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.

Useful Links:


  • Manhattan Community Board 4 office phones are back up & running.                                                Please use our general number (212)736-4536 and leave a message. Please note that phone line extensions are currently not in use. Specify who the message is for when you call.  Voicemails will be retrieved & responded in a timely manner.  You may also continue to contact the board office  through email.
Upcoming Events:

Tenants’ Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join MCB4 & HHC to learn about your rights as tenants during the Pandemic in this virtual workshop.

Tuesday, September 15th, 6 P.M.

Registration Link to Assist Event


Watch Live via YouTube

Upcoming Meetings

Wed 07

Full Board

October 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 08

Waterfront, Parks & Environment Committee (WPE)

October 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 12
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.

We can be reached via email at:

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.

Recent Reopening Guidelines


  • Gyms in New York City have been allowed to reopen at 33% capacity as of September 2nd. Gym-goers must wear face coverings, pass a health screening and maintain at least six feet of separation at all times. Equipment must be cleaned after each use, and signage detailing safe practices must be prominently displayed. A Gym and Fitness Facility Inspection Request and Attestation Form must be submitted.

Malls & Casinos

  • Malls and casinos can open on September 9th under the condition that they have enhanced air filtration systems in place. Malls in NYC can reopen at 50% capacity. Casinos can reopen at 25% capacity. Casinos must leave six feet of distance between operating machines. No table games will be allowed until casinos put physical barriers between players and employees. In addition, no food or drinks will be allowed on the game floor.

Public Schools

  • All schools will begin full-time teaching and learning on September 21st with student orientation starting on September 16th. School staff will report to schools on September 8th. During the orientation, students will reconnect to their school community, learn the health and safety procedures, check technical connectivity, and have wellness checks with their teachers and guidance staff. On September 21st, students in blended learning (combination of in-person and remote) will begin to report to buildings, depending on their in-person schedule, and students in 100% remote learning will all begin full-day learning. You may also view the Department of Education’s (DOE) 2020-2021 School Year Calendar for more information.

NYC Phase Four Reopening 

On Monday, July 20, The City of New York entered Phase 4 of New York Forward Governor Cuomo’s plan to reopen New York State. Phase 4 industries include:.

  • Higher Education
  • Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools
  • Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Media Production
  • Professional Sports Competitions With No Fan


Restaurants: Indoor Dinning Updates

Indoor dining, which was supposed to resume at limited capacity during Phase 3, has been postponed indefinitely due to a surge of COVID-19 cases seen across the country caused by reopening of indoor dining. Instead, outdoor dining will be expanded using the Open Streets Program and will be available until the end of October.

Additional Information

COVID-19 Information

Watch Ready New York: COVID-19. It’s important for New Yorkers to be prepared for all emergencies, including public health emergencies like COVID-19. NYC Emergency Management has produced these videos with information on how to make a plan, gather supplies, stay informed, and more.

2020 Census

It is time to respond to the 2020 Census! Take this time to fill out your questionnaires. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.

You can complete the questionnaire online. It takes less than 10 minutes. You can also respond by phone.

The Census is available in 13 different languages and there are guides in 59 non-English languages. Please visit the Census page for more information.