Local Government

How to legally open a fire hydrant

NYC has the tradition of opening a fire hydrant to cool off. However, many New Yorkers don’t open hydrants properly and can waste 1,000 gallons of water a minute, throw off the water pressure for hydrants in use by the FDNY, and even potentially knock over a small child. To responsibly and legally open one of our 170,000 fire hydrants, ask your local firehouse for a spray cap (locate your nearest firehouse here!), and they’ll come to put it on for the day. 

How to report illegal cannabis retailers

Complaints about stores illegally operating can be made to the New York State Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) at complaints@ocm.ny.gov.

Please also let  Council Member Keith Powers’ office (Council District 4) know about these stores, email kpowers@council.nyc.gov or call 212-818-0580 so that his staff can coordinate with OCM & District Attorney Bragg’s office.

New York State Assembly Member Alex Bores has posted a form that can be used for reporting illegal cannabis stores. They will forward all reports to the Office of Cannabis Management. form.jotform.com/alexbores/report. His email address is boresa@nyassembly.gov

Copy our NYPD Neighborhood Coordination officers, you can look them up (by Sector) at:

17th Pct nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/17th-precinct.page

13th Pct nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/13th-precinct.page

Midtown South nyc.gov/site/nypd/bureaus/patrol/precincts/midtown-south-precinct.page

How to request a free bike rack from NYC DOT

You can request a free bike rack from the City Department of Transportation (DOT). 
CityRacks are free sidewalk bicycle parking racks, placed throughout New York City by DOT. They to encourage cycling for commuting, short trips and errands. CityRacks accommodate all types of bicycles and locks. CityRacks are not intended to be used for long-term parking. Bulk requests from Business Improvement Districts, civic associations or other groups of community members are encouraged and will be prioritized. To contact Community Board 6, email office@cbsix.org.

Internet crime (cyber crime) tips to stay safe

Key ways to stay safe on your smart phone:

  1. Do not respond to suspicious text messages. Don’t even reply by messaging “STOP” or “NO.”
  2. Do not click on hyperlinks or attachments in suspect messages.
  3. Take steps to filter unwanted messages or block them before they reach you.

Consumer advocates offer guidance on protecting against scam texts. Read their advice—and consider sharing it with loved ones.

  • Several mobile phone providers allow you to block a sender by forwarding unwanted texts to 7726 (“SPAM”). Check with your provider about this and other blocking options available on your phone, through your wireless provider or using a call-blocking app. Here’s more from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Do not respond to texts from unknown numbers or others that appear suspicious. Replying “STOP” or “NO” signals that your phone number is active, and your number could be sold to other criminal.
  • Keep in mind that scammers often spoof phone numbers — including in texts — by making it appear the texter is local or from a legitimate entity to trick you into responding.
  • Be extra cautious if pressured to immediately divulge information or make a payment.
  • Never share personal or financial information via a text, email or phone call.
  • If you’re not sure a text is legit, contact the purported sender using a phone number you know to be legitimate.
  • Do not click on links or attachments in untrustworthy texts. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link, check with the acquaintance to determine if he or she has been hacked.
  • Report scam texts to the FCC, the FTC, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center and to the entity whose name appears in the suspect message.

JHS 104 Simon Baruch Junior High School

330 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010


BEDS CODE: 310200010104

INSTITUTION ID: 800000048398

Keith Powers – NYC Council Member District 4

City Council District 4 includes the Upper East Side, Carnegie Hill, Yorkville, Central Park South, Midtown East, Times Square, Koreatown, Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, Waterside Plaza, Tudor City, Turtle Bay, Murray Hill, Sutton Place.

Contact information:

Email: KPowers@council.nyc.gov
Contact website: https://council.nyc.gov/district-4

District Office

211 E. 43 Street, Suite 1205
New York, NY 10017


Legislative Office 

250 Broadway, Suite 1815
New York, NY 10007

212-788-7366 phone


Committee on Health 
Committee on Economic Development 
Committee on Finance 
Subcommittee on Capital Budget 
Committee on Governmental Operations 
Committee on Oversight and Investigation 
Committee on Public Safety 
Committee on Criminal Justice (Chair) 

Know Your Evacuation Zone

The time to prepare is now. Know your zone. Know the hazards. Visit NYC.gov/knowyourzone to find your hurricane evacuation zone.  

Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Permit Application Finder Map

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Permit Application Finder map displays permit applications and issued permits for work on Individual, Interior and Scenic Landmarks, as well as Historic District buildings in all five boroughs. It includes detailed, up-to-date information on the status of LPC permit applications filed and permits issued since January 1, 2016.

Users can search by address or docket number or simply click on designated buildings and sites to see if there are any applications for work that requires an LPC permit (this includes any restoration, alteration, reconstruction, demolition, or new construction that affects the exterior of an individual landmark or building in a historic district).

For more information on how to use the map, click on the gear icon in the map’s upper right corner.

To learn more about LPC permits, please visit the LPC application information page.

Map information is subject to change. If you would like to confirm the status of a permit, please contact the LPC.

Landmarks Preservation Commission Business Express Service

LPC launched a Business Express Service that will serve as a one-stop shop for business owners in landmark buildings making it easier for them to get their permits. This initiative supports Mayor Adams’s “Rebuild, Renew, Reinvent Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery.”

The LPC Business Express Service includes a dedicated hotline and team of preservationists who will offer pre-application consultation and focused application review to support businesses located in storefronts and other street-level commercial spaces in the City’s designated buildings and historic districts, including restaurants, retail stores and offices. As part of the launch for LPC Business Express Service, staff will be holding virtual Open Office Hours for business owners and their representatives every third Thursday of the month. Read the press release. Business express page nyc.gov/site/lpc/applications/lpc-business-express.page

League of Women Voters of the City of New York

Email: office@lwvnyc.org

telephone: 212-725-3541

Address: 4 West 43rd Street, Suite Suite 615, New York, NY 10036

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our government and impact public policy through citizen education and advocacy. The League’s enduring vitality comes from its unique decentralized structure; working at the national, state, and local levels. The League neither supports nor opposes candidates or political parties at any level of government.

While the League’s legislative priorities change to reflect the needs of society, our organization remains true to its basic purpose: to make democracy work for all citizens.

For more about the League’s advocacy goals, take a look at our Impact on Issues at the local, state and national levels:

New York City League of Women Voters

New York State League of Women Voters

National League of Women Voters

Website contact: http://manhattanbp.nyc.gov/html/contact/contact.shtml

Phone: 212-669-8300

Fax: 212-669-4305

1 Centre Street
19th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Map of Open Streets

Bicycle Utopia NYC has an interactive map that highlights Open Streets, Open Restaurants, bicycling information and arts and culture opportunities.


Mediating Establishment and Neighbor Disputes (MEND)

The Mayor announced MEND NYC, a program to provide mediation to New Yorkers and hospitality businesses across the city who are in disputes over quality-of-life issues. This is a free, innovative alternative that can bring lasting solutions to longstanding local issues, which are tracked by complaints to 311.  

MEND (Mediating Establishment and Neighbor Disputes) NYC will serve hundreds of New York residents and businesses each year, creating opportunities to resolve disputes before they escalate to the need for formal enforcement, such as issuing summonses, which can add financial hardship to small businesses operating under new rules and guidelines. Mediation is a constructive conversation between people in conflict that is facilitated by an experienced, neutral third person. Mediation provides participants an opportunity to collaboratively design creative solutions and repair tense relationships. MEND will get businesses and New Yorkers to communicate directly and establish respectful ongoing dialogue, helping them to compromise and coexist. 

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) will administer the MEND NYC program in partnership with the Office of Nightlife at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. OATH is the City’s central independent administrative law court where summonses issued by the City’s various enforcement agencies are filed.  Also housed in OATH is the City’s central mediation center, the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution, which has traditionally been responsible for mediating City government workplace conflict.  MEND NYC will represent the first time OATH’s Center for Creative Conflict Resolution makes its services and expertise widely available to the general public, with mediations taking place outside of the OATH court system hearing process.  OATH has professional mediators and conflict resolution trainers at its Center but OATH has also worked diligently to partner with conflict resolution groups and law schools across the City to build up a roster of trained mediators who can assist the MEND NYC program.  These mediators will be working pro bono and will help ensure that the MEND NYC program is available to all who want to participate in this free option. 

The Office of Nightlife, a non-enforcement liaison between the City and the nightlife industry and community, will be actively referring cases where there may be chronic or urgent quality of life complaints related to a restaurant, bar, or other nightlife venue. The Office of Nightlife will also provide education and support to businesses to assist with compliance and with maintaining good relationships with their neighbors.

Metropolitan Republican Club

Address: 122 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028-0838 Telephone: 212-288-8606 Email: mail@metclubnyc.org

MSWAB Comprehensive Database Provides Manhattan Residents with Options for Donation, Sharing, Selling, Swapping, and more

To reduce the enormous volume of reusable household items and furnishings thrown in the garbage and sent to landfills, the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) has published a database covering hundreds of organizations where no-longer-wanted items can be donated, shared, sold or swapped in New York City. This extensive resource is the first of its kind – compiled from many sources – where citizens can learn how to keep usable, good condition items in circulation, and also find great buys for quality items (or get them for free).

The database is available on the MSWAB website, accompanied by an interactive map, to help readers locate these resources.  Donate, Reuse & Repair Factsheet. Full database and map manhattanswab.org/donate-reuse-repair.

MTA mobile buses and vans – for assistance with MetroCards

Mobile sales vehicles can help with:

  • Apply for Reduced-Fare MetroCards
  • Transfer MetroCard balances (Full fare and Reduced-Fare)
  • Exchange a damaged Reduced-Fare MetroCard for a temporary replacement
  • Report a lost/stolen Reduced-Fare MetroCard
  • Ask about any MetroCard-related issues

See full schedule and locations at new.mta.info/fares/metrocard-mobile-sales 

MyCity an online portal for City services and benefits

MyCity an online portal one-stop-shop for City services and benefits, starting with child care, career, and business services.


neighborhoods.nyc is a private-public partnership between the City of New York and Vizalytics Technology, Inc. It opens up government data so that it can be seen by the public. If you allow the website to “know” your Location or enter Murray Hill as the neighborhood, you will see information about traffic, transit, schools, complaints, etc. in Murray Hill.

You can sign up to get email or text notices of 311 service requests and other public information at citygram.nyc.

New app for NYC students distance learning: Learn at Home

This app is now available on all DOE-issued iPads. The?Learn at Home app supports students’ remote-learning needs. It gives parents, students, and staff the ability to stay connected and informed through quick access to student accounts, other learning apps and technical support.

The app provides students with links to all the tools they need to attend class, complete assignments, and track their progress. The Learn at Home features can be accessed at schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home.