Stormwater

With Ida in many residents’ minds, it’s useful to look at the latest maps of predicted flooding if another hurricane hits NYC.

New York City is facing multiple climate hazards that will impact daily life in the City in the future. Coastal storms, heat waves, sea level rise impacts, and extreme rain will strain our infrastructure and put New York City’s homes and businesses at risk. As climate change continues, these impacts are predicted to worsen in the coming decades.

The Stormwater Resiliency Plan and associated rainfall maps (beta) are the first City-wide analysis of how extreme rainfall will impact New Yorkers now and into the coming decades. The Plan also establishes key goals and initiatives for the next 10 years to ensure future investments made by City agencies consider and address impacts on rain-driven flooding vulnerability. The Plan and maps will be updated at minimum every four years. Read the Stormwater Resiliency Plan here: nyc.gov/resiliency

The maps focus on rain because it is by far the most common cause of precipitation-based flooding in NYC (as compared to other forms of precipitation, such as snow or sleet). Flooding caused by rainfall is more difficult to map than flooding from coastal storms like Hurricane Sandy. Unlike coastal flooding caused by hurricanes and Nor’easters, rainfall-based flooding can be caused by isolated storms in both waterfront and inland areas. Some may remember the heavy rains that fell in July of 2019. At the peak of the storm, the City’s weather stations recorded rates of almost five inches of rain per hour in central and northern Brooklyn. This resulted in flooding deeper than one foot in several locations across the City. By the 2080s, we know that extreme rain events are predicted to become 1.5 times more likely than today, and sea level will continue to rise by as much as 6 feet. Many of our sewers end up draining at or near coastal waters. As sea level rises, our sewer system cannot drain properly. On top of these stressors, NYC is similar to other cities in the US in that it is working with a sewer network first constructed decades ago, when we did not expect this amount and intensity of rainfall. By publishing this Plan and maps, the City is working to prepare for a future where extreme storms are more common.

The first map (below) shows what a moderate rainfall’s impact is predicted to be (darker blue meaning flooding more than 1 foot in the neighborhood:

The second map (below) shows what an intense rainfall event is likely to cause.

Again, dark blue indicates you can expect 1 foot or more of water on the street, and in houses and businesses:

You can read NYC’s full report on Floodwater here:

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/orr/pdf/publications/stormwater-resiliency-plan.pdf

The full, interactive map, is here:

https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/4b290961cac34643a49b9002f165fad8/

Stellar Harlem Restaurants

Eater has a map and listing of a number of stellar restaurants in Harlem and East Harlem:

https://ny.eater.com/maps/best-restaurants-harlem

Code Yellow

Protecting Yourself
One of the most important things you can do right now is getting your vaccine or booster. People who are unvaccinated are 38-times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid. But only 87% of New Yorkers are vaccinated, and a frighteningly low 38% are boosted. Don’t delay any longer – get vaxed/boosted NOW. People who are 50 or older are eligible for a second booster at least four months after their first, and the second booster is highly recommended for people who are 65+. Schedule your initial vaccine series or booster here. At the yellow level, it’s also recommended to wear high-quality masks when indoors. Masks are still required on subways and buses; on MetroNorth, LIRR, and PATH trains; in Ubers, Lyfts and yellow taxis; and at JFK and LaGuardia airports.
Where To Get TestedTesting is much easier now than it was during December’s omicron wave. The City continues to provide free testing sites across every borough, and free home tests are easy to come by. Get tested before and after gatherings, if you were exposed, or if you begin to feel sick.Free City-run testing sites
Pick up free at-home test kits at these libraries and cultural institutions (scroll to the bottom of the page)If you haven’t ordered your household’s eight free test kits from the federal government yet (mailed directly to you!), order them here.
Your health insurance provides eight home test kits each month. Every person covered by your plan gets eight monthly tests each. (Note that a two-pack, like the popular BinaxNow tests, counts as two tests, so you could get four two-packs per month.)
You can contact your insurance company to find out if they have an agreement with certain pharmacies to pay for the tests directly; if not, save your receipts to submit to your health insurer for reimbursement.
If you have Medicare Part B, including Medicare Advantage, you can pick up your tests for free when you show your Medicare card – no receipt-submitting necessary. Participating pharmacies include CVS, RiteAid, Walgreens, and Costco; see more here.
Medicaid and CHIP also cover the eight monthly tests with no out-of-pocket costs to patients at in-network pharmacies. Contact your plan to find out which pharmacies can provide your tests.
What to Do if You Test PositiveIf you have a severe case of Covid or are high risk, you can now take a free oral antiviral medication called Paxlovid. It’s important that you act fast – if started within five days of symptom onset, Paxlovid reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by 88%. Call your doctor or the City’s Covid hotline at 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to have the medication prescribed and delivered to you.
You can also contact the NYC Covid hotline to get a free “Take Care” package with high-quality masks, sanitizer, a thermometer, and two at-home tests for household members. Call 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).The flyer below answers FAQs about testing positive.

Stay Up to DateNYC has a robust Covid data-tracking system. You can see if we upgrade to an orange alert level or (hopefully!) downgrade to green here. NYC’s Covid data portal shows vaccine, case, hospitalization, and death rates, including by ZIP code. Explore it here.

East Harlem Little League

The East Harlem Little League is still registering young people for the 2022 season.  Our season is starting a bit late but we are still guaranteeing a great experience.  The Little Leaguers will only play on Saturdays and Sundays so it will not interfere with any summer programs that they are enrolled in.

Our league is sponsored by The Boys’ Club and run by First Responders (NYPD and FDNY) in our community. With the help of our City Council Member, Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala, we are able to hire teenagers to be a part of the team allowing them to make some extra money for the summer while we mentor them and give them work-ready skills for the future. This will not affect their summer youth employment.  Some teens do both. We also guarantee a fun-filled Opening Day that the entire community is welcome to come and enjoy.  Information, dates, location, etc… will all be available next week.

We are also looking for volunteers.  If anyone has coaching experience, wants to engage younger kids doing activities like Read Alouds, arts & crafts, or some other fun activity- while their older siblings are playing, want to help us sell t-shirts and snacks on a weekend or two, help give out water to our players and coaches, etc… We have a flyer for that too.  

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute is Expanding

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) has a new lease for new cultural space across the street and a bit more east from their current East Harlem location.

The new addition – 201 East 125th Street – is in the lower, commercial space of a large new residential/commercial building. CCCADI will now have an additional 5,000 square feet to further its mission of exploring the African diaspora through art, music, and community.

“Expanding CCCADI’s presence in an ever-changing Harlem furthers our commitment to serving as an anchor for, and reflection of, the people of Harlem, particularly African descendants, and the promise that states that we are here and here to stay,” Melody Capote, executive director of CCADI, said in a statement.

The new location will house the Institute for Racial and Social Justice in Arts and Culture, providing artists a hub to collaborate, create, perform, and “affirm their roots and diverse cultural expressions.” It will also include a larger presentation space for the local community.

The CCCADI’s new location is within One East Harlem, a mixed-use, 19-story development that includes 300 affordable apartments and 100 market-rate units, in addition to 65,000 square feet of commercial space. CCCADI will share the building with other cultural organizations, including Groove With Me, a youth development dance center. Its developers and landlords include the Richman Group, Bridges Development, Monadnock Development, Hope Community, and El Barrio Operation Fightback.

Kristin Jordan Doubles Down In Her Support For Putin’s View on Ukraine

Kristin Richardson Jordan, central Harlem’s city council member, has doubled down on tweets she’s made that present Vladimir Putin’s view on the invasion of Ukraine – that Russia’s invasion occurred because of the US and European policy:

It is shocking to see our council member empathizing with an authoritarian regime and presenting Putin’s Russia as beleaguered, threatened, and encircled by… democratic countries?

Kristin Richardson Jordan also expressed support for Serbia during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, thereby aligning herself with the perpetrators of the armed conflict, convicted war criminals, and the genocidal The Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys in and around the town of Srebrenica, over NATO?

Perhaps most fascinatingly, Kristin seems to align herself with the “Russia as victim” propaganda that Russian media has been focused on during Putin’s decades in power:

It’s unclear why Kristin has chosen to support an authoritarian leader (also a known misogynist and homophobe) who is currently invading another country. It strangely aligns her with ultra-right-wing Fox News commentators like Tucker Carlson as they both have used Twitter to encourage empathy for Putin and Russia:

Perhaps Kristin can explain how the invasion of another country is an example of Radical Love:

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/russia-ukraine-invasion-war-donbas-kyiv-troops-today/

Gopher Broke Farm

You know that moment when Thanksgiving passes into Christmas when Gopher Broke sets up at Marcus Garvey Park. This tree purveyor has been selling here for decades and most residents know they always setup at Madison/124 on the southwest corner.

The trees come in daily, so freshness isn’t an issue.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

The witty socialist realist sculpture of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. strides ever forward at 125th Street and his eponymous avenue.

Written on the official stationary of the Harlem Messiah

It’s not often you come across an item like this in Ebay which purports to be “Written on the official stationary of the Harlem Messiah.”

The item is ephemeral from the 1930’s Depression-era faith community of Father Devine, who led many Harlemites into hope when so many faced an unprecedented wall of economic and racial dispair.

Father Devine’s popularity allowed his organization to purchase this building on West 128th Street, just west of 5th Avenue which had been a Catholic home for nuns – and founded in more prosperous 1921.

The building has changed hands, and is now the Christ Temple of the Apostolic Faith.

For the full Ebay details, see this listing.

Election Day!

Cordell Cleare Nominated


Results of the 30th Senate District Committee Meeting

In order to select a Democratic Nominee for the Special Election to be held on November 2, 2021, the 30th Senate District Committee held a meeting on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Robert F. Smith Theater in Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park.

The 30th Senate District Committee nominated Cordell Cleare as their Democratic Nominee for the New York State Senate. After three rounds of voting by the hundreds of County Committee Members who attended the meeting, Cordell Cleare achieved 57.4% of the vote to Athena Moore’s 42.6%.

Ecclesiastical Metalwork on West 129th Street

Restaurant Week in Harlem

Uptown Grand Central has a fantastic list of local restaurants to check out during Restaurant Week.

This summer’s NYC Restaurant Week marks its longest run ever (five weeks!), with more than 500 restaurants in 75 neighborhoods to choose from. For the second time ever, a significant number of Harlem restaurants are participating.

Check out Uptown Grand Central’s amazing businesses and the work they do here: https://uptowngrandcentral.org/ and then check out these 30+ eateries to explore:

EAST HARLEM

  1. Amuse Bouche Bistro
  2. Au Jus Oklahoma BBQ
  3. La Avenida
  4. Dear Mama (East Harlem)
  5. East Harlem Bottling Co.
  6. El Paso Restaurante
  7. Jaguar
  8. Malii Thai Kitchen
  9. Nocciola
  10. Pro Thai
  11. Sisters Caribbean Cuisine

CENTRAL HARLEM

  1. 67 Orange Street
  2. Angel of Harlem
  3. Archer & Goat
  4. Bixi
  5. Chocolat
  6. Fieldtrip
  7. Harlem Shake
  8. Lido
  9. LoLo’s Seafood Shack
  10. Red Rooster
  11. Safari
  12. Settepani
  13. Silvana
  14. Sylvia’s Restaurant
  15. Vinateria
  16. Yatenga French Bistro

WEST HARLEM

  1. Bono Trattoria
  2. Dear Mama (Manhattanville)
  3. Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen
  4. Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too
  5. Rai Rai Ken
  6. Tsion Cafe

SOUTH BRONX

  1. Boogie Down Grind
  2. Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen

The specials run from Monday, July 19, to Sunday, August 22. Lunch and dinner options (entrée + one side) are priced at $21 or $39, with options ranging from indoor and outdoor dining, to takeout and delivery.

At restaurants that accept Mastercard, you can also get $10 back (up to $50 total) on each single transaction of $39 or more, when dining on-site and paying with a registered Mastercard. Cardholders can register here.

Sunflowers in East Harlem

Checkout Lydia’s Magic Garden on Park Ave., between 117/118 (east side) where amazing sunflowers are brightening East Harlem.

To learn more about the garden, see:

https://www.facebook.com/lydiasmagicgarden/

Dorrance Brooks

Private First Class Dorrance Brooks – World War I Hero & Beloved Son of Harlem

As president of the Dorrance Brooks Square Property Owners and Residents Association, I am proud to announce that our application submitted in December 2019 to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission has been calendared for consideration by LPC on February 1st, 2021. Private First Class Dorrance Brooks (d. 1918), was an African American soldier who died in France shortly before the end of World War I. A native of Harlem and the son of a Civil War veteran, Brooks was a Private First Class in the 15th Infantry/369th Infantry Regiment. 

In World War I, African-American soldiers served in segregated regiments and were not eligible for aid from the Army Nurse Corps or the American Red Cross. In spite of these discouragements, Brooks distinguished himself as a faithful and patriotic soldier. Brooks was praised for his “signal bravery” in leading the remnants of his company after his superior officers were killed.

Dorrance Brooks Square was dedicated on June 14, 1925 and was the first park in New York City to be named after an African-American. If approved by the NYC LPC, this will be the first historic district in New York City to be named after an African-American.

Dr. Keith Taylor

President, DBPORA 

www.dorrancebrookspora.org