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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Council Member Mark Levine

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The Community Parks Initiative (CPI), a citywide program designed to improve historically underfunded parks, is turning around public spaces that have been underserved for too long. The benefits of this vital program are being felt at local parks all over the city.
With the support of CPI, a total of $5.9 million has been allocated to renovate Bloomingdale Playground. We need your input to help decide how it will be used to strengthen this cherished public space. NYC Parks is initiating the design process by holding a public meeting in which local residents are invited to share how they would like to see their park improved. With this community input, NYC Parks will develop a concept plan and schematic design, which will be presented to Community Board 7 for public review. Please see details below, and I hope to see you there! You can RSVP on my website.

Sign the Petition to Savanna

Morningside Heights is more than just the site of major educational institutions. For the thousands of local residents who live, work, study, play, worship, and shop here, this neighborhood is our home.
Savanna’s acquisition of 250,000 sq. ft. of development rights would potentially allow for the creation of a skyscraper measuring nearly 40 stories. Such a behemoth would cast massive shadows over large areas of a neighborhood where light, air, and green space are cherished. A building of this scale would also severely burden local infrastructure, in a place where subways, buses, streets, libraries, and schools are already overcrowded.
There is also no guarantee that this project would include affordable apartments in the building, or that construction jobs will both pay decent wages and be accessible to Northern Manhattan residents.
That’s why I’ve started a petition that tells Savanna to do the right thing, and create a building which is consistent with the scale, history, and values of the Morningside Heights community. Visit my website today to sign. I hope you’ll post the link on Facebook and Twitter, and email your friends asking them to sign too. Together, we can send a strong message for our community.

Join us at our Health Fair & Free Helmet Giveaway!

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With some of the city’s highest asthma and obesity rates occurring in Northern Manhattan, improving health and wellness is critical to our community. In an effort to address this problem, I’m excited to let you know about a wonderful family-friendly event my office will sponsor to promote healthy living.
On Sunday, May 22, we will hold our Second Annual Health Fair and Free Helmet Giveaway at Riverbank State Park. The fair will provide free bike helmets, wellness tips, refreshments, and more. If you haven’t been to one of our events yet, you won’t want to miss this one!
  • WHAT: Health Fair & Free Helmet Giveaway
  • WHEN: Sunday, May 22 from 12-3:30PM
  • WHERE: Riverbank State Park (Outside the Cultural Center, 679 Riverside Drive, Manhattan 10031)

Community Updates

The Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan (NMCA)                                                                                                                                          We Act for Environmental Justice invites you to participate in a program to bring solar energy to communities in Northern Manhattan. The program, being called NMCA Solar, is part of the Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan (NMCA). Click here to participate/Persiona este link participar . By completing this survey, you can learn if your property can support solar and what your cost savings will be, among other things. Contact Aurash Khawarzad for more information at (212) 961-1000 or To find out more about solar, click here.
Bloomingdale School of Music EventFriday, April 15th, 7pm
323 West 108th Street
Faculty Focus: Katherine Copland: Moonlight, Magic & The Nightingale: opera arias and songs against the backdrop of night. Free and open to the public!
Education Town HallApril 16th 10am – 12:30pm
645 St Nicholas Avenue and 141st street
The Harlem School of the Arts will host in their gallery space Community Board 9 Youth, Education & Libraries Committee will have a meeting open to students, parents, & community members.  Empower yourselves with information to advocate for better facilities and academic supports for Harlem students. For more information please call 212.864.6200.
NoMAA Open Studios Art StrollSaturday, June 25th West Harlem (135th st. and up)
Sunday,  June 26th Washington Heights & Inwood
For more information, please visit our website.
Access Manhattan: Services For Better CommunitiesThursday, April 28, 6pm - 8 pm
431 West 125th Street, Between Morningside and Amsterdam Ave.
Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will partner with the Public Utility Law Project of New York, Inc, to help constituents who are faced with utility issues including when faced with loss of essential light or heat, excessive arrears, final termination notices, or are bullied by energy service customers (ESCOs) into high-cost rate schemes they can’t afford. We want to educate our constituents on ways to utilize procedural protections to obtain and maintain utility service. To RSVP for this event and other upcoming workshops: Please call: 212-531-1609.
Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group presents: Riverside Design Evolution: From Freight Yard to Boulevard of HeroesMonday April 25th , 6:30
Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam (103rd St)
A talk will be given by Charles McKinney the principal urban designer for NYCParks. It is free and open to all who are interested.   To find out more about this event  please call (212) 666 – 9744. For more info in general about the organizations involved you can find it on their website or check out their blog.
The Washington Heights-Inwood Development Corporation Wants to Help you Succeed! 
Are you a veteran  who wants to start or expand  a business but doesn’t know where to start?  WHIDC is here to help.  We offer a range of services from business development counseling to helping with legal issues, cash flow, projections, licenses, certifications and more. We also provide direct business loans up to $50,000! To find out more come see us at 57 Wadsworth Ave., New York, NY 10033 (corner of 176th street)  contact us at (212) 795- 1600 or email us at
El Washington Heights Inwood and Development Corporation quiere ayudarle!
WHIDC es un organización que ofrezca  servicios de consejería gratuita a los veteranos que están empezando o expandiendo su negocio. Le ayudará a formar su negocio y también con problemas legales, además con proyecciones de flujo de fondos, licencias, certificados y más. ¡También ofrecemos préstamos de hasta $50,000! Veteranos de Manhattan y del Bronx que tengan la necesidad de nuestro servicios o para mas informacion llama al (212) 795- 1600 o envianos un email (, o ven a vernos; 57 Wadsworth Ave. New York, NY 10033, (esquina de 176).
Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Groups (Spanish)Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital, 1090 Amsterdam Avenue, 10th Floor, Lounge A
SHARE offers a free Spanish-language support group for women facing breast or ovarian cancer two Wednesdays per month. To register and get upcoming meeting dates, call SHARE’s helpline at 844.ASK.SHARE (844.275.7427).
SHARE ofrezca un grupo de suporte para mujeres con cáncer  de ovarios o cáncer de mama dos miércoles cada mes en el Hospital de Mt. Sinai-St. Luke's, 1090 Amsterdam Avenue, Planta 10, Lounge A. Para más información, fechas y para registrar llama al Hotline de SHARE al  844.275.7427
Second Clean Slate EventApril 30th, 9am – 3pm
Grand Street Settlement 80 Pitt Street
The Manhattan DA’s Office is excited to announce the second CLEAN SLATE event. The Office of Court Administration, NYPD, Grand Street Settlement and the Legal Aid Society would like to invite any person, regardless of immigration status an opportunity to resolve any outstanding summons or warrants in New York City with NO FEAR OF ARREST! People will be able to consult with defense attorneys from Legal Aid Society onsite, prior to participating.  Please note that summons warrants do not apply to felonies and penal law misdemeanors. For more information please go to our website or call 212.335.3310
Segundo realización de evento CLEAN SLATEel 30 de abril,  de las 9am – 3pm
Gran Street Settelment 80 Pitt Street
En asociación con la Oficina de Administración de Tribunales, el NYPD, y de la Sociedad de Ayuda Legal, este evento brindará una oportunidad única a los ciudadanos, sin importar su situación migratoria, para resolver órdenes de arresto pendientes que hayan resultado de no atender o resolver una violación (summons) en la ciudad de Nueva York. Sin temor a ser detenidos, la gente será capaz de consultar con los abogados de Legal Aid Society en el sitio, antes de decidir participar del programa. Si las personas tiene preguntas exhortándolos a que llamen a Línea de Información, se habla español, al 212.335.3310 o visite nuestro sitio web.
Second Annual Teen Health ConferenceSaturday May 7th 12pm – 4pm
501 Amsterdam Avenue, 152nd street
Lang Youth, CHALK, and our School-based Peer Educators are hosting a conference for teens by teens. Teens city wide please join us for an afternoon of health workshops for teens by teens, there will be food, prizes, music and more!  Contact program manager Maria Molina from Lang Youth by Phone: 646-317-4134 or email at
Visit our website to find out more: 

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