Hart Island

New York City’s Hart Island is the site of the city’s potter’s field. During 2020, over 2,000 COVID-19 victims were buried here. The City has a fantastic piece on the island and the history of burials there (coproduced with Columbia University’s School of Journalism).

2021 analysis by Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center and THE CITY found that over 2,300 New Yorkers were buried on Hart Island in 2020. That’s more burials than any year during the AIDS epidemic, another recent health crisis.

Stabile and THE CITY also found that New York City is on pace to bury 1 in 10 Covid-19 victims on the island.

The analysis shows who is more likely to be buried on Hart Island: Black and Latino residents, frontline workers and those with little access to health care.

Cellar Access

Older 19th century or early 20th century buildings sometimes included a pivoting and braced hook like this that allowed objects to be slowly lowered or raised into/out of the cellar. Bags of coal, furniture, and other material would be tied to a rope that would be draped over the hook you see here.

Sally’s Special Freedom Bus!

Credit: 4054340 ©Klytus Smith. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library.

The Schomburg has a great image entitled: Sign for Sally’s Special Freedom Bus, to go to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from August 28, 1963

The sign was located in the window of Sally’s Restaurant, in Harlem, and referenced a bus leaving 58 years ago today.

Today that location is the site of the Harlem Wine Gallery, and Soraya’s House of Beauty.

Day of Service Today

Saturday, August 28,2021 from 10am-3pm.

We will be giving out free covid-19 testing, vaccinations (we have all 3) as well as mammograms!! The NY AME YP will be distributed backpacks as well. We will also have register voting as well as HIV testing and free distributing of PPE.

Please see the flyer below. All mammogram appointments must be scheduled prior to the 28th the number is on the flyer.

East River Plaza Movie Night Tonight

Tonight is the final night of Movies @ ERP Summer 2021.  NYSoM is giving out free school supplies (while they last) in the afternoon.  At night, come join us at ERP for a free screening of The Wiz. 

It’s free, but space is limited.  Remember to RSVP at East River Plaza Movie Night

Also, it looks like the weather may cooperate so we can have some fun.  Just in case . . . check out the East River Plaza Movie Night link above for weather-related updates. 

The Heat Vulnerability Index

The Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) shows neighborhoods whose residents are more at risk for dying during and immediately following extreme heat. It uses a statistical model to summarize the most important social and environmental factors that contribute to neighborhood heat risk. The factors included in the HVI are surface temperature, green space, access to home air conditioning, and the percentage of residents who are low-income or non-Latinx Black. Differences in these risk factors across neighborhoods are rooted in past and present racism.

Remember, all neighborhoods have residents at risk for heat illness and death. A neighborhood with low vulnerability does not mean no risk.

What factors affect heat vulnerability in your neighborhood?

 Daytime summer surface temperature is different from air temperature, and varies more by neighborhood: some neighborhoods are hotter than others. A higher surface temperature is associated with a higher risk of death from heatwaves. 

 Green space is treegrass, or shrub cover. Green space helps cool a neighborhood. Less green space in a neighborhood is associated with a greater risk of death during heat waves.

 Air conditioning is as necessary during extreme heat as heating is in winter. A neighborhood with a high percentage of households with air conditioners means that more of its residents can be protected from extreme heat.

 Poverty is a social factor that places people at risk of death during heat waves for many reasons. One reason is that people living in poverty may be less likely to afford owning or using an air conditioner during heat waves. Citywide average: 19.6%

Racial disparities in heat vulnerability

In NYC, Black people die of heat-related illness at a disproportionately high rate. Because of this, neighborhoods with more Black residents are more greatly impacted by extreme heat.

Black New Yorkers suffer these disproportionate health impacts from heat due to social and economic disparities. These disparities stem from structural racism, which includes neighborhood disinvestment, racist housing policies, fewer job opportunities and lower pay, and less access to high-quality education and health care.

Overall, these systems limit access to resources that protect health. While many factors affect a neighborhood’s heat risk, Black New Yorkers are subjected to higher rates of poverty and lower access to air conditioning, green space, and neighborhood cooling resources.

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You can learn more about what the City is doing to address extreme heat and how the HVI is guiding that work at Cool Neighborhoods NYC. Communities can also use the index to advocate for services and resources.

Sendero Verde Phase II

The massive development on the block Park/Madison and 111/112 is about to double. Financing has been arranged ($225 Million) to begin Phase 2.

The project will have 709 units of affordable housing, public gardens and recreational space, a mix of community facilities and social services, a new school, and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail. Phase Two will specifically include 347 affordable housing units reserved for the formerly homeless up to households and individuals at 90 percent of the area median income (AMI).

The project will also be the largest Passive House structure for multifamily use in New York City.

“Sendero Verde’s mix of incomes, passive house design, plaza, gardens, and more than 85,000 square feet of community space serving education, youth, and senior activities and health needs provides a model for the next generation of communities of opportunity,” said Jonathan Rose Companies president Jonathan F.P. Rose. “We are so grateful for the support of our community neighbors and the local community board, our partners, and the city agencies that made this project possible.”

Charlie Parker Jazz Fest and COVID

 The NYC Parks Department wanted to let you know that this weekend’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – with the Jazzmobile on Friday – will require proof of vaccination or negative covid test within 72 hours.

This is a SummerStage decision and more details can be found at www.summerstage.org

Friday, August 27, 2021

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Marcus Garvey Park

18 Mt. Morris Park West, New York, NY 10027

All free performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, and subject to venue capacity limits.

In response to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, all guests of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival SummerStage events at Marcus Garvey Park on August 27, 28 and 29, will be required to show either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (final dose by August 13) or a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours in order to enter.

Learn more about acceptable documentation, mask guidelines, and other safety protocols here.

This performance will be livestreamed on CharlieParkerJazzFestival.org.

In celebration of what would have been Charlie “Bird” Parker’s 100th birthday, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring invited two seminal fellow altoists — Gary Bartz, & Bobby Watson – to deliver Bird At 100 (Smoke Sessions) as a tribute to and in honor of Parker’s legacy. Bird at 100 sees the three saxophonists alternate between soaring solo flights and three-part harmonies, at times pushing each other, while at others, taking a backseat to Bird, their inspiration. They’re supported by David Kikoski on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass while Carl Allen sets the pace from behind the drum kit. A special guest for the evening is Antonio Hart and his quartet. Hart is an alto saxophonist who has sat in with the likes of McCoy Tyner, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, and Dizzy Gillespie. Rounding out the Quartet will be Miki Yamanaka on piano, Alex Ayala on bass, and Vince Ector on drums.

Anchor and…?

Walking on West 129th Street I noticed a gorgeous Art Nouveaux crest, hiding under layers and layers of paint.

The crest is located on what is now a church.

I think there is an anchor and a compass. I can also make out the letters “B” and “W”, and the date 1891.

A View of New York

Seen in a Richmond, Virginia museum:

Heart to Heart Returns!

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: Starting at 6:00pm
EST Location: Online from the comfort of your own home!  

Live events continue to be on hold, but,Labor of Love Association is dedicated and resourceful!
We will host the 2021 Heart to Heart Concert, New York’s Premier Event for Authentic Traditional/Contemporary Gospel Music, online again this year so you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of home!  
Featuring:
The Labor of Love Ensemble
Brother Alson Farley, Jr
Reverend Vandell Atkins
Elder George Heyward
Sister Kimmy Jenkins
The Richard Curtis Singers
Brother Richard Page

Broadway venues are still reeling from the effects of 2020. But that won’t stop us from bringing to you an EXCITING and UPLIFTING virtual concert. Just what we All NEED!
Streaming live into your home on Saturday, September 18th comes music you love, PLUS a high-energy *virtual show* that includes healthy lifestyle tips.
Fundraising: In lieu of ticket sales, we hope you’ll support our purpose and mission with a donation. Give what you can and make a difference!
Your support is deeply appreciated.
MAKE A DONATION!

NoMAA Has a New Home

NOMAA makes new home at theUnited Palace of Spiritual ArtsNoMAA’s Studios

The uptown arts community now has a new place to create art as the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) has officially opened NoMAA’s Studios @4140, taking residence in the office and four arts studios on the 2nd floor of the United Palace of Spiritual Arts at 4140 Broadway.   

Led by Executive Director Niria Leyva-Gutierrez and Executive Coordinator Michelle Orsi Gordon, NoMAA moved its base of operations into space the last month, and, this spring, will begin programming the United Palace’s two professional dance studios and two multi-purpose arts spaces.   NoMAA was established in 2007 as a non-profit arts service organization that cultivates the works of local artists, strengthens the infrastructures of local arts organizations, and encourages public engagement and dialogues around issues affecting the cultural community of the area. Its programs include technical assistance workshops for artists, promotion of artist open studios (online since March 2020), and the annual Uptown Arts Stroll, now in its 18th year.  

United Palace of Cultural Arts and NoMAA have already begun working in collaboration on “Uptown Artists at United Palace”, a virtual performance featuring uptown artists on the United Palace stage as we safely usher in the return to theater. 
Please join us in giving a warm welcome to NoMAA’s Studios @4140

Eligible New Yorkers Can Get the COVID-19 Vaccine at Home

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Note:  Mayor de Blasio announced that the City will resume use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine including for the home vaccination program.

New York City is vaccinating City residents at home with the COVID-19 vaccine if they are 75 years or older, have a disability, or are fully homebound. “Fully homebound” means that the individual cannot leave their home.

To schedule an in-home, personalized vaccine visit, please use this form:

https://forms.cityofnewyork.us/f/home

Free Film on Monday the 30th

MUST SEE FILM! 

THE NEUTRAL GROUND AT MARCUS GARVEY PARK ON MONDAY 8/30!

A film about white southerners and the continued obsession with the confederacy and their use of euphemisms like “states rights” to obscure their continued maintenance of white supremacy.

Tonight!

Tonight is a very rare opportunity to talk to top NYPD brass about policing in East Harlem.

Tonight at 6:00 PM, at the Church of the Apostolic Faith – 1421 5th Avenue (5th Avenue and 116th Street) – you are invited to speak about community policing with our elected representatives and with top members of the NYPD.

  • Rodney Harrison, Chief of the Department, NYPD
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Inez Dickens, NY State Assembly Member
  • Mark Levine, NYC Council Member
  • Athena Moore, Manhattan Borough President’s Office
  • Nilsa Orama, Community Board 11 Chair
  • Nina Saxon, NYCHA Manager

Density of Bars and Restaurants Serving Alcohol (by population density)

How Calculated: Number of alcohol outlets with licenses allowing any alcohol to be purchased for on-premise consumption divided by the population, using NYC DOHMH intercensal estimates; expressed as service outlets per 100,000 residents

Source: New York State Liquor Authority

The Wiz

Catch The Wiz on Saturday, August 28th at East River Plaza, 517 E. 117th Street, NYC  

Supported by KTPA and NYSOM!
 
Kids Night Out! featuring The Wiz!,
directed by Sidney Lumet, 134 min., 1978, USA

“Adventures of Booga and Mommy”, Episode 1, directed by Jermaine Smith, 3 min, USA

Starring Diana RossMichael JacksonNipsey RussellTed RossMabel KingLena HorneRichard Pryor and many others The Wiz is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) in the context of contemporary African-American culture.  The Wiz will be preceded by the short film “Adventures of Booga and Mommy.”

This Kids’ Night Out program will also offer fun and giveaways provided by East River Plaza.
 
MUSIC: DJ M Forde
RSVP

Mt. Morris Bathhouse

The Mount Morris Bathhouse (also sometimes called) the Mount Morris Turkish Baths, was located at 28 East 125th Street.

Built in 1889-90 by C. Abbott French & Co., the structure was designed as a blend of two popular styles at the time, neo-Grec and Queen Anne.

The bathhouse was the first commercial tenant of the Lohengrin apartment building. The building itself is a stately late 19th Century structure with well-preserved architectural details on the façade. The Baths, located on the basement level, featured Turkish and Russian-style facilities.

Continuously in use from 1893-2003, Mt. Morris was the only bathhouse in New York City that specifically catered to Black men. The Baths started serving a predominantly gay clientele, probably sometime during the Harlem Renaissance. Those frequenting the baths during that period included Countee Cullen, Harold Jackman, Carl Van Vechten, and Lincoln Kirstein. Up until the 1960s, it was the only gay bathhouse in the city to admit Black customers.

Learn more about the history of the baths and it’s important social service work during the HIV/AIDs crisis from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project at https://www.nyclgbtsites.org/site/mt-morris-baths

NAN Community Day

Join the National Action Network at a Community Day at Col. Young Playground – 143rd and Lenox Ave. on Wednesday, September 1st – 11 am to 7 pm

Poetry in The Garden

The Harlem Rose Garden is excited to present the extraordinary poet Mr. Daniel Carlton on Sunday, August 29th at 4PM
Honoring Harlem as A Garden of History, Now, and Future Harvests

Daniel Carlton is an actor, storyteller, playwright, poet, director, and award-winning teaching artist who has appeared on New York, national, and international stages. His work has been presented in schools, jails, homeless shelters, libraries, and other traditional and non-traditional spaces.

Adults Who Walk or Bike for Transportation

How Calculated: Estimated number of adults who reported having walked or bicycled more than 10 blocks to get to and from work, school, public transportation or to do errands, in the past 30 days, divided by all adults in the area; expressed as a percent.

Source: New York City Community Health Survey (CHS)

Constructed 1937, Renovated 2005

A rarely noticed, circular granite stone commemorates the renovation of Marcus Garvey Park (misleadingly indicating that it came into existence in 1937) in 2005:

The text is particularly hard to make out, but as always, politicians got their names etched into a fairly permanent form of free publicity.

Marcus Garvey Park has been in existence as a common space, if not a park, since the Dutch colonial era, when the rocky outcropping of Manhattan schist was set aside as a common pasture land.

The Parks Department website notes:

The history of Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park reaches far back into the colonial period. Dutch settlers named it Slangberg, or Snake Hill, after the creatures that slithered through the hilly area. In 1835, local citizens won their fight to preserve the land as a public park rather than raze it to make room for city streets. Their park welcomed a community center and child health station in the 1930s. The 47-foot cast-iron watchtower built in 1856 to guard the mostly wooden city against fire was designated a landmark in 1967 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Originally named Mount Morris Park, the park was renamed Marcus Garvey Park in 1973 after the black activist, orator and journalist.

Marcus Garvey Park continues to be a unifying element for the community who once fought to keep it. The Pelham Fritz Recreation Center includes an amphitheater and a swimming pool, and the two children’s playgrounds allow all young visitors of all abilities to play. Families and neighbors can gather together on hot summer days to swim in the outdoor pool and enjoy jazz performances from the City Parks Foundation’s annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The community also plays a large part in the upkeep of the park with groups like the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, the Marcus Garvey Dog Run Committee, and the Mt. Morris Park Community Improvement Association, as well as the police and local elected officials working with Parks to ensure its safety and cleanliness for another 100 years.

In 2008 Mayor Bloomberg announced plans for a $5 million renovation of the amphitheater. The project is funded in part by a $1 million contribution by The Rodgers Family Foundation.

Hurricane and Storm Surge

Parts of NYC are currently under a Storm Surge Warning.

Attached is the link to the Hurricane evacuation Zone Finder so that you may know your zone should you need to evacuate.
https://maps.nyc.gov/hurricane/

For tips and information on what to do before a storm:  https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/coastal-storms-hurricanes.page

You also should sign up for Notify NYC to receive free emergency alerts and updates in your preferred language. Register for free by visiting NYC.gov/notifynyc, calling 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115), following @NotifyNYC on Twitter, or getting the free Notify NYC mobile application for your Apple or Android device.