Lincoln Jail For Women Opposed By Angela Davis

Patch.com is reporting that plans to revive Lincoln Jail (on 110th Street between 5th and Lenox) a women’s “trauma informed” jail has run into opposition from local and national activists.

Most prominent among them is, perhaps, Angela Davis, who has signed a letter opposing the creation of a Lincoln Jail for Women as have hundreds of others. You can see the signatories here:

https://medium.com/@nonewwomensjailnyc/over-200-community-members-organizers-scholars-and-formerly-incarcerated-people-and-their-ce9218e021ba

and you can sign it yourself. Simply scroll down to the bottom, or try this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNzfLT7rB7ujYkawyh1STE3ETMcmxJncc8jCM7htD5-3J7sQ/viewform

Claude McKay – Poet, Writer, Activist

123 and Broadway

Looking at the photo above it’s hard to imagine that this is Harlem – 123rd Street and Broadway – even if it was taken in 1895. The photo was taken by Robert Bracklow (1849-1919) and shows street car tracks (look in the bottom left) which means that this would be Broadway, vs. the street running up to the right in the photo that must be 123rd Street.

Note the lamp post – rather short, but a nice cast iron item. The trees, on the left-hand side help us orient as well. The shadows are on the left, thus north. Going to the left would take you further uptown, and going to the right on Broadway would take you towards Columbia University and beyond.

In a second photo taken at the same session, Bracklow shows us not only the rural looking wooden home and driveway, it also takes in some brownstone row houses on 125th street (at least the back of them):

Here you can more clearly see the street car/trolly tracks on Broadway, as well as the cobbles that surfaced this major thoroughfare.

The wooden home is represented here in yellow:

From the blog Stuff Nobody Cares About: https://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2020/06/26/home-on-the-range/

The hill, behind the wooden home, is where Morningside Gardens now stands. Note, however, that there is an outhouse, seemingly at the top of the driveway, between the home and the hill, behind.

For a view of the same corner, today, see below:

As Seen on 3rd Avenue

Stalled Development = Parking Lot

A couple of years ago HNBA learned that a developer was going to build a new residential building on Park Avenue between East 126 and East 127, on the west side. For over two years now the vacant lots have just sat there. In the summer of 2019, there was a flurry of activity to do test borings which seemed to portend that development was imminent.

Recently it appears that plans for any development have been scrapped and parts of the lots have now been paved over, and are being used for large truck storage/parking.

Anyone familiar with this property knows that it’s a convenient location for many of the M35 homeless people who hang out on East 126th street between Lex/Park to urinate, defecate, and use drugs with no prying eyes on the street (Jane Jacobs) so it’s a shame this potential site for more housing remains an underutilized parking lot.

Article in The Columbia Spectator

The issue of medical redlining, the oversaturation of addition programs in communities of color, and the evidence that Black and Hispanic New Yorkers are steered towards methadone at greater numbers than white New Yorkers, all came up in a recent article from The Columbia Spectator.

See: https://www.columbiaspectator.com/news/2021/02/23/residents-push-back-against-construction-of-methadone-clinic-claim-harlem-is-oversaturated-with-clinics/

“The opioid addiction is a national crisis. It transcends class; it transcends race; it transcends gender; it transcends geography; and yet time and time again, the location of those facilities is not transcending those factors. The location is always in low-income communities of color,” Hill said.