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COVID Newsletters

Manhattan weekly newsletter (4/19)


Below is a round-up of events and announcements for Manhattan this week. Check your inbox Thursday for more COVID updates. (If you’re not yet subscribed, sign up here.)



All New Yorkers 50+ and a companion can walk in to these City-run sites and get vaccinated on the spot (no appointment necessary). 

Restaurant workers 18+ can get vaccinated this Wednesday-Saturday (4/21-24) at 158 Worth St. in the City’s mobile vaccine bus. Register here (and note that your second dose will be 28 days later at the same location). 

Beginning Friday (4/23), there will be a vaccine site at the American Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West). It will operate Fridays-Tuesdays, 8 am – 6 pm and offer the Moderna vaccine (so 18+ only). Make an appointment here, or if you’re 50+ you can just walk in with a companion and both get vaccinated on the spot (no appointment necessary).

In-home vaccinations will resume this week for people who are fully homebound, using the two-dose Moderna vaccine (instead of the paused Johnson & Johnson vaccine). “Fully homebound” means someone who can’t leave their unit, even with assistance. To request an in-home vaccination, fill out this form or call 877-829-4692. (This doesn’t guarantee an appointment; FDNY personnel will call to confirm eligibility.) On that call, household members (family and home health aides) can also request to be vaccinated during the in-home appointment.

For K-8 students, applications open next Monday (4/26) for Summer Rising, the City’s new, free academic and enrichment summer program that creates a bridge back to school. Summer Rising combines academic classes, field trips, arts activities, and outdoor recreation. Programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations, and will offer breakfast, lunch, and a snack. The application can be found here starting next Monday (4/26).

There’s no application date yet for high schoolers’ Summer Rising program, where they can make up previously failed courses, complete courses in progress, and participate in the paid Summer Youth Employment Program.

You can start preparing your documents now to get $800 toward an air conditioner or fan, known as the Home Energy Assistance Program Cooling Assistance Benefit. This link explains eligibility and necessary documents for when applications open Saturday, 5/3 for the first-come-first-served benefit.

Medicaid cases with authorization that ends in March – December 2020 and January – May 2021 will be automatically extended, according to the NYC Human Resources Administration. Any case that was closed for failure to renew or failure to provide documentation during COVID-19 will be reopened, and coverage will be restored to ensure no gap in coverage.

A new interactive map shows the number of hazardous violations that properties have been issued by the NYC Dept. of Building and Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development. Properties on the map won’t be issued construction permits until they’ve addressed the violations. This is a useful tool to help tenants hold landlords accountable.



In case you missed it, watch last week’s Manhattan Borough Board meeting. We heard fascinating presentations from Mitchell-Lama United and on the proposed Exonerated Five exhibit in Central Park. Watch the meeting here.

Applications close Friday (4/23) for SYEP (the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program). Youth 14-21 years old can get paid for summer jobs or project-based learning experiences. Apply here.

Free tax prep services are available for New Yorkers who made less than $68,000 in 2020. The City is also looking for volunteer tax preparers. Tax Day is Monday, 5/17.

Apply by Friday, 5/7 for the full-time, paid Lincoln Center Workforce Development Program, which trains workers to do construction on the Center’s David Geffen Hall. Participants will get five weeks of paid training, a paid apprenticeship to work on the renovation, and future career opportunities. Apply here.

Veterans, the NYC Dept. of Veterans Services wants your input on a survey to help NYC policymakers better understand the needs of the veteran community. Also invited to take the survey are active-duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, veterans’ family members, military spouses, and military caregivers. Take the survey here.

Donate to a Ramadan food drive organized by Muslim Volunteers for New York. Donations will be accepted through Sunday (4/25).

Essential workers can apply for grants of up to $1,000 to reimburse childcare, transportation, lodging, PPE, burials, or medical costs incurred because of your work responding to the pandemic. Apply by Tuesday, 6/15 for these grants from the State’s Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund.

Contemporary visual art writers can apply for grants of up to $50,000 from the Andy Warhol Foundation through Wednesday, 5/19. Apply here.

The New York Public Library’s Thomas Yoseloff Business Center offers resources like video consultations with a business librarian; job search and resilience coaching; and financial, credit, and Medicare counseling. Learn more here.

Stream a recording of “The Royale,” the 2016 award-winning play about Black boxer Jay “The Sport” Jackson and what it means to be an outsider in America. The recording is available until Sunday, 5/16 through Lincoln Center Theater’s “Private Reels” archives.



Tonight (4/19) at 6 pm, Colum McCann discusses his novel “Apeirogon” during a Hunter@Home virtual talk, presented by Hunter College. Register here.

Tonight (4/19) at 7 pm, the virtual “Sound Waves and Brain Waves” series from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance continues with “The Social Brain and Music,” featuring a performance from artist-in-residence Miguel Zenón and a conversation with scientists from Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. Click the title to access the Zoom.

The Battery Park City Authority hosts a week of Earth Day events. Click here for details.

Every day through Sunday (4/25) free walk-in COVID self-testing is available at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.). The site operates weekdays from 9:30 am – 3 pm and weekends from 9:30 am – 5 pm, in partnership with NYC Test and Trace. Results are shared via email within 72 hours.

Tuesday (4/20) at 10 am is the first public meeting of the Advisory Group for the Inwood Sacred Sites, centering around the anticipated archeological investigations of the site at 3966 10th Ave. Those who are interested in commemorating the site’s connection to the history of a burial ground for enslaved African people and the adjacent ceremonial pits of the Lenape people are invited to join. Register for the virtual meeting here, hosted by the Bowery Residents’ Committee.

Tuesday (4/20) at 10 am, investigative reporter and author Michael Moss discusses his new book “Hooked” about how food companies manipulate what we eat. Click here to register for the Zoom, sponsored by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.

Tuesday (4/20) at 11 am, a virtual panel of art journalists reflects on covering art during the pandemic, political turmoil, and protests. Register here for the Zoom, hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Tuesday (4/20) at 4:30 pm, “The Importance of Being an Informed Consumer” explores how the digital era has influenced societal norms around consumption, hosted by Cornell Tech. Register for the Zoom here.

Tuesday (4/20) at 5 pm, job searching webinar “Beating the Applicant Tracking System” uncovers why human eyes may never see the resumes you submit online and outlines tips to optimize your resume. Click the title to register for the online event, hosted by the New York Public Library’s Thomas Yoseloff Business Center.

Tuesday (4/20) at 6 pm, I’m talking with Dan Garodnick about his new book “Saving Stuyvesant Town,” which covers the tenant-led fight to preserve the complex’s affordable housing. Click the title to join this virtual New York Historical Society event.

If you can’t make that talk, join Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder and Dan as they talk about the book Wednesday (4/21) at 6:30, hosted by the New York Public Library. Register for the Zoom here.

Tuesday (4/20) at 6:30 pm, the Mayor’s office hosts a town hall on anti-Asian hate crimes and bias, discussing ways to combat the discrimination and violence, and resources. Translation will be available in Mandarin, Korean, and Tagalog. Join the Zoom here.

Wednesday (4/21) at 5:30 pm, K-12 social studies teachers are invited to a “Virtual Educator Open House,” which highlights digital programming, activities, and resources from Henry Street Settlement, the Tenement Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America, Museum at Eldridge Street, and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Register here.

Wednesday (4/21) at 6 pm, “Solarization! A Look At Solar Energy Across Urban Settings” discusses the barriers and solutions to solar adoption in cities, hosted by Solar One. Click the title to register for the Zoom.

Wednesday (4/21) at 6:30 pm is the virtual 36th Annual New York Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil, hosted by the NYS Attorney General and the Manhattan District Attorney’s offices. To add names to the Book of Remembrance, email Watch the vigil on YouTube.

Wednesday (4/21) at 7 pm, virtual open mic “Neighborhood Stories: Voices of the City” invites audience members to share their NYC-inspired work, hosted by the NYC Dept. of Records and Information Services’ Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Click the title to register.

Thursday (4/22) at 8:30 am, “Police Reform and Public Safety” is the topic of Citizens Union’s next “Breakfast Brief.” Register here.

Thursday (4/22) at 10 am, State Senator Liz Krueger’s virtual roundtable series for seniors and boomers, “Being Mortal: Thinking about End of Life Decision Making,” continues with “Living Well: What Do We Value Most.” Click the title to register.

Thursday (4/22) from 11 am – 3 pm, free virtual one-on-one immigration consultations are available through CUNY Citizenship Now! By noon on Wednesday (4/21), call 646-664-9400 or 212-652-2071 to register for a time slot with legal staff.

Thursday (4/22) at 2 pm, “Statistics in Schools” teaches users how to explore the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools website, which includes K-12 technological literacy lessons. This virtual event is part of the Bureau’s 2021 Data Summit Series. Click the title to register.

Thursdays through 5/6 at 4 pm, free halal iftar meals are available at the Food Bank for New York City (252 W. 116th St.), a partnership between the NYC Comptroller’s office and Islamic Relief.

Thursday (4/22) at 5 pm, “Supporting Families in Fostering Independence during Remote Learning” is the topic of the weekly virtual “Parent Guide to Remote Learning” series from Rep. Adriano Espaillat and the NYC Dept. of Education. Register here.

Thursday (4/22) at 6:30 pm, online discussion “Students With Physical Disabilities Talk About NYC Public High Schools” is hosted by Parents for Inclusive Education and Advocates for Children of New York. Click the title to register.

Thursday (4/22) at 7 pm, artist Felipe Galindo “Feggo” discusses his “Taking Liberties” series of Statue of Liberty illustrations with the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Register for the Zoom here.

Thursday (4/22) at 7 pm, musician Michelle Zauner discusses her new memoir about the importance of family and food, “Crying in H Mart,” hosted by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW). Click the title to register or watch on YouTube.


Next Monday (4/26) at 7 pm, the AAWW hosts the next installment of its virtual series “Radical Thinkers,” which discusses pressing issues facing Asian and Asian-diasporic communities. Stream on YouTube

Friday (4/23) at noon, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House biweekly virtual caregivers support group recovenes to discuss “Having an Appropriate Social Outlet.” RSVP to

Friday (4/23) at 1 pm, older adults are invited to “Covid19 Vaccine and Your Health: What to Expect After Getting Fully Vaccinated,” a Zoom with a geriatric pharmacist sponsored by Search and Care

Friday (4/23) at 5 pm, the Frick Collection continues its virtual “Cocktails with a Curator” series, highlighting James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s “Lady Meux” painting and drinking “The Mummy.” Watch on YouTube.

Friday (4/23) from 5-8 pm is the opening of painting and photography exhibit “Good and Bad Government” at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (107 Suffolk St.). Click the title to register. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, 5/22.

Saturday (4/24) at noon, the W. 111th St. Block Association hosts a community rummage sale and will also feature local artists selling handmade items. There will be three “hubs” on 111th St. at Riverside Dr., Broadway, and Amsterdam Ave. where items will be available.