Community Alerts

Community Alerts 8.10.22

Aug 10, 2022
Community Alerts 8.10.22
COVID-19 Community Level - HIGH
According to the CDC, the current COVID-19 community level in New York City is HIGH. The CDC recommends masking indoors in public and on public transportation, as well as staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Be sure to get tested if you are experiencing symptoms. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Find out more about the COVID-19 situation in New York City with the COVID-19 Data Tracker.
Monkeypox (Orthopoxvirus) is a National Health Emergency
On August 4, the Biden administration declared the growing monkeypox outbreak a national health emergency. As of August 9, 1,965 people in New York City have tested positive for orthopoxvirus/monkeypox. Cases in NYC are increasing, and there are likely many more cases that have not been diagnosed. Anyone can get and spread monkeypox. If you have a new or unexpected rash or sores, contact a health care provider. For information on vaccination appointments, click here.
New York Primary is Approaching
The New York primary election is on Tuesday, August 23, with early voting available from Saturday, August 13 through Sunday, August 21. You can find your polling place here.
Rat Academy Trainings
Community trainings for Rat management are now available. You can learn about safe and effective methods for rat prevention in your home and community at one of the scheduled free trainings. These three-hour trainings are available to everyone, but they may be especially helpful for superintendents and building staff, property managers and owners, neighborhood associations, community gardeners, and local businesses. To sign up, click here.
20th Precinct Sector A Build the Block Meeting on Thursday, August 18
Build the Block meetings are a great opportunity to talk about neighborhood safety and to make sure your concerns are heard and your questions are answered. Join the 20th Precinct in sharing responsibility for the neighborhood that you live in. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. For RSVP information, click here.
Districting Commission Releases Customized Mapping Tool to Draw City Council Districts
The NYC Districting Commission released a customized mapping tool to allow New Yorkers to draw their own City Council Districts. The tool, DistrictR, is available online here. New Yorkers are invited to use DistrictR to map the boundaries of their communities and ideal Council districts. Every map submitted to the New York City Districting Commission will be reviewed and included as part of the public record. The Commission is committed to incorporating public input into the mapmaking process and is eager to see the maps that members of the public create.
Fresh Food for Seniors and Free Summer Meals for Kids
Thanks to Council Member Gale Brewer for the information: Here are the details on how seniors can get $10 bags of locally grown fresh produce. The Summer Meals Program is available throughout New York City to anyone 18 years old and under for free breakfast and lunch. Find out more here.
Summer Streets 2022: Saturdays, August 13 & 20, 7 am – 1 pm
Summer Streets opens nearly 8 miles of Park Avenue and connecting streets, from the Brooklyn Bridge to East Harlem to pedestrians, cyclists and joggers. Enjoy free fitness classes, performances and activities. Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space — our streets. NYC's streets are open for people to play, run, walk and bike. For details on how this event might impact you, please click here. For more information on programming, please visit
Beat the Heat this Summer
Click here for information on cooling centers and tips for staying cool from the NYC Office of Emergency Management.
Alternate Side Suspended Monday, August 15 
Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended for Feast of the Assumption, Monday, August 15, 2022. Meters will remain in effect. Click here to download the NYCASP calendar.