Open City: Blogging Urban Change
Community Announcements
By Lena Sze


For the latest about meeting dates, times, and agendas, please check in directly with the community board or hosting organization.

Manhattan, Chinatown Working Group Full Meeting

  • Monday, December 6, 2010, 4pm at American Legion Post 1291, 191-193 Canal Street, Floor 2

Manhattan, NYU “Visual Investigations” Graduate Seminar with Richard Sennett and Eric Klinenberg

  • Dec 15 at 3:30 PM, Institute for Public Knowledge, 20 Cooper Square, 5th floor, Student presentations on The Lee, Common Ground’s new SRO building on the Lower East Side. Please RSVP with

Manhattan CB1 WTC Redevelopment Committee

  • 12/13, 6:00 PM at Assembly Member Sheldon Silver’s Office, 250 Broadway, Assembly Hearing Room, 19th Floor

Manhattan CB1 Month Meeting

  • 12/16, 6:00 PM at St. John’s University, 101 Murray Street (Between the West Side Highway and Greenwich Street)

Manhattan CB2 Traffic and Transportation Committee

  • Mon., 12/6 @ 12:30 p.m., Gansevoort Plaza (Gansevoort St. & 9th Ave.)
  • Public Input Site Scoping Session: Community walk-around & discussion with Meatpacking Improvement Association of potential furniture & design elements for improved temporary Gansevoort Plaza areas. Open to all.

Manhattan CB 2 & CB 4 Joint Public Meeting on Community Health Needs Assessment

  • Mon., 12/6 @ 6:30 PM, Fulton Center, 119 Ninth Avenue (Auditorium)

Manhattan CB2 Land Use and Business Development Committee

  • Thurs., 12/9 @ 6:30 PM, P.S. 130, 143 Baxter Street (Auditorium)
  • Agenda includes: Review of the proposed Chinatown Business Improvement District and The District Plan. This District Plan describes the proposed Business Improvement District, the sources of funding, the first  year budget and budget allocations, as well as the general guidelines pursuant to local and state law.  The Chinatown Business Improvement District is delimited by Broome Street on the north. To the west, the district is generally delimited along Broadway. To the east, it is contained by Allen Street, and delimited by White, Worth and Madison Streets to the south

Manhattan CB2 Full Board Meeting

  • Thurs., 12/16 @ 6:00 PM, P.S. 41, 116 W. 11th St. (Auditorium)

Manhattan, Community Rally Against NYU

  • A coalition of community groups and local officials will rally at LaGuardia Place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, to protect open spaces from New York University.  See GVSHP website for more.

Manhattan CB 3 Economic Development Committee

  • Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30pm,  NYCHA Community Center – 175 Eldridge Street (Rivington & Delancey Sts)
  • Agenda includes: Proposal to establish Chinatown Business Improvement District

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

  • Monday, December 13 at 6:30pm, Henry Street Settlement Youth Services Gymnasium, 301 Henry Street (Gouverneur & Jackson Sts)
  • Agenda includes: Facilitated discussion on program specifics for SPURA sites development

Manhattan CB3 and DOHMH, Rat Prevention Training for Property, Restaurant, and Market Owners

  • Thursday Dec 2- 1:30-3:30 (in Chinese and English) at CCBA, 62 Mott Street

Manhattan Community Board 3, Full Board Meeting

  • Tuesday, December 21, 2010 – 6:30pm, PS 20 – 166 Essex Street, (E Houston & Stanton Sts)

Brooklyn (Sunset Park), Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station (MTS) Community Advisory Group (not a CB7 committee)

  • Agenda includes: update on demolition activities at the Hamilton Avenue MTS and Discussion of construction and related issues at the SIMS Recycling Facility being built at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal
  • Dec 9 at 6:30 PM at CB7 Board Room, 4201 4th Avenue, Entrance on 43rd Street

Brooklyn CB7 Board Meeting

  • Dec 15 at 6:30 PM at CB7 Board Room, 4201 4th Avenue, Entrance on 43rd Street

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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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