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Free Concerts in Marcus Garvey Park this Weekend
National Black Theatre is partnering with the New York Philharmonic to bring NY Phil Bandwagon 2 to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem!
NY Phil Bandwagon 2 is a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City, May 7–30, 2021. Performances will feature Philharmonic musicians and more than 100 New York artists, which span artistic disciplines from reggae, jazz, and opera, to dance, poetry, theatre, film, and visual art. All performances will take place on a customized, mobile, 20-foot shipping container featuring a foldout stage and LED video wall.
The final list of NYC Comptroller Candidates is in:
These NYC Parks job opportunities (below) made possible by the recent federal reinvestment bill are open to people of all ages and require no experience.
CAN YOU & YOUR ____BE LITTER AMBASSADORS FOR OUR HISTORIC HARLEM PARKS? (Jackie Robinson/Marcus Garvey/Morningside/St Nicholas) NYC Parks is looking for weekend volunteers we call * Litter Ambassadors * who can greet park visitors having special events & BBQs and offer them orange (!) garbage bags to “love your park!”. Litter ambassadors will share where park visitors can drop their full orange trash bag after their event in a “Love Your Park” trash corral nearby. A NYC Parks staffer will provide you with bags and answer any questions. Ambassadors can volunteer as often as you want through Labor Day (and beyond)! Parents with children / friends / couples / co-workers / group members are all welcome to volunteer (dogs welcome too)! Just a couple of hours this summer give invaluable help to our parks to help us ensure our parks are clean, safe and green for our visitors, children, families, friends & neighbors. To learn more & volunteer – contact Historic Harlem Parks Administrator Jana La Sorte at [email protected]
NYC PARKS JOB OPENINGS FOR 18-80+ Mayor De Blasio has announced the creation of the City Cleanup Corps, an economic recovery program modeled on The New Deal that will generate 10,00 jobs in NYC and focus on cleaning our public spaces. Initial hiring began this month and more positions will be added through July. Details include: – Up to 8 months long with potential for full-time placement – no experience or drivers license required for the “seasonal” job
Check link below for information on how to apply for “City Park Worker Clean Up Corp – Manhattan” and/or “City Seasonal Aide Cleanup Corp – Manhattan” & note other job listings for all boroughs too. Please forward this far & wide to young & old alike who may be looking for good work!
ITS MY PARK DAY IS MAY 22 — A DAY OF FUN VOLUNTEERING TO LOVE YOUR PARK ! Join thousands of New Yorkers who come together each year to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces through It’s My Park Day. What might your group – neighborhood association / sorority / fraternity / school / arts group / temple / mosque / church / family / friends, etc! – want to do to help love our parks? Cleanups / painting / weeding & more pitch in help is welcome at ANY time of the year but May 22 has been set as the spring It’s My Park Day for our historic Harlem parks. Contact[email protected] at Partnership for Parks to arrange for your special volunteer day and ask questions, particularly for groups of 10+. NYC PARKS www.nyc.gov/parks
Do We Live in a Democratic Bubble?
Apparently, yes, we do…
You can see the blueness of upper Manhattan, below, and note the outcrops of red republican voters across the Hudson, and a few in the UES/Midtown as well as Queens:
The bubble visualization (below) shows how our neighborhood looks if you group all the Democrats and Republicans together:
This is in contrast with Fort Lee, across the Hudson, which is almost 50/50 split.
What researchers in the NYT article propose is that lifestyle choices drive many location decisions, and thus segregate us into political clusters, even if this clustering is driven by individual decision making:
To test this out yourself, enter some Zip Codes here:
HNBA was invited to a meeting earlier this week regarding updates for Marcus Garvey Park.
The meeting was chaired by Commissioner Castro. He welcomed everyone and stated that the federal package relief will ensure that the budget is fully funded for staffing, maintenance and pool program. He is working with the Assistant Commissioner and his staff to start a new initiative: a Park Enforcement Station (PEP) which exists already in other parks.
Administrator Jana La Sorte reported on that initiative with Calderon:
She is excited to work with Captain Calderon. They are meeting on March 17 in AM to review the facility where the PEP will be located,close to the pool.
The PEP will have a staff of 5 plus one Sargeant. The hours of patrol will be 8 am to 6:30 pm, 7 days a week.
The PEP will address mostly quality of life issues in the park, can issue summonses and make arrests. Will be equipped with walkie-talkies.
The PEP will also work on specific projects in the evening or night, and hours of patrol can be flexible according to seasons or needs.
Jana is working with the Central Park conservation team to address the issue of erosion on the west side of the Acropolis.
She is providing support to the group led by Melanie responsible for the dog run: they want to add an area with gravel, improve drainage and Melanie suggested a water fountain for the dogs.
The Litter Ambassadors program starts next month and Jana is recruiting volunteers. They will be paired to go around the park and offer orange garbage bags to visitors and ask them to dispose of their trash.
Jana encourages everyone to visit the park’s website for additional information about these initiatives.
The Harlem Youth Gardeners program is being launched now and offer decent pay for the jobs.
There are requests for programming in the amphitheater and schools graduations as well.
She is looking to increase volunteering in the park and will send flyers out to promote initiatives such as: Adopt a Tree, Adopt a Bench.
Robert Mc Lean, Regional Park Manager, reported working for two months with some corporate groups.
So far 29 hardwood trees have been planted, mainly oak.
There are two gardeners on staff and he is looking to have volunteers sign up.
A new garden of about 650 square feet was planted at the Drummers’ Circle.
Officers Brigante and Lau gave the 25th Precinct report
The 25th Precinct is working with the department of Homeless Services and Social Services.
There is a marked decrease of homeless people in the park.
The crime level has been related to the encampment on the stage.
A request was made to install cameras by the playgrounds and basketball court.The commissioner stated that at this time there is no funding for cameras. The budget needed is for the maintenance of the cameras.Cameras were also requested previously for the Acropolis but could not be installed because there is no access to electricity at that site.The Commissioner will follow up and report back on the cost for cameras.
Alexandra Long reported that less activity of homeless was noted in the park also.
Connie Lee also commented on the decrease of homelessness in the park
The Homeless Outreach program will continue to distribute masks and increase the number distributed from 250 to 500 week, thanks to a new sponsor for masks.
New York Company foundation has provided funding for Arts in the park.
Art installations will go up in Morningside park and murals in Marcus Garvey park, mostly semi-permanent or permanent.
the MG Park Alliance is working with multiple community groups on community engagement initiatives.
Small groups of people will be on the grounds to talk to park goers and collect information. The results will be compiled into a report and presented to sponsors as a multigroup effort for fundraising.
the Harlem Youth Gardeners program starting this spring will hire youth at $18 per hour. Madlyn Stokely reported looking forward to developing a relationship and working with Park Alliance. She voiced concerns over the number of cars parked at the entrance of the pool area. The Commissioner will look into this issue.
Rene Cuenca: The Partnership for Parks is getting ready for the summer season
It will launch at the end of March the “It’s my Park” event. Will send out information when the plans solidify,
Working with Harlem Wellness Center on Project Healing. (to address racial issues?). Steve Simon reported working on two capital projects, one is to rehabilitate the recreation center
The New York Times has a wonderful (virtual) walking and talking chat with the architect David Adjaye about Hotel Theresa, Marcus Garvey Park, the home of Langston Hughes, the Y.M.C.A. and other landmarks.
A highly recommended, architectural focused stroll:
The NYPD Wants Your Opinions
The NYPD has come up with a detailed 18 question survey for you to voice your thoughts about the police and how they are doing in our community.
As we always say, the city can’t read your mind. We need to tell them what we want, what we expect, and what is unacceptable to our community:
A Feminist Walk Through Harlem: Celebrating Remarkable Women
How do we honor Black and Latina women? How do we preserve their legacy? 2020 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, but Black women’s contributions to the movement largely go uncelebrated, and most Black women in America could not vote until 1965. As the city and the nation confront issues of representation and equity in public commemoration, and to build on FRIENDS’ discussion of the Women’s Right Pioneers Monument in Central Park, please join FRIENDS of the Upper East Side and Save Harlem Now! for a virtual walk through Harlem. The tour will focus on sites publicly celebrating pioneering Black and Latina women, and issues surrounding the preservation of such sites. Tour guide Leigh Hallingby, of Harlem Walks, will explore the neighborhood murals, mosaics, plaques, and other forms of public commemoration honoring such pioneers as Vivian Robinson, Ella Fitzgerald, Madam C.J. Walker, Billie Holiday, Mother Clara Hale, Ruby Dee, Lois Alexander, Mary McLeod Bethune, Julia de Burgos, A’Lelia Walker, Nicholasa Mohr, and Zora Neale Hurston.
GUN BUY BACK will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2020.
Receive a $200 Pre-paid Card for Handguns and Assault Rifles Receive a $25 Pre-paid Card for Rifles, Shotguns, and Airguns Drop-Off Site:
Bethel Gospel Assembly 1832 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10035
Hours Open: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M
MEETING SCHEDULE • WEEK OF OCTOBER 19 Public Safety & Transportation Committee Monday • October 19th • 6:30pm In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Informational Updates with NYPD, DOT, & DANYCommittee Discussion FY 2022 Statement of District Needs & Budget RequestsStreet Co-naming Request in honor of Terence Cardinal Cooke at the Southeast Corner of Fifth Avenue and East 106th StreetCommittee discussion re: policy intervention to promote motor vehicular (e-bike, scooters, etc.) safety
District Needs & Budget Committee Tuesday • October 20th • 6:30pm In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Introduction by MBPO Director of Budget and Capital ProjectsReview committee edits and finalize FY22 Statement of District Needs & Budget Request
COMMUNITY NEWS & UPDATES State enforcement of the ban on plastic bags begins October 19 Starting October 19, 2020 enforcement of the New York State Plastic Bag Ban and Paper Bag Fee will begin. Stores will be penalized for distributing single use plastic bags and must collect a 5-cent fee on paper bags. Learn more about the law here.
Apply to Become an Emergency Snow Laborer with DSNY The New York City Department of Sanitation has announced that registration is now open for those interested in working as Emergency Snow Laborers for the upcoming winter season. Emergency Snow Laborers are per-diem workers who shovel snow and clear ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets around the five boroughs after heavy snowfalls. Snow Laborers earn $15 per hour to start, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week. To better allow for social distancing and COVID-related protocols, those interested in becoming a Snow Laborer must register for a 15-minute application appointment at nyc.gov/snow. Registration appointments take place at the Department’s 59 garages. Snow laborers must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. All applicants must bring the following items at the time of registration:Two small photos (1 ½ square)Original and copy of two forms of identificationSocial Security card
New York City Releases Winter Outdoor Dining Guidance Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the Department of Buildings (DOB), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to release thorough guidance for city restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter. Participants in the Open Restaurants program interested in providing comfort heating for their customers in outdoor dining areas have three options: Electric radiant heaters will be allowed in sidewalk and roadway seating setups. For full guidance from the Department of Buildings, click here.Natural gas radiant heaters will be allowed on the sidewalk only. For full guidance from the Department of Buildings, click here. Natural gas radiant heaters must also comply with the Fire Code.Portable heaters fueled by propane will be allowed on the sidewalk only. Propane heating will be regulated by the Fire Department, with requirements for safe handling, use and storage. For full guidance from the Fire Department, click here.
Movie Night with the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival, with host/curator/CB11 Vice Chair Xavier Santiago City lights, movie night. Head to the Open Street at East 101st & Lexington each Saturday night at 7 p.m. in October for award-winning film shorts curated by the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. Films include: Boricua, Dak Toka Taino, El Caballero, Boriqueneers, Ubering, The Step, Pie, Coqui Serenade, and more.
NYCEM Community Preparedness announces Strengthening Communities Through Recovery RFP NYC Emergency Management released a new Strengthening Communities through Recovery COVID-19 grant opportunity. Any interested community leader or community emergency networks that serves one of the below communities should apply. A community emergency network is a group or coalition that consists of nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations that are organized around an issue important to their community such as climate change, gun violence, housing, disability rights, among others. Apply by 10/20/20 at 5PM. Access the application here. Proposals and questions about the RFP process should be emailed to Abdul Washington at [email protected].
East Harlem Walks 2.0 Returns! In collaboration with Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Harlem Run and with DOHMH East Harlem Neighborhood Health Center is hosting an array of walks and will have opportunities to earn entries to community races/fundraisers as well as gift cards. RSVP is required.
10/24/20 at 11am: Natural Areas Tour in Randall’s Island Randall’s Island Park is host to many acres of gorgeous wetland habitat, including our five-acre Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh and one of the city’s only freshwater wetlands. RIPA’s tours showcase these brilliant spaces and offer participants the opportunity to learn about how wetlands function and their ecological importance in an urban setting. Participants can enjoy viewing beautiful wildflowers, birds and other native wildlife while learning about some of the fascinating history that has shaped the natural areas on the Island. Meet snowy egrets, yellow crowned night herons, red-tailed hawks, and more! Please join us for a one-hour tour. Each person must register, including all children, so that we can be sure to stay within our meeting number guidelines. And everyone over the age of two must agree to wear a mask. RSVP here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Agdalisa Rivera via email at or via [email protected]text at (917) 653-1315. Have any updates to share? Email Carly Wine, our Assistant District Manager, at [email protected].
The Marcus Garvey Park Alliance does such a great job on so many different projects that it’s hard to highlight just one thing that stands out. Today, however, I had finished the book ‘The Wanderers’ by our neighbor Richard Price, and wanted to donate it.
I took it to one of two small lending library kiosks that the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance put up in the park.
The concept is brilliantly simple. Bring a book. Take a book. Return a book.
The artwork – paintings on one, mosaics on the other – celebrate the park and the community:
This last one might be my favorite. People sprawled out on blankets next to the Marcus Garvey Park’s public pool, while a summer sun shines reflective mosaic rays all around
The two kiosks could use some plexiglass to protect the books from the elements.
Brian Benjamin Runs for Comptroller
State Senator Brian Benjamin is running for NYC Comptroller. According to Patch, Senator Benjamin has:
raised the second-most money of anyone in the comptroller’s race: over $462,000, trailing Lander, who had raised more than $613,000 through July 11, the most recent public filing period.
He’s also received the support of a number of local Harlem politicians:
Also on Thursday, Benjamin was endorsed by a number of local officeholders, including councilmembers Diana Ayala and Bill Perkins, Assemblymembers Michael Blake and Al Taylor and State Senator Robert Jackson. Community leaders lining up behind Benjamin include Pastor Michael Waldrond of the First Corinthian Baptist Church and Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference.
Scott Stringer has been a strong supporter of Senator Benjamin and in kind, Senator Benjamin has been working to get the Harlem Machine behind Scott Stringer’s bid for NYC Mayor.
“The Harlem Quilts” series stems from the idea that quilts were displayed and used as code to mark the escape routes for the Underground Railroad.
Curated by Eileen Jeng-Lynch, Art Off-Screen is an international exhibition of artwork placed in outdoor locations so that the work can viewed by the community. Art off-screen provides access to art beyond a computer screen, inspiring creativity, amplifying voices, encouraging change, and sharing messages of hope and healing.
Artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier created “The Harlem Quilts” which are displayed in the neighborhood. They are inspired by the stories that quilts used codes to mark the escape routes for the Underground Railroad. The quilts display two images: The North Star which shines every night above Marcus Garvey Park and which symbolizes hope and the path to a better life and a portrait of a member of the household (pets included) where they will be displayed.
Locations of Art: (September 26th – October 10th, 2020) 1 & 2) 124th street between 5th and Madison (2 houses, window display) 3) 5th Avenue between 124th and 125th Street (East side of street, window display) 4) 123rd Street between Mount Morris Park West and Lenox Avenue (North side of Street, display under tree in front of Apt Building) 5) Williamson Community Garden, 128th and 129th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues 6) 135th Street between 5th and Lenox Avenues (private building community display) 7) 137th Street between Lenox Avenue and Lenox Terrace (Window showing/building) 8) 94th Street between Columbus and Central Park West (Lobby of building showing) 9) 3rd Avenue between 109th & 110th Street (Private showing) 10) 94th Street between Columbus and Central Park West (Lobby of building showing)