January 2016 News: Happy New Year! State of the District, Quality of Life and Managing the City

Happy New Year! I hope you had a happy holiday season with family and friends. I would like to send a special thank you to all who attended the holiday party at my office and made it so wonderful.

This past year I was most focused on fighting overdevelopment, maintaining quality of life, and improving access to affordable housing and government benefits to help New Yorkers that need it most. Please join me as we usher in the New Year at my annual State of the District on January 10th, as we reflect on our accomplishments and plan for 2016, please RSVP.

Please tell me about your 2015 and about your New Year's resolutions for 2016.
 
Sincerely, 
 
 
 
P.S. We are closed for the federal holiday on January 1, with no First Friday, but hope you will join me in celebrating my birthday as I turn 35 at the First Friday on February 5th, to secure your party favor and slice of birthday cake please RSVP
 

TABLE of CONTENTS 

  1. Better Management for New York City
  2. Improving Quality of Life
  3. Superscrapers and Zoning
  4. Affordable Housing
  5. Automatic Benefits Don’t Miss Out
  6. Help the Homeless
  7. Discretionary Funding 
  8. PARKS AND THE ENVIRONMENT  
  9. Citizen Preparedness Corps Training 
  10. Rockefeller Ground Breaking
  11. Carl Schurz Park Playground
  12. Senior Fitness Class a Success
  13. Climate Works for All
  14. TRANSPORTATION
  15. 86th Street Subway Station Wi-Fi
  16. Second Avenue Resurfacing
  17. EDUCATION
  18. Cornell Tech, P.S/I.S Computer Science Program
  19. Trevor Day New School Opening
  20. DOE Universal Pre-K
  21. Bronx Science Launch Labs 
  22. Roosevelt Island Library Community Meeting 
  23. TECHNOLOGY AND REFORM
  24. Reforming Campaign Finance ahead of 2017 Elections
  25. City Council 2.0 New Website
  26. Hack for Heat
  27. Office Hours at Civic Hall
  28. JOBS and EQUALITY
  29. Construction Safety
  30. NYCHA Sandy Recovery Jobs Available
  31. Out of This World Job Opportunity: Become an Astronaut 
  32. NYCHA Tech Job Training
  33. Emergency Snow Laborers Needed
  34. COMMUNITY
  35. Would You Like to Be My Neighbor? Affordable Housing on 93rd Street
  36. Community Board 
  37.  OFFICE UPDATES
  38. Legislative Corner 
  39. In the Neighborhood
  40. Volunteer 
  41. Here to Help
  42. Legal Clinics
  43. Mobile District Hours
  44. Ben in Your Building 
  45. City Council Events
  46. Community Resources
  47. Community Events

The Wall Street Journal covered my concerns that the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR) was “setting the bar too low.” The MMR is the annual public report card on City government and is critical to managing and evaluating the City’s performance. Unfortunately, according to my analysis the MMR failed to set performance targets more than half the time and when it did 35% of the time targets were set below current performance standards, which if followed would make conditions in our city worse.

The Post, covered an oversight hearing that I chaired on the Mayor’s Management Report noting the city had planned for an increase in homelessness. This was followed by the resignation of Department of Homeless Services Commissioner the next day.  The Mayor’s Management Report cannot set the bar too low on important issues like public safety, public health, or helping homeless off the streets. I look forward to working to get our Management reporting and the city back on track.

 
Improving Quality of Life 

Thousands of quality of life violations are issued to the Environmental Control Board every year for things like leaving trash in the streets, un-shoveled sidewalks, construction companies working outside of hours or not following the safety regulations, and stores violating health regulations. Unfortunately, many of these fines go unpaid to the tune of $1.6 billion dollars. The Daily News covered a package of legislation I have introduced with Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland to make sure that if the City issues a fine for quality of life violations, the fine gets paid and will empower the city to revoke licenses and permits to offenders who simply pay fines as a “cost of doing business.” In November we had a hearing and hope to pass the package of legislation soon.

We have an opportunity to protect our neighborhoods, to build a city that is affordable for all New Yorkers with a strong middle class, with necessary school seats to educate the next generation, and with a new zoning plan that must be amended to reflect the voices and expertise of our city’s community boards. That is why I testified before the City Planning Commission on Zoning for Quality and Affordability and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing.  I want to the thank everyone who took part. To learn more please read reports funded in part by my office on how zoning would affect our neighborhood by CIVITAS and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts or my testimony.

As we fight overdevelopment city-wide, DNAinfo covered my efforts to protect the residents in existing affordable housing in my district in danger of being forced from their homes by new development. Charles Fernandez, a neighbor who has been living on East 58th Street his entire life, is under afraid of losing his home from damage that could occur during the demolition of adjoining buildings for the Sutton Place Superscraper. We must protect our neighbors and make sure developers know that they cannot bully our seniors.  Please sign the petition to prevent the Sutton Place tower from going up at http://benkallos.com/petition/SuttonPlace

The New York Daily News and NBC covered my latest legislation that requires owners of affordable housing to register those units with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) who would in turn create a centralized database that accepts a single  universal application for all affordable housing. Landlords have received over $1 billion dollars in tax breaks and abatements to build affordable housing, but the City has no way to verify the affordable units were built. Recent investigations by ProPublica, in which I was featured, found that up to 50,000 units of affordable housing are being hidden from New Yorkers. Our City is in desperate need of affordable housing and we cannot allow landlords to hide even a single unit of it from the public. Please help ProPublica investigate New York City Rents.

 
 
This summer the New York Times covered the automation of public benefits just by filing your taxes. As we work towards that ambitious goal, we can help you get the benefits you are entitled to. In 25 minutes we can screen you for more than 25 government benefits. Please schedule your screening today or visit NYC.gov/AccessNYC

                                         

Helping the Homeless

Homelessness has been on the rise with 23,416 children, 17,071 parents, and 12,845 single adults in our shelter system and the more than 3,100 people on our streets as of this Christmas. I've been working with DHS and the community to get unsheltered people living on the street the help they need. Here is how you can help: If you see someone sleeping on the street whom you think is homeless, please call 311 within one hour and ask for them to dispatch a “homeless outreach team.” The operator will connect you with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) who will ask about where you saw the person, what they looked like, and offer you a call back to report on the status of your call. The whole process should take less than five minutes. Download the NYC 311 App (Android/iPhone) to do the same in 30 seconds or less by pressing "Make a Complaint," then "Homeless Assistance," entering information about the person, then click submit and you can even get a call back. Please join me and Department of Homeless Services (DHS) for the annual  Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) on Monday, January 25th, 2016 from 10pm in the evening to 4am in the morning. Volunteer Today.

Funding for Community Groups

The City Council has discretionary funds to assist with operations or capital improvements for school, parks or non-profits that serve the community. The funding can ranges from $5,0000 upwards depending on . Last year I awarded them to local organizations that provide the community with services to educate cyclists on the law, prevent eviction, feed the hungry, and support youth and seniors. You can see all the funds distributed at http://benkallos.com/budget/results. If your organization is a 501(c)(3) and is interested in receiving financial support from the City of New York to provide free services to residents of my district you can learn more and apply at http://benkallos.com/budget/application/FY2017

PARKS AND ENVIRONMENT
 
 
Join me for a second annual Governor Andrew Cuomo: Citizen Preparedness Corps Training on January 26 at Memorial Sloan Kettering on 67th Street. The Citizen Preparedness Corps will give residents the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. Making sure New Yorkers are aware but not afraid.  Attendees last year received the backpack pictured packed with useful supplies.  Please RSVP at http://www.prepare.ny.gov/
 
 

Our Town covered our groundbreaking on a public/private partnership to repair the East River Esplanade. I was proud to work with Rockefeller University during their application to construct a new building over the FDR, to provide community benefits that included $8 million to repair the East River Esplanade seawall as well as design a new park from 64th - 68th with a $1 million trust for maintenance in perpetuity. Rockefeller president Mark Tessier-Lavigne led a ceremony with Manhattan Parks Commissioner Bill Castro, Minna Elias on behalf of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Deputy Borough President Matthew Washington on behalf of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. Following seawall repairs the Esplanade will see improved landscaping, new seating and lighting, designated bike lanes, and a new noise barrier along the FDR Drive for a more peaceful park.

DNAinfo recently covered that following complaints from parents and children about broken equipment at the Carl Schurz Park Playground on 84th Street, the Parks Department is using $1.3 million earmarked from Council District 5 to replace what is broken with new equipment. An initial public meeting was held in November, but because no parents or children attended, I requested that a second public meeting be held on December 15 to get feedback from those who play in the park on how best to spend, to upgrade the playground at Carl Schurz Park. Thanks to co-sponsorship from CB8, the Carl Schurz Parks Conservancy, and the Parent Teacher Associations at P.S. 151, P.S. 290, and P.S. 527, we had strong representation from the community of all ages with working groups led by grade school students who actually use the park.

 
From September to December the senior fitness class at John Jay Park held 24 sessions with a total of over 340 participants.  We continue to support and encourage our community to continue to improve their health and well being while having fun with one another! The classes will start up again in April, and I encourage any seniors in the area to attend. 
 
 
As Vice Chair of the NYC Progressive Caucus I endorse the Climate Works for All Coalition report.  This s a great step forward for our city’s sustainability efforts and an example to cities across the country, I believe through redefining the way we approach the built environment, education, and workforce development, will demonstrate that we can create an environmental agenda filled with opportunity. It comes on the heels of the breakthrough Paris COP21 deal agreed to this month. 
 
 

We’ve all been there: subway delays are making you late to a meeting and you have no way to tell anyone. It was a part of being a subway rider, but now you’ll be able to get in touch and get work done, or call for help if you feel unsafe. After advocating for the expansion of free Wi-Fi in subways in City Council hearings,  I am happy to announce that Wi-Fi has come to 86th Street and much of the Lexington Avenue line.

Manhattan Express covered the ribbon cutting ceremony that included myself, Transit Wireless, Council Member Daniel Garodnick, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, and Deputy Manhattan Borough President Aldrin Bonilla at a ribbon-cutting to announce the availability of wireless and Wi-Fi service in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 86th Street subway station. A connected commute is about to become a reality for nearly 200 million subway riders on the East Side. Thank you to the MTA and Transit Wireless for their partnership in bringing the Internet to any subway rider with a smartphone.

 
You may have noticed that, at long last, the above-ground construction is beginning to come down on Second Avenue. As the Department of Transportation prepares to redesign the roadway, they will be presenting plans for pedestrian safety, bus and bike lanes, commercial loading zones, and traffic flow, at the Community Board 8 Transportation Committee on January 6, 2016 at 6:30pm, for location please contact or visit CB8M.
 
 

P.S./I.S. 217, the Roosevelt Island community, Cornell Tech, and I have been working together to launch a groundbreaking three-year program that will enable teachers at Roosevelt Island’s P.S./I.S. 217 to incorporate computer science across their curriculum. Every teacher in the K-8 school will receive professional development training, after which they will implement Computer Science lesson plans covering every student in every grade. The program is part of an ongoing partnership between Cornell Tech and the New York City Department of Education, which I have championed to make computer science instruction accessible to our children. For more information can be found at The Cornell Tech

 
The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) has released the third Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Requests for Proposals (RFP) that seeks to identify eligible charter providers interested in partnering with the NYCDOE to provide free, full-day, high-quality pre-K services.To learn more about available trainings, view additional resources, or to contact the HHS Accelerator Team for prequalification support, visit www.nyc.gov/hhsaccelerator.
 
 
 
Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and I welcomed Trevor Day School to the neighborhood, at an open house for their new building on E 95th Street. The road from planning to construction to completion presented many challenges, but my office was happy to assist in making this school a reality in time for the New Year. I hope all schools in the district will always remember that we are here to help with any issues you are dealing with. Trevor Day School is going to be an important part of our community for many years.  I support the construction of new schools to the district to reduce overcrowding and increase opportunity to every student.
 
 
I am committed to a world-class education for every New York City child, regardless of needs.  I was excited to attend the opening ceremony for my alma mater Bronx Science’s new Interdisciplinary Labs in Computer Science, Engineering and Robotics. As a student I was exposed to the internet in 1994, when I started my first computer consulting company which was covered in the New York Times.  After two years in office, the students have shown me how technology is making my job obsolete when they showed me a ribbon cutting robot.  Now what will politicians do?
 

On January 14 from 6 - 8pm at Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, the New York Public Library, Borough President Brewer, and myself will host a community visioning session to discuss the new Roosevelt Island Library. In Fiscal Year 2016 I was happy to secure $1.5 million to fully fund the project.  If you are interested please RSVP.

 
 

As Covered by the New York Daily News and the Gotham Gazette, We are working to strengthen the city's campaign finance laws and insulate elections from the consequences of outside money trying to buy influence.

The proposals would implement a number of recommendations made by the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) in its 2013 post-election report.  Of the eight bills 4 are mine.  they move to make determinations about public funds payments earlier in the election cycle, Reduce the impact of bundling by people doing business with the city, Add flexibility to the Voter Guide mandate, The other proposals in the package also address various technical aspects of elections such as voter guides, debate eligibility, and contributions from non-registered political committees. We want to make sure that for the 2017 election cycle we are prepared for fair inclusionary and transparent campaigns.

 
The New York City Council has launched a new website called NY City Council Labs. This is a movement to bring forward City Council 2.0, an initiative I advocated for in the Council’s rules reform process to make government more transparent for you. We want to make the work of the Council more transparent and accessible. You can see the work  we are doing, see our scheduling, contact councilmembers and partaking in participatory budgeting.  See more at the District 5 site and leave feedback since it is still an experimental work in progress.
 
 
I attended a computer competition sponsored by the Open Data Science Innovation Center. Visualize New York City’s heating crisis by mapping heat complaints across the city and over time. Using JavaScript and Leaflet.js for map visualizations, help to expand on our existing ‘Cold Map’ visualization to show heat complaint trends and their effects on neighborhoods throughout New York City.

I also had the privilege of joining a meetup ground called 'Wonks Who Tech' as the guest speaker. The group is dedicated to the cross-section between policy and technology.

 
I am happy to announce that I am holding office hours at Civic Hall on Wednesday, January 20, 3pm - 4pm. Civic Hall is a one-of-a-kind community center for the world’s civic innovators. We are a space where social entrepreneurs, change-makers, government employees, hackers, academics, journalists, and artists can share knowledge, build tools, and solve problems together. 
 
 
 
Earlier this month, a number of bricks broke free from a building facade in the district and rained down onto First Avenue. Thankfully no one was hurt. 
 
In the wake of the accident at 340 E 64th Street, I joined the Building Trades Council, New York Central Labor Council and the Greater New York Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust at a rally to demand action for worker safety at construction sites. We have lost 17 lives on construction sites this year. That is unacceptable; we owe it to those we’ve lost to protect those who build our city.  I will do all I can so they can go to their job and know that the city is looking out for them, that they are safe. 
 
 
As a result of Superstorm Sandy, about 60,000 residents in over 400 NYCHA buildings throughout the boroughs were affected. Although there was no permanent structural damage, 35 developments suffered moderate to severe damage- to their mechanical and electrical systems, roofs, and facades from wind, flooding, sand and saltwater infiltration. NYCHA is currently collecting resumes to assist construction and other firms involved with Sandy projects in their staffing needs. Please call 347-566-9242 and email your resume to Dawn [dot] Sandersatnycha [dot] nyc [dot] gov.
 
 
Ever dream of going on a spacewalk, I know I sure did. Right now NASA is accepting applications for a new class of astronauts. Today, more new human spacecraft are in development in the United States (U.S.) than at any time in history, and future Astronaut Candidates will have the opportunity to explore farther in space than humans have ever been. Apply Now!
 
 
TechPortal is recruiting NYCHA residents for post-secondary education and career pathway options in the Technology Industry. NYCHA residents between the ages of 18-24 years old may be eligible for one of three possible paths:To attend an information session RSVP Online or call the REES Hotline or call (718) 289-8100 to learn more.   
 
 
Registration has begun for emergency snow laborers for the upcoming snow season. If you are interested in registering with the DSNY you can do so at their local district garage, weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The list of garage locations can be found at www.nyc.gov/sanitation. Snow laborers will be paid $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, an increase from the previous year. 
 
 
Would You Like to Be My Neighbor? Affordable Housing on 92nd-93rd Street
If you are looking for affordable housing there are openings in Yorkville at 205 E 92nd Street. Apply online or through mail. To apply online, please go to: www.nyc.gov/housingconnect. To request an application by mail, send a postcard or self-addressed, to: 92nd & 3rd Associates LLC, 1357 Broadway, Box 438, New York, NY 10018. 
 
Click here to find out more
 
The Manhattan Borough President's office is currently accepting applications for Community Board memberships. Community Boards represent their neighborhoods on crucial issues including real estate development and land use, historic preservation and even liquor licenses. Serving as a volunteer Community Board member is an incredible opportunity to be on the front lines of our civic landscape. 
 
Since I took office, I have been working on reforms to make the Community Board a productive place for you to get involved in local issues. If you are interested in being a leader and representative of the Upper East Side we encourage you to start attending meetings and apply.
 
 
 
This month, I, along with Council Members Williams, Mendez, and Manhattan Borough President Brewer, introduced Int. 1015, which requires owners of affordable housing to register those units with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Over the years, landlords have received over $1 billion dollars in tax breaks and abatements to build affordable housing, but the City has no way to verify the affordable units were built. Recent investigations byProPublica found that up to 200,000 units of affordable housing are being hidden from New Yorkers. Our City is in desperate need of affordable housing and we cannot allow landlords to hide even a single unit of it from the public.
 
I also introduced Resolution 936, which calls on Congress to pass a fully funded Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. This Act, which must be renewed every five years, covers vital programs like the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack and Meal Program, and others. While many of us had hoped this would have been included in an omnibus spending bill, Congress decided to defer action until next year. The 10.8 million American children who rely on free or reduced-price breakfast and 20.8 million  who rely on free or reduced-price lunches cannot wait months longer for assurance that these programs will receive the funding they need to continue.
 
I was also a cosponsor of a bill that passed, Int. 314, which establishes a Department of Veterans’ Services. The new Department will have the ability to cooperate with federal, state, and local agencies and to inform and assist members of the armed forces and veterans, and their families with among others things, educational training and retraining services; health, medical, and rehabilitation services; and federal, state, and local laws and regulations giving special rights and privileges to members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families.
 
 
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is that I get to catch up with neighborhood leaders and constituents at the many holiday events and celebrations.

Here are a few community meetings and holiday celebrations I attended last month: Lexington Houses Tenants Association,Stanley Isaacs Tenants Association, NYCHA NextGen Wrap-Up Session, CB8 Parks Committee, Roosevelt Island's Tree Lighting, Carl Schurz Park Conservancy Tree Lighting, Turtle Bay Association Holiday Party, Chabad at Beekman-Sutton and SAC Menorah Lighting, Carl Schurz Park Menorah Lighting, 19th Precinct Community Council Holiday Party, Stanley Isaacs Toast to the Holidays, CB8 Holiday Party and Full Board Meeting, East 79th St Neighborhood Association Holiday Party and Meeting.

This past month I also had the privilege of attending the Labor Press Leadership Awards Reception and the Teamsters Local 814 Meeting, where I reiterated my appreciation for their hard work and my commitment to the maintaining the middle class.

 
Volunteers at our Council office learn firsthand about city government and work closely with the East Side and Roosevelt Island Communities. Volunteers can work regular business hours or nights and weekends with a focus on attending events and community organizing. If you would like to join the team or have further questions please email //internshipatbenkallos [dot] com">internshipatbenkallos [dot] com.
 
 
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 and assistance, unemployment benefits;
  • Families: Universal Pre-K, Head Start, After-School programs;
  • Finances: cash assistance, tax credits, home energy assistance; and
  • Nutrition: WIC, free meals for all ages.
Please also call us with any unresolved 311 complaints.
 
Legal Clinics
 
Second Monday, 2-6pm, District Office 
The Urban Justice Center will hold a free family law and domestic violence clinic. Call my office in advance to reserve an appointment.
 
First and third Monday, every Thursday, 3-6pm, District Office
Eviction Intervention Services and CUNY School of Law provide free housing law consultations. Call for your appointment.
 
 
Get assistance wherever in the district you are when we bring our office to you. Please join us at monthly mobile district hours from 2-5pm:
 
● Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday
● Lexington Houses, 1773 Third Avenue, 2nd Wednesday
● Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, 4th Tuesday
● Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday
 

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 call 212-860-1950 or email scheduleratbenkallos [dot] com in order to schedule a "Ben in Your Building" event.

1/5: A Community Town Hall: Homelessness on the East Side
6:30 - 9pm, Church of the Epiphany, Parish Hall, 373 Second Avenue
I am co-sponsoring a town hall hosted by Council Members Mendez and Garodnick to discuss homelessness on the East Side. There will be presentations from Department of Homeless Services, the NYPD, and service providers Breaking Ground, Grand Central Partnership, and Picture the Homeless. Please note this event will be focused on the neighborhoods encompassed by Community Boards 5 and 6, but all are welcome.  RSVP.

1/10: State of the District
1pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium, 430 East 67th Street
Join me for my annual State of the District Address and find out what my office has been working on during my first two years in office. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP.

1/14: Community Conversation about the New Roosevelt Island Library
6 - 8pm, Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main Street
The New York Public Library is planning a new home for the Roosevelt Island Library. Join them to share your thoughts and idea on programs and services for the new library.

1/26: Citizens Preparedness Event Corps Training Program
7pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium, 430 East 67th Street
Hosted by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Participants must register in advance at www.prepare.ny.gov.

Free Storage Bins for E-Waste Recycling

The DSNY has a new program designed to deal with electronic waste. DSNY will visit your building to discuss how e-cycleNYC will work best in your building. Depending on the size and type of building, there are different services options.

When ready for service, call (212-437-4647) or email e-cycleNYCatdsny [dot] nyc [dot] gov. UseApartment Programs Inquiry to sign up for e-cycleNYC or get more info about the program.

Organics Collection

If you are interested in Composting organic waste, NYC Organics Collection in your apartment building, submit an inquiry online. If you live in a large apartment building that is participating in the NYC Organics Collection program.

Emergency Snow Laborers Needed

Early registration has begun for emergency snow laborers for the upcoming snow season. Snow laborers are per diem workers who are called upon to remove snow and ice citywide from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets in the City after heavy snowfalls. Individuals interested in registering with the DSNY can do so at their local district garage, weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The list of garage locations can be found atwww.nyc.gov/sanitation. Snow laborers will be paid $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, an increase from the previous year. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. All applicants must bring:

  • Two small photos (1 ½ square)
  • Original and copy of two forms of identification
  • Social Security card

Please feel free to call my office with any further questions.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Advance Directives Project

Our Volunteer Attorneys may be able to assist you with one-on-one counseling and individualized drafting of Advance Directives, including:

  • Health Care Proxies
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Simple, low-asset Wills

If you are interested in being screened for a possible appointment, please call our intake hotline at 212-218-0503 (choose option #4).

Citizen's Committee Neighborhood Grants

Have a great idea for a community or school improvement project? Citizens Committee awards grants of up to $3,000 to volunteer groups working on projects that address quality of life issues across NYC neighborhoods.

Never applied for a grant before? No problem! Our application is simple to fill out. The 2016 Neighborhood Grants are now available! Learn more and get started: www.CitizensNYC.orgGrantsatCitizensNYC [dot] org, 212-822-9563.

Bike New York

Bike New York free bike safety assemblies at schools, youth organizations and summer camps.   Any school or youth organization can contact Youth Programs Director, Zoe Cheswick, to schedule a free bike safety session for youth ages 5-18atzcheswickatbike [dot] nyc or 212-870-2097.

Jewish Association Serving the Aging

JASA's popular NextAct programs engage hundreds of New York's best and brightest (age 55+) who want to explore interesting topics, meet peers, become activists, and make an impact in their communities through Sundays at JASA courses at John Jay College, Advocacy training through the Institute for Senior Action, Lectures and courses through the Ellie and Martin Lifton Institute of Judaic Studies, and volunteer opportunities. For more information contact nextactatjasa [dot] org or 212-273-5304, or visit www.jasa.org.

1/ 3: Teddy Bear Tea:
1 - 2:30pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, 421 East 61st St, New York, NY 10065
Banish post ­holiday boredom with an event for ages 3 to 6. Bring your favorite teddy (or doll) to meet Mrs. Woodhull, the proprietor’s wife, and role­play the daily activities at the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1830. You’ll have an opportunity to try out William’s toys and help Sarah with the laundry. Afterwards, enjoy fruit tea and cookies. Reservations recommended. $10 Adults, $5 Children under 12.

1/4: The Impact of Tumor Microenvironment in the Progression and Treatment of Leukemia
1:30pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Zuckerman Research Center,417 East 68th Street, New York, NY 10065, ZRC­ Auditorium

1/7: Film Screening: Love in Bloom, 1935
2pm, The New York Public Library, 112 East 96th Street New York, NY, 10128
Free admission.

1/9: Music: Strauss’ DIE FLEDERMAUS recital by New York Opera Forum
1pm, The New York Public Library, 112 East 96th Street New York, NY, 10128
Free admission.

1/9 & 1/10: Recycle Your Christmas Tree!
10am - 2pm, Carl Schurz Park
Bring your Christmas Tree to the park and turn into mulch

1/9: Planned Parenthood Activist Training  
10am, 26 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Join Planned Parenthood of NYC for the semiannual Activist Council Training on reproductive freedom. Workshop topics include PPNYC’s health services, reproductive justice & intersectionality, NYC policy issues, and practice in engaging in tough conversations on reproductive health. No former experience in reproductive health, rights, and justice required. Free breakfast and lunch provided. RSVP.

1/11: Dance of the African Diaspora
3:30pm, The New York Public Library, 328 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065
This program celebrates the differences and similarities of dances within the African Diaspora.Starting in West Africa, going to the Caribbean & Latin America, finally landing in The United States. Using movement and music, students will go on an interactive dance tour starting in West Africa, going to the Caribbean & Latin America, and finally landing in the Unites States. be able to navigate through history in efforts of connecting the cultures. Part dance performance, part dance instruction, 100% excitement! Presented by Urban Stages for children ages 5 and older.

1/21: Film­ Screening: It’s in the Bag
2:00pm, The New York Public Library, 112 East 96th Street New York, NY, 10128
Free admission.

1/23: Kidney Cancer Support Group Meeting
10:00am, Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Greenberg Center, Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, 2nd Floor, 1305 York Ave., New York NY
Topic: "Living with Cancer: One Day at a Time". This meeting is open to all patients, survivorsand their families at no charge. RSVP by January 18 to amm9052atmed [dot] cornell [dot] edu

1/25: Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE)
10pm - 4am, Location Assigned on RSVP
HOPE Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will conduct its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE), as part of an ongoing effort to address our chronically street homeless population. This initiative, along with the daily street outreach efforts completed by their teams, are aimed at helping some of our most vulnerable New Yorkers in need. With questions or to volunteer contact hopeatdhs [dot] nyc [dot] gov.

1/27: Checkmate Check
4:00pm, The New York Public Library, 222 East 79th Street New York, NY, 10021
Are you a chess champion? 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. Presented by Ramon Hernandez. Recommended for ages 12 to 18 years old.

1/28: Do You Believe in Magic Show
4:00pm, The New York Public Library, 222 East 79th Street New York, NY, 10021
Do You Believe In Magic Show with Super Hero Muscle Man Mike has a wonderful anddifferent 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! Presented by Fit4Kids. Best for ages 2 years and older.

1/28: Film Screening:­ Whistling in Brooklyn
2:00pm, The New York Public Library, 112 East 96th Street New York, NY, 10128
Free Admission.

1/28: Breast Cancer and Your Arm: A Seminar to Promote Health and Strength
4:00pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, ­­2nd floor Group Room, 300 East 66th Street (at Second Avenue) New York, NY 10065
Learn about reducing the risk of lymphedema, exercise recommendations, resuming prior activities after surgery, and guidelines for air travel.