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Manhattan weekly newsletter (3/29)


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


This afternoon (3/29) I celebrated Women’s History Month at the Central Park Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument alongside historians Pam Elam and Savona Bailey-McClain and monument sculptor Meredith Bergmann. Thank you to everyone who joined us. Meredith spoke about designing the first-ever statue of historical women in Central Park (unveiled last August). The West Harlem Art Fund executive director and creative curator, Savona discussed “COVID Diaries POC,” an oral history project she created about people of color’s reflections on the pandemic (listen to some of it featured in a Museum of the City of New York exhibit). Also the president of Monumental Women, Pam spoke about the uphill battle the group faced to erect the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument. (Earlier this month, Time Out New York named Pam one of nine “Women of the Year 2021” for her work with Monumental Women and her ongoing efforts to help other cities and towns create more public statues of women.) 


Thank you to our speakers and to everyone who joined!

The NY Times ran an obituary for disability advocate Edith Prentiss, who passed away on 3/16. As I told the Times, she was brilliant, took no prisoners, and dispensed with the niceties, but her heart was so generous. Edith pushed for accessibility on public transportation, and in police stations, restaurants, and public parks, transforming the city. I will miss her dearly.


As of Tuesday (3/30), all New Yorkers 30+ will be eligible for the COVID vaccine. As of next Tuesday (4/6), all New Yorkers 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine (only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 16 and 17 years old). Scheduling for these new age groups will open at 8 am the day they become eligible.

My vaccine web page has information about where to visit or call for an appointment.

The City and State are both hiring for vaccine-related positions. The City’s Vaccine for All Corps is looking to hire people particularly from hard-hit communities and industries. No health care experience is necessary for roles in vaccine site management, operations, and client services; the Corps is also hiring for clinical roles. Click the link above to apply through the Dept. of Small Business Services. 

The State is hiring for clinical and non-clinical roles at vaccine sites as well as for contact tracing positions. See openings here.

Applications are now open for community groups or businesses interested in managing an Open Street. Both new and returning partners must fill out an application. The Dept. of Transportation is hosting a webinar about the application process on Wednesday (3/31) at noon. Register here.

Last week, I released “The Future of Open Streets,” a report about how DOT can improve and refine the Open Streets program with more connected Open Streets, street redesigns in consultation with local communities, and greater funding for critical local partners. (My other policy reports are available here.)

Free meals will be available during spring recess (through Friday, 4/2) at select Grab and Go locations. Click here for hours and locations, or text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877.

Free kosher-for-Passover Grab and Go meals are available through next Monday (4/5), at P.S. 75 (735 West End Ave.) and P.S. 48 – P.O. Michael J. Buczek⁠ (4360-78 Broadway):

  • 3/29 – 4/2: noon – 3 pm
  • 4/5: 3-5 pm

Low-level crimes can now be reported using the NYPD’s online portal. The eligible reporting categories are graffiti, the theft of property worth $1,000 or less (petit larceny), less than $250 of intentional damage to property (criminal mischief), and  lost property.



The opt-in period for in-person learning is open through Wednesday, 4/7. To opt in, select “Blended Learning” in the Learning Preferences Survey or call 311. Students in 3K, pre-K, and elementary grades (including in District 75) who opt in will return to the classroom in April, according to the Mayor. Return dates for newly opted-in middle and high schoolers have not yet been announced. 

GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box is now $7 (half off) for customers using SNAP/EBT. Through Fresh Food Box, customers pay one week in advance for a pre-assembled box of healthy and local fresh fruits and vegetables. Click the link to see Fresh Food Box locations.

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

Applications are open for Arise!, the summer youth program from West Harlem Development Corporation. Open to current 8th – 11th graders in Community District 9 (West Harlem and Morningside Heights), Arise! combines virtual project-based learning with outdoor programming from 7/12 – 8/20 and offers a stipend. Apply here.

On view through Wednesday, 3/31, “What Happened This Summer” showcases the Art2Heart plywood barricades that defined the Manhattan landscape last summer moment into messages of compassion, healing, and universal love. Make a reservation here to visit the gallery at the National Arts Club.

Take free online fitness classes every day through Saturday, 4/10 during “Spring into Fitness Sampler,” sponsored by Uptown Grand Central and Harlem fitness studios. Classes include strength, cardio, yoga, and meditation. Click the link to see the schedule and register.

BIPOC-owned small businesses can apply to Comcast RISE for free technology upgrades or consulting, media, and creative production services. Apply here by Friday, 5/7.

Chinese Psychoeducation Program for Caregivers” is a virtual, four-part series to help caregivers learn to manage their stress and better support their loved ones, sponsored by the Chinese-American Family Alliance for Mental Health. Taught in Chinese, the course runs 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, and 5/12 from 6-7 pm. Contact Lingxiao Ren to register: 917-858-8194 or

Counseling, social services, food assistance, and after-school programs are available through North Side Center NY Project Hope. Help is available every day from 10 am – 7 pm at 646-329-7176, and the COVID-19 emotional support line operates every day from 8 am – 10 pm at 844-863-9314.

Nominations close Friday (4/2) for the annual Village Awards, which honor the people, places, and organizations that contribute significantly to the quality of life in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, sponsored by Village Preservation. Submit a nomination here.

Applications close Friday, 4/30 for the Composer Librettist Development Program from American Lyric Theater. Each operatic writer accepted into the tuition-free program will receive a $20,000 stipend and participate in classroom training and hands-on workshops. Apply here.

Animal Cares Centers of New York is hiring for clinical and non-clinical roles. See openings here.

Smart Cities Connect is accepting panel ideas for its October 19-21 conference. They give special consideration to panels that integrate city leadership with innovation and industry solutions, especially discussions that address cross-domain urban needs. Submit a panel by Friday, 5/14.

Towards a NYC COVID-19 Food Response in 2021” is a new report about fixing the city’s food system from the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center.

Radio play “Her Tennessee Waltz” can be streamed through Theater for the New City until Sunday, 4/11. The play follows Carrie Chapman Catt as she leads the final effort to ratify the 19th Amendment. 



Through Wednesday (3/31), stream “The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter” and “Sista In the Brotherhood,” a short film about a black female carpenter facing discrimination on a job site. Click the titles to watch, courtesy of the Workers Unite Film Festival.

Tuesday (3/30) at 10 am is virtual networking event “US-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Opportunities,” hosted by the Consulate General of Bangladesh, New York and the US-Bangladesh Global Chamber of Commerce. Join the Zoom (meeting ID: 886 7024 6868, passcode: 416304).

Tuesday (3/30) at 2:30 pm, attend a webinar about how to apply to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG), hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. SVOG applications open Thursday, 4/8 for companies and nonprofits that operate live-performance venues, talent/management agencies, and others to apply for up to $10 million in relief from the Save our Stages Act in the December stimulus bill. Register for the webinar here.

Tuesday (3/30) at 3 pm, virtual discussion “Challenging Anti-AAPI Bias: How Targeted Communities Have Responded to Hate” will feature the Asian American Federation, the Anti-Defamation League of NY/NJ, the Sikh Coalition, and the NYS Division of Human Rights. Click the title (first link) to register.

Tuesday (3/30) at 5 pm in English and at 6 pm in Spanish, virtual “Tenant Eviction Protection Act Forum” will answer questions about housing court proceedings, rental assistance, eviction notices, and hardship declaration, hosted by Council Member Diana Ayala. Join via Zoom (meeting ID: 880 2868 3801, passcode: 949464) or by phone (646-558-8656).

Tuesday (3/30) at 5 pm, Hunter College hosts a virtual discussion of the book “Battling Bella: The Protest Politics of Bella Abzug,” written by Leandra Ruth Zarnow. Register here.

Tuesday (3/30) at 6 pm, get answers to your housing questions during Tenants & Neighbors’ “Ask Wanda” session with operations manager and housing counselor Wanda Mercado. Register for the Zoom here.

Tuesday (3/30) at 6:30 pm, join me for the virtual panel “Pricing Out Mom and Pop: How Does the Changing Housing Market Affect Small Businesses?” hosted by Community Boards 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Click the title to register, and submit questions to the panel here.

Tuesday (3/30) at 6:30 pm, I’m co-hosting a virtual public meeting about arts and culture in relation to the SoHo/NoHo Neighborhood Plan. The Depts. of City Planning and Cultural Affairs will present and do a Q&A. To participate in the Q&A, register for the Zoom or call 877-853-5247 (meeting ID: 984 3956 7854, passcode: 1). To just watch, stream on YouTube.

Tuesday (3/30) at 7 pm, LGBTQ networking organization Out Professionals hosts a webinar about how to apply for 800+ NYC municipal jobs, including application tips and how to access civil service exams. Register here.

Tuesday (3/30) at 7 pm, Manhattan district attorney candidates participate in the virtual “Greater Harlem Unite: Next Gen Candidates Forum Series,” hosted by the National Council of Negro Women Manhattan Section, the New York Branch of the NAACP, the National Action Network Youth Huddle, Strategy for Black Lives, and Educated Voter. Click the title (the first link) to register.

Tuesday (3/30) at 7 pm, the NYPD’s 19th Precinct Carnegie Hill Neighborhood Coordination Officers host a virtual “Build the Block” meeting to discuss public safety between 86th – 96th Sts. and 5th Ave. – the FDR Drive. Click to join the Zoom.

Wednesday (3/31) at 9 am, job seekers are invited to the virtual preview day for a New York tourism industry virtual career fair. During the preview, upload your resume and see job openings to prepare for the live career fair on Thursday (4/1) from 11 am – 2 pm, when you can also chat with recruiters. Register here.

Wednesday (3/31) from 10 am – 5 pm, Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s virtual job fair is open to residents of the 13th congressional district (Upper Manhattan). Click here to register and view a list of confirmed employers.

Wednesdays and Mondays at 10 am is a virtual info session for a free, 10-week masonry training class from workforce development nonprofit STRIVE. The course begins Friday, 4/16, featuring in-person skills training, industry certifications, and recruitment events. Join the Zoom (meeting ID: 951 5238 1566).

Wednesday (3/31) at 10 am and 2 pm, NYC Health + Hospitals hosts a special officer recruitment event for hospitals across the city. The event is at Jacobi Hospital (1400 Pelham Parkway South, building #4 – Rotunda, Bronx).

Wednesday (3/31) at 1:30 pm, virtual Spanish-language training “What Every Caregiver Needs to Know” discusses time management, coping techniques, and strategies to deal with stress, presented by Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and the Alzheimer’s Association. Email to register.

Wednesdays at 4 pm, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosts a virtual caregiver support group. Email to register.

Wednesday (3/31) at 6 pm, virtual event “One Year of Documenting the Pandemic in New York City” highlights the diverse archives collecting and preserving the digital and physical ephemera created during the pandemic. Click the title to register for the Zoom, hosted by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York.

Wednesday (3/31) from 10 pm to midnight, the Uptown Wagon is hosting a free store for those experiencing homelessness, located outside my Northern Manhattan Office (431 W. 125th St.). Clothing, blankets, and toiletries are available. Donations are still needed– learn how to donate here.

Friday (4/2) at 2 pm, take a free virtual tour of the Garment Center Business Improvement District with licensed tour guide Mike Kaback. Email for the Zoom link.

Mondays through 5/3 at noon, the American Ballet Theatre premieres new choreography created through the ABT Incubator’s “ballet bubbles.” Watch on YouTube.

Next Monday (4/5) at 6 pm, playwright and director Richard Nelson discusses “The Theater of Being” during a Hunter@Home virtual talk, presented by Hunter College. Click the title to register.