Health Department Will Spray Harlem and East Harlem for Mosquitoes Next Week

Mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus were found in Staten Island, according to the Department of Health.

Health Department trucks will spray pesticides in Harlem and East Harlem on Thursday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In the event of bad weather, spraying will take place on Sept. 19.

The Health Department will also spray the area:

  • Bordered by Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the North;
  • Harlem River, East 102 Street, Park Avenue to the East;
  • West and East 57 Streets to the South;
  • Hudson River to the West.

Throughout the duration of the spraying, the Health Department will use very low concentrations of Anvil® 10+10, Duet®. The risks of pesticides are low to people and pets, but some people who are sensitive to spray ingredients may experience short-term eye or throat irritation, or a rash. People with respiratory conditions may also be affected.

The Health Department encourages New York City residents to mosquito-proof their homes and take precautions when spending time outdoors, and reminds them that the best way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water. Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three), or products that contain the active ingredient IR3535.

New Yorkers are encouraged to eliminate any standing water from your home and make sure your gutters are clean and draining properly. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs and should be empty or covered if not in use, and drain water that collects in pool covers. Make sure windows in your home have screens, and replace any damaged or ripped screens.

For more information about West Nile virus, call 311 or visit nyc.gov.

New Food Baazar Has Opened

East Harlem’s Triangle now has a new supermarket. Food Bazaar has opened up at the corner of 3rd and 125th Street. Take the escalator up and check out the introductory deals.

Photoville on St. Nicholas Ave.

Photoville – the annual photography show in NYC – has photographic banners up in St. Nicholas Park, visible from St. Nicholas Avenue at 133rd Street. The show presents visiting cards – mass produced photographs of Black Americans in elegant clothing.

These 19th century photos show a Black middle-class that had fought to uplift themselves and their families in the aftermath of the collapse of Reconstruction and the surge in white terror that targeted any display of Black pride or success.

The exhibit is technically ‘over’, but likely to remain for a few days more. Make sure to walk by.

Free Films on Randall’s Island

Come early before the movie at 6 PM for Picnic & Play – we will have fun free activities including lawn games, crafts and more! Limited free snacks will be available.

Films will begin at sunset (8 PM)

Location: Fields 39 & 40, near the Randall’s Island Connector

Check out our exciting movie lineup below!

Children and Family-Focused Block Party Coming to East 126th Street

The 2041 5th Ave Co-Op on the corner of 126/5th will be hosting a children and family-focused block party on Saturday, July 23rd. The block party will be held on East 126th Street between Madison and 5th.

The event is being held to celebrate the children in the community and everyone who is young at heart.

By providing a safe space for our community’s young people and their elders, the hope is to build connections between everyone in the community.

Officer Powers – the community affairs officer from the 25th Precinct – and her colleagues will be monitoring and supporting the block party.

Take Care of Harlem

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!