Thursday, February 18, 2021

Summary of our Feb. 17, 2021 General Tenants Meeting

Thanks to the tenants who made the time to participate. We all got to ask Mark Levine specific questions - and strengthen our tenant association - and we had a good discussion, covering
  • Ranked voting: In primary elections for NYC offices, you can choose up to 5 - ranking them as first choice, second choice, etc.  If no first choice candidate reaches 50%, the last candidate's votes will be re-allocated to the top four candidates according to the choices listed - until one person has 50%.  The advantages: candidates are less likely to engage in negative campaigning since they may need the supporters of another candidate; and minority candidates are more likely to be heard. 
  • Right to Counsel in Housing Court: While we already have that in our zip code for needy tenants, the Council needs to expand it city-wide.  The eviction moratorium ends Feb. 26, 2021 - or May 1st for tenants who fill out hardship declarations.  But after that, there may be an avalanche of eviction proceedings for all the tenants who have been unable to pay rent due to the pandemic. 

How to sign up for a COVID vaccination by phone or computer

To schedule a COVID vaccination appointment:



NYC Health &Hospitals site,  1-877-VAX-4NYC (Seniors get free transportation on request)

VaccineFinderNYC.gov877-829-4692 (Seniors get free transportation on request)

Ryan Center:

Call Denise Fontanez-Rodriguez, 212-316-7906, 347-964- 3253



Drugstores for people 65 or older:

Rite Aid

Walgreen/Duane Read:

For all eligible people, regardless of age: .This puts together information from the City and State public sites. Follow our Twitter @turbovax) to be instantly notified when appointments open up.

Columbia, NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell: Go to the, its Connect patient portal. (

Abyssinian Baptist Church members: 


Monday, February 15, 2021

Zoom Tenants Meeting this Wed., 2/17 at 8:30 PM

Join the Central Park Gardens Tenants' Association's second

ZOOM (and phone*) 





Mark is Chair of the NYC Council Committee on Health, as well as a leader in getting tenants the right to free legal counsel in Housing Court. 

We'll talk about building issues (8:30 to 8:45) before he joins us, and then
  • ranked voting - what it is, how to do it, how it affects us
  • COVID vaccinations, 
  • and more!
To join by Zoom, click here on Wednesday evening.

*To join by phone: 

Dial 1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 857 1772 5243 Passcode: 471290  

Friday, February 12, 2021

COVID has changed our usual VALENTINE’S DAY fundraiser too.

BUT we still need money –to keep all tenants informed with tenant handbooks, this website, flyers and more, and to fight the expected “Major Capital Improvement” increase we’re expecting for the rent stabilized tenants.



·     Joining or renewing your membership ($10/apartment each year), and

·     Contributing to our Legal Fund ($100 yearly or whatever you can afford).


Bring your check to your floor captain, or bring it (or send your electronic check) payable to Central Park Gardens Ten.’ Assn. to Joan Browne in Apt. 12F. 

Friday, February 5, 2021

General Tenants Meeting - Feb. 17 with Council Member Mark Levine

Contact the Central Park Gardens Tenants' Association for the zoom link. 

Vaccine resources

Here are a few ways to try to get a vaccine if you are eligible:

1.  (a private group of volunteers)

2. Columbia Armory - if you are registered or sign up on Connect (New York-Presbyterian's online patient portal).  You'll get notified through Connect when appointments become available. 

3. Vaccine appointment Assistance Team (VAAT):  
PHONE:  501-510-0251

4. NYC's vaccine portal: