After last Monday's King Day holiday, we are back; it’s Monday, January 23, 2023. Happy Lunar New Year— it's the Year of the Rabbit!  

Wednesdays are the free admission day at the Bronx Zoo (and at the NYC Aquarium from 3–7 pm). Timed tickets are available at this link starting Monday mornings at 9 am on a first-come, first-serve basis using the promo code WCSFREE. Maximum of four tickets per order; premium features—including the Children’s Zoo, Monorail, and Zoo Shuttle—require additional fees. For complete visit information,

Friday, 1/27, 10:45 am–1pm, 86th St.: Volunteer with the JCC at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Help distribute bags of healthy food and fresh produce to WSCAH’s customers on the sidewalk of 86th Street. Volunteers will be standing outside on concrete under tents in the same general spot for the entire shift, should feel comfortable interacting with the public, and lifting roughly 15 pounds. Spanish proficiency is helpful, but not necessary. Sign up at the link.  

These are the remaining DOE virtual information sessions covering 3-K, pre-K, kindergarten, and gifted and talented programs at NYC public schools: 

  • 1/26/23, 6 – 7 pm | Chinese (Mandarin), French, Urdu 
  • 2/1/23, 2 – 3 pm | Arabic, Haitian Creole, Russian 
  • 2/15/23, 6 – 7 pm | Bangla, Korean, Spanish  

The only difference in content among events is the interpretation languages provided. Each event will be hosted live online; check your email or visit the day before the event to find the password and any other information you’ll need to join, as well as how to receive interpretation. Log onto Zoom at the event’s start time here. They’ll post a recording of the presentation in January.  

Monday, 1/23, 4:00 pm, Julliard’s Morse Recital Hall, 155 W. 65th St., in person or livestream: String Quartet Haydn-a-thon (supported with funding from my City Council office).

Online on Tuesday, 1/24, from 10 am–1 pm: the Council’s Finance office has scheduled a Budget Workshop for Nonprofits seeking funding from the Council for the fiscal year 2024 budget. It will cover…

  • FY24 Expense Discretionary Application
  • Overview of the Discretionary Budget and Contracting Process
  • Capital Requests and Guidelines

RSVP at the link to participate. 

Tuesday 1/24, noon–12:30 pm, virtual: Rabbi Joanna Samuels Interviews the Interviewers: Antisemitism + Journalism Today. Hear from top Jewish journalists exploring how they cover the important issue of antisemitism through the lens of journalism. Click the link to register.

Tuesday, 1/24, 4 – 5:30 pm, virtual: Fundraising Energy: Using Events to Engage Donors. Kimberly Goodis, former Senior Program Officer of Individual Giving at New York Foundation for the Arts, will share key strategies for artists planning fundraising events this year. Learn tips for planning in-person, virtual, and hybrid events, and discover tools that can work in tandem with your project development to maximize its reach and impact. 

Tuesday, 1/24, 6–7:30 pm, online: “The Little Ice Age in the Dutch North Atlantic” A panel on how periods of severe cold and drought in the 17th century led the Netherlands and New Netherland to deal with profound environmental change more effectively than most other countries. Moderated by Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder with historical geologist Chelsea Teale and environmental historian Dagomar Degroot. Click the title above to register and be sent a viewing link; learn more about the sponsor, the New Amsterdam History Center, here.

Wednesday, 1/25, 1 – 2 pm, on Zoom: Join Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, Commissioner Cecile Noel (Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence) and Rebecca Bender, a nationally recognized survivor, author, and advocate, to discuss responses to human trafficking and finding ways to empower survivors and communities impacted by human trafficking. Register for this webinar here.

(DA Bragg wrapped up his office’s 2022 accomplishments in this year-end newsletter, which also announced a revamped website at; there’s a newsletter signup box at the bottom of that main page, if you’re so inclined).  

Wednesday, 1/25, 6:00 pm, Julliard's Paul Hall, 155 W. 65th St., in person or livestream: Sonatenabend (supported with funding from my City Council office).

Wednesday, 1/25, 6:30–7:30 pm, New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West):  James C. Cobb discusses his book “C. Vann Woodward: America’s Historian” with Eric Foner, part of the NYHS Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. Use discount code D623 for free tickets at the link. 

Friday, 1/27 from 11 am – 5 pm, The American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square): “Unexpected Partners: Self-Taught Art and Modernism in Interwar America” a full-day virtual symposium where panelists will revisit a vital moment of American cultural history and highlight the important contributions that unconventional artists such as Morris Hirshfield made to the development of modern art. Click the link for a full list of speakers and schedule.

Saturday, 1/28, 9 am – 4 pm: NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development Hiring Fair.  Learn more about becoming a Housing Inspector.

Monday, 1/30, 4– 5:15 pm, virtual: “Eating, Emotions, and Health” panel with experts from The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders will discuss the basics of disordered eating, diet culture, the “Health at Every Size” approach, and advocating for better care from both mental health and medical professionals. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC; ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided. RSVP at the link.

Monday, 1/30, 7:30 pm, The United Palace (4140 Broadway at 176th St.): Word Up Bookstore is hosting best-selling authors Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone to discuss their latest young adult book How to Be a (Young) Antiracist, which serves as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice. Not free, but discounts are available for student/youth groups of 15+ tickets. Email to inquire about group tickets.

Borough President Mark Levine’s State of The Borough will be held Tuesday, 1/31 at 6 pm at The City College of New York (160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031, for those using an app). Click the link to RSVP.

Tuesday, 1/31, 8:00 pm, Julliard's Paul Hall, 155 W. 65th St., in person or livestream: Ziggy and Miles Johnston, Guitar Duo (supported with funding from my City Council office).

My office’s February (2/1) virtual Housing Clinic topic is “Getting Repairs.” Register for the Zoom by clicking the title link. 

Wednesday, 2/1, 6:30 pm, NYC Fire Museum, 278 Spring St: Person Place Thing podcast taping with guest Gary Urbanowicz, the FDNY historian, in discussion with Randy Cohen, the Person Place Thing creator (and former Ethicist columnist at the NY Times Magazine). Click the link to RSVP. (Coming 2/22: NYC Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh at the Municipal Archive.)

Saturday, 2/4, 10 am – 3 pm, online: “Youth Jive” job, internship and volunteering expo sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the nonprofit behind the city’s zoos (Bronx, Central Park, Prospect Park, Queens) as well as the NYC Aquarium. It’s an opportunity for New Yorkers ages 14–26 to learn about paid and unpaid positions at their facilities. Participants can attend employment workshops to gain important skills; attend career panels with a variety of WCS staff; and connect directly to hiring managers from a variety of departments. Fourteen and 15-year-olds can learn more about WCS's volunteer opportunities and how to use volunteer positions as a springboard into paid positions down the line. 16-26 year olds can meet hiring managers and learn about the many jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities available at the WCS Zoos and Aquarium. Register at the link above; also check out WCS's jobvolunteer, and internship opportunities anytime. Email with any additional questions.

Sunday, 2/5, 12 – 3 pm, Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 W. 83rd St): At Family Fun Day & Camp Fair, kids can play and participate in fun activities—games, raffles, arts & crafts, face painting, balloon animals, and music—and parents can meet day, sleepaway and specialty camp exhibitors all in one place, in one afternoon.

Thursday, 2/9, 7–8:30 pm, in person, Marlene Meyerson JCC (334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St): Banned Books Panel with PEN America (part of the Books That Changed My Life Festival). PEN America champions the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Join Jonathan Friedman for a timely panel discussion with banned authors and topic experts, including YA author David Levithan (Boy Meets Boy, Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily) and additional guests TBA.

Free Music Fridays concert  2/10, 6 pm, Facebook Live. Enjoy new performances by Belle-Skinner, Gramercy Arms, and Belu-Olisa at The American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square). Register at this link

On 2/14 at 6:30 pm, Community Board 7’s Transportation and Parks committees will hold a hearing on the proposed e-bike charging station at Verdi Square. They will take testimony and discuss the impact of this needed infrastructure. Call (212) 362-4008 for information.

Wednesday, 2/15, 5 – 8 pm, in person at the David Dinkins Municipal Building Mezzanine (1 Centre St. North Entrance): The annual Notice of Property Value (NOPV) has been mailed, which allows property owners to review the Department of Finance’s assessment of their properties, challenge the market or assessed value, update their property information, and apply for a property tax exemption if eligible. They are conductingThe NYC Dept. of Finance's in-person NOPV outreach event, which includes a presentation followed by breakout sessions for constituents to meet one-on-one with staff from the Department of Finance, including assessors, exemptions and property staff, and the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, as well as the New York City Tax Commission, a separate City agency. If you have any questions contact Kieran Mahoney, at 

Thursday, 2/16, 4 – 5 pm, online: Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Series: Heart Health Practical, effective tools to avoid, reduce and manage heart health will be discussed by Tracy K. Paul, MD, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. Click the link to register. 

                                                       Stay Safe, 

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