Tomorrow: FREE Pet Food Giveaways and Workshops with Celebrity Dog Groomer Jorge Bendersky

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!

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Follow Me to… La Marqueta!

FMF La MarquetaEl Barrio/East Harlem is home to one of our city’s most iconic cultural landmarks – the traditional marketplace known as “La Marqueta”.

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.

Directions:

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!

Gracias,
Melissa

Introducing Follow Me Fridays!

Follow Me FridayDear Friends,

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.

Gracias,

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How You Can Help

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.

I invite you to join these organizations and businesses by making a contribution now to help our neighbors recover from this tragedy.

Together, we will provide the immediate relief and ongoing support that our neighbors need in this difficult time.

Gracias,
Melissa

Join Us for a Screening of ‘The House I Live In’

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You are invited to attend a FREE community screening of the award-winning documentary The House I Live In hosted by NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. FLYER Attached

Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy. View the trailer of The House I Live Inhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

THE HOUSE I LIVE IN 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM

@ Manhattan Neighborhood Network

El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center

175 East 104th Street

New York, NY 10029

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with:

  • Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, District 8
  • Jazz Hayden, All Things Harlem
  • Kassandra Frederique, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Christopher St. John, Producer, The House I Live In

SPACE IS LIMITED, so please RSVP to: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8173931449

We hope that you can join us!

SAVE THE DATE: Community Discussion on Our Transgender Community

By now, you’ve surely heard about the tragic murder of Islan Nettles, a transgender woman in Harlem. We simply cannot tolerate this kind of hate violence in our communities. On Tuesday, Melissa attended a vigil in Islan’s memory.

Even before this tragedy, Melissa’s office had been working with community groups to organize a discussion on our transgender community. We hope that you will join us for “No More Invisibility: Our Transgender Community, Who Are They and What Do They Have to Say?,” to be held on Thursday, September 19th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College (2180 3rd Ave @ East 119th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium).

This discussion is also co-sponsored by State Senator Jose M. Serrano, Harlem United, CK Life, BOOM!Health, Iris House, The Center, NYC DOHMH, Destination Tomorrow and Harlem Pride. Dinner and refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Please arrive promptly. For more information, please contact Joe Pressley at jpressley@council.nyc.gov or 212-828-9800.

Gender Forum Flyer

New Murals Coming to El Barrio and the South Bronx!

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Not long ago, Melissa learned about an annual art festival held in Puerto Rico where murals are simultaneously painted throughout the neighborhood of Santurce. Beginning this Monday, August 19th, this festival will come to El Barrio and the South Bronx for the first time. Next week, Melissa will join El Museo del Barrio in welcoming a host of artists from right here in New York City, Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America, to our district to help bring some of our empty walls to life.

We hope all of you will join us at this weeklong international art festival. Click here for the latest information on the planned activities, including a free concert and block party on Saturday, August 24th, and a community tour of all the completed murals the following day.

Our neighborhoods are home to so many vibrant and historic murals, and these artists look forward to adding to our communities’ public art, focusing in particular on one common theme that resonates with so many of us: diaspora. We’re particularly thrilled to be able to continue to build and strengthen linkages between our communities and Puerto Rico.

For all the latest information on Los Muros Hablan, stay connected with www.losmuroshablannyc.com.

7th Annual East Harlem Youth Fair: Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action

Please join us on Tuesday, August 20th from 1 pm – 4 pm for our 7th Annual Step Up, Speak Out, Take Action East Harlem Youth Fair! As always, we’ll have food, music, live entertainment, back to school giveaways and a chance to connect with local organizations offering services in our community. Don’t miss it!!

Youth Fair 2013

Los Muros Hablan NYC: Coming to El Barrio & the South Bronx This Month

This month, Melissa will sponsor an international urban art festival right here in El Barrio and the South Bronx entitled “Los Muros Hablan NYC.” This weeklong festival, which involves the simultaneous painting of murals throughout the community, is based on a similar festival held annually in Puerto Rico. This first-time event in New York City will be held from August 19th through August 25th. Melissa is sponsoring the event in conjunction with El Museo del Barrio.

While additional details are still forthcoming, one of the artists, Viajero, will hold a community conversation this Wednesday to gather ideas that will inform the design of his mural. All of the new murals will be designed around the common theme of “diaspora.” Next week’s meeting will give us the opportunity to share what diaspora means to all of us. Please join us at El Museo’s Third Floor Taller on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:00 pm!

Los Muros Hablan Event

Update: EDC Announces Process to Reserve Space at Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

In response to concerns expressed by community and at Melissa’s urging, the city’s Economic Development Corporation has announced a process whereby the community can reserve space at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center. This process is expected to be in place until a final agreement is reached between the City and the new operator of the space. EDC will begin accepting reservations on Thursday, July 25th. Please note that reservation requests must be made at least 14 business days prior to the event.

Click here to download this document from EDC for information on the process. Community organizations interested in renting the space should review these guidelines carefully and contact Julliard Lin, Project Manager at 212-312-3728 or jlin@nycedc.com, with any questions.