HNBA Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th – 7 PM

We hope you’ll come out for our final HNBA meeting of the season (before our summer break) on Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 PM.

To get the Zoom link:

We’ll hear from the Citizens Union about what is on the horizon for redistricting City Council that could change whether or not you are considered part of (central) Harlem or part of East Harlem.  Dan (from Citizen’s Union) will talk about what’s on the horizon and how you can add your voice to the mapping changes that are coming.

We’ll also get a follow-up from Wilfredo Lopez on the DSNY’s budget – one that gives significantly more money to the UES compared to East Harlem.

Lastly, we’ll hear from Shawanna Vaughn who is challenging Inez Dickens for State Assembly from her base in Lincoln Houses.

Kioka Jackson Writes:

From Kioka Jackson:

Let me start this message by saying thank you to everyone who participated in the National Gun Violence Awareness Event which was in partnership with SAVE/GOSO; East Harlem’s Cure violence program.  It was a day that displayed togetherness, love, and hope.  Now after we take off our orange shirts and we have finished chanting and marching – what’s next?  There is still some work that we have to do on a daily basis.  Each of us has a responsibility to do something and we are all absolutely capable of sharing love with our community.  Love is the first step toward healing and combatting this public health epidemic that we are facing around the country. Please see a few pictures and a news clip of the day.  I am thankful to all of you for your continued support toward making our neighborhood safe.  

https://abc7ny.com/east-harlem-gun-violence-rally-volence-guns-control/11924684/

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th at 5:45 PM and it will be totally in-person.  I will send out a follow-up e-mail letting you know if it will be outdoors or at the Precinct.  It all depends on the weather.  It is our final meeting for the summer so we planned to have a little bit of a light BBQ; Mix and Mingle.  So let’s hope the weather Gods smile on us for that day.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.  Look out for a message before the end of this week with further details. 

Sincerely and best regards,

Kioka Jackson

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting, Tonight

The 25th Precinct’s monthly Community Council Meeting is tonight –  April 20th at 6 PM

There is a location change – instead of meeting at the Precinct, the meeting will be held at Bethel Gospel Assembly – located at 120th Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.  Please be prepared to stop at the security area to sign in. 

This meeting will NOT be a meeting focused on the removal of the workout equipment from Marcus Garvey.  We will allow space to discuss just as we do with other topics.  The park has two separate alliances that are working on this and CB11 has a Parks and Recreation Committee as well who I am sure will tackle the subject.  Our point of having this as a topic is to ensure that we are discussing ways to bridge the gap and work better together. 

There will be special guests there to answer questions and give some feedback about the topic.  But as you all know there are a ton of things happening in our community around public safety and we want to be mindful that we are giving adequate time to get through those topics.

Please remember to fill out the form and I will be sending out the zoom link this evening to all those who have requested it.    https://forms.gle/zvSjQd8CCsf7KYkA9

Lost Church

Looking at the N/W corner of 125th Street and Madison, you immediately see the Geoffrey Canada Building – the flagship of Harlem Children’s Zone.

For those of you who remember the 80’s, you may also remember that this part of 125th Street was where celebrities wanting the some of Dapper Dan’s mystique, came by to his showroom (often after hours for private fitting/shopping). Think Run DMC, Mike Tyson, Salt and Pepa, LL Cool J, Bobby Brown, and more.

Dapper Dan’s boutique – 43 East 125th Street, was precisely where a former brownstone church anchored the block between Madison and 5th in the 19th century:

Note the round arched windows on the 2nd floor of the apartment building at the N/W corner of Madison/125th Street:

And then look at a photo of Dapper Dan’s Boutique:

and the detail in the top right:

The church that was torn down, was the Harlem Presbyterian Church and was organized in the 1840s. In 1872 the church moved to East 125th Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues into a modest two-story structure contained a lecture room on the first floor, and the second story was for the Sunday-school room.

On April 29, 1873, the cornerstone was laid for the church edifice you see in the post card below:

In 1915, the congregation merged and moved to New York Presbyterian Church, located at 15 Mount Morris Park West, and was renamed Harlem–New York Presbyterian Church. The old building on 125th Street was purchased in 1905 by the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, who remained there until “rapidly changing demographics in the area” caused the white church to abandon the location in 1919 and make plans to move to their present location on Park Avenue. In June 1921, the property was sold to “a group of negroes” that planned to open it as a “Colored Baptist Tabernacle” on July 3. 

The New York TImes (June 24, 1921) reported:

“The purchase of the property for $185,000 was of profound interest to Harlem business men when it was announced yesterday. The deal is the largest real estate transaction in which negroes have figured as buyers south of 128th Street and was regarded as marking a decided southern trend in the ownership and activities of negroes in Harlem.”

In 1942, Harlem Presbyterian merged with Rutgers Presbyterian Church, located at 236 West 73rd Street near Broadway. The old church on Mount Morris Park West became Mount Morris–Ascension Presbyterian Church.

NPR.org Reconsiders Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’

Scott Joplin introduced Ragtime to America and published his most enduring song ‘The Entertainer’ (as featured in the soundtrack to the 1970’s movie, ‘The Sting’) in 1902.

While Joplin’s work was wildly popular at the time, by 1916, Joplin was living in difficult circumstances in Harlem. He was listed as being employed as a “music teacher” at a small apartment house at 133 West 138th Street. A year later, in 1917, he was living in an old row house at 160 West 133rd.

Later in 1917, he moved to a brownstone at 163 West 131st Street where he died later that year at age 49.

NPR.org reconsiders Scott Joplin’s legacy an the impact of ‘The Entertainer’ in particular, in this piece:

https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2022/02/07/1078314203/reconsidering-scott-joplins-the-entertainer

City Council Member Diana Ayala Talks to WNYC

https://www.wnyc.org/story/51-councilmembers-52-weeks-district-8-diana-ayala/

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting

Kioka Jackson, the president of the 25th Precinct’s Community Council writes:

Hopefully, everyone is doing well.  Just want to remind you that our next meeting will take place next Wednesday, March 16th at 6:00PM.

This meeting will be held in person at the Precinct located at 120 East 119th Street.  
Please click the link below to let me know your intentions in attending. 
https://forms.gle/VrtbThVdRSgQHQ6J7
Hope you can make it so we can discuss what’s been going on. 

Sign the Petition!

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/end-the-systemic-pattern-of-locating-opioid-treatment-in-black-communities-1

Precinct Meeting – Focus on The Rise in Crime

Bullet in East Harlem Bus Window Frame

Kioka Jackson, the president of the 25th Precinct’s Community Council writes:

Good Afternoon Neighbors and Friends,
I hope you all are doing great. I wanted to invite you to join us IN PERSON for our February 2022 meeting.  I have been getting a multitude of calls and emails about the current events in and around our neighborhood and want to invite you to discuss what’s going on, what is being done, and how we can help.  
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss your public safety concerns with the Commanding Officer, his team of Officers, along with other community stakeholders with the mission to make our neighborhood safe.  Please be advised that the meeting will not be at the Precinct. In order to have the ability to safely socially distance we are using a space that can accommodate a larger number of people.  Details are as follows.

Meeting Details:

Wednesday, February 16, 20226:00 PM (Meeting will begin on time)at Bethel Gospel Assembly 2-26 East 120th Street (Between Madison and Fifth) – right across from Marcus Garvey Park
You will be required to wear a mask.  There will be some available at the front door if you need one.  Upon arrival, your temperature will be taken and you will be asked to sign in before being directed to the meeting room. Please click on the link and fill the questionnaire by Wednesday at 3:00PM.
https://forms.gle/y8icpU7NYm2Q56sH8

Hope to see you all next week.

Have an awesome day

Kioka Jackson

The Gay Harlem Renaissance

Scholars of the Harlem Renaissance point out that acknowledging the queer culture and nightlife of the Harlem Renaissance is essential in order to paint a full picture of the time, queer history, and Harlem itself.

Additionally, looking at the thriving LGBTQ+ scene in Uptown New York helps to reveal rich cultural contributions by (frequently) overlooked queer artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Read more about the gay Harlem Renaissance, see: https://time.com/6104381/lgbtq-histor…

Court Ordered Evictions

How Calculated: 

Rate of executed evictions ordered by the New York City Housing Court, including those pending and scheduled as of December 31, per 10,000 housing units.

Eviction data are reported by New York City Marshals and gathered from NYC Open Data. For more information, see: https://data.cityofnewyork.us/City-Government/Evictions/6z8x-wfk4

Source: New York City Department of Investigation

Odyssey House on East 126 Advances

Odyssey House – a major social services provider in East Harlem (one of their buildings is shown below from the Metro-North platform) – is advancing its project on East 126th Street.

Concrete is being poured. Pump trucks are engaged:

Sign Up for the 25th Precinct Community Council Meeting

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Q3BECVQNeZbr_z07TX0x768yYh9llQOA-z3N9lAk54g/edit
Please use the above link to register for the 25th Precinct’s Community Council meeting – October 20th at 6:00 PM.  They need a count of how many plan on attending in person.
Thank you all so much

Correction: 25th Precinct Meeting tonight at 6:00 will be on Zoom

Good Evening,
Due to inclement weather, Our September Council meeting will be remote.  The Zoom link is below:

MEETING DATE: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

MEETING TIME: 6:00PM


25th Precinct Community Council Monthly Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5184698981

Meeting ID: 518 469 8981
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25th Precinct Meeting

Kioka Jackson, the president of the 25th Precinct’s Community Council writes:

I just wanted to inform some and remind others that our Monthly meetings will start back up this month.  The meetings will continue to be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 PM.  This meeting will be at the Precinct so we are asking all who plan to attend to wear their masks.  We will of course have extra for those who do not have one available. 
Meeting Details:Wednesday, September 15, 20216:00 PMMeeting Location:25th Precinct 120 East 119th StreetBetween Lexington and Park Avenues

We have a lot to discuss so I hope to see you all there.  A flyer is attached for your reference and to share with your network. Have an amazing day.
As always, If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me any time.  


Kioka Jackson