Welcome to Harlem’s Newsletter

  • LAST CHANCE! To Catch the Holiday Market at Urban Garden Center

    Dear neighbors: It’s pretty much too late to buy anything online and have it get here on time. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered: Join us for some local gift-shopping today, Saturday, December 19, from 3-6 p.m. under the tracks at Urban Garden Center. We’ll have a curated selection of arts, crafts and treats, all made by local business owners.…

  • Harlem Housing Lottery

    A new affordable housing lottery is now open for a collection of 32 renovated rental units across several buildings including 118 West 139th Street, 123 West 112th Street, 30 West 132nd Street, 281 West 118th Street, 120 West 139th Street, and 122 West 139th Street in West Harlem. You can apply for a mix of…

  • Jordan Casteel

    Run, don’t walk, to see Jordan Casteel at The New Museum before the show closes on January 3rd. https://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/jordan-casteel-within-reach You’ll see familiar, Harlem faces, and locations on large canvases that take up an entire floor.

  • Update on Mayor Visit of 125 Street
    Update on Mayor Visit of 125 Street

    Read the updates from elected officials regarding actions taken to address quality of life and safety issues on 125th Street.

  • Harlem Jazz Clubs: 1920-40

    If you’ve ever wondered where the scores of jazz clubs were during the Harlem Renaissance, this map is the best I’ve seen: Here is the list with more details: HARLEM JAZZ CLUBS, RESTAURANTS, and BALLROOMS from the 20’s-40’s: • Alamo Club (1915-1925) 253 West 125th St (basement) b/t 7th and 8th (aka Alamo Cafe; Jimy Durante)• Alhambra Ballroom (1929-1945)…

  • Graduation Rates

    As we approach December and a mid year reflection on how COVID has impacted children and their education, I wanted to present the pre-COVID data on graduation rates, broken down by ethnicity and race in 2018: To see how our community compares to other NYC neighborhoods: From: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/wwl-plan.pdf

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

  • National Black Theater Confirms Demolition and Redevelopment

    As we say farewell to 2020, we want to update you on the seeds we have planted during a year that has been marked with tremendous transition and proactive fortification of NBT’s future. NBT has recently formulated a plan to ensure our facility is positioned for Harlem’s future, one that will anchor and recapitalize the…

  • 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. https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/wwl-plan.pdf Shop BLK http://uptowngrandcentral.org/guide

  • COME HUNGRY! Today’s Line-Up for Holidays To Go 🎁

    COME HUNGRY & READY TO SHOP!  We’ve got your tree, treats and more today, Saturday, December 12, from 3-6 p.m. under the tracks at Urban Garden Center. There’ll be flautas and flan, cake and coquito, plus great gifts for friends — with vendors to get us in the holiday spirit, while keeping us safe and socially distanced in the open air. TODAY’S LINE-UP:…

  • National Black Theater To Be Demolished

    Nick Garber at Patch.com reports that The National Black Theater building will be demolished. If you recall, the NBT had drilling crews out testing the subsoil a month or two ago – a necessary first step before demolition/construction. The finances of the NBT have been shaky for the last decade or two and this is…

  • Cowperthwait & Sons Building To Be Demolished

    The last remnants of a formerly magnificent Cowperthwait & Sons building will finally be torn down according to Patch: https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/permits-filed-demolish-east-harlem-commercial-building Looking at the last two remaining floors of this flagship building, it’s hard to imagine that one of East Harlem’s architectural jewels stood (or is standing?) here. Cowperthwait & Sons opened for business on February…