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Greg Lewis

Statement on Daily News layoffs

NEW YORK – Reacting to the news of a 50 percent editorial staff layoff at the New York Daily News, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today issued the following public statement: “TRONC’s executives should be ashamed of themselves for hollowing out a storied newspaper with a tremendous record of getting things done for the people of this city. “Written local news — both online and in print — is… Read more

Aging Artfully: an event for seniors

“Creative aging is what we accomplish not in spite of aging, but because of aging…aging itself can be a catalyst for rich new experiences, offering a way to renew passions and reinvent oneself.” –Dr. Gene D. Cohen. The arts are a way of exploring meaning and purpose. For older adults, discovering creative passions allows for new reflection and a deeper appreciation of life’s beauty. Join Manhattan Borough President Gale A.… Read more

Manhattan Community Award Program funding applications online now

Applications for the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) for Fiscal Year 2019 are now available. MCAP provides small funding awards—typically between $3,500 and $5,000—to nonprofit organizations and public schools. Each award is contracted through one of four city agencies: Department for the Aging, Department of Corrections, Department of Education, or Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Proposals must relate to the specific agency’s overall mission and goals. If you have… Read more

Letter grades for street vendors are good, but GPS tracking – not so much

2 street vendors in front of mbpo Today, I weighed in on new rules proposed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) that would give letter grades like you see in restaurants to mobile food vendors and that would introduce GPS tracking of these vendors. NYC is known for its food – not just fancier world-class restaurants, but also street food, ranging from halal meats and gyros to all-American hot dogs and… Read more

NY1 covered the 2018 launch of Fresh Food for Seniors!

reporter reporting on '"fresh food for seniors" kicks off' NY1 covered the launch of the 2018 Fresh Food for Seniors program (free transcript/paywalled clip) from the Goddard Riverside Senior Center on the Upper West Side, but the program is active in many neighborhoods, from the West Village to Washington Heights to Roosevelt Island. Order an $8 bag of fresh fruit and vegetables a week in advance—a $15 value—and you’ll support local agriculture and eat healthier. For complete details and… Read more

Supreme Court’s decision to uphold travel ban “shameful”

Protestors hold up signs at John F. Kennedy Airport in NYC. NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Trump Administration’s travel bans: “The Supreme Court failed in its duty today. This decision will go down in history along with cases like Korematsu v. U.S. and Hirabayashi v. U.S. as a shameful legal stamp of approval for a policy rooted in discrimination and xenophobia. “In the long… Read more

Annual training for community board members at AMNH under the whale!

Attendees of the community board reception gather in AMNH's Whale Room Community board members from across Manhattan gathered Tuesday for a reception in the American Museum of Natural History’s cavernous Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to reconnect with each other and learn more about their roles. Jim Caras, General Counsel and Land Use Director in my office made a presentation on the passage of the City Council’s Charter Revision Commission (as opposed to the Mayor’s version underway now). Hearings are due… Read more

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and NYC & Company Foundation announce grants to support cultural institutions and tourism in New York

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and the NYC & Company Foundation have announced this year’s Manhattan recipients of Borough Cultural Tourism Development Grants. The grant program promotes culture and the arts across all five boroughs by supporting the promotion of cultural events and exhibits and increasing visitor awareness of each borough’s cultural offerings. “Manhattan’s greatest wealth is its array of cultural gems, and not just our massive institutions known… Read more

Manhattan Community Awards Program (MCAP) Application Now Open

The application for the Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) for Fiscal Year 2018 is now available! The Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP) provides small funding awards—typically between $3,500 and $5,000—to nonprofit organizations and public schools to help support programming or operational expenses. Each award is contracted through one of five City agencies – Department for the Aging (DFTA), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Education (DOE), Department of Health &… Read more