Statement on Council passage of Inwood rezoning

207 street train station in Inwood NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement on new announcements in the Inwood rezoning negotiations: “When this rezoning proposal came before my office it was missing critical pieces and did not offer enough to Inwood’s existing residents and businesses. After careful analysis and outreach to businesses and residents, my office pointed out that the plan could add thousands of permanently affordable housing units by… Read more

On #NationalInternDay, meet some of my fabulous interns working to make Manhattan better

Gale's female intern smiling with glasses Name: Getzamany Correa School: Bard College, Class of 2020 Major:  International Studies Activities on campus: Getting young women involved in politics through an organization called Ignite, registering students to vote and organizing for undocumented students’ rights Projects: I’ve analyzed empty lots across the borough that the city could buy and repurpose – there’s a huge spreadsheet of empty lots. I’ve also helped prepare for the Women’s Equality Day event next month, which will feature a panel on the dangers of pregnancy crisis centers. In addition, I’ve done research on how affordable housing programs work in different cities across the country to figure out what can be applied here in NYC. Favorite part of the internship: Being able to attend events has been very exciting. Dream job: I want to work in politics, probably local politics. I would like to become a lawyer or work for an elected official. Favorite summer activity in Manhattan: Taking a book to Riverside Park on the West Side and reading by the water.

Interns gather at my house for an appreciation dinner

Gale smiling with her interns at intern dinner Amid heaping plates of fried chicken and potato salad, more than 100 interns from spring and summer gathered at my house last night to enjoy a meal, get to know each other better and share the projects they’ve been working on. I hosted this dinner at my house on the Upper West Side in appreciation of these interns and the wide range of work they do. Interns come from high… Read more

Statement on Daily News layoffs

Lighted Daily news sign at night with Statue of Liberty in the back 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

Elderly woman wearing red dancing “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