Holiday Celebrations in Community District Six

Community District 6 is host to seasonal sights and sounds that everyone can enjoy. The following is a partial list of free events courtesy of our neighborhood groups.

Holiday Nostalgia Train: Ride a vintage MTA train every Sunday until New Year’s Eve! Classic trains with ceiling fans, wicker seats, and original advertisements will run along the F and Q lines at the normal cost of a metro card swipe. Click here for details.

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza: There will be a tree lighting ceremony at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. The event will feature the East Coast Inspirational Singers, who have performed at Broadway shows and Holiday Spectaculars. Click here for more details on the event, and click here for details on the East Coast Inspirational Singers.

This is our monthly listing of community events and meetings in and around the district. Check back regularly, as we add new events throughout the month.

Kips Bay Library Free Events for Adults and Kids
Through December at 446 3rd Avenue (at 31st Street). The Kips Bay Library is offering free movie screenings and exercise classes for adults, as well as read-alouds and movies for kids. Click here to view the adult calendar and kids calendar for December.

Union Square Walking Tours
Every Saturday, 2 PM to 3:30 PM. Enjoy this free 90-minute walking tour that starts at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse at Union Square Park and explores the social and political history of the neighborhood. Reservations required for a group. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit the website.

Flatiron Walking Tours
Sundays at 11 AM. No advance registration is required for this free, year-round walking tour that starts at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd St. and Broadway. For more information, visit the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District’s website.

Bi-weekly Gardening Club at Stuyvesant Square Park
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 AM to 12 PM in Stuyvesant Square Park (17th -15th Street at 2nd Avenue) This club meets twice a week to garden in the park. For more information, email

Legal Advice & Referral Clinics for Elderly New Yorkers
Throughout November and December, locations vary. Volunteers of Legal Service provides clinics and legal support to New York City residents over the age of 60. Click here to view their November and December calendar with locations.

Animal Adoption Events This Month
Throughout December, locations vary. Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) has several mobile adoption events coming up in Manhattan, featuring cats, dogs, and possibly a rabbit or two! Our Mobile Adoption Centers will be in neighborhoods across the borough, from the East Village to Inwood. ACC adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, a pre-registered microchip, an identification tag, a collar and a certificate for a free initial exam at a participating veterinarian. Click here to locate a mobile adoption unit in your neighborhood.

Meetings to Discuss East Side Coastal Resiliency Project
On Monday, December 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Gouverneur Health Auditorium at 227 Madison Street, the City of New York will have an interactive community meeting to discuss the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. The meeting will include a short presentation followed by breakout sessions.

Then on Tuesday, December 11 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM at 425 East 25th Street (Hunter Brookdale Rotunda between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive), the City of New York will hold a second interactive community meeting to discuss the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. This meeting will feature the same content as the meeting on December 10th.

Click here for more details on these meetings.

Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 12 from 6 PM to 8 PM at The Office of the Manhattan Borough President (1 Centre Street, 19th Floor). This is an opportunity to attend a meeting for an all-volunteer advisory board dedicated to helping New York City achieve zero waste goals. This meeting, and other Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) meetings, are open to the public. Click here to view the agenda for the upcoming MSWAB meeting, and click here to learn more about MSWAB.

Town Hall with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Keith Powers
Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 PM (location to be determined). At this event, Mayor de Blasio will be at a town hall with Council Member Powers and city agencies to answer questions from members of the public. A flyer and details on where the town hall will happen are forthcoming. For more information or to RSVP for this town hall, call the office of Council Member Keith Powers at 212-818-0580.

Community Resource Fair
Wednesday, January 16 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Baruch College-CUNY (Multi-Purpose Room 1-107), which is at 55 Lexington Avenue. This fair is an opportunity to meet representatives from city agencies and community-based organizations that will provide information on everything from volunteer opportunities to legal services. This fair is sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera in association with Baruch College-CUNY, Manhattan Community Board Five, and Manhattan Community Board Six. For more details, view the event flyer here.

Speak Up, Speak Out: A Youth Summit on Policing in New York City
Tuesday, February 5 from 9 AM to 4 PM at New York University Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South. The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) in conjunction with NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research and the NYU Law Center on Race, Inequality & the Law is hosting their first-ever youth summit!  This gathering is an opportunity for young people ages 10-24 from across New York City to directly share their experiences with policing, identify problems in their communities, and recommend solutions to public safety and police oversight practitioners and academics. Click here for more information.