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Apply to Join Your Manhattan Community Board!

Community Boards are the ultimate grassroots form of local government, and you can apply to represent your neighbors on critical issues like land use, municipal services, and City budget matters.

2022 Application & Interview Process

The application portal to apply for a Manhattan community board is open NOW until Tuesday, March 1 before 5:00 PM. Learn more about how you can apply HERE. You can access the application through this link.

Prospective members must submit a biography or resume and complete a comprehensive online application explaining why they want to join the board, what skills they offer, and their relationship to their districts. These applications are reviewed and evaluated by an independent screening panel. Qualified applicants are interviewed on the panel’s recommendation by staff members of the Manhattan Borough President’s office.

Appointments will be made by April 2022 and are based on the application, panel recommendation, and interviews.

Current community board members seeking to continue their service are required to fill out a re-application form prior to the expiration of their term. Reappointment is not guaranteed. Re-applying members are subject to the same application process as prospective members but are automatically granted interviews. Members must continue to demonstrate a significant interest in their community board, the ability to make the required time commitment, and a track record of constructive participation.

Each community board member serves for two years and can re-apply at the end of their term. Members are usually expected to serve on a minimum of two committees, typically broken down by issue area and/or neighborhood, as well as attend the monthly board meeting where all committees make a report to the full board membership. Members of community boards serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual, necessary out-of-pocket expenses in connection with their responsibilities.

Community board membership is a major time commitment. Members are expected to be active, involved, and maintain a record of good attendance. In addition, they should seek to adhere to the principles of good government: honesty, accountability, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest.

Read more about Manhattan’s Community Boards HERE: https://www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov/communityboards/

Applications are due Tuesday, March 1 before 5:00 PM. Learn more about how you can apply HERE. 

The SoHo Broadway district is in Manhattan Community Board 2.

Community Board 2 was one of the first community boards to be established in the early 1960’s. There are 12 Community Boards in Manhattan and 59 across New York City that are charged with representing community interest on crucial issues of development and planning, land use, zoning and City service delivery, such as sanitation and street maintenance, as well as coordination with social services and public education facilities.

CB2’s district boundaries are the south side of 14th Street, the north side of Canal Street, the Hudson River and the west side of the Bowery/4th Avenue. CB2 encompass the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village, Little Italy, SoHo, NoHo, Hudson Square, Chinatown, and the Gansevoort Market. The district is defined by its history of political activism, its unique architectural landscapes, active artistic community, and by the cultural and ethnic diversity of its populations.

Read more about CB2 HERE: https://cbmanhattan.cityofnewyork.us/cb2/about/

See Membership rosters and demographics for CB2 Here: https://www.manhattanbp.nyc.gov/cb-2/

For questions about this application and application process – please email info@manhattanbp.nyc.gov.

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