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Greg Lewis

Announcing our fourth annual holiday diaper drive!

For many low-income working parents, getting diapers for their children is a struggle. Day care centers often require parents to supply diapers when they drop of their kids, so if the parents don’t have diapers to bring every day, they can’t work. That’s why my office, the Food Bank for New York City, and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York are launching our fourth annual holiday diaper drive to… Read more

Join your local community board! 2020 applications are now available.

Manhattan’s 12 community boards are local organizations each composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms. Community boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communities—the most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods.

Nov. 18: Lenox Terrace public hearing

The owner of Lenox Terrace in Harlem has applied for a zoning change to facilitate construction of five new buildings—with a total of about 1,600 residential units—one at each corner of the Lenox Terrace complex bounded by Lenox Avenue, W. 132nd St., Fifth Ave., and W. 135th St., plus a fifth building mid-block on W. 135th St. As part of my office’s official ULURP consideration, I will hold a public… Read more

Making Manhattan more age-friendly

Hundreds of people braved the rain to attend “Make Manhattan Mine,” my special event focused on how we can make Manhattan more age-friendly, as NYC’s senior population is projected to grow by close to 500,000 people by 2040. We kicked the afternoon off with a brain-storm session on initiatives that would help seniors in their day-to-day lives, and then held workshops on transportation, open space, and accessibility; a streetscape design… Read more

Find senior-friendly supermarkets in your neighborhood!

My office surveyed more than 200 supermarkets across the borough to identify each store’s senior-friendly policies and infrastructure. With our mobile-friendly database, you can find out which stores in your neighborhood offer amenities like wheelchair accessibility, delivery, public restrooms, escalators or elevators (for stores not at ground-level), senior discounts, and acceptance of SNAP/EBT. You can also download a PDF of the guide, organized by Manhattan’s 12 Community Board districts: Click Read more

Sunday, Oct. 27: Make Manhattan Mine, a special event for seniors

With Manhattan’s senior population growing steadily, we have to make sure that older adults are supported as they continue to age. Coined by the World Health Organization (WHO), the term “age-friendly” refers to strategies that enable seniors to be active, participate in our community, and stay connected with people who are important to them. Make Manhattan Mine is my new age-friendly initiative to make the borough a better place to… Read more

Dr. Rob Snyder appointed Borough Historian

I’ve appointed Dr. Rob Snyder to be our brand new Borough Historian! Dr. Snyder is a professor of journalism and American Studies in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University-Newark. He’s written widely on New York City history and media issues. He is the author of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City (Cornell University Press), The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and… Read more

Religious Facilities Task Force

Religious institutions are a bedrock of neighborhood life and identity, and serve as a social and cultural resource for thousands of New Yorkers. When religious congregations are faced with real estate challenges and must move or close, the impacts on the surrounding community can be significant. Since 2014, my office has worked to assist them in meeting their challenges – which have been particularly serious in Central and East Harlem,… Read more

IBO study: How homeless facilities impact property values

A New York City Independent Budget Office study I requested shows how housing property values are affected by certain types of homeless facilities within 1,000 feet. Transitional shelters appear to drop property values only modestly, while permanent supportive housing doesn’t affect values at all. Facts unearthed by solid research like this are what public policy should be based on, and permanent shelters are clearly what the de Blasio administration should… Read more

“Make Manhattan Count” 2020 Census funding awards announced

Gale Brewer talks to a seated crowd I can’t say it enough: there’s a lot at stake for New York City in the 2020 Census, from federal funding to our representation in Congress, so we have to make sure all Manhattan residents are counted. That’s why I created the “Make Manhattan Count” project, which awarded a total of $52,000 to 12 community-based organizations that came up with creative solutions to reach historically under-counted communities such… Read more