It’s Monday, January 9, 2023. After the observed Monday days off over the holidays, this is our first events newsletter of the new year. 

Over 40 people have registered for this Wednesday's (1/11) virtual Housing Clinic, and it's not too late for you to as well. (sponsored by my office and Goddard Riverside Law Project and TakeRoot Justice). This month’s topic is “Succession Rights,” of vital interest for those in rent-regulated apartments. Register at

Mulchfest is over but DSNY will continue to collect Christmas trees curbside until this Saturday (1/14).

Monday, 1/9, 5 – 6:30 pm, Materials for the Arts, 33-00 Northern Blvd, 3rd Fl., Long Island City: Person Place Thing podcast taping with Anna Sacks, who prowls through dumpsters, harvesting what’s casually discarded by the profligate. A Robin Hood of rubbish, she is astute about waste and sustainability. Hosted by Randy Cohen, podcast mogul and former Ethicist columnist for the New York Times Magazine. Click the link to RSVP. 

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.

Co-sponsored by the NYPL, the Weill Cornell College of Medicine’s Wellness Series has two upcoming sessions. The first session is hybrid, both in-person at the NYPL Webster Branch on the East Side and online (links sent the day of the event to those who RSVP at the title links below). The second 1/23 event is in-person at the Kips Bay Branch.

  • Wed, 1/ 11,  5:30 pm: Men's Health (Dr. Chughtai will be speaking virtually). This lecture will focus on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Over 70% of men in their 60s have symptoms of BPH, which can cause loss of productivity and sleep, depression and decreased quality of life. Join us for a discussion reviewing up-to-date diagnosis and management of BPH in addition to new minimally invasive surgical options.
  • Mon, 1/ 23, 11 am: Parkinson's Disease (Dr. Harini Sarva, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Weill Cornell Medicine, in person at the Kips Bay Branch). Nearly one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson's disease, the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's, with approximately 60,000 Americans diagnosed each year.

Wednesday 1/11, 7–8:30 pm, The Chapel at the Interchurch Center (enter at 61 Claremont Ave bet. 119th & 120th St): Craig Harris’s OHNEDARUTH (Compassion), a tribute to John Coltrane. The kickoff of Jazzmobile’s Winter Concert series. Craig Harris (Trombone, Composer), Alexis Marcelo (Piano), James Brandon Lewis (Saxophone), Jordyn Davis (Bass), Jerome Jennings (Drums). Click the title link for free tickets. 

Thursday 1/12, Lincoln Center: The New York Jewish Film Festival opens with “America” by Ofir Raul Graizer, in Hebrew with English subtitles; Q&A with Ofir Raul Graizer after the screening. The festival continues through 1/23. Complete schedule at the festival link above. 

Thursday, 1/12, 6 – 7:30 pm, virtual: “What to know about RSV” presented by Lenox Hill Greenwich Village and cosponsored by State Sen. Brad Hoylman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, B.P. Mark Levine, and me, along with Assembly Members Deborah Glick, Danny O'Donnell, Linda Rosenthal, Assembly Member-elect Tony Simone, and Council Members Shawn Abreu and Erik Bottcher. 

The American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square) has a number of upcoming events, including:

  • Free Music Fridays 1/13, 6 – 7:30 pm, Facebook Live. Enjoy new performances by Chris Michael (Lyrically dense songs), Jessi Robertson (Otherworldly indie rock), and Ruby Rae (Indie rock Americana). Register at this link
  • “Closer-Look Exhibition Tours” on 1/15, 1/19 and 1/22 (at 1 pm each date), which will offer new perspectives on the work of Morris Hirshfield. To register, email
  • Wednesday, 1/18, 1 pm, Delight in jazz standards from the American Songbook with guitarist Bill Wurtzel and Jay Leonhart. Limited seating and advance registration for museum admission is required
  • Friday, 1/27 from 11 am – 5 pm: “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.
Recordings of past events are at this Vimeo link

Friday 1/13 (5 pm) is the deadline for applying to NYFA’s Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants, which “provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are creating in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography…” Funds may be requested for emergencies occurring 4/1/22 and later. Grants may be requested for expenses already paid, pending, or for treatment the artist is putting off due to lack of funds.

Sunday, 1/15, 3 pm, Apollo Theater, Harlem: “Uptown Hall: MLK—Blueprint for the Culture” The Apollo & WNYC’s celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. explores Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s as the template for modern social and civil justice movements. Hosted by WNYC’s Kai Wright along with music, spoken word and other forms of creative expression with WQXR’s Terrance McKnight. Free tickets at the link.

Following the in-person Uptown Hall program, tune in at 5 pm for “Young Changemakers,” a panel discussion on the pivotal role of young voices affecting change within their communities, curated by the Apollo Young Producers with...

  • Luis Jonathan Hernandez, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Youth Over Guns
  • Deja Foxx, Activist, Founder of GenZ Girl Gang, Co-Founder El Rio RHAP
  • Tania Maree Giordani, Founder and Director at NourishNYC
  • Natalie Hernandez, Moderator

Click the title link for instructions on how to watch on Facebook, YouTube, or Apollo's Digital Stage. 

Wednesday, 1/18, 5 pm: Grant Information Session for small businesses or community based organizations (whether for-profit and non-profit) to apply for micro-grants from CCNYC of up to $10,000. Click the link to register. For questions about small business grants, email; for community action grants, email Co-sponsored by my office with Council Member Shaun Abreu and the Citizens Committee for New York City

Saturday, 1/21, York College (Academic Core Building, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Queens): Saturday Citizenship Event. Free screening for citizenship eligibility and help completing applications. Call (646) 664-9400 or (212) 652-2071 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. 

Sunday, 2/5, 2 – 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.

                                                       Stay Safe, 

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