May Events

Until June 1: Waterfront photo contest
To welcome the new NYC Ferry service launching this month, my office is holding a waterfront photo contest. Any Manhattanite can enter images of our island’s waterfront for a chance to win prizes and have their photo featured in my office’s Peyton Gallery. There are two ways to enter our photo contest:

TO ENTER ON SOCIAL MEDIA, please tag @GaleABrewer and/or use the hashtag #waterfrontcontest on Twitter or Instagram.

TO ENTER BY EMAIL
, please attach your photo (in jpeg or tiff format) to an email and send to waterfront@ manhattanbp.nyc.gov and include your name, address, phone number, and age (especially if under 16!).

Regardless of how you enter, we can only accept five images per person. I’ll be sharing select submissions on my feeds every week. All entries are due by noon on Thursday, June 1, 2017. By en-tering, you are certifying that you own the rights to the image(s) submitted. If one of your entries is selected, we will notify you by mid-June, asking for a high-resolution version to include in the July exhibition in our gallery.


Every Thursday in May: How to document apartment repair issues using justfix.nyc.
6 – 8 pm, Gale Brewer's Northern Manhattan Office, 431 West 125th St.
JustFix.nyc is a free website you can use to document the repair issues in your apartment. My North-ern Manhattan Office will host a training to help you create an account and start taking action to resolve your repair issues.

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.


June 6: Asian American and Pacific 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.


Past Events

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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