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.

GSD 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!

Thursday 3/21 at 6:00 pm: Community Town Hall with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez

Community Town Hall with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez
Thursday, March 21, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway

For an update on the 116th Congress and discussion on the important issues facing our nation, including: Healthcare, Social Security, Immigration, Housing, Education, Economic Development, Criminal Justice, Infrastructure, Voting Rights, and the Environment.

Join Rep. Velázquez Sunday for a Rally to #EndTheShutdown

Sunday, January 13
11:00 am
Gouverneur Health Auditorium
Clinton Street entrance, between Madison and Henry

This weekend, as the current government shutdown officially becomes the longest in U.S. history, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) will join with affected workers, labor leaders, and other advocates to discuss how New Yorkers are being personally affected by the Trump Shutdown.

In addition to hearing from furloughed workers and those reporting to work without pay, the event will showcase how nutrition, housing, and other programs are being impacted by the Trump Shutdown.

Sprint for NYC Public Advocate starts … now!

With Letitia James becoming New York State Attorney General on January 1, there’s an opening for her old job, NYC Public Advocate.

A special election will be held on Tuesday, February 26 for this city-wide position. The list of candidates may be long and turnout will be low, so your interest and involvement in this race carries a higher degree of consequence than usual.

Grand Street Democrats will be hosting a candidate forum at Manny Cantor Center on Tuesday, January 29 (after which our voting members will decide whether or not to endorse any candidate for the special election).

If you would like a preview of the race this week, you can attend another candidate forum hosted by Village Independent Democrats on Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 pm. You can RSVP for that event here.