It’s Monday, December 12, 2022. A reminder to join Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and me at our West Side Cannabis Town Hall tomorrow, Tuesday 12/13 from 6 – 8 pm at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (524 W. 59th St. Entrance bet. 10th and 11th Ave.) with representatives from the NYS Office of Cannabis Management, the NYPD, the Manhattan DA, NYC’s Depts. of Consumer and Worker Protection and Small Business Services, and Community Boards 4 and 7. The event will be hybrid—so to speak—both in-person and Zoom. RSVP for either attendance method at the link above, or tell your friends to visit

(For background see “How New York City Became a Free-for-All of Unlicensed Weed” and “What’s in New York’s Illicit Cannabis: Germs, Toxins and Metals” from the Times, and “Cannabis Confusion Reigns at Community Boards” from nonprofit news site

The MTA's “Nostalgia Rides” continue for one last time, this Sunday 12/18, when its vintage Train of Many Colors will operate along the 1 line, making all local stops between the Chambers St and 137th St/ City College stations, from 10 am –5:30 pm. Fifth Avenue's Open Street has one more remaining Sunday too: it will be car-free between 48th and 57th Streets from noon to 6 pm on 12/18. And Uptown Grand Central has one more “Hot Chocolate Rides,” too, where you can go on a (cold) bike tour of Harlem and sip some of the best hot drinks across Harlem. (See also this Gothamist story: “Shop local with distinction at these NYC alternative holiday markets”)

Virtual classes held by EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in December include Chair Yoga (Mondays, 1 – 1:30 pm), Mindful Meditation (Tuesdays, 12:15 – 12:45 pm), Zumba with Cheryl Mitchell (Tuesdays, 1 – 1:30 pm), and Mental Health 101 (Thursday, 12/15, 1:15 – 2:30 pm). Free and open to all. For the upcoming schedule and to register for classes, visit

Monday, 12/12,  7:30 pm, Music Mondays at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at W. 94th St.: The Hands Free, a new acoustic quartet of cutting-edge, genre-hopping musicians are joined by mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, who starred on Broadway in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Most of their 300 seats are for those who just show up—but as a courtesy to friends who work late, there are advance reservations for general admission (good for entrance only, not for specific seats; reservations are void after 7:20pm). All other seats are first come, first served; doors open at 6:45 pm.

Tuesday, 12/13, 7 – 8.30 pm, Cooper Union Great Hall:  The West Wing and Beyond: What I saw Inside the Presidency. Obama White House Photographer Pete Souza gives the The John Jay Iselin Memorial Lecture, sharing rarely-seen photographs and telling stories from his new book, “The West Wing and Beyond: What I Saw Inside the Presidency.”

Tuesday, 12/13, 7 pm, Christ & St. Stephens Church (120 W. 69 St): Mendelssohn Glee Club of NYC’s free Winter Concert.—
Wednesday,12/14, 10 am, 250 Broadway, in person in the 14th floor conference room or virtual: the Council’s Public Housing Committee’s oversight hearing on NYCHA Winter Preparedness. If you would like to register to offer testimony via zoom, or provide written testimony, you may find out how here.

Wednesday, 12/14, 9 am – 5 pm, the DEP Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility Visitor’s Center (329 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, 11222): ​​NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection Engineering Career Fair. The DEP is seeking engineers at various levels and disciplines to work on projects related to water quality, wastewater treatment process, construction, and green infrastructure. Opportunities are available in design, construction and project management with office and field work. Learn more and reserve a spot at the link. 

ALSO on 12/14, from 11 am – 2 pm: New York City Virtual Career Fair sponsored by the NYS Dept. of Labor. A wide range of employers are hiring, ranging from the New York Public Library and The Jewish Board to Acacia Network and The Chef’s Warehouse; positions include security officer, bookkeeper, traffic enforcement, driver, production worker and patient care. Pre-register (and upload your resume) at the link; send any questions to

Wednesday, 12/14, 2 pm: Get the latest COVID-19 booster in the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in partnership with New York Presbyterian.

Wednesday, 12/14, 1 – 2 pm, virtual: “The Power of Emotionally Responsive Relationships in Early Childhood Development,” part of Pediatrics for an Equitable Developmental Start Network’s Learning Collaborative webinar series.With Brittany Pope, M.S., AVP Applied Clinical Sciences and Research, OhioGuidestone and Kristin Bernard, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Stony Brook University. Click the link to RSVP.

Wednesday, 12/14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, virtual: NYC Campaign Finance Board’s Voter Assistance Advisory Committee wants to hear from voters and election workers about their experiences in the 2022 elections. More information at NYC Votes Events CalendarRSVP here.  

Wednesday 12/14, 6:30 pm, virtual: Forum on Upper West Side Parks, sponsored by the UWS Coalition of Block Associations and Community Groups. Hear from the NYC Parks Dept, Central Park Conservancy and Riverside Park Conservancy and view the Coalition presentation at the link. 

Wednesday, 12/14, 6:30 – 8 pm, E. 65th St. & 5th Ave., Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center: “A Chanukah Classical Music Extravaganza” A musical evening celebrating Chanukah, conceived and sponsored by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, featuring Grammy winners Anthony Roth Costanzo and Angel Blue; The Knights and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, cantorial soloist Steven Fox and commentary by Shalom Goldman of Middlebury College. Program includes Handel’s celebrated oratorio on Chanukah themes, some of his most exquisite arias, and an exploration of the work of contemporary composers Carlos Simon written especially for Costanzo and the BYC, and a 20th-century re-imagining of traditional folk music.

Wednesday, 12/14, 8 pm, Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center: Quintessentially Emeline, Haiti’s Queen of Creole Song—a captivating performer, vocalist, bandleader, producer and one of the premier Haitian songwriters of her generation. Tickets are “choose what you pay” starting at $5. 

Thursday, 12/15, 9–11 am: Volunteer with West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) to help assemble bags of fresh and/or shelf-stable food products to be distributed to food insecure New Yorkers. They’re one of the largest emergency food providers in New York. This project takes place at WSCAH, 263 W 86th St. Volunteers should feel comfortable lifting around 15 pounds and working on their feet for the entire shift. Call or email Steven Yee, Volunteer and Development Coordinator at or (646) 484-0371.

Thursday, 12/15, 7:30 pm, Lincoln Center’s Clark Studio Theater (Rose Building on W. 65th St. betw. Broadway & Amsterdam): LayeRhythm (On The Move) with STASIS, led by Mai Lê Hô. Embodying the continuum of concert and social dance, weaves a mix of freestyle dance, live music, and audience interaction, celebrating the vibrancy of street and club dance cultures. In collaboration with 92NY and HI-ARTS. Tickets are “choose what you pay” starting at $5.  

Friday, 12/16, 7:30 pm, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center: Lulada Club Salsa Christmas Party of vintage tropical salsa, boogaloo, bolero, and cha cha cha at this performance of danceable classics and deep cuts. Part of the ¡VAYA! Latin Dance and Music series. Free.

Saturday, 12/17, 11 am, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center:  The String Queens: A Holiday Celebration! A trio of women whose skills as educators, orchestrators and performers of pop, jazz, and gospel have performed on the world's greatest stages, including the 2021 virtual inauguration concert for Vice President Kamala Harris. Free. 

12/16-12/17, 6:30 pm, ONX Studios (645 Fifth Ave, Lower Level): Ice Theatre of New York’s (ITNY) newest collaboration with Lajuné McMillian, The Unseen, a real-time motion capture performance on ice, honoring Black figure skaters of the past and present. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Click on the title to reserve. 

The next board public meeting of the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is Wednesday, 12/14, 4 pm, via Webex and in-person (100 Church St, 10th Fl., masks required). The CCRB welcomes all New Yorkers to participate in this discussion about police-community relations, and to learn more about civilian oversight of the NYPD.

Wednesday, 12/21, 6 pm, Richard Tucker Park (W 66th St. and Broadway): Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Celebration, with live music and free donuts, latkes, and dreidels, organized by Chabad of the West Sixties.


Thursday, 1/5/23, 4 – 5:30 pm, virtual: educator training session for City Parks Foundation’s “Green Girls Empowered by ING” curriculum. Intended for educators and community programmers, this training will explain the lesson format and how the curriculum integrates STEM, experiential learning and youth development concepts into each lesson. 

Tuesday, 1/10/23, 12 noon – 1 pm, virtual: Storytelling Workshop: “Shark Tank” Style. In part two of this webinar series, three volunteers will pitch their stories in a “Shark Tank”-style session. Communications experts from the NonProfit Help Desk will provide real-time feedback, helping participants refine their key messages to tell stories that are differentiated, compelling and consistent. The experts will offer practical advice on how to apply storytelling strategies to each organization’s communications channels as well as possible media targets for their stories. Listen in to be inspired and see how the advice might apply to your organization.

                                                       Stay Safe, 

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