This Week in Chelsea: March 14-20, 2022

In This Week’s “THIS WEEK IN CHELSEA”

13th Precinct Community Council / Manhattan Commuity Board Applications March 15 Deadline / Chelsea Reform Democratic Club’s NYCA/Tenant Partnership Program / CCBA’s s Forum for Democratic Candidates in the Assembly District 75 Race / Day of Action Against Litter and Rats / The Eagle NYC Presents Continuum / Participatory Budgeting

    

Tuesday, March 15, 6pm via Zoom or In Person: The 13th Precinct Community Council | The 13th Precinct Community Council and 13th Precinct Community Affairs Office invite you to attend their monthly meeting. First on the Agenda, Item I sees a report from the precinct’s Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Angel Figueroa, He will follow his report with a Q&A session. Those attending in person (at the precinct’s 230 E. 21st St. address) can write their questions on a index card (provided by the Council) and they will be collected. Questions can be sent in advance to advance to vinent.arlotta@nypd.org.  “Please note,” say the organizers, “we will not take any questions from /or respond to Zoom.” As the final point of business, Council VP Carol Schachter will give a presentation o Council general election procedures To register in advance for the meeting, click here.

Through Tuesday, March 15: Manhattan Community Board Applications Accepted | See the below flyer, and the event listing that follows it.

Image courtesy of Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

Manhattan Community Board Applications Due at 5pm Tuesday, March 15 | A result of last year’s Primary and General Election process, newly installed Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine has already embarked upon on of his marquee responsibilities: Appointing new members to Manhattan community boards. In order to be considered for appointment, a complete application must be submitted online or postmarked by no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. NOTE: This is an extension of the previous March 1 deadline. Click here to see the application, which is a doozy, and must be completed in one single sitting–so be sure and take a test run before embarking upon it.

Thursday, March 17, 7-9pm online: Chelsea Reform Democratic Club (CRDC) Presents Chelsea Tenants and NYCHA Partnership | Four guest speakers look at the “ground-breaking selection by resident leaders for Elliott-Chelsea and Fulton Houses, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), of a development team that will deliver building and apartment upgrades for the 4,500 residents of NYCHA properties in Chelsea.” The Zoom dial-in is 1-646-558-8656. The Meeting ID is 891 3628 8562, and the Passcode is 040432. See the below flyer for details.

Graphic by Donathan Salkaln

Saturday, March 19, 11:30am-2pm on West 47th Street: Day of Action Against Litter and Rats | Resourceful though they may be, rats are also ravenous opportunists whose ability to reproduce and adapt to ever-changing situations makes them formidable foes. So why put out the Welcome mat by littering, or leave out garbage in a manner that reads to a rodent’s eyes as an engraved invitation to dine al fresco, curbside? The West 47/48 Block Association refuses to resign themselves to such a scenario—and in the spirit of prevention, they’re co-sponsoring this Day of Action alongside District 3 NYC Councilmember Erik Bottcher, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Community Board 4, the Hell’s Kitchen Litter Legion, and the NYC Department of Health. At 11:30am this Saturday, March 19, meet at Fountain House (425 W. 47th St., btw. 9th & 10th Aves.), where before fanning out, you’ll learn about rat reduction measures, including the filling in of rat burrows. Register for this Day of Action by clicking here. For more info, see the below flyer. For an excellent look at the rat situation as it applies to Hell’s Kitchen, check out Catie Savage’s As 311 Rat Sightings Double in 2022 — Let’s Stop Hell’s Kitchen Going to the Rats!, editorial content from our rock-solid colleagues at W42St.nyc. To access Savage’s article, click here. For a Chelsea-centric take on this citywide scourge, click here for Bonnie Rosenstock’s two-part  look at the source of a rat population explosion on W. 29th St., and effective mitigation methods.

Wednesday, March 23, 6-8pm via Zoom: The Council of Chelsea Block Associations presents a Forum for Democratic Candidates in the Assembly District 75 Race | Consider this one an early preview of next week’s “This Week in Chelsea.” An opportunity to become the New York State Assemblymember representing Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Murray Hill, Midtown, and part of the Lincoln Center area only comes around once every 51 years or so and we’re in that sweet spot right now. Since December 13, 2021’s announcement of Gottfried’s impending retirement, candidates in the running for his job have come and gone.

There are currently five Democratic candidates in the Assembly District 75 race, all of whom are confirmed to participate in this forum. (Those candidates are Lowell Kern, Layla Law-Gisiko, Chris LeBron, Harrison Marks, and Tony Simone.) The March 23 forum is moderated by CCBA member and London Terrace Tenants Association president Inga Ivchenko, who will be asking questions culled from the CCBA membership. For the Zoom link, click here. To attend by phone, dial 929- 205-6099 ID:842 7162 2531 Code:002004. On April 13, at 6:30pm, the LTTA will host its own Democratic Candidate Forum, with the five above mentioned Dem candidates in attendance, Ivchenko will again serve as moderator, and there’s a casting coup for the “opening act”—none other than retiring NYS Assemblymember Richard Gottfried. Please go to LTTA’s website (click here), where you can sign up for their newsletter. To attend their candidate forum, click here. The Meeting ID is 867 0779 5226, and the Passcode is 253745. One-tap mobile: +16465588656.

Design by Brett Schmidt, courtesy of Eagle NYC

Wednesday, March 23, 7pm: The Eagle NYC Presents Continuum | Chelsea’s stalwart, sexy, spiked leather bar (with one of the best rooftops in town) offers on site and online, the latest installment of their intergenerational social series that speaks equally to the contemporary crowd and the men who were cutting their teeth back when their younger counterparts were teething. Rising: Emerging Voices in Queer Art is the theme on March 23, explored through performances, screenings, and discussion. Moderating that discussion and molding the evening’s mood is your host, Witti Repartee. Witti welcomes filmmaker Adam Baran, visual artist Ernesto Renda, and dancer/choreographer Fadi J. Khoury. Said Eagle NYC co-owner and series co-creator Derek Danton,”The Eagle is very excited to resume Continuum, aimed at reminding us that our senior members are vital and relevant and deserve our attention. We strive to create interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking programs that will facilitate engagement and communication between the generations.” The Eagle NYC is located at 554 W. 28th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Continuum takes place live at The Eagle and streams on Facebook, accessible via their website (to visit the website, click here). For more info (or the same info, only presented in a more visually appealing manner), see the below flyer.

Participatory Budgeting Returns to New York City Council District 3 | Sure, he recently handed out COVID tests, and spoke passionately on TV about the joys of Chelsea street corners bereft of huge piles of garbage… but what has Councilmember Erik Bottcher done for you lately? How about set aside a cool million, to be distributed among projects created by District 3 residents? Known as Participatory Budgeting (PB), the popular Cheddar/Lettuce Distribution program, which in its first year was responsible for creating West 20th Street’s beloved Chelsea Green pocket park, is set to return once again–End Date, April 22, 2022.  Area residents (think Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, West SoHo, Hudson Square, Times Square, Garment District, Flatiron, Upper West Side) vote on a variety of proposals. The winning entry is fully funded, and what’s left after that gets distributed to the second, third, etc. winners until the money has been spent. To visit Bottcher’s Councilmember web page, click here. To visit the District 3 PB page, click here. There, among other nuggets, you’ll find this dandy: That $1 million, culled from the Councilmember’s budget allocation, “can be used for physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000, and have a lifespan of at least 5 years. For example, projects such as local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, housing, and other public spaces can be funded. Ideas are then evaluated and voted on by residents of the district.

–Listings Compiled by Scott Stiffler
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