March News

Ferry service is coming to the East Side, according to an announcement made by the Mayor during his State of the City speech last month -- including a "nerd boat," connecting the East Side, Roosevelt Island and Astoria, which I have long advocated for.

The Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Plan for Manhattan was released, a comprehensive plan for the DOT, NYPD, and other agencies that I contributed to through my "Livable Streets" initiative.

When it is complete, will you be taking the ferry? Write me a note and let me know your plans.

To top it off, I celebrated my birthday this month, and Valentine's Day with my wife. All in all, it has been a great February -- and it is shaping up to be a great March. Please join me this month at First Friday, Policy Night, a housing legal clinic, or a participatory budgeting expo. With all these options, I hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,


Ben Kallos

Table of Contents

1. Fighting the Marine Transfer Station
2. Ferry Service on the East Side
3. Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Plan
4. Participatory Budgeting - You Decide How to Spend $1 Million
5. Net Neutrality Won
6. Protecting New Yorkers
7. Towing Transparency Bill
8. Protecting Public Schools
9. State of the District
10. Helping the Homeless
11. Meetup
12. Online Tracking of Absentee Applications and Ballots
13. Free Broadband for NYCHA Residents
14. City Council Bill Drafting Unit
15. Whole Foods Opening
16. CIVITAS East River Esplanade Vision Plan
17. Fighting for Affordable Housing
18. Civic Tech Town Hall at CodeAcross NYC
19. LGBT Center Ribbon Cutting
20. Ribbon Cutting at New Urban Justice Center Home
21. Jewish People's Choice Awards
22. CitiBike Expansion
23. Standing Against Anti-Semitism with Chief Rabbi of France
24. Learning from World Cities
25. Affordable Housing 
26. FREE Senior Fitness Class
27. Free Legal Housing Clinic
28. Free Course on Civic Tech at NYU
29. Teaching about Government
30. Luce Leaders Awards
31. Civil Service and Labor Hearing 
32. Here to Help
33. City Council Interns
34. Legislative Corner
35. In the Neighborhood
36. City Council Events
37. Community Events

Fighting the Marine Transfer Station

At a recent hearing, I testified against City Council Bill Intro 495 – a dangerous new proposal that could direct huge amounts of city trash into residential neighborhoods, increase traffic, and tie the city's hands in the event of an emergency.

The bill claims to cap the amount of trash that can go into each Council district, but in fact creates a specific exemption to allow unlimited trash into districts like ours already burdened by marine transfer stations. The bill purports to be waste equity, but it is another case of waste fraud. You can watch the video of my statement against the bill or read it online. My opposition to the bill was also covered in Capital New York

Pledge 2 Protect is still collecting testimony in advance of the Department of Environmental Conservation comment period on the Marine Transfer Station permit. Please submit the testimony to Pledge 2 Protect and my office. 

While I support moving the ramp one block so that it will not bisect Asphalt Green playing fields, I remain firmly committed to fighting the Marine Transfer Station.

Ferry Service on the East Side

Ferry service is coming to our waterfronts, according to a plan announced by the Mayor during his state of the city speech, including connections between Roosevelt Island and Astoria, Long Island City, and 34th Street in Manhattan, as well as East 90th Street and East 62nd Street with lower Manhattan and the Bronx. Following Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Maloney, I have advocated for expanded ferry service since my campaign and look forward to taking back our waterfronts with this much-needed transportation program on the East Side. You can read coverage in the Roosevelt Islander blog.

Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Plan

Last year, I asked 60,000 families to contribute to my "Livable Streets" report by letting me know where East Side streets need improvement. Because of the report, the Department of Transportation has agreed to do Pedestrian Interval Studies at dangerous intersections, install a bus shelter and bike rack, and beautify our streets.

Following the report, the DOT and NYPD also released a Vision Zero Borough Pedestrian Safety Plan for Manhattan. They included included priority corridors on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Ave as well as intersections from my report: Lexington Avenue and East 86th Street, 2nd Avenue and East 79th Street, East 75th Street and 1st Avenue, East 62nd Street and 1st Avenue, 3rd Avenue and 57th Street, and 2nd Avenue and East 53rd Street.

To learn more about how we are working to make the east side safer, you can read the report and my statement online, or have a look at the article in Our Town.

Participatory Budgeting - You Decide How to Spend $1 Million

Participatory Budgeting is kicking off this month! First, at expos, you will get a chance to learn more about the projects that will be on your ballot. Then, in April, join us to vote!

EXPOS
Projects will be presented to the community.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21: NYPL 67th Street, 328 E. 67th St., 2 P.M. – 4 P.M. RSVP.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22: Roosevelt Landings, 546 Main St. 12th Fl , 1 P.M. – 3 P.M.
RSVP.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Stanley Isaacs, 415 E. 93rd St. 7 P.M. – 9 P.M.
RSVP.

 VOTE

WEEKDAYS, APRIL 13-17: District Office, 244 East 93rd St. 9 A.M. – 6 P.M.
WEEKENDS, APRIL 11-12 & 18-19: District Office, 244 East 93rd St. 12 P.M. – 4 P.M.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11: Lexington Houses, 1539 Lexington Avenue, 2 P.M. - 5 P.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12: Stanley Isaacs, 415 East 93rd St., 2 P.M. - 5 P.M.
MONDAY, APRIL 13: PS/IS 217, 645 Main St., 7:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
MONDAY, APRIL 13: Lexington Houses, 1539 Lexington Avenue, 4 P.M. - 7 P.M.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14: RI Senior Center, 546 Main St., 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14: Lenox Hill, 331 East 70th St., 2 P.M. - 6 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15: Eleanor Roosevelt H.S., 441 East 76th St., 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15: RI Public Library, 524 Main St., 3 P.M. – 7 P.M.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16: Stanley Isaacs, 415 East 93rd St., 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16: NYPL 67th St, 328 East 67th St., 1 P.M. - 5 P.M.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16: NYPL Webster, 1465 York Avenue, 4 P.M. - 7 P.M.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17: PS 151, 421 East 88th St., 7:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17: Carter Burden, 351 East 74th St., 11 A.M. - 3 P.M.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18: RI Historical Society, Visitor Kiosk, 2 P.M. - 5 P.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: St. Catherine’s Park, 1st Avenue and 67th St., 10 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: John Jay Park, 77th St. and Cherokee Pl, 12 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: Carl Schurz Park, 86th St. and E End Avenue, 2 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.

If you plan on helping determine where $1 million in taxpayer funds go, pledge to vote.

Net Neutrality Won

The FCC recently made a landmark ruling to protect a free and open Internet. I am proud to have been part of the nationwide wave of activism that brought us to the this point: I submitted a filing to the FCC, co-signed by several Council Members, in favor of net neutrality as covered in the Washington Post, and introduced a resolution in support of FCC Chair Tom Wheeler's rules proposal. Read my full statement on the FCC decision. 

Protecting New Yorkers

In February, I and other Council Members met with the NYPD to learn more about efforts to protect New Yorkers from terrorism following the "lone wolf" attack on NYPD officers this fall. I am proud to support replacing old bulletproof vests with new ones for our officers and expanding our police force to keep New Yorkers safe.

Towing Transparency Bill

Residents could easily locate their cars if they are towed due to temporary parking restrictions, if a bill I introduced last month passes. Towing often occurs due to parades, movie shoots, or other events and can result in cars being moved blocks without any indication of their location to their owner. My bill would allow owners to locate their cars, either by using the Department of Transportation’s website or calling 311. I experienced this issue personally when my mother, who is disabled, had her car towed five blocks away and it took hours to find. With my new bill, no one would have to experience this frustration and inconvenience. 

Please read the press release or see the coverage in the Daily News, Capital New York, WCBS 880NY1, NBC4 and CBS2.

Protecting Public Schools

Teachers and parents across New York City gathered at a summit I hosted on Friday, February 27th, on how current budget proposals in Albany will hurt the schools in our district. Thanks to all who joined us, including City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Member Richard Gottfried and Assembly Member Dan Quart. Please contact my office to learn more and watch the video online.

State of the District

Thank you to everyone who came out to my State of the District on Februar8. I was pleased to be joined by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. We also enjoyed a lovely performance from students at Talent Unlimited High School and a poetry reading by district resident Loraine Brown. I discussed central issues in the neighborhood and shared plans for improving our schools, fighting the Marine Transfer Station, making us safer, closing the digital divide and more. You can watch the video and read the address at BenKallos.com/StateOfTheDistrict/2015

Helping the Homeless

I joined 3,500 volunteers for the 10th Annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) on February 9, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., to canvass hundreds of streets and subway stations across the city to estimate the number of New York City residents living on the streets. Thank you to all the staff at the Department of Homeless Services who coordinated the event and the volunteers for their role in improving thousands of lives. In my Our Town column, I wrote:

"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. Following your 311 call, an outreach team will be dispatched to reach out to the homeless person to offer them services, and DHS will call back with the results." Please also let my office know how it went.

I hope you will take a moment to read the full column in Our Town.

Meetup

It was a pleasure to meet with Scott Heiferman, CEO of Meetup, a site that builds social connections across the U.S. There is great potential for using technology to improve democracy through Meetup. Because of this, I have launched a Meetup group, through which New Yorkers can sign up for events from my office such as First Fridays, Policy Nights, Legal Clinics and more. This will be another way for residents to communicate with me and with one another. Join today.

Online Tracking of Absentee Applications and Ballots

My new legislation would allow New Yorkers to easily track their absentee voter applications and ballots online through a secure website. Absentee voters deserve to know that their vote has been counted. Read more in the New York Observer

In 2013, only 24% of registered voter cast a ballot. This is the latest piece in a series of bills I have proposed to address this issue and increase voter registration and participation rates. These include the passed Expanded Agency-Based Voter Registration bill, requiring that more agencies assist New Yorkers in registering to vote, and the Young Adult Voter Registration bill which would distribute registration forms to high school seniors. 

Free Broadband for NYCHA Residents

As a condition of the pending Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Public Advocate James and I have called for Comcast to help close the digital divide and expand access by providing free broadband for all NYCHA residents, as well as fixing loopholes in the Internet Essentials program which seeks to provide low-cost broadband to all low-income New Yorkers. I believe this is a crucial step towards closing the digital divide and ensuring internet equality. Our continued efforts were profiled last month in City Limits.

City Council Bill Drafting Unit

The City Council independent bill drafting unit, designed to take the politics out of drafting legislation, has begun work. The bill drafting unit came about as part of a sweeping set of reforms that I and other Council Members advocated for last year. I believe that this is a positive step forward that makes for a more efficient and less political City Council, and I will keep advocating to grow and fund the independent bill drafting unit. Read more in Gotham Gazette.

Whole Foods Opening

A new Whole Foods has opened on the Upper East Side, providing more healthy, fresh options to our neighborhood. I joined Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and Tricia Shimamura from the office of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and many others to celebrate its opening. 

CIVITAS East River Esplanade Vision Plan

After eight months of research and community input, CIVITAS, in partnership with Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, has released their East River Esplanade Vision Plan. I am pleased to have contributed to this report along with so many in the community, and it is a result of cumulative hard work. This comprehensive report focuses on the Esplanade between 60th and 125th Streets, covering topics including historic and existing conditions, opportunities and recognized constraints, and an overall vision for the revitalization. I look forward to working with CIVITAS, fellow officials, and other community organizations and members to make this vision a reality in the coming years. You can read the vision plan online.

Fighting for Affordable Housing

The New York Post reported on my continued fight against illegal hotel sites like Airbnb that drive up housing costs and disturb neighbors. This month, I wrote a letter to the city's Department of Information Technology to ask them to make information about complaints regarding illegal hotels more accessible. I also requested that 311 add a new category for illegal hotels to make it easier for people to file complaints. It should be simple for New Yorkers to file complaints about illegal hotels in their neighborhoods.

Civic Tech Town Hall at CodeAcross NYC

BetaNYC hosted CodeAcross NYC, two days full of events and workshops focused on open data and civic tech in New York City. It was one of many civic hacking events across the world hosted that weekend by members of the Code for America network. The festival brought together government officials, community organizations, developers, and others to improve our city through technology and effective utilization of municipal data. I was proud to be a part of it and hosted a Town Hall on civic tech, which you can watch online. 

LGBT Center Ribbon Cutting

Last month, I cut the ribbon on the relaunch of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of New York City, along with many leaders in the LGBT community and fellow elected officials. The Center recently completed a $9.2 million dollar renovation, which will allow it to better serve our city’s LGBT population through health and wellness services, youth and family services, and arts and culture programming. Over the past decade I've had the opportunity to participate in many great events and work with the Center and they provide essential services to our City's LGBT population.

Ribbon Cutting at New Urban Justice Center Home

I celebrated the opening of the new permanent home of the Urban Justice Center with Senator Corey Booker, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Council Members Dan Garodnick, Margaret Chin, and Annabel Palma. Urban Justice Center does important work serving New York City's most vulnerable residents, so I did not want to miss the chance to cut the ribbon on their new space.

Jewish People's Choice Awards

It was an honor to present at the Jewish Peoples' Choice Awards, an evening to celebrate young leaders in our community led by Rabbi and Rebbetzin Yosef Wilhelm and Chabad Young Jewish Professionals. Read more in the Jewish Voice.

CitiBike Expansion

Our Town and DNAinfo covered the expansion of Citi Bike in our neighborhood. To ensure our community has a voice, I co-sponsored a forum with the Department of Transportation for community members to learn more about the CitiBike expansion and provide input on possible new stations.

It is essential that our community is involved in the process and has a voice so we can guarantee that businesses are helped, not harmed, and everyone's commute gets easier. Please let me know if you have specific locations in mind or suggest spaces for CitiBike stations online. 

Standing Against Anti-Semitism with Chief Rabbi of France

I joined Mayor de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Park East Synagogue Rabbi Arthur Schneier in hosting Haim Korsia, the Chief Rabbi of France, speaking on the subject "French Jewry After the Terrorist Attacks." The event presented a moment to heal, support the Jewish community of France, and take a stand against anti-Semitism.

Learning from World Cities

Last month, I had a meeting with Deputy Mayor of Vienna Renate Brauner to discuss ways of borrowing from Vienna's model of affordable housing and growing local jobs. New York City can learn a great deal from Vienna's model of having 60% of the population living in affordable units. I plan to continue fostering partnerships locally, nationally and internationally to bring the best policies to New York City.

Affordable Housing

Looking for an affordable apartment? Visit NYC Housing Connect and sign up to receive information on affordable housing units accepting applications. One apartment complex accepting applications near our neighborhood is:

The Frontier at 200 East 39th Street
19 Open Units
Apply now
 

FREE Senior Fitness Class

Please join us for FREE senior fitness classes in the John Jay bathhouse on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Exercising is a key to good health, and I hope you will join in for these free classes.

Special thanks to the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association for requesting this class, and to the City Parks Department for working with us to reestablish this program after the previous program was canceled. 

Free Legal Housing Clinic

We are pleased to announce a second legal housing clinic at our office. In addition to the clinic on the first and third Monday of every month, we will now host a second clinic every Thursday from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. If you have any legal questions regarding housing, please join us at either clinic to speak with a volunteer attorney. You must make an appointment in advance. Please call our office at 212-860-1950 or email us at InfoatBenKallos [dot] com to reserve a time slot. We look forward to assisting you!
 

Free Course on Civic Tech at NYU

I look forward to teaching a class on Civic Tech for local legislatures and legislators with Dr. Arnaud Sahuguet, Chief Technology Officer of the GovLab, most recently a product manager for Google.org. I will be teaching civic technologists how to make their products useful for real New Yorkers. Read about the course in Gotham Gazette.

Teaching about Government

Why does New York City have one of the lowest participation rates in the nation? How can we expand it? This topic has been the subject of the class I teach to seniors at the Jewish Association Serving the Aging. Not only is the class fun to teach, but I also get to learn from the seniors participating. Please contact my office to find out when I will be teaching the class next and learn more.

Luce Leaders Awards

I presented proclamations to the honorees at the Luce Leadership Awards with the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International worldwide. I presented awards to inspiring leaders Kevin McGovern, Chairman of the Water Initiative, Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer, lifelong philanthropist, Meera Gandhi, Founder and CEO of the Giving Back Foundation, and Mitzi Perdue, wife of the late Frank Perdue and activist. The ceremony also honored young people who represent the next generation of leaders working to improve the world. I was proud to participate in the ceremony along with State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli and Council Member Jumaane Williams.

Civil Service and Labor Hearing 

The Committee on Governmental Operations, which I chair, held a follow up hearing on civil service in New York City. Our civil service system must be protected if we are to continue the tradition of merit-based hiring that replaced Tammany Hall patronage in the early 20th Century. Together with Council Member I. Daneek Miller, I am fighting "provisional" appointments that circumvent the merit-based civil service system and offer little job protection. New York City deserves the best and brightest.

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:

  • For 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: Food Stamps (SNAP), WIC, free meals for all ages.

Please also call me with any unresolved 311 complaints. Contact us at bkallosatbenkallos [dot] com or 212-860-1950 to get started.

City Council Interns

Interns and fellows at our Council office learn firsthand about city government, work closely with senior staff and are encouraged to pursue a project of their own choosing. If you or someone you know is interested in applying to an internship with my government office, please email internshipatbenkallos [dot] com (internshipatbenkallos [dot] com) with a resume and cover letter. Visit BenKallos.com/fellowship to learn more.
 

Legislative Corner

Here are a couple of bills I co-sponsored this month:

1. Transparency at the Parks DepartmentThis bill, introduced by Council Member Lander, requires the Parks Department to issue an annual report on park maintenance and capital expenditures. This bill will give us a record, by fiscal quarter, of how much money is spent on park maintenance and repairs so we can better hold our city agencies responsible for their work. 2. Responsible FilmingThis bill, introduced by Council Member Levin, will require monthly reports on when and where film shoots occurred as well as whether on-street parking was removed due to filming.

In the Neighborhood

This month, I joined plenty of community events and celebrations. Here are just a few: 

Stahl Tenants Association; RIRA; HOPE Count; Stanley Isaac's Tenants Association; CB6 Full Board; Sutton Area Community; CB11 Full Board; Holmes Towers Tenants Association; CB8 Full Board; E. 79th St. Neighborhood Association; Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright's Inauguration; 17th Precinct Community Council; 23rd Precinct Community Council; and Friends of the Upper East Side 50th Anniversary of Landmarks Law

I am also seeking to visit every school in the district. This month, I visited Trevor Day School, Gillen Brewer School, P.S. 527 East Side School for Social Action, and P.S. 77 Lower Lab School. I hope I can visit yours soon, if I have not already. If you have an event you would like me to attend, I will make every effort to be there. To send your invitation, please email scheduleratbenkallos [dot] com or call 212-860-1950.

City Council Events

3/6: First Friday
8am-10am, First Friday of the Month, District Office at 244 East 93rd St.
Please join me for my next First Friday event. This is a chance for me to meet you in person to discuss what's important to you and how to make our neighborhood a better place to live. Please RSVP online or call 212-860-1950. I look forward to seeing you there.

3/10: Policy Night 
6:00-7:00pm, Second Tuesday of the Month, District Office at 244 East 93rd St.
If you are looking to become more involved in your community, please consider joining a District Five policy committee. Committees include education, environment, senior services and more. Please RSVP online or call 212-860-1950.

Mondays and Thursdays, FREE Senior Fitness Class
10am-11am, John Jay Bathhouse, East 77th St and Cherokee Place

3/16: Safer Sex for Seniors Seminar, co-sponsored with NYC Department of Health
1:15pm - 2:15pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

Safe sex is important at any age. Join my office, the Department of Health, and Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center for a seminar on sexually transmitted infection prevention and safer sex for seniors. Please RSVP online.

3/2 and 3/16: FREE Legal Housing Clinic
3-6pm, District Office at 244 East 93rd Street, First and Third Monday of the Month
If you have any legal questions regarding housing, please come join us and reserve a time to speak with a volunteer attorney. This event was organized with assistance from Eviction Intervention Services (EIS). You must make an appointment in advance. Please email InfoatBenKallos [dot] com or call 212-860-1950 to reserve a time slot. We look forward to helping you! 

3/5, 3/12, 3/19, and 3/26: FREE Legal Housing Clinic
2:30-6pm, District Office at 244 East 93rd Street, Every Thursday of the Month
We are pleased to announce that we have added a second legal housing clinic at our office, which will occur every Thursday. If you have any legal questions regarding housing, please come join us and reserve a time to speak with a volunteer attorney. You must make an appointment in advance. Please email InfoatBenKallos [dot] com or call 212-860-1950 to reserve a time slot. We look forward to helping you! 

3/16: Safer Sex for Seniors Seminar, co-sponsored with NYC Department of Health
1:15pm - 2:15pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

Safe sex is important at any age. Join my office, the Department of Health, and Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center for a seminar on sexually transmitted infection prevention and safer sex for seniors. Please RSVP online.
 

3/12: Vocal Ease Performance at Carter Burden

1:50pm, Carter Burden Senior Center, 351 East 74th Street

Vocal Ease, a volunteer singing organization that performs cabaret-style shows for seniors at hospitals, nursing homes, and senior centers and residences, will give a performance at Carter Burden. This event was funded by my office.

Mobile District Hours

Get assistance wherever you are located. Please join us at mobile district hours (please note the new dates and hours):

3/10: Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street
Second Tuesday of the Month, 2-5PM
3/11: Lexington Houses, 1773 Third Avenue
Second Wednesday of the Month, 2-5PM
3/24: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street
Fourth Tuesday of the Month, 2-5PM
3/25: Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street
Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 2-5PM

Appointments after 5 p.m. available upon request.

Community Events

3/3, 3/10: Downsizing Workshop
1:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Looking to downsize but not sure where to start? Health Advocates for Older People will hold two workshops on downsizing in March. Learn more here, please RSVP by calling 212-989-1700.

3/8: Second Sundays - Tap City Youth Ensemble
2pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Auditorium, 331 East 70th Street
As part of their monthly Second Sundays performance series, which presents music, dance, and theatre groups, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House will host a performance by Tap City Youth Ensemble featuring a variety of tap dances. Learn more here, $5 suggested donation (children 12 and under are free). 

3/12: Historic Pie-Making Workshop
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st Street

Learn about the history of pie-making in America and then make your own mini pies, including one savory and one sweet, from historical recipes. Tickets, including all materials, are $20 for adults, $15 for members and students. Please make a reservation in advance by calling 212-838-6878 and learn more here.

3/14: Volunteer Gardening at Carl Schurz Park
9:30am - 12:30pm, Carl Schurz Park, 86th Street Mall at East End Avenue
Join the Carl Schurz Park Volunteer Gardeners, an adult group that meets monthly to work in the park. Children must be accompanied by adults, learn more here.

3/15: Animal Care & Control Mobile Adoption Event
12pm - 4pm, Manhattan Veterinary Group, 240 East 80th Street
Adopt one of the hundreds of cats, dogs, and rabbits Animal Care & Control of NYC has available at their Mobile Adoption Center. All adoptions include spay/neuter, vaccinations, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar, and a certificate for a exam at a vet. Learn more here

3/17: Managing Challenges: Hear Better, Live Better
1:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Health Advocates for Older People will host a special presentation by Zounds NYC on hearing issues. Personal hearing tests will follow the presentation. Learn more here, please RSVP by calling 212-989-1700.

3/18: Echoes of the Borscht Belt - Contemporary Photographs
2:00pm, Yeshiva University Museum, 15 West 16th Street
Join Health Advocates for Older People for an viewing of photographs and memorabilia from the once-famous, now-abandoned Catskills resorts and discussion.
Learn more hereRSVP is required by calling 212-989-1700.

3/24: At-Home Care - You Do Have Options
1:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street

Joanna Leefer, an expert on aging issues, will speak about the choices and details of at-home care to ensure that you can stay safe in your own home. Presented by Health Advocates for Older People. Learn more here, please RSVP by calling 212-989-1700.

3/25: A Graceful Exit: Organizing for the End of Your Life
3:00pm, Brick Church, 62 East 92nd Street
Join Health Advocates for Older People for a discussion with a lawyer, funeral home director, and author regarding important end-of-life preparations, including making your wishes known and organizing important papers in an accessible way.
Learn more here, please RSVP by calling 212-989-1700.

3/28: Carl Schurz Park Conservancy's Annual Egg Hunt
Time TBA, Carl Schurz Park
Join the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy for one of their annual traditions. Kids will be able to decorate their egg collecting bags before participating in an easter egg hunt. There will also be a family concert and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Learn more here

3/31: TED Talks - Body Language
1:30pm - 2:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 341 East 87th Street
Health Advocates for Older People will present a series of TED Talks on how your body language shapes who you are. Learn more here, please RSVP by calling 212-989-1700.

Tree Census

The 2015 Tree Count has been announced by the New York City Parks Department, and you can protect NYC greenery by signing up to help. To assist counting trees in parts of the East Side, you can contact community groups Upper Green Side or Friends of the East River Esplanade at uppergreensideatgmail [dot] com or 212-759-6895.