Events for Wednesday, April 8, 2008

8:30 a.m. Community conference on preventing hate crimes; Brooklyn College, Conference Center, Campus Road and East 27th Street, Brooklyn.

11:30 a.m. Parks Department breaks ground on new East River park; 63rd Street and York Avenue.

11:30 a.m. Hospitality Managers’ panel discussion on the state of the travel and tourism industry in New York City; Tavern on the Green, Central Park West at West 67th Street.

1:30 p.m. Parks commissioner welcomes new electric cars to its Astoria Park’s fleet; Astoria Park, 19th Street at 23rd Drive, Queens.

4 p.m. Council Members discuss Department of Education’s decision to move middle and high schools into elementary schools without community input; City Hall Steps.

5 p.m. Bill Clinton is honored on the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Accords that led to peace in Northern Ireland; Gallagher’s Steak House, 228 West 52nd St.

5:30 p.m. Elie Wiesel delivers inaugural President’s Lecture at City College of New York; The Great Hall of Shepard Hall, The City College of New York, 160 Convent Ave., at West 140th Street

6 p.m. NYC Audubon hosts lecture by Katherine Kennedy, chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau of the state attorney general’s office; High School for Environmental Studies, 444 West 56th St., between Ninth and 10th avenues.

7 p.m. City Council candidates Steve Behar and Josh Skaller speak at an event hosted by Democracy for New York, at 5 East 38th Street [added].

8 p.m. Fordham Law School forum on "The Law Reporters: A Conversation with America’s Leading Legal Journalists"; Time Warner, One Time Warner Center, 58th Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues.