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Manhattan weekly newsletter (6/7)


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



Reminder: Submit a video or graphic to my “Stop AAPI Hate” PSA contest with the Asian American Federation by Monday, 6/21. 

A panel of judges will select three submissions that aim to educate and call for justice for victims and survivors of hate crimes against Asian Americans. The winners of the top three submissions will be featured on the F.Y.Eye network, a nonprofit advertising group that disseminates PSAs on over 100 screens at high-traffic nonprofit locations throughout New York, and will be invited to a meal at a Manhattan Chinatown restaurant with Asian American Federation Executive Director Jo-Ann Yoo and me. 

Entries and links to entries may be submitted in English and multiple languages to by 5 pm on Monday, 6/21.

Early voting for the primary runs this Saturday (6/12) through Sunday, 6/20. Your early voting polling place is likely not the same as your Election Day site, so find that information here.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is next Tuesday (6/15). Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked or dropped off at any polling site or Board of Elections office (Manhattan’s is 200 Varick Street, 10th floor) by Tuesday, 6/22.

New York State is sponsoring a forthcoming Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will award $800 to small businesses to cover operating expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Applications haven’t opened yet, but to receive updates when they launch, click here.

Applications have reopened for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Loans approved will cover 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Apply here.



Legal support and unemployment, public benefits, and health insurance enrollment assistance are available through the Center for Urban Community Services’ Connects program. Contact CUCS Connects by chat (, phone (855-932-2827), or email (

Attention restaurant owners and operators: Registration closes Friday (6/11) for this summer’s NYC Restaurant Week. There’s no sign-up fee. Learn more and register here.

The Museum at Eldridge Street has reopened. Click the link to get timed-entry tickets.

Registration is now open for the NYC Food Waste Fair, a weeklong (6/14-19) series of virtual and in-person events bringing together policymakers, innovators, thought leaders, and community members to end food waste, hosted by the Sanitation Foundation. In-person events include a compost site tour and rescuing leftover food. Register here.

Register is now open for workforce development nonprofit STRIVE’s masonry training, beginning Friday, 6/18. Email or to enroll, or join a Zoom info session Mondays and Wednesday at 10 am (meeting ID 951 5238 1566).

The NYC Dept. of Small Business Service’s Workforce1 construction pre-apprentice program is a full-time training opportunity that prepares participants for an apprenticeship with a construction trade union. Learn more and apply here.

Applications close next Tuesday (6/15) at 5 pm for the Barbara and Carl Zydney Grant for Artists with Disabilities from the New York Foundation for the Arts. This program will provide unrestricted cash grants of $1,000 to artists 21+ with a disability  who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to learn more.

Applications close Wednesday, 6/30 for the Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists from Queer|Art. The $10,000 grant also includes professional development resources. Apply here.

Apply for an internship with the Mark DeGarmo Dance Archive. Learn more here.

Free courses on PC computers and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available at the Drew Hamilton Community Center through the SUNY Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking Lab. Enroll here by clicking the red “Enroll at ATTAIN” button on the left-hand side.

The Broadway Bridge over the Harlem River will experience closures due to construction this week, though one lane in each direction will always remain open. One Manhattan-bound lane will be closed Monday-Wednesday (6/7-9) from 7 am – 3 pm, and one Bronx-bound lane will be closed Thursday-Friday (6/10-11) from 7 am – 3 pm.

Save the date for the 47th annual Harlem Week, 8/8-15, promoting Harlem’s rich multicultural heritage and the arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment, and sports in the neighborhood.



Tuesday (6/8) at 2 pm, join a Zoom with personal finance expert Suze Orman, “Protecting Your Money: Tips to Ensure a Financially Safe & Secure Life,” hosted by senior nonprofit Search and Care. Click the title to register.

Tuesdays at 5 pm through 6/29 is the “Social Justice & Racial Inequities – Where Do We Go From Here?” series discussing anti-violence, child welfare, police transformation, and youth voice, presented by the Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative’s Manhattan Borough Based Council. Click the title to register.

Tuesday (6/8) at 6 pm, join a virtual book talk about “The Diary of Asser Levy, First Jewish Citizen of New York,” which introduces middle-grade readers to Manhattan’s first permanent Jewish resident. Educators and students receive free admission. Click the title to register for the event, hosted by the New Amsterdam History Center.

Tuesdays at 6 pm through 7/6, join free outdoor dance classes on Broadway between 32nd-33rd St., hosted by the 34th Street Partnership. This week’s dance is the “Macoronarena.” Register here.

Wednesdays at 4 pm is the virtual caregiver support group through Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Join via Zoom (meeting ID 978 2727 4725, passcode 720102).

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm through 6/30 are free cardio and Zumba classes on the Avenue B Open Street between E. 13th-14th St., hosted by the Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, the 14th Street Y, and FABnyc. Register here.

Wednesday (6/9) at 7 pm, virtual panel “Parks, Pools and the New Deal in Greater New York: Legacies and Prospects” discusses how maintaining and expanding the city’s parks and recreation facilities has meant confronting both racial discrimination and budget cuts. Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder will moderate the panel, hosted by the Living New Deal. Click the title to register.

Thursday (6/10) at noon is the opening of “With Love from El Museo,” a pop-up gallery at Metropolitan Hospital (1901 1st Ave. at 97th St., main lobby). The exhibit features posters from El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection.

Thursday (6/10) at 1 pm, virtual series “New York City’s Comeback” from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce continues with “Attracting Back Remote Workers.” Click the title to register.

Thursday (6/10) at 5 pm, building staff, property managers, neighborhood associations, community gardeners, and local businesses are invited to a virtual “Rat Academy” to learn about rodent prevention methods. Register for the event here, hosted by the NYC Dept. of Health and Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Thursday (6/10) through Sunday (6/27) is the 20th annual River to River Festival, a free arts festival from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Click here to see the schedule and register for events. 

This weekend there are free outdoor performances of the musical “Oklahoma!” presented by the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC. Saturday’s shows are 11 am and 3 pm on the Audubon Terrace, Broadway between W. 155th-156th St. (RSVP to for Saturday performances). Sunday’s show is at 3 pm on Dongan Lawn of Fort Tryon Park.

Saturday (6/12) from noon – 4 pm, the Tenement Museum hosts a “Grand Reopening Party” on Orchard St., featuring performances and tours. Click the title for more information.

Sundays in June at 4 pm, watch music and dance performances during the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival” from the Museum at Eldridge St. The festival hosts virtual events during the week and culminates in a Sunday show. This week’s performance features Puerto Rican bomba and plena, Yiddish dance, and traditional Chinese Music. Register here.