Wednesday 5/27: Cocktails, Crazy Hats, & Conversation* with Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou

*Cocktails and crazy hats optional; conversation guaranteed.

Our Assemblymember, Yuh-Line Niou, faces a primary challenge on June 23. Grand Street Democrats has endorsed Niou and we encourage you to join your neighbors this Wednesday at 7:30 pm for a virtual fundraiser and get-together to support her re-election campaign.

In the midst of all this chaos, Yuh-Line has been a rock for our district, working tirelessly with constituents, providing the most vulnerable with resources, food, medicine, and masks, fighting for relief for small businesses, and advocating for fair policy and budget justice every step of the way. 

We want Yuh-Line to stay in office to keep fighting for our families and communities, but she’s not taking any money from corporate PACs or real estate lobbyists, and during this time, she needs all the support she can get, no matter how much.

Suggested donation for Wednesday is only $10. With New York’s public matching program, your small donation goes a long way.

Absolutely no donation is too small, but if you cannot contribute at this time and would still like to attend, please email!

Virtual meeting on Tuesday with Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou

Our current health and economic crisis unfolded right smack in the middle of Albany’s budget process at the end of March.

Though the Governor’s budget passed, our Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou opposed key provisions of the budget that reduced funds for education, health, and family assistance.


Please join us this Tuesday to hear Assemblymember Niou talk about why that vote was so important, and what Albany is able to do now to help New Yorkers through this crisis.

GSD Zoom Meeting
with Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou

Tuesday, April 21 at 7:15 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Or call in: 929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 985 3095 8156

Virtual Meeting this Thursday 7:15 pm with Mark Levine, chair of City Council Health Committee

As chair of the City Council Health Committee, Councilmember Mark Levine’s Twitter feed has become essential reading for anyone keeping up with the demands that Covid-19 is placing on NYC’s health system.

Then he got sick himself, and followed his own very public advice to not get tested, and to not overwhelm hospitals if your symptoms are manageable.

Luckily, Councilmember Levine is on the mend at home. He’ll be joining us this Thursday for our first virtual meeting to talk about the challenges facing the City at this critical moment.

Grand Street Dems Virtual Meeting
Thursday, April 2
7:15 pm

Join via Zoom app:

Join via web browser:

Call in:
+1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 102 738 126

Why are we starting at 7:15? So that at 7:00 pm we can all clap & play — throw open your window, applaud NYC’s healthcare and other essential workers, then play New York, New York as loud as you can. (You don’t need to wait until Thursday — clap & play is every night at 7:00 pm!)

Holiday Party 2019 — thank you!

Thank you to the event’s hosts, who gave a little extra into the tip jar. Many of these friends have been graciously supporting GSD from the very beginning:

  • Courtney Allison & David Horowitz
  • Allison & Joey Gordon
  • Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg
  • Yuh-Line Niou
  • Daria & Diego Segalini
  • Judith Wind
  • Kenny Wind
District Leaders Caroline Laskow and Lee Berman present GSD Citizen of the Year! awards to Pat Arnow and Tommy Loeb.

Also thank you to our 2019 Citizens of the Year!

  • Pat Arnow, in recognition of her vital and spirited defense of East River Park, and of her work to mobilize the community for a better flood protection plan.
  • Tommy Loeb, for his consistent and fierce advocacy before our elected representatives on behalf of the residents of Grand Street and the Lower East Side.

And thanks to all of you! Thank you for your support and continued advocacy for the neighborhood. Happy Thanksgiving and a full, joyous, holiday season!

Tuesday 7/30: Democratic Debate Watch Party at Randall’s BBQ

Join us on Tuesday for the first night of the second round of 2020 Democratic debates. Randall’s BBQ on Grand Street will have a happy hour drink menu, plus their usual delicious meats and sides, available to Grand Street Dems members.

The debate doesn’t start until 9:00 8:00 but you’re invited to join us starting at 8:30 7:30 — come early to save a seat!

6/26 at 8:30 pm: Democratic Debate Watch Party

Is it 2020 yet?

Booker, Castro, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Inslee, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Ryan, and Warren make up the ten candidates selected for the stage Wednesday. (Another ten candidates who qualified will have their chance the next night.)

The first debate of the Democratic primary is airing Wednesday, June 26 — join GSD members at a debate Watch Party at La Flaca on Grand Street at Suffolk.

Democratic Debate Watch Party
Wednesday, June 26
8:30 pm
La Flaca, Grand Street and Suffolk

Monday 6/3: East River Park Town Hall

The City has a $1.4 billion plan to bulldoze East River Park and add 8-10 feet of landfill in order to protect the East Village and Lower East Side from rising sea level and storm surges. The park would be closed for at least 3-1/2 years starting in 2020.

  • Existing landscape bulldozed.
  • Amphitheater razed.
  • Entire park raised 8-10 feet with landfill.
  • Playing fields and facilities rebuilt.
  • New pedestrian bridges.

In order for residents to learn about the plan and possible alternatives, and to ask questions directly of the City officials in charge of the project, Grand Street Democrats is hosting a Town Hall next week:

Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm
Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway

If you have time, there is material available online for you to review before the Town Hall:

Please try to make it. This project will have a huge impact on our neighborhood.

Thursday 5/16, 6:30 pm: GSD Spring Meeting

Please join us next Thursday 5/16 at 6:30 for our 2019 Spring Meeting.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm
Seward Coop Community Room
266 East Broadway

We will welcome Assemblymember Dan Quart who will update us on criminal justice reform legislation passed in Albany. Quart has also been a vocal and public critic of Manhattan D.A. Cy Vance and many of the policies of his office.

We will also have updates about three important local topics: M14 service cuts, East River Park rebuilding, and traffic mitigation on Grand Street. Elected officials are actively looking for more community input on these issues, so we will be voting on resolutions to express our support for certain goals.

We will also announce results of our first 2020 Presidential Straw Poll.

See you next week!