LGA in East Harlem

La Guardia’s Apartment, before he moved to Gracie Mansion, was located on 5th Avenue at 109. Today his view would have been something like this:

A contemporary real estate site describes the location in this way:

Description

1274 Fifth is a six-story building, built in 1934, along the fabulous 50-block stretch of Fifth Avenue above 109th Street, offering gorgeous pre-war architecture, unprecedented space, and beautiful natural light. This pet-friendly building is steps from Central Park and has an on-site super.

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Building Amenities

  • Pre War
  • Washer/Dryer in building
  • Elevator
  • Mail Room
  • Laundry Room
  • Live-In Superintendent

LaGuardia lived in an apartment in this East Harlem building, which sits on the corner of East 109th Street, when he was elected mayor in 1934. Robert Moses offered a move to Gracie Mansion, but LaGuardia decided to stay in his apartment for another eight years before finally moving to the East River.

Harlem, as the Sum of Its Residents

Protest Tomorrow @2:00 PM

Join tomorrow’s March on Gracie Mansion.

We are marching for housing for the homeless because we are disgusted at the ineffectiveness and the cost of New York’s current shelter system.  Every day the residents of Harlem see shelter residents discharged onto our streets without adequate support.  As a result, our streets and our parks have become part of the Department of Homeless Services shelter system – failing shelter residents and failing the communities that house them.

The gross mismanagement of Harlem’s homeless shelter system, coupled with the oversaturation of shelters in our community reflects decades of systemic racism and closely follows the patterns laid out by redlining.  Wealthier and frequently whiter neighborhoods in New York do not carry their fair share of New York’s shelter system.  Our proud village of Harlem demands that all communities help to shelter our homeless neighbors and we have united behind a “Housing Not Shelter” policy.  

We have 4 demands of our current and future mayor:

  1. Oversaturated communities’ shelters must be redistributed to neighborhoods that are not sheltering their fair share of homeless New Yorkers
  2. The shelter system’s budget must transition from shelters to market-rate rent vouchers.
  3. Large congregant shelters must be downsized immediately and adequately staffed and supported
  4. Shelter residents should be supported on-site with drug treatment, mental health, education, and job training programs directly located in the shelters.

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