October Events



October 10: Maggi Peyton Gallery Presents: Better With Age
6 – 8 pm, 1 Center Street, 19th Floor South
The Office the Manhattan Borough President's Maggi Peyton Art Gallery will exhibit works from artists over 60 as part of a juried show. The opening reception for the show, "Better with Age," will be held October 10, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm at 1 Centre St. 19th Floor.

October 14: Open House NY
10 am – 4 pm, 1 Center Street, 19th Floor South
You will once again be able to sign up for a viewing of New York City at the top of the McKim Mead & White-designed Municipal Building which houses my office. The cupola offers extraordinary views of lower Manhattan and the East River (with a slice of the Hudson River, too!) Visit ohny.org on Thursday Oct. 5 at 11 am to register. You must be registered to attend.

October 24, November 21, and December 12: Harlem Rent Freeze Housing Event
2 – 5 pm Office of Manhattan Borough President's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th Street
Seniors and People with Disabilities, keep your rent from increasing, if you: are at least 62 years old or 18 years old with a qualifying disability, have a household income in $50,000 or less, live in a rent regulated apartment, and, spend more than 1/3 of your income on rent. For more information, contact 212-531-1609.

Past Events

August 3: Dominican Day Reception
6 – 8 pm, United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, and the Manhattan Dominican Heritage Celebration honoring the 2017 Dominican Day Parade Leadership.

August 3: Art Students League Opening Reception
5 – 7 pm, Maggi Peyton Gallery, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South

August 13: Dominican Day Parade

August 25: Womens Equality Day Press Conference

August 26: Womens Equality Day
I am registering people to vote; please join me at Hester Street Fair (Hester at Essex) from 10 am to 5 pm with DORIS; and from 12 noon to 3 pm at the Community Celebration following the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K, West 135th and St. Nicholas in Harlem. Find us at our table. Info: Penelope Cox 212-669-8300 or pcox@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

September 6: Suicide Among Latina and Black Male Youth
5:30 – 8 pm, MIST Harlem, 46 West 116th Street
oTp experts will discuss suicide risk among adolescent Latinas and Black boys, as well as key contributing factors and solutions for what parents, families, schools, service providers and the community can do to support youth of color experiencing mental distress. RSVP here.

September 8: African American Day Parade Launch Party
5 – 7 pm, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building Art Gallery, 2nd Floor
This year's theme for the 48th Annual African-American Day Parade is health care. Join my office to honor the historical legacy and contributions of African American leaders, including doctors, nurses, administrators, activists and community leaders at a reception in their honor. RSVP: ParadeLaunch2017.eventbrite.com.

September 13: Fair Housing Information and Training Session
5 – 7 pm, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building
This is a training workshop jointly sponsored by the Manhattan Borough President's Office, the NYS Homes and Community Renewal, the NYS Division of Human Rights, and the NYS Office of New Americans. The training is intended for local elected officials and their staff, housing advocates, community-based organizations, and legal service providers. Presenters will draw on the Federal Fair Housing Act, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the NYS Rent Stabilization Code and how they protect tenants from harassment regardless of tenants' immigration status. Through this "train the trainer" model, New York City tenants will receive accurate information about their rights as tenants. Contact: Hally Chu, 212-669-8300 or hchu@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

September 17: WIADCA/Carribean Arts and Culture Incubator Project

September 17: African American Day Parade
Join our delegation for the African American Day Parade. We will honor leaders in the health field. Info: Deron Hill 212-669-8300 or dhill@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

June 1: Rat Management Training
6 – 8 pm, Gale Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Do you see rats in and around your building? Do you want your building to practice integrated pest management. Attend our Rat Management Training! Great for building supers, maintenance personnel, community gardeners, tenants, managing companies, pest-management professionals. Please RSVP by calling 212-531-1609.

September 19: Shred Day with State Senator Brad Hoylman
5:30 – 7:30 pm, West 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.
Co-sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Shred your documents containing personal/sensitive information. This event is free and open to the public. Three box minimum per person.

September 23: Data Jam
8 am – 7 pm, Rise Incubator, 43 West 23rd Street
Our partners at BetaNYC are hosting a "data jam" at Rise Incubator. This event will gather 200 people to learn and explore how 311 service requests can help generate insights. At this event, the Borough President will formally launch BoardStat and a portion of the day will be spent on improving BoardStat and working through four other challenges. (Rise Incubator is open 24 hours a day. 212-524-8300) RXVP and Info: Lucian Reynolds, MBPO lreynolds@manhattanbp.nyc.gov and Noel Hidalgo, BetaNYC noel@beta.nyc.

September 26: Responding to Summonses from NYC Enforcement Agencies
6:00 – 8:00 pm, Auditorium of the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, 54 Nagle Avenue, New York City, NY 10040
This event will cover OATH (Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings), how to fight a city summons at OATH, OATH’s remote hearing options, OATH’s interpretation services, how to appeal a decision after a hearing, and Q&A. This is presented by Hon. Fidel F. Del Valle, Commissioner and Chief Administrative Law Judge, NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), Hon. Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member, 10th District- Upper Manhattan in collaboration with Congress Member Adriano Espaillat, NY State Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa.

September 28: Medicare Event for New Enrollees and Experienced Users
3:00 – 5:00 pm, Bellevue Hospital, 462 First Avenue and 27th Street, Rose Room, 12th Floor
Senator Krueger and Councilmember Dan Garodnick’s Medicare information. This event is designed to educate individuals approaching 65 who are about to sign up for Medicare, as well as those who use Medicare insurance coverage. Speakers will include Michelle Berney, from the New York City Department for the Aging, and Krystal Scott, from Medicare Rights Center.


June 6: Asian American and Paciļ¬c Islander Heritage Month reception.
  
6 – 8pm Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
We are honoring and celebrating the accomplishments of trailblazers in Manhattan’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Please RSVP online at aapihm2017.eventbrite.com for details. Postponed from May 24.

June 6: Asthma 101
6 – 8 pm, Gale Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Learn what you need to know--recognize the symptoms, get support and manage medications--at this workshop presented by the NYC Department of Health and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

June 6: Comptroller Scott M. Stringer's Shred Day
12 – 3 pm Franklin Plaza, 108th Street and 2nd Avenue
In partnership with the Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, join us and shred your documents containing personal/sensitive information. This is a free service, and a limit of three boxes per household.

June 14: LGBTQ Bystander Training
6 – 8 pm, JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street

June 15: Council of Young Leaders of Manhattan Summer Social with Borough President Brewer
4 – 6 pm, JCC Harlem, 318 West 118th Street
Join the Young Leaders of Manhattan and Borough President Gale A. Brewer for a summer social. The Council of Young Leaders of Manhattan brings together young people ages 14-18 who live, work, go to school, or belong to an organization in Manhattan. Meeting periodically, they address policy and budget concerns affecting young people in our borough -- working alongside elected officials and city agencies as they do so! Advocating for real change affecting Manhattan young people, the members of the Council learn how local government works, serve on committees, draft resolutions, and more. This summer social will bring together the previous Youth Leaders and all interested prospective members of the Council. RSVP: https://youngleadersmanhattan2017.eventbrite.com/

June 21: Make Music New York
5 – 8 pm, Carl Schurz Park, 86th and East End Ave.
Please join us and the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy for our annual MMNY concert in Carl Schurz Park. Make Music New York mounts hundreds of live music performances citywide on one day, and is another reason to love New York! (Use the 84th or 87th St. entrance for wheelchair access.)

June 23: Community Board Leadership Training
9 am - 4:30 pm, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W 59th St. Please RSVP online at
Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla and my staff will conduct our semi-annual Leadership Trainings on topics useful to newly appointed (and existing) community board members ranging from parliamentary procedure to open data and land use policy. Friday, June 23, 9 am - 4:30 pm, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W 59th St. Please RSVP online at bit.ly/2sj11tG.

June 24: East Harlem NYCHA housing forum
10 am – 2 pm, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2180 3rd Avenue (at 119th St.).
My office is co-sponsoring a public housing forum with Community Board 11's Housing Committee in East Harlem. Panelists will include representatives from the New York City Housing Authority, Legal Aid Society, Community Service Society, and NYPD's Public Service Area 5. Continental breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, contact Community Board 11 at 212-831-8929.

June 25: NYC Pride March
June is LGBT Pride Month and once again I will march, joined by a contingent of staff and volunteers from my office. The march will begin at 36th St. and 5th Avenue (and ends at Christopher St.); the staging area to meet us isn’t set yet, but please RSVP to join us by emailing Deron Hill at events@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

July 23: Caregiving 101: The essentials of caring for others--and yourself
12 noon to 5 pm, at Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St.
I’m joining with Fordham Law School, and our community partners “Caregiving 101: The essentials of caring for others--and yourself," an event centered around the challenges facing caregivers and their families. Panels will address key questions: How can caregivers stay healthy? What services are available to you and those you care for?How can assistive technology help? What is the best home design for optimal care? Exhibitors will provide information. Seats are limited; please RSVP online today at CaregivingNYC.eventbrite.com.

July 26: Veterans' resource fair in Harlem
9 am – 4 pm, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, 163 West 125th St.
Our 4th annual veterans' resource fair will be held Wednesday, July 26, at the State Office Building Plaza in Harlem. Loree Sutton, Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Veterans Services, will be the keynote speaker. Co-sponsoring the event is Council Member Bill Perkins, the NYC Dept. of Veterans Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Legal Services NYC, Harlem Veterans Center, Samaritan Village, and NY Metro Vets. The fair is a great opportunity for veterans to get help and connect with service providers and agencies. RSVP by calling 212-678-4505 or emailing eventscoordinator@ls-nyc.org.

 

April-May: Paintings and drawings from Gallery35 -  Peyton Gallery
10am – 6pm weekdays, Peyton Gallery, Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
Gallery35, a collection of emerging and professional artists, will be the April-May exhibit in the Maggi Peyton Gallery.

May 11: Jewish American Heritage Month celebration.
5:30 – 7:30 pm. General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of The City Of New York, 20 West 44th Street
I am joining with the Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative to invite you to their first Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Honorees will include Michael Dorf, Tovah Feldshuh,  Cantor Joseph Malovany, Hon. Ruth Messinger, Michael Mukasey, Daryl Roth, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Art Shamsky, Randi Weingarten, and Mort Zuckerman. RSVP required: MJHIHallofFame.eventbrite.com.

May 21: Storefront vacancy survey day of action.
Our borough’s empty storefronts need filling! Join me, my staff, and volunteers on Sunday, May 21 as we conduct a census along the length of Broadway for vacant commercial storefronts. Each surveyor will sign up for a number of blocks to report the addresses of vacant storefronts, the former occupants, and possible ideas on the types of businesses needed in the neighborhood. To register, please email your name and phone number to info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov with the subject line “Storefront Survey.”

May 22: Uptown REDC funding workshop.
8:30 – 10 am at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 West 125th St., 2nd Floor Gallery.
Governor Cuomo has added $50 million to the funding pool for New York City’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) funding programs. Now, over $800 million will be available statewide to fund community development projects, waterfront revitalization, and workforce development.

To help businesses and organizations understand the application process—applications are due by 4:00 pm Friday, July 28—my office, along with the New York City REDC office, the Empire State Development Corporation, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and NYC Innovation Collectives is hosting information sessions on the funding process. RSVP now at: REDCinfoUptown.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/new-york-city

May 23: “¡Vida SI, Diabetes NO!” Latino diabetes screening event.
4 – 6 pm, Gale Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanics to be diagnosed with diabetes and 40% more likely to die from it. Diabetes is preventable and treatable if caught early. That’s why my office is spon-soring a diabetes screening event with Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health. Speak to the experts, fill out our diabetes risk assessment questionnaire, have your blood pressure and glucose checked, and take home helpful information from the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart As-sociation. There’s a lot you can do to avoid the risks. RSVP by calling (212) 531-1609.

Until April 14: Women's History Month: Women's Political Ephemera Exhibit at Peyton Gallery
10am – 6pm weekdays, Peyton Gallery, Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
In my office gallery, beginning March 7th, will be a display documenting women’s political history, with photographs, posters and political campaign ephemera from women candidates and causes.

April 7: Reception for Women Journalists with B.P. Brewer & Veteran reporter Carole Jenkins
5 – 7 pm, Peyton Gallery, Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
Please join current and former women elected officials, including Ruth Messinger, for a reception. No boring speeches--just a chance to raise a glass and meet women you may have heard of but never met--or to catch up with old friends! RSVP: womenjournalists.eventbrite.com

April 12: How to Find and Apply for Affordable Housing in NYC
7 – 10 pm, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Council Member Corey Johnson presents a workshop on applying for affordable housing lotteries, an introduction of NYC Housing Connect, and NYC Mitchell-Lama Connect, and how to apply for the SCIRE/DRIE program. RSVP online at http://www.coreyjohnson.nyc/events/, by phone at 212-564-7757, or by email District3@council.nyc.gov.

April 19: Learn your story, tell your story
6 – 8 pm, at 31 Chambers St., first floor
As part of Immigrant Heritage Week I am cosponsoring, with the NYC Dept. of Records, this workshop on how to use available records in the NYC archives to learn your family history, and how to construct a narrative of your family story. Participants will also record a short video for the archives. For more information call (212) 669-8300

April 19: Options for Community-friendly Real Estate Development for Faith-based Organizations
8 am – 12:30 pm, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Street
Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other faith-based organizations that want to preserve their congregations for the long term have many issues to consider. Those that are facing financial challenges in the current real estate environment should know that there are effective options other than merely selling to a developer. That’s why my office is sponsoring a half-day conference, “Options for Community-friendly Real Estate Development” for faith-based organizations facing these challenges. We’ll discuss all aspects of community-sensitive planning and development, including strategies for community engagement, alternative development models, and policy considerations on structural preservation as well as affordable housing development and preservation. RSVP is mandatory.

April 19: How to file discrimination or harassment complaints
6 – 8 pm, Borough President Gale A. Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Representatives from the NYC Human Rights Commission will present on the topic of discrimination and harassment. It’s illegal and you have rights! Come learn how to file complaints and appeals.

April 24: NYC Urban Manufacturing Symposium
4 – 7 pm, High School of Fashion Industries, 225 West 24th St.
My office is bringing together manufacturers, business owners, workers, urban planners and community members for a “Symposium on Urban Manufacturing.” We’ll discuss the needs of manufacturers in multiple sectors – what they’re making, what kinds of spaces they need, and how zoning can help or hurt them. Bring an open mind, your own ideas, and help us come up with some actionable ideas for helping manufacturing thrive again. Please RSVP at nycurbanmanufacturing.eventbrite.com.

April 24: What happens if an immigration officer stops you?
6 – 8 pm, Borough President Gale A. Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Do you know your rights? Do you know what to do or say? Do you know who to call? What will happen to your children or spouse? Do you have a plan in place in case you’re taken away? Come get the answer to all these questions and more at this workshop on immigration rights cosponsored with the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp., Immigrant Justice Corp., and MFY Legal Services.

April 25: Forum on the future of biking in New York City
4 – 6 pm, Manhattan Borough President's Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
What will biking in the city look like a generation from now? That’s the topic for this panel discussion among city officials, engineers, and biking advocates. What will the infrastructure be? What’s around the corner in safety and technology? How can we accommodate more bikers, and improve biker/community relations? How can we better enforce traffic laws? RSVP: NYCbikefuture.eventbrite.com.

April 25: Health awareness workshop
6 – 8 pm, Borough President Gale A. Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Too many neighborhoods have higher-than-average—and preventable—health-related problems. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring, with the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, this workshop that will teach steps to healthier living. What can you do to lower cholesterol? How can you prevent diabetes? There will be a cooking demonstration and other news you can use!

April 26: What to do when you get a summons?
6 – 8 pm, Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, in the Art Gallery, 2nd Flr.
New York City OATH Commissioner Fidel F. Del Valle in co-sponsoring the Administrative Law Court Community Education Service (ACCES) forum on what to do when you get a summons and have to navigate New York City’s Administrative Law Court. To RSVP, email info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov or call 212-669-8300.

April 26: Denim Day rally in Foley Square
11 AM, Foley Square
Denim Day is a national event to raise awareness about campus sexual assault by urging participants to wear denim to work or school. My office has participated every year, and this year we’ll rally in Foley Square to support Denim Day.

April 27:  Wills and lawyers—who needs them?
1 – 3 pm Borough President Gale A. Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
Come to a free presentation by Volunteers of Legal Service on health care advance directives, powers of attorney, wills, and burial planning and the services that connect eligible seniors with information relating to what are called “life-planning documents."

April 29:  Harlem and the Future: Preserving Culture & Sustaining History
9 am – 5 pm City College of New York, Spitzer School of Architecture
What does the future of Harlem look like? Together on Saturday April 29th, we'll explore this question while reflecting on Harlem's unique cultural heritage, its social fabric, and its built environment with an eye toward what's to come. Join us and connect with a larger community that seeks to ensure the preservation of cultural and architectural legacies. An engaging day of dialogue includes opening remarks by Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer, keynote speaker by Chris Fair of Resonance Consultancy and closing remarks by Michael Henry Adams. RSVP here.

March 22: What to do when you get a summons.
6–8 pm, P.S. 124 Yung Wing, 40 Division Street
I am joining with Council Member Margaret Chin and New York City OATH Commissioner Fidel F. Del Valle in co-sponsoring the Administrative Law Court Community Education Service (ACCES) forum on what to do when you get a summons and have to navigate New York City’s Administrative Law Court. For more information, contact Andrew Chang in my office: achang@manhattanbp.nyc.gov or (212)669-4546.

March 14: Options for Community-friendly Real Estate Development for Faith-based Organizations [RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 19, Same time and venue]
8 am–12:30 pm, Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Street
Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other faith-based organizations that want to preserve their congregations for the long term have many issues to consider. Those that are facing financial challenges in the current real estate environment should know that there are effective options other than merely selling to a developer. That’s why my office is sponsoring a half-day conference, “Options for Community-friendly Real Estate Development” for faith-based organizations facing these challenges. We’ll discuss all aspects of community-sensitive planning and development, including strategies for community engagement, alternative development models, and policy considerations on structural preservation as well as affordable housing development and preservation. RSVP is mandatory.

March 13: Bystander training for Community Board members
6 – 8 pm, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Haaren Hall Room 630, 524 West 59th Street
The NYPD recently reported a 31% increase in hate crimes, so it’s more important than ever to learn about safe intervention methods and to become more involved in creating a climate of safety and tolerance. That’s why my office is sponsoring a series. Community Board members RSVP.

March 9: L train shutdown brainstorm workshops - East Siders (East of 5th Avenue)
7 – 9 pm, Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th Street
The Manhattan Borough President's Office, the MTA and DOT and other Manhattan elected officials will host two public workshops to allow those impacted by the L train shutdown—especially small business owners, residents of the 14th street area, and people with disabilities—to contribute input into mitigation plans. RSVP.

March 8: Washington Heights Small Business Summit/Workshop
9:30 – 11:30 am, Boricua College, 3755 Broadway
Council Member Mark Levine hosts Washington Heights Small Business Summit, co-sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Learn about small business opportunities, discover the best practices to avoid fines, and network with other small business owners.

March 4: Fight for Your Health - Town Hall Meeting
2:30 – 5 pm, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue
State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried hosts town hall meeting on health care, co-sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

March 2: Manhattan Borough Board Public Hearing on Greater East Midtown
6 – 8 pm, Guttman Community College, InfoCommon (ground floor), 50 West 40th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).
The Manhattan Borough Board will hold a public hearing on Greater East Midtown rezoning proposal, which was informed by the work conducted by the Midtown East Working Group (co-chaired by me and the City Council Member for the area, Daniel Garodnick). The Working Group conducted extensive discussions among all the neighborhood's stakeholders, including the two Community Boards affected. ASL interpreters will be on hand. This hearing is part of the statutory Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP). The Borough Board will later vote on the proposal, and my office will also issue an opinion on the rezoning. Register to testify.

February 23: L train shutdown brainstorm workshops - West Siders (West of 5th Avenue). 
7 – 9 pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 328 West 14th Street
The Manhattan Borough President's Office, the MTA and DOT and other Manhattan elected officials will host two public workshops to allow those impacted by the L train shutdown—especially small business owners, residents of the 14th street area, and people with disabilities—to contribute input into mitigation plans.

February 21: Manhattan Borough President's Faith Leaders Breakfast

February 18: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York Urban League Honors Activist Organizations
6–8 pm, Hilton Hotel, 40 Lodge Street, Albany
Each year the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus hosts a weekend event in Albany and I am proud to participate this year by joining with the New York Urban League in honoring three activists organizations: West Harlem Environmental Action, the New York Immigrant Coalition, and the NYS Nurses Association. Please call Deron Hill at (212) 669-2527 for more information.

February 15: Public Hearing on City's Preliminary Budget
4 – 7 pm, InfoCommons, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, 50 West 40th Street

February 12: Manhattan Borough President's State of the Borough.
2 pm, Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St
If you needed reminding that our country has entered a new era, I hope the events since January 20 have convinced you. That’s why our “State of the Borough” event this year will focus on bringing together citizens who are newly motivated to fight for the causes most important to them and the organizations that need peoples’ help. Our panel this year will discuss paths to activism, and over a dozen organizing groups will help us mount an “Activist Fair” to pitch their work to potential new volunteers. Please RSVP at SOTB-2017.eventbrite.com to attend.

February 7: Manhattan Borough President's Black History Month Reception.
6 – 8 pm, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
My Black History Month celebration with New York Quilters of Color. Please join me in celebrating the work of New York Quilters of Color, and Black History Month. Founded in 1993, Quilters of Color Network is a diverse group of men and women dedicated to the creative process of sewing historical and contemporary American quilts inspired by ethnicities. They illustrate social images and events via the art of quilt-making, and their work is on view in my office gallery for the month of February. If you can’t make it for the reception, please come visit during normal business hours—their work is extraordinary! See more at www.quiltersofcolornyc.com.

January 27: Community Boards - Teen Recruitment Night
4 – 6 pm, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
The Manhattan Borough President's Office will be holding a recruitment event to encourage teenagers to apply to join their local Community Board. Questions? Email  communityaffairs@manhattanbp.nyc.gov

2016

December 27: Menorah lighting event at Bowling Green.
5:15 pm, in front of the National Museum of the American Indian near Bowling Green.
Join me, the New York Board of Rabbis, and the Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative in welcoming the 4th Night of Chanukah.

December 20: Manhattan input workshop for CreateNYC cultural plan.
6 – 8:30 pm at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave. (at 135th St.)
CreateNYC is the city’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan now being assembled by the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in response to legislation signed into law in 2015. DCLA and the Hester Street Collaborative are working together with artists, cultural organizations, city agencies, and community residents to collect data and input to inform the plan. Manhattan residents’ opportunity to offer their input comes Tuesday, Dec.20, from 6 – 8:30 pm at Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave. (at 135th St.). Share your ideas about how the city can better support NYC arts and culture. Childcare and Spanish language interpretation provided. Visit CreateNYC.org for more information.

December 8: Borough President’s capital funding application training.
1–2:30 pm (nonprofits), 4 –5:30 pm (schools), Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W. 166th St.
Over $20 million is allocated by my office for capital projects in Manhattan—and I want the broadest possible pool of applications for the next fiscal year. (Keep an eye on our website for when our applications go live!) That’s why my staff is mounting training sessions for public schools and nonprofits, and the next sessions are Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center, 530 W. 166th St. The nonprofits’ session is 1 pm – 2:30 pm, and if you represent a nonprofit you can RSVP here; the schools’ session is 4 pm – 5:30 pm and may be reserved here.

December 8: Open data & mapping for community planning workshop.
6 - 8 pm, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
Staff from my land use division will explain how open data can be used to understand past and future development as well as health, safety, and quality of life concerns—using a web browser and spreadsheet software. All participants should come ready to learn with a laptop!

November - December
Access Manhattan: Services for Better Communities
Access Manhattan workshops are designed to help New Yorkers learn more about available city benefits, resources and services. All sessions in my Northern Manhattan Office at 431 West 125th Street are open to the public.

– NYCHA Housing Court Training on Termination Hearings: Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 6-8pm
– Disaster & Snow Preparedness: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 6-8pm
– SCRIE/DRIE Workshop: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6-8pm
– Veterans Workshop: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6-8pm
– NYCHA Housing Court Training on Succession Rights: Tuesday, November 15, 6-8pm
– Fatherhood Initiative: Wedsnesday, November 16, 6-8pm
– IDNYC Municipal ID Enrollment: Thursday, November 17, 6-8pm
– Financial Literacy: Credit, Budgeting & Investment: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6-8pm
– NYCHA Housing Court Trainings on Trespass & Permanent Exclusion: Tuesday, December 6, 6-8pm
– Child/Family Justice:  What You Need to Know: Wednesday, December 7, 6-8pm
– Utilities: No Heat/Hot Water/Gas: Thursday, December 8, 6-8pm

November 16: Puerto Rican heritage celebration.
6 - 8 pm, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
Our celebration of Puerto Rican heritage, co-sponsored by Council Member Rosie Mendez, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 in our gallery, featuring food and music as well as photos by Marilú Ramírez. Register online to attend.

November 17: East Harlem rezoning community forum.
6 - 8 pm, Taino Towers, 221 E. 122nd St
The city’s Department of City Planning will present their proposed rezoning plan to the public at this workshop to hear from community members, and educate them on how they can participate in the city’s formal review of the plan going forward. Spanish translation, sign language interpretation, child care services and refreshments will be available. Read more about the proposal at EastHarlemPlan.nyc.

Through November 28: Photographs by Marilú Ramírez in the gallery.
9 am - 5 pm, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
The November gallery show is “A Photo Journey Into My World” by Marilú Ramírez, an active member of the National Arts Club and an avid world traveller and member of the Circumnavigators Club. The show is on view during normal business hours until Nov. 28.

November 29 & 30: Capital Funding info sessions for schools & non-profits.
Times vary, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
Capital awards are long-term investments in property or equipment, as opposed to expenses such as salaries, utilities, or consumables. (For example, a copy machine is a capital investment, while copy paper is an expense.) My office has over $20 million—last year it was $26 million—available for capital awards to community based non-profits and public schools. But not every school or non-profit is aware of our funding program.

That’s the purpose of these information sessions, to educate applicants as to the capital process timeline and requirements. Funding applications open in December, 2016 for the FY 2018 budget year beginning in July, 2017—but our capital process begins with sessions like these. Staff from my office and the city’s Office of Management and Budget will make a presentation and answer general questions and concerns regarding the application processes. Learn more about our capital funding.

Info Session for Schools: November 29,  4:00 – 5:30 pm.
Please register at CapitalGrantSchools.eventbrite.com.
 
Info Session for Non-Profits: November 30, 1:00 – 2:30 pm.
Please register at CapitalGrantNonprofits.eventbrite.com

My office is also hosting events in for uptown schools and non-profits on December 8  at Alianza Dominicana in Washington Heights. If you would prefer to attend these sessions, please register at or UptownSchools.eventbrite.com or UptownNonprofits.eventbrite.com.

November 30: Sideways.nyc photo exhibit opens with a special small businesses event.
5-8pm, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor South
Sideways.nyc is a website highlighting the unique businesses on Manhattan’s sidestreets. Photos of those sidestreets, shot by Tom Arena, will be shown in this exhibit on display until Jan. 5, 2017. The opening reception for the show will be something special: some of the small businesses featured on the site will provide refreshments such as cheese, chocolates and pastries. There will also be a “PIP” signup table for small businesses to register as vendors with the city.

 


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