129th Street Ferry

A 1908 postcard on Ebay of the Harlem ferry at 129th Street (on the Hudson or North River) that would take commuters and travelers to/from New Jersey.

Note the paddlewheels still in use.

View From the Water

Another Ebay item, with a view from the water, looking inland at West 129th Street’s docks.

Note the shipper advertises Steamers for Troy and Albany:

Average Commuting Time

The variation in mode share across the city is not surprising given that some neighborhoods have access to many modes (convenient transit, bikeshare, etc.) while others have fewer options and are more car-dependent. Likewise, average commute times vary widely among neighborhoods, from just over a half hour to just under an hour. Residents may face longer travel times due not only to the availability of travel options but proximity to destinations. Average commute trip times increase as you go further from Manhattan, which in part reflects the availability, frequency, and directness of transit.

African American Owned Tower Proposed

Affirmation Tower, which is proposed to become the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, will not only break records for its height, but will also break barriers for people of color all over the region. 

The building was proposed as a response to a request of proposals made by New York City, and it will become the first African American-owned skyscraper in the city’s history. Its development follows the agenda set by last year’s George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, which pushed for inclusion, diversity and racial equality. The developers of the tower, including Cheryl McKissack, president and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, and Craig Livingston, who is a managing partner for Exact Capital, have garnered high-profile tenants for the building, with one of them being the NAACP. 

Read more here: https://www.cityandstateny.com/personality/2021/12/mwbe-developers-aim-sky-high-affirmation-tower/187364/

Get On The Bus!

Join Assemblywoman Dickens and Senator Cleare on the chartered bus to Albany’s 51st Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislators’ Conference:

Your Voice

New York State and New York City politicians can’t read your mind. If you want change in the community, then here’s your chance to speak to Albany or speak to City Hall.

Please reach out to: GreaterHarlem.nyc/Volunteer to learn more and connect with other neighbors who want #FairShare4Harlem

Harlem Academy’s New Building

Harlem Academy has a new main campus at 655 St. Nicholas – just below 145th Street.

The brick building is 5 stories tall, and replaces 3 previous locations into one consolidated whole. ’s permanent new home is now complete and officially open at 655 St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood. The five-story building unifies the school’s operations and classroom facilities, which were previously scattered across three rented, non-contiguous storefronts.

Harlem Academy was originally founded in 2004 and serves students in grades one through eight. As of last year, the school’s population was capped at 125 students.

The new building will allow the academy to double its enrollment of students from Harlem.