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

B.P. Brewer says no to current Inwood rezoning plan and outlines protections for businesses, tenants needed to gain her support

Inwood Rezoning Graphic 2 NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued her formal recommendation on the Inwood rezoning proposal working its way through the city’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), rejecting the plan in its current form and outlining the protections for local businesses and area tenants that would be needed for the plan to win her support. “Inwood is a vibrant, multicultural neighborhood with a huge amount of rent-stabilized… Read more

Brewer distributing free reusable bags for Earth Day

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced that for Earth Day, which falls on Sunday, April 22, her office will be distributing reusable grocery bags for free at greenmarkets and grocery stores around Manhattan. In addition, Brewer’s office will distribute reusable bags on Saturday, April 21 at the Car-Free New York Day event in Washington Heights on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 183rd Street. New Yorkers throw… Read more

Brewer statement on Regents’ approval of new computer science teacher certification

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on the Board of Regents’ approval of a new K-12 computer science teaching certificate: “Technology is changing our world, and there are barriers we need to bring down if our schools are going to change with it. We can’t make make computer science education truly available to all without a pipeline to train and certify dedicated computer… Read more

Brewer Appointed Chair of National League of Cities’ Large Cities Council

“Large cities are the engines that propel our country forward. Our markets, our workforces, our transit hubs, and our scientific, educational, medical, and cultural institutions serve the whole country, and the country can only move forward if we all succeed together. That’s why I was proud to be named Chair of the Large Cities Council, part of the National League of Cities (NLC), and will be attending the NLC’s “Congressional… Read more