Infant Deaths

How Calculated: 

Number of deaths occurring at less than 1 year of age in an area, divided by the number of live births among resident mothers of the area; expressed as cases per 1,000 live births. Infant deaths are restricted to those that can be linked to a birth certificate of a NYC resident mother and are mapped to the mother’s usual residence at birth. For more information about this measure, click here.

Source: New York City Bureau of Vital Statistics

Hot Sauce

Seen on 1st Avenue, between 109/110:

Someone attached a flame-cut sign that says “Hot Sauce”.

Youth Housing Summit

Victory Beyond Sims: A Community Report Back

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Held virtually on Zoom


Through the Percent for Art program of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Vinnie Bagwell was selected as the artist to replace the J. Marion Sims statue with a new artistic piece titled Victory Beyond Sims. The COVID-19 pandemic halted progress on her work. The Committee to Empower Voices for Healing and Equity is sponsoring a community conversation where we will provide updates on the process and discuss the larger City effort to remove, remodel, or reframe controversial statues in NYC. Artist Vinnie Bagwell will be in conversation alongside writer and medical ethicist Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.


Harriett Washington
Author of Medical Apartheid

Vinnie Bagwell

Pet Friendly?

Localize looked at the data for pet friendly rental listings and came up with this:

Top pet-friendly Manhattan neighborhoods

  • Morningside Heights: 98%
  • Upper West Side: 84%
  • Greenwich Village: 83%
  • Washington Heights: 80%
  • East Harlem: 79%

While New Yorkers love their pets, many property managers don’t share the sentiment. The following neighborhoods are more challenging to find buildings that allow pets.

Worst neighborhoods for pet-friendly listings

  • Brooklyn: Park Slope (16%), Bedford Stuyvesant (24%), Crown Heights (33%)
  • Manhattan: Harlem (17%), East Village (19%), LES (23%)
  • Queens: Astoria (21%), Glen Oaks (29%)

While Park Slope had a higher overall score due to its proximity to dog parks and other amenities, it also ranks as a difficult neighborhood to find pet-friendly listings due to low inventory. It’s still possible to find pet-friendly apartments in the areas listed above, they just have the least number of available listings currently on the market. 

For more, see:

The Tree of Hope III

On the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd’s median, you can see a sculpture – The Tree of Hope III – at the location of the original Tree of Hope that was a talisman to performers in Harlem’s many clubs.

The style of the sculpture – the colors and form in particular – certainly situate it as a product of the early 70’s, but it has a vibrancy and panache that works (even if it’s too small for the location).

George Floyd

One year ago.

Born: October 14, 1973, Fayetteville, NC

Died: May 25, 2020, Minneapolis, MN

Bicycle Lane Density

The percent of streets with bike lanes can affect cyclist and pedestrian safety, physical activity, and sustainable transportation use. 

 About the Measure

Bicycle Network Coverage – Percent of Streets with Bicycle Lanes 

Percentage of streets with bicycle lanes (conventional and protected bicycle lanes, excluding sharrows, dirt trails, boardwalks, and velodrome tracks).

Source: New York City Department of Transportation

Cyclists Killed by Drivers

In Manhattan, nearly 30 percent of streets have bike lanes – but in Brooklyn, only 13 percent of streets do. This is consistent with research that shows that bicycle networks offer protection to people on the streets.

Safety in numbers

The idea of “safety in numbers” comes from a study that found that “a motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking and bicycling if more people walk or bicycle.” This is probably because as the number of people walking and cycling increases, motorists become more attentive. So as the number of cyclists rises, we expect to see injury rates go down.

Ongoing work to promote cycling will help lower injury rates. Expanding bike share networks, increasing bicycle network coverage, and continuing to build protective street environments – like separated bike lanes – can get more riders on the street and offer them greater protection.

This effect is apparent when we look at differences between Manhattan and Brooklyn – and apply what we learn throughout the city. Disparities in cycling by sex, race/ethnicity, age, and neighborhood poverty also need to be addressed through equitably focused safety improvements, since safety in numbers works best if we increase safety for everyone – starting where it is most needed.

As New York City continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Yorkers may turn to biking as a good way to get around while still keeping a safe distance from others. Our data show us that there is a clear connection between road infrastructure and street safety. That means that one way to keep New Yorkers safe during this public health emergency – and beyond – is to continue building safer streets.

Electronic Waste and Recycling

A Lighthouse in East Harlem?

East Harlem is a neighborhood that never ceases to surprise. While most New Yorkers know of the The Little Red Lighthouse (and the big grey bridge) up in Washington Heights, the lighthouse pictured above gets much less (media) attention.

The metal lighthouse is 1/2 mile from the Harlem River and rather than warn people to stay away, it actually is intended to attract.

El Faro (The Lighthouse) is a part of SCAN New York, and is a community center in junior high school 45 at the corner of 120th Street and 1st Avenue.

Harlem Libraries are Open!

Shelf-browsing will be capped at limited periods of time, and computers can be accessed by appointment, the New York Public Library said in a news release. All patrons must wear masks, maintain social distancing and respect the time limits.

Unhealthy Food Access – The Ratio of Bodegas to Supermarkets

Ah, the bodega…

The number of bodegas per supermarket within an area based on address of business.

Bodegas are defined as food purchasing establishments with less than 4,000 square foot and excludes specialty stores, such as bakeries and vitamin stores.

Supermarkets are defined as retail food purchasing establishments with greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet or have a chain supermarket name regardless of size. 

Source: NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Early Sunday Morning, Harlem

Lenox and 135th Street.

Fair Share?

I was recently able to get data on the homeless shelter populations by community board. Looking at the big picture (at the borough level) it is clear that one borough is not pulling its fair share:

As many political observers have noted, Staten Island scares the bejeezus out of elected officials who are loathe to rile them up. (Recall that during the discussion regarding De Blasio’s plan to replace Rikers Jail with smaller, borough-based jails, Staten Island was somehow allowed to be the only borough that would not get a new jail.)

The powerful, conservative voting block/s on Staten Island, and the politicians on the Island and at City Hall who cater to them, shield that borough from pulling its fair share.

Even when you account for borough population, the per capita percentage of people in homeless shelters displays Staten Island’s unfair participation in addressing the homeless crisis.

Washburn Wire Factory

After last week’s post on the East River Plaza and the Washburn Wire Factory that it replaced, a reader forwarded this great look at the postindustrial ruin that was the Wire Factory. It’s well worth a read:

Black Women Entrepreneurs

Businesses owned by Black women are growing at six times the national average. These women-owned businesses currently generate $51.4 billion in total revenues and employ more than 375,000 people according to Donna Walker-Kuhne:

Whose blog introduced me to the film She Did That which highlights Black women entrepreneurs.

HNBA’s very own LaShawn Henry recently moved into the entrepreneurial space and describes her company: Urban Strategies as an MWBE Consultant company that specializes in assisting its clients in building diverse and inclusive workforces.

She writes:

Our goal is to create a more inclusive workforce that benefits companies looking to fill positions and communities by improving access to employment opportunities. We connect with local partners and community groups to create a pipeline of talent that is ready to enter the workforce. We develop our pipeline of talent by working with historically marginalized groups, LGBTQ, non-binary, transgender, youth, formerly incarcerated, women, local companies, and unemployed populations We believe to revolutionize the workforce then we must build wealth in underrepresented spaces.

We cannot close the wealth gap, build our communities, and end systemic racism without changing who we hire. We do not have inclusion until all marginalized persons and groups have a seat at the table. We cannot be selective in our definition of inclusion. At the core of our work is fighting gender discrimination, more women are entering the Construction industry, but they often are met with bias. We are confronting this challenge by providing direct support to MWBEs.

Our goal is to build a pipeline of MWBE talent to fill open contracts and educate subcontractors on the bidding process through educational workshops and resources The strategy is to engage our current network and create new partnerships with institutions that have direct contact with MWBE communities.  Through direct outreach and targeted promotion, we can form new partnerships with those who align with our goals. Urban Strategies believes diversity and diverse workforces are not only good for communities, but diverse workforces make better, more sustainable decisions that help a company’s bottom line. Diversity is good for society and good for business.

Eyesore to be Demolished

An eyesore on 115/3rd is going to be demolished, finally. This boarded up building has stood and exemplifying blight for as long as most neighbors can remember.

See: for more.

Museum of Civil Rights in Harlem

(from Urbanize:

One45 and Shop Architects are proposing a nearly one-million square foot mixed-use development proposed for West Harlem on a portion of a block bounded by West 144th and 145th Street, Lenox Avenue, and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

A draft scope of work submitted to the city reveals two new towers that would rise about 360 feet apiece and contain space for office, retail, residential (866-939 units, of which 217-282 would be made affordable), and a banquet hall/event area for community use. 

Most notably, the development will also include a brand new 48,000-square-foot space for the Museum of Civil Rights (MCR), an institution founded by Reverend Al Sharpton, in collaboration with Judge Jonathan Lippman, focused on educating individuals on the contemporary struggles for civil rights, political rights, and social justice in the northern United States. Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) will also establish its headquarters in one of the buildings.

The developer, simply listed as “One45 Lenox, LLC” on city documents, is seeking to rezone a nearly full-block parcel to make way for the outsized development, which otherwise would allow for only 325,000 square feet to be built as of right.

Museum Program (top) | The Harlem Forum (bottom) | SHoP Architects

As the building’s anchor, MCR will boast several incredible spaces, notable for both their design and thought line. 

This includes The Harlem Forum, a flexible programming space that will boast sweeping views of the city from its perch above the tallest tower; The Harlem Lab for Social Change, a state-of-the-art laboratory for media production and the creative arts connected to social justice; The Rooftop Teaching Garden, which has been conceived as a teaching space that will serve as a site for harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a platform for community organizations to educate visitors about local foodways and contemporary food systems; and a community-curated gallery to showcase local talent.

MCR’s website describes the interior design as being “inspired by Harlem’s architecture, particularly its brownstone stoops,” filled with spaces where visitors can “gather, connect, and recharge.” 

The proposal puts forward a plan to construct the two buildings in one phase, an estimated 38-month process that would finish in 2026 if all the necessary approvals are obtained.

Demolition permits have already been filed for most of the one-story structures currently making up One45’s parcel (this includes an office building containing the NAN’s existing headquarters). Other lots in consideration remain wholly vacant.

Boarded Up

Plywood and cinderblock in the windows. A new roller blind. The stained glass arched windows, filled in and cemented over.

Found on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

Black Baseball

Untapped Cities has a great article on Black baseball teams, stadiums, and history:

The image (above) of The Lincoln Giants is not only a powerful photograph of athletic confidence and poise, it also shows a team that played here, in Harlem.

In New York, the Lincoln Giants (1911-30), became a barnstorming juggernaut, going 108-12 their first season. They featured pitching legend Smokey Joe Williams and shortstop John Henry (Pop) Lloyd, who Babe Ruth believed was the greatest player who ever lived. Alas, there was no house that Pop built; the Lincoln Giants mostly played home games at Olympic Field in Harlem between 1911 and 1919.

The location of their playing ground is where Riverton Houses now lies:

Olympic Field opened in 1904 in the middle of Harlem at East 136th and Fifth Ave. Enthusiastic crowds in the thousands, often significantly white, watched the Lincoln Giants take on challengers there, from semi-pro teams to major-leaguers. They developed a fierce rivalry with the Brooklyn Eagle Giants for the “Colored Championship of Greater New York.”  When the field was razed for a parking garage in 1920, the grandstands were relocated to the Catholic Protectory Oval, the Lincoln Giants’ new home.

Stephen Robertson, in his wonderful baseball blog writes:

In 1911, Harlem gained its own black professional baseball team, the Lincoln Giants. The white brothers, Edward and Jess McMahon, established the team, obtaining a lease on Olympic Field, at 136th Street and 5th Avenue, where the team played home games on Sundays, the only day off for most black workers. Initially managed by Sol White, a well-known former player, the team included five of the best black players in the nation, recruited away from teams in Chicago and Philadelphia. This formidable combination propelled the Lincoln Giants to a dominant record in their first three years.  Many of those wins came against teams of whites, including teams, or all-star teams, from the segregated major leagues.  Those interracial contests drew the largest crowds, including significant numbers of whites; in fact, on several occasions, as many as 10,000 fans packed into Olympic Field, spilling onto the playing area. Whites also attended games between black teams, often making up as many as a third of the spectators. Despite the absence of segregated seating, there are no reports of friction in the mixed crowds; most of the conflict at games centered on the umpires, who were almost invariably white, even in games involving black teams.

In 1914, the McMahons’ financial difficulties forced them to sell the Lincoln Giants and the rights to Olympic Field to two other white men, James Keenan and Charles Harvey.  Many of the players, however, remained contracted to the McMahons, who for three years operated another team, the Lincoln Stars, based at the Lenox Oval, on 145th Street. When that team folded, the McMahons abandoned baseball, but not Harlem: in the 1920s they took control of the Commonwealth Casino, on East 135th Street, where they staged boxing, including interracial bouts, and, from 1922-24, operated a black professional basketball team, the Commonwealth Big  5.

While the Lincoln Giants had regained their position as Harlem’s team, they played in the neighborhood for only three more years. In 1919, developers transformed Olympic Field into a parking garage, forcing Keenan and Harvey to relocate home games to the Catholic Protectory Oval, at East Tremont Avenue and Unionport Road in the Bronx, taking with them the grandstand and bleachers from their former home.  Surrounded by the gothic structures of the orphanage, and shaded by trees, the field was beautiful but very small. To get there, fans from Harlem had to take a long journey by subway to 177th Street and and then take a street car. The Lincoln Giants would play there until 1930.

Detect Coming to East Harlem

At 69 East 125th Street in Harlem, Greystone leased 3,500 square feet to Detect, a COVID-19 data collection center. The retail space was previously occupied by the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign and has also served as a seasonal Ricky’s Halloween pop-up store. Detect is a molecular diagnostics company that provides take-home, rapid COVID-19 tests. 

HBCU College Fair

The NYPD and the 28th Precinct is inviting you to their 1st HBCU College Fair that will take place on June 5th, 2021 from 1200-1600 hrs. It will take place in the rear of the 28th precinct 2271 8th Avenue (St. Nicholas btw W 122st & W 123rd St). Please share with any youth you know that may be interested in attending college. Also, if you can post on your social media accounts that would be awesome. Hope to see you there! Thank you.  

Police Officer Yvonne Edwards

28TH PRECINCT Youth Coordination Officer


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New York, NY 10027


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Uptown Grand Central Strikes Again

Uptown Grand Central, our amazing business alliance group, has done a fantastic job to beautify tree pits that it protected with metal guards a few years ago.

Thanks so much, Uptown Grand Central, for all you do!

And yes, you can help beautify your community too (this weekend)!

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Hey everyone! How have you been?? I hope this email finds you well. 
Are you following us on Instagram and Facebook yet? Have you seen all the incredible events we already had this year? Feeling so grateful and humbled here. It’s amazing what we can do together! Check pictures of our events on our social media! 
We already collected hundreds of pounds of litter from our streets in East Harlem, bringing awareness about this major problem in our community and planet! This year we have also been planting sunflower seeds and other wildflowers on the street tree beds, for the benefit of our urban ecosystem and to beautify and uplift our community.  Who can be sad or mad staring at a sunflower? The weather has been unpredictable and birds are having to adapt fast, but we hope our flowers can sustain pollinators’ lives and feed the birds too. Here’s where we planted so far:
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We are very excited to team up with Friends of the East River Esplanade (60th-120th st) to create pollinators gardens on our riverfront near 96th St. Join us this Saturday and don’t miss the fun. Feel free to invite your contacts. Volunteers must be 18+ for this specific event. Please RSVP.
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Friends of the East River Esplanade (60th-120th st) invite kids for this fun event:
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And this Sunday, Growing Green is hosting their first event in Harlem and we’ll be there to support them! Let’s see what many artists and dedicated volunteers can create together? Let me know if you are joining the fun. 11am in front of the Apollo Theatre. Growing Green.jpg

We’ll keep you posted about the events on May 22nd at the Thomas Jefferson Park and Sunshine Playground. Save the date! 

Simone [email protected]