting a standard for what service workers should get paid and how they are treated. It is disappointing that in November I had to join dozens of Phipps building service workers to protest and demand that they are paid living wages and offered decent benefits. These workers should not be making the bare minimum of $12 an hour and relying on Medicaid for health coverage for themselves and their families. Phipps can and should do better for its workers. I was proud to stand with them to call on Phipps to do the right thing.

 

COMMUNITY

Fourth Annual Turkey Giveaway

For the fourth consecutive year, my office, with the help of New York Common Pantry, made Thanksgiving a bit better for over 150 families residing in some of the New York City Housing Authority developments in District 5. Thanks to a partnership with New York Common Pantry, and the wonderful leadership at Stanley Isaacs, Holmes Towers and Robbins Plaza, we handed out turkeys to residents signed up ahead of time. If you live in a NYCHA development in Council District 5 and want a turkey next year, call my office next November at 212-860-1950 to get on the list. You can also sign up for additional food benefits by joining the New York Common Pantry.

 

Roosevelt Island Community Coalition Awards

The Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) serves as a voice for the interests of residents on Roosevelt Island. Formed in 2012, the organization has helped to ease the arrival of Cornell-Technion on the Island and to assess the potential impacts on the community. In recognition of this work, it was an honor to award three members of RICC who have termed out of their posts with Citations from my office. They have always been reliable partners and great community members who are active and true assets to the Island. Congratulations Christina Delfico, Joyce Short, and Judy Buck.

 

East Side Taskforce on Homeless Outreach and Services Prompts Partnerships

Homelessness continues to rise with 22,830children, 17,451 family members, 4,105 single women, and 10,531 single men in our shelters, and more than 3,892 people on the streets as of Thanksgiving. I launched the Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach and Services (ETHOS) with Borough President Brewer, Senator Krueger, Council Member Garodnick, Department of Social Services, community and faith leaders and service organizations. We hope to get unsheltered people living on the street the help they need. If you see one of our City’s most vulnerable on the street, please call 311 or use the NYC 311 App (Android/iPhone) to ask them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” They will ask where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer to report on whether the person accepts our city’s offer of shelter, three meals a day, healthcare, rehabilitation, and job training. Learn more at BenKallos.com/homeless

On December 20, 2017, the Church of the Epiphany and the Ambulatory Care Network (ACN) of NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) are partnering to distribute thermals, toiletries, and other necessities at Epiphany’s Wednesday Homeless Dinner Program. Epiphany and NYP connected at our ETHOS task force meetings and have begun to help address the medical needs of our local homeless and hungry population through the ACN’s Targeted Outreach Program. Over the summer, a Doctor of Dermatology from Weill Cornell Medicine visited guests at the July 25 dinner program at nearby St. James’ Church reminding them to be vigilant about protecting their skin from sun and wind in the winter months as well.

OFFICE UPDATES
 

Legislative Corner

In November I cosponsored a bill that was passed by the City Council and await the Mayor's signature:

Introduction 657 of 2015 strengthens the inspections of water tanks and requires the Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) to post documents on its website and the Open Data Portal related to yearly inspections of water tanks, to provide guidance to assist residents in determining whether a building is required to have a water tank inspection, and how to submit a complaint about a water tank or water from a water tank to DOHMH.
 
This summer, the Neighborhood of Lennox Hill in our district experienced a limited legionella bacteria cluster. This law will better ensure water tanks are better inspected so we can protect public health.
 

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:

  • Housing Clinics, Every Monday
  • Family Law and Domestic Violence, 1st Tuesday
  • Life Planning Clinic, 3rd Wednesday
  • Land Use and Landmarking Clinic, 2nd Thursday (5pm-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. Please consider inviting me to your cooperative or condominium's annual meeting and I will be happy to join you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including street furniture, road conditions, homeless outreach, sanitation issues and you name it. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email scheduleratbenkallos [dot] com.

 

EVENTS

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

City Council Office Events

SPECIAL EVENTS

Town Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio
12/7, 8PM-10PM (Doors open at 7PM)
Julia Richmond Education Complex, 317 East 67th Street
RSVP

State of the District
1/7, 1PM - 3PM
Memorial Sloan Kettering Auditorium, 430 East 67th Street
RSVP

 

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS

First Friday
12/1, 8AM-10AM
District Office of Council Member Ben Kallos
244 East 93rd Street New York, NY 10128
RSVP

Holiday Party
12/5, 5:00PM-7:00PM
District Office of Council Member Ben Kallos
244 East 93rd Street New York, NY 10128
RSVP

Brainstorming with Ben
12/12, 6PM-7PM
District Office of Council Member Ben Kallos
244 East 93rd Street New York, NY 10128
RSVP

 

COMMUNITY BOARD MEETINGS

12/13: Community Board 6 (East 14th to 59th Streets) Full Board Meeting
7:00pm, TBD

12/13: Community Board 8 (East 59th to 96th Streets) Land Use and Full Board Committee
6:30 pm, New York Blood Center, Auditorium, 310 East 67th Street

12/19: Community Board 11 (East 96th to 145th Streets) Full Board Meeting
6:30pm, Children's Aid Society, 130 E 101st Street

 

NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT

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

Fourth Wednesday: 23rd Precinct Community Council
6:00 pm, 162 East 102nd Street

Last Wednesday: 17th Precinct Community Council
6:00 pm, Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E 51st Street

 

NEIGHBORHOOD and TENANT ASSOCIATIONS
 
First Wednesday, 12/6: Lexington Houses Tenant Association
6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue

First Wednesday, 12/6: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting
8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Sheperd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street

Second Tuesday, 12/12: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations
7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

Third Thursday, 12/21: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association
6:00pm-8:00 pm, Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 211 East 79th Street

Third Tuesday, 12/19: Holmes Towers Tenant Association
7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

 

Community Events for Adults

ADULTS

12/1-2: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Holiday Candle Light Tours
6:15pm-7:30pm, 421East 61st Street,
Step into the holiday season of 1830 and enjoy music and confections of the time.  Enjoy classical and holiday music performed by Sarah Loveland Gill on Friday and PACC Recorder Consort on Saturday. Refreshments courtesy of Two Little Red Hens and Glaser’s Bake Shop. Reservations required by calling 212 838 6878 or on-line through Brown Paper Tickets here. $20 Adults, $10 Members, $5 Children under 12

12/1: Needles Arts – Crochet and Quilting  New York Presbyterian
11am-1 pm 5141 Broadway, New York, NY 11134
Come and Learn How to Knit, Crochet and/or Quilt. Finished handmade blankets are donated to the newborn infants at our Post-Partum unit at 3 River West. Please call the HealthOutreach office at 212-932-5844 to make your reservation.

12/1: Middle Eastern Cuisine: The Great Falafel Waffle
12pm -1:30pm 1992 Dempsey House Crompond Rd. Cortland NY. 10567
In this creative cooking class you will learn to make Middle Eastern cuisine, including healthy falafel using a waffle iron.To register, call 914-734-3780 or email hvh-teachingkitchenatnyp [dot] org.

12/1: Sew What? Art Exhibition
4:45 pm, 67th Street Library
Sew What? New York artist Kevin Lustik will be exhibiting 27 pieces at the East 67th Street Branch of the New York Public Library from October 15th thru December 15th. Kevin has been sewing for over 30 years. He started by creating quilts, then moved on to original needlepoint designs. Highlights of his collection include a self-portrait, a New York subway map, embroidered photos, and abstract pieces. Come see what he can do with a needle and thread.

12/1: Tai Chi and Qigong
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Learn the simple flowing movements of the ancient Chinese arts of Tai Chi & Qigong. These two gentle exercises are the most studied in the world in terms of health benefits. Students frequently report more energy, a greater sense of wellbeing, improved balance and sense of relaxation. These exercises are suitable for all ages.

12/2: Career Transition: Job Search 101
2:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will help you get greater clarity on key elements of the job search process and explain key tools for finding a “best fit” job.

12/2: Connections Holiday Art Fair
6:00pm 527 Main Street Roosevelt Island New York, NY
Opening Reception for Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association. There will also be a Holiday Art Fair on December 9th and 10th from 11am to 5pm each day.

12/2: A Journey between Oceans
888 Main Street, Octagon Receptions
Opening Reception for Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association

12/3: Holiday Tree Lighting
5:00 pm-6:00 pm, Carl Schurz Park
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.

12/4: Mystery Mondays: Book discussion featuring stories of suspense, secrets, and lies
4:00 pm, 67th Street Library
Mystery Mondays will be discussing the novel Love Like Blood  by Mark Billingham

12/4: Perelman Mile-Plus Walks, New York Presbyterian
12pm, 525 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065
Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active-and it's free. Participate in The Perelman Mile-Plus Walk. It's an outdoor walking route that.

12/4: Zumba with Maria Assis, New York Presbyterian
3:pm - 4pm, 5141 Broadway, New York, 10034
Latin inspired dance fitness. Learn the steps to cumbia, salsa, merengue, chacha and much more. All classes are open to employees. For more information please call the HealthOutreach office at 212-932-5844.

12/4, 12/11, 12/18: Fine Motor Skills Play Group
1:00 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street
This 6 week program consists of weekly themed sessions focusing on fine motor and handwriting development for 3 to 4 year olds. Led by pediatric occupational therapist Danielle MacCourtney, the group will incorporate multisensory exploration, cooperative play and handwriting objectives. For more information, click here.    

12/4, 12/18: Yorkville Writing Circle
5:30 pm, Yorkville Library
Need a quiet space to write? Want to meet other writers in the neighborhood? Come join our writing circle at Yorkville! All writing styles, levels, and genres are welcomed. Participants will free write in our quiet Community Room and have the opportunity to discuss their work with other participants.

12/5: Senator Liz Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors Session II: The Mind/Body Connection
8:30 am-10:30 am, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th Street
Exercise is not only good for the body, it’s good for the mind.  Exercise will make your brain work faster and more efficiently.  Learn about the latest research on exercise and the older brain and about exercise programs designed specifically for older adults. Click here for more information.

12/5: Andrew Fielding Huxley: Channels, Effectors and Imaging
8:30am -6pm, 1230 York Avenue, CASPARY Auditorium
A Symposium in Honor of the Centenary of Andrew Fielding Huxley

12/5: Science Fiction Book Discussion; Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A discussion of Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick.

12/5, 12/12, 12/19: CardioFitness
5:30 pm, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center (4th Floor)
Physical activity is important to prevent heart disease and stroke. It has a positive effect of many of the risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and sedentary lifestyle). Participate in our weekly CardioFitness program for fun, invigorating physical activity. Classes alternate between Zumba and Piloxing. Piloxing is a fusion of boxing, standing pilates and dance done to upbeat music.

12/6: Aging with Dignity
10:30 am, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street
Come join other Greenberg participants as we discuss the challenges and benefits of growing older in this fast-paced society. In the last half hour our physical therapist will lead the group in exercises. Physicians approval required. Click here for more information.

12/6: Lunchtime Tech: Internet for Beginners
12:00 pm, Yorkville Library
An introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages. Learn how to find information online using search engines. This class is limited to 5 participants on a first come, first served basis.

12/6: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop
5:30 pm, Yorkville Library
Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Improve Internet skills, create, and use e-mail, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point).

12/6, 12/13: Meditation 201 – Softening the Heart
10:00 am, Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center, 1429 First Avenue at East 74th Street     
Meditation 201: Softening the Heart is a six-week course designed to build upon practices introduced in Meditation 101. Your mind-body teacher will empower you to practice “lovingkindness”, self-compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness. Acting on these attitudes help us to cultivate qualities of mind and heart that reduce stress, build resiliency and flexibility, and empower us to meet challenging situations with greater ease. Open to all patients who are receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Caregivers of an MSK patient are welcome to join.    

12/7: Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now – A Book Talk
6:30 pm, 608 Park Avenue
Hermes Mallea, esteemed architect and FRIENDS Board Member, joins us at the Americas Society for a look at his latest book, Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now. While many Cuban images depict vintage cars and dilapidated buildings, Mallea brings an insider’s view and challenges these preconceived notions, showing us the vibrant, creative, and eclectic domestic interiors that are re-shaping Cuban living. Free to the public.

12/7: Optimizing the Surgical Experience
11:30 am, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street
Preparing mentally and physically for treatment and surgery is an important step towards a successful result. Join us to learn how to best prepare for your visit or stay at the hospital.  Click here for more information.                  

12/7: Film - Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Join us as we watch a black and white movie from 1959. Anatomy of a Murder is about a Lawyer who defends a  soldier for murdering the man who raped his wife. Admission is free.

12/7: An Inside Look: Gracie Studio
5:00 pm, 979 Third Avenue, Suite 1411
Founded in 1898 by Charles R. Gracie, Gracie specializes in fine interior decoration, including antique furniture and exquisite, handpainted wallpaper. Gracie’s refined designs have been installed in the White House, several American embassies, and five-star hotels worldwide. Join FRIENDS and fourth generation owner Mike Gracie for a peek inside this specialized world in this behind the scenes tour. Free for Friends of the Upper East Side only.

12/7: An Inside Look: Gracie Studio
5:00 pm, 979 Third Avenue, Suite 1411
Founded in 1898 by Charles R. Gracie, Gracie specializes in fine interior decoration, including antique furniture and exquisite, hand painted wallpaper. Gracie’s refined designs have been installed in the White House, several American embassies, and five-star hotels worldwide. Join FRIENDS and fourth generation owner Mike Gracie for a peek inside this specialized world in this behind the scenes tour. Free for Friends of the Upper East Side only.

12/7: Finding Our Way: A Discussion of Spirituality and Survivorship
5:30 am, Zuckerman Research Center, 417 East 68th 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, Director, Chaplaincy Services and Senior Clinical Social Worker Melissa Stewart, LCSW-R, will lead a discussion about how this profound experience can affect one’s spiritual self. This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please without prior approval.

12/7: Community Conversations Cafe: Depression and Anxiety
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 67th Street Library
The Community Conversations Cafe is a series that engages neighborhood residents on the topics most important to you in an open discussion with leaders from the local scientific and medical community. This is not a lecture. Space is limited. Please RSVP Here, in-person at branch, or by phone (212.734.1717)

12/7: Book Discussion-Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
6:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Come and discuss "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi.

12/7, 12/14: Computer Basics
12:00 pm, Webster Library
Learn about the various types and components of computers, including basic computer terminology, an overview of operating systems, and popular software applications.

12/7, 12/14, 12/21: HandsOnly CPR
1:30 pm, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center (4th Floor)
HandsOnly CPR can be a life-saving difference for someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. There are over 350,000 cardiac arrests yearly in the United States and less than half of them receive CPR. Hands-only CPR is easy and involves no mouth to mouth contact-only pushing hard and fast on the chest. Learn hands-only CPR! Hopefully you'll never have to use it, but your preparedness could save a life.

12/9: Animal Care Centers of New York Dog Adoption
11:00 am-3:00 pm, Biscuits & Bath, Sutton Place location, 1064 First Ave at 58th Street
Anyone who adopts a dog from ACC (all locations) will receive a complimentary Biscuits and Bath Adoption Package, valued at $1,300. The package includes veterinary care, training classes, day care and grooming.

12/9: Social Media Fundamentals
11:30 am, Yorkville Library
This course will teach you how to develop and manage an effective online strategy using web technologies and social media.

12/10: Aimua Eghobamien
2:00 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th Street
Musical performance by poet, singer-songwriter, post-beat urban contemporary jazz artist.

12/11: Headache-Free Holidays
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Holiday time can be filled with joy and fraught with challenges in almost every area of our lives. This is especially true for people who suffer from tension headaches, migraines, or a combination of both. Learn about common holiday pitfalls that can trigger headaches and migraines and precautions you can take to prevent them — while managing everything gracefully. We’ll explore foods, drinks, travel, stress, family, fun, and expectations.

12/12: Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, Historic Cooking Workshop: Sugar Plum & Wassail
6:30pm, 421 East 61st Street,
Did you know that there are no plums in sugar plums?  This ancient sweet treat was a favorite of 19th-century New Yorkers.  Learn about their ancient and recent past in this hands-on session, package your treats up for gift giving and toast with some wassail to get the holiday spirit going. $25 Adults:, $20 Members and Students with ID

12/13: Lunchtime Tech: Facebook Basics
12:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Need some help navigating Facebook? Learn how to catch up with friends and family, share photos, and much more on the popular online social network. Must have an active Email account. Space limited to 5 patrons on a first come, first served basis.

12/13, 12/27: Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
1:30 pm, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, 300 East 66th Street
This group is for women being treated for metastatic breast cancer. No observers please. Call for more information.

12/14: Bladder Cancer Support Group
12:00 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 430 East 67th Street
This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.

12/14: Film - Harvey (1950)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Join us as we watch a black and white movie from 1950. Harvey is the famous story of an alcoholic and his giant white rabbit friend and how they elude the men in white.

12/14: Be Happy - NOW! How to Cultivate High Levels of Happiness
5:00 pm, Webster 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.

12/14: Historical Lecture; Art Deco Metropolis: The Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. Noted architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins will give an illustrated lecture on this enriching aspect of New York’s history.

12/14, 12/21: Introduction to the Internet
12:00 pm, Webster Library
This two-part workshop will teach you: How to define the internet and what it can be used for, how to recognize and use hardware and software to access the internet, how to break down a web address, how to use browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox, how to use search engines, and how to sign up for and use email.

12/15: Bingo Book Talk
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
*Play Bingo* Each winner must give a 1-2 min book talk about the current book they’re reading. Prizes (6 winners) Bonus Prize for the best book talk

12/15, 12/29: Young Women’s Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
12:00 pm, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, 300 East 66th Street
This group is for young women with metastatic breast cancer. No observers please. Call for more information.

12/16: Music-Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE recital by New York Opera Forum
1:00 pm, 96th Street Library
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE by Woldgang Amadeus Mozart. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. The musical program is cosponsored with New York Opera Forum which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. ADMISSION FREE

12/16: Webster @ the Movies: Atomic Blonde
2:00 pm, Webster Library
Rated R. Sensual and savage, Lorraine Broughton is the most elite spy in MI6, an agent who's willing to use all of her lethal skills to stay alive during an impossible mission. With the Berlin Wall about to fall, she travels into the heart of the city to retrieve a priceless dossier and take down a ruthless espionage ring. Once there, she teams up with an embedded station chief to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

12/16: Design a Life You Love Living
2:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will help you define, design and experience your dream life.

12/18: Breast Cancer Support Group
2:30 pm, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, 300 East 66th Street
This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.

12/19: Bereavement Support Group
12:00 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 430 East 67th Street
This monthly support group led by an oncology social worker is open to family members and friends who have lost someone to cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.This group is for those who have lost a family member or friend to cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering. No observers, please, without prior approval.

12/21: Film - Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Join us as we watch an old color film from 1944 starring Judy Garland. Meet Me in St. Louis is about four sisters at the turn of the 20th century who learn vital lessons about life and love as their family prepares for a move to New York City. Admission is free.  

12/21: Book Discussion: Orphan Train By Christina Kline
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A discussion of Orphan Train by Christina Kline.

12/26: Detective Novel Discussion: The Goliath Bone
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A discussion of The Goliath Bone by Mickey Spillane.

12/28: Film - Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Join us as we watch a black and white film from 1944. Arsenic and Old Lace is about a dashing bachelor theater critic who comes home to announce his marriage to his old aunts who raised him, only to find they have a very strange hobby in the basement. Admission is free.

Every Monday: Quiet Study Rooms
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 67th Street Library
There's no talking, no cell phone, and no noise in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability. If you are interested in keeping the quiet study room open more hours, please see a staff member about becoming a volunteer!

Every Tuesday: Adult Coloring
11:00 am, 96th Street Library
Looking for a new way to relax? Enjoy the Sublime pleasure of coloring. Coloring sheet, crayons, coloring pencils, and reading materials will be provided to participants by the library.

Every Tuesday: Adult Coloring
11:00 am, Roosevelt Island Library

Every Tuesday: Microsoft Word for Beginners
3:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Learn the basic features of Microsoft Word 2010, a word processing program you can use to create documents. Topics include: entering and editing text, saving files, and various formatting options. This is a comprehensive course, so please make sure you can attend all sessions.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday: Quiet Study Rooms
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 67th Street Library
There's no talking, no cell phone, and no noise in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability. If you are interested in keeping the quiet study room open more hours, please see a staff member about becoming a volunteer!

Every Tuesday: Fresh Food Boxes from GrowNYC
3:30-6:30 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th Street
Purchase high quality, farm fresh produce at below retail prices. For only $14, receive 10-15 pounds of healthy and seasonal fruits and vegetables that are sustainably grown on family farms! To sign up, go to www.grownyc.org/foodbox and contact your site coordinator, Abby Lee, at aleeatgrownyc [dot] org.      

Every Wednesday: Mindfulness Meditation
12:30 pm, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment, paying attention to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise. Mindfulness meditation can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.

Every Wednesday: Learn To Play Chess For Adults
2:00 pm, Webster Library
Learn to play the most popular game ever: A game of strategy and problem solving. Whether you are beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.

Every Thursday: Computer Lab
12:00 pm, 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. Space is limited and sign-up is required.

Every Thursday: eBook Help
11:00 am, Yorkville Library
Get one-on-one help downloading library books and audio books via our SimplyE, 3M and OverDrive platforms. Please bring your phone, tablet or e-Reading device. Registration is required. Please sign up personally at Yorkville Library or call 212-744-5824. There are only four individual slots available, for 15 minutes each.

Every Thursday and Saturday: Computer Tutoring Sessions
12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, 67th Street Library
Join us for an one-on-one tutoring sessions! Our computer tutors can help you with everything from learning how to use a mouse, formatting a resume, setting up an email address, posting photos on the internet, starting a blog, using Microsoft Office, and more. Stop by the branch to sign up for one of our help sessions and get a personal tutor at your service!

Every Friday: Quiet Study Rooms
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 67th Street Library
There's no talking, no cell phone, and no noise in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers, and is subject to their availability. If you are interested in keeping the quiet study room open more hours, please see a staff member about becoming a volunteer!

Every Friday: 1-on-1 E-Book Help
11:00 am, Webster Library
Get one-on-one help downloading library books and audiobooks via our SimplyE, 3M and OverDrive platforms. Please bring your phone, tablet or e-Reading device. Registration is required. Please sign up personally at Webster Library or call 212-288-5049 There are only two individual slots available, for 30 minutes each.

Every Friday: Learn the Play Chess
3:00 pm, Webster Library
Are you a chess champion? You want to show off your best moves against other chess fans? Whether you're a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time Fridays at 3 p.m. Learn how to play, practice your skills, or to play a game. All materials will be provided, and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group. Led by Timothy Mobley.

Every Saturday: Quiet Study Rooms
10:00 am - 3:00 pm, 67th Street Library
There's no talking, no cell phone, and no noise in our quiet study room. This room is open thanks to our volunteers and is subject to their availability. If you are interested in keeping the quiet study room open more hours, please see a staff member about becoming a volunteer!

Community Events for Children

12/2: Family Literacy Workshop: Process Art Workshop
3:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Parents and caregivers, come learn about fun, easy ways to encourage literacy at home!  Through these workshops you will learn how to develop your child's pre-literacy skills to help prepare them to become successful readers at an early age. Come and make some art with your child. Young children do art for the experience. They enjoy trying out new art materials, and discovering what they can do. Art activities also help develop motor skills.

12/5: The Gingerbread Man
4:00 pm, 67th Street Library
"Run, run, as fast as you can - you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!" The classic story of a little running cookie - with a holiday twist. Sing along as the Gingerbread Man outwits and outruns various hungry animals - and figure out what he really wants for Christmas. Puppet show in a traditional puppet booth, 35-40 minutes long. We encourage the audience to sing along with several non-religious holiday songs. Best for ages 2 to 6 years old with parent/caregiver.

12/5: Creative Carnival  
4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Step right up to this interactive event, where you'll learn how to build popular rides and games out of LEGO® bricks! You'll also learn to "power up" your creations with LEGO® Power Functions.  

12/6: Robin Hood
4:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Heroic deeds and jolly adventures! The exuberant tale of intrepid Robin Hood and his Merry Men who are ever jauntily escaping from the clutches of the ill-disposed Sheriff of Nottingham. Best for ages 4 and older. Presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company

12/7: Portraits in Oil Pastels
3:00 pm, 67th Street Library
Participants will discuss the art of portraiture and use various materials to create portraits of well-known individuals. All materials will be provided. For ages 13 - 18 years old. Presented by Community Word Project.

12/7: Origami For All Ages
3:00 pm, 67th Street Library
Origami For All Ages Thursday, December 7, 3:00 PM Learn how to fold paper into works of art! We will be making winter themed origami! Help us decorate the Library! No Registration Required Adults/ Teens/ Children Age 10+

12/7: Do You Believe in Magic Show
4:00 pm, Webster Library
Do You Believe in Magic Show with Super Hero Muscle Man Mike has a wonderful and different approach to performing Magic! Look no further for something exciting and unique! Now you get a Super Hero with his Puppet Side Kick Rocky Rabbit and a full Magic Show! Best for ages 2 and older with their parent/caregiver. Presented by Fit4Kids

12/7: LEGO Robotics: WeDo
3:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Students are introduced to robotics by building and coding LEGO projects using sensors, motors, and LEGO’s playful WeDo software. Students will enhance their ability to work in a team while getting a taste of what it's like to be programmers and engineers. Best for ages 6 to 8 years old. Limit to 12 students only. Presented by RoboFun

12/9: Popular Films: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn (John Boyega) crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the Last of the Jedi Knights

12/11: Open-Ended Art
11:00 am, Webster Library
Let your imagination run wild! Join us for an hour of uninterrupted, creative fun. Pick and choose from our craft supplies to make a masterpiece to take home.

12/12: Be a Game Builder
4:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
You buy them. You play them. Have you ever thought of creating one? Explore the world and concepts of game design with LEGO® bricks! You’ll even learn to "power up" your designs with LEGO® Power Functions. You have the experience. You have the creativity. All you need are the skills. Are you game? Each workshop is 90 minutes long.

12/13: Graffiti Art Workshop
4:00 pm, Webster Library
You be you! Learn about the history of hip-hop and practice your graffiti art style. For ages 13 - 18 years old. Presented by David Alicea.

12/20: Library Night Live
4:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Participants will learn sketch writing and discuss what makes something funny and will outline their own sketch. A 90-minutes program. For ages 13 - 18 years old. Presented by Urban Stages.

12/21: Webster @ the Movies: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
2:00 pm, Webster Library
Rated PG. Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park. Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

12/27: Sample U!
2:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Using pads or tablets learn how to “sample” yourself and create electronic music, sequence and compose music by recording instruments, the environment and YOU! Limit to 10-15 participants only. For ages 13 - 18 years old. Presented by DJ SpazeCraft

12/28: Movie Night: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Starring Harrison Ford. It’s a non-stop action set in the 1930's as Indiana Jones archaeologist and adventurer attempts to track down the Ark of the Covenant, battling Nazis along the way.

Every Monday: Preschool Storytime: Stories & Crafts
4:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Read aloud and messy art projects for young children. Wear your art clothes. Smocks will be provided.

Every Monday: Read to Mildred, our New York Therapy Dog!
4:00 pm, Webster Library
Come read to our therapy dog, Mildred! 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. For ages 5 and up.

Every Tuesday: Free Play
4:00 pm, Webster Library
Join us on Tuesday afternoons for a fun chance to socialize with other kids from the community! Toys are provided. Please note: This program is for both caregiver and child. It is not a structured program.

Every Wednesday: Preschool Storytime: Stories & Films
10:30 am and 11:15 am, 96th Street Library
Read aloud and short films for preschoolers.

Every Thursday: Family Storytime
11:00 am, 11:30 am, and 11:45, Webster Library
Toddlers from birth to 3 years and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, fingerplays, and spend time with other toddlers in the neighborhood. There is a limit of 15 children and their caregivers. Tickets are given out the morning of the program on a first come, first serve basis.

Every Thursday: Silly Season Celebration
4:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Celebrate the joy of the season with Mr. Patrick, his guitar, and his silly puppet friends as we sing and dance to the holiday classics. From Frosty the Snowman to the Dreidel Song, there’s something for everyone of all cultures in this festive musical celebration. Best for babies to 7 years old with a parent/caregiver. Presented by Music with Patrick

Every Friday: Learn the Play Chess
3:00 pm, Webster Library
Are you a chess champion? You want to show off your best moves against other chess fans? Whether you're a chess master or just starting out, come join us for some board time Fridays at 3 p.m. Learn how to play, practice your skills, or to play a game. All materials will be provided, and an experienced instructor Timothy Mobley will lead the group. Led by Timothy Mobley.

Every Saturday: Family Game Time
10:00 am, 96th Street Library
Come play board and card games in the library. We have classic games and new games, for children ages 2 to 12. Bring your friends and family. We have: Clue, Sorry, Candyland, Connect 4, Qwirkle, Monza, Uno, and more. Drop in at any time on Saturday, games are available throughout the day.