10/20: Canvass in PA for Tina Davis

We’ve been partnering this year with Sister District Project, a national organization focused on flipping state races in key states around the country.

On Saturday, October 20 please join us for a day trip to canvass for Tina Davis outside Philadelphia. This is a chance to activate voters to increase Democratic representation in Harrisburg.

The bus leaves at 8:45 am from the corner of West 34th St. & 9th Ave. We expect to be back to that corner by 6:00 pm. Please RSVP below:

Tuesday, 10/9: Important traffic meeting with CB3 and DOT

Community Board meeting wth DOT
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 pm

Seward Park Extension Community Center
56 Essex Street (between Grand and Broome)

We have an important opportunity on Tuesday to make sure that the Department of Transportation helps to solve our neighborhood traffic problem.

DOT has been dragging its heels coming up with a solution for the traffic that starts at Grand & Clinton and radiates throughout the neighborhood. When DOT last presented to CB3 this summer, there were no new solutions proposed, just promises that data collected in the spring will be analyzed with proposals to come.

On Tuesday, DOT returns to CB3 to report on two potential traffic pattern changes:

  • Eliminate Clinton Street access to bridge.
  • Reduce Clinton traffic by eliminating left turn from East Broadway, Henry, and Madison during rush.

Based on the soft dividers recently installed on Grand near Clinton, DOT appears to be aiming for more low-impact improvements instead of looking for alternative traffic patterns. A strong public showing at CB3 Tuesday would emphasize that residents believe Clinton Street is not an appropriate approach to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Thursday 10/4: GSD Fall Meeting

GSD Fall Meeting

Thursday, October 4
6:00 pm

Seward Park Coop Community Room, 266 East Broadway

All GSD officers are up for re-election: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. If you are a member, please consider running! This club will continue to grow and engage local Democrats only with commitments from people like you!

We will also be discussing City Charter proposals that will be on the November ballot, and finalizing our November endorsements.

8/27 6pm: Meet Robert Rosenthal

You are invited to meet
Robert Rosenthal, candidate for civil court
Monday, August 27
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Seward Park Coop Community Room
266 East Broadway

On September 13, we have an uncommon opportunity to select a new civil court judge for the second judicial district (covering much of the East Village and Lower East Side). Robert Rosenthal is the only candidate in that race to be rated “Highly Qualified” by three independent screening panels, and is endorsed by every one of our local elected officials as well as many prominent members of Grand Street Democrats.

On Monday evening, come meet Robert and hear why it’s so important to vote for him on September 13.

Sunday 8/26: Canvass for Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams

Grand Street Canvass for Nixon/Williams
Sunday, August 26
1:00 – 5:00 pm

413 Grand Street, Apt. F1007

We have another chance this weekend to tell neighbors about our support for Cynthia Nixon for Governor and Jumaane Williams for Lt. Governor.

We’ll meet in Seward building 2, apartment F1007 with campaign organizers before heading out to contact Seward Democrats personally.

Sunday 8/12: Canvass for Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams

Grand Street Canvass for Nixon/Williams

Sunday, August 12
3:30 – 7:30 pm

550J Grand Street, #11F

After our meeting Thursday with Cynthia Nixon and her campaign team, we are ready to knock on doors on Grand Street to mobilize our neighbors for the primary. GSD member Sarah Richardson has graciously opened her home on Sunday to get this campaign season underway.

Thursday, August 9: GSD Summer Meeting with Special Guest Cynthia Nixon

GSD Summer Meeting with Special Guest Cynthia Nixon

Thursday, August 9
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Seward Park Coop Community Room
266 East Broadway

The Democratic Primary is right around the corner, and Grand Street Democrats will be standing with our endorsed candidates right up until the polls close on September 13.

At the top of our ticket is Cynthia Nixon, candidate for Governor, who will be the special guest on Thursday, August 9 at our Summer Meeting. Nixon and her campaign team will be there to talk about her campaign and how to help get out the vote in our neighborhood.

I really hope you can join us!

Monday July 30: Meet Robert Rosenthal

Meet Robert Rosenthal

Monday, July 30
6:00 – 8:30 pm

550H Grand Street (Lewis)
Apt. GG (ground floor)

Joyce Ravitch and GSD member Ellen Gruber Garvey invite you to meet Civil Court candidate Robert Rosenthal on Monday evening at their home in Hillman.

Rosenthal has been endorsed by Grand Street Dems, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Carlina Rivera, and … well, basically everyone. But he still faces a Democratic primary on Thursday, September 13, and is working hard to meet as many voters as possible before then. Please drop by Monday to say hi!

Tuesday 7/31: Support No IDC challengers

No IDC Fundraiser

Tuesday, July 31
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Brass Monkey
55 West Little 12th Street

Over the next seven weeks, we will be asking GSD members to participate in a few meaningful ways in the Democratic primary on Thursday, September 13.

First up: this amazing fundraiser for “No IDC” challengers for NY State Senate.

These 8 Democrats are running to unseat the IDC Dems who formed a coalition with Republicans, blocking most progressive legislation in NY for the last 7 years, including parts of the Women’s Equality Act to codify Roe v. Wade in New York law, GENDA to protect LGBT New Yorkers from discrimination, voting reform, criminal justice reform, campaign finance and ethics reform, and important protections for tenants.

But wait, didn’t you read that the IDC broke up and joined the mainstream Democrats in Albany? Don’t be fooled. They did this only after this year’s legislative session ended, they did the exact same thing during election season four years ago (then stuck with the Republicans after getting re-elected), and they are still running with campaign funds raised illegally by pretending to be an entirely different party.

Luckily, our State Senator, Brian Kavanagh, is *not* part of the IDC, so we don’t need to vote for a challenger on September 13. But the outcome of these primaries will effect the kind of work Sen. Kavanagh can accomplish on our behalf in Albany.

I hope you’ll join Grand Street Democrats in supporting these Democrats on Tuesday, July 31.

July 15: LES Historic District* Walking Tour

Walking Tour of Proposed LES Historic District

Sunday, July 15
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Meet at the corner of Hester & Forsyth

We’ve received a special invitation from LESPI board member (and GSD member) Helena Andreyko:

The Lower East Side Preservation Initiative (LESPI) was honored to receive the support of the Grand Street Democrats for the proposed historic district on the LES, and is delighted to invite members of GSD for a free tour of the proposed district, Sunday, July 15, 2:00 pm.

Our tenement buildings have been home to waves of immigrants for generations and were once the center of one of the most vital and bustling centers of commerce in the City. Their facades reflect an era of intricate design and construction that would never be replicated today, but whose intricate features are rarely noticed by pedestrians hurriedly passing by.

Please join Richard Moses, President of LESPI, for a one hour tour as he points out buildings and the beautiful features that make our neighborhood special and worthy of historic designation.

The tour is free but we request an RSVP below.

*Proposed Historic District (so far).