Mapping Social Capital

Social capital – the strength of our relationships and communities – has been shown to play an important role in outcomes ranging from income to health. Using privacy-protected data on 21 billion friendships from Facebook, Opportunity Insights measure three types of social capital in each neighborhood, high school, and college in the United States:

  • Economic Connectedness
    • The degree to which low-income and high-income people are friends with each other
  • Cohesiveness
    • The degree to which social networks are fragmented into cliques
  • Civic Engagement
    • Rates of volunteering and participation in community organizations

The site visualizes where different forms of social capital are lacking or flourishing and allows you to explore how likely children in a given neighborhood, will be able to rise out of poverty.

One measure from the Facebook data was volunteerism. The map below shows how likely community members were to be engaged in volunteering in some sort of community group/action:

Note how the Bronx and East Harlem have very low volunteering rates, but then again, so do parts of the Upper East Side.

In the screenshot (above) the Upper West Side shows the highest rate of volunteerism – reflecting the attributes of social capital – time, status, connections, and financial stability – which permit/foster volunteerism.

To see more about what 21 billion friendships on Facebook can tell us about our communities, see:

https://socialcapital.org/?dimension=CohesivenessClustering&dim1=EconomicConnectednessIndividual&dim2=CohesivenessClustering&dim3=CivicEngagementVolunteeringRates&geoLevel=zcta&selectedId=z10026

Party on Park Returns – Sunday, October 2nd

Build the Block

Uptown Vinyl Supreme TODAY

and BRONX GIRLS SKATE

All-vinyl D.J.s, vinyl swapping and selling, analog lessons, plus skateboard: That’s this month’s installment of Open Sounds at Open Streets with Uptown Vinyl Supreme.

All-vinyl D.J.s, vinyl swapping and selling, analog lessons, plus skateboard: That’s this month’s installment of Open Sounds at Open Streets with Uptown Vinyl Supreme.

This Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at our Open Street at 100th & Lexington, there’ll be skateboards and safety gear available to borrow, plus skate obstacles where you can show your skills. Newbies are welcome for a beginner clinic hosted by Bronx Girls Skate from 2-3 p.m., followed by a free skate session from 3-5 p.m.
 
All while we build our Open Streets community playlist with tunes that reflect the streets of East Harlem …
 
SAVE ME A SKATEBOARD!
OPEN STREETS PLAYLIST

City Aims To Spend $776 Million To Complete Manhattan Greenway

Harlem would get two new connectors that would allow families, joggers, and cyclists to ride around Manhattan, traffic free.

This is a huge project that involves years of engineering and environmental impact analysis, but it really could be a game-changer for enaging with the waterfront in a car-free environment.

See the article below, for more:

https://gothamist.com/news/city-aims-spend-776-million-complete-manhattan-greenway-according-report

Join Concrete Safaris on Friday

On August 13th, youth interns (ages 14-24) enrolled in the Outdoor Play Cohort at Concrete Safaris’ Outdoor Leadership Academy will host JungleGym 2021 Summer Series, a NYC Open Streets event, celebrating its 14th birthday party and 9th annual obstacle race and active living fair on East 106th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues. A 20-obstacle race and active living fair for children (ages 5+) and their families will run from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

The Youth Host Photo Expo & Streetscape Garden Tour will take place on Friday, August 13th from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Second Avenue between 112th and 115th Streets.

In addition, Youth Host Virtual Photo Expo will take place on the same day from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

This event will bring youth interns (ages 14-24) enrolled in the Gardening & Health Media Cohorts at Concrete Safaris’ Outdoor Leadership Academy to host an Outdoor Photo Expo and Streetscape Garden Tour at Jefferson Gardens at Jefferson Houses, 300 East 115th Street in East Harlem. In addition, an online Photo Expo at concrete safaris.org will take place from 2:00 to 5:00pm.

28th Precinct’s Build the Block – Friday

A Great Day in Harlem on Thursday!

The Celebration of this historic street co-naming event will take place on Thursday, August 12th from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The entrance for guests will be at East 126th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Click here to Register. This is a free event.

“Uptown is proud to honor the deep-rooted history of jazz here in Harlem, along with the visionary man who conceived and took this iconic photo more than 60 years ago,” shared Diane Collier, Chair of Uptown Grand Central. “Along with the Harlem/East Harlem residents, we are pleased to memorialize this wonderful event with a street sign on the block where it all happened.”

Harlem Week is On

Find out more about fantastic Harlem Week events here:

https://www.harlemweek.com/2021schedule

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.

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).

Build The Block Tonight

Join the 25th Precinct’s Neighborhood Coordination Officer for our area, tonight at 6:30 PM. We’ll meet in Ginjan Cafe (Park/125).

% of Students Living in School Zone (By Race/Ethnicity)

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

Drug Bust in East Harlem Linked To A Yacht ‘Dope Joint’

The New York Times reported 100 years ago that a man living at 215 East 118th Street, the building with the bold red front door, below:

was dispensing drugs without a medical license.

The article goes on to note that there was a yacht moored off Harlem on the East River that served as Dope Joint.

For more on pre-WW1 America and cocaine, The Mystery of the Leaping Fish is a fascinating silent film that alludes to (and illustrates) drug use among America’s cultural elite:

Harlem and Civil Rights

A Virtual Tour

Since tourism has been put on hold, Welcome to Harlem introduces a way to safely tour Harlem and learn of its significant contribution to the Civil Rights Movement.

Welcome to Harlem proudly presents the “Harlem Civil Rights Virtual,” which is a virtual walking tour that will take place in Harlem, New York, beginning at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ. Eighteen of the twenty stops will be covered during an eye-opening trail starting on 116th Street uptown to the 137th area. The remaining two stops are past 137th Street. This exciting event will span across approximately two hours while it outlines the pivotal role Harlem played during the Civil Rights Movement, highlighting the fundamental sites and individuals who contributed to the cause.

Although tourism is currently non-existent, Welcome to Harlem is introducing a fun way for history lovers to learn about and engage with the neighborhood’s rich past. Harlem is a proud contributor to the Civil Rights Movement, and tourists will learn about each of the critical events that took place in the area. The Harlem Civil Rights Virtual Tour will visit the original Temple No. 7 and the Blumstein Department Store. It will also illustrate Harlem’s connection to the famous March on Washington House, and visit pertinent churches, including Mother A.M.E. Zion Church and Abyssinian Baptist Church, to name a few.

In addition, the tour highlights key individuals who helped lead the movement, including Malcolm X, A. Philip Randolph, Josephine Baker, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Roy Wilkins, W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, Wyatt Tee Walker, James Weldon Johnson, John Carlos, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Bayard Rustin, Paul Robeson, and many others.

Price: $15

https://welcometoharlem.com/tour/harlem-civil-rights-virtual-tour

Madison/110 To Be Developed

YIMBY is reporting that the vacant lot at the south-west corner of Madison Avenue and East 110th Street will be an 8 story rental building.

Build the Block on Thursday, March 11th, at 6:30 PM

Join our NCO’s at Ginjan Cafe on Thursday, March 11th for a 6:30 PM meeting to talk about public safety and any other concerns.

Build the Block – Thursday at 5:30 pm

Sector C of the 25th Precinct will be holding a Build The Block event on Thursday at 5:30 pm at Ginjan Cafe – Park/125. Sector C is the sliver north of 115th Street, between 5th and Park Avenues.

Bring any public safety concerns to the meeting.

Build The Block Meeting

Ginjan Café 85 East 125 St Manhattan, 10035

Thursday, August 13th, 2020 Doors open at 4:30 PM

Meeting starts at 5:00 PM

Our Neighborhood Coordination Officers would like to invite you to a Build The Block meeting at Ginjan Cafe. This will be an opportunity to discuss any public safety or quality of life issues you would like our precinct to focus on. Come and meet your neighbors, share any concerns you might have, and help our precinct see community need through your eyes and experience.

For accommodations regarding any disability, please contact Lieutenant Mario Deras
At (212) 860-6515 or [email protected]
at least 72 hours (three days) prior to the event.