October 2016 News: Rivington, No Cost Flu Shots, IDNYC for Free Museum Memberships and more


Shannah Tovah and Happy New Year to those who celebrate and welcome to cooler temperatures and fall foliage for all. As I observe the Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I ask your forgiveness. If I have disappointed you, please let me know so that I may earn your forgiveness and do better. May the coming months and year be a good one.

September finished with a six-hour hearing that I co-chaired to finally learn more about what really happened at theRivington nursing home where deed restrictions were lifted, allowing the site to be become luxury condos. By questioning City Hall officials under oath and in public, we got a detailed account of what went wrong in an effort to ensure this doesn't happen again.

Improving bus service remains a priority. We met with MTA officials about bus service, petitioned for a 72nd Street stop on the M15-SBS, and are proposing bringing off-board payment to the M79. Please make your voice heard at Community Board 8.

As we enter flu season, please join me for my Annual Senior Health Fair on October 13 from 11am to 2pm at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, where you can get free flu shots, health screenings, learn about Identity theft prevention, and more. RSVP today at BenKallos.com/Events.

You can also get a free IDNYC with a one year membership at NYC cultural institutions at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center, from the 11th to through the 17th (Monday 10am - 12pm & Tuesday – Friday from 9am to 5pm). Schedule an Appointment

There are six weeks left to get fresh fruits and vegetables from GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box every Thursday, 3:30pm-6:30pm. Come by this Thursday to sign up for next week for just $12 while you still can.

Sincerely,

Ben Kallos

P.S. Due to conflicts with the Jewish Holy Days on Tuesday evenings, there will be no Policy Night in October.

SPECIAL EVENTS

October 13, 11am-2pm
Senior Health Fair

October 11 - 14, 9am - 5pm
IDNYC Pop-up on Roosevelt Island
Schedule an Appointment

DISTRICT OFFICE EVENTS

October 7, 8am-10am
First Friday

October 6, 13, 20 & 29
3:30pm-6:30pm
Fresh Food Box
(Outside District Office)

No Policy Night

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Rivington Hearing
  2. Ensuring Trash Franchising Protects the Upper East Side
  3. IDNYC Pop-Up On Roosevelt Island
  4. Participatory Budgeting: Volunteer to be a Budget Delegate
  5. Senior Health Fair

Transportation

  1. Winning Select Bus Service for the M79
  2. Petition to Bring M15 SBS Back to 72nd Street
  3. Advocating for Better Bus Service
  4. Electric Fleet of City Government Vehicles
  5. Mapping City Data

Education

  1. Opening 49 Pre-K Seats at Roosevelt Island Day Nursery
  2. SciTech Kids Ribbon Cutting STE[A]M
  3. Proclamation for Principal Nancy Cabrero
  4. Presidential Candidates Debate Science

Housing

  1. Party to Protect Our Playground
  2. Right to Counsel
  3. Historic Districts Council’s Preservation  School
  4. 10 Freedom Place
  5. Saving First Avenue Estates, Update

Community

  1. Emergency Preparation, Join Your CERT, and Go Bags
  2. Town Hall
  3. ESNA 25th Anniversary Celebration
  4. Labor Day Parade
  5. Street Fairs
  6. Shred-a-Thon
  7. Roosevelt Island Youth Center Operator RFP
  8. In the Community

Office Updates

  1. Condemning the BDS Movement
  2. Legislative Corner
  3. Legal Clinic
  4. Fresh Food Box
  5. Here to Help
  6. Mobile District Hours
  7. Ben in you 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

 

Rivington Hearing

I co-chaired a six-hour hearing with fellow co-chair Vincent Gentile and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, to finally learn more about what really happened at the Rivington nursing home where deed restrictions were lifted, allowing the site to be become luxury condos. By questioning City Hall officials under oath and in public, we got a detailed account of what went wrong in an effort to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"Councilman Ben Kallos of Manhattan asked why Mr. Shorris had not followed up to make sure his decision — that the center should remain a nursing home — had been observed."

You can watch the hearing on YouTube, watch CBS, or read some of the coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily News, and more.

 

Ensuring Trash Franchising Protects the Upper East Side

Our Town reported on a “Private Carting Study” commissioned by the City that found franchising private trash collection would reduce truck traffic in the City. I wrote to Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia questioning any potential disproportionate impact on my district due to the construction of the Marine Transfer Station.

This new plan would divide the City into zones and franchise private trash collection within designated zones only. My concern was whether or not commercial carters would be required to dump in the neighborhoods that they pick up or whether they might use the franchise agreement to force all the private carters who have franchises in Manhattan or other boroughs to dump at the East 91st Street MTS.

Read our letter at BenKallos.com/press-releases or the coverage in Our Town.

 

IDNYC Pop-Up on Roosevelt Island

Get a 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 with IDNYC, which you can get at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at 546 Main Street from October 11th to October 17th (Monday 10am - 12pm & Tuesday – Friday from 9am to 5pm). Make your appointment now!

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and I are hosting this new “pop-up” IDNYC enrollment site on Roosevelt Island this month, co-sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, Representative Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Senator Jose Serrano, and Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright. 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.

 

Participatory Budgeting: Volunteer to be a Budget Delegate

We held three neighborhood assemblies last month and collected dozens of ideas from neighbors for how to spend $1 million in our community.

We are now looking for delegates to become involved in the process to evaluate and champion projects. Budget delegates will determine which of the submitted projects make it to the ballot and where the mobile vote locations will be. The only requirements are that you are 14 years of age or older and live in City Council District 5. Please consider volunteering at BenKallos.com/PB/Delegate/Signup

 

Senior Health Fair

Join us for our annual senior health fair with information from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, New York City Department of Finance, Lenox Hill Senior Center, Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Rockefeller University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Community Service Society, Grow NYC, Asphalt Green and more who will be providing:

  • FREE No-Cost Flu Shots
  • Find Unclaimed Funds
  • Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
  • Rent Freeze for Seniors & Disabled
  • Fresh Food Boxes
  • Yoga, Zumba, & More

Thursday, October 13, 2016
11:00AM - 2:00PM
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
RSVP Now

 

TRANSPORTATION

Winning Select Bus Service for the M79

We love our buses on the Upper East Side, even when our buses like the M79 have the dubious distinction of being among the slowest in the city, winning NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign’s Pokey Award. Since my election I have been advocating for improvements in bus service like Select Bus Service which brought off-board payment, bus clocks, and buses with more capacity to the M86 without losing any stops. I have requested that the MTA consider additional crosstown routes including the M66, M79 and M96. Following my request the MTA is considering moving forward with bringing the same Select Bus Service we have on the M86 to the M79, and is seeking feedback from the public, Community Board 8, and the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association.

Please join us at a public presentation on Select Bus Service for 79th Street at the Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 Manhattan at 6:30PM on Wednesday, October 5, and the Church of the Holy Trinity, 316, East 88th Street.

Would you like a faster commute on the M79?

 

Petition to Bring M15 SBS Back to 72nd Street

Thank you to over 2,700 residents who have signed the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association’s petition to restore the M15 Select Bus stop at 72nd Street.

Please join us at a public hearing to discuss the restoration of this stop at the Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 Manhattan at 6:30PM on Wednesday, October 5, and the Church of the Holy Trinity, 316, East 88th Street.

If you have already, sign the petition at BenKallos.com/petition/m15sbs

 

Advocating for Better Bus Service

This September I joined Senator Krueger, Assembly Member Seawright and the East 79th Street Neighborhood Association’s Betty Cooper Wallerstein for a meeting with New York City Transit Bus President Darryl Irick, who is currently responsible for the 6,000 MTA buses that carry over 2.8 million daily riders throughout New York City and Long Island. During our talk we covered many topics affecting the Upper East Side’s bus schedules and how we could work together to get some issues solved. It was a productive meeting that I am confident will yield positive procedures and policy updates to how bus service operates here on the Upper East Side.  

 

Electric Fleet of City Government Vehicles

Following my advocacy, the City announced it is increasing the number of electric vehicles that City agencies operate. New York City’s Clean Fleet currently consists of 500 vehicles. After all orders are filled for fiscal year 2017 that number will grow to nearly 1,000 vehicles by the end of 2017. This will make New York City owner of the largest fleet of electric vehicles in the country. Read more in the release on BenKallos.com/Press-Releases

 

Mapping City Data

Following a law I authored to standardize the mapping of city data, the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics opened its geospatial open data standards for public comment. The goal, stated simply is Government 3.0. Government that can not only send and receive information but is also “location-aware.” Read more in Statescoop and Politico.

 

EDUCATION

Opening 49 Pre-K Seats at Roosevelt Island Day Nursery

This September I had the privilege of joining 49 four-year-olds at the new free pre-kindergarten at the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery (“RIDN”) as we cut the ribbon with RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, RIDN Executive Director Pamela Stark, RIDN Board Members, and Eva Bosbach of the Roosevelt Island Parents’ Network. Read more in the Roosevelt Island Daily or in the relase at BenKallos.com/press-releases

Since taking office, I have fought alongside parents in the community to add more pre-kindergarten seats to the district and together we have quintupled the number of seats from 123 in 2014 as reported by WNYC in all of  Yorkville, Lenox Hill, and Roosevelt Island combined to over 646 today. Although progress has been made I will continue to work with community leaders to secure more universal pre-kindergarten seats for our children. You can help secure more pre-kindergarten seats for the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island by identifying potential sites or organizing parents who commit to sending their children and emailing me at UPKatBenkallos [dot] com.

 

SciTech Kids Ribbon Cutting STE[A]M

I was proud to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of SciTech Kids, NYC’s first STE[A]M (Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, Math) Maker Lab for Kids. I am devoted to providing every child in New York a world class education that prepares them for careers of the future and have invested $6.8 million in STE[A]M equipment for public schools in my district. It is great to have a STE[A]M Maker Lab for kids in the district. See you in class!

 

Proclamation for Principal Nancy Cabrero

After 27 years of service to Upper East Side children and the Department of Education ranging in roles from Assistant Teacher all the way up to Principal, Ms. Nancy Cabrero provided unwavering support to families in this neighborhood. This September, Nancy retired as Principal of P.S. 198, and I joined Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in recognizing her decades of service with a proclamation from the City of New York.

 

Presidential Candidates Debate Science

ScienceDebate.org, an organization founded by Upper East Side resident, filmmaker, and activist Matthew Chapman, and of which I am a “backer,” is working towards bringing science to the forefront of the presidential election has recently released all four candidates’ views on a variety of topics. Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein all answered questions about science, engineering, tech, health, and the environment for the organization. In addition, ScienceDebate.org offers the latest news, polls, and opinions about science in the presidential election. I encourage all voters to read the candidates’ responses and learn more about the role of science in the election: http://sciencedebate.org/20answers

 

HOUSING

Party to Protect Our Playground

On October 1, Congresswoman Maloney, Borough President Brewer, State Senator Krueger and I co-sponsored a “Party to Protect the Playground” at Holmes Towers, led by residents and members of Community Voices Heard. Residents enjoyed the free food and reusable bags, and celebrated their playground, which they hope will not be torn down. Read the release and watch remarks from the Party to Protect the Playground at BenKallos.com/press-releases

 

Right to Counsel

Gideon v. Waiwright found that the United States Constitution's Sixth Amendment gave the right to counsel in criminal cases, but New York States Constitution, has a right to shelter that should provide tenants with a right to counsel in housing court. This month, Introduction 214, a bill co-authored by Council Members Levine and Gibson, which I am proud to support, had a public hearing in the City Council. Before the hearing, I had the chance to speak to the young lawyers of the Center for Court Innovation’s Poverty Justice Solutions Fellowship, sponsored by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The fellows will be placed at organizations like the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, MFY Legal Services and New York Legal Assistance Group to represent tenants. In the last two years the City Council has fought to increase funding for housing attorneys from roughly $6 million to $62 million, but must create a right to counsel to ensure no more New Yorkers lose their hopes because they can’t afford representation. Do you support the right to counsel in housing court?

 

Historic Districts Council’s Preservation School

The Historic Districts Council, the advocate for New York City’s Historic Neighborhoods, is playing host to Preservation School. The Preservation School program introduces those interested to an overview of the various regulations and funding mechanisms used to preserve historic buildings in New York City, marketing and messaging, how to evaluate architectural drawings and renderings, and distinguish between common architectural styles. You can get involved by attending classes at 6PM on Thursdays this October.

October 6: Preservation 101 & Basics of Land Use Planning in NYC
October 13: Architectural Photography & Social Media for Preservation Campaigns
October 20: Reading Architectural Drawings & Overview of Common NYC Building Materials
October 27: NYC Architectural Styles & How to Research Buildings

Classes will take place at Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11 Street, New York, NY 10003
$15 each or $50 for all 4 classes. Scholarships available. Please contact Barbara Zay at bzayathdc [dot] org

Learn more about Historic Districts Council Preservation School this October at HDC.org

 

10 Freedom Place

Applications for 116 newly constructed apartment units at 10 Freedom Place South on the Upper West Side of Manhattan are now being accepted. Apply online for the housing lottery at NYC Housing Connect.

 

Saving First Avenue Estates, Update

As covered in the New York Times, since 2014 I have been fighting alongside community groups to preserve the affordable housing in historic First Avenue Estates, which landlords City & Suburban have long sought to demolish. The Landmarks Preservation Committee voted with us, the community, and the building remains. In January of this year, the New York State Supreme Court upheld the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s denial for a hardship application. Now, the landlord Stahl of York Ave., Co LLC, has requested that the U.S Supreme Court grant permission to appeal the case. This landlord is not giving up on this case and neither has Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts. I continue to support the Landmarks Preservation Commission's decision and the work that Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is doing. For more information on this case visit http://www.friends-ues.org/advocacy/first-avenue-estate/

 

COMMUNITY

Emergency Preparation, Join Your CERT, and Go Bags

Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito and Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members joined me for an emergency preparedness training with nearly 200 Roosevelt Island residents at the Good Shepherd Chapel. We also got to test out new CERT equipment funded by my office. As covered in the Roosevelt Islander, we handed out free “go bags” to attendees who now are better prepared when the next Superstorm Sandy. It was a pleasure seeing and working with so many Roosevelt Island residents at this event. If you were unable to attend, watch the video and the presentations on readiness.

 

Town Hall

Thank you to more than one hundred residents who joined us on September 15 for our Annual Town Hall. Commissioners and representatives from the Department of Education, Department of Transportation, Department of Parks and Recreation, and MTA Transit joined us to discuss the projects they are working on in our neighborhood, as well as to take questions from attendees. CitiBike and GrowNYC were also present at the Town Hall, giving residents the opportunity to sign up for annual memberships and the Fresh Food Box in our District Office, respectively. You can read more in Our Town.

 

ESNA 25th Anniversary Celebration

To commemorate 25 years of remarkable service to the Upper East Side, my office awarded the East Sixties Neighborhood Association (ESNA) with a proclamation to officially recognize their enduring contributions to our community. After forming in 1992, ESNA has remained committed to improving quality-of-life concerns for residents in their neighborhood. The South York Avenue Neighborhood Association (SYANA) joined in on the efforts and merged in 1996, expanding the reach and impact of the associations. Since then, the cooperation between Community Board 8, ESNA, and elected officials has successfully platformed welcomed results for this community. We are proud to have had the opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and reaffirm our faith in their future as well. Congratulations to ESNA and its founding members Judy and Barry Schneider on the last 25 years.

 

Labor Day Parade

I had a great time, as I do every year, marching in the 2016 New York City Labor Parade, with New York City’s labor leaders and hundreds of union workers. It was a great opportunity for us all to celebrate Governor Cuomo’s victories in the Fight for $15 and Paid Family Leave. It was an honor and privilege to spend the day with my brothers and sisters in labor, and I look forward to marching with you all again next year.

 

Street Fairs

This month I had the opportunity to spend time with Upper East Side residents at several neighborhood street fairs and festivals: the 92nd Street Y festival, 3rd Avenue Street fair and the P.S 183 Block Party. Thank you to all who met with me and my staff. Please let me know if you've got a block party or street fair where we can join you.

 

Shred-a-Thon

Upper Green Side’s latest Shred-A-Thon was on September 24, which are among the great programs Council Member Garodnick and I fund with $10,000 from our offices. Some 9600 lbs of paper, including everything from out of date tax forms to moldy documents, were shredded at the event, which took place at the 82nd Street Greenmarket on September 24th. Follow @benkallos on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or read this newsletter for announcements on when and where there will be another Shred-A-Thon.

 

Roosevelt Island Youth Center Operator RFP

There is an active Request for Proposals (RFP) for an Operator for the Roosevelt Island Youth Center. It has been posted to the New York State Contract Reporter’s website as well as the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s website. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email  at your earliest convenience Erica [dot] Spencer-ELatrioc [dot] ny [dot] gov. For the complete proposal and the schedule for this RFP visit https://rioc.ny.gov/rfp/16-32331.pdf

 

In the Community

As September brought more rainy days, I had the pleasure of spending my evenings and weekends with constituents at community events. A few include the Annual BBQ at 333 East 79th Street, Annual Shareholders Rooft Top Party at 401 East 65th Street, Waterford Condominium Town Hall, the Rider's Alliance Annual Gala, A "Sip-In" at the Star Dust Diner, BID Steering Committee Meeting, NY Board of Rabbis Welcome Reception for Ambassador Dani Dayan, Assembly Member Rodriguez’s Annual Senior Summit, the PS 183 PTA meeting, Curriculum Night at PS 290, and more. If you've got an event that you'd like me to attend please let me know.

 

CITY COUNCIL UPDATES

Condemning the BDS Movement

As Vice-Chair of the Jewish Caucus I am proud to stand against anti-semitism and BDS. Members of family died in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Some of them survived, made it to the United States, some to Sweden, and many to Israel. I love my family who lives in Israel. I love Israel. I love the United States and its Constitution. I love New York City and its human rights law which protects against discrimination based on ethnic or nation of origin. As an elected official and a New Yorker I will stand against discrimination against anyone based on their ethnicity or nation of origin. I am deeply saddened to see personal attacks in our communities, on college campuses of my brothers in the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and even those that have occured in the City Council chambers. This is what it means to be Jewish and support Israel, sometimes dealing with anti-semitic attacks, here in New York City in 2016. I am proud to join Council Member Andrew Cohen as a co-prime Sponsor of Resolution 1058-A which passed the City Council.

 

Legislative Corner

This month I cosponsored a package of legislation which passed a vote in the City Council and was signed into law by Mayor de Blasio, to strengthen the ability of the City Council and the public to hold city agencies accountable for meeting the objectives of the city’s minority and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) program. The legislation tracks whether agencies are meeting certain contracting goals, requires adequate training for agency contracting officers, and requires greater transparency through the posting of contracting documents online. This legislative package has been signed into law and provides minority and women-owned businesses with greater opportunities to compete for city contracts.

 

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.

Fresh Food Box

I continue to host a Grow NYC  Fresh Food Box in my office every Thursday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. 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.  Through November 17th. Contact our site coordinator, Abby Lee at aleeatnycgrow [dot] org or to learn more visit http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarketco/foodbox

Thursdays in September: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
Order and Pickup at the Office of Council Member Ben Kallos, 244 East 93rd Street
(cash, credit/debit, SNAP, greenmarket bucks)

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 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 AND RESOURCES

City Council Events

10/7 First Friday
8am to 10am, District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

No Policy Night

10/13 Senior Health Fair
11am to 2pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street  

Fresh Food Box
Thursday, 6, 13, 20, 27
3:30pm to 6:30pm, Outside District Office, 244 East 93rd Street

 

Events Funded by My Office

East Side Transportation Program
Daily 8am - 8pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House at 343 East 70 Street and St. Peter’s Church at 619 Lexington Avenue.
Transport for our clients in two accessible buses to two Senior Centers.

Center at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Daily 8am - 8 pm, 343 East 70 Street
Innovative Senior Center that serves older adults, many of whom live in District Five, with diverse programming in addition to three meals per day on site.

East Side Case Management Consortium
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Provides case management to older adults in Districts 4, 5 and 8.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Monday - Friday, 3pm - 6pm, 331 E. 70 St.
After School program

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 www.grownyc.org/foodbox and contact your site coordinator, Abby Lee, at aleeatgrownyc [dot] org.

Soup Kitchen Pantries Working With City Harvest’s Food Rescue Program
Church of The Epiphany - 1393 York Avenue
Jan Hus Presbyterian Church - 351 East 74th Street
Lenox Hill Senior Center - 343 East 70th Street
All Souls Church - 1157 Lexington Avenue

 

Government Meetings

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

 

Community Boards

10/5: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Transportation Committee
6:30pm, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, Draesal Hall, New York, NY
Proposed M79 SBS, Petition for M15SBS at 72nd Street, M86 SBS Update, and Stop Sign at 78th Street and Cherokee Place

10/12: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Land Use, Landmarks, & Planning
6:00pm, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10035
East Harlem Rezoning

10/19: Community Board 8 (59th to 96th Streets) Full Board Meeting
6:30pm, New York Blood Center, 310 East 67th Street, Auditorium,New York, NY

10/19: Community Board 6 (14th to 59th Streets) Full Board Meeting
7:00pm, NYU Langone Medical Center (550 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10016 Alumni Hall A)

10/18: Community Board 11 (96th to 145th Streets) Full Board Meeting
6:30pm, Children's Aid Society, 130 E 101st St, New York, NY 10029

 

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

10/20: East 79th Street Neighborhood Association
6:00pm, Location TBA

10/5: Roosevelt Island Residents Association
8:00pm, Good Shephard, 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

Every Tuesday: Preschool Series -- The Five Senses
4pm, 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 Friday: Bilingual Birdies -- French
11am, 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.

10/8: Harvest Festival
11am-1pm, East End Avenue between 87th and 88th St
Children can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to decorate, ride a horse-drawn carriage along the river and dance along to a concert in this scenic Upper East Side park.

10/15: Volunteer Gardening
9:30am-12:30pm, 86th St & 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.

10/15: New York City Ballet Discounted Tickets Offer, NYCB Families
11am “Journey of a Dancer”, David H. Koch Theater 20 Lincoln Center, New York, NY
A one-hour presentation for families and children ages 5 and up, featuring short works and excerpts from New York City Ballet's repertory, performed by Company dancers and members of the NYCB Orchestra.  We are offering discounted tickets for $5. To purchase tickets visit http://www.nycballet.com/Educate/Public-Programs/Family-Saturdays.aspx use promo code GOVFS17

10/17: Preschool STEAM: Fall
4pm, Yorkville Library, 222 E 79th St
Join us for Preschool STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math! In this series, we will explore different areas of STEAM through read-alouds, group demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Please register in person or by calling 212-744-5824.

10/25: Reading Aloud
4pm, Webster Library, 1465 York Ave
A librarian will share favorite picture books, providing children with the wonder of books, and the joy of reading.

10/28: October Craft Time
3pm, Yorkville Library, 222 E 79th St
It's Craft Time at Yorkville!!! Drop in for a quick craft. Bring your creativity and make something special to take home.

 

Community Events for Adults:

10/1: Computer Tutoring Sessions
12pm, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th St
Join us for a one-on-one tutoring sessions! Our computer tutors can help you with everything from learning how to use a mouse, formatting a resume, setting up an email address, posting photos on the internet, starting a blog, using Microsoft Office, and more.

10/3: Mystery Mondays -- Book discussion
4pm, 67th Street Library, 328 E 67th St
The Loney
by Michael Hurley will be discussed.

10/4: Adult Coloring
12pm, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main St
Come join other adults on Roosevelt Island in a session of coloring to destress. Event occurs every Tuesday.

10/6: Films - DETOUR (1945) & Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror
2pm, 96th Street Library, 112 E 96th St

10/7: Computers for Seniors
10:30am, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main St
Have computer trouble? We can help every Friday morning.

10/7: A Historic Tasting
7pm, 421 E 61st St
Artifacts come from behind our velvet ropes when our guests taste popular dishes of the period served on rare 19th century ceramics. Try syllabub, mini savory pies, chicken curry New York style, gingerbread cake–all favorites to 19th century foodies.

10/8: TIME MANAGEMENT: Practical Strategies That Can Change Your Life
2pm, 328 E 67th St
Want to reduce stress, accomplish more in less time and enjoy greater freedom to do the things you love? Do you want a greater feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment in your daily life? You are not alone! Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share practical strategies that have the power to change your life!

10/9: Instruments of People
2pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood Auditorium
Francisco Roldan on guitar and Danny Mallon on percussion will be performing music from Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Spain, the U.S. and Venezuela. Come hear bambuco, blues, joropo, flamenco dances, porro, tango and more!

10/12: Lincoln Center Local: Latin Beat
5pm, 328 E 67th St
Wu and the ZigZag Quartet take audiences of all ages on a journey across Latin culture to find the threads of salsa, samba, tango, and merengue throughout classical, jazz, and modern musical compositions.

10/13: Medicare 2017: Know Your Rights
10:30am-12pm, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 E 70th St
Come and learn the latest information on Medicare, Medicare Supplement/Medigap insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and EPIC.

10/16: Halloween Howl and Healthy Hound Fair
12pm-3pm, Carl Schurz Park
The HOWL is the Conservancy's annual dog costume event. Over 200 creatively costumed pups strut their stuff before a blue-chip fashion industry coven of judges!

10/18: College Essay Writing Workshop
3:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main St.
Get that college essay on paper! Work with an ex-Princeton admissions officer and a Harvard Ed PhD.

10/18: Honorable Shirley Chisholm Lights of Freedom Awards Celebration
6pm – 10pm, 330 West 42nd St @ 8th Ave.
The evening will include a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, an awards program, and a reception with dancing.Our honorees for the evening include,Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer,Pathways to Apprenticeship,The Ethical Culture Society of Westchester.

10/19: Who Are You and What Are You Supposed to Be Doing with Your Life?
5:15pm, Yorkville Library, 222 E 79th St
Reassess who you are and what you should be doing with your life that will bring you the most fulfillment on all levels, and at the same time enable you to serve others. Listen to Kristina Leonardi share with you how she came to form The Women's Mosaic, and how the tools and lessons she has learned can help you create a more gratifying career and life path for yourself.

10/20: Book Discussion Group: Super Brain by Rudolph Tanzi
6:30pm, Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main St
The Group will discuss SUPER BRAIN by Rudolph Tanzi and Deepak Chopra.

10/20: Screening of Freedom's Fury, in English
7pm, American Hungarian Library, 215 East 82 Street (2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Suggested donation $5.00, includes refreshments

10/20: State Assemblymember Dan Quart Senior Resource Fair
10am-2pm, Knickerbocker Plaza 1763 2nd Ave New York, New York 10025

10/20: 50-50 BeFit
10am-11am, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 E 70th St
Join us for this fun and engaging workshop that incorporates both low impact aerobics and Qigong movements to help improve endurance, alignment, balance and flexibility.

10/21, 10/22, 10/28: Halloween Murder Mystery
6:15pm & 7:30pm, 421 E 61st Street
Join us for a murder mystery game, loosely based on an actual newspaper account of an unidentified skeleton discovered at the Mount Vernon Hotel.

10/26: Author Talk: Sabeeha Rehman
5:30pm, Yorkville Library, 222 E 79th St
Sabeeha Rehman comes to Yorkville Library to discuss her new book, Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman's Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today.

10/27: Senator Liz Krueger’s 10th Annual Senior Resource Fair
Thursday, October 27, 2016 2pm - 5pm
Skirball Center Temple Emanu-El, 1 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065,

 

Resources with Funding from My Office

CASA Grant Update - Eleanor Roosevelt High School/Partnership with 92Y Street
Providing students with Art, Music projects as part of Children's after school activities.

Meals on Wheels
Saturday meals
Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center

New York Classical Theatre
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Carl Shurz Park: July 12, 14 - 17, 2016
We look forward to returning to Carl Schurz Park next summer and are in the midst of planning summer 2017 right now.

DOROT University Without Walls (UWW) Door to Door and Kosher Meals for the Homebound (KMH) programs:
Monday through Friday 9 am to 5pm, 171 West 85th Street New York, NY 10024
All clients who use Door to Door receive a complete home visit assessment by a social worker who evaluates each senior’s living conditions and circumstances; verifies eligibilityfor benefits, including government entitlements; determines unmet needs.
Each week, KMH participants receive a delivery of three to seven meals, according to their needs. They can choose from eight meal options each week.
DOROT, Inc. CDerrowatdorotusa [dot] org

Eviction Intervention Services
Resource Center Offers a Number of Homelessness Prevention and General Housing Advocacy Programs and Services
80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 (212) 308-2210
Visit www.eisny.org for more information and details about our programming and additional tenant advocacy resources.

SORT
A holistic program for those confronting hoarding EIS offers monthly meetings/workshops facilitated by a social worker, weekly check-in/counseling sessions with a housing advocate, home visits (when appropriate and necessary), book club offering focused reading and discussion, referrals to affordable cleaning services; appropriate/detailed documentation of SORT participation for housing management and housing court.   

Housing Court Buddy
For those who fall between the cracks of qualifying for pro bono representation but not able to afford legal representation for housing court-a trained and informed Housing Court Buddy will assist with navigation of the process from filing OSCs to gathering and organizing paper and documentation to responding in Court.  If appropriate, a Housing Court Buddy will attend Court with the tenant household.

EIS Housing Advocates offer general guidance and information regarding any/all housing issues. 
A responsive Housing Advocate can be reached by phone at (212) 308-2210 or by email at infoateisny [dot] org.

Free guided visits for middle and high schools in City Council District 5 of Temple Emanu-El
One East 65th Street at Fifth Avenue Entrance on East 65th Street
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust offers http://www.mjhnyc.org/l_teachers_tours.html
To sign up: 646-437-4304, http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20160913/45/98/17/eb/e44ec8ad0d5c06ee580f427a/School_Group_Tour_Request_Form.pdf, groupvisitsatmjhnyc [dot] org

CHIRP: Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s Community Human Services Information and Referral Program
The program at Church of the Epiphany, Jan Hus Church and other sites on the Upper East Side places a human services professional at free meal programs on the Upper East Side - to connect homeless and at-risk guests with meal programs, shelter, substance use treatment, and other services.

Search and Care
Free care management services to older women and men ages 65+ in District 5 residing on 86th Street and north, our goal is to help older neighbors to remain in their own home and community as long as is safely feasible.212-289-5300

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
208 W. 13th St, New York, NY 10011
Support the LGBT Community Crisis Intervention program, which provides crisis support and information to assist LGBT individuals.  Common areas of assistance are HIV/AIDS support, immigration resources, addiction recovery counseling, and housing medical assistance.
The Center is open 365 days a year.Visit gaycenter.org

Workers United Education Program
Weekday Evenings 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Mon/Wed (High Intermediate / Advanced)
Tues/Thurs (Beginner / Intermediate)
Saturdays10 am – 1 pm (High Intermediate / Advanced)
1:30 – 4:30 pm (Beginner / Intermediate)
Free English Classes Available at 83 Maiden Lane, 12th floor, New York, NY 10038
212-229-9221

American-Italian Cancer Foundation Mobile Care Clinic
Saturday, September 3rd from 9 AM – 4:30 PM, 591 Main St. Plaza on Roosevelt Island
Free digital mammograms and clinical breast exams to eligible registrants 1-877-628-9090

2016 Public Purpose Grant
https://rioc.ny.gov/grants.htm