Please join us this Sunday (and every Sunday through November 23rd) for an exciting new event at La Marqueta: Vendy Plaza, presented by La Marqueta Retoña. Vendy Plaza is an outdoor food market with live Latin jazz and a cash bar. Stop by La Placita at 115th Street and Park Avenue anytime between 12 noon and 6 pm for great food and a great time. Please help us spread the word on social media!
Tomorrow, please join Melissa at our Responsible Pet Ownership Day to send an important message about cleaning up after our dogs and keeping our streets and sidewalks clean.
We will have FREE dog and cat food giveaways, raffles and special workshops with Dog Groomer to the Stars Jorge Bendersky from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Jefferson Park Recreation Center (112th Street and 1st Avenue). Don’t miss it!
Located in the heart of El Barrio, this historic marketplace once served as our community’s social and economic center – a place where families from all over could come together to celebrate culture and buy foods and goods not available anywhere elsewhere in the city.
Bringing the spirit of El Barrio back to La Marqueta and turning it into a bustling cultural, food, and recreational hub once again has been a top priority for me and many others.
As part of these efforts, I would like to invite you to a very special Follow Me Friday this Friday, July 25th at the outdoor space known as “La Placita,” located at 116th Street and Park Avenue inside of La Marqueta.
There will be live cultural performances and music, as well as pop-up booths featuring local designers, artists and jewelers. And as with previous Follow Me Fridays highlighting local destinations in our district, folks will have an opportunity to catch up with me while supporting some of the great local businesses working in our community.
La Marqueta and La Placita will be the center of lots of activity this summer, so please stop by this Friday for a preview. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the type of programming they would like to see at La Marqueta in the coming months. La Placita will be open from 2 pm to 6 pm, and I’ll be there from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.
116th St. & Park Ave., El Barrio, NYC 10029
Subway – #6 train to 116th Street Station. There is a cross-town bus on 116th Street, and there are North & Southbound buses on 3rd, Lexington and Madison Avenues nearby.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you this Friday!
This week, I will launch a new way to stay connected with my constituents. It’s called Follow Me Fridays… and I’m not talking about Twitter.
On at least one Friday each month, I will visit a business, community center, outdoor location or other destination in the district and invite all of my constituents to join me.
Follow Me Fridays will be a great way of highlighting our diverse and vibrant district while giving an opportunity for local residents to get one-on-one time with me. I got the idea from Chicago Alderman Joe Moore (who also inspired our local Participatory Budgeting process).
This Friday, May 23rd, we will be visiting The Mix Pop Up Coffee Shop at 127 Lincoln Ave (between Bruckner Blvd and E 134th St) in Mott Haven. Please stop by anytime from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm to say hello and grab a great cup of coffee.
I look forward to seeing you there! And please stay tuned for upcoming Follow Me Fridays in the coming weeks.
Since Wednesday’s tragic building collapse, so many of you have reached out to offer your help and support. Today, I am pleased to announce that, at the request and urging of my office, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC has established a special East Harlem Building Collapse Relief fundraising effort. I thank Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray for working with my office to establish this relief fund and for all that they have done in the days since this tragedy.
The East Harlem Relief Effort will aim to address the short and long term needs of the individuals, families and businesses stemming from Wednesday morning’s building collapse. Contributing to this effort – in any amount you can – is the best way to get help directly to those in need. Click here to donate and be sure to select East Harlem Building Collapse Relief Effort.
Funding will be utilized to create a victims assistance fund for expenses related to housing, funerals and replacing lost possessions, long-term case management and counseling services, and specialized outreach to El Barrio’s immigrant communities. Local community based organizations like Union Settlement and Little Sisters of the Assumption will be among those providing these important services.
The fund has already received pledges from a range of entities, including the families and Board members of the East Harlem Tutorial Program, the Real Estate Board of New York, Con Edison and the Association for a Better New York. I thank them for their generosity.
Together, we will provide the immediate relief and ongoing support that our neighbors need in this difficult time.
The discretionary funding process for Fiscal Year 2015 is underway and deadlines are fast approaching. Please find application instructions below.
To apply for expense funding, please visit http://council.nyc.gov/html/budget/application.shtml. Please be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
The deadline for submitting your expense funding application and all required documents is Friday, March 21, 2014. There will be NO exceptions made to this deadline. Please complete the application on time.
• City Capital Projects: Schools and other city facilities interested in applying for capital funding should send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
• Non-City Capital Projects: All groups interested in applying for non-city capital funding (except cultural organizations) should visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html.
• Non-City Cultural Projects: If you are a cultural group interested in applying for non-city capital funding, please visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/funding/capital.shtml.
The deadline for submitting your capital funding application to the City Council is Wednesday, April 9, 2014. There will be NO exceptions made to this deadline. Please complete the application on time.
This Friday, we will hold our annual El Barrio/East Harlem Peace March, which will be led by local youth and is sponsored by Melissa and Senator Jose M. Serrano. We will gather on 116th Street and Madison Avenue at 5:00 pm and will depart promptly at 5:30 pm. From there, we will head east on 116th Street, south on Lexington Avenue and east on 106th Street, where we will end at the East Harlem Tree Lighting at 3rd Avenue.
Please join us and stand up for peace in our community!
“Nelson Mandela was an incredible force for humanity. He will be greatly missed. His struggle has been a constant inspiration for so many people, especially those of us who fight for equality and justice for all.”
“I am truly saddened to hear about Tato Laviera’s untimely passing. Tato was one of our most prominent Nuyorcian poets and novelists — a tremendously gifted, inspired artist.
“His beautiful words, which flowed swiftly between Spanish, English and Spanglish, chronicled the experience of millions of Puerto Ricans who have migrated to and grew up in the states. His love for my community of El Barrio could be felt in every verse he wrote.
“In the final years of his life, Tato suffered from health problems and endured homelessness. However, nothing could break his spirit.
“We as a community will find the appropriate way to pay tribute to his life and work. Que en paz descanse.”
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Please join Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and her colleagues in the City Council’s Black Latino and Asian Caucus at our second annual Employment and Small Business Opportunities Expo. This event will be held on Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is FREE, but you need to register by clicking here.
The expo will include resume review and job matching strategies for high growth industries, small business fundamentals, employment opportunities and more. Remember, the registration deadline is Monday October 20th so sign up today!