Open City: Blogging Urban Change
Community Announcements
By Lena Sze

 

For the latest about meeting or program event dates, times, and agendas, please contact the sponsoring organization or community board directly.

Celebrating Word No Tobacco Day with Korean Community Services

The Korean Community Services along with the American Cancer Society, Asian Americans for Equality, the Child Center of New York, Chinese American Planning Council, Korean American Association of Queens, Korean American Community Foundation, Korean American Parents Association of Stuyvesant High School, New York City Department of Education, the Queens Smoke Free Partnership, and YWCA will observe World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Tuesday, May 31, 7 pm at the YWCA (42-07 Parsons Boulevard Flushing, New York, NY 11355-2158).  Speakers will be Council members Peter Koo and Daniel Dromm. Take the 7 train to Flushing Main Street stop. The event will be in mostly Korean with some translation.  For more information, please call Christina Choi, Korean Comm. Services, at 212-463-9685.

Manhattan CB3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee

Monday, May 2 at 6:30 pm — Rutgers Community Center, Gymnasium – 200 Madison Street (btwn Rutgers & Pike Sts)

Seward Park Project Planning: Continuation of Urban Design Discussion. Specifics to be provided on the CB 3′s website or made available by calling CB 3 office a few days before date of meeting

Brooklyn CB7, Land Use/Landmarks Committee Regular meeting of CB 7′s Land Use/Landmarks Committee

Continued discussion on potential 8th Avenue rezoning
Community Board 7
Board Room
4201 4th Avenue
Entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Monday 5/2 at 6:30 PM

Manhattan CB3 Economic Development Committee
Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm — Community Board 3 Office – 59 East 4th Street (btwn 2nd Ave & Bowery)

Presentation: Examining the Potential Impact of Walmart in NYC
Creating a CB 3 template for recommendations to Lower East Side Employment Network
LES BID-planned expansion to Bowery to Clinton from E. Houston to Broome, Forsyth to Clinton between Broome and Grand, Allen to Clinton from Grand to Canal.

Manhattan CB2, NYU WORKING GROUP-PUBLIC SCOPING HEARING for NYU PLAN 2031

Thurs., 5/5 @ 6:30 PM-Grace Church School, 86 Fourth Avenue, Tuttle Hall

The board is seeking community input regarding potential impacts of the proposed NYU expansion in the Washington Square neighborhood, according to the process outlined by the NYC City Environmental Review Act

Where is Chinatown? Narrative Remappings

Saturday May 7, 11-5pm

Reading and Community Oral History Open House

Open City event @ MOCA.  Part of the New Museum’s Festival for Ideas for the New City.  For more details, go to: http://openthecity.org/?p=2852

Chinatown Working Group Full Meeting

Monday, May 9 at 6pm

@ American Legion, 191-3 Canal Street

Growing Up in New York’s Italian South Village: A Book Talk
When: Wednesday, May 25
6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 155 Sullivan Street (off Houston Street)
Cost: Free, reservations required.
RSVP: rsvp@gvshp.org or 212-475-9585 ext. 35, The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP)

Join author Tony Vivolo as he discusses his evocative memoir which captures life in the South Village during the 1950s, when this vibrant neighborhood was filled with close-knit Italian families. The book will be available for purchase and signing.

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About Open City
Open City: Blogging Urban Change is an interdisciplinary neighborhood blog and community project coordinated by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Five commissioned writers, called Organizing Fellows, are working with community organizations and neighborhood folks in Manhattan’s Chinatown/Lower East Side (LES), Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to collect oral histories and interviews, offer commentary about gentrification, neighborhood change, and produce new creative work around these themes. Read more.
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CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities was formed in 1986 (formerly known as the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) as a response to an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes both in New York City and around the country (which included violence by police officers against Asians).
They have two offices – one in Manhattan’s Chinatown (which houses the Chinatown Tenants Union, and the new Asian Youth in Action organizing project) and the Youth Leadership Project office in the Bronx – and have members from all over the city. Over the years, CAAAV’s main campaigns have focused on community-based organizing work rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Although their advocacy and organizing work is focused mainly in Manhattan’s Chinatown and the northwest Bronx, CAAAV’s work also touches upon larger issues (such as affordable housing, war, and immigration) shaping communities all over the world: “Our work is primarily centered around issues facing New Yorkers, but always with a global analysis.”
CAAAV’s mission is to organize and build the power of working-class Asian immigrants, refugees, and youth to change concrete conditions and participate in a broader social justice movement. In the past, CAAAV’s work included organizing South Asian taxi drivers, Korean women workers, and Filipina domestic workers. Several of these organizing projects have gone on to become their own organizations, such as the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and Domestic Workers United. CAAAV’s current work focus on three different program areas: Read more.

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Community Announcements
Manhattan CB3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee
Monday, May 2 at 6:30 pm -- Rutgers Community Center, Gymnasium - 200 Madison Street (btwn Rutgers & Pike Sts)

Brooklyn CB7, Land Use/Landmarks Committee Regular meeting
Continued discussion on potential 8th Avenue rezoning

Manhattan CB3 Economic Development Committee Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm -- Community Board 3 Office - 59 East 4th Street (btwn 2nd Ave & Bowery)

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