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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Dear Neighbor,
Please note a number of events rescheduled to next week from earlier this week on account of the snow,
including tonights CB12M General Meeting, and Mondays community conversation on policing, and
Real Rent Reform Meeting. DoT will be sharing their recommendations on a proposed Slow Zone at
CB12s Transportation Committee on Monday. Please note that the Senators SCRIE / DRIE Informational
Workshop scheduled for next Thursday, Feb. 5th, has been postponed; stay tuned for reschedule info.
There also are several events at the Morris-Jumel Mansion which have been cancelled or postponed due
to their boiler repairs.
Community Board applications are due TOMORROW! (See How You Can Help section for details.)
Timothy Hamlett is still missing! (See How You Can Help section for details.)

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***TONIGHT & TOMORROW*** (6 items)


Community Planning Workshop: Citi Bike is Expanding! Help plan the system along with our cosponsors: a broad coalition of elected officials from City Council, BP, and state legislature, including Sen.
Espaillat, CB7 and several UWS BIDs. At Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 150 W. 83rd St., (btw.
Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues), room 406. For more information, please contact Josh Orzeck:
jorzeck@dot.nyc.gov / 212.839.6218, or visit www.citibikenyc.com. Thursday, January 29 th; two
sessions at 6pm & 7pm.
2015 People's State of the Union What if the annual State of the Union was not a speech spoken by
one, but a poem created by many? The Five Boro Story Project, in partnership with the people-powered
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, invites you to take part in the creation of the 2015 Peoples State
of the Union. Join neighbors in a story circle, supplementing the Presidents State of the Union with your
own stories. The story circles will provide inspiration for a collective Peoples State of the Union
Address delivered in the form of a poem on February 1st at the Bowery Poetry Club. At Word Up
Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ W. 165th St. Info: 347-688-4456. Thursday, January
29th, 7pm9pm
Community Board 12 General Meeting At Isabella Geriatric Center, 515 Audubon Ave., @ W. 190th St.
Thursday, January 29th at 7pm. (Postponed from Tuesday, Jan. 27th.)
GWB Bus Station Construction Alert: This just in from the folks at PANYNJs Government & Community
Relations: The developer will be working tonight on the George Washington Bridge Bus Station between
the hours of 1am and 5am. The work will involve drilling of the canopy roof to install fire sprinkler pipe.
All activities will be done within the contours of the Noise Control Plan which was accepted by NYC DEP.
Playing At War David Malinsky's one-man monologue at the Morris-Jumel Mansion on Friday &
Saturday night is CANCELLED due to the recent failure of the Mansions boiler! Watch this space for
rescheduling info.
KidCinemaFest Film Festival Free Monthly Film Series! BEN X (Dir. Nic Balthazar, Belgium,
Fiction/Drama, in Dutch with English Subtitles, 93 min.) Ben is different. His life is a universe all to itself,
where he avidly plays his favorite on-line computer game in an attempt to train for and block out the
reality of his daily experiences. Ben has Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism that prevents
normal communication and makes him ideal fodder for all the school bullies. As the bullies' relentless
attacks push him over the edge and out of control, his on-line dream girl, Scarlite, appears to him and
helps him devise a perfect plan to confront the bullies and make them pay for their torment. Director
Nic Balthazar's dazzling debut blends fantasy and harsh social realism, based on a true story, to bring us
an utterly original and important film. The novel was inspired by the true story of a boy with autism who
committed suicide because of bullying. At the Alianza Dominicana Triangle Building, 530 W. 166th St. @
Audubon Ave. Friday, January 30th at 4pm & 6pm. (Recommended for ages 15 and over)

***THIS WEEKEND*** (9 items)


Upcoming Track Meets at the Armory We have a continuous seven day a week schedule until March
15th, but the Armory Track Invitational is a terrific opportunity to see the world of track & field at its

best, right here at the legendary Armory. 216 Ft. Washington Ave. @ W. 168th St. Call 212-923-1803 for
more information and schedules. Saturday, January 31st.
Help Give New Yorkers Vital Info on Tax Credits The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs is hosting the
first-ever phone-a-thon to let our friends and neighbors know about refundable tax credits. Your two
hours will help a family make ends meet. Locations in every borough. See How you can help section
for details or visit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/contact/TaxCreditCampaignVolunteerRegistration.shtml . Saturday,
January 31st, 11am - 1pm; 1pm - 3pm; 3pm - 5pm.
Story Time for Kids (ages 3 and up) Story Time is back! Bring your kids to hear their favorite stories read
out loud by experienced, trained readers. At Word Up! Community Bookstore, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. at
W. 165th St. Saturdays, noon 1pm.
"Crackalackin Season of Classical Music at the Palace It's an all-day master class provided by musicians
from the New York Philharmonic to students in the Harmony Program, including about 30 from
Washington Heights. The students and professional musicians will perform a short (20-30-minute)
concert that is FREE to the public. Co-sponsored by ConEd. At the United Palace of Cultural Arts, 4140
Broadway @ W. 175th St. For more information, call 212-568-1157 or email mikef@unitedpalace.org.
Saturday, January 31st, 2:30pm 3pm. (Please be prompt!)
Projections: Every Mother's Son is a documentary about three mothersIris Baez, mother of Anthony
Baez; Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; and Doris Busch Boskey, mother of Gary (Gidone)
Buschwho lost their sons to policemen, then united to seek justice. Following the screening will be a
discussion about the film and current events, such as the non-indictments in the Eric Garner and Mike
Brown murders and ensuing protests. At Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue @
W. 165th St. Info: 347-688-4456. Saturday, January 31st, 6pm8pm.
Playing At War David Malinsky's scrupulously researched one-man monologue, tells the oft-forgotten
tale of American theater during the age of Revolution. Malinsky inhabits the persona of William Dunlap,
keen observer of the intrigue, passion and occasional violence suffusing New York City's war-time
theater scene. At the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Jumel Terrace btw. W. 160th & W. 162nd Streets. Tickets are
$10 per person; advanced registration required. Call 212-923-8008. Saturday, January 31st, from 6pm
7pm.
Cornerstone Chorale Caf Concert The Chorale presents a cabaret-style evening of entertainment to
raise funds for our concert projects. The Parish Hall of Holyrood Church will become a showcase for the
extraordinary talents of some of our singers, ranging from classical arias to jazz and Broadway show
tunes. Come enjoy light refreshments while you listen to some wonderful performances! Holyrood
Church Parish Hall, W. 179th St. & Ft. Washington Ave. (enter on W. 179th St.) Tickets are $15 (cash bar).
Saturday, January 31st at 7pm.
Macy's Sunday Story Time at the New York Historical Society. Hear a different tale every Sunday of NYC
and the people who made it great from the seventeenth century to present day. Ages 3-7. Free with
Family pass from cool culture (to obtain info on how to register your family for the family pass reach out
to your school's staff). The New York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West at W. 77 th St.
Sundays at 11:30am.

Marjorie Eliot & Parlor Entertainment Present The 3:30 pm Sunday Concerts, a series of jazz concerts in
Marjorie Elliot's apartment which have taken place for the past 23 years. Marjorie has now added
Theatre-At-Six-Thirty, Plays Written by Marjorie Eliot at 6:30 pm. Both jazz and theatre performances
will take place every Sunday through the end of the year. No charge, but donations are appreciated. 555
Edgecombe Avenue, 3F (Ring #107). Info: 212-781-6595. Sundays at 3:30p, & 6:30pm.

***NEXT WEEK*** (17 items)


Special Ed. Workshop and Parent Involvement Sponsored by the District 6 Community Education
Council. In D6CEC office at PS48: 4360 Broadway, 4th floor (room 421 or 405). Monday, February 2nd,
5:30pm - 6:30pm.
Lovingly Grateful Open House at the Corner Project Come visit, and see the fantastic work this unsung
community hero organization does in our midst. The Washington Heights Corner Project is a Harm
Reduction project offering health services, case management and other supports to homeless people in
our community suffering from drug addiction. 2014 was a great year of growth and service for the
Corner Project, and they want a chance to thank the community for this continued partnership. This
event is FREE and open to the public. 566 W. 181st St., 2nd floor. (Elevator available for ADA access.) If
you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Shoshana Brown, Director of Health & Support
Services, at shoshana@cornerproject.org / 212-923-7600 x113. Monday, February 2nd, 6pm-8pm.
Improving Community-Police Relations: a Northern Manhattan Forum Representatives from youth,
civic, faith-based, non-profit, business and law enforcement sectors will join together to engage in a
structured, small-group discussion on how to improve police-community relations. Participants will be
able to voice their concerns, hoped and recommendations in facilitated small groups. Sponsored by
Borough President Gale Brewer; co-hosted with Attorney Norman Siegel; cosponsored by Manhattan
Community Boards 9, 10 & 12. Apace is limited! You *must* RSVP on-line:
www.mbpdialogue.eventbrite.com. At the Alianza Dominicana Triangle Building, 530 W. 166 th St. @
Audubon Ave., 2nd floor. Monday, February 2nd, 6pm 8pm.
The R3 (Real Rent Reform) Coalition is a city-wide coalition fighting to improve the rent laws, has begun
having its monthly meetings in different parts of the city. This year is a big one for tenants since the rent
crisis is worse than ever and we need put massive pressure on the legislature and the governor. The
January meeting will be in Northern Manhattan, since Northern Manhattan has a huge percentage of
rent-regulated tenants. 1199 is supporting this effort as well. We would like to have as major a
participation as possible. So far, the Barack Obama Democratic Club, Riverside Edgecombe
Neighborhood Association (RENA), Mirabel Sisters, and Community Boards 9 & 12, will be co-sponsoring
the meeting together with the R3 Coalition. We need to all unite, since the Republicans are in control of
the Senate, we need a huge effort to improve the rent laws! The meeting will be held at 99 Fort
Washington Ave. (btw. W. 163rd & 1644th Streets). Monday, February 2nd at 7pm.
Hudson Heights Slow Zone DoT will present its plans for the new Slow Zone extending from W. 181st St.
to Ft. Tryon Park, west of Broadway (excluding Ft. Washington Ave.) at next meeting of Community
Board 12s Traffic & Transportation Committee. The Slow Zone would be implemented later this year. All
who live or work or otherwise have an interest in the area are invited to attend and to provide feedback
on placement of signage, speed bumps, etc., and other points of implementation. At the CB12 offices:
530 W. 166th St. (@ St. Nicholas Ave.), 6th fl , Monday, February 2nd at 7pm.

Above the Bridge Come join us to hear neighborhood folk reading their wonderful work on the theme of
"Love/Sex/Passion". Featuring the writings of: Katherine Arnoldi; James Bosley; David Breitkopf; Patricia
Brody; KC Byrnes; Elise Cagan; Risa Ehrlich; Kate Hogan; Sheila Kehoe; Alison Loeb. We promise it will
warm up your winter just a little bit! $5 cover. At Le Cheile, 839 W. 181st St. at Cabrini Blvd. Monday,
February 2nd at 8pm.
Doe Fund Press Conference The Doe Fund now provides street cleaning services, including snow
removal, along several corridors in our district. We celebrate these additional services with a small
community gathering, followed by a reception in Caf One (1619 Amsterdam Ave., btw. W. 139th & W.
140th Streets.) Free, but RSVP strongly encouraged: call 212-928-6814. Tuesday, February 3rd, 9:30am
Hey knitters (and crocheters), come to the library on Tuesday mornings and join our new knitting circle!
A great way to meet your neighbors! At the Inwood Branch Public Library, 4790 Broadway. Every
Tuesday at 11:30am.
Do you or your family need health insurance? In-person assistance in English and Spanish for Medicaid,
Child Health Plus, and NYC Qualified plans. At NoMAA, 178 Bennett Ave. 3rd floor. For more information,
call 212-233-8955 ext.127. Every Tuesday, 1pm - 6pm
February Housing Clinic: City-Wide Housing Related Campaigns Learn from housing advocates about
coalition campaigns to address homeless policy issues, new affordable housing production and housing
preservation. Preserving our rent-regulated housing will be a critically important campaign in 2015 as
the NYS legislation that enact the rents laws must be renewed by June. Learn how you can join and
support these efforts. As always you can meet with an attorney, free of charge. At Goddard Riverside,
593 Columbus Avenue (between W. 88th & W. 89th Streets). Wednesday, February 4th, from 6pm - 8pm.
Goddard Riverside's Big Read Book Discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw
Mengestu. The New York Times called it a great African novel, a great Washington novel and a great
American novel. Sepha Stephanos narrates his experiences across these worlds as an Ethiopian
immigrant shopkeeper in a predominantly poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Mengestu charts Stephanos's heartbreaking loneliness, his companionship with two fellow African
immigrants who mourn and love their countries, and his budding friendship with a young girl and her
mother who recently moved into the gentrifying neighborhood.
http://neabigread.org/books/beautifulthings/. At Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 W. 73rd St., and
many more. (See http://neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2197 for a complete schedule.)
Wednesdays, February 4th & 11th, 6:30pm 7:30pm.
Green/Wellness Workshop Sponsored by the District 6 Community Education Council. In D6CEC office
at PS48: 4360 Broadway, 4th floor (room 421 or 405). ,Thursday, February 5th, 9:30am - 10:30am.
SCRIE/DRIE Workshop originally scheduled for Feb. 5th is *postponed*; watch this space for details.
2015 is Morris-Jumel Mansion's 250th Anniversary! And to celebrate, we're teaming up with the Public
Theater to present a special benefit performance of Hamilton, the raucous, much-anticipated, new
musical written and played by Tony-award-winner and good friend of the Mansion, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Fusing contemporary hip-hop and classic Broadway style, Hamilton charts the origins, rise and
dramatic death of one of Americas greatest minds. The Morris-Jumel is giving history and theater lovers

the chance to not only see the show, but also mingle with fellow friends of Morris-Jumel at a preperformance cocktail reception and meet and talk with Lin-Manuel and the director, Tony-award
nominee Thomas Kail, at an intimate post-show Q&A. To learn more, and to purchase tickets, please call
Morris-Jumel at 212-923-8008, go to http://morrisjumelmansion.brownpapertickets.com/ or visit the
Mansion in person. Hurry: SPACE IS LIMITED! Proceeds will go to the underwriting of Morris-Jumel's
extensive array of educational and cultural programming. Thursday, February 5th.
Zarzuela! Msica de Teatro from the Siglo de Oro Our program will be comprised of Zarzuela, music
from the Spanish theater during the period known as the Siglo de Oro, or Spanish Golden Age. Program
will be complemented with recitations from period texts drawn from manuscripts in the Hispanic
Societys collection. The Hispanic Society of America. At the Hispanic Society of America, Broadway
between W. 155th and W. 156th Streets. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public, but space is
limited. RSVP: friends@hispanicsociety.org or 212-926 2234 x250. Thursday, February 5th at 7pm.
Understanding and Approaching End of Life Issues. Dos and Donts You are cordially invited to attend a
bio-ethics seminar for medical & other professionals, presented by S.E.R. Fernando Chomal Garib. At
the STAR Senior Center, 650 W. 187th St., btw. Wadsworth Ave. and Broadway. Free and open to the
public, but do RSVP to 646-379-0353 or email Ambiorix Rodrguez (ambbis@yahoo.com) or Lidia Virgil
(nun27@aol.com). Thursday, February 5th, at 7pm.
La Lucha: Quisqueya & Haiti, One Island An exhibition by Yelaine Rodriguez in collaboration with Haiti
Cultural Exchange (www.haiticulturalx.org). At the Rio Penthouse Gallery I, 10 Fort Washington Ave.,
btw. W. 159th & W. 160th Streets. Exhibit runs February 6th 27th. Free! Artists Talk, Saturday, February
21st. Opening reception: Friday, February 6th, 6pm-9pm.

***NEXT WEEKEND*** (6 items)


Become an American Citizen in 2015!! At the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, 665
W. 182nd St., ground floor. In Collaboration with the Hispanic Federation and the New York State Office
of New Americans. For more information and to schedule your appointment, call 866-HF AYUDA (866432-9832). FREE! Saturday, February 7th, 10am - 3pm. (Doors close at 2pm.)
Shakespeare Saturdays presents the return of The Shakespeare Sign-Up: Scenes, Sonnets, Soliloquies
& Songs" The Sign-Up (open mic) is where anyone can sign up to perform something Shakespearean.
Actors may use the open mic as a chance to polish a monologue before an important audition. Literary
fans may want to take turns reading sonnets. There are no auditions for this. All are welcome to
participate- actors and audience members alike. You simply just show up at The Inwood Library and sign
up to perform! It's 6 minutes stage time each time a performer takes the stage (so you can perform 2
monologues if you like as long as they don't exceed 6 minutes). There are only 2 requirements:-1)
whatever you bring has to be Shakespearean; 2nd, no fight choreography (sorry). And if you're not
performing, it's a fun event to just sit in the audience while your favorite Shakespeare characters come
to life! Lela Frechette is the Guest Emcee. Free and open to the public at The Inwood Library, 4790
Broadway (between Dyckman & Cummings Streets)- Downstairs Auditorium. Saturday, February 7th,
2:30pm - 4:30pm.
Jazz Foundation Presents Ed Cherry, Wayne Escoffery & Guests The Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) is
a nonprofit committed to providing jazz and blues musicians with financial, medical, housing, and legal

assistance as well as performance opportunities. Word Up has partnered with the JFA several times
beginning with the first anniversary party in 2012. This event will feature all-stars from the JFA's new Gig
Fund performance initiative, including guitarist Ed Cherry and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. At WordUp
Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ W. 165th St. Info: 347-688-4456. Saturday, February 7th,
4pm 7pm.
Third Annual Pied Piper DANCE NIGHT Back by popular demand! A fun family event in which people of
all ages are led in short group dance routines in different styles ranging from square dance to salsa &
hip-hop. At the Theatre Space at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street (one block north of Dyckman).
General Admission - $10. (Cash or check only at the door -- No Advanced Ticketing for this Event.)
Saturday February 7th at 6:30pm.
The Palisades Meetup-Cleanup meets on the first Sunday of every month at Ross Dock, where they
assemble to clean up the trash on the trails and picnic grounds. This is a joint effort between the
Palisades Interstate Park and the Appalachian Mountain Club. For more information, visit
www.njpalisades.org. Sunday, February 8th, 10am 1pm.
Dead of Winter Play Reading Series with UP Theater. All the quality and interesting theatre youve
come to expect from UP. At Bread & Yoga, 5000 Broadway (enter on W. 212th St.). FREE and open to the
public, but donations accepted/encourage, reservations are strongly recommended as the space fills up
fast and you dont want to be disappointed. Please note that you must remove your shoes for this venue
(its a yoga studio), so choose your socks wisely! Sundays in January & February; all performances at
7:30pm. Tamarack House by Michael Dowling, directed by Anya Saffir A big, old New England boarding
houses days are numbered, as giant developments are encroaching. Even though its run down and
beat up, it still has hidden potential not unlike its five current residents, who need to come up with a
plan and quick. Sunday, February 8th at 7:30pm.

***LOOKING AHEAD / SAVE THE DATE*** (7 items)


Celebrate Black History Month with the First African American Woman in Space! Join us for a play
based on the amazing life of Dr. Mae Jemison, chemical engineer, medical researcher, physician, teacher
and astronaut. She also speaks fluent Russian, Japanese, and Swahili and is trained in dance
choreography. Dr. Jemison was the science mission specialist on the Endeavor in 1992 during STS -47.
The 8-day mission was accomplished in 127 orbits of the Earth, and included 44 Japanese and US
scientists. Jemison was a co-investigator on the bone cell research experiment flown on the mission.
The first thing I saw from space was Chicago, my hometown, she said. I was working on the middeck
where there arent many windows, and as we passed over Chicago, the commander called me up to the
flight deck. It was such a significant moment because since I was a little girl I had always assumed I
would go into space. At 58 today, Dr. Jemison is still making history in the sciences on Earth. The
show is FREE, but please call or email Pat Vitucci (212-694-3656, patricia.vitucci@parks.ny.gov) with
your request for reservations. At Riverbank State Park, 145th St. @ Riverside Drive. Wednesday,
February 11th, 10am 11:30am. (If we have enough of a demand, well run a second performance at
11:30am.)
Goddard Riverside's Big Read Book Discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw
Mengestu. The New York Times called it a great African novel, a great Washington novel and a great
American novel. Sepha Stephanos narrates his experiences across these worlds as an Ethiopian

immigrant shopkeeper in a predominantly poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, DC.


Mengestu charts Stephanos's heartbreaking loneliness, his companionship with two fellow African
immigrants who mourn and love their countries, and his budding friendship with a young girl and her
mother who recently moved into the gentrifying neighborhood.
http://neabigread.org/books/beautifulthings/. At Rutgers Presbyterian Church, 236 W. 73rd St., and
many more. (See http://neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2197 for a complete schedule.)
Wednesday, February 11th, 6:30pm 7:30pm.
Sunday Concerts at The Lounge HVG Performing Arts Group cordially invites you to: Kevin Hays,
internationally recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists of his generation, returns to HVG, this time
as a soloist. Kevin has released over a dozen recordings as leader, has appeared on many best-of lists
and is featured on Grammy-nominated and winning recordings. He has performed at Carnegies Zankel
Hall and throughout the US and Europe. "There are plenty of talented pianistsbut few have Hayss
melodic charms and sense of style. (The New Yorker) At the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens: 128
Pinehurst Avenue at West 183rd Street. $12 donation includes post-concert reception with the artists.
For more information, call 212-923-7800 ext. 1511. Sunday, February 15th at 5pm
Free Estate Planning Receive a one-to-one consultation with an attorney on any aspect of estate
planning (wills, health proxy, power of attorney, etc.). Appointment required. Call 212-928-6814 or
email district7@council.nyc.gov to RSVP. At Councilmember Mark Levine District Office, 500 W. 141st St.
Tuesday, February 17th, 9am 4pm.
Artists Talk: La Lucha / Quisqueya & Haiti, One Island An exhibition by Yelaine Rodriguez in
collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange (www.haiticulturalx.org). At the Rio Penthouse Gallery I, 10
Fort Washington Ave., btw. W. 159th & W. 160th Streets. Exhibit runs through February 27th. Free!
Saturday, February 21st.
Fifth Concert Series: A Celebration of Dominican Classical Composers and Musicians with
Maestro Leonardo Ivan Dominguez. Featuring the Camerata Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra &
Conjunto Folklorico Dominicano. Admission is free for all concerts, but registration is required due to
limited seating capacity: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifth-concert-series-a-celebration-ofdominican-classical-composers-and-musicians-tickets-969665295. Co-sponsored by the CUNY
Dominican Studies Institute and the Honorable NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodrguez. At Aaron Davis
Hall, Theater B, Convent Ave., between W. 133rd & W. 135th Streets. Thursday, February 26th at 7pm.
Save-the-Date: Riverstone 30th Anniversary Gala Honoring Molly Michels, Steve Simon & Julio Batista.
At the Wintergarden, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, Broadway @ W.
165th St. Thursday, April 30th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

***HOW YOU CAN HELP*** (8 items)


NYPL Oral Histories Project The Washington Heights and Inwood Neighborhood Oral History Project will
begin in January 2015 and they need interviewers. Interview your neighbors, family or friends and
preserve stories and memories about our community. Sign up for an interviewer training session at one
of our participating neighborhood libraries. Visit http://oralhistory.nypl.org/neighborhoods/washingtonheights-inwood website for training session dates and times at all three WH/I library branches, or

contact Alexandra Kelly: alexandrakelly@nypl.org / 212-621-0552. For information on the Harlem Oral
Histories project, visit http://oralhistory.nypl.org/neighborhoods/harlem or contact Ms. Kelly.
Manhattan Community Board Applications are now available! Manhattans 12 community boards are
local organizations composed of 50 volunteer members serving staggered two-year terms. Community
boards are tasked with being the independent and representative voices of their communitiesthe
most grass-roots form of local government. The boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and
work to enhance and preserve the character of the citys many unique neighborhoods. Each community
board has a budget, a district manager and staff, and has three distinct responsibilities: monitoring the
delivery of city services such as sanitation and street maintenance; planning and reviewing land use
applications including zoning changes; and making recommendations for each years city budget. You
can apply online (https://manhattancommunityboards.wufoo.com/forms/manhattan-communityboard-application-2015/; note: application must be completed in a single session) or print out an
application (http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/downloads/pdf/2015_CB_Application.pdf) and mail it in. Note:
the eligible resident applicant pool recently was extended to include 16- & 17-year-olds. Deadline:
Friday, January 30th at 5pm.
Parent Engagement Opportunity: 2015 Community Education Council Elections The Community and
Citywide Education Councils provide parents a voice in public education and an opportunity to make a
grassroots-level impact on education policy. Elections take place every two years, and this year, the DOE
is engaging in a citywide effort to reach all parents and raise awareness of these leadership roles,
reflecting the Chancellors ongoing commitment to engaging parents and families in the important work
of educating our children. Parents serve two-year terms on 36 Councils throughout the City, including
the Community Education Councils (CEC), Citywide Council on High Schools, Citywide Council on English
Language Learners, Citywide Council on Special Education, and the Citywide Council for District 75. CECs
in each of the Citys 32 school districts are responsible for approving school zoning lines, holding
hearings on the capital plan, and providing additional input on important policy issues. Citywide Councils
evaluate and advise on school policy concerning their areas of focus. Parents interested in becoming
members of a Community or Citywide Education Council should visit NYCParentLeaders.org or email
CCECinfo@schools.nyc.gov or call 212-374-1936. for more information. Applications will be accepted
beginning Wednesday, February 11th; deadline is Wednesday, March 11th.
Volunteers needed for upcoming United Palace of Cultural Arts events Here are the next few events
we have planned (more to come). These are all free admission so we won't need ticket sellers or takers,
but there are certainly other tasks that we always need extra sets of hands to complete. All events at
the United Palace, 4140 Broadway at W. 175th St. Please contact Mike Fitelson (212-568-1157 /
MikeF@unitedpalace.org) if you are available to pitch in.
New York Philharmonic and Harmony Program Master Class, Saturday, January 31st at 2:30pm
Sweet Smell of Success w/Lou Lumenick, Sunday, February 8th, 4pm doors; 5pm introduction
with Lou Lumenick and his special guest James Wolcott of Vanity Fair; 5:30pm movie
New York Youth Symphony Concert, Sunday, February 22nd at 5pm
Rear Window Sunday, February 22nd, 4pm doors; 5pm introduction with Lou Lumenick; 5:30pm
movie.
Help Give New Yorkers Vital Info on Tax Credits Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are missing out
on anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 in tax credits, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax
Credit. About 25% of eligible working families fail to claim their money money families need to help
pay for daily necessities because many people dont know about these programs. Our fellow New

Yorkers need information on how to get these credits and how to get FREE tax preparation and financial
counseling to make the most of their refund and YOU can help make it happen. The NYC Department
of Consumer Affairs is hosting the first-ever phone-a-thon to let our friends and neighbors know about
refundable tax credits. Your two hours will help a family make ends meet. Locations in every borough.
Visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/contact/TaxCreditCampaignVolunteerRegistration.shtml for
details and to volunteer! Saturday, January 31st, 11am - 1pm; 1pm - 3pm; 3pm - 5pm.
Missing Person We thank you in advance for whatever help or assistance you can give my classmate.
Timothy Hamlett left his home Friday, Dec. 26th, and did not go where he said he would go. His phone
was pinged in our neighborhood and found by a couple of kids. He may have been spotted in the 157 th
train station and the 170th McDonalds. The family is extremely concerned because he has been using
sports supplements and they have been affecting his personality. Timothy is a 20-year-old black male, 6
tall. He was wearing True Religion jeans, zip-up Adidas sneakers (blueish/purplish). If you have seen
Timothy Hamlett or have information on his whereabouts, please call 917-686-0087 or 201-406-6990.
Word Up Para Siempre Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Indiegogo campaign! We are
on firmer footing every day, thanks to you. This past Sunday, we learned that Indiegogo will extend our
campaign til January 30th! This extension gives us more time to reach our stretch goal of $40,000read
more about our plans on our campaign page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/word-upcommunity-bookshop-para-siempre. Soon after we received this great news, an anonymous donor
issued a challenge, pledging to match every dollar that comes in beyond $23,000! That's right: every
donation contributed by Friday will be doubled! Now that we have this special opportunity to go further,
we would love your help in spreading the word about the campaign. If you believe in what we are doing,
please share our activities with others, so we can continue: www.wordup.nyc. Word Up para siempre!
Through Friday, January 30 th.
What happens between Pop Ups? Where can you bring your broken stuff? Please take this quick
survey (https://sandra30.typeform.com/to/IFt5pF) to help us help you more often. Thank you! We'll let
you know our next Pop Up dates and locations when we have them. With all the best, from everyone at
Pop Up Repair

***CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & OTHER EDUCATIONAL ITEMS*** (5 items)


Introduction to Community Based Participatory Research (Free Course) As part of the mission of the
Columbia University Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research to foster community engaged
research between academic and community stakeholders, the Community Engagement Core Resource
(CECR) offers an introductory course on Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). The course is
open to Columbia University faculty and high level administrators of community and faith-based
organizations in northern Manhattan. Participants will gain an appreciation of all the components
involved in CBPR and sound health research through co-learning and practicing various parts of the
research process in community-academic partner pairs. These partnership pairs will develop a research
proposal with a CBPR approach for funding consideration by the Irving Institute. Topics covered include:
definitions of community, issues of power and control, engagement and participation, the appropriate
use of qualitative and quantitative methods, and research design. The course is free to all admitted
participants. Applicants must: hold the title of Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, or other
high level administrator at an organization serving northern Manhattan (Harlem, Washington Heights,
Inwood); commit to attend all 10 class sessions and stay for the entire duration of the class session; and

commit to submitting a proposal for pilot funding with an academic partner. Classes will be held at
Columbia Community Partnership for Health, 390 Ft. Washington Ave. , on Tuesday afternoons from
4pm 6:30pm (March 3, 10, 24, 31; April 7, 21; May 5, 19; June 2, 16). For more information or to
request an application contact Alejandra N. Aguirre: ana2104@columbia.edu / 646-697-2272.
The Kindergarten Admission Process has Begun! For children born in 2010, the application period
opens on January 7th and closes on February 13th. Placement offers will be distributed in early April and
pre-registration at schools starts in April. Like last year, families can apply online by visiting
www.nyc.gov/schools/kindergarten, over-the-phone by calling 718-935-2400 Monday Friday between
8am and 6pm, or in person at one of the Family Welcome Centers:
http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/NewStudents/WelcomeCenters/default.htm. This year the
kindergarten application is translated into nine languages on-line, and the Family Welcome Centers will
have translated paper copies of the applications as well. For more information, visit the above
Kindergarten Admissions website or email ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.
CLOTH Heiskell Technology Center This center offers free technology training for adults including basic
computer classes, after school programming, and even ESL. Theyre open Monday-Friday from 10am5pm. and are located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave at 165th Street. Visit their website
(http://www.cloth159.org/education.htm) to learn more.
Hunter College COPE and SPELL, Saturday English Language Classes: SPELL classes are free and only for
parents of children (with or without disabilities) in high school or of younger children living in New York
City. Please follow the link if you would like to learn more about this opportunity. For more information,
visit http://hunteresl.pbworks.com/w/page/50423969/FrontPage. Registration deadline is January 31st.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers Discoveries Workshops for Visitors with Developmental and
Learning Disabilities and Those on the Autism Spectrum. Discoveries workshops take place one Sunday a
month and last for 90 minutes. Each one focuses on a theme and includes a gallery tour followed by a
related art activity in the studio. The program is free, but reservations are necessary. Receive a schedule
and/or make a reservation at 212-650-2010 or access@metmuseum.org

***VOCATIONAL TRAINING & JOB POSTINGS*** (8 items)


Temporary Snow Removal Jobs with the Department of Sanitation You can register with the City as a
temporary snow laborer during major snow events at any Sanitation Garage from Monday-Saturday,
7am 3pm, except on City holidays. In order to register, you must be at least 18 years of age, eligible to
work in the United States, and able to perform heavy physical labor. Pay is $12/hour and increases to
$18/hour after working 40 hours a week. Payment is made by check and normally takes about 4 to 6
weeks, but can take up to 12 weeks. Visit http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/3480/snowremoval-employment for more info.
Jobs at the Doe Fund There are several open positions at The Doe Fund, including bilingual case
coordinators based in Manhattan. Visit http://www.doe.org/careers.cfm#results for more info. The Doe
Fund is a great organization that works to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, and criminal
recidivism by bringing people back into the workforce and put them on jobs that benefit the community
such as street cleaning along busy corridors.

Opportunities for Youth Sponsored by the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation


Youth Build Northern Manhattan Calling out of school 17-24 year olds: work toward your GED
or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing in your own
community. The program also includes leadership development and other trainings. For further
information, call Edwin at 212-453-5381 or visit https://youthbuild.org/siteview/72146/info .
(Note: NMIC recently moved down the block to 45 Wadsworth Ave.)
Young Adult Internship Program YAIP is a 14 week intensive internship and job training program
for young adults between the ages of 17-24 living in New York City who are currently
unemployed and do not have a bachelors or associates degree. The program pays a stipend of
$2,800 and is designed to help young adults get on track for a new and exciting career. To apply,
visit NMIC at 45 Wadsworth Avenue at W. 176th Street between noon - 4pm. Visit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dycd/html/jobs/internship or call 212-453-5381 for more
information. Application deadline March 9th for program beginning March 23 rd.
The Youth Empowered To Succeed (YES) program for Out-of-School Youth (OSY) at NMIC
empowers disconnected young adults ages 16-21 to upgrade their occupational skills through
construction training (HBI PACT & OSHA 10-hr). Job placement assistance is provided upon
completion of the program.
Visit the Columbia Employment Information Center! Columbia University is the 7th-largest employer in
the city and is always hiring for multiple positions. They are especially looking for new employees from
Morningside Heights and West Harlem. You can apply and receive free help on your application at their
Employment Information Center. Stop by at 3180 Broadway during regular business hours or visit their
website (http://hr.columbia.edu/jobs/ceic) to learn more.
Summer Temp Positions at the Zoo & Aquarium Each year, the Wildlife Conservation Society hires
hundreds of temporary employees to fulfill crucial roles in providing our guests at the New York City
Zoos and Aquarium with high-quality and meaningful experiences. These employment opportunities are
open March through October. WCS offers a supportive work environment that values respect,
accountability & transparency, innovation, diversity & inclusion, collaboration & integrity. To be
considered for employment, interested candidates must complete an online application at
www.wcs.org/careers.
Director of Development Literacy Partners Literacy Partners works to break the cycle of poverty for
New York City families by empowering parents through education. We partner with Head Start, Pre--K
and other programs to enroll parents of young children into our free classes. We help parents
improve their literacy skills and empower them with knowledge and coaching to promote their
children's cognitive development. Literacy Partners is looking for a dynamic individual to expand our
base of financial support, grow our network of influential allies, and bring increased visibility to our
mission and the results of our work. The Director of Development will have the ability to drive the
growth of a $2.7 million budget. The right candidate will have all that, as well as a passion that makes
this much more than a job. The position is based in our midtown office. The position reports to the
Executive Director and will work with the Board of Directors and external event planners to produce
an annual gala and several smaller events, as well as implement a major gifts campaign and increase
financial contributions from corporate sponsors, government and foundations. The ideal candidate
will have a solid track record of results in nonprofit fundraising; experience with Raisers Edge a plus.
We are interviewing in late January and early February to fill the position as soon as possible. Send
rsum and cover letter with salary requirements to: job@literacypartners.org.

***LOANS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, CONTESTS, AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS*** (8 items)


Dyckman Institute Scholarships for WH/I High School students interested in attending Columbia
University. CU encourages all outstanding HS seniors from WH/I to apply for admission to Columbia
College or the FU Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. There are over 300 individuallynamed need-based scholarships available to Columbia students. One of these, the Dyckman Institute
Scholarship, provides financial support exclusively to students from Washington Heights/Inwood who
would not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of attending Columbia. Last year 18 undergraduate
students from WH/I received $739k in need-based scholarships from Columbia Collage & SEAS. Learn
more about CU and the Dyckman Institute Scholarship by contacting the Undergraduate Admissions
Office at 212-854-2522 or visiting http://undergrad.admissions.columbia.edu/.
2015 Uptown ArtStroll Poster Contest The central theme is How do we get uptown? Take the
___ uptown. (i.e. train, bus, etc.). The image should include elements of uptowns diverse arts and
cultural scene and must include Uptown Arts Stroll in the design. Artist must be a Washington
Heights-Inwood or West Harlem resident (West 135th W. 220th Street); artist may submit only one
image for consideration. A panel of distinguished judges, drawn from the local arts community, will
select the finalists. Consideration will be given to eye-catching original and unpublished images
that reflect the elements identified above. Selected finalists agree to bring a hard copy of the
image (do not include artists name), on foam or paperboard, 24 x 18, to exhibit at the NoMAA
Artists Salon on Monday, March 16th at 809 Restaurant, 112 Dyckman Street, where the winning
image will be selected by community vote. Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 honorarium and
exclusive graphic representation throughout the 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll For details on submission
requirements please email nomaaprog@nomaanyc.org or visit nomaanyc.org. Deadline: Tuesday,
February 17th at 5pm.
Mellon Scholarship from CUNYs Dominican Studies Institute Just in case you have not seen this
amazing opportunity for doctoral candidates, enclosed, please find information about a new scholarship
at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at the City College of New York and at Centro de Estudios
Puerorriqueos at Hunter College. For more information, visit
http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/dsi/upload/IUPLRMellon_CallforPapers.pdf. This is a significant step in the
life of DSI and for the entire CUNY family; CCNYs Communications Office highlighted such an
accomplishment in recent news coverage: http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/dsi-mellon-fellowships.cfm.
Summer Library Travel Research Award The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Library is pleased to
announce its first Summer Library Travel Research Award. This award will enable faculty researchers
from colleges and universities across the globe to take advantage of the unique resources of the CUNY
Dominican Studies Institute Library collections. The CUNY DSI will provide three awards of $3,000 to
help grantees defray travel and housing costs in New York City. Awardees are expected to remain in
New York City for at least two weeks and, following their stay, submit a brief (2-3 pp.) report on how
their work at the CUNY DSI Library enriched their research project and offer suggestions for
improvements on the Librarys collections. Proposed research may be conducted any time between June
1, 2015 and July 30, 2015. Any publications resulting from research undertaken during the award period
should acknowledge CUNY DSI for its support. Applicants can hail from any college or university in the
world, given they have proper documentation to reside in the U.S. for a month, or hold permanent
residency status or are US citizens. Application deadline: March 16 th. All applications must be filled

electronically. Please send a letter of intent, a brief library research proposal, a travel budget, and a CV
to: Prof. Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute: aponte@ccny.cuny.edu.
Ready To Lead? Calling all non-profit, faith, government and community professionals serving Northern
Manhattan! The Northern Manhattan Fellowship is seeking dynamic, passionate mid-senior level leaders
for the 2015 class. NMF meets twice a month and is designed to enhance development, fundraising,
leadership, coalition building and overall non for profit management skills! Over the course of 9 months,
fellows create partnerships and networks that will shape the future of community work in Northern
Manhattan. To download the application, please visit:
http://www.thecenteratjcrcny.org/northernmanhattan. For more information, contact Debbie Kruger:
212-983-4800 x122 / northernmanhattanfellowship@gmail.com. Application deadline is Friday,
February 13th.
FY 2016 Expense Funding The Office of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez announces that applications
FY16 are now available for groups to begin filling out. Please note upcoming deadlines!
FY 2016 Expense funding is allocated to eligible not-for-profit organizations to fund the
programmatic and or operational expenses of carrying out their scope of service. Please follow
this link to retrieve the application and instructions:
http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/application.shtml. Deadline: Friday, February 20th
FY 2016 Non-City Capital is only for non-profit and cultural organizations interested in applying
to the City Council for funding of Non-City Capital Projects. Please follow this link to retrieve the
applications and instructions: http://www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html. Note:
Capital allocations to city agencies (for example, for city-owned parks and recreation facilities,
city streets, branch libraries, CUNY projects) are not required to submit this application.
Deadline: New York City Council applications are due by Thursday, March 26 th. (Thursday,
February 26th if applying to both the Council and the Manhattan Borough President.)
FY 2016 Capital for Schools/ Reso A for NYC DoE schools: Schools interested in applying for
capital improvements or Reso A grants do not need to fill out the non-city capital application.
Schools are asked to contact Council Members individually and write a proposal letter for
projects they wish to have considered for funding. Send to: Carmen De La Rosa, Chief of Staff,
Office of Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez: cdelarosa@council.nyc. Deadline: Thursday, March
26th.
Other Sources of Funding:
Manhattan Delegation: Please note that in order for groups to be considered for expense and
capital funding through the Manhattan Delegation, groups must submit the supplemental
applications below. The Manhattan Delegation supplemental applications are accessible online.
Expense Application:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13_TsQqSQjSecYEw0MWkRCoYH2nOyglxZUspWcxYMlU0/vie
wform. Deadline: Friday, February 20th at 5pm.
City Capital Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SuqfvC6VKHqHc9uotQz5DrAoOKcv4UigL8Eo8TFOno/viewform. Deadline: Thursday, March 26th at
5pm (Thursday, February 26th at 5pm if also applying to Manhattan Borough President.)
Department of Cultural Affairs/ Community Development Fund: Cultural organizations who
want to be considered for funding through CASA or any Cultural Initiatives through Department
of Cultural Affairs must submit an application to the Cultural Development Fund in order to be
able to receive Council funds through DCLA as a contracting agency. Please follow this link to

retrieve the application and instructions:


http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/funding/cdf.shtml. Deadline: Monday, February 9th.
If you have additional questions or concerns please reach out to Carmen De la Rosa, Chief of Staff to
Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, at 212-788-7053 or cdelarosa@council.nyc.gov.
Call for Women Artists! The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) invites artists to submit their
work for Women in the Heights: The Human Essence, an exhibition featuring works by women artists of
Northern Manhattan. No fee! Exhibition dates: March 10 - April 14, 2015, at the NoMAA Gallery.
Eligibility: women artists residing in the Manhattan communities of El Barrio, Harlem, Inwood &
Washington Heights. Guidelines and information available at http://www.nomaanyc.org/2015/01/callfor-women-artists-women-in-the-heights-the-human-essence/. Submission deadline: Friday, February
6th at 5pm.
Call for Art (Ongoing): Tribute to the Disappeared: an art project in homage to victims of violence and
injustice around the globe. We have images from over 200 international artists and we invite everyone
to participate in this important project by sending images on the theme, "Tribute to the Disappeared,"
and related themes, such as solidarity, peace/war, human rights, loss and hope, etc. New and existing
images welcome, literary works up to 200 words. Preferred Image format: 8x8" 300dpi, jpg (max file size
2MB). Artists will allow the use of their images in the context of the project, but keep the copyright and
original art. Please email images to: tributenow@gmail.com. (Please include artwork information, such
as artist's name, title, date, media and size. Feel free to send a one-paragraph bio and a link to your
website.) For more info: https://www.facebook.com/tributetothedisappeared /
https://www.facebook.com/events/775870205813395/?ref=22. Deadline: Ongoing.

***HEALTH, RECREATION & FITNESS*** (6 items)


Do you or your family need health insurance? In-person assistance in English and Spanish for Medicaid,
Child Health Plus, and NYC Qualified plans. At the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), 178
Bennett Ave. 3rd floor. For more information, call 212-233-8955 ext.127. Every Tuesday, 1pm - 6pm.
YOGA at "Manhattan's Oldest House" IS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Morris-Jumel Mansion
temporarily closed due to issues with the boiler.
Ongoing Weekly Fitness, Health & Lifestyle Programs at Isabella:
Fitness Gets Personal: Mondays, 11am noon (Recreation Hall)
Tai Chi: Tuesdays, 9:30 am 10:45 am (525 Audubon Ave., Room 1412)
La Salud Mental y el Bienestar: Mircoles de 9:30 am 10:45 am. nase a este grupo de apoyo
para obtener la salud mental que usted necesita. Se requiere un compromiso de 12 semanas.
(525 Audubon Ave., 1er Piso. Marketing Conference Room.) Es necesario inscribirse.
Walking Works Wonders: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 8am 9am (Rec. Hall)
Mental Health and Wellness Group: Fridays (beginning 9/26), 9:30am 10:45am. Join this
support group as a continuation of the How to Control Your Life series. Vonalis Pina will
continue weekly discussions on how to better manage daily stresses in a more intimate setting.
A 12 week commitment is required. Light breakfast will be provided. (525 Audubon Avenue, 1 st
floor Marketing Conference Room.)

All classes at 515 Audubon Ave. @ W. 190th St., unless otherwise noted. For more information and to
register, call Marilyn Pacheco at 212-342-9224 Se habla Espaol
Saturday Night Lights Weekend Professional Sports Training and weekday academic support for kids
ages 11- 18. Drill & Play (Basketball) at George Washington High School (549 Audubon Ave. at W. 192 nd
St.) Saturdays, 5pm 7pm and 7pm 9pm. & Manhattanville Community Center (530 W. 133rd St. btw
Amsterdam Ave/Bway). Fridays, 5pm 7pm & 7pm 9pm. AllStarr Volleyball at the PAL Armory (218 Ft.
Washington Ave., enter on W. 169th St.), Saturdays, 5pm 7pm & 7pm 9pm. For information call
212.678.0647 or visit www.manhattanda.org/saturday-night-lights.
Free Zumba Classes There will be Free Zumba classes for all Northern Manhattan residents in IS 52 on
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 6-7pm.
Let the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Help You Keep Your New Years Resolutions!
Did you make a New Years resolution yet? Heres how you can start out on the right foot to achieving
your goals for 2015. I resolve to...
Get in shape: Now that all the holiday feasting is over, what better time to refocus on getting
back in shape than at the start of a new year. Save on pricey gym fees by joining our citywide
fitness facilities, some with indoor pools, for as low as $25/year. We have more than 30 centers
across the five boroughs with fitness classes and sports programming for all ages and levels of
ability. Learn more about Rec Center Memberships:
http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation-centers/membership. Or check out our list
of free fitness classes across New York City with Shape Up NYC
(http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc) or find the best places to run
(http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/places-to-go/running) or go biking
(http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/bikeways) around the city.
Eat healthy: buy fresh, locally grown food at a Greenmarket. Visit GrowNYC
(http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/search) to find a list of markets in parks near you.
Volunteer! There are hundreds of community-based organizations across the city caring for
parks in their neighborhoods on a regular basis. To find out if there is an active group or to learn
how to start a new group, visit City Parks Foundations Partnerships for Parks page:
http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/partnerships-for-parks/.
Learn something new! You can also learn something new at one of the many rec centers, adopt
a tree, volunteer, and so much more!
Visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/places-to-go/new-years-resolutions for more information.

***GENERAL INFORMATION, ONGOING EVENTS & NEWS-YOU-CAN-USE*** (9 items)


Mandatory Electronics Recycling Effective January 1st, certain electronic equipment (such as computers,
televisions, phones) will be banned from disposal, and there will be no more curbside recycling.
Recycling electronics keeps potentially harmful materials out of the waste stream and the environment.
There are many free places to drop off your old electronics for recycling, and if you live in a building with
more than 10 units, you may be eligible for a free recycling container in your basement. Learn more
here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFhFk_sbKZA&feature=youtu.be.
Changes to the Senior Citizen & Disabled Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE / DRIE) We recently changed
the law to raise the SCRIE/DRIE household income cap to $50,000. For assistance qualifying for

SCRIE/DRIE or to RSVP to attend a workshop later this spring, call Sen. Espaillats office: 212-544-0173.
You qualify for SCRIE or DRIE if you:
Are at least 62 years old or receive SSI, SSDI, a VA disability pension or compensation, or
disability related Medicaid if youve received SSI or SSDI in the past
Have a total annual household income of $50,000 or less
Pay more than one-third of the households total monthly income for rent
Live in a rent-controlled, rent-stabilized or Mitchell-Lama apartment, a Redevelopment
Company development, HDFC or federally-assisted co-op
Do not live in NYCHA, Section 8 or similar housing
What you should bring in order to apply:
Proof of your date of birth (drivers license, birth certificate, passport, government ID, etc.)
Proof of income for yourself and all household members for 2013, including any W-2 forms,
1099 forms, pension or SSI/SSDI statements, etc.
Your prior and current lease, signed by both you and your landlord. If you are a rent-controlled
tenant without a lease, bring a Notice of Maximum Collectible Rent, and Certification of Fuel
Cost Adjustment for 2013
Any notices of Major Capital Improvement charges you received in the past 2 years
A tax statement, if you filed taxes for 2013
Lincoln Centers Passport to the Arts program invites children with disabilities and their families to
attend performances at Lincoln Center. The performances are designed for family audiences and are
inclusive programs. The Passport Program offers tickets at no cost, supports families by se nding visual
schedules, music samples and activities ahead of time and facilitates seating requests and
accommodations. This spring, our programs will include the New York City Ballets Family Saturday
performance, the New York Philharmonics Young Peoples Concert, the Chamber Music Societys Meet
the Music program, and Jazz at Lincoln Centers Jazz for Young People. If you are interested in
participating this spring, please Miranda Appelbaum at access@lincolncenter.org for an application.
Ticket requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Looking For Something To Do? Apply For GLU! GLU is a service -learning program for youth in the NYC
area. GLU's goal is to empower youth in the community to be compassionate, confident and involved in
the community . Service sites are in Washington Heights and Inwood. To apply for GLU please visit
www.centroaltagracia.org.
IDNYC is here! This new city ID is a free way to get a year's membership at 33 of the city's cultural
institutions, including Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of
Natural History, and it's available to all New York City residents age 14 and over. You can find the
application, enrollment locations, and documentation requirements at nyc.gov/idnyc. Due to
overwhelming demand, you much book an application appointment at a center near you by calling 311.
(No walk-ins.)
January at The Armory For more information on any of our programs please contact Glennis Aquino,
Community Liaison: gaquino@armorytrack.com or 212-923-1803 x7010. The Armory is located at 216
Fort Washington Ave., at W. 168th St.
1) CityTrack for Kids (Grades 3-8)

Track & field activities for school groups / Mon & Wed from 3:30pm 5pm
For more info visit CityTrack.org

2) PAL/Armory Middle School Academic Program


Grades 6 & 7
High school preparation
Math and English instruction
Character building exercises
For more info email Alberto Aquino: alberto@armorytrack.com
3) 5 Borough High School Track & Field Meets
We encourage all schools to join our outstanding track and field program
Over 100 indoor meets from December March
See our full schedule at ArmoryTrack.com
4) Adult & Senior Track & Field Training
Indoor track & field training
Mon Thurs from 10am 3pm and Thurs from 6:30pm 9:30pm
Open to public Dec April 17
For more info visit armorytrack.com
5) SUNY ATTAIN Lab
Offers over 32 occupational, academic and self-development courses
GED prep, computer certifications, ESL, job search preparation
For more info contact Joseph Contreras: (212) 923-1803 x7038 or jconteras@armorytrack.com
Easier-to-Access Services for Older Adults The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (WHIY)
has collaborated with the Riverdale YM-YWHA, the Jewish Community Council of Washington Heights
and Inwood, and the Hebrew Home at Riverdale to form a unique partnership called The Hudson
Community Project: Safe at Home. It combines our agencies resources, expands the geographic scope of
our services-and streamlines the way we provide them. The result older adults can receive a more
comprehensive selection of services aimed at helping you maintain your independence and make living
at home more comfortable and secure. Some of our services include: case management, housing
advocacy, kosher food pantry and meals, social adult day care, in-home support, health maintenance,
rehabilitation, transportation. For more information, please contact Sarah Leiner, MSW at 212-569-6200
x233.
Now that the weather is really cold... Heat Season began October 1st The NYC Housing Maintenance
Code and State Multiple Dwelling Law requires building owners to provide heat and hot water to all
tenants. Building owners are required to provide hot water 365 days per year at a constant minimum
temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Between October 1st and May 31st, a period designated as
"Heat Season," building owners are also required to provide tenants with heat under the following
conditions:
Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees,
the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit; and,
Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees,
the inside temperature is required to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tenants who are cold in their apartments should first attempt to notify the building owner, managing
agent or superintendent. If heat is not restored, the tenant should call 311 (dial 212-NEW-YORK outside
of NYC) or visit http://www1.nyc.gov/311/. The Center is open 24-hours a day, seven-days a week. (You
may also file a complaint online for heat and hot water conditions.)
Free Tax Preparation Assistance Its tax time: go get your refund! The New York Public Library can help.
You can prepare and file your tax return electronically with some help from a tax assistant...all for free.
To participate in this free program, you must: earn less than $60,000 (per tax return); have a valid e-mail
address and basic computer skills; bring all necessary documentation and information. For more
information on participating libraries and the information youll need to file your taxes, go to
http://www.nypl.org/taxhelp or call 311 and ask for free tax preparation assistance. Through April 15th.

-------Elizabeth Lorris Ritter


Community Liaison
State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 31st SD
5030 Broadway, Suite 701 NYC 10034
(212) 544-0173 (ph)
(212) 544-0256 (fx)