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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Harlem Community Art Center

It is hard to imagine the federal government funding an art center in Harlem today, but in the depression, the Democratic administration did just that.

The Harlem Community Art Center was located in the building that now has Cohen Fashion Optical on the ground floor – at the corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.

The Harlem Community Art Center was created in November 1938 and only operated for 16 months. Eleanor Roosevelt opened the Center which operated under the Works Progress Administration.

The acclaimed sculptor – Augusta Savage – headed the Center which taught art to both children and adults. Pictured below, Augusta Savage was the preeminent Black sculptor of the 1930s and one of the few American women to be acknowledged as a sculptor by the notoriously clannish art establishment in New York.

The acknowledgment of her talent led to a commission to create a monumental sculpture for the 1939 Worlds Fair. The work, photographed below with Augusta Savage working on details, was destroyed at the end of the Fair.

Jacob Lawrence, a painter who depicted Harlem life in many of his paintings, attended programs at the Center and often taught classes.

Below is Lawrence’s painting of a Black, southern doctor who would migrate north during the Great Migration to follow his patients and escape southern terror.

DEP Jobs!

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has posted a position for City Park Workers who will assist with maintenance for our rain gardens. The maintenance work includes overall care and upkeep of the rain gardens such as edging, seeding, snow removal, cultivating, fertilizing, trimming etc.

Minimal qualification requirements including a valid New York State Driver’s License, and additional information are in the attachment provided, or by visiting: https://www1.nyc.gov/jobs/index.page

DEP, Bureau of Public Affairs

Jobs for Youth!

Here’s a jobs program for young Harlem residents if they’re interested to work with plants & gardeners & make $18/hour !

HARLEM YOUTH GARDENERS PROGRAM

APPLICATION IS OPEN TO AGES 14 – 19

Spring Session Dates:
March 27 — May 15

Saturdays from 8 AM – 4 PM

Earn $18 per hour!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

  • Work in all four Historic Harlem Parks: Jackie Robinson, Marcus Garvey, Morningside and St. Nicholas
  • Learn about landscaping, gardening, park ecology, sustainability, teamwork and leadership
  • Contribute to the vitality of your community by beautifying Harlem’s green spaces

Questions? Email [email protected]

Boundaries

Map makers are always look at edges. Edges of land and water, edges of populations, edges of political control. Reddit has taken a shot at defining NYC’s neighborhoods.

The boundaries of our community are interesting and, I think, better defined than by the political boundaries we currently have.

To see more: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1_gsxJNfmcGZI4ZL_7LnEHj72YpvgNq-w&hl=en&ll=40.80257119214328%2C-73.86854495672503&z=12

Jobs Held by New Yorkers Without a Bachelor’s Degree

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

Support Black Farmers

Corbin Hill will be holding two webinars this month on Black farmers in New York State.  

There are only 139 Black farmers among the 57,000 in NYS in a $42 billion industryFeeding the food insecure is noble and necessary but not sufficient.  This series speaks to the struggle and pathways for Black Farmers’ success in New York State.

Black Farmers’ Pathways to Success Webinar Series: Reimagining Urban Food Systems
Rocky Acres Community Farm: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
1:00- 2:00pm ET

Black Yard Farm Cooperative: Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
1:00- 2:00pm ET 
Register here

 Black farmers have been marginalized nearly out of existence for decades. According to the 2017 Agricultural Census, Black farmers experienced a $908 loss in annual earnings compared to the $42,000 in annual earnings for White farmers; and less than 1% of New York State Farmers were Black. In the face of the pandemic, Black farmers continue to face disproportionate burdens that prevent growth. The question remains as to how Black farmers can thrive despite these systematic barriers? In this two part series, we will begin to address this question as we shed light on the challenges and successes of the Rocky Acres Community Farm and the Black Yard Farm Cooperative at Corbin Hill Farm. Join us as we celebrate Black farmers’ pathways to success in honor of Black History Month. For more information on the speakers click here.

 Moderated by Onika Abraham, Director of Farm School NYC  Closed captions will be provided. Email us at [email protected] for accessibility concerns and needs.

CB11 Moratorium

After fighting for years, finally, CB11 is willing to consider issuing a resolution on moratorium on drug facilities services in East Harlem to NYC government. The current proposal is by no means enough. We need to push CB11 to ask the government to REDUCE the drug facilities in East Harlem, not just to stop adding more.

Click below to see the agenda:

If at all possible, please help by joining the meeting next Monday Dec 7th to lend more support.

The meeting starts at 6pm, but the topic likely won’t be discussed until past 7pm as it is last on the agenda. 

CB11 is very driven by voices from the community, so we need you to speak up. Do PLEASE raise your hand on zoom to voice your views when the public is called upon to talk.
Please click on the following link to register for the zoom call. Forward to others if possible.
Webinar Registration – Zoom

Dial-In1 646 518 9805

Webinar ID: 923 1335 4400

Number of Jobs Accessible Within an Hour’s Commute (by Public Transit)

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

Sprinklers in All Residential Buildings over 40′ Tall (Because, Trump)

If you live in a building that doesn’t have a sprinkler system, the property owner may soon be required to install one.

New York’s City Council will hold a hearing on a proposal to require the installation of Sprinklers in all residential buildings over 40 feet in height.

On Wednesday 12/2, the Housing and Buildings Committee of the City Council will be holding a Public Hearing on Intro 1146-B, a proposed new law which would require the installation of fire-extinguishing sprinklers in all residential buildings 40 feet tall and higher. If passed, the law would require compliance by 2029.

Most Harlem 3-story rowhouses with a half basement are higher than 40 feet. No word on how homeowners, especially those on fixed incomes, are expected to shoulder the cost of this installation. Estimates on sprinkler installation vary widely but easily can cost upwards of $60,000 or more.

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/bill-sponsor-barry-s-grodenchik-do-you-own-a-3-story-building-in-nyc-if-so-intro-1146b-will-affect-you

Text for the bill and information about the hearing can be found here: https://on.nyc.gov/2VqHiEJ

It may be of interest to know that this bill is an attempt to fix the loophole that allowed Trump Tower to avoid installing fire suppression equipment. If you recall a fire in Trump Tower caused the death of a man – Trump Tower has no sprinklers.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43686271

Calling All 17 Year-Olds

The Board of Elections in the City of New York is preparing for the General Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, and is now accepting applications for the 17 Year Old Student Poll Worker Program. The program promotes civic awareness and educates high school students about the election process by allowing them to serve as poll workers on Election Day. Submit a completed application by September 18, 2020. Space is limited, so apply early! Fill out your application now!.