CB6 and NYU Langone Sponsor Event on Healthy Living in the Community
On Wednesday, CB6 and NYU Langone held an event on Healthy Living in the Community.
In the first part of the program, Dr. Sabrina Felson, a Primary Care Staff Physician in the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System and a Clinical Associate Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, gave an informative presentation on how COVID-19 vaccines work. Dr. Felson also discussed how the vaccines are working against the current Delta variant and the latest data on vaccine booster shots.
During the second part of the program, Dr. Naomi Simon, a Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Director of NYU Langone’s Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program, talked about grief and family loss from COVID-19. During her presentation, Dr. Simon talked about grief in general as well as challenges the pandemic has brought in terms of going through the grieving process. Additionally, she talked about strategies and supports to consider for working through that grief.
If you missed Wednesday’s program, you can watch it on our YouTube channel.
CB6 Meetings Next Week
Monday at 7 PM, the Transportation Committee will meet to discuss two bus stop applications, possible street redesigns to make the area around Grand Central Terminal more pedestrian friendly, and a possible resolution requesting that the New York City Department of Transportation convert three existing parking spaces on East 16th Street (in front of the Washington Irving High School building) to No Standing area to be used for school purposes.
Tuesday at 7 PM, the Environment & Parks Committee will meet to discuss mitigation of storm water flooding on streets and subterranean infrastructure and review the progress of the pilot program that opens the St. Vartan Park garden’s lawn to the public.
Thursday at 6:30 PM, the Strategic Community Planning Committee will discuss the future of the committee’s projects.
Making Sure You Are Ready for the Next Severe Weather Event
A few weeks ago, the remnants of Hurricane Ida tore through our city, causing significant damage and loss of life. Ida is a reminder that our city and our district are very much vulnerable to severe weather events.
So now’s a good time to make sure you’re ready for future severe weather by preparing a “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 a CB6 Public Safety Committee meeting on our YouTube channel from earlier this year to learn about what you need in your Go Bag, so that you can be prepared for the next emergency!
Free Bicycle Riding Class for Kids
Tomorrow, October 2nd, from 10 AM to noon at the Open Street on East 36th Street from First Avenue to Tunnel Approach Street, Bike New York will hold a free bicycle riding class for kids! Kids will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle so that they can ditch the training wheels. Register here.
Hurricane Ida Flooding Survey
CB6 wants to hear from you about your experiences with flooding in your home or building during the heavy rains of Hurricane Ida. CB6 is hoping to get a better understanding of how this issue impacted residents in our district, so that we can understand how prone our district’s residents are to events similar to Ida in the future.
Please take the short survey here.
It’s My Park Days on October 16th
Here are the It’s My Park Days happening in our district on October 16th:
- St. Vartan Park: 9 AM-1 PM
- Dag Hammarskjold Plaza: 9 AM-12 PM
- Glick Park: 9:30 AM-11 AM
- Stuyvesant Square Park: 10 AM-1 PM
- Bellevue South Park: 10 AM-1 PM
CB6 worked with the NYC Department of Transportation to fix both of these issues. Because of these efforts, both pedestrian signs were fixed quickly, making both intersections safer for pedestrians than they were when the lights were out.
Learn here about how to report various kinds of pedestrian or traffic light issues through 311, so that way, you can get your issue resolved.
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.
Though some events are still online, there are still plenty of community events you can participate in, including:
- Know Before You Vote: The Five NYS Constitutional Amendments That Will Be On Your Ballot In November – Thursday, October 7th from 7 PM to 8:30 PM
- Senator Krueger’s Virtual Senior Resource Fair – October 19th, 20th, and 21st from 2 PM to 3:30 PM
- NYU Langone Heart Health Lecture: The Link between Oncology Treatments, Cancer, and Heart Disease – Thursday, October 21st from 5 PM to 6 PM
- Halloween Dog Park Costume Parade and Contest – Sunday, October 24th from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Stuyvesant Square Park Dog Run
We update our community events page regularly and list any events that may be of interest to residents of Manhattan Community District 6.
- 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.
- Work at Clara Coffey Park: For the next 4 weeks, every Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, work will be taking place at Clara Coffey Park (Sutton Place Park). Please check our work notices page for updates.
Countdown to the NYC General Election
There 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
NY ABLE Program: A Resource for People With Disabilities and Their Families
The NY ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) program is a tax-advantaged savings plan administered by the Office of the New York State Comptroller and is designed to help individuals with disabilities maintain their health, independence and quality of life without risking their Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other means-based benefits. If you know someone who is living with a disability or is caring for a loved one with a disability, please encourage them to visit the NY ABLE website or call 1-855-5NY-ABLE to learn more about opening an account.
DCP Seeks Input for Urban Design Resource Being Created for and with Communities
The NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) recently launched an interactive urban design website that will allow the public to give input on updating the Principles of Good Urban Design, a resource that communities can use to help advocate for their needs, both present and future ones. Please visit the interactive website in order to give your feedback!
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 some time this fall; the dates are to be announced).
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 12 and older are 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 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.
Some groups are eligible for a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shot. 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. 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.
If you want a free COVID test, NYC Health + Hospitals offers free testing at hospitals, health centers, and pop-up locations across the five boroughs, including at Bellevue Hospital, which is in Community District 6. No appointment is necessary! Find all NYC Health + Hospitals testing sites here.
Additionally, those who are 65 and older or are immunocompromised can schedule a free at-home COVID test. You can find more information about the program here.