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Weekly update 11/11


It’s Thursday, November 11, 2021– happy Veterans Day. Welcome to my weekly update.

New York City’s COVID positivity rate is now 1.55%, up from 1.39% last week. Those interested in diving more deeply into local COVID statistics can check the NYC Dept. of Health website or’s COVID tracker. If you’re not yet vaccinated, find a vaccine site– including those for kids 5+ and for boosters– here.

Tomorrow (Friday, 11/12) and Monday (11/15), many schools will have pop-up vaccine sites for students 5–11 years old. Find the school schedule here. The Mayor announced this week that every City worker and contractor will get four additional hours of sick leave per child, per shot to get their kids vaccinated at any site.

To be fully vaccinated in time for Thanksgiving gatherings, get the Johnson & Johnson shot TODAY (11/11).


My office has secured $20 million in funding to supercharge Chinatown’s recovery, as part of the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. With the help of the Asian American Federation of New YorkAsian Americans for Equality, the Chinatown BID/Chinatown Partnership LDC, the Chinese-American Planning Council, and Think!Chinatown, we crafted an application that demonstrated how COVID has disproportionately devastated Chinatown and how important the neighborhood is to both the region’s 1.2 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders and the city’s tourism economy. Special thanks to Gov. Kathy Hochul and the DRI selection panel for investing in Chinatown’s future. Thanks also to my staff– especially Budget Director Vanessa Díaz-López– consultant Wei Lam, and the entire team.

Above, the Chinatown DRI announcement on Wednesday, 11/10.

Tomorrow (Friday, 11/12) at noon is the final open session of my annual Leadership Development training series– “Human Rights Law & Protections Against Discrimination Based on Race & Color.” Click the title to register– everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday (11/16) at 3 pm is my office’s weekly Manhattan Vaccine and Recovery Task Force, sharing excellent information about the pandemic and New York City’s reopening. To join the Zoom, email in advance of the meeting. See the archive of task force recordings here.

Join us this Tuesday (11/16) from 4–6 pm for a Winterfest reception to kickoff this year’s Harlem Holiday Lights. Bring your cocktails and jingle bells for a celebratory toast under a starlit tent with elected officials, 125th Street BID board members, community leaders, and special guest DJ Stormin’ Norman from Harlem’s renowned Sunday Sermon Music Festival. We’ll gather outside my Northern Manhattan Office at 431 W. 125th St. (btwn Amsterdam Ave. – Morningside Ave.). The Caravan of Lights parade of floats will depart from 125th and Old Broadway following the reception at 6 pm with this year’s Grand Marshal Nick Cannon. To register and join, click here.

Save the date! Monday, 11/22 at 7 pm, I’m hosting a virtual talk between Ruth Messinger and Rachael Cerrotti about her new book, “We Share the Same Sky: A Memoir of Memory & Migration,” which recounts Ms. Cerrotti’s decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s World War II story. They’ll discuss the evolving relevance of history, refugee stories, and their connections to today. Register here for the event, co-hosted with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and Echoes & Reflections.

I was grateful to be honored at the American Institute of Architecture New York’s annual gala on Thursday, 10/28, and they played this charming video.

Two more weeks remain for my GrowNYC “Fresh Food for Seniors” program, where seniors pay $9 cash, a week in advance, to receive a bag worth upwards of $15, containing a variety of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables that they pick up the following week. It’s win-win– it helps local farmers, and seniors too! Sign-ups have closed for the final Upper West Side delivery (11/17), but sign-ups are still open for the last delivery to Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and West Village (11/23). Contact any site below for registration details.

  • SAGE (305 7th Ave., 15th floor, 646-576-8669)

  • VISIONS (135 W. 23rd St., 646-486-4444)

  • Greenwich House (27 Barrow St., 4th floor, 212-242-4140)

  • Encore Senior Center (239 W. 49th St., 212-581-2910)

  • Hudson Guild NORC (441 W. 26th St., 212-760-9800)

  • West Village Houses (642 Washington St., 212-255-2035)

For more information, contact:
Shula Warren Puder in my office at 212-669-2392 or
Speaker Johnson’s office at 212-564-7757 or


Gov. Hochul this week announced a “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package, which includes three significant grant programs:

  • “Meet in New York” provides grants to help convention/conference centers (and partnering hotels) bring more events, traveler spending, and jobs back to NY by reimbursing discounts that centers/hotels offer to meeting organizers to entice business. More information on qualifying businesses and events can be found here.

  • Tourism businesses can qualify for a return-to-work grant that gives up to $5,000 per net new employee. More information, including a sign-up for program-related email alerts, is available here.

  • The “Tourism Worker Recovery Fund” will send one-time payments of $2,750 to as many as 36,000 qualified workers in tourism sector industries (those who were on extended federal unemployment insurance the last week before those benefits ended and have yet to see their earnings fully recover). Eligible workers will be contacted directly via text or email.

Applications close Friday (11/12) at 5 pm for the 2022 Arts Center Residency on Governors Island from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. There will be three residency sessions of three and a half months. Eligible artists’ work must be concerned with the broader themes of equity and sustainability. Apply here.

Applications close Friday, 11/26 for the $7,500 2021 NYWIFT Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant, awarded to a woman director or producer of a film about physical or developmental disability issues, sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television. Apply here.

Youth theater organization TaDa! is hiring for performance and administrative roles.


Today (11/11) from 4–10 pm is the final Uptown Night Market of 2021, featuring more than 50 local vendors and live performances at 135th St. and 12th Ave., hosted by the Masc Hospitality Group and the West Harlem Development Corporation.

Tonight (11/11) at 5 pm, panel “The Struggle for LGBTQI+ Inclusive Education in New York” is hosted by the LGBTQ Policy Center at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House. To attend in person, register here. To watch via Zoom, register here.

Tonight (11/11) at 6 pm, parents are invited to a virtual forum about how to begin preparing elementary school students for their college and career journeys and how families can organize financially to cover college expenses, hosted by Empower My Hood. Register here.

Tonight (11/11) at 6:30 pm, Manhattan District Attorney-elect Alvin Bragg is among the panelists for “Protecting our Youth,” a virtual forum about protecting young people’s legal rights and reducing rates of incarceration, hosted by the Columbia University Center for Justice and the Uptown Night Market. Click the title to register.

Harlem Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, 11/21. See participating restaurants here.

Saturday (11/13) at 10 am, volunteer to plant daffodil bulbs at the mall at 103rd St. and Broadway with the Broadway Mall Association. Register here.

Saturday (11/13) from 10 am – 1 pm, volunteer to help with garden maintenance (repairing raised beds, shoveling topsoil, spreading mulch, picking up trash, weeding, and planting herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers) at Jefferson Gardens with Concrete Safaris. Meet at 300 E. 115th St. (or if late, meet at the garden near the basketball courts between 1st–2nd Ave./113th–115th St.). Register here.

Saturday (11/13) from 10 am – 2 pm, bring up to three boxes of documents to the shredding event I’m co-sponsoring on W. 26th St. (btwn 8th–9th Ave.) with Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Representative Jerry Nadler, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried.

Saturday (11/13) from 11 am – 2 pm, volunteer during Madison Square Park’s annual “Leaf Fest” to help rake and collect leaves throughout the park. All ages are welcome.

Saturday (11/13) from 11 am – 3:30 pm, a college and career fair features college admission resources and recruiters for internship and employment opportunities, co-hosted by the New York Urban League and my office at the Riverbank State Park Gym (676 Riverside Dr.). Register here.

Saturday (11/13) from noon – 3 pm is a “stop and swap” event in the PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island schoolyard (645 Main St.). Drop off and/or pick up clean clothing, housewares, electronics, books, and toys. The stop and swap is hosted by iDig2LearnGrowNYC, and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

Sunday (11/14) from 10 am – 2 pm, shred up to three boxes of documents outside 230 W. 72nd St., hosted by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and State Senator José Serrano.

Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 am, join a virtual info session about a free job training program in health and office administration, run by workforce development nonprofit Strive. The training begins next Friday (11/19) and lasts 12 weeks. Join the Zoom here and enter meeting ID 951 5238 1566.

Tuesday (11/16) at 10 am, teachers, health educators, community outreach workers, and peer educators are invited to a “train-the-trainer” workshop about how to facilitate a COVID vaccine workshop for youth and young adult audiences, hosted by the CUNY SPH: NY Vaccine Literacy Campaign. Register here.

Tuesday (11/16) at noon, faith leaders are invited to a virtual training about the role faith communities can play in stemming the epidemic of traffic injuries and deaths, hosted by Sermons for Safe Streets and Trans Alt. Register here.

Tuesday (11/16) at 1 pm, join a visual journey of 1940s NYC through photos taken of every block and lot in the city during a virtual “lunch and learn” hosted by the NYC Department of Records & Information Services. Register here. Then Thursday (11/18) at 6:30 pm is a webinar about the history of Hart Island also hosted by DORIS. Register here.

Tuesday (11/16) at 4 pm, building supers and staff, homeowners, tenants, management companies, and community gardeners are invited to a virtual “Rat Academy” training about rat prevention methods, hosted by Community Board 8. Register here.

Tuesday (11/16) at 4 pm, the next virtual parenting workshop in the “Fostering Emotional Wellbeing” series discusses how to support teens’ mental health, hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health. Click the title to register.

Tuesday (11/16) at 5:30 pm, CitizensNYC hosts a virtual forum and Q&A about their All In Neighborhood Grants, which award up to $5,000 for community improvement projects. Register here.

Wednesday (11/17) at 11:30 am, webinar “COVID-19 and Political Economy: Structural Racism” discusses the pandemic’s social, political, and economic context, hosted by the CUNY SPH – Harlem Health Initiative. Click the title to register.

Wednesday (11/17) at noon, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs and SAGEVets host a virtual forum about programs and services available to transgender veterans, featuring expert medical providers and veterans who benefit. Register here.

Wednesday (11/17) at 1 pm, Landmark High School is holding an open house for prospective 9th and 10th graders (351 W. 18th St., 4th floor). Register here.

Wednesday (11/17 from 5–7:30 pm) and Thursday (11/18 from 4–6:30 pm) are virtual open houses and design updates about the FiDi Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan. Spanish and Cantonese translation services will be available. Click on the dates above to register.

Wednesday (11/17) at 6 pm, NYCHA’s federal monitor holds a virtual town hall on NYCHA’s lead and mold obligations and procedures. Register and submit questions/comments here.

Wednesday (11/17) at 6 pm, join Community Board 4 to discuss the proposed Paddy’s Market National Register Historic District in Hell’s Kitchen, covering 9th Ave. between W. 35th–40th St. and portions of surrounding blocks. Learn more about the proposal here. Register for the Zoom here.

Next Thursday (11/18) at 9 am, virtual symposium “Restoring the Urban Jungle: Stewardship for the Future” discusses the efforts the Madison Square Park Conservancy has taken to make the park more sustainable and features a panel of NYC land managers who are at the forefront of the action. Click the title to register.

Next Thursday (11/18) at 7 pm, interactive sound-healing workshop “Hum to Heal: Harness the Power of Your Voice” explores activities that allow participants to use their voice to connect with their bodies, emotions, and mental states. Click the title to register for the event, hosted by WomanKind.

News Clippings

America Has Lost the Plot on COVID
We’re avoiding the hardest questions about living with the coronavirus long term.
By Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, Nov. 1, 2021

An Unsolved Mystery: Why Do More Men Die of Covid-19?
By Ezekiel J. Emanuel, NY Times Opinion, Nov. 2, 2021

White House vaccine rule requires companies and workers to comply by Jan. 4
By Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2021

Want to make sure your child is fully vaccinated for the holidays? Here is what to know.
By Paulina Firozi, Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2021

Pfizer says its antiviral pill can vastly reduce hospitalizations and death.
The clinical trial of Pfizer’s pill was stopped because its effectiveness was so overwhelmingly high.
By Rebecca Robbins, NY Times, Nov. 5, 2021

Roads, transit, internet: What’s in the infrastructure bill
By Mary Clare Jalonick, AP, Nov. 6, 2021

On both sides of Atlantic, families separated by pandemic dust off their luggage as U.S. borders open wider
By Perry Stein, Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2021

Pfizer asks the F.D.A. to expand booster eligibility to all adults.
By Sharon LaFraniere, NY Times, Nov. 9, 2021

A Vermont college says Halloween parties fueled a Covid outbreak.
Vermont is grappling with its highest number of new cases since the pandemic began, according to a New York Times database, even though it has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country.
By Alyssa Lukpat, NY Times, Nov. 9, 2021

Moderna took NIH money and help for its covid vaccine. Now it wants to leave government scientists off a lucrative patent.
By Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2021

As always, get in touch if you have a problem or concern we can help address: 212-669-8300 or
Stay safe.