The US Government has a climate and economic justice map of ‘disadvantage’ which looks at census tract information and collates a variety of factors that indicate disadvantage or advantage.

The resulting national map is fascinating to explore to not only see where these census tracts are, but the data that underlies the designation. Communities identified as disadvantaged by the tool are those that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. These communities are at or above the combined thresholds in one or more of eight categories of criteria.

In the map above, the grey areas are designated as disadvantaged. Zooming in (below), you can see (on the right) some of the factors that go into determining disadvantage/advantage, as well as some information about population size, etc:

The full map uses publicly-available, nationally-consistent, datasets. Learn more about the methodology and datasets that were used to identify disadvantaged communities in the current version of the tool on the Methodology & data page. And, see the full map, here:


Harlem Culture Crawl

Harlem Culture Crawl is April 23-24
West Harlem, treasured for its cultural legacy, vibrant multicultural community, and renowned religious and academic institutions, invites visitors to a Culture Crawl through some of the neighborhood’s most treasured cultural institutions over this weekend-long festival. From 11am to 6pm on April 23 to 24, peek inside places like the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Morris Jumel Mansion, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, and more. Residents and visitors alike will experience how the area’s unique structures and organizations keep Harlem at the helm of culture today.
This event is organized by Harlem One Stop and members of the Harlem Cultural Collaborative, with support from Open House New York. The festival is free of charge; RSVPs are required for tours.Learn more

Hue Arts: The Brown Paper

Hue Arts has released a Brown Paper on the experiences and realities of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, and all People of Color arts entities. The project seeks to reveal the value they bring to their communities and to the cultural ecosystem of New York City as a whole. Ensuring that arts leaders, artists, and organizations of color reap the same benefits for their work as their predominantly white counterparts is essential for racial and cultural equity and for the continued vitality of the NYC arts field.

Hue Arts is demanding that the deep systemic inequity that has spread to the art community, including institutions, funders, and policy makers, as well as the artists and communities served, be addressed by New York City, including public and private philanthropy. Until financial resources from both private and government entities are distributed more equitably, there will never be more equitable access to staffing, working conditions, professional training, or space, and there will never be a genuinely equal chance to realize artistic visions and dreams. This is far from the first time this issue has been raised—the tireless efforts of the Cultural Equity Group for over the past 15 years is one notable example. Numerous initiatives over the years have raised many of the issues captured in this report. The gulf in support between the entities studied here and predominantly white-led organizations is both immense and long-standing.

It is important to make the data, stories, and experiences in this report widely visible, but it is equally important that these data, stories, and experiences are heeded. The inequity and imbalance in the distribution of resources cannot be accepted as a given. We must take action as a collective community.

To read the full paper: https://www.hueartsnyc.org/brown-paper/

In addition, Hue Arts has produced a map of POC arts organizations that you can explore:

To see the interactive map, and to add your organization to this repository, please see:


Claire Oliver Gallery

Some images from a wonderful recent show at Claire Oliver Gallery:


Enslaved Africans in Dutch Harlem

Last year a number of major museums in The Netherlands began to cease using the term “Golden Age” to describe the 17th-century Dutch empire that included New Amsterdam, and the village that became Harlem. In particular, Dutch society has begun to wrestle with fact that much of the power and wealth centered in Holland during the 17th century was based on the transatlantic slave trade:

“The Western Golden Age occupies an important place in Western historiography that is strongly linked to national pride, but positive associations with the term such as prosperity, peace, opulence, and innocence do not cover the charge of historical reality in this period,” van der Molen explained. “The term ignores the many negative sides of the 17th century such as poverty, war, forced labor, and human trafficking.”


In the spring of 1664, for example, the landowners in Harlem travelled to New Amsterdam (the lower tip of Manhattan) to participate in a slave auction. James Riker, in 1904, notes:

The opening spring brought its share of work for the farmers. A shelter was needed for the young calves turned out to feed on Barent’s Island, and at a meeting held March 13th it was agreed to build on April ist. They also resolved to fence the gardens. Some of the inhabitants, in want of servants and laborers, seized the opportunity to buy a number of negro slaves, sold at auction in Fort Amsterdam, May 29th, by order of the Director and Council. They had arrived on the 24th instant, in the company’s ship Sparrow, from Chicago. At that sale were eager bidders, Johannes Verveelen, Daniel Tourneur, Nicholas De Meyer, Jacques Cousseau, Isaac De Forest, and even Jacob Leisler, himself, in 1678, enslaved by the Turks, and years later the champion of liberty! Verveelen bought a negro at 445 a., De Meyer one at 460 fl., and Tourneur another at 465 fl. These were probably the first slaves owned at New Harlem, and, strange as it may seem, the recollections of the living run back to the time when negro slavery still existed here.


For more on the Dutch role in the transatlantic slave trade see:


To see a visualization of the transatlantic slave trade, see:


To see a visualization of a transatlantic slave ship, see:


More on The History of Slavery in New York City

This article from Untapped Cities talks extensively about other New Yorkers who are deeply intertwined with New York City history and our history of slavery.


Realtime MTA Subway Data

If you ever wanted to know when the next train was coming, the new MTA map of the subway is for you.

Simply click on a station, and the map gives you ‘next train’ information. Below I clicked on the Lenox – 125th Street 2/3 station:

To test it out, use this link: