Events for December 12-15


10 a.m. Michelle Paterson cuts the ribbon for New York National Boat Show. At the Javits Center, Crystal Palace Lobby, Eleventh Avenue and 35th Street.

10 a.m. A vigil calling for an end to immigration raids will be held at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Varick Federal Detention Facility, 201 Varick Street.

11 a.m. Community members and firefighters protest firehouse closure. Outside Engine Company 161 and Ladder 81, 278 McClean Avenue and Sand Lane, Staten Island.

11 a.m. The renaming ceremony of Flushing Street will be held at 45th Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, in Queens.

Noon. Assemblyman Jose Rivera hosts conference with Hispanic leaders. The conference will cover topics including: "how to increase Latino involvement at the Federal and State levels." Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

12:30 p.m. Michael Bloomberg to speak at the Patrolman's Benevolent Association Annual Widows and Children's Holiday Party. Bridgewaters restaurant, 11 Fulton Street.

1 p.m. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joins volunteers at the Best of Brooklyn 2008 Holiday Celebration. Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Avenue, in Brooklyn. (Entrance at Louisiana Avenue)

2 p.m. Council Member Vincent Gentile hosts street renaming ceremony in honor of Firefighter Joseph Graffagnino. On the southwest corner of 77th Street and 13th Avenue, in Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio holds Mass for victims of Mumbai attacks at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 258th Street between Union Turnpike and 80th Avenue, in Queens.


11 a.m. Congressman Steve Israel honors veterans of the "Battle of the Bulge" at the American Airpower Museum and Republic Airport, 1230 New Highway, in Farmingdale.


Noon. Council Member Diana Reyna joins City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the Grand Street Business Improvement District to host the 2008 Holiday Toy Extravaganza. At 726 Grand Street, in Brooklyn.

5:30 p.m. David Paterson to keynote and receive honorary doctorate at Yeshiva University Convocation. The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue


6:30 p.m. The "Growing & Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City" exhibition opens at Museum of the City of New York. 1220 Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Streets.

6 p.m. The Community Board 2 Parks and Recreation Committee will hold a meeting regarding the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation construction timeline. At Brooklyn Hospital, DeKalb Avenue and St. Felix Street, in Brooklyn.

7:15 p.m. Community Board 10 hosts a board meeting about bicycle parking, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights downzoning, and proposed M.T.A. service cuts. At the Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road and 91st Street, in Brooklyn.

Events for December 12-15