November 2016 News: Fire Safety, Forgiving Fines, Better Buses and Helping Those in Need

Autumn is here, leaves have fallen, and Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur have come and gone giving me some time to reflect and recharge ahead of what will be a busy November.

My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the two fires that occurred on the Upper East Side in October. On November 10, my office will host a fire prevention event with the help of the New York City Fire Department and the American Red CrossRSVP

While we continue to push for improvements to the M15 and M79 buses, I was proud to support the launch of a new app that shows you how bunched your bus is and how fast (or slow) it runs. Visit BusTurnaround.NYC

We also made progress in the fight against hunger by making access to government programs easier through Automatic Benefits. A national collaboration between the United Stated Department of Health and Human Services, Intuit, and my office will give the public a free “Benefit Assist” tool to identify what benefits those in need qualify for.

On November 8, Americans will turn out for the general elections, please make sure you go out and vote. The polls will be open from 6am. to 9pm. Make sure you know your poll site. Policy Night will take place Tuesday the 15th to avoid a conflict with Election Day.

I hope you had a safe Halloween and I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.


Ben Kallos
Council Member

PS. Reminder First Friday is on the 4th and Policy Night is Tuesday the 15th due conflict with Election Day


November 8, 6am - 9pm
Election Day

November 10, 6pm
Fire Safety


November 4, 8am - 10am
First Friday

November 15, 6pm
Policy Night

November 3, 10, 17
3:30pm - 6:30pm
Fresh Food Box


Table of Contents

  1. Free Software to Help Americans Get the Government Support they Need
  2. Fire Safety
  3. Developing New Medicines on the Upper East Side
  4. Forgiving Fines to Improve Quality of Life


  1. Preparing for the November Elections
  2. Online Voter Registration
  3. Verify Your Registration and Find Your Poll Site
  4. Science in Schools, Government and the Presidential Election
  5. Help Wanted: Campaign Finance Chair to Oversee Public Matching


  1. New App: How Bunched is Your Bus?
  2. Bringing Select Bus Service to the M79
  3. Fighting for the M15SBS to Stop at 72nd Street
  4. Fair Fares for Low Income New Yorkers
  5. Investing in Our Transportation Infrastructure
  6. Safer “Livable” Streets with Traffic Improvements


  1. Worst Landlords List
  2. Party to Protect Our Playground from Becoming a Luxury Development
  3. New Affordable Condominiums for Sale at The Sutton

Parks and Open Spaces

  1. Open the Oval
  2. Cleaning Up Our Parks


  1. Happy Halloween
  2. Fresh Food Box
  3. Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination
  4. Senior Health Fair
  5. IDNYC on Roosevelt Island
  6. Low Income NYCHA Residents to Get Turkeys For Thanksgiving
  7. Standing Up to Domestic Violence
  8. Saving Animals’ Lives
  9. Supporting Small Business
  10. Now Hiring! Emergency Snow Laborers
  11. Free Museum Trips for Schools in Council District 5

Office Updates

  1. Congratulations Matthew
  2. Legislative Corner
  3. Legal Clinic
  4. Here to Help
  5. Mobile District Hours
  6. Ben in Your Building

Events and Resources

  1. City Council Events
  2. Events Funded by my Office
  3. Government Meetings
  4. Neighborhood and Tenant Associations
  5. Community Events for Kids
  6. Community Events for Adults
  7. Resources with Funding from My Office 


Free Software to Help Americans Get the Government Support they Need


Approximately one in six Americans goes hungry because he or she does not have enough money for food or other essential needs. Last year, The New York Times covered Automatic Benefits legislation I introduced that would use information the government already has to provide government benefits automatically.

A national collaboration between the United Stated Department of Health and Human ServicesIntuit (makers of TurboTax) and my office, which was recently covered in Politico and GCN, will give the public a free “Benefit Assist” tool on GitHub to find out whether they qualify for government benefits. By decreasing the paperwork, bureaucracy and proprietary software costs the software could save states millions and the Federal government billions of dollars.

Learn more about the collaboration in the release, Politico or GCN, or view and improve upon the Benefit Assist software at GitHub or try out a demonstration at


Fire Safety

In October, our neighborhood dealt with the tragic fire on 93rd Street, just a block from my office. The fire was fatal for one resident and left 16 others injured. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those residents and their families during this difficult time. Unfortunately, these tragedies are too common with approximately 905 people dying every year from home fires during the winter months around the country.

I had the opportunity to sit with and enjoy a slice of pizza with the heroic firefighters who saved lives during this fatal fire, including Fire Fighter Jimmy Lee who performed the roof-rope rescue credited with saving a life. It was a pleasure to sit with Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney and Mayor De Blasio as we thanked these hero firemen for their actions.

To educate Upper Eastsiders, on October 28th, the American Red Cross held a fire prevention training and offered free appointments to install smoke detectors. I invite you all to join me again on November 10th to attend a fire safety class and schedule a free smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation.

Fire Department/American Red Cross Fire Safety
Free Smoke and Carobn Monoxide Detector Installations

November 10th, 6pm to 8pm
District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

I was proud to join Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alicia Glen for an announcement by Rockefeller University, along with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, that they have established a new drug discovery company called Bridge Medicines. Launched in partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. and healthcare investment firms Bay City Capital and Deerfield Management, Bridge Medicines is a groundbreaking initiative that completes a seamless, fully funded and professionally staffed path from concept to drug candidate to efficiently and rapidly develop innovative therapeutics for treating human diseases. Since day one, I have been working with health institutions in my district like Rockefeller to ensure that when doctors make new discoveries here, that they stay and develop those discoveries into businesses here in New York City. Ultimately, with pharmaceuticals taking more than ten years to make to the market place, the easier we can make it to convert discoveries into treatments, the more likely we are to see important treatments and cures for diseases in our life times.

Forgiving Fines to Improve Quality of Life

Small businesses on the Upper East Side have until December 12 to take advantage of the New York City Department of Finance (DOF) “Forgiving Fines Amnesty” program. As covered by Our Town, I held a press conference with Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha encouraging small businesses in the neighborhood to sign-up and apply to have their quality of life violations forgiven ahead of increased enforcement.

This amnesty period is part of a package of legislation that became law in April which Council Finance chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and I introduced together. Every day, I receive calls and emails about quality of life problems like trash on sidewalks and dangerous construction. A 311 complaint might result in a quality of life violation but they are difficult to collect and were often ignored by bad actors or repeat offenders, to the tune of $1.5 billion that went uncollected. This package of legislation will help identify who is responsible and consider outstanding or repeat violations before issuing new permits, licenses, and registrations necessary to do business. My laws will force bad actors to change their behavior so quality of life in the city improves. If you have unpaid quality of life violations, visit



Preparing for the November Elections & Online Voter Registration

As the Presidential General Election approaches on Tuesday, November 8th, I questioned New York City Board of Elections (BOE) Executive Director Michael Ryan on preparations for smooth elections where everyone who is registered can vote. As covered in Gotham Gazette I asked about purges, affidavit ballots, unfounded claims of voter fraud as well as the culture of incompetence and who has the power to hire and fire. Executive Director Ryan went on to testified that they follow a federal standard of no more than a 30 minute wait to vote and boasted an independent review by MIT that estimates average wait times of only 12 minutes. Please share any problems voting with me on election day.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has paved the way with a legal opinion that New York City residents can register to vote online in support of legislation I introduced. If you would like to register to vote online please share your support.

To help get out the vote, I helped get residents registered by pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Nosh the Vote, by reaching potential voters through our City’s food trucks, I also joined Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in reminding residents to get registered ahead of the registration deadline. I also voted bills and resolutions out of the Committee on Governmental Operations that I chair, introduced by Council Members Wills, Constantinides, Rosenthal, Rodriguez to help people become organ donors while registering, help innocent people vote while awaiting trial as is mandated by Supreme Court and making it easier to register and vote.


Verify Your Registration and Find Your Poll Site

Tuesday, November 8 is the Presidential Election.
Please confirm your voter registration:
Find your poll site:
Remember your Assembly District and Election District to skip the line at the front door and go straight to get your ballot and vote.


Science in Schools, Government and the Presidential Election

Science belongs in our classrooms, in government and in our Presidential Elections.

I joined Youtube and The Young Turks as a commentator prior to a panel discussion with former New Jersey Congress Member Rush Holt on the importance of science in the 2016 Presidential Election, thanks to Upper East Side resident Matthew Chapman who founded

Google hosted a Geek Street Fair for students to engage Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), which I was happy to join. I also moderated a panel discussion focused on interactions between technology and government featuring female technology leaders from Tech:NYC, Lyft  and Tesla.


Help Wanted: Campaign Finance Chair to Oversee Public Matching Program

The Wall Street Journal and the Gotham Gazette covered my statement following the resignation of Campaign Finance Board (CFB) Chair Rose Gill Hearn. Her exemplary career in public service began over two decades ago in the United States Attorney’s Office, going on to head the Department of Investigation and finally Chairing the CFB where she has held candidates and elected officials to the highest standard of accountability.  As we head into 2017 when all New York City elected positions are on the ballot it is paramount that the next Campaign Finance Board chair is independent, non-partisan, and non-political and who has the stature to stand up to candidates and any elected official.



New App: How Bunched is Your Bus?

I want the buses to run on time. Right now, buses sometimes never show up, when they do they show up in a bunch, leading many who can to give up and walk, while those who can’t feel abandoned. As reported last year in Gotham Gazette, using “Bus Time” technology, I’ve been working with civic technologists at BetaNYC like Nathan Johnson, to keep track of every bus at every moment in New York City. NY1 covered my recent advocacy alongside Transportation Chair Rodriguez to improve bus service ahead of an oversight hearing. With the leadership of Transit Center and partnership with Riders Alliance and NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign you can now look up how bunched your bus is along with average speed and more at BusTurnaround.NYC


Bringing Select Bus Service to the M79

Following complaints on the M79 along with winning the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign’s Pokey Award and the success of a 10% increase in speeds on the M86 with Select Bus Service off-board payment, I sent a letter in April, requesting Select Bus Service for crosstown service on the M66, M79, and M96 as reported in Our Town. The proposal would replicate the success of the M86 SBS with off-board payment, bus clocks, bigger buses and we would lose no stops on the East Side. Please share your support for Select Bus Service on the M79.


Fighting for the M15SBS to Stop at 72nd Street

NY1 reported on a petition we’ve launched with the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association that has collected over 2,700 signatures asking the MTA to restore an M15 Select Bus Service Stop at East 72nd Street. Thanks to strong turnout Community Board 8 passed a resolution supporting the petition, as reported in DNAinfo and The Upper East Side Patch. In response I have joined State Senator Liz Krueger in co-authoring a letter with Congress Member Carolyn Maloney and Assembly Members Dan Quart and Rebecca Seawright in support of restoring the M15 Select Bus Stop at 72nd Street outlining the following arguments:

  • High Concentration of Seniors and Children – 32.7% of households in local census tracts
  • Infrequent Local Service – local service ran more frequently than limited but is now as much as 4 times slower
  • Precedence for Serving Hospitals – Cornell, New York Presbyterian, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering/Hunter all currently unserved
  • Unconnected Crosstown Bus Service – M72 is the only crosstown unserved
  • Only Second Avenue Subway Station Unserved – millions of riders each year will be stranded without a transfer to Select Bus Service

Join the fight and sign the petition at


Fair Fares for Low Income New Yorkers

MetroCards are planned for an increase in 2017, making it harder for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers at or below the poverty line whose MetroCard costs them the first four hours of work each week. As covered in DNAinfo, I joined Riders Alliance and Transportation Chair Rodriguez in a letter calling for “Fair Fares” offering half price MetroCards to New York City residents who are living in households at or below the poverty line. Do you want “Fair Fares”?


Investing in Our Transportation Infrastructure

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his $100 billion transportation infrastructure investment plan at a briefing I joined. The plan to “Reimagine New York’s Crossings for the 21st Century” is necessary for New York State and City. The improvements focus on reducing traffic and enhancing security at crossings with cameras that will assist in automatic toll collection for all vehicles. You can read the plan or watch the presentation at


Safer “Livable” Streets with Traffic Improvements

We succeeded in making an intersection safer after years of work and collaboration between the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association, Community Board 8, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and my office with the banning of left turns off York Avenue at 79th Street to make crossing safer for pedestrians as reported in DNAinfo and Our Town.

Originally identified as a “Dangerous Intersection” in my 2014 Livable Streets Report, following a community survey. For seven years this intersection pedestrians had run-ins with vehicles going north at high rates of speed despite traffic in all other directions coming to a stop, seeing pedestrians dart out of the way once they realized cars were oncoming was common. Thank you to East 79 Street Neighborhood President Betty Cooper Wallerstein, Community Board 8 and to the Department of Transportation for their collaboration in making this intersection safer.

Report a dangerous intersection at



Worst Landlords List

I rallied with Public Advocate Letitia James and other elected officials as she announced her annual 100 Worst Landlords List. This year 3 landlords in the top five spots have been on the list for five consecutive years. Check if your landlord is on the list at


Party to Protect Our Playground from Becoming a Luxury Development

Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney, State Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and I joined a rally with Community Voices Heard against the Mayor’s plan to knock down a playground frequented by low-income residents living in NYCHA apartments at the Holmes Towers to build hundreds of units of luxury housing in its place. As Our Town reported residents, especially the children who use the playground, as well as the elected officials oppose demolishing the playground.  Read the release, watch the rally or read more in Manhattan Express or Our Town.


New Affordable Condominiums for Sale at The Sutton

Applications are now being accepted for 23 affordable new condominiums now under construction at 959 First Avenue in the Sutton Place Section of Manhattan. The amenities include 24/7 concierge service, fitness center, lounge with fireplace, children’s playroom and storage rooms. To apply download or order an application via mail at: The Sutton Condo, c/o Housing Partnership Development Corporation, 242 W. 36th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10018
Include a self-addressed and stamped envelope.



Open the Oval

Community Board 8’s Parks Committee, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger, Assembly Members Dan Quart and Rebecca Seawright, Council Member Dan Garodnick and I continue to fight to open the Queensboro Oval Park, as reported in Manhattan Express. This month New York City Park’s Manhattan Borough Commissioner William Castro said in a statement, “NYC Parks is continuing our open dialogue with community stakeholders, including local elected officials and the Community Board, to determine the best way to activate Queensboro Oval for sports and recreational purposes.” Join the fight by signing the petition to get the Queens Oval opened to the public by visiting


Cleaning Up Our Parks

Since I was elected, I have been committed to improving the condition of the parks and open spaces on the Upper East Side. With the help of Better Cooper Wallerstein and the rest of the East 79th Neighborhood Association, John Jay Park has seen significant improvements this past year, such as an ADA accessible water fountain, signs delineating spaces for dogs and bikes and spaces for passive recreation, fixed chess tables, and more. This month I joined neighbor and John Jay Park Conservancy leader Terry Grace and P.S. 290 students for an "It’s My Park Day” clean-up. The students and I spent a Saturday afternoon cleaning, gardening, tilling soil and more. To see more of the work I am doing to improve Upper East Side parks visit



Happy Halloween

Halloween is always a great time of year becuase I love the costumes and creativity. If you missed out, you can still see the pictures of Congress Member Maloney, Assembly Member Seawright and I with hundreds of residents of all ages at Roosevelt Island’s Annual Halloween Parade, the Annual Street Fair at Yorkville Community School P.S. 151.


Fresh Food Box

Thursday November 10th will be the last day for place an order of GrowNYC  Fresh Food Box in my office for just $12. You can place your in person order on Thursday and in one week pick up a grocery bag full of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. The last pick up day will November 17th. Contact our site coordinator, Abby Lee at aleeatnycgrow [dot] org or to learn more visit

Pick up Thursdays in November: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17.
Order and Pickup at the Office of Council Member Ben Kallos, 244 East 93rd Street
(cash, credit/debit, SNAP, greenmarket bucks)


Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination

On October 19th I heard testimony from school administrators, community leaders, and students regarding bullying, harassment, and discrimination against LGBT students in New York City schools. Two students from East Side Middle School, Neil Sarkar and Katerina Corr, spoke about the importance of establishing Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) as a proactive way of stopping bullying against LGBT students and ensuring that all students feel safe at school. With the help of Manhattan Leadership Council, they are in the process of drafting a City Council resolution to urge the Department of Education to require every publicly funded school in the city to have a GSA. Watch the entire Education hearing on


Senior Health Fair

Thank you to residents who showed up to my annual Senior Health Fair. Our participating partners offered on the spot services and presentations to attendees. Some of the services provided by the organizations no cost flu shots, blood pressure screenings, and much more. It was also a pleasure to have been joined by State Senator Liz Krueger and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer during the fair. Thanks you to the organizations listed below who tabled and were a part of the event; they are assets to our community.

American Heart Association Weill Cornell State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office Carter Burdern Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

The New York Foundation for Senior Citizens Rockefeller UniversityNew York Presbyterian

Walgreens PharmacyStanley Isaacs Center New York City Department of Finance

92nd Street Y Community Service Society American Heart Association Asphalt Green

Hospital for Special Surgery NYLAG VISIONS




IDNYC on Roosevelt Island

In just four and a half days, 354 people on Roosevelt Island signed up for IDNYC and received their free one-year membership at 40 of the City’s leading cultural institutions, including world class museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, botanical gardens, and zoos in all five boroughs. As reported by the Roosevelt Island Daily the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and I hosted the pop-up sign-up site at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center from October 11 to 17.

The pop-up site was co-sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Jose Serrano, and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright. As reported by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, all New York City residents 14 years and older, regardless of immigration status, are eligible for IDNYC, which can be used as a primary identification to open bank accounts in addition to free membership at cultural institutions along with discounts on groceries and medicine. Read more about IDNYC. Watch the press conference kicking off the IDNYC sign-up site at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center.


Standing Up to Domestic Violence

This year I once again joined the nonpartisan New York City Council effort to get the word out about domestic violence. On NYC “Go Purple Day” several Council Members showed up to work wearing purple in support of people who suffer through domestic abuse. I distributed educational literature to residents at 86th and Lexington as part of efforts to spread the word on resources that are available to anybody dealing with domestic violence. #NotAFan quickly became a trending topic on Twitter successfully spreading the message about this campaign. Call my office at 212-860-1950 in advance to schedule your appointment for a free family law and domestic violence the 1st Tuesday of every month.


Saving Animals’ Lives

Thank you to Animal Care Centers of NY for hosting dog adoptions on the Upper East Side this month. The pups were made available at Biscuits and Baths for residents to come and meet. If you are thinking about getting a dog, make sure you elect to adopt. Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is encouraging animal lovers to “elect to adopt” with a “Race to the Right House” adoption special: through November 8, we’re reducing the adoption fee for dogs, cats, and rabbits six months and older to $20.16. ACC cat and dog adoptions include vaccinations, a microchip, spay/neuter, a free office visit at a participating veterinarian and a free identification tag. ACC rabbits come with a full starter kit, including food and treats. The complete Animal Care Centers of NY schedule can be found at


Supporting Small Business

Neighborhood Leadership is a partnership between Small Business Services and the Coro New York Leadership Center. Twenty individuals from communities across the five boroughs are selected to develop their leadership skills and hone their commercial revitalization expertise under Coro’s leadership development model.

Now entering its seventh year, the program has graduated over 100 neighborhood leaders from communities across the city and attracted national recognition for its success. There is no fee for the six-month program and participants receive micro-grants for their district projects upon completion. This is a unique opportunity and I encourage residents to apply. The application can be found on Coro’s website, The application deadline is November 21.


Now Hiring! Emergency Snow Laborers

The New York City Department of Sanitation is hiring individuals interested in working as an emergency snow laborer for the upcoming snow season. Anyone interested may now register at their local Sanitation garage.

Snow laborers are per-diem workers who shovel snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets in the City after heavy snowfalls.

Individuals interested in registering with the DSNY can do so weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The list of garage locations can be found at Snow laborers will be paid $15 per hour, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, an increase from the previous year.


Free Museum Trips for Schools in Council District 5

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City is eager to increase middle and high school group visits from District 5 this academic year, by offering free admission and transportation funded by Council Member Ben Kallos. Any schools interested in guided student group visits can have them.

Aligned with Common Core State Standards, curriculum-based tours led by trained Gallery Educators, pre- and post-visit curriculum materials, teacher’s guides, and opportunities to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor are designed to integrate the Museum visit with classroom learning about the Holocaust, World History, Immigration, Cultural Diversity, and subjects related to special exhibitions. Teachers please visit for more information or contact the Museum at 646.437.4304 or groupvisitsatmjhnyc [dot] org.


Low Income NYCHA Residents to Get Turkeys For Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my office has teamed up with NY Common Pantry for the coming holiday to provide turkey packages to seniors and low-income NYCHA residents’ families in the district. If you are living in one of the four NYCHA developments (Lexington Houses, Stanley Isaacs, Holmes Towers, and Robbins Plaza) in the district and are in need of a turkey for Thanksgiving please contact my office at 212-8601950 or constituentserviceatbenkallos [dot] com.




Congratulations Matthew

Congratulations to my former staffer Matthew McEnerney and his fiancé Zondie on their engagement. Since working in my office, Matthew has gone on to work at NYC Build It Back, helping New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy get back in their homes. We are happy for Matthew and Zondie and wish them happiness and stress-free wedding planning.


Legislative Corner

This month I co-sponsored two bills that became law. The first, Local Law 119 of 2016 improves our City’s efforts toward achieving sustainable energy. The law phases in a requirement that heating oil sold or used in the City contain biodiesel. The phase-in requires 5% by October 2017 and eventually 20% by 2034. Biodiesel is produced by converting materials including vegetable oils, animal fats, and used restaurant grease to produce fuel. It is cleaner-burning than conventional petroleum fuel and its use will reduce air pollution, leading to improved health outcomes for City residents.

The second, Local Law 125 of 2016, updates the City’s energy code to reflect changes New York State made during its 2016 legislative session. The City Energy Code is part of the City Construction Codes and provides performance standards for building energy usage. We pride ourselves on having some of the highest standards for clean and efficient energy usage in the country and these technical changes maintain those standards.


Legal Clinic

Need a lawyer? Every month I sponsor legal clinics where you can get free legal advice in my District Office at 244 East 93rd Street from 3pm - 6pm:
Family Law and Domestic Violence, 1st Tuesday
Housing Clinics, 2nd and 4th Monday
Life Planning Clinic, 3rd Wednesday
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:

  • Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 East 93rd Street, 2nd Tuesday
  • Carter Burden Center for the Aging, 351 East 74th Street, 3rd Wednesday
  • Roosevelt Island Senior Center, 546 Main Street, 4th Wednesday Appointments after 5pm available Upon Request


Ben in you 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



City Council Events

11/4 First Friday
8am to 10am, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

11/10 Fire Safety: FREE Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation
6pm, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

11/15 Policy Night
6pm, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

11/3, 11/10 & 11/17 Fresh Food Box
3:30pm to 6:30pm, Outside District Office, 244 East 93rd Street


Events Funded by My Office

Every Tuesday: Fresh Food Boxes from GrowNYC
3:30pm-6pm; Center @ Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Purchase high quality, farm fresh produce at below retail prices. For only $12, receive $25 worth of fresh greens & fruit every week! To sign up, go to and contact your site coordinator, Abby Lee, at aleeatgrownyc [dot] org.


Government Meetings

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

Community Boards

11/1: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Street Life Committee
6:30pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 71st Street, Auditorium

11/1: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Second Avenue Subway Task Force
6:30pm, New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, Auditorium
Discussion of restoration of bus stops on 2nd ave and cross town, construction updates

11/9: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Land Use, Landmarks, & Planning
6:00pm, 1664 Park Ave, New York, NY
Presentation from Cornell NYC Tech on Executive Education Center and Hotel

11/10: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Street Fair Committee
6:30pm, Brick Presbyterian Church, 62 East 92nd Street, Living Room, New York, NY
Applications for Multi-block and Single-block Street Fairs in 2017

11/15: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Health, Seniors, and Social Services Committee
6:30pm Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 311 East 70th Street, Auditorium, New York, NY
Continuing conversation with representatives from Ocean Recovery about the inpatient addiction recovery program.

11/15: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Full Board Meeting
6:30pm, Henry J. Carter Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility, 1752 Park Ave, New York, NY

11/16: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Full Board Meeting
6:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, Drasal Hall, New York, NY

11/17: Community Board 8 Zoning Meeting
6:30, TBA


New York Police Department

First Mondays: 19th Precinct Community Council
7:00pm, 153 East 67th Street, New York, NY, 10065

Fourth Tuesday: 17th Precinct Community Council
6:00pm, 167 East 51st Street, New York, NY, 10022

Fourth Wednesday: 23rd Precinct Community Council
6:00pm, 162 East 102 Street, New York, NY, 10029-5721


Neighborhood and Tenant Associations

11/17: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association
6:00pm, Location TBA

11/9: Roosevelt Island Residents Association
8:00pm, Good Shepherd, Roosevelt Island

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

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

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


Community Events for Kids

11/3, 11/10: Five Senses
3:00pm-4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
A family program designed for preschool children and their caregivers, these sessions will be a hands-on exploration of the five senses hearing, touch, smell, taste and sight. Workshop series is FREE.

11/3, 11/10, 11/17: Picture Book Story Time
4:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Come meet your friends at the library and listen to some of your favorite picture books. For ages 3+.

11/4, 11/18, 11/25: Puzzle Fun for Kids
3:00pm-4:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Come to the library for some puzzles and fun! This program is great for all ages.

11/8, 11/15, 11/29: Bug Out!
4:00pm, Webster Library, 1465 York Ave
In the Bug Out! series, investigate what insects are, what makes them unique and how they are a crucial part of the environment. You are introduced to science methodology and concepts through experiments, demonstrations, art projects and story times. Best for children ages 4 and older. Presented by Children's Museum of Manhattan.

11/8: Stories for Small Citizens: Election Tales
4:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Join us for a very special voting and election themed story time on Election Day! At the end of story time, children can vote on their favorite story!

11/8, 11/23: Brick Builders Club
11/8 -- 1:00pm-2:00pm, 11/23 -- 3:00pm-4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for free play using LEGO® bricks!  See what your imagination can create! For children ages 5-12.

11/9: After School Awesome
3:00pm-4:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for STEM activities that build, inspire, empower and engage children. For ages 5-12.

11/9: It’s Elementary
6:00pm-8:00pm, M.S. 260 Clinton School for Writers and Artists, 10 East 15th Street
Elementary education prepares your child for success in school and life. Join us at our It’s Elementary! event, so that we can help you make one plan for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented Admissions. In one night, learn how to apply to all three admissions processes.

11/10: Toddler Storytime - Movers and Shakers
11:00am-11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library
Toddlers from 1 to 4 years old and their parents/caregivers will shake it together! Sing, dance and enjoy music, movement and fun!

11/17: Family Storytime - Sensory Storytime
11:00pm-11:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Sensory Storytime is a fun new interactive library literacy program, designed to engage kids through movement, music, stories and sensory activity play.  This program is open to all and is ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or children who have difficulty sitting still. Sensory Storytime is FREE.  Space is limited.

11/18: November Craft Time
3:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
It's Craft Time at Yorkville! Drop in for a quick craft. Bring your creativity and make something special to take home. For ages 3+.

11/21: Preschool STEAM: Dinosaurs
4:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
In this series, we will explore different areas of STEAM through read-alouds, group demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
This month's theme is dinosaurs! For ages 3-5.

11/28: Kid Flicks
4:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Join us in our community room for our children's film showing. Watch short films based on popular picture books. The perfect way to meet up with friends and end a busy day. All films subject to last minute substitutions. Showing: Green Eggs and Ham, Frog and Toad Together, and Pluto's Christmas Tree

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

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

Every Tuesday: Baby Lap Sit for Pre-Walkers
10:15am & 12:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Babies from birth to 18 months old (Pre-Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other babies in the neighborhood.

Every Tuesday: Toddler Story Time
10:45am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Toddlers from 18-36 months old (Walkers) and their parents/caregivers can enjoy great books, lively songs, and rhymes, and meet other toddlers in the neighborhood.

Every Tuesday: Preschool Series -- The Five Senses
4:00pm, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th St
A family program designed for preschool children and their caregivers, these sessions will be a hands-on exploration of the five senses hearing, touch, smell, taste and sight. Workshop series is FREE

Every Tuesday: Reading Aloud
4:00pm, Webster Library, 1465 York Ave
A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books, and the joy of reading.

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

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

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

Every Friday: Bilingual Birdies -- French
11:00am, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th St
Families with children newborn to age six will enjoy learning new vocabulary through live music, movement, and puppetry.

Every Saturday: Kids' Coloring Club
10:00am-12:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Join us every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm for our Kids' Coloring Club -- 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!
11:00am, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Come read to our therapy dog Fritz! These licensed therapy dogs and their owners can't wait for you to come read them a story. Enjoy one-on-one, no-pressure reading time with a furry friend! Pre-registration is required for each 15-minute slot and opens 1 week in advance. For ages 5+.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 10am-5pm, The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
Children’s Museum of Manhattan provides exhibitions and programs aimed at New York City’s children, with the intent to replicate the of joyous learning environments in schools, hospitals, Head Start centers, libraries and homeless shelters across all five boroughs.


Community Events for Adults

11/1: Election Film Festival: The War Room

2:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
The library is celebrating Election Day with a film festival. Join us for a screening of “The War Room.”

11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29: Adult One-on-One Computer Help Workshop
11:00am-12:30pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
Work one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Improve Internet skills, create, and use e-mail, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29: Mindfulness Meditation
12:00pm-12:30pm, 525 East 68th Street
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment, paying attention to the sensations, thoughts and emotions that arise. Mindfulness meditation can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health attitudes and behaviors.

11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29: Adult Coloring
12:00pm-2:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Come join other adults on Roosevelt Island in a session of coloring to de-stress. Event occurs every Tuesday.

11/2: Stroke Support Group
3:00pm-4:00pm, 525 East 68th Street
New York Presbyterian at Weill Cornell Medical Center is offering support group sessions for Stroke Survivors and their Care Partners. We invite all people affected by stroke to attend. Clinical experts come to offer knowledge and tools necessary to resume quality of life after ones stroke. We provide a warm environment for people to learn and share their experiences and become inspired to move forward after their stroke.

11/2: Dating and Disclosure
5:30pm, 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. When, how, and whether to disclose your history will be the focus of this educational support group.

11/2: Candidates Forum
6:00pm-9:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Auditorium, 331 East 70th Street
Get to know your candidates before Election Day at our non-partisan forum featuring candidates running for office. Registration required:

11/2, 11/9, 11/14: College Essay Writing Workshop Series
4:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
In this 3-session series, Caroline & Carla will introduce the application. Work on choosing the best essay topic for each student, overcoming writer’s block and making a strategic plan for completing the first draft. Broad discussion of grades/GPA, SAT/ACT tests, AP classes, financial aid, extracurricular activities and recommendations.

11/2, 11/16, 11/30: Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
1:30pm, 300 East 66th Street
This support group offers participants the opportunity to share their personal experiences and provide practical and emotional support for one another. Discussions are led by social workers. For women with metastatic breast cancer age 45 and over who are receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/17, 12/21: Pilates
4:15pm-5:15pm, 535 East 70th Street
Pilates is a series of specific movements designed to strengthen the powerhouse muscles of the abdomen, back and waist (torso). Beginner Pilates focuses on strengthening the core, making movements more fluid, and balancing the body, all coupled with focused breathing patterns.

11/3: Prostate Cancer: Meeting the Challenge
12:00pm, 430 East 67th Street
For men newly diagnosed or recently finished with treatment for prostate cancer, meeting with other patients is an important source of support and information. Join us for a monthly discussion about issues important to you including: choice of treatment, navigating the medical system, managing survivorship, PSA anxiety, fear of recurrence, concerns about incontinence and erectile dysfunction.

11/3: Election Film Festival: Ides of March
2:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
The library is celebrating Election Day with a film festival. Join us for a screening of “Ides of March.”

11/3: Making Politics Palatable: Food and Partisanship in the Early Republic
6:30pm, 421 East 61st Street
From the earliest days of American history, food has played an important political function, especially in election years. Food can draw people together and create a sense of national identity, as it did in the years following the American Revolution. Food can also reflect deep political divisions, as the torrid battles between political parties in the 1800s demonstrate. Moreover, the symbolically significant nature of food allowed for the political participation of people otherwise excluded from public culture–namely, women.  Just days before the presidential election, Montana State University Assistant Professor of History, Emily J. Arendt, will explore how food, from Federal Cakes to Jackson Jumbles, contributed to Early American political and women’s history. Includes a sampling of food from the era.

11/3, 11/4: Stem Cell Donor Registry Drive
11:00am, 430 East 67th Street
MSK physicians care for close to 400 bone marrow transplant patients annually.  Nearly half of stem cell/bone marrow transplants conducted at MSK in 2015 were made possible by unrelated donors. To identify potential new stem cell donors for the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, MSK will partner with Be The Match to host a stem cell donor registry drive. It’s free to register, and signing up only takes about 15 minutes.

11/3, 11/10, 11/17: Knitting and Crocheting
11:30am-12:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Knitting and crocheting for adults.

11/3, 11/10, 11/17: Restorative Yoga
7:30pm-8:00pm, 525 East 68th Street
Learn gentle relaxing yoga to help you feel more rebalanced and energized.

11/4: NYC Marathon Celebration
2:00pm, 96th Street Library
Five films will be shown -- Six Steps to the World Record (1967), I Am a Runner (1979), On the Run (1979), The Flashettes (1977), and Marathon Woman, Miki Gorman (1980). Admission is free.

11/4, 11/18: Young Women's Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group
12:00pm, 300 East 66th Street
This support group offers participants the opportunity to share their personal experiences and provide practical and emotional support for one another. Discussions are led by social workers. For women with metastatic breast cancer under age 45 who are receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25: Computers for Seniors
10:30am-11:30am, Roosevelt Island Library
Have computer trouble? We can help. For adults ages 50+.

11/5: Verdi’s DON CARLO Recital by New York Opera Forum
1:00pm, 96th Street Library
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of DON CARLO by Giuseppe Verdi. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. Admission is free.

11/5: Election Film Festival: All the President's Men
2:00pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
The library is celebrating Election Day with a film festival. Join us for a screening of “All the President's Men.”

11/6: Second Sundays at Two
2:00pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Auditorium, 331 East 70th Street
Join a wonderful day of live music and dance! The event will begin with Broadway singer and actress Shauna Hicks, accompanied by pianist James Followell, performing a number of popular songs. The second half of the event will feature dancers from the Harkness Dance Company.

11/7: MS Excel 2010 for Beginners
12:00pm, 67th Street Library
Learn the basics of working with spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include entering data and formulas, moving and copying data, formatting & print previewing worksheets.

11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19: Dance for Fitness and Fun
10:30am-11:30am, 535 East 70th Street
Studies have shown that dance maintains cardiovascular fitness, enhances emotional well-being, strengthens weight-bearing bones and slows loss of bone mass. This gentle dance class is specifically designed for older adults with or without previous dance experience. The class begins with a gentle warm-up session that is done while both standing and sitting.

11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19: Yogalates
4:15pm-5:15pm, 535 East 70th Street
Yogalates is the practice that blends elements of Pilates into the traditional yoga form. Both techniques combine to help improve mind-body awareness, stamina, and posture. Participants will focus on integrating breathing with movements and basic stretching, as well as the importance of core muscle strength.

11/8: STEM Matters Career Day, NYC DOE
9:00am-3:00pm, Carson Family Auditorium
Science outreach event open to the public.

11/8: Restore and Relax Series
1:00pm-1:30pm, 525 East 68th Street
Learn simple and effective self-care tools for daily wellbeing such as gentle movements and stretches that can alleviate tension and stress.

11/8: Science Fiction Book Discussion
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for a discussion on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

11/9: Shingles Update
2:00pm-3:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
About one in three people will develop Shingles at some time in their life. Shingles can occur at any age, but is more common as we get older. This lecture will cover: the causes of Shingles, symptoms and treatment of the virus, and methods of preventing this painful condition.

11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/21: T’ai Chi Chih Level I
3:00pm-4:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
These simple, rhythmic movements provide benefits including improved balance, strength, flexibility, and maintenance of bone mass. Health organizations, including the Arthritis Foundation, advice T’ai Chi Chih for pain relief. The Level I class is designed for participants new to T’ai Chi Chih.

11/10, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
6:30pm, 421 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065
Step into the past and enjoy a night in a real 19th century tavern! Play some hot games of whist and cribbage, and peruse the latest newspapers and broadsides from the 1820s. Engage in a political argument or two and enjoy local cider and other period refreshments served from a 19th century ice box.
$15 Adults; $10 Museum Members
Please call (212)838-6878 to make reservations and for more information.

11/10: Health Information on the Web: Just a Click Away
10:00am-12:00pm, 1300 York Avenue
This hands-on workshop is designed to help you make sense of health information on the Internet. Using a computer provided during class, you will learn the following: getting started (World Wide Web basics); introduction to reliable consumer health information; sources on the Internet (e.g., tips for healthy living, doctors’ credentials, hospitals and drug information); and how to discuss the information you find online with your doctor.

11/10: Bladder: Challenges and Solutions
12:00pm, 430 East 67th Street
This is a support group for patients and family members who have completed chemotherapy or surgery for newly diagnosed bladder cancer. It is designed to give participants an opportunity to work on adjustment to life after treatment. Discussion topics include managing your new neobladder or ostomy, dealing effectively with changes in body image, and maintaining intimacy.

11/10: Psoriasis Patient Outreach
5:00pm-9:00pm, Carson Family Auditorium
Meeting for psoriasis patients. Refreshments will be served.

11/10: Flatiron/Madison Square Neighborhood
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Flatiron/Madison Square Neighborhood, a historical lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

11/13: Sarah Geller
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Auditorium
Violin soloist Sarah Geller will be performing in our auditorium. Geller draws audiences with her rich sound and palette of tone colors and her innate ability to communicate musically with a compelling yet gentle touch. She often juxtaposes both the masterworks and unknown gems of the great composers with Latin and jazz-influenced works.

11/14: Intermediate MS Excel 2010
12:00pm, 67th Street Library
Explore more advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010. Topics include using formulas and functions, data sorting and conditional formatting.

11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5: Computer Basics
11:30am-1:30pm, 96th Street Library
The 96th Street Branch and New York Cares are presenting a FREE Computer Course for anyone who wants to learn how to use computers, the Internet, Microsoft Word, email and more! No computer experience is necessary. Admission is free.

11/15: Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Support Group
3:30pm, 430 East 67th Street
Women who have finished treatment for ovarian, uterine, cervical and other gynecological cancers are invited to participate in a supportive discussion addressing life after treatment. Topics include changed perspective, managing post- treatment side effects, disclosure, follow-up diagnostics, and fear of recurrence.

11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20: Therapeutic Yoga
12:30pm-1:30pm, 535 East 70th Street
Yoga can provide pain relief, ease sore joints and help to increase strength and range of motion. This class will guide you through safe, therapeutic yoga practices focusing on each area of the body. Yoga poses are tailored for lying, sitting or standing positions depending on each individual’s capability. Meditation and deep relaxation practices are included in every class to further de-stress the mind and body.

11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20: T’ai Chi Chih Level II
2:30pm-3:30pm, 535 East 70th Street
These simple rhythmic movements provide benefits including improved balance, strength, flexibility, and maintenance of bone mass. Health organizations, including the Arthritis Foundation, advice T’ai Chi Chih for pain relief. Level II will begin to incorporate more advanced styles of T’ai Chi and is specifically designed for those who have completely mastered the previous level.

11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20: Fit to the Core
4:00pm-5:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
Keep active and healthy by strengthening and stabilizing your core muscles. Core and pelvic stability refers to the ability of the lower back, abdominal, hip and pelvic muscles to work in proper alignment. Focusing on this region can improve balance and posture, as well as help to prevent injury. Join us for this class on core and pelvic stability which includes a guided instruction of strengthening exercises.

11/16: Bereavement Support Group
5:30pm-7:00pm, 430 East 67th Street
This monthly support group led by an oncology social worker is open to family members and friends who have lost someone to cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

11/16: Splash
6:00pm-8:00pm, Dream Midtown Hotel
Help us make a Splash at Dream Midtown Hotel’s Fishbowl, in support of the Isaacs Center’s After-School and Youth programs. Come enjoy a section of Robert Parker 90+ wines from Roberts + Rogers, as well as a few special selections from the personal collections of your hosts Justin and Peter!

11/17: Protecting your Joints: Strategies and Devices
11:30am-2:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
Join us for a FREE monthly support and education group program created especially for people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis.

11/17: Pain Management Seminar
2:30pm-5:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
Pain management is a complex and critical topic which encompasses many different disciplines. This lecture will cover: various ways to treat chronic pain, the importance of proper medication use, how exercise and mind-body approaches can help in reducing pain.

11/17: The NEW Retirement
3:00pm-4:30pm, Yorkville Library, 222 East 79th St
The NEW Retirement:  Finding Purpose in Your "Third Act" - Are you retired? About to retire? Thinking about retiring? Welcome to LOVE the “NEW” Retirement! Baby boomers are healthier and living longer than previous generations. We are pioneers in the search for a meaningful and purposeful “third act”. Come join speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, to clarify (or re-clarify) what is most important to you at this stage of life AND learn from other retirees.

11/17: Book Discussion Group
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for a discussion on The Flemish House by Georges Simenon.

11/19: Volunteer Gardening
9:30am-12:30pm, 86th Street at East End Avenue
The Carl Schurz Park Volunteer Gardeners are an adult group that meets monthly to work in the park. Students or children who wish to participate must be accompanied by adults or parents who work along with them.

11/19: Horticulture Club
10:00am-1:00pm, FDR Four Freedoms Park
Join the Four Freedoms Park Horticulture Club and help keep our Park – your Park – beautiful. The club meets once a month for 6 months, and volunteers are tasked with caring for the areas around the trees and Park using various gardening methods. No experience necessary. Water and light snacks are provided.

11/21: Advanced Excel: Charts, Tables, and Pivots
12:00pm, 67th Street Library
This class is a deep dive into Excel's Charts and Tables as well as an overview of Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts.

11/21: Media and Your Health
2:00pm-3:00pm, 535 East 70th Street
Repeated exposure to powerful and shocking news stories can have an emotional and even a physical impact on anyone. This lecture will cover: potential effects of traumatic news, tips to manage anxiety that comes from repeated exposure, strategies for coping with these events.

11/21: Life after Breast Cancer
3:30pm, 417 East 68th Street
This support group is for women and men who have completed treatment for breast cancer. Discussion topics include coping with body image changes, understanding fear of recurrence and strategies for managing post-treatment side effects.

11/22: Bone Health Monthly Series
2:30pm-3:30pm, 535 East 70th Street
Beyond Bisphosphonates: Osteoporosis Treatment Options

11/22: Western Book Discussion
6:30pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Join us for a discussion on SIXKILLER, U.S. Marshal by William W. Johnstone.

11/24: Movie Night
6:00pm-8:00pm, Roosevelt Island Library
'71 (2014) (R). Starring Jack O'Connell, Directed by Yann Demange.

11/26: A Christmas Carol
3:00pm-4:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library
Charles Dickens' Holiday Classic in 90 Minutes.  One man.  One trunk. 24 characters.  Starring Timur Kocak.

11/29: Miro String Quartet
9:00am-10:00pm, Caspary Auditorium
An installment in The Peggy Rockefeller Concert Series.