Winter 2012-2013 Coffee Talks

As part of our Neighborhood Partners Program, HDC is pleased to announce the Winter
2012-13 series of Monday Morning Coffee Talks. This free monthly discussion series
examines some of the most common questions asked by community advocates. Join us on the first Monday of every month as we welcome representatives from New York City agencies that handle different aspects of our built environment. Bring your questions and prepare to engage in this informal setting with some of the city’s most respected civil servants. And of course, coffee will be served.

These events are FREE it runs from 8:30-10:00 am , but reservations are required. For more information on this series or to RSVP, please contact Barbara Zay at or 212-614-9107.


December 3
Robert LiMandri
Dept. of Buildings

From regulating more than 950,000 buildings to upholding countless technical codes and safety regulations, the Department of Buildings juggles many of the city’s most essential tasks. Homeowners renovating their property, developers laying out new plans for empty lots, and citizens concerned with the conditions of neighboring construction sites all rely on the DOB for help and assistance. Yet how the DOB functions on a daily basis – how it manages its monitoring duties, how it makes determinations on permit applications – is largely unknown to most New Yorkers. Commissioner Robert LiMandri will address attendees’ questions on a wide range of topics, so come prepared to engage in an informal discussion centered around your most pressing issues and concerns.


January 7
Joseph LePique & Jeremy Woodoff
Dept. of Design & Construction

The NYC Department of Design and Construction functions as the city’s primary capital construction project manager for civic works such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, courthouses and senior centers. Joseph LePique will explain the agency’s important role in the construction and restoration of the city-owned built environment. Jeremy Woodoff will then present a recent DDC in-house project for the interior restoration of the landmarked  Park Slope branch library and explain how the DDC’s Historic Preservation Office’s draft  Historic structures report helped inform that restoration work.  The restoration and relighting of the two historic skylights at Park Slope led to an initiative to re-open and re-light the Carnegie libraries’ historic interior skylights, which add beautiful natural light to these graceful structures.


February 4
Elizabeth De Leon
Neighborhood Development Division, Dept. of Small Business Services

Diverse and successful local businesses are a key to any vibrant neighborhood. Come hear from one of the lead agencies that oversees commercial development, and learn more about two of their public/private initiatives that impact neighborhood character: Business Improvement Districts and the Avenue NYC program. Both of these initiatives work to deliver supplemental services to commercial districts including sanitation, signage, business recruitment, real estate development, marketing and capital improvements to encourage business growth. Commissioner De Leon will be prepared to answer your questions about these vital programs, so come with your
questions and ideas ready!

Monday Morning Coffee Talks are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts.

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