Community Board News

November 24, 2020

New York, NY—Hunter College faced the daunting task back in March after receiving a phone call from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office that it had to transition to all remote learning to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The abrupt transition would place a strain on faculty, who now were expected to ...

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New York, NY—In the latest installment of Community Board 8’s contact tracing sessions, the head of NYC Health + Hospitals Test & Trace Corps applauded the introduction of New York’s COVID Exposure Notification App that enhances the standard contact tracing system it has built out, while a ...

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New York, NY—New York City made outdoor dining permanent in late September, and now more than 10,000 restaurants citywide have set up outdoor seating. New Yorkers, however, are wondering what does permanent mean. While multiple city agencies are currently having discussions in formulating a new ...

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New York, NY—The New York City Board of Elections published on its Twitter feed after 9 pm that a total of 2,346,302 voters have voted in-person today and during the nine days of early voting, compared to approximately 2.5 million New Yorkers who voted on Election Day in 2016. The polls in New ...

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New York, NY—Human service providers would be able to pay their workers more money based on a new bill that will be introduced tomorrow in the City Council by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan).  The human services sector, which employs approximately 200,000 New Yorkers, pays an average ...

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New York, NY—The world-renowned NGO, Helen Keller International, has partnered with the indispensable multi-service organization Isaacs Center to provide free vision screenings and exams, as well as prescription eyeglasses and vouchers for additional, more advanced care to hundreds of older adults ...

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New York, NY— Two board members from Manhattan Community Board 10 gave a presentation to Community Board 6’s Housing, Homeless and Human Rights Committee to demonstrate their support for the installation of an exhibit in Central Park to commemorate The Exonerated Five, formerly known as The Central ...

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New York, NY—During a meeting this evening of Community Board 6, the chair of the Housing, Homeless & Human Rights committee asked the public to provide donations to the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center, as well as the Vanderbilt YMCA temporary shelter. Carin van der Donk, the chair, ...

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New York, NY—Thanks to the generous donation by Council Member Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), volunteers with the East 86th Street Association were able to reach a milestone of distributing 2,500 face masks today for a total distribution of 15,000 face masks over a four-week period. Nearly ...

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New York, NY—October 9 is the last day that New Yorkers can register to vote. That’s why Community Board 8 partnered with the Isaacs Center earlier today to distribute information to passerby about their voting options during the pandemic, as well as forms to fill out for the 2020 Census. The ...

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New York, NY—New York City schoolchildren are now back in school, alternating between in-person and remote learning during the school week. On the days there is remote learning, parents have had to scramble to figure out child care options for their young children. A new program by the NYC ...

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New York, NY—Officials from the NYC Economic Development Corporation told Community Board 6 on Tuesday evening that work will restart this month to build a waterfront esplanade from East 53rd Street to East 62nd Street, one of three sections to complete a contiguous pathway on the East Side from ...

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New York, NY—Metro-North officials provided an update yesterday to Community Board 6’s Land Use and Waterfront Committee on the progress of the necessary repairs to Grand Central Terminal’s Train Shed, which despite several years of repairs, necessitates a more comprehensive and aggressive approach ...

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New York, NY—Basketball players in Manhattan Community Board 6 can now play on most of the district’s basketball courts with new netting, thanks to the time and efforts of CB6 members. CB6 member Kevin O’Keefe and CB6 resident Dean Theodos have been installing the new nets since Saturday, first ...

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New York, NY—According to federal data from last year, New York City had over 78,000 unhoused residents, with nearly 60,000 of the residents living in the city’s shelter system. Community Board 6 is home to four permanent shelters and four temporary hotel sites and the board issued a statement ...

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New York, NY—The need for social services has increased exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic but providers face the possibility of cutting back their services because the money that the city first promised late last year to pay for overhead costs is now being rescinded because the virus has ...

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New York, NY—The president of Sutton Area Community expressed frustration that he and local community groups were not consulted before a Community Board 6 committee voted on a resolution last week to approve a concept by a local engineer to construct a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge between ...

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New York, NY—Bicycling and pedestrian bridges are growing in popularity in cities across Europe and Asia to provide alternative options to reach the central business district. New York currently lacks the car-free bridges, but a bold plan by a New York City-based engineer envisions a total of six ...

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New York, NY—Back in February about 40 residents attended a community input meeting to make suggestions and express concerns about design upgrades to St. Vartan Park along First Avenue. NYC Department of Parks officials yesterday during a virtual meeting demonstrated the new design, and although CB ...

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New York, NY—It’s been an exhilarating three and half years for Molly Hollister as Community Board 6 Manhattan’s chair and although her tenure will be ending this year, she still looks forward to participating in the board’s proceedings. Hollister has been a New Yorker for 20 years. She came ...

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There are three fairly comprehensive rent relief bills pending in Albany right now that would provide relief for both landlords and tenants as COVID-19 still ravages the economy, but without a groundswell of support the bills may not get out of committee and make it to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ...

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This week will mark two months since Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Community Board 8 Manhattan is eager to create a new overall committee to explore and discuss issues around public safety ...

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There are three things that New York City must do to suppress the coronavirus, starting with testing as many New Yorkers as possible to learn who is positive, followed by figuring out if they infected other people and then providing them with assistance during the time they need to ...

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The Town School and Lycèe Francais de New York private bilingual school both submitted a proposal to Community Board 8 to create a play street along East 76th Street between York Avenue and FDR Drive because the schools are repurposing their gymnasiums into classrooms, but there was vociferous ...

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The Landmarks Committee of Community Board 8 Manhattan voted yesterday evening on an application to approve the work on a restored bank building on Madison Avenue that will be the new home of Hermès International S.A. in New York. The France-based high-luxury company signed a lease agreement ...

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