Landmarking Survey of Lower East Harlem to be Conducted

Ascendant is announcing that they have won a grant to survey lower East Harlem for buildings that should be considered for landmarking:

About Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation:
Ascendant Neighborhood Development (AND) builds homes, engages community members, and
partners with allies to raise up neighborhoods that provide stability and access to opportunity for all.
Since its founding in 1988, AND has supported the stabilization and growth of East and Central Harlem
communities, advocated for preservation of affordable housing, and helped thousands of New Yorkers
live with dignity and respect. Learn more: https://ascendant.nyc/

The El Barrio/Southern East Harlem survey area is a diverse mixed-use enclave within the larger Harlem community of Northern Manhattan. In addition to a variety of vernacular residential buildings dating from the late-1800s through the early-1900s, the area features several large-scale mid-20th century residential complexes including multiple public housing campuses. 
The survey area boasts many outstanding civic, institutional, and religious structures of various architectural styles. Within the proposed study area are multiple individually designated landmarks, including Public School 109, 28th Police Precinct & Fire Engine Co. #53 Houses, St. Cecilia’s Church Complex, Public School 72/Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, and the Museum of the City of New York.
The area developed over many decades as a predominantly working-class neighborhood, and it has been home to a succession of immigrant groups. The new survey will focus specific attention on the history of El Barrio’s Puerto Rican community and its impact on the (re)development of the neighborhood.
Ascendant, and our partners in the Landmark East Harlem (LEH) alliance, successfully worked to list the East Harlem Historic District on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 2019. We successfully secured a determination of eligibility for the proposed East-Central Harlem Historic District in 2020, and we are working on a nomination to list that historic district in 2021. Ascendant and LEH, along with other local stakeholders, will use our new $12,000 Preserve New York grant to hire Marissa Marvelli to conduct the El Barrio/Southern East Harlem Cultural Resource Survey. The survey will help to identify potential individual State and National Register listings and the boundaries of potential new historic districts.

On 110th Street

The intersection of 110th Street and 3rd Avenue was ground zero for activism by The Young Lords.

In 1969, a group of New York City youth known as the Young Lords demanded change in the way the largest city in the United States handled sanitation. The initiative, known as the Garbage Offensive, wasn’t the group’s original plan of action, but it proved highly effective in calling out the needs and rights of the city’s Latinx community

The Young Lords were an activist group of poor and working-class Puerto Rican youth who modeled themselves after the Black Panthers, donned their signature purple berets, called for Puerto Rico’s independence, and hit the streets in search of a lofty organizing agenda in their home of East Harlem. But as the organization’s chairman, Felipe Luciano, humorously remembers, they found trash talk instead. 

“So we’re on 110th Street and we actually asked the people, ‘What do you think you need? Is it housing? Is it police brutality?’” Luciano says. “And they said, ‘Muchacho, déjate de todo eso—LA BASURA!” [Listen kid, fuggedaboutit! It’s THE GARBAGE!] And I thought, my God, all this romance, all this ideology, to pick up the garbage?”

To read the whole article, see:

https://www.history.com/news/young-lords-garbage-offensive

Learn About The Revolutionary Battle of Harlem Heights

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=889D6D1A-FF9D-B135-CC80D9825B084FE5

Join the Parks Service on a virtual tour of the Battle of Harlem Heights. Details in the link, above.

The Wiz, Tonight

Just a friendly reminder  . . . tomorrow, Friday, September 24th is our final night of Movies @ ERP Summer 2021.  East River Plaza and ImageNation Outdoors Movie Festival welcome you to join us for The Wiz.  The event starts at 6:30 pm. 

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

Please to share with your families, friends and neighbors

Tonight

Sign-Up for Composting

One of our neighbors next to Marcus Garvey Park writes:

I urge everyone to sign up for curbside composting. Our building enjoyed this great service from November 2018 till March 2020 when the pandemic shut down the program. The DSNY is gearing back up. However they need you you to sign-up for this fantastic program.

For those compost-curious, DSNY’s program will accept – keeping this out of landfill

ALL FOOD WASTE including:

  • coffee grounds and tea bags
  • shells (seafood, nut, and egg)
  • bones
  • spoiled and expired food
  • food soiled paper (napkins, towels, uncoated plates, bags, trays, boxes)

Yard and Plant Waste including:

  • leaves
  • spent flowers and trimmings
  • small twigs
  • grass clippings

Sign-up is now open! If you are in an eligible neighborhood, we will notify you when service will start in your area. If you do not live in an area where the service is yet offered, we will let you know about opportunities to bring your food scraps to a drop-off location or how to compost at home (and will let you know if service is expanding to your area!).

We want to hear from everyone interested in Curbside Composting as it helps us make the case to expand this service to more neighborhoods.

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/food-scraps-and-yard-waste-page/overview-residents-organics

White Park

White Park – 106/Lex – has a great basketball mural facing the courts.

Cesar Fantauzzi became the most prominent player in Spanish Harlem, where he earned his nickname “Spanish Doc” after capturing a jump shot attempt in midair. Fantauzzi entered the BSN with the Atléticos de San Germán earning a reputation as a power dunker and shot blocker, eventually following the footsteps of the other prominent Nuyoricans into the national basketball team.

MMPCIA Meeting on Tuesday Night – Safety

General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30PM

Community Safety

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86847234917

Sugar Hill Music Festival on Saturday

Location

Sugar Hill Luminaries Lawn

Highbridge Park

155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue

Harlem, NY 10032

Drinking Soda

How Calculated: 

Estimated number of adults who, on average reported having consumed one or more sugary drinks per day, divided by all adults in the area; expressed as a percent. Sugary drinks include soda, sweetened iced tea, sports drinks, fruit punch, and other fruit flavored drinks. (One drink equals 12 ounces). Diet soda, sugar free drinks, 100% juice, and seltzer are not included.

Source: New York City Community Health Survey (CHS)

Photoville in East Harlem

Head to the East Harlem waterfront (the Esplanade) between 100-102nd Streets to see a free Photoville exhibit of photography:

Enter on 96th, 103rd, or 111th Streets.

Free Bike Helmets

Free bike helmets for you or your kids! Saturday at 54th and 11th Ave. 11:30-2:30.

Speaking of Cycling…

The Daily News reports:

Manhattan Democratic chair Keith Wright doored cyclist in Harlem, fled scene: ‘It’s his fault for running into my door’

Prosecutors in Manhattan have charged the borough’s top Democrat with dooring a cyclist in Harlem and fleeing the scene, according to court papers.

Keith Wright, the current leader of the New York County Democrats, opened the door to his BMW around 9:15 p.m. Aug. 26 while parked on Fifth Ave. and E. 138th St., hitting an oncoming cyclist, according to the criminal complaint.

After the cyclist fell from his bike and lay injured in the street, Wright sped off without leaving his name, number, or insurance policy — or offering to bring the victim to the hospital, prosecutors said at Wright’s Friday arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

When authorities tracked down Wright almost two weeks later, the former Harlem state assemblyman fessed up and agreed to surrender.

“I was about to open my car door while he was riding an electric bike. It is his fault for running into my door,” Wright told NYPD Det. Lamount Deaderick, according to the complaint.

“I told him to go to the hospital. I did not exchange my information with him. I asked for his information but he did not give it to me.”

At the arraignment, Wright pleaded not guilty to two counts of leaving the scene and was released by a judge. He’s due back in court Oct. 10.

It’s illegal in New York to open a car door into the path of another road user, and “dooring” has claimed a number of New Yorkers’ lives in recent years.

In January 2019, Brooklyn bagel deliveryman Hugo Alexander Sinto Garcia died on his way to work riding along Third Ave. in Sunset Park when a cabbie opened his car door, sending Sinto flying out onto the road and into the path of another vehicle.

And in April 2018, Juan Pacheco, 57, was pedaling down LaSalle St. near Broadway in west Harlem when the driver of a Nissan Quest threw open his door, fatally throwing the father of three from his bike onto the road.

Correction: CB11 Full Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 28th

Community Board 11’s Full Board Meeting is scheduled for a week from today (on September 28th) at 6:30 PM.

For details see:

https://www.cb11m.org/pmcalendar/

To sign up to add your voice:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_owOGKFs9RyOxC7-An2Sz3Q

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision by Logan Hicks – the largest stenciled mural in the world. 

In the middle of 2020, during the height of the pandemic in New York City, Logan Hicks was commissioned to creatively re-imagine a massive breezeway at the East River Plaza in Harlem. Nearly a year later, Hicks completes his largest work to date – a 19,000 sq. ft installation entitled “Tunnel Vision”. This work consists of a continuous stenciled mural that wraps the inside the towering breezeway, paired with a custom designed sound installation. The mural is set to be certified by Guinness World Records on July 29th, 2021.

Behold layers of stenciled aerosol transforming gray concrete into lush greenery, climbing up each of the thirty-foot walls and pillars, meeting at the ceiling painted in a vibrant, sky-blue gradient. Looking closely, tucked in the green thicket covering the walls are dozens of stenciled birds that live within New York State, while the four-hour looping soundtrack brings them to life – featuring the calls of every bird indigenous to New York.

This experiential piece was inspired by Christian Cooper, the Central Park birdwatcher who was thrust into the spotlight in May of 2020. Cooper shed light on a part of New York that Hicks was unaware of – the birdwatching community. Until that story unfolded across media outlets everywhere, the artist never knew of the Ramble – the birdwatching section of Central Park. 

During the pandemic, Hicks visited the area many times and was taken by the symphony of bird chirps and songs that echoed through the treetops. The idyllic utopia of wildlife sits right in the middle of this bustling city.

Recognizing that there is a segment of the population that would not go to Central Park with a pair of binoculars to watch birds, Tunnel Vision is Hicks’ attempt to recreate the feeling of the Central Park Ramble in the language that he understands best – murals. 

To grasp the scale of such an endeavor, it’s noteworthy that the artist’s estimate to complete the mural would be one, maybe two months on-site. Braving the unpredictable weather of every season, Hicks has now used over 100 gallons of paint, 500 cans of spray paint, hundreds of stencils, dozens of rolls of Gorilla Tape, and an uncounted number of hours painting – defying expectations – and tedious limitations of the stencil medium – to complete Tunnel Vision.

Silent Procession 2021

Scenes from the 2021 Silent Procession:

https://bronx.news12.com/silent-procession-held-to-magnify-human-rights-issues-in-puerto-rico

Eric Adams and Brian Benjamin were in attendance.

NBT

To watch the National Black Theater’s founder, Barbara Ann Teer explain her leveraging real estate to support the arts, see this great clip that shows the $10,000,000 project that is now slated to be torn down and replaced:

Note that Barbara Ann Teer was rejected by 14 banks in her quest for financing this amazing project.

For more on Barbara Ann Teer, see:

A Chef’s Guide to Food and Culture in NYC

By Marcus Samuelsson

Here’s one notable New Yorker’s ideal itinerary in NYC—and it could be yours too. Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to experience it in real life, plus a free trip for you and a friend.

Enter Sweepstakes

NYC inspires adventure through the celebration of food, culture and art. The City constantly inspires me through its rich diversity, and I’m always discovering new places in my neighborhood and beyond. —Marcus Samuelsson, Chef-owner of Red Rooster

https://www.nycgo.com/my-itinerary/shared/a-chefs-guide-to-food-and-culture-in-nyc

Community Board 11 – Full Board Meeting

Tuesday (September 28) at 6:30 PM

Here is your chance to speak to our elected officials (and/or their representatives) about issues that concern you and your neighbors. You can raise your hand and comment, write questions/thoughts in the chat, and present any community announcements you might have.

Go to the CB11 calendar link below:

https://www.cb11m.org/pmcalendar/

And register for the September 28th meeting.

As Seen on the Metro North Platform

Silent Procession for Puerto Rico, Tomorrow

Super Nice Cafe

The best, absolutely the best donuts in New York City are here in East Harlem at Super Nice Bakery and Cafe. Super Nice is on East 117th, just east of Lexington.

They’re open at 8am on weekdays, and 10 on weekends.

This past weekend the queue at 10:15 was 10-12 people (and dogs) long, but boy the product is worth it:

When you want a warm donut that goes beyond, try Super Nice.

Kristin Richardson Jordan to Meet With HNBA Tonight

HNBA will host Kristin Richardson Jordan tonight at 7:00 PM to talk about her historic upset of the Harlem machine, her plans for City Council District 9, the upcoming November election, and what she means by Radical Love for Harlem.

To join in, reach out to Shawn, Hallia, Cecile, Saiyda, or Kat for the link, or email: [email protected]

Heart to Heart on Saturday

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!

As Seen on Madison

$100 and Free Vaccine

Madison Avenue between East 128th and 129th Streets.

Plastic Fantastic

In Harlem’s Art Park Capucine Bourcart has a wall mounted exhibition entitled; Plastic Fantastic. The large, colorful work addresses single-use plastic and how plastic has adversely affected our environment and public spaces. Just think about the bottles, jars, cups, lids, and plastic bags we all use. It’s hard to get your mind around it, but New Yorkers are still using 10 billion single-use plastic bags a year – with little to show for the plastic bag ban that seems to have no teeth whatsoever. 

The exhibition Plastic Fantastic aims to address the bag ban by literally showing them. The exhibition shows features plastic bags collected over the last few years by Bourcart from community residents and neighbors. To create Plastic Fantastic, these bags were photographed and printed on 4’ x 8’ sheets of D-bond, a lightweight and durable plastic material. Afterward, the sheets were cut into smaller squares and rectangles to create a color gradient woven into the grid of the park’s ornamental fence.

In front of the gradient is a glass block structure which perfectly reflects the colorful background. Funding for the installation was provided by the LMCCPuffin Foundation, and Friends of Art Park Alliance. Plastic Fantastic will be on display through June 26, 2022.

Speaking of Art…

Another yarn bombing. East 121st Street at Park Avenue

Elks in Paris

In 1990 Jennny Livingston released a documentary called Paris is Burning that revealed to theater goers the rich underground ballroom scene in Harlem during the 1980s.

The film focuses on one key venue for the ballroom scene – the Imperial Lodge of Elks at 160 West 129th Street – just east of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag-ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia, transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Today the space is no longer an Elks Lodge, but a church:

And, for a fantastic examination on how post-Civil War drag balls led to Harlem Renaissance era extravaganzas, and then to Voguing in the 1980’s, see this great article:

https://www.history.com/news/drag-balls-house-ballroom-voguing

Harlem Lane

Harlem Lane was originally a trail that the Lenape people used to travel from what is now Central Park up to Inwood and The Bronx. This trail is one we travel today, but the name has changed (and the route somewhat modified) to St. Nicholas Avenue.

https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/M141/history#:~:text=As%20with%20many%20of%20Manhattan’s,road%20on%20June%2016%2C%201707.

Ebay has a color lithograph print of Harlem Lane in the 19th Century for sale:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/164978894229?mkevt=1&mkpid=0&emsid=e11021.m5055.l9429&mkcid=7&ch=osgood&euid=0a697cf467434cb3b75dd5f061814e33&bu=43000789878&ut=RU&osub=-1%7E1&crd=20210725035834&segname=11021&sojTags=ch%3Dch%2Cbu%3Dbu%2Cut%3Dut%2Cosub%3Dosub%2Ccrd%3Dcrd%2Csegname%3Dsegname%2Cchnl%3Dmkcid