CB6 and DOE Hold Town Hall on Reimagining School
Last Tuesday, April 26th, CB6 and the NYC Department of Education (DOE) held a town hall on reimagining school. At the town hall, CB6 and DOE received feedback from public school parents in our district on the practices that worked well for them and their kids during the pandemic, what hasn’t worked well, and how educational experiences for school children can be improved going forward. CB6 thanks Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales and District 2 Superintendent Kelly McGuire for their involvement in last Tuesday’s event. Most of all, we thank the parents of Community District 6 for providing valuable feedback.
You can register for the forum by clicking on the flyer above or going to this link: https://bit.ly/SchoolsCB2
Meetings This Week
Tonight at 7 PM, the Transportation Committee will meet to hear an update on CB6’s proposal to expand pedestrian space on 3rd Avenue, between 26th and 32nd Streets; a presentation by the NYC Department of Transportation on a proposed redesign for the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge; and a presentation on a bus stop application from Hampton Jitney, Inc. for an Inter-City Bus Stop at the southeast corner of East 41st Street and Lexington Avenue.
You can join the meeting by registering via the link below.
Tomorrow at 7 PM, the Environment & Parks Committee will meet to discuss an application from the Morgan Library for a Certificate of Appropriateness for HVAC upgrades and environmental improvements, long-term scaffolding blocking Privately Owned Public Spaces, and the NYC Parks Department’s Request for Proposal process.
You can join the meeting by registering via the link below.
Thursday at 7 PM, there will be a joint meeting of the Strategic Community Planning Committee and the Housing & Homelessness Committee to hold a continued discussion of a legislative proposal from the City Council regarding the creation of a ten-year comprehensive planning framework (Intro 2186-2020).
You can join the meeting by registering via the button below.
Additionally, please note that because of Eid al-Fitr, May’s Full Board meeting has been moved from Wednesday, May 12th to Wednesday, May 19th.
Addressing AAPI Hate
Unfortunately, in recent months there has been a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
There are several ways that all of us can take steps to address AAPI hate:
- Learn about steps you can take to prevent hate crimes. Council Member Keith Powers’ office, the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY), and community partners will hold a town hall tonight at 6 PM to discuss the recent events of AAPI hate as well as steps we can take to prevent such incidents. Register for the town hall here.
- Learn about how you can intervene if you see a hate crime happening. New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s office and the New York City Anti-Violence Project will hold a bystander intervention training on Wednesday, May 19th from 6 PM to 8 PM. Register for the training here.
- Familiarize yourself with resources offered through the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC). This office aims to take a holistic approach to preventing hate crimes, addressing the root causes of said crimes, and providing healing for victims and their families. You can visit the OPHC website here.
- Know what to do if you are the victim of a hate crime or witness to a hate crime. If you are the victim of or witness to a hate crime, call 911. Additionally, learn how else you can report hate crimes on the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ website.
Redevelopment Proposed for Women’s Shelter on E. 45th Street
The City’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) have unveiled a plan to sell a DHS-owned building at 225 East 45th Street to Project Renewal, a nonprofit that provides housing, healthcare, and employment services to homeless New Yorkers. Project Renewal has been running this site as a women’s shelter for about 20 years.
Project Renewal seeks to buy the building from the City, demolish it, and build in its place a new 21-story multi-use facility including: a 171 bed single-adult homeless women’s shelter, 78 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless tenants, and 52 affordable apartments. The ground floor will contain a medical clinic to serve both the residents of the building and the larger community. There is currently a similar clinic on-site; however, not many people are aware that it’s there.
The proposed demolition and construction is projected to take two years. During that time current shelter residents will be relocated (ideally to permanent housing but if not, to a shelter that meets their needs).
As DHS is proposing to sell a City-owned building, this sale is subject to the Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP), a public review process that gives CB6 a chance to offer an advisory comment on the sale. This project is not expected to “certify” (which means to officially enter ULURP) until at least September 2021. That said, HPD, DHS, and Project Renewal gave the community a preview of the project at an April 26th joint meeting of the CB6 Housing & Homelessness and Land Use and Waterfront Committees. CB6 will organize a formal public hearing once this project has officially entered ULURP.
- Work on esplanade near 51st Street Bridge: Because of work on the section of existing esplanade that is accessible from the pedestrian bridge at East 51st Street and the FDR Drive, the 51st Street Bridge, as well as the esplanade accessible from the bridge, will be closed from approximately 7 AM to 7 PM on May 3rd-May 7th. The closure dates and times are subject to weather conditions, but when these closures are happening, signage will clearly be posted. Peter Detmold Park and the dog run will not be impacted and will be accessible during the work.
- Renwick Hotel Homeless Shelter: For several months now, we’ve been updating the community on the Department of Homeless Services’s plans to open a shelter for homeless families at 118 East 40th Street, the site of the old Renwick Hotel. The shelter was to have opened by the end of 2020, but it encountered many delays. CB6 and local elected officials also raised some concerns with the Department of Homeless Services over their inadequate public outreach on this project. In the end, the Department of Homeless Services has informed CB6 that the plans to open a shelter at this site will not be moving forward.
A continuous greenway along our waterfront: In an April 26th press conference, Mayor de Blasio announced funding to finally close the gaps in the greenway along Manhattan Community District 6’s waterfront by 2029, which CB6 has been advocating for years. CB6 is overjoyed to hear this news and will be working closely with the Mayor’s office and our other elected officials to learn the details of this proposal.
- Update on turf installation at St. Vartan Park: The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation started work on installing turf at St. Vartan Park in mid-March. Health issues among the turf installation crew as well as supply delays have pushed back the expected completion timetable of turf installation, but turf installation is expected to be complete in the next couple of weeks.
- Composting site at St. Vartan Park: Starting on Saturday, May 8th, you can drop off food scraps for composting at St. Vartan Park, near the entrance at 1st Avenue and East 36th Street. Please view the flyer with guidelines on what food scraps you can drop off. You can also volunteer online or email CompostStVartan@gmail.com.
- Update on Department of Sanitation Curbside Composting Collection: The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is bringing back Curbside Composting Collection! The service will come back in October 2021, but starting in August, New Yorkers who are interested in opting into the service can do so. Please visit the DSNY website for details on this program as well as frequently asked questions about it.
- Job opening at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection: The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is hiring for rain garden maintainers. For more details on the opening at DEP and on how to apply, please view the flyer for the job posting here.
Over the past several months, numerous constituents have complained to CB6 about graffiti in the area. The appearance of graffiti affected the morale of residents and business owners alike. As such, when we announced the launching of graffiti cleanup efforts from the New York Police Department (NYPD), we were hopeful that those efforts would succeed. CB6 alerted the NYPD to locations in Community District 6 where CB6 had received reports of graffiti. As a result of our outreach, as well as the graffiti cleanup efforts of the NYPD, several locations in our district are graffiti free again! Just as the existence of graffiti lowered the morale of residents and business owners, the removal of it has improved morale during a difficult time.
CB6 in the Community
In March, NYU Gallatin student Lizzie Mathias reached out to CB6 to speak with Board Chair Kyle Athayde and Environment & Parks Committee Chair Kevin O’Keefe about a report she was writing on St. Vartan Park. We had a robust discussion about the park with the student, and the product of that discussion–the report–can be found here. Way to go Lizzie!
Ranked Choice Voting in June
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:
- Public Advocate
- Borough President
- City Council Elections
On Tuesday, May 11th at 6:30 PM, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office will hold a Zoom presentation on Ranked Choice Voting. You can register for the presentation here.
Additionally, CB6 has a resource page on our website for information and answers to frequently asked questions about Ranked Choice Voting. Click on the link below to view that page.
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 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. The main website for this program is nyc.gov/taxprep.
Have Your Bag Ready for an Emergency
At a CB6 Public Safety Committee meeting earlier last month, NYC Emergency Management made a presentation on what you should have in your “Go Bag”–a collection of supplies you will want for yourself, your family, and your pets in case you need to leave home in a hurry due to an emergency. Listen to the aforementioned Public Safety Committee meeting on our YouTube channel to learn about what you need in your Go Bag, so that you can be prepared for the next emergency!
Core Four COVID-19 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.
All New Yorkers 16 and older are now eligible. However, please note that people who are 16 and 17 years old can only get the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for people ages 18 and older.
All New Yorkers 16 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated at City-run walk-in vaccine sites! One of the walk-in sites is at the Ford Foundation, which is in Community District 6! Go to on.nyc.gov/walkupvax to learn where you can get a walk-in vaccine.
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 Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s website on vaccinations to get more information on the vaccines.
Click on the image below to find out where you can get a vaccine appointment.
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.
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. You can learn about this site and other COVID testing sites in Manhattan here.
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is holding a Virtual Kitten Season Foster Orientation on May 16th at 11 AM. Click on the image above to sign up for the orientation.
Though many events are still online, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including:
- Senator Krueger’s Virtual Town Hall: “Managing Debt” – Thursday, May 6th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
- Assembly Member Epstein’s Paper Shred Event – Thursday, May 13th from 2 PM to 6 PM
- Senator Krueger’s Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors: Reimagining Later Life Care Models – Thursday, May 20th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM
We update our community events page regularly and list any events that may be of interest to residents of Manhattan Community District 6.