Opioid Treatment Programs 2019/2020

Our latest data from a 2019/2020 FOIL request to OASAS has yielded this map of the location of Opioid Treatment Programs in the 5 boroughs and their admission totals:

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Zooming into our neighborhood you can see how OASAS has oversaturated Harlem and East Harlem as well as the South Bronx:

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Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Motherhouse Building to be Developed

Gotham To Go is reporting that 15 West 124th Street (the building to the west of the library) sold on February 11, 2019 for $9,400,000 to Harlem LLC. This building, the former Franciscan Handmaids home, will be redeveloped as housing overlooking Marcus Garvey Park.

For the full story, see:

HNBA January Meeting – Jan. 12, 7:00 PM

On Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm, Join HNBA in welcoming:

  • Liz Crotty on who is running for Manhattan DA
  • Ruth McDaniels who is running to replace Bill Perkins on the City Council
  • Valerie Bradley from the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance

We hope you’ll be able to attend with questions for the candidates. For the Zoom link, subscribe to our blog: https://hnba.nyc/subscribe-to-the-hnba-blog/

Lee Building for Sale

In 1979, Eugene Giscombe paid $40,000 for the 12-story office building at 1825 Park Avenue known as ‘The Lee Building’ (neighbors now think of this building as the Mount Sinai – hiding under the name Beth Israel -methadone hub of East Harlem).

He was quoted (when selling it recently for $48 million) that, next to marrying his wife, buying the historic Lee Building in Harlem was the best decision he ever made.

The Lee Building
The Lee Building

When Giscombe first purchased the building, it was only 20 percent occupied.  Savanna, the current owner, is asking around $75 million for the early 1900s-era building, or about $555 per square foot.

Tenants include Beth Israel Medical Center (Mount Sinai methadone) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the Metro North Railroad and New York City subway lines that run through the nearby 125th Street station.

Tenants recently signed about 16,000 square feet of leases in the building, including an extension and expansion by Beth Israel and a new lease with Northwestern Mutual.



Black Demographic Increases and Decreases: 1990 – 2016

Black New Yorkers have seen notable losses in population in Manhattan. The most intense increases occurred in southern Brooklyn and Queens, while the largest decreases have been seen in Downtown/Central Brooklyn and in Central Harlem.


Life Expectancy at Birth

From: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/wwl-plan.pdf

Infant Mortality

New Home for Silicon Harlem

Silicon Harlem – currently located up at 148th Street – is going to have a new home, along with affordable and mixed income housing on West 126th street.

The project is called Balton Commons, and is a $19-million mixed-use development currently under construction at 267 West 126th Street. The seven-story building will have 4,500 square feet of tech incubator space managed by Silicon Harlem, 1,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, 1,350 square feet of community facility space, and 37 residential units of housing for residents between 30 and 90 percent of the area median income.

Designed by Aufgang Architects, the structure is being built to Passive House standards.

Residential amenities include a fitness center, a shared laundry room, bicycle parking, and common outdoor spaces. Units will come in a mix of 11 studios, 12 one-bedrooms, 11 two-bedrooms, and three three-bedroom units. Residents can expect self-regulated heating and cooling, and dishwashers. Some homes will also have private terraces.

Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2021.

NYC’s Worst Landlords’ List

(The Harlem Contributors)

Every year around this time there is a listing of the worst landlords in NYC, as determined by HPD complaints. Patch has an article on it: https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/26-harlem-buildings-appear-citys-worst-landlord-watchlist

I have taken the worst in Harlem and created a map to illustrate where they are located.

Interestingly, the largest grouping is in northern, West Harlem. And, shockingly, only one building on Lexington Ave. was located in East Harlem.

As with any reported data, we have to note that people’s willingness to report violations to a governmental agency like HPD (via 311, for example) is heavily impacted by their sense of entitlement/disenfranchisement. We only have to look at the flurry of 311 and 911 calls made by anxious Upper West Side residents when the presence of one small homeless facility appeared in their midst.

Nevertheless, the report from HPD includes 26 Harlem buildings, which made the list based on the average number of violations they received in 2020.

Based on that metric, the worst building in Harlem was 162 West 132nd St., a 12-unit building that had 368 open violations this year.

The ranking uses HPD data on the two most severe classes of violations, which can include rodent infestations, lead-based paint, failure to provide public doors and lighting or a lack of heat, hot water, electricity or gas.

The New York City Housing Authority — with more than 341,000 open work orders across 326 developments — was given its own designation as worst landlord for the third year in a row.

(Use the + sign to zoom in on Harlem in the map below to learn more.)

Hover over any of the dots to learn more about the address, and the number of violations.

Holiday Season and Poverty

As we approach the holiday season, I wanted to ground us all by noting how unevenly poverty is spread across the 5 boroughs. This map of the shameful persistence of poverty, asks us all to think about what we can do to address income, educational, and opportunity inequality.

Asian/PI Demographic Increases and Decreases: 1990 – 2016

There have been incredible increases in the number of Asian (and Pacific Islanders) New Yorkers living in our city. While there are a few interesting places of decrease (note historic Manhattan Chinatown), the overall picture is one of significant growth. Queens and south west Brooklyn have had impressive increases.


Hispanic Demographic Increases and Decreases: 1990 – 2016

Hispanic New Yorkers have been on the move since 1990. Downtown/Central Brooklyn and East Harlem have lost Hispanics while Queens, The Bronx, and even Staten Island have gained.


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Purchasing a Home And What The Bank Looks At…

Last month Chase Bank attended our HNBA meeting and Kevin Cruikshank went over a whole range of housing options and what a bank will look at if you apply for a mortgage on any one of these properties.

Classic Mistakes People Make When Purchasing a New Home

Harlem World has a good, quick article on 8 checkboxes anyone on the market for a home should consider

“Remember there are always other fish in the sea, or should we say homes in the neighborhood. The perfect place will come along eventually, it’s just going to take some time! Don’t give up, stay strong, and remember there will be a happy ending!”

Does Your Water Taste… Different?

Have you noticed that your water tastes different recently (say in the last week or so)? If you have, you’re not alone. We contacted the DEP to see what’s up using this form:


Which is the web version of calling 311 for those of you who’d prefer to not talk to an operator.

We got a call back this morning that said that about a week ago, the DEP switched NYCs drinking water from Delaware and Catskills watersheds, to Croton water. This switch will be in effect for approximately a month.


The DEP has (of course) tested the water and it’s all good, it just comes from different sources, and thus has a slightly different taste.

You can, if you want to spin this in a positive way, think of this as the historic taste of NYC water. When the Croton Aqueduct system finally brought water to NYC in the 19th century, this is what New Yorkers would have (more or less) tasted in 1842.

Since then, Delaware and Catskills water has become more dominant in our taps, and that water/taste has usurped the original Croton water/taste.


Federal Drug and Weapons Arrests

This just came in from the commanding officer of Harlem’s 28th Precinct:

Subject: Narcotic operation arrests in the 28th precinct

Greetings Harlem residents and Stakeholders,
On 12/2/20 an on-going investigation culminated with (14) Federal indictments for drug dealing and associated violence and weapons possession. The area in and around W.122nd St – W.124th St. Lenox to Adam Clayton Powell Avenues will receive some relief from the drug trade that was operating in that area. The concerns that were conveyed to the NYPD were not made in vane and these indictments and associated arrests are a testament to the work and commitment invested in effectively addressing and resolving the issue.

Often targeting the “low hanging fruit” only provides for instant, temporary relief for a few days before these individuals return and the condition continues. This operation targeted subjects on all levels of this drug dealing hierarchy, and thus will have a definite impact on its operational abilities. The prosecution of these cases will rest with the Federal Court system.

The enforcement and maintenance of this location will continue so that the benefits of this operation are long lasting.

Thank you.

Deputy Inspector André M. Brown

New York City Police Department

Commanding Officer, 28th Precinct


CB11 Moratorium

After fighting for years, finally, CB11 is willing to consider issuing a resolution on moratorium on drug facilities services in East Harlem to NYC government. The current proposal is by no means enough. We need to push CB11 to ask the government to REDUCE the drug facilities in East Harlem, not just to stop adding more.

Click below to see the agenda:

If at all possible, please help by joining the meeting next Monday Dec 7th to lend more support.

The meeting starts at 6pm, but the topic likely won’t be discussed until past 7pm as it is last on the agenda. 

CB11 is very driven by voices from the community, so we need you to speak up. Do PLEASE raise your hand on zoom to voice your views when the public is called upon to talk.
Please click on the following link to register for the zoom call. Forward to others if possible.
Webinar Registration – Zoom

Dial-In1 646 518 9805

Webinar ID: 923 1335 4400

Number of Jobs Accessible Within an Hour’s Commute (by Public Transit)

From: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/wwl-plan.pdf

Sprinklers in All Residential Buildings over 40′ Tall (Because, Trump)

If you live in a building that doesn’t have a sprinkler system, the property owner may soon be required to install one.

New York’s City Council will hold a hearing on a proposal to require the installation of Sprinklers in all residential buildings over 40 feet in height.

On Wednesday 12/2, the Housing and Buildings Committee of the City Council will be holding a Public Hearing on Intro 1146-B, a proposed new law which would require the installation of fire-extinguishing sprinklers in all residential buildings 40 feet tall and higher. If passed, the law would require compliance by 2029.

Most Harlem 3-story rowhouses with a half basement are higher than 40 feet. No word on how homeowners, especially those on fixed incomes, are expected to shoulder the cost of this installation. Estimates on sprinkler installation vary widely but easily can cost upwards of $60,000 or more.

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/bill-sponsor-barry-s-grodenchik-do-you-own-a-3-story-building-in-nyc-if-so-intro-1146b-will-affect-you

Text for the bill and information about the hearing can be found here: https://on.nyc.gov/2VqHiEJ

It may be of interest to know that this bill is an attempt to fix the loophole that allowed Trump Tower to avoid installing fire suppression equipment. If you recall a fire in Trump Tower caused the death of a man – Trump Tower has no sprinklers.