About Manhattan Community Board 4

 

Lowell D. Kern Jesse R. Bodine
Board Chair District Manager

 

Welcome to your Community Board! From more affordable housing to more schools, parks, hospitals, safe transportation, less noise, better business balance, and preserving the  diversity of our neighborhood character, the 50 members of Manhattan Community Board 4 volunteer to represent the district’s residents, institutions, non-profit and businesses’ common interests to City agencies and bring solutions to our district. The City Charter ascribes to Community Boards an important advisory role in dealing with land use planning and zoning matters, the City budget and the delivery of City  services in our district.

If you have any problems in your neighborhood, please feel   free to contact us.

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Updates:

Astro’s Dog Run (W. 39th St. & 10th Ave) 

Astro’s Dog Run will be reopening on Saturday, June 19. You can sign up for a key in person by visiting the Run on the 19th from 12pm-4pm. The membership fee will be $40 and will run from June 2021 – June 2022. The MCB4 office will resume selling keys after the 19th. More details for picking up keys at our office will be provided shortly.

Learn more about the Dog Run and apply online by visiting: www.astrosdogrun.com

Hell’s Kitchen Key Parks

Clinton Housing Development Company manages several small parks and gardens throughout Hell’s Kitchen and will be reopening them to the public in the upcoming weeks. Once CHDC reopens the parks to the public, MCB4 will resume giving out keys on a restricted schedule. More information will be provided shortly.

Social & Racial Justice Task Force Forum 

Health Disparities: Maternal Mortality, COVID-19 & Vaccinations

On March 23, the Social & Racial Justice Task Force, collaborating with MCB4’s HHHS Committee, put together an amazing panel of experts that were able to share both professional expertise and personal experiences on the topics. If you were not able to join, you can watch the recorded forum on our Youtube page.

MCB4’s Housing, Health & Human Services Special Meeting

The HHHS Committee held a special meeting on March 29 to discuss the Chelsea NYCHA Working Group Report for Renovation and Preservation of Elliot-Chelsea and Fulton Developments.

Chelsea NYCHA Working Group Forum

The Chelsea NYCHA Working Group held a Forum on December 17 where they presented their proposal for renovation and preservation of Elliot-Chelsea and Fulton Developments.
View the Chelsea NYCHA Presentation
Watch a recording of the Forum

Summary Booklets for Chelsea Working Group:
English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian

NYS Liquor Authority 30-Day Notices: 

Effective March 26, 2020 and until further notice,
30-day notices for Liquor Licenses – New and Renewals – must be emailed to Nelly Gonzalez, Assistant District Manager: [email protected]. We ask that in the subject line applicants specify whether it is a: “New/Alteration/Corporate Change/Removal/Class Change/Method of Operation Change/Renewal – 30 Day Notice – Address – Corp Name – d/b/a.” Once received you will be emailed a letter of receipt for the 30-Day Notice. Do not mail notices as staff is working remotely and there may be a delay in receiving mail.

MCB4 Task Forces

Manhattan Community Board 4 has created a Social and Racial Justice Task Force, which meets monthly to take a proactive role in facilitating measurable progress towards social and racial equity and equality. Read More.

Upcoming Meetings

NYC Community Boards map

Community Board Map

Manhattan Community Board 4 comprises the area between 14th and 59th Streets – to the west of Eighth Avenue north of 26th Street, and to the west of Sixth Avenue south of 26th Street, commonly referred to as the Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen neighborhoods.

MCB4 District Map

Community District Profile

Community Notice

Due to the abundance of State and City directives regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Manhattan Community Board 4 office will be closed and working remotely. We can be reached via email and phone. Phone messages will be retrieved and responded to in a timely manner.

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For the time being, all public meetings will be held via phone/video conference, as directed by NYS Executive Order No. 202.1. Links to the conferences will be posted in advance on our calendar page and will be going out via social media and e-blast.


MCB4 Shelter Issue Report

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) moved a number of their clients sheltering in congregate care shelters to hotels throughout the City, including Community District 4. MCB4 has a long track record of welcoming such facilities into our neighborhoods, however, we recognize that there can be public safety and quality of life issues related to social service facilities. MCB4 meets with DHS and shelter providers to review community concerns and provider reports. MCB4 has a neighborhood reporting form which neighbors can fill out and will assist in resolving community concerns. MCB4 Shelter Issue Report


COVID-19

Vaccines

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized applications for emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. The vaccines work by teaching the body to create an immune response for a virus that is not present in the body. In clinical trials, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were shown to have greater than 94% efficacy in preventing symptoms and decreasing severe COVID-19 infection among study volunteers. The Pfizer vaccine requires a second dose after 21-42 days and the Moderna vaccine requires a second dose after 28-42 days. The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine has been shown to have an 85% efficacy in preventing severe COVID-19 illness and does not require a second dose. Children ages 12-15 are authorized to receive the Pfizer vaccine and all adults 18+ can get any of the three available vaccines. Learn More.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
COVID-19 Vaccine Finder
COVID-19 Vaccine Data
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Providers
COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs

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New CDC Guidance

Effective Wednesday, May 19, New York State has adopted CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people for most businesses and public settings. Businesses may authorize to keep the current guidance in place by requiring 6 feet of social distancing and masks for all individuals or they may adhere to the new CDC guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Learn More.

Public Schools

NYC public schools have reopened for in-person learning for students in grades 3K – 5, and students in grades 6-12. High School students reopened on March 22 for those who opted into in-person learning in the fall. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall. Learn more at the NYC Department of Education website.

Open Streets Applications:

The 2021 Open Streets Application is now open. Both new and returning partners must apply to manage an Open Street in their community, for either temporary limited local access or as a temporary full closure. Visit DOT Open Streets Website for more information.   |    View Flyer

Open Culture Applications:

Open Culture is a new permit type available from the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office allowing for ticketed performances. Arts, cultural institutions, and entertainment venues will have the opportunity to secure a permit for socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all 5 boroughs. Applications will be considered first come-first serve basis. Applications open March 1 and the program will run through October 31, 2021. Apply for an Open Culture Event

Open Restaurant Program:

NYC has announced that the Open Restaurants Program has been made permanent, and restaurants will be permitted to use heating and enclosures, and expand seating to adjacent properties with neighbors’ consent. Learn more about the Open Restaurant Program. View DSNY’s information on Winter Operations and Snow Alerts.
Outdoor Dining Checklist

Indoor Dining: As of May 7, the City’s restaurants can seat customers indoors at 75 percent maximum capacity, and seating at the bar will be allowed.

Open Storefronts Program: 

This Program assists existing ground-floor storefront businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. The program allows eligible businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, roadways, or a combination of both. In addition, businesses engaged in retail trade repair stores, personal care services, and dry cleaning and laundry services are able to use outdoor spaces for seating, queuing, or display of dry goods. The Open Storefronts program has been extended through September 30, 2021. Learn more about the Open Storefronts Program.

Additional Information

View MCB4’s List of Resources and Information on COVID-19