Dr. William Moss, Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center, and a Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health speaking at the CB6 COVID Vaccine Town Hall.
The recent authorization of two coronavirus vaccines offers hope that we may be turning the corner in the battle against COVID-19. Still, with the situation evolving day by day and a lot of conflicting or confusing information circulating, you may have questions you’re seeking answers to.
CB6 held a town hall with representatives from Johns Hopkins, NYU Langone, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to clear up any questions and concerns about the vaccines and their distribution. Among the questions answered include, but are not limited, to:
Why are people struggling to secure appointments to get the vaccines? Currently, the demand for the vaccine is outpacing the available supply.
Are the vaccines effective against the newer strains of the virus that have popped up? Medical experts are currently researching to see how effective the vaccines are against the newer strains.
Who will next be eligible to receive the vaccines? The different phases of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are determined by New York State and may change. New York City is committed to ensuring that access to the vaccine is fair and equitable. Please regularly check the City’s page on vaccine eligibility.
Members of the public came away from the meeting well-informed, and we thank representatives from all three entities for informing residents of our district on the vaccines. If you missed the town hall, you can watch it on our YouTube channel.
As we’re experiencing a nor’easter, from the safety of your home you can use New York City’s PlowNYC website to track the progress of the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) spreader/plow vehicles. Each street is labeled either:
Critical Routes: These routes are comprised of highways (main beds, entrances, exits interchanges), arterial roadways, main travel thoroughfares (single lane and multi-lane), bus routes, that contain emergency services & first responder facilities (Hospitals, EMS, FDNY, NYPD) and schools.
Sector Routes: Designed to encompass all streets that are not classified as Critical Streets and are wide enough to accommodate a full size DSNY collection truck with a plow attached.
Haulster Routes: Designed to service dead ends and streets that cannot be serviced with a collection truck or salt spreader with a plow attached due to narrow street width or tight turning radius (either entering or exiting the street).
Non-DSNY: Private roads not serviced by the City.
You can also see how recently each street was plowed by going to the PlowNYC website and seeing how recently your street was plowed with the following colors:
0-1 Hrs Ago
1-3 Hrs Ago
3-6 Hrs Ago
6-12 Hrs Ago
12-24 Hrs Ago
24-36 Hrs Ago
36+ Hrs Ago
If you’re having an issue with a particular street that hasn’t been plowed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the CB6 office will follow-up with DSNY on your behalf.
Senator Schumer Visits CB6!
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as he gave a report and fielded questions at the January CB6 Full Board meeting.
At January’s Full Board meeting, Senator Chuck Schumer, the United States Senate Majority Leader, visited CB6! Senator Schumer talked about his work in Washington, and CB6 asked for his help in pushing for Community District 6 priorities in Washington, DC such as an improved waterfront, an extension of the Second Avenue Subway, increased open space, and more.
Join your Local Community Board! Applications Available!
With the pandemic forcing public meetings to go virtual these last several months, it has never been easier or more convenient to view the proceedings of your local community board. If what you’ve seen interests you and you’d like to take a more active part in the work of your local community board, consider applying for membership!
The Manhattan Borough President’s office is now accepting applications for membership for all of Manhattan’s Community Boards—including CB6. New Yorkers living, working, or studying in one of Manhattan’s 12 Community Board districts are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply has been extended through Monday, February 22, 2021. Please click on the image above to view the application.
Changes to CB6 Committees
If you have visited our website, you may’ve noticed that some current committees are under new names, while other new committees have come into existence.
Here is the complete breakdown of changes to CB6 committees:
The Housing, Homeless, & Human Rights Committee has been renamed the Housing & Homelessness Committee. Human rights matters will be discussed in the newly formed Public Safety Committee.
The Parks, Landmarks, & Cultural Affairs Committee has been renamed the Environment & Parks Committee, but the committee will still hear landmarks and cultural affairs matters.
CB6 Meetings This Week
Tonight at 7 PM, the Transportation Committee will meet to hear a presentation from the NYC Department of Design and Construction and the NYC Department of Transportation on the upcoming Greenway detour due to the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The committee will also be discussing the “FURIOUS Act”, which would authorize New York City to operate speed cameras in school speed zones which the city has identified as areas of concern for street racing and the possibility to augment the sidewalk on 3rd Avenue, between 26th and 32nd Streets
You can join the meeting by registering via the button below.
CB6 Launches a Dedicated Website Focused on the Future Sale of the Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Campus in Our District
You may have heard that Mount Sinai – Beth Israel has plans to sell its hospital campus in the southern part of our district. If it is sold, the transaction would be one of the largest real estate sales in Manhattan in recent years. And while this could mean that the site will become home to luxury condos out of reach of many in our district, the redevelopment of this site also presents an opportunity to address long-standing community needs, such as building affordable housing, community facilities, or park space. That is why, for the past year, CB6 has been exploring ways for the community to influence this potential sale.
Influencing a big property sale to meet the needs of our district requires a lot of community outreach and input, so CB6 has created a dedicated website to keep the community abreast of news regarding this exciting project. We’ll also continue to update the community on this project through this newsletter.
CB6 Urges the City Council to Pass the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act
CB6 understands that the most pressing need our district–and our city–faces is affordable housing. We were excited to learn about a piece of legislation that Council Member Carlina Rivera proposed, the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA).
Right now, when a residential building is put up for sale, the City is not notified ahead of time. This bill would require building owners to notify the City and a list of qualified entities when their buildings will be listed for sale. The entities, including non-profit affordable housing developers and community land trusts, would have the opportunity to submit the first offer and match any competing offers for the property. Hopefully, with this process in place, more non-profit affordable housing developers would be able to put together the financing to buy more buildings and to work with the City regarding subsidies to ensure that the units contain affordable units.
People who live or work in our district, and particularly in many of our busier areas, know that some of our sidewalks can be crowded. Sidewalk crowding is difficult to deal with even in the best of times, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we are supposed to be doing all we can to practice the wearing of masks and social distancing.
CB6 received a report of a two abandoned telephone booths at 35th Street and 3rd Avenue. These booths were a neighborhood eyesore, as they had no phones in them, had wire screens covering the inside area, and looked disgusting. Worse yet, they were needlessly obstructing a portion of busy sidewalk that would be narrow even without the booths.
CB6 worked with the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DOITT) on the removal of these booths. After working with DOITT, the booths were removed, and the sidewalk on this portion of 3rd Avenue is safer and has more room for social distancing!
CB6 is here to help. Do you know of any abandoned phone booths in Community District 6? If you’d like to report an abandoned phone booth or need help with another service request issue, please fill out our Get Help form, email email@example.com, or call (212) 319-3750.
Ranked Choice Voting is Here!
Early voting in the special election to replace the vacant seat formerly held by Rory Lancman in the 24th City Council District, covering parts of eastern Queens has begun. This is the first election in NYC to employ Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).
Following the passage of a City Charter amendment in Fall 2019, New York City will use ranked-choice voting for Primary and Special Elections for the following NYC municipal offices:
City Council Elections
NYC Votes is offering numerous Train the Trainer webinars for people who are planning to educate their communities about ranked choice voting. Sign up for one of the webinars here.
Additionally, CB6 has created a resource page on our website for information and answers to frequently asked questions about Ranked Choice Voting.
3rd Avenue and East 29th Street (Northeast corner)
CB6 has heard concerns about sidewalks on 3rd Avenue, between 26th and 32nd Streets, being too narrow for the needs of both residents looking to maintain social distancing during COVID-19 and restaurants trying to do outdoor dining. CB6 is looking for ideas that would make 3rd Avenue, between 26th and 32nd Streets, more pedestrian-friendly. However, CB6 would like to hear feedback from the community on how to improve the sidewalk space in this area. To give feedback, please fill out our survey on this portion of 3rd Avenue.
CB6’s Transportation Committee will discuss ideas for potential improvements on 3rd Avenue at tonight’s meeting. You can register to join the meeting here.
Reinvisioning Union Square
Union Square Partnership recently held their launch event for the Union Square-14th Street District Vision Plan. This plan promises to transform streets and open spaces in the Union Square area. Even though Union Square is just outside Community District 6, the Vision Plan will be of interest to residents in our district. For more details on the Vision Plan, click here. You can view a video of the launch event here.
Repairs to Waterfront Sinkholes Completed
A large sinkhole that emerged along the northbound FDR Drive Service road just north of Waterside Plaza, adjacent to the Water Club
Work has been completed on the FDR Drive Service Road sinkhole and the original condition has been restored
For the last few months, we’ve been updating you on the status of a sinkhole that emerged in the FDR Drive Service Road just north of Waterside Plaza. We’re pleased to report that the repairs have been completed! Upon inspection, the State Department of Transportation’s team identified eight locations along the foundation line that needed to be repaired. Additionally, all of the areas adjacent to the excavations and underlying roadway subgrade have been stabilized and filled.
The driving surface of the northbound FDR Drive Service Road has been restored and vehicle traffic has been reopened in its original location on Tuesday morning, January 19th. The protected bike lane barriers adjacent to the area which was repaired are currently scheduled to be reinstalled on Thursday, February 4th.
Changes to City Services on Presidents’ Day
The CB6 office will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Even though the CB6 office is closed on that day, 311 will still be available. Additionally, if you have a service request issue, you can still reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up with you upon our reopening the following day.
Alternate Side Parking will also be suspended on Presidents’ Day. For a complete list of days when Alternate Side Parking will not be in effect in 2021, please view the suspension calendar here.
Finally, please note that there will be no garbage or recycling collection on Presidents’ Day. If your trash day is a Monday, hold your trash until the following collection day if possible, but you can put your trash out after 4 PM on the 15th. If your recycling day is a Monday, please hold your recyclables until the next collection day.
New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership
New York State has started the New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership (LAP) to help small businesses avoid evictions. LAP, which is a partnership between Empire State Development, the nonprofit Start Small Think Big, and the New York Bar Association, provides commercial tenants and landlords for small businesses alike with resources such as pro bono legal services and information needed to reach a lease renegotiation. You can view more information on the program on the LAP website, and fill out the assistance request form for the program here.
In Case You Missed It: CB6 Co-Sponsored a Panel Discussion on The Economic Impact of Changing Market Conditions in Housing
This panel discussion explored impacts on housing in neighborhoods with changing residential markets, including the dynamics of changes, and opportunities to preserve and enhance sustainable, vibrant communities.The Panelists included:
Malcolm Punter, Ed.D, President & CEO, HCCI Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc.
George M. Janes, AICP, Principal, George M. Janes & Associates
Scott Metzner, Principal, Janus Property Company
Reggie Thomas, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, REBNY
The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is pleased to announce that NYC Free Tax Prep has opened up for this tax year! New Yorkers who earned $68,000 or less in 2020 may qualify for free tax preparation services in several ways – including from home–this tax season. NYC Free Tax Prep providers can help eligible New Yorkers file their taxes now and transmit the returns to the IRS when they open the tax season on February 12, 2021. The main website for this program is nyc.gov/taxprep.
Paid Internship Opportunities Serving NYC
Here are a couple of opportunities for paid internships through which you can have an opportuntiy to serve New York City in positive ways:
LifeSci NYC: This is a program intended to grow New York City’s life science industry. They are accepting applications for their paid summer internships until March 31st. You can learn more about the internships through their internship program meetup, and you can apply here. Current students and recent graduates are being considered for this program.
Comptroller Scott Stringer: Comptroller Stringer’s office is offering paid summer internships within a wide array of work areas, including but not limited to: Accountancy, Administration, Asset Management, Audit, Budget, Contract Administration, Engineering, General Counsel, Information Systems & Technology, Labor Law, Law & Adjustment, Public Affairs, Public Policy, and the Press Office. They are accepting applications for paid summer internships until March 5th. Apply for the summer internship program here.
Community Events in February
Though we cannot gather in person, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including:
NYCHA Town Halls – A Blueprint for Change-February 1st, 9th, 17th, and 22nd