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Daily Update for April 5th 2021

New Information

  • 4/5 & 4/6:  Alternate Side Parking is In Effect. Garbage Collection is On Schedule. Schools are Opened. 
  • EVENT, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES may open at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of a negative test prior to entry, capacity may increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.
  • Show Your Park Some Love, New York!: Ways to keep our parks clean.
  • Governors Island to Reopen on May 1st: More information here.
  • Ad: Russian & Spanish Drama Programs for Children: CEKPET, Ltd./Malenkaya Kompaniya/KidzHOME – House of Multicultural Education invites kids to its drama studios in Russian and in Spanish. They not only prepare students for the Olympiada but also offer a variety of classes both online and in person. Please check out their site for the details or visit their Facebook page
  • Ad: Counseling Service in QueensRego Park Counseling 

COVID Update

  • New Vaccine Group: Beginning April 6, all New Yorkers ages 16 and older will be eligible. The updated Guidance for the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program (PDF) also addresses the eligible groups that providers should focus on. Reporting requirements in the State’s Vaccine Tracker are also detailed.
  • Travel Updates: New York State released updated guidance on Quarantine Restrictions on Domestic Travelers to New York State (PDF), which includes information for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Quarantine is no longer required for asymptomatic domestic travelers who have been fully vaccinated, including health care providers.
  • Seniors 75+ “JUST-IN-TIME” APPOINTMENTS: New Yorkers aged 75 or older may arrive at three vaccinations sites for their vaccine at any time. The age has now changed from 85 years old. Each site is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. In addition, one individual who is otherwise eligible for the vaccine may escort that 85+ New Yorker and also receive a “just in time” appointment. That escort must also be eligible to receive the vaccine due to age, medical condition, employment, or other reasons. Importantly, the escort needs to live in New York City or work in New York City in an eligible essential job. Additionally, free transportation is available for “just in time” appointments. To be screened for transportation, including ambulette or cab options, call 877-VAX-4-NYC. The locations for “just in time” appointments:
    • Bathgate Contract Postal Station: 4006 3rd Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457
    • Brooklyn Army Terminal: 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
    • Citi Field: 36-2 126th St, Flushing, NY 11368
  • CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people
  • Eligibility for Vaccines: Visit COVID-19: Vaccine Eligibility for details.
  • Available appointmentsVaccine Finder and here
  • Homebound seniors: New York City is providing in-home COVID-19 vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) to eligible NYC residents who are fully homebound, have not already been vaccinated and do not already have access to a vaccination program. New Yorkers who think they may be eligible for an in-home vaccination can fill out an interest form. The form does not set up an appointment, but it enables the program to contact them to further discuss eligibility.

Weekly Updates

Upcoming Events

  • Venue Operators: Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (Save Our Stages) Webinar: April 7thApril 9thApril 12th
  • Business Owners: SBS-PTAC: Selling to Government – Procurement Basics: April 6th
  • Rent Freeze Renewal Event: April 6, 2021, 1:00 p.m. Attend Teams Event Join by Telephone: +1 646-893-7101 Conference ID: 895 394 847# Download flyer
  • Kids: Stomp, Clap, and Sing with Little Maestros: April 6th
  • Pre-Teens: BkM Art Hangout: April 7th
  • Kids/ Teens: Virtual Chess Workshop: April 7thApril 12th
  • Business Owners: M/WBE Certification Webinar: April 7th
  • Business Owners: WEBINAR | First Step to Starting a Business: April 7th
  • Business Owners: Developing a Marketing Strategy Dream Center Virtual: April 7th
  • Teens: Summer Youth Employment Program Info Session: April 8th
  • Parents/ Kids: Storytime with The Met: April 8th
  • Business Owners: WEBINAR |Social Media Marketing: April 8th
  • Preteens/ Teens: Cooking Matters for Kids: Virtual Workshop: April 9th
  • Teens: Teen Night: WHAT PARTY: April 9th
  • Preteens/ Teens: Virtual Chess Workshop: April 9th
  • Middle School Students: Virtual Teen Studio—Portraiture and Identity (Middle School Students): April 10th
  • High School Students: Virtual Teen Studio—Portraiture and Identity (High School Students): April 10th
  • Teens: Saturday Sketching (Ages 13–18): April 10th
  • Business Owners: Seminario web cooperativo de preparación para el COVID: April 12th
  • Business Owners: LBE Certification Webinar: April 12th
  • Business Owners: WEBINAR |Small Business Financing: April 12th
  • Parents: Beyond Access Series: Free Technology to Empower Students with Disabilities: April 13th
  • Musicians: A Master Class on Laptop Production: From Nothing to Something. April 21st. 
  • Parents: The Thirteenth Olympiada of Spoken Russian will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2021 online. It is organized by CEKPET/Malenkaya Kompaniya & the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Rules, Materials for preparation and the registration form are here 


  • Heartshare Neighborhood Heating Fund opened. More information, including eligibility and where to apply can be found here. (First come, first served)
  • Parents, Opt In to Blended Learning: All remote families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. More information here.  You can visit the Learning Preference Survey at or call 311 to select blended learning for your child. Deadline is April 9 (New Deadline).
  • New Deadline! Parents: The Pre-K & 3K applications are now opened. The deadline to apply for Pre-K is April 19 (New Deadline) and for 3K is May 28.  During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. More info here.
  • Venue Operators: The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program will begin accepting applications on Thursday April 8, 2021.
  • Gifted & Talented Programs: This year’s G&T application process will be different. Instead of a test, schools will evaluate students, and those students will be put in a lottery system if they qualify. Application deadline is April 9th. For more information and to apply, click here.
  • SYEP applications are now opened: Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is the nation’s largest youth employment program, connecting NYC youth between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences each summer. Applications can be found here. Deadline to apply is April 23rd. 
  • Students in grades 6-12: The DYCD Film Festival is excepting submissions until April 23rd. More information here.
  • New Deadline! Child Support: A limited-time program called Pay It Off may help lower the amount someone owes in child support by getting a payment matched by the City from March 1- April 30.  More information here.
  • New Deadline! Open Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Extended Through May 15, 2021: Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round.  As always, New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health online, by phone at 1-855-355-5777, and by connecting with a free enrollment assister.
  • Taxes: The IRS deadline to file 2020 tax returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days. If you earned $68,000 or less in 2020, use NYC Free Tax Prep to file for free—including from home—and claim refund-boosting tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Recovery Rebate Credit. More information here.
  • New Deadline! Small Businesses: Current Round of PPP is open for all businesses. More information on the changes and how to apply can be found here. Deadline for all applications is May 31st.
  • Artists/ Entertainers:  Open Culture is a new permit type available from the Mayor’s Street Activity Permit Office allowing for ticketed performances. Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, will have the opportunity to secure a permit for single day, socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs. Open Culture Applications 
  • Businesses: DOT Announce New Application for 2021 Expansion of Open Streets. Interested businesses and community partners can learn more and apply now here.
  • Free Training in Public Health Preparedness: In Partnership with Cornell University, Free Online Training in Public Health Preparedness for New Yorkers to Build a Network of Public Health Leaders Across the State. Learn More About Becoming a NYS Citizen Public Health Leader Here.


  • NEW: EmpoweredNYC Financial Capability Training Program RFP
    The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (“Mayor’s Fund”), with the assistance of the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (“DCWP”) Office of Financial Empowerment (“OFE”), seeks proposals from qualified vendors to develop a financial capability training program that includes curricula and materials around disability benefits and financial issues facing New Yorkers with disabilities. The selected vendor (“Vendor”) will deliver the newly developed training for OFE’s network of financial counselors in New York City and provide technical assistance for a twelve (12)-month period. Deadline is April 30th. Link to RFP
  • Love Your Block RFP The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (Mayor’s Fund), for the benefit of the NYC Service’s 2021 Love Your Block initiative, is accepting proposals for New York City volunteer-led organizations to apply for a block beautification grant! Deadline April 8th  Access RFP and apply 
  • Community Food Action RFP The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (Mayor’s Fund), for the benefit of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, is accepting proposals for community-led food projects in Brownsville and East Harlem. Download the Community Food Action RFP Due April 16th.
  • Our Streets and Spaces RFP The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (Mayor’s Fund), for the benefit of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative, is accepting proposals for community engagement activities in the public spaces of Brownsville and East Harlem. Download the Our Streets and Spaces RFP Due April 16th.
  • Cultural Institutions: The Dept. of Cultural Affairs will open their grant application in the Spring. To find information and eligibility, click here.


  • Lifeguards: Try out now for a chance to become a lifeguard for summer 2021. Qualifying tests are happening until April 7th in Brooklyn, April 5th in Queens, and various times in Manhattan.
  • Brooklyn College Students: NetCost Market is hiring, and will help pay your tuition faster! More information here.
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Senior Contract Analyst
  • FEMA is hiring: There are a variety of current employment opportunities within FEMA. More information here.
  • Vaccine for All Corps is Hiring: The City will hire 2,000 New Yorkers to work on City-run vaccination efforts as part of the Vaccine for All Corps. No healthcare experience is required for many positions, which include roles in site management, operations, and client services, in addition to clinical roles.
  • Deno’s Wonder Wheel is Hiring: Jobs and information can be found here.
  • Luna Park is hiring now!
  • Police Officer Exam: Exam coming in June.

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