Students across the city return to school

Gale handing out flyers to parents in front of a public school The beginning of September means back to school for more than 177,000 students in 301 public schools across Manhattan. I was out bright and early this morning in front of P.S. 36 in Morningside Heights greeting students and their parents and handing out copies of my Manhattan Public School Help Guide, which lists the contact information for NYC Department of Education staff and the parent-run Community Education Councils (CECs). Each… Read more

Fresh Food for Seniors relaunches in Northern Manhattan

seven smiling women boxing leafy greens Since 2012, I have partnered with GrowNYC, government agencies, nonprofits, and colleagues in the City Council to make fresh, healthy, locally-grown fruits and vegetables available to seniors in a growing number of Manhattan neighborhoods, from the West Village to Roosevelt Island. Starting Sept. 4, I’m pleased to relaunch our program in northern Manhattan. For just $8, seniors can bring home a bag with $15 or more worth of fresh produce!… Read more

Brewer and all Manhattan Council Members: It’s time to close zoning loopholes

The Zoning Resolution is supposed to set ground rules on what can be built where, to preserve light and air, create predictability, prevent development from overwhelming our infrastructure, and establish neighborhood context. But all across Manhattan, communities are seeing a new breed developments that exploit loopholes in the Zoning Resolution to achieve higher building heights that don’t fit in the context of the communities around them, without providing any extra… Read more

Letter to MTA: Don’t slash Manhattan Select Bus plans

m34 select bus service moving on a NYC street Earlier this month, my office discovered details in a Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget document indicating it plans to slash promised expansions of Select Bus Service in Manhattan, pushing back the improvements to 96th Street crosstown service and other lines through at least 2021. The Wall Street Journal also unearthed these details and reported on them, and around the same time I sent a letter to Andy Byford, president of MTA-New… Read more

Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island BPs to Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission: Don’t Weaken Community Boards

Borough Presidents appoint the members of New York City’s 59 community boards, we work more closely with the boards than other elected officials, and we are the boards’ first and most direct source of advice and technical support. We know what it takes for boards to do their job well, and we know how important that job is — because community boards are neighborhoods’ 2018-08-21 – LettertoCharterRevisionCommissionChairPeralesearly-warning system and advocate… Read more

Marble Hills Houses awards Danny Cabrera of my staff for his tenant advocacy work

Danny Cabrera smiling holding a plaque next to Gale Danny Cabrera, a community liaison in my Northern Manhattan office, was recognized with an award at the Marble Hill Houses Family Day on August 18 for the outstanding work he has done on behalf of tenants at the development. When Danny found out that an older woman who uses a wheelchair had to travel well out of her way to get from one point to another because of large cracks… Read more

Visit the Manhattan Borough President’s virtual map room!

Birds eye view of manhattan One of the responsibilities of Borough Presidents under the City’s Charter is to approve all street addresses in their borough– and act as custodian of official maps. That includes Manhattan’s historic maps, and Hector Rivera, in charge of my office’s “map room” (official title: Topographic Bureau has scanned and assembled the maps maintained by Borough Presidents over the decades– dating back to the 1800’s! Hector, in between his normal duties,… Read more

Seniors explore the benefits of creativity at Aging Artfully conference

room full of seniors for aging artfully conference Growing older shouldn’t solely be about loss of abilities – it can be a time of enrichment and new growth. By 2030, it’s estimated that New York City’s 65-and-over population will be nearly double what it was in 2010. As this population grows and people live longer, staying culturally engaged is life-enhancing—and easy to do in a city as vibrant as New York. That’s why my office sponsored “Aging Read more

As L train shutdown approaches, bus tour previews the challenges ahead

Gale getting on a NYC bus carrying bags More than 400,000 people ride the L train every day between Brooklyn and Manhattan—and we’re just seven months away from its shutdown for necessary repairs of the so-called Canarsie Tunnel.  So, now’s the time to make sure there’s a substantive plan in place to get people to and from Manhattan. Last month, I led a bus tour in partnership with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and NYC Transit President Andy Byford… Read more

Celebrating the Dominican Day Parade― and one ambitious student

Hundreds of Dominican revelers and uptown community members joined me and my staff to kick off the Dominican Day Parade with dancing, picaderas and an award ceremony at the United Palace Theater. More than 750,000 Dominican-Americans call New York City home—and Washington Heights is the epicenter of this growing community. I host a kickoff reception every year in partnership with Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla and elected officials in the… Read more