The Triboro and Dapper Pedestrians

A lovely 1935-1940 postcard with dapper pedestrians and depression era cars taking in the Triborough bridge with Manhattan in the background.

This painting (then turned into a postcard) shows the fashion (and hats) of the day.

Note the hatless man on the right who appears to be the only one without a suit on a warm, sunny day. And while the Manhattan skyline appears to be generalized, Riverside Church stands out on the left-horizon.

The postcard is for sale on Ebay

Marcus Garvey Park’s Little Free Library Has Plexiglass

The doors on the 3 Little Free Library’s in Marcus Garvey Park now have plexiglass on them.

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Property Tax Reform Coming

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Dear New Yorker:
The NYC Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform recently announced three new virtual hearings on its 10 preliminary recommendations, scheduled for Queens on June 9The Bronx on June 14, and Manhattan on June 16. All three hearings will begin at 6 pm. Flyers with additional details about the hearings are available in multiple languages on the Commission’s website here.
On January 31, 2020, the Commission released a Preliminary Report with the following 10 initial recommendations aimed at making the City’s property tax system simpler, clearer, and fairer:
Moving coops, condominiums, and rental buildings with up to 10 units into a new residential class along with 1-3 family homes.
Using a sales-based methodology to value all properties in the residential class.
Assessing every property in the residential class at its full market value.
Annual market value changes in the new residential class being phased in over five years at 20 percent per year.
Creating a partial homestead exemption for primary resident owners with income below a certain threshold.
Creating a circuit breaker within the property tax system to lower the property tax burden on low-income primary resident owners, based on the ratio of property tax paid to income.
Replacing the current class share system with a system that prioritizes predictable and transparent tax rates for property owners.
Current valuation methods should be maintained for properties not in the new residential class (i.e. rental buildings with more than 10 units, utilities, and commercial).
A gradual transition to the new system for current owners, with an immediate transition into the new system whenever a property in the new residential class is sold.
Instituting comprehensive reviews of the property tax system every 10 years.
The Commission was formed by Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in 2018 with a mandate to reform NYC’s property tax system while ensuring there’s no reduction in revenue used to fund essential city services. An in-person hearing following the report’s release was initially scheduled for March 12, 2020, in Staten Island, but was later postponed due to COVID-19. However, the hearings resumed virtually this past May, with hearings for Staten Island and Brooklyn on May 11 and May 27, respectively.
The Commission is soliciting input from the public on the 10 initial recommendations in the Preliminary Report, specifically whether they would achieve the goals of a fairer system, would be improved by certain modifications, or should be enhanced with additional recommendations.
The public can submit feedback by emailing it to [email protected] or uploading it through the Commission’s online portal.
The public may also register to testify at the upcoming hearings for Queens on June 9, The Bronx on June 14, and Manhattan on June 16. To do so, speakers must register on the Commission’s website here.
Anyone wishing to testify must register no later than 24 hours in advance of the hearing. Following registration, speakers will receive further instructions. Speakers may (but need not) submit their presentations ahead of time.

You can testify at any borough hearing, not just the borough where you reside.To request interpretation services please email [email protected] or call 212-676-3072 by 5 pm three business days before the hearing. For ASL, or to request an accommodation for a disability, please email or call by 5 pm five business days before the hearing.
Thank you and, as always, stay safe.

In service,
                                                                         
New York City Council

In-Person, Open Mic, Candidates Forums

FORUM ONE – Your chance to see the candidates and to ask them questions

What:     NYC Mayoral Debates

When:    Saturday, June 5, 2021

Time:      2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Where:   NYC Madison Square Boys & Girls Club 

                 (155 St. & Bradhurst Ave.)

                 250 Bradhurst Avenue

                 NY, NY 10039

Trains:     D to 155 St. Station stop

Bus:         M10, M3 to 155 St. stop 

Mayoral Debate Regarding East Harlem on Monday

Patch’s Nick Garber reports:

Amid complaints that East Harlem has been neglected by the city government, a forum next week will force candidates for mayor to explain how they would serve the neighborhood if elected.

Monday’s mayoral forum will be hosted by the East Harlem Community Alliance, a collection of more than 200 organizations across the neighborhood. It will start at 6 p.m., broadcast live on Facebook and on Manhattan Neighborhood News.

The six participants include five of the leading candidates in the June 22 Democratic mayoral primary: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Comptroller Scott Stringer, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, former finance executive Ray McGuire and the nonprofit leader Dianne Morales.

“East Harlem is one of the most underserved communities in New York City, and so it is vitally important that we hear directly from the candidates how they plan to address the needs of this community,” said David Nocenti, executive director of Union Settlement and chair of the Alliance, in a statement.

It will be moderated by Nocenti and Nilsa Orama, director of the East Harlem Multi-Service Center and chair of Community Board 11.

East Harlem has higher poverty rates and a lower median income than the rest of the city. In recent months, leaders have complained that the neighborhood has fallen behind in the vaccine rollout despite being worst-hit by COVID-19 than any other part of Manhattan.

After Monday’s mayoral forum, a panel of representatives from East Harlem organizations will discuss the issues raised during the event.

Participants will be: Walter Roberts, executive director of Hope Community Inc.; Eric Donovan Estades, C.O.O. and General Counsel of East Harlem Council for Human Services; Ana Chireno, director of government and community affairs for El Museo del Barrio; and Shirley Annan, ministry programs coordinator at Bethel Gospel Assembly.

See the full post:

https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/harlem-group-grill-mayoral-candidates-forum

Meet Your Mayor

As you likely know, the mayoral race in NYC is almost overwhelmin. To help voters navigate options, THE CITY has created Meet Your Mayor, which shows you how the candidates’ stands fit with how you are seeing the race.

Here’s what to do: You answer a few short multiple-choice questions on some of the most pressing matters facing the city — from COVID recovery to public school admissions to NYPD discipline and much more.

The major candidates have already answered the same questions.

Voila: Meet Your Mayor will reveal your best match or matches among the candidates

To get started, click below on any of the 3 topics. Answer questions with how you feel about these issues. Then the candidates that agree most with your answers will be displayed:

Now Meet Your City Council 9 Candidates!

Fire on Park Avenue

You may have heard about the fire last week on Park Avenue between 128/129. Given the presence of the Metro North tracks, the trucks had to extend ladders and evacuation buckets in an odd configuration with one extended a number of storefronts, but essentially parallel to the ground:

Power Outages

Last month’s power outages in Texas (Thanks deregulation!) led to the exponential use of a previously obscure website that tracks (nationally) power outages. This might be a good site to bookmark, although, the obvious ‘If the power is out, how are you going to look at it?’ question applies: https://poweroutage.us/area/regions

The site shows states with outages and allows you to drill down to look at regional, state, and local level data. Here’s what I found when I checked, 4 customers in Manhattan without power, this evening.

For information about what’s happing right now, see this link: https://poweroutage.us/area/county/2248

I Want Your Vote! (But did they vote?)

City Limits has a fascinating look at who among the mayoral candidates has had a record of voting in New York City elections.

To learn more about the complexity of age, time out of the city, and more, see the full article here:

Lex/125 New Development

GothamToGo has published a report on a new potential development at the corner of Lexington and 125th Street on the south-west corner.

If this project goes forward, it would mark an incredible change for this part of the Lexington and 125th Street corridors.

Happy New Year

Happy 2021! May this year be better for you, your loved-ones, Harlem, New York, America, and the world.

The Path

From the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/28/nyregion/yang-chang-wiley-mayor-nyc.html

Goats (aka sheep) Butt Into Harlem

From the New York Times, 100 years ago:

To read the whole article, see: