Tag Archive for Melissa Mark-Viverito

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)…

East Harlem Residents Face the Beast of Urban Renewal – Again

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

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:…

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.…

EDC, Melissa, Yolanda and The Julia – Rumble in El Barrio?

Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

Note: There has been some controversy for some time over charges of the mismanagement of the city-owned building housing the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center in Manhattan’s East Harlem. In a highly controversial move, alleging mismanagement by Taller Boricua, New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverto intervened to change the management of the center working through…

The Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center: Art, Transformation, and Political Muscle

Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

Council Member Mark-Viverito’s campaign to “reform” a sizeable portion of cultural programming space in a city-owned building has accelerated into a full-blown, East Harlem-style political brawl. On September 30th, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), on behalf of the Council Member, issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to rent, operate and maintain 8,000…