CB6 Works to Provide More Space for Pedestrians
|Since the beginning of the year, the CB6 Transportation Committee has been working on a project to reimagine a congested segment of 3rd Avenue to increase the amount of sidewalk space available to pedestrians. CB6 commissioned Sam Schwartz Engineering to draft a concept plan for widening the sidewalks on 3rd Avenue from 26th Street to 32nd Street, using a CB6 resolution as a guide. The concept plan was presented to the community and the NYC Department of Transportation at the May 3rd meeting of the CB6 Transportation Committee. You can view the video here.|
Upcoming New York City Water Board Hearings
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), who manages New York City’s water supply, proposed a 2.76 percent increase to the cost of water for the upcoming fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2022).
However, it is the responsibility of the New York City Water Board to determine the rate of increase for water in the upcoming fiscal year. Before determining the rate of increase for the upcoming fiscal year, the Water Board will hold a public hearing through conference call on Wednesday, June 2 at 6pm (dial-in number is 347-921-5612; access code is 875205402#).
To submit written comments or testimony, email email@example.com or send snail mail to the following address:
NYC Water Board
59-17 Junction Blvd., 8th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
After the public hearings, the Water Board will meet later in June to determine the water rates for Fiscal Year 2022, which will become effective July 1, 2021.
Information, Meetings, and Hearings on Proposed Rent Guidelines for Rent-Stabilized Units
The NYC Rent Guidelines Board has released its proposed rent guidelines for rent-stabilized apartments, lofts, and hotels for the upcoming one-year period starting on October 1, 2021 and ending on September 30, 2022. You can find the proposed guidelines on the NYC Rent Guidelines Board website.
There will be multiple public meetings and public hearings on the proposed rent guidelines. Those hearings will take place on the following dates:
- A public meeting on Thursday, June 3rd at 9:30 AM.
- A public hearing on Tuesday, June 15th from 4 PM to 7 PM.
- A public hearing on Thursday, June 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM.
- A public meeting on Wednesday, June 23rd at 7 PM. Please note that at this public meeting, there will be a final vote on lease adjustments for rent-stabilized units.
For information on how to join the public meetings and public hearings, please visit the 2021 Meetings and Hearings page on the Rent Guidelines Board website.
For information on how to submit testimony for one of the public hearings, please visit the Rent Guidelines Board website page on how to submit testimony to them.
Information on the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) intends to provide rental relief to individuals and households that are behind on their rent. Eligible households that are a part of the program will receive assistance in the form of rental relief (receiving up to 12 months of past due rent) and significant tenant protections.
To learn more about the program and see whether you are eligible for it, please visit the program’s website. People can apply starting today (June 1st)!
Mental Health Program for Coping with COVID
At CB6’s Health & Human Services Committee meeting in May, we heard a presentation from NY Project Hope on their crisis counseling response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NY Project Hope provides mental health-related services that are helpful during this time of pandemic, such as with crisis counseling, public education, and community networking. All of their services are free and confidential, and you can access the services regardless of immigration status. You can view the slideshow from NY Project Hope’s presentation to CB6 in May here. To find more information on their services, please visit https://nyprojecthope.org/.
Privately-Owned Public Space on First Avenue Open Again
Photo of the reopened Privately Owned Public Space. Photo: Kevin O’Keefe, CB6 Environment & Parks Committee Chair
There was a large Privately-Owned Public Space (POPS) on First Avenue, between 37th and 38th Streets, that was closed for years due to a sidewalk shed blocking the entry into the POPS. This issue was of concern to CB6, as there is a shortage of open space in Community District 6. We are pleased to see that the POPS is open again.
CB6’s Environment & Parks Committee is working on identifying opportunities to secure more open space for our district. If you’re interested in learning more about this work, join us at our Environment & Parks Committee meetings.
- Baruch Plaza project nearing substantial completion: The substantial completion date for the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) project at Baruch Plaza is June 9th. DDC will be taking care of punch list items for the rest of June. DDC is also conducting this survey of residents who live near the project site.
- Update on turf installation at St. Vartan Park: The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation completed their installation of turf at St. Vartan Park in mid-May.
- Update on turf installation at Robert Moses Playground: The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has mostly completed their installation of turf at Robert Moses Playground, but there are some final touches that need to be completed throughout the month of June.
- Small Business Resource Guide from Senator Hoylman’s office: Senator Brad Hoylman’s office has a resource guide for small businesses looking to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find the resource guide here.
- Youth Against Hate Poster Contest: Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office is holding their Youth Against Hate Poster Contest. Public school students in grades 6-8 can enter. The winning school will receive a $1,000 prize to be used for continued anti-hate initiatives at their school. All posters must be submitted by June 4th. Learn more about the contest here.
- Opportunity to comment on revised NYPD First Amendment Policy: The New York Police Department (NYPD) is revising its policies with respect to how they will approach “First Amendment events”–namely, marches, protests, and demonstrations. The public has until the end of June to provide comments on these First Amendment events. Visit the NYPD website in order to view the new proposed policy or provide feedback on it.
- 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.
Here are a few things that CB6 has gotten done recently:
- We worked with the New York Police Department (NYPD) to remove a car from the cul de sac on East 24th Street near East Midtown Plaza. This car was an eyesore in the area.
- We worked with the United States Postal Service to remove graffiti from a green mailbox in Murray Hill.
- We worked with the NYC Department of Transportation to make sure that a street that was left unpaved after street work was repaved. According to the constituent, the street was left unpaved for two years before CB6 got involved!
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.
Please note that while the CDC has recently updated its guidance with regards to face coverings, DOHMH’s guidance on the Core Four prevention strategies remains the same.
All New Yorkers 12 and older are now eligible. However, please note that anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for people ages 18 and older.
All New Yorkers 12 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! Visit this site 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.
Though many events are still online, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including:
- Press Conference on Stuyvesant Town Combined Heat and Power Plant – Sunday, June 6th at 10 AM at 251 Avenue C (between East 15th and East 16th Streets on Avenue C)
- Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association LGBTQ Pride Month Celebration – The Richard Cortez Band – Sunday, June 6th from 6 PM to 9 PM
- Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association Tribute to Broadway Matinee – The Kidwell Sisters – Sunday, June 27th from 3 PM to 6 PM
We update our community events page regularly and list any events that may be of interest to residents of Manhattan Community District 6.