Newsletter is Back and There's a Lot of Good News to Share

Dear Neighbor,

The newsletter is back! We send the newsletter once a month so we don't clutter your mailbox and keep you up to date on everything going on in the community, as well as opportunities to influence government decisions by making your voice heard.

Thank you to all the residents who came out to the polls in the Primary and General Elections, where we won with 7,847 votes at 75% and 22,514 votes at 81% respectively. This is a testament to our partnership and shows that empowering residents helps to govern honestly and inclusively—and it's the best way to get things done.

During the blackout period when we could not send government newsletters because of our pending elections, we won Universal School Lunch, launched ferry service and opened Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, rolled out bus countdown clocks, broke ground on $35 million in improvements to the East River Esplanade, signed tenant safety legislation I authored into law, and I was even recognized as one of the best Council Members by City and State.

Last month we broke ground on $1 million in renovations to the East River Esplanade in partnership with the Hospital for Special Surgery, cut the ribbon on a new laboratory building with Memorial Sloan Kettering, made progress on rezoning Sutton to stop supertall skyscrapers, passed two bills so that schools ensure no child goes hungry and train teachers to support GSAs, passed legislation to open the city's $85 billion budget and welcomed the Technion Israel Institute of Technology world tour.

As November starts I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and take this opportunity to invite everyone to my annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 5th, 5-7pm. RSVP

Regards,


Ben Kallos
Council Member

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

November 27
9:45AM - 11PM
Medicare Open Enrollment Event

November 27
6:30PM-8:30PM
Community Town Hall, Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island

November 30
6:30PM
College Affordability Excelsior Scholarship Forum

December 7
7:30PM
Mayor's Town Hall

January 7
1PM-3PM
State of the District 

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS

November 14
6PM – 7PM
Brainstorming with Ben

November 30
6:30PM-7PM
CitiBike Street Skills Class

December  5
5PM – 7PM
Holiday Party

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS

  1. August
  2. September
  3. October

OVERDEVELOPMENT

  1. Sutton Rezoning at City Planning Commission
  2. Scaffolding Bill Gets Hearing
  3. Marijuana Smoking at 180 East 88th Street
  4. Height Protections for Upper East Side

EDUCATION

  1. Ensuring No Child Goes Hungry (Bill Passed)
  2. Support GSAs in Public Schools (Bill Passed)
  3. Silicon Island: Technion Israel Institute of Technology World Tour
  4. Fighting to Fund Hunter Science Campus Construction

PARKS & ENVIRONMENT

  1. Breaking Ground on East River Esplanade Construction at HSS
  2. It's My Park Day
  3. Banning Toxic Pesticides from Parks
  4. Climate Works for All Building Retrofits

PUBLIC HEALTH

  1. New MSK Center for Laboratory Medicine Ribbon Cutting
  2. Senior Health Fair Success
  3. American Academy Committee on Nutrition and Obesity
  4. Asphalt Green Swim Meet

GOOD GOVERNMENT

  1. Open Budget (Bill Passed)
  2. Oversight of Mayor's Management
  3. Questioning City Technology Costs

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Plan to Fight Double Parking and Move Deliveries Off-Hours
  2. Bike Safety Helmet Fitting
  3. Bernie, Bill and Ben

COMMUNITY

  1. Protesting Gun Violence with Congress Member Maloney
  2. Know Your Rights for Immigrants at Islamic Cultural Center
  3. Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach
  4. Youth Action March
  5. Building Service Worker Helping Hand Award
  6. Honoring former Community Board Chair David Liston
  7. Halloween Neighborhood Celebrations

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

 

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS

During the 90 days preceding the September and November elections I was unable to send our monthly newsletter by email, but we still put it out, available online and for pick up in our office, where hundreds of residents stayed up to date. We've included below the best headlines from the past few months, but you can read an individual monthly issue or skim them all at BenKallos.com/newsletters

August Newsletter

September Newsletter

  • Best City Council Members -- City and State reported “a comprehensive ranking of the best – and worst – members of the New York City Council.” There are 51 Council Members who represent New Yorkers in the City Council, all of whom were rated on attendance, number of bills introduced, number of bills passed and even how responsive each office is to the press and to constituents. I am proud to report that whether it was best overall, attendance or bills introduced and passed into law, my office and I consistently ranked among the best, within the top 5.
  • Launched the Roosevelt Island Ferry Service -- I was proud to join Congress Member Maloney, Senator Gianaris, Council Members Constantinides, Van Bramer and Rodriguez, Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal as well as community leaders for the inaugural ride from Astoria to Roosevelt Island to Lower Manhattan. Roosevelt Island Ferries will run every 25 minutes during rush hours. Making the trip from Roosevelt Island to East 34th Street in just 19 minutes. Now Roosevelt Islanders can travel by tram, land, and now water, all offering improved commutes.
  • New Bus Countdown Clocks -- In 2014, bus countdown clocks were your choice in Participatory Budgeting, and just a few years later it's gone from an idea to a reality with the installation at 15 bus stops across the district We also placed the final Upper East Side CitiBike station on 93rd street. You can find out which bus stops already have countdown clocks or are being considered at BenKallos.com/press-releases
  • Right to Counsel Signed into Law -- Housing is a right that will now be protected by providing every New Yorker facing eviction with consultation or representation by a lawyer. Right to Counsel legislation was signed into law guaranteeing this new right. Read more in the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases
  • Tenant Safety Laws -- Tenants will now be protected from unscrupulous landlords who never make or finish repairs through legislation signed into law on August 30, known as the Stand for Tenant Safety (STS). It consists of 11 bills authored mainly by members of the Progressive Caucus that I am proud to lead. Read more in the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases

October Newsletter

  • Free School Lunches -- As the New York Times reported, the first day of school for New York City children was a little different this year. As of September 7th, thanks to a change in policy I have been pushing for since I was elected, lunch for all New York City children going forward will be provided free. That is free lunch for all 1.1 million students served by the New York City Department of Education.
  • Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Opening Ceremony -- I joined city leaders and residents, including former and present mayors Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, as well as Governor Cuomo, at the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Cornell Tech’s energy-efficient campus on Roosevelt Island. I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg for his generous donation on behalf of his charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, for making this project possible.
  • Environmental Committee Hearing on Noise in New York City -- Whether it is the thumping of late night music coming from bars and nightclubs, or the constant banging from ongoing construction on a Saturday morning, “noise” continues to be New Yorkers number one 311 complaint. In September the Committee on Environmental Protection held hearings on this topic.
  • Hearing on Agencies Not Enforcing Quality of Life Violations -- As chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations, in September I chaired a hearing to find out why the City is not enforcing the laws the Mayor is signing.  On April 21st of 2016, the Mayor signed into law legislation giving City agencies the power to suspend, revoke, or deny permits or licenses given to individuals or business entities who have unpaid quality of life violations issued by the Environmental Control Board (ECB). Examples of such violations include offenses like leaving trash out in the street at the wrong time or day, not obeying the City’s recycling laws or perhaps a bar that played its music too loud into the night.

 

 

OVERDEVELOPMENT

Sutton Rezoning at City Planning Commission

In October I joined over 180 organizations, buildings, and residents in testifying before the City’s Planning Commission in favor of the East River Fifties Alliance (ERFA) rezoning to limit supertall skyscrapers in residential neighborhoods. Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Dan Garodnick, and State Senator Liz Krueger also submitted testimony in support. The proposed rezoning would establish tower-on-a-base zoning, providing context for the East River Fifties—roughly the area between 52nd and 58th Streets east of First Avenue. By requiring new buildings to pack roughly half of the building into a base under 150 feet of height, the tower-on-base plan would prevent the construction of super-skinny buildings that can reach heights of over 1,000 feet. The Sutton area is the only residential neighborhood in the entire city zoned R10 without any type of contextual protection or tower-on-a-base zoning. It is uniquely vulnerable to the development of supertall towers like the one being built by Gamma Real Estate. This rezoning effort is unique because it is community driven and designed to keep a residential neighborhood residential, and out of the hands of foreign speculators who buy penthouses as investments, not primary dwellings.  If you’d like more information about the hearing read the coverage in Curbed, Commercial Observer and Bloomberg, and The Real Deal. Read my complete testimony at the hearing and join the fight at BenKallos.com/petition/StopSuperScrapers

 

Height Protections for Upper East Side

After four years of asking every one of my appointments to Community Board 8 Manhattan "how tall is too tall for the Upper East Side" the board passed a resolution with my support to cap the neighborhood at 210 feet. The plan would cover new buildings on York, First, Second and Third Avenues where the are no height limits. Buildings that include affordable housing would be allowed to go up a bit higher to 260 feet. This would stop supertall super scrapers over 500 feet and force developers seeking additional height to build affordable housing. For more information on the plans and a different perspective read more in Our Town and Crain's New York Business.

 

Scaffolding Bill Gets a Hearing

Nearly 9,000 scaffolds entomb 190 miles of City sidewalks, and some of it is almost old enough to vote. Last year I introduced legislation that would require work to commence and continue without an interruption for more than 7 days with work completed in 6 months or the City would step in to do the work and make bad landlords pay. In October Introduction 1389 took the next step in the process to becoming law as the Committee on Buildings and Housing held a hearing which you can read about in Crain's New York or for more information read the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases

 

Marijuana Smoking at 180 East 88th Street

The NBC News 4 New York I-Team investigation found that workers there were smoking marijuana on the job in October. Construction at 180 East 88th Street has been problematic for our neighborhood since it started as they continue to try to get around the zoning laws. Construction sites must be drug-free with zero-tolerance. As soon as this information was shared with my office, we worked with the NYPD's 19th precinct and Department of Buildings that investigated issuing a temporary stop-work order.

 

 

EDUCATION

Ensuring No Child Goes Hungry (Bill Passed)

No child should have to go hungry in the richest city in the world. After winning Universal School Lunch this September, in October, legislation I authored passed the City Council requiring the Department of Education to set goals to improve upon and report on participation in breakfast, lunch, snacks, and supper so we know how many of our 1.1 million public school children are getting the food they need. For more information read the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases

 

Supporting GSAs in Public Schools (Bill Passes)

Legislation supporting Gender Sexuality or Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA), which I introduced on behalf of East Side Middle School students with LGBTQ advocate and Education Committee Chair Danny Dromm, passed the City Council in October. The bill requires the Department of Education to make lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and gender non-conforming (LGBTQGNC) training to teachers, principals, and administrators and report on who has received the training and which schools have a GSA. This bill came in response to the advocacy of students at East Side Middle School and a doubling in the hate crimes surrounding the LGBTQ community. For more information read the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases

 

Silicon Island: Technion Israel Institute of Technology World Tour

Forbes covered the Technion Israel Institute of Technology World Tour visit to New York City where as the Vice-Chair of the Jewish Caucus and tech entrepreneur I was proud to speak of this new partnership with Israel, opportunity to receive an Israeli curriculum right here in the United States, and coined the term "Silicon Island." I look forward to collaborating with Technion as they roll out a new degree program in Smart Cities.

 

Fighting to Fund Hunter Science Campus Construction

In 2013 prior to my taking office, the Economic Development Corporation swapped a sanitation garage with City University of New York's (CUNY) Hunter College Brookdale Campus in order to build a new state of the art Science and Health Professions Building and Cancer Center with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) at East 74th Street and the FDR.  Unfortunately, the Hunter Science building has remained a hole in the ground over the past four-years without funding from CUNY. In October I joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in requesting the City University of New York (CUNY) Trustees fund this long overdue project. I will continue to work with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to secure this funding.

 

 

PARKS & ENVIRONMENT

Breaking Ground on East River Esplanade Construction at HSS

Since my election, I've been working to establish public-private partnerships to renovate and care for the East River Esplanade in perpetuity. In 2015 as part of my approval for a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP) for new construction, I asked Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) to renovate the esplanade from 70th to 72nd street and create a master plan from from 70th to 78th street for future construction and care for that stretch of land in perpetuity.

In October I had the pleasure of breaking groundbreak on this new partnership with the President and CEO for HHS, Louis A. Shapiro, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Parks Manhattan Commissioner Bill Castro, and Friends of the East River Esplanade President Jennifer Ratner. Improvements to this portion of the Esplanade include noise barriers to quell the noise of passing vehicles, a new irrigation system that will keep our greenery alive and healthy, and new water fountains. For more information read coverage on Patch, the release, or watch the press conference at BenKallos.com/videos

 

It's My Park Day

Each year the City Parks Foundation and the Department of Parks and Recreation host "It's My Park" day where I was happy to join hundreds of volunteers from the Sutton Parks Conservancy, Friends of St. Catherines Park, and Muslim Volunteers for New York at Ruppert Park. Thank you to all the volunteers who invest-in and keep our parks clean and planted on this day and every day of the year.

 

Banning Toxic Pesticides from Parks

I joined P.S. 290 Kindergarten teacher and environmental activist Paula Rogovin as well as Dr. Sarah Evans from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides for a forum on toxic pesticides. The forum served to educate residents about my bill, Int. 0800 which would prevent the New York City Parks Department from using toxic pesticides in parks and open spaces. The forum took place following a successful and informative hearing at the City Council attended by dozens of kids from P.S 290. You can watch coverage of the hearing and the forum at TheEnvironmentTV.

 

Climate Works for All Building Retrofits

We marked the five year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by joining the Climate Works for All, which aims to fight climate change by reducing the carbon footprint of our city's number one polluter, our buildings with contribute to 70% of emissions. Under climate works for all we would:

  • Mandate Energy Efficiency Retrofits in New York City's Largest Buildings
  • Install Solar Energy on Rooftops of New York City’s 100 Largest Schools
  • Replace New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Boilers with Combined Heat and Power Systems
  • Upgrade New York City’s Energy Distribution Systems by Investing in Microgrids
  • Fix Leaking Natural Gas Lines
  • Expand the Green Jobs - Green New York Program in New York City

For more information read the release or watch the press conference at BenKallos.com/videos

 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

New MSK Center for Laboratory Medicine Ribbon Cutting

At a time when healthcare is being outsourced, I was proud to join the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to cut the ribbon and officially open their new Center for Laboratory Medicine on East 64th Street between First and Second Avenues. Cancer touches all of us whether directly or, as in my case, through our loved ones. My father died from Multiple Myeloma shortly after my election before he could attend my inauguration. This new laboratory is not only bringing new jobs to the neighborhood but setting the pace for analyzing and returning laboratory results to improve treatments for cancer.

   

Senior Health Fair Success

Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual Senior Health Fair in October. Attendees enjoyed free Zumba classes offered by Asphalt Green, got their no-cost flu shots that were given out thanks to Walgreens Pharmacy, learned about protecting themselves from identity theft from State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and some (like me!) even found money they were owed with help from State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli. Lenox Hill, Carter Burden, the 92Y, New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, New York Presbyterian Hospital and the New York City Department of Finance also participated. Thank you, all the participated already looking forward to doing it again next year.

 

American Academy Committee on Nutrition and Obesity

I am lucky to have one of the smartest constituencies in the city, upon whose expertise I can rely when making public policy. I had the opportunity to join the New York State American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition and Obesity to discuss public health initiatives from my office, our recent victories on Universal School Lunch and school food reporting, as we discussed disparities between public schools within the district and throughout the city relating to access to "universal" city services.

 

Asphalt Green Swim Meet

Asphalt Green’s swimming pool has always been one of my favorite pools to train in. It is a facility that many Upper East Siders love. So when I heard the pool was in need of new filters, I made it my priority to secure the necessary funding to get it done. $600,000 later, the pool is now operating at max capacity. In early October, it was my pleasure to join young athletes and their parents, along with swim coach David Rodriguez, for Swim for the Future’s annual meet at Asphalt Green to celebrate the new renovations to our beloved community pool.


 

GOOD GOVERNMENT

Open Budget Bill Passes

You should know how every penny of your tax dollars is spent in New York City's massive $85 billion budget, which is why I authored, negotiated and passed the Open Budget bill. While the budget may be available in paper or in massive PDFs, you can now search the budget online, download and analyze how we spend your dollars. Read more in the Gotham Gazette or the release at BenKallos.com/press-releases

 

Oversight of Mayor's Management

Many New Yorkers share their concern that the city is headed in the wrong direction in certain areas, and for four years I have scrutinized the Mayor's Management Report (MMR) as chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations. The MMR set forth and tracks over a thousand indicators as to how the city is doing. Each year the Mayor has accepted my recommendations to improve Management with report now including spending and budget information tied to goals as we seek to achieve performance budgeting and meaningful way to find our return on investment (ROI). For more information watch the hearing or see it for yourself (skip to agency reports) at NYC.gov/MMR

 

Questioning City Technology Costs

The City of New York spends hundreds of millions on technology software and hardware. I joined the City Council’s Contracts Committee Chair Helen Rosenthal to question the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and the Department of Information Technology on rising costs at the new 911 call center in the Bronx, the use of mainframes when server farms have largely taken their place and using free and open source software to avoid vendor lock-in and give the city the freedom to make changes to the software and share with other cities. For more information watch the hearing at Council.NYC.gov.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

Plan to Fight Double Parking and Move Deliveries Off-Hours

In October I joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg as they announced a plan aimed at easing traffic congestion in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. I came out in support of the 5-point plan the included to items that residents have suggested time and time again:

  1. Clear Lanes:  Keeping Traffic Moving in Manhattan’s CBDs  - “moving only” lanes to prevent double parking from 6am to 7pm with 80 dedicated officers focused on: 60th & 59th Sts. (Fifth to Second Ave.), 58th St. (Lexington to Second Ave.), 54th St. (Eighth to Third Ave.), 53rd St. (Ninth to Third Ave.), 50th and 49th Sts. (Ninth to Third Ave.), 47th and 46th Sts. (Ninth to Third Ave.), 37th and 36th Sts. (Sixth to Second Ave)
  2. Clear Curbs: Testing Curb Access Restrictions - loading and unloading of trucks would be restricted during peak hours from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm in Midtown from Madison to Sixth Avenue and 45th to 50th Streets.

The pilot will begin in January and run through June, which if successful I have already asked Mayor de Blasio to bring "Clear Curb" loading and unloading restrictions to the district and "Clear Lanes" double parking enforcement to my district. Watch the announcement and my request at BenKallos.com/videos

 

Bike Safety Helmet Fitting

In October I funded the free distribution and fitting of hundreds of bike helmets at Carl Schurz Park as part of my Bike Safety Program.

Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclist alike have all expressed concerns about their own safety in relation to e-bikes. In response, we’ve expanded our Bike Safety Program with Council Member Garodnick to cover the Upper East Side and Midtown East within the 17th and 19th precincts. Injuries are down to motorists and pedestrians. The program focuses on Education, Equipment, and Enforcement.

FREE Equipment with Education:

  • Vests, Lights, Bells and Helmets for Delivery Bikes following training class.
  • A 90-minute training class in English, Spanish and Chinese.
  • Lights and Bells for Recreational and Commuting Cyclists coupled with education.
  • Free Helmets.
  • New Bikes for NYPD Bike Patrol.

The NYPD presented new statistics from the summer 2016 initiatives and recent expansion of the program, including:

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

We’ve also added a protected bike lane on 2nd Avenue and bike lanes to 70th & 71st and 77th & 78th Streets.

Learn more at BenKallos.com/BikeSafety

 

Bernie, Bill and Ben

Our City’s subway system is in dire need of maintenance and repair. I was glad to join Mayor de Blasio and Vermont Senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in support of the Fair Fix plan. The aim of this proposal is to increase New York City’s highest income tax rate by 0.534%, from 3.876% to 4.41%. This would only apply to taxable incomes above $500,000 for single people and 1,000,000 for married couples. The tax increase would be paid by approximately 32,000 New Yorkers about 0.8% and if adopted by the State Legislature it is projected to raise $800 million  annually. The revenue would be dedicated to modernizing our aging subways and providing a half-priced MetroCard for as manya s 800,000 low-income New Yorkers.

 



COMMUNITY

Protesting Gun Violence with Congress Member Maloney

In the wake of another mass murder in Las Vegas in early October, I joined Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and District Attorney Cy Vance for a press conference opposing the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 and a failure to act in Congress. This bill is making it’s way through the US House of Representatives and would allow gun owners to cross state lines with a concealed firearm. It would override the federal restriction that banned concealed weapons in school zones and in many places where guns laws are stricter in states like New York.

 

Know Your Rights for Immigrants at Islamic Cultural Center

More than one-third of New York City is foreign-born, with my grandparents and my wife both immigrated to America to escape anti-Semitism. In a time when immigrants are being targetted at the national level, we are working with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to host "Know Your Rights" events with organizations like International Refugee Assistance Project, New York Civil Liberties Union and the Muslim Social Justice Initiative at the Islamic Cultural Center on the Upper East Side. No one should face discrimination for their religious observance and we must always speak up for others when we see it. If you are interested in sponsoring a "Know Your Rights" event or have questions I am here to help.

 

Eastside Taskforce for Homeless Outreach

Homelessness continues to rise with 23,365 children, 17,847 family members, 3,785 single women, and 9,873 single men in our shelters, and more than 2,794 people on the streets. 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

Our Town's Douglas Feiden recently asked "To give or not to give?" in response to my instruction to residents at neighborhood association not to "pay people to panhandle."


Youth Action March

Democracy is broken, in no small part because it requires participation, with a government that offers few meaningful opportunities and rampant disengagement as seen through low voter-turnout. That is why I am doing everything I can to engage and empower residents to have a voice in government. I was proud to join a bi-partisan group of our future political leaders for the Youth Action March, an event dedicated to youth political empowerment that held events across the country. My office has always been dedicated to advancing the political power of our young people, from passing a resolution that gave 16-year-olds the right to serve on their local community boards, to offering internship opportunities for kids that want to get more involved in their local politics. I am constantly inspired by the passion of these young activists and I cannot wait to see what they do next.

 

Building Service Worker Helping Hand Award

Our Building Service Workers represented by 32BJ SEIU are a large part of what makes the Upper East Side so great as they see us off and welcome us home every day often becoming a part of our families. Each year I am proud to join Straus News President Jeanne Straus and 32BJ SEIU Union President Hector Figueroa at the Building Service Worker Awards where I was proud to present the "Help Hand" Award to Jospeh Saljanin the resident manager at 201 East 79th Street. Read more in Our Town.

 

Honoring former Community Board Chair David Liston

In October, I had the pleasure of awarding David Liston a citation celebrating his 50th birthday. David is a former Community Board 8 Chair who has served our community and City tirelessly for many years. A double congratulations to David who took the opportunity the day he was recognized to renew his vows with his wife. Thank you David and congratulations.

 

Halloween Neighborhood Celebrations

Roosevelt Island may have one of the best Halloween Parades in the city where children, parents and even Council Members dress up. As in previous years, Captain America, or at least me in that costume, joined festivities on Roosevelt Island, Yorkville Community School Fall Festival and the new East 91 St Street Halloween Parade and Contest. Thank you to everyone who came out to all the parties, the costumes were great! You can see for yourself at Facebook.com/BenKallos/photos

 


OFFICE UPDATES

Legislative Corner

In October I cosponsored legislation that is now law:

Local Law 188 of 2017 creates a Real-Time Enforcement Unit within the Department of Buildings tasked with monitoring buildings undergoing major renovations and inspecting immediately hazardous complaints related to working without a permit within 12 hours. This unit will protect tenants living in buildings undergoing renovations, ensure work is being done properly, reduce instances of landlords using construction to harass tenants, and most importantly keep tenants safe.

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. If you gather 10 or more friends, I will come to you. Over the past year, I have visited several buildings to discuss matters of importance in the neighborhood, including efforts to fight the Marine Transfer Station, sanitation and condo owner issues. Please schedule a "Ben in Your Building" today by calling 212-860-1950 or email scheduleratbenkallos [dot] com.

 

EVENTS

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

November 27, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Community Town Hall, Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island
You will hear from your local elected officials, Cornell Tech administrators and there will be a “Q & A” following the presentation.
RSVP

November 27, 9:45AM - 11:00PM
Medicare Open Enrollment Event
Learn about Medicare Fall Open Enrollment and get connected to programs through the Medicare Rights Center that help pay for Medicare costs.
RSVP

November 30, 6:30PM
College Affordability Excelsior Scholarship Forum
If you have questions about New York State's Excelsior Scholarship and college affordability experts will be on hand to answer those questions and give you all the options that exist in New York City for paying for college. 
RSVP

November 16, 3:30PM – 6:30PM
Fresh Food Box (Pickup Only)

December 7, 7:30PM – 10PM
Town Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio
Location TBD
RSVP to receive updated information

January 7, 1PM-3PM
State of the District
Location TBD
RSVP to receive updateed information

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS

November 14, 6PM – 7PM
Brainstorming with Ben
Brainstorming with Ben is a chance for residents who have a policy idea they want to pitch and help implement; the goal is to empower residents who are looking to do the research, community organizing, and advocacy needed to turn ideas into real solutions.
RSVP

November 30, 6:30PM-7PM
CitiBike Street Skills Class
Thinking of joining or recently joined Citi Bike? This quick presentation & discussion touches on many of the topics addressed in our Street Skills Class (rules of the road, how to avoid common road hazards, basic traffic principles, where to ride on the road, how to safely change lanes, how to utilize bike infrastructure), but the focus is on how to navigate the Citi Bike system and get the most out of those now-ubiquitous blue bikes. Every participant will receive a free 24-hour Citi Bike pass, worth $12+tax!
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December 1, 8AM – 10AM
First Friday
Meet Ben in person and meet with your neighbors to discuss what's important to you. Feel free to drop in or leave at any time during First Friday. Learn about what is happening in your community and how to get involved in working together to make our neighborhood a better place to live.
RSVP

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

COMMUNITY BOARD MEETINGS 

11/1: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Street) Transportation Committee
6:30 - 9:00 pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium, 310 E 67th St.

11/6: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Street) Youth, Education & Libraries Committee 6:30 - 9:00 pm, New York Blood Center Conference Rm 1&2, 310 E 67th St.

11/8: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Parks, Landmarks & Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting

6:00 pm, Mount Sinai Hospital Podell Auditorium, 1st Ave & E 16th St.  

 

11/8: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Full Board Meeting

7:00 pm, Mount Sinai Hospital, 10 Nathan D. Perlman Place


11/9: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Street Le Committee
6:30 - 9:00 pm, Marymount Manhattan College – Regina Peruggi Room, 221 E 71st St.


11/13: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Street) Landmarks Committee  

6:30 - 9:00 pm, Marymount Manhattan College – Regina Peruggi Room, 221 E 71st St.

 11/13: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Budget & Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, NYU School of Dentistry Room 210, 433 1st Ave

11/14: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Housing, Homeless & Human Rights Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, NYU School of Dentistry Room 220, 433 1st Ave  

11/15: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Street) Full Board - Town Hall Meeting
6:30 - 9:30 pm, Church of Holy Trinity - Draesal Hall, 316 E 88th St.

11/16: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Street) 197-a Committee

6:30 - 9:00 pm, New York Blood Center Auditorium, 310 E 67th St.

11/27: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Land Use & Waterfront Committee
6:30 pm, NYU School of Dentistry Room 220, 433 1st Ave  

11/28: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Street) Health, Seniors, & Social Services Committee
6:30 - 9:00 pm, Ramaz School - Heyman Auditorium, 125 E 85th St.

11/28: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Health & Education Committee
6:30 pm, NYU School of Dentistry Room 220, 433 1st Ave  

11/30: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Business Affairs & Street Activities Committee
7:00 pm, NYU School of Dentistry Room 220, 433 1st Ave

 

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, 11/1: Lexington Houses Tenant Association
6:00pm, 1539 Lexington Avenue

11/1: Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Meeting
8:00 pm-10:00 pm, Good Sheperd (Downstairs), 543 Main Street

Second Tuesday, 11/14: Stanley Isaacs Tenant Associations
7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

Third Thursday, 11/16: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association
6:00pm-8:00 pm, Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 211 East 79th Street

11/16: East 72nd St Neighborhood Association - Community Wide Meeting  
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 337 E 74th Street

Third Tuesday, 11/21: Holmes Towers Tenant Association
7:00 pm, Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street

 

Community Events for Adults

11/1: Sew What? Art Exhibition
4:45 pm, 67th Street Library
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.  Highlights of his collection include a self-portrait, a New York subway map, embroidered photos, and abstract pieces.  

11/1: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop
5:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Improve Internet skills, create, and use e-mail, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). Pre-registration required in person or by phone at 212.744.5824. Seating is limited to 10 people

11/1: Mindfulness Practices to Improve Sleep
5:30 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave (Room M-107) This interactive group will introduce cancer survivors and caregivers to the fundamentals of mindfulness and teach practical tips to help you fall and stay asleep. Mindfulness is an evidence-backed technique that not only helps improve your sleep habits but can help you better control stress and sudden feelings of anxiety. This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.

11/1: Writing Life Stories: An Introduction
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Come for an introduction to Writing Life Stories, document your personal journey in a brief writing exercise and share it with others. Bring pen and paper. (No laptops.) Students take Writing Life Stories classes to leave a legacy for loved ones and learn more about themselves.

11/1:  Scleroderma Support Group
6:00 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (8th Floor Room 821 W)
Sponsored by the Scleroderma Foundation Tri-State Chapter and the Hospital for Special Surgery Public and Patient Education Department, this support group brings together people living with scleroderma, including family members and friends to create a network of support and encouragement. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month.

11/1, 11/8, 11/15: “Getting Ahead” Financial Empowerment Workshop
6:00-8:00 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th Street                                                 
The “Getting Ahead” Program is a  free in-depth financial literacy course. During this workshop, you will get the chance to see your credit report, meet one-on-one with a financial advisor, open a free savings account and reach your financial goals! To sign up please contact Lauren Bernstein at 212-218-0413 or lbernsteinatlenoxhill [dot] org.

11/2, 11/9: 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.

11/2: Prostate 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.

11/2:  Hip Care
1:00-2:00 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (2nd Floor)
Your hips are essential for mobility and stability but can be vulnerable to wear and tear. The good news is that research has shown that hip damage can be slowed or stopped with the right intervention. This lecture will cover how to care for your hips and pelvic areas, including injury prevention and treatment options.

11/2: Film - A Face in the Crowd (1957)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Join us as we watch a black and white movie from 1957. A Face in the Crowd is about a homespun philosopher bumpkin singer from Arkansas becomes a political folk hero and soon an egomaniac. Admission is free.

11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30: Hand Only 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. Hands-only CPR is easy and involves no mouth to mouth contact-only pushing hard and fast on the chest. Hopefully you'll never have to use it, but your preparedness could save a life.

11/3: 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. Six people can win, and there is a bonus prize for the best book talk.

11/4: Upstairs/Downstairs: The Upper East Side
2:00 pm, Meeting Location Provided Upon Registration
Led by veteran tour guide and architectural historian, Matthew Postal, this walking tour examines the Upper East Side in all its architectural and social variety, from the finest tree-lined blocks adjoining Central Park to First Avenue. $10 for members of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic District, $20 for non-members.

11/4: Kanopy Film - The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
This Mongolian movie with English subtitles follows a little girl in a family of nomads in Mongolia who finds herself at odds with her family when she brings home a dog her father is certain killed their sheep.

11/6:  Fracture Facts: Rehabilitating Bones After Injury
11:30-12:30 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (2nd Floor)
Having osteoporosis increases your risk of fractures which often require stabilization and immobilization. Physical therapy can help overcome the negative effects of being immobilized, promote functional mobility, and increase strength. Join us to learn about the methods to rehabilitate fractures after they heal.

11/6:  Restorative Yoga
1:30-3:00 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (2nd Floor)
Gentle and supported poses are tailored to each individual’s ability and may be done lying, sitting or standing. These poses along with relaxation techniques will bring together focused breathing and meditation to support your mind and body.

11/6: Mystery Mondays: Book discussion featuring stories of suspense, secrets, and lies
4:00 pm, 67th Street Library
Mystery Mondays will be discussing the novel He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

11/6, 11/20: Yorkville Writing Circle5:30 pm, Yorkville Library
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.

11/7: Excel Genius Class 7: Importing Data, String Functions, and Goal Seek
11:00 am, 67th Street Library
The final class of the Excel Genius series, which helps participants gain a deeper understanding of the world’s most popular spreadsheet application.  Class 7 covers Importing Data, String Functions, and Goal Seek. Participants must have taken Excel Genius Classes 1-6, or understand all topics covered in those courses.

11/7: Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
5:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's disease, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others. To register please call this toll free number: 1-800-272 -3900

11/7: Active Living for the Young Adult Survivor
5:30 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 430 East 67th Street               
Join us for a panel presentation featuring integrative medicine specialists addressing the unique needs and interests of young adult cancer survivors (ages 20 to 45). Topics covered will include: herbs & dietary supplement usage and how complementary therapies can improve physical fitness, stress levels, and pain management. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email rlacatmskcc [dot] org

11/7: Science Fiction Book Discussion; At the Mountains of Madness
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A discussion of At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft.

11/7, 11/14: Healthy Heart Talks
1:00-2:00 pm, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center (4th Floor)
Healthy Heart Talks are presentations related to heart health by NYP professionals. The presentations are informal and interactive allowing the opportunity learn in a relaxing environment.

11/7, 11/14: 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 a beginner or a more advanced player you can learn the strategies that will make you a better chess player.

11/8: Major Trends in Modern Cancer Research
6:00 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 430 East 67th Street               
This year’s seminar will include discussions on cancer research topics presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering’s leading scientists. Bring your questions and we will bring the pizza!All high school students and science teachers are invited. Open for general public.

11/8:  Scleroderma Support Group
6:00-8:00 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery
The Myositis Support Group was founded in 1997 in response to patient's’ expressed desire to meet other people with this rare, chronic disease. Presentations by myositis care experts are followed by informal discussion.

11/9: Film - Berlin Express (1948)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
A multinational group of train passengers become involved in a post-World War II Nazi assassination plot. Admission is free.

11/9: The NEW Retirement: Finding Purpose in Your "Third Act"
3:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Welcome to the “NEW” Retirement! Baby boomers are healthier and living longer than previous generations. We are pioneers in the search for a meaningful and purposeful “third act." Come join speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, to clarify (or re-clarify) what is most important to you at this stage of life AND learn from other retirees.

11/9: Historical Lecture - Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Film Screening and Discussion with Documentarian Hank Linhart. Get a fascinating close-up look at a hidden corner of Roosevelt Island’s nearby neighbor, Long Island City (LIC), in the one-hour film Blissville.

11/9, 11/14: Head, Neck and Oral Cancers Support Group
2:00 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.

11/10: St James’ Church Thrift Sale
9:30 am-4 pm 865 Madison Avenue, 71 Street
Gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories for women, men, children, including Boutique quality items. Also jewelry, linens, housewares, lamps, furniture, small appliances, art, etc.!
$5 admission until 12 Noon

11/10: Rockefeller University, The Peggy Rockefeller Concerts
7:30 pm 1020 York Avenue, New York, NY --University's Caspary Auditorium
Soprano Kathryn Lewek has established herself as one of opera’s strongest coloratura sopranos of this generation and now is expanding her resume with some of the most vocally challenging roles in the soprano repertoire. Ms. Lewek’s interpretation of her signature role, a quintessential Mozart villain, Queen of the Night, has garnered international critical acclaim. Admission is by ticket only ($30 each, $10 for students/postdocs).

11/12: RawMovement  
2:00 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 E. 70th Street                                                         
Zullo/RawMovement’s performance, "Liable to Change,” uses explosive movement, architecture, new media and an original sound score to explore chaos and order, logic versus fiction and multiplicity of action and location.

11/13:  Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, Food on the Page
6:30 – 8:30 pm 421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
What use are cookbooks? Much more than your next meal, cookbooks tell you what you want to be, where you think you fit into your social world and which culture or cultures you identify as normal. Cultural historian Megan Elias will discuss the history of American cookbooks from the 18th century to food blogs today.RSVP
$40 Adults, $25 Members, $22 Seniors; $10 Students w/ID, 212-838-6878

11/13: Cardiac Corner-Blood Pressure Screening
10:30 am, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center (4th Floor)
Screening for high blood pressure is very important as high blood pressure can greatly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms and can only be detected by measuring it.

11/13,20,27:92Y Harkness Dance Center 
Mondays 2-3pm 1395 Lexington Avenue
Moving for Life Dance Exercise for Health is a gentle dance class for different movement abilities. It provides a holistic approach to fitness, combining low-impact aerobics, light strengthening and sensible stretching with easy-to-follow moves to pleasurable music.
Register at www.92y.org or 212-415-5500

11/13: Planning a Successful Retirement
1:00 pm, Yorkville Library
|Where will the money come from! This class describes a variety of tax-advantaged accounts that individuals can set up to help them acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement and/or college-bound children.

11/13: Elderly Eye Care Part I
5:30 pm, Yorkville Library
In this series on Eye Health, Dr. Rudrani Banik, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, will discuss cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Banik will review the symptoms, signs, and treatment options for each of these conditions. She will also host a Q & A session to answer any questions you may have on vision-related issues.

11/13: Food on the Page: Cookbooks and American Culture
6:30 pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, and Garden
What use are cookbooks?  Much more than your next meal, cookbooks tell you what you want to be, where you think you fit into today’s social world and which culture or cultures you identify as normal. Cultural historian Megan Elias will discuss the history of American cookbooks from the 18th century to food blogs today ($40 Adults, $25 Members, $22 Sr. Members, $10 Students with ID)

11/14: Excel for Beginners
11:00 am, 67th Street Library
This is a class for anyone who is new to Excel and would like to get started using the world's most popular spreadsheet application. Topics covered will include: Using and Understanding the Excel Interface, Data Entry, Selecting and Formatting Cells, Basic Formulas, and Functions, and Inserting Charts.

11/14: Gynecologic Cancer Support Group
3:30 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 160 East 53rd Street (11th Floor)                  
This is a support and discussion group for women who have completed treatment for gynecological cancer. Discussion topics include diet and nutrition, adjusting to physical changes, and managing anxiety. To complete required registration and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

11/14: Dating and Disclosure
5:30 pm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 430 East 67th Street               
Whether you are male or female, older or younger, outgoing or shy, it can be hard to know what to do about sharing your cancer experience. This educational support group will focus on when, how, and whether to disclose your history. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

11/14: Book Discussion Group
5:30 pm, 67th Street Library
Join our lively discussion! We've got the books, now we need you to talk! We will discuss the novel Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham.

11/14, 11/21, 11/28: CardioFitness
5:30 pm, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center (4th Floor)
Physical activity is important to prevent heart disease and stroke. 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.

11/16: Film - Murder She Said (1961)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Murder She Said is about a woman named Mrs. Marple who sees a woman murdered in a passing train and investigates.

11/16:  Healthy Muscles Matter
2:00-3:30 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (2nd Floor)                                                      
There are over 600 muscles in the human body and maintaining healthy muscles and healing correctly after injury is critically important to overall musculoskeletal health. Join us to learn how to build strong muscles, prevent common muscle injuries, and treat injuries when they do happen.

11/16: Book Discussion - The Way To The Spring by Ben Ehrenreich
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for a book discussion about The Way to the Spring by Ben Ehrenreich!

11/16, 11/30: 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, and how to sign up for and use email.

11/17 Trivia Night The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
7:00 pm, 421 East 61st Street
A Trivia Night Like No Other!   Join us in our 200-year-old stone house, the site of much revelry in the 19th century, for another night of fun and games:  19th-Century Trivia Night.  Can you name the best-selling novel of the antebellum period?   What engineering marvel revolutionized trade in New York? Guests are also invited to see our current exhibit, “Games, Gambling, and Gleeful Diversions” a glimpse into the amusements which kept patrons coming to hotels like these.
$15 Adults $10 members, Reservations requested.

11/17: We Are New York (WANY) English Conversation Groups: Roosevelt Island Library
10:30-12:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
WANY is an Emmy Award-winning half-hour TV show where each episode is about an everyday situation. It was created to help people practice English and is designed for Intermediate Level ESOL learners. First come, first served limited to 16 seats.

11/17: 19th Century Trivia Night
7:00 pm, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, and Garden
Join us in our 200-year-old stone house for another night of fun and games: 19th-Century Trivia Night. Come join us and get a taste of authentic period drinks!  Guests are also invited to see our new exhibit, “Games, Gambling, and Gleeful Diversions”. $15 Adults $10 members, Reservations requested.

11/18: Music - Verdi's AÏDA recital by New York Opera Forum
1:00 pm, 96th Street Library
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of AÏDA by Giuseppe Verdi. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. Free admission.

11/18: Get Your Resume Read
2:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Our resumes have 10 seconds to catch our reader’s attention and not much longer than that to make a strong impression. Join coach Win Sheffield for this workshop to learn how best to convey your value.

11/18: Webster @ the Movies: Baby Driver
2:00 pm, Webster Library
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

11/20: Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series - Healthy Holiday Eating
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Want to learn more about eating healthy during the upcoming holidays? Come join us for a talk on healthy holiday eating.

11/20: Breast Cancer Support Group
5:30 pm, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, 300 East 66th Street (Room 243-A)
This program is for people who have been treated for cancer. No observers, please, without prior approval.You must register to attend this program. To register and for more information, please call 646-888-8106 or email RLACatmskcc [dot] org.

11/21: (CEIS) Webster Library Employer Pop-Up Recruitment Series
5:30 pm, Webster Library
Career, Education and Information Services presents Pop-Up Recruitment Events, a fast, simple approach for employers to identify, screen and review credentials, as well as select potential employees for their organizations. Meet with Recruiters who are screening candidates for a variety of industries!

11/22: Facebook Basics
12:00 pm, Yorkville LibraryNeed 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.

11/27:  Everyday Hand Care
2:00-3:00 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (2nd Floor)                                                      
This workshop will cover common hand and wrist injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, and explore adaptive equipment and exercises that can help you maintain healthy, mobile hands.

11/28: Intermediate Excel
11:00 am, 67th Street Library
This class continues to build on Excel for Beginners to give students a solid foundation in Excel.  Topics include Absolute vs Relative Cell References, Errors, Freeze Panes, Conditional Formatting, Printing Spreadsheets, Filter, Sort, Remove Duplicates, and Autofill.

11/28: Western Book Discussion; Black Jack
6:30 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A discussion of Black Jack by Max Brand.

11/29: Writing Life Stories: Your Neighborhood Workshop, 2 Hours
4:30 pm, Webster Library
Gain insight into how the guided autobiography process works, do a short exercise and write about an event. Then share your story with a supportive group. No critiques, only encouragement. Confidentiality is required, but having writing experience isn’t necessary. Please bring pen and paper - no laptops.

11/30:  Pain Management and Acupuncture
1:30-2:30 pm, Hospital for Special Surgery (2nd Floor)
At times, medication and surgery may not be the most suitable option for pain management. Come learn how alternative and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture, can be used for pain management.          

11/30: Film - Blithe Spirit (1945)
2:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Charles and his second wife, Ruth, are haunted by the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

11/30: Movie Night - Angel Heart
6:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A Private Detective from Brooklyn finds himself getting in over his head when he takes on a missing person case and bodies start piling up. His investigations lead him to a witchcraft cult in New Orleans.

Every Monday and Thursday: Perelman Mile-Plus Walk
12:00 pm, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell  Medical Center
Walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active and it's free. Starting at the 68th Street entrance of NYP/WC walk along the East River Esplanade from 71st Street to 63rd Street. The walk is slightly more than a mile and takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

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

 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.

Every Thursday: Computer 101 - Computer Basics
4:15 pm, 67th Street Library
Learn about the various types and components of computers, including basic computer terminology, an overview of operating systems, and popular software applications in this 1-hour class.

 

Community Events for Children

11/2: The Music, Bubble, and Comedy Show: Autumn Songs for Kids
4:00 pm, Webster Library
Children engage with comedy, songs, poems, bubbles, music technology and children’s stories! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song in the 45-minute show is accompanied by hands-on, visual and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn.

11/3, 11/10, 11/17: Dot and Dash Coding3:15 pm, 67th Street Library
Coding class for kids 6+ taught by volunteer Cristina Mota.

11/7: 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. This program is for both caregiver and child.

11/8: Beginners Course in Magic
4:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Learn how to do magic tricks with everyday objects that are readily available in your home. Based upon Friedhoffer's book in the library's collection, The Magic Show. For ages 13 - 18 years old.

11/8, 11/15: Code with Ozobots
3:15 pm, 67th Street Library
Ozobots robotics and coding for children ages 6+ taught by volunteer Cristina Mota.

11/9: A Day with Clay
3:00 pm, 67th Street Library
Young artists explore the possibilities of self-expression through clay. Using basic hand building techniques, you'll create your own unique vessels and objects using both self-hardening and fire clay. Open to both beginners and experts. For ages 13 - 18 years old.

11/10,18: Blue Hill Troupe’s  “The Boyfriend”
7:30pm St. Jeans Theater 184 E.76. Evenings and matinees
Proceeds support @gallopnyc that provides riding therapy for disabled kids and adults. Go to bht.org to purchase tickets and details. Tickets $30, $45, $55 http://bht.org/events/sandy-wilsons-boy-friend/

11/13, 11/27: 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.

11/14: Be a Game Builder
4:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Explore the world and concepts of game design with LEGO® bricks! You’ll even learn to "power up" your designs with LEGO® Power Functions. Each workshop is 90 minutes long.

11/14: 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!

11/15: LearnXDesign
3:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
This program features science and engineering activities and projects inspired by the New York Hall of Science’s LearnXDesign website! Workshop series is FREE. Space is limited.

11/15: A Day with Clay
4:00 pm, Webster Library
Young artists explore the possibilities of self-expression through clay. Using basic hand building techniques, you'll create your own unique vessels and objects using both self-hardening and fire clay. Open to both beginners and experts. For ages 13 - 18 years old.

11/16: Webster @ the Movies: The Emoji Movie
4:00 pm, Webster Library
Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

11/16: Dry Ice Capades
3:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Manipulate matter in all of its three states! Melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice! Use your Thermocolor Kool Cup™ to test the temperature of liquid matter in your home! Best for 3rd to 5th graders. Presented by Mad Science

11/17: Popular Films -Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
1:00 pm, 96th Street Library
Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

11/20: Celebratin’ Children
4:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Inspiring stories of children who are so capable of seeing what needs to be done and taking 'right action' to create value in their world.  LuAnn Adams will be using puppets, visuals, sound effects, music and LOTS of audience participation to bring the following tales to life "Tipingee!", "Sunman", "The Empty Pot” and more!

11/21, 11/28: 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. Each workshop is 90 minutes long.

11/25: A CHRISTMAS CAROL: small-scale tour
3:00 pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A one-man production of Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Actor; Timur Kocak plays all characters in Charles Dickens' classic play.

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! Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance.

Every Monday: Toddler Story Time
11:15 pm, Yorkville Library
Toddlers from 18-36 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood. Programs are first come, first serve.

Every Tuesday: Bilingual Birdies Classes - Spanish
11:30 pm, 67th Street Library
Bilingual Birdies is the first program in NYC to combine live music and language learning and has been successfully educating children since 2007. This Fall all families who attend the program will receive our new CD download in the language of your class! We also provide instruments and fun props for children to use in the classes.

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.

Every Tuesday: Baby Storytime
10:15 am, 12:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Babies from birth to 18 months old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood. Programs are first come, first serve. Please note: There is no elevator available, and stroller parking is limited.

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

Every Thursday: Toddler Storytime
11:00 am, 11:30 am, 11:45 am, 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. Times of the programs are approximate.

Every Friday: Learn To Play Chess at Webster
3:00 pm, Webster Library|
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.

Every Friday: Puzzle Fun for Kids
3:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Come to the library for some puzzles and fun!

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. Drop in at any time on Saturday, games are available throughout the day.

Every Saturday: Kid’s Coloring Club
10:00-12:00 pm, Yorkville Library
Children of all ages are invited to color coloring sheets featuring their favorite characters, seasonal designs, and more. Feel free to bring your favorite coloring book!

Every Saturday: Read to Fritz, our New York Therapy Dog!
11:00 am, Yorkville Library
Come read to our therapy dog, Fritz! 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.