Waterside Pier Gets Splash of Color
Photo: Kevin O’ Keefe, Chair of CB6 Environment and Parks Committee
The New Wave Pier, located along the East River Esplanade from East 38th Street to East 41st Street, is a New York City Parks Department project to add a bit of color to the Waterside Pier and to attempt to mitigate some of the loss of green space as a result of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project construction. While this pier makeover was to have been done last year, it was understandably delayed because of the pandemic. The New Wave Pier features splashes of neon color, sections of turf, and picnic tables for community residents to enjoy. The New Wave Pier cosmetic enhancements are now complete and are already being enjoyed by the public!
If you’re interested in Community District 6’s park spaces, we invite you to attend the next meeting of the CB6 Environment & Parks Committee and to view the committee’s previous meetings.
CB6 and NYU Webinar Series on Healthy Living in the Community
We are pleased to announce that Manhattan Community Board Six and NYU Langone Health are partnering to sponsor a webinar series on healthy living to educate and inform the community.
Please join us on Wednesday, September 29th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM for the first event in the series. Featured experts are Dr. Jennifer Lee Dong, Co-Leader of the NYU Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit, Bellevue Site and Dr. Naomi Simon, a Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Director of the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program. Dr. Dong will speak about COVID-19 long-term immunity and booster shots while Dr. Simon will present on grief and family loss from COVID-19.
All are welcome to attend. Please register for the September event by clicking on the flyer below.
CB6 Returns to All-Online Meetings
The situation with regards to how community boards conduct their meetings continues to evolve. In light of rising delta variant cases, many community boards across the city are deciding to move their meetings completely back online. And while even just a month ago it looked like it might be possible to conduct hybrid in-person/online meetings safely, it’s become clear that the risk to people’s health is too great, and it’d be wiser to prioritize the health of our community. So in the interest of public health, the Executive Committee of Manhattan Community Board 6 has decided that CB6 meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice. The meetings will continue to be streamed and preserved on the CB6 YouTube channel for maximum participation and safety of board members and the public.
As we have further updates on the state of our meetings, we will let you know. In the meantime, we encourage you to check our website’s meetings calendar page to see which of our upcoming meetings might be of interest to you.
Please note that due to Rosh Hashanah, our Full Board general meeting in September has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 14th.
CB6 COVID-19 Testing Survey
CB6 wants to hear from you about your experiences getting a COVID-19 test in our district. With the Delta variant causing an increase in COVID-19 cases, we would like to examine the ways that testing efforts, especially in our district, can improve and be more accessible so that we can effectively test and trace this virus.
Please take our COVID-19 testing survey here.
Recently, CB6 became aware of two homeless encampments located along First Avenue near 40th Street, behind 5 Tudor City Place. The encampments contained some furniture and mattresses and the individuals in the encampments at times could be seen doing things that were not appropriate to be doing in public. CB6 worked with 311, the Department of Homeless Services, and the Department of Sanitation to remove the encampments and clean up the sidewalk.
Homeless encampments pose a health and safety concern for the community but also demonstrate the urgent need to offer services and affordable housing to the individuals living in those encampments, which is why CB6 continues to advocate for more affordable housing in the district.
If you notice a homeless encampment in the district, the best course of action is to report it to 311 online, as it’s much easier than calling 311. And continue to report it everyday that you see it. And if your neighbors notice the encampment, encourage them to report it every day too. Once you’ve reported it to 311 online, forward the confirmation email that 311 sends you to email@example.com.
News on Congestion Pricing
Congestion pricing is finally coming our way! The MTA has announced a series of public meetings on its plans for the Central Business District Tolling Program, which will impose fees for entering Manhattan south of 60th Street. The goal is to lower traffic and air pollution while providing sorely needed additional funding for subways, buses, and commuter rail. You can find a more detailed explanation here. The public meeting for residents of our district is scheduled for Thursday, September 23rd from 6-8 PM. If you wish to speak, you must register in advance. This is your chance to make your voice heard on this vital, far-reaching project, whose installation date is still uncertain but likely to be in 2023. Please see https://new.mta.info/project/CBDTP/upcoming-meetings for more details and links to stream and/or register for the meeting. To spread the word about the public meeting, please share our tweet about it!
- Excluded Worker Fund: The Excluded Worker Fund provides financial relief to New Yorkers that suffered income loss during the pandemic but did not receive any income relief or specified benefits from the state or federal government. Applications are now open and available here.
- Con Edison Resources for Customers Affected by COVID Economic Difficulties: Con Edison has several resources for different types of customers (both residents and businesses alike) who may be behind on their utility bills as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Learn about those resources here.
- A Way to Help Protect Our City’s Trees: Some of New York City’s trees have been affected by spotted lanternfly infestations. While they do not kill trees, they weaken a tree’s natural defenses and are a threat to agricultural crops. Learn more on the Parks Department website about how you can protect our city’s trees from spotted lanternfly invasions.
- Stuyvesant Cove Park Closure: Starting Friday, September 10th, Stuyvesant Cove Park north of East 20th Street, will be closed until 2023, subject to change. It will be closed to facilitate construction of the floodwall as a part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project.
- Child Tax Credit Payments: Due to hardships COVID caused many American families, the U.S. government made changes to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) so that families get half of the refund credit in monthly payments and the other half as a refund in 2022. Learn here whether your family is eligible for the CTC, and visit the NYC Free Tax Prep website for help in claiming important tax credits, including the CTC.
- Public Access to St. Vartan Garden: After the CB6 Environment & Parks Committee advocated for months for public access to St. Vartan Garden, at Monday’s Environment & Parks Committee Meeting, the NYC Parks Department announced that the garden will open on a trial basis for a 2 month period starting sometime in September. If it is successful, the NYC Parks Department may consider making this permament. We will continue to provide updates about St. Vartan Garden.
- DOT Open Street on East 37th Street: DOT has approved an open street at East 37th Street between Tunnel Approach Street and 1st Avenue on a trial basis. The Open Street is scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday in September from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM. The success of any Open Street is dependent on its volunteers, so if you are interested in volunteering at the Open Street or have additional questions, please contact the neighborhood group Alliance for Kips Bay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Countdown to the NYC General Election
Here are some important dates and deadlines to keep in mind leading up to the NYC general election on November 2, 2021.
The key dates are as follows:
October 8: Voter registration deadline
October 18: Absentee ballot request deadline
October 23: Early voting starts
October 31: Early voting ends
November 2: Absentee ballot return deadline
November 2: Election Day
DOT Wants to Hear From You!
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) is developing the NYC Streets Plan, which is in response to the New York City Council’s “Streets Master Plan” legislation. The NYC Streets Plan seeks to improve the safety, accessibility, and quality of New York City’s streets.
To help DOT further develop their plan, they want your feedback so that they can better understand the transportation needs of your neighborhood! To give that feedback, please fill out DOT’s online survey on the NYC Streets Planor attend one of the virtual public workshops on it (expected to come in September or October; the date is to be announced).
Changes to City Services on Labor Day
The CB6 office will be closed on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor 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 email@example.com and we will follow up with you upon our reopening the following day.
Alternate Side Parking will also be suspended on Labor 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 Labor 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 6th. If your recycling day is a Monday, put your items out after 4 PM the day before your next scheduled recycling collection day.
NYC Environmental Justice for All Report’s Second Public Comment Period
The New York City Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the City of New York are holding a second public comment period to hear feedback about the NYC Environmental Justice for All Report Draft Scope. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard on pressing environmental justice issues and concerns. You must submit your comments by September 5, 2021. You can submit your comments using a form here.
New Program for Prospective Small Business Owners in NYC
Recently, a new program was launched for people wanting to start a small business in New York City. The program, called “NYC Quick Start,” helps potential small businesses navigate through red tape, understand key City rules and regulations, and understand how to resolve any violations the City finds against your establishment. Learn more about the program here.
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. Go to on.nyc.gov/walkupvax to learn where you can get a walk-in vaccine.
Any New Yorker who wants an at-home vaccine can get one. You will have your choice of which vaccine you want (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer). Fill out this form to request an in-home vaccination.
Starting Monday, August 16, individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Third doses will be available at City-run vaccination sites. You can read more information and see if you are eligible here.
Staff and patrons of indoor dining, indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment are now required to show proof of having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Enforcement on this begins on September 13th. Acceptable forms of proof include:
- Your physical vaccine card
- The State’s “Excelsior Pass” app
- The City’s new “COVID Safe” app, where you can store a picture of your vaccination card (download for iOS or Android devices
- Information from the NYC Health Department’s Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR), which collects New Yorkers’ vaccine records. There, you look up your vaccination record if you have lost your vaccine card. (They state that it’s impossible to get a replacement card at this time.)
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.
People who receive their first vaccine dose at a City-run site can get a $100 pre-paid debit card. As an alternative to the $100, you can select one of a number of other potential perks, such as a 10-ride pass on the NYC Ferry, Statue of Liberty tickets, and Brooklyn Cyclones tickets!
Vaccine Myths and Facts:
Vaccination rates are higher in Community District 6 than in many other parts of the City. However, it is important that we know how to address vaccine hesitancy among our friends and neighbors, regardless of where they live. If you have a neighbor or friend who is hesitant about the vaccines, there are several resources that you can turn to so that you are well-informed about the vaccines yourself when talking with them:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page on the myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccines
- The New York State Department of Health’s Frequently Asked Questions page on the COVID-19 vaccines
- The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene page on COVID-19 vaccine facts
Getting a COVID Test in Community District 6
New York City has a searchable map through which you can see where you can get a COVID test. Note that some of the testing sites on this map may charge for testing. You can view the map here.