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

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

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)…

Dumbing-Down East Harlem: A Forked-Tongue Approach to Rezoning

We’ve been waiting patiently to speak out about the city’s plan to Up-zone East Harlem, but we can’t because they haven’t actually presented one. Here’s what we’ve learned so far. Almost $500,000 has been spent on the so-called “East Harlem Neighborhood Plan” initiative, yet community residents have mostly been surveyed about city services, quality of…

Got rep? Latinos Call for More Representation on Community Board 11

According to a recent census report, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, and Dominicans represent 52% of the population in East Harlem. (Considering the large presence of undocumented Spanish-speaking immigrants in the neighborhood, the percentage of Hispanics is probably more.) Despite such high numbers, local stakeholders report that less than one-third of Community Board 11 members are Latino.…

Randalls Island decision; public school children win!

Courtesy of Leonie Haimson In an important victory for public school children, parents and community members have won their lawsuit to stop the city from leasing the sports fields on Randall’s Island during after school hours to a consortium of 20 private schools for the next 20 years. As Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich concluded,…

Marie Dickson: The Eastern Star of Community Board 11

East Harlem mourned the loss of veteran community advocate Eulalia “Marie” Dickson, who died January 5 at the age of 83. Hundreds of local residents, friends, and colleagues of Ms Dickson attended a viewing held January 11 at the Johnstone Funeral Chapel in East Harlem. The service was presided over by Father Mario Guarino and…

New Bridge Proposed to Provide Pedestrian Access to Randalls Island

East Harlem residents and business owners debated the merits of building a new pedestrian bridge to Randall’s Island during a public workshop held at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center on December 6. The “Bridge the Gap” forum was the second in a series co-sponsored by the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, CIVITAS Citizens, Inc.,…

Former Public School 109 To Be Developed as Affordable Housing for Artists

The City Properties Committee of Community Board 11 was the scene of another heated debate on Monday, October 17 as board members and residents deliberated the merits of a plan by El Barrio’s Operation Fightback to develop an artists’ residence through a partnership with ArtSpace Projects, Inc.—a Minneapolis-based real estate firm specializing in housing for…