Saturday, October 28, 2017

Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj & Senator Jeff Klein's - 5th Annual Halloween Parade & Party

The 5th Annual Gjonaj/Klein Halloween Parade stepped off Pelham Parkway at White Plains Road at 1:45 PM as scheduled. 
The parade goers led by State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, White Plains Road BID Executive Director Joe Thompson, consisting of about 100 children and their parents marched to PS 105 on Brady Avenue several blocks from the starting point. As you will see in the photos below they marched down White Plains Road past the stores, turned left onto Brady Avenue, and then proceeded to PS 105 where everyone went inside to start to party.

Above - They marched down White Plains Road past the stores like Chase Bank, but there was no time to stop in any of the stores such as the Pizza Hut/Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins - Below.  

Above - There wasn't even time to stop for a cup of Starbucks Coffee on White Plains Road.
Below - The marchers are on Brady Avenue one block from PS 105 now.

Above - PS 105 was having renovations to the outside, so the protective scaffolding provided the proper atmosphere as you entered the school.
Below - Inside there were treats, face painting, pumpkin face making, and music for the kids to enjoy.

Above - Water and other liquid refreshments, snacks, and candied apples. were available to be had.
Below - Each child was given a pumpkin.

Above - The children were given markers to draw on the pumpkins.
Below - The Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association happily volunteered their time for the children's enjoyment. 

Above - State Senator Jeff Klein said a few words about Halloween safety for the children.
Below - Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj said it has been great partnering with Senator Klein on this and many other projects they do for the community. 

Above - Senator Klein and Assemblyman Gjonaj gave out goody bags to the children. While Below a staffer dressed as the Grim Reaper walks around.

Councilman Ulrich to Introduce Legislation to Block de Blasio from Removing Christopher Columbus Statue

The Bipartisan Bill Would Require a Majority Vote from the Council Before Removing Any Statue on Public Land

WHO: Councilman Eric Ulrich; Councilman Alan Maisel; additional Council Members and speakers TBA

WHAT: In response to Mayor de Blasio's quest to tear down statues like Christopher Columbus, Councilman Eric Ulrich will announce legislation that would require a majority vote of the Council before removing statues on City property.   

Ulrich will officially introduce the bill at Tuesday's Stated Meeting.  Council Members Joe Borelli, Paul Vallone and Alan Maisel will be co-sponsors of the bill, with more co-sponsors being announced shortly.  

WHEN: Monday, October 30, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.  
WHERE: Steps of New York City Hall - City Hall Park, New York

Friday, October 27, 2017

A.G. Schneiderman Reminds New Yorkers That New York State's Health Marketplace Opens November 1St For 2018 Health Plans

Schneiderman Also Offers Tips To Help Consumers Compare Health Care Plans In Advance Of NYS Marketplace Open Enrollment For 2018

  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today reminded New Yorkers that open enrollment for 2018 health coverage begins on November 1, 2017 through New York State’s health insurance marketplace — New York State of Health. In advance of the open enrollment period, Attorney General Schneiderman issued an updated brochure,Shopping For Health Insurance,” that offers tips for New Yorkers buying health insurance coverage – both on and off the Marketplace. The Attorney General also encouraged consumers to take advantage of the open enrollment period to evaluate how their current health plan has met their needs, to evaluate whether their current health plan will change in a way that impacts the benefits they expect to use, and to consider what other options are available.   

“Choosing a health plan is an incredibly important decision. The ACA is still the law — and New Yorkers should know they can enroll starting November 1st to find the right coverage for their needs,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Exploring the New York Marketplace is a great way to start making health care enrollment decisions by comparing plans and analyzing costs to learn what options are available starting November 1st.”
Open enrollment through New York State of Health begins on November 1, 2017. New Yorkers seeking coverage effective January 1, 2018 must enroll by December 15, 2017. Open Enrollment through the Marketplace ends on January 31, 2018. This is later than the open enrollment period available through for states that rely on the federal marketplace to enroll in coverage. Enrollments or changes made between January 16 and January 31 take effect on March 1, 2018.
Once open enrollment for the Marketplace begins, New Yorkers will be able to review all available health insurance plans, as well as determine what premium subsidy you may be eligible for to reduce the cost of your monthly premiums. Coverage is also available outside of the Marketplace – but take note that those plans may have different enrollment deadlines. Premium subsidies are not available for plans purchased outside the Marketplace.
Attorney General Schneiderman’s brochure offers important information for all New Yorkers shopping for health insurance – whether they are considering purchasing health coverage for the first time, re-enrolling in their existing plan, or switching into a new health plan. Prior to enrolling, take some time to identify your health needs for the upcoming year, consider your budget, and compare the available plans to evaluate how they will satisfy your health and budget needs.
The Attorney General’s Office encourages all New Yorkers, when shopping for health insurance, to:
(1) Determine whether a premium subsidy is available through the Marketplace to make coverage more affordable (such subsidies are only available through the Marketplace);
(2) Check and confirm your provider’s participation status within the health plan, using the steps set out in the brochure;
(3) If you take prescription medications, check whether they are included in the health plan’s formulary, what your out-of-pocket expense will be, and whether there any pre-authorization requirements; and
(4) Check what the co-payment or co-insurance will be for any medical services you expect to use during the plan year, such as physical therapy or mental health services. 
Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan is open year-round. This means that if you are (or become) eligible for one of these programs during the course of the year, you can enroll at any time. These programs offer low-cost, comprehensive health insurance coverage to lower-income New Yorkers. Child Health Plus is a New York State insurance plan for children, and children who are not eligible for Medicaid may be eligible to enroll in Child Health Plus. The Essential Plan offers coverage for up to $20 per month for lower-income individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. 
To learn more about these programs and the qualifications for enrollment, please visit these websites:
If you have any questions about a health plan’s coverage – including whether your provider is participating – you should call the insurance company directly and take detailed notes, including when you called, the name of the person with whom you spoke, what you discussed, and what you were advised.
If you encounter inaccurate provider listings once you are enrolled in a plan and cannot access needed care from that provider, or believe you were given inaccurate information during open enrollment, contact the Attorney General’s Health Care Bureau Helpline for assistance: 1-800-428-9071.
For questions about the New York State of Health Marketplace, contact the Marketplace directly: 1-855-355-5777.

A.G. Schneiderman & Governor Cuomo Vow To Sue EPA Over Failure To Protect New Yorkers From Out-Of-State Air Pollution

Trump EPA Ignoring Clean Air Act Requirement To Curb Smog Pollution That Blows Into New York From Upwind States
At Least 1 In 3 New Yorkers Breathe Air With Unhealthy Levels Of Smog, Which Often Travels Far Distances From Other States
 Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, along with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ground-level ozone (or “smog”) pollution that blows into New York from upwind states. 
At least one in three New Yorkers breathe air with unhealthy levels of smog pollution, with some analyses placing it as high as two in three New Yorkers (approximately 12.7 million people). The EPA’s own studies demonstrate that pollution from states upwind of New York contributes substantially to the state’s dangerous smog problem.  
“Millions upon millions of New Yorkers are still breathing unhealthy air due to smog pollution, a huge amount of which is blowing into New York from upwind states,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “If the EPA won’t follow the law, we’ll sue to protect the health of New Yorkers.” 
“New York is doing everything in its power to reach our clean energy goals, limiting air pollution and reducing our carbon footprint in every corner of the Empire State – but air pollution knows no borders,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this action, New York makes it clear that we will not stand idly by as other states shun their responsibility to keep our nation’s air quality safe. It's critical that these states take the necessary steps to reduce their environmental impact for future generations and I urge them to follow New York’s lead to secure a cleaner and greener tomorrow for all.”
New York has some of the strictest air quality regulations in the country and pollutants that cause smog – such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – are well controlled. In fact, New York has among the lowest emissions of NOx and VOCs in the country.  Despite New York’s best efforts to combat smog pollution, the New York City metropolitan area has struggled for years to meet the federal health standard for smog and – according to a 2017 America Lung Association report – it is the ninth most smog-polluted area in the nation. 
The EPA has concluded that there are a number of dangerous health impacts associated with elevated levels of smog, including lung tissue damage, and aggravation of existing conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, and emphysema. Exposure to smog is also linked to premature death. Some groups – including children, the elderly, and those with existing lung diseases, such as asthma – are at especially heightened risk from smog pollution.
“To protect the public and our environment, New York has some of the most rigorous air quality standards in the nation,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. “But pollution doesn’t recognize state borders, and without the EPA requiring states upwind states to limit pollution, we are left to further limit pollution from New York sources. For the sake of public health, we’re calling on EPA to act.”
The “Good Neighbor” provision of the federal Clean Air Act requires the EPA to step in and adopt plans to reduce interstate smog pollution when the actions of upwind states are not sufficient to ensure that federal smog health standards can be met and sustained in downwind states like New York. The EPA’s obligation under the Act to adopt such plans – known as “Federal Implementation Plans” or “FIPs” – reflects the Agency’s unique position and authority, as a federal agency, to ensure that the individual efforts of multiple upwind states will be sufficient, in aggregate, to solve regional air pollution problems, such as smog. 
On August 12, 2015, the EPA determined that the planned actions of 24 states, including several states upwind of New York (Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), would not sufficiently and collectively reduce pollution emissions to ensure that federal smog health standards could be met and sustained in New York. This determination triggered a two-year deadline under the Clean Air Act – ending August 12, 2017 – for the EPA to adopt FIPs for these upwind states.  Despite this statutory deadline, the EPA has to date failed to adopt these legally-mandated plans.    
Relatedly, a federal court recently held that the EPA had not fulfilled its obligation to issue a FIP for Kentucky’s Good Neighbor provision obligations under the 2008 ozone standard by the statutory deadline and, in May 2017, denied a Trump EPA request for an additional 20-month delay in issuing the FIP.
The Clean Air Act requires parties to provide the EPA notice of their intention to sue the Agency under the Act.  Accordingly, Attorney General Schneiderman is today informing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that unless the Agency fulfills its mandatory duty under the Good Neighbor provisions of the Act and protects New Yorkers from smog pollution within 60 days, he will sue the to compel Administrator Pruitt to fulfill that duty. 
Smog is not emitted directly into the air, but forms when other pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), react in the presence of sunlight. NOx and VOCs can travel hundreds of miles after they are emitted. The EPA has recognized for decades the regional nature of the smog, and that pollution from power plants, motor vehicles, factories, refineries, and other emission sources located in multiple upwind states contributes to downwind states’ smog problems.  Because of this, the EPA has long known that downwind states cannot solve their smog problems on their own, and that reducing smog in downwind states such as New York requires upwind states to reduce their “interstate transport” of smog pollution. 


Victim Was Mother of Two Who Had Restraining Order Against Defendant

  Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on Murder and Manslaughter charges for fatally stabbing his former wife multiple times on a Morrisania street soon after she left him after years of abuse. 

  District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant terrorized his ex-wife, with whom he shared two children. Two weeks after the victim gathered the strength to leave him, the defendant defied an order of protection, waited for her to get home and allegedly stabbed her nearly 20 times. We will work hard to seek justice, and I urge anyone who is suffering abuse to contact our Domestic Violence Bureau at (718) 838-6688.” 

  District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Victor Garo, 50, of Townsend Ave., was indicted on second-degree Murder, first-degree Manslaughter and fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon. He was arraigned today before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas and was remanded. He is due back on March 15, 2018. If convicted of the top charge, he faces up to life in prison.

  According to the investigation, on the morning of September 25, 2017, Garo allegedly repeatedly stabbed his former wife, Adalgisa Garo, 44, while they were arguing outside a building in the area of Home Street and Jackson Avenue.

  An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

State Senator Marisol Alcántara & Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz Create New Pro-Tenant Law to Combat Illegal Non-Rental Fees

Law will help inform rent stabilized tenants about whether non-rental fees imposed by landlords are legal or illegal

State Senator Marisol Alcántara and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz won an important battle for tenants in the fight to protect affordable housing in New York City, after the governor signed into law their legislation requiring the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) to provide notice about authorized non-rental fees that can be imposed by landlords.

Currently, landlords attempt to illegally raise the rent of protected tenants by imposing unidentified fees that circumvent allowable rent increases. These fees are often used as a tactic by unscrupulous landlords as a way to increase their rent revenues beyond the permissible amount set annually by the Rent Guidelines Board.

These fees can include, but are not limited to, legal and late charges, background checks and employment verification. Many low-income tenants are unaware which fees are legally allowed and which are not and often pay the fees to avoid threats of eviction or further legal action. Under the new law, the DHCR fact sheet regarding fees for rent regulated tenants will be required to be included in the rent stabilization lease rider currently provided.

“My district has the highest proportion of rent-stabilized units of any district in the state and, in my first term in Albany, I knew that I had to provide these tenants some relief from the unsound practices of unscrupulous landlords. This bill, which is my first bill to become law, takes an important step towards transparency and fairness for tenants. I applaud Assemblyman Dinowitz for his leadership in the Assembly and I was glad to be able to carry his bill to passage in the Senate. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important bill into law and look forward to working with him further to preserve affordability for my constituents,” said State Senator Alcantara.
“It isn’t easy to get pro-tenant legislation through both houses of the legislature, I am proud that this legislation was able to garner unanimous support in both houses and I am glad the governor feels the same way. While this is not a cure-all for bad landlords, making sure that tenants know their rights is a positive step towards protecting New York’s stock of affordable housing,” said Assemblyman Dinowitz.

De Blasio donor claims his $100G check bought favors from the mayor during Seabrook bribery trial testimony

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Thursday, October 26, 2017


Starting today, New York City will aggressively address the traditional upturn in pedestrian-involved crashes normally associated with darker fall and winter evenings; in its second year, the Dusk and Darkness campaign will combine increased enforcement with education and engineering

  Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that as New York City enters what has traditionally been the deadliest time of year for pedestrians, it would once again conduct its trailblazing Dusk and Darkness campaign as part of Vision Zero. Standing at Brooklyn Borough Hall during City Hall in Your Borough, de Blasio Administration officials outlined the new and returning elements of the campaign, reminding drivers that in the months ahead, they should continue to obey the speed limit, slow down, yield to pedestrians when turning and expect heightened enforcement – especially in the dusk and evening hours -- over the next several months.

“Our success at Vision Zero these last three years – driving down crashes here in New York City while traffic fatalities nationally are on the rise – does not mean we can rest on our past successes,” said Mayor de Blasio.  “Last year’s Dusk and Darkness campaign was very promising, as we proved that a data-driven approach to time and seasonality could help actually prevent traffic fatalities – and literally save lives.  But one death is one too many and there's still so much more we can do.  This year Dusk and Darkness campaign will build on last year’s effort with different elements, including new TV and radio advertising and even more focused NYPD enforcement.”

Before the first Dusk and Darkness campaign launched in October 2016, DOT conducted close analyses of year-over-year crash trends – and had observed the following:
·         The earlier onset of darkness in the fall and winter is highly correlated to an increase in traffic injuries and fatalities (see “heat map”).  Prior to last year, severe crashes involving pedestrians increased by nearly 40 percent in the early evening hours compared to crashes outside the fall and winter.
·         Lower visibility during the dark hours of the colder months leads to twice as many crashes involving turns.
·         In 2015, 57 pedestrian fatalities occurred after October 1st, 41 percent of that year’s total.  The enforcement and education efforts in last year’s Dusk and Darkness campaign together helped contribute to a dramatic 25 percent decrease – 43 pedestrian fatalities in the last quarter, 29 percent of 2016’s total.   
“Where Vision Zero is concerned, the Mayor has charged his agencies to keep innovating – and our success in driving down the traditional upsurge in pedestrian fatalities last fall and winter guaranteed the Dusk and Darkness campaign would return this year,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.  “We had seen that as the days shorten and the weather gets colder, crashes on our streets involving pedestrians increase.  Using the data-driven strategies we employed last year -- education and enforcement with our sister agencies, ensuring that every driver learns about the limited visibility of this season and the dangers of fast turns, especially in the evening hours – we are working to make Dusk and Darkness 2.0 an even greater success.” 

“The Dusk to Darkness Campaign is a crucial part of the Vision Zero initiative,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “Raising awareness about the dangers that accompany reduced daylight and the onset of cold weather makes both pedestrians and motorists safer. Throughout the campaign, the NYPD will be conducting focused enforcement in areas that have experienced fatalities, ensuring everyone is adhering to the traffic rules. Together, we seek to build on the previous successes of this campaign, as we work to reduce traffic fatalities even further.”  
“With heightened attention to traffic safety during dusk and nighttime, professional drivers can play a major role in preventing traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City, bringing us closer to Vision Zero,” said TLC Commissioner and Chair Meera Joshi.  “We particularly appreciate the vigilance and safety efforts of TLC-licensed drivers during the dark hours of the colder months, when there is less visibility on the road.”

“It is important for New Yorkers to keep their neighborhoods safe for all pedestrians – especially vulnerable older adults who may have limited mobility, slower reflexes and low vision. There is enough room for all of us, drivers and pedestrians alike,” saidDepartment for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado. “This city that never sleeps also includes older adults, and it is imperative that they also feel safe walking at night.”

“With nights getting longer and darkness settling in earlier, we must be extra vigilant to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers as they walk our city streets,” said Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong.  “I applaud Mayor de Blasio,Commissioner Trottenberg and the NYPD for protecting students leaving afterschool programs. I am encouraged by the progress of the Dusk and Darkness campaign in reducing fatalities and making the streets safer for young people and their families, and look forward to continued improvement,”.

Starting early Thursday morning, DOT and NYPD street teams will engage in a Citywide “Day of Awareness,” distributing more than a million palm cards to educate drivers and other New Yorkers at high-priority Vision Zero target areas across all five boroughs. The palm cards underscore a pre-enforcement message about speeding, failure to yield and the dangers posed by increasing darkness in the fall – reminding drivers that with less sunlight, they will have less time to react to the unexpected.

The following are the new and returning multi-agency Vision Zero initiatives being pursued over the next several months of Dusk and Darkness:


·   Increased Evening/ Nighttime Enforcement: As it did last year, NYPD will focus enforcement resources on the most hazardous violations (speeding and failure-to-yield to pedestrians), with precincts increasing their on-street presence around sunset hours when data show serious pedestrian crashes increase.
·  Focus on Priority Locations: NYPD will again deploy Traffic Safety personnel to provide coverage at intersections and corridors with high rates of pedestrian injuries and fatal crashes during key dusk and darkness hours.
·   Focused Initiatives Cracking Down on Dangerous Driving Behaviors: In October, November and December the NYPD will launch a series of initiatives to promote concentrated enforcement on speeding, cellphone/texting, failure to yield to pedestrians, blocked bicycle lanes, and other hazardous violations.
·  Drunk or Impaired Driving: NYPD will also focus resources on drunk-driving efforts, as the evening and nighttime hours in the fall and winter have historically been when the incidence of DWI also increases.
· Taxis and For-Hire Vehicles:  TLC inspectors will conduct speed enforcement to deter speeding among TLC-licensed drivers, as well as targeted enforcement of distracted drivers.  The TLC will also continue its expanded deployment of inspectors, focused on safety summonses during early morning and evening hours. 

· “Day of Awareness:” NYPD and DOT street teams will today be educating and engaging drivers and other New Yorkers at different Vision Zero priority areas in all five boroughs, including at: Brooklyn Borough Hall; Penn Station; Grand Central Station,; the Hub in the Bronx; Main Street in Flushing, Queens; St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island; and at Flatbush Junction in Brooklyn. 
· “Signs” – New Vision Zero public safety campaign for Drivers to Obey Speed Limit and Yield to Pedestrians: The award-winning Vision Zero campaigns will be updated this fall with completely fresh content. In the new campaign, real New Yorkers hold up street signs to powerfully illustrate the underlying safety message.  Radio advertisements timed to air specifically around sunset hours will educate drivers to the correlation between darkness and crashes – and remind them to lower their speeds and turn slowly.
· Daylight Saving Awareness: As it has done in the spring when clocks “spring forward,” DOT will lead a public-awareness campaign around the end of Daylight Saving Time, when DOT statistics from 2010-2014 show that serious collisions in early evening increase by approximately 40 percent. This year, Daylight Savings Time will end at 1:00 AM on Sunday, November 5when clocks “fall back.”
· Youth Education and After-school Programming:  DOT’s Safety Educators and the DOE will be continuing teaching Cross This Way curriculum in NYC schools, noting the dangers of dusk to our most vulnerable pedestrians.  The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) also notes that more than 150,000 students are currently involved in after-school programming in public schools that put them on streets during dusk hours.  
· Senior Center Outreach: Older adults who attend DFTA’s network of senior centers have received education and outreach focused on improving safety conditions in their neighborhoods and sharing tips for getting around safely, presented by NYC DOT and NYPD.
·TLC-Licensed Driver Outreach: TLC will provide outreach to the city’s 170,000 taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers on the need to be cautious during dusk hours through text messages, postcards, and other channels. In addition, Vision Zero ads will run on Taxi TV, providing another opportunity to reach the broader public. 
Street Design

· Upgraded Corridors and Intersections, with Record Amount of Protected Bike Lanes: In 2017, DOT has so far completed 66 Safety Improvement Projects around New York City – including expanded pedestrian space, corridor improvements, and intersection treatments -- with 39 of them located in targeted Vision Zero priority geographies.  By the end of 2017, DOT expects to complete at least 40 more SIPs, along with a record 25 miles of protected bike lanes.
· Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevard Safety Improvements: The largest safety project being completed by DOT this year is along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards in Queens.  A Vision Zero Priority Corridor, the 14-mile roadway is among the widest and most crash-prone in all of New York City; between 2011-2015, nearly 3,000 people were injured along this corridor, with 24 people killed.  As part of its transformation this fall into a new Select Bus Service route for the Q52 and Q53 MTA buses that travel from Elmhurst to the Rockaways, DOT has started extending curbs, as well as adding pedestrian refuge islands, left-turn bays and dedicated bus lanes – along with a plan for new public art.   
In 2017, as part of Vision Zero, DOT has implemented its most aggressive street redesign safety program, with increased investment in street redesign and traffic-calming measures citywide. DOT has improved the safety at a record number of dangerous intersections and thoroughfares, expecting to install more than 25 miles of protected bike lanes along key high-traffic corridors like Queens Boulevard and 111th Street in Queens, 5th Avenue, 7th Avenue and Park Row in Manhattan --  as well as installing a record number of leading pedestrian intervals (LPIs) – more than 700 – to give pedestrians a head start while crossing the street.

Administration officials also shared the latest Vision Zero safety statistics: for 2017 to date, New York City has seen 179 traffic fatalities, compared to 191 on this date in 2016 – a 6 percent decrease. The number of pedestrians struck and killed in 2017 is 85, compared to 118 by this date in 2016, a 28 percent decrease.  

For more information about the de Blasio Administration’s Vision Zero initiative, please see

Wave Hill Events Nov 10–Nov 17

Sat, November 11    Family Art Project: Dances with Leaves
Toss fall leaves in the wind, or walk through a giant leaf pile. Find an assortment of freshly fallen leaves to use as the subject for fresh, bright prints. Roll up leaves with ink and layer leaf prints, add punched-paper leaf shapes in artful arrangements or make your own hanging, bordered with a crisp, leaf stencil. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. 

Sat, November 11    Garden Highlights Walk
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Sat, November 11    Gallery Tour
Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow leads a tour of the current exhibition in Glyndor Gallery. This fall, the entire gallery is given over to new site-responsive projects honoring the tenth anniversary of Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space. Call & Response showcases the work of 50 artists who have exhibited in this unique venue, in projects ranging from art objects created from natural materials gathered onsite, to sound pieces, outdoor installations and performance works. Free with admission to the grounds.

Sun, November 12    Fall Birding
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Birders of all levels welcome. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels. Free with admission to the grounds. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission to the grounds. 

Sun, November 12    Family Art Project: Dances with Leaves
Toss fall leaves in the wind, or walk through a giant leaf pile. Find an assortment of freshly fallen leaves to use as the subject for fresh, bright prints. Roll up leaves with ink and layer leaf prints, add punched-paper leaf shapes in artful arrangements or make your own hanging, bordered with a crisp, leaf stencil. Free with admission to the grounds. 

Sun, November 12    Family Nature Walk
Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. No registration required. Children ages six and older welcome with an adult. Severe weather cancels. Free with admission to the grounds. 

Sun, November 12    Pre-Concert Tea
Enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Mark Twain Room prior to today’s concert in Armor Hall. The Café at Wave Hill pairs a classic menu with an assortment of green, black and herbal teas. This traditional tea service includes the four classic elements of savory, scones, sweets and tea. The menu, presented by Great Performances, includes an array of tea sandwiches, scones and bite-sized desserts. Afternoon Tea also includes a glass of sparkling wine. Afternoon Tea Service is $36. Wave Hill Members receive a 10% discount. Advanced registration is required online. We will take reservations until 5PM, Thursday, November 9.


Sun, November 12    Concert: The Alonso Brothers
Cuban-born and Bronx-based, Orlando and Orlay Alonso are brothers who began playing the piano when each was six years old. Both attended the National School of the Arts in Havana, followed by studies at the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. Describing the artistry of the duo, The New York Times declared: “It is never about showing off what they can do technically, but rather about bringing the listener into the meaning of the music. They are real virtuosos of their instrument not only because of their rock solid performances, but because of their considerable intelligence, sensitivity, intense feeling and contagious joy.” In a dance themed program of four-hand piano works, Orlando and Orlay will offer works by Brahms, Debussy, Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Cervantes and more. Tickets for this concert are $28 plus admission to the grounds/$24 Wave Hill Member/$12 Children ages 818. Order tickets online at or onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center. For additional information, please call 718.549.3200 x251.

Sun, November 12    Garden Highlights Walk
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds.

Mon, November 13    
Closed to the public.

Tue, November 14    Garden Highlights Walk
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Tue, November 14    Gallery Tour
Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow leads a tour of the current exhibition in Glyndor Gallery. This fall, the entire gallery is given over to new site-responsive projects honoring the tenth anniversary of Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space. Call & Response showcases the work of 50 artists who have exhibited in this unique venue, in projects ranging from art objects created from natural materials gathered onsite, to sound pieces, outdoor installations and performance works. Free with admission to the grounds.

A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River  and Palisades, Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscape, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

HOURS  Open all year, Tuesday through Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM–4:30PM, November 1–March 14. Closes 5:30PM, starting March 15.

ADMISSION  $8 adults, $4 students and seniors 65+, $2 children 6–18. Free Saturday and Tuesday mornings until noon. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6.

PROGRAM FEES  Programs are free with admission to the grounds unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to Wave Hill can take advantage of Metro-North’s one-day getaway offer. Purchase a discount round-trip rail far and discount admission to the gardens. More at

DIRECTIONS – Getting here is easy! Located only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate and Metro-North’s Riverdale station, as well as the W. 242nd Street stop on the #1 subway line. Limited onsite parking is available for $8 per vehicle. Free offsite parking is available nearby with continuous, complimentary shuttle service to and from the offsite lot and our front gate. Complete directions and shuttle bus schedule at

Information at 718.549.3200. On the web at