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 email@example.com.
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.