Community Alerts

Community Alerts 1.18.23

Jan 18, 2023
Community Alerts 1.18.23

LIVESTREAM TOMORROW: Anti-Crime Summit on January 19

The adverse effects of crime are having a severe impact on the quality of life and safety of New Yorkers and visitors. We are proud to be co-sponsoring an Anti-Crime Summit with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and a number of our Manhattan BID Colleagues, on Thursday, January 19, from 9:30am to 12:45pm. The summit will give a voice to the concerns of business owners in Manhattan and help find solutions. You can register here to watch the summit online.

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LIVESTREAM TODAY: CB5 SLAP Committee Meeting on January 18

It's not too late to attend Manhattan Community Board Five's State Licenses and Permits (SLAP) Committee today at 6:00pm. The New York State Office of Cannabis Management will give a presentation on Retail Cannabis Licenses in NYC. Sign up for the Zoom link here.

COVID-19, Flu, and RSV in NYC

The CDC COVID-19 community level is currently high in New York City. Wearing a high quality mask or respirator is highly recommended. Click here to check your community level and read more about the latest on COVID-19 from the CDCNew York City is facing high levels of COVID-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The flu vaccine and COVID-19 boosters are our best protection against serious illness and complications. It’s safe to get both vaccines at the same time! To find a location near you, go to

Get Free COVID-19 Tests

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, the Biden administration is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests delivered to your home through the Postal Service again. You can order 4 free tests hereErik Bottcher, New York City Council Member for District 3, is distributing free at-home COVID-19 test kits to the community on Thursday, January 19, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. You can pick up your free test kits at the Penn South Program for Seniors building, located at 290A Ninth Avenue (at 27th Street).

Volunteer for HOPE 2023 on January 24 

Sign up now to participate in HOPE, NYC's annual survey of street homeless individuals. HOPE 2023 will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, from 10pm to 4am. Volunteers will begin at a HOPE site and then canvass streets and subways. Volunteers must be 16 or over, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Register here.

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20th Precinct Community Council Meeting on January 26

The 20th Precinct Community Council is holding its next meeting on Thursday, January 26, at 7pm at the 20th Precinct (120 West 82nd Street).

2 Ways on How to Deal with Rats in NYC

The NYC Department of Small Business Services is offering a new webinar, which is open to restaurant owners, BIDs, merchants associations, and other CBOs, to learn best practices to help restaurant owners guard against rat infestations in and near Open Restaurants program dining sheds. Sign up for the January 19 session here and the February 1 session here.


You can also learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention in your home and community at an upcoming Rat Academy virtual training offered by the Department of Health on January 26, January 31, or February 9. This training is available to everyone, but it may be especially helpful for superintendents and building staff, property managers and owners, neighborhood associations, community gardeners, and local businesses. Click here for more information and to sign up for a training.

The 2023 Manhattan Community Board Application Period is Open

Community Boards are the independent and representative voices of their communities. The Boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. The 2023 Community Board Application is open until March 17, 2023, at 5pm. Submit your application to serve on your Community Board here.