March 9 at 7 pm: GSD Book Club with Ian Rosenberg, author of “The Fight for Free Speech”

Author Ian Rosenberg is Assistant Chief Counsel at ABC, Inc., where he has provided pre-broadcast counsel for ABC News clients on libel, newsgathering, intellectual property, and FCC regulatory issues since 2003. He’s also a founding a member of Grand Street Dems.

Ian’s new book — The Fight for Free Speech — is timely, relatable, and wonderfully readable. He connects ten essential Supreme Court cases about our First Amendment to contemporary questions and issues in the news right now.

Ian will join us on Tuesday, March 9 for a conversation about his book and to answer your questions. Buy his book from Shakespeare & Co., McNally Jackson, or from Amazon, then join us on Tuesday, March 9 for our conversation with Ian.

Feb. 20: Civil Court Candidate Forum

There are two open seats this year for Manhattan Civil Court (county-wide) and two more open seats for Civil Court Judicial District 2 (where we live), with a number of candidates who were rated “most highly qualified” by the New York County Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court Judges on Feb. 8.

On Saturday we will have a chance to hear from all these candidates, and then will vote at our general meeting Tuesday whether to make any endorsements for these seats.

Manhattan Civil Court Candidate Forum
Saturday, February 20, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Zoom link:

Thank you to Downtown Independent Democrats for putting this forum together for all of us.

Candidates for Civil Court Judge County-wide

Candidates for Civil Court Judicial District 2

Sunday 11/15 at 2:00 pm: GSD Forum and Endorsement Meeting for City Council District 1

Next Sunday afternoon we will host all six candidates (virtually, of course) for City Council District 1, where term limits create an open seat in 2021.

City Council District 1

Sunday, November 15, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Please set aside 2:00 – 5:00 pm so that we can give this important local race the attention it deserves. Each candidate will have 20 minutes to answer your questions — for six candidates, that will take two full hours. After that, we want GSD members to have a chance to discuss their choices and make the case for their preferred candidate before we VOTE on our club’s endorsement.

Sunday 11/1: Manhattan Dems Day of Action

Grand Street Democrats is partnering with a veritable Who’s Who of Manhattan Democratic Clubs to co-host a “Day of Action” this Sunday, November 1 — we will be phone banking from 12 pm – 8 pm, to whatever swing states the Biden campaign selects (likely Pennsylvania and Florida) and we want YOU TO JOIN THE ACTION. We’re not asking you to spend all day on a bus to canvass in person, but we are asking you to dedicate at least a few of those hours to make calls.

Please sign up for at least one shift (they’re 2 hours each) and please please consider doing more than one. Caroline and Jeremy and I will be making calls all afternoon so you’ll definitely see familiar faces at those times, but it’s a huge, unified effort across many clubs, and we want to do everything we can to get out the vote in these crucial battleground states.

And no matter where you live, these phonebooks are open to all. Spread the word, encourage a friend to sign up, and reach out if you have any questions.

Stroll to the Polls! Vote early with GSD on Sunday, October 25 and Thursday, October 29

Early voting starts on Saturday, October 24 and we have a convenient poll site in our neighborhood — the public school at 220 Henry Street (enter the school on Montgomery through the Center for Aerospace).

Vote early with Grand Street Dems on Sunday, October 25 at noon or Thursday, October 29 at 10:00 am — meet at the Apple Bank on Grand & Madison and we’ll go vote together!

Why vote early?

  • Less crowded than on Election Day.
  • Your vote is counted on Election Day with all the others.
  • No need to worry about whether your absentee ballot was filled out correctly.
  • You get a sticker and/or wristband!

If you can, we recommend you vote early in person at 220 Henry Street any of these times:

Saturday, October 24 … 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, October 25 … 10 am to 4 pm
Monday, October 26 … 7 am to 3 pm
Tuesday, October 27 … 12 pm to 8 pm
Wednesday, October 28 … 12 pm to 8 pm
Thursday, October 26 … 10 am to 6 pm
Friday, October 27 … 7 am to 3 pm
Saturday, October 31 … 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, November 1 … 10 am to 4 pm

GSD October Meeting: 10/13 at 7:00 pm

Grand Street Democrats full membership meeting for October will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 pm.

We will be holding our annual elections for club officers (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary). All eligible voting members can participate.

Then we’ll continue our candidate interviews for NYC 2021 elections:

  • Mark Levine, candidate for Manhattan Borough President.
  • Brad Hoylman, candidate for Manhattan Borough President.
  • Tali Farhadian Weinstein, candidate for Manhattan District Attorney.

Register to get the Zoom link at

9/30 and 10/7: GSD Interviews City Council District 1 Candidates

We have six candidates running for the open seat in City Council District 1. Grand Street Dems has two special meetings scheduled to meet with them:

Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Guests: Gigi Li, Jenny Lam Low, and Tiffany Winbush
Zoom link:

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Guests: Maud Maron, Chris Marte, and Denny Salas
Zoom link:

Plus we have scheduled our official endorsement forum with all six candidates for Sunday, November 15, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

This race won’t be decided until June 2021, but Grand Street Dems is hosting these meetings and holding an early endorsement meeting to make sure you have ample opportunity to get to know these candidates and get involved in this critical campaign for our neighborhood.

GSD September Meeting with Dan Quart and Diana Florence

Wednesday, September 2
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Guests: Dan Quart and Diana Florence, candidates for Manhattan D.A.

Join Zoom Meeting or call 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 876 4431 7602 | Password: 872787

We continue our interviews of Democratic candidates for Manhattan District Attorney this week with Assemblymember Dan Quart and former Assistant D.A. Diana Florence

The meeting is being held online, of course, via Zoom. You can use your computer or phone to join and ask questions of the candidates.

Phone bank for Biden-Harris every Monday until Election Day

We may not be able to knock on doors in Pennsylvania this fall, but we can still help get Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected to the White House.

Join our Swing State Phone Bank every Monday at 5:00 pm from now until Election Day.

You’ll need a computer that runs Chrome or Firefox (not Safari). We will have an ongoing Zoom call during the phone bank so we can share stories and enjoy each other’s company. Instructions will be sent to you after you sign up.

If Mondays are not a good time for you — there are phone banks happening every evening and you should pick a day that works for you and sign up then. Check out this page for volunteer opportunities. Please do not let the next ten weeks go by without getting involved.