COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expanding
Eligibility to get a vaccine for the Coronavirus is expanding! Vaccine eligibility expanded to all New Yorkers 30 and older earlier this week, and it will expand to all New Yorkers 16 and older next Tuesday.
All three of the approved vaccines–ones from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson–are proven to be safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19 illness.
Fully homebound New Yorkers are eligible for in-home Johnson & Johnson vaccines. New Yorkers who believe they are eligible, or believe they have a loved one who is eligible, can fill out this form to request an in-home vaccination.
Visit the DOHMH’s website on vaccinations to get more information on the vaccines.
Council Member Powers’ office has launched “Your Shot,” a program to make sure that you have assistance & information about getting vaccinated. You can find out more information about the program here.
Please click on the image below for a fact sheet on the COVID-19 vaccines.
Other Information about the Coronavirus
The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene wants you to stay informed on the Coronavirus. They want you to keep in mind the Core Four prevention strategies:
- Stay home if sick, tested positive for COVID-19, recently traveled, or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Wear a face covering when outside your home (whether indoors or outdoors).
- Keep six feet of distance from people who are not members of your household.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.
You may have heard about the idea of double masking, or wearing two face coverings. You can get strong protection by wearing two face coverings (wearing a cloth face covering over a disposable face covering) or by wearing a single higher-grade covering (such as a KN95 mask). The Department of Health & Mental Hygiene has a page explaining how to wear two face coverings. Make sure that the face coverings go over both your mouth and your nose.
Getting a COVID Test in Community District 6
Our community has one city-run COVID-19 testing facility, Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. This site is open for walk-in testing from 7:30 AM to 2 PM on Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday, and 9 AM to 1 PM on Sunday. This site also offers COVID-19 antibody tests and flu shots. Learn more about this testing site and other sites in Community District 6 here.
Manhattan CBs Host Panel Discussion on Small Businesses
Last Tuesday, CB6 hosted a panel discussion in partnership with CBs 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 on how the changing housing market affects small businesses. This lively discussion was moderated by CB6 Chair Kyle Athayde. Our panelists were:
- Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
- Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jessica Walker
- Restaurant Row East Alliance Co-Founder Brian Owens
- Coogan’s Co-Owner Peter Walsh
- Columbus-Amsterdam BID Manager Peter Arndsten
- McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU COO Rose Pierre-Louis
- Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin
- Balloon Saloon owner Sharon Hershkowitz
If you missed it, you can view the panel discussion on our YouTube channel.
This discussion is part of a series of panel discussions on community issues held by Manhattan’s community boards. The previous discussion focused on the economic impact of changing market conditions in housing.
Updates on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project
The East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCR) is continuing its work in Project Area 2, which is between East 15th Street and East 25th Street. To stay informed on ESCR, you can sign up for weekly bulletins on the project and get maps that can help you plan how to navigate the area around the work. Use the link below to get the latest updates on this project.
Concrete Barriers between Protected Bike Lane and FDR Drive Service Road Completely Restored
Last month we reported that when the work to repair the sinkholes that emerged in the FDR Drive Service Road just north of Waterside Plaza had been completed, there was a small stretch of roadway without a protective barrier protecting the bike lane. CB6 worked with our partner agencies to correct this and we are happy to report that as of March 25th, the whole area, including the protective barriers, have been restored to its original condition! We know that cyclists who ride along the this stretch of the greenway will feel much safer now that the barriers have been completely restored.
A resident of our district called our office because she did not receive a printed lease renewal but only an online one–a problem for her because technological limitations kept her from filling out her lease renewal form online. The tenant has been in her residence for decades and desperately wanted to stay in her apartment, but she feared that her technological limitations, as well as the landlord’s lack of cooperativeness in adjusting their practices based on those limitations, would result in losing her longtime residence.
In talking with the tenant, CB6 learned that she was rent-stabilized, which meant that she is guaranteed certain rights that many other tenants do not have. One of those rights is the right to a lease renewal that is either mailed or hand-delivered to her between 90 and 150 days of when her current lease is set to expire. CB6 therefore reached out to the tenant’s property management company in order to remind them of the tenant’s rights to a mailed or hand-delivered lease renewal. Upon reaching out, the landlord agreed to mail the tenant her lease renewal form. The tenant received her form, and she will now be able to renew her lease!
Rent-stabilized tenants have a number of rights, including protections from sharp rent increases and the right to renew your lease. If you are not sure whether your apartment is rent-stabilized, fill out a form on New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s website so that you can find out!
CB6 is here to help. If you need help with a service request issue, please fill out our Get Help form, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (212) 319-3750.
Updates on Graffiti Issues in Our District
In the past year, graffiti has become a growing issue, both in Community District 6 and city-wide. This is not a coincidence, as the City’s graffiti removal program, Graffiti-Free NYC, was cut from the City’s budget. CB6 is advocating for the restoration of that program.
In the meantime, the NYPD has launched efforts to clean up graffiti in our neighborhood, but they need your help! They need volunteers, supplies, and reports of where graffiti is an issue. To donate, volunteer, or submit a location in need of graffiti clean-up, please email Graffiti@nypd.org. If you report a location in need of cleanup, make sure to let the NYPD know of your address, as well as provide them with any photos you may have.
Numerous residents have submitted graffiti complaints to the CB6 office in the past year. If you have submitted a complaint about graffiti to the CB6 office, you do not need to email Graffiti@nypd.org because we have submitted your complaint on your behalf to the NYPD. If you complained to CB6 about a graffiti issue, you should have received an email from us indicating that we submitted your complaint to the NYPD on your behalf. However, if you submitted a complaint to CB6 and you did not receive a reply from us, email email@example.com so we can make sure that your graffiti removal complaint is submitted to the NYPD on your behalf.
Ranked Choice Voting in June
- New toll rates at MTA Bridges & Tunnels crossings: On April 11th, new toll rates will be taking effect at all MTA Bridges & Tunnels crossings, including the Queens Midtown Tunnel, which connects to Manhattan Community District 6. Visit the web page discussing changes in the toll rates to learn the new rates for the Queens Midtown Tunnel and other MTA Bridges & Tunnels crossings.
- Applications now open for the Summer Youth Employment Program: New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the largest youth employment program in the United States for people aged 14-24. Applications are now open for kids and young adults who want to be in the program, as well as employers who want to be worksites for the program. The deadline for kids and young adults to apply for the program is April 23rd; visit this application page to learn more and apply. The deadline for employers to apply for being a work site is May 16th; visit this application page to learn more and apply to be a worksite.
- Tax filing deadline: Deadlines for filing your federal taxes and your New York State taxes have been extended by just over a month, to Monday, May 17th!
NYC Offering Free Tax Prep
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 mayqualify 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. The main website for this program is nyc.gov/taxprep.
Though we cannot gather in person, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including:
- Borough President Brewer’s Leadership Development Training Series – Various times through mid-April
- CityLaw Breakfast with Kathryn S. Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City – Friday, April 9th from 9 AM to 10 AM
- Park Maintenance and Cleanup Event at Bellevue South Park – Saturday, April 17th from 10 AM to 1 PM
- Senator Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors: Living Well: What Do We Value Most? – Thursday, April 22nd from 10 AM to 11:30 AM
We update our community events page regularly and list any virtual events that are of interest to residents of Community District 6.