Events for Thursday, May 22, 2008

8:30 a.m. Fleet Week kickoff breakfast; Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue.

8:30 a.m. Former economic adviser Laura D’Andrea Tyson keynotes forum on economic recovery; Arnhold Hall, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th St.

9 a.m. Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion releases report on “More Than Child’s Play – the Need for Improved Physical Education Policy and Infrastructure in Bronx Public Schools”; 198 East 161st St., Suite 201.

9:45 a.m. “Save Coney Island” demonstration; Coney Island Boardwalk, demonstrators meet at corner of Surf Avenue and 12th Street.

10 a.m. U.N. Special Investigator on Racism attends forum on “Racism and Racial Discrimination”; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd.

10:30 a.m. Chinese officials discuss the Sichuan earthquake; Chinese Consulate General, 520 12th Ave.

10:30 a.m. Opening of Coney Island Beach; West 10th Street and the Boardwalk.

11 a.m. Assemblyman Dov Hikind and members of the Black-Jewish Alliance condemn recent violence; The Jewish Children’s Museum, Eastern Parkway and Kinston Avenue, Crown Heights.

11 a.m. State officials join Amtrak representatives to promote release of the 5th annual New York by Rail publication; Penn Station, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street.

Noon. M.T.A. Board Meeting; M.T.A. Headquarters, 5th Floor Board Room, 347 Madison Ave.

Noon. Darfur rally; The U.S. Mission to the United Nations, 140 East 45th St., between Third and Lexington avenues.

1:30 p.m. Meeting of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners; Port Authority Headquarters, 225 Park Ave. South.

4 p.m. Sean Bell protest march; Rufus King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens.

6 p.m. The Drug Policy Alliance hosts reception celebrating one year anniversary of the re-legalization of absinthe; Gallery 151, 151 Wooster St., 2nd floor, between Houston and Prince streets.

7 p.m. Elected officials and housing advocates call for an end to vacancy decontrol and for reform of rent laws; Holyrood Episcopal Church, 715 West 179th St.

7:45 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge 125th birthday celebration; Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, Plymouth and Main streets, Brooklyn. Events for Thursday, May 22, 2008