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Registration Begins for Emergency Snow Laborers


New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia announced that recruitment has begun for emergency snow laborers for the upcoming snow season. Snow laborers are per diem workers who are called upon to remove snow and ice citywide from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets in the City after heavy snowfalls.


"Emergency snow laborers are vital to helping keep the city moving after heavy snowfalls," said Commissioner Garcia. "While uniformed men and women of the Department of Sanitation concentrate their efforts on city streets, the additional help of snow laborers allows for the quicker removal of snow in the areas pedestrians frequent."


Individuals interested in registering with DSNY can do so at their local district garage weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. The list of garage locations can be found atwww.nyc.gov/sanitation. The pay rate begins at $12 per hour, and increases to $18 after the first 40 hours in the week.

For more information click HERE.


Mom-and-Pop Shops Have New Digital Tool Kit

Signpost, OnDeck and Wix.com announced Tuesday that they have released a virtual tool kit to help small businesses join the digital revolution.

he digital age has caused a frenetic pace in the growth of startups looking to capitalize on new technology and disrupt established business sectors. Yet numerous businesses have gone undisrupted without taking part in the Internet revolution, a substantial part of the economy that has yet to benefit from the digital tools used daily by startups.

A new Silicon Alley partnership is looking to make that evolution happen.

Starting Tuesday, business owners looking to get a late start on digital promotion can avail themselves of a free Small Business Toolkit, created through an alliance between Flatiron-based marketing software firm Signpost, midtown Manhattan-based online lender OnDeck, and Israeli-based publishing platform Wix.com. The kit will provide advice and examples of targeted business plans that will help smaller firms on the road to a digital future, offering tips on website creation, marketing and financing.


"It's Signpost culture to act like owners, but at the same time it's important to remember that Signpost doesn't operate in a vacuum," Signpost CEO Stuart Wall wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "Many small and midsize business owners are just beginning on a journey through digital transformation."

For full article click HERE.

FREE Citizenship Application Assistance

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Rat Complaints Rising - City's Weak Response
nydailynews.com   /   BY: CORINNE LESTCH

EXCLUSIVE: An audit by Controller Scott Stringer reveals the agency needs to rein in the city's rampant rat problem, based on online and 311 complaints that poured into the system.

Rats are a daily, stomach-turning insult to New Yorkers - whether they're scurrying over people's feet on the sidewalks, invading homes where children sleep or swarming through restaurants. But as the number of citizen complaints about rats continues to grow, the City's response to complaints has been weak and inadequate. A new audit by the Comptroller's Office examines how this happened.

An audit by the Controller reveals the agency needs to rein in the city's rampant rat problem, based on online and 311 complaints that poured into the system.


The number of pest complaints jumped to 24,586 in fiscal 2013, from 22,300 the previous year. In many cases, health inspectors didn't follow through on their own protocols to combat the growing problem, the analysis found.


Pest control staff did not carry out inspections within an initial 10-day period in response to 24% of the complaints they received, according to the audit.


To read full article click HERE.




Want to help promote Chinatown's Lunar New Year festivities this upcoming holiday season? Sponsor a Lunar New Year street lamp post banner! 

Contact Patrick Kwan at pkwan@chinatownpartnership.org or 

The Affordable Care Act
Transforming Health Systems for AAPI Communities:  New Options in Health Careers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The New York Regional Interagency Working Group of the, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in partnership with The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, invite you to a day focused on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Communities.

Date:           Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time:           8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Place:          NYU Langone Medical Center - Farkas Auditorium, 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Cost:           FREE!!!
Participating professionals and college and university students from or serving the AAPI communities will: 

*       get up-to-date information about key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that impact their communities, such as new options for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid Expansion;

*       provide feedback on opportunities for educating the community and obstacles; and,

*       learn more about various career paths for young people to be engaged in the work of health systems transformation.

To register click HERE

Chinatown: A Walk through History

Sat, Nov 1, 2014 from 1pm - 2:30pm

Uncover the history of one of New York City's oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour examines how everyday buildings, public and commercial places, and streets have shaped the community from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of present day New York City.

Advance reservation required.

Fee: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5.

To buy tickets click HERE.


Immigrant Communities on the Lower East Side - With Barry Feldman 


Waves of Irish, German, Eastern European Jews, Slavs, Italians, Hispanics and Asians transformed sparse farmlands into thriving ethnic enclaves on the Lower East Side in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Explore the social, cultural and religious patterns that enriched these communities and their relationships with each other. Three classroom discussion sessions will be enhanced by two walking tours exploring the diverse immigrant history of the Lower East Side.  


WEDNESDAYS, OCT. 29, NOV 5, 12, 19 FROM 11:00 TO 12:30 PM 


$15 per class.

To RSVP click HERE.


Ebola Virus Disease Safety Information

Key Points: 

  • Ebola is a severe, often fatal disease caused by a virus in humans and non-humans. 
  • A large outbreak is now occurring in West African countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.  8,033 total cases resulting in 3,865 (48% case fatality rate) as of October 8, 2014. 
  • The Health Department has developed guidance for people who recently traveled to one of the three Ebola-affected countries.  
  • If you have not traveled recently to these areas understand that the risk of exposure is minimal. 
The risk and likelihood of contracting Ebola is very low unless a person has direct unprotected contact with: 
  • Blood or other body fluids (stool, urine, saliva, vomit, semen) of an infected person. 
  • Infected human and/or non-human remains.  
  • Items contaminated with an Ebola patient's infectious fluids such as soiled clothing or bed linens. 
  • You CANNOT contract Ebola through the air or just by being near someone who has been infected. 

If you visited countries affected by the outbreak, and develop a FEVER within 21 days, seek medical care immediately. 
  • Alert the doctor's office or emergency room about your symptoms BEFORE going. 
  • Tell your doctor if you had DIRECT CONTACT with a person who might have had Ebola. 

Symptoms: Fever, headache, muscle pain, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, stomach pain, unexpected bleeding.  Hospital staff will not ask you about your immigration status.  You will be seen regardless of ability to pay.  

To view latest information material click HERE.


Saturday, November 1, 1- 4PM Tattfoo Tan, Elliot Maltby, and Adeola Enigbokan

Walking Dialogues: Artists & Scientists Take Sustainability to the Streets

This fall, City as Living Laboratory (CaLL) continues its BROADWAY: 1000 Steps project with a series of walking dialogues between artists and scientists. CaLL began conducting walks along Broadway in 2011 at the invitation of the Municipal Art Society. Building on earlier walks that have spanned the 18 mile length of Broadway, these WALKS will focus on three hubs of the avenue: 125th Street in Harlem34th Street in The Garment District, and Chinatown. The artist/scientist teams will discuss, between themselves and the public, a variety of environmental challenges along the Broadway corridor, with particular focus on surrounding neighborhoods.


The WALKS will occur on Saturdays, November 1, 1PM to 4:30PM. A day's schedule will include three artist/ scientist led tours lasting one hour each.


The fall WALKS are being organized in partnership with NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) and Theatrum Mundi. Research for the WALKS are supported by students from the NYU Gallatin School of Individual Study. A panel discussion will be held at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to reflect on key experiences and hot topics that emerged through the walking dialogues (Details to follow).


The CaLL/WALKS have been made possible with generous support from Agnes Gund, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


For more information click HERE.

Preview: South of Gold Mountain

H.T. CHEN & DANCERS preview performances of 


Dedicated men and women, lured to America by the promise of gold and committed to making a better life for their families. This beautifully historic tale will delight your senses as it unfolds through contemporary dance and score that blends unlikely traditions: Chinese music with Deep South Blues.


Choreography: H.T. Chen 
Music: James Lo 
Lighting: Joe Doran 
Costumes: Caprice Esser 
Performers: Gary Champi, Lisa R. Chow, Stephanie Chun, Renouard Gee, Joanie Johnson, Sean Nederlof, Ari Someya, Keyasha Williams-Bailey with Mary A. Balzer, Hana Goldstone, Alex Leung, Charlotte Hamm


Location: 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013


To buy tickets click HERE.



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