25th Precinct Commanding Officer Henning Is Leaving

Yesterday it was announced that the commanding officer of the 25th Precinct (northern East Harlem) is leaving:

Hello all,

It looks like the winds of change have blown through the 25 Precinct. I found out last night I will be transferred as of tomorrow. I will be moving on, and you’ll have a new commanding officer shortly. It will be physically impossible to personally thank each and every one of you.  For those I have not talked with, I would just like to say thank you for your hard work, commitment, and passion in helping us serve the upper east harlem community.

In my tenure here, we certainly have had to deal with quite tumultuous times. From the protests and demonstrations, right into an unprecedented global wide epidemic that our society has never seen before that had an untold amount of stress on both our professional and personal lives. We had the first patrol related covid fatality in the passing of PO Eric Murray. Then we had to experience one of our own getting shot by a stray bullet on new year’s day of 2022.  While these times certainly were not easy, through it all, with your help in bridging the gap between police and community, we have persevered.

It has been an honor and pleasure being the commanding officer of the 25 pct. What made it an honor and pleasure wasn’t the position, rank, or title.  It was the privilege of working with you, and for you. There were some good times and certainly some tough times, but through it all, we prevailed.  I am confident the individual stepping in my shoes will do an outstanding job and I will do everything possible to ease the transition.

Thank you for all you do for upper east harlem, and thank you for forging and strengthening our relationships.

I recently saw this quote somewhere, and it resonated with me profoundly.

“There are four things in life you can never get back…a word after it is said…trust after it is lost…time after it’s gone…and an opportunity after it’s missed”

There is nothing more valuable in life than relationships and experiences, and you have all been a fundamental part of mine for the past three years.

Thank you for everything

-Chris

Deputy Inspector Christopher Henning

Commanding Officer, 25th Precinct

120 East 119th street, NY NY 10035

(O) 212-860-6549

(M) 917-846-7194

Burglary On West 126th Street

An HNBA member sent this:

This is a video of my friend’s home being broken into today in broad daylight She lives on West 126th across the street from the women’s shelter.  Please pass this info to members of our neighborhood association.  
Thanks and be careful!

https://my.arlo.com/#/viewShared/5B003BA7FEA47CFF_202301

NYC is Greener Than Its Suburbs

(but you knew that)

Borough President Mark Levine highlighted an article in the NY Times that mapped energy usage (carbon footprint) on a district-by-district basis and showed the stark contrast between dense urban areas with many public transit options and car-centric suburbs:

East Harlem Featured in War Era Propaganda Film

An amazing film from 1945 promoting the democratic nature of mid-century public education. Students are seen addressing their ‘comrades’, and protest and activism is promoted. The result of the students’ work is shown to be the gleaming new projects in East Harlem.

The film is short, but you can jump to 18:26 to begin to see East Harlem students and street scenes. There are views of East Harlem from the FDR Drive, from above the Park Avenue MTA viaduct, and much more. Note the virtual absence of women, and the focus on the Italian East Harlem community.

The film was produced by the U.S. Office of War information, overseas branch. It is no. 8 in the American scene series. An Italian-language version accompanies the English.

https://digitallibrary.hsp.org/index.php/Detail/objects/13235

DSNY Says No

At our January HNBA meeting, the issue of increased street trash on our streets was raised. That week, we reached out to DSNY’s Community Affairs Liason, and asked if a DSNY representative could attend our March HNBA meeting. No answer came.

Today we sent a 2nd email, and received this message back:

Good afternoon,

I apologize for the delay.

Unfortunately, DSNY will be unable to attend your meeting.

Please send me the businesses and locations to flag for enforcement and I will do so.

Thank you

Marissa Yanni 

Community Affairs Liaison

Bureau of Community Affairs

NYC Department of Sanitation

Office: 646-885-4575

Mobile: 646-841-4250
[email protected]

Supportive Housing Coming

A new 99-person supportive housing building is slated to be built on the parking lot next to the 25th Precinct. Workers were seen cleaning the asphalt and cars were banned from the parking lot:

Jacques d’Amboise

On Frederick Douglass Blvd. near West 138th Street is a historical marker for Jacques d’Amboise.

Jacques d’Amboise was a ballet dancer, choreographer, actor, and educator. He joined the New York City Ballet in 1949 and was named principal dancer in 1953, and later choreographed over 15 ballets for them over his career. He most famously appeared in the films Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Carousel.

As an educator, D’Amboise founded the National Dance Institute in 1976 and in 1990 received the MacArthur Fellowship. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 1995, and the National Medal of Arts in 1998.

(Harlem) Artists Wanted

As part of the Park Avenue Viaduct project, the MTA will be incorporating a commissioned permanent site-specific piece of artwork at East 116th Street. MTA Arts & Design has put out an open call for artist submissions, open through the end of January.

You can learn more about this opportunity, including selection criteria, funding available, and how to submit, on the MTA website here.

Below is the artwork at 125th and Park Avenue:

Storefronts

Harlem, 1930’s. Storefronts that may be on a street (not an avenue), given the strong noontime shadows.

Note the postman with cap, in short sleeves:

Resolve to Start 2023 By Joining Your Community

The Office of Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine has announced the opening of the 2023 Manhattan Community Board application period. Applications are now open through 5 pm on March 17, 2023. Current members who wish to serve another term must reapply.

Eligibility: Community Board members must live, work, or have an otherwise significant interest in the neighborhoods served by the community district, and be a New York City resident. In addition, we look for applicants with histories of community involvement, expertise, skill sets, and attendance at Board meetings and who can commit to a two-year term.

To learn more about community board membership and how to apply CLICK HERE.

Holidays and The Flu

As many of us gather with family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, it’s important to be aware of how much flu is currently circulating and to remain vigilant for ourselves and others.

This flu season’s ferocious start has given way to record-shattering levels of transmission — and massive strains on the American health system.

In the week ending November 26, more than 34,000 positive flu tests were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from labs around the US, as shown in the orange line on the chart below. That’s more positive flu tests than have been reported in any single week during any flu season on record, going back as far as 1997.

https://www.vox.com/2022/12/6/23494948/flu-influenza-rsv-covid-vaccine-chart-tripledemic-tridemic
To get a better picture on what the flu trend is right now, go to this CDC dashboard:

https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/fluportaldashboard.html

You can fine tune it by state or even census district.

A Holiday in Harlem

Hallmark’s A Holiday in Harlem is on the screen. Filmed in Hartford, Connecticut, the holiday special is guaranteed to end happily ever after and features plenty of ugly holiday sweaters.

See this link, below, for more:

https://www.hallmarkchannel.com/a-holiday-in-harlem

1975 Madison For Sale

The site of the former church at Madison/126th Street is being promoted as an investment opportunity. No word on the price.

                                   
Prime 80,000+ ZFA Multifamily Development Opportunity
Vested in 421-a
Corner of Madison Avenue and East 126th Street


Newmark is pleased to present the opportunity to acquire a prime development site located at 1975 Madison Avenue (“1975 Madison”, the “Site”, “Project”, or “Development”), a proposed eight-story, 93-unit luxury multi-family rental or residential condominium complex with approximately 35 underground parking spaces and approximately 3,500 square feet of premier community facility commercial space, in a rapidly improving, transit-oriented location. The Site offers potential investors a compelling opportunity to develop a boutique, luxury residential property in a prime location with high demand and the potential for significant capital appreciation.

Vested in Affordable New York /  “421-a” Providing a 35-Year Property Tax Abatement•The Project satisfied all requirements for the Affordable New York / “421-a” tax abatement program in May 2022•Extensive evidence of satisfying these conditions is available•The Project is thus eligible for the program that expired in June 2022 and will enjoy a 100% property tax abatement for the first 25 years of occupancy and a partial abatement for the subsequent 10 years•As one of the city’s last projects eligible under the expired program, 1975 Madison Avenue will enjoy a significant financial advantage to long term holders of the asset•As of today, no replacement program exists replacing 421-a, further constraining the supply of multifamily housing
Shovel Ready
1975 Madison is ready to commence construction with:•Approved plans•Advanced entitlements•Required access
Multi-Family Development Site in Manhattan, Facing Critical Housing Shortage•Demand to live in Manhattan remains robust with rents achieving new high prices, including in Harlem•The Project provides an opportunity to access one of the world’s most desirable investment markets that faces continued housing supply constraints•The tax advantages secured by the Project offer significant financial advantages, particularly to long-term holders of the asset
If you are interested in acquiring this prime development opportunity, please sign and return the attached Confidentiality Agreement and the full offering memorandum will be forwarded to you.    Ronald A. Solarz Executive Managing Director
O (212) 372-2306 | [email protected] 
M (917) 545-8862

Issa Abbassi  Director
O (212) 372-2221 | [email protected] 
M (917) 455-7373

See the full sales brochure, here:

https://f.tlcollect.com/fr2/722/54368/1975_Madison_OM-2_v4.pdf

Metropolitan Hospital and Nursing Burnout and Shortages

Our district leader William Smith also serves as the chair of the Metropolitan Hospital’s Community Advisory Board. In that capacity, William writes of the dire need for adequate compensation for Metropolitan’s hard-working nursing staff so Metropolitan can deliver world-class care.

Please read William Smith’s letter, below:

COVID/Flu/RSV Testing and Treatment

If you’re experiencing symptoms and don’t know what you have, now you can go to any of dozens of mobile “Test to Treat” sites around NYC and get tested for covid, flu & rsv AND if you need it get an Rx for paxlovid or tamflu *on the spot*.

Spatial Equality NYC – The Wild News

The truly off the charts…

Spacial Equality NYC provides an easy-to-use online tool to explore how our community compares to the rest of NYC in a wide range of environmental, health, and infrastructure concerns. Here are the areas in which Harlem is doing better than the city’s average(s):

Our bus speeds are horrible. The MTA and the city really need to look at this. Busses should not be this slow:

On the flip side, Harlem residents’ access to parks is well, well above the city average. Most of us can reasonably walk to a park:

Noise pollution? Wow, Harlem is a quiet community – much, much quieter than other NYC neighborhoods:

Traffic fatalities? Wow, Harlem is really doing well here (not, of course, that any fatality is acceptable) in comparison with many other (clearly) more dangerous neighborhoods:

Last Day for East Harlem Toy Drive

Spatial Equality NYC – The Bad News

Unfortunately…

Spacial Equality NYC provides an easy-to-use online tool to explore how our community compares to the rest of NYC in a wide range of environmental, health, and infrastructure concerns. Here are the areas in which Harlem is doing better than the city’s average(s)

Harlem has a lot of traffic, and it’s worse than the traffic in most other communities in NYC:

Coupled with Harlem’s bad traffic is the linked high level of air pollution:

Permeable surface coverage (how much of our community is NOT paved over) is sadly lacking. Essentially, we have too much concrete and asphalt covering the ground:

In terms of bicycle lanes, Harlem is far behind the majority of NYC neighborhoods, forcing cyclists onto busy streets and discouraging seniors, children, and others from taking up a bike and going places with it:

Tree Selling Never Ends – Sleep Comes In Harlem

Christmas tree sellers work day in day out in 13-hour shifts to get New England trees into Manhattan homes. Working near Columbus Circle, but sleeping in Harlem.