MBP Harlem/Uptown News: Gale Brewer’s Weekly Newsletter

Here’s this week’s MBP Harlem/Uptown News: Gale Brewer’s Weekly Newsletter she sends every week.


Save the date! Saturday, 9/11 from noon – 3 pm at P.S. 175 (175 W. 134th St.), I’m distributing 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to central Harlem elementary and middle school students, in partnership with the New York Urban League and the NAACP.

Small businesses can get help navigating red tape and City regulations with the Business Quick Start program, a concierge service that gives businesses a single point of contact, from the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services.

Sign-ups to resume curbside composting are now open. Sign up here, or get your building’s management/board to sign up if you live in a multi-unit building. The Dept. of Sanitation will notify you when service will start in your neighborhood.

Parents with incomes too low to file taxes with the IRS may not be receiving the now-monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit ($300 per child under age 6, and $250 a month for kids between ages 6 to 17). Click here for virtual, in-person, drop-off, and self-prep with help options.


NYCHA is hiring for more than 70 full- and part-time positions for the Jr. Knicks x NYCHA “Stop the Violence” Basketball League. Pay ranges from $20–$32/hour. Click the links to apply for the site supervisorborough coordinator, or community service aide positions.


Tuesday (9/7) at 6 pm, virtual event “Your Financial Journey: Back-to-School Edition” teaches about credit and putting financial plans into action with “Harlem’s Banker” Nichol X. King, sponsored by workforce development nonprofit Strive and Chase Bank. Click the title to register. (If you attended last week’s “Your Financial Journey” event, attend this one and get a free backpack.)

Wednesday (9/8) at 2 pm, small business professionals are invited to a Spanish-language webinar about applying to the NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, hosted by the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation. The grant program awards businesses up to $50,000. Register here.

Next Thursday (9/9) from noon – 5 pm, I’m a co-sponsor of the “NYC African Heritage Month Celebration” at the Africa Center (1250 5th Ave. btwn 106th–107th St.). There will be cultural performances, school supplies, legal and immigration consultations, human rights resources, and multilingual COVID vaccine and testing information. Click the title to register. To request an assistive listening device, interpretation, or another accommodation, conwu@cchr.nyc.gov by Monday (9/6).