Spring has sprung and with it comes many interesting ways to get involved in your community!  Here are some highlights taking place this week (check our calendar for more details):

Monday 4/20: Community Forum on Randall’s Island – Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and a number of other elected officials host this forum to discuss the use of Randall’s Island (see previous post).

Wednesday 4/22: Chinatown/Lower East Side Waterfront Visioning –  Join the O.U.R. Waterfront Coalition for a community visioning session on the Chinatown/Lower East Side waterfront.  From their announcement: “CAAAV and the O.U.R. Waterfront Coalition have been working since 2007 to ensure that the LES and Chinatown’s waterfront is developed for community residents, with services, programs, and businesses that WE want, instead of being developed by the City for wealthy residents and tourists. Now, we want to hear your ideas for our waterfront so that we can turn your ideas into reality! Come to our free and public visioning sessions to share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for our waterfront!” 6pm, 184 Eldridge Street (in English and Chinese)

Saturday 4/25:  Greenpoint/Williamsburg Housing Forum -Sponsored by the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Tenant Anti-Displacement Collaborative, this community forum will include information on such issues as:  Forming tenants associations; Rent over-charges for stabilized units; Legal issues; Maintenance and services; Loft issues; and Stories from the neighborhood. 10am-4pm, Boricua College, 186 N 6th St, Brooklyn.

Also Saturday 4/25:  Spacebuster Event in Ft. Greene – The Storefront for Art and Architecture and Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership will organize a joint community-oriented event to be held in the unused space under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway along Park Avenue. The focus of this workshop will be on how disused spaces of this kind can be re-imagined as neighborhood assets. During activities facilitated by planners and designers including Raumlabor, workshop attendees will be able to share their thoughts by sketching, through discussions, and by exchanging ideas. The event will be free and open to the public. 3pm, under the BQE at Park and Vanderbilt, Brooklyn.

Sunday 4/26: Manhattan JCC Community Environmental Forum – via Council Member Gayle Brewer’s newsletter –  “The JCC, with the help of Jonathan Rose Companies, is holding an environmental charrette–a community forum–to plan a neighborhood-wide approach to sustaining our environment and conserving its resources. We want the voices of our community to be heard in this conversation and therefore encourage you to send a representative from your synagogue/ school/organization to join  at the table.  Earlier this month we celebrated Tu B’shevat.  We emerge from this holiday with a heightened awareness of how precious our natural resources are, and we’d like to invite you to help us think about “greening” the JCC and our community. Help your institution and our community waste less, save energy, think globally while acting locally to take care of our planet. Please let us know who from your community will be joining us by RSVPing at:  http://www.doodle.com/rhv8nf336v5asm5z.”  2 PM-5 PM in the Beit Midrash on the 7th floor of the JCC, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76 Street.

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