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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MCB4 Committee and Full Board Meetings will be held remotely through Jan. 15, 2022

On September 2, 2021, Governor Hochul signed into law chapter 417 of the Laws of 2021, which suspends the in-person meeting requirement of the Open Meetings Law (Public Officers Law Article 7, secs. 100 et seq.) through January 15, 2022. All of our committee and Full Board meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. You can register for the meetings by checking our calendar page.

You must make an appointment to visit the MCB4 office.

Due to the abundance of State and City directives regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, MCB4 will not be allowing unscheduled visitors. To make an appointment, please contact us.

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

Astro’s Dog Run reopened on Saturday, June 19. The membership fee is $40 and will run from June 2021 – June 2022.

We have a limited number of keys. To apply, please contact us.

Hell’s Kitchen Key Parks

Clinton Housing Development Company manages several small parks and gardens throughout Hell’s Kitchen and are now reopened to the public. MCB4 has resumed selling keys on a restricted schedule. Please visit https://pdf.ac/JOrnB to fill out an application. You will be sent a confirmation email and information on scheduling a time to pick up a key. To ensure we receive your application, please include your name and email when prompted.

Key Parks Safety Protocol

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 is closed to unscheduled visitors. We can be reached via email and phone. Phone messages will be retrieved and responded to in a timely manner.

We can be reached via email at:

As of Friday, June 25th, New York State now requires all public meetings to be held in person. Please visit our calendar page for meeting locations and details.

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



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
Proof of Vaccination:
Excelsior Pass
CDC Vaccination Card: original or photocopy
NYC Vaccination Record or other official immunization record from within/outside the US
NYC COVID Safe App (Android / iOS): You can upload a photo of your CDC Vaccination Card and photo ID


Key to NYC

As of August 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for:
   Indoor Dining: Includes restaurants, catering halls, event spaces, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, grocery stores with indoor dining, coffee shops and fast food or quick service with indoor dining
   Indoor Fitness: Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, indoor studios and dance studios
   Indoor Entertainment: Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas.   |   Learn More

CDC Guidance

Effective 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.

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

Public Schools

NYC public schools have reopened for in-person learning for all students, with health and safety measures in place. Children 12 and over are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit vaccination records through DOE’s Vaccination Portal. Students and staff members must complete a health screening form prior to entering the school building each day. All students must wear face coverings inside school buses and school property, and practice physical distancing of at least 3-feet. 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:

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

Additional Information

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