Wilfredo Lopez – Candidate for Assembly District 68

Wilfredo Lopez has come to a couple of our HNBA meetings and had mentioned that CB11 (East Harlem) does not get the same amount of funding for DSNY concerns that the community district south of 96th Street does.

Wilfedo brought this up, and subsequently sent over the document that proves his point:

The link to the budget document is below as well as a screenshot of the relevant page (p. 213).

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/omb/downloads/pdf/cbgeo6-20.pdf

Wilfredo points out that the document (above) shows that East Harlem (Sanitation District 11) receives less than half the budget for sanitation services than nearby wealthier neighborhoods like the Upper East Side (Sanitation District 8) or the Upper West Side (Sanitation District 7). 

DSNY Replies

Brooklyn, NY – June 7 2016: DSNY workers collect trash on a city street. New York Department of Sanitation is responsible for garbage and recycling collection, street cleaning, and snow removal.

After our HNBA meeting, DSNY replied to the issue that it spends more DSNY money on the Upper East Side more than it does in East Harlem:

I apologize for the delay in following up from the meeting last week.

There was a question regarding funding allocation within Community Board 11 as compared to other districts (specifically CB 8).

Correct, there is a funding difference because of the amount of service needed.

For example, CB11 has 80.8 total miles of ASP (including metered blocks) compared to CB8 that has 123.9 miles (including metered blocks).

CB11 has 70 total personnel assigned to the garbage, while CB8 has 140.

I hope this information is helpful.

Please let me know if anyone else in the group has questions.

I am always available to you all.

Thank you

  • Marissa Yanni 
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Bureau of Community Affairs
  • NYC Department of Sanitation
  • Office: 646-885-4575
  • Mobile: 646-841-4250
    [email protected]

HNBA’s May 2022 Meeting Zoom Recording

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HNBA Meeting On Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00 PM

All are welcome to come out on Tuesday at 7:00 PM to hear from (and ask questions of) Delsenia Glover and Inez Dickens – two candidates for New York State Assembly District 70.  

In addition, we will have our neighbors from the HDFC Coop at the corner of 5th Avenue and 126th Street stop by to talk about their plans for block parties this summer on East 126th Street.  The focus of these events will be on youth in the community.

Topic: HNBA Meeting
Time: May 10, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Art In The Park

Join Art in the Park, East Harlem’s amazing resource for families at Lex/128 for free activities, fun, and creative expression for children.

Go to ArtInThePark128.org to see more about the incredible work they do.

It’s amazing. It’s free. And it’s a jewel in Harlem.

HNBA Monthly Meeting Tonight at 7 PM

Join the Commanding Officer Chris Henning of the 25th Precinct next Tuesday at 7, to hear more about (and ask questions concerning), public safety issues in our community.  

In addition to CO Henning, we will be joined by Marissa Yanni from DSNY.  She’ll be answering questions about composting, pickup of corner trash bins, street cleaning, and much more.

Lastly, our State Assembly Member Gibbs will drop in to introduce himself and answer your questions about what he’s done, and what he intends to do, to improve the quality of life in our community.

Bring your questions, forward this to your neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

(To request the Zoom link, go to: https://hnba.nyc/contact-us/)

Zero Waste Academy


it’s back! 
   
We’re excited to announce the return of the Zero Waste Academy (ZWA), our free educational programming introducing participants to waste management and its importance to our city and our world. 

This year, ZWA will kick off on April 30 and culminate with an in-person networking event (Module 9) on May 19. Participation is free but space is limited—applications are open from April 4-15—be sure to apply early! (And tell your friends!) Apply to the Academy!  The 9-session virtual series brings together subject matter experts from both the NYC Department of Sanitation and the private sector, including organizations like Closed Loop Partners, the Center for Zero Waste Design, and Foodprint Group. Sessions will explore topics like:
the current landscape of waste in NYC, both public and private the current landscape of waste in NYC, both public and private the origins of American “throwaway culture” and an introduction to circular economies how architecture and the built environment influence recycling and diversion habits and a focused look at food waste, the largest diversion opportunity in our waste stream Plus an exciting lineup of field tripswhich you can read about in our latest blog post!  

Preview the Full Curriculum   The NYC ZWA is for anyone with the desire to gain a more thorough understanding of the environmental and sustainability issues affecting our city and our lives. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from highly knowledgeable instructors and equip themselves with the tools and resources to work more effectively towards a zero waste future. Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion and an invitation to join our active LinkedIn ZWA Alumni community. 
  Apply We’re thankful for the support of our partners at Con Edison & The Verizon Foundation, who help make this educational series possible.

HNBA Meeting Next Tuesday (April 12, at 7 PM)

Join the Commanding Officer Chris Henning of the 25th Precinct next Tuesday at 7, to hear more about (and ask questions concerning), public safety issues in our community.  

In addition to CO Henning, we will be joined by Marissa Yanni from DSNY.  She’ll be answering questions about composting, pickup of corner trash bins, street cleaning, and much more.

Lastly, our State Assembly Member Gibbs will drop in to introduce himself and answer your questions about what he’s done, and what he intends to do, to improve the quality of life in our community.

Bring your questions, forward this to your neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

(To request the Zoom link, go to: https://hnba.nyc/contact-us/)

Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake

It’s that time of year again. Harlem residents are urged to apply to be the 2022 Mr. or Miss Harlem Shake.

Prized include a year of free burgers, $1000, money for a charity of your choice, and fame beyond your wildest dreams.

Details at:

HarlemShakeNYC.com/mmhs22

And The Fabulous Children of Harlem

As seen at 135th/5th.

Housing Inequality

Harlem’s rate of homeownership is strikingly low. A new choose your adventure video game attempts to explore why housing in the U.S. has not fairly delivered housing-derived middle-class lives to many Americans, particularly people of color. This game explodes the larger American myth that homeownership can be achieved by anyone through hard work and smart decision-making. 

The game – Dot’s Home – was created by housing and community advocates and wants to reveal the illusion of choice and opportunity in the housing system. 

In “Dot’s Home,” players step into the shoes of Dorothea “Dot” Hawkins, a young Black woman living in her grandma’s house. The home, in a disinvested Black neighborhood in Detroit, is in desperate need of repairs. “Dot” travels back in time, via a magic key, to help her family make crucial housing decisions that will ultimately affect her own future. These decisions include whether her grandparents should invest in a shoddy house as their first home, and whether her parents should move away from their community  to the suburbs after their home in a public housing development is set for demolition.

But here’s the rub: In the game that is the American housing system, there are no great outcomes for a Black woman — just ones that are more or less bittersweet.

As Dot, players pass through different decades, each one highlighting a defining moment in history for Black homeownership: the Great Migration of the 20th century, urban renewal efforts in the 1990s, and finally, the 2010 foreclosure crisis that helped spur gentrification. Along the way, players navigate racist housing policies and predatory lending practices whose impacts reverberate across generations in real life.

“We wanted players to play the game and not necessarily empathize with Dot’s family but just to bear witness to, and accompany them through, these very intimate but consequential moments,” says Christina Rosales, housing and land director at the community organizing nonprofit PowerSwitch Action and a co-producer of the game.

By offering an intimate look at how housing discrimination affects one family, “Dot’s Home” aims to be relatable to its target audience — someone who knows these challenges first-hand, and whose experience is not unlike that of the team behind the game.

“This game is essentially made by people of color, for people of color,” says Rosales. “So it contains all of these intimate moments that are a reflection of the team’s own family histories and interactions with neighbors.”

The game, free to download through Steam, was recently featured at the Game Developers of Color Expo and was a 2021 Impact Award Nominee at IndieCade. 

We are often told, when it comes to housing, that we have a choice. We can choose where we want to live, we can make all these sacrifices and build our wealth. We are told that, if we just do the right things, we can have a prosperous life.  The developers wanted to have players explore that feeling of false agency and false choices.

Racial Bias in Home Valuation

Examining housing appraisals from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2021, researchers found: 

  • 12.5% of appraisals in majority-Black census tracts came in below the contract price of the houses they assessed compared to 7.4% of appraisals in white tracts. For appraisals in majority-Latino tracts, 15.4% were valued lower than the contract price. For both Black and Latino areas, the percentage of undervalued appraisals increased as the white population percentage decreased. 
  • The undervalued appraisals occurred more frequently in Black and Latino tracts even when taking structural and neighborhood characteristics into account.
  • Racial gaps were found even when just looking at the race of the mortgage applicant as opposed to the neighborhoods the homes were in: 8.6% of Black applicants received appraisals lower than the contract price of the house, as did 9.5% of Latino applicants, compared to 6.5% of white applicants and 7.1% of applicants overall.

To read the full story:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-28/study-finds-widespread-racial-disparities-in-appraisals

Oh, and Co-Ops…

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/feb/08/new-york-housing-co-ops-apartments-discrimination

HNBA’s March Meeting with Wilfredo Lopez

Topic: HNBA Meeting
Date: Mar 8, 2022 10:03 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Curbside Composting

Curbside Composting is coming back — in a new way! DSNY will collect food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard waste and turn it into compost or renewable energy. This free service is voluntary, and residents must sign up.

Eligibility

The program is open to residential buildings of all sizes in all parts of Harlem.

Sign Up and Stay Informed

Sign-up is now open! We will notify you when service will start in your area. If you do not live in an area where the service is yet offered, we will let you know about opportunities to bring your food scraps to a drop-off location or how to compost at home (and will let you know if service is expanding to your area!).

We want to hear from everyone interested in Curbside Composting as it helps us make the case to expand this service to more neighborhoods.

Apartment Buildings

Multi-unit apartment buildings must have management approval. Ask your building management or board members to sign up. If you are in an eligible neighborhood, we will notify the building representative when service will start in your area.

Service

Curbside Composting service will resume this fall on a rolling basis based on the number of sign ups in each neighborhood. This way we can ensure there will be enough material set out for our trucks to pick up.

The more sign-ups in your area, the quicker service will start!

Brown Bins

If you do not have a DSNY-issued brown bin, you can request one when you sign up and we will deliver it before your service begins.

Why Compost?

Composting keeps our neighborhoods clean and healthy! Food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste make up a third of the trash New Yorkers throw away. Our brown bins have latching lids that make it harder for rodents and pests to get to your food waste. It’s much easier for them to rip open a bag at the curb.
The finished compost made from your food and yard waste nourishes our soil for healthier parks and gardens.
Composting makes our city more sustainable—we can reduce waste sent to landfills and create clean, renewable energy to heat or power homes.
What Goes in the Brown Bin

ALL FOOD WASTE including:

coffee grounds and tea bags
shells (seafood, nut, and egg)
bones
spoiled and expired food
food soiled paper (napkins, towels, uncoated plates, bags, trays, boxes)
Yard and Plant Waste including:

leaves
spent flowers and trimmings
small twigs
grass clippings
BPI approved compostable items.

DO NOT put in:

Trash of any kind including:
diapers and hygienic products
animal waste
wrappers and packaging
foam products
Recyclables including:
metal
glass
rigid plastic
beverage cartons
clean recyclable paper
cardboard

Spread the word!

Help us inform New Yorkers about curbside composting by sharing digital content (social media posts, sample text for newsletters, and graphics) from our Make Compost, Not Trash website.

HNBA Meeting Video

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HNBA January Meeting Recording

If you were unable to make it to HNBA’s January meeting with State Senator Cordell Cleare (and others and would like to view it, here’s the link:

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Van Der Zee

A while ago I came across a great black and white image from James Van Der Zee, the celebrated photographer of the Harlem Renaissance. The image, of The Church of God’s nursery school is arresting with the starched elegance of the children’s outfits and the stern flanking adults who bracket the scene.

The morticians and funeral directors sign in the window below the church sign highlighted the roles that Veal and Veal, Licensed Undertakers were willing to perform. On that glass window, the number 257 had me curious as to where this might be in Harlem.

There are, as you can imagine, many streets or avenues with the address 257, but what helped me a lot was the distinctive architecture on the left of the scene:

The monumental structure is odd – neither residential looking nor commercial. It was, however a building I’d puzzled over for years, and this image (below) shows the building as it exists today, with the distinctive window, now bricked up:

And the building to the east, the one that had held the church and funeral directors, retains the distinctive cast-iron detail to the left of the door and around the transom window:

Below is the full view of what is now the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in New York and the somewhat forlorn facade of 257, shorn of its commercial bay.

And below, an image of 257 West 123rd Street, in its 1940’s tax photo.

Harlem Neighborhood Block Association Meeting Tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00 PM

The January HNBA meeting will be virtual, and you are invited. 

We’ll gather tomorrow: Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 PM to hear from, and ask questions of, NY State Senator Cordell Cleare.  If there is something you want Albany to do for you, or Harlem, here’s your chance to speak directly to our state senator.

In addition, we’ll have a brief presentation from the West Harlem Art Fund on Florence Mills, and the Art Fund’s effort to name the plaza in Historic St. Nicholas Park after her.

Make sure to invite a neighbor.

Click COMMENT (below) to request the Zoom link.

The House of God Church

Keith Dominion

Free At Home COVID Tests

The Postal Service is delivering one shipment of 4 COVID tests per residential address. Enter your name, address and email at www.usps.com/covidtest

Block Association Meeting on Thursday, 7pm

The January HNBA meeting will be virtual, and you are invited. 

We’ll gather on Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 PM to hear from, and ask questions of, NY State Senator Cordell Cleare.  If there is something you want Albany to do for you, or Harlem, here’s your chance to speak directly to our state senator.

In addition, we’ll have a brief presentation from the West Harlem Art Fund on Florence Mills, and the Art Fund’s effort to name the plaza in Historic St. Nicholas Park after her.

Make sure to invite a neighbor.

Click COMMENT (below) to request the Zoom link.

Serpico

A number of scenes from the blockbuster film of the 70’s, Serpico, were filmed in East Harlem.

and

This site details them all and shows how the area around Pleasant Avenue, Rao’s, and Jefferson Park was crucial for a number of scenes.

Harlem’s Night Market Returns

The Harlem Night Market returns to the historic La Marqueta this Friday, December 17, to Sunday, December 19: https://www.instagram.com/harlemnightmarket.

Join us the last weekend before Christmas to celebrate the best food, makers and music from across East and West Harlem. This year we’ve expanded to include more vendors than ever in the stalls at La Marqueta — plus Santa and family-friendly activities by El Museo del Barrio at Urban Garden Center.

MARKET HOURS & ACTIVITIES:
Friday, December 17, 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 18, 4-9 p.m. (Family activities 4-6 p.m.)
Sunday, December 19, 3-8 p.m. (Family activities 3-6 p.m.)

MUSIC:
D.J.s Ted Smooth & Stormin’ Norman will be holding us down each night on the ones and twos. Plus there’ll be family-friendly live music each afternoon:
Friday, 5-6 p.m.: Yotoco Music
Saturday, 4-5 p.m.: Traditional Puerto Rican parranda with Los Pleneros de la 21 that will wind its way through all lots of the market, and end on the La Placita mainstage
Sunday, 3-4 p.m.: Son Pecadores
Sunday, 4-4:30 p.m.: Sing Harlem Gospel Choir

VENDORS:
Our vendor list is topping out at some 75 amazing chefs and makers across the course of the three days! To give you a taste:

Food: Sugar Hill Creamery, Harlem Biscuit Co, Cafe Ollin, Au Jus BBQ, El Paso, La Fonda, Make My Cake, Black Rican Vegan, Dell’Aria Caffe, Harlem Seafood Soul, Harlem Baking Co., Maryam’s Yum Yum & more.

Alcohol: Pitorro by Port Morris Distillery, plus coquito by Lolo’s Seafood Shack, Flaco Coquito and several winners of the New York State Coquito Masters.

Makers: Void Asylum (winners of Harlem Fashion Week), Jam + Rico, Adinkra Republic, the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, Body Vanity, HERBAS, Harlem Hoopz, Hannah Bandannah, Aya Hand Fans, Taller Jibaro, East Harlem Preservation, Yo Soy Mia, Della Designz, Pop Pins, K’s Jams, Craft Miztli & more.

Proof of vaccination and ID are required to enter the indoor spaces of the market, and face coverings must be worn except when eating and drinking. Urban Garden Center and our temporary Open Street on 115th Street will remain outdoors and in the open air.

Free tickets on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harlem-night-market-tickets-220442849497

Scenes From A Protest

HNBA members joined a protest and march organized by 1775 Houses, AK Houses, JR Houses, and The Greater Harlem Coalition on Saturday.

200+ people joined to protest the continued oversaturation of our community with addiction treatment programs that primarily serve people from other communities that have managed to keep treatment programs out of their neighborhoods, and instead, pack them in ours.

Congress Member Adrian Espaillat and other political leaders (and aspirants) joined the march.

HNBA Holliday Comic Cooking

We had a lot of fun last night cooking together over Zoom and sharing some laughs and food.

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Feel free to watch to learn more about a great, fast, and tasty pasta meal.