East Harlem Preservation http://eastharlempreservation.org Community-driven content. Share your news with us, and we'll tell the world! Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 125710716 East Harlem Community Members Emphatically Reject Rezoning Plan http://eastharlempreservation.org/east-harlem-community-members-emphatically-reject-rezoning-plan/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 22:32:47 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=22164 By Karla Reyes Jun 21, 2017 East Harlem community members and activists stormed the stage four hours into Manhattan Community Board 11’s meeting last night discussing a major rezoning proposal. Instead of a straight “no” vote, the board voted against rezoning on the condition that certain stipulations be met such as increasing the “affordable” housing…

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East Harlem community members emphatically reject rezoning plan

East Harlem community members and activists stormed the stage four hours into Manhattan Community Board 11’s meeting last night discussing a major rezoning proposal.

East Harlem community members emphatically reject rezoning planInstead of a straight “no” vote, the board voted against rezoning on the condition that certain stipulations be met such as increasing the “affordable” housing quota to 50%. This is not enough to meet the needs of the community. Conceding to the city’s plans now allows them to bulldoze El Barrio later.  A compromised “no” — which really is just a “maybe” on its way to becoming a “yes” — still concedes to the inevitability of a gentrification scheme that will displace long-term residents.

History shows that once the billionaire developers get their foot in the door, they will use a multitude of ways to reverse whatever promises they make. This is, after all, what they do for a living.

East Harlem community members emphatically reject rezoning planChanting “No Rezoning” and holding up signs that read “East Harlem is not for sale” and “Stop Racist Rezoning,” community members sent a militant and powerful message that they were in no mood to negotiate away their neighborhood. Groups such as Picture the Homeless, East Harlem Preservation, El Barrio Unite, the Movement for Justice in El Barrio and the Justice Center en El Barrio all contributed to this effort.

East Harlem community members emphatically reject rezoning planThis meeting was just one front of a larger fight against gentrification and the fundamentally undemocratic political processes under which it takes place. The community boards that consider rezoning schemes are appointed, not elected, bodies, picked by the borough president and therefore not accountable to the grassroots.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), which spoke out during the community comment portion, and joined the protest on stage, distributed the following statement at the hearing. Activists also circulated information about the Sept. 16-17 People’s Congress of Resistance, which is drawing together organizers from tenant rights and other struggles from across the country.


Party for Socialism and Liberation Statement:

East Harlem for the people, not for the developers!

Fight the city’s plan to rezone El Barrio for the landlords!

The City government is pushing its plan to rezone East Harlem. To rezone 96 blocks in the neighborhood, Community Board 11, the borough president, the City Planning Commission, City Council, and Mayor de Blasio must review and approve the proposal. So that never happens, the people of El Barrio must emphatically reject it now.

The city claims 3,500 new apartments will be created if the city approves the plan by the end of the year and promises that “a significant proportion” will be “permanently affordable.” But that’s just a sugar-coating to make us swallow a poisonous pill.

The real winners would be the city’s billionaire developers, who don’t just flip buildings — but entire neighborhoods. The rezoning would allow residential and commercial buildings as tall as 35 stories. This will boost developers’ profits and land values so high that they will all swarm to East Harlem to cash in.

The slumlords who have neglected buildings and their tenants for years would cash out. This is the moment they have been waiting for.

Rezoning means “pay day” for the landlords. But for local residents it spells evictions and destruction — not to mention additional harassment from the police.

Poor and working people of East Harlem are right to be upset. All the “development” that takes place in the city is directed by private real estate billionaires like Trump who want to drive people out of the city, not improve their lives.

Gentrification has not brought  jobs and services to East Harlem, as the politicians promised. In fact, their slumlord and developer friends have intentionally allowed the buildings to decay in order to drive out residents, mostly Latino and Black.  The landlords don’t fix anything up until they have more expensive tenants lined up. This has to end!

The city should launch a massive program to repair its aging bridges, subways, sewer pipes, and long-neglected public housing buildings, among other run-down and worn-out parts of our city. Such a project would create jobs and make the city a better place to live for everyone. Development does not have to mean displacement. Instead, the city, which is sitting on a multi-billion dollar surplus, makes huge interest payments to service its debt to the banks.

To solve the housing crisis, we need a movement that will fight back. All the condos which now sit empty should be seized and redistributed to those who have lost their homes.

The PSL says:

  • Stop the rezoning!
  • End the evictions — provide decent housing for all people!
  • Provide an immediate inspection of all public and affordable housing in East Harlem!
  • Restore real rent control for all units citywide!
  • Turn over all empty lots and vacant buildings to the community — and all neglected apartment buildings to the tenants!

Republished with permission of Liberation News.

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El Barrio No Se Vende: East Harlem Residents Say NO to Racist Rezoning! http://eastharlempreservation.org/el-barrio-no-se-vende-east-harlem-residents-say-no-racist-rezoning/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:02:04 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=22066 “One who has not experienced gentrification does not know how harmful that may be to the Puerto Rican people.” — Oscar López Rivera Rezoning low-income communities of color is about much more than “just the facts.” It transcends statistics, analysis, and policy – however “participatory” the planning process may appear. Indeed, encouraging massive increases in…

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“One who has not experienced gentrification does not know how harmful that may be to the Puerto Rican people.” — Oscar López Rivera

Rezoning low-income communities of color is about much more than “just the facts.” It transcends statistics, analysis, and policy – however “participatory” the planning process may appear.

Indeed, encouraging massive increases in the number of high-priced properties in low-income communities like East Harlem/El Barrio is the antithesis of “inclusionary.” Real estate is all about the money. Developers are primarily concerned with what tomorrow’s market will bear, not the people who live here today.

Decent and permanently affordable housing is an international human right. It is that fundamental truth that is moving African Americans, Latinos, and Asians throughout New York City to fight Mayor Bill de Blasio’s racist rezoning policies and challenge any elected official complicit in the destruction of our beloved neighborhoods.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recently took a huge political risk in defending a Puerto Rican freedom-loving patriot, as did many of us in East Harlem.

We must now channel that same passion and energy to stop gentrification, as former political prisoner Oscar López Rivera personally advocated when he spoke at the United Nations on June 19th.

Mark-Viverito, who represents El Barrio, has also been very generous in funding many cool arts projects. No doubt.

However strong the enthusiasm for our history and culture – concerts and murals and museums do not pay the rent. While thousands of our relatives and friends visit East Harlem to enjoy our festivals and attend honorary street renamings, very few can actually afford to live here.

10 Simple Reasons to JUST SAY NO to NYC’s Racist Rezoning!

  1. Both the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan AND the current rezoning plan are middle-class housing plans, plain and simple. They do not reflect the actual needs of this community. Even at the lowest annual Area Median Income being offered (30% AMI = $32,000), rezoning would provide NO apartments for those who truly need affordable housing and would exclude our homeless population entirely.
  2. There are generous state and local government subsidies already in place that offer lucrative financial incentives for developers to include “affordable” units in their developments. There’s no need to hand over huge city-owned lots, community gardens, ball-fields, and NYCHA lawns and playgrounds to build mostly market-rate housing. Why especially reward vacant property owners who’ve warehoused buildings all along 3rd Avenue and neglected our needs for 40+ years by telling them the sky’s now the limit?
  3. Up-zoning to allow 30-35 story market-rate buildings will destroy the very fabric of what has historically been an affordable, tenement community serving immigrants and low-income families of color. This is a beautiful black and brown community and has been for many, many decades – and we aren’t leaving!
  4. East Harlem/El Barrio residents will lose their precious cultural legacy and any political leverage that remains if this plan goes through. Ice cream trucks and play streets will inevitably be replaced by more Citi-bike stations and dog walks.
  5. There are no legally binding assurances in place or any commitment from the city or any developer with regards any of the services and programs in Community Board 11’s list of “recommendations.”
  6. The city has made no provisions to address school overcrowding, loss of sunlight, construction pollution, sanitation, traffic and other environmental issues that will seriously impact the quality of life in East Harlem.
  7. The city’s estimate that only 11 apartments will be lost is a straight-up lie and proof that they do not intend to support ANY of the community’s requests.
  8. East Harlem was already rezoned in 2003 to allow higher density buildings and encourage developers to build “affordable housing.” Speaker Mark-Viverito’s office has repeatedly refused to state the number of low-income apartments she’s brought to the district in the last 11-1/2 years.  Failure to provide such information does not inspire confidence in her sincerity with regards to serving future generations.
  9. Speaker Mark-Viverito reportedly used coercive methods to secure community board approval of a 68-story, mostly market-rate development so any illusion of solidarity with the interests of working people has been shattered.
  10. Both she and Mayor Bill de Blasio have also reneged on campaign promises and accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from landlords, developers, and construction companies, after vowing never to do so.

In every speech and interview, Oscar López Rivera describes the intentional depopulation of Puerto Rico and gentrification in Chicago as a human rights issue.

The Puerto Rican Diaspora now follows his example and says NO to the planned displacement of people of color in East Harlem and throughout New York City.

The media labels anyone fighting for human rights an extremist. Nelson Mandela was labeled a terrorist for challenging apartheid, even after he was freed. Here in New York City, you are called “crazy” if you fight for your community.

Jane Jacobs and Yolanda Garcia were both considered “kooks” in their time because they fought to preserve their Greenwich Village and South Bronx neighborhoods.  Today, their work has been appropriated by the very same planners seeking to destroy East Harlem and 14 other communities of color that have been targeted for gentrification.

A private developer recently had the audacity to invoke the Lenapi community in their presentation for the Sendero Verde mega-development in East Harlem. Ironically, Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito would have us “trade” one of the last few relatively affordable communities in Manhattan for the promise of a few “trinkets.” This city (and country) was founded on the violent displacement of people of color. We cannot, and will not, let it happen again.

“Long ago I learned to ‘follow the money’. I have always followed the money. Apartments for sale for two million dollars, that is not for Puerto Ricans. All this has been planned. It is not a coincidence.” — Oscar López Rivera

Communities are rising up and saying NO to Mayor de Blasio’s racist rezoning. Activists from East Harlem; Inwood and Washington Heights; Southern Boulevard and other parts of the South Bronx; East New York and Flatbush, Brooklyn; Ridgewood, Queens; Chinatown; the Lower East Side; and the Bay Street corridor on Staten Island are coming together and standing strong.

Fed up and fighting back, activists are unwilling to play left field for any politician or nonprofit organization looking to use public outrage to negotiate better termsor as a cover to ease their conscience. We do not support ANY rezoning. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

That was the message delivered at Community Board 11’s full-board meeting on June 20th, as dozens of community residents and housing allies demanded the board reject any plan to gentrify East Harlem. The meeting was eventually disrupted as activists rushed the stage to prevent board members from proceeding to vote no “with conditions” (essentially a yes).

Outraged board members then began screaming and demanding that protesters “mind their manners” so the vote could continue. But, the point of nonviolent civil disobedience is to STOP business as usual, to SHUT IT DOWN. Being “polite” and “respecting the process” did not end slavery, segregation, apartheid, and it certainly will never stop gentrification.

Rather than doing the right thing and adjourning the meeting, Community Board 11 proceeded to hold an essentially illegal secret (paper) vote, while several board members (and their friends) threatened and physically attacked several protesters.

Press reports erroneously described the assault as a “fight” started by protestors. In fact, it was members of the board that were OUT OF ORDER and engaging in egregious, unlawful actions.

As a result, activists are now calling for immediate community board reforms:

  • Term limits for community board members: There’s experience and then there’s entrenchment and entitlement. As is the case with NYC Council members, 8 or even 12 years is more than enough time for any one individual to make a difference.
  • Publicly elected (not politically appointed) NEIGHBORHOOD representatives.
  • On-time appointments to community boards, as mandated by law. Bringing members on board two months late (and just weeks before a major vote) is unacceptable.
  • Full disclosure: Make board members’ financial and political interests public.
  • Training on the legalities of conducting board business during civil disobediences or other disruptions.
  • Training on the proper etiquette for handling people engaged in civil disobedience. Members who assault or threaten the public (or incite anyone else to do so) should be removed immediately.
  • Training on the public’s legal right to witness all voting procedures.
  • Training on the public’s legal right to record all government meetings.
  • Enforcement of legal restrictions on “gifts” (entertainment passes, meals, jobs, contracts, apartments) by any agency, company, or individual doing business before the board.
  • Meals and refreshments presented at open meetings must be made available to the general public.

Of course, the corruption goes much deeper and much more radical change is needed in a city (and world) where black and brown bodies are as easily disposed as yesterday’s leftovers.

“The only thing I know is to fight.” My commitment does not stop until my last breath has been taken.” — Oscar López Rivera

Politicians are henceforth forewarned: If you proceed with ANY rezoning plan for East Harlem and other low-income, communities of color in New York City, we will cash out everyone responsible at the ballot box in November!

If we go, you go!

Courtesy of Virtual Boricua.

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Open letter to Community Board 11’s Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee http://eastharlempreservation.org/open-letter-community-board-11s-land-use-landmarks-planning-committee/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 02:23:37 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=21971 Dispatch From: Movement for Justice in El Barrio June 17, 2017 Candy Vives-Vasquez, Chairperson Steven Villanueva, Vice-Chair Manhattan Community Board 11 Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee 1664 Park Avenue, Ground floor New York, NY 10035 Dear Ms. Vives-Vasquez & Mr. Villanueva, We, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, are writing to thank you for…

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Dispatch From: Movement for Justice in El Barrio

Open letter to Community Board 11’s Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee

June 17, 2017

Candy Vives-Vasquez, Chairperson
Steven Villanueva, Vice-Chair
Manhattan Community Board 11
Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee
1664 Park Avenue, Ground floor
New York, NY 10035

Dear Ms. Vives-Vasquez & Mr. Villanueva,

We, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, are writing to thank you for voting “no” regarding the Mayor’s East Harlem rezoning plan. Yet, we also wish to express major concerns that we have regarding the way in which you have integrated some of our 10-Point Plan to Preserve Rent-stabilized Housing into your recommendations. We ask that after reading our concerns you review our 10 Point Plan and make the necessary revisions to your recommendations.

First and foremost, we wish to reiterate Movement for Justice in El Barrio’s position regarding the Mayor’s East Harlem rezoning plan and reiterate our request that you and the full Community Board 11 vote this way on Tuesday:

1)    We are unconditionally against the Mayor’s rezoning plan and want it completely scrapped.

2)    Once it is scrapped in its entirety, Movement for Justice in El  Barrio calls upon Mayor De Blasio to implement the 10-Point Plan to Preserve Rent-stabilized Housing. When our 10-Point Plan is implemented, landlords will be forced to follow the law so that we, long-term East Harlem tenants, can stay in our rent-stabilized homes.

At your Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee meeting held on June 16th, 2017, you indicated that you support some of the recommendations we make in our “10 Point Plan”. Yet, what you actually stated were “watered down” weak versions of those recommendations that you claimed to support.

Below is a brief summary of what you stated regarding a few of our “10 Points” compared to what those recommendations of ours clearly state:

1.    You stated that HPD outreach should increase regarding HPD’s role in addressing housing maintenance issues by creating a HPD website with consolidated friendly information regarding housing maintenance issues. This way the public can be well informed of their rights when it comes to conditions to their apartments and to have easy access and an understandable way to them and how to remedy that or gain help in correcting these conditions.

We completely disagree that solely a website would be a sufficient form of public education. In fact, our public education Point #2 states the following:

“Point #2: Mount a citywide public education initiative about HPD’s responsibility to safeguard quality, affordable housing.

  • Publicize the 311 hotline and HPD’s role in addressing housing maintenance issues using public service advertisements across all five boroughs, including on subways, buses, bus shelters, inside subway stations, newspaper ads, TV commercials, commercials on taxi TVs, billboards, radio spots, in hospitals and other readily visible public locations.
  • HPD should have community outreach workers distribute multi-lingual, easy-to-understand literature about their role in addressing housing maintenance issues in El Barrio and similar neighborhoods in all 5 boroughs. Materials should publicize the 311 hotline where tenants lodge complaints regarding housing code violations.
  • Consolidate all information about HPD on one web location and publicize this webpage in HPD Public Education Initiative materials and advertisements.”

As you can see, your request for a website compared to our Point #2 is very weak and does not reflect a strong public education campaign that the city must undertake to preserve low-income housing and improve our conditions.

2.    You stated that you support increasing the number of HPD inspectors as well as an increase in the numbers of convenient times and dates for tenants to have their apartments inspected, pursuant to complaints about conditions in their apartments.

Yet, in our Point #9 we state specifically that we want HPD to “Provide inspections 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”.

Furthermore, your version of our Point #9 is very vague and lacks the request for HPD inspectors to be available 24/7.

3. You stated that there should be adequate follow up and efficiency when issuing fines when the violations go on outstanding beyond the time permitted by law. Also, that it is important that HPD increase its response related to complaints regarding emergency conditions, such as lack of heat or hot water. As well as engaging in HPD’s Emergency Repair Program deploying it to make those repairs the landlord is not making by submitting fines and billing those repairs to the landlord.

This statement of yours again removes the specific concrete ways in which HPD should accomplish this which makes it a very weak recommendation.

Below is what we are asking for as it relates to what you stated:

“Point 3: Establish an administrative tribunal to assess and collect fines for code violations, and/or grant inspectors the power to write citations against owners which must be paid immediately upon finding violations left unrepaired during a reinspection.”

“Point 6: Improve response to emergency violations.

  • Landlords must be required to make repairs within 24 hours for emergency violations. Inspectors must be dispatched immediately and must notify landlords immediately in person, by phone or by email.
  • Dispatch inspectors in less than 24 hours in cases of lack of heat or hot water.
  • Promptly fine owners when heat or hot water is not restored within 24 hours.
  • Assign special emergency inspectors.”

“Point #4: Fulfill the responsibility of the Emergency Repair Program.

  • HPD must make all emergency repairs not completed by the landlord in the designated amount of time and bill the landlord.
  • Mount a special public education promotion during heat and hot water season advertising the ERP’s role and budget for addressing heat and hot water violations, and publicizing the 311 hotline where tenants can lodge their heat and hot water complaints. Utilize public service advertisements across all five boroughs including print, television and radio commercials and posters in readily visible public locations.
  • Hire community outreach workers to carry out this special public education promotion and publicize the ERP’s role for addressing heat and hot water violations and the 311 hotline in low income neighborhoods in all 5 boroughs.”

Moreover, we wish to emphasize that to ensure that HPD carries out all of their responsibilities to enforce the housing maintenance code, it is essential for you to ask the Mayor De Blasio Administration to establish what is specified in our Point #1:

“Provide true, independent citywide oversight of HPD’s performance. It is of the highest importance that enforcement mechanisms are put into place to ensure HPD’s execution of these recommendations and their regular duties.”

We also wish to say that we are dismayed that you chose to not support these other points of our “10 Point Plan”:

Point #5: Improve the quality of language-access for tenants receiving inspections.Point #7: Establish an East Harlem-HPD Housing Justice Program that can serve as a Pilot Program to be replicated in other similar areas with sub-standard housing at risk of worsening housing conditions and displacement.
Point #8: Establish community-based oversight of HPD’s performance in East Harlem

Therefore, we respectfully ask that you review all of the specifics and concrete solutions as outlined in our “10-Point Plan to Preserve Rent-stabilized Housing” in order to ensure the preservation East Harlem rent-stabilized homes. We have attached our full “10 Point Plan”. If you have any questions, please call us at 212-561-0555.

Thank you.

Josefina Salazar
Movement for Justice in El Barrio

Attached: “10 Point Plan to Preserve Rent Stabilized Housing

CC: Diane Collier, CB 11 Chairperson
Members of the CB 11 Rezoning Task Force

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Help Us Save East Harlem! Tell CB 11 to Just Say No to Up-Zoning! http://eastharlempreservation.org/help-us-save-east-harlem-tell-cb-11-just-say-no-zoning/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:24:26 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=21899 We are calling on all past and present residents of El Barrio and our housing allies to join us in objecting to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s plan to gentrify our community. Up-zoning to allow 30-35 story market-rate buildings with only a handful of “affordable” apartments (that are NOT affordable to low-income residents)…

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We are calling on all past and present residents of El Barrio and our housing allies to join us in objecting to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s plan to gentrify our community.

Up-zoning to allow 30-35 story market-rate buildings with only a handful of “affordable” apartments (that are NOT affordable to low-income residents) will destroy the very fabric of our neighborhood. We will lose our precious cultural legacy and our hard-earned political clout if their plan goes through.

Help us save East Harlem/El Barrio! Tell Speaker Mark-Viverito and Community Board 11 to do the right thing and STOP the racist rezoning! No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

We need your presence TONIGHT at Community Board 11’s Full Board Meeting & Public Hearing – 6:00 pm at Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, Goldwurm Auditorium, 1425 Madison Avenue (NE corner of 98th Street).

If you can’t attend the meeting, call Speaker Mark-Viverito at 212-828-9800 and/or Community Board 11 at 212-212-831-8930 / 8929 / 8924 * Tweet #ElBarrioNoSeVende #EastHarlemNot4Sale and #NoRezoning to @MMViverito and @ManhattanCB11 * Email: mviverito@council.nyc.gov and mn11@cb.nyc.gov and tell them to JUST SAY NO! Period!

Help Us Save East Harlem! Tell CB 11 to Just Say No to Up-Zoning!

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East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again http://eastharlempreservation.org/east-harlem-residents-face-beast-urban-renewal/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:20:18 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=21863 Must They Do So Alone? Op-ed by Lynn Ellsworth Summer is here.  While the Indivisible activists make calls against Trump, while urbanists lament that East Midtown seems doomed to become Dubai, and while the elite of NYC plan summer retreats to the beach, another a tragedy has been unfolding uptown among people in East Harlem:…

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Must They Do So Alone?

Op-ed by Lynn Ellsworth

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

Summer is here.  While the Indivisible activists make calls against Trump, while urbanists lament that East Midtown seems doomed to become Dubai, and while the elite of NYC plan summer retreats to the beach, another a tragedy has been unfolding uptown among people in East Harlem: they are in a battle for their neighborhood.

Here is the story:  Mayor de Blasio and his Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, have proposed a huge up-zoning for East Harlem, 96 blocks of it, from Fifth to Second Avenue, from 104th to 132nd Streets.  It is one of several such huge up-zonings around the City. The goal is to give developers as much public air, sky, and light as possible, to rub out old human-scale East Harlem in the doing.  A good part of this area will end up either demolished or buried among new luxury towers: several pages of that problem are described in gruesome detail in the City’s Environmental Impact Statement.East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

After studying the many documents on this, my conclusion is this:  the scope of this proposal equals the destructiveness of the previous waves of urban renewal that East Harlem has been through. Yes, there will be towers, many of them 30 stories and higher. They will be all along the Avenues and spread out around the 116th and 125th Street subway stops.  East Harlem will become like the “tower world” that Yorkville has become.

Recall that the destruction of  Yorkville’s historic fabric was once the object of a moving video in which the famous actor Paul Newman urged New Yorkers to fight the demolition of historic Yorkville (which was similar architecturally to East Harlem) and prevent Yorkville’s transformation into an avenue of immense towers.

Click here to watch a still brilliant video:  That fight was lost and Yorkville is now officially a mess.  Here is a link to a Yorkville walking tour given by an urban designer and planner called, “My Banal Neighborhood”.

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

In the East Harlem case there may also be an element of race and class. Why, for example, is East Harlem’s tenement and 4-8 story housing stock considered so horrible, so worthy only of demolition rather than rehabilitation and protection? Some kind of hypocrisy is happening on this very point.

Recall that a few months ago, the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) granted the “South Village,”  a tenement area of Greenwich Village, the historic district status.  The argument for doing that was simple:  the South Village is a visible remnant of an immigrant neighborhood and the LPC had long neglected the tenement style of architecture there.  But then why not do the same favor for East Harlem which has an even bigger tenement district?  Is it racism? Or is it because East Harlem residents are poor and don’t have a large enough, well-funded opposition and so can be bullied into accepting towers?

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

The bad idea of pushing ugly urban design and planning mistakes from the Upper East Side into Harlem did not creep up without warning. Last year, the Council speaker, who represents East Harlem, held “community planning” meetings. The Community Board held meetings too. During all of it, there were significant protests against any up-zoning, mysteriously ignored by the mainstream press.  In fact, the up-zoning idea just marched relentlessly forward until last month when the official public review firing gun went off. And as everyone knows, when that happens, the real estate part it over: it takes on the allure of a done deal with the fix already in.  The politicians at that point only allow minor tinkering at the margins so they can pretend that the public review process is more than a rubber stamp machine.

But is such a huge up-zoning good for East Harlem?  Is it good for the city?  Here I argue that it is not and that the underlying premises are flawed.  It is, in fact, a tragedy, a 21st-century version of urban renewal, and every bit as destructive as the old urban renewal.  It is also a clear attack on the historic city, a process once known as “poor people removal” and sometimes as “negro removal” and now might be called, “removal of rent-stabilized black and Latino families who live in old buildings.”   That population will be replaced with prosperous white and Asian families who will live in glass towers and turn the remaining brownstones into single-family homes, if the Regional Planning Association data on gentrification since 2003 is any indication.

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

All this is doubly horrifying as East Harlem is a neighborhood that has already suffered urban renewal projects that destroyed vast tracts of the neighborhood.  Back then, the so-called “slums” (aka, the historic city inhabited by the poor and immigrant) was replaced with towers-in-the-park, now just called “the projects” (see google earth image below)

What the new and old urban renewal plans have in common is a common contempt of 4-8 story historic buildings.  In the view of city planners, the Mayor, and Speaker Mark-Viverito, East Harlem is just zoned too low to provide developers with enough incentive to build the towers the City thinks are necessary.  But let’s ask the same question the activist organizations in East Harlem are asking:  why do any up-zoning changes at all?

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

According to the Environmental Impact Statement, left alone, East Harlem would produce about 2500 new apartments – in a free market scenario.  That’s not enough, says the city: they want an additional 3,000 units which makes for o 2700 luxury, market-rate units and about 900 affordable units, few of which will be affordable to existing East Harlem residents.  Those numbers do not look good. Why not create a different kind of plan so that the naturally produced 2500 units that the free market might be inclined to produce will turn out affordable?  Our current administration just lacks the policy imagination to even consider that alternative, let alone come up with any ideas that aren’t out of the Real Estate Board of New York’s playbook.

Cruelly, the smaller old buildings are not seen as what they really are: assets that have created an affordable and great human-scale neighborhood, the Spanish Harlem of legend.  Just like in the urban renewal days, the old buildings are seen as demolition worthy, owned by slumlords, known to de Blasio as “bad apples.”  But many of these old buildings are perfectly habitable and may just need basic maintenance, which could be done were there any political will to force the slumlords into compliance with the law.  They are largely full of Mexican immigrants now, who want to stay put.  They are rent-stabilized.  Many of the residents are organized as “Movement for Justice in El Barrio”. Nobody seems to hear them and listen to their plan to maintain their homes.

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

Ok, skeptics, I’m not arguing that you cannot or should not build in East Harlem.  There are plenty of empty lots, one-story taxpayer buildings, and a shockingly large number of warehoused units (see photo immediately below), as shown by the maps in the Environmental Impact Statement.  A lot of the empty lots are smaller infill sites – not the giant super-blocks that big developers prefer.  That makes it tricky for those who favor giant housing schemes whose scale props up the wealth of big developers.  It suggests that what is needed is a more incremental affordable housing policy for smaller players.  And that For East Harlem, you might have to get creative with other policy levers to prevent displacement, which can only get done if you start off with a vision of the human-scale possibilities.

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

Another issue is:  why pick on this neighborhood?  East Harlem has suffered several urban renewal projects already. Acres and acres of the old city were already destroyed from the end of the depression to the mid-1960’s.  Then East Harlem had a 2003 up-zoning, and then there was an additional up-zoning of the 125th Street corridor just a few years back.

Add to those interventions the fact that a big chunk of the area by the river has already been given over to a posse of developers and speculators for the East River towers.  And don’t forget that another large parcel is now in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s hands:  they have been flirting with big developer Jonathan Rose for an immense 100% affordable complex that will add to the shadows of Central Park, but is separate from the up-zoning (it is more of a spot-zoning).

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

That’s already a huge amount of tinkering with East Harlem, not to mention all the other stimulatory urban renewal and empowerment zone initiatives already in place.  So has anyone in the City government given a thought about how to preserve East Harlem’s great historic urbanity and to keep it affordable using non-zoning policy levers?  It seems not.

The Civitas 2003 up-zoning was basically a contextual overlay with a modest rise in building size on the avenues: it encouraged builders to stick to the street wall for new construction.  But, as it turns out, even that well-intentioned plan encouraged the displacement of 20% of the Black and Latino population (according to the Regional Plan Association).  You’d think they’d want to stop messing with the place.  But the problem may be this:  is East Harlem so perilously close to the rest of rich Manhattan that rich people  just want it for themselves? Maybe it is as simple as that.

What was never considered was an in-fill development strategy to prevent the wealthy from turning brownstones into single family homes; and to a localized  stimulus to top-up the one-story taxpayer lots with contextual housing and to build on the vacant lots in a way that retains East Harlem’s human-scale, perhaps through community land trusts, creative financing, working with small-scale, often community-based developers who work on smaller profit margins, and applying some properly used eminent domain to turn vacant lots and warehoused properties over to land trusts.  What we have instead is a developer vision of towers, aka Yorkville.  Spanish Harlem will just be a historical fantasy.

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

The plan will add 30,000 new people to East Harlem, but no new schools, libraries, or parks.  Reading the EIS is like reading Orwell’s Animal Farm or a Stalinist tract denying the existence of realities all know about.  There will be for sure substantial shadowing of existing parks, community gardens, and recreation.  Historic buildings and churches will be demolished or literally “drowned” in surrounding towers, utterly transforming the area from a human-scale place to high-rise Yorkville. All of those consequences is right out of the Environmental Impact Statement, with only the displacement consequence ignored or trivialized

The difference between doing nothing and enacting the up-zoning will (in theory at least) be 3,500 new apartments, 70% of which will be luxury, market-rate housing. That figure of 3,500 is over and above the naturally occurring projected growth rate of about 2,500 new apartments that the free market would build if no re-zoning were to take place. It makes me think:  why not develop a policy regime that tweak’s the free market and reforms the rent-stabilization rules to allow East Harlem to remain affordable under the current zoning plan that dates from 2003?

Why put out a plan that is so dramatic and destructive?  And the lack of thought about the historic character of the neighborhood is sickening. Of the two churches shown in this essay, one will be torn down, the other surrounded by towers.  And not a thought was given to cases like the mansion shown in Figure 7 above.  It sits on Marcus Garvey Park, not in a historic district.  It houses 17 people in 17 bedrooms who share 4 bathrooms.  It is an SRO.  It is for sale.  Where are those people to go when an investor buys the building and kicks them all out?  To the streets as homeless people?  Recall that Marcus Garvey Park is where lots of old buildings have already been torn down and replaced with high-rise luxury construction, so “poor people removal” and a teardown is not unlikely.

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again Must They Do So Alone?

So is it worth it:  to utterly destroy a neighborhood’s character, history, and human-scale, dealing it a final death blow after so much urban renewal errors of the past?  What madness is in our city that government insists on removing East Harlem from our history and making it over into the manner of Yorkville, all in the name of a tragically flawed theory about how to create affordable housing?

Sign the petition below.  Attend the meetings. Support the opposition. Then get out and vote in the September primaries.  Put politicians in office who will not play lapdog to the Mayor’s affordable housing theory.

What to do:

  • Click here to sign the petition that is part of a letter writing campaign to the relevant elected officials at City Hall, and read Roger Hernandez’s editorial at City Limits.
  • Attend a June 16 (yes, a Friday) CB 11 Rezoning Meeting at the Bonifacio Senior Center, 7 East 116th Street. 6:00 p.m.  Show support for the local, no re-zoning contingent.
  • Attend a June 20th 6: 30 p.m CB 11 Full board meeting.  Show support for the local, no re-zoning crowd.  The location: Goldwurm Auditorium at Mount Sinai, 1425 Madison Avenue @ 98th Street.
  • Educate yourself. Watch our cable show “All Access Cable – The Human-scale City” episode on East Harlem.  We interview Roger Hernandez of El Barrio United and give you a tour of the neighborhood.  The show airs tonight, June 13th at 9:30 p.m.  If you don’t have cable,  you can stream the show at the same, 9:30 p.m.,  (Click on Channel 1 when you are on the site).  If you have cable, here are the channels:  Spectrum/TW 34 & on HD Channel 1995;  Verizon/Fios  3RCN  82.

Resources Consulted

1. The City Planning Commission’s “East Harlem Rezoning Proposal”, and the “East Harlem Neighborhood Plan” of Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Environmental Impact Statement  and HPD’s “East Harlem Housing Plan” Draft of May 1, 2017. Click here to view, or visit the City Limits website.

2. Andrew Dolkart’s “The South Village:  A Proposal for Historic District Designation

3. Regional Plan Association’s various reports, such as the August 2012, “East Harlem Affordable Housing Under Threat” and the August 2016, “Preserving Affordable Housing in East Harlem” and George James, “Performance of the 2003 Rezoning”, October 2015

4. Civitas newsletters and video walking tour of the 2003 Zoning Plan and the “New Zoning for East Harlem” report of Civitas.

5. Reports from 6sqft about the Sendero Verde project, various archived articles from The New York Times.

6. Tour of East Harlem with El Barrio Unite.

Published with permission from New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City.

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  • East Harlem Board To Discuss Last Week’s Hectic Rezoning Vote – City Limits, June 27, 2017
  • Yankees Charity Neglects Stadium’s Neighbors – New York Times, June 27, 2017
  • Seven Proposals Before Rent Guidelines Board as Final Vote Nears – City Limits, June 27, 2017
  • CityViews: Crackdown Against AirBnB Hurts Families of Color – City Limits, June 27, 2017
  • A Train Derailment Sparked by Emergency Brake, MTA Boss Joe Lhota Says – DNAinfo, June 26, 2017
  • Hundreds evacuated from subway after A train derails in Harlem – Time Out, June 27, 2017
  • City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito ignores her own police reform panel – New York Daily News, June 26, 2017
  • City Planning OKs ‘Midtown-Scale’ Project for E. 96th Street Amid Concerns – DNAinfo, June 26, 2017
  • Likely Rent-Stabilized Rate Hikes Could Anger Landlords and Tenants Alike – DNAinfo, June 26, 2017
  • For Men Cleared in Jogger Case, Belated Pomp and Circumstance – New York Times, June 26, 2017
  • Attention Harry Potter Fans: There’s A Mini-Hogwarts In East Harlem – Gothamist, June 26, 2017
  • Study for Your O.W.Ls With Library’s Harry Potter-Themed Online Collection – DNAinfo, June 26, 2017
  • 10 People Shot Within 3 Hours In Harlem, Police Say – Harlem Patch, June 26, 2017
  • The impact of retailers on community gentrification – Raconteur, June 25, 2017
  • Financially Ailing CUNY Spent Over $1 Million a Year on Parades and Charities – New York Times, June 25, 2017
  • NYC charter school power could grow if mayoral control law expires, old board structure returns – New York Daily News, June 25, 2017
  • El Barrio No Se Vende: East Harlem Residents Say NO to Racist Rezoning! – Virtual Boricua, June 24, 2017
  • Pride takes over Harlem in lead-up to Sunday march – ABC, June 24, 2017
  • Health Department and Community Service Society Host Resident Photo Show In Harlem – Harlem World Magazine, June 24, 2017
  • Yelp For Landlords: New Site Brings Transparency To NYC Real Estate – Harlem Patch, June 23, 2017
  • PR institute says Mark-Viverito slashed funding after parade dispute – New York Post, June 23, 2017
  • Second East Harlem NYPD cop diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease – New York Daily News, June 23, 2017
  • 2nd NYPD Officer From East Harlem Precinct Contracts Legionnaires’ Disease – DNAinfo, June 23, 2017
  • Man Charged With Covering Women’s Faces With Cloth, Mugging Them, NYPD Says – DNAinfo, June 23, 2017
  • Many ‘Rent-Stabilized’ NYC Apartments Are Not Really Stabilized. See Where They Are. – Pro Publica, June 22, 2017
  • El Barrio Unite Files Complaint Against Manhattan Community Board 11 Over Improprieties During Rezoning Vote – June 22, 2017
  • Voters Against Supertalls: A Report Back from “Save New York Summit” – Landmark West, June 22, 2017
  • Use budget to force NYPD to reveal tactics – am New York, June 22, 2017
  • Harlem Street Renamed After Elombe Brath – Harlem World, June 22, 2017
  • Therapy Dog Prof. Bunsen Honeydew Helps Sick Children at Mt. Sinai – DNAinfo, June 22, 2017
  • Concrete Wall Collapses In Harlem Building, FDNY Says – Harlem Patch, June 22, 2017
  • East Harlem community members emphatically reject rezoning plan – Liberation News, June 21, 2017
  • East Harlem Rezoning is ‘Ethnic Cleansing,’ Locals Say During Chaotic Vote – DNAinfo, June 21, 2017
  • Amidst Protests and Questions about Process, East Harlem Board Takes Vote on Rezoning – City Limits, June 21, 2017
  • Not playing around: Lawmakers want to close East Harlem playground to make way for a new residential tower – The Real Deal, June 21, 2017
  • Plan to relocate East Harlem playground to make way for massive rental rankles residents – Curbed, June 21, 2017
  • El Museo del Barrio and the Act of Preserving Memory and a Culture – Latino Rebels, June 21, 2017
  • Bronx, Brooklyn borough presidents urge de Blasio to give black, Hispanic kids fair shot at gifted classes – New York Daily News, June 21, 2017
  • 89 Percent of Turnstile Jumpers Arrested Are Black or Latino, Data Show – DNAinfo, June 21, 2017
  • Harlem Arts Fest to Honor Late Hip-Hop Legend Prodigy at Sixth-Annual Event – DNAinfo, June 21, 2017
  • 125th St. Metro-North Entrance a ‘Disgusting Mess,’ MTA Board Member Says – DNAinfo, June 21, 2017
  • Here’s Why the FBI Spied on James Baldwin – Telesur, June 20, 2017
  • Strengthen Rent Regulation Rules Amid Homeless Crisis, Task Force Urges – DNAinfo, June 20, 2017
  • Harlem Order of Black Nuns Selling W. 124th Street Headquarters – DNAinfo, June 19, 2017
  • Voto clave para la rezonificación de East Harlem – El Diario, June 19, 2017
  • ¿Qué Dice La Gente? East Harlemites Talk Rezonings – City Limits-El Diario, June 19, 2017
  • East Harlemites Talk Rezonings – City Limits-El Diario, June 19, 2017
  • FMPR Stands Tall in the Bronx – NYC Educator, June 19, 2017
  • 48HOURS IN… HARLEM to Reimagine Baldwin & Sanchez Works at National Black Theatre – Broadway World, June 19, 2017
  • An Artists’ Guide to Not Being Complicit with Gentrification – Hyperallergic, June 18, 2017
  • Acquittal of cop who fatally shot Philando Castile sends 200 protesters into Harlem streets – New York Daily News, June 17, 2017
  • Open letter to Community Board 11’s Land Use, Landmarks & Planning Committee – Movement for Justice in El Barrio, June 17, 2017
  • East Harlem Committee Rejects Current de Blasio Rezoning Plan – City Limits, June 17, 2017
  • Testimony for the Community Board 11 Rezoning Task Force on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the East Harlem Rezoning – NYAM, June 16, 2017
  • Residents, Stakeholders, and CB 11 Members Speak Out On East Harlem Rezoning at Land Use Meeting – June 16, 2017
  • Can Human-scale East Harlem be Saved? – Human-scale NYC, June 17, 2017
  • ‘Rhythm & Power’: A Little Bling, a Little Politics, a Lot of Salsa – New York Times, June 16, 2017
  • Salsa’s Roots Traced to City’s Streets in New Museum Exhibit – DNAinfo, June 16, 2017
  • Warrant Forgiveness Event To Be Held In East Harlem – Harlem Patch, June 16, 2017
  • Crook who slashed NYC woman, 64, for her purse on the loose as cops hunt muggers in two other robberies – New York Daily News, June 16, 2017
  • Activists Sue Police Dept. Over ‘Can’t Confirm or Deny’ Tactic – The New York Times, June 15, 2017
  • Prime Organic: Amazon To Buy Whole Foods For $13.7 Billion – Gothamist, June 15, 2017
  • New York Today: Brewing in Harlem – New York Times, June 15, 2017
  • Cashless Tolls Arrive on Triboro Bridge – NY 1, June 15, 2017
  • Police Activity Stops Metro-North Traffic at 138th Street – NBC, June 15, 2017
  • Thieves Arrested for Stealing $3K in Checks from Upper East Side Mailbox – DNAinfo, June 15, 2017
  • NYCHA housing forum taking place in East Harlem – Amsterdam News, June 15, 2017
  • Help Us Save East Harlem! Tell CB 11 to Just Say No to Up-Zoning! – EHP, June 14, 2017
  • The Shadow Banks of the Barrio – CityLab, June 14, 2017
  • Incredible photos of New York City when it was covered in farmland – Business Insider, June 14, 2017
  • La Diva-La Lupe! Thrills the Audience at Aaron Davis Hall – Musical Notes Global, June 14, 2017
  • National Black Theatre to honor Michael K. Williams, Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) – Electronic Urban Report, June 14, 2017
  • QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Harlem’s History? – DNAinfo, June 14, 2017
  • Thief Caught Stealing Scrap Metal from East Harlem Construction Site: NYPD – DNAinfo, June 14, 2017
  • East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again – New Yorkers for a Human-Scale City, June 13, 2017
  • Guyanese Artists Launch Exhibit on Immigration at Landmark Firehouse in East Harlem – Hyperallergic, June 13, 2017
  • Teen Punches IHOP Security Guard After Skipping Out on $38 Bill, NYPD Says – DNAinfo, June 13, 2017
  • Date Changed for First Key Vote on East Harlem Rezoning – City Limits, June 12, 2017
  • Rezoning could be boon for East Harlem landlords – Crain’s New York Business, June 12, 2017
  • Nonprofit files suit to stop L+M from buying East Harlem building – The Real Deal, June 12, 2017
  • Housing activist coalition to push Cuomo on rent, other issues for 2018 election – New York Daily News, June 12, 2017
  • See What Hunger Looks Like in Your Neighborhood With These Community Reports – Edible Manhattan, June 12, 2017
  • Doctor puertorriqueño: “Utilizo la medicina como vehículo de justicia social” – El
  • Diario, 12 de junio de 2017
  • Man Found Dead Inside Parked Car, Police Say – DNAinfo, June 12, 2017
  • More Governors Ball Concertgoers Come Forward to Report $4,600 in Thefts – DNAinfo, June 12, 2017
  • Legionnaires’ Disease Bacteria Found at Harlem NYPD Precinct, Officials Say – DNAinfo, June 12, 2017
  • The price of being the king of affordable housing – Crain’s New York Business, June 11, 2017
  • Bacteria Behind Legionnaires’ Disease Found at New York Police Station – New York Times, June 11, 2017
  • Legionella Traces Found in East Harlem Police Precinct Water Samples – NY1, June 11, 2017
  • East Harlem NYPD stationhouse tainted with traces of Legionnaires’ disease, cop hospitalized – New York Daily News, June 10, 2017
  • NYPD Investigating Possible Legionnaire’s Scare At Precinct In East Harlem – CBS, June 10, 2017
  • NY Police Officer Found With Legionnaires’ Disease: Health Officials – NBC, June 10, 2017
  • Festival de la Calle 116 da incio a fiesta boricua – El Diario, 10 de junio de 2017
  • Rao’s restaurant in a New York winter – The Saturday Paper, June 10, 2017
  • Rogue Democrats Could Be Trying To Open New York Up To Payday Lenders – Gothamist, June 9, 2017
  • Success Academy Wins Round in Fight Over Preschool Oversight – New York Times, June 9, 2017
  • Report: Rents Rose, But So Did Poverty – City Limits, June 9, 2017
  • Mid-century Harlem through the eyes of Alice Neel – Apollo Magazine, June 9, 2017
  • Rebranding neighborhoods may land real estate brokers in legal trouble – Curbed, June 9, 2017
  • Onlookers Thwart Would-Be Robber After Attack on Harlem Man, Police Say – DNAinfo, June 9, 2017
  • Developers and Experts Warn About Drawbacks of New 421a Program – Commercial Observer, Jun 8, 2017
  • Where is NYCHA Developing New Housing? – City Limits, June 8, 2017
  • Calming down from the gang panic: We’re already too aggressive in attacking kids with supposedly criminal associations – New York Daily News, June 8, 2017
  • NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Program Still Targets Blacks and Latinos, Audit Got it Wrong – Telesur, June 8, 2017
  • City Axes ‘Fair Fares’ Subsidized MetroCards From Budget – DNAinfo, June 8, 2017
  • Men Violently Robbed During 4 Separate East Harlem Attacks, NYPD Says – DNAinfo, June 8, 2017
  • Keep payday loans out of N.Y.: Politicians are pocketing campaign funds from the check-cashing industry and considering an economically dangerous policy change – New York Daily News, June 7, 2017
  • Harlem landlord threatens to evict disabled woman because she wants caretaker sister added on lease: lawsuit – New York Daily News, June 7, 2017
  • De Blasio Declines To Fund Half-Price MetroCards For New Yorkers Living In Poverty – Gothamist, May 7, 2017
  • Solved: The 47-Year Mystery of a Murder Victim’s Many Identities – New York Times, June 7, 2017
  • Number of poor New Yorkers living in high poverty neighborhoods rises, study shows – New York Daily News, June 7, 2017
  • Gucci Ruined Culture by Suing Dapper Dan, Now They’re Ruining It by Ripping Him Off – Noisey, June 7, 2017
  • Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum to Raise $150M for 125th Street Complex – DNAinfo, June 7, 2017
  • Hip Hop Hall of Fame and Museum Going Up in Harlem – NY 1, June 7, 2017
  • Bronx Film Studio a Coming Attraction for Borough – NY 1, June 7, 2017
  • Mount Sinai doctor testifies against former employee in Chappaqua deli shooting – ABC, June 7, 2017
  • State finds renters earning $100G or more living in subsidized Manhattan apartments – New York Daily News, June 6, 2017
  • East Harlem Garden Uses Coffee from Local Cafes for Composting Project – DNAinfo, June 6, 2017
  • Selena Gomez And The Weeknd’s Dinner For Two At Rao’s In East Harlem – Harlem World, June 6, 2017
  • Governors Ball Thieves Take $13K Worth of Items From Concertgoers: NYPD – DNAinfo, June 6, 2017
  • RFK-Triborough Bridge Will No Longer Accept Cash Starting June 15 – DNAinfo, June 6, 2017
  • Benjy Melendez’s Legacy: Peace and Hope in the Bronx – New York Times, June 4, 2017
  • The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan – New York Times, June 3, 2017
  • East Harlem dance program celebrates 28 years of changing lives – WPIX, June 3, 2017
  • SoHa complaints: A huge distraction from Harlem’s destruction – New York Daily News, June 2, 2017
  • Power Outage Shuts Down 2nd Avenue Subway Service, MTA Says – DNAinfo, June 2, 2017
  • El Barrio Week Returns With Dominoes and Dance Parties – DNAinfo, June 2, 2017
  • New Food Delivery App Focuses on Latino Cuisine Fans Uptown – DNAinfo, June 2, 2017
  • PTA President’s ‘Drag’ Performance Stuns Parents At School Talent Show – CBS, June 2, 2017
  • Replacement Named for Embattled East Harlem Principal Ousted by Parents – DNAinfo, June 2, 2017
  • Data: Deep Housing Risks in Neighborhoods Facing Rezonings – City Limits, June 1, 2017
  • Three women who ran Harlem cash transfer shop busted for pocketing $28G from immigrants – New York Daily News, June 1, 2017
  • NYCHA Tenants ‘Trapped in Shadows of Wealthy’ Under City Plan, Electeds Say – DNAinfo, June 1, 2017
  • NYCHA building up to 850 new units atop lawns, parking lots, basketball courts – New York Daily News, June 1, 2017
  • Activists talk fare evasion arrests – Amsterdam News, June 1, 2017
  • Replacement named for East Harlem principal who was forced out by parent protests – New York Daily News, June 1, 2017
  • Interim Principal Appointed At East Harlem’s Central Park East I – Harlem Patch, June 1, 2017
  • East Harlem dance company helps youth tell their stories through dance – WPIX, June 1, 2017
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    News – May 2017 http://eastharlempreservation.org/news-may-2017/ Mon, 01 May 2017 23:28:53 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=21122 Dozens of Harlem Mailboxes Modified To Prevent Rash of Postal Thefts: USPS – DNAinfo, May 31, 2017 Delivery Driver Sells $20K of McDonald’s Food to Harlem Bodega, Police Say – DNAinfo, May 31, 2017 CityViews: Funding More Parks Workers is Key to Broader Fight for Workplace Dignity – City Limits, May 30, 2017 Museum Mile…

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  • Dozens of Harlem Mailboxes Modified To Prevent Rash of Postal Thefts: USPS – DNAinfo, May 31, 2017
  • Delivery Driver Sells $20K of McDonald’s Food to Harlem Bodega, Police Say – DNAinfo, May 31, 2017
  • CityViews: Funding More Parks Workers is Key to Broader Fight for Workplace Dignity – City Limits, May 30, 2017
  • Museum Mile Fest Promises Salsa Dance Lessons With Free Admission – DNAinfo, May 30, 2017
  • El reto de hacer la bodega más competitiva – El Diario, 30 de mayo de 2017
  • As Gas Stations Vanish, Harlem Sees Gentrification Creeping In – New York Times, May 28, 2017
  • Kr3ts Dance Troupe Grooving For A Good Cause – CBS, May 28, 2017
  • Maloney, Kallos, Holmes Towers Residents and Community Voices Heard to Denounce NYCHA Development plan for Holmes Towers Playground – Press Release, May 26, 2017
  • Trailblazing Judge ‘Still Dancing in Our Hearts,’ Mourners Say at Memorial – DNAinfo, May 26, 2017
  • El Museo del Barrio Fires Executive as New Director Faces More Challenges – New York Times, May 26, 2017
  • Man rescued after falling into Harlem River in East Harlem – ABC, May 26, 2017
  • Woman Looking for Nanny Job Swindled Out of $2,500 in Check Scam, NYPD Says – DNAinfo, May 26, 2017
  • Teen Steals iPhone, Orders Cab Through App on Victim’s Cell, Police Say – DNAinfo, May 26, 2017
  • New Pavilion Added to Popular East Harlem Community Garden – DNAinfo, May 25, 2017
  • Harlem Residents Fuming Over Push to Rename the Area – NY 1, May 25, 2017
  • NYC Council Speaker Defends Zoning Chairman’s Right to Raise Political Cash From Real Estate – Observer, May 24, 2017
  • Brian Benjamin Wins Special Election for Harlem State Senate Seat – DNAinfo, May 24, 2017
  • Developers Using Made-Up ‘SoHa’ Neighborhood to Profit Off Harlem, Pols Say – DNAinfo, May 24, 2017
  • Worker Critically Injured in Fall From Ladder in East Harlem, FDNY Says – DNAinfo, May 24, 2017
  • A Harlem Doctor Explains Why Housing Is More Important Than Anything Else – Harlem World, May 23, 2017
  • Watch How One Harlem Storefront Changes Over Nearly Four Decades – Smithsonian Magazine, May 23, 2017
  • Missing Manhattan student’s body found in Harlem River – New York Daily News, May 23, 2017
  • Burglar Swipes $3K in Valuables Amid Uptick in East Harlem Break-ins: NYPD – DNAinfo, May 23, 2017
  • Pol With Power Over NYC Zoning Has Undeclared Political Committee Full of Real Estate Cash – Observer, May 22, 2017
  • The May Money Race in ‘Open’ City Council Seats – Gotham Gazette, May 22, 2017
  • Crosstown Traffic: Alice Neel At Victoria Miro – The Quietus, May 21, 2017
  • Black Power Marchers Shut Down Harlem Businesses for Malcolm X Day – Observer, May 20, 2017
  • City Council Speaker’s Open Seat Sparks Political Rift in Bronx – DNAinfo, May 19, 2017
  • With Principal Out, a School Community Faces Lingering Tensions – WNYC, May 19, 2017
  • Artists and Activists Propose a “People’s Cultural Plan” for New York City – Hyperallergic, May 19, 2017
  • Crash on south-bound FDR Drive temporarily blocks lanes, causes delays during rush-hour – WPIX, May 19, 2017
  • ‘Vicious’ Harlem Hospital Worker Sexually Assaulted Patient, Suit Says – DNAinfo, May 19, 2017
  • Crack Smoker Beaten and Robbed by Cross-Dressing Men in Harlem – DNAinfo, May 19, 2017
  • East Harlem Drug Bust: 16 Indicted For Narcotics Trafficking At Jefferson Houses, DA Says – Harlem Patch, May 19, 2017
  • NYCHA plans to stick lower-income residents on bottom floors of new building to give wealthier tenants the top market-rate homes – New York Daily News, May 18, 2017
  • Proposed East Harlem Sanitation Depot Stirs Question of Fairness – Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2017
  • Developer who won NYCHA bid to build apartment tower is big de Blasio donor, records reveal – New York Daily News, May 18, 2017
  • Tenant Group Outlines Fears About Rezonings—and a Path Around Them – City Limits, May 18, 2017
  • See the Controversial Mixed-Income Tower Set to Rise on UES Playground – DNAinfo, May 18, 2017
  • Parents get rid of the school bully – Socialist Worker, May 18, 2017
  • Man who escaped through police precinct’s window barefoot after he got busted with coke gets three years – New York Daily News, May 18, 2017
  • East Harlem Rezoning and Housing Plans ‘Land Grab for the Rich,’ Locals Say – DNAinfo, May 17, 2017
  • CityView: As They Rally Around Rezonings, Planners Often ‘Plansplain’ – City Limits, May 17, 2017
  • Hear & See: Excerpts from a Key Hearing on Proposed Development in East Harlem – City Limits, May 17, 2017
  • De Blasio Admin. Report on Housing Options Irks Advocates – City Limits, May 17, 2017
  • Time for More Transparency on NYPD Data Gathering? – City Limits, May 17, 2017
  • When Poverty Is A Crime On The Subway – Village Voice, May 17, 2017
  • Harlem Playwright to Honor Work of Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry – DNAinfo, May 17, 2017
  • City Planning Holds Hearing on Skyscraper East Harlem Development – City Land, May 16, 2017
  • Stresses of Shelter Life Rips Homeless Families Apart, Report Finds – DNAinfo, May 16, 2017
  • Hilton Als Goes “Uptown” with Artist Alice Neel – Crave Online, May 16, 2017
  • ‘Beloved mother’ set on fire, killed in Manhattan is ID’d; man charged – WPIX, May 16, 2017
  • Embattled East Harlem Principal Steps Down Amid Protests for Her Removal – DNAinfo, May 16, 2017
  • Major Hearing Tuesday on East Harlem Rezoning – City Limits, May 15, 2017
  • CityViews: A Rezoning Trojan Horse for East Harlem – City Limits, May 15, 2017
  • Progressive East Harlem school principal who clashed with parents leaving for new job – New York Daily News, May 15, 2017
  • East Harlem Elementary Principal Is Out After a Yearlong Fight – New York Times, May 15, 2017
  • Parents of victim in brutal East Harlem murder speak out – ABC, May 15, 2017
  • East Harlem Man, 20, Reported Missing – Harlem Patch, May 15, 2017
  • A Battle Rages at an East Harlem School – NYC Lens, May 14, 2017
  • ‘We the Teens’ Event Brings Police and East Harlem Youth Together – NY1, May 13, 2017
  • East River Water Samples Test Positive for Carcinogen After Oil Spill – NY 1, May 13, 2017
  • La diáspora aboga por un alivio en la deuda – El Nuevo Dia, 13 de mayo de 2017
  • Who’s Who in the Contested City Council Races – City Limits, May 12, 2017
  • After Protests, East Harlem Elementary School Principal Gets New Supervisor – New York Times, May 12, 2017
  • New York City Reinstates Styrofoam Ban – WNYC, May 12, 2017
  • Mount Morris Park House Tour Enlists Lifelong Residents to Tell Its History – DNAinfo, May 12, 2017
  • El Museo del Barrio Gala Honors Nancy Gonzalez, Carmen Herrera – WWD, ‎May 12, 2017
  • $9,600 in Tools Swiped in Latest Harlem Construction Site Burglary – DNAinfo, May 12, 2017
  • Vicki Been, Moses Gates and Tom Angotti Debate De Blasio’s Rezonings – City Limits, May 11, 2017
  • Clash of Opinions on De Blasio’s Approach to Rezoning – City Limits, May 11, 2017
  • 51 Affordable Senior Housing Apartments Up for Grabs in East Harlem – DNAinfo, May 11, 2017
  • MTA Adding New Buses on East Side Routes To Speed Up Service – DNAinfo, May 11, 2017
  • Malcolm X Conference for Self-Determination – Amsterdam News, ‎May 11, 2017‎
  • Rezone or Leave Alone? Join Us for a Spirited Exchange – City Limits, May 10, 2017
  • Lottery opens for affordable senior housing building at East Harlem’s Metropolitan Hospital site – 6sqft, May 10, 2017
  • Is De Blasio’s Homeless Plan Worth the Political Risks? – City Limits, May 10, 2017
  • Checking in on Columbia University’s Manhattanville expansion – Curbed, May 10, 2017
  • Hundreds Of Nonprofits At Risk Of Having Their Tax Debt Sold—Even Though Many Should Likely Be Tax Exempt – Gothamist, May 9, 2017
  • Preventing Senior Homelessness is Worth the Money – City Limits, May 9, 2017
  • Apply for an “affordable” (middle-income) apartment in East Harlem from $1,927/month – 6sqft, May 9, 2017
  • Paul Ryan Praises Harlem Success Academy as ‘Special’ After Visit – DNAinfo, May 9, 2017
  • Hundreds Of Protesters Eagerly Await Paul Ryan In Harlem – Gothamist, May 9, 2017
  • Harlem Pastor and Ex-Jets Player Scraps Mayoral Bid to Run for Comptroller – DNAinfo, May 9, 2017
  • Person set on fire, killed in Manhattan housing complex; suspected attacker detained – WPIX, May 9, 2017
  • Body found in stairwell of burning East Harlem building was likely set on fire intentionally – New York Daily News, May 9, 2017
  • De Blasio’s Cabinet Under the Microscope, Rezonings Under Consideration – City Limits, May 8, 2017
  • Protesters Plan to Picket Harlem Success Academy for Paul Ryan Visit – DNAinfo, May 8, 2017
  • Promised South Bronx parkland could become affordable housing instead – Curbed, May 8, 2017
  • Crumbling Wall at Popular NYC Waterfront Park Sparks New Concern – NBC, May 8, 2017
  • Harlem Library Named for Entertainer and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte – DNAinfo, May 8, 2017
  • City to fight obesity by paying for East Harlem walking tours – New York Post, May 8, 2017
  • Coming to a Protest Near You: Tamika Mallory – Ozy, May 7, 2017
  • Profiles in the Diaspora: Re-thinking Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the Afro-Puerto Rican Father of the Global African Diaspora – Okay Africa, May 6, 2017
  • Parents pull kids from Harlem school in one-day protest of principal they say is destroying it – WPIX, May 6, 2017
  • Attacker slashes woman across the face during heated argument in Manhattan – New York Daily News, May 6, 2017
  • More Than Two Sides to Talk About Potential Rezoning in East Harlem – City Limits, May 5, 2017
  • The Broken Promises of Choice in New York City Schools – New York Times, May 5, 2017
  • Parents Picket Against ‘NYC’s Worst Principal’ – NBC, May 5, 2017
  • Parents keep dozens of students home in boycott against principal they say is ruining progressive East Harlem school – New York Daily News, May 5, 2017
  • Padres de familia protestan dejando a sus hijos en casa – NY 1, 5 de mayo de 2017
  • Rare Malcolm X documentary screens May 7 – Amsterdam News, May 5, 2017
  • Déjà Vu: Debate Over Foam Food Containers Returns To NYC Council – Huffington Post, May 5, 2017
  • New York City’s Modern Racial Transformation (Now With Maps) – Citylab, May 5, 2017
  • Cuerpo de Yuridia Merino fue enviado a México – El Diario, 5 de mayo de 2017
  • Mount Sinai Heart hosts free blood pressure screening May 19 – Amsterdam News, May 5, 2017
  • Mexican Caller Claiming to be Relative Scams Woman Out of $1,200 – DNAinfo, May 5, 2017
  • Thief Removes AC Unit to Loot East Harlem Home of $16K in Goods – DNAinfo, May 5, 2017
  • The answer is not cop cams – am New York, May 4, 2017
  • Draft Housing Plan for East Harlem Frustrates Stakeholders – City Limits, May 4, 2017
  • Lenox Lounge To Be Demolished for Large Commercial Business, Records Show – DNAinfo, May 4, 2017
  • NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Julia de Burgos Center Controversy – The NiLP Report, May 4, 2017
  • Libraries Are Fining Children Who Can’t Afford to Be Without Books – New York Times, May 4, 2017
  • Who Is the Mysterious Subject of This Alice Neel Portrait? – Smithsonian, May 4, 2017
  • Meet the Harlem Comedian Using Barbershops to Get Young Black Boys to Read – DNAinfo, May 4, 2017
  • Postal Detectives Flummoxed by Mail Thieves as 2 More Victims Come Forward – DNAinfo, May 4, 2017
  • A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America – NPR, May 3, 2017
  • 30% Of The Black-Owned Businesses In New York Disappeared In 5 Years – Buzz Feed, May 3, 2017
  • Opponents of Any East Harlem Rezoning Seek a Voice in the Debate – City Limits, May 3, 2017
  • NYPD Closes Investigation Into Death of Judge Found in Hudson River – DNAinfo, May 3, 2017
  • East Harlem principal bans parents from school in latest chapter of protests against her – WPIX, May 3, 2017
  • Greystone Begins Leasing Newest Rental Development, Harlem 125, Located at 69 East 125th Street in East Harlem – Econo Times, May 3, 2017
  • Documentary explores queer POC’s contributions to the Harlem Renaissance – Afropunk, May 2, 2017
  • Who’s to Blame? Demolition is underway on Harlem’s iconic Lenox Lounge, created in 1939 – Medium, May 2, 2017
  • A rent hike hidden in N.Y. law: Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are at risk of getting hit hard – Daily News, May 2, 2017
  • City to Fast-Track Creation of 2,400 “Affordable” Housing Units in East Harlem – DNAinfo, May 2, 2017
  • New York Has 280 Miles of Scaffolding, and a Map to Navigate It – New York Times, May 2, 2017
  • NYCHA Hopes New Tools Can Help Them Bust Mold in Apartments, but Residents Slam Authority’s Efforts – NY 1, May 2, 2017
  • Controversial Harlem Principal Bars Parents From Campus – DNAinfo, May 2, 2017
  • $800 Generator Stolen from East Harlem Construction Site – DNAinfo, May 2, 2017
  • CityViews: America’s Racial History Breeds Distrust of Land-Use Policies – City Limits, May 1, 2017
  • What You Need to Know About the New 421-A Tax Break for Developers – DNAinfo, May 1, 2017
  • Housing Advocates Vow Sustained Protest of de Blasio Aide – New York Times, May 1, 2017
  • NYC Has An Affordability Crisis — So Why Won’t Politicians Help The Poor Afford Public Transit? – Village Voice, May 1, 2017
  • Former councilman gets early endorsement in challenge to state Sen. Marisol Alcantara – New York Daily News, May 1, 2017
  • El Museo del Barrio Names Patrick Charpenel Executive Director – Art News, May 1, 2017
  • Harlem Business Alliance to Honor Black Women Entrepreneurs at Annual Gala – DNAinfo, May 1, 2017
  • Back-to-Back Home Break-Ins Hit East Harlem Apartments – DNAinfo, May 1, 2017
  • Pedestrian Seriously Hurt After Being Struck by Driver in East Harlem – DNAinfo, May 1, 2017
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    News – April 2017 http://eastharlempreservation.org/news-april-2017/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:08:43 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=20552 The Gentrification-to-Prison Pipeline – Truthout, April 30, 2017 Missing East Harlem mother found dead in Hudson River – New York Daily News, April 30, 2017 Hallan en el río Hudson el cuerpo de mexicana desaparecida desde enero – El Diario, 30 de abril de 2017 Free Mayoral Forum Hosted By The Alliance for a Human…

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  • The Gentrification-to-Prison Pipeline – Truthout, April 30, 2017
  • Missing East Harlem mother found dead in Hudson River – New York Daily News, April 30, 2017
  • Hallan en el río Hudson el cuerpo de mexicana desaparecida desde enero – El Diario, 30 de abril de 2017
  • Free Mayoral Forum Hosted By The Alliance for a Human Scale City, East Harlem Civic Alliance – Harlem World, April 28, 2017
  • Tracking the Incredible Gentrification of New York City – Citylab, April 28, 2017
  • City-run program leaves nearly 900 affordable apartments sitting empty – Curbed, April 28, 2017
  • Tenants Offered Buyouts Are Left in the Lurch – New York Times, April 28, 2017
  • Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens – New York Times, April 28, 2017
  • Black and Latino Activists Call the NYPD the “Biggest Gang in New York City” – Observer, April 28, 2017
  • A Year After NYC’s Biggest “Gang Raids,” Families Say It’s Just Stop And Frisk By Another Name – Village Voice, April 28, 2017
  • New Testing Shows Your Child’s School Likely Has Elevated Levels of Lead – NY 1, April 28, 2017
  • New nonprofit hooks Mount Sinai’s most vulnerable patients up with lawyers – Crain’s New York Business, April 28, 2017
  • Bronx Borough President Will Not Challenge NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio – Observer, April 27, 2017
  • Tenants with Housing Vouchers Deserve a Roof Over Their Head – City Limits, April 26, 2017
  • How One Woman Worked To Save The Home Of Legendary Poet, Langston Hughes – Nylon, April 27, 2017
  • ‘Spider-Man’ tries to steal prescription drugs from East Harlem pharmacy – New York Daily News, April 27, 2017
  • Teen Asks Victims to Use Their Cellphones Before Stealing Them – DNAinfo, April 27, 2017
  • City’s Rent-to-Own Program a ‘Disaster’ as Investigations Loom, Source Says – DNAinfo, April 26, 2017
  • Façade In Progress at 13-Story, 52-Unit Cereza at 1790 Third Avenue, East Harlem – YIMBY, April 26, 2017
  • East Harlem Stakeholders Plan Push Back on Elements of De Blasio Administration Plan – City Limits, April 26, 2017
  • Rent-Stabilized Tenants Face Likely Rent Hike After Two Year Freeze – Gothamist, April 26, 2017
  • New York’s rent freeze is over – New York Post, April 26, 2017
  • “Crossing 125th” with Legendary Photographer Jamel Shabazz – Crave, April 26, 2017
  • Council members vow to force vote on Right to Know Act if Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito interferes – New York Daily News, April 25, 2017
  • The New Geography of Jobs: A Blueprint for Strengthening NYC Neighborhoods – NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, April 25, 2017
  • Vegan Food and Drink Festival coming to Randall’s Island – am New York, April 25, 2017
  • New York City’s Subway System Violates Local and Federal Laws, Disability Groups Say – New York Times, April 25, 2017
  • New York Landlords Exploit Loophole to Hike Rents Despite Freeze – Pro Publica, April 25, 2017
  • CityViews: City Hall Must do More to Make Sure Rezoning Promises Become Reality – City Limits, April 25, 2017
  • City’s Plan to Rezone East Harlem Begins – DNAinfo, April 25, 2017
  • Official Review Begins of De Blasio’s 3rd Neighborhood Rezoning: East Harlem – City Limits, April 25, 2017
  • City Commits $100 Million to Narrowing a Gap in Manhattan Greenway – New York Times, April 25, 2017
  • Bringing Tito Puente’s Fire to a New Generation – New York Times, April 25, 2017
  • Greg Marius, Who Sought Profit in Street Ball in Harlem, Dies at 59 – New York Times, April 25, 2017
  • Harlem Summit Aims to Educate Residents on Preservation and Development – DNAinfo, April 25, 2017
  • Oft-delayed Harlem development breathes new life – New York Post, April 25, 2017
  • Cuomo’s Bait and Switch – Jacobin, April 24, 2017
  • East Harlem rezoning effort is officially underway – Curbed, April 24, 2017
  • City Planning kickstarts East Harlem rezoning review process – The Real Deal, April 24, 2017
  • East Harlem Deli Workers Fight Back, Drive Out Shotgun-Wielding Robbers – CBS, April 24, 2017
  • Drunk Driver Attacks Passenger, Transit Officer After Car Crash – DNAinfo, April 24, 2017
  • Naming rights: Who decides what a neighborhood is called and where it starts and ends? – Crain’s New York Business, April 23, 2017
  • NYC property taxes favor rich and white homeowners, lawsuit claims – New York Daily News, April 23, 2017
  • Gentrification Represents a Geography of Inequality – Truthout, April 23, 2017
  • New York City’s Museum of Trash Rescued by a Sanitation Worker – Hyperallergic, April 23, 2017
  • CPE1 and Global Tech: East Harlem Dist. 4 Supt Alexandra Estrella: Evil Death Star School Destroyer – Ed Notes, April 23, 2017
  • How Bankers & Technocrats Used The 1975 Fiscal Crisis To Permanently Reshape NYC – Gothamist, April 21, 2017
  • No place to live  – Crain’s New York Business, April 21, 2017
  • East Harlem Man Reported Missing – Harlem Patch, April 21, 2017
  • Post-WWII New York City in Focus at New Museum Exhibit – DNAinfo, April 21, 2017
  • Investors’ Guidebooks to Rezoning Areas Foresee Dramatic Change  – City Limits, April 20, 2017
  • Why do some NYC landlords leave apartments empty? – Brick Underground, April 20, 2017
  • City Landlord Group Makes Case for Hefty Rent Hikes – NY 1, April 20, 2017
  • Retail revolution: should cities ban chain stores? – The Guardian, April 20, 2017
  • To Be Black, Female and Fed Up With the Mainstream – New York Times, April 20, 2017
  • Pratt Presents a Conversation on Public Art in New York City – Hyperallergic, April 20, 2017
  • Battle Over Where to Put Sanitation Garages Reaches East Harlem – NY 1, April 20, 2017
  • City Using East Harlem as ‘Dumping Ground’ for Sanitation Site, Locals Say – DNAinfo, April 20, 2017
  • Video Shows Judge Near Hudson River Night Before Her Body Was Found – DNAinfo, April 20, 2017
  • City and State Lawmakers Move to Regulate Police Surveillance – City Limits, April 20, 2017
  • The Real Math of An Affordable Housing Lottery: Huge Disconnect Between Need and Allotment – City Limits, April 19, 2017
  • REBNY staunchly opposes tenant harassment bills – The Real Deal, April 19, 2017
  • Manhattan Democratic Boss Still Owes $200K From Failed 2016 Congressional Bid – Observer, April 19, 2017
  • Family of Judge Found Dead in River Asks Public To ‘Step Forward’ With Info – DNAinfo, April 19, 2017
  • Meet the Republican Harlem Pastor Taking on ‘Bully’ De Blasio for Mayor – DNAinfo, April 19, 2017
  • Parks Dept. Seeks Public Comment on Penalty Reductions – NY 1, April 19, 2017
  • It’s a G Thing: Students express creativity, gain translatable skills by painting school walls through nonprofit Publicolor – WPIX, April 19, 2017
  • Poisoned Elderly Couple’s Carbon Monoxide Detector Was Disabled, FDNY Says – Harlem Patch, April 19, 2017
  • Nonprofit Takes 9K SF for Jobs Program in Harlem – Commercial Observer, April 19, 2017
  • Trump’s Budget Would Take a ‘Meat Axe’ To Affordable Housing Budget, Schumer Warns – Gothamist, April 18, 2017
  • Cuomo’s Free College Tuition Program Faces Criticism from Left and Right – NY 1, April 18, 2017
  • Graffiti, Games and Hip-Hop Culture: Finding Art on the Street – New York Times, April 18, 2017
  • Here’s What $1,000 A Month In Rent Will Get You In All 50 States – Buzz Feed, April 17, 2017
  • Forget Tuition, Students Can’t Afford to Get to Class, City & State, April 17, 2017
  • Law passes in NY mandating that police interrogations be recorded on video – WPIX, April 17, 2017
  • These New York Gardeners Are Fighting The System By Growing Food – Fader, April 17, 2017
  • NYCHA tenant lives in ‘deplorable conditions’ with no sink or bath as agency stalls on repairs – New York Daily News, April 17, 2017
  • Bruce Langhorne guitarist, composer, artist dead at 78 but alive like Joe Hill and kicking somewhere – Blasting TV, April 17, 2017
  • Cat Thief Swipes Popular Kitty from East Harlem Animal Shelter, Center Says – DNAinfo, April 17, 2017
  • Civil Rights Lawyers Plan to Challenge New York’s Body-Camera Program – New York Times, April 16, 2017
  • Poet Craig “Mums” Grant Brings His One-Man-Show, ‘A Sucker EMCEE’ Back To The Stage – Okay Player, April 16, 2017
  • East Harlem’s Vito “I Vote My Conscience” Marcantonio – Harlem World, April 16, 2017
  • Inside Manhattan’s glitzy private streets, from Washington Mews to Sylvan Terrace – am New York, April 16, 2017
  • Man Shot in Back, Woman Shot in Wrist in East Harlem – NBC, April 16, 2017
  • Woman finds her parents dead in Harlem apartment on Easter in suspected gas poisoning: ‘We were supposed to go to church today’ – New York Daily News, April 16, 2017
  • ‘Someone Who Was at the Pinnacle’: Friends Recall Pioneering Harlem Judge – DNAinfo, April 15, 2017
  • Mother ‘disgusted’ that NYC teacher may keep job after Rikers stint for shoving her special needs son – New York Daily News, April 15, 2017
  • Four Types of Gentrifiers You See in Your Neighborhood – Next City, April 14, 2017
  • Man Charged with Animal Cruelty After Dog’s Paw Falls Off From Neglect – DNAinfo, April 14, 2017
  • Get to Know Alice Neel and the Art of Magic Social Realism – Signature, April 13, 2017
  • James Baldwin’s Archive, Long Hidden, Comes (Mostly) Into View – New York Times, April 12, 2017
  • Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Judge on New York’s Top Court, Is Found Dead in Hudson River – New York Times, April 12, 2017
  • Harlem’s 125th Street Is Going “to Look Like 34th Street” Next Year. Is That a Good Thing? – Commercial Observer, April 12, 2017
  • The Number of Gas Stations in Manhattan is Shrinking – NY 1, April 12, 2017
  • What you need to know about New York’s tuition-free scholarship – Amsterdam News, April 12, 2017
  • NYC Neighborhood Health Action Centers Confront Risk at the Block Level – Next City, April 12, 2017
  • $1,600 Stolen from Woman in Latest Mailbox Theft in Harlem – DNAinfo, April 12, 2017
  • Which Neighborhoods Saw the Most—and Fewest—Tenants Move from Rent-Stabilized Apartments in 2010-2015? – IBO, April 11, 2017
  • Is Gentrification Killing Cities? – Beyond Chron, April 11, 2017
  • Confessions of a reluctant gentrifier – The Guardian, April 11, 2017
  • Rise & Shine: New York’s free college tuition plan comes with a catch – Chalkbeat, April 11, 2017
  • Harlem’s French Renaissance – New York Times, April 11, 2017
  • Metro-North finds ‘slick’ solution for smoother rides – Connecticut Post, April 11, 2017
  • Thieves Strike at Harlem Work Site for Second Time in Month – DNAinfo, April 11, 2017
  • Man Steals Harlem Woman’s Suitcase Containing $10K in Jewelry – DNAinfo, April 11, 2017
  • Thousands of Working New Yorkers Are Living in Homeless Shelters – Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2017
  • Trapping immigrants using NYC courts – New York Daily News, April 10, 2017
  • Lots of Talk About Closing Rikers, Not Enough About Shutting ‘Broken Windows’ – City Limits, April 10, 2017
  • Gov. Signs ‘Raise the Age’ Bill Into Law Alongside Browder Family in Harlem – DNAinfo, April 10, 2017
  • Affordable Housing Program Gives City Tax Break to Developers – New York Times, April 10, 2017
  • The odd, awful downfall of the school librarian of the year – TBO, April 10, 2017
  • New York State Just Passed a $163 Billion Budget and a Free College Tuition Plan – Fortune, April 9, 2017
  • Fighting Gentrification – U-Loop, April 8, 2017
  • New York set to become first state to offer free tuition at public four-year colleges – Washington Post, April 8, 2017
  • J. Marion Sims: ‘Savior of women’ or medical monster?  Charleston Post and Courier, April 7, 2017
  • Confusion and Worry Over Whether School Seats Will Keep Up With De Blasio Rezonings  – City Limits, April 7, 2017
  • Anger Over Principal Prompts Parents to Occupy East Harlem School Overnight – New York Times, April 7, 2017
  • Padres pernoctan en escuela para protestar en contra de la principal – Telemundo, 7 de abril de 2017
  • Parents Stage Sit-In at Harlem School in Latest Attempt to Oust Principal  – DNAinfo, April 7, 2017
  • Parents Occupy NYC School in Protest of ‘Worst Principal’ – NBC, April 7, 2017
  • Parents Occupy Central Park East 1 Auditorium: Rally, SLT Meeting and Overnight Stay Surrounded by Police – Ed Notes, April 7, 2017
  • In ‘Black Power!,’ Art’s Political Punch and Populist Reach – New York Times, April 6, 2017
  • Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. keynotes Malcolm X Conference – Amsterdam News, April 6, 2017
  • Neighborhood Policing Changing Attitudes and Reaping Benefits – DNAinfo, April 6, 2017
  • Duo Steals $50K from Harlem Construction Company in Check Scheme – DNAinfo, April 6, 2017
  • 34 bullets fired at East Harlem building, none reported injured – New York Daily News, April 6, 2017
  • Uber passenger in New York City screams at driver in confrontation over phone charger – ABC, April 6, 2017
  • Man Arrested, Charged In Upper East Side Burglary – CBS, April 6, 2017
  • CityViews: Is it Time for a Housing Plan Reset? – City Limits, April 5, 2017
  • 421-a’s revival, Affordable New York, is one vote away from enactment – Curbed, April 5, 2017
  • What’s Behind the Long Lines and Angry Voices at Many City Post Offices – City Limits, April 6, 2017
  • Evelina’s Harlem: A Puerto Rican Educational Journey Through Space and Time – Educating Harlem, April 5, 2017
  • Newly Launched East Harlem Health Center to Welcome Undocumented Immigrants – DNAinfo, April 5, 2017
  • Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works Coming to 125th Street – DNAinfo, April 5, 2017
  • NYC Council proposes millions for discount MetroCards for poor, Citi Bike expansion – New York Daily News, April 4, 2017
  • Community Developers Say City’s Housing Plan Leaves Them Behind – City Limits, April 4, 2017
  • A new tool teaches NYC developer lingo by making you an all-powerful urban planner – The Architect’s Newspaper, April 4, 2017
  • Free app hopes to help NYC’s neglected tenants – ABC, April 4, 2017
  • Klosed Properties acquires mixed-use property in East Harlem for $1.35 million – New York Real Estate Journal, April 4, 2017
  • New York City opens 3 Neighborhood Health Action Centers in low-income areas – WABC, April 4, 2017
  • Spanish Harlem’s T-Juliette Isn’t Afraid To “Spaz Out” On A Cheater – Vibe, April 4, 2017
  • Man Attacks Cabbie with Belt Before Stealing Taxi and Crashing – DNAinfo, April 4, 2017
  • The MTA says new stops on the Second Ave Subway are coming – The Architect’s Newspaper, April 3, 2017
  • NYC metro area is losing people to cheaper cities, warmer climates: census – Curbed, April 3, 2017
  • Man Is Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Killing of New York Police Officer – New York Times, April 3, 2017
  • There’s a ‘Secret Sauce’ to Learning at Harlem’s Storefront Academy – DNAinfo, April 2, 2017
  • Self-made real estate tycoon started as dishwasher — now he’s de Blasio donor on ‘worst landlords’ list – New York Daily News, April 2, 2017
  • The East Harlem crossover – The Real Deal, April 1, 2017
  • The Aging City: In a Migrant Metropolis, When New Arrivals Grow Old, Where Do They Go? – Truthout, April 1, 2017
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine Proves Music Therapy Helps Reduce Postoperative Pain – University Herald, April 1, 2017
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    Conquistador http://eastharlempreservation.org/conquistador/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 18:48:13 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=20558 By Layla Abdullah —Liberation Mic, Justice Center in El Barrio, March 31, 2017 Manipulated, Manuscripted, Monotone, Mission You quenched your thirst By inserting venom in the naive parts of my Queendom You circled around my block Like a cop chasing a black body on a summer night Like a pigeon with one wing disassembled Like…

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    Conquistador By Layla Abdullah (photo collage by Marina Ortiz)By Layla Abdullah
    —Liberation Mic, Justice Center in El Barrio, March 31, 2017

    Manipulated, Manuscripted, Monotone, Mission
    You quenched your thirst
    By inserting venom in the naive parts of my Queendom

    You circled around my block
    Like a cop chasing a black body on a summer night
    Like a pigeon with one wing disassembled
    Like a tourist in a city too big for their liking

    Making me taste control like the way I taste Patriarchy
    On city pavements
    I was a family business making ends meet
    Till you gentrified this street
    Changing the curfews of public parks
    And making it a crime to be seen on public property

    I was but a light post, staying bright in a city that dissolved beings
    And like Con Edison you caught off the electricity on my block
    Made glass on a sidewalk out of the ordinary

    So you swept these streets
    Of course not with your own hands
    fixed the lamp post that would gently rock back and forth
    Untied all the sneaker strings from cable wires
    Tighten the screw of my fire hydrant
    so water will not spring in the air
    Like the frizziness of my curls

    You needed to tighten my screws
    Monopolize the water pipeline
    And give me access when you granted it

    You cemented the cracks that made our mother’s back crack
    Just so you can say you fixed an impoverished neighborhood
    To say you fixed a broken girl, with no Dad to teach her how to never let a man
    Fix her neighborhood
    when it felt like home to her for 21 years

    That she is not just property of the state
    But landscape painters tried for centuries to capture in still life
    She is not just a lamp post
    But light itself the very equation that equals Lit
    She is what Newton thought of in all the light rays of various colors

    As he attempts to repaint her dark rusty black and yellow roads
    He figures that signs will be necessary
    To reduce traffic, to reduce confusion, or to control the culture of her neighborhood

    He does not understand her norms
    All he is interested in is his property
    His purpose in life

    So he doesn’t understand that Latino restaurant on the corner of his new found territory
    Makes her favorite dish
    He doesn’t like beans and finds it much more appealing if the line cook
    Will learn a different cuisine
    Her cuisine is not adored on his territory

    Her graffiti sprayed walls
    Her side walks that screech poetry in every sewer deposit
    Is well
    Unattractive

    Her  skin tone and accent is not..well… exotic enough
    Her bricked walls and handball courts don’t bring enough friction to his
    Diction

    The light flickers on Freedom street
    But nothing in this neighborhood is free
    All her rights are reserved to him

    Conquistador By Layla Abdullah (photo collage by Marina Ortiz)

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    Support our campaign to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims in Central Park http://eastharlempreservation.org/support-campaign-remove-statue-dr-j-marion-sims-central-park/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:11:46 +0000 http://eastharlempreservation.org/?p=20193 Please join East Harlem Preservation in asking the New York City Parks Department to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims from its current location on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. As you may know, we have sponsored numerous public discussions about the presumed accomplishments of Sims, a white southern doctor who experimented on…

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    Viola Plummer at #NotOurStatue: Speak-out in front of J. Marion Sims statue!Please join East Harlem Preservation in asking the New York City Parks Department to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims from its current location on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.

    As you may know, we have sponsored numerous public discussions about the presumed accomplishments of Sims, a white southern doctor who experimented on enslaved Black women without anesthesia or informed consent—both in the context of historic preservation as well as honoring and upholding the civil and the reproductive rights of women of color.

    East Harlem Preservation began its campaign in 2007 in solidarity with similar efforts by activist Viola Plummer—a member of the December 12th Movement and co-founder of the Harriet Tubman-Fannie Lou Hamer Women’s Collective—who had begun calling attention to Sim’s cruel experiments after the publication of Harriet A. Washington’s book “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” in 2006. We immediately endorsed Ms. Plummer’s campaign because we agreed that the statue was an affront to the predominantly Black and Latino community of East Harlem.

    In February 2011, East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito wrote a letter asking the Parks Department to remove the statue, which she described as “a constant reminder of the cruelty endured by women of color in our country’s history.”

    “I am disturbed that a monument honoring an individual who tortured enslaved women and young Irish immigrants for the advancement of medicine is located in a neighborhood where people of color are the majority,” Mark-Viverito added. “Because this statue is as a constant reminder of the inhumane manner in which his medical practices were perfected, I request that a reevaluation of its current location be conducted. It is my belief that a monument that aligns with the ideals of a community in which the majority is people of color would be more appropriate for our neighborhood.”

    The Parks Department has refused to honor these requests, claiming that “the city does not remove ‘art’ for content”—a ridiculous argument given the fact that such a precedent was met when the statue was removed from Bryant Park in 1934 to make way for “thematic changes.” Years later, the Parks Department offered to install a plaque beneath the Sims statue that would “honor” three women who were subjected to his unnecessarily barbaric experiments—Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy.

    In June 2016, Community Board 11 rejected the plaque and called for the removal of the statue—a decision which East Harlem Preservation wholeheartedly supported.

    Speak Out in Solidarity 4 Reproductive Rights of Women of ColorIn September 2016, we joined with artists from the Laundromat Project’s Harlem cohort to organize a speak-out in solidarity with the reproductive rights of women of color. The event was held in front of the Sims statue, where community residents and local artists honored their ancestors and condemned the continued assault on Black and Latina female bodies.

    In February 2017, we held a panel discussion at Manhattan Neighborhood Network with “Medical Apartheid” author Harriet Washington; Lynn Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy; and Diane Collier, Chair of East Harlem’s Community Board 11.

    We maintain that the statue’s presence does a huge disservice to the neighborhood’s majority Black and Puerto Rican residents—two groups that have specifically been subjected to medical experiments without permission or regard for their wellbeing.

    Dr. J. Marion Sims is not our hero. There are many African American and Puerto Rican women and men who have made great medical and scientific contributions that have benefitted our community—Daniel Hale Williams, Charles Drew, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Helen Rodriguez-Trias, or Rebecca Lee Crumpler, to name a few. These are the s/heroes we would prefer our children learn about as they stroll in Central Park, confident in the understanding that Black Lives Matter.

    We hope that you will join East Harlem Preservation and over 500 people who have endorsed our campaign to urge the Parks Department to remove the Sims statue. Now, more than ever, as the nation undergoes the erosion of our fundamental rights, it is imperative that New York City stand firm in its commitment to honor and defend its citizens with this symbolic gesture.

    If you agree, kindly email us your statement of support in Word or PDF format. Thank you in advance for your consideration.  Click here to learn more.

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