On September 13th (Tuesday) at 6:00, we’ll gather at East 129th Street and 5th Avenue (south-east corner) to celebrate the unveiling of Ann Petry Place.
The acclaimed African-American author, Ann Petry, lived at 2 East 129th Street when she engaged in much of her activist writing for African American newspapers such as The Amsterdam News and The People’s Voice, and The Crisis. 2 East 129th Street was also her home when she wrote the seminal novel: The Street.
This novel, The Street, was the first novel by an African-American woman to sell a staggering 1.5 million copies. With time, The Street has become a canonical text that continues to be widely read throughout the United States as a literary exploration of the grinding and oppressive impact that systemic racism and sexism in mid-century America had on Harlem residents, and African-American women in particular.
Ann Petry stands as a crucial bridge between activists and writers from the Harlem Renaissance with those of Harlem’s Civil Rights and Black Power movements of the 1950’s and beyond.
We hope you will plan on attending the unveiling and meet Liz Petry, Ann Petry’s daughter, as well as a number of your local officials.
Bethel Gospel Assembly’s 119th Street Side
A dedication to the school that is now the Bethel Gospel Assembly Church, on East 119th Street.
Below is a view of the church from Marcus Garvey Park (looking south, across 120th Street:
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.
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
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.
GUN BUY BACK will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2020.
Receive a $200 Pre-paid Card for Handguns and Assault Rifles Receive a $25 Pre-paid Card for Rifles, Shotguns, and Airguns Drop-Off Site:
Bethel Gospel Assembly 1832 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10035
Hours Open: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M
MEETING SCHEDULE • WEEK OF OCTOBER 19 Public Safety & Transportation Committee Monday • October 19th • 6:30pm In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Informational Updates with NYPD, DOT, & DANYCommittee Discussion FY 2022 Statement of District Needs & Budget RequestsStreet Co-naming Request in honor of Terence Cardinal Cooke at the Southeast Corner of Fifth Avenue and East 106th StreetCommittee discussion re: policy intervention to promote motor vehicular (e-bike, scooters, etc.) safety
District Needs & Budget Committee Tuesday • October 20th • 6:30pm In order to attend this meeting, please register in advance for this webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Introduction by MBPO Director of Budget and Capital ProjectsReview committee edits and finalize FY22 Statement of District Needs & Budget Request
COMMUNITY NEWS & UPDATES State enforcement of the ban on plastic bags begins October 19 Starting October 19, 2020 enforcement of the New York State Plastic Bag Ban and Paper Bag Fee will begin. Stores will be penalized for distributing single use plastic bags and must collect a 5-cent fee on paper bags. Learn more about the law here.
Apply to Become an Emergency Snow Laborer with DSNY The New York City Department of Sanitation has announced that registration is now open for those interested in working as Emergency Snow Laborers for the upcoming winter season. Emergency Snow Laborers are per-diem workers who shovel snow and clear ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants and step streets around the five boroughs after heavy snowfalls. Snow Laborers earn $15 per hour to start, and $22.50 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week. To better allow for social distancing and COVID-related protocols, those interested in becoming a Snow Laborer must register for a 15-minute application appointment at nyc.gov/snow. Registration appointments take place at the Department’s 59 garages. Snow laborers must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor. All applicants must bring the following items at the time of registration:Two small photos (1 ½ square)Original and copy of two forms of identificationSocial Security card
New York City Releases Winter Outdoor Dining Guidance Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the Department of Buildings (DOB), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to release thorough guidance for city restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter. Participants in the Open Restaurants program interested in providing comfort heating for their customers in outdoor dining areas have three options: Electric radiant heaters will be allowed in sidewalk and roadway seating setups. For full guidance from the Department of Buildings, click here.Natural gas radiant heaters will be allowed on the sidewalk only. For full guidance from the Department of Buildings, click here. Natural gas radiant heaters must also comply with the Fire Code.Portable heaters fueled by propane will be allowed on the sidewalk only. Propane heating will be regulated by the Fire Department, with requirements for safe handling, use and storage. For full guidance from the Fire Department, click here.
Movie Night with the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival, with host/curator/CB11 Vice Chair Xavier Santiago City lights, movie night. Head to the Open Street at East 101st & Lexington each Saturday night at 7 p.m. in October for award-winning film shorts curated by the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. Films include: Boricua, Dak Toka Taino, El Caballero, Boriqueneers, Ubering, The Step, Pie, Coqui Serenade, and more.
NYCEM Community Preparedness announces Strengthening Communities Through Recovery RFP NYC Emergency Management released a new Strengthening Communities through Recovery COVID-19 grant opportunity. Any interested community leader or community emergency networks that serves one of the below communities should apply. A community emergency network is a group or coalition that consists of nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations that are organized around an issue important to their community such as climate change, gun violence, housing, disability rights, among others. Apply by 10/20/20 at 5PM. Access the application here. Proposals and questions about the RFP process should be emailed to Abdul Washington at [email protected].
East Harlem Walks 2.0 Returns! In collaboration with Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Harlem Run and with DOHMH East Harlem Neighborhood Health Center is hosting an array of walks and will have opportunities to earn entries to community races/fundraisers as well as gift cards. RSVP is required.
10/24/20 at 11am: Natural Areas Tour in Randall’s Island Randall’s Island Park is host to many acres of gorgeous wetland habitat, including our five-acre Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh and one of the city’s only freshwater wetlands. RIPA’s tours showcase these brilliant spaces and offer participants the opportunity to learn about how wetlands function and their ecological importance in an urban setting. Participants can enjoy viewing beautiful wildflowers, birds and other native wildlife while learning about some of the fascinating history that has shaped the natural areas on the Island. Meet snowy egrets, yellow crowned night herons, red-tailed hawks, and more! Please join us for a one-hour tour. Each person must register, including all children, so that we can be sure to stay within our meeting number guidelines. And everyone over the age of two must agree to wear a mask. RSVP here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Agdalisa Rivera via email at or via [email protected]text at (917) 653-1315. Have any updates to share? Email Carly Wine, our Assistant District Manager, at [email protected].