Harlem Farmers Market Helps Ex-Cons Turn Their Lives Around

HARLEM — A group of former inmates are using fresh vegetables to stay out of jail.

Every Saturday from July to November, young men who have been in and out of the criminal justice system run a fresh produce stand at Grassroots Famer’s Market on 145th Street and Edgecombe Avenue.

“Overall, the program is great,” said Alex Rosario, 30, the manager of Fortune Fresh stand. “Being out here working definitely keeps you out of trouble.”

The stand is run by Fortune Society — a nonprofit that offers education and career services to ex-inmates — and receives funding from Capital One bank.

When it started in 2012, the program had two participants and was open for six weeks. This year they have seven workers and will be open for five months, said Kristen Pederson, manager of Food Services and Nutrition for Fortune.

Rosario used to walk up and down the stands of Yankee Stadium selling hot dogs, Cracker Jack and nachos. His experience in customer service is why Pederson picked him to manage the stand.

Throughout the day Rosario talks with customers in both English and Spanish about the produce they are selling and where it came from. The stand has only been open for a month but he has already developed a good relationship with some of the regulars.

“They don’t get a lot of fresh food around here,” he said.

The rest of the staff comes from Fortune’s pre-GED class — which is now the pre-High School Equivalency class. Only the students with the best attendance records are considered to work in the stand. Those that qualify go through an interview process and then receive customer service training from Capital One, Pederson said.

The entire staff, including Rosario, have been in trouble with the law. Some of them were referred to the program by their probation officers, Pederson added.

The seven staffers are paid $10 an hour. Some, like Prince Crusoe, are saving that money to continue their education.

If Crusoe, 20, passes the High School Equivalency test next month, he plans to enroll in an auto mechanic working program and Co-op Tech.

“I like working on Mustangs, Corvettes, Range Rovers,” he said. “I don’t like working on a Prius.”

He started a similar program about a year ago but had to put it on hold when he was incarcerated, he said. Like Rosario, Crusoe said working at the stand and staying active is a good way to avoid trouble. It’s something that is a lot easier said than done.

“You see a lot of people get stagnant,” Rosario said.

By Gustavo Solis on August 8, 2014 7:45am | Updated on August 8, 2014 10:30pm

Select Bus Service to Launch on 125th Street in May

larger trafficHARLEM — The harsh winter delayed the launch of Select Bus Service on 125th Street but the controversial service is slated to run from May 25, according to the Department of Transportation.

The service was supposed to launch in April but was delayed because of bad weather, according to DOT spokesman Nicholas Mosquera.

“[T]he very harsh winter had an impact on DOT scheduling, as it did on many city agencies, and we proceeded with the project as soon as resources and materials allowed,” said Mosquera.

The paint used for the red bus lane and other markings can only be applied when temperatures are consistently warm. Work on the striping is now underway.

The M60 bus to LaGuardia Airport will be the only one of the four bus lines along 125th Street to make a reduced number of stops — six along 125th Street. Passengers pay at a terminal before boarding the bus to help speed the trip.

Under the setup, there will be dedicated bus lanes from Lenox Avenue to Second Avenue. The bus lanes will be camera-enforced and left turns will be restricted at Lexington Avenue and Fifth Avenue to improve traffic flow.

The DOT and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority spent a year gathering feedback from residents and riders along 125th Street, including conducting walking tours.

But when the agencies unveiled their plan, Community Boards 10 and 11 and State Sen. Bill Perkins criticized it, saying that the concerns of residents about parking and making other 125th Street bus lines part of the Select Bus Service were ignored.

Saying they couldn’t come to an agreement with residents, DOT canceled the plans in July. In October, the agency announced that the proposal, largely unchanged from initial DOT and MTA concessions, would once again move forward.

The M60 is the most-used bus line on 125th Street. More than 9,600 of the 32,000 passengers who use the four bus lines on 125th Street use the M60, according to MTA data.

The majority of riders use the bus for cross-town travel, and just 10 percent use it to get to LaGuardia. The changes could reduce bus travel times on 125th Street by 18 percent, according to the MTA.

By Jeff Mays on April 29, 2014 7:23am

Harlem Oral History Project – Information Session

What’s Your Story?

Volunteers needed!

We are looking for any and all recent and long-time neighborhood residents who want to share their stories and experiences of Harlem as well as people interested in conducting interviews or who may know anyone interested in participating in oral histories.

Join us at one of our TWO information session to learn more about the project and get some basic interview skills.

Please RSVP by phone: 212-666-9393

For more check out this blog post about a similar project conducted at the Jefferson Market Library.

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

115th Street Library, Alvin Ailey Community Room

Presidential formula: Harlem Pastor Michael Walrond hopes to use Obama playbook to topple Rangel

The 42-year-old leader of First Corinthian Baptist Church says he can get thousands of young voters out to vote. But records showed Walrond has a spotty voting history and has lived out-of-state up until recently. His opponents, Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat weren’t frazzled by the minister’s ambitions.

He aims to be the Barack Obama of Harlem.

Pastor Michael Walrond thinks young people will vote for him.

Pastor Michael Walrond thinks young people will vote for him.

Pastor Michael Walrond is convinced he can vanquish two heavyweight opponents and snag the uptown Congressional seat by using the 44th President’s 2008 campaign playbook as a guide.

The charismatic leader of the 9,000-member First Corinthian Baptist Church , on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., is banking on his loyal flock to entice young apathetic upper Manhattanites to get out and vote during June’s primary election.

“Young people will vote because I am running,” Walrond said. “We want to make history. And we are going to make history.”

It doesn’t faze Walrond that he’s up against 83-year-old political vet Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights), who narrowly lost his bid to unseat Rangel two years back.

Nor does it bother the 42-year-old Freeport, L.I., product — who seems to have lived everywhere except Harlem — that some have called him an interloper.


“I tell people my bed was in Jersey but my life was here in this community,” said Walrond, who has lived in Edgewater, N.J., and upstate Rockland County since he returned to the area from Durham, N.C., where he served as a minister at Duke University from 1996 to 2004.

Walrond says that he and his wife, Lakeesha, moved into a luxury high-rise building on Fifth Ave., across from Mount Morris Park, six weeks ago, but declined to give a tour of his new digs.

He also shrugs off questions about his spotty voting record: Walrond has visited the polls in the last three presidential elections, but ignored them during the off-year congressional races, records showed.

“Who am I to say Michael Walrond can’t be like Barack Obama?”


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Harlem Milliner Hosts ‘The Great American Hat Show’

Harriet Rosebud - Rosebud of New York

Harriet Rosebud – Rosebud of New York

HARLEM — Harriet Rosebud knows exactly how she wants a woman to feel when she slips on the black fascinator style hat with the delicate feathers that she designed and made by hand.

“The feathers are mysterious because they sweep the face,” said Rosebud. “I want a woman to feel elegant, vintage and classic.”

Rosebud, 53, has been designing and manufacturing hats for 20 years after she said she couldn’t find a nice one to fit her head.

After a two-year stint studying millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology and another two working at a hat factory, Rosebud launched her own company called Rosebud of New York. She designs up to 4,000 hats per year from her home studio in Harlem.

Her collection includes everything from fascinators — the highly decorative pieces that sit on the side of the head attached by a band and made famous recently by Kate Middleton— to her $600 hat for the Kentucky Derby called the “Triple Crown.”

“It’s art, but it’s wearable art. That’s something I want people to understand and appreciate about hat-making,” Rosebud said.

The public will get that chance on Feb. 8 when Rosebud hosts “The Great American Hat Show” at St. James Presbyterian Church on 141st Street, a daylong event that will feature hat-making classes for adults and children and new hat collections.

“The show is to give the art form more exposure,” said Rosebud who also has a degree in political science from Florida State University. “It’s a real conversation about hats and what they mean to us.”

Hatmaking is a form of expression, said Rosebud who added that she dreams up fresh designs almost daily.

“I see something that inspires me and I’ll draw it out,” she said.

Millinery hasn’t changed much over time. Rosebud uses some of the same techniques that hat makers used centuries ago.

“A brim is a brim and a crown is a crown,” she said.

The only thing that has changed is the fabric. In the past, hats were made mostly of wool and straw. Today they can be made of almost anything including ribbon, satin, synthetic fabrics and mudcloth.

Rosebud said she’ll shape the hat on a mold using fabric before it goes through steaming, shaping and even a baking process. That shaped hat becomes the blank canvas where she plays with color before moving on to adding feathers, ribbons, crystals or silk flowers.

“Dressmakers start with a sketch, but most hat designers create the shape with molds and then design the hat. The hat is a blank canvas we paint on,” Rosebud said.

Rosebud is one of the most well-known African-American milliners in the country, especially after her collection of miniature hats took off a few years ago. She has clients in the U.S. and in Canada, some of whom will travel to The Great American Hat Show.

The Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas, chairwoman of Community Board 9,  is a prolific hat wearer who owns more than two dozen of Rosebud’s designs.

For President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, Rosebud made Morgan-Thomas a white wool hat with fox trim and a big buckle that was “blinging,” and gave the notable crystal bow hat that soul singer Aretha Franklin wore that day a run for its money.

“My hat was better than Aretha’s. She should have had a Harriet Rosebud creation,” Morgan-Thomas said.

For her son’s recent wedding, Morgan-Thomas hadn’t planned to wear a hat because she didn’t want to draw any attention away from the bride. But when her now daughter-in-law requested that Morgan-Thomas wear one of her trademark hats to the wedding, she turned to Rosebud, who created one with pearls around the brim.

“It was me: soft, feminine and yet outstanding,” joked Morgan-Thomas. “Her hats are always very chic, even the ones that are ostentatious.”

Rosebud credits her degree in political science for her interest in the sociology behind hats.

Hat designs often change with the country’s social and economic situation. In the 1920s the hat styles were more grand to reflect the booming economic times. But during the Great Depression and World War II, hats were plain based on the inaccessibility of supplies.

“A hat could denote your wealth,” Rosebud said.

She should know. Rosebud is putting the finishing touches on an $800 hat that is loaded with rhinestones and crystal. The “car payment,” as she facetiously calls it, will be stunning and worth every penny because hats are also a symbol of a feeling that the wearer is trying to display, she said.

The giant brim of the massive triple crown hat denotes a grandness associated with going to events like the Kentucky Derby. The black fascinator hat is playful but also a serious evening hat. For the black church women in Harlem, it’s all about large brims, tall crowns and bling.

“The more rhinestones the better. They look like Christmas trees,” Rosebud said.

Rosebud is working on purchasing her own small factory to produce her designs and can’t wait to unveil her new creations at The Great American Hat Show.

“America is a leader in fashion and I want to return the art form to greatness,” said Rosebud. “It’s very important to me that the art form doesn’t die.

The Great American Hat Show will be held Feb. 8, starting at 2 p.m. at the Dorothy Manor Theater at St. James Presbyterian, 409 W. 141st St. at St. Nicholas Avenue. Call (212) 690-1361, visit Harriet Rosebud Hats or email HarrietRosebud@gmail.com for more information.

By Jeff Mays on January 15, 2014 10:10am @JeffCMays

Marcus Samuelsson Wants Harlem to Talk About Art

adamsart-thumb-225x344Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster Harlem (310 Lenox Avenue, 212-792-9001) and Ginny’s Supper Club have been far more than restaurants since they opened — the spots function as a kind of neighborhood nexus where a variety of cultural lightning rods cross paths. Local jazz bands and variety shows fill the stage at Ginny’s, and area artists contribute work that hangs on the establishments’ walls. And Samuelsson wants these elements to be far more than ambiance: He wants them to be part of an ongoing conversation about Harlem.

“Art and culture sit so well with Harlem and the Rooster,” he explains. “I think about our music and storytellers — chefs and artists are part of that segment. When I was building the Rooster, I thought, I know today’s artists and today’s storytellers, and I want them to walk into this restaurant. I’m not looking at art — I’m solely looking at uptown as a narrative.”

That narrative, he maintains, is what’s important to the vitality of the neighborhood. “Part of the work we’re doing here is local investment in the community,” he explains. “We’re introducing local artists in a contemporary way that feels fun and exciting.” To wit, the Rooster displays the art of a number of artists with a Harlem connection — but the restaurant also invites patrons to partake in the conversation, hosting salons that bring together those interested in art with the artists themselves.

Tonight, for example, the Rooster will feature Derrick Adams, an artist who uses a variety of medias and specializes in urban scenes and the African-American experience, downstairs at Ginny’s. Samuelsson and his cooking team will put together a meal inspired by the work of the artist, and diners are invited to have a conversation with Adams about his canon, six works from which are currently on display at the restaurants.

Samuelsson hopes the meal removes some of the barriers that someone interested in art might find in a gallery. “It’s not a traditional space, so it opens up the conversation — you can ask straightforward questions,” he explains. “People have to have dinner anyway — how often to do you do that while you meet an artist who can share their vision and share that passion with other people?”

Samuelsson is also clear that the Rooster and Ginny’s are not intended to be galleries — the work is not for sale; rather, this is a way to introduce artists to the wider community. He does hope, though, that potential buyers seek out these artists in their own spaces.

While tonight’s salon is sold out, it’s one of a series: The Rooster has also featured artists like Gary Simmons, Brandon Cox, Sanford Biggers, and Lorna Simpson. Check the restaurant’s events page for upcoming conversations.

By Laura Shunk Wed., Jan. 15 2014 at 2:00 PM

Harlem’s College Station Post Office on the Chopping Block Again

HARLEM — A plan to relocate the College Station post office on 140th Street in Central Harlem will leave elderly and poor residents without a place to access mail and financial services such as money orders, say opponents.

The College Station Post Office at 217 W. 140th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard has more than 12,000 square feet of excess space, said Connie Chirichello, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service.

The station only provides retail services after mail carriers and sorters were moved from the station in the last few years. A new post office retail location will be located within the same 10030 zip code and provide the same services in a space that will be approximately 1,400 square feet. The space has not yet been identified.

Patrons of the College Station Post office say the lines are always long. "If it moves to a smaller space it will g...

Patrons of the College Station Post office say the lines are always long. “If it moves to a smaller space it will g…

“For elderly and poor people who depend on the post office the most, moving it out of the area will be a great hardship,” said Chuck Zlatkin, legal and political director for the New York Metro Area Postal Union which opposes the shift.

But Chirichello said the move is necessary because the Postal Service has seen a deep decline in the demand for its services. Annual mail volume has dropped by 43 billion pieces in the last five years. The agency, which doesn’t receive any tax dollars, is also facing a massive deficit because of the billions it must pay into a health fund for retired workers each year.

As a result, the Postal Service has embarked on a nationwide campaign to sell off properties and downsize its locations, including the landmarked Bronx General Post Office on the Grand Concourse. A recent plan to sell the Old Chelsea Station at 217 W. 18th St. was scrapped after community opposition.

Postal Service officials said no decision about the sale of the College Station location will be made until after hearings on the plan.

“The postal service is facing dire financial challenges,” Chirichello said. “We must take the necessary steps to close a $20 billion dollar gap by 2015 in order to regain financial sustainability. To do that, we must tighten our belts not one notch but several.”

Zlatkin said College Station often has lines out the door by 9 a.m. showing the demand for the services there.

“If it is moved to a smaller space there will be less service and it will be even more crowded,” he said.

On a recent afternoon there were 20 people waiting on line and only two clerks serving customers at the College Station site.

“It’s like this all the time,” said Jimmie Pate, 58, a librarian, as he stood near the back of the line.

“If it moves to a smaller space it will get even more crowded,” said Mario Cruz, 43, a pharmacy tech who was just ahead of Pate. “Soon you are going to have to make an appointment just to go to the post office.”

A meeting was scheduled before Community Board 10’s economic development committee for Thursday night where the Postal Service was to present its relocation proposal, but it was canceled once the New York Metro Area Postal Union notified the board about the purpose of the meeting.

“They were trying to slip one by the community, but now the community understands this post office is under attack,” said Zlatkin, who said the Postal Service should hold a full fledged town hall meeting about the proposed relocation as they have done in other neighborhoods.

Chirichello said the Postal Service is working on finding a new date to make their proposal and considers local community boards acceptable locations.

College Station was built in 1937 and gets its name from a former station located near City College. The brick building has limestone trim, a terrazzo floor, marble wainscoting, and wood trim. There was talk of closing the site in 2009 when it appeared on a list of 700 Postal Service sites to be closed or consolidated, but was spared.

Robert Johnson, 61, a coin collector and seller, uses a walker and travels frequently to College Station to handle business. He said he acquired another box at a nearby post office when College Station was in jeopardy of being closed in 2009  and understands the Postal Service’s need to downsize.

“These building are assets and the Postal Service doesn’t employ enough people to justify continued ownership,” said Johnson. “They have other post offices in the area. This is just the cost of doing business.”

Seeing stars! Actor and former City Council candidate hopes to make ‘El Barrio Walk of Fame’ in East Harlem

Businessman, actor, and former City Council Candidate Edwin Marcial wants to give back to the East Harlem community by creating a local version of the Walk of Fame. ‘I see so many artists in Harlem that deserve to be there,’ he tells The News.

Edwin Marcial wants to create an El Barrio Walk of Fame to honor local legends and stars on 106th St. between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

Edwin Marcial wants to create an El Barrio Walk of Fame to honor local legends and stars on 106th St. between 3rd and Lexington Avenues.

Why should Hollywood have more fun than East Harlem?

A businessman, actor and former City Council candidate wants to create an “El Barrio Walk of Fame” on E. 106th St. between Third and Lexington Aves. to honor East Harlem stars and legends.

“I want to give it to the people who do something for El Barrio,” said Edwin

Businessman, actor, and former City Council Candidate Edwin Marcial wants to give back to the East Harlem community. ‘I see so many artists in Harlem that deserve to be there,’ he tells The News.

Marcial. “I see so many artists in Harlem that deserve to be there.”

He dreams of a block dotted with marble plaques that would bear the likenesses of luminaries from the theater, music, dance, art, film and government, along with a brief bio and the name of the sponsor.

Local officials say they can see what Marcial means.

“A Walk of Fame in El Barrio would be another way to celebrate the many cultural icons and community leaders that have hailed from our neighborhood,” City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-East Harlem) said in a statement. “I look forward to working with members of the community to make this a reality.”

“We don’t always know our neighborhood history or neighborhood heroes, and this would be a great place to highlight some of that,” Brewer said.

The project — which would cost an estimated $500,000 per side of the block — is being spearheaded by Teatro Moderno Puertorriqueno Inc., an East Harlem arts and culture organization that Marcial heads.

The project — which would cost an estimated $500,000 per side of the block — is being spearheaded by Teatro Moderno Puertorriqueno Inc., an East Harlem arts and culture organization that Marcial heads.

The project — which would cost an estimated $500,000 per side of the block — is being spearheaded by Teatro Moderno Puertorriqueno Inc., an East Harlem arts and culture organization that Marcial heads.

A committee would select nominees and choose one man and one woman each year.

Marcial plans to reach out to divorced couple Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to be the keynote figures of the annual enshrinement, which he describes as a red-carpet event accompanied by street vendors.

“It’s a way to empower the artists in East Harlem and the community,” said Marcial, who expects a portion of the project to be completed by 2015, if all goes well.

But the ambitious community man has a long road ahead.

Marcial, 74, who launched three failed bids for the East Harlem City Council seat, still needs the approval of Community Board 11, of which he is a member. Members have asked that he provide more information after the holidays.

He also needs the green light from City Council and the city Department of Transportation.

Marcial said he would request money from the city, but he intends to raise much of the dough on his own.

It’s unclear, he says, how much it will cost to maintain the Walk of Fame, but he believes the attraction will attract tourists and their wallets to the neighborhood.

Already , Marcial says, a local politician could be one of the first on the far-from-approved Walk of Fame, but he remained coy, saying: “It’s going to be a surprise.”


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Nonprofit founded by alum expands local STEM programs

THE GREAT PUMPKIN   |  Students Justo Rodriguez, Thomas Anderson, and Louis Enamorado install wiring into a jack-o’-lantern during ELiTE’s Halloween Hardware Hackathon earlier this year.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN | Students Justo Rodriguez, Thomas Anderson, and Louis Enamorado install wiring into a jack-o’-lantern during ELiTE’s Halloween Hardware Hackathon earlier this year.

Although Columbia alumnus Chelsey Roebuck founded the local nonprofit Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering just four years ago, the organization has been recognized for its work with a grant to expand and improve its programs in the West Harlem community.

The $33,440 grant from the West Harlem Development Corporation enabled ELiTE to scale up science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programming to serve 250 students from four local schools.

Roebuck, SEAS ’10 and ELiTE president, said the grant will support the group’s efforts to deepen its impact in Harlem by running a variety of after-school STEM programs.

Created as an undergraduate student project in 2009, ELiTE runs a hands-on science and engineering summer camp in rural Ghana in partnership with Engineers Without Borders.

Over the past five years, the summer camp has grown from the classrooms of a rural village in Ghana to a primary school in Tanzania and university campuses in Ghana, Jamaica, and Mexico, offering workshops and trainings in everything from software engineering and robotics to ecology and astronomy.

Now, Roebuck co-teaches computer science and mechatronics classes as part of the regular school schedule for sixth-grade and 11th-grade students.

Earlier this year, ELiTE held a Halloween Hardware Hack­a­thon event at the Frederick Douglass Academy, where 23 advanced mechatronics students were given basic electronic circuit components and pumpkins and were instructed to hack their own jack-o’-lanterns.

Columbia mechanical engineering professor Robert Stark was one of the judges at the event. He has volunteered his time working with the high school’s Robotics team and is now offering shadowing opportunities to students interested in the Columbia engineering labs.

“That’s a big part of ELiTE—not just teaching, but saying, ‘Here’s someone that can give you opportunities, if you really are interested, to do something with it,’” Roebuck said.

The event served as a culminating project for the first unit in the mechatronics class. The requirements were fairly broad, which allowed students to pursue their creativity by adding lights and sound to their pumpkins.

“That’s the spirit behind innovation, anyway. Use your environment, use what’s around you,” Stark said.

Roebuck said ELiTE plans on making a big push for recruitment on Columbia’s campus in December so that the organization can get more volunteer instructors to help students during these workshops.

“We’ve had different undergrads and grad students volunteering with us in schools, and I’d love to be able to get more,” he said.

Columbia’s National Society of Black Engineers recently visited FDA to speak to multiple classrooms and distribute college-oriented information as part of its annual A Walk for Education event.

NSBE Technical Outreach Community Help Chair Tolu Akinade, SEAS ’15, said the chapter was able to visit seven classrooms during its visit, including Roebuck’s mechatronics class.

“We loved speaking to the students and are definitely looking to go back to the school,” Akinade said. FDA Principal Joseph Gates and Vice Principal Pasquale Cusanelli were both present at the Hack­a­thon event.

“The best way to learn is what we’re doing in these classes,” Cusanelli said. “What Chelsey’s foundation is providing, as well as Columbia University and the increased support from Columbia, is helping these students.”

“For me, a lot of the opportunities that come as a result of being recognized for these awards are almost just as valuable as, if not more valuable than, the money,” Roebuck said.

“With awards and recognition, it’s never really about the money,” he said. “More than anything, getting the support networks and the communities that really help the students grow is what I’m most interested in.”

This story is part of a series of profiles of organizations that receive grants from the West Harlem Development Corporation.

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U.S. Census Bureau to Hire in the Boroughs (NYC):

This fall the U.S. Census Bureau will hire over 500 temporary Field Representatives to conduct the New York City Housing & Vacancy Survey (NYC-HVS). This survey is conducted every three years to comply with the City’s rent regulation laws. The Census Bureau has conducted the survey for the City since 1965. Applicants who wish to take the Census test for the NYC-HVS must reside within Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan or the Bronx. The pay rate for Field Representatives in these areas is $16.92 per hour. Employment will last about four to six months. To learn more about job requirements and qualifications call us toll free at 1-800-991-2520 (Select option 2 for recruiting) or send an e-mail with your complete address and phone number to: new.york.recruit@census.gov.