Spring Clean-Up, Today!

Got the itch to do some spring cleaning? Then meet up with Uptown Grand Central TODAY to spring clean on a massive scale.

TODAY Saturday, April 10, marks the kick-off of Uptown’s spring cleaning season, with the first of our warm-weather community clean-ups along the East 125th Street corridor. We’re glad to be doing it in partnership with the Sanitation Foundation (who, yes! know a thing or two about trash)!

It’s also the NYPD’s Graffiti Clean-Up Day (so we’ll be brushing up some artwork as well) and the beautification day for Art In the Park (in case you have a green thumb).

We’ll meet up at noon in the Uptown community space under the tracks at 125th Street & Park Avenue. Gloves, brooms and other supplies will be provided, so sign up here to help us get a headcount! Social distancing will be enforced. And most likely there’ll be snacks.

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Jobs!

City Cleanup Corps is Hiring

The City Cleanup Corps (NYC CCC) will employ 10,000 New Yorkers for beautification across our city. NYC CCC workers will wipe away graffiti, powerwash sidewalks, create community murals, tend to community gardens, beautify public spaces, and work with community organizations to clean their neighborhoods.

Available Job Opportunities

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Got the Itch?

Got the itch to do some spring cleaning? Then meet up with Uptown Grand Central this weekend to spring clean on a massive scale.

This Saturday, April 10, marks the kick-off of Uptown’s spring cleaning season, with the first of our warm-weather community clean-ups along the East 125th Street corridor. We’re glad to be doing it in partnership with the Sanitation Foundation (who, yes! know a thing or two about trash)!

It’s also the NYPD’s Graffiti Clean-Up Day (so we’ll be brushing up some artwork as well) and the beautification day for Art In the Park (in case you have a green thumb).

We’ll meet up at noon in the Uptown community space under the tracks at 125th Street & Park Avenue. Gloves, brooms and other supplies will be provided, so sign up here to help us get a headcount! Social distancing will be enforced. And most likely there’ll be snacks.

Where Does My Sewage Go?

Quick. Do you know where your sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets eventually empty? For most of us in Harlem, our sewage waste goes to Wards Island to the sewage treatment plant that was built in the 1940’s in the shadow of the Hellgate Bridge.

A 2013 plan to upgrade the facility is ongoing, but since the Public Works Administration built the Wards Island plant, your sewage flows (in a pipe) under the East River to Wards Island where in 8 hours, the solids are removed, the liquid cleaned, and the resulting clean water is put into the East River.

In the map above, any drain or toilet in the purple area, eventually gets to Wards Island.

Please note that you should never believe that anything labeled ‘flushable’ is indeed flushable. Do not put it in the toilet. Place it in a garbage can and take it out with the solid waste.

COVID-19 Positivity and Vaccination Rates for Harlem

From Patch.com:

https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/1ZvOB/2/

Hover over a Zip Code or click on a line to focus on that particular data.

Nick Garber from Patch.com has information on our community and the vaccine:

Latest Harlem vaccine data

  • 10026 – Central Harlem (South): 34 percent received one dose, 20 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10027 – Central Harlem (South)/Morningside Heights/West Harlem: 33 percent received one dose, 19 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10029 – East Harlem: 36 percent received one dose, 22 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10030 – Central Harlem (North): 28 percent received one dose, 16 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10031 – Hamilton Heights/West Harlem: 34 percent received one dose, 21 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10035 – East Harlem: 39 percent received one dose, 23 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10037 – Central Harlem (North)/East Harlem: 32 percent received one dose, 20 percent fully vaccinated
  • 10039 – Central Harlem (North)/Washington Heights (South): 27 percent received one dose, 16 percent fully vaccinated

M11 DSNY Depot Coming

The M11 DSNY depot is coming to 127th Street at the Potamkin site. Site clearing has been done, and the project is underway.

Note that M10 (Central Harlem) already park their trucks under the Metro North Tracks, between 130-132. Our neighborhood will have two open air DSNY lots. Other, wealthier communities have combined, and enclosed facilities even though our community has some of the highest childhood asthma rates in the city.

We need Council Member Diana Ayala to fight for the funding for a consolidated, enclosed DSNY depot.

NYC Now Has a Vaccine Tracker

To see the live version: https://public.tableau.com/views/COVID-19VaccinationTracker/Geography?:language=en&:display_count=y&:origin=viz_share_link

Black Businesses

Plenty to celebrate during both Black History Month and all year long:

Head to Uptown Grand Central’s Small Business Guidethen Listings or Map, then select “Black-Owned” as your detail. More than 100 restaurants, retail, barbershops/salons and fitness/wellness businesses will pop up. You can also search by “Historic,” to find businesses that have been around for 25 years or more (such as our own Omo Sade Skincare, above).

Have a business to add? This guide was built for our community, so email UGC at [email protected].

DSNY Manhattan Community Coordinator

Marissa Yanni – DSNY’s Manhattan Community Affairs Liaison – appeared at this week’s 25th Precinct Community Council meeting and offered that we could contact her directly with any questions or to report any sanitation issues in East Harlem and Harlem. Marissa’s contact information is:

[email protected]

After the mayor’s walkabout in East Harlem, agencies like DSNY are (for the moment) focused on our community and would like you to identify areas of concern.

The Last King of France, Lived in Exile, in Harlem

Who knew?

Louis Philippe I was the last King of France – reigning from 1830 to 1848. Before 1848, he arrived and lived in Harlem as an exile.

Louis Philippe lived in the United States for four years, staying in, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City. In 1815, he moved into the historic Claremont Inn “one of the noble houses on the Island” in Harlem.

Claremont Inn was situated on the bluff above Manhattanville, overlooking what is now 125th Street (note the ferry docks on the Hudson that once took travelers to Fort Lee).

You can see it, and Grants Tomb (built much later, of course) here:

For more images of the Claremont Inn, see:

https://collections.mcny.org/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&VBID=24UP1GMTV1ABT

For more on Louis Phillippe, see:

https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/louis-philippe-i-the-last-king-of-france-exiled-in-harlem-ny/