Water Towers

Harlem’s wooden water towers – typically on buildings more than 6 stories – seem like a hold-over from another era. And, while it’s true that they’ve been in existence for over 100 years, they still provide 21st century apartment dwellers with reliable, and fully pressured water – even in the building’s upper stories.

The industry (building and maintaining water towers) has just three family-run companies – two of which have been operating for nearly this entire century-long history. While the number of water towers in Harlem is unknown, the city is estimated to have around 17,000 water tanks in total.

When indoor plumbing began replacing well-drawn water in the 1880s, tanks were placed on rooftops because the local water pressure was too weak to raise water to upper levels. This was especially the case when steel framing and elevators permitted the upward growth of commercial and residential buildings. The city enacted a law in the early 20th century that required that buildings with six or more stories be equipped with a rooftop tank and a pump to feed it.

About 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of water can be stored in the tanks. The upper layer of water is used for everyday use, with water at the bottom reserved for emergencies. When the water drops below a certain level, an electric pump is triggered and the tank refills. Gravity sends water to pipes throughout the building from the roof.

Without this passive pressure, a building would need to install pumps to maintain water pressure for residents that would run 24/7 (costly, and prone to maintenance issues). On the other hand, a water tank usually lasts roughly 30-35 years, can be built within 24 hours, and takes just two or three hours to fill with water.

The three companies that construct NYC’s wooden water tanks are: Rosenwach Tank Company, Isseks Brothers, and American Pipe and Tank. The wooden aspect of the tank routinely draws questions about whether or not wood is the right material for the job. Wood, turns out to be the most effective for the water tank’s job. Wood, for example, is better at moderating temperature than steel tanks. Steel tanks, while sometimes used, are more expensive, require more maintenance, and take more time to build. A wooden tank that can hold 10,000 gallons of water costs roughly $30,000. A steel tank of the same size can cost up to $120,000. And water stored in the wood will not freeze in the winter and stays cool during the hot summer months.

Eventually, the wood will (however) rot and will need to be replaced after 30-35 years. When wood tanks are built, they leak, but when they fill with water, the wood expands and forms a watertight seal. When people use the water, the level in the tank goes down. At a certain point, the pump is triggered, and this pump fills the tank again.

Truck Depot vs. 457 Units of Affordable Housing

City Council Member Kristin Jordan’s campaign that stopped the development of 457 units of affordable housing at 145th Street and Lenox Avenue, has resulted in the developer floating the idea of a truck stop instead.

Patch.com is reporting that after Jordan stopped the building of a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, the site may be used as a “rental depot for big rigs and trucks”.

“Given the proximity to several nearby highways and roads, we think it’s the perfect spot for them and we have received a lot of interest in this regard.”

If this comes to pass, Council Member Jordan may have not only stopped 457 units of affordable housing but may have inadvertently brought increased pollution levels and asthma rates to this corner of her district.

Health Fair on Saturday – 123rd and 3rd Ave.

Harlem Bazaar

This afternoon, take a moment to wander over to the Harlem Bazaar, the market held on the third Friday of the month from June to October, outside the State Office Building from 3 to 9 p.m.

Harlem Loses Funding Because Kristin Jordan Votes Against NYC Budget

City and State New York is reporting that Council Member Kristin Jordan voted against the city’s latest budget:

Richardson Jordan voted against it, saying she objected to its increasing the NYPD’s budget

https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/harlem-got-millions-nycs-2023-budget-heres-where-its-going

As a consequence, Jordan’s 9th City Council district which covers much of Harlem will lose out on funding for council member proposals that would come from the “Speaker’s Initiative” funds.

While Jodan’s vote resulted in Harlem losing funding and programming in 2022-23, all of the Republican members received some of the money for their initiatives.

Summer Playstreet – West 124/Lenox – Is Back

A PAL summer playstreet is back in the works for this summer – July 11 to August 18.

If you’ve got kids or know kids, spread the word that safe, supervised, Summer Playstreet is on.

Kristin Jordan Does Not Vote for Adrienne Adams, the First-Ever, Black NY City Council Speaker

Adrienne Adams, the new City Council Speaker of New York City

In one of her first acts as a city council representative, Kristin Jordan was one of only 2 city council members who did not vote for Adrienne Adams the first Black City Council Speaker in the history of New York City. Jordan was one of only two colleagues to vote against Adrienne Adams.

In her speech, Adrienne Adams singled out the impact that two Harlem legends had on her and on all African Americans fighting for change and justice in America:

One of my mentors is in the room this afternoon: the pioneer who paved the way for me and so many other African American women to both lead and succeed, the one and only Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference.

Next to her I want to acknowledge another mentor, someone who has been a stalwart for change and justice in New York City, the Reverend Al Sharpton. I am a proud member of the National Action Network and grateful for his leadership over the years.

You can read Adrienne Adams speech, here:

Winter’s Here

And with the weather, here is a great 19th-century image of a Harlem scene.

Kristin Jordan Interviewed by Patch

Our new council member talks about her goal to preserve the Black plurality of Harlem, her concern that Eric Adams is trying to be a one-man show, and sanitation issues:

Read the full interview by Nick Garber, here:

https://patch.com/new-york/harlem/kristin-jordan-central-harlems-new-council-member-shares-plans

As Seen at Pleasant Village Community Garden

Councilwoman Kristin Jordan Protests Proposed Civil Rights Museum and Headquarters For The National Action Network

PRESS RELEASE:

City Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan, and concerned residents of central Harlem, will lead a protest on Monday January 3, 2022 to fight against the “One45” development, proposed for the corner of Lenox avenue and West 145th street. The proposal to construct two 363-foot-tall towers, a civil rights museum and new headquarters for Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, has been met with much scrutiny from local residents who feel developer Bruce Teitelbaum, and all other profiting parties, have not adequately engaged or even considered the voices of the majority black neighborhood.

Central Harlem has experienced deep gentrification in the last few decades, which is only rapidly increasing. Newly released census data revealed that Harlem gained more than 18,000 white residents since 2010, while losing more than 10,000 Black residents. According to Councilwoman Richardson Jordan, “Harlem is not for sale” and the One45 development has the intent and effect of further harming and displacing the community she represents. As a third generation Harlemite, the Councilwoman has promised to fight against the displacement of Black and Brown people in her district and the erasure of Harlem’s rich Black heritage, culture and radical tradition. “We cannot sacrifice the lives of humans for the sake of a museum and unaffordable luxury living for the privileged few. We need to prioritize the lives of our fellow Harlemites”, she states. 

The project, pictured below, would include 900+ apartments – including up to 282 units set aside as affordable – in addition to the museum and NAN headquarters.

How To Eat Your Way Through Black Owned- Harlem

Travel Noire has a tight summary of some wonderful Black-owned eating and drinking establishments in Harlem. Have a look, see which ones you can check-off, and put the rest on your bucket list for 2022:

https://travelnoire.com/how-to-eat-your-way-through-black-owned-harlem?item=2

Kristin Richardson Jordan Represents Harlem

Kristin Jordan replaces Bill Perkins as Harlem’s New City Council member.

New Building Coming to 120/Park

YIMBY reports that a new residential tower will be built on a vacant lot at the corner of 120/Park with 57 residences:

Kristin Richardson Jordan to Meet With HNBA Tonight

HNBA will host Kristin Richardson Jordan tonight at 7:00 PM to talk about her historic upset of the Harlem machine, her plans for City Council District 9, the upcoming November election, and what she means by Radical Love for Harlem.

To join in, reach out to Shawn, Hallia, Cecile, Saiyda, or Kat for the link, or email: [email protected]

Heart to Heart on Saturday

Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Time: Starting at 6:00pm
EST Location: Online from the comfort of your own home!  

Live events continue to be on hold, but,Labor of Love Association is dedicated and resourceful!
We will host the 2021 Heart to Heart Concert, New York’s Premier Event for Authentic Traditional/Contemporary Gospel Music, online again this year so you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of home!  
Featuring:
The Labor of Love Ensemble
Brother Alson Farley, Jr
Reverend Vandell Atkins
Elder George Heyward
Sister Kimmy Jenkins
The Richard Curtis Singers
Brother Richard Page

Broadway venues are still reeling from the effects of 2020. But that won’t stop us from bringing to you an EXCITING and UPLIFTING virtual concert. Just what we All NEED!
Streaming live into your home on Saturday, September 18th comes music you love, PLUS a high-energy *virtual show* that includes healthy lifestyle tips.
Fundraising: In lieu of ticket sales, we hope you’ll support our purpose and mission with a donation. Give what you can and make a difference!
Your support is deeply appreciated.
MAKE A DONATION!

As Seen on Madison

$100 and Free Vaccine

Madison Avenue between East 128th and 129th Streets.

Kristin Richardson Jordan

HNBA will host Kristin Richardson Jordan this THURSDAY at 7:00 PM to talk about her historic upset of the Harlem machine, her plans for City Council District 9, the upcoming November election, and what she means by Radical Love for Harlem.

To join in, reach out to Shawn, Hallia, Cecile, Saiyda, or Kat for the link, or email: [email protected]

Health Insurance

How Calculated: Estimated number of adults who reported having any kind of health insurance coverage, including private health insurance, prepaid plans such as H-M-Os or government plans such as Medicare or Medicaid; expressed as percent.

Source: New York City Community Health Survey (CHS)

Falls Requiring Emergency Room Visits by Seniors

About falls among older adults in New York City

Each year, one in three older adults (65 years and older) falls. Among New York City’s older adults, there are approximately 30,500 emergency department (ED) visits, 16,600 hospitalizations, and 300 deaths each year. Falls are not a normal part of aging, and research shows that many falls can be prevented.

Falls and the environment

Although falls can occur anywhere, falls among older adults frequently happen at home. More than one-half of fall-related hospitalizations among older adults were due to falls in the home. There are many risk factors for falls among older adults including previous falls, gait or balance problems, and use of multiple medications that interact with one another or cause side effects. Physical features of the environment can also put seniors at risk. Common fall risks hazards in homes include slippery surfaces, inadequate lighting, and tripping hazards, such as clutter, loose rugs, or uneven flooring.

About the data and indicators

Falls indicators presented on this site are derived from administrative emergency department (ED) and hospitalization billing records from the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS). Fall-related ED visits and hospitalizations are identified using diagnostic codes from the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, Clinical Modification, as defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s external cause-of-injury matrix and using diagnostic information from any diagnosis field. Place of injury codes for these ED visits and hospitalizations allow for identification of falls that have occurred in the home. Data are based on address of the patient, not the address where the fall occurred.  Only falls resulting in outcomes severe enough to require treatment in the hospital ED or an inpatient stay are included; falls resulting in no health outcomes or outcomes treated outside of a NYC hospital are not captured. ED visit counts include treated and released visits, and hospitalization counts include only live discharges. ED visits and hospitalizations include NYC residents aged 65 years and older discharged from a NYC hospital.

Prevention

To help prevent falls, older adults should:

  • Stay physically active to strengthen muscles and improve balance
  • Remove slip and trip hazards in the home, such as throw rugs, electrical cords or other clutter
  • Improve lighting in and around the home
  • Ask building owner, landlord, or super to make all necessary home repairs, and install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet
  • Ask doctor, nurse, and/or pharmacist to review all medicines
  • Talk with doctors about previous falls and prevention strategies

Kristin Jordan

We’ve all seen her posters for the election. Now a new variation has come out where you can schedule a listening time with the Democratic candidate for City Council 9, Kristin Jordan:

HNBA September Meeting on THURSDAY the 16th

Because of scheduling issues, the first HNBA meeting of the season will be held on Thursday, September 16th, at 7:00 PM. We’ve decided to continue to gather on Zoom at least until December because of the threat that the Delta Variant poses to our community.

At our September 16th meeting, HNBA will host Kristin Richardson Jordan at 7:00 PM to talk about her historic upset of the Harlem machine, her plans for City Council District 9, the upcoming November election, and what she means by Radical Love for Harlem.

To join in and get the Zoom link, please reach out to Shawn, Hallia, Cecile, Saiyda, or Kat for the link, or email: [email protected]

Lenox Coffee

A great cafe. Outdoor seating. Wonderful vibes. 129th Street at Lenox.