Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Upcoming Four Freedoms Park Tour and Other Community Events

Second Avenue Street Fair (on Third!)

Come by the Second Avenue Street Fair (on Third!) and say hello to CIVITAS!
On Saturday, June 1st from noon - 5 pm the street fair is kicking off Second Avenue Restaurant and Retail Week. The fair is located on Third Avenue from 68th - 86th Streets (not held on Second Avenue due to construction).
CIVITAS will be located at 84th Street and Third Avenue. We hope to see you there!

Save The Date: FDR Four Freedoms Park Tour

Urbanist and Roosevelt Island resident, Sharon Pope will be leading a tour of FDR Four Freedoms Park on Thursday, June 20 at 5:45 pm.
Details to follow! Space is limited. Space is limited. RSVP by email at or phone at 212-996-0745
Suggested donation $10

Community Events

New York League of Conservation Voters and Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems Environmental Candidate School
With four open seats among the borough presidents and another 19 open seats in the City Council, there is a unique opportunity to cultivate the next generation of sustainability leadership in New York City. To make the most of this opportunity, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) will conduct an Environmental Candidate School.
Saturday, May 11th from 8:30am – noon
NYU Kimmel Center
238 Thompson Street
The event is free and open to all candidates, campaign staff and advocacy partners. To reserve a seat, RSVP today by clicking here.
Harlem River Park Shoreline Cleanup
Saturday, May 11th from 10 am - 2 pm 
Enter Harlem River Park at 5th Avenue and 139th Street, using the ramp over Harlem River Drive. You’ll be met with a volunteer who will assist you.
It's My Park Day

On It's My Park Day, join Upper Green Side, the Friends of the East River Esplanade and East River C.R.E.W. beautify the East River Esplanade. Volunteers are needed to paint the railings, plant flowers, and do a general clean-up.
Sunday, May 19th from 10am - 3pm
East River Esplanade
96th Street and FDR Drive

City & Suburban Homes York Avenue Estate Historic District Walking Tour
The tour includes City & Suburban Homes Landmark, Shively Sanitary Tenements, PS 158, Webster Library, John Jay Park, former East Side House Settlement.
Sunday, May 19th at 1 pm
Meet at the City & Suburban Homes Archive Room
515 East 78th Street (East of York Avenue)
The tour is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Marie Beirne at (212) 388-0883.

Monday, May 6, 2013

NYC Recycling Program Now Includes "Hard" Plastics

NYC Recycling Program Now Includes "Hard" Plastics

Just days after Earth Day, on Wednesday, April 24, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced that rigid plastics can now be recycled under the newly expanded recycling program. What does this mean for you? You can now recycle hard plastics, such as: 
  • plastic bottles, jugs & jars
  • rigid plastic caps & lids 
  • rigid plastic food containers (yogurt, deli, hummus, dairy tubs, cookie tray inserts, "clamshell" containers, other plastic take-out containers) 
  • rigid plastic non-food containers 
  • rigid plastic packaging ("blister-pak" and "clamshell" consumer packaging, acetate boxes) 
  • rigid plastic housewares (flower pots, mixing bowls, plastic appliances, etc.) 
  • bulk plastic (crates, buckets, pails, furniture, large toys, large appliances, etc.)

Rather than determining what container goes where, simply put your hard plastics in with your glass bottles, soda bottles, and metals. In addition, you’ll receive a mailer from the NYC Department of Sanitation that describes the recycling program expansion with infographics of what to recycle and how.
For more information, please visit the following links:
Do you want to improve your recycling program in your apartment building? Call (212) 996-0745or email to find out how.

CIVITAS Intern Spotlight: Jessica Cignarella

Jessica Cignarella is currently working on her Master in Science in City and Regional Planning at the Pratt Institute with an expected graduation date of May 2014.  Her areas of focus include community development and transportation planning.  Prior to Pratt, Jessica attended the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she focused on environmental and urban studies and planning issues.  After graduating from UCSD, she worked as a transit planner at Transportation Management & Design, Inc. (TMD) where she developed valuable technical and analytical skills as well as a working knowledge of transit systems throughout the U.S.

Jessica recently joined CIVITAS as the new Graduate Intern taking over work on the clean heating oil conversion program and the apartment building recycling initiative with the Department of Sanitation.  She is currently working with Environment & Infrastructure Committee in planning an outreach meeting to discuss air quality and heating oil conversion, and apartment building recycling with local residents and business owners of the Upper East Side and East Harlem. To learn more about these environmental initiatives, visit

Once finished at Pratt in 2014, Jessica plans to remain in New York City and focus her efforts as an urban planner on environmental and transportation issues within local communities.  When she is not working to improve quality of life in communities, she is likely out exploring a new park or open space, biking around the city, or home trying out a new cookie or cake recipe. Jessica is incredibly excited at the opportunity to work with CIVITAS and hopes to make positive improvements in the UES and East Harlem neighborhoods. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Neighborhood Discussion with John Kriskiewicz and Hunter Armstrong on May 14

East of Eden: An Exploration of East 96th Street and Environs from Central Park to the East River

Discover the geographic, technological, economic and planning influences that have shaped the development of the iconic neighborhoods of the Upper East Side and East Harlem as they intersect at East 96th Street.
Join Hunter Armstrong, Executive Director of CIVITAS, and Architectural Historian John Kriskiewicz for an in-depth, illustrated discussion in the historic library of the former Fabbri Mansion, now House of the Redeemer. A NYC landmark, House of the Redeemer was designed by acclaimed architect Grosvenor Atterbury and constructed for the Fabbri family between 1914-1916.
A reception and refreshments will follow the lecture.
Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 pm
House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues)
Suggested donation: $15, Special rate for CIVITAS members: $10
Registration is requested.
RSVP to CIVITAS at (212) 996-0745 or
More about John Kriskiewicz: A native New Yorker, John holds a professional degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute, is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, and a board member of DOCOMOMO New York Tri-State. Over the past two decades he has taught courses focused on architectural and planning history at Parsons School of Design, The Cooper Union, Fashion Institute of Technology, Stern College for Women and Manhattan College while designing tour programs and lectures for many of New York City’s institutions and corporations. Exhibitions and articles have revealed history and preservation issues to a broad audience. John admits to a special affinity for New York’s extensive infrastructure as well as its Mid-Century Modern heritage.