Events for Thursday, February 19, 2009

9:30 a.m. The ground-breaking for $42 million "green" affordable housing project in Harlem that offers homes and services to formerly incarcerated, homeless men and women. At Fortune Academy, 630 Riverside Drive.

10 a.m. A 53-foot truck full of toys is unloaded for needy children at 590 Sixth Avenue.

10 a.m. Representative Gregory W. Meeks hosts clergy and community leaders to discuss Queens foreclosure crisis and the economic stimulus package. At Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Boulevard. St. Albans, Queens.

10:30 a.m. In response to the United Arab Emirates' decision to bar Israeli tennis champion Shahar Peer from a Dubai tournament, state legislators introduce a bill to prohibit professional sporting events sponsored or sanctioned by organizations they accuse of discrimination. At the entrance to the U.S.T.A. National Tennis Center, 124-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens.

11 p.m. Civil service-based organizations and elected officials call for the analysis of the impact of potential city/staff layoffs on blacks and Latinos. At St. Nicholas Houses Community Center, 2374 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. 

11 a.m. Preview of African-American Heritage Month celebration features "The Final Stomp: A Dynamic Tap Dance Performance." At American Museum of Natural History, Kaufmann Theater, 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

11 a.m. Former President Bill Clinton and American Heart Association announce childhood-obesity prevention initiative. At the William J. Clinton Foundation, 55 West 125th Street.

11 a.m. City Council member Tony Avella is joined by Afghan-American civilians to demand a change in U.S. military and foreign policy in Afghanistan. On the steps of City Hall.

11 a.m. Elected officials join ACORN and clergy to kick off the initiative to use peaceful tactics to enable families facing eviction from foreclosure and remain in their homes. On 30-99 222nd Street, in Queens.

Noon. Reverend Al Sharpton, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, City Council member Charles Barron, Assemblywoman Inez Barron and other community leaders call on a boycott against the New York Post to protest cartoon. At the New York Post, 1211 Sixth Avenue.

Noon. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence ask Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for support in legislation that would reduce and prevent gun violence. On the steps of City Hall.

Noon. David Paterson will address The Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public policy at Harvard University luncheon, briefing for journalists on the economy. At the Harvard Club of New York City, 27 West 44th Street.

1 p.m. Councilman Leroy Comrie and rapper D.M.C. hold news conference at Hollis Famous Burger/Hip Hop Museum to mark the 1 billion records sold and produced by natives of the Queens neighborhood, including Run D.M.C. and Def Jam Records; 203-01 Hollis Avenue, in Queens.

1 p.m. Public advocate and other elected officials call on the city to change decision to refuse a provision of the federal stimulus bill. On the steps of City Hall.

1:30 p.m. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey board hold a meeting. At Port Authority headquarters, 225 Park Avenue South.

2 p.m. City Councilman Eric Gioia, East River Development Alliance and Bishop Mitchell Taylor will kick-off a new, free tax preparation site. At the East River Development Alliance Tax Prep Site, 13-03B 40th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens.

2 p.m. Assemblyman Jose Peralta joins students, professors and bookstore owners to call on publishers to reduce cost of college textbooks. At LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Queens.

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Empire State Transportation Alliance leaders testify at a hearing on proposed M.T.A. fare increases and service cuts. At the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street.

5 p.m. State Senator Daniel Squadron and other officials introduce a bill to curb "owner occupancy" evictions of rent-regulated tenants. At 47 East Third Street.

6:30 p.m. The Black History Month Community Forum examines the legacy of Malcolm X in the 21st century. At Bethesda Baptist Church, Jamaica Avenue and 179th Street, Queens.

6:45 p.m. African Film Festival Inc. presents Black History Month screening and panel discussion, featuring "Blacks Without Borders: Chasing the American Dream in South Africa." The Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard.

7 p.m. District Leader for the 44th Assembly District Jacob Gold hosts Meet & Greet with Congressman and Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner, followed by open Q&A. At 825 East 18th Street, between Glenwood Road and Avenue H.

7 p.m. State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith joins Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Queens elected officials for a public forum to provide legal advice on a range of issues, from housing and immigration to consumer and mortgage fraud. At P.S. 268, 95-02 175th Street, in Queens.


3 p.m. The Board of Commissioners of the New York State Bridge Authority will hold a public meeting. At the Bridge Authority Headquarters Building, Mid-Hudson Bridge Plaza, Highland.

6:30 p.m. The New York State Apollo Alliance will hold a forum on the impact of the economic stimulus funds on green jobs and clean energy. Congressman Paul Tonko will deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion. At the New York State United Teachers Headquarters, 800 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham.

Events for Thursday, February 19, 2009