National Night Out

The 25th Precinct Community Council is looking for organizations to staff a table at National Night Out on August 3rd. If you would be interested in staffing a table for HNBA, let us know:

Here is the letter from the 25th Precinct Community Council:

Good Evening,
As you know National Night Out is an annual event that happens on the 1st Tuesday of August.  We, unfortunately, were not able to host it last year because of the pandemic.  However, we are looking forward to a fun-filled night this year. 
I’m hoping that you and your organization will participate with us on the evening of August 3rd.  We are asking all organizations and partners to contribute by tabling and possibly supplying a fun activity or game.  Your activity can be for children or adults.  I.E. If you are an organization that specializes in art then you might want to have the kids color/paint National Night Out Logos (This is just an example) or you might want to host a carnival game of some sort or you can support by making an in-kind donation such as Snacks, Hot Dogs for the grill, Hamburgers for the grill, condiments, water, ice, possibly even a bouncy rental for kids, or some other inflatable rental (WE REALLY DO NEED A BOUNCY HOUSE) —(You get my drift) –  But It is totally up to you.  Look, bottom line is- we just want you to hang out with us and help make the day fun.  
If you do plan on participating and have an activity or plan on donating something please email me or text me so that I can put it on our spreadsheet.  
We totally appreciate anything that you can do to help support this night. 
Best Regards,Kioka Jackson and the 25th Precinct Community Council

NYC’s Department of Health Approves Bringing More Men and Women In Crisis Into East Harlem

You may have heard of Project Renewal’s Support and Connection Center (SCC) which was located on East 116th Street. This innovative project was supposed to allow officers of the 25th Precinct to bring men and women experiencing a crisis, into a supportive dormitory where trained staff members could help with a wide range of resources and assistance (both short and long term).

At a community advisory board meeting, it was announced that the Department of Health (DOHMH) had expanded the catchment area of the East Harlem pilot project to include the 28th and 32nd Precincts. This move was explained by a Department of Health official as a way to “address the underutilization of the beds.”

There was no mention that this move may be in response to the scathing press from May of this year that noted:

East Harlem has served just 45 people — coming out to $1.1 million per visit.

Here is the full article in The City:

https://www.thecity.nyc/2021/5/9/22426250/thrive-nyc-nypd-diversion-centers-for-mentally-ill-sit-empty

The press coverage of the SCC debacle was a huge blow to New York’s DOHMH and the administration of Mayor Deblasio. Many members of HBNA noted how yet again New Yorkers paid millions for a mental health program with little to no result.

To see the full minutes of the SCC CAB meeting and the justification for bringing more men and women in crisis to East Harlem, see:

As a member of the SCC CAB I have written the following response:

Hello Daylyn, 
Thank you for these minutes.

  1. Could we please have a discussion at the next CAB meeting centered on how the decision by DOHMH to take on referrals from neighboring precincts contributes to (bureaucratic) systems of structural racism?  In particular, I would like to hear how the decision by DOHMH to add referrals from neighboring precincts helps an already oversaturated and already extremely vulnerable community.  Perhaps we could all take a look at: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/dpho/race-to-justice-action-kit-impacts-of-racism-on-health.pdf and discuss this in light of the NYC Department of Health’s “Race to Justice internal reform effort to help [their] staff learn what they can do to better address racial health gaps and improve health outcomes” (see: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/race-to-justice.page)
  2. I would also like to know if when SCC was being proposed and presented to the East Harlem community, was it made clear that the East Harlem SCC would/could take on referrals from neighboring precincts?
  3. Lastly, I would like to know if this is now the SCC/Community workflow; that SCC will make (or be told to make) programmatic and policy changes and then present these changes to the CAB as a fait accompli?  I’m trying to understand whether or not the members of the CAB are partners that are consulted and engaged, or if the SCC CAB is simply a forum for SCC to announce changes, milestones etc.

Our block association (HNBA.org) looks forward to hearing more about these issues.
best,
Shawn Hill

Run For Justice

JOIN US FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL #RUNFORJUSTICE World Day For International Justice is 7/17 and we invite you to join us for the 4th annual Run for Justice 5K! For the 2nd year in a row, Latinos Run and Black Men Run are teaming up for this great event. By participating, not only will you further our missions to increase health and fitness in communities of color, but you will help us bring awareness to social justice issues and promote equity, diversity, and access to resources. A portion of our proceeds will support two organizations at the forefront of social justice: ACLU and Equal Justice InitiativeDon’t forget to share your pics and hashtag us#RunForJustice #LatinosRun #BlackMenRun
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Build the Block, Tonight at 5:30

Come to Ginjan Cafe at 5:30 this afternoon to meet our two Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO’s).

This is an opportunity to discuss community concerns, quality of life issues, and to interface with the NYPD as residents who are looking for creative, thoughtful, and non-endangering solutions to concerns you might have.

Still Don’t Know Who To Vote For?

The City has the answer to all the ranked choice confusion swirling around in our collective zeitgeist

By going through their version of political online dating, The City will show you which candidate’s answers to the same questions, most parallel yours:

https://projects.thecity.nyc/meet-your-mayor/ultimate-match.html

And a Great Article on New York’s Fractured Political Landscape from FiveThirtyEight.com

The 5 Political Boroughs Of New York City

By Nathaniel Rakich

Filed under New York City

Published Jun. 21, 2021

EMILY SCHERER / GETTY IMAGES

If you’re one of the approximately 320 million Americans who don’t live in New York City, it might seem like its Democratic mayoral primary has gotten an outsized amount of media coverage. But even I, a Bostonian, can admit that the complex politics of New York City makes Tuesday’s election one of the most intriguing races of the year.

The city is a stark reminder that “heavily Democratic” does not necessarily equal “far left.” The front-runner for mayor is Eric Adams, a Black former Republican who has staked his campaign on his opposition to defunding the police. Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang are also within striking distance in the polls, but only Wiley unambiguously belongs to the party’s progressive wing.

But it’s too facile to just say it’s progressives vs. moderates in New York City — there are far more divisions at play. The city’s politics may share the same contours that have defined so many Democratic primaries nationwide, but its racial diversity, parochial neighborhoods and sheer number of Democratic voters — each with his or her own cross-cutting identities — expose fissures within fissures. 

To illustrate this, we’ve redrawn New York City’s five boroughs into five political regions based on the results of four recent Democratic primaries: for president in 2016 (Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders), and for governor (Andrew Cuomo vs. Cynthia Nixon), lieutenant governor (Kathy Hochul vs. Jumaane Williams) and attorney general (Letitia James vs. Sean Patrick Maloney vs. Zephyr Teachout) in 2018.1 

You already know Clinton and Sanders; Nixon, an actor and progressive activist, and Williams, a self-identified socialist then serving on the New York City Council, waged spirited primary challenges to moderate incumbents Cuomo and Hochul but ultimately fell short. James, the New York City public advocate at the time, had previously been a progressive darling but aligned herself with Cuomo in the attorney general’s race; instead, Teachout, a law professor who had unsuccessfully primaried Cuomo from the left in 2014, claimed the mantle of the left in that race. (Maloney, a moderate upstate congressman, was a nonfactor in most parts of New York City — with some important exceptions.) These four races produced four different voting patterns, so together they provide a not-half-bad template for understanding the city’s political geography.

So hop on the virtual subway with us and take a tour of New York City’s five “political boroughs.” These categories will come in handy while following along with and interpreting the results of the mayoral election over the next several weeks (it’s expected to take until mid-July to get final results because New York is slow to count absentee ballots, and because the city is using ranked-choice voting for the first time). But even if that’s not your bag, the mix of ideology and identity that marks these boroughs can help deepen our understanding of the broader divisions within the Democratic Party nationwide.

The Elite Circles

When people say that New York City’s political, economic and social elite live in a bubble, this is the bubble. The Elite Circles borough2 includes most of Manhattan from the Financial District to Central Park as well as adjacent parts of Brooklyn and Queens. It’s defined by its high levels of education (63 percent of residents age 25 or older have at least a bachelor’s degree) and its whiteness — a majority of its residents (56 percent) are non-Hispanic white. However, the political borough also includes some gentrified but historically ethnic enclaves with significant Hispanic, Asian American and Black populations.

Elite Circles demographics
DEMOGRAPHICPERCENTAGE
White56%
Black8
Hispanic20
Asian14
Bachelor’s degree or higher (among 25+ population)63

White, Black and Asian American residents are non-Hispanic.

SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEYADVERTISING

The Elite Circles is the most progressive slice of the city. It was Williams’s best political borough in the 2018 lieutenant governor race and was the only one to support Nixon for governor and Teachout for attorney general. Sanders also turned in an above-average performance here in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

Recent Elite Circles election results
RACECANDIDATEVOTE SHARE
2016 Pres.Clinton61%
Sanders39
2018 Gov.Cuomo49.6
Nixon50.1
2018 Lt. Gov.Hochul38
Williams62
2018 Att. Gen.James31
Maloney15
Teachout52

SOURCE: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

But different parts of this political borough are different degrees of progressive. Some, especially hip neighborhoods with lots of young professionals, are dyed-in-the-wool leftist, even socialist — for example, all four progressive candidates carried the state Assembly districts that cover Ditmars Steinway and Astoria in Queens and Greenpoint and Williamsburg in Brooklyn by at least 8 percentage points. And in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Sanders got more than 30 percent of the vote in these areas even though he had already dropped out of the race by the time New York voted.

Other neighborhoods in this borough — especially traditionally tony neighborhoods in Manhattan — are more progressive-curious. For instance, districts containing Chelsea and the Upper West Side split their 2018 tickets between Cuomo for governor and Williams for lieutenant governor. And districts that include Midtown East and the Upper East Side voted strongly for Teachout in 2018 but even more strongly for Clinton in 2016. 

In this year’s mayoral race, expect that division to manifest itself again. The Elite Circles seems like it will be fertile ground for both Wiley and Garcia, who are especially strong with college-educated respondents in polls. But the more technocratic Garcia, who has the endorsement of The New York Times, seems like a better fit for Manhattan, while the more ideologically leftist Wiley, who was endorsed by the Working Families Party and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will likely do better in Brooklyn. (A recent Marist College poll for WNBC, Telemundo 47 and POLITICO provides evidence for this.)

The True-Blue Bronx

On the other side of the ledger, the True-Blue Bronx3 is the least college-educated (just 18 percent) and most consistently pro-establishment region of New York City. Clinton defeated Sanders 70 percent to 30 percent here; Hochul beat Williams 59 percent to 41 percent. Teachout got only 8 percent in this political borough, well outpaced by both James and Maloney. Most dramatically, Cuomo defeated Nixon 84 percent to 16 percent here.

Recent True-Blue Bronx election results
RACECANDIDATEVOTE SHARE
2016 Pres.Clinton70%
Sanders30
2018 Gov.Cuomo84
Nixon16
2018 Lt. Gov.Hochul59
Williams41
2018 Att. Gen.James69
Maloney20
Teachout8

SOURCE: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

As the name implies, the True-Blue Bronx overlaps closely with the real-life borough of the Bronx, except without its northwestern neighborhoods like Riverdale, which are noticeably more progressive than the rest of the borough. (It also takes in North Corona and East Elmhurst’s Assembly district in Queens, just across the East River.) That the Bronx is a safe haven for moderate, even conservative, Democrats won’t come as a surprise to observers of city politics: One of the borough’s best-known politicians is Democrat Rubén Díaz Sr., an anti-abortion city council member who has spoken favorably of former President Donald Trump.

True-Blue Bronx demographics
DEMOGRAPHICPERCENTAGE
White7%
Black29
Hispanic57
Asian5
Bachelor’s degree or higher (among 25+ population)18

White, Black and Asian American residents are non-Hispanic.

SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

The True-Blue Bronx is predominantly (57 percent) Hispanic, with particularly strong Dominican and Puerto Rican communities. However, there is also a notable non-Hispanic Black population (29 percent), and the East Bronx is pretty racially heterogeneous. Although every district that constitutes the True-Blue Bronx voted more establishment than the city as a whole in all four primaries, progressives tended to do especially badly in more homogenous districts.

With multiple moderates in the mayor’s race, it’s hard to predict how this borough will vote on Tuesday. As the overall front-runner, Adams could do well here, but one recent poll suggested Yang is the preferred candidate of Hispanic voters. Which candidate carries this political borough may well decide who wins the mayoralty.

The Black Bloc

The Black Bloc4 also tends to vote strongly for establishment-aligned candidates. In fact, it gave a higher share of the vote to Clinton (73 percent), James (a whopping 81 percent) and Cuomo (an even more whopping 86 percent) than any other political borough. 

Recent Black Bloc election results
RACECANDIDATEVOTE SHARE
2016 Pres.Clinton73%
Sanders27
2018 Gov.Cuomo86
Nixon14
2018 Lt. Gov.Hochul48
Williams52
2018 Att. Gen.James81
Maloney13
Teachout5

SOURCE: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

But what sets it apart from the True-Blue Bronx is that it also voted for the progressive Williams for lieutenant governor, 52 percent to 48 percent. The likely explanation: Williams, a Black man, enjoyed strong support with New York City’s Black community even as his running mate Nixon and other progressives fizzled with them. And the Black Bloc is heavily (63 percent) non-Hispanic Black.

Black Bloc demographics
DEMOGRAPHICPERCENTAGE
White7%
Black63
Hispanic16
Asian9
Bachelor’s degree or higher (among 25+ population)23

White, Black and Asian American residents are non-Hispanic.

SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

While virtually every corner of the Black Bloc voted the same way for president, governor and attorney general, Williams ran especially strongly in the western half of this bisected borough: heavily Black, low-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn like East Flatbush and Brownsville. But Hochul (narrowly) carried the eastern half, which comprises middle-class Queens neighborhoods like St. Albans and Queens Village that are more racially diverse. The difference may be because Williams has closer ties to the Brooklyn side of the borough (he grew up in East New York and represented East Flatbush and Canarsie on the City Council).

So the Black Bloc is probably best thought of as a stronghold for establishment Democrats, but one that will vote for members of its community first and foremost. In the mayor’s race, this probably bodes well for Adams, the moderate, Black borough president of Brooklyn. But there may also be an undercurrent of support here for Wiley, who is also Black and lives in Brooklyn.

The Lands of Contradiction

At first glance, the Lands of Contradiction borough5 is an enigma. It voted for Cuomo 71 percent to 28 percent, and it was Hochul’s and Maloney’s strongest political borough. But it was also Sanders’s strongest, voting for Clinton just 55 percent to 45 percent.

Recent Lands of Contradiction election result
RACECANDIDATEVOTE SHARE
2016 Pres.Clinton55%
Sanders45
2018 Gov.Cuomo71
Nixon28
2018 Lt. Gov.Hochul61
Williams38
2018 Att. Gen.James47
Maloney27
Teachout22

SOURCE: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

But this incongruity makes more sense when you think of those votes for Sanders as votes against Clinton. In general, Democrats in the Lands of Contradiction tend to be conservative,6 but they likely voted for Sanders anyway as a form of protest against the national Democratic Party (it’s hard to remember now, but in early 2016, conservatives were a lot more anti-Clinton than they were anti-socialist). This hypothesis is supported by the fact that the Lands of Contradiction was by far Trump’s strongest political borough in the 2020 general election; President Biden carried it just 51 percent to 47 percent, whereas he won at least 80 percent of the vote in the other four political boroughs.

Another way to think about the Lands of Contradiction is that it votes less on ideology and more on a candidate’s brand (much like the Upper East Side, just inverted): Although they live in the biggest city in the nation, voters here consistently reject candidates who represent the urban, urbane Democratic Party and gravitate toward the party’s plain-spoken, industrial and/or rural image of yore. (This is also consistent with its support for Trump.) Hochul and Maloney both hail from upstate New York and grew up in middle-class Irish Catholic families; Sanders is from rustic Vermont and could never be accused of focus-grouping his appearance and messaging. 

Lands of Contradiction demographics
DEMOGRAPHICPERCENTAGE
White46%
Black5
Hispanic19
Asian American26
Bachelor’s degree or higher (among 25+ population)35

White, Black and Asian American residents are non-Hispanic.

SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

These preferences make sense, given that the Lands of Contradiction is mostly white (46 percent, a plurality of the population) and non-college-educated. Italian and Irish Americans are the largest ethnic groups, although no area may sum up this borough better than the heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods of Borough Park and Midwood, deeply conservative pockets of liberal Brooklyn. In addition, the Lands of Contradiction has sizable Asian American (26 percent) and Hispanic (19 percent) populations. In fact, six of the seven most heavily Asian American Assembly districts in New York City are in this political borough.

Six of the city’s eight oldest Assembly districts (going by median age) are also in the Lands of Contradiction, jibing with its more old-school vision of the Democratic Party. And geographically, the borough covers most of famously contrarian Staten Island as well as the parts of Brooklyn and Queens at the ends of subway lines — in other words, some of the parts of the city that are farthest from Manhattan (and its Elite Circles that the borough so disdains).

This political borough can be unpredictable in who it supports, but look for Adams and/or Yang to rack up votes here. In the Marist poll, Adams was the overwhelming choice of conservative respondents, while several Asian American groups have endorsed Yang, who would be the city’s first Asian American mayor. (As a political outsider, he may also appeal to this borough’s disaffected voters.)

The Crossroads

Crossroads demographics
DEMOGRAPHICPERCENTAGE
White21%
Black30
Hispanic38
Asian American9
Bachelor’s degree or higher (among 25+ population)33

White, Black and Asian American residents are non-Hispanic.

SOURCE: AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

Recent Crossroads election results
RACECANDIDATEVOTE SHARE
2016 Pres.Clinton62%
Sanders38
2018 Gov.Cuomo67
Nixon33
2018 Lt. Gov.Hochul41
Williams58
2018 Att. Gen.James57
Maloney15
Teachout25

SOURCE: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS

Finally, the neighborhoods that make up the Crossroads7 are the parts of the city that don’t fit neatly into one of the other four regions. Often, this is because they sit at the intersection of two or more of the city’s political camps. For instance, the gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bedford-StuyvesantCrown Heights and Flatbush are on the boundary of the Black Bloc and the Elite Circles. Black and Hispanic New Yorkers together make up the majority of the Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods of Manhattan. And Queens’s Jackson Heights and Corona neighborhoods might make sense in the True-Blue Bronx, with their large Hispanic populations, but their significant Asian American communities help them to vote more like the Lands of Contradiction.

Unsurprisingly, the Crossroads looks a lot like New York City demographically and politically. No racial group constitutes a majority, or even reaches 40 percent of the population; instead, there are roughly similar numbers of Hispanic, Black and white residents. And at the ballot box, it leans toward establishment candidates, but it will vote for progressives under the right circumstances — just like the city as a whole. 

Of course, that’s just on average; different Crossroads neighborhoods vote differently (in general, they vote in between the two political boroughs they are a combination of). By its very nature, the Crossroads doesn’t have as cohesive an identity as the other four political boroughs. But this heterodoxy also makes it the most “New York” of all of them — and therefore the best bellwether of citywide elections. In the mayor’s race, look for all four major candidates to rack up solid support here, since everyone’s bases are represented.


If these five political boroughs sound familiar, it’s because we’ve seen very similar ideological and identity divides play out in recent Democratic primaries nationwide. Since 2016, an ascendant progressive movement has redefined the left wing of the Democratic Party, and it’s been fueled primarily by white voters. But progressives still make up a minority of the party nationwide. After all, Clinton and Biden won the Democratic presidential nominations thanks largely to their strength with Democrats of color. 

That’s the challenge for the aspiring hizzoners who are fighting for New Yorkers’ votes on Tuesday. Because politics has become so nationalized, their support in many ways is predetermined and limited, even as they try to speak to every corner of a city dealing with inequality, segregation, crime, COVID-19 and an unpopular outgoing mayor. In the end, whoever does the best job expanding their coalition beyond their natural base is likely to become New York City’s 110th mayor.

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Seen on Park Avenue

The top three tips for ranked choice voting are…

  1. Vote for your genuine favorites, in your order of preference. Don’t try to game the system and guess who has the best chance. Just vote for whom you like in the order that you like them. There’s no risk of losing your vote, because if your favorite is knocked out, your vote will go to your second favorite, and so on.
  2. Don’t rank someone you don’t like. The last spots on your ballot should be for candidates that you are OK with or could live with. If there are candidates you disagree with or really do not want to win, do not put them on your ballot.
  3. You don’t have to fill all five slots, if there are only three or four candidates that you like, you can just rank them. 

Build the Block

Wednesday at 5:30, in Ginjan Cafe (Park/125).

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting Tonight at 6:00 PM

Below please see the zoom invite for our upcoming 25th Precinct Community Council Meeting scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, April 21st at 6 PM. 

We will be discussing ideas that we have to prevent Gun Violence in our community and the Elections for the Council.

This is also your opportunity to talk to the Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Henning, and our Community Affairs Officers about what’s going on in your neighborhood.  As the weather gets warmer we should begin to think about how we can keep our community safe.  Hope to see you all tonight.

Apr 21, 2021. 06:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5184698981

Meeting ID: 518 469 8981

Manhattan Borough President’s Harlem Forum Tonight

Join the Greater Harlem Coalition in a forum for Manhattan Borough President candidates, focused on Harlem issues and concerns:

https://fordham.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7Mv7N2a1SA-S2fPY_KvokA

Saturday: Graffiti Cleanup Day

Wanted to invite you to Saturday’s Graffiti Clean-up.  (See the flyer below). 

As a reminder, we are offering our youth community service hours for participating.  I will need names for those who need community service letters before Saturday – however, everyone is welcome to participate.

We need a headcount of attendees so please let me know if you or a young person want to come to hang out with us to clean up the graffiti around the community. 

We will meet up at the Precinct (25th Precinct – 120 East 119th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues) 10 AM and head out to the various sites at 10:30 AM.  We will meet back up at the Precinct parking lot at around 1 PM for refreshments and close-outs – maybe even a special something or other depending on how many people respond. 

We will ensure to keep everyone safe.  We have extra masks and tons of hand sanitizer.  Please wear something that you don’t mind getting dirty.  

Thank you guys and I hope to see you on Saturday!  I’m looking forward to all the in-person fist bumps and elbow bumps.

Best Regard,

Kioka

Marcus Garvey Park Operating Meeting

HNBA was invited to a meeting earlier this week regarding updates for Marcus Garvey Park.

The meeting was chaired by Commissioner Castro. He welcomed everyone and stated that the federal package relief will ensure that the budget is fully funded for staffing, maintenance and pool program. He is working with the Assistant Commissioner and his staff to start a new initiative: a Park Enforcement Station (PEP) which exists already in other parks.

Administrator Jana La Sorte reported on that initiative with Calderon:

  • She is excited to work with Captain Calderon. They are meeting on March 17 in AM to review the facility where the PEP will be located,close to the pool.
  • The PEP will have a staff of 5 plus one Sargeant. The hours of patrol will be 8 am to 6:30 pm, 7 days a week. 
  • The PEP will address mostly quality of life issues in the park, can issue summonses and make arrests. Will be equipped with walkie-talkies.
  • The PEP will also work on specific projects in the evening or night, and hours of patrol can be flexible according to seasons or needs.
  • Jana is working with the Central Park conservation team to address the issue of erosion on the west side of the Acropolis.
  • She is providing support to the group led by Melanie responsible for the dog run: they want to add an area with gravel, improve drainage and Melanie suggested a water fountain for the dogs.
  • The Litter Ambassadors program starts next month and Jana is recruiting volunteers. They will be paired to go around the park and offer orange garbage bags to visitors and ask them to dispose of their trash.
  • Jana encourages everyone to visit the park’s website for additional information about these initiatives.
  • The Harlem Youth Gardeners program is being launched now and offer decent pay for the jobs.
  • There are requests for programming in the amphitheater and schools graduations as well.
  • She is looking to increase volunteering in the park and will send flyers out to promote initiatives such as: Adopt a Tree, Adopt a Bench.

Robert Mc Lean, Regional Park Manager, reported working for two months with some corporate groups.

  • So far 29 hardwood trees have been planted, mainly oak.
  • There are two gardeners on staff and he is looking to have volunteers sign up.
  • A new garden of about 650 square feet was planted at the Drummers’ Circle.

Officers Brigante and Lau gave the 25th Precinct report

  • The 25th Precinct is working with the department of Homeless Services and Social Services. 
  • There is a marked decrease of homeless people in the park.
  • The crime level has been related to the encampment on the stage.
  • A request was made to install cameras by the playgrounds and basketball court.The commissioner stated that at this time there is no funding for cameras. The budget needed is for the maintenance of the cameras.Cameras were also requested previously for the Acropolis but could not be installed because there is no access to electricity at that site.The Commissioner will follow up and report back on the cost for cameras.

Alexandra Long reported that less activity of homeless was noted in the park also. 

Connie Lee also commented on the decrease of homelessness in the park

  • The Homeless Outreach program will continue to distribute masks and increase the number distributed from 250 to 500 week, thanks to a new sponsor for masks.
  • New York Company foundation has provided funding for Arts in the park.
  • Art installations will go up in Morningside park and murals in Marcus Garvey park, mostly semi-permanent or permanent.
  • the MG Park Alliance is working with multiple community groups on community engagement initiatives.
  • Small groups of people will be on the grounds to talk to park goers and collect information. The results will be compiled into a report and presented to sponsors as a multigroup effort for fundraising.
  • the Harlem Youth Gardeners program starting this spring will hire youth at $18 per hour.
    Madlyn Stokely reported looking forward to developing a relationship and working with Park Alliance. She voiced concerns over the number of cars parked at the entrance of the pool area. The Commissioner will look into this issue.

Rene Cuenca: The Partnership for Parks is getting ready for the summer season

  • It will launch at the end of March the “It’s my Park” event. Will send out information when the plans solidify,
  • Working with Harlem Wellness Center on Project Healing. (to address racial issues?). Steve Simon reported working on two capital projects, one is to rehabilitate the recreation center

Many thanks to Cecile for these amazing notes.

25th Precinct Community Council Meeting on Wednesday

This is just a reminder that the next 25th Precinct Community Council meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 17th at 6:00PM.  So before you sit down to enjoy your Cornbeef and cabbage in honor of St. Paddy’s day join us for a few minutes to hear what’s been going on in and around the community, to discuss public safety matters within the 25th Precinct and some other important discussions.  Although we have some special guests that will be joining us we promise to have a quick, yet informative discussion tackling your concerns.  

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83078350320?pwd=MGlsU1F4T3lQSmk3aU1TQzVzZzJydz09

Meeting ID: 830 7835 0320
Passcode: 459808

Where is the Most Market Rate Housing?

Public Housing Density

Owner Occupied Housing

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

The “Harlem of the North”?

While we’ve all heard the phrase “Paris of the…”, or maybe the “Venice of the…”, but I’d never heard the term “Harlem of the North” before this article from the New York Times on a Quebecois priest vs. Oscar Peterson:

On a recent day in Little Burgundy, once known as “The Harlem of The North,” local residents lamented that the social history of Black Quebecers was noticeably absent or underplayed in Quebec’s history books, popular culture and urban spaces, and overshadowed by the struggle of white, French-speaking Quebecers for their own rights.

For more, see: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/10/world/canada/oscar-peterson-montreal-little-burgundy.html

Metropolitan Church 2.0

The Metropolitan Church (126/Madison) and the parish house were knocked down last year. The church sold part of its parcel of lots to a developer (the larger parcel along East 126th Street and facing Madison Avenue at the corner) but retained 3 lots midblock along Madison (where there had been a vacant lot, and the parish house).

These 3 combined lots are now displaying a rendering of what the new (yet somehow early-70’s brutalism retro) Metropolitan Church may look like.

Note that “Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church” is shown (albeit in a fuzzy reproduction) on the DOB sign:

Many thanks for the tip from Vernon about this new rendering of the Metropolitan Church.

52-54

Across from the Metropolitan Church’s site, it’s clear that the new Odyssey House project has fully demolished the former brownstones at 52 and 54 East 126th Street.

Maskless Policing

Nick Garber from Patch.com has a story this morning that looks at policing, mask wearing, appropriate intervention, and the proliferation of drugs in East Harlem: https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/mans-arrest-east-harlem-raises-questions-policing

Save a Church!

As you likely know, HNBA advocated to save the old original brownstone Metropolitan Church at 126/Madison. There is currently another fight to preserve a different church on Edgecombe Avenue that is under immediate threat.

If you would like to send a letter to Landmarks to preserve this building by including it in a landmarked district, please fill out this form:  http://bit.ly/landmarkmtcalvary